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General fiction new titles

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Want to try something new? Here's a good mix of the most recent general fiction titles in book, large print or audio CD. This list updates when we add new titles to our collection.

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The children's bach by Helen Garner

The children's bach

Helen Garner

Audio CD

Athena and Dexter lead an enclosed family life, innocent of fashion and bound towards a disturbed child. Their comfortable rut is disrupted by the arrival of Elizabeth, a tough nut from Dexter's past. With her three charming, chaotic hangers-on, she draws...

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Necessary people by Anna Pitoniak

Necessary people

Anna Pitoniak

Audio CD

"Stella and Violet are best friends, and from the moment they met in college, they knew their roles. Beautiful, privileged, and reckless Stella lives in the spotlight. Hardworking, laser-focused Violet stays behind the scenes, always ready to clean up...

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Praxis by Fay Weldon

Praxis

Fay Weldon

Audio CD

A portrait of a woman through time. Controversial, disturbing and witty-Fay Weldon's most ambitious novel. Praxis Duveen is a truly modern heroine, buffeted and battered by life, by women and by men, by herself - wry, funny, pretty innocent, knowing -...

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The house by the brook by Grace Thompson

The house by the brook

Grace Thompson

Audio CD

Marie Masters has been happily married for nine years, when her once-loving husband Ivor suddenly turns to drink and gambling. As he becomes increasingly secretive, his behaviour starts to put their young family at risk. Marie feels she has to invest...

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The island child by Molly Aiken

The island child

Molly Aiken

Audio CD

Twenty years ago, Oona left the island of Inis for the very first time. A wind-blasted rock of fishing boats and turf fires, where the only book was the Bible and girls stayed in their homes until they became mothers themselves, the island was a gift...

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Song from the heart by Robyn Lee Burrows

Song from the heart

Robyn Lee Burrows

Audio CD

Following the tragic early death of her sister, Maddie, Kitty is forced into a hasty marriage of convenience to Maddie's husband, Ted. She has also just lost the only man she has ever loved. Can she make a new life from the ashes of all she has lost?...

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Tatty by Christine Dwyer Hickey

Tatty

Christine Dwyer Hickey

Audio CD

Tatty is the story of a Dublin family as told through the eyes of one of its children over a ten year period. During this time we see the destruction brought about by alcoholism as one little girl tries to come to terms with her parents' drinking. This...

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Jane in love by Rachel Givney

Jane in love

Rachel Givney

Audio CD

"At age twenty-eight, Jane Austen should be seeking a suitable husband, but all she wants to do is write. She is forced to take extreme measures in her quest to find true love - which lands her in the most extraordinary of circumstances. Magically, she...

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Big lies in a small towm by Diane Chamberlain

Big lies in a small towm

Diane Chamberlain

Audio CD

North Carolina, 2018: Morgan Christopher's life has been derailed. Taking the fall for a crime she did not commit, she finds herself serving a three-year stint in the North Carolina Women's Correctional Center. Her dream of a career in art is put on hold...

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Correspondents by Tim Murphy

Correspondents

Tim Murphy

Audio CD

Spanning the breadth of the 20th century and into the post-9/11 wars and their legacy, Correspondents is a powerful novel that centres on Rita Khoury, an Irish-Lebanese woman whose life and family history mirrors the story of modern America. Both sides...

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Keep your eyes on me by Sam Blake

Keep your eyes on me

Sam Blake

Audio CD

When Vittoria Devine and Lily Power find themselves sitting next to each other on a flight to New York, they discover they both have men in their lives whose impact has been devastating. Lily's family life is in turmoil, her brother left on the brink...

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After the party by Cassie Hamer

After the party

Cassie Hamer

Audio CD

Lisa Wheeldon has a lovely life. Wife to a gorgeous husband, Scott, and a devoted mother to two small daughters, the former accountant has everything she wants - except a third child. But the universe has a strange way of providing. On the surface, Ava's...

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Missing you by Kylie Kaden

Missing you

Kylie Kaden

Audio CD

Our lives were built around the strength of a kiss between strangers. Yet seven years on, look where it led us ... When Aisha met Ryan she fell hard for his good looks and easy charm. Why worry that he didn't want children or a 9 to 5 job? Nothing and...

