‘When people go to Johannesburg, they do not come back.’ Cry, the Beloved Country is the moving story of two families in South Africa – one black and one white – who are brought into violent contact. From a remote valley in Natal, Reverend Kumalo sets off for the city of Johannesburg in search of his younger sister and his son.
Jean Valjean is free at last after nineteen years in prison. Cold and hungry, he is rejected by everyone he meets. But Jean’s life is changed forever when he discovers love. He spends the rest of his life helping people, like himself, who have been victims of poverty and social injustice – ‘les misérables’.
Lucy Honeychurch is a young middle-class English girl. Her life is comfortable and she lives in a protected existence. But her experiences on holiday in Italy show her a different side of life. She learns to look more closely at the people around her and discovers the power of her own heart.
His mother is dead, so little Oliver Twist is brought up in the workhouse. Beaten and starved, he runs away to London, where he joins Fagin’s gang of thieves. By chance he also finds good new friends – but can they protect him from people who rob and murder without mercy?
“All novels … are built on the never-ending contest in ourselves between good and evil.” John Steinbeck, one of America’s greatest writers, considered East of Eden to be his most important work. Set in California, the novel is a story of love and jealousy, forgiveness and revenge—and what it means to be human.
Pip is a poor orphan whose life is changed forever by two very different meetings – one with an escaped convict and the other with an eccentric old lady and the beautiful girl who lives with her. And who is the mysterious person who leaves him a fortune?
The Moonstone is an ancient Indian diamond which brings disaster and tragedy to everyone who owns it. Rachel Verinder's uncle gives it to her as a birthday present but the same night it is stolen. Published in 1868, this is now seen as the first, and one of the best, detective novels ever written.
Emma Bovary is a dreamer. She escapes from her boring life with her father by marrying Charles, a doctor, but married life does not bring her the love and excitement she expected. She looks for love outside her marriage, and one of literature’s great tragedies begins to unfold.
Anna Karenina, one of world literature’s greatest novels, tells the story of a beautiful young woman who is unhappily married to a man much older than herself. When she falls in love with a handsome young soldier, life suddenly seems wonderful. But real happiness is not so easily found ...
‘Close your eyes … imagine idyllic white sands and coral gardens.’ Richard arrives in Thailand. He hears about ‘the beach’, a secret island. It is paradise on earth. He goes there, but paradise soon turns into hell…
Roald Dahl is the master of the unexpected. Things are not always what they seem and nobody should be trusted. In this collection of his short stories we learn some strange lessons about the dangerous world we live in. But you will have to wait until the final pages of each story to discover the last, terrible twist!
Memoirs of a Geisha is one of the great stories of our time. We follow Sayuri’s life: her early years in a small fishing village and as a geisha in Gion. And throughout her struggle, we know of her secret love for the only man who ever showed her any kindness — a man who seems to be out of her reach.
Today Maya Angelou is one of the world’s most respected writers and poets. In the 1930s and 1940s she was a poor Black girl growing up in the segregated American South. She suffered prejudice and cruelty from people she trusted as well as at the hands of an unjust society. Above all, Maya learned about the power of love and hope. This is Maya’s true story.
This is a great love story set in the tragedy of war. It is 1941. The Italian officer, Captain Corelli, falls in love with Pelagia, a young Greek girl. But Pelegia’s fiancé is fighting the Italian army… Captain Corelli’s Mandolin is now a film, starring Nicolas Cage.
Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World is one of the great works of science fiction. It is the year After Ford 632 in the New World. People are born and live by scientific methods. There is worldwide happiness and order. Then John comes from the Savage Reservation to the New World and with him he brings strong emotions – love, hate, anger, fear....
Saving Private Ryan – one of the greatest war films ever made! Steven Spielberg – Academy Award® winner for Best Director! It’s June 9 1944, three days after D-Day. On the orders of the government, Captain John Miller and his men go to look for Private James Ryan. They must bring him home. But how many will survive the mission?