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The Inn At The Edge Of The World

Author:

Alice Thomas Ellis

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Five strangers gather at Eric's inn on a remote Hebridean island after he advertises in the London weeklies for 'Christmas at the edge of the world.' Harry, a military widower, is fascinated by General Gordon; Jessica is a voice over artist and actress; Jon is a vain actor who is dangerously obsessed with Jessica; Anita is a salesperson in a department store; and Ronald is a psychoanalyst who is pining for the domestic skills of his recently departed wife. Each has their own reasons for escaping the usual festivities but things get complicated when Eric's wife flounces out and locals and visitors mingle and clash.

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Hard Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9780750537568

Published:

01-06-2013

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Miss Treadway & The Field Of Stars

Author:

Miranda Emmerson

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Soho, 1965: In a tiny two-bed flat above a Turkish cafe on Neal Street lives Anna Treadway, a young dresser at the Galaxy Theatre. When the American actress Iolanthe Green disappears after an evening's performance at the Galaxy, the newspapers are wild with speculation about her fate. But as the case grows cold, Anna is the only person left determined to find out the truth. Her search for the missing actress will take her into an England she did not know existed: an England of jazz clubs and prison cells, backstreet doctors and seaside ghost towns, where her carefully calibrated existence will be upended by violence - but also, perhaps, by love. For in order to uncover Iolanthe's secrets, Anna is going to have to face up to a few of her own...

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General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444833881

Published:

01-09-2017

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Living With It

Author:

Lizzie Enfield

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Ben and Maggie are devastated to discover that their baby daughter, Iris, has become profoundly deaf after being exposed to the measles virus. Their close friends, Isobel and Eric, feel guilty that the virus was passed on by their daughter Gabriella; Isobel had decided years ago not to give the MMR vaccination to her children. Ben blames Isobel for his daughter's deafness, but she is also the woman he fell in love with at university, who eventually married his best friend. Ben decides to sue Isobel and Eric for damages - but is he motivated by a sense of justice for his daughter, or a sense of revenge for past emotional betrayals? In the storm that follows, Isobel's world begins to unravel, and ties of family and friendship are put to the ultimate test...

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Hard Cover

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General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444826678

Published:

01-01-2016

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Finding Alison

Author:

Deirdre Eustace

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No one in Carniskey has ever truly understood what led Sean Delaney, a seasoned local fisherman, to risk his life in a high storm in the dead of night. Now, three years on from those tragic events, his wife Alison is still struggling with her unresolved grief and increasing financial worries. She has grown distant from her daughter and estranged from her friends and fellow villagers, particularly her best friend Kathleen, who harbours a deeply guarded secret. Isolated by its stunning yet often cruel surroundings, this is a community used to looking after its own. But the arrival of an outsider - artist and lifelong nomad William - offers Alison a new perspective on life and love that threatens to unearth the mysteries of the past.

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Hard Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781785414763

Published:

01-01-2018

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Finding Alison

Author:

Deirdre Eustace

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No one in Carniskey has ever truly understood what led Sean Delaney, a seasoned local fisherman, to risk his life in a high storm in the dead of night. Now, three years on from those tragic events, his wife Alison is still struggling with her unresolved grief and increasing financial worries. She has grown distant from her daughter and estranged from her friends and fellow villagers, particularly her best friend Kathleen, who harbours a deeply guarded secret. Isolated by its stunning yet often cruel surroundings, this is a community used to looking after its own. But the arrival of an outsider - artist and lifelong nomad William - offers Alison a new perspective on life and love that threatens to unearth the mysteries of the past.

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Soft Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781785414824

Published:

01-01-2019

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Crooked Heart

Author:

Lissa Evans

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When Noel Bostock - aged ten, no family - is evacuated from London to escape the Blitz, he ends up living in St Albans with Vera Sedge - thirty-six and drowning in debts and dependants. Always desperate for money, she's unscrupulous about how she gets it. The war's thrown up new opportunities for this, but what Vee needs (and what she's never had) is a cool head and the ability to make a plan. On her own, she's a disaster. With Noel, she's a team. Together they cook up an idea. Criss-crossing the bombed suburbs of London, Vee starts to make a profit, and Noel begins to regain his interest in life. But there are plenty of other people making money out of the war, and some of them are dangerous...

