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    The Boy I Love (Hardback)

    Lynda Bellingham

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    Following on from the success of her beautiful debut novel Tell Me Tomorrow, the late Lynda Bellingham's second work of fiction, The Boy I Love, is set in the heart of the theatre - a place where secrets are made and lives changed.

    It's the summer of '82, and Sally Thomas is preparing to leave her job in London to head up to Crewe for her first season as an assistant stage manager at a beautiful old theatre. Flung into a whirlwind world, Sally is forced to find her feet quickly. But as tragedy begins to gather pace in the wings, Sally needs to grow up - and fast!

    A superbly evocative novel from a much-loved figure from both stage and screen, Lynda Bellingham's The Boy I Love is simply beautiful; it may just break your heart.
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    Academy Street (Hardback)

    Mary Costello

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    Written by one of Ireland's most exciting new voices, Mary Costello, Academy Street tells the life story of shy and introverted Tess in this profoundly moving debut.

    After growing up in rural Ireland in the 1940s, Tess ends up making her home amid the dazzle and tumult of 1960s New York. Over four decades and a life lived with quiet intensity on Academy Street in upper Manhattan, her story is both joyous and heartbreaking and charts one women's quest for belonging as she encounters ferocious love and calamitous loss.

    Beautifully written and profoundly moving, this novel comes from an author we're certain to hear much more of in the future.

    Academy Street by Mary Costello has been shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award.
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    A Song for Issy Bradley (Hardback)

    Carys Bray

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    A Song for Issy Bradley by debut author Carys Bray is an absolutely beautiful book that effortlessly deals with all the big subjects: faith and belief, relationships and suffering, love and loss.

    The story of a Mormon family trying to work out how to carry on when their world has fallen apart, the book expertly weaves the conflict their religion brings to each member of the household - from the devout father to Jacob, the unforgettable seven-year-old son who plans to mend his broken family with a miracle.

    Thoroughly heartbreaking - so will undoubtedly make you sob - but ultimately uplifting, funny, compelling and enriching, Carys Bray's Song for Issy Bradley leaves readers with an unshakable sense of poignancy - for all the right reasons.

    A Song for Issy Bradley by Carys Bray has been shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award.
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    Chop Chop (Hardback)

    Simon Wroe

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    Struggling to keep on top of his rent, young graduate Monocle takes the only job he can find - the lowest-ranked chef at a gastropub in Camden Town, London.

    When Monocle starts cooking, he realises it's not quite the job he'd expected. He's working with a group of deranged hoodlums who all seem to be at the mercy of head chef Bob - an ingenious sadist with a kitchen knife!

    Full of perfectly observed black humour, Simon Wroe draws on personal experiences from his own career as a chef to bring the laugh-out-loud antics of a professional kitchen to the page - while also telling the touching story of a young man trying to find his way in the world.

    Chop Chop by Simon Wroe has been shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award 2014.
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    Elizabeth is Missing (Hardback)

    Emma Healey

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    Maud has been having trouble with her memory lately... As well as being a source of constant frustration for those close to her, she herself is finding day-to-day life increasingly difficult. But there are some mysteries that continue to haunt her - and she needs the answers soon...

    Maud's best friend Elizabeth has gone missing - and Maud believes her sister Sukey, who also disappeared just after the war, may just have something to do with it... But how can you solve a mystery when you can't remember the clues and those who are around you doubt your sanity?

    Astonishingly accomplished for a debut novel, Emma Healey's Elizabeth is Missing is a beautiful and haunting book that will stay with you for a long time to come.

    Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey has been shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award 2014.
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    A Man Called Ove (Hardback)

    Fredrik Backman

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    Delightfully warm and funny, Fredrik Backman's A Man Called Ove is one of the biggest word-of-mouth books of 2014 and is sure to delight fans of Harold Fry and The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of a Window and Disappeared.

    You'd think Ove to be the grumpiest man you've ever met. Surrounded by idiots who can't reverse a trailer properly, code-speaking shop assistants and vicious perpetrators of the coup that saw him ousted as Chairman of the Residents' Association, Ove truly is the neighbour from hell - and his poor unsuspecting neighbours regularly fall foul of his overbearing nature and insistence for following rules. But there's more to Ove than meets the eye...

    Written in charmingly lyrical prose, each of the short chapters stands alone as a beautifully crafted short story and as readers delve further into the book, they will begin to understand that Ove is much more than the grumpy-old-man facade that he portrays. A positively uplifting debut!
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    Leaving Time (Hardback)

    Jodi Picoult

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    A popular author of intelligent and contemporary fiction that discusses the power of love, Jodi Picoult is a favourite with many of our customers and new novel Leaving Time will be another fine addition to the bookshelf of any fan of romantic fiction.

