The Box of Delights

Author: John Masefield

Publisher: New York Review of Books

ISBN: 159017786X

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 312

View: 9843

Strange things begin to happen the minute young Kay Harker boards the train to go home for Christmas and finds himself under observation by two very shifty-looking characters. Arriving at his destination, the boy is immediately accosted by a bright-eyed old man with a mysterious message: “The wolves are running.” Soon danger is everywhere, as a gang of criminals headed by the notorious wizard Abner Brown and his witch wife Sylvia Daisy Pouncer gets to work. What does Abner Brown want? The magic box that the old man has entrusted to Kay, which allows him to travel freely not only in space but in time, too. The gang will stop at nothing to carry out their plan, even kidnapping Kay’s friend, the tough little Maria Jones, and threatening to cancel Christmas celebrations altogether. But with the help of his allies, including an intrepid mouse, a squadron of Roman soldiers, the legendary Herne the Hunter, and the inventor of the Box of Delights himself, Kay just may be able rescue his friend, foil Abner Brown’s plot, and save Christmas, too. At once a thriller, a romp, and a spellbinding fantasy, The Box of Delights is a great English children’s book and a perfect Christmas treat.

The Midnight Folk

Author: John Masefield

Publisher: New York Review of Books

ISBN: 1590177851

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 256

View: 7128

The Midnight Folk introduces readers to Kay Harker, the orphaned boy who is also the hero of John Masefield’s classic Christmas fantasy, The Box of Delights. Kay lives in a vast old country house, and is looked after by an unpleasant duo: the oily and egregious Sir Theopompous and the petulant and punitive Sylvia Daisy Pouncer. In her zeal to educate Kay on the finer points of Latin grammar, Sylvia Daisy has even taken away all of Kay’s toys. Life seems very dull, until out of an old family portrait steps Kay’s great-grandfather, a sea captain, who, if legend is to be believed, made off with a fabulous treasure. Soon Kay is engaged in a thrilling quest that begins each night as the clock strikes twelve, taking him into the enchanted and dangerous world of the Midnight Folk: pirates, highwaymen, talking animals, and a gang of witches led by none other than Sylvia Daisy (in cahoots, as in The Box of Delights, with the arch-villain Abner Brown). In the end, it is that ragtag team of old toys that rallies to support Kay and save the day. A book to set beside C.S. Lewis’s Narnia tales and Joan Aiken’s Wolves of Willoughby Chase—not to mention the Harry Potter series—The Midnight Folk is a wonderful and enthralling contribution to the great English tradition of children’s literature, beloved by adults and children alike.

The Complete Chronicles of Narnia

Author: C. S. Lewis

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0060281375

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 528

View: 2368

All seven Chronicles are bound together in this one magnificent volume with a personal introduction by Douglas Gresham, stepson of C. S. Lewis.

Whose Body?

Author: Dorothy L. Sayers

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 048611242X

Category: Fiction

Page: 144

View: 5052

There's a dead body in his bathtub, wearing nothing but a pair of pince-nez spectacles. Enter Lord Peter Wimsey, the original gentleman sleuth, who debuted in this 1923 novel.

Cards on the Table

A Hercule Poirot Mystery

Author: Agatha Christie

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0062073737

Category: Fiction

Page: 272

View: 480

Mr. Shaitana is famous as a flamboyant party host. Nevertheless, he is a man of whom everybody is a little afraid. So when he boasts to Hercule Poirot that he considers murder an art form, the detective has some reservations about accepting a party invitation to view Shaitana’s “private collection.” Indeed, what begins as an absorbing evening of bridge is to turn into a more dangerous game altogether.…

The Wind in the Willows

Author: Derek Griffiths

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780721494593

Category:

Page: 32

View: 631

This adaptation of The Wind in the Willows is read by a leading TV/film personality, with sound effects and music. Other titles in the series include Favourite Tales, Nursery Rhymes, Storytimes, Desperate Dan and Dennis the Menace.

