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The Awkward Age

Author:

Francesca Segal

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In a Victorian terraced house in north-west London, two families unite in imperfect harmony. After five years of widowhood, Julia is deeply, unexpectedly in love. If only her beloved daughter Gwen didn't hate James so much. At the very least, she could be civil to his son Nathan. Bringing together two households was never going to be easy; but Gwen's struggle for independence, and the teenagers' unexpected actions, will threaten Julia's fragile new happiness. This is a story about standing by the ones we love, even when they hurt us. We would do anything to make our children happy - wouldn't we?

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General Fiction

ISBN:

9781785414565

Published:

01-11-2018

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The Ex-factor

Author:

Andrea Semple

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Martha Seymore is the go-to girl who gets paid to sympathise with the cheated and jilted, the under-sexed and over-attached readers of GLOSS magazine. But when she finds out about her boyfriend's one-night stand, she starts to doubt whether she really has any of the answers. Not only does she have to admit to a failed relationship to her colleagues, but also to her old frenemy Desdemona, who is newly engaged to Martha's very first boyfriend. Realising she's just as clueless as her hapless readers, and tired of always doing the right thing, Martha decides it's time to ignore her own advice: she's going for what - and who - she wants, even if it's wrong...

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General Fiction

ISBN:

9781785411069

Published:

01-10-2016

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The Skinning Tree

Author:

Srikumar Sen

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During the Second World War, nine-year-old Sabby lives in a Calcutta family where sophisticated British habits such as bridge and dinner parties co-exist with Indian values and nationalism. But when he is sent to a boarding school in northern India, that world is soon forgotten; and Sabby is subjected, with his fellow pupils, to the teachers' draconian regime. The boys themselves take on their educators' cruel traits, mindlessly killing animals and hanging their skins on a cactus, before their thoughts turn to even more sinister schemes. Conspiratorial whisperings and plans of revenge spiral into a tragedy, engulfing Sabby...

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General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444822953

Published:

01-02-2015

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Bellman & Black

Author:

Diane Setterfield

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As a boy, William Bellman commits one small, cruel act: the killing of a rook with his catapult, which is soon forgotten amidst the riot of boyhood games, but which will have unforeseen and terrible consequences. And by the time he is grown, with a wife and children of his own, he seems indeed to be a man blessed by fortune - until tragedy strikes, and the stranger in black comes, and William starts to wonder if all his happiness is about to be eclipsed. Desperate to save the one precious thing he has left, he enters into a rather odd bargain, with an even odder partner, to found a decidedly macabre business. And Bellman & Black is born.

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Hard Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444821734

Published:

01-11-2014

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Black Beauty

Author:

Anna Sewell

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THE FIRST PLACE THAT I CAN WELL REMEMBER, WAS A LARGE PLEASANT MEADOW WITH A POND OF CLEAR WATER IN IT... So begins the story of Black Beauty, a sensitive and intelligent horse who recounts a lifetime of his feelings, hopes, and dreams. But this idyllic existence of frolicking in the fields with his mother is to be a fleeting one. Despite his hard work and devotion to his masters, Beauty falls upon hard times, passed from owner to owner: some cruel, some indifferent - yet some gentle and caring...

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Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444832662

Published:

01-05-2017

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Cirque Du Freak Book 1

Author:

Darren Shan

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Darren Shan is just an ordinary schoolboy - until he gets an invitation to visit the Cirque du Freak...until he meets Madam Octa...until he comes face-to-face with a creature of the night. Soon, Darren and his friend Steve are caught in a deadly trap. Darren must make a bargain with the one person who can save Steve. But that person is not human and only deals in blood...

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General Fiction

ISBN:

9780708995440

Published:

01-03-2001

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Family Life

Author:

Akhil Sharma

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For eight-year-old Ajay and his older brother Birju, life in Delhi during the late 1970s follows a comfortable, predictable routine: bathing on the roof, queuing for milk, playing cricket in the street. But everything changes when their father finds a job in America - a land of carpets and elevators, swimsuits and hot water on tap. Life is exciting for the two brothers as they adjust to prosperity, girls, and 24-hour TV - until one hot, sultry day when everything falls apart...

