Lady Constance Keeble, sister of Lord Emsworth of Blandings Castle, has both an imperious manner and a valuable diamond necklace. The precarious peace of Blandings is shattered when her necklace becomes the object of dark plottings, for within the castle lurk some well-connected jewel thieves – among them the Honourable Freddie Threepwood, Lord Emsworth’s younger son, who wants the reward money to set up a bookmaking business. Psmith, the elegant socialist, is also after it for his newly married chum Mike. And on patrol with the impossible task of bringing management to Blandings is the Efficient Baxter, whose strivings for order lead to a memorable encounter with the castle flowerpots. Will peace ever return to Blandings Castle … ?
Terry Pratchett - Wyrd Sisters
Terry Pratchett takes on Shakespeare in this sixth installment in the long-running parodic fantasy series set on the Discworld. Rigidly honorable, nasty-tempered witch Granny Weatherwax, who first appeared in EQUAL RITES, is back, joined by two other witches: matronly, raunchy Nanny Ogg and soppy, ineffective Magrat. This coven of three, aided by the ghost of the newly murdered king, must defend the tiny realm of Lancre and protect its rightful heir from the usurping Macbeth-like couple Duke and Duchess Felmet.
P. G. Wodehouse - Megőrült, Jeeves?
A bonyodalom avval kezdődik, hogy Gussie Fink-Nottle London utcáin bóklászik Mephistónak öltözve, és akkor éri el tetőpontját, amikor holtrészeg állapotban ünnepi beszédet mond a Market Snoodsbury Gimnázium díjátadó ünnepségén. Mindezek előzménye, hogy Bertie Wooster régi cimborája beleszeretett Madeline Bassettbe, az igencsak extravagáns leányzóba, de a tarajos gőtékhez sokkal jobban ért, mint a nőkhöz. Bertie természetesen a segítségére siet, de bár ne tenné! A megoldás kulcsa ismét Jeeves, az inasok gyöngye, akinek egyszersmind sínre kell tennie Bertie unokahúga, Angela, nagynénje, Dália néni, és francia főszakácsuk, Anatole sorsát is. És persze, nem mellékes körülményként, fölbukkan a történetben egy fehér zakó is...
Terry Pratchett - Pyramids
Being trained by the Assassin's Guild in Ankh-Morpork did not fit Teppic for the task assigned to him by fate. He inherited the throne of the desert kingdom of Djelibeybi rather earlier than he expected (his father wasn't too happy about it either), but that was only the beginning of his problems... Pyramids (the book of going forth) is the seventh Discworld novel - and the most outrageously funny to date.
Marian Keyes - Under the Duvet
Few writers in a generation achieve the consistently extraordinary sales of a Maeve Binchy or Catherine Cookson. now there is a new name to add to the superstars of womens fiction - Marian Keyes. Critically acclaimed, her novels "Watermelon", "Lucy Sullivan is Getting Married", "Rachel's Holiday" and "Last Chance Saloon" have sold over the world in their millions. Setting the record straight about her life as a novelist (less glitz and glamour than sitting alone in a darkened bedroom with a laptop in front of her) Marian Keyes here presents a selection of her articles. These regular bulletins from a woman under the duvet include unpublished pieces.
David Lodge - Nice Work
Vic Wilcox a self-made man and managing director of an engineering firm, has little regard for academics, and even less for feminists. So when Robyn Penrose, a trendy leftist teacher, is assigned to "shadow" Vic under a government program created to foster mutual understanding between town and gown, the hilarious collision of lifestyles and ideologies that ensues seems unlikely to foster anything besides mutual antipathy. But in the course of a bumpy year, both parties make some surprising discoveries about each other's world's - and about themselves.
David Lodge - The Picturegoers
The Palladium, Brickley, is the haunting setting for this novel. Here is a seedy Saturday night venue which attracts people searching for something new in their lives. Mark, Clare and Father Kipling are just three of the characters featured.
Terry Pratchett - Eric
Eric is the Discworld's only demonology hacker. Pity he's not very good at it. All he wants is his three wishes granted. Nothing fancy: to be immortal, to rule the world and have the most beautiful woman in the world fall madly in love with him. The usual stuff. But instead of a tractable demon, Eric calls up Rincewind, the most incompetent wizard in the universe, and his extremely intractable and hostile travel accessory, the Luggage. With them on his side, Eric's in for a ride through space and time that is bound to make him wish (quite fervently) again - this time that he'd never been born.
P. G. Wodehouse - Psmith Amerikában
Psmith és Mike, a két cambridge-i egyetemista jó barát, nyári szünidejét Amerikában tölti; a krikettbajnok, csapatával az országot járja, Psmith magányosan unatkozik New Yorkban - míg csak hagyományos szerencséje össze nem hozza a Meghitt Percek című jámbor családi magazin nekikeseredett ifjú szerkesztőjével, Billy Windsorral. A kalandos kedvű Psmith - aki arisztokratikus stílusát "szocialista" meggyőződéssel ötvözi - természetesen itt és most is megtalálja a kedvére való feladatot: az unalmas lapocska felvirágoztatását egybeköti egy ígéretes ökölvívó-tehetség, bizonyos Bütyök Brady karrierjének egyengetésével, valamint a New York-i nyomornegyedekből tetemes sápot húzó szőrös szívű Mr. Ismeretlen leleplezésével. Mindez nem kevés veszedelemmel, sok mulatságos megpróbáltatással, és természetesen végül is sikerrel jár - Psmithnek egy bandaháború kapcsán ugyan odavész dédelgetett kalapja, de ő erkölcsi győztesként kerül ki a csatából. Wodehouse egyik korai Psmith-regénye ma is elevenen hat, nem utolsósorban Révbíró Tamás ezúttal is bravúros fordításának.
