By turns savvy, witty and achingly sad, this is a novelist at the top of his game. Mail on Sunday Forced to flee the scandal brewing in her hometown, Catherine Goggin finds herselfpregnant and alone, in search of a new life at just sixteen. She knows she has no choice but to believe that the nun she entrusts her child to will find him a better life. Cyril Avery is not a real Avery, or so his parents are constantly reminding him. Adoptedas a baby, he’s never quite felt at home with the family that treats him more as a curious pet than a son. But it is all he has ever known. And so begins one man’s desperate search to find his place in the world. Unspooling and unseeing, Cyril is a misguided, heart-breaking, heartbroken fool. Buffeted by the harsh winds of circumstance towards the one thing that might save him from himself, but when opportunity knocks, will he have the courage, finally, take it
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On the side of the road, two boys are walking, holding hands. The smaller,barefoot one does not speak. The words are there in Zuko’s head but they arestuck somewhere between his thoughts and his mouth. He sees patterns, though,all around him – in the clouds, the stones, the arch of the sun. He hums the sun’ssound, his fingers painting pathways in the air. Some say he is cursed, othersbelieve he is magical.To Ash, Zuko is his little brother, all he has left in the world. He has notheard of autism. The older boy is a teenager who has seen more than most hisage. Ash stood beside their mother when she buried their sister. Then, when hismother also succumbed to illness, he dug her grave alone. Now he is leading hisbrother to the city to find their father.As the two traverse the land, they are forced to eat what they find and sleepunder the stars. And Ash keeps wondering: Will their father know them Will hetake them in
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THE INVENTION OF WINGS by Sue Monk Kidd was selected as an Oprah Book Club 2.0 pick on December 10, 2013. From the celebrated author of the international bestseller The Secret Life of Bees comes an extraordinary novel about two exceptional women.Sarah Grimk is the middle daughter. The one her mother calls difficult and her father calls remarkable. On Sarah’s eleventh birthday, Hetty ‘Handful’ Grimk is taken from the slave quarters she shares with her mother, wrapped in lavender ribbons, and presented to Sarah as a gift. Sarah knows what she does next will unleash a world of trouble. She also knows that she cannot accept. And so, indeed, the trouble begins …A powerful, sweeping novel, inspired by real events, and set in the American Deep South in the nineteenth century, THE INVENTION OF WINGS evokes a world of shocking contrasts, of beauty and ugliness, of righteous people living daily with cruelty they fail to recognise; and celebrates the power of friendship and sisterhood against all the odds.
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Rosanna Menici and Roberto Rossini’s destinies are bound together by their talents as opera singers and by their enduring but obsessive love for each other. An unforgettable tale of love and betrayal.
Softcover, 608 pages, 198 x 131 mm
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The first book I read in 2017 – and if another as good comes along in the next 12 months, Ill eat my special gold reviewing spectacles Daily Mail Meet the Keeper of Lost Things…Once a celebrated author of short stories now in his twilight years, Anthony Peardew has spent half his life collecting lost objects, trying to atone for a promise broken many years before. Realising he is running out of time, he leaves his house and all its lost treasures to his assistant Laura, the one person he can trust to fulfill his legacy and reunite the thousands of objects with their rightful owners.But the final wishes of the Keeper of Lost Things have unforeseen repercussions which trigger a most serendipitous series of encounters…
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Sylvia Blackwell, a young woman in her twenties, moves to East Mole,a quaint market town in middle England, to start a new job asa childrens librarian. But the apparently pleasant town is not all itseems. Sylvia falls in love with an older man – but its her connectionto his precocious young daughter and her neighbours son which willchange her life and put them, the library and her job under threat.How does the library alter the young childrens lives and how do thechildren fare as a result of the books Sylvia introduces them to
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THE LIDO is a joyous and uplifting debut – a testament to kindness and friendship and all those values society must hold dear SARAH WINMAN, author of When God Was a Rabbit and Tin Man Meet Rosemary, 86, and Kate, 26: dreamers, campaigners, outdoor swimmers…Rosemary has lived in Brixton all her life. But now everything she knows is changing – the library where she used to work has closed, the family fruit and veg shop has become a trendy bar, and her beloved husband George is gone.Kate has just moved and feels alone in a city that is too big for her. Shes at the bottom rung of her career as a journalist on a local paper, and is determined to make something of it.So when the local lido is threatened with closure, Kate knows this story could be her chance to shine. And Rosemary knows it is the end of everything for her.Together they are determined to make a stand, to show that the pool is more than just a place to swim – it is the heart of the community. Together they will show the importance of friendship, the value of community, and how ordinary people can protect the things they love.
