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Varina
Varina
The new novel from the number one bestselling author of Cold Mountain - a stunning portrait of the devastation left by the American Civil War, as seen through the eyes of a woman who played a part at the heart of it.With her marriage prospects ruined in the wake of her father's financial decline, teenage Varina Howell decides her best option is to wed the much-older widower Jefferson Davis, with whom she expects a life of security as a Mississippi landowner. When he instead pursues a career in politics and is appointed President of the Confederacy, it puts Varina at the white-hot centre of one of the darkest moments in American history - culpable regardless of her intentions.As the Confederacy prepares to surrender and she finds herself friendless and alone, Varina and her children escape Richmond. With her marriage in tatters and the country divided, they travel south, now fugitives with 'bounties on their heads, an entire nation in pursuit'.

Title: Varina
Author: FRAZIER CHARLES
Format: Trade Paperback
Publishing status: Active
Publication date: 03/04/2018
Price: $35.00
RRP: $35.00
Imprint: Sceptre
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Div
ISBN: 9781473686144
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Price: $35.00
Various Pets Alive & Dead
Various Pets Alive & Dead

Most normal parents, you'd think, would be pleased to have a son not yet thirty and earning ninety grand a year. But not Doro and Marcus. They'd consider it the ultimate betrayal of his ideals, meaning their ideals, because Serge doesn't claim to have any ideals apart from a vague general sense of goodwill towards mankind. And womankind. Especially Maroushka.

Marcus and Doro were part of a left wing commune from the late 1960s until the early 1990s: lentils, free love, spliffs, Left politics, cheesecloth blouses, sex, housework and cooking rotas, crochet, allotments. Their children have grown up rather different from them: primary schoolteacher Clara craves order and clean bathrooms, son Serge is pretending to his parents that he is still doing a Maths PhD at Cambridge, while in fact working making loadsa money in the City; third child Oolie Anna, who has Downs Syndrome, is desperate to escape home and live on her own. Set half in Doncaster, half in London, this is a very funny riff on modern values, featuring hamsters, cockroaches, poodles, a Chicken and multiplying rabbits, told by Marina Lewycka in her unique and brilliant combination of irony, farce and wit.
Title: Various Pets Alive & Dead
Author: LEWYCKA MARINA
Format: Trade Paperback
Publishing status: Active
Publication date: 22/02/2012
Price: $37.00
RRP: $37.00
Imprint: Fig Tree
ISBN: 9781905490912
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Price: $37.00
View of the Empire at Sunset
View of the Empire at Sunset
Award-winning writer Caryl Phillips presents a beautiful, heart-breaking novel of the life of Jean Rhys, author of Wide Sargasso Sea

In the heart of London's Bloomsbury, Gwendolen - not yet truly famous as the writer 'Jean Rhys' - is presented with the opportunity she has been waiting for. Her husband has received an unexpected inheritance; she can, at last, return to the island of her childhood.

For Gwendolen, Dominica is a place of freedom and beauty, far away from the lonely nights and failed dreams of England. But this visit home compels her to reflect on the events of her past, and on what they may mean for her future.

Title: View of the Empire at Sunset
Author: PHILLIPS CARYL
Format: Paperback
Publishing status: Active
Publication date: 21/06/2018
Price: $26.00
RRP: $26.00
Imprint: Vintage
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
ISBN: 9781784709013
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Virgin Suicides
Virgin Suicides
Previously adapted into a critically acclaimed film by Sofia Coppola starring Kirsten Dunst, this is the story of the five Lisbon sisters - beautiful, eccentric, and obsessively watched by the entire neighbourhood. The boys that once loved them from afar are now grown men, determined to understand a tragedy that has always defied explanation. For still, the question remains - why did all five of the Lisbon girls take their own lives? This hypnotic and unforgettable novel treats adolescent love and death with haunting sensitivity and dark humour, and creates a coming-of-age story unlike any of our time.

Title: Virgin Suicides
Author: EUGENIDES JEFFREY
Format: Paperback
Publishing status: Active
Publication date: 20/06/2013
Price: $25.00
RRP: $25.00
Imprint: Fourth Estate
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
ISBN: 9780007524303
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Wall
Wall
Kavanagh begins his life patrolling the Wall. If he's lucky, if nothing goes wrong, he only has two years of this, 729 more nights.

The best thing that can happen is that he survives and gets off the Wall and never has to spend another day of his life anywhere near it. He longs for this to be over; longs to be somewhere else.

He will soon find out what Defenders do and who the Others are. Along with the rest of his squad, he will endure cold and fear day after day, night after night. But somewhere, in the dark cave of his mind, he thinks: wouldn't it be interesting if something did happen, if they came, if you had to fight for your life?

