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Treasure Island

Treasure Island

Author: Robert Louise Stevenson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/05/2017

Dr Livesey opened up the folded paper - it was a hand-drawn map of a small island. My heart raced as I saw the three crosses in red ink, and next to them the following words: 'Most of the treasure lies here'. After the discovery of the map young Jim Hawkins joins an expedition to the island with Dr Livesey and the squire.

Kidnapped

Kidnapped

Author: Robert Louise Stevenson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/05/2017

huge and powerful submarine and its mysterious owner, Captain Nemo.

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea

Author: Jules Verne Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/05/2017

Clouds of multi-coloured fish rose from our feet like surprised birds from long grass. Every so often I caught a glimpse of the gleaming eyes of enormous crabs, their gigantic claws threatening to bar my path. When Professor Aronnax and his two companions find themselves aboard the Nautilus they are amazed by the

Journey to the Centre of the Earth

Journey to the Centre of the Earth

Author: Jules Verne Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/05/2017

Just beyond me on the rocky floor of the volcanic crater was the gaping vertical shaft which marked the starting point of our journey. As I gazed into its fearful depths my hair stood on end and my head swirled with dizziness. Most scientists believed that the fierce heat and tremendous pressure would make a journey to the Earth's centre impossible. When Professor Lindenbrock decides to prove them wrong it is the beginning of an amazing adventure, full of surprising discoveries and unpredictable threats.

Brothers Karamazov, The

Brothers Karamazov, The

Author: Fyodor Dostoyevsky Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/08/2016

As Dimitry struck him Grigory screamed and fell back, the blood streaming horribly from his head. Dimitry bent over him, trying to stop the flow with his handkerchief which turned soaking red in an instant. Alexey, Ivan and Dimitry Karamazov were sent away by their father Fyodor when they were very young. Now the three brothers are together again - but will Dimitry's bitter quarrel with Fyodor spoil their homecoming?

Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves One Thousand and One Nights

Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves One Thousand and One Nights

Author: Abdul-Fattah Sabri Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/08/2016

Ali Baba put down his axe and wondered if the magic words really would have any effect on the massive stone door blocking the entrance to the cave. He stood up tall, and in his loudest and most commanding voice shouted 'Open sesame!'

South - Ernest Shackleton

South - Ernest Shackleton

Author: John MacKenna Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/08/2016

`At 5 o'clock on the evening of November 21st, after the ice had drawn back like pall bearers at a funeral, Endurance slipped lower in the water, her stern pointing skywards. We stood in silence while she said her last farewell. A cacophony of cracking timber and rushing water signalled her end and then she was silent, slipping into the watery grave. The bravest ship, she had struggled to the bitter end and now she was gone. Endurance - well named.'

Sinbad the Sailor One Thousand and One Nights

Sinbad the Sailor One Thousand and One Nights

Author: Ali Al-Hammadi Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/08/2016

`You should hear the remarkable story of my life, for I did not come to where I am now without suffering greatly to reach it. I worked hard in my youth and faced many perils. I have travelled the sea several times, each of my journeys stranger than the last. I shall tell you the strangest of these, the voyages which shaped my destiny.' Sindbad the Sailor has been to sea seven times, and his voyages have always been dangerous. He has met giant men, snakes and birds - and even the Old Man of the Sea.

Anna Karenina

Anna Karenina

Author: Leo Tolstoy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/08/2016

A guard had stepped back into the path of a train and been crushed beneath the wheels. He had been killed instantly. When Anna Karenina arrives at the scene of a horrible accident, it is the beginning of a new and troubling time in her life. Will she ever find happiness with the man she loves?

Aladdin and his Magic Lamp One Thousand and One Nights

Aladdin and his Magic Lamp One Thousand and One Nights

Author: Haikam Alkhawaja Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/08/2016

`I am not thinking of learning any profession whatsoever.' Though Aladdin's childhood had been full of beauty, comfort and happiness, without any trace of sadness or sorrow, he entirely failed to learn the lessons of hard work and responsibility. And so it seems Aladdin will never achieve anything - until after his father's death a man arrives who claims to be his long-lost uncle, promising Aladdin and his mother wealth and status if only Aladdin will help him on a perilous quest involving a magic ring, a cave, and a very dusty old lamp.

Egil's Saga The Story of Egil Skallagrimsson: An Icelandic Classic

Egil's Saga The Story of Egil Skallagrimsson: An Icelandic Classic

Author: Halldor Baldursson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/07/2015

Is it really possible to become famous throughout your country and beyond both as a fearless warrior and as a renowned poet? Egil Skallagrimsson lived in Iceland a thousand years ago, and this is the story of his long and violent life. He could compose beautiful poetry, but he was also capable of staggering brutality. Can Egil successfully avenge his father's exile from Norway, defend his honor against the Norwegian King Erik Bloodaxe, and support the English King Athelstan in his battles against the Scots? When his travels finally find him at home again in Iceland, how will Egil feel about his family-his loving wife Asgerd, the brother he lost in battle, and his dead sons? And what will he do with his two chests of silver? Real Reads are accessible texts designed to support the literacy development of primary and lower secondary age children while introducing them to the riches of our international literary heritage. Each book is a retelling of a work of great literature from one of the world's greatest cultures, fitted into a 64-page book, making classic stories, dramas and histories available to intelligent young readers as a bridge to the full texts, to language students wanting access to other cultures, and to adult readers who are unlikely ever to read the original versions.

