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Toby's Room

Author:

Pat Barker

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Toby and Elinor, brother and sister, closest friends and confidants, are sharers of a dark secret, carried from the sweltering summer of 1912 into the battlefields of France and wartime London in 1917. When Toby is reported 'Missing, Believed Killed', another secret casts a lengthening shadow over Elinor's world: how exactly did Toby die - and why? Elinor's fellow art student, Kit Neville, recently returned from the war with his face destroyed, was there in the shell-hole when Toby met his fate, but he is in no mood to talk. Enlisting the help of former lover Paul Tarrant, Elinor determines to uncover the truth. Only then will she be able to finally close the door to Toby's room.

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Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444816938

Published:

01-10-2013

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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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Soft Cover

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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Hard Cover

Genre:

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

Synopsis:

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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Soft Cover

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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Hard Cover

Genre:

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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Soft Cover

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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Soft Cover

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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Oh! To Be In England

Author:

H.E. Bates

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A letter arrives from Madame Dupont, the Larkins' landlady during their disastrous French holiday. Within it is the reminder that they had asked her to be godmother to little Oscar, and the news that she is coming over to England for the christening. Pop and Ma, who need no excuse to crack open bottles and host the 'perfick party', are more than happy to celebrate the occasion in style. But when the parson discovers that none of the Larkin brood has ever been baptised, it seems the whole lot of them are in line for a splash of holy water...

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Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444837858

Published:

01-08-2018

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The Darling Buds Of May

Author:

H.E. Bates

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The Larkin family - Pop, Ma, and their brood of six children - reside with a thriving menagerie on a small farm, where they live and love in amiable chaos. Rattling around in a gentian-blue thirty-hundredweight truck, doing a little of this and a little of that - picking fruit in the summer and hops in the autumn, wheeler-dealing, selling flowers at the roadside - they revel in life's simple pleasures. Then along comes Mr Cedric Charlton from the Inland Revenue, determined to assess the tax owed by Pop. But his plans are thrown into confusion by the eldest Larkin daughter - the entrancing Mariette...

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Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444837209

Published:

01-06-2018

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When The Green Woods Laugh

Author:

H.E. Bates

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City stockbroker Mr Jerebohm and his wife are seeking a rural retreat where they can host shooting parties and afternoon tea on the lawn. So Pop Larkin - junk dealer, family man, and Dragon's Blood connoisseur - sells them Gore Court, a crumbling pile of a country mansion, for a tidy profit. Now he can build his family that swimming pool they want. But the Larkins' new neighbours aren't quite so accepting of country ways - especially Pop's little eccentricities. And it's not long before a wobbly boat, a misplaced pair of hands, and Mrs Jerebohm's behind have Pop up before a magistrate...

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Soft Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444837841

Published:

01-08-2018

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