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The 24-hour caf韨[compact disc]  by Libby Page

The 24-hour caf韨[compact disc]

Libby Page

Audio CD

Welcome to the caf頴hat never sleeps. Stella's Caf頯pens day and night for the lonely and the lost, the larks and the night owls. It is a place where life can wait at the door. A place of small kindnesses. A place where anyone can be whoever they want,...

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Daughters of Liverpool by Kate Eastham

Daughters of Liverpool

Kate Eastham

Audio CD

Liverpool, 1868. Shrouded in secrecy Alice Sampson gives birth to a beautiful baby girl. But the former nurse's happiness is blighted by the knowledge that as a penniless, unwed mother, her future, and that of her child, can only be one of shame. Then...

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A Cornish inheritance by Terri Nixon

A Cornish inheritance

Terri Nixon

Audio CD

Helen Fox and her bon viveur husband Harry are the toast of the Bristol set, in the years immediately following the Great War; popular, successful, and blessed with three charming, though wilful, children. Harry's family own Fox Bay, a hotel and private...

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House of wishes by Jenn J. author. McLeod

House of wishes

Jenn J. author. McLeod

Audio CD

Dandelion House, 1974: Two teenage girls - strangers - make a pact never to tell their secret. Calingarry Crossing, 2014: For forty years, Beth and her mum have been everything to each other. But Beth is blindsided when her mother dies, and her last wish...

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Wife after wife by Olivia Hayfield

Wife after wife

Olivia Hayfield

Audio CD

Wealthy, devilishly handsome businessman Harry Rose is head of Rose Corporation, No. 18 on the Forbes rich list, and recently married to wife number six. But now, with business in the spotlight and his love life under scrutiny, Harry's perfect world has...

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Three little truths by Eithne Shortall

Three little truths

Eithne Shortall

Audio CD

On the idyllic Pine Road, three women are looking for a fresh start... Martha was a force of nature, but since moving to Dublin under mysterious circumstances, she can't seem to find her footing. Robin was the "it" girl in school. Now she's back at h...

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An ocean between us by Ann O'Loughlin

An ocean between us

Ann O'Loughlin

Audio CD

When Cora Gartland learns that her husband has been killed in a car crash in Ireland her world falls apart. But then she is told that there was a woman in the car with him, a woman identified as his wife Amelie. Devastated, she flies to Dublin to try...

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All about Evie by Cathy Lamb

All about Evie

Cathy Lamb

Audio CD

"Set against the natural beauty of the San Juan Islands in the Pacific Northwest, the novel tells a story of one woman’s life-changing discovery about her past ... As a child, Evie Lindsay was unnerved by her premonitions. As an adult, they have become...

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The girl at the window by Rowan Coleman

The girl at the window

Rowan Coleman

Audio CD

"Ponden Hall is a centuries-old house on the Yorkshire moors, a magical place full of stories. It's also where Trudy Heaton grew up. And where she ran away from ... Now, after the devastating loss of her husband, she is returning home with her young son,...

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It's not you it's him by Sophie Ranald

It's not you it's him

Sophie Ranald

Audio CD

"It's been ten days, two hours and forty-three minutes since Tansy got dumped. Two heartbreaking weeks since Renzo, who made her weak at the knees and dizzy with excitement, found out Tansy's secret - and ended it on the spot. Since then, she's spent...

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Hamilton by Catherine Cookson

Hamilton

Catherine Cookson

Audio CD

"Maisie doesn't understand why her mother can't love her, but she knows that her life is hard and deeply unhappy. She could never be quite sure when she first met up with Hamilton; most likely it was when she started talking to herself. But she didn't...

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Serotonin by Michel Houellebecq

Serotonin

Michel Houellebecq

Audio CD

"Dissatisfied and discontent, Florent-Claude Labrouste begrudgingly works as an engineer for the Ministry of Agriculture, and is in a self-imposed dysfunctional relationship with a younger woman. When he discovers her ongoing infidelity, he decides to...

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That reminds me by Derek Owusu

That reminds me

Derek Owusu

Audio CD

"This is the story of K. K is sent into care before a year marks his birth. He grows up in fields and woods, and he is happy, he thinks. When K is eleven, the city reclaims him. He returns to an unknown mother and a part-time father, trading the fields...

