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Father Goriot

by Honore de Balzac

Le Père Goriot (Old Goriot or Father Goriot) is an 1835 novel by French novelist and playwright Honoré de Balzac (1799–1850), included in the Scènes de la vie privée section of his novel sequence La Comédie...


Fathers and Sons

by Ivan Turgenev

Fathers and Sons, also translated more literally as Fathers and Children, is an 1862 novel by Ivan Turgenev, one of his best-known works.


A Room of One’s Own

by Virginia Woolf

A Room of One's Own is an extended essay by Virginia Woolf. First published on 24 October 1929, the essay was based on a series of lectures she delivered at Newnham College and Girton College, two women's colleges...


The Years

by Virginia Woolf

The Years is a 1937 novel by Virginia Woolf, the last she published in her lifetime. It traces the history of the genteel Pargiter family from the 1880s to the "present day" of the mid-1930s. Although spanning...


Orlando

by Virginia Woolf

Orlando: A Biography is a novel by Virginia Woolf, first published on 11 October 1928. A high-spirited romp inspired by the tumultuous family history of Woolf's close friend, the aristocratic poet and novelist...


Jacob’s Room

by Virginia Woolf

Jacob's Room is the third novel by Virginia Woolf, first published on 26 October 1922. The novel centres, in a very ambiguous way, around the life story of the protagonist Jacob Flanders and is presented almost...


The Waves

by Virginia Woolf

The Waves, first published in 1931, is Virginia Woolf's most experimental novel. It consists of soliloquies spoken by the book's six characters: Bernard, Susan, Rhoda, Neville, Jinny, and Louis. Also important...


  The Moonstone

by Wilkie Collins

The Moonstone (1868) by Wilkie Collins is a 19th-century British epistolary novel, generally considered the first detective novel in the English language. The story was originally serialised in Charles Dickens'...


My Friend Sashie

by Jane Duncan

'From the rail I looked down at Sashie's upturned face and the brilliant, early tropical sunlight made me think of the lights upon the stage of a theatre long ago . . .'

With these thoughts Janet Sandison says...


My Friends from Cairnton

by Jane Duncan

'I think you are forgetting one thing, Twice,' I said. 'You seem to forget that my home is where you are.'

Janet is unhappy in St Jago. Although Twice Alexander is now convalescing from his serious illness, the...


My Friend My Father

by Jane Duncan

'It seems to me,' my father said quietly, 'that one always tries to leave a place better than one found it . . .'

From the time when she was small enough to be held high above his head Duncan Sandison was the...


My Friend the Swallow

by Jane Duncan

'She was very small with fragile birdlike bones, and although she had slept in the white shirt and shorts she still looked fresh and airy, as if she had just flown in from the open sky . . . '

When Janet Sandison...


My Friend Rose

by Jane Duncan

When the problem-child Dee Andrews runs away from her Knightsbridge home to see her father in his City office, she starts a chain of events which involve Janet Sandison in the life and loves of her step-mother...


My Friend Sandy

by Jane Duncan

Janet and 'Twice' Alexander break new ground in the island of St. Jago, British West Indies-a setting as far removed from the Highlands of Scotland as a calypso from a lament.

But it takes more than a planter's...


My Friend Cousin Emmie

by Jane Duncan

'Since I lost the baby, you and I have been so close together that we have been almost a single person'

Janet Alexander returning by sea to the Caribbean with her husband 'Twice' finds their domestic harmony...


My Friends the Mrs. Millers

by Jane Duncan

'This Paradise community doesn't seem to me to be the secure, feudal, friendly affair that everybody likes to think. There's a change working . . .'

As the turbulent island of St. Jago reaches a turning point...


My Friend Monica

by Jane Duncan

Bursting into Janet Sandison's life at the moment of her marriage to 'Twice' Alexander comes the mercurial, red-haired Monica who hits post-war Scotland like a tornado.

Through Monica, Janet and Twice find the...


My Friends the Miss Boyds

by Jane Duncan

Here, seen through the uninhibited eyes of eight-year-old Janet Sandison, is a vanished world-an isolated community living by its own unquestioned code of decency and integrity.

Into this remote backwater come...


My Friends the Misses Kindness

by Jane Duncan

After her husband's death and her own breakdown, from which she has been rescued by her good friend Sashie, Janet Sandison sets sail from her West Indian home to return to Scotland and make a new life for herself...


My Friends the Hungry Generation

by Jane Duncan

It was a long journey from the West Indies to Scotland - but Janet's holiday turned out to be unforgettable . . .

It was a wrench for Janet to leave her husband behind-but Twice's heart condition did not permit...