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Umbilical  by Jane (Novelist) Kay

Umbilical

Jane (Novelist) Kay

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It's the early nineties in southern Africa. Not far from Cape Town, a small chartered plane on its way to Namibia crashes unexpectedly. On board is a nun who is hiding an undocumented baby. Today, thirty years later, two people have very different reasons for...

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Christmas in Bellbird Bay  by Margarette Christensen

Christmas in Bellbird Bay

Margarette Christensen

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"Libby Walker never imagined she'd be moving into the dream house she and her husband had purchased for their retirement as a widow. Intent on making a new life for herself in the quiet coastal town of Bellbird Bay, Libby's life is upended by an unexpected...

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The golden oldies' book club  by Judy Leigh

The golden oldies' book club

Judy Leigh

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"Ruth the librarian fears she's too old to find love, but a discussion about Lady Chatterley's Lover makes her think again. Aurora doesn't feel seventy-two and longs to relive the excitement of her youth, while Verity is getting increasingly tired of her...

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The last summer in Ireland  by Noelle Harrison

The last summer in Ireland

Noelle Harrison

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"Twenty years ago, at the end of a hot long Irish summer, three sisters walk down to the cool lake at their home, Swan Hall. As Maeve and Aisling watch their beautiful younger sister Nuala laughing and splashing, droplets of water clinging to her fair hair, it...

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The gifted son  by Genevieve Gannon

The gifted son

Genevieve Gannon

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"With two bright children, a beautiful home and a husband she's always depended on, Lillian Hogarth considers herself blessed. Until, on her son Jamie's final day of high school, he fails to come home. Hospitalised by a coward's punch, Jamie has been the...

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The Knighton women's compendium  by Denise Picton

The Knighton women's compendium

Denise Picton

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"It's 1982. The Knighton women, all living under one roof, are about to be struck with dance marathon fever. . . Holly, aged twelve, is the youngest of the Knighton clan, and has got her sights set on becoming the best dancer Australia has ever seen. But to do...

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My (extra) ordinary life  by Rebecca (Novelist) Ryan

My (extra) ordinary life

Rebecca (Novelist) Ryan

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"Have you ever wondered how normal you are? What if you were perfectly average? More than anyone else. For Emily - it's true. When she watches a documentary on the average human she sees her life. Her job, her hair, her favourite food. All of her - plainly,...

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When I first held you  by Anstey Harris

When I first held you

Anstey Harris

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"In 1960s Glasgow, anti-nuclear activists Judith and Jimmy fall in love. But their future hopes are dashed when their protestors' squat is raided and many, including Jimmy, are sent to prison. Pregnant and with no word from Jimmy, Judith is forced to enter an...

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Love, Clancy  by W. Bruce Cameron

Love, Clancy

W. Bruce Cameron

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"From the internationally bestselling author of A Dog's Purpose and A Dog's Way Home comes Love, Clancy: Diary of a Good Dog, a deeply moving story with a brand-new cast of characters, including one very good dog. You've probably never met someone like Clancy....

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The keepsake  by Julie Brooks

The keepsake

Julie Brooks

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Saturday: Pot-au-feu for luncheon. Father willed away inheritance. Betrayed by Edward. 1832. The morning after her father's funeral, Prudence Merryfield wakes to the liberating thought that this is the first day of her new life. At thirty-five and unmarried,...

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I fear my pain interests you  by Stephanie LaCava

I fear my pain interests you

Stephanie LaCava

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"Margot is the child of renowned musicians and the product of a particularly punky upbringing. Burnt-out from the burden of expectation and the bad end of the worst relationship yet, she leaves New York and heads to to the Pacific Northwest. She's seeking to...

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Something old, something new  by Amy Clipston

Something old, something new

Amy Clipston

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"In the decade since high school graduation, Christine Sawyer has realized her dream of opening Treasure Hunting Antique Mall. She's happy with her life-- if a bit lonely. She was always less lucky in love than her fraternal twin sister, Britney. Brent...

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The incredible events in women's cell number 3  by Kira I︠A︡rmysh

The incredible events in women's cell number 3

Kira I︠A︡rmysh

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"The startling, vivid debut novel by Alexey Navalny's press secretary, following a woman who is arrested at an anticorruption rally in Moscow and sentenced to ten days in a special detention center, where she shares a cell with five other women from all walks...

