Englischsprachige Bücher aus dem Specks Hof

In der 1. Etage unserer Buchhandlung im Specks Hof bieten wir Ihnen ein großes, ausgewähltes Sortiment an englischsprachigen Büchern. Der Schwerpunkt liegt hier auf schöngeistiger – sowohl jüngerer als auch klassischer – Literatur, auf aktuellem Sachbuch und sprachwissenschaftlichen Titeln, auch ein tiefes Sortiment mit englischsprachigen Kinderbüchern und Unterhaltung ist vorhanden.

Durch Corona hat sich leider einiges verändert, u.a. wurden die meisten Buchlieferungen aus GB und den USA bis auf weiteres eingestellt. In unserer Buchhandlung im Specks Hof, die leider derzeit geschlossen ist, haben wir jedoch noch ein exzellentes Programm englischsprachiger Literatur, welches wir nun hier im Netz nach und nach zugänglich machen werden. Achtung, es handelt sich in der Regel um Einzelstücke. Es gilt also, solange der Vorrat reicht!

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Julian Symons - The progress of a crime

The murder, a brutal stabbing, definitely took place on Guy Fawkes night. It was definitely by the bonfire on the village green. There were definitely a number of witnesses to a row between a group of Teddy Boys. And yet, was it definitely clear to anybody exactly what they had seen? In the writhing, violent shadows, it seems as if the truth may have gone up in smoke.

Based on a real case and exhibiting characteristically thorough research and skilful plotting, Julian Symons' phenomenal 1960 novel is a searing drama of wrongful accusation, gripping policework and a sharp portrait of small-town tensions. This edition also includes the short story 'The Tigers of Subtopia'.

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Marcus Chown - Infinity in the palm of your hand

Bestselling author Marcus Chown explores some of the most profound and important science about us, our world and the universe with fifty fascinating and mind-bending facts.

Our adventures in space, our deepening understanding of the quantum world and huge leaps in technology over the last century have revealed a universe far stranger than we could ever have imagined. With brilliant clarity and wit, bestselling author Marcus Chown examines the profound science behind fifty remarkable scientific facts that help explain the vast complexities of our existence. Did you know that you could fit the whole human race in the volume of a sugar cube? Or that the electrical energy in a single mosquito is enough to cause a global mass extinction? Or that, out there in the universe, there are an infinite number of copies of you reading an infinite number of copies of this?

Infinity in the Palm of Your Hand is a mind-bending journey through some of the most weird and wonderful facts about our universe, vividly illuminating the hidden truths that govern our everyday lives.

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Red Riding Hood retold by Beatrix Potter

Written over a century ago but never illustrated, Beatrix Potter’s slightly darker take on the classic The Tale of Red Riding Hood comes to life with beautiful illustrations from Helen Oxenbury.

Once upon a time there was a village child who was so pretty–so pretty as never was seen. The good woman, her mother, made the child a little hood of scarlet flannel. Wherever she went she wore it; and the folks called her “Little Red Riding Hood.”

Told with Beatrix Potter’s trademark forthright narration and wry observations, this unique take on the popular tale is sure to become as popular as her original stories. Award-winning illustrator Helen Oxenbury’s illustrations complement the original text with moments of beauty, tension, and humor.

 

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Mick Finlay - Arrowwood

London Society takes their problems to Sherlock Holmes. Everyone else goes to Arrowood.

1895: London s scared. A killer haunts the city s streets. The poor are hungry; crime bosses are taking control; the police force stretched to breaking point.

While the rich turn to Sherlock Holmes, the celebrated private detective rarely visits the densely populated streets of South London, where the crimes are sleazier and the people are poorer.

In a dark corner of Southwark, victims turn to a man who despises Holmes, his wealthy clientele and his showy forensic approach to crime: Arrowood self-taught psychologist, occasional drunkard and private investigator.

When a man mysteriously disappears and Arrowood s best lead is viciously stabbed before his eyes, he and his sidekick Barnett face their toughest quest yet: to capture the head of the most notorious gang in London

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Natalie Haynes - Pandora´s Jar

The Greek myths are among the world's most important cultural building blocks and they have been retold many times, but rarely do they focus on the remarkable women at the heart of these ancient stories.

