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    Diane Chamberlain Collection - 3 books (collection)

    Diane Chamberlain


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    These three superb novels come from Diane Chamberlain, a talented author who will make you stop, think and question the world around you. Ideal for fans of Jodi Picoult, in the books Chamberlain invites you to consider some of the biggest decisions you could ever make in life, ensuring that you will find yourself pulled into the stories, rooting for the heroines while agonising with them when things go wrong. Pacy, thought-provoking and compelling, the books are sure to keep you on the edge of your seat! Breaking the Silence is a heart-breaking novel about a woman trying to find out the truth behind her husband's suicide, while The Midwife's Confession examines the effects of truth and lies and Before the Storm examines just how far a mother would go to protect her son...
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    Shall We Gather at the River (Paperback)

    Peter Murphy


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    Shall We Gather At The River tells the story of Enoch O'Reilly, the great flood that afflicts his small town, and the rash of mysterious suicides that accompany it. Charlatan, Presleyite and local radiovangelist, O'Reilly is a man haunted by the childhood ghosts of his father's sinister radio set...a false prophet destined for a terrible consummation with that old, evil river. A suicide mystery and a rich patchwork narrative of legend, myth, occult inheritance, eco-conspiracy, viral obsession, airwaves, water and death, Shall We Gather At The River is a spellbinding piece of work, marked by prose that is by turns haunting, poetic and blackly humourous. With shades of Flannery O'Connor's Wise Blood, Jeffrey Eugenides' The Virgin Suicides, of Twin Peaks and Wisconsin Death Trip, Shall We Gather At The River is a novel that will further cement Murphy's reputation as one of the most original and exciting novelists to emerge in recent years.
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    THOM

    Alice Thomas Ellis Collection-3 Books (collection)


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    This collection brings together three modern-day classics from the late Alice Thomas Ellis - an author recognised as a tremendously talented writer of black comedies. The three riveting books in this set - Unexplained Laughter, The Birds of the Air and The Inn at the Edge of the World - are all critically acclaimed and contain complex, farcical plot lines. Every novel is also full of beautifully drawn characters and hilarious situations. Having stood the test of time, the books in this introductory set deserve to be read, recommended and shared. Ellis's books are engaging, laugh-out-loud funny and incredibly intelligent.

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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 Flavours of Love (Hardback)

    Dorothy Koomson

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    A widow for 18 months, Saffron Mackleroy has decided it is now time to finish writing The Flavours of Love, the cookbook her husband had started before his death. Despite appearing to be doing so well since her loss, Saffron has been hiding things... Now her 14-year-old daughter has made a devastating confession that will cause ripples throughout the whole family - and Saffron husband's killer has written to her claiming to be innocent. The truth will come out soon... Another sensational page-turner from Dorothy Koomson, the bestselling author of The Ice Cream Girls and The Woman He Loved Before, we highly recommend this for fans of Adele Parks, Sophie Hannah and Jodi Picoult.
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    Roald Dahl Complete Short Stories Set - 2 Books (collection)

    Roald Dahl


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    Roald Dahl may be world famous for his children's novels, but his short stories for grown-ups were just as well written - and far more sinister! This two-book collection, featuring stories chosen as part of World Book Night 2014, chronologically collects all his published adult short stories and gives a glimpse into his personal life. Using his experiences of war and his delightfully dark imagination, these stories are once read, never forgotten. Lamb to the Slaughter finds a wife murdering her husband and then, as the police close in on her, putting them off in a novel and unique fashion, while The Sound Machine reveals the horrific truth about plants. Parson's Pleasure is about a piece of furniture that becomes the subject of a deceitful bargain, while Royal Jelly sees a couple of new parents finding an unusual and unsettling way to give their newborn a start in life. Inventive, deviously wicked and highly addictive.
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    The Temporary Gentleman (Hardback)

