New Adult Fiction Added to Stoneleigh Library Stock - January 2018

The following adult fiction books have been added to Stoneleigh Library stock during January 2018. Clicking on the book title (red underlined) will bring up a popup window listing which libraries the book is available at. Simply scroll down this list to see if the title is currently available for loan at Stoneleigh or whether it has been borrowed by another library customer.


Daniel Wallace (2017)


William Bloom’'s father, Edward, is dying. In his prime he was an extraordinary man: animals loved him, people loved him, women loved him; he was an inspired salesman –a visionary, in fact; and he knew more jokes than any man alive.


Or at least, that’'s what he’'s told his son. But Edward wasn'’t really around that much and now, watching his father die, William grows increasingly desperate to know him before it’'s all too late. In a wonderful sleight of hand, William re-creates his elusive father’s life in a series of legends and myths inspired by the few facts he knows. Through these tales, William begins to understand Edward Bloom’s great feats – and his great failings – managing to reckon with the father he's about to lose. And find a way to say goodbye.


This is a startingly original, eccentric debut novel about fathers, sons, and ways of dying. Now a major Tim Burton movie starring Ewan MacGregor.

Book Details: PB/9781471173028/FIC/2017


Don't Close Your Eyes

Holly Seddon (2018)
Robin and Sarah weren't the closest of twins, but they loved each other dearly. Until they were taken from one another. Robin now lives alone. Suffering from panic attacks, she spends her days house-bound, watching the world from the safety of her sitting room. Until one day, she sees something she shouldn't. And Sarah? Sarah got what she wanted - a wonderful, perfect family. Then a shocking event forces Sarah to leave her beloved home in search of her sister, Robin. But Sarah isn't the only person looking for Robin. As their paths intersect, something dangerous is set in motion, leading Robin and Sarah to fight for much more than their relationship.
Book Details: PB/9781782396734/THR/2018

Amy Lloyd (2017)


Twenty years ago, Dennis Danson was arrested for the brutal murder of Holly Michaels, which occurred ten miles from her home in Red River county, Florida. Now, the accused is at the centre of a true crime documentary that is taking the world by storm - its one goal being the desire for the truth, to free the victim of a gross miscarriage of justice. Sam is a viewer obsessed with the documentary, and starts to write to Dennis in prison. Soon she sets up a meeting and finds she has fallen for him. But how can she know for sure that he's innocent?

Book Details: HB/9781780898117/FIC/2017
Diane Chamberlain (2018)
In 1944, Tess DeMello abruptly ends her engagement to the love of her life, marries a mysterious stranger and moves to Hickory, North Carolina. Tess's new husband, Henry Kraft, is a secretive man who often stays out all night and hides money from his new wife, and Tess quickly comes to realise that she is now trapped in a strange and loveless marriage. The people of Hickory love and respect Henry and see Tess as an outsider, treating her with suspicion and disdain. She suspects people are talking about her, plotting behind her back, and following her as she walks around town. What does everyone know about Henry that she does not?
Book Details: PB/9781509808557/FIC/2018

The Bull Rider's Valentine

Cathy McDavid (2017)


It may be the most romantic time of the year, but Valentine’s Day just brings up bad memories for Nate Truett. Because on that day six years ago, Ronnie Hartman turned down his marriage proposal and broke his heart. Ever since, he’s been avoiding the holiday and her, completely. Now he’s returned to Arizona, with one last chance to set things right.


Ronnie hasn’t forgotten that awful day, or why she turned down Nate’s proposal, but six years is a long time. Seeing how easily the he fits back into her life is…interesting. As he is welcomed with open arms by her family, Ronnie realises one thing. Whatever his reasons for coming back, she can’t avoid him or the past, anymore… (Mustang Valley Book 11)


Book Details: PB/9780263936391/ROM/2017


The Beach Wedding

Dorothy Koonson (2018)


Will your past always catch up with you? Tessa Dannall is excited and happy when her daughter, Nia, arrives at their family's tropical beach resort to get married. Tessa is also trying to forget the last time she went to a wedding on this beach and how that day changed her life forever. But as the big day draws near, Tessa realises she must face the deadly ghosts from her past - or they may ruin her daughter's future.


Book Details: PB/9781784756383/FIC/2018



Graham Hurley (2018)


Aurore connects Billy Angell, an RAF wireless operator selected for a covert mission to occupied France, with Hélène Lafosse, a French woman keeping unusual company in her small family chateau in the depths of the Touraine. Hélène has begun an affair with a senior Abwehr Intelligence officer and in return he has turned a blind eye to the succession of Jews, refugees, resistance fighters and downed Allied airmen to whom she offers shelter. MI6 want to exploit their relationship and plant a false lead about the D-Day landings. It falls to Billy to find his way to the Chateau de Neune where he must win Hélène's confidence and share the tiny piece of the intelligence jigsaw that will only make sense to her German lover.


Book Details: PB/9781784977870/THR/2018


Say Nothing

Brad Parks (2018)


On a normal Wednesday afternoon, Judge Scott Sampson is preparing to pick up his six-year-old twins for their weekly swim. His wife Alison texts him with a change of plan: she has to take them to the doctor instead. So Scott heads home early. But when Alison arrives back later, she is alone - no Sam, no Emma - and denies any knowledge of the text. The phone then rings: an anonymous voice tells them that the Judge must do exactly what he is told in an upcoming drug case and, most importantly, they must 'say nothing'. So begins this powerful, tense breakout thriller about a close-knit young family plunged into unimaginable horror.


