We have talked before here on the blog about the tips for the preparation of the set book option in the writing paper.
The set books for FCE 2012 are:
-Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thakeray (Any edition)
-This Rough Magic by Mary Stewart. (OUP)
Some useful links on Vanity Fair
The Wikipedia entry on Vanity Fair provides a succint plot and characters overview. The links at the bottom of the page are a good way to start some finer research on it.
The Cliff notes. Although they are not meant to prepare for the FCE exam, the character analysis and sample essays are debate worthy and a good introduction to writing for the set book option of the Writing Paper.
You can get the book online for free or download it in pdf format here or here.
This Rough Magic is a book which is copyright protected. So you'll have to get yourself a copy. Here is a pdf with a short test + answers to help you with the book comprehension.
To end, I'd like to say that the links here are meant to help you get into a world of fiction and by no means replace reading the original book. Let me remind you of what Borges used to say about reading: it's supposed to be for pleasure and not just because your teacher told you to do it for homework.