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  • Lee and Elaine

  • Ann Rower , Serpent's Tail , 2002

When Ann's childhood friend Hannah Wilke dies and is buried in Green River, the famous East Hampton cemetery which contains the graves of Abstract Expessionist painters Jackson Pollack, Lee Krasner, Elaine de Kooning, Frank O'Hara, and Stuart Davis, Ann seeks out the graveyard. She becomes obsessed with the graves of women artists, mostly wives of more famous men, and she imagines that Lee and Elaine get a second chance and come back as lesbians.</P><p>Such speculation is never innocent and the narrator finds that her own life is turned upside down as she falls in love with a woman student and abandons the security of her marital Soho loft. The invasive powers of fiction are brilliantly demonstrated in this wryly funny and mordant book about romance, life, death, and starting over.</P><p> A diehard New Yorker, <B>Ann Rower</B> is the author of <I>If You're a Girl</I> (Native Agents) and <I>Armed Response</I> (Serpent's Tail) which is her celebration of the death of her uncle Leo Robin, who wrote "Thanks for the Memory" and "Diamonds are A Girl's Best Friend" and many other songs. She is currently living in Bisbee, Arizona and thinking of teaching a course on "Writing on Horseback" at the local college.

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When Ann's childhood friend Hannah Wilke dies and is buried in Green River, the famous East Hampton cemetery which contains the graves of Abstract Expessionist painters Jackson Pollack, Lee Krasner, Elaine de Kooning, Frank O'Hara, and Stuart Davis, Ann seeks out the graveyard. She becomes obsessed with the graves of women artists, mostly wives of more famous men, and she imagines that Lee and Elaine get a second chance and come back as lesbians.</P><p>Such speculation is never innocent and the narrator finds that her own life is turned upside down as she falls in love with a woman student and abandons the security of her marital Soho loft. The invasive powers of fiction are brilliantly demonstrated in this wryly funny and mordant book about romance, life, death, and starting over.</P><p> A diehard New Yorker, <B>Ann Rower</B> is the author of <I>If You're a Girl</I> (Native Agents) and <I>Armed Response</I> (Serpent's Tail) which is her celebration of the death of her uncle Leo Robin, who wrote "Thanks for the Memory" and "Diamonds are A Girl's Best Friend" and many other songs. She is currently living in Bisbee, Arizona and thinking of teaching a course on "Writing on Horseback" at the local college.

  • Monkey (Penguin Readers 5)

  • Wu Ch'Êng-Ên , Penguin , 2002

Monkey is a magical creature and so are his friends Pigsy and Sandy. On their long journey from China to India they learn more about themselves, each other, and the world around them. This Chinese classic tells the story of man's journey through life with humour and a great sense of adventure

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Monkey is a magical creature and so are his friends Pigsy and Sandy. On their long journey from China to India they learn more about themselves, each other, and the world around them. This Chinese classic tells the story of man's journey through life with humour and a great sense of adventure

  • Oliver Twist (Penguin Readers 4)

  • Charles Dickens , Penguin , 2000

Oliver's mother dies when he is born and he is brought up in a workhouse. His first years are cold and lonely - and then he runs away to London. But he falls into the hands of Fagin and the terrifying Bill Sykes. They try to turn Oliver into a criminal. Will he escape to find a better life?

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Oliver's mother dies when he is born and he is brought up in a workhouse. His first years are cold and lonely - and then he runs away to London. But he falls into the hands of Fagin and the terrifying Bill Sykes. They try to turn Oliver into a criminal. Will he escape to find a better life?

  • On the Edge (Oxford Bookworms 3)

  • Gillian Cross , Oxford University Press , 2000

When Tug wakes up, he is not in his own bedroom at home. The door is locked and there are bars across the window. Loud music hammers through the house and through his head. Then a woman comes in and says that she is his mother, but Tug knows that she is not his mother ... Outside, Jinny stares through the trees at the lonely house on the hill. She hears strange noises, but she turns away. After all, it's none of her business.

