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The Children Act

Author:

Ian McEwan

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Fiona Maye is a leading High Court judge, presiding over cases in the family court. She is renowned for her fierce intelligence, exactitude and sensitivity. But her professional success belies private sorrow and domestic strife. There is the lingering regret of her childlessness, and her marriage of thirty-five years is in crisis. Now she is called on to try an urgent case: for religious reasons, a beautiful seventeen-year-old boy, Adam, is refusing the medical treatment that could save his life, and his devout parents share his wishes. Time is running out. Should the secular court overrule sincerely held faith? In the course of reaching a decision, Fiona visits Adam in hospital - an encounter which stirs long-buried feelings in her and powerful new emotions in the boy. Her judgment has momentous consequences for them both.

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General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444824933

Published:

01-08-2015

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The Butterfly Cabinet

Author:

Bernie McGill

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A story of a secret that refused to be forgotten When Maddie McGlade, a former nanny receives a letter from Anna, the last of her charges, she realises that the time has come to unburden herself of a secret. It is the story of the last day in the life of Charlotte Ormond , the four year old only daughter of the big house where Maddie was employed. The Butterfly Cabinet also reveals the thoughts of Charlottes mother, Harriet, a proud woman. Who's great passion is collecting butterflies; motherhood comes no more easily to her than does her role of mistress of a far-flung Irish estate.

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Hard Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9780750534833

Published:

01-11-2011

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The Last Kestrel

Author:

Jill McGivering

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Ellen Thomas, experienced war correspondent, returns to Afghanistan's dangerous Helmand Province on assignment, keen to find the murderer of her friend and translator, Jalil. In her search for justice in a land ravaged by death and destruction, she uncovers disturbing truths. Hasina, forced by tradition into the role of wife and mother, lives in a village which is taken by the British Forces. Her only son, Aref is part of a network of underground fighters and she is determined to protect him, whatever the cost. Ellen and Hasina are thrown together - one fighting for survival, the other searching for truth - with devastating consequences for them both.

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Hard Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444808353

Published:

01-10-2011

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Generation

Author:

Paula McGrath

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1958: A young Irishman, keen to see the world and escape from the back-breaking life of scratching a living from the soil, sets sail for Canada to work in the uranium mines. 2010: Aine, the miner's daughter, worn down by life and single motherhood, leaves Ireland with her daughter Daisy to spend six weeks working on an organic farm in Illinois - and conducting a passionate affair with Joe, the owner. But Joe has secrets to hide, and the revelation of one of them drops a bombshell onto Aine's new life...

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Soft Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444834420

Published:

01-10-2017

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The Drowned Village

Author:

Kathleen McGurl

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It's the summer of 1935, and eleven-year-old Stella Walker is preparing to leave her home forever. Forced to evacuate to make way for a new reservoir, the village of Brackendale Green will soon be lost. But before the water has even reached them, a dreadful event threatens to tear Stella's family apart... In the present day, Stella is living with her granddaughter Laura, who helps to care for her as she attempts to leave double heartache behind. A fierce summer has dried up the lake and revealed the remnants of the deserted village, and Stella is sure the place still holds answers for her. With only days until the rain returns, she begs Laura to make the journey for her - and to finally solve the mysteries of the almost forgotten past.

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Hard Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444842838

Published:

01-11-2019

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The Girl From Ballymor

Author:

Kathleen McGurl

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Ballymor, Ireland, 1847: As famine grips the country, Kitty McCarthy is left widowed and alone. Fighting to keep her two remaining children alive against all odds, she must decide how far she will go to save her family... Present day: Arriving in Ballymor, Maria is researching her ancestor, Victorian artist Michael McCarthy, and his beloved mother, the mysterious Kitty who disappeared without a trace. Running from her future, it's not only answers about the past that Maria hopes to find in Ireland. As her search brings her closer to the truth about Kitty's fate, Maria must make the biggest decision of her life...

