Classic Fiction

  • Vintage Christmas Fiction Collection - 8 Books - Collection - 9781784871246
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    Christmas is a time for embracing the festive spirit, donning your favourite pair of Christmas pyjamas and cosying up with a good book. In this eight-book collection, we've gathered our favourite festive fiction that perfectly captures the magic of the Christmas season.

    From Stella Gibbons' charmingly funny short stories in Christmas at Cold Comfort Farm, to a race to the north pole in Arthur Ransome's Winter Holiday and Charles Dickens' winter classic A Christmas Carol, the books here a varied but all have two things in common - unforgettable stories and fiction writing of the highest calibre.

    As necessary at this time of year as plum pudding, silver bells and Christmas cheer, this collection of classic books is sure to provide readers with a wonderful dose of Yuletide nostalgia.
  • Daphne du Maurier Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9780349008097
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    One of the 20th century's most original writing talents, Daphne du Maurier's novels are never anything less than magical - and here we've collected our favourites for one unbelievable Book People price. This set includes her bestseller Rebecca, Frenchman's Creek and Jamaica Inn, perhaps one of the best historical romances ever written.

    Frenchman's Creek is a tale of adventure, set during the reign of Charles II. It is the breathtaking story of a woman searching for love, who embraces the dangerous life of a fugitive on the high seas. du Maurier's much-praised Rebecca is a gothic tale of love, murder and secrets; and Jamaica Inn is a classic story with murder, mystery and plenty of passion.

    Complete with stunning new jackets, this three-book collection will delight fiction fans who love gripping page-turners.
  • P. G. Wodehouse Collection - 9 Books - Collection - 9780099586388 - P.G. Wodehouse
    P.G. Wodehouse
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    Lord Emsworth is delightfully dotty and his bone-headed son the Hon is just as hilarious. They both live in Blandings Castle, where there is always an impostor or two on the premises.

    Brilliantly farcical, the books in this collection will have you laughing throughout and introduce you to some truly unforgettable characters. Nothing ever goes quite according to plan, but this is part of the joy of P.G. Wodehouse's writing.

    A nine-book collection to make you chuckle time and time again.

    Harper Lee
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    The long-awaited sequel to the phenomenal bestseller and Pulitzer Prize-winning To Kill a Mockingbird, Go Set a Watchman was thought to have been lost since it was set aside in by Harper Lee in the 1960s. Discovered attached to To Kill a Mockingbird's original manuscript by Lee's lawyer in the autumn of 2014, fifty-five years after its original publication, Go Set a Watchman reintroduces the To Kill a Mockingbird characters some twenty years later...

    Scout has returned to Maycomb from New York to visit her father Atticus Finch. She is forced to grapple with issues both personal and political as she tries to understand both her father's attitude toward society, and her own feelings about the place where she was born and spent her childhood.

    To Kill a Mockingbird is one of the most iconic and widely read novels of the twentieth century and now readers can reintroduce themselves to the famous characters and witness how life has changed them for the better... or the worse.

    A beautiful, agonisingly tender story that must be read by all fans of classic fiction.
  • Ernest Hemingway Collection - 8 Books - Collection - 9780099595687 - Ernest Hemingway
    Ernest Hemingway
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    An influential, Nobel Prize-winning author, we are delighted to offer a fantastic eight-book collection from Ernest Hemingway, which features the much-loved classics including The Old Man and the Sea.

    Surely one of the most popular authors of all time, the books in this collection all have gorgeous vintage-style jackets and will work either as an introduction to Hemingway's writing or as a keepsake for those already familiar.

    A mixture of fiction and non-fiction which is endlessly fascinating, you'll get the chance to read about Hemingway's real-life experiences during the war in the autobiographical A Farewell to Arms; discover Robert Jordan's extraordinary story in the Spanish Civil War-set novel For Whom the Bell Tolls; and read his extraordinary, exhaustive account of the Spanish Bullfight in Death in the Afternoon.
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    Harper Lee
    14 years +
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    Harper Lee's acclaimed To Kill a Mockingbird won a Pulitzer Prize after its publication in 1960 and is hugely influential in its exposure of racial prejudice.