    Sebastian Barry


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    Jack McNulty is a 'temporary gentleman', an Irishman whose commission in the British army in the Second World War was never permanent. In 1957, sitting in his lodgings in Accra, he urgently sets out to write his story. He feels he cannot take one step further, or even hardly a breath, without looking back at all that has befallen him. He is an ordinary man, both petty and heroic, but he has seen extraordinary things. He has worked and wandered around the world - as a soldier, an engineer, a UN observer - trying to follow his childhood ambition to better himself. And he has had a strange and tumultuous marriage. Mai Kirwan was a great beauty of Sligo in the 1920s, a vivid mind, but an elusive and mysterious figure too. Jack married her, and shared his life with her, but in time she slipped from his grasp. A heart-breaking portrait of one man's life - of his demons and his lost love - The Temporary Gentleman is, ultimately, a novel about Jack's last bid for freedom, from the savage realities of the past and from himself.
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    Winter Warmers Collection-10 Books (collection)

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    The Book People has taken great pride in providing our customers with a selection of tantalising summer reading collections over the years and now we're delighted to offer you a selection of contemporary reads to curl up with over the cold winter nights ahead. Emma Donoghue's Room was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and is a remarkable and compelling novel, it tells the story of Jack and ma - a mother and son who live in a single locked room for which they don't have a key... The Light Years is the first book in Elizabeth Jane Howard's Cazalet Chronicles and covers three generations of the Cazalet family and the fascinating triangle of their affairs... The Almost Moon is an unforgettable novel from The Lovely Bones author Alice Sebold and there is much more to discover besides!
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    Big Stone Gap Set - 3 Books (collection)

    Adriana Trigiani


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    The hilarious and romantic page-turners in bestselling author Adriana Trigiani's Big Stone Gap novels are completely unputdownable! Set in the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia, the series is bursting with an unforgettable cast and a thoroughly well-carved heroine in the form of Ave Maria Mulligan - who has an extraordinary story to tell. Gentle and utterly compelling, this trilogy has community at its heart as we see Ave discover a scandal in her own family's past that will blow the lid right off her previously uneventful life; explore her own marriage with coal minor Jack, revealing plenty of dark secrets and the power struggle, betrayal and unmet expectations between a man and a woman; and the enthralling story of Ave's own shifting mother daughter relationship... These are sure to become much-loved favourites on your bookshelf.
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    AJLOR

    Into the Trees (Hardback)

    Robert Williams


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    From prize-winning author Robert Williams, a novel about love and fear, family and security, and the search for sanctuary in the middle of chaos. Harriet Norton won't stop crying. Her parents, Ann and Thomas, are being driven close to insanity and only one thing will help. Mysteriously, their infant daughter will only calm when she's under the ancient trees of Bleasdale forest. The Nortons sell their town-house and set up home in an isolated barn. Secluded deep in the forest, they are finally approaching peace - until one night a group of men comes through the trees, ready to upend their lives and threaten everything they've built. Into the Trees is the story of four dispossessed people, drawn to the forest in search of something they lack and finding their lives intertwining in ways they could never have imagined. In hugely evocative and lyrical writing, Robert Williams lays bare their emotional lives, set against the intense and mysterious backdrop of the forest. Compelling and haunting, Into the Trees is a magisterial novel.
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    Man Booker Prize Shortlist 2013 - 6 Books (collection)

    Various


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    Featuring this year's winning novel, Eleanor Catton's stunning The Luminaries, alongside the five other unputdownable shortlisted titles, this magnificent collection gives you the chance to become the judge and choose your very own winner for 2013's Man Booker Prize. Will you pick The Lowland, a sprawling epic about two brothers tied together by tragedy or the poignancy of The Testament of Mary? A Tale for the Time Being is simply magical, while We Need New Names captures the essence of Zimbabwe. How about Harvest, a hypnotic and haunting portrait of a lost world, or will you agree that the simple breathtaking majesty of The Luminaries was deserved of this prestigious title? All six novels are beautiful hardbacks sure to live with you long in the memory, and together they provide an exemplary celebration of the most notable fiction from the past year.
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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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    Iain Banks Collection - 3 Books (collection)

    Iain Banks


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    Iain Banks is a hugely creative writer of science fiction, but his mainstream novels, three of which are featured here, also display his dazzling imagination. This set includes the The Wasp Factory, a disturbing book that focuses on sixteen-year-old Frank Cauldhame and what remains of his childhood. This intriguing novel quickly reached cult status and is now recognised as a classic of its time. The unsettling Walking on Glass and the quirky family drama The Steep Approach to Garbadale are also included. Banks should be compulsory reading for those who appreciate unputdownable contemporary fiction and quality writing.
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    Kiss Me First (Hardback)

