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Vinegar Girl

Author:

Anne Tyler

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Kate Battista is feeling stuck. How did she end up running house and home for her eccentric scientist father and uppity, pretty younger sister Bunny? Plus, she's always in trouble at work - her preschool charges adore her, but the adults don't always appreciate her unusual opinions and forthright manner. Her father, Dr Battista, has other problems. After years out in the academic wilderness, he is on the verge of a breakthrough. There's only one problem: his brilliant young lab assistant, Pyotr, is about to be deported. When Dr Battista cooks up an outrageous plan that will enable Pyotr to stay in the country, he's relying - as usual - on Kate to help him. She is furious. But will she be able to resist the two men's touchingly ludicrous campaign to win her round?

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General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444830736

Published:

01-12-2016

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A Thousand Paper Birds

Author:

Tor Udall

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Jonah sits on a bench in Kew Gardens, trying to reassemble the shattered pieces of his life following the sudden death of his wife, Audrey. Chloe, shaven-headed and abrasive, sits by the lake, finding solace in the origami she meticulously folds. But when she meets Jonah, her carefully constructed defences threaten to fall. Milly, a child quick to laugh, freely roams Kew. But where is her mother, and where does she go when the gardens are closed? Harry's purpose is to save Kew's plants from extinction. Quiet and enigmatic, he longs for something - or someone - who will root him firmly to the earth. Audrey links these lives together. As the mystery of her death unravels, the characters journey through the seasons to learn that stories, like paper, can be refolded and reformed.

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ISBN:

9781785414725

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01-01-2018

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A Thousand Paper Birds

Author:

Tor Udall

Synopsis:

Jonah sits on a bench in Kew Gardens, trying to reassemble the shattered pieces of his life following the sudden death of his wife, Audrey. Chloe, shaven-headed and abrasive, sits by the lake, finding solace in the origami she meticulously folds. But when she meets Jonah, her carefully constructed defences threaten to fall. Milly, a child quick to laugh, freely roams Kew. But where is her mother, and where does she go when the gardens are closed? Harry's purpose is to save Kew's plants from extinction. Quiet and enigmatic, he longs for something - or someone - who will root him firmly to the earth. Audrey links these lives together. As the mystery of her death unravels, the characters journey through the seasons to learn that stories, like paper, can be refolded and reformed.

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General Fiction

ISBN:

9781785414787

Published:

01-01-2019

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My Favourite Manson Girl

Author:

Alison Umminger

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Fifteen-year-old Anna 'borrows' the family credit card and runs away to LA to crash with her sister. But Hollywood isn't the escape she needs, and now she's trapped in a town full of lost souls and wannabes - with no friends, no cash, and no return ticket. When her sister's obsessive ex offers her a job researching the murderous Manson girls for his next indie film, she reluctantly accepts. This is not quite the summer Anna had in mind; but the more she learns about the girls and their fates, the more she comes to understand her family - and herself.

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General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444830873

Published:

01-12-2016

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The Witchfinder's Sister

Author:

Beth Underdown

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IT HAS BEEN WAITING IN THE DARK, MATTHEW'S HISTORY - OUR HISTORY. NOW I MUST TURN OVER THE STONE: THAT YOU MIGHT SEE IT, WRIGGLING TO ESCAPE. 1645: When Alice Hopkins's husband dies in a tragic accident, she returns to the small Essex town of Manningtree, where her brother Matthew still lives. But home is no longer a place of safety. Matthew has changed, and there are rumours spreading through the town: whispers of witchcraft, and of a great book in which he is gathering women's names. To what lengths will Matthew's obsession drive him? And what choice will Alice make when she finds herself at the very heart of his plan?

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General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444835052

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01-12-2017

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Night Dancer

Author:

Chika Unigwe

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Mma has just buried her mother, and now she is alone. She has been left everything. But she has also inherited her mother's bad name. A bold, brash woman, the only thing her mother refused to discuss was her past. Why did she flee her family and bring her daughter to a new town when she was a baby? What was she escaping from? Abandoned now, Mma has no knowledge of her father or her family - but she is desperate to find out.

