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Swimming Lessons

Author:

Claire Fuller

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Ingrid writes letters to her husband Gil about their life together. But instead of giving them to him, she hides each in the thousands of books Gil has collected. Despite their two daughters, despite their beautiful but dilapidated house by the sea, despite Gil's talent as a writer, their marriage has been troubled. When Ingrid has written her final letter, she disappears from a Dorset beach. Eleven years later, her adult daughter Flora comes home to look after her injured father. Secretly, Flora has never believed that her mother is dead, and she starts asking questions - without realizing that the answers she's looking for are hidden in the books that surround her.

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General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444837070

Published:

01-06-2018

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An Unreliable Man

Author:

Jostein Gaarder/Nichola Smalley

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BEING SOLITARY CAN BE EMPTY ENOUGH FOR SOMEONE WHO HAS A TENDENCY TOWARDS IT. BUT I THINK EVEN THAT MIGHT BE PREFERABLE TO BEING LONELY WITH ANOTHER PERSON. Jakop thought he'd found the partner he was looking for in Reidun - but it was less than three years before she turned her back on him. In particular, Reidun couldn't abide his constant and unusual companion, Pelle. Now friendless, Jakop spends his life attending the funerals of people he doesn't know, obscuring his identity in a web of improbable lies. As his addiction to storytelling spirals out of control, he is forced to reconcile his love of language and tales with the ever more urgent need for companionship. Then, as he forges a connection with the enigmatic Agnes, his life takes an unexpected turn...

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General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444841831

Published:

01-08-2019

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Schroder

Author:

Amity Gaige

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As an adolescent, Erik Schroder - a first-generation East German immigrant - adopts a new name and a new persona in the hope that it will help him fit in. This fateful white lie will set him on an improbably and ultimately tragic course. Years later, amid a heated custody battle with his estranged wife, Erik kidnaps his six-year-old daughter, Meadow... From the confines of a correctional facility, Erik relates the story of their seven days on the road as he tries to outrun the authorities, and surveys the course of his life in an attempt to understand and explain his behaviour...

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Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444817119

Published:

01-10-2013

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The Book Of Memory

Author:

Petina Gappah

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Memory is a woman with albinism languishing in Chikurubi Maximum Security Prison in Harare, Zimbabwe, where she has been convicted of murder. As part of her appeal, her lawyer insists that she write down what happened as she remembers it. The death penalty is the mandatory sentence for murder, and Memory is, both literally and metaphorically, fighting for her life. As her story unfolds, she reveals that she has been tried and convicted for the murder of Lloyd Hendricks, her carer. But who was Lloyd Hendricks, really? And did everything happen exactly as she remembers? Moving between the townships of the poor and the suburbs and country retreats of the rich, and between the past and the present, Memory tells a tale of love, obsession, the relentlessness of fate, and the treachery of remembrance.

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Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444828504

Published:

01-06-2016

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The Palace Of Curiosities

Author:

Rosie Garland

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Before Eve is born, her mother goes to the circus. She swears she hears the lion sigh, just before it leaps... and nine months later when Eve is born, the story goes, she doesn't cry - she meows and licks her paws. When Abel is pulled from the stinking Thames, and the mudlarks search his pockets to divvy up the treasure, his eyes crack open and he coughs up a stream of black water. But, how has he survived a week in that thick stew of human waste? Cast out by Victorian society, Eve and Abel find succour from an unlikely source: they soar to fame as star performers in Professor Josiah Arroner's Palace of Curiosities. And there begins a journey that will entwine their fates forever...

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Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444820201

Published:

01-07-2014

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Vixen

Author:

Rosie Garland

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Brauntone, Devon, 1349: Determined to impress his congregation, new priest Father Thomas quells fears of the coming pestilence with promises of protection. For Anne, the priest's arrival is an opportunity that, at sixteen, she feels all too ready for. Convinced a grand fate awaits, she moves in as Thomas's housekeeper, though hopeful of something more. But his home is a place without love or kindness. So when a strange mute Maid is discovered, washed up in the marshes, and taken in, Anne is grateful for the company. Their friendship gives Anne the chance of happiness she thought she'd never know. But soon the plague strikes Brauntone, spreading panic. And as the villagers' fear turns to anger, Thomas must sacrifice everything to restore their faith in him...

