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All they ever wanted was somewhere to call home... Beaten When Jenny's mother abandons her and her younger siblings, Jenny is left at the mercy of her abusive father Henry. And when Henry beats his eldest daughter so badly that she ends up in the hospital, it seems like there's nowhere left for them all to go. Broken But factory worker Craig has fallen head over heels for Jenny, and he offers her a place to stay. Happy at last, Jenny begins a new life with him, but when tragedy strikes, she's left to pick up the pieces of both her broken home - and her broken heart. Bereft Desperately trying to make ends meet, Jenny is alone and working round the clock. Will she ever be able to give her siblings the happy home they deserve? Or is the worst yet to come...? The Sunday Times bestseller is back in a gritty family drama, perfect for fans of Nadine Dorries and Dilly Court.
Kolisile, ’n jong Xhosa uit die Transkei, kyk na die sukkelende mielies op sy pa se lappie grond en besef dat die bestaansboerdery van sy bawu en dié se bawu voor hom nie langer volhoubaar is nie. Hy besluit om stad toe te gaan waar hy geld kan verdien wat hy weer in hulle boerderytjie sal kan inploeg. Met die belofte dat hy sal terugkom én sy verlore broer Mfazwe, wat jare gelede in die stad weggeraak het, sal saambring, vertrek Kolisile vol moed en geesdrif – net om deur die harde werklikheid van die stad ontgogel, getemper en uiteindelik geknak te word.
Op die Johannesburgse myne beleef Kolisile die armoede en uitsigloosheid van plakkersdorpe, ervaar hy die rassisme en uitbuiting van die apartheidsbestel aan eie lyf, word hy vir die eerste keer met werklike haat vir die ander gekonfronteer en sien hy die aantrekkingskrag van misdaad, leuns en drankmisbruik as ontsnaproete uit die byna ondraaglike werklikheid vanuit sy broer Mfazwe se perspektief. Wanneer hy uiteindelik weer sy weg na die Transkei toe vind, is dit – soos wat sy pa gevrees en voorspel het – as ’n liggaamlik én geestelik gewonde mens.
Orphan sisters chase monsters of urban legend in Bloemfontein.
At a busy taxi rank, a woman kills a man with her shoe. A genomicist is accused of playing God when she creates a fatherless child. Intruders is a collection that explores how it feels not to belong. These are stories of unremarkable people thrust into extraordinary situations by events beyond their control.
With a unique and memorable touch, Mohale Mashigo explores the everyday ills we live with and wrestle constantly, all the while allowing hidden energies to emerge and play out their unforeseen consequences.
Intruders is speculative fiction at its best.
`So funny. And the sex is amazing!' Jilly Cooper on The Plus One `I was pregnant with the baby of a man I had met once. What was one normally left with after a first date? A bad case of thrush?' After eight years together, Lil Bailey thought she'd already found `the one' - that is, until he dumped her for a blonde twenty-something colleague. So she does what any self-respecting singleton would do: swipes right, puts on her best bra and finds herself on a first date with a handsome mountaineer called Max. What's the worst that can happen? Well it's pretty bad actually. First Max ghosts her and then, after weeing on a stick (but mostly her hands), a few weeks later Lil discovers she's pregnant. She's single, thirty-one and living in a thimble-sized flat in London, it's hardly the happily-ever-after she was looking for. Lil's ready to do the baby-thing on her own - it can't be that hard, right? But she should probably tell Max, if she can track him down. Surely he's not that Max, the highly eligible, headline-grabbing son of Lord and Lady Rushbrooke, currently trekking up a mountain in South Asia? Oh, maybe he wasn't ignoring Lil after all... Praise for Sophia Money-Coutts: `So funny. And the sex is amazing - makes me feel like a nun!' Jilly Cooper `Light, fizzy and as snort-inducing as a pint of Prosecco.' Evening Standard Magazine `Hilarious and compelling.' Daily Mail `Perfect summer reading for fans of Jilly Cooper and Bridget Jones.' HELLO! `Bridget Jones trapped inside a Jilly Cooper novel. A beach cocktail in book form.' METRO `Gloriously cheering.' Red Magazine `Howlingly funny.' India Knight, Sunday Times Magazine `This saucy read is great sun-lounger fodder.' Heat `Sexy and very funny...perfect for fans of Jilly Cooper.' Closer `Cheerful, saucy and fun!' The Sunday Mirror `As fun and fizzy as a chilled glass of prosecco...this is the perfect read for your holiday.' The Daily Express
