A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
'It was the best of times, it was the worst of times...'
Lucie Manette has been separated from her father for eighteen years while he languished in Paris's most feared prison, the Bastille. Finally reunited, the Manettes' fortunes become inextricably intertwined with those of two men, the heroic aristocrat Darnay and the dissolute lawyer Carton. Their story, which encompasses violence, revenge, love and redemption, is grippingly played out against the backdrop of the terrifying brutality of the French Revolution.
'Dickens's magnificent account of the revolution and one of his best (and shortest) novels' Observer