Under Milk Wood

A Play for Voices

Author: Dylan Thomas

Publisher: New Directions Publishing

ISBN: 9780811202091

Category: Drama

Page: 107

View: 7639

The inhabitants of a small Welsh town must defend their sanity in a court case

Head of Drama

The Memoir of Sydney Newman

Author: Sydney Newman

Publisher: ECW Press

ISBN: 1773050532

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 592

View: 7331

The memoir of the creator of Doctor Who and a legend in British and Canadian TV and film A major influence on the BBC and independent television in Britain in the 1960s, as well as on CBC and the National Film Board in Canada, Sydney Newman acted as head of drama at a key period in the history of television. For the first time, his comprehensive memoirs Ñ written in the years before his death in 1997 Ñ are being made public. Born to a poor Jewish family in the tenements of Queen Street in Toronto, NewmanÕs artistic talent got him a job at the NFB under John Grierson. He then became one of the first producers at CBC TV before heading overseas to the U.K. where he revitalized drama programming. Harold Pinter and Alun Owen were playwrights whom Newman nurtured, and their contemporary, socially conscious plays were successful, both artistically and commercially. At the BBC, overseeing a staff of 400, he developed a science fiction show that flourishes to this day: Doctor Who. Providing further context to NewmanÕs memoir is an in-depth biographical essay by Graeme Burk, which positions NewmanÕs legacy in the history of television, and an afterword by one of SydneyÕs daughters, Deirdre Newman.

The Geneva Mystery

Author: Francis Durbridge

Publisher: House of Stratus Limited

ISBN: 9780755119073

Category: Fiction

Page: 134

View: 1432

Swinging between London and Geneva, Paul Temple and Steve are involved in a case that involves finding the answer to one vital question: is Carl Milbourne, thought to have perished in a car accident, still alive? There are those who are determined to stop the Temples discovering the truth. And Temple's own life is in danger.

The secret garden

Author: Christine M. Cotting,Frances Hodgson Burnett

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781569874080

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 248

View: 2722

Few children's classics can match the charm and originality of Frances Hodgson Burnett's The Secret Garden, the unforgettable story of sullen, sulky Mary Lennox, "the most disagreeable-looking child ever seen." When a cholera epidemic leaves her as an orphan, Mary is sent to England to live with her reclusive uncle, Archibald Craven, at Misselthwaite Manor. Unloved and unloving, Mary wanders the desolate moors until one day she chances upon the door of a secret garden. What follows is one of the most beautiful tales of transformation in children's literature, as Mary her sickly and tyrannical cousin Colin and a peasant boy named Dickson secretly strive to make the garden bloom once more. A unique blend of realism and magic, The Secret Garden remains a moving expression of every child's need to nurture and be nurtured--a story that has captured for all time the rare and enchanted world of childhood.

The Complete Miss Marple Collection

Author: Agatha Christie

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0062332821

Category: Fiction

Page: 3600

View: 9693

The complete eBook collection of all thirteen Miss Marple mysteries including the short stories by the Queen of Mystery herself, Agatha Christie, including The Murder at the Vicarage, The Body in the Library, The Moving Finger, A Murder is Announced, They Do It With Mirrors, A Pocketful of Rye, 4:50 from Paddington, The Mirror Crack'd from Side to Side, A Caribbean Mystery, At Bertram's Hotel, Nemesis, Sleeping Murder, and Miss Marple: The Complete Short Stories.

At Bertram's Hotel

A Miss Marple Mystery

Author: Agatha Christie

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0061760161

Category: Fiction

Page: 272

View: 4584

At Bertram’s Hotel the intrepid Miss Marple, on holiday in London, must solve a deadly mystery at the end of a chain of very violent events. An old-fashioned London hotel is not quite as reputable as it makes out to be.… When Miss Marple comes up from the country for a holiday in London, she finds what she’s looking for at Bertram’s Hotel: traditional decor, impeccable service, and an unmistakable atmosphere of danger behind the highly-polished veneer. Yet, not even Miss Marple can foresee the violent chain of events set in motion when an eccentric guest makes his way to the airport on the wrong day.…

V for Vendetta

Author: Alan Moore

Publisher: DC

ISBN: 1401236316

Category: Comics & Graphic Novels

Page: N.A

View: 9414

"Alan Moore outdoes himself... Extraordinary ... a poetic celebration of the powers of the imagination." - Kurt Loder, MTV A powerful story about loss of freedom and individuality, V FOR VENDETTA takes place in a totalitarian England following a devastating war that changed the face of the planet. In a world without political freedom, personal freedom and precious little faith in anything, comes a mysterious man in a white porcelain mask who fights political oppressors through terrorism and seemingly absurd acts in this gripping tale of the blurred lines between ideological good and evil.

Partners in Crime (Tommy & Tuppence)

Author: Agatha Christie

Publisher: HarperCollins UK

ISBN: 0007422679

Category: Fiction

Page: 352

View: 8351

Agatha Christie’s complete Tommy and Tuppence short story collection, reissued with a striking cover designed to appeal to the latest generation of Agatha Christie fans and book lovers.

New Society

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Great Britain

Page: N.A

View: 3333

The Armchair Detective

Author: Allen J. Hubin

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Detective and mystery stories, American

Page: N.A

View: 6100

Radio Times

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category:

Page: N.A

View: 3465