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A Thousand Pardons

Author:

Jonathan Dee

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Separated from her husband, Helen and her twelve-year-old daughter Sara leave their family home for Manhattan, where Helen must build a new life for them both. Thrust back into the working world, Helen takes a job in PR - her first in many years - and discovers she has a rare gift: she can convince arrogant men to admit their mistakes, spinning crises into second chances. Faced with the fallout from her own marriage, and her daughter's increasingly distant behaviour, Helen finds that the capacity for forgiveness she nurtures so successfully in her professional life is far harder to apply to her personal one...

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General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444822151

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01-12-2014

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The Diary Of A Provincial Lady

Author:

E.M. Delafield

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It's not easy, being a provincial lady in Devonshire as the 1930s dawn. To keep hearth and home ticking over smoothly, our heroine must juggle the futile search for a reliable house-parlourmaid (resulting in the appointment of a house-parlourMAN); keeping up appearances of a respectable lifestyle (even if it means pawning her jewellery); and the Sisephyan endeavour of coaxing flower-bulbs to sprout (despite the best efforts of mice, cat, and bewilderingly contradictory advice from all sides) - all the while dealing with the foibles of the overwrought Mademoiselle, a husband who hides behind the TIMES, and the dreadful Lady Boxe...

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General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444829747

Published:

01-09-2016

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The Provincial Lady Goes Further

Author:

E.M. Delafield

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The Provincial Lady, now a published author (NOTE CURIOUS AND RATHER DISTURBING TENDENCY OF EVERYBODY IN THE NEIGHBOURHOOD TO SUSPECT ME OF PUTTING THEM INTO A BOOK), is about to spread her wings. With a portion of her surprisingly substantial remuneration, she secures herself a small flat in London, where she may from time to time escape from domestic Devonshire dramas - a hysterical Mademoiselle, Cook's repeated offerings of tinned sardines, and Our Vicar's Wife's perpetual attempts to drag her into Community Events - to mix with distinguished novelists, attend Literary Parties, and simply Write...

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General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444831559

Published:

01-02-2017

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The Provincial Lady In America

Author:

E.M. Delafield

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Following the success of her literary efforts, The Provincial Lady abandons the daily domestic grind of leaking ceilings and dead rodents in the bathroom for a publicity trip to America. Though initially nervous - as Miss S. of the Post-Office sagely advises, the country is, after all, A Long Way Off - she takes the plunge and sets off. From mixing with the literati to negotiating an unaccustomed number of bath-taps, rebuffing assumptions about England's perpetual fog to visiting her first night-club, our heroine determinedly immerses herself in both living, and providing wry commentary upon, the American Way.

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General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444831894

Published:

01-03-2017

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The Provincial Lady In Wartime

Author:

E.M. Delafield

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1939: War has been declared, and Britain's population is determined to Do Their Duty on the Home Front (YOUNG CRAMP FROM THE GARAGE, WHO OFFERED TO LEARN METHOD OF DEALING WITH UNEXPLODED BOMBS, HAS WITHDRAWN AFTER TEN MINUTES' INSTRUCTION ON THE GROUNDS THAT HE THINKS IT SEEMS RATHER DANGEROUS). The Provincial Lady is no exception, travelling to London (ENTIRE SKY PEPPERED WITH HUGE SILVER BARRAGE BALLOONS, WHICH LOOK LOVELY. CANNOT IMAGINE WHY THEY HAVE NOT BEEN THOUGHT OF BEFORE AND USED FOR PURELY DECORATIVE PURPOSES) to offer her authorial services to the Ministry of Information...

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General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444832266

Published:

01-04-2017

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The War-workers

Author:

E.M. Delafield

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England, 1917: The Midland Supply Depot distributes medical materials to hospitals, Belgian refugees to comfortable billets, and tea and sandwiches to troop-trains - in addition to a thousand other things. Charmian Vivian runs the depot with a rod of iron, both resented and admired by her underlings, and worshipped by her devoted secretary Miss Delmege. But when new clerk Grace Jones arrives, it sets the cat among the pigeons. For Grace is unimpressed by her director's posturing and claims of indispensability. Then Charmian is struck down by influenza, rendering her Unfit For Duty, and leaving the depot in Grace's capable hands...

