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The Quiet Side Of Passion

Author:

Alexander McCall Smith

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It is summer in Edinburgh, and Isabel Dalhousie is once again caught between "gossip" and significant rumour. Patricia, the mother of her son Charlie's little friend Basil, is estranged from his father, and she has a somewhat brazen attitude to childcare. Isabel, however, has much more on her mind as editor of the REVIEW OF APPLIED ETHICS. Along with the work involved for its impending next issue, she needs to get her house in order and tend to the demands of her niece, Cat. But her sharp observation and assured role as confidante soon have Isabel doubting all her recent decisions. What's more, her instinct to help others may have put her in real danger. In her desire to run both a smooth household and working life, has she simply created more chaos?

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General Fiction

ISBN:

9781785418242

Published:

01-02-2020

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The Ghost Factory

Author:

Jenny McCartney

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The Troubles turned Northern Ireland into a ghost factory: as manufacturing industries withered, the death business boomed. Belfast, 1990s: In trying to come to terms with his father's sudden death, and the paramilitary violence meted out to his friend Titch, Jacky is drawn to confront the bullies who still menace a city scarred by conflict. However, after he himself is attacked, he flees to London to build a new life. But even in the midst of a burgeoning love affair, he hears the ghosts of his past echoing, pulling him back to Belfast, crying out for retribution and justice. Their voices are very much alive, and so Jacky reluctantly returns, in an attempt to reconcile the young man he used to be with the new path he has tried to forge for himself.

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General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444843910

Published:

01-02-2020

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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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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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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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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 Forgotten Secret

Author:

Kathleen McGurl

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It's the summer of 1919, and Ellen O'Brien has her whole life ahead of her. Young, in love, and leaving home for her first job, the future seems full of shining possibility. But war is brewing, and before long, Ellen and everyone around her are swept up by it. As Ireland is torn apart by the turmoil, Ellen finds herself facing the ultimate test of love and loyalty... A hundred years later, Clare Farrell has inherited a dilapidated old farmhouse in County Meath. Seizing the chance to escape her unhappy marriage, she strikes out on her own, hoping the old building might also tell her something about her family's shadowy history. And when she stumbles across a long-forgotten hiding place, she discovers a clue to a secret that has lain buried for decades...

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General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444843927

Published:

01-02-2020

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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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General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444837094

Published:

01-06-2018

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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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Hard Cover

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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