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Troy (Paperback): Stephen Fry Troy (Paperback)
Stephen Fry
R350 R277 Discovery Miles 2 770 Save R73 (21%) Ships in 7 - 10 working days

The story of Troy speaks to all of us - the kidnapping of Helen, a queen celebrated for her beauty, sees the Greeks launch a thousand ships against the city of Troy, to which they will lay siege for ten whole years. It is a terrible war with casualties on all sides as well as strained relations between allies, whose consequences become tragedies.

In Troy you will find heroism and hatred, love and loss, revenge and regret, desire and despair. It is these human passions, written bloodily in the sands of a distant shore, that still speak to us today.

Heroes - Mortals And Monsters, Quests And Adventures (Paperback): Stephen Fry Heroes - Mortals And Monsters, Quests And Adventures (Paperback)
Stephen Fry
R341 R269 Discovery Miles 2 690 Save R72 (21%) Ships in 7 - 10 working days

The dazzling companion volume to the bestselling Mythos.

Few mere mortals have ever embarked on such bold and heart-stirring adventures, overcome myriad monstrous perils, or outwitted scheming vengeful gods, quite as stylishly and triumphantly as Greek heroes. Join Jason aboard the Argo as he quests for the Golden Fleece. See Atalanta - who was raised by bears - outrun any man before being tricked with golden apples. Witness wily Oedipus solve the riddle of the Sphinx and discover how Bellerophon captures the winged horse Pegasus to help him slay the monster Chimera.

Heroes is the story of what we mortals are truly capable of - at our worst and our very best.

Fry's Ties (Hardcover): Stephen Fry Fry's Ties (Hardcover)
Stephen Fry
R405 R299 Discovery Miles 2 990 Save R106 (26%) Ships in 1 working day

Discover the tales behind the ties in Stephen Fry's witty companion to our most distinguished accessory, the perfect gift for the tie-wearer in your life.

'A well-tied tie is the first serious step in life' Oscar Wilde

'What do ties matter, Jeeves, at a time like this?' 'There is no time, sir, at which ties do not matter' P.G. Wodehouse

Every single one of Stephen Fry's ties - whether floral, fluorescent, football themed; striped or spotty, outrageous or simply debonair - tells an intimate tale about a moment in Stephen's life. Inspired by Stephen's hugely popular Instagram posts, this book will feature beautiful, hand-drawn illustrations and photographs to celebrate his expansive collection of man's greatest clothing companion: The Tie, in all its sophisticated glory.

Distinctively funny and offering witty asides, facts and personal stories, this book will make the perfect gift for anyone who has ever worn a tie.

Sunken Cities - Band 10+/White Plus (Paperback): Abbie Rushton Sunken Cities - Band 10+/White Plus (Paperback)
Abbie Rushton; Contributions by Collins Big Cat
R230 Discovery Miles 2 300 Ships in 10 - 20 working days

Collins Big Cat supports every primary child on their reading journey from phonics to fluency. Top authors and illustrators have created fiction and non-fiction books that children love to read. Book banded for guided and independent reading, there are reading notes in the back, comprehensive teaching and assessment support and ebooks available. Many people have searched for the Lost City of Atlantis. Does it really exist, or is it just a myth? Are any other stories of sunken cities based on facts? And how many other ruined cities are still buried beneath the waves, waiting to be discovered? White Plus/Band 10+ books provide challenging plots and vocabulary as well as opportunities to practise inference, prediction and reading stamina. Pages 46 and 47 allow children to re-visit the content of the book, supporting comprehension skills, vocabulary development and recall. Ideas for reading in the back of the book provide practical support and stimulating activities.

