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April 2017


Author: Michael Morpurgo

Publisher: Harper Collins Children's Books (2010)

A powerful novel from Michael Morpurgo, the nation’s favourite storyteller… Never have Aman and his mother needed a friend more than when a Springer Spaniel appears – thin and war-ravaged – in the mouth of their Afghan cave. Nursed back to health by Aman, the dog becomes a constant companion, a shadow, and that's what Aman decides to call her. But life in Afghanistan becomes more dangerous by the moment. Eventually, Aman, his mother and Shadow find the courage to embark upon the treacherous journey from war-torn Afghanistan to the safely of a relative's home in Manchester, England. But how far can Shadow lead them? And in this terrifying new world, is anywhere really safe…?

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The Painted Dragon

Author: Katherine Woodfine

Part of a series: The Sinclair's Mysteries

Publisher: Egmont UK Limited (2017)

Mr Sinclair would like to invite you to the most glamorous exhibition of the year! When a PRICELESS PAINTING is stolen, our DAUNTLESS HEROINES, Sophie and Lil, find themselves faced with FORGERY, TRICKERY and DECEIT on all sides. Be amazed as the BRAVE DUO pit their wits against this fiendish puzzle. Marvel at their cunning plan to UNMASK THE VILLAIN and prove themselves detectives to be reckoned with - no matter what DANGERS lie ahead... It's their most perilous adventure yet! The 3rd one in The Sinclair's Mysteries series.

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Ellie's Magical Bakery - Perfect Pie For A Perfect Pet

Author: Ellie Simmonds

Part of a series: Ellie's Magical Bakery

Publisher: Red Fox Books (2014)

Book 2 in a magical new series from Paralympian and star of the Great Comic Relief Bake-Off, Ellie Simmonds. Ellie's Magical Bakery is a great success. Ellie and Victoria Sponge are having lots of fun baking cakes which Ellie sells in the shop and Basil delivers on his roller skates. Even Whisk is helping out, by decorating the boxes! But when a local boy loses his new puppy, Ellie and Basil are desperate to find it for him. Ellie's magical book has a recipe to help them, but it is rather unusual. The recipe leads them to the butcher's, where they find the puppy has stolen some sausages, and to the village green where they find a stick . . . But how will the recipe help Ellie and her friends find the lost puppy?

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A Part Of Having

Author: Sally Patricia Gardner

Publisher: Henry May Publications (2015)

Jock is a sailor who returns from the Falklands War suffering from (then unrecognised) PTSD. Moira, his wife, struggles to understand what has happened to him, and also protect their daughter, Cathy, from his violent mood swings. The adult Cathy must struggle to make sense of her childhood before she can find happiness. Burdened with guilt and the belief that she was the cause, rather than the victim, of her misfortunes, she endures an abusive relationship and isolation from those who love her before finding the courage to move forward. Largely set in the historic town of Hastings, in East Sussex, this is an optimistic exploration of the ability of the human spirit to overcome tragedy..

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The Pottery Tales Including 'A Christmas Story'

Author: Sally Patricia Gardner

Publisher: Henry May Publications (2013)

From the poignant 'My Name is Eva' to the final heart-warming 'A Christmas Story', everything we have come to expect of Sally Patricia Gardner's work is in this collection of eighteen short stories. Variety, insight and, above all, compulsive readability are here. You will not be disappointed by this eclectic mixture from the author of the much-loved 'Lillian's Story, One Woman's Journey through the 20th Century'.

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Hey Dude A Second Collection Of Stories

Author: Roland Gardner

Publisher: Henry May Publications (2010)

A collection of short stories.

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How To Embarrass Grown Ups

Author: Paul Cookson

Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books (2004)

An anthology full of irreverent and cheeky poems about embarrassing grown-ups, whether it's them making you cringe, or you making them blush. Things like your dad dancing badly, then trying to play football and your mum getting out photos of you as a baby...Or scenarios such as you asking guests rude questions, painting Dad's face with make-up, and the whole class laughing at your teacher's flies being undone. Be warned - this'll make you squirm! French Teacher I want you to know, Mum That, whatever Dad says, You have much nicer legs Than our French teacher. Roger Stevens

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Glitter Beach

Author: Rosie Banks

Part of a series: Secret Kingdom

Publisher: Orchard Books (2012)

In the sixth book of the first Secret Kingdom series, every fairy in the kingdom is at Glitter Beach to watch the magic being renewed in the kingdom for another year. But Queen Malice is also nearby... Can Ellie, Summer and Jasmine save the glitter dust and keep the magic alive?

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Mermaid Reef

Author: Rosie Banks

Part of a series: Secret Kingdom

Publisher: Orchard Books (2012)

In the fourth book of the exciting new Secret Kingdom series, Ellie, Summer and Jasmine are set for a magical adventure deep beneath the sea! Can they help their new underwater friends save the enchanted Wishing Pearl from mean Queen Malice and her naughty storm sprites?

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Bubble Volcano

Author: Rosie Banks

Part of a series: Secret Kingdom Series 2

Publisher: Orchard Books (2013)

When mean Queen Malice puts a spell on King Merry, Ellie, Summer and Jasmine must find six magical ingredients to make a cure. They're soon off to Bubble Volcano to find the first ingredient. Can they find the hidden bubblebee hive and get the magic honeycomb they need to save King Merry?

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Wildflower Wood

Author: Rosie Banks

Part of a series: Secret Kingdom Series 3

Publisher: Orchard Books (2013)

Wicked Queen Malice has cast a spell on Summer's storybook and unleashed all the fairytale baddies into the Secret Kingdom. Now the gnomes of Flower Forest are being terrorised by a giant, who's destroying the precious sugarsap trees! Can the girls catch the giant and get him back in the book before the peaceful land is ruined for ever?

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Puppy Fun

Author: Rosie Banks

Part of a series: Secret Kingdom Series 4

Publisher: Orchard Books (2014)

Ellie, Summer and Jasmine are delighted to meet the adorable Animal Keepers of the Secret Kingdom, who spread fun, friendship, kindness and bravery throughout the land. But when Queen Malice casts an evil spell to reverse their powers, it's up to the girls to find the Puppy Keeper and reunite him with his magical charm - before fun is lost from the kingdom forever!

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Cloud Island

Author: Rosie Banks

Part of a series: Secret Kingdom

Publisher: Orchard Books (2012)

In the third book of this great series, Ellie, Summer and Jasmine land on fluffy clouds high in the sky of the Secret Kingdom and have lots of fun bouncing around! But soon they realise that Queen Malice's mean magic is set to ruin Cloud Island for ever...

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Phoenix Festival

Author: Rosie Banks

Part of a series: Secret Kingdom Series 3

Publisher: Orchard Books (2013)

Wicked Queen Malice has cast a spell on Summer's storybook and unleashed all the fairytale baddies into the Secret Kingdom. Ellie, Summer and Jasmine are excited about attending the annual Phoenix Festival fireworks display, but when they get there they discover that a nasty wizard is controlling the fireworks - and he's kidnapped King Merry! Can the girls rescue their friend and get the wizard back in the book?

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The Piglet Pickle

Author: Carly Hart

Part of a series: The Invincibles

Publisher: Nosy Crow (2016)

In this first story, troublesome twosome Nell and Freddie go on a school trip to a farm, where they pet the animals and learn about how they live, and Freddie smuggles a piglet out in his backpack. He thinks he's saving it from becoming sausages. So Nell keeps it in her bedroom, gives it a bath and gets it involved in bringing a local crime wave to an end (with the help of her hilariously teenaged big brother, Lucas). Then they all go home for tea!

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Tomorrow Is Another Day

Author: Hazel Fisher

Publisher: Mills & Boon (1992)

Taking up the job of Night Sister at Easterwood Psychiatric Clinic was in the nature of a fresh start and a life-saver for Jenny Fraser, after her fiancé Lloyd had jilted her. Nevertheless she found it odd the way the staff seemed to tread warily around her. And it didn’t help that Dr Ben Moran made it plain he had expected a more mature, less attractive lady! That Ben himself was craggily gorgeous was difficult, because he frequently needed Jenny to act as chaperon, which meant she couldn’t avoid his company ...

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Dark Side

Author: Margaret Duffy

Part of a series: A Gillard and Langley Mystery

Publisher: Severn House Publishers (2013)

When several shots are fired into the bistro where husband and wife crime-fighting duo Patrick Gillard and Ingrid Langley, both of whom work for the Serious Organised Crime Agency, are meeting their boss, they discuss the shooting with their friend, Detective Chief Inspector James Carrick. Carrick was also personally attacked, several years previously, by Benny Cooper, who was eventually convicted of involvement in child pornography. Benny and his accomplice are now out of prison, and soon the intimidation of Carrick and his family returns. When Cooper is found murdered, Carrick's bloodstained clothing, when he is found unconscious at the murder scene, makes him a prime suspect. Ingrid and Patrick take up the case, plunging themselves and their careers into grave danger. But how far is Patrick prepared to go in order to prove James innocence?"

