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The Blood of the Martyrs

by Naomi Mitchison

Introduced by Donald Smith. Set in Rome during Nero's reign of terror, The Blood of the Martyrs is a disciplined historical novel tracing the destruction of one cell of the early church. With a cast of slaves,...


A Beleaguered City and Other Tales of the Seen and the Unseen

by Margaret Oliphant

Edited and introduced by Jenni Calder. Haunted by a sense that the living and the dead are separated by no more than a narrow and disputed borderland, the tales that Margaret Oliphant liked to call her 'stories...


Sartor Resartus

by Thomas Carlyle

This extraordinary work is at one and the same time an account of a personal spiritual crisis and a hilarious spoof on academic learning, early Victorian values and materialism. In Sartor Resartus ('the tailor...


The Three Perils Of Man

by James Hogg

Edited and introduced by Douglas Gifford. The Three Perils of Man is regarded as Hogg's most ambitious work of fiction. The book's extraordinary combination of the fantastic, the funny, the serious and the historically...


My First Summer in the Sierra

by John Muir

'No other writer is so ceaselessly astonished by the natural world as he.' Robert Macfarlane The name of John Muir has come to stand for the protection of wild land and wilderness in both America and Britain....


A Scots Quair

by Lewis Grassic Gibbon

Edited and introduced by Tom Crawford. 'It would be impossible to overestimate Lewis Grassic Gibbon's importance . . . A Scots Quair is a landmark work; it permeates the Scottish literary consciousness and colours...


The Cossacks

by Leo Nikoleyevich Tolstoy, Louise Maude & Aylmer Maude

A young man, Olenin, is stationed in the Caucasus, where he falls in love with the place, the people, and the simple way of life. Though he has fallen in love with the betrothed of a man he has befriended, he...


The House with the Green Shutters

by George Douglas Brown

Introduced by Cairns Craig. The most famous Scottish novel of the early twentieth century, The House with the Green Shutters has remained a landmark on the literary scene ever since it was first published in...


The Private Memoirs and Confessions Of A Justified Sinner

by James Hogg

The Complete Edition. Includes the engraved frontispiece and (fictional) dedication and with a new preface by Ian Rankin. It is Scotland in the early eighteenth century. Fear and superstition grip the land....


The House by the Churchyard

by Sheridan Le Fanu

Sheridan Le Fanu's historical mystery novel The House by the Churchyard was written in 1863. A skull unearthed in a churchyard show signs of violent blows to the head and, even more disturbingly, the small hole...


The Old Wives' Tale

by Arnold Bennett

This novel about the divergent lives of two sisters which spans the Victorian and Edwardian periods is a 20th-century classic. Recently included in the list of the greatest 20th-century novels.


The Merchant of Venice

by William Shakespeare

The Merchant of Venice is classed as one of Shakespeare's comedies, but is more often remembered for its dramatic characters and situations. Though the villain of the piece, the Jewish moneylender Shylock is...


Ptomaine Street: The Tale of Warble Petticoat

by Carolyn Wells

Though today she is best remembered for the dozens of mystery novels she penned in the later stages of her literary career, much of Carolyn Wells' early work was in the humor genre. This witty satire of life...


An Echo of Antietam

by Edward Bellamy

Though the Civil War short story "An Echo of Antietam" marks a notable departure from the utopian fantasy that helped author Edward Bellamy rise to literary acclaim, it highlights similar themes of community...


The Ghost: A Modern Fantasy

by Arnold Bennett

British writer Arnold Bennett rose to literary prominence as a chronicler of life in the quiet, low-key villages of the Potteries district of Staffordshire. In The Ghost, Bennett applies his skill with detailed...


Paste Jewels

by John Kendrick Bangs

This linked story cycle from sharp-witted humorist John Kendrick Bangs delves into the delights and tribulations of married life. Beginning with the wedding of starry-eyed lovebirds Jane and Thaddeus, Paste...


Dear Brutus

by J. M. Barrie

Unlike much of his dramatic oeuvre, J. M. Barrie's play Dear Brutus has a number of striking parallels with the author's most enduring work, the children's classic Peter Pan. In this play, a mysterious man of...


The Intoxicated Ghost: And Other Stories

by Arlo Bates

In this charming collection of short stories from American poet and journalist Arlo Bates, weighty subjects are addressed with lighthearted wit. In the title tale, a family finds itself on the brink of collapse...


Clarissa: Or, the History of a Young Lady

by Samuel Richardson

Immerse yourself in the epic sweep of what some critics regard as one of the most culturally significant novels ever written. Clarissa Harlowe is a virtuous young woman whose nouveau riche family wants desperately...


Aunt Jane's Nieces in the Red Cross

by Edith Van Dyne

The "Aunt Jane's Nieces" series was a wildly popular juvenile fiction collection written by L. Frank Baum, the author of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, using the feminine pen name "Edith Van Dyne." This book, the...