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General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444834062

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01-09-2017

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Blueprints

Author:

Barbara Delinsky

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Jamie MacAfee's life is almost perfect. She loves her fiance, and adores her job as an architect on her family's home renovation TV show. Her beloved mother Caroline has built up her own confidence after a painful divorce, working as the very successful host of the show. Everything is going to plan...and then the lives of both women are changed overnight. When the TV network decides to replace her with Jamie as the show's host, Caroline is left feeling horribly betrayed. Then tragedy strikes, leaving Jamie guardian to her small orphaned half-brother, and fiancee to a man who doesn't want the child. WHO AM I? both women ask, as the blueprints they've built their lives around break down. It's time to find out what they really want, and where their future lies...

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General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444832464

Published:

01-05-2017

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Not My Daughter

Author:

Barbara Delinsky

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A pregnancy pact between three teenage girls stuns their parents, shocks the town and electrifies the media. Susan Tate, one of these mothers, has struggled to do everything right. A single mother herself, she is the headmistress of the girls' high school. Soon fingers start pointing, criticising her as a role model. She is seen as unworthy of the responsibility of young students, and as a lax mother. Battling with the implications of her daughter's pregnancy, Susan knows that her job, her reputation and her dreams are all at risk. The emotional ties between mothers and daughters are stretched to breaking point. Can they all fight back against the rising tide of scandal and find their own way?

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General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444806700

Published:

01-06-2011

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Henrietta's War

Author:

Joyce Dennys

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Spirited Henrietta wishes she was the kind of doctor's wife who knew exactly how to deal with the daily upheavals of war. But then, everyone in her close-knit Devonshire village seems to find different ways to cope: there's the indomitable Lady B, who writes to Hitler every night to tell him precisely what she thinks of him; flighty Faith who is utterly preoccupied with flashing her shapely legs; and then there's Charles, Henrietta's hard-working husband, who sleeps through a bomb landing in the neighbour's garden. With life turned upside down, Henrietta chronicles the dramas, squabbles and friendships in a community of determined troupers.

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Soft Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9780753186039

Published:

01-01-2011

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The Sisters Brothers

Author:

Patrick deWitt

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Hermann Kermit Warm is going to die. The enigmatic and powerful man known only as the Commodore has ordered it, and his henchmen, Eli and Charlie Sisters, will make sure of it. Though Eli doesn't share his brother's appetite for whiskey and killing, he's never known anything else. But their prey isn't an easy mark, and on the road from Oregon City to Warm's gold-mining claim outside Sacramento, Eli begins to question what he does for a living - and whom he does it for.

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General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444811179

Published:

01-06-2012

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Bleakly Hall

Author:

Elaine di Rollo

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Old friends Monty and Ada worked together on the front line in Belgium: Monty was a nurse; Ada drove ambulances. Now, Bleakly Hall Hydropathic has brought them together again. Monty has arrived to look after the gouty residents taking the Hall's curative waters, via nozzle, douche and jet - and Ada is the maid and driver. For all those at Bleakly, the end of the Great War has brought changes - not all of them good. Monty has a score to settle with Captain Foxley; Ada misses her wartime sense of purpose and the Blackwood brothers must reinvigorate Bleakly for a new era. But with the crumbling, rumbling hydropathic threatening to blow its top, what will become of the folk thrown together in its bilious embrace?

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Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444809046

Published:

01-12-2011

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Lifted By The Great Nothing

Author:

Karim Dimechkie

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Max lives with his father, Rasheed, and doesn't remember his mother, who was murdered by burglars before father and son were forced to emigrate from Beirut to New Jersey. Rasheed is enamoured of his idea of American culture - baseball and barbecues - and has tried to shed his Lebanese heritage completely. He has a single purpose in life: to provide Max with a joyful childhood; though sometimes his efforts do more harm than good. When Max turns seventeen, he discovers that his father has been lying to him - about everything - and their peaceful universe is destroyed. As Max ventures on an uncertain journey to Beirut, he must ask himself, what happens when your truth is a fable? And can some lies be a sacrifice in disguise?

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Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781785411335

Published:

01-01-2016

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