Hamilton, Patrick Hangover Square London 1939, and in the grimy publands of Earls Court, George Harvey Bone is pursuing a helpless infatuation with Netta who is cool, contemptuous and hopelessly desirable to George. George is adrift in hell, until something goes click in his head and he realizes that he must kill her. Harris, Joanne Chocolat An exotic stranger opens a chocolate boutique in a French village at the beginning of Lent, the traditional season for self denial, dividing the community and causing a conflict that escalates into a "Church not Chocolate" battle. Harris, Joanne Gentlemen and Players The place is St Oswald's, an old and long established boys' grammar school in the north of England. A new year has just begun, and for the staff and boys of the School, a wind of unwelcome change is blowing. Suits, paperwork and Information Technology rule the world, and Roy Straitley, Latin master, eccentric, and veteran of St Oswald's, is finally, reluctantly, contemplating retirement. But beneath the little rivalries, petty disputes and everyday crises of the school, a darker undercurrent stirs. And a bitter grudge, hidden and carefully nurtured for thirteen years is about to erupt. Harrison, Noelle A Small Part of Me Christina’s mother walked out on her when she was just six years old. Now in her early thirties Christina has reached a desperate crossroads as a mother herself and goes on the run with her youngest child, in a bid to find her mother, Greta, and sanctuary from her husband and family. At times challenged and inspired by her new alien environment, Christina returns to memories of her childhood. A Small Part of Me is a beautifully evocative novel about love lost, the complexity of parental love, the innocence of the love of a child, and the possibility of finding a love mirror for our souls in another human being.
Heller, Mandasue The Charmer Maria Price has inherited a large house in the best part of Manchester and more money than she ever dreamed of. An orphan since her mother died when she was only eleven years old, she has survived the care system and thought she would never have a family or security again. Then she meets Joel Parry. Handsome, considerate, charming and a wonderful lover. But Joel isn't what he seems to be. He's deep in Manchester's drug scene. And his terrifying past is about to catch up with him and the naive girl who trusts him. Hislop, Victoria The Island Alexis longs to find out about her mother's past. But Sofia has never spoken of it. All she admits to is growing up in a small Cretan village before moving to London. On her first visit there, Alexis discovers Plaka is opposite the small, deserted island of Spinalonga. She's astonished to read that it used to be Greece's leper colony. When she meets an old friend of Sofia's, who agrees to tell the full story of Alexis's family, she finds out they were deeply connected with Spinalonga - and that the tragic secrets of the past can hold enormous power over the future... Hoblyn, Alison The Scent of Water History repeats itself, so they say. Perhaps it has to because nobody listens! Ellie, an artist in her middle age, needs to live her life in a new way after the death of her husband. Feeling fearful but doing it anyway, she enrols on a garden course in Tuscany one spring. Ellie comes to find that the universal truths still hold a potent relevance. Homes A. M. This Book Will Save Your Life Richard Novak is a modern day Everyman, a middle aged divorcee trading stocks out of his home. He has done such a good job getting his life under control that he needs no one - except his trainer, nutritionist, and housekeeper. He is functionally dead and doesn't even notice until an attack of intense pain that lands him in the emergency room, and the discovery of an expanding sinkhole outside his house. A vivid, revealing novel about compassion, and what can happen if you are willing to lose yourself and open up to the world around you.