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The Lives Of Stella Bain

Author:

Anita Shreve

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Hauled in a cart to a field hospital in northern France in March 1916, an American woman wakes from unconsciousness to the smell of gas gangrene, the sounds of men in pain, and an almost complete loss of memory; she knows only that she can drive an ambulance, she can draw, and that her name is Stella Bain. Suffering an agonising and inexplicable array of symptoms, she finds her way to London. There, Dr August Bridge, a cranial surgeon turned psychologist, is drawn to tracking her amnesia to its source. What brutality was she fleeing when she left the tranquil seclusion of a New England college campus to serve at the Front? For what crime did she need to atone - and whom did she leave behind?

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General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444820980

Published:

01-09-2014

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The Stars Are Fire

Author:

Anita Shreve

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1947: Fires are racing along the coast of Maine after a summer-long drought, ravaging thousands of acres, causing unprecedented confusion and fear. Five months pregnant, Grace Holland is left alone to protect her two toddlers when her moody and unpredictable husband Gene joins the volunteers fighting to bring the fires under control. Along with her best friend, Rosie, and Rosie's two young children, Grace watches helplessly as their houses go up in flames and they are forced to walk into the ocean as a last resort. When dawn comes, their lives are forever changed: homeless, penniless and left to face an uncertain future in a town that no longer exists...

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General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444836813

Published:

01-05-2018

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The Dream Factory: Ghosts

Author:

John Simes

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'AS A CHILD I LEARNED TO DREAM... IT SCARED ME. IT TERRIFIED ME. STILL DOES.' For sixteen-year-old Peter, a.k.a. Pi, his life explodes when his parents - scientists who created a revolutionary new type of artificial intelligence - are brutally abducted by a sinister establishment, The Organisation, desperate to acquire the technology. He flees to the Dream Factory, an old stone hut rebuilt by his father on the remote Eastcombe Beach - and a place people are able to visit through their dreams... Can the combined resources of Pi, the brilliant Navinda, and the new local vicar - a literal doubting Thomas - take on the might of The Organisation?

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Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444824025

Published:

01-05-2015

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The Story Of Beautiful Girl

Author:

Rachel Simon

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A stormy night in small-town America. When Martha, a retired schoolteacher answers the knock on her door and finds a young couple, desperate and soaked to the skin, standing there - her world changes for ever. Lynnie has an intellectual disability, and Homan is deaf. They've escaped together from The School for the Incurable and Feebleminded: a brutal institution where people with disabilities are left to languish, shuttered away from the world. They reveal that Lynnie has a newborn baby. But then the police bang on the door, Homan escapes into the darkness and Lynnie is captured. Before she's returned to The School, bound and tied, she utters to Martha: 'Hide her.' And so begins the unforgettable story of Lynnie, Homan, Martha, and baby Julia.

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General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444810172

Published:

01-03-2012

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The Romantic

Author:

May Sinclair

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In the wake of an affair with her married boss, Charlotte Redhead is determined to start afresh. Leaving her office job, she escapes to the rural tranquillity of the Cotswolds. There she meets John Roden Conway, a young farmer rejected for Army service, and an understanding develops between them. The pair volunteer with a field ambulance crew and set off to Belgium. But will the ravages of the Great War strengthen their partnership - or break it apart?

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Soft Cover

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General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444835557

Published:

01-01-2018

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Tea At The Grand Tazi

Author:

Alexandra Singer

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Maia is leaving London to paint in the exotic setting of Morocco. Working as an assistant to a once-famous Historian, she is lured in by the freedom promised by her new surroundings. In the final days of summer, a sense of boredom and unease pervades the city. Maia is unwillingly drawn into the ways in which the clientele of the Grand Tazi pass their evenings. As the intense heat wears down her resistance, Maia succumbs to vice, and the freedom she once sought becomes eclipsed by shadowy dealings. Can she take back control of her life - and, more importantly, does she even want to?

