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Chelsea Mansions

The annual Chelsea Flower Show in London is tainted by the murder of an American tourist in what appears to be a random act of violence. It is quickly discovered that the killer avoided having both his face...

The Lady of the Camellias

The book tells the story of Margherita Gautier, a courtesan of great beauty who falls in love with Armand Duval, one of her lovers, and who sacrifices her own happiness for his sake. The book quickly had...

1776

In 1776 the prospects of the American rebels looked very dim. This masterful history relates the experiences of those who marched with General George Washington in the year of the Declaration of...

Fatherland

This is a police thriller set in 1964 in an alternative universe in which the Nazis won World War II. Queen Elizabeth II lives in exile in Canada and her uncle Edward VIII sits on the throne in England. A...

The Confidential Agent

Graham Greene, the English novelist who was always a candidate for the Nobel Prize in Literature but who never quite made it, wrote a number of what he called “entertainments” – crime and spy novels. In a...

Joy in the Morning

Trapped in rural Steeple Bumpleigh, a man less stalwart than Bertie Wooster would probably give way at the knees. For among those present were Florence Craye, to whom Bertie had once been engaged and her...

Charlotte's Web

This favourite American children’s novel tells the story of a pig named Wilbur and his friend, a barn spider named Charlotte. When Wilbur is in danger of being slaughtered by the farmer, Charlotte writes...

White Fang

Born in the wilds of the freezing cold Yukon, White Fang - half-dog, half-wolf - is the only animal in the litter to survive. He soon learns the harsh laws of nature, yet buried deep inside him are the...

The Aspern Papers

Henry James is one of America’s greatest novelists, a master of psychological realism. This novella relates the efforts of a biographer to obtain the letters of a dead American poet from his former...

The Good Earth

Pearl Buck won the 1938 Nobel Prize for Literature, mostly for this novel about the extended family of a prosperous peasant in a Chinese village in the chaotic years before World War I. This indelible...