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Los clásicos de la literatura anglosajona

Clásicos de la literatura anglosajona:

  1. Austen, Jane – Pride and Prejudice
  2. Austen, Jane – Sense and Sensibility
  3. Brontë, Charlotte – Jane Eyre
  4. Chaucer – The Canterbury Tales
  5. Defoe – Moll Flanders
  6. Dickens – Oliver Twist
  7. Fielding  – Joseph Andrews
  8. Fielding – Tom Jones
  9. Hardy – Far from the Madding Crowd
  10. Hardy – Jude the Obscure
  11. Hardy – The Mayor of Casterbridge
  12. Hardy – The Return of the Native
  13. Hardy – The Woodlanders
  14. Hardy – Under the Greenwood Tree
  15. Hawthorne – The Scarlet Letter
  16. James – The Turn of the Screw
  17. James, M.R. – Collected Ghost Stories
  18. Jerome, Jerome K. – Three Men in a Boat
  19. Lawrence, D.H. – Sons and Lovers
  20. Lawrence, D.H. – Women in Love
  21. Shakespeare – A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  22. Shakespeare – Complete Sonnets
  23. Shakespeare – Hamlet
  24. Shakespeare – The Taming of the Shrew
  25. Shakespeare – Troilus and Cressida
  26. Stoker, Bram – Dracula
  27. Swift – Gulliver’s Travels

Precio de cualquier combinación de 5 títulos: 12€

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Vampire frenzy!

El inicio de la actual fiebre vampírica se produjo con Entrevista con el vampiro de Anne Rice.  Las sagas actuales de Twilight y True Blood (Southern Vampire Chronicles) están muy influenciadas por las Crónicas Vampíricas de Anne Rice.

No están todos los libros pero sí su mayoría

  • Interview with the Vampire (estado decente, es una edición muy antigua con la primera portada)
  • Lestat, el vampiro (en castellano, bastante usado)
  • El ladrón de cuerpos (en castellano, impecable)
  • Memnoch the Devil (impecable)
  • The Vampire Armand (tapa dura, impecable)
  • Pandora (impecable)
  • Lasher (en muy mal estado)
  • Blood and Gold (impecable)
  • Blood Canticle (impecable)

Precio de los 9 libros: 20€

Chick lit, lad lit, bebés (o su búsqueda) y niños

Hugh Laurie existía antes de House y protagonizó una película basada en el primer libro. Sí, el pequeñajo de la izquierda es Mr. Bean…

Ben Elton, Inconceivable (Maybe Baby)

Whenever Sam thinks about babies, he envisages rivers of vomit and sleepless nights. But wife Lucy can’t walk past Mothercare without crying. What’s more, she can’t seem to conceive–not by traditional methods, anyway. Hippy confidante Drusilla suggests an array of New Age remedies, including the intimate use of nutmeg oil and al fresco lovemaking. As Lucy faces a possible verdict of infertility, her love for Sam enters tailspin, accelerated by the advent of arrogant actor Carl Phipps. Meanwhile Sam, desperate to escape his tedious BBC job, conceives the inconceivable–turning the intimacies of their battle for babies into an acclaimed movie script.

Inconceivable tells a poignant and heart-rending story with Elton’s trademark wit, creating a novel that is entertaining and emotionally satisfying; as explosive as Popcorn and with the incendiary humour of Blast From the Past. It courageously tackles its central theme from both the male and the female points of view, and while delivering laughs on every page, it steers clear of laddish clichés. Lucy’s tale, though pregnant with unfulfilled emotion, never stints on humour. “There seem”, she fumes, “to be more urban myths attached to infertility than there are to … film stars filling their bottoms with small animals.”

Aside from the rich vein of gags about DIY conception (Sam has to leave a power lunch with the excuse: “Sorry, my wife is ovulating …”), Elton also subjects the TV industry to relentless stand-up-style bombardment, giving birth to some brilliant asides, which enrich the main story but never overpower it. Funny, tragic, true and ultimately heart-warming, this book should be available on the National Health Service.

Sinéad Moriarty, The Baby Trail

Meet Emma Hamilton. She’s thirty-three, has a great husband, and loves her life. It’s the perfect time to start a family!

Emma has it all mapped out: Go off the pill in December, have sex, get pregnant by January, have the baby in September. And with the help of a personal trainer, Emma figures she’ll be back in shape by Christmas. Happy New Year!