Gawain and the Green Knight

Gawain and the Green Knight

Author: Felix Bennett Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/07/2015

A horrific apparition interrupts the Christmas festivities at King Arthur's Camelot. A green giant throws down a deadly challenge: one of the gathering must cut off his head, after which he will return the favour in a year's time! King Arthur must accept this challenge or appear a coward, but it's left to young Sir Gawain to act. Gawain chops off the giant's head and, horror of horrors, the giant strides over to pick up his head, which then begins to speak. He holds Sir Gawain to his promise, and rides off into the wintry night. A year passes and Gawain sets off with terrible dread to find the Green Knight and keep to his side of the bargain. Can he avoid his certain doom? Real Reads are accessible texts designed to support the literacy development of primary and lower secondary age children while introducing them to the riches of our international literary heritage. Each book is a retelling of a work of great literature from one of the world's greatest cultures, fitted into a 64-page book, making classic stories, dramas and histories available to intelligent young readers as a bridge to the full texts, to language students wanting access to other cultures, and to adult readers who are unlikely ever to read the original versions.

Gulliver's Travels

Gulliver's Travels

Author: Jonathan Swift Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/07/2015

An amazing sight met my eyes. All around me were dozens of human creatures a little less than six inches high, chattering together in high-pitched voices in a strange language. When Lemuel Gulliver is shipwrecked in the Indian Ocean, it's the start of a series of adventures stranger than he could possibly have imagined. After the tiny inhabitants of Lilliput become suspicious of Gulliver, they plan to kill their huge visitor. What deadly scheme do they come up with? Gulliver makes a friend in the land of the giants -Glumdalclitch, a nine year old girl. Can she protect him from the frightening creatures in Brobdingnag? Once he has said goodbye to the peculiar scientists in their flying island, Gulliver discovers the fierce and brutal Yahoos. Will he ever return home safely to his wife and family in England? Real Reads are accessible texts designed to support the literacy development of primary and lower secondary age children while introducing them to the riches of our international literary heritage. Each book is a retelling of a work of great literature from one of the world's greatest cultures, fitted into a 64-page book, making classic stories, dramas and histories available to intelligent young readers as a bridge to the full texts, to language students wanting access to other cultures, and to adult readers who are unlikely ever to read the original versions.

Gold-Bug, The

Gold-Bug, The

Author: Edgar Allan Poe Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/07/2015

'Dat gold bug was a vicious bug. Massa caught it first but it bit him. I think da bite has made Massa poorly. It has affected him in da head.' William Legrand has found a new type of bug, a golden bug, unusually heavy. His servant, Jupiter, is worried. Why is Legrand behaving so oddly? Has the bug's bite made him mad? When Legrand shows his friend a drawing of the gold bug, it looks more like a skull. What can this mean? The arrival of the gold bug leads the three men on an exciting adventure towards skeletons, a skull and a hunt for buried treasure. Should we believe Jupiter's superstitious fears, or is there a more logical explanation of events? If there is, can you, the reader, discover it? Real Reads are accessible texts designed to support the literacy development of primary and lower secondary age children while introducing them to the riches of our international literary heritage. Each book is a retelling of a work of great literature from one of the world's greatest cultures, fitted into a 64-page book, making classic stories, dramas and histories available to intelligent young readers as a bridge to the full texts, to language students wanting access to other cultures, and to adult readers who are unlikely ever to read the original versions.

My Experiments with Truth

My Experiments with Truth

Author: Mahatma Gandhi Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/07/2015

'Get down!' the official said. 'Or I will get a constable to push you out!' 'Do that, ' I told him. 'I will not get off this train!' Mahatma Gandhi is best known as the father of the Indian nation and a charismatic leader in the fight for justice for all. But who was Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, and what made him the phenomenon he became? Born into a middle class family, Gandhi's thirst for truth was evident from an early age, and his insistence on speaking and living his truth often got him into trouble. Why did it matter so much to him not to cheat at school, to stand up to officials who told him what he could and could not do, to fight relentlessly for the rights of the poor and those with little power over their own lives? What was it about Gandhi's life and experiences that brought him to the clear understanding that love and non-violence are the best weapons in any struggle? Real Reads are accessible texts designed to support the literacy development of primary and lower secondary age children while introducing them to the riches of our international literary heritage. Each book is a retelling of a work of great literature from one of the world's greatest cultures, fitted into a 64-page book, making classic stories, dramas and histories available to intelligent young readers as a bridge to the full texts, to language students wanting access to other cultures, and to adult readers who are unlikely ever to read the original versions.

Picture of Dorian Gray, The

Picture of Dorian Gray, The

Author: Oscar Wilde Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/06/2014

Two men hold the answer to Dorian's secret. One is the artist, Basil Hallward, who paints Dorian's portrait. The other is Lord Henry Wotton, who convinces the impressionable Dorian that youth and pleasure are the only things worth living for. Is Dorian Gray really as innocent as he seems? Can love and friendship save him from himself? Or will the secret of the picture of Dorian Gray be a secret he takes to his grave?

