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    1356

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    Bernard Cornwell, the “master of martial fiction” (Booklist), brings Thomas of Hookton from the popular Grail Quest series into a new adventure in 1356, a thrilling stand-alone novel. On September 19, 1356, a heavily outnumbered English army faced off against the French in the historic Battle of Poitiers. In 1356, Cornwell resurrects this dramatic and bloody struggle—one that would turn out to be the most decisive and improbable victory of the Hundred Years’ War, a clash where the underdog English not only the captured the strategic site of Poitiers, but the French King John II as well. In the vein of Cornwell’s bestselling Agincourt1356 is an action-packed story of danger and conquest, rich with military strategy and remarkable characters—both villainous and heroic—transporting readers to the front lines of war while painting a vivid picture of courage, treachery, and combat.

    Reference: https://www.harpercollins.com/9780062223258/1356/

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    A Gift for My Sister

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    From the author of The Christmas Cookie Club, a touching novel about two sisters struggling to understand the meaning of family.

    Ann Pearlman’s The Christmas Cookie Club enthralled readers everywhere with a heartwarming and touching story about the power of female friendship.

    Now, in A Gift for My Sister, she once again explores the depth of the human heart, and this time it’s through the eyes of two sisters. Tara and Sky share a mother, but aside from that they seem to differ in almost every way. When a series of tragedies strikes, they must somehow come together in the face of heartbreak, dashed hopes, and demons of the past. The journey they embark on forces each woman to take a walk in the other’s shoes and examine what sisterhood really means to them. It’s a long road to understanding, and everyone who knows them hopes these two sisters can find a way back to one another.

    Reference: https://www.simonandschuster.com/books/A-Gift-for-My-Sister/Ann-Pearlman/9781439159507

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    Belshazzars Daughter

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    This fantastic debut novel by Barbara Nadel is compellingly atmospheric and has been highly praised: ‘Exciting, accomplished and original’ Literary Review

    Leonid Meyer is found murdered in his flat in Balat, Istanbul’s decrepit Jewish quarter, a swastika daubed on the wall in the old man’s blood. But Inspector Cetin Ikmen is quick to eschew the obvious conclusion that this is a racist attack. The evidence leads Ikmen and his young lieutenant, Suleyman, to two people: Robert Cornelius, a teacher observed outside Meyer’s flat shortly after the murder, and a retired businessman, Reinhold Smits, known to have had Nazi sympathies. But another link connects these two: a ninety-year-old Russian migr , Maria Gulcu, a widow who thinks she possesses a secret worth killing for…

     

    Reference: https://www.hachette.com.au/barbara-nadel/belshazzars-daughter-inspector-ikmen-mystery-1-a-compelling-crime-thriller-not-to-be-missed

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    Black Water Rising

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    Attica Locke—a writer and producer of FOX’s Empire—delivers an engrossing, complex, and cinematic thriller about crime and racial justice

    Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist (Mystery/Thriller)

    Edgar Award Nominee (Best First Novel)

    The Orange Prize for Fiction (Shortlist)

    “A near-perfect balance of trenchant social commentary, rich characterizations, and action-oriented plot…. Attica Locke [is] a writer wise beyond her years. Los Angeles Times

    “Atmospheric… deeply nuanced… akin to George Pelecanos or Dennis Lehane….  Subtle and compelling. New York Times

    Reference: https://www.harpercollins.com/9780061735851/black-water-rising/

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    Fugitive Pieces

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    A beautiful new limited edition paperback of Fugitive Pieces, published as part of the Bloomsbury Modern Classics list

    Athos and I stood together on deck and looked across the water at the bright city. From this distance, no one would guess the turmoil that had torn apart Greece … The sea began to darken, and Athens, glowing in the distance, seemed to float on the horizon like a bright ship.

    Jakob Beer is seven years old when he is rescued from the ruins of a buried village in Nazi-occupied Poland. He is the only one of his family to have survived the invasion. Adopted by his saviour, the Greek geologist Athos, Jakob must steel himself to excavate the horrors of his own history.

