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A Grand Old Time

Author:

Judy Leigh

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Evie Gallagher is regretting her hasty move into a care home. She may be seventy-five and recently widowed, but she's absolutely not dead yet. And so, one morning, Evie walks out of Sheldon Lodge and sets off on a Great Adventure across Europe. But not everyone thinks Great Adventures are appropriate for women of Evie's age, least of all her son Brendan and his wife Maura, who follow a trail of puzzling text messages to bring her home. When they finally catch up with her, there are shocks in store...because while Brendan may have given up on life and love, Evie certainly has not.

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General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444839289

Published:

01-12-2018

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A Brief Affair

Author:

Margaret Leroy

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September 1940. England is at war and London has become an ever-fragile place for widowed Livia Ripley and her two young daughters, Polly and Eliza. When Livia meets charismatic publisher Hugo Ballantyne, she is hopeful that her life is about to change for the better. But as clouds gather in the autumn sky, the wail of the siren heralds the arrival of the Luftwaffe. Livia volunteers to be a warden and finds the reality and despair of war a contrast to the comfort of the Balfour Hotel with Hugo. Livia soon discovers a strength she never knew she had, which gives her the power to save those she loves.

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General Fiction

ISBN:

9780750544016

Published:

01-07-2017

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Lillian On Life

Author:

Alison Jean Lester

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Lillian, a single, well-travelled woman of a certain age, looks back at her life. It's not at all the life she expected. Having lived through the post-war decades of change in Munich, Paris, London and New York, walking the unpaved road between traditional and modern options for women, she has grappled with parental disappointment, society's expectations and the vagaries of love and sex. Now in her late fifties, she's waking up next to her married lover and taking stock of it all...

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General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444830125

Published:

01-10-2016

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Shtum

Author:

Jem Lester

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Ben Jewell has hit breaking point. His ten-year-old son, Jonah, has never spoken. So when Ben and Jonah are forced to move in with Ben's elderly father, three generations of men - one who can't talk; two who won't - are thrown together. As Ben battles single fatherhood, a string of well-meaning social workers and his own demons, he learns some difficult home truths. Jonah, blissful in his innocence, becomes the prism through which all the complicated strands of personal identity, family history, and misunderstanding are finally untangled.

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General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444832853

Published:

01-06-2017

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The Following Girls

Author:

Louise Levene

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When Amanda Baker was fourteen, she found a letter written by her runaway mother to her unborn child: 'Dear Jeremy (or Amanda)', it began. Now, in the 1970s, she is in the hands of disaffected parents seeking to find a new school for their disappointing daughter. The happiest days of your life? Not for Baker, sixteen and sick of it as she moves miserably between lessons packed with palm fibre and the use of the dative. Baker's only solace is her fifth-form gang, The Four Mandies, and a low-calorie diet of king-sized cigarettes - until she teams up with Julia Smith, games captain and consummate game-player. So begins a passionate friendship that will threaten Baker's future, menace her sanity, and risk the betrayal of everything and everyone she holds dear...

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General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444822762

Published:

01-02-2015

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Death In Sunset Grove

Author:

Minna Lindgren

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Good detectives come in all manner of guises... Meet Siiri and Irma, best friends and the queen bees of Sunset Grove, a retirement community for those still young at heart. With a combined age of nearly 180, Siiri and Irma are still just as inquisitive and witty as when they first met decades ago. But when their comfortable world is upturned by a suspicious death at Sunset Grove, Siiri and Irma are shocked into doing something about it. They begin their own private investigations and form The Lavender Ladies Detective Agency. The trouble is, beneath Sunset Grove's calm facade, there is more going on than meets the eye...

