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Oh Dear Silvia

Author:

Dawn French

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Who is in Coma Suite Number 5? A bad mother? A cherished sister? A selfish wife? A matchless lover? A supreme egotist? A selfless martyr? All of these. Because this is Silvia Shute, who has always done exactly what she wanted. Until now, when it has all suddenly, shockingly, stopped. Silvia's past holds a terrible secret, and now that she is unconscious in a hospital bed, her constant stream of visitors are set to uncover the mysteries of her broken life and unwittingly piece it back together. Silvia must lie there, victim of the beloveds, the borings, the babblings and the plainly bonkers. Because the truth is about to pay Silvia a visit - again and again and again...

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Hard Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444816969

Published:

01-10-2013

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Lucky Break

Author:

Esther Freud

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It is their first day at Drama Arts for each of the nervous students huddled in a circle: Dan, serious and driven; Nell, already convinced that she is going to fail; fiery, rebellious Jemma and careless, glamorous Charlie. They are told, in no uncertain terms, that here, they will be taught to Act. To Be. To exist in their own world on the stage. But outside is the real world - a pitiless place in which each of them hopes to excel. So what comes next? Facing a multitude of difficulties, these young actors will grapple with sleazy directors, desperate competition, dreary tours, unobtainable agents, rocky relationships and endless tempting jobs...

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Hard Cover

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General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444807486

Published:

01-08-2011

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A Second Wife

Author:

Rosemary Friedman

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'I was not a widow. Had I been married to Victor it might have been easier. It was Molly who had the comfort of the children, hers and Victor's. I was left alone to come to terms with my grief, despair and anger...' After an affair lasting 26 years, Jean Banks' married lover dies. Gradually the self-assured Jean is overwhelmed by loneliness, sleeping-pills and depression. Routine tasks defeat her and she avoids suicide only by a twist of fate. In the midst of her unhappiness, a friendship blossoms with Victor's widow, and ultimately life and love are refound.

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General Fiction

ISBN:

9781842627471

Published:

01-02-2011

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The Lost Girls Of Camp Forevermore

Author:

Kim Fu

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General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444842173

Published:

01-09-2019

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Turn Back Time

Author:

Pamela Fudge

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Once, they'd been childhood sweethearts, but after an acrimonious divorce years before, the only contact Tessa Wallis had with her ex-husband, Chay, was in relation to their daughter and her welfare. With Megan now grown up, Tessa is surprised to receive a message from Chay - desperate to speak to her. Tessa is shocked when he tells her he believes they may still be married. It's ridiculous - of course - and once the missing decree is found they can go back to living their separate lives and forget all about each other. But apparently it's not going to be that simple...

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Soft Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444814965

Published:

01-04-2013

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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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Hard Cover

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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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Hard Cover

Genre:

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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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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Hard Cover

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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Hard Cover

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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Hard Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444824193

Published:

01-06-2015

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What Will Survive

Author:

Mark Gartside

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Graham Melton was a normal fifteen-year-old - until he met Charlotte Marshall over a can of warm lager at his best friend's party in 1985. It was love at first sight, and teenage life was never going to be the same again. Over two decades later, Graham is a single father trying to protect his son Michael from the rigours of the modern world. Everything has changed, and the innocence has long gone. What happened in those years in between? How did something so perfect go so tragically wrong? And while Michael becomes an adult, Graham must not only come to terms with the realities of the new world, but also his responsibilities as a father and his own past...

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Hard Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444814781

Published:

01-04-2013

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