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Books that prove language can be an immersive force.

Time travel is possible. We know because we embarked on an 18th century adventure with Jim Hawkins to Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island. Joan Lindsay transported us to the early 1900s Victorian countryside in her book Picnic at Hanging Rock. We were thrust into a dystopian near future via Anthony Burgess’ A Clockwork Orange. And we traversed the centuries with Virginia Woolf’s Orlando. Here are some books with incomparable, inimitable voices so authentic they’ll carry you through space and time.

  • True History of the Kelly Gang is Peter Carey's stunning, Booker Prize-winning novel about Australia's most famous outlaw.

  • Anthony Burgess

    This special edition of A Clockwork Orange restores the text of Anthony Burgess' novel as he originally wrote it, and includes a glossary of his teen slang 'Nadsat', pages from the original typescript, explanatory notes, interviews, articles and reviews, shedding light on the enduring fascination of the book's 'sweet and juicy criminality'.

  • A beautiful Puffin Classics hardback inspired by the V&A Museum's collection of the work of William Morris.

  • A playful mock 'biography' of a chameleonic historical figure, written for Virginia Woolf's intimate friend Vita Sackville-West.

  • The greatest war story in literature, retold by our greatest living storyteller on war - in the voice of the forgotten woman who lived through it.

  • Seductive, evocative, exquisite - intimate memoirs spanning half a century of Japanese history, revealing a closed world.

  • A thrilling story told in the form of an extended oral history, Daisy Jones and the Six transports the reader to the world of '70's rock 'n roll; creative chaos, musical alchemy and an iconic sound.

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