• Bee and the Orange Tree
    Bee and the Orange Tree
    It's 1699, and the salons of Paris are bursting with the creative energy of fierce, independent-minded women. But outside those doors, the patriarchal forces of Louis XIV and the Catholic Church are moving to curb their freedoms. In this battle for equality, Baroness Marie Catherine D'Aulnoy invents a powerful weapon: 'fairy tales'.

    When Marie Catherine's daughter, Angelina, arrives in Paris for the first time, she is swept up in the glamour and sensuality of the city, where a woman may live outside the confines of the church or marriage. But this is a fragile freedom, as she discovers when Marie Catherine's close friend Nicola Tiquet is arrested, accused of conspiring to murder her abusive husband. In the race to rescue Nicola, illusions will be shattered and dark secrets revealed as all three women learn how far they will go to preserve their liberty in a society determined to control them.

    This keenly-awaited second book from Melissa Ashley, author of THE BIRDMAN'S WIFE, restores another remarkable, little-known woman to her rightful place in history, revealing the dissent hidden beneath the whimsical surfaces of Marie Catherine's fairy tales. THE BEE AND THE ORANGE TREE is a beautifully lyrical and deeply absorbing portrait of a time, a place, and the subversive power of the imagination.

    ISBN: 9781925712018
    Publication date: 29/10/2019
    Price: $39.99
    Author: Ashley, Melissa
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $39.99
  • Before the Coffee Gets Cold
    Before the Coffee Gets Cold
    In a small back alley in Tokyo, there is a cafe which has been serving carefully brewed coffee for more than one hundred years. But this coffee shop offers its customers a unique experience: the chance to travel back in time.

    In Before the Coffee Gets Cold, we meet four visitors, each of whom is hoping to make use of the cafe's time-travelling offer, in order to: confront the man who left them, receive a letter from their husband whose memory has been taken by early onset Alzheimer's, to see their sister one last time, and to meet the daughter they never got the chance to know.

    But the journey into the past does not come without risks: customers must sit in a particular seat, they cannot leave the cafe, and finally, they must return to the present before the coffee gets cold ...

    Toshikazu Kawaguchi's beautiful, moving story explores the age-old question: what would you change if you could travel back in time? More importantly, who would you want to meet, maybe for one last time?

    ISBN: 9781529029581
    Publication date: 19/09/2019
    Price: $19.99
    Author: Kawaguchi, Toshikazu
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $19.99
  • Being Black n Chicken and Chips
    Being Black n Chicken and Chips
    Mike Amon is a regular teenager. All he wants is to fit in. He wants to sit at the cool bench. He wants to be a star athlete. He wants his first kiss.

    He also wants his mum to survive.

    When his mum is suddenly diagnosed with advanced breast and brain cancer, Mike knows it's a long shot, but if he manages to achieve his dreams, maybe it'll give his mum enough strength to beat an incurable disease.

    In the meantime, he has to live with his African dad whom he doesn't really know, a man who has strange foreign ways - and who Mike doesn't really feel comfortable sharing his teenage desires and deepest fears with. He doesn't even want to think about what it might mean if his mum never comes home from the hospital.

    Based on his award-winning stand-up show, and the loss of his own mother when he was 12, Matt Okine's coming-of-age novel, Being Black n Chicken and Chips, is a funny, heart-warming, and sometimes surreal look at how young people deal with grief, the loss of loved ones, and becoming an adult - all whilst desperately trying to fit in with the other kids.

    ISBN: 9780733641688
    Publication date: 24/09/2019
    Price: $34.99
    Author: Okine, Matt
    Format: Trade Paperback
    Price: $34.99
  • Belgravia
    Belgravia
    Julian Fellowes's Belgravia is the story of a secret. A secret that unravels behind the porticoed doors of London's grandest postcode. Set in the 1840s when the upper echelons of society began to rub shoulders with the emerging industrial nouveau riche, Belgravia is peopled by a rich cast of characters. But the story begins on the eve of the Battle of Waterloo in 1815. At the Duchess of Richmond's now legendary ball, one family's life will change for ever...

    ISBN: 9781474603546
    Publication date: 03/11/2016
    Price: $24.99
    Author: Fellowes, Julian
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $24.99
  • Bell
    Bell
    VINTAGE CLASSICS MURDOCH- Funny, subversive, fearless and fiercely intelligent, Iris Murdoch was one of the great writers of the twentieth century. To celebrate her centenary Vintage Classics presents special editions of her greatest and most timeless novels.

    WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY SARAH PERRY

    'In this holy community she would play the witch.'

    Imber Court is a quiet haven for lost souls, a utopia for those who can neither live in the world, nor out of it. But beneath the gentle daily routines of this community run currents of supressed desire, religious yearning and a legend of disastrous love. Charming, indolent Dora arrives in their midst, and half-unwittingly conjures these submerged things to the surface.

    ISBN: 9781784875206
    Publication date: 04/07/2019
    Price: $26.00
    Author: Murdoch, Iris
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $26.00
  • Bellini Madonna
    Bellini Madonna
    A seductive mystery novel from the acclaimed author of DARK WATER

    'Sparkling . . . glowing with wit' Hilary Mantel

    'A mystery story, a love story and a comedy of errors . . . A compelling debut that entertains and unsettles in equal measure' Guardian

    Mawle House. The run-down country seat of the Ropers, a warren of mysterious artefacts and secretive women and - thrillingly - the possible hiding place of a Bellini masterpiece: the elusive Madonna.

    Art historian and aesthete Thomas Lynch, in disgrace and desperation, knows that finding this painting could resurrect his career. But by immersing himself in Mawle's strange past and stranger present, he soon finds himself entangled in a game of cat and mouse. Lynch will soon learn that in life, as in art, nothing should be taken at face value.

    ISBN: 9781787477162
    Publication date: 05/09/2019
    Price: $27.99
    Author: Lowry, Elizabeth
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $27.99
  • Beloved
    Beloved
    A stunning gift package of prize-winning Beloved to commemorate Toni Morrison.

    WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY ZADIE SMITH AND SPECIAL ARCHIVAL MATERIAL

    It is the mid-1800s and as slavery looks to be coming to an end, Sethe is haunted by the violent trauma it wrought on her former enslaved life at Sweet Home, Kentucky. Her dead baby daughter, whose tombstone bears the single word, Beloved, returns as a spectre to punish her mother, but also to elicit her love. Told with heart-stopping clarity, melding horror and beauty, Beloved is Toni Morrison's enduring masterpiece.

    'Toni Morrison was a giant of her times and ours ... Beloved is a heartbreaking testimony to the ongoing ravages of slavery, and should be read by all' Margaret Atwood, New York Times

    'An American masterpiece' A.S. Byatt

    'No other writer in my lifetime, or perhaps ever, has married so completely an understanding of the structures of power with knowledge of the human heart' Kamila Shamsie

    'I adored her honesty. I admired the way she occupied her space in the world. I believed her' Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

    ISBN: 9781529112832
    Publication date: 03/12/2019
    Edition: NE
    Price: $37.00
    Author: Morrison, Toni
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $37.00
  • Benefit of Hindsight
    Benefit of Hindsight
    In this, the tenth Simon Serrailler crime novel, Simon must engage with his own demons as Lafferton struggles to cope with a series of crimes that threaten the sanctity of hearth and home.

    On the face of it DC Simon Serrailler has had time to recuperate after the violent incident that cost him his arm, and nearly his life. He is back in harness at Lafferton CID, but is spending his spare time high up in the cathedral roof, making drawings of some medieval angels which are being restored.

    Lafferton is going through a quiet patch, so far as crime is concerned, until one rainy night two local men open their front door to a couple seeking shelter. A serious error of judgment in the investigation puts Simon's reputation on the line and calls into question how full his recovery has really been.

    In her new role as a private GP, Simon's sister Cat's medical and counselling skills are tested by terrible and unexpected events at the homes of two very different Lafferton women. Simon and Cat's unreliable father, Richard, has returned to live nearby, in a luxury apartment for the well-heeled over 60s. He's soon up to his usual tricks.

    In this, the tenth Simon Serrailler crime novel, Simon must battle his own demons as Lafferton struggles to cope with a series of crimes that threaten the very sanctity of hearth and home.

    ISBN: 9781784742799
    Publication date: 01/10/2019
    Price: $37.00
    Author: Hill, Susan
    Format: Trade Paperback
    Price: $37.00
  • Best Bad Things
    Best Bad Things
    A propulsive, sensual tour de force, The Best Bad Things introduces Katrina Carrasco, a bold new voice in crime fiction.

    It is 1887, and Alma Rosales is on the hunt for stolen opium. Trained in espionage by the Pinkerton Detective Agency-but dismissed for bad behavior and a penchant for going undercover as a man-Alma now works for Delphine Beaumond, the seductive mastermind of a West Coast smuggling ring.

