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  • Yeongdo, Korea 1911. In a small fishing village on the banks of the East Sea, a club-footed, cleft-lipped man marries a fifteen-year-old girl. The couple have one child, their beloved daughter Sunja. When Sunja falls pregnant by a married yakuza, the family face ruin. But then Isak, a Christian minister, offers her a chance of salvation: a new life in Japan as his wife. Following a man she barely knows to a hostile country in which she has no friends, no home, and whose language she cannot speak, Sunja's salvation is just the beginning of her story. ISBN 9781786691378
  • "I’m reading all of P.D. James’s Adam Dalgliesh crime thrillers at the minute but this short spin-off novel about Cordelia Gray, a 22 year-old private detective, drawn into the apparent suicide of a 22 year-old Cambridge student is great fun – thrilling, darkly humourous & full of acute observations about human life, it’s well worth a read even if you can’t guess ‘whodunnit’..." Bob. ISBN 9780571355709
  • "When Superintendent Adam Dalgliesh takes a well-deserved holiday to visit his Aunt in the beautiful writers’ retreat of Monksmere, the last thing he wants to do is solve a murder… luckily for us, he doesn’t get the relaxing break he’d hoped for! I love P.D. James’s crime novels – clever & astute with a wry humour, this is my favourite one… I think…" Bob. Superintendent Adam Dalgliesh has been looking forward to a quiet holiday at his aunt's cottage on Monksmere Head, one of the furthest-flung spots on the remote Suffolk coast. With nothing to do other than enjoy long windswept walks, tea in front of a crackling wood fire and hot-buttered toast, Dalgliesh is relishing the thought of a well-earned break. However, all hope of peace is soon shattered by murder. The mutilated body of a local crime writer, Maurice Seaton, floats ashore in a dinghy, dragging Adam Dalgliesh into a new and macabre investigation. ISBN 9780571350797
  • "This book is like walking backwards down a foreign street with your eyes closed, feeling equally liberated and ridiculous. Set in 1940s New York and Panama, eccentric Miss Goering and neurotic Mrs Cooperfield guide you through a cult classic so unconsciously hilarious, shockingly absurd, and before its time that it will make you laugh our loud and question everything." Mikayli ISBN 9780956003850
  • "A sharply witty tale about greed and need centred on the Plumb family. They are as endearing as they are dysfunctional." Ann When black sheep Leo has a costly car accident, the Plumb siblings' much-anticipated inheritance is suddenly wiped out. His brother and sisters come together and form a plan to get back what is owed them - each grappling with their own financial and emotional turmoil from the fallout. As `the nest' fades further from view, they must decide whether they will build their lives anew, or fight to regain the futures they had planned. Ferociously astute, warm and funny, The Nest is a brilliant debut chronicling the hilarity and savagery of family life. `A masterfully constructed, darkly comic, and immensely captivating tale...Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney is a real talent' Elizabeth Gilbert. ISBN 9780008133757
  • "If, like me, you have more than a passing fondness for a good dose of Victorian misdeeds and general skulduggery, then this is for you.It takes the action to Edinburgh, and the medical community, which finds itself on the cusp of scientific advancements and the temptations that brings." Ann Edinburgh, 1847. Will Raven is a medical student, apprenticing for the brilliant and renowned Dr Simpson. Sarah Fisher is Simpson's housemaid, and has all of Raven's intelligence but none of his privileges. As bodies begin to appear across the Old Town, Raven and Sarah find themselves propelled headlong into the darkest shadows of Edinburgh's underworld. And if either of them are to make it out alive, they will have to work together to find out who's responsible for the gruesome deaths. ISBN 9781786893802
  • "Not for the faint-hearted, but that said, absorbing, shocking, thought provoking and powerful. Be brave!" Ann When law student Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich is asked to work on a death-row hearing for convicted murderer and child molester Ricky Langley, she finds herself thrust into the tangled story of his childhood. As she digs deeper and deeper into the case she realizes that, despite their vastly different circumstances, something in his story is unsettlingly, uncannily familiar. 'The Fact of a Body' is both an enthralling memoir and a groundbreaking, heart-stopping investigation into how the law is personal, composed of individual stories, and proof that arriving at the truth is more complicated, and powerful, than we could ever imagine. ISBN 9781509805648
