All of these books featured are distributed in the UK by GMC Distribution, though they're all US editions. You can find some of them in Waterstones stores and online!
Part 2 of my gift guide features classic novels by some of the world's most loved authors. I'm so excited to read them all!
by Jonathan Swift
Considered the greatest satire ever written in English, Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels chronicles the fantastic voyages of Lemuel Gulliver, principally to four marvelous realms: Lilliput, where the people are six inches tall; Brobdingnag, a land inhabited by giants; Laputa, a wondrous flying island; and a country where the Houyhnhnms, a race of intelligent horses, are served by savage humanoid creatures called Yahoos. Beneath the surface of this enchanting fantasy lurks a devastating critique of human malevolence, stupidity, greed, vanity and short-sightedness. A brilliant combination of adventure, humour, and philosophy, Gulliver's Travels is one of literature's most durable masterpieces.
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass
by Lewis Carroll
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland is one of the most celebrated children's books of all time. In this edition Lewis Carroll's original story of little Alice's tumble down a rabbit hole is brought to life by stunning illustrations from John Tenniel. The book also features an elegant bonded-leather binding, a satin ribbon bookmark and decorative endpapers.
I can't believe I still haven't read Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. I've loved every adaptation I've seen, but for some reason I've just never picked up the book. All that will change soon though, and this fantastic Barnes and Noble edition is the perfect way for me to be introduced to Lewis Carroll's writing. It also includes the John Tenniel illustrations, which is even better!
Sense and Sensibility
by Jane Austen
After moving to a cottage in Devonshire, the women of the Dashwood family begin adjusting to a new life and a new social circle. Soon, Elinor is being courted by the gentlemanly Edward Ferrars and Marianne finds herself torn between two suitors, the brooding Colonel Brandon and social-climbing scoundrel John Willoughby. The love and heartbreaks that they all endure are shaped by the temperament of their time and place and the sense and sensibility of their society. Originally published in 1811, Jane Austen's first published novel is revered as a classic romance of manners. This exquisite collectible edition features an elegant bonded-leather binding, a satin-ribbon bookmark, distinctive stained edging and decorative marbled endpapers. It's the perfect gift for book-lovers and an artful addition to any home library.
My best friend is a huge Austen fan so I finally read Pride and Prejudice last year, and Sense and Sensibility will be my next foray into Regency England. I know the general gist of it from watching various TV/film versions, so I hope I enjoy the book. This Barnes and Noble edition is beautiful, too!
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
by Mark Twain
Desperate to escape his abusive father and the constraints of the civilised life, young Huck Finn fakes his death and with the help of his slave friend Jim, embarks on a vagabond life rafting down the Mississippi River. Looking out for each other, Huck and Jim forge a bond that protects them from the prejudices and bigotry of their time and place and a society whose rules and regulations seem as perplexing as they are inflexible. By turns hilarious and heartwarming, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, first published in 1884, is considered Mark Twain's masterpiece; this exquisite collectible edition features an elegant bonded-leather binding, a satin-ribbon bookmark, distinctive stained edging and decorative marbled endpapers. It's the perfect gift for book-lovers and an artful addition to any home library.
Last up is The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, another timeless classic and one that passed me by thanks to my struggles with older writing. The binding on these B&N editions is so cool, and I love the look of this one. It's quite simple and understated in photos, but in person it's a book that would make a great classic gift!