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What do you do when you are a young, headstrong woman who wants to lead an independent life during a time when it was taboo? Shunning social convention, Ann Veronica sets forth at aged twenty-one to study in London, freeing herself from the familiar. Beyond the family home, she discovers a world of intellectuals and suffragettes...and falls in love with a married man. But nothing comes for free..... With its feminist overtones, Ann Veronica caused quite a stir when it was first published in 1909.
A defence of one's life presents an autobiographical account of his religious development as a defence against an attack by novelist Charles Kingsley. Newman had begun as an Anglican theologian and later converted to Catholicism, this conversion was very disturbing for many people and marked a turning point in the history of the Church of England and the Catholic Church in England.
The novel follows Georges Duroy's corrupt rise to power. With assistance from a series of powerful mistresses Duroy quickly rises from a lowly returned serviceman to one of the most influential men of Paris.
Brother Jacob is the story of a confectioners apprentice who steals from his mother to emigrate to Jamaica and make his fortune. It is a satirical modern fable that draws telling parallels between eating and reading.
Satirical newspaper, Punch, mocked the work referring to it as "Can you stand her?" due to the protagonist's inability to decide between her two suitors. Alice Vavasor is currently engaged to the respectable John Grey. She had previously broken off an engagement to her wild cousin George. John does not object when Alice plans a tour Switzerland with ex-fiance George and his sister Kate...
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