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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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    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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    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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    A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing (Paperback)

    Eimear McBride

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    Winner of the Bailey's Women's Prize for Fiction and Desmond Elliott Prize for Debut Novelists, Eimear McBride's A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing tells the story of a young woman and the difficulties she experiences dealing with the emotions incurred by the difficult relationships she has with members of her family...

    Having to cope with an overly-religious mother, a disabled brother and an uncle with less than innocent intentions, Eimear McBride presents an astonishingly insightful and intimate look into the thoughts, feelings and chaotic sexuality of a young lady - who is both vulnerable and isolated - trying to carve out a better life for herself and her ill sibling.

    Encouraging readers to read between the lines, the book is a pioneering example of narrative style and oozes distinctive personality - cleverly balancing brutality, tenderness, darkness and wit.

    This book has been hand-picked for the Book People's FaberShop, in partnership with Faber & Faber.
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    Diane Chamberlain Collection - 3 Books (Collection)

    Diane Chamberlain

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    These three superb novels come from Diane Chamberlain, a talented author who will make you stop, think and question the world around you. Ideal for fans of Jodi Picoult, in the books Chamberlain invites you to consider some of the biggest decisions you could ever make in life, ensuring that you will find yourself pulled into the stories, rooting for the heroines while agonising with them when things go wrong. Pacy, thought-provoking and compelling, the books are sure to keep you on the edge of your seat! Breaking the Silence is a heart-breaking novel about a woman trying to find out the truth behind her husband's suicide, while The Midwife's Confession examines the effects of truth and lies and Before the Storm examines just how far a mother would go to protect her son...
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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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    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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    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 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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    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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    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.
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    Into the Trees (Hardback)

    Robert Williams

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    From prize-winning author Robert Williams, a novel about love and fear, family and security, and the search for sanctuary in the middle of chaos. Harriet Norton won't stop crying. Her parents, Ann and Thomas, are being driven close to insanity and only one thing will help. Mysteriously, their infant daughter will only calm when she's under the ancient trees of Bleasdale forest. The Nortons sell their town-house and set up home in an isolated barn. Secluded deep in the forest, they are finally approaching peace - until one night a group of men comes through the trees, ready to upend their lives and threaten everything they've built. Into the Trees is the story of four dispossessed people, drawn to the forest in search of something they lack and finding their lives intertwining in ways they could never have imagined. In hugely evocative and lyrical writing, Robert Williams lays bare their emotional lives, set against the intense and mysterious backdrop of the forest. Compelling and haunting, Into the Trees is a magisterial novel.
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    Kiss Me First (Hardback)

    Lottie Moggach

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    Kiss Me First is The Talented Mr Ripley for the online age and a gripping debut from Lottie Moggach. Leila has never met Tess but she knows everything about her. She knows all about her friends and family, her past, she's read all her emails. And if Tess wants to slip away from the world unnoticed, she has no choice but to trust Leila with this information. At first, assuming Tess's identity is easy for Leila, everyone trusts who she says she is, why would they have any reason not to? But there is much more to a person than the facts and there are things about life you can learn only by living it... A very modern thriller which takes identity fraud to another level, this is an electrifying, smart and compelling novel.
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    Red or Dead - Signed Special Edition (Hardback)

    David Peace

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    Brought to you by FaberShop, this limited edition of David Peace's incredible novel, Red or Dead, is beautifully presented in a hardcover slipbox and has been signed by the author himself. Featuring unique cover artwork and with only 1000 available, this is the perfect gift for Liverpool FC fans. The club has come a long way since its second division place in 1959 to become one of the most consistently successful teams in England. Passionately supported through the good times and the bad, Liverpool fans made manager Bill Shankly a god, destined for immortality. His legacy would reverberate through the ages, but he shocked the footballing world in 1974 when he resigned from his much-adored position. Red or Dead is the story of the rise of Liverpool FC and Bill Shankly together, focusing on the man and his work, and Shankly himself when his work was done. A must-have bookshelf addition for Liverpool and sports fans alike.
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    A. M. Homes Collection - 3 Books (Collection)

    A. M. Homes

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    This collection brings together three of acclaimed author A.M. Homes' bestsellers, including the winner of The Women's Prize for Fiction 2013; May We Be Forgiven.

    Darkly comic, this book focuses on the very different brothers Harry and George. When George loses control, he forces Harry into an entirely new life... This Book Will Save Your Life was featured on the Richard & Judy Book Club and tells the uplifting story of one man's efforts to make the most of his life despite a number of setbacks, while Music for Torching lays bare the foundations of marriage and family life and has been described as a modern-day Revolutionary Road.

