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WORDSWORTH EDITIONS RELEASES COLLECTIBLE HARDBACKS OF 12 TIMELESS CHILDREN’S CLASSICS

Cloth-bound Collector’s Editions available in time for Christmas for just £6.99 each

Book publisher Wordsworth Editions has released 12 timeless children’s classics as hardback Collector’s Editions for the very first time.

The compact hardbacks are cloth-bound, with matching coloured end paper and embossed gold & coloured blocking to enhance their beautiful, bespoke cover illustrations.

The collection features much-loved works from the likes of J.M. Barrie, Lewis Carroll, Charles Dickens and Edith Nesbitt, with the full line-up comprising:-

Little Women- Louisa May Alcott
Peter Pan- J.M. Barrie       
The Secret Garden- E.H. Burnett
Alice in Wonderland- Lewis Carroll
A Christmas Carol- Charles Dickens
The Wind in the Willows- Kenneth Grahame
The Jungle Book- Rudyard Kipling
Anne of Green Gables- Lucy Montgomery
The Railway Children- Edith Nesbitt
The Little Prince- Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Black Beauty- Anna Sewell
Treasure Island- Robert Louis Stevenson   

“We set out to come up with a series that was at least as good, if not better, in quality and design as anything already out there in the ‘collectibles’ field, but at a substantially lower price. And we think we've succeeded,” said Wordsworth Editions Managing Director Helen Trayler.

“We've been delighted by the reception the series has received and we are already having hastily to plan reprints to ensure we have enough stock in before the Christmas rush.”

The hardback Children’s Classic Collector’s Editions are available for is £6.99 each.

You can find more information about the series, and where to buy them at:

http://wordsworth-editions.com/collections/collector's-editions

NOTES TO EDITORS

About Wordsworth Editions
Wordsworth Editions is a successful, family-run business based in Hertfordshire. It shook up the book publishing world in the early 1990s, when it launched its range of paperback Classics, priced at just £1 each. Today Wordsworth Editions remains a leader in the sector it created, expanding its portfolio to cover Children’s Classics, World Literature, Poetry and Mystery & Supernatural titles.

For more information visit www.wordsworth-editions.com.

Press Contacts

Mimram Media: Stuart O’Brien
stuart.obrien@mimrammedia.com
Tel: 07732 114 067

Wordsworth Editions: Derek Wright
derek@wordsworth-editions.com
Tel: 01920 465167

Wordsworth Editions rolls out H.G. Wells titles under £1.99 Classics label

Leading classic book publisher Wordsworth Editions has released eight H.G. Wells titles, seven of which – including The War Of The Worlds, The Time Machine and The Invisible Man – are in the publisher’s popular Classics series, retailing for just £1.99 each.

Each includes not just the key title, but also a second novel or some longer stories in the same genre – representing huge value for both consumers and educational institutions.

The eighth title, Selected Works of H.G. Wells, is a collection of novels in Wordsworth’s Metric Royal Special Editions series, retailing at £7.99.

Wordsworth Editions worked closely with the H.G. Wells Society to select the material, with five of the society’s members contributing original introductions, complementing others from Professor Cedric Watts and author David Stuart Davies.

The classic editions will feature original artwork by the American illustrator Carolyn Arcabascio.

H. G. Wells (21 September 1866 - 13 August 1946) is famously often referred to as ‘the father of science fiction’, but Wells’s phenomenal imagination ranged far and wide and included works of comic social realism.

Such is Wells's facility for story-telling that, well over a century after their publication, his tales are as fresh and compelling to us today as they would have been when his initial readers first turned their pages, often in astonishment and frequently in amusement.

Wordsworth’s Managing Director Helen Trayler said: “We’ve had the release of these H.G Wells titles in our diaries for as long as I can remember, so it’s really exciting to finally make them available.

“Our hope is that our low price points and accompanying materials will introduce the delights of H.G. Wells to a new generation of readers.”

