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    We Need New Names (Hardback)

    NoViolet Bulawayo

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    This book is longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2013. 'To play the country-game, we have to choose a country. Everybody wants to be the USA and Britain and Canada and Australia and Switzerland and them. Nobody wants to be rags of countries like Congo, like Somalia, like Iraq, like Sudan, like Haiti and not even this one we live in - who wants to be a terrible place of hunger and things falling apart?' Darling and her friends live in a shanty called Paradise, which of course is no such thing. It isn't all bad, though. There's mischief and adventure, games of Find bin Laden, stealing guavas, singing Lady Gaga at the tops of their voices. They dream of the paradises of America, Dubai, Europe, where Madonna and Barack Obama and David Beckham live. For Darling, that dream will come true. But, like the thousands of people all over the world trying to forge new lives far from home, Darling finds this new paradise brings its own set of challenges - for her and also for those she's left behind.
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    AMHO

    A. M. Homes Collection - 3 Books (Collection)

    A. M. Homes

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    This collection brings together three of acclaimed author A.M. Homes' bestsellers, including the recent novel and winner of The Women's Prize for Fiction 2013; May We Be Forgiven. Darkly comic, this book focuses on the very different brothers Harry and George. When George loses control, he forces Harry into an entirely new life... This Book Will Save Your Life was featured on the Richard & Judy Book Club and tells the uplifting story of one man's efforts to make the most of his life despite a number of setbacks, while Music for Torching lays bare the foundations of marriage and family life and has been described as a modern-day Revolutionary Road. All highly emotional, with a psychological edge and flawed but unforgettable characters, these books will appeal to fans of Jonathan Franzen, Jennifer Egan and John Updike.
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    The Lowland (Hardback)

    Jhumpa Lahiri

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    A sprawling, poignant and devastating epic about two brothers tied together by tragedy, Jhumpa Lahiri's The Lowland was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2013. From Subhash's earliest memories, his brother has always been there for him but this bond can not last when Udayan is drawn to the rebellious Naxalite movement. Epic in its canvas and intimate in its portrayal of lives undone and forged anew, The Lowland is a deeply felt novel of family ties that entangle and fray in ways unforeseen and unrevealed.
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    ANTA

    Anita Shreve Collection - 3 Books (Collection)

    Anita Shreve

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    From the critically-acclaimed American author Anita Shreve, this collection brings together three powerful stories that take the reader on an emotional rollercoaster. Employing her trademark subtle wit and lyrical language to explore human relationships in all their guises, Shreve offers up unforgettable and unputdownable tales that live long in the memory. The set explores topics as diverse as risk, family, courage, love and forgiveness. A must for fans of Jodi Picoult and Kate Veitch.

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    Poems That Make Grown Men Cry (Hardback)

    Anthony Holden

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    A poignant anthology, Poems That Make Grown Men Cry: 100 Men on the Words That Move Them finds the likes of John le Carre, Jonathan Franzen, Daniel Radcliffe and Stephen Fry revealing the poems that left a huge emotional mark on them.

    Many other famous figures from the world of literature, film, science, architecture, theatre and human rights also recall the powerful poems that have moved them to tears and haunted them with their themes of love, loss, mortality and nature.

    A private insight into the lives and souls of men whose writing, acting and thinking are globally admired, this is a book that will appeal to fans of poetry and those who want to find out more about what words can touch the emotions of a man.
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    Jonathan Franzen Set - 2 Books (Collection)

    Jonathan Franzen

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    The Corrections, winner of the 2001 National Book Award for Fiction and 2002's James Tait Black Memorial prize for fiction, is an ambitious and grandiose novel full of social criticism. The book examines the complex and varied lives of matriarch Enid Lambert and her husband, Alfred, and their very different children Gary, Chip and Denise. Franzen's most recent novel, the international bestselling Freedom, featured in a number of Books of the Year polls (Sunday Telegraph, Observer, New Statesman) and discusses the merits and values of contemporary marriage and love, against the backdrop of an increasingly dysfunctional America.