    All highly emotional, with a psychological edge and flawed but unforgettable characters, these books will appeal to fans of Jonathan Franzen, Jennifer Egan and John Updike.

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    A Tale for the Time Being (Hardback)

    Ruth L. Ozeki

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    This book is longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2013. 'Hi! My name is Nao, and I am a time being. Do you know what a time being is? Well, if you give me a moment, I will tell you.' Ruth discovers a Hello Kitty lunchbox washed up on the shore of her beach home. Within it lies a diary that expresses the hopes and dreams of a young girl. She suspects it might have arrived on a drift of debris from the 2011 tsunami. With every turn of the page, she is sucked deeper into an enchanting mystery. In a small cafe in Tokyo, sixteen-year-old Nao Yasutani is navigating the challenges thrown up by modern life. In the face of cyberbullying, the mysteries of a 104-year-old Buddhist nun and great-grandmother, and the joy and heartbreak of family, Nao is trying to find her own place - and voice - through a diary she hopes will find a reader and friend who finally understands her. Weaving across continents and decades, and exploring the relationship between reader and writer, fact and fiction, A Tale for the Time Being is an extraordinary novel about our shared humanity and the search for home.
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    The Believers (Paperback)

    Zoe Heller

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    New York socialists Joel and Audrey Litvinoff are not a couple you would happily have round for dinner. Joel, a radical lawyer, has never let his humanitarian principles get in the way of a lifetime of cheating on his wife. Audrey, originally from London, is a foul-mouthed, dope-smoking harridan who has gradually transformed over 40 years of marriage from someone whose candour was quirky and amusing to a woman who can be graceless and brutal. But their commitment to 'the struggle' for a fairer society is at the expense of their own family's wellbeing. Elder daughter Karla is unhappily married and overweight (something Audrey is ever willing to point out); Rosa, disillusioned with her parents' ideology, seeks solace in Orthodox Judaism; and adopted son Lenny remains feckless and directionless at the age of 34. They're a dysfunctional and discordant bunch, shaped by a set of beliefs which eventually they all come to question. When Joel has a stroke and ends up in a coma, an uncomfortable secret is revealed which forces Audrey to reassess her marriage and the children to re-evaluate their lives...
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    Amity & Sorrow (Hardback)

    Peggy Riley

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    When a suspicious fire breaks out at their church, Amaranth gathers her two daughters Amity and Sorrow and grasps the opportunity to escape the rural fundamentalist cult run by her polygamist husband. Fleeing for their lives, Amaranth and her girls go on the run for four days until, exhausted and terrified, Amaranth crashes the car they escape in. Stranded and alone, rescue comes in the form of a downtrodden farmer. Amity finds sanctuary with the farmer and blossoms in her new world of freedom, just as Amaranth had hoped for, but Sorrow is desperate to return home. Amaranth needs to know what has become of her tyrannous husband's other wives and children too... Another Book People Debut Fiction Choice that is unforgettable and utterly gripping, Peggy Riley's Amity & Sorrow is the darkest novel about love and the Good Life you will ever read.
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    Mitch Albom Set - 2 Books (Collection)

    Mitch Albom

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    Two powerful books that earned international acclaim and bestseller status, Tuesdays with Morrie and The Five People You Meet in Heaven are included in this Mitch Albom Collection, which acts as a perfect introduction for those who are new to this thoughtful and poignant author.

    Filled with philosophical insight and fascinating reflections on life, Albom's writing may well be fiction but it's the kind that leaves you willing his every word to be true. Written with great feeling, these are thought-provoking, poignant and inspirational reads.
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    Jonathan Coe Collection - 3 Books (Collection)

    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.

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    Mari Strachan Set - 2 Books (Collection)

    Mari Strachan

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    Mari Strachan's unforgettable debut novel The Earth Hums in B Flat was one of the most acclaimed and successful debuts of its time. The story of Gwenni Morgan, an inquisitive young girl fascinated by the world, it was a touching story about growing up. It is available here with her new novel Dead Man's Embers, another memorable and very special book, this time a touching read that combines family strength with wartime drama.

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    The State We're In (Hardback)

    Adele Parks

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    Emotionally powerful and stunningly written, The State We're In delves straight into the heart of the dilemmas faced in adult life. What are the odds of the person you're sat next to on a London to Chicago flight being the one who's going to change your life forever? She's a soul mate-searching, life-long optimist, he's a cruel cynic whose past has made him trust no-one. Is their time together on an Atlantic flight all it takes to discover what each of them really needs? And it's only when they touch down that their journey truly begins... Full of emotion, a tell-it-like-it-is style, thorny issues and real characters, this is Adele Park at her very best.