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Compulsion  by Kate (Journalist) Scott

Compulsion

Kate (Journalist) Scott

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"It's the turn of the new millennium, and the bright young things are partying like it's the end of the world. Dark glamour and debauched music reign, gigs culminating with everyone on stage - or undressed. Lucy, editor of a music magazine, is at the blazing...

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Creative differences  by Graeme C. Simsion

Creative differences

Graeme C. Simsion

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"Three years ago, Emily was a struggling literary author when she met Scott, a struggling screenwriter. Combining her elegant writing with his gripping story, the pair crafted a novel that became an international bestseller and fell in love along the way. Now...

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The tragedy of Eva Mott  by David Adams Richards

The tragedy of Eva Mott

David Adams Richards

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"The Raskin brothers were once proud to be producers of a much sought-after material of great benefit to society-- asbestos. But now their mine is under close scientific scrutiny, with reports of serious illness linked to the place. The world is changing, no...

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Small world  by Laura Zigman

Small world

Laura Zigman

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"One year after her divorce, Joyce invites her older sister Lydia, who is also divorced, to live with her until she finds a place of her own, but their relationship begins to fray as new revelations from their family's history come to light, forcing them to...

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The social climber  by Amanda Pellegrino

The social climber

Amanda Pellegrino

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"It's the week before her wedding, and all of Eliza's meticulous planning is about to pay off. She's become the exact type of woman who would marry into the prominent blue-blooded Walker family - Ivy League credentials, a high-powered PR job and a...

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Picture in the sand  by Peter Blauner

Picture in the sand

Peter Blauner

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""On rare occasions I read a book that reminds me of why I fell in love with storytelling in the first place. This is such a book." -Stephen King Peter Blauner's epic Picture in the Sand is a sweeping intergenerational saga told through a grandfather's...

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In the time of our history  by Susanne Pari

In the time of our history

Susanne Pari

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"Reluctantly returning home to observe the first anniversary of her sister's death, Mitra, banished by her controlling father due to her rebellious nature, confronts hard truths from her past and that of her sister, a process that forges an unexpected path...

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Brotherless night  by V. V. Ganeshananthan

Brotherless night

V. V. Ganeshananthan

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"Jaffna, 1981. Sixteen-year-old Sashi wants to become a doctor. But over the next decade, as a vicious civil war subsumes Sri Lanka, her dream takes a different path as she watches those around her, including her four beloved brothers, swept up in violent...

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Chronicles of a village  by Thanh Hiện Nguyễn

Chronicles of a village

Thanh Hiện Nguyễn

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"Set in an anonymous Vietnamese village based on the author's personal memories. The surrealistic narrative touches on the country's pre-modern history, the colonial era and the onslaught of modernity that irreversibly affects the mountains, rivers, soil and...

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What was left  by Eleanor Limprecht

What was left

Eleanor Limprecht

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"Rachel knows she's not feeling the way she should about her new baby-- the way she'd imagined she would-- but no one wants to talk about it. Desperate and afraid she'll do something terrible she makes a radical decision: to leave the country in search of her...

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Saha  by Nam-ju Cho

Saha

Nam-ju Cho

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"In a country called Town, a doctor named Su is found dead in an abandoned car. There is only one place the police intend to look for her suspected killer: the Saha Estates. Controlled by a secretive organization of ministers, Town is the safest, richest...

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Summer at Seastone  by Judith Lennox

Summer at Seastone

Judith Lennox

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"Every summer Bea, Marissa and Emma meet at Seastone, Emma's family home on the remote Suffolk coast, to retreat from their daily lives and take comfort in their friendship. Over the years, their paths have not been easy. For Bea, the aftermath of a...

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Picking up the pieces  by Amanda Prowse

Picking up the pieces

Amanda Prowse

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"As Nora and her British Army officer husband, Gordy, pack up yet another home and leave the sun of Cyprus for the drizzle of England, she can't shake a feeling of regret-at her failure to follow her own dreams, but also, if she's honest, at having ended up an...

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The pothunters  by P. G. (Pelham Grenville) Wodehouse

The pothunters

P. G. (Pelham Grenville) Wodehouse

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"Suspicion abounds at St Austin's School when two silver trophies, or 'pots', are stolen from the cricket pavilion. Jim Thomson, a talented sportsman who due to an unfortunate series of coincidences could be thought to be the burglar, resolves to clear his...

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The aerodynamics of pork  by Patrick Gale

The aerodynamics of pork

Patrick Gale

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"WPC Mo Faithe is overcome with lust while investigating a series of violent attacks on newspaper astrologers. Meanwhile in Cornwall, the Peakes are conducting their annual music festival, the cue for their two children--Seth, a young violin prodigy, and...