But when three months of candle-scented sex fails to produce the desired result, Emma’s life becomes a rollercoaster of post-coital handstands, hormone inducing (a.k.a. sanity reducing) drugs, and a veritable army of fertility specialists. Emma and James try everything, from ovulation kits to in-vitro, but all their carefully laid plans seem to go south — in direct proportion to Emma’s plummeting self-esteem. And just when Emma feels she’s alienated everyone in her life — her twice-pregnant confidante, her singleton friend, even her own husband — eventstake a ninety-degree turn that will have unforeseen consequences for everyone.

With The Baby Trail Sinead Moriarty brings a wicked sense of humor to a subject of fevered concern for women today. Sizzlingly funny yet deeply moving, this novel is sure to ring true for women who can hear the tick-tock of their own biological clocks.

India Knight, My Life on a Plate

Clara Hutt, 33, speaks for middle-class marital ennui as she reflects on her life, her indifferent husband, Robert, her two lice-ridden young boys, and her “roomy four-bedroomed Victorian terraced” London home and asks, “Is that it, then?” With a sense of humor that ranges from witty and raucous to simpering and mean-spirited, British first-time author Knight relates the ribald story of a modern woman and her quest for happiness. Clara, whose fragmented family consists of a mother who’s fond of accumulating ex-husbands, a wealthy but distant father, two spoiled stepsisters and a listless stepbrother, resolves to have a “nuclear” family. After attaining this conventional goal, however, she discovers that marriage is more boring than blissful. The arduous rigmarole of “hoovering,” chauffeuring, cooking and compromising leaves Clara unsatisfied. She tends to complain, self-deprecate and obsess on trivialities while comparing herself to her friends: Tamsin, who is single, unburdened and prowling for romance; Stella the “pottery cat,” a rustic single mother who bakes her own bread; Naomi, the model housewife who feeds her kids gourmet lunches and manages to keep her home impeccably clean. Simmering with envy, longing for affection (and a little bit of “swooning”), Clara grows restless and seeks solace in the admiring eyes of an unlikely character. Although Knight’s lively narrative entertains while animating many of the common misconceptions people have about marriage, the reader should be prepared to suspend belief for the final course of this chatty tale.

Precio de los 3 libros: 14€

Familias literarias

En todas las familias se cuecen habas, sobre todo en las familias literarias.

Lisa Jewell, A Friend of the Family

Meet the Londons, a family in need of a friend … Gerry and Bernie London are proud parents of Tony, Sean and Ned, three wayward lads whose lives have suddenly reached crisis points: Newly divorced Tony is fantasizing about someone he really shouldn’t; prize-winning novelist Sean’s got a hot new girlfriend and a dose of writer’s block; and Ned’s just back from Australia, without the girl he took with him – or a clue what he’s going to do with his life. If that wasn’t enough for one household, the Londons also have a new lodger – a mysterious rockabilly called Gervase. Will he turn out to be a friend – or foe – to the family?

Shannon Olson, Welcome to My Planet

Welcome to my Planet (Where English is Sometimes Spoken) is a refreshing, hilarious, moving novel about a young woman’s search for the meaning of life–whether that’s finding a man with her name pinned to his jumper, achieving a fulfilling career or just watching TV for want of better companionship and sleeping all day. The story ostensibly revolves around Shannon turning 30, and living with her mother, but through the stories she tells the reader and her counsellor about her childhood, her boyfriends, her siblings and parents–and through the time span that darts over five years or more–the book is much more about being a twentysomething who doesn’t quite want to grow up.

Shannon lives in Minneapolis and calls her mother by her first name, Flo, and the mother-daughter interaction has a comforting and yet wry familiarity for any woman, whether living in Melbourne, Manchester or Marseilles. From the frequent phone calls when they’re not living together to Shannon not listening to fashion or hair advice when they are in the same house, the exchanges recorded here will not only make you fall off the sofa laughing but also remind you how infuriating mothers can be, however much you love them. When Shannon begins “to grow out her leg and armpit hair” Flo wants to know, in a typical motherly fashion, “…who is dictating the aesthetic of your bikini line? … Who’s controlling that?”

However, by calling her mother by her first name, Flo, and worrying about her mother’s old age and unhappiness, Shannon is trying hard to be grown up and motherly herself. It is not until near the end of the novel that her counsellor points that “every child, no matter how old, deserves to have a mother, someone who will cradle them when they need to be cradled”. Welcome to my Planet is a unique reminder of that, in an inimitable style, where the language is wholly recognisable, even if English is only “sometimes spoken”.

Claudine Cullimore, Lola Comes Home

After 10 years abroad, Lola returns to Ireland and her family, to sort out her life. She looks back on her childhood and considers her family: her French mother, her father (terrified of his wife), her lesbian sister, her youngest sister, Belle, and her brother, JP – about to get his comeuppance.

