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The Woman Who Kept Everything

by Jane Gilley Avon (December 03, 2018)

The Lady in the Van meets The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry in this uplifting, funny and moving debut novel about a 79-year-old hoarder who is convinced the world is against her.

79-year-old Gloria Frensham...


An Impossible Thing Called Love

by Belinda Missen HQ Digital (November 18, 2018)

Don’t miss the new delightfully uplifting book from the author of A Recipe for Disaster!

A second chance at love…

When globe-trotting Emmy first fell for first-aider William on a freezing New Year’s Eve,...


Jurgen: A Comedy of Justice

by James Branch Cabell Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Jurgen, A Comedy of Justice is a 1919 fantasy book by James Branch Cabell - the eighth among some fifty-two books written by this author - which gained fame (or notoriety, in the view of some) shortly after...


A Tale of Negative Gravity

by Frank R. Stockton Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

A retired middle-aged gentleman and his wife take a long walk, arm-in-arm, many miles, up hills, across fields, with a laden knapsack and a heavy picnic basket, and yet they are completely at ease because of...


Sartor Resartus

by Elizabeth Barrett Browning Standard Ebooks (February 16, 2018)

Sartor Resartus was a strange and new book when it was first published in 1833, and in many ways it remains a strange and new book today. The bulk of the novel takes the form of the a commentary on the life...


The History of Rasselas, Prince of Abyssinia

by Samuel Johnson Standard Ebooks (February 16, 2018)

Rasselas is a fable-like story, more apologue than novel, written by Johnson in 1759 to help pay for the costs of his recently-deceased mother’s funeral. While the plot is basic and the characters are thin,...


Nightmare Abbey

by Thomas Love Peacock Standard Ebooks (February 16, 2018)

Published in 1818, Peacock’s novella Nightmare Abbey is a gentle satire of the then-popular gothic movement in literature. He pokes fun at the genre’s obsessions and most of the book’s characters are caricatures...


The Warden

by Anthony Trollope Standard Ebooks (February 16, 2018)

The Warden is concerned with the unassuming Rev. Septimus Harding, who has for many years been the Warden of Hiram’s Hospital in the fictional town of Barchester. This “hospital” is what we would today...


Gulliver's Travels

by Jonathan Swift Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Gulliver's Travels (1726, amended 1735), officially Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World, in Four Parts. By Lemuel Gulliver, First a Surgeon, and then a Captain of several Ships, is a novel by Jonathan...


Lady Susan

by Jane Austen Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Austen's "most wicked tale," Lady Susan is a short epistolary novel by Jane Austen, possibly written in 1794 but not published until 1871. Lady Susan is a selfish, attractive woman, who tries to trap the best...


Our Mutual Friend

by Charles Dickens Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

A satiric masterpiece about the allure and peril of money, Our Mutual Friend revolves around the inheritance of a dust-heap where the rich throw their trash. When the body of John Harmon, the dust-heap’s expected...


The Pickwick Papers

by Charles Dickens Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

The first ray of light which illumines the gloom, and converts into a dazzling brilliancy that obscurity in which the earlier history of the public career of the immortal Pickwick would appear to be involved,...


The First Men in the Moon

by H. G. Wells Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

The novel tells the story of a journey to the moon by the impecunious businessman Mr Bedford and the brilliant but eccentric scientist Dr Cavor. On arrival, Bedford and Cavor find the moon inhabited by a race...


The Way We Live Now

by Anthony Trollope Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Widely acknowledged to be the masterpiece of Trollope's prolific Victorian career, "The Way We Live Now" is the scathing satire he wrote upon returning to England after traveling abroad. In seeking to discuss...


My Man Jeeves

by P. G. Wodehouse Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

My Man Jeeves is a collection of short stories by P. G. Wodehouse, first published in the UK in May 1919 by George Newnes. Of the eight stories in the collection, half feature the popular characters Jeeves and...


The Canterville Ghost

by Oscar Wilde Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

There has been a ghost in the house for three hundred years, and LordCanterville's family have had enough of it. So Lord Canterville sells his grandold house to an American family. Mr Hiram B. Otis is happy...


