‘Part who dunnit, part coming of age, this is a gripping debut about the secrets behind every door’ RACHEL JOYCE‘A very special book’ NATHAN FILER‘An utter delight’ SARAH WINMAN‘ A delight’ PAULA HAWKINS‘A treasure chest of a novel’ JULIE COHEN‘One of the standout novels of the year’ HANNAH BECKERMAN‘I didnt want the book to end’ CARYS BRAY‘An excellent debut’ JAMES HANNAH‘Grace and Tilly are my new heroes’ KATE HAMER‘A wonderful debut’ JILL MANSELL‘A modern classic in the making’ SARAH HILARY‘A stunning debut’ KATIE FFORDE ‘Phenomenal’ MIRANDA DICKINSON England,1976.Mrs Creasy is missing and The Avenue is alive with whispers. As the summer shimmers endlessly on, ten-year-old Grace and Tilly decide to take matters into their own hands.And as the cul-de-sac starts giving
Item Code: BF0162
When his uncle dies, Liam Taggart reluctantly returns to his childhood home in Northern Ireland for the funeral—a home he left years ago after a bitter confrontation with his family, never to look back. But when he arrives, Liam learns that not only was his uncle shot to death, but that he’d anticipated his own murder: In an astonishing last will and testament, Uncle Fergus has left his entire estate to a secret trust, directing that no distributions be made to any person until the killer is found. Did Fergus know, but refuse to name, his killer Was this a crime of revenge, a vendetta leftover from Northern Ireland’s bloody sectarian war After all, the Taggarts were deeply involved in the IRA. Or is it possible that the killer is a family member seeking Fergus’s estate Otherwise, why postpone distributions to the heirs Most menacingly, does the killer now have his sights on other family members As his investigation draws Liam farther and farther into the past he has abandoned, he realizes he is forced to reopen doors long ago shut and locked. Now, accepting the appointment as sole trustee of the Fergus Taggart Trust, Liam realizes he has stepped into the center of a firestorm.
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There are three things you should know about Elsie.The first thing is that she’s my best friend.The second is that she always knows what to say to make me feel better.And the third thing might take a little bit more explaining.84-year-old Florence has fallen in her flat at Cherry Tree Home for the Elderly. As she waits to be rescued, Florence wonders if a terrible secret from her past is about to come to light; and, if the charming new resident is who he claims to be, why does he look exactly a man who died sixty years agoFrom the author of THE TROUBLE WITH GOATS AND SHEEP, this book will teach you many things, but here are three of them:1) The fine threads of humanity will connect us all forever.2) There is so very much more to anyone than the worst thing they have ever done.3) Even the smallest life can leave the loudest echo.
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THE MAGNIFICENT NEW NOVEL BY BESTSELLING AWARD-WINNING KATE ATKINSON‘Think of it as an adventure, Perry had said right at the beginning of all this.And it had seemed like one. A bit of a lark, she had thought. A Girls Own adventure.’In 1940, eighteen- year old Juliet Armstrong is reluctantly recruited into the world of espionage. Sent to an obscure department of MI5 tasked with monitoring the comings and goings of British Fascist sympathizers, she discovers the work to be by turns both tedious and terrifying. But after the war has ended, she presumes the events of those years have been relegated to the past for ever.Ten years later, now a producer at the BBC, Juliet is unexpectedly confronted by figures from her past. A different war is being fought now, on a different battleground, but Juliet finds herself once more under threat. A bill of reckoning is due, and she finally begins to realize that there is no action without consequence.Transcription is a work of rare depth and texture, a bravura modern novel of extraordinary power, wit and empathy. It
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In 1920 skilder Paul Klee die olieverf-skildery, Angelus Novus. In 1940 vertolk Walter Benjamin in sy geskrif, ber den Begriff der Geschichte, dat dt is hoe die engel van die geskiedenis moet lyk: met oopgesperde vlerke, op die punt om weg te vlieg, kyk hy om. Hy sien ‘n katastrofiese verlede, wil terug, die wrakstukke wat hy daar sien opruim, maar ‘n storm uit die paradys het hom aan die vlerke beet, waai hom genadeloos die toekoms in.In die eerste gedeelte van Tweespoor word ‘n spesifieke suider-afrikaanse verlede ontgin, en in die tweede ‘n stormagtige eietydse werklikheid. Benewens dié twee spore waarop die bundel kortprosa loop, veroorsaak die geskiedenis wat ingesement in die psiges van karakters lê, en die opsies wat die hede bied, ‘n turbulensie wat mense in twee rye spore laat loop. Besonder elegant is die delikate manier waarop die skrywer suggestie hanteer. Dit is die vermoë om ’n verwikkelde, geloofwaardige teks te produseer wat tegelykertyd (’n karakter se geestelike herstel of weerstandige berusting), nie net bevestig nie, maar ook ondermyn, wat hierdie verhale onderskei, skryf Louis Esterhuysen oor Tweespoor.OOR DIE OUTEURHelena Gunter het op ’n plaas naby die mond van die Breërivier grootgeword en skoolgegaan in Heidelberg. Ná haar studies was sy jare lank ’n onderwyser in die Strand, Bellville en Stellenbosch. Haar debuutbundel Op ’n plaas in Afrika is in 2008 met die Eugène Marais-prys bekroon en beskryf as ’n draaipunt in die Afrikaanse kortverhaal.
