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I Capture the Castle

I Capture the Castle

Dodie Smith, Valerie Grove

Cassandra Mortmain lives with her bohemian and impoverished family in a crumbling castle in the middle of nowhere. However, all their lives are turned upside down when the American heirs to the castle arrive and Cassandra finds...

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The French Lieutenant's Woman

The French Lieutenant’s Woman

John Fowles

Presents the love story of two people of insight and imagination seeking escape from the cant and tyranny of their age.

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Enduring Love

Enduring Love

Ian McEwan

One windy spring day in the Chilterns Joe Rose's calm, organised life is shattered by a ballooning accident. The afternoon, Rose reflects, could have ended in mere tragedy, but for his brief meeting with Jed Parry. Unknown to...

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A Spot of Bother

A Spot of Bother

Mark Haddon

At fifty-seven, George is settling down to a comfortable retirement. Then Katie, his tempestuous daughter, announces that she is getting remarried, to Ray. Her mother Jean is a bit put out by all the arguing the wedding has...

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The Complete Enderby

The Complete Enderby

Anthony Burgess

Enderby is a poet, social critic and Catholic. He may be found hiding in the lavatory where much of his best work is composed, or perhaps in Rome, brainwashed into respectability by a glamorous wife, aftershave and the dolce...

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The Art of Love

The Art of Love

Ovid, Tom Payne

Includes what you need to know about where to meet a beau, how to handle illicit affairs and how to maintain your allure.

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Byrne

Byrne

Anthony Burgess

Michael Byrne is an Irish Don Juan - a composer, a charmer, a bigamist and a thug. He moves from country to country, from bed to bed, selling his talents and leaving a trail of children in his wake. His journey takes him from...

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Selected Poems of Pablo Neruda

Selected Poems of Pablo Neruda

Pablo Neruda

Contains a Latin American poet's individualistic verse, rooted in the physical landscape and people of Chile. This title includes songs of love, tender odes to the sea, melancholy lyrics of heartache, fiery political statements...

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The Last Expedition

The Last Expedition

Captain Robert Falcon Scott, Sir Ranulph Fiennes

Captain Scott's expedition, carried in the Terra Nova, pitted him and his team not only against the elements but also against the Norwegian explorer, Amundsen. Ultimately, Scott was beaten by both. This title provides an account...

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Can You Forgive Her?

Can You Forgive Her?

Anthony Trollope

Alice Vavasor should be married to the sensible, kindly John Grey. But despite what her respectable relations might think, Alice cannot quite reconcile herself to this fate. Once upon a time she was engaged to her wild cousin...

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The Warden

The Warden

Anthony Trollope

Mr Harding is a good man, the warden to an alms house which provides a peaceful home to twelve old men. The young and zealous John Bold is also a good man, but he believes he sees in Harding's comfortable existence an injustice...

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The Way We Live Now

The Way We Live Now

Anthony Trollope

When the Melmottes arrive in London everyone agrees their manners are wanting, their taste is execrable and their lineage and background decidedly shadowy. But their money is far from revolting, and city society quickly makes...

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Claudine Married

Claudine Married

Colette, Antonia White

Claudine's marriage to Renaud has settled into a pattern of bickering and inattention. Just as she begins to fear herself confined to a stifled existence, a chance meeting with a friend's wife, the beautiful Rezi, draws her into...

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Cheri

Cheri

Colette

Lea de Lonval is a magnificent and aging courtesan facing the end of her career. She has devoted the last six years to the amorous education of the exquisitely handsome and spoilt Cheri - a playboy half her age. When an...

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The Tree of Man

The Tree of Man

Patrick White

At the turn of the century, Stan Parker takes a wife and makes a home as a small farmer in the wilderness of Australia. Amy bears his children and time brings him a procession of ordinary events - achievements, disappointments,...

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Gould's Book of Fish

Gould’s Book of Fish

Richard Flanagan

Once a upon a time that was called 1828, there was a man named William Buelow Gould, a white convict who fell in love with a black woman and discovered too late that love is not safe. From the author of The sound of One Hand...

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The Sound of One Hand Clapping

The Sound of One Hand Clapping

Richard Flanagan

In Tasmania in the winter of 1954, when Sonja Buloh was three years old and her father was drinking too much, Sonja's mother walked into a blizzard, never to return.

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Vertigo

Vertigo

W. G. Sebald

At moments when reality shows itself to be unstable or uncanny, we experience a form of vertigo. This experience is further complicated when we try to transform experience into writing, and fact clashes with memory. Sebald's...

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Madame Bovary

Madame Bovary

Gustave Flaubert, Adam Thorpe

Exquisite, moving, at times ferociously satirical and always psychologically acute, Madame Bovary remains one of the greatest, most beguiling novels ever written. This title presents a translation of Madame Bovary .

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The Man within

The Man within

Graham Greene

Andrews is a young man who has betrayed his fellow smugglers and fears their vengeance. Fleeing from them, with no hope of pity or salvation, he takes refuge in the house of a young woman, also alone in the world. She persuades...

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The Captain and the Enemy

The Captain and the Enemy

Graham Greene

A young boy, Victor, is collected from school by a stranger in a bowler hat - the stranger says he has won Victor in a game of backgammon with Victor's father. The stranger, known as the Captain, takes Victor to live with the...

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A Novel

A Novel

Andy Warhol

In the late 1960s Andy Warhol, one of the most influential artists of the twentieth century, set out to turn an ordinary book into a piece of pop art. This title was created from audiotapes recorded in and around the Factory...

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Pride and Prejudice

Pride and Prejudice

Jane Austen

When Elizabeth Bennet meets Mr Darcy she is repelled by his overbearing pride, and prejudice towards her family. But the Bennet girls are in need of financial security in the shape of husbands, so when Darcy's friend, the affable...

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Three Elegies for Kosovo

Three Elegies for Kosovo

Ismail Kadare, Peter Constantine

Shows how legends of betrayal and defeat simmered in European civilisation for six hundred years, culminating in the agony of one tiny population at the end of the twentieth century.

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A Word Child

A Word Child

Iris Murdoch

Saved from a delinquent childhood by education, cheated out of Oxford by a tragic love tangle, Hilary Burde cherishes his obsessive guilt and ekes out a living in a dull civil service job.

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Metaphysics as a Guide to Morals

Metaphysics as a Guide to Morals

Iris Murdoch

Can we reject the literal truth of the Gospels yet still retain a Christian morality? Can we defence any 'moral values' against the constant encroachments of technology? Indeed, are we in danger of losing most of the qualities...

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Cancer Ward

Cancer Ward

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

Solzhenitsyn's celebrated novel describes the lives of people in the Soviet Union under Stalin who were condemned on health grounds to internment or death. It also give a psychological insight into the intensified experience of...

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Spring Flowers, Spring Frost

Spring Flowers, Spring Frost

Ismail Kadare, David Bellos

As spring arrives in the Albanian mountain town of B, some strange things are emerging in the thaw. Bank robbers strike the National Bank. Old terrors are dredged up from the shipwreck of history. And ultra-explosive state secrets...

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Stamboul Train

Stamboul Train

Graham Greene, Christopher Hitchens

A gripping spy thriller that unfolds aboard the majestic Orient Express as it crosses Europe from Ostend to Constantinople.

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A Gun for Sale: An Entertainment

A Gun for Sale: An Entertainment

Graham Greene

Raven is an ugly man dedicated to ugly deeds. The money he receives in payment for the killing of the Minister of War is made up of stolen notes. When the first of these is traced, Raven is a man on the run. As he tracks down the...

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A Burnt-out Case

A Burnt-out Case

Graham Greene, Giles Foden

Querry, a world famous architect, is the victim of a terrible attack of indifference: he no longer finds meaning in art or pleasure in life. Arriving anonymously at a Congo leper village, he is diagnosed as the mental equivalent...