A dark, funny, deliciously different literary thriller about a jaded hitman, set in the criminal underworld of Seoul `Kill Bill meets Murakami' D. B. John, author of Star of the North `A work of literary genius' Karen Dionne, internationally bestselling author of Home `I loved it!' M. W. Craven, author of The Puppet Show `You'll be laughing out loud every five minutes' You-jeong Jeong, author of The Good Son `A mash-up of Tarantino and Camus set in contemporary Seoul' Louisa Luna, author of Two Girls Down `An incredible cast of characters' Le monde `Smart but lightning fast' Brian Evenson, author of Last Days Plotters are just pawns like us. A request comes in and they draw up the plans. There's someone above them who tells them what to do. And above that person is another plotter telling them what to do. You think that if you go up there with a knife and stab the person at the very top, that'll fix everything. But no-one's there. It's just an empty chair. Reseng was raised by cantankerous Old Raccoon in the Library of Dogs. To anyone asking, it's just an ordinary library. To anyone in the know, it's a hub for Seoul's organised crime, and a place where contract killings are plotted and planned. So it's no surprise that Reseng has grown up to become one of the best hitmen in Seoul. He takes orders from the plotters, carries out his grim duties, and comforts himself afterwards with copious quantities of beer and his two cats, Desk and Lampshade. But after he takes pity on a target and lets her die how she chooses, he finds his every move is being watched. Is he finally about to fall victim to his own game? And why does that new female librarian at the library act so strangely? Is he looking for his enemies in all the wrong places? Could he be at the centre of a plot bigger than anything he's ever known?
WINNER OF THE ROONEY PRIZE 2018 A modern Irish literary gem for anyone who has felt like the odd one out. `Inventive, funny and, ultimately, moving' GUARDIAN `Wildly funny' THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW `Beguiling' THE IRISH TIMES `Delightfully quirky' THE IRISH INDEPENDENT Vivian is an oddball. An unemployed orphan living in the house of her recently deceased great aunt in North Dublin, Vivian boldly goes through life doing things in her own peculiar way, whether that be eating blue food, cultivating `her smell', wishing people happy Christmas in April, or putting an ad up for a friend called Penelope to check why it doesn't rhyme with antelope. But behind her heroic charm and undeniable logic, something isn't right. With each attempt to connect with a stranger or her estranged sister doomed to misunderstanding, someone should ask: is Vivian OK? A poignant and delightful story of belonging that plays with the myth of the Changeling and takes us by the hand through Dublin. A poetic call for us all to accept each other and find the Vivian within.
`What a ride, I loved this book and the brilliant Hitchcockian twist!' Sarah Michelle Gellar `Twisty and gripping' Jane Fallon `You will NEVER guess the ending of this one!' Louise Candlish `A fiendishly well-plotted, deliciously dark and twisting read' Lucy Foley `A rollercoaster of a ride' Jane Corry The highly anticipated new novel from the international bestselling author of Sometimes I Lie, Alice Feeney's new novel is her most twisted and nerve-wracking thriller yet. Aimee Sinclair: the actress everyone thinks they know but can't remember where from. But I know exactly who you are. I know what you've done. And I am watching you. When Aimee comes home and discovers her husband is missing, she doesn't seem to know what to do or how to act. The police think she's hiding something and they're right, she is - but perhaps not what they thought. Aimee has a secret she's never shared, and yet, she suspects that someone knows. As she struggles to keep her career and sanity intact, her past comes back to haunt her in ways more dangerous than she could have ever imagined. I Know Who You Are will leave your heart pounding and your pulse racing. This is the most twisted thriller you'll read all year.
A thrilling, brave and explosive novel, perfect for fans of Anatomy of a Scandal and He Said/She Said. `Razor-sharp...Much more than a courtroom thriller' Christina Dalcher, Sunday Times bestselling author of VOX * * * * * The Victim: A sixteen-year-old girl with facial deformities, neglected by an alcoholic mother. Who accuses the boys of something unthinkable. The Defendants: Four handsome teenage boys from hardworking immigrant families. All with corroborating stories. Whose side would you take? Zara Kaleel, one of London's brightest young legal minds, shattered the expectations placed on her by her family and forged a glittering career at the Bar. All before hanging up her barrister's wig to help the victims who needed her most. Victims like Jodie Wolfe. Jodie's own best friend doesn't even believe her claims that their classmates carried out such a crime. But Zara does. And Zara is determined to fight for her. Jodie and Zara become the centre of the most explosive criminal trial of the year, in which ugly divisions within British society are exposed. As everything around Zara begins to unravel she becomes even more determined to get Jodie the justice she's looking for. But at what price?
