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  • THE PERFECT BOOK GROUP SUMMER READ FROM BEST-SELLING AUTHOR OF THE ENGAGEMENTS AND MAINE 'I LOVED IT' Meg Wolitzer, author of The Female Persuasion 'CAPTIVATING, WISE AND LAUGH-OUT-LOUD FUNNY' Ann Napolitano, author of Dear Edward Elisabeth, an accomplished journalist and new mother, is struggling to adjust to life in a small town after nearly twenty years in New York City . Alone in the house with her infant son all day (and awake with him much of the night), she feels uneasy, adrift. She neglects her work, losing untold hours to her Brooklyn moms' Facebook group, her "influencer" sister's Instagram feed, and text messages with the best friend she never sees anymore. Enter Sam , a senior at the local women's college, whom Elisabeth hires to babysit. Sam is struggling to decide between the path she's always planned on and a romantic entanglement that threatens her ambition. She's worried about student loan debt and what the future holds. In short, they grow close. But when Sam finds an unlikely kindred spirit in Elisabeth's father-in-law, the true differences between the women's lives become starkly revealed and a betrayal has devastating consequences. A masterful exploration of motherhood, power dynamics, and privilege in its many forms, Friends and Strangers reveals how a single year can shape the course of a life.

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  • @00000400@@00000327@'An irresistible, compelling read' Fiona Davis, author of @00000373@The Chelsea Girls@00000155@@00000133@@00000341@@00000327@@00000373@@00000155@@00000133@@00000341@@00000327@@00000373@IN THE DARKNESS OF WAR, THE LIGHT OF BOOKS@00000155@@00000133@@00000341@@00000327@@00000133@@00000341@@00000327@PARIS, 1939@00000133@@00000341@Odile Souchet is obsessed with books, and working at the American Library in Paris for the formidable director Dorothy Reeder is all she has ever dreamed of. The Library and its thriving community of students, writers, diplomats and book lovers provide her with a safe haven. When war is declared, the Library is determined to remain open. But then the Nazis invade Paris, and everything changes. The Nazi 'Library Protector' changes the rules overnight, declaring a war on words and making the librarians risk their lives to do their jobs.@00000163@@00000400@Under the courageous guidance of Miss Reeder, Odile and her fellow librarians defy the authorities to make sure all their subscribers, even those deemed no longer desirable, get access to books and remain part of their community, whatever the cost.@00000163@@00000400@Choices as black and white as the words on a page become a murky shade of grey - choices that will put many of the wrong side of history, and the consequences of which will echo for decades to come.@00000163@@00000400@@00000327@@00000373@The Paris Library @00000155@illuminates a seldom-seen slice of history: the role of women and their fate during the war. It also recounts the consequences of unspeakable betrayal, when the people we count on for understanding and protection fail us. @00000133@@00000163@

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  • From the bestselling author of The Keeper of Lost Things and The Wisdom of Sally Red Shoes - a novel of mothers and daughters, families and secrets and the astonishing power of friendship. Tilly was a bright, outgoing little girl who liked playing with ghosts and matches. She loved fizzy drinks, swear words, fish fingers and Catholic churches, but most of all she loved living in Brighton in Queenie Malone's magnificent Paradise Hotel with its endearing and loving family of misfits - staff and guests alike. But Tilly's childhood was shattered when her mother sent her away from the only home she'd ever loved to boarding school with little explanation and no warning. Now, Tilda has grown into an independent woman still damaged by her mother's unaccountable cruelty. Wary of people, her only friend is her dog, Eli. But when her mother dies, Tilda goes back to Brighton and with the help of her beloved Queenie sets about unravelling the mystery of her exile from The Paradise Hotel and discovers that her mother was not the woman she thought she knew at all ... Mothers and daughters ... their story can be complicated ... it can also turn out to have a happy ending. ***PRAISE FOR RUTH HOGAN*** 'Hogan's work is filled with hope and the power of friendship' Evening Standard 'Hogan writes welcoming prose that makes reading a joy' Stylist 'The Up-Lit Queen' Sunday Post ' One of the stars of up-lit' Radio Times

