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The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter

Peter RabbitOnce upon a time there were four little Rabbits, and their names were — Flopsy,  Mopsy,  Cotton-tail, and Peter.  Mischievous and disobedient young Peter Rabbit is chased about the garden of Mr. McGregor. He escapes and returns home to his mother Mrs. Rabbit who puts him to bed after dosing him with camomile tea.

The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter, ISBN: 9781909676503, Sovereign, Download ebook from Microsoft Store


Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Little Women follows the lives of the four March sisters, from oldest to youngest: Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy. A romance, a quest, a family drama that validates virtue over wealth. The start of the story is set at Christmastime, where Jo, the second eldest of the March sisters, grumbles that Christmas won’t be Christmas without any presents. The four girls discuss the upcoming holiday and sigh as they long for pretty things that they can’t have because of money constraints

Louisa May Alcott was an American novelist. She grew up among many of the well-known intellectuals of the day such as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Henry David Thoreau. Alcott’s best work includes her novel Little Women (ISBN: 9781909904422) which she wrote upon request of her publisher and its sequels Little Men (ISBN: 9781909904439) and Jo’s Boys (ISBN: 9781909904446). Alcott’s family suffered severe financial difficulties and Louisa worked to help support the family from an early age.

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, EBK EIN/ISBN: 9781909904422, Sovereign, 468pp.  Download Ebook: Kobo

 


Heidi by Johanna Spyri (Children’s Classic)

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Heidi is a delightful story of life in the Alps written by the Swiss authoress, Johanna Spyri. Her own sympathy with the instincts and longings of the child’s heart is shown in her picture of Heidi. The record of the early life of this Swiss child amid the beauties of her passionately loved mountain-home and during her exile in the great town has been for many years a favourite book of younger readers.

Johanna Louise Spyri was a Swiss-born author of novels and best known for her children’s stories, and is best known for her book Heidi. Born in the rural area of Hirzel, Switzerland, as a child she spent several summers in the area around Chur, the setting she later would use in her novels.

Heidi by Johanna Spyri, ISBN: 9781910833872, Sovereign, 230 pp, Download ebook from KOBO


Electra by Euripides

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The play begins with the introduction of Electra, the daughter of Clytemnestra and the late Agamemnon. Several years after Agamemnon’s death suitors began requesting Electra’s hand in marriage. Out of fear that Electra’s child might seek revenge, Clytemnestra and Aegisthus married her off to a peasant of Mycenae. The peasant is kind to her and has respected her family name and her virginity. In return for his kindness, Electra helps her husband with the household chores. Despite her appreciation for her husband’s kindness, Electra resents being cast out of her house and laments to the Chorus about her struggles with her drastic change in social status.

Euripides was a tragedian of classical Athens. He is one of the few whose plays have survived, with the others being Aeschylus, Sophocles, and potentially Euphorion. Some ancient scholars attributed ninety-five plays to him but according to the Suda it was ninety-two at most. Of these, eighteen or nineteen have survived.

Electra by Euripides, ISBN: 9781911144076, Sovereign, 74 pp, Download ebook from KOBO


Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata: the best piano performance of Beethoven’s work

Anton Kingsbury’s latest release of Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata is among the best performances of Beethoven’s work.  Anton Kingsbury’s facebook page mentions a childhood dream and eternal love for Beethoven’s music manifesting itself in this mesmerising performance.

Moonlight Sonata is one of Beethoven’s most popular compositions for the piano. Its original title Sonata quasi una fantasia translates as Sonata Fantasy. The name Mondscheinsonate comes from descriptions used by Ludwig Rellstab, a German music critic and poet who likened the effect of the first movement to that of moonlight shining upon Lake Lucerne. Beethoven’s student Carl Czerny called it a nocturnal scene, in which a mournful ghostly voice sounds from the distance.

Ludwig van Beethoven was a German composer and pianist. Beethoven displayed his musical talents at an early age and was taught by his father Johann van Beethoven and by Christian Gottlob Neefe. During his first 22 years in Bonn, Beethoven intended to study with Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and befriended Joseph Haydn. Beethoven moved to Vienna in 1792 and began studying with Haydn, quickly gaining a reputation as a virtuoso pianist. He lived in Vienna until his death. In about 1800 his hearing began to deteriorate, and by the last decade of his life he was almost totally deaf. He gave up conducting and performing in public but continued to compose; many of his most admired works come from this period. Beethoven was a crucial figure in the transition between the Classical and Romantic eras in Western art music, he remains one of the most famous and influential of all composers.

Moonlight Sonata: 1. Adagio sostenuto (Piano Sonata No.14 in C sharp minor, Opus 27/2) by Ludwig van Beethoven, Urban Romantics, Download Moonlight Sonata from iTunes

 


Childhood by Leo Tolstoy

Childhood By Leo Tolstoy

Childhood By Leo Tolstoy

Tolstoy’s first novel which he completed at the age of twenty three, and which immediately propelled him into the ranks of notable young writers winning favourable reviews from the established names of Russian literature such as Turgenev. The book is the first the trilogy exploring the inner life of a young boy.

