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African Road - New Writing from Southern Africa 2006 (Paperback): HSBC/SAPEN African Road - New Writing from Southern Africa 2006 (Paperback)
R220 R189 Discovery Miles 1 890 Save R31 (14%) Out of stock

The aim of the project is to stimulate and encourage new writing from the Southern African development corporation (SADC) region and showcase the region's new and young creative writing talent as well as to develop local and regional reading. The award is targeted at young writers who are citizens of any country in the SADC (Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe).

Stories of St. Nicholas (Hardcover, Syracuse Univ PR ed.): James Kirke Paulding Stories of St. Nicholas (Hardcover, Syracuse Univ PR ed.)
James Kirke Paulding
R237 R202 Discovery Miles 2 020 Save R35 (15%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

A collection of Christmas stories which highlights the New York Dutch customs and traditions. This text includes The Book of St. Nicholas and the novel The Dutchman's Fable.

Lazar Malkin Enters Heaven (Paperback, New Ed): Steve Stern Lazar Malkin Enters Heaven (Paperback, New Ed)
Steve Stern
R439 R366 Discovery Miles 3 660 Save R73 (17%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

A collection of tales set in Pinch, a Jewish community perched on a river bluff above Memphis. Here, wonderful and strange things happen: the angel of death visits in a blue serge suit; the voice of God commands Morton Gruber to collaborate on a book; and an aunt goes on a celestial blind date.

All Set About with Fever Trees (Paperback): Pam Durban All Set About with Fever Trees (Paperback)
Pam Durban
R529 R431 Discovery Miles 4 310 Save R98 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The seven stories in Pam Durban's widely praised debut collection are tales of family, of love and loss, of survival and affirmation. Durban's resonant prose subtly obliges her readers to experience the rush of icy water in a stream, the taste of greens freshly snatched from an overgrown garden, the dread weight of confusion and uncertainty.

In "This Heat," the opening story, a mill worker faces the long-expected loss of her teenage son when his weak heart finally gives out. In the title story, which concludes the collection, a formidably eccentric woman abruptly leaves her daughter and granddaughter to answer a "calling" to do missionary work in Africa.

Framed between these two stories is a gathering of characters made real and consequential by Durban's touch: a country singer more than a few big breaks short of stardom, a preadolescent boy lovestruck over his private swimming instructor, a father cut off from his children by haunting war memories, and others.

Reasons To Live (Paperback, Harperperennial ed.): Amy Hempel Reasons To Live (Paperback, Harperperennial ed.)
Amy Hempel
R307 R250 Discovery Miles 2 500 Save R57 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Hempel's now-classic collection of short fiction is peopled by complex characters who have discovered that their safety nets are not dependable and who must now learn to balance on the threads of wit, irony, and spirit.

The Haunter of the Dark and Other Tales - Haunter of the Dark and Other Tales (Paperback, New edition): H. P Lovecraft The Haunter of the Dark and Other Tales - Haunter of the Dark and Other Tales (Paperback, New edition)
H. P Lovecraft
R340 R258 Discovery Miles 2 580 Save R82 (24%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

'Warning! You are about to enter a new dimension of utmost terror. When you open this book you will lost - lost in a world of dreadful nightmare brought to screaming life by the century's greatest master of adult fantasy and horror' - H.P. Lovecraft. Here is a collection of the most famous stories of this master of tomb-dark fear: "The Rats In The Walls", "The Call Of Cthulhu", "The Haunter Of The Dark", "Pickman's Model", "The Lurking Fear" plus other tales designed to haunt your dreams and bring you to sweat-soaked wakefulness in the darkest reaches of the night! "Terror in the fourth dimension! A master of cosmic horror" - "Punch".

The Sketch-Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent. (Paperback): Washington Irving The Sketch-Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent. (Paperback)
Washington Irving; Edited by Susan Manning
R266 R225 Discovery Miles 2 250 Save R41 (15%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

With these words, Washington Irving expresses the dilemma of every American artist in the nineteenth century. The Sketch-Book (1820-1) looks simultaneously towards audiences on both sides of the Atlantic, as Irving explores the uneasy relationship of an American writer to English literary traditions. He sketches a series of encounters with the cultural shrines of the parent nation, and in two brilliant experiments with tales transplanted from Europe creates the first classic American short stories, 'Rip Van Winkle' and 'The Legend of the Sleepy Hollow'. The result was not only a hugely successful travel book; it exerted a strong formative influence on American writers from Nathaniel Hawthorne and Edgar Allan Poe to Henry James, and is well worth rediscovery in its own right today. Based on Irving's final revision of his most popular work, this new edition includes comprehensive explanatory notes of The Sketch-Book's sources for the modern reader. In her introduction, Susan Manning suggests that the author forged a new idiom, the 'Literary Picturesque', to accommodate and turn to advantage his dilemma of dual literary allegiances. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

