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Set in the 80’s in the North-East of England, Miss Perfect is a reflective, sympathetic and engaging novel. The central character is earnest and concerned social worker Madge who is battling the change in culture and financial cuts while trying to protect the children in her care. Meanwhile, she is contemplating life as a single late middle-aged woman and what the future has in store, especially as it looks like the ‘powers that be’ want to ease her out of her job unless she can find a way to fight back, but will it mean too much of a compromise?
In 1975, decades before ‘The Gap Year’ was commonplace, 22-year-old student Devika A. Rosamund fulfilled a life long dream to take time away from her studies in England to travel by herself to India. And not by hopping on a plane rather by bus as far as Iran and then by local transport through Afghanistan and Pakistan, taking six weeks with a total budget of just £300!The Road to East India is an authentic diary account of this exciting and emotional journey of a lifetime where as well as seeing famous sites in India she discovers spirituality in an Ashram and her inner strength to overcome the challenges she faces.Devika says ‘I am publishing my diary with the hope that it will inspire others to go on a journey both inner and outer, and explore this beautiful world and also their own world within.’
The lives of five foreign nationals working in Luritania (in the north-western corner of Europe) who meet once a month at Lenfindi Airport passenger terminal to discuss ‘matters of levity and enterprises of great pith and moment’ are derailed by the chance discovery of a briefcase full of classified Secret Service documents. Their actions are the catalyst to a shattering sequence global and personal events that leaves none of them unaffected and shows that in our super-connected world normal rules of cause and effect cease to apply.With a contemporary setting and themes, The Milan Briefcase is a complex and multi-layered literary espionage thriller that takes a while to get going but is a rewarding read in the end.The Milan Briefcase is Graham Fulbright’s 4th book. He has written two other thrillers, The Man with the Charmed Life and The Khazar Codex and one satirical title, Driving Mad.
Get Rich or Get Lucky by Max Nowaz is a darkly comical fantasy thriller that will appeal to fans of Terry Pratchett. Adam has had plenty of plans to get rich but none are working and if anything are making him poorer and more stressed by the day. His latest was to get a bank loan, for a car, and use it as a deposit on a house to do up and sell but fate is conspiring against him until he discovers an old letter bound book of spells, written in German… and then things get really crazy.Max Nowaz is also the author of The Arbitrator and Timbi's Dream.
A fictional travelogue of Finn, a free-spirited American and budding travel writer, journeying around Europe and the Middle East in the 1970’s. Letters to Strabo is an evocative, candid and life-affirming coming of age story with a strong sense of place that will appeal to readers who enjoy literary travel writing.David Smith has also written Searching for Amber, Death in Leamington and Love in Lindfield.
Intelligent, funny and engaging rhymes along with bright and bold illustrations bring these poems for younger children alive.Andréa Prior says of her writing ‘I love the musicality of rhyme and my ideas come from anywhere and everywhere; people I love, people I don’t, friends I talk to, stories they tell, countries I visit, things I see, things I do, phrases I hear, dreams I dream.’ A Parcel of Pigs is perfect for reading out loud, the poems are written for those parents and children who love reading together. All of them also have helpful points you can use to discuss the poem in more detail. Why not discover more today by reading an opening extract of her book?
Following on from Silent Passage, Blood Ties is the second in a series of easy to read whodunits featuring the cases of rule-breaker DI Charlie Moon, set in Birmingham at the time of the millennium. The body of a small-time, city-based criminal found in a deserted country wood is the beginning of a frustrating investigation that looks to be going nowhere until DI Moon makes a surprising discovery. Full of twists and turns and well worth the time to discover more by reading the free Opening Extract.
Children love stories with elements of fantasy and magic and this heartwarming collection of short stories aimed at a 9+ reader is perfect for reading alone or with a parent. Each story in Snake Ring at Risk and Other Stories features a strong moral message and young characters, so it’s easy for 9+ readers to relate to them and understand actions and consequences - the stories are also the perfect length to read before bedtime!John Holroyd is also the author of a folk tale full of magic and danger called The Strange Tale of the Snake Ring.
Beyond All Doubt by Paige Elizabeth Turner opens with a murder - but will the murderer be caught? An absorbing and realistic crime ‘will they catch' whodunit with a juicy twisty plot and well-drawn characters with lots of issues adding colour and interest. A body is found in the River Avon, but the victim and her fiancé live in Bournemouth, so the police concentrate investigations locally and think they have their man who they match the evidence to fit. But, even as prosecution looks likely, Detective Sergeant Oliva Watts still has doubts and keeps digging.
The Polygamist by William Irvine is an interesting and thought-provoking, if one-sided, philosophical exploration of a polygamist’s life and male sexuality and desire style set in 1970’s Goa. When life as a playboy leaves the rich Saudi-born but Western-educated Omar unsatisfied, the death of his father leaves him in an unenviable position for him to step outside societal norms and create a new life with his four very different wives in Goa. But will this work and how will it affect Omar and his very different wives?
As genre-mixing goes political fantasy is a new one for us but this is an interesting, modern-day reworking of the The Pilgrim's Progress. Looking at the tumultuous period from 2010 to Summer 2015 and the election of Jeremy Corbyn as Labour’s new leader, it mirrors Bunyan’s idea but looks to educate the reader about how the political elite maintains an unfair system. With the support of Hope, Charity and the Interpreter the Pilgrim meets a panoply of fantasy characters, closely modelled on recognisable political figures, and the conversations they have are supported by 35 pages of references at the end of his book to ground it in the here and now.Unashamedly hostile to the ideology shaping the UK government in the 21st Century, this self-published novel will always be ‘Marmite’ but if you like Marmite…
Every week many of us go to regular activity groups, swimming, singing and the like and happily spend an hour or so in pleasant conversation. But what is really going on in the lives of the people in the group? Do you know and, more importantly, do you care? Set mainly over the course of a day we follow one such group, normally brought together for aqua-aerobics, as they come together outside the pool to celebrate the impending departure of their instructor. Who would have thought a single evening would be so revealing! In turns amusing and sad, The Water Babes is an easy to read human story that is a snapshot of a contemporary Britain with all its cultural, religious and social complications.
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