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Fans of Jojo Moyes, Dorothy Koomson and Liane Moriarty will find themselves fully absorbed in Gail Honeyman's debut novel, Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine. Already a Sunday Times bestseller, it's set to be adapted into a hit film by Reese Witherspoon's production company.
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Eleanor Oliphant knows how to survive, but not how to live. She leads a simple life, wearing the same clothes and eating the same meals every day. She also like to drink two bottles of vodka every weekend. However, sometimes she feels like something is missing from her carefully timetabled life.
When a simple act of kindness changes her world, Eleanor must build up the courage to face the dark corners she's avoided her life and navigate around the world everyone else seems to be taking for granted...
If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things and Even the Dogs author Jon McGregor's Reservoir 13 is a page-turning read all about how one family's loss can haunt so many lives...
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It's midwinter in the early years of this century and a teenage girl has gone missing in the hills at the heart of England. The villagers join the search across the moors as a media scrum descends their normally quiet home...
Despite the disruption, life does go on and jobs still need doing - there are cows that need milking, fences need repairing, pints need pouring and a pantomime needs rehearsing...
Full of important themes including nature, the environment, power and grace, this compelling novel takes place over 13 years and finds a stranger's tragedy casting a shadow over so many.
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Katherine Rundell's The Explorer is the winner of the Costa Children's Book Award 2017
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Inspired by her expedition to the Amazon and Eva Ibbotson's magical Journey to the River Sea, Katherine Rundell's The Explorer is a modern classic of adventure, survival and friendship.
Fred has always dreamt of being an adventurer and is wowed by the sight of the Amazon jungle as he heads over it in a tiny aeroplane. When disaster strikes and the plane crash-lands, he has the chance to explore more than ever before...
As Fred and three other children try to find their way out of the untamed wilderness, they face danger from every angle. But then they notice that someone has been in their situation before...
Rebecca Stott's In the Days of Rain is the Costa Biography Award Winner 2017
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Rebecca Stott's In the Days of Rain is a fascinating yet shocking memoir about her experiences growing up in - and breaking away from - a fundamentalist Christian cult.
Any readers who were left stunned and captivated by Bad Blood and Why Be Happy When You Can Be Normal will find themselves fully immersed in this incredible true story. Rebecca recalls how her father begged her to help him write a memoir while on his deathbed. He wanted to talk about his family's experiences in a fundamentalist Christian sect but every time he reached a certain point, the painful memories all became too much.
The sect were a closed community who believed the world is ruled by Satan and lived by a number of strict rules - women had to wear headscarves and any non-sect books were banned. Although Rebecca was born into the sect, she needed to know more about their culture and would intelligent yet dangerous questions while growing up. She soon discovered her father, an influential preacher, had been asking the same questions.
Here Rebecca talks about her father's ongoing struggle between faith and doubt and how this affected their relationship and livelihood for a long time after breaking away...
'To be alive is to be inside the wave, always travelling until it breaks and is gone.'
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The late Helen Dunmore's Inside the Wave is an anthology of poems about the link between the living and the dead - and the underworld and mortal cause. These poems are exquisitely intense and possess a spare and eloquent lyricism as they explore the journey of life.
This collection of poems includes Helen's final work, the poignant Hold Out Your Arms, which was written shortly before her death.