Great Expectations, Hardback Book
4 out of 5 (9 ratings)


Part of Penguin's beautiful hardback Clothbound Classics series, designed by the award-winning Coralie Bickford-Smith, these delectable and collectible editions are bound in high-quality colourful, tactile cloth with foil stamped into the design.

Pip doesn't expect much from life...His sister makes it clear that her orphaned little brother is nothing but a burden on her.

But suddenly things begin to change. Pip's narrow existence is blown apart when he finds an escaped criminal, is summoned to visit a mysterious old woman and meets the icy beauty Estella.

Most astoundingly of all, an anonymous person gives him money to begin a new life in London.Are these events as random as they seem? Or does Pip's fate hang on a series of coincidences he could never have expected?


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
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  • Category: Classic fiction (pre c 1945)
  • ISBN: 9780141040363

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The classic Charles Dickens follows a young orphan, named Pip, from his lowly starts to his gentleman status. A must read that was also really enjoyable.

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Ok fun at first then depressing

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Perhaps the most apt novel title in literature.Great expectations is, at its most basic level, all about Pip's expectations. What makes it a worthy read, especially without prior knowledge of the plot, is that it's also about the reader's expectations.One of the things I most appreciate about the novel is the development of Pip's character, from the querulous young man who wants more from life than that which seems destined (and of course, he wants more without working for it) and to the endearing repentant man, who aims to make a life for himself. Of course, who wouldn't have empathy for Pip's unrequited love of Estella, fostered by the vindictive Miss Havisham.Great Expectations is one of my two favourite novels - if only I could read it again for the first time.

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As a person with an English degree, it seems as if everyone expects me to like Dickens. I don't. I find his writing insufferably tedious, and Great Expectations is no exception. Thankfully, I read Elliot's "Mill on the Floss" before I ventured upon "Great Expectations," so compared to "Floss" this work was bearable. If that is saying anything. I know some think it is stupendous work, but I disagree.

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This is a true masterpiece. What's more, despite being written some time ago, it is very relevant today in our time of fast living, fast food and fast expectations of everything. It is a great story which will continue to delight many future generations.

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