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From The Heart

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Susan Hill

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1950s England: Olive is a happy, open-hearted girl, whose (somewhat tricky) mother is dead, and who lives with her father in a solid Edwardian house with apple trees in the garden. Her passion for books gets her easily into university, where the world is surely waiting for her. There, she meets a boy. But then Olive makes a mistake - the kind anyone could make - and faces an impossible choice. Still young, and full of hope, she can't possibly know how that mistake will sit in her heart for the rest of her life...

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Soft Cover

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General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444834796

Published:

01-11-2017

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What Was Promised

Author:

Tobias Hill

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Post-war London: Children run wild on East End bombsites, while their elders strive for better lives in a country beggared by victory. Clarence and Bernadette Malcolm have come five thousand miles in search of prosperity, but find that the Mother Country is not at all what it was promised to be; Solly and Dora Lazarus, too, are strangers in a strange land, struggling to belong even as they try to make sense of their past; and Michael and Mary Lockhart take with both hands all that the world owes them, whatever the cost. In the street markets and tenements of Bethnal Green the three families live and work together in uneasy harmony, until Michael shatters the balance between them, his hunger for betterment changing the courses of all their lives over decades and generations.

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Hard Cover

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General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444824902

Published:

01-08-2015

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Spilt Milk

Author:

Amanda Hodgkinson

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1913: Unmarried sisters Nellie and Vivian Marsh live an impoverished existence in a tiny cottage on the banks of the Little River in Suffolk. Their lives are quiet and predictable, until a sudden flood lands a strange fish on their doorstep and a travelling man who will change them forever... 1939: Eighteen-year-old Birdie Farr is working as a barmaid in the family pub in London. When she realizes she is pregnant she turns to her mother Nellie, who asks her sister to arrange an adoption for Birdie's baby daughter. But as the years pass, Birdie discovers she cannot escape the Marsh sisters' shadowy past - and her own troubling obsession with finding her lost daughter will have deep consequences for all of them...

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Hard Cover

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General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444823844

Published:

01-05-2015

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Be Safe I Love You

Author:

Cara Hoffman

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Lauren Clay has returned safely from a tour of duty in Iraq and is home in time to spend Christmas with her father and her adored younger brother, Danny, whom she has looked out for since her mother left them years before. But as she reconnects with her small-town life, it is increasingly apparent that all is not well. On a trip with Danny upstate, she begins to teach her brother the survival skills she believes he will need when she is no longer able to take care of him. And in the meantime, an army psychologist, desperate to reach Lauren, makes increasingly frantic calls to her father. Where exactly does Lauren think she is going, and what happened in Iraq to set her on this path?

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Hard Cover

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General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444822366

Published:

01-01-2015

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The Keeper Of Lost Things

Author:

Ruth Hogan

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Anthony Peardew is the Keeper of Lost Things. Forty years ago he carelessly lost a keepsake from his beloved Therese. That very same day, she died unexpectedly. Broken-hearted, Anthony sought consolation in rescuing lost objects - the things others have dropped, misplaced, or accidentally left behind - and writing stories about them. Now, in the twilight of his life, he worries that he has not fully discharged his duty to reconcile all the lost things with their owners. As the end nears, he bequeaths his secret life's mission to his unsuspecting housekeeper Laura, the one person he can trust to fulfil his legacy. But the final wishes of the Keeper of Lost Things have unforeseen repercussions that trigger a most serendipitous series of encounters...

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Hard Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444833201

Published:

01-07-2017

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The Daughter's Secret

Author:

Eva Holland

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When Rosalind's fifteen-year-old daughter, Stephanie, ran away with her teacher, this ordinary family became something it had never been asked to be. Their lives held up to scrutiny in the centre of a major police investigation, the Simms were headline news, while Stephanie was missing with a man who was risking everything. Now, six years on, Ros takes a call that will change their lives all over again. He's going to be released from prison. Years too early. In eleven days' time. As Nathan Temperley's release creeps ever closer, Ros is forced to confront the events that led them here, back to a place she thought she'd left behind, to questions she didn't want to answer. Where does the blame lie? And what happens next?

