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Pugs and Prejudice (Classic Tails 1)

Jane Austen with Eliza Garrett
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Jane Austen with Eliza Garrett

CLASSIC TAILS - the greatest works of literature, as told by the finest breedsWe all have our favourite classic novels; books that have been beloved to us since childhood, whose wonderful stories and rich tapestry of characters are unsurpassed in modern literature. How, you may ask, could these marvellous works ever be improved upon?Reader, ask no more...for we present Pugs & PrejudiceMrs Bennet has five unmarried daughters, living in a house that can only be inherited by a male heir. The Bennet litter must be married off soon - but to whom?Adorable Mr Bingley seems like a perfect match for beautiful and sweetly tempered Jane Bennet; and perhaps his dashing but aloof companion Mr Darcy might be just right for her witty sister Elizabeth?Or perhaps not...This book has everything you adored about Jane Austen's classic novel - the wit, the warmth, the love story - with everything the original lacked - namely, a colourful cast of adorable pugs dressed head to paw in Georgian clothing. Turns out Mr Darcy is even more lovable with a fuzzy muzzle.What readers are saying about Pugs and Prejudice:'A simply excellent adaptation of a classic' 'Really an amazing book. It's a perfect introductory tale for anyone who doesn't know Pride and Prejudice and even more enjoyable for those who do''Such a cute book - the perfect gift for the pug lovers in your life'

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Mr Rochester

Sarah Shoemaker
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Sarah Shoemaker

Uncover the secrets of Edward Fairfax Rochester, the beloved, enigmatic hero of Jane Eyre, as he tells his story for the first time in Mr Rochester, Sarah Shoemaker's gorgeous retelling of one of the most romantic stories in literature.

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Jane Austen's Guide to Romance

Lauren Henderson
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Lauren Henderson

Jane Austen's witty, perceptive and romantic novels have delighted readers for two hundred years. With clear sight, common sense and good judgment, she observed the hits and near-misses of her heroes and heroines in love. Relationships certainly haven't got any easier since then and Lauren Henderson believes that we might just have lost touch with the fundamental rules.JANE AUSTEN'S GUIDE TO ROMANCE rights that wrong and brings Austen's Regency wisdom into the twenty-first century. This is the only relationship guide based on stories that really have stood the test of time. It's a fun, insightful book, full of concrete advice and wise strategies that illustrate how honesty, self-awareness and forthrightness do win the right man in the end and weed out the losers, playboys and toxic flirts.Henderson deftly summarizes all the love stories in the books and introduces all the characters, so that newcomers and devotees alike can delight in this fun, fresh and audacious how-to guide.

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Moth and Spark

Anne Leonard
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Anne Leonard

A Tale of Magic, Adventure and True Love. In the country of Caithen, Prince Corin is tasked with freeing the dragons from their bondage to the Emperor. To help him in his quest, the terrifying beasts have allowed Corin a little of their power. But the history of the dragons' slavery is shrouded in mystery and no one can assist in his quest to free them ... until the arrival of Tam at court - a sensible doctor's daughter, who discovers a remarkable talent. She is a seer, gifted with visions.Sparks fly when Corin and Tam meet ... but it's not all happily ever after. Not only is the prince forbidden to marry a commoner, but war is coming to Caithen. Torn between love and duty, Corin and Tam must work together to master their newfound powers and unleash the dragons at last.

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The Last Summer

Judith Kinghorn
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Judith Kinghorn

A sweepingly epic and gloriously intimate commercial debut - a beautiful and haunting story of lost innocence and a powerful, enduring love. Clarissa is almost seventeen when the spell of her childhood is broken. It is 1914, the beginning of a blissful, golden summer - and the end of an era. Deyning Park is in its heyday, the large country house filled with the laughter and excitement of privileged youth preparing for a weekend party. When Clarissa meets Tom Cuthbert, home from university and staying with his mother, the housekeeper, she is dazzled. Tom is handsome and enigmatic; he is also an outsider. Ambitious, clever, his sights set on a career in law, Tom is an acute observer, and a man who knows what he wants. For now, that is Clarissa. As Tom and Clarissa's friendship deepens, the wider landscape of political life around them is changing, and soon the world - and all that they know - is rocked irrevocably by a war that changes their lives for ever.(P)2012 Headline Digital

