Classic titles

Choose from a range of well-loved book titles. By adopting from our classic list, you will receive a delightful book-jacket gift card as a keepsake or to personalise and send to your giftee.

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    • The Secret Garden

      byFrances Hodgson Burnett, 1911 Detailed view Adopt this book

      One of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s most popular novels, The Secret Garden tells the story of Mary Lennox, a spoiled and lonely child who is sent to live with her uncle in Yorkshire after her parents' death. She discovers, with the help of her maid, a secret garden on her uncle's estate. The garden and the unexpected friendships she forms along the way changes her life and the lives of those around her.

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    • Little Women

      byLouisa May Alcott, 1919 Detailed view Adopt this book

      The story of the four March sisters, Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy, growing up during the civil war is a classic of 19th century American storytelling. This highly popular autobiographical novel set a trend for family-led dramas in American literature and remains a much-loved story.

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    • The Wizard of Oz

      byL Frank Baum, 1906 Detailed view Adopt this book

      A perennial favourite, Dorothy’s adventures in Oz with the Tin Man, the cowardly Lion and the Scarecrow will appeal to all ages. Journey along the Yellow Brick Road with the friends as they defeat the Wicked Witch of the West and discover that there really is no place like home.

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    • Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

      byLewis Carroll, 1888 Detailed view Adopt this book

      Fall down the rabbit hole with Alice into a world of adventure, filled with strange and wonderful characters such as the Queen of Hearts, the March Hare, the Mad Hatter and a very tired dormouse.

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    • Bleak House

      byCharles Dickens, 1853 Detailed view Adopt this book

      One of Dickens most intricately plotted novels with a vast array of characters and sub-plots, Bleak House is also one of the first works of English fiction to include a Detective as a main character. It is considered by many to be Dickens finest novel.

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    • The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

      byA Conan Doyle, 1893 Detailed view Adopt this book

      This collection of 12 stories featuring the most famous detective in British fiction was one of the most popular publications of its day.

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    • The Wind in the Willows

      byKenneth Grahame, 1908 Detailed view Adopt this book

      The adventures of Ratty, Badger, Mole and Toad have entertained and delighted generations of youngsters with the car-obsessed Toad being one of the best-loved characters in children’s literature.

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    • The British Girl’s Annual

      byVaizey, Mrs. George de Horne, et al. Compiled by the editor of "Little Folks", 1917 Detailed view Adopt this book

      Annuals and story papers date from the mid-19th century and remain highly collectible items. Beautifully illustrated with attractive covers, often by famous artists, the books featured stories by writers of the day and were especially popular as gifts. This is a 1917 edition of the British Girl's Annual.

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    • The Modern Boy's Annual

      by(no author listed), 1933 Detailed view Adopt this book

      Annuals and story papers date from the mid-19th century and remain highly collectible items. Beautifully illustrated with attractive covers, often by famous artists, the books featured stories by writers of the day and were especially popular as gifts. This is a 1933 edition of the Modern Boy's Annual.

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    • Just So Stories

      byRudyard Kipling, 1902 Detailed view Adopt this book

      A selection of wonderful tales to delight young readers, The Just So stories explain, how the camel got his hump, the leopard his spots and the elephant his trunk.

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    • The Railway Children

      byE Nesbit, 1906 Detailed view Adopt this book

      Roberta, Phyllis and Peter’s have to come to terms with a new life after their father is imprisoned for spying. They have many adventures along their local railway line but when trying to prove their Father’s innocence it’s an elderly gentleman on the 9.15 train who proves life changing.

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    • Treasure Island

      byRobert Louis Stevenson, 1899 Detailed view Adopt this book

      Jim Hawkins’ adventures with Long John Silver had an indelible effect on literature –forever more pirates had parrots on their shoulders, drank rum and searched for treasure where X marked the spot. A rollicking adventure for children and those still young at heart.

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    • A Journey to the Centre of the Earth

      byJules Verne, 1891 Detailed view Adopt this book

      Jules Verne was one of the first novelists to concentrate solely on science fiction, mixing adventure, romance and technology to create exciting stories that gripped the public imagination. This novel remains one of his best-loved works.

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    • A Christmas Carol

      byCharles Dickens, 1915 Detailed view Adopt this book

      It is the night before Christmas and the miserly Ebeneezer Scrooge is visited by the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future all of whom have a stark warning for him. The classic and much-loved tale is the perfect Christmas gift for the book lover in your life. This edition bears Arthur Rackham's distinctive illustrations.

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    • Pride and Prejudice

      byJane Austen, 1907 Detailed view Adopt this book

      The classic, much-loved Jane Austen novel featuring two of the most recognisable characters in English literature - Elizabeth Bennett and Mr Darcy. Perfect for romantics and lovers of classic literature!

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    • The Life and Strange Surprising Adventures of Robinson Crusoe

      byDaniel Defoe, 1905 Detailed view Adopt this book

      This classic tale of triumph over adversity tells of the adventures of the young Robinson Crusoe, the sole survivor of a shipwreck who is cast ashore on a desert island.