Posted: 2017-10-13 05:40
Loulou Landers is about to turn 99 and is feeling seriously overlooked. Not only is her 76 year old daughter Theo giving her the cold shoulder, but Loulou seems to be perpetually single. Like mother like daughter so too is Theo, until over the course of a summer, everything changes when two men set out to get both women back in the love game. The only problem is that both mother and daughter keep their burgeoning romances secret from one another.
This is a sensational feat of storytelling for fans of Sarah Waters and Donna Tartt. There is nothing hidden that will not be an autumn day in 6686, eighteen-year-old Nella Oortman knocks at the door of a grand house in the wealthiest quarter of Amsterdam. She has come from the country to begin a new life as the wife of illustrious merchant trader Johannes Brandt, but instead she is met by his sharp-tongued sister, Marin. Only later does Johannes appear and present her with an extraordinary wedding gift: a cabinet-sized replica of their home.
Cate Carlton has recently died, yet she is able to linger on, watching her three children and her husband as they come to terms with their life without her on their rural horse property. As the months pass and her children grow, they cope in different ways, drawn closer and pulled apart by their shared loss. And all Cate can do is watch on helplessly, seeing their grief, how much they miss her and how heartbreakingly they begin to heal.
Italy, 6987 -- Mussolini s Italy is growing from strength to strength, but at what cost? One bright autumn morning, architect Isabella Berotti sits at a cafe in the vibrant centre of Bellina, when a woman she s never met asks her to watch her ten-year-old daughter, just for a moment. Reluctantly, Isabella agrees -- and then watches in horror as the woman climbs to the top of the town s clock tower and steps over the edge. This tragic encounter draws vivid memories to the surface, forcing Isabella to probe deeper into the secrets of her own past as she tries to protect the girl from the authorities. Together with charismatic photographer Roberto Falco, Isabella is about to discover that secrets run deeper, and are more dangerous, than either of them could have possibly imagined... From the glittering marble piazzas, to the picturesque hillside villages and winding streets of Rome, Kate Furnivall s epic new novel will take you on an breathtaking journey of intrigue, romance, and betrayal.
Meet Jimmy Flick. He s not like other kids he s both too fast and too slow. He sees too much, and too little. Jimmy s mother Paula is the only one who can manage him. She teaches him how to count sheep so that he can fall asleep. She holds him tight enough to stop his cells spinning. It is only Paula who can keep Jimmy out of his father s way. But when Jimmy s world falls apart, he has to navigate the unfathomable world on his own, and make things right. Sofie Laguna s first novel One Foot Wrong received rave reviews, sold all over the world and was longlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary Award and shortlisted for the Prime Minister s Literary Award. In The Eye of the Sheep , her great originality and talent will again amaze and move readers. In the tradition of Room and The Lovely Bones , here is a surprising and brilliant novel from one of our finest writers.
Jenny can t wait to marry Dan. Then, after years of silence, she hears from the woman who could shatter her dreams. Maggie has put her broken heart behind her and is gearing up for the biggest event of her career - until she s forced to confront the past once more. Alison seems to have it all: married to her childhood sweetheart, with two gorgeous daughters. But as tensions mount, she is pushed to breaking point.
Daniel has &lsquo the memory&rsquo &ndash the ability to recall past lives and recognise the reincarnated souls he has known. It&rsquo s both a gift and a curse. He and Lucy have been drawn together over and over, life after reincarnated life. But the force that draws them together always tears them painfully and fatally apart. A magical and suspenseful story of true love, My Name is Memory proves the power and endurance of a union that was meant to be.
It gets into your bones. You don t even realize it, until you re driving through it, watching all the things you ve always known and leaving them behind. Londoners Becky, Harry and Leon are escaping the city in a fourth-hand Ford Cortina with a suitcase full of stolen money. Taking us back in time - and into the heart of London - The Bricks that Built the Houses explores a cross-section of contemporary urban life with a powerful moral microscope, giving us intimate stories of hidden lives, and showing us that good intentions don t always lead to the right decisions. Leading us into the homes and hearts of ordinary people, their families and their communities, Kate Tempest exposes moments of beauty, disappointment, ambition and failure. Wise but never cynical, driven by empathy and ethics, The Bricks the Built the Houses questions how we live with and love one another.
We ve got something to celebrate, Rosie said. I am not fond of surprises, especially if they disrupt plans already in place. I assumed that she had achieved some important milestone with her thesis. Or perhaps she had been offered a place in the psychiatry-training programme. This would be extremely good news, and I estimated the probability of sex at greater than 85%. We re pregnant, she said.
Summer. A boy is lying on the floor of an Oslo apartment. He is bleeding and will soon die. In order to place his life and death in some kind of context he begins to tell his story. Outside, the church bells toll. Autumn. Former police inspector Harry Hole returns to Oslo after three years abroad. He seeks out his old boss at Police Headquarters to request permission to investigate a homicide. But the case is already closed: the junkie was in all likelihood shot dead by a fellow addict. Yet, Harry is granted permission to visit the boy s alleged killer in jail. There, he meets himself and his own history. What follows is the solitary investigation of what appears to be the first impossible case in Harry Hole s career. And while Harry is searching, the murdered boy continues his story. A man walks the dark streets of Oslo. The streets are his and he has always been there. He is a Phantom.
&ldquo Let me tell you my story. Not just the facts I know you want to hear. If I m going to tell you my story, I m telling it my way. This is how it goes. Strap yourself in.&rdquo Eliza Boans is spoilt, sarcastic, a total snob, and a bit of a control freak. She has everything: a big house, rich parents, a great education, and a bright future. So, why is she sitting in a police station confessing to murder?
