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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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    A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing (Paperback)

    Eimear McBride

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    Winner of the Bailey's Women's Prize for Fiction and Desmond Elliott Prize for Debut Novelists, Eimear McBride's A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing tells the story of a young woman and the difficulties she experiences dealing with the emotions incurred by the difficult relationships she has with members of her family...

    Having to cope with an overly-religious mother, a disabled brother and an uncle with less than innocent intentions, Eimear McBride presents an astonishingly insightful and intimate look into the thoughts, feelings and chaotic sexuality of a young lady - who is both vulnerable and isolated - trying to carve out a better life for herself and her ill sibling.

    Encouraging readers to read between the lines, the book is a pioneering example of narrative style and oozes distinctive personality - cleverly balancing brutality, tenderness, darkness and wit.

    This book has been hand-picked for the Book People's FaberShop, in partnership with Faber & Faber.
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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Instructions for a Heatwave (Hardback)

    Maggie O'Farrell

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    Departing from her more dramatic and psychological storylines, award-winning Maggie O'Farrell writes a moving yet humorous novel about a family drawn together in a time of need in Instructions for a Heatwave, a book shortlisted for the 2013 Costa Novel Award.

    When Gretta's husband disappears without a word from their London home, her grown-up children return to help solve the mystery. Michael Francis is increasingly estranged from his wife; Monica's new role as stepmother isn't fooling anyone; and black sheep Aoife is still finding it hard to keep a childhood secret. Will the time back under one roof and a revealing journey to Connemara provide a turning point for them as individuals and as a unit?
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    Schroder (Hardback)

    Amity Gaige

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    Awaiting news of his trial, Erik Schroder begins his story sitting in an isolated correctional facility. Writing to his estranged wife, he tells her about the seven-day road trip on which he took their daughter Meadow. But the police and press are calling it kidnap... Exploring the unsettling and murky realm where the unconditional devotion and love of a parent slips into insanity and even criminality.

    Amity Gage's exquisitely written, incredibly smart and heartbreaking novel offers a dazzling view on a daring and intriguing subject. Appealing, believable and darkly comical characters also help to make Gage's novel one that lingers with you long after you've finished the last page.

    This book has been hand-picked for the Book People's FaberShop, in partnership with Faber & Faber.
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    The Storyteller (Hardback)

    Jodi Picoult

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    A story that will change everything, Jodi Picoult's latest bestseller is a thought-provoking read that sensitively tackles a difficult and important social issue. Sage Singer is a lonely baker who forms an unlikely friendship with the popular old man Josef Weber. When Weber asks her for a shocking favour, he reveals all about his dark past... and Singer has to face up to a difficult decision. The Storyteller is a novel quite different to anything Jodi Picoult has ever written and one that asks if murder can ever be justice?
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    Under the Same Stars (Hardback)

    Tim Lott

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    Summer 2008 and as the world economy goes into meltdown, Salinger Nash leaves London to see his older brother Carson in New Orleans. Carson has persuaded Salinger that they should look for their missing father, last seen in New Mexico. With a sense of foreboding, the journey begins and the brothers, whose own relationship is distant and restrained, begin to learn a great deal about themselves as they travel. Award-winning author Tim Lott's Under the Same Stars is set in the style of a classic road trip and the exploration of fraternal love is beautifully written and highly recommended!

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    The Bellwether Revivals (Hardback)

    Benjamin Wood

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    A Debut Fiction Choice from the Book People that was also shortlisted for the Costa Book Awards First Novel Award 2012, Benjamin Wood's The Bellwether Revivals follows the fortunes of the bright and bookish Oscar Lowe, a young man who has managed to swap the urban estate where he was raised for the grander surroundings of Cambridge. Having grown to love his quiet routine as a care worker, he falls in love with the enigmatic medical student Iris Bellwether. Drawn into her world of scholarship and privilege, Oscar soon becomes embroiled in the strange machinations of her brilliant but troubled brother Eden, who believes he can heal people with music. As Eden draws his sister and friends into a series of disturbing experiments to prove himself right, Oscar realises the extent of the danger facing them all...
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    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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    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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    The Prisoner of Heaven (Hardback)

    Carlos Ruiz Zafon

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    Carlos Ruiz Zafon's The Prisoner of Heaven is the third in the series of novels that began with The Shadow of the Wind and The Angel's Game. It returns to the world of the Cemetery of Forgotten Books and the Sempere & Sons bookshop just before Christmas in Barcelona in 1957, one year after Daniel and Bea have married. They now have a son, Julian, and Fermin still works with them. However something appears to be bothering him. Daniel is alone in the shop one morning when a mysterious figure with a pronounced limp enters. He spots one of their most precious volumes that is kept locked in a glass cabinet, and wants to buy it. Then, to Daniel's surprise, the man inscribes the book with the words 'To Fermin Romero de Torres, who came back from the dead and who holds the key to the future'. This visit leads back to a story of imprisonment, betrayal and the return of a deadly rival.
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    Tiny Sunbirds Far Away (Paperback)

    Christie Watson

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    A warm and poignant debut novel from Christie Watson, Tiny Sunbirds Far Away is a moving and at times wonderfully funny examination of the strength that can be found within family. One of the Book People's series of recommended debut novels, this superb work of fiction is set in Lagos, Nigeria where the lives of Blessing and her brother Ezikiel are turned upside down when their father's infidelity results in the wife he has left behind being sacked from her job at the Royal Imperial Hotel. From luxury and air-conditioning to a peasant's compound, this superbly-researched and beguiling story charts the demise and re-growth of a family wounded by heartbreak. This stunning read was named the winner of 2011's prestigious Costa First Novel Award.

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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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    In Times of Fading Light (Paperback)

    Eugen Ruge

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    "Utterly absorbing, funny and humane. A romp through a twisted century in the heart of Europe". (Anna Funder, author of Stasiland). "Eugen Ruge is to the GDR what Hans Fallada was to the Third Reich. In Times of Fading Light may be a novel as important in the whole literature of the Cold War and its aftermath as anything written by Alexander Solzhenitsyn". (Philip Kerr). In Times of Fading Light begins in 2001 as Alexander Umnitzer, who has just been diagnosed with terminal cancer, leaves behind his ailing father to fly to Mexico, where his grandparents lived as exiles in the 1940s. The novel then takes us both forward and back in time, creating a panoramic view of the family's history: from Alexander's grandparents' return to the GDR to build the socialist state to his father's decade spent in a Gulag for criticising the Soviet regime to his son's desire to leave the political struggles of the twentieth century in the past. With wisdom, humour and great empathy, and drawing on his own family history, Eugen Ruge majestically traces the stories of both this particular family and the GDR, while exploring the tragic intertwining of politics, love and family under the East German regime.
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    My Father's Ghost is Climbing in the Rain (Paperback)

    Patricio Pron

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    This is a daring, deeply affecting novel about the secrets buried in the past of an Argentine family; a story of fathers and sons, corruption and responsibility, memory and history, with a mystery at its heart. A young writer, living abroad, returns home to his native Argentina to say goodbye to his dying father. In his parents' house, he finds a cache of documents - articles, maps, photographs - and unwittingly begins to unearth his father's obsession with the disappearance of a local man. Suddenly he comes face to face with the ghosts of Argentina's dark political past and with the long-hidden memories of his family's underground resistance against an oppressive military regime. As the fragments of the narrator's investigation fall into place - revealing not only a part of his father's life he had tried to forget, but also the legacy of an entire generation - "My Father's Ghost Is Climbing in the Rain" tells a completely original story of family and remembrance. It is an audacious accomplishment by an internationally acclaimed voice.
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    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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