The Return of the Native

Virginia Woolf once called Thomas Hardy "the greatest tragic writer among English novelists." His atmospheric novels were often considered shocking upon their publication. In this...

Breaking Wave

Allan had been away from Coombaragana, flying in the Royal Air Force. Now he has returned, wounded and disillusioned, to his ancestral home. Days before, Jessie Proctor had taken...

David Copperfield Part 1 and 2

The endearing story of David Copperfield’s endeavor to become the hero of his own life, with its intriguing correspondence to the author’s own life, has delighted readers for...

The Vicar of Wakefield

Oliver Goldsmith earned instant acclaim when he published The Vicar of Wakefield, a marvelous mixture of burlesque and satire. The simple village vicar, Mr. Primrose, is living...

Rumpole of the Bailey

In the first of six witty short stories, 60s-something English barrister, Horace Rumpole, takes on the younger generation both at home and in the hallowed courtroom-while...

Pilgrimage to Medina and Mecca—Excerpts

In the 19th century, Sir Richard Francis Burton, Oxford-educated spy and adventurer became the first Englishman to enter the Muslim city of Mecca. Disguised as a dervish, Burton...

King Solomon's Mines

With all the adventure and suspense of an Indiana Jones movie, this 1885 novel recounts the journey of four men—three Englishmen and a regal native named Umbopa—who enter...

The Deceivers

Around a low-burning fire in a jungle clearing, a small group of late travelers huddles: a merchant, a Sikh with his son, a farmer. Silently, two men, flanking one of the...

The Riddle of the Sands

One of the first spy novels ever written, The Riddle of the Sands had an enormous impact upon its publication in 1903. Author Erskine Childers—a Boer War veteran and expert...

The Pickwick Papers

‘Rising rage and extreme bewilderment had swelled the noble breast of Mr Pickwick, almost to the bursting of his waistcoat’ Few first novels have created as much popular...

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