Book Details: PB/9780571332694/THR/2018



This is how it always is

Laurie Frankel (2018)


Rosie and Penn always wanted a daughter. Four sons later, they decide to try one last time - and their beautiful little boy Claude is born. Life continues happily for this big, loving family until the day when Claude says that, when he grows up, he wants to be a girl. As far as Rosie and Penn are concerned, bright, funny and wonderful Claude can be whoever he or she wants. But as problems begin at school and in the community, the family faces a seemingly impossible dilemma: should Claude change, or should they and Claude try to change the world?


Book Details: PB/9781472241610/FIC/2018



An act of silence

Colette McBeth (2018)


These are the facts I collect. My son Gabriel met a woman called Mariela in a bar. She went home with him where they had sex. They next morning she was found in an allotment. Mariela is dead. Gabriel has been asked to report to Camden Police station in six hours for questioning. Linda Moscow loves her son, Gabriel. Linda promised herself years ago that she would never let her son down again. Even if it means going against everything she believes in - she will do anything to protect him. She owes him that much. Gabriel Miller only ever wanted his mother's love, but growing up he always seemed to do the wrong thing. If his mother could only see the bad in him - how could he possibly be good? How far will a mother go to save her son? Linda's decision might save Gabriel, but it will have a catastrophic impact on the lives of others.


Book Details: PB/9781472226716/THR/2018




 Inspector Chopra and the Million-Dollar Motor Car - A Baby Ganesh Agency short story ebook by Vaseem Khan
Vaseem Khan (2018)

The Premier No.1 Garage is the place to go in Mumbai if you want a luxury car. Even Mumbai's biggest gangster shops there - he's just ordered a classic race car worth millions. But now the car is gone. Stolen from a locked room, in the middle of the night. Who stole it? The mechanic who is addicted to gambling? The angry ex-worker? The car thief pulling off one last job? And how on earth did they make it vanish from the locked garage? Inspector Chopra has just days to find the culprit - and the missing car - before its gangster owner finds out ... and takes violent revenge. A Baby Ganesh Agency short story (Quick Reads 2018)


Book Details: PB/9781473650152/THR/2018


Six foot six

Kit De Waal (2018)


It's an exciting day for Timothy Flowers. It's the third of November, and it's Friday, and it's his 21st birthday. When Timothy walks to his usual street corner to see his favourite special bus, he meets Charlie. Charlie is a builder who is desperate for Timothy's help because Timothy is very tall, six feet six inches. Timothy has never had a job before - or no work that he's kept for more than a day. But when Timothy and Charlie have to collect money from a local thug, things don't exactly go according to plan. Over the course of one day, Timothy's life will change forever. (Quick Reads 2018)


Book Details: PB/978024131792/FIC/2018


A bride at his bidding

Michelle Smart (2018)


Hired by her enemy yet tempted to say ‘I do’…


Billionaire Andreas Samaras is nobody’s fool. And his beautiful new employee Carrie Rivers―an undercover journalist―is playing a dangerous game. He’ll keep her at his command until he can expose her deception… But when her ruse is revealed there’s only one way to protect his spotless business reputation: blackmail innocent Carrie to the altar!


Book Details: PB/9780263934052/ROM/2018



The endless beach

Jenny Colgan (2018)


On the quayside next to the Endless Beach sits the Seaside Kitchen. It's a haven for tourists and locals alike, who all come to eat the freshest local produce on the island and catch up with the gossip. Flora, who runs the cafe, feels safe and content - unless she thinks too hard about her relationship with Joel, her gorgeous but emotionally (and physically) distant boyfriend. While Flora is in turmoil about her relationship. her best friend Lorna is pining after the local doctor. Saif came to the island as a refugee, having lost all of his family. But he's about to get some shocking news which will change everything for him. As cold winter nights shift to long summer days, can Flora find her happy-ever-after with Joel?


Book Details: PB/ 9780751564822/FIC/2018


Friend request

Laura Marshall (2018)


When Louise Williams receives a message from someone left long in the past, her heart nearly stops. Maria Weston wants to be friends on Facebook. Maria Weston has been missing for over 25 years. She was last seen the night of a school leavers' party, and the world believes her to be dead. Particularly Louise, who has lived her adult life with a terrible secret. As Maria's messages start to escalate, Louise forces herself to reconnect with the old friends she once tried so hard to impress. Trying to piece together exactly what happened that night, she soon discovers there's much she didn't know. The only certainty is that Maria Weston disappeared that night, never to be heard from again - until now.


Book Details: PB/9780751568356/THR/2018


Faking friends

Jane Fallon (2018)


Best friend. Soul mate. Confidante. Backstabber. Amy thought she knew who Melissa was - then again, Amy also thought she was on the verge of the wedding of her dreams to her long-distance fiancé. When her career suddenly begins to unravel, Amy pays a surprise trip home to London. Her boyfriend Jack is out, but it looks like another woman has been making herself at home. And that other woman is Melissa. Amy has lost her job, her fiancé, her best friend and her home in one disastrous weekend - but instead of falling apart she's determined to get her own back. Piecing her life back together won't be half as fun as dismantling theirs, after all.


