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The Old Wives' Tale

by Arnold Bennett

Regarded as one of Arnold Bennett's finest works, The Old Wives' Tale was first published in 1908. It tells the story of sisters Constance and Sophia Baines, both very different from one another, and follows...


Leavetaking

by Peter Weiss & Christopher Levenson

"I was on my way to look for a life of my own."

A brilliant, brutally honest autobiographical novel, long out of print, from one of the great artistic polymaths of the 20th century.

This is a Sebaldian account...


A Dark and Stormy Night

by Mary Shelley

It was a dark and stormy night. Lord Byron, Mary Godwin (who would soon become Mary Shelley), Percy Bysshe Shelley, and John William Polidori were sheltering inside a Swiss castle reading ghost stories to one...


Love's Labour's Lost

by William Shakespeare

One of Shakespeare's early comedies, Love's Labour's Lost follows the travails of the King of Navarre and three of his companions as they make a vow to eschew the attentions of women and devote themselves entirely...


The Scarlet Pimpernel

by Baroness Emmuska Orczy

The Scarlet Pimpernel is the original masked hero adventure story. During the French Revolution a secret society of English gentlemen is formed by the enigmatic Scarlet Pimpernel, to rescue their fellow French...


The Man-Eater of Malgudi

by R. K. Narayan

Nataraj, owner of a small, friendly printing press in the enchanted city of Malgudi, has never been very successful at making enemies. Until, that is, he meets Vasu. Almost accidentally, Vasu, a pugnacious taxidermist,...


Emma

by Jane Austen & Cbook

Emma Woodhouse, handsome, clever, and rich, with a comfortable home and happy disposition, seemed to unite some of the best blessings of existence; and had lived nearly twenty-one years in the world with very...


The Prince

by Cbook & Nicolo Machiavelli

Nicolo Machiavelli was born at Florence on 3rd May 1469. He was the second son of Bernardo di Nicolo Machiavelli, a lawyer of some repute, and of Bartolommea di Stefano Nelli, his wife. Both parents were members...


Pride and Prejudice

by Cbook & 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. However little known the feelings or views of such a man may be on his first entering a neighbourhood,...


A Jay of Italy

by Bernard Capes

On a hot morning, in the year 1476 of poignant memory, there drew up before an osteria on the Milan road a fair cavalcade of travellers. These were Messer Carlo Lanti and his inamorata, together with a suite...


A Devotee

by Mary Cholmondeley

THE cathedral was crammed. The tall slender arches seemed to spring out of a vast sea of human heads. The orchestra and chorus had gradually merged into one person: one shout of praise, one voice of prayer,...


Very Woman

by Rémy de Gourmont

They walked side by side, under the gloomy old firs whose heavy branches leaned towards the yellowing lawn. Countess Aubry, with her charm of a negotiator of worldly loves, had just hastily brought them together,...


Julius Caesar

by William Shakespeare

Although Shakespeare's play Julius Caesar is named after the legendary Roman political leader, the central character is thought by many to be Marcus Brutus, Caesar's friend turned foe who struggles throughout...


The Vanishing Man: A Detective Romance

by R. Austin Freeman

An ingenious and entertaining detective romance. (Published in the U.K. as The Eye of Osiris.)


The Uttermost Farthing: A Savant's Vendetta

by R. Austin Freeman

It is not without some misgivings that I at length make public the strange history communicated to me by my lamented friend Humphrey Challoner. The outlook of the narrator is so evidently abnormal, his ethical...


The Submarine Boat

by R. Austin Freeman

From The Further Adventures of Romney Pringle, a collection of short stories about an engaging crook and literary agent who cycles everywhere, no matter the scam…


The Singing Bone: The Adventures of Dr. Thorndyke

by R. Austin Freeman

The Case of Oscar Brodski

A Case of Premeditation

The Echo of a Mutiny

A Wastrel's Romance

The Old Lag


The Silkworms of Florence

by R. Austin Freeman

From The Further Adventures of Romney Pringle, a collection of short stories about an engaging crook and literary agent who cycles everywhere, no matter what the scam…


A Silent Witness

by R. Austin Freeman

On a wet and windy silent night in the sleeping city of London the body of a man is found sprawled across Millfield Lane. So begins the puzzle of an intriguing stranger in this enchanting Dr Thorndyke mystery....


The Red Thumb Mark

by R. Austin Freeman

Haycraft-Queen Cornerstone prize winner for 1907.