'... ever-present, phantom thing; My slave, my comrade, and my king' Some of Emily Brontë's most extraordinary poems Introducing Little Black Classics: 80 books for Penguin's 80th birthday. Little Black Classics celebrate the huge range and diversity of Penguin Classics, with books from around the world and across many centuries. They take us from a balloon ride over Victorian London to a garden of blossom in Japan, from Tierra del Fuego to 16th century California and the Russian steppe. Here are stories lyrical and savage; poems epic and intimate; essays satirical and inspirational; and ideas that have shaped the lives of millions. Emily Brontë (1818-1848). Brontë's Wuthering Heights and The Complete Poems are available in Penguin Classics
'Although he feared death, he could not stop. 'If I stopped now, after coming all this way - well, they'd call me an idiot!' A pair of short stories about greed, charity, life and death from one of Russia's most influential writers and thinkers. Introducing Little Black Classics: 80 books for Penguin's 80th birthday. Little Black Classics celebrate the huge range and diversity of Penguin Classics, with books from around the world and across many centuries. They take us from a balloon ride over Victorian London to a garden of blossom in Japan, from Tierra del Fuego to 16th-century California and the Russian steppe. Here are stories lyrical and savage; poems epic and intimate; essays satirical and inspirational; and ideas that have shaped the lives of millions. Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910). Tolstoy's works available in Penguin Classics are Anna Karenina, War and Peace, Childhood, Boyhood, Youth,The Cossacks and Other Stories, The Kreutzer Sonata and Other Stories, What is art?, Resurrection, The Death of Ivan Ilyich and Other Stories, Master and Man and Other Stories, How Much Land Does A Man Need? & Other Stories, A Confession and Other Religious Writings and Last steps: The Late Writings of Leo Tolstoy.
'The proletarians have nothing to lose but their chains.' Marx and Engels's revolutionary summons to the working classes - one of the most important and influential political theories ever formulated. Introducing Little Black Classics: 80 books for Penguin's 80th birthday. Little Black Classics celebrate the huge range and diversity of Penguin Classics, with books from around the world and across many centuries. They take us from a balloon ride over Victorian London to a garden of blossom in Japan, from Tierra del Fuego to 16th-century California and the Russian steppe. Here are stories lyrical and savage; poems epic and intimate; essays satirical and inspirational; and ideas that have shaped the lives of millions. Karl Marx (1818-1883) and Friedrich Engels (1820-1895). Marx's works available in Penguin Classics are Capital, Dispatches for the New York Tribune, Early Writings, Grundrisse, The Portable Karl Marx and Revolution and War.
'We must learn to love, learn to be kind, and this from our earliest youth ... Likewise, hatred must be learned and nurtured, if one wishes to become a proficient hater' This volume contains a selection of Nietzsche's brilliant and challenging aphorisms, examining the pleasures of revenge, the falsity of pity, and the incompatibility of marriage with the philosophical life. Introducing Little Black Classics: 80 books for Penguin's 80th birthday. Little Black Classics celebrate the huge range and diversity of Penguin Classics, with books from around the world and across many centuries. They take us from a balloon ride over Victorian London to a garden of blossom in Japan, from Tierra del Fuego to 16th-century California and the Russian steppe. Here are stories lyrical and savage; poems epic and intimate; essays satirical and inspirational; and ideas that have shaped the lives of millions. Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900).
'She has many rare and charming qualities, but Sobriety is not one of them.' A selection of Austen's dark and hilarious early writings - featuring murder, drunkenness, perjury, theft, poisoning, women breaking out of prison, men forging wills and babies biting off their mothers' fingers... Introducing Little Black Classics: 80 books for Penguin's 80th birthday. Little Black Classics celebrate the huge range and diversity of Penguin Classics, with books from around the world and across many centuries. They take us from a balloon ride over Victorian London to a garden of blossom in Japan, from Tierra del Fuego to 16th-century California and the Russian steppe. Here are stories lyrical and savage; poems epic and intimate; essays satirical and inspirational; and ideas that have shaped the lives of millions. Jane Austen (1775-1817). Austen's works available in Penguin Classics are Emma, Lady Susan, The Watsons and Sanditon, Love and Freindship and Other Youthful Writings, Mansfield Park, Northanger Abbey, Persuasion, Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility.
'He was not blind to the fact that murder, like the religions of the Pagan world, requires a victim as well as a priest...' Wilde's supremely witty tale of dandies, anarchists and a murderous prophecy in London high society. Introducing Little Black Classics: 80 books for Penguin's 80th birthday. Little Black Classics celebrate the huge range and diversity of Penguin Classics, with books from around the world and across many centuries. They take us from a balloon ride over Victorian London to a garden of blossom in Japan, from Tierra del Fuego to 16th-century California and the Russian steppe. Here are stories lyrical and savage; poems epic and intimate; essays satirical and inspirational; and ideas that have shaped the lives of millions. Oscar Wilde (1854-1900). Wilde's works available in Penguin Classics are De Profundis and Other Prison Writings, The Complete Short Fiction, The Importance of Being Earnest and Other Plays, The Picture of Dorian Gray and The Soul of Man Under Socialism and Selected Critical Prose.
'I'll stop doing it as soon as I understand what I'm doing.' Somewhere between a historical account and work of philosophy, Socrates' Defence details the final plea of Plato's beloved mentor. Introducing Little Black Classics: 80 books for Penguin's 80th birthday. Little Black Classics celebrate the huge range and diversity of Penguin Classics, with books from around the world and across many centuries. They take us from a balloon ride over Victorian London to a garden of blossom in Japan, from Tierra del Fuego to 16th-century California and the Russian steppe. Here are stories lyrical and savage; poems epic and intimate; essays satirical and inspirational; and ideas that have shaped the lives of millions. Plato (474 BC-347 BC). Plato's works available in Penguin Classics are Republic, The Last Days of Socrates, The Laws, Phaedrus, Protagoras and Meno, Timaeus and Critias, Theaetetus, Early Socratic Dialogues, The Symposium and Gorgias.
'All nations, colors, barbarisms, civilizations, languages...' A selection taken from Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass Introducing Little Black Classics: 80 books for Penguin's 80th birthday. Little Black Classics celebrate the huge range and diversity of Penguin Classics, with books from around the world and across many centuries. They take us from a balloon ride over Victorian London to a garden of blossom in Japan, from Tierra del Fuego to 16th century California and the Russian steppe. Here are stories lyrical and savage; poems epic and intimate; essays satirical and inspirational; and ideas that have shaped the lives of millions. Walt Whitman (1819-1892). Whitman's works available in Penguin Classics are Leaves of Grass and The Complete Poems.