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When Tug wakes up, he is not in his own bedroom at home. The door is locked and there are bars across the window. Loud music hammers through the house and through his head. Then a woman comes in and says that she is his mother, but Tug knows that she is not his mother ... Outside, Jinny stares through the trees at the lonely house on the hill. She hears strange noises, but she turns away. After all, it's none of her business.

  • On the Edge (Oxford Bookworms 3)

  • Gillian Cross , Oxford University Press , 1994

When Tug wakes up, he is not in his own bedroom at home. The door is locked and there are bars across the window. Loud music hammers through the house and through his head. Then a woman comes in and says that she is his mother, but Tug knows that she is not his mother ... Outside, Jinny stares through the trees at the lonely house on the hill. She hears strange noises, but she turns away. After all, it's none of her business.

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When Tug wakes up, he is not in his own bedroom at home. The door is locked and there are bars across the window. Loud music hammers through the house and through his head. Then a woman comes in and says that she is his mother, but Tug knows that she is not his mother ... Outside, Jinny stares through the trees at the lonely house on the hill. She hears strange noises, but she turns away. After all, it's none of her business.

  • Outstanding Short Stories: Level 5 (Penguin Readers (Graded Readers)

  • Edgar Allan Poe and Others , Penguin; 2 edition , 2008

This collection brings together some of the best examples of late nineteenthand early twentieth-century short stories. Some are about ordinary people to whom something unexpected happens. Others are about unusual characters or events. Some of the stories are funny and others are more serious. All of them are highly enjoyable.

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This collection brings together some of the best examples of late nineteenthand early twentieth-century short stories. Some are about ordinary people to whom something unexpected happens. Others are about unusual characters or events. Some of the stories are funny and others are more serious. All of them are highly enjoyable.

  • Rabbit-Proof Fence (Oxford Bookworms 3)

  • Doris Pilkington Garimara , Oxford University Press , 2008

Fourteen-year-old Molly and her cousins Daisy and Gracie were mixed-race Aborigines. In 1931 they were taken away from their families and sent to a camp to be trained as good "white" Australians. They were told to forget their mothers, their language, their home. But Molly would not forget. She and her cousins escaped and walked back to Jagalong, 1600 kilometres away, following the rabbit-proof fence north across Western Australia to their desert home. Rabbit-Proof Fence is the true story of that walk, told by Molly's daughter, Doris.

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Fourteen-year-old Molly and her cousins Daisy and Gracie were mixed-race Aborigines. In 1931 they were taken away from their families and sent to a camp to be trained as good "white" Australians. They were told to forget their mothers, their language, their home. But Molly would not forget. She and her cousins escaped and walked back to Jagalong, 1600 kilometres away, following the rabbit-proof fence north across Western Australia to their desert home. Rabbit-Proof Fence is the true story of that walk, told by Molly's daughter, Doris.

  • Rain Man (Penguin Readers 3)

  • Leonore Fleischer , Penguin , 1998

Charlie Babbitt thinks he will get a lot of money when his father dies. The money goes to someone he does not know. He is a man who lives in a special hospital, and is the brother Charlie never knew. The two men meet and this is the start of a surprising new life for both of them

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Charlie Babbitt thinks he will get a lot of money when his father dies. The money goes to someone he does not know. He is a man who lives in a special hospital, and is the brother Charlie never knew. The two men meet and this is the start of a surprising new life for both of them

  • Rebecca (Macmillan Readers 6)

  • Daphne du Maurier , Macmillan , 1977

Maxim de Winter never talked about Rebecca, but others talked. Rebecca's death had been in all the newspapers. Everyone thought that she had drowned in the sea near Manderley ...

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Maxim de Winter never talked about Rebecca, but others talked. Rebecca's death had been in all the newspapers. Everyone thought that she had drowned in the sea near Manderley ...