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Trainspotting

Trainspotting

Irvine Welsh

A jarring, fragmented ride through the dark underbelly of Edinburgh, the festival city. There is not an advocate, a festival performer or a fur coat in sight as, with bitter passion and rancid humour, Welsh lays bare the lives of...

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Life and Fate

Life and Fate

Vasily Grossman, Linda Grant

An epic tale of a country told through the fate of a single family, the Shaposhnikovs.

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Tess of the D'Urbervilles

Tess of the D'Urbervilles

Thomas Hardy

Tess is an innocent young girl until the day she goes to visit her rich 'relatives', the D'Urbervilles. Her encounter with her manipulative cousin, Alec, leads her onto a path that is beset with suffering and betrayal. When she...

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To the Lighthouse

To the Lighthouse

Virginia Woolf, Helen Dunmore, Eavan Boland

From the seemingly trivial postponement of a visit to a nearby lighthouse, this title constructs an examination of the complex tensions and allegiances of family life, and the conflict between male and female principles.

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So Long, See You Tomorrow

So Long, See You Tomorrow

William Maxwell, Ann Patchett

In rural Illinois, two tenant farmers share much, finally too much, until jealously leads to murder and suicide. A tenuous friendship between lonely teenagers - the narrator, whose mother has died young, and Cletus Smith, the...

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Eugenie Grandet

Eugenie Grandet

Honore de Balzac

Monsieur Grandet is a very rich man whose chief care is his gold. He runs his household with exacting miserly attention and his wife and daughter suffer a Spartan existence. On the evening of his daughter Eugenie's twenty third...

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 Read reviewRevolutionary Road

Revolutionary Road

Richard Yates, Lionel Shriver

Tells the story of Frank and April Wheeler, a bright, beautiful, and talented couple whose empty suburban life is held together by the dream that greatness is only just round the corner. This title shows how Frank and April...

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Mrs Dalloway's Party: A Short Story Sequence

Mrs Dalloway’s Party: A Short Story Sequence

Virginia Woolf

A collection of seven short stories, including The New Dress and Together and Apart . In The New Dress , a nervous young woman frets that her fellow guests are laughing at her yellow silk dress while Together and Apart ...

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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

Lewis Carroll

Bored on a hot afternoon, Alice, a bright and inquisitive child, follows a white rabbit down a rabbit-hole, and finds herself in Wonderland, a very odd place indeed. This title mixes satire and puzzles, comedy and anxiety, Mock...

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The Seven Pillars of Wisdom

The Seven Pillars of Wisdom

T.E. Lawrence, Robert Fisk

With an account of the Arab Revolt against the Turks during the First World War alongside general Middle Eastern and military history, politics, adventure and drama, this title is also a memoir of the soldier known as 'Lawrence of...

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Barnaby Rudge

Barnaby Rudge

Charles Dickens

Barnaby Rudge is a young innocent simpleton who is devoted to his talkative raven, Grip. When he gets caught up in the mayhem of the Gordon riots and a mysterious unsolved murder, his life is put in jeopardy.

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Flush: A Biography

Flush: A Biography

Virginia Woolf

First published in 1933, this work talks about Flush, Elizabeth Barrett Browning's cocker spaniel. It provides us with the adventures of Flush, along with glimpses of the life of his owner and her days at Wimpole Street as an...

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Night and Day

Night and Day

Virginia Woolf

Virginia Woolf portrays her elder sister Vanessa in the person of Katharine Hilbery - the gifted daughter of a distinguished literary family, trapped in an environment which will not allow her to express herself. This title deals...

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Roger Fry

Roger Fry

Virginia Woolf, Frances Spalding

After his death, Woolf wrote a loving account of Roger Fry's passion for art and his challenging critical theories. Born in 1866, Fry was primarily responsible for introducing the post-Impressionists to Britain, and establishing...

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A Haunted House: The Complete Shorter Fiction

A Haunted House: The Complete Shorter Fiction

Virginia Woolf

Rich in fictional delights, this complete collection of Woolf's shorter fiction ranges from 1906 until the month before she committed suicide in 1941. It offers a valuable insight into the writer's development, demonstrating her...

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The Confidential Agent: An Entertainment

The Confidential Agent: An Entertainment

Graham Greene

Once a lecturer in medieval French, now a confidential agent, D is a scarred stranger in a seemingly casual England, sent on a mission to buy coal at any price. Initially, this seems to be a matter of straightforward negotiation,...

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The Comedians

The Comedians

Graham Greene, Paul Theroux

The centenary edition with a new introduction by Paul Theroux: three men meet on a ship bound for Haiti. Hiding behind their actors' masks, they hesitate on the edge of life -- afraid of love, afraid of pain, afraid of fear...

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Antic Hay

Aldous Huxley

When Theodore Gumbril hits upon the notion of designing a type of pneumatic trouser to ease the discomfort of a sedentary life, he decides the time has come to leave his position as housemaster in a boys' public school and seek...

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 Special priceCrome Yellow

Crome Yellow

Aldous Huxley

Denis Stone, a naive young poet, is invited to stay at Crome, a country house renowned for its gatherings of 'bright young things'. His hosts, Henry Wimbush and his exotic wife Priscilla, are joined by a party of colourful guests...

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Lady Chatterley's Lover

Lady Chatterley’s Lover

D. H. Lawrence

Clifford Chatterley returns from the First World War as an invalid. Constance nurses him and tries to be the dutiful wife. However, childless and listless she feels oppressed by their marriage and their isolated life. Partly...

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The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby

F. Scott Fitzgerald

Jay Gatsby is a self-made man, famed for his decadent champagne-drenched parties. Despite being surrounded by Long Island's bright and beautiful, he longs only for Daisy Buchanan.

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Requiem for a Wren

Requiem for a Wren

Nevil Shute

Alan Duncan returns to his family home in Australia after the war and several years of study in England. But his homecoming is marred by the mysterious suicide of his parents' quiet and reliable parlour-maid. A search through her...

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The Power and the Glory

The Power and the Glory

Graham Greene, John Updike

During a vicious persecution of the clergy in Mexico, a worldly priest, the 'whisky priest', is on the run. With the police closing in, his routes of escape are being shut off, his chances getting fewer. But compassion and...

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The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories

The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories

Angela Carter, Helen Simpson

From familiar fairy tales and legends - Red Riding Hood , Bluebeard , Puss in Boots , Beauty and the Beast , vampires and werewolves, the author has created a collection of dark, sensual, fantastic stories.

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Brighton Rock

Brighton Rock

Graham Greene, J. M. Coetzee

A gang war is raging through the dark underworld of Brighton. Seventeen-year-old Pinkie, malign and ruthless, has killed a man. Believing he can escape retribution, he is unprepared for the courageous, life-embracing Ida Arnold.

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Wuthering Heights

Wuthering Heights

Emily Bronte

Cathy is a beautiful and wilful young woman torn between her soft-hearted husband and Heathcliff, the passionate and resentful man who has loved her since childhood. The power of their bond creates a maelstrom of cruelty and...

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The Road to Oxiana

The Road to Oxiana

Robert Byron

In 1933, the delightfully eccentric Robert Byron set out on a journey through the Middle East via Beirut, Jerusalem, Baghdad and Teheran to Oxiana. This title presents a record of his adventures and an account of the architectural...

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Will You Please Be Quiet, Please

Will You Please Be Quiet, Please

Raymond Carver

Shows how humour and tragedy dwell in the hearts of ordinary people.

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Captain Corelli's Mandolin

Captain Corelli’s Mandolin

Louis de Bernieres

It is 1941 and Captain Antonio Corelli, a young Italian officer, is posted to the Greek island of Cephallonia as part of the occupying forces. At first he is ostracised by the locals, but as a conscientious but far from fanatical...

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Some Prefer Nettles

Some Prefer Nettles

Jun'ichiro Tanizaki

The marriage of Kaname and Misako is disintegrating. Misako's father believes their relationship has been damaged by the influence of a new and alien culture, and attempts to heal the breach by educating his son-in-law in the...

