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The debut novel from creative writing lecturer Maggie Mitchell is a model example of how to write a darn good literary thriller, packed with complex character perspectives, narrative twists and turns, intriguing human insights and a hefty spoonful of dramatic tension.  

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Although the centenary of the First World War has seen the publication of a profusion of novels dealing with the conflict a number of things set this one apart from the herd. It deals with Americans for a start.

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A reinvention of all your favourite literary monsters, Mel Foster and the Demon Butler is a fresh and exciting tale of Victorian England with more than a few unusual happenings that you won't find in the history books. 

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Bryony Mailer is a bored, 24-year-old history graduate working as a junior day receptionist at the Fetch Brothers Golf Spa Hotel near Arbroath.

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Go Set a Watchman is not a book that should be read in a vacuum. It becomes fairly transparent, fairly early on, that this can only be taken as a first draft of what would become To Kill a Mockingbird.

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Emblazoned on the book’s cover is that fact that it is a New York Times bestseller, and this novel certainly deserves that achievement.

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Philip Kazan has taken the sketchy details known about the life of Fra Filippo Lippi, the 14th century Renaissance painter and fleshed them out into a lively and entertaining story.

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Amaterasu is a haunted woman, widowed and living in self-imposed exile in America. She has resisted learning English and spends more time with a whiskey bottle than she cares to admit. She considers herself responsible for her daughter’s death and guilt has consumed her for 40 years.

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Born just minutes apart and living next door to each other, Emmy and Oliver were destined to be best friends, and they were for the first seven years of their lives, until Oliver was taken away by his dad.

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The Seed Collectors tells the story of the Gardener family following the death of a mysterious great-aunt, Oleandar, and the implications of her curious legacy - packets of fatal seeds that might explain some of their dark history.  

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