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  • "This gorgeous novel is a funny and sweet examination of what it means to live quietly and on your own terms. It's like a warm hug of a book and will make you look at the world with a smile." Bob "Life has a way of changing; for Leonard it comes in the death of his mother, while for Hungry Paul it is the upcoming wedding of his sister. Together, they have been living a quiet existence but now they must learn to make some noise in a world that doesn't fully understand them. This story is a cup of tea in a book - it is warm, comforting, and best shared with friends. If you enjoy quirky, loveable characters and an offbeat sense of humour then this is for you." Rebekah ISBN 9781910422441
  • "This quirky Japanese novel is about a woman named Keiko who has been working in the same small convenience store for the last 18 years - much to her friends and family's dismay. But what does it take to be a 'productive member of society' and what happens if we reject those expectations that are forced upon us? Equally darkly funny and weirdly disturbing, this is a short book that packs a great punch!" Bob ISBN 9781846276842
  • "If you could relive one conversation what would it be? In a secluded coffee shop in Tokyo that is exactly what you can do - as long as you follow the strict rules. Four stories intertwine to create a simple but elegant tapestry of the human heart. Whether you are in need of a fresh perspective, or just want a great read, this is not a book to miss." Rebekah ISBN 9781529029581
  • "I have not now nor ever have been married, divorced, or had children (nor for that matter been a Jewish New Yorker!)yet I totally related to Ephron's 'character' in Heartburn. I love how she dealt with such an emotionally difficult time in her life in such a comical and irreverent way. A quick but memorable read." Ciara ISBN 9781844085170
  • "I do love the quirkiness of a good Japanese novel and this is no exception! When a young man is told he only has a few weeks left to live the Devil appears and offers him an extra day of life - but for every new day he is given, the young man must choose something to disappear forever from the world. And that's where it gets complicated! Funny, clever, sad and philosophical, this is a beautiful read!" Bob ISBN 9781509889174
  • A stunning re-telling of the Trojan War, this novel will transport you back into Ancient Greece and the Age of Heroes. Miller’s writing is fresh and full of energy – and her engaging characters will stay with you long after the last sword is thrown down. Great for readers looking for an epic tale of love and revenge. Rebekah. ISBN 9781408891384
  • "A fascinating portrayal of modern day France with its various secrets, prejudices, and delights. It's structured around one apartment block and the arrival of Edward into the city of light, and the attic. As tensions within the building and the city intensify we have to ask ourselves a question: do we ever really know what's happening behind our neighbours' doors?" Marta ISBN 9781473641563
  • "When four siblings in New York sneak out to visit a fortune-teller who, rumour has it, can tell them the exact day that they will die, the repercussions will echo through the lives whether they choose to believe her prediction or not. This beautifully written novel is both a joy to read and deeply affecting." Bob ISBN 9781472245007
  • "The best crime thriller I've read in ages! There's no gruesome body count or rampaging serial killer, just brilliant suspenseful writing and a gripping plot. If you're looking for real page-turner from a talented Irish writer, this is the books for you!" Bob ISBN 9781444796537
  • "This book may not be life-changing but it certainly offers a fresh and witty perspective on the many subjects concerned with being a woman. Expect classic, dry, New York humour mixed with Ephron's uncensored and self-deprecating take on life." Carrie ISBN 9780857526939
  • "An intelligent and moving memoir from the Dublin born Nuala O'Faolain. Frank and honest, this book is deeply affecting but is ultimately a positive reflection on one woman's determination to overcome adversity." Bob ISBN 9781848406858
  • "I read this collection recently for an Ireland AM piece and was blown away by how good these stories are! Kevin Barry is wonderful at capturing the feel of small town Ireland. Clever, funny and thought-provoking I'm annoyed how long it took me to discover them!" Bob ISBN 9780955015298
