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Sour Heart

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  • Currently 2.5/5

A series of humorous and gritty short stories about Chinese immigrants living in New York. The stories are all about people striving to find an identity outside of their nationality and their family.

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The Secrets She Keeps

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  • Currently 3.5/5

The Secrets She Keeps is about the unexpected friendship between two pregnant woman who couldn’t be more different. Meghan has the perfect life, a perfect sport presenter husband and two perfect...

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Don't Close Your Eyes

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  • Currently 4.5/5

Robin and Sarah are twin sisters who have grown apart and haven’t seen each other for a number of years.

Robin is agoraphobic and hasn’t left her house in years. She relies on a series of...

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Don't Close Your Eyes

The Ministry of Utmost Happiness

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  • Currently 4/5

The Ministry of Utmost Happiness is the latest offering from the author of The God of Small Things. Arundhati Roy is a staggeringly lyrical writer and The Ministry of Utmost Happiness is a prime...

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The Ministry of Utmost Happiness

Juniper Lemon's Happiness Index

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  • Currently 5/5

It has been sixty-five days since Juniper Lemon’s sister died in a car accident. Juniper has taken Camilla’s bag to school with her, a memento to help her through her first day back at...

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Shelter

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  • Currently 4.5/5

In Spring 1944 Connie arrives in the Forest of Dean fleeing from the devastating losses she faced in Coventry and carrying a massive secret.

Around the same time Seppe arrives at a camp for Italian...

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Greatest Hits

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  • Currently 4/5

It has been ten years since singer/songwriter Cassandra Wheeler last produced an album. Ten years in which she has secluded herself from a world she felt was too painful to live in.

Now Cass has...

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The Summer of Impossible Things

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  • Currently 5/5

Thirty years ago, in Brooklyn something terrible happened to Luna’s mother that changed her life forever. Something she is only willing to reveal to her daughter Luna and Pia after her death....

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The Summer of Impossible Things

Five Go Parenting

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  • Currently 3.8/5

n this book the gang report their cousin and wife for a crime. Shortly afterwards they are visited by Wendy from social services. It turns out Rupert and his wife had a baby called Lily. The gang...

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Five Give Up The Drink

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  • Currently 4/5

Five Give Up The Drink is a brilliant reworking of the much loved books by Enid Blyton. Bruno Vincent writes them very much in Enid Blyton’s style but is very much directed at an adult reader....

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Almost Missed You

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  • Currently 3/5

A bit lacklustre

Violet shares the perfect life with her husband Finn and her son Bear. Until one day whilst she is on vacation she returns to find Finn has abducted her son. Suddenly she begins to...

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Almost Missed You

At The Edge of the Orchard

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  • Currently 5/5

This book is one of my favourite books of the year so far.

The Edge of the Orchard is set in 1938 in a place called Black Swamp Ohio. The book centers around the lives of the Goodenough family,...

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At The Edge of the Orchard

The Roanoke Girls

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  • Currently 3.1/5

Beautiful.

Rich.

Mysterious.

Everyone wants to be a Roanoke girl.

But you won't when you know the truth.

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The Roanoke Girls

Say Nothing

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  • Currently 3.8/5

This novel was full of twists, an entertaining read.

Scott Sampson is held in high esteem as a judge and is well-liked in his working life. He is a family man, he dotes on his twins, Emma and Sam,...

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Breathing Lessons

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  • Currently 4/5

This book tells the story of Ira and Maggie Moran, a married couple driving to the funeral of an old friend. However, the story is really much more than that. It is about the minutiae of married life...

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My Name is Leon

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  • Currently 4.5/5

A brother chosen. A brother left behind. And a family where you'd least expect to find one.

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My Name is Leon
 
 
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