Classics

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96 must-read classics, as chosen by our readers

We asked you for your must-read classics; in honour of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, here is one book for her every year, from iconic bestsellers to lesser-known gems.

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Clothbound classics

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Clothbound Classics

Choose three Clothbound Classics – bound in cloth and designed by Coralie Bickford-Smith – for £33.

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Where to start reading Jane Austen

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Where to start with Jane Austen

You may have watched a dozen TV and film adaptations but have you read the books? We asked Austen super-fan Anna James to share her guide to which novel to start with first.

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Classic horror and dark tales

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The essential Halloween reading list in 10 books

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10 terrifying classic tales to read

Here are 10 of the best classic horror and mystery books, from maligned widows and monstrous creatures to possessed children and petrifying poltergeists.

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Penguin English Library

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The 20 must-read classics in translation

From Arabic masterpieces to Japanese novellas, these books will transport you to places – and eras – you’ve never been to before. How many have you read?

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Penguin Classics audiobooks

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Penguin Classics

Greatest works of fiction, poetry, drama, history and philosophy

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VINTAGE Classics

Home to the greatest classic novels and short stories from VINTAGE

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