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Hard Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444828863

Published:

01-07-2016

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The Dangers Of Family Secrets

Author:

Debby Holt

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FAMILY SECRETS ARE LIKE MOTHS IN CASHMERE. THEY DIG THEMSELVES IN AND EAT THEIR WAY OUT... Genealogist Freya Cameron has the perfect life. A devoted husband of nearly thirty years and career-driven, successful twin daughters. But what if it's all a lie? So skilled at excavating her clients' family histories, Freya has no idea why her own family are so cold towards her. They know something she doesn't. But some secrets are better not left untold as the years pass, attitudes harden, and assumptions become accepted reality. Freya's family don't speak about what happened. They are determined to make her pay for what she did. But when the truth finally emerges, their lives will be shaken to the core...

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Hard Cover

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General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444841220

Published:

01-06-2019

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Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

Author:

Gail Honeyman

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She wears the same clothes to work every day, eats the same meal deal for lunch every day, and buys the same two bottles of vodka to drink every weekend. Eleanor Oliphant is happy. Nothing is missing from her carefully timetabled life. Except, sometimes, everything. One simple act of kindness is about to shatter the walls Eleanor has built around herself. Now she must learn how to navigate the world that everyone else seems to take for granted - while searching for the courage to face the dark corners she's avoided all her life. Change can be good. Change can be bad. But surely any change is better than...fine?

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Hard Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444835359

Published:

01-01-2018

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Etta And Otto And Russell And James

Author:

Emma Hooper

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Etta's greatest unfulfilled wish, living in the rolling farmland of Saskatchewan, is to see the sea. And so, at the age of eighty-two, she gets up very early one morning, takes a rifle, some chocolate and her best boots, and begins walking the 2,000 miles to the water. But Etta is starting to forget things. Her husband, Otto, remembers everything, and he loves her: surely they can balance things out? Their neighbour, Russell, remembers too, but differently - and he still loves Etta as much as he did more than fifty years ago, before she married Otto. With her new and unusual companion, James - from the present of a too-quiet-for-too-long Canadian farm to a dusty past of hunger, war, passion and hope; from prairie to forest to mountain to sand - Etta walks.

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Hard Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444828528

Published:

01-06-2016

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The Ballroom

Author:

Anna Hope

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1911: Inside an asylum on the edge of the Yorkshire moors, where men and women are kept apart by high walls and barred windows, there is a ballroom, vast and beautiful. For one bright evening every week, the inmates come together and dance... This is the story of John, an Irishman with a past cloaked in mystery - only time will tell why he has been locked up in the asylum. Of Clemency, who has been incarcerated by her father and brother after starving herself rather than marry an abusive man. Of Ella, who was dragged away from the factory where she worked after smashing a window. Of Charles, a doctor and eugenics enthusiast. And in the ballroom one May night, the lives of two people are set to change for ever...

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Hard Cover

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General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444832112

Published:

01-04-2017

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Wake

Author:

Anna Hope

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November, 1920. As the body of an unknown soldier makes its way home from the fields of northern France, three women are dealing with loss in their own way: Hettie, who dances for sixpence a waltz at the Hammersmith Palais; Evelyn, who toils at a lowly job in the pensions office; and Ada, a housewife who is beset by visions of her dead son. One day a young man comes to Ada's door, and with him opens a wartime mystery that will bind these women together and both mend and tear their hearts. In this shattering novel of intertwining lives, Anna Hope shows the beginnings of a new era, and the day the mood of a nation changed forever.

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Hard Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444821291

Published:

01-10-2014

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The A-list Family

Author:

Christina Hopkinson

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Imagine a world where your bikini body has to last all year. Where the paparazzi turn up for the school run. Where EVERYBODY knows your name, and your eight-year-old daughter's. Welcome to everyday life in an A-list family. Newly employed to look after the daughter of a super-rich and famous power couple, Anna is about to find out what life is really like behind the closed doors of celebrity. And she soon starts to wonder: once you're in, can you get out?

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Hard Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444825275

Published:

01-09-2015

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