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Cartes Postales From Greece

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  • Currently 3.5/5

Cartes Postales From Greece is about a young woman named Ellie who keeps receiving postcards for the former occupant of the flat she lives in. Each postcard shows a snapshot of different places in...

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Cartes Postales From Greece

The Wild Air

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The Wild Air is about a young girl named Della Dobbs whose whole life is changed when her Great Aunt Betty comes to stay with them from America.

Della has always been somewhat of an outsider in her...

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The Prague Sonata

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  • Currently 3.8/5

Otylie is a young girl when she first comes across the manuscript, her father's prized possession, an 18th century musical sonata of unknown origin. A month later he is dead and Otylie is sent to...

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Boys Don't Cry

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  • Currently 3.7/5

Big Boys Don’t Cry is about a 17 year old boy called Dante who is anxiously waiting for the postman to come with his A level results. He has big plans to go to university and become a journalist....

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Boys Don't Cry

The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter

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The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter is about a mute man named John Singer. Singer lives in a small town in a Southern state in America. Singer is an incredibly lonely man but there is something about him...

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The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter

Magnolia Nights

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Magnolia Nights is the latest in a long line of brilliant Southern fiction from Ashley Farley. Even though I loved The Sweeney Sister series I have to say this book was even better.

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Moonrise

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  • Currently 4.5/5

Moonrise tells the story of Joe and his older brother Ed. Joe hasn’t seen Ed for ten years because for the last ten years Ed has been on death row in Texas.

Now Ed’s date of execution has come...

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Moonrise

99 Red Balloons

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  • Currently 4/5

A young girl is talking to a stranger in a Newsagents. The man is telling her that her mum asked him to fetch her and take her to the bus station where she has a surprise for her for being such a good...

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My Absolute Darling

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  • Currently 4.3/5

'My Absolute Darling' is about the dysfunctional relationship between 14 year old ‘Turtle’ and her father Martin.

Turtle is a skilled survivalist and has been able to shoot a gun...

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My Absolute Darling

The Secret Life Of Bees

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The Secret Life Of Bees is a coming-of-age story about a young girl named Lily. Lily grew up in South Carolina on a peach farm with her dad. Lily is tormented by memories of holding the gun that...

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The Secret Life Of Bees

The Scandal

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  • Currently 4.5/5

Beartown is a hockey town in the nestled in the forests of Sweden.

The inhabitants of Beartown are preparing for the game of the season, The Beartown Ice Hockey Club’s junior team is in the...

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The Scandal

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

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The Perks of Being a Wallflower is written in the form of letters addressed to an unnamed reader known only as ‘Dear friend.’ The narrator, Charlie is an outsider in school and to some extent...

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The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Forest Dark

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  • Currently 3.6/5

Eliezer Friedman is a larger than life ex-literary professor with a taste for luxury so his friends and family found it difficult to understand why months before his disappearance he chooses to start...

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Forest Dark

Midnight At The Bright Ideas Bookstore

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  • Currently 3.5/5

It is around midnight and Lydia is closing up the Bright Ideas Book Store for the night when she hears strange noises coming from the upper store, the sounds of books falling to the floor.

She is...

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Midnight At The Bright Ideas Bookstore

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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Last Seen Alive

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  • Currently 5/5

Jamie and Libby have had a hard time of late so when the opportunity comes to get away they decide to take it.

'The Hideaway' is an idyllic home on the beach front in Cornwall and Libby...

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All Things New

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Jessa has suffered with anxiety and panic attack for years but has techniques to make sure nobody else knows. But one night she gets in a car accident which leaves her with facial scarring and a brain...

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All Things New

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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The Secrets She Keeps

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
 
 
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