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FICTION

this must be placeTHIS MUST BE THE PLACE - MAGGIE O'FARRELL - A novel of a marriage in freefall and a reclusive ex-film star who walked out of her cinematic career, despite having the whole world at her feet. Fiercely protective of her family and with her husband going AWOL, will their love for each other bring him back?   

last paintingTHE LAST PAINTING OF SARA DE VOZ - DOMINIC SMITH - An utterly gripping story set between 17th century Holland, 1950s Manhattan and 2000s Sydney, following a trail of art, forgery and deception.

 

commonwealthCOMMONWEALTH - ANN PATCHETT - 1964: Bert Cousins shows up at Franny Keating's christening party uninvited and notices a heart stoppingly beautiful woman. When he kisses Beverly Keating, his host's wife, he sets in motion the joining of two families, whose shared fate will be defined on a day seven years later.

birdcageBIRDCAGE WALK - HELEN DUNMORE - 1792 and the French Revolution is underway. Set in Bristol, where Lizzie Fawkes, from a radical family, marries John Diner Tredevant, a property developer, and enters a stifling marriage.

 

constant soldierTHE CONSTANT SOLDIER - WILLIAM RYAN - 1944. Paul Brandt, a soldier in the German army, returns wounded and ashamed from the bloody chaos of the Eastern front to find his village home much changed and existing in the dark shadow of an SS rest hut - a luxurious retreat for those who manage the concentration camps, run with the help of a small group of female prisoners who - against all odds - have so far survived the war. A powerful and gripping tale of love and survival, set against the final weeks of the Nazi regime.  

swimming lessonsSWIMMING LESSONS - CLAIRE FULLER - Gil's wife, Ingrid has been missing, presumed drowned, for twelve years. A possible sighting brings their children, Nan and Flora, home. Together they begin to confront the mystery of their mother. Is Ingrid dead? Or did she leave? And do the letters hidden within Gil's books hold the answer to the truth behind his marriage, a truth hidden from everyone including his own children?

SELLOUTTHE SELLOUT - PAUL BEATTY - Man Booker Prize Winner 2016

Born in Dickens in the outskirts of LA, the narrator spends his childhood as the subject in his father's racially charged psychological studies. But after his father dies, all he's left with is the bill for the funeral, and the news that Dickens has been wiped off the map. He sets out to right this wrong with the most outrageous action conceivable: by reinstating slavery and segregation

golden hillGOLDEN HILL - FRANCIS SPUFFORD - New York, a small town on the tip of Manhattan Island. 1746. One rainy evening, a charming young stranger fresh off the boat from England pitches up to a counting house on Golden Hill Street, with a suspicious yet compelling proposition - he has an order for a thousand pounds in his pocket that he wishes to cash. But can he be trusted? 

underground railroadTHE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD - COLSON WHITEHEAD - A novel set in pre-Civil War America, following two slaves as they attempt to escape their bondage in the South and head to freedom via the 'underground railroad'.


THRILLER

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THE DRY - JANE HARPER - Luke Hadler is accused of murdering his wife and son before committing suicide, but as Aaron Falk, policeman and childhood best friend, begins to delve deeper, he questions the truth of his friend's crime.

 

wicked boyTHE WICKED BOY - KATE SUMMERSCALE - A gripping true crime account of an unsolved late Victorian murder case. Wonderfully and meticulously written, Summerscale not only recounts a shocking child murder case that stunned a nation but gives a compelling account of the aftermath too.

 

shadow districtSHADOW DISTRICT - ARNALDUR INDRIDASSON - In wartime Reykjavik, a young woman is found strangled behind the National Theatre, a rough and dangerous area of the city known as 'the shadow district'. An Icelandic detective and a member of the American military police are on the trail of a brutal killer.  

stalkerTHE STALKER - LARS KEPLER  - The 5th thriller in Lars Kepler's bestselling series featuring Joona Linna.  A film arrives at Stockholm's National Crime Investigation Department showing a woman in her own home, plainly unaware she is being watched. The police don't take it seriously ...until she is found dead.