'I could see that she was still terribly afraid, but I didn't soften anything; instead, seeing that she was afraid I deliberately intensified it.' In this short story, Dostoyevsky masterfully depicts desperation, greed, manipulation and suicide. Introducing Little Black Classics: 80 books for Penguin's 80th birthday. Little Black Classics celebrate the huge range and diversity of Penguin Classics, with books from around the world and across many centuries. They take us from a balloon ride over Victorian London to a garden of blossom in Japan, from Tierra del Fuego to 16th-century California and the Russian steppe. Here are stories lyrical and savage; poems epic and intimate; essays satirical and inspirational; and ideas that have shaped the lives of millions. Fyodor Dostoyevsky (1821-1881). Dostoyevsky's works available in Penguin Classics are Crime and Punishment, The Idiot, The Double, The Gambler and Other Stories, The Grand Inquisitor, Notes From The Underground, Netochka Nezvanova, The House of The Dead, The Brothers Karamazov and The Village of Stepanchikovo.
'I truly thought I'd never make it back.' Ten of the most memorable and most terrifying cantos from Dante's Inferno. Introducing Little Black Classics: 80 books for Penguin's 80th birthday. Little Black Classics celebrate the huge range and diversity of Penguin Classics, with books from around the world and across many centuries. They take us from a balloon ride over Victorian London to a garden of blossom in Japan, from Tierra del Fuego to 16th-century California and the Russian steppe. Here are stories lyrical and savage; poems epic and intimate; essays satirical and inspirational; and ideas that have shaped the lives of millions. Dante Alighieri (1265-1321). Dante's works available in Penguin Classics are Inferno, Purgatorio, Paradiso, The Divine Comedy and Vita Nuova.
Detective Lindsay Boxer has finally managed to capture the drug cartel boss who has been tormenting her for months. And now he's about to go on trial for his life. But after threatening to unleash violence on everyone involved in the case, the whole city is paralysed, and Lindsay and the Women's Murder Club are caught in the eye of the storm.
Une tortue, un corbeau, un lièvre, une fourmi, un lion, et même un pot au lait : autant de figures familières qui peuplent, parmi tant d'autres, notre imaginaire, resurgissent régulièrement, et que nous devons toutes au fabuleux talent de Monsieur de La Fontaine. Il est le prince des poètes, lui qui a su transformer une tradition un peu rigide, celle de la fable, en un art exceptionnel, qui charme l'oreille tout en réjouissant l'esprit, réveille les bois, anime les animaux et parvient à toucher tous les hommes.
Moralité : on aurait tort de ne pas se replonger dans la lecture des Fables, qui ravissent les enfants et enchantent les adultes ! Leur pertinence impertinente est sans doute à l'origine de leur succès ininterrompu : qu'on les récite, comme à l'école, qu'on se les répète pour soi seulement ou qu'on se les "mette en bouche", comme le fit avec un bonheur évident le comédien Fabrice Luchini, on ne résiste pas au petit plaisir d'une fable.
'Presently I heard a slight groan, and I knew it was a groan of mortal terror ... the low stifled sound that arises from the bottom of the soul.' Stories about murder, mystery and madness, portraying the author's feverish imagination at its creative height. Introducing Little Black Classics: 80 books for Penguin's 80th birthday. Little Black Classics celebrate the huge range and diversity of Penguin Classics, with books from around the world and across many centuries. They take us from a balloon ride over Victorian London to a garden of blossom in Japan, from Tierra del Fuego to 16th-century California and the Russian steppe. Here are stories lyrical and savage; poems epic and intimate; essays satirical and inspirational; and ideas that have shaped the lives of millions. Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849). Poe's works available in Penguin Classics are The Complete Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe, The Fall of the House of Usher and Other Writings, The Masque of the Red Death, The Murders in the Rue Morgue and Other Tales, The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket, The Pit and the Pendulum, The Portable Edgar Allan Poe and The Science Fiction of Edgar Allan Poe.
NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE BY STEVEN SPIELBERG, starring Oscar-winning actor Mark Rylance as THE BFG! On a dark, silvery moonlit night, Sophie is snatched from her bed by a giant. Luckily it is the Big Friendly Giant, the BFG, who only eats snozzcumbers and glugs frobscottle. But there are other giants in Giant Country: fifty foot brutes who gallop far and wide every night to find human beans to eat. Sophie decides she must stop them once and for all. And the BFG is going to help her! With a new foreword by Lucy Dahl and exclusive fun activities inside, including: BFG Draw-along with Quentin Blake, BFG Quiz and much more! Listen to THE BFG and other Roald Dahl audiobooks read by some very famous voices, including Katel Winslet, David Walliams and Steven Fry - plus there are added squelchy sound effects from Pinewood Studios!
Throughout history, people have sought to deal with life’s great mysteries, such as the origin of life and the forces that drive the world, by devising stories and creating matching imageries. Mythology Pictures is an extensive pictorial survey of t
When the downtrodden animals of Manor Farm overthrow their master Mr Jones and take over the farm themselves, they imagine it is the beginning of a life of freedom and equality. But gradually a cunning, ruthless elite among them, masterminded by the pigs Napoleon and Snowball, starts to take control.
Hidden away in the Record Department of the sprawling Ministry of Truth, Winston Smith rewrites the past to suit the needs of the Party. Yet he inwardly rebels against the totalitarian world he lives in, which demands obedience and controls him through the all-seeing telescreens and the watchful eye of Big Brother, symbolic head of the Party.
In Hear the Wind Sing the narrator is home from college on his summer break. He spends his time drinking beer and smoking in J’s Bar with the Rat, listening to the radio, thinking about writing and the women he has slept with, and pursuing a relationship with a girl with nine fingers.
The story of the narrator, the Rat and J continues in Pinball, 1973.
NOW FILMED AS THE SECOND JACK REACHER MOVIE, STARRING TOM CRUISE
Drop-out military cop Jack Reacher has finally hitch-hiked his way to Virginia. His destination, the closest thing to a home he ever had: the headquarters of his old unit, the 110th Military Police.
Reacher has no real reason to be here, except that he spoke to the new commanding officer on the phone. He liked Major Susan Turners voice. But now hes arrived, shes disappeared, and things are getting weird.
Accused of a sixteen-year-old homicide and co-opted back into the army, Reacher says nothing.
But hes sure as hell thinking of a way out.
Reacher is a mans man, a loner, a renegade crusader for justice on the top of his form Sun
Bone-crunching, joint-popping a man of steelEvening Standard
As a devoted mother, Veronique Parker has dedicated herself to her three daughters, before and since her divorce.
Her world is turned upside down, however, when her former husband dies suddenly, leaving her and their daughters astonishing inheritances: a painting of mysterious provenance, a château in the south of France, the freedom to pursue their dreams, and a shocking revelation from the past.
Go Set a Watchman is set during the mid-1950s and features many of the characters from To Kill a Mockingbird some twenty years later. Scout (Jean Louise Finch) has returned to Maycomb from New York to visit her father Atticus. She is forced to grapple with issues both personal and political as she tries to understand both her fathers attitude toward society, and her own feelings about the place where she was born and spent her childhood.
A Short History of Decay (1949) is E. M. Cioran's nihilistic and witty collection of aphoristic essays concerning the nature of civilization in mid-twentieth-century Europe. Touching upon Man's need to worship, the feebleness of God, the downfall of the Ancient Greeks and the melancholy baseness of all existence, Cioran's pieces are pessimistic in the extreme, but also display a beautiful certainty that renders them delicate, vivid, and memorable. Illuminating and brutally honest, A Short History of Decay dissects Man's decadence in a remarkable series of moving and beautiful pieces.
