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The Complete Christmas Books and Stories (A to Z Classics)

by Charles Dickens

Contents :

The Christmas Books:
– A Christmas Carol
– The Chimes
– The Cricket on the Hearth
– The Battle of Life
– The Haunted Man and the Ghost’s Bargain

The Christmas Stories:
– A Christmas Tree
– What Christmas is as we Grow Older
– The Poor Relation’s Story
– The Child’s Story
– The Schoolboy’s Story
– Nobody’s Story
– The Seven Poor Travellers
– The Holly-Tree
– Wreck of the Golden Mary
– The Perils of Certain English Prisoners
– Going into Society
– A Message From the Sea
– Tom Tiddler’s Ground
– Somebody’s Luggage
– Mrs. Lirriper’s Lodgings
– Mrs. Lirriper’s Legacy
– Doctor Marigold
– Mugby Junction
– No Thoroughfare



Innocence Lost – A Childhood Stolen

by Philip Mygatt

INNOCENCE LOST – A CHILDHOOD STOLEN is a gripping story told by a seventy-eight-year-old woman recounting her life; from a small Polish farm, to the Warsaw Ghetto, to Auschwitz, across war-torn Europe to Bavaria, and finally, as an adult, to Israel; her memories now clouded by time and events often too horrible to recount. It is a thrilling, unsettling, historical fictional novel about Mira, a ten-year-old Polish Jew only moments away from the gas chambers at Auschwitz and a die-hard Nazi, Doktor Heinrich Mueller, the SS physician who rescues her for his own dark, ulterior motives.



My Troyboy is a Twat (Ruth Roth Series Book 3)

by Paula Houseman

Love, romance, marriage, and a dark little secret. Shh â?¦ Small things let loose can grow out of hand.

Ruth Roth’s new husband can’t keep it in. If only he had all those years ago, things might be different now.

His big mouth sends every family member into hell. Except for Ruth’s late mother. She blows in from there. Seems the woman just won’t die. Or let up. Faaaark!

As if Mama’s earbashing isn’t enough, everyone else needs a scapegoat. Ruth is it. Somehow, this mess is her fault.

With everything falling apart, she feels overwhelmed. Until a hunky celebrity pants manâ??who clearly wants to get into hersâ??befriends her and makes her feel all warm and fuzzy. At the same time, an educated silicone seductress has designs on hubby.

Temptation abounds. But it’s overshadowed when a startling discovery throws Ruth and her man into uncharted waters, and life comes crashing down.

Ruth has survived plenty with the help of her friends. And as a writer, her wry wit, dirty muse, and a bent for ancient mythology have sustained her. This, though, might be her undoing.



Wuthering Heights

by Emily Brontë

Wuthering Heights is Emily Brontë’s only novel. It was first published in 1847 under the pseudonym Ellis Bell, and a posthumous second edition was edited by her sister Charlotte. The name of the novel comes from the Yorkshire manor on the moors on which the story centres (as an adjective, wuthering is a Yorkshire word referring to turbulent weather). The narrative tells the tale of the all-encompassing and passionate, yet thwarted, love between Heathcliff and Catherine Earnshaw, and how this unresolved passion eventually destroys them and many around them.



Jane Eyre

by Charlotte Brontë

Jane Eyre, the story of a young girl and her passage into adulthood, was an immediate commercial success at the time of its original publication in 1847. Its representation of the underside of domestic life and the hypocrisy behind religious enthusiasm drew both praise and bitter criticism, while Charlotte Brontë’s striking expose of poor living conditions for children in charity schools as well as her poignant portrayal of the limitations faced by women who worked as governesses sparked great controversy and social debate. Jane Eyre, Brontë’s best-known novel, remains an extraordinary coming-of-age narrative, and one of the great classics of literature.



The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes

by Arthur Conan Doyle

The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes is a collection of Sherlock Holmes stories, originally published in 1894, by Arthur Conan Doyle.



The Complete Sherlock Holmes Collection: 221B (Illustrated)

by Arthur Conan Doyle

Sherlock Holmes is a fictional detective of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, who first appeared in publication in 1887. He is the creation of Scottish born author and physician Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. A brilliant London-based detective, Holmes is famous for his intellectual prowess, and is renowned for his skillful use of deductive reasoning (somewhat mistakenly – see inductive reasoning) and astute observation to solve difficult cases. He is arguably the most famous fictional detective ever created, and is one of the best known and most universally recognizable literary characters in any genre.

