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Entertaining Angels

Set in the world of high fashion, and taking the reader from the dazzle of society "dos", through the drama of the courtroom to the despair of the psychiatric ward, this is a novel of love and lust, obligation and obsession, compassion and cruelty. Strohmer's highly-paced writing keeps the hook in all the way to the end.

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The Geranium Woman

Set in Paris and Mumbai, this is a rare and timely glimpse into boardroom politics as seen through female eyes. Issues of gender, personal autonomy, and corporate responsibility are all explored with a deft yet nuanced touch in this ambitious and thought-provoking novel.

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Green Dawn at St Enda's

This meticulously researched historical novel takes to the centre of a little-known facet of the 1916 Easter Uprising, when boys at St Enda's School fought alongside their teachers to give their country freedom. An ambitious and powerful novel, the first of a trilogy.

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Shore to Shore: River Stories

From Peru to the Rhine, from the Yukatan peninsular to the Thames, across time and cultures, Tamsin Hopkins's stories flow compellingly. Whether strange, tragic or shot through with humour and an eye for detail, the stories are united by a human sensibility and elegant, accessible prose.

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The Snake Wand

Part three of The Hagstone Chronicles sees the five young friends from Cry at Midnight and Clickfinger face their most dangerous adversaries yet when they must battle The Grand High Witch and stop the most terrible spell of all.

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The Truth in Masquerade

This unusual story of love, loss and the possibility of second chances, follows Anna Maxwell, struggling to understand the abrupt and unexpected ending of her marriage, as she prepares to sing the role of the Governess in Benjamin Britten's spine-chilling opera, The Turn of the Screw. Meanwhile, her estranged husband, Edwyn, is haunted, by ghosts from his past, and a mystery of identity is revealed that Anna must resolve for both of them, if either is to move on with life.

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What the Horses Heard

Exquisitely observed, this highly charged and affecting novel takes us on an epic journey with larger than life characters and animals that experienced extraordinary brutality during a devastating war, along the way asserting the importance of individual stories against a backdrop of loss on an enormous scale. Humane, poignant and gripping, What the horses heard is must-read novel for the centenary of World War I.

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Swimming With Diana Dors

Swimming Wtih Diana Dors

In Swimming with Diana Dors Jeremy Worman digs deep, bringing to life memorable characters who remain with the reader. Variously personal, elegiac, political, and humorous, the stories range over themes of outsiders, loss, death, ghosts, change and the importance of place, with many stories set in London.

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The Abbot's Cat

The Abbot’s Cat

A ‘crossover’ story for adults and older children about Edwin, a young man in an Anglo-Saxon monastery and a stray cat that will neither catch mice nor go away. The monks lead a peaceful life on the beautiful Northumbrian coast, growing food and building a library of wonderful illuminated books – until the Viking invaders arrive. Edwin and his friend are pitched into a dangerous journey of escape by sea and land, living by their wits and luck on their search for a new life. The novella tells what happens to them in a strange, threatening world – and to the cat. Readers of all ages will enjoy a story of survival and persistence in an era that was not ‘dark’ but troubled and yet full of dramatic events and brilliant culture.

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Dear Ceridwen

Dear Ceridwen

Truth and lies, tricks of memory, betrayal and hope. In North Wales Bethan writes a letter to her missing daughter, Ceridwen. What is the truth about Stephen and the abuse that took place at the Soulful Living Community in Bristol? Most importantly, is Ceridwen alive and what has become of her? As Bethan reconstructs the past, her voice competes with the voice of Stephen’s wife, Caro. Both women reveal more than they realise in this story of domestic lives posing universal questions.

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Eva Shell

Eva Shell

Eva Shell is a book that mirrors the life we lead today: fast, pacy, fractured, where technology has in many ways unplugged us from the world but also forged new and exciting ways of telling our stories. Set against the backdrop of Cardiff, a fresh and vivid portrait of this city in the 21st century… This is a world where past and present hold hands towards an uncertain future.
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Fragmented

Fragmented

Bringing together short stories and sketches, charting a personal journey from squatter and hippy in Seventies London to creative and stable middle age as husband, father, teacher and writer. Responding to and recording social change, often by seizing moments in the flux of city life, the stories are both self contained fragments and a cohesive narrative of a city as much as of an individual.

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Liar Dice

Liar Dice

Translating an account of her mother’s wartime experiences as part of a partisan brigade in the mountains, Petronella begins to suspect that her father was implicated in the death of Vittorio, her mother’s lover who was captured by the Nazis following a tip-off from a collaborator. She travels to Porto Romola to piece together not only her parents’ story, but also her own story; one that might include a new future.

Featured on BBC radio Devon this is a compelling, bittersweet story of memory and identity.

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Marilyn and Me

Marilyn and Me

My name is Marilyn, like Marilyn Monroe. I was left for dead at a bus stop on Christmas Eve…’ So begins the story of Jane, a learning disabled young woman, who is also known as Marilyn, after her heroine Marilyn Monroe. Beautifully written, moving and strong.

