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Closed Doors

Author:

Lisa O'Donnell

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Eleven-year-old Michael Murray is the best at two things: keepy-uppies, and keeping secrets. His family think he is too young to hear grown-up stuff, but he listens at doors; it's the only way to find out anything. And Michael's heard a secret - one that might explain the bruises on his mother's face. When the whispers at home and on the street become too loud to ignore, Michael begins to wonder if there is an even bigger secret he doesn't know about. Scared of what might happen if anyone finds out, and desperate for life to return to normal, Michael sets out to piece together the truth...

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Soft Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444821857

Published:

01-11-2014

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The Flatshare

Author:

Beth O'Leary

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Tiffy Moore has been dumped by her cheating boyfriend and urgently needs a new flat, but earning minimum wage at a quirky publishing house means that her choices are limited in London. Leon Twomey, a palliative care nurse, is more concerned with other people's welfare than his own. Along with working night shifts, his focus is on raising money to fight his brother's unjust imprisonment. Leon has a flat that he only uses 9 to 5. Tiffy works 9 to 5 and needs a place to sleep. The solution to their problems? To share a bed, of course. As Leon and Tiffy's unusual arrangement becomes a reality, they start to connect through Post-it notes left for each other around the flat. Can true love blossom in the unlikeliest of situations?

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Hard Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781785417887

Published:

01-11-2019

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Ann Devine, Ready For Her Close-up

Author:

Colm O'Regan

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When strange sightings are reported in the village of Kilsudgeon - of people who aren't locals driving four-by-fours, a man bun requesting kefir in the restaurant, and a quad bike at a funeral - Ann Devine wonders what it all has to do with rumours of a brand new television series. A lot, as it happens. As the town begins to fill up with the film crew, extras and a Hollywood star who's fond of the drink, everyone welcomes the chance to make a few bob and finally get enough broadband to send an attachment. Or nearly everyone. The newcomers seem to be doing more damage than good, and the last straw is when Ann's pride and joy - a floral arrangement in a boat - is trashed. She's about to discover what it means to go viral...

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Hard Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444843545

Published:

01-01-2020

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A New Map Of Love

Author:

Abi Oliver

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George Baxter has settled for a comfortable life, content as the years unfold predictably - until Win, his wife of twenty-six years, dies. With his loyal dog Monty by his side, George throws himself into his work as an antiques dealer. His business is at the heart of the village and all sorts pass through, each person in search of their own little piece of history. When George meets local widow Sylvia Newsome, he imagines a different future. But life has more revelations to offer him. Over the course of an English summer, George uncovers some unexpected mysteries from his past, which could shape his tomorrows...

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Hard Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444838985

Published:

01-11-2018

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Warlight

Author:

Michael Ondaatje

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1945: London is still reeling from the Blitz and years of war. Fourteen-year-old Nathaniel and his sister Rachel are apparently abandoned by their parents, left in the care of an enigmatic figure named The Moth. They suspect he might be a criminal, and both grow more convinced and less concerned as they get to know his eccentric crew of friends: men and women with a shared history, all of whom seem determined now to protect, and educate - in rather unusual ways - Rachel and Nathaniel. But are they really what and who they claim to be? A dozen years later, Nathaniel begins to uncover the hidden truths from his past, exploring both the traumas and the possibilities of rebuilding a life after war.

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Hard Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444840933

Published:

01-05-2019

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Park Lane

Author:

Frances Osborne

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London, February 1914. Eighteen-year-old Grace Campbell arrives in London from Carlisle, her family's hopes pinned on her becoming a secretary. The only job she can find is as a housemaid in the mansion that is Number 35, Park Lane. Upstairs, a jilted and humiliated Beatrice Masters is determined not to return to New York before she has salvaged her pride. She secretly joins Emmeline Pankhurst's militant suffragettes and is steadily drawn into the violence rocking the city. But Grace and Beatrice's existences are not as parallel as they seem. Little do they realize that their hidden lives and emotions will soon be revolving around the same man - or that the coming war will change the boundaries of both their worlds for ever.

