Free literary fiction Kindle books for 18 May 15

Tess of the D’Urbervilles (Illustrated)

by Thomas Hardy

“Her affection for him was now the breath and life of Tess’s being; it enveloped her as a photosphere, irradiated her into forgetfulness of her past sorrows, keeping back the gloomy spectres that would persist in their attempts to touch herâ??doubt, fear, moodiness, care, shame. She knew that they were waiting like wolves just outside the circumscribing light, but she had long spells of power to keep them in hungry subjection there.”

Tess of the D’Urbervilles: A Pure Woman Faithfully Presented was a controversial work when it first appeared in the early 1890s. The serialized version of 1891 was heavily censored and the full novel of 1892 received mixed reviews, largely because it challenged the sexual morals of late Victorian England. The book’s reputation has since grown considerably and it is now routinely cited as Thomas Hardy’s masterpiece. Roman Polanski’s 1979 film version (Tess) boosted world-wide interest in the novel and it has remained widely read now for over a century.

The richly descriptive narrative is rife with unforgettable vignettes of rural life in late 19th-century England — the slow death of a flock of wounded pheasants, the monotony of field labor under a gunmetal gray sky, the itinerant farm worker’s seasonal round – but the story’s timeless power stems from its heart-wrenching romance and the tragic experiences – or fate, as Hardy might have put it – of the eponymous heroine.

*Includes image gallery and link to free audio recording of Tess of the D’Urbervilles.



No More Mulberries

by Mary Smith

Scottish-born midwife, Miriam loves her work at a health clinic in rural Afghanistan and the warmth and humour of her women friends in the village, but she can no longer ignore the cracks appearing in her marriage. Her doctor husband has changed from the loving, easy-going man she married and she fears he regrets taking on a widow with a young son, who seems determined to remain distant from his stepfather.

When Miriam acts as translator at a medical teaching camp she hopes time apart might help her understand the cause of their problems. Instead, she must focus on helping women desperate for medical care and has little time to think about her failing marriage. When an old friend appears, urging her to visit the village where she and her first husband had been so happy. Miriam finds herself travelling on a journey into her past, searching for answers to why her marriage is going so horribly wrong.

Her husband, too, has a past of his own – from being shunned as a child to the loss of his first love.

PRAISE FOR MARY SMITH’S DEBUT NOVEL:

“Mary Smith makes the reader care what happens to every character and leaves us the richer for having read it.”

ROSEMARY GEMMELL (Dangerous Deceit)

“Her characters are complex with layered pasts (Iqbal’s leprosy and the metaphorical and physical scars it has left behind – Miriam’s lives in Scotland and with her previous husband) and uncertain futuresâ?¦A lovely book which calls for attention.”

JANICE GALLOWAY (This is Not About Me)

“Written with empathy and humour, No More Mulberries provides a fascinating insight into life in rural Afghanistan.”

JAMES ROGERS

“This book might be about Miriam, but it’s Afghanistan which will grab you and hold you.”

THE BOOKBAG

“It is so much more than just a good romantic novel; it has a serious subtext of highly informative passages incorporating colourful detail across the whole spectrum of political and social issues in 1990s Afghanistan. Smith’s ability to manipulate plot and rationalise timelines makes this book a real ‘page turner’ – A triumphant debut as a novelist.”

SUSAN HARVARD

“Beautifully written, full of the sounds, smells, skies of Afghanistan. And written by a woman who clearly loves and respects that country and its culture.”

SHEILA TEMPLETON (Digging for Light)



Urban Terrors

by Geoff Wallis

Something odd is happening in North London. The cables of personal stereos are being clipped and grammatical errors are being corrected on the streets. Hopeless and forlorn Pat Morrison finds himself being irrevocably drawn to these incidents and, with the assistance of his glamorous Belgian lover and a recidivist mate from the past, tries to understand the situation, but uncovers not so much a can of worms as a tagliatelle of confusion.



Growth: a novel

by Troy S. Gamble

Family, house, job – everything went to the dogs when a student girlfriend convinced Peter Copeland, an ageing insurance case reviewer, that he, in his very late forties, still had a chance to become someone else, namely a great poet.

Three years later Peter is alone, penniless, paralysed with anguish and apathy and bombarded with unpaid bills and eviction notes. Against all odds he continues with his pursuits and very soon, to his complete surprise, finds himself on the other side of his life among people bizarre, dazzling and dangerous, in the middle of a huge financial turmoil which threatens the very foundations of the modern economy.

This book is cross-genre literary fiction addressing various aspects of growth: personal growth which, sometimes, makes people strangers to themselves, economic growth which threatens to turn our world into an illusion, and the struggles of growing together or apart. It is a story of personal fall and rise, full of peculiar, captivating characters and ultimately a tale of personal survival and search of reality in the world abound with illusions and fake.



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