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General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444824193

Published:

01-06-2015

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Cranford

Author:

Elizabeth Gaskell

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After a long absence, the young Mary Smith has returned to Cranford, that cosy sphere of delicate gentility and elegant economy. From the newly-arrived half-pay Captain Brown (so considerate he blacks his own boots to save the maid-servant) to Miss Betsy Barker (so devoted to her Alderney cow she clothes her in warm flannel drawers), the Cranford denizens' quirks and foibles provide both amusement and comfort to Mary as she settles into the rhythms of village life. But as she absorbs and adapts to the Cranford philosophy, it seems that they may also have much to learn from her...

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General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444817126

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01-10-2013

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Mr Harrison's Confessions

Author:

Elizabeth Gaskell

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Upon completing his surgical studies, Mr. Harrison accepts a proposal of partnership from a country doctor and moves to Duncombe - a small village ruled utterly by middle-aged women. Deploying their formidable armoury of matchmaking skills, these ladies eagerly descend upon the innocent young newcomer. For whilst poor Mr. Harrison endeavours to win the heart of his dear Sophy, the woman he truly loves, a comedy of errors is being woven around him...

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General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444817492

Published:

01-11-2013

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My Lady Ludlow

Author:

Elizabeth Gaskell

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Lady Ludlow is absolute mistress of Hanbury Court and a resolute opponent of anything that might disturb the class system into which she was born. She will keep no servant who can read and write and insists that the lower orders have no rights, but only duties. However, the winds of change are blowing through the village of Hanbury. The vicar, Mr. Gray, wishes to start a Sunday school for the spiritual betterment of its pupils; Mr. Horner wants to educate the citizens into becoming more useful and active members of society. But Lady Ludlow proves to be not so rigid as one may think...

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General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444817508

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01-11-2013

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Seeing Other People

Author:

Mike Gayle

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Father of two Joe Clarke is seventy-eight per cent sure he's just had an affair. After all, that is the hopelessly attractive office intern in bed next to him, isn't it? But then again, if he did have an affair, why can't he remember anything at all about the night in question? Mortified by his mistake, Joe vows to be a better man. But when his adored wife Penny puts two and two together and leaves him, things start to take a turn for the decidedly strange. Joe is told for a fact that he DIDN'T have an affair after all. He just thinks he did. Which is great news...or at least it would be if the person who'd just delivered it wasn't the crisp-eating, overly-perfumed and mean-spirited ghost of his least favourite ex-girlfriend...

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General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444825602

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01-10-2015

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The Man I Think I Know

Author:

Mike Gayle

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James's parents never talk about The Incident. His life is predictable and safe in their hands - but his sister Martha is certain their roles as full-time carers are destroying their lives, and infantilising her brother... When Danny's benefits are stopped, he faces an ultimatum from his girlfriend Maya: if he doesn't get a job, she's leaving... Fate once brought two boys from disparate backgrounds together at a posh private school, one from a privileged family and one on a scholarship. Rivals for top honours, neither could anticipate what their later lives had in store. Now, when James is sent for a stay in a respite home, the past will catch up with him and his erstwhile schoolmate - and offer them both an unlikely second chance...

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General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444840537

Published:

01-04-2019

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The Cottingley Secret

Author:

Hazel Gaynor

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Cottingley, Yorkshire, 1917: When two young cousins, Frances Griffiths and Elsie Wright, announce they have photographed fairies at the bottom of the garden, their parents are astonished. The girls become a sensation; their discovery offering something to believe in amid a world ravaged by war... One hundred years later: When Olivia Kavanagh finds an old manuscript and a photograph in her late grandfather's bookshop, it sparks a fascination with the story of the two young girls who mystified the world. Delving deeper into the past, and the truth behind an innocent game that became a national obsession, Olivia begins to understand why a nation once believed in fairies. But can she find a way to believe in herself?

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Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444837391

Published:

01-07-2018

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