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Our brains stay active for ten minutes after our heart stops beating.
For Tequila Leila, each minute brings with it a new memory: growing up with her father and his two wives in a grand old house in a quiet Turkish town; watching the women gossip and wax their legs while the men went to mosque; sneaking cigarettes and Western magazines on her way home from school; running away to Istanbul to escape an unwelcome marriage; falling in love with a student who seeks shelter from a riot in the brothel where she works.
Most importantly, each memory reminds Leila of the five friends she met along the way - the friends who are now desperately trying to find her.
Against the electrifying backdrop of the 1960s, Danielle Steel unveils a gripping chronicle of a young woman discovering a passion for justice.
The daughter and granddaughter of prominent Manhattan lawyers, Meredith McKenzie is destined for the best of everything: top schools, elite social circles, the perfect marriage. Spending her childhood in Germany as her father prosecutes war criminals at the Nuremberg trials, Meredith soaks up the conflict between good and evil. When her family returns to the United States, encouraged by her liberal grandfather, Meredith is determined to become a lawyer, despite her father’s objections.
As her grandfather rises to the Supreme Court, Meredith enlists in the most pressing causes of her time, joining a new generation of women, breaking boundaries socially, politically, and professionally. But when the violence of the era strikes too close to home, her once tightly knit family must survive a devastating loss and rethink their own values and traditions.
`Who is Rich? Is a tantalizing novel - acute and smart and stark, but mostly it's unrelentingly funny about a large number of very inappropriate things. It's one of those rare books: you open it, then you're up all night. I was` Richard Ford Every summer, a once-sort-of famous cartoonist named Rich Fischer leaves his wife and two kids behind to teach a class at a week-long arts conference in a charming New England beachside town. It's a place where drum circles happen on the beach at midnight, clothing optional. Rich finds himself worrying about his family's nights without him, his back taxes, his stuttering career and his own very real desire for love and human contact. One of the attendees this year is a forty-one-year-old painting student named Amy O'Donnell. Amy is a mother of three, unhappily married to a brutish Wall Street titan who commutes to work via helicopter. Rich and Amy met at the conference a year ago, shared a moment of passion, then spent the winter exchanging inappropriate texts and emails and counting the days until they could see each other again. Now they're back. Who Is Rich? is a warped and exhilarating tale of love and lust, a study in midlife alienation, erotic pleasure, envy, and bitterness in the new gilded age that goes far beyond humour and satire to address deeper questions: of family, monogamy, the intoxicating beauty of children and the challenging interdependence of two soulful, sensitive creatures in a confusing domestic alliance.
’n Foonoproep uit Pollsmoor laat ’n navorser se lewe kantel. Só na aan hom was die vrou wat bel dat hy algaande die biblioteek, waar hy die eerste skepe aan die Kaap bestudeer, vir dié tronk se waglokaal verruil.
Gou kom hy agter dat dié plek is nie altyd so strak soos sy tralies nie: daar is ’n eertydse skipper wat hier vetkoek verkoop; ’n vrouebewaarder met jazz in haar stem; selfs karaoke-aande in die skaduwee van die lemmetjiesdraad.
Dieper en dieper word hy ingetrek by die lewens van diegene wat wag om ín- of uítgelaat te word. Net toe hy dink hy kan met sekerheid sê wie aan watter kant van die hoë mure staan, moet hy begryp dat verdriet bodemloos is.
In Theo Kemp se Strafjaart vervloei die strominge van ’n lewe met dié van die Suid-Afrikaanse werklikheid, waar hoop en wanhoop ’n maalkolk kan raak.
Dis 'n donker Karoonag en 'n bebloede vrou hardloop grondpad langs. Iets grusaam het gebeur en Siena weet sy moet by Seekoegat Primere Skool uitkom, daar sal sy veilig wees. Dis baie ver, drie dae met 'n donkiekar en sy is te voet. Hierdie roman vertel die verhaal van Siena, Boetie en Kriekie, wie se lewens sedert kinderdae nou verweef is. Soos wat Siena hardloop ontmoet lesers die mense in haar lewe: Boetie is verwilderd en verwaarloos, altyd besig met kattekwaad. Sy vriendskap met Siena laat hom egter sy selfwaarde besef. Kriekie is 'n wrak. Sy ma is 'n prostituut wat by die stilhouplekke langs die n1 werk en hy het skaars 'n huis. Wanneer sy ma, Dolly, nie terugkom nie, beland hy deur een vrou se goedhartigheid ook by Seekoegat Primere Skool. Die Karooskilpad se simboliese spore kan deur die hele roman gesien word. Siena se pa, 'n karretjiemens, het altyd gese dat 'n skilpad die wysheid van die antieke landskap in hom dra. Daar word geglo dat 'n skilpad slegs een traan in sy leeftyd stort, die oomblik wanneer hy sterf. Die skilpad se laaste traan is bekroonde skrywer Carol Campbell se derde boek oor die Karoo. Soos haar vorige werk fokus sy sterk op sosiale realisme, maar vir die eerste keer is hier ook magiese realisme, so eie aan die mense oor wie sy skryf.
