About this site and its creator, Emma Laybourn

The purpose of this site is twofold:

Firstly, to introduce works of great literature to those who might otherwise not try them, through the abridgements of classic novels. It's hoped these will also appeal to students of English who are not quite ready to tackle the originals.

Secondly, I aim to create useful ebooks of selected English poetry. All the ebooks on this site are based on works in the public domain and are free to download.

After taking a degree in English, I qualified as a librarian and teacher and worked in public and educational libraries and schools in north-west England. I have had seven children's books published (by Andersen Press and Random House) as well as about sixty short stories in various magazines.

In 2012 I set up my first website, Megamouse Books, to offer free children's stories and ebooks. This gave me practice in ebook formatting, which I began to use to compile ebooks of classic poetry.

The anthologies and abridgements were initially downloadable through Megamouse Books, but they now have a site of their own. More works will be added regularly.

If you wish to contact me, the best way is through the Goodreads website. You can send a message by clicking the arrow next to "Follow author" on the left of my Goodreads author page. (You will need to register with Goodreads to do this.)
Some of the issues involved in abridging novels are discussed in my blog, also on Goodreads here.

Are you an adult learning English? My sister Clare Harris writes English learning resources, some of which are free. You can find out more here.

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the cover of Laurence Sterne's Tristram Shandy abridged, a free ebook 
produced by Emma Laybourn