Precio de los 3 libros: 12€

Libros en pareja: Josie Lloyd y Emlyn Rees

Tarde o temprano tenía que llegar la conjunción de la chick lit y la lad lit, cómo no, de la mano de una pareja real que explora diferentes aspectos de las relaciones, desde los inicios pasando por el matrimonio y la paternidad.

Come together

Amy, a worn-out twenty-something on a B-road to nowhere, sitting at a set of traffic lights at Sex Corner that have been stuck on red for six months, and merrily kidding herself that the slowest route with the greatest number of hurdles will eventually make her happy, meets Jack.

Also single, Jack lives his life as if on the outside lane of a motorway driving a Porsche, living fast and playing hard, occasionally taking a slip road to Shag Town where he can be guaranteed a different woman at every exit, zooming off into the sunset as soon as he has finished and neatly avoiding commitment as he puts his foot to the floor and accelerates to the next junction.

A witty, shrewd and ultimately highly entertaining novel, Come Together takes a new route over traditional terrain, seeping into the psyche of one man and one woman as they take their first tentative steps towards coupledom. As Lloyd and Rees deftly switch from his point of view to hers, the reader eavesdrops on two different takes of the same situation, highlighting those all important differences between the complicated mating rituals of the male and female of the species.

Guaranteed to cause arguments over a pint, this light, enjoyable novel adds a new twist to the Bridget Jones phenomena, taking the “woman in search of a meaningful relationship” one step further, in a refreshingly different take on a familiar theme.

Come again

Friends. You can’t live with them – and you can’t live without them. Or so Matt is discovering. His best mate is getting married, leaving him high and dry. No flat-mate – and no girlfriend. Then he remembers Helen (H to her friends). H has no life outside her brilliant career – and all her best friend Amy wants to talk about her wedding. Which suits Stringer, because catering the wedding is his first real chance to prove himself. The last thing he needs is to fall for one of the bride’s friends, Susie, particularly because she’s sworn off men while she sorts out her life -Friendship, commitment, work, lust and loyalty all come under the spotlight as Matt, H, Stringer and Susie hurtle towards the big day.

The Seven Year Itch

Meet Jack. Dadness – Women have a sixth sense for it. To them, you’re like an old bull in a field at the side of the motorway, harmlessly chewing the cud, watching the world race by, nothing like the wild buffalo stock from which you came. And that’s how it should be, of course, after seven years of marriage to the woman you love. But, lately, as I’ve looked around, all I’ve seen is temptation. From random women in the pub, to my foxy new boss …they’ve left me doubting whether I’ve really been put out to pasture at all…Meet Amy. Motherhood, I’ve discovered, is the great leveller. I could be a celebrated fashion designer (instead of the finding, cleaning, bum-wiping domestic robot I’ve become), but having kids automatically makes me the same as all the other mums in ‘The Coven’ up the park. And being ‘the same’ makes me want to do something terribly rash – like rediscover the impulsive person I used to be. Don’t get me wrong, I love Jack and our son, but everyone else seems to be having so much more fun than me – and so much more sex…The pressure’s on. Can they resist “The Seven Year Itch”? Can you? And if one of them cracks? Will it be Amy or Jack? It’s time to find out…

Precio de los 3 libros: 14€

De regalo

Lisa Jewell, Vince & Joy

Remember falling in love for the first time? Remember thinking, This is The One? Remember life getting in the way? From adolescent snogging to apartment shares, relationships, career crises, and children, Vince & Joy is the unforgettable story of two lives lived separately but forever entwined.

Back in the 1980s, teenagers Vince and Joy met, fell desperately in love, and never quite said good-bye. Now nearly twenty years later they’ve both begun to ask themselves if that long-ago romance was the enduring love that they’ve been searching for.


Lad lit: los hombres también existen

No todo va a ser Bridget Jones, los hombres también existen en la literatura y por ello surgió lo que se ha llamado lad lit, es decir, literatura en clave de humor sobre y para hombres.

John O’Farrell, The Best a Man Can Get

Some men are born fathers, while others have fatherhood thrust upon them. The protagonist of John O’Farrell’s The Best a Man Can Get belongs indisputably in the latter category. When his first daughter is born, Michael Adams imagines her as the warden of a prison that will permanently deprive him of his youth and freedom. Terrified by his new responsibilities, he regularly escapes to a bachelor pad across the Thames, pretending to be at work. Another child arrives–and with still another on the way, it is only a matter of time until Michael’s wife discovers his double life. At that point, he must make a choice between his family and his hedonistic haven. By turns hilarious and touching, O’Farrell’s book delves deeply into the anxieties of modern parenting. Yet the novel is not without empathy for the 21st-century father. After all, it’s easy to imagine the lure of a child-proof hideaway, insulated from sleepless nights and dirty diapers. At the same time, Adams often wonders whether “just being tucked up warm and cosy” is really “the best a man can get”. With its charming prose and its truant protagonist, this first novel is sure to win over even the most reluctant parent.

