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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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Robyn Cadwallader’s debut novel is the story of a young woman in medieval England who chooses to be enclosed as a holy woman, or an anchoress, shut into a tiny cell for a life of prayer and fasting. Sarah is just 17 and grieving for her beloved sister who died in chil

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Grace is an embassy child and an army brat. She has travelled the world but the nearest she has to a home is the US Embassy in Adria.

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Esperanza Street is a wonderfully evocative novel, richly populated with curanderos, sorcerers, psychic surgeons, street vendors, illegal gamblers, Catholic priests and villains.

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Every good story starts with some kind of movement. In Liam’s case it’s moving house to his grandma’s old place, far away from all of his friends but just down the road from a broken down, potentially haunted, old church.

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In 2011 Ann Morgan looked up at her bookshelves and, after toting up the number of UK and US authors whose books she owned, came to a terrible conclusion: “I was a literary xenophobe.” Thus began a year-long project of “reading the world” - finding something to read from every single country on

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Before, During, After tells the story of a couple facing catastrophe and their efforts to recover from tragedy - both national and personal.  We begin the story with Natasha, an unfulfilled assistant, as she meets Michael, an intellectual priest having d

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From the author who gave us The Spiderwick Chronicles and last year’s vampire remake The Coldest Girl in Coldtown comes another epic fantasy adventure in which Holly Black continues to reimagine the fairy tale genre.  Hazel and Ben Evans have gr

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Andrew O’Hagan’s latest novel juxtaposes the two very different narratives of octogenarian Anne Quirk and her 29-year-old grandson, Luke Campbell, in a book that explores the devastation of both dementia, war and the mechanisms by which we cope with painful experiences.  

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Follow Harry Hopkins as he embarks on a shocking journey from America to the UK to observe London life during the war. Hopkins' task is to inform Franklin D Roosevelt of whether or not America need to assist Britain in the war.

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For years now, Twylla has not touched another human being, but not by choice. As Daunan Embodied, Twylla lives in the royal castle as both a symbol of hope and the Queen's executioner.

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