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The Last Time We Spoke

Author:

Fiona Sussman

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On the night that Carla Reid plans on celebrating her wedding anniversary with her husband Kevin and their grown son Jack, their New Zealand farmstead has never felt more like home. But when Ben Toroa and another aspiring gang member brutally force their way into the house with robbery and more on their minds, the night and the rest of both their lives take a radically different direction. As Carla struggles to come to terms with the aftermath and bereavement of different kinds and Ben faces the consequences in prison, their stories will be forever entwined.

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General Fiction

ISBN:

9780750544610

Published:

01-02-2018

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The Wall

Author:

William Sutcliffe

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The Wall is the concrete heart of the town of Amarias. You can only cross it at one checkpoint, where armed soldiers stand guard. One day, thirteen-year-old Joshua discovers a pitch-black tunnel that leads underneath The Wall. He's heard plenty of stories about the other side, and knows that a boy like him shouldn't venture into this forbidden territory. But he is compelled to go - and his world is about to be turned upside down... A searing fable about a divided city, THE WALL is one boy's shocking and powerful journey to find his own sense of right and wrong.

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Hard Cover

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General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444818086

Published:

01-01-2014

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The Chef

Author:

Martin Suter

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As the financial crisis grips the planet, Zurich's leading restaurant, Chez Huwyler, seems protected from the gathering storm. But when Maravan, dishwasher and undiscovered culinary genius and Andrea, stunningly beautiful waitress, are dismissed, they must find another way to survive. Maravan's seduction of Andrea after cooking a dinner which mixes the aphrodisiac recipes of his ancestors and the alchemy of molecular gastronomy leads to a business proposition from Andrea: romantic catering for couples. But when their company falls on hard times, they must enter into a much more unsavoury business, in an underworld where murder and sex feed otherwise unquenchable thirsts.

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Soft Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444816457

Published:

01-08-2013

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The Homesman

Author:

Glendon Swarthout

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In the American West in the 1850s, pioneer women are struggling with broken hearts and minds as they face bitter hardships. A 'homesman' must be found to escort a handful of these women back east to a sanatorium. Not exactly a job people are lining up for, it falls to Mary Bee Cuddy, an ex-teacher and spinster who is indomitable, resourceful, and 'plain as an old tin pail'. Mary Bee knows she can't make it alone, so she takes along her only available companion: the lowlife claim-jumper George Briggs. Thus begins a trek east against the tide of colonization, Indian attacks, ice storms, loneliness, and the unceasing aggravation of a disparate group of mad women. This is the tale of their journey, and a tribute to the men and women who homesteaded the frontier.

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General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444826753

Published:

01-01-2016

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The Mother's Secret

Author:

Clare Swatman

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Sisters Katie and Georgie have always shared a close bond. While Katie enjoyed the freedoms of youth, Georgie remained at home. But now Georgie is grown up, and it's time she started exploring. Their mother Jan loves them with all her heart. So what if she kept them out of sight when they were young? She just cared for them so much. She wanted to protect them. But maybe there was another reason for her protective behaviour. If the sisters venture too far afield, it could destroy the facade of their childhood. This family's about to discover that while lies can cause pain, the truth could destroy them all...

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General Fiction

ISBN:

9781785416224

Published:

01-11-2018

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The Mother's Secret

Author:

Clare Swatman

Synopsis:

Sisters Katie and Georgie have always shared a close bond. While Katie enjoyed the freedoms of youth, Georgie remained at home. But now Georgie is grown up, and it's time she started exploring. Their mother Jan loves them with all her heart. So what if she kept them out of sight when they were young? She just cared for them so much. She wanted to protect them. But maybe there was another reason for her protective behaviour. If the sisters venture too far afield, it could destroy the facade of their childhood. This family's about to discover that while lies can cause pain, the truth could destroy them all...

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Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781785416286

Published:

01-11-2019

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The Gilded Lily

Author:

Deborah Swift

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In her short life Sadie Appleby has never left rural Westmorland. But one night she is rudely awoken by her sister, Ella. She has robbed her employer and is on the run. Together the girls flee their own home and head for London. Ella sets her sights on the flamboyant man-about-town Jay Whitgift, owner of a parlour for the wives of the London gentry. But nothing in the capital is what it seems, least of all Jay Whitgift. Soon a rift has formed between Ella and Sadie, and the sisters are threatened by a menace more sinister than the law.

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General Fiction

ISBN:

9780750537346

Published:

01-06-2013

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Mothering Sunday

Author:

Graham Swift

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March 30th, 1924: Mothering Sunday. Jane Fairchild, twenty-two-year-old maid to the Niven family, has - as is traditional for domestic staff - the day free to spend time with her mother. But she has no parents to visit, for she was abandoned as a baby on the steps of an orphanage. Then her plans to spend the day reading in the garden, bathed in sunshine, are abruptly skewered by a telephone call from Paul Sheringham - the soon-to-be-married heir to the Upleigh estate - with whom she has been conducting an illicit affair...

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General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444835175

Published:

01-12-2017

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Bitter Almonds

Author:

Lilas Taha

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Omar is an orphaned Palestinian born into chaos, displaced by violence, and driven by forces beyond his control to find his place in the world. He only has one thing to hold on to: a love that propels him forward and gives him hope. Nadia is maturing into womanhood in a refugee community in Damascus. She tries hard to cope with the tough realities of her world, but she is confronted with a cruel load thrust upon her by a selfish brother. Will she break out of her traditional social mould to create her own destiny?

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Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781785412004

Published:

01-06-2016

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Bitter Almonds

Author:

Lilas Taha

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Omar is an orphaned Palestinian born into chaos, displaced by violence, and driven by forces beyond his control to find his place in the world. He only has one thing to hold on to: a love that propels him forward and gives him hope. Nadia is maturing into womanhood in a refugee community in Damascus. She tries hard to cope with the tough realities of her world, but she is confronted with a cruel load thrust upon her by a selfish brother. Will she break out of her traditional social mould to create her own destiny?

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General Fiction

ISBN:

9781785412066

Published:

01-06-2017

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My Absolute Darling

Author:

Gabriel Tallent

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At fourteen, Turtle Alveston knows the use of every gun on her wall; that chaos is coming, and only the strong will survive it; that her daddy, Martin, loves her more than anything else in this world. But chinks begin to appear in Turtle's armor as she learns that other people live differently from them. She meets Jacob, a high school boy who tells jokes, lives in a big clean house, and looks at Turtle as if she is the sunrise. And for the first time, the larger world begins to come into focus. Turtle begins to imagine escape, using the very survival skills that Martin devoted himself to teaching her. But changing her life will not be without risk - especially when Martin is driven into a downward spiral of fear and cruelty...

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General Fiction

ISBN:

9781785417306

Published:

01-06-2019

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Lingua Franca

Author:

William Thacker

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Miles Platting is pulled from the ruins of a shipwreck into a world where no one will speak to him. The founder of LINGUA FRANCA - a naming rights agency committed to rechristening every UK town after a corporate sponsor - Miles recounts the story of his quest for linguistic supremacy to anyone who'll listen. Confined to a hospital bed in a deathly quiet ward, he wants to find his colleagues and be reunited with his true love. But in doing so, he must confront his most deeply held convictions, in a world where the spoken word has been replaced with silence.

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Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444831221

Published:

01-01-2017

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