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The Anatomy of Dreams

Chloe Benjamin
Authors:
Chloe Benjamin

The bewitching first novel from the bestselling author of THE IMMORTALISTS'Benjamin is a gifted writer, a creator of quiet asides and haunting images' Financial Times'Matches the subtle surrealism of a dream with the underpinnings of a thriller' Emma Straub'You wonder if here is a writer who is truly capable of anything' Daily MailSylvie and Gabe meet and fall in love at boarding school in Northern California when they are just teenagers. Their headmaster is the enigmatic and mysterious Dr Keller, a man obsessed with the idea that people's waking stress and trauma can be cured in their dreams. The young couple can't help but be drawn into his magnetic pull and slowly become involved in his research. Years later, Sylvie and Gabe are once again working on Dr Keller's experiments and Sylvie slowly begins to realise there is more both to her employer and her lover than meets the eye, and that the line between dreams and reality has become dangerously blurred.

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Strangers with the Same Dream

Alison Pick
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Alison Pick

From Alison Pick, Booker longlisted author of FAR TO GO comes a suspenseful, dystopian reimagining of the founding of a kibbutz in 1920s Palestine, for readers of WHEN I LIVED IN MODERN TIMES, THE HANDMAID'S TALE or THE POWER.'We came into their valley at dawn'. From three vastly different points of view, Alison Pick relates the story of a group of Jewish pioneers, many escaping violent homelands, who have come together to found a kibbutz on a patch of land that will later become Israel. With tightly controlled intensity, Pick takes us into three very different minds to show us how a utopian dream is punctured by messy human entanglements. Yet this is also the story of the land itself (present day Israel and Palestine), revealing the way the newcomers chose to ignore the fact that their valley was already populated, home to a people that the pioneers did not want to see.In writing of extraordinary, at times heartbreaking power, Pick has created unforgettable characters, haunted by ghosts and compromised by unbearable secrets. The novel's shocking conclusion is a tour de force, the work of a writer uniquely in control of her craft and with an extraordinary insight into the innermost workings of the human heart.

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In Our Mad and Furious City

Guy Gunaratne
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Guy Gunaratne
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The Immortalists

Chloe Benjamin
Authors:
Chloe Benjamin

The New York Times Top Ten Bestseller'The Immortalists is about as good as it gets' Karen Joy Fowler'Like literary nectar' Hannah Beckerman'I couldn't put it down' Carys BrayIf you knew the date of your death, how would you live?It's 1969, and holed up in a grimy tenement building in New York's Lower East Side is a travelling psychic who claims to be able to tell anyone the date they will die. The four Gold children, too young for what they're about to hear, sneak out to learn their fortunes.Over the years that follow, the siblings must choose how to live with the prophecies the fortune-teller gave them that day. Will they accept, ignore, cheat or defy them? Golden-boy Simon escapes to San Francisco, searching for love; dreamy Klara becomes a Las Vegas magician; eldest son Daniel tries to control fate as an army doctor after 9/11; and bookish Varya looks to science for the answers she craves.A sweeping novel of remarkable ambition and depth, The Immortalists is a story about how we live, how we die, and what we do with the time we have.

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See What I Have Done: Longlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2018

Sarah Schmidt
Authors:
Sarah Schmidt

Haunting, gripping and gorgeously written, SEE WHAT I HAVE DONE by Sarah Schmidt is a re-imagining of the unsolved American true crime case of the Lizzie Borden murders, for fans of BURIAL RITES and MAKING A MURDERER.'Eerie and compelling' Paula Hawkins'Stunning' Sunday Times'Gripping... outstanding' Observer'Glittering' Irish TimesJust after 11am on 4th August 1892, the bodies of Andrew and Abby Borden are discovered. He's found on the sitting room sofa, she upstairs on the bedroom floor, both murdered with an axe.It is younger daughter Lizzie who is first on the scene, so it is Lizzie who the police first question, but there are others in the household with stories to tell: older sister Emma, Irish maid Bridget, the girls' Uncle John, and a boy who knows more than anyone realises.In a dazzlingly original and chilling reimagining of this most notorious of unsolved mysteries, Sarah Schmidt opens the door to the Borden home and leads us into its murkiest corners, where jealousies, slow-brewed rivalries and the darkest of thoughts reside.

