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The War of the Worlds (Version 3)

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H. G. Wells

No one would have believed, in the last years of the nineteenth century, that the Earth was being scrutinised and studied from across the gu…

The Scarlet Letter (version 2)

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Nathaniel Hawthorne

This book tells the story of Hester Prynne, a young woman who conceives a child while her husband is missing at sea. The Puritan Elders of …

Love and Freindship

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Jane Austen

Love and Freindship [sic] is a juvenile story by Jane Austen, dated 1790, when Austen was 14 years old. Love and Freindship (the misspelling…

Frankenstein; or The Modern Prometheus (1818)

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Mary Shelley

Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus is a novel written by the British author Mary Shelley. Shelley wrote the novel when she was 18 years…

Black Beauty (version 2)

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Anna Sewell

Black Beauty is a fictional autobiographical memoir told by a horse, who recounts many tales, both of cruelty and kindness. The title page o…

Aunt Crete's Emancipation

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Grace Livingston Hill

Aunt Lucretia — 'Crete' to her family — is a sweet, patient older woman, who lives with her narrow-minded sister and spoilt niece, acting as…

Notes on Nursing

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Florence Nightingale

Notes on Nursing was published in 1859 and is a fascinating view into the theories underpinning the early development of modern nursing and …

The Water-Babies

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Charles Kingsley

The Water-Babies, A Fairy Tale for a Land Baby is a novel by the Reverend Charles Kingsley, first published in its entirety in 1863. Though…

Nine Unlikely Tales

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E. Nesbit

Nine original and, yes, unlikely fairy-tales, which include stories of the arithmetic fairy, the king who became a charming villa-residence …

The Wood Beyond the World

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William Morris

The Wood beyond the World is a fantasy novel by William Morris, perhaps the first modern fantasy writer to unite an imaginary world with the…

My School Days

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E. Nesbit

A short memoir about the author's school days, serialised in The Girl's Own Paper from October 1896 to September 1897. It includes stories a…

Wings and the Child

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E. Nesbit

"When this book first came to my mind it came as a history and theory of the building of Magic Cities on tables, with bricks and toys a…

The Wind in the Willows (version 5)

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Kenneth Grahame

A children's classic, this is the story of Rat and Mole, who have many adventures both on and off their beloved river, with their friends To…

Royal Children of English History

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E. Nesbit

From the first chapter: "History is a story, a story of things that happened to real live people in our England years ago; and the thin…

Living Alone

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Stella Benson

This is not a real book. It does not deal with real people, nor should it be read by real people. But there are in the world so many real bo…

A Guide to Men

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Helen Rowland

A series of occasionally witty one-liners, poems and considerations on the subject of Men, Women and their Conjunction. By turns tender, bla…

The Secret Agent: A Simple Tale (Version 2)

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Joseph Conrad

The Secret Agent tells the story of Adolf and Winnie Verloc. He is a phony anarchist and agent provocateur of the title, and the plot centre…

Tender Buttons

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Gertrude Stein

The time came when there was a birthday. Every day was no excitement and a birthday was added, it was added on Monday, this made the memory …

The Moving Picture Girls

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Laura Lee Hope

Ruth and Alice DeVere and their father Hosmer struggle to make ends meet in New York City - times are hard, even for a talented actor like M…

Wonderful Adventures of Mrs. Seacole in Many Lands

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Mary Seacole

I should have thought that no preface would have been required to introduce Mrs. Seacole to the British public, or to recommend a book which…

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