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Author: Paul Dowswell

Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens (2010)

When Peter's parents are killed, he is sent to an orphanage in Warsaw. Then German soldiers take him away to be measured and assessed. They decide that Peter is racially valuable. He is Volksdeutscher: of German blood. With his blond hair, blue eyes, and acceptably proportioned head, he looks just like the boy on the Hitler-Jugend poster. Someone important will want to adopt Peter. They do.

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Shifty McGifty And Slippery Sam The Cat Burglar

Author: Tracy Corderoy

Part of a series: Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam

Publisher: Nosy Crow Ltd (2015)

Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam have swapped a life of crime for baking cakes in their cafe. But now there's a new robber in town - the infamous Kitty-le-Claw! When there's a midnight robbery at the bank, can the two baker dogs save the day?

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The Queen Of The Tearling

Author: Erika Johansen

Part of a series: The Tearling Trilogy

Publisher: Bantam (2014)

It was on her nineteenth birthday that the soldiers came for Kelsea Glynn. They’d come to escort her back to the place of her birth – and to ensure she survives long enough to be able to take possession of what is rightfully hers. But like many nineteen-year-olds, Kelsea is unruly, has high principles and believes she knows better than her elders. Unlike many nineteen-year-olds, she is about to inherit a kingdom that is on its knees – corrupt, debauched and dangerous. Kelsea will either become the most fearsome ruler the kingdom has ever known . . . or be dead within the week.

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The Sweetest Empire

Author: Sally Patricia Gardner

Publisher: Henry May Publications (2007)

History is history The sweetest empire is the story of women’s fight to achieve the vote, told through the lives of six women. It tells of the enforced labour and prostitution of victorian times, the sufferings of the suffragettes, the bravery of women nrsing at the front in ww1 and many other aspects of women’s history. The novel vividly portrays the legal and moral constrictions that have existed for women from victorian times through to the 1960’s. The fictional framework encompasses real people including emmeline pankhurst and emily davison and is dedicated to ‘successive generations of women who refused to know their place’.

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Fairytale Forest

Author: Rosie Banks

Part of a series: Secret Kingdom Series 2

Publisher: Orchard Books (2013)

Enter a magical world of friendship and fun! Ellie, Summer and Jasmine are ready for some storytime fun with the Fairytale Forest book brownies. But wicked Queen Malice is back, and casts a spell to wither all the magical book buds. Can the girls break her spell and get what they need to stop King Merry becoming a stink toad?

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A History Of Scotland

Author: Neil Oliver

Publisher: Weidenfeld And Nicolson (2009)

Scotland is one of the oldest countries in the world, with a vivid and diverse past. Yet the stories and figures that dominate Scottish history – tales of failure, submission, thwarted ambition and tragedy – often badly serve this great nation, overshadowing the rich tapestry of her intricate past. Historian Neil Oliver presents a compelling new portrait of Scottish history, peppered with action, high drama and centuries of turbulence that have helped to shape modern Scotland. Along the way, he takes in iconic landmarks and historic architecture; debunks myths surrounding Scotland’s famous sons; recalls forgotten battles; charts the growth of patriotism; and explores recent political developments, capturing Scotland’s sense of identity and celebrating her place in the wider world.

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Dead Man River

Author: Tyler Hatch

Publisher: Robert Hale Ltd (2015)

It seemed like a wonderful solution to Dave Brent’s troubles: exchange identities with the dead man he found floating in the river and that should be the last he would hear of the Vandemanns, who wanted his blood. But the dead man was more popular than he reckoned – and a lot of men wanted to find the man now using his name: if they caught him, he could choose to die either by torture or a quick bullet. Dave didn’t want to settle for either choice

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Conditional Love

Author: Cathy Bramley

Publisher: Corgi Books (2015)

A takeaway, TV and tea with two sugars is about as exciting as it gets for thirty-something Sophie Stone. But when a mysterious benefactor leaves her an inheritance, Sophie has to accept that change is afoot. There is one big catch: in order to inherit, Sophie must agree to meet the father she has never known. Saying 'yes' means the chance to build her own dream home, but she'll also have to face the past and hear some uncomfortable truths... Will Sophie be able to build a future on her own terms - and maybe even find love along the way?

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Today We Die A Little

Author: Richard Askwith

Publisher: Yellow Jersey (2016)

The definitive biography of one of the greatest, most extraordinary runners and Olympic heroes of all time, from the author of running classic Feet in the Clouds.

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The Chimes

Author: Anna Smaill

Publisher: Sceptre (2016)

A boy stands on the roadside on his way to London, alone in the rain. No memories, beyond what he can hold in his hands at any given moment. No directions, as written words have long since been forbidden. No parents - just a melody that tugs at him, a thread to follow. A song that says if he can just get to the capital, he may find some answers about what happened to them. The world around Simon sings, each movement a pulse of rhythm, each object weaving its own melody, music ringing in every drop of air. Welcome to the world of The Chimes. Here, life is orchestrated by a vast musical instrument that renders people unable to form new memories. The past is a mystery, each new day feels the same as the last, and before is blasphony.

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Author: Rainbow Rowell

Publisher: Orion (2011)

It's 1999 and for the staff of one newspaper office, the internet is still a novelty. By day, two young women, Beth and Jennifer, spend their hours emailing each other, discussing in hilarious detail every aspect of their lives, from love troubles to family dramas. And by night, Lincoln, a shy, lonely IT guy spends his hours reading every exchange.

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See You In The Cosmos

Author: Jack Cheng

Publisher: Puffin Books (2017)

All eleven-year-old Alex wants is to launch his iPod into space. With a series of audio recordings, he will show other life forms out in the cosmos what life on Earth, his Earth, is really like. But for a boy with a long-dead dad, a troubled mum and a mostly-not-around brother, Alex struggles with the big questions. "Where do I come from?" "Who’s out there?" And, above all, "How can l be brave?" Determined to find the answers, Alex sets out on a remarkable road trip that will turn his whole world upside down ...

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Overcoming Weight Problems: A Self-help Guide Using Cognitive Behavioral Techniques

Authors: Jeremy Gauntlett-Gilbert, Clare Grace

Publisher: Robinson (2012)

From their ground-breaking work with CBT techniques in London's only NHS clinic for obesity, Drs Jeremy Gauntlett-Gilbert and Clare Grace have developed this accessible self-help guide, based on clinically tested methods that will help change thinking and overcome weight problems once and for all. How to:-

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The Cinderella Murder

Authors: Mary Higgins Clark, Alafair Burke

Part of a series: Under Suspicion

Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (2014)

Television producer Laurie Moran is elated when the pilot for her reality drama Under Suspicionis a success. Even more, the program - a cold case series that revisits unsolved crimes by recreating them with those affected - is off to a fantastic start when it helps solve an infamous murder in the very first episode

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Hold On Stripey Horse

Authors: Jim Helmore, Karen Wall

Publisher: Egmont (2010)

The heart-warming second picture book story about a soft toy and life in a magical bric a brac shop. Splish! Splash! Splosh! Wet and windy magic was at work in the bric-a-brac shop.

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The Soprano Sorceress

Author: L.E. Modesitt Jr.

Part of a series: The Spellsong Cycle

Publisher: Orbit (1998)

When Anna Marshall, singer and music instructor at Iowa State University, is drawn into the magical world of Erde, she is no longer just a professional singer: she is a sorceress - potentially the strongest on the whole world. On Erde, song is magic, and a wrong note can mean death to a sorcerer. Anna's training means that she can sing more powerfully and more precisely than anyone else - but her power does not go unnoticed and she soon finds herself the target of ruthless political factions.

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Westmorland Alone

Author: Ian Sansom

Part of a series: The County Guides

Publisher: Fourth Estate (2016)

Welcome to Westmorland. Perhaps the most scenic county in England! Home of the poets! Land of the great artists! District of the Great lakes! And the scene of a mysterious crime…

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Overcoming Insomnia And Sleep Problems: A Self-help Guide Using Cognitive Behavioral Techniques

Author: Colin A. Espie

Publisher: Robinson (2012)

Poor sleep is one of the most common health problems and can leave you feeling exhausted, stressed and run-down. While prescribed medications and over-the-counter remedies rarely offer lasting benefits, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy can help enormously and is the treatment of choice for insomnia.

