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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 to 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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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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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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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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General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444820881

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01-09-2014

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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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You Will Be Safe Here

Author:

Damian Barr

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South Africa, 1901: Sarah van der Watt and her six-year-old son Fred are forced from their home on Mulberry Farm. The English invaders welcome them to Bloemfontein Concentration Camp, promising Sarah and Fred that they will be safe there. But as the 'vermin' and 'undesirables', as they are labelled, brave harsh conditions and starvation, it's clear that safety is not what the English have in mind... 2010: Sixteen-year-old Willem is an outsider. Hoping he will become the man she wants him to be, his ma forces him to attend the New Dawn Safari Training Camp, where they are proud to make men out of boys. They promise that he will be safe there. These two connected stories uncover a hidden colonial history and present-day darkness, while exploring our capacity for both cruelty and kindness.

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General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444842470

Published:

01-10-2019

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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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Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781785412561

Published:

01-09-2016

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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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Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781785412622

Published:

01-09-2017

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The Temporary Gentleman

Author:

Sebastian Barry

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Jack McNulty is a "temporary gentleman", an Irishman whose commission in the British army in WWII was never permanent. In 1957 he sets out to write his story He is an ordinary man, but he has seen extraordinary things. He has worked and wandered around the world - as a soldier, an engineer, a UN observer - and has had a strange and tumultuous marriage. Mai Kirwan was a great beauty with a vivid mind, but an elusive and mysterious figure too. Jack married her, but in time she slipped from his grasp. This is a heart-breaking portrait of one man's life...

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General Fiction

ISBN:

9781445099620

Published:

01-02-2015

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The Temporary Gentleman

Author:

Sebastian Barry

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Jack McNulty is a "temporary gentleman", an Irishman whose commission in the British army in WWII was never permanent. In 1957 he sets out to write his story He is an ordinary man, but he has seen extraordinary things. He has worked and wandered around the world - as a soldier, an engineer, a UN observer - and has had a strange and tumultuous marriage. Mai Kirwan was a great beauty with a vivid mind, but an elusive and mysterious figure too. Jack married her, but in time she slipped from his grasp. This is a heart-breaking portrait of one man's life...

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Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781445099637

Published:

01-01-2016

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A Breath Of French Air

Author:

H.E. Bates

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'I SHOULD LIKE TO GO TO FRANCE,' MA SAID. 'GOD ALMIGHTY,' POP SAID. 'WHAT FOR?' At the end of a wet English summer, the Larkins - now numbering ten, with their new additions of a baby and a son-in-law - bundle into the Rolls and cross the Channel to escape the hostile elements. But it's far from being the balmy, sunny, and 'perfick' spot they anticipated. The tea's weak, the hotel's decrepit, and they seem to have brought the rain along with them. Then the disapproving hotel manager learns that Ma and Pop are unmarried, yet sharing a room under his roof...

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Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444837216

Published:

01-06-2018

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A Little Of What You Fancy

Author:

H.E. Bates

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'TEETOTAL! HE'LL NEVER LIVE IT DOWN. HE'LL NEVER BE ABLE TO HOLD HIS HEAD UP AGAIN. WHATEVER WILL PEOPLE THINK? YOU'LL HAVE TO STRAP HIM DOWN,' MA SAID. 'YOU'LL HAVE TO PUT THE HANDCUFFS ON.' After a mild heart attack (caused by rather too much of what you fancy), Pop Larkin finds himself off the booze, off the fine food, and off the good life generally - much to his own and everyone else's horror and upset. And while Ma tries to find ways around the doctor's orders, young Primrose is finding her own way around a rather flustered Reverend Candy...

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Soft Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444839098

Published:

01-11-2018

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