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  • Ask yourself - Do I need it? Do I love it? Do I use it? Bestselling author and happiness expert Gretchen Rubin explores one of her key secrets to happiness : that, for most of us, outer order leads to inner calm . A messy desk or a cluttered cupboard might seem like a trivial matter, yet Rubin has found that by simply organising our stuff, we free up space for what we truly value (in our lives and in our homes). This new, beautifully packaged gift book with over 150 concrete ideas approaches the problem of how to best organise our possessions with Gretchen Rubin's characteristic clarity and humour, explaining how to: 'Make Choices', 'Create Order', 'Know Yourself - and Others', 'Cultivate Helpful Habits' and, of course, 'Add Beauty'. Leading on from both Happiness at Home and The Four Tendencies this book is filled with practical insights, clear strategies and sometimes surprising tips, and will help readers find what works best for them to regain control to lead happier, healthier, more productive, and more creative lives . ***PRAISE FOR THE FOUR TENDENCIES *** 'There's something rather profound going on here: an advancing of self-knowledge, and mutual human understanding, which could surely be harnessed as a recipe for world peace' Daily Telegraph 'A genius' Guardian 'If you want to change anything in your life, you need Gretchen Rubin' Viv Groskop, journalist and Rebel 'I love Gretchen Rubin - she helps me understand both myself and the people around me' Cathy Rentzenbrink, Obliger and bestselling author of The Last Act of Love

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  • 'Captivating . . . I dare you not to dive right in' Paula McClain, New York Times bestselling author of The Paris Wife 'Nothing short of mesmerising' Kirkus 'This is a wonderful book! Fowler's portrait is so nuanced, so complicated by context, and so informed by her own capacious generosity that we can't help being drawn in' Karen Joy Fowler, author of We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves 'A must-read masterpiece' Caroline Leavitt, New York Times bestselling author of Pictures of You OUTSPOKEN. BRAVE. BRILLIANT. FIERCE. Alva Smith , her Southern family destitute after the Civil War , married into one of America's great Gilded Age dynasties: the newly wealthy but socially shunned Vanderbilts . Ignored by New York's old-money circles and determined to win respect, she designed and built nine mansions, hosted grand balls, and arranged for her daughter to marry a duke. But Alva also defied convention for women of her time, asserting power within her marriage and becoming a leader in the women's suffrage movement. With a nod to Jane Austen and Edith Wharton , Therese Anne Fowler paints a glittering world of enormous wealth contrasted against desperate poverty, of social ambition and social scorn, of friendship and betrayal, and an unforgettable story of a remarkable woman. GOOD BEHAVIOUR WILL ONLY GET A WOMAN SO FAR. OPTIONED BY SONY PICTURES TELEVISION * PRAISE FOR Z: A NOVEL OF ZELDA FITZGERALD, A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER* 'Brilliant. Read it, read it, read it' Daily Mail 'Superb' Independent on sunday 'Utterly compulsive reading' Stylist 'A treat' Sunday Times

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  • 'SUPERB...BEAUTIFULLY WRITTEN...UNFORGETTABLE' FT Weekend 'GLASFURD IS A SKILFUL WRITER' Sunday Times 'RICH, INTRICATE, IMPRESSIVELY REALISED' Observer 'VIVID, VIBRANT, HARD TO PUT DOWN' Hilary Spurling, author of Matisse the Master 'INGENIOUS AND ABSORBING' Kirsty Wark, author of The Legacy of Elizabeth Pringle 'ASTONISHING, RIVETING, MASTERFUL, POETIC' Emily Rapp, author of The Still Point of the Turning Worl 'A WORLDWIDE CANVAS BROUGHT TO LIFE IN VIVID, HEARTBREAKING DETAIL' Marianne Kavanagh, author of For Once In My Life 1815, Sumbawa Island, Indonesia Mount Tambora explodes in a cataclysmic eruption, killing thousands. Sent to investigate, ship surgeon Henry Hogg can barely believe his eyes. Once a paradise, the island is now solid ash, the surrounding sea turned to stone. But worse is yet to come: as the ash cloud rises and covers the sun, the seasons will fail. 1816 In Switzerland, Mary Shelley finds dark inspiration. Confined inside by the unseasonable weather, thousands of famine refugees stream past her door. In Vermont, preacher Charles Whitlock begs his followers to keep faith as drought dries their wells and their livestock starve. In Suffolk, the ambitious and lovesick painter John Constable struggles to reconcile the idyllic England he paints with the misery that surrounds him. In the Fens, farm labourer Sarah Hobbs has had enough of going hungry while the farmers flaunt their wealth. And Hope Peter, returned from the Napoleonic wars, finds his family home demolished and a fence gone up in its place. He flees to London, where he falls in with a group of revolutionaries who speak of a better life, whatever the cost. As desperation sets in, Britain becomes beset by riots - rebellion is in the air. The Year Without Summer is the story of the books written, the art made; of the journeys taken, of the love longed for and the lives lost during that fateful year. Six separate lives, connected only by an event many thousands of miles away. Few had heard of Tambora - but none could escape its effects.