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Adèle by Leïla Slimani

Adèle

Leïla Slimani

Audio CD

"Adele appears to have the perfect life: She is a successful journalist in Paris who lives in a beautiful apartment with her surgeon husband and their young son. But underneath the surface, she is bored -- and consumed by an insatiable need for sex. ...

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The fall by Albert Camus

The fall

Albert Camus

Audio CD

"Jean-Baptiste Clamence is a soul in turmoil. Over several drunken nights he regales a chance acquaintance with his story. From this successful former lawyer and seemingly model citizen a compelling, self-loathing catalogue of guilt, hypocrisy and al...

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Glitch by Lee Rourke

Glitch

Lee Rourke

Audio CD

"After two decades spent in the US, L-J is on a flight back to his native Suffolk to visit family and his childhood coastal home. His flight is straightforward, as per design, until it hits a glitch - an unexpected and dramatic cabin decompression - ...

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Exclusion zone by J. M. Hewitt

Exclusion zone

J. M. Hewitt

Audio CD

At the same time teenager Afia Bello vanished from her home without a trace. The damage from the nuclear fallout is examined over the following weeks, months and years by Afia's younger sister Sissy, as she uncovers clues relating to her sister's...

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An almost perfect holiday by Lucy Diamond

An almost perfect holiday

Lucy Diamond

Audio CD

The holidays are here and down in Cornwall, Lorna's cottages are fully booked. The sun loungers are lined up beside the swimming pool, the sky is blue and a new set of arrivals are on their way ... Em's planned the perfect break with her teenagers plus...

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A whistling woman by A. S. (Antonia Susan) Byatt

A whistling woman

A. S. (Antonia Susan) Byatt

Audio CD

It is 1968 and Frederica Potter is surprised to find herself embarking on a new career in television. While she endeavours to navigate this fast-paced and occasionally bewildering industry, her lover John takes up a post working with a pair of unusua...

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The Lawson sisters by Janet Gover

The Lawson sisters

Janet Gover

Audio CD

Family, fortune and holding on to what counts ... For many years Elizabeth Lawson has battled single-handedly to run the family's historic horse stud in memory of her beloved father. But a devastating loss puts her dreams at risk. With no options left,...

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The knock by Jessie Keane

The knock

Jessie Keane

Audio CD

"Dora O'Brien had a good start in life, but things went bad when she began to mix with the wrong company. Pregnant by her gangster lover, she found herself on the streets and then in the grips of a bent copper called Donny Maguire. When her daughter Angel...

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He's at your door by Alex Sinclair

He's at your door

Alex Sinclair

Audio CD

"Karen Rainey lives a sheltered life on the edge of the city. For the last five years, she has rarely left the home unless it was unavoidable. She has her food and anything else she needs delivered to the front door. She works from home to avoid vent...

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Annie's summer by the sea by Liz Eeles

Annie's summer by the sea

Liz Eeles

Audio CD

"When Annie Trebarwith unexpectedly inherits Tregavara House, her much-loved family home atop the cliffs of Salt Bay, she begins to wonder: with all the good friends and warm memories she's made in the village, could it be her forever home? Luckily h...

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Charles Dickens Volume 1. by Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens Volume 1.

Charles Dickens

Audio CD

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Lily's war by Shirley Mann

Lily's war

Shirley Mann

Audio CD

"An uplifting and inspiring World War II saga for readers of Nancy Revell and Annie Groves. 1942, Manchester World War Two is in full swing and Lily Mullins is determined to do her bit for the war effort. Her friends and sweetheart have all joined up...

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The lost summers of Driftwood by Vanessa McCausland

The lost summers of Driftwood

Vanessa McCausland

Audio CD

She remembered this part of the trip during the day time. Her sisters on either side in the back. The sunlight flickering through branches was like looking through a kaleidoscope. How could that be so long ago? How could so much have gone wrong? Phoebe's...

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Inexpressible island by Paullina Simons

Inexpressible island

Paullina Simons

Audio CD

"Julian has lost everything he ever loved and is almost out of time. His life and death struggle against fate offers him one last chance to do the impossible and save the woman to whom he is permanently bound. Together, Julian and Josephine must wage...