    Lottie Moggach


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    Kiss Me First is The Talented Mr Ripley for the online age and a gripping debut from Lottie Moggach. Leila has never met Tess but she knows everything about her. She knows all about her friends and family, her past, she's read all her emails. And if Tess wants to slip away from the world unnoticed, she has no choice but to trust Leila with this information. At first, assuming Tess's identity is easy for Leila, everyone trusts who she says she is, why would they have any reason not to? But there is much more to a person than the facts and there are things about life you can learn only by living it... A very modern thriller which takes identity fraud to another level, this is an electrifying, smart and compelling novel.
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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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    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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    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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    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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    The Believers (Paperback)

    Zoe Heller


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    New York socialists Joel and Audrey Litvinoff are not a couple you would happily have round for dinner. Joel, a radical lawyer, has never let his humanitarian principles get in the way of a lifetime of cheating on his wife. Audrey, originally from London, is a foul-mouthed, dope-smoking harridan who has gradually transformed over 40 years of marriage from someone whose candour was quirky and amusing to a woman who can be graceless and brutal. But their commitment to 'the struggle' for a fairer society is at the expense of their own family's wellbeing. Elder daughter Karla is unhappily married and overweight (something Audrey is ever willing to point out); Rosa, disillusioned with her parents' ideology, seeks solace in Orthodox Judaism; and adopted son Lenny remains feckless and directionless at the age of 34. They're a dysfunctional and discordant bunch, shaped by a set of beliefs which eventually they all come to question. When Joel has a stroke and ends up in a coma, an uncomfortable secret is revealed which forces Audrey to reassess her marriage and the children to re-evaluate their lives...
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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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    Mitch Albom Collection - 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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    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 Universe Versus Alex Woods (Hardback)

    Gavin Extence


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    A Book People Debut Fiction Choice and shortlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize, The Universe Versus Alex Woods is a truly magical novel from Gavin Extence. A tale of an unexpected friendship, an unlikely hero and an improbable journey, the novel features an intriguing set-up and tackles important life issues such as friendship and death. Alex Woods has suffered from bullying throughout his life and when he makes friends with ill-tempered widower Mr Peterson, he is told to make the most of life. At just 17 years old, Alex is stopped at Dover customs for possession of drugs. He's also carrying an urn full of ashes and a nation is in uproar, but he's sure he's done the right thing... Funny and heartbreaking contemporary fiction.
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    Mari Strachan Collection - 2 Books (collection)

    Mari Strachan


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    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.

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    The Bed I Made (Paperback)

    Lucie Whitehouse


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    "I haven't given up on you and I'm not going to. It's time to stop playing hard to get now." When Kate meets a dark, enigmatic man in a Soho bar, she doesn't hesitate long before going home with him. There is something undeniably attractive about Richard - and irresistibly dangerous, too. Now, after eighteen exhilarating but fraught months, Kate knows she has to finish their relationship and hopes that will be the end of it. But it is only just the beginning. Fleeing London for the wintry Isle of Wight, she is determined to ignore the flood of calls and emails from an increasingly insistent Richard. But what began as a nuisance becomes an ever more threatening game of cat and mouse...
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    The State We're In (Hardback)

    Adele Parks


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    Emotionally powerful and stunningly written, The State We're In delves straight into the heart of the dilemmas faced in adult life. What are the odds of the person you're sat next to on a London to Chicago flight being the one who's going to change your life forever? She's a soul mate-searching, life-long optimist, he's a cruel cynic whose past has made him trust no-one. Is their time together on an Atlantic flight all it takes to discover what each of them really needs? And it's only when they touch down that their journey truly begins... Full of emotion, a tell-it-like-it-is style, thorny issues and real characters, this is Adele Park at her very best.
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    American Wife (Paperback)

