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The Secret Intensity of Everyday Life The Secret Intensity of Everyday Life
William Nicholson

May 2010 Book of the Month.

A wonderful collection of characters, in a small Sussex village, all
have their secrets, resentments, heartache and desires. A book that
will keep you gripped from page one. This author is perhaps better know
for his teen fiction …
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The Good, the Bad and the Dumped The Good, the Bad and the Dumped
Jenny Colgan
When Posy gets dumped by her fiancé she goes on a journey re-visiting old flames to find out why none of her relationships have ever worked out. A great romantic romp to keep your occupied for a good few hours. …
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3
Secrets She Left Behind Secrets She Left Behind
Diane Chamberlain
One stupid, reckless moment leaves a community in tatters and secrets, buried for years, are gradually being uncovered. Moving back and forth in time and in between characters the story unfolds as we see the effect each small action has …
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The Angel's Game The Angel’s Game
Carlos Ruiz Zafon

May 2010 Book of the Month.

The Shadow of the Wind is one of those rare books that continues to deeply affect you long after it is read.  This second masterpiece is connected but stands apart.  A twisting and mysterious tale …
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The Book of Fires The Book of Fires
Jane Borodale

May 2010 Debut of the Month.

Shortlisted for the Orange Award for New Writers 2010.

A very well-realised historical novel centred around the small household of a fireworks maker, a master craftsman who never stops searching for clearer and brighter fires.  His …
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6
The Prince of Mist The Prince of Mist
Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Appearing on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 30 May 2010.

June 2010 Good Housekeeping selection.

Utterly gripping, this is a deliciously haunting and chilling tale of dark magic and treachery which reaches out across time threatening all who cross its …
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7
The Carrie Diaries The Carrie Diaries
Candace Bushnell

May 2010 Book of the Month.

This terrific teen prequel to ‘Sex and the City’ is a sexy, funny, coming-of-age and totally engaging look at how Carrie became THE Carrie Bradshaw.  She was just a regular girl growing up in Connecticut.  …
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The Shadow of the Wind The Shadow of the Wind
Carlos Ruiz Zafon
Exlusive Limited Edition. Barcelona, a city of secret police and secret love.  In it a
bookseller’s son finds a forgotten novel and stumbles upon a mystery as
all copies of the author’s books are sought and destroyed by a sinister
character who calls …
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The White Woman on the Green Bicycle The White Woman on the Green Bicycle
Monique Roffey

Shortlisted for the prestigious 2010 Orange Prize for Fiction.

Set in the lush surroundings of Trinidad this story follows the marriage of a couple who despite their love for each other find they have gradually slipped away from each other. Will …
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The Earth Hums in B Flat The Earth Hums in B Flat
Mari Strachan

May 2010 Debut of the Month.

Set in a 1950’s Welsh village we follow a young, naïve Gwenni as she watches with fascination the goings on in her small village where everyone knows everyone else’s business. When there is a death …
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