    A novel of astounding beauty and wisdom, Fugitive Pieces is a profound meditation on the resilience of the human spirit and love’s ability to restore even the most damaged of hearts.

     

    Reference: https://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/fugitive-pieces-9781408891353/
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    House of Echoes

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    When Joss, an adopted child, discovers that her real mother has left the beautiful family home, Belheddon Hall, to her, she is thrilled, until she discovers that the Hall is haunted by a presence which will not tolerate husbands or sons living in the house.

    Joss Grant is eager to begin a new life when she inherits Belheddon Hall. She brings her husband, Luke, and their small son, Tom, to the dilapidated house, and sets about discovering her family roots.

    But not long after they move in, Tom wakes screaming at night. Joss hears echoing voices and senses an invisible presence watching her from the shadows. Are they spirits from the past? As she learns, with mounting horror, of Belheddon’s tragic history, she realises that both her family and her own sanity are at the mercy of a violent and powerful energy that seems beyond anyone’s control.

    Reference: https://www.harpercollins.com.au/9780007320943/

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    My Sweet Valentine

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    An emotional portrayal of the lives of four women as Valentine’s day approaches, in 1941 wartime London

    ‘Life brought enough problems and upsets for young hearts, especially young female hearts, without them having to carry the added burden of the war…’

    Tilly is passionately in love with the dashing American journalist, Drew. But he is harbouring a secret that threatens their burgeoning love. At the same time, Dulcie’s brother Rick walks back into her life, the man who she longed for all those years ago…

    Agnes is comforted by the loving arms of her caring train driver fiancé Ted. And Sally could not be happier with her talented surgeon boyfriend at her side, especially since he’s risked his life to visit her at the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve.

    For Tilly’s mother, Olive, the cold heart that had been frozen since her partner died, is beginning to thaw. But the man she pines for is betrothed to another. The net curtains on the well-to-do Article Row have been twitching, and prying eyes have seen the way she’s been looking at Sergeant Dawson…

    When the clock strikes midnight at the Hammersmith Palais, three couples stare deeply into their lovers’ eyes. The confident and stunningly beautiful East Ender, Dulcie, is left alone once more, abandoned by her boyfriend at this most precious of precious moments.

    But the women of No. 13 Article Row know that joy is short lived in the London of 1941. It’s a treacherous place, especially for the tender-hearted. As Valentine’s Day approaches, the perils of war threaten life as they know it and all matters of the heart.

     

    Reference: https://www.harpercollins.com/9780007419401/my-sweet-valentine/

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    On The Edge Of Darkness

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    Stunning repackage of the story of a woman trapped in the wrong time. Abandoned by her twentieth century lover, she plots a terrible revenge on him and his family.

    Adam Craig is fourteen when he meets Brid near an isolated Celtic stone in the wild Scottish Highlands – he is fascinated by her exotic, gypsy-like dress and strange attitudes. They become friends, and, in time, passionate lovers. She leads him, unsuspecting, into the sixth century, where she has mastered the ancient mysteries and dangerous magic of the Druids.

    In her obsession with Adam, Brid is seen as a traitor by her people, only escaping death by following Adam to Edinburgh, when he leaves home to study medicine.

    As the years pass he makes new friends and finds new love. But Brid is consumed by jealousy and haunts him like an evil shadow, until, fifty years on, Adam’s granddaughter helps him discover the secret that will free them from the terror of Brid’s curse.

    Reference: https://www.harpercollins.com.au/9780007288656/on-the-edge-of-darkness/

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    Once in a House on Fire

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    With an introduction by Eimear McBride

    A devastatingly powerful, moving and uplifting memoir – now a classic of its genre – that inspired others to tell their own true-life stories.

    When our stepfather staggered home reeking of whiskey, ceramic hit the wall. We got used to the smash and the next-day stain, but eventually the wallpaper began to fade . . .

    For Andrea Ashworth, home is not a place of comfort and solace, but of violence and fear. Her father died when she was five, leaving her close-knit, loving family to battle with poverty, abuse and the long shadow of depression. But from the ashes of 1970s Manchester and the hardships of her coming-of-age in the late 1980s, Andrea finds the courage to rise . . .

