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    The High Mountains of Portugal (Hardback)

    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.
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    Chris Ould Collection - 3 Books (Collection)

    Chris Ould

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    This collection includes the first three novels in Chris Ould's Faroes series. These page-turning novels are full of atmospheric tension as native Faroese Detective Jan Reyna returns to the islands after a stint in Britain.

    The Blood Strand has Jan's father being found unconscious with a shotgun by his side and someone else's blood in his car. This prompts Jan to make his return home but then another man's body is found with a shotgun wound in his side. However, all the evidence points to him being suffocated...

    The Killing Bay has a group of activists arriving on the Islands in an attempt to stop the traditional whale hunts. A woman is found murdered but Jan and local detective Hjalti Hentze become aware that evidence is being hidden from them; and The Fire Pit has the skeletal remains of a child being unearthed at an isolated farm. The investigation turns to the commune that occupied the farm in the 1970s - and there's a link to Jan's mother's death.

    For fans of authors like Ann Cleeves, Peter May, Henning Mankell

    Format: paperback
    This collection includes books 1-3 in Chris Ould's Faroes series
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    The Stranger Diaries (Hardback)

    Elly Griffiths

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    A Radio 2 Book Club Winter Pick, The Stranger Diaries is a captivating and contemporary Gothic thriller that combines the unsettling tone of Susan Hill with the darkness of Gone Girl.

    Clare Cassidy is a literature teacher specialising in the Gothic writer R.M. Holland. Her work and life tragically collide when one of her colleagues is found dead with a line from an R.M. Holland story by her body.

    The investigating police detective is convinced the writer's works hold the key to the case. Clare has no idea who she can trust and fears the killer is someone she knows. As a way of coping, she writes her fears and suspicions in her journal. But then she notices someone else has been writing in her diary...
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    The Last Tudor (Hardback)

    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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    Dorothy L Sayers Collection - 3 Books (Collection)

    Dorothy L Sayers

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    Intelligent, witty and thoroughly original, Dorothy L. Sayers' Lord Peter Wimsey mysteries effortlessly combine powerful prose and gripping suspense...

    There's a body in a Battersea bathroom; a duke refusing to co-operate with a murder investigation; and a serious case of foul play in the mysterious Mrs Forrest's Mayfair flat...

    Peter Wimsey has ample opportunity to demonstrate his unique detection skills in these delightfully gore-free crime novels.

    For fans of authors like: Margery Allingham, Agatha Christie, Ngaio Marsh
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    Man Booker Prize 2017 Shortlist - 6 Books (Collection)

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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?'
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    Eagles of Empire Collection - 5 Books (Collection)

    Simon Scarrow

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    Simon Scarrow is one of the world's favourite historical fiction authors and his Eagles of the Empire series is a must-read for fans of Bernard Cornwell and Conn Iggulden.

    Under the Eagle, the first book in the series, is set in AD42 and follows bookish Quintus Licinius Cato as he arrives in Germany as a new recruit to the Second Legion, the toughest in the Roman Army. He struggles to adapt to the military lifestyle and things get even tougher when he's appointed a rank above his colleagues, due to his imperial connections. Second in command to Macro, the army find themselves on a special mission to Britain - a land of unparalleled barbarity...

    The army also faces bloody skirmishes with sinister organisations; fall into the hands of a dark sect of Druids; attempt to seize the south west of Britain; and end up as fugitives on the run.

    This collection includes books 1-5 in Simon Scarrow's Eagles of the Empire series.
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    Jacqueline Winspear Collection - 3 Books (Collection)

    Jacqueline Winspear

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    Featuring books 7 to 9 in Jacqueline Winspear's historical crime series featuring PI extraordinaire Maisie Dobbs, this collection will take you back to the early 1930s when all sorts of post-war mysteries occur.

    The Mapping of Love & Death follows the strange case of Michael Clifton, a young American who fought for the British Army (his father's native country) and was declared missing in action in August, 1914. In April, 1932, Michael's remains are unearthed in a French field and his parents ask Maisie Dobbs to try and find out who the unnamed nurse he was writing love letters to is. It finds Maisie looking back on her own bittersweet wartime love - and the revelation that Michael Clifton may not have died in combat after all...

