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'If love were the only thing, I would follow you-in rags if need be ... But is love the only thing?' Anthony Hope's The Prisoner of Zenda is a swashbuckling adventure set in Ruritania, a mythical pocket kingdom. Englishman Rudolf Rassendyll closely resembles the King of Ruritania, and to foil a coup by his rival to the throne, he is persuaded to impersonate him for a day. However, Rassendyll's role becomes more complicated when the real king is kidnapped, and he falls for the lovely Princess Flavia. Although the story is set in the near past, Ruritania is a semi-feudal land in which a strong sword arm can carry the day, and Rassendyll and his allies fight to rescue the king. But if he succeeds, our hero and Flavia will have to choose between love and honour. As Nicholas Daly's introduction outlines, this thrilling tale inspired not only stage and screen adaptations, but also place names, and even a popular board game. A whole new subgenre of 'Ruritanian romances' followed, though no imitation managed to capture the charm, exuberance, and sheer storytelling power of Hope's classic tale.
English gentleman Rudolf Rassendyll arrives in the country of Ruritania on the eve of King Rudolf the Fifth's coronation. That night, the king is abducted and held prisoner in a castle in the small town of Zenda. Rassendyll, who bears an uncanny resemblance to the monarch, is persuaded to impersonate him in order to stop his villainous half-brother, Prince Michael, from seizing the throne. Determined to rescue the king and restore him to his rightful place, Rassendyll attempts to free him, but can he defeat the dastardly Count Rupert of Hentzau who stands in his way? A swashbuckling adventure that never takes itself too seriously, Anthony Hope's The Prisoner of Zenda is packed with intrigue, backstabbing, bravery and romance. This beautiful Macmillan Collector's Library edition of The Prisoner of Zenda features an afterword by children's author, Philip Ardagh. Designed to appeal to the booklover, the Macmillan Collector's Library edition is a series of beautiful gift editions of much loved classic titles. Macmillan Collector's Library are books to love and treasure.
Over the course of Hunter S. Thompson's extraordinary life he was publically branded a bum, a vandal, a thief, a liar, an addict, a freak and a psychopath. Some of these epithets were true. Yet, even when compared to the most significant figures of the 20th century, his legacy remains a brilliantly vital force. This is his story - the story of a troubled kid who went on to become an international icon, a story that plumbs the darkest depths of American society and charts the now-legendary adventures that birthed Gonzo journalism.
Project X Origins is a ground-breaking guided reading programme for the whole school. Action-packed stories, fascinating non-fiction and comprehensive guided reading support meet the needs of children at every stage of their reading development. When George and Calvin, who live in a research centre at the bottom of the ocean, find themselves trapped in a room rapidly filling with freezing cold water, they must escape: but can they survive the dangers of the ocean in The Deep? Each book contains inside cover notes that highlight challenge words, prompt questions and a range of follow-up activities to support children in their reading.
The seventh in Four Corners' "Familiars" series takes us to Ruritania, a land reminiscent of many Central European countries. A new king is about to be crowned, but his brother drugs him and attempts to claim the throne for himself. To foil him, the king's supporters recruit his cousin to impersonate him at the coronation. British artist Mireille Fauchon's handsome edition of the classic adventure novel includes tipped-in illustrations.
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