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The Visitors

Author:

Rebecca Mascull

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Born in late Victorian England on her father's hop farm, Adeliza Golding lost her hearing and sight at a young age. Since then her life has been one of darkness and confusion; her only communication is with the ghosts she speaks to in her head, whom she has christened the Visitors. When a young hop-picker, Lottie, grabs her hand one day and starts drawing shapes, Liza can finally interact with the outside world. Liza's friendships with Lottie, who becomes her teacher, and Lottie's beloved brother Caleb lead her from the hop gardens and oyster beds of Kent to the dusty veldt of South Africa and the Boer War - and ultimately to the truth about the Visitors.

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Hard Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444825992

Published:

01-11-2015

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Paper Hearts And Summer Kisses

Author:

Carole Matthews

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Christie Chapman is a single mum who spends her days commuting to her secretarial job in London and looking after her teenage son, Finn. It's not an easy life but Christie finds comfort in her love of crafting, and spends her spare time working on her beautiful creations. She makes intricately designed cards and personalised gifts and it's not long before opportunity comes knocking. Christie can see a future full of hope for her and Finn - and if the handsome Max is to be believed, one full of love too. It's all there for the taking. And then, all of a sudden, her world is turned upside down?

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Hard Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9780750545358

Published:

01-02-2018

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We Are Called To Rise

Author:

Laura McBride

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Beyond the bright lights and casinos lies the real Las Vegas, where four lives will be brought together by one split-second choice. In the pre-dawn hours, a woman's marriage crumbles with a single confession. Across town, an immigrant family struggles to get by in the land of opportunity. Three thousand miles away, a soldier wakes up in hospital with the vague feeling he's done something awful. In a single moment, these disparate lives intersect, blinded by a life-changing catastrophe. Faced with seemingly insurmountable loss, each person must decide whether to give in to despair, or find the courage and resilience to rise.

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Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444826708

Published:

01-01-2016

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A Distant View Of Everything

Author:

Alexander McCall Smith

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Recently distracted by the arrival of her and Jamie's second son, Magnus, Isabel Dalhousie, editor of the REVIEW OF APPLIED ETHICS, has a lot to worry about, including the delayed next issue. It is with some relief, therefore, that she returns to helping out at her niece Cat's delicatessen, where surely the most taxing duty is the preparation of sandwiches. But it's not long before she's drawn into customers' problems, specifically that of ambitious self-proclaimed matchmaker Bea Shandon. Bea has staged a potentially dangerous liaison involving enigmatic plastic surgeon Tony MacUspaig, who may not be quite what he claims. Intrigued, Isabel dives into the mystery. And when the truth finally reveals itself, she must conclude that no one, including herself, is immune to misunderstandings, or the neurotic fantasies that arise from keeping secrets...

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Hard Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781785417634

Published:

01-09-2019

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The Department Of Sensitive Crimes

Author:

Alexander McCall Smith

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Ulf Varg works in Malmo's Department of Sensitive Crimes. Like all Scandinavian detectives, he has his issues. Amongst these are his unresolved feelings for his co-worker Anna; his impatience over the seeming incompetence of his irritating colleague Blomquist; and his concerns for the health of his hearing-impaired, lip-reading dog Martin. Ulf, along with his colleagues, is called upon to investigate a bizarre attack on a market trader, the disappearance of a handsome man who may or may not exist, and the affairs of a variety of young female students whose relationships with one another leave a great deal to be desired. With spirit and good humour, Ulf and his team come to realise that the world is a puzzling place, where werewolves exist and fish might have something to teach us...

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General Fiction

ISBN:

9781785417399

Published:

01-07-2019

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Someone

Author:

Alice McDermott

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In her 1920s Irish-American enclave, the stories of Marie's neighbours unfold before her short-sighted eyes - from war-blinded Billy Corrigan, to the terrifying Big Lucy, to the ever-present Sisters of Charity from the convent down the road. As the years pass, Marie's own story unfolds against the backdrop of a changing world. Her older brother Gabe leaves for the seminary to study for the priesthood, his faith destined to be tested to breaking point. Marie experiences first love and first heartbreak, marriage and motherhood, and discovers how time can both take away and offer up so much that is precious. Stitching together the intricate tapestry of Marie's journey of the heart over seven decades, Alice McDermott reveals the delicate, bittersweet beauty that lies behind someone's - EVERYONE'S - experiences of loss, love and life.