  • The Birds and Other Stories (Longman Structural Readers 4)

  • Daphne du Maurier , Longman , 1973

It was December when the birds first came. Slowly at first - just the small birds that lived in the gardens. Then, slowly, the hawks and the gulls joined in - joined in their desire to destroy all men.

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It was December when the birds first came. Slowly at first - just the small birds that lived in the gardens. Then, slowly, the hawks and the gulls joined in - joined in their desire to destroy all men.

  • The Black Cat and Other Stories (Penguin Readers 3)

  • Edgar Allan Poe , Penguin , 1991

These four stories of murder and mystery will frighten you! Edgar Allen Poe writes about terrible people with strange lives. Do you have a black cat…?

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These four stories of murder and mystery will frighten you! Edgar Allen Poe writes about terrible people with strange lives. Do you have a black cat…?

  • The Canterbury Tales (Penguin Readers 3)

  • Geoffrey Chaucer , Penguin , 2000

"We'll give a free dinner to the person who tells the best story. Now, put up your hands if you agree." The pilgrims all held up their hands. A group of pilgrims are travelling together for five days from London to Canterbury. On the way, each pilgrim has to tell a story to keep the others amused. Some stories are happy, and some are sad. But they all have a message, and we can learn from them

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"We'll give a free dinner to the person who tells the best story. Now, put up your hands if you agree." The pilgrims all held up their hands. A group of pilgrims are travelling together for five days from London to Canterbury. On the way, each pilgrim has to tell a story to keep the others amused. Some stories are happy, and some are sad. But they all have a message, and we can learn from them

  • The Dream and Other Stories (Longman Fiction Intermediate)

  • Various , Longman , 1997

In these twentieth-century stories, some characters face danger, while others face opportunity and change. Different situations bring out the best in some of them and the worst in others. Their stories are sometimes amusing and sometimes shocking. but all show us people behaving in ways that we recognise and understand.

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In these twentieth-century stories, some characters face danger, while others face opportunity and change. Different situations bring out the best in some of them and the worst in others. Their stories are sometimes amusing and sometimes shocking. but all show us people behaving in ways that we recognise and understand.

  • The Exciting Streets of Barcelona (National Geographic Footprint Reading Library)

  • Rob Waring , Heinle-Cengage ELT , 2009

Please ask for DVD at SAC Reception desk. People from all over the world love to visit a street in Barcelona, Spain called 'the Ramblas'. This walking-only street is centrally located and full of interesting artists, performers, and other entertainers. What happens on the Ramblas? What makes this street so exciting?

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Please ask for DVD at SAC Reception desk. People from all over the world love to visit a street in Barcelona, Spain called 'the Ramblas'. This walking-only street is centrally located and full of interesting artists, performers, and other entertainers. What happens on the Ramblas? What makes this street so exciting?

  • The Fall of the House of Usher and other stories (Penguin Readers 3)

  • Edgar Allan Poe , Penguin , 2000

There are five stories in this book. 'The Fall of the House of Usher' and 'The Barrel of Amontillado' are stories of madness; 'The Maelström' describes fear of death during a storm on the ocean; and in 'The Stolen Letter' meet C. Auguste Dupin, Poe's famous Parisian detective

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There are five stories in this book. 'The Fall of the House of Usher' and 'The Barrel of Amontillado' are stories of madness; 'The Maelström' describes fear of death during a storm on the ocean; and in 'The Stolen Letter' meet C. Auguste Dupin, Poe's famous Parisian detective

  • The Fruitcake Special and other stories (Cambridge English Readers 4)

  • Frank Brennan , Cambridge University Press , 2000

Five stories about discovery - a perfume that attracts men, a book that shows people's thoughts, a remarkable change in a widow's life, the secret of high intelligence, and a way of making time stand still - make up this entertaining collection

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Five stories about discovery - a perfume that attracts men, a book that shows people's thoughts, a remarkable change in a widow's life, the secret of high intelligence, and a way of making time stand still - make up this entertaining collection

