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An Appetite For Violets

Author:

Martine Bailey

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THAT'S HOW IT IS FOR US SERVANTS. NO ONE PAYS YOU MUCH HEED; MOSTLY YOU'RE INVISIBLE AS FURNITURE. YET YOU OVERHEAR A CONVERSATION, OR A WRITING DESK LIES OPEN - AND YOU FIND SOMETHING, SOMETHING YOU SHOULD NOT HAVE FOUND... Biddy Leigh, under-cook at the foreboding Mawton Hall, wants to marry her childhood sweetheart and set up her own tavern. But when her elderly master marries the young Lady Carinna, Biddy is unwittingly swept up in a world of scheming, secrets and lies. Forced to accompany her new mistress to Italy, Biddy takes with her an old household book of recipes, THE COOK'S JEWEL, in which she records her observations. When she finds herself embroiled in a murderous conspiracy, Biddy realises that the secrets she holds could be the key to her survival - or her downfall...

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General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444824148

Published:

01-06-2015

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Every Promise

Author:

Andrea Bajani

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When Sara leaves him - broken by their inability to conceive - Pietro reverts to a younger self, leaving the dishes unwashed and the bed unmade. Soon after, Sara confesses that she is pregnant from a casual encounter, and comes to rely on Pietro's mother for support. This leaves the three of them in an uncomfortable limbo, unable to move on. Into all of this falls Olmo, an old man haunted by memories of war. When he asks Pietro to travel to Russia on his behalf, to right a wrong from his past, Pietro sees a chance for a new beginning...

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Soft Cover

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General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444822519

Published:

01-01-2015

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Miss Hargreaves

Author:

Frank Baker

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When Norman Huntley and his friend Henry invent, on the spur of the moment, an 83-year-old woman called Miss Hargreaves, they are inspired to post a letter to their new fictional friend. It is only meant to be a silly, harmless game - until Miss Hargreaves arrives on their doorstep, complete with her cockatoo, her harp and - last but not least - her bath. She is, to Norman's utter disbelief, exactly as he had imagined her: eccentric and endlessly astounding. He hadn't imagined, however, how much havoc an imaginary octogenarian could wreak in his sleepy Buckinghamshire home town, Cornford. Will his once-ordinary, once-peaceful life ever be the same again? And, what's more, does he want it to be?

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General Fiction

ISBN:

9780753186077

Published:

01-06-2011

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The Woman Who Ran

Author:

Sam Baker

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Helen Graham is a new arrival in a tiny Yorkshire village, renting dilapidated Wildfell Hall. The villagers are intensely curious - what makes her so jumpy, and why is she so evasive? Their interest is Helen's worst nightmare. Looking over her shoulder every day, she tries to piece together her past before it can catch up with her. With everything she knows in fragments, from her marriage to her career as a war photographer, how can she work out who to trust and what to believe, when most days she can barely remember who she is?

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Hard Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444832785

Published:

01-06-2017

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A Map Of Nowhere

Author:

Martin Bannister

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David Price always wished life would blow up in his face. And then it did. His mother died; the urge to paint left him; and Sarah came his way - followed by Pete, a psychiatric outpatient. Now David spends his time worrying about Sarah's eating habits, visiting her terminally ill sister, and working as Pete's carer. When Pete's odd behaviour starts to leave David fearing for his own safety, he is shocked to discover that Sarah knows the reason why - but will not disclose it...

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Soft Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444825763

Published:

01-10-2015

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The Elegance Of The Hedgehog

Author:

Muriel Barbery

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Renee is the concierge of a grand Parisian apartment building on the Left Bank. To the residents she is honest, reliable and uncultivated - an ideal concierge. But Renee has a secret. Beneath this conventional facade she is passionate about culture and the arts, and more knowledgeable in many ways than her self-important employers. Down in her lodge, Renee is resigned to living a lie; meanwhile, several floors up, twelve-year-old Paloma Josse is determined to avoid a predictably bourgeois future, and plans to commit suicide on her 13th birthday. But the death of one of their privileged neighbours will bring dramatic change to number 7, Rue de Grenelle, altering the course of both their lives forever.