Babbitt

by Sinclair Lewis Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

In this sardonic portrait of the up-and-coming middle class during the prosperous 1920s, Sinclair Lewis (1885-1951) perfectly captures the sound, the feel, and the attitudes of the generation that created the...


2 B R O 2 B

by Kurt Vonnegut Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

2 B R 0 2 B is a satiric short story that imagines life (and death) in a future world where aging has been “cured” and population control is mandated and administered by the government.


Martin Chuzzlewit

by Charles Dickens Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

The Life and Adventures of Martin Chuzzlewit (commonly known as Martin Chuzzlewit) is a novel by Charles Dickens, considered the last of his picaresque novels. It was originally serialised in 1843 and 1844....


R. Holmes & Co.

by John Kendrick Bangs Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

A collection of 10 short stories about the son of Sherlock Holmes and grandson of Raffles.


Erewhon, or Over The Range

by Samuel Butler Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Erewhon: or, Over the Range (e-re-whon) is a novel by Samuel Butler which was first published anonymously in 1872. The title is also the name of a country, supposedly discovered by the protagonist. In the novel,...


A House-Boat on the Styx

by John Kendrick Bangs Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

1895. Illustrated. Bangs wrote mostly comic satirical fiction and is immortalized by the term Bangsian, which refers to a fantasy set in the afterlife, usually involving famous dead folk as the characters. Contents:...


The Europeans

by Henry James Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Eugenia, an expatriated American, is the morganatic wife of a German prince, who is about to reject her in favor of a state marriage. With her artist brother Felix Young she travels to Boston to visit relatives...


Brother Jacob

by George Eliot Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Brother Jacob is Eliot's literary homage to Thackeray, a satirical modern fable that draws telling parallels between eating and reading. Revealing Eliot's deep engagement with the question of whether there are...


The Hand of Ethelberta

by Thomas Hardy Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

At the beginning of the book, we are told that Ethelberta was raised in humble circumstances but, through her work as a governess, married well at the age of eighteen. Her husband died two weeks after the wedding...


Sylvie and Bruno

by Lewis Carroll Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

- One little picture in this book, the Magic Locket, at p. 77, was drawn by 'Miss Alice Havers.' I did not state this on the title-page, since it seemed only due, to the artist of all these (to my mind) wonderful...


The Napoleon of Notting Hill

by G. K. Chesterton Standard Ebooks (February 16, 2018)

First published in 1904, this allegorical fantasy is, perhaps, Chesterton's most curious book, a futuristic satire on public apathy, the corruption of the ruling class, and the collapse of local tradition. Though...


Short Fiction

by Rog Phillips, André Norton & Philip K. Dick Standard Ebooks (February 16, 2018)

Philip K. Dick built an enduring literary reputation writing powerful science fiction in the pulp magazines of the 50s and beyond. This collection of several of his short works, arranged in chronological order...


Sense and Sensibility

by Jane Austen Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Elinor and Marianne are two daughters of Mr. Dashwood by his second wife. They have a younger sister, Margaret, and an older half-brother named John. When their father dies, the family estate passes to John...


Vanity Fair

by William Makepeace Thackeray Standard Ebooks (February 16, 2018)

Vanity Fair is perhaps Thackeray’s most famous novel. First serialized over the course of 19 volumes in Punch Magazine and first printed as a single volume in 1849, the novel cemented Thackeray’s literary...


A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court

by Mark Twain Standard Ebooks (February 16, 2018)

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court is one of Mark Twain’s most enduring novels. During a stay at a modern-day English castle, the narrator meets a mysterious stranger. The stranger, Hank Morgan,...


Crome Yellow

by Aldous Huxley Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Crome Yellow is the first novel by British author Aldous Huxley. It was published in 1921. In the book, Huxley satirises the fads and fashions of the time. It is the witty story of a house party at "Crome" (a...


Cabbages and Kings

by O. Henry Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

A series of stories which each explore some individual aspect of life in a paralytically sleepy Central American town while each advancing some aspect of the larger plot and relating back one to another in a...


