British Literature

English literature is the literature written in the English language, including literature composed in English by writers not necessarily from England; for example, Robert Burns was Scottish, James Joyce was Irish, Joseph Conrad was born in Poland, Dylan Thomas was Welsh, Edgar Allan Poe was American, V.S. Naipaul was born in Trinidad, and Vladimir Nabokov was Russian, but all are considered important writers in the history of English literature. In other words, English literature is as diverse as the varieties and dialects of English spoken around the world. In academia, the term often labels ...more

A Slow Fire Burning
Rock Paper Scissors
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Sisters in Arms
Once There Were Wolves
Battle Royal (Palace Insiders, #1)
The Last Chance Library
The Mismatch
The Bookseller's Secret
Bombshell (Hell's Belles, #1)
The Manningtree Witches
The Last Debutantes
Enola Holmes and the Black Barouche (Enola Holmes #7)
At Summer's End
Her Heart for a Compass
The Heron's Cry (Two Rivers, #2)
The Therapist
Home Stretch
The Holiday
The Scarlet Dress
Bring Them Home (Detective Karen Hart, #1)
Devil in Disguise (The Ravenels, #7)
Sorrow and Bliss
The Reading List
The Disappearing Act
The Appeal
Playing Nice
Mrs England
How to Kill Your Family
Where Secrets Lie (Detective Karen Hart, #2)
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark TwainThe Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor DostoevskyDr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis StevensonTreasure Island by Robert Louis StevensonA Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle
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Outlander by Diana GabaldonThe Pillars of the Earth by Ken FollettThe Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa GregoryThe Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer BradleyDragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon
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Pride and Prejudice
Jane Eyre
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)
Wuthering Heights
1984
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter, #3)
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter, #2)
Animal Farm
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter, #4)
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter, #5)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter, #7)
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter, #6)
Sense and Sensibility

George Orwell
England is not the jewelled isle of Shakespeare's much-quoted message, nor is it the inferno depicted by Dr Goebbels. More than either it resembles a family, a rather stuffy Victorian family, with not many black sheep in it but with all its cupboards bursting with skeletons. It has rich relations who have to be kow-towed to and poor relations who are horribly sat upon, and there is a deep conspiracy of silence about the source of the family income. It is a family in which the young are generally ...more
George Orwell, Why I Write

John  Adams
We think ourselves possessed, or at least we boast that we are so, of liberty of conscience on all subjects and of the right of free inquiry and private judgment in all cases, and yet how far are we from these exalted privileges in fact. There exists, I believe, throughout the whole Christian world, a law which makes it blasphemy to deny, or to doubt the divine inspiration of all the books of the Old and New Testaments, from Genesis to Revelations. In most countries of Europe it is punished by f ...more
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