  • "A young, grief-stricken soldier is nursed back to health by a quirky old woman. Soothed by the nearby river - and sloe gin - the two companions create a new life together. Reading this felt like discovering a modern fairy tale - one that ambles along beautifully at its own pace. Winman’s writing is vivid and bursts with life. She creates a fantastical world of magic and hope. If you are feeling down or world weary, this is the book to read." Rebekah ISBN 9780755390939
  • "This is the book that I have given to all my friends, and some of them still haven't forgiven me for making them cry in public! This collection of essays is incredibly powerful, one that deals with tough and taboo topics in a way that is raw, honest, yet sensitive. A book that everyone needs to read."Rebekah ISBN 9780241986226
  • "An unusual setting for an unusual novel. Incredibly atmospheric, the story follows a young woman working in a guest house on the border of North and South Korea. Used to the harsh landscape, she soon learns to see the world through the eyes of a mysterious artist. A beautiful coming-of-age story." Rebekah ISBN 9781911547549
  • "Stuck and in need of a heart-warming read? Look no further, just dive straight into the life of Ellis & the people that walk through his life and change it forever. Tender, touching, beautiful – another gem of Winman’s not to be missed." Marta. ISBN 9780755390977
  • "If you love a story with a twist, these dark tales from Shirley Jackson will delight and intrigue you. From the woman who gets off her bus at the wrong stop, to the man who is convinced he's being followed home, each of these brilliant tales is a study in how to write the perfect short story and the unexpected endings are guaranteed to surprise and disconcert you. Shirley Jackson is a master at writing our darkest fears!" Bob ISBN 9780241308493
  • "Fantastic short stories, majority of which are set in 1950s Latin America with all its passionate, multilingual vigour and political tension. There are stories of passion, betrayal, families, illnesses, moments of beauty and of pain. One to savour, not to be rushed." Marta. ISBN 9781447294894
  • "An absolutely delightful true story of a lovely written interaction between Helene & the staff at Marks & Co Booksellers that will amuse you, warm your heart and make you laugh at times. Set between post war Britain & slightly better off America - it's a fantastic pick-me-up, even if you don't need one." Marta. ISBN 9780751503845
  • "This book just makes me chuckle! If you enjoy classical art, social commentary, and memes then look no further. A great pick-me-up." Rebekah ISBN 9781797202839
  • "A gentle and moving novel delving into the life of a piano tuner in Japan. It asks important questions about learning, talent, and vocation while in the meantime emphasizing lyrical connection between music and nature. Shy, uplifting gem that will stay on your mind forever." Marta What he experienced that day wasn't life-changing . . . It was life-making. Tomura is startled by the hypnotic sound of a piano being tuned in his school. It seeps into his soul and transports him to the forests, dark and gleaming, that surround his beloved mountain village. From that moment, he is determined to discover more. Under the tutelage of three master piano-tuners - one humble, one jovial, one ill-tempered - Tomura embarks on his training, never straying too far from a single, unfathomable question: do I have what it takes?Set in small-town Japan, this warm and mystical story is for the lucky few who have found their calling - and for the rest of us who are still searching. It shows that the road to finding one's purpose is a winding path, often filled with treacherous doubts and, for those who persevere, astonishing moments of revelation. Mega-bestselling winner of the Japan Booksellers Award, selected by bookshop staff as the book they most wanted to hand-sell: A tender and uplifting novel for fans of A WHOLE LIFE by Robert Seethaler. ISBN 9781784162986
  • "An amazing novel about what it means to be a young black immigrant in America and how are presumptions about other cultures are usually wrong. This novel is also a love story about two people destined to be together but it's the blog posts on black culture that stick with you." Bob ISBN 9780007356348
  • "The entire history of humankind (and some possible futures) in just 450 pages – this is an incredible book that puts our history, and our place in the history of the world, into perspective. It’s incredibly readable and stunning in its scope and achievement." Bob ISBN 9780099590088
  • "A tale of tenacity and unflinching courage in the face of terrible tragedy. The Nightingale is a memorable story of two sisters divided by loss in war time France. Historical fiction at its best, a great summer read!" Ciara ISBN 9781509848621
