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  • Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
    Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (English, Paperback) Robert Louis Stevenson

    A story of respectable Dr Jekyll's strange association with 'damnable young man' Edward Hyde; the hunt through fog-bound London for a killer; and the final revelation of Hyde's true identity is a exploration of humanity's basest capacity for evil.

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  • A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
    A Christmas Carol (English, Paperback) Charles Dickens

    Tells the tale of Ebenezer Scrooge, who is haunted by three spirits and learns the true meaning of Christmas has had.

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  • Tess of the D'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
    Tess of the D'Urbervilles (English, Paperback) Thomas Hardy

    When Tess Durbeyfield is driven by family poverty to claim kinship with the wealthy D'Urbervilles and seek a portion of their family fortune, meeting her 'cousin' Alec proves to be her downfall. A very different man, Angel Clare, seems to offer her love, but Tess must choose whether to reveal her past or remain silent in hope of a peaceful future.

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  • Moby-Dick by Herman Melville
    Moby-Dick (English, Paperback) Herman Melville

    Tells the mad, raging, Shakespearean tale of Captain Ahab's insane quest to kill a giant white whale that has taken his leg, and upon which he has sworn vengeance, at any cost.

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  • At the Mountains of Madness by H. P. Lovecraft
    At the Mountains of Madness (Paperback) H. P. Lovecraft

    'To that flash of semi-vision can be traced a full half of the horror which has ever since haunted us'...

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  • The Sign of Four by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
    The Sign of Four (English, Paperback) Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

    A dense yellow miasma swirls in the streets of London as Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson accompany a beautiful young woman to a sinister assignation. For Mary Marston has received several large pearls - one a year for the last six years - and now a mystery letter telling her she is a wronged woman.

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  • A Room with a View by E. M. Forster
    A Room with a View (English, Paperback) E. M. Forster

    Lucy has her rigid, middle-class life mapped out for her until she visits Florence with her uptight cousin Charlotte, and finds her neatly ordered existence thrown off balance. Lucy finds herself torn between the intensity of life in Italy and the repressed morals of Edwardian England, personified in her terminally dull fiance Cecil Vyse.

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  • The Great God Pan by Arthur Machen
    The Great God Pan (Paperback) Arthur Machen

    'I will not read it; I should never sleep again' ...

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  • The Time Machine by H. G. Wells
    The Time Machine (English, Paperback) H. G. Wells

    Victorian scientist propel himself into the year 802,701 AD, where he is delighted to find that suffering has been replaced by beauty and contentment in the form of the Eloi, an elfin species descended from man. But he soon realizes that they are simply remnants of a once-great culture.

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  • Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
    Frankenstein (English, Paperback) Mary Shelley

    Tells the story of Victor Frankenstein, who plunders graveyards to create a new being from the bodies of the dead - but whose botched creature causes nothing but murder and destruction.

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  • Dracula by Bram Stoker
    Dracula (English, Paperback) Bram Stoker

    When Jonathan Harker visits Transylvania to advise Count Dracula on a London home, he makes a horrifying discovery. Soon afterwards, a number of disturbing incidents unfold in England: an unmanned ship is wrecked at Whitby; strange puncture marks appear on a young woman's neck.

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  • Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
    Wuthering Heights (English, Paperback) Emily Bronte

    Lockwood, the new tenant of Thrushcross Grange on bleak Yorkshire moors, is forced to seek shelter one night at Wuthering Heights, the home of his landlord. There he discovers the history of the tempestuous events that took place years before: of the intense passion between the foundling Heathcliff and Catherine Earnshaw, and her betrayal of him.

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  • Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
    Great Expectations (English, Paperback) Charles Dickens

    Shows how a young man's life is transformed by a mysterious series of events - an encounter with an escaped prisoner; a visit to a black-hearted old woman and a beautiful girl; a fortune from a secret donor.

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  • Vanity Fair by William Thackeray
    Vanity Fair (English, Paperback) William Thackeray

    No one is better equipped in the struggle for wealth and worldly success than the alluring and ruthless Becky Sharp, who defies her impoverished background to clamber up the class ladder. Her sentimental companion Amelia, however, longs only for caddish soldier George.

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  • Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell
    Wives and Daughters (English, Paperback) Elizabeth Gaskell

    Seventeen-year-old Molly Gibson worships her widowed father. But when he decides to remarry, Molly's life is thrown off course by the arrival of her vain, shallow and selfish stepmother. There is some solace in the shape of her new stepsister Cynthia, who is beautiful, sophisticated and irresistible to every man she meets.

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  • Emma by Jane Austen
    Emma (English, Paperback) Jane Austen

    Emma Woodhouse is perfectly content with her life and sees no need for either love or marriage. Nothing, however, delights her more than interfering in the romantic lives of others.

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  • The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
    The Picture of Dorian Gray (English, Paperback) Oscar Wilde

    Tells the story of Dorian Gray, a beautiful yet corrupt man. When he wishes that a perfect portrait of himself would bear the signs of ageing in his place, the picture becomes his hideous secret, as it follows Dorian's own downward spiral into cruelty and depravity.

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  • The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James
    The Portrait of a Lady (Hardback) Henry James

    When Isabel Archer, a beautiful, spirited American, is brought to Europe by her wealthy aunt Touchett, it is expected that she will soon marry. But Isabel, resolved to enjoy her freedom, does not hesitate to turn down two eligible suitors. Then she finds herself irresistibly drawn to Gilbert Osmond.

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  • Howards End by E. M. Forster
    Howards End (English, Paperback) E. M. Forster

    The rich Wilcoxes, the gentle, idealistic Schlegels and the lower-middle class Basts. As the Schlegel sisters try desperately to help the Basts and educate the close-minded Wilcoxes, the families are drawn together in love, lies and death.

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  • Villette by Charlotte Bronte
    Villette (Paperback) Charlotte Bronte

    With neither friends nor family, Lucy Snowe sets sail from England to find employment in a girls' boarding school in small town of Villette. There she struggles to retain her self-possession in face of unruly pupils, an initially suspicious headmaster and her complex feelings, first for school's English doctor and then for dictatorial professor.

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