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  • "If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to sleep a year away, then look no further than this book. Our unnamed narrator starts taking sleeping pills to numb out the world, only leaving her apartment to get coffee, visit the doctor’s office and the pharmacy…until she starts sleepwalking… A truly unforgettable, and at times unsettling, novel with a truly unlikable protagonist to boot (seriously, you’ll hate her – in the best way!)" Emilie It's the year 2000 in a city aglitter with wealth and possibility; what could be so terribly wrong? Our narrator has many of the advantages of life: Young, thin, pretty, a recent Columbia graduate, she lives in an apartment on the Upper East Side of Manhattan paid for, like everything else, by her inheritance. But there is a vacuum at the heart of things, and it isn't just the loss of her parents in college, or the way her Wall Street boyfriend treats her, or her sadomasochistic relationship with her alleged best friend. Blackly funny, both merciless and compassionate - dangling its legs over the ledge of 9/11 - My Year of Rest and Relaxation is a showcase for the gifts of one of America's major young writers. ISBN 9781784707422
  • "I loved this taut page-turning thriller by Margery Allingham which reads like Graham Greene meets Patricia Highsmith in 1950s London. Her regular sleuth Albert Campion does make an appearance but this isn’t a ‘whodunnit’ but more of an exploration of how far someone will go to protect someone that they love, even if it means lying to themself. A gripping read." Bob. ISBN 9780099506096
  • Sligo 1832. The cholera epidemic sweeps across Ireland like a secret, bringing with it a family of four hundred year old Vampires. Unsuspecting orphan, Valentine, is unaware of the Vampires lurking in the shadows, until he finds himself flying through the star filled sky on his way to a Vampire’s Lair. Matilda, Valentine’s sister, returns home from the fever hospital to discover that her brother Valentine has vanished and she will stop at nothing to find him. Valentine embarks on the adventure of a lifetime; he is shipwrecked at the foot of an ancient lighthouse, battles with a Vampire Hunter, rescues a mermaid and works as an illusionist. Valentine takes up residence in Casino Marino, an exquisite temple in Dublin with hidden rooms and secret passageways. It is a race against the clock. Will Valentine ever see Matilda again? Can he overcome the Vampire’s curse? And does he have what it takes to defeat the wicked Lorenzo?... Great for Teens and Young Adults. ISBN 9781781997635
  • Ash Persaud is about to become a reaper in the afterlife, but she is determined to see her first love Poppy Morgan again, the only thing that separates them is death. Car headlights.The last thing Ash hears is the snap of breaking glass as the windscreen hits her and breaks into a million pieces like stars. But she made it, she's still here. Or is she? This New Year's Eve, Ash gets an invitation from the afterlife she can't decline: to join a clan of fierce girl reapers who take the souls of the city's dead to await their fate. But Ash can't forget her first love, Poppy, and she will do anything to see her again ... even if it means they only get a few more days together. Dead or alive ... Great for Teens and Young Adults. ISBN 9781444955958
  • Samuel has lived alone for a long time; one morning he finds the sea has brought someone to offer companionship and to threaten his solitude... A young refugee washes up unconscious on the beach of a small island inhabited by no one but Samuel, an old lighthouse keeper. Unsettled, Samuel is soon swept up in memories of his former life on the mainland: a life that saw his country suffer under colonisers, then fight for independence, only to fall under the rule of a cruel dictator; and he recalls his own part in its history. In this new man's presence he begins to consider, as he did in his youth, what is meant by land and to whom it should belong. To what lengths will a person go in order to ensure that what is theirs will not be taken from them? A novel about guilt and fear, friendship and rejection; about the meaning of home. ISBN 9781910688922
  • In the dying days of the American Civil War, newly freed brothers Landry and Prentiss find themselves cast into the world without a penny to their names. Forced to hide out in the woods near their former Georgia plantation, they're soon discovered by the land's owner, George Walker, a man still reeling from the loss of his son in the war. When the brothers begin to live and work on George's farm, the tentative bonds of trust and union begin to blossom between the strangers. But this sanctuary survives on a knife's edge, and it isn't long before the inhabitants of the nearby town of Old Ox react with fury at the alliances being formed only a few miles away. Conjuring a world fraught by tragedy and violence yet threaded through with hope, THE SWEETNESS OF WATER is a debut novel unique in its power to move and enthral. ISBN 9781472274380