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Crossroads Of Twilight

Author: Robert Jordan

Part of a series: The Wheel of Time

Publisher: Orbit (2003)

Rand al'Thor, the Dragon Reborn, must fight on against the Dark One in a struggle that has drawn an entire world into its vortex - claiming the souls of friends and enemies alike. He has cleansed the taint of madness from the male half of the True Source, so may now draw on its power as a weapon of awesome potential. This could tip the balance in a perilous battle against evil as Rand must gamble with himself at stake. He cannot be sure which of his allies are really enemies - even among lifelong companions.

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Malice Aforethought

Authors: Colin Dexter, Frances Iles

Publisher: Pan Books (1999)

Part of the PAN CLASSIC CRIME series, a paperback edition of a crime novel first published in 1931, with a Pan edition in 1979, which tells of a country doctor who plans to escape from his unsatisfactory existence by slowly poisoning his wife.

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Spirit Controlled Temperament

Authors: Tim Lahaye, David Pawson

Publisher: Kingsway Publications (1973)

Everyone is a curious mixture of weaknesses and strengths, and there's a reason, explains author Tim La Haye. Everyone has inherited a distinct temperament - predominantly sanguine, choleric, melancholy, or phlegmatic, with a combination of traits from two or more groups. Given a person's natural temperament, the Holy Spirit can manifest supernatural characteristics in his life. God's Spirit can release an individual from a life of anger, fear, depression, indecisiveness, instability, and restlessness, and can give a new freedom of peace, purpose, self-control, and dignity.

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My Name Is Victoria

Author: Lucy Worsley

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing (2017)

All the characters in this story - including Sir John, Miss V, Lehzen and the Princess Victoria - are based on real people. If you’ve read history books about the childhood of Queen Victoria, you might think you know what’s going to happen. But appearances can be deceptive...

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The Versions Of Us

Author: Laura Barnett

Publisher: Weidenfeld And Nicolson (2015)

Eva and Jim are nineteen, and students at Cambridge, when their paths first cross in 1958. Jim is walking along a lane when a woman approaching him on a bicycle swerves to avoid a dog. What happens next will determine the rest of their lives. We follow three different versions of their future - together, and apart - as their love story takes on different incarnations and twists and turns to the conclusion in the present day. The Versions of Us is an outstanding debut novel about the choices we make and the different paths that our lives might follow. What if one small decision could change the rest of your life?

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The Revenant

Author: Michael Punke

Publisher: The Borough Press (2015)

BLOOD LOST. LIFE FOUND. Hugh Glass isn’t afraid to die. He’s done it once already. Rocky Mountains, 1823 When expert tracker Glass is viciously mauled by a bear, death seems inevitable. The two men ordered to remain with him until he dies flee, stripping him of his rifle and hatchet and leaving him to die alone. But soon a grim, horribly scarred figure is seen wandering, asking after two men, one with a gun that seems too good for him… The Revenant is a remarkable tale of obsession and the lengths that one man will go to for retribution.

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1st To Die

Author: James Patterson

Part of a series: Women's Murder Club

Publisher: Headline (2002)

As the only woman homicide inspector in San Francisco, Lindsay Boxer has to be tough. But nothing has prepared her for the brutal maniac who has begun a killing spree - slaughtering newlywed couples. Lindsay is sickened by the deaths, but her determination to bring the murderer to justice is threatened by a personal tragedy. So she turns to Claire Washburn, a coroner, Cindy Thomas, a journalist, and Jill Bernhardt, an attorney, for help with both crises, and the Women's Murder Club is born.

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Excellent Women

Author: Barbara Pym

Publisher: Virago Press (2008)

Mildred Lathbury is one of those 'excellent women' who is often taken for granted. She is a godsend 'capable of dealing with most of the stock situations of life - birth, marriage, death, the successful jumble sales, the garden fete spoiled by bad weather'. As such she often gets herself embroiled in other people's lives - especially those of her glamourous new neighbours, the Napiers, whose marriage seems to be on the rocks. One cannot take sides in these matters, though it is tricky, especially as Mildred, teetering on the edge of spinsterhood, has a soft spot for the dashing young Rockingham Napier. This is Barbara Pym's world at its funniest and most touching.

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Death In Berlin

Author: M. M. Kaye

Publisher: Viking (1985)

Miranda Brand is visiting Germany for what is supposed to be a month's vacation. But from the moment that Brigadier Brindley relates the story about a fortune in lost diamonds - a story in which Miranda herself figures in an unusual way - the vacation atmosphere becomes transformed into something more ominous. And when murder strikes on the night train to Berlin, Miranda finds herself unwillingly involved in a complex chain of events that will soon throw her own life into peril. Set against a background of war-scarred Berlin in the early 1950s, M. M. Kaye's Death in Berlin is a consummate mystery from one of the finest storytellers of our time. (First published under the title Death Walked in Berlin by Staples Press 1955.)

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Devil's Gate

Authors: Clive Cussler, Graham Brown

Part of a series: Numa Files

Publisher: Michael Joseph (2013)

Deep beneath the Eastern Atlantic Ocean lies an extraordinary underwater burial ground of ships and planes . . . Nearby, a Japanese cargo ship blows up without warning. Racing to help, Kurt Austin and the NUMA team are beaten to the scene by heavily armed pirates. But when the ruthless gang's own boat explodes as they're making their escape, the men from NUMA are suddenly plunged from a disaster into a mystery.

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Too Close To Home

Author: Susan Lewis

Publisher: Arrow (2015)

Jenna and Jack Moore have moved their family to Wales for a fresh start. For vivacious, happy-go-lucky fifteen-year-old Paige the future is full of promise. But suddenly everything changes. Paige becomes more and more withdrawn. The closeness she once shared with her mother a distant memory. It then becomes clear that Jack has secrets too. Preoccupied with her younger children, her husband’s fidelity and their fledgling publishing company, Jenna doesn’t realise the extent of her eldest daughter’s unhappiness until the unthinkable happens. And the nightmare is only just beginning…

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A French Affair

Author: Susan Lewis

Publisher: W. F. Howes Ltd. (2013)

When Natalie Moore is killed in a freak accident in France her mother - the very poised and elegant Jessica - knows instinctively there is more to it.However, Natalie's father - the glamorous, high-flying Charlie - is so paralysed by the horror of losing his daughter, that he refuses even to discuss his wife's suspicions.

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Human Acts

Author: Han Kang

Publisher: Portobello Books (2016)

Gwangju, South Korea, 1980. In the wake of a viciously suppressed student uprising, a boy searches for his friend’s corpse, a consciousness searches for its abandoned body, and a brutalized country searches for a voice. From the award-winning author of The Vegetarian comes a riveting and poetic examination of humanity at its most appalling, and its most hopeful.

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2012: The Crystal Skull

Author: Manda Scott

Publisher: Bantam (2009)

2012. The date is set. Time is running out. The ancient Mayans predicted the End of Days with uncanny precision. But they also provided the key to staving off apocalypse: a flawless sapphire of incomparable beauty carved into the perfect likeness of a human skull. For more than four centuries, the skull, and its legacy of dark intrigue and murder, have been hidden, protected by a code few can break. Now it's about to be found. But can we now uncover the secret that may yet save the world?

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Queen Of Sorcery

Author: David Eddings

Part of a series: The Belgariad

Publisher: Corgi Books (1988)

Legends tell how Belgarath the sorcerer and his daughter Polgara defeated the evil God Torak, imprisoning him in an endless sleep. But now a priest of Torak is racing to his God with the Orb of Aldur and is racing to reawaken him. Belgarath and Polgara are on his trail. With them is Garion, a simple farm boy only months before. And with each league the group travel, the power of sorcery is growing in Garon . . .

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A Fistful Of Charms

Author: Kim Harrison

Publisher: Harper Voyager (2012)

There's no rest for the wicked, even when the taint on your soul isn't your fault. It would be wise for witch and bounty hunter, Rachel Morgan, to keep a low profile right now. Her new reputation for the dark arts has piqued the interest of Cincinnati's night-prowlers, who despise her and long to bring an end to her interference, one way or another.

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The Raven Boys (1 Of 4)

Author: Maggie Stiefvater

Part of a series: The Raven Cycle

Publisher: Scholastic Press (2012)

Blue has spent the majority of her sixteen years being told that if she kisses her true love, he will die. When Blue meets Gansey's spirit on the corpse road she knows there is only one reason why - either he is her true love or she has killed him. Determined to find out the truth, Blue becomes involved with the Raven Boys, four boys from the local private school (lead by Gansey) who are on a quest to discover Glendower - a lost ancient Welsh King who is buried somewhere along the Virginia ley line. Whoever finds him will be granted a supernatural favour. Never before has Blue felt such magic around her. But is Gansey her true love? She can't imagine a time she would feel like that, and she is adamant not to be the reason for his death. Where will fate lead them?

