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  • "Barnaby Rudge" (1841) by Charles Dickens

    by Ray

    Dickens’s first historical novel, set in the period of the ultra-violent anti-catholic Gordon Riots in the London of 1780 that saw angry mobs storm into the Parliament buildings, destroy the central Newgate prison and other buildings and shake the state to its very foundations.
    The historical (...)

  • "The Old Curiosity Shop" (1841) by Charles Dickens

    by Charles Dickens

    Dickens’s fourth novel, another huge best-seller, a «road novel» about the adorable Little Nell and her grandfather on the run all around England from a cruel, grasping creditor, no doubt the most villainous villain in all of his works.
    The young heroine shines like a beacon through the gloomy (...)

  • "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" (1900) by L. Frank Baum

    by L. Frank Baum

    L. Frank Baum (1856-1919) was a prolific author of novels, short stories, poetry and theatre plays who achieved everlasting posthumous fame when this wonderful story about the adventures of Dorothy and her faithful companions (her dog Toto, a scarecrow without brains, a tin woodman without a (...)

  • "Nicholas Nickleby" (1839) by Charles Dickens

    by Charles Dickens

    Where the penniless young Nicholas goes up to the wilds of Yorkshire to begin a teaching career and finds himself with am schoolmaster who’s extravagantly and exploiting and mistreating his pupils there, then flees down south after a dramatic show-down to join a roving band of actors and to get (...)

  • "Our Mutual Friend" (1865), by Charles Dickens

    by Charles Dickens

    This last complete novel of Charles Dickens, his fourteenth, has a very strong theme, one of his best and most timeless: the Thames river that dominates the lives of those who work on and beside and near it and which symbolises the force and power and also violence of the current of life (...)

  • "The Pickwick Papers" (1837) by Charles Dickens

    by Charles Dickens

    Dickens’s first and funniest novel, published when he was only 25, was a huge worldwide hit that had people lining up on the wharfs in Sydney and New York when the boats came in with the latest instalment.
    With a hundred English and American editions before 1900, it was probably the (...)

  • "The Mixed Men" novel (1952) by A. E. van Vogt

    by A. E. van Vogt

    The inhabitants of the 70 inhabited planets of the Fifty Suns civilisation in the Greater Magellanic Cloud galaxy are up against a gigantic invading warship from Earth bent on finding them out and integrating them into their empire that rules the Milky Way galaxy.
    Based on somewhat modified (...)

  • "Oliver Twist" (1838), by Charles Dickens

    by Charles Dickens

    This was the second consecutive worldwide success for Dickens at the age of 26(!), and it was a shock to his vast public, who were looking for another Cockney comedy in the vein of The Pickwick Papers, but got instead a hard-hitting description of some of the most shocking aspects of the social (...)

  • "Make Westing" and other stories by Jack London

    by Jack London

    1. The Misogynist (1897) A confirmed bachelor wakes up one morning to find that all females have suddenly disappeared and the world is now a purely masculine one! Things start rapidly going to pot as everyone, including our hero, desperately tries to survive. (8,600 words) (...)