    When product goes missing at their Washington Territory outpost, Alma is tasked with tracking the thief and recovering the drugs. In disguise as a dockworker, this should be easy-once she muscles her way into the local organization, wins the trust of the magnetic local boss and his boys, discovers the turncoat, and keeps them all from uncovering her secrets. Alma's enjoying her dangerous game of shifting identities and double crosses, but it's getting harder and harder to keep her stories straight and to know whom to trust. One wrong move and she could be unmasked: as a woman, as a traitor, or as a spy.

    . For readers of Lyndsay Faye

    ISBN: 9781250238146
    Publication date: 05/11/2019
    Price: $34.99
    Author: Carrasco, Katrina
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $34.99
  • Best Kind of Beautiful
    Best Kind of Beautiful
    A warm-hearted novel from the author of Walking on Trampolines about music, grief, relationships, gardens, love, laughter and family.

    Florence Saint Claire is a loner. Albert Flowers is a social butterfly. Good friends who think they know each other.

    But, somewhere between who they are, and who people think they are, lies The Best Kind of Beautiful.

    Award-winning journalist and author Frances Whiting brings her renowned warmth and empathy to this witty and gentle novel about bringing out the best in each other.


    PRAISE FOR THE BEST KIND OF BEAUTIFUL

    'The Best Kind of Beautiful is the best kind of book: touching, funny, whimsical and mysterious! A special story about a delightful family.' Liane Moriarty

    'There are moments when Frances Whiting writes about family dynamics and relationships where you wonder if the woman has a hidden camera set up inside your soul. On a single page she'll tickle your ribs with three laugh-out-loud gags then punch your gut with some deep observation on living. All heart. All soul. All kinds of beautiful.' Trent Dalton, author of Boy Swallows Universe

    'Florence, a fresh contemporary irresistible heroine, holds a cast of fascinating, brilliantly drawn characters together. Frances Whiting at her best, warm, witty, provocative, a wise observer of human nature, family, life...It's true, you can't put it down.' Quentin Bryce AD CVO

    ISBN: 9781743535134
    Publication date: 29/10/2019
    Price: $37.99
    Author: Whiting, Frances
    Format: Trade Paperback
    Price: $37.99
  • Better Man
    Better Man
    The air is unbearably tense as Armand Gamache returns to the Surete du Quebec for his first day of work since his demotion from its command to head of homicide.

    Amid blistering personal social media attacks, Gamache sets out on his first assignment - to find a missing woman. But as he leads the search for Vivienne Godin, Three Pines itself is threatened when the river breaks its banks, and a province-wide emergency is declared.

    As the waters rise, a body is discovered - and the victim's distraught father contemplates a murder of his own. As a father himself, Gamache is haunted by a question . . . what would he do, if his child's killer might walk free?

    Praise for the award-winning Chief Inspector Armand Gamache series:

    'One of the most interesting detectives in crime fiction' The Times

    'Fascinating characters, a twisty plot and wonderful surprise endings' Ann Cleeves

    'Wonderfully satisfying' Kate Mosse

    ISBN: 9780751566642
    Publication date: 27/08/2019
    Price: $37.99
    Author: Penny, Louise
    Format: Trade Paperback
    Price: $37.99
  • Beyond Recall
    Beyond Recall
    Gary - 'Gaz' - Baldwin is a watcher, not a killer. Operating with a special forces unit deep in Syria, he is to sit in a hide, observe a village, report back and leave.

    But the appalling atrocity he witnesses will change his life forever.

    Before long, he is living as a handyman on the Orkney islands, far from Syria, far from the army, not far enough from the memories that have all but destroyed him.

    'Knacker' is one of the last old-school operators at the modern MI6 fortress on the Thames. He presides over the Round Table, a little group who meet in a pub and yearn for simpler, less bureaucratic times.

    When news reaches Knacker that the Russian officer responsible for the Syrian incident may be in Murmansk, northern Russia, he sets in motion a plan to kill him. It will involve a sleeper cell, a marksman and other resources - all unlikely to be sanctioned by the MI6 top brass, so it must be done off the books.

    But first, he will need a sure identification. And for that, he needs a watcher...

    Full of surprise, suspense and betrayal, BEYOND RECALL is a searching novel of moral complexity and a story of desperate survival.

    ISBN: 9781529385984
    Publication date: 09/01/2020
    Price: $34.99
    Author: Seymour, Gerald
    Format: Trade Paperback
    Price: $34.99
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