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A Dictionary Of Mutual Understanding

Author:

Jackie Copleton

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When a badly scarred man knocks on the door of Amaterasu Takahashi's retirement home and says he is her grandson, she doesn't believe him. Amaterasu knows that her grandson and daughter died the day the Americans dropped the atomic bomb on Nagasaki; she searched for them amongst the ruins of her devastated city. So this man is either a miracle or a cruel trick. The stranger forces Amaterasu to revisit her past: the hurt and humiliation of her early life, the intoxication of a first romance, the fierceness of a mother's love. For years she has held on to the idea that she did what she had to do to protect her family...but now nothing seems so certain. We can't rewrite history - but can we create a new future?

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General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444828498

Published:

01-06-2016

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Academy Street

Author:

Mary Costello

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SHE STOOD ON THE EDGE OF THE GRASS. SHE HOVERED BETWEEN WORLDS. MEMORIES ABOUNDED AND HER HEART POUNDED AND HISTORY BROKE IN... Growing up in 1940s Ireland, Tess is a shy child, whose mother's early death makes her withdraw even further into herself. But beneath her quiet exterior lies a heart of fire - a force that will later drive her to make her home among the hurly-burly of New York. Over decades of a life lived with quiet intensity on Academy Street in upper Manhattan, Tess encounters ferocious love and calamitous loss. But what endure are her bravery and fortitude, even as she is 'floating close to hazard'...

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General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444826876

Published:

01-01-2016

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The Broken Man

Author:

Josephine Cox

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Sometimes a damaged child becomes a broken man... It's 1952 and Adam Carter is seven years old, an only child with no friends or self-confidence. His father Edward is a bully of a man: a successful and ruthless businessman, he breeds fear in the hearts of his family. Adam's mother Peggy is too cowed to protect her son, so his only support comes in the shape of Phil Wallis, the school bus driver. One particular afternoon, when Adam is his last drop of the day, Phil decides to accompany him along the darkening woodland to his house - never suspecting that, as they chat innocently, in the house at the end of the track a terrible tragedy is unfolding which will change Adam's life forever...

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General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444825596

Published:

01-10-2015

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The Runaway Woman

Author:

Josephine Cox

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Those looking in from the outside think that Lucy Lovejoy's life is like any other, but at the centre of her family there is a big, empty hole where all the love and warmth should be. Over the years her children have watched while their father chipped away at Lucy's self-confidence. Now the children are following their own paths and Lucy has never felt more alone. When tragedy strikes at the heart of her family, it's a wake-up call for her. Everyone has taken a little piece of her, and she isn't sure who she is anymore. So when Lucy faces a betrayal from those she loves most deeply, she knows that it's time to make a choice. Is she brave enough to find herself again?

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General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444824179

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01-06-2015

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Harvest

Author:

Jim Crace

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As late summer steals in and the final pearls of barley are gleaned, a village comes under threat. A trio of outsiders - two men and a dangerously magnetic woman - arrive on the woodland borders and put up a makeshift camp. That same night, the local manor house is set on fire. Over the course of seven days, Walter Thirsk sees his hamlet unmade: the harvest blackened by smoke and fear, the new arrivals cruelly punished, and his neighbours held captive on suspicion of witchcraft. But something even darker is at the heart of his story, and he will be the only man left to tell it... Timeless yet singular, mythical yet deeply personal, this beautiful novel of one man and his unnamed village speaks for a way of life lost for ever.

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Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444820171

Published:

01-07-2014

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Teardrops In The Moon

Author:

Tania Crosse

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Rose Warrington could not be happier surrounded by her family and friends on her sixtieth birthday. But on the same day, Archduke Ferdinand is assassinated in far-away Sarajevo, leading to the outbreak of The Great War. Rose's spirited younger daughter, Marianne - having taken a vow of chastity some years earlier - sees the war as an opportunity to prove herself as capable as any man. She joins the First Aid Nursing Yeomanry as an ambulance driver in war-torn France and it takes all her strength to face its horrors: there are tragedies lying in wait for those she loves, and her girlhood vow will be challenged and tested.