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A beggar's kingdom by Paullina Simons

A beggar's kingdom

Paullina Simons

Audio CD

"Is there a fate beyond the fates? Julian has failed Josephine once. Despite grave danger and impossible odds, he is determined to do the unimaginable and try again to save the woman he loves. What follows is a love story like no other as the doomed ...

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Edge of eternity by Ken Follett

Edge of eternity

Ken Follett

Audio CD

East German teacher Rebecca Hoffmann discovers she's been spied on by the Stasi for years and commits an impulsive act that will affect her family for the rest of their lives. George Jakes, the child of a mixed-race couple, bypasses a corporate law career...

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The astral traveller's handbook & other tales  by David Michie

The astral traveller's handbook & other tales

David Michie

Audio CD

"Whatever dreams he was having, Jason knew they had nothing to do with his physical body. His eyes were firmly shut and his consciousness withdrawn from his senses when all this was going on. Yet in his dreams he experienced sights, sounds and even v...

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Making wishes at Bay View by Jessica Redland

Making wishes at Bay View

Jessica Redland

Audio CD

Callie Derbyshire has it all: her dream job as a carer at Bay View, finally she has found the love of her life. Everything is perfect. Well, almost. Ex-partners are insistent on stirring up trouble, and Callie's favourite resident, Ruby, hasn't been her...

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My one month marriage by Shari Low

My one month marriage

Shari Low

Audio CD

You know that 'till death do us part' bit in the wedding vows? Well Zoe Dalton believed it. She walked up the aisle thinking that she was strolling to her happy ever after. One month later, her heart is in pieces, she's returning the wedding gifts and...

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A Riviera retreat by Jennifer Bohnet

A Riviera retreat

Jennifer Bohnet

Audio CD

When Retreat owner Amy offers three lucky competition winners a holiday on the Cote d'Azur, she has no idea that this act of kindness will have life changing repercussions on her own life and those who join her. Young entrepreneur Chelsea, is still g...

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Coming home to Winter Island by Jo Thomas

Coming home to Winter Island

Jo Thomas

Audio CD

Ruby's singing career is about to hit the big time, when her voice breaks. Fearing her career is over, she books into a retreat in Tenerife to recover. But an unexpected call from a stranger takes her to a remote Scottish island instead, to visit the...

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Blackberry winter by Sarah Jio

Blackberry winter

Sarah Jio

Audio CD

1933. Vera Ray kisses her young son goodnight and leaves to work the night-shift at a local hotel. The next morning, she discovers a sudden snowfall has blanketed the city, and her son has vanished, the snow covering up his tracks - and the perpetrat...

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The mistletoe matchmaker by Felicity Hayes-McCoy

The mistletoe matchmaker

Felicity Hayes-McCoy

Audio CD

It's winter in Lissbeg and visiting Canadian Cassie Fitzgerald is enchanted by the small town where her dad was born. She gets involved in a 'Winter Fest' competition, and joins librarian Hanna Casey's writing group. But the more she's drawn into the...

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What happens in paradise by Elin Hilderbrand

What happens in paradise

Elin Hilderbrand

Audio CD

A year ago, Irene Steele had the shock of her life: her loving husband, father to their grown sons and successful businessman, was killed in a plane crash. But that wasn't Irene's only shattering news: he'd also been leading a double life on the island...

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The Famished Road by Ben Okri

The Famished Road

Ben Okri

Audio CD

"He is born into a world of poverty, ignorance and injustice, but Azaro awakens with a smile on his face. Despite belonging to a spirit world made of enchantment, where there is no suffering, Azaro chooses to stay in the land of the Living: to feel it,...

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The house by the river by Lena Manta

The house by the river

Lena Manta

Audio CD

"An intimate, emotionally powerful saga following five young women as they realize that no matter the men they choose, the careers they pursue, or the children they raise, the only constant is home. Theodora knows she can't keep her five beautiful d...

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The beautiful strangers by Camille Di Maio

The beautiful strangers

Camille Di Maio

Audio CD

"She gets her chance by honouring a cryptic plea from her grandfather: find the beautiful stranger. The search takes her to Hotel del Coronado, the beachfront landmark on the Southern California coast where filming is underway on the movie Some Like It...