    Curtis Sittenfeld


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    Back in the year 2000, after the closest election in American history, Alice Blackwell's husband became president of the United States. Their time in the White House proved to be heady, tumultuous, and controversial. But it is Alice's own story - that of a kind, bookish, only child born in the 1940s Midwest who comes to inhabit a life of dizzying wealth and power - that is itself remarkable. Alice candidly describes her small-town upbringing, and the tragedy that shaped her identity; she recalls her early adulthood as a librarian, and her surprising courtship with the man who swept her off her feet; she tells of the crisis that almost ended their marriage; and she confides the privileges and difficulties of being First Lady, a role that is uniquely cloistered and public, secretive and exposed. A gorgeously written novel that weaves race, class, fate and wealth into a brilliant tapestry.
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    Tilly Bagshawe Set - 3 Books (collection)

    Tilly Bagshawe


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    Likely to appeal to fans of Jilly Cooper and Jackie Collins, Tilly Bagshawe is renowned for her sexy stories, page-turning plots and unforgettable characters. This three-book collection of contemporary romantic fiction is packed with celebrity, lust, intrigue and pure, unadulterated escapism. Widely acclaimed as the modern-day 'Queen of Chick Lit' who can count the likes of Sophie Kinsella among her fans, this collection includes the bestsellers Fame, Friends & Rivals and Scandalous.
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    26a (Paperback)

    Diana Evans


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    Identical twins, Georgia and Bessi, live comfortably in the loft of 26 Waifer Avenue. Down below there is not such harmony. Their Nigerian mother puts cayenne pepper on her Yorkshire pudding and has mysterious ways of dealing with homesickness; their father angrily roams the streets of Neasden, prey to the demons of his Derbyshire upbringing. Forced to create their own identities, the Hunter children build a separate universe. Older sister Bel discovers sex, high heels and organic hairdressing, the twins prepare for a flapjack empire, while baby sister Kemy learns to moonwalk for Michael Jackson. It is when the reality comes knocking that the fantasies of childhood start to give way. How will Georgia and Bessi cope in a world of separateness and solitude, and which of them will be stronger? Wickedly funny and devastatingly moving, 26A is an extraordinary part fairytale, part nightmare novel and the worthy winner of the 2005 Orange New Writers Prize.
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    The Age of Miracles (Hardback)

    Karen Thompson Walker


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    A very special Book People Debut Fiction Choice from Karen Thompson Walker, The Age of Miracles describes a world where the 24-hour day has grown longer. First it was just minutes, then it was hours and soon day had become night and night had become day. This strange event was known only as The Slowing and the book looks at the effect it had on the world through the eyes of 11-year-old Julia, who lives in suburban California with her family. How would the phenomenon change the lives of the birds in the sky, the whales in the sea and the astronauts in space? And especially how would it change the life of Julia, a girl grappling with emotional changes of her own? The enormity of Earth's rotation slowing is beyond comprehension but, as some assert, day-to-day life must go on. Julia witnesses the impact of this phenomenon on the world, the community, her family and on herself as she comes of age during this unexplained event. A book that will appeal to fans of dystopian fiction, coming of age novels and well-drawn characters, this is a story to make you think.

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    Whatever It Takes (Hardback)

    Adele Parks


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    From Adele Parks, the bestselling author of Playing Away and The Other Woman's Shoes, comes another powerful and emotional novel in Whatever It Takes, a book chosen as a World Book Night 2014 title. Eloise Hamilton is a proud Londoner, so it is a momentous occasion when she reluctantly agrees to uproot and relocate to Dartmouth, leaving behind her perfect world so her husband can finally live in his. But life is never straightforward and Eloise finds herself holding everything together. As her world implodes with the strain of being responsible for all that is around her, she ponders the poignant question: what if love's not enough? A fascinating read for anyone with an interest in romantic fiction.

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    No! I Don't Need Reading Glasses (Hardback)

    Virginia Ironside


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    No! I Don't Need Reading Glasses is a funny and touching novel from Virginia Ironside. Despite entering her twilight years, Marie is enjoying her life. She has Archie to share her bed, a part-time job and some close friends, as well as Pouncer the cat and a beloved grandson. But a roller coaster year beckons, one that encompasses love, death, laughter and tears, not to mention the bizarre decision to take up residence in a tree... This is a wonderful book that proves age is no barrier to growing up disgracefully!

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