  • In her remarkable stories of seemingly ordinary people living extraordinary lives, Miranda July reveals how a single moment can change everything. Whether writing about a middle-aged woman's obsession with Prince William or an aging bachelor who has never been in love, the result is startling, tender and sexy by turns. One of the most acclaimed and successful short-story collections, No One Belongs Here More Than You confirms Miranda July as a spectacularly original, iconic and important voice today. ISBN 9781782116295
  • "Have you ever woken from a dream that felt like it was real? For Kitty Miller, the line between dreams and reality has begun to blur. She imagines an alternate life for herself, one with a perfect husband and children, but the more time she spends in this world the harder it becomes to leave it. Part psychological thriller, part character study, this novel is gripping from the start. If you have ever wondered 'What if?' then this is for you." Rebekah. ISBN 9781473674103
  • The Kelleher's beachfront holiday house creaks under a weight of secrets. A place where cocktails follow morning mass and children eavesdrop, it is home to matriarch Alice, who would trade every floorboard for a chance to undo the events of one night, decades before. As summer arrives and the women in Alice's family descend on the shore, it soon becomes clear that these mothers and daughters have been deeply hurt by the people they love the most. But as this fierce, irrational love burns ever brighter, anger builds and painful secrets are unearthed. ISBN 9780857894984
  • "In a world that seems to get crazier by the day, a world where ‘facts’ and ‘truth’ no longer seem to exist, how do you hang on to what you know to be ‘right’, and how do you respond to people who disagree? James O’Brien’s book is both serious and very funny as he examines how people construct their beliefs in a post-truth society & how we can combat the lies of the modern world." Bob ISBN 9780753553121
  • "I loved Padraic's first novel 'The Maker of Swans' and loved this one even more! A slice of ghostly Victoriana it included a daring heroine, a dastardly plot and thrilling adventures. Oh, and the writing is masterful." Bob ISBN  9781474601047
  • "This memoir of a junior doctor on the front-line of NHS care in the UK is eye-opening, hilarious and bizarrely inspiring - even though his intention appears to be the opposite! From the toll it takes on his personal life, to uncountable times people accidentally 'fall on' things that end up in their bums, this 'warts and all' autobiography is very funny and also very important." Bob ISBN 9781509858637
  • "Living in London during the Blitz, a young Emmaline Lake simply wants to Do Her Part. So when an opportunity appears at a newspaper, she jumps at the chance to become a Lady War Correspondent. Yet all is not what it seems.... A beautifully balanced novel about the heartbreak of wartime London and the resilience of its people, it manages to make you laugh with a lump in your throat. Great for reading with a cup of tea!" Rebekah ISBN 9781509853922
  • "This short novel is a clever and disturbing Orwellian take on what closed borders and a zero tolerance approach to immigration might look like. Young men and women are conscripted to defend ‘the Wall’ from ‘Others’, but have they been told the truth about what they’re actually defending, and what if the people they’re supposed to be fighting against aren’t actually the enemy?" Bob ISBN 9780571298730
  • "I'm reading my way through all of the Lord Peter Whimsy vintage crime thrillers at the moment and this one remains my favourite! When Harriet Vane's ex-lover is murdered by arsenic poisoning, it is obvious to the police that she is the murderer. But Whimsy is not so sure… Brilliant writing, clever twists and a classic denouement make this a most enjoyable crime novel!"Bob ISBN 9781473621336
  • "Join the millions of readers whose lives have been enriched by this extraordinary novel and see why the New York Public Library voted it as one of the 'books of the century'. Teenage Francie Nolan is an avid reader growing up in working class Brooklyn. I cannot recommend this novel highly enough." Sinead ISBN 9780099427575
  • "A debut novel from a new young Irish writer is always exciting and this one is just brilliant! The story of one man and his dog - but not as you would ever heard before. Dark and mesmerizing, Baume's use of language is extraordinary. A difficult but amazing novel!" Bob "Once there was a dog that'd been through a lot and one day he bumped into a man who, likewise, hadn't been spoiled by life. They became brave and adventurous together. Shockingly beautiful read, a bit on the sad side but a brilliant debut nonetheless." Marta ISBN 9780099592747
