Strange and wonderful things happen in t seven short stories. Oscar Wilde takes us into a world of kings and queens, mermaids and witches, giants and dwarfs, and talking animals. Exciting and amusing, happy and sad, these stories are for all ages.
Emma is beautiful, clever, rich, happy and never wants to get married. She enjoys match-making her friends in the village of Highbury but slowly seems to lose her touch as complications begin with Frank, Harriet, Jane and Mr Knightley. No one seems to love the person Emma thinks they should.
Who was a spy for Queen Elizabeth I’s secret service? Which writer kept a bear in his room at Cambridge? Who wrote poems about the Easter Revolution in Ireland? Follow the fascinating lives of some of the most important British novelists, poets and playwrights from Shakespeare to Graham Greene, and discover more about different periods of literature in British history.
How many different languages are spoken in London? What’s the Square Mile all about? How did Piccadilly get its name? Book a seat in a haunted theatre and enjoy the show! Get to know this sensational city starting from its glorious history all the way to its captivating present. Discover the magic that is London!
Buck, a big happy dog, is kidnapped from his comfortable home in California and is sold as sled dog in the cold Yukon Territory during the Klondike Gold Rush of 1896. His new life in the Norhland is difficult, chellenging, adventurous… and full of surprises!
The Young King tells how a shepherd boy becomes a king and realises that money is not worth human suffering.
In The Star Child a baby is found in the forest and discovers his true identity after many adventures.
The Nightingale and the Rose is a tale of a nightingale who sacrifices her life to create the perfect red rose for a student in love.
Read about the thrilling adventures of young Jim Hawkins and his friends who set sail for Treasure Island in search of treasure. But will Long John Silver get there first…?
Learn how Arthur became King, where he found his great sword Excalibur, about his love for Guinevere, and all about the courageous Knights of the Round Table.
Do you know that Henry VIII was happily married for almost 20 years to the same queen before meeting his other wives? Do you know Queen Elizabeth refused to marry in spite of all the men who loved her? And do you know what particular events during Queen Victoria’s long reign contributed to making the British Empire the biggest ever?
English monarchs have fascinated the world for centuries. We are all curious to find out about their lives, their loves, their ambitions and their secrets.
Nobody can remember why the Capulet family and the Montague family hate each other but the feud is longstanding and brutal. When Juliet Capulet and Romeo Montague meet and fall in love the result is tragic, and peace between the two families is only possible after much bloodshed and death.
‘Hail, Macbeth, who will be king one day.’
On a cold Scottish heath, three witches make a prophecy. Inspired by their words and encouraged by his evil wife, Macbeth begins his trail of destruction to gain and keep the Scottish throne.
Robin Hood, the legendary hero of Sherwood Forest, has captured the imagination of generations of readers with his noble ideals and unforgettable adventures. Why did Robin Hood become an outlaw? How did Marian find Robin in Sherwood Forest? How was the wicked Sheriff of Nottingham punished? Join the millions of readers who have explored the exciting world of legends!
Set in the dark streets of 19th-century London, this unforgettable classic tells the story of Oliver Twist, a penniless orphan who lives through all kinds of hardship for many years. Find out how, in spite of adverse circumstances, he finds happiness in the end.
David’s life changes for the worse when his mother dies and he is left with a cruel stepfather who sends him to work in London. But he doesn’t want to work in a factory all his life, so he runs away and finds a kind relative who is willing to help him. As David grows up, he learns that life is full of trouble, hardship and cruelty. But he also finds friendship, kindness and… love.
Two years have passed since Susan, Brian and Jim solved a baffling mystery in San Francisco. This time they have to solve a million dollar mystery: Mark Twain’s secret diary has just been discovered and publishers all over the world want to get their hands on it… but it suddenly disappears without a clue! Susan, Brian and Jim are determined to find it.
When Huckleberry Finn meets Jim, a runaway slave, they decide to travel North on the mighty Mississippi River. They have all sorts of incredible adventures, meet all kinds of people and get into a lot of trouble, until one day… Mark Twain’s masterpiece is one of the greatest novels in American literature.
David’s childhood is a happy one, but after his mother’s marriage to cruel Mr Murdstone, his life changes for the worse. David is sent to London to work in a factory. Is this going to be his life? He desperately wants to change his future, and decides to run away…
Legends say that, in ancient times, a boy called Arthur pulled a sword from a stone and became the new king of Britain. With the help of the magician, Merlin and the famous Knights of the Round Table he protected his people and had many adventures. His castle of Camelot was a place full of magic but also danger and sadness.