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Soft Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9780753191217

Published:

01-01-2014

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Not Working

Author:

Lisa Owens

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Claire Flannery has just quit her office job, hoping to take some time to discover her real passion. Sometimes, you just have to bite the bullet and follow your dreams. But sometimes, you quit your job only to realize you don't HAVE any dreams. Or you don't know what they are. And your plans to run a marathon, finish ULYSSES, or discover your true vocation have dissolved into whole days spent entering Internet competitions. And you had wine for dinner again. And your mother won't take your calls. And you can't work out how everyone else seems to know exactly what they're doing with their lives...

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Soft Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444832303

Published:

01-04-2017

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Between Friends

Author:

Amos Oz

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Ariella, unhappy in love, confides in the woman whose husband she stole; Nahum, a devoted father, can't find the words to challenge his daughter's promiscuous lover; the old idealists deplore the apathy of the young, while the young are so used to kibbutz life that they can't work out if they're impassioned or indifferent. And amid this, Martin attempts to teach Esperanto. At the heart of each drama is a desire to be better, more principled, and worthy of the community's respect. Amos Oz leaves us with the feeling that what matters the most between friends is the invisible tie of our shared humanity.

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Soft Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444819694

Published:

01-05-2014

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Casting Off

Author:

P.I. Paris

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When the residents of a Highland care home discover that the new owners are about to substantially put up the fees, they know that dramatic action is called for. But what can a group of senior citizens possibly do against a big organisation? For Dorothy, the situation is serious. If she can't raise money, she'll have to leave all her friends, just like dear Miss Ross. In protest, the residents barricade themselves into the lounge. However, their rebellion fails, so worldly-wise Joan suggests a most unusual way to cover the rise - a very naughty chat line for men who want to talk to older women 'in a particular way'! As their lives take a series of unexpected turns, things get increasingly out of control...

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Hard Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444832884

Published:

01-06-2017

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Effie's War

Author:

Philip Paris

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1943: In a remote corner of the Scottish Highlands, something momentous is underway. When Effie's father receives a government notice to quit Kirk Farm, the lives of the Ross family and those of the whole community are utterly disrupted. But for Effie - irrepressible, beautiful, vital - wartime changes bring her close to Toni, an Italian prisoner of war sent to work on the farm. Before long, the young couple are planning a future together when the war is finally over - but it's a future that's under threat from the start. For there are those among them who cannot quite be trusted. Someone is determined to find out what lies behind the upheaval - and to pass those secrets into enemy hands. Stopping them will create devastation beyond anything anyone could have imagined...

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Hard Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444840605

Published:

01-04-2019

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The Beach Hut

Author:

Cassandra Parkin

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It is autumn, and on a peaceful Cornish beach, Finn and his sister Ava achieve a childhood dream by building themselves an illegal beach hut. This tiny haven will be their home until Ava departs at midwinter for an around-the-world adventure... In the town, local publican Donald is determined to get rid of them. Still mourning the death of his wife, all he wants is a quiet place where he can forget the past and raise his daughter Alicia in safety. However, Alicia is wrestling with demons of her own... As the sunshine fades and winter approaches, the beach hut stirs old memories for everyone. Their lives become entwined in surprising ways, and the secrets of the past and present are finally exposed.

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Hard Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444828207

Published:

01-05-2016

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If You Go Away

Author:

Adele Parks

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1914: Young Vivian is hurried into a pedestrian marriage to hush a scandal - and war breaks out on her wedding day. Quick to escape the disappointment of matrimony, her husband Aubrey immediately enlists, and Vivian has no alternative but to take up the running of his estate... Howard, a brilliant young playwright, rushes to the front in an attempt to understand his fellow man's eagerness to fight a faceless enemy - and finds he wants no part of it. In 1916, when conscription becomes law, he refuses to enlist, becoming one of the most notorious conscientious objectors of the time - and a threat to the government. Narrowly escaping a death sentence by agreeing to take on essential work on Vivian's farm, it is only then that Howard understands what is really worth fighting for...

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Hard Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444829297

Published:

01-08-2016

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