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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

  • Animal Farm

    George Orwell

    Product Code: BZMKT
    Hardback
    When the downtrodden animals of Manor Farm overthrow their master Mr Jones and take over the farm themselves, they imagine it is the beginning of a life of freedom and equality. But gradually a cunning, ruthless elite, masterminded by the pigs Napoleon and Snowball, starts to take control. Soon the other animals find themselves hopelessly ensnared as one form of tyranny is replaced with another . . .
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  • Tess of the D'Urbervilles

    Thomas Hardy

    Product Code: BFOTP
    Paperback
    HarperCollins is pround to present its new range of best-loved, essential classics. 'My life looks as if it had been wasted for want of chances! When I see what you know, what you have read, and seen, and thought, I feel what a nothing I am!' Challenging the hypocrisy and social conventions of the rural Victorian world, Tess of the D'Urbervilles follows the story of Tess Durbeyfield as she attempts to escape the poverty of her background, seeking wealth by claiming connection with the aristocratic D'Urberville family. It is through Tess's relationships with two very different men that Hardy tells the story of his tragic heroine, and exposes the double standards of the world that she inhabits with searing pathos and heart-rending sentiment.
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  • Three Men in a Boat

    Jerome K. Jerome

    Product Code: BDKHU
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    HarperCollins is proud to present its new range of best-loved, essential classics. 'That's Harris all over - so ready to take the burden of everything himself, and put it on the backs of other people.' Three late-Victorian gentlemen, George, Harris and the writer himself as well as their fox terrier Montmorency take a trip in a boat along the River Thames to Oxford. What ensues is a hilarious journey through the English waterways full of anecdotes, and farcical incidents with Montmorency wreaking havoc along the way.
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  • Tales of the Tattooed

    John Miller

    Product Code: CBPCV
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    Uncovering the history of the tattoo in classic fiction for the first time, this original selection depicts the tattoo as a catalyst for scandal in society, as a symbol for an unknowable supernatural force, and as transcendent living art merging the spirits of a tattooer and his or her living canvas. Featuring previously hidden works from the pages of rare literary magazines such as "The Starfish Tattoo" alongside such classics of the genre as Tanizaki's "The Tattooer" and Saki's "The Background," this exploration of the tattoo in fiction is guaranteed to leave an indelible impression.
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  • Maigret and the Loner

    Georges Simenon

    Product Code: CBQVW
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    When a socially isolated vagrant is found dead in the condemned building where he had been sleeping in Les Halles, Paris, Maigret must delve into the victim's mysterious past to discover who could have killed him.
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  • The Young Visiters

    Daisy Ashford

    Product Code: CBQPL
    Hardback
    A romantic and comic gem from a precocious Victorian nine-year-old that has charmed readers for a century The Young Visiters is a comic masterpiece that has delighted generations of readers since it was first published in 1919. A classic story of life and love in later Victorian England as seen from the nursery window, it was written in 1890 by nine-year-old Daisy Ashford. It all starts when Alfred Salteena, who is 'not quite the right side of the blanket', takes young Ethel Montacue to stay with his friend Bernard Clarke... Daisy Ashford has an exquisite eye for matchmaking and manners in English society, and her tale, with its hilarious observation and idiosyncratic spelling, is as irresistible today as it ever was. This edition of The Young Visiters is illustrated with drawings by Posy Simmonds which are as enchanting and witty as the story. The text has been transcribed from the original manuscript and includes J.M. Barrie's famous preface to the first edition.
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  • The Beauty of the Wolf

    Wray Delaney

    Product Code: CBGLA
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    'What some might call beauty, I find monstrous' In the age of the Faerie Queene, Elizabeth I, Lord Francis Rodermere starts to lay waste to a forest. Furious, the sorceress who dwells there scrawls a curse into the bark of the first oak he fells: A faerie boy will be born to you whose beauty will be your death. Ten years later, Lord Rodermere's son, Beau is born - and all who encounter him are struck by his great beauty. Meanwhile, many miles away in a London alchemist's cellar lives Randa - a beast deemed too monstrous to see the light of day. And so begins a timeless tale of love, tragedy and revenge... A stunning retelling of Beauty and the Beast
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  • Manon Lescaut

    Antoine Francois Prevost

    Product Code: BZHQF
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    When the young nobleman Des Grieux lays eyes on the beautiful and charming lower-class Manon Lescaut, he immediately falls in love with her and runs away with her to Paris, incurring the wrath of his family and forfeiting his inheritance. However, he struggles to satisfy her taste for luxury, frittering away the little he has left, and his domestic bliss finally disintegrates when he finds out that Manon has taken a rich lover. Although causing scandal when it was first published in 1731 and subsequently banned, Manon Lescaut proved very popular with eighteenth-century readers and circulated in pirated editions. The basis for Puccini's famous opera, Abbe Prevost's ground-breaking tale of passion and tragedy became hugely influential on the next generation of novelists. Contains extra material and notes.
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  • Querelle of Brest

    Jean Genet

    Product Code: BYZDN
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    Jean Genet, French playwright, novelist and poet, turned the experiences in his life amongst pimps, whores, thugs and other fellow social outcasts into a poetic literature, with an honesty and explicitness unprecedented at the time. Widely considered an outstanding and unique figure in French literature, Genet wrote five novels between 1942 and 1947, now being republished by Faber & Faber in beautiful new paperback editions. Querelle of Brest is widely considered to be Jean Genet's most accomplished novel, which was made into a film by Rainer Werner Fassbinder in 1982. Querelle, a young sailor at large in the port of Brest, is an object of illicit desire to his diary-keeping superior officer, Lieutenant Seblon. He is coveted, too, by corrupt policeman Mario. He gives himself freely both to brothel-keeper Madame Lysiane and to her husband. But Querelle is a thief and a murderer -- not a man to be trusted or trifled with . . . With a new introduction by Jon Savage.
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  • O Pioneers!