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Not Tonight Neil

Not Tonight Neil

When 42 year old satirical cartoonist, Dennis Pugh, publishes his cartoon narrative, Noises Through the Wall, the story of a teenager on a 60s council estate in Manchester who goes through puberty only a thin wall away from his sexually exuberant neighbours, Neil and Helen, the psycho-thriller of the real events on which his book is based emerge again. Set in 1969 on a council estate in north Manchester this thriller-cum-dark-satire centres on Dennis’s adolescent travails, including his longings for both Helen and a teenager, Lorraine Lever); on what he hears through the wall and the puzzle of who commits the central murder.

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Singing a Man to Death

Singing a Man to Death

Long-listed for the Frank O’Connor short story prize, this is story-telling at its best: innovative, engaging, accessible, yet layered with allusion and wit, these compelling stories are completely satisfying. A dazzling display of what a short story can achieve.

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Special Needs

Special Needs

A laugh out loud page-turner brimming with poignancy and acute observations.

In a multi-cultural community somewhere in the North teaching is not the only thing that occupies the minds of this vibrant cast of teachers and dreamers, adults every bit as in need of self-discovery as their teenage charges and offspring. A tour de force about family, race, sexual identity, lesbianism and life at the chalk-face, Special Needs is an always intelligent, often hilarious and unerringly humane debut, alive with larger than life, but thoroughly credible characters, from an accomplished and mature voice.

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Stale Bread and Miracles

Stale Bread & Miracles

In Stale Bread & Miracles the reader is engaged in a drama that is as tragi-comic as it is stark. Intelligent, crafted, darkly humorous and formerly inventive, Fortune places every word with precision, building up a poetic narrative that is both disconcerting and compelling. Far beyond the clear-sighted documentation of institutional and individual attitudes, this is the examination of one woman’s journey through a process. It is a word-dance of seven-times-seven veils, each peeled off, held up to the light and then laid aside until we see Meg, alone in the spotlight, as the curtain comes down.

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TAG

Winner of the Readers’ Vote for Wales Book of the Year, TAG follows Mistyann and Jonathan Diamond in a tale that is part bleakly comic confession, part twisted romance, at heart an elegy for dreams that refuse to die.

Mistyann is fifteen, unpredictable, unreliable and violent. Jonathan Diamond is a failed musician and a recovering alcoholic. Together the two of them develop an unlikely and dangerous alliance as they are forced to confront difficult truths about themselves.

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The Icarus Diaries

The Icarus Diaries

Set in a fictional Asia, this literary thriller of it asks whether we can truly escape from the past or from ourselves. Three strangers travel to Asia to escape their past. For a while the city seems tranquil, but soon they find themselves in a country experiencing violent political turmoil. Leaving the city with Van, a political dissident, they embark on a hazardous journey up river. As the dangers increase, bonds of friendship, trust and love develop and each reveals a story, but as they each confront what it is they had hoped to escape, political events come to a head.

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The Milliner and the Phrenologist

The Milliner and the Phrenologist

1860s London: a period of discovery, competing ideas and rigid social hierarchy. When Alice Heapy, an unusual and artistic young milliner, daringly sets up her own business, the mother of John Motton, eminent phrenologist, is amongst the first of her eccentric clients. Alice is intrigued by the phrenologist, whilst Motton is astonished at the power Alice’s poetic hats exert on the lives of his mother and her peculiar friends. As Alice and Motton play out the ferocious Victorian tensions between social classes, men and women, science and art, faith and reason we are drawn into the sensuous imagery and subtle humour of this sharply observed drama.

A highly original and visual novel, brimming with delicious wit.

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Thinner Than a Hair

Thinner than a Hair

Mahmutović, himself a Bosnian refugee, paints a raw, intimate portrait of Bosnian village life and of the seething ethnic tensions that tore it apart. He writes prose that’s sometimes subtle and delicate and sometimes sensuous and earthy, words that manage to be both psychologically acute and lyrical. Fatima’s longing for a life of warmth and vibrancy as her reality grows cold and desolate makes for an imaginative rendering of the damage wrought by racism and war.

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Truth Games

Truth Games

In mid-seventies London a group of friends play a dangerous game of open marriages, secrets and lies. “It’s only sex, Ann. It won’t hurt us,” claims Lois, beautiful, talented and determined to get whatever or whoever she wants without being held back by her long-suffering, academic husband, Hugh. In homes and offices, at parties, on holidays, wherever they are, sex is there for the taking. But bed-hopping carries a price. Can love be free? Truth Games bares all. It’s fast, funny and sexy, but as the summer heat increases, stakes are raised and consequences have to be faced…

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Up Close

Up Close

When Owen and Jan take their three children on holiday in North Wales their life as a family is already unravelling. As relationships are made and broken a carefully pieced patchwork of events unfolds; seen from the different perspectives of parents and children, each sealed in with their own perceptions. Years pass and the family meet again on holiday in South Wales. As the pattern of relationships shift and family secrets are revealed, new resolutions must be negotiated.

A resilient dark comedy that is both convincing and moving.

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Winning Parent, Winning Child

Winning Parent, Winning Child

What parent hasn’t longed to improve his or her relationship with children? What parent hasn’t thought – surely there must be a better way? This book is about that better way. Jan Fortune, author of four previous books on parenting and education, helps both parents and children to get what they want from life and live well together.

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