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General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444823318

Published:

01-03-2015

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The Mirror

Author:

Richard Skinner

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The Mirror: Venice, 1511: Oliva is about to take the veil and become the bride of Christ. When her world is shaken, first by an earthquake and then spiritually, she begins to question her faith and her future. And when she agrees to sit for a renowned portrait painter she discovers how dangerous her reflection can be... The Velvet Gentleman: Erik Satie - composer, dandy, eccentric - is dead. Told he must select a single memory to take with him to the afterlife, he finds himself in limbo. Friendships with his great contemporaries? Nights with his lover? His musical triumphs? How will he choose his own legacy?

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General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444823653

Published:

01-04-2015

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An Honourable Man

Author:

Gillian Slovo

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Beginning in the Sudan and London of 1884 and played out against the shambolic end of the Empire. An Honourable Man draws on the lives of two real men: Charles Gordon, an heroic, hubristic, career army man whose refusal to obey orders helped bring down the Gladstone government, and W T Stead, editor of the Pall Mall Gazette, the father of tabloid journalism. Their story is intercut with the tale of a poor, working woman in London. This is a book about destiny and about how wrong men can be; about foreign adventure and heroism doomed to failure; about women struggling to carve a place for themselves in the world; about political compromise and military mayhem.

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General Fiction

ISBN:

9780753190166

Published:

01-04-2012

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An Honourable Man

Author:

Gillian Slovo

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Beginning in the Sudan and London of 1884 and played out against the shambolic end of the Empire. An Honourable Man draws on the lives of two real men: Charles Gordon, an heroic, hubristic, career army man whose refusal to obey orders helped bring down the Gladstone government, and W T Stead, editor of the Pall Mall Gazette, the father of tabloid journalism. Their story is intercut with the tale of a poor, working woman in London. This is a book about destiny and about how wrong men can be; about foreign adventure and heroism doomed to failure; about women struggling to carve a place for themselves in the world; about political compromise and military mayhem.

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Soft Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9780753190173

Published:

01-04-2013

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It Ends With Revelations

Author:

Dodie Smith

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During a summer festival in an English spa town Miles Quentin, a distinguished actor, and his devoted wife Jill become friendly with local MP Geoffrey Thornton, and his young daughters Robin and Kit. All of these attractive, intelligent and busy people initially seem untroubled, but the surface of their lives conceals problems which come to light after the Quentins return to their London theatre world and the Thorntons to their Westminster home. This sets the scene for an unconventional love story in which loyalty may prove more important than love.

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Hard Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9780750537261

Published:

01-09-2013

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The New Moon With The Old

Author:

Dodie Smith

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When Jane Minton arrives at Dome House as a secretary-housekeeper, she is warmly welcomed into the eccentric country home of the Carrington family: Rupert, a preoccupied businessman and his four unusual children. Richard, the eldest, is a composer; Clare dreams of courtly romance; Drew wants to be a writer; and Merry has her heart set on a career as an actress. Their idyllic existence is shattered when Rupert flees under a cloud, leaving Jane and the family struggling to make ends meet. One by one, the Carringtons flee the nest and search out unusual and resilient ways to adapt to the modern world...

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Hard Cover

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General Fiction

ISBN:

9780750537247

Published:

01-05-2013

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The Story Of Land And Sea

Author:

Katy Simpson Smith

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August, 1793: On the hot, humid coast of North Carolina, nine-year-old Tabitha sits with her father John, to hear stories of her mother Helen, who died in childbirth. John longs to sail the sea as he did before the war, knowing he must instead stay on steady land for his daughter. But when Tab catches yellow fever, her life hanging in the balance, he turns to what he knows and steals her onto a boat bound for Bermuda... On the same coast twenty years earlier, Helen is given a slave girl for her tenth birthday, and soon the girls are confidantes. It's an enduring friendship until the arrival of John, a pirate-turned-soldier. Helen finds she must decide between a life of security on the family plantation, and a sea adventure with the man she loves...

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Hard Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781785412479

Published:

01-08-2016

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