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Our classic fiction books include the most beloved and retold stories of all time. From Harper Lee and the Bronte sisters to Charles Dickens, you can discover the books that changed the world. We have all the best classic fiction books ever written!

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Classic Fiction Books

Our classic fiction books include the most beloved and retold stories of all time. From Harper Lee and the Bronte sisters to Charles Dickens, you can discover the books that changed the world. We have all the best classic fiction books ever written!

  • To Kill a Mockingbird

    Harper Lee

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    Paperback 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 follow-up Go Set a Watchman was also a huge success, Now is the perfect time to rediscover this hugely important book.
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  • The Catcher in the Rye

    JD Salinger

    Product Code: RYE2
    Paperback 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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  • Pride and Prejudice

    Jane Austen

    Product Code: JNP2
    Paperback 12 years +
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    The book that introduced Mr. Darcy, Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice is one of the all-time classic novels and is presented here with cover artwork by Emily Sutton.

    'It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.' At least that's what Mrs Bennet thinks as she tries to push her five daughters into marriage. But things don't always go to plan...
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  • Jane Eyre

    Charlotte Bronte

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    Paperback 14 years +
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    'Plain' orphan Jane Eyre is not expected to amount to much but she desperately wants to do something with her life. When she has an appointment at the gothic Thornfield mansion, she realises she could have a chance at giving her life meaning - and finding love. But then tragedy strikes...

    Written by Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre is a classic novel that challenges conventions of desire, family, class and identity at every turn of the page...
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  • Tess of the d'Urbervilles

    Thomas Hardy

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    Paperback 12 years +
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    Thomas Hardy's Tess of the d'Urbervilles follows the starving Durbeyfields as they discover they have a connection to a wealthy family.

    They send their beautiful daughter Tess to the d'Urbervill mansion to claim kinship and restore their fortunes. But will she be able to convince her handsome 'cousin' Alec to help her?
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  • Wuthering Heights

    Emily Bronte

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    Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights is a classic tale of love, obsession and revenge that also inspired Kate Bush to write one of the most iconic songs of all time.

    Catherine and Heathcliff are in love but their affair is doomed, Catherine's brother Hindley's hatred of Heathcliff leads to tragedy and after Catherine marries someone else, Heathcliff returns newly wealthy and with a desire to enact revenge on everyone who has wronged him...
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    Frankenstein

    Mary Shelley

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    A classic gothic horror novel about human nature and the pursuit for knowledge...

    Mary Shelley's Frankenstein was first published in 1818 and still remains an influence on so many books, novels and stage shows today. Often considered the very first science fiction novel, it tells the story of young scientist Victor Frankenstein and the tortured creature he creates then rejects.

    This powerful and unforgettable story touches upon the nature of human life and beauty and is sure to make you think - while also giving you the chills...
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    The Shakespeare Companion

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    Featuring summaries of the Bard's plays and characters, The Shakespeare Companion is the perfect read for anyone interested in his works, or those who are new to one of the most influential writers of all time.

    Complete with a foreword by Dame Judi Dench, this book will enlighten you about Shakespeare's writing and help you enjoy his plays even more. It provides synopses of plays and even a resume of each performance's history.

    There is also a look back at the history of Shakespearean theatre and those plays that he did not write that have been wrongly attributed to him.
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    Wuthering Heights

    Emily Bronte

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    Read the story that shocked a generation.

    Wuthering Heights is the story of Heathcliff's and Cathy's ungovernable love and suffering - and how their passion wreaked havoc on their families. It's a haunting love story filled with unforgettable characters and situations that have seared themselves into literary consciousness.

    Even author Emily Bronte's sister Charlotte had reservations about whether it was right to introduce a character like Heathcliff... Discover why by adding this classic novel from 1874 to your bookshelf.
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    Jane Eyre

    Charlotte Bronte

    Product Code: EYRE
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    One of the most inspiring and influential novels of all time...

    First published in 1847, Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre follows the protagonist as she endures an unhappy childhood, suffering abuse at the hands of her aunts and cousins before being sent to the comfortless Lowood School.

    Jane's life improves at the school so she decides to stay on as a teacher, even though she still longs for love and friendship. Can she find it at Mr. Rochester's house?
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  • A Midsummer Night's Dream

    William Shakespeare

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    HarperCollins is proud to present its new range of best-loved, essential classics. 'My Oberon! what visions have I seen! Methought I was enamoured of an ass.' When four young lovers flee from Athens and become lost in an enchanted wood, they stumble into a fairy world where King Oberon, and Queen Titania, are feuding over ownership of a young Indian prince. Seeking his revenge on Titania, Oberon and his servant Puck begin a magical, yet farcical chain of events where all become interwoven in a comedic and mischievous play about the difficulties of love.
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  • A Christmas Carol

    Charles Dickens

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    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. This finest of all Christmas stories is beautifully illustrated with Arthur Rackham's superb line drawings.
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  • A Christmas Carol