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The Sunshine of your Smile

Joan Jonker
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Joan Jonker

Molly and Nellie save the day once again... in their own entertaining and hilarious way. Joan Jonker brings us another instalment of her hugely popular Molly and Nellie series in The Sunshine of Your Smile, where the two friends get up to more mischief in their beloved Liverpool. Perfect for fans of Dilly Court and Cathy Sharp.'Joan Jonker does what she does best, drawing on her own upbringing during the 1930s to colour her characters. She writes about warm, witty women who inhabit a familiar world much loved by her legions of fans' - Liverpool EchoMolly Bennett and Nellie McDonough have been best mates for over twenty years, with never a cross word between them. When times were bad and money scarce, they kept their families together with love and laughter. And they were always there to help anyone in trouble. So when they hear about a mother who hasn't seen her son for years, the two friends know they have a job to do... What readers are saying about The Sunshine of Your Smile: 'I have read this book at least 5 times, and I still laugh and it can draw the tears from my eyes. I think we all wish we had a Molly and a Nellie living next to us''Again a fantastic story from Joan, Molly and Nellie never fail to entertain us with their escapades. There is everything we have come to expect from the two best mates, an abundance of tears, from joy to romance to heartache but most of all tears of laughter. All in all a fantastic read'

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It Just Slipped Out

Russell Ash
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Russell Ash
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Then She Found Me

Elinor Lipman
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Elinor Lipman
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Mansfield Park

Jane Austen
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Jane Austen

When the gorgeous Henry Crawford and his pretty sister Mary come to Mansfield Park, they've no idea what a disturbance they will cause. There they find the Bertram family, with their beautiful daughters and handsome sons - and Fanny Price. Eighteen-year-old Fanny has grown up in the shadow of her glamorous relations. In fact, no one seems to remember she's there at all, which is why they don't notice that she's gradually been falling in love. But while she hides a secret passion, she has no idea she's become an object of interest herself for another admirer. As a scandal begins to unfold that will have devastating effects on everyone, Fanny discovers that love will blossom in the most unusual of places...

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Pride and Prejudice

Jane Austen
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Jane Austen
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Sense and Sensibility

Jane Austen
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Jane Austen

'...the more I know of the world, the more I am convinced that I shall never see a man whom I can really love.' Marianne Dashwood is young, flirtatious and ready to meet a knight in shining armour. Her sister, Elinor, is more restrained - she knows that when it comes to romance, slow and steady wins the race. But while both seem to have found what they want, the path to happiness isn't as straightforward as they first thought. True love has a habit of breaking the rules and turning up whenever it's least expected...

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Emma

Jane Austen
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Jane Austen
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Persuasion

Jane Austen
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Jane Austen
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Northanger Abbey

Jane Austen
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Jane Austen

Catherine Morland should know better. She's the very ideal of a nice, normal girl. But Catherine is cursed with an overactive imagination. She is also obsessed with lurid Gothic novels, where terrible things happen to the heroine. Which gets her into all sorts of trouble... When Catherine visits Bath and meets funny, sharp Henry Tilney, she's instantly taken with him. But when she is invited to the Tilneys' home, the sinister Northanger Abbey, fantasy starts to get in the way of reality. Will she learn to separate out the two?

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The Secret Life of Bees

Sue Monk Kidd
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Sue Monk Kidd

Lily has grown up believing she accidentally killed her mother when she was four. She not only has her own memory of holding the gun, but her father's account of the event. Now fourteen, she yearns for her mother, and for forgiveness. Living on a peach farm in South Carolina with her father, she has only one friend: Rosaleen, a black servant whose sharp exterior hides a tender heart. South Carolina in the sixties is a place where segregation is still considered a cause worth fighting for. When racial tension explodes one summer afternoon, and Rosaleen is arrested and beaten, Lily is compelled to act. Fugitives from justice and from Lily's harsh and unyielding father, they follow a trail left by the woman who died ten years before. Finding sanctuary in the home of three beekeeping sisters, Lily starts a journey as much about her understanding of the world, as about the mystery surrounding her mother.

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Till the Sun Grows Cold

Maggie Mccune
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Maggie Mccune

Maggie McCune was born in India during the last vestiges of the British Raj. Her daughter, Emma, whose passion for Africa led her to aid work in Sudan where she fell in love with and married a guerrilla commander of the Sudan People's Liberation Army, died in a car accident when only 29 and expecting her first baby. TILL THE SUN GROWS COLD weaves together their stories: the bereaved mother trying to make sense of her daughter's brief, colourful existence through Emma's writing and diaries, and discovering much about herself as she revisits their shared and separate pasts.

