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A Much Married Man
Nicholas Coleridge
An amusing satire on modern marriage and the mistakes that are made, all set around a beautiful Elizabethan house and estate and a private London Bank. You can see it all going wrong but not how the problems are resolved....
Format: Hardback - Released: 03/05/2006
Ben Lerner
From the author of the acclaimed debut Leaving the Atocha Station, here is a dazzling new novel of contemporary New York that will draw you into its tentacle-like embrace and make you laugh, think and marvel
Format: Hardback - Released: 31/12/2014
13 rue Therese
Elena Mauli Shapiro
September 2011 eBook of the Month.A magical and wonderfully inventive story about passion. An American in Paris falls in love with two women, one of whom he can only imagine, in...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/09/2011
1Q84 Book 3
Haruki Murakami
Shortlisted for the Galaxy International Author of the Year Award 2011. At the close of Book Two, Aomame and Tengo found themselves in perilous situations, threatened and confused. In this third book, both are pursued by persons and forces they do...
Format: Hardback - Released: 25/10/2011
1Q84 Books 1 and 2
Haruki Murakami
Shortlisted for the Galaxy International Author of the Year Award 2011. Haruki Murakami is an international phenomenon. When Books One and Two of his latest masterpiece, 1Q84 , were published in Japan, a million copies were sold in one month, and...
Format: Hardback - Released: 18/10/2011
2 a.m. at The Cat's Pajamas
Marie-Helene Bertino
A story of lonely people converging on a jazz club, The Cat’s Pajamas, just before Christmas. It is a quirky, feel-good tale, all written in the present tense including the back stories. With lots of short bits of repetition the...
Format: Hardback - Released: 14/08/2014
22 Britannia Road
Amanda Hodgkinson
'Housekeeper or housewife?' the soldier asks Silvana as she and eight-year-old Aurek board the ship that will take them from Poland to England at the end of the war, to Janusz, her husband. But she isn't sure any longer that...
Format: Paperback - Released: 12/02/2011
Diana Evans
Shortlisted for the Whitbread First Novel Award. Wickedly funny and devastatingly moving, 26a is an extraordinary first novel. Part fairytale, part nightmare, it moves from the mundane to the magical, the particular to the universal with exceptional flair and imagination....
Format: Hardback - Released: 31/03/2005
A Bad Character
Deepti Kapoor
A controversial debut for it portrays a young middle-class university student, Idha, destined to follow family traditions, leading a double life. Her aunt (her mother died three year before) is introducing her to various ‘suitable’ young men as the path...
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/08/2014
A Beautiful Truth
Colin McAdam
I find the scenario here immensely sad. I am at heart an animal lover and the idea of families adopting chimps and bringing them up as children is very frightening. For those families to then discard the animals and give...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/05/2014
A Blues for Shindig
Mo Foster
A gritty examination of the underbelly of 1950s Soho. Gangsters, drugs, crime and sex provide the background to this novel set around an illegal drinking den populated by a host of colourful characters. It's certainly a far cry from the...
Format: Paperback (b Format) - Released: 01/06/2006
A Book for All and None
Clare Morgan
June 2011 Debut of the Month. A beautiful, haunting literary debut from an extraordinary new talent who we can see scooping future literary prizes. When you are the Director of the Creative Writing...
Format: Hardback - Released: 02/06/2011
A Book for All and None
Clare Morgan
February 2012 Debut of the Month. A beautiful, haunting literary debut from an extraordinary new talent who we can see scooping future literary prizes. When you are the Director of the Creative Writing...
Format: Paperback - Released: 16/02/2012
A Carnivore's Inquiry
Sabina Murray
A sophisticated serial killer tale spotted with extraordinary asides on cannibalism which are factual and although slowing the plot on occasions, they add to the general feeling of unease which creeps up on you throughout the book. It’s bloody, it’s...
Format: Paperback (b Format) - Released: 26/01/2006
A Change in Altitude
Anita Shreve
Anita Shreve always manages to throw a curve ball into events and change her characters lives irrevocably. A newly married couple find out how little they know about each other while on a Kenyan expedition. Get ready for powerful, emotional...
