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How To Measure A Cow

Author:

Margaret Forster

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Tara Fraser leaves London to start a new life in a Cumbrian town selected at random. She plans to obliterate her past, which contains a shocking event that had serious consequences, by becoming a completely different personality from her previous volatile self. She is going to be quiet - even dull, and very private. But one of her new neighbours, Nancy, is intrigued by her, and wants to become her friend. Equally determined not to be discarded are three old friends who Tara feels let her down when she most needed them. Tara fights to keep herself to herself; but can she do it? And does she really want to? Slowly, reluctantly, she discovers that her attempts to suppress the past and reject other people are downright dangerous...

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Soft Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781785412660

Published:

01-09-2017

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In The Wolf's Mouth

Author:

Adam Foulds

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1942: Thousands of British and American soldiers are launched on Operation Torch, to sweep out the Axis forces from occupied North Africa and pave the way for Europe's liberation. Englishman Will Walker, an ambitious officer rueing broken dreams of an SOE career and frustrated by his assignation to Field Security Services, is determined to assert his fragile authority at almost any cost. Meanwhile, quiet and thoughtful Ray Marfione, Italian-American infantryman of the US Army, fights grimly on under his own personal shadow: convinced his death is imminent, and conscious of his innocence being further eroded each day. As both men stand poised for the invasion of Sicily, they have no notion that this next campaign will result in their fortunes becoming entwined with that of a notorious mafioso...

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Hard Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444823097

Published:

01-03-2015

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The Day Before The Fire

Author:

Miranda France

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When fire devastates Turney House, London's finest stately home, the immaculate Lady Alexandra Marchant demands that everything be restored exactly as it was 'the day before the fire'. But is it possible, or even desirable, to resurrect the past? Critics say the restored Turney can never be more than an elegant fake; Lady Alexandra says Turney's doors must be re-opened to the paying public as soon as possible... As a paper restorer, Ros is called in as part of the effort. She loves her work and considers herself an expert in uncovering the past, layer by layer, to bring out the truth. And yet in her personal life there are corners, shadows, ghosts she fails to see - until a discovery in Turney's Rose Room challenges her to look again...

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Hard Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444827415

Published:

01-03-2016

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Goodbye For Now

Author:

Laurie Frankel

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Imagine a world in which you never have to say goodbye, a world in which you can talk to your loved ones after they've gone - about the trivial things you used to share; about the things you wished you'd said while you still had the chance; about how hard it is to adjust to life without them. When Sam Elling invents a computer programme that enables his girlfriend Meredith to do just this, nothing can prepare them for the success and complications that follow. For every person who wants to say goodbye, there is someone else who can't let go. And when tragedy strikes they have to find out whether goodbye has to be for ever - or whether love can take on a life of its own...

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Hard Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444816570

Published:

01-09-2013

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The Tilted World

Author:

Tom Franklin/Beth Ann Fennelly

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April, 1927: After months of rain, the Mississippi River has reached dangerous levels and the little town of Hobnob is under threat. Residents fear the levee will either explode under the pressure of the water or be blown by saboteurs from New Orleans, who wish to save their own city. But when an orphaned baby is found, the lives of Ingersoll, a blues-playing prohibition agent, and Dixie Clay, a bootlegger who is guarding a terrible secret, collide. Little can they imagine how events are about to change them - and the great South - forever. For in the dead of night, after thick, illusory fog, the levee will break...

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Hard Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444822342

Published:

01-01-2015

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America For Beginners

Author:

Leah Franqui

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WELCOME TO THE FIRST CLASS INDIA USA DESTINATION VACATION TOUR COMPANY. ONE FIXED ITINERARY, ONE FIXED PRICE. ALL LEVELS CATERED FOR. NO REFUNDS... Recently widowed Pival Sengupta has never travelled alone before, and her first trip to this strange country masks a secret agenda: to discover the truth about her long-estranged son. Satya, her guileless and resourceful tour guide, has been in America for less than a year, and has never actually left the five boroughs of New York. An aspiring/failing actress, Rebecca signed up for the role of Pival's modesty companion; it might not be her big break, but surely it'll break her out of the rut she's stuck in. As their preconceptions about each other and America are challenged, with a little beginner's luck, these unlikely companions might learn how to live again.

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Hard Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444840520

Published:

01-04-2019

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Nightwoods

Author:

Charles Frazier

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In the lonesome beauty of the forest, across the far shore of the mountain lake from town, Luce acts as caretaker to an empty, decaying Lodge, a relic of holidaymakers a century before. Her days are long and peaceful, her nights filled with Nashville radio and yellow lights shimmering on the black water. A solitary life, and the perfect escape. Until the stranger children come. Bringing fire. And murder. And love.

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Hard Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444812985

Published:

01-11-2012

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A Tiny Bit Marvellous

Author:

Dawn French

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Mo is about to hit the big fifty, and some uncomfortable truths are becoming quite apparent. She doesn't understand either of her teenage children, which for a child psychologist is fairly embarrassing. She has become entirely grey. Inside and out. Her face has surrendered and is frightening children. Dora is about to hit the big eighteen...and about to hit anyone who annoys her, especially her precocious younger brother Peter, who has a chronic Oscar Wilde fixation. Then there's Dad...who's just, well, Dad - and there's a dog. Called Poo.

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Hard Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444808681

Published:

01-11-2011

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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

Genre:

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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Soft Cover

Genre:

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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A group of pre-adolescent girls descends on Camp Forevermore, a sleepaway area of the Pacific Northwest, where their days feature swimming lessons, friendship bracelets, and songs by the fire. Filled with excitement and nervous energy, they set off on an overnight kayaking trip to a nearby island - but before the night is over, they find themselves stranded, with no adults to help them survive or guide them home. THE LOST GIRLS OF CAMP FOREVERMORE traces these five girls - Nita, Kayla, Isabel, Dina, and Siobhan - in a series of vignettes that move back and forth in time from their fateful trip to the successes and failures, loving relationships and heartbreaks of their adult lives; painting a portrait of friendship and of the families we build for ourselves...and the pasts we can't escape.

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Hard Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444842173

Published:

01-09-2019

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