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General Fiction

ISBN:

9780750544481

Published:

01-09-2017

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Esther

Author:

Norah Lofts

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Artaxerxes, King of Persia, needs a wife. He picks the one girl who would have given anything to be passed over: a Jewish scholar, Esther, from the back streets of his capital, Shushan. To a King bored by the chattering of women wreathed in musky scents, this changeling is a breath of fresh air. But the new Queen of Persia is lost in a world of protocol, and soon loses her husband's favour. Worse, she has to hide her faith and deny her origins - for Haman, the King's favourite, is an Amelekite, an ancient enemy of the Jews, and determined to have revenge. Esther's only hope to avert a holocaust is to risk her own life and go, uninvited, before a King who has already disposed of one unpopular wife...

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General Fiction

ISBN:

9781785415258

Published:

01-05-2018

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Esther

Author:

Norah Lofts

Synopsis:

Artaxerxes, King of Persia, needs a wife. He picks the one girl who would have given anything to be passed over: a Jewish scholar, Esther, from the back streets of his capital, Shushan. To a King bored by the chattering of women wreathed in musky scents, this changeling is a breath of fresh air. But the new Queen of Persia is lost in a world of protocol, and soon loses her husband's favour. Worse, she has to hide her faith and deny her origins - for Haman, the King's favourite, is an Amelekite, an ancient enemy of the Jews, and determined to have revenge. Esther's only hope to avert a holocaust is to risk her own life and go, uninvited, before a King who has already disposed of one unpopular wife...

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General Fiction

ISBN:

9781785415319

Published:

01-05-2019

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Knight's Acre

Author:

Norah Lofts

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Sir Godfrey Tallboys was a knight-errant, famous for his success at tourneys, but far from wealthy. In an attempt to make his fortune he left his wife Sybilla and travelled to Spain to fight a minor crusade against the Moors. But treachery lurked in that far distant land and soon Sir Godfrey became a prisoner, a helpless slave in a hostile country. Back in quiet Suffolk he was reported dead. And so it fell to Sybilla to fend for the whole family. The modest house of Knight's Acre became the scene of much hardship and poverty, and only someone with Sybilla's determination could triumph at last. But Sybilla was to find that life still held many surprises for her...

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Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781445099477

Published:

01-10-2015

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The Day Of The Butterfly

Author:

Norah Lofts

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When Daisy Holt was dismissed from her post as a nursemaid she set off cheerfully into the jungle of mid-Victorian London. When Kitty Hammond, proprietress of the "select establishment" off Leicester Square discovered her she was quick to realise that Daisy had a rare talent and would make a successful entertainer. And there it was that she met the impoverished artist John Skelton. To him Daisy represented the perfect model - the one to inspire his work. But Daisy fell completely and hopelessly in love with him - a love which was to launch her on a stormy career in which luxury, admiration and suffering were all to play a part...

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General Fiction

ISBN:

9780753191750

Published:

01-07-2014

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The House At Sunset

Author:

Norah Lofts

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"At the age of seven I was a skilful pickpocket. I could sew neatly, write a tolerable hand, make a curtsey and a correct introduction, dance a little and play simple tunes on the harpsichord." This was the London life of Felicity Hatton in 1740 - until chance sent her back to the House, first as a pauper, later to become its mistress - a strange eccentric mistress whose choice of husband was as unorthodox as her manner of living. The House at Sunset is the last volume of Norah Lofts' famous House Trilogy, and traces the fortunes of the men and woman who lived through Georgian, Victorian, and New Elizabethan eras.

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General Fiction

ISBN:

9780753191736

Published:

01-05-2014

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White Hell Of Pity

Author:

Norah Lofts

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The Bacons live in Swything - a charming little village with a Saxon church, green lanes and comfortable farmhouses. But the Bacons themselves are anything but charming. They are slovenly, dirty and poor. There are too many children, and Mrs. Bacon cordially resents them all. But she hates Emmie the most - because Emmie offends the most. Emmie is different. Then, when Emmie turns twelve, the miracle happens. The chance arrives for her to learn about a world the other Bacons do not know of. For when Emmie is twelve, she meets Miss Stanton...

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General Fiction

ISBN:

9781785416118

Published:

01-10-2018

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