Format: Paperback - Released: 29/04/2010
A Clockwork Orange
Anthony Burgess
Fifteen-year-old Alex is jailed for his teenage delinquency and the State tries to reform him - but at what cost? Social prophecy? Black comedy? Study of freewill?
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/04/2011
A Clockwork Orange
Anthony Burgess
The fully restored fiftieth anniversary edition foreward by Martin Amis first published by William Heinemann in 1962, A Clockwork Orange is widely acknowledged as one of the most influential books of the twentieth century. This special edition, compiled and edited...
Format: Hardback - Released: 06/09/2012
A Conspiracy of Friends
Alexander McCall Smith
The third novel in McCall's acclaimed series about the colourful inhabitants of Corduroy Mansions, Pimlico. This installment follows the adventures of Oedipus Snark, the nasty Liberal Democrat and his mother Berthea who is writing an unauthorised biography of him, and...
Format: Paperback - Released: 12/04/2012
A Conspiracy of Friends : A Corduroy Mansions Novel
Alexander McCall Smith
May 2011 Book of the Month. The third novel in McCall's acclaimed series about the colourful inhabitants of Corduroy Mansions, Pimlico. This installment follows the adventures of Oedipus Snark, the nasty Liberal Democrat...
Format: Hardback - Released: 19/04/2011
A Cornish Affair
Liz Fenwick
Following on from her bestselling debut, The Cornish House, Liz Fenwick's A Cornish Affair is touched with intrigue and romance, a bewitching, escapist read that is certain to delight readers.
Format: Paperback - Released: 08/05/2014
A Cornish Stranger
Liz Fenwick
A truly lovely, involved, family saga of wartime secrets only coming to the surface as dying ‘Jaunty’ scribbles down her story for her granddaughter to read and better understand her parentage. It is the sort of tale that twists and...
Format: Hardback - Released: 22/05/2014
A Cupboard Full of Coats
Yvvette Edwards
Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2011. Narrated with a distinct and fiery spice, Jinx and Lemon must find their own paths to redemption in this stunning debut novel in which over the course of one weekend they strip away the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 28/04/2011
A Dance to the Music of Time: Spring
Anthony Powell
April 2012 Guest Editor Paul Torday on Dance to the Music of Time... This is a cheat, because this work consists of twelve novels. But they plot the lives of a group of characters as they weave in and out...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/10/1997
A Delicate Truth
John le Carre
John Le Carré redefined spy thrillers when he wrote The Spy Who Came in from the Cold in just three weeks in 1963. Since then he has grown into a true master, whose books strip open truths about how...
Format: Paperback - Released: 10/04/2014
A Drop of the Hard Stuff
Lawrence Block
Riveting, fast-paced and insightful thriller with a wonderful feel for New York. This is the 17th in Matt Scudder series and finds the ex-cop turned Private Investigator, now a sober AA member, taking on the case of the murder of...
Format: Paperback - Released: 13/09/2012
A Fair Maiden: A Dark Novel of Suspense
Joyce Carol Oates
January 2010 Good Housekeeping selection. The interplay between Marcus Kidder and Katya Spivak is powered by dubious intention from the moment of their first encounter. He is a 68-year-old member of the established rich in refined Bayhead Harbor; she is 16,...
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/01/2010
A Family Daughter
Maile Meloy
This is Meloy’s second novel; her first was on a Richard and Judy shortlist that was utterly compelling. The Santerre family once again takes centre stage in this new novel and it certainly does not disappoint. Elegant prose with a...
Format: Hardback - Released: 13/03/2006
A Far Country
Daniel Mason
A Far Country draws you into a world of drought and deprivation where 14 year old Isabel leaves her drought-stricken village to head for the city to live with her cousin, to earn some money and particularly to find her...
Format: Hardback - Released: 16/03/2007
A Fine Balance
Rohinton Mistry
Author shortlisted for the Man Booker International Prize 2011. A 2011 World Book Night selection. Set in mid 1970s India, a subtle and compelling narrative about four unlikely characters who come together in circumstances no one could have foreseen soon after the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 14/10/2006
A Fool's Alphabet
Sebastian Faulks
Presents the events of Pietro Russell's life in 26 chapters. This work presents his memories flickering back and forth through time in his search for a resolution to the conflicts of his life.
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/01/1998
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