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Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9780753186138

Published:

01-01-2011

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Regeneration

Author:

Pat Barker

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Craiglockhart War Hospital, 1917, where army psychiatrist William Rivers is treating shell-shocked soldiers. Under his care are the poets Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owen, as well as mute Billy Prior, who is only able to communicate by means of pencil and paper. Rivers' job is to make the men in his charge healthy enough to fight. Yet the closer he gets to mending his patients' minds, the harder becomes every decision to send them back to the horrors of the front... REGENERATION is the classic exploration of how the traumas of war brutalized a generation of young men.

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Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444820164

Published:

01-07-2014

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The Eye In The Door

Author:

Pat Barker

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London, 1918. Billy Prior is working for Intelligence in the Ministry of Munitions. But his private encounters with women and men - pacifists, objectors, homosexuals - conflict with his duties as a soldier, and it is not long before his sense of himself fragments and breaks down. Forced to consult the man who helped him before, army psychiatrist William Rivers, Prior must confront his inability to be the dutiful soldier his superiors wish him to be... THE EYE IN THE DOOR is a heart-rending study of the contradictions of war and of those forced to live through it.

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Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444820539

Published:

01-08-2014

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The Ghost Road

Author:

Pat Barker

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1918, the closing months of the war. Army psychiatrist William Rivers is increasingly concerned for the men who have been in his care - particularly Billy Prior, who is about to return to combat in France with young poet Wilfred Owen. As Rivers tries to make sense of what, if anything, he has done to help these injured men, Prior and Owen await the final battles in a war that has decimated a generation... THE GHOST ROAD is the Booker Prize-winning account of the devastating final months of the First World War.

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Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444820881

Published:

01-09-2014

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Toby's Room

Author:

Pat Barker

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Toby and Elinor, brother and sister, closest friends and confidants, are sharers of a dark secret, carried from the sweltering summer of 1912 into the battlefields of France and wartime London in 1917. When Toby is reported 'Missing, Believed Killed', another secret casts a lengthening shadow over Elinor's world: how exactly did Toby die - and why? Elinor's fellow art student, Kit Neville, recently returned from the war with his face destroyed, was there in the shell-hole when Toby met his fate, but he is in no mood to talk. Enlisting the help of former lover Paul Tarrant, Elinor determines to uncover the truth. Only then will she be able to finally close the door to Toby's room.

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Hard Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444816938

Published:

01-10-2013

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Precocious

Author:

Joanna Barnard

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They say your school days are the best of your life. But everybody lies... Fiona is (un)happily married when a chance meeting with her former teacher Mr. Morgan plunges her headlong into an affair. But as their obsessive relationship grows ever darker, Fiona is forced to confront her own past. She first drew close to Henry Morgan as a precocious and lonely fourteen-year-old, and their relationship was always one which she controlled - or did she? Are some of the biggest lies Fiona has told been to herself? Has Henry Morgan been the love of her life, or the ruin of it?

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Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444829365

Published:

01-08-2016

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Able Seacat Simon

Author:

Lynne Barrett-Lee

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Simon is discovered in the Hong Kong docks in 1948 and smuggled on board the HMS AMETHYST by a British sailor who takes pity on the malnourished kitten. The young cat quickly establishes himself as the chief rat-catcher in residence, while also winning the hearts of the entire crew. Then the AMETHYST is ordered to sail up the Yangtse, and tragedy strikes as it comes under fire from communist guns. Many of the crew are killed, and Simon is among those who are seriously wounded. With the help of the ship's doctor, the brave cat makes a full recovery and is soon spending time with the injured men in the sick bay, purring and keeping their spirits up. Soon, news of Simon's heroism spreads worldwide - but it is still a long journey back to England...

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Hard Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781785412561

Published:

01-09-2016

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