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Brideshead Revisited: The Sacred And Profane Memories Of Captain Charles Ryder

Brideshead Revisited: The Sacred And Profane Memories Of Captain Charles Ryder

Evelyn Waugh

Charles Ryder, a lonely student at Oxford, is captivated by the outrageous and exquisitely beautiful Sebastian Flyte. Invited to Brideshead, Sebastian's magnificent family home, Charles welcomes the attentions of its eccentric,...

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Cat's Cradle

Cat’s Cradle

Kurt Vonnegut, Benjamin Kunkel

Dr Felix Hoenikker, one of the founding fathers of the atomic bomb, has left a deadly legacy to the world. For he is the inventor of Ice-nine, a lethal chemical capable of freezing the entire planet. The search for its whereabouts...

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Hell's Angels

Hell’s Angels

Hunter S. Thompson

A phalanx of motorcycles came roaring over the hill from the west... the noise was like a landslide, or a wing of bombers passing over. Even knowing the Angels I couldn't quite handle what I was seeing. It was like Genghis Khan,...

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Wide Sargasso Sea

Wide Sargasso Sea

Jean Rhys

If Antoinette Cosway, a spirited Creole heiress, could have foreseen the terrible future that awaited her, she would not have married the young Englishman. Initially drawn to her beauty and sensuality, he becomes increasingly...

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On the Road

On the Road

Jack Kerouac

Sal Paradise, young and innocent, joins the slightly crazed Dean Moriarty on a breathless, exuberant ride back and forth across the United States. Their hedonistic search for release or fulfilment through drink, sex, drugs and...

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Eva Luna

Eva Luna

Isabel Allende, Margaret Sayers Peden

Tells the story of an orphan who beguiles the world with her astonishing visions, triumphing over the worst of adversity and bringing light to a dark place.

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Goodbye to All That

Goodbye to All That

Robert Graves

Tells the story of the author's experiences as a young officer in the First World War. This title describes life in the trenches and how the dehumanizing horrors he witnessed left him shell-shocked.

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A Room with a View

A Room with a View

E. M. Forster

Lucy has her rigid, middle-class life mapped out for her until she visits Florence with her uptight cousin Charlotte, and finds her neatly ordered existence thrown off balance. Lucy finds herself torn between the intensity of life...

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My Family and Other Animals

My Family and Other Animals

Gerald Durrell

'What we all need,' said Larry, 'is sunshine... a country where we can grow.' 'Yes, dear, that would be nice,' agreed Mother, not really listening. 'I had a letter from George this morning - he says Corfu's wonderful. Why don't we...

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The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby

F. Scott Fitzgerald

Everybody who is anybody is seen at the glittering parties held in millionaire Jay Gatsby's mansion in West Egg, east of New York. The riotous throng congregates in his garden, coolly debating Gatsby's origins and mysterious past....

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Out of Africa

Out of Africa

Karen Blixen

From the moment the author arrived in Kenya in 1914 to manage a coffee plantation, her heart belonged to Africa. Drawn to the intense colours and ravishing landscapes, she spent her happiest years on the farm. In this title, her...

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Steppenwolf

Steppenwolf

Hermann Hesse, Walter Sorell, Basil Creighton

Alienated from society, Harry Haller is the Steppenwolf, wild, strange and shy. His despair and desire for death draw him into an enchanted, Faust-like underworld. Through a series of shadowy encounters, romantic, freakish and...

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Lady Chatterley's Lover

Lady Chatterley’s Lover

D. H. Lawrence

Lady Constance Chatterley is trapped in a loveless marriage to a man who is impotent. Oppressed by her dreary life, she is drawn to Mellors the gamekeeper. Breaking out against the constraints of society she yields to her...

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The Prime Of Miss Jean Brodie

The Prime Of Miss Jean Brodie

Muriel Spark

Passionate, free-thinking and unconventional, Miss Brodie is a teacher who exerts a powerful influence over her group of 'special girls' at Marcia Blaine School. They are the Brodie set, the creme de la creme, each famous for...

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Breakfast at Tiffany's

Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Truman Capote

Meet Holly Golightly - a free spirited, lop-sided romantic girl about town. With her tousled blond hair and upturned nose, dark glasses and chic black dresses, Holly is a style sensation wherever she goes. Her apartment rocks to...

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Cold Comfort Farm

Cold Comfort Farm

Stella Gibbons

Sensible, sophisticated Flora Poste has been expensively educated to do everything but earn a living. When she is orphaned at twenty, she decides her only option is to descend on relatives - the doomed Starkadders at the aptly...

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A Clockwork Orange

A Clockwork Orange

Anthony Burgess

Features fifteen-year-old Alex and his friends who set out on a diabolical orgy of robbery, rape, torture and murder. Alex is jailed for his teenage delinquency and the State tries to reform him - but at what cost?

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Lucky Jim

Lucky Jim

Kingsley Amis

Jix Dixon has a terrible job at a second-rate university. His life is full of things he could happily do without. If he can just deliver a lecture on Merrie England, a moderately successful career surely awaits him. But without...

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The Periodic Table

The Periodic Table

Primo Levi

Assesses author's life in terms of the chemical elements. This title reflects on the difficult course of his life from his birth into an Italian Jewish family through his training as a chemist, to the pain and darkness of the...

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The Diary of a Nobody

The Diary of a Nobody

George Grossmith, Weedon Grossmith

Mr Pooter is a man of modest ambition, content with his clerkly lot. So why is he always in trouble with disagreeable tradesmen, young clerks and wayward friends? And what is he to do about his son Lupin's distinctly unsuitable...

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In Cold Blood: A True Account of a Multiple Murder and its Consequences

In Cold Blood: A True Account of a Multiple Murder and its Consequences

Truman Capote

On 15 November 1959, the small town of Holcomb, Kansas, a wealthy farmer, his wife and their two young children were found brutally murdered. Blood all over the walls, the telephone lines cut, and only a few dollars stolen....

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Lolita

Lolita

Vladimir Nabokov

Humbert Humbert is a middle-aged, frustrated college professor. In love with his landlady's twelve-year-old daughter Lolita, he'll do anything to possess her. Unable and unwilling to stop himself, he is prepared to commit any...

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Heart of Darkness

Heart of Darkness

Joseph Conrad

Marlow, a seaman, tells of a journey up the Congo. His goal is the troubled European and ivory trader Kurtz. Worshipped and feared by invaders as well as natives, Kurtz has become a godlike figure, his presence pervading the...

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The Thin Man

The Thin Man

Dashiell Hammett

Ex-detective Nick Charles attracts trouble like a magnet. He thinks his sleuthing days are over, but when Julia Wolf, a former acquaintance, is found dead, her body riddled with bullets, Nick - along with his glamorous wife, Nora...

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Three Men in a Boat: To Say Nothing of the Dog!

Three Men in a Boat: To Say Nothing of the Dog!

Jerome Jerome

Three men and a dog decide to head for a restful vacation on the Thames. Anticipating peace and leisure, they encounter, in fact, the joys of roughing it, of getting their boat stuck in locks, of being towed by amateurs, of having...

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Dubliners

Dubliners

James Joyce

A collection of stories that range from a child grappling with the death of a fallen priest, to a young woman's dilemma over whether to elope to Argentina with her lover, to the dance party at which a man discovers just how little...

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