About this site and its creator, Emma Laybourn

This site was set up in 2017 to provide free, easy access to great literature in the public domain.

The abridgements of classic novels are designed to introduce famous but difficult works to readers who might not otherwise try them. The ebooks of classic English poetry have been compiled to fill a gap; it can be very hard to find free, well-formatted ebook editions of many poets.

After taking a degree in English at Liverpool University, I qualified as a teacher and librarian (with an MA at Sheffield University), and then worked in libraries and schools in north-west England for twenty-five years. In a parallel career as a writer, I've 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. Although the first was for my own use, it made sense to offer it to other readers online.

These literary works now have their own website. I hope to continue adding more ebooks over time.

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