Tony Parsons, Man and Wife

Man and Wife, the sequel to Tony Parsons’ bestselling debut Man and Boy, follows the marital and parental misadventures of Harry Silver, a mawkish North London television producer. Harry has remarried. Second wife, Cyd, and her feisty daughter, Peggy, provide him and his Phantom Menace obsessed son, Pat, with a family. Harry’s luck couldn’t be better. His television show, Fish on Friday, is a hit and Cyd’s posh catering company, Food Glorious Food, is thriving. However, Harry is not the only one starting again. His ex-wife Gina has also remarried. Her partner Richard (who must be the only thirtysomething male on the planet who hates Star Wars) is Pat’s “new father.” When the couple announce they are moving to America–taking Pat with them–Harry reacts, in time-honoured fashion, by attacking Richard. Separated from his son by the Atlantic and struggling as Peggy’s stepfather, Harry begins to yearn for a good old-fashioned “normal, family life”–the kind his lovely old mum and dear departed dad enjoyed. Rather surprisingly, he decides that Kazumi, an attractive Japanese photographer friend of Gina’s, could be the answer to his prayers. Male frailty and the perils of modern parenting are Parsons’ forte, but Man and Wife, although occasionally touching, is overburdened by plot twists, unlikely conceits and whiffs of reactionary sentimentality. Parsons’ fans are unlikely to be disappointed but, to indulge in a vaguely pertinent comparison, this follow up is definitely more Attack of the Clones than The Empire Strikes Back.

William Sutcliffe, New Boy

The New Boy of William Sutcliffe’s hilariously touching debut novel causes a bit of a stir when he arrives at Mark’s posh private school. For a start, Barry is devastatingly handsome and causes girls and boys to buckle at the knees. Mark is more than a little jealous, considering himself to be much less attractive. But he spots an ally in Barry and the two quickly become friends though Mark’s feelings for Barry are often confused. For a start, he finds himself lusting after the boy in the showers but refuses to think it’s because he is gay. Meanwhile, Barry is getting busy with most of the female population within a 50-mile radius, including an affair with one of his own teachers. Mark quickly realises that if he is ever going to be a hit with the opposite sex, he needs Barry’s help. But he learns that Barry is hiding a few secrets of his own. This wonderfully funny and engaging novel is a fast and captivating read, as Sutcliffe hits so many marks about the clichés of school life. The neurotic teachers, the geeky pupils and the rites of passage will all strike a chord within most readers, and the characters are effectively and warmly drawn. Mark and Barry’s relationship is so wonderfully captured; their brief conversations are mainly populated with swearwords and degenerate into arguments by their end. There are examinations of both religion and, more importantly, homosexuality, and it’s a comfort to see these issues treated with a respectful sense of humour. In the end though, New Boy isn’t so much a novel about being gay, more about being who you want to be.

William Sutcliffe, The Love Hexagon

If you’re looking for a novel that is absolutely in touch with the spirit and feeling of the age–and, particularly, what it means to be young and struggling in the sexual jungle of a big city–then William Sutcliffe’s funny and affecting The Love Hexagon should definitely be on your bedside table. The adjectives of praise have been flying thick and fast for this immensely readable novel, and it’s a mark of Sutcliffe’s skill that the 200-odd pages pass with the speed of a short story.

Sutcliffe deals with six young Londoners: three men and three women. All are somehow unsatisfied with their lives, but none of them are able to articulate quite what it is they are looking for. As a game of sexual musical chairs develops and a variety of lusts and betrayals both create and destroy relationships, we get to know Sutcliffe’s sharply-drawn protagonists very well. We are even allowed to change our minds about them–something that is not common, even in novels considerably longer and more sombre than this. From the first conversation between Guy and Lisa (the first couple we meet), in which everything from omelettes to the voiceovers in Goodfellas are up for discussion, through a pub argument on the advantages of having sex with older women, Sutcliffe has our attention nailed to his quirky narrative. Although the requisite scene-setting is handled with equal adroitness (such as the offices of the struggling independent TV company Elemental Productions, for which Lisa and Josh, another participant in the La Ronde style erotic shenanigans, work), Sutcliffe’s real strength is in the dialogue, such as Guy and his friend Graham discussing sex:

“The way she did it was incredible.” “Why? What did she do?” “It wasn’t what she did–it was how she did it. She is … like … older.” “Older than what?” “Than us.” “She’s older? This is what you find so horny? That she’s old?” “Not really old–it’s not a necrophilia thing. She’s just … like … 40 or something. Well-preserved. She’s mature. I tell you, she makes Zoe seem like a baby. In every way. I mean–people our age are … are just … there’s nothing to us. All we’ve got going for us is the fact that we haven’t yet gone wrinkly.”