    Set in the American Deep South, the story is seen through the eyes of six-year-old Scout, whose lawyer father Atticus Finch defends a young black man wrongly accused of raping a white woman.

    As Scout's family deals with the hostility and prejudice as a result of the case, there's a dawning realisation for Scout of all the inequality and injustice in her world.

    Powerful and moving, this 'Great American Novel' is a must-have addition to every reader's bookshelf and with the publication of follow-up Go Set a Watchman already one of the biggest sellers of the year, now is the perfect time to rediscover the hugely important book.
    Vera Brittain
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    In 1914 Vera Brittain was eighteen and, as war was declared, she was preparing to study at Oxford. Four years later her life - and the life of her whole generation - had changed in a way that was unimaginable in the tranquil pre-war era. TESTAMENT OF YOUTH, one of the most famous autobiographies of the First World War, is Brittain's account of how she survived the period; how she lost the man she loved; how she nursed the wounded and how she emerged into an altered world. A passionate record of a lost generation, it made Vera Brittain one of the best-loved writers of her time.
  • Fu Manchu Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781783298716 - Sax Rohmer
    Sax Rohmer
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    Throughout this three-book set, ultimate villain Dr Fu-Manchu is seeking to climb the ladder of the secret society's hierachy and to pave the way for the conquest of his native China. Relentlessly pursued by Commissioner Sir Denis Nayland Smith and Dr Petrie - the narrator of these mood-drenched adventures - will Fu-Manchu be able to achieve his evil dreams?

    Written by Sax Rohmer in the early 20th century, the stories are a tantalising mix of Sherlock Holmes and James Bond... The Mystery of Dr Fu-Manchu introduces the emissary of evil society; The Hand of Dr Fu-Manchu finds him back with a new terrifying plan; and Daughter of Fu-Manchu follows Fah Lo Suee as she tries to find power and leadership over the evil cults of the East. No one can stop her - apart from her father...

    This collection contains books 1, 3 and 4 in Sax Rohmer's Fu-Manchu series.
    Harper Lee
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    One of the most eagerly awaited novels of all time, Harper Lee's Go Set a Watchman is the follow-up to her Pulitzer Prize-winning 'Great American Novel' To Kill a Mockingbird (originally published in 1960). This audiobook edition is read by the Academy Award-winning actress Reese Witherspoon.

    Set during the mid-1950s, 20 years after the events of To Kill a Mockingbird, the book catches up with the famous characters and reveals how their lives have changed... Jean Louise Finch (or Scout as you'll remember her) is heading back from New York to visit her father Atticus in Maycomb in the Deep South. As she makes this journey, she has to face up to a number of personal and political issues including her father's changing attitude towards society.

    Scout also has to grapple with her own feelings and the childhood memories that are stirred by revisiting her hometown.

    A complex and compelling book that was discovered attached to an original typescript of To Kill a Mockingbird 2014, it's one that any lover of classic fiction should make room for on their reading list.
  • Edith Wharton Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9780748137084 - Edith Wharton
    Edith Wharton
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    Often acclaimed as one of America's finest novelists, delve into or rediscover the works of Edith Wharton with this great value three-book set. Featuring the masterpiece The Age of Innocence, later adapted into a hit film by Martin Scorsese, every novel is compelling and captivating from start to finish.

    The Age of Innocence is set during turn-of-the-century New York and finds Newland Archer torn between his respect for family traditions and his burgeoning attraction to his wife-to-be's cousin... The Children finds bachelor Martin Boyne befriending some precocious kids on a cruise ship between Algiers and Venice Martin Boyne; while The House of Mirth portrays the moral, social and economic restraints on a woman's attitude to marriage in the early 1900s.
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    J. D. Salinger
    13 years +
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    The Catcher in the Rye has an enduring attraction that puts it at the top of a must-read list for young adults. The cynical observations of J. D. Salinger's central character, Holden Caulfield, condemn the phony posturing and hypocrisy of those around him.

