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Hardback:Wakenhyrst:2019 Hardback
Author: Paver, Michelle
Year: 2019
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Resource type: Physical
Note: A tale of mystery and imagination laced with terror. It is a masterwork in the modern gothic tradition that ranges from Mary Shelley and Bram Stoker to Neil Gaiman and Sarah Perry.
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Hardback:In every mirror she's black:2021 Hardback
Author: Akerstrom, Lola Akinmade
Year: 2021
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Apollo
Resource type: Physical
Note: Three Black women building new lives in Stockholm become linked in unexpected ways to the same influential white man.
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Audio book:Close to home:2018 Audio book
Author: Hunter, Cara
Year: 2018
Media class: Audio book
Publisher: Bolinda/Penguin audio
Resource type: Physical
Note: Read by Emma Cunniffe & Lee Ingleby. 8 discs
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Hardback:The no-show:2022 Hardback
Author: O'Leary, Beth
Year: 2022
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Quercus
Resource type: Physical
Note: 8.52 a.m. Siobhan's been looking forward to her breakfast date with Joseph. She was surprised when he suggested it - she normally sees him late at night in her hotel room. Breakfast with Joseph on Valentine's Day surely means something, so where is he?
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Paperback:Assembly:2022 Paperback
Author: Brown, Natasha
Year: 2022
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: 'Assembly' is a story about the stories we live within - those of race and class, safety and freedom, winners and losers. And it is about one woman daring to take control of her own story, even at the cost of her life. Originally published: UK: Hamish Hamilton, 2021
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Paperback:Heartburn:2018 Paperback
Author: Ephron, Nora
Year: 2018
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Virago
Resource type: Physical
Note: Rachel Samstat is smart, successful, married to a high-flying Washington journalist - and devastated. She has discovered that her husband is having an affair with Thelma Rice. Originally published: London: Heinemann, 1983
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Audio book:Where the crawdads sing:2021 Audio book
Author: Owens, Delia
Year: 2021
Media class: Audio book
Publisher: Bolinda audio
Resource type: Physical
Note: Read by Cassandra Campbell. 11 discs Where the Crawdads Sing is at once an exquisite ode to the natural world, a heartbreaking coming-of-age story, and a surprising tale of possible murder
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Paperback:Open water:2022 Paperback
Author: Nelson, Caleb Azumah
Year: 2022
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Viking
Resource type: Physical
Note: Two young people meet at a pub in South East London. Both are Black British, both won scholarships to private schools where they struggled to belong, both are now artists - he a photographer, she a dancer - trying to make their mark in a city that by turns celebrates and rejects them. Tentatively, tenderly, they fall in love.
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Hardback:Opposite of butterfly hunting:2021 Hardback
Author: Lynch, Evanna
Year: 2021
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Headline
Resource type: Physical
Note: Evanna Lynch has long been viewed as a role model for people recovering from anorexia and the story of her casting as Luna Lovegood in the Harry Potter films has reached almost mythic proportions.
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Hardback:Isaac and the egg:2022 Hardback
Author: Palmer, Bobby
Year: 2022
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Headline Review
Resource type: Physical
Note: Powerful, hopeful, and utterly extraordinary, this is a truly original tale of love and loss, told with warmth and imaginative humour, from an unforgettable new voice in fiction. Isaac stands alone on a bridge and screams into the river below. And then, an answer. A cry of despair perhaps even greater than his own. The sound draws Isaac into the wood.
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Paperback:All adults here:2020 Paperback
Author: Straub, Emma
Year: 2020
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Astrid Strick has always tried to do her best for her three children. Now, they're finally grown up - but you could be forgiven for thinking otherwise. Elliot doesn't have any idea who he really is, or how to communicate with his own sons. Porter is, at last, pregnant - but feels incapable of rising to the challenge.
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Audio book:Shuggie bain:2020 Audio book
Author: Stuart, Douglas
Year: 2020
Media class: Audio book
Publisher: Bolinda/Macmillan audio
Resource type: Physical
Note: Read by Angus King. 14 discs Shuggie Bain is the unforgettable story of young Hugh 'Shuggie' Bain, a sweet and lonely boy who spends his 1980s childhood in run-down public housing in Glasgow, Scotland
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Paperback:Maybe in another life:2022 Paperback
Author: Reid, Taylor Jenkins
Year: 2022
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK Ltd
Resource type: Physical
Note: At the age of twenty-nine, Hannah Martin still has no idea what she wants to do with her life. She has lived in six different cities and held countless meaningless jobs since graduating college. On the heels of leaving yet another city, Hannah moves back to her hometown of Los Angeles and takes up residence in her best friend Gabby's guestroom.
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Paperback:The silent patient:2019 Paperback
Author: Michaelides, Alex
Year: 2019
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Orion Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Alicia Berenson writes a diary as a release, an outlet - and to prove to her beloved husband that everything is fine. She can't bear the thought of worrying Gabriel, or causing him pain. Until, late one evening, Alicia shoots Gabriel five times and then never speaks another word. Forensic psychotherapist Theo Faber is convinced he can successfully
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Hardback:People person:2022 Hardback
Author: Carty-Williams, Candice
Year: 2022
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Trapeze
Resource type: Physical
Note: Dimple Pennington knew of her half siblings, but she didn't really know them. Five people who don't have anything in common except for faint memories of being driven through Brixton in their dad's gold jeep, and some pretty complex abandonment issues. Dimple has bigger things to think about. She's thirty, and her life isn't really going anywhere.
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Hardback:A long petal of the sea:2020 Hardback
Author: Allende, Isabel
Year: 2020
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Resource type: Physical
Note: That September 2, 1939, the day of the Spanish exiles' splendid arrival in Chile, the Second World War broke out in Europe. Victor Dalmau is a young doctor when he is caught up in the Spanish Civil War, a tragedy that leaves his life - and the fate of his country - forever changed.
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Paperback:How to kill your family:2022 Paperback
Author: MacKie, Bella
Year: 2022
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: The Borough Press
Resource type: Physical
Note: When Grace Bernard discovers her absentee millionaire father has rejected her dying mother's pleas for help, she vows revenge, and sets about to kill every member of his family. Readers have a front row seat as Grace picks off the family one by one - and the result is as and gruesome as it is entertaining in this wickedly dark romp about class and family.
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Paperback:The Paper Palace:2022 Paperback
Author: Heller, Miranda Cowley
Year: 2022
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Women's Prize for Fiction 2022 Longlist Before anyone else is awake, Elle Bishop heads out for a swim in the glorious freshwater pond below 'The Paper Palace' - the gently decaying summer camp in the back woods of Cape Cod where her family has spent every summer for generations. As she passes the house, Elle glances through the screen porch at the table from the dinner the previous evening: empty wine glasses, candle wax on the tablecloth, echoes of the laughter of family and friends.
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