  • The Fruitcake Special and Other Stories Level 4 (Cambridge English Readers)

  • Frank Brennan , Cambridge University Press , 2000

Award-winning original fiction for learners of English. At seven levels, from Starter to Advanced, this impressive selection of carefully graded readers offers exciting reading for every student's capabilities. Five entertaining stories about the power of discovery set in countries across the globe. A perfume made from some very unusual ingredients becomes more effective than expected. A remarkable change in a woman's life leaves her family to make a decision. The secret and danger of high intelligence are revealed to a university student. A teacher discovers a way of making time stand still. And a book tells a young manager more than he wants to know. Paperback-only version. Also available with Audio CDs including complete text recordings from the book.

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Award-winning original fiction for learners of English. At seven levels, from Starter to Advanced, this impressive selection of carefully graded readers offers exciting reading for every student's capabilities. Five entertaining stories about the power of discovery set in countries across the globe. A perfume made from some very unusual ingredients becomes more effective than expected. A remarkable change in a woman's life leaves her family to make a decision. The secret and danger of high intelligence are revealed to a university student. A teacher discovers a way of making time stand still. And a book tells a young manager more than he wants to know. Paperback-only version. Also available with Audio CDs including complete text recordings from the book.

  • The Horse Whisperer (Penguin Readers 3)

  • Nicholas Evans , Penguin , 1999

One winter morning n New York State, there is an accident on an icy mountain road. Thirteen-year-old Grace and her much-loved horse, Pilgrim, are very badly hurt. Grace's mother believes her daughter will only recover if her horse can be saved. Can the Horse Whisperer nurse Pilgrim back to health?

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One winter morning n New York State, there is an accident on an icy mountain road. Thirteen-year-old Grace and her much-loved horse, Pilgrim, are very badly hurt. Grace's mother believes her daughter will only recover if her horse can be saved. Can the Horse Whisperer nurse Pilgrim back to health?

  • The Hound of the Baskervilles (Oxford Bookworms 4)

  • Sir Arthur Conan Doyle , Oxford University Press , 1989

When the body of Sir Charles Baskerville is found in his garden, there are no signs to explain his death. Did he die of fright? Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson have another mysterious case to solve. The terrible spectacle of the beast, the fog of the moor, the discovery of a body, this classic horror story pits detective against dog. When Sir Charles Baskerville is found dead on the wild Devon moorland with the footprints of a giant hound nearby, the blame is placed on a family curse. It is left to Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson to solve the mystery of the legend of the phantom hound before Sir Charles' heir comes to an equally gruesome end. The Hound Of The Baskervilles gripped readers when it was first serialised and has continued to hold its place in the popular imagination.

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When the body of Sir Charles Baskerville is found in his garden, there are no signs to explain his death. Did he die of fright? Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson have another mysterious case to solve. The terrible spectacle of the beast, the fog of the moor, the discovery of a body, this classic horror story pits detective against dog. When Sir Charles Baskerville is found dead on the wild Devon moorland with the footprints of a giant hound nearby, the blame is placed on a family curse. It is left to Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson to solve the mystery of the legend of the phantom hound before Sir Charles' heir comes to an equally gruesome end. The Hound Of The Baskervilles gripped readers when it was first serialised and has continued to hold its place in the popular imagination.