Shocking and controversial when it was first published, The Grapes of Wrath is Steinbeck's Pultizer Prize-winning epic of the Joad family, forced to travel west from Dust Bowl era Oklahoma in search of the promised land of California. Their story is one of false hopes, thwarted desires and powerlessness, yet out of their struggle Steinbeck created a drama that is both intensely human and majestic in its scale and moral vision.
John Green's witty yet heart-breaking tour de force. Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel's story is about to be completely rewritten.
Three wonderful holiday romances by three of America's bestselling authors, including John Green - author of the multi-million bestseller The Fault in Our Stars. An ill-timed storm on Christmas Eve buries the residents of Gracetown under multiple feet of snow and causes quite a bit of chaos. One brave soul ventures out into the storm from her stranded train and sets off a chain of events that will change quite a few lives. Over the next three days one girl takes a risky shortcut with an adorable stranger, three friends set out to win a race to the Waffle House (and the hash brown spoils), and the fate of a teacup pig falls into the hands of a lovesick barista. A trio of today's bestselling authors - John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle - brings all the magic of holidays to life in three hilarious and charming interconnected tales of love, romance, and kisses that will steal your breath away.
1945, Lake Como. Mussolini and his mistress are captured and shot by local partisans. The precise circumstances of II Duce's death remain shrouded in confusion and controversy. 1992, Milan. Colonna, a depressed hack writer, is offered a fee he can't refuse to ghost-write a memoir.
Poet and pervert, Humbert Humbert becomes obsessed by twelve-year-old Lolita and seeks to possess her, first carnally and then artistically, out of love, 'to fix once for all the perilous magic of nymphets'. Is he in love or insane? A silver-tongued poet or a pervert? A tortured soul or a monster? Or is he all of these?
Two guys with the same name, running in two very different circles, suddenly find their lives going in new and unexpected directions, and culminating in epic turns-of-heart and the most fabulous musical ever to grace the high-school stage. With his brother, Hank, John is one half of the Vlogbrothers.
Infamous for the murder of Maria Iribarne, the artist Juan Pablo Castel is now writing a detailed account of his relationship with the victim from his prison cell: obsessed from the first moment he saw her examining one of his paintings, Castel had become fixated on her over the next months and fantasized over how they might meet again.
Absolutely, definitively alone', a young Jewish student in Romania tries to make sense of a world that has decided he doesn't belong. Spending his days walking the streets and his nights drinking and gambling, meeting revolutionaries, zealots, lovers and libertines, he adjusts his eyes to the darkness that falls over Europe, and threatens to destroy him.
Mihail Sebastian's 1934 masterpiece, now translated into English for the first time, was written amid the anti-Semitism which would, by the end of the decade, force him out of his career and turn his friends and colleagues against him. For Two Thousand Years is a prescient, heart-wrenching chronicle of resilience and despair, broken layers of memory and the terrible forces of history.
Magic, monsters, and mayhem abound when Percy Jackson and Annabeth Chase meet Carter and Sadie Kane for the first time. Weird creatures are appearing in unexpected places, and the demigods and magicians have to team up to take them down. As they battle with Celestial Bronze and glowing hieroglyphs, the four heroes find that they have a lot in common--and more power than they ever thought possible. But will their combined forces be enough to foil an ancient enemy who is mixing Greek and Egyptian incantations for an evil purpose? Rick Riordan wields his usual storytelling magic in this adrenaline-fueled adventure.
Lou Clark knows lots of things. She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop and she knows she might not love her boyfriend Patrick. What Lou doesn't know is she's about to lose her job or that knowing what's coming is what keeps her sane.
A special edition of le Carré's first post-Cold War novel, to tie in with the new major BBC series starring Hugh Laurie and Tom Hiddleston, with a new afterword by the author.
At the start of it all, Jonathan Pine is merely the night manager at a luxury hotel. But when a single attempt to pass on information to the British authorities - about an international businessman at the hotel with suspicious dealings - backfires terribly, and people close to Pine begin to die, he commits himself to a battle against powerful forces he cannot begin to imagine.
In a chilling tale of corrupt intelligence agencies, billion-dollar price tags and the truth of the brutal arms trade, John le Carré creates a claustrophobic world in which no one can be trusted.
In a chilling tale of corrupt intelligence agencies, billion-dollar price tags and the truth of the brutal arms trade, John le Carre creates a claustrophobic world in which no one can be trusted.
A special edition of E L Jamess #1 New York Times bestselling novel, Fifty Shades Darker, that includes her own photos and caption commentary from the making of the film―and an excerpt from her forthcoming book, Fifty Shades Darker, As Told by Christian Grey.
Daunted by the dark secrets of the tormented young entrepreneur, Christian Grey, Anastasia Steele has broken off their relationship. But desire for Grey still dominates her every waking thought, and when he proposes a new arrangement, she cannot resist.
They rekindle their searing, sensual affair, and soon Ana is learning more about the harrowing past of her damaged, driven and demanding Fifty Shades than she ever thought possible.
But while Christian wrestles with his inner demons, Ana must make the most important decision of her life.
Hardy's powerful novel of swift sexual passion and slow-burning loyalty centres on Bathsheba Everdene, a proud working woman whose life is complicated by three different men - respectable farmer Boldwood, seductive Sergeant Troy and devoted Gabriel - making her the object of scandal and betrayal. Vividly portraying the superstitions and traditions of a small rural community, Far from the Madding Crowd shows the precarious position of a woman in a man's world.
Peter Martin, a college track star determined to idle away what he knows will be one of his last innocent summers in his tranquil New England home town. But with the war escalating in Europe and his two closest friends both plotting their escapes, he realizes how sheltered his upbringing has been.
Rachel catches the same commuter train every morning. She knows it will wait at the same signal each time, overlooking a row of back gardens. Shes even started to feel like she knows the people who live in one of the houses. Jess and Jason, she calls them. Their life as she sees it is perfect. If only Rachel could be that happy.
And then she sees something shocking. Its only a minute until the train moves on, but its enough.
Now everythings changed. Now Rachel has a chance to become a part of the lives shes only watched from afar.
Now theyll see; shes much more than just the girl on the train
Is it morally wrong to have a blow-dry when one of your children has head lice? Is technology now the fifth element? Or is that wood? Is sleeping with someone after 2 dates and 6 weeks of texting the same as getting married after 2 meetings and 6 months of letter writing in Jane Austen's day? This title deals with these questions.
** The number one bestseller Big Little Lies is now a HBO series starring Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Alexander Skarsgård and Shailene Woodey **
'Let me ask you a question. Would you like a series that has everything? Good. Because it is, emphatically, HERE' The Guardian
'Depth, class and a sense of humour' The Times
'Artful and arch, a compelling and sad satire' Vanity Fair
Perfect family, perfect house, perfect life; Jane, Madeline and Celeste have it all . . . or do they? They are about to find out just how easy it is for one little lie to spiral out of control.
