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We All Begin As Strangers

Author:

Harriet Cummings

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It's 1984, and a heatwave is scorching the ordinary English village of Heathcote. What's more, a mysterious figure is slipping into homes through back doors and open windows. Dubbed 'The Fox', he knows everything about everyone - leaving curious objects in their homes, or taking things from them. When beloved Anna goes missing, the whole community believes The Fox is responsible. But as the residents scramble to solve the mystery of Anna's disappearance, little do they know it's their darkest secrets The Fox is really after...

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Hard Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444836059

Published:

01-03-2018

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The Snow Queen

Author:

Michael Cunningham

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Barrett Meeks is walking through Central Park when he is inspired to look up at the sky. There, he sees a pale, translucent light that seems to regard him in a distinctly Godlike way. Barrett doesn't believe in visions - or in God, for that matter - but can't deny what he's seen. Meanwhile, his older brother Tyler is trying - and failing - to write a song for Beth, his seriously ill fiancee. As Barrett turns to religion, Tyler becomes convinced that only drugs can release his creative powers, and Beth tries to face mortality with as much courage as she can summon...

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Soft Cover

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General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444832983

Published:

01-06-2017

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The Dreamseller: The Calling

Author:

Augusto Cury

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Wherever he goes, the dreamseller enchants, stirs up trouble and inspires his listeners to search for the most important thing: the heart of the human soul. Every person he meets is someone who has abandoned their dreams and is struggling through life: a professor who has stopped pursuing his ambitions, an alcoholic who has no family, the elderly who have lost their zest for life. Through his questioning and wisdom, the dreamseller helps them to look into their silent hearts and get to the root of their unhappiness...

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General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444818208

Published:

01-01-2014

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Outline

Author:

Rachel Cusk

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A woman writer goes to Athens in the height of summer to teach a writing course, and becomes the audience to a chain of narratives as the people she meets tell her the stories of their lives. Beginning with the neighbouring passenger on the flight out and his tales of fast boats and failed marriages, the storytellers talk of their loves and ambitions and pains, their anxieties, their perceptions and daily experiences. In the stifling heat and noise of the city, the sequence of voices begins to weave a complex human tapestry of loss, the nature of family life, the difficulty of intimacy, and the mystery of creativity itself.

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General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444835854

Published:

01-02-2018

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Transit

Author:

Rachel Cusk

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Faye, a writer, has returned to London with her two sons, and purchased a dilapidated council flat. While the boys stay with their father, she pursues the renovation of the place, determined to create a family home from the squalid and neglected building. Along the way, a series of encounters with others - from Gerard, her former partner, to a garrulous and profound hairdresser; from a phlegmatic ex-army builder to a dryly self-deprecating author on a literary festival panel - will give her much to ruminate on...

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Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444835120

Published:

01-12-2017

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Kiss Kiss

Author:

Roald Dahl

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By pawning a fine mink coat, an unfaithful wife schemes to pull the wool over her husband's eyes. Tucked away in a rural cottage, a priceless piece of antique furniture is the subject of a deceptive bargain. In London, a young businessman thinks he has found a perfect room to let, despite the dottiness of its landlady. Sickly and frail, a beekeeper's baby daughter begins to thrive after her father employs his own special methods of feeding. And when a widow reads her late husband's final letter to her, she discovers he is still very much with her after death...

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General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444838787

Published:

01-10-2018

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Someone Like You

Author:

Roald Dahl

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As a ship crosses the ocean, one passenger hits on a seemingly foolproof way to win the gambling pool on its daily progress. Attendants at a gallery are presented with an incredible piece of art tattooed on the back of an old man. Three men are pitted against a venomous krait in an agonisingly tense battle of wits. Machines are invented that can write entire novels with the barest human input - or pick up the shrieks of roses when they are cut. And a small boy's game of spotting snakes in a carpet pattern transforms into something grotesquely, horrifyingly real...

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General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444838770

Published:

01-10-2018

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Switch Bitch

Author:

Roald Dahl

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A grieving widow, slowly beginning to inch back into the land of the living, reaches out to an old flame - an act which will have dramatic consequences. Two husbands concoct a plan to bring excitement back into their marital beds: swapping wives for the night - but without the women's knowledge. And extracts from the personal diaries of the libidinous Oswald Hendryks Cornelius are published for the first time: detailing his experiences with a violently aphrodisiac perfume; and how, stranded in the desert, he is taken in by a mother and daughter - who offer considerably more hospitality than he'd bargained for...

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Soft Cover

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General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444839517

Published:

01-02-2019

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The Wonderful Story Of Henry Sugar

Author:

Roald Dahl

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As fishermen drag a giant sea turtle onto a Jamaican beach, a crowd of tourists lays bids for its meat and shell - until a boy who can talk to animals begs for the creature's freedom. A driver stops to pick up a hitch-hiker - and finds that his passenger is a man of surprising talents. When his plough strikes a hard object, a farm labourer stops and investigates - only to discover a fabulous hoard of buried treasure beneath the soil. And an idle gambler trains himself to see through the backs of playing-cards - then sets off to the casinos...

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Soft Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444839876

Published:

01-02-2019

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Another Mother's Son

Author:

Janet Davey

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Lorna Parry is the mother of three sons: Ewan, who hides himself away in his bedroom; Oliver, away for his first year of university; and Ross, in the lower sixth, who is giving his teachers 'cause for concern'. In the claustrophobic loneliness of her own home, she orbits her children and struggles to talk to them - still angry at her ex-husband, uncomfortable around her father's new girlfriend, and working quietly as the last remaining employee in a deserted London archive. Life seems precariously balanced. Then a shocking event occurs in the stationery cupboard at Ross's school, and Lorna's world threatens to implode...

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Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444829730

Published:

01-09-2016

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Family Likeness

Author:

Caitlin Davies

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In a small town in the 1950s, a bewildered little girl is growing up. Ostracised because of her colour, she tries her best to fit in, but nobody wants anything to do with her. Meanwhile, a nanny climbs the steps of a smart London address. She's convinced that her connection to the family behind the door is more than professional. And on the walls of an English stately home, amongst the family portraits, hangs an eighteenth-century oil painting of a mysterious black woman in a silk gown. In ways both poignant and unexpected, the three lives are intertwined in a heartbreaking story of prejudice and motherless children, of chances missed, of wartime secrets and the search for belonging.

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Hard Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444820898

Published:

01-09-2014

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Burning Ambition

Author:

Margaret Thomson Davis

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Marie Hepburn, illegitimate daughter of the Bishop of Moray, is only seventeen when she is promised in marriage to the repulsive, middle-aged Duke of Glasgow. But this betrothal proves to be only the beginning of Marie's troubles. The Duke has a deadly rival, Guthrie Jamieson, the handsome but ruthless Earl of Edinburgh, who knows all the dark secrets of Marie's past. As Marie's life begins to fall apart, she turns to a gallant young nobleman for help. But at the Court of Mary, Queen of Scots, where betrayal and violent death are commonplace, Marie soon discovers that she can trust no-one but herself...

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Hard Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9780750537131

Published:

01-04-2013

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