Being an avid reader I was interested to learn that The Telegraph Newspaper has partnered with the Penguin English Library Collection to offer readers a book a day starting from Monday, February 10, with Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell. Each book is worth £5.99 and is taken from the Penguin English Library collection, of which There are also over 100 titles, to claim the book take the voucher from The Telegraph into any McColl’s store to collect your copy. books on offer include:
Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell
Cranford is an affectionate and moving portrait of genteel poverty and intertwined lives in a nineteenth-century village. One of Elizabeth Gaskell’s most beloved works, it centres on a community dominated by women and governed by old-fashioned ways. The formidable Miss Deborah Jenkyns and the kindly Miss Matty’s days revolve around card games, tea, thriftiness and an endless appetite for scandal, until change comes into their world in the form of the modern ideas of Captain Brown, a bank collapse, rumours of burglars and an unexpected reappearance from the past.
The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad
In the only novel Conrad set in London, The Secret Agent communicates a profoundly ironic view of human affairs. The story is woven around an attack on the Greenwich Observatory in 1894 masterminded by Verloc, a Russian spy working for the police, and ostensibly a member of an anarchist group in Soho. His masters instruct him to discredit the anarchists in a humiliating fashion, and when his evil plan goes horribly awry, Verlac must deal with the repercussions of his actions.
The Five Orange Pips and Other Cases by Arthur Conan Doyle
Sherlock Holmes, scourge of criminals everywhere, whether they be lurking in London’s foggy backstreets or plotting behind the walls of an idyllic country mansion, and his faithful colleague Dr Watson solve these breathtaking and perplexing mysteries. In The Five Orange Pips and Other Cases, we encounter some of his most famous and devilishly difficult problems.
Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
Published as a ‘shilling shocker’, Robert Louis Stevenson’s dark psychological fantasy gave birth to the idea of the split personality. The story of respectable Dr Jekyll’s strange association with ‘damnable young man’ Edward Hyde; the hunt through fog-bound London for a killer; and the final revelation of Hyde’s true identity is a chilling exploration of humanity’s basest capacity for evil. This edition also includes Stevenson’s chilling story ‘The Bottle Imp’.
Persuasion by Jane Austen
Persuasion, Jane Austen’s last novel, is a moving, masterly and elegiac love story tinged with the heartache of missed opportunities. It tells the story of Anne Elliot, who, persuaded to break off her engagement to the man she loved because he was not successful enough, has never forgotten him. When he returns, he brings with him a tantalizing second chance of happiness.