From the author of Truly Madly Guilty and The Husband's Secret comes a novel about the dangerous little lies we tell ourselves just to survive.
Jane hasn't lived anywhere for longer than six months since her son was born five years ago. She keeps moving in an attempt to escape her past. Now the idyllic coastal town of Pirriwee has pulled her to its shores and Jane feels as if she finally belongs. She finds friends in the feisty Madeline and the incredibly beautiful Celeste, two women with seemingly perfect lives - and their own secrets.
But at the start of a new term, an incident involving the children of all three women occurs in the playground, causing a rift between them and other parents. Minor at first but escalating fast, until the whispers and rumours become vicious and spiteful, and the truths blur into lies.
It was always going to end in tears, but no one thought it would end in murder . . .
More than 100 million copies sold world wide. When literature student Anastasia Steele interviews successful entrepreneur Christian Grey, she finds him very attractive and deeply intimidating. Convinced that their meeting went badly, she tries to put him out of her mind - until he turns up at the store where she works part-time, and invites her out.
Unworldly and innocent, Ana is shocked to find she wants this man. And, when he warns her to keep her distance, it only makes her want him more. As they embark on a passionate love affair, Ana discovers more about her own desires, as well as the dark secrets Christian keeps hidden away from public view ...
This is a hilarious, eye-opening tour of the new romantic landscape, from one of America's sharpest comic voices and one of its leading sociologists. In the old days, most people would find a decent person who lived in their village or neighbourhood, and after deciding they weren't a murderer, get married and have kids - all by the age of 22. Now we spend years of our lives searching for our perfect soul mate and, thanks to dating apps, mobile phones and social media, we have more romantic options than ever before in human history. Yet we also have to confront strange new dilemmas, such as what to think when someone is too busy to reply to a text but has time to post a photo of their breakfast on Instagram. And if we have so many more options, why aren't people any less frustrated? For years, American comedian Aziz Ansari has been aiming his comic insight at dating and relationships, and in Modern Romance, he teams up with award-winning sociologist Eric Klinenberg to investigate love in the age of technology. They enlisted some of the world's leading social scientists, conducted hundreds of interviews, analyzed the behavioural data, and researched dating cultures from Tokyo to Buenos Aires to New York City. The result is an unforgettable picture of modern love, combining Ansari's irreverent humour with cutting-edge social science.
An English couple, Perry and Gail, are taking an off-peak holiday on the Caribbean island of Antigua. By seeming chance they bump into a Russian millionaire called Dima who owns a peninsula and a diamond-encrusted gold watch. He also has a tattoo on his right thumb, and wants a game of tennis.
What else he wants propels the young lovers on a tortuous journey through Paris to a safe house in the Swiss Alps, to the murkiest cloisters of the City of London and its unholy alliance with Britain's Intelligence Establishment.
Oscar-winning director Oliver Stone and historian Peter Kuznick examine the dark side of American history from the beginning of the twentieth century right up to the Obama administration. Looking at American intervention in foreign conflicts in Latin American, Asia and the Middle East, including taking part in covert operations and interfering to overthrow elected leaders in favour of right-wing dictators, they ask whether US involvement around the globe is about democratic ideals, or political and economic gain.
From Hiroshima and Nagasaki to the Watergate scandal and the transformation of America into a national security state, The Concise Untold History lays bare how US presidents have ignored the constitution and international law to influence the course of world events for the interest of the few.
Based on the critically acclaimed documentary series of the same name, this book compellingly unmasks the shocking and unforgettable truth behind the American Empire.
Assassin's Creed: Unity is the seventh title in Oliver Bowden's phenomenally successful Assassin's Creed videogame tie-in series.
1789: The magnificent city of Paris sees the dawn of the French Revolution. The cobblestone streets run red with blood as the people rise against the oppressive aristocracy. But revolutionary justice comes at a high price...
At a time when the divide between the rich and poor is at its most extreme, and a nation is tearing itself apart, a young man and woman fight to avenge all they have lost.
Soon Arno and Élise are drawn into the centuries-old battle between the Assassins and the Templars - a world with dangers more deadly than they could ever have imagined.
The immersive story of the Assassins is continued in Oliver Bowden's gripping seventh Assassin's Creed novel, following Renaissance, Brotherhood, The Secret Crusade, Revelations, Forsaken and Black Flag.
Oliver Bowden is the pen-name of an acclaimed novelist.
For fans of Kate Mosse and Kate Morton comes a haunting novel about two women separated by decades but entwined by fate.
When Alice Eveleigh arrives at Fiercombe Manor during the long, languid summer of 1933, she finds a house steeped in mystery and brimming with secrets. Sadness permeates its empty rooms and the isolated valley seems crowded with ghosts, none more alluring than Elizabeth Stanton whose only traces remain in a few tantalisingly blurred photographs. Why will no one speak of her? What happened a generation ago to make her vanish?
As the sun beats down relentlessly, Alice becomes ever more determined to unearth the truth about the girl in the photograph - and stop her own life from becoming an eerie echo of Elizabeth's . . .
Lifelong fans of Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca will adore Kate Riordan's exquisite novel, The Girl in the Photograph.
Praise for The Girl in the Photograph:
'Full of slow-burning tension' Essentials
'A sweeping saga of secrets and ghosts' Good Housekeeping
'A well executed, brooding, creepy atmosphere' Sunday Mirror
Love never dies ...It took Lucinda an eternity to find her beloved angel, Daniel. But he waited for her. Now they are forced apart again, to protect Luce from the Outcasts - immortals who want her dead. During their separation, Luce learns about her mysterious past lives. But the more she discovers, the more she suspects Daniel is hiding something. What if Daniel's version of the past isn't true? Is it really their destiny to be together? Or is Luce actually meant to be with someone else? The thrilling sequel to the international bestseller, Fallen.
This is the third book in the incredible "Fallen" series. Before Luce and Daniel met at Sword & Cross, before they fought the Immortals, they had already lived many lives. And so Luce, desperate to unlock the curse that condemns their love, must revisit her past incarnations in order to understand her fate. Each century, each life, holds a different clue. But Daniel is chasing her throughout the centuries before she has a chance to rewrite history. How many deaths can one true love endure? And can Luce and Daniel unlock their past in order to change their future?
Unexpected. Unrequited. Forbidden. Eternal. Everyone has their own love story.
And in a twist of fate, four extraordinary love stories combine over the course of a romantic Valentine's Day in Medieval England. Miles and Shelby find love where they least expect it. Roland learns a painful lesson about finding and losing love. Arianne pays the price for a love so fierce it burns. And for the first – and last – time, Daniel and Luce will spend a night together like none other.
Lauren Kate's Fallen in Love is filled with love stories . . . the ones everyone has been waiting for.
Raphael is a dumpsite boy. He spends his days wading through mountains of steaming trash, sifting it, sorting it, breathing it, sleeping next to it.
Then one unlucky-lucky day, Raphael's world turns upside down. A small leather bag falls into his hands. It's a bag of clues. It's a bag of hope. It's a bag that will change everything.
