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With an essay by David Groves. A nightmarish tale of religious fanaticism and darkness, this chilling classic of the macabre tells the tale of Robert Wringhim, drawn in his moral confusion into committing the most monstrous acts by an evil doppelganger. James Hogg's masterpiece is as troublingly duplicitous as Wringhim himself, and was ignored and bowdlerized before becoming a hugely influential work of Scottish literature. The Penguin English Library - 100 editions of the best fiction in English, from the eighteenth century and the very first novels to the beginning of the First World War.

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Based on the author's own tumultuous journey from boy to man, this epic traces young David's progress from his mother's sheltering arms to the miseries of boarding-­school and sweatshop and the rewards of friendship, romance, and self-­discovery in his vocation as a writer. A cherished favorite with generations of readers.

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Reading Georgette Heyer is the next best thing to reading Jane Austen.­" -­Publishers Weekly A young lady of beauty and intelligence facing an unbearable choice... Venetia Lanyon is one of Georgette Heyer's most memorable heroines. Beautiful, capable, and independent minded, her life on the family's estate in the countryside is somewhat circumscribed. Then a chance encounter with her rakish neighbor opens up a whole new world for Venetia. Lord Damerel has built his life on his dangerous reputation, and when he meets Venetia, he has nothing to offer and everything to regret. As Venetia's well-­meaning family steps in to protect her from potential ruin, Venetia must find the wherewithal to take charge of her own destiny, or lose her one chance at happiness... What readers say: "Perfection! ...­Witty, sparkling, and heart-­wrenching.­" "Not only do I think that Venetia is Georgette Heyer's best novel, I think Venetia is one of her best characters and certainly one of my favorite heroines . . .

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The last place body-­shy Andrea Pearson expected to be was on stage at a stripper bar in Vegas. Star Whores is her brother Kenny’s space-­themed “gentleman’s club,­” and she was only going to work in the office. But while Kenny’s out with an injury, the main attraction doesn’t show. Kenny’s manager has seen a picture of Andrea in a bikini and knows what’s underneath her giant sweatshirts. He talks her into standing in for the night to save her brother’s business. Besides, she’ll be in a costume and prosthetic makeup. No one will ever know. L.­A. homicide detective Rick Webb’s partner is lying in a coma with a shot to the head. When he finds out the brothers who did it are probably in Vegas, hiding out with a stripper girlfriend, he goes rogue. However, when he gets “Anastasya” alone, she won’t cooperate and claims to be an accountant—yeah right. Desperate for information, Rick tricks her into going with him, then holds her captive in an apartment. Once the prosthetics are off, that . . .

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Oliver Twist was born into poverty and orphaned. After working as a child labourer, he escapes to London, finding himself among a gang of thieves and pick-­pockets under the control of Fagin, a notorious criminal ring-­leader.

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The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, which Franklin himself called his Memoirs, is the unfinished record of his life written between 1771 and 1790. It has become one of the most well-­known and influential autobiographies in history, and has been praised both as a historical document and a piece of literature in its own right. William Dean Howells declared that "Franklin's is one of the greatest autobiographies in literature, and towers over other autobiographies as Franklin towered over other men.­"

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This action-­packed swashbuckling adventure is a classic tale of romance, revenge, and breathtaking exploits on the high seas. The time is 1804 and the U.­S. Navy is attacking and destroying pirate strongholds on North Africa's infamous Barbary Coast. Says Publishers Weekly: "Packed with well-­drawn characters, fiery sea battles...­this book is a good read.­"

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This unique Kindle edition of Ulysses from Dead Dodo Vintage includes the full original text as well as an exclusive image library including rare photographs of James Joyce and images of Dublin and its haunts as featured in the book. Dubliners is a collection of 15 short stories by James Joyce, first published in 1914. They were meant to be a naturalistic depiction of Irish middle class life in and around Dublin in the early years of the 20th century. The stories were written when Irish nationalism was at its peak, and a search for a national identity and purpose was raging; at a crossroads of history and culture, Ireland was jolted by various converging ideas and influences. They centre on Joyce's idea of an epiphany: a moment where a character experiences self-­understanding or illumination. Many of the characters in Dubliners later appear in minor roles in Joyce's novel Ulysses. The initial stories in the collection are narrated by child protagonists, and as the stories . . .

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Life is forever changed at Green Gables, a tranquil farm on Canada’s Prince Edward Island, with the arrival of a redheaded chatterbox named Anne. The spirited, precocious 11-­year-­old orphan finds "scope for imagination" everywhere she looks, transforming the lives of Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert, her elderly guardians, with her merry doings and misadventures. Anne—spelled with an "e,­" as she gravely informs new acquaintances—builds a world of enchantment around Green Gables and its surrounding woodlands, lakes, and valleys. Thanks to the freckle-­faced girl's imaginative musings, the rustic region's natural wonders blossom into a fairyland of endless romance. Anne’s inspired prattle, goodwill, and joie de vivre win her a warm circle of friends, just as they have won the hearts of readers around the world. Since its first appearance in 1908, the novel has led generations of children to laugh and cry—but mostly laugh—along with this beloved story’s vivacious heroine. Now this . . .

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