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Laurie Frankel, author of Goodbye For Now, describes how social media inspired the concept behind her novel.

Laurie Frankel on Second Novels, Inspiration, and RePose

One of the things I always used to tell my students – no matter what the course, no matter what the assignment – is that all writing must have a point, something you want to say.

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Under a Brighter Sky

Wendy Robertson
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Wendy Robertson

A family feud and one fateful night result in tragedy... Under a Brighter Sky is a powerful and evocative saga by Wendy Robertson that tells the tale of two families, a bitter rivalry and the dramatic repercussions of one dark night. Perfect for fans of Rosie Goodwin and Katie Flynn.The Catholic Farrells and the non-conformist McNaughtons live in the same Durham mining village. It is only when the Farrells' Aunt Biddy arrives from Ireland that the two clans finally meet, albeit disastrously. After this meeting it is the McNaughtons who are forced to look after Aunt Biddy and although Greg's family is divided by Biddy's presence, his thoughts remain with Biddy's bright young niece, Shona Farrell. It's at Shona's insistence that they all spend Christmas together. But the events of Boxing Night, when Margaret McNaughton is found wandering the streets and a local prostitute is murdered, leaves the finger of guilt pointing at Tommo Farrell. Distraught, Shona follows Tommo's trail to Manchester, a trail which Douglas McNaughton is treading for reasons of his own... What readers are saying about Wendy Robertson: 'The gift of a true writer is in the telling of stories and characters that stay with you long after you close the book - and Wendy Robertson is one of those writers''A skilful, imaginative novelist''Five stars'

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The Long Journey Home

Wendy Robertson
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Wendy Robertson

In Singapore, a family are tested by the onset of the Second World War... The Long Journey Home is an unforgettable saga from Wendy Robertson of friendship, love and sacrifice during the Second World War. Perfect for fans of Harry Bowling and Dilly Court.'A spellbinding story - you'll find it hard to put down' - Sunderland EchoFor ten-year-old Sylvie Sambuck, Singapore seems a long way from the fighting of the Second World War. However the advancing Japanese army soon leads to a mass evacuation of the island but, as Sylvie's family begins to board their ship, there is no sign of Sylvie. Somehow, in the confusion, Sylvie finds refuge with her governess, Virginia Chen. But neither Virginia nor her family believe they will escape the Japanese internment camps, where Virginia may have to pay the ultimate price for Sylvie's survival. What readers are saying about The Long Journey Home: 'A superbly written book''This is the first book I've read in ages that made me want to go to bed early so I could read it in peace, and go to sleep late as I didn't want to put it down''Five stars'

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Honesty's Daughter

Wendy Robertson
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Wendy Robertson
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No Rest for the Wicked

Wendy Robertson
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Wendy Robertson

Will she have the courage to face her past...? When the bright lights of the theatre collide with the old values of a small community, the stage is quite literally set for a tale of passion, drama and tragedy in No Rest For the Wicked, a gripping saga from much-loved author Wendy Robertson. Perfect for fans of Rita Bradshaw and Rosie Goodwin.In the poverty-stricken years after the First World War, a travelling troupe of players arrives in the small Northern village of Bishop Auckland. With them is Pippa, a young French girl who has her own secrets. For her, and for so many of her companions, the troupe provides a sanctuary from the outside world. Protected by the lights, make-up and costumes, none of them notices what is going on underneath their very noses.But when something tragic happens in the town within days of Pippa's arrival, she is forced to start examining her old life and looking forward to a new one, no matter what the cost... What readers are saying about Wendy Robertson: 'The gift of a true writer is in the telling of stories and characters that stay with you long after you close the book - and Wendy Robertson is one of those writers''A skilful, imaginative novelist''Five stars'

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Family Ties

Wendy Robertson
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Wendy Robertson
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The Lavender House

Wendy Robertson
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Wendy Robertson
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Riches of the Earth

Wendy Robertson
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Wendy Robertson