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Dead Souls

Elsebeth Egholm
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Elsebeth Egholm

On All Hallows' Eve, ex-convict Peter Boutrup is visiting his best friend's grave when her estranged mother appears. Her son, Magnus, has disappeared, and she begs Peter to look for him.The next day a young nun is pulled out of the moat at the convent in Djursland. She has been garrotted and Peter, who works there as a carpenter, was the last person to see her alive. Meanwhile, diver Kir Røjel finds an old box resting on the seabed. Inside are human bones. They are sixty years old, but the victim had also been garrotted.While Peter is looking for Magnus, Detective Mark Bille Hansen is assigned to the case. He is determined to link the bones in the box with the girl in the moat - but the hunt for the truth leads both he and Peter down a path so dark, they fear they may never return.

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Head Over Heels: Lucky Harbor 3

Jill Shalvis
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Jill Shalvis

The third enchanting novel in the Lucky Harbor series from New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis, laced with her trademark gift for humour, warmth and romance. Fans of Susan Andersen, Bella Andre, Rachel Gibson, Carly Phillips, and Susan Mallery will fall head over heels for the Lucky Harbor series.Breaking rules and breaking hearts... Free-spirited Chloe lives life on the edge. Unlike her soon-to-be married sisters, she isn't ready to settle into a quiet life running their family's newly renovated inn. But soon her love of trouble - and trouble with love - draws the attention of the very stern, very sexy sheriff who'd like nothing better than to tame her wild ways. Suddenly Chloe can't take a misstep without the sheriff hot on her heels. His rugged swagger and his enigmatic smile are enough to make a girl beg to be handcuffed. For the first time, instead of avoiding the law, Chloe dreams of surrender. Can this rebel find a way to keep the peace with the straitlaced sheriff? Or will Chloe's colourful past keep her from a love that lasts...and the safe haven she truly wants in a town called Lucky Harbor?Want more sexy, fun romance? Return to spellbinding Lucky Harbor, visit Sunshine, Idaho for some Animal Magnetism, or take a trip to Cedar Ridge's unforgettable Colorado Mountains in Jill's other bestselling series.

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Dreaming Out Loud

Benita Brown
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Benita Brown

When Kay Lockwood is left a small inheritance by her mother's old friend, actress Lana Fontaine, she travels to London, leaving behind her Northern hometown and the boyfriend she doesn't quite trust. She falls in love with Lana's ramshackle house, and the excitement of post-war London, but soon discovers a deeper mystery - who was Lana, and why was Kay so important to her? As she unravels the past, her handsome new neighbour Tom seems to offer her a bright future, but when his own dark secret is revealed, Kay feels hurt and betrayed. Can she ever forgive him?

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Shadowstory

Jennifer Johnston
Authors:
Jennifer Johnston

A compelling novel of complicated love, from one of Ireland's greatest living writers.It is the Second World War, and tragedy strikes many families in Ireland. But it is also a thrilling time in which to be a child and Polly, spending months at her grandparents' house by the sea, barely notices the adults' grief and their efforts to escape the tyranny of religion and family expectation. However, in time Polly too will have a secret. No one else knows the location of her beloved uncle, Sam, barely older than Polly herself, who is meant to be in Cambridge but is dreaming of Communist Cuba, while his decimated family fears losing another son. And, as Polly shyly approaches womanhood, her love for Sam turns into something more explosive.

