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50 classics

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...

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...

Confessions

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

Books for young people (19-25)

Brideshead Revisited

The narrator is Charles Ryder and he becomes involved in an aristocratic Catholic family after making friends with Sebastian Flyte at Oxford. Sebastian is handsome...

Man's Search for Meaning

Through the pages of this book runs the blood of the extermination camps, the foul smell of the barracks, the pustules, the blows, the hunger, the cold, the gangrene...

Running

Following his brilliant portrait of Maurice Ravel, Jean Echenoz turns to the life of one of the greatest runners of the twentieth century, and once again demonstrates...

The kite runner

Set against the background of the tragic events in Afghanistan at the end of the 20th Century, this is a story of one well-off Pashtun boy in Kabul ridden by guilt...

Books for teens (15-18)

Scaramouche

Once he was André-Louis Moreau, a lawyer raised by nobility, unconcerned with the growing discontent among France’s lower class—until his friend was mercilessly...

The Persecutor

The Persecutor (alternatively titled Forgive Me Natasha or Sergei) is the autobiography of Sergei Kourdakov. It details his early life and life as a...

A Fort of Nine Towers

It is a pleasant tale that tells, from the eyes of a child, how he grew up amid the warlords and the Taliban in Afghanistan. Along with passages that narrate with...

Children books: from 10 to 14 years old

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

Tom Sawyer lives with his brother Sid and Aunt Polly in St Petersburg, Missouri. He is a great friend of Huckleberry Finn and this is an account of their adventures....

My Family and other Animals

The teenage years of an English boy, living on the Greek island of Corfu, written in autobiographical style. As the book title suggests, the there are two possible...

Letter for the King

Tiuri is a 16 year old boy who, the night before his appointment as knight, while watching the weapons in a chapel, is called from outside. Breaking the rules of not...

Ender's Game

Set in the future, mankind is at war with insect-like aliens called, rather unfortunately, the buggers, who want to wipe out the humans. A sensitive young boy called...