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Death of a Hero (by Richard Aldington)

The Hogarth Press Ltd (30 Nov, -0001)

Against the background of trench war in France, this is the story of a man and two the women who share his life. They are not conventional people – could Aldington ever write about the conventional? - a man who shares his wife with another man and a mistress who shares him with others. Death of a Hero shocked people by its advanced views when it was first published, and even today it still has the capa ...

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Narziss and Goldmund (Penguin Modern Classics) (by Hermann Hesse)

Penguin Books Ltd (25 Mar, 1971)

Narziss is a teacher at Mariabronn, a monastery in medieval Germany. Brilliant and severe, he feels that Goldmund, his favourite pupil, will never be a scholar nor a monk. So Narziss helps Goldmund realize that they must each fulfil themselves in different ways; Narziss retiring from the world into a patterned order of prayer and philosophy while Goldmund quits the cloisters to plunge into a sea of blo ...

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Barchester Towers (Penguin Classics) (by Anthony Trollope)

Penguin Books (24 Nov, 1983)

Barchester Towers is the story of the church war that takes place between Mrs. Proudie, the wife of Barsetshire's newly installed bishop, and Mr. Slope, the sly, scheming chaplain. In the traditional society of Barsetshire, Dr. Grantly, who has hoped to succeed his father as bishop, must suffer the indignity of seeing the post go to the “Low Church” Dr. Proudie at the instigation of the new Whig gove ...

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The Rector's Daughter (Virago Modern Classics) (by F.M. Mayor)

Virago (10 Aug, 1987)

Dedmayne Rectory is quietly decaying, its striped chintz and darkened rooms are a bastion of outmoded Victorian values. Here Mary has spent thirty-five years, devoting herself to her sister, now dead, and to her father, Canon Jocelyn. Although she is pitied by her neighbours for this muted existence, Mary is content. But when she meets Robert Herbert, Mary's ease is destroyed and years of suppressed emotion ...

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Sunlight on a Broken Column (Virago Modern Classics) (by Attia Hosain)

Virago Press Ltd (14 Jul, 1988)

My life changed. It had been restricted by invisible barriers almost as effectively as the physically restricted lives of my aunts in the zenana. A window had opened here, a door there, a curtain had been drawn aside; but outside lay a world narrowed by one's field of vision." Laila, orphaned daughter of a distinguished Muslim family, is brought up in her grandfather's household by orthodox aunts who keep p ...

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Mrs Miniver (VMC) (by Jan Struther)

Virago (24 Aug, 1989)

Shortly before the Second World War, a column by 'Mrs Miniver' appeared in THE TIMES, the first of many recounting the everyday events of a middle-class Chelsea family: Mrs Miniver's thrill at the sight of October chrysanthemums; her sense of doom when the faithful but rackety car is replaced; the escapades of Vin, Toby and Judy, her unpredictable young children; visits to the Kent cottage and, as war beco ...

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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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The Joy Luck Club (by Amy Tan)

Vintage (24 Jun, 1991)

In this novel four Chinese mothers, who left their native land behind but not their old customs, and their four American-born daughters tell their stories about living life caught between two cultures. The mothers meet up and form their own club to gossip, play mah-jong and exchange memories.

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Gone with the Wind (by Margaret Mitchell)

Pan Books (20 Sep, 1991)

Set against the dramatic background of the American Civil War, Margaret Mitchell's magnificent historical epic is an unforgettable tale of love and loss, of a Nation mortally divided and people forever changed. Above all, it is the story of beautiful, ruthless Scarlett O'Hara and the dashing soldier of fortune, Rhett Butler.

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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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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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Great Expectations (by Charles Dickens)

Wordsworth Editions Ltd (01 May, 1992)

"Great Expectations" traces the growth of the book's narrator, Philip Pirrip (Pip), from a boy of shallow dreams to a man with depth of character. From its famous dramatic opening on the bleak Kentish marshes, the story abounds with some of Dicken's most memorable characters. Among them are the kindly blacksmith Joe Gargery, the mysterious convict Abel Magwitch, the eccentric Miss Haversham and her beautifu ...

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