Soon Raphael and his friends Gardo and Rat are running for their lives. Wanted by the police, it takes all their quick-thinking and fast-talking to stay ahead. As the net tightens, they uncover a dead man's mission to put right a terrible wrong.
And now it's three street boys against the world...
It is Ireland in the early 1950s and for Eilis Lacey, as for so many young Irish girls, opportunities are scarce. So when her sister arranges for her to emigrate to New York, Eilis knows she must go.
Arriving in a crowded lodging house in Brooklyn, Eilis can only be reminded of what she has sacrificed. And just as she takes tentative steps towards friendship, and perhaps something more, Eilis receives news which sends her back to Ireland. There she will be confronted by a terrible dilemma - a devastating choice between duty and one great love.
Tells us about the games we play: those patterns of behaviour that reveal hidden feelings and emotions. This title shows the underlying motivations behind our relationships and explores the roles that we try to play - and are forced to play. It gives you the keys to unlock the psychology of others - and yourself.
Solomon Northup is a free man, living in New York. Then he is kidnapped and sold into slavery.
Drugged, beaten, given a new name and transported away from his wife and children to a Louisiana cotton plantation, Solomon will die if he reveals his true identity. This is the searing true story of his twelve years as a slave: the endless brutality, daily humiliations and constant fear, but also the small ways in which he and his fellow men try to survive.
Twelve Years a Slave is a unique, unflinching record of slavery from the inside, and the incredible account of one man whose life was ripped from him - and who fought to get it back.
Gideon calls me his angel, but he's the miracle in my life. My gorgeous, wounded warrior, so determined to slay my demons while refusing to face his own.
The vows we'd exchanged should have bound us tighter than blood and flesh. Instead they opened up old wounds, exposed pain and insecurities, and lured bitter enemies out of the shadows. I felt him slipping from my grasp; my greatest fears becoming my reality; my love tested in ways I wasn't sure I was strong enough to bear.
At the brightest time in our lives, the darkness of his past encroached and threatened everything we'd worked so hard for. We faced a terrible choice: the familiar safety of the lives we'd had before each other or the fight for a future that suddenly seemed an impossible and hopeless dream . . .
" - Nous allons conclure un marché, veux-tu ? Toi, Joseph, tu feras semblant d'être chrétien, et moi je ferai semblant d'être juif. Ce sera notre secret, le plus grand des secrets. Toi et moi pourrions mourir de trahir ce secret. Juré ? - Juré. " 1942. Joseph a sept ans. Séparé de sa famille, il est recueilli par le père Pons, un homme simple et juste, qui ne se contente pas de sauver des vies. Mais que tente-t-il de préserver, tel Noé, dans ce monde menacé par un déluge de violence ? Un court et bouleversant roman dans la lignée de Monsieur Ibrahim...
et d'Oscar et la dame rose qui ont fait d'Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt l'un des romanciers français les plus lus dans le monde.
Paris, années soixante. Momo, un petit garçon juif de douze ans, devient l'ami du vieil épicier arabe de la rue Bleue. Mais les apparences sont trompeuses : Monsieur Ibrahim, l'épicier, n'est pas arabe, la rue Bleue n'est pas bleue et l'enfant n'est peut-être pas juif…
Simon fait chaque nuit le même rêve dont une femme énigmatique lui livre la clef : il est la réincarnation de l'oncle de Milarepa, le célèbre ermite tibétain du XIe siècle qui vouait à son neveu une haine inexpiable. Pour sortir du cycle des renaissances, Simon doit raconter l'histoire des deux hommes, s'identifiant à eux au point de confondre leur identité à la sienne. Mais où commence le rêve, où finit le réel ? Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt, dans ce monologue qui est aussi un conte dans l'esprit du bouddhisme tibétain, poursuit son questionnement philosophique : la réalité existe-t-elle en dehors de la perception que l'on en a ?
A la Bibliothèque nationale, un chercheur découvre la trace d'un inconnu, Gaspard Languenhaert, homme du XVIIIe siècle, qui soutint la philosophie " égoïste ". Selon lui, le monde extérieur n'a aucune réalité et la vie n'est qu'un songe. Intrigué, le chercheur part à la découverte d'éventuels documents. Mystérieusement, toutes les pistes tournent court. Conspiration ? Malédiction ? La logique devient folle, cette enquête l'emmène au fond de lui-même, emportant le lecteur avec lui dans des vertiges hallucinants.
Alexandre revient dans la maison de sa jeunesse. Par un phénomène étrange, il se retrouve face à son passé, lors d'une journée cruciale. Quarante ans après, il revoit sa grand-mère tant aimée, les jeunes femmes qu'il désirait. Ferait-il les mêmes choix maintenant qu'il sait ce que fut son existence ? Dans la vie, fait-on ce qu'on veut, ou ce qu'on peut ? Choisit-on ? Est-on libre ? Et si on recommençait.
Madame Ming aime parler de ses dix enfants vivant dans divers lieux de l'immense Chine. Fabule-t-elle, au pays qui impose l'enfant unique ? A-t-elle contourné la loi ? Aurait-elle sombré dans une folie douce ? Et si cette progéniture n'était pas imaginaire ? L'incroyable secret de madame Ming rejoint celui de la Chine d'hier et d'aujourd'hui, éclairé par la sagesse immémoriale de Confucius. Dans la veine de Monsieur Ibrahim et les fleurs du Coran, d'Oscar et la dame rose ou de L'Enfant de Noé, Les dix enfants que madame Ming n'a jamais eus est le sixième récit du Cycle de l'invisible.
Comment éviter les désastres affectifs que les parents affichent au quotidien ? Enfants hier encore, quatre adolescentes sont liées par un pacte d'amitié éternelle. Elles ont seize ans et sont avides de découvrir le grand amour. Chacune tient un journal dans lequel elle livre son impatience, ses désirs, ses conquêtes, ses rêves. Au lycée, on s'apprête à jouer Roméo et Juliette, tandis qu'un drame, aussi imprévisible et fatal que le dénouement de la pièce, se prépare.
"Si tu ne m'aimes plus, c'est que tu ne m'as jamais aimé."
L'amour relève-t-il d'un processus chimique ou d'un miracle spirituel ? Existe-t-il un moyen infaillible pour déclencher la passion, comme l'élixir qui jadis unit Tristan et Iseult ? Est-on, au contraire, totalement libre d'aimer ? Anciens amants, Adam et Louise vivent désormais à des milliers de kilomètres l'un de l'autre, lui à Paris, elle à Montréal. Ils entament une correspondance, où ils évoquent les blessures du passé et leurs nouvelles aventures, puis se lancent un défi : provoquer l'amour.
Mais ce jeu ne cache-t-il pas un piège ? En fin observateur des caprices du coeur, Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt explore le mystère des attirances et des sentiments.
