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Conversations With Friends

Author:

Sally Rooney

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Frances is twenty-one years old, cool-headed and darkly observant. A college student and aspiring writer, she devotes herself to a life of the mind - and to the beautiful and endlessly self-possessed Bobbi, her best friend and comrade-in-arms. Lovers at school, the two young women now perform spoken-word poetry together in Dublin, where a journalist named Melissa spots their potential. Drawn into Melissa's orbit, Frances is reluctantly impressed by the older woman's sophisticated home and tall, handsome husband, Nick. But however amusing their flirtation seems at first, it gives way to a strange intimacy neither of them expects. As Frances tries to keep her life in check, her relationships increasingly resist her control: with Nick, with her difficult and unhappy father, and finally even with Bobbi...

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Soft Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781785414831

Published:

01-01-2019

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Alberto's Lost Birthday

Author:

Diana Rosie

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Alberto is an old man, who remembers nothing before his arrival at an orphanage during the Spanish Civil War. He rarely thinks about his missing childhood - but when seven-year-old Tino discovers that his grandfather has never had a birthday party, never blown out candles on a birthday cake, never received a single birthday present, he's determined that things should change. And so the two set out to find Alberto's birthday. As their search unfolds, Alberto realises that he has lost more than a birthday. He has lost a part of himself. But, with his grandson's help, he might just find it again.

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Soft Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444831580

Published:

01-02-2017

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Jonathan Unleashed

Author:

Meg Rosoff

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Jonathan Trefoil's boss is unhinged, his relationship baffling, and his apartment just the wrong side of legal. His girlfriend wants to marry someone just like him - only richer, more organised, and with a different sense of humour. On the plus side, his two flatmates are determined to fix his life - or possibly to destroy it altogether. It's difficult to be certain, though, as they only speak Dog... Poor Jonathan doesn't remember life being this confusing back in the good old days. But one thing he knows for sure: if he can make it in New York City, he can make it anywhere.

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Soft Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444835540

Published:

01-01-2018

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To Die In Spring

Author:

Ralf Rothmann/Shaun Whiteside

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Walter Urban and Friedrich 'Fiete' Caroli are young hands on a dairy farm in northern Germany. By 1945, it seems that the war is entering its final stage. But when they are forced to 'volunteer' for the Waffen-SS, they find themselves embroiled in a desperate, bloody conflict. Walter is put to work as a driver for a supply unit, while Fiete is sent to the front. When the senseless bloodshed leads Fiete to desert, only to be captured and sentenced to death, the friends are reunited under catastrophic circumstances. In a few days the war will be over, millions of innocents will be dead, and the survivors must find a way to live with its legacy.

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Hard Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444837124

Published:

01-06-2018

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The Au Pair

Author:

Emma Rous

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Seraphine Mayes and her brother Danny are known as the summer-born Summerbournes: the first set of summer twins to be born at Summerbourne House. But on that day, their mother threw herself to her death, their au pair fled, and the village thrilled with whispers of dark-cloaked figures and a stolen baby. Now twenty-five, and mourning the recent death of her father, Seraphine uncovers a family photograph taken on the day she and Danny were born featuring both parents posing with just one baby. Seraphine begins to suspect that they might not be twins after all, and that there was more to her mother's death than she has ever been told. Why did their beloved au pair flee that day? Where is she now? And does she hold the key to what really happened?

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Hard Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444842876

Published:

01-11-2019

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Lily And The Octopus

Author:

Steven Rowley

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IT'S THURSDAY THE FIRST TIME I SEE IT. I KNOW THAT IT'S THURSDAY BECAUSE THURSDAY NIGHTS ARE THE NIGHTS MY DOG, LILY, AND I SET ASIDE TO TALK ABOUT BOYS WE THINK ARE CUTE... Ted Flask's best friend and only companion is Lily: a twelve-year-old, bedclothes-burrowing, ice-cream-eating, shrewd and sassy dachshund. Sure, she's ageing, but the two of them have great times together - until that Thursday night, when Ted learns that there is something very wrong with Lily, and is forced to confront the possibility of life without his treasured dog. What follows is a story about loving fiercely, learning to let go, and how the fight for those we cherish is the greatest fight of all.

