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Love And Ruin

Author:

Paula McLain

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In 1937, courageous and independent Martha Gellhorn travels to Madrid to report on the atrocities of the Spanish Civil War, and finds herself drawn to the stories of ordinary people caught in devastating conflict. She also finds herself unexpectedly - and uncontrollably - falling in love with Ernest Hemingway, a man already on his way to becoming a legend. In the shadow of the impending Second World War, and set against the tumultuous backdrops of Madrid, Finland, China and especially Cuba, where Ernest and Martha make their home, their relationship and professional careers ignite. But when Hemingway publishes the biggest literary success of his career, they are no longer equals, and Martha must make a choice: surrender to his suffocating demands, or risk losing him by forging her way as her own woman and writer.

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Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444840582

Published:

01-04-2019

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The Woman In The Picture

Author:

Katharine McMahon

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Evelyn Gifford is one of Britain's first female lawyers and she has taken on the male establishment. Outside the courtroom, however, Evelyn's life is not going to plan. The only thing left for Evelyn is to throw herself into work. Evelyn finds herself embroiled in two very different cases - one linked to the unions, the other a rich factory owner who claims not to be the father of his wife's child. As Evelyn faces the hardest challenges of her career, she must also ask herself what matters most - security with a man she admires or passion with the man who might betray her?

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Hard Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9780750540995

Published:

01-07-2015

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What She Never Told Me

Author:

Kate McQuaile

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Louise Redmond left Ireland for London before she was twenty. Now, two decades later, her heart already breaking from a failing marriage, she is summoned home. Her mother Marjorie is on her deathbed, and it is Louise's last chance to learn the whereabouts of the father she never knew. Stubborn to the end, however, Marjorie refuses to fill in the pieces of her daughter's fragmented past. Then Louise unexpectedly finds a lead: a man called David Prescott - but is he really the father she's been trying to find? And who is the mysterious little girl who appears so often in her dreams? As each new discovery leads to another question, Louise begins to suspect that the memories she most treasures could be a delicate web of lies...

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Hard Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444831757

Published:

01-03-2017

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The Making Of Mr Bolsover

Author:

Cornelius Medvei

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NAME: Lynch, Andrew (b. 16.10.1958); a.k.a. 'Mr Bolsover' CAREER: civil servant, librarian, columnist, local councillor, revolutionary RECREATIONS: shooting squirrels, skinning rabbits, cooking with rats ADDRESS: present whereabouts unknown; last sighted in South Downs woodland close to the A275 PROFESSIONAL INTERESTS: cataloguing systems, hermits, badger welfare, troglodytes, revolutionary politics But a WHO'S WHO entry can reveal only so much. Like all the great political lives - Churchill, Disraeli, Gladstone, Genghis Khan - Bolsover's is one of incident, drama and passion: from the calm of Uckfield library to the demands of high office, a life on the run - and a final confrontation with the authorities...

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Soft Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444830859

Published:

01-12-2016

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Almost English

Author:

Charlotte Mendelson

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In a tiny flat in West London, sixteen-year-old Marina lives with her emotionally delicate mother, Laura, and three ancient Hungarian relatives. Imprisoned by her family's crushing expectations and their fierce un-English pride, by their strange traditions and stranger foods, Marina knows she must escape - but the place she runs to makes her feel even more of an outsider. At Combe Abbey, a traditional English boarding school for which her family have sacrificed everything, she realises she has made a terrible mistake. She is the awkward half-foreign girl who doesn't know how to fit in, flirt or even be. And as a semi-Hungarian Londoner, who is she? In the meantime, her mother Laura, an alien in this strange universe, has her own painful secrets to deal with...

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Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444820591

Published:

01-08-2014

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The Burning Girl

Author:

Claire Messud

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Julia Robinson and Cassie Burnes have been friends since nursery school. They have shared everything, including their desire to escape the stifling limitations of their birthplace, the quiet town of Royston, Massachusetts. While Julia comes from a stable, happy middle-class family, Cassie never knew her father, who died when she was an infant, and has an increasingly tempestuous relationship with her mother, Bev. As the two girls enter adolescence, their paths diverge. When Bev becomes involved with the mysterious Anders Shute, Cassie feels cruelly abandoned. Disturbed, angry and desperate for answers, she sets out on a journey that will put her own life in danger, and shatter her oldest friendship.