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The new novel from the number one bestselling author of Cold Mountain – astunning portrait of the devastation left by the American Civil War, as seenthrough the eyes of a woman who played a part at the heart of it.With her marriage prospects ruined in the wake of her fathers financial decline, teenageVarina Howell decides her best option is to wed the much-older widower Jefferson Davis,with whom she expects a life of security as a Mississippi landowner. When he insteadpursues a career in politics and is appointed President of the C onfederacy, it puts Varinaat the white-hot centre of one of the darkest moments in American history – culpableregardless of her intentions.As the C onfederacy prepares to surrender and she finds herself friendless and alone,Varina and her children escape Richmond. With her marriage in tatters and the countrydivided, they travel south, now fugitives with bounties on their heads, an entire nation inpursuit.
Softcover, 608 pages, 234 x 153 mm
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In a narrative as mysterious as memory itself – at once both shadowed and luminous – Warlight is a vivid, thrilling novel of violence and love, intrigue and desire.It is 1945, and London is still reeling from the Blitz and years of war. 14-year-old Nathaniel and his sister,Rachel, are apparently abandoned by their parents,left in the care of an enigmatic figure named The Moth. They suspect he might be a criminal,and grow both more convinced and less concerned as they get to know his eccentric crew of friends.A dozen years later, Nathaniel begins to uncover all he didn’t know or understand in that time, and it is this journey – through reality, recollection, and imagination – that is told in this magnificent novel.
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Hana and her little sister Emi are part of an island community of haenyeo, women who make their living from diving deep into the sea off the southernmost tip of Korea. One day Hana sees a Japanese soldier heading for where Emi is guarding the days catch on the beach. Her mother has told her again and again never to be caught alone with one. Terrified for her sister, Hana swims as hard as she can for the shore. So begins the story of two sisters suddenly and violently separated by war. Switch-backing between Hana in 1943 and Emi as an old woman today, White Chrysanthemum takes us into a dark and devastating corner of history. But pulling us back into the light are two women whose love for one another is strong enough to triumph over the evils of war.
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The Malabar coast is full of dangers: greedy tradesmen, fearless pirates, and men full of vengeance. But for a Courtney, the greatest danger might just be his own family…
Francis Courtney flees the comfort of his grand country estate, when his stepfathers gambling debts leave him penniless and in grave danger. He travels to South Africa with revenge and fortune on his mind: his uncle Tom Courtney killed his father, and he plans on repaying the debt and making his fortune in the process. However, upon his arrival in Cape Town, he finds his whole world upturned…Christopher Courtney sets out to make his own way in the world, giving up his privileged position as the son of the Governor of Bombay. The perils and betrayals that play out on his journey carve a fierce warrior out of him, but they also harden his soul and lead him to more violence and treachery. As the lives of the Courtney men intertwine, the sins of the fathers will forever change the lives of a younger generation. On the perilous waters of the Arabian Sea, the fates of men will intertwine
Product Code: 111750
Anita Shreve’s career catapulted when Oprah Winfrey recommended Shreve’s 1998 novel, The Pilot’s Wife, to her television book club. I have been a devotee ever since, which is why I was delighted that her latest offering, The Stars are Fire, didn’t disappoint. Set in the late 1940s against the backdrop of the monumentally destructive Maine fires, a young wife is disillusioned with her husband and marriage, and then fire intervenes. While Grace, the protagonist, is left alone with her children, her husband joins the volunteer firefighters, but she proves that adversity is the mother of invention and she is braver and stronger than she ever could have imagined. Shreve has skilfully juxtaposed the destruction of a state with the portrait of a bad marriage. The result is an evocative re-creation of post-war, pre-feminist American society. The Stars are Fire is the perfect weekend indulgence, and it’s the kind of book you won’t easily forget.
