William Stoner enters the University of Missouri at nineteen to study agriculture. A seminar on English literature changes his life, and he never returns to work on his father's farm. Stoner becomes a teacher. He marries the wrong woman. His life is quiet, and after his death his colleagues remember him rarely. Yet with truth... read more

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As an orphan, Jane's childhood is not an easy one but her independence and strength of character keep her going through the miseries inflicted by cruel relatives and a brutal school. However, her biggest challenge is yet to come. Taking a job as a governess in a house full of secrets, for a passionate man she grows more and m... read more

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Author:Charles Dickens
Awards:Runner-up for The BBC Big Read Top 100 2003. Shortlisted for BBC Big Read Top 100 2003.

Charles Dickens' "A Tale of Two Cities" portrays a world on fire, split between Paris and London during the brutal and bloody events of the French Revolution. This "Penguin Classics" edition of is edited with an introduction and notes by Richard Maxwell. 'It was the best of times, it was the worst of times...' After eighteen ... read more

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"Wuthering Heights" is the tale of two families both joined and riven by love and hate. Cathy is a beautiful and wilful young woman torn between her soft-hearted husband and Heathcliff, the passionate and resentful man who has loved her since childhood. The power of their bond creates a maelstrom of cruelty and violence which... read more

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In this collection, newly painted for this book, Ray Ching’s drawing and painting skills, familiar to New Zealanders through his widely seen paintings of birds, are imaginatively engaged in an altogether new expression of Aesop’s Fables.
The stories have left their origins in Greece and ancient Europe and se... read more

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Author:Alexandre Dumas
Awards:Runner-up for The BBC Big Read Top 100 2003. Shortlisted for BBC Big Read Top 100 2003.

Alexandre Dumas' epic tale of suffering and revenge inspired by a real-life case of wrongful imprisonment, the "Penguin Classics" edition of "The Count of Monte Cristo" is translated with an introduction by Robin Buss. Thrown in prison for a crime he has not committed Edmond Dantes spends fourteen bitter years imprisoned in t... read more

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Author:Jane Austen
Awards:Runner-up for The BBC Big Read Top 100 2003. Shortlisted for BBC Big Read Top 100 2003.

Her last completed novel, marrying witty social realism to a 'Cinderella' love story, Jane Austen's "Persuasion" is edited with an introduction by Gillian Beer in "Penguin Classics". Anne Elliot, twenty-seven and still single, seems destined for spinsterhood. In her youth, she broke off an engagement to penniless Captain Went... read more

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Charles Dickens's first published work, "The Pickwick Papers" was an instant success that captured the public imagination with its colourful characters and farcical plot. This "Penguin Classics" edition of Charles Dickens's is edited with notes and an introduction by Mark Wormald. Few first novels have created as much popular... read more

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Author:Virginia Woolf
Series:Popular Penguins

To the Lighthouse is at once a vivid impressionist depiction of a family holiday, and a meditation on a marriage, on parenthood and childhood, on grief, tyranny and bitterness. Its use of stream of consciousness, reminiscence and shifting perspectives, give the novel an intimate, poetic essence, and at the time of publication... read more

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Author:H. G. Wells
Series:Penguin English Library

'Death!' I shouted. 'Death is coming! Death!' In this pioneering, shocking and nightmarish tale, naive suburban Londoners investigate a strange cylinder from space, but are instantly incinerated by an all-destroying heat-ray. Soon, gigantic killing machines that chase and feed on human prey are threatening the whole of humani... read more

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'I am jealous of everything whose beauty does not die. I am jealous of the portrait you have painted of me...Why did you paint it? It will mock me some day - mock me horribly!' A story of evil, debauchery, and scandal, Oscar Wilde's only novel tells of Dorian Gray, a beautiful yet corrupt man. When he wishes that a perfect po... read more

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'Vanitas Vanitatum! Which of us is happy in this world? Which of us has his desire? or, having it, is satisfied?' No one is better equipped in the struggle for wealth and worldly success than the alluring and ruthless Becky Sharp, who defies her impoverished background to clamber up the class ladder. Her sentimental companion... read more

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From A to Z, the Penguin Drop Caps series collects 26 unique hardcovers - featuring cover art by type superstar Jessica Hische
It all begins with a letter. Fall in love with Penguin Drop Caps, a new series of twenty-six collectible and gift-worthy hardcover editions, each with a type cover showcasing a gorgeously illus... read more

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Author:Herman Melville
Series:Clothbound Classics

Part of Penguin's beautiful hardback "Clothbound Classics" series, designed by the award-winning Coralie Bickford-Smith, these delectable and collectible editions are bound in high-quality colourful, tactile cloth with foil stamped into the design. In Herman Melville's "Moby-Dick", Captain Ahab is an eerily compelling madman ... read more

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Out of his smoke-filled rooms in Baker Street stalks a figure to cause the criminal classes to quake in their boots and rush from their dens of iniquity...The twelve mysteries gathered in this first collection of Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson's adventures reveal the brilliant consulting detective at the height of his powers. ... read more

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Author:C. S. Forester
Series:Green Popular Penguins

Life was largely uneventful for Marjorie Grainger until she came home one night to find her sister dressed up, lying lifelessly on the kitchen floor with her head in the oven. But their mother suspects this is not a simple case of suicide. In fact, she's sure she knows exactly who the killer, is, and starts to slowly and meti... read more

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Tempted by the idea of duck shooting, Carruthers joins his friend Davies on a yachting expedition in the Baltic. But Davies has more on his mind than killing fowl. As they navigate the waters and treacherous, shifting sands on board the Dulcibella, Carruthers learns the real reason behind their trip - and how the safety of Br... read more

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Extortion is the name of the game. In this first story of the Inspector West series, the Scotland Yard officer has to get to the bottom of a blackmail bid against the Dreem cigarette factory. With those behind the attempt prepared to murder anyone who might get in their way, Inspector West has to unravel it all at gunpoint, a... read more

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Homer’s Odyssey tells the story of Greek hero Odysseus and his journey home after the fall of Troy. It is the second oldest surviving work of Western literature, has been fundamental in shaping our culture. This modern translation is designed to be read aloud in the oral tradition, and is the only edition to be translat... read more

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