    Written with eye-opening honesty, rare beauty and intense power, Once in a House on Fire is a ground-breaking memoir, endearing in its humour and compassion, and life-affirming in its portrait of terrible circumstances triumphantly overcome.

    This is a brilliant book. Brilliantly written, brilliantly thought, brilliantly remembered . . . Ashworth has written an extraordinary memoir; the only pity is that she had to live it to make it

    Scotsman

    Enchanting and thrilling . . . As a chronicle of northern working-class life in the seventies and eighties . . . it would be hard to better this book. It is extremely moving . . . It is also at time surprisingly, and gratifyingly, very funny

    Tim Lott – The Times

    Full of energy, wit and a child’s wide-open gaze . . . Andrea Ashworth escaped the fire to write a remarkable book

    Blake Morrison – Independent on Sunday

     

    Reference: https://www.panmacmillan.com/authors/andrea-ashworth/once-in-a-house-on-fire/9781447275121

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    Our Mary Ann

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    She thought the worst was behind her . . .

    Life is tough in Lancashire in 1905 – and especially so for fifteen-year-old Mary Ann, who was born out of wedlock. When her new stepfather begins to abuse her, Mary Ann doesn’t know how much more she can take – until the worst happens and she is sent away to bear his child. After the birth, she manages to escape to Blackpool with the help of her new friend Gabriel.

    Years later, the Great War brings Mary Ann many new opportunities, and brings Gabriel back into her life – but circumstances mean they can never be together. When her mother dies, Mary Ann decides it’s finally time to return to Lancashire and uncover the secrets of her past. But an unknown danger threatens both her and the child she thought she’d lost forever . . .

    Will history repeat itself – or will Mary Ann’s courage win her the happiness she deserves?

    Reference: https://www.hodder.co.uk/titles/anna-jacobs/our-mary-ann/9780340821343/

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    The White Tiger

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    WINNER OF THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE

    WINNER OF THE GALAXY BRITISH BOOK AWARDS ‘AUTHOR OF THE YEAR

    A stunning literary debut critics have likened to Richard Wright’s Native SonThe White Tiger follows a darkly comic Bangalore driver through the poverty and corruption of modern India’s caste society. “This is the authentic voice of the Third World, like you’ve never heard it before” (John Burdett, Bangkok 8).

    The white tiger of this novel is Balram Halwai, a poor Indian villager whose great ambition leads him to the zenith of Indian business culture, the world of the Bangalore entrepreneur. On the occasion of the president of China’s impending trip to Bangalore, Balram writes a letter to him describing his transformation and his experience as driver and servant to a wealthy Indian family, which he thinks exemplifies the contradictions and complications of Indian society.

    Recalling The Death of Vishnu and Bangkok 8 in ambition, scope, The White Tiger is narrative genius with a mischief and personality all its own. Amoral, irreverent, deeply endearing, and utterly contemporary, this novel is an international publishing sensation—and a startling, provocative debut.

    Reference: https://atlantic-books.co.uk/book/the-white-tiger/

    https://www.amazon.com/White-Tiger-Novel-Aravind-Adiga/dp/1416562605

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    Whispers In The Sand

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    From the bestselling author of Lady of Hay comes Whispers in the Sand, set in richly mysterious Egypt, where past and present collide.

    Recently divorced Anna Fox decides to cheer herself up by retracing a journey her great grandmother Louisa made in the mid-nineteenth century – a Nile cruise from Luxor to Aswan. Anna carries with her two of Louisa’s possessions: an ancient Egyptian scent bottle and an illustrated diary of the original cruise that has lain unread for over a hundred years.

    As she follows in Louisa’s footsteps, Anna discovers in the diary a wonderful Victorian love story – and the chilling secret of the little glass bottle. Meanwhile two men from the tour party develop an unfriendly rivalry for her attention, while showing a disturbing interest in Louisa’s mementoes. Most frightening of all, Anna finds herself the victim of a spectral presence that grows in strength and threat as the dramatic stories from three different eras intertwine in a terrifying climax.

    Reference: https://www.harpercollins.com.au/9780007288649/

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