Book Details: PB/9781405933094/FIC/2018

Cover  The great Cornish getaway
Fern Britton (2018)
As the sun sits high in the sky over Cornwall, and the sea breeze brings a welcome relief to the residents of the seaside village of Trevay, a stranger arrives in need of a safe haven. The fact that the stranger is a Hollywood heartthrob makes villagers Penny and Dorrie even more keen to help. They both know what it's like to feel that you need a break from life, and they bring the village together to keep their stranger's secret. It's not long before he's helping some of the villagers find the answers to their own problems. In return, they find a place for him in their hearts. (Quick Reads 2018)


Book Details: PB/9780008264611/FIC/2018


 Three things about Elsie

Joanna Cannon (2018)


There are three things you should know about Elsie. The first thing is that she's my best friend. The second is that she always knows what to say to make me feel better. And the third thing - might take a little bit more explaining. 84-year-old Florence has fallen in her flat at Cherry Tree Home for the Elderly. As she waits to be rescued, Florence wonders if a terrible secret from her past is about to come to light; and, if the charming new resident is who he claims to be, why does he look exactly like a man who died 60 years ago?


Book Details: HB/9780008196912/FIC/2018



Clean break

Tammy Cohen (2018)


Marriage is complicated, especially for Kate. Her husband Jack has a temper, and has been an abesen father for years. Kate knows it's time for a divorce, but Jack refuses. Can kate rid herself of her jealous husband before it's too late? (Quick Reads 2018)


Book Details: PB/9781784162917/FIC/2018


The marriage pact

Michelle Richmond (2018)


Newlyweds Jake and Alice are offered membership of a club which promises members will never divorce. Signing The Pact seems the ideal start to their marriage. Until one of them breaks the rules. Because The Pact is for life. And its members will go to any lengths to ensure nobody leaves.


Book Details: PB/9780718186135/THR/2018


Still me

Jojo Moyes (2018)


Lou Clark knows too many things. She knows how many miles lie between her new home in New York and her new boyfriend Sam in London. She knows her employer is a good man and she knows his wife is keeping a secret from him. What Lou doesn't know is she's about to meet someone who's going to turn her whole life upside down because Josh will remind her so much of a man she used to know that it'll hurt. Lou won't know what to do next, but she knows that whatever she chooses is going to change everything.


Book Details: HB/9780718183189/FIC/2018


 Three hands in the fountain

Lindsey Davis (2009)


Marcus Didius Falco and his laddish friend Petronius find their local fountain has been blocked - by a gruesomely severed human hand. Soon other body parts are being found in the aqueducts and sewers. Public panic overcomes official indifference, and the Aventine partners are commissioned to investigate. (The Falco Series).


Book Details: PB/9780099515159/THR/2009

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With your crooked heart

Helen Dunmore (2008)


Louise married Paul, brother to Johnnie. Yet she doesn't get one man with this union - she gets two. Born twelve years apart in a one-bedroom flat in Barking, Paul and Johnnie are close: they're good at making money and make taking power look easy. But while Paul deals in contaminated land, Johnnie is adept at dealing in crime.


Book Details: PB/9780141033617/FIC/2008

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Spitfire girl

Lily Baxter (2011)


It is 1940 and 18 year-old Susan longs to do her duty. Her secret ambition is to learn to fly. She meets Tony, a flying instructor, and friendship blossoms into love. Susan is forced to flee London and is taken in by a kindly innkeeper. She then receives news that Tony is missing in action. Will she realise her dreams of love and flying?


Book Details: PB/9780099562641/FIC/2011

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Fair play

Tove Jannson (2007)


'Fair Play' portrays a love between two older women, a writer and artist, as they work side-by-side in their Helsinki studios, travel together and share summers on a remote island.


Book Details: PB/9780954899530/FIC/2007

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Pistols for two

Georgette Heyer (2005)


'Pistols for Two' contains 11 stories of the Regency. They feature affairs of honour between bucks and blades, rakes and rascals; and affairs of the heart between heirs and orphans, beauties and bachelors - all the romance and intrigue of the age.


Book Details: PB/9780099476382/HIS/2005

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Never somewhere else

Alex Gray (2009)


When a series of young women are discovered strangled and mutilated in a Glasgow park, it is up to DCI Lorimer to find their killer.


Book Details: PB/9780751542912/THR/2009

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CoverThe lavender house

The lavender house

Hilary Boyd (2017)


Nancy de Freitas is the glue that holds her family together. Caught between her ageing, ailing mother Frances, and her struggling daughter Louise, frequent user of Nancy's babysitting services, it seems Nancy's fate is to quietly go on shouldering the burden of responsibility for all four generations. Her divorce four years ago put paid to any thoughts of a partner to share her later years with. Now it looks like her family is all she has. Then she meets Jim. Smoker, drinker, unsuccessful country singer and wearer of cowboy boots, he should be completely unsuited to the very together Nancy. And yet, there is a real spark. But Nancy's family don't trust Jim one bit. They're convinced he'll break her heart, maybe run off with her money - he certainly distracts her from her family responsibilities. Can she be brave enough to follow her heart?