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After her mother’s death, Emilie de la Martiniéres fi nds a notebook of poems that leads her in search of Sophia, whose love aff air changed the course of her family history.
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After the death of his father, who presided over the island nation of Bangula, Abioseh Gondo reluctantly assumes the mantle of leadership. He finds
himself surrounded by those who seek to sway his judgment.
Softcover, 336 pages, 234 x 153 mm
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One September evening in1785, the merchant JonahHancock is told that hisship has been sold for whatappears to be a mermaid.Its arrival spins him out ofhis ordinary existence andthrough the doors of high society. At an opulentparty, he makes the acquaintance of Angelica Neal,the most desirable woman he has ever laid eyeson. This meeting will steer both their lives ontoa dangerous new course, on which they will learnthat priceless things come at the greatest cost.Will they be able to escape the destructivepower mermaids are said to possess.
Softcover, 496 pages, 253 x 158 mm
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The only storyWould you rather love the more, and suffer the more; or love the less, and suffer the less That is, I think, finally, the only real question.First love has lifelong consequences, but Paul doesn’t know anything about that at nineteen. At nineteen, he’s proud of the fact his relationship flies in the face of socialconvention. As he grows older, the demands placed on Paul by love become far greater than he could possibly have foreseen. Tender and profound, The Only Story is an achingly beautiful novel by one of fiction’s greatest mappers of the human heart.
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Masha is drowning.Once a spirited, independent woman with a rebellious streak, her life has been forever changed by a tragic event twelve years ago.Unable to let go of her grief, she finds solace in the silent company of the souls of her local Victorian cemetery and at the towns lido, where she seeks refuge underwater – safe from the noise and the pain.But a chance encounter with two extraordinary women – the fabulous and wise Kitty Muriel, a convent girl-turned-magicians wife-turned-seventy-something-roller-disco fanatic,and the mysterious Sally Red Shoes, a bag lady with a prodigious voice – opens up a new world of possibilities, and the chance to start living again.Until the fateful day when the past comes roaring back.
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Following the death of her father, CeCe D’Aplièse decides to ﬂ ee England and discover her past. This book is the fourth in the ever-popular Seven Sisters series.
Softcover, 704 pages, 234 x 153 mm
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Nathan Price, a fierce, evangelical Baptist, takes his family and mission to the Belgian Congo in 1959. They carry with them everything they believe they will need from home, but soon find that all of it – from garden seeds to Scripture – is calamitously transformed on African soil… This new edition for 2017 features a cover design by award-winning fashion designer Tina Lobondi.
Softcover, 640 pages, 198 x 129 mm
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Filled with heartbreak and betrayal, triumph and fulfillment, The Right Time by Danielle Steel is an intimate, richly rewarding novel about pursuing ones passion and succeeding beyond ones wildest dreams.Abandoned by her mother at age seven, Alexandra Winslow takes solace in the mysteries she reads with her devoted father and soon she is writing them herself, slowly graduating to dark, complex crime stories that reflect skill,imagination and talent far beyond her years. After her father’s untimely death,at fourteen Alex is taken in by the nuns of a local convent, where she finds twenty-six mothers to take the place of the one she lost, and the time and encouragement to pursue her gift.Alex writes in every spare moment, gripped by the plots, themes and characters that fill her mind. Midway through college, she has finished a novel –and manages to find an agent, then a publisher. But as Alexandra Winslow climbs the ladder of publishing success, she resolutely adheres to her fathers caution: men only read crime thrillers written by men. Consequently she publishes under the pseudonym Alexander Green, her true identity known only to those closest to her, creating an isolating double life.Her secret life as the mysterious and brilliantly successful Alexander Green –and her own life as a talented young woman – exposes her to the envious, the arrogant, and the Hollywood players who have no idea who she really is. The right time to open up always seems just out of reach, and would cost her dearly. Once her double life and fame are established, the price of the truth is always too high.