Red Badge of Courage, The

Red Badge of Courage, The

Author: Stephen Crane Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/06/2014

His regiment has yet to be tested in the fire of battle. Together the soldiers wait while distant guns rumble and the lights of enemy campfires flicker on the hills beyond a darkened river. The young man recalls his childhood dreams of valiant combat. Will he pass the test and return home to tell others of his triumphs on the battlefield? Or will he flee at the first sign of real danger? And what of his fellow soldiers, whose lives are caught up with his once the fighting begins? Will they examine the young man for any sign of real courage - or will he slink away in shame?

Awakening, The

Awakening, The

Author: Kate Chopin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/06/2014

Edna is an obedient wife and mother vacationing at Grand Isle with her family. While there, however, Edna become close to a young man named Robert Lebrun, but before they act on their mutual romantic interest in each other Robert leaves for Mexico. Edna is lonely without his companionship, and meets the attractive rake Alcee Arobin. Instead of spending her days concerned with household matters, Edna pursues her interest in painting. Rather than depending financially on her husband, Edna moves into a house of her own. By the time Robert returns, professing his love for Edna and his desire to marry her, Edna no longer believes in the limitations of traditional marriage. What will she choose instead? Is it possible to be a free woman and be responsible for the needs of others?

Scarlet Letter, The

Scarlet Letter, The

Author: Nathaniel Hawthorne Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/06/2014

The baby in her arms and the bright scarlet letter `A' on her gown are evidence and punishment for the shame she has brought on her religious neighbours. Will Hester continue to conceal the name of the husband who sent her away from Europe years before as well as that of the father of her baby? Will the husband get his revenge on the man who has shamed him? Will that man admit his past and join Hester and her daughter Pearl? Or is the matter out of their hands, waiting to be decided between the forces of the Lord and of Satan?

Call of the Wild, The

Call of the Wild, The

Author: Jack London Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/06/2014

Buck, a big, powerful dog, is kidnapped from his California home and sold as a sled dog in the Arctic. In his new environment, he must learn quickly how to deal with man's club and dog's fang, or he will not be able to survive. How will Buck not only survives, but becomes a leader of dogs, and eventually a a leader of wolves. He is transformed by two almost opposite forces. His love for John Thornton who saved his life, and the memories that awaken within him of the ways of his ancestors, both dogs and wolves.

Pit and the Pendulum, The

Pit and the Pendulum, The

Author: Edgar Allan Poe Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/06/2014

Having been condemned to death by the Spanish Inquisition, the narrator descends into a kind of hell. Dizzy with weakness and fainting with fear, he experiences such torments that death itself would be welcome. What troubles him most is the eternal question: how will he die? Toledo Prison is notorious for the torture of the condemned. What minds have dreamed up the terror of the pit in the centre of the cell? What is the significance of the painted figure of Time with his menacing pendulum? Why do the walls glow with heat?Experience with the narrator the intensity of his suffering when death seems inevitable but its form uncertain. Can anything, or anybody help him?

My Brilliant Career

My Brilliant Career

Author: Miles Franklin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/06/2014

Sybylla Melvyn yearns for a life in the arts. She loves music and is determined to write a book. But as the daughter of a poor dairy farmer, she despairs of ever realising her ambitions. Then comes the opportunity for Sybylla to go and live with wealthy relatives. In her new home she tastes a life of culture and refinement. She also meets handsome, rich Harold Beecham, who offers her a future most young women would dream of. But Sybylla is torn between a comfortable married life and the career she craves. Will Harold win her over? How will Sybylla live with the choice she makes?

Seven Little Australians

Seven Little Australians

Author: Ethel Turner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/06/2014

The Woolcot children enjoy a life of fun and adventure in their rambling riverside home, despite frequent reprimands from their strict father, Captain Woolcot. However, when one of Judy's escapades tests the Captain's patience to the limit, he decides that extreme measures are called for and sends her away to boarding school. But this leads to consequences not even he could anticipate. How will the headstrong Judy respond to her punishment? And how will this family recover from the disaster that strikes them?

Great Gatsby, The

Great Gatsby, The

Author: Sam Kalda Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/11/2013

Nick Carraway's mysterious neighbour Gatsby gazes across the dark bay at a distant green light.

Les Miserables

Les Miserables

Author: Catty Flores Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/11/2013

`Send the brat home? Oh no we won't! Her mother must have met some rich man - we can make a load of money out of this.'

Muhammad Life of The Prophet, The

Muhammad Life of The Prophet, The

Author: Ahmad Abo Khnegar Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/11/2013

Can people learn the wisdom of thinking about others, and not just about themselves?

Reawakening Literature Working with Classic Literature Retellings

Reawakening Literature Working with Classic Literature Retellings

Author: Jane Campion Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/11/2013

It identifies a range of opportunities for developing reading skills, and for talking about books. It also suggests ways of developing readers' appreciation and understanding of the cultural and social contexts of these classics of world literature. Activities are designed to encourage engagement, strengthen comprehension, and to support the development of more complex skills such as inferential reading. For each activity there is an explanation of the activity with a worked example using one of the Real Reads texts, together with suggestions about how the activity can be extended for the more able.

