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Man Booker Prize 2014 Collection - 6 Books (Collection)
The Man Booker Prize for Fiction is widely considered one of the world's most important literary awards and 2014's shortlist is as strong as ever. Brilliant, diverse and unforgettable, we're sure you will love the six beautiful hardback novels featured in our complete collection of shortlisted titles - and love having the chance to see if you agree with the judges when they choose their winner on 14 October!
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Joshua Ferris' To Rise Again at a Decent Hour is a tale of life, death and dental hygiene, Ali Smith's How to be Both tackles the versatility of art and Karen Joy Fowler's We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves is a smart examination of families and the choices they make for you...
One man reckons with the truth in Richard Flanagan's Narrow Road to the Deep North, Howard Jacobson's J is about the unflinching power of love and Neel Mukherjee's The Lives of Others is a compelling portrayal of a crumbling society... All worthy winners, but which title from the Man Booker Prize 2014 shortlist will be your favourite?
Hilary Mantel Collection - 6 Books (Collection)
After winning the Man Booker Prize for both Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies, Hilary Mantel has established herself as one of the great historical fiction writers and this collection not only includes those first two books from the Thomas Cromwell trilogy, but also four of her finest other novels!
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Sure to keep any fiction fan engrossed and captivated throughout, this really is a collection to be treasured. A Place Of Greater Safety is an epic tale that takes place during the French Revolution, Beyond Black is full of dark humour as it follows a psychic and the impish secrets she summons, while The Giant, O'Brien tells the story of the legendary Charles Byrne and the surgeon who wants his bones. A Change of Climate finds a family seeking refuge after an African Sojourn takes a turn for the worse.
Detailed story lines, unforgettable characters and riveting twists can be found throughout this collection from the award-winning Hilary Mantel.
Blockbuster Fiction Collection - 3 Books (Collection)
Now more than ever, Hollywood studios are snapping up the movie rights to our favourite novels - sometimes before the books are even written. Our three-book Blockbuster Fiction Collection is a compelling set of novels that have been brought to life on the big screen.
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Philomena, now an Oscar- and BAFTA-nominated motion picture starring Judi Dench and Steve Coogan, tells the true story of Philomena Lee and the son she had to give away. Both having to deal with the forces of hypocrisy and secrets, Philomena is a deeply moving tale.
An international bestseller in its own right, The Lovely Bones was adapted for the big screen by Lord of the Rings and King Kong director Peter Jackson. With the film starring Mark Wahlberg and Rachel Weisz as the parents of Susie Salmon, a young girl who is watching them from heaven following her murder, The Lovely Bones is an astonishingly poignant novel about life and death, forgiveness, vengeance and memory.
Starring Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro and Chris Tucker, and featuring an Oscar-winning performance from The Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence, David O. Russell's (director of The Fighter, Three Kings and American Hustle) adaptation of The Silver Linings Playbook has garnered many a positive review from critics. A delightful debut novel from the author of The Good Luck of Right Now, Matthew Quick, the book tells the story of Pat, a man with bipolar disorder who is trying to get his life back on track after a stint in a psychiatric hospital.
All original, telling and transfixing, this collection of novels is a must-have for fans of the films and those looking to be mesmerised by fantastic writing!
Short Story Collection - 3 Books (Collection)
Perfect for fans of Victoria Hislop, Virginia Woolf and Alice Munro, our Victoria Hislop Collection is a perfect selection of short stories about the lives of women.
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Featuring no less than two centuries' worth of stunning short fiction from the world's most prolific writers, the stories of Life, Loss and Love make this a collection for every occasion.
A passionate ambassador and champion for short stories, the pieces chosen by Victoria Hislop make this three-book collection a real treasure chest of treats for fans of short fiction.
The King's Curse (Hardback)
Author of the Cousins' War series (which inspired the hit BBC drama The White Queen) and the internationally bestselling The Other Boleyn Girl, Philippa Gregory's fast-paced and engrossing novels need no introduction. In The King's Curse, her riveting story of Margaret Pole cements her place as the queen of historical fiction.
