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by Curtis Sittenfeld
With a series of heartbreaks under her belt, Sally Milz, a successful TV script writer for a late-night TV comedy show, has long abandoned the search for love. But when her friend and fellow writer begins to date a glamorous actress, he joins the growing club of interesting but average-looking men who get to date accomplished, beautiful women. Sally channels her annoyance into a sketch, poking fun at this 'social rule'. The reverse never happens for a woman. Then Sally meets Noah, a pop star with a reputation for dating models. But this isn't a romantic comedy – it's real life. Would someone like him ever date someone like her?
by Kate Worsley
Worn out by poverty, Lettie Radley and her miner husband Tommy grasp at the offer of their very own smallholding – part of a government scheme to put the unemployed back to work on the land. When she comes down to Essex to join him, it's not Tommy who greets her, but their new neighbours. Overbearing and unkempt, Jean and Adam Dell are everything that the smart, spirited and aspirational Lettie can't abide. As Lettie settles in, she finds an unexpected joy in the rhythms of life on the smallholding. She's hopeful that her past, and the terrible secret Tommy has come to Foxash to escape, are far behind them. But the Dells have their own secrets. And as the seasons change and a man comes knocking at the gate, the scene is set for a terrible reckoning.
To Battersea Park
by Philip Hensher
An order is issued – the population may not meet, touch or speak to each other. They stay inside and the reality of a few streets in a capital city emerges. An underground river is discovered. The imagination reaches out and makes sense of the world. By the sea, two men walk into a future of uncertain violence. Written in four parts, To Battersea Park explores the strata of a single place and time. It shows what brings us together, through love, through the clashes of what we want to do and what the world wants to do with us. Set in a large, crowded city where we are forbidden to approach strangers, this is about what we share: humanity, imagination and the love that emerges from many acts of telling.
The Red Bird Sings
by Anne Enright
When young Zona Heaster Shue dies only a few months after her wedding, her mother Mary Jane becomes convinced that Zona was murdered – and by none other than her husband, Trout, the handsome blacksmith beloved in their small southern town. But when Trout is put on trial, no one believes he could have done it, apart from Mary Jane and Zona's best friend Lucy, who was always suspicious of Trout. As the trial rises to fever pitch and the men of Greenbrier County stand aligned against them, Mary Jane and Lucy must decide whether to reveal Zona's greatest secret in the service of justice. But it's Zona herself, from beyond the grave, who still has one last revelation to make.
by Anne Tyler
The Garretts take their first and last family vacation in the summer of 1959. They hardly ever venture far from home but, in some ways, they have never been further apart. Mercy has trouble resisting her aspirations to be a painter, which means less time keeping house for her husband, Robin. Their teenage daughters, steady Alice and boy-crazy Lily could not have less in common. Their youngest, David, is already intent on escaping his family's orbit, for reasons none of them understands. Yet, as these lives advance across decades, the Garretts' influence on one another ripples unmistakably through each generation. This is a story about the impossibility of breaking free from those who love us.
Secrets Of Hartwood Hall
by Katie Lumsden
It's 1852 and Margaret Lennox, a young widow, is offered a position as governess at Hartwood Hall. She quickly accepts, hoping this isolated country house will allow her to leave her past behind. Cut off from the village, Margaret soon starts to feel there's something odd about her new home, despite her growing fondness for her bright, affectionate pupil, Louis. There are strange figures in the dark, tensions between servants and an abandoned east wing. Even stranger is the local gossip surrounding Mrs Eversham, Louis's widowed mother, who is deeply distrusted in the village. Margaret finds distraction in a forbidden relationship with the gardener, Paul. But despite his efforts to reassure her, Margaret is certain that everyone here has something to hide. And as Margaret's own past threatens to catch up with her, she must learn to trust her instincts before it's too late...
by Costanza Casati
In ancient Greek mythology Clytemnestra is a huntress, warrior, murderer and mother – one of the most revered women to ever walk the earth. Costanza Casati reimagines her story, told through the eyes of its greatest female protagonist. She is born to a king but marries a tyrant. She stands helplessly as he sacrifices her child to placate the gods. She watches him wage war on a foreign shore and comforts herself with violent thoughts of her own. She plays the part, fooling enemies who deny her justice. Slowly, she plots. This is a thrilling tale of power and prophecies, of hatred, love and of an unforgettable Queen who fiercely dealt out death to those who wronged her.
