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Adele Geras was born in Jerusalem in 1944. Her first book appeared in 1976, since when she has published 80 books for children and young adults. She is the mother of two daughters, and lives with her husband in Manchester.
Love, betrayal and revenge abound in this historical tragedy that unfolds quite brilliantly through the writing of a supremely gifted author of historical fiction.. When two girls fall for the same man - one a queen, the other her serving girl, Elissa knows she is playing with fire, but she can't resist. Queen Dido suspects nothing, until one fateful night when secrets are revealed, hearts are broken and as dawn breaks, a terrible tragedy unfolds. Love can be deadly. As always with Adele Geras's work, the characters walk off the page, she brings the place wonderfully to life and you can hear the sounds and smell the scents. It's another page-turner.
Eva was once a legendary fashion designer until, mysteriously, she retired. Now widowed, she lives with her family in Salix House, the home she's owned and loved for forty years. When the family announces it's time to sell, Eva is deeply reluctant. The house contains memories and secrets that are part of her, although she never shares them. Megan is a fashion journalist working in London who interviewed Eva for a magazine. Torn apart by the brutal end of a love affair, Megan is drawn back to Salix House and Eva. Decades apart in age, the two women share a bond. Both are hiding something, but perhaps together they can confront their fears, their past pain and their uncertain futures - and discover the truth of Salix House's secrets.
A spell-binding novel exploring the conflicts that lie at the heart of a family, as the last Will of Constance Barrington shocks the gathered members. This really is tremendous stuff, few family sagas come better than this, so just sit back and be compulsively enthralled.Comparison: Jojo Moyes, Rosamund Pilcher, Kate Morton.
Lou Barrington, 23 years old and a single mother, feels she’s made a mess of her life. When her malicious grandmother dies leaving her fortune to the rest of the family and Lou the copyright for her grandfather’s books (which her grandmother considers worthless), Lou is determined to tackle her own unhappiness by making something out of her grandfather’s books. In discovering the secrets of her much-loved grandfather’s life, she finds herself and her destiny. This is much more than a family saga, by turns tragic and humorous. You’ll find yourself drawn into Lou’s world and gripped right to the last page.
Preparing a perfect wedding for her second marriage was oh so important for somehow Zannah believed it would safeguard the marriage itself â€¦ it too would be perfect. Running alongside the meticulous arrangements is the story of her motherâ€™s love-life, her daughterâ€™s wellbeing and her first husbandâ€™s demands, all very involved. Adele is a lovely writer, this is not her best book, but I enjoyed it, so anticipate better when you read her others.Similar this month: None but try Alison Jameson.Comparison: Madeleine Wickham, Marcia Willett, Amanda Brookfield.
A masterful and heart-rending modern ghost story, Lily evokes the world of a young woman yearning for her lost baby. When Marie starts to see her child on every street corner, is it all in her mind – or not?
Preparing a perfect wedding for her second marriage was oh so important for somehow Zannah believed it would safeguard the marriage itself ..... it too would be perfect. Running alongside the meticulous arrangements is the story of her mother's love-life, her daughter's wellbeing and her first husband's demands, all very involved. Adele is a lovely writer, this is not her best book but enjoy it and then anticipate better when you read her others.Comparison: Madeleine Wickham, Marcia Willett, Amanda Brookfield.
Follow-up to Facing the Light â€“ how a bleak Yorkshire childhood was transformed into a career as a prima ballerina. Comparison: Maeve Binchy, Rosamunde Pilcher, Elizabeth Jane Howard.Similar this month: None but try Sarah Challis, Lesley Pearse.
The Historical House is a unique trilogy of novels by three highly regarded authors. Each novel charts the life and times of the house at 6 Chelsea Walk, London, and the girls who lived there through three important periods of history. Synopsis On an extended visit to her cousins in London, Lizzie's passion for plants and trees is fuelled by visits to the newly opened Kew Gardens. Like her elder cousin, who wants to defy her middle-class upbringing and become a nurse, Lizzie has ambition and the will to go against the conventions of her Victorian peers. She wants to be a gardener, and the first step towards her dream is to plant a walnut in the garden of 6 Chelsea Walk.
