Fiction

Contemporary

  • CAFNB
    Kate Hamer
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    Sure to appeal to fans of Room and The Snow Child, debut author Kate Hamer's The Girl in the Red Coat was shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award 2015 the CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger Award.

    When eight-year-old Carmel Wakeford is separated from her mother at a local children's festival, she is found by a man who claims to be her estranged grandfather. He tells her that her mother has an accident and that she is now set to live with him.

    As Carmel spends more time with this man and her new 'family', she realises this man believes she has a special talent. Meanwhile, her mother is desperately trying to find her... This situation quickly becomes an extraordinary journey for Carmel...
  • Elizabeth Noble Collection - 5 Books - Collection - 9781405928076 - Elizabeth Noble
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    Elizabeth Noble
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    Wonderfully romantic, these five books from bestselling author Elizabeth Noble will make you laugh and cry. Full of emotion, the books are available for a simply unbelievable Book People price.

    Each separate story is equally compelling and sure to tug at your heartstrings. Elizabeth's debut, Things I Want My Daughters to Know finds Barbara having to say a final farewell to all four of her daughters. But how can she find the words? And how can she leave them when they all have so much growing up to do? She decides on writing each vastly different daughter a letter - giving her the chance to express the hopes, dears, dreams and secrets she couldn't always voice...

    The Girl Next Door looks at the dreams, heartbreak and desires hidden behind the closed doors of one apartment building in New York's Upper East Side; The Reading Group focuses on two best friends who can't quite admit that they're in loveless marriages; The Friendship Test finds a group of college friends trying to fix their bond 20 years after their studies when tragedy strikes; and Alphabet Weekends is a rom-com that finds Tom finally letting his lifelong crush how he feels through a series of activities - in alphabetical order.
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    Rachel Hore
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    When Rosa arrives in London from Poland in a search for her missing brother, she finds herself alone; a shy young man, Rick, is living in limbo as he seeks a place to nourish his creativity; while Stef is running away from her boyfriend, Oliver, and the claustrophobic life she's been living in his opulent flat...

    These three strangers all find refuge at 11 Bellevue Gardens - the shabbiest house of a smart Georgian terrace in North London. Its owner, Leonie, found sanctuary in this house back in the '60s after a brief career as a model and a destructive marriage. Now, she opens the house to others in need.

    However, this house is now under threat itself. Will Leonie be able to rescue the place that saved her?
  • HMOP
    Yann Martel
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    In his eagerly awaited new novel, Yann Martel - the author of bestselling Booker Prize winner Life of Pi - takes readers on a quest for a lost relic. It's a journey that begins in Africa in the 1600s and culminates in contemporary North America, via a trip to Portugal at the turn of the last century.

    Funny, tragic and sublime, this novel takes in the topics of faith, responsibility and finding the courage to face death. It is a book full of layers, surprises and exploration. Everything from love to suffering and faith to evolution is touched upon.

    A remarkable novel from a bestselling author that examines the spiritual and philosophical concerns that make people human. A must-read for any fans of contemporary fiction.
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    Emma Donoghue
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    An Orange Prize- and Man Booker-shortlisted novel from Emma Donoghue, the film adaptation of Room has won so many awards and its star Brie Larson deservedly won an Oscar. Now, for a fabulous Book People price, you can discover or re-read this incredible novel.

    Described as 'A triumph' by the Daily Telegraph, the book tells the story from the point of view of 5-year-old Jack. He lives with his Ma in a single, locked room and neither of them have the key... they're prisoners but when they escape, Jack gets to see the real world for the first time - and it's a scary, overwhelming and mainly positive experience.

    Beautifully written and guaranteed to appeal to fans of The Lovely Bones, this paperback edition comes with a film-themed jacket.
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    Sara Baume
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    An awards favourite (winner of the 2015 Rooney Prize for Irish Literature and shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award 2015), debut author Sara Baume's Spill Simmer Falter Wither is an incredibly touching tale all about loneliness, loss and friendship.

    Following the life of 57-year-old misfit Ray as he forms a bond with a vicious little dog called One Eye, it tells how they begin to rely on each other as they find a strange companionship within each other. When a savage act forces them to abandon the life they'd established together, they have no choice but to take to the road...

    Written with incredible insight and a healthy dose of wry humour, this is an extraordinary, heartbreaking novel that lovers of contemporary fiction will not be able to put down.
  • CAFNC
    Tasha Kavanagh
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    Praised by the likes of Sophie Hannah, Nathan Filer and the Independent, Tasha Kavanagh's Costa First Novel Award 2015-shortlisted debut novel Things We Have in Common is one that you will not want to put down.

    A black comedy thriller that comes across as a combination of Sue Townsend and Zoe Heller, it tells the story of Yasmin - a 15-year-old girl who would do anything not only to have a friend, but also to keep one... and what happens when she casts her eyes on her school's most popular girl, Alice Taylor.

    When a man begins to hang around Alice, Yasmin is adamant that he's going to 'steal' her away from him... but does he have secrets of his own?
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    Andrew Michael Hurley
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    The Loney was named winner in the Costa Book Awards First Novel Category for 2015.