Book Details: PB/9781784294144/FIC/2017

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North and south

Elizabeth C. Gaskell (1993)


Milton is a sooty, noisy northern town centred around the cotton mills that employ most of its inhabitants. Arriving from a rural idyll in the south, Margaret Hale is initially shocked by the social unrest and poverty she finds in her new hometown. However, she soon starts to see Milton in a different light.


Set in the context of Victorian social and medical debate, this novel is about rebellion, posing fundamental questions about the nature of social authority and obedience.


Book Details: PB/9781853260933/FIC/1993

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Scenes from early life

Philip Hensher (2013)


'Scenes from Early Life' is the story of one upper-middle-class Bengali family, told in the form of a memoir. It is an autobiography, a novel and, in part, a history of one of the most ferocious of 20th-century civil wars.


Book Details: PB/9780007450107/FIC/2013

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The ice queen

Alice Hoffman (2006)


A little girl makes a wish one night and ruins her life. She grows up with a splinter of ice in her heart until one day, she is struck by lightning. Instead of killing her, this event sparks off a new beginning. She seeks out Lazarus Jones, a fellow lightning survivor. He is her opposite, a man whose breath can boil water and whose touch scorches.


An electrifying novel about a woman struck by lightning, which brings together, as only Hoffman can, the fabulous and the real, chaos theory and the irrational everyday moment, in a compelling, haunting and sexy novel, with a sharp edge.


Book Details: PB/9780099488835/FIC/2006

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Claire Lorrimer (2011)


Antoinette, daughter of the beautiful Scarlett and a French Vicomte, is irresistibly drawn to her mother's former lover, Sir Peregrine Waite. But he only sees her as a child. Burning with fury at his rejection, Antoinette offers herself to the most notorious poet in Europe and finds herself thrown into disgrace and degradation. (The women of fire trilogy).


Book Details: PB/9780749954420/FIC/2011

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Carole Matthews (2011)
Thirty-something hairdresser Janie Johnson's single status is a constant source of gossip for her friends and clients. So after too many nights in with her cat, a blind date disaster and news that her ex is getting married, Janie realises it's time to do something dramatic with her life. 


Book Details: HB/9781847444721/FIC/2011

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The gaze

Elif Shafak (2015)

Translated from the Original Turkish.


The author explores body image and desirability. An overweight woman and her lover - a dwarf - go out in disguise to avoid being stared at. The book suggests the powerful effects the gaze of a passerby can have on a person.


Book Details: PB/9780241201916/FIC/2015

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Gore Vidal (2000)


Here is the story of arguably America's finest hour; of the time when the twentieth century dawned, Queen Victoria died, and America, basking deliciously in excess wealth, rather thought it might snap up an empire of its own. Yet while politicians muse over the potential of China or the Philippines - even Russia - empires are being built at home; railway empires; industrial empires; newspaper empires. Into this arena float the delectable Caroline Sanford, putative heiress and definite catch. Caroline is an oddity; she has been raised in France where they teach rich girls to talk and think. American society women, required only to think of themselves as the most interesting beings on earth, are rather alarmed. American men are amused - until Caroline shirks from marriage, sues her brother, buys a newspaper, and becomes that even greater oddity - a powerful woman. Mingling with the movers and shakers of the day - with President McKinley, Theodore Roosevelt, William Randolf Hearst, Henry James, the Astors, Vanderbilts and Whitneys - Caroline Sanford echoes the glorious passage of the United States as it sweeps into a new century, reaching boldly for the world. (The fourth tale in the series Narratives of Empire).


Book Details: PB/9780349105284/FIC/2000

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Brideshead revisited

Evelyn Waugh (1945)

Penguin Modern Classics (2000)


Brideshead Revisited is Evelyn Waugh's stunning novel of duty and desire set amongst the decadent, faded glory of the English aristocracy in the run-up to the Second World War.


The most nostalgic and reflective of Evelyn Waugh's novels, Brideshead Revisited looks back to the golden age before the Second World War. It tells the story of Charles Ryder's infatuation with the Marchmains and the rapidly disappearing world of privilege they inhabit. Enchanted first by Sebastian Flyte at Oxford, then by his doomed Catholic family, in particular his remote sister, Julia, Charles comes finally to recognise his spiritual and social distance from them.


Book Details: PB/9780141182483/FIC/2000

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One night with the Sheikh

Kristi Gold (2014)


‘I have never forgotten that night.’

Once he’d chosen duty over love. Now, to escape his guilt and grief, widower Sheikh Rafiq Mehdi searches out the comfort of his old flame Dr Maysa Barad. Her passionate surrender makes him realise that Maysa is the woman he should have married; instead his marriage of convenience brought nothing but pain and heartbreak.


But Maysa – beautiful, devoted, compassionate – is now considered too independent to be a sheikh’s bride. Rafiq might be ready to defy his kingdom to have Maysa this time, but the truth about Maysa could turn Rafiq’s world upside down…


Book Details: PB/9780263908688/ROM/2014

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By horror haunted: stories

Celia Fremlin (2014)

(Originally Published 1974.)


'By Horror Haunted' was Celia Fremlin's second collection of stories, and it runs the gamut of her many talents. The nightmarish plots, wit, elegance, and domestic details with an undertow of unease have lost none of their edge. 'Her Number On It' is a compelling portrait of kleptomania; the 'Unsuspected Talent' of a dissatisfied wife has dangerous consequences; while 'Don't Tell Cissie' is a superbly original ghost story.


