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The Taking Of Annie Thorne (Paperback): C. J. Tudor The Taking Of Annie Thorne (Paperback)
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R290 R195 Discovery Miles 1 950 Save R95 (33%) Shipped within 4 - 8 working days

The haunting new thriller from the Sunday Times bestselling author of The Chalk Man.

It arrived in my inbox just over a month ago. Surprising really that it didn't get shunted straight into junk.

Sender: [email protected]
Subject: Annie 'I know what happened to your sister. It's happening again.'

Because when my sister was eight years old, she disappeared. At the time, I thought it was the worst thing that could ever happen. And then she came back...

North and South (Paperback): Elizabeth Gaskell North and South (Paperback)
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R130 R103 Discovery Miles 1 030 Save R27 (21%) In stock

The Penguin English Library edition of North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell 'How am I to dress up in my finery, and go off and away to smart parties, after the sorrow I have seen today?' Elizabeth Gaskell's compassionate, richly dramatic novel features one of the most original and fully-rounded female characters in Victorian fiction, Margaret Hale. It shows how, forced to move from the country to an industrial northern town, she develops a passionate sense of social justice, and a turbulent relationship with mill-owner John Thornton. North and South depicts a young woman discovering herself, in a nuanced portrayal of what divides people, and what brings them together. The Penguin English Library - 100 editions of the best fiction in English, from the eighteenth century and the very first novels to the beginning of the First World War.

If Beale Street Could Talk (Paperback, Film tie-in): James Baldwin If Beale Street Could Talk (Paperback, Film tie-in)
James Baldwin
R244 R138 Discovery Miles 1 380 Save R106 (43%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

The inspiration for the upcoming feature film from Oscar award-winning director Barry Jenkins.

Harlem in the 1970s: the black soul of New York City.

Tish is nineteen and the man she loves - her lifelong friend and the father of her unborn child - has been jailed for a crime he did not commit. As their families come together to fight for his freedom, will their love be enough?

An Inspector Calls: The Graphic Novel - Quick Text (Paperback, British English ed): J.B. Priestley An Inspector Calls: The Graphic Novel - Quick Text (Paperback, British English ed)
J.B. Priestley; Illustrated by Will Volley; Translated by Jason Cobley
R247 R204 Discovery Miles 2 040 Save R43 (17%) In stock

The full story in quick modern English for a fast-paced read. A respectable household is shocked when a strange man visits them shortly after dinner and proceeds to unravel their prejudices and lies.

The Good Sisters (Paperback): Helen Phifer The Good Sisters (Paperback)
Helen Phifer
R300 R207 Discovery Miles 2 070 Save R93 (31%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

`So frightening I had to stop reading it at night' - Judy (Netgalley) The chilling new horror from bestselling author, Helen Phifer 1933, Mother Superior Agnes offers sanctuary to a desperate young woman fleeing for her life. Only to wake in the morning to discover a terrible fate has befallen one of the Sisters - in a room locked from the inside. Agnes can't help but fear that she has allowed a great evil to enter the convent, but she has no idea how far reaching the consequences of that one fateful night will be... Over 80 years later, Kate Parker, divorced, alcoholic, and broke, moves into the dilapidated old convent she dreams of turning into a bed and breakfast, whilst changing her life. Although the locals refuse to go near the place at night, Kate is determined to stay while the renovations take place. But when she starts to hear strange noises at night, and the crucifixes she had removed reappear on the walls, Kate starts to suspect she is not entirely alone in her new home. A chilling and disturbing new novel from the bestselling author of The Annie Graham Series. What reviewers are saying about THE GOOD SISTERS `a delightfully spooky read. Highly recommended' - Cayocosta72 `Brilliant book' - Audrey (Netgalley) `a genuinely scary read' - Abby (Netgalley) `The story put a chill through me on a warm autumn night.' - Cait (Netgalley)

H.G. Wells 2-Book Collection (Paperback): H. G. Wells H.G. Wells 2-Book Collection (Paperback)
H. G. Wells
R299 R278 Discovery Miles 2 780 Save R21 (7%) In stock

The Time Machine
A Victorian scientist develops a time machine and travels to the year 802,171 AD. There he finds the meek, child-like Eloi who live in fear of the underground-dwelling Morlocks. When his time machine goes missing, the Traveller faces a fight to enter the Morlocks' domain and return to his own time. THE TIME MACHINE remains one of the cornerstones of science-fiction literature and has proved hugely influential.

