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Blaming

by Elizabeth Taylor

When Amy's husband dies on holiday in Istanbul, she is supported by the kindly but rather slovenly Martha, a young American novelist who lives in London. Upon their return to England, Amy is ungratefully reluctant...


In a Summer Season

by Elizabeth Taylor

'"You taste of rain," he said, kissing her. "People say I married her for her money," he thought contentedly, and for the moment was full of the self-respect that loving her had given him.' Kate Heron is a wealthy,...


Mrs Palfrey at the Claremont

by Elizabeth Taylor

Writing stories that are extravagant and fanciful, fifteen-year old Angel retreats to a world of romance, escaping the drabness of provincial life. She knows she is different, that she is destined to become...


Beyond the Glass

by Antonia White

Clara Batchelor is twenty-two. Her brief, doomed marriage to Archie over, she returns to live with her parents in the home of her childhood. She hopes for comfort but the devoutly Catholic household confines...


The Wedding Group

by Elizabeth Taylor & Charlotte Mendelson

'You know,' Midge began, and paused. She was rather taken aback, and could not at once think of anything to say. 'Perhaps there's nothing so dangerous as having led a sheltered life.' Cressy has grown up in...


The Soul of Kindness

by Elizabeth Taylor

' "Here I am!" Flora called to Richard as she went downstairs. For a second, Meg felt disloyalty. It occurred to her of a sudden that Flora was always saying that, and that it was in the tone of one giving a...


The Happy Prince and Other Tales

by Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde is at his imaginative best in this wonderful collection of fairy tales. The five stories include `The Happy Prince?, `The Selfish Giant?, `The Nightingale and the Rose?, and `The Devoted Friend?...


Treasure Island

by Robert Louise Stevenson

Join young Jim Hawkins and the crew of scurvy dogs aboard the Hispaniola as they go on a grand quest with pirates, battles and lots of danger. And of course there is the fabled search for the buried treasure...


Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea

by Jules Verne

This classic science fiction novel tells the story of Captain Nemo and his submarine Nautilus and its various adventures as seen and recorded by Professor Pierre Aronnax. The magnificent scale of the Nautilus,...


Daddy-Long-Legs

by Jean Webster

Judy Abbot is brought up at an orphanage, the John Grier Home. Her life changes when one of the trustees offers to send Judy to college. Her wealthy benefactor wants nothing in return apart from a monthly letter....


Pride and Prejudice

by Jane Austen

`It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.? And it is this search for husbands and wives that defines this romantic comedy of manners....


The Rats' Feast: A Tagore Omnibus

by Rabindranath Tagore & Astri Ghosh

A dry-fruit seller from Kabul with a heart of molten gold and a fist of iron. Escapades of naughty schoolboys travelling on a train with an unusual teacher. The decisive battle of skill and oratory between two...


Emily Climbs: A Virago Modern Classic

by L. M. Montgomery

Emily never imagined Aunt Elizabeth would allow her to go to high school in Shrewsbury, and she's thrilled, especially as her friends Ilse, Teddy and Perry will be there. But there are conditions: Emily must...


Emily of New Moon: A Virago Modern Classic

by L. M. Montgomery

When Emily's father dies, she is left in the care of her mother's family. But she is a stranger to the proud Murrays, and they don't want responsibility for the heartbroken, headstrong girl. Emily is sent to...


Emily's Quest: A Virago Modern Classic

by L. M. Montgomery

Emily Starr is certain of two things - that she will be a great writer and that she and Teddy Kent are destined to be together. School is over, and one by one her friends leave to follow their dreams, including...


A Note in Music

by Rosamond Lehmann

Grace Fairfax lives with her dull, conventional husband Tom in a grey manufacturing town in the north of England. At thirty-four she finds that her external life of dreary routine fails to match up to her lush,...


Bookmine: Beautiful Stories From Shakespeare

by Shakespeare

No-one can imagine English literature without Sir William Shakespeare, whose dramatic plays, sonnets and narrative poems have become timeless classics. Not only did he amass a cherished body of work, but four...


The Caravaners

by Elizabeth von Arnim

Dear Husband, she said, actually imitating me. I know what you are going to say. I always know what you are going to say. I know all the things you ever can or ever do say. She paused for a moment, and then...


The Solitary Summer

by Elizabeth VonArnim

I want to be alone for a whole summer, and get to the very dregs of life. I want to be as idle as I can, so that my soul may have time to grow. Nobody shall be invited to stay with me, and if anyone calls they...


Palladian

by Elizabeth Taylor

When newly orphaned Cassandra Dashwood arrives as governess to little Sophy, the scene seems set for the archetypal romance between young girl and austere widowed employer. Strange secrets abound in the ramshackle...