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!

  • KMK2 14 years +

    To Kill a Mockingbird (Paperback)

    Harper Lee

    (5) Hand-picked favourites
    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.
    • £3.99
    • RRP £7.99
    • Save £4.00
    More info
  • EBR2 14 years +

    Wuthering Heights (Paperback)

    Emily Bronte

    Hand-picked favourites
    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...
    • £3.99
    • RRP £7.99
    • Save £4.00
    More info
  • SHCM

    The Shakespeare Companion (Paperback)

    Hand-picked favourites
    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.
    • £4.99
    • RRP £15.00
    • Save £10.01
    More info
  • TDU2 12 years +

    Tess of the d'Urbervilles (Paperback)

    Thomas Hardy

    Hand-picked favourites
    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?
    • £3.99
    • RRP £7.99
    • Save £4.00
    More info
  • JEY2 14 years +

    Jane Eyre (Paperback)

    Charlotte Bronte

    Hand-picked favourites
    '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...
    • £3.99
    • RRP £7.99
    • Save £4.00
    More info
  • JNP2 12 years +

    Pride and Prejudice (Paperback)

    Jane Austen

    Hand-picked favourites
    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...
    • £3.99
    • RRP £7.99
    • Save £4.00
    More info
  • ASZJD

    A Christmas Carol (Paperback)

    Charles Dickens

    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.
    • £2.29
    • RRP £2.50
    • Save £0.21
    More info
  • Clearance
    AFOSS 14 years +

    Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (Penguin English Library Edition) (Paperback)

    Robert Louis Stevenson

    'All human beings, as we meet them, are commingled out of good and evil: and Edward Hyde, alone in the ranks of mankind, was pure evil' Published as a 'shilling shocker', Robert Louis Stevenson's dark psychological fantasy gave birth to the idea of the split personality. The story of respectable Dr Jekyll's strange association with 'damnable young man' Edward Hyde; the hunt through fog-bound London for a killer; and the final revelation of Hyde's true identity is a chilling exploration of humanity's basest capacity for evil. This edition also includes Stevenson's chilling story 'The Bottle Imp'. 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.
    • £3.99
    • RRP £5.99
    • Save £2.00
    More info
  • Clearance
    ASZHS

    Collins Classics: Oliver Twist (Paperback)

    Charles Dickens

    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.
    • £1.99
    • RRP £2.50
    • Save £0.51
    More info
  • AADNS 14 years +

    Animal Farm (Paperback)

    George Orwell

    (1)

    Mr Jones of Manor Farm is so lazy and drunken that one day he forgets to feed his livestock. The ensuing rebellion under the leadership of the pigs Napoleon and Wellington leads to the animals taking over the farm. Vowing to eliminate the terrible inequities of the farmyard, the renamed Animal Farm is organised to benefit all who walk on four legs. But as time passes, the ideals of the rebellion are corrupted, then forgotten. And something new and unexpected emerges. Telling the story of a revolution that went wrong, Animal Farm is George Orwell's brilliant satire on the corrupting influence of power.

    • £7.89
    • RRP £8.99
    • Save £1.10
    More info
  • ACIQD 14 years +

    Lord of the Flies (Paperback)

    William Golding

    (1)
    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.
    • £6.29
    • RRP £8.99
    • Save £2.70
    More info
  • BFPBH

    The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (Paperback)

    Robert Louis Stevenson

    HarperCollins is proud to present its new range of best-loved, essential classics. 'All human beings, as we meet them, are commingled out of good and evil.' After taking an elixir created in his laboratory, mild mannered Dr Jekyll is transformed into the cruel and despicable Mr Hyde. Although seemingly harmless at first, things soon descend into chaos and Jekyll quickly realises there is only one way to stop Hyde. Stevenson's quintessential novella of the Victorian era epitomizes the conflict between psychology, science and religious morality, but is fundamentally a triumphant study of the duality of human nature.
    • £2.29
    • RRP £2.50
    • Save £0.21
    More info
  • ATAWH

    Alice in Wonderland (Paperback)

    Lewis Carroll

    This edition contains Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and its sequel Through the Looking Glass.

    With fresh new cover artwork, the book is a lovely addition to any bookshelf. The inside illustrations are the originals by Sir John Tenniel, whose drawings for the books add so much to the enjoyment of them.

    Tweedledum and Tweedledee, the Mad Hatter, the Cheshire Cat, the Red Queen and the White Rabbit all make their appearances, and are now familiar figures in writing, conversation and idiom. So too, are Carroll's delightful verses such as 'The Walrus and the Carpenter' and the inspired jargon of that masterly Wordsworthian parody, 'The Jabberwocky'.
    • £2.29
    • RRP £2.50
    • Save £0.21
    More info
  • AOQOP

    Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (Paperback)

    Robert Louis Stevenson

    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.
    • £1.99
    • RRP £2.50
    • Save £0.51
    More info
  • Clearance
    BFBGJ

    Romeo and Juliet (Paperback)

    William Shakespeare

    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.
    • £1.99
    • RRP £2.50
    • Save £0.51
    More info
  • AMSSF 9 years +

    Just So Stories Audio (Audio)

    Rudyard Kipling

    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.
    • £11.49
    • RRP £13.25
    • Save £1.76
    More info
  • ASZIV

    Oliver Twist (Paperback)

