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Dear Fang, With Love

Author:

Rufi Thorpe

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Vera is seventeen - the same age her parents were when, blindingly in love, they decided to have a baby. Now in their thirties and long since separated, "seventeen" is already a lifetime ago. So when Vera suffers a terrifying psychotic break, they scramble to try and comprehend what has happened to their wild-hearted, inimitable daughter. Vera's father Lucas takes her to Lithuania, his grandmother's homeland, for the summer. Here, in the city of Vilnius, Lucas hopes to save Vera from the sorrow of her diagnosis. Meanwhile, Vera pours her heart out in letters to her boyfriend, Fang. She is searching for answers of her own. Why did Lucas abandon her as a baby? What really happened the night of her breakdown? And who can she trust with the truth?

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Soft Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781785413612

Published:

01-05-2018

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A War Of Flowers

Author:

Jane Thynne

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British actress, Clara Vine, is in Paris to film her latest movie, having left Berlin under a cloud. Joseph Goebbels has become increasingly suspicious that Clara has been mingling in Berlin society and passing snippets of information to her contacts in the British Embassy. It would have been absurd, if it hadn't also been true... With war becoming increasingly likely, Clara is approached by an undercover British operative, Guy Hamilton, who asks her to perform a task for her country: to befriend Eva Braun, Hitler's girlfriend, and to pass on any information she can gather. Clara knows to undertake this task is to put herself back in danger.

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Hard Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9780750542128

Published:

01-03-2016

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£18.79

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Black Roses

Author:

Jane Thynne

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Berlin, 1933. Clara Vine is determined to be an actress. A chance meeting at a party in London leads her to Berlin, to the famous Ufa studios and, unwittingly, into an uneasy circle of Nazi wives, among them Magda Goebbels. Then Clara meets Leo Quinn who, in his undercover role for British intelligence, sees in her the perfect recruit to spy on her new acquaintances, using her acting skills to win their confidence. But when Magda reveals to Clara a dramatic secret and entrusts her with an extraordinary mission, Clara feels threatened, compromised and utterly torn between duty and love.

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Hard Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444817379

Published:

01-11-2013

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Faith And Beauty

Author:

Jane Thynne

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Berlin, on the eve of war...As soldiers muster on the streets, Lotti Franke, a young woman from the Faith and Beauty Society - the elite finishing school for Nazi girls - is found in a shallow grave. Anglo-German actress and spy, Clara Vine is recalled to London to probe reports that the Nazis and the Soviet Union are planning to make a pact. Then Clara hears of Lotti's death, and is determined to discover what happened to her. But what she uncovers is something of infinite value to the Nazi regime - the object that led to Lotti's murder - and now she herself is in danger.

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Hard Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9780750543330

Published:

01-01-2017

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The Winter Garden

Author:

Jane Thynne

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Clara Vine is an actress at the famous Ufa studios by day and an undercover British Intelligence agent by night. When a young girl is found brutally murdered in the gardens of Berlin's notorious bride school, where young women are schooled in the art of being an SS officer's wife, Clara soon discovers that the murder is linked to a far more ominous secret. With the newly abdicated Edward VIII set to arrive in Berlin, and the Mitford sisters dazzling on the social scene, Clara must work in the darkness to find the truth. It is a dangerous path she treads, and it will take everything she has to survive...

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Hard Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9780750542111

Published:

01-12-2015

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The Widow's Confession

Author:

Sophia Tobin

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Broadstairs, Kent, 1851: Delphine and her cousin Julia have a secret, one they have been running from for years. The clean air and quiet outlook of the sea-bathing resort of Broadstairs appeal to them, and it seems this is a place they can hide from the darkness for just a little longer. Even so, they find themselves increasingly involved in the intrigues and relationships of other visitors to the town. But this is a place with its own secrets and a dark past - and when the body of a young girl is found washed up on the beach, a mysterious message scrawled on the sand beside her, the past returns to haunt Broadstairs. As the incomers are drawn into the mystery and each other's lives, they realise they cannot escape what happened here years before...