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General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444832679

Published:

01-05-2017

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A Village In Jeopardy

Author:

Rebecca Shaw

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The villagers of Turnham Malpas are in for a shock. With Sir Ralph now dead, his fortune and title go to a newcomer, Johnny Templeton. He could not be more different to his well-loved predecessor. And he is soon in conflict with long-standing members of Turnham Malpas - particularly Craddock Fitch, who is determined to obstruct Johnny's plan to buy back the Templeton estate. There are villagers who have their own crises, but the local gossip surrounds Marcus and Alice March. Finally, after they had longed for a child for years, Alice has become pregnant. However, she has grown close to Johnny, prompting doubts about the child's parentage. Now Alice must make the most difficult of decisions - whether to follow her heart or her morals.

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Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444815580

Published:

01-06-2013

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Mystery In The Village

Author:

Rebecca Shaw

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It's a time of turmoil for the village of Turnham Malpas. Peter and Caroline Harris live a comfortable life at the rectory, but their cosy world is shaken up when Caroline's old flame Morgan Jefferson appears Newlyweds Chris and Deborah Templeton seem to be the ideal couple. The old, unpredictable Chris has been replaced by a kinder and gentler man - yet he's still plagued by doubt. And where does Deborah disappear to for days on end? Why won't she tell her husband?... After the tragic death of his young grandson, Ron Bissett is further devastated when he loses his wife. Sheila Bissett has taken her own life; no one can fathom why. Then an unexpected letter is received, and it soon becomes clear that she was hiding far darker secrets than anyone ever knew...

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Hard Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444829648

Published:

01-09-2016

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The Love Of A Family

Author:

Rebecca Shaw

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Myra and Graham Butler lead the kind of lives where everything is neat, tidy and predictable. That is, until they're named guardians to their two young nephews. Myra makes it clear she doesn't want the responsibility. After a terrible loss early in their marriage, she vowed never to open her heart again, and has turned her back on friends and family since. Now she has two children and a rabbit turning her house - and her heart - upside down. It will take danger, heartbreak, and a small dog for Myra and Graham to realise that even if you don't know what you're doing, sometimes love is enough. That they're going to need help to muddle through. That, sometimes, it takes a village.

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Hard Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444840285

Published:

01-03-2019

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Village Fortunes

Author:

Rebecca Shaw

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Things are heating up in the village of Turnham Malpas. Now comfortably settled in the Big House, Johnny and Alice Templeton are over the moon at the arrival of their second son. But Johnny's roguish younger brother, Chris, is visiting from Brazil and causing trouble in the village... For Ford and Mercedes Barclay, returning to the village after all these years is a big step. Will they be welcomed or shunned? And will Ford be able to convince people he's a changed man? Meanwhile, poor Fran Charter-Plackett has some important decisions to make about her future. With all her siblings having flown the nest, the pressure is on to decide what to do with her life. And when Fran's parents discover her shocking secret, things really start to get messy...

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Hard Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444826050

Published:

01-11-2015

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Village Rumours

Author:

Rebecca Shaw

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While clearing out the rectory's loft, Reverend Peter Harris makes an unsettling discovery, and a dark secret is exposed that soon sets tongues wagging in the village of Turnham Malpas Having received a letter from the sons she hasn't heard from in fifteen years, local gossip Greta Jones is delighted at the prospect of seeing them after all this time - despite her husband's misgivings... Meanwhile, Fran Charter-Plackett has a difficult decision to make. Her parents would like to see her settled with kind and reliable Alex Harris. But when Chris Templeton, the man Fran once lost her heart to, returns to the village, it seems he is all set to steal her affections once more. Is Chris really a changed man? And will Fran finally go with her heart, or her head?

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Hard Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444827835

Published:

01-04-2016

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