The full Wordsworth Editions H.G. Wells title list is as follows (with ISBN):

9781840227383 The Time Machine & Other Works
9781840227390 The Crystal Egg and Other Stories
9781840227406 The Island of Doctor Moreau & Other Works
9781840227413 The Invisible Man / The Food of the Gods
9781840227420 The War of the Worlds / The War in the Air
9781840227437 Kipps / The History of Mr Polly
9781840227444 The First Men in the Moon / A Modern Utopia
9781840227451 Selected Works of H.G. Wells 

The titles are available today from all major book retailers.

Review copies are available on request.

And, finally, to celebrate the releases, Wordsworth Editions is conducting The Great British H.G. Wells Survey to gauge the public's views on one of the greatest science fiction writers that ever lived – simply visit https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/HMLHS87 to take part!

NOTES TO EDITORS

About Wordsworth Editions
Wordsworth Editions is a successful, family-run business based in Hertfordshire. It shook up the book publishing world in the early 1990s, when it launched its range of paperback Classics, priced at just £1 each. Today Wordsworth Editions remains a leader in the sector it created, expanding its portfolio to cover Children’s Classics, World Literature, Poetry and Mystery & Supernatural titles.

For more information visit www.wordsworth-editions.com.

Press Contacts

Mimram Media: Lisa Carter
lisa.carter@mimrammedia.com
Tel: 07732 114 067

Wordsworth Editions: Derek Wright
derek@wordsworth-editions.com
Tel: 01920 465167
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The Great British Shakespeare Survey: 'More sex please - and a few zombies wouldn't go amiss'

Survey reveals that almost 90% of Brits intend to read one of the Bard’s plays ‘in the near future’ – but 26% don’t believe he wrote them all…

As part of this year’s ongoing Shakespeare 400 celebrations, leading classic book publisher Wordsworth Editions commissioned The Great British Shakespeare Survey to gauge the public’s knowledge of, and attitude to, England’s greatest playwright.

The results show that interest in the Bard is sky high and that reading at least one of his plays features on a huge percentage of people’s 'To Do' lists.

Key findings include:

•    89.1% of respondents say they plan to read a Shakespeare play ‘in the near future’
•    Hamlet (11%) is the play most likely to be read next
•    An admirable 9% of respondents say that they plan to read ‘all of them'!
•    26% do not believe Shakespeare wrote all his own plays
•    And yet 87% believe Shakespeare was the ‘greatest playwright of all time’
•    And finally, 48% of respondents think Shakespeare’s plays could have done with ‘better jokes’, 27% wanted more sex scenes and 9% thought zombies were the missing ingredient

Meanwhile, 93% of those who took part in the survey said they studied Shakespeare at school and, of those, 92% said that they had been encouraged to read more Shakespeare later in life – rather than put off.

Some 15% of the total sample, however, have read no Shakespeare at all since school, with the most common reason being that the plays are ‘too hard’.

But an impressive 43% have read two or more – and 13% have read more than 10.

“We’re delighted to discover that the Great British public confirms what we’ve known all along – that Shakespeare was the greatest playwright of all time,” said Wordsworth Editions’ Managing Director Helen Trayler. “And of course we’re also very pleased to hear that such a huge majority of the people we surveyed are planning to read one of his plays in the near future.

“As for the lack of zombies, well Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice has recently been the subject of a zombie adaptation. Maybe these survey results will lead to the movie Romeo and Juliet and Zombies…?”

Wordsworth Editions surveyed over 1,000 people online to create The Great British Shakespeare Survey.

Notes To Editors

About Wordsworth Editions
Wordsworth Editions is a successful, family-run business based in Hertfordshire. It shook up the book publishing world in the early 1990s when it launched its range of paperback Classics, priced at just £1 each. Today Wordsworth Editions remains a leader in the sector it created, expanding its portfolio to cover Children’s Classics, World Literature, Poetry and Mystery & Supernatural titles.

For more information visit www.wordsworth-editions.com.

Press Contacts
Mimram Media: Stuart O’Brien
stuart.obrien@mimrammedia.com
Tel: 07732 114067

Wordsworth Editions: Derek Wright
Derek@wordsworth-editions.com
Tel: 01920 46516

Wordsworth Editions releases new edition of Confessions of Saint Augustine

Key Christian text considered to be among the first Western autobiographies written

Book publisher Wordsworth Editions has released a new edition of Confessions of Saint Augustine.

