Lists - Literature

Gems of English Literature

Great Expectations

Philip Pirrip ('Pip') is a small village boy being brought up by the blacksmith Joe Gargery. He is told to go and visit the house of Miss Havisham, whose mind had...

A High Wind in Jamaica

In the mid-Nineteenth Century, a family of five slightly wild children are on their way to England by boat, having been sent by their parents from Jamaica to attend...

A Man For All Seasons

While King Henry VIII maintained that there were no definitions for marriage, his Chancellor Sir Thomas More declared than no human law could change the institution....

A Study in Scarlet

First book of who would be one of the most famous detectives of all time, prototype of those who came next. The novels starring Sherlock Holmes are set in a police...

Best Books from the 20th Century

The Little Prince

"The Little Prince" is the most famous book by the French writer and aviator Antoine de Saint-Exupery (1900- 1944). It is a contemporary classic of world literature....

The Pearl

From an early age, Steinbeck showed a rebelliousness and opposition to the traditional way of life. To please his parents, he studied at Stanford University. However...

Brideshead Revisited

Evelyn Waugh, in this his most famous novel, shows his fascination by both the Catholic faith and the English aristocracy. It is narrated by the architectural painter...

Masterpieces of 19th Century

Loss and Gain

This is a novel that paints a vivid picture of religion in Oxford at the time of the Oxford Movement. Charles Reding is the son of a clergyman and is an undergraduate...

Dead Souls

Chichikov buys 400 servants, or "dead souls" at a low price in order to fake his possession but after a while the sellers become suspicious. From this point, Gogol...

Moby Dick

The young narrator, Ismael, decides to go to sea on the whaler Pequod, which was ultimately doomed. Here we are introduced to the harpooner Queequeg, the first-mate...

Wuthering Heights

The Heathcliff Linton house called Wuthering Heights is one of violence and incident, with the story told by the neighbour Lockwood, a tenant at the Grange. It is the...

Greek and Roman Classics

Antigone

The curse placed on Oedipus lingers and haunts a younger generation in this new and brilliant translation of Sophocles' classic drama. The daughter of Oedipus and...

Odyssey

Homer's great epic describes the many adventures of Odysseus, Greek warrior, as he strives over many years to return to his home island of Ithaca after the Trojan War...

Works and Days

Hesiod was the first self-styled 'poet' in western literature, revered by the ancient Greeks. Ostensibly written to chide and educate his lazy brother, Works and Days...

Jason And The Argonauts

Jason and the Argonauts (also known as the Argonautica), is the only surviving full account of Jason's voyage on the Argo in quest of the Golden Fleece aided by the...

Classics of the 20th century

To Kill a Mockingbird

A novel set in the United States in the 1930s. It masterfully describes the atmosphere of the time, albeit with a universal vision: it shows how the life of a family...

Classics to reread (before 1900)

The Confessions

An autobiographical account of Augustine's tempestuous early life until his conversation to practising the Catholic faith enthusiastically. It provides a vehicle for...

The Divine Comedy

A poem about life after death. The inferno (hell) is a conical funnel, purgatory a mountain with circular ledges for repentant sinners, and at the top is earthly...

Orlando furioso

One of the greatest epic poems of the Italian Renaissance, Orlando Furioso is an intricate tale of love and enchantment set at the time of the Holy Roman Emperor...

Don Quixote

The humble gentleman Don Quixote is obsessed with tales of chivalry and decides to roam the world seeking adventures. He rides Rosinante and travels with Sancho Panza...

Best fiction books (2019 - 2020)

A Time for Mercy

The main character of the novel is Jake Brigance, who made his appearance in earlier novels of Grisham, like A Time to Kill (1984) and Sycamore Row...

Chronicle of my Mother

Narration of a Japanese writer and journalist about the last years and the death of his elderly mother, a widow who is cared for by her four children, especially...

Medieval Classics

The Divine Comedy

A poem about life after death. The inferno (hell) is a conical funnel, purgatory a mountain with circular ledges for repentant sinners, and at the top is earthly...

Utopia

Utopia (Libellus vere aureus, nec minus salutaris quam festivus, de optimo rei publicae statu deque nova insula Utopia) is a work of fiction and political...

Orlando furioso

One of the greatest epic poems of the Italian Renaissance, Orlando Furioso is an intricate tale of love and enchantment set at the time of the Holy Roman Emperor...