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    Echo's Bones (Hardback)

    Samuel Beckett

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    After a wait of 80 years, Echo's Bones, Samuel Beckett's intended end-piece to his debut collection of short stories, More Pricks than Kicks, is published for the first time.

    Originally requested - and subsequently rejected - by his editor, it continues the story of Belacqua, the protagonist of More Pricks than Kicks' ninth story Yellow, as he enters the afterlife. Covering themes of science, philosophy, religion and literature, the text offers a darkly humorous take on human nature.

    A gothic fairy tale that shows the development of Beckett as a writer, this hardback edition belongs on the bookshelf of anyone who wants to find out more about the evolution of Samuel Beckett's writing.
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    Jonathan Coe Collection - 3 Books (Collection)

    Jonathan Coe

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    Jonathan Coe delivers something quite different. His is a unique voice that is deeply intelligent as well as funny, quirky and brilliantly observed. The Rotters' Club skilfully captures the 1970s with its strikes, terrorist attacks and growing racial tension. The Dwarves of Death is a clever and funny novel that manages to marry murder with music, while The Accidental Woman is the sensationally good tale of a woman unable to find any purpose or direction in her life. Coe discusses serious issues with a supreme satirical wit.

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    The Goldfinch (Hardback)

    Donna Tartt

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    Aged thirteen, Theo Decker, son of a devoted mother and a reckless, largely absent father, survives an accident that otherwise tears his life apart. Alone and rudderless in New York, he is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. He is tormented by an unbearable longing for his mother, and down the years clings to the thing that most reminds him of her: a small, strangely captivating painting that ultimately draws him into the criminal underworld. As he grows up, Theo learns to glide between the drawing rooms of the rich and the dusty antiques store where he works. He is alienated and in love - and his talisman, the painting, places him at the centre of a narrowing, ever more dangerous circle. The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling power. Combining unforgettably vivid characters and thrilling suspense, it is a beautiful, addictive triumph - a sweeping story of loss and obsession, of survival and self-invention, of the deepest mysteries of love, identity and fate.
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    WFST

    Fab Fiction Collection- 3 Books (Collection)

    Various Authors

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    The three bestselling contemporary fiction books in this collection couldn't be more different but they have all proven to be immensely popular. Emma Donoghue's Room was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and is the heartbreaking but strangely uplifting tale of a mother and son trapped in the captivity of a single locked room with no key. The Lovely Bones was adapted into a hit film by Peter Jackson and tells the moving and compelling story of a girl looking at her life from her viewpoint in heaven. Much lighter is Bridget Jones's Diary, an enlightening novel about a single woman, her relationships, her diet and her family. This too was adapted into a phenomenally popular film, starring Renee Zellweger.
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    A Tale for the Time Being (Hardback)

    Ruth L. Ozeki

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    This book is longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2013. 'Hi! My name is Nao, and I am a time being. Do you know what a time being is? Well, if you give me a moment, I will tell you.' Ruth discovers a Hello Kitty lunchbox washed up on the shore of her beach home. Within it lies a diary that expresses the hopes and dreams of a young girl. She suspects it might have arrived on a drift of debris from the 2011 tsunami. With every turn of the page, she is sucked deeper into an enchanting mystery. In a small cafe in Tokyo, sixteen-year-old Nao Yasutani is navigating the challenges thrown up by modern life. In the face of cyberbullying, the mysteries of a 104-year-old Buddhist nun and great-grandmother, and the joy and heartbreak of family, Nao is trying to find her own place - and voice - through a diary she hopes will find a reader and friend who finally understands her. Weaving across continents and decades, and exploring the relationship between reader and writer, fact and fiction, A Tale for the Time Being is an extraordinary novel about our shared humanity and the search for home.
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    ABPYT

    The New York Trilogy (Paperback)

    Paul Auster

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    "The New York Trilogy" is an astonishing and original book: three cleverly interconnected novels that exploit the elements of standard detective fiction and achieve a new genre that is all the more gripping for its starkness. In each story the search for clues leads to remarkable coincidences in the universe as the simple act of trailing a man ultimately becomes a startling investigation of what it means to be human. Auster's book is modern fiction at its finest: bold, arresting and unputdownable.
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    ETAY