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Hard Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781785411090

Published:

01-11-2015

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Crooked Heart

Author:

Lissa Evans

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When Noel Bostock - aged ten, no family - is evacuated from London to escape the Blitz, he ends up living in St Albans with Vera Sedge - thirty-six and drowning in debts and dependants. Always desperate for money, she's unscrupulous about how she gets it. The war's thrown up new opportunities for this, but what Vee needs (and what she's never had) is a cool head and the ability to make a plan. On her own, she's a disaster. With Noel, she's a team. Together they cook up an idea. Criss-crossing the bombed suburbs of London, Vee starts to make a profit, and Noel begins to regain his interest in life. But there are plenty of other people making money out of the war, and some of them are dangerous...

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General Fiction

ISBN:

9781785411151

Published:

01-11-2016

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Old Baggage

Author:

Lissa Evans

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It is 1928. Matilda Simpkin, rooting through a cupboard, comes across a small wooden club - an old possession of hers, unseen for more than a decade. Mattie is a woman with a thrilling past and a chafingly uneventful present. During the Women's Suffrage Campaign, she was a militant. Jailed five times, she marched, sang, gave speeches, smashed windows and heckled Winston Churchill; and nothing, NOTHING since then has had the same depth, the same excitement. Now in middle age, she is still looking for a fresh mould into which to pour her energies. Giving the wooden club a thoughtful twirl, she is struck by an idea. But what starts as a brilliantly idealistic plan is derailed by a connection with Mattie's militant past - one which begins to threaten every principle that she stands for...

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Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781785417382

Published:

01-07-2019

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Mr Loverman

Author:

Bernardine Evaristo

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Seventy-four-year-old flamboyant Hackney personality Barry is known for his dapper taste and fondness for retro suits. He is a husband, father, and grandfather. And for the past sixty years, he has been in a secret relationship with his childhood friend and soulmate, Morris... Carmel knows Barry is unfaithful, but suspects a parade of ladies rather than the truth. After her husband makes one too many late-night returns to their marital bed, Carmel finally instigates a new regime of absolute fidelity. Spurred into action by this declaration, Barry suggests to Morris that they stop the charade and spend their twilight years living together - but his lover refuses, still resenting Barry's failure to set up home with him two decades before. As a marriage goes into meltdown, all three parties have major choices to make...

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Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444823813

Published:

01-05-2015

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If This Is Home

Author:

Stuart Evers

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Mark Wilkinson has three names. He left his own behind in the rainy north of England. American immigration knows him as Josef Novak. And at the Valhalla, the mysterious complex where he sells lofty ambition and dark desires, he goes by Mr Jones. Since he was eighteen, Mark has been running away from his small town, his vanished mother, his broken father. But one night in Las Vegas, shocked by violence and ambushed by memories, he is propelled back to his real name and his real past. Back to Bethany Wilder: carnival queen, partner in dreams and tragic ghost.

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Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444817485

Published:

01-11-2013

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The Last Of Us

Author:

Rob Ewing

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On a remote Scottish island, five children are the only ones left. Since the Last Adult died, sensible Elizabeth has been the group leader, testing for a radio signal, playing teacher and keeping an eye on Alex, the littlest, whose insulin can only last so long. There is 'shopping' to do in the houses they haven't yet searched, and wrong smells to avoid. For eight-year-old Rona, each day brings fresh hope that someone will come back for them, tempered by the reality of their dwindling supplies. With no adults to rebel against, squabbles threaten the fragile family they have formed. And when brothers Duncan and Calum Ian attempt to thwart Elizabeth's leadership, it prompts a chain of events that will endanger Alex's life and test them all in unimaginable ways.

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Hard Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444831382

Published:

01-02-2017

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The Universe Versus Alex Woods

Author:

Gavin Extence

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Alex Woods knows that he hasn't had the most conventional start in life. He knows that growing up with a clairvoyant single mother won't endear him to the local bullies. He also knows that the most improbable events can happen - he's got the scars to prove it. What he doesn't know yet is that when he meets ill-tempered, reclusive widower Mr Peterson, he'll make an unlikely friend. Someone who tells him that you only get one shot at life. That you have to make the best possible choices. So when, aged seventeen, Alex is stopped at Dover customs with 113 grams of marijuana, an urn full of ashes on the passenger seat and an entire nation in uproar, he's fairly sure he's done the right thing...

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Hard Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444818406

Published:

01-02-2014

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