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I'll Be Seeing You

Benita Brown
Authors:
Benita Brown

Village girl Linda Bellwood has always been in awe of the glamorous Hylton family. So when they hire her as companion to the grandmother, she's thrilled. However, when her friendship with the youngest son Florian blossoms into something more, the rest of the family are not so welcoming.Disowned and thrown out, Linda and Florian escape to the city and struggle to keep afloat in the depths of bohemian London. With Florian squandering their money on his far-fetched dreams of becoming a writer, their relationship begins to unravel. But then war is declared and their troubles seem to pale in comparison with the challenges ahead...

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Starlight and Dreams

Benita Brown
Authors:
Benita Brown

Benita Brown's brilliant new novel of celebrity, heartache and falling in love, set against the glamorous backdrop of 1940s LondonCarol Marshal regularly visits the magnificent Palais de Dance cinema, and spends her days dreaming of the glitz and magic of the movies. When Steve Douglas, an aerial photographer with the RAF, is demobbed and returns home, her past feelings for him resurface, but she realises that his heart belongs to another girl. Heartbroken, Carol is more determined than ever to follow her dreams, and enters a competition at the Palais to win a contract for a small part in a film. She is whisked off to London, and it isn't long before Carol is spotted by a talent scout. She also catches the eye of famous film star Paul Grainger who introduces her to the wild parties and celebrity lifestyle of swinging London. But a sudden, tragic accident turns Carol's world upside down...

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Going Places (The Hopkins Family Saga, Book 5)

Billy Hopkins
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Billy Hopkins

The Hopkins family embark on the biggest adventure of their lives... Billy Hopkins' Going Places is a fictionalised autobiography of family life in 1950s Manchester and Kenya. Perfect for fans of Lyn Andrews and Nadine Dorries. 'Going Places is the story of a family dealing with their dreams, new challenges and heartaches, and is sure to capture the imagination of all readers' - Huddersfield Daily Examiner It's 1950, and when Laura and Billy Hopkins return to Manchester from their honeymoon, they're in seventh heaven despite the austerity that has been going on since World War II. But the euphoria gradually evaporates and they settle into a penny-pinching existence on Billy's teaching salary, as babies and bills appear with alarming regularity. When Billy spots an advertisement for Education Officers in Kenya, it sounds like the answer to all their prayers, despite worries about the Mau Mau rebellion and the omnipresence of dangerous creatures. After much family debate, Laura, Billy and the junior Hopkins set off to Nairobi on a BOAC Argonaut and start on the biggest adventure of their lives... What readers are saying about Going Places: 'This author has a rare gift; he can have you laughing then virtually reduce you to tears, such is his power of communication''Packed with warmth, humour and a keen understanding of life''A really lively and refreshing read'

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The Good Thief

Hannah Tinti
Authors:
Hannah Tinti

Set in the wild, seamy and extremely strange America of the nineteenth century: a historical novel so richly involving and so touching that you never want it to end.Young Ren is missing his parents and a hand and doesn't know what happened to any of them. So he is beginning to fear that he will never be claimed from his cold New England orphanage: that his dream of a family - of a life - will come to nothing.But one day a glamorous stranger arrives at the orphanage. To Ren's astonishment, the charming Benjamin Nab says he is his brother, come to bring him home. And even when his stories grow more and more extraordinary, when he puts Ren's life in danger again and again and sets him first to theft and then to grave-robbing, Ren cannot quite abandon hope. That one day all the hunger and danger and unwanted excitement will be worth it, that he will find a family. But whether Benjamin is to be trusted is another story...

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Small Island

Andrea Levy
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Andrea Levy

It is 1948 in an England still shaken by war. At 21 Nevern Street, London, Queenie Bligh takes into her house lodgers who have recently arrived from Jamaica. What else could she do when her husband, Bernard, never returned from his RAF wartime posting to India? Among her tenants are Gilbert and his new wife Hortense. Gilbert Joseph was one of the several thousand Jamaican men who joined the RAF to fight against Hitler. Returning to England after the war he finds himself treated very differently now that he is no longer in a blue uniform. Desperation makes him remember a wartime friendship with Queenie and knock at her door. Hortense shared Gilbert's dream of leaving Jamaica and coming to England to start a better life. But when she at last joins her husband, she is shocked by London's shabbiness and horrified at the way the English live. Even Gilbert is not the man she thought he was.Queenie's neighbours do not approve of her choice of tenants, and neither would her husband, were he there. Through the stories of these people, SMALL ISLAND explores a point in England's past when the country began to change.

