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One of our favourite novels of the year, Charlotte Mendelson's Almost English was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2013, but here at the Book People we believe it deserves even more plaudits and recognition. Telling the story of 16-year-old Marina, who lives with her highly sensitive mother Laura and three ancient Hungarian relatives, it is a touching and witty coming-of-age novel. Marina needs to escape the clutches of her family, their crushing expectations and strange traditions, but when she arrives at the traditional English public school Combe Abbey, she realises she's made a huge mistake... Her family has sacrificed everything for her to get this opportunity, will Marina be able to fit in? Meanwhile, Laura has painful secrets of her own to contend with...
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.
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.
Mari Strachan's unforgettable debut novel The Earth Hums in B Flat was one of the most acclaimed and successful debuts of its time. The story of Gwenni Morgan, an inquisitive young girl fascinated by the world, it was a touching story about growing up. It is available here with her new novel Dead Man's Embers, another memorable and very special book, this time a touching read that combines family strength with wartime drama.