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A bumpy year  by Olivia Spooner

A bumpy year

Olivia Spooner

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"Pregnant. Single. Dating. It's going to be ... a bumpy year! Trish Kirkpatrick never expected to find herself unmarried, pregnant, and not entirely sure who the baby's father is. With her ex, Pete, and her colleague, Elliot, in line for daddy duty while...

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Under Italian skies  by Nicky Pellegrino

Under Italian skies

Nicky Pellegrino

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"Stella has life under control and that's the way she likes it. But when her boss dies suddenly, Stella starts to question her life choices and finds that she has little to show for herself other than her poky London flat. In order to build the life she has...

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Boyo  by Lynn John

Boyo

Lynn John

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"It's an engrossing discovery of the extraordinary lengths to which our young Welsh protagonist is prepared to go - up and down the entire country in his bright-red sports car as he pursues his Kiwi love on her quest to win the Miss New Zealand Beauty Contest....

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A secret never to be told  by Lynn John

A secret never to be told

Lynn John

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"Few people can keep a secret safe. For a secret to have been kept for 231 years is incredible - especially when it is about the life of such a famous person as composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. If the contention of this story is valid, it will rock the world...

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The reluctant bride  by Serena Black

The reluctant bride

Serena Black

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"Calliope Harrison might be down on her luck but the last thing she expected was her old childhood neighbour, Gabriel St Croix to turn up on her doorstep and become an aggravating thorn in her side. Then he asks for the impossible... one year of wedded...

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Turmoil  by Jane Buckley

Turmoil

Jane Buckley

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"A Catholic girl from the Bogside and the Protestant heir to a prominent local employer...In her youthful innocence, Caitlin believes their love can overcome the triple obstacles of politics, class, and faith. Meanwhile, Robert, newly recruited to British...

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The artist's secret  by Alexandra Joel

The artist's secret

Alexandra Joel

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"A young woman who has been brought up by a single mother in a hippie commune on the South Coast of NSW becomes a curator at the Sydney Art Museum. After a trip to Italy, she is assaulted by a jealous male colleague who then has her removed from her position....

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The night travelers  by Armando Lucas Correa

The night travelers

Armando Lucas Correa

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"Separated by time but united by sacrifice, four women experience love, loss, war, and hope from the rise of Nazism to the fall of the Berlin Wall as they embark on journeys of self-discovery and find themselves to be living testaments to the power of maternal...

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The old place  by Bobby Finger

The old place

Bobby Finger

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"Billington, Texas, is a place where nothing changes. Well, almost nothing. For the first time in nearly four decades, Mary Alice Roth is not getting ready for the first day of school at Billington High. A few months into her retirement Mary Alice does not...

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The best days of our lives  by Lucy Diamond

The best days of our lives

Lucy Diamond

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"When 35-year-old Leni McKenzie is knocked off her bike, her family's world is turned upside down. Leni and her sister Alice were best friends as well as siblings. But did they know each other as well as Alice thought? In the hope of coming to terms with her...

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One summer in Venice  by Nicky Pellegrino

One summer in Venice

Nicky Pellegrino

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"Addolorata Martinelli knows she should be happy. She has everything she thought she wanted - her own business, a husband, a child. So why does she feel as if something is missing? Then when her restaurant, Little Italy, is slated by a reviewer, she realises...

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The memory keeper of Kyiv  by Erin Litteken

The memory keeper of Kyiv

Erin Litteken

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"Inspired by her own family's experiences in Ukraine before, during and after World War II, the author reimagines their story, following the life and experiences of 16-year-old Katya, beginning in 1929 Kyiv and then, seventy years later, a young widow uncovers...

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Tell me one thing  by Kerri Schlottman

Tell me one thing

Kerri Schlottman

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"Outside a rural Pennsylvania motel, nine-year-old Lulu smokes a cigarette while sitting on the lap of a trucker. Recent art grad Quinn is passing through town and captures it. The photograph, later titled 'Lulu & the trucker,' launches Quinn's career,...

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Without a trace  by Danielle Steel

Without a trace

Danielle Steel

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"Charlie Vincent feels trapped in his treadmill of a life. He's wealthy and successful doing a job he doesn't want to do, in a marriage to a woman where the romance died many years ago. All that interests Isabelle is his money to fund her extravagant...

