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Becoming Belle by Nuala O’Connor

Becoming Belle by Nuala O’Connor A witty and inherently feminist novel about passion and marriage, based on a true story of an unstoppable woman ahead of her time in Victorian London. In 1887, Isabel Bilton is the eldest of three daughters of a middle-class military family, growing up in a small garrison town. By 1891 she is the Countess of Clancarty, dubbed “the peasant countess” by the press, and a member of the Irish aristocracy. …

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To Catch a King: Charles II’s Great Escape by Charles Spencer

To Catch a King: Charles II’s Great Escape by Charles Spencer How did the most wanted man in the country outwit the greatest manhunt in British history? In January 1649, King Charles I was beheaded in London outside his palace of Whitehall and Britain became a republic. When his eldest son, Charles, returned in 1651 to fight for his throne, he was crushed by the might of Cromwell’s armies at the battle of Worcester. With …

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The Concubine’s Daughter by Pai Kit Fai

The Concubine’s Daughter by Pai Kit Fai In the bestselling tradition of Memoirs of a Geisha, a riveting saga of early twentieth-century China, where a mother and a daughter fight to realize their destinies in a world where women could still be bought and sold. Lotus Feet. He would give his daughter the dainty feet of a courtesan. This would enhance her beauty and her price, making her future shine like a new coin. He smiled …

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Crossing Allenby Bridge by Michael Looft

Crossing Allenby Bridge by Michael Looft Harry Stone lived an easy life… until the global financial crisis forced him to live with purpose. A personality ripe for metamorphosis and a career cut short plunge Harry into a soul-searching adventure across Asia and the Middle East, through the West Bank, and deep in the jungles of Java. Witnessing economic disparity in the developing world and confronting personal demons lead Harry to a life filled with human …

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The Crimson Ribbon by Katherine Clements

The Crimson Ribbon by Katherine Clements England 1646. The Civil War is raging and society turned upside down. What should be a rare moment of blessing for the town of Ely takes a brutal turn and Ruth Flowers is left with little choice but to flee the household of Oliver Cromwell, the only home she has ever known. On the road to London, Ruth sparks an uneasy alliance with a deserting soldier, the battle-scarred and …

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The Complete Patrick Melrose Novels by Edward St. Aubyn

The Complete Patrick Melrose Novels by Edward St. Aubyn Edward St. Aubyn has penned one of the most acclaimed series of the decade with the Patrick Melrose Novels. Now you can read all five novels in one volume: Never Mind, Bad News, Mother’s Milk, Some Hope, and At Last. By turns harrowing and hilarious, this ambitious novel cycle dissects the English upper class. Edward St. Aubyn offers his reader the often darkly funny and self-loathing world …

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The Beachcomber by Ines Thorn (The Island of Sylt Trilogy #2)

The Beachcomber by Ines Thorn (The Island of Sylt Trilogy #2) In the second epic novel of The Island of Sylt trilogy by bestselling author Ines Thorn, a young woman must fight to clear her family’s name in order to claim her true love. Germany’s North Sea Coast: The Island of Sylt, 1711 It’s the age of whaling and beachcombing, and life is hard on Sylt—especially for women forced to get by on their own. …

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The Whaler by Ines Thorn (The Island of Sylt Trilogy #1)

The Whaler by Ines Thorn (The Island of Sylt Trilogy #1) In the opening epic novel of The Island of Sylt trilogy by bestselling author Ines Thorn, a young woman must choose between love and poverty, or thrilling adventure and tormented passion. The Island of Sylt, 1764 Life in the windswept village of Rantum in the North Sea is fraught with peril and hardship. Most families must rely on arranged marriage just to survive. But …

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A Hero Born by Jin Yong (Legends of the Condor Heroes #1)

A Hero Born by Jin Yong (Legends of the Condor Heroes #1) China: 1200 A.D. The Song Empire has been invaded by its warlike Jurchen neighbours from the north. Half its territory and its historic capital lie in enemy hands; the peasants toil under the burden of the annual tribute demanded by the victors. Meanwhile, on the Mongolian steppe, a disparate nation of great warriors is about to be united by a warlord whose name …

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One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez

One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez

One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez One of the 20th century’s enduring works, One Hundred Years of Solitude is a widely beloved and acclaimed novel known throughout the world, and the ultimate achievement of a Nobel Prize winning career. The novel tells the story of the rise and fall of the mythical town of Macondo through the history of the family. It is a rich and brilliant chronicle of life and death, …

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A School for Fools by Sasha Sokolov

A School for Fools by Sasha Sokolov

A School for Fools by Sasha Sokolov By turns lyrical and philosophical, witty and baffling, A School for Fools confounds all expectations of the novel. Here we find not one reliable narrator but two “unreliable” narrators: the young man who is a student at the “school for fools” and his double. What begins as a reverie (with frequent interruptions) comes to seem a sort of fairy-tale quest not for gold or marriage but for self-knowledge. …

