From the Secret Garden to the Jungle book: letting every student read a classic at a fraction of the normal price.

Quality copies of classic novels that appeal to teenagers at just £1.88 – with teenager friendly book covers to match! 

Now that might seem too good to be true, but I’d like to reassure you these are printed paperback editions of hundreds of classics with the complete, full text – not edited versions or ebook editions.  Better still there is free delivery and no minimum order.

And here’s a further point: it has been pointed out that some teenagers, if they see a book cover which they feel suggests something that is not modern enough or suitable for their age and status, they then refuse to read that book.

We’ve therefore consulted with schools and selected 12 very popular titles and produced new editions with new covers to make them teenager-friendly.  There is a list of these titles below.

Throughout, these books are of the highest quality in terms of production and printing.  And just to reassure you totally we now have an extra offer: to help you see what our publications look like, we’ll send you a free book without any obligation whatsoever.

In total we have over 400 titles in print, including over 230 works of classic literature.  Each volume contains the full text, with the classics also including a set of exclusive introductions and notes.

Additionally, not only do we have individual titles at £1.88 but we also have the World Literature and Poetry series at just £3.99 before discount, and our complete works series for just £7.99 each.

If you would like to see a list of around 50 of the most frequently used set texts which are available direct to schools at the special price of £1.88 that is available here.

To see the full list of our titles in print along with a ready-to-use order form, should you need it, we have a page with those details as well.  Plus there is currently a 25% discount on all the prices shown.

Meanwhile here is the list of new editions with new covers that appeal to older readers: Little Women & Good Wives, The Secret Garden, The Jungle Book & The Second Jungle Book, A Christmas Carol, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz & Glinda of Oz, Robin Hood, Anne of Green Gables & Anne of Avonlea, Little Prince, Black Beauty, Kidnapped & Catriona, Treasure Island, Swiss Family Robinson.

If you would like a free without obligation sample of one of our classics, just email with your name and the school address, and we’ll put it in the post to you, with our compliments

As a young teacher I really thought I knew it all. It was only when it went wrong that I realised…

Once upon a time, as a young inexperienced teacher, I felt I knew it all, and that all my elders and betters were getting staid and stuck in their ways.

So I decided to show them what real innovative, active, modern PE lessons were all about by taking my class outside and telling them to run across the playing field and back, as fast or as slow as they liked.

I had no idea why I said this but it felt modern, different, radical and very much me.

Being a lively and cheeky bunch the class then asked me if there were prizes for the winners and without giving it any thought I said there would be a prize for coming in last. I refrained from saying what the prize was, since I didn’t have any idea.

It didn’t take very long for everyone to realise that I had made a fundamental miscalculation, since the best way to stand a chance of winning was going to be to stand still. Or (when I changed the rules and said everyone had to keep moving forwards towards the winning post) to inch forward at such a slow pace that the race would have taken a week to complete.

Feeling something of a turnip I took the class back inside, noticing the look I was getting from the deputy head on the way back in.

Then suddenly the gods smiled on me. “I want you now to write a story called ‘The silliest race in the world’. It can be about anything except what we have just done.”

And the results were rather good, thus not only extending the children’s creative writing but giving me an explanation of sorts when asked to have a word with the deputy head – who to be fair was a very decent lady who said that she too had tried one or two whacky ideas in earlier days.

It’s not an approach I would recommend, but here’s one that can be quite a good idea. A team race to pick up a set of hoops on the ground with different coloured hoops counting as different values. Both teams go at once… not every child will realise at once the value of picking up the hoops with the biggest value first.

That was the sort of logic my original attempts were missing. I should have used the “50 Brilliant PE Challenges”.

There’s more information and ideas that actually do work at:

You can place an order:

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  • by post to Brilliant Publications, Mendlesham Industrial Estate, Norwich Road, Mendlesham, Suffolk, IP14 5ND.