    A haunting debut novel from Andrew Michael Hurley, the Costa First Novel Award 2015-winning The Loney has a gothic quality as it follows one family's annual Easter pilgrimage to a place between the Wyre and the Lune.

    As the family come across a number of strange occurences and even stranger people, they begin to realise no one else goes near the water - especially when they realise the tides would change every time to reveal the skeletons of those who thought they could escape its insidious currents.

    However, things can not stay hidden forever and secrets begin to sell out... a beautiful, thrilling and unsettling tale that will keep you up at night.
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    Sir Terry Wogan, OBE
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    For the first time in his successful career, broadcasting legend and national treasure Terry Wogan turned his attention to writing fiction in Those Were the Days.

    Containing several short stories full of laughter, love and loss, this heart-warming book will make a perfect gift for any fan of the much-missed Terry.
  • Penelope Lively Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9780241976210 - Penelope Lively
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    Penelope Lively
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    A three-book collection full of intelligent writing and compelling plots from the Man Booker Prize-winning author of Moon Tiger, Spiderweb and Heat Wave Penelope Lively.

    The Photograph is the heartbreaking story of Glyn Peters. While looking through his old photographs, he finds a picture of his wife Kath holding hands with another man and he needs answers. Who took the photo? When was it taken? Did Kath want him to find it? As he digs deeper into this mystery, Glen's past and present slips away...

    Making It Up is a fascinating blend of fiction and moments from Penelope's own life that asks 'What if?' Examining alternate destinies, choices and moments, it covers key life events including what would have happened if she'd become pregnant at 18 and what if she married someone else or had decided to live abroad... it's captivating from start to finish.

    How It All Began shows how one random event can cause marriages to fracture and heal themselves, unlikely lovers to form a bond and opportunities to appear and disappear. It's a funny, sympathetic and thought-provoking look at human nature and personal relationships.
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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
  • 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- and Bailey's Best of the Best award-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.
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    Rachel Wells
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    There's a new cool cat in town, ready to battle Street Cat Bob for his territory as the nation's favourite book cat. Prepare to meet - and fall in love with - Alfie the Doorstep Cat!

    Written by Rachel Wells, this is a lovely, heart-warming fictional animal story for any cat fan. It describes how the residents of one ordinary street fell in love with one extraordinary feline...

    Alfie has been homeless ever since his elderly owner passed away. When he stumbles onto Edgar Road, he feels at home but at first the street's residents don't agree, shooing him away as they can't face another stray cat. But as they experience some dark times, the residents realise just how much they need Alfie to bring some light into their lives...

    Please note this book was advertised with an incorrect jacket in our recent catalogue.
  • TIMB
    Sheila Jeffries
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    Who said black cats were unlucky? This heart-warming story will introduce you to Timba, a small kitten who manages to bring a family back together.

    Named after lions, black kittens Timba and Vati have been abandoned in a ditch. After a while, Timba is found by a young boy named Leroy and the two begin to bond. Leroy has had a tough life and Timba does everything he can to be his friend.

    Soon Timba meets Leroy's teacher Angie and they also forge a special bond. Angie will help Timba find Vati, whatever it takes. Will the two kittens meet again? And can they use their cat power to heal the lives of the people they love?

    Fans of A Street Cat Named Bob will find so much to adore in this purr-fect story.
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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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    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
  • The Little Village School Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781473638877 - Gervase Phinn
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    Charming, heart-warming and very funny books that will delight fans of James Herriot, this collection brings together three novels from Book People favourite Gervase Phinn's Little Village School series.

    In The Little Village School, the school in Barton-in-the-Dale, Yorkshire is in for a change when a new headmistress Elisabeth Devine arrives with plans of her own. There's a bitter former headteacher, a grumpy caretaker and many more unforgettable characters - and they're all being gossiped about by the residents of the village

    Just as she's beginning to win over the wary locals in Trouble at the Little Village School, Elisabeth receives the news that the school is set to be merged with its arch rival - and she's going to have to face off against a ruthless and calculating headmaster to land the top job. Will the latest scandal to hit the village help her succeed?

    Finally, it's summer and the new term is in full swing in The School Inspector Calls. There's a new, disruptive pupil and an unexpected affair is now talk of the town...
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    Lynne Barrett-Lee
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    Inspired by a true story, Lynne Barrett-Lee's fictional retelling of 'Able Seacat' Simon's adventures are certain to appeal to fans of A Street Cat Named Bob.

    Discovered in the Hong Kong docks in 1948 and smuggled on board the H.M.S Amethyst by a British sailor, the cat soon takes to his new waterborne home - establishing himself as the cat's expert rat-catcher and winning the hearts of the crew.