Augustine of Hippo (354 - 430) was an early Christian theologian and philosopher whose writings influenced the development of Western Christianity and Western philosophy.

Confessions is his autobiographical work, completed between AD 397-400, and documenting the development of Augustine’s thoughts from childhood into adult life – a life he considered in retrospect to be both sinful and immoral.

Augustine converted to Christianity in his early 30s and was soon ordained as a priest, becoming a bishop not long after.

Confessions was written in 13 parts, each a complete text intended to be read aloud, covering Augustine’s conversion and offering guidance to others taking the same path.

Considered to be among the first Western autobiographies written, Augustine’s work (including the subsequent City of God) became a major influence on Christian writers for the next 1,000 years and remains a much-valued contribution to Christian thinking today.

This new edition of Confessions uses the classic translation from Latin by E.B. Pusey (1838), with a partial modernisation of the text to assist the 21st Century reader.

“Confessions is an important work in terms of both its historical context and the influence it continues to have on modern Christian thinking,” said Wordsworth Editions Director Derek Wright. “This new edition remains faithful to the original text, but is also accessible for newcomers to Augustine’s writings.”

Confessions of Saint Augustine is available now, priced at £3.99 from all major booksellers.

More information can be found at www.wordsworth-editions.com.

NOTES TO EDITORS

About Wordsworth Editions
Wordsworth Editions is a successful, family-run business based in Hertfordshire, United Kingdom. It shook up the book publishing world in the early 1990s, when it launched its range of paperback Classics, priced at just £1 each. Today Wordsworth Editions remains a leader in the sector it created, expanding its portfolio to cover Children’s Classics, World Literature, Poetry and Mystery & Supernatural titles.

Press Contacts
Mimram Media: Lisa Carter
lisa.carter@mimrammedia.com
Tel: 07970 164201 

Wordsworth Editions: Derek Wright
derek@wordsworth-editions.com
Tel: 01920 465167

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Wordsworth Editions releases new John Stuart Mill multi-title volume - On Liberty & Utilitarianism

The 19th Century philosopher’s key works on the liberty of the individual and the security of the State are as relevant today as they were in 1869

Book publisher Wordsworth Editions has released a new edition of writer and philosopher John Stuart Mill’s key works, entitled On Liberty & Utilitarianism.

Mill (1806–1873) is one of the most important of Britain’s 19th Century philosophers and the works reprinted in this new volume were first published during a particularly prolific ten-year span, from 1859 to 1869.

Mill contributed to several contemporary debates, including where to draw boundaries between the ‘liberty of the individual’ on the one hand, and the ‘security of the State’ on the other.

With an introduction by Dr Mark G. Spencer of Brock University, Ontario, Canada, the edition contains four of Mill’s most famous works: On Liberty (1859), Considerations on Representative Government (1861), Utilitarianism (1863) and The Subjection of Women (1869).

Also included for the light they shed on Mill and his lifetime are two of his lesser-known works – The Contest in America (1862), written in the context of the American Civil War; and his erudite but accessible Inaugural Address Delivered to the University of St Andrews (1867).

“We’re delighted to add John Stuart Mill’s most important works to our collection,” said Wordsworth Editions Director Derek Wright. “Living as we do in a world where the boundaries between the individual and State continue to be tested and contested, Mill’s timeless writings are of no less value to us today than they were to those who read them when they were first published.”

On Liberty & Utilitarianism is available now, priced at £3.99 from all major booksellers.

More information can be found at www.wordsworth-editions.com.

NOTES TO EDITORS

About Wordsworth Editions
Wordsworth Editions is a successful, family-run business based in Hertfordshire. It shook up the book publishing world in the early 1990s, when the launched its range of paperback Classics, priced at just £1 each. Today Wordsworth Editions remains a leader in the sector it created, expanding its portfolio to cover Children’s Classics, World Literature, Poetry and Mystery & Supernatural titles.

