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Robinson Crusoe

By Daniel Defoe

Illustrated by Adam Stower

Age range: 12+

ISBN: 9781847494856

288 pages

RRP: £5.99 £4.79

Robinson Crusoe, published in 1719, is considered by many to be the first novel in English, and its success was so enormous that by the end of the nineteenth century it had spawned more translations and versions than any other previous English book. An everyman character who has become part of our cultural heritage, Defoe’s castaway – shipwrecked, imperilled and facing a host of elemental challenges – lives an archetypal life of survival, adventure and personal development.

On one level a simple adventure story, while at the same time an allegory, a quest novel and a spiritual autobiography, Robinson Crusoe has captured the imagination of readers for nearly three centuries.

Daniel Defoe

A prolific journalist and pamphleteer, Daniel Defoe (1660–1731) is best remembered for his contribution to the English novel, with works such as Robinson Crusoe and Moll Flanders considered pioneers of their genre.

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