Fiction

Contemporary

  • 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.
  • Nadine Dorries Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781784977115 - Nadine Dorries
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    Nadine Dorries
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    If you enjoy the likes of Catherine Cookson and Maeve Binchy, Nadine Dorries' The Four Streets saga will transport you right back into the heart of 1950s Liverpool.

    Two girls are growing up together in the tight-knit Irish Catholic community of the Four Streets - one is motherless and hated by the cold woman who is determined to take her dead mother's place; the other is hiding a dreadful secret that could rip out the heart of the community if it is revealed... What will the community do when a betrayal comes to light?

    As the books follow the lives of the two girls, they tackle teenage pregnancy, murder and many more heartbreaking tragedies - but with the community's rousing spirit, there's always hope. Inspired by the author's life growing up in working-class Liverpool, these novels are powerful, engaging and entertaining.
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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 has been nominated for an Oscar. Now is the perfect time to discover or re-read this quite 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 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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    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.
  • 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... 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.
  • ABSS
    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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    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.
  • 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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    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!
  • Canton Elegy - Hardback - 9781780285733 - Stephen Jin-Nom Lee
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    Stephen Jin-Nom Lee
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    "The story you are about to read will have to make do for the conversations we never had." Set against the backdrop of the events that shaped China in the twentieth century - the Chinese Civil War, the Second World War, the Cultural Revolution - Canton Elegy is a love story, an adventure story and an intimate portrait of a family bound together by devotion as they struggle to survive. With his wife Belle and their four young children, Stephen Jin-Nom Lee braves famine and flood, corruption and the devastation of war, to make a home and a life for the ones he holds dear. From the 300-mile journey Belle undertakes on foot when she and the children are trapped behind enemy lines in Hong Kong, to the night when he stands at his window watching Canton burn, Stephen observes his world with an artist's sensibility and tells the family's story with great tenderness - all so that his children may understand their history and remember their father's love. Looking across the years towards a time when he himself will be gone and their own lives may be drawing to a close, he puts his desire simply and powerfully: "I want my heart to have a voice so I can love you louder."
  • Country Girls Trilogy - 3 Books - Collection - 9781407247311 - Edna O'Brien
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    Edna O'Brien
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    Certain to make you laugh and cry in equal measure, Edna O'Brien's Country Girls trilogy is an acclaimed tragicomedy from an author described as 'Ireland's greatest female writer'.

    Following Caithleen Brady and her friend Baba on their journey from impending womanhood in the early 1960s right through to the conclusion of their married lives, these books cover an iconic time and focus on the loves and lives of two inseparable friends.

    With all three books available for less than the RRP of just one, this is a must-have collection for any fan of romantic fiction!
  • MMSC
    Sheila O'Flanagan
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    Written by Sheila O'Flanagan, the No. 1 bestselling author of Bad Behaviour and If You Were Me, My Mother's Secret is a warm and engaging novel that is sure to have you thinking about secrets and their consequences.

    Steffie is helping her children plan a surprise wedding anniversary party, but is worried if this is what they actually want? Meanwhile, Jenny wants to celebrate her ruby anniversary with a secret lover of 40 years. Is it time to reveal all? As the family gathers to celebrate, they're expecting a day to remember ? but it?s going to be for the wrong reasons.

    A wonderfully bittersweet yet touching book for fans of Marian Keyes.
  • 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 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.
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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.
  • 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.
  • Jenny Colgan Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9780751562248 - Jenny Colgan
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    Jenny Colgan
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    Funny, romantic and wonderfully heart-warming, Jenny Colgan provides deliciously indulgent escapism for readers looking to indulge in stories of the sweetest nature.

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

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

    Praised by the likes of Sophie Kinsella, this set demonstrates Jenny's natural ability to write warm, funny, enchanting stories and this collection sees our favourites Jenny Colgan books brought together for one delicious price.
  • Heather Gudenkauf Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9780263998948 - Heather Gudenkauf
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    Heather Gudenkauf
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    Fans of Jodi Picoult and Nicholas Sparks will devour this gripping and heart-breaking three-book set from New York Times bestseller Heather Gudenkauf.

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

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

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    Mary Costello
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    Written by one of Ireland's most exciting new voices, Mary Costello, Academy Street tells the life story of shy and introverted Tess in this profoundly moving debut.