The Fairy Tellers - A Journey into the Secret History of Fairy Tales (Hardcover): Nicholas Jubber The Fairy Tellers - A Journey into the Secret History of Fairy Tales (Hardcover)
Nicholas Jubber
R506 R413 Discovery Miles 4 130 Save R93 (18%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

Fairy-Tales are not just fairy-tales: they are records of historical phenomena, telling us something about how Western civilisation was formed. In The Fairy Tellers, award-winning travel-writer Nick Jubber explores the secret history of fairy-tales: the people who told them, the landscapes that forged them, and the cultures that formed them. While there are certain names inextricably entwined with the concept of a fairy-tale, such as the Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Andersen, the most significant tellers are long buried under the more celebrated figures who have taken the credit for their stories - people like the Syrian storyteller Youhenna Diab and the Wild Sisters of Cassel. Without them we would never have heard of Aladdin, his Magic Lamp or the adventures of Hansel and Gretel. Tracking these stories to their sources carries us through the steaming cities of Southern Italy and across the Mediterranean to the dust-clogged alleys of the Maghreb, under the fretting leaves of the Black Forest, deep into the tundra of Siberia and across the snowy hills of Lapland. From North Africa and Siberia, this book illuminates the complicated relationship between Western civilisation and the 'Eastern' cultures it borrowed from, and the strange lives of our long lost fairy-tellers.

The Frozen Unicorn (Paperback): Alice Hemming The Frozen Unicorn (Paperback)
Alice Hemming
R205 R183 Discovery Miles 1 830 Save R22 (11%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

From Alice Hemming, the bestselling author of The Midnight Unicorn, comes an exciting unicorn fairytale in the Dark Unicorns series. A dark curse. A unicorn in need. A fight to survive. When a usually prosperous kingdom is caught in the grasp of a cruel winter, the community is thrown into a terrible poverty. How can the kingdom survive when crops are lost, livestock is threatened and families are struggling to get by? As the endless winter continues - and becomes known as a Dark Curse plaguing the land - against all odds some families start to flourish again - showing wealth and comfort that seem to have appeared out of nowhere. As if by magic. But lurking beneath the surface is a frightening truth: that soon after a family miraculously pulls themselves out of poverty, they lose one of their own: a sister, a mother, an uncle, a son. In a bid to save herself from this terrible fate, a young girl called Violet flees the kingdom. But curses can never be out-run, and when, years later, Violet hears the rumour of a terrible winter once again spreading across the kingdoms - reaching towards her, it seems - she fears that history is repeating itself. Fuelled by her increasing nightmares of the Dark Curse, Violet vows to find the source of the curse and end the destruction that it wreaks. But the curse is almost as old as time itself, and it's destruction goes deeper than anyone could have imagined. If Violet wants to stop it, she will need to put up the fight of her life. Enchanting dark fairy tales with magical unicorns, fearsome villains and inspiring heroines Perfect for fans of fairy tales, Disney and unicorns Also available: The Midnight Unicorn The Darkest Unicorn The Cursed Unicorn The Blazing Unicorn

Night Sky (Hardcover): Rola Shaw Night Sky (Hardcover)
Rola Shaw; Illustrated by Lara Hawthorne
R280 R224 Discovery Miles 2 240 Save R56 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

What stories, mysteries and secrets can you find in the stars? A wonderful illustrated tour of the night sky for children aged 5+ years. Lara Hawthorne's beautiful illustrations take the reader on one of the most fascinating journeys that humankind has ever made and one that is common to us all. From ancient Egyptians building the pyramids, to early Polynesian sailors criss-crossing the Pacific Ocean, and astronauts travelling into space, the night sky has guided and inspired people across the world, and throughout time. Now it's your turn to look to the skies and discover the mysteries they hide.

Troy - Our Greatest Story Retold (Paperback): Stephen Fry Troy - Our Greatest Story Retold (Paperback)
Stephen Fry
R215 R172 Discovery Miles 1 720 Save R43 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