The Man Who Would Be King - and Other Stories (Paperback, New edition): Rudyard Kipling The Man Who Would Be King - and Other Stories (Paperback, New edition)
Rudyard Kipling
R92 R78 Discovery Miles 780 Save R14 (15%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Winner of the Nobel Prize for literature, Kipling drew upon his experiences in Anglo-Indian society for much of his fiction. This volume includes five of the author's best early stories: "The Phantom Rickshaw," "Wee Willie Winkie," "Without Benefit of Clergy," "The Strange Ride of Morrowbie Jukes" and the title selection.

Heart of Darkness and Other Stories (Paperback): Joseph Conrad Heart of Darkness and Other Stories (Paperback)
Joseph Conrad
R486 R338 Discovery Miles 3 380 Save R148 (30%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

'The horror! The horror!' - these are Kurtz's final words in Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness, the story of a man who travels into the jungle to seek his fortune and who instead finds an all-consuming moral and spiritual wilderness. Conrad's enduring tale served as a touchstone for many works of fiction inspired by its somber theme. This collection also includes an additional five of Conrad's best stories: The Secret Sharer, Youth, Typhoon, Karain: A Memory, and Falk: A Reminiscence.

The Necklace and Other Short Stories (Paperback, New edition): Guy De Maupassant The Necklace and Other Short Stories (Paperback, New edition)
Guy De Maupassant
R95 R80 Discovery Miles 800 Save R15 (16%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Nine memorable classics, characterized by ironic twists of plot, include "Ball of Fat," regarded by many as technically one of the finest short stories ever written, "The Necklace," "A Piece of String," "Mme. Tellier's Establishment," "Mademoiselle Fifi," "Miss Harriet," "A Way to Wealth," "My Uncle Jules" and "The Horla."

Detectives and Young Adventurers - The Complete Short Stories (Paperback): Agatha Christie Detectives and Young Adventurers - The Complete Short Stories (Paperback)
Agatha Christie
R453 R344 Discovery Miles 3 440 Save R109 (24%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

A brand new bumper omnibus gathering together over 50 classic Agatha Christie stories featuring Tommy and Tuppence Beresford, Harley Quin, Parker Pyne and Hercule Poirot, plus her rare Christmas Stories not available in any other volume. This new compendium of over 50 stories is the first time all the stories featuring Agatha Christie's detectives have been collected together. Here you will meet - PARKER PYNE - a consulting detective whose practice is to solve less murderous enigmas and restore happiness to his clients; HARLEY QUIN - a tall, dark, mysterious young man who takes a more surreptitious approach to solving crime; TOMMY AND TUPPENCE BERESFORD - a newly married pair of self-styled `Young Adventurers' who are prepared to do anything in the name of justice. And in addition to presenting the complete oeuvre for these detectives, this volume includes as a bonus four rare short stories featuring that grand master of detection, Monsieur HERCULE POIROT, plus Agatha Christie's little-known Christmas stories written for children, including "Star Over Bethlehem" and "The Naughty Donkey".

Bloody Scotland (Paperback): Lin Anderson, Chris Brookmyre, Gordon Brown, Ann Cleeves, Doug Johnstone, Stuart MacBride, Val... Bloody Scotland (Paperback)
Lin Anderson, Chris Brookmyre, Gordon Brown, Ann Cleeves, Doug Johnstone, …
R230 Discovery Miles 2 300 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

WINNER OF THE CWA SHORT STORY DAGGER In Bloody Scotland a selection of Scotland's best crime writers use the sinister side of the country's built heritage in stories that are by turns gripping, chilling and redemptive. Stellar contributors Val McDermid, Chris Brookmyre, Denise Mina, Ann Cleeves, Louise Welsh, Lin Anderson, Doug Johnstone, Gordon Brown, Craig Robertson, E S Thomson, Sara Sheridan and Stuart MacBride explore the thrilling potential of Scotland's iconic sites and structures. From murder in an ancient broch and a macabre tale of revenge among the furious clamour of an eighteenth century mill, to a dark psychological thriller set within the tourist throng of Edinburgh Castle and a rivalry turning fatal in the concrete galleries of an abandoned modernist ruin, this collection uncovers the intimate - and deadly - connections between people and places. Prepare for a dangerous journey into the dark shadows of our nation's buildings - where passion, fury, desire and death collide.