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Queen Of Shadows

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Part of a series: Throne of Glass

Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens (2015)

Bloodthirsty for revenge on the two men responsible for destroying her life, and desperate to find out if the prince and his captain are safe, Celaena returns to Rifthold, the seat of so much evil. She has accepted her identity as Aelin Galathynius, Queen of Terrasen. But before she can reclaim her throne, there are dark truths to learn and debts to be paid. Aelin must stay hidden beneath her assassin's hood and draw on her mortal strength as Celaena to prevent the King of Adarlan from tearing her world apart. Only then can she fight for her people.

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Mr Midshipman Hornblower

Author: C.S. Forester

Part of a series: Hornblower

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd (1998)

Meet the quiet, gawky, strangely impressive young man, newly commissioned into Nelson's navy, and sail with him aboard H.M.S. Indefatigable to the Western Atlantic, through a series of dramatic battles and scrapes.

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Exit West

Author: Mohsin Hamid

Publisher: Hamish Hamilton (2017)

In a city swollen by refugees but still mostly at peace, or at least not yet openly at war, two young people notice one another. They share a cup of coffee, a smile, an evening meal. They try not to hear the sound of bombs getting closer every night, the radio announcing new laws, the public executions. Meanwhile, rumours are spreading of strange black doors in secret places across the city, doors that lead to London or San Francisco, Greece or Dubai. Someday soon, the time will come for this young couple to seek out one such door: joining the multitudes fleeing a collapsing city, hoping against hope, looking for their place in the world.

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City Of The Dead

Author: Herbert Lieberman

Publisher: Pocket Books (1977)

The Chief Medical Examiner of New York City presides contemptuously over the morgue, each day's routine workload consisting of strangled whores, battered babies and dismembered corpses. Then his own daughter is kidnapped, and he has to confront the most gruesome multiple-murder case of his career.

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The Hog's Back Mystery

Author: Freeman Wills Crofts

Publisher: The British Library Publishing Division (2015)

Dr James Earle and his wife live in comfortable seclusion near the Hog's Back, a ridge in the North Downs in the beautiful Surrey countryside. When Dr Earle disappears from his cottage, Inspector French is called in to investigate. At first he suspects a simple domestic intrigue - and begins to uncover a web of romantic entanglements beneath the couple's peaceful rural life. The case soon takes a more complex turn. Other people vanish mysteriously, one of Dr Earle's house guests among them. What is the explanation for the disappearances? If the missing people have been murdered, what can be the motive? This fiendishly complicated puzzle is one that only Inspector French can solve. Freeman Wills Crofts was a master of the intricately and ingeniously plotted detective novel, and The Hog's Back Mystery shows him at the height of his powers

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Enchanters' End Game

Author: David Eddings

Part of a series: The Belgariad

Publisher: Corgi (1985)

With Garion on the throne, peace has finally come to the West. But as long as the evil God Torak still lives, he knows they will never truly be safe. As Princess Ce'Nedra leads her armies in a desperate bid to divert the Evil One’s forces, Garion travels to the City of Endless Night to face Torak for the last time. But one question haunts him: can man ever destroy an immortal God?

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Feel The Fear

Author: Lauren Child

Part of a series: Ruby Redfort

Publisher: Harper Collins Children's Books (2014)

The fourth book in the scarily awesome Ruby Redfort series, by multi-million-copy bestselling author Lauren Child. This time Ruby must pit her wits against a seemingly invisible foe. How do you set your sights on catching a light-fingered villain if you can’t even see him…?

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Selected Poetry

Authors: W.B. Yeats, A. Norman Jeffares

Publisher: Pan Books (1974)

Few have lived their ideas so passionately and nobly as W.B. Yeats in his love affairs, politics and poetry. From his youth in the 1880s, a fertile dreamer rediscovering and remaking the Irish tradition, he grew into a great and innovative poet of the twentieth century. This selection of Yeats's work includes the final book from the unjustly neglected narrative poem The Wanderings of Oisin and a number of lyrics from Yeats's work as poetic dramatist. This edition breaks new ground by allowing the reader to engage with a dozen poems in alternative versions; in many other cases it provides significant variants, so that Yeats's struggle to revise his poetry can be experienced with unusual immediacy. It also includes explanatory and textual notes for each poem.

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The Marketmaker

Author: Michael Ridpath

Publisher: Michael Joseph (1998)

Disgruntled academic Nick Elliot is the greenest trader on the stand at a tough firm of brokers in the City. Dekker Ward created, and now dominates, the turbulent market in Latin American bonds. But can they stay on top and still play by the rules? Dekker’s South American business is run by Ricardo Ross – the most successful trader the region has ever seen. He is the Marketmaker. As Nick discovers, you’re either with him or you’ve made an enemy for life. At first the new boy is content to ride his luck. Until strange things start happening to Dekker employees. One top trader is fired without warning. Another dies in a bungled robbery. As tension mounts, Nick can’t disguise his feelings for his attractive colleague, Isabel. Then she too is kidnapped. Just what sort of business is he really involved in? And has he left it too late to run away? While Nick debates the wisdom of taking matters into his own hands, the all-powerful Marketmaker is ready to make his move . . .

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Ten Little Aliens

Author: Stephen Cole

Part of a series: The Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Collection

Publisher: BBC Books (2013)

A first Doctor adventure, featuring the Doctor as played by William Hartnell and his companions Ben and Polly. Deep in the heart of a hollowed-out moon the Doctor finds a chilling secret: ten alien corpses, frozen in time at the moment of their death. They are the empire's most wanted terrorists, and their discovery could end a war devastating the galaxy. But is the same force that killed them still lurking in the dark? And what are its plans for the people of Earth?

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Jake's Tower

Author: Elizabeth Laird

Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books (2001)

I'm planning my dream house. It's going to be very tall and thin, a tower really. There's a moat all round it and the only way over is by a drawbridge that's pulled up all the time. My room will be at the top. It's totally safe up there. In real life, Jake is never safe. The violent attacks on him by his mother’s boyfriend can happen at any time. As for his real father, all Jake knows is that he gave him a cuddle and a fluffy duck the day he was born and went away for ever. But in his imaginary tower Jake can dream up the dad he longs to have, even if dreams never come true. But sometimes they do, in very unexpected and surprising ways.

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Author: Garth Nix

Part of a series: The Old Kingdom

Publisher: Collins (2003)

Sabriel is sent as a child across the Wall to the safety of a school in Ancelstierre. Away from magic; away from the Dead. After receiving a cryptic message from her father, 18-year-old Sabriel leaves her ordinary school and returns across the Wall into the Old Kingdom. Fraught with peril and deadly trickery, her journey takes her to a world filled with parasitical spirits, Mordicants, and Shadow Hands – for her father is none other than The Abhorsen. His task is to lay the disturbed dead back to rest. This obliges him – and now Sabriel, who has taken on her father's title and duties – to slip over the border into the icy river of Death, sometimes battling the evil forces that lurk there, waiting for an opportunity to escape into the realm of the living. Desperate to find her father, and grimly determined to help save the Old Kingdom from destruction by the horrible forces of the evil undead, Sabriel endures almost impossible challenges whilst discovering her own supernatural abilities – and her destiny.

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Author: Garth Nix

Part of a series: The Old Kingdom

Publisher: Hot Key Books (2016)

Lirael is no longer a shy Second Assistant Librarian. She is the Abhorsen-in-Waiting, with dead creatures to battle and Free Magic entities to bind. She's also a Remembrancer, and wielder of the Dark Mirror.

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Friend Or Foe

Author: Michael Morpurgo

Publisher: Egmont UK Limited (2011)

Evacuated from London, David and Tucky feel like the war is a long way away from their new life in the countryside. Then one night the skyline of the moor is lit up with gun flashes, and the distant crump of bombing miles away brings the war back to them and shatters their new-found peace.

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The Astounding Broccoli Boy

Author: Frank Cottrell Boyce

Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books (2016)

Rory Rooney likes to be prepared for all eventualities. His favourite book is Don't Be Scared, Be Prepared, and he has memorized every page of it. Bub Rory isn't prepared when he suddenly and inexplicably burns green Stuck in an isolation ward in a hospital far from home, Rory’s as confused by his new condition as the medics seem to be. But what if it’s not in his genes, or a virus, or something he ate? What if turning green actually means you’ve turned into a superhero? Rory can’t wait to make it past hospital security and discover exactly what his superpower might be . . .

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My Friend Whale

Author: Simon James

Publisher: Walker Books Ltd (2003)

How wonderful it would be to have a blue whale for a friend. You could go swimming together every night and watch him make the biggest splashes. You could find out all about him - how, although he's the world's biggest and heaviest animal, he has very sensitive skin and no teeth; how he can hold his breath underwater for an hour; how he can't smell or taste anything but his hearing is better than ours. You would grow to love him. Imagine, then, how sad you would be if that whale disappeared one night and never returned.

