Fiction

Contemporary

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    Kit de Waal
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    Kit de Waal's debut novel, My Name is Leon has been shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award and is a heartbreaking story of love, identity and loss in 1980s Britain.

    Leon is a 9-year-old boy who has just welcomed a perfect baby brother called Jake. The brothers have gone to live with Maureen, who has funny, fuzzy red hair and a belly Santa would be proud of. However, Leon is aware something is going on - the adults are acting strangely. Could it be something to do with the fact Jake is white and Leon is not?

    Leon struggles to hide his anger but there are still many things that make him happy - Curly Wurlys, riding a bike and hanging out with Tufty (who reminds him of his dad). He's also stealing coins so that one day he can rescue Jake and his mum...

    This is a poignant story all about the fierce bond between siblings and how we can find our way home, even when least expect it...
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    Francis Spufford
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    Shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award, Francis Spufford's debut fiction novel, Golden Hill, is a book that will transport you right back to New York, a small town on the tip of Manhattan Island, in 1746.

    A charming stranger from England arrives and has a compelling (yet suspicious) proposition for the counting house on Golden Hill Street - he wishes to cash and order for #1,000...

    With questions hanging over whether he can be trusted, the young man has the gift of the gab and decides to create a new life for himself in a place that is just starting to develop its unique character. But then he falls in love and enters a whole new world of trouble...
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    Guinevere Glasfurd
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    Shortlisted for the Costa First Novel award, Guinevere Glasfurd's The Words in My Hand is the reimagined true story of a 17th century Dutch maid.

    Despite the attitudes of the times, Helena is desperate to educate herself and use her mind. Working in a lodging house of an English bookseller, she finds herself renting out a room to French philosopher Ren Descartes. Helena dreams of being a writer, while Descartes quests for reason and the two soon form a bond that evolves into a full-blown affair.

    Descartes finds himself learning emotional lessons from Helena and her everyday life, but the couple struggle despite their love.. Soon it becomes apparent their only way of being together is to remain unseen? can their love conquer all these issues?
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    Susan Beale
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    Susan Beale's debut novel The Good Guy has been shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award and tells the story of a dreamer car-tyre salesman who lives in 1960s suburban New England.

    Ted craves admiration while his wife Abigail longs for a life of the mind and single girl Penny just wants to be loved. When a chance encounter brings Ted and Penny together, he begins to dream of a new life that revolves around her. However when this fantasy clashes with reality, Ted has to face up to the prospect of losing everything ? and everyone ? he holds dear.

    This is a compelling novel about love, marriage and the contrast between good intentions and self-deception.
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    Margaret Drabble
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    Written by the great Margaret Drabble, The Dark Flood Rises is an engrossing novel all about mortality and what happens to us as we grow old. It covers all the existential questions with a dark sense of humour.

    Francesca Stubbs is the protagonist and she'll hold your hand as she takes a walk through death and old age. She invites you to join her with drinks with her dear friends, accompany her as she drops off sumptuous suppers for her ex-husband and visit her daughter. She also is in contact with her son in Tenerife, who is dealing with the estate of his shockingly deceased girlfriend.

    From what constitutes a good death to understanding if we have lived well, it's a poignant and intelligent slice of literary fiction that is told with characteristic wit.
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    Jodi Picoult
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    Jodi Picoult, the author of My Sister's Keeper, examines themes of birth, death and responsibility in her latest page-turner, Small Great Things.

    A routine hospital procedure ends in tragedy when a newborn baby dies and there is no doubt as to who will be held responsible. It's the nurse who has been banned from looking after him by his father. However, the nurse, her lawyer and the father of the child will never have imagined just how much this death will change their lives.

    Looking at the issues that both unite and divide us, this is a compelling novel all about prejudice and power.
  • Santa Montefiore Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781471147463 - Santa Montefiore
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    Santa Montefiore
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    Santa Montefiore is an author who specialises in evocative and thought-provoking tales of romance. This collection includes three of her finest novels.

    Enchanting from start to finish, these intelligent, sweeping stories are evocative and memorable. The Beekeeper's Daughter is a bestseller that focuses on two generations of the same family - a family that is rocked by tragedy; The Italian Matchmaker will transport you to the sun-drenched hills of the Amalfi coast and introduce you to Gianluca, a man who needs deeper purpose to his existence.

    Finally, there's Last Voyage of the Valentina, a story about how the murder of an eccentric aristocrat at the end of World War II touches the life of a hedonistic London girl two decades later.

    Ideal for fans of Victoria Hislop and Kate Morton, these novels are heartbreaking, poignant and very powerful.
  • Maeve Binchy Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781407250595
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    There are unconventional families, unlikely relationships and terrible secrets in all three of these compelling novels from the much-missed Maeve Binchy.

    Chestnut Street is a collection of linked stories about the residents of one road - and every single one of them is hiding something... Minding Frankie finds a baby being born to a mother who faces a race against time to find someone to take care of her; and A Week in Winter follows Winnie as she finds herself on the holiday from hell...
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    Monica Wood
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    Favourably compared to The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry and The Shock of the Fall, Monica Wood's The One-in-a-Milion Boy is a poignant, compelling and joyful read.

    It follows Miss Ona Vitkus, a lady with secrets who has lived unobtrusively for most of her life - apart from three months in the summer of 1914. When she reaches the grand age of 104, she meets an 11-year-old-boy with a passion for world records and forms a special bond...

    When he doesn't visit for two weeks, Ona begins to think he may be the same as everyone else, but then the boy's father comes to visit - and he's determined to finish off his son's good deed.
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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
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    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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    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 deservedly won an Oscar. Now, for a fabulous Book People price, you can discover or re-read this 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 mainly 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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    Oli White
    13 years +
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    Jack makes some new friends and in next to no time they've created GenNext, the hottest new trend in social media.