Leo Tolstoy, a Russian writer most famous for his novels War and Peace (ISBN: 9781909175648) and Anna Karenina (ISBN: 9781909175112). Both acknowledged as two of the greatest novels of all time and a pinnacle of realist fiction. Many consider Tolstoy to be one of the world’s greatest novelists. Tolstoy is equally known for his complicated and paradoxical persona and for his extreme moralistic and ascetic views, which he adopted after a moral crisis and spiritual awakening in the 1870s. Tolstoy was born in Yasnaya Polyana, the family estate in the Tula region of Russia. The Tolstoys were a well-known family of old Russian nobility. He was the fourth of five children of Count Nikolai Ilyich Tolstoy.

Childhood by Leo Tolstoy, ISBN: 9781910558195, Sovereign, 114 pp

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Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy

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Gabriel Oak is a young shepherd. With the savings of a frugal life, and a loan, he has leased and stocked a sheep-farm. He falls in love with a newcomer eight years his junior, Bathsheba Everdene, a proud beauty who arrives to live with her aunt, Mrs. Hurst. She comes to like him well enough, and even saves his life once, but when he makes her an unadorned offer of marriage, she refuses; she values her independence too much and him too little.

Thomas Hardy, an English novelist and poet. He trained as an architect and worked in London and Dorset for ten years. His novels Tess of the D’Urberville, and Jude the Obscure, challenged society’s norms of the day and received negative reviews upon publication. Hardy was criticised for being too pessimistic and preoccupied with sex. He left fiction writing for poetry, and published eight collections. Hardy is now recognised as one of the most influential English writers.

Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy, ISBN: 9781910343920, Sovereign, 354 pp

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Audiobooks: The District Doctor and Other Stories by Ivan Turgenev

Hunting Sketches

An intriguing confession of doctor’s romantic involvement with a beautiful 20 year old patient. Followed by Turgenev’s exquisite, often meditative descriptions of Russian countryside and mysterious herbalist Kassyan infatuated with Gamayane, a prophetic bird of Russian folklore, a symbol of wisdom and knowledge. Read in English (unabridged).

Ivan Sergeyevich Turgenev 1818-1883, a Russian novelist, short story writer, and playwright. His short story collection entitled The Hunting Sketches, is a milestone of Russian Realism, and his novel Fathers and Sons regarded as one of the major works of 19th-century fiction. Turgenev studied literature, philosophy and philology at the Universities of Moscow, St Petersburg and Berlin and in 1879 received honorary doctorate from the University of Oxford. Turgenev’s artistic purity made him a favourite of like-minded novelists of the next generation, such as Henry James and Joseph Conrad. More here www.interactive.eu.com

The District Doctor and Other Stories by Ivan Turgenev, ISBN: 9781907832130, Sovereign, 70 min

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Halloween reading list: the best ghost, vampire and horror stories

As Halloween season approaches, we have selected the best ghost, vampire and horror stories of all time. Everything you need to know about the underworld and the spooky shadowy characters.

perf5.250x8.000.inddGhost Stories by Charles Dickens

Frighteningly believable, spine-tingling stories of prophetic dreams and visions, as well as more fantastical adventures with goblins and apparitions. These short works display the imagination of a master storyteller given free rein.

Ghost Stories by Charles Dickens, ISBN: 9781909438064, Sovereign, 82 pp

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9781909175129Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

A landmark work of romantic and gothic literature, as well as science fiction, the novel’s storyline emerged from a dream and Shelley’s own travels of the region in which the story unfolds. Mary Shelley started writing the story when she was just eighteen.

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, ISBN: 9781909175129, Fantastica, 188 pp

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9781907832529Dracula by Bram Stoker

Bram Stoker’s finest Vampire novel, featuring Jonathan Harker, Professor Van Helsing, Wilhemina Murray, Lucy Westenra, Dr John Seward, Quincey Morris, Hon. Arthur Holmwood, Renfield, and Count Dracular. Set in Dracula’s crumbling castle on the border of Transylvania, Bukovina and Moldavia, an example of Victorian gothic novel defining modern form and style of vampire story telling.

Dracula by Bram Stoker, ISBN: 9781907832529, Egoist Press, 354 pp

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9781907832253The Ghost of the Engineers’ Castle by Nikolai Leskov

story uncovering mysteries of haunted castle with reputation going back several centuries. The story takes you through events unfolding in St Petersburg in 1859 or 1860. Followed by a story of mysterious disappearance of 19th century nobleman from The Hunting Sketches by Ivan Turgenev.