    Charles Dickens

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    HarperCollins is proud to present its new range of best-loved, essential classics. 'I am the Ghost of Christmas Present,' said the Spirit. 'Look upon me!' A celebration of Christmas, a tale of redemption and a critique on Victorian society, Dickens' atmospheric novella follows the miserly, penny-pinching Ebenezer Scrooge who views Christmas as 'humbug'. It is only through a series of eerie, life-changing visits from the ghost of his deceased business partner Marley and the spirits of Christmas past, present and future that he begins to see the error of his ways. With heart-rending characters, rich imagery and evocative language, the message of A Christmas Carol remains as significant today as when it was first published.
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  • Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

    Robert Louis Stevenson

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    With an Introduction and Notes by Dr Tim Middleton, Head of English Studies, University of Ripon and York. In seeking to discover his inner self, the brilliant Dr Jekyll discovers a monster. First published to critical acclaim in 1886, this mesmerising thriller is a terrifying study of the duality of man's nature, and it is the book which established Stevenson's reputation as a writer. Also included in this volume is Stevenson's 1887 collection of short stories, The Merry Men and Other Tales and Fables. The Merry Men is a gripping Highland tale of shipwrecks and madness; Markheim, the sinister study of the mind of a murderer; Thrawn Janet, a spine-chilling tale of demonic possession; Olalla, a study of degeneration and incipient vampirism in the Spanish mountains; Will O' the Mill, a thought-provoking fable about a mountain inn-keeper; and The Treasure of Franchard, a study of French bourgeois life.
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  • Just So Stories Audio

    Rudyard Kipling

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    Audio 9 years +
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    Samuel West reads ten of Rudyard Kipling's famous tales, as broadcast on BBC Radio 4. How the Whale Got His Throat, How the Leopard Got His Spots, The Beginning of the Armadillos, How the Rhinoceros Got His Skin, The Cat That Walked By Himself, How the Camel Got His Hump, The Crab That Played With The Sea, The Sing-Song of Old Man Kangaroo, and, The Butterfly That Stamped The Elephant's Child. First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 as part of Just So Science, these charming tales are sure to delight listeners of all ages.
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  • Lord of the Flies

    William Golding

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    Paperback 14 years +
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    A plane crashes on a desert island and the only survivors, a group of schoolboys, assemble on the beach and wait to be rescued. By day they inhabit a land of bright fantastic birds and dark blue seas, but at night their dreams are haunted by the image of a terrifying beast. As the boys' delicate sense of order fades, so their childish dreams are transformed into something more primitive, and their behaviour starts to take on a murderous, savage significance. First published in 1954, "Lord of the Flies" is one of the most celebrated and widely read of modern classics.
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  • The Call of the Wild

    Jack London

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    HarperCollins is proud to present its new range of best-loved, essential classics. 'Deep in the forest a call was sounding, and ...he felt compelled to turn his back upon the fire, and to plunge into the forest.' Half St. Bernard, half sheepdog, Buck is stolen away from his comfortable life as a pet in California and sold to dog traders. He soon finds himself aboard a ship, on its way to Northern Canada. Surrounded by cruelty, Buck's natural instincts and behaviour begin to emerge as he works as a mail carrying sled dog, scavenging for food, protecting himself against other dogs and sleeping out in the cold snow. Sold to a group of American gold hunters who are inexperienced living in the wilderness, the dogs are treated badly and as misfortune besets them, Buck is saved by John Thornton. Indebted to his new master, Buck remains by Thornton's side, saving him from drowning and protecting him with fierce loyalty throughout their time together. However, Buck can not deny the strong lure of the wilderness around him. Exciting and action-packed, Call of the Wild explores the timeless relationship between man and dog, and the inevitable draw of primitive instincts that pull Buck away from civilization and humanity towards the lawless and harsh wilderness.
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  • How a Ghastly Story Was Brought to Light by a Common or Garden Butcher's Dog

    Johann Peter Hebel

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    'The devil gave the woman a nudge: "Look at that belt full of money peeping out from under the butcher's shirt!"' Written for a local German journal and published in 1811, these fabulous, funny, jewel-like miniature tales describe con men, tricksters, disasters, murders, rascals and lovers, and include Franz Kafka's favourite story. Introducing Little Black Classics: 80 books for Penguin's 80th birthday. Little Black Classics celebrate the huge range and diversity of Penguin Classics, with books from around the world and across many centuries. They take us from a balloon ride over Victorian London to a garden of blossom in Japan, from Tierra del Fuego to 16th century California and the Russian steppe. Here are stories lyrical and savage; poems epic and intimate; essays satirical and inspirational; and ideas that have shaped the lives of millions. Johann Peter Hebel (1760-1826). Hebel's The Treasure Chest is available in Penguin Classics.
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  • Collins Classics: Oliver Twist