  • The Motorcycle Diaries: A Journey Around South America

  • Ernesto Che Guevara , Verso , 1996

In January 1952, two young men from Buenos Aires set out to explore South America on an ancient Norton motorbike. The journey lasted six months and took them thousands of miles, all the way from Argentina to Venezuela. En route, there was disasters and discoveries, high drama, low comedy, fights, parties and a lot of serious drinking. They met an extraordinary range of people: native indians and copper miners, lepers, police, wanderers and tourists. They became stowaways, firemen and football coaches, and joined in a strike. They sometimes fell in love, and frequently fell off the motorbike. Both of them kept diaries. One of them was a tall and good-looking medical student called Ernest Guevara de la Serna. Using the standard Argentinean nickname, others would sometimes refer to the two companions as Big Che and Little Che. In Ernesto‘s case, the nickname stuck. Within a decade the whole world would know Che Guevara. This is the story of that remarkable journey, eight years before the Cuban Revolution, in Che‘s own words, and illustrated with contemporary photographs. For Che, it was a formative experience, and amidst the humour and pathos of the tale, there are examples of his idealism and his solidarity with the poor and the oppressed. But it is far from being the diary of a militant, and sometimes very far from being “political correct,” which may be the reason that the manuscript has only been made available now, a quarter century after Che‘s death in the Bolivian jungle. Instead, it is a record kept by an exuberant, intelligent and observant 23-year-old, describing what might have been the adventure of a lifetime—had his lifetime not turned into a much greater adventure.

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In January 1952, two young men from Buenos Aires set out to explore South America on an ancient Norton motorbike. The journey lasted six months and took them thousands of miles, all the way from Argentina to Venezuela. En route, there was disasters and discoveries, high drama, low comedy, fights, parties and a lot of serious drinking. They met an extraordinary range of people: native indians and copper miners, lepers, police, wanderers and tourists. They became stowaways, firemen and football coaches, and joined in a strike. They sometimes fell in love, and frequently fell off the motorbike. Both of them kept diaries. One of them was a tall and good-looking medical student called Ernest Guevara de la Serna. Using the standard Argentinean nickname, others would sometimes refer to the two companions as Big Che and Little Che. In Ernesto‘s case, the nickname stuck. Within a decade the whole world would know Che Guevara. This is the story of that remarkable journey, eight years before the Cuban Revolution, in Che‘s own words, and illustrated with contemporary photographs. For Che, it was a formative experience, and amidst the humour and pathos of the tale, there are examples of his idealism and his solidarity with the poor and the oppressed. But it is far from being the diary of a militant, and sometimes very far from being “political correct,” which may be the reason that the manuscript has only been made available now, a quarter century after Che‘s death in the Bolivian jungle. Instead, it is a record kept by an exuberant, intelligent and observant 23-year-old, describing what might have been the adventure of a lifetime—had his lifetime not turned into a much greater adventure.

  • The Mystery of the Blue Mines (Penguin Readers 3)

  • Kris Anderson , Penguin , 2000

There's something wrong with the Blue Mines at Arralooma in Central Australia. Is the company only mining opals there, or are they doing other things? A policeman is found dead near the Blue Mines. The Special Police Team in Sydney sends Steve Malone to solve the mystery

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There's something wrong with the Blue Mines at Arralooma in Central Australia. Is the company only mining opals there, or are they doing other things? A policeman is found dead near the Blue Mines. The Special Police Team in Sydney sends Steve Malone to solve the mystery

  • The Red Badge of Courage (Penguin Readers 3)

  • Stephen Crane , Penguin , 2000

Henry Fleming leaves home and joins the army. He wants to be a hero! But what will he do when the battle starts? Henry and the other new soldiers are tested. They measure their courage against the enemy, their comrades, and themselves

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Henry Fleming leaves home and joins the army. He wants to be a hero! But what will he do when the battle starts? Henry and the other new soldiers are tested. They measure their courage against the enemy, their comrades, and themselves

  • The Republic

  • Plato , NAXOS , 2000

"Republic" is the central work of the Western world's most famous philosopher. Essentially an inquiry into morality, "Republic" also contains crucial arguments and insights into many other areas of philosophy. It is also a literary masterpiece: the philosophy is presented for the most part for the ordinary reader, who is carried along by the wit and intensity of the dialogue and by Plato's unforgettable images of the human condition. This new, lucid translation by Robin Waterfield is complemented by full explanatory notes and an up-to-date critical introduction.