The Girls meets The Little Stranger in this dark and captivating debut about sisterhood, family secrets, and a dangerous game that becomes all too real. THEN 1976. Loo and her sister Bee live in a run-down cottage in the middle of nowhere, with their artistic parents and wild siblings. Their mother, Cathy, had hoped to escape to a simpler life; instead the family find themselves isolated and shunned by their neighbours. At the height of the stifling summer, unexplained noises and occurences in the house begin to disturb the family, until they intrude on every waking moment . . . NOW Loo, now Lucy, is called back to her childhood home. A group of strangers are looking to discover the truth about the house and the people who lived there. But is Lucy ready to confront what really happened all those years ago?
Die lewenslustige Siem Sigerius is ’n briljante wiskundige, kranige judoka, rektor magnificus van die Universiteit van Enschede, en daar wink ook vir hom ’n belowende toekoms in die politiek. Sy vrou, sy pragtige, intelligente stiefdogters en ’n gemaklike, pastorale huis op die platteland voltooi die beeld van idille en sukses. Wanneer Sigerius egter agter die kap van die byl van sy stiefdogter Joni se duistere bedryf kom en sy misdadige seun boonop ook nog sy opwagting maak, dreig alles in sy idilliese bestaan om op katastrofiese wyse te ontplof. Die kaleidoskopiese sederoman Bonita Avenue verhaal die ondergang van die Sigerius-gesin teen die agtergrond van Enschede se vuurwerkramp in 2000. Peter Buwalda se debuutroman is ’n portret van ’n era wat die gaping tussen generasies op meesleurende wyse aanpak.
When Emma returns to Dublin to put her estranged father's affairs in order, she begins to piece together the story of his life and that of Grace, the mother she never knew. She knows her father as the judge - as stern and distant at home as he was in the courtroom. But as she goes through his personal effects, Emma begins to find clues about her mother that shock her profoundly.A tale of enduring love and scandal that begins in 1950s Dublin and unravels across decades and continents, digging up long-buried family secrets along the way, The Judge's Wife asks whether love really can last forever.
Sometimes it only takes one night to change everything... Elizabeth Place might have been jilted by her fiance on her wedding day one year ago, but at least she's still got her brilliant job producing one of the biggest shows on TV! But when larger-than-life TV host, Ricky Clough, dies live on air, her life is sent spinning out of control. And with foul play suspected, the spotlight is turned firmly on his colleagues - especially Hutch, the man desperate for Ricky's job and who Elizabeth is secretly dating. As her world comes crashing down around her, Elizabeth realises that perhaps the only person she can really trust, is herself...
'A powerful and moving novel of family, trauma, and the defining moments in people's lives from a writer of extraordinary depth, feeling and wit. Readers will love this book, as I did' Meg Wolitzer, bestselling author of The Female Persuasion and The Wife _____________ A gripping and compassionate family drama set between neighbours in suburban New York Gillam, upstate New York: a town of ordinary, big-lawned suburban houses. The Gleesons have recently moved there and soon welcome the Stanhopes as their new neighbours. Lonely Lena Gleeson wants a friend but Anne Stanhope - cold, elegant, unstable - wants to be left alone. It's left to their children - Lena's youngest, Kate, and Anne's only child, Peter - to find their way to one another. To form a friendship whose resilience and love will be almost broken by the fault line dividing both families, and by the terrible tragedy that will engulf them all. A tragedy whose true origins only become clear many years later . . . A story of love and redemption, faith and forgiveness, Ask Again, Yes reveals the way childhood memories change when viewed from the distance of adulthood - villains lose their menace, and those who appeared innocent seem less so. A story of how, if we're lucky, the violence lurking beneath everyday life can be vanquished by the power of love. _____________ 'Keane takes on one of the most difficult problems in fiction - how to write about human decency . . . a compelling case for compassion over blame, understanding over grudge, and the resilience of hearts that can accept the contradictions of love' Louise Erdrich, National Book Award winning author of The Round House 'Leaves one shaking one's head in frank admiration. A triumph' Matthew Thomas, bestselling author of We Are Not Ourselves
Dumped at the altar, shame and the bitter taste of rejection drive a teenage girl from the sheltered rural lands of Swaziland to the hard streets of Johannesburg. Forsaking the riches of her former life, she manages to build herself up from bartending to the respectable offices of a reputable law firm. Her tranquility is shattered when the same arrogant devil who almost drove her to suicide through his rejection, comes back into her life, claiming and marking her as his wife.
