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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
    The Woman in White (English, Paperback) Wilkie Collins

    Engaged as a drawing master to the beautiful Laura Fairlie, Hartright's Walter is drawn into the sinister intrigues of Sir Percival Glyde and his 'charming' friend Count Fosco, who has a taste for white mice, vanilla bonbons and poison.

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  • Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift
    Gulliver's Travels (English, Paperback) Jonathan Swift

    Lemuel Gulliver shipwrecked and adrift, subject to bizarre and unnerving encounters with, among others, quarrelling Lilliputians, philosophizing horses and the brutish Yahoo tribe, that change his view of humanity - and himself - for ever.

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  • Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
    Robinson Crusoe (English, Paperback) Daniel Defoe

    Robinson Crusoe, set ashore on an island after a terrible storm at sea, is forced to make do with only a knife, some tobacco, and a pipe. He learns how to build a canoe, make bread, and endure endless solitude. That is, until, twenty-four years later, when he confronts another human being.

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  • The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
    The Scarlet Letter (English, Paperback) Nathaniel Hawthorne

    A tale of Hester Prynne, imprisoned, publicly shamed, and forced to wear a scarlet 'A' for committing adultery and bearing an illegitimate child, Pearl. In their small, Puritan village, Hester and her daughter struggle to survive, but in this searing study of the tension between private and public existence.

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  • The Man Who Was Thursday by G. K. Chesterton
    The Man Who Was Thursday (English, Paperback) G. K. Chesterton

    In a park in London, secret policeman Gabriel Syme strikes up a conversation with an anarchist. Sworn to do his duty, Syme uses his new acquaintance to go undercover in Europe's Central Anarchist Council and infiltrate their deadly mission, even managing to have himself voted to the position of 'Thursday'.

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  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
    Pride and Prejudice (English, Paperback) Jane Austen

    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 troubled relationship between his friend Bingley and her beloved sister Jane, she is determined to dislike him more than ever.

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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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  • Lady Audley's Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon
    Lady Audley's Secret (English, Paperback) Mary Elizabeth Braddon

    Lady Audley uttered a long, low, wailing cry, and threw up her arms above her head with a wild gesture of despair. In this fiction, a new Lady Audley arrives at the manor: young, beautiful - and very mysterious. Why does she behave so strangely? What, exactly, is the dark secret this seductive outsider carries with her?

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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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  • 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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  • The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
    The Hound of the Baskervilles (English, Paperback) Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

    When Sir Charles Baskerville is found dead on the wild Devon moorland with the footprints of a giant hound nearby, the blame is placed on a family curse. It is left to Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson to solve the mystery of the legend of the phantom hound before Sir Charles' heir comes to an equally gruesome end.

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  • North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell
    North and South (English, Paperback) Elizabeth Gaskell

    Features one of the most original and fully-rounded female characters in Victorian fiction, Margaret Hale. This title shows how, forced to move from the country to an industrial northern town, she develops a passionate sense of social justice, and a turbulent relationship with mill-owner John Thornton.

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  • The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells
    The War of the Worlds (English, Paperback) H. G. Wells

    Naive suburban Londoners investigate a strange cylinder from space, but are instantly incinerated by an all-destroying heat-ray. Soon, gigantic killing machines that chase and feed on human prey are threatening the whole of humanity.

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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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  • 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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  • Middlemarch by George Eliot
    Middlemarch (English, Paperback) George Eliot

    Features Dorothea Brooke, a young idealist whose search for intellectual fulfillment leads her into a disastrous marriage to the pedantic scholar Casaubon; and the charming but tactless Dr Lydgate, whose marriage to the spendthrift beauty Rosamund and pioneering medical methods threaten to undermine his career.

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