Fiction

Classic Fiction

  • John Buchan Collection - 4 Books - Collection - 9781846973901
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    An influence on everyone from Ian Fleming to Alfred Hitchcock, John Buchan's Richard Hannay thrillers are among the most popular adventures ever written and this collection gives you the chance to enjoy four of his most rip-roaring books - including The Thirty-Nine Steps.

    In this famous book, Richard Hannay has just returned from South Africa and is bored of life when he hears of an assassination plot by someone who is promptly murdered in his flat. Hannay becomes the obvious suspect and is forced to go on the run. He heads to his native Scotland to flee the police and his enemies - but he will have to keep his wits about him if he is to warn the government before it's too late.

    This collection also finds Hannay tasked with a secret mission to catch a dangerous German agent who is at large in Britain; finding his children being held hostage by a kidnapper who may have something to do with a popular member of parliament; and being asked by an old acquaintance from Africa to resolve a 30-year feud.
  • 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.
  • P. G. Wodehouse Collection - 9 Books - Collection - 9780099586388 - P.G. Wodehouse
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    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.

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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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    Harper Lee
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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.
  • Fu Manchu Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781783298716 - 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.
  • Molly Keane Collection - 5 Books - Collection - 9780708806203 - Molly Keane
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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
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    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!
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    Dylan Thomas
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    Fully illustrated and beautifully presented in a wonderful hardback format, A Child's Christmas in Wales byDylan Thomas is a perfect introduction to his stunning works for children aged 9 and over. It's also a nostalgic read for grown-ups!

    Providing a lyrical account of his childhood Christmases in a small Welsh town - featuring wolves, bears, hippos and Mrs. Prothero's cat - A Child's Christmas in Wales is a timeless classic.

    Complemented by the stunning colour illustrations by the hugely talented Peter Bailey, this book cannot fail to impress.
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    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.
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    Alexander McCall Smith
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    Beloved and bestselling author Alexander McCall Smith lends his delightful touch to the Austen classic, Emma. 'It's comfort reading at its most soothing' Independent Sometimes it takes time to discover who you really are. And for Emma Woodhouse the journey is only just beginning. After graduating, Emma returns home to Norfolk, where she plans to set up a design business. But that summer, as Emma begins to match-make various friends and neighbours, some important lessons about life and relationships await her...
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    Charles Dickens
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    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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    Jane Austen
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    Jane Austen's classic 1813 novel Pride and Prejudice has been adapted into an extremely popular BBC series starring Colin Firth, and an Oscar-nominated film starring Keira Knightley. Based in Longbourn in Hertfordshire, the story follows the provincial middle-class Bennet family and shows the folly of judging by first impressions. When Elizabeth Bennet first meets eligible bachelor Fitzwilliam Darcy, she thinks he is arrogant and conceited, while he is indifferent to her good looks and lively mind. When she discovers Darcy has involved himself in the troubled relationship between his friend Bingley and her beloved sister Jane, she is determined to dislike him more than ever.

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    Albert Camus
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    'My mother died today. Or maybe yesterday, I don't know.' In The Outsider (1942), his classic existentialist novel, Camus explores the alienation of an individual who refuses to conform to social norms. Meursault, his anti-hero, will not lie. When his mother dies, he refuses to show his emotions simply to satisfy the expectations of others. And when he commits a random act of violence on a sun-drenched beach near Algiers, his lack of remorse compounds his guilt in the eyes of society and the law. Yet he is as much a victim as a criminal. Albert Camus' portrayal of a man confronting the absurd, and revolting against the injustice of society, depicts the paradox of man's joy in life when faced with the 'tender indifference' of the world. Sandra Smith's translation, based on close listening to a recording of Camus reading his work aloud on French radio in 1954, sensitively renders the subtleties and dream-like atmosphere of L'Etranger. Albert Camus (1913-1960), French novelist, essayist and playwright, is one of the most influential thinkers of the 20th century. His most famous works include The Myth of Sisyphus (1942), The Plague (1947), The Just (1949), The Rebel (1951) and The Fall (1956). He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1957, and his last novel, The First Man, unfinished at the time of his death, appeared in print for the first time in 1994, and was published in English soon after by Hamish Hamilton. Sandra Smith was born and raised in New York City and is a Fellow of Robinson College, University of Cambridge, where she teaches French Literature and Language. She has won the French American Foundation Florence Gould Foundation Translation Prize, as well as the PEN Book-of-the-Month Club Translation Prize.
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    Harper Lee
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    'Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit 'em, but remember it's a sin to kill a mockingbird'. Atticus Finch gives this advice to his children as he defends the real mockingbird of this classic novel - a black man charged with attacking a white girl. Through the eyes of Scout and Jem Finch, Lee explores the issues of race and class in the Deep South of the 1930s with compassion and humour. She also creates one of the great heroes of literature in their father, whose lone struggle for justice pricks the conscience of a town steeped in prejudice and hypocrisy.
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    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.
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    Ernest Hemingway
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    Set in the Gulf Stream off the coast of Havana, Hemingway's magnificent fable is the story of an old man, a young boy and a giant fish. It was The Old Man and the Sea that won for Hemingway the Nobel Prize for Literature. Here, in a perfectly crafted story, is unique and timeless vision of the beauty and grief of man's challenge to the elements in which he lives.
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    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.
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    Homer
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    The epic tale of Odysseus and his ten-year journey home after the Trojan War forms one of the earliest and greatest works of Western literature. Confronted by natural and supernatural threats - shipwrecks, battles, monsters and the implacable enmity of the sea-god Poseidon - Odysseus must test his bravery and native cunning to the full if he is to reach his homeland safely and overcome the obstacles that, even there, await him.
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    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.
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    Hunter S. Thompson
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    Stylish reissue of a classic first published in the 1970s: Hunter S Thompson's ether-fuelled, savage journey to the heart of the American Dream. 'We were somewhere around Barstow on the edge of the desert when the drugs began to take hold! And suddenly there was a terrible roar all around us and the sky was full of what looked like huge bats, all swooping and screeching and diving around the car, which was going about a hundred miles an hour with the top down to Las Vegas!' As knights of old buckled on armour of supernatural power, so Hunter S. Thompson enters Las Vegas armed with a veritable arsenal of 'heinous chemicals'. His perilous, drug-enhanced confrontations with casino operators, bartenders, police officers and assorted representatives of the Silent Majority have a hallucinatory humour and nightmare terror never before seen on the printed page.
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    Susan Shillinglaw
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    Of Mice and Men tells the story of streetwise George and his big, childlike friend Lennie. A pair of drifters searching for work in the fields and valleys of California, they have nothing except the clothes on their back, and a hope that one day they'll find a place of their own and be able to live the American dream. George owning the land, and Lennie tending to the rabbits. But dreams come at a price. Gentle giant Lennie doesn't know his own strength, and when they find work at a ranch he gets into trouble with the boss's daughter-in-law. Trouble so bad that even his protector George may not be able to save him. John Steinbeck brilliantly brings 1920s America to life in this life-affirming tale of a special friendship.

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    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.
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    Vladimir Nabokov
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    Humbert Humbert is a middle-aged, fastidious college professor. He also likes little girls. And none more so than Lolita, who he'll do anything to possess. Is he in love or insane? A silver-tongued poet or a pervert? A tortured soul or a monster? Or is he all of these?