AN EPIC BATTLE THAT LASTED TEN YEARS. A LEGENDARY STORY THAT HAS SURVIVED THOUSANDS. 'An inimitable retelling of the siege of Troy . . . Fry's narrative, artfully humorous and rich in detail, breathes life and contemporary relevance into these ancient tales' OBSERVER 'Stephen Fry has done it again. Well written and super storytelling' 5***** READER REVIEW ________ 'Troy. The most marvellous kingdom in all the world. The Jewel of the Aegean. Glittering Ilion, the city that rose and fell not once but twice . . .' When Helen, the beautiful Greek queen, is kidnapped by the Trojan prince Paris, the most legendary war of all time begins. Watch in awe as a thousand ships are launched against the great city of Troy. Feel the fury of the battleground as the Trojans stand resolutely against Greek might for an entire decade. And witness the epic climax - the wooden horse, delivered to the city of Troy in a masterclass of deception by the Greeks . . . In Stephen Fry's exceptional retelling of our greatest story, TROY will transport you to the depths of ancient Greece and beyond. ________ 'A fun romp through the world's greatest story. Fry's knowledge of the world - ancient and modern - bursts through' Daily Telegraph 'An excellent retelling . . . told with compassion and wit' 5***** Reader Review 'Hugely successful, graceful' The Times 'If you want to read about TROY, this book is a must over any other' 5***** Reader Review 'Fluent, crisp, nuanced, begins with a bang' The Times Literary Supplement 'The characters . . . are brilliantly brought to life' 5***** Reader Review PRAISE FOR STEPHEN FRY'S GREEK SERIES: 'A romp through the lives of ancient Greek gods. Fry is at his story-telling best . . . the gods will be pleased' Times 'A head-spinning marathon of legends' Guardian 'An Olympian feat. The gods seem to be smiling on Fry - his myths are definitely a hit' Evening Standard 'An odyssey through Greek mythology. Brilliant . . . all hail Stephen Fry' Daily Mail 'A rollicking good read' Independent

How Scotland Dressed the World (Paperback): Lynne Coleman How Scotland Dressed the World (Paperback)
Lynne Coleman
R198 Discovery Miles 1 980 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

We are the Tastemakers Every fashion river flows back to the Scottish sea. From the Parisian in her boucle clutching a skinny cigarette to Cher and Dion tartan-twinning in Clueless, it all returns to Alba. In The Ultimate Scottish Lookbook, Lynne Coleman explores the country's rich cultural impact on the modern world. Telling the tales of the cloth that cover continents and how they have woven themselves into political and economic movements. No matter what style tribe you subscribe to this book shows how it all starts in Scotland. From 'gallus' and 'peely-wally', to Ralph Lauren's 'preppy chic'. Whoever you are, however you dress, you will always have a piece of Scotland with you - even if it's only in your wellies!'

Welsh Fairy Tales, Myths and Legends (Paperback): Claire Fayers Welsh Fairy Tales, Myths and Legends (Paperback)
Claire Fayers
R149 R133 Discovery Miles 1 330 Save R16 (11%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Enjoy Wales's rich heritage of myth and fairy tales, re-told for young readers. From magical Welsh dragons that destroy a castle night after night, to a princess made out of flowers and a fairy changeling bother; from loyal hunting hound Gelert, to a boy who asks questions and goes on to become the greatest Welsh bard ever known... This book includes traditional favourites and classic myths and legends from Welsh folklore.

Little Book of Louis Vuitton - The Story of the Iconic Fashion House (Hardcover): Karen Homer Little Book of Louis Vuitton - The Story of the Iconic Fashion House (Hardcover)
Karen Homer
R305 R243 Discovery Miles 2 430 Save R62 (20%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Little Book of Louis Vuitton is the pocket-sized and fully illustrated story of one of the world's most luxurious fashion houses. Louis Vuitton's monogrammed bags have been seen on the arms of celebrities and royals alike for over 150 years. From the young Louis seeking his fortune in Paris through to two world wars, the Great Depression, the Jazz Age and the Swinging Sixties, there is no era in which this most opulent of brands hasn't thrived. Detailing the global expansion of Louis Vuitton in the 1980s, the creation of the powerful fashion conglomerate LVMH, and the appointment in 1997 of Marc Jacobs, this is the story of a transformation from luggage company to high-fashion label. Louis Vuitton's continued evolution under the creative direction of Nicolas Ghesquiere and Virgil Abloh is also depicted through fabulous images and captivating text.

All The Better To See You (Paperback): Gina Blaxill All The Better To See You (Paperback)
Gina Blaxill
R210 R188 Discovery Miles 1 880 Save R22 (10%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Legend tells of a fearsome wolf who stalks the forest. Red is well versed in the stories of the beast who preys on unsuspecting travellers and yet she pays them no mind. But then, Red has always been different. Suddenly whispers of the wolf become more frequent and townspeople are attacked in their homes. It seems this is no ordinary wolf. Rumours run wild and people begin suspecting one another. But when you don't know who to fear, how can you protect yourself? This story might not end happily ever after . . . A thrilling whodunit with a twist that readers won't see coming until the very end. Perfect for fans of Dark Unicorns, and Disney's Twisted Tales and Villains series'. A dark and irresistible twist on a classic fairy tale.

