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  • CAFRD

    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
  • ALIL

    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.
  • USDN

    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.
  • AMQMK

    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).
  • AMCO

    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!
  • CAFRB

    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
  • BPFRD

    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.
  • TLVS

    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.
  • TBIL

    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.
  • LISA

    Lisa Genova

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    For fans of Jodi Picoult, this two-book Lisa Genova set contains Still Alice, a story where Alice's demise through Early Onset Alzheimers is 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.

  • CAFRA

    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
  • CAFRC

    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. 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
  • LTJP

    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.
  • KTES

    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!

  • BPFRB

    Joshua Ferris

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    This is longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2014. "The Catch-22 of dentistry". (Stephen King). Joshua Ferris' dazzling new novel To Rise Again at a Decent Hour is about the meaning of life, the certainty of death, and the importance of good oral hygiene. There's nothing like a dental chair to remind a man that he's alone in the world'. Paul O'Rourke - dentist extraordinaire, reluctant New Yorker, avowed atheist, disaffected Red Sox fan, and a connoisseur of the afternoon mochaccino - is a man out of touch with modern life. While his dental practice occupies his days, his nights are filled with darker thoughts, as he alternately marvels at and rails against the optimism of the rest of humanity. So it goes, until someone begins to impersonate Paul online. What began as an outrageous violation of privacy soon becomes something far more soul-frightening: the possibility that the virtual 'Paul' might be a better version of the man in the flesh..."Frenetic, very funny, it confirms Ferris as a rising star of American fiction". (Mail on Sunday). "Glorious...A very, very funny novel". (BBC Radio 4 Saturday Review). "Dismayingly funny in the way that only really serious books can be". (Guardian). Joshua Ferris was born in Illinois in 1974. He is the author of Then We Came to the End (2007), which was nominated for the National Book Award and longlisted for the Guardian First Book Award, and The Unnamed. In 2010 he was selected for the New Yorker's prestigious '20 under 40' list. To Rise Again At A Decent Hour has been longlisted for both the Man Booker Prize 2014 and the Dylan Thomas Prize 2014. He lives in upstate New York.
  • CMNA
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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.

  • BPFRA

    Ali Smith

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    How to be Both is the Man Booker Prize-shortlisted novel by Ali Smith.

    This book is the winner of the Goldsmiths Prize 2014. It is the winner Of The 2014 Costa Novel Award, winner of the Saltire Society Literary Book Of The Year Award, and in 2014 was nominated for the Folio Prize 2015.

    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.

    Ali Smith's How to be Both has been shortlisted for the 2015 Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction.

  • BLOC
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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!

  • CHAM

    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...
  • HAIN

    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...

  • ANNT

    Anne Tyler

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    This collection brings together six novels from the immensely popular Pulitzer Prize-winning author Anne Tyler. Among the themes examined throughout the stories are love and loss, identity and family and heartbreak and redemption. An introductory set to her delightful fiction titles, the books are full of razor-sharp observation and offer a breathtaking mix of hilarity and heartbreak. Guaranteed to appeal to all discerning readers, these unputdownable reads will also appeal to fans of the likes of Anita Shreve and Elizabeth Berg.

  • FLVF
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    With novels from Richard C. Morais, Ito Ogawa and N.M. Kelby included, the Culinary Fiction Collection is sure to appeal to those who enjoy quality writing and good food. The Hundred Foot Journey tells the story of Hassan Haji, a boy from Mumbai who embarks on a journey across Europe, eventually opening a restaurant opposite a famous chef in France, where a culinary war soon ensues... The Restaurant of Love Regained describes a magical restaurant with delicate food that can heal any heartache and help customers find love again while White Truffles in Winter imagines the world of legendary Frenchman Auguste Escoffier, a chef who changed how we eat through his legendary restaurants at the Savoy and the Ritz.
  • JCOE

    Jonathan Coe

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    Jonathan Coe delivers something quite different. His is a unique voice that is deeply intelligent as well as funny, quirky and brilliantly observed. The Rotters' Club skilfully captures the 1970s with its strikes, terrorist attacks and growing racial tension. The Dwarves of Death is a clever and funny novel that manages to marry murder with music, while The Accidental Woman is the sensationally good tale of a woman unable to find any purpose or direction in her life. Coe discusses serious issues with a supreme satirical wit.

  • TILLY

    Tilly Bagshawe

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    Likely to appeal to fans of Jilly Cooper and Jackie Collins, Tilly Bagshawe is renowned for her sexy stories, page-turning plots and unforgettable characters.

    This three-book collection of contemporary romantic fiction is packed with celebrity, lust, intrigue and pure, unadulterated escapism.

    Widely acclaimed as the modern-day 'Queen of Chick Lit' who can count the likes of Sophie Kinsella among her fans, this collection includes the bestsellers Fame, Friends & Rivals and Scandalous.