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"Born of a father", Anna "split his head" when she entered the world and Conrad is the centre of her universe despite their immediate separation. Alone aged 12 she finds her way to the village where she is delivered to social services.

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In her first book, The Fish Ladder, Katharine Norbury travels to find the sources of rivers which she interweaves with the story of how she rediscovered her birth family and her health. Each chapter of this evocative memoir is named after a meaningful place,

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Cameron and his mum have been on the run for years, fleeing an abusive father and husband who just won’t let them go.

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From school bullies to family arguments, Lara's life is full of problems. With friends who abandoned her and the new financial strain her family are under, Lara suddenly feels very alone. When out of nowhere the boy, or should we say man, of her dreams steps into her life.

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The Serpent Papers is the first of a trilogy in which Cornwell shows her flair for crafting twists and turns. The prelude sets the scene and warns of the level of violence to come.

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Alex Christofi’s first novel sees a young man thrown into the big wide world and trying to find his place – by cleaning windows. Günter Glass is seven years old when he finds out about the material that shares his name.

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Alice Dickinson has been fascinated by her namesake, poet Emily Dickinson, ever since having been introduced to her poetry, but it is Emily’s brother, Austin, and specifically his illicit affair with Mabel Todd that now intrigues her.

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If talking animals are your kind of thing then Holy Cow by David Duchovny is definitely a book for you. Elsie is a cow who, upon finding out the horrible truth about her future, decides to leave her farm in the US to travel to India so she can be adored for t

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A topical look at bullying and contemporary teen issues in a gripping debut novel. Jess is having a hard time at home since her dad left, but school should be a safe haven from the misery of poverty and a tough family life.

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This fantastic new collection from Andrew Fox is a meditation upon distance in all its forms. From the simplest scenarios Fox weaves beautifully evocative tales that capture the disconnected way we live.

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Tales of women dressing as men and going to war abound in fiction and folksong, but seldom do they ring as true as in Laird Hunt’s novel. In Neverhome, our female narrator dubs herself Ash Thompson and joins the Unionist soldiers during the American Civil War.

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