  • It begins with a message: a telephone call informing Krishan that his grandmother's former care-giver, Rani, has died in unexpected circumstances, at the bottom of a well in her village in the north, her neck broken by the fall. The news arrives on the heels of an email from Anjum, an activist he fell in love with four years earlier while living in Delhi, bringing with it the stirring of distant memories and desires. As Krishan makes the long journey by train from Colombo into the war-torn Northern Province for the funeral, so begins a passage into the soul of an island devastated by violence. Written with precision and grace, A Passage North is a poignant memorial for the missing and the dead, and a luminous meditation on time, consciousness, and the lasting imprint of the connections we make with others. ISBN 9781783786947
  • "I’m a big lover of classic crime novels and this is my favourite of Josephine Tey’s. When celebrated photographer Leslie Searle apparently vanishes into thin air on a visit to to the quiet village Salcott St Mary, murder is suspected… but where is the body? Clever & brilliantly written, this is a classic of the murder mystery genre… or is it?" Bob. ISBN 9780099556749
  • Sixteen-year-old Starr lives in two worlds: the poor neighbourhood where she was born and raised and her posh high school in the suburbs. The uneasy balance between them is shattered when Starr is the only witness to the fatal shooting of her unarmed best friend, Khalil, by a police officer. Now what Starr says could destroy her community. It could also get her killed. Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, this is a powerful and gripping YA novel about one girl's struggle for justice. Great for Teens and Young Adults ISBN 9781406372151
  • "You will laugh so hard that breathing becomes difficult! Georgia and her friends are utterly ridiculous and beyond charming. This is one of those series that you read as a teen and still laugh at years later." Rebekah Great for Teens and Young Adults ISBN 9780007218677
  • The course of Frank Mackey's life was set by one defining moment when he was nineteen. The moment his girlfriend, Rosie Daly, failed to turn up for their rendezvous in Faithful Place, failed to run away with him to London as they had planned. Frank never heard from her again. Twenty years on, Frank is still in Dublin, working as an undercover cop. He's cut all ties with his dysfunctional family. Until his sister calls to say that Rosie's suitcase has been found. Frank embarks on a journey into his past that demands he reevaluate everything he believes to be true. ISBN 9780340977620
  • In Broken Harbour, a ghost estate outside Dublin - half-built, half-inhabited, half-abandoned - two children and their father are dead. The mother is on her way to intensive care. Scorcher Kennedy is given the case because he is the Murder squad's star detective. At first he and his rookie partner, Richie, think this is a simple one: Pat Spain was a casualty of the recession, so he killed his children, tried to kill his wife Jenny, and finished off with himself. But there are too many inexplicable details and the evidence is pointing in two directions at once. Scorcher's personal life is tugging for his attention. Seeing the case on the news has sent his sister Dina off the rails again, and she's resurrecting something that Scorcher thought he had tightly under control: what happened to their family, one summer at Broken Harbour, back when they were children. The neat compartments of his life are breaking down, and the sudden tangle of work and family is putting both at risk ... ISBN 9781444705119
  • The photo shows a boy who was murdered a year ago. The caption says, 'I KNOW WHO KILLED HIM'. Detective Stephen Moran hasn't seen Holly Mackey since she was a nine-year-old witness to the events of Faithful Place. Now she's sixteen and she's shown up outside his squad room, with a photograph and a story. Even in her exclusive boarding school, in the graceful golden world that Stephen has always longed for, bad things happen and people have secrets. The previous year, Christopher Harper, from the neighbouring boys' school, was found murdered on the grounds. And today, in the Secret Place - the school noticeboard where girls can pin up their secrets anonymously - Holly found the card. Solving this case could take Stephen onto the Murder squad. But to get it solved, he will have to work with Detective Antoinette Conway - tough, prickly, an outsider, everything Stephen doesn't want in a partner. And he will have to find a way into the strange, charged, mysterious world that Holly and her three closest friends inhabit and disentangle the truth from their knot of secrets, even as he starts to suspect that the truth might be something he doesn't want to hear. From the multi-award-winning author of Sunday Times and New York Times bestseller In the Woods, The Secret Place is a searing novel of psychological suspense. ISBN 9781444755619
