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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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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

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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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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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General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444839876

Published:

01-02-2019

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The Whores' Asylum

Author:

Katy Darby

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Oxford, 1887. Even as Victoria celebrates the fiftieth year of her reign, a stone's throw from the calm cloisters and college spires lies Jericho, a maze of seedy streets and ill-lit taverns, haunted by drunkards, thieves and the lowest sort of brazen female as ever lifted her petticoats. When Stephen Chapman, a brilliant young medical student, is persuaded to volunteer at a shelter devoted to reforming the fallen women of Oxford, his closest friend Edward feels a strange sense of dread. But even Edward - who already knows the devastating effect of falling in love with the wrong woman - cannot foresee the macabre and violent events that will unfold around them, or stop Diana, the woman who seems destined to drive them apart.

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Hard Cover

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General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444814040

Published:

01-02-2013

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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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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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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

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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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