Conan Doyle wrote four novels and fifty-six short stories that featured Holmes. All but four stories were narrated by Holmes’ friend and biographer, Dr. John H. Watson, two having been narrated by Holmes himself, and two others written in the third person. The first two stories, short novels, appeared in Beeton’s Christmas Annual for 1887 and Lippincott’s Monthly Magazine in 1890. The character grew tremendously in popularity with the beginning of the first series of short stories in The Strand Magazine in 1891; further series of short stories and two serialized novels appeared almost right up to Conan Doyle’s death in 1930. The stories cover a period from around 1878 up to 1903, with a final case in 1914.

This collection contains all the 60 official and the 6 unofficial Sherlock Holmes stories – in total 66 works (the biggest and greatest Sherlock Holmes collection in the eBook world)



The Mystery of Cloomber

by Arthur Conan Doyle

Near their residence, Branksome, is The Cloomber Hall, for many years untenanted. After a little while it is settled in by John Berthier Heatherstone, late of the Indian Army. General Heatherstone is nervous to the point of being paranoid. As the story unfolds, it becomes evident that his fears are connected with some people in India whom he has offended somehow. People hear a strange sound, like the tolling of a bell, in his presence, which seems to cause the general great discomfort. Every year his paranoia reaches its climax around the fifth of October, after which date his fears subside for a while. After some time there is a shipwreck in the bay and among the survivors are three Buddhist priests who had boarded the ship from Kurrachee.



Arthur Conan Doyle: The Best Works

by Arthur Conan Doyle

This ebook compiles Conan Doyle’s greatest writings, including novels and short stories such as “A Study in Scarlet”, “The Hound of the Baskervilles”, “The Lost World”, “The Adventure of the Speckled Band”, “The Sign of Four” and “The White Company”.

This edition has been professionally formatted and contains several tables of contents. The first table of contents (at the very beginning of the ebook) lists the titles of all novels included in this volume. By clicking on one of those titles you will be redirected to the beginning of that work, where you’ll find a new TOC that lists all the chapters and sub-chapters of that specific work.



The Hound of the Baskervilles

by Arthur Conan Doyle

The rich landowner Sir Charles Baskerville is found dead in the park of his manor surrounded by the grim moor of Dartmoor, in the county of Devon. His death seems to have been caused by a heart attack, but the victim’s best friend, Dr. Mortimer, is convinced that the strike was due to a supernatural creature, which haunts the moor in the shape of an enormous hound, with blazing eyes and jaws. In order to protect Baskerville’s heir, Sir Henry, who’s arriving to London from Canada, Dr. Mortimer asks for Sherlock Holmes’ help, telling him also of the so-called Baskervilles’ curse, according to which a monstrous hound has been haunting and killing the family males for centuries, in revenge for the misdeeds of one Sir Hugo Baskerville, who lived at the time of Oliver Cromwell.



Complete Works

by Oscar Wilde

This ebook contains all of Oscar Wilde’s plays (including the fragments), his only novel, his fairy tales and short stories, the poems, all of his essays, lectures, reviews, and other newspaper articles, based on the 1909 edition of his works.

For easier navigation, there are tables of contents for each section and one for the whole volume. At the end of each text there are links bringing you back to the respective contents tables. I have also added an alphabetical index for the poems and a combined one for all the essays, lectures, articles, and reviews.

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Contents:

THE PLAYS.
Vera or the Nihilists, The Duchess of Padua, Lady Windermere’s Fan, A Woman of No Importance, An Ideal Husband, The Importance of Being Earnest, Salomé (the French original and Bosie’s translation, and the fragments of La Sainte Courtisane and A Florentine Tragedy.

THE NOVEL.
The Picture of Dorian Gray.

THE STORIES.
All the stories and tales from The Happy Prince and Other Tales, Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime and Other Stories (incl. The Portrait of Mr. W.H.), and A House of Pomegranates.

THE POEMS.
The Collected Poems of O.W.

THE ESSAYS etc.
The four essays from ‘Intentions’, The Soul of Man under Socialism, De Profundis (the unabridged version!), The Rise of Historical Criticism, the lectures (The English Renaissance in Art, House Decoration, Art and the Handicraftsman, Lecture to Art Students)



The Nightingale and the Rose (Original 1888 Edition): Annotated

by Oscar Wilde

A nightingale overhears a student complaining that his professor’s daughter will not dance with him, as he is unable to give her a red rose. The nightingale visits all the rose-trees in the garden, and one of the white roses tell her that there’s a way to produce a red rose, but only if the nightingale is prepared to sing the sweetest song for the rose all night, and sacrifice her life to do so. Seeing the student in tears, the nightingale carries out the ritual, and impales herself on the rose-tree’s thorn so that her heart’s blood can stain the rose. The student takes the rose to the professor’s daughter, but she again rejects him because another man has sent her some real jewels, and “everybody knows that jewels cost far more than flowers.” The student angrily throws the rose into the gutter, returns to his study of metaphysics, and decides not to believe in true love anymore.



