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The Dark Side Of Pleasure

Author:

Margaret Thomson Davis

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Alfred Cameron, the owner of a prosperous coaching firm, his wife Felicity and their beautiful daughter Augusta enjoy a life of privilege and luxury, surrounded by servants and the trappings of success. But the family firm is in danger - threatened by the encroaching railways, and undermined from within by one of their coachmen, Luther Gunnet - a ruthlessly ambitious man who will do anything to raise his family from the slums. One disastrous, snow-swept night, a series of tragic events begins that will shatter the comfortable world of the Camerons, and bring a spectacular reversal of fortune none of them could have imagined in their wildest dreams.

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Hard Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9780750537148

Published:

01-07-2013

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The Tell-Tale Heart

Author:

Jill Dawson

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Patrick, a 50-year-old professor of American Studies, drinker and womaniser, has been given six months to live. In a rural part of Cambridgeshire, a teenager dies in a motorcycle accident. When his heart is transplanted into Patrick's chest, the lives of two strangers are forever conjoined. Patrick makes a good recovery from surgery, but has the strange feeling that his old life "won't have him". He discovers that his donor's name was Drew Beamish, and becomes intensely curious, not only about Drew but what shaped him: his family and culture, the ancestor who took part in the famous Littleport riots of 1816, and the bleak yet beautiful landscape of the Fens. Patrick longs to know the story of his heart.

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Hard Cover

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General Fiction

ISBN:

9781445099323

Published:

01-12-2014

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The Tell-Tale Heart

Author:

Jill Dawson

Synopsis:

Patrick, a 50-year-old professor of American Studies, drinker and womaniser, has been given six months to live. In a rural part of Cambridgeshire, a teenager dies in a motorcycle accident. When his heart is transplanted into Patrick's chest, the lives of two strangers are forever conjoined. Patrick makes a good recovery from surgery, but has the strange feeling that his old life "won't have him". He discovers that his donor's name was Drew Beamish, and becomes intensely curious, not only about Drew but what shaped him: his family and culture, the ancestor who took part in the famous Littleport riots of 1816, and the bleak yet beautiful landscape of the Fens. Patrick longs to know the story of his heart.

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Soft Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781445099330

Published:

01-12-2015

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Home Fires

Author:

Elizabeth Day

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Max Weston, twenty-one and a newly-promoted lance corporal, leaves home for his first posting in Eastern Africa. He never comes back. His parents Caroline and Andrew are devastated by the death of their only child and, as Caroline drifts on her private ocean of grief, the moorings of their marriage come loose. The silence is broken by the arrival of Andrew's mother Elsa, who can no longer look after herself. Caroline has never felt good enough for Elsa. Now, suddenly, she has the upper hand... As Elsa lies, marooned and disorientated, in the spare room, the past unspools in her mind, throwing up fragments of her childhood under the shadow of her father, a soldier who came back from the Great War a different man.

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Hard Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444818031

Published:

01-01-2014

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Paradise City

Author:

Elizabeth Day

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"As a state-of-the-city novel, it's richer than John Lanchester's Capital and less pleased with itself than Ian McEwan's Saturday." EVENING STANDARD Howard Pink is a wildly successful businessman still struggling to cope years after his nineteen-year-old daughter disappeared... Beatrice Kizza fled from persecution in Uganda, where homosexuality is illegal, and now works as a maid at a hotel... Esme Reade, an ambitious staff reporter on a Sunday tabloid, is in pursuit of an elusive scoop... Carol Hetherington, recently widowed, is living the quiet life with her cat and THE JEREMY KYLE SHOW for company. Four strangers, each inhabitants of London, where the gulf between those who have too much and those who will never have enough is impossibly vast. But when the glass that separates Howard's and Beatrice's worlds is shattered by an inexcusable act, they discover that the capital connects them in ways they could never have imagined.

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Hard Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444828849

Published:

01-07-2016

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Loyalties

Author:

Delphine De Vigan

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Theo and Mathis are twelve-year-old best friends. They do what best friends do: they keep each other's secrets. And they share a dangerous one. Helene, their teacher, can tell something is up. As a dark trauma from her past resurfaces, how far will she go to save Theo, a boy adrift between parents who are no longer speaking to each other? Cecile is Mathis's mother. She doesn't trust Theo, and can see he's a bad influence, but she's distracted: her husband has a secret life, and she's just discovered it. As the four stories wind tighter and tighter together, the dark side of fiercely held loyalties begins to emerge, and the adults prove to be as vulnerable as the children they seek to protect...

