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Huntingtower

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John Buchan


Dickson McCunn, a respectable, newly retired grocer, plans a walking holiday in the hills of south-west Scotland. He meets a young English p…

Lady Anna

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Anthony Trollope


When it appeared in 1874, Lady Anna met with little success, and positively outraged the conservative - `This is the sort of thing the readi…

The Hand of Ethelberta

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Thomas Hardy


Ethelberta was raised in humble circumstances but became a governess and consequently, at the age of 18, married well. However, her husband …

Buried Alive

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Arnold Bennett


The hero is Mr Priam Farll, a painter of considerable ability. He is, however, extremely shy – so shy that when his valet, Henry Leek, dies …

The Ghost: A Modern Fantasy

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Arnold Bennett


The novel opens with Carl Foster, a recently qualified doctor, coming to London to try and make his fortune. He meets a famous tenor, Signor…

The Pretty Lady

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Arnold Bennett


‘The Pretty Lady’ is considered to be one of Bennett's most revealing and under-rated works. It is the story of a French prostitute, Christi…

John Caldigate

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Anthony Trollope


After a rather dissolute youth and having been disowned by his father, John Caldigate sets sail for Australia with his friend Dick Shand hop…

Castle Richmond

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Anthony Trollope


Set against the background of the Irish famine in the 1840’s, the novel tells of the tangled relationships between Clara Desmond, Herbert Fi…

A Laodicean

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Thomas Hardy


The Laodicean (someone whose religious beliefs are “lukewarm”) of the title is Paula Power who bought the ancient castle De Stancy which she…

The Beloved Vagabond

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William John Locke


The vagabond, Paragot, a truly eccentric bohemian and a wandering scholar with a mysterious past, adopts a London street urchin (whom he cal…

These Twain

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Arnold Bennett


Hilda is saved from destitution by Edwin Clayhanger who marries her. The two, with Hilda's son by her disastrous 'marriage' to George Cannon…

The Well-Beloved

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Thomas Hardy


'The Well-Beloved' tells the story of Jocelyn Pierston and his love for three generations of women - the grandmother, her daughter and grand…

The White Peacock

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D. H. Lawrence


Lawrence’s first novel is set in Nethermere (his name for the real-life Eastwood in Nottinghamshire). The plot is narrated by Cyril Beardsal…

Red Pottage

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Mary Cholmondeley


The book follows a period in the lives of two friends, Rachel West and Hester Gresley. Rachel is a wealthy heiress who falls in love with th…

The Marriage of William Ashe

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Mary Augusta Ward


William Ashe, an up and coming politician, impulsively marries Kitty, a young, flighty and strange girl who, far from supporting her husband…

Beyond

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John Galsworthy


Gyp, the daughter of ex-Major Charles Claire Winton, at the age of 23 marries Fiorsen, a Swedish violin virtuoso. Her mother, the wife of an…

Hilda Lessways

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Arnold Bennett


This book is the second in Bennett’s four books about life in the Five Towns (the real life Potteries in Staffordshire). It tells the story …

The Morals of Marcus Ordeyne

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William John Locke


Marcus Ordeyne is a middle aged bachelor schoolmaster who has inherited both money and a title and thus is able to lead a life of leisure. O…

The Roll-Call

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Arnold Bennett


"The Roll-Call" is the sequel to the Clayhanger trilogy. This book concerns the young life of Clayhanger's stepson, George. George…

The Patrician

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John Galsworthy


The book revolves around the story of two love affairs. Miltoun (an aspiring politician) proposes to Mrs Audrey Noel, only to find that she …

The Wild Olive

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Basil King


Norrie Ford, having been unfairly convicted of murder, has escaped. A lucky chance finds him being rescued by a mysterious girl (the Wild Ol…

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