  • "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
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    "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
  • "A thought provoking novel set against the backdrop of Wartime Britain and London during the air raids. A tale of alienation, a meditation on love and it's effects, of the impact of people's pasts on their present and the distance between people." Sinead ISBN 9781844082414
  • "Mrs. Dalloway is one of my favourite books of all time and I think the most accessible of Woolf's novels. It takes place over a single day when Clarissa Dalloway is preparing for a party and she thinks about her life as it is, was and what she thinks it will be. You will feel exhilarated after reading this." Sinead ISBN 9780241341117
  • "Don't be put off by that film! The original book is a testament to the power of a child's imagination, and both adults and children will soon be caught up in this novel's clever fantasy." Bob Great for Ages 9-12 ISBN 9780141354972
  • "Transported to New South Wales for a grievous mistake, Thames Waterman William Thornhill must begin a new life in a hostile country. This absolutely stunning novel explores how Australia was made, and how early settlers reacted to the Aboriginal population. A must-read!" Bob ISBN 9781782118879
  • "At first impression, Flora Poste should be gagged and bound and tied to a chair!! She's a menace, and life at Cold Comfort Farm will never be the same. She always knows best!!" Ann ISBN 9780241418895
  • "If you haven't read this yet, you really need to! Don't be put off by the Western overtones - it's really just the story of two brothers who are hired to kill someone and the strange adventures they have on the way - it's funny, clever, and a real page-turner!" Bob ISBN 9781847083197
  • "William Boyd is such a good writer! This wonderful novel is both clever and incredibly readable, and Eva is a complex and believable lead character. A perfect book for when you just need 'a really good story.'" Bob ISBN 9780747586203
  • "The devil is stalking Moscow, and no good can come of it. Funny, confusing (but in a good way), just great!!" Ann ISBN 9780099540946
  • "I read this book years ago at the prompting of a friend who said I would never find anything so beautiful and touching as this jewel of a novel. It was all I hoped for and much more." Ann ISBN 9780141182308
  • "I've always been fascinated by fairy tales and how, despite often been thought of as children's stories, they are often very dark and quite frightening. In this wonderful collection, master storyteller Angela Carter takes traditional fairy tales and creates new and psychologically intriguing stories, including 'The Company of Wolves', later made into a film by Neil Jordan." Bob ISBN 9780099588115
  • "Jonathan Coe is one of my favourite writers - his novels are always cleverly constructed but immensely readable. In this one, a family's secrets are revealed through a set of photographs and the audio tapes left by Rosamund that describe where and when they were taken. A beautiful and moving story." Bob ISBN 9780241967751
  • "This book has been reviewed as a 'crash course in philosophy interwoven with a platonic love story.' Crikey! The point being that it is clever and moving but very accessible, and a rewarding read." Ann ISBN 9781906040185
  • "A psychological crime thriller in the vein of Ruth Rendell, this is a great debut by a new Irish writer. When a girl's body is found in the woods it brings back memories, and more, for Detective Rob Ryan. Taut and clever!" Bob ISBN 9781444758344
  • "This is the first Ann Patchett novel I read and it's the one that made me a big fan (her 'Bel Canto' won the Orange Prize a couple of years later). Beautifully written and emotionally involving, this reminds me of Anne Tyler and Carol Shields at their best." Bob ISBN 9781857028157
  • "Alfred Hitchcock considered Du Maurier's writing as one of this greatest inspirations and on reading this, you can see why. The suspense builds and builds, the plot is full of twists and turns and you're constantly wondering, is Cousin Rachel bad? Is she good?" Sinead ISBN 9781844080403
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