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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 work 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 work 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.

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

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 work 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.

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 work 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 work 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

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 work 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.

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 work 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.

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 work 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.

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 work 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

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 work 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.

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 work 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.

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 work 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.

Historical and Miscellaneous Questions (Paperback): Richmal Mangnall Historical and Miscellaneous Questions (Paperback)
Richmal Mangnall
R619 Discovery Miles 6 190 Ships in 12 - 17 work days
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 work days
Tales and Popular Fictions - Their Resemblance, and Transmission from Country to Country (Paperback): Thomas Keightley Tales and Popular Fictions - Their Resemblance, and Transmission from Country to Country (Paperback)
Thomas Keightley
R492 Discovery Miles 4 920 Ships in 12 - 17 work days
Cambrian Superstitions, Comprising Ghosts, Omens, Witchcraft, Traditions, &C - to Which Are Added a Concise View of the Manners... Cambrian Superstitions, Comprising Ghosts, Omens, Witchcraft, Traditions, &C - to Which Are Added a Concise View of the Manners and Customs of the Principality, and Some Fugitive Pieces (Paperback)
William Howells
R394 Discovery Miles 3 940 Ships in 12 - 17 work days
The Mythology of Ancient Greece and Italy (Paperback): Thomas Keightley The Mythology of Ancient Greece and Italy (Paperback)
Thomas Keightley
R621 Discovery Miles 6 210 Ships in 12 - 17 work days
History of the Literature of Ancient Greece (Paperback): Karl Otfried Muller History of the Literature of Ancient Greece (Paperback)
Karl Otfried Muller
R587 Discovery Miles 5 870 Ships in 12 - 17 work days
A Handbook of Weather Folk-Lore - Being a Collection of Proverbial Sayings in Various Languages Relating to the Weather, With... A Handbook of Weather Folk-Lore - Being a Collection of Proverbial Sayings in Various Languages Relating to the Weather, With Explanatory and Illustrative Notes (Paperback)
Charles Swainson
R428 Discovery Miles 4 280 Ships in 12 - 17 work days
Hermes Britannicus - a Dissertation on the Celtic Deity, Teutates, the Mercurius of Caesar, in Further Proof and Corroboration... Hermes Britannicus - a Dissertation on the Celtic Deity, Teutates, the Mercurius of Caesar, in Further Proof and Corroboration of the Origin and Designation of the Great Temple at Abury, in Wiltshire (Paperback)
William Lisle Bowles
R360 Discovery Miles 3 600 Ships in 12 - 17 work days
Children of the Quicksands (Paperback): Efua Traore Children of the Quicksands (Paperback)
Efua Traore
R186 R171 Discovery Miles 1 710 Save R15 (8%) Ships in 12 - 17 work days

In a remote Nigerian village, thirteen-year-old Simi is desperate to uncover a family secret ... WINNER OF THE 2019 TIMES/CHICKEN HOUSE CHILDREN'S FICTION COMPETITION 'A joy of a book: rich, warm, powerful storytelling' KATHERINE RUNDELL 'A thrilling adventure bright with the gorgeous colours of Nigeria - glorious!' JASBINDER BILAN 'An excellent book ... rich in tradition and realism.' HANNAH GOLD, AUTHOR OF THE LAST BEAR '[A] beautifully evoked story' THE TELEGRAPH City girl Simi is sent to stay with her long-lost grandmother in a remote Nigerian village. There's no TV, internet or phone. Not a single human-made sound can be heard at night, just the noise of birds and animals rustling in the dark forest outside. Her witchlike grandmother dispenses advice and herbal medicine to the village, but she's tight lipped about their family history. Something must have happened, but what? Determined to find out, Simi disobeys her grandmother and goes exploring. Caught in the sinking red quicksand of a forbidden lake, her fantastical journey begins ... A richly imagined magical fantasy adventure set in West Africa by a prize-winning new voice in children's writing. Introduces readers to Yoruba myths and legends whilst showcasing the wealth of culture, traditions, adventure, fun, joy, celebrations, music, pride and love found in Nigeria. Beautifully explores themes of grief and belonging. Efua is the winner of the Commonwealth Short Story Prize 2018. More praise for Children of the Quicksands: 'Gorgeous ... an enthralling story' ABI ELPHINSTONE '[A] terrific debut novel' YABA BADOE 'Traore's storytelling feels almost otherworldly ... exhilarating' THE TIMES 'A stunning debut' THE SCOTSMAN 'Full of secrets and myths' THE OBSERVER

Lives of the Necromancers - Or, an Account of the Most Eminent Persons in Successive Ages, Who Have Claimed for Themselves, or... Lives of the Necromancers - Or, an Account of the Most Eminent Persons in Successive Ages, Who Have Claimed for Themselves, or to Whom Has Been Imputed by Others, the Exercise of Magical Power (Paperback)
William Godwin
R554 Discovery Miles 5 540 Ships in 12 - 17 work days
Medusa (Hardcover): Jessie Burton Medusa (Hardcover)
Jessie Burton; Illustrated by Olivia Lomenech Gill
R442 R380 Discovery Miles 3 800 Save R62 (14%) Ships in 10 - 20 work days

A dazzling, feminist retelling of Greek myth from the internationally bestselling author of The Miniaturist, stunningly illustrated by Olivia Lomenech Gill. Exiled to a far-flung island by the whims of the gods, Medusa has little company except the snakes that adorn her head instead of hair. But when a charmed, beautiful boy called Perseus arrives on the island, her lonely existence is disrupted with the force of a supernova, unleashing desire, love and betrayal... Filled with glorious full-colour illustrations by award-winning Olivia Lomenech Gill, this astonishing retelling of Greek myth is perfect for readers of Circe and The Silence of the Girls. Illuminating the girl behind the legend, it brings alive Medusa for a new generation.

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