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Cranford

Author:

Elizabeth Gaskell

Synopsis:

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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Soft Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444817126

Published:

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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Soft Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444817492

Published:

01-11-2013

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My Lady Ludlow

Author:

Elizabeth Gaskell

Synopsis:

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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Soft Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444817508

Published:

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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Hard Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444825602

Published:

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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Hard Cover

Genre:

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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Hard Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444837391

Published:

01-07-2018

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In The Sea There Are Crocodiles

Author:

Fabio Geda/Howard Curtis

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One night before putting him to bed, Enaiatollah's mother tells him three things: don't use drugs; don't use weapons; don't steal. The next day he wakes up to find she isn't there. They have fled their village to seek safety outside Afghanistan, but his mother has decided to return home to her younger children. Ten-year-old Enaiatollah is left alone in Pakistan to fend for himself... Fabio Geda takes the true story of Enaiatollah's remarkable five-year journey from Afghanistan to Italy and shapes it into a beautiful piece of fiction.

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Soft Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444810028

Published:

01-02-2012

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Coming Home

Author:

Sue Gee

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Will and Flo have found themselves, and each other, in colonial India - but as the war and the age of empire draw to a close, so they must make their way back to England. There, they and their young family attempt to fashion a new life for themselves in rural Devon. But managing a farm proves harder than Will anticipated, while Flo struggles to marry the pressures of domestic life with her desire to write. The 1950s and 60s - the decades in which their children will come of age - will challenge some of the Sutherlands' deepest certainties. But through all the misunderstandings and heartache, this less-than-perfect family remain committed to each other above all things.

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Hard Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444825244

Published:

01-09-2015

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Darke

Author:

Rick Gekoski

Synopsis:

Dr James Darke has expelled himself from the world. He writes compulsively in his "coming-of-old-age" journal; he eats little, and drinks and smokes a lot. Meditating on what he has lost - the loves of his life, both dead and alive - he tries to console himself with the wisdom of the great thinkers and poets, yet finds nothing but disappointment. But cracks of light appear in his carefully managed darkness, and he begins to emerge from his self-imposed exile, drawn by the tender, bruised filaments of love for his daughter and grandson...

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Hard Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781785414398

Published:

01-10-2017

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Darke

Author:

Rick Gekoski

Synopsis:

Dr James Darke has expelled himself from the world. He writes compulsively in his "coming-of-old-age" journal; he eats little, and drinks and smokes a lot. Meditating on what he has lost - the loves of his life, both dead and alive - he tries to console himself with the wisdom of the great thinkers and poets, yet finds nothing but disappointment. But cracks of light appear in his carefully managed darkness, and he begins to emerge from his self-imposed exile, drawn by the tender, bruised filaments of love for his daughter and grandson...

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Soft Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781785414459

Published:

01-10-2018

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Inside The O'Briens

Author:

Lisa Genova

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Joe O'Brien is a Boston cop; his physical stamina and methodical mind have seen him through decades of policing the city streets, while raising a family with his wife Rosie. When he starts making uncharacteristic errors - mislaying his weapon, having trouble writing up reports, slurring speech - he attributes them to stress, though he finally agrees to see a doctor. The unexpected, terrifying diagnosis is Huntington's disease. Not only is Joe's life set to change forever, but each of his four grown-up children has a fifty per cent chance of inheriting the disease. Observing her potential future play out in her father's escalating symptoms, his yoga-teacher daughter Katie wrestles with how to make the most of the here and now, and how to care for her dad who is, inside, always an O'Brien.

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Hard Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444828511

Published:

01-06-2016

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Love Anthony

Author:

Lisa Genova

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Olivia Donatelli's dream of a normal life was shattered when her son, Anthony, was diagnosed with autism at age three. He didn't speak. He hated to be touched. He almost never made eye contact. And just as Olivia was starting to realise that happiness and autism could coexist, Anthony was gone. Now she's alone on Nantucket, desperate to find meaning in her son's short life, when a chance encounter with another woman brings Anthony alive again in a most unexpected way. In a piercing story about motherhood, autism and love, Lisa Genova offers us two unforgettable women who discover the small but exuberant voice that helps them both find the answers they need.

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Hard Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444821284

Published:

01-10-2014

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