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It is 1937 in a northern mill-town and a class of twelve- and thirteen-year-old girls are writing about their lives, their world, and the things that matter to them. They tell of cobbled streets and crowded homes; the Coronation festivities and holidays to Blackpool; laughter and fun alongside poverty and hardship. They are destined for the cotton mill but they dream of being film stars. Class of '37 uses the writing of these young girls, as collected by the research organisation Mass Observation, to rediscover this lost world, transporting readers back in time to a smoky industrial town in an era before the introduction of a Welfare State, where once again the clouds of war were beginning to gather. Woven within this rich, authentic history are the twists and turns of the girls' lives from childhood to beyond, from their happiest times to the most heart-breaking of their sorrows. A compelling social history, this intimate reconstruction of working-class life in 1930s Britain is a haunting and emotional account of a bygone age.Show more
The second book in an emotional and heartwarming WWII Series. For fans of Ellie Dean and Annie Groves. Dover, 1940 With the Battle of Britain raging overhead and the German guns firing across the Channel, the people of Dover find themselves on the front line. But despite the danger, Nellie Castle is determined that the café will remain open, no matter what happens. For Lily Castle, it is an exciting time as she starts her nursing career. Though the work is demanding, there is romance on the horizon, and she still finds time to enjoy herself. Until a prisoner escapes from the hospital and suddenly everything she holds dear - including her freedom - is put at risk. Meanwhile there are strange goings-on at the café: rumours are circulating and secrets are exposed. Secrets that could tear the Castle family apart once and for all . . . 'Brilliantly written and researched . . . I loved it.' Rosie Goodwin on The Dover Cafe at WarShow more
Within the boroughs of London, nestled among its streets, hides another city, filled with magic. 'Magic and love. Love and magic. They destroy everything in the end ...' Anna's Aunt has always warned her of the dangers of magic. Its twists. Its knots. Its deadly consequences. Now Anna counts down the days to the ceremony that will bind her magic forever. Until she meets Effie and Attis. They open her eyes to a London she never knew existed. A shop that sells memories. A secret library where the librarian feeds off words. A club where revellers lose themselves in a haze of spells. But as she is swept deeper into this world, Anna begins to wonder if her Aunt was right all along. Is her magic a gift ... or a curse?Show more
'Captivating' Heat Magazine 'Beautiful... heartwarming' Zara Stoneley 'A wonderful ray of reading sunshine' Heidi Swain Love is in the Cornish summer air... Wedding planner Ellie Moon is dreaming up the most beautiful bespoke wedding for Charlie and Daniel, owners of Cornwall's favourite cream tea bus. Even though her own life has been turned upside down and she's had to rent out her charming Cornish cottage with its climbing roses and lavender beds, Ellie is determined to give them a day to remember. Her new tenant, handsome mechanic Jago, keeps popping up around the picture-postcard seaside village of Porthgolow. When they're thrown together in the effort to help his elderly father get a spring back in his step, she discovers that he is full of surprises. Can romance bloom and give Ellie the fresh start she's been wishing for? Readers love the Cornish Cream Tea Series! 'I was left with a warm, contented glow, underscored with a wistful longing for her next book.' Amazon reviewer, 5 stars 'Cressida McLaughlin has done it again, another mouth-wateringly delicious treat of a book, that has me hungry at 3am.' Amazon reviewer, 5 stars 'This book really transported you to the village and the people there.' Amazon reviewer, 5 stars 'I absolutely loved this book!' Amazon reviewer, 5 stars 'I can never wait to get my hands on a new Cressida McLaughlin book.' Amazon reviewer, 5 stars 'Fantastic story line and wonderful characters. I have read all the series and it just gets better, I would definitely recommend.' Amazon reviewer, 5 stars 'Wow, I am never disappointed by this author's books, but I must say I love this series the most.' Amazon reviewer, 5 stars 'Cressida McLaughlin has done it again. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and couldn't put it down... The Cornish Cream Tea Series is a must read and you won't be disappointed.' Amazon reviewer, 5 stars 'I loved loved this book, fantastic story line and likeable characters.' Amazon reviewer, 5 stars 'Absolutely loved this book!... Such a feel good book and be ready to be transported in a gorgeous way to feel like you are near the sea, romance and with a yummy cream tea.' Amazon reviewer, 5 stars 'Great story, wonderful characters [and] I just could not put it down... a wonderful book.' Amazon reviewer, 5 stars '[A] great book, couldn't put it down.' Amazon reviewer, 5 starsShow more