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Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444836806

Published:

01-05-2018

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The Square

Author:

Rosie Millard

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Jane has the ideal life: loving husband, beautiful house, and delightful son. Her fashionable dinner parties are perfect - and so are her secret assignations with her neighbour's husband, Jay... From Tracey and her Lottery winnings to eccentric artist Philip and his pornographic portraits, the residents of North London's most privileged enclave, the Square, are a very satisfied bunch. To raise money for communal fencing, the Residents' Association decides to hold a Talent Show, produced by Jane and hosted by TV celebrity Alan Makin. But when the show lurches into public disarray, reputations are shattered, and everyone has to learn to live with a far less glossy reality than before...

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Hard Cover

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General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444829273

Published:

01-08-2016

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The Compromise

Author:

Zoe Miller

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Childhood friends Juliet, Rebecca, Rose and Matthew grew up in a small village outside Dublin. Now privileged, wealthy and powerful, they appear to have it all. But when Juliet is involved in a suspicious accident and lies trapped between life and death at the bottom of a cliff, a secret that has been hidden for years threatens the seemingly perfect lives of the close-knit group. For the beautiful, fragile Rose, Juliet's accident draws unwanted attention to the sins of the past. For her husband, the ruthlessly ambitious Matthew, it removes a critical obstacle from the path of his political career. And as Rebecca discovers more about what happened to her friend, she begins to wonder if she ever knew the real Juliet...

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Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444822038

Published:

01-12-2014

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The Forensic Records Society

Author:

Magnus Mills

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Two men with a passion for vinyl found a society for the appreciation of records. Their aim is simple: to elevate the art of listening by doing so in forensic detail. The society enjoys moderate success in the back room of their local pub, the Half Moon, with other enthusiasts drawn to the initial promise of the weekly gathering. However, as the club gains popularity, its founders' uncompromising dogma results in a schism within the movement, and soon a counter-group forms. Then the introduction of a young woman called Alice further fractures the unity of the vulnerable society...

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Hard Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781785415333

Published:

01-06-2018

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The Forensic Records Society

Author:

Magnus Mills

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Two men with a passion for vinyl found a society for the appreciation of records. Their aim is simple: to elevate the art of listening by doing so in forensic detail. The society enjoys moderate success in the back room of their local pub, the Half Moon, with other enthusiasts drawn to the initial promise of the weekly gathering. However, as the club gains popularity, its founders' uncompromising dogma results in a schism within the movement, and soon a counter-group forms. Then the introduction of a young woman called Alice further fractures the unity of the vulnerable society...

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Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781785415395

Published:

01-06-2019

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A Meal In Winter

Author:

Hubert Mingarelli/Sam Taylor

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One morning in the dead of winter, three German soldiers are dispatched into the frozen Polish countryside to track down any Jews they can find - and return them for execution. Having captured a young man hiding in the woods, they rest in an abandoned house before continuing back to camp. But before long, the group's sympathies have splintered as they consider the moral implications of their mission, and confront their own consciences. Should the Jew be offered food? But after breaking bread with a man, how can they possibly send him to his death? Or should they risk everything to return him to liberty?

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Soft Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444833737

Published:

01-08-2017

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The Orchard Of Lost Souls

Author:

Nadifa Mohamed

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It is 1988 and Hargeisa waits. Whispers of revolution travel on the dry winds but still the dictatorship remains secure. Soon, and through the eyes of three women, we will see Somalia fall. Nine-year-old Deqo has left the vast refugee camp she was born in, lured to the city by the promise of her first pair of shoes. Kawsar, a solitary widow, is trapped in her little house with its garden clawed from the desert, confined to her bed after a savage beating in the local police station. Filsan, a young female soldier, has moved from Mogadishu to suppress the rebellion growing in the north. As the country is unravelled by a civil war that will shock the world, the fates of the three women are twisted irrevocably together...

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Hard Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444822403

Published:

01-01-2015

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