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About Chiltern Classics

Chiltern Publishing is a recent publisher, formed only in 2018, but is already achieving its 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 small – reflecting the size and format of the original books when they were printed in Jane Austen’s time. And 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.

The 2018, 2019 and 2020 releases are listed below, with future titles expected to 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, Gulliver’s Travels, and Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man.

The Books

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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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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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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 the story, as the second part was released separately as Good Wives in the UK.

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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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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 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 adventures there.

➡ See also the Alice bibliography

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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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