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Mythos: The Greek Myths Retold: A Retelling of the Myths of Ancient GreeceMythos: The Greek Myths Retold: A Retelling of…
from Fry, Stephen, ISBN: 9781405934138
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Normal PeopleNormal People
Connell and Marianne grow up in the same small town in rural Ireland. The similarities end there; they are from very different worlds.When they both earn places at Trinity College in Dublin, a connection that has grown between them lasts long into the following years.This is an exquisite love story about how a person can change another person's life - a simple yet profound realisation that unfolds beautifully over the course of the novel.It tells us how difficult it is to talk about how we feel and it tells us - blazingly - about cycles of domination, legitimacy and privilege.Alternating menace with overwhelming tenderness, Sally Rooney's second novel breathes fiction with new life.Publisher: Faber & Faber ISBN: 9780571334643
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Grade 9-1 GCSE English Text Guide - An Inspector Calls (CGP GCSE English 9-1 Revision)Grade 9-1 GCSE English Text Guide - An Inspector…
If you're studying j.B. Priestley's 'An Inspector Calls' for Higher Level GCSE, this CGP Text Guide contains everything you need to get the best marks possible for your essays! It's got crystal-clear, easy-to-read notes on the plot, characters, themes, writer's techniques and historical background. There's also a big range of practice questions in each section - these will test your understanding and give your exam technique a workout., It's all rounded off with a section of in-depth exam advice and a cheeky comic-strip that summarises the whole play. This updated edition is suitable for all GCSE English courses, including the new exams starting in June 2017!
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New GCSE English Literature AQA Poetry Guide: Power & Conflict Anthology - for the Grade 9-1 Course (CGP GCSE English 9-1 Revision)New GCSE English Literature AQA Poetry Guide:…
This superb Grade 9-1 GCSE English Literature Poetry Guide from CGP covers the entire 'Power and Conflict' cluster from the AQA Anthology of Poetry. The full text of every poem is included, with clear, concise notes on the meaning, form, structure and language - plus questions to help students develop their personal responses. It's also very important to be able to compare the poems, so we've included in-depth sections on the themes and poetic techniques found in the cluster., There are practice questions and exam-style questions at the end of each section, and the book is rounded off with plenty of detailed exam advice - including the chance to improve and mark sample answers using a realistic mark scheme. Perfect for getting to grips with exactly what the examiners are looking for!
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Grade 9-1 GCSE English Shakespeare Text Guide - Macbeth (CGP GCSE English 9-1 Revision)Grade 9-1 GCSE English Shakespeare Text Guide -…
This book contains everything you need to write better GCSE English essays on William Shakespeare's 'Macbeth', all presented in a helpful and entertaining way to make study and revision easier. There are clear notes on the plot, characters, themes and historical background, plus practice questions to make sure you understand the main points. There's also a section of exam advice to help you improve your grades.
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The Umbrella Academy Volume 1The Umbrella Academy Volume 1
Gerard Way, of My Chemical Romance, makes his comics writing debut in this outrageous superhero epic that Grant Morrison called ultraviolet psychedelic sherbet bomb of wit and ideas. The superheroes of the 21st century are here at last..." In an inexplicable, worldwide event, forty-seven extraordinary children were spontaneously born by women who previously shown no signs of pregnancy. Millionaire inventor Reginald Hargreeves adopted seven of the children; when asked why, his only explanation was, save the world." These seven children form The Umbrella Academy, a dysfunctional family of superheroes with bizarre powers. Their first adventure at the age of ten pits them against an erratic and deadly Eiffel Tower, piloted by the fearsome zombie-robot Gustave Eiffel. Nearly a decade later, the team disbands, but when Hargreeves unexpectedly dies, these disgruntled siblings reunite just in time to save the world once again
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An Inspector Calls (Heinemann Plays For 14-16+)An Inspector Calls (Heinemann Plays For 14-16+)
The Heinemann Plays series offers contemporary drama and classic plays in durable classroom editions. In this play an inspector interrupts a party to investigate a girl's suicide, and implicates each of the party-makers in her death.
