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The Message

by Louis Tracy

“It’s fine!” said Arthur Warden, lowering his binoculars so as to glut his eyes with the full spectacle. “In fact, it’s more than fine, it’s glorious!” He spoke aloud in his enthusiasm. A stout,...


Scottish Gothic: The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner, The City of Dreadful Night, A Beleaguered City

by James Hogg, James Thomson & Margaret Oliphant

A collection of three classic Scottish tales, each offering a dark and shocking narrative. Bundled by subject matter rather than author, the books complement each other to create a compelling trilogy. "Palimpsest's...


Scottish Quests: The Three Perils of Man, The Raiders, The World's Desire

by James Hogg, S. R. Crockett & Andrew Lang

A collection of three classic adventure novels, each offering a superbly plotted and descriptive narrative. Bundled by subject matter rather than author, the books create a compelling trilogy. "Palimpsest's...


Scottish Children's Adventure: Treasure Island, The Coral Island, The Lost World

by R. L. Stevenson, R. M. Ballantyne & Sir, Arthur Conan Doyle

A collection of classic adventure stories for the young reader. Bundled by subject matter rather than author, the books complement each other and create a compelling trilogy. "Palimpsest's eClassics series,...


Scottish Landscape: Sunset Song, Ayrshire Idylls, The House with the Green Shutters

by Lewis Grassic Gibbon, Neil Munro & George Douglas Brown

A collection of three classic Scottish historical novels, each set in a beautifully described landscape. Bundled by subject matter rather than author, the books create a compelling trilogy. "Palimpsest's eClassics...


The Picture of Dorian Gray

by Oscar Wilde

The Picture of Dorian Gray is an example of Gothic fiction in which the great theme is Aestheticism and its relation between life, beauty, disillusions. The first version of this novel was published in the July...


Glengarry School Days

by Ralph Connor

Fifteen sketches detail the misadventures of schoolchildren during the pioneer days in Ontario, Canada. Detailing both the mischievous adventures of the youths alongside depictions of life in Canada at the time...


Washington Square

by Henry James

Catherine Sloper, the only surviving child of the Sloper family, is a kind but plain girl, and as such is treated by her widowed father, Dr. Sloper. So when Catherine becomes engaged, Dr. Sloper finds it hard...


Complete Poems and Tales

by Edgar Allan Poe

A pioneer of the short-story genre, American author Edgar Allan Poe was an accomplished storyteller and poet who created haunting and macabre works that are enduring and influential more than 150 years after...


Mr Standfast

by John Buchan

Dick Hannay is called out of uniform by his old comrade, spymaster Sir Walter Bullivant, and sent to Fosse Manor in the Cotswolds to receive further instructions. He must pose as a South African, an objector...


Prester John

by John Buchan

Prester John tells the story of a young Scotsman named David Crawfurd and his adventures in South Africa, where a Zulu uprising is tied to the medieval legend of Prester John. Crawfurd is similar in many ways...


Black Beauty

by Anna Sewell

Anna Sewell said that the aim of her "little book" was "to induce kindness, sympathy and an understanding treatment of horses." Though the book had scant influence when it was first published in 1877, it has...


The Mantle and Other Stories

by Nikolai Vasilevich Gogol

AS a novel-writer and a dramatist, Gogol appears to me to deserve a minute study, and if the knowledge of Russian were more widely spread, he could not fail to obtain in Europe a reputation equal to that of...


Two Years Before the Mast (complete and annotated)

by Richard Henry Dana

Two Years Before The Mast is a wonderful, elegantly written adventure classic that is still enjoyable more than one hundred years after its original publication. This is Richard Henry Dana Jr.'s account of his...


The Journey to the East

by Hermann Hesse

The story of a youthful pilgrimage that seemingly failed. As the book opens, the narrator is engaged is writing the chronicle of this remembered adventure - the central experience of his youth. As he becomes...


The Good Soldier Schweik

by Jaroslav Hašek & Paul Selver

The Good Soldier Schweik is the story beginning in Prague with news of the assassination in Sarajevo that precipitates World War I. Schweik displays such enthusiasm about faithfully serving the Austrian Emperor...


The Lodger

by Marie Belloc Lowndes

The famous first-class, highly acclaimed thriller written in 1914 but very readable today and based on the grisly Jack the Ripper murders that occurred in Whitechapel, London twenty years before. An early must-read...


The Castle

by Franz Kafka

Arriving in a village to take up the position of land surveyor for the mysterious lord of a castle, the character known as K. finds himself in a bitter and baffling struggle to contact his new employer and go...


South Riding

by Winifred Holtby

Winner of the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, Winifred Holtby's great novel SOUTH RIDING was published posthumously. She died only a few months after finishing it and never saw it in print. It has since been...


Random Harvest

by James Hilton

Random Harvest is a novel written by James Hilton, first published in 1941. The novel was immensely popular, placing second on The New York Times list of bestselling novels for the year. The novel was successfully...