Stories of gods and monsters are the mainstay of epic poetry and Greek tragedy, from Homer to Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides, from the Trojan War to Jason and the Argonauts. And still, today, a wealth of novels, plays and films draw their inspiration from stories first told almost three thousand years ago. But modern tellers of Greek myth have usually been men, and have routinely shown little interest in telling women's stories. And when they do, those women are often painted as monstrous, vengeful or just plain evil. But Pandora - the first woman, who according to legend unloosed chaos upon the world - was not a villain, and even Medea and Phaedra have more nuanced stories than generations of retellings might indicate.

Now, in Pandora's Jar: Women in the Greek Myths, Natalie Haynes - broadcaster, writer and passionate classicist - redresses this imbalance. Taking Pandora and her jar (the box came later) as the starting point, she puts the women of the Greek myths on equal footing with the menfolk. After millennia of stories telling of gods and men, be they Zeus or Agamemnon, Paris or Odysseus, Oedipus or Jason, the voices that sing from these pages are those of Hera, Athena and Artemis, and of Clytemnestra, Jocasta, Eurydice and Penelope.

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Ben schott - Jeeves and the leap of faith

The Drones club's in peril. Gussie's in love. Spode's on the warpath. Oh, and His Majesty's Government needs a favour. I say - it's a good thing Bertie's back!

One man - and his Gentleman's Personal Gentleman - valiantly set out to save the Drones, thwart Spode and nobly assist His Majesty's Government.

From the mean streets of Mayfair to the scheming spires of Cambridge we encounter a joyous cast of characters: chiselling painters and criminal bookies, eccentric philosophers and dodgy clairvoyantes, appalling poets and pocket dictators, vexatious aunts and their vicious hounds.

Replete with a Times crossword, and classic Schottian endnotes, you hold in your hands the most blissfully entertaining means to while away an idle hour or two.

P.G. Wodehouse has long been a panacea for the woes of the world... have we ever needed a new Jeeves and Wooster more?

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Stephen Fry - Mythos

No one loves and quarrels, desires and deceives as boldly or brilliantly as Greek gods and goddesses.

In Stephen Fry's vivid retelling, we gaze in wonder as wise Athena is born from the cracking open of the great head of Zeus and follow doomed Persephone into the dark and lonely realm of the Underworld. We shiver in fear when Pandora opens her jar of evil torments and watch with joy as the legendary love affair between Eros and Psyche unfolds.

Mythos captures these extraordinary myths for our modern age - in all their dazzling and deeply human relevance.

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Stephen Fry - Heroes

Few mere mortals have ever embarked on such bold and heart-stirring adventures, overcome myriad monstrous perils, or outwitted scheming vengeful gods, quite as stylishly and triumphantly as Greek heroes.
In this companion to his bestselling Mythos, Stephen Fry brilliantly retells these dramatic, funny, tragic and timeless tales.
Join Jason aboard the Argo as he quests for the Golden Fleece. See Atalanta - who was raised by bears - outrun any man before being tricked with golden apples. Witness wily Oedipus solve the riddle of the Sphinx and discover how Bellerophon captures the winged horse Pegasus to help him slay the monster Chimera.
Filled with white-knuckle chases and battles, impossible puzzles and riddles, acts of base cowardice and real bravery, not to mention murders and selfless sacrifices, Heroes is the story of what we mortals are truly capable of - at our worst and our very best.

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Aley Johnson - How to give your child a lifelong love of reading

How do you create an active reader? Why is reading good for creativity and vital for teaching the next generation resilience and positive mental health? In the digital age of never-ending screen time, you could argue that the power of books has diminished. But while screens have changed the act of reading, Alex Johnson believes reading is even more important, and that people value books more than ever. This is visible in the sales of printed special editions, the revival in reading aloud, the increased interest in poetry anthologies, and the rescuing of lost words from obscurity. But with so many competing distractions, which are the best books for children to read and how can we access them? How do we get children to start reading? How can we encourage them to be curious and maintain their interest? In this book of practical advice, Alex Johnson brings his tremendous enthusiasm and informed passion to answer these questions.

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Reni Eddo-Lodge - Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race

The book that sparked a national conversation. Exploring everything from eradicated black history to the inextricable link between class and race, Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race is the essential handbook for anyone who wants to understand race relations in Britain today.