Siddhartha Gautama Life of The Buddha, The

Siddhartha Gautama Life of The Buddha, The

Author: R.N. Pillau Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/11/2013

Can the path to the ultimate truth about human life be found by leaving behind wealth, comfort, family and security?

Thirty-Nine Steps, The

Thirty-Nine Steps, The

Author: John Buchan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/2013

Richard Hannay is bored with life in London. Then he discovers a horrible crime, and finds himself in the middle of a clever and frightening plot. Can he find the proof he needs to save Great Britain from disaster? When Hannay hides out on the wild Scottish moors, will he escape from the dangerous gang who want to silence him forever? Who can he trust on his journey? Time is running out for Hannay and his friends. Will he be able to discover the secret of the thirty-nine steps before it is too late?

Moby Dick

Moby Dick

Author: Herman Melville Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/2013

Among the crew is Ishmael, the novel's narrator, ordinary sailor, and extraordinary reader. Digressive, allusive, vulgar, transcendent, the story Ishmael tells is above all an education: in the practice of whaling, in the art of writing. Expanding to equal his `mighty theme' - not only the whale but all things sublime - Melville breathes in the world's great literature. Moby Dick is the greatest novel ever written by an American.

Around the World in Eighty Days

Around the World in Eighty Days

Author: Jules Verne Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/2013

Breaking the well-established routine of his daily life, he immediately sets off for Dover with his astonished valet Passepartout. Passing through exotic lands and dangerous locations, they seize whatever transportation is at hand - whether train or elephant - overcoming set-backs and always racing against the clock.

Robinson Crusoe

Robinson Crusoe

Author: Daniel Defoe Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/2013

Defying his parents, Robinson Crusoe goes to sea. He is captured by pirates but escapes to Brazil. He makes a fortune using slave labour to grow tobacco and sugar. He sails to Africa to bring back more slaves but is shipwrecked on an uninhabited island. Everyone else is drowned. For over twenty years he lives alone. He learns to hunt and fish and make shelter. Then the cannibals arrive. Will this be the end of his adventure - or the chance to escape?

Hunchback of Notre Dame, The

Hunchback of Notre Dame, The

Author: Victor Hugo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/2013

In a brilliant reworking of the tale of Beauty and the Beast, Hugo creates a host of unforgettable characters ? amongst them, Quasimodo, the hunchback of the title, hopelessly in love with the gypsy girl Esmeralda, the satanic priest Claude Frollo, Clopin Trouillefou, king of the beggars, and Louis X1, King of France. Over the entire novel, both literally and symbolically, broods the Cathedral of Notre-Dame.

Rob Roy

Rob Roy

Author: Sir Walter Scott Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/2013

But what is Rashleigh up to? Who are his mysterious friends? Frank has to find some missing papers to save his father's business. The search takes him to Scotland. His life is in danger. Who wants to kill him? Frank meets the outlaw Rob Roy and heads for the Highlands. He's seized by soldiers looking for Jacobite rebels. Whose side is Rob Roy really on? And how can Frank get the papers to save his father?

All Quiet on the Western Front

All Quiet on the Western Front

Author: Erich Maria Remarque Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/2013

When Paul Baumer and his classmates join the army, nothing has prepared them for the death and destruction that they witness. Machine guns, huge artillery shells and poison gas create a nightmare world for these young men and their older comrades. For months and years attack is followed by counter-attack. Will any of Paul's friends survive long enough to return to their families and loved ones? Will there be a place for them at home, when peace finally comes? Can any of these soldiers make sense of the massive conflict in which they are involved?

Mill on the Floss, The

Mill on the Floss, The

Author: George Eliot Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/2013

Maggie Tulliver and her brother Tom grow up in the Mill on the River Floss. Although Maggie adores Tom, she often finds him cruel and cold. All she wants is for life to be full and warm. The Tulliver family's traditional way of living is threatened by changes beyond their control. Will the educated world of lawyers and lawsuits destroy what generations have enjoyed? As Maggie grows into adulthood, how can she control her passionate nature? With a destiny like an unmapped river; full, deep and rapid, where will love and desire lead her? Where will it all end?

Riddle of the Sands, The

Riddle of the Sands, The

Author: Erskine Childers Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/2013

Carruthers is looking forward to a relaxing holiday when he sets off for the Baltic Sea. Instead he finds himself at the centre of a complicated and deadly plot. Will Carruthers and his friend Arthur Davies discover why the sinister and mysterious Herr Dollmann is so interested in their little yacht, the Dulcibella? What does Clara Dollmann know about her father's plans? What secret scheme has brought Commander von Bruning of the Imperial German Navy to the East Frisian Islands? Can Carruthers and Davies solve the riddle of the sands?

Silas Marner

Silas Marner

Author: George Eliot Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/11/2012

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Inferno

Inferno

Author: Dante Aligheri Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/11/2012

New Title from the highly acclaimed series introducing children to the world's classic literature.