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A gripping mystery with a heart-breaking revelation, The Secrets Between Us is a sublimely satisfying story of lost love, betrayal and the dangers of war.Perfect for fans of Kate Mortons The Lake House and Dinah Jeffries Before the Rains.High in the mountains in the South of France, eighteen-year-old Ceci Corvin is trying hard to carry on as normal. But in 1943, there is no such thing as normal; especially not for a young woman in love with the wrong person. Scandal, it would seem, can be more dangerous than war.Fifty years later, Annie is looking for her long-lost grandmother. Armed with nothing more than a sheaf of papers, she travels from England to Paris in pursuit of the truth. But as she traces her grandmother’s story, Annie uncovers something she wasn’t expecting, something that changes everything she knew about her family – and everything she thought she knew about herself
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Susan Svendsen has an unusual talent. She is an expert in finding out secrets. People feel compelled to confide in her and unwittingly confess their innermost thoughts. Her whole life, she has exploited this talent, but now her family is in jeopardy and there is a prison sentence hanging over her head.Then Susan gets a timely offer from a former government official: use her power one more time and have all charges dropped. But there are some powerful people determined to stop her.
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Based on the incredible true story of Lale SokolovHeart-breaking – a tale of love and survival amidst the horrors of Auschw itzHuman – the real story behind one of the most potent symbols of the Holocaust -the blue numbers tattooed on prisoners armsInspirational – the very best of humanity in the very w orst of circumstancesUnforgettable – a story untold for over seventy years is finally sharedLife-affirming – one mans determination to survive and live a full life w ith thew oman he lovedFully verified – Lale Sokolovs background and story has been fact-checked againstall available documentary evidenceThe StoryThe Tattooist of Auschwitz is based on the true story of Lale and Gita Sokolov, tw oSlovakian Jew s, w ho survived Auschw itz and eventually made their home inAustralia. In that terrible place, Lale w as given the job of tattooing the prisonersmarked for survival – literally scratching numbers into his fellow victims arms inindelible ink to create w hat w ould become one of the most potent symbols of theHolocaust. Lale used the infinitesimal freedom of movement that this positionaw arded him to exchange jew els and money taken from murdered Jew s for food tokeep others alive. If he had been caught he w ould have been killed; many ow edhim their survival.There have been many books about the Holocaust – and there w ill be many more.W hat makes this one so memorable is Lale Sokolovs incredible zest for life. Heunderstood exactly w hat w as in store for him and his fellow prisoners and he w asdetermined to survive – not just to survive, but to leave the camp w ith his dignityand integrity intact, to live his life to the full. Terrible though this story is, it is also astory of hope and of courage. It is also – almost unbelievably – a love story. W aitingin line to be tattooed, terrified and shaking, w as a young girl. For Lale – a dandy, ajack-the-lad, a bit of a chancer – it w as love at first sight and he determined notonly to survive himself, but to ensure that Gita did, too. His story – their story – w illmake you w eep, but you w ill also find it uplifting. It show s the very best ofhumanity in the very w orst of circumstances.Like many survivors, Lale and Gita told few people their story after the w ar. Theyeventually made their w ay to Australia, w here they raised a son and had asuccessful life. But w hen Gita died, Lale felt he could no longer carry the burden oftheir past alone. He chose to tell his story.
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Cesare is a seventy-seven-year-old widower and cynical troublemaker. Hehas lived his whole life by his own rules and has no intention of changingnow. Aside from an intermittent fling with a nurse called Rossana, hespends his days avoiding the old cat lady next door and screening calls fromhis children.But when the enigmatic Emma moves in next door with her strange andsinister husband, Cesare suspects there is more to their relationship thanmeets the eye. He enlists the other residents to help him investigate andsoon discovers a new and unexpected sense of purpose that leads him torisk everything for a future he had never thought possible.Laced with humour and pathos in equal measure, this is a delightful book tosavour, for young and old alike.
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