Lord of the Flies
The story of a group of boys marooned on a tropical island after a plane crash, Lord of the Flies, the first novel by William Golding (1911–1993), was published in 1954 and is now a modern classic. For all its adventure and excitement, the book is a profound exploration of the human potential for evil: at first, the boys elect leaders and organize themselves, but very soon rivalry, fear and violence erupt and a descent into savagery begins. 150 million copies sold worldwide.
In this early masterpiece of detective fiction, Rachel Verinder is given the Moonstone, a large Indian diamond, on her 18th birthday. That very night, the jewel is stolen, and the curse of the Moonstone begins; a renowned detective is called in to unravel a mystery involving hypnotism, opium and Indian jugglers. First published in 1868.
The Mayor of Casterbridge
While he was drunk at a fair, the hay-trusser Michael Henchard sold his wife and child to a sailor for five guineas. Alone the next morning, he vowed to mend his ways and eventually, by hard work and good judgement, he became mayor of Casterbridge. Then, 18 years after being sold, his wife returns and Henchard finds he cannot escape his past.
Jude the Obscure
A self-taught young stonemason whose ambition is to go to university, Jude Fawley has his hopes dashed when he is tricked into a bad marriage. Once free again, he finds a soul-mate, but society and class conspire to deny them happiness. Hardy described his novel as the story of a ‘deadly war waged between flesh and spirit’.
The Great Adventure Collection
Tracking Magua with Hawkeye in The Last of the Mohicans; travelling into the Heart of Darkness in search of Kurtz; or entering an extinct volcano on a Journey to the Centre of the Earth ... This set of eight novels could be described as the A-list of adventure stories: the other five are The Man Who Would Be King, Robinson Crusoe, The Odyssey, Gulliver’s Travels and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and a tenth book is a journal to record your own exploits.
Far from the Madding Crowd
As a young, independent woman taking over the running of a rural estate, Bathsheba Everdene attracts the attentions of three very different men: a respectable local farmer, a dashing soldier, and a devoted young shepherd, Gabriel Oak, who works on her land. This was the first of Hardy’s great novels, originally published in 1874.