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Penguin clothbound classics

Penguin's Clothbound Classics are as much a pleasure to hold as to read and are a fantastic work of publishing. All the great novels of the past are represented from Alice in Wonderland to Great Expectiations and beyond.

Designed by the award-winning Coralie Bickford-Smith, these classics will stand proud on any bookshelf or provide the perfect furnishing for the living room coffee table, giving an adequate air of respectability to the canny booklover's home.

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James Bond

Everyone's favourite agent provocateur, James Bond, has become a literary superstar since his genesis in Casino Royale over 60 years ago, with over 14 books written by Ian Fleming.

Not only are the original novels still highly regarded as seminal works of espionage fiction, but loyal readers are still following 007's heroics today with licensed contemporary fiction written by great modern authors like William Boyd and Sebastian Faulks.

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An Illustrated Maycomb Map

An Illustrated Maycomb Map

To celebrate Go Set A Watchman's release into paperback we present illustrator Stuart Hill's beautifully designed interactive map of Maycomb. Introduced by Waterstones Onlines’ Sally Campbell.

Venus in Furs

Venus in Furs

Sabahattin Ali’s bestselling Turkish classic has finally been translated into English, over seventy years since publication. Bookseller Rory Macpherson investigates

Strange News Out of Essex

Strange News Out of Essex

Old and new worlds collide in Sarah Perry’s gripping second novel The Essex Serpent, introduced by Waterstones Online's Martha Greengrass.

Delve into our huge range of fiction books to read, spanning the novels of Austen and Dickens, to the historical fiction of C.J. Sansom, via literary fiction by Ian McEwan, Martin Amis, Will Self and Irvine Welsh. Not forgetting, of course, the classic fiction in the Penguin Classics and the Vintage Classics series.