The most successful mainstream novel of H.G. Wells, now finally back in print.
Kipps: The Story of a Simple Soul
Until he reached manhood, it was not clear to Kipps how he came to be under the care of an aunt and uncle, instead of having a father and mother like other little boys.
But the elusive memories of his phantom mother that plagued him began to fade away over time. His life’s memories begin to be filled with childhood friendship and love, until that too was taken away.
Now, after coming into an unsuspected inheritance, Kipps tries to adapt to a new social life, one that challenges him in a way he didn’t expect. With money and newfound love, one might think that Kipps would be on top of the world, but he soon finds out that he was better off without it . . .
Long unavailable to readers, Kipps is a classic rags-to-riches story that addresses the moral and emotional difficulties that come with wealth and a change of social station. It will make you think, have you laughing, and capture your heart.
He was plainly too young and too inexperienced for the mission, but on the advice of her aged adviser Natoum and with her husband off at war, the Queen reluctantly assigned the task of delivery to Madrenga. Accompanied only by a runt of a pony and a scrap of a pup, he set off to transport the royal message to its destination.
But things are not always what they seem, heroes are sometimes made of the strangest stuff, and love is to be found in the most unexpected places. If while trodding the lethal path one doesn’t die.
A visionary novel by the author of The War of the Worlds and The Time Machine
This classic full-length novel from H. G. Wells imagines a world of Progress stricken by brutal conflict in the sky—written before the actual invention of airplanes.
Bert Smallways is a small man in a small town with big dreams. His most fantastic dream—flying—seems improbable.
Prototype airplane after airplane crashes and burns. Until one doesn’t.
Bert’s desire to fly beckons him and combines with implacable fate to sweep him up in a fantastic/dramatic adventure in which he, a pawn of fortune at the center of it all, travels to far lands and distant battles envisioned in The War in the Air.
His adventures will have great consequence for the entire world.
But will this star-crossed young man find what he really desires? Come fly with Bert Smallways, a commoner with a comic, tragic, star-crossed, and high-flying fate, into a future that never was.