J. K. Rowling - Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
There is a door at the end of a silent corridor. And it's haunting Harry Potter's dreams. Why else would he be waking in the middle of the night, screaming in terror? Here are just a few things on Harry's mind: - A Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher with a personality like poisoned honey. - A venomous, disgruntled house-elf - Ron as keeper of the Gryffindor Quidditch team - The looming terror of the end-of-term Ordinary Wizarding Level exams . . . and of course, the growing threat of He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named. In the richest installment yet of J. K. Rowling's seven-part story, Harry Potter is faced with the unreliability of the very government of the magical world and the impotence of the authorities at Hogwarts. Despite this (or perhaps because of it), he finds depth and strength in his friends, beyond what even he knew, boundless loyalty; and unbearable sacrifice. Though thick runs the plot, listeners will race through these tapes and leave Hogwarts, like Harry, wishing only for the next train back.
Kingsley Amis - Lucky Jim
Kingsley Amis has written a marvelously funny novel describing the attempts of England's postwar generation to break from that country's traditional class structure. When it appeared in England, LUCKY JIM provoked a heated controversy in which everyone took sides. Even W. Somerset Maugham reviewed the book, happily with great favor: "Mr. Kingsley Amis is so talented, his observations so keen, that you cannot fail to be convinced that the young men he so brilliantly describes truly represent the classes with which his novel is concerned."
David Lodge - Changing Places
When Philip Swallow and Professor Morris Zapp participate their universities' Anglo-American exchange scheme, the Fates play a hand, and each academic finds himself enmeshed in the life of his counterpart on the opposite side of the Atlantic. Nobody is immune to the exchange: students, colleagues, even wives are swapped as events spiral out of control. And soon both sun-drenched Euphoric State University and rain-kissed University of Rummige are a hotbed of intrigue, lawlessness and broken vows... _Changing Places_ is a funny and wise tale of academic ill-manners - David Lodge at his comic best.
Douglas Adams - Mostly Harmless
Arthur Dent hasn't had a day as bad as this since the Earth was blown up. Depressed and alone, Arthur settles on the small planet Lamuella and becomes a sandwich maker. Looking forward to a quiet life, his plans are thrown awry by the unexpected arrival of his daughter.
Douglas Adams - So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish
There is a knack to flying. The knack lies in learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss. It's not an easy thing to do and Arthur Dent thinks he's the only human who's been able to master this nifty little trick - until he meets Fenchurch, the girl of his dreams. Fenchurch knows how the world could be made a good and happy place. Unfortunately she's forgotten. Convinced that the secret lies within God's Final Message to His Creation they go in search of it. And in a dramatic break with tradition - actually find it...
Douglas Adams - Life, the Universe and Everything
Join Arthur Dent, earthling, "jerk", kneebiter and time-traveler; sexy space cadet Trillian; mad alien Ford Prefect; unflappable Slartibartfast; two-headed, three-armed ex-head Honcho of the Universe Zaphod Beeblebrox... and learn to fly. Is it the end? With Douglas Adams it's always up in the air!
Jean Webster - Daddy-Long-Legs
A trustee of the John Grier orphanage has offered to send Judy Abbott to college. The only requirements are that she must write to him every month, and that she can never know who he is. Judy's life at college is a whirlwind of friends, classes, parties, and a growing friendship with the handsome Jervis Pendleton. With so much happening in her life, Judy can scarcely stop writing to the mysterious "Daddy-Long-Legs"!
P. G. Wodehouse - Nyári holdfény
Joe Vanringham első látásra beleszeret Jane Abbottba, aki viszont imádja Adrian Peake-et. Utóbbi azonban eljegyezte Joe mostohaanyját, a nagystílű, gazdag és félelmetes hercegnét, aki egyben az egyetlen lehetséges vevő a Jane családjának birtokában lévő visszataszító külsejű kastélyra. A kastélytól tulajdonosa igencsak meg kíván szabadulni, mivel anyagi nehézségei miatt már odajutott, hogy kénytelen fizető lakókat is vendégül látni. Bonyolultnak tűnik? Pedig a szövevényes szálak csak még inkább összekuszálódnak, amikor megjelenik a színen Jane anyjának fivére is, aki bírósági végzések kézbesítésével keresi a kenyerét... De nem kell aggódnunk! P.G. Wodehouse, az angol vidám regények utánozhatatlan mestere ismét biztos kézzel szövi a szálakat. Regénye letehetetlen, a meseszövés és a szerzőtől megszokott finom, intellektuális humor ismét remekművet eredményezett.
David Lodge - Small World
The unbridled greed, pettiness, buffoonery and intellectual gobbledegook in the world of higher scholarship are the topics of this thorough and thoroughly funny "roman à English department". It's interesting for a couple of reasons, aside from its humour and lampoonery: it's an insider's view of things--always the best kind--and it takes its old- fashioned time telling a story, complete with reasonable digressions about the state of literary criticism and what may or may not be a realistic view of the academic life.
Ben Elton - Stark
Stark has more money than God and the social conscience of a dog on a croquet lawn. What's more, they know the Earth is dying, so deep in Western Australia a planet-sized plot takes shape. Unfortunately all that stands in the way of the conspiracy are four inept green freaks.
Douglas Adams - The Restaurant at the End of the Universe
When all questions of space, time, matter and the nature of being have been resolved, only one question remains - 'Where shall we have dinner?' _The Restaurant at the End of the Universe_ provides the ultimate gastronomic experience, and for once there is no morning after to worry about.