(1966) A brilliantly imaginative prelude to Jane Eyre which gives a voice to the madwoman in the attic, back when she was a Creole heiress in Jamaica embarking on a romance with Mr Rochester, evoking the many silenced stories from the colonial era.
(1898) One of the most famous and creepiest ghost stories of all time! A governess becomes obsessed with the belief that malevolent forces are stalking the children in her care.
(1946) A weekend crisis in the life of Frankie, a motherless twelve-year-old girl, makes a brilliant coming-of-age story told with McCullers's signature mix of perception, humour, pathos, and memory.
(1859) This vividly written novel set in London and Paris before and during the French Revolution keeps the promise of its stirring opening lines "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times"!
(1899) "The horror! The horror!" This haunting, enigmatic novella exploring the limits of human experience and the nightmarish realities of imperialism was the inspiration for the movie 'Apocalypse Now'.
(1925) Written and set during the glittering jazz age, this beautifully-written story of a man chasing his dreams of love and money captures the disillusion of a society obsessed with wealth and status, and remains a superb read for our era!
(1958) Often cited as the 20th century's greatest historical fiction, The Leopard recounts the death of the aristocratic era and the rise of nationalism, through the eyes of a larger-than-life Sicilian prince.
(1962) This short, simply-told novella about a prisoner in the Soviet labour camp system is one of the most significant books of the 20th century, the start of the wave of information about Soviet crimes which would end up destroying the USSR.
(1847) An epic love story set against the magnificent backdrop of the Yorkshire moors. Watch Jane, not pretty but spirited, witty and brave, battle a cruel guardian, a harsh employer and a rigid social order, and come out with her head high and love.
(1922) Mansfield was a pioneer of the modern short story and all of these are good reads. If you want just one, The Garden Party, a masterful depiction of colonial and social culture clash set in her native Wellington, is considered her best.
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