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Robert MacFarlane / Jackie Morris - The lost spells

Kindred in spirit to The Lost Words but fresh in its form, The Lost Spells is a pocket-sized treasure that introduces a beautiful new set of natural spell-poems and artwork by beloved creative duo Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris.

Each "spell" conjures an animal, bird, tree or flower -- from Barn Owl to Red Fox, Grey Seal to Silver Birch, Jay to Jackdaw -- with which we share our lives and landscapes. Moving, joyful and funny, The Lost Spells above all celebrates a sense of wonder, bearing witness to nature's power to amaze, console and bring joy.

Written to be read aloud, painted in brushstrokes that call to the forest, field, riverbank and also to the heart, The Lost Spells summons back what is often lost from sight and care, teaching the names of everyday species, and inspiring its readers to attention, love and care.

20,00 €

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Behold, America: A History of America First and the American Dream

'The American dream is dead,' Donald Trump said when announcing his candidacy for president in 2015. How would he revive it? By putting 'America First'.
The 'American Dream' and 'America First' are two of the most loaded phrases in America today – and also two of the most misunderstood. As divides within America widen, Sarah Churchwell looks to the past to reveal what the surprising history of these two phrases can tell us about today.

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A.J. Hackwith - Library of the Unwritten

Claire is librarian of the section of hell where all the unfinished literary projects go. One day a hero breaks out of his book and Claire must pursue and capture him, in a chase which goes further and further awry. Tongue-in-cheek and inclusive, for readers of Jasper Fforde and Neil Gaiman.

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Me, Elton John

The much-anticipated autobiography of the iconic singer-songwriter, candidly casting light on the early struggles for recognition and the subsequent, disorientating rise to chart-topping superstardom. Open about the journey into and out of drug addiction, the friendships, relationships and teachable mistakes.

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Matt Haig - Notes on a nervous planet

The follow-up to the number one Sunday Times bestseller Reasons To Stay Alive scrutinises the soaring stress and anxiety of now, from the embattled politics to the health panics - all of which were deeply felt on the author's part, causing him to conduct this exploration of how to find happiness and peace of mind in the chaos.

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Nicholas Shakespeare - Snowleg

A young Englishman visits Cold War Leipzig with a group of students and, during his brief excursion behind the Iron Curtain, falls for an East German girl who is only just beginning to wake up to the way her society is governed. Her situation touches him, but he is too frightened to help.

He returns in the early 90s to find her again.

This book will give you a realistic idea, what Leipzig looked like then, if you weren´t around in those days.

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Germania: A Personal History of Germans Ancient and Modern

The author Simon Winder is an Englishman. He traveled all over Germany in an attempt to get to know the country and its people. Prepare to be amused.

'This trot through German culture and history is an engrossing, informative and hilarious read' Sunday Times

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John le Carre - Agent running in the field

Nat, a 47 year-old veteran of Britain's Secret Intelligence Service, believes his years as an agent runner are over. He is back in London with his wife, the long-suffering Prue. But with the growing threat from Moscow Centre, the office has one more job for him. Nat is to take over The Haven, a defunct substation of London General with a rag-tag band of spies. The only bright light on the team is young Florence, who has her eye on Russia Department and a Ukrainian oligarch with a finger in the Russia pie.

Nat is not only a spy, he is a passionate badminton player. His regular Monday evening opponent is half his age: the introspective and solitary Ed. Ed hates Brexit, hates Trump and hates his job at some soulless media agency. And it is Ed, of all unlikely people, who will take Prue, Florence and Nat himself down the path of political anger that will ensnare them all. Agent Running in the Field is a chilling portrait of our time, now heartbreaking, now darkly humorous, told to us with unflagging tension by the greatest chronicler of our age.

'The master espionage novelist takes on Brexit and Trump in this tense and chilling portrait of today' Evening Standard

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John Lanchester - Reality and other stories

Household gizmos with a mind of their own. Constant cold calls from unknown numbers.
And the creeping suspicion that none of this is real. Reality, and Other Stories is a gathering of deliciously chilling entertainments - stories to be read as the evenings draw in and the days are haunted by all the ghastly schlock, uncanny technologies and absurd horrors of modern life.

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Bill Bryson - The Body. A guide for occupants

The bestselling author provides information on overlooked details of the body in his folksy and familiar style popular across generations. A worthy successor to A Short History Of Nearly Everything, focusing on the physical and the neurological.