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An Inspector Calls and Other Plays (Penguin Modern Classics)An Inspector Calls and Other Plays (Penguin…
Inspector Calls
from Priestley, J. B., ISBN: 9780141185354
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Blood Brothers (Methuen Modern Play) (Modern Classics)Blood Brothers (Methuen Modern Play) (Modern…
A Liverpudlian West Side Story: twin brothers are separated at birth because their mother cannot afford to keep them both. She gives one of them away to wealthy Mrs Lyons and they grow up as friends in ignorance of their fraternity until the inevitable quarrel unleashes a blood-bath. 'Willy Russell is less concerned with political tub-thumping than with weaving a close-knit story about the working of fate and destiny ...it carries one along with it in almost unreserved enjoyment" Guardian One of the longest-running and most successful ever West End musicals, Blood Brothers premiered at the Liverpool Playhouse in January 1983.
from Russell, Willy, ISBN: 9780413767707
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Macbeth (Wordsworth Classics)Macbeth (Wordsworth Classics)
Shakespeare's Macbeth is one of the greatest tragic dramas the world has known. Macbeth himself, a brave warrior, is fatally impelled by supernatural forces, by his proud wife, and by his own burgeoning ambition. As he embarks on his murderous course to gain and retain the crown of Scotland, we see the appalling emotional and psychological effects on both Lady Macbeth and himself. The cruel ironies of their destiny are conveyed in poetry of unsurpassed power. In the theatre, this tragedy remains perennially engrossing.This volume is part of the new Wordsworth Classics' Shakespeare Series, in which each text has been freshly edited by Professor Cedric Watts.Macbeth is a classic read and is extremely helpful for those studying at school.This paperback book has 128 pages and measures: 19.8 x 12.9 x 0.6cm.Amazon Review:One of Shakespeare's greatest, but also bloodiest tragedies, was written around 1605 to 1606. Many have seen the story of Macbeth's murder and usurpation of the legitimate Scottish King Duncan as having obvious connection to contemporary issues regarding King James I (James VI of Scotland), and the Gunpowder Plot of 1605. King James was particularly fascinated with witchcraft, so the appearance of the witches chanting "Fair is foul, and foul is fair" at the opening of the play seemed particularly topical, as was Macbeth's betrayal of Banquo, from whom James claimed direct descent. However, the play is clearly far more than a piece of royal entertainment. It is also a fast-moving and dramatically satisfying piece of theatre. Macbeth's existential struggle between loyalty to his King and his "Vaulting ambition" is fascinating to watch, as his is struggle with Lady Macbeth, and her own terrifying refusal of her maternal role. The play shows an intensification of Shakespeare's interest in mothers and their effect upon ruling masculinity, and also contains some of the most memorable speeches in the entire canon, including Macbeth's reflections that ultimately life "is a tale/Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,/Signifying nothing". --Jerry Brotton
from Shakespeare, William, ISBN: 9781853260353
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Essays, Journals & Letters

The Doors of Perception: And Heaven and HellThe Doors of Perception: And Heaven and Hell
WITH A FOREWORD j.G. BALLARDIn 1953, in the presence of an investigator, Aldous Huxley took four-tenths of a gramme of mescalin, sat down and waited to see what would happen. When he opened his eyes everything, from the flowers in a vase to the creases in his trousers, was transformed., Huxley described his experience with breathtaking immediacy in The Doors of Perception. In its sequel Heaven and Hell, he goes on to explore the history and nature of mysticism. Still bristling with a sense of excitement and discovery, these illuminating and influential writings remain the most fascinating account of the visionary experience ever written.
from Huxley, Aldous, ISBN: 9780099458203
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Fiesta: The Sun Also Rises (Arrow Classic)Fiesta: The Sun Also Rises (Arrow Classic)
Paris in the twenties: Pernod, parties and expatriate Americans, loose-living on money from home. Jake is wildly in love with Brett Ashley, aristocratic and irresistibly beautiful, but with an abandoned, sensuous nature that she cannot change. When the couple drifts to Spain to the dazzle of the fiesta and the heady atmosphere of the bullfight, their affair is strained by new passions, new jealousies, and Jake must finally learn that he will never possess the woman he loves. Powerful, intense and magnificent, Fiesta is the novel which established Ernest Hemingway as a writer of genius, and set him on the way to being one of the greatest literary novelists of the twentieth century.