Après quelques années de vie commune, Marianne et Georges ne se supportent plus : elle regrette le Georges amoureux naïf des premiers temps, lui désire une femme plus pimentée. Grâce au docteur Galopin, spécialisé en électromagnétisme, ils vont chacun être mis en face de leur rêve. Et devront le cacher à l'autre ! Le cauchemar commence. D'un appartement parisien jusqu'à l'ambassade de Batavia, les portes claquent devant l'hystérie de six personnages qui se fuient et se poursuivent.
Une comédie déjantée sous le signe de Feydeau où les quiproquos s'accumulent, entraînant surprises et fous rires. Dans une postface magistrale, Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt analyse sa passion pour l'oeuvre de Feydeau, la complexité et la rigueur mathématique extrême du dramaturge qui disait : «Lorsque la présence d'un personnage est indésirable, il faut immédiatement le faire entrer en scène.»
Lorsque j'étais une œuvre d'art est un livre sans équivalent dans l'histoire de la littérature, même si c'est un roman contemporain sur le contemporain. Il raconte le calvaire d'un homme qui devient son propre corps, un corps refaçonné en œuvre d'art au mépris de tout respect pour son humanité. Malléable, transformable, il n'est plus qu'un corps sans âme entre les mains d'un esprit diabolique dont le génie tient avant tout à son manque de scrupule.
He was the Western convert who would plunge deep inside al-Qaeda. He named his first son Osama after 9/11 and became a Jihadist. But then - after a sudden loss of faith - Morten Storm made a life-changing decision. He became a double agent and joined the CIA, MI6 and MI5.
Features behind-the-scenes look at Coca-Cola's design-led strategy for growth. This title shows how any business can use the same approach to get to the next level. It is a must read for leaders, creatives and entrepreneurs.
Penny has a secret.
Under the alias Girl Online, Penny blogs her hidden feelings about friendship, boys, high school drama, her crazy family, and the panic attacks that have begun to take over her life. When things go from bad to worse, her family whisks her away to New York, where she meets Noah, a gorgeous, guitar-strumming American. Suddenly Penny is falling in love - and capturing every moment of it on her blog.
But Noah has a secret, too, one that threatens to ruin Penny's cover - and her closest friendship - forever.
"No free man shall be seized or imprisoned, or stripped of his rights or possessions, or outlawed or exiled, or deprived of his standing in any other way, nor will we proceed with force against him, or send others to do so, except by the lawful judgment of his equals or by the law of the land."
Magna Carta is probably the most famous declaration in western legal history. Wrested by rebellious barons from a very reluctant King John, it set out a series of rights and duties which have been appealed to, ignored, suppressed and argued about ever since. 2015 is the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta's creation - an event which will be marked with exhibitions, commemorations and debates in all the countries over whose constitutions and legal assumptions the shadow of Magna Carta hangs.
For more than sixty-five years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,500 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.
Moving from ancient Miletus to medieval Baghdad to Oxford, and from the Museum of Alexandria to the Royal Society of London, the author shows that the scientists of the past not only did not understand what we understand about the world - they did not understand what there is to understand.
This object does not exist without you. You will determine the content and the final product. All will be shaped by your imagination. You must go out into the world in order to bring it to life and complete the assignments. With intriguing prompts, you will discover that this book can be:
A secret message: tear out a page, write a note on it for a stranger, and leave it in a public place.
A recording device: have everyone you contact today write their name in the book.
An instrument: create as many sounds as you can using the book, like flipping the pages fast or slapping the cover.
This Is Not a Book will engage readers by having them define everything a book can be by asking, 'If it's not a book, what is it then?' - with a kaleidoscope of possible answers.
Première partie : Dans le jardin des oliviers, un homme attend que les soldats viennent l'arrêter pour le conduire au supplice. Quelle puissance surnaturelle a fait de lui, fils de menuisier, un agitateur, un faiseur de miracles prêchant l'amour et le pardon ? Deuxième partie: Trois jours plus tard, au matin de la Pâque, Pilate dirige la plus extravagante des enquêtes policières. Un cadavre a disparu et est réapparu vivant ! Y a-t-il un mystère Jésus ou simplement une affaire Jésus ? A mesure que Sherlock Pilate avance dans son enquête, le doute s'insinue dans son esprit. Et avec le doute, l'idée de foi. L'Evangile selon Pilate a reçu le Grand Prix des lectrices de Elle 2001.
A hilarious and refreshingly honest foray into modern dating, Age, Sex, Location is Bridget Jones's Diary for HBO's Girls generation. The last thing twenty-eight-year-old Lauren is looking for is love, so why do the men she's dating assume she's searching for The One? With men running for the hills, Lauren takes drastic action and turns her love life into an experiment, vowing to follow the advice of a different dating guide every month. From releasing her inner siren to swearing off sex completely, Lauren will follow The Rules and play The Game, all with the help of her disapproving best friend and her newly loved-up housemate. But as she searches for the holy grail of no-strings sex minus the heartache, Lauren soon realizes that dating is more complicated than just swiping right - and that the things you run from tend to always catch up with you... Praise for Age, Sex Location: 'Great fun - a gripping read and very touching' Marian Keyes 'So smart and sassy but with a great big heart, too. You'll go through this book as quickly as Lauren "swipes left" on her iPhone' - Naomi Wood, author of Mrs Hemingway 'Funny, fresh, sassy and totally captures the dating zeitgeist. If you loved Girls, you'll love this!' - Katy Regan, author of The Story of You 'With some brilliant one-liners, great dialogue and a main character you want to go out drinking with - this book was a winning combination for me. If you like your chick-lit edgy, cool and genuinely funny then look no further.' - Rosie Blake, author of How to Get a (Love) Life 'Honest, funny and cringingly relatable.' Glamour 'Funny and honest this is a refreshing look at the modern dating scene' Essentials 'Laugh-out-loud funny' Elle 'Melissa's engaging voice and sharp humour lift this above other dating novels' Bella 'A clever premise, wittily delivered in upbeat, wisecracking style. Lauren's encounters provide a colourful snapshot of modern men and dating mores, while her breezy promiscuity makes Bridget Jones look positively nun-like. All good, dirty fun - and there's a great twist to how she gets her guy in the end. American Pimentel writes lyrically of her adopted city, and her insights into the British are as spot-on as they are hilarious' Daily Mail 'Witty frank and candid, this book takes the reader on a hilarious tour throught the world of modern dating' Heat 'Frank, refreshing...such a satisfying read' Stylist Melissa grew up in a small town in Massachusetts in a house without cable and therefore much of her childhood was spent watching 1970s British comedy on public television. At twenty-two, she made the move to London and has lived there happily for ten years, though has sadly never come across the Ministry of Funny Walks. Before meeting her fiance, she spent much of her time trawling the London dating scene for clean, non-sociopathic sexual partners and blogging about it, which became the inspiration for her first novel. These days, she spends much of her time reading in the various pubs of Stoke Newington and engaging in a long-standing emotional feud with their disgruntled cat, Welles. She works in publishing.
1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier. Liesel, a nine-year-old girl, is living with a foster family on Himmel Street. Her parents have been taken away to a concentration camp. Liesel steals books. This is her story and the story of the inhabitants of her street when the bombs begin to fall.