  • Still traumatised by her brush with a psychopath, Detective Cassie Maddox transfers out of the Murder squad and starts a relationship with fellow detective Sam O'Neill. When he calls her to the scene of his new case, she is shocked to find that the murdered girl is her double. What's more, her ID shows she is Lexie Madison - the identity Cassie used, years ago, as an undercover detective. With no leads, no suspects and no clues to Lexie's real identity, Cassie's old boss spots the opportunity of a lifetime: send Cassie undercover in her place, to tempt the killer out of hiding to finish the job. ISBN 9780340924792
  • "I haven't read any fantasy fiction for years so it felt time to revisit this series that I loved in my teens. And I still love them! Yes, there are dragons and people with funny names but, as ever, it's really a story about us - anger, determination, courage, unfairness & ultimately - success through perserverance. Menolly and her fire lizards have a special place in my heart." Bob Shimmering Threads fall from space, raining death and black ruin on Pern. The great dragons of Pern hurl themselves through the beleagured skies, flaming tongues of fire to destroy deadly Thread and save the Planet. But it was not Threadfall that made young Menolly unhappy. It was her father who betrayed her ambition to be a Harper, who thwarted her love of music. Menolly had no choice but to run away. When, suddenly, she came upon a group of fire lizards, wild and smaller relatives of the fire-breathing dragons, she let her music swirl around them. She taught nine of them to sing. Suddenly Menolly was no longer alone - she was Mistress of Music and Ward of the dazzling fire dragons. ISBN 9780552106610
  • "It’s like Daisy Jones & The Six on acid… literally! I always enjoy a new David Mitchell novel and he’s having great fun here. The tale of late 1960s rock band with all the associated great music, band member intrigue, and lots of booze, sex and drugs. But there’s also that little bit of complete strangeness we’ve come to expect from David Mitchell. Loved it!" Bob. ISBN 9781444799477
  • "A phenomenal collection, Angelou's poetry is a joy to read. If you want poetry that pulls no punches then check out 'Family Affairs' - a dark, honest look at the difference skin colour makes for women - or 'Caged Bird'. If you're looking for a self-esteem boost then 'Phenomenal Woman' and 'Still I Rise' are a must read. Essential poetry for any time." Rebekah ISBN 9780860687573
  • "Though the 'plot' of the novel is revealed early on in the book, somehow the real truth of the story is only fully understood and appreciated by reading on. William Maxwell has such a way of conjuring a story that it takes your breath away." Ann ISBN 9780099560937
  • "Regeneration is one of those books that stays with you for life. Incredibly well-written, it brings the horrors of World War One trenches to life but it is also a beautiful and compassionate examination of the psychological damage suffered by those who survived." Bob ISBN 9780141030937
  • "While this is a short book, it is very powerful and emotional. Helen offers her spare room to her friend Nicola, who is very ill. A meditation on friendship and a lesson about life, you will find yourself very glad you discovered Helen Garner." Sinead ISBN 9781786896087
  • "This novel transports you to the Deep South where a group of people are on the cusp of change and reminds the reader how one person can powerfully affect many lives. A meditation on growing up, isolation, loneliness, the fragility of dreams and the universal human need to be heard." Sinead "A tapestry of the human heart, this novel explores loneliness in all its forms. From an awkward young girl, to an embittered doctor, to a drunken worker - this small town is full of broken people. At their center is Singer, the deaf-mute who gives them hope. One of my all-time favorites, this is a novel to read and re-read." Rebekah ISBN 9780141185224
  • "If you have never read a novel by Tim Winton be prepared for a wild Australian landscape filled with raw and wounded characters. This is a novel written with beauty and complexity by a superb and epic storyteller." Carrie ISBN 9780857503916
  • "Whether a novice or accustomed graphic novel readers, Persepolis is the extraordinary story of a young woman and her account of revolutionary and war-time Iran, written with style and wit." Carrie ISBN 9780099523994
  • "Based on the ill-fated 1840s expedition to the Arctic to find the fabled North West passage, this is a tale of immense bravery, human endurance, drama and horror, played out in the unrelenting cruelty of the frozen wastes." Ann ISBN 9780857503916
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