Softcover, 256 pages, 234 x 153 mm
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Despite their differences, Erika and Clementine have been best friends since they were children. So when Erika needs help, Clementine should be the obvious person to turn to. Or so you’d think.
For Clementine, as a mother of a two desperately trying to practise for the audition of a lifetime, the last thing she needs is Erika asking for something, again.
But the barbecue should be the perfect way to forget their problems for a while. Especially when their hosts, Vid and Tiffany, are only too happy to distract them.
Which is how it all spirals out of control…
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How to tell a shattered story By slowly becoming everybody. No. By slowly becoming everything.
In a city graveyard, a resident unrolls a threadbare Persian carpet between two graves.
On a concrete sidewalk, a baby appears quite suddenly, a little after midnight, in a crib of litter.
In a snowy valley, a father writes to his five-year-old daughter about the number of people that attended her funeral.
And in the Jannat Guest House, two people who’ve known each other all their lives sleep with their arms wrapped around one another as though they have only just met.
Here is a cast of unforgettable characters caught up in the tide of history. Told with a whisper, with a shout, with tears and with laughter, it is a love story and a provocation. Its heroes, present and departed, human and animal, have been broken by the world we live in and then mended by love – and for this reason, they will never surrender.
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The lives of four remarkable women intersect in the year 70 AD, in the desperate days of the siege of Masada, when supplies are dwindling and the Romans are drawing near. lsquo;Perhaps it is possible to discover more in silence than in speech. Or perhaps it is only that those who are silent among us learn to listen.’
Softcover, 512 pages, 154 x 234 mm
Product Code: 107830
Trudy has betrayed her husband, John. Shes still in the marital home – a dilapidated, priceless London townhouse – but not with John. Instead, shes with his brother, the profoundly banal Claude, and the two of them have a plan. But there is a witness to their plot: the inquisitive, nine-month-old resident of Trudys womb. Told from a perspective unlike any other, Nutshell is a classic tale of murder and deceit from one of the worlds master storyteller
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When Ben Toroa and another gang member force their way into Carla Reid’s home, their lives are radically changed. Carla sat back, allowing the evening to wash over her and packing her disappointment away carefully. Jack had been gone only a handful of months and already she missed sharing in his world, an intimacy she imagined his new girlfriend now enjoyed.
Softcover, 320 pages, 129 x 198 mm
Product Code: 107870
Na sy pa se dood moet Gilbert wegkom – weg van sy kleindorpse bestaan. Hy gaan dus op reis, deur die Karoo, Kaap toe… Dreyer is die Eugene Marais-prys toegeken vir sy roman Stinkafrikaners.
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Die debuutpryswenner in NBUitgewers se Groot Romanwedstryd 2015. Juffrou Berdina Visagie, argivaris van die Bredasdorp Skeepswrakmuseum, besluit om ’n skaalmodel van die dorpie Skipskop te bou. Nou word sy aangekla van pligsversuim, wanbesteding, allerlei. Maar sy is ’n deeglike amptenaar, en sy het haar verdediging gereed: Skipskop is belangrik, Meneer die Voorsitter, en sy wat Juff rou Visagie is, gaan seker maak dit word onthou.
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Soos ’n welkome bui reën oor ’n dor stuk platteland – so word Johan Kruger se nuutste roman, Die formidabele Ling Ho, beskryf. Wanneer kansvatter van formaat Willem Landman sy swart snor opplak en sy satynskoene met die klokkies op die punte aantrek, is hy Ling Ho: opperste towenaar en showman. Van skoolsaal na kerksaal na landbousaal reis Willem, sy assistent en sy kat in hul bakkie, gevolg deur ’n karavaan, gevolg deur ’n Ventertjie, oor die grasvelde van Mpumalanga. Dit is hier waar hierdie klein bende vir Evie en Noah raakloop. In hul biblioteekwa bring dié gedemoveerde bibliotekaresse en die drywer van die Travelling Library die geskrewe woord na die mense. Tussen Evie en Willem is daar ’n vonkie, maar daar is ook onweer in die lug. Hoe sal die storie ontvou
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1944, Germany. Ernst Beck’s new job is to annotate plans for new crematoria destined for the concentration camps. Ernst has a terrible choice to make: turning a blind eye will keep him and his wife safe, but that’s little comfort if staying silent amounts to collusion in the deaths of thousands.
Softcover, 400 pages, 221 x 153 mm
Product Code: 107810
The New York Times best-selling author has written a provocative and compelling story, which shows great emotional insight. Sharp writing and unforgettable characters are brilliantly combined to tell the story of three sisters whose once-close bond is almost entirely destroyed by jealousy, betrayal and passion.
Produk Kode: 107760
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