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A Special Providence

A Special Providence

Richard Yates

Bobby is eighteen and lost on the battlefields of Europe, stumbling his way through World War II. He has turned out to be the heroic soldier he imagined and his experience of battle principally involves fear and confusion. Back...

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What We Talk About When We Talk About Love

What We Talk About When We Talk About Love

Raymond Carver

A collection of stories, set in the mid-West among the lonely men and women who drink, fish and play cards to ease the passing of time.

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The Makioka Sisters

The Makioka Sisters

Jun'ichiro Tanizaki, Edward G. Seidensticker

Tells the story of four sisters, and the declining fortunes of a traditional Japanese family. This title presents a loving and nostalgic recreation of the sumptuous, intricate upper-class life of Osaka immediately before World War...

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The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

Haruki Murakami, Jay Rubin

Toru Okada's cat has disappeared and this has unsettled his wife, who is herself growing more distant every day. Then there are the increasingly explicit telephone calls he has started receiving.

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The Poetry of Robert Frost

The Poetry of Robert Frost

Edward Connery Lathem, Robert Frost

With simple images that summon the rural landscape of New England, the author unfailingly moves the reader with his profound grasp of the human condition.

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The Master and Margarita

The Master and Margarita

Mikhail Bulgakov, Will Self

The devil makes a personal appearance in Moscow accompanied by various demons, including a naked girl and a huge black cat. When he leaves, the asylums are full and the forces of law and order in disarray. Only the Master, a man...

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The Pickwick Papers

The Pickwick Papers

Charles Dickens

Tells the tale of the irrepressible Mr Pickwick and his fellow Pickwick Club members who travel around the English countryside getting into all kinds of scrapes and adventures.

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The Picture of Dorian Gray

The Picture of Dorian Gray

Oscar Wilde, Irvine Welsh

Dorian is a good-natured young man until he falls in with the immoral Lord Henry and discovers the power of his own exceptional beauty. As he gradually sinks deep into a world of selfish luxury, he apparently remains physically...

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A Town Like Alice

A Town Like Alice

Nevil Shute, Eric Lomax

Jean Paget is just twenty years old and working in Malaya when the Japanese invasion begins. When she is captured she joins a group of other European women and children whom the Japanese force to march for miles through the jungle...

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 Read reviewCollected Stories

Collected Stories

John Cheever, Hanif Kureishi

A collection by Pulitzer prize-winning novelist John Cheever that shows the power and range of one of the finest short story writers. It includes masterpieces such as The Swimmer and Goodbye, My Brother and date from the time...

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Mansfield Park

Mansfield Park

Jane Austen

Fanny Price's rich relatives offer her a place in their home so that she can be properly brought up. Her only ally is her cousin Edmund. When her cousins befriend two glamorous new young people who have arrived in the area, Edmund...

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The Thirty Nine Steps

The Thirty Nine Steps

John Buchan, Stella Rimington

It's May, 1914. Britain is on the eve of war with Germany. Richard Hannay is living a quiet life in London, but after a chance encounter with a mysterious stranger he stumbles into a hair-raising adventure - a desperate hunt...

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The Second Sex

The Second Sex

Simone de Beauvoir

A work of anthropology and sociology, of biology and psychoanalysis, which stands - almost five decades after its first appearance - as the first landmark in the modern feminist upsurge that has transformed perceptions of the...

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Mrs. Dalloway

Mrs. Dalloway

Virginia Woolf, Carol Ann Duffy, Valentine Cunningham

Clarissa Dalloway is preoccupied with the last-minute details of party she is to give that evening. As she readies her house she is flooded with memories and re-examines the choices she has made over the course of her life. This...

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Slaughterhouse 5: The Children's Crusade - A Duty-dance with Death

Slaughterhouse 5: The Children’s Crusade - A Duty-dance with Death

Kurt Vonnegut

Centring on the infamous fire-bombing of Dresden in the Second World War, Billy Pilgrim's odyssey through time reflects the journey of our own fractured lives as we search for meaning in what we are afraid to know.

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Inferno

Inferno

Dante Alighieri, Steve Ellis

One evening, Dante finds himself lost in a dark and menacing wood. The ghost of Virgil offers to lead him to safety but the path lies through the terrifying kingdom of Satan, where Dante witnesses the strange and gruesome...

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Travels with My Aunt

Travels with My Aunt

Graham Greene

Henry Pulling, a retired bank manager, meets his septuagenarian Aunt Augusta for the first time in over fifty years at his mother's funeral. Accompanying his aunt, Henry joins a shiftless, twilight society: mixing with hippies,...

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The Rings of Saturn

The Rings of Saturn

W. G. Sebald, Michael Hulse

A record of a journey on foot through coastal East Anglia.

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The Honorary Consul

The Honorary Consul

Graham Greene, Nicholas Shakespeare

Graham Greene's gripping tragicomedy of a bungled kidnapping in a provincial Argentinian town is considered one of his finest. It tells of Charley Fortnum, the 'Honorary Consul', a whisky-sodden figure of dubious authority taken...

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The Heart of the Matter

The Heart of the Matter

Graham Greene, James Wood

Scobie, a police officer serving in a war-time West African state, is distrusted, being scrupulously honest and immune to bribery. But then he falls in love, and in doing so he is forced to betray everything he believes in, with...

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The Emigrants

The Emigrants

W. G. Sebald, Michael Hulse

Documents the lives of four Jewish emigres in the twentieth century.

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Patrick White: A life

Patrick White: A life

David Marr

A biography of Patrick White, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, author of a dozen novels and many other books, and a spokesman for (and against) an Australia he both hated and loved. The author secured White's co-operation...

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Revolutionary Road

Richard Yates

Tells the story of Frank and April Wheeler, a bright, beautiful, and talented couple whose empty suburban life is held together by the dream that greatness is only just round the corner. The author shows how Frank and April...

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True History of the Kelly Gang

True History of the Kelly Gang

Peter Carey

In this book, the legendary Ned Kelly speaks for himself, scribbling his narrative on errant scraps of paper in semi-literate but magically descriptive prose as he flees from the police.

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Disgrace

Disgrace

J. M. Coetzee

After years teaching Romantic poetry at the Technical University of Cape Town, David Lurie, middle-aged and twice divorced, has an impulsive affair with a student. The affair sours; he is denounced and summoned before a committee...

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The Leopard

The Leopard

Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa

As the head of the aristocratic family, Don Fabrizio is accustomed to knowing his own place in the world and expects his household to run accordingly. He is aware of the changes which are rapidly making men obsolete but he remains...

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Little Women and Good Wives

Little Women and Good Wives

Louisa May Alcott

Sensible Meg, impetuous Jo, shy Beth and artistic Amy each have to confront different challenges as they grow up together and attempt to learn how to be both happy and good. This book tells the story of four very different March...

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The Handmaid's Tale

The Handmaid’s Tale

Margaret Atwood

Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. She has only one function: to breed. If she deviates, she will, like dissenters, be hanged at the wall or sent out to die slowly of radiation sickness. But even a repressive state...

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The Sea, the Sea

The Sea, the Sea

Iris Murdoch, John Burnside

When Charles Arrowby retires from his glittering career in the London theatre, he buys a remote house on the rocks by the sea. He hopes to escape from his tumultuous love affairs but unexpectedly bumps into his childhood...

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On The Beach

On The Beach

Nevil Shute

After the war is over, a radioactive cloud begins to sweep southwards on the winds, gradually poisoning everything in its path. An American submarine captain is among the survivors left sheltering in Australia, preparing with the...

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Pied Piper

Pied Piper

Nevil Shute

John Howard is determined to brighten up his old age by taking a fishing trip to France. However, during his stay the Nazis invade and he is forced to try to escape back to England with the two small children of some friends who...