spook streetSPOOK STREET - MICK HERRON - The 4th thriller in the Jackson Lamb series.  River Cartwright is consigned to Lamb's team of pen-pushing no-hopers at Slough House.So it's Lamb they call to identify the body when Cartwright's panic button raises the alarm at Service HQ. And Lamb who will do whatever he thinks necessary, to protect an agent in peril.

sleep babySLEEP BABY SLEEP - DAVID HEWSON - The 4th thriller in the Pieter Vos series, set in Amsterdam.  Annie Schrijver is just twenty-two-years-old. She works in the picturesque Albert Cuyp flower market... but then she goes missing, only to be found barely alive, tied to a stone angel in a graveyard, surrounded by a ring of fire. Her body contains traces of a drug which connect the police to a previous case: the Sleeping Beauty murders. But Annie seems to have been the lucky one, as a body is found nearby, freshly tattooed with three words: Sleep Baby Sleep.

thirstTHE THIRST - JO NESBO - The 11th Harry Hole thriller.  A woman is found murdered after an internet date. The marks left on her body show the police that they are dealing with a particularly vicious killer.  Under pressure from the media to find the murderer, the force know there's only one man for the job.


NON-FICTION 

cyclist coldTHE CYCLIST WHO WENT OUT IN THE COLD - TIM MOORE - Scaling a new peak of rash over-ambition, Tim Moore tackles the 9,000km route of the old Iron Curtain on a tiny-wheeled, two-geared East German shopping bike.

 

pigeon tunnelsTHE PIGEON TUNNEL: STORIES FROM MY LIFE - JOHN LE CARRE - In this, his first memoir, le Carre is as funny as he is incisive - reading into the events he witnesses the same moral ambiguity with which he imbues his novels. From his years serving in British Intelligence during the Cold War, to a career as a writer that took him from war-torn Cambodia to Beirut on the cusp of the 1982 Israeli invasion, to Russia before and after the collapse of the Berlin Wall, John le Carre has always written from the heart of modern times.

hillbillyHILLBILLY ELEGY: A MEMOIR OF A FAMILY & CULTURE IN CRISES - J.D. VANCE - Hillbilly Elegy is a passionate and personal analysis of a culture in crisis-that of white working-class Americans. The decline of this group, a demographic of a country that has been slowly disintegrating over forty years, has been reported on with growing frequency and alarm, but has never before been written about as searingly from the inside. J.D. Vance tells the true story of what a social, regional, and class decline feels like when you were born with it hung around your neck.

sas rogueSAS ROGUE HEROES: THE AUTHORISED WARTIME HISTORY - BEN MACINTYRE - In the summer of 1941, at the height of the war in the Western Desert, a bored and eccentric young officer, David Stirling, has a vision for a new kind of war: attacking the enemy where they least expect it - from behind their own lines.  The first ever authorized history of the SAS

blitzedBLITZED: DRUGS IN NAZI GERMANY - NORMAN OHLER - The Nazis presented themselves as warriors against moral degeneracy. Yet, as Norman Ohler's gripping bestseller reveals, the entire Third Reich was permeated with drugs: cocaine, heroin, morphine and, most of all, methamphetamines, or crystal meth, used by everyone from factory workers to housewives, and crucial to troops' resilience - even partly explaining German victory in 1940.

east west streetEAST WEST STREET: ON THE ORIGINS OF GENOCAIDE & CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY - PHILIPPE QC SANDS - When he receives an invitation to deliver a lecture in the Ukrainian city of Lviv, international lawyer Philippe Sands begins a journey on the trail of his family's secret history. In doing so, he uncovers an astonishing series of coincidences that lead him halfway across the world, to the origins of international law at the Nuremberg trial. 

killers flowerKILLERS OF THE FLOWER MOON: OIL MONEY MURDER & THE BIRTH OF THE FBI - DAVID GRANN - In the 1920s, the richest people per capita in the world were members of the Osage Indian nation in Oklahoma. After oil was discovered beneath their land, they rode in chauffeured automobiles, built mansions and sent their children to study in Europe.  Then, one by one, the Osage began to be killed off. As the death toll climbed, the FBI took up the case. But the bureau badly bungled the investigation.  From the author of 'The Lost City of Z' 


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