Old Curiosity Shop, The

Old Curiosity Shop, The

Author: Charles Dickens, Charles Dickens Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/06/2012

Little Nell Trent's childhood is over. Her grandfather's mind is failing, his dark secret makes him sad and distracted, and he has nobody to care for him but Nell. The grotesque Daniel Quilp is out to cause trouble. What plans does he hatch with the dreadful Sampson and Sally Brass? What use can he hope to make of the foolish Dick Swiveller? Is Nell's one true friend, Kit, a match for Quilp's villainous mind? Nell and her grandfather must disappear or be separated forever, and so they begin their lives as beggars. When a mysterious gentleman arrives in London, determined to track them down, it becomes a race against time and against the evil of Quilp. Can Little Nell keep her grandfather safe? Who will protect Nell? Will the mysterious gentleman find them before it is too late?

Twelfth Night

Twelfth Night

Author: William Shakespeare Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/06/2012

Alone in a strange country where it isn't safe to be a single girl, Viola disguises herself as a boy called Cesario and finds work as a servant. But dressing in boy's clothes doesn't stop Viola falling in love with a man - who is in love with someone else. Will she ever manage to win his love for herself? And who is this other young man that appears, looking so like Cesario? What confusion will result from his arrival? Perhaps Viola's brother didn't drown after all ...

Waverley

Waverley

Author: Sir Walter Scott Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/06/2012

Life with his regiment in Scotland is dull until he visits his uncle's friends in the Highlands, where he meets Fergus McIvor and his sister Flora. Attracted by the wild freedom and romance of the Scottish clans, Edward finds himself in a difficult and dangerous position. His new friends are Jacobites, planning to overthrow King George and restore the Stuart monarchy. The Jacobites rise in rebellion. When Prince Charles leads an invasion of England, Edward's loyalties are hopelessly divided. Whose side will he take? And what fate awaits them all?

Hamlet

Hamlet

Author: William Shakespeare Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/06/2012

One dark night, Hamlet sees a ghost. It is his dead father, who claims he was murdered by Claudius, the new king. But did Hamlet really see a ghost, or did he just imagine it? And if he did see a ghost, was it telling him the truth? Hamlet plans to avenge his father by killing Claudius. But the man he stabs isn't Claudius, as he thinks, but his girlfriend's father. So the wrong man dies. So much tragedy, but there is more to come. Who else will die an untimely death? And who will live to tell the tale?

Sign of the Four, The

Sign of the Four, The

Author: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/06/2012

When Miss Mary Morstan is invited to meet a secretive stranger, she asks Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson to help her. Captain Morstan has disappeared from his hotel without a trace. Should Miss Morstan dare to hope that her father is still alive? What horrible scene awaits the famous detective and his friend when they break down the door to Bartholomew Sholto's attic room? Who is the man with the wooden leg, and why is he so full of bitterness and hatred? Will Toby, the cleverest tracker dog in London, help Holmes and Watson solve one of their most difficult cases?

Little Dorrit

Little Dorrit

Author: Charles Dickens Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/06/2012

Poor Little Dorrit. Her future looks as bleak as her past and her present. Born and brought up in a debtors' prison, she relies on her sewing skills to help support her father. Little does she know that her sewing will soon present an opportunity for change. When change arrives in the form of Arthur Clennam it is accompanied by secrets and dangers. Who is he? What are his motives for wanting to help Little Dorrit? Follow Little Dorrit's tale as it winds its way through London and Italy. Enjoy the rich variety of characters she encounters, and share with her the twists and turns of the road she travels.

Mayor of Casterbridge, The

Mayor of Casterbridge, The

Author: Thomas Hardy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/06/2012

Henchard is a handsome farm labourer. When he gets drunk at a country fair, he sells his wife and child to a sailor. The next day, ashamed by what he has done, he lets people believe that his wife has died. Thus begins a chain of events which leads Henchard deep into dishonesty and betrayal. Repentant and determined to change his ways, Henchard works hard to improve his fortunes. He becomes rich, and is elected mayor of Casterbridge - though his temper and his pride make him difficult to like. When Henchard's wife and daughter come back to find him, will he accept them? And what might they want from him? Will a reunion mean a happy ending?

Study in Scarlet, A

Study in Scarlet, A

Author: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/06/2012

When Dr Watson agrees to share lodgings with Sherlock Holmes, he soon finds himself involved in a shocking and mysterious murder case. What will Holmes discover when he examines the body? There are no marks on the dead man, so why is there so much blood at the scene of the crime? Inspector Lestrade and Inspector Gregson have asked Holmes to help them. But will they listen to his advice? Can the famous detective and his new friend discover the truth before the murderer strikes again?

Tale of Two Cities, A

Tale of Two Cities, A

Author: Charles Dickens, Charles Dickens Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/06/2012

Sydney Carton is a lawyer who has wasted his abilities and his life. Now he has to make a difficult choice about what is really important to him, which could be a matter of life or death. The French Revolution is running its violent course; lives are ruined as a new France is created. How did the gentle Doctor Manette and his daughter Lucie become caught up in France's struggles? What is the real identity of the handsome Charles Darnay, who wins Lucie's hand in marriage? And why does the shadow of La Bastille Prison hang over them all? The best of times and the worst of times. London and Paris. Sydney Carton and Charles Darnay. A story of contrasts and chaos. Can peace ever be restored in France? Can it ever be restored in the hearts of the people involved?