    Jenna Metcalf was with her mother on the night she disappeared in mysterious circumstances but can remember nothing. That was over ten years ago, but Jenna still rereads her mother's journals in the hope of finding some answers... Eventually she decides enough is enough and hires a private detective - and a psychic...

    Jenna knows her mother loves her and that she would never have left her - and she won't rest until she finds out what happened. Could it have something to do with her scientific research into elephants? A gripping, compelling and emotional mystery about one young girl's quest for the truth.
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    Kathleen Tessaro Collection - 3 Books (Collection)

    Kathleen Tessaro

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    Focusing on the world of fashion and fashionable, this three-book collection from Kathleen Tessaro is just perfect for fans of contemporary romantic fiction!

    In Elegance, a woman chances upon a book written by a French fashion expert in a second-hand bookshop and starts to follow its advice - soon her life is transformed and she discovers a courage in her that she never thought was possible; while The Perfume Collector finds an inheritance turning a newly married woman's life upside down...

    The final book in the set, The Debutante is about an old shoebox full of clues that will unravel the tale of the most famous debutante of her generation. Three stand-alone stories that are just full of elegance, class and sophistication!

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    An award-winning writer of contemporary fiction, this three-book collection will introduce you to the works of the talented author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie - including her Orange Prize for Fiction-winning Half of a Yellow Sun.

    A heartbreaking and exquisitely written literary masterpiece, the book is set in Nigeria during the 1960s - a time when the country was in the midst of a vicious civil war. Three people find themselves swept up in the violence of these years - a young boy from a poor village, a middle-class woman called Olanna whose relatives have been victims of the massacre and a mysterious white man who falls in love with Olanna's enigmatic twin sister... When their lives intersect, they have to question their own responses to unfolding political events.

    Debut novel Purple Hibiscus and Bailey's Women's Prize for Fiction 2014-shortlisted Americanah are equally powerful and will make you think about the world we live in.

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    Us (Hardback)

    David Nicholls

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    David Nicholls brings to bear all the wit and intelligence that graced One Day in this brilliant, bittersweet new book, which will delight his fans and bring him many new readers.

    Douglas understands his wife's need to rediscover herself now that their son is leaving home. He just thought they'd be doing their rediscovering together. So when Connie announces that she will be leaving, too, he decides to make their last family holiday the trip of a lifetime: one that will draw the three of them closer, and win the respect of his son and make Connie fall in love with him again. The hotels are booked, the tickets purchased, the itinerary planned and printed. What could possibly go wrong..?

    Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2014, Us is a novel about love and family, husbands and wives, parents and children, its publication was undoubtedly one of the major events in the world of books in 2014.
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    Richard Flanagan's The Narrow Road to the Deep North is the winner of The Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2014. Do you agree with the judges' decision? Widely considered one of the world's most important literary awards, 2014's shortlist was full of brilliant, diverse and unforgettable novels - and with this collection you can own them all! Six hardback novels for one brilliant price, the books here are amongst the most highly respected released in 2014.

    The winning novel finds one man reckoning with the truth on a Burma railway, while Joshua Ferris' To Rise Again at a Decent Hour is a tale of life, death and dental hygiene. Ali Smith's Goldsmith Prize-winning 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...

    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...

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    How to Build a Girl (Hardback)

    Caitlin Moran

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    Following the success of How to be a Woman and Moranthology, award-winning journalist and scriptwriter Caitlin Moran turns her attention to fiction with the novel How to Build a Girl.

    It's 1990 and 14-year-old Johanna Morrigan has shamed herself so badly on local TV that she doesn't want to be Johanna anymore - so she reinvents herself as Dolly Wilde. Dolly is quite the opposite to Johanna - she's a fast-talking, hard-drinking Gothic Lady Sex Adventurer!

    Dolly's on a mission to save her Bohemian family by becoming the new Emily Bronte - but is determined she won't die young... However at 16 she's smoking, getting drunk and working for a music paper; writing rude letters to rock stars and has an active sex life. But then Johanna realises she's built Dolly with a fatal flaw...

    Full of nostalgia for the early 90s and bands like Hole, the Happy Mondays and My Bloody Valentine, this is a devastatingly funny coming-of-age novel from the ever-popular Caitlin Moran - imagine The Bell Jar written by Rizzo from Grease and you're halfway there!
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    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.

    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!

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    The Goldfinch (Paperback)

    Donna Tartt

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    Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 2014 and is a compelling novel about one troubled man's descent into a criminal underworld.

    Theo Decker survives an accident when he's 13 that tears his life apart. Alone in New York, he is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Constantly longing for his mother, he finds himself clinging to the thing that reminds him of her most - a small and strangely captivating painting that ultimately drives him into crime and danger...

    With unforgettable characters, plenty of suspense and a storyline you won't want to end, The Goldfinch is a powerful tale of love, loss and obsession, survival and self-invention and the inevitability of fate.