Stories by Contemporary Irish Women (Paperback, New): Daniel J. Casey Stories by Contemporary Irish Women (Paperback, New)
Daniel J. Casey
R436 Discovery Miles 4 360 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

With this collection of some of English-language short stories of the past half century, the reader is invited to see Ireland afresh from the perspective of its women writers. Included are stories by well-known writers such as Mary Lavin, Edna O'Brien and Julia O'Faolain. The collection also includes new writers, such as Clare Boylan, Rita Kelly, and Una Woods. The stories focus on the inherrent contradictions of provincial Ireland's role as a modern European state. In the first story, Helen Lucy Burke writes of an older Irish woman, encountering the shocking realities of Italian Catholic Rome. Other stories provide interesting revisions of traditional Irish themes and situations, such as the problems of an educated, sensitive person stuck in a country town. Anne Devlin handles the themes of the Irish person in England, this time in an England edgy about IRA bombings. Some stories deal with the ""Troubles"" in Northern Ireland; others deal with the eternal troubles of Ireland as a whole too many children, too much hypocrisy, too little communication between men and women. The editors have provided an introduction which examines the role of women, especially women writers, in Irish history and literature.

Cats - Stories & Poems (Paperback): Mark Bryant Cats - Stories & Poems (Paperback)
Mark Bryant
R267 R224 Discovery Miles 2 240 Save R43 (16%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

From beautiful lyrics to madcap waggery, from the prime suspect in a partridge killing in ancient Greece to the medieval monk's cat Pangur Ban and encompassing odes, fables, stories, limericks, songs, nursery rhymes and more, Mark Bryant has compiled a wonderfully evocative collection of writing of all kinds on cats by those who love them. There are poems from Chaucer, Baudelaire, Emily Dickinson, Thomas Hardy, Christina Rossetti, Shelley and Wordsworth; humorous pieces by Lewis Carroll, Ambrose Bierce, Edward Lear and Jerome K. Jerome; and other delights from writers such as Edgar Allan Poe, Saki and Mark Twain. From ancient Egypt to the recent past, covering every genre, from humour and fantasy to romance and horror, and drawn from every part of the world, these stories, poems and excerpts from essays, letters, diaries and journals provide a collection to delight any cat-lover.

Christmas With You (Paperback): Heidi McLaughlin Christmas With You (Paperback)
Heidi McLaughlin; Heidi McLaughlin, L. P. Dover, Cindi Madsen, R. J. Prescott, …
R245 R217 Discovery Miles 2 170 Save R28 (11%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Bestselling authors Heidi McLaughlin, L.P. Dover, Cindi Madsen, R.J. Prescott, and Amy Briggs invite you to celebrate the holidays in small-town Friendship, Massachusetts, where a mysterious newcomer decides to play matchmaker for five lucky couples. Snowflake Lane Inn by L.P. Dover The owner of a picturesque inn gets a holiday surprise when a well-known fashion designer comes to stay and re-designs his future. Runaway Christmas Bride by Cindi Madsen Making a new life in Friendship certainly wasn't the plan, but the spirit of Christmas - along with the rugged local sheriff - leads to a change of heart for this runaway bride. Christmas Lights by Amy Briggs A visitor to Friendship learns the true meaning of Christmas from a single dad and his young daughter. Christmas Encounter by R.J. Prescott A famous Formula One driver finds all roads lead to Friendship - and love - this Christmas. It's a Wonderful Holiday by Heidi McLaughlin A workaholic finds just the right Christmas magic to remind him about the most important thing in life: spending time with his wife and family. What readers are saying about Christmas with You... 'Beautifully well-written' 'A touching, funny Christmas anthology packed full of entertaining, likable characters and great Christmas romance short stories' 'If you love Christmas romance...this is an anthology you won't want to miss' 'The perfect collection for the most wonderful time of the year' 'Beautiful, heartwarming Christmas stories...new couples, warm loving relationships...perfect for young adults and older'

The Neil Gaiman Reader - Selected Fiction (Hardcover): Neil Gaiman The Neil Gaiman Reader - Selected Fiction (Hardcover)
Neil Gaiman; Foreword by Marlon James
R710 R551 Discovery Miles 5 510 Save R159 (22%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