Juvenilia – Volume I

by Jane Austen Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Perhaps as early as 1787, Austen began to write poems, stories, and plays for her own and her family's amusement. Austen later compiled "fair copies" of these early works into three bound notebooks, now referred...


Juvenilia – Volume II

by Jane Austen Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Perhaps as early as 1787, Austen began to write poems, stories, and plays for her own and her family's amusement. Austen later compiled "fair copies" these early works into three bound notebooks, now referred...


Juvenilia – Volume III

by Jane Austen Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Perhaps as early as 1787, Austen began to write poems, stories, and plays for her own and her family's amusement. Austen later compiled "fair copies" of these early works into three bound notebooks, now referred...


Lease to Doomsday

by Lee Archer Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

The twins were a rare team indeed. They wanted to build a printing plant on a garbage dump. When Muldoon asked them why, their answer was entirely logical: "Because we live here." They were developing the land,...


Mrs. Raffles

by John Kendrick Bangs Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Mrs. Raffles, widow of the now deceased A. J. Raffles (who was the gentleman thief pursued at one time by Sherlock Holmes), continues the family legacy of crime—but this time in America.


Beasts and Super-Beasts

by Saki Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Beasts and Super-Beasts is a collection of short stories, written by Saki (the literary pseudonym of Hector Hugh Munro) and first published in 1914.

Along with The Chronicles of Clovis, Beasts and Super-Beasts...


The Triumphs of Eugène Valmont

by Robert Barr Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

The Triumphs of Eugene Valmont (1906) brings together tales of the multifarious exploits of Robert Barr's elegant and cunning sleuth, Valmont, a brilliantly ironic parody of Sherlock Holmes. Exhibiting the crucial...


Love Insurance

by Earl Derr Biggers Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Allan, Lord Harrowby, son and heir of James Nelson Harrowby, came to Lloyds of London with a most unusual request for insurance. He knew that Lloyds took out policies on unusual risks. And what he wanted was...


The Ghost-Extinguisher

by Frank Gelett Burgess Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

This short story must have been the inspiration for the popular movie "Ghost Busters" (1984). The humorist-author here tells the tale of a scientist-philosopher who invents devices to capture ghosts and sets...


The Strange Adventures of Mr. Middleton

by Wardon Allan Curtis Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

A collection of 15 fantasy short stories, similar to the "Arabian Nights", set in Chicago.


The Napoleon of Notting Hill

by Gilbert Keith Chesterton Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

The Napoleon of Notting Hill is a novel written by G. K. Chesterton in 1904, set in a nearly-unchanged London in 1984.

Though the novel deals with the future, it concentrates not on technology nor on totalitarian...


Bouvard and Pécuchet

by Gustave Flaubert Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Nowhere do Flaubert's explorations of the relation of signs to the objects they signify reach a more thorough study than in this work. Bouvard and Pécuchet systematically confuse signs and symbols with reality,...


The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

by Mark Twain Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, by Mark Twain, is a popular 1876 novel about a young boy growing up in the antebellum South on the Mississippi River in the fictional town of St. Petersburg, Missouri.


A Room With a View

by E. M. Forster Standard Ebooks (February 16, 2018)

A Room With a View, perhaps E. M. Forster’s lightest novel, was also one long in gestation—he began it as early as 1901, and only published it in 1908.

In it we meet young Lucy Honeychurch and her cousin...


Rasselas, Prince of Abyssinia

by Samuel Johnson Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

His chief amusement was to picture to himself that world which he had never seen, to place himself in various conditions, to be entangled in imaginary difficulties, and to be engaged in wild adventures... The...


Lawn Boy

by Jonathan Evison Algonquin Books (April 03, 2018)

“Jonathan Evison's voice is pure magic. In Lawn Boy, at once a vibrant coming-of-age novel and a sharp social commentary on class, Evison offers a painfully honest portrait of one young man's struggle to...


Alfie in the Snow

by Rachel Wells Avon (October 18, 2018)

Can Alfie and George save Christmas?

The Sunday Times bestseller returns for a fifth book! Alfie and his mischievous kitten George are back for more adventures

When a new family moves onto Edgar Road, Alfie...