    A Lesson in Secrets finds Maisie being given an undercover assignment directed by Scotland Yard's Special Branch and the Secret Service. She's sent to a college in Cambridge to monitor any activities deemed to be 'not in the interests of the Crown' and soon the college's controversial pacifist founder and principal is murdered...

    Elegy for Eddie finds a horse-loving gentle soul being killed in a violent 'accident'. The costermongers of Covent Garden are deeply sceptical about the cause of his death and call in Maisie for help. Her investigations bring her to a 'has-been' politician (named Winston Churchill), a callous press baron and the husband of one of her closest friends. Soon she's discovering lies and manipulation on a national scale.

    This collection includes books 7 to 9 in Jacqueline Winspear's Maisie Dobbs series.
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    The Angel's Mark (Hardback)

    S. W. Perry,SW Perry

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    Amidst a backdrop of Spanish plotting and Catholic disputes, Queen Elizabeth I's control over her kingdom is wavering...

    The body of a small boy is found in London with strange marks on it that no one can explain... Idealist physician Nicholas Shelby finds another body just days after and this one is displaying the same marks... A serial killer must be on the loose. He's joined by the mysterious tavern keeper Bianca in his investigations but the duo soon find themselves caught up in a sinister plot.

    Set in Elizabethan London, S.W. Perry's debut novel The Angel's Mark is an intelligent and dark historical thriller full of sinister twists and turns...

    For fans of authors like C.J. Sansom, Rory Clements, S.G. MacLean
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    The Man Who Didn't Call (Hardback)

    Rosie Walsh

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    Rosie Walsh's debut novel The Man Who Didn't Call is a charming summer read that finds a whirlwind romance ending in mysterious circumstances...

    Sarah and Eddie enjoy seven perfect days together and fall in love. She's so sure about that but then he leaves for a holiday and promises to call from the airport. This call never comes...

    Sarah's friends tell her to forget all about Eddie, but she knows they're wrong. There has to be a reason for his disappearance. But what if this reason is the one thing they didn't share? The truth...
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    Us (Hardback)

    David Nicholls

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    David Nicholls brings to bear all the wit and intelligence that graced One Day in this brilliant, bittersweet new book, which will delight his fans and bring him many new readers.

    Douglas understands his wife's need to rediscover herself now that their son is leaving home. He just thought they'd be doing their rediscovering together. So when Connie announces that she will be leaving too, he decides to make their last family holiday the trip of a lifetime: one that will draw the three of them closer, and win the respect of his son and make Connie fall in love with him again. The hotels are booked, the tickets purchased, the itinerary planned and printed. What could possibly go wrong..?

    Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2014, Us is a novel about love and family, husbands and wives, parents and children, its publication was undoubtedly one of the major events in the world of books in 2014.
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    A Question of Trust (Hardback)

    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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    The Troutbeck Testimony (Hardback)

    Rebecca Tope

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    From the author of A Cotswold Killing and Revenge in the Cotswolds, Book People favourite Rebecca Tope returns with The Troutbeck Testimony, a classic whodunnit mystery which will delight cosy crime fans.

    A funeral for a popular Windermere resident is soon to take place and florist Persimmon Brown and her new assistant, Bonnie, are busy making wreaths in preparation. Meanwhile in nearby Troutbeck, there's word of a series of sinister dog-nappings occurring. While taking a walk up Wansfell Pike, Simmy and her father stumble on a dog that has been strangled to death and it[s not long before Simmy reluctantly finds herself caught up in a murder investigation ...

    A treat for fans of M.C. Beaton and the other Rebecca Tope books from her Cotswold Mysteries series, this atmospheric mystery will have readers hooked.
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    A Shot in the Dark (Hardback)

    Lynne Truss

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    A Shot in the Dark by Lynne Truss is the first book in a quirky and charming new crime series set in 1950s Brighton.

    When Inspector Steine stops for an ice cream, there's a vicious battle taking place in the seaside city and pretty much every criminal is wiped out. With no criminals, crime or stress, Inspector Steine is really starting to enjoy life as a policeman... However, Sergeant Brunswick is adamant not every crook has disappeared.