In years of industrial change and the cataclysm of the Great War, the lives of two young people intertwine... In Riches of the Earth, Wendy Robertson writes a moving saga of two young people, whose happiness is blighted by family, tragedy and war. Perfect for fans of Katie Flynn and Dilly Court.'A powerful writer inspired by history, her much loved home region and her experience of working-class life at its poorest and most difficult' - Mail on Sunday1895, County Durham. The Laydon Joneses are new to Selby Street and appear to be just another Welsh family come to work the local mines. But Carodoc Laydon Jones, dour and unforgiving, is a force to be reckoned with, be it down the pit, at chapel or in his own house where he rules with an iron fist. His daughter Susannah has inherited his strength but is determined not to take on his bitterness. This is part of the reason she is deeply intrigued by Jonty Clelland, a young pacifist schoolmaster, who is everything her father is not. But just when it seems that the attraction between them might finally blossom into love, an unthinkable tragedy occurs... What readers are saying about Riches of the Earth: 'Superb characterisation adds to the wonderful, unfolding story''Five stars'

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A Dark Light Shining

Wendy Robertson
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Wendy Robertson

Just when she finds happiness, fate threatens to take it away... Wendy Robertson weaves a spellbinding saga in A Dark Light Shining - a tale of love, friendship and new beginnings. Perfect for fans of Rita Bradshaw and Dilly Court.'An intense and moving story set against the bitter squalor of the hunger-ridden thirties' - TodayBlighted by unemployment, County Durham's New Morven in the 1930s is for most a place to flee from. But eccentric Jenefer Loumis and her war-scarred husband are there by choice and when Fionnoula Montague meets them, she feels more alive than she has ever done. Jenefer Loumis seems to understand the young girl in a way her own tyrannical mother has never done. For it is Jenefer who knows what Finn is experiencing when she meets unemployed miner, Michael O'Toole. But after Finn is attacked, and Michael imprisoned, even Jenefer cannot stop Finn's decline. But then Jenefer has a plan that for a short time is to transport Finn to a world Jenefer herself once inhabited, a world of gloss and glitter that returns Finn to New Morven a very different young woman... What readers are saying about A Dark Light Shining: 'The gift of a true writer is in the telling of stories and characters that stay with you long after you close the book - and Wendy Robertson is one of those writers''A Dark Light Shining is rooted in real experiences, and has a heightened vitality and truthfulness''A skilful, imaginative novelist'

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Land of your Possession

Wendy Robertson
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Wendy Robertson
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Kitty Rainbow (Kitty Rainbow Trilogy, Book 1)

Wendy Robertson
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Wendy Robertson

An abandoned baby. A troubled childhood. A search for belonging. Kitty Rainbow is a gripping Victorian saga, and the first instalment of the Kitty Rainbow trilogy from Wendy Robertson, that follows a young woman's discovery of where her heart truly belongs. Perfect for fans of Cathy Sharp and Josephine Cox. When the soft-hearted, bare-knuckle fighter Ishmael Slaughter rescues an abandoned baby from the swirling River Wear, he knows that if he returns home with her his predatory employer will give the child short shrift - or worse. So it is to Janine Druce, a Scottish draperwoman with a dubious reputation but a child of her own that he takes the baby - whom he has christened Kitty Rainbow. Kitty grows up wild and stubborn in Janine's tough household but she is as fierce in her affections as she is in her hatreds. And she saves her greatest affection for Ishmael, the now ageing boxer who is the only link with her true parentage - apart from the scrap of blue cloth she was wrapped in when he found her. Eventually the cloth leads Kitty to her true origins - a discovery that shakes the very essence of her being - but eventually allows her to resume the life she so passionately embraces... What readers are saying about Kitty Rainbow: 'Wendy Robertson draws such a realistic picture of a town in the northeast of England in the nineteenth century''Peopled with strong characters, good and bad, rich and poor, that the reader endures Kitty's hardships and fights her battles with her, cheers when she wins and worries with Ishmael about what is to become of her''Five stars'

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Children of the Storm (Kitty Rainbow Trilogy, Book 2)

Wendy Robertson
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Wendy Robertson
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A Thirsting Land (Kitty Rainbow Trilogy, Book 3)

Wendy Robertson
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Wendy Robertson

