A Room With a View
By E M Forster
Set partly in Florence, partly in the Surrey hills, A ROOM WITH A VIEW depicts the struggle for the soul of its enchanting heroine, Lucy Honeychuch. Forster's brilliant social comedy examines the English abroad and at home in the country as Lucy's sincere and passionate feelings are contrasted with her prudish cousin Charlotte, her supercilious fiancé and the unconventional Emersons.A Room with a View, originally published in 1908, was made into a Merchant/Ivory film starring Denholm Elliot, Maggie Smith, Helena Bonham-Carter, Judi Dench and Daniel Day Lewis.
A River Town
By Thomas Keneally
In turn-of-the-century Australia, Tim Shea supports his young family by running a general store in a remote riverside town, where he finds the same hypocrisy and snobbery which made him emigrate from Ireland, and suffers a series of misfortunes which take him to the brink of disaster. Capturing the spirit of the times, this is the mesmerising tale of a flawed hero whose stubborn integrity is nearly his undoing.
By Stephen King, Richard Bachman
By Richard Bachman, Stephen King
Wentworth, Ohio: a small friendly town where the Carver children bicker over sweets in the E-Z shop and writer Johnny Marinville is the only resident who minds his own business.On Poplar Street, apart from the impending storm, it's just a normal summer's day - with frisbees flying, law mowers humming and barbeques grilling. As the paperboy makes his round, he is unaware of the chrome red van idling up the hill.Soon the residents will be caught up in a game of wills as the regulators arrive in force to face a child whose powers of expression are just awakening...
By Libby Purves, Libby Purves
Sheila Harrison always looks forward to the descent of the summer visitors onto 'Seafret', her tall brick house right on the front at Blythney, in East Anglia. She loves the way her spare bedrooms are full, from June to September, with successive waves of children - schoolfriends of her own three and the waifs and strays sent by the Country Hosts' Association.But Sheila is not prepared for the upheaval caused by one young girl, Anansi, who arrives from a background that Sheila can only guess at. Urban, streetwise, knowing beyond her years, Anansi refuses to be patronised by Sheila's well-meaning attempts to make her feel at home. She looks at Sheila, her family and friends, with eyes unclouded by familiarity - and drops a bombshell. Even when the dust has settled, summers will never be the same again.
Requiem for the East
By Andreï Makine
Amid the ashes of the Soviet Union a Russian army doctor turned spy addresses the woman he loves - a fellow spy who has shared his shadowy life in Africa, Europe and the Middle East, but who has disappeared. The tale he unfolds spans three generations of his family, ordinary people caught up in the convulsions of the Russian empire in the twentieth century, from the civil war through the Second World War to beyond the fall of communism. It is a tale of brutality and soured dreams yet also one of altruism, tenacity and immense courage, written by a master.
By Lou Wakefield
Raising Happy Children
By Jan Parker And Jan Stimpson, Jan Stimpson, Jan Parker
From its first publication, Raising Happy Children has stood out as a different kind of parenting book. Breaking the mould of the 'one expert, one voice' childcare books, it is a brilliant synthesis of the latest research from a wide range of world-renowned professionals, together with the experiences of real parents and children. Unique in content and tone, its warm, funny, though-provoking and helpful advice has helped thousands of parents through the tough problems, contentious issues and crucial questions faced by everyone with children. Now one of the best-loved, leading parenting titles - praised by parents and professionals alike - this bestselling classic has just got better. Fully revised and expanded, it now offers: * An extended age-range (birth to 11 years)* The very latest insights into how parents can develop happy, healthy relationships with their children* More real-life examples from families who've hit problems and found solutions * Expanded sections on: - Understanding babies - Smack-free effective discipline - Behavioural problems - Emotional needs - Eating problems and how to avoid them - Lone parenting, divorce and family change - Communication in families - Sex & drugs education for pre-adolescents
By Daphne Du Maurier
Rebecca is widely regarded as Daphne du Maurier's finest novel. It tells the story of Manderley - an exquisite house with gardens down to the sea, its owner Max de Winter and his new young wife...and of course Rebecca. Abridged.
By Amanda Brookfield
The Harrison family gathers as usual for Christmas in their big Sussex house - a tight safe world of festivity and family ritual. This year, however, outside realities are pressing hard: Pamela and John, married for four decades, know that time is catching up with them. And trouble is brewing in the lives of their four children. Cassie, the cossetted youngest, is in the throes of an affair with a married man; Elizabeth, her awkward older sister, is struggling with a faltering second marriage; Peter, the eldest and designated inheritor of Ashley House, is beginning to meet resistance to such a prospect from his career-orientated wife. Only Charlie, the charming and carefree younger son, and his wife Serena, seem truly content, with nothing to worry about except their adolescent twin girls and the simpler teething troubles of their toddler.Everywhere the scent of change is in the air. Yet, change, when it comes, strikes in the form of a tragedy of the most unforeseeable and devastating kind. The family, so apparently secure, begins to unravel. And secrets, past and present, are exposed, laying bare the fragility of human happiness and the myriad faces of love in an imperfect world.
By Irene Carr
Orphaned at a young age, Rachel is left penniless and alone in the streets of turn-of-the-century Newcastle. In the depths of despair she is delighted to learn that her eccentric Uncle Joshua has left her his house in Sunderland. But it comes with a strict proviso: she must marry her sworn enemy Martin.Otherwise, her dangerous cousin Saul Gorman will inherit the lot. And Saul will stop at nothing to claim inheritance...
The Reluctant Landlady
By Bernadette Strachan
A wonderfully engaging and romantic comedy about Evie Crump and the residents of 18 Kemp Street...When struggling actress Evie Crump inherits a sprawling Victorian pile from an old family friend in Camden, it would seem to be a dream ticket for Evie and best-friend Bing to escape from the leaky-flat-from-hell. Except it comes with a proviso: she may not evict the existing tenants under any circumstances. There's Bernard, a recluse, who doesn't know how to boil an egg; unforthcoming single-mum Caroline; and the mysterious A P Warne of whom there is no sight. And try as she might to focus on reviving her acting career and her love life (without falling for the charms of her leading man), Evie simply can't resist getting involved in the lives of her new family...
Ready or Not?
By Chrissie Manby
Every bride is entitled to some pre-wedding jitters. And who wouldn't think twice about marriage when their fiancé gets their eyebrows shaved off just in time to look horrendous for the photographs?But what if it's not the ceremony that freaks you out but the happy ever after? Heidi Savage wonders whether she can really forsake all others for macho, beer-swilling Ed. The what-if's are too pressing to ignore...Will the answer come in the form of her ex-boyfriend Steven? Grown-up, gorgeous and good-with-children. Is Heidi's dilemma simply a case of the 'grass is greener on the other side'?Praise for Chris Manby'Dry wit that sits just beneath the surface...A delicious read' - Daily Mail'Nothing short of brilliant' - Marie Claire
Running Away From Richard
By Chrissie Manby
Recently graduated from drama school, Lizzie Jordan is looking forward to a glittering career at the RSC. She's also looking forward to the next step in her relationship: becoming Mrs Richard Adams (Lizzie just knows that her artist boyfriend is about to propose any day now). So how does Lizzie, just one month later, find herself sharing a cockroach-infested house in Venice Beach, California, working as a waitress in a transvestite bar, and pretending to be the fiancee of one of the biggest directors in Hollywood? Why does life never seem to work out the way Lizzie Jordan planned?Praise for Chrissie Manby'A great novel for anyone who's ever been dumped' - Company'A fun romp' - Woman's Way
Rites of Spring
By Jessica Duchen
This isn't where we started out. This isn't what we wanted or intended. How did we come to this? Adam and Sasha appear to have it all: a pleasant home, demanding careers and three bright children. But underneath, the pressures of modern living are taking an unendurable toll. When Adam, under extreme strain, breaks a longstanding promise to his wife, their relationship begins to crumble. Liffy, their innocent, ballet-obsessed thirteen-year-old, is caught in the middle. Her parents are too occupied with their own troubles to notice that she is struggling. Adam battles with grief, while high-flying Sasha tries to juggle her work with caring for her small twin sons. As Liffy finds herself drifting away, the Levys spiral towards tragedy. Somsone has to make a sacrifice, but the cost could be too much to bear...
By Audrey Howard
Rose Alley is one of the city's worst slums - a place where hunger, filth and violence are a way of life. It's no place for proud Queenie Logan and her daughter Gillyflower.And it seems Queenie's dreams of escape will come true. Transformed by Miss Hunter's School for Girls, Gilly opens a successful dressmaking shop. And though she always thought she would marry the boy next door, soon she is courted by one of the richest young men in the city.But they have made a terrible enemy, who lurks in the Liverpool slums and seeks his chance to destroy them. And in the respectable new world they have joined someone else will prove even more dangerous to Gilly and those she loves.
By Simon Conway
In a war of lies, the truth can kill.Jonah Said is a loner and a troublemaker, shipped off by the British army to work with the UN in the buffer zone between Kuwait and Iraq, because they want him out of harm's way.Big mistake.From the minute he lands, Jonah becomes drawn into a deadly spiral of corruption and conspiracy involving Russians, Americans, Arabs and Brits - and none of them tells the truth.And the truth is more dangerous than even Jonah can imagine.
By Sandra Brown
Number One New York Times bestselling author Sandra Brown returns with another suspenseful thrillerHer husband's pride and joy, Elise Laird is a trophy wife ten years his junior. Rumour has it that she married him for his money. They couldn't be more wrong. When detectives Duncan Hatcher and DeeDee Bowen are summoned to the sumptuous home of Judge Laird in the middle of the night, they know that discretion is key to their investigation - and to keeping their jobs. Elise has shot and killed a burglar in self-defence, but there is something suspicious about the whole affair. Determined to learn the truth, Duncan puts his career - and his integrity - in jeopardy. Then Elise seeks him out and makes an incredible allegation. His first instinct is to dismiss it as the lie of a guilty suspect but then Elise goes missing . . . Praise for Sandra Brown 'Suspense that has teeth' Stephen King 'Lust, jealousy, and murder suffuse Brown's crisp thriller' Publishers Weekly 'An edge-of-the-seat thriller that's full of twists . . . Top stuff!' Star
Riders of the Purple Sage
By Zane Grey
The canyons and sage plains of Utah have a dangerous beauty. Skilled riders must go out every day and night to protect the herds and the homesteads from cattle rustlers. Stories of a masked man and a lone gunman looking for vengeance have spread across Utah. There has long been a feud between Gentiles and Mormons. A feud that Jane Withersteen, daughter of the man who founded the Mormon settlement of Cottonwood, chooses to ignore. When Mormon Elder Tull discovers that the woman he means to make one of his wives has offered hospitality to an outsider he vows vengeance but he underestimates her courage and the determination of the riders of the plains.
Roses For Rebecca
By Margaret Kaine
An enthralling story of love, tragedy and renewal set in East London and the Potteries as England recovers from World War II. Rebecca Lawson, orphaned and homeless, returns to London to live and work with her aunt and uncle at the Unicorn, their pub in the East End. Then one fateful day, Ian Beresford walks into the bar, and eighteen-year-old Rebecca, longing for security and a home of her own, falls deeply in love. But Ian, so sensitive and caring, disappears and Rebecca discovers to her horror that she's pregnant. Frantic with worry, she travels to his family home in Stoke-on-Trent to try and find him. But awaiting her is the shocking news of an appalling tragedy. Once again Rebecca struggles to pick up the shattered pieces of her life, and makes the difficult and brave decision to keep her baby. Despite scandal, prejudice and her own heartbreak, can she put the past behind her and find happiness after all?