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The mother's promise by Sally Hepworth

The mother's promise

Sally Hepworth

Audio CD

Alice and her daughter Zoe have been a team of two all their lives. They've never needed anyone else - until Alice gets sick. Alice reaches out to two near-strangers: Kate, her oncology nurse, and Sonja, her social worker. As the lives of the three w...

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Kane and Abel by Jeffrey Archer

Kane and Abel

Jeffrey Archer

Audio CD

They had only one thing in common. William Lowell Kane and Abel Rosnovski, one the son of a Boston millionaire, the other a penniless Polish immigrant, two men born on the same day on opposite sides of the world, their paths destined to cross in the ...

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Lost hills by Lee Goldberg

Lost hills

Lee Goldberg

Audio CD

A video of Deputy Eve Ronin's off-duty arrest of an abusive movie star goes viral, turning her into a popular hero at a time when the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department is plagued by scandal. The sheriff, desperate for more positive press, makes...

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The emerald affair by Janet MacLeod Trotter

The emerald affair

Janet MacLeod Trotter

Audio CD

"In Scotland in the aftermath of the First World War, nurse Esmie McBride meets handsome Captain Tom Lomax at her best friend Lydia's home. Esmie is at first concerned for Tom's shell shock, then captivated by his charm, but it's effervescent Lydia he...

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The rising of Bella Casey by Mary Morrissey

The rising of Bella Casey

Mary Morrissey

Audio CD

"Bella is a clever girl who trains as a school teacher, determined to escape the limitations of her genteel impoverishment. However, when the married manager of the school turns his unwanted attention towards her, the only escape is in marriage with a...

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Castle on the rise by Kristy Cambron

Castle on the rise

Kristy Cambron

Audio CD

"When Laine Forrester travels overseas to attend her best friend's vineyard wedding, she expects to find the bride on the brink of a fairy-tale life. But after a series of unforeseen setbacks, it seems the storybook lives they'd imagined are suddenly...

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Stories by Helen Garner

Stories

Helen Garner

Audio CD

This book brings Helen Garner's short fiction together into one volume. Her most loved stories are here: 'Postcards from Surfers', 'My Hard Heart' and 'A Happy Story'. Garner's focus is on love and longing, on the pain, darkness and joy of life, on t...

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Boy swallows universe by Trent Dalton

Boy swallows universe

Trent Dalton

Audio CD

"Brisbane, 1985: A lost father, a mute brother, a junkie mum, a heroin dealer for a stepfather and a notorious crim for a babysitter. It's not as if Eli Bell's life isn't complicated enough already. He's just trying to follow his heart and understand...

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The handmaid's tale by Margaret Atwood

The handmaid's tale

Margaret Atwood

Audio CD

'I believe in the resistance as I believe there can be no light without shadow; or rather, no shadow unless there is also light.' Offred is a Handmaid in The Republic of Gilead, a religious totalitarian state in what was formerly known as the United ...

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The carer by Deborah Moggach

The carer

Deborah Moggach

Audio CD

James is getting on a bit and needs full-time help. So Phoebe and Robert, his middle-aged offspring, employ Mandy, who seems willing to take him off their hands. But as James regales his family with tales of Mandy's virtues, their shopping trips and the...

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This is happiness by Niall Williams

This is happiness

Niall Williams

Audio CD

"Change is coming to Faha, a small Irish parish that hasn't changed in 1000 years. For one thing, the rain is stopping. Nobody remembers when it started; rain on the western seaboard is a condition of living. But now - just as Father Coffey proclaims...

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Sorry not sorry by Sophie Ranald

Sorry not sorry

Sophie Ranald

Audio CD

"Charlotte has always been a good girl. But being good is getting boring She's not just stuck in a rut - she's buried in it up to her chin. The only company she has in bed is the back catalogue of Netflix and falling in love feels like the stuff of f...

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The heavens by Sandra Newman

The heavens

Sandra Newman

Audio CD

"New York, 2000. Kate and Ben meet at a party and fall instantly, irrevocably in love. Around them, the city glows. It is the first year without a war anywhere. A woman is president, and an air of camaraderie permeates the streets of Manhattan. Kate ...

