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Read an extract from Shirley Jackson’s dark masterpiece, We Have Always Lived in the Castle, which is Waterstones’ Rediscovered Classic for October.

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You’ve heard of The Old Curiosity Shop and Shakespeare’s Globe, but what about the statue of Dr Samuel Johnson’s cat or the inspiration behind Orwell’s Ministry of Truth? Author of London: A Travel Guide Through Time, Dr Matthew Green takes us on a tour of some of the capital’s less well known literary destinations.

The Illustrated Animal Farm

2015 marks the 75th anniversary since George Orwell’s chilling fable of idealism betrayed, ANIMAL FARM was first published. Read an extract from the 1954 illustrated edition, republished this year by Penguin Classics.

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An introduction to the sensational Marguarite Yourcenar. Read on for a short bio and a piece from James Womack, exploring the power of Yourcenar’s masterpiece, Memoirs of Hadrian.

Clarice Lispector

Find out more about the Brazilian novelist and short story writer, Clarice Lispector. We’ve put together a series of quotes and share the only footage we have of the author, a 20-minute interview from 1977.

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This week in our Women on the Page campaign, we’re taking a great deal of pleasure in looking back at Authors: Then. With that in mind, here’s an Author: Now – Jeanette Winterson – introducing the Vintage Classics’ edition of Woolf’s The Waves.

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In an extract from the introduction to the Vintage Classics edition of George Eliot’s The Mill on the Floss, Marina Lewycka, best-selling author of A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian, talks us through the evolution of her reading of the novel – from topographical idyll to social critique.