Nomaswazi is forced to come back home a prodigal daughter when her father's health takes a turn for the worst. Her father had always cocooned her from the harsh truths of her birth but even he couldn't protect her from the revelations which awaited her in the rustic hills of Maphalaleni.
Two rival families. One East End. The explosive first novel in the Mitchells & O'Haras trilogy For more than a decade, two East End families have been locked in a bitter war. On one side are the Mitchells, a notorious underworld mob from East London's Canning Town. They have an iron in every fire and will resort to intimidation and violence to get what they want. On the other side are the O'Haras. The Mitchells' biggest rivals are a travelling family who live in nearby Stratford. They compete with the Mitchells for pub protection, and the two families hate each other. Caught between these two families at war are two innocent children, who will grow up to love the wrong people and spark the last terrible act in the long-running feud. The Mitchells & O'Haras Trilogy
Shortly before Christmas, 79-year-old Alfred Warner arrives at Berlin's busy central train station, to meet his granddaughter Brynja for the first time. When she fails to arrive, Alfred, afraid and alone, is taken in by a stranger, Julia, who quickly realises that there is something remarkable about him. Worried sick, Alfred discovers that his granddaughter is lying in a coma in a Berlin hospital following an unexplained accident and may take months to fully recover. After the sympathetic Julia insists he stays at her home for Christmas, Alfred becomes increasingly anxious and announces that his time is running out and that he has only six days left to live. He knows this because the voices he has been listening to for his entire life have told him so. Alfred insists he must tell Julia his life story in the hope of saving Brynja's life after he is gone. If Brynja does recover, she must finally learn the truth about the voices. And so, over the ensuing six days he pours out his extraordinary tale. He tells Julia how, at the age of six, he began to hear voices, how soon afterwards he was tragically orphaned and of his terrifying ordeal at the hands of the Nazis as he grew up during the rise of the Third Reich. He also recounts how he was conscripted into the German army and how his life changed when he was captured and imprisoned in a POW camp in Scotland. Upon release he built a new life for himself in Britain, meeting the love of his life and raising a family. However, as we learn, his path through life's rich tapestry has undulated in some very unexpected ways. It has been a most uncommon life, but the one constant during each stage of his journey are the voices which accompany him, voices which for other members of his family, including Brynja, have been far less benign. Now Alfred's final duty is to make sure that Julia understands so that Brynja does not become yet another family tragedy.
** THE DEBUT NOVEL FROM THE WINNER OF THE COSTA SHORT STORY AWARD ** One ordinary day. One extraordinary event. Their lives changed forever. On an ordinary Saturday morning in 1996, the residents of Nightingale Point wake up to their normal lives and worries. Mary has a secret life that no one knows about, not even Malachi and Tristan, the brothers she vowed to look after. Malachi had to grow up too quickly. Between looking after Tristan and nursing a broken heart, he feels older than his twenty-one years. Tristan wishes Malachi would stop pining for Pamela. No wonder he's falling in with the wrong crowd, without Malachi to keep him straight. Elvis is trying hard to remember to the instructions his care worker gave him, but sometimes he gets confused and forgets things. Pamela wants to run back to Malachi but her overprotective father has locked her in and there's no way out. It's a day like any other, until something extraordinary happens. When the sun sets, Nightingale Point is irrevocably changed and somehow, through the darkness, the residents must find a way back to lightness, and back to each other.