Eleven guests. Three nights. One murderer...A haunting and atmospheric thriller from rising star of crime fiction Rachael Blok. In a crumbling old mansion in the English countryside, eleven people gather, each one famous in their field. They have been invited for a three-day house party, to celebrate the launch of a groundbreaking virtual reality game that promises to unite the worlds of technology, politics and the environment. DCI Marten Jansen has been summoned to join the house party. His instructions are to offer police protection in case of an outside attack. Instead, he finds simmering tensions, long-buried secrets - and a murderer in their midst... Rachael Blok's novels blend elements of police procedural and psychological thriller, and she has won critical acclaim for her lyrical prose, ratcheting tensions and atmosphere of foreboding. Praise for Rachael Blok: "A blistering mystery." ERIN KELLY "You will suspect everyone in this unbearably tense tale of betrayal and revenge." A.S. HATCH. "Gripping and original." CLARE EMPSON. "Assured and compelling ... The author is as deft about human relationships as she is about creating an increasingly foreboding atmosphere." ELLY GRIFFITHS.Show more
‘A gripping WW2 story of love, betrayal and courage…This novel will take you on a rollercoaster of emotions… A great read!’ – 5 stars, Amazon Reviewer Munich 1930: Smoke filled the air. Lilli Sternberg’s quickening heart sounded an alarm as she rounded the street corner. Lifting her gaze to the rooftops, a roaring blaze of thick flames engulfed the side of the building and joined the stars to fill the black sky. Her father’s shop was no more. Lilli Sternberg longs to be a ballet dancer. But outside the sanctuary of the theatre, her beloved city is in chaos and Munich is no longer a place for dreams. The Nazi party are gaining power and the threats to those who deviate from the party line are increasing. Jewish families are being targeted and their businesses raided, even her father’s shop was torched because of their faith. When Lilli meets Captain Marco Zeiller during a chance encounter, her heart soars. He is the perfect gentleman and her love for him feels like a bright hope under a bleak sky. But battle lines are being drawn, and Marco has been spotted by the Reich as an officer with potential. A relationship with Lilli would compromise them both. Will Lilli escape the threats facing her family, and how much is she willing to risk for the man she loves? An absolutely gripping and emotional historical fiction novel about love, courage and betrayal for fans of My Name is Eva and A Woman of War Readers LOVE Beneath a Starless Sky!‘An amazing story with great characters and a very deep love that will transcend the pages of the book. It is a book that will make you feel, hopeful, faithful, and sometimes angry that humans can be so cruel.’ 5 stars, Amazon reviewer ‘This really is a special book. Fast-paced and beautifully written, it'll stay with me for a long time.’ 5 stars, Amazon reviewer ‘A great read, I had to finish it in one sitting…!’ – NetGalley Reviewer, 5 Stars ‘I thoroughly enjoyed this book – forbidden romance, heartbreak, glamour and a really interesting pre-WW2 setting.’ – NetGalley Reviewer, 5 StarsShow more
Praise for Cressida McLaughlin: ‘Captivating’ Heat Magazine ‘Beautiful… heartwarming’ Zara Stoneley ‘A wonderful ray of reading sunshine’ Heidi Swain Hannah Swan is looking forward to Christmas for the first time in years. Her new job as an eco-consultant is taking her – and her geeky colleague, Noah – to the beautiful Cornish village of Porthgolow for the first time. They’re are helping the Crystal Waters Hotel to ramp up its green credentials, though after a bumpy journey, Hannah can’t shake off the feeling that Porthgolow is strangely familiar. Never able to resist a mystery, her interest is piqued when the hotel’s staff and customers report odd noises and sightings, believing the hotel to be haunted. When bad weather cuts off Porthgolow, Hannah and Noah are looking at a Cornish Christmas. It gives them plenty of time to work out what is really going on, but will their yuletide escape send shivers up their spines? Or will it be as warm and toasty as a glass of mulled wine?Show more