SOME IMPORTANT INFORMATION - THIS NOVEL IS NARRATED BY DEATH
NOW A MAJOR FILM STARRING CHLOE GRACE MORETZ Just listen, Adam says with a voice that sounds like shrapnel. I open my eyes wide now. I sit up as much as I can. And I listen. Stay, he says. Everybody has to make choices. Some might break you.
Someone has to stand against the dark. And youre the only one who can. For years, the local Spook has been keeping the County safe from evil. w his time is coming to an end, but who will take over? Many apprentices have tried . . . Some floundered, some fled, some failed to stay alive. Just one boy is left. Thomas Ward. He is the last hope.
The sky is dark with wings...And time is running out for Luce and Daniel. In order to stop Lucifer from erasing the past, they must find the place where the Fall began. Only Luce can break the curse, and it is her choice alone that will decide all of their fates. But as Dark Forces gather, great sacrifices will have to be made in this final, epic struggle...In the fight for Luce, and for Love, who will win? The astonishing conclusion to the FALLEN series. Heaven can t wait any longer
FALLEN IS THE FIRST IN LAUREN KATE S SERIES OF DARK, ROMANTIC NOVELS FEATURING 17 YEAR OLD LUCINDA AND DANIEL, HER DOOMED ANGEL LOVER. WHAT IF THE PERSON YOU WERE MEANT TO BE WITH COULD NEVER BE YOURS? 17-YEAR-OLD LUCINDA FALLS IN LOVE WITH A GORGEOUS, INTELLIGENT BOY, DANIEL, AT HER NEW SCHOOL, THE GRIM, FOREBODING SWORD & CROSS . . . ONLY TO FIND OUT THAT DANIEL IS A FALLEN ANGEL, AND THAT THEY HAVE SPENT LIFETIMES FINDING AND LOSING ONE ANOTHER AS GOOD & EVIL FORCES PLOT TO KEEP THEM APART
When Ana Steele first encountered the driven, damaged entrepreneur Christian Grey, it sparked a sensual affair that changed both their lives irrevocably.
Ana always knew that loving her Fifty Shades would not be easy, and being together poses challenges neither of them had anticipated. Ana must learn to share Grey's opulent lifestyle without sacrificing her own integrity or independence; and Grey must overcome his compulsion to control and lay to rest the horrors that still haunt him.
Now, finally together, they have love, passion, intimacy, wealth, and a world of infinite possibilities.
But just when it seems that they really do have it all, tragedy and fate combine to make Ana's worst nightmares come true ...
Daunted by the dark secrets of the tormented young entrepreneur Christian Grey, Ana Steele has broken off their relationship to start a new career with a US publishing house.
But desire for Grey still dominates her every waking thought, and when he proposes a new arrangement, she cannot resist. Soon she is learning more about the harrowing past of her damaged, driven and demanding Fifty Shades than she ever thought possible.
But while Grey wrestles with his inner demons, Ana must make the most important decision of her life. And it's a decision she can only make on her own ...
When literature student Anastasia Steele interviews successful entrepreneur Christian Grey, she finds him very attractive and deeply intimidating. Convinced that their meeting went badly, she tries to put him out of her mind - until he turns up at the store where she works part-time, and invites her out. Unworldly and innocent, Ana is shocked to find she wants this man. And, when he warns her to keep her distance, it only makes her want him more. But Christian is tormented by inner demons, and consumed by the need to control. As they embark on a passionate love affair, Ana discovers more about her own desires, as well as the dark secrets Christian keeps hidden away from public view.
When it comes to relationships, Colin Singleton's type is girls named Katherine. And when it comes to girls named Katherine, Colin is always getting dumped. Nineteen times, to be exact. On a road trip miles from home, this anagram-happy, washed-up child prodigy has ten thousand dollars in his pocket, a bloodthirsty feral hog on his trail, and an overweight Judge Judy - loving best friend riding shotgun - but no Katherines. Colin is on a mission to prove The Theorem of Underlying Katherine Predictability, which he hopes will predict the future of any relationship, avenge Dumpees everywhere, and finally win him the girl. Love, friendship, and a dead Austro-Hungarian archduke add up to surprising and heart-changing conclusions in this ingeniously layered comic novel about reinventing oneself.
Quel rapport entre une femme qui empoisonne ses maris successifs et un président de la République amoureux ? Quel lien entre un simple marin et un escroc international qui vend des bondieuseries usinées en Chine ? Par quel miracle une image de sainte Rita, patronne des causes désespérées, devient-elle le guide mystérieux de leurs existences ? Quatre histoires liées entre elles. Quatre histoires qui traversent l'ordinaire et l'extraordinaire de toute vie.
Quatre histoires qui creusent cette question : sommes-nous libres ou subissons-nous un destin ? Pouvons-nous changer ? Concerto à la mémoire d'un ange est suivi du Journal tenu par Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt durant l'écriture.
"En amour, on croit être deux alors qu'on est trois." Cinq nouvelles sur le mystère des sentiments inavoués. Une femme entretenue et gâtée par deux hommes qu'elle ne connaît pas. Un vieil homme qui se tue à la mort de son chien. Un mari qui rappelle constamment sa nouvelle femme au respect de l'époux précédent. Une mère généreuse qui se met à haïr un enfant. Un couple dont le bonheur repose sur un meurtre.
Dans la lignée de Concerto à la mémoire d'un ange, de La rêveuse d'Ostende et d'Odette Toulemonde, Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt parle de l'amour sous toutes ses formes : conjugal, clandestin, paternel, filial, mais aussi, amour de l'art ou amour de l'humanité. A travers un suspense subtil et ensorcelant, il dévoile les secrets de plusieurs âmes pour déjouer la complexité du cour humain.
« Je m’appelle Saad Saad, ce qui signifie en arabe Espoir Espoir et en anglais Triste Triste. » Saad veut quitter Bagdad et son chaos, pour gagner l’Europe, la liberté, un avenir. Mais comment franchir les frontières sans un dinar en poche ? Tel Ulysse, il affronte les tempêtes, survit aux naufrages, échappe aux trafiquants d’opium, ignore le chant des sirènes, et doit s’arracher aux enchantements amoureux. Tour à tour absurde, bouffon, dramatique, le voyage sans retour de Saad commence…Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt conjugue habilement politique et magie orientale, raconte un pays en détresse et fait joyeusement revenir et parler les fantômes, mêle tragédie et fantaisie. Donne généreusement à comprendre et à rêver le monde. Fabienne Pascaud, Télérama.
Pour guérir d'une rupture sentimentale, un homme se réfugie à Ostende. Sa logeuse, une vieille dame solitaire et mystérieuse, Emma Van A, se confie peu à peu à lui et, un soir, finit par lui avouer son grand secret : une étrange et incroyable passion amoureuse. Fiction ou réalité ? Cinq histoires - " La rêveuse d'Ostende ", " Crime parfait ", " La guérison ", " Les mauvaises lectures ", " La femme au bouquet " - où Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt montre le pouvoir de l'imagination dans nos existences.
