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About Chiltern Classics

Chiltern Publishing is a relatively recent publisher, issuing their first books only in 2018, but they are already strongly achieving their mission to create beautiful editions of the classics. The famous 1800s “peacock edition” of Jane Austen’s  Pride and Prejudice is a clear inspiration for their designs.

The books are on the smallish side (think pocket book) – reflecting the size and format of the original books when they were printed in Jane Austen’s time. They all feature wonderfully detailed and textured covers, sparkling gilt edges, creamy pages, and are robustly made with strong stitched bindings. They feel surprisingly weighty in your hards (due to the quality materials) and are a real joy to read. I highly recommend them.

They usually release 8 new volumes a year (with the line-up typically including at least one children’s book and one speculative fiction in the mix of classic literature titles). Several of the volumes are also available in bundled ‘gift packs’ which include the book along with a notebook bound in a matching cover. All the books released from 2018 through to 2021 are listed below. Additional titles that have been mentioned as likely to be in future releases include: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Call of the Wild, The Jungle Book, Black Beauty, Heart of Darkness, The Secret Agent, Phantom of the Opera, The Scarlet Letter, Kidnapped, Oliver Twist, Moll Flanders, and Gulliver’s Travels.

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Complete List of Chiltern Classics

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2021 releases (second wave)

Animal Farm by George Orwell

Anticipated release, September 2021

A satirical allegorical novella that tells the story of a group of farm animals who rebel against their human farmer, hoping to create a society where the animals can be equal, free, and happy.

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Silas Marner by George Eliot

Anticipated release, September 2021

An outwardly simple tale of a linen weaver, the novel is notable for its strong realism and its sophisticated treatment of a variety of issues ranging from religion to industrialisation to community.

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The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton

Anticipated release, September 2021

Newland Archer is a lawyer who is happily engaged to May, enjoying life in Gilded Age New York. However, his life turns upside down when he meets and falls in love with May’s scandalous cousin, Ellen.

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Good Wives by Louisa May Alcott

Anticipated release, September 2021

Three years on from Little Women, the March girls and their friend Laurie are young adults with their futures ahead of them. Although they all face painful trials along the way – from Meg’s sad lesson in housekeeping to Laurie’s disappointment in love and a tragedy which touches them all – each of the girls finally finds happiness, if not always in the way they expect. *Important note, American readers, this is ‘part two’ of the story you know as Little Women, because it was released as an omnibus edition in the US, but in two volumes in the UK – the first part is available separately as Little Women (released Nov 2019).

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Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

Anticipated release, September 2021

Shakespeare’s tragic play about two young Italian star-crossed lovers. 

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The Romantic Poets by various authors

Anticipated release, September 2021

A collection of poetry from the Romantic Era, an artistic, literary, musical and intellectual movement that originated in Europe towards the end of the 18th century and rebelled against the rules of earlier poets, instead turning to nature and emotion as their inspiration.

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Peter Pan by James Matthew Barrie

Anticipated release, September 2021

The classic children’s tale about the boy who never grew up and his adventures with Wendy and her brothers in Neverland.

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Far From the Madding Crown by Thomas Hardy

Anticipated release, September 2021

Independent and spirited Bathsheba Everdene has come to Weatherbury to take up her position as a farmer on the largest estate in the area, but must deal with the attention of three suitors, a sheep farmer, a reckless sergeant and a well-to-do, mature bachelor.

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2021 releases

The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Brontë

Released July 2021

The story of young Helen Graham’s disastrous marriage to the dashing drunkard Arthur Huntingdon (said to be modeled on the author’s brother Branwell) and her flight from him to the seclusion of Wildfell Hall.

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The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Released July 2021

Grumpy young Mary Lennox is sent to live in Yorkshire with her uncle at Misselthwaite Manor, where she finds an abandoned garden.


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Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Wolfe

Released July 2021

Examines one day in the life of Clarissa Dalloway, an upper-class Londoner married to a member of Parliament.

A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

Released July 2021

The French Revolution comes to life in this famous novel about the best of times and the worst of times.

The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

Released July 2021

Sarah’s drunk husband auctions her and her daughter off to be the wife of Richard Newson, a passing sailor.

A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

Released July 2021

Set in Ireland at the turn of the century, this novel describes Stephen Dedalus’s journey from bright young student to a promising clergyman to an artist. 

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Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell

Released July 2021

A dystopian social science fiction novel that centres on the consequences of totalitarianism, mass surveillance, and repressive regimentation of society.

The Sonnets by William Shakespeare

Released July 2021

A collection of Shakespeare’s popular poetry.

2020 releases

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

Released August 2020

Dorian Gray is the subject of a full-length portrait in oil by Basil Hallward, an artist impressed and infatuated by Dorian’s beauty. Understanding that his beauty will fade, Dorian sells his soul, to ensure that the picture, rather than he, will age and fade.

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The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle

Released August 2020

James Mortimer asks Sherlock Holmes for advice after his friend Sir Charles Baskerville was found dead in the park surrounding his manor, in the moors of Devon. The death was attributed to a heart attack, but according to Mortimer, Sir Charles’s face retained an expression of horror, and not far from the corpse the footprints of a gigantic hound were clearly visible. 