Precio de los 4 libros: 14€

Libros de Briget Jones

¿Queda alguien que no conozca a Bridget Jones de Helen Fielding?

Bridget Jones’s Diary

Bridget Jones’s Diary is the devastatingly self-aware, laugh-out-loud daily chronicle of Bridget’s permanent, doomed quest for self-improvement—a year in which she resolves to: reduce the circumference of each thigh by 1.5 inches, visit the gym three times a week not just to buy a sandwich, form a functional relationship with a responsible adult—and learn to program the VCR.

Over the course of the year, Bridget loses a total of 72 pounds but gains a total of 74. She remains, however, optimistic. Through it all, Bridget will have you helpless with laughter, and—like millions of readers the world round—you’ll find yourself shouting, “Bridget Jones is me!”

Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason

Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason is another laugh-out-loud look at the life of 90’s Everywoman Bridget Jones. Picking up where the blockbuster bestselling Bridget Jones’s Diary left off, The Edge of Reason finds Bridget ensconced in an up and down relationship with Mark Darcy, whom she finally decided to give a chance at the end of the first book. Bridget’s best Singleton pals Jude and Shaz are on hand to dispense advise about men and relationships culled from the pages of GETTING THE LOVE YOU WANT and KEEPING THE LOVE YOU FIND, with unfortunate results. And Bridget’s Smug Married friend Magda still mixes phone calls with friends with instructions shouted at her kids: “Bridget, hi! I was just ringing to say in the potty! Do it in the potty!” Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason has all the charm and hearty laughs that made Diary such a smash.

Olivia Joules no es Bridget Jones pero no deja de ser muy divertida además de ser mucho más aventurera.

Olivia Joules and the Overactive Imagination

With the irrepressible Bridget Jones, bestselling author Helen Fielding created an unforgettable one-of-a-kind female character beloved by millions the world over. Now, Fielding gives us a sensational new heroine for a new era. From the white heat of Miami to the implants of L.A., from the glittering waters of the Caribbean to the scorching deserts of Arabia, journalist-turned-master-spy Olivia Joules pits herself against the forces of terror armed with her own pocket survival kit, her Rules for Living, her infamous overactive imagination, and a very special underwire bra. Join Olivia in her heart-stopping, hilarious, nerve-frazzling quest from hip hotel to ecolodge to underwater cave, by light aircraft, speedboat, helicopter, and horse, in this witty, contemporary, and utterly unputdownable novel.

Precio de los 3 libros: 16€

De regalo el contrapunto

Adele Parks, Game Over

I’m as hard as nails on the outside. Scratch the surface and I’m as hard as nails on the inside. Impenetrable. Well, emotionally impenetrable, not the other. Not frigid. Technically, I guess, for want of a more user-friendly term, I’m a slapper.

Cas Perry’s self-portrait is astute. Since her father deserted the family home when she was only seven, Cas has led a life “awash with cynicism, constraint and calculation”. As she points out, the psychology isn’t difficult to figure–to protect herself from being betrayed again, she “dumps before she’s damaged.” And there are plenty of men queuing up to be dumped–what with her glamorous job and “sexy, cool, flawless” looks, Cas normally has charge of the relationship reins, until she meets Darren. A breathtakingly beautiful tree-surgeon, with long gypsy hair and a set of teeth the Osmonds would be proud of, Darren looks as if he has just what it takes to smash through her tough-gal stance.

Game Over is a saucy twist on the twentysomething girl-meets-boy fiction that has bombarded our bookshops recently. Cas is an exhilaratingly unconventional female protagonist and it’s refreshing to read a city-girl novel about a woman who is trying her hardest not to find Mr Right. That said, there’s also a comforting predictability about her–just like the hero (yes male) in a Mills and Boon romance, it’s inevitable that Cas will “submit” to love. The question is will Darren be interested when she does. Like Adele Parks’ debut novel Playing Away, Game Over looks set to be another winner.