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"Republic" is the central work of the Western world's most famous philosopher. Essentially an inquiry into morality, "Republic" also contains crucial arguments and insights into many other areas of philosophy. It is also a literary masterpiece: the philosophy is presented for the most part for the ordinary reader, who is carried along by the wit and intensity of the dialogue and by Plato's unforgettable images of the human condition. This new, lucid translation by Robin Waterfield is complemented by full explanatory notes and an up-to-date critical introduction.

  • The Room in the Tower and Other Ghost Stories (Penguin Readers 2)

  • Rudyard Kipling and others , Penguin , 1993

Three stories, three ghosts. There is a dangerous woman in a picture in a room in a tower. A young woman marries an older man and arrives at his house. But his dead wife is still there. A dead man walks through a house every night because he wants the people there to catch his killer. Sometimes the dead return ...

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Three stories, three ghosts. There is a dangerous woman in a picture in a room in a tower. A young woman marries an older man and arrives at his house. But his dead wife is still there. A dead man walks through a house every night because he wants the people there to catch his killer. Sometimes the dead return ...

  • The Swiss Family Robinson (Penguin Readers 3)

  • Johann Wyss , Penguin , 2000

"It was the seventh day of the storm. We didn't know where we were. Everyone on the ship believed that death was very near." The Robinson family do not die at sea; they find their way to a small island. But what can they do now? What will they eat? Luckily, the mother and father have useful skills and they can teach their four sons. But how long will they be there on the island?

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"It was the seventh day of the storm. We didn't know where we were. Everyone on the ship believed that death was very near." The Robinson family do not die at sea; they find their way to a small island. But what can they do now? What will they eat? Luckily, the mother and father have useful skills and they can teach their four sons. But how long will they be there on the island?

  • The Woman of Iron (Heinemann ELT Guided Readers Intermediate)

  • Many Loader , Heinemann , 1999

The five-year old child looked at her mother's tiny feet. She looked at the beautiful clothes and the expensive furniture in her mother's bedroom. She looked at the pretty combs on her mother's dressing-table. She shook her head. "No! No, Mother, I don't want to have feet like yours!" she shouted. "Your feet are horrible! You can't walk properly. You have to be carried all the time" "Your father will find you a good husband, a rich husband," Yim Ping said to her daughter. "You will be an important lady. You will have servants." "I don;t want a husband and a big house and servants!" Mei-Ying shouted. "I want to work. I want to have a job!" I don't want my feet bound."

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The five-year old child looked at her mother's tiny feet. She looked at the beautiful clothes and the expensive furniture in her mother's bedroom. She looked at the pretty combs on her mother's dressing-table. She shook her head. "No! No, Mother, I don't want to have feet like yours!" she shouted. "Your feet are horrible! You can't walk properly. You have to be carried all the time" "Your father will find you a good husband, a rich husband," Yim Ping said to her daughter. "You will be an important lady. You will have servants." "I don;t want a husband and a big house and servants!" Mei-Ying shouted. "I want to work. I want to have a job!" I don't want my feet bound."

  • The Year of Sharing (Oxford Bookworms 2)

  • Harry Gilbert , Oxford University Press , 1994

Richard is bored with the quiet life of his village. He would like to have a motor-car and drive it ... very fast. But Richard lives in a future world where there are no cars, only bicycles and small villages and green forests. And now he is twelve years old, and like the other children, he must do his Year of Sharing. He must live alone in the forest with the wild animals. He must learn to share his world; he must learn how animals live and eat and fight ... and die.

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Richard is bored with the quiet life of his village. He would like to have a motor-car and drive it ... very fast. But Richard lives in a future world where there are no cars, only bicycles and small villages and green forests. And now he is twelve years old, and like the other children, he must do his Year of Sharing. He must live alone in the forest with the wild animals. He must learn to share his world; he must learn how animals live and eat and fight ... and die.