    Charles Dickens

    Introduction and Notes by Dr Ella Westland, University of Exeter. Illustrations by George Cruickshank. Dickens had already achieved renown with The Pickwick Papers. With Oliver Twist his reputation was enhanced and strengthened. The novel contains many classic Dickensian themes - grinding poverty, desperation, fear, temptation and the eventual triumph of good in the face of great adversity. Oliver Twist features some of the author's most enduring 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'. For any reader wishing to delve into the works of the great Victorian literary colossus, Oliver Twist is, without doubt, an essential title.
    • £2.29
    • RRP £2.50
    • Save £0.21
    More info
  • BQZDS 9 years +

    The Railway Children (Hardback)

    Edith Nesbit

    When Father goes away with two strangers one evening, the lives of Roberta, Peter and Phyllis are shattered. They and their mother have to move from their comfortable London home to go and live in a simple country cottage, where Mother writes books to make ends meet. However, they soon come to love the railway that runs near their cottage, and they make a habit of waving to the Old Gentleman who rides on it. They befriend the porter, Perks, and through him learn railway lore and much else. They have many adventures, and when they save a train from disaster, they are helped by the Old Gentleman to solve the mystery of their father's disappearance, and the family is happily reunited.
    • £6.89
    • RRP £6.99
    • Save £0.10
    More info
  • BFAPZ

    Aesop's Fables (Paperback)

    Aesop

    HarperCollins is proud to present its new range of best-loved, essential classics. 'It is thrifty to prepare today for the wants of tomorrow.' Living in Ancient Greece in the 5th Century BC, Aesop was said to be a slave and story-teller. His much-loved, enduring fables are revered the world over and remain popular as moral tales for children. With infamous vignettes, such as the race between the hare and the tortoise, the vain jackdaw, and the wolf in sheep's clothing, the themes of the fables remain as fresh today as when they were first told and give an insight into the Ancient Greek world.
    • £2.49
    • RRP £2.50
    • Save £0.01
    More info
  • BELKL

    The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (Paperback)

    Mark Twain

    HarperCollins is proud to present its new range of best-loved, essential classics. 'Now he found out a new thing - namely, that to promise not to do a thing is the surest way in the world to make a body want to go and do that very thing.' An idyllic snapshot of a boy's childhood along the banks of the Mississippi River, Twain's The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is the author's work that comes closest to his boyhood experiences of growing up in Hannibal in the 1840s. Mischievous and full of energy, Tom enjoys childish pranks and pastimes with his friends, Huck Finn, the town outcast and Joe Harper, his best friend. However, at the town graveyard, Huck and Tom witness a murder, carried out by local vagabond Injun Joe. They vow never to tell a soul about what they have seen and so begins their journey into adulthood as Tom wrestles with his own morality, guilt and anxiety. A 'coming of age' tale, it is through Tom's adventures and relationships with others that he becomes more responsible and more aware of his own inner conflict. Through the central characters of Tom and Huck, Twain satirises the moral rigidity of society and adult hypocrisy, whilst at the same time giving a nostalgic portrayal of a young boy's journey into adulthood.
    • £2.29
    • RRP £2.50
    • Save £0.21
    More info
  • BFPAF

    The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Paperback)

    Mark Twain

    HarperCollins is proud to present its new range of best-loved, essential classics. 'We said there warn't no home like a raft, after all. Other places do seem so cramped up and smothery, but a raft don't. You feel mighty free and easy and comfortable on a raft.' Huck Finn escapes from his alcoholic father by faking his own death and so begins his journey through the Deep South, seeking independence and freedom. On his travels, Huck meets an escaped slave, Jim, who is a wanted man, and together they journey down the Mississippi River. Raising the timeless and universal l issues of prejudice, bravery and hope, the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn was and still is considered the great American novel.
    • £2.29
    • RRP £2.50
    • Save £0.21
    More info
  • BFOVC

    Treasure Island (Paperback)

    Robert Louis Stevenson

    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.
    • £2.49
    • RRP £2.50
    • Save £0.01
    More info
  • Clearance
    BFBIC

    The Tempest (Paperback)

    William Shakespeare

    HarperCollins is proud to present its new range of best-loved, essential classics. 'We are such stuff As dreams are made on; and our little life Is rounded with a sleep.' Magical and dreamlike in its tone, Shakespeare's The Tempest begins with a storm of epic proportions and a shipwreck. Banished from Italy, Prospero lives on a remote island with his daughter. Using his magic, he vows to seek revenge on the injustice dealt to him by his brother, but in doing so, Shakespeare questions the difficulty of distinguishing 'men' from 'monsters', and the realities of justice.
    • £1.99
    • RRP £2.50
    • Save £0.51
    More info
  • BMHHP

    The Vigilante (Paperback)

    John Steinbeck

    'Everything was dead, everything unreal; the dark mob was made up of stiff lay-figures'One of America's greatest writers explores mob violence, voyeurism and betrayal in these unforgettable tales of Californian life.Penguin Modern: fifty new books celebrating the pioneering spirit of the iconic Penguin Modern Classics series, with each one offering a concentrated hit of its contemporary, international flavour. Here are authors ranging from Kathy Acker to James Baldwin, Truman Capote to Stanislaw Lem and George Orwell to Shirley Jackson; essays radical and inspiring; poems moving and disturbing; stories surreal and fabulous; taking us from the deep South to modern Japan, New York's underground scene to the farthest reaches of outer space.
    • £0.99
    • RRP £1.00
    • Save £0.01
    More info

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.