    As soon as it's unveiled to the public, Jack's life completely changes. His Instagram followers are going up by hundreds of thousands and big companies are scrambling for him to take part in huge photoshoots. However, exciting journeys of fame can also be dangerous and there's someone willing Jack to trip up at every step. It's not long before everyone he cares about - friends, family and a girl he's falling for - is at risk.

    Written by the YouTube sensation Oli White and with plenty of real-life experiences included, this is an exciting book for any fan of the vlogger and those interested in the trappings of celebrity.

    Head over to Book People's YouTube channel to watch our book trailer for this incredible new novel.
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    Rachel Hore
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    When Rosa arrives in London from Poland in a search for her missing brother, she finds herself alone; a shy young man, Rick, is living in limbo as he seeks a place to nourish his creativity; while Stef is running away from her boyfriend, Oliver, and the claustrophobic life she's been living in his opulent flat...

    These three strangers all find refuge at 11 Bellevue Gardens - the shabbiest house of a smart Georgian terrace in North London. Its owner, Leonie, found sanctuary in this house back in the '60s after a brief career as a model and a destructive marriage. Now, she opens the house to others in need.

    However, this house is now under threat itself. Will Leonie be able to rescue the place that saved her?
  • Elizabeth Noble Collection - 5 Books - Collection - 9781405928076 - Elizabeth Noble
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    Elizabeth Noble
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    Wonderfully romantic, these five books from bestselling author Elizabeth Noble will make you laugh and cry. Full of emotion, the books are available for a simply unbelievable Book People price.

    Each separate story is equally compelling and sure to tug at your heartstrings. Elizabeth's debut, Things I Want My Daughters to Know finds Barbara having to say a final farewell to all four of her daughters. But how can she find the words? And how can she leave them when they all have so much growing up to do? She decides on writing each vastly different daughter a letter - giving her the chance to express the hopes, dears, dreams and secrets she couldn't always voice...

    The Girl Next Door looks at the dreams, heartbreak and desires hidden behind the closed doors of one apartment building in New York's Upper East Side; The Reading Group focuses on two best friends who can't quite admit that they're in loveless marriages; The Friendship Test finds a group of college friends trying to fix their bond 20 years after their studies when tragedy strikes; and Alphabet Weekends is a rom-com that finds Tom finally letting his lifelong crush how he feels through a series of activities - in alphabetical order.
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    Sir Terry Wogan, OBE
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    For the first time in his successful career, broadcasting legend and national treasure Terry Wogan turned his attention to writing fiction in Those Were the Days.

    Containing several short stories full of laughter, love and loss, this heart-warming book will make a perfect gift for any fan of the much-missed Terry.
  • Rosie Thomas Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9780007937202 - Rosie Thomas
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    Rosie Thomas
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    With unforgettable characters, beautifully plotted stories and wonderful settings, Sunday Times bestselling author Rosie Thomas' stories are perfect for fans of Anita Shreve and Douglas Kennedy.

    This three-book collection contains some of her best work. Iris and Ruby is a stirring story of mothers, daughters and the distance between three generations of one family; while Sun at Midnight is an epic and adventurous love story set against the beautiful backdrop of Antarctica.

    Constance, meanwhile, follows the life of Connie Thorne, a child left by her mother for strangers to find, and how 40 years later, she has to get over a long-running feud with her sister when tragedy strikes...
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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!
  • The Little Village School Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781473638877
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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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    Kate Hamer
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    Sure to appeal to fans of Room and The Snow Child, debut author Kate Hamer's The Girl in the Red Coat was shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award 2015 the CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger Award.

    When eight-year-old Carmel Wakeford is separated from her mother at a local children's festival, she is found by a man who claims to be her estranged grandfather. He tells her that her mother has an accident and that she is now set to live with him.

    As Carmel spends more time with this man and her new 'family', she realises this man believes she has a special talent. Meanwhile, her mother is desperately trying to find her... This situation quickly becomes an extraordinary journey for Carmel...
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    Simon Wroe
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    Struggling to keep on top of his rent, young graduate Monocle takes the only job he can find - the lowest-ranked chef at a gastropub in Camden Town, London.

    When Monocle starts cooking, he realises it's not quite the job he'd expected. He's working with a group of deranged hoodlums who all seem to be at the mercy of head chef Bob - an ingenious sadist with a kitchen knife!

    Full of perfectly observed black humour, Simon Wroe draws on personal experiences from his own career as a chef to bring the laugh-out-loud antics of a professional kitchen to the page in Chop Chop - while also telling the touching story of a young man trying to find his way in the world.

    Chop Chop by Simon Wroe has been shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award 2014. Other shortlisted titles include:
    Academy Street, by Mary Costello - CAFRA
    A Song for Issy Bradley, by Carys Bray - CAFRB
    Elizabeth is Missing, by Emma Healey - CAFRD
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    Tasha Kavanagh
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    Praised by the likes of Sophie Hannah, Nathan Filer and the Independent, Tasha Kavanagh's Costa First Novel Award 2015-shortlisted debut novel Things We Have in Common is one that you will not want to put down.

    A black comedy thriller that comes across as a combination of Sue Townsend and Zoe Heller, it tells the story of Yasmin - a 15-year-old girl who would do anything not only to have a friend, but also to keep one... and what happens when she casts her eyes on her school's most popular girl, Alice Taylor.

    When a man begins to hang around Alice, Yasmin is adamant that he's going to 'steal' her away from him... but does he have secrets of his own?
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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
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    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....