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Northanger Abbey

Northanger Abbey

Jane Austen

Catherine Morland is a young girl with a very active imagination. Her naivety and love of sensational novels lead her to approach the fashionable social scene in Bath and her stay at nearby Northanger Abbey with preconceptions...

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A Country Doctor's Notebook

A Country Doctor’s Notebook

Mikhail Bulgakov

With the ink still wet on his diploma, the twenty-five-year-old Dr Mikhail Bulgakov was flung into the depths of rural Russia in 1916-17. This book show how his alter-ego copes (or fails to cope) with the new and often appalling...

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Flaubert's Parrot

Flaubert’s Parrot

Julian Barnes

Geoffrey Braithwaite is a retired doctor haunted by an obsession with the great French literary genius, Gustave Flaubert. As Geoffrey investigates the mystery of a stuffed parrot Flaubert borrowed from the Museum of Rouen to help...

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Jane Eyre

Jane Eyre

Charlotte Bronte

As an orphan, Jane's childhood is not an easy one but her independence and strength of character keep her going. However, her biggest challenge is yet to come. Taking a job as a governess, for a passionate man she grows more and...

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Black Snow: A Theatrical Novel

Black Snow: A Theatrical Novel

Mikhail Bulgakov, Terry Gilliam

A satire by the author of The Master and Margarita on his ten-year love-hate relationship with Stanislavsky, Method-acting and the Moscow Arts Theatre.

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Diaboliad

Diaboliad

Mikhail Bulgakov

Contains five satirical stories.

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The Heart of a Dog

The Heart of a Dog

Mikhail Bulgakov, Andrey Kurkov, Michael Glenny

A rich, successful Moscow professor befriends a stray dog and attempts a scientific first by transplanting into it the testicles and pituitary gland of a recently deceased man. A distinctly worryingly human animal is now on the...

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The White Guard

The White Guard

Mikhail Bulgakov

Drawing on the author's personal experiences of the horrors of civil war as a young doctor, this title takes place in Kiev, 1918, a time of turmoil and suffocating uncertainty as the Bolsheviks, Socialists and Germans fight for...

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The Secret Garden

The Secret Garden

Frances Hodgson Burnett

Mary Lennox is an orphan who is sent to live with her uncle at gloomy Misselthwaite Manor. Neglected and lonely, she begins to explore her new home and learns of a secret garden that her uncle has forbidden anyone to enter. A...

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Possession

Possession

A. S. Byatt

Possession is an exhilarating novel of wit and romance, at once a literary detective novel and a triumphant love story. It is the tale of a pair of young scholars investigating the lives of two Victorian poets. Following a trail...

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Adam, One Afternoon

Adam, One Afternoon

Italo Calvino

A collection of fables. It is populated with waifs and strays, a gluttonous thief and a mischievous gardener. It features a comic story The Argentine Ant .

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Difficult Loves: Smog - A Plunge into Real Estate

Difficult Loves: Smog - A Plunge into Real Estate

Italo Calvino, William Weaver

A collection of stories that follows the adventures of a cast of characters. It includes Smog and A Plunge into Real Estate , as well as other eleven tales.

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If on a Winter's Night a Traveller

If on a Winter’s Night a Traveller

Italo Calvino

Leads you through many different books including a detective adventure, a romance, a satire, an erotic story, a diary, and a quest.

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Invisible Cities

Invisible Cities

Italo Calvino, William Weaver

Marco Polo conjures up cities of magical times for his host, the Chinese ruler Kublai Khan, but gradually it becomes clear that he is actually describing one city: Venice.

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Marcovaldo: Or the Seasons in the City

Marcovaldo: Or the Seasons in the City

Italo Calvino

A collection of twenty stories that are both melancholy and funny, farce and fantasy. It charts the struggles of an Italian peasant to reconcile country habits with urban life, combining comical disasters with a surrealistic view...

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Mr.Palomar

Mr.Palomar

Italo Calvino

Mr Palomar is a delightful eccentric whose chief activity is looking at things. He is seeking knowledge. Whether contemplating a fine cheese, a hungry gecko, a woman sunbathing topless or a flight of migrant starlings, Mr...

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Our Ancestors

Our Ancestors

Italo Calvino

A triptych of novels in one volume. Viscount Medardo is bisected by a cannonball on the plains of Bohemia; Baron Cosimo, aged 12, retires to the trees for the rest of his days; and Charlemagne's knight, Agiluf, is an empty suit of...

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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass

Lewis Carroll

One boring summer afternoon, Alice follows a white rabbit down a rabbit-hole. At the bottom, she finds herself in a bizarre world full of strange creatures, and attends a very strange tea party and croquet match. This story...

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Cathedral

Cathedral

Raymond Carver

Presents a story in which a blind man guides the hand of a sighted man as together they draw the cathedral the blind man can never see.

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In Patagonia

In Patagonia

Bruce Chatwin

Explains author's travels to a remote country in search of a strange beast and his encounters with the people.

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The Songlines

The Songlines

Bruce Chatwin

The songlines are the invisible pathways that criss-cross Australia, ancient tracks connecting communities and following ancient boundaries. This is an account which recalls the authors' travels across the length and breadth of...

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The Letters of John Cheever

The Letters of John Cheever

John Cheever, Benjamin Cheever, Jay McInerney

Features John Cheever's letters that include correspondence with his contemporaries, such as Philip Roth, John Updike and Saul Bellow, his days as a young, aspiring writer and his battles with bisexuality and alcoholism.

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Bullet Park

Bullet Park

John Cheever

Eliot Nailles loves his wife and son to distraction; Paul Hammer is a bastard named after a common household tool. Neighbours in Bullet Park, the two become fatefully linked by the mysterious binding power of their names in...

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The Journals

The Journals

John Cheever

Presents John Cheever's journals that reveal the inner life of this remarkable writer and the contradictions that drove him.

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Oh, What a Paradise it Seems

Oh, What a Paradise it Seems

John Cheever

In an idyllic American village, elderly romantic Lemuel Sears still has it in him to fall wildly in love with strangers of both sexes. But Sears' paradise is under threat. Can Sears thwart the monstrous aspects of...

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The Wapshot Chronicle

The Wapshot Chronicle

John Cheever

Introduces the Wapshots of St Botolphs. This title features Captain Leander Wapshot, venerable sea-dog and would-be suicide; his licentious older son, Moses; and Moses' adoring and errant younger brother, Coverly.

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The Wapshot Scandal: With an Introduction by Dave Eggers

The Wapshot Scandal: With an Introduction by Dave Eggers

John Cheever, Dave Eggers

Once upon a time the Wapshots of St Botolphs were distinguished for their unshakeable good opinion of themselves. But the family members have drifted far from their New England village - and into the demented caprices of the...

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No Name

No Name

Wilkie Collins

After the tragic deaths of their parents, Magdalen and Norah discover the devastating news that they are both illegitimate and not entitled to any inheritance. Norah is forced to become a governess to earn her keep but Magdalen...

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The Origin of Species: and, The Voyage of the Beagle

The Origin of Species: and, The Voyage of the Beagle

Charles Darwin, Ruth Padel

Presents the author's landmark theory of evolution of species by a process of natural selection, the Origin of Species which is the basis of modern biology and the concept of biodiversity.

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Moll Flanders

Moll Flanders

Daniel Defoe

A tale that presents life in the prisons, alleyways and underworlds of eighteenth-century London.

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Robinson Crusoe

Robinson Crusoe

Daniel Defoe

Robinson Crusoe runs away from home to join the navy. After a series of adventures at sea, he is shipwrecked in a devastating storm, and finds himself alone on a remote desert island. He remains there many years, building a life...

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A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol

Charles Dickens

Ebenezer Scrooge is unimpressed by Christmas. He has no time for festivities or goodwill toward his fellow men and is only interested in money. Then, on the night of Christmas Eve, his life is changed by a series of ghostly...