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  • MAIDEN VOYAGES

    Sian Evans

    A VIVID PORTRAIT OF WOMEN'S LIVES DURING THE GOLDEN AGE OF TRANSATLANTIC TRAVEL Before convenient air travel, transatlantic travel was the province of the great ocean liners and never more so than in the glory days of the interwar years. It was an extraordinary undertaking made by many women. Some travelled for leisure, some for work; others to find a new life, marriage, to reinvent themselves or find new opportunities. Their stories have remained largely untold - until now. Maiden Voyages is a fascinating portrait of these women, and their lives on board magnificent ocean liners as they sailed between the old and the new worlds. The ocean liner was a microcosm of contemporary society, divided by class: from the luxury of the upper deck, playground for the rich and famous, to the cramped conditions of steerage or third class travel. These iconic liners were filled with women of all ages, classes and backgrounds: celebrities and refugees, migrants and millionairesses, aristocrats and crew members. Full of incredible gossip, stories and intrigue, Maiden Voyages has a diverse cast of inspiring women - from A-listers like Josephine Baker , a dancer from St Louis who found fame in Paris, Marlene Dietrich and Wallis Simpson, Violet 'the unsinkable' Jessop , a crew member who survived the sinking of the Titanic, and entrepreneur Sibyl Colefax , a pioneering interior designer. Whichever direction they were travelling, whatever hopes they entertained, they were all under the spell of life at sea, a spell which would only break when they went ashore. Maiden Voyages is a compelling and highly entertaining account of life on board: part dream factory, part place of work, independence and escape - always moving.

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  • An extraordinary novel of revolution and rebellion, art and politics, and the richness of ordinary lives from the author of The Words in My Hand. 1815, Sumbawa Island. Mount Tambora explodes in a cataclysmic eruption, killing thousands. Sent to investigate, ship surgeon Henry Hogg can barely believe his eyes. Once a paradise, the island is now solid ash, the surrounding sea turned to stone. But worse is yet to come: as the dust cloud rises and covers the sun, the seasons will fail. 1816. In Switzerland, Mary Shelley finds dark inspiration during a summer of incessant rain, imprisoned indoors as hordes of refugees flood past. In Vermont, meanwhile, preacher Charles Whitlock begs his followers to keep faith as drought dries their wells and their livestock starve. And in Britain, snow falls in August. The ambitious and lovesick painter John Constable struggles to reconcile the idyllic England he paints with the misery that surrounds him. Farm labourer Sarah Hobbes has had enough of going hungry while the farmers flaunt their wealth. And Hope Peter, returned from war, finds his family home demolished and a fence in its place. He flees to London, where he falls in with a group of visionaries who speak of a better life, whatever the cost. And as desperation sets in, Britain becomes racked with riots - revolution is in the air. Weaving together the fates of these six characters, A Year Without Summer is a stunning novel about hope, despair, and shared humanity.

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  • 'In my study of happiness, I've realised that, for most of us, outer order contributes to inner calm.' In the context of a happy life, a messy desk or a crowded wardrobe is a trivial problem - yet Gretchen Rubin found that getting control of our stuff makes us feel more in control of our lives. Ask yourself: DO I NEED IT? DO I LOVE IT? DO I USE IT? With 150 concrete clutter-clearing ideas, insights, strategies, and sometimes surprising tips, Gretchen tackles the key challenges of creating outer order by explaining how to 'make choices', 'create order', 'know yourself', 'cultivate useful habits' and, of course, how to 'add beauty'. At home, at work, and in life, when we get our possessions under control, we can create a more serene environment. With a sense of fun, and a clear idea of what's realistic for most people, Gretchen suggests dozens of manageable steps to help us achieve the lives we yearn for. ***PRAISE FOR THE FOUR TENDENCIES *** 'There's something rather profound going on here: an advancing of self-knowledge, and mutual human understanding, which could surely be harnessed as a recipe for world peace' Daily Telegraph 'A genius' Guardian 'If you want to change anything in your life, you need Gretchen Rubin' Viv Groskop, journalist and Rebel 'I love Gretchen Rubin - she helps me understand both myself and the people around me' Cathy Rentzenbrink, Obliger and bestselling author of The Last Act of Love

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  • Following the success of the original Zoo Quest expeditions, in the late 1950s onwards the young David Attenborough embarked on further travels in a very different part of the world. From Madagascar and New Guinea to the Pacific Islands and the Northern Territory of Australia, he and his cameraman companion were aiming to record not just the wildlife, but the way of life of some of the indigenous people of these regions, whose traditions had never been encountered by most of the British public before. From the land divers of Pentecost Island and the sing-sings of New Guinea, to a Royal Kava ceremony on Tonga and the ancient art of the Northern Territory, it is a journey like no other. Alongside these remarkable cultures he encounters paradise birds, chameleons, sifakas and many more animals in some of the most unique environments on the planet. Written with David Attenborough's characteristic charm, humour and warmth, Journeys to the Other Side of the World is an inimitable adventure among people, places and the wildest of wildlife.

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