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    Seni Glaister

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    `Sunny, charming, and as playful as Stella Gibbons or E.F. Benson, The Museum of Things Left Behind took me on holiday to the tiny imaginary country of Vallerosa, and returned me with the wonderful feeling of having spent time with an uplifting friend.' - Laline Paull, 2015 Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction-shortlisted author of The Bees.

    Our love of books is unsurpassed at the Book People so it's no surprise that our staff are passionate about writing, too. And now we're delighted to bring you the stunning hardback debut novel from our very own Seni Glaister - The Museum of Things Left Behind.

    With its lush valleys and beautiful mountains, the European country of Vallerosa appears to be a dream destination. A place lost in time, the community does not bother with money but does have strong values that mean more than any politician's ideals. But underneath this positive exterior, the locals are beginning to grow cranky and disaffected... Meanwhile, some hostile Americans have cottoned on to the country's financial potential and are making plans of their own. Will an unlikely visitor prove to be the agent of change the country's been waiting for?

    A book about the world we live in today and the issues that affect us all - from politics to religion and economics to a good cup of tea - the light, witty and heart-warming tone will keep you hooked from the very first page, and have you pining for a trip to Vallerosa!
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    Sarah Winman

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    The new book from When God Was a Rabbit author Sarah Winman, A Year of Marvellous Ways tells the story of an 89-year-old woman who is waiting for something. She's not sure what it is, but she'll know when she sees it...

    Drake is a young soldier left reeling by World War II so when a promise he made to fulfil a dying man's last wish sees him wash up in the Cornish creek Marvellous calls home, she comes to his aid in some style...

    In a similar vein to recent Book People favourites A Man Called Ove, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry and The Museum of Things Left Behind, this is a funny, charming and mesmerising story about an unlikely heroine who finds the magic in everyday life.
  • Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9780007945825
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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 Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2014-shortlisted Americanah are equally powerful and will make you think about the world we live in.

  • Jenny Colgan Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9780751562248 - Jenny Colgan
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    Jenny Colgan

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    Funny, romantic and wonderfully heart-warming, Jenny Colgan provides deliciously indulgent escapism for readers looking to indulge in stories of the sweetest nature.

    Rosie thinks leaving her busy London life to sort out her elderly Aunt Lilian's sweetshop in a small country village is going to be dull in Rosie Hopkins' Sweetshop of Dreams. Boy, is she wrong! And Little Beach Street Bakery sees Polly recovering from a toxic relationship, moving to a sleepy little seaside resort in Cornwall, where she takes out her frustrations on her favourite hobby: making bread.

    The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris - which also comes with mouth-watering recipes inside! - tells the story of Anna, who swaps her life in northern England for Paris, where she learns the art of chocolate making from a master chocolatier.

    Praised by the likes of Sophie Kinsella, this set demonstrates Jenny's natural ability to write warm, funny, enchanting stories and this collection sees our favourites Jenny Colgan books brought together for one delicious price.

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    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!
  • Heather Gudenkauf Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9780263998948 - Heather Gudenkauf
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    Heather Gudenkauf

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    Fans of Jodi Picoult and Nicholas Sparks will devour this gripping and heart-breaking three-book set from New York Times bestseller Heather Gudenkauf.

    Featuring touching and thought-provoking tales, Gudenkauf expertly writes of a family's agony as their seven-year-old daughter goes missing from their home during the night; follows the tragic fall of one town's Golden Girl, who is desperate to rekindle her relationship with her estranged younger sister; and sensitively explores the aftermath a terrible accident has on the small-town community of Broken Branch.

    With some traumatic subject matter but written beautifully and compassionately, Gudenkauf's style and suspense will have readers entranced from the first page.

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    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. Other shortlisted titles include:
    A Song for Issy Bradley, by Carys Bray - CAFRB
    Chop Chop, by Simon Wroe - CAFRC
    Elizabeth is Missing, by Emma Healey - CAFRD
  • Lisa Genova Set - 2 Books - Collection - 9781471100529 - Lisa Genova
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    Lisa Genova

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    For fans of Jodi Picoult, this two-book Lisa Genova set contains Still Alice, a story of one woman's demise through Early-Onset Alzheimers, captured brilliantly in her own faltering words; and Left Neglected, the story of a woman in her 30s whose life is turned upside-down by a terrible car accident.