`We spend our whole lives in one body and yet most of us have practically no idea how it works and what goes on inside it. The idea of the book is simply to try to understand the extraordinary contraption that is us.' Bill Bryson sets off to explore the human body, how it functions and its remarkable ability to heal itself.

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Mark Manson - Everything is f*cked

We live in an interesting time. Materially, everything is the best it's ever been-we are freer, healthier and wealthier than any people in human history. Yet, somehow everything seems to be irreparably and horribly f*cked - the planet is warming, governments are failing, economies are collapsing, and everyone is perpetually offended on Twitter. At this moment in history, when we have access to technology, education and communication our ancestors couldn't even dream of, so many of us come back to an overriding feeling of hopelessness.

What's going on? If anyone can put a name to our current malaise and help fix it, it's Mark Manson. In 2016, Manson published The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F ck, a book that brilliantly gave shape to the ever-present, low-level hum of anxiety that permeates modern living. He showed us that technology had made it too easy to care about the wrong things, that our culture had convinced us that the world owed us something when it didn't-and worst of all, that our modern and maddening urge to always find happiness only served to make us unhappier. Instead, the "subtle art" of that title turned out to be a bold challenge: to choose your struggle; to narrow and focus and find the pain you want to sustain. The result was a book that became an international phenomenon, selling millions of copies worldwide while becoming the #1 bestseller in 13 different countries.

Now, in Everthing Is F cked, Manson turns his gaze from the inevitable flaws within each individual self to the endless calamities taking place in the world around us. Drawing from the pool of psychological research on these topics, as well as the timeless wisdom of philosophers such as Plato, Nietzsche, and Tom Waits, he dissects religion and politics and the uncomfortable ways they have come to resemble one another. He looks at our relationships with money, entertainment and the internet, and how too much of a good thing can psychologically eat us alive. He openly defies our definitions of faith, happiness, freedom-and even of hope itself.

With his usual mix of erudition and where-the-f ck-did-that-come-from humor, Manson takes us by the collar and challenges us to be more honest with ourselves and connected with the world in ways we probably haven't considered before. It's another counterintuitive romp through the pain in our hearts and the stress of our soul. One of the great modern writers has produced another book that will set the agenda for years to come.

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Douglas Adams - Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: The Complete Trilogy in Five Parts

Charting the whole of Arthur Dent's odyssey through space, this title collects the five titles that comprise Adams' hugely popular comedy science fiction series. Includes an introduction from the author himself.

Douglas Adams' mega-selling cult classic: now in one handy paperback volume! A phenomenon across all formats, this paperback omnibus contains the complete The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy trilogy in five parts, charting the whole of Arthur Dent's odyssey through space and time. Share and enjoy.

20,00 €

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David Walliams - The Creature Choir

Sing your heart out with a whole choir of characters, in the showstopping new picture book from number one bestselling author David Walliams, illustrated by the artistic genius, Tony Ross!

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David Walliams - The Beast of Buckingham Palace

The eagerly anticipated new novel from the bestselling David Walliams is a science fiction fantasy adventure set in the London of 2120. Hunger and darkness have taken over the world. Twelve-year-old Prince Alfred has never known life outside Buckingham Palace, but with evil forces building, the future rests on his slender shoulders.

Fly into a fiery and fantastical future with No. 1 bestselling author David Walliams, in an epic adventure of myth and legend, good and evil, and one small boy who must save the world... Illustrated by the artistic genius Tony Ross!

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Lonely Planet Australian Language & Culture

Toss another shrimp on the barbie, crack open a tinny or pour yourself a chardy while you traverse Australia's vast expanse of true blue, fair dinkum Aussie lingo - from cosmopolitan communique to surf slang, outback jargon and some of the world's oldest indigenous languages. C'mon, avagoyermug!

Features a comprehensive section on Australia's impressive array of indigenous languages.

Lonely Planet's Language & Culture series goes behind the scenes of languages you thought you knew. Get into the culture and humour behind common - and not so common - English expressions and learn about the local languages that inspired them.

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Lonely Planet Irish Language & Culture

Bejaysus and begorrah! The next best thing for anyone not blessed with the gift of the gab - a grand tour through the language, lilt and laughter of Ireland old and new. So join in the craic, forget the Blarney Stone and wrap your tongue around Englishthe way the Irish reinvented it.

