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It’s been over ten years since Louis de Bernières’ last major novel, Birds Without Wings, and this anticipated follow up treads familiar territory for de Bernières – the lead up to and aftermath of the First World War – but it is, however, the first of his longer fictions to be se

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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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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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The stories in Lethem’s latest collection feature, among other things, a man named Pending Vegan trying to survive a psychological beating at SeaWorld, a blog that seems to have a physical existence and must be defended as if it were a castle, a girl who orgasms by hearing per

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Translated from its original Portugese by David Brookshaw, Couto’s short novel is a powerful and absorbing read. Told alternately by an imported hunter and a local woman, the story weaves past and present dangers through the family home and into the forest.

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Motherland – Jo McMillan

This assured debut from Jo McMillan was a delight from start to finish; I was immediately drawn into the lives of the main characters and was sorry to get to the end.

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Some books can be read in a sitting but have a profound effect. Jean-Christophe Rufin, a co-founder of Medicins Sans Frontieres is also a prize-winning novelist.

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As in Daphne Du Maurier’s Rebecca, an old Cornish country house is at the centre of Eve Chase’s enjoyable debut novel, this time it's the Black Rabbit Hall of the title.

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During the 1940s Jim Harrison was one of the greatest pilots alive. His work as a military test pilot kept him living in the Mojave Desert with his wife Grace.

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The Vienna Melody, by Austro-Hungarian writer, theatre director and producer Ernst Lothar, was originally published in English in 1944 as The Angel with the Trumpet. This is a rich family saga which dances through the pages of history to the background of Mozart and Strauss.

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Lindy Simpson is 15-years-old, popular and outgoing, she is a prospective athlete and the sort of girl her classmates look up to. Then she is attacked and raped just yards from her home. Her life, and the lives of those nearest to her, will never be the same.

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