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Margaret Pole, daughter of George, Duke of Clarence, is one of the few surviving members of the Plantagent dynasty after the Wars of the Roses; once proudly carrying her name aloft, she is now the lone bearer of the most-dangerous name in the England...
Vivid and riveting, this Philippa Gregory book is sure to appeal to fans of 2008's The Other Boleyn Girl film adaptation starred Scarlett Johansson, Natalie Portman, Jim Sturgess and Eric Bana, and those who love well-researched, engrossing historical page-turners.
Georgette Heyer Collection - 6 Books (Collection)
Georgette Heyer, one of the finest historical fiction authors of all time, transports you back to Regency England with this six-book collection of romantic novels.
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Beautifully repackaged with stunning new jackets, the collection includes Faro's Daughter, Frederica, The Convenient Marriage, Regency Buck, Friday's Child and The Grand Sophy. Every book contains memorable characters, sumptuous period detail and are full of wit that brings the era to life.
From unlikely relationships to class wars and family failures, these books are sure to appeal to fans of Philippa Gregory, Mary Balogh and Loretta Chase.
David Downing Collection - 3 Books (Collection)
Fizzing with suspense from the first page to the last, our David Downing Collection is an outstanding set of three post-war fiction books following the exploits of British spy John Russell.
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Fast forward four years since Russell left his son, Paul, and lover Effi Koenen in volatile Berlin: Potsdam Station sees Russell return to Germany to find out if they're alive and to protect them from the advancing Red Army. But his plan is faltered by the Soviets, who find a use for him that has him parachuting into Berlin behind the German lines.
Forced into becoming a double agent for the Soviets in Lehrter Station and embarking on the most dangerous task of his life in Masaryk Station, our David Downing Collection is convincing, compelling and captivating - just perfect for fans of C. J. Sansom and Robert Harris.
This book contains books 3-6 of the John Russell Station series.
Cazalet Chronicles Collection - 5 Books (Collection)
Elizabeth Jane Howard
Perfect for fans of the TV dramatisation and BBC Radio 4 series, Elizabeth Jane Howard's Cazalets Chronicles is a thrilling yet charming five-book series of novels that follows the secrets and yearnings of the Cazalet family of Home Place, Sussex through three decades of middle-class life.
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Beginning in 1937, the Cazalets Chronicles explores the affairs, passions and ambitions with magnificent period detail and poignant observation. From pre-war 1937 through to the Fifties, the three generations of the family experience love, loss, and, ultimately, life-altering change...
Beautifully written, engrossing and championed by the likes of Hilary Mantel, Elizabeth Jane Banks' Cazalets books demonstrate her unparalleled ability to open both readers' hearts and minds. And for this unbeatable price, you can enjoy the complete saga!
We Need New Names (Hardback)
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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A. M. Homes Collection - 3 Books (Collection)
A. M. Homes
This collection brings together three of acclaimed author A.M. Homes' bestsellers, including the winner of The Women's Prize for Fiction 2013; May We Be Forgiven.
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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.
Anita Shreve Collection - 3 Books (Collection)
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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.
Poems That Make Grown Men Cry (Hardback)
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.
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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.
Jonathan Franzen Set - 2 Books (Collection)
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)
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.
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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.
Jonathan Coe Collection - 3 Books (Collection)
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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.
The Goldfinch (Hardback)
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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Fab Fiction Collection- 3 Books (Collection)
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
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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Elizabeth Taylor Collection - 3 Books (Collection)
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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John Mortimer Collection - 3 Books (Collection)
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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.
Burial Rites (Paperback)
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)
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)
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.
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Filled with philosophical insight and fascinating reflections on life, Albom's writing may well be fiction but it's the kind that leaves you willing his every word to be true. Written with great feeling, these are thought-provoking, poignant and inspirational reads.
The Night Guest (Hardback)
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.
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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.