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Pugs and Prejudice (Classic Tails 1)

Jane Austen, Eliza Garrett
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Jane Austen, 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
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Moth and Spark

Anne Leonard
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Anne Leonard

He's cursed with an impossible task. She's blessed with magical visions.Together they can save a divided Empire. Prince Corin has been given the task of freeing the dragons from their bondage to the Empire. However, it seems that that not even the dragonriders themselves know how these terrifying beasts are kept under control.When Tam, a doctor's daughter, arrives in the capital she makes an amazing discovery: 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, they must work together to uncover the secret that threatens to destroy their country.

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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 another story unfolds: they are not the only people in love. Soon the world - and all that they know - is rocked by a war that changes their lives for ever.

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It Just Slipped Out

Russell Ash
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Russell Ash

'Such was Catherine Morland at ten. At fifteen appearances were mending; she began to curl her hair and long for balls...' (Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey)'Will it jerk me off?' (Margaret Thatcher, inspecting a field gun in the Falklands)'You know, animals are very psychic. I mean, the least sign of danger and my pussy's hair stands on end' (Mrs Slocombe, Are You Being Served?)From the unwittingly filthy, to the gleefully subversive, double entendres have been making us laugh for centuries. In this hilarious survey, Russell Ash uncovers some of history's dirtiest double meanings. From the smut lurking between the polished lines of literature's most revered writers, to the public innuendo accidents that have tripped up even the most respected of politicians, right through to the sly innuendo that has characterized some of our best-loved comedies, IT JUST SLIPPED OUT has it all.

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Then She Found Me

Elinor Lipman
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Elinor Lipman

One of Elinor Lipman's funniest and most entertaining novels.Given up for adoption thirty-six years ago, April Epner, now a quiet-living, sensible-jumper-wearing Latin teacher, has never had the slightest desire to be reunited with her biological mother. But, as it turns out, she doesn't have a choice. When Bernice Graverman, the brash, glamorous host of a mildly successful daytime TV talk show, flounces into her life claiming to be her mother, April is horrified: can she and this woman really share the same genes? Worse still, Bernice seems determined to take up her maternal role where she left off. Her first task: to tackle April's non-existent love life

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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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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

Like many girls, Emma Woodhouse thinks she knows best. Her heart is in the right place - but her head isn't. Beautiful, clever and rich, she only wants to help others arrange things as she thinks they should be done. Emma has no interest in true love for herself: convinced she's just not destined to find it, she believes she must instead devote herself to playing Cupid for others. Ignoring the warnings of good family friend Mr Knightley, Emma sets out to find a husband for her favourite new companion, the lovely, shy Harriet Smith. But absolutely nothing goes to plan - and in the process, Emma has a lot of learning to do: about others, but most of all about herself.

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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 Sunshine of your Smile

Joan Jonker
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Joan Jonker
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The Secret Life of Bees

Sue Monk Kidd
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Sue Monk Kidd

The multi-million-copy-bestselling novel about a young girl's journey towards healing and the transforming power of love, from the award-winning author of The Invention of Wings. Set in South Carolina in 1964, The Secret Life of Bees tells the story of Lily Owens, whose life has been shaped around the blurred memory of the afternoon her mother was killed. When Lily's fierce-hearted black 'stand-in mother', Rosaleen, insults three of the deepest racists in town, Lily decides to spring them both free. They escape to Tiburon, South Carolina - a town that holds the secret to her mother's past. Taken in by an eccentric trio of black beekeeping sisters, Lily is introduced to their mesmerizing world of bees and honey. And there Lily starts a journey as much about her understanding of the world as about the mystery surrounding her mother. 'A wonderful book, by turns sad, full of incident and shot through with grown-up magic reminiscent of Joanne Harris' Daily Telegraph'Charming, funny, moving' The Times'Wonderfully written, powerful, poignant...read it' Joanna TrollopeWhat readers are saying about The Secret Life of Bees:'One of the most poignant and heart tugging books I have ever read' Amazon reviewer, 5 stars'Emotional and heart-breaking, yet full of hope and love. I laughed and cried equally through the book. This wonderful book will stay with me for a long time to come' Amazon reviewer, 5 stars'One of the best books I've read in a while. Touching, well-written, beautiful, full of expression, insightful' Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars 'A beautifully written masterpiece. I loved the writing, the descriptions, the humour sprinkled through the story. There was sadness and love, hope and forgiveness. I highly recommend this book' Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

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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.

Eliza Garrett

The elusive Eliza Garrett CBE (Cat/Canine Book Enthusiast) is a self-styled 'voice for the hirsute voiceless' and the esteemed authoress of the Classic Tails book series. She lives on a grand English estate with a large number of furry creatures who are very astute critics and enormously supportive of her writerly endeavours.