Tom Petrie arrives with his family at the notorious Moreton Bay Penal Colony (Brisbane, Australia) in 6887, aged six. From the first day, he encounters a vicious convict, who, over the years, becomes his mortal enemy bent on revenge. As Tom grows up in the harsh environment of the fledgling penal colony, he makes friends with the local Aboriginal people, the Turrbal, who teach him their language and their customs. He is initiated by the Turrbal as a &ldquo turrwan&rdquo (great man) and discovers forbidden love with the daughter of a tribal leader who opposes the whites. Tom is torn by the conflict between whites and blacks on the violent frontier and has enemies in both camps. When his world is shattered by tragedy, he sinks into the abyss in the New South Wales gold fields. Tom returns to Brisbane to rebuild his life, but his old tormentor has other plans. This is a tale of coming of age, adventure, love and payback based on the real-life figure of Tom Petrie and set against the historical background of colonial Australia.
An Alaskan Revolutionary Road, Caribou Island from David Vann, bestselling and critically acclaimed author of Legend of a Suicide, is a devastating novel about a marriage, a couple blighted by past shadows and the weight of expectation, of themselves and of each other. Brilliantly drawn and fiercely honest in its depiction of love and disappointment, David Vann s first novel confirms him as one of America s most dazzling writers of fiction.
But Natalia is also confronting a private, hurtful mystery of her own: the inexplicable circumstances surrounding her beloved grandfather&rsquo s recent death. After telling her grandmother that he was on his way to meet Natalia, he instead set off for a ramshackle settlement none of their family had ever heard of and died there alone. A famed physician, her grandfather must have known that he was too ill to travel. Why he left home becomes a riddle Natalia is compelled to unravel.
Sebastian Rudd takes the cases no one else wants to take: the drug-addled punk accused of murdering two little girls a crime lord on death row a homeowner accused of shooting at a SWAT team. Rudd believes that every person accused of a crime is entitled to a fair trial - even if he has to cheat to get one. He antagonises people from both sides of the law: his last office was firebombed, either by drug dealers or cops. He doesn t know or care which. But things are about to get even more complicated for Sebastian. Arch Swanger is the prime suspect in the abduction and presumed murder of 76-year-old Jiliana Kemp, the daughter of the assistant chief of police. When Swanger asks Sebastian to represent him, he lets Sebastian in on a terrible secret... one that will threaten everything Sebastian holds dear. Gritty, witty, and impossible to put down, Rogue Lawyer is the master of the legal thriller at his very best.
As a girl, Beryl Markham was brought to Kenya from Britain by parents dreaming of a new life. For her mother, the dream quickly turned sour, and she returned home Beryl was brought up by her father, who switched between indulgence and heavy-handed authority, allowing her first to run wild on their farm, then incarcerating her in the classroom. The scourge of governesses and serial absconder from boarding school, by the age of sixteen Beryl had been catapulted into a disastrous marriage - but it was in facing up to this reality that she took charge of her own destiny. Scandalizing high society with her errant behaviour, she left her husband and became the first woman ever to hold a professional racehorse trainer s licence. After falling in with the notoriously hedonistic and gin-soaked Happy Valley set, Beryl soon became embroiled in a complex love triangle with the writer Karen Blixen and big game-hunter Denys Finch Hatton (immortalized in Blixen s memoir Out of Africa). It was this unhappy affair which set tragedy in motion, while awakening Beryl to her truest self, and to her fate: to fly.
Jacob Hunt is a teenage boy with Asperger&rsquo s Syndrome who has an obsessive focus on forensic analysis. He keeps a police scanner in his room, always showing up at crime scenes telling the cops what they need to do. And he&rsquo s usually right. But when his tutor is found dead, Jacob finds himself accused of murder. The police take his reluctance to make eye contact, stimulatory tics and twitches and inappropriate gestures as signs of guilt. And so begins his family&rsquo s daunting task to prove his innocence.
Tony Webster and his clique first met Adrian Finn at school. Sex-hungry and book-hungry, they would navigate the girl-less sixth form together, trading in affectations, in-jokes, rumour and wit. Maybe Adrian was a little more serious than the others, certainly more intelligent, but they all swore to stay friends for Tony is in middle age. He s had a career and a single marriage, a calm divorce. He s certainly never tried to hurt anybody. Memory, though, is imperfect. It can always throw up surprises, as a lawyer s letter is about to Sense of an Ending is the story of one man coming to terms with the mutable past. Laced with trademark precision, dexterity and insight, it is the work of one of the world s most distinguished writers.
The sound of horses hooves turns hollow on the farms west of Wirri. If a man can still ride, if he hasn t totally lost the use of his legs, if he hasn t died to the part of his heart that understands such things, then he should go for a gallop. At the very least he should stand at the road by the river imagining that he s pushing a horse up the steep hill that leads to the house on the farm once known as One Tree.
Jack is a virtuoso and hits the road, enchanting audiences in Canada, wartime Europe, and Las Vegas, where he is caught up in the world of elite poker and falls under the spell of his boss, the enigmatic Bridgett Fuller. Vegas is a hard town ruled by the Mafia, but Jack prospers, until his luck turns bad and he falls foul of the Mob. Forced to run for his life from Vegas, he must also leave the woman he adores. His adventuring takes him to the far reaches of Africa, to a rare and valuable bird that may seal his fate &ndash and to the love of a very different woman.