'This collection is [like] the Beatles' "White Album": massive in size and scope, with individually brilliant pieces presented together because the only context they need is how good they are' MARLON JAMES A captivating collection of fiction from one of the world's most beloved writers, introduced with a foreword by Booker Prize-winning author, Marlon James. With a writer as prolific as Neil Gaiman, where do you begin? Or how do you know what to try next? Spanning his career to date, this collection of ambitious, groundbreaking and endlessly imaginative fiction will be your guide. Curated within this book are nearly fifty of Gaiman's short stories and novellas, interposed with excerpts from his five novels for adults - Neverwhere, Stardust, American Gods, Anansi Boys and The Ocean at the End of the Lane. It is both an entryway to his oeuvre and a literary trove Gaiman fans old and new will return to time and again. Start where it suits you. There aren't any rules. NEIL GAIMAN. WITH STORIES COME POSSIBILITIES.

This Way To Departures (Paperback): Linda Mannheim This Way To Departures (Paperback)
Linda Mannheim 1
R261 R217 Discovery Miles 2 170 Save R44 (17%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

What happens when we leave the places we're from? What do we lose, who do we become, and what parts of our pasts are unshakeable? Linda Mannheim's second short story collection tells the stories of twelve people who have relocated - both voluntarily and involuntarily. Opening with the Miami-set thriller 'Noir', these exquisitely rendered stories will leave you reeling. This Way To Departures is a deeply affecting portrait of American society and the constant search for a place to call 'home'.

Maledictions (Paperback): Graham McNeill Maledictions (Paperback)
Graham McNeill 1
R239 R168 Discovery Miles 1 680 Save R71 (30%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

A eclectic collection of gut wrenching tales to spook and scare. Horror is no stranger to the worlds of Warhammer. Its very fabric is infested with the arcane, the strange and the downright terrifying. From the cold, vastness of the 41st millenium to the creeping evil at large in the Mortal Realms, this anthology of short stories explores the sinister side of Warhammer in a way it never has been before. Psychological torment, visceral horrors, harrowing tales of the supernatural and the nightmares buried within, this collection brings together some of the best horror writing from the Black Library. Featuring stories from Graham McNeill, Cassandra Khaw, Alec Worley, David Annandale and more.

Protecting Tanner Hollow (4-in-1) (Paperback): Lynette Eason Protecting Tanner Hollow (4-in-1) (Paperback)
Lynette Eason
R220 R181 Discovery Miles 1 810 Save R39 (18%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Four nail-biting novellas in one!

Lethal Homecoming
Nolan Tanner never got over Callie Ainsworth's sudden, unexplained departure. Now when he comes to her rescue after an attempt on her life, all the old feelings come rushing back.

Lethal Conspiracy
When professional fundraiser Lillian Maloney sees her father's campaign manager commit murder, she goes on the run from the men he hires to kill her. A close call brings firefighter Jason Tanner to the rescue, but the killer is closing in . . .

Lethal Secrets
Someone wants Honor McBride dead. When Eli Murphy helps her change a flat tire and discovers the danger Honor is in, he longs to help--but Eli has secrets of his own that could get them all killed.

Lethal Agenda
When Detective Derek St. John rescues a woman he's met only once before--and has never been able to forget--he finds himself falling for her. But he'll have to keep her alive if they're to have a future together.

The World Doesn't Work that Way, But it Could - Stories (Hardcover): Yxta Maya Murray The World Doesn't Work that Way, But it Could - Stories (Hardcover)
Yxta Maya Murray
R593 R490 Discovery Miles 4 900 Save R103 (17%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

What does it mean for two Latinas to participate in Miss USA pageants? How does an EPA employee dedicated to the fighting for environmental protections navigate a workplace where she's now expected to find rationales to reverse regulations? How does a law professor, herself a victim of sexual assault, write a letter of recommendation for a student to work for a judge accused of sexual misconduct? How do a Trump supporting father-in-law and his Latina daughter-in-law come together to survive a raging wildfire? What does a college-bound eighteen-year-old girl do when she finds herself pregnant and living in a state where she doesn't have access to abortion? Murray's stories magnify and make real the hidden dialogue of society. Readers are left to grapple with the implications and ramifications of the policies and attitudes pervasive in the United States today and question what it means for the future.

