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Splendor´s intrigue

by Meir Magar

“Splendour’s Intrigue”, a genealogical novel written by a member of an old Sephardic family, becomes the center of a plot in which secret services, terrorists and academics all become parts of the complicated Middle Eastern geo-politics.

The Ha’Levi Abulafia family saga, which begins in biblical times and goes through the Spanish forced exile of Jews to Christopher Columbus’ discovery of the New World and ultimately to modern days, hides a secret which has only been transmitted orally from generation to generation.

What is that secret? Who is interested in revealing it? What consequences would it bring to the world if its truth is revealed?

A conspiracy of appearances and intrigues holds the ultimate key to discovering its dangerous “truth”.

“A powerful intrigue where the daily and the sacred merge with international geopolitics and the future of humanity. An un-relenting in crescendo pace which allows no rest until it reaches an outcome in which characters and stories converge to the edge of vertigo”.
___ The National Newspaper



The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

by Arthur Conan Doyle

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes is a collection of twelve stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, featuring his famous detective and illustrated by Sidney Paget.

These are the first of the Sherlock Holmes short stories, originally published as single stories in the Strand Magazine from July 1891 to June 1892. The book was published in England on October 14, 1892 by George Newnes Ltd and in a US Edition on October 15 by Harper. The initial combined print run was 14,500 copies.



Band of Gold

by Maggie Christensen

A relationship after a failed marriage. Can Anna love again? Does she dare?

Anna Hollis is a forty-seven year old schoolteacher living in Sydney with a daughter in the throes of first love and aging parents. She believes she has a happy marriage and a friend she can trust with her life.

When her husband of twenty-five years leaves on Christmas morning with no explanation, her secure world collapses. His subsequent untimely death, followed by unexpected claims made on his estate, lead to complications which fuel her bitterness and grief.

Marcus King has returned to Australia from the US, leaving behind a broken marriage and the son he thought was his.

The pair meet when Marcus becomes the new Headmaster at Anna’s school and they form a fragile friendship.

Can Anna leave the past behind and make a new life for herself, and does Marcus have a part to play in her future?

Band of Gold is women’s fiction featuring compelling real-life characters, fascinating plot twists and a strong mid-life heroine. If you like feel-good stories of second chances, you’ll love Maggie Christensen’s book.

Pick up Band of Gold to step into Anna’s shoes today.



The Picture of Dorian Gray

by Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde’s story of a fashionable young man who sells his soul for eternal youth and beauty is one of his most popular works. Written in Wilde’s characteristically dazzling manner, full of stinging epigrams and shrewd observations, the tale of Dorian Gray’s moral disintegration caused something of a scandal when it first appeared in 1890. Wilde was attacked for his decadence and corrupting influence, and a few years later the book and the aesthetic/moral dilemma it presented became issues in the trials occasioned by Wilde’s homosexual liaisons, trials that resulted in his imprisonment. Of the book’s value as autobiography, Wilde noted in a letter, “Basil Hallward is what I think I am: Lord Henry what the world thinks me: Dorian what I would like to be–in other ages, perhaps.”



His Last Bow

by Arthur Conan Doyle

His Last Bow is a collection of seven Sherlock Holmes stories (eight in American editions) by Arthur Conan Doyle, as well as the title of one of the stories in that collection. Originally published in 1917, it contains the various Holmes stories published between 1908 and 1913, as well as the one-off title story from 1917.

The collection was originally called Reminiscences of Sherlock Holmes and did not contain the actual story His Last Bow, which appeared later, after the full-length The Valley of Fear was published. However later editions added it and changed the title. Some recent complete editions have restored the earlier title.

When the Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes were published in the USA for the first time, the publishers believed “The Adventure of the Cardboard Box” was too scandalous for the American public, since it dealt with the theme of adultery. As a result, this story was not published in the USA until many years later, when it was added to His Last Bow. Even today, most American editions of the canon include it with His Last Bow, while most British editions keep the story in its original place in The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes.



The Return of Sherlock Holmes

by Arthur Conan Doyle

The Return of Sherlock Holmes is a collection of 13 Sherlock Holmes stories, originally published in 1903-1904, by Arthur Conan Doyle.

The book was first published on March 7, 1905 by Georges Newnes, Ltd and in a Colonial edition by Longmans. 30,000 copies were made of the initial print run. The US edition by McClure, Phillips & Co. added another 28,000 to the run.

This was the first Holmes collection since 1893, when Holmes had “died” in “The Adventure of the Final Problem”. Having published The Hound of the Baskervilles in 1901-1902 (although setting it before Holmes’ death) Doyle came under intense pressure to revive his famous character.



