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An appalling apocalypse came upon all life and therefore upon all literature’ G.K.Chesterton. The ‘apocalypse’ brought a new vision of the world and new writers to describe the vision. It was not surprising to find Galsworthy, Wells and Bennett still in fashion but the literary scene was no longer the preserve of the well educated middle class. The effect of Lawrence, Conrad, Tressell [albeit posthumously and with just one work] and their like ensured that the disadvantaged themselves would start to fight their own battles with the 'pen that is mightier than the sword’. W.H. Davies, with the backing of George Bernard Shaw, was among the first to break the mould.

It was an England of changing perceptions of sexual roles, the class system and the way that people saw themselves changing in a very transitory world. Strangely enough this ‘identity crisis’ was largely brought about by Irish writers, two in particular. George Bernard Shaws ‘New Man’ as well as being the protagonist in much of his drama was also Shaw himself - supporter of voting rights, education for all, income equality, abolishment of property rights. The prefaces to his plays were little short of political pamphlets. Radically anti war, his plays examined mans thoughts and his beliefs. Truly a writer fit for his time.

James Joyce was a true European. His revolutionary Ulysses was the start of Modernism in the novel and the move towards a stream of consciousness approach as opposed to a solid narrative structure.

English artistic conventions were being rocked to the core and here was Lawrence, son of a miner, writing about the sexual angst of men and women. England would no longer be the land of our forefathers-for good or ill. ‘ A mirror up to nature’ it may be but what power literature has!

The Marvellous Land of Snergs by Edward Wyke-Smith

The Marvellous Land of Snergs by Edward Wyke-Smith

Once upon a time there was a marvellous land of Snergs. Miss Watkyns, a teacher who loved children, lived there. Just over the river lived Golithos, a not so friendly giant, who also loved children – with a lot of salt! He had a friend called Mother Meldrum, the wickedest witch that ever live…

£17.99

Lawrence Loves - A Collection of Stories by D. H. Lawrence

Lawrence Loves - A Collection of Stories by D. H. Lawrence

David Herbert Lawrence was born into a mining family in Nottinghamshire in 1885. He created his finest work shortly after the finish of the First World War. Two of the themes in his writing are the gradual disintegration of the class system and the customs and sexual mores of people across class di…

£18.49

The Three Hostages  by John Buchan

The Three Hostages by John Buchan

Hannay to the rescue once more! This time our hero is summoned from his tranquil life in rural Oxfordshire to save the world from a financial conspiracy which threatens the global economy. Hannay comes to believe that the villain behind all this must be Dominick Medina. But can such a brilliant, ch…

£25.99

Riceyman Steps by Arnold Bennett

Riceyman Steps by Arnold Bennett

It is 1919 shortly after the termination of the 1st European holocaust. Henry Earlforward, a middle aged North London Bookseller, courts and marries Violet Arb, a widow who has inherited the confectioners shop opposite his own premises in Riceyman Square. Henry and Violet engage the services of Elsi…

£27.49

Sorrell and Son by Warwick Deeping

Sorrell and Son by Warwick Deeping

Captain Stephen Sorrell returns from the First World War decorated with the Military Cross but unnerved by the conflict. His mercenary wife has deserted him for ‘one of the fellows who stayed behind’ and left him responsible for their son Christopher. A promised position in an antique shop fail…

£34.49

The Island of Sheep by John Buchan

The Island of Sheep by John Buchan

The last of John Buchan’s thrillers and the final appearance of Richard Hannay now in retirement reverie deep in the comfortable Cotswolds. However, he and Sandy [Lord Clanroyden] are roused to action once more to help the son of a recently deceased treasure hunter, called Haraldsen. The heir is…

£22.99

The Virgin and the Gypsy by D.H. Lawrence

The Virgin and the Gypsy by D.H. Lawrence

Written in 1926 and published posthumously [without the authors customary revision] in 1930, ‘The Virgin and the Gypsy’ is a minor masterpiece in short story writing. It provides an excellent introduction to Lawrence’s work, being a succinct distillation of his ideas about sexuality and its a…

£11.99

Rogue Herries. Volume 1 by Hugh Walpole

Rogue Herries. Volume 1 by Hugh Walpole

Walpole, already a literary success due to the critical acclaim afforded to his earlier work, shot into international renown and financial security when he began writing ‘The Herries Chronicles’ during the later years of his life. His ‘anti-hero’, Francis Herries, is one of the great enigm…

£18.49

Rogue Herries Volume 2 by Hugh Walpole

Rogue Herries Volume 2 by Hugh Walpole

It is 1745: Francis Herries and his family have been living in Borrowdale for 15 years. Margaret Herries died 7 years ago and the second chronicle begins with another death, that of Great Aunt Maria who narrowly fails to achieve her hundredth year. Francis has still not reconciled his inner demons …

£13.49

Rogue Herries Volume 3 by Hugh Walpole

Rogue Herries Volume 3 by Hugh Walpole

The 18th century moves on and still Francis Herries cannot exorcise his demons. The younger generation get married: Mary to Cousin Raiseley, David to Sarah Denburn, after a fatal fight for her hand, and Deborah finally realises she must lead her own life. Mirabell arrives at Herries to bring Franc…

£18.49

Rogue Herries Volume 4 by Hugh Walpole

Rogue Herries Volume 4 by Hugh Walpole

It is 1768 and Mirabell has been missing for almost five years. Herries has not given up however, searching all over England with dogged persistence. He follows every hint or rumour and sometimes his own irrational impulses in his effort to bring her back. But this man of visions and wild imaginings…

£11.99

The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle

The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle

Edward Malone, an enthusiastic and ambitious columnist for the Daily Gazette, is urged by the woman he loves to undertake an heroic deed so that he may earn her love in return. In a few weeks he is bound for the shores of South America in the company of the irascible academic Summerlee and debonair …

£22.99

The Love of an Unknown Soldier by Anonymous

The Love of an Unknown Soldier by Anonymous

‘The manuscript was submitted to me by a young officer of the R.F.A., home from the front on leave……….He explained that he had brought with him from France a bundle of papers which he had found in one of the dug-outs of an abandoned gun position. He discovered the papers secreted in a dark …

£13.49

Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole

Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole

Walpole, already a literary success due to the critical acclaim afforded to his earlier work, shot into international renown and financial security when he began writing ‘The Herries Chronicles’ during the later years of his life. His ‘anti-hero’, Francis Herries, is one of the great enigm…

£40.99

Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole

Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole

In this the second novel in the series of ‘The Herries Chronicles’ the story is taken up by Rogue Herries’ daughter. Newly born Judith is found by eccentric Squire Gauntry in the chilled sombre ruin of a house on a bitter winters night, her parents having died at her birth. She …

£40.99


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