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Hard Cover

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General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444821314

Published:

01-10-2014

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The Ninth Hour

Author:

Alice McDermott

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On a gloomy February afternoon, Jim, an Irish immigrant, sends his wife Annie out to do the shopping before dark falls. He seals their meagre apartment, unhooks the gas tube inside the oven, and inhales. Sister St. Saviour, a Little Nursing Sister of the Sick Poor, catches the scent of fire doused with water and hurries to the scene: a gathered crowd, firemen, and a distraught young widow. Moved by the woman's plight, and her unborn child, the ageing nun finds Annie work in the convent's laundry - where, in turn, her daughter will grow up amidst the crank of the wringer and the hiss of the iron. As the decades pass, Jim's suicide reverberates through many lives - testing the limits and the demands of love and sacrifice, of forgiveness and forgetfulness.

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General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444837421

Published:

01-07-2018

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Nutshell

Author:

Ian McEwan

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Nine months pregnant, Trudy lives in a London terraced house gone to seed. John, her husband, is not here - but his property-developing brother Claude is a regular visitor. Claude has seamy designs on both the house and his sister-in-law, and Trudy finds herself entranced by him. Soon the pair hatch a plan to permanently remove John from the scene by poisoning one of his favourite fruit smoothies. But there is a witness to their plot: the inquisitive, perceptive, and vengeful resident of Trudy's womb...

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Hard Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444832860

Published:

01-06-2017

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The Children Act

Author:

Ian McEwan

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Fiona Maye is a leading High Court judge, presiding over cases in the family court. She is renowned for her fierce intelligence, exactitude and sensitivity. But her professional success belies private sorrow and domestic strife. There is the lingering regret of her childlessness, and her marriage of thirty-five years is in crisis. Now she is called on to try an urgent case: for religious reasons, a beautiful seventeen-year-old boy, Adam, is refusing the medical treatment that could save his life, and his devout parents share his wishes. Time is running out. Should the secular court overrule sincerely held faith? In the course of reaching a decision, Fiona visits Adam in hospital - an encounter which stirs long-buried feelings in her and powerful new emotions in the boy. Her judgment has momentous consequences for them both.

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Hard Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444824933

Published:

01-08-2015

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Generation

Author:

Paula McGrath

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1958: A young Irishman, keen to see the world and escape from the back-breaking life of scratching a living from the soil, sets sail for Canada to work in the uranium mines. 2010: Aine, the miner's daughter, worn down by life and single motherhood, leaves Ireland with her daughter Daisy to spend six weeks working on an organic farm in Illinois - and conducting a passionate affair with Joe, the owner. But Joe has secrets to hide, and the revelation of one of them drops a bombshell onto Aine's new life...

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Soft Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444834420

Published:

01-10-2017

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The Drowned Village

Author:

Kathleen McGurl

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It's the summer of 1935, and eleven-year-old Stella Walker is preparing to leave her home forever. Forced to evacuate to make way for a new reservoir, the village of Brackendale Green will soon be lost. But before the water has even reached them, a dreadful event threatens to tear Stella's family apart... In the present day, Stella is living with her granddaughter Laura, who helps to care for her as she attempts to leave double heartache behind. A fierce summer has dried up the lake and revealed the remnants of the deserted village, and Stella is sure the place still holds answers for her. With only days until the rain returns, she begs Laura to make the journey for her - and to finally solve the mysteries of the almost forgotten past.

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Hard Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444842838

Published:

01-11-2019

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The Girl From Ballymor

Author:

Kathleen McGurl

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Ballymor, Ireland, 1847: As famine grips the country, Kitty McCarthy is left widowed and alone. Fighting to keep her two remaining children alive against all odds, she must decide how far she will go to save her family... Present day: Arriving in Ballymor, Maria is researching her ancestor, Victorian artist Michael McCarthy, and his beloved mother, the mysterious Kitty who disappeared without a trace. Running from her future, it's not only answers about the past that Maria hopes to find in Ireland. As her search brings her closer to the truth about Kitty's fate, Maria must make the biggest decision of her life...

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Hard Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444837094

Published:

01-06-2018

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