Far from the Madding Crowd

Far from the Madding Crowd

Author: Thomas Hardy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/06/2012

Young, attractive and impetuous, Bathsheba has inherited a farm and is determined to be as independent as possible. Her natural beauty is a magnet for men; how will she choose between them? Gabriel Oak is a young farmer, just set up in business with his own flock of sheep. He meets Bathsheba and falls in love with her, but she turns him down. He has to stand by and watch while the woman he loves is courted by others, first by William Boldwood, much older than Bathsheba; then by Sergeant Troy, young, handsome, and reckless. Who will she choose? Throughout Bathsheba's series of mistakes, Gabriel remains her loyal friend. But will he ever be more than just a friend?

Murders in the Rue Morgue, The

Murders in the Rue Morgue, The

Author: Edgar Allan Poe Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/06/2012

Before you start, here are a few tips. To be a good detective you need the same skills as a good card-player. You must consider and examine every detail, not just the obvious ones. You have to observe every change in a person's face, everything they say, everything they do and you must always expect the unexpected. And finally, you must remember it all. In this most strange tale, you'll see a friend of mine at work. He has an astonishingly analytical mind. So, pit your own powers of analysis against his - and against mine. Can you solve the mystery of the murders in the Rue Morgue?

Odyssey, The

Odyssey, The

Author: Homer, Homer Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/06/2012

During his eventful journey Odysseus comes across all sorts of monsters and mythical creatures, and loses his ships and crew. When he finally reaches his beloved island he finds his queen besieged by suitors who claim his throne. What tricks will Penelope resort to in her effort to avoid them? And how does Odysseus get rid of the impudent suitors and regain his wife and kingdom? The amazing adventures of the legendary hero come alive in this masterful retelling of Odysseus's epic voyage.

Iliad, The

Iliad, The

Author: Homer Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/06/2012

Achilles, the greatest of Greek heroes, is angered by Agamemnon and decides to withdraw from the battle. What is the reason for his wrath? Is there anything that will make him change his mind and return to the battlefield? Both armies have suffered tremendous losses, and the long war seems to be heading towards a stalemate. The Greeks, however, have an ingenious stratagem that may well determine the outcome of the war. Brave warriors, noble heroes, women of divine beauty and envious gods moved by human passions come alive in this wonderful retelling of the most famous epic war story of all time.

Moonstone, The

Moonstone, The

Author: Wilkie Collins Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/11/2011

When Rachel Verinder inherits the Moonstone from her uncle on her eighteenth birthday, the wonderful jewel is intended to make her rich and happy. So why is her mother so worried about this valuable gift? Rachel seems very fond of her cousin, Franklin Blake. When trouble strikes, why does she refuse his help? What has he done to offend her? Can Sergeant Cuff, the famous detective, solve the dangerous mystery of the Moonstone before it is too late?

Tess of the D'Urbervilles

Tess of the D'Urbervilles

Author: Thomas Hardy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/11/2011

Her new employer, Alec d'Urberville, seems charming and kind. Tess has a mind of her own, but she is vulnerable and alone among strangers. Can she trust Alec? A year later Tess meets Angel Clare, and they fall in love. If Angel discovers the truth about Tess's past, will he still love her? In this gripping story of courage, love and betrayal, Thomas Hardy asks many difficult questions. Are the expectations of women and men the same? Can we ever escape the consequences of our past actions? How much pain can one person live with?

Dream of the Red Chamber

Dream of the Red Chamber

Author: Cao Xueqin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/11/2011

Baoyu's family is fast losing its fame and fortune. One by one, Baoyu's female friends, relatives and servants are being married off or sold, and he realises just how much he values the qualities of the women in his life. Will Baoyu surrender to life's harsh realities and give up his true love? What can he do to protect the women he loves from violence, neglect and abuse? Full of a fiery passion for love and beauty, Dream of the Red Chamber is the story of a young man in search of what is truly important to him.

Woman in White, The

Woman in White, The

Author: Wilkie Collins Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/11/2011

When Walter Hartright meets the woman in white, it is the start of an exciting and dangerous adventure. Who is she, and what does she want? At first Walter is happy at Limmeridge House, teaching painting and drawing to Laura Fairlie and Marian Halcombe, but a wicked plot soon threatens to destroy the woman he loves. Will their courage and determination be enough to defeat the powerful forces ranged against them? Is the mysterious woman in white their friend, or their enemy?

Water Margin, The

Water Margin, The

Author: Shi Nai'an Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/11/2011

There is still hope, however. One hundred and eight brave bandits from Mount Liang have heard of Song's good name - they are willing to rescue him as long as Song will lead them in rebelling against the corrupt government. Will Song agree to become an outlaw? Will he be able to tread the narrow path between right and wrong? Will justice eventually prevail over corruption and the misuse of power?