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Just Call Me Spaghetti-Hoop Boy

Author: Lara Williamson

Publisher: Usborne Publishing Limited (2017)

My name is Adam Butters. I live on planet Earth, I like eating spaghetti hoops and I've decided I'm going to be a SUPERHERO.

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Author: Vladimir Nabokov

Part of a series: Penguin Books

Publisher: Penguin Books (1995)

Humbert Humbert is a middle-aged, fastidious college professor. He also likes little girls. And none more so than Lolita, whom he'll do anything to possess. Is he in love or insane? A silver-tongued poet or a pervert? A tortured soul or a monster? ...Or is he all of these?

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The Zookeeper's Wife

Author: Diane Ackerman

Publisher: Headline (2013)

When Germany invades Poland, Luftwaffe bombers devastate Warsaw and the city's zoo along with it. With most of their animals killed, or stolen away to Berlin, zookeepers Jan and Antonina Zabinski begin smuggling Jews into the empty cages. As the war escalates Jan becomes increasingly involved in the anti-Nazi resistance. Ammunition is buried in the elephant enclosure and explosives stored in the animal hospital. Plans are prepared for what will become the Warsaw uprising. Through the ever-present fear of discovery, Antonina must keep her unusual household afloat, caring for both its human and animal inhabitants - otters, a badger, hyena pups, lynxes - as Europe crumbles around them.

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Cream Buns And Crime

Author: Robin Stevens

Part of a series: Murder Most Unladylike Mysteries

Publisher: Puffin (2017)

Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong are famous for the murder cases they have solved - but there are many other mysteries in the pages of Hazel's casebook, from the macabre Case of the Deepdean Vampire, to the baffling Case of the Blue Violet, and their very first case of all: the Case of Lavinia's Missing Tie.

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Last Stand On The Ocean Shore

Author: Mark Cheverton

Part of a series: The Mystery of Herobrine

Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK Ltd (2015)

The final battle to defeat Herobrine will take Gameknight999 over land and under water! Herobrine is rallying all the monsters of Minecraft in hope of eliminating Gameknight999 and his friends once and for all. They destroy every village they find, threatening to continue until the User-that-is-not-a-user surrenders. Gameknight has just two things: the Oracle's command to seek out the lost ocean monument and an impenetrable riddle: "Look to the lowliest and most insignificant of creatures, for that is where your salvation will lie."

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Me And Mister P

Authors: Maria Farrer, Daniel Rieley

Publisher: OUP Oxford (2017)

All I want is a normal family but no, I've ended up with the brother from Weirdsville. Liam is so embarrassing, but Mum and Dad can't see that and give him all the attention. Leaving me with zero! Zilch! A big fat NOTHING! And I'm not really sure how an enormous, funny, clumsy polar bear is going to help with all this, but he was standing on the doorstep, so I had to invite him to stay, didn't I? Well, what would you have done?"

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Fish Boy

Author: Chloe Daykin

Publisher: Faber & Faber (2017)

People call me Fish Boy. My skin goes up and down like the waves. My mind goes in and out like the sea. They say I've always got my mouth open, that I ask too many questions. But what's wrong with that?

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Streets Of Darkness

Author: A. A. Dhand

Part of a series: A World Book Night Book 2017, D I Harry Virdee

Publisher: Corgi Books (2017)

The sky over Bradford is heavy with foreboding. It always is. But this morning it has reason to be – this morning a body has been found. And it’s not just any body. Detective Harry Virdee should be at home with his wife. Impending fatherhood should be all he can think about but he’s been suspended from work just as the biggest case of the year lands on what would have been his desk. He can’t keep himself away. Determined to restore his reputation, Harry is obliged to take to the shadows in search of notorious ex-convict and prime suspect, Lucas Dwight. But as the motivations of the murder threaten to tip an already unstable city into riotous anarchy, Harry finds his preconceptions turned on their head as he discovers what it’s like to be on the other side of the law…

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Tartan Tragedy

Author: Antonia Fraser

Part of a series: The Jemima Shore Mysteries

Publisher: Phoenix (2014)

(Second of ten Jemima Shore series. Originally published (1978) as The Wild Island) The body of a young man has been found floating in a pool on a remote island in the Scottish Highlands. It just happens to be the island that TV reporter Jemima Shore has rented for a holiday – a holiday that is rapidly falling apart. Confronted with a foreboding stone house, a bitter family feud and cryptic warnings from locals Jemima begins to regret her choice. It is only when another body is found tangled in weeds in the river she begins to realize she has become caught up in something very dark indeed …

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Sputnik's Guide To Life On Earth

Authors: Frank Cottrell Boyce, Steven Lenton

Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books (2017)

The Blythes are a big, warm, rambunctious family who live on a small farm and sometimes foster children. Now Prez has come to live with them. But, though he seems cheerful and helpful, he never says a word. Then one day Prez answers the door to someone claiming to be his relative. This small, loud stranger carries a backpack, walks with a swagger and goes by the name of Sputnik.

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Wed Wabbit

Authors: Lissa Evans, Sarah McIntryre, Tomislav Tomic

Publisher: David Fickling Books (2017)

You're called Fidge and you're nearly eleven. You've been hurled into a strange world. You have three companions: two are unbelievably weird and the third is your awful cousin Graham. You have to solve a series of nearly impossible clues. You need to deal with a cruel dictator and three thousand Wimbley Woos (yes, you read that sentence correctly). And the whole situation - the whole, entire thing - is your fault. Wed Wabbit is an adventure story about friendship, danger and the terror of never being able to get back home again. And it's funny. It's seriously funny.

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The Black Death

Author: Henry Freeman

Publisher: Unknown (2016)

History’s most Effective killer Sweeping across the known world with unchecked devastation, the Black Death claimed between 75 million and 200 million lives in four short years. In this engaging and well-researched book, the trajectory of the plagues march west across Eurasia and the cause of the great pandemic is thoroughly explored. Please note there is no Figure 2 illustration in the book. Although it is referenced in the text the image was not in the physical book.

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The Young Magicians And The Thieves Almanac

Author: Nick Mohammed

Publisher: Puffin (2017)

On a London street, four unlikely friends stand before the astonishingly ordinary-looking blue door of the Magic Circle . . . Join the young magicians as they step inside the world-famous conjuring club in an adventure that may or may not involve the search for a secret book, a set of impossible crimes and . . . oh, yes - a flock of very confused pigeons.

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A Girl Called Owl

Author: Amy Wilson

Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books (2017)

It's bad enough having a mum dippy enough to name you Owl, but when you've got a dad you've never met, a best friend who needs you more than ever, and a new boy at school giving you weird looks, there's not a lot of room for much else.

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Darcy Burdock

Author: Laura Dockrill

Part of a series: Darcy Burdock

Publisher: Corgi Childrens (2013)

Ten-year-old Darcy Burdock is one of life's noticers. Curious, smart, funny and fiercely loyal, she sees the extraordinary in the everyday and the wonder in the world around her.

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Darcy Burdock: Hi So Much

Author: Laura Dockrill

Part of a series: Darcy Burdock

Publisher: Corgi Childrens (2014)

Ten-year-old Darcy sees the extraordinary in the everyday and the wonder in the world around her. This second book sees Darcy move-up to Big School - and all of a sudden EVERYTHING changes. Her best friend Will isn't sure he should talk to girls anymore, her new teacher may in actual fact be a cauldron-bubbling witch and, horror of horrors, her precious pet Lamb-Beth goes missing. Can Darcy face these challenges head-on, armed only with her curious, whip-smart mind and eye for a story?

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False Nine

Author: Philip Kerr

Part of a series: A World Book Night Book 2017

Publisher: Head of Zeus Ltd (2015)

Just because football is a game, it doesn't mean you have to play fair. Football manager Scott Manson needs a new job, but finding one in the star-studded world of international football isn't easy. A new position in Shanghai turns out to be part of an elaborate sting operation – and in Barcelona, he's not hired as a football manager, but as a detective. Barca's star player is missing, and Scott has a month to track him down. As Scott follows the trail from Paris to Antigua, he encounters corrupt men, wicked women, and the rotten heart of the beautiful game...

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Author: Danielle Steel

Publisher: Bantam Press (2016)

It starts on a summer evening, with the kind of magic found only in Paris. Once a year in the City of Light, a lavish dinner takes place outside a spectacular landmark. Selected by secret invitation, the guests arrive dressed in white, and when the night is over, hundreds of white paper lanterns bearing everyone’s fervent wishes are released into the sky. Amid this wondrous White Dinner, a group of close friends stand at the cusp of change.

