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An Orchestra of Minorities

Chigozie Obioma
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'Chigozie Obioma is a writer to watch' The EconomistUmuahia, Nigeria. Chinonso, a young poultry farmer, sees a woman attempting to jump to her death from a highway bridge. Horrified by her recklessness, Chinonso joins her on the roadside and hurls two of his most prized chickens into the water below to demonstrate the severity of the fall. The woman, Ndali, is moved by his sacrifice.Bonded by this strange night on the bridge, Chinonso and Ndali fall in love. But Ndali is from a wealthy family, and when they officially object to the union because he is uneducated, Chinonso sells most of his possessions to attend a small college in Cyprus. Once in Cyprus, he discovers that all is not what it seems. Furious at a world which continues to relegate him to the sidelines, Chinonso gets further and further away from his dream, from Ndali and the place he called home. In this contemporary twist of Homer's Odyssey, in the mythic style of the Igbo literary tradition, Chigozie Obioma weaves a heart-wrenching epic about the tension between destiny and determination.'Chigozie Obioma truly is the heir to Chinua Achebe' New York Times Book Review

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Birds In The Spring

Evelyn Hood
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Evelyn Hood

In a decade of peace and change, uncomfortable new conflicts are looming. Paisley, 1920. Fiona MacDowall has made it clear she intends to inherit her father's furniture emporium. Her half-brother Alex has other ideas, but it's Alex's wife Rose who objects most. Rose is a businesswoman in her own right, running Harlequin, the town's grandest and most successful dressmaker's. She is sure Fiona will stop at nothing to get what she wants, and Rose suspects that includes her own business. But there are bigger troubles on the horizon for the inhabitants of Paisley. When Irish cabinetmaker Joe McCart arrives with his family and a dark secret in tow, the community is left reeling.

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Knowing Me

Evelyn Hood
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Evelyn Hood
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A Certain Freedom

Evelyn Hood
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Evelyn Hood

After the death of his wife, Hamilton Forsyth scandalises the small Ayrshire town of Saltcoats by departing for pastures unknown. His three adult children are left reeling with shock - and with the family ironmongery shop to run. Walter, son and heir, looks set to manage the business and marry the suitable Clarissa Pinkerton but drops a bombshell on his sisters by saying he's going to marry the housemaid Sarah who is pregnant. Unable to tolerate the housemaid becoming mistress of their house, the girls find there are few choices within their social structure. Reluctantly, Belle moves in with her meddling Aunt Beatrice. Tarred with the brush of her brother's behaviour and thwarted in love, Morna moves down the social scale and into a boarding house. Gradually, she finds her feet, a job as a teacher - and an interest in the suffragette movement. Belle's main interest lies elsewhere - with Samuel Gilmartin, an attractive rogue with a head for business and an eye for the main change. She in turn scandalises society by marrying him...

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Looking After Your Own

Evelyn Hood
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Evelyn Hood

The lives and personalities of all the tenants living the Paisley tenement building in 1941 couldn't be more different, but they are all interconnected. Ellen and Donnie Borland renounced their respective Protestant and Catholic religions to marry for love. Older now, Ellen misses her faith while working hard to support her lazy husband. Julia and Frank McCosh are musicians who entertain the other tenants with their rehearsals. Celia Goudie is a young bride whose husband is in the air force. Her bus conductress job gives strength and power to a quiet, shy girl. Denis Megson forgoes university to look after his family upon his father's death. Lena Fulton is terrified of her husband being killed in the war and sinks into a deep depression upon the loss of her baby. All of the tenants are concerned with the threat of the war going on around them, but little do they realise that the most immediate danger comes from within, in the shape of the depressed Lena.

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A Matter Of Mischief

Evelyn Hood
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Evelyn Hood
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Another Day

Evelyn Hood
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Evelyn Hood

ANOTHER DAY - Eighteen years after being disowned by her father for falling pregnant, Kirsty Lennox returns to Paisley determined to lay to rest the