2nd edition of the unique guide to Irish language and culture, now with pull-out quotes and classic phrases, a new structure and layout to promote the lightness of the content, and vibrant illustrations to really bring the culture to life.

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Sally Rooney - Normal people

Connell and Marianne grow up in the same small town in the west of Ireland, but the similarities end there. In school, Connell is popular and well-liked, while Marianne is a loner. But when the two strike up a conversation - awkward but electrifying - something life-changing begins. §§Normal People is a story of mutual fascination, friendship and love. It takes us from that first conversation to the years beyond, in the company of two people who try to stay apart but find they can't.

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J.R.R. Tolkien - The Fall of Gondolin

Return to Middle-earth in this epic tale of adventure, which J.R.R. Tolkien called 'the first real story of this imaginary world. Illustrated by Alan Lee.

24,50 €

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Jane Austen - Emma

Emma, by Jane Austen, is a novel about youthful hubris and the perils of misconstrued romance. The novel was first published in December 1815. As in her other novels, Austen explores the concerns and difficulties of genteel women living in Georgian-Regency England; she also creates a lively comedy of manners among her characters.Before she began the novel, Austen wrote, "I am going to take a heroine whom no one but myself will much like."

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Clemens Meyer - Dark Satellites

A collection of stories from the Booker International-longlisted author, presenting troubled and marginal figures across contemporary urban Germany finding redemption in each other and paranoid difficulty by themselves. Translated by Katy Derbyshire.

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Anthony Gilbert - Death in a fancy dress

The British Secret Service, working to uncover a large-scale blackmail ring and catch its mysterious mastermind 'The Spider', find themselves at the country residence Feltham Abbey, where a fancy dress ball is in full swing.

In the tumult of the revelry, Sir Ralph Feltham is found dead. Not the atmosphere bewildered young lawyer Tony was expecting, he sets out to make sense of the night's activities and the motives of the other guests. Among them is Hilary, an independently-minded socialite still in her costume of vivid silk pyjamas and accompanying teddy bear...

This classic country house mystery, first published in 1933, contrasts the splendours and frivolities of the English upper classes with the sombre over-hang of the First World War and the irresistible complications of deadly familial relationships - with just the right amount of international intrigue thrown in.

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Elizabeth Gaskell - North and South

Follows the story of the heroine's movement from the tranquil but moribund ways of southern England to the north. This book uses a love story to show how personal and public lives were woven together in a industrial society. It traces the origins of problems and possibilities which are still challenging a hundred and fifty years later.

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Caroline Criado Perez - Invisible Women

Imagine a world where...
· Your phone is too big for your hand
· Your doctor prescribes a drug that is wrong for your body
· In a car accident you are 47% more likely to be injured.
If any of that sounds familiar, chances are you're a woman.

From government policy and medical research, to technology, workplaces, and the media. Invisible Women reveals how in a world built for and by men we are systematically ignoring half of the population, often with disastrous consequences. Caroline Criado Perez brings together for the first time an impressive range of case studies, stories and new research from across the world that illustrate the hidden ways in which women are forgotten, and the profound impact this has on us all.

Discover the shocking gender bias that affects our everyday lives.

14,00 €

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Stewart Ross - The science of Sherlock Holmes

A fascinating look at the variety of scientific principles that Arthur Conan Doyle used in his Sherlock Holmes stories. From the theoretical sciences - physics, chemistry, biology, astronomy, psychology - to the practical application of science in medicine, agriculture, communication, transport and technology, Sherlock Holmes used science to outwit the bad guys and bad women in his ongoing battle against crime and corruption.

The incredible story of how Arthur Conan Doyle combined personal experience with the contemporary fascination with criminality and a profound faith in science to create the world's most famous detective: Sherlock Holmes.

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Ambrose Parry - The art of dying

Edinburgh, 1849. Hordes of patients are dying all across the city, with doctors finding their remedies powerless. And a whispering campaign seeks to paint Dr James Simpson, pioneer of medical chloroform, as a murderer.

Determined to clear Simpson's name, his protégé Will Raven and former housemaid Sarah Fisher must plunge into Edinburgh's deadliest streets and find out who or what is behind the deaths. Soon they discover that the cause of the deaths has evaded detection purely because it is so unthinkable.

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