John Lanchester's thrilling, hypnotic new novel is about why the young are right to hate the old. It's about a broken world you will recognise as your own - and about what might be found when all is lost.

Title: Wall
Author: LANCHESTER JOHN
Format: Trade Paperback
Publishing status: Active
Publication date: 17/01/2019
Price: $33.00
RRP: $33.00
Imprint: Faber & Faber
Publisher: Faber & Faber
ISBN: 9780571298723
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Wall
Wall
'Masterly...A signal achievement . . . Remarkable.' - Guardian

'A 1984 for our times.' - Daily Express

Kavanagh begins his time patrolling the Wall.

If he's lucky, if nothing goes wrong, he only has to do two years of this. 729 more nights.

The best thing that can happen is that he survives and gets off the Wall and will never have to spend another day of his life anywhere near it.

But what if something did happen - if the Others came, if he had to fight for his life?

Thrilling and heartbreaking, The Wall is about a troubled world you will recognise as your own - and about what might be found when all is lost.

Title: Wall
Author: LANCHESTER JOHN
Format: Paperback
Publishing status: Active
Publication date: 05/09/2019
Price: $23.00
RRP: $23.00
Imprint: Faber & Faber
Publisher: Faber & Faber
ISBN: 9780571298730
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Price: $23.00
Walworth Beauty
Walworth Beauty
From the Booker-shortlisted author comes a sensuous, evocative novel exploring the lives of women in Victorian London, for fans of Sarah Waters, Emma Donoghue and Kate Atkinson

2011: When Madeleine loses her job as a lecturer, she decides to leave her riverside flat in cobbled Stew Lane, where history never feels far away, and move to Apricot Place. Yet here too, in this quiet Walworth cul-de-sac, she senses the past encroaching: a shifting in the atmosphere, a current of unseen life.

1851: and Joseph Benson has been employed by Henry Mayhew to help research his articles on the working classes. A family man with mouths to feed, Joseph is tasked with coaxing testimony from prostitutes. Roaming the Southwark streets, he is tempted by brothels' promises of pleasure - and as he struggles with his assignment, he seeks answers in Apricot Place, where the enigmatic Mrs Dulcimer runs a boarding house.

As these entwined stories unfold, alive with the sensations of London past and present, the two eras brush against each other - a breath at Madeleine's neck, a voice in her head - the murmurs of ghosts echoing through time. Rendered in immediate, intoxicating prose, The Walworth Beauty is a haunting tale of desire and exploitation, isolation and loss, and the faltering search for human connection; this is Michele Roberts at her masterful best.

Title: Walworth Beauty
Author: ROBERTS MICHELE
Format: Paperback
Publishing status: Active
Publication date: 19/04/2018
Price: $22.00
RRP: $22.00
Imprint: Bloomsbury
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9781408883426
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Price: $22.00
Wanderers
Wanderers
The beautiful, questing second novel in Tim Pears' acclaimed West Country trilogy. Two teenagers, bound by love yet divided by fate, forge separate paths in pre-First World War Devon and Cornwall

1912. Leo is on a journey. Aged thirteen and banished from the secluded farm of his childhood, he travels through Devon, grazing on berries and sleeping in copses. Behind him lies the past, and before him the West Country, spread out like a tapestry. But a wanderer is never alone for long, try as he might - and soon Leo is taken in by gypsies, with their waggons, horses and vivid attire. Yet he knows he cannot linger, and must forge on to Penzance, towards the western horizon...

Lottie is at home. Life on the estate continues as usual, yet nothing is as it was. Her father is distracted by the promise of new love and Lottie is increasingly absorbed in the natural world: the profusion of wild flowers in the meadow, the habits of predators, and the mysteries of anatomy. And of course, Leo is absent. How will the two young people ever find each other again?

In The Wanderers, Tim Pears's writing, both transcendental and sharply focused, reaches new heights, revealing the beauty and brutality that coexist in nature. Timeless, searching, charged with raw energy and gentle humour, this is a delicately wrought tale of adolescence; of survival; of longing, loneliness and love.

Title: Wanderers
Author: PEARS TIM
Series: The West Country Trilogy
Format: Hardback
Publishing status: Active
Publication date: 11/01/2018
Price: $30.00
RRP: $30.00
Imprint: Bloomsbury
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9781408892336
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Price: $30.00
Wanderers
Wanderers
SHORTLISTED FOR THE WINSTON GRAHAM HISTORICAL PRIZE 2018

The beautiful, questing second novel in Tim Pears' acclaimed West Country trilogy. Two teenagers, bound by love yet divided by fate, forge separate paths in pre-First World War Devon and Cornwall

Lonely and grieving for her exiled best friend, thirteen-year-old Lottie feels a prisoner. Her only solace is her study of the natural world around her father's estate: the strange profusion of its plants, the beauty and brutality of its predators, its mysterious dances of life, death and survival.