The Invisible Man
H.G. Wells' great novel of the dangers of science describes a man cast out from society by his own terrifying discovery. THE INVISIBLE MAN tells the story of Griffin, a brilliant and obsessed scientist dedicated to achieving invisibility. Taking whatever action is necessary to keep his incredible discovery safe, he terrorises the local village where he has sought refuge. Wells skilfully weaves the themes of science, terror and pride as the invisible Griffin gradually loses his sanity and, ultimately, his humanity.

Jock of the Bushveld (Paperback, New Edition): Percy FitzPatrick Jock of the Bushveld (Paperback, New Edition)
Percy FitzPatrick
R175 R143 Discovery Miles 1 430 Save R32 (18%) Shipped within 4 - 8 working days

Jock of the Bushveld is the classic and much-loved story based on the true experiences of Sir Percy Fitzpatrick and his Staffordshire bull terrier, Jock. The story begins in the 1880s, at the time of the South African gold rush, when a young Fitzpatrick worked as an ox-wagon transport rider in the old Transvaal. There he came across a man who was in the process of drowning a puppy, the runt of the litter. He saved the dog and the story of his ever-faithful and loving companion was born.

First published in 1907, Jock of the Bushveld has been reprinted many times since. Now, with a fresh and engaging cover, and in a new handy B-format, this timeless South African classic retains the charm of the original story along with the original illustrations by Edmund Caldwell.

It will no doubt continue to be enjoyed by children and adults alike.

The Great Gatsby (Paperback): F. Scott Fitzgerald The Great Gatsby (Paperback)
F. Scott Fitzgerald
R161 R110 Discovery Miles 1 100 Save R51 (32%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

The Great American Novel of love and betrayal in the Jazz Age is now a major film. `I believe that on the first night I went to Gatsby's house I was one of the few guests who had actually been invited. People were not invited - they went there.' Jay Gatsby's opulent Long Island mansion throngs with the bright young things of the Roaring Twenties. But Gatsby himself, young, handsome and mysteriously rich, never appears to his guests. He stands apart from the crowd, yearning for something just out of reach - Daisy Buchanan, lost years before to another man. One fateful summer, when the pair finally reunite, their actions set in motion a series of events that will unravel their lives, bringing tragedy to all who surround them. Widely considered F. Scott Fitzgerald's masterpiece, The Great Gatsby is a tale of excess and obsession, and a work of classic twentieth-century American literature.

Nightflyers and Other Stories (Hardcover, Epub Edition): George R. R. Martin Nightflyers and Other Stories (Hardcover, Epub Edition)
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R473 R325 Discovery Miles 3 250 Save R148 (31%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

An epic collection of science fiction tales around space exploration and cosmic horror by the #1 bestselling author of A Game of Thrones - with the titular story, Nightflyers, coming to Netflix in 2018. On a voyage toward the boundaries of the known universe, nine misfit academics seek out first contact with a shadowy alien race. But another enigma is the Nightflyer itself, a cybernetic wonder with an elusive captain no one has ever seen in the flesh. Soon, however, the crew discovers that their greatest mystery - and most dangerous threat - is an unexpected force aboard the ship wielding a thirst for blood and terror... Also included are five additional classic George R.R. Martin tales of science fiction that explore the breadth of technology and the dark corners of the human mind.

The End of the World - and Other Catastrophes (Paperback): Mike Ashley The End of the World - and Other Catastrophes (Paperback)
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R217 R168 Discovery Miles 1 680 Save R49 (23%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Sound the sirens! The end is here, and it comes in many forms in this new collection of apocalyptic short stories from the classic age of science fiction. Join humanity on the brink of destruction in 13 doom-laden visions from the 1890s to the 1960s, featuring rare tales from the Library's vaults. Tales of plague seizing an over-polluted capital, a world engulfed in absolute darkness by some cosmic disaster, and of poignant dreams of a silent planet after the last echoes of humanity have died away. Extreme climate change, nuclear annihilation, comet strike; calamities self-inflicted and from beyond the steer of humankind vie to deal the last blow in this countdown from the first whisper of possible extinction to the Earth's final sunrise.

Curtain - Poirot'S Last Case (Paperback, TV tie-in edition): Agatha Christie Curtain - Poirot'S Last Case (Paperback, TV tie-in edition)
Agatha Christie 1
R246 R143 Discovery Miles 1 430 Save R103 (42%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

A wheelchair-bound Poirot returns to Styles, the venue of his first investigation, where he knows another murder is going to take place... The house guests at Styles seemed perfectly pleasant to Captain Hastings; there was his own daughter Judith, an inoffensive ornithologist called Norton, dashing Mr Allerton, brittle Miss Cole, Doctor Franklin and his fragile wife Barbara , Nurse Craven, Colonel Luttrell and his charming wife, Daisy, and the charismatic Boyd-Carrington. So Hastings was shocked to learn from Hercule Poirot's declaration that one of them was a five-times murderer. True, the ageing detective was crippled with arthritis, but had his deductive instincts finally deserted him?...

