Winston Smith lives in a society where the government controls people's lives every second of the day. Alone in his small, one-roomed apartment, Winston dreams of a better life. Is freedom from this life of suffering possible> There must be something that the Party cannot control - something like love, perhaps?
It was nearly dark in the small room near the Stoddard University campus. The two people in the room that Sunday evening were both second-year students at the college. They were looking at each other in silence.
The handsome young man was angry. His plans had been working so well. And now this news had come! But he wasn't going to show his anger. He turned, and he smiled at the young woman sitting on the bed.
This story is about Fanella, a woman who bravely faces the challenge of adopting a child after her partner leaves her. But then Rod, a teacher who has problems of his own, comes into her life. Fanella has difficult choices and exciting discoveries to make.
"A Scandal in Bohemia" is one of six stories in this collection about the adventures of Sherlock Holmes, the famous private detective. All kinds of people want his help, from the King of Bohemia to a London shopkeeper. Who put a diamond in a chicken? Why is there a special club for men with red hair? Will he solve every mystery? Or are some people even cleverer than Sherlock Holmes?
When Ping sees Hanno in the zoo, he is excited, but also unhappy. Hanno is a magnificent African gorilla, big and black and much stronger than a man. But how can this wonderful wild animal live in a cage, behind bars and locked doors?
Will Freeman wants an easy life with no responsibilities. But then he meets Marcus - an unusual twelve year old boy with serious problems. "About a Boy" is a modern classic - a very funny story about a very serious subject - love. It's also a popular movie starring Hugh Grant.
Adventure Stories (Macmillan Literature Collections C2)
Ed. Jo Hathaway with Mark Irvine , Macmillan , 2011
This collection of five stories explores a variety of different literary approaches to the genre of adventure. From a man struggling to survive in the frozen Yukon, to a ship's loose canon which threatens the lives of the entire crew, these stories will enthrall and delight fans of adventure everywhere.
Alexander the Great became king of Macedonia at the age of twenty. When he died, twelve years later, he ruled the biggest empire that the world had ever known. Many people died as he and his army fought their way east. But he became a hero to many others, and his achievements were extraordinary
"Anna Karenina", on of world literature's greatest novels, tells the story of a beautiful young woman who is unhappily married to a man much older than herself. When she falls in love with a handsome young soldier, life suddenly seems wonderful. But real happiness is not so easily found.
Anne Frank - The Diary of a Young Girl (Penguin Readers 4)
Anne Frank & Cherry Gilchrist , Penguin , 1998
It is 1942 in Holland and the Germans have invaded. All Jewish people are frightened for their lives and the Frank family decide to hide. Life is dangerous but they hope for the best, until they are finally discovered. This is the diary of Anne Frank, a young girl - her description of love and fear during two years of hiding
On the hottest day of the summer of 1934, thirteen-year-old Briony Tallis sees her sister Cecilia strip off her clothes and plunge into the fountain in the garden of their country house. Watching her is Robbie Turner, her childhood friend who, like Cecilia, has recently come down from Cambridge.
By the end of that day, the lives of all three will have been changed for ever. Robbie and Cecilia will have crossed a boundary they had not even imagined at its start, and will have become victims of the younger girl's imagination. Briony will have witnessed mysteries, and committed a crime for which she will spend the rest of her life trying to atone.
Billy Budd is an honest sailor, and everyone likes him. But Budd makes an enemy, John Claggart. Claggart hates Budd, and the result is a serious problem! The captain of the ship is an honest man, and he wants to do the right thing. But he must choose between his feelings and the law
A novel of overwhelming emotional power, Birdsong is a story of love, death, sex and survival. Stephen Wraysford, a young Englishman, arrives in Amiens in northern France in 1910 to stay with the Azaire family, and falls in love with unhappily married Isabelle. But, with the world on the brink of war, the relationship falters, and Stephen volunteers to fight on the Western Front. His love for Isabelle forever engraved on his heart, he experiences the unprecedented horrors of that conflict - from which neither he nor any reader of this book can emerge unchanged.
Tom and his family are on Kirren Island. Vicky Rochester's family are there too. When Tom sees Vicky he's happy and excited. But strange and terrible things begin to happen. Tom's mother and father, and Vicky's parents… There's something wrong with them
Bob Geldof is the pop star who raised £70 million for the starving people of Ethiopia. This book tells the story of how the unconventional Irish pop star persuaded the world's musicians to work together to raise money for the hungry. Uncorrupted by fame and uncompromising in his fight to save lives, Bob Geldof has become one of the most popular heroes of our time (!).
In this book Bill Gates offers the reader a better future. He explains how more and better information can mean more interesting jobs for workers, more knowledgeable customers, and citizens who have a voice in the decisions their government makes
For a moment, Bond lay still. Then the thin man came and pulled him up against the wall. He had a gun in his hand. He used it to hit Bond hard across the legs. Bond cried out with pain and fell on to his knees. A door banged shut. Vesper and the third gunman had disappeared. Bond turned his head to the right and saw Le Chiffre.
Helen is traveling through Europe on her first job after university. It's a wonderful chance to travel and meet people - a chance of a lifetime. But what secrets are the other people on the trip hiding? And what does Helen discover about herself?
The job was too good. There had to be a problem - and yes there was.
John Duncan was an honest man, but he needed money. He had children to look after. He was ready to do anything, and his bosses knew it.
A black Mercedes drove up to the farmhouse, and a big man in a business suit got out. He was carrying a briefcase, and looked very angry. He opened his briefcase and took out several bags of money. Tony and Frank counted them, and then shook hands with him ...
Cries from the Hear: Stories from Around the World (Oxford Bookworms 2)
, Oxford University Press , 2008
From Botswana to New Zealand, from Jamaica to Nigeria, from Uganda to Malaysia, from India to South Africa, these moving stories show us that the human heart is the same in every place. Children, wives, mothers, husbands, friends all have the same feelings of fear and pain, happiness and sadness.
For a number of years, William Harris plays a game with a ghost before he goes to sleep. The ghost is a poltergeist that William calls 'Poldy.' At the beginning William and Poldy play a friendly game every night, but then the game begins to change. It becomes a dangerous game. Who will win?
V.I. Warshawski, private investigator, Chicago, USA.
People imagine private detectives to be tired-looking men in raincoats, but Vic is female. She's tough, beautiful, carries a gun - and goes on asking questions until she gets answers.
Why has Dr Jekyll made a friend of the frightening Mr Hyde? Who is the evil little man? And why does he seem to have power over the good Dr Jekyll? Then there is a murder. Everybody is looking for Mr Hyde. But the evil little man has disappeared. Or has he?
The Russian Revolution - four young people, Yuri, Tonya, Lara and Pasha, find love and lose it in this extraordinary time. Their heart-breaking stories make "Dr Zhivago" one of the greatest romantic books, and films, of the last century.
Jonathan Harker, a young solicitor, goes to see Count Dracula in his castle in Transylvania. He discovers that the Count is a vampire - a terrible Un-Dead creature who lives on Human blood. And now the Count is going to London ...