Lizzie loves plants, and her biggest wish is to be a gardener, a bold choice for a Victorian girl. When her strict stepfather sends her to stay with relatives in London, Lizzie misses her country garden and struggles with her new life of stiff manners and formal pastimes. Lizzie lives for the daily letters from her mother, until suddenly, the letters stop. Can Lizzie find the courage to stand up to her stepfather, and to follow her dreams? Set in Victorian London, Girls with Courage is a beautifully-crafted tale of hope and ambition.
Cecily is enchanted when she meets photographer Rosalind, and soon longs to learn more about this art of the future and become a famous photographer herself. Believing Rosalind to be the perfect match for her widowed father, Cecily conspires to unite the pair, but her father's friend keeps spoiling her plans. Will Cecily's dreams ever come true? Set in Victorian London, Girls behind the Camera is a beautifully crafted tale of hope and ambition.
What if your estate agent could find you not just your perfect house, but your perfect job, your perfect partner... your perfect new life? Meet Iris Atkins. On paper, Iris is an estate agent, but she's not just good at finding suitable houses for her clients. In fact, she has a gift: Iris is able to see into their lives and understand exactly what is missing and what they need - not just in bricks-and-mortar terms either. Of course, concentrating so much on fixing other people's problems doesn't leave much time for examining your own. Over the course of one whirlwind year Iris discovers that while she may know what's best for everyone else, she doesn't necessarily know what's best for herself - and what she finds out could make her happier than she'd ever dreamed.
Stella-across-the-road is getting married - with a wonderful, romantic wedding. It's a dream come true for Jo, who is sure she and her sister Lily will be Stella's bridesmaids. But although the two girls look just like each other - like two peas in a pod - they are very different. Lily hates silly, frilly dresses and doesn't want to be a bridesmaid. Can both sisters find a way to enjoy the wedding? Peas in a Pod is the second tale about Jo and Lily. Also available is Chalk and Cheese.
What if your estate agent could find you not just your perfect house, but your perfect job, your perfect partner... your perfect new life? On paper, Iris Atkins is an estate agent, but she's not just good at finding suitable houses for her clients. In fact, she has a gift: Iris is able to see into their lives and understand exactly what is missing and what they need - and not just in bricks-and-mortar terms either. Of course, concentrating so much on fixing other people's problems doesn't leave much time for examining your own. Over the course of one whirlwind year Iris discovers that while she may know what's best for everyone else, she doesn't necessarily know what's best for herself - and what she finds out could make her happier than she'd ever dreamed of.
On paper, Iris Atkins is an estate agent, but she has a gift: Iris is able to see into people's lives and understand exactly what is missing and what they need - and not just in bricks-and-mortar terms either. Of course, this doesn't leave much time for examining her own problems and while she may know what's best for everyone else, she doesn't necessarily know what's best for herself - and what she finds out could make her happier than she'd ever dreamed of.
The peaceful town of Hamelin is overrun with rats: they are raiding larders, hiding in cupboards, sneaking into bed linen and driving the locals to despair. Desperate for help, they turn to the mysterious Pied Piper who promises a solution. But when the Piper falls out with the mayor, he takes away more than the townspeople ever expected. A wonderfully vivid interpretation of the story, which tackles trust, pride and revenge. TreeTops Greatest Stories offers children some of the worlds best-loved tales in a collection of timeless classics. Top children's authors and talented illustrators work together to bring to life our literary heritage for a new generation, engaging and delighting children. The books are carefully levelled, making it easy to match every child to the right book. Each book contains inside cover notes to help children explore the content, supporting their reading development. Teaching notes on Oxford Owl offer cross-curricular links and activities to support guided reading, writing, speaking and listening.