Book Details: PB/9780571312665/SF/2014

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Age of godpunk

James Lovegrove (2013)


James Lovegrove presents three novellas with three different gods and their appreance in the worlds of man. Age of Anansi: Dion Yeboah leads an orderly, disciplined life... until the day the spider appears. What looks like an ordinary arachnid turns out to be Anansi, the trickster god of African legend, and its arrival throws Dion s existence into chaos. Age of Satan: A politician ushers in a new age that promises enlightenment and tolerance... Age of Gaia: A billionaire businessmen is about to find out his future is very different from the plans he has laid. (The Pantheon Series)


Book Details: PB/9781781081280/SF/2014

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The silver bough

Lisa Tuttle (2013)


In a hidden orchard in Appleton, a golden apple dangles from a silver bough. The apple is part of a legend, promising eternal happiness to the young couple who eat from it - or a curse. As the town teeters on the edge of decline, the old rituals have been forgotten and the mists are rolling in. And in the mist, something is stirring.


Book Details: PB/9781780874418/FAN/2013


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 A colder war

Charles Cumming (2015)


Paul Wallinger, MI6's most senior officer in the Middle East, is killed when the small plane he is piloting crashes into the Adriatic. It looks like a tragic accident, but in the world of the secret service, nothing is ever as it seems. Rogue spy Thomas Kell has been working off the books for Amelia Levene, head of MI6. She dispatches Kell to Turkey to investigate the incident and to find out why sensitive MI6 operations in the region keep getting blown. What he discovers is a shocking secret about America's intelligence community which could have seismic repercussions in London and Washington.


Book Details: PB/9780007467501/THR/2015

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The facility

Simon Lelic (2011)


Henry Graves has dedicated his life to the prison service, but he is unprepared for the challenge his new and secret assignment brings. Tasked with managing a government facility hidden deep in the countryside, Henry finds himself tested as never before.


Book Details: PB/9780330522724/THR/2011

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Pregnant at Acosta's demand

Maya Blake (2017)


Shy Suki Langston desired Ramon Acosta for years, and one shocking night he gave her pleasure beyond her wildest imaginings. But when an unexpected pregnancy ended in tragedy, Suki knew that any hope of a future together was extinguished… Then the arrogant magnate returns, determined that Suki will provide him with an heir! Ramon’s outrageous demand reignites both Suki’s longing for a child, and the burning memory of his touch… Suki agrees, certain she can keep her physical responses under control! Until their explosive reunion proves just how susceptible her body – and heart – still is to him…


Book Details: PB/9780263924565/ROM/2017

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Ever after

Jude Deveraux (2015)


Jude Deveraux returns to the magnificent, unforgettable island of Nantucket, in the third novel of the series featuring the next generation of her beloved Montgomery-Taggert family.



Life is anything but perfect for Hallie Hartley, a young physical therapist who has given up nearly everything - even her love life - for her beautiful stepsister, Shelly. One fateful day, Hallie makes two startling discoveries: not only has a mysterious relative left her a house on Nantucket, but Shelly has been trying to steal it.


Fleeing to Nantucket, Hallie finds her guest room occupied by wealthy James Taggert who has injured his leg in a skiing accident. Assuming that the devastatingly handsome man has led a charmed life, Hallie is surprised by Jamie at every turn. His attentions draw her out of her shell - but he has a dark secret, and is tormented by nightmares that only her presence can keep at bay.


On the gorgeous island, magic is everywhere. As Jamie's relatives arrive for a wedding gala, the aura of romance - enhanced by a pair of matchmaking ghosts and a colourful island legend - lead Jamie and Hallie towards a very special story of True Love destined to last forever after.


Book Details: PB/9781472211446/FIC/2017

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 A portrait of the artist as a young man

James Joyce (2012) First Published 1916.


Joyce's classic depiction of Stephen Dedalus's boyhood and coming of age in Ireland at the turn of the century, his childhood, sexual awakening, intellectual development and revolt against Catholicism, remains one of the key works of modern literature.


Book Details: PB/9780099573159/FIC/2012

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The hanging tree

Ben Aaaronovitch (2016)


Suspicious deaths are not usually the concern of PC Peter Grant or the Folly, even when they happen at an exclusive party in one of the most expensive apartment blocks in London. But Lady Ty's daughter was there, and Peter owes Lady Ty a favour. Plunged into the alien world of the super-rich, where the basements are bigger than the house and dangerous, arcane items are bought and sold on the open market, a sensible young copper would keep his head down and his nose clean. But this is Peter Grant we're talking about. He's been given an unparalleled opportunity to alienate old friends and create new enemies at the point where the world of magic and that of privilege intersect. Assuming he survives the week!