Grazing on berries and sleeping in copses, Leo travels alone through the wild, strange tapestry of the West Country towards Penzance. But a wanderer is never alone for long - and when the gypsy waggons rattle into view, Leo is drawn into a colourful and dangerous world far beyond his imagination.

Title: Wanderers
Author: PEARS TIM
Series: The West Country Trilogy
Format: Paperback
Publishing status: Active
Publication date: 14/06/2018
Price: $22.00
RRP: $22.00
Imprint: Bloomsbury
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9781408892305
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Price: $22.00
Wardrobe Mistress
Wardrobe Mistress
***SHORTLISTED FOR THE WALTER SCOTT PRIZE FOR HISTORICAL FICTION***

From the bestselling author of Asylum, Trauma and Spider

'Ghosts of the theatre and the spectre of fascism haunt cold and grimy London in this atmospheric tale from a master of the grotesque.' Guardian

JANUARY 1947.

London is in ruins, there's nothing to eat, and it's the coldest winter in living memory.

To make matters worse, Charlie Grice, one of the great stage actors of the day, has suddenly died. His widow Joan, the wardrobe mistress, is beside herself with grief.

Then one night she discovers Gricey's secret. Plunged into a dark new world, Joan realises that though fascism might hide, it never dies. Her war isn't over after all.

Longlisted for the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction

'McGrath is one of the age's most elegantly accomplished divers into the human psyche . . . a master writer.' John Banville

'McGrath is that rare yet essential thing, a writer who can expose our darkest fears without making us run away from them.' New Statesman

'Wonderfully sinister a a delight a you are in for a thrilling ride.' Spectator

'A brilliant evocation of the theatrical world's seedy glamour, The Wardrobe Mistress is also a moving portrait of a woman struggling to make sense of her past and imagine a future for herself.' Sunday Times

'(A) rich and highly spiced feast of a novel, even before it reaches its classically gothic McGrath climax.' Reader's Digest

Title: Wardrobe Mistress
Author: MCGRATH PATRICK
Format: Paperback
Publishing status: Active
Publication date: 09/08/2018
Price: $26.00
RRP: $26.00
Imprint: Windmill
Publisher: Cornerstone
ISBN: 9781786090003
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Price: $26.00
Warlight
Warlight
In a narrative as mysterious as memory itself - at once both shadowed and luminous - Warlight is a vivid, thrilling novel of violence and love, intrigue and desire. It is 1945, and London is still reeling from the Blitz and years of war. 14-year-old Nathaniel and his sister, Rachel, are apparently abandoned by their parents, left in the care of an enigmatic figure named The Moth. They suspect he might be a criminal, and grow both more convinced and less concerned as they get to know his eccentric crew of friends- men and women with a shared history, all of whom seem determined now to protect, and educate (in rather unusual ways) Rachel and Nathaniel. But are they really what and who they claim to be? A dozen years later, Nathaniel begins to uncover all he didn't know or understand in that time, and it is this journey - through reality, recollection, and imagination - that is told in this magnificent novel.

Title: Warlight
Author: ONDAATJE MICHAEL
Format: Paperback
Publishing status: Active
Publication date: 14/05/2018
Price: $35.00
RRP: $35.00
Imprint: Jonathan Cape
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
ISBN: 9781787330726
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Price: $35.00
Warlight
Warlight
'Our book of the year - and maybe of Ondaatje's career' Daily Telegraph Books of the Year**LONGLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2018**In a narrative as mysterious as memory itself - at once both shadowed and luminous - Warlight is a vivid, thrilling novel of violence and love, intrigue and desire. It is 1945, and London is still reeling from the Blitz and years of war. 14-year-old Nathaniel and his sister, Rachel, are apparently abandoned by their parents, left in the care of an enigmatic figure named The Moth. They suspect he might be a criminal, and grow both more convinced and less concerned as they get to know his eccentric crew of friends- men and women with a shared history, all of whom seem determined now to protect, and educate (in rather unusual ways) Rachel and Nathaniel. But are they really what and who they claim to be? A dozen years later, Nathaniel begins to uncover all he didn?t know or understand in that time, and it is this journey - through reality, recollection, and imagination - that is told in this magnificent novel.

Title: Warlight
Author: ONDAATJE MICHAEL
Format: Paperback
Publishing status: Active
Publication date: 04/04/2019
Price: $26.00
RRP: $26.00
Imprint: Vintage
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
ISBN: 9781784708344
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Price: $26.00