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Hard Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9780750540445

Published:

01-03-2015

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The Wrong Side Of Happiness

Author:

Tania Crosse

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It is 1887 and times are lean. When West Country farm labourer Emmanuel Ladycott and his daughter, Tresca, lose their jobs, they head for Tavistock where Emmanuel hopes to join hundreds of navvies working on the railway line. Lodging together in a tiny attic room, Tresca is determined to forge a new life among the overcrowding and poverty of Bannawell Street. But when Emmanuel is dismissed from the railway, Tresca doesn't know whether to blame her father or his Irish foreman, Connor O'Mahoney. Torn apart by her conflicting emotions, events spiral out of control leaving Tresca broken and on the brink of despair.

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General Fiction

ISBN:

9780750537070

Published:

01-04-2013

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Wheels Of Grace

Author:

Tania Crosse

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Grace Dannings has lived her entire young life in the idyllic Dartmoor village of Walkhampton, working as a maid at a farm. Her only wish is that nothing will ever change in her contented, happy existence. But it is May 1914 and when war breaks out, its ugly tentacles reach everyone in the village, leaving no one untouched. Grace sees it as her duty to step into the breach wherever she is needed, beginning with the wheelwrights' at the heart of the village. Grappling with her own anguish and loss, she later discovers supreme fulfilment in a new vocation, but at what personal cost?

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General Fiction

ISBN:

9780750538756

Published:

01-01-2014

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Men & Dogs

Author:

Katie Crouch

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Hannah Legare's life in San Francisco is unravelling. Her marriage is on the rocks, her business is bankrupt, and she can't shake her conviction that her father - missing after a fishing trip twenty years ago - might still be alive. On a trip to her hometown of Charleston, she begins to tug once again at the loose threads of her father's disappearance. Her uproarious and sometimes downright dangerous quest unsettles her uptight brother and unflappable mother, and brings her into worryingly close contact with Warren, the childhood love she thought she'd left behind. But has Hannah been looking for answers in all the wrong places?

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Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444806540

Published:

01-05-2011

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Baxter's Requiem

Author:

Matthew Crow

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Mr Baxter is ninety-four years old when he falls down his staircase and grudgingly finds himself resident at Melrose Gardens Retirement Home. He had every intention of living his twilight years with wine, music and revelry; not tea, telly and Tramadol. Indeed, Melrose Gardens is his worst nightmare - until he meets Gregory. At only nineteen years of age, Greg is in danger of giving up on life before he even gets going. Determined to save the boy, Baxter decides to enlist his help on a mission to pay tribute to his long-lost love, Thomas: the man he waved off to fight in a senseless war; the man who never returned. With Gregory in tow, Baxter sets out on a spirited escape from Melrose, bound for the war graves of northern France...

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General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444840865

Published:

01-05-2019

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In Bloom

Author:

Matthew Crow

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Francis Wootton's first memory is of Kurt Cobain's death. Since then, this would-be poet and possible intellectual (who is definitely wasted on Tyne and Wear) has grown used to figuring out life on his own. When he is diagnosed with leukaemia at fifteen, a whole new world of worry opens up. There's the horror of being held back a year at school; the threat of imminent baldness; having to locate his best shirt in case a visiting princess or pop star fancies a photo-op. But he hadn't reckoned on meeting fierce, tough, one-of-a-kind Amber - and finding a reason to tackle it all head-on...

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Soft Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444827217

Published:

01-02-2016

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A Slight Trick Of The Mind

Author:

Mitch Cullin

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It is 1947, and the long-retired Sherlock Holmes, now 93, lives in a remote Sussex farmhouse with his housekeeper and her young son. He tends to his bees, writes in his journal, and grapples with the diminishing powers of his mind. But in the twilight of his life, as people continue to look to him for answers, Holmes revisits a case that may provide him with answers of his own to questions he didn't even know he was asking - about life, about love, and about the limits of the mind's ability to know.

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Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444823448

Published:

01-04-2015

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