    Both novels remind us to be thankful for the many things we take for granted. These are heartbreaking reads that are sure to live long in the memory.

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    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. Other shortlisted titles include:
    Academy Street, by Mary Costello - CAFRA
    Chop Chop, by Simon Wroe - CAFRC
    Elizabeth is Missing, by Emma Healey - CAFRD
  • Rory Clark Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781780339009 - Rory Clark
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    Rory Clark

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    Providing hilarious and heart-warming tales from an English country estate, Rory Clark's trio of books will appeal to anyone who has ever dreamed of a life in the country or those who want to delve into some escapist reading.

    Rumshott is one of the finest landed estates in England, but when James Aden takes up the position of Deputy Agent he does not quite realise the full extent of his responsibilities.

    Spending days negotiating with everyone from royalty to wildlife, he also has to deal with rogue chimney pots, unsavoury tenants and a number of delinquent sheep...
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    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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    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 is the winner of the Costa First Novel Award 2014. The other titles shortlisted for this award include:
    Academy Street, by Mary Costello - CAFRA
    A Song for Issy Bradley, by Carys Bray - CAFRB
    Chop Chop, by Simon Wroe - CAFRC
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    Gervase Phinn

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    Back with the fourth book in his funny and warm Little Village School series, bestselling author Gervase Phinn's A Lesson in Love brings readers back to Barton-in-the-Dale to rejoin some truly memorable characters.

    Everyone can see that Ashley and Emmet are made for each other, they just need to admit it to themselves. But while romance blossoms one side of the village, things are different for an angry young boy who struggles to believe in love following a tragedy. Meanwhile, an eccentric teacher joins the staff and a new vicar stirs up some trouble...

    Full of the gossip, love, laughter and friendship that makes the Little Village School series so enjoyable, A Lesson in Love is an endearing, warm-hearted and hilarious follow-up to The School Inspector Calls.
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    Ali Smith

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    Ali Smith's How to Be Both is the winner of the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2015, Goldsmiths Prize 2014, 2014 Costa Novel Award, Saltire Society Literary Book of the Year Award; and was nominated for the Folio Prize 2015 and shortlisted for the 2014 Man Booker Prize.

    Passionate, compassionate, vitally inventive and scrupulously playful, Ali Smith's novels are like nothing else. How to Be Both is a novel all about art's versatility. Borrowing from painting's fresco technique to make an original literary double-take, it's a fast-moving, genre-bending conversation between forms, times, truths and fictions.

    There's a renaissance artist of the 1460s. There's the child of a child of the 1960s. Two tales of love and injustice twist into a singular yarn where time gets timeless, structural gets playful, knowing gets mysterious, fictional gets real - and all life's givens get given a second chance.

    A beautiful hardback edition of this highly acclaimed book!
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    Kazuo Ishiguro

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    'There's a journey we must go on, and no more delay...' This is the extraordinary new novel from the author of Never Let Me Go and the Booker Prize winning The Remains of the Day. The Romans have long since departed, and Britain is steadily declining into ruin. But at least the wars that once ravaged the country have ceased. The Buried Giant begins as a couple, Axl and Beatrice, set off across a troubled land of mist and rain in the hope of finding a son they have not seen for years. They expect to face many hazards - some strange and other - worldly - but they cannot yet foresee how their journey will reveal to them dark and forgotten corners of their love for one another. Sometimes savage, often intensely moving, Kazuo Ishiguro's first novel in a decade is about lost memories, love, revenge and war. "Kazuo Ishiguro is an original and remarkable genius." (The New York Times). "A master craftsman." (Margaret Atwood, Slate). "The best and most original writer of his generation." (Susan Hill, Mail on Sunday).
  • Best Ever Fiction Collection - 10 Books - Collection - 9781447242086 - Various
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    All the novels in this ten-book contemporary fiction collection have been hand-picked by the Book People to make sure they are just right for keeping you entertained and inspired over the coming months.