* Winner of the Costa First Novel Award * No.1 Sunday Times bestseller and No.1 New York Times bestseller * Soon to be a major motion picture produced by Reese Witherspoon `Funny, touching and unpredictable' Jojo Moyes Eleanor Oliphant has learned how to survive - but not how to live Eleanor Oliphant leads a simple life. She wears the same clothes to work every day, eats the same meal deal for lunch every day and buys the same two bottles of vodka to drink every weekend. Eleanor Oliphant is happy. Nothing is missing from her carefully timetabled life. Except, sometimes, everything. One simple act of kindness is about to shatter the walls Eleanor has built around herself. Now she must learn how to navigate the world that everyone else seems to take for granted - while searching for the courage to face the dark corners she's avoided all her life. Change can be good. Change can be bad. But surely any change is better than... fine? `Heartwrenching and wonderful' Nina Stibbe `Deft, compassionate and moving' Paula McLain `I adored it. Skilled, perceptive, Eleanor's world will feel familiar to you from the very first page. An outstanding debut!' Joanna Cannon
Secret lives and new loves emerge in the bright Caribbean sunlight . . . A year ago, Irene Steele had the shock of her life: her loving husband, father to their grown sons and successful businessman, was killed in a plane crash. But that wasn't Irene's only shattering news: he'd also been leading a double life on the island of St. John, where another woman loved him, too. Now Irene and her sons are back on St. John, determined to learn the truth about the mysterious life - and death - of a man they thought they knew. Along the way, they're about to learn some surprising truths about their own lives, and their futures. Lush with the tropical details, romance and drama, What Happens in Paradise is another immensely satisfying page-turner from one of the world's most beloved and engaging storytellers.
Meaningful and moving - the classic million-copy bestselling love story from Cecelia Ahern. Some people wait their whole lives to find their soul mates. But not Holly and Gerry. Childhood sweethearts,no one could imagine them without each other. Until the unthinkable happens. Gerry's death devastates Holly. But Gerry has left her a bundle of notes, one for each of the months after his death, guiding Holly into her new life, each note signed 'PS, I Love You'. As the notes are gradually opened, the man who knows Holly better than anyone sets out to teach her that life goes on. With some help from her friends, and her noisy and loving family, Holly finds herself laughing, crying, singing, dancing - and being braver than ever before. Life is for living, she realises - but it always helps if there's an angel watching over you.
The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde Continues...Seven years after the death of Edward Hyde, a stylish gentleman shows up in foggy London claiming to be Dr Henry Jekyll. Only Mr Utterson, Jekyll's faithful lawyer and confidant, knows that he must be an impostor - because Jekyll was Hyde. But as the man goes about charming Jekyll's friends and reclaiming his estate, and as the bodies of potential challengers start piling up, Utterson is left fearing for his life ... and questioning his own sanity. This brilliantly imagined and beautifully written sequel to one of literature's greatest masterpieces perfectly complements the original work. And where the original was concerned with the duality of man, this sequel deals with the possibility of identity theft of the most audacious kind. Can it really be that this man who looks and acts so precisely like Dr Henry Jekyll is an imposter?
Welcome to the most tumultuous summer of the twentieth century...
Every year the Levin children have looked forward to spending the summer at their grandmother's historic island home, but this year it's not to be. Blair, the oldest sister, is marooned in Boston, pregnant with twins and unable to travel. Middle sister Kirby is caught up in the thrilling vortex of civil rights protests with her friend Mary Jo Kopechne. And Tiger, the only son, has just been deployed to Vietnam. Thirteen-year-old Jessie, the youngest of them all, suddenly feels like an only child, marooned in the house with her out-of-touch grandmother who is hiding secrets of her own.
As the summer heats up, Teddy Kennedy sinks a car in Chappaquiddick, man walks on the moon, and Jessie experiences some sinking and flying herself, as she grows into her own body and mind.
Yvette, Paul, Mila, Emma, Adriaan, Liane, Max, Bobby, Ralph, Philip: Tien karakters wie se verhouding in Wegkomkans oor ’n tydperk van tien jaar eb en vloei soos die getye van die see wat telkens die agtergrond vir hulle “wegkomkanse” vorm.