The Happy Prince and Other Tales

by Oscar Wilde

The Happy Prince and Other Tales (sometimes called The Happy Prince and Other Stories) is a collection of stories for children by Oscar Wilde first published in May 1888. It contains five stories, “The Happy Prince”, “The Nightingale and the Rose”, “The Selfish Giant”, “The Devoted Friend”, and “The Remarkable Rocket”. It is most famous for its title story, “The Happy Prince”.



The White Company

by Arthur Conan Doyle

A historical adventure set during the Hundred Years’ War. The story follows a young man as he leaves the shelter of an abbey in England and becomes involved with Edward, the Black Prince’s campaign in Spain. Doyle later wrote a prequel, titled “Sir Nigel”, concerning the early life of one of the heroes in this novel.

“We go to France, and from thence I trust to Spain, in humble search of a field in which we may win advancement and perchance some small share of glory. For this purpose I would have you know that it is not my wont to let any occasion pass where it is in any way possible that honor may be gained. I would have you bear this in mind, and give great heed to it that you may bring me word of all cartels, challenges, wrongs, tyrannies, infamies, and wronging of damsels. Nor is any occasion too small to take note of, for I have known such trifles as the dropping of a gauntlet, or the flicking of a breadcrumb, when well and properly followed up, lead to a most noble spear-running.”

– Sir Nigel, “The White Company”



Rodney Stone

by Arthur Conan Doyle

Rodney Stone is a Gothic mystery and boxing novel by Scottish writer Sir Arthur Conan Doyle first published in 1896.



The Canterville Ghost

by Oscar Wilde

The Canterville Ghost is a popular 1887 novella by Oscar Wilde, widely adapted for the screen and stage.
“The Canterville Ghost” is a parody featuring a dramatic spirit named Sir Simon and the United States minister (ambassador) to the Court of St. James’s, Hiram B. Otis. Mr. Otis travels to England with his family and moves into a haunted country house. Lord Canterville, the previous owner of the house, warns Mr. Otis that the ghost of Sir Simon de Canterville has haunted it ever since he killed his wife, Eleonore, three centuries before. But Mr. Otis dismisses the ghost story as bunk and disregards Lord Canterville’s warnings. When the Otises learn that the house is indeed haunted, they succeed in victimizing the ghost and in disregarding age-old British traditions. What emerges is a satire of American materialism, a lampoon of traditional British values, and an amusing twist on the traditional gothic horror tale.



The Poison Belt

by Arthur Conan Doyle

The Poison Belt was the second story, a novella, that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote about Professor Challenger. Written in 1913, roughly a year before the outbreak of World War I, much of it takes place–rather oddly, given that it follows The Lost World, a story set in the jungle–in a room in Challenger’s house. This would be the last story written about Challenger until the 1920s, by which time Doyle’s spiritualist beliefs had begun to affect his writing.



The Sign of the Four

by Arthur Conan Doyle

First published in 1890, The Sign of Four is Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s second book starring legendary detective Sherlock Holmes. The story is complex, involving a secret between four ex-cons from India and a hidden treasure. More complex than the first Holmes novel, The Sign of Four also introduces the detective’s drug habit and leaves breadcrumbs for the reader that lead toward the final resolution.



The Lost World

by Arthur Conan Doyle

The Lost World is a novel released in 1912 by Arthur Conan Doyle concerning an expedition to a plateau in South America where prehistoric animals (dinosaurs and other extinct creatures) still survive. The character of Professor Challenger was introduced in this book. Interestingly, for a seminal work of dinosaur-related fiction, the animals only occupy a small portion of the narrative. Much more time is devoted to a war between early human hominids and a vicious tribe of ape-like creatures.



The Great Shadow

by Arthur Conan Doyle

The Great Shadow, also known as The Great Shadow and other Napoleonic Tales, is an action and adventure novel written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and published in 1892 in J.W. Arrowsmith’s Bristol Library. The novel takes place in the Napoleonic era on the English-Scottish border city called West Inch. The Great Shadow refers to the Napoleon’s influence and his reputation that forms a shadow over West Inch.