The war may be over, but will they find peace? A Thirsting Land is the third and final instalment of the Kitty Rainbow Trilogy by Wendy Robertson, which sees Kitty's granddaughter, Kay, struggling to cope with the aftermath of the Second World War. Perfect for fans of Pam Evans and Nadine Dorries. 'Her most assured yet. It's a cross between the yarn-spinning style of Catherine Cookson and the powerful literary talent of Pat Barker' - Sunderland Echo1946: For the widowed young mother Kay Fitzpatrick, the return from the all-enveloping heat of wartime Alexandria to the chill of post-war England is both an alien experience and a homecoming. For Laurenz and Patrizia Gold, Jewish refugees scarred by their flight from Nazi-occupied Austria, the bleak repatriation camp outside Priorton represents a chance to establish new roots. While lonely Kay struggles to find an identity of her own in a town full of family history, Laurenz Gold's ruthless hunger will stop at nothing to make his new life a success. But, in a land slowly recovering from the exhaustion of war, will the tormented past which drives Laurenz so fiercely destroy the fragile hopes of those around him? What readers are saying about A Thirsting Land: 'Wendy Robertson has a wonderful way of interweaving all her very different characters, bringing them together from far and near and blending their stories' 'All emotions leap off the pages - joy, sadness, terror, sympathy, love, hate - making an absorbing read''Five stars'

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The Jagged Window

Wendy Robertson
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Wendy Robertson
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My Dark-Eyed Girl

Wendy Robertson
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Wendy Robertson

The power of friendship sees two young women through the tough times ahead... My Dark-Eyed Girl is an arresting, tender saga of two women's lives, loves and sorrows from much-loved author Wendy Robertson. Perfect for fans of Rosie Goodwin and Cathy Sharp.'Wendy's great strength, as well as the ability to tell a good story, is in the creation of her characters. These are real people with faults and strengths so we actually care about them... Wendy's style is deceptively easy' - Northern EchoAfter nursing in the Spanish Civil War, Susan is relieved to set foot on English soil again. By her side is a beautiful, young Spanish woman, Chichu, who has lost her whole family in the fight against Franco and only kept her own life by fleeing. But adjusting to life in England isn't easy; Chichu's foreign temperament is often met with suspicion, and Susan, who discovers that a tragic love affair has left her pregnant, also faces hostility. In desperation they return to Susan's childhood home, a farm on the Durham fells - now run by a reclusive farmer. But their peace is short-lived as the threat of the Second World War reaches the countryside and Chichu is interned. Unwillingly, Susan turns to Spanish War veteran Aaron Maichin for help, a man whom neither she nor Chichu ever trusted... What readers are saying about My Dark-Eyed Girl: 'Love, laughter and great characters''A great story with exceptional characters''Five stars'

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Demand (India Only)

Adrian Slywotzky With Karl Web, Er
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Adrian Slywotzky With Karl Web, Er

Demand is one of the few economic terms almost everyone knows. Demand drives supply. When demand rises, growth happens - jobs are created, the economy flourishes and society thrives. So goes the theory.It sounds simple, yet almost no one really understands demand, including the business owners, company leaders and policy makers who try to stimulate and satisfy it. Aimed at a business and general non-fiction readership, DEMAND is a book which searches for clues as to where demand really comes from, and why, and how we might control it.

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Playfair Cricket Annual 2011

Ian Marshall
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Ian Marshall

The 64th edition of the PLAYFAIR CRICKET ANNUAL reviews England's Ashes tour to Australia, the 2010 Test series against Pakistan and Bangladesh, as well as England's triumph in the ICC World Twenty20. The book is packed with all the essential information required to follow events on the cricket field, with unrivalled up-to-the-minute statistical detail on all first-class players registered in the UK at the time of press, including for the first time career bests in international T20 matches. There are fixture lists for the coming season, including 2nd XI and Minor Counties. It also features highlights of the 2010 summer and previews the 2011 Test series against Sri Lanka and India, plus full Test match, first-class and limited-overs international records.

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A Discovery of Witches

Deborah Harkness
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Deborah Harkness
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The Woman Who Drew Buildings

Wendy Robertson
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Wendy Robertson

A powerful portrayal of the unbreakable bond between a mother and her son.As Adam Matheve walks towards his mother's house, to see her for the first time in two years, he has just one hope - to forge the bond with her for which he's always yearned. Enigmatic Marie Matheve has spent her life indulging her passion for drawing buildings. Now, after a dangerous fall, she lies unconscious, her life slipping away. All Adam can do is wait in desperate hope for her recovery. But as time passes Adam begins to unravel the mystery of his mother's past and discovers how little he really knows about the woman who raised him.

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Sandie Shaw and the Millionth Marvell Cooker

Wendy Robertson
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Wendy Robertson
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Town Belles

Pamela Evans
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Pamela Evans