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2020 Classics of the Month recap

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12 classics revisited – perfect inexpensive Christmas stocking stuffers for the literature lovers in your life.

This year we took enormous pleasure in selecting and rereading some towering classics from our nothing-short-of-colossal back catalogue. Here's the 12 books we hand-picked for 2020. Bite-sized chunks of breathtaking literature from masters gone by (and a couple of living ones).

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Classic of the month: How the Light Gets In

In February we revisited M J Hyland’s agonisingly authentic portrait of adolescence, How the Light Gets In.

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Classic of the month: One Hundred Years of Solitude

In March we revisited Gabriel Garcia Márquez’s ageless 1967 masterpiece, One Hundred Years of Solitude.

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Classic of the month: The Day of the Triffids

In April we went viral with John Wyndham’s 1951 thriller, The Day of the Triffids.

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Classic of the month: Playing Beatie Bow

In May we took a time slip with Ruth Park’s thrilling 1980 adventure story, Playing Beatie Bow.

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Classic of the month: Tales of the Unexpected

In June we mined the depths of the human psyche via Roald Dahl’s 1979 classic short story collection.

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Classic of the month: Dark Days

In July we explored racism, identity, education and love in James Baldwin’s searing essay collection Dark Days.

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Classic of the month: Frankenstein

This August we discovered Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein still commands a captivating, horrifying magic.

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Classic of the Month: The Great Gatsby

This month we revisit the bachelor’s paradise of the decadent, enigmatic millionaire Jay Gatsby.

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Classic of the month: The Woman in Black

In the spirit of Halloween, this October we revisited Susan Hill’s classic horror.

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Classic of the Month: Little Women

This November we revisited Louisa May Alcott’s towering work of American fiction.

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Classic of the Month: Selected Poems of Emily Dickinson

This December we found exquisite rays of light amongst the dark verse of an American maestro.