La vie a tout offert à l'écrivain Balthazar Balsan et rien à Odette Toulemonde. Pourtant, c'est elle qui est heureuse. Lui pas. Leur rencontre fortuite va bouleverser leur existence. Huit récits, huit femmes, huit histoires d'amour. De la petite vendeuse à la milliardaire implacable, de la trentenaire désabusée à une mystérieuse princesse aux pieds nus en passant par des maris ambigus, des amants lâches et des mères en mal de filles, c'est une galerie de personnages inoubliables qu'Eric- Emmanuel Schmitt poursuit avec tendresse dans leur quête du bonheur.
La philosophie prétend expliquer le monde, le théâtre le représenter. Mêlant les deux, j'essaie de réfléchir dramatiquement la condition humaine, d'y déposer l'intimité de mes interrogations, d'y exprimer mon désarroi comme mon espérance, avec l'humour et la légèreté qui tiennent aux paradoxes de notre destinée. Le succès rend humble : ce que je croyais être mon théâtre intime s'est révélé correspondre aux questions de beaucoup de mes contemporains et à leur profond désir de réenchanter la vie.
On doit beaucoup à Schmitt : il a réussi à faire revivre une forme de théâtre que beaucoup pensaient mort et enterré, la pièce intellectuelle brillante. C'est un genre qui n'a jamais connu d'éclipse dans le théâtre anglais, comme le montre la continuité de travail de George Bernard Shaw à Tom Stoppard ou Christopher Hampton, mais en France ce genre avait disparu entre Sartre et Schmitt. Toutes ses pièces racontent une histoire intrigante, où évoluent des personnages avec lesquels le public peut s'identifier. Ces personnages sont parfois tirés de l'histoire ou de la littérature, mais ils émergent toujours dans une lumière neuve et surprenante. Chaque fois, Schmitt réussit à créer des situations qui provoquent la réflexion dans le monde d'aujourd'hui.
Frédérick ou le boulevard du Crime Petits crimes conjugaux Hôtel des deux mondes. En quelques années Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt s'est imposé comme l'un des plus grands dramaturges contemporains. Son succès tient à sa profonde humanité. Derrière les différences entre les hommes, les religions qui s'excluent, la mort qui sépare, la maladie ou la vieillesse qui détruit, il y a un amour des autres que rien ne saurait ébrécher. Schmitt est un écrivain de l'espérance dans un monde désespéré. Michel Meyer, Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt ou les identités bouleversées. Frédérick ou le boulevard du Crime. Pièce d'amour, Frédérick ou le boulevard du Crime est un cri de passion à un art, le théâtre, qui magnifie la vie. Marion Thiebaud, Le Figaro. Petits crimes conjugaux Un homme a reçu un choc sur la tête et se retrouve dans l'appartement d'une femme qu'il ne connaît pas et qui est néanmoins son épouse. Car il est frappé d'amnésie. Du moins le croit-on, car Schmitt a plus d'un coup de théâtre dans son sac. En façade, un bras de fer avec ce qu'il faut de gants de velours pour qu'une vérité ne l'emporte pas sur l'autre. En profondeur, une réflexion sur les attelages humains qui s'usent. Schmitt démêle bien la part d'archaïsme et de modernité dans l'être contemporain face au sentiment et au comportement amoureux. Gilles Costaz, Le Magazine littéraire. Hôtel des deux mondes Un auteur touché par la grâce. Fabien Lebreton, Le Pèlerin.
Maud is forgetful. She makes a cup of tea and doesn't remember to drink it. She goes to the shops and forgets why she went. Sometimes her home is unrecognizable - or her daughter Helen seems a total stranger.
But there's one thing Maud is sure of: her friend Elizabeth is missing. The note in her pocket tells her so. And no matter who tells her to stop going on about it, to leave it alone, to shut up, Maud will get to the bottom of it.
Because somewhere in Maud's damaged mind lies the answer to an unsolved seventy-year-old mystery. One everyone has forgotten about.
Everyone, except Maud . . .
The brilliant retelling of the Wars of the Roses continues with Trinity, the second gripping novel in the new series from historical fiction master, Conn Iggulden. 1454: King Henry VI has remained all but exiled in Windsor Castle, struck down by his illness for over a year, his eyes vacant, his mind a blank. His fiercely loyal wife and Queen, Margaret of Anjou, safeguards her husband's interests, hoping that her son Edward will one day know the love of his father. Richard Duke of York, Protector of the Realm, extends his influence throughout the kingdom with each month that Henry slumbers. The Earls of Salisbury and Warwick make up a formidable trinity with Richard, and together they seek to break the support of those who would raise their colours in the name of Henry and his Queen. But when the King unexpectedly recovers his senses and returns to London to reclaim his throne, the balance of power is once again thrown into turmoil. The clash of the Houses of Lancaster and York will surely mean a war to tear England apart . . . Following on from Stormbird, Trinity is the second epic instalment in master storyteller Conn Iggulden's new Wars of the Roses series. Fans of Game of Thrones and The Tudors will be gripped from the word go. Praise for Stormbird: 'Pacey and juicy, and packed with action' Sunday Times 'Energetic, competent stuff; Iggulden knows his material and his audience' Independent 'A novel that seamlessly combines narrative, historical credence and great knowledge of the period' Daily Express 'A page-turning thriller' Mail on Sunday 'Superbly plotted and paced' The Times Conn Iggulden is one of the most successful authors of historical fiction writing today. Following on from Stormbird, the Sunday Times best-seller, Trinity is the second book in his superb new series set during the Wars of the Roses, a remarkable period of British history. His previous two series, on Julius Caesar and on the Mongol Khans of Central Asia, describe the founding of the greatest empires of their day and were number one bestsellers. Conn Iggulden lives in Hertfordshire with his wife and children.
After finally meeting his elusive father, Marcus, and receiving the three gifts that confirm him as a full adult witch, Nathan is still on the run. He needs to find his friend Gabriel and rescue Annalise, now a prisoner of the powerful Black witch Mercury. Most of all he needs to learn how to control his Gift - a strange, wild new power that threatens to overwhelm him. Meanwhile, Soul O'Brien has seized control of the Council of White Witches and is expanding his war against Black witches into Europe. In response, an unprecedented alliance has formed between Black and White witches determined to resist him. Drawn into the rebellion by the enigmatic Black witch Van Dal, Nathan finds himself fighting alongside both old friends and old enemies. But can all the rebels be trusted, or is Nathan walking into a trap?
Theodore Finch is fascinated by death, and he constantly thinks of ways he might kill himself. But each time, something good, no matter how small, stops him.
Violet Markey lives for the future, counting the days until graduation, when she can escape her Indiana town and her aching grief in the wake of her sister's recent death.
When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, it's unclear who saves whom. And when they pair up on a project to discover the 'natural wonders' of their state, both Finch and Violet make more important discoveries: It's only with Violet that Finch can be himself - a weird, funny, live-out-loud guy who's not such a freak after all. And it's only with Finch that Violet can forget to count away the days and start living them. But as Violet's world grows, Finch's begins to shrink.