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    A Modest Proposal

    By Jonathan Swift

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    In response to the dire economic conditions in eighteenth-century Ireland, A Modest Proposal ironically exhorts the poor to provide their offspring as food to the rich. Skilfully applying a wealth of classical rhetorical techniques, Swift’s satirical tour de force takes a savage swipe at the selfish…

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    A Tale of Two Cities

    By Charles Dickens

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    Against the backdrop of growing discontent in Paris, Doctor Manette is released from the Bastille after eighteen years of unjust imprisonment and begins a new life in England with his devoted daughter Lucie. There, the gifted but dissolute lawyer Sydney Carton and the exiled French nobleman Charles…

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    Agnes Grey

    By Anne Brontë

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    The well-educated daughter of a penniless clergyman, Agnes Grey is treated like a child by her family and so sets out to prove herself by seeking employment as a governess. Soon, however, her idealistic notions regarding the education and care of her wards are dashed as she battles to control the wi…

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    Alice’s Adventures Under Ground

    By Lewis Carroll

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    In 1864, Lewis Carroll sent Alice’s Adventures Under Ground, a handwritten and illustrated manuscript, as a gift to Alice Liddell, the daughter of his Oxford dean. This formed the basis for Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland – introducing timeless characters such as Alice, the White Rabbit, the Queen of…

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    Chamber Music and Other Poems

    By James Joyce

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    Universally known for his groundbreaking prose – especially for the monumental novel Ulysses and its depictions of Dublin at the turn of the twentieth century – James Joyce started off as a writer of lyrical poetry, a genre which he never abandoned in his lifetime and which informs and enriches the…

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    Charles Dickens Miniseries

    By Charles Dickens

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    Sketches of Young Ladies, Young Gentlemen and Young Couples When the publishers of the Pickwick Papers, Chapman & Hall, brought out the anonymous ‘Sketches of Young Ladies’ in 1837, their resounding success prompted the twenty-six-year old Dickens to write, the following year, a companion piece,…

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    Complete Poems

    By John Keats

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    Already with thee! tender is the night, And haply the Queen-Moon is on her throne, Cluster’d around by all her starry Fays; But here there is no light, Save what from heaven is with the breezes blown Through verdurous glooms and winding mossy ways. Despite his tragically short life, John Keats, a se…

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    Confessions of an English Opium Eater and Other Writings

    By Thomas De Quincey

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    “I have often been asked how I first came to be a regular opium-eater…” “I sometimes seemed to have lived for 70 or 100 years in one night – nay, sometimes had feelings representative of a millennium passed in that time, or… of a duration far beyond the limits of any human experience.” In an examina…

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    Directions to Servants

    By Jonathan Swift

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    A tongue-in-cheek manual on how servants should cope with the demands of their masters and perform their tasks in ways that will best satisfy their indolence, wastefulness and greed, Directions to Servants takes a caustic and irreverent look at master-servant relations. Written towards the end of hi…

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    Dirty Limericks

    By Anonymous

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    Inside these covers you will find a collection of licentious limericks which have been handed down from generation to generation by word of mouth, some of them for over a hundred years. Until quite recently, few of these verses had ever appeared in print for public consumption, although many had bee…

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    Essential Classics

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    Special collection of six of our most popular classics of English Literature, worth £29.94. A perfect gift for lovers of literature. Includes: Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels Virginia Woolf’s Mrs Dalloway Charles Dickens’s Great Expectations Jane Austen’s…

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    Gothic Classics Collection

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    Special collection of six classic tales of terror, worth £34.94. A must-have for Hallowe’en. Includes: H.P. Lovecraft’s The Rats in the Walls and Other Tales Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol Edgar Allan Poe’s Tales of Horror Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein Robert Louis Stevenson’s Strange Case of Dr…

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