Press Contacts
Mimram Media: Lisa Carter
lisa.carter@mimrammedia.com
Tel: 07970 164201 

Wordsworth Editions: Derek Wright
derek@wordsworth-editions.com
Tel: 01920 465167

Wordsworth Editions confirms new titles for 2016

WARE, HERTFORDSHIRE, OCTOBER 15TH 2015: Book publisher Wordsworth Editions has confirmed its release schedule for 2016, including new editions of nine important titles.

The line-up includes texts from Joseph Conrad, Henry David Thoreau, Saint Augustine, Eric Knight and John Stuart Mill, spanning the children’s classics, philosophy and adventure genres.

Full details of each release are as follows:

Lassie Come Home, Eric Knight (Released Feb 2016, £1.99): The book that sparked 11 films, five TV series and at least three cartoons, Knight’s Lassie Come Home (1940) is the latest edition to the Wordsworth Editions Children’s Classics Collection. ISBN: 9781840225938

Walden & Civil Disobedience, Henry David Thoreau (Released Feb 2016, £3.99): A double volume containing two of transcendentalist Thoreau’s most highly-regarded works. Walden (1854) is an essay on self-discovery and self-reliance, while Civil Disobedience (1849) addresses the relationship between government and society in the shadow of slavery and American imperialism. It also includes other key essays, together with an Introduction and Notes by Henry Claridge of the University of Kent at Canterbury. ISBN: 9781840225976

Confessions, Saint Augustine (Released April 2016, £3.99): Confessions is a 13-book autobiographical text from early Christian theologian and philosopher Augustine of Hippo (354 - 430), whose writings influenced the development of Western Christianity and Western philosophy.
ISBN: 9781840225921

On Liberty & Utilitarianism, John Stuart Mill (Released April 2016, £3.99): Another double volume, containing two of prolific English philosopher Mill’s most important essays. On Liberty (1859) addresses how the idea of utilitarianism can be applied to the state and wider society, while Utilitarianism (1863) discusses the eponymous theory in greater detail. Also included are Mill’s other key writings, together with an introduction by Mark G. Spencer of Brock University Ontario.
ISBN: 9781840225969

The Lingard Trilogy, Joseph Conrad (Released Sept 2016, £1.99): This triple volume contains the novels Almayer's Folly, An Outcast of the Islands and The Rescue, complete with an introduction by Robert Hampson, Professor of Modern Literature at Royal Holloway, University of London. ISBN: 9781840225952

“This year has been a bumper year for Wordsworth Editions, with sales to the book trade and the educational sector surpassing all expectations,” said Wordsworth Director Derek Wright. “We’re already looking forward to 2016, with a flurry of new titles being released throughout the year.”

Trade orders for all of the above titles can be placed via www.wordsworth-editions.com/purchase.

More information can be found at www.wordsworth-editions.com.

NOTES TO EDITORS
About Wordsworth Editions
Wordsworth Editions is a successful, family-run business based in Hertfordshire. It shook up the book publishing world in the early 1990s, when the launched its range of paperback Classics, priced at just £1 each. Today Wordsworth Editions remains a leader in the sector it created, expanding its portfolio to cover Children’s Classics, World Literature, Poetry and Mystery & Supernatural titles.

Press Contacts 
Mimram Media: Lisa Carter
lisa.carter@mimrammedia.com
Tel: 07970 164201 

Wordsworth Editions: Derek Wright
derek@wordsworth-editions.com
Tel: 01920 465167

Richard III now available as part of the Wordsworth Classics' Shakespeare Series

WARE, HERTFORDSHIRE, AUGUST 24TH 2015: Book publisher Wordsworth Editions has released Richard III as the latest title in its Shakespeare series.

Newly edited, introduced and annotated by Cedric Watts, M.A., Ph.D., Emeritus Professor of English, University of Sussex, Richard III is one of Shakespeare’s finest historical dramas. 

Richard III was one of the most colourful and controversial of the English kings, from growing up during The War of the Roses to dying violently on the battlefield at Bosworth Field and coming to rest under a car park in Leicester.

