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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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  • At the Mountains of Madness by H. P. Lovecraft
    At the Mountains of Madness (English, 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 Portrait of a Lady by Henry James
    The Portrait of a Lady (English, 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 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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  • The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte
    The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (English, Paperback) Anne Bronte

    A mysterious tenant, Helen Graham, unmasked not as a 'wicked woman' as the local gossips would have it, but as the estranged wife of a brutal alcoholic bully, desperate to protect her son.

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  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
    Jane Eyre (English, Paperback) Charlotte Bronte

    The more solitary, the more friendless, the more unsustained I am, the more I will respect myself. This is a story of a defiant, fiercely intelligent woman who refuses to accept her appointed place in society and instead finds love on her own terms has become famous as one of the greatest romances ever written.

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  • Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll
    Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass (English, Paperback) Lewis Carroll

    Describes how Alice was conjured up one 'golden afternoon' in 1862 to entertain his child-friend Alice Liddell. His dream worlds of Wonderland and back-to-front Looking Glass kingdom depict order turned upside-down: a baby turns into a pig, time is abandoned at a disorderly tea-party and a chaotic game of chess makes a seven-year-old girl a Queen.

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

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

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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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  • Elizabeth and her German Garden by Elizabeth von Arnim
    Elizabeth and her German Garden (English, Paperback) Elizabeth von Arnim

    ' "Oh, my dear, relations are like drugs, - useful sometimes, and even pleasant, if taken in small quantities and seldom, but dreadfully pernicious on the whole, and the truly wise avoid them" '...

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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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  • David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
    David Copperfield (English, Paperback) Charles Dickens

    Among the memorable cast of characters the author encounters along the way are his brutal stepfather, Mr Murdstone; bubbly Nurse Peggotty; but unworthy schoolmate Steerforth, his eccentric aunt, Betsy Trotwood, the scheming clerk Uriah Heep, the enchanting Dora and the magnificent Mr Macawber - a character much like Dickens' own father.

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

    Tells the story of Anne Elliot, who, persuaded to break off her engagement to the man she loved because he was not successful enough, has never forgotten him. When he returns, he brings with him a tantalizing second chance of happiness.

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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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  • 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 Victorian England, personified in her terminally dull fiance Cecil Vyse.

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  • Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
    Northanger Abbey (English, Paperback) Jane Austen

    During an eventful season at Bath, naive Catherine Morland experiences joys of fashionable society for first time. She is delighted with her acquaintances: flirtatious Isabella, who shares Catherine's love of Gothic romance and horror, and sophisticated Henry and Eleanor Tilney, who invite her to their father's mysterious house, Northanger Abbey.

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  • The Garden Party by Katherine Mansfield
    The Garden Party (English, Paperback) Katherine Mansfield

    'They could not have had a more perfect day for a garden party if they had ordered it'...

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