Lava Falls (Hardcover): Lucy Jane Bledsoe Lava Falls (Hardcover)
Lucy Jane Bledsoe
R529 R431 Discovery Miles 4 310 Save R98 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Scrabbling for ways to believe in themselves and the world, the spirited, heart-driven people who populate these stories find surprising pockets of hope. A woman returns to the Alaskan cabin of her survivalist childhood, full of misgivings and memories. A trip to Yellowstone sparks a crisis for a man who feels kinship with the wolves he glimpses there. Nursing painful pasts, sisters take a cruise together to Antarctica. A runaway finds salvation from violence in her own singing. And in the title novella, a Grand Canyon rafting expedition profoundly changes the lives of six women. Refusing to buckle under the pressures of family and political traumas, the sojourners in this collection are unified by themes of creative expression and of love-how we define it, how we are impelled by it, and how we are lifted by it.

Kalila and Dimna (Paperback): Wheeler Thackston Kalila and Dimna (Paperback)
Wheeler Thackston; Nasrullah Munshi
R465 R413 Discovery Miles 4 130 Save R52 (11%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

" This masterful translation of one of the most popular books of world literature makes available to an English readership the animal tales known collectively as Kalila and Dimna . Named after the two jackals of Pancatantra fame, this collection of stories is based on a 12th-century Persian translation of an 8th-century original Arabic rendition by Ibn al-Muqaffa'. Set within a frame narrative of counsels given to the Raja of India by his Brahmin minister, the engaging tales about cats and mice, storks and crabs, tortoises and geese, owls and crows, and princes and ascetics, function as cautionary illustrations of human predicaments and all-too-human vices and virtues. Far from being a collection of children's fables, Kalila and Dimna is a Machiavellian mirror for princes containing advice on how to preserve oneself from one's enemies and get ahead at court and in life. The dialogues that constitute the bulk of the narrative harbor a dramatic immediacy, exerting a powerful effect even on a modern-day reader ." -Maria Subtelny, University of Toronto

Scarlet Traces: A War of the Worlds Anthology - A War of the Worlds Anthology (Hardcover): Ian Edginton Scarlet Traces: A War of the Worlds Anthology - A War of the Worlds Anthology (Hardcover)
Ian Edginton; Stephen Baxter, I N J Culbard, Adam Roberts, Emma Beeby, … 1
R529 R359 Discovery Miles 3 590 Save R170 (32%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Collection of short stories set after the events of HG Wells' War of the Worlds AFTER THE WAR OF THE WORLDS It is the dawn of the twentieth century. Following the Martians' failed invasion of Earth, the British Empire has seized their technology and unlocked its secrets for themselves, rolling out new machines and ever more deadly weapons in their quest for dominance. Editor Ian Edginton presents a rich anthology of new stories about imperialism and corruption in the world of HG Wells' most famous creation. Featuring stories by Stephen Baxter, Adam Roberts, James Lovegrove, Emma Beeby and many more.

Appetites - Stories of Love Sex and Death (Paperback): Maggie Ling Appetites - Stories of Love Sex and Death (Paperback)
Maggie Ling
R274 R232 Discovery Miles 2 320 Save R42 (15%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

A solitary woman, her life changed by an afternoon of 'wanting, wanting, wanting', becomes obsessed with a writer at his desk by the window below. A nameless, middle-aged narrator, his sexuality awakened by the manipulative mother of a classmate, looks back to that hot summer in the 'Garden of Eden', where young lives were changed and ruined. And Lennie-girl's father, craving the warmth of his birthplace, forsakes his daughter and vulnerable son. Three stories from a nineteen-story collection in which themes of love and loss, break up and renewal, pleasures and regrets, weave in and out of the lives of protagonists whose ages range from thirteen to sixty-something.

Distant Voices (Paperback): Barbara Erskine Distant Voices (Paperback)
Barbara Erskine
R266 R206 Discovery Miles 2 060 Save R60 (23%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In her second volume of short stories, which follows the hugely successful 'Encounters', Barbara Erskine has created a compelling world of love, betrayal, suspense and grief. A biographer investigating a tragic death hears voices from the past drawing her towards the truth... A nineteenth century parson's daughter is caught up in the excitement and romance of a smuggling intrigue... A young boy from a deprived background finds his own haven in the wastelands of the inner city... Contemporary, historical, spooky, and humorous - there are over thirty delightful stories, each one guaranteed to capture the reader's imagination, and all demonstrating Barbara Erskine's unique powers as a storyteller.

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