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Everyone Is Beautiful

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Katherine Center

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Piling everything she owns into her car, Lanie leaves family and friends behind - all so her husband can be a professional musician. But Lanie suddenly realises that she once had dreams too. If only she could remember what they were. Fifteen years, three babies and many more pounds after she said 'I do', Lanie longs to feel like her old self again. It's time to fish her va-va-voom out of the nappy bin and find the woman she was before motherhood - harder said than done, when by finding herself she seems to be losing everything else in the process.

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General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444808841

Published:

01-11-2011

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The House Behind The Cedars

Author:

Charles W. Chesnutt

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North Carolina, 1860s: Ten years ago, John Walden, of mixed racial ancestry and light-skinned, left his home and family to forge a new life for himself as a white lawyer in Clarence, South Carolina. Now the widowed John returns, asking his sister Rena to join him and help to care for his baby son. Rena, also able to pass as white, seizes this opportunity with alacrity. But both Waldens know that the truth of their bloodline can never be revealed. And when Rena begins to fall in love with George Tryon, she finds herself burdened by the family secret...

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General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444834406

Published:

01-10-2017

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Manalive

Author:

G.K. Chesterton

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Mr. Innocent Smith skips joyously through life, his eccentric conduct amusing, irritating and baffling those around him by turns. When he finds himself accused of theft, polygamy, and attempted murder, he is saved from being carted off to prison or an asylum only by the suggestion of the sardonic Irish journalist Michael Moon, who proposes that they instead conduct a private court of inquiry right there. As Smith expounds upon his life history and the reasons behind his actions, it becomes clear that, far from being afflicted by madness, he appears to be the sanest of them all...

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General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444834048

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01-09-2017

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New Boy

Author:

Tracy Chevalier

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Arriving at his fourth school in six years, diplomat's son Osei Kokote knows he needs an ally if he is to survive his first day - so he's lucky to hit it off with Dee, the most popular girl in school. But one student can't stand to witness this budding relationship: Ian decides to destroy the friendship between the black boy and the golden girl. By the end of the day, the school and its key players - teachers and pupils alike - will never be the same again... The tragedy of OTHELLO is transposed to a 1970s suburban Washington, D.C. schoolyard, where the kids practice a casual racism picked up from their parents and teachers. Watching over the shoulders of four eleven-year-olds, this is a story of friends torn apart by jealousy, bullying and betrayal.

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Hard Cover

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General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444836417

Published:

01-04-2018

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Reader, I Married Him

Author:

Tracy Chevalier

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Commissioned to celebrate Charlotte Bronte's bicentenary year in 2016, this collection of original stories by today's finest women writers draws inspiration from a line in JANE EYRE. A bohemian wedding party takes an unexpected turn for the bride and her daughter... A family trip to a Texan waterpark prompts a life-changing decision... Mr Rochester reveals a long-kept secret... Jane's married life after the original novel ends is explored... A new mother encounters an old lover after her daily swim, and inexplicably lies to him... A fitness instructor teaches teenage boys how to handle a pit bull terrier by telling them Jane Eyre's story. These tales, and more, salute the lasting relevance of Bronte's famous novel and its themes of love, compromise and self-determination.

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Hard Cover

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General Fiction

ISBN:

9781785413285

Published:

01-03-2017

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Reader, I Married Him

Author:

Tracy Chevalier

Synopsis:

Commissioned to celebrate Charlotte Bronte's bicentenary year in 2016, this collection of original stories by today's finest women writers draws inspiration from a line in JANE EYRE. A bohemian wedding party takes an unexpected turn for the bride and her daughter... A family trip to a Texan waterpark prompts a life-changing decision... Mr Rochester reveals a long-kept secret... Jane's married life after the original novel ends is explored... A new mother encounters an old lover after her daily swim, and inexplicably lies to him... A fitness instructor teaches teenage boys how to handle a pit bull terrier by telling them Jane Eyre's story. These tales, and more, salute the lasting relevance of Bronte's famous novel and its themes of love, compromise and self-determination.

