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A Descant for Gossips

by Thea Astley

This stylish reissue of one of Thea Astley’s finest early novels is a classic story of small-town life. Two schoolteachers are drawn to each other by their concern for a lonely young girl. As long as Vinny...


The Man from Glengarry

by Ralph Connor

Ranald Macdonald is man a living in rural eastern Ontario soon after the Canadian confederation. Faced with the challenges of rural life in Canada and following the example of the minister’s wife who serves...


The Nigger of the Narcissus

by Joseph Conrad

The crew of the merchant ship Narcissus rally around a critically ill fellow crewmember, James Wait, putting their lives and the fate of the ship in jeopardy.

Based in part on author Joseph Conrad’s experience...


The End of the Tether

by Joseph Conrad

Henry Whalley is a true sailor, earning years of experience as a ship’s captain before his retirement. Faced with unexpected financial problems and a desire to help his married daughter earn her place in the...


One of Ours

by Willa Cather

On the surface, Claude Wheeler appears to have a charmed life. The beloved child of a successful farmer and his wife, Claude attends an exclusive college and marries a childhood friend, but nevertheless struggles...


Armadale

by Wilkie Collins

A long-ago murder unites two distantly-related cousins, one of whom appears doomed to repeat the same tragic mistake of his father, a murderer. After running away from his abusive home, Allan Armadale chases...


The Snow Queen

by Hans Christian Andersen

With a single kiss, a young maid saves her beloved from the Snow Queen’s icy imprisonment. When splinters from an evil troll’s magic mirror get into the heart and eye of Kai, he is tricked into accompanying...


The River Between

by Ngugi wa Thiong'o & Uzodinma Iweala

A 50th-anniversary edition of one of the most powerful novels by the great Kenyan author and Nobel Prize contender

A legendary work of African literature, this moving and eye-opening novel lucidly captures the...


Monday or Tuesday

by Virginia Woolf

Lazy and indifferent, shaking space easily from his wings, knowing his way, the heron passes over the church beneath the sky. White and distant, absorbed in itself, endlessly the sky covers and uncovers, moves...


Kew Gardens

by Virginia Woolf

From the oval-shaped flower-bed there rose perhaps a hundred stalks spreading into heart-shaped or tongue-shaped leaves half way up and unfurling at the tip red or blue or yellow petals marked with spots of...


A Haunted House

by Virginia Woolf

Whatever hour you woke there was a door shutting. From room to room they went, hand in hand, lifting here, opening there, making sure-a ghostly couple. Stooping, holding their silver lamp above us, long they...


Flush: A Biography

by Virginia Woolf

A modernist consideration of city life seen through the eyes of a dog named Flush. Most insightful and experimental are Woolf's emotional and philosophical views verbalised in Flush's thoughts. For Flush smell...


Silent as the Grave

by Paul Gitsham

It’s DCI Warren Jones’ coldest case yet… The body of Reginald Williamson had been well concealed under a bush in Middlesbury Common and the murder had been efficiently carried out – a single stab wound...


The Tempest

by William Shakespeare

Putting romance onstage, The Tempest gives us a magician, Prospero, a former duke of Milan who was displaced by his treacherous brother, Antonio. Prospero is exiled on an island, where his only companions are...


Othello

by William Shakespeare

In Othello, Shakespeare creates powerful drama from a marriage between the exotic Moor Othello and the Venetian lady Desdemona that begins with elopement and mutual devotion and ends with jealous rage and death....


The Awakening

by Kate Chopin

Edna Pontellier is a wife, a mother, and a member of the Presbyterian Church, but has never felt comfortable being defined by any of these roles. Edna yearns for freedom, independence, and self-fulfillment—all...


The Mayor of Casterbridge

by Thomas Hardy

Late one night at a local fair, Michael Henchard, blinded by alcohol and foolish bravado, trades away his wife and daughter to a visiting sailor. Nineteen years later the two women return to Casterbridge and...


The Children

by Edith Wharton

A bestseller when it was first published in 1928, Edith Wharton's The Children is a comic, bittersweet novel about the misadventures of a bachelor and a band of precocious children. The seven Wheater children,...


The House by the Medlar Tree

by Giovanni Verga

Three generations of fishermen conduct an epic struggle against nature, fate, and society in this moving tale by acclaimed realist writer Giovanni Verga. Written in 1881 and set in the Sicilian village of Aci...


The Three Musketeers

by Alexandre Dumas, Thomas Flanagan & Marcelle Clements

"We read The Three Musketeers to experience a sense of romance and for the sheer excitement of the story," reflected Clifton Fadiman. "In these violent pages all is action, intrigue, suspense, surprise--an almost...