Oliver Twist

Only the second novel written by Charles Dickens, Oliver Twist paints a grim and unromantic picture of mid-19th century London. The story tells the tale…

Great Expectations

Great Expectations was the thirteenth novel written by Charles Dickens and his penultimate. However, only the second to be fully narrated in the first person.…

A Tale of Two Cities

A Tale of Two Cities weaves together a wide cast of characters in London and Paris. The story takes place in the years leading up…

The Highwayman

The Highwayman is a poem written by Alfred Noyes and first published in 1906. This romantic and tragic tale tells us a story of love…

Frankenstein

While the Monster created by Victor Frankenstein is iconic and instantly recognisable today, the novel by Mary Shelley tells a complex tale of unchecked scientific…

Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

Written by Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson and first published in 1886, The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde is a dark and…

Puss In Boots

The tale of Puss in Boots has been told for over 300 years, and so slightly different versions of this story can be heard around…

Hamlet

The play Hamlet was written by William Shakespeare in the early 1600s and takes the form of a revenge tragedy. In a revenge tragedy, the main character usually suffers a great wrong, often by…

Macbeth

The Shakespearian tragedy ‘Macbeth’ was written in 1606 during the reign of King James I. The play is Shakespeare’s shortest tragedy and a text which reflects on the close relationship Shakespeare had with…

The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

The Rime of the Ancient Mariner is the longest poem written by English poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Written in 1797, it was published in the first…