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Author: Danielle Steel

Publisher: Bantam Press (2016)

Ginny Carter was once a rising star in TV news, married, with a three-year-old son and a full and happy life – until her whole world dissolved on a freeway in a single instant. In the aftermath, she somehow pieces her life back together, but struggles to truly find meaning in her existence.

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Welcome To Nowhere

Authors: Elizabeth Laird, Lucy Eldridge

Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books (2017)

Twelve-year-old Omar and his brothers and sisters were born and raised in the beautiful and bustling city of Bosra, Syria. Omar doesn't care about politics - all he wants is to grow up to become a successful businessman who will take the world by storm. But when his clever older brother, Musa, gets mixed up with some young political activists, everything changes . . .

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Philip Larkin - Life, Art & Love

Author: James Larkin

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing (2014)

Philip Larkin was that rare thing among poets: a household name in his own lifetime. Lines such as 'Never such innocence again' and 'Sexual intercourse began / In nineteen sixty-three' made him one of the most popular poets of the last century.

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The Bear And The Nightingale

Author: Katherine Arden

Publisher: Del Rey (2017)

In a village at the edge of the wilderness of northern Russia, where the winds blow cold and the snow falls many months of the year, an elderly servant tells stories of sorcery, folklore and the Winter King to the children of the family, tales of old magic frowned upon by the church. But for the young, wild Vasya these are far more than just stories. She alone can see the house spirits that guard her home, and sense the growing forces of dark magic in the woods...

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Confidence - The Secret

Author: Katie Piper

Publisher: Quercus (2016)

With her warm and honest voice that has captivated us all, Katie Piper shares her experiences of becoming happier and braver than ever - and shows how you can achieve the confidence you never thought possible.

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Anna And The Swallow Man

Author: Gavriel Savit

Publisher: Penguin (2017)

Kraków, 1939, is no place to grow up. There are a million marching soldiers and a thousand barking dogs. And Anna Lania is just seven years old when the Germans take her father and suddenly, she's alone. Then she meets the Swallow Man. He is a mystery, strange and tall. And like Anna's missing father, he has a gift for languages: Polish, Russian, German, Yiddish, even Bird. When he summons a bright, beautiful swallow down to his hand to stop her from crying, Anna is entranced.

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The Pig In The Pond

Authors: Martin Waddell, Jill Barton

Publisher: Walker Books Ltd (2006)

Pigs don't swim ...or so it's said. A classic, much-loved picture book following the exploits of a hot and bothered pig. In this Kate Greenaway Commended picture book favourite, Owl Babies author Martin Waddell tells the story of Neligan's pig - who's feeling very hot and bothered! It's one of the most sizzling days of the summer, and the pig sits by the pond watching the ducks and geese playing on the cool water. The pig gets warmer and warmer, the ducks and the geese get louder and louder. Neligan's pig knows that pigs don't swim - but she just has to take a dive! And she's not the only one on the farm who's sweltering...A riotous read-aloud to be shared over and over again.

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Author: Arthur Hailey

Publisher: Pan Books (1973)

Ford. Chrysler. General Motors. They were the Big Three, accused by critics of greed, monopoly, and abusing the public trust. In the shadows of these towering giants is American Motors, blazing its own path to greatness. Adam Trenton, the fiercely ambitious executive in charge of project development, wants to take the company into the future with the new, cutting-edge car he’s developing, but his single-minded dedication has his neglected wife seeking dangerous thrills, making Adam vulnerable to a growing web of deceit, blackmail, and organized crime.

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Last Of The Gaderene

Author: Mark Gatiss

Part of a series: Doctor Who

Publisher: BBC Books (2013)

The aerodrome in Culverton has new owners, and they promise an era of prosperity for the idyllic village. But former Spitfire pilot Alex Whistler is suspicious – when black-shirted troops appear on the streets, he contacts his old friend Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart at U.N.I.T. The Third Doctor is sent to investigate – and soon uncovers a sinister plot to colonise the Earth. The Gaderene are on their way… An adventure featuring the Third Doctor as played by Jon Pertwee and his companion Jo

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Dr Who - The Art Of War

Author: Mike Tucker

Part of a series: Doctor Who - The Darksmith Legacy

Publisher: BBC Children's Books (2009)

The Darksmiths have the Eternity Crystal and are eager to finally fulfil their contract with their mysterious client. The Darksmiths have also reprogrammed Gisella, the robotic 'daughter' of Varlos, who now seems to be working for them. The Doctor learns that the Darksmiths are due to hand over the Crystal to their client at a secret rendezvous on present day Earth. Will the Doctor be able to intercept the transaction in time? Or will the Crystal begin a War that will continue for all eternity? Book 9 in the Darksmith Legacy series.

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Bridget Jones - Mad About The Boy

Author: Helen Fielding

Part of a series: A World Book Night Book 2017

Publisher: Jonathan Cape (2013)

What do you do when a girlfriend's 60th birthday party is the same day as your boyfriend's 30th? Is it wrong to lie about your age when online dating? Is it morally wrong to have a blow-dry when one of your children has head lice? Does the Dalai Lama actually tweet or is it his assistant? Is technology now the fifth element? Or is that wood? Is sleeping with someone after 2 dates and 6 weeks of texting the same as getting married after 2 meetings and 6 months of letter writing in Jane Austen's day? Pondering these, and other modern dilemmas, Bridget Jones stumbles through the challenges of single-motherhood, tweeting, texting and redisovering her sexuality in what SOME people rudely and outdatedly call 'middle age'

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Festival Of Death

Author: Jonathan Morris

Part of a series: Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Collection

Publisher: BBC Books (2013)

The Beautiful Death is the ultimate theme-park ride: a sightseeing tour of the afterlife. But something has gone wrong, and when the Fourth Doctor arrives in the aftermath of the disaster, he is congratulated for saving the population from destruction - something he hasn’t actually done yet. He has no choice but to travel back in time and discover how he became a hero. And then he finds out. He did it by sacrificing his life.

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The Devil At Archangel

Author: Sara Craven

Publisher: Mills & Boon (1978)

"You must beware, mademoiselle …." The fortune-teller's ominously harsh voice had sent shivers down Christina's spine. "Beware of the devil at Archangel." The prediction seemed silly when Christina first arrived at the Brandon's beautiful Caribbean plantation. Left without means and a home by her godmother's death, the job at Archangel seemed like a gift from heaven.

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Faded Glory

Author: David Essex

Part of a series: A World Book Night Book 2017

Publisher: Head of Zeus Ltd (2017)

London's East End, 1953: Albert Kemp is a lonely widower, whose only son was killed in the war. Now he works in a pub by the railway arches. Downstairs is a traditional bar, upstairs is a famous boxing gym. It is here that Albert brings Danny, a fatherless boy who he rescues from gang life on the streets. But as Danny begins to grow into a champion, the predators start to circle, luring him with glittering promises back into a life of crime. Will Danny listen to his wise old mentor? Or will the prospect of fame and money be too tempting?

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The Bones Of Grace

Author: Tahmima Anam

Part of a series: A World Book Night Book 2017

Publisher: Canongate Books (2017)

It is the story of Zubaida, and her search for herself. It is a story she tells for Elijah, the love of her life. It tells the story of Anwar, the link in Zubaida's broken chain. Woven within these tales are the stories of a whale and a ship; a piano and a lost boy. This is the story of love itself.

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Mr Loverman

Author: Bernardine Evaristo

Part of a series: A World Book Night Book 2017

Publisher: Hamish Hamilton (2013)

Barrington Jedidiah Walker is seventy-four and leads a double life. Born and bred in Antigua, he's lived in Hackney since the sixties. A flamboyant, wise-cracking local character with a dapper taste in retro suits and a fondness for quoting Shakespeare, Barrington is a husband, father and grandfather - but he is also secretly homosexual, lovers with his great childhood friend, Morris.

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Ivy + Bean

Author: Annie Barrows

Part of a series: Ivy + Bean

Publisher: Chronicle Books (2006)

Meet Ivy and Bean, two friends who never meant to like each other. The moment they saw each other, Bean and Ivy knew they would never be friends. But when Bean plays a trick on her sister and has to hide - quick! - Ivy comes to the rescue with her wand, some face paint, and a bucket of worms. Will they end up in trouble? Maybe. Will they have fun? Of course!

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The Traitor

Author: Jonathan Holt

Part of a series: The Carnivia Trilogy, A World Book Night Book 2017

Publisher: Head of Zeus Ltd (2015)

He died in the darkness, surrounded by friends. They found him at sunrise, on Venice's most popular beach. His throat had been cut, his tongue removed. Captain Kat Tapo suspects a Masonic murder. The brotherhood won't give up its secrets to a policewoman – but Kat won't give up the hunt. She'll use all the allies she has: friends, lovers, hackers, spies. But shocking truths about the case are about to come to light. And when they do, it will be a race against time to unlock the secrets of Italy's past – before Venice itself starts to burn...