The Mystery of Three Quarters - The New Hercule Poirot Mystery (Paperback): Sophie Hannah The Mystery of Three Quarters - The New Hercule Poirot Mystery (Paperback)
Sophie Hannah; Created by Agatha Christie 1
R214 R150 Discovery Miles 1 500 Save R64 (30%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

The world's most beloved detective, Hercule Poirot - the legendary star of Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express and most recently The Monogram Murders and Closed Casket-returns in a stylish, diabolically clever mystery set in 1930's London. Returning home after lunch one day, Hercule Poirot finds an angry woman waiting outside his front door. She demands to know why Poirot has sent her a letter accusing her of the murder of Barnabas Pandy, a man she has neither heard of nor ever met. Poirot has also never heard of a Barnabas Pandy, and has accused nobody of murder. Shaken, he goes inside, only to find that he has a visitor waiting for him - a man who also claims also to have received a letter from Poirot that morning, accusing him of the murder of Barnabas Pandy... Poirot wonders how many more letters of this sort have been sent in his name. Who sent them, and why? More importantly, who is Barnabas Pandy, is he dead, and, if so, was he murdered? And can Poirot find out the answers without putting more lives in danger?

Ordeal By Innocence (Paperback, TV tie-in edition): Agatha Christie Ordeal By Innocence (Paperback, TV tie-in edition)
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R224 R161 Discovery Miles 1 610 Save R63 (28%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Published to tie-in with the new BBC TV adaptation. A man died for a crime he didn't commit ... and the murderer is still among them. No one felt sorry when Jacko Argyle died in prison. Everyone knew he had bludgeoned his mother to death with a poker from the fire. But when a doctor turns up at the house two years later with proof of Jacko's innocence, the whole family is horrified. Because it can mean only one thing - that their mother's killer is still among them... Ordeal by Innocence was cited by Agatha Christie in An Autobiography as one of her favourite novels, a detective story which plays on the shock of an innocent man's conviction and its impact on his family. Following the success of And Then There Were None and The Witness for the Prosecution, a brand new adaptation by Sarah Phelps for the BBC shines new light on one of Agatha Christie's darkest and most accomplished whodunits. The 2018 three-part BBC drama stars Bill Nighy, Anthony Boyle, Anna Chancellor, Morven Christie, Crystal Clarke, Christian Cooke, Alice Eve, Matthew Goode, Ella Purnell, Eleanor Tomlinson and Luke Treadaway.

Foundation and Empire (Paperback): Isaac Asimov Foundation and Empire (Paperback)
Isaac Asimov
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WINNER OF THE HUGO AWARD FOR BEST ALL-TIME SERIES The Foundation series is Isaac Asimov's iconic masterpiece. Unfolding against the backdrop of a crumbling Galactic Empire, the story of Hari Seldon's two Foundations is a lasting testament to an extraordinary imagination, one whose unprecedented scale shaped science fiction as we know it today. The First Foundation survived two centuries of barbarism as the once-mighty Galactic Empire descended into chaos. Now it mist prepare for war against the remnants of the Empire as the Imperial fleet advances on their planet, Terminus. Hari Seldon predicted this war; he even prepared his Foundation for it. But he couldn't foresee the birth of the mutant Mule. In possession of a power which reduces fearsome opposition to devoted slaves, the Mule poses a terrible threat to Seldon's Foundation.

The Secret of Chimneys (Paperback): Agatha Christie The Secret of Chimneys (Paperback)
Agatha Christie
R214 R149 Discovery Miles 1 490 Save R65 (30%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

A young drifter finds more than he bargained for when he agrees to deliver a parcel to an English country house... Little did Anthony Cade suspect that a simple errand on behalf of a friend would make him the centrepiece of a murderous international conspiracy. Someone would stop at nothing to prevent the monarchy being restored in faraway Herzoslovakia. The combined forces of Scotland Yard and the French Surete can do no better than go in circles - until the final murder at Chimneys, the great country estate that yields up an amazing secret...

