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A short story for World Book Day.

If on a Winter’s Night a Traveller, The Good Soldier, ascends The Thirty Nine Steps in search of Mrs Dalloway in a Journey to the End of the Night, he will enter a Brave New World, fearing The Call of the Wild. Finally he will reach the Wuthering Heights On the Road above A Bend in the River, where Three Men in a Boat are Waiting for the Barbarians. An Artist of the Floating World, Lucky Jim, plays the Tin Drum as The Rainbow soars above Nightmare Abbey and The Charterhouse of Parma. These Dangerous Liasons between Men Without Women, As I Lay Dying from The Plague, awaiting The Big Sleep, are undertaken in The Pursuit Of Love. Wise Blood says that Things Fall Apart when In Search of Lost Time. The Scarlet Letter found in The Diary of a Nobody, alongside The Picture of Dorian Gray recounts The Riddle of the Sands wherein A Passage to India leads Tom Jones, The Lord of the Flies, to Lanark. The Northern Lights entrance Oscar and Lucinda on The Bottle Factory Outing. It’s a Catch-22 when all The Quiet American wants is One Hundred Years of Solitude.

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