He continues to split opinion even now, as his supporters claim that the evil hunch-backed villain that has come down through history was no more than Tudor propaganda.

Either way, Richard III's Machiavellian scheming still serves to inspire his modern television equivalents - such as Frank Underwood (and originally Frances Urquhart) in House of Cards.

Helen Trayler Ranson, Managing Director at Wordsworth Editions, said: “It is against this background of renewed interest that Wordsworth are publishing Shakespeare's Richard III, being the 21st play in Professor Cedric Watts' acclaimed editions of Shakespeare's finest works.

“Professor Watts' introduction provides a fascinating insight into the origins of the play as well as a full historical background to this most charismatic of villains.”

Richard III is now available from all leading booksellers for £1.99.

Other works of Shakespeare available from Wordsworth Editions include Antony and Cleopatra, As You Like It, Hamlet, Henry IV Parts 1 & 2, Henry V, Julius Caesar, King Lear, Macbeth, Measure for Measure, The Merchant of Venice, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Much Ado About Nothing, Othello, Richard II, Romeo and Juliet, The Taming of the Shrew, The Tempest, Twelfth Night and The Winter's Tale. 

Various compilations are also available, including The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, The Great Comedies and Tragedies and The Poems and Sonnets of William Shakespeare.

More information  can be found at www.wordsworth-editions.com.

NOTES TO EDITORS
About Wordsworth Editions
Wordsworth Editions is a successful, family-run business based in Hertfordshire. It shook up the book publishing world in the early 1990s, when the launched its range of paperback Classics, priced at just £1 each. Today Wordsworth Editions remains a leader in the sector it created, expanding its portfolio to cover Children’s Classics, World Literature, Poetry and Mystery & Supernatural titles. 

Press Contacts
Mimram Media: Lisa Carter
lisa.carter@mimrammedia.com
Tel: 07970 164201 

Wordsworth Editions: Derek Wright
derek@wordsworth-editions.com
Tel: 01920 465167 

The best of classic English literature available in new Wordsworth Editions box sets

WARE, HERTFORDSHIRE, AUGUST 20TH 2015: Book publisher Wordsworth Editions has released two new box sets, containing some of the best classic works of English literature ever written.

The perfect gift for any book-lover, The Ultimate Classic Collection and The Ultimate Children's Classic Collection contain eight titles each.

They are beautifully packaged in a ridged, matt-laminated slipcase with metallic detailing, complete with strikingly attractive, bespoke artwork.

The Ultimate Classic Collection includes The Picture of Dorian Gray, Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Pride and Prejudice, Withering Heights, Great Expectations, The Great Gatsby, Frankenstein and Dracula.

Meanwhile, The Ultimate Children’s Classic Collection includes Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, The Wind in the Willows, The Little Prince, Treasure Island, Black Beauty, The Jungle Book, The Secret Garden and Peter Pan.

Helen Trayler Ranson, Managing Director at Wordsworth Editions, said: “Wordsworth Editions has long been associated with low-priced literature, offering our Classics range of paperbacks at just £1.99, and our Library Collection of stylish hardback volumes at just £11.99. We’re delighted to be adding to our portfolio with these new box-sets which will make ideal gifts, particularly as we head towards the Festive season.”

Both The Ultimate Classic Collection and The Ultimate Children's Classic Collection will be available from mid-September for £19.99 via Waterstones, Amazon and all leading book sellers.

More information  can be found at www.wordsworth-editions.com.

NOTES TO EDITORS
About Wordsworth Editions
Wordsworth Editions is a successful, family-run business based in Hertfordshire. It shook up the book publishing world in the early 1990s, when the launched its range of paperback Classics, priced at just £1 each. Today Wordsworth Editions remains a leader in the sector it created, expanding its portfolio to cover Children’s Classics, World Literature, Poetry and Mystery & Supernatural titles. 

Press Contacts
Mimram Media: Lisa Carter
lisa.carter@mimrammedia.com
Tel: 07970 164201 

Wordsworth Editions: Derek Wright
derek@wordsworth-editions.com
Tel: 01920 465167