As part of BBC TV's year of book-related programming, bestselling novelist Sebastian Faulks presents a four-part documentary on the history of the British novel. From Clarissa, Samuel Richardson's gauntlet to future generations of writers, to the modern dilemmas of Zoe Heller's Notes on a Scandal, via Thackeray, Austen, Dickens, Lawrence, Orwell, Lessing and many more, Faulks leads us through the thrilling evolution of British fiction.
Celebrates the act of novelistic creation. This title shows how some of the most enduring fictional characters over the centuries have helped map the British psyche - through heroes from...
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Arthur Conan Doyle; P. D. James
Contains the investigations and adventures of the world's most popular detective, Sherlock Holmes from "The Adventure of the Gloria Scott" to "His Last Bow". This title follows the illustrious career...
This is the story of John Self, consumer extraordinaire. Rolling around New York and London, he makes deals, spends wildly and does reckless movie-world business, all the while grabbing everything...
George Orwell; Thomas Pynchon
Hidden away in the Record Department of the sprawling Ministry of Truth, Winston Smith skilfully rewrites the past to suit the needs of the Party.
Still a teenager Nazneen finds herself in an arranged marriage to a man twenty years older. Moved away from her childhood village, Nazneen is moved to London, not knowing a...
Winner of the Man Booker Prize 2004, The Line of Beauty is a perfectly realised tale of our times. 'The work of a great English stylist in full maturity; a...
Cathy is a beautiful and wilful young woman torn between her soft-hearted husband and Heathcliff, the passionate and resentful man who has loved her since childhood. The power of their...
When Elizabeth Bennet meets Mr Darcy she is repelled by his overbearing pride, and prejudice towards her family. But the Bennet girls are in need of financial security in the...
Muriel Spark; Candia McWilliam
Romantic, heroic, comic and tragic, unconventional school mistress Jean Brodie has become an iconic figure in post-war fiction. Her glamour, unconventional ideas and manipulative charm hold dangerous sway over her...
Golding's best-known novel is the story of a group of boys who, after a plane crash, set up a fragile community on a previously uninhabited island. As memories of home...
Kingsley Amis; David Lodge
Jim Dixon has accidentally fallen into a job at one of Britain's new red brick universities. A moderately successful future in the History Department beckons - as long as Jim...
From the first day that the beguiling Sheba Hart joins the staff of St George's history teacher Barbara Covett is convinced she has found a kindred spirit. This title explores...
P. G. Wodehouse
The valet, Jeeves resigns over Bertie's dedicated but somewhat untuneful playing of the banjo. In high dudgeon, Bertie disappears to the country as a guest of his chum Chuffy -...
Gormenghast is the vast, crumbling castle to which Titus Groan, is lord and heir. Titus is expected to rule this gothic labyrinth of turrets and dungeons, and his subjects, according...
George Grossmith; Weedon Grossmith
Mr Charles Pooter has just moved into a home in Holloway with his dear wife Carrie. Unfortunately neither his friends Mr Cummings and Mr Gowing, nor the butcher, the greengrocer's...
D. H. Lawrence
Clifford Chatterley returns from the First World War as an invalid. Constance nurses him and tries to be the dutiful wife. However, childless and listless she feels oppressed by their...