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General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444818246

Published:

01-01-2014

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The Visionist

Author:

Rachel Urquhart

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Massachusetts, 1842: Fifteen-year-old Polly Kimball sets fire to her family farm, killing her abusive father. With his fiery ghost at her heels, Polly and her young brother seek refuge in a nearby Shaker community, The City of Hope. Polly has much to hide from this mysterious society of believers, with the local fire inspector on her trail as well as the ever-present demons from her past. But when she is hailed as a 'Visionist', the first the community has known, she is subject to overwhelming scrutiny. Despite being fiercely protected by a young Shaker sister named Charity, a girl who has never known the outside world, Polly finds herself in danger from forces on both sides of the City's walls. And in a world where faith and fear co-exist, safety has a price...

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General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444823530

Published:

01-04-2015

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Midnight Blue

Author:

Simone van der Vlugt

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1654: Following the death of her young husband, Catrin Barentsdochter takes a job as a housekeeper in Amsterdam. The city is flourishing; and as she assists her mistress with painting lessons, she dreams of developing her own skill as an artist. But when the past catches up with her, Catrin must leave behind the comfortable security of her new home for the smaller city of Delft. There she is introduced to Evert van Nulandt, owner of a pottery factory. Working together, they dream of replicating the prized blue-and-white porcelain arriving from the Far East. And Catrin dreams of a life in which her secret stays safely buried...

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General Fiction

ISBN:

9781785414534

Published:

01-11-2017

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Midnight Blue

Author:

Simone van der Vlugt

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1654: Following the death of her young husband, Catrin Barentsdochter takes a job as a housekeeper in Amsterdam. The city is flourishing; and as she assists her mistress with painting lessons, she dreams of developing her own skill as an artist. But when the past catches up with her, Catrin must leave behind the comfortable security of her new home for the smaller city of Delft. There she is introduced to Evert van Nulandt, owner of a pottery factory. Working together, they dream of replicating the prized blue-and-white porcelain arriving from the Far East. And Catrin dreams of a life in which her secret stays safely buried...

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General Fiction

ISBN:

9781785414596

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01-11-2018

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Spoils

Author:

Brian van Reet

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It is the spring of 2003, and coalition forces are advancing on Iraq. Images of a giant statue of Saddam Hussein crashing to the ground in Baghdad are being beamed to news channels around the world. Nineteen-year-old Specialist Cassandra Wigheard, on her first deployment since joining the U.S. army two years earlier, is primed for war. But for Abu al-Hool, a jihadist since the days of the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan, war is wearing thin. Two decades of fighting - and the new wave of super-radicalized fighters joining the ranks in the wake of the September 11 attacks - have left him questioning his commitment to the struggle. When Cassandra is taken prisoner by al-Hool's mujahideen brotherhood, both fighters will find their loyalties tested to the very limits.

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General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444836493

Published:

01-04-2018

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The Art Of Baking Blind

Author:

Sarah Vaughan

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Take five strangers with nothing in common except a passion for baking. Add a hotly contested competition and beat to stiff peaks. Bake to just the right degree of tension... The search is on for the new 'Mrs Eaden', an amateur baker so talented they are fit to emulate the author of the classic cookbook THE ART OF BAKING. Each contestant has a reason to bake. Jenny faces an empty nest; Claire has sacrificed her dreams for her daughter; Vicki struggles with motherhood; and Karen is determined not to let her facade slip. As alliances form and secrets emerge, making the choicest choux bun seems the least of their concerns. For they will learn - as Mrs Eaden did - that while perfection is possible in the kitchen, it's very much harder in life.

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Hard Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444824605

Published:

01-07-2015

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The Farm At The Edge Of The World

Author:

Sarah Vaughan

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Cornwall 1939. Will and Alice are evacuated to a granite farm, perched on a windswept cliff. There they meet the farmer's daughter, Maggie, and against fields of shimmering barley, enjoy a childhood largely protected from the ravages of war. But in the sweltering summer of 1943, something happens that will have far-reaching consequences. Over 70 years on, Alice is determined to atone for her behaviour - but has she left it too late? Meanwhile Maggie's granddaughter, Lucy returns to her crumbing childhood home after a failed marriage and on leave from work after a terrible mistake. Can she rebuild herself, the family farm and help her grandmother find some peace?

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Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9780750544238

Published:

01-06-2017

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