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The Heart Has Its Reasons The Memoirs Of The Duchess Of Windsor

Authors: Duchess of Windsor, Wallis Simpson

Publisher: Companion Book Club (1958)

The memoirs of the Duchess of Windsor

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Author: Kimberley Chambers

Part of a series: The Butlers, A World Book Night Book 2017

Publisher: Harper Collins Publishers (2013)

Family. They're supposed to watch your back. Not stab you in it. When the enemy is one of your own, the payback is twice as hard. The Butler brothers are the Kings of the East End, and their motto is ‘what goes around, comes around’. In their world, family counts; so when the truth about Vinny’s cousin’s death comes to light, it rocks the Butlers to the core. One by one, Vinny’s friends and family are turning against him. Then, the unimaginable happens – Vinny’s little daughter Molly goes missing. She’s the one chink of light in all their lives, and the one they’d commit murders to bring back. But is it already too late for that? Is this PAYBACK? The Butlers are back in this gripping, compulsive sequel to THE TRAP.

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The Carpet People

Author: Terry Pratchett

Publisher: Corgi Books (2017)

The Carpet People was the first hilarious novel of the phenomenal Sir Terry Pratchett, written at just 17. Years later (aged 43), Sir Terry came back to it, revising parts and adding some things too - showing the master storyteller he had now become... In the beginning, there was nothing but endless flatness. Then came the Carpet... That's the old story everyone knows. But now a new story is in the making. It is the story of the evil Fray, sweeping a trail of destruction across the Carpet, and it's the story of two brothers on an adventure to end all adventures...

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Author: Ben Elton

Publisher: Sphere Books Ltd (1992)

Gridlock is when a city dies. Killed in the name of freedom. Killed in the name of oil and steel. Choked on carbon monoxide and strangled with a pair of fluffy dice. How did it come to this? How did the ultimate freedom machine end up paralysing us all? How did we end up driving to our own funeral, in somebody else’s gravy train? Deborah and Geoffrey know, but they have transport problems of their own, and anyway, whoever it was that murdered the city can just as easily murder them.

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Cane Confessions

Author: Amy L Bovaird

Part of a series: Mobility Series

Publisher: Ant Press (2016)

When adventurous overseas traveller Amy Bovaird is diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa, she has no idea what difficulties lie ahead. After finishing mobility training from the Bureau of Blindness, she thinks her problems are solved, but when Amy tackles the streets with her white cane, the real fun begins. Determinedly sweeping away her fears, she starts to celebrate the reality of vision-impaired independence. Join the chaos and laughter in this series of uplifting anecdotes as Amy looks to the lighter side of mobility.

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When The Boat Comes In: The Hungry Years

Author: James Mitchell

Publisher: Corgi (1976)

Hungry they certainly were on Tyneside, and bitter: for the Seaton family and for Jack Ford and his wife, expecting their first child - the child that had made him marry Dolly instead of Jessie Seaton … But Jack Ford was different from the rest Determined, even ruthless-and lucky-he’d glimpsed the good life offered by rich men like Sir Horatio Manners, and he know, too, the fear of desperate men who watched their wives and families starving. He wouldn’t get under- but he wouldn’t be a bosses’ man either. Posing as a rich property buyer for Manners, or fighting to keep a widow out of the workhouse, Jack was mixed up in a lot of peoples’ lives, but he was nobody’s fool. Jack Ford stayed his own man …

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Dixon Of Dock Green

Author: Rex Edwards

Publisher: Macmillan (1974)

The police were nobody’s pin-up in Dock Green, a zestful, colourful, ever-changing slice of East London. But, despite the increasing hazards of their job, men like George Dixon, Andy Crawford and ‘Laudie’ Lauderdale were always at hand to deal with anything from stolen bicycles to murder . . . Seven exciting stories from BBC-TV’s longest-running series trace the progress of George Dixon from constable to station-sergeant. In a way Dock Green is Dixon, and Dixon is Dock Green.

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A Child's Christmas In Wales

Author: Dylan Thomas

Publisher: Orion Children's Books (2014)

Dylan Thomas's lyrical account of his childhood Christmases in a small Welsh town, featuring wolves, bears, hippos and Mrs Prothero's cat, has become deservedly famous. This edition celebrates the centenary of his birth, and features full-colour artwork from illustrator Peter Bailey.

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The Dragon With A Chocolate Heart

Author: Stephanie Burgis

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing Plc (2017)

Aventurine is the fiercest, bravest kind of dragon, and she's ready to prove it to her family by leaving the safety of their mountain cave and capturing the most dangerous prey of all: a human. But when the human she captures tricks her into drinking enchanted hot chocolate, she finds herself transformed into a puny human girl with tiny blunt teeth, no fire, and not one single claw. She's still the fiercest creature in these mountains though - and now she's found her true passion: chocolate! Young Aventurine will bring havoc to the human city - but what she doesn't expect is that she'll find real friendship there too, along with betrayal, deception, scrumptious chocolate and a startling new understanding of what it means to be a human (and a dragon).

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Ride A Pale Horse

Author: Helen MacInnes

Publisher: Fontana Press (1986)

Journalist Karen Cornell is chosen to carry potentially lethal documents from a high-level Czech bureaucrat to the CIA. On handing over the documents to the only CIA man she trusts, she believes that the danger is over, but soon discovers that it has only just begun.

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March 2017


Author: Frank Cottrell Boyce

Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books (2015)

What would you do with a million pounds? Buy a thousand pizzas? Give it to charity? Play cash Jenga? When a bag stuffed full of money drops out of the sky, Damian and Anthony find themselves rich. Very rich indeed. Suddenly the brothers can buy anything they want. They’ve got millions – but only seventeen days to spend it.

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Dr Who - The Dust Of Ages

Author: Justin Richards

Publisher: Penguin Group (UK) (2009)

The Doctor arrives just in time to lend a helping hand to a survey team of scientists drilling beneath the Moon’s surface to discover the cause of an unusual power source. The adventure continues with deadly lunar dust and a Crystal that has been lost for centuries…. Unfortunately it’s just what the Darksmiths have been looking for and they have despatched an Agent to recover it. At any cost.

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French Frights (Too Ghoul For School)

Author: B Strange

Part of a series: Too Ghoul for School

Publisher: Egmont (2007)

Q. What do you get when you take a medieval plague pit, build a school on top of it and fill it with hundreds of noisy pupils? A. Some very cranky ghosts, who are much too ghoul for St Sebastian’s School! Keen for her year-seven pupils to spend time with their French pen pals, St Sebastian’s French teacher, Madame Dupont, arranges for the foreign pupils to visit. They arrive with some excess baggage not of the suitcase variety! – and James, Alexander and Lenny soon have a battle on their hands to save St Sebastian’s from its spooky invaders.

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Homegrown Revolution

Author: James Wong

Publisher: Weidenfeld And Nicolson (2012)

THE ‘GROW YOUR OWN’ REVOLUTION STARTS HERE… Whether it’s a window box of homegrown saffron, your very own kiwi vine or mini green tea plantation on your patio, TV botanist and best-selling author James Wong proves that ‘growing your own’ can be so much more exciting than spuds, sprouts and swede. Breaking free from the ‘dig for victory’ time warp of allotment staples, James reveals the vast array of 21st century crops that will flourish outdoors, even in our blustery north Atlantic climate – no greenhouse necessary. From goji berries to food-mile free, sweet potatoes, James’ revolutionary approach to edible gardening will show you how to grow, cook and eat all manner of superfood crops that are just as easy (if not easier) and far more exciting to grow than the ‘ration book’ favourites. Inspiring, fun and full of plant know-how, this book is set to revolutionise the whole concept of ‘growing you own’ for newbie growers and seasoned allotment veterans alike. You’ll never look at your garden the same way again!

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Memories - From Moscow To The Black Sea

Author: Teffi

Publisher: Pushkin Press (2016)

Moscow, 1918. Following the Revolution, people are leaving the city in droves - bound for the Black Sea, and from there to Europe and beyond. In late autumn, the celebrated writer Teffi is invited on a reading tour; having elegantly navigated the bureaucratic waters for her visa, she spends the winter travelling from Moscow to Kiev, and from there to Odessa and on to Novorossisk, first by train and then by ship. On the shores of the Black Sea, as Spring arrives, Teffi is advised to go abroad for a time, until things have settled down in Russia. She reluctantly agrees, not fully realising that this would be the beginning of her permanent exile from her beloved country. The great Teffi's memoir of her last months in Russia is, for all its melancholy, marked by her characteristic wit, sense of irony and generosity of spirit. Her descriptions of her journey across two thousand miles of Russia, during which she encounters illness, hardship and sorrow in the company of a multitude of refugees, are almost unbearably moving at times - but also irresistibly vivid, and utterly unforgettable.

