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The Following Girls

Author:

Louise Levene

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When Amanda Baker was fourteen, she found a letter written by her runaway mother to her unborn child: 'Dear Jeremy (or Amanda)', it began. Now, in the 1970s, she is in the hands of disaffected parents seeking to find a new school for their disappointing daughter. The happiest days of your life? Not for Baker, sixteen and sick of it as she moves miserably between lessons packed with palm fibre and the use of the dative. Baker's only solace is her fifth-form gang, The Four Mandies, and a low-calorie diet of king-sized cigarettes - until she teams up with Julia Smith, games captain and consummate game-player. So begins a passionate friendship that will threaten Baker's future, menace her sanity, and risk the betrayal of everything and everyone she holds dear...

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General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444822762

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01-02-2015

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The Colour Of Milk

Author:

Nell Leyshon

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The year is eighteen-hundred-and-thirty-one when fifteen-year-old Mary begins the difficult task of telling her story. A scrap of a thing with a sharp tongue and hair the colour of milk, Mary leads a harsh life working on her father's farm alongside her three sisters. In the summer she is sent to work for the local vicar's invalid wife, where the reasons why she must record the truth of what happens to her - and the need to record it so urgently - are gradually revealed.

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General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444816624

Published:

01-09-2013

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Death In Sunset Grove

Author:

Minna Lindgren

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Good detectives come in all manner of guises... Meet Siiri and Irma, best friends and the queen bees of Sunset Grove, a retirement community for those still young at heart. With a combined age of nearly 180, Siiri and Irma are still just as inquisitive and witty as when they first met decades ago. But when their comfortable world is upturned by a suspicious death at Sunset Grove, Siiri and Irma are shocked into doing something about it. They begin their own private investigations and form The Lavender Ladies Detective Agency. The trouble is, beneath Sunset Grove's calm facade, there is more going on than meets the eye...

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General Fiction

ISBN:

9780750544481

Published:

01-09-2017

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The Innocents

Author:

Laura Lippman

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Years ago, they were childhood sweethearts and best friends. Growing up in the seventies, they had spent their long summer holidays together, bored and unsupervised. But time passed and they grew apart, became adults with families of their own, and began to forget about the past - and the terrible lies they shared... Now, however, the youngest and wildest of the five, Gordon, has died and the others are thrown together for the first time for more than twenty years. Could their long-ago lie be the reason for their troubles today? Is it more dangerous to admit to what they'd done, or is it the strain of keeping the secret that is beginning to wear down on their souls?

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General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444816259

Published:

01-08-2013

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Family Album

Author:

Penelope Lively

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A big shabby Victorian suburban house, the smell of raincoats and coq au vin in the hall, the six mugs for the children slung from the kitchen dresser hooks: for destructive Paul, difficult Gina, elegant Sandra, considerate Katie, clever Roger and flighty Clare, Allersmead was the perfect place to grow up. But was it? Now grown-up and off in different directions, one by one the children return to Allersmead, to their home-making mother and aloof writer father and a house that for years has played silent witness to the secrets of a family, and one particular secret of which no one speaks.

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General Fiction

ISBN:

9780753185896

Published:

01-02-2011

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Moon Tiger

Author:

Penelope Lively

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Claudia Hampton, a beautiful, famous writer, lies dying in hospital. But, as the nurses tend to her with quiet condescension, she is plotting her greatest work: "a history of the world...and in the process, my own". Gradually she re-creates the rich mosaic of her life and times, conjuring up those she has known. There is Gordon, her adored brother, and Jasper, her charming, untrustworthy lover and father of Lisa, her cool, conventional daughter. Then there is Tom, her one great love, both found and lost in wartime Egypt. Penelope Lively's Booker Prize-winning novel weaves an exquisite mesh of memories, flashbacks and shifting voices, in a haunting story of loss and desire.

