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When The War Is Over

Author:

Barbara Fox

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Gwenda and Douglas Brady were among the millions of British children sent - for their own safety - to live with new families during the Second World War, leaving behind parents, friends and all that felt familiar and safe. Evacuation could be a scary experience, but five-year-old Gwenda and her brother were housed with a kindly schoolmaster and his wife in an idyllic Lake District village. The realities of war soon felt very far away. This is the poignant story of finding a second family and a loving home...and how the war touched the lives of everyone. Would life ever be the same when the war was over?

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Hard Cover

Genre:

General Non-Fiction

ISBN:

9780750544146

Published:

01-06-2017

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The Vet

Author:

Luke Gamble

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"I love being a vet. I knew I wanted to become one from about the age of ten and never looked back or doubted my choice of career. It's a privilege to look after people's pets, to earn the trust of the animals - and there is a huge satisfaction in championing those without a voice. I wrote this book because it shows how my career was shaped, the beginnings of a journey that has and will continue to take me all over the world, working with dedicated individuals who have shaped, influenced and inspired me along the way."

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Hard Cover

Genre:

General Non-Fiction

ISBN:

9780750536189

Published:

01-12-2012

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Three Wishes

Author:

Carey Goldberg/Beth Jones/Pamela Ferdina

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After chasing headlines from Manhattan to Moscow, Carey is the first of three friends to abandon the traditional path to motherhood. Finding the perfect anonymous donor, she buys eight vials of his sperm. But on the day the vials arrive, she meets a man online. They fall in love. And she gets pregnant the old-fashioned way. Carey passes the vials to Beth, who is recently divorced. But before she can use the vials, Beth meets a man on an ice-climbing trip. She too falls in love. And gets pregnant. So she gives the vials to Pam, an eternal romantic, who will never stop searching for the love of her life, but is ready to be a single mother. Then the magic strikes again...

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Hard Cover

Genre:

General Non-Fiction

ISBN:

9781444814057

Published:

01-02-2013

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An Officer And A Gentlewoman

Author:

Heloise Goodley

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When Heloise Goodley ditched her City job and decided to attend officer training at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, she had no prior military experience. On her arrival she was a complete novice: she'd never fired a rifle; she couldn't march; she couldn't make her bed; she couldn't even shine her shoes. AN OFFICER AND A GENTLEWOMAN charts Goodley's absorbing journey through Sandhurst and on to Afghanistan, and gives an insight into the array of bizarre military behaviours and customs at this esoteric and hidden institution. With wit and sensitivity, Goodley details her experiences as a cadet and the painful transition from civilian to soldier. Moreover, she rejects lazy preconceptions and sheds new light on what has hitherto been a bastion of maleness - the British Army.

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Hard Cover

Genre:

General Non-Fiction

ISBN:

9781444822359

Published:

01-01-2015

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The Secrets Of The Notebook

Author:

Eve Haas

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Eve was just eight years old when, as a Jewish girl in a Berlin school, the rumblings of the Nazis' rise to power began to threaten everything and everyone she knew. Fortunately, her parents managed to get her family out of Germany and to London to start a new life. The horrors of war were just a part of the past, until the day when Eve inherited a treasured family notebook that hid an amazing secret. Warned against pursuing the truth behind the notebook, Eve set out to discover who her family were, how her great-great-grandmother had married into a royal family, and why her grandmother perished at the hands of the Nazis. Eve was to risk her life to uncover the truth.

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Soft Cover

Genre:

General Non-Fiction

ISBN:

9780753195451

Published:

01-03-2011

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Notes On A Nervous Planet

Author:

Matt Haig

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The world is messing with our minds. Rates of stress and anxiety are rising. A fast, nervous planet is creating fast and nervous lives. We are more connected, yet feel more alone. How can we stay sane on a planet that makes us mad? How do we stay human in a technological world? How do we feel happy when we are encouraged to be anxious? After experiencing years of anxiety and panic attacks, these questions became urgent matters of life and death for Matt Haig. And he began to look for the link between what he felt and the world around him. Notes On A Nervous Planet is a personal and vital look at how to feel happy, human and whole in the twenty-first century.

