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Treasure Island

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by Stevenson, Robert Louis
First published in book form in 1883, Treasure Island remains one of the best-loved children's stories of all time. It recounts the thrilling adventures of Jim Hawkins, a young boy who finds a mysterious map in the sea trunk of an old sailor who has died in his parent's inn. The map is of an island, and marked on it is the location of a hoard of money, hidden there by the chief of a notorious band of pirate...
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Walden

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by Thoreau, Henry David
Henry David Thoreau, along with Poe, Emerson, Whitman, and Hawthorne, is considered one of the leading figures in early American literature. And Walden is without a doubt his most enduring work. A philosophical meditation on man, society, and nature that has influenced generations of readers, it was inspired by Thoreau's attempt to live in solitude on Walden Pond, near Concord, Massachusetts. Thoreau's wood...
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Gulliver's Travels

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by Swift, Jonathan
Jonathan Swift's masterpiece is the finest satire in the English language. Shipwrecked traveler Lemuel Gulliver finds himself washed ashore in Lilliput, a kingdom populated by tiny people. Fascinated by their exotic visitor, the Lilliputians enlist Gulliver's services in their bitter civil war. But Gulliver becomes the object of a court intrigue and has to make a hasty escape. On his next voyage, his ship i...
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Moby Dick

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by Melville, Herman
Join Captain Ahab, an eerily compelling madman, as he pursues an unholy war against a creation as vast, dangerous and unknowable as the sea itself. In his monumanical quest, Ahab focuses his distilled hatred and suffering - and that of generations before him - against one single creation, and pursues it relentlessly.
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Around the World in 80 Days

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by Verne, Jules
Phileas Fogg is a man of habit, a Victorian gentleman who follows the same routine every day--until he accepts a wager that he can circle the globe within eighty days. Thus begins a hair-raising journey, in which Fogg's obsession with his timetable is complemented by the dynamism and versatility of his French manservant, Passepartout, whose has a talent for getting into scrapes as the two dash across contin...
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Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea

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by Verne, Jules
Science and adventure are electrifying accomplices in Jules Verne's classic "Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea". This epic and enduring tale anticipates not just wonders such as electric light and submarine navigation, but the obsession with technology and travel that today so shapes our lives. It is Verne's inspired foresight, combined with his extraordinary talent for storytelling, that continue to ma...
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Robinson Crusoe

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by Defoe, Daniel
"Robinson Crusoe" is among the first novels written in English. Thanks to its extraordinary realism and drama, it is easily the longest-enduring work of popular fiction in the language. The story, probably based on the Pacific-island ordeal of castaway Alexander Selkirk, was presented by Daniel Defoe as a true account, and is utterly convincing in its topography, action and character, even 300 years after i...
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The Third Man and Other Stories

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by Greene, Graham
Graham Greene was one of the greatest story-tellers of the twentieth century. This anthology contains the novella The Third Man, on which Carol Reed's chilling film starring Orson Wells was based, as well as the story The Fallen Idol which Reed also filmed. Greene's often bleak view of humanity is leavened by the somewhat camp May We Borrow Your Husband? with its hilarious ending, the tragic-comic A Shockin...
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A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas

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by Dickens, Charles
John Leech's original magnificent illustrations to "A Christmas Carol" have been beautifully hand-coloured by Barbara Frith. A celebration of Christmas, a tale of redemption and a critique on Victorian society, Dickens' atmospheric novella follows the miserly, penny-pinching Ebenezer Scrooge who views Christmas as 'humbug'. It is only through a series of eerie, life-changing visits from the ghost of his dec...
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The Great Gatsby

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by Fitzgerald, F. Scott
The Great Gatsby lives in a luxurious Long Island mansion, playing lavish host to hundreds of people, and yet no-one seems to know him or how he became so rich. He is rumoured to be everything from a German spy to a war hero. Jay Gatsby doesn't heed them. He cares for one person alone - Daisy Buchanan, the woman he has waited for all his life. Little does he know how his infatuation will end...
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Birdsong

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by Faulks, Sebastian
Set before and during the Great War, Birdsong captures the drama of that era on both a national and a personal scale. It is the story of Stephen, a young Englishman, who arrives in Amiens in 1910. Over the course of the novel he suffers a series of traumatic experiences, from the clandestine love affair that tears apart the family with whom he lives, to the unprecedented experiences of the war itself.
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Brighton Rock

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by Greene, Graham
Brighton Rock, Graham Greene's iconic tale of the razor-wielding Pinkie, is gripping and terrifying - an unputdownable read. First published in 1938, it is a murder thriller set in 1930s Brighton; the author wrote the screenplay for the iconic 1947 film of the novel directed by John Boulting and starring Richard Attenborough as Pinkie.
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Goodbye to All That

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by Graves, Robert
Robert Graves' superb autobiography tells the story of his life at public school and as a young officer during the First World War.
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The Maltese Falcon

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by Hammett, Dashiell
Hammett's 1930 detective novel is widely regarded as the first and finest novel of the hard-boiled private detective. Sam Spade has a cold detachment, keen eye for detail and an unflinching determination to achieve his own justice. Regarded by many as the greatest crime novel of the 20th century, it has been ranked in the top 100 of English- language novels. The Maltese Falcon has been filmed several times,...
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Mrs.Dalloway

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by Woolf, Virginia
In Virgnia Woolf's novel - which inspired the 2003 film The Hours - Mrs Dalloway is an assured socialite. Yet as she prepares for her party on a hot London day in June 1923, she feels the terror of existence and the pull of death.
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Jane Eyre

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by Bronte, Charlotte
Part fairytale, part Gothic horror, part love story, Jane Eyre remains one of the most compelling novels ever written. After running away from her unloving and cruel aunt, the orphaned Jane endures a harsh existence at an Evangelical school, where she at least finds some friends and kindness. When she comes of age, she takes a position as governess to the children of the moody, Byronic Mr. Rochester. As tim...
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Wuthering Heights

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by Bronte, Emily
Is there any more romantic love story than that of the wilful Catherine Earnshaw and the charismatic, tortured orphan, Heathcliff? Even the blockbuster Twilight refers to it again and again, piquing the interest of a new generation drawing longtime fans back to this Victorian masterpiece. When Catherine rejects her childhood love in favor of an upper-class marriage, Heathcliff develops an all-consuming and ...
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A Tale of Two Cities

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by Dickens, Charles
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.... These well-known and loved lines begin Dickens's most exciting novle, set during the bloodiest moments of the French Revolution. When former aristocrat Charles Darnay learns that an old family servant needs his help, he abandons his safe haven in England and returns to Paris. But once there, the Revolutionary authorities arrest him not for anything he ...
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