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General Fiction

ISBN:

9780753188026

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01-06-2011

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Esther

Author:

Norah Lofts

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Artaxerxes, King of Persia, needs a wife. He picks the one girl who would have given anything to be passed over: a Jewish scholar, Esther, from the back streets of his capital, Shushan. To a King bored by the chattering of women wreathed in musky scents, this changeling is a breath of fresh air. But the new Queen of Persia is lost in a world of protocol, and soon loses her husband's favour. Worse, she has to hide her faith and deny her origins - for Haman, the King's favourite, is an Amelekite, an ancient enemy of the Jews, and determined to have revenge. Esther's only hope to avert a holocaust is to risk her own life and go, uninvited, before a King who has already disposed of one unpopular wife...

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General Fiction

ISBN:

9781785415258

Published:

01-05-2018

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Esther

Author:

Norah Lofts

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Artaxerxes, King of Persia, needs a wife. He picks the one girl who would have given anything to be passed over: a Jewish scholar, Esther, from the back streets of his capital, Shushan. To a King bored by the chattering of women wreathed in musky scents, this changeling is a breath of fresh air. But the new Queen of Persia is lost in a world of protocol, and soon loses her husband's favour. Worse, she has to hide her faith and deny her origins - for Haman, the King's favourite, is an Amelekite, an ancient enemy of the Jews, and determined to have revenge. Esther's only hope to avert a holocaust is to risk her own life and go, uninvited, before a King who has already disposed of one unpopular wife...

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General Fiction

ISBN:

9781785415319

Published:

01-05-2019

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Knight's Acre

Author:

Norah Lofts

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Sir Godfrey Tallboys was a knight-errant, famous for his success at tourneys, but far from wealthy. In an attempt to make his fortune he left his wife Sybilla and travelled to Spain to fight a minor crusade against the Moors. But treachery lurked in that far distant land and soon Sir Godfrey became a prisoner, a helpless slave in a hostile country. Back in quiet Suffolk he was reported dead. And so it fell to Sybilla to fend for the whole family. The modest house of Knight's Acre became the scene of much hardship and poverty, and only someone with Sybilla's determination could triumph at last. But Sybilla was to find that life still held many surprises for her...

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Soft Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781445099477

Published:

01-10-2015

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The Day Of The Butterfly

Author:

Norah Lofts

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When Daisy Holt was dismissed from her post as a nursemaid she set off cheerfully into the jungle of mid-Victorian London. When Kitty Hammond, proprietress of the "select establishment" off Leicester Square discovered her she was quick to realise that Daisy has a rare talent and would make a successful entertainer. And there it was that she met the impoverished artist John Skelton. To him Daisy represented the perfect model - the one to inspire his work. But Daisy fell completely and hopelessly in love with him - a love which was to launch her on a stormy career in which luxury, admiration and suffering were all to play a part...

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Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9780753191743

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01-09-2013

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The Day Of The Butterfly

Author:

Norah Lofts

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When Daisy Holt was dismissed from her post as a nursemaid she set off cheerfully into the jungle of mid-Victorian London. When Kitty Hammond, proprietress of the "select establishment" off Leicester Square discovered her she was quick to realise that Daisy had a rare talent and would make a successful entertainer. And there it was that she met the impoverished artist John Skelton. To him Daisy represented the perfect model - the one to inspire his work. But Daisy fell completely and hopelessly in love with him - a love which was to launch her on a stormy career in which luxury, admiration and suffering were all to play a part...

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Soft Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9780753191750

Published:

01-07-2014

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The House At Sunset

Author:

Norah Lofts

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"At the age of seven I was a skilful pickpocket. I could sew neatly, write a tolerable hand, make a curtsey and a correct introduction, dance a little and play simple tunes on the harpsichord." This was the London life of Felicity Hatton in 1740 - until chance sent her back to the House, first as a pauper, later to become its mistress - a strange eccentric mistress whose choice of husband was as unorthodox as her manner of living. The House at Sunset is the last volume of Norah Lofts' famous House Trilogy, and traces the fortunes of the men and woman who lived through Georgian, Victorian, and New Elizabethan eras.

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Hard Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9780753191729

Published:

01-06-2013

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