The Little Book Of Yves Saint Laurent (Hardcover): Emma Baxter Wright The Little Book Of Yves Saint Laurent (Hardcover)
Emma Baxter Wright
R290 R232 Discovery Miles 2 320 Save R58 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

Little Book of Yves Saint Laurent is the pocket-sized and exquisitely illustrated story of 60 years of innovative fashion design.

An enigmatic, daring and astonishingly creative designer, Yves Saint Laurent is credited with the elevation of haute couture to fine art, turning the fashion show into a spectacle of breathtaking proportions, and revolutionizing the gendered norms of womenswear.

Describing Saint Laurent's beginnings in Algeria as a precocious boy making miniature garments from fabric scraps, Little Book of Yves Saint Laurent depicts, in beautiful photographs and insightful text, the designer's ascent from fashion student to the right-hand of Christian Dior. Going on to found his own fashion house in 1961, Saint Laurent created his famous 'le smoking' trouser suit, brought the leather jacket to the mainstream and astounded the fashion world with his blend of elegance and artistic drama.

Little Book of Yves Saint Laurent is a stylish gift for any lover of fashion.

Little Book of Prada (Hardcover, New Edition): Laia Farran Graves Little Book of Prada (Hardcover, New Edition)
Laia Farran Graves 2
R306 R244 Discovery Miles 2 440 Save R62 (20%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Little Book of Prada is the pocket-sized and beautifully illustrated story of the legendary fashion house. Understated elegance and luxury, technologically advanced fabrics and sublime originality of design are all hallmarks of the House of Prada. In this miniature monograph, Laia Farran Graves documents the history and heritage of the brand, from the company's origins as a leather-goods manufacturer to the global fashion empire created by Miuccia Prada. Little Book of Prada explores the evolutions and innovations of the brand, as well as a design ethos informed by an interest in minimalism and contemporary art. Images of individual garments, catwalk shots and fashion photography pay tribute to one of the world's most influential fashion houses and the woman behind it, in a perfectly designed and stylish format that makes a perfect gift for any lover of fashion.

Sequins and Secrets (Paperback): Lucy Ivison Sequins and Secrets (Paperback)
Lucy Ivison; Designed by Helen Crawford-White; Illustrated by Catharine Collingridge
R180 R144 Discovery Miles 1 440 Save R36 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

"Scandalous secrets meet riotous hilarity in this glorious 1920s-set romp starring a young dressmaking duo, perfect for readers of nine to 12." The Guardian "Fun, glamorous and absolutely brimming with charm." Catherine Doyle, author of The Storm Keeper's Island "I loved it... A 1920s fairy tale, Cinderella with a lot of luck and a touch of Nancy Mitford." Hilary McKay, author of The Skylarks' War Welcome to The House of Serendipity, where friendships are fashioned and destinies designed amongst the ballgowns, tiaras and trifles! Introducing a gorgeously glamorous new series, perfect for fans of Katherine Woodfine and Robin Stevens. Meet Myrtle Mathers and Sylvia Cartwright: two girls from different worlds bonded by a passion for fashion! They know that the perfect outfit can make dreams come true, and their dazzling designs are the talk of 1920s London... So when Agapantha Portland-Prince wants to escape her glamorous debutante ball for a life of adventure, it's their magical talents she needs. But can the girls make all their secret dreams a reality, or will this be the most stylish scandal of the century? Discover the divine designs that make dreams come true with full-page fashion illustrations.