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Hard Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444842166

Published:

01-09-2019

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My Name Is Leon

Author:

Kit de Waal

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1980: Leon is nine, and has a perfect baby brother called Jake. They have gone to live with Maureen, who has fuzzy red hair like a halo, and a belly like Father Christmas. But the adults are speaking in low voices and wearing Pretend faces. They are threatening to give Jake to strangers. As Leon struggles to cope with his anger, certain things can still make him smile - like chocolate bars, riding his bike fast downhill, burying his hands deep in the soil, hanging out with Tufty (who reminds him of his dad), and stealing enough coins so that one day he can rescue Jake and his mum...

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Hard Cover

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General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444832082

Published:

01-04-2017

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The Trick To Time

Author:

Kit de Waal

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Mona is a young Irish girl in the big city, with the thrill of a new job and a room of her own in a busy boarding house. On her first night out in 1970s Birmingham, she meets William, a charming Irish boy with an easy smile and an open face. They embark upon a passionate affair and a whirlwind marriage, before a sudden tragedy tears them apart. Decades later, Mona pieces together the memories of the years that separate them. But can she ever learn to love again?

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Hard Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444839920

Published:

01-02-2019

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Wallis

Author:

Rebecca Dean

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Wallis exists on charity, unlike her aristocratic friend, Pamela Holtby, whose family are on intimate terms with the British Royals. Both girls daydream of the handsome Prince Edward, future King of England. Wallis's first love affair is blighted by a terrible betrayal and she learns the hard way that happiness is fleeting. Returning to America she meets her second husband, not realising that her new name - Mrs Wallis Simpson - will one day take on a shocking significance. Meanwhile, Prince Edward is fulfilling his royal duties, but the scene is about to be set for the most earth-shattering meeting in the history of the British family...

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Hard Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9780750537384

Published:

01-06-2013

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A Thousand Pardons

Author:

Jonathan Dee

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Separated from her husband, Helen and her twelve-year-old daughter Sara leave their family home for Manhattan, where Helen must build a new life for them both. Thrust back into the working world, Helen takes a job in PR - her first in many years - and discovers she has a rare gift: she can convince arrogant men to admit their mistakes, spinning crises into second chances. Faced with the fallout from her own marriage, and her daughter's increasingly distant behaviour, Helen finds that the capacity for forgiveness she nurtures so successfully in her professional life is far harder to apply to her personal one...

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Soft Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444822151

Published:

01-12-2014

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The Diary Of A Provincial Lady

Author:

E.M. Delafield

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It's not easy, being a provincial lady in Devonshire as the 1930s dawn. To keep hearth and home ticking over smoothly, our heroine must juggle the futile search for a reliable house-parlourmaid (resulting in the appointment of a house-parlourMAN); keeping up appearances of a respectable lifestyle (even if it means pawning her jewellery); and the Sisephyan endeavour of coaxing flower-bulbs to sprout (despite the best efforts of mice, cat, and bewilderingly contradictory advice from all sides) - all the while dealing with the foibles of the overwrought Mademoiselle, a husband who hides behind the TIMES, and the dreadful Lady Boxe...

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Soft Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444829747

Published:

01-09-2016

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The Provincial Lady Goes Further

Author:

E.M. Delafield

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The Provincial Lady, now a published author (NOTE CURIOUS AND RATHER DISTURBING TENDENCY OF EVERYBODY IN THE NEIGHBOURHOOD TO SUSPECT ME OF PUTTING THEM INTO A BOOK), is about to spread her wings. With a portion of her surprisingly substantial remuneration, she secures herself a small flat in London, where she may from time to time escape from domestic Devonshire dramas - a hysterical Mademoiselle, Cook's repeated offerings of tinned sardines, and Our Vicar's Wife's perpetual attempts to drag her into Community Events - to mix with distinguished novelists, attend Literary Parties, and simply Write...

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Soft Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444831559

Published:

01-02-2017

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