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Dombey and Son

Dombey and Son

Charles Dickens

Paul Dombey is an ambitious London merchant. He pins all his hopes for the future of his shipping firm on his fragile son whilst his daughter, Florence, goes unnoticed and neglected. It is only when the firm faces ruin, and Dombey...

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Little Dorrit

Little Dorrit

Charles Dickens

Amy Dorrit was born in the Marshalsea debtors' prison and has lived there with her family for all of her twenty-two years, only leaving during the day to work as a seamstress for the forbidding Mrs Clennam. The arrival of Mrs...

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Martin Chuzzlewit

Martin Chuzzlewit

Charles Dickens, Simon Callow

Wealthy old Martin Chuzzlewit is surrounded by a host of grasping, unscrupulous relatives and suspects the family vices of selfishness and greed are already showing in his grandson. The younger Martin is therefore cast out upon...

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Middlemarch

Middlemarch

George Eliot

Dorothea is beautiful and rebellious and has married the wrong man. Lydgate is an ambitious doctor and has married the wrong woman. They long to make a positive difference in the world. But they and other inhabitants of...

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Silas Marner

Silas Marner

George Eliot

Silas Marner lives a friendless and isolated existence near the country village of Raveloe, hoarding his gold. One night his fortune is stolen and Silas loses everything he holds dear. But then the golden-haired child Eppie...

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As I Lay Dying

As I Lay Dying

William Faulkner

Successive episodes in the death and burial of Addie Bundren are recounted by various members of the family circle, principally as they are carting their mother's coffin to Jefferson, Mississippi, in order to bury her among her...

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Nothing ,  Doting ,  Blindness

Nothing , Doting , Blindness

Henry Green, D. J. Taylor

Features three novels that span the author's career as a novelist and display his unique talents as a writer. This title includes his first novel, wherein a young man is blinded in a senseless accident but thereafter discovers new...

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Brighton Rock

Brighton Rock

Graham Greene, J. M. Coetzee

A gang war is raging through the dark underworld of Brighton. Seventeen-year-old Pinkie, malign and ruthless, has killed a man. Believing he can escape retribution, he is unprepared for the courageous, life-embracing Ida Arnold....

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Doctor Fischer of Geneva

Doctor Fischer of Geneva

Graham Greene

Doctor Fischer despises the human race. The notorious toothpaste millionaire decides to hold the last of his famous parties.

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 Read reviewThe End of the Affair

The End of the Affair

Graham Greene, Monica Ali

The love affair between Maurice Bendix and Sarah, flourishing in the turbulent times of the London Blitz, ends when she suddenly and without explanation breaks it off. After a chance meeting rekindles his love and jealousy two...

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Monsignor Quixote

Monsignor Quixote

Graham Greene

With Sancho Panza, a deposed Communist mayor, his faithful Rocinate, an antiquated motorcar, Monsignor Quixote roams through modern-day Spain in this picaresque fable.

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Our Man in Havana: An Introduction by Christopher Hitchens

Our Man in Havana: An Introduction by Christopher Hitchens

Graham Greene, Christopher Hitchens

Wormold is a vacuum cleaner salesman in a city of powercuts. His adolescent daughter spends his money with a skill that amazes him so when a mysterious Englishman offers him an extra income he's tempted. In return all he has to do...

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Journey without Maps

Journey without Maps

Graham Greene, Paul Theroux

In 1935, Graham Greene set off to discover Liberia, a remote and unfamiliar West African republic founded for released slaves. Crossing the red-clay terrain from Sierra Leone to the coast at Grand Bassa with a chain of porters, he...

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The Quiet American

The Quiet American

Graham Greene, Zadie Smith

Pyle is a young idealistic American sent to promote democracy through a mysterious 'Third Force'. As his naive optimism starts to cause bloodshed, his friend Fowler, a cynical foreign correspondent, finds it hard to stand aside...

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The Third Man and the Fallen Idol

The Third Man and the Fallen Idol

Graham Greene

Features two stories that include The Third Man , which is a recreation of post-war Vienna, a 'smashed dreary city' occupied by the four Allied powers; and, The Fallen Idol , a story of a small boy caught up in the games that...

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See Under Love

See Under Love

David Grossman

Momik, the only child of two survivors, is brought up in Israel by a family seeking to ignore the past. No-one will explain to him what life was like 'Over There' or what the 'Nazi Beast' is. His 9-year-old mind imagines a Nazi...

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Life and Fate

Life and Fate

Vasilii Grossman

A novel that focuses on overshadowing the lives of a huge cast of Russian and German characters which looms the battle of Stalingrad.

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Far from the Madding Crowd

Far from the Madding Crowd

Thomas Hardy

Bathsheba Everdene arrives in the small village of Weatherbury and captures the heart of three very different men; Gabriel Oak, a quiet shepherd, the proud, obdurate Farmer Boldwood and dashing, unscrupulous Sergeant Troy.

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Jude the Obscure

Jude the Obscure

Thomas Hardy

Jude Fawley is a young man who longs to better himself and go to Christminster University. However, poverty forces him into a job as a stonemason and an unhappy marriage. When his wife leaves him Jude moves to Christminster...

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The Mayor of Casterbridge

The Mayor of Casterbridge

Thomas Hardy

The Mayor of Casterbridge is a man haunted by his past. In his youth he betrayed his wife and baby daughter in a shocking incident that led him to swear never to touch alcohol again for twenty-one years. He has since risen from...

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Tess of the D'Urbervilles

Tess of the D'Urbervilles

Thomas Hardy

Tess is an innocent young girl until the day she goes to visit her rich 'relatives', the D'Urbervilles, in hope that they might help her alleviate her own family's poverty. Her encounter with her manipulative cousin, Alec, leads...

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The Scarlet Letter

The Scarlet Letter

Nathaniel Hawthorne

Hester Prynne is a beautiful young woman. She is also an outcast. In the eyes of her neighbours she has committed an unforgivable sin. Everyone knows that her little daughter, Pearl, is the product of an illicit affair but no one...

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A Farewell to Arms

A Farewell to Arms

Ernest Hemingway

In 1918 Ernset Hemingway went to the war to end all wars , in the ambulance service in Italy. He was wounded and twice decorated. Here he recreates the fear, comradeship, and the courage of his young American volunteer and the...

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For Whom the Bell Tolls

For Whom the Bell Tolls

Ernest Hemingway

High in the pine forests of the Spanish Sierra, a guerrilla band prepares to blow up a vital bridge. Robert Jordan, a young American volunteer, has been sent to handle the dynamiting. There, in the mountains, he finds the dangers...

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The Glass Bead Game

The Glass Bead Game

Hermann Hesse

In the remote Kingdom of Castalia, the scholars of the Twenty Third century play the Glass Bead Game. The elaborately coded game is a fusion of all human knowledge - of maths, music, philosophy, science, and art. Intrigued as a...

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The Woman in Black

The Woman in Black

Susan Hill

Arthur Kipps, a junior solicitor, is summoned to attend the funeral of Mrs Alice Drablow, the house's sole inhabitant, unaware of the tragic secrets which lie hidden behind the shuttered windows. It is not until he glimpses a...

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Les Miserables

Les Miserables

Victor Hugo, Julie Rose, Adam Thirlwell

Peopled by colourful characters from the nineteenth-century Parisian underworld; the street children, the prostitutes and the criminals, this novel tells the story of an escaped convict Jean Valjean, and his efforts to reform his...

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Ape and Essence

Ape and Essence

Aldous Huxley

In February 2108, the New Zealand Rediscovery Expedition reaches California at last. It is over a century since the world was devastated by nuclear war, but the blight of radioactivity and disease still gnaws away at the...

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What Maisie Knew

What Maisie Knew

Henry James

Caught in the crossfire of her parents' acrimonious divorce, witness to their intrigues and affairs, neglected and exploited, Maisie is a child who knows too much about the world of adults. The authors portrays a picture of a...