Once Upon A Broken Heart (Paperback): Stephanie Garber Once Upon A Broken Heart (Paperback)
Stephanie Garber
R341 Discovery Miles 3 410 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

How far would you go for happily ever after? 'An unputdownable fairy tale' Kerri Maniscalco, New York Times bestselling author of Kingdom of the Wicked From the #1 Sunday Times bestselling author of the Caraval series, the first book in a new series about love, curses, and the lengths that people will go to for happily ever after. For as long as she can remember, Evangeline Fox has believed in happily ever after. Until she learns that the love of her life is about to marry another, and her dreams are shattered. Desperate to stop the wedding, and heal her wounded heart, Evangeline strikes a deal with the charismatic, but wicked, Prince of Hearts. In exchange for his help, he asks for three kisses, to be given at the time and place of his choosing. But after Evangeline's first promised kiss, she learns that bargaining with an immortal is a dangerous game - and that the Prince of Hearts wants far more from her than she pledged. He has plans for Evangeline, plans that will either end in the greatest happily ever after, or the most exquisite tragedy . . . 'A sugar-crusted, poison-spiked romp through a vibrant world of fairy tale intrigue, tangled romance, and forbidden magic' Cassandra Clare, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Last Hours 'Enchanting, intriguing, and delightfully whimsical' Brigid Kemmerer, New York Times bestselling author of the Cursebreaker Series 'Enchanting and mysterious' Renee Ahdieh, New York Times bestselling author of The Wrath and the Dawn 'Stephanie Garber spins a spellbinding tale' Sabaa Tahir, author of New York Times bestseller Ember In the Ashes 'A dazzling mix of mystery, romance, and magic' Karen M. McManus, #1 New York Times bestselling author of One of Us Is Lying 'A deadly, addictive, and utterly enchanting fairy tale. Loaded with magic and steamy slow-burning romance, I couldn't put it down' Mary E. Pearson, New York Times bestselling author of Vow of Thieves

Little Book of Gucci (Hardcover): Karen Homer Little Book of Gucci (Hardcover)
Karen Homer
R290 R232 Discovery Miles 2 320 Save R58 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

From its founding in Florence in 1921 as luggage supplier to the elite to its modern standing as purveyor of cult accessories and couture, the house of Gucci is a titan of the luxury fashion world. Over the last century, Gucci's signature leather goods and decadent garments have elegantly combined the understated with the opulent, united under the covetable double G logo. Little Book of Gucci tells the story of the brand's beginnings as a luxury luggage and equestrian outfitter, recounting how the family overcame rifts and wartime hardship to be reborn as a giant of 1990s haute couture and, under Alessandro Michele's current stewardship, made its mark on streetwear and a new generation of fans. Over 100 gorgeously curated images showcase Gucci's edgy yet sensual designs, confirming its place as the most influential label of our times.

Miss Dior - A Story of Courage and Couture (from the acclaimed author of Coco Chanel) (Hardcover, Main): Justine Picardie Miss Dior - A Story of Courage and Couture (from the acclaimed author of Coco Chanel) (Hardcover, Main)
Justine Picardie
R490 R391 Discovery Miles 3 910 Save R99 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

THE TIMES TOP 10 BESTSELLER 'A gripping story in which Justine Picardie brilliantly contrasts the cruel Old World of wartime France with the hopeful New World epitomised by Christian Dior's New Look.' ANTONIA FRASER 'An incredible story of courage, endurance and passion.' MARIA GRAZIA CHIURI, Creative Director of Dior 'An extraordinary biography.' SUNDAY TIMES 'Exceptional . . . Miss Dior is so much more than a biography.' DAILY TELEGRAPH Miss Dior is a story of freedom and fascism, beauty and betrayal, roses and repression, and how the polished surface of fashion conceals hidden depths. It paints a portrait of the enigmatic woman behind the designer Christian Dior: his beloved younger sister Catherine, who inspired his most famous perfume and shaped his vision of femininity. Justine Picardie's journey takes her to Occupied Paris, where Christian honed his couture skills while Catherine dedicated herself to the French Resistance, until she was captured by the Gestapo and deported to the German concentration camp of Ravensbruck. With unparalleled access to the Dior family homes and archives, Picardie's research into Catherine's courageous life shines a new light on Christian Dior's legendary work, and reveals how his enchanting 'New Look' emerged out of the shadows of his sister's suffering. Tracing the wartime paths of the Dior siblings leads Picardie deep into other hidden histories, and different forms of resistance and sisterhood. She explores what it means to believe in beauty and hope, despite our knowledge of darkness and despair, and discovers the timeless solace of the natural world in the aftermath of devastation and destruction. The result is an exquisite and unforgettably moving book. *A beautiful, full colour illustrated book featuring exclusive images from the Dior archives* 'Catherine's story is beautifully, hauntingly told in spare and elegant prose by Picardie . . . moving and evocative.' THE TIMES 'The juxtaposition of the terrible shadows and dazzling light is one of the great strengths of this book . . . A very personal, very passionate book.' ARTEMIS COOPER, TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT 'Picardie writes: 'The vestiges of Catherine's presence remain as a powerful reminder of the importance of freedom, and why it is worth fighting for.' There are few truer words.' THE SPECTATOR 'Picardie's book is of the moment, celebrating an unsung hero at a time when female influences are earning new acclaim.' VOGUE 'Miss Dior ensures the bravery of the women at Ravensbruck is not merely a distant echo.' i 'Beautiful.' OBSERVER 'Moving ang beautifully illustrated.' NEW STATESMAN 'Stunning.' RED 'Exquisite.' COUNTRY LIFE 'Not just beautifully written, this is also a stunningly beautiful book.' NOON