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Small Island: Winner of the 'best of the best' Orange Prize

Andrea Levy
Authors:
Andrea Levy

Small Island by bestselling author Andrea Levy won the Orange Prize for Fiction, as well as the Commonwealth Writers' Prize and the Whitbread. It is possibly the definitive fictional account of the experiences of the Empire Windrush generation. Now a major BBC drama starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Naomie Harris, its enduring appeal will captivate fans of Maya Angelou and Zadie Smith. 'A great read... honest, skilful, thoughtful and important' - GuardianIt is 1948, and England is recovering from a war. But at 21 Nevern Street, London, the conflict has only just begun. Queenie Bligh's neighbours do not approve when she agrees to take in Jamaican lodgers, but Queenie doesn't know when her husband will return, or if he will come back at all. What else can she do? Gilbert Joseph was one of the several thousand Jamaican men who joined the RAF to fight against Hitler. Returning to England as a civilian he finds himself treated very differently. It's desperation that makes him remember a wartime friendship with Queenie and knock at her door. Gilbert's wife Hortense, too, had longed to leave Jamaica and start a better life in England. But when she joins him she is shocked to find London shabby, decrepit, and far from the golden city of her dreams. Even Gilbert is not the man she thought he was...

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Emma Darwin

Edna Healey
Authors:
Edna Healey

Much has been written about Charles Darwin but this is the first biography of his strong, intelligent wife. Emma Wedgwood, granddaughter of the famous Josiah, married Charles Darwin in 1839, three years after he returned from his extraordinary voyage on the Beagle. Their life together was intellectually exciting though overshadowed by personal tragedy. Edna Healey has discovered new, and hitherto unpublished, material and has had the full support of the Darwin family in writing this major biography.

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The Railway Station Man

Jennifer Johnston
Authors:
Jennifer Johnston

Helen has retreated to the remote north-west coast of Ireland to paint the sea and the shore, and to be alone with her past. English war hero Roger Hawthorne has settled in the neglected railway station house nearby. Mutilated and sick at heart, with the help of a young lad he has begun painstakingly to restore the derelict branch line station. Soon Roger and Helen form a bond which, over gramophone music, dancing and champagne, deepens into love. But Helen, enjoying her first taste of happiness in years, is to learn just how brutally fleeting it can be.

