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David Copperfield (version 2)

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Charles Dickens


The story is told almost entirely from the point of view of the first person narrator, David Copperfield himself, and was the first Dickens …

Oliver Twist (version 4)

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Charles Dickens


Oliver Twist; or, The Parish Boy's Progress is the second novel by Charles Dickens. The story is about an orphan Oliver Twist, who endures a…

Far From The Madding Crowd, version 2

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Thomas Hardy


Far From The Madding Crowd is Hardy's fourth novel. It centres on the lives of five characters: Gabriel Oak, Bathsheba Everdene, Mr Boldwood…

Dubliners (Version 2)

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James Joyce


Dubliners is a collection of 15 short stories by James Joyce, first published in 1914. They form a naturalistic depiction of Irish middle cl…

Silas Marner (version 2)

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George Eliot


Reputed as Eliot’s favourite novel Silas Marner is set in the early years of the 19th century. Marner, a weaver, is a member of a small cong…

Jude the Obscure (Version 2)

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Thomas Hardy


Eleven-year-old Jude Fawley, inspired by his teacher Mr. Phillotson, who leaves Marygreen for Christminster to take a university degree, dec…

The Woodlanders (version 2)

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Thomas Hardy


The Woodlanders is one of Hardy's later novels, although he originally intended it as a successor to Far From The Madding Crowd. It concerns…

A Pair of Blue Eyes

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Thomas Hardy


The book describes the love triangle between a young woman, Elfride Swancourt, and her two suitors from very different backgrounds. Stephen …

A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (version 2)

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James Joyce


A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man is Joyce’s semi-autobiographical first novel. It traces the early life of Stephen Dedalus and his in…

The Vicar of Wakefield (version 2)

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Oliver Goldsmith


First published in 1766, the loveable and innocent Dr Primrose and his family have given pleasure to all that have read it.The story opens w…

The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists

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Robert Tressell


Clearly frustrated at the refusal of his contemporaries to recognise the iniquity of society, Tressell's cast of hypocritical Christians, ex…

Two On A Tower

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Thomas Hardy


The plot concerns two – literally starcrossed – lovers: Swithin St. Cleeve, a very young amateur astronomer, and Viviette Constantine, an un…

Wessex Tales

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Thomas Hardy


Wessex Tales is a collection of six short stories written by Hardy in the 1880’s. If you’ve never read Hardy they’ll serve as a good introdu…

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