Fiction

Season to Taste: How to Eat Your Husband-Natalie Young

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Always let the meat rest under foil for at least ten minutes before carving...Meet Lizzie Prain. Ordinary housewife. Fifty-something. Lives in a cottage in the woods, with her dog Rita. Likes cooking, avoids the neighbours. Runs a little business making cakes. No one has seen Lizzie's husband, Jacob, for a few days. That's because last Monday, on impulse, Lizzie caved in the back of his head with a spade.

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Michail Anthis - Sparklepoop

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For some baffling reason, once a week, the gut of genteel Timo produces a priceless diamond. He himself is unaware of it. As the secret spreads, everyone rushes to buy property near his, to build a house and connect to his sewer system. Within months, an urban universe is created, with the "appropriate" life of the upper city being reflected in a second, subterranean, lower city, where greed, envy, vanity and excrement vie for dominance.

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Sookfong Lee-Better Mother

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From a master of family dynamics comes this vivid tale of two misfits who find each other while stumbling toward their own true identities. In 1958, eight-year-old Danny Lim has been sent to buy cigarettes for his father, when he realizes that he has lost the money. Frantic, he rushes through Vancouver's Chinatown and behind a nightclub, where he sees Miss Val, a long-time burlesque dancer. Danny is enraptured with her sequined garters and silk robe, and Val, touched by his fascination, gives him a pack of cigarettes and her silk belt.

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Jane Costello-All the Single Ladies

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Samantha Brooks' boyfriend has made a mistake. One his friends, family, and Sam herself know he'll live to regret. Jamie has announced he's leaving, out of the blue. Jamie is loving, intelligent and, while he isn't perfect, he's perfect for her - in every way except one: he's a free spirit. And after six years in one place, doing a job he despises, he is compelled to do something that will tear apart his relationship with Sam: book a one-way flight to South America. But Sam isn't giving up without a fight.

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Louise Budger- Toddo in Tuscany

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Todo had been waiting at the Poggiolino home since his mistress died more than two years ago. The house lay empty and neglected and yet he wouldn’t leave. He seemed to know that someday the right people would come along and make it a home again.

Louise and Lawrence weren't thinking of buying the very first house they looked at in Tuscany . . . but there was something enchanting about the dog waiting at the gates. If they were honest, they wanted Todo - the scruffy dog with the huge grin - as much as they wanted the house.

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Frank McDonald-A Possible Maddnsess

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Like many smallish and inelegant towns that dot the coastlines and crossroads of this country, Shean’s postwar, post-industrial economy is in desperate disrepair, and the lengths that some civic leaders will go to in order to do “what’s best” for a town like Shean sometimes requires a leap of faith that has unintended consequences.

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Emma Garcia -Never Google Heartbreak

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NEVER GOOGLE HEARTBREAK tells the story of Vivienne Summers who is left, in her mid-thirties, by her fiancé for the third time.  Googling ‘heartbreak’ inspires her to create a relationship website in an attempt to overcome her own heartbreak and help anyone who has loved and lost. This novel is written in a contemporary, fresh and engaging way as it combines first person narrative with case studies, top tips and blog entries. These develop during the course of the story as Vivienne starts a campaign to win her true love back.

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Jane Costello-All the Single Ladies

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Samantha Brooks’ boyfriend has made a mistake – one everyone knows he’ll live to regret. Jamie, the love of her life, has announced he’s leaving, out of the blue. Jamie is gorgeous, loving, intelligent and perfect for Sam in every way but one – he’s a free spirit. And after six years in one place, doing a job he hates, he is compelled to do something that will destroy his relationship with Sam: book a one way flight to South America. Only Sam isn’t giving up without a fight.

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Tara Hyland -Fallen Angels

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Franny Healey grew up in post-war rural Ireland. Addicted to the glamorous films of the day, she determined to do whatever it took to one day be a film star herself; immortal, adored. When she fell pregnant at seventeen, Franny faced an awful choice: leave behind the family she loved, or suffer the life she never wanted. Seven years later, Franny faces another devastating choice. Now living in the East End, she has a good friend in Annie, and a beautiful little daughter, Cara.

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Natasha Solomons-Novel In the Viola

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In the spring of 1938 Elise Landau arrives at Tyneford, the great house on the bay. A bright young thing from Vienna forced to become a parlour-maid, she knows nothing about England, except that she won't like it. As servants polish silver and serve drinks on the lawn, Elise wears her mother's pearls beneath her uniform, and causes outrage by dancing with a boy called Kit. But war is coming and the world is changing, and Elise must change with it.

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