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

    Ebenezer Scrooge is a miserly old skinflint. He hates everyone, especially children. But at Christmas three ghosts come to visit him, scare him into mending his ways, and he finds, as he celebrates with Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim and their family, that geniality brings its own reward.

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  • Macbeth by William Shakespeare
    Macbeth (English, Paperback) William Shakespeare

    Encompasses witchcraft, bloody murder, and ghostly apparitions. This work tells the tragedy of a good, brave and honourable man turned into the personification of evil by the workings of unreasonable ambition.

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

    First published to critical acclaim in 1886, this mesmerising thriller is a terrifying study of the duality of man's nature. This volume also includes a collection of Stevenson's short stories

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

    Frankenstein is a deeply disturbing story of a monstrous creation, which has terrified and chilled readers since its first publication in 1818.

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

    The garrulous and empty-headed Mrs Bennet has only one aim - that of finding a good match for each of her five daughters. In this, she is mocked by her cynical and indolent husband. This is an ironic novel of manners.

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

    A passionate story of the love between Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff, a foundling adopted by Catherine's father. The story's action is chaotic and violent, but the accomplished handling of a complex structure, the descriptions of the moorland setting and the poetic grandeur combined to make this novel a masterpiece of English literature.

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  • Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu
    Tao Te Ching (English, Paperback) Lao Tzu

    Dating for around 300 BC, this is an early work of the Chinese school of philosophy called Taoism. It offers a complete view of the cosmos and how human beings should respond to it. It has mystical insight into the nature of things and forms a basis for a humane morality and political utopia.

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

    A novel of hypocrisy and double standards. It tells of Tess Durbeyfield, the daughter of a poor and dissipated villager, who learns that she may be descended from the ancient family of d'Urbeville. In her search for respectability her fortunes fluctuate wildly, and the story assumes the proportions of a Greek tragedy.

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  • A General Introduction to Psychoanalysis by Sigmund Freud
    A General Introduction to Psychoanalysis (English, Paperback) Sigmund Freud

    Sigmund Freud's controversial ideas have penetrated Western culture more deeply than those of any other psychologist. But psychoanalysis was never just a method of treatment, rather a vision of the human condition which has continued to fascinate and provoke long after the death of its originator.

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  • The Tempest by William Shakespeare
    The Tempest (English, Paperback) William Shakespeare

    Prospero, long exiled from Italy with his daughter Miranda, seeks to use his magical powers to defeat his former enemies. Eventually, having proved merciful, he divests himself of that magic, his 'art', and prepares to return to the mainland.

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  • Othello by William Shakespeare
    Othello (English, Paperback) William Shakespeare

    Desdemona's love for Othello, the Moor, transcends racial prejudice; but the envious Iago conspires to devastate their lives. This novel renders racism, sexism, contested identities, and the savagery lurking within civilisation.

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  • Finnegans Wake by James Joyce
    Finnegans Wake (English, Paperback) James Joyce

    Finnegans Wake is Joyce's last great work, and is formulated as one dense, tongue-twisting soundscape. It also remains the most hilarious, `obscene', book of innuendos ever to be imagined.

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  • Capital by Karl Marx
    Capital (English, Paperback) Karl Marx

    Marx's critique of the capitalist system is rife with big themes: his theory of `surplus value', his discussion of the exploitation of the working class, and his forecast of class conflict on a grand scale.

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  • Human, All Too Human & Beyond Good and Evil by Friedrich Nietzsche
    Human, All Too Human & Beyond Good and Evil (English, Paperback) Friedrich Nietzsche

    Human, All Too Human (1878) marks the point where Nietzsche abandons German romanticism for the French Enlightenment. The result is one of the cornerstones of his life's work. Beyond Good and Evil (1886) is a scathing and powerful critique of philosophy, religion and science.

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  • The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
    The Secret Garden (Paperback) Frances Hodgson Burnett

    Mary Lennox was horrid, selfish and spoilt, and was sent to stay with her uncle in Yorkshire. She hated it. But when she finds the entrance to a secret garden a change overcomes her. With a local boy and her cousin the three children work magic in themselves and those around them.

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  • Hamlet by William Shakespeare
    Hamlet (English, Paperback) William Shakespeare

    Set in the Kingdom of Denmark, Hamlet is not only one of Shakespeare's greatest plays, but also the most fascinatingly problematical tragedy in world literature.

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  • Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith
    Wealth of Nations (English, Paperback) Adam Smith

    Adam Smith's Wealth of Nations is the first book of modern political economy, and still provides the foundation for the study of that discipline. Along with important discussions of economics and political theory, it mixes plain common sense with large measures of history, philosophy, psychology and sociology.

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  • The Diary of a Nobody by George Grossmith
    The Diary of a Nobody (English, Paperback) George Grossmith, Weedon Grossmith

    The diary is that of someone who acknowledges that he is not a "somebody" - Charles Pooter, a clerk in the city of London, chronicles with often hilarious detail the everyday life of the lower middle classes during the great Victorian Age.

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  • Orlando by Virginia Woolf
    Orlando (English, Paperback) Virginia Woolf

    Orlando, a young nobleman in Elizabeth's England, awaits a visit from the Queen. Now, an ambassador in Costantinople, awakes to find that he is a woman.

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  • Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
    Oliver Twist (English, Paperback) Charles Dickens, George Cruickshank

    Contains many Dickensian themes - poverty, desperation, fear, temptation and the eventual triumph of good in the face of adversity. This book features some of the characters, such as Oliver himself (Who dares to ask for more), the tyrannical Bumble, the diabolical Fagin, the menacing Bill Sikes, Nancy and 'the Artful Dodger'.

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