  • "When an embalmer, his grandmother, a young carer and her ward embark on a road - trip together, you know it's going to be a good ride! Despite the dark subject matter, this is an incredibly uplifting and fun read. Full of heart and humour, this is a story with characters that will leave you smiling. Enjoy with a cup of tea and a slice of cake, preferably Black Forest Gateaux." Rebekah ISBN 9781509840366
  • "I’m loving the Jackson Lamb spy thrillers and this is the place to start! Clever & addictive with a great range of characters and brilliant plotting, it’ll keep you turning the pages and coming back for more. Read them now before the TV series appears with Gary Oldman leading the way as Jackson Lamb – the TV series may be good, but it won’t be as good as the books…" Bob. You don't stop being a spook just because you're no longer in the game. Banished to Slough House from the ranks of achievers at Regent's Park for various crimes of drugs and drunkenness, lechery and failure, politics and betrayal, Jackson Lamb's misfit crew of highly trained joes don't run ops, they push paper. But not one of them joined the Intelligence Service to be a 'slow horse'. A boy is kidnapped and held hostage. His beheading is scheduled for live broadcast on the net. And whatever the instructions of the Service, the slow horses aren't going to just sit quiet and watch. *Soon to be a TV series starring Oscar-award winning actor Gary Oldman as Jackson Lamb* ISBN  9781473674189
  • "When tragedy strikes, three siblings Marty, Liz & Jules have only each other to depend on. The book follows them into fractured adulthood through trials & transformations into what is supposed to resemble a recovery. Fascinating and heartbreaking, a must-read story of love, friendship & family." Marta ISBN 9781473654044
  • "A comedy of manners, that is also a deeply moving story of unexpressed love. An aging butler allows his head to overule his heart in this beautifully contructed novel from one of our best contemporary novelists." Bob ISBN 9780571258246
  • "My first contact with Strout’s prose and I came away enchanted. Topics and characters stuck in my mind for days! Ah, the power of the things unspoken… It’s a very easy and quick read dealing tenderly with mother-daughter relationship and growing mentally out of extreme poverty." Marta Lucy is recovering from an operation in a New York hospital when she wakes to find her estranged mother sitting by her bed. They have not seen one another in years. As they talk Lucy finds herself recalling her troubled rural childhood and how it was she eventually arrived in the big city, got married and had children. But this unexpected visit leaves her doubting the life she's made: wondering what is lost and what has yet to be found. ISBN 9780241248782
  • "A young shepherd travels across the Arabic desert to fulfill his destiny. What he discovers along the way will inspire you to go on your own adventure - even if you end up back where you started. This is a novel that has stood the test of time, one that continues to engage the imagination and remind us that it is never too late to dream." Rebekah. ISBN 9780008283643
  • One of the most beloved figures of the twentieth century, First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt remains a role model for a life well lived. At the age of seventy-six, Roosevelt penned this simple guide to living a fuller life. Now back in print, "You Learn by Living" is a powerful volume of enduring commonsense ideas and heartfelt values. Offering her own philosophy on living, Eleanor takes readers on a path to compassion, confidence, maturity, civic stewardship, and more. The following are her keys to a fulfilling life: Learning to Learn; Fear - the Great Enemy; The Uses of Time; The Difficult Art of Maturity; Readjustment is endless; learning to Be Useful; the right to Be an individual; how to Get the Best out of People; Facing responsibility; how everyone Can take Part in Politics; and, learning to Be a Public servant. Informed by her personal experiences as a daughter, wife, parent, and diplomat, this book is a window into Eleanor Roosevelt herself and a trove of timeless wisdom that resonates in any era. ISBN 9780062061577