Vanaf die politieke noodtoestand in die jare tagtig tot die demokratiese bevryding in 1994: Dié vriendekring se samesyn bly die konstante in ’n andersins veranderende wêreld waarin die ontnugterings en teleurstellings van die werklikheid soms met niks anders as goeie kos, goeie wyn en ’n stewige skeut selfspot getemper kan word nie. Soos hulle jeugdrome vervorm en hulle naïewe optimisme oor die lewe verdof, groei en verander die vriendskap. Verhoudings kom en gaan, ouerskap word ’n al hoe prominenter onderwerp van bespreking, die jeugdige passie oor ’n “nuwe” Suid-Afrika word ’n neutraler, meer besadigde gelatenheid oor wat nié verander kan word nie.
“Verlore liefde tussen twee mense,” verklaar een van die karakters, “kan so tragies wees soos verlore menseregte vir miljoene.” Uiteindelik is dit vriendskap wat die aanslag van tyd en trauma deurstaan; wat ’n skans teen verlies vorm.
Die nuwe Slotwoord tot hierdie roman, skryf Marita van der Vyver: “Hierdie roman, so vertel hulle my, kan ’n nuwe geslag lesers help begryp hoe Afrikaanse stedelinge in die laat jare tagtig en vroeë jare negentig, tussen die laaste stuiptrekkings van die Ou Suid-Afrika en die skrikwekkende geboortepyne van die Nuwe Suid-Afrika, dit reggekry het om op die rand van ’n afgrond te bly dans.”
Wegkomkans bied op hoogs vermaaklike dog erg simpatieke wyse insig in Suid-Afrikaners se versugtinge en ontnugterings – wat byna 20 jaar nadat die teks oorspronklik verskyn het nog net so relevant is soos destyds.
Ons sweer saam: Ek gaan haar ’n papierlewe gee, of nog beter: ’n nuwe lewe. ’n Lewe waarin sy weer maklik kan loop, haar lippe rooi maak, wye rokke dra of haar vuurbestande baadjiepakke. Ek wil ’n dansende moeder uitbeeld, ’n vegtende moeder. Die sterk vrou van my jeug.
“Ek kry ’n lewe by,” – sy grom tevrede – “maar ek wil wel iets in ruil hê.”
“Ek sal al jou inkopies doen, die kombuisvloer mop …”
“Pille. Jy kry ’n storie, ek ’n pil.”
Ná ’n lang lewe van swye en uitsluiting begin ’n moeder skielik met haar seun praat – aarselende ontboesemings oor grensoorskrydende liefde, verraad en drie oorloë. Hy, ’n romanskrywer, mag haar biograaf word, maar daar is ’n voorwaarde: Hy moet haar ’n sagte dood besorg.
Ek kom terug is ’n tragikomedie oor die onstuimige lewe van ’n vrou wat terugkyk op haar eeu.
Strikingly different since childhood and leading dissimilar lives
now, sisters Frances and Cynthia have managed to remain
"devoted"--as long as they stay on opposite coasts. When Frances
arranges to host Thanksgiving at her idyllic New England farmhouse,
she envisions a happy family reunion, one that will include the
sisters' long-estranged father. Cynthia, however, doesn't
understand how Frances can ignore the past their father's presence
revives, a past that includes suspicions about their mother's death
twenty-five years earlier.
The Secret of Cold Hill by Peter James is the spine-chilling follow-up to The House on Cold Hill. Now a smash-hit stage play. Cold Hill House has been demolished to make way for a new housing estate. Luxury-living at its best with high specification gadgets all thrown in - part-exchange available for the right buyers. The first two families move in, and as soon as they do, the unearthly residents of Cold Hill begin to make themselves known. Nobody who moves into Cold Hill reaches their fortieth birthday, and the old couple that have just arrived . . . let's just say their days are numbered.
An ingenious dystopian novel of one young woman's resistance against the constraints of an oppressive society When a recklessly idealistic girl in a dystopian future society dares to test the perimeters of her tightly controlled world, she is punished by being sent back in time to a region of North America - `Wainscotia, Wisconsin' - that existed eighty years before. Cast adrift in time in this idyllic Midwestern town, she is set upon a course of `rehabilitation' - but she falls in love with a fellow exile and starts to question the constraints of her new existence, with results that are both devastating and liberating. Arresting and visionary, Hazards of Time Travel is an exquisitely wrought love story, a novel of harrowing discovery - and an oblique but powerful response to our current political climate.
Die brief wat Theresa tussen haar eksman Theo se besittings ná sy dood ontdek, skeur haar lewe oop. Jare lank het sy haar rug op Theo gedraai, ’n man wat sy laaste twee dekades in ’n inrigting moes deurbring. Só ook het sy die land se verlede weggestoot, die tyd toe tienerseuns gestuur is om aan die grens te veg – ’n plek en ’n oorlog waarvan mense tuis bitter min geweet het. Vir Theresa self was dit ’n tydperk van eerste liefdes, disko’s en vakansies by die see.
