Hamnet is a story of the bond betweentwins, and of a marriage pushed tothe brink by grief. It is a tender andunforgettable reimagining of a boy whoselife has been all but forgotten, but whosename was given to one of the mostcelebrated plays ever written, from amaster storyteller.Exclusive Offer: Purchase a copy ofHamnet and receive FREE gift wrap.*While stocks last.HAMNETMaggieO'FarrellPaperbackRRP $32.99A THOUSANDMOONSSebastian BarryPaperback RRP $32.99Told in SebastianBarry's gorgeous, lyricalprose, A ThousandMoons is a powerful,moving study of onewoman's journey, of herdetermination to writeher own future, and ofthe enduring human capacity for love. Even whenyou come out of bloodshed and disaster, in theend you have got to learn to live.MY DARK VANESSAKate ElizabethRussellPaperback RRP $29.99Vanessa Wye was fifteenyears-oldwhen she firsthad sex with her Englishteacher. Now thirty-two,she is quite certain thatthe relationship she hadwith Strane wasn't abuse.It was love. Wasn't it?Nuanced, uncomfortable, bold and powerful,My Dark Vanessa goes straight to the heart ofsome of the most complex issues our age.A STRANGE COUNTRYMuriel BarberyPaperback RRP $29.99May release,advance orders welcomeDuring the longest warhumankind has endured,two young Spanish officersabandon their post to followthe charismatic Petrusacross a bridge only hecan see.An ode to the power of the imagination, the sequelto The Life of Elves echoes our own global borderdisputes and climate disaster.MAMMOTHChris FlynnPaperback RRP $29.99May release,advance orders welcomeNarrated by a 13,000-yearoldextinct mammoth, this isthe (mostly) true story of howa collection of prehistoriccreatures came to be on saleat a natural history auction inNew York in 2007. A funnyand fascinating journey from the Pleistocene epochto nineteenth-century America and beyond.Thrilling ReadsTHE LONGSHADOWAnne BuistPaperbackRRP $32.99May release,advance orderswelcomeTRACE ELEMENTSDonna LeonPaperback RRP $32.99A woman’s cryptic dyingwords in a Venetian hospicelead Guido Brunetti touncover a threat to theentire region in DonnaLeon’s haunting twentyninthBrunetti novel.As she has done so oftenthrough her memorablecharacters and storytelling skill, Donna Leon onceagain engages our sensibilities as to the differencesbetween guilt and responsibility.CAMINO WINDSJohn GrishamPaperback RRP $32.99May release,advance orders welcomeThere's trouble in paradise.Following his no 1 SundayTimes bestselling novelCamino Island, JohnGrisham returns with novelistheroine Mercer Mann.Murder and intrigue combinein a breathless thriller set on a hurricane-lashedFlorida island.Psychologist Isabel Harris has come to theoutback town of Riley with her husbandand toddler. Isabel will run a mother–babytherapy group. But on the first day shegets an anonymous note from one of themothers: The baby killer is going to strikeagain. Soon.Could the threat be serious? A child wasmurdered in Riley once before. As Isabeldiscovers more about the mothers in hergroup, she begins to believe the twentyfive-year-oldmystery of a baby’s death maybe the key to preventing another tragedy.4 Gifts, Reviews & SpecialsWE BEGINAT THE ENDChris WhitakerPaperback RRP $29.99May release,advance orders welcomeWith the staggeringintensity of JamesLee Burke and theabsorbing narrative ofJane Harper's The Dry,We Begin at the End isa powerful novel about absolute love and thelengths we will go to keep our family safe.This is a story about good and evil and how lifeis lived somewhere in between.HITLER'S PEACEPhilip KerrPaperback RRP $32.99A gripping alternativehistory thriller from thebestselling author of theBernie Gunther novels.Autumn 1943. Hitler knowshe cannot win the war: nowhe must find a way to makepeace. FDR and Stalin arewilling to negotiate; onlyChurchill refuses to listen. The upcoming AlliedTehran conference will be where the next steps -whatever they are - will be decided.
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