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Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444837094

Published:

01-06-2018

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The Chapel At The Edge Of The World

Author:

Kirsten McKenzie

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Childhood sweethearts, Emilio and Rosa are engaged to be married. But it is 1942 and the war has taken Emilio far from Italy, to a tiny Orkney island where he is a prisoner of war. Emilio is inspired by the idea of building a chapel on the barren island. The prisoners band together to transform a derelict hut with little more than salvaged odds and ends. The chapel gradually takes shape, vivid frescoes line the walls. While Emilio's chapel will remain long after the POW camp has been disbanded, will his love for Rosa survive the hardships of war and separation? Rosa is no longer the girl he left behind. Life has changed, and nothing will be the same again.

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Soft Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9780753186275

Published:

01-02-2011

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£14.76

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Love And Ruin

Author:

Paula McLain

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In 1937, courageous and independent Martha Gellhorn travels to Madrid to report on the atrocities of the Spanish Civil War, and finds herself drawn to the stories of ordinary people caught in devastating conflict. She also finds herself unexpectedly - and uncontrollably - falling in love with Ernest Hemingway, a man already on his way to becoming a legend. In the shadow of the impending Second World War, and set against the tumultuous backdrops of Madrid, Finland, China and especially Cuba, where Ernest and Martha make their home, their relationship and professional careers ignite. But when Hemingway publishes the biggest literary success of his career, they are no longer equals, and Martha must make a choice: surrender to his suffocating demands, or risk losing him by forging her way as her own woman and writer.

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Hard Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444840582

Published:

01-04-2019

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The Paris Wife

Author:

Paula McLain

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Hadley Richardson is twenty-eight years old and has all but given up on love and happiness, until she meets Ernest Hemingway. After a whirlwind courtship and wedding, the pair sail for Paris, where they fall in with a circle of lively and volatile expatriates, including F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald and Ezra Pound. Ernest and Hadley are thrust into a life of artistic ambition, hard liquor and impulsive dashes to Pamplona and the Swiss Alps. But Jazz Age Paris does not lend itself to family life and fidelity. As Hadley struggles with jealousy and Ernest's literary endeavours bear fruit, they face the ultimate crisis of their marriage - a deception that will lead to the unravelling of everything they made of themselves in Paris, their 'great good place'.

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Hard Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444808360

Published:

01-10-2011

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The Time Is Now

Author:

Pauline McLynn

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In Broadwick Street in the heart of Soho, an elegant townhouse is home to a group of extraordinary people: from a woman grieving on New Year's Day, to a Victorian maid's passion for poetry, from a wartime widower picking up the pieces of his life, to a young musician with a dream, one magical house has witnessed the drama of people's lives for generations...

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Hard Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444807547

Published:

01-08-2011

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A Way Through The Woods

Author:

Katherine McMahon

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Summer, 1920. Sophia has always done what was expected of her. A beautiful young woman and dutiful daughter, she is now about to marry into an aristocratic family. Then an unexpected visitor arrives with news of a mysterious legacy which Sophia must collect in person from her mother's birthplace, the village of Needlewick. Despite herself, Sophia is glad of an excuse to escape the restriction of post-war London to visit her wayward mother's family and relive her own childhood memories, but Needlewick isn't quite as she remembered - and the legacy raises some disturbing questions...

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Hard Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9780750534079

Published:

01-07-2011

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Confinement

Author:

Katherine McMahon

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1849: Bess Hardemon arrives at the grimly Victorian Priors Heath school, determined to make a difference to the lives of the girls there ? but at what personal cost? 1967: Sarah Beckett is delighted to gain a place at Priors Heath ? as much for the pride of her parents as for herself ? but will she fit in with the other girls, particularly the wild, unpredictable Imogen? Over a century apart, both Bess and Sarah struggle to find a place for themselves in a world where the restrictions of society, marriage and even motherhood still have powerful, far-reaching consequences.

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Hard Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9780750533560

Published:

01-03-2011

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