A House of Pomegranates

by Oscar Wilde

A House of Pomegranates is a collection of whimisical short stories by Oscar Wilde. This collections includes the following tales: The Young King, The Birthday of the Infanta, The Fisherman and his Soul, and The Star-child. Readers of all ages will be delighted by these fanciful tales.



The Valley of Fear

by Arthur Conan Doyle

The plot of the novel is based very loosely on the real-life activities of the Molly Maguires and, particularly, of Pinkerton agent James McParland.

The novel is divided into two parts: in the first, Holmes investigates an apparent murder and discovers that the body belongs to another man; and in the second, the story of the man originally thought to have been the victim is told.



The Exploits of Brigadier Gerard

by Arthur Conan Doyle

Sir Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle (22 May 1859 – 7 July 1930) was a Scottish writer and physician, most noted for his fictional stories about the detective Sherlock Holmes, which are generally considered milestones in the field of crime fiction. Brigadier Gerard is the hero of a series of comic short stories by the British writer Arthur Conan Doyle. The hero, Etienne Gerard, is a Hussar in the French Army during the Napoleonic Wars. Gerard’s most notable attribute is his vanity – he is utterly convinced that he is the bravest soldier, greatest swordsman, most accomplished horseman and most gallant lover in all France. Gerard is not entirely wrong, since he displays notable bravery on many occasions, but his self-satisfaction undercuts this quite often. Obsessed with honour and glory, he is always ready with a stirring speech or a gallant remark to a lady.



Uncle Bernac

by Arthur Conan Doyle

At this unexpected announcement Talleyrand and Berthier looked at each other in silence, and for once the trained features of the great diplomatist, who lived behind a mask, betrayed the fact that he was still capable of emotion. The spasm which passed over them was caused, however, rather by mischievous amusement than by consternation, while Berthier–who had an honest affection for both Napoleon and Josephine– ran frantically to the door as if to bar the Empress from entering.



The Hit (Police Inspector Hadas Levinger, An Israeli Mystery Series Book 2)

by Michal Hartstein

A mysterious hitman opens fire on a Tel Aviv café and opens a Pandora’s box.

It is a warm and sunny day when gunfire destroys the peace of lunchtime diners at a trendy café in central Tel Aviv. The shots, fired by a mysterious biker, hit several people, and two of them die on the spot: Kobi Ozri, a former criminal and police informer, and a young woman, a local office worker. Kobi’s handler, Hadas Levinger, is immediately brought in to solve the double murder. As she mourns Kobi’s death and confronts a public storm about the powerlessness of the police in their battle against the underworld, Hadas sets out on a journey full of startling twists and turns, until she exposes the surprising truth – all the while facing shattering revelations in her personal life.


The Hit is the second book in the Inspector Hadas Levinger series. It was preceded by Hill of Secrets.



A Study in Scarlet

by Arthur Conan Doyle

A Study in Scarlet is a detective mystery novel written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, which was first published in 1887. It is the first story to feature the character of Sherlock Holmes, who would later become one of the most famous and iconic literary detective characters, with long-lasting interest and appeal. The book’s title derives from a speech given by Holmes to his companion Doctor Watson on the nature of his work, in which he describes the story’s murder investigation as his “study in scarlet”: “There’s the scarlet thread of murder running through the colourless skein of life, and our duty is to unravel it, and isolate it, and expose every inch of it.”



Jane Eyre (German Edition)

by Charlotte Brontë

Der Roman erzählt die Lebensgeschichte von Jane Eyre, die nach einer schweren Kindheit eine Stelle als Gouvernante annimmt und sich in ihren Arbeitgeber verliebt, jedoch immer wieder um ihre Freiheit und Selbstbestimmung kämpfen muss.



Divine Providence: or when all else fails, be lucky

by Ian Moore

Divine Providence is a collection of short stories and poems that ask the question: â??Why, when good befalls us we calls it Providence, but when evil befalls us we call it fate?’

The Alchemy of Happiness features, Aloysius Williams’ adventures’ in search of the meaning of happiness; along with a collection of poems & satires on religion, culture and prejudice which will challenge the history buffs and delight the lovers of tall-tales and happy endings.

There is a special Providence that protects
idiots, drunkards, children and the United
States of America.
Otto von Bismarck



Rocket Fuel Pee: Man of Ruin

by Oliver Franks

Would you call â??pee of destruction’ a superpower? Then you’ve never had to deal with it.

