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Les Miserables open wikipedia on the title 
Victor Hugo open wikipedia on the author (1802 - 1885) 
The lives of the poor and downtrodden during early 19th century France was, as this title suggests, miserable. This story by Victor Hugo centres on ex-convict Jean Valjean who is determined to escape his past and redeem himself. But a minor misdemeanour and a persistent policeman, Javert, puts Jean Valjean's efforts under constant threat. His freedom means that he is able to uphold his vow to look after, Cosette, the infant daughter of a prostitute. But what price freedom? Les Miserables brings us a story with history, love, moral arguments and much, much more. Powerful social commentary, moving and very touching.
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Leviathan open wikipedia on the title 
Thomas Hobbes open wikipedia on the author (1588 - 1679) 
Written in 1651 during the chaos of the English Civil War. Hobbes formulates the case for a powerful sovereign - or 'Leviathan' - to enforce peace and the law. The work was publicly burnt for sedition and blasphemy when it was first published. Hobbes' view that man's essential nature is competitive and selfish is as challenging today as it was when originally published, the work remains relevant to the modern world and stands as one of the most fascinating works of modern philosophy.
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Madame Bovary open wikipedia on the title 
Gustave Flaubert open wikipedia on the author (1821 - 1880) 

A seminal work of Realism, and one of the most influential novels ever written.

"What is remarkable in Madame Bovary is that its mediocre beings, with their earthbound ambitions and pedestrian problems, impress us, by virtue of the structure and the writing that create them, as beings who are out of the ordinary within their ordinary manner of being." - Mario Vargas Llosa, in The Perpetual Orgy

The novel focuses on a doctor's wife, Emma Bovary, as she spirals out of control trying to escape the banalities and emptiness of provincial life.

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Main Street open wikipedia on the title 
Sinclair Lewis open wikipedia on the author (1885 - 1951) 

Publishers Weekly #1 Best Seller for 1921.

Sinclair Lewis is the first American to receive a Nobel Price for literature. Main Street was initially awarded the 1921 Pulitzer Price, but the Board of Trustees overturned the jury decision and awarded the prize to Edith Wharton for Age of Innocence.

The novel is an indictment of the 'vacuous respectability' of small town America and an exploration of the conflict between those who strive for intensity and those who are content with a routine existence. Lewis's characters are skillfully drawn and he shows subtle and compelling insights into their psychology. In spite of it's critical stance the initial publication of the book was a political and and social event.

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Mary Barton open wikipedia on the title 
Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell open wikipedia on the author (1810 - 1865) 
Mary Barton is a millworker's daughter who comes into contact with the son of a wealthy family. She must decide between her devoted lover and the possibilities of joining a middle class family. The book explores the British lower classes' frustration, the false sense of class mobility of the 1800s, at a time when the working class were not able to vote. Much of this novel is autobiographical, incorporating incidents from Gaskell's own life.
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Mr. Crewe's Career open wikipedia on the title 
Winston Churchill open wikipedia on the author (1871 - 1947) 

Publishers Weekly #1 Best Seller for 1908.

It is important to note that the author is not the famed English politician and author, but an unrelated American writer.

A picture of popular uprising against the domination of the railroads reflecting the Author's own experience as a Candidate.

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Pagans I: The Stone Arrow open wikipedia on the title 
Richard Herley open wikipedia on the author (1950 - ) http://www.richardherley.com/

Tribal honour and deadly revenge in Neolithic England.

Winner of the Winifred Holtby Memorial Prize.

From the authors site: You are free to download and read each of the books posted on this site. If you enjoy or gain value from it, I ask you to pay me a one-off fee.

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 2.0 UK License Creative Commons License 
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