A Daughter's A Daughter (Paperback): Mary Westmacott A Daughter's A Daughter (Paperback)
Mary Westmacott
R209 R145 Discovery Miles 1 450 Save R64 (31%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

A classic novel of desire and jealousy. Ann Prentice falls in love with Richard Cauldfield and hopes for new happiness. Her only child, Sarah, cannot contemplate the idea of her mother marrying again and wrecks any chance of her remarriage. Resentment and jealousy corrode their relationship as each seeks relief in different directions. Are mother and daughter destined to be enemies for life or will their underlying love for each other finally win through? Famous for her ingenious crime books and plays, Agatha Christie also wrote about crimes of the heart, six bittersweet and very personal novels, as compelling and memorable as the best of her work.

Giant's Bread (Paperback): Mary Westmacott Giant's Bread (Paperback)
Mary Westmacott
R216 R152 Discovery Miles 1 520 Save R64 (30%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

A spellbinding novel of romantic obsession. Vernon Deyre is a sensitive and brilliant musician, even a genius. But there is a high price to be paid for his talent, especially by his family and the two women in his life. His sheltered childhood in the home he loves has not prepared Vernon for the harsh reality of his adult years, and in order to write the great masterpiece of his life, he has to make a crucial decision with no time left to count the cost... Famous for her ingenious crime books and plays, Agatha Christie also wrote about crimes of the heart, six bittersweet and very personal novels, as compelling and memorable as the best of her work.

Murder in the Mill-Race - A Devon Mystery (Paperback): E.C.R. Lorac Murder in the Mill-Race - A Devon Mystery (Paperback)
E.C.R. Lorac; Introduction by Martin Edwards 1
R217 R168 Discovery Miles 1 680 Save R49 (23%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

When Dr Raymond Ferens moves to a practice at Milham in the Moor in North Devon, he and his wife are enchanted with the beautiful hilltop village lying so close to moor and sky. At first they see only its charm, but soon they begin to uncover its secrets - envy, hatred and malice. Everyone says that Sister Monica, warden of a children's home, is a saint - but is she? A few months after the Ferens' arrival her body is found drowned in the mill race. Chief Inspector Macdonald faces one of his most difficult cases in a village determined not to betray its dark secrets to a stranger.

Leaf by Niggle (Paperback): J. R. R. Tolkien Leaf by Niggle (Paperback)
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Published for the very first time in its own volume, Tolkien's remarkable tale about a painter whose obsession with detail prevents him from finishing his great work. Niggle is a painter. Not a very successful one, partly because he has so many other things to do. For some time he has been obsessed with one particular canvas - a curious picture of a tree with a vast landscape stretching out behind it. The painting keeps getting bigger and bigger, but Niggle has a journey to make. In 1939 Tolkien was despairing of ever bringing his great work The Lord of the Rings to a conclusion. One morning he woke up with the story Leaf by Niggle complete in his mind and wrote it down. This poignant story, about an artist on a curious journey, is often seen as an allegory of the writer's own creative process and life. Published to coincide with a new touring stage production of the story, this is the first time the story has been published in its own volume, enabling readers to savour one of Tolkien's most elegant, haunting and least-known short stories.

Partners in Crime - A Tommy & Tuppence Collection (Paperback): Agatha Christie Partners in Crime - A Tommy & Tuppence Collection (Paperback)
Agatha Christie 1
R231 R160 Discovery Miles 1 600 Save R71 (31%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Agatha Christie's complete Tommy and Tuppence short story collection, reissued with a striking new cover designed to appeal to the latest generation of Agatha Christie fans and book lovers. Tommy and Tuppence Beresford were restless for adventure, so when they were asked to take over Blunt's International Detective Agency, they leapt at the chance. After their triumphant recovery of a pink pearl, intriguing cases kept on coming their way: a stabbing on Sunningdale golf course; cryptic messages in the personal columns of newspapers; and even a box of poisoned chocolates.

The Rose and the Yew Tree (Paperback): Mary Westmacott The Rose and the Yew Tree (Paperback)
Mary Westmacott
R209 R144 Discovery Miles 1 440 Save R65 (31%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

A captivating novel of love and intrigue. Everyone expected Isabella Charteris, beautiful, sheltered and aristocratic, to marry her cousin Rupert when he came back from the War. It would have been such a suitable marriage. How strange then that John Gabriel, an ambitious and ruthless war hero, should appear in her life. For Isabella, the price of love would mean abandoning her dreams of home and happiness forever. For Gabriel, it would destroy his chance of a career and all his ambitions... Famous for her ingenious crime books and plays, Agatha Christie also wrote about crimes of the heart, six bittersweet and very personal novels, as compelling and memorable as the best of her work.