A beautiful new planet A meaningful new life Are you ready? ____________________________________________ You wake up. You go to work. You don't go outside for twelve hours at a time. You have strategy meetings about how to use hashtags. After work you order expensive drink after expensive drink until you're so blackout drunk you can't remember the circumstances which have led you to waking up in bed with your colleague. The next day you stay in bed until the afternoon, scrolling through your social media feeds and wondering why everyone else seems to be achieving so much. Sometimes you don't get out of bed at all. Then you hear about Life on Nyx, a programme that allows 100 lucky winners the chance to escape it all, move to another planet and establish a new way of life. One with meaning and purpose. One without Instagram and online dating. There's one caveat: if you go, you can never come back. But you aren't worried about that. After all, what on Earth could there possibly be to miss? ____________________________________________ 'An evocative narrative of unearthly escape. I loved it' Megan Hunter, author of The End We Start From 'One of the most original and urgent novels I've read this year. Read it!' Clare Fisher, author of All the Good things 'Beautifully written . . . Everything You Ever Wanted explores our current obsession with a meaningful life' Bookseller
In her first contemporary novel since Room, bestselling author Emma Donoghue returns with her next masterpiece, a brilliant tale of love, loss and family. A retired New York professor's life is thrown into chaos when he takes his great-nephew to the French Riviera, in hopes of uncovering his own mother's wartime secrets. Noah is only days away from his first trip back to Nice since he was a child when a social worker calls looking for a temporary home for Michael, his eleven-year-old great-nephew. Though he has never met the boy, he gets talked into taking him along to France. This odd couple, suffering from jet lag and culture shock, argue about everything from steak hache to screen time, and the trip is looking like a disaster. But as Michael's ease with tech and sharp eye help Noah unearth troubling details about their family's past, both of them come to grasp the risks that people in all eras have run for their loved ones, and find they are more akin than they knew. Written with all the tenderness and psychological intensity that made Room a huge bestseller, Akin is a funny, heart-wrenching tale of an old man and a boy who unpick their painful story and start to write a new one together.
The fifth book in the Sunday Times bestselling Jane Tennison series. April 1980 and Jane is the first female detective to be posted to the Met's renowned Flying Squad, commonly known as the 'Sweeney'. Based at Rigg Approach in East London, they investigate armed robberies on banks, cash in transit and other business premises. Jane thinks her transfer is on merit and is surprised to discover she is actually part of a short term internal experiment, intended to have a calming influence on a team that likes to dub themselves as the 'Dirty Dozen'. The men on the squad don't think a woman is up to the dangers they face when dealing with some of London's most ruthless armed criminals, who think the only 'good cop' is a dead cop. Determined to prove she's as good as the men, Jane discovers from a reliable witness that a gang is going to carry out a massive robbery involving millions of pounds. But she doesn't know who they are, or where and when they will strike . . .
The brilliant new novel from the author of The Last Summer of the Water Strider Millennium Eve and six people gather on a London rooftop. Recently married, Frankie Blue watches with his wife, Veronica, as the sky above the Thames explodes into a kaleidoscope of light. His childhood companion, Colin, ineptly flirts with Roxy, an unlikely first date, while another old friend, Nodge, newly `out', hides his insecurities from his waspish boyfriend. New Labour are at their zenith. The economy booms, awash with cheap credit. The arrival of the smartphone heralds the sudden and vast expansion of social media. Mass immigration from Eastern Europe leave many unsettled while religious extremism threatens violent conflict. An estate agent in a property boom, Frankie is focused simply on getting rich. But can he survive the coming crash? And what will become of his friends - and his marriage - as they are scoured by the winds of change? When We Were Rich finds the characters introduced in Tim Lott's award-winning 1999 debut, White City Blue, struggling to make sense of a new era. Sad, shocking and often hilarious, it is an acutely observed novel of all our lives, set during what was for some a golden time - and for others a nightmare, from which we are yet to wake up. Praise for The Last Summer of the Water Strider: 'I was very moved by The Last Summer of the Water Strider, which is both exquisitely specific to time and place and universal in its examination of humanity, grief and the bizarre prisons that people build for themselves - and one another. Funny, fascinating, mysterious and provocative' Sadie Jones, author of The Outcast 'Great storytelling and superb characterisation. Very few writers can evoke quintessential Englishness in its myriad forms like Tim Lott. I loved it' Irvine Welsh 'Lott is excellent when it comes to the psychology of a grieving adolescent' Observer
As in all hospitals, the medical hierarchy of The House of God was a pyramid - a lot at the bottom and one at the top.Put another way it was like an ice-cream cone...you had to lick your way up! Roy Basch, the 'red-hot' Rhodes Scholar, thought differently - but then he hadn't met Hyper Hooper, out to win the most post-mortems of the year award, nor Molly, the nurse with the crash helmet.He hadn't even met any of the Gomers ('Get Out of My Emergency Room!'), the no-hopers who wanted to die but who were worth more alive!
