by Wilkie Collins
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(4) Base Camp
This novel has some tough vocabulary and some cultural references that will be unfamiliar to many modern readers, simply because it was written 150 years ago. But don't worry: Wilkie Collins isn't trying to confuse you; he's trying to entertain you. Once you get past the difficult vocabulary, this is one of the most approachable Victorian novels out there.