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Kilmcarra is a tiny hamlet in the Highlands adjacent to an outcrop of standing stones. No one knows why the stones are there or what secrets they harbour.

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The Well begins with Ruth Ardingley under house arrest at her farm, an unexplained oasis in a world in the grip of drought.

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The Faithful Couple is about Neil and Adam, two unlikely friends who meet on a trip in San Diego, and go on to do something that will follow them for the rest of their lives.

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Aquarium is a story about Caitlin a 12-year-old girl who understands fish better than people, her overworked mother, and an old man she meets by the fish tank just before everything comes undone.

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I thoroughly enjoyed Jenny McLachlan’s first novel, Flirty Dancing, so was looking forward to reading Love Bomb and it definitely did not disappoint.

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Witch Wars is a hybrid of The Hunger Games, The Worst Witch and Teen Vogue. The first in a commercial new series aimed at girls aged seven and over from fashion journalist and debut author Sibéal Pounder, it gives witches a seriously glitzy make-over.

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Ireland, 1945. As the war nears its end in Europe, Barnabas Kane suffers a catastrophic fire on his farm in Donegal. The blaze destroys his cattle byre, all his livestock, and claims the life of his friend Matthew Peoples.

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Sally Feather is a conformist. Taking the path of least resistance through life, Sally does whatever her conservative parents tell her and keeps her head down as much as possible at school.

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Most of the stories in Tom Barbash’s debut collection could have used Philip Larkin’s line “they fuck you up, your mum and dad” as an epigraph.

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Manchester 2011: as the country and the world moves towards a notorious summer of discontent 17-year-old Stick suffers first-hand a tragedy that breaks his spirit and catapults him into disaffection and anger.

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Tom Avery’s previous novel My Brother’s Shadow is currently on the Carnegie longlist and his latest novel Not as We Know It does nothing but affirm this author’s prowess. 

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