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The Turn of the Screw and Other Stories: The Romance of Certain Old Clothes ,  The Friends of the Friends ,   The Jolly Corner

The Turn of the Screw and Other Stories: The Romance of Certain Old Clothes , The Friends of the Friends , The Jolly Corner

Henry James

A young governess is sent to a great country house to care for two orphaned children. To begin with Flora and Miles seem to be model pupils but gradually the governess starts to suspect that something is very wrong with them. As...

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Bright Star: The Complete Poems and Selected Letters

Bright Star: The Complete Poems and Selected Letters

John Keats, Jane Campion

A collection of John Keats' poems.

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Three Cheers for the Paraclete

Three Cheers for the Paraclete

Tom Keneally

From the moment he allows his young cousin and bride to spend the night in his room, Father Maitland causes raised eyebrows and dark mutterings amongst the brothers at St Peter's.

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Just So Stories

Just So Stories

Rudyard Kipling, Philip Pullman

Have you ever wondered how the leopard got his spots? Or how the camel got his hump? This book contains stories that explain these secrets and many more and introduce such characters as the Elephant's Child, the Cat that Walked by...

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The Snow Leopard

The Snow Leopard

Peter Matthiessen

One September, the author set out with a field biologist to journey 250 miles through the Himalayas to the Crystal Mountain on the Tibetan plateau. They wanted to study the wild blue sheep, the bharal, but also hoped to see the...

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Collected Short Stories

Collected Short Stories

W. Somerset Maugham

The second of four volumes of short stories which reflect Somerset Maugham's wry perception of human foibles and gift for evoking drama from a sense of time and place. Set in Malaya, America and England, they include Flotsam and...

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Collected Short Stories

Collected Short Stories

W. Somerset Maugham

Contains the celebrated series about Ashenden, a secret service agent in World War I. Based on the author's own experiences with the British Intelligence service in Switzerland, this title dramatises both the romance and absurdity...

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Collected Short Stories

Collected Short Stories

W. Somerset Maugham

This final, classic collection of stories reveals Maugham's unique talent for exposing and exploring the bitter realities of human relationships. Included are: The Lotus Eater , The Outstation and The Back of Beyond .

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The Gentleman in the Parlour

The Gentleman in the Parlour

W. Somerset Maugham, Paul Theroux

Somerset Maugham's success as a writer enabled him to indulge his adventurous love of travel, and he recorded the sights and sounds of his wide-ranging journeys with an urbane, wry style all his own. This book presents an account...

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Midnight's Children

Midnight’s Children

Salman Rushdie

Born at the stroke of midnight at the exact moment of India's independence, Saleem Sinai is a special child. However, this coincidence of birth has consequences he is not prepared for: telepathic powers connect him with 1,000...

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Young Hearts Crying

Young Hearts Crying

Richard Yates

Young, newly married and intensely ambitious, Michael Davenport is trying to make a living as a writer. His adoring wife, Lucy, has a private fortune that he won't touch in case it compromises his art. She in turn is never quite...

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Disturbing the Peace

Disturbing the Peace

Richard Yates

John Wilder is a successful salesman with a place in the country, an adoring wife and a ten-year-old son. But something is wrong. His family no longer interests him, his infidelities are leading him nowhere and he has begun to...

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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

Mark Twain

Impish, daring young Tom Sawyer is the bane of the old, the hero of the young. During one hot summer, Tom witnesses a murder, runs away to be a pirate, attends his own funeral, searches for treasure in a haunted house, foils a...

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The Vagrant Mood: Six Essays

The Vagrant Mood: Six Essays

W. Somerset Maugham

From Kant to Raymond Chandler; from the legend of Zurbaran to the art of the detective story; and, from Burke to Augustus Hare, this collection of essays explores the genre of literary criticism.

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Captain Blood

Captain Blood

Rafael Sabatini, Kate Mosse

Wrongfully arrested following the Monmouth rebellion of 1685, Peter Blood, physician and former soldier, escapes the hangman's noose only to be exiled to the tropical colonies. Sold into slavery to a cruel plantation owner, his...

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The Murders in the Rue Morgue

The Murders in the Rue Morgue

Edgar Allan Poe, Matthew Pearl

Includes stories of a young eccentric named C Auguste Dupin: 'The Murders in the Rue Morgue', 'The Mystery of Marie Roget' and 'The Purloined Letter'.

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The Fall of the House of Usher and Other Stories

The Fall of the House of Usher and Other Stories

Edgar Allan Poe

Features a collection of the author's short stories and novellas that includes tales such as 'The Pit and the Pendulum' and 'The Tell-Tale Heart'.

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The Red House Mystery

The Red House Mystery

A. A. Milne

Tells a detective story, where secret passages, uninvited guests, a sinister valet and a puzzling murder lay the foundations for a classic crime caper.

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Selected Stories

Selected Stories

Alice Munro

Includes a selection of stories that deal with the secrets that cackle beneath the facade of everyday lives, the pain and promises, loves and fears of apparently ordinary men and women whom the author renders extraordinary and...

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The Painted Veil

The Painted Veil

W. Somerset Maugham

Kitty Fane is the beautiful but shallow wife of Walter, a bacteriologist stationed in Hong Kong. Unsatisfied by her marriage, she starts an affair with charming, attractive and exciting Charles Townsend. But when Walter discovers...

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Scaramouche

Scaramouche

Rafael Sabatini, Bernard Cornwell

When Andre-Louis witnesses the murder of his best friend by an arrogant and privileged aristocrat, he swears to avenge his death. Forced to flee his hometown after stirring up revolutionary fervour in the citizens, he falls in...

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The Death of Ivan Ilyich and Other Stories

The Death of Ivan Ilyich and Other Stories

Leo Tolstoy

The Death of Ivan Ilyich is one of the masterpieces of Tolstoy's late fiction. This collection includes The Death of Ivan Ilyich and nine other stories such as Hadji Murat , The Devil , and War and Peace .

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Vanity Fair

Vanity Fair

William Makepeace Thackeray

Becky Sharp is a poor orphan when she first makes friends with the lovely Amelia Sedley at Miss Pinkerton's Academy for Young Ladies. She may not have the natural advantages of her companion but she more than makes up for it with...

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Kidnapped

Kidnapped

Robert Louis Stevenson

When young David Balfour is orphaned he discovers some surprising truths about his family. His meeting with his uncle Ebenezer turns out to have disastrous consequences leading to kidnap and imprisonment on board a ship bound for...

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One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich

One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, H.T. Willetts

The Gulag, the Stalinist labour camps to which millions of Russians were condemned for political deviation, has become a household word in the West. This title tells the story of one typical day in a labour camp as experienced by...

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Slow Learner: Early Stories

Slow Learner: Early Stories

Thomas Pynchon

A compilation of five short stories which include: The Small Rain , Lowlands , Entropy , Under the Rose , and The Secret Integration .

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Suite Francaise

Suite Francaise

Irene Nemirovsky, Sandra Smith

In June 1940 France fell to the Nazis. This novel explores the effects of this momentous event on the lives of ordinary Parisians and the inhabitants of a small rural community under occupation. It conjures up a cast of characters...

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Treasure Island

Treasure Island

Robert Louis Stevenson, Jake Arnott

When young Jim Hawkins discovers a treasure map in a pirate's chest in his parents' inn, he is drawn into a world of danger and adventure. He joins the crew setting sail to the Caribbean to seek out the booty and over the course...

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Orlando: A Biography

Orlando: A Biography

Virginia Woolf, Peter Ackroyd, Margaret Reynolds

Orlando is a passionate young nobleman whose days are spent in rowdy revelry, filled with the colourful delights of Queen Elizabeth's court. By the close, he will have transformed into a modern, thirty-six-year-old woman and three...

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The Waves

The Waves

Virginia Woolf, Jeanette Winterson, Gillian Beer

A title that begins with six children playing in a garden by the sea and follows their lives as they grow up and experience friendship, love and grief at the death of their beloved friend Percival.