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    "A real rollercoaster of a book! There’s poetry, life choices, race issues, weird families, and in the middle of it all – hilariously witty characters to propel you through the book. Nell Zink is my new discovery and I highly recommend her." Marta Virginia, 1966. The motionless deeps of the lake outside Stillwater College are being ruffled. Lee, a blue-blooded poet and professor, is determinedly fondling Peggy, an ingenue freshman with literary pretensions, in his canoe. So begins a long affair but the two are mismatched from the start. The story that follows rocks the boat in every sense. Nell Zink's hugely entertaining, totally unique Mislaid explodes the nuclear family and topples every foundation of identity - black and white, gay and straight, "normal" and very very strange... ISBN 9780008100575
  • "A Scooby gang, a haunted house and the distinct whiff of impending apocalypse – can it get any better? Frankly, no, it can't - this is a great fun read." Ann A nostalgic and subversive trip rife with sly nods to H. P. Lovecraft and pop culture, in the vein of It and Stranger Things. SUMMER 1977. The Blyton Summer Detective Club (of Blyton Hills, a small mining town in Oregon's Zoinx River Valley) solved their final mystery and unmasked the elusive Sleepy Lake monster-another low-life fortune hunter trying to get his dirty hands on the legendary riches hidden in Deboen Mansion. And he would have gotten away with it too, if it weren't for those meddling kids. 1990. The former detectives have grown up and apart, each haunted by disturbing memories of their final night in the old haunted house. There are too many strange, half-remembered encounters and events that cannot be dismissed or explained away by a guy in a mask. And Andy, the once intrepid tomboy now wanted in two states, is tired of running from her demons. She needs answers. To find them she will need Kerri, the one-time kid genius and budding biologist, now drinking her ghosts away in New York with Tim, an excitable Weimaraner descended from the original canine member of the club. They will also have to get Nate, the horror nerd currently residing in an asylum in Arkham, Massachusetts. Luckily Nate has not lost contact with Peter, the handsome jock turned movie star who was once their team leader... which is remarkable, considering Peter has been dead for years. The time has come to get the team back together, face their fears, and find out what actually happened all those years ago at Sleepy Lake. It's their only chance to end the nightmares and, perhaps, save the world. ISBN 9781785658761
  • "Recent winner of the Women's Prize for Fiction, this powerful and moving novel is Shamsie's modern take on the Greek tragedy 'Antigone' by Sophocles. The story of three siblings - Isma and twins Aneeka and Parvaiz, it is a devastating portrayal of Islamic radicalism, regret, passion, and the lengths people will go to to protect those that they love. Shamsie's stunning writing draws you into the world of the characters and reveals the tragedy of the mistakes we make in life." Bob. ISBN 9781408886793
  • "I love this book! If you're looking for ways to change things but lack the framework and focus to do so and need some inspiration along the way, this is the books for you! I really have implemented change because of it. And there's a blog too!" Sinead ISBN 9780062888747
  • "My friend told me about this book and described it as 'terrifying but so compelling'. I don't know how to describe it except once you've finished it, it will be on your mind for weeks. I loved Looker!" Sinead ISBN 9781472258809
  • "I love Edgar Cantero. He fashions an intricately plotted thriller out of the most bizarre and fantastical of circumstance, whilst never letting up on thrills and spills. Humour is his watch word and he has heart too. You care about the fate of the characters who inhabit his world of cops and drug lords and his most extraordinary creation to date... A.Z. Kimrean." Ann In a dingy office in Fisherman's Wharf, the glass panel in the door bears the names of A. Kimrean and Z. Kimrean, Private Eyes. Behind the door there is only one desk, one chair, one scrawny androgynous P.I. in a tank top and skimpy waistcoat. A.Z., as they are collectively known, are twin brother and sister. He's pure misanthropic logic, she's wild hedonistic creativity. The Kimreans have been locked in mortal battle since they were in utero, which is tricky because they, very literally, share one single body. That's right. One body, two pilots. Someone is murdering the sons of the ruthless drug cartel boss known as the Lyon in the biggest baddest town in California: San Carnal. The notorious A.Z. Kimrean must go to the sin-soaked, palm-tree-lined streets of San Carnal, infiltrate the Lyon's inner circle, and find out who is targeting his heirs, and while they are at it, rescue an undercover cop in too deep, deal with a plucky young stowaway, and stop a major gang war from engulfing California. They'll face every plot device and break every rule Elmore Leonard wrote before they can crack the case, if they don't kill each other (themselves) first. ISBN  9781789090833