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The space between time by Charlie Laidlaw

The space between time

Charlie Laidlaw

Audio CD

"Emma Maria Rossini appears to be the luckiest girl in the world. She's the daughter of a beautiful and loving mother, and her father is one of the most famous film actors of his generation. She's also the granddaughter of a rather eccentric and obsc...

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The anniversary by Hilary Boyd

The anniversary

Hilary Boyd

Audio CD

"Stella once thought that if she never saw Jack again, it would be too soon. But life has other plans for her and her stubborn, handsome ex-husband. Looking after their daughter in a time of need, Stella finds herself unwillingly reunited with the man...

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Frankissstein by Jeanette Winterson

Frankissstein

Jeanette Winterson

Audio CD

"An audacious new novel about the bodies we live in and the bodies we desire In Brexit Britain, a young transgender doctor called Ry is falling in love - against their better judgement - with Victor Stein, a celebrated professor leading the public de...

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After the peace by Fay Weldon

After the peace

Fay Weldon

Audio CD

"How many parents does it take to make a baby? In the case of Rosalind Melrose Smithson it took four: one birth mother; one legal father; one interfering neighbour and one turkey baster filled with the defrosted essence of an anonymous donor. Or not ...

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Moonlight sonata by Eileen (Haematologist) author. Merriman

Moonlight sonata

Eileen (Haematologist) author. Merr...

Audio CD

YOU TOOK ME AWAY FROM EVERYTHING I LOVED. IF YOU HADN'T TAKEN ME AWAY...THEN MAYBE IT WOULD NEVER HAVE HAPPENED. On the New Year holiday, Widow Hazel opens her home on a Northland beach to her adult children - Sully, Anthony, twins Molly and Joe, and...

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Grace in winter by Deirdre Purcell

Grace in winter

Deirdre Purcell

Audio CD

Love at first sight, on an ice floe, on a dream cruise. The sound of wedding bells soon after. Impossibly romantic, or so it seems... For mother-of-the-bride Grace, it is anything but. Years of caring for her beautiful and unpredictable daughter Leonie...

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Messy, wonderful us by Catherine Isaac

Messy, wonderful us

Catherine Isaac

Audio CD

Allie has unexpectedly taken leave from her job as an academic research scientist to fly to a place she only recently heard about in a letter. She's flying to Italy to unpick the truth about what her mother did all those years ago. Beside her is her ...

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The orphan's gift by Anne Baker

The orphan's gift

Anne Baker

Audio CD

Having lost her father during the Great War and her mother, a famous French impressionist painter, in a tragic accident, Aimee Kendrick is brought up by her troubled grandparents on the banks of the river Mersey. She is encouraged to believe she has ...

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Reflections by Marcia Willett

Reflections

Marcia Willett

Audio CD

After her husband dies, Cara no longer wishes to live in their London home. On impulse, she sells it and goes to stay with her brother in Salcombe, Devon. Cosmo has also escaped temporarily from his life in the city, finding the south-west an appealing...

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A spark of light by Jodi Picoult

A spark of light

Jodi Picoult

Audio CD

The Center for women's reproductive health offers a last chance at hope - but nobody ends up there by choice. Its very existence is controversial, and to the demonstrators who barricade the building every day, the service it offers is no different fr...

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Shelter in place by Nora Roberts

Shelter in place

Nora Roberts

Audio CD

When the shots rang out in the shopping mall, Simone Knox knew what to do. Shelter in place. That's what they taught you to do in the event of a mass shooting. So on that terrible, hot summer day in 2005, Simone was lucky. She escaped death. But she ...

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Blood's campaign by Angus Donald

Blood's campaign

Angus Donald

Audio CD

August 25, 1689. The English Army is besieging Carrickfergus in Ireland. Brilliant but unusual gunner Holcroft Blood of the Royal Train of Artillery is ready to unleash his cannons on the rebellious forces of deposed Catholic monarch James II. But this...

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The Dalai Lama's cat and the four paws of spiritual success by David Michie

The Dalai Lama's cat and the four paws of spiritual success

David Michie

Audio CD

"When the Dalai Lama's inner circle is set the task of providing His Holiness with a book he can give his visitors, an unexpected volunteer stretches out her paws. The book is to summarise the four key elements of Tibetan Buddhism-and, importantly, t...