Mahabharata: Rolling the Dice

Mahabharata: Rolling the Dice

Author: Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/06/2011

In the second book of this exciting three-part series a single roll of the dice reverses the fortunes of the Pandavas. The peaceful years following the division of the kingdom of Bharata are soon to end because of Duryodhana's jealousy. With his uncle Sakuni he now plots to secure the entire kingdom for the Kauravas, but will his cunning strategy work? Can the Pandavas ever win against the cunning Sakuni? Yudhishtira, the oldest of the Pandava brothers and the architect of their misfortune, is prepared to gamble away his territory, his wealth, his brothers, himself - even his wife. What can the Pandavas do now?

Journey to the West

Journey to the West

Author: Cheng'en Wu Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/06/2011

Monkey and his fellow disciples, Piggy and Sandy, have to protect Xuanzang from monsters and demons who think they can live forever just by taking a bite out of the monk. Can Xuanzang and his loyal disciples reach India safely and find what they are looking for? Do they have enough confidence and courage to conquer the demons, both those lurking around them and those within their own hearts? Full of humour and adventure, Journey to the West is a story of self-discovery and the pursuit of excellence. Written by Chinese scholar Wu Cheng'en more than four hundred years ago, it reflects everyone's pilgrimage towards truth, peace and beauty.

Hound of the Baskervilles, The

Hound of the Baskervilles, The

Author: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/06/2011

When Sir Charles Baskerville is found dead, his face distorted with shock and horror, Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson are faced with a sinister and difficult puzzle. A fearsome creature stalks the wild and barren hills of Dartmoor. Is it a demon from the spirit world? Will it defeat their skill and courage? Who is the tall, mysterious figure seen lurking on the moor at night? Can Holmes save Sir Henry, the new owner of Baskerville Hall, from the ancient family curse? Or will the terrifying hound claim yet another victim?

Heart of Midlothian

Heart of Midlothian

Author: Walter Scott Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/11/2010

New Title from the highly acclaimed series introducing children to the world's classic literature.

Tempest, The

Tempest, The

Author: William Shakespeare Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/10/2010

A violent storm shipwrecks the King of Naples and his noblemen on what appears to be an uninhabited island. What the king doesn't know is that they have been brought here by powerful magic. Prospero, the mysterious ruler of the island, has a plan, but will he use his magic for good or bad against the castaways? His daughter, Miranda, has never seen another man except her father. What will she think of the stranger who stumbles into her life? Prospero's monstrous servant, Caliban, sees a chance to overthrow his master. Will he succeed? Enchantment and treachery are everywhere on the island - which will prove the stronger?

Macbeth

Macbeth

Author: William Shakespeare Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/10/2010

What he hears will change everything. Egged on by his wife, he decides to kill in order to gain the Scottish crown. How many people will have to die in Macbeth's pursuit of power? With armies, ghosts and magic against him, will Macbeth survive in this tale of greed and betrayal? Getting the crown is one thing - keeping it is quite another.

Romeo and Juliet

Romeo and Juliet

Author: William Shakespeare Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/10/2010

Romeo Montague thinks he's in love until he meets Juliet, the daughter of the Capulets. With her, he discovers what true love really feels like. But their two families are bitter rivals, and no one must know about their secret passion. When Romeo kills Juliet's cousin in a duel, their hope of happiness seems ended. Can Friar Laurence reconcile the two families, or will his plans bring even more tragedy?

Midsummer Night's Dream, A

Midsummer Night's Dream, A

Author: William Shakespeare Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/10/2010

Four young people are lost in the woods on midsummer's night. Will they find each other and true love, or will Puck's meddling leave them broken-hearted and alone? A band of players prepares to entertain the Duke of Athens. But now that the fairies have made a donkey out of their leading man, will Quince and the others ever get to play their parts? Is there time to put everything right before this magical night is over?

Ramayana

Ramayana

Author: Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/08/2010

Rama's stepmother Kaikeyi longs to see her son Bharata crowned king, and persuades King Dasaratha that Rama, the rightful heir, should be sent into exile for fourteen years. Rama's beautiful and devoted wife Sita, and Lakshmana his inseparable half-brother, both choose to accompany him. Rama, Sita and Lakshmana live happily in the forest until the demon king Ravana is told by his sister that Sita is the most beautiful princess in the world. He decides to kidnap her, and lures her away to his kingdom in the south. Rama and Lakshmana must rescue Sita, and call on the great monkey army, led by the warrior Hanuman, to help them find her. Rama uses his time in exile to learn the true meaning of devotion and loyalty, but will the lessons earn him the reward he deserves?

Simon Peter

Simon Peter

Author: Alan Moore, Gill Tavner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/07/2010

Although Simon has no idea why Jesus is beckoning to him from the beach, he agrees to leave his nets and follow him. A robust, enthusiastic fisherman, Simon makes more mistakes and asks more questions than the other disciples. Why then, he wonders, does Jesus call him Peter, which means `rock'? When Jesus is arrested everybody except Simon Peter flees, but is he brave enough to stand by Jesus until the end? After Jesus's death, how will Simon Peter spread Jesus's teachings? Will he make the right decisions? Can he calm the rivalries developing among Jesus's followers? Is he brave enough to die for his beliefs?