Book Details: PB/9780575132559/SF/2016

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The boy who made them love again

Scarlet Wilson (2011)


When Luke Storm ended his relationship with Abby Tyler, he thought that he was doing the right thing. Abby so wanted children and Luke knew he could never give them to her. Now, five years later, when he meets Abby again, and with a little boy of her own, Luke is rocked. She’s as gorgeous and adorable as ever, but he realises that if he wants Abby back in his life, he has to let her special little son into his heart and become the father he never expected to be…


Book Details: PB/9780263886191/ROM/2011

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Shelter from the storm

Ellie Dean (2016)

19-year-old April Wilton has just enlisted in the WRENs in Portsmouth, where she works servicing engines on ships. She finds herself immersed in dockyard life and surrounded by soldiers - from England and America. The atmosphere is one of spontaneity and impulsiveness, brought on by the unpredictability of war. So when April meets Daniel, a young American soldier, whose mother is Sioux and father is of African descent, she doesn't hesitate when she starts to fall for him. The attraction is immediate, and coming from strict racial segregation in South Carolina, Daniel finds the freedom he has in England overwhelming. Daniel and April endeavour to spend as much time together as possible - every moment is precious with the threat of Daniel being sent to fight overseas looming over them. But with war and race both involved, their relationship was never going to be simple.


Book Details: PB/9781784750930/FIC/2016

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The weekend

Bernhard Schlink (2011)


Old friends and lovers reunite for a weekend in a secluded country home after spending decades apart. They plumb their memories of each other and pass quiet judgments on the life decisions each has made since their youth. This isn't, however, just any old reunion, and their conversations of the old days aren't typical reminiscences.


Book Details: PB/9780753828489/FIC/2011

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The children's hour

Marcia Willett (2004)



Nest and Mina still live at Ottercombe, their beautiful old rambling childhood home in the depths of Devon. They came to the house before the war, when as small children they played with their sisters and brothers in the gardens and the woods and the nearby beach while their mother read them stories and their father visited at weekends. It was, in retrospect, an idyllic time, when tragedy seemed far distant. Now they welcome their children and grandchildren , and especially young Lyddie, their niece, who lives in Cornwall with her handsome husband Liam.

But when their sister Georgie, now somewhat frail and forgetful, comes to stay with them, aspects of their past start to revisit them. For Georgie knows all their secrets, secrets which she wants to share...


A glorious novel about half-forgotten memories and childhood secrets in the tradition of Rosamunde Pilcher, and perfect for fans of Victoria Hislop, Erica James and Santa Montefiore


Book Details: PB/9780552150620/FIC/2004

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Counting the stars

Helen Dunmore (2009)


In the heat of Rome's long summer, the poet Catullus and his older married lover, Clodia Metelli, meet in secret. Living at the heart of sophisticated, brittle and brutal Roman society at the time of Pompey, Crassus and Julius Caesar, Catullus is obsessed with Clodia, the Lesbia of his most passionate poems. He is jealous of her husband, of her maid, even of her pet sparrow. And Clodia? Catullus is 'her dear poet', but possibly not her only interest … Their Rome is a city of extremes. Tenants are packed into ramshackle apartment blocks while palatial villas house the magnificence of the families who control Rome. Armed street gangs clash in struggles for political power. Slaves are the eyes and ears of everything that goes on, while civilization and violence are equals, murder is the easy option and poison the weapon of choice. Catallus' relationship with Clodia is one of the most intense, passionate, tormented and candid in history. In love and in hate, their story exposes the beauty and terrors of Roman life in the late Republic.


Counting the Stars is a captivating tale of forbidden love and bestselling author Helen Dunmore's tenth novel.


Book Details: PB/9780141015033/HIS/2009

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Only the innocent

Rachel Abbott (2011)


When Laura Fletcher approaches her home in Oxfordshire to find hordes of photographers crowding the gates, she knows there is something terribly wrong. She is faced with the shocking news that her husband is dead - brutally murdered - and according to Chief Inspector Tom Douglas, there is little doubt that the murderer is a woman. In a marriage that has taken her from the glamorous five star luxury of London, Venice and Positano to a bleak and draughty manor house in rural Oxfordshire, Laura has learned to guard her secrets well. She is not alone. It would appear that all the women in her husband's life have something to hide.


Book Details: PB/9780957652217/THR/2009

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The dead in their vaulted arches

Alan Bradley (2015)


The presumed death of Harriet de Luce in a mysterious mountaineering accident in Tibet while Flavia was only a baby cast a sombre shadow over the family, leaving Colonel de Luce a broken man and Flavia herself with no memories of her mother. But now, astonishingly, a specially commissioned train is bringing Harriet back to Buckshaw. But rather than putting the past finally to rest, Harriet's return is set to trigger a further series of bizarre and deadly events, as a most curious group of individuals converge on Buckshaw to pay their respects.


Book Details: PB/9781409118190/THR/2015

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Tenth of December

George Saunders (2014)


From the undisputed master of the short story, George Saunders, comes a dazzling and disturbing new collection. His most wryly hilarious work to date, 'Tenth of December' illuminates human experience and explores figures lost in a labyrinth of troubling preoccupations.


Book Details: PB/9781408837368/FIC/2014

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Strangers on a train

Patricia Highgrove (1999)

First Published 1951.


The psychologists would call it folie a deux...

'Bruno slammed his palms together. 'Hey! Cheeses, what an idea! I kill your wife and you kill my father! We meet on a train, see, and nobody knows we know each other! Perfect alibis! Catch?''

From this moment, almost against his conscious will, Guy Haines is trapped in a nightmare of shared guilt and an insidious merging of personalities.


