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Through a series of short stories and essays Hanif Kureishi discusses the hefty themes of love and hate – and the latter steals the spotlight.

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Fate, they say, is a cruel mistress. So cruel in fact that Shakespeare, in his own inimitable way, described it as "fortune’s furious fickle wheel". Is destiny really such a capricious force? Can life, to employ another well-used phrase, really turn on a sixpence?

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This is a beautifully polished, highly crafted and exquisite novella which is quite simply perfect. The short length, just under 200 pages, belies its emotional complexity and the lasting impression it leaves on the reader. 

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Many teens would be delighted to be offered a new life in the romantic city of Paris but Lola is leaving too much behind to truly fall in love with her new surroundings. 

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Have you ever wondered what heaven is like? Now you can find out in Neil Smith’s debut novel, Boo. After waking up in a strange bed, Oliver "Boo" Dalrymple discovers that he is in fact in heaven, or at least, he’s in a section of it.

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When London’s finest stately home, Turney House, is destroyed by a devastating fire the owners demand that the property is restored to its original self. Lady Alexandra Marchant is adamant that everything must look exactly as it did before the disaster took place.

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An absorbing tale in an unusual setting and indeed for several of the characters there is a strong feeling that they are out of place and out of sympathy to the prevailing mood of the times.

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A heady 19th century world of opportunity, oppression and opium greets readers of Flood of Fire, the third and final volume of Amitav Ghosh’s Ibis Trilogy.

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A bestseller in Bert Wagendorp’s native Netherlands, Ventoux has recently been made into a film, and is now available in Paul Vincent’s English translation.

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