The Complete Sherlock Holmes Collection: 221B (Illustrated)

by Arthur Conan Doyle

Arthur Conan Doyle’s master criminologist Sherlock Holmes continues to delight readers around the world more than a century after he first appeared in print (in 1887’s A Study in Scarlet). Here you will find all four Sherlock Holmes novels as well as the short story collections The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, The Return of Sherlock Holmes and His Last Bow – Some Reminiscences of Sherlock Holmes.



Brontë Sisters: Complete Poems

by Brontë Sisters

CONTENTS

Pilate’s Wife’s Dream.
Faith and Despondency.
A Reminiscence.
Mementos.
Stars.
The Philosopher.
The Arbour.
Home.
The Wife’s Will.
Remembrance.
Vanitas Vanitatum, Omnia Vanitas.
The Wood.
A Death-Scene.
Song.
The Penitent.
Music on Christmas Morning.
Frances.
Anticipation.
Stanzas.
Gilbert.
The Prisoner.
If This Be All.
Life.
Hope.
Memory.
The Letter.
A Day Dream.
To Cowper.
Regret.
To Imagination.
The Doubter’s Prayer.
Presentiment.
How Clear She Shines.
A Word to the “Elect.”
The Teacher’s Monologue.
Sympathy.
Past Days.
Passion.
Preference.
Plead for Me.
The Consolation.
Evening Solace.
Self-Interrogation.
Lines Composed in a Wood on a Windy Day.
Stanzas.
Death.
Views of Life.
Parting.
Stanzas to â??â??
Appeal.
Honour’s Martyr.
The Student’s Serenade.
Apostasy.
Stanzas.
The Captive Dove.
Winter Stores.



De Profundis

by Oscar Wilde

De Profundis (Latin: “from the depths”) is an epistle written by Oscar Wilde during his imprisonment in Reading Gaol, to Lord Alfred Douglas.



Madame Bovary (Portuguese Edition)

by Gustave Flaubert

A personalidade literária de Flaubert, dotada de um agudo senso crítico que o distanciou do exaltado gosto romântico da época, levou-o a tornar-se um dos maiores prosadores da França no século XIX. O romance “Madame Bovary”, a sua obra-prima, levou cinco anos a escrever e deu origem a um processo judicial no qual o autor apenas conseguiu escapar à prisão graças à habilidade da defesa, que transformou a acusação de imoralidade na proclamação das intenções morais e religiosas do autor.



СкоÑ?оÑ?одÑ? (Russian Edition)

by Ð?анс Ð¥Ñ?исÑ?иан АндеÑ?сен

Ð?Ñ?игиналÑ?ная сказка-небÑ?лиÑ?а с Ñ?илосоÑ?ским подÑ?ексÑ?ом о сосÑ?язанияÑ? в беге Ñ?азлиÑ?нÑ?Ñ? живоÑ?нÑ?Ñ?.



Ð?одснежник (Russian Edition)

by Ð?анс Ð¥Ñ?исÑ?иан АндеÑ?сен

Сказка – поэÑ?иÑ?еский некÑ?олог, посвяÑ?еннÑ?й 100-леÑ?ней годовÑ?ине со дня смеÑ?Ñ?и великого даÑ?ского поэÑ?а АмвÑ?осия СÑ?Ñ?ба



Tewksbury Mead: Books 1-8 Collection (Bertram Bile Time Travel Adventure Series Book 9)

by Sarah Weldon

A Bertram Bile time travel adventure series, set along the length of the River Thames

The Tewksbury Mead (Thames Head) Collection

Bertram Bile wasn’t always like this. At primary school, he had friends, kind teachers, and great grades. But everything changed when he started his new school. His parents split up, his dad went missing, and his mum lost her job. Now he’s bullied by his classmate Angus and his evil geography teacher Miss Petrenko. His dad had been Miss Petrenko’s first love, but she never forgave him for dumping her for Bertram’s mum when they were kids themselves. Bertram feels sure that Miss Petrenko knows more about his dad’s disappearance than she’s letting on. After all, why would you take a job as a geography teacher if you didn’t know any geography AND you hated kids?

This is a collection of the first 8 books in the Bertram Bile series, with each story set at the source of the River Thames at Tewksbury Mead (Thames Head). The collection includes:

  • The Last Wizard in the World, The Deadly Shrew
  • The Hexed Child, The Upside Down Man
  • The Ghostly Ship, The Dead Jester,
  • The Boy who was Afraid of the Dark, The Raven’s Curse

If you enjoy the collection, don’t forget to leave a review below, and to check out the next book in the series. The Bertram Bile series is based on Sarah Weldon’s real-life expedition as she swims the length of the River Thames from source to sea, visiting the places that inspired the stories. Check out Sarah Weldon’s website for all the behind the scenes of each story and swim. Look out for Sarah’s Libby Lane series too.

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