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 Read reviewArmageddon in Retrospect

Armageddon in Retrospect

Kurt Vonnegut

Offers a collection of twelve writings - a fitting tribute to the author, and an essential contribution to the discussion of war, peace and humanity's tendency towards violence.

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Under the Net

Under the Net

Iris Murdoch, Kiernan Ryan

Jake Donaghue is a drifting, clever, likeable young man who makes a living out of translation work and sponging on his friends. A meeting with Anna, an old flame, leads him into a series of fantastic adventures. Jake is captivated...

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War and Peace

War and Peace

Leo Tolstoy, Richard Pevear, Larissa Volokhonsky

Depicts Russia's war with Napoleon and its effects on the lives of those caught up in the conflict. This book follows the rise and fall of families in St Petersburg and Moscow who are linked by their personal and political...

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Life: A User's Manual

Life: A User’s Manual

Georges Perec

Serge Valene wants to create an elaborate painting of the building he has made his home for the last sixty years. As he plans his picture, he contemplates the lives of all the people he has ever known there.

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Restoration

Restoration

Rose Tremain

Robert Merivel is a dissolute young medical student when an accident of fate leads him to the attention of King Charles II. Finding favour with the King, Merivel embarks on the time of his life, enthusiastically enjoying the...

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Kim

Kim

Rudyard Kipling

Kim is an orphan who earns his living begging on the streets of Lahore. One day he befriends an aged Tibetan Lama who, although content to live simply in India, is a rich and powerful abbot in his own country. When the Lama...

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The Jungle Books

The Jungle Books

Rudyard Kipling

Mowgli is rescued as a baby from the jaws of the evil tiger, Shere Khan. Raised by wolves and guided by Baloo the bear, Mowgli and his animal friends embark on a series of hair-raising adventures through the jungles of India.

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Remembering Babylon

Remembering Babylon

David Malouf

In the 1840s, a ship's boy cast ashore in northern Australia is taken in by Aborigines. Sixteen years later he steps out of the bush and inadvertently confronts the new white settlers with their unspoken terrors. A picture of...

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Frankenstein

Frankenstein

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

Victor Frankenstein's story is one of ambition, murder and revenge. As a young scientist he pushed moral boundaries in order to cross the final scientific frontier and create life. But his creation is a monster stitched together...

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The Voyage Out

The Voyage Out

Virginia Woolf, Frances Spalding, Erica Wagner

A party of English people board the Euphrosyne bound for South America. Among them is Rachel Vinrace, young, innocent and wholly ignorant of the world of politics and society. She is a free spirit, half-caught, momentarily and...

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Persuasion

Persuasion

Jane Austen

Eight years ago, Anne Elliot bowed to pressure from her family and made the decision not to marry the man she loved, Captain Wentworth. Now, circumstances have conspired to bring him back into her social circle and Anne finds her...

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The Collected Stories of Richard Yates

The Collected Stories of Richard Yates

Richard Yates

Whether addressing the smothered desire of suburban housewives, the white-collar despair of Manhattan office workers or the heartbreak of a single mother with artistic pretensions, Richard Yates examines the hopes and...

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Cold Spring Harbor

Cold Spring Harbor

Richard Yates

Evan Shepard is a young man with a chequered past when he first meets the Drakes, after his car breaks down outside their house. Behind him, he has a troubled adolescence, a failed marriage and a little daughter, but his meeting...

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Eleven Kinds of Loneliness

Eleven Kinds of Loneliness

Richard Yates

A collection of stories of the lives of Manhattan office workers, a cab driver seeking immortality, frustrated would-be novelists, suburban men and their yearning, neglected women in the 1950s, the era when the American dream was...

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The Easter Parade

The Easter Parade

Richard Yates

Even as little girls, Sarah and Emily are very different from each other. Emily looks up to her wiser and more stable older sister and is jealous of her relationship with their absent father, and later her seemingly golden...

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The Aunt's Story

The Aunt’s Story

Patrick White

With the death of her mother, middle-aged Theodora Goodman contemplates the desert of her life. Freed of the trammels of convention she leaves Australia for a European tour and becomes involved in the residents of a small French...

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Cry, the Beloved Country

Cry, the Beloved Country

Alan Paton

Tells the story of the Zulu pastor Stephen Kumalo and his son Absalom, set against the background of a land and a people riven by racial injustice. This work talks about love and hope, courage and endurance, born of the dignity of...

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The Gormenghast Trilogy

The Gormenghast Trilogy

Mervyn Peake

Gormenghast is the vast, crumbling castle to which Titus Groan, is lord and heir. Titus is expected to rule this gothic labyrinth of turrets and dungeons, and his subjects, according to age-old rituals, but things are changing in...

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The Crying of Lot 49

The Crying of Lot 49

Thomas Pynchon

Oedipa Maas discovers that she has been made executrix of a former lover's estate. The performance of her duties sets her on a strange trail of detection, in which bizarre characters crowd in to help or confuse her. But gradually,...

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Beloved

Beloved

Toni Morrison

Terrible, unspeakable things happened to Sethe at Sweet Home, the farm where she lived as a slave for many years until she escaped to Ohio. Her new life is full of hope but eighteen years later she is still not free. Sethe's new...

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Liars in Love

Liars in Love

Richard Yates

A collection of seven short stories themed around troubled relations.

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A Good School

A Good School

Richard Yates

William Grove is a nervous teenager trying to fit in at his new boarding school. Jack Draper is a teacher whose wife is cheating on him. Edith Stone is the daughter of the English master who falls in love with the most popular boy...

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The Sound and the Fury

The Sound and the Fury

William Faulkner

Depicting the gradual disintegration of the Compson family through four fractured narratives, this title explores passionate family relationships where there is no love, only self-centredness. It is about lovelessness - 'only an...

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Temple of the Golden Pavillion

Temple of the Golden Pavillion

Yukio Mishima

Because of the boyhood trauma of seeing his mother make love to another man in the presence of his dying father, Mizoguchi becomes a hopeless stutterer. Taunted by his schoolmates, he feels utterly alone untill he becomes an...

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We: Introduction by Will Self

We: Introduction by Will Self

Yevgeny Zamyatin, Will Self, Natasha Randall

The citizens of the One State live in a condition of 'mathematically infallible happiness'. D-503 keeps a diary of his days working for the collective good in this city state where nature, privacy and individual liberty have been...

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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Mark Twain

Huck is a young, naive white boy fleeing from his drunken, dangerous Pa and Jim is a runaway slave longing to be reunited with his family. Flung together by circumstance, they journey down the Mississippi together on a log raft,...

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Sabbath's Theater

Sabbath’s Theater

Philip Roth

Once a scandalously inventive puppeteer, Micky Sabbath at sixty-four is still defiantly antagonistic and exceedingly libidinous. But after the death of his long-time mistress - an erotic free spirit whose adulterous daring exceeds...

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BUtterfield 8

BUtterfield 8

John O'Hara

This particular morning, Gloria finds herself alone in a stranger's apartment with nothing but a torn evening dress and her stockings and panties. When she takes a fur coat from the wardrobe to wear home, she sets in train a...

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1915: A Novel of Gallipoli

1915: A Novel of Gallipoli

Roger McDonald

The tragedy and violence of Gallipoli provide the climax to this very personal, moving and surprisingly romantic story. This astonishing first novel, published to great critical acclaim in 1979, tells the story of two boys from...

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Complete Prose Tales

Complete Prose Tales

Aleksandr Sergeevich Pushkin, Gillon R. Aitken

Beyond his perfect expression of Russian mood, Pushkin's universality of vision has made him a permanent place in the history of world literature. This translation contains his prose fiction, including some tales which remained...

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Beyond the Black Stump

Beyond the Black Stump

Nevil Shute

Stanton Laird is sent from his town in America to work in a remote outpost in Western Australia. While out there he befriends Regan family and falls in love with the daughter Mollie. However, when Mollie travels to America to...