Terence Donovan: 100 Fashion Photos (Hardcover): Terence Donovan Terence Donovan: 100 Fashion Photos (Hardcover)
Terence Donovan; Foreword by Robin Muir
R378 R297 Discovery Miles 2 970 Save R81 (21%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Terence Donovan (1936-1996) was one of the foremost photographers of his generation, with a career spanning almost 40 years. He came to prominence in London as part of a post-war renaissance in art, design and music, representing a new force in fashion and, later, advertising and portrait photography. He operated at the heart of London's Swinging Sixties, both as participant in, and observer of, the world he so brilliantly and incisively captured with his camera. Born into a working-class family in East London, Donovan was fascinated by photography and printmaking from an early age. He opened his own studio in 1959 at the age of twenty-two and was immediately sought after by a range of clients, including leading advertising agencies and fashion and lifestyle magazines of the time, including Vogue, Harper's Bazaar and Elle. Terence Donovan: 100 Fashion Photos brings together the very best of his fashion photography, from his ground-breaking work in the sixties to the superlative glamour of the supermodels of the nineties. Gifted with an unerring eye for the iconic as well as the transformative, Donovan was a master of his craft, a technical genius who pushed the limits of what was possible with a camera. This stylish book contains some of his most famous shots, as well as previously unseen images, and is a perfect gift for lovers of both fashion and photography.

Beasts and Beauty - Dangerous Tales (Hardcover): Soman Chainani Beasts and Beauty - Dangerous Tales (Hardcover)
Soman Chainani; Illustrated by Julia Iredale
R507 R461 Discovery Miles 4 610 Save R46 (9%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

You think you know these stories, don't you? You are wrong. You don't know them at all. Twelve tales, twelve dangerous tales of mystery, magic, and rebellious hearts. Each twists like a spindle to reveal truths full of warning and triumph, truths that free hearts long kept tame, truths that explore life . . . and death. A prince has a surprising awakening . . . A beauty fights like a beast . . . A boy refuses to become prey . . . A path to happiness is lost . . . then found again. New York Times bestselling author Soman Chainani respins old stories into fresh fairy tales for a new era and creates a world like no other. These stories know you. They understand you. They reflect you. They are tales for our times. So read on, if you dare.

Greek Myths - A New Retelling, with drawings by Chris Ofili (Hardcover): Charlotte Higgins Greek Myths - A New Retelling, with drawings by Chris Ofili (Hardcover)
Charlotte Higgins; Illustrated by Chris Ofili
R564 R470 Discovery Miles 4 700 Save R94 (17%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

In this spellbinding new collection, Charlotte Higgins reinterprets some of the most enduring stories of all time. Here are myths of the creation, of Heracles and Theseus and Perseus, the Trojan war and its origins and aftermaths, tales of Thebes and Argos and Athens. There are stories of love and desire, adventure and magic, destructive gods, helpless humans, fantastical creatures, resourceful witches and the origins of birds and animals.This is a world of extremes, and one that resonates deeply with our own: mysterious diseases devastate cities; environmental disasters tear lives apart; women habitually suffer violence at the hands of men. Unlike in many previous collected myths, female characters take centre stage - Athena, Helen, Circe, Penelope and others weave these stories into elaborate imagined tapestries. In Charlotte Higgins's thrilling new interpretation, their tales combine to form a dazzling, sweeping epic of storytelling, and a magnificent work of scholarship and imagination. With a series of original drawings by Chris Ofili.

