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Married Quarters

Author:

Shane Connaughton

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An insignificant Irish border village at the tail-end of the 1950s. The Sergeant is nervous. His men are lined up for inspection in the day room of the Garda station. Chief Superintendent 'The Bully' Barry is on the warpath, and any slip-ups will reflect badly on the Sergeant. But what can he do with the men under his command - all of them forcibly transferred from other more important stations in more important towns? On the cusp of manhood, his son is drawn in by these rough and ready men, stuck in this place and time, when all he wants is a chance to leave and start his life anew. Life at home in the station's married quarters is both comfort and knife-edged, ruled over by his by-the-book father and his gentle, emotional mother.

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Hard Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444838312

Published:

01-10-2018

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Mask Of Fortune

Author:

Alexandra Connor

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As a child, Zoe Mellor craved her mother's love, but her mother only had eyes for her first child, Victor - and died without revealing why she had directed such rancour at her daughter. Motherless at sixteen, Zoe spends her young days looking after her father and adored brothers in Lancashire. Here, she discovers she has a talent for painting and art appreciation - which the conniving Victor persuades her to put to nefarious use. Zoe's meteoric rise in the glamorous world of international art is mirrored by her success as a forger, which makes the family a fortune - but also engenders jealousy and greed. Now Zoe risks losing everything she has always worked for: her reputation, and the love and security she has found...

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Hard Cover

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General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444829235

Published:

01-08-2016

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The Well Of Dreams

Author:

Alexandra Connor

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To outsiders, David and Virginia Hall are a golden couple, living expensively with exquisite taste and glamorous friends. But in reality they are perfectly imperfect - living a lie of false love. When Isabel is born, David pours all his love into her; she looks set to inherit not only wealth and comfort, but her parents' talents as well. Then tragedy strikes: Isabel's life is shattered and her future threatened, and she finds herself the reluctant inheritor of her parents' complex and bitter past. As she slowly unravels the truth and seeks the love so cruelly denied her, her ambitions and dreams are foiled time and time again, and she is drawn inexorably in her parents' footsteps...

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Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444830309

Published:

01-11-2016

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The Witch Mark

Author:

Alexandra Connor

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Alison had been blessed by nature all her life - only I knew the other, darker side of her character. And only I knew the pain - the torment - of a jealousy that could never be assuaged. Throughout our childhood, she stood in golden light, centre stage, while I, blinking through heavy spectacles, looked on... As we grew to adulthood, it seemed that the path fate had charted for her was smooth and straight and clear. Gradually I resigned myself to staying in her shadow, playing out the role of second sister. I would have been content that way - if only she had not fallen in love with Mark Ward...

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Hard Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444828481

Published:

01-06-2016

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Heart Of Darkness

Author:

Joseph Conrad

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On board the British ship the NELLIE, Marlow told a group of men his story... He told them of his strange, eventful, yet horrific journey into Africa as an agent for the Company, which traded in ivory. He had witnessed the terrible brutality and hate between colonizers and the native African people. Then he'd become embroiled in a power struggle within the Company. And finally, he learned the truth about Kurtz, a mad, mysterious agent. And it was Kurtz, the man who became both a god and a prisoner of the native African people, who would test Marlow's loyalty to the Company.

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Soft Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444809305

Published:

01-12-2011

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The End Of The Tether

Author:

Joseph Conrad

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A sea-faring man all his life, Captain Whalley's change in fortunes sees him captaining a steady, sturdy steamer, the SOFALA, for a grasping and unpleasant owner - Whalley's only choice if he is to continue to support his family. But Captain Whalley is becoming increasingly unfit for the post and an ambitious young mate has seen his chance to progress. However, Massy, the increasingly dissatisfied owner of the SOFALA, has sabotage in mind...

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Soft Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444809565

Published:

01-01-2012

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The Duel And Colonel Chabert

Author:

Joseph Conrad/Honore de Balzac

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When Lieutenant D'Hubert is sent to arrest Lieutenant Feraud for wounding a civilian in a duel, Feraud truculently insists on fighting the other officer - sparking a deadly feud between the two Hussars which will erupt in recurrent duels across many miles and many years... The japes of the law-clerks in the office of M. Derville are interrupted by the arrival of an old man in a tattered box-coat, seeking the attorney. He claims he is Chabert - the brave cavalry Colonel, beloved by Napoleon, who was presumed slain at Eylau. And he wants M. Derville to win back the money and honour stolen away from him...

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Soft Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444834772

Published:

01-11-2017

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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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Hard Cover

Genre:

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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Soft Cover

Genre:

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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Hard Cover

Genre:

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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Hard Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444824179

Published:

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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Hard Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444820171

Published:

01-07-2014

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