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Christmas: Fiction Lovers

  • Man Booker Prize 2017 Shortlist - 6 Books - Collection - 9990000033195
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    Once again, we've brought together all six books (in keepsake hardback) that make up the Man Booker Prize Shortlist - including George Saunders' winner, Lincoln in the Bardo. Do you agree with the judges' decision of awarding this prestigious award to a supernatural thriller that features Abraham Lincoln's son?

    Celebrating the best contemporary fiction of the past 12 months, this year's shortlist has something for everyone and with our brilliant value collection, you're bound to find something to love. This year's list has everything from thought-provoking novels from acclaimed authors including Paul Auster and Ali Smith to a simply stunning debut from Fiona Mozlet.

    Among these brilliant books are an atmospheric debut about violence in contemporary society; an intelligent read about relationships, time and ageing; a love story about two people bonding in a world that is falling apart; Paul Auster's account of four parallel lives; and a novel that asks 'how far would you go to belong?'
  • AQOT
    Penny Vincenzi
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    Penny Vicenzi's A Question of Trust is an intelligent, moving and thought-provoking novel that will appeal to fans of Santa Montefiore and Harriet Evans.

    Tom Knelston is a charismatic individual who has a passion for politics and reform. His wife shares his ideals and together they seem to be the perfect match. But then Tom meets an old childhood acquaintance. She's everything he stands against but he finds her irresistible...

    As Tom embarks on an affair with this married fashion model - despite them both knowing it will only end with people they care about getting hurt - he receives some shocking news. A child is ill and Tom must make a decision about his principles, his career and decide who he cares about most.
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    M.C. Beaton
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    Agatha Raisin and the Witches' Tree is the latest novel in Book People favourite M.C. Beaton's long-running series of cosy crime stories. This time around, there's toil and trouble in store for Agatha.

    Rory and Molly Harris, the new vicar and his wife of Sumpton Harcourt, come to a screeching halt on their journey home from a dinner party. Right in front of them is a body hanging from a tree. It belongs to the elderly spinster Margaret Darby, and it becomes clear this isn't a suicide... It's a case of murder - and there's only one sleuth to call!

    Agatha rises to the occasion and is glad to be back in the groove but then two more murders follow and Agatha begins to fear for both her reputation and her life. The fact the village has its own coven of witches does not help matters...
  • Ben Aaronovitch Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781407250946 - Ben Aaronovitch
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    Ben Aaronovitch
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    Ben Aaronovitch's Peter Grant series is a compelling combination of crime thriller and fantasy fiction. They follow a Probationary Constable in the Metropolitan Police Service who just so happens to be a trainee wizard.

    Written with a wry sense of humour and with little-known facts about London scattered throughout, Peter has to deal with a wide range of perplexing crimes throughout these page-turning novels. Broken Homes has Peter looking into the case of a mutilated body in Crawley. Could it be another killer on the loose or the work of a twisted magician known as the Faceless Man?

    Foxglove Summer finds Peter heading to a small village in Herefordshire where the police are reluctant to admit there might be a supernatural element to the disappearance of local children; and The Hanging Tree follows Peter as he is plunged into the alien world of the super-rich...
  • MOCE
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    This festive collection of short stories features writing from bestselling crime authors including Margery Allingham, Val McDermid and Ian Rankin.

    It's Christmas Eve and while the world sleeps and snow falls gently from the sky, there is murder afoot. Each mystery in this book shows how the festive season is just ripe for death and mayhem.

    From a Santa Claus with a grudge to a cat who knows who is responsible for the death of its owner, these are stories to absorb and be surprised by on the cold nights that lead up to Christmas.
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    Featuring summaries of the Bard's plays and characters, The Shakespeare Companion is the perfect read for anyone interested in his works, or those who are new to one of the most influential writers of all time.

    Complete with a foreword by Dame Judi Dench, this book will enlighten you about Shakespeare's writing and help you enjoy his plays even more. It provides synopses of plays and even a resume of each performance's history.

    There is also a look back at the history of Shakespearean theatre and those plays that he did not write that have been wrongly attributed to him.
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    Karen Swan
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    A Book People favourite after the success of previous Christmas books The Perfect Present and Christmas at Tiffany's, international bestseller Karen Swan presents here a spellbindingly beautiful story in Christmas on Primrose Hill.

    Nettie wants nothing more than to spend Christmas nestled in her flat in the famous are of London. But one crazy event, and a new celebrity follower, is about to change everything as she's forced to take on a host of hilarious challenges in the lead-up to Christmas.

    A story to bring some sparkle to your festive reading.
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    Philippa Gregory
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    Philippa Gregory, author of the Cousins' War series, is often regarded as the queen of historical fiction and this meticulously researched novel focuses on the legacy left by Lady Jane Grey, a woman who was Queen of England for nine days.