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Soft Cover

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General Fiction

ISBN:

9781785413346

Published:

01-03-2018

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The Awakening

Author:

Kate Chopin

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The Pontellier family are spending a hot, lazy holiday on the Gulf of Mexico. Nobody expects that Edna should be preoccupied with anything more than her husband Leonce and their small boys. But Edna, restive and achieving fulfilment only in her beloved sketching, finds her allocated bonds of motherhood and wifely duty to be stifling constraints. And when she teeters on the brink of an illicit summer romance with young clerk Robert Lebrun, new ideas and longings are awakened in her...

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General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444823967

Published:

01-05-2015

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If I Fall, If I Die

Author:

Michael Christie

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Will has never been to the outside, at least not since he can remember. And he has certainly never got to know anyone other than his mother, a fiercely loving yet wildly eccentric agoraphobe who drowns in panic at the thought of opening the front door. Soon the confines of Will's world close in on him. Despite his mother's protests, he ventures outside, clad in a protective helmet, and braces himself for danger. He eventually meets and befriends Jonah, a quiet boy who introduces him to skateboarding, and finds his fears fading and his body hardening with each new bump, scrape and fall. But life quickly gets complicated when a local boy goes missing, and Will and Jonah embark upon an extraordinary adventure...

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General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444829938

Published:

01-10-2016

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Meeting The English

Author:

Kate Clanchy

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Struan Robertson - orphan, genius, and just seventeen - leaves his dour native town of Cuik, and arrives in London in the freakish fine summer of 1989. His job is to care for Phillip, dumbfounded and paralysed by a massive stroke; because, though two teenage children, two wives, and a literary agent all rattle round Phillip's large house, they are each too busy with their peculiar obsessions to do it themselves. As the city bakes, Struan finds himself tangled in a midsummer's dream of mistaken identity, giddying property prices, wild swimming, and overwhelming passions. For everyone, it is to be a life-changing summer.

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Hard Cover

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General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444823080

Published:

01-03-2015

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The Raw Man

Author:

George Makana Clark

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In a resurrected bungalow on the edge of the fledgling nation of Zimbabwe, Sergeant Gordon's story has come to rest. He's borne it across drought-blasted floodplains, after fleeing the copper mine - his prison for years. In darkness, underground, his story took form. Oscillating between the material and spiritual worlds, we learn his story in reverse, from the military, to adolescent rebellion, a patchwork education and the brutal initiations of youth; back to childhood, birth and beyond. We travel the scarred landscapes of Southern Africa - its history - the present. Gordon must do the same, revealing the secrets of his own ancestry.

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Soft Cover

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General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444810639

Published:

01-04-2012

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An English Country Manner

Author:

Rory Clark

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James Aden has his hands full as he leaves the comparative sanity of a job on an estate in Scotland when his wife inherits a farm in Suffolk. To supplement the income from the farm, he takes a job as an agent on Sir Charles Buckley's vast estate. The list of problems and troublesome characters that he has to deal with is virtually endless with rogue chimney pots, unsavoury tenants and delinquent sheep giving him fraught days and sleepless nights. Then there's the farm secretary, Gail, whose turbulent love life provides James with even more headaches than the feisty sheep.

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Hard Cover

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General Fiction

ISBN:

9780750538428

Published:

01-04-2014

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Style And Manors

Author:

Rory Clark

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A charming and amusing account of life on a Suffolk estate Continuing his memoirs of his time on Sir Charles Buckley's estate, James Aden deals with obstacles from the discovery of Roman treasure to the tramp living in the attic of Frampton Hall; he finds his day varied, especially with the arrival of Sir Charles's heir, Sebastian who provides him with insights into the life of the traditional landed estates as they slowly come to terms with the twenty-first century.

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Hard Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9780750538411

Published:

01-01-2014

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