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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

Published:

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

Synopsis:

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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Soft Cover

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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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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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General Fiction

ISBN:

9780753191743

Published:

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

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General Fiction

ISBN:

9780753191729

Published:

01-06-2013

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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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Soft Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9780753191736

Published:

01-05-2014

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White Hell Of Pity

Author:

Norah Lofts

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The Bacons live in Swything - a charming little village with a Saxon church, green lanes and comfortable farmhouses. But the Bacons themselves are anything but charming. They are slovenly, dirty and poor. There are too many children, and Mrs. Bacon cordially resents them all. But she hates Emmie the most - because Emmie offends the most. Emmie is different. Then, when Emmie turns twelve, the miracle happens. The chance arrives for her to learn about a world the other Bacons do not know of. For when Emmie is twelve, she meets Miss Stanton...

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Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781785416118

Published:

01-10-2018

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Before She Was Mine

Author:

Kate Long

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Freya's two mothers couldn't be more different: Liv, her adoptive mother, is earthy and no-nonsense, whereas Freya's birth mother Melody is still apt to find herself thrown out of Topshop for bad behaviour. Hard as it has been for Freya to try to reconcile her two families, it has been harder for her mothers. Proud of her mature and sensible adoptive daughter, Liv fears Melody's restless influence. Meanwhile, forced to give up her baby when she was just a teenager herself, Melody now craves Freya's love and acceptance - but only really knows how to have fun. When tragedy strikes, can they finally let go of the past and pull together in order to withstand the toughest challenge life could throw at them?

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Hard Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444817706

Published:

01-12-2013

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