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Cannery Row (Penguin Modern Classics) (by John Steinbeck)

Penguin Classics (07 Sep, 2000)

In the din and stink that is Cannery Row a colourful blend of misfits survive side by side in a jumble of adventure and mischief. Lee Chong, the grocery store owner, is also the proprietor of the Flophouse that a troupe of good-natured 'boys' call home. Dora runs the brothel and Doc is the fount of all wisdom. Packed with invention and joie de vivre CANNERY ROW is Steinbeck's tribute to his native Californi ...

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Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (by James Joyce)

Wordsworth Editions Ltd (01 May, 1992)

The novel is a highly autobiographical account of the adolescence and youth of Stephen Dedalus, who reappears in Ulusses and who comes to realise that before he can become a true artist he must rid himself of the stultifying effects of the religion, politics and essential bigotry in late 19th century Ireland.

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Doctor Zhivago (by Boris Pasternak)

Vintage Classics (05 Sep, 2002)

Newly qualified as a doctor, Yury Zhivago exchanges the secure respectability of Imperial Moscow for the waking nightmare that is the Russian front in 1915. But even the peace brings him no comfort. For the hell of the field hospitals is easier to endure than the revolution at home which has changed the unchanging and ripped at the foundations of his life. Yury Zhivago must come to terms both with the new ...

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Les Miserables (Classics) (by Victor Hugo)

Penguin Classics (24 Apr, 2003)

Hugo's Les Miserables (1862), with its breadth of vision and underlying truth, its moments of lyricism and compassion, is one of the great works of Western literature. Many of the characters are well known; Valjean, the criminal trying to escape his reputation; Javert, the police agent trailing him; the unfortunate Fantine and her daughter, Cosette; the rascally Thenardier, and above all the splendid str ...

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The House on the Strand (Virago Modern Classics) (by Daphne Du Maurier)

Virago Press Ltd (01 May, 2003)

Dick Young is lent a house in Cornwall by his friend Professor Magnus Lane. During his stay he agrees to serve as a guinea pig for a new drug that Magnus has discovered in his biochemical researches. The effect of this drug is to transport Dick from the house at Kilmarth to the Cornwall of the 14th century. There, in the manor of Tywardreath, the domain of Sir Henry Champernoune, he witnesses intrigue, adul ...

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Miss Marple - The Moving Finger (by Agatha Christie)

Harper (15 Oct, 2007)

Lymstock is a town with more than its share of shameful secrets -- a town where even a sudden outbreak of anonymous hate-mail causes only a minor stir. But all that changes when one of the recipients, Mrs Symmington, commits suicide. Her final note said 'I can't go on'. Only Miss Marple questions the coroner's verdict of suicide. Was this the work of a poison-pen? Or of a poisoner?

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The Hobbit: 70th Anniversary Edition (by J. R. R. Tolkien)

HarperCollins (19 Mar, 1993)

Whisked away from his comfortable, unambitious life in his hobbit hole in Bag End by Gandalf the wizard and a company of dwarves, Bilbo Baggins finds himself caught up in a plot to raid the treasure hoard of Smaug the Magnificent, a very large and dangerous dragon...

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Pride and Prejudice (by Jane Austen)

Wordsworth Editions Ltd (05 May, 1992)

When Elizabeth Bennet first meets eligible bachelor Fitzwilliam Darcy, she thinks him arrogant and conceited; he is indifferent to her good looks and lively mind. When she later discovers that Darcy has involved himself in the troubled relationship between his friend Bingley and her beloved sister Jane, she is determined to dislike him more than ever. In the sparkling comedy of manners that follows, Jane Au ...

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To Kill A Mockingbird (by Harper Lee)

Arrow (05 Oct, 1989)

'Shoot all the Bluejays you want, if you can hit 'em, but remember it's a sin to kill a Mockingbird.' A lawyer's advice to his children as he defends the real mockingbird of Harper Lee's classic novel - a black man charged with the rape of a white girl. Through the young eyes of Scout and Jem Finch, Harper Lee explores with exuberant humour the irrationality of adult attitudes to race and class in the Deep ...

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Nineteen Eighty-four (by George Orwell)

Penguin (03 Jul, 2008)

Winston Smith works for the Ministry of Truth in London, chief city of Airstrip One. Big Brother stares out from every poster, the Thought Police uncover every act of betrayal. When Winston finds love with Julia, he discovers that life does not have to be dull and deadening, and awakens to new possibilities. Despite the police helicopters that hover and circle overhead, Winston and Julia begin to question t ...

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Catch-22 (by Joseph Heller)

Vintage (06 Oct, 1994)

At the heart of Joseph Heller's bestselling novel, first published in 1961, is a satirical indicement of military madness and stupidity, and the desire of the ordinary man to survive it. It is a tale of the dangerously sane Captain Yossarian, who spends his time in Italy plotting to survive. Features a satirical indicement of military madness and stupidity, and the desire of the ordinary man to survive it. ...

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Jane Eyre (by Charlotte Bronte)

Wordsworth Editions Ltd (01 May, 1992)

Jane Eyre is a first-person narrative of the title character. The novel goes through five distinct stages: Jane's childhood at Gateshead, where she is emotionally and physically abused by her aunt and cousins; her education at Lowood School, where she acquires friends and role models but also suffers privations; her time as the governess of Thornfield Hall, where she falls in love with her Byronic employer, ...

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