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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    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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    Humorous Tales

    By Rudyard Kipling

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    First published in 1921, this volume collects some of the most comical stories Kipling published throughout his writing career. These tales derive their humour from absurd situations – a drunken Irish soldier waking up to find himself worshipped as a god in the Indian holy city of Benares, a monkey…

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    Lady Susan, The Watsons, Sanditon

    By Jane Austen

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    Comprising one finished novel, Lady Susan, which was published posthumously, and two unfinished fragments, Sanditon and The Watsons, this collection – full of melodrama and burlesque, and exploring a range of literary styles and social classes – spans the entirety of Jane Austen’s writing life. The…

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    North and South

    By Elizabeth Gaskell

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    Having grown up in London and rural southern England, Margaret Hale moves with her father to the northern industrial city of Milton. She is shocked by the poverty she encounters and dismayed by the unsympathetic attitude of the textile-mill owner John Thornton, whose factory workers are engaged in a…

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