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Clytemnestra – Costanza Casati

Published By: Michael JosephPages: 480Released On: 02/03/2023 Mother. Monarch. Murderer. Magnificent.You are born to a king, but marry a tyrant. You stand helplessly as he sacrifices your child to placate the gods. You watch him wage war on a foreign shore and comfort yourself with violent thoughts of your own.You play the part, fooling enemies…

What Writers Read – Pandora Sykes (Ed)

Published By: BloomsburyPages: 208Released On: 01/11/2022 In this love letter to reading, curated by Pandora Sykes in aid of the National Literacy Trust, bestselling and beloved writers share their favourite books: the ones they hold most dearly, that they return to time and again and that helped make them the writers they are. ***** I’ve…

The Proof in the Pudding – Rosemary Shrager

Published By: Constable/Little BrownPages: 336Released On: 23/02/2023 Preparing a midwinter’s feast for all hundred residents of the little Yorkshire village of Scrafton Busk is exactly the kind of challenge Prudence Bulstrode adores. A chance to show off her muffin-topped winter stew, lamb shank hotpot and Scarborough woof – and, of course, her famous figgy pudding…

Healing Hearts at Bumblebee Barn – Jessica Redland

Published By: BoldwoodPages: 409Released On: 24/01/2023 Welcome to Bumblebee Barn, home to wonderful animals, stunning views and spectacular sunsets – and resident young farmer, Barney.While Barney loves his life at Bumblebee Barn – a farm that has been in his family for generations – he’s struggling to find someone to share it with. The early…

The Best Days of our Lives – Lucy Diamond

Published By: QuercusPages: 400Released On: 16/02/2023 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 grief, she…

Mayflies – Andrew O’Hagan

Published By: FaberPages: 288Released On: 03/09/2020 Everyone has a Tully Dawson: the friend who defines your life.In the summer of 1986, in a small Scottish town, James and Tully ignite a brilliant friendship based on music, films and the rebel spirit. With school over and the locked world of their fathers before them, they rush…

The Reader on the 6.27 – Jean-Paul Didierlaurent

Translated By: Ros SchwartzPublished By: Pan MacmillanPages: 208Released On: 10/03/2016 Guylain Vignolles lives on the edge of existence. Working at a book pulping factory in a job he hates, he has but one pleasure in life. Sitting on the 6.27 train each day, Guylain recites aloud from pages he has saved from the jaws of…

The Vintage Shop of Second Chances – Libby Page

Published By: OrionPages: 368Released On: 16/02/2023 Among the cobbled streets of the Somerset town of Frome, Lou is embarking on the start of something new. After the death of her beloved mother, she takes a deep breath into the unknown and is opening her own vintage clothes shop. In upstate New York, Donna has just…

Weyward – Emilia Hart

Published By: HarperCollinsPages: 384Released On: 02/02/2023 Kate, 2019Kate flees London – abandoning everything – for Cumbria and Weyward Cottage, inherited from her great-aunt. There, a secret lurks in the bones of the house, hidden ever since the witch-hunts of the 17th century. Violet, 1942Violet is more interested in collecting insects and climbing trees than in…

In Little Stars – Linda Green

Published By: QuercusPages: 464Released On: 02/02/2023 Sylvie and Donna travel on the same train to work each day but have never spoken. Their families are on different sides of the bitter Brexit divide, although the tensions and arguments at home give them much in common.What they don’t know is that their eldest children, Rachid and…

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