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  • MTLB
    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!
  • AYMW
    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.
  • ITUE
    Judy Blume
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    A novel you'll be thinking about long after you've finished reading, Judy Bloom's In the Unlikely Event is a deeply moving and beautifully drawn fictional account of how a real-life tragedy left deep-rooted scars across an entire community...

    It's 1987 and Mimi Ammerman is heading back to her hometown of Elizabeth, New Jersey. She's having to attend a commemoration for the incident 35 years earlier when three planes fell from the sky within three months.

    Back in the 50s, air travel was new and exciting; Miri was 15 and high on love and everything was going swimmingly - until these huge disasters... The crashes brought some closer together but also tore others apart. As Miri grows up in these extraordinary circumstances, a young journalist is starting to make his name reporting tragedies...

    Beguiling, captivating and sure to have you hooked, this novel from the popular author belongs on your bookshelf.
  • AFDC
    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.
  • 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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    A winner of the RNA Romantic Novel of the Year, Jenny Colgan's stories are funny, sweet and full of observations about love and life - sheer indulgence for those who love romantic fiction.

    Welcome to Rosie Hopkins' Sweetshop of Dreams finds Rosie leaving her busy London life to take care of her elderly Aunt Lilian. Initially thinking it will be a dull downturn in her life, she's surprised and delighted to find out she couldn't be more wrong... Lilian has spent a lifetime running Lipton's sweetshop - through wartime and family feuds. Now as she struggles to leave it behind, she has to decide whether to reveal the history behind the brightly coloured sweets...

    Little Beach Street Bakery and Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris are equally delicious. Polly gets over a relationship by moving to Cornwall, baking tasty bread and taking over an abandoned shop in the former; while Anna ends up mixing and stirring the finest, smoothest, richest chocolate - and rekindling old flames - in Paris in the latter.

    Tasty summertime reading!
  • 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!
  • 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.

  • 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
  • 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.

  • 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
  • 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...
  • LOVA
    Lisa Genova
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    Olivia Donatelli's dreams of a 'normal' life was shattered when her son was diagnosed with autism at the age of three. Just as Olivia got to grips with the fact that happiness and autism could coexist, Anthony died. Now separated from her husband and stuck alone in a cottage on Nantucket, Olivia is desperate to understand the meaning of her son's short life. A chance meeting with another woman facing her own loss soon changes Olivia's life in a most unexpected way. Written by Lisa Genova, the author of the bestseller Still Alice, Love Anthony is a piercing story about motherhood, love and female friendship.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • BPFRA
    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!
  • STAE
    Lisa Genova
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    A beautiful film tie-in edition of Lisa Genova's moving literary debut, Still Alice tells the story of a Harvard psychology professor suffering with early onset Alzheimer's disease. Now in cinemas, the film adaptation of this harrowing book stars five-time Academy Award nominee Julianne Moore (who won the Best Actress in a Leading Role BAFTA award and an Oscar for her performance) and the Twilight saga's Kristen Stewart.

    Successful, intelligent and surrounded by a loving family, Alice Howland has it all. But when she starts to feel disorientated she dismisses it for as long as she can until a horrifying diagnosis changes her life - and the lives of her family - forever. Unable to care for herself, Alice relies more and more on her family and as she does, with the fibres of her memory hanging by a thread, they start to understand what a truly remarkable person Alice was and still is...

    Sure to appeal to fans of Jodi Picoult and Sue Miller, and titles including Nicholas Sparks' international bestseller The Notebook, Still Alice is a remarkable and heart-wrenching story about a family's battle to hold onto the one that they love.
  • ACAP
    Vikas Swarup
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    Sapna Sinha works in an electronics store in downtown Delhi. Although she hates her job, she knows that her family will have nothing if she leaves. But as she's soon about to find out, all it takes is a split second for your life to turn around... Leaving the store one lunchtime she bumps into a rich CEO. He tells Sapna that he has chosen her to be the heir to his business empire, there are just seven tests she must pass until her life could change for ever. This is Sapna's pivotal moment, will she succeed? The Accidental Apprentice is another sensational and atmospheric book from the incredible Vikas Swarup.
  • 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).
  • BELL
    Benjamin Wood
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    A Debut Fiction Choice from the Book People that was also shortlisted for the Costa Book Awards First Novel Award 2012, Benjamin Wood's The Bellwether Revivals follows the fortunes of the bright and bookish Oscar Lowe, a young man who has managed to swap the urban estate where he was raised for the grander surroundings of Cambridge. Having grown to love his quiet routine as a care worker, he falls in love with the enigmatic medical student Iris Bellwether. Drawn into her world of scholarship and privilege, Oscar soon becomes embroiled in the strange machinations of her brilliant but troubled brother Eden, who believes he can heal people with music. As Eden draws his sister and friends into a series of disturbing experiments to prove himself right, Oscar realises the extent of the danger facing them all...
  • KISS
    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.
  • 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.

  • SCHR
    Amity Gaige
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    Awaiting news of his trial, Erik Schroder begins his story sitting in an isolated correctional facility. Writing to his estranged wife, he tells her about the seven-day road trip on which he took their daughter Meadow. But the police and press are calling it kidnap... Exploring the unsettling and murky realm where the unconditional devotion and love of a parent slips into insanity and even criminality.

    Amity Gage's exquisitely written, incredibly smart and heartbreaking novel offers a dazzling view on a daring and intriguing subject. Appealing, believable and darkly comical characters also help to make Gage's novel one that lingers with you long after you've finished the last page.