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Grammar

The most practical way to learn English grammar on your own is with these self-study guides, which include easy-to-understand explanations and lots of helpful exercises. Choose the book based on your learning level:

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Recommended reading

To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee

A child's viewpoint of racial unjustice in Mississippi

Set in a small town in the deep South in the 1930s, a story about racial division and stalwart good and evil which still rings disturbingly true today. Motherless siblings Scout and her brother Jem are often left to their own devices while their father, a lawyer, fights for justice for a black man unjustly accused of a crime. Written in an easy style for young adults, the themes capture readers young and old.

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Mrs. Dalloway, Virginia Woolf

A day in the life of a woman in Edwardian London

Placed in the middle of Mrs. Dalloway's day with vivid, easy to imagine detail and rich insights, the reader becomes wholly caught up with her thoughts, desires and ambitions as she goes about preparing for an evening party. Using a stream of conscious style of writing, Woolf uses a fresh, modern writing style to capture an average woman's life.

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The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald

A seemingly carefree wealthy man takes a walk on the dark side of the roaring 20s.

Gatsby is a man of mystery, cloaked behind his wealth and frenzied lifestyle, but also someone destined to careen into the spotlight and out of control. This iconic depiction of America in the 1920s before the stock market crash is full of glitter, glamour and senseless tragedy. Fitzgerald's best known novel, written in a clear, sharp prose.

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The Spy Who Came in From the Cold, John Le Carré

Espionage in cold War Berlin, one man's entanglement with unseen forces.

In this spy classic, Le Carré's spare, incisive writing brings to life the intrigue, loss and fear in divided Berlin. Haunted by his nemesis and counterpart in East Berlin, a British embassy attaché and spy must cut through an iron curtain of paranoia and subterfuge without losing his grasp on reality. This work made Le Carré's name as a writer of intelligent, cold war thrillers.

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Remains of the Day, Kazuo Ishiguro

Unrequited romance between butler and housekeeper in stiff-upper lip British society.

Set in a stately English home, with all the trappings of genteel beauty and English correctness, it seems the least likely place to come across thwarted lovers. Servants to their masters and to a dying way of life, the butler and the maid can never quite overcome the strictures of their roles to declare their love. Ishiguro's prose style is simple and understated, the perfect expression of a profound story of loss.

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The Hobbit, J.R. Tolkien

A simple man's spellbinding journey to discover treasure and his unknown inner strengths.

This classic tale of fantasy and adventure has a style of expression and language that draws in even the most reluctant readers. It follows the story of hobbit Bilbo Baggins as he leaves behind his beloved home and family to take back a treasure guarded by the dragon Smaug. Although the story is rich in imagination and fabulous plots twists, Tolkien relies on a straightforward writing style to ensure an easy to follow narrative flow.

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