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Hag-Seed

Author:

Margaret Atwood

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Felix is at the top of his game as Artistic Director of the Makeshiweg Theatre Festival. His productions have amazed and confounded. Now he's staging a TEMPEST like no other: not only will it boost his reputation, but it will heal emotional wounds as well. Or that was the plan. Instead, after an act of unforeseen treachery, Felix is living in exile in a backwoods hovel, haunted by memories of his beloved lost daughter, Miranda - and also brewing revenge. After twelve years, his chance finally arrives in the shape of a theatre course at a nearby prison. Here, Felix and his inmate actors will put on his TEMPEST and snare the traitors who destroyed him. It's magic! But will it remake Felix as his enemies fall?

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General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444832426

Published:

01-05-2017

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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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Hard Cover

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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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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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Soft Cover

Genre:

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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General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444832785

Published:

01-06-2017

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Professor Chandra Follows His Bliss

Author:

Rajeev Balasubramanyam

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Professor Chandra, an internationally renowned economist, is an expert at complex problems. There's just one he can't crack: the secret of happiness. In the moments after the bicycle accident, Professor Chandra doesn't see his life flash before his eyes, but his life's work. He's just narrowly missed out on the Nobel Prize - again - and even though he knows he should get straight back to his pie charts, his doctor has other ideas. All this work. All this success. All this stress. It's killing him. He needs to take a break, start enjoying himself. In short, says his doctor - who is from California - Professor Chandra should just follow his bliss. He doesn't know it yet, but Professor Chandra is about to embark on the trip of a lifetime.

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Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444842456

Published:

01-10-2019

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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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Soft Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9780753186138

Published:

01-01-2011

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Noonday

Author:

Pat Barker

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London, the Blitz, autumn 1940: As the bombs fall on the blacked-out city, ambulance driver Elinor Brooke races from bomb sites to hospitals trying to save the lives of injured survivors. But Elinor sees little of her husband Paul as she works alongside long-time friend Kit Neville - and in this time of death and chaos, the normal boundaries seem like they're crumbling. Meanwhile, Paul believes that a child is dead due to a decision he made; and when a psychic says she sees the ghost of a boy hovering around him, he's inclined to give her words weight. As the bombing intensifies, the constant risk of death impels all three reach out for quick consolation. Old loves and obsessions resurface, until Elinor is brought face to face with an almost impossible choice.

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Hard Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444842463

Published:

01-10-2019

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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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Hard Cover

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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Hard Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444820881

Published:

01-09-2014

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