    Holden is driven by vague, unspecified angst and unhappiness and manages to get caught up in a series of uncomfortable encounters with a prostitute, her pimp, an old girlfriend and a former teacher.

    The Catcher in the Rye is as thought-provoking and compulsive as the conflicts of its central character. Recommended for readers 14+.

    This children's book has been hand-picked for you by Red House.
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    Dodie Smith
    13 years +
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    I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith is the diary of Cassandra Mortmain, which tells of her extraordinary family and their crumbling castle home.

    Cassandra's father was once a famous writer, but now he mainly reads detective novels while his family slide into genteel poverty. Her sister Rose is bored and beautiful, and desperate to marry riches. Their step-mother Topaz has habit of striding through the countryside wearing only her wellington boots. But all their lives will be soon be transformed by the arrival of new neighbours from America, and Cassandra finds herself falling in love...
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    Molly Keane
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    Molly Keane was widely heralded as the mistress of wicked comedy as her observations were so deliciously accurate and her humour decidedly black. The five wickedly sharp stories in this collection are riveting and the elegant writing fits perfectly as sadness and pathos lie close to the glittering surface.

    The books include the likes of Time After Time and Devoted Ladies and contain some extremely cleverly conceived characters.

    Although the books will make you chuckle and laugh out loud, there are also genuine shocks and twists that were her trademarks throughout every story.
  • Rumer Godden Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9780748136315 - Rumer Godden
    Rumer Godden
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    This three-book collection will act as the perfect introduction to the highly acclaimed author Rumer Godden. Including Black Narcissus, the novel that inspired an Academy Award-winning film in 1947, the books are all full of high emotion, intensity and drama. Black Narcissus is the story of a sisterhood of nuns on a mission in Himalayan India, while Breakfast with the Nikolides is a coming-of-age story set in post-colonial East Bengal and Kingfishers Catch Fire tells the story of a young English woman's dramatic and disturbing experiences in Himalayan Kashmir. Stories that will stay with you long after you've finished reading them, this is a collection not to be missed!
  • South Riding Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9780748135271 - Winifred Holtby
    Winifred Holtby
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    This trio of titles from Winifred Holtby all evoke memories from times gone by and provide readers with an insightful account of the communities of the 1930s.

    South Riding is widely heralded as a classic by many and is based around the fictional town of South Riding in Yorkshire, home to the forward-thinking Sarah Burton. In a town blighted by recession and devastated by the loss of the war, she will have to help the community come to terms with significant social change too.

    Anderby Wold tells how the once sleepy and calm village is changed forever after a radical young man arrives; and The Land of Green Ginger is a charming tale of first love.
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    Ray Bradbury
    13 years +
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    A hauntingly prophetic classic novel from the 1950s written by Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451 is set in a not-too-distant future where Guy Montag is a fireman.

    His job is to burn books as they are now forbidden and being claimed as the source of all discord and unhappiness. Even so, Montag is unhappy... His marriage is falling apart and there may be books hidden in his house.

    Similar in themes to George Orwell's 1984, Bradbury's powerful and poetic prose takes a devastating look at Western civilisation's enslavement by the media, drugs and conformity. A shocking, dazzling book that every teen reader should have on their bookshelf.
    Robert Louis Stevenson
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    An all-time classic first published in 1883, Treasure Island sees the discovery of a treasure map set Jim and his companions in search of buried gold, and they are soon on board the Hispaniola with a crew of pirates led by the legendary one-legged sea cook Long John Silver. As they near their destination, Jim's courage and wits are tested to the full. A book that possibly reinvented the children's book genre, this is a story that appeals equally to adults and is famed for its action, adventures and unforgettable characters. This edition celebrates the ultimate book of pirates and high adventure, and also examines how its tale of greed, murder, treachery and evil has acquired its classic status.