    Charles Dickens

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    HarperCollins is proud to present its new range of best-loved, essential classics. 'Oliver Twist has asked for more!' Fleeing the workhouse, Oliver finds himself taken under the wing of the Artful Dodger and caught up with a group of pickpockets in London. As he tries to free himself from their clutches he becomes immersed in the seedy underbelly of the Capital, amongst criminals, prostitutes and the homeless. Dickens scathing attack on the cruelness of Victorian Society features some of his most memorable and enduring characters, including innocent Oliver himself, the Artful Dodger, Fagin, Bill Sikes and Nancy.
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  • Treasure Island

    Robert Louis Stevenson

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    HarperCollins is proud to present its new range of best-loved, essential classics. 'Fifteen men on the dead man's chest -Yo-ho-ho, and a bottle of rum!' Upon finding a map in his parents' inn, young Jim Hawkins joins a crew on route to the Caribbean to find buried treasure. One of his crew, the charming, yet devious Long John Silver is determined to snag the booty for himself and Jim's swashbuckling voyage becomes a mutinous and murderous adventure - where his own bravery is put to the test and he discovers much about friendship, loyalty and betrayal.
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  • A Single Thread

    Tracy Chevalier

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    From the globally bestselling author of Girl with a Pearl Earring `I loved it. So compelling and warm and subtle, and very moving' Bridget Collins, author of The Binding `Deeply touching ... careful, beautiful' Louisa Young, author of My Dear I Wanted To Tell You It is 1932, and the losses of the First World War are still keenly felt. Violet Speedwell, mourning for both her fiance and her brother and regarded by society as a `surplus woman' unlikely to marry, resolves to escape her suffocating mother and strike out alone. A new life awaits her in Winchester. Yes, it is one of draughty boarding-houses and sidelong glances at her naked ring finger from younger colleagues; but it is also a life gleaming with independence and opportunity. Violet falls in with the broderers, a disparate group of women charged with embroidering kneelers for the Cathedral, and is soon entwined in their lives and their secrets. As the almost unthinkable threat of a second Great War appears on the horizon Violet collects a few secrets of her own that could just change everything... Warm, vivid and beautifully orchestrated, A Single Thread reveals one of our finest modern writers at the peak of her powers.
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  • A Guinea Pig Christmas Carol

    Charles Dickens

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    -- Charles Dickens's heartwarming winter tale... with guinea pigs in the starring roles! Miserable to the core and wholly unwilling to celebrate Christmas, the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge says `Bah! Humbug!' to the festive season. But then one chilly night he is visited by three Spirits, who take him on a journey through time so he can learn the error of his ways and discover the true meaning of Christmas.
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  • Romeo and Juliet

    William Shakespeare

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    HarperCollins is proud to present its new range of best-loved, essential classics. 'Did my heart love till now? Forswear it, sight! For I ne'er saw true beauty till this night.' Arguably the greatest love story ever told, Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet continues to touch modern audiences with its passionate depiction of the tragic romance between two young lovers. With a bitter feud between their respective families, Romeo and Juliet's love is troubled from the start, and through their relationship, Shakespeare shows the fine line between love, hatred, comedy and tragedy.
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  • A Literary Christmas

    British Library

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    This seasonal compendium collects together poems, short stories, and prose extracts by some of the greatest poets and writers in the English language. Like Charles Dickens's ghosts of Christmas Past and Present, they are representative of times old and new--from John Donne's Elizabethan hymn over the baby Jesus to Benjamin Zephaniah's "Talking Turkeys," from Thomas Tusser counting the cost of a Tudor feast to P. G. Wodehouse's wry story about Christmas on a diet. Enjoy a Christmas Day as described by Samuel Pepys, Anthony Trollope, George Eliot, or Nancy Mitford. Venture out into the snow in the company of Jane Austen, Henry James, and Dickens's Mr. Pickwick. Entertain the children with the seasonal tales of Dylan Thomas, Kenneth Grahame, and Oscar Wilde.
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Sumptuous romances, grand adventures, immersive mysteries and spellbinding fantasy – classic novels are sure to keep you gripped from first page to last. These tried-and-tested, timeless favourites are essential additions to any booklover’s collection.

A range of genres

Classic fiction books cover a variety of popular genres, from the heart-pounding horror of Frankenstein to the epic fantasy of The Lord of the Rings and the sumptuous romance of Pride and Prejudice. Whatever your reading preferences, you’re sure to find classic fiction you can lose yourself in by browsing our extensive selection.

Acclaimed authors and bucket list books

Our range features the most highly-acclaimed authors of classic fiction, including Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, J. R. R. Tolkien, Mary Shelley, Leo Tolstoy and many, many more. Explore our variety of great-value classic literature and start reading those books you always said you would.

Stories from centuries past

Delve into the past through the fiction of bygone eras, from the ancient works of Homer and Virgil to the modernist masterpieces of James Joyce and Franz Kafka, and all the classic fiction in between. Browse our brilliant range today to find your new favourite classic novels.