from Hemingway, Ernest, ISBN: 9780099908500
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Uncle Tom's Cabin (Wordsworth Classics)Uncle Tom's Cabin (Wordsworth Classics)
Editedand with an Introduction and Notes by Dr Keith Carabine. University of Kent at Canterbury. Uncle Tom's Cabin is the most popular, influential and controversial book written by an American., Stowe's rich, panoramic novel passionately dramatises why the whole of America is implicated in and responsible for the sin of slavery, and resoundingly concludes that only `repentance, justice and mercy' will prevent the onset of `the wrath of Almighty God!'. The novel gave such a terrific impetus to the crusade for the abolition of slavery that President Lincoln half-jokingly greeted Stowe as`the little lady' who started the great Civil War. As Keith Carabine argues in his lively and provocative Introduction, the novel immediately provoked a storm of competing and contradictory responses among Northern and Southern readers, moderate and radical abolitionist groups, blacks and women, with regard to issues of form, genre, politics, religion, race and gender, that are still of great interest because they anticipate the concerns that vex and divide modern readers and critical constituencies.
from Stowe, Harriet Beecher, ISBN: 9781840224023
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History & Criticism

Normal PeopleNormal People
Connell and Marianne grow up in the same small town in rural Ireland. The similarities end there; they are from very different worlds.When they both earn places at Trinity College in Dublin, a connection that has grown between them lasts long into the following years.This is an exquisite love story about how a person can change another person's life - a simple yet profound realisation that unfolds beautifully over the course of the novel.It tells us how difficult it is to talk about how we feel and it tells us - blazingly - about cycles of domination, legitimacy and privilege.Alternating menace with overwhelming tenderness, Sally Rooney's second novel breathes fiction with new life.Publisher: Faber & Faber ISBN: 9780571334643
from Rooney, Sally, ISBN: 9780571334643
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The Umbrella Academy Volume 1The Umbrella Academy Volume 1
Gerard Way, of My Chemical Romance, makes his comics writing debut in this outrageous superhero epic that Grant Morrison called ultraviolet psychedelic sherbet bomb of wit and ideas. The superheroes of the 21st century are here at last..." In an inexplicable, worldwide event, forty-seven extraordinary children were spontaneously born by women who previously shown no signs of pregnancy. Millionaire inventor Reginald Hargreeves adopted seven of the children; when asked why, his only explanation was, save the world." These seven children form The Umbrella Academy, a dysfunctional family of superheroes with bizarre powers. Their first adventure at the age of ten pits them against an erratic and deadly Eiffel Tower, piloted by the fearsome zombie-robot Gustave Eiffel. Nearly a decade later, the team disbands, but when Hargreeves unexpectedly dies, these disgruntled siblings reunite just in time to save the world once again
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Oxford School Shakespeare: MacbethOxford School Shakespeare: Macbeth
Oxford School Shakespeare is an acclaimed edition especially designed for students, with accessible on-page notes and explanatory illustrations, clear background information, and rigorous but accessible scholarly credentials. Macbeth is one of the most popular texts for study by secondary students the world over. This edition includes illustrations, preliminary notes, reading lists (including websites) and classroom notes.
from Shakespeare, William, ISBN: 9780198324003
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Literary Reference

The Making of a Poem: A Norton Anthology of Poetic FormsThe Making of a Poem: A Norton Anthology of…
Making Of A Poem, The: A Norton Anthology Of Poetic Forms by Strand, Mark
from Boland, Eavan, ISBN: 9780393321784
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Giants, Monsters & Dragons - an Encyclopedia of Folklore, Legend & MythGiants, Monsters & Dragons - an Encyclopedia of…
paperback. Pub Date: 2002 Pages: 416 Publisher: WW Norton & Co. We have always conjured up creatures never seen in nature. FROM flying horses and two-headed birds to the Fire-eathing dragons and enormous killer skunks. AS well as fantastic distortions of our own image. from giants to nubile maidens. In these pages you will meet extraordinary beings from Hindu and Navajo religions. Scandinavian tales. Russian folklore. Lithuanian stories. Irish oral history. American tall tales. and Aztec myth. Just some of the monstrous entourage: Baku. a benevolent Japanese monster with the body of a horse. the head of a lion. and the legs of a tiger. who helps people by devouring their nightmares. Kurma. the giant tortoise of Hindu myth. whose upper shell forms the heavens and lower part the earth. Missipissy. the feared fish serpent of North America's Great Lakes region. This illustrated ...