Theresa besef gou die brief is deur ’n Kubaanse soldaat aan sy kind geskryf – iemand wat, indien hy of sy nog leef, nou minstens veertig jaar oud sal wees. Theresa weet in haar siel sy moet Kuba toe: om die soldaat se kind te soek, om die brief te besorg, om boete te doen vir Theo se dade en vir haar eie onkunde.
In swoel, afgeleefde Kuba, tussen kleurryke motors uit die vyftigerjare en geurige sigaarrook, word Theresa se soektog intiem vervleg met die lewens van mense wat in Angola as “die vyand” gebrandmerk is. Só ontrafel sy wat dit beteken het om groot te word in die Suid-Afrika van daardie tyd.
A short, intense and profoundly moving debut novel about race, identity, sex and death - from one of the National Book Foundation's 5 Under 35 Thandi is a black woman, but often mistaken for Hispanic or Asian. She is American, but doesn't feel as American as some of her friends. She is South African, but doesn't belong in South Africa either. Her mother is dying.
Kate Reese is a single mother fleeing an abusive relationship by starting over in a new town, with her young son Christopher. But Mill Grove, Pennsylvania, is not the safe place they thought it would be... Their world begins to unravel after Christopher vanishes into the Mission Street Woods - where 50 years earlier an eerily similar disappearance occurred. When he emerges six days later, unharmed but not unchanged, he brings with him a secret: a voice only he can hear and a warning of tragedy to come. What follows is a moving, thrilling, chilling modern masterpiece - a work of towering imagination and emotional depth which unfolds on an epic canvas.
`I can toast to my future, but the thundercloud over my head, the threat of a storm, will follow me like a shadow wherever I go. The truth is, I have a potential bomb in my bag, and who knows when or where it will go off' When her daughter Beth dies suddenly, Peggy Andrews is left to pick up the pieces and take care of her granddaughter Flo. But sorting through Beth's things reveals a secret never told: Beth was sick, with the same genetic condition that claimed her father's life, and now Peggy must decide whether to keep the secret or risk destroying her granddaughter's world. Five years later, Flo is engaged and ready to pack up her life and move to New York with her high-flying fiance. Peggy never told Flo what she discovered, but with Flo looking towards her future, Peggy realises it's time to come clean and reveal that her granddaughter's life might also be at risk. As Flo struggles to decide her own path, she is faced with the same life-altering questions her mother asked herself years before: If a test could decide your future, would you take it? An emotional, inspiring and uplifting novel about living life to the fullest, IF YOU WERE HERE will break your heart and put it back together. The brand new novel from the acclaimed author of A Song for Tomorrow, perfect for fans of Hannah Beckerman, Dani Atkins and Jill Mansell.
The third hilarious book in the smash-hit, No. 1 bestselling Aisling series - PRE-ORDER NOW! Praise for Oh My God, What a Complete Aisling and The Importance of Being Aisling 'Hailed as the Irish answer to Bridget Jones . . . stuffed with laughs' Daily Mail 'A joyful, emotional, heartfelt romp of a novel' Heat 'The year's funniest book to date' Hello 'There aren't enough words for how much I love it' Marian Keyes
In the new novel by the author of the world-wide bestseller The Dinner,
Herman Koch turns his brilliantly acid and forensic eye to the
green-eyed monster: the all-too human emotion of jealousy.
A heart-wrenching, life-affirming novel alternating between the story of the passengers aboard an airplane hurtling toward a deadly crash and the coming of age of the flight's only survivor, a 12-year-old boy.
One summer morning, Flight 2977 takes off from Newark Airport headed for Los Angeles. There are 216 passengers aboard: among them a Wall Street wunderkind worth $15 million; a young woman coming to terms with an unexpected pregnancy; an injured vet returning from Afghanistan; and two beleaguered parents moving across the country with their adolescent sons. When the plane suddenly crashes in a field in Colorado, the younger of these boys, 12-year-old Edward Adler, is the sole survivor.
Told in alternating points of view, Dear Edward recounts the stories of the passengers aboard that flight as it hurtles toward its fateful end, and depicts Edward's life in the crash's aftermath as he tries to make sense of the loss of his family, the strangeness of his sudden fame, and the meaning of his survival. As Edward moves through adolescence, coming of age against the backdrop of sudden tragedy, he must confront some of life's most profound questions: How do we make the most of the time we are given? For whom do we reach in life's final moments? What does it mean to live well?
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