  • "A gentle, tender novel about a man who survived, gained, and then lost, but kept going with an open, slightly curious mind. It’s a book about transition, perseverance and most importantly – love. A fantastic read." Marta Andreas lives his whole life in the Austrian Alps, where he arrives as a young boy taken in by a farming family. He is a man of very few words and so, when he falls in love with Marie, he doesn't ask for her hand in marriage, but instead has some of his friends light her name at dusk across the mountain. When Marie dies in an avalanche, pregnant with their first child, Andreas' heart is broken. He leaves his valley just once more, to fight in WWII - where he is taken prisoner in the Caucasus - and returns to find that modernity has reached his remote haven. Like John Williams' 'Stoner', 'A Whole Life' by Robert Seethaler is a tender book about finding dignity and beauty in solitude. An exquisite novel about a simple life, it has already demonstrated its power to move thousands of readers with a message of solace and truth. ISBN 9781447283904
  • "This odd yet beautiful small book contains the stories of fifty strange islands from across the globe. Each story makes you consider the world that we live in, and what a diverse and amazing place it really is. It’s a bit pricey (sorry!) but beautifully produced and bound. A wonderful quirky discovery." Bob ISBN 9781846143496
  • "I picked this up on a whim, and the same day had a sudden death in the family. I can't describe how much the poems in this collection helped - paired with Sieghart's musings on emotional maladies- then and everyday since. To me, it is as important to have in the house as plasters and a fire extinguisher." Rebekah ISBN 9781846149542
  • "I read this in one sitting! A young girl is married to an older man and brought from Dominica to New York, a place where she does not even speak the language. It is the 1960s, a time when racial tensions are high and money is scarce. A dark story, wonderfully written, that celebrates the endurance of the human spirit against all odds." Rebekah ISBN 9781529304886
  • "An interesting starting point, when you know who the perpetrator is from the very beginning. But do you? He has certainly served his time but was he punishing himself for a different reason? You can always make your mind up for yourself?..." Ann ISBN 9781785656477
  • "2016- The Year of the Monkey - was a year when anything could (and did!) happen. Here, Smith muses on the year she turned 70 and the twists and turns that life threw her way. Finishing this beautifully written, almost surreal, memoir by Smith left me feeling a little bereft. For those who enjoy daydreams, moments of heartbreak & hope, and little observations on life - this book is a must read." Rebekah ISBN 9781526614766
  • "Set in Chicago in the early 80s, and in Paris in 2015, this powerful and heart-wrenching novel looks at how the AIDS crisis destroyed the lives of so many young gay men, and how the echoes of those devastating years continue to echo down the years. A novel of love, friendship, grief and family, and yes, it will make you cry – but it’s worth it…" Bob. In 1985, Yale Tishman, the development director for an art gallery in Chicago, is about to pull off an amazing coup: bringing an extraordinary collection of 1920s paintings as a gift to the gallery. Yet as his career begins to flourish, the carnage of the AIDs epidemic grows around him. One by one, his friends are dying and after his friend Nico's funeral, he finds his partner is infected, and that he might even have the virus himself. The only person he has left is Fiona, Nico's little sister. Thirty years later, Fiona is in Paris tracking down her estranged daughter who disappeared into a cult. While staying with an old friend, a famous photographer who documented the Chicago epidemic, she finds herself finally grappling with the devastating ways the AIDS crisis affected her life and her relationship with her daughter. Yale and Fiona's stories unfold in incredibly moving and sometimes surprising ways, as both struggle to find goodness in the face of disaster. ISBN 9780708899120
  • "Not the most dynamic book to ever encounter but incredibly rewarding as it shows a new side to Dublin - sadly, mostly ignored or overlooked. The story follows Vivian, a social outcast of sorts possibly by her own making, as she goes about her days in her ver own special way. Heartbreaking at times, eye-opening at others. Vivian will give you plenty to think about." Marta ISBN 9780008324407