    Elizabeth Taylor Collection - 3 Books (Collection)

    Elizabeth Taylor

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    Elizabeth Taylor is one of the most acclaimed novelists of her time and this three-book collection will introduce you to some of her best work. Angel is the story of a shy fifteen-year-old author on the cusp of becoming a publishing sensation, while Mrs Palfrey at the Claremont follows an unlikely friendship between the title's character and handsome young writer Ludo. A View of the Harbour is based around the faded coastal village of Newby, a place where everyone looks for - and in on - each other. These editions come with introductions from the likes of Hilary Mantel, Sarah Waters and Paul Bailey, the real-life inspiration for Ludo.
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    The Undertaking (Hardback)

    Audrey Magee

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    Desperate to escape the Eastern front, Peter Faber, an ordinary German soldier, marries Katharina Spinell, a woman he has never met; it is a marriage of convenience that promises 'honeymoon' leave for him and a pension for her should he die on the front. With ten days' leave secured, Peter visits his new wife in Berlin; both are surprised by the attraction that develops between them. When Peter returns to the horror of the front, it is only the dream of Katharina that sustains him as he approaches Stalingrad. Back in Berlin, Katharina, goaded on by her desperate and delusional parents, ruthlessly works her way into the Nazi party hierarchy, wedding herself, her young husband and their unborn child to the regime. But when the tide of war turns and Berlin falls, Peter and Katharina, ordinary people stained with their small share of an extraordinary guilt, find their simple dream of family increasingly hard to hold on to...
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    John Mortimer Collection - 3 Books (Collection)

    John Mortimer

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    Best known for his popular Rumpole series, John Mortimer is a much revered British author who was known for his sharp wit ? a quality that is very much on display in The Titmuss Trilogy, these three amusing stories of British politics. Starting with the brilliant Paradise Postponed, a satirical tale of a Tory MP who is left a fortune by a socialist clergyman ? much to the mirth of his two sons ? this entertaining and smartly written trio also includes Titmuss Regained and The Sound of Trumpets.

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    Burial Rites (Paperback)

    Hannah Kent

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    SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2013 GUARDIAN FIRST BOOK AWARD. Northern Iceland, 1829. A woman condemned to death for murdering her lover. A family forced to take her in. A priest tasked with absolving her. But all is not as it seems, and time is running out: winter is coming, and with it the execution date. Only she can know the truth. This is Agnes's story.
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    Edith Wharton Collection - 3 Books (Collection)

    Edith Wharton

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    Often acclaimed as one of America's finest novelists, delve into or rediscover the works of Edith Wharton with this great value three-book set. Featuring the masterpiece The Age of Innocence, later adapted into a hit film by Martin Scorsese, every novel is compelling and captivating from start to finish. The Age of Innocence is set during turn-of-the-century New York and finds Newland Archer torn between his respect for family traditions and his burgeoning attraction to his wife-to-be's cousin... The Children finds bachelor Martin Boyne befriending some precocious kids on a cruise ship between Algiers and Venice Martin Boyne, while The House of Mirth portrays the moral, social and economic restraints on a woman's attitude to marriage in the early 1900s.
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    Mitch Albom Set - 2 Books (Collection)

    Mitch Albom

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    Two powerful books that earned international acclaim and bestseller status, Tuesdays with Morrie and The Five People You Meet in Heaven are included in this Mitch Albom Collection, which acts as a perfect introduction for those who are new to this thoughtful and poignant author. Filled with philosophical insight and fascinating reflections on life, Albom?s writing is the stuff of fiction but leaves you willing his every word to be true. Written with great feeling, these are thought-provoking and inspirational reads.

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    The Night Guest (Hardback)

    Fiona McFarlane

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    Ruth lives alone in a house on the New South Wales coast. Widowed and with her sons working abroad, she is happy to have the company when the enigmatic Frida bowls up at her house and announces she's been sent by the authorities to be her carer.

