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Afterwards - Rosamund Lupton

Synopsis: Rosamund Lupton’s first novel Sister was the fastest-selling debut by a British author, which could arguably have been a hard act for her to follow. However, in Afterwards we have an equally stunning second novel. It's Adam's 8th birthday, and it's also his school sports day. His mother, Grace, is there to cheer him on at the playing fields, and his older sister, Jenny, is school nurse for the day. Against the back drop of a beautiful day, tragedy occurs...


Snowdrops - A. D. Miller

Synopsis: Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2011, Snowdrops is a stunning novel of moral ambiguity, uncertainty and corruption. Snowdrops. That's what the Russians call them, the bodies that float up into the light in the thaw. Drunks, most of them, and homeless people who just give up and lie down into the whiteness, and murder victims hidden in the drifts by their killers. Nick has a confession. When he worked as a high-flying British lawyer in Moscow he was seduced by Masha, an enigmatic woman who introduced him to her city: the electric nightclubs and intimate dachas, the human kindnesses and state-wide corruption.

Into The Darkest Corner

Into the Darkest Corner - Elizabeth Haynes

Synopsis: Catherine has been enjoying single life for long enough to know a good catch when she sees one. Gorgeous, charismatic and spontaneous, Lee seems almost too perfect to be true. But there is a dark side to him and his erratic, controlling and sometimes frightening behaviour means that Catherine is increasingly isolated. Driven into the darkest corner of her world, she plans a meticulous escape. Four years later, struggling to overcome her demons, Catherine dares to believe she might be safe from harm. Until one phone call changes everything...

Water For Elephants

Water for Elephants - Sara Gruen

Synopsis: When Jacob Jankowski, recently orphaned and suddenly adrift, jumps onto a passing train, he enters a world of freaks, grifters, and misfits - the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth - a second-rate travelling circus struggling to survive during the Great Depression, making one-night stands in town after endless town. Jacob, a veterinary student who almost earned his degree, is put in charge of caring for the circus menagerie. It is there that he meets Marlena, the beautiful young star of the equestrian act, who is married to August, the charismatic but twisted animal trainer. He also meets Rosie, an elephant who seems untrainable until he discovers a way to reach her.

Dark Matter

Dark Matter: A Ghost Story - Michelle Paver

Synopsis: January 1937. Clouds of war are gathering over a fogbound London. Twenty-eight year old Jack is poor, lonely and desperate to change his life. So when he's offered the chance to join an Arctic expedition, he jumps at it. Spirits are high as the ship leaves Norway, five men and eight huskies, crossing the Barents Sea by the light of the midnight sun. At last they reach the remote, uninhabited bay where they will camp for the next year. Gruhuken. But the Arctic summer is brief. As night returns to claim the land, Jack feels a creeping unease...

The Unseen

The Unseen - Katherine Webb

Synopsis: England, 1911. The Reverend Albert Canning, a vicar with a passion for spiritualism, leads a happy existence with his naive wife Hester in a sleepy Berkshire village. As summer dawns, their quiet lives are changed for ever by two new arrivals. First comes Cat, the new maid: a free-spirited and disaffected young woman sent down from London after entanglements with the law. Cat quickly finds a place for herself in the secret underbelly of local society as she plots her escape. Then comes Robin Durrant, a leading expert in the occult, enticed by tales of elemental beings in the water meadows nearby. A young man of magnetic charm and beauty, Robin soon becomes an object of fascination and desire...

River Cottage Veg Every Day

River Cottage Veg Every Day - Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall

Synopsis: Why don't we eat more veg? They're healthy, cost-effective and, above all, delicious. Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall believes that it is time to put this to rights, as he explains in this brilliant new book. He's come up with an abundance of veg-tastic recipes, including a warm salad of grilled courgettes, lemon, garlic, mint and mozzarella, a winter giant couscous salad with herbs and walnuts, radishes with butter and salt, lemony guacamole, linguine with mint and almond pesto and cherry tomatoes, baby carrot risotto, new potato gnocchi, a summer stir-fry with green veg, ginger, garlic and sesame, a winter stir-fry with Brussels sprouts, shiitake mushrooms and five-spice, a cheesy tomato tart, a spring onion gallette, roast jacket chips with merguez spices and spiced yoghurt, curried bubble and squeak, scrambled eggs and asparagus with lemon, tomato gazpacho, pea and parsley soup, roast squash wedges, baba ganoush, beetroot houmous, spinach pasties and barbecued corn on the cob...

History of the World In 100 Objects

A History of the World in 100 Objects - Dr Neil MacGregor

Synopsis: This book takes a dramatically original approach to the history of humanity, using objects that previous civilisations have left behind, often accidentally, as looking glasses through which we can explore past worlds and the lives of the men and women who lived in them. The book's range is enormous. It begins with one of the earliest surviving objects made by human hands, a chopping tool from the Olduvai Gorge in Africa, and ends with an object from the 21st century that represents the world we live in today. Neil MacGregor's aim is not simply to describe these remarkable things, but to show us their significance: How a stone pillar tells us about a great Indian emperor preaching tolerance to his people; How Spanish pieces of eight tell us about the beginning of a global currency; How an early Victorian tea-set tells us about the impact of empire...

Gangsta Granny

Gangsta Granny - David Walliams

Synopsis: Another hilarious and moving novel from bestselling critically acclaimed author David Walliams, the natural successor to Roald Dahl. A story of prejudice and acceptance, funny lists and silly words, this new book has all the hallmarks of David’s previous bestsellers. Our hero Ben is bored beyond belief after he is made to stay at his grandma’s house. She’s the boringest grandma ever: all she wants to do is to play Scrabble, and eat cabbage soup. But there are two things Ben doesn’t know about his grandma: She was once an international jewel thief; All her life, she has been plotting to steal the crown jewels, and now she needs Ben’s help…

I Partridge: We Need to Talk About Alan

I, Partridge: We Need to Talk About Alan - Alan Partridge

Synopsis: Journalist, presenter, broadcaster, husband, father, vigorous all-rounder – Alan Partridge – a man with a fascinating past and an amazing future. Born into a changing world of rationing, Teddy Boys, apes in space and the launch of ITV, Alan’s broadcasting career began as chief DJ of Radio Smile at St. Luke’s Hospital in Norwich, and the rest you can read about in this incredibly funny book. Now single, Alan is an intensely private man but he opens up, for the second time, in this candid, entertaining, often deeply emotional – and of course compelling – memoir, written entirely in his own words (Alan quickly dispelled the idea of using a ghost writer. With a grade B English Language O-Level, he knew he was up to the task)...

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