Beasts Royal - Twelve Tales of Adventure (Paperback): Patrick O'Brian Beasts Royal - Twelve Tales of Adventure (Paperback)
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R205 R140 Discovery Miles 1 400 Save R65 (32%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Beasts Royal is the second book written by Patrick O'Brian - made available, at last, for the first time since the 1930s and elegantly repackaged. On the indigo waters of the South Sea, the crew of a schooner are attacked by a man-eating tiger-shark. In the humid depths of the African jungle, a thirty-foot python plots to rid himself of his rival, a wily old crocodile. Amid the heat and dust of the Punjab, the snake-charmer Hussein escapes into the forest on the elephant that he trained when a mahout in his youth. With the dry wit and unsentimental precision O'Brian would come to be loved for, we see the drama and tragedies of the natural world unfold for these, as well as other birds and beasts, in these twelve tales of animal adventure that would appear together in 1934 as the author's second book. O'Brian's debut, Caesar, had been published in 1930 and became an instant success, seeing him hailed as the `boy-Thoreau'. His second novel, Hussein, would expand upon one of the stories included in this collection and has been praised by Martin Booth of The Daily Telegraph as being `...as fresh today as when it was written....so rich in detail, it is breathtaking.' As with Caesar and Hussein, Beasts Royal sheds fascinating light on the formation of the literary genius behind the Aubrey-Maturin series of historical adventure tales, for which he is deservedly famous.

Foundation and Earth (Paperback): Isaac Asimov Foundation and Earth (Paperback)
Isaac Asimov
R216 R153 Discovery Miles 1 530 Save R63 (29%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

WINNER OF THE HUGO AWARD FOR BEST ALL-TIME SERIES The Foundation series is Isaac Asimov's iconic masterpiece. Unfolding against the backdrop of a crumbling Galactic Empire, the story of Hari Seldon's two Foundations is a lasting testament to an extraordinary imagination, one whose unprecedented scale shaped science fiction as we know it today. Faced with determining the fate of the galaxy, Golan Trevize hesitantly chose to hand over the rule of the galaxy to planet Gaia. Two mysteries now remain: who has erased the records of Earth - and why? Determined to ensure his choice was right, Golan sets off with Janov Pelorat and Bliss, to answer these questions once and for all. But nothing could prepare them for the secrets which await them on Earth. Secrets which predate history as they know it, and will change its significance forever...

The Big Four (Hardcover): Agatha Christie The Big Four (Hardcover)
Agatha Christie; Introduction by Karl Pike
R233 R162 Discovery Miles 1 620 Save R71 (30%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

A special edition of Agatha Christie's early Poirot adventure novel containing the original 12-part short story version "The Man Who Was Number Four", unseen since 1924. The Big Four is the most formidable crime syndicate of all time. A sinister Chinaman, a multi-millionaire, a beautiful Frenchwoman and `The Destroyer' are terrorising the world with their fiendish genius. Only Hercule Poirot's sensational methods of deduction stand in their way of world domination, and after adventures as strange as the Arabian nights, Poirot runs them to earth at last in a cave in the Dolomites. The astonishing success of The Murder of Roger Ackroyd put Agatha Christie under enormous pressure to deliver another Poirot book at a time of intense personal turmoil for the author. Suffering from writer's block, and with the help of her brother-in-law, Campbell Christie, she reluctantly dug out The Man Who Was Number Four, a 12-week serial she had written for The Sketch three years before - long before Ackroyd - and began adapting it into a full-length novel. . . This Detective Story Club classic is introduced by Agatha Christie historian Karl Pike, who has unearthed the 12 magazine stories from the British Library archives and presents here the original version of The Big Four, an adventurous serial novel full of incident and cliffhangers, unseen since 1924.

Surfeit of Suspects (Paperback): George Bellairs Surfeit of Suspects (Paperback)
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R217 R168 Discovery Miles 1 680 Save R49 (23%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Following a mysterious explosion, the offices of Excelsior Joinery Company are no more; the 3 directors are killed and the peace of a quiet town in Surrey lies in ruins. When the supposed cause of ignited gas leak is dismissed and the presence of dynamite revealed, Superintendent Littlejohn of Scotland Yard is summoned to the scene. But beneath the sleepy veneer of Evingden lies a hotbed of deep-seated grievances. Confounding Littlejohn's investigation is an impressive cast of suspicious persons, each concealing their own axe to grind. Bellairs' novel of small-town grudges with calamitous consequences revels in the abundant possible solutions to the central crime as a masterpiece of misdirection.

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