    Willa Cather

    Product Code: BUIYP
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    The first novel in Willa Cather's acclaimed Great Plains Trilogy, followed by The Song of the Lark and My Antonia. `She is undoubtedly one of the greatest American writers' Observer Alexandra Bergson inherits the family farm when her father dies early. In spite of her brothers' doubts, her ambitious vision for the land comes to fruition, but the price of success appears to be a small, quiet life. Then the equilibrium of country life is jeopardised by the return of Alexandra's brother Emil and her childhood confidant, Carl Linstrum. O Pioneers! is at once a love letter to Nebraska and the tale of a remarkable heroine who remains resilient in the face of tragedy.
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  • My Antonia

    Willa Cather

    Product Code: BUHAU
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    The final novel in Willa Cather's acclaimed Great Plains Trilogy, that includes O Pioneers! and The Song of the Lark. `A clear-eyed salute to the resilience of the human spirit' Guardian WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY SARA WHEELER Jim Burden, a young orphan sent to live with relatives in Nebraska, grows up alongside Bohemian immigrant Antonia Shimerda. But while their childhoods are shared, their paths soon diverge, spurred on by the effects of dire poverty on the Shimerda family. Cather's novel was met with instant acclaim: in it she paints a portrait of the beautiful, unforgiving Nebraskan landscape and honours the lives of ordinary people during a pivotal era in American history.
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  • A Modest Proposal and Polite Conversation

    Jonathan Swift

    Product Code: BTAFM
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    In response to the dire economic conditions in eighteenth-century Ireland, A Modest Proposal ironically exhorts the poor to provide their offspring as food to the rich. Skilfully applying a wealth of classical rhetorical techniques, Swift's satirical tour de force takes a savage swipe at the selfishness of the ruling classes and the heartlessness of the various utilitarian solutions put forward by contemporary thinkers. In addition to this seminal piece, this volume includes a number of other humorous and polemical writings - including `A Short View of the State of Ireland' and `A Meditation upon a Broomstick' - which, taken together, provide an invaluable introduction to Swift as a master satirist and pamphleteer.
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  • Difficult Loves and Other Stories

    Italo Calvino

    Product Code: BSBEN
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    A spectacular display of this key European writer's early work This dazzling collection of stories follows the individual adventures of a varied cast of characters and masterfully illustrates Calvino's unique perspective and narrative gifts. As well as the thirteen tales from his Difficult Loves collection this volume also includes Smog and A Plunge into Real Estate.
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  • Glimpses of the Unknown

    Mike Ashley

    Product Code: BRHXQ
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    A figure emerges from a painting to pursue a bitter vengeance; the last transmission of a dying man haunts the airwaves, seeking to reveal his murderer; a treasure hunt disturbs an ancient presence in the silence of a lost tomb... From the vaults of the British Library comes a new anthology celebrating the best works of forgotten, never since republished, supernatural fiction from the early 20th century. Waiting within are malevolent spirits eager to possess the living and mysterious spectral guardians - a diverse host of phantoms exhumed from the rare pages of literary magazines and newspaper serials to thrill once more.
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  • Gulliver's Travels

    Jonathan Swift

    Product Code: BKLWO
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    The misadventures of Lemuel Gulliver certainly are extraordinary. First he is shipwrecked in a strange land, and finds himself a prisoner of the tiny inhabitants of Lilliput. Then he washes up in Brobdingnag, where the people are giants of extraordinary proportions. Further exploits see him stranded with the scientists and philosophers of Laputa, and meeting a race of talking horses who rule over bestial humans. One of the finest satires in the English language, Gulliver's Travels delights in the mockery of everything from government to religion and - despite the passing of nearly three centuries - remains just as funny and relevant today. This gorgeous Macmillan Collector's Library edition of Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels features the beautiful artwork of the celebrated English illustrator Arthur Rackham, and an afterword by author and critic, Henry Hitchings. Designed to appeal to the booklover, the Macmillan Collector's Library is a series of beautiful gift editions of much loved classic titles. Macmillan Collector's Library are books to love and treasure.
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  • Frankenstein

    Mary Shelley

    Product Code: AHXIX
    Hardback
    This is a stunning new clothbound edition of Mary Shelley's infamous work of horror fiction, designed by the award-winning Coralie Bickford-Smith. These delectable and collectible Penguin editions are bound in high-quality colourful, tactile cloth with foil stamped into the design. 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. This chilling gothic tale, begun when Mary Shelley was just nineteen years old, would become the world's most famous work of horror fiction, and remains a devastating exploration of the limits of human creativity. This edition also includes 'A Fragment' by Lord Byron and 'The Vampyre: A Tale' by John Polidori, as well as an introduction and notes. Mary Shelley (1797-1851), the daughter of pioneering thinkers Mary Wollstonecraft and William Godwin, eloped with the poet Percy Shelley at the age of sixteen. Three years later, during a wet summer on Lake Geneva, Shelley famously wrote her masterpiece, Frankenstein. The years of her marriage were blighted by the deaths of three of her four children, and further tragedy followed in 1822, when Percy Shelley drowned in Italy. Following his death, Mary Shelley returned to England and continued to travel and write until her own death at the age of fifty-three.
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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.

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