    When tragedy strikes the ship and many of the crew are shot, Simon also finds himself in danger. Helped by the ship's doctor, Simon makes a full recovery and takes it upon himself to purr away at those who are still in the sick bay in an attempt to lift their spirits. As the ship heads home, news of Simon's heroism makes him a famous feline, but it's still going to be a long journey back home....
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    Elena Ferrante
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    A modern masterpiece from one of Italy's most acclaimed authors, My Brilliant Friend is a rich, intense, and generous-hearted story about two friends, Elena and Lila. Ferrante's inimitable style lends itself perfectly to a meticulous portrait of these two women that is also the story of a nation and a touching meditation on the nature of friendship.

    The story begins in the 1950s, in a poor but vibrant neighbourhood on the outskirts of Naples. Growing up on these tough streets the two girls learn to rely on each other ahead of anyone or anything else. As they grow, as their paths repeatedly diverge and converge, Elena and Lila remain best friends whose respective destinies are reflected and refracted in the other. They are likewise the embodiments of a nation undergoing momentous change.

    Through the lives of these two women, Ferrante tells the story of a neighborhood, a city, and a country as it is transformed in ways that, in turn, also transform the relationship between her protagonists, the unforgettable Elena and Lila. Ferrante is the author of three previous works of critically acclaimed fiction: The Days of Abandonment, Troubling Love, and The Lost Daughter. With this novel, the first in a trilogy, she proves herself to be one of Italy's great storytellers. She has given her readers a masterfully plotted page-turner, abundant and generous in its narrative details and characterizations, that is also a stylish work of literary fiction destined to delight her many fans and win new readers to her fiction.
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    Nicholas Searle
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    This is a life told back to front. This is a man who has lied all his life. Roy is a conman living in a leafy English suburb, about to pull off the final coup of his career. He is going to meet and woo a beautiful woman and slip away with her life savings. But who is the man behind the con and what has he had to do to survive this life of lies? And why is this beautiful woman so willing to be his next victim?
  • OCWS
    Sheila Norton
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    For fans of A Street Cat Named Bob, Bailey Boat Cat and Alfie the Doorstep Cat, Sheila Norton's Oliver: The Cat Who Saved Christmas tells the story of a cat who is left homeless and afraid after a fire at his home in the Foresters' Arms.

    A house cat who rarely ventured outside, after the fire Oliver is left homeless and afraid, but with the kindness of the humans who take to looking after him, he learns how to trust again.

    In its own special way, Oliver's lovable nature also helps heal the community around him too. When he meets a little girl in need of a friend, he realises the village needs a Christmas miracle. Can he provide it?

    This is a heart-warming novel for cat lovers. In fact, you could say it's purr-fect.
  • Edith Wharton Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9780748137084 - Edith Wharton
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    Edith Wharton
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    Often acclaimed as one of America's finest novelists, delve into or rediscover the works of Edith Wharton with this great value three-book set. Featuring the masterpiece The Age of Innocence, later adapted into a hit film by Martin Scorsese, every novel is compelling and captivating from start to finish.

    The Age of Innocence is set during turn-of-the-century New York and finds Newland Archer torn between his respect for family traditions and his burgeoning attraction to his wife-to-be's cousin... The Children finds bachelor Martin Boyne befriending some precocious kids on a cruise ship between Algiers and Venice Martin Boyne; while The House of Mirth portrays the moral, social and economic restraints on a woman's attitude to marriage in the early 1900s.
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    Anthony Doerr
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    NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST AND NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER A beautiful, stunningly ambitious novel about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II, from the highly acclaimed, multiple award-winning Anthony Doerr. When Marie Laure goes blind, aged six, her father builds her a model of their Paris neighborhood, so she can memorize it with her fingers and then navigate the real streets. But when the Germans occupy Paris, father and daughter flee to Saint-Malo on the Brittany coast, where Marie-Laure's agoraphobic great uncle lives in a tall, narrow house by the sea wall. In another world in Germany, an orphan boy, Werner, is enchanted by a crude radio. He becomes a master at building and fixing radios, a talent ultimately makes him a highly specialized tracker of the Resistance. Werner travels through the heart of Hitler Youth to the far-flung outskirts of Russia, and finally into Saint-Malo, where his path converges with Marie-Laure. Deftly interweaving the lives of Marie-Laure and Werner, Doerr illuminates the ways, against all odds, people try to be good to one another. Ten years in the writing, ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE is his most ambitious and dazzling work.
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    Kate Atkinson
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    A God in Ruins was named winner in the Costa Book Awards Novel Category for 2015.

    A God in Ruins relates the life of Teddy Todd - would-be poet, heroic World War II bomber pilot, husband, father, and grandfather - as he navigates the perils and progress of the 20th century.

    For all Teddy endures in battle, his greatest challenge will be to face living in a future he never expected to have. This gripping, often deliriously funny yet emotionally devastating book looks at war - that great fall of Man from grace - and the effect it has, not only on those who live through it, but on the lives of the subsequent generations. It is also about the infinite magic of fiction.

    Those who loved the bestselling Life After Life will recognise Teddy as Ursula Todd's adored younger brother - but for those who have not read it, A God in Ruins stands fully on its own. Few will dispute that it proves once again that Kate Atkinson is one of the most exceptional novelists of our age.