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    The Bone Clocks (Hardback)

    David Mitchell

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    Longlisted for 2014's Man Booker Prize, Cloud Atlas author David Mitchell's The Bone Clocks is fiction at its most spellbinding and memorable best.

    One drowsy summer's day in 1984, teenage runaway Holly Sykes encounters a strange woman who offers a small kindness in exchange for 'asylum'. Decades will pass before Holly understands exactly what sort of asylum the woman was seeking...

    A chronicle of our self-devouring times and a book full of twists and surprises, this is another fascinating read from Mitchell that shows why he is one of the most highly acclaimed and challenging authros of his generation.
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    The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August (Paperback)

    Claire North

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    A Richard and Judy Book Club choice that has also been featured on Radio 2, Claire North's The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August is a simply extraordinary time-travel story.

    Harry August finds himself on his deathbed once more. No matter what he does or the decisions he makes, Harry finds himself starting his life again after his death - but with the knowledge of his previous lives...

    But this time around, things will be different. As he nears the end of his eleventh life, a little girl appears and tells him: 'I nearly missed you, Doctor August. I need to send a message.' Next time he wakes up, Harry August makes the decision to try and save a past he cannot change and a future he cannot allow.

    An intelligently written contemporary novel with a fascinating mystery at its heart, we're sure you will love The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August as much as us.
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    The Children Act (Hardback)

    Ian McEwan

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    From the author of the Booker Prize-winning Amsterdam and Atonement - which was made into an Oscar-winning film starring Keira Knightley and James McAvoy -, Ian McEwan is considered by most as one of our nation's greatest living novelists - and The Children Act is one of his most fascinatingly complex and ultimately heartbreaking books.

    Fiona Maye is a leading High Court judge, renowned for her intelligence, exactitude and sensitivity. But at home her life is less than perfect. Burying her lingering regret of childlessness, Fiona's marriage is in crisis. Then she receives a case that touches a nerve: a 17-year-old boy is refusing life-saving treatment for religious reasons, and his devout parents share his wishes. Can the courts overrule such sincerely held faith? Her ruling will have incomprehensible consequences for them both...

    A tour de force in elegant prose, The Children Act by Ian McEwan is an astonishing work of fiction.
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    From Haruki Murakami, the much-loved Japanese author of Norwegian Wood and IQ84, and translated by Philip Gabriel, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage is an unforgettable coming-of-age story that is both haunting and elegant.

    Tsukuri Tazaki had four best friends at school and completely by chance, all of their names contained a colour - Akamatsu ('red pine'), Oumi ('blue sea'), Shirane ('white root') and Kurono ('black field'). Tsukuru Tazaki's name had no colour and he's shocked when all his friends announce at the same time they don't want to see - or talk to - him ever again.

    This day changed Tsukuru's life - he seems unable to form intimate connections with anyone... But then he meets Sara - who encourages him to discover what happened with his 'colourful' friends all those years ago... You'll have never read anything like this - another truly memorable Murakami novel.
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    Adultery (Hardback)

    Paulo Coelho

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    Full of thought-provoking themes. The Alchemist author Paolo Coelho's Adultery follows the journey of Linda - a woman who takes off on an unexpected adventure.

    Linda knows she's lucky but every morning she feels like she just can't face a brand new day. Her friends recommend medication but Linda wants to feel more alive. When she embarks on this journey she reawakens a side of her - respectable wife, loving mother and ambitious journalist - that she thought had long since disappeared...

    And then things become even more unpredictable... A novel that asks questions about who we are and the world around us.
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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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    Tessa Hainsworth Collection - 3 Books (Paperback)

    Tessa Hainsworth

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    Those who love real-life stories full of warmth and joy will absolutely adore these three books from former Body Shop marketing manager Tessa Hainsworth. After many years in the rat race of city life, Tessa and her actor husband decided to head for the relative serenity of Cornish life.

    As Tessa settled into her new career as a postie in a seaside town, she quickly came to realise that life in Cornwall - her dream move - was not as easy as it first appeared. Up With the Larks: Starting Again in Cornwall reveals her first year was full of surprises and how Tessa became a much-loved member of the local community after starting her rounds during the Christmas rush.

    Seagulls in the Attic, the second instalment, finds a lack of money and demands of family life taking their toll, while the third book Home to Roost: Putting Down Roots in Cornwall finds the village in revolt as a new couple from the city, who are happy to splash the cash, move in...

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    Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy (Paperback)

    Helen Fielding

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    Written by Helen Fielding and memorably brought to the big screen by Renee Zellweger, Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy is the long-awaited third book following everyone's favourite singleton's (mis)adventures in love and life.

    In the book, Bridget stumbles through the challenges of living as a single mother, the confusion of tweeting and texting and a rediscovery of her sexuality during what is decidedly outdatedly called 'middle age'.

    Full of laughter and surprisingly poignant, this is a funny, tender and wonderfully touching novel - it's great to have Bridget Jones back!
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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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    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...