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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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Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444820898

Published:

01-09-2014

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The Ghost Of Lily Painter

Author:

Caitlin Davies

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It's the summer of 2007, and when Annie Sweet sees 43 Stanley Road, the Victorian house is so perfect she longs to move in. But with her husband increasingly distant, and her daughter absorbed with friends and a new school, Annie is left alone to mull over the past. Soon she becomes consumed by the house and everyone who has ever lived there, especially young Lily Painter, a rising star of the music hall. Then Annie uncovers a dark episode from Edwardian London, in which two notorious baby farmers lured young unmarried mothers with the promise of a better life for their babies. Until Annie solves the mystery at the heart of the scandal, the ghost of Lily Painter will never be able to rest.

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Hard Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444809725

Published:

01-02-2012

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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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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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Dawning Gold

Author:

Graham Davis-Cooke

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An evocation of rural Kent in the 1950s... When, fresh from a boys-only public school, 16-year-old Graham opts to become a novice farmer, he is quickly plunged into a world of completely new experiences. Shy and knowing nothing of girls, he encounters the friendly banter and innuendo of his co-workers who, in the course of showing him the ropes, also set him up for his first sexual experience. Flattened by a herd of bullocks on his first morning, he quickly learns how to fork potatoes, cut cabbages and feed the cattle - in all weathers. Graham's story takes you straight into the sights and smells of the 1950s farming world.

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Hard Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9780750533324

Published:

01-04-2011

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Lucky Bunny

Author:

Jill Dawson

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Crime is a man's business, so they say, though not according to Queenie Dove. A self-proclaimed genius when it comes to thieving and escape, she reckons she's done pretty well. Yes, she had a tough childhood in London's East End. But she survived the Blitz, learned how to get by on her wits, and soon graduated from shoplifting to more glamorous crimes. Daring, clever and sexy, she thrived in the Soho of the Krays and the clubs of Mayfair, fell wildly in love, and got away with it all. Or did she? For beneath Queenie's vivacious, unrepentant account lies another story. To the end, she believes she was lucky, but did she simply play the hand that fate dealt her?

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Hard Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9780753190180

Published:

01-06-2012

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Lucky Bunny

Author:

Jill Dawson

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Crime is a man's business, so they say, though not according to Queenie Dove. A self-proclaimed genius when it comes to thieving and escape, she reckons she's done pretty well. Yes, she had a tough childhood in London's East End. But she survived the Blitz, learned how to get by on her wits, and soon graduated from shoplifting to more glamorous crimes. Daring, clever and sexy, she thrived in the Soho of the Krays and the clubs of Mayfair, fell wildly in love, and got away with it all. Or did she? For beneath Queenie's vivacious, unrepentant account lies another story. To the end, she believes she was lucky, but did she simply play the hand that fate dealt her?

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Soft Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9780753190197

Published:

01-06-2013

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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

Genre:

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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Scissors, Paper, Stone

Author:

Elizabeth Day

Synopsis:

As Charles Redfern lies motionless in hospital, his wife, Anne, and daughter, Charlotte, are forced to confront their relationships with him - and with each other. Anne, once beautiful and clever, has paled beside her husband's harsh brilliance. She mechanically attends endless rounds of drinks parties, trying to ignore the guilt that trails behind her like a shadow. Charlotte, battling with an inner darkness, is desperate to prevent her relationship with not-yet-divorced Gabriel from disintegrating. Both women must face the full truth of Charles's hold over them, and the uncertainty of a future without the figure that has dominated them for so long.

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Hard Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444807776

Published:

01-09-2011

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