Mahabharata: The Final Battle

Mahabharata: The Final Battle

Author: Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/07/2010

The deadly rivalry between the royal cousins, the Pandavas and the Kauravas, can only end one way - in the mightiest of battles imaginable. The gods watch in dismay as the opponents draw up their forces. Will the mighty warriors Bhishma and Drona survive to see the end? And what of Karna? Where will his loyalties lie - with his true friend Duryodhana, or with his brothers, the Pandavas? Lord Krishna sees what is about to happen, and is so concerned that he comes to earth to counsel the mortals, especially the distraught Arjuna. In the last book of this exciting three-part series, the final battle fought on the field at Kurukshetra decides who will triumph and who will fall.

Three Kingdoms, The

Three Kingdoms, The

Author: Luo Guanzhong Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/07/2010

As the government becomes increasingly incompetent, warlords and nobles battle for power. In the north is the Kingdom of Wei, headed by cunning and manipulative Cao Cao. In the southeast is the Kingdom of Wu, ruled by masterful and charismatic Sun Quan. In the west is the Kingdom of Shu, commanded by kind-hearted and humble Liu Bei. Cao has committed murder and betrayal on his way to glory, only to see his family's throne overthrown by other scheming crooks. Sun and his advisor Zhou Yu have established a military stronghold, but are no match against Liu's military strategist Zhuge Liang, who wisely advocates tolerance and mutual respect. Full of thrilling action, sophisticated stratagems, passionate brotherhood and loyalty, The Three Kingdoms sums up all the most important lessons of history.

Mahabharata: How it All Began

Mahabharata: How it All Began

Author: Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/07/2010

The rivalry between the Pandavas and the Kauravas, royal cousins fighting for the throne at Hastinapura, will end in a mighty battle, but what is it that makes such a conflict inevitable? Is it the eldest Kaurava brother's envy of his cousins' exceptional military skills? Is it the eldest Pandava's belief that he is the rightful heir to the throne? Or are elements beyond their control deciding the path each will take? In the first of this exciting three-part story, meet the fascinating characters who play such important roles in escalating the tension between the two families.

Paul of Tarsus

Paul of Tarsus

Author: Alan Moore, Gill Tavner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/07/2010

The foundations of Jewish law are under threat from the followers of a man called Jesus. These people have reached Damascus. They must be stopped. Saul, uncompromising and brutal, is the man for the job. But by the time Saul reaches Damascus he is blind and in shock. What could have happened to him on that journey? How does a man react when his beliefs are turned upside down? Now calling himself Paul, can he convince his former enemies to trust him? Can he convince the world that Jesus's teachings are for everyone? Through treacherous journeys, passionate preaching and long letters, Paul tries to tell the world what he believes, but will it make any difference?

Mary Magdalene

Mary Magdalene

Author: Alan Moore, Gill Tavner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/03/2010

Mary's childhood in Magdala leaves her with emotional scars she fears will never heal - until she meets Jesus. Recognising the importance of Jesus's work, she decides to do all that she can to support him, but what good can a woman do in a man's world? Will Mary ever be accepted by Jesus's other disciples? What will she learn from the miracles she witnesses and from her many conversations with the Son of God? To Mary the message seems simple, so why can't others believe? After witnessing Jesus's agonising death, Mary is the first to see the empty tomb, the first to see the risen Christ. What role can she play in spreading the news about Jesus after his death?

Mary of Galilee

Mary of Galilee

Author: Alan Moore, Gill Tavner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/03/2010

Mary is a young woman living a simple life in Nazareth, when an angel's visit changes her life forever. She has been chosen by God to bear him a son. She alone amongst women has been chosen to bear the agony and the joy. From the moment of his birth, she knows that Jesus's life will be like no other: she has been warned of the pain that lies ahead. When Jesus begins his work, how will she react to her increasing awareness of the dangers facing her son? When Mary experiences anguish that no mother should ever experience, is her faith strong enough to sustain her? Might there be grounds for joy in the midst of such brutality?

Judas Iscariot

Judas Iscariot

Author: Alan Moore, Gill Tavner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/03/2010

Poor Judas - he just can't decide what to do with his life. Everybody expects him to follow in his father's footsteps, but he has too many doubts. Then one day he meets a man who changes everything. With new hope and a new sense of purpose, Judas leaves his home and his family to follow Jesus. But for how long can Judas accept the simplicity of Jesus's work? How soon will his mind return to its former complex ways? Tortured by increasing doubts, troubled by rivalry within the group, and sensing that time is running short, Judas feels compelled to take action. What will he do? How will he do it? Why has this man, so anxious to do good, become one of the most notorious people in history?

Jesus of Nazareth

Jesus of Nazareth

Author: Alan Moore, Gill Tavner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/03/2010

After encountering John the Baptist, Jesus's work begins. He will meet many people; some will help him, many will need his help, and some will become his enemies. Jesus challenges the way people live, the way they relate to God, and the way Jewish law is enforced. Although he is a man of peace, he is not afraid to challenge authority, no matter where this might lead. What exactly are Jesus's responsibilities as God's son? How will he lead people towards a new relationship with God? How much can a man achieve in one short lifetime? How much more can he achieve by his death?

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