    From the startlingly original The Silver Linings Playbook, the novel that inspired the Oscar-winning film starring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence; through to Charlotte Mendelson's brilliant portrayal of a perfectly dysfunctional family in When We Were Bad; and Sarah Rayner's heartbreaking tale of friendship in One Moment, One Morning; the assorted books featured here are sure to resonate with you long after you've finished them.

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    Patricia Scanlan

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    Patricia Scanlan expertly explores the complex bonds between mothers, daughters and grandmothers in the heart-warming and page-turning With All My Love.

    Briony waits for her own mother with her young daughter, Katie, in the Mediterranean sun. Clearing out her mother's old house before leaving it to move to Spain, Briony finds a photo album and flicks through it to pass the time.

    When a note falls out addressed to her, she begins to uncover a lifelong lie her mother has told to her about her relationship with her grandmother. As the past is revisited, the lives of three generations of women are set to change forever as the truth is revealed.

    In this unforgettable contemporary novel, secrets, lies, betrayal and sacrifices are uncovered as Scanlan draws us into the hearts and homes of a family at war.
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    Jim Crace

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    Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2013, Jim Crace's Harvest is a must-read novel for anyone who loves captivating contemporary fiction.

    A trio of outsiders, two men and a dangerously magnetic woman, arrive at the woodland borders during the late summer. The same night, the local manor house is set on fire... Over the next week, the harvest is blackened by smoke and fear, the three are cruelly punished and others are held captive as they are suspected of witchcraft. Only Walter Thirsk knows the real truth...

    Told in hypnotic prose, this novel is hard to put down!
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    Howard Jacobson

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    Written by one of Britain's greatest and most respected authors, Howard Jacobson's J is a love story that is both tender and terrifying...

    Set in a future where people don't talk about the past as it's so dangerous, it follows two people - neither of whom know where they came from or where they are going - who fall in love...

    Kevern's father always drew two fingers across his lips when he said a word starting with J - but Kevern's never found the right time to ask why... Ailinn also has no knowledge of her past, but on their first date Kevern kisses the bruises under her eyes. Brutality is now so common that he doesn't ask who hurt her. The pair begin to wonder if they have been pushed to fall for each other. But who would put them together - and why? The past event - a momentous catastrophe - hangs over the lives of all the characters in the novel and is still shrouded in suspicion, denial and apology.

    With similar themes to Nineteen Eighty-Four and Brave New World, this is a challenging, thought-provoking and inspiring book we highly recommend! It was shortlisted for 2014's Man Booker Prize and Goldsmith's Prize.
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    Gervase Phinn

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    From the much-loved bestselling author Gervase Phinn, Trouble at the Little Village School is the charming, warm-hearted and funny follow-up to The Little Village School.

    New headmistress Elisabeth Devine is finally winning over the wary locals, but then comes the bombshell news that the school is set to be merged with its arch rival, and Elisabeth has to fight for the headship against a ruthless and calculating headmaster. But with some gossip and a helping of scandal, this is not the only trouble brewing in the village.

    This is an evocative and witty look at village life that is ideal for fans of Miss Read and James Herriot. It will appeal to those who are looking for some gentle, humorous and entertaining reading.
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    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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    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 in Chop Chop - 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. Other shortlisted titles include:
    Academy Street, by Mary Costello - CAFRA
    A Song for Issy Bradley, by Carys Bray - CAFRB
    Elizabeth is Missing, by Emma Healey - CAFRD
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    Patricia Scanlan

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    Patricia Scanlan expertly explores the complex bonds between mothers, daughters and grandmothers in the heart-warming and page-turning With All My Love.

    Briony waits for her own mother with her young daughter, Katie, in the Mediterranean sun. Clearing out her mother's old house before leaving it to move to Spain, Briony finds a photo album and flicks through it to pass the time. When a note falls out addressed to her, she begins to uncover a lifelong lie her mother has told to her about her relationship with her grandmother. As the past is revisited, the lives of three generations of women are set to change forever as the truth is revealed.

    Secrets, lies, betrayal and sacrifices are uncovered as Scanlan draws us into the hearts and homes of a family at war.
  • Kathleen Tessaro Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9780007945405 - Kathleen Tessaro
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    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 sees 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!