by Aingeala Flannery
In the seaside town of Tramore, Co Waterford, visitors arrive in waves with the tourist season, reliving the best days of their childhoods in its caravan parks and amusement arcades. Local teenager Helen Grant is indifferent to the charm of her surroundings; she dreams of escaping to art college with her glamorous classmate Stella Swaine and, from there, taking on the world. But leaving Tramore is easier said than done. Though they don't yet know it, Helen and Stella's lives are pulled by tides beyond their control.
by Nilopar Uddin
Nasrin and Sabrina are sisters who, on the face of things, live successful and enviable lives in London and New York. When their father, Shamsur, dies suddenly, they rush to be with their mother at the family home and restaurant in Wales, but reluctantly step back into the stifling world of their childhood. When Shamsur's will is read, a devastating secret is revealed that challenges all that people thought and loved about him. It also profoundly changes the lives and identities of the sister and creates an irreparable family rift...
by Margot Douaihy
When Saint Sebastian's School becomes the target of a shocking arson spree, the Sisters of the Sublime Blood and their surrounding community are thrust into chaos. Unsatisfied with the officials' response, sardonic and headstrong Sister Holiday becomes determined to unveil the mysterious attacker herself, and return her home and sanctuary to its former peace. Her investigation leads down a twisty path of suspicion and secrets in the sticky, oppressive New Orleans heat, turning her against colleagues, students and even fellow Sisters along the way. Sister Holiday is more faithful than most, but she's no saint. To piece together the clues of this high-stakes mystery, she must first reckon with the sins of her chequered past – and neither task will be easy.
The House Is On Fire
by Rachel Beanland
Richmond, Virginia, 1811. It’s the height of the winter social season, the General Assembly is in session and many of Virginia’s gentleman planters, along with their wives and children, have made the long and arduous journey to the capital, hoping to while away the darkest days of the year. At the city’s only theatre, the local theatre company puts on two plays a night to meet the demands of a community that’s done looking for enlightenment in a church. On the night after Christmas, the theatre is packed with more than 600 people. In a third-floor box sits newly-widowed Sally Henry Campbell, who is glad for any opportunity to relive the happy times she shared with her husband. One floor away, Cecily Patterson doesn’t care about the play but is grateful for a reprieve from a life that has recently gone from bad to worse. When the theatre goes up in flames in the middle of the performance, those inside must make a series of split-second decisions that will not only affect their own lives but those of countless others.
The Book Of Eve
by Meg Clothier
Beatrice is the convent's librarian. For years, she has shunned the company of her sisters, finding solace only with her manuscripts. But she longs for knowledge of the outside world – a world ruled by men in which women can play no part. Then, one carnival night, two women, badly injured and desperate for help, are abandoned at the convent's gate. Moments from death, one of them presses something into Beatrice's hands: a bewitching book whose pages have a dangerous life of their own. But men of the faith want the book destroyed and a zealous preacher has tracked it to her door. Beatrice must do all she can to protect it, no matter the cost. The book's voice is growing stronger. An ancient power uncoils. Will she dare to listen?
Before We Were Innocent
by Ella Berman
Ten years ago, after a sun-soaked summer spent in Greece, best friends Bess and Joni were cleared of having any involvement in their friend Evangeline’s death. But that didn’t stop the media from ripping apart their teenage lives like vultures. While the girls were never convicted, Joni – ever the opportunist – capitalise on her newfound infamy to become a motivational speaker. Bess, on the other hand, resolved to make her life as small and controlled as possible so she wouldn’t risk losing everything all over again. And it almost worked. Except that, now, Joni is tangled up in a crime eerily similar to that one fateful night in Greece. And when she asks Bess to come back to LA to support her, Bess has a decision to make. Is it finally time to face up to what happened that night, exposing herself as the young woman she once was and maybe still is? And what if she doesn’t like what she finds?
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