  • The Young King and Other Stories (Penguin Readers 3)

  • Oscar Wilde , Penguin , 2000

Strange and wonderful things happen in the seven short stories in this book. Oscar Wilde takes us into a world of kings and queens, mermaids and witches, giants and dwarfs, and talking animals. Exciting and amusing, happy and sad, these are stories for people of all ages

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Strange and wonderful things happen in the seven short stories in this book. Oscar Wilde takes us into a world of kings and queens, mermaids and witches, giants and dwarfs, and talking animals. Exciting and amusing, happy and sad, these are stories for people of all ages

  • Three Great Plays of Shakespeare (Penguin Readers 4)

  • Karen Holmes, Andy Hopkins & Jocelyn Potter , Penguin , 2000

These are three of Shakespeare's greatest, and most tragic, plays. In each story, the main characters die - cruel Macbeth, unhappy King Lear and the doomed lovers, Romeo and Juliet. They die because they, or others, are weak, greedy or very foolish. But, like real people, they have good qualities and moments of greatness too.

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These are three of Shakespeare's greatest, and most tragic, plays. In each story, the main characters die - cruel Macbeth, unhappy King Lear and the doomed lovers, Romeo and Juliet. They die because they, or others, are weak, greedy or very foolish. But, like real people, they have good qualities and moments of greatness too.

  • Why Does E=mc2?

  • Brian Cox & Jeff Forshaw , Da Capo , 2010

This is an engaging and accessible explanation of Einstein's equation that explores the principles of physics through everyday life. Professor Brian Cox and Professor Jeff Forshaw go on a journey to the frontier of 21st century science to consider the real meaning behind the iconic sequence of symbols that make up Einstein's most famous equation. Breaking down the symbols themselves, they pose a series of questions: What is energy? What is mass? What has the speed of light got to do with energy and mass? In answering these questions, they take us to the site of one of the largest scientific experiments ever conducted. Lying beneath the city of Geneva, straddling the Franco-Swiss boarder, is a 27 km particle accelerator, known as the Large Hadron Collider. Using this gigantic machine - which can recreate conditions in the early Universe fractions of a second after the Big Bang - Cox and Forshaw will describe the current theory behind the origin of mass. Alongside questions of energy and mass, they will consider the third, and perhaps, most intriguing element of the equation: 'c' - or the speed of light. Why is it that the speed of light is the exchange rate? Answering this question is at the heart of the investigation as the authors demonstrate how, in order to truly understand why E=mc2, we first must understand why we must move forward in time and not backwards and how objects in our 3-dimensional world actually move in 4-dimensional space-time. In other words, how the very fabric of our world is constructed. A collaboration between two of the youngest professors in the UK, "Why Does E=MC2?" promises to be one of the most exciting and accessible explanations of the theory of relativity in recent years.

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This is an engaging and accessible explanation of Einstein's equation that explores the principles of physics through everyday life. Professor Brian Cox and Professor Jeff Forshaw go on a journey to the frontier of 21st century science to consider the real meaning behind the iconic sequence of symbols that make up Einstein's most famous equation. Breaking down the symbols themselves, they pose a series of questions: What is energy? What is mass? What has the speed of light got to do with energy and mass? In answering these questions, they take us to the site of one of the largest scientific experiments ever conducted. Lying beneath the city of Geneva, straddling the Franco-Swiss boarder, is a 27 km particle accelerator, known as the Large Hadron Collider. Using this gigantic machine - which can recreate conditions in the early Universe fractions of a second after the Big Bang - Cox and Forshaw will describe the current theory behind the origin of mass. Alongside questions of energy and mass, they will consider the third, and perhaps, most intriguing element of the equation: 'c' - or the speed of light. Why is it that the speed of light is the exchange rate? Answering this question is at the heart of the investigation as the authors demonstrate how, in order to truly understand why E=mc2, we first must understand why we must move forward in time and not backwards and how objects in our 3-dimensional world actually move in 4-dimensional space-time. In other words, how the very fabric of our world is constructed. A collaboration between two of the youngest professors in the UK, "Why Does E=MC2?" promises to be one of the most exciting and accessible explanations of the theory of relativity in recent years.