    Ever so helpful and forming a close friendship, Ruth is happy to tell Frida her life stories, but soon something doesn't quite add up... Why can Ruth hear a tiger prowling through the house at night? And how far can she trust Frida? She also starts to doubt herself...

    Fiona McFarlane's novel is a Book People Debut Fiction Choice that we will be recommending throughout 2014 and has already been featured as BBC Radio 2's Book of the Week with Simon Mayo. A psychological thriller about human nature, friendship, relationships, fear and dependence which is hugely accomplished for a debut author.
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    Anne Tyler Collection - 6 Books (Collection)

    Anne Tyler

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    This collection brings together six novels from the immensely popular Pulitzer Prize-winning author Anne Tyler. Among the themes examined throughout the stories are love and loss, identity and family and heartbreak and redemption. An introductory set to her delightful fiction titles, the books are full of razor-sharp observation and offer a breathtaking mix of hilarity and heartbreak. Guaranteed to appeal to all discerning readers, these unputdownable reads will also appeal to fans of the likes of Anita Shreve and Elizabeth Berg.

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    AMIT

    Amity & Sorrow (Hardback)

    Peggy Riley

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    When a suspicious fire breaks out at their church, Amaranth gathers her two daughters Amity and Sorrow and grasps the opportunity to escape the rural fundamentalist cult run by her polygamist husband. Fleeing for their lives, Amaranth and her girls go on the run for four days until, exhausted and terrified, Amaranth crashes the car they escape in. Stranded and alone, rescue comes in the form of a downtrodden farmer. Amity finds sanctuary with the farmer and blossoms in her new world of freedom, just as Amaranth had hoped for, but Sorrow is desperate to return home. Amaranth needs to know what has become of her tyrannous husband's other wives and children too... Another Book People Debut Fiction Choice that is unforgettable and utterly gripping, Peggy Riley's Amity & Sorrow is the darkest novel about love and the Good Life you will ever read.
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    Iain Banks Collection - 3 books (Collection)

    Iain Banks

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    Gripping narratives packed with social commentary, wit and satire, the three books in the Iain Banks Collection are sure to be enjoyed again and again. Imaginative contemporary fiction from an acclaimed writer, A Song of Stone is an apocalyptic read about an outlaw lieutenant's castle becoming the focus of a dangerous game of desire, deceit and death, while Whit finds a teenager getting involved in a small but committed religious cult. Meanwhile, Espedair Street tells the rags to riches (and back again) story of former rock star Daniel Weir.
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    Americanah (Paperback)

    Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

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    From the award-winning author of 'Half of a Yellow Sun,' a powerful story of love, race and identity. As teenagers in Lagos, Ifemelu and Obinze fall in love. Their Nigeria is under military dictatorship, and people are fleeing the country if they can. The self-assured Ifemelu departs for America. There she suffers defeats and triumphs, finds and loses relationships, all the while feeling the weight of something she never thought of back home: race. Obinze had hoped to join her, but post-9/11 America will not let him in, and he plunges into a dangerous, undocumented life in London. Thirteen years later, Obinze is a wealthy man in a newly democratic Nigeria, while Ifemelu has achieved success as a blogger. But after so long apart and so many changes, will they find the courage to meet again, face to face? Fearless, gripping, spanning three continents and numerous lives, 'Americanah' is a richly told story of love and expectation set in today's globalized world.
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    Dodie Smith Collection - 3 Books (Collection)

    Dodie Smith

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    The Dodie Smith set brings together three fantastic stories from the author of I Capture the Castle and 101 Dalmations. Set against the backdrop of a London theatre world, It Ends with Revelations is an unconventional love story in which loyalty may prove more important than love. The Town in Bloom finds a young Lancashire girl arrive in London intent on a stage career, although she has to make do with a role as theatre secretary. When she does have the chance to act, she makes an unforgettable impression, but not the one she'd hopes. She soon falls in love for the first time. The New Moon with the Old is an unusual novel about a family full of eclectic characters. When the widower father Rupert flees the country under the threat of prosecution for fraud, he asks new secretary-housekeeper to not only break the news to the family, but also look after them.

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