    A new constable has also joined the force to investigate a series of burglaries. Then a vicious theatre critic is shot dead halfway through the opening night of a new play... Brighton might not be as safe as Steine hoped, after all!
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    Guilt in the Cotswolds (Hardback)

    Rebecca Tope

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    Rebecca Tope's latest novel about house-sitter Thea Osborne finds the sleuthing extraordinaire in the village of Chedworth, Gloucestershire. She's happily going about creating an inventory of Rita Wilshire's possessions, as requested by her son, Richard, after she has been moved into a care home but then disaster strikes - Richard has been found dead in a barn!

    Thea and Richard's fiance, Drew Slocombe, struggle to give any answers to his family's questions. Thea knows the Wilshires have ta chequered past so can't resist snooping around. Was his death suicide? Or could it be something more sinister?

    The clues are not helpful and this starts to put a strain on Drew and Thea's relationship, especially when it becomes clear neither will give up until the truth is revealed.
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    The Turn of Midnight (Hardback)

    Minette Walters

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    It's 1349 and the Black Death is continuing to plague England - and the quarantined people of Develish, Dorseteshire are starting to question whether they are the only survivors in the country...

    As their supplies start to dwindle, the community prepare to head to the outside world, but how will they find safety in a desolated wasteland? Free-thinking serf Thaddeus Thurkell decides to find out.

    He leads a team with the purpose of finding freedom for Develish's people. However, this leads to a life-threatening struggle over power, money and religion...

    Written by Minette Walters, this is a compelling and thought-provoking piece of historical fiction.
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    Crisis - Felix Francis (Hardback)

    Felix Francis

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    Trainee lawyer and crisis manager Harrison Foster is summoned to Newmarket after a fire in the Chadwick Stables kills six valuable horses, including the favourite for the Derby.

    Although Harry knows next to nothing about horses, he soon finds himself thrust into the world of Thoroughbred racing and comes across the notoriously nasty Chadwick family.

    While investigating, Harry soon discovers there is far more to the fire than meets the eye. For a start, the remains of a human have been found in the wreckage, even though everyone has been accounted for....

    This Felix Francis thriller, written by Dick Francis, is full of shocks and surprises that will have you on tenterhooks.
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    Herring in the Smoke (Hardback)

    L.C. Tyler,LC Tyler

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    Twenty years ago, Roger Norton Vane went for a walk in the Thai jungle and never returned. Now, after years of wild speculation, he's officially being declared dead. At his memorial service, a man interrupts proceedings claiming to be Roger...

    Roger's partner, Tim MacDonald, who was with him at the time of his disappearance, was due to pick up his inheritance but now 'Roger' has returned and wastes no time in making himself at home in his old flat; evicting Tim and coming up with a plan to prove his right to the money on offer.

    This startling chain of events surprises crime writer Ethelred Tressider. He's been commissioned to write a biography about Roger and finds the person claiming to be him full of vague and scurrilous anecdotes. It soon becomes clear that many people wish Vane had stayed dead and that his tales had been buried with him...

    The seventh book in the Elsie and Ethelred series, L.C.Tyler's Herring in the Smoke is a mystery that will delight fans of Agatha Christie, Dorothy L. Sayers and M.C. Beaton.
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    The Melody Lingers On (Hardback)

    Mary Higgins Clark

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    The world's best-loved thriller writer needs no introduction. Dazzling readers with her phenomenal crime stories for decades, Mary Higgins Clark is back and we're sure crime fiction fans will love her new spine-tingler The Melody Lingers On.

    Lane Harmon is assistant to a renowned interior designer, so meeting the rich and famous is nothing new to her. But when she is called to the Bennett house, she knows that the job will be a little different. Parker Bennett has been missing for two years - since the discovery that billions of dollars had gone missing from a fund he managed - and suspicion remains around his name. Did he commit suicide or was his disappearance staged?

    Parker's wife is convinced that Parker is alive and innocent of the crime. But there are people after him who are determined to learn the truth at any cost. And as intrigue draws Lane into the Bennett family's world of glamour, she puts her life and the lives of her family in danger...