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Hard Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444828214

Published:

01-05-2016

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The Death Of An Owl

Author:

Paul Torday/Piers Torday

Synopsis:

Andrew Landford is driving home one night along a dark country lane, when a barn owl flies into his windscreen. It is an accident, nothing more. However, Andrew is in line to be the next prime minister - and he has recently been appointed to a parliamentary committee concerned with the Wildlife and Countryside Act. Barn owls are a protected species, and it is a crime to kill one. With Andrew in the car is his old Oxford friend and political adviser, Charles Fryerne, who has spent many years quietly building up a successful career and is masterminding Andrew's rise to power. The death of the owl threatens to destroy everything both men have worked for. Should they come clean, or hide the story and hope it goes away?

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Hard Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444831795

Published:

01-03-2017

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Sex And Stravinsky

Author:

Barbara Trapido

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The time is 1995, but everyone has a past. Brilliant Australian Caroline can command everyone except her own ghoulish mother - things aren't easy for Josh and Zoe, her husband and twelve-year-old daughter. Josh has bizarre origins in South Africa, but now teaches mime in Bristol. Zoe reads girls' ballet books and longs for ballet lessons. Meanwhile, on the east coast of Africa, Hattie Thomas, Josh's first love, has taken to writing girls' ballet books from the turret of her fabulous house - that's when she can carve out a space between her alpha male husband Herman and her crosspatch daughter Cat. From far and wide, they are all drawn together; drawn to beautiful, mysterious Jack. Or is he Jacques? Or Giacome?

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Hard Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444805475

Published:

01-02-2011

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The Gustav Sonata

Author:

Rose Tremain

Synopsis:

Gustav Perle grows up in a small town in 'neutral' Switzerland, where the horrors of the Second World War seem a distant echo. But Gustav's childhood is spent in lonely isolation, his widowed mother strangely indifferent to him. As time goes on, an intense friendship with a boy his own age, Anton Zwiebel, begins to define his life. Jewish and mercurial, a talented pianist tortured by nerves when he has to play in public, Anton fails to understand how deeply and irrevocably his life and Gustav's are entwined. Ultimately, Gustav must discover what it does to a person, or a country, to pursue an eternal quest for neutrality, and self-mastery, while all life's hopes and passions continually press upon the borders and beat upon the gate...

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Hard Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444831450

Published:

01-02-2017

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Trespass

Author:

Rose Tremain

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In a silent valley stands an isolated farmhouse, the Mas Lunel. Its owner, Aramon Lunel is an alcoholic, haunted by his violent past; his dogs starve and his land is in ruins. Meanwhile, his sister Audrun, in her bungalow within sight of the Mas Lunel, dreams of retribution for the betrayals that have blighted her life. Into this world, from London, comes disillusioned antiques dealer Anthony Verey, hoping to remake his life in France. He looks at properties in the region, but his arrival at the Mas Lunel marks the beginning of a frightening and unstoppable series of consequences. Two worlds and two cultures collide. Ancient boundaries are crossed, taboos are broken - a violent crime is committed whilst the Cevennes hills remain, ever cruel and seductive.

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Hard Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444805086

Published:

01-01-2011

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The Forgotten Seamstress

Author:

Liz Trenow

Synopsis:

When Caroline Meadows discovers a beautiful quilt in her mother's attic, she sets out on a journey to discover who made it, and the meaning of the mysterious message embroidered into its lining. Many years earlier, just before the First World War casts its shadow, Maria, a talented seamstress from the East End of London, is employed to work for the Royal Family. Young and attractive, she soon catches the eye of the Prince of Wales and becomes captivated by the glamour and intrigue of palace life. But careless talk causes trouble, and soon Maria's life takes a far darker turn... Can Caroline piece together the secret history and reveal the truth behind what happened to Maria?

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Hard Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444823523

Published:

01-04-2015

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The Last Telegram

Author:

Liz Trenow

Synopsis:

As the Nazis storm Europe, Lily Verner becomes an apprentice at her family's silk weaving factory. When they begin to weave parachute silk, there is no margin for error; one tiny fault could result in certain death for Allied soldiers. The war also brings Stefan, a German Jewish refugee, to Lily. Working on the looms, their love begins to grow - but there are suspicions that someone is tampering with the silk... Can their love survive the hardships of war? And will the Verners' silk stand the ultimate test?

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Hard Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444817386

Published:

01-11-2013

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