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A window breaks by Chris Ewan

A window breaks

Chris Ewan

Audio CD

You are asleep. A noise wakes you. You stir, unsure why, and turn to your wife. Then you hear it. Glass. Crunching underfoot. Your worst fears are about to be realised. Someone is inside your home. Your choices are limited. You can run. Or stay and fight....

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The crofter's daughter by Eileen Ainsworth Ramsay

The crofter's daughter

Eileen Ainsworth Ramsay

Audio CD

'When I'm the farmer,' began Mairi, and then she stopped, for she would never be the farmer. She was a girl. Spring, 1900. Since she was nine Mairi McGloughlin has known she wants to be a farmer, but by the law of the land it's her scholarly brother Ian...

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Annie's holiday by the sea by Liz Eeles

Annie's holiday by the sea

Liz Eeles

Audio CD

When 29-year-old Annie Trebarwith receives an unexpected letter from a great-aunt she's never known, she leaves her shoebox-sized flat in London and catches a train to the rugged Cornish coast. Salt Bay is beautiful and Annie begins to kindle a bond with...

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A midwinter promise by Lulu Taylor

A midwinter promise

Lulu Taylor

Audio CD

"One family across two generations. A marriage marred by trauma and infidelity. Lives marked by death, divorce and a shattered family. A dark secret at the heart of a tragedy. Now the Pengelly family reunites around the sickbed of David, a beloved husband...

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Babel tower by A. S. Byatt

Babel tower

A. S. Byatt

Audio CD

"After her husband becomes violent, Frederica Potter flees with her young son to London. There, she secures a teaching position in an art school and finds herself surrounded by painters and poets with dreams of rebellion. Then Frederica meets Jude Mason,...

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Maybe the horse will talk by Elliot Perlman

Maybe the horse will talk

Elliot Perlman

Audio CD

"I am absolutely terrified of losing a job I absolutely hate.' Stephen Maserov has problems. A onetime teacher, married to fellow teacher Eleanor, he has retrained and is now a second-year lawyer working at mega-firm Freely Savage Carter Blanche. Des...

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Quichotte by Salman Rushdie

Quichotte

Salman Rushdie

Audio CD

Inspired by the Cervantes classic, Sam DuChamp, mediocre writer of spy thrillers, creates Quichotte, a courtly, addled salesman obsessed with television, who falls in impossible love with a TV star. Together with his (imaginary) son Sancho, Quichotte...

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Oligarchy by Scarlett Thomas

Oligarchy

Scarlett Thomas

Audio CD

When Tash, daughter of a Russian oligarch, is sent to an English boarding school, she is new to the strange rituals of the girls there. Theirs is a world of strict pecking orders, eating disorders and Instagram angst. While she spends her time with the...

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The queen of nothing by Holly Black

The queen of nothing

Holly Black

Audio CD

"His voice is soft, and I make the mistake of ?looking into his black eyes, at his wicked, curving mouth. "But your beauty will fade," he continues, just as softly, speaking like a lover. "And all you have and all you are will rot away to nothing. You...

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The Nickel boys by Colson Whitehead

The Nickel boys

Colson Whitehead

Audio CD

As the Civil Rights movement begins to reach the black enclave of Frenchtown in segregated Tallahassee, Elwood Curtis takes the words of Dr Martin Luther King Jr to heart: He is 'as good as anyone.' Abandoned by his parents, but kept on the straight and...

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Ghost wall by Sarah Moss

Ghost wall

Sarah Moss

Audio CD

Teenage Silvie is living in a remote Northumberland camp as an exercise in experimental archaeology. Her father is an abusive man, obsessed with recreating the discomfort, brutality and harshness of Iron Age life. Behind and ahead of Silvie's narrative...

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The things we keep by Sally Hepworth

The things we keep

Sally Hepworth

Audio CD

"Anna Forster, in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease at only thirty-eight years old, knows that her family is doing what they believe to be best when they take her to Rosalind House, an assisted living facility. She also knows there's just one o...

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The Christmas party by Karen Swan

The Christmas party

Karen Swan

Audio CD

When Declan Lorne, the last remaining knight in Ireland, dies suddenly, an ancient title passes with him. But his estate on Ireland's rugged south-west coast is left to his three daughters. The two eldest, Ottie and Pip, inherit in line with expectations,...

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