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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!

  • 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+.

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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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  • Tess of the d'Urbervilles

    Thomas Hardy

    Product Code: TDU2
    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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  • Little Women

    Louisa May Alcott

    Product Code: BRAJM
    Hardback 12 years +
    Little Women is one of the best-loved children's stories of all time, based on the author's own youthful experiences. It describes the family of the four March sisters living in a small New England community. Meg, the eldest, is pretty and wishes to be a lady; Jo, at fifteen is ungainly and unconventional with an ambition to be an author; Beth is a delicate child of thirteen with a taste for music and Amy is a blonde beauty of twelve. The story of their domestic adventures, their attempts to increase the family income, their friendship with the neighbouring Laurence family, and their later love affairs remains as fresh and beguiling as ever.
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  • A Christmas Carol

    Charles Dickens

    Product Code: BQZRG
    Hardback 11 years +
    A Christmas Carol is the most famous, heart-warming and chilling festive story of them all. In these pages we meet Ebenezer Scrooge, whose name is synonymous with greed and parsimony: 'Every idiot who goes about with "Merry Christmas" on his lips, should be boiled with his own pudding, and buried with a stake of holly through his heart'. This attitude is soon challenged when the ghost of his old partner, Jacob Marley, returns from the grave to haunt him on Christmas Eve. Scrooge is then visited in turn by three spirits of Christmas Past, Present and Future, each one revealing the error of his ways and gradually melting the frozen heart of this old miser, leading him towards his redemption. On the journey we take with Scrooge we encounter a rich array of Dickensian characters including the poor Cratchit family with the ailing Tiny Tim and the generous and jolly Fezziwig. When Charles Dickens wrote A Christmas Carol in 1843 he fashioned an enduring gift to the world, capturing the essence of the love, kindness and generosity of the Christmas season. It is a timeless classic and the story's uplifting magic remains as potent today as when it was first published.
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  • The Pickwick Papers

    Charles Dickens

    Product Code: ABUAO
    Paperback 11 years +
    "The Pickwick Papers" began as a literary spoof centred around sketches of stock sporting fops by caricaturist Robert Seymour. Following the success of "Sketches by Boz", Dickens was recruited to compose the words which would accompany the illustrations. Dickens quickly made the project his own and created some of his most popular characters: Samuel Pickwick, and his companions Winkle, Augustus Snodgrass, and Tracy Tupman. At the height of its popularity "The Pickwick Papers" sold 40,000 copies a month and catapulted the 24 year old Dickens to fame.
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  • Ivanhoe

    Sir Walter Scott

    Product Code: AFPYP
    Paperback 11 years +
    "The Penguin English Library Edition" of "Ivanhoe" by Walter Scott. 'Fight on, brave knights! Man dies, but glory lives!'. Banished from England for seeking to marry against his father's wishes, Ivanhoe joins Richard the Lion Heart on a crusade in the Holy Land. On his return, his passionate desire is to be reunited with the beautiful but forbidden lady Rowena, but he soon finds himself playing a more dangerous game as he is drawn into a bitter power struggle between the noble King Richard and his evil and scheming brother John. The first of Scott's novels to address a purely English subject, "Ivanhoe" is set in a highly romanticized medieval world of tournaments and sieges, chivalry and adventure where dispossessed Saxons are pitted against their Norman overlords, and where the historical and fictional seamlessly merge. "The Penguin English Library" contains 100 editions of the best fiction in English, from the eighteenth century and the very first novels to the beginning of the First World War.
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  • Robinson Crusoe

    Daniel Defoe

    Product Code: AFPYI
    Paperback 11 years +
    This is the "Penguin English Library Edition" of "Robinson Crusoe" by Daniel Defoe. 'I walk'd about on the shore, lifting up my hands, and my whole being, as I may say, wrapt up in the contemplation of my deliverance ...reflecting upon all my comrades that were drown'd, and that there should not be one soul sav'd but my self...' Who has not dreamed of life on an exotic isle, far away from civilization? Here is the novel which has inspired countless imitations by lesser writers, none of which equal the power and originality of Defoe's famous book. 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. First published in 1719, "Robinson Crusoe" has been praised by such writers as James Joyce, Virginia Woolf, and Samuel Johnson as one of the greatest novels in the English language. "The Penguin English Library" - 100 editions of the best fiction in English, from the eighteenth century and the very first novels to the beginning of the First World War.
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  • Frankenstein

    Mary Shelley

    Product Code: AEECH
    Paperback 11 years +
    'Never did I behold a vision so horrible as his face, of such loathsome, yet appalling hideousness'. A twisted, upside-down creation myth, Mary Shelley's chilling Gothic tale lays bare the dark side of science, and the horror within us all. It 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. Written after a nightmare when its author was only eighteen, "Frankenstein" gave birth to the modern science fiction novel. The Penguin English Library - 100 editions of the best fiction in English, from the eighteenth century and the very first novels to the beginning of the First World War.
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  • Great Expectations

    Charles Dickens

    Product Code: AADZK
    Paperback 11 years +
    A terrifying encounter with an escaped convict in a graveyard on the wild Kent marshes; a summons to meet the bitter, decaying Miss Havisham and her beautiful, cold-hearted ward Estella; the sudden generosity of a mysterious benefactor - these form a series of events that change the orphaned Pip's life forever, and he eagerly abandons his humble origins to begin a new life as a gentleman. Dickens' haunting late novel depicts Pip's education and development through adversity as he discovers thetrue nature of his 'great expectations'.
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  • The Count of Monte Cristo

    Alexandre Dumas

    Product Code: AADGA
    Paperback 11 years +
    Thrown in prison for a crime he has not committed, Edmond Dantes is confined to the grim fortress of If. There he learns of a great hoard of treasure hidden on the Isle of Monte Cristo and becomes determined not only to escape but to unearth the treasure and use it to plot the destruction of the three men responsible for his incarceration. A huge popular success when it was first serialized in the 1840s, Dumas was inspired by a real-life case of wrongful imprisonment when writing his epic tale of suffering and retribution.
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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.