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The blue window  by Suzanne Berne

The blue window

Suzanne Berne

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"Silence has always marked Lorna's family. Her father was deaf. Her mother, Marika, helped rescue children as a teenage member of the Dutch Resistance, yet later abandoned her own young son and daughter. No explanation was ever offered. Nor why she resurfaced...

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The one and only Dolly Jamieson  by Lisa Ireland

The one and only Dolly Jamieson

Lisa Ireland

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"Dolly Jamieson is not homeless, she's merely between permanent abodes. The 78-year-old spends her days keeping warm at the local library, where she enjoys sparring with the officious head librarian and helping herself to the free morning tea. It's not so bad,...

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Red Clay Suzie  by Jeffrey Dale Lofton

Red Clay Suzie

Jeffrey Dale Lofton

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"Philbet Lawson is born in 1960s rural Georgia with two inescapable strikes against him: he's gay and physically misshapen, both of which inform his every thought, unless he's thinking about cars, his obsession. His world is populated by an ineffectual father;...

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Glimpse

Glimpse

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"Glimpse is the first anthology of speculative fiction by Black British writers, showcasing a variety of distinctive and exclusive narratives. They include Afrofuturistic, magic realism and transformational stories, glancing into different worlds and new...

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Daughters of smoke and fire  by Ava Homa

Daughters of smoke and fire

Ava Homa

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"Set primarily in Iran, this extraordinary debut novel weaves 50 years of modern Kurdish history through a story of a family facing oppression and injustices all too familiar to the Kurds. Leila dreams of making films to bring the suppressed stories of her...

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The fiddler  by Beverly Lewis

The fiddler

Beverly Lewis

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"A wrong turn in a rainstorm leads Englisher Amelia Devries to Michael Hostetler, and the young Amishman's charming Old Order community of Hickory Hollow. Despite their very different backgrounds, Amelia and Michael both feel hemmed in by the expectations of...

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A down home meal for these difficult times  by Meron Hadero

A down home meal for these difficult times

Meron Hadero

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"An enterprising young man on the verge of losing his home in Addis Ababa pursues an improbable opportunity to turn his life around. A woman visiting her country of origin for the first time finds that an ordinary object opens up an unexpected, complex bridge...

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Tuesday evenings with the Copeton Craft Resistance  by Kate Solly

Tuesday evenings with the Copeton Craft Resistance

Kate Solly

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"Meredith established the Copeton Crochet Collective (no knitters please) because it would be like having friends -- only with her in charge -- and because there would be no men. It comes as a nasty shock, then, when Luke, the handsome grandson of no-nonsense...

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Photos in the attic  by Donna Fiechtner

Photos in the attic

Donna Fiechtner

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"Bill a young man from the country, answered the call to fight for his country, he and his best mate Jimmy joined up believing it would be a great adventure in a faraway land. Bill was also driven to find his brother who he had not heard from since he joined...

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Now we are forgiven  by Tim Lott

Now we are forgiven

Tim Lott

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"Brighton, December 2019: a teenage girl is on an early morning run along the seafront. In her mind she is running away from something she hates, towards something she fears. China's home is with her mother Veronica, her pompous stepfather Silas and his...

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The longcut  by Emily Hall

The longcut

Emily Hall

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"The narrator of The Longcut is an artist who doesn't know what her art is. As she gets lost on her way to a meeting in an art gallery, walking around in circles in a city she knows perfectly well, she finds herself endlessly sidetracked and distracted by the...

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Tell me I'm an artist  by Chelsea Martin

Tell me I'm an artist

Chelsea Martin

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"At her San Francisco art school, Joey enrolls in a film elective that requires her to complete what seems like a straightforward assignment: create a self-portrait. Joey inexplicably decides to remake Wes Anderson's Rushmore despite having never seen the...

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The Christmas dress  by Courtney (Novelist) Cole

The Christmas dress

Courtney (Novelist) Cole

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"Meg Julliard returns to her hometown of Chicago to run her late father's apartment building. The building is in rough shape and the tenants are unusual. Ellie is an older woman living in the building but getting ready to move into a nursing home. Both women...

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Now is not the time to panic  by Kevin Wilson

Now is not the time to panic

Kevin Wilson

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"Sixteen-year-old Frankie Budge-aspiring writer, indifferent student, offbeat loner-is determined to make it through yet another sad summer in Coalfield, Tennessee, when she meets Zeke, a talented artist who is as lonely and awkward as she is. As romantic and...

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