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Author: George Orwell

Publisher: Penguin Books (2008)

Hidden away in the Record Department of the sprawling Ministry of Truth, Winston Smith skilfully rewrites the past to suit the needs of the Party. Yet he inwardly rebels against the totalitarian world he lives in, which demands absolute obedience and controls him through the all-seeing telescreens and the watchful eye of Big Brother, symbolic head of the Party. In his longing for truth and liberty, Smith begins a secret love affair with a fellow-worker Julia, but soon discovers the true price of freedom is betrayal.

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44 Scotland Street

Author: Alexander Mccall Smith

Publisher: Abacus (2005)

The story revolves around the comings and goings at No. 44 Scotland Street, a fictitious building in a real street in Edinburgh. 44 Scotland Street is vintage McCall Smith, tackling issues of trust and honesty, snobbery and hypocrisy, love and loss, but all with great lightness of touch. Clever, elegant and funny, this is a novel that provides huge entertainment but which is underpinned by the moral dilemmas of everyday life and the characters' struggles to resolve them.

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A Boy Called Hope

Author: Lara Williamson

Publisher: Usbourne (2014)

I'm Dan Hope and deep inside my head I keep a list of things I want to come true. For example, I want my sister, Ninja Grace, to go to university at the North Pole and only come back once a year. I want to help Sherlock Holmes solve his most daring mystery yet. And if it could be a zombie mystery, all the more exciting. I want to be the first eleven-year-old to land on the moon. I want my dog to stop eating the planets and throwing them up on the carpet. And finally, the biggest dream of all, I want my dad to love me. A Boy Called Hope is a brave, bold and funny debut about family in all its shapes and sizes.

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A Brief History Of Seven Killings

Author: Marlon James

Publisher: Oneworld Publications (2015)

Seven gunmen storm Bob Marley’s house, machine guns blazing. The reggae superstar survives, but the gunmen are never caught. From the acclaimed author of The Book of Night Women comes a dazzling display of masterful storytelling exploring this near-mythic event. Spanning three decades and crossing continents, A Brief History of Seven Killings chronicles the lives of a host of unforgettable characters – slum kids, drug lords, journalists, prostitutes, gunmen and even the CIA. Gripping and inventive, ambitious and mesmerising, A Brief History of Seven Killings is one of the most remarkable and extraordinary novels of the twenty-first century.

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A Christmas Carol

Author: Charles Dickens

Publisher: (1843)

Early in 1843, as a response to a government on report on the abuse of child labourers in mines and factories, Dickens vowed he would strike a sledgehammer blow...on behalf of the Poor Man's Child. In December of that year he wrote one of his more popular books, A Christmas Carol. Through the story of the solitary miser, Ebenezer Scrooge, who is taught the true meaning of Christmas by a series of ghostly visitors, Dickens vividly defined the message of goodwill towards mankind. The book was an instant sensation and ever since its publication, it has had an enduring influence on Christmas traditions, becoming inextricably linked with our celebrations of the festival.

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A Clean Break

Author: Lee Mackenzie

Part of a series: The Broyhers

Publisher: Sphere Books Limited (1976)

Based on the BBC TV series THE BROTHERS. TAKEOVER THREAT... Everyone at Hammond Transport is delighted to welcome back Brian, now recovered from the nervous collapse which had lost him his seat on the board. Strangely enough, even the usually tough and unfeeling Paul Merroney is on his side. The members of the Hammond family are united, ready to fight to stop Merroney grabbing complete control of the firm. Mary Hammond is using her charm on old Sir Neville, and if anyone has influence over Merroney it is him. Things are just beginning to look better, secure, when suddenly the shadow of a takeover bid looms large - threatening to swallow the small family business up

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A Clockwork Orange

Author: Anthony Burgess

Publisher: Penguin (1998)

In Anthony Burgess' infamous nightmare vision of youth culture in revolt, fifteen-year-old Alex and his friends set out on a diabolical orgy of robbery, rape, torture and murder. Alex is jailed for his teenage delinquency and the State tries to reform him - but at what cost?

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A Compromising Position

Author: Carole Matthews

Publisher: Headline (2002)

Emily Miller has been betrayed. When her boyfriend posts compromising photos of her on the internet, her life goes into sharp decline. Emily is about to lose everything - including the man she thought she loved. Her best friend, Cara, is determined to mend Emily's broken heart and she believes that a little magic is all that's required. But will Cara cast the right spell to get Emily out of her current position? Or will it go terribly wrong when they both fall in love with the same man?

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A Confederacy Of Dunces

Author: John Kennedy Toole

Publisher: Penguin Classics (2006)

The ordinary folk of New Orleans seem to think he is unhinged as well. Ignatius ignores them as he heaves his vast bulk through the city's fleshpots in a noble crusade against vice, modernity and ignorance. But his momma has a nasty surprise in store for him. Ignatius must get a job. Undaunted, he uses his new-found employment to further his mission - and now he has a pirate costume and a hot-dog cart to do it with ...

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A Crowning Mercy

Authors: Bernard Cornwell, Susannah Kells

Publisher: Harper Collins (2003)

One sunlit afternoon, a young girl illicitly bathing in a stream first fell in love with a passing stranger. Her parents call her Dorcas, but he called her Campion and that's what she longed to be, then and forever. So when an unbearable suitor is forced on her, she flees to seek her lover, taking with her the one gift left to her by her unknown father a pendant of gold. There are four of these jewels, each key to a secret, each owned by a stranger. When one person has them all, the holder will have access to great wealth and power. This is Campion's inheritance, one of peril and enchantment

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