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Thirty-Nine Steps

With a new Introduction by Cedric Watts, B.A., Ph.D., Emeritus Professor of English, University of Sussex. Richard Hannay finds a corpse in his flat, and becomes involved in a plot…

Book of the Week: Bleak House

Keep out of Chancery… it’s like being ground to bits in a slow mill; it’s like being roasted at a slow fire; it’s being stung to death by single bees;…

Complete Nonsense by Edward Lear

Although also an artist and composer, Edward Lear is deservedly best-known for his nonsense in all its many forms: songs, stories, poems, drawings, recipes, alphabets and limericks, a form which…


‘I shall try to fly by those nets’: Sally Minogue offers a final reflection on literature and Empire. If we needed a reminder of the ability of the British to…

Anne Brontë

Anne Brontë (1820-1849), the sister of Charlotte and Emily, was the youngest of six children and is best known for her novels 'Agnes Grey' and 'The Tenant of Wildfell Hall'.

John Buchan

John Buchan (1875-1940) was a Scottish writer of both fiction and non-fiction work. His most enduring work is 'The Thirty-Nine Steps', a ripping yarn featuring Richard Hannay, who went on to appear in a further four novels.