A visionary novel about our interconnected world, about the collision of horror and humanity, from the Man Booker-shortlisted master of the spine-tingling tale. They've infiltrated homes in Hong Kong, shops in Vancouver, the streets of Sierra Leone, town squares of Oaxaca, schools in Tel Aviv, bedrooms in Indiana. They're not pets, nor ghosts, nor robots. They're real people, but how can a person living in Berlin walk freely through the living room of someone in Sydney? How can someone in Bangkok have breakfast with your children in Buenos Aires, without you knowing? Especially when these people are completely anonymous, unknown, untraceable. The characters in Samanta Schweblin's wildly imaginative new novel, Little Eyes, reveal the beauty of connection between far-flung souls but they also expose the ugly truth of our increasingly linked world. Trusting strangers can lead to unexpected love, playful encounters and marvellous adventures, but what if it can also pave the way for unimaginable terror? Schweblin has created a dark and complex world that is both familiar but also strangely unsettling, because it's our present and we're living it we just don't know it yet. "Embedded within this novel of international interconnectivity are questions of the exhibitionism and voyeurism tied up in our use of technology. Expect echoes of the Wachowskis' Sense8, except told with what has been characterized as Schweblin's 'neurotic unease.' THE MILLIONS "Samanta Schweblin will injure you, however safe you may feel." JESSE BALL "Samanta Schweblin is one of the most promising voices in modern literature." MARIO VARGAS LLOSAShow more
A brilliantly twisty new thriller – perfect for fans of Lisa Jewell Both of them loved him. One of them killed him . . . Louise has had to watch her husband, Andrew, start a new family in the four years since he left her. The ‘other woman’ is now his wife – but Louise isn’t ready to let Caz enjoy the life that was once hers, or to let go of the man she still loves. As Louise starts to dig into Caz’s past, the two women’s pretence of civility starts to slip. But in trying to undermine each other, they discover more about the man they both married. And when Andrew is murdered at a family party, both women are found standing over the body. It’s always the wife. But which one? Praise for Tess Stimson ‘Dark, twisty and addictive’ Lisa Jewell ‘I devoured One in Three, with its well-drawn characters, believably complex relationships and relentlessly twisting plot that keeps the reader guessing. Plus, Tess Stimson writes beautifully’ Debbie Howells ‘I raced through this tale of a murderous love triangle. One in Three is tense, twisty, and that ending – wow!’ Jackie Kabler ‘One in Three is just fantastic – complex, intriguing, fast-paced, with a brilliant, compelling cast. I loved it!’ Alex Lake ‘More chilling than Gone Girl and twistier than The Girl on the Train’ Jane GreenShow more
'Brilliantly written . . . I loved it.' Rosie Goodwin The first book in a brand-new World War II saga series. Perfect for readers of Ellie Dean and Annie Groves. Dover, 1939 At the heart of Market Square lies Castle's Café, run by the formidable Nellie Castle and her six children. Since the scandalous birth of her son ten years before, Marianne, Nellie's eldest daughter, has preferred to stay in the kitchen, hidden away from the scrutiny of the town gossips. Overcome with shame, she has never revealed the identity of Donny's father - not even to her own mother. But with World War II just around the corner, soon Marianne's past catches up with her. And suddenly the lives of the Castle family become a lot more complicated. Will the secrets from her past destroy their future? - - - - 'A brilliant evocation of a family and community pulling together in wartime. Full of drama, laughter, and nail biting cliff hangers. A triumph!' Annie Clarke 'Well-researched and expertly written . . . Perfect for those days when all you want is a book to lose yourself in.' Fiona FordShow more
‘Captivating’ Heat Magazine ‘Beautiful… heartwarming’ Zara Stoneley ‘A wonderful ray of reading sunshine’ Heidi Swain Charlie has a new helper on her bus, her free-spirited and loveable cousin, Delilah, who’s paid a visit to the charming Cornish village of Porthgolow and is helping out on Charlie’s adorable cream tea bus. When the Director of a new TV series filming further along the coast tells Delilah that the bus would be the perfect addition to their onsite catering, she takes him a bit too literally. Charlie and Delilah find themselves caught up in the filming of a lavish period drama and it isn’t long before Delilah finds herself drawn to the handsome male lead. But Delilah has made a habit of making rash decisions and it’s one of the reasons she’s hiding out in Cornwall. Could this be one impulsive step too far, or is a change of direction the start of something quite unexpected…Show more
From the internationally bestselling author of A Woman of Substance comes the continuing story of indomitable heroine, Emma Harte Emma Harte is now eighty years old and ready to hand over the reins of the vast business empire she has created. To her favourite grandchild, Paula McGill Fairley, Emma bequeaths her mighty retailing empire with these heartfelt words: 'I charge you to hold my dream.' A towering international success, this is the powerfully moving tale of one woman's determination to 'hold the dream' which was entrusted to her, and in so doing find the happiness and passion which is her legacy.Show more
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