This wonderful series is a quick way into a range of exciting stories, from the chilling tale of "Frankenstein", to the gripping adventure of "Treasure Island" and the powerful animal story of "Call of the Wild". Fast-moving and accessible, each story is a shortened, dramatically illustrated version of the classic novel, which loses none of the strength and flavour of the original. In "The Iliad", Paris, a Trojan prince, having won Helen as his prize for judging a beauty contest between the goddesses Hera, Athena and Aphrodite, abducted her from her Greek husband Menelaus and transported her to Troy. The Greeks, enraged by this audacity and devastated by the loss of the most beautiful woman in the world, set sail to Troy and begin the long siege of the city...
Pauline Francis has many years' experience of language teaching at secondary level and is a qualified librarian. She now writes full-time.