Across the Wall: A Tale of the Abhorsen and Other Stories (Paperback): Garth Nix Across the Wall: A Tale of the Abhorsen and Other Stories (Paperback)
Garth Nix
R249 R210 Discovery Miles 2 100 Save R39 (16%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

A spellbinding short story collection from bestselling fantasy author Garth Nix. Across the Wall brings together thirteen wide-ranging and gripping stories, each showcasing Garth's talent as a versatile writer and introduced by Garth himself. Whether your jaw drops as you read about Nicholas Sayre taking on a powerful blood-thirsty beast in the story set in the Old Kingdom, Nicholas Sayre and the Creature in the Case, or you howl with laughter as you follow the instructions of the Choose Your Own Adventure parody, Down to the Scum Quarter, it is clear that Garth Nix has a story for every reader. The collection also features a fascinating bonus section of frequently asked questions for which Garth provides vital answers to his readers' burning queries.

The Modern Myths - Adventures in the Machinery of the Popular Imagination (Hardcover): Philip Ball The Modern Myths - Adventures in the Machinery of the Popular Imagination (Hardcover)
Philip Ball
R564 Discovery Miles 5 640 Ships in 10 - 20 working days

Myths are usually seen as stories from the depths of time-fun and fantastical, but no longer believed by anyone. Yet, as Philip Ball shows, we are still writing them-and still living them-today. From Robinson Crusoe and Frankenstein to Batman, many stories written in the past few centuries are commonly, perhaps glibly, called "modern myths." But Ball argues that we should take that idea seriously. Our stories of Dracula, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and Sherlock Holmes are doing the kind of cultural work that the ancient myths once did. Through the medium of narratives that all of us know in their basic outline and which have no clear moral or resolution, these modern myths explore some of our deepest fears, dreams, and anxieties. We keep returning to these tales, reinventing them endlessly for new uses. But what are they really about, and why do we need them? What myths are still taking shape today? And what makes a story become a modern myth? In The Modern Myths, Ball takes us on a wide-ranging tour of our collective imagination, asking what some of its most popular stories reveal about the nature of being human in the modern age.

The Pomegranates and Other Modern Italian Fairy Tales (Paperback): Cristina Mazzoni The Pomegranates and Other Modern Italian Fairy Tales (Paperback)
Cristina Mazzoni
R479 R404 Discovery Miles 4 040 Save R75 (16%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

A collection of magical Italian folk and fairy tales-most in English for the first time The Pomegranates and Other Modern Italian Fairy Tales presents twenty magical stories published between 1875 and 1914, following Italy's political unification. In those decades of political and social change, folklorists collected fairy tales from many regions of the country while influential writers invented original narratives in standard Italian, drawing on traditional tales in local dialects, and translated others from France. This collection features a range of these entertaining jewels from such authors as Carlo Collodi, most celebrated for the novel Pinocchio, and Domenico Comparetti, regarded as the Italian Grimm, to Grazia Deledda, the only Italian woman to have received the Nobel Prize in Literature. With one exception, all of these tales are appearing in English for the first time. The stories in this volume are linked by themes of metamorphosis: a man turns into a lion, a dove, and an ant; a handsome youth emerges from a pig's body; and three lovely women rise out of the rinds of pomegranates. There are also more introspective transformations: a self-absorbed princess learns about manners, a melancholy prince finds joy again, and a complacent young woman discovers gratitude. Cristina Mazzoni provides a comprehensive introduction that situates the tales in their cultural and historical context. The collection also includes period illustrations and biographical notes about the authors. Filled with adventures, supernatural and fantastic events, and brave and flawed protagonists, The Pomegranates and Other Modern Italian Fairy Tales will delight, surprise, and astonish.

Introductions to the Study of the Greek Classic Poets (Paperback): Henry Nelson Coleridge Introductions to the Study of the Greek Classic Poets (Paperback)
Henry Nelson Coleridge
R492 Discovery Miles 4 920 Ships in 12 - 17 working days
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