While Ngugi enjoys scouting trips, chess tournaments and reading about Biggles at the prestigious Alliance School near Nairobi, things are changing at home. He arrives back for his first visit since starting school to find his house razed to the ground and the entire village moved up the road closer to a guard checkpoint.
Great Expectations includes some of Dickens's most memorable characters - Magwitch, Miss Havisham, Estella - encountered by young Pip as he grows into adulthood. This edition features a wide-ranging introduction, Dickens's working notes, the original ending and the definitive Clarendon text.
For this second edition of The Comedy of Errors, Ros King has revised T. S. Dorsch's renowned text and written a new introduction to the book. She argues that the play cannot be dismissed as a classically-based farcical romp but that it rightly belongs to the critically misunderstood genre of tragi-comedy.
In "Paradise Lost", Milton produces a poem of epic scale, conjuring up a vast cosmos and ranging across huge tracts of space and time. And yet, in putting Satan and Adam and Eve at the centre of this story, he also created an intensely human tragedy on the Fall of Man.
This text is a revised edition of Charles Dickens' classic tale. As Pip eagerly abandons his humble origins to begin a new life as a gentleman, his education and development through adversity are depicted and he discovers the true nature of his "great expectations".
Both an insight into James Joyce's life and childhood, this novel is about sexual awakening, religious rebellion and the essential search for voice and meaning that every nascent artist must face in order to fully come into themselves.
`It is a better guide to French colonial Africa, and to racism, than any non-fiction account, whether by an African or a Frenchman.' The Times Literary Supplement 'very funny and inexpressibly sad' Punch.