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The Missing

Author: C.L. Taylor

Part of a series: A World Book Night Book 2017

Publisher: Harper Collins (2016)

When fifteen-year-old Billy Wilkinson goes missing in the middle of the night, his mother, Claire, blames herself. She's not the only one. There isn't a single member of Billy's family that doesn't feel guilty. But the Wilkinsons are so used to keeping secrets from one another that it isn't until six months later, after an appeal for information goes horribly wrong, that the truth begins to surface. Claire is sure of two things – that Billy is still alive and that her friends and family had nothing to do with his disappearance. A mother's instinct is never wrong. Or is it? Sometimes those closest to us are the ones with the most to hide…

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Rent A Bridesmaid

Author: Jacqueline Wilson

Publisher: Penguin Random House (2016)

Tilly can’t believe it when her best friend Matty is asked to be a bridesmaid. In Tilly’s favourite daydream, she’s kitted out in the most beautiful bridesmaid dress, walking down the aisle behind a beautiful bride. The one wedding she’d really like to attend is her own mum and dad’s. But as that’s never going to happen, it’s time for Tilly to make her own dream come true – and put her bridesmaid services up for hire . . . A funny and moving story about the power of friendship.

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Victoria R I

Author: Elizabeth Longford

Publisher: Pan Books (1966)

Queen Victoria, a woman of diminutive stature and superabundant temperament, gave her name to something more than an age. Elizabeth Longford's classic biography won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize when it was first published in 1964. The author's grasp of the era's politics, and her understanding of the problems which confront a woman who is not only a queen but also a mother of a large high-spirited family, make this book unique to this day. The young queen is shown tormented by an unhappy childhood, enraptured by a love-match (on both sides), and tantalised by an all too brief period of happy marriage. In Part II the Queen's renowned qualities emerge, alongside some surprising traits which present her in a fresh and thoroughly human light. And by her side, a galaxy of colourful personalities crowd these pages; Melbourne and Flora Hastings, Gladstone and Disraeli, John Brown and the Munshi, Lord Salisbury and the Kaiser.

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Goodly And Grave In A Bad Case Of Kidnap

Author: Justine Windsor

Part of a series: Goodly and Grave

Publisher: Harper Collins Children's Books (2017)

Lucy Goodly is the new boot girl at Grave Hall, working for the cold, aloof Lord Grave. The other staff – Vonk the butler, Mrs Crawley the cook and Violet the scullery maid – all seem friendly but Lucy soon notices that strange things are afoot in her new home – and not just Mrs Crawley’s experimental anchovy omelettes. The statues move, the books are magic and Lord Grave has a secret. Meanwhile, all over the country, children are vanishing. Could the mystery of the missing children be linked to the strange goings-on at Grave Hall? Lucy is determined to find out...

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Circling The Sun

Author: Paula McLain

Publisher: Fleet (2016)

As a young girl, Beryl Markham was brought to Kenya from Britain by parents dreaming of a new life. For her mother, the dream quickly turned sour, and she returned home; Beryl was brought up by her father, who switched between indulgence and heavy-handed authority, allowing her first to run wild on their farm, then incarcerating her in the classroom. The scourge of governesses and serial absconder from boarding school, by the age of sixteen Beryl had been catapulted into a disastrous marriage - but it was in facing up to this reality that she took charge of her own destiny. Scandalizing high society with her errant behaviour, she left her husband and became the first woman ever to hold a professional racehorse trainer's licence. After falling in with the notoriously hedonistic and gin-soaked Happy Valley set, Beryl soon became embroiled in a complex love triangle with the writer Karen Blixen and big game-hunter Denys Finch Hatton (immortalized in Blixen's memoir Out of Africa). It was this unhappy affair which set tragedy in motion, while awakening Beryl to her truest self, and to her fate: to fly.

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The Girls

Author: Lisa Jewell

Publisher: Penguin Random House (2015)

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8th Confession

Author: James Patterson

Part of a series: Women's Murder Club

Publisher: Arrow (2010)

When a rock star, a fashion designer, a software tycoon and a millionaire heiress are all murdered in mysterious circumstances, Detective Lindsay Boxer is quickly assigned to the high-profile investigation.

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Trains And Lovers

Author: Alexander Mccall Smith

Publisher: Polygon (2012)

Imagine you’re on a train. Think about all the other people on the train with you, what their lives are or have been, the different experiences you’ve all had. But there is one thing that you undoubtedly all share: you have all been in love at one time or another. In this surprising and poignant story, four strangers meet on a journey from Edinburgh to London. Each has a tale to tell: for Hugh, a brief encounter on a railway platform leads to an impulsive and possibly dangerous decision; Kay recounts the long journey back to her childhood home in Australia and the love that was there; David remembers a teenage friendship that shaded into love; and Andrew makes a discovery that art and people may not be what they seem to be at first glance. Love may come to us, then, in very different guises, and be unexpected too, but loving others, as one of the characters in this tale observes, is the good thing we do in our lives. Taking in Paris, Poussin, New England and the best-maintained railway siding in Australia, this is a story of four people – all strangers to one another – who meet on a train, and of how love touched their lives in very different ways. With characteristic charm, humour and insight, Alexander McCall Smith welcomes you aboard his latest novel, Trains and Lovers. Please have your hearts ready for inspection.

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The Secret Diary Of Hendrik Groen, 83¼ Years Old

Authors: Hendrik Groen, Hester Velmans

Part of a series: A World Book Night Book 2017

Publisher: Penguin Random House (2016)

'Another year and I still don't like old people. Me? I am 83 years old.' Hendrik Groen may be old, but he is far from dead and isn't planning to be buried any time soon. Granted, his daily strolls are getting shorter because his legs are no longer willing and he had to visit his doctor more than he'd like. Technically speaking he is ... elderly. But surely there is more to life at his age than weak tea and potted geraniums? Hendrik sets out to write an exposé: a year in the life of his care home in Amsterdam, revealing all its ups and downs - not least his new endeavour the anarchic Old-But-Not Dead Club. And when Eefje moves in - the woman Hendrik has always longed for - he polishes his shoes (and his teeth), grooms what's left of his hair and attempts to make something of the life he has left, with hilarious, tender and devastating consequences. The indomitable Hendrik Groen - Holland's unlikeliest hero - has become a cultural phenomenon in his native Netherlands and now he and his famously anonymous creator are conquering the globe. A major Dutch bestseller, The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen will not only delight older readers with its wit and relevance, but will charm and inspire those who have years to go before their own expiry date.

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Alone On A Wide Wide Sea

Author: Michael Morpurgo

Publisher: Harper Collins Children's Books (2007)

How far would you go to find yourself? The lyrical, life-affirming new novel from the bestselling author of Private Peaceful There were dozens of us on the ship, all up on deck for the leaving of Liverpool, gulls wheeling and crying over our heads, calling good-bye… That is all I remember of England. When six-year-old orphan Arthur Hobhouse is shipped to Australia after WWII he loses his sister, his country and everything he knows. Overcoming enormous hardships with fellow orphan Marty, Arthur is finally saved by the extraordinary people he meets and by his talent for boat-design and sailing. Now he has built a special boat for his daughter Allie – a solo yacht designed to carry her to England in search of his long-lost sister. Will the threads of Arthur's life finally come together?

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Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother

Author: William Shawcross

Publisher: Macmillan (2009)

Elizabeth Angela Marguerite Bowes Lyon,the youngest daughter of the Earl of Strathmore, was born on 4 August 1900. It might reasonably have been expected that she would lead a life of ease and privilege but few could have imagined the profound effect she would have on Britain and its people. Her life spanned the whole of the twentieth century and this official biography tells not only her story but, through it, that of the country she loved so devotedly.

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The Executioner's Daughter

Author: Jnae Hardstaff

Publisher: Egmont UK Limited (2014)

Moss hates her life. As the daughter of the Executioner in the Tower of London, it’s her job to catch the heads in her basket after her father has chopped them off. She dreams of leaving, but they are prisoners with no way out. Then Moss discovers a hidden tunnel that takes her to freedom, where she learns that her life isn’t what she believes it to be and she doesn’t know who to trust. Her search for the truth takes her on a journey along the great River Thames. Could the answers lie deep in its murky depths? With guest appearances from Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, young fans of historical fiction will be transported back to a vividly realised past. Perfect for readers aged 9+.

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The Forest Of Souls

Author: Carla Banks

Publisher: Harper Collins (2011)

A gripping psychological thriller, taking the reader from 21st century Britain to the darkest days of war-torn Eastern Europe.

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