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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 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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    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.

    Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2014, Us is a novel about love and family, husbands and wives, parents and children, its publication will undoubtedly be one of the major events in the world of books in 2014.
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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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    How to Build a Girl (Hardback)

    Caitlin Moran

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    What do you do in your teenage years when you realise what your parents taught you wasn't enough? You must go out and find books and poetry and pop songs and bad heroes - and build yourself. It's 1990. Johanna Morrigan, 14, has shamed herself so badly on local TV that she decides that there's no point in being Johanna anymore and reinvents herself as Dolly Wilde - fast-talking, hard-drinking Gothic hero and full-time Lady Sex Adventurer! She will save her poverty stricken Bohemian family by becoming a writer - like Jo in Little Women, or the Brontes - but without the dying young bit. By 16, she's smoking cigarettes, getting drunk and working for a music paper. She's writing pornographic letters to rock-stars, having all the kinds of sex with all the kinds of men, and eviscerating bands in reviews of 600 words or less. But what happens when Johanna realises she's built Dolly with a fatal flaw? Is a box full of records, a wall full of posters and a head full of paperbacks, enough to build a girl after all? Imagine The Bell Jar written by Rizzo from Grease, with a soundtrack by Hole, Happy Mondays and My Bloody Valentine. As beautiful as it is funny, How To Build a Girl is a coming-of-age novel that makes you realise how odd it is that all the previous ones have been about boys.
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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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    The Goldfinch (Paperback)

    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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    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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    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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    *** Featured on BBC Radio 2 Book Club on 22nd April 2014 *** Harry August is on his deathbed. Again. No matter what he does or the decisions he makes, when death comes, Harry always returns to where he began, a child with all the knowledge of a life he has already lived a dozen times before. Nothing ever changes. Until now. As Harry nears the end of his eleventh life, a little girl appears at his bedside. 'I nearly missed you, Doctor August,' she says. 'I need to send a message.' This is the story of what Harry does next, and what he did before, and how he tries to save a past he cannot change and a future he cannot allow.
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    The Children Act (Hardback)

    Ian McEwan

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    Fiona Maye is a leading High Court judge, presiding over cases in the family court. She is renowned for her fierce intelligence, exactitude and sensitivity. But her professional success belies private sorrow and domestic strife. There is the lingering regret of her childlessness, and now, her marriage of thirty years is in crisis. At the same time, she is called on to try an urgent case: for religious reasons, a beautiful seventeen-year-old boy, Adam, is refusing the medical treatment that could save his life, and his devout parents share his wishes. Time is running out. Should the secular court overrule sincerely held faith? In the course of reaching a decision Fiona visits Adam in hospital - an encounter which stirs long-buried feelings in her and powerful new emotions in the boy. Her judgment has momentous consequences for them both.
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    Tsukuru Tazaki had four best friends at school. By chance all of their names contained a colour. The two boys were called Akamatsu, meaning 'red pine', and Oumi, 'blue sea', while the girls' names were Shirane, 'white root', and Kurono, 'black field'. Tazaki was the only last name with no colour in it. One day Tsukuru Tazaki's friends announced that they didn't want to see him, or talk to him, ever again. Since that day Tsukuru has been floating through life, unable to form intimate connections with anyone. But then he meets Sara, who tells him that the time has come to find out what happened all those years ago.
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    Adultery (Hardback)

    Paulo Coelho

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    The thought-provoking new novel from the international bestselling author whose words change lives. This is Linda's story. She's lucky. She knows that. It's what makes being unhappy even worse. Her friends advise taking medication. But Linda wants to feel more, not less. A meeting with a politician, and ex-boyfriend, reawakens a side of her that she - respectable wife, devoted mother and ambitious journalist - thought had disappeared. She embarks on a relationship that is addictive, dangerous and undeniably exciting. But the consequences are far-reaching...Provocative and profound, Adultery is about discovering passion in the life you live and learning what it means to be free.
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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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    This is the number one bestseller. Is it morally wrong to have a blow-dry when one of your children has head lice? Is technology now the fifth element? Or is that wood? Is sleeping with someone after 2 dates and 6 weeks of texting the same as getting married after 2 meetings and 6 months of letter writing in Jane Austen's day? Pondering these, and other modern dilemmas, Bridget Jones stumbles through the challenges of single-motherhood, tweeting, texting and redisovering her sexuality in what some people rudely and outdatedly call 'middle age'. The long-awaited return of a much-loved character, Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy is timely, tender, touching, witty, wise and bloody hilarious.
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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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    The Good Life (Hardback)

    Martina Cole

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    CRIMINALLY GOOD: THE NEW NOVEL FROM THE PHENOMENAL NO. 1 BESTSELLER. THE BEST THINGS IN LIFE ARE NEVER FREE. Cain Moran wanted Jenny Riley more than he had ever wanted anyone or anything before in his life. But loving Jenny Riley was the easy part; it was telling his wife he wanted a divorce that was going to be the killer...Jenny is not just any girl. She cares nothing for Cain's hard-man reputation - she just wants to be with him. But Cain is not a free man. And he's about to find out that when his wife Caroline said 'til death us do part, she meant it. When Cain is sentenced to life in prison it seems that Caroline might have got her wish. All Cain and Jenny know is that if their love can survive such separation, then one day they will have a chance at the Good Life together again. But there are greater trials ahead than either can foresee. They're about to learn the hardest lesson of all: LIVE THE GOOD LIFE. PAY THE PRICE.
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    Alice Thomas Ellis Collection - 3 Books (Collection)

    Alice Thomas Ellis

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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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    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 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. But 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-turning novel 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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    The Book People has taken great pride in providing our customers with a selection of reading collections over the years and now we're delighted to offer you one of our best selections of contemporary reads yet!

    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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    The Temporary Gentleman (Hardback)

    Sebastian Barry

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    Irishman Jack McNulty's commission in the British army during World War II was never made permanent. In the late 1950s, he sets out to write his life story while sitting in his lodgings in Accra - a story that is full of bravery, sacrifice, lost love and demons...

    Both petty and heroic, McNulty saw many extraordinary things over the years and travelled the world in his various career guises as a soldier, engineer and UN observer as he aimed to better himself, marrying the love of his life, Mai Kirwan, only to lose her...

    A heart-breaking portrait of one man's life, Sebastian Barry's The Temporary Gentleman is a novel about Jack and his last bid for freedom.

    This book has been hand-picked for the Book People's FaberShop, in partnership with Faber & Faber.
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    Big Stone Gap Collection - 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.