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Last Days In Cleaver Square

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An old man is sleeping fitfully. It's too hot. The air is thick with Spanish Jasmine floating in from his overgrown garden. And he's not sure whether he'll be woken by General Franco...

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The Absolute Book

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  • Currently 4.5/5

A spellbinding mix of Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, American Gods and His Dark Materials

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Body of Stars

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  • Currently 5/5

No future, dear reader, can break a woman on its own

Body of Stars is an urgent read about what happens when women are objectified and violently stripped of choice - and what happens when they fight...

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Madam

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  • Currently 2.5/5

Light a fire they can't put out

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Madam

The Paris Library

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  • Currently 4/5

‘Libraries are lungs,’ she scrawled, her pen barely able to keep up with her ideas, ‘books the fresh air breathed in to keep the heart beating, to keep the brain imagining, to keep her...

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The Push

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  • Currently 5/5

A tense, page-turning psychological drama about the making and breaking of a familyand a woman whose experience of motherhood is nothing at all what she hoped for and everything she feared.

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The Betrayals

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  • Currently 4/5

There’s a silence, like the gap between two ticks of a clock.

Then she turns away, unable to look at his face.

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The Sin Eater

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  • Currently 5/5

“The sin eater walks among us. Unseen. Unheard…Sins of our flesh become sins of hers through the Eating, praise be.”

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My Sister, the Serial Killer

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  • Currently 5/5

A blackly comic novel about lies, love, Lagos, and how blood is thicker - and more difficult to get out of the carpet - than water.

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My Sister, the Serial Killer

The Man Who Saw Everything

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  • Currently 1.5/5

n 1988 Saul Adler (a narcissistic, young historian) is hit by a car on the Abbey Road. He is apparently fine; he gets up and goes to see his art student girlfriend, Jennifer Moreau. They have sex...

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The Dollmaker

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  • Currently 1.5/5

Stitch by perfect stitch, Andrew Garvie makes exquisite dolls in the finest antique style. Like him, they are diminutive, but graceful, unique and with surprising depths. Perhaps that's why he...

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Old Drift

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  • Currently 2.5/5

From a woman covered with hair and another plagued with endless tears, to forbidden love affairs and fiery political ones, to homegrown technological marvels like Afronauts, microdrones and viral...

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The Chimes

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  • Currently 3/5

The Chimes: A Goblin Story of Some Bells that Rang an Old Year Out and a New Year In, a short novel by Charles Dickens, was written and published in 1844, one year after A Christmas Carol. It is the...

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The Wych Elm

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  • Currently 4/5

Toby has been lucky his whole life and he knows it. Then one night he is viciously attacked and left for dead. The attack leaves him changed both physically and mentally to the point where he is...

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We Must Be Brave

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  • Currently 2/5

We Must Be Brave is set in 1940’s Southampton as the German’s are dropping bombs and its residents are fleeing a young child is found alone on a bus.

Ellen Parr is the one to find...

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We Must Be Brave

99 Nights in Logar

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  • Currently 4/5

99 Nights in Logar is set in Logar, Afghanistan. Marwand is there for the summer after living in America with his family for years.

On his arrival he is bitten by a guard dog from the village named...

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The Rise and Fall of Becky Sharp

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  • Currently 3/5

Becky Sharp’s childhood was characterised by dire poverty and the lack of a parental figure so when Becky ends up on Big Brother, she used the chance to try to improve her situation. She...

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Golden State

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  • Currently 2/5

Welcome to Golden State, where the worst crime you can commit is to lie.

Laz Ratesic is a veteran of the State’s special police. Those in power rely on Laz to discover the full and final...

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