ITHAKA tells the story of the women left behind after the end of the Trojan War. While Odysseus is slowly making his way home, overcoming terrible obstacles sent by the gods, his wife Penelope does not know whether he's alive or dead. How long will she be able to withstand the pressure of the numerous suitors who seek her hand (and Ithaka) - and will she remain as faithful as mythology states, or might she fall in love with one of them? The vivid colours of life on the abundant island of Ithaka are evoked with magic and warmth, as Penelope and those around her tell their own incredible stories. Interspersed with wonderful verse retellings of Odysseus' adventures, this is a thrilling novel with a contemporary feel.
Rob Stone comes back from the horrors of the First World War with a ruined face and a broken heart. Lonely, unable to forget the things he has seen, and haunted by the ghost of his dead Captain, all that Rob has left is a picture of the Captain's family. Rob sets out to find them, hoping that by bringing them the picture, he can bring peace to the Captain's ghost - and to his own troubled heart.
As featured on BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour. 1914: war has broken out across Europe and beyond. Nothing will ever be the same again for those caught up in the conflict. This collection of short stories explores how the First World War changed and shaped the lives of women forever. A courageous nurse risks her life at the Front Line; a young woman discovers independence and intrigue in wartime London; and a grief-stricken widow defends her homeland amidst the destruction of war. Through these and other tales, War Girls presents a moving portrait of loss and grief, and of hope overcoming terrible odds.
In The Fabulous Fantora Files, Ozzy, the Fantora family's cat, has collected the family files for posterity. Read stories from Bianca, a girl who can make any party come to life; postcards from Auntie Varvara, a veggie vampire; poems from Marco, the invisible boy; and knitting patterns from Filomena, the granny who can see the future. The Fantoras are fantastic, phenomenal and a little bit freaky! There has never been a family quite like them before. This book was previously published by Oxford University Press. Chucklers is a series of funny novels, short stories, anthologies and comics that make reading a pleasure for 7-11 year olds. There is something for everyone in this varied collection which is packed with fantastic illustrations. Books contain inside cover notes to support children in their reading. Help with children's reading development also available at www.oxfordowl.co.uk. The series is written by top children's authors and edited by award-winning author Jeremy Strong. The books are finely levelled, making it easy to match every child to the right book.
The Tower Room: Loosely based on Rapunzel, this is the story of a sudden, unexpected, passionate relationship and the unforessen yet inevitable results of defying convention. When Megan glimpses Simon from her tower room, their worlds are changed forever. Watching the Roses: A modern version of Sleeping Beauty, this is a haunting tale of treachery and betrayal. An ill-wishing has been placed on Alice, and it seems to be coming true. Pictures of the Night: A retelling of the Snow White fairytale, this is a thirlling story of jealousy and enchantment. Is Bella's stepmother really as wicked as she believes?
Jack is trying to get his cat, Max, down from the top of a tree. But as a thunder storm hits, it is soon Jack who needs to be rescued. This dramatic narrative is written by award-winning author Adele Geras. *Collins Big Cat Phonics Progress books are specifically designed for struggling readers, giving them age-appropriate texts that they can read, building their confidence and fostering positive attitudes towards reading. This title has a text level of Band 2B / Red B, which provides simple story development and a satisfying conclusion, and an interest level of Band 10 / White. *Text type: A story with a familiar setting *On pages 14 to 15, children can recap the main events of the story by focusing on the sound words 'snap', 'crack' and 'thud'. *Curriculum links: Citizenship
Once, when Megan, Bella and Alice shared a room, the Tower Room was theirs alone, remote from the rest of Egerton Hall School. Here they formed a deep friendship, which would continue long after they left their enchanted world. But now Bella thinks her life is in danger. Is her stepmother really as wicked as she believes, or can imagination sometimes be more sinister than reality?