Book Details: PB/9780099283072/FIC/1999

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Stone's fall

Iain Pears (2010)


John Stone, a man so wealthy that in the years before World War One he was able to manipulate markets, industries and indeed whole countries and continents, has been found dead in mysterious circumstances. His beautiful young widow commissions a journalist to carry out an unusual bequest in his will but as he begins his research he soon discovers a story far more complex than he could have ever imagined...As the story moves backwards through time, from London in 1909 to Paris in 1809, before concluding in Venice in 1867, the mystery of John Stone's life and loves begins to unravel. The result is a spellbinding novel that is both a quest for the truth, a love story that spans decades and a compelling murder mystery.


Book Details: PB/9780099516170/FIC/2010

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The watercress girls

Sheila Newberry (2009)


On a blazing hot day in late August 1914, 12-year-old Mattie dances in the stream, spraying her little sister Evie with silvery showers of water. They have come here to cool off and to pick watercress for tea. They are unaware that their idyllic childhood in Suffolk is almost at an end.


Book Details: HB/9780709087984/FIC/2009

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A dance of ghosts

David Dalglish (2011)


A night of fire and blood heralds Muzien the Darkhand's arrival to the beleaguered city of Veldaren. With him comes the might of the Sun Guild, eager to spread their criminal empire to the east. Left blind and vulnerable after being attacked by the Widow, Alyssa Gemcroft struggles to hold together the remnants of the Trifect as the Sun Guild's arrival threatens to shatter whatever future her son might have left. Veldaren's only hope is in the Watcher, but Haern is no longer there. With his father, Thren Felhorn, he is travelling to the Stronghold, an ancient bastion of the dark paladins of Karak. Will they find the answers they seek? Or will the Stronghold be their final destination?


Book Details: PB/9780099553816/THR/2011

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Real tigers

Mick Herron (2016)


London's Slough House is where disgraced MI5 operatives are reassigned to spend the rest of their careers pushing paper. But when one of these fallen spies is kidnapped by a former soldier bent on revenge, the agents must breach the defenses of Regent's Park to steal valuable intel in exchange for their comrade's safety. The kidnapping is only the tip of the iceberg, however, as the agents uncover a larger web of intrigue that involves not only a group of private mercenaries, but also the highest authorities in the Security Service. After years spent as the lowest on the totem pole, the spies suddenly find themselves caught in the midst of a conspiracy that threatens not only the future of Slough House, but of MI5 itself.


Book Details: PB/ 9781473621244 /THR/2014

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Let's call the whole thing off,love quarrels from Anton Chekhov to Z.Z. Packer

Various Authors.

Selection Edited By Kasia Boddy, Ali Smith and Sarah Wood (2009)


Love means never having to say you're sorry. No, love is in the air. No, love is the sweetest thing. No, it's soft as an easy chair. No, it's a stranger in an open car. No, it's a many-splendoured thing. No, it's the drug. No, it's like a butterfly. Oh, let's call the whole thing off. Love stories don't always involve hearts and flowers and walks in the park. This sparkling collection of the world's greatest love quarrels, from Chekhov to Colette, from D. H. Lawrence to Jhumpa Lahiri, features love stories for every mood and occasion. Here are new lovers testing the ground, cosy couples enjoying a quiet squabble before bedtime, and exes intent on picking up where they left off. Often love quarrels start with trivial matters, such as a bride's new hat in Dorothy Parker's "Here We Are" or a choice of bedtime book in Jackie Kay's "You Go When You Can No Longer Stay". But it doesn't usually take long for the stakes to be raised. Love is a risky business!


[Penguin Modern Classics]


Book Details: PB/9780141190228/FIC/2009

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 A perfect heritage

Penny Vincenzi (2014)


The legendary Athina Farrell remains the House of Farrell's company's figurehead and in her kingdom at the Berkeley Arcade, Florence Hamilton plies their cosmetics with the utmost discretion. She is sales advisor - and holder of secrets - extraordinaire. But of course the world of cosmetics is changing and the once glorious House of Farrell is now in decline, its customers tempted away by more fashionable brands. Enter Bianca Bailey, formidable business woman, mother of three, and someone who always gets her way. Athina and Bianca lock horns over the company's future but it is the past that tells its devastating tale of ambition and ego, passion and wonder. Here is a tale of survival ... and a kind of promise.


Book Details: HB/9780755377572/FIC/2014

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Fires in the dark

Louise Doughty (2014)


From the rural Gypsy traditions of the inter-war era, through the Nazi invasion, culminating in the drama of the Prague Uprising of May 1945, Louise Doughty has created a novel based on the history of the Romany people and her own family ancestry.


Book Details: PB/9781471137587/FIC/2014

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Birth of the kingdom

Jan Guillou (2009)

[Translated From the Original Swedish]


Arn de Gotha has become one of the most feared warriors of the Knights Templar fighting to liberate Palestine with the Crusaders.



At the great battle for Jerusalem, a mammoth and bloody struggle where the Christians were finally defeated, Arn is saved from certain death by Saladin, his longtime enemy and trusted friend. Ravaged by wounds and sickness, Arn is at last granted his wish: to return at last to his homeland, it plagued by endless wars.



Arn is determined to find her - the woman for whom he was exiled. He must discover if their love could endure so long a separation, and if it can sustain his new quest: the create a new people, a new society, both Christian and Muslim, both craftsmen and warriors, with Arn at its helm, fighting for peace in a savage land.


