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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


Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy


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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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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Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

Les Miserables is one of Hugo’s greatest masterpieces and one of the greatest French novels of all times. It is set during the student revolutions in France and follows lives of several different characters. At the opening the narrator tells a story of a Frenchman imprisoned for stealing bread. After fleeing a police officer he agrees to care for a factory worker’s daughter and this changes their lives forever.

Victor Marie Hugo was a French poet, novelist, and dramatist of the Romantic movement. He is considered one of the greatest and best known French writers. In France, Hugo’s literary fame comes first from his poetry but also rests upon his novels and his dramatic achievements. Victor Hugo is the author of Les Miserables (ISBN: 9781910343470).

Les Miserables by Victor Hugo, ISBN: 9781910343470, Sovereign, 1482pp. Download ebook from KOBO

The Secret Sharer

The Secret Sharer by Joseph Conrad

The Secret Sharer by Joseph Conrad

The story takes place at sea, near the Gulf of Siam. The young captain is unfamiliar with both his ship and his crew, having only joined their company a fortnight earlier. He soon encounters a naked swimmer holding onto the side ladder of the ship while he is alone at night on look-out duty. He helps the mysterious swimmer onto the boat and hides him in his cabin without the rest of the crew’s knowledge.

Joseph Conrad an English novelist of Polish descent, a master of prose who brought a distinctly non-English tragic sensibility into English literature. Conrad drew on his native Poland’s national experiences and on his personal experiences in the French and British merchant navies, to create literature that reflects aspects of a European culture, while plumbing the depths of the human soul.

The Secret Sharer by Joseph Conrad, ISBN: 9781910150627, Sovereign

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