    Mary Shelley
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    Obsessed by creating life itself, Victor Frankenstein plunders graveyards for the material to fashion a new being, which he shocks into life by electricity. But his botched creature, rejected by Frankenstein and denied human companionship, sets out to destroy his maker and all that he holds dear. Mary Shelley's chilling gothic tale was conceived when she was only eighteen, living with her lover Percy Shelley near Byron's villa on Lake Geneva. It would become the world's most famous work of horror fiction, and remains a devastating exploration of the limits of human creativity.
    F.Scott Fitzgerald
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    Jay Gatsby is the man who has everything. But one thing will always be out of his reach...Everybody who is anybody is seen at his glittering parties. Day and night his Long Island mansion buzzes with bright young things drinking, dancing and debating his mysterious character. For Gatsby - young, handsome, fabulously rich - always seems alone in the crowd, watching and waiting, though no one knows what for. Beneath the shimmering surface of his life he is hiding a secret: a silent longing that can never be fulfilled. And soon this destructive obsession will force his world to unravel.
    William Golding
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    "Lord of the Flies" is a novel that has captivated schoolchildren ever since it was first published in 1954. A teacher himself, Golding clearly understood what excites and interests children. It is not only a gripping story, with strong, sympathetic characters, but it also raises timeless and profound questions. Part of its lasting appeal, particularly in schools, surely arises from the way it tackles universal issues. The novel is a catalyst for thought-provoking discussion and analysis, not only concerning the capabilities of humans for good and evil and the fragility of moral inhibition, but beyond. The boys' struggle to find a way of existing in a community with no fixed boundaries invites readers to evaluate the concepts involved in social and political constructs and moral frameworks. Ideas of community, leadership, and the rule of law are called into question as the reader has to consider who has a right to power, why, and what the consequences of the acquisition of power may be. All of these concerns are current today and can be easily related to the novel through effective teaching and learning. This new educational edition encourages original and independent thought from students, as well as guiding them through the text. The introductory material includes a biographical section on William Golding as well as providing information about the novel's historical context, which will be ideal for students completing GCSE and A-Level courses. At the end of the text there are chapter summaries, comprehension questions, discussion points and activities plus a glossary of less familiar words or phrases. This new edition includes William Golding's essay on "Lord of the Flies", "Fable". All of these are intended to inspire and generate creative teaching, learning and love of the novel.
    Charles Dickens
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    A Dickens classic, A Tale Of Two Cities traces the private lives of a group of people caught up in the cataclysm of the French Revolution. After a lengthy spell as a political prisoner in Bastille, the ageing Dr Manette has been reunited with his daughter, Lucie, in England. There, two very different men, Charles Darnay, an exiled French aristocrat, and Sydney Carton, a disreputable but brilliant English lawyer, have become enmeshed through their love for Lucie Manette. Through this love, they are all drawn against their will to the vengeful, bloodstained streets of Paris at the height of the Reign of Terror and soon fall under the lethal shadow of La Guillotine.

    John Steinbeck
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    Drifters in search of work, George and his simple-minded friend Lennie, have nothing in the world except each other - and a dream. A dream that one day they will have some land of their own. Eventually they find work on a ranch, but their hopes are doomed as Lennie - struggling against extreme cruelty, misunderstanding and jealousy - becomes a victim of his own strength. Tackling universal themes, friendship and a shared vision, and giving a voice to America's lonely and dispossesed, Of Mice and Men remains Steinbeck's most popular work.
    Jane Austen
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    During an eventful season at Bath, young, naive Catherine Morland experiences the joys of fashionable society for the first time. She is delighted with her new 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. There, her imagination influenced by novels of sensation and intrigue, Catherine imagines terrible crimes committed by General Tilney. With its broad comedy and irrepressible heroine, this is the most youthful and and optimistic of Jane Austen's works.
    James Joyce
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    Ulysses, one of the greatest novels of the twentieth century, has had a profound influence on modern fiction. In a series of episodes covering the course of a single day, 16 June 1904, the novel traces the movements of Leopold Bloom and Stephen Dedalus through the streets of Dublin. Each episode has its own literary style, and the epic journey of Odysseus is only one of many correspondencies that add layers of meaning to the text. Ulysses has been the subject of controversy since copies of the first English edition were burned by the New York Post Office Authorities. Today critical interest centres on the authority of the text, and this edition, complete with an invaluable Introduction, notes, and appendices, republishes for the first time, without interference, the original 1922 text.