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Hard Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781785413322

Published:

01-03-2017

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Lily And The Octopus

Author:

Steven Rowley

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IT'S THURSDAY THE FIRST TIME I SEE IT. I KNOW THAT IT'S THURSDAY BECAUSE THURSDAY NIGHTS ARE THE NIGHTS MY DOG, LILY, AND I SET ASIDE TO TALK ABOUT BOYS WE THINK ARE CUTE... Ted Flask's best friend and only companion is Lily: a twelve-year-old, bedclothes-burrowing, ice-cream-eating, shrewd and sassy dachshund. Sure, she's ageing, but the two of them have great times together - until that Thursday night, when Ted learns that there is something very wrong with Lily, and is forced to confront the possibility of life without his treasured dog. What follows is a story about loving fiercely, learning to let go, and how the fight for those we cherish is the greatest fight of all.

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Soft Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781785413384

Published:

01-03-2018

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Sleeping On Jupiter

Author:

Anuradha Roy

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A train stops at a railway station, and a young woman jumps off. She has wild hair, sloppy clothes, a distracted air. The sudden violence of what happens next leaves the other passengers gasping... The train terminates at Jarmuli, a temple town by the sea. Here, among pilgrims, priests and ashrams, three old women disembark - only to encounter the girl once again. What is someone like her doing in this remote place? Over the next five days, the old women live out their long-planned dream of a holiday together; their temple guide finds ecstasy in forbidden love; and the girl is joined by a photographer battling his own demons. As the lives of these disparate people overlap and collide, Jarmuli is revealed as a place with a long, dark past that transforms all who encounter it...

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Hard Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781785411861

Published:

01-05-2016

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Sleeping On Jupiter

Author:

Anuradha Roy

Synopsis:

A train stops at a railway station, and a young woman jumps off. She has wild hair, sloppy clothes, a distracted air. The sudden violence of what happens next leaves the other passengers gasping... The train terminates at Jarmuli, a temple town by the sea. Here, among pilgrims, priests and ashrams, three old women disembark - only to encounter the girl once again. What is someone like her doing in this remote place? Over the next five days, the old women live out their long-planned dream of a holiday together; their temple guide finds ecstasy in forbidden love; and the girl is joined by a photographer battling his own demons. As the lives of these disparate people overlap and collide, Jarmuli is revealed as a place with a long, dark past that transforms all who encounter it...

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Soft Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781785411922

Published:

01-05-2017

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The French Lesson

Author:

Hallie Rubenhold

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Henrietta Lightfoot, a young Englishwoman, trips on her silk gown as she runs for her life along the bloodstained streets of revolutionary Paris. She finds refuge in the opulent home of Grace Dalrymple Elliot, the city's most celebrated courtesan. But heads are rolling, neighbours fear neighbours, and masters whisper before servants. As the sound of the guillotine echoes outside, within the gilded salons of high society Henrietta becomes a pawn in a vicious power game. How will she survive in a world where no one can be trusted?

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Hard Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444831443

Published:

01-02-2017

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From A Low And Quiet Sea

Author:

Donal Ryan

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An educated man and a doctor, Farouk is a Syrian refugee, escaping his homeland under cover of night with his wife and daughter for what he hopes will be a brighter future in western Europe. A young man, Lampy, recovering from his first broken heart, lives with his mother and grandfather while working in a care home. John, an elderly accountant and lobbyist, is filled with remorse over a failed relationship with a much younger woman. The refugee. The dreamer. The penitent. From war-torn Syria to small-town Ireland, three men, scarred by all they have loved and lost, are searching for some version of home. Each is drawn towards a powerful reckoning - one that will bring them together in the most unexpected of ways.

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Hard Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444841565

Published:

01-07-2019

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The Spinning Heart

Author:

Donal Ryan

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In the aftermath of Ireland's financial collapse, dangerous tensions surface in an Irish town. The collapse of Pokey Burke's construction company and subsequent disappearance of its boss, leaving employees unpaid and a housing project half-finished, send ripples throughout the entire community. As violence flares, the locals - from Pokey's foreman Bobby, simmering as he waits for his father's death, to Realtin, grimly hanging on in one of the incomplete estate's two occupied houses - face a battle between public persona and inner desires. Through a chorus of unique voices, each struggling to tell their own kind of truth, a single authentic tale unfolds.

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Hard Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444820614

Published:

01-08-2014

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