This week, our Book of the Week is the Phantom of the Opera. Because Andrew Lloyd Webber’s iconic musical has taken over the public imagination of The Phantom, all of the Recommended Reads this week are books which have been transformed for the stage. Lights, sound…action!
Les Misérables, by Victor Hugo
Set during the French Revolution, Les Misérables explores the nature of justice and human morality. Jean Valjean is the novel’s central protagonist, uniting its multiple subplots in his quest for self-redemption. Pursued by police inspector Javert, Valjean struggles to escape his unjust past and become a force for good in the world.
Mary Poppins by P. L. Travers
When Jane and Michael Banks terrorise their nanny into quitting, their father is at a loss as to what to do with them. Enter Mary Poppins, blowing into Cherry Lane with her magical umbrella and changing the children’s lives forever. With Mary Poppins in charge, the children go on all sorts of magical adventures. They meet the Bird Woman at St Paul’s, have a tea party on the ceiling, and even meet some zoo animals on their journeys. Pick up the book behind the iconic musical today and join the children on their adventures!
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, by L. Frank Baum
Dorothy and her pet dog, Toto, live an ordinary life in rural Kansas. But everything changes when a cyclone carries her house away to the magical land of Oz. Join Dorothy on her adventures as she meets new friends on her quest to get back home to her aunt and uncle.
Oliver Twist, by Charles Dickens
An orphan in Victorian London, Oliver Twist’s life is anything but easy. Starting off in a workhouse before running away to live on the streets, Oliver becomes immersed in the criminal underbelly of London. He meets the notorious Bill Sikes, the beautiful Nancy, and scheming Fagin in his quest to find a safe place to call home.
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