    If you are yet to read any books by Mary Higgins Clark, this hair-raising novel is a great place to start! Perfectly pitched, it's a breathtaking read for fans of Ian Rankin, Martina Cole and Mark Billingham. If you're already a fan of the worldwide bestseller, you know what to expect from a Mary Higgins Clark book: dazzling pace, nail-biting suspense and plots that keep you coming back for more!
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    The Second Empress (Hardback)

    Michelle Moran

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    Empress Josephine's family has been called to Napoleon's court for the terrible news that he intends to divorce his barren wife of thirteen years and take a younger bride.

    For Josephine's daughter Hortense, this means she is free to leave her husband (Napoleon's brother), having given the Bonapartes three heirs. As she looks for love, she must support her mother through the terrible grief of Napoleon's betrayal.

    For Napoleon's new wife, it is a terrible duty she must take on in her father's name and she can find nothing in common with her new husband. An unlikely friendship with Hortense brings her much comfort in this time of unhappiness.

    But Napoleon's sister, Pauline, believes it is yet another woman stealing her brother's attention and affection. Having spent years attempting to control his power and influence, she must fight harder and dirtier if she is to win...

    Michelle Moran's dazzling The Second Empress is packed with the drama of love, betrayal, romance and period detail and is sure to appeal to fans of both historical fiction and romance.
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    Chance Developments (Hardback)

    Alexander McCall Smith

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    Inspired by a selection of vintage photographs, The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency author Alexander McCall Smith presents a selection of short stories about all kinds of love in Chance Developments.

    With a die-cut jacket and all five black-and-white photographs lovingly reproduced throughout the book, this is a gorgeous gift for any fan of the popular author. He looks at each photo and comes up with stories about the people captured in them.

    From an estate in the Highlands of Scotland to a Canadian travelling circus, the stories are captivating from start to finish. They'll make you smile, laugh and cry and hope these characters find the love they're after - whether that be romantic, platonic, passionate or familial.
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    Classic Readings & Poems (Hardback)

    Jane McMorland-Hunter

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    Classic Readings & Poems for Weddings, Christenings, Funerals and All Occasions will help ensure you have the right words for every important life event.

    Hand-picked by Jane McMorland Hunter, the book features everything from familiar favourites to lesser-known, yet no less stunning, pieces that can mark anything from a birth to a death; an engagement to a retirement and a wedding to a memorial service.

    Among the poems and readings are works from the poets Longfellow, Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson as well as famous writers like William Blake, Wordsworth and William Shakespeare. There are also Apache prayers and Irish blessings, as well as quotes from books and speeches that mark moments of new life, unions, loss and solitude.
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    The English Patient (Paperback)

    Michael Ondaatje

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    The Golden Man Booker was set up to celebrate five decades of the Man Booker Prize. All 51 winning entries were considered by a selection of hand-picked judges who chose five winners from each decade. Michael Ondaatje's The English Patient was voted the overall best Man Booker winner in a public vote.

    The Second World War is drawing to a close and the nurse, Hana, is tending to her sole remaining patient in an abandoned Italian villa. Rescued from a burning plane, the anonymous Englishman is damaged and haunted. The only clue to his identity is a copy of The Histories of Herodotus, that has been covered with handwritten notes about a tragic love affair.

    Adapted into an Oscar-winning film starring Ralph Fiennes and Kristin Scott Thomas by director Anthony Mingella, this is a beautifully written and compelling piece of fiction.
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    The Outsiders (Hardback)

    Gerald Seymour

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    Written by Gerald Seymour, the author of Harry's Game, The Outsiders describes how Winnie Monks has never forgotten - or forgiven - the death of an agent on her team at the hands of a former Russian Army Major.

    Years later, she hears the Major is travelling to the Costa del Sol and sends in a surveillance unit to spy on him... They find a perfect base to spy from that will also be ideal for Winnie's darker, less official, plans but it turns out the property isn't deserted. The owners have invited young British couple Jonno and Posie to housesit while they are away.

    The new couple are supposed to be on a carefree break in the sun, but everything changes when the Secret Services team arrives...
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