from Rose, Carol, ISBN: 9780393322118
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The Element Pocket Encyclopedia of Mind, Body, Spirit and EarthThe Element Pocket Encyclopedia of Mind, Body,…
from Crosse, Joanna, ISBN: 9781902618104
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Poetry

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Mythos: The Greek Myths Retold: A Retelling of the Myths of Ancient GreeceMythos: The Greek Myths Retold: A Retelling of…
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Shakespeare, William

Macbeth (Wordsworth Classics)Macbeth (Wordsworth Classics)
Shakespeare's Macbeth is one of the greatest tragic dramas the world has known. Macbeth himself, a brave warrior, is fatally impelled by supernatural forces, by his proud wife, and by his own burgeoning ambition. As he embarks on his murderous course to gain and retain the crown of Scotland, we see the appalling emotional and psychological effects on both Lady Macbeth and himself. The cruel ironies of their destiny are conveyed in poetry of unsurpassed power. In the theatre, this tragedy remains perennially engrossing.This volume is part of the new Wordsworth Classics' Shakespeare Series, in which each text has been freshly edited by Professor Cedric Watts.Macbeth is a classic read and is extremely helpful for those studying at school.This paperback book has 128 pages and measures: 19.8 x 12.9 x 0.6cm.Amazon Review:One of Shakespeare's greatest, but also bloodiest tragedies, was written around 1605 to 1606. Many have seen the story of Macbeth's murder and usurpation of the legitimate Scottish King Duncan as having obvious connection to contemporary issues regarding King James I (James VI of Scotland), and the Gunpowder Plot of 1605. King James was particularly fascinated with witchcraft, so the appearance of the witches chanting "Fair is foul, and foul is fair" at the opening of the play seemed particularly topical, as was Macbeth's betrayal of Banquo, from whom James claimed direct descent. However, the play is clearly far more than a piece of royal entertainment. It is also a fast-moving and dramatically satisfying piece of theatre. Macbeth's existential struggle between loyalty to his King and his "Vaulting ambition" is fascinating to watch, as his is struggle with Lady Macbeth, and her own terrifying refusal of her maternal role. The play shows an intensification of Shakespeare's interest in mothers and their effect upon ruling masculinity, and also contains some of the most memorable speeches in the entire canon, including Macbeth's reflections that ultimately life "is a tale/Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,/Signifying nothing". --Jerry Brotton
from Shakespeare, William, ISBN: 9781853260353
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Othello (Wordsworth Classics)Othello (Wordsworth Classics)
This is an intense drama of love, deception, jealousy and destruction. Desdemona's love for Othello, the Moor, transcends racial prejudice; but the envious Iago conspires to devastate their lives. In its vivid rendering of racism, sexism, contested identities, and the savagery lurking within civilisation, Othello is arguably the most topical and accessible tragedy from Shakespeare's major phase as a dramatist.A brilliant book with an interesting plot, perfect for home and school reading.This paperback book measures: 19.8 x 12.9 x 0.9cm.
from Shakespeare, William, ISBN: 9781853260186
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Romeo and Juliet (Wordsworth Classics)Romeo and Juliet (Wordsworth Classics)
Edited, introduced and annotated by Cedric Watts, Research Professor of English Literature, University of Sussex. The Wordsworth Classics' Shakespeare Series presents a newly-edited sequence of William Shakespeare's works. The textual editing takes account of recent scholarship while giving the material a careful reappraisal., Romeo and Juliet is the world's most famous drama of tragic young love. Defying the feud which divides their families, Romeo and Juliet enjoy the fleeting rapture of courtship, marriage and sexual fulfilment; but a combination of old animosities and new coincidences brings them to suicidal deaths. This play offers a rich mixture of romantic lyricism, bawdy comedy, intimate harmony and sudden violence., Long successful in the theatre, it has also generated numerous operas, ballets and films; and these have helped to make Romeo and Juliet perennially topical.
from Shakespeare, William, ISBN: 9781840224337
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