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Lean On Pete

Author:

Willy Vlautin

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Fifteen-year-old Charley Thompson wants a home, food on the table and some structure to his life. But as the son of a single father, he's been pretty much on his own for some time. When Charley and his father arrive in Portland, Oregon, Charley takes a stable job, illegally, at the local racetrack. Once part of a vibrant racing network, Portland Meadows is now seemingly a haven for washed up jockeys and knackered horses, but it's there that Charley meets Pete, an old horse who becomes his companion as he's forced to make his own way in the world.

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Hard Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444805253

Published:

01-01-2011

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Elizabeth And Her German Garden

Author:

Elizabeth von Arnim

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After five years of marriage spent dwelling in a town flat, Elizabeth, made miserable by her urban surroundings, journeys to her husband's country estate in Germany, an ancient former convent surrounded by cornfields and meadows. Instantly captivated by the vast, sprawling wilderness of its garden, Elizabeth makes it her kingdom - and her escape from the humdrum of domesticity and wifehood.

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Soft Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444827262

Published:

01-02-2016

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The Solitary Summer

Author:

Elizabeth von Arnim

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Since Elizabeth first discovered her German garden, she has invested all her energies in creating a paradise of it. When she declares her intention to be left unvisited and undisturbed for the duration of the entire summer, her husband, the Man of Wrath, indulgently acquiesces, convinced his wife will regret her rash decision when she finds her days steeped in dullness. Elizabeth unrepentantly and joyfully immerses herself in horticulture, nature and literature. Yet the months are not as solitary as she'd planned - there is the Man of Wrath to pacify; the April, May, and June babies to amuse; and the people of the village to contend with...

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Soft Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444827620

Published:

01-03-2016

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Vera

Author:

Elizabeth von Arnim

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One sunny day, at noon, twenty-two-year-old Lucy Entwhistle stands leaning on a cottage garden gate, staring out at the sea. Her beloved father has died but three hours ago, and she is dazed with grief. Then middle-aged Everard Wemyss passes by, in a state of miserable distraction. Recently bereaved himself, he is drawn to Lucy by their mutual pain. Each seeking sanctuary in the other, the two are soon married. But one thing casts a shadow across their union: Vera, Everard's first wife, who died in a violent accident - in which Everard is suspected of being involved...

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Soft Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444835199

Published:

01-12-2017

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Far Above Rubies

Author:

Anne-Marie Vukelic

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Married to one of the most famous novelists of the Victorian era, the life of Catherine Dickens is as absorbing as any of Charles Dickens' novels. Set against the backdrop of London in the nineteenth century, Catherine recounts the story of her marriage to a restless, mercurial husband. Well known Victorians William Thackeray, Wilkie Collins and the colourful Count D'Orsay live once more through the pages of Catherine's intriguing novel. Many fascinating people lie in tombs above which 'no Trophies are raised'. Catherine Dickens may be one to whom this applies, but here she speaks for herself...

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Hard Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444806007

Published:

01-03-2011

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What I Did

Author:

Christopher Wakling

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When Billy Wright runs across a busy road, his world is altered irreversibly. A passer-by has stopped to watch the scene. She has been Billy's father catch up with him and smack him. Within an hour she has informed social services, plunging the family into a living nightmare which begins with a social worker's visit and escalates through a series of misunderstandings. What I Did is a powerful novel about the unseen consequences of a split-second decision, about childhood interrupted and the lengths we go to to protect the ones we love. It is frequently heartbreaking, blackly funny and utterly compelling.

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Hard Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9780753190203

Published:

01-09-2012

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What I Did

Author:

Christopher Wakling

Synopsis:

When Billy Wright runs across a busy road, his world is altered irreversibly. A passer-by has stopped to watch the scene. She has been Billy's father catch up with him and smack him. Within an hour she has informed social services, plunging the family into a living nightmare which begins with a social worker's visit and escalates through a series of misunderstandings. What I Did is a powerful novel about the unseen consequences of a split-second decision, about childhood interrupted and the lengths we go to to protect the ones we love. It is frequently heartbreaking, blackly funny and utterly compelling.

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Soft Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9780753190210

Published:

01-08-2013

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The Love Affairs Of Nathaniel P.

Author:

Adelle Waldman

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Nathaniel Piven is a rising star in Brooklyn's literary scene. After an early life as a class-A nerd and several lean, striving years, he now (to his surprise) has a lucrative book deal, his pick of plum magazine assignments, and the attentions of many desirable women: Juliet, the hotshot business journalist; Elisa, Nate's gorgeous ex-girlfriend, now friend; Hannah, lively, fun and 'almost universally regarded as nice and smart, or smart and nice'. Within this twenty-first century literary conclave, wit and conversation are not all dead. But is romance?

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Soft Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444819335

Published:

01-04-2014

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The Age Of Miracles

Author:

Karen Thompson Walker

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What if our twenty-four-hour day grew longer, first in minutes, then in hours, until day became night and night became day? What effect would this slowing have on the world? On the birds in the sky, the whales in the sea, the astronauts in space, and on a family and a young girl, who is already coping with the normal disasters of everyday life? Julia's account of how lives can be knocked unexpectedly out of kilter begins on one seemingly ordinary Saturday morning in a California suburb - when she and her parents wake to discover that the rotation of the earth has suddenly begun to slow. No one knows why, no one knows how to deal with it. The enormity of this change is almost beyond comprehension...

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Hard Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444815597

Published:

01-06-2013

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Smoke Over Malibu

Author:

Tim Walker

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The Hon. Lucius Kluge - honourable, lucky, clever - might be the only guy in Los Angeles who's still living in the past. Lucky pines for the old days of the New Hollywood, before STAR WARS and superheroes blew up the movies for good. He spends his days working for an antiques business, and his nights boozing and brooding on his former life as an almost-successful screenwriter. When his ex-best friend goes AWOL and his elderly boss is assaulted during the theft of a vintage cookie jar, Lucky and his partner Raul are spurred reluctantly into something like action - walking the not-so-mean streets of the city and confronting ghosts of the past to get to the bottom of the mysteries...

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Hard Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444835410

Published:

01-01-2018

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Charlotte Street

Author:

Danny Wallace

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It all starts with a girl, and Jason Priestley (not that one) has just seen her. They shared an incredible, brief, fleeting moment of deep possibility, halfway down Charlotte Street. And then, just like that, she was gone - accidentally leaving him holding her old-fashioned, disposable camera, chock full of undeveloped photos... And now Jason - ex-teacher, ex-boyfriend, part-time writer and reluctant hero - faces a dilemma. Should he try and track The Girl down? What if she's The One? But that would mean using the only clues he has, which lie untouched in this tatty disposable... It's funny how things can develop...

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Hard Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444814149

Published:

01-02-2013

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A Small Town Affair

Author:

Rosie Wallace

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A delicious recipe for domestic disaster! Take one small Scottish town where everyone thinks they know everyone else's business. Add three households: MP Mike Andrews, his wife Gill and two small children; Church of Scotland minister Tom Graham, his wife Ali, two teenage daughters and an afterthought; sixty-something local businessman and his childless wife Phyllis. Mix in several large dollops of scandal, some secrets and a tragedy, turn up the heat and bring to the boil. Season with one eccentric old lady, Minty Oliver, and serve with the tabloid press and a large helping of local gossip.

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Hard Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9780750534277

Published:

01-08-2011

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£18.79

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