The third volume of the crusades trilogy from bestselling Swedish author Jan Guillou.


Book Details: PB/9780007285877/HIS/2009

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Crucifix Killer

Chris Carter (2013)


When the body of a young woman is discovered in a derelict cottage in the middle of Los Angeles National Forest, Homicide Detective Robert Hunter finds himself entering a horrific and recurring nightmare. Naked, strung from two wooden posts, the victim was sadistically tortured before meeting an excruciatingly painful death. All the skin has been ripped from her face - while she was still alive. On the nape of her neck has been carved a strange double-cross: the signature of a psychopath known as the Crucifix Killer. But that's impossible. Because two years ago, the Crucifix Killer was caught and executed. Could this therefore be a copycat killer? Or could the unthinkable be true? Is the real killer still out there, ready to embark once again on a vicious and violent killing spree, selecting his victims seemingly at random, taunting Robert Hunter with his inability to catch him? Hunter and his rookie partner are about to enter a nightmare beyond imagining.


Book Details: PB/9781471128219/THR/2013

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The murder of Harriet Krohn

Karin Fossum (2015)

[Translated from the original Norwegian]


Charles Olav Torp has problems. He's grieving for his late wife, he's lost his job, and gambling debts have alienated him from his teenage daughter. Desperate, his solution is to rob an elderly woman of her money and silverware. But Harriet Krohn fights back, and Charlo loses control. Wracked with guilt, Charlo attempts to rebuild his life and regain his dignity. But the police are catching up with him, and Inspector Konrad Sejer has never lost a case yet. Told through the eyes of a killer, 'The Murder of Harriet Krohn' poses the question: how far would you go to turn your life around, and could you live with yourself afterwards?


Book Details: PB/9780099587255/THR/2015

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Martini Henry

Sara Crowe (2016)


In 1988, seventeen-year-old Sue Bowl has a diary, big dreams and £4.73. What she wants most of all is to make it as a writer, as well as stop her decadent aunt Coral spending money she doesn't have. Living in their crumbling ancestral home should provide plenty of inspiration, but between falling in love, hunting for missing heirlooms and internship applications, things keep getting in the way. So when a young literary professor moves in and catches Sue's eye, life begins to take an unexpected turn.


Book Details: HB/9780857523129/FIC/2016

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A life to kill

M.R. Hall (2017)


Coroner Jenny Cooper series The garrison town of Highcliff is on tenterhooks waiting for the return of the last British soldiers from war-torn Helmand. Meanwhile, as one of the last remaining platoons prepare to leave its isolated post for the final time, 19-year-old Private Pete Lyons is taken hostage during the night. A patrol sent to rescue him finds itself in a bloody and disastrous fire-fight. How was Private Lyons abducted from a heavily fortified command post? And why does the Army close ranks to disguise what happened during the mission to save him?


Book Details: HB/ 9780230752382 /THR/2017

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The house of the seven gables

Nathaniel Hawthorne (2009)

[First Published 1851]


'The House of the Seven Gables' is Nathaniel Hawthorne's classic novel about a cursed house and the family who lives in it. In the final years of the seventeenth century in a small New England town, the venerable Colonel Pyncheon decides to erect a ponderously oak-framed and spacious family mansion. It occupies the spot where Matthew Maule, `an obscure man', had lived in a log hut, until his execution for witchcraft. From the scaffold, Maule points his finger at the presiding Colonel and cries `God will give him blood to drink!' The fate of Colonel Pyncheon exerts a heavy influence on his descendants in the crumbling mansion for the next century and a half.


Book Details: PB/9780199539123/FIC/2009

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Our endless numbered days

Claire Fuller (2016)


1976: Peggy Hillcoat is eight. She spends her summer camping with her father, playing her beloved record of 'The Railway Children' and listening to her mother's grand piano, but her pretty life is about to change. Her survivalist father, who has been stockpiling provisions for the end which is surely coming soon, takes her from London to a cabin in a remote European forest. There he tells Peggy the rest of the world has disappeared. Her life is reduced to a piano which makes music but no sound, a forest where all that grows is a means of survival. And a tiny wooden hut that is everything. She is not seen again for another nine years.


Book Details: PB/9780241003947/FIC/2016

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The reservoir tapes

Jon McGregor (2017)


It is midwinter in the early years of this century. A teenage girl on holiday has gone missing in the hills at the heart of England. The villagers are called up to join the search, fanning out across the moors as the police set up roadblocks and a crowd of news reporters descends on their usually quiet home. But the aftershocks of Becky Shaw's disappearance have origins long before then, and those in the village have losses, and secrets, and stories of their own.


Book Details: HB/9780008235659/SF/2017

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Leïla Slimani (2018)

[Translated from the French by Sam Taylor]


When Myriam, a French-Moroccan lawyer, decides to return to work after having children, she and her husband look for the perfect caretaker for their two young children. They never dreamed they would find Louise: a quiet, polite and devoted woman who sings to their children, cleans the family's chic apartment in Paris's upscale 10th arrondissement, stays late without complaint and is able to host enviable birthday parties. The couple and nanny become more dependent on each other. But as jealousy, resentment and suspicions increase, Myriam and Paul's idyllic tableau is shattered.


Book Details: PB/9780571337538/FIC/2018

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