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Beneath a Scarlet Sky by Mark T. Sullivan

Beneath a Scarlet Sky by Mark T. Sullivan

Beneath a Scarlet Sky by Mark T. Sullivan Based on the true story of a forgotten hero, Beneath a Scarlet Skyis the triumphant, epic tale of one young man’s incredible courage and resilience during one of history’s darkest hours. Pino Lella wants nothing to do with the war or the Nazis. He’s a normal Italian teenager—obsessed with music, food, and girls—but his days of innocence are numbered. When his family home in Milan is destroyed …

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If on a Winter’s Night a Traveller by Italo Calvino

If on a Winter's Night a Traveller by Italo Calvino

If on a Winter’s Night a Traveller by Italo Calvino Italo Calvino’s masterpiece combines a love story and a detective story into an exhilarating allegory of reading, in which the reader of the book becomes the book’s central character. Based on a witty analogy between the reader’s desire to finish the story and the lover’s desire to consummate his or her passion, If On A Winter’s Night A Traveller is the tale of two bemused …

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The Arabian Nights by Sir Richard Burton

The Arabian Nights by Sir Richard Burton The Arabian Nights is your magic carpet ride to exotic lands full of wonders and marvels. First collected nearly a thousand years ago, these folktales are presented as stories that crafty Scheherazade tells her husband, King Shahryar, over a thousand-and-one consecutive nights, to pique his interest for the next evening’s entertainment and thereby save her life. Among them are some of the best-known legends of eastern storytelling, including …

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The Ninth Life of Louis Drax by Liz Jensen

The Ninth Life of Louis Drax by Liz Jensen

The Ninth Life of Louis Drax by Liz Jensen Nine-year-old Louis Drax is a problem child: bright, precocious, deceitful, and dangerously accident-prone. When he falls off a cliff during a picnic, the accident seems almost predestined. Louis miraculously survives — but the family has been shattered. Louis’ father has vanished, his mother is in shock, and Louis lies in a deep coma from which he may never emerge. In a renowned coma clinic, a specialist …

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Silence by Shūsaku Endō

Silence by Shūsaku Endō

Silence by Shūsaku Endō Father Rodrigues is an idealistic Portuguese Jesuit priest who, in the 1640s, sets sail for Japan on a determined mission to help the brutally oppressed Japanese Christians and to discover the truth behind unthinkable rumours that his famous teacher Ferreira has renounced his faith. Once faced with the realities of religious persecution Rodrigues himself is forced to make an impossible choice: whether to abandon his flock or his God. Winner of …

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Almost Transparent Blue by Ryū Murakami

Almost Transparent Blue by Ryū Murakami

Almost Transparent Blue by Ryū Murakami Almost Transparent Blue is a brutal tale of lost youth in a Japanese port town close to an American military base. Murakami’s image-intensive narrative paints a portrait of a group of friends locked in a destructive cycle of sex, drugs and rock’n’roll. The novel is all but plotless, but the raw and often violent prose takes us on a rollercoaster ride through reality and hallucination, highs and lows, in …

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Cousins’ War Series by Philippa Gregory

Cousins' War Series by Philippa Gregory

The White Queen (Cousins’ War, #1) Brother turns on brother to win the ultimate prize, the throne of England, in this dazzling account of the wars of the Plantagenets. They are the claimants and kings who ruled England before the Tudors, and now Philippa Gregory brings them to life through the dramatic and intimate stories of the secret players: the indomitable women, starting with Elizabeth Woodville, the White Queen. The White Queen tells the story …

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Conversation in the Cathedral by Mario Vargas Llosa

Conversation in the Cathedral by Mario Vargas Llosa

Conversation in the Cathedral by Mario Vargas Llosa A Haunting tale of power, corruption, and the complex search for identity, Conversation in The Cathedral takes place in 1950s Peru during the dictatorship of Manuel Apolinario Odría Amoretti. Over beers and a sea of freely spoken words, the conversation flows between two individuals, Santiago and Ambrosia, who talk of their tormented lives and of the overall degradation and frustration that has slowly taken over their town. …

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The Complete Works of Kate Chopin by Kate Chopin

The Complete Works of Kate Chopin by Kate Chopin

The Complete Works of Kate Chopin by Kate Chopin In 1969, Per Seyersted gave the world the first collected works of Kate Chopin. Seyersted’s presentation of Chopin’s writings and biographical and bibliographical information led to the rediscovery and celebration of this turn-of-the-century author. Newsweek hailed the two-volume opus — “In story after story and in all her novels, Kate Chopin’s oracular feminism and prophetic psychology almost outweigh her estimable literary talents. Her revival is both …

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