    After growing up in rural Ireland in the 1940s, Tess ends up making her home amid the dazzle and tumult of 1960s New York. Over four decades and a life lived with quiet intensity on Academy Street in upper Manhattan, her story is both joyous and heartbreaking and charts one women's quest for belonging as she encounters ferocious love and calamitous loss.

    Beautifully written and profoundly moving, this novel comes from an author we're certain to hear much more of in the future.

    Academy Street by Mary Costello has been shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award. Other shortlisted titles include:
    A Song for Issy Bradley, by Carys Bray - CAFRB
    Chop Chop, by Simon Wroe - CAFRC
    Elizabeth is Missing, by Emma Healey - CAFRD
  • Lisa Genova Set - 2 Books - Collection - 9781471100529 - Lisa Genova
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    Lisa Genova
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    For fans of Jodi Picoult, this two-book Lisa Genova set contains Still Alice, a story of one woman's demise through Early-Onset Alzheimers, captured brilliantly in her own faltering words; and Left Neglected, the story of a woman in her 30s whose life is turned upside-down by a terrible car accident.

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

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    Carys Bray
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    A Song for Issy Bradley by debut author Carys Bray is an absolutely beautiful book that effortlessly deals with all the big subjects: faith and belief, relationships and suffering, love and loss.

    The story of a Mormon family trying to work out how to carry on when their world has fallen apart, the book expertly weaves the conflict their religion brings to each member of the household - from the devout father to Jacob, the unforgettable seven-year-old son who plans to mend his broken family with a miracle.

    Thoroughly heartbreaking - so will undoubtedly make you sob - but ultimately uplifting, funny, compelling and enriching, Carys Bray's Song for Issy Bradley leaves readers with an unshakable sense of poignancy - for all the right reasons.

    A Song for Issy Bradley by Carys Bray has been shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award. Other shortlisted titles include:
    Academy Street, by Mary Costello - CAFRA
    Chop Chop, by Simon Wroe - CAFRC
    Elizabeth is Missing, by Emma Healey - CAFRD
  • Wimbledon Trilogy Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781472111425 - Nigel Williams
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    Nigel Williams
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    This collection brings together all three of the hilarious books that made up Nigel Williams' highly acclaimed Wimbledon trilogy. All based in the SW19 region, The Wimbledon Poisoner follows the story of 40-year-old Henry Farr, a conventional man who is desperate to be rid of his wife Elinor. Inspired by a famous moment in Wimbledon's history, Henry concocts a plan for the perfect murder... but everything goes wrong. They Came from SW19 finds 14-year-old ufologist caught between his belief in aliens and his widowed mother's new religion, while East of Wimbledon is about Robert Wilson, and Englishman who has passed himself off as a Muslim to secure a job at the new Wimbledon Independent Islamic Boys' Day School.
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    Jodi Picoult
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    A popular author of intelligent and contemporary fiction that discusses the power of love, Jodi Picoult is a favourite with many of our customers and new novel Leaving Time will be another fine addition to the bookshelf of any fan of romantic fiction.

    Jenna Metcalf was with her mother on the night she disappeared in mysterious circumstances but can remember nothing. That was over ten years ago, but Jenna still rereads her mother's journals in the hope of finding some answers. Eventually, she decides enough is enough and hires a private detective - and a psychic...

    Jenna knows her mother loves her and that she would never have left her - and she won't rest until she finds out what happened. Could it have something to do with her scientific research into elephants?

    A gripping, compelling and emotional mystery about one young girl's quest for the truth.
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    Christina Jones
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    27-year-old Erin Bentley is living the perfect life, engaged to the gorgeous Jay Keskar, every day currently revolves around planning her dream wedding - the one she's been thinking about since she was a little girl. When Jay's parents announce they want to 'discuss' things, alarm bells start to ring. Tavish and Deena are Indian and firmly believe their son's wedding should be traditional, with Erin wearing a sari and pre-wedding ritual ceremonies being observed - something very different to what Erin had planned. Can East meet West in Perfect Harmony? Compared to Bombay Dreams and Bend it Like Beckham, Christina Jones' An Enormously English Monsoon Wedding is a funny slice of fiction where Bollywood meets Berkshire...