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The Chequer Board

The Chequer Board

Nevil Shute

John Turner, a young man with a checkered past, has been told he has just one year to live. He decides to use his time in search of three very different men he met briefly during the war: a snobbish British pilot, a young corporal...

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The Far Country

The Far Country

Nevil Shute

A young English woman leaves her aging parents to visit friends living in the Australian outback. She falls in love, both with the country and with Carl, a doctor and Czech refugee. Brought together through dramatic encounters and...

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In the Wet

In the Wet

Nevil Shute

It is the rainy season. Drunk and delirious, an old man lies dying in the Queensland bush. In his opium-hazed last hours, a priest finds his deserted shack and listens to his last words. Half-awake and half-dreaming the old man...

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Landfall

Landfall

Nevil Shute

Jerry Chambers, a fresh-faced young pilot, mistakenly sinks a British submarine. He is reprimanded and sent to a remote posting to test an experimental new bomb, a dangerous mission far away from the girl he loves. While Jerry...

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Lonely Road

Lonely Road

Nevil Shute

A rich middle-aged man finds his lonely life turned upside down when he falls in love with a pretty dance hostess and becomes involved in exposing a conspiracy to sabotage the British General Election. But his dogged pursuit of...

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Marazan

Marazan

Nevil Shute

After Philip Stenning is involved in a near-fatal plane crash, he feels he owes a debt of gratitude to the man who rescued him. However, his mysterious savior is an escaped convict, and his determination to help him leads Stenning...

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Most Secret

Most Secret

Nevil Shute

In their trusty fishing boat Genevieve, armed with a flame thrower and limited ammunition, a small group of officers and men take a stand against the might of the German army after the fall of France in World War II. This title...

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An Old Captivity

An Old Captivity

Nevil Shute

Young pilot Donald Ross has little in common with the Oxford don who has employed him on an expedition to the Arctic - and still less with his beautiful but stubborn daughter, Alix. But once the three of them reach the treacherous...

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Pastoral

Pastoral

Nevil Shute

During the Second World War, Peter Marshall's crew become one of the most successful bombing teams in their Oxfordshire airbase. However, when Peter falls in love with a young WAAF officer, his concentration begins to suffer and...

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The Rainbow and the Rose

The Rainbow and the Rose

Nevil Shute

When Johnny Pascoe attempts to rescue a sick girl from the Tasmanian outback his plane crashes leaving him dangerously injured. Ronnie Clarke, who was trained by Pascoe, endeavours to fly a doctor in to help but this proves more...

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Ruined City

Ruined City

Nevil Shute

Through a series of mishaps, Henry Warren, a recently divorced City financier, ends up in hospital in a Northern town ruined by the closure of its shipyard. Moved by the fate of the town's inhabitants, Warren risks his fortune and...

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Slide Rule

Slide Rule

Nevil Shute

Nevil Shute was a power and a pioneer in the world of flying long before he began to write the stories that made him a bestselling novelist. This autobiography charts Shute's path from childhood to his career as a gifted...

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So Disdained

So Disdained

Nevil Shute

When Peter Moran picks up a man on the roadside while driving through a bitter rainy night on the South Downs, he embarks upon an adventure that will lead him into treasonous international plots, flying adventures and tests of...

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Stephen Morris

Stephen Morris

Nevil Shute

Stephen Morris has just called off his engagement to the girl of his dreams because he is a penniless graduate with no prospects. He finds a job working as an aircraft mechanic, hoping to make his fortune.

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What Happened to the Corbetts

What Happened to the Corbetts

Nevil Shute

A novel that describes the devastation resulting from an aerial bomb attack in Southampton which destroys the city's infrastructure and leaves the inhabitants at the mercy of cholera and further assaults. It follows the trials and...

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The Years

The Years

Virginia Woolf, Susan Hill

Follows the lives of the Pargiters, a large middle-class London family, from an uncertain spring in 1880 to a party on a summer evening in the 1930s. We see them each endure and remember heart-break, loss, radical change and...

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Selected Letters

Selected Letters

Virginia Woolf, Joanne Trautmann Banks, Hermione Lee

Whether bemoaning some domestic travail, commenting publicly on the state of the nation, or discussing cultural, artistic or personal concerns, this volume displays the author's courage and brilliance, her generosity and love of...

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Selected Diaries

Selected Diaries

Virginia Woolf, Quentin Bell

Virginia Woolf turned to her diary as to an intimate friend, to whom she could freely and spontaneously confide her thoughts on public events or the joys and trials of domestic life. Between 1st January 1915 and her death in 1941...

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To the Lighthouse

To the Lighthouse

Virginia Woolf, Eavan Boland, Maud Ellmann

'To the Lighthouse' was Virginia Woolf's fifth novel, and was the first book to win her a large public. The story of an English middle class family in the years leading up to the First World War, it has remained the most popular...

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The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea

The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea

Yukio Mishima

A band of savage 13-year-old boys reject the adult world as hypocritical and sentimental, and train themselves in a brutal callousness. When the mother of one of them begins an affair with a ship's officer, he and his friends...

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To Kill a Mockingbird

To Kill a Mockingbird

Harper Lee

'Someone rare has written this very fine novel, a write with the liveliest sense of life and the warmest, most authentic humor. A touching book; and so funny, so likeable' Truman Capote

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The Odyssey: Translated by Robert Fitzgerald

The Odyssey: Translated by Robert Fitzgerald

Homer, Robert Fitzgerald

Penelope has been waiting for her husband Odysseus to return from Troy for many years. Little does she know that his path back to her has been blocked by astonishing and terrifying trials. Will he overcome the hideous monsters,...

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Gulliver's Travels: and Alexander Pope's Verses on  Gulliver's Travels

Gulliver’s Travels: and Alexander Pope’s Verses on Gulliver’s Travels

Jonathan Swift

In the course of his famous travels, Gulliver is captured by miniature people who wage war on each other because of religious disagreement over how to crack eggs, is sexually assaulted by giants, visits a floating island, and...

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Thirst for Love

Thirst for Love

Yukio Mishima

After the early death of her philandering husband, Etsuko moves into her father-in-law's house, where she numbly submits to the old man's advances. But soon she finds herself in love with the young servant Saburo. Tormented by his...

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Beloved

Beloved

Toni Morrison

Terrible, unspeakable things happened to Sethe at Sweet Home, the farm where she lived as a slave for so many years until she escaped to Ohio. Her new life is full of hope but eighteen years later she is still not free. Sethe's...

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Broken April

Broken April

Ismail Kadare

After shooting his brother's killer, young Gjorg is entitled to thirty days' grace - not enough to see out the month of April. Then a visiting honeymoon couple cross the path of the fugitive. The bride's heart goes out to Gjorg,...

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Caledonia Australis: Scottish Highlanders on the Frontier of Australia

Caledonia Australis: Scottish Highlanders on the Frontier of Australia

Don Watson

After their military defeat in 1745, the Scottish Highlanders suffered a worse humiliation. They were displaced from their ancestral lands. This is a tale of their dispossession. It also tells the rout of another people, the...

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Gullivers Travels Film Tie In

Gullivers Travels Film Tie In

Jonathan Swift

In the course of his famous travels, Gulliver is captured by miniature people who wage war on each other because of religious disagreement over how to crack eggs, is sexually assaulted by giants, visits a floating island, and...

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Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde and Other Stories

Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde and Other Stories

Robert Louis Stevenson

Dr Jekyll has been experimenting with his identity. He has developed a drug which separates the two sides of his nature and allows him to occasionally abandon himself to his most corrupt inclinations as the monstrous Mr Hyde. But...

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Midnight's Children

Midnight’s Children

Salman Rushdie

Born at the stroke of midnight at the exact moment of India's independence, Saleem Sinai is a special child. However, this coincidence of birth has consequences he is not prepared for: telepathic powers connect him with 1,000...

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