Evie Blake, Author

Evie Blake Shares Her Hottest Reads

1. The Bride Stripped Bare by Nikki Gemmell My favourite contemporary erotic novel The Bride Stripped Bare is a finely crafted tale of a young wife and her sexual awakening. Suspecting her husband of infidelity she finds herself drawn to behaving in ways she never would have thought possible before. The book exposes her sexual needs and fantasies right down to the very core of her essence….thus stripping her bare. I love Nikki Gemmell’s pared down yet evocative writing style. She is also a journalist and the author of several fine literary novels. Interestingly when she first published The Bride Stripped Bare she did not reveal her identity. It is not so much the explicitness but the open and honest declarations of what a woman wants and needs sexually that at times comes across as shocking but rings so true. At the same time the novel is a love story as a new bride struggles to settle in her marriage. Since the book is written in the second person narrative it creates an intimate read. The Bride Stripped Bare is the first in a trilogy, and is followed by With My Body and I Take You. 2. Henry & June, From the Unexpurgated Diaries of Anaïs Nin Henry & June is not a novel, but writings taken from the diaries of Anaïs Nin in the early 1930s. The diary was not actually published until after her death in 1986. These writings document her passionate involvement both with the writer Henry Miller, and his beautiful wife June Mansfield. Through exquisite prose we enter deep inside Nin’s tortured mind, exploring her personal and sexual awakening, her desire and longing. Anaïs Nin is one of the finest erotic writers. She conveys longing on such a visceral level, yet so subtly through beautiful language and imagery. I have also read some of her short stories in The Delta of Venus, the content of most of which are extremely explicit and controversial. She was paid to write these stories for a client. Henry & June is less contrived and very much written straight from the heart. 3. The Country Girls Trilogy by Edna O’Brien Not strictly speaking an erotic novel nonetheless I have listed The Country Girls trilogy as these stories inspired me to explore writing explicit and controversial sex scenes in my own books when I started writing. I first read The Country Girls when I was fifteen and it had a huge impact upon me. The most powerful sensation when reading these books, in particular the first one, is the exploration of what is forbidden…immediately erotic and enticing for the reader. The Country Girls was written in 1959 and was condemned by the Irish Minister of Culture as a “smear on Irish womanhood.” The novel which deals with the sexual awakening of a young woman from a small village in the west of Ireland was immediately banned. Why? O’Brien was writing about sex and its repercussions in a way that is graphic, open and utterly unheard of in conservative, Catholic Ireland. Her first three novels follow the adventures of Caithleen and Baba as they flee their convent school in rural Ireland, find considerably older husbands in Dublin, and confront their failed marriages in London. Along the way, the girls conceive out of wedlock, have extramarital affairs and contract venereal disease. In my opinion it is a ground breaking work. 4. The Lover by Marguerite Duras There has been debate over whether Duras’ short novel about the love affair between a young white girl and a wealthy older Chinese man set in French Indochina in the late 1920s is actually erotic fiction. Written from the point of view of the girl as an older woman reminiscing (it is said that the book is part autobiographical) it is an intense tale of emerging adolescent sexual power. The 1992 film version of the book, first published in 1984, takes the suggested eroticism of the novel and articulates it in a beautiful evocation of the sensual life of their love affair. Originally supposed to write the screenplay, Duras fell out with the director Jean-Jacques Annaud and wrote another book The North Chinese Lover in response to the release of the film. The North Chinese Lover is a fuller telling of the original novel The Lover, including many new shocking details. Both these books and the film made a lasting impression on me. Another of Duras’ books is The Ravishing of Lol Stein, told in an even more experimental style it again explores female sexuality, the power of obsession and voyeurism. 5. The Secret Loves of Julia Caesar by Noelle Harrison This short novella is a companion book to the 2009 novel The Adulteress by Noelle Harrison, which itself contains intensely erotic passages within the narrative. Even so The Secret Loves of Julia Caesar can be read as a book in its own right. Abandoned on a desert island for her ‘crimes’, Julia Caesar, famed beauty, daughter of Emperor Augustus of Rome, has plenty of time to reflect on the events that have brought her here. Adultery, prostitution, forbidden love with her slave Phoebe. Based on a true story this is an exploration of sexuality and desire, combining the myths and history of Ancient Rome with sensual and explicit imagery. At its heart is one woman’s search for the nature of love, in all its glorious and terrible manifestations. Evie Blake is the author of the erotic and emotionally charged The Desires Unlocked Trilogy. The prequel, UNLOCK YOURSELF, is now available now for free as an e-short: http://amzn.to/1dm4oyG The final instalment in the trilogy, SURRENDER YOURSELF, publishes in January 2014. The first and second books in the trilogy were published in paperback under the titles VALENTINA and VALENTINA ON THE EDGE

Edna Healey

Edna Healey read English at Oxford and has lectured widely on literature and history. Her book LADY UNKNOWN, a biography of Angela Burdett-Coutts, received the Yorkshire Post Literary Award. She is married to former Labour Chancellor of the Exchequer Denis Healey.

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Blog: The Orange Prize Longlist

This morning we were thrilled to wake up to the news that Headline author Roopa Farooki has made it onto the 2012 Orange Prize longlist with her incredible book, THE FLYING MAN. Congratulations, Roopa!