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Hard Cover

Genre:

General Non-Fiction

ISBN:

9781785416590

Published:

01-02-2019

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Home To Roost

Author:

Tessa Hainsworth

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After two years, Tessa Hainsworth is no longer the outsider from London. She's finally become accepted into her tight-knit Cornish village community. But everyday life for Tessa is not like the holiday posters. Incomers to the village must tread carefully - if they don't, the village soon lets them know and Tessa finds herself torn between old friends and new. Still struggling to make ends meet, she rents out her home to summer holidaymakers - and helps run a B&B - with hilarious results. Tessa's job as a postwoman involves being an amateur health-and-safety inspector, a shoulder to cry on and a matchmaker, but there's always time for a sandwich in the sun and a bit of beachcombing in her lunch break.

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Hard Cover

Genre:

General Non-Fiction

ISBN:

9781444814453

Published:

01-03-2013

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Seagulls In The Attic

Author:

Tessa Hainsworth

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Tessa Hainsworth used to have it all - except time, peace of mind and leisure to enjoy the fruits of her labours in her executive job with The Body Shop. One momentous spring, she and her husband decided to start again - and UP WITH THE LARKS describes Tessa's first turbulent year, adapting to her new life in the remote South West. Now, in SEAGULLS IN THE ATTIC, Tessa reveals that despite being a fully-fledged member of the community, life is no easier. Being part of small-village life isn't always straightforward. Yet the reality of financial downsizing and learning a whole new way of living hasn't lessened Tessa's natural exuberance and sense of fun - instead they help her to turn all the hardships to her advantage...eventually.

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Hard Cover

Genre:

General Non-Fiction

ISBN:

9781444806755

Published:

01-06-2011

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Marriages Are Made In Bond Street

Author:

Penrose Halson

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In the spring of 1939, with the Second World War looming, two determined twenty-four-year-olds, Heather Jenner and Mary Oliver, decided to open a marriage bureau. They found a tiny office on London's Bond Street and set about the delicate business of match-making. Drawing on the bureau's extensive archives, Penrose Halson - who, many years ago, found herself the proprietor of the bureau - tells both its story, and those of its clients. We meet a remarkable cross-section of British society in the 1940s: gents with a 'merry twinkle', potential fifth-columnists, nervous spinsters, sailors seeking 'a nice quiet affekshunate girl', and young women resembling Greta Garbo or Vivien Leigh, all desperately longing to find The One. And, thanks to Heather and Mary, they almost always did just that.

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Hard Cover

Genre:

General Non-Fiction

ISBN:

9781444832105

Published:

01-04-2017

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How The Girl Guides Won The War

Author:

Janie Hampton

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What have the Guides achieved, since they began 100 years ago? Do they do more than sell biscuits, sing around campfires, and tie knots? Girl Guides have been at the heart of women's equality since the early 20th century - when they were garnering badges like Electrician and Telegraphist. HOW THE GIRL GUIDES WON THE WAR reveals the impact that the Guides had on the Second World War. When the Blitz broke out, they knew how to dig bomb shelters and provide first aid. They demonstrated "Blitz cooking", using ovens made from the bricks. Both Guides and Brownies helped evacuated children adjust to new lives in the country and many guides were taken as prisoners of war in concentration camps. Through this book, they tell their stories.

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Soft Cover

Genre:

General Non-Fiction

ISBN:

9780753152829

Published:

01-05-2012

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Pigs Might Fly

Author:

Neil Hanson

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Neil Hanson recounts life as the landlord of the highest and loneliest inn in Britain. After five years away, the naive, impulsive young couple who ran The Inn at the Top in the late 1970s return as its new owners. Their hearts are in the right place, but nothing else is. Yet stumbling from one crisis to another, they somehow transform the inn from a decrepit, local curiosity into a thriving, nationally-famous inn. Full of warmth and humour, the beauty of the Dales countryside and the quirky characters who inhabit it, this is an unforgettable, laugh-a-minute portrait of a unique place and way of life in a now-vanished era.

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Hard Cover

Genre:

General Non-Fiction

ISBN:

9780750543057

Published:

01-01-2017

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The Inn At The Top

Author:

Neil Hanson

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The delightful tale of a young couple who in the late 1970s, on impulse became the new landlords of the most remote, bleak and lonely pub - The Tan Hill Inn - located in the bleak landscape of the Yorkshire Dales. They had no experience of the licensed trade or running a pub, no knowledge of farming and a complete inability to understand the dialect of the sheep farmers who were the local customers. Eager, well-meaning, but in their own heads, our two heroes embark on a disaster-strewn career that somehow also turned into a lifelong love affair with the Dales.

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Hard Cover

Genre:

General Non-Fiction

ISBN:

9780750538954

Published:

01-04-2014

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