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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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General Fiction

ISBN:

9781785412530

Published:

01-08-2017

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Boo

Author:

Neil Smith

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When Oliver 'Boo' Dalrymple wakes up in heaven - a place called Town - the eighth-grade science geek thinks he died of a heart defect at his school. But soon after arriving in this hereafter reserved for dead thirteen-year-olds, Boo discovers he's a 'gommer', a kid who was murdered. What's more, his killer may also be in heaven. With help from the volatile Johnny, a classmate killed at the same school, Boo sets out to track down the enigmatic Gunboy, who cut short both their lives. Along the way they are helped by Thelma, a 'do-gooder', and Esther, a trainee do-gooder. Will the group of friends find Gunboy and kick him out of Town, like the gommers want? Or is there more to the mystery than meets the eye?

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Hard Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444830019

Published:

01-10-2016

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After The Break

Author:

Penny Smith

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Katie Fisher, former breakfast TV star, is a little down in the dumps. She may be dating drop-dead gorgeous Adam but her career has screeched to a halt, and there seems to be no light at the end of the tunnel. But then she gets a call from "Celebrity X-treme", TV's latest reality show, where ten washed-up celebs try desperately to revive their careers in a freezing Norwegian cabin. Scheming producers, a Page-3 model, an out-of-work soap actor and some woman who had an affair with a politician. What could possibly go wrong?

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General Fiction

ISBN:

9780753185933

Published:

01-03-2011

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Mainlander

Author:

Will Smith

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Jersey, 1987: The storm clouds are gathering over Colin Bygate, a schoolteacher - and a Mainlander married to an Islander. Sitting on an outcrop, stewing after a row with his wife, Colin spots one of his pupils near the edge of a cliff. Worried that the boy might have intended to jump, he drives him home, hoping that his gloomy imagination has been exaggerating his concern. But when the boy fails to turn up at school the next day, Colin feels duty-bound to track him down - thus pitting himself against the Island establishment, who would rather there was a little less noise around this particular absence. In Jersey, where everyone knows everyone else's business, you must become your own island, especially when there are secrets to hide...

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Hard Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781785411373

Published:

01-01-2016

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Mainlander

Author:

Will Smith

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Jersey, 1987: The storm clouds are gathering over Colin Bygate, a schoolteacher - and a Mainlander married to an Islander. Sitting on an outcrop, stewing after a row with his wife, Colin spots one of his pupils near the edge of a cliff. Worried that the boy might have intended to jump, he drives him home, hoping that his gloomy imagination has been exaggerating his concern. But when the boy fails to turn up at school the next day, Colin feels duty-bound to track him down - thus pitting himself against the Island establishment, who would rather there was a little less noise around this particular absence. In Jersey, where everyone knows everyone else's business, you must become your own island, especially when there are secrets to hide...

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Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781785411434

Published:

01-01-2017

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NW

Author:

Zadie Smith

Synopsis:

This is the story of a city - the north-west corner of a city. Following four Londoners as they try to make adult lives outside of Caldwell, the council estate of their childhood. From private houses to public parks, at work and at play, their London is a complicated place, as beautiful as it is brutal, where the thoroughfares hide the back alleys and taking the high road can sometimes lead you to a dead end. Yet after a chance encounter they each find that the choices they've made, the people they once were and are now, can suddenly, rapidly unravel.

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Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9780753192153

Published:

01-11-2014

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Girl Runner

Author:

Carrie Snyder

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A former Olympic athlete, Aganetha Smart was famous in the 1920s; but now at age 104, she lives in a nursing home, alone and forgotten by history. When her quiet life is disturbed by the unexpected arrival of two young strangers, she begins to reflect on her childhood in rural Ontario and her struggles to make an independent life for herself in the city. Without revealing who they are or what they may want from her, the visitors take her on an outing to the family farm where she was raised. Here, the devastation of WWI and the Spanish flu epidemic, the optimism of the 1920s and the sacrifices of the 1930s come vividly back to mind as Aganetha wrestles with the confusion and displacement of the present.

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Hard Cover

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General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444832532

Published:

01-05-2017

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Leaving Lucy Pear

Author:

Anna Solomon

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One night in 1917, Beatrice Haven creeps out of her uncle's house on Cape Ann, Massachusetts, and leaves her newborn baby at the foot of a pear tree, then watches as another woman claims the child as her own. The unwed daughter of wealthy Jewish industrialists and a gifted pianist bound for Radcliffe, Bea plans to leave her shameful secret behind and make a fresh start... Ten years later, Bea's hopes for her future remain unfulfilled. When she returns to her uncle's house, seeking a refuge from her unhappiness, she discovers far more when the rum-running manager of the local quarry inadvertently unites her with Emma Murphy, the headstrong Irish Catholic woman who has been raising her abandoned child - now a bright, bold, cross-dressing girl named Lucy Pear, with secrets of her own.

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Hard Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444833607

Published:

01-08-2017

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Fishbowl

Author:

Bradley Somer

Synopsis:

Despite his enviable view from a balcony on the twenty-seventh floor of an apartment block, Ian the Goldfish has frequent - if fleeting - desires for a more exciting life. Until one day, a series of unfortunate events gives him an opportunity to escape... Our story begins, however, with the human inhabitants of Ian's building. There is the handsome student, his girlfriend and his mistress; an agoraphobic sex worker; the invisible caretaker; the pregnant woman on bed rest; and the homeschooled boy, Herman, who thinks he can travel through time. As Ian tumbles perilously downwards, he will witness all their lives, loves, triumphs and disasters...

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Hard Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781785411762

Published:

01-04-2016

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Fishbowl

Author:

Bradley Somer

Synopsis:

Despite his enviable view from a balcony on the twenty-seventh floor of an apartment block, Ian the Goldfish has frequent - if fleeting - desires for a more exciting life. Until one day, a series of unfortunate events gives him an opportunity to escape... Our story begins, however, with the human inhabitants of Ian's building. There is the handsome student, his girlfriend and his mistress; an agoraphobic sex worker; the invisible caretaker; the pregnant woman on bed rest; and the homeschooled boy, Herman, who thinks he can travel through time. As Ian tumbles perilously downwards, he will witness all their lives, loves, triumphs and disasters...

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Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781785411823

Published:

01-04-2017

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The Secret Of Ella And Micha

Author:

Jessica Sorensen

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Ella and Micha have been best friends since childhood, until one tragic night shatters their relationship and Ella decides to leave everything behind, including Micha, to start a new life at college. But now it's summer break and Ella fears everything she worked so hard to bury might resurface, especially with Micha living right next door. Micha is sexy, smart, confident, and can get under Ella's skin like no one else can. And he's determined to win back the girl he lost, no matter what it takes.

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Soft Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444818604

Published:

01-02-2014

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The Comforters

Author:

Muriel Spark

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Caroline Rose is plagued by the tapping of typewriter keys and the strange, detached narration of her every thought and action. Caroline has an unusual problem - she realises she is in a novel. Her fellow characters also seem deluded: Laurence, her former lover, finds diamonds in a loaf of bread - has his elderly grandmother hidden them there? And Baron Stock, her bookseller friend, believes he is on the trail of England's leading Satanist. In Muriel Spark's brilliant first novel, the only things that aren't ambiguous are her matchless originality and glittering wit.

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Soft Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9780753185513

Published:

01-04-2011

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