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Anne Tyler

Born in Minnesota on 25 October, 1941, Anne Tyler has written over 20 novels including the Pulitzer Prize-winning Breathing Lessons in 1989. She is also the author of Breathing Lessons and The Accidental Tourist and is influenced by the likes of Jane Austen.

She published short stories in literary journal at the start of her career and after taking a break to have children she started writing again in 1970, which is when she began to gain recognition as a novelist. She now lives in Baltimore, Maryland (where most of her novels are set) and has been a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters since 1983.


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  • Clock Dance

    Anne Tyler

    Product Code: BYGUW
    Paperback
    A Spool of Blue Thread author Anne Tyler's Clock Dance is a bittersweet novel of hope, regret, fulfilment and renewal...

    Willa Drake can count on one hand the defining moments of her life: when she was 11 and her mother disappeared, being proposed to at 21, the accident that would make her a widow at 41.

    At each of these moments, Willa ended up on a path laid out for her by others. So when she receives a phone call telling her that her son's ex-girlfriend has been shot and needs her help, she drops everything and flies across the country...
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  • Noah's Compass

    Anne Tyler

    Product Code: AANIT
    Paperback
    LIam Pennywell has spent most of his life dodgin issues and skirting adventure when suddenly, in his sixty-first year, something happens that jolts him out of his certaint and leaves him with a frightening gap in his memory. In trying to piece together what took place on his first night in a new apartment, Liam finds instead an unusual woman with secrets of her own, and a late-flowering love that brings its own set of thorny problems...
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  • Ladder Of Years

    Anne Tyler

    Product Code: BRMAJ
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    Ladders of Years was chosen as one of the 10 best novels of the year by Time magazine in 1995 and is written by award-winning author, Anne Tyler. This novel would be loved by fans of Jeanette Winterson and Marilynne Robinson.

    One day, Cordelia Grinstead decides to leave her family behind at the beach and has no intention of returning. In just a swimsuit and beach robe, she hitches a ride to a new town where she reinvents herself as a single woman. Piece by piece, she builds a whole new life - but how long will it last before the past catches up with her?
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  • Clock Dance

    Anne Tyler

    Product Code: BQHYS
    Hardback
    Willa Drake can count on one hand the defining moments of her life: when she was eleven and her mother disappeared, being proposed to at twenty-one, the accident that would make her a widow at forty-one. At each of these moments, Willa ended up on a path laid out for her by others. So when she receives a phone call telling her that her son's ex-girlfriend has been shot and needs her help, she drops everything and flies across the country. The spur-of-the moment decision to look after this woman - and her nine-year-old daughter, and her dog - will lead Willa into uncharted territory. Surrounded by new and surprising neighbours, she is plunged into the rituals that make a community, and takes pleasure in the most unexpected things. A bittersweet novel of hope and regret, fulfilment and renewal, Clock Dance brings us the everyday life of a woman who decides it's never too late to change direction, and choose your own path. 'She is and always will be my favourite author' Liane Moriarty
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  • Vinegar Girl

    Anne Tyler

    Product Code: AXHHJ
    Paperback
    The hilarious new novel from the bestselling author of A Spool of Blue Thread "A thoroughly modern love story." (Guardian, Books of the Year Kate Battista is stuck). How did she end up running house and home for her eccentric scientist father and infuriating younger sister Bunny? Dr Battista has other problems. His brilliant young lab assistant, Pyotr, is about to be deported. And without Pyotr, his new scientific breakthrough will fall through...When Dr Battista cooks up an outrageous plan that will enable Pyotr to stay in the country, he's relying - as usual - on Kate to help him. Will Kate be able to resist the two men's touchingly ludicrous campaign to win her round? Anne Tyler's brilliant retelling of The Taming of the Shrew asks whether a thoroughly modern woman like Kate would ever sacrifice herself for a man. The answer is as surprising as Kate herself.
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  • A Spool of Blue Thread