  • "This book is an exploration of two people's experience of the same relationship being markedly different. It's a completely addictive read, it's about the breakdown of a long and ostensibly happy marriage infused with so much wit and insight." Sinead Kate is smart, successful and adept at making people feel at home: her husband Adam, her children, the guests of the hotel chain she works for. But her own foundations are about to be knocked away - for while Kate has been building a life, Adam's attention has been elsewhere. Who is the woman he's been emailing? And whose number keeps showing up on his phone? Kate tries to hold things together for her daughters, but what can she say, now Adam won't be coming home? As Kate searches for answers, she is forced to reassess her family, her future, and the man she thought she knew . ISBN 9780330544696
  • Bringing into harsh focus the daily struggle for existence in a Soviet gulag, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn's One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich is translated by Ralph Parker in Penguin Modern Classics. This brutal, shattering glimpse of the fate of millions of Russians under Stalin shook Russia and shocked the world when it first appeared. Discover the importance of a piece of bread or an extra bowl of soup, the incredible luxury of a book, the ingenious possibilities of a nail, a piece of string or a single match in a world where survival is all. Here safety, warmth and food are the first objectives. Reading it, you enter a world of incarceration, brutality, hard manual labour and freezing cold - and participate in the struggle of men to survive both the terrible rigours of nature and the inhumanity of the system that defines their conditions of life. Though twice-decorated for his service at the front during the Second World War, Aleksandr Isayevich Solzhenitsyn (1918-2008) was arrested in 1945 for making derogatory remarks about Stalin, and sent to a series of brutal Soviet labour camps in the Arctic Circle, where he remained for eight years. Released after Stalin's death, he worked as a teacher, publishing his novel One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich with the approval of Nikita Khrushchev in 1962, to huge success. His 1967 novel Cancer Ward, as well as his magnum opus The Gulag Archipelago, were not as well-received by Soviet authorities, and not long after being awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 1970, Solzhenitsyn was deported from the USSR. In 1994, after twenty years in exile, Solzhenitsyn made his long-awaited return to Russia. ISBN 9780141184746
  • "This novel has won loads of awards and it's easy to see why - just read the first paragraph. There is so much insight in this short book. The sentences and story are transporting, an example: 'This is what adulthood is, I though: this secrecy; this cultivation of separateness'." Sinead ISBN 9781785079511
  • "Another gem from Solnit, this collection hits harder than ever. The very real threat of violence against women seeps into every page, from her personal experiences to stories of women reported in the media. And yet it is not all darkness - we learn about art, community, and activism. A tough but incredible read, masterfully written." Rebekah ISBN 9781783785490
  • "The truth is that some of the best books never get on to a prize list, and this is one of those books. Life is not always fair." Ann An old lady dies alone and unheeded in a cold Edinburgh flat on a snowy Christmas night. A faded emerald dress hangs in her wardrobe; a spilt glass of whisky pools on the floor. A few days later a middle-aged woman arrives back in the city she thought she'd left behind, her future uncertain, her past in tatters. She soon finds herself a job at the Office for Lost People, tracking down the families of those who have died neglected and alone. But what Margaret Penny cannot yet know, is just how entangled her own life will become in the death of one lonely stranger... ISBN 9781447293927
  • "I’ve been a huge Jonathan Coe fan ever since I read ‘What a Carve Up!’ in the 1990s and this novel certainly doesn’t disappoint. Cleverly constructed and exceedingly funny, Coe dissects contemporary England in all its small-minded yet world-weary glory – you’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll understand a little bit more about the bizarreness of being English…" Bob ISBN 9780241983683