The Ghost of the Engineers’ Castle by Nikolai Leskov, ISBN: 9781907832253, Fantastica, 55 pp

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perf5.250x8.000.inddCount Magnus And Other Ghost Stories by M. R. James

Some of the best ghost stories including Count Magnus, Lost Hearts, Number 13, The Treasure of Abbot Thomas and many more from the master of haunted houses and terrifying accounts of apparitions and other paranormal activities, M. R. James.

Count Magnus And Other Ghost Stories by M. R. James, ISBN: 9781909676404, Sovereign, 112 pp

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9781909904118Tales of Men and Ghosts by Edith Wharton

The best of ghost stories from Edith Wharton, including: The Bolted Door, His Father’s Son, The Daunt Diana, The Debt, Full Circle, The Legend, The Eyes, The Blond Beast, Afterward, The Letters.

Tales of Men and Ghosts by Edith Wharton, ISBN: 9781909904118, Sovereign, 236 pp

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9781909904385The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Other Tales by Washington Irving

From the listless repose of the place, and the peculiar character of its inhabitants, who are descendants from the original Dutch settlers, this sequestered glen has long been known by the name of Sleepy Hollow… A drowsy, dreamy influence seems to hang over the land, and to pervade the very atmosphere.

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Other Tales by Washington Irving, ISBN: 9781909904385, Fractal Press, 316 pp

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9781910150108The Canterville Ghost by Oscar Wilde

An amusing chronicle of the tribulations of the Ghost of Canterville Chase when his ancestral halls became the home of the American Minister to the Court of St. James.

The Canterville Ghost by Oscar Wilde, ISBN: 9781910150108, Sovereign, 68 pp

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9781910150443Viy by Nikolai Gogol

A young priest is preparing to spend three nights alone with the corpse of a dead witch and only his faith to protect him. He is ordered to supervise the waking of the dead witch in a small old wooden church of a remote village. Join the priest on his journey in this Sovereign Classic edition of Viy.

Viy by Nikolai Gogol, ISBN: 9781910150443, Sovereign, 60 pp

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9781910558331The Lair of the White Worm by Bram Stoker

The White Worm is a large snake-like creature that dwells in the hole or pit in Arabella’s house located in Diana’s Grove. The White Worm has green glowing eyes and feeds on whatever is thrown to it in the pit. The White Worm ascends from the pit and seeks to attack Adam and Mimi Watford in a forest.

The Lair of the White Worm by Bram Stoker, ISBN: 9781910558331, Egoist Press, 140 pp

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9781910558379The Lady of the Shroud by Bram Stoker

Rupert Saint Leger inherits his uncle’s estate worth more than one million pounds, on condition that he live for a year in his uncle’s castle in the Land of the Blue Mountains on the Dalmatian coast.

The Lady of the Shroud by Bram Stoker, ISBN: 9781910558379, Egoist Press, 292 pp

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9781910558386The Man by Bram Stoker

Would you rather be an angel than a God? Miss Stephen Norman and Harold An Wolf are sitting in the graveyard of their town’s church, eavesdropping on the conversation of two little girls below them.

The Man by Bram Stoker, ISBN: 9781910558386, Egoist Press, 250 pp

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9781910558515A Dream of Red Hands by Bram Stoker

A collection of gothic stories from Bram Stoker, the author of Dracula featuring: A Dream of Rend Hands, Crooken Sands, Old Hoggen, The Dualitists, The Man from Shorrox.

A Dream of Red Hands by Bram Stoker, ISBN: 9781910558515, Egoist Press, 92 pp

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9781910558522Under the Sunset by Bram Stoker

A collection of gothic stories from Bram Stoker, the author of Dracula featuring: Under the Sunset, The Rose Prince, The Invisible Giant, The Shadow Builder, How 7 Went Mad, Lies and Lilies, The Castle of the King, The Wondrous Child.

Under the Sunset by Bram Stoker, ISBN: 9781910558522, Egoist Press, 104 pp

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The Twelve Chairs by Ilya Ilf and Yevgeny Petrov

The Twelve Chairs by Ilya Ilf and Yevgeny Petrov, ISBN: 9781910343807

The Twelve Chairs by Ilya Ilf and Yevgeny Petrov, ISBN: 9781910343807

The Twelve Chairs is one of the most popular and prolific satirical novels written by Odessa based Ilya Ilf and Yevgeny Petrov. Set in Soviet Russia, the story starts with a deathbed confession about substantial family treasures hidden from the Bolsheviks in one of the twelve chairs. A team of treasure hunters is quickly formed. The smooth operator Ostap Bender and Kisa, the Pussycat set off to track down the chairs. They are not alone in their quest. Father Fyodor took advantage of the deathbed confession, and has also set off to recover the fortune.

Ilya Ilf and Evgeny Petrov were two Soviet prose authors who lived and worked in Odessa, Black Sea. They travelled did much of their writing together, and are often referred to as Ilf and Petrov. Most notable work includes characteristic for their writing satire novel The Twelve Chairs and sequel The Golden Calf.

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