    Anne Tyler

    Product Code: AOONI
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    The Sunday Times Bestseller. Shortlisted for the Baileys Women's Fiction Prize. 'It was a beautiful, breezy, yellow-and-green afternoon...' This is the way Abby Whitshank always begins the story of how she and Red fell in love that summer's day in 1959. The whole family on the porch, half-listening as their mother tells the same tale they have heard so many times before. From that porch we spool back through the generations, witnessing the events, secrets and unguarded moments that have come to define the family. From Red's father and mother, newly arrived in Baltimore in the 1920s, to Abby and Red's grandchildren carrying the family legacy boisterously into the twenty-first century - four generations of Whitshanks, their lives unfolding in and around the sprawling, lovingly worn Baltimore house that has always been their home..."One of my favourite authors." (Liane Moriarty). "She spins gold." (Elizabeth Buchan). "Anne Tyler has no peer." (Anita Shreve). "Anne Tyler is one of my favourite writers and this is a delicious book." (Rachel Joyce).
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  • Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant

    Anne Tyler

    Product Code: AGOLZ
    Paperback
    This title features with a new introduction by the author. When Pearl Tull's husband, Beck, abandons her she pours her energies into preserving normality. Only gradually do her three children realise their father is gone for good. Now, as Pearl lies on her deathbed, the impact of Beck's abrupt departure unspools: on Cody who can't overcome his anger, on mild Ezra who must always keep the peace, and on bright, errant Jenny. And so the secrets, memories and anguish of the Tull family begin to surface.
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  • The Beginner's Goodbye

    Anne Tyler

    Product Code: AFUGL
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    When Dorothy came back from the dead, it seemed to Aaron that some people simply didn't notice. The accident that killed Dorothy - involving an oak tree, a sun porch and some elusive biscuits - leaves Aaron bereft and the house a wreck. As those around him fuss and flap and bring him casserole after casserole, Aaron ploughs on. But then Dorothy starts to materialize in the oddest places. At first, she only comes for a short while, leaving Aaron longing for more. Gradually she stays for longer, and as they talk, they also bicker and the cracks that were present in their perfectly ordinary marriage start to reappear...
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  • Digging to America

    Anne Tyler

    Product Code: AACRU
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    Friday August 15th, 1997 - The night the girls arrived, two tiny Korean babies are delivered to Baltimore to two families who have no more in common than this. First there are the Donaldsons, decent Brad and homespun, tenacious Bitsy (with her 'more organic than thou' airs, who believes fervently that life can always be improved), two full sets of grandparents and a host of big-boned, confident relatives, taking delivery with characteristic American razzmatazz. Then there are the Yazdans, pretty, nervous Ziba (her family 'only one generation removed from the bazaar') and carefully assimilated Sami, with his elegant, elusive Iranian-born widowed mother Maryam, the grandmother-to-be, receiving their little bundle with wondering discretion. Every year, on the anniversary of 'Arrival Day' their two extended families celebrate together, with more and more elaborately competitive parties, as tiny, delicate Susan, wholesome, stocky Jin-ho and, later, her new little sister Xiu-Mei, take roots, become American. While Maryam, the optimistic pessimist, confident that if things go wrong - as well they may - she will manage as she has before, contrarily preserves her 'outsider' status, as if to prove that, despite her passport, she is only a guest in this bewildering country. Full of achingly hilarious moments and toe-curling misunderstandings, "Digging to America" is a novel with a deceptively small domestic canvas, and subtly large themes - it's about belonging and otherness, about insiders and outsiders, pride and prejudice, young love and unexpected old love, families and the impossibility of ever getting it right, about striving for connection and goodness against all the odds. And the end catches you by the throat, ambushes your emotions when you least expect it, as only Tyler can.
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  • The Accidental Tourist

    Anne Tyler

    Product Code: AACPR
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    How does a man addicted to routine - a man who flosses his teeth before love-making - cope with the chaos of everyday life? With the loss of his son, the departure of his wife and the arrival of Muriel, a dog trainer from the Meow-Bow dog clinic, Macon's attempts at ordinary life are tragically and comically undone.
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