For Dave Smith, it’s the end of his world.

You see, it burns through everything it touches. Boy does it burn.

He was an average sort of a bloke before – now he’s a mortal danger to pretty much anything that happens to stand in his way.

Toilets, trees, walls – nothing and nobody is safe. At least not when a certain call of nature comes, well, calling.

So the poor guy doesn’t have a whole lot of options. It’s a case of problems, rather than options. How to cope? Where to wee? Why in the hell is this happening to me?

Then there’s the police to consider.

Man of Ruin is the first book in the Rocket Fuel Pee trilogy, a series of comic novels aimed squarely at fans of dodgy â??cult’ sci-fi horror movies and gruesome late night TV shows. You know, the ones with mutations and splatter and science-gone-wrong. Plus you need to appreciate British humour. Or at least not get wound up by it.

PRAISE FROM READERS:

“An entirely original comic novel that brings to life the theories that junk food and environmental pollution are poisoning humankind.”

“The author manages to turn something outlandish into something quite humorous.”

“Sometimes you need something that is just comical and against the norm.”

“Original, hilarious.”

“Pure filth, I loved it.”



Old Hunting Grounds and Other Stories: Volume One

by Yuri Kazakov

The two volumes consist of 38 short stories and travel sketches describing Russians and parts of the Soviet Union which up to Kazakov’s time (he died in 1982) had been almost untouched by that country’s 20th century upheavals. The majority of his settings are the coast and forests adjoining the White Sea, peopled by hunters, fishermen, buoy-keepers, ancient peasants, children in the most halcyon moment of their youth, and among his memorable actors are not excluded even an occasional soul-full dog or bear. Through the eyes of this new array of ‘Russian originals’ we return to forgotten ways of perceiving the world around us, of appreciating the essential miracle of our lives and surrounding universe extending from the immediate and unremarked pebble or flower, out to the infinitudes of which we are a part. The sense of the two books is topical and universal: the degree of man’s involvement in the harmony and natural processes of the world is an essential measure of his moral dignity. That such natural processes included hunting, for instance, is a challenging thought in our environmentally-ideological and conservation-focused times. In the classic style of the Russian short story Kazakov’s narratives move at a leisurely pace and often end apparently inconclusively, but they never fail to induce a deeply reflective mood. A few of his tales do have an urban setting, but even those are suffused with a pastoral quality, contributed to by the inescapable presence of the seasonal and climactic envelopment of man’s works; and too by nature’s mind-borne continuities: a suburban boy repeatedly imagining and remembering episodes in some once-glimpsed corner of Russia’s backwoods. Such recollections, and more immediate contemplations of nature in other stories, return and return like sighs among the meanders of Kazakov’s uncomplicated plots.



Old Hunting Grounds and Other Stories: Volume Two

by Yuri Kazakov

In this second volume Kazakov presents more of his engaging character-cameos and North Russian scenic compositions. His pristine settings are once again living presences described with the touch of a “psychologist of nature”, to quote one of his admirers, the poet Andrei Voznesensky. This was a region whose inhabitants even as late as the second half of the 20th century were still largely unaffected by the complexities of modernity: folk for whom the arena of their daily activities was the primordial one of their surroundings; that is, an immediately-sensed universe extending from the near and at first glance ordinary, outwards to the heavens of the northern lights and the very stars. It is, or was until recently, still possible beside the White Sea and its adjacent forests and tundra to daily observe country people living in that sort of integration with nature, accepting without question the ocean, the land, and the seasons as the determining powers in their lives and be hardly aware of any other; it was certainly possible a generation ago in Kazakov’s time, even in a nation which for years had been frenetically industrializing, and whose relation with its environment was relentlessly exploitative. But in the cities as well, including that modernizing hothouse which was the Soviet Union’s Moscow, some sense of that unity with nature still lingers in these stories, and not merely because references to climate are inescapable in Russian writing. For Kazakov simply saw no opposition between urbanized, technologically evolving humans, and the rest of that universe we call “natural”. An intercity bus or elektrichka or silver-bellied aeroplane was to him as remarkable, but not more so, as any outgrowths produced by other organisms or by inorganic matter. If his tales of hunting on land and whaling in Arctic waters predominate, if they define his milieu and have established his reputation among those who have discovered his writing, it was because to his retrospective imagination the hunt and its associated culture was in his time a uniquely genuine though departing instance of that very integration with nature, by the way it partook in nature’s immemorial cycle of life and death that in turn sustains life again.



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