Lauren Henderson

Lauren Henderson was raised in London and studied English Literature at Cambridge University, where she wrote her dissertation on courtship rituals in Jane Austen. She is the author of numerous novels. She currently lives in New York.

Sarah Shoemaker

Sarah Shoemaker is a former university librarian and currently lives in northern Michigan.

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Blog: Happy Birthday, Mr Darcy

But one question did strike me on a re-read of the book: why the continued adoration of Mr Darcy? I had forgotten what a gloomy man he was, how chilly and peculiar his character, how frighteningly rude he could be. Sebastian Faulks labels the man a self-centred depressive – not the first depressive to feature in an English novel, but almost certainly the first to be a romantic lead. Surely, in the two-hundred years that have passed, what women want from a man has changed? We want men who are sensitive, emotionally intelligent, men who actually do things, who are fun. Right? Yet as a heartthrob to millions Mr Darcy remains. Educated, literary women the world over can’t get enough of the man. Austenland, a film about a Jane Austen devotee who owns a life-size cut-out of Colin Firth, recently premiered at the Sundance Film Festival – a comedic take on the whole wet-shirt effect that still rings disturbingly true. Elizabeth Bennet, it would seem, was far from the last woman to fall for Mr Darcy’s curious charm. Just what is it that makes him so, well, delicious? Mr Darcy likes Elizabeth Bennet just the way she is. She’s far from the ideal wife. She’s ‘beneath’ him, she’s slightly rough. She prides herself on her good judgement which she backs against the mores of the fashionable world. He doesn’t even find her particularly attractive, at first. But Elizabeth Bennet is all sparkle and wit, and this is what draws Mr Darcy in. He admires her spirit, grows to love her because, well, she’s herself. Never does he try to change her, despite the terribly high price he’ll need to pay to take Elizabeth for his wife, the social and geographical barriers the two of them will have to cross. Compare this to the plight of Elizabeth’s friend Charlotte, married to the irksome Mr Collins, whose attachment to her ‘must be imaginary, but still he would be her husband’. Nobody strives for that kind of love. Much better Mr Darcy’s brand of unstoppable love, whereby nobody else will quite do. There’s light beneath the darkness. Mr Darcy is a troubled and complicated character. He wears two faces: there’s the smouldering, arrogant snob of a man that most of society sees, but then there’s that alternative persona he begins to show around Elizabeth, all charm and honesty and wit. ‘It cannot be for my sake that his manners are thus softened,’ Elizabeth thinks, and yet it’s true – for Elizabeth Bennet Mr Darcy shines. It’s as if he needs an equally interesting woman to bring out his inner eloquence. Can this be Mr Darcy? For Elizabeth, and only for her, it can. Mr Darcy intrigues. Too ‘light and bright and sparkling’ Jane Austen critically judged her own book. And perhaps at times there is a brightness and a sparkle to unfolding events, as the characters take their places in the social comedy that was their life. But never does such a criticism apply when the narrative’s focus is on Elizabeth and Mr Darcy. Then, the storyline is as complicated as the lives that all of us live, their unfolding love for each other vivid and tangled and alive. Mr Darcy walks from the page and into the mind as a real person, someone who, despite ourselves, we want to know. We’re desperate to find the key to unlocking his tortured, troubled soul; it becomes unaccountably important that Mr Darcy and Elizabeth unite. For reasons such as these Pride & Prejudice gives us one of the most satisfactorily happy endings in English literature. And for that, over centuries, the man remains. So happy birthday to you, Mr Darcy, you lovely, miserable man.

Adele Parks

Adele Parks worked in advertising until she published her first novel in 2000. Since then, her many Sunday Times bestsellers have been translated into twenty-six different languages. Adele spent her adult life in Italy, Botswana and London until 2005 when she moved to Guildford, where she now lives with her husband and son. Adele believes reading is a basic human right, so she works closely with The Reading Agency as an Ambassador for Reading Ahead, a programme designed to encourage adult literacy.Meet Adele! Visit her website for the latest news on her upcoming events: www.adeleparks.com, head to Facebook for exclusive extras: facebook.com/OfficialAdeleParks and chat with Adele on Twitter @adeleparks.