Since its first publication in 1859, few works of political philosophy have provoked such continuous controversy as Mill’s ‘On Liberty’, a passionate argument on behalf of freedom of self-expression. This edition contains an introduction which puts the work in its biographical and political context.
Merricat Blackwood lives on the family estate with her sister Constance and her uncle Julian. Not long ago there were seven Blackwoods until a fatal dose of arsenic found its way into the sugar bowl one terrible night. Acquitted of the murders, Constance has returned home, where Merricat protects her from the hostility of the villagers.
Hill House stood abandoned, six miles off the road. Four people came to learn its secrets – Dr Montague, an occult scholar; Luke, a spendthrift heir; Theodora, escaping a love affair; and Eleanor, who is lonely and vulnerable – to the house.
A fascinating examination of ethics, religion and psychology, this selection of Schopenhauer’s works contains scathing attack on the nature and logic of religion, and an essay on ethics that ranges from the American slavery debate to the vices of Buddhism.
In these timeless and witty essays George Orwell explores the English love of reading about a good murder in the papers (and laments the passing of the heyday of the perfect murder involving class, sex and poisoning), as well as unfolding his trenchant views on everything from boys weeklies to naughty seaside postcards.
Joe, a young American soldier in the Great War, lies helpless in hospital, so horrifically injured he cannot communicate with the outside world. Trapped in the hell of his body, he wanders through his memories, struggling to retain his sanity.
Edmund Burke’s prescient and, at the time, controversial denunciation of the French Revolution’s mob rule predicted the Terror, began the modern conservative tradition and still serves as a warning to those who seek to reshape societies through violence.
Whether calling for an end to the capitalist system, addressing the crowds after the Russian Revolution, or attacking Stalin during his years of exile, Trotsky’s speeches give an extraordinary insight into a man whose words and actions determined the fates of millions.
John Ruskin overturned Victorian society’s ideas about art and architecture, arguing that ancient buildings must be conserved for their deep, mystical links with the past and that creative design is essential – not for financial gain, but to communicate eternal human truths.