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The beginning of a well known book has been encrypted below. Each letter of the alphabet has been replaced by another using a simple substitution technique. For example, A may always be represented by G, etc. Can you name the book?

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Answer: Nicholas Nickleby, by Charles Dickens.

The piece of text is from the original book and should read:

There once lived, in a sequestered part of the county of Devonshire, one Mr Godfrey Nickleby: a worthy gentleman, who, taking it into his head rather late in life that he must get married, and not being young enough or rich enough to aspire to the hand of a lady of fortune, had wedded an old flame out of mere attachment, who in her turn had taken him for the same reason. Thus two people who cannot afford to play cards for money, sometimes sit down to a quiet game for love.

a has been represented by d.
b has been represented by i.
c has been represented by c.
d has been represented by k.
e has been represented by e.
f has been represented by n.
g has been represented by s.
h has been represented by b.
i has been represented by r.
j has been represented by v.
k has been represented by x.
l has been represented by j.
m has been represented by l.
n has been represented by m.
o has been represented by o.
p has been represented by a.
q has been represented by q.
r has been represented by u.
s has been represented by t.
t has been represented by w.
u has been represented by f.
v has been represented by h.
w has been represented by p.
x has been represented by g.
y has been represented by z.
z has been represented by y.

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