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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.
Aunt Pinny tells the story behind each of the squares that make up her wonderful Edwardian quilt. The red velvet patch recalls a fancy dress ball and a midnight feast with a highwayman. The green brocade segment carries memories of Captain Tramlemousse, the pirate. Gradually a whole picture of the magical lost world of the past is built up, full of fantastical characters and a rich humour.
Louisa is horrified when she gets the news that Miss Matting's Ballet school has to close down. The only other school in town is notoriously hard to get into, and very expensive! Phoebe, Tony and Louisa all audition and the others soon receive letters telling them their fate. But there is no letter for Louisa. Is this the end of her dancing career?
Louisa and her sister are off to florida to enjoy some fun in the sun with their dad. But for Louisa that means missing her school's end-of-year display and the thought of Phoebe dancing the lead role instead of her is just unbearable. Until, that is, she is given the chance to appear in a TV commercial.
Once Megan, Bella and Alice shared a room. The Tower Room was theirs alone, remote from the rest of Egerton Hall School and here they formed a deep friendship which would continue long after they left their enchanted world. But now something is very wrong with Alice - poisoned by dark memories and unable to speak to a single soul it seems the ill-wishing placed on her has come true. Even her closest friends don't seem able to save her from the nightmare . . . Based loosely on the fairytale Sleeping Beauty, this is a haunting tale of treachery and betrayal.
Megan, Bella and Alice inhabit the isolated world of a girl's boarding school, Egerton Hall, buried deep in the English countryside. The Tower Room which they share is remote and high, and from it the three survey the everyday drama of school life. With only months to go until their final exams they are already sensing the dangerous delights awaiting them in the grown-up world. Megan feels a special poignancy about leaving school; orphaned soon after she came to Egerton Hall, she has virtually been brought up there as the ward of the science mistress.But it is Megan who looks down from the Tower Room that unforgettable morning, to meet Simon's inquisitive gaze. As Megan rushes to embrace her fate, her safe, cocooned world is transformed forever . . . Loosely based on the Rapunzel fairytale, this highly original novel is the story of a sudden, unexpected, passionate relationship and the unforseen yet inevitable results of defying convention.
This illustrated biography series combines non-fiction and fiction to introduce readers to famous historical characters. Each book begins with a diary, told from the point of view of a child who works for the famous person. At the end of each book, there is an illustrated reference chapter. At ten years old, Nefret becomes a handmaiden to Cleopatra, the last queen of Egypt. Nefret's diary gives a unique insight to the life of this most famous and powerful ruler; her brains and her beauty, music and merrymaking, her love for two great men, Julius Caesar and Mark Antony, and her determination to rule Egypt well.
Poor Callie feels totally ignored when a new baby arrives in the house. Even David - her special friend - pushes her away and no-one seems to appreciate the efforts she makes to welcome it. Even her carefully chosen gift (a dead bird) is greeted with horror rather than delight. And when she is banished to the kitchen, Callie sadly resolves that she is no longer wanted. She has no choice but to run away...
Blossom, a plump and contented cat, is horrified when six-year-old Prissy comes to stay with 'her' family. Suddenly there is nowhere she can go and doze without being disturbed, no place she can hide from Prissy. And when Prissy pulls her tail (no-one has done that since she was a little kitten!), Blossom makes up her mind: Prissy must go! All she needs is a plan...
Phoebe's new to the ballet class and Louisa (aka Weezer) takes an instant dislike to her - she's pretty, posh and worst of all, a good dancer too! When they're both picked to play in THE NUTCRACKER, Weezer is super smug - she's got a big part and Phoebe's just a measly mouse. BUt as rehearsals progress, the pair find that actually they rather like each other, and when Weezer hurts her ankle, it's Phoebe who's able to save the day.
New boy, Tony moves into the neighbourhood and he Weezer become instant friends. Weezer wants Tony to come to ballet with her, but he reckons it's just for 'sissies'. Somehow Weezer manages to persuade him to at least help her practice at home and Tony soon finds out that, not only is he quite good at this dancing lark but, he actually rather enjoys it too!
A Russian ballet company comes to town with a production of COPPELIA and Louisa just has to see it. But first she has to scrape the ticket money together through lots of get-rich-schemes. By the time she's got enough disaster strikes - the show's sold out! But with a little help from her guardian-angel neighbour, Mrs Posnansky, Weezer finds herself not only at the ballet, but in the wings as well and of course, in heaven too!