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You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me. C.S.Lewis

    Much Ado About Nothing

    Don John There is a serious problem. Don Pedro Please tell us. Don John The lady is not honest. Claudio Which lady? My Hero? Don John Yes. Your Hero ...Hero and Claudio are getting married in a week. To pass the time, they plan to make Benedick and Beatrice, who quarrel all the time, fall in love, too. However, the evil Don John has plans to stop the wedding. Will he succeed or will love win? The Garnet Oracle Readers are carefully graded, lexically and structurally, to encourage students to read for pleasure and at speed. The stories are all retold by an ELT author well known for his ability to craft engaging narratives to entertain and educate. * full-colour illustrations * resource and activity pages * easy-to-use glossary Level 3 1,000 headwords Story word count: 5,884

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    Goodwood

    It wasn't just one person who went missing, it was two people. Two very different people. They were there, and then they were gone, as if through a crack in the sky. After that, in a small town like Goodwood, where we had what Nan called 'a high density of acquaintanceship', everything stopped. Or at least it felt that way. The normal feeling of things stopped.Goodwood is a small town where everyone knows everything about everyone. It's a place where it's impossible to keep a secret.In 1992, when Jean Brown is seventeen, a terrible thing happens. Two terrible things. Rosie White, the coolest girl in town, vanishes overnight. One week later, Goodwood's most popular resident, Bart McDonald, sets off on a fishing trip and never comes home.People die in Goodwood, of course, but never like this. They don't just disappear.As the intensity of speculation about the fates of Rosie and Bart heightens, Jean, who is keeping secrets of her own, and the rest of Goodwood are left reeling.Rich in character and complexity, its humour both droll and tender, Goodwood is a compelling ride into a small community, torn apart by dark rumours and mystery.

    Shallows

    One hundred and fifty years after the establishment of land-based whaling in Australia, its last outpost is Angelus, a small town already struggling for survival. Long-dormant passions are awakened by the arrival of the conservationists, who threaten the town's livelihood and disturb the fragile peace under which its inhabitants live. `Full of strikingly described action . . . an imaginative reconstruction of primitive whaling and the personal suffering involved . . . Tim Winton, in this admirable novel, deals with pride, loneliness, longing for love and the struggle between nostalgic heroes and the heroism of compassion' The Times `All this is dazzling, dazzling. It makes the heart pound' Los Angeles Times `A moving and powerful elegy . . . Winton writes vividly, and with courage, about serious matters in a cynical world' Observer `A major work by anyone's standards . . . mysterious, painful and beautiful' Washington Post

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