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Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

Released August 2020

Alice falls through a rabbit hole into Wonderland and has many delightful adventures there.


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Moby Dick by Herman Melville

Released August 2020

Ishmael, the narrator, stays in a whaler’s inn in Massachusetts, where he has to share a bed with a harpooner from the South Pacific named Queequeg, and the two decide to seek work on a whaling vessel together.

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Dracula by Bram Stoker

Released August 2020

The novel tells the story of Dracula’s attempt to move from Transylvania to England so that he may find new blood and spread the undead curse, and of the battle between Dracula and a small group of men and a woman led by Professor Abraham Van Helsing.

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Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert

Released August 2020

Charles Bovary struggles his way to a medical degree and marries the unpleasant woman his mother has chosen for him, Héloïse Dubuc. He sets out to build his practice, but is smitten by Emma, a beautiful, poetically dressed young woman who has received a “good education” in a convent. She has a powerful yearning for luxury and romance inspired by reading popular novels. 

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Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

Released August 2020

The tragic story of young Tess, and the troubles she has in her relationships with two men. 

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A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

Released August 2020

A Christmas Carol recounts the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, an elderly miser who is visited by the ghost of his former business partner Jacob Marley and the spirits of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come. After their visits, Scrooge is transformed into a kinder, gentler man.

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2019 releases

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

Released November 2019

Victor Frankenstein driven by the mad dream of creating his own creature, experiments with alchemy and science to build a monster stitched together from dead remains. Once the creature becomes a living breathing articulate entity, it turns on its maker and the novel darkens into tragedy. 

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The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle

Released November 2019

A classic collection of Sherlock Holmes’ exploits, where from his Baker Street apartment, Holmes wields his powers of deduction in pursuit of justice and truth, venturing out into foggy Victorian London accompanied by his faithful sidekick Dr Watson. 

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The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Released November 2019

A young prince visits various planets, including Earth, addressing themes of loneliness, friendship, love, and loss.

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Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

Released November 2019

When Jim Hawkins sets sail searching for buried treasure and adventure, he finds himself caught up in a deadly mutiny where he must outwit the cunning pirate Long John Silver in order to stay alive.

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Mansfield Park by Jane Austen

Released November 2019

The diffident and much put-upon heroine Fanny Price has to struggle to cope with the results of adultery, re-examining her own feelings while enduring the cheerful amorality, old-fashioned indifference and priggish disapproval of those around her.

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Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Released November 2019

Little Women; or, Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy (1868) follows the lives, loves and tribulations of four sisters growing up during the American Civil War. The story is based on the childhood experiences Alcott shared with her real-life sisters, Anna, May and Elizabeth. *Important note, American readers, this is ‘part one’ of your story, because it was released as an omnibus edition in the US, but in two volumes in the UK – the second part is available separately as Good Wives (released Sep 2021).

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Emma by Jane Austen

Released November 2019

‘Handsome, clever, and rich’, Emma is also an ‘imaginist’, ‘on fire with speculation and foresight’. She sees the signs of romance all around her, but thinks she will never be married. 

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Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

Released November 2019

Catherine Morland who leaves her sheltered, rural home to enter the busy, sophisticated world of Bath in the late 1790s.

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2018 releases

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Released September 2018

The arrival of two rich bachelors stirs Mrs Bennet to hope that wedding bells will soon be in the air. Jane forms an early attachment to Mr Bingley, but her spirited sister Elizabeth takes against the arrogant Mr Darcy. 

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Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

Released September 2018

Elinor Dashwood’s cool reason and her sister Marianne’s more demonstrative nature are revealed when their father Henry dies and they are uprooted from the family home. For Elinor and Marianne, salvation lies in making a suitable match, but both must overcome adversity to achieve it.

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Persuasion by Jane Austen

Released September 2018

Seven years after she was persuaded to break off their engagement, Anne Elliot is unexpectedly reacquainted with Captain Frederick Wentworth. Anne is still in love with Wentworth, but mischance and misunderstanding stand in their way.

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Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

Released September 2018

The story of the orphaned Pip and his relationship with Joe, the kindly blacksmith, the mysterious Magwitch, the reclusive Miss Havisham and the beautiful but cold-hearted Estella.

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Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

Released September 2018

The passionate dark tale of Catherine and Heathcliff, whose love and loss is as wild as the moors surrounding their childhood home, Wuthering Heights.

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Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

Released September 2018

Orphaned Jane Eyre endures a life of hardship until she is appointed governess at Thornfield Hall. She is drawn to its master, the remote, brooding Edward Rochester, but he harbours a dark secret that bars their path to happiness.

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The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald

Released September 2018

Nick Carraway takes us into the superficially glittering world of the mansions which lined the Long Island shore in the 1920s, to encounter Nick’s cousin Daisy, her brash but wealthy husband Tom Buchanan, Jay Gatsby and to explore the mystery that surrounds him.

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The Art of War by Sun Tzu

Released September 2018

An ancient Chinese military treatise devoted to warfare and military strategy and tactics.

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