Summer at the Kindness Cafe was previously published as a four-part serial titled Random Acts of Kindness. This is the complete story in one package. 'THIS IS ONE OF THE GENRE'S STANDOUT STARS - THERE IS SO MUCH HEART IN THIS BOOK!' heat magazine Escape to the beautiful town of Littlewood with Victoria Walters, a heart-warming read perfect for fans of Cathy Bramley, Holly Hepburn and Jo Thomas. Welcome to Brew, a cafe where kindness is almost as important as coffee... almost! Meet the three women whose lives are about to change forever: Abbie has fled London and the humiliation of not being able to make rent after being made redundant. Her sister, Louise, unlucky in love, has thrown herself into her career at the local hospital. And Eszter, who has travelled from Hungary with her daughter Zoe, hoping to fulfil her husband's dying wish... to reunite his family. This summer these three very different women are inspired by the random acts of kindness written up on the Kindness Board at Brew, and decide to make a pact to be kinder to others and to themselves... Can a little bit of kindness really change your life? Eszter, Abbie and Louise are about to find out! `Warmth and kindness on every page' Sheila O'Flanagan `I adored Summer at The Kindness Cafe - it's such a cosy, heart-warming read' Jennifer Joyce `Utterly gorgeous, a totally heart-warming, beautiful story. I loved every single page!' Holly Martin 'Summer at the Kindness Cafe ticks all the feel-good boxes' Holly Hepburn, author of A Year at the Star and Sixpence 'A really lovely story - heart-warming and life affirming' Jo Thomas, author of The Honey Farm on the Hill `An entertaining and timely reminder that a random act of kindness can change not only someone's day, but also someone's life' Penny Parkes, author of Best Practice `Such an uplifting, warm story, with characters I already feel like I know. I loved every minute of it!' Cressida McLaughlin, author of The House of Birds and Butterflies 'A heart-warming read - cosy and comforting. I loved it!' Heidi Swain, author of Sunshine and Sweet Peas in Nightingale Square `Victoria Walters has such a wonderful, fresh voice and the characters really do leap off the page. The perfect pick-me-up, and a timely reminder of the importance of kindness in every part of life' Phoebe Morgan, author of The Doll House
The million copy bestseller that redefined the way the world saw war. One of the ten books - novels, memoirs and one very unusual biography - that make up our Matchbook Classics' series, a stunningly redesigned collection of some of the best loved titles on our backlist. The Things They Carried is the definitive account of what it was like being on the ground in Vietnam. But while that devastating conflict is central to the book, it is not simply about war. It is a book about memory, imagination, and the redemptive power of storytelling. It is also about the human heart - about the terrible weight of those things we carry through our lives. The men of Alpha Company - Jimmy Cross, Norman Bowker, Rat Kiley, Mitchell Sanders, Henry Dobbins and Kiowa - slog through the emptiness and dangers of their Vietnam tour in this haunting and acclaimed collection, which has the cumulative power and unity of a novel.
The first ever story collection from the inimitable Lionel Shriver `Genius' Stylist `Phenomenal' Observer `Brilliant' The Times In her first ever story collection, Lionel Shriver illuminates one of the modern age's most enduring obsessions: property. A woman creates a deeply personal wedding present for her best friend; a thirty-something son refuses to leave home; a middle-aged man subjugated by service to his elderly father discovers that the last place you should finally assert yourself is airport security. This landmark publication explores the idea of "property" in both senses of the word: real estate, and stuff. Immensely readable, it showcases the biting insight that has made Lionel Shriver one of the most acclaimed authors of our time.
`Touching and uplifting, this is Fiona Harper at her very best.' MILLY JOHNSON From the author of The Other Us ***THE WINNER OF THE 2018 SPECULATIVE ROMANTIC NOVEL AWARD*** `This book tore my heart into tiny pieces, then put it back together and made it fly.' JANE LINFOOT `A beautiful story of loss, discovery and recovery.' HEIDI SWAIN 'Heart-wrenching and compelling.' SARAH MORGAN 'Beautiful, poignant and thought-provoking.' CRESSIDA MCLAUGHLIN *** Heather Lucas lives her life through other people's memories. Heather doesn't want to remember her childhood, not when her mother's extreme hoarding cast her family life into disarray. For Heather's mother, every possession was intimately connected to a memory, so when Heather uncovers a secret about her past that could reveal why her mother never let anything go, she knows there's only one place she'll find answers - behind the locked door of her spare room, where the remains of her mother's hoard lie hidden. As Heather uncovers both objects and memories, will the truth set her free? Or will she discover she's more like her mother than she ever thought possible? A powerful, uplifting story about love, loss and the things we leave behind, perfect for fans of Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine and The Keeper of Lost Things. *** Why readers are falling in love with The Memory Collector: `An insightful and beautifully written tale' `What a beautiful poignant story... the sort that stays with you for a long time afterwards' `Bravo, Fiona Harper! A captivating read' `Wow!! I really loved this powerful thought provoking book... a poignant must-read' `This book is simply brilliant... very uplifting and so well written' `loved this book! 5*****!'
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