  • "A stunning blend of science, poetry, and philosophy. Rovelli unfurls the universe and how we experience time in a humourous, accessible way. Beautifully written, and at times quite poignant, this is a book for the curious. Plus he lets you skip the technical bits if you want!"Rebekah ISBN 9780141984964
  • "...Though the Castle of the title is the scene of the multiple poisoning of all but 3 members of the Blackwood family. Yet the remaining members live in a sort of fairytale harmony or so it seems... " Ann ISBN 9780141191454
  • "Murakami is best known as a highly original Japanese novelist - but he is also a marathon runner! This thoughtful book on what motivates him to run (and write) is both philosophical and inspiring. It made me buy running shoes (and use them) but also made me appreciative of what life can offer us." Bob ISBN 9780099526155
  • "Sometimes, what we really need is a spooky mix of Daphne Du Maurier and Donna Tartt with a touch of Margaret Attwood and ‘Madam’ ticks all the boxes! A young inspirational Classics teacher, a strange isolated boarding school in Scotland, and a dark secret that has to be uncovered… A twisted romp of a novel with a cataclysmic conclusion." Bob. ISBN 9781529408737
  • Sally Jones is not only a loyal friend, she's an extraordinary individual. In overalls or in a maharaja's turban, this unique gorilla moves among humans without speaking but understanding everything. She and the Chief are devoted comrades who operate a cargo boat. A job they are offered pays big bucks, but the deal ends badly, and the Chief is falsely convicted of murder. For Sally Jones this is the start of a harrowing quest for survival and to clear the Chief's name. Powerful forces are working against her, and they will do anything to protect their secrets. AN OBSERVER, GUARDIAN, TELEGRAPH, TIMES, SUNDAY TIMES and BOOKTRUST BOOK OF THE YEAR. Great fro Ages 9-99! / ISBN 9781782691754
  • "If you like weird and obscure facts, fun anecdotes, and surprising rivalries then this is the book for you! I love how Garfield looks at time from a broad range of perspectives - from train schedules to minute watch mechanics. A joy to read." Rebekah ISBN 9781782113218
  • "You do not have to be a Salinger fan to read this! I URGE you to read this memoir. It really isn't about responding to Salinger's letters although there are some salacious details about him which is interesting of itself as did she betray him? It's really about a young women navigating her way through young adulthood, and abusive relationship and New York with no money." Sinead ISBN 9781408833971
  • "Experimental, evocative, ironic. A book packed with unforgettably unique characters, vivid landscapes, and bizarre relationships. Each page is so expertly crafted that it will have you underlining paragraphs and painting quotes onto your bedroom walls. These two early stories foresee the genius of Levy to come." Mikayli ISBN 9780241968338
  • "A heart-warming collection of simply written real life stories of people just like us. Compiled by Grosz during his 35-year-long career, it offers insights into the patients’ minds as well as the psychiatrist’s. A fascinating discovery!" Marta This book is about learning to live. Echoing Socrates' statement that the unexamined life not worth living, psychoanalyst Stephen Grosz draws on his twenty-five years of work and more than 50,000 hours of conversations to form a collection of beautifully rendered tales that illuminate the human experience. These are stories about everyday lives: from a woman who finds herself daydreaming as she returns home from a business trip to a young man loses his wallet, to the more extreme examples: the patient who points an unloaded gun at a police officer and the compulsive liar who convinces his wife he's dying of cancer. The resulting journey will spark new ideas about who we are and why we do what we do. ISBN 9780099549031
  • LONDON 1885 - A woman's body is discovered on Edgware Road. Ten miles away, her head is pulled from the dark muddy waters of the Thames. For two men, this event will push them to the very brink. DETECTIVE WILLIAM PINKERTON - `Thirty-nine years old, already famous and already lonely'. In an attempt to solve this case, he must descend into the seedy, gas-lit streets, opium dens, sewers and seance halls of Victorian London. ADAM FOOLE - A gentleman without a past, haunted by a love affair ten years gone. What he learns from his lover's fate will force him to confront a past, and a grief, he thought long buried. *SHORTLISTED FOR THE CWA ENDEAVOUR HISTORICAL DAGGER AWARD 2017* ISBN 9781786071026
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