    Using her position as cousin to the deceased king, her father and his conspirators put her on the throne ahead of the king's half-sister Mary, who quickly mustered an army, claimed her crown and locked Jane in the Tower. When Jane refused to betray her Protestant faith, Mary sent her to the executioner's block... It's here where Jane turned her father's greedy grab for power into a tale of brave and tragic martyrdom.

    Jane leaves all kinds of letters to her younger sister, Katherine, and they're all intended to help her enjoy her beauty, youth and to find love. Katherine's lineage makes her a threat to the insecure and infertile Queen Mary and when news of a secret marriage is revealed by her pregnancy, she is also sent to the tower. She, too, leaves the youngest Grey sister, Mary, a letter with advice.

    Mary is a beautiful dwarf who has been disregarded by the court and she finds it easy to keep secrets. After watching her sisters defy the Queen, Mary knows she is a possible heir to the throne, but she's determined to stay in charge of her own destiny.
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    Karen Swan
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    Karen Swan's frothy festive tales are always a huge hit with romantic fiction fans and this year's The Christmas Secret is no exception.

    The new novel from the author of Christmas Under the Stars is set on the island of Islay and follows Alex Hyde, an executive coach who believes she can change the way companies operate. Her waiting list is months long but she can't turn down a unorthodox and highly lucrative crisis call that comes her way just before Christmas...

    She finds herself heading off to help a whisky company in Scotland and ends up fascinated by their darkly charismatic CEO, Lochlan Farquhar. However, her usual methods are not working and she soon learns that nothing and no-one is as it first seemed...
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    Carole Matthews
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    A perfectly sweet and warming read for a cold night, Sunday Times bestselling author Carole Matthews' The Chocolate Lovers' Christmas finds the women of the club with far more to worry about than just shopping for presents.

    Lucy hasn't spent any time with her boyfriend in the last few weeks as she's been so busy running Chocolate Heaven. She loves her job, but something has to give... And when her ex-fiance shows up, things get even more complicated.

    Swearing off men for a while, Nadia can't help but get close to Jacob and wonders if he'll be her last chance for a happy ending. Chantal and her husband are besotted with their baby daughter but she worries this isn't enough to base their marriage on, while Autumn has had to deal with a personal tragedy and is receiving no support from her fiance. Will she look elsewhere?

    A festive celebration of friendship, this book will appeal to fans of Katie Fforde, Jenny Colgan and Sheila Roberts.
  • Kate Ellis Collection - 5 Books - Collection - 9780349417752 - Kate Ellis
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    Kate Ellis
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    Kate Ellis' Wesley Peterson novels are perfect for fans of Barbara Cleverly, Tania Carver and Elly Griffiths. They are classic crime with an archaeological twist and could be described as 'Midsomer Murders set in Devon'.

    The Flesh Tailor finds DI Peterson investigating the shooting of Dr James Dalcott. He discovers he was popular but had been harbouring strange and dramatic family secrets. Meanwhile, archaeologist Neil Watson has discovered a number of skeletons in Tailors Court that could be linked to a 16th century body-snatching physician...

    The Jackal Man finds DI Peterson looking into the murder of a girl that might be related to an ancient ritual linked to Anubis, the jackal-headed Egyptian god of death and mummification; and The Shadow Collector focuses on the strange case of a mother and daughter who were rumoured to be witches.

    Format: paperback
    This collection includes books 14, 15, 17, 18 and 19 in Kate Ellis' Wesley Peterson crime series
  • CDFT
    Carmel Harrington
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    Revealing what happened to the characters of Cold Feet in the 13 years between the end of series 5 (2003) and the beginning of series 6 (2016), this novel is a must-have for all fans of the award-winning Cold Feet. It has been written by Carmel Harrington in consultation with the team behind the popular TV show.

    It tells how Adam had no time to grieve after the death of his beloved wife, Rachel. He had to keep going for the sake of their son... Meanwhile, an eight-and-a-half months pregnant Jenny moves in with her ex-husband Pete (who isn't the father). Can their relationship overcome past jealousies?

    Karen and David are on the verge of an amicable divorce, but then he sleeps with the lawyer. Cold Feet fans will be laughing and crying as this book fills in all the blanks of what happened to our favourite characters while they were off screen.
  • The Lewis Trilogy - 3 Books - Collection - 9781786488930 - Peter May
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    Peter May
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    This gripping collection of ingenious crime fiction brings together all three novels in Peter May's internationally acclaimed and million-selling Lewis trilogy.

    The series starts with The Blackhouse, a book that finds a brutal killing taking place on the Isle of Lewis in Scotland. It's a beautiful place but it's laced with danger and darkness. Born in the area, Detective Fin Macleod has been sent from Edinburgh to investigate a murder and he quickly realises that something terrible is lurking within the close-knit island community...

    The Lewis Man finds Macleod dealing with the case of an unidentified corpse that has a DNA sibling match to a local farmer who suffers from dementia; and The Chessmen finds a spate of illegal game-hunting activities taking place on the island.

    Violent, brutal and compelling, this is a series for anyone who enjoys reading the likes of Tess Gerritsen and Elly Griffiths.

    This collection contains books 1-3 in Peter May's Lewis Trilogy.

    Format: Paperback
  • MSCR
    Carol Ann Duffy
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    Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy's modern retelling of Dickens' classic A Christmas Carol is the perfect festive read.

    On the coldest Christmas Eve on record, Mrs Scrooge finds herself outside the local supermarket, protesting against consumerism and waste. Just like her husband Ebenezer before her, Mrs Scrooge has a lot to learn from the ghosts of Christmas past, Christmas present and Christmas yet to come...

    Filled with bright illustrations by the talented Posy Simmonds, this modern take the timeless story makes for a perfect Christmas gift that will be enjoyed time and time again.
  • AMOL
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    Sue Townsend's Adrian Mole is a character we've all laughed at and with over the years and this audio collection includes the first three books in the hugely entertaining and influential series.

    The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole will introduce you to a hapless teenager who provides an unabashed, pimples-and-all glimpse into adolescent life through his diary; The Growing Pains of Adrian Mole finds the teen struggling with the prospect of entering adulthood and trying to survive his family's attempts to scar him for life; and The Wilderness Years finds Adrian aged 23 and 3/4, living as a lodger in Pandora's Oxford flat, where he's barely tolerated by his childhood sweetheart.

    Narrated by Nicholas Barnes, these are brilliantly funny CDs to listen to again and again.
    Format: CD
    Unabridged
    Approximate running time: 16.5 hours
  • JBAC
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    Narrated by big-name actors including Dan Stevens, Bill Nighy, Rory Kinnear and Damien Lewis, this audio collection contains the first four books in Ian Fleming's classic James Bond series.

    Featuring Casino Royale, Live and Let Die, Moonraker and Diamonds are Forever, these CDs (complete with original, unabridged text) follow the spy on his various missions and are sure to keep anyone who loves all things 007 happily entertained.

    Casino Royale follows Bond as he aims to neutralise the Russian operative Le Chiffre by ruining him at the baccarat table; Moonraker has him trying to stop a millionaire-backed project that could threaten Britain's defence system; Live and Let Die is a tale of terror, treachery and torture; and Diamonds are Forever finds diamonds being smuggled from Africa to America via Britain.

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    Unabridged

    Approximate running time: 26 hours
  • HUEX
    Alexander McCall Smith
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    The latest book in Alexander McCall Smith's No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency series follows Precious Ramotswe as she discovers her father is not quite the idol she always believed...

    Meanwhile, Mma Makutsi is also making some shocking discoveries about her own past while their peaceful surroundings are interrupted by the arrival of somebody no one particularly wants to see. Of course, the remarkable ladies serve some tea and make their way through the difficulties...

    This is a feel-good read with hugely popular characters and plenty of good-natured surprises.
  • The Grantchester Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781408896167 - James Runcie
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    James Runcie
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    As seen on ITV, The Grantchester Mysteries are addictive and engaging. This collection brings together the first three books in James Runcie's bestselling series.

    Sidney Chambers is the vicar of Grantchester but he also happens to be a reluctant detective. He teams up with the rogueish Inspector Geordie Keating to solve a number of baffling cases that have engulfed his village. Together the duo have to look into the death of a famous jazz promoter's daughter; a shocking art forgery; and the suspect suicide of a Cambridgeshire solicitor.

    The TV series starring James Norton and Robson Green is hugely popular and these novels are equally compelling. The Times described them as 'An absolute treat... All manner of nostalgic delights' and we're sure you will agree.
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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
  • Peter James Collection - 5 Books - Collection - 9781509858286 - Peter James
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    Peter James
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    Peter James' thrilling novels have sold millions of copies worldwide and this fantastic collection brings together five books starring his popular character, Detective Superintendent Roy Grace.

    Dead Man's Footsteps finds a Brighton businessman grasping the chance to shed his debts, disappear and reinvent himself in another country on the morning of 9/11. Six years later, the remains of a woman's body in a storm drain in Brighton leads Grace on an enquiry that reaches all around the world...

    Dead Tomorrow has a body of a missing teenager being found off the seabed of the Sussex coast, but it's missing vital organs; Dead Like You finds women suffering horrific experiences at the turn of the New Year - and these cases bear remarkable similarities to an unsolved series of crimes that occurred years before; Dead Man's Grip has Carly Chase surviving a nasty traffic accident where a teenage student was killed. She's traumatised and things get even worse when the drivers of the other two cars are found murdered. Grace warns her she could be next...

    Not Dead Yet finds Hollywood coming to Brighton. But there's a stalker following every move of the rock star who's bagged the lead role... these books are compelling, fast-paced and sure to delight fans of Ian Rankin and Peter Robinson.

    This collection contains books 4-8 in Peter James' Detective Roy Grace series.
  • PULS
    Felix Francis
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    The latest Dick Francis novel from Felix Francis once again shows that racing can be a deadly business...

    Chris Rankin is a skilled doctor but he also has mental health problems. A smartly dressed man is found unconscious at the local racecourse and dies when he arrives at the hospital. He has no form of identification and no one claims the body. This intrigues Rankin and he starts to ask questions...

    However, someone does not want these questions answered and will go to any lengths to prevent it. No one believes Chris when he tells them someone tried to kill him. He will now have to do whatever it takes to identify the nameless man. Full of intrigue, this is a page-turner you'll quite literally race through.
  • Alex Gray Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9780751569759 - Alex Gray
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    Alex Gray
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    A sure-fire hit with fans of Ian Rankin, Alex Gray's DCI Lorimer thrillers are set in Glasgow and delve deep into the dark and ugly underground of this famous city as the detective has to tackle a series of grisly crimes. In this collection, we've hand-picked three of the most chilling, gritty and captivating reads from the series.

    Never Somewhere Else is the first novel in the series and it finds DCI Lorimer investigating the killings of three young women in a park. Frustrated with his lack of progress, he forms an uneasy alliance with psychologist and criminal profiler Dr. Solomon Brightman as they work together and make some shocking discoveries...

    The Swedish Girl has student Kirsty Wilson landing a room in a luxury Glasgow flat owned by the beautiful Swede, Eva Magnusson. But this dream turns to horror when Eva is found dead and their male flatmate is accused of murder. But Kirsty refuses to believe he is guilty. However, a woman with a remarkable similarity is also found brutally murdered and this leads Lorimer from the gritty heart of Glasgow right into the snow-covered streets of Stockholm.

    Finally, there's The Bird that Did Not Sing, a novel about a threat that could not only ruin the Commonwealth Games but destroy the city...

    This collection contains books 1, 10 and 11 from Alex Gray's Detective Lorimer series.
  • Julie Wassmer Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781472127686 - Julie Wassmer
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    Julie Wassmer
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    Set in the sumptuous coastal surroundings of Whitstable, Julie Wassmer's Pearl Nolan mysteries combine seafood, murder and a multi-tasking heroine.

    The series starts with Julie's debut novel, The Whitstable Pearl Mystery. Pearl always wanted to be a sleuth but life and a teenage pregnancy got in the way, so she decided to build up a successful seafood restaurant. However, with her son at university and the discovery of the drowned body of a local oyster fisherman, she might finally have the chance of achieving her lifelong dream of becoming a detective...

    In Murder-on-Sea, things take a festive turn and Pearl discovers it is not the season of goodwill to all men; May Day Murder takes place in spring and finds an actress being murdered after being invited to Whitstable to open the May Day festivities.

    This collection contains books 1-3 in Julie Wassmer's series starring Pearl Nolan.
  • The Complete Harry Potter Collection - 7-Book Box Set - Collection - 9781408856772 - JK Rowling
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    If you're lucky enough to have tickets to see The Cursed Child on stage or enjoyed watching Eddie Redmayne's performance as Newt Scamander in the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them film, then why not head back to Platform 9 3/4, climb aboard the Hogwarts Express and enjoy the Complete Harry Potter Collection for a magical price. Presented in a gorgeous slipcase, these editions of J. K. Rowling's classics come complete with stunning cover illustrations from Jonny Duddle.

    A phenomenon like no other, Harry's incredible journey begins with The Philosopher's Stone. Unhappily living in a cupboard under the stairs at his aunt's, he's visited by a giant called Rubeus Hagrid who delivers the most astonishing news - Harry's a wizard. As he heads to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Harry makes friends with Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger, meets oh-so-wise Professor Dumbledore and the complex Severus Snape and their incredible adventure begins. But evil in the shape of Lord Voldemort is getting ever closer - and the Dark Lord has his sights set firmly on Harry.

    Throughout the seven books, Harry learns what it means to be a Gryffindor student and the value of friendship and trust. The eight films starring Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint were a record-breaking success and now you can relive the stories where it all began time and time again with this amazing Harry Potter box set - Expecto Patronum!