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    • ISBN:9780349010922
    • Publication date:05 Jul 2018
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By Noel Streatfeild

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A heart-warming story of music, family and finding a home by Noel Streatfeild, the author of Ballet Shoes,

So your brother's a world-famous violinist? That's amazing! Or is it?

The Forums are a musical family, and one child, Sebastian, shines out as a prodigy. He is a brilliant violinist and when his talent is recognised, he is wanted the world over. Myra, Wolfgang (named after Mozart) and Ettie thought it was wonderful at first, but after four years of touring the world with their brilliant brother they've changed their minds. Now, what they long for, is a home of their own, not a hotel in Vienna or Venice or Moscow.

But to their mother and father, a life of travel is exciting - all any child could want. How can the children make the grown-ups see sense?

Myra makes a plan - 'Operation Home' - and is determined to make it succeed.

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  • ISBN: 9780349010915
  • Publication date: 05 Jul 2018
  • Page count: 256
  • Imprint: Virago
Noel Streatfeild's position in the children's book world is unique. She is endlessly inventive, full of verve and real understanding of the surfaces of childhood — Times Literary Supplement
Noel Streatfeild's position in the children's book world is unique. She is endlessly inventive, full of verve and real understanding of the surfaces of childhood
Sphere

A Wedding on Christmas Street

Ivy Pembroke
Authors:
Ivy Pembroke

'Heartwarmingly festive - if only all streets were like Christmas Street!' Ali McNamaraThis year, Christmas Street will have a wedding, a mysterious new resident, and tons of joy and warmth, just in time for the festive season...

Orbit

Someone Like Me

M. R. Carey
Authors:
M. R. Carey

SHE LOOKS LIKE ME. SHE SOUNDS LIKE ME.AND NOW SHE'S TRYING TO TAKE MY PLACE . . .Liz Kendall wouldn't hurt a fly. She's a gentle woman devoted to bringing up her kids in a loving home, no matter how hard times get.But there's another side to Liz, one that's dark and malicious. A version of her that will do anything to get her way - no matter how extreme or violent.And when this other side of her takes control, the consequences are devastating.The only way Liz can save herself and her family is to find out what is happening and learn how to fight back.Is Liz losing her mind? Or is there something else at work?From the author of the million-copy bestseller The Girl With All the Gifts comes a heart-stopping high-concept thriller with a gripping supernatural twist you won't see coming.Praise for M. R. Carey:'Spectacular!' Martina Cole'An intense, haunting thriller with heart. You will not want to put this down' - Laini Taylor, New York Times bestselling author 'Original, thrilling and powerful' - Guardian'Haunting, heartbreaking' - Vogue'As fresh as it is terrifying . . . a jewel' - Joss Whedon

Virago

Noel Streatfeild's Christmas Stories

Noel Streatfeild
Authors:
Noel Streatfeild

There is something here for every Streatfeild fan in this very special Christmas collection: escapades on stage and ice, a merry trip to the pantomime with the Bell family, festive adventures and mishaps, celebrations and small disasters. Charming, heartwarming and funny, this exciting new collection is sure to be a hit with readers of all ages.Originally written for annuals, magazines and the radio from the 1940s-70s, these stories by the incomparable Noel Streatfeild have never been collected before.

Hachette Audio

The Next Person You Meet in Heaven

Mitch Albom
Authors:
Mitch Albom

Fifteen years ago, in Mitch Albom's beloved novel, The Five People You Meet in Heaven, the world fell in love with Eddie, a grizzled war veteran- turned-amusement park mechanic who died saving the life of a young girl named Annie. Eddie's journey to heaven taught him that every life matters. Now, in this magical sequel, Mitch Albom reveals Annie's story.The accident that killed Eddie left an indelible mark on Annie. It took her left hand, which needed to be surgically reattached. Injured, scarred, and unable to remember why, Annie's life is forever changed by a guilt-ravaged mother who whisks her away from the world she knew. Bullied by her peers and haunted by something she cannot recall, Annie struggles to find acceptance as she grows. When, as a young woman, she reconnects with Paulo, her childhood love, she believes she has finally found happiness. As the novel opens, Annie is marrying Paulo. But when her wedding night day ends in an unimaginable accident, Annie finds herself on her own heavenly journey - and an inevitable reunion with Eddie, one of the five people who will show her how her life mattered in ways she could not have fathomed.Poignant and beautiful, filled with unexpected twists, The Next Person You Meet in Heaven reminds us that not only does every life matter, but that every ending is also a beginning - we only need to open our eyes to see it.

Fleet

The Bus on Thursday

Shirley Barrett
Authors:
Shirley Barrett

Bridget Jones meets Twin Peaks in this black comedy about a woman's retreat to a remote Australian town and the horrors awaiting her.It wasn't just the bad breakup that turned Eleanor Mellett's life upside down. It was the cancer. And all the demons that came with it.One day she felt a bit of a bump when she was scratching her armpit at work. The next thing she knew, her breast was being removed by an inappropriately attractive doctor, and she was subsequently inundated with cupcakes, besieged by judgy support groups, and the ungrateful recipient of hand-knitted sweaters from her mum.Luckily, Eleanor finds that Talbingo, a remote little town, needs a primary-school teacher. Their Miss Barker upped and vanished in the night, despite being the most caring teacher ever, according to everyone. Unfortunately, Talbingo is a bit creepy. It's not only the communion-wine-swigging priest prone to rants about how cancer is caused by demons. Or the unstable, overly sensitive kids, always going on about Miss Barker and her amazing sticker system. It's living alone in a remote cabin, with no phone service or wifi, wondering why there are so many locks on the front door, and who is knocking on it late at night.Riotously funny, deeply unsettling, and surprisingly poignant, Shirley Barrett's The Bus on Thursday is a wicked, weird, wild ride for fans of Maria Semple, Stephen King and Henry James's The Turn of the Screw. And when have those three writers ever appeared in the same sentence?

Corsair

Baxter's Requiem

Matthew Crow
Authors:
Matthew Crow

Let me tell you a story, about a man I knew, and a man I know...Mr Baxter is ninety-four years old when he falls down his staircase and grudgingly finds himself resident at Melrose Gardens Retirement Home. Baxter is many things - raconteur, retired music teacher, rabble-rouser, bon viveur - but 'good patient' he is not. He had every intention of living his twilight years with wine, music and revelry; not tea, telly and Tramadol. Indeed, Melrose Gardens is his worst nightmare - until he meets Gregory. At only nineteen years of age, Greg has suffered a loss so heavy that he is in danger of giving up on life before he even gets going. Determined to save the boy, Baxter decides to enlist his help on a mission to pay tribute to his long-lost love, Thomas: the man with whom he found true happiness; the man he waved off to fight in a senseless war; the man who never returned. The best man he ever knew.With Gregory in tow Baxter sets out on a spirited escape from Melrose, bound for the war graves of Northern France. As Baxter shares his memories, the boy starts to see that life need not be a matter of mere endurance; that the world is huge and beautiful; that kindness is strength; and that the only way to honour the dead, is to live.Baxter's Requiem is a glorious celebration of life, love and seizing every last second we have while we're here.

Little, Brown

Broken Ground

Val McDermid
Authors:
Val McDermid

Number one bestseller Val McDermid returns with another gripping, unputdownable thriller.Alice Somerville's inheritance lies six feet under in a Highland peat bog - a pair of valuable vintage motorbikes buried by her grandfather at the end of World War II. But when Alice finally organises their recovery, she finds an unwelcome surprise -a body with a pair of bullet holes . . . and Nike trainers. DCI Karen Pirie of Police Scotland's Historic Cases Unit is called in to unravel a case where nothing is quite as it seems. Meanwhile an overheard conversation in a cafe draws Karen to the heart of a murder she thought she'd already prevented. As Karen gets closer to the several truths, it becomes clear that not everyone shares her desire for justice. Or even the idea of what justice is. 'The queen of crime is still at the top of her game' Independent

Virago

Caldicott Place

Noel Streatfeild
Authors:
Noel Streatfeild
Hachette Audio

Daisy's Vintage Cornish Camper Van

Ali McNamara
Authors:
Ali McNamara
Abacus

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Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
Authors:
Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
Orbit

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Claire North
Authors:
Claire North

'AN EERILY PLAUSIBLE DYSTOPIAN MASTERPIECE' Emily St. John Mandel, author of STATION ELEVEN'AN EXTRAORDINARY NOVEL . . . with echoes of The Handmaid's Tale' Cory Doctorow*CLAIRE NORTH SHORTLISTED FOR THE SUNDAY TIMES/PFD YOUNG WRITER OF THE YEAR AWARD*From one of the most original new voices in modern fiction comes a startling vision of a world where you can get away with anything . . .Theo Miller knows the value of human life - to the very last penny. Working in the Criminal Audit Office, he assesses each crime that crosses his desk and makes sure the correct debt to society is paid in full. But when his ex-lover is killed, it's different. This is one death he can't let become merely an entry on a balance sheet. Because when the richest in the world are getting away with murder, sometimes the numbers just don't add up.From the award-winning Claire North comes an electrifying and provocative new novel which will resonate with readers around the world. Praise for Claire North:'Poignant and intensely gripping' Guardian'Little short of a masterpiece' Independent'Ambitious, immensely humane and full of philosophical panache' Sunday Times'One of the fiction highlights of the decade' Judy Finnigan, Richard and Judy Book Club

Abacus

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Andrew Sean Greer
Authors:
Andrew Sean Greer
Sphere

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Aimee Molloy
Authors:
Aimee Molloy

***Don't miss this instant New York Times bestseller***Soon to be a major motion picture starring Scandal's Kerry Washington. We all want different things. Francie wants to be the perfect mother. Nell wants to escape the past. Collette wants to spend more time with her family.All Winnie wants is to have her baby back.When Nell suggests a night out in Brooklyn to her new mums club, the others jump at the chance. But the evening takes a tragic turn when single mother Winnie learns that her six-week-old son Midas has been kidnapped.As the investigation hits a dead end, Nell, Collette and Francie make it their mission to succeed where the police are failing and bring baby Midas home. But as Winnie and those around her come under scrutiny from the media, damaging secrets come to light and friendships are pushed to the limit.Because people will do almost anything to protect the ones they love . . .Don't miss this addictive page-turner, perfect for fans of Big Little Lies and The Girl on the Train

Orbit

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Sam J. Miller

Corsair

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Louise Erdrich
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Louise Erdrich
Virago

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Susie Boyt
Authors:
Susie Boyt

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Little, Brown

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Gabrielle Zevin
Authors:
Gabrielle Zevin
Orbit

The Stone Sky

N. K. Jemisin
Authors:
N. K. Jemisin

WINNER OF THE NEBULA AWARD 2018 An Amazon Best Book of the YearShortlisted for the Hugo Award for Best Novel 2018Shortlisted for the Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel 2018The incredible conclusion to the double Hugo award-winning trilogy that began with the The Fifth Season The Moon will soon return. Whether this heralds the destruction of humankind or something worse will depend on two women. Essun has inherited the phenomenal power of Alabaster Tenring. With it, she hopes to find her daughter Nassun and forge a world in which every outcast child can grow up safe. For Nassun, her mother's mastery of the Obelisk Gate comes too late. She has seen the evil of the world, and accepted what her mother will not admit: that sometimes what is corrupt cannot be cleansed, only destroyed. Praise for this trilogy: 'Amazing' Ann Leckie 'Breaks uncharted ground' Library Journal 'Beautiful' Nnedi Okorafor 'Astounding' NPR 'Brilliant' Washington PostThe Broken Earth trilogy begins with The Fifth Season, continues in The Obelisk Gate and concludes with The Stone Sky - out now.

Abacus

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John Fairfax
Authors:
John Fairfax

The last time Tess de Vere saw William Benson she was a law student on work experience. He was a twenty-one year old, led from the dock of the Old Bailey to begin a life sentence for murder. He'd said he was innocent. She'd believed him.Sixteen years later Tess overhears a couple of hacks mocking a newcomer to the London Bar, a no-hoper with a murder conviction, running his own show from an old fishmonger's in Spitalfields. That night she walks back into Benson's life. The price of his rehabilitation - and access to the Bar - is an admission of guilt to the killing of Paul Harbeton, whose family have vowed revenge. He's an outcast. The government wants to shut him down and no solicitor will instruct him. But he's subsidised by a mystery benefactor and a desperate woman has turned to him for help: Sarah Collingstone, mother of a child with special needs, accused of slaying her wealthy lover. It's a hopeless case and the murder trial, Benson's first, starts in four days. The evidence is overwhelming but like Benson long ago, she swears she's innocent. Tess joins the defence team, determined to help Benson survive. But as Benson follows the twists and turns in the courtroom, Tess embarks upon a secret investigation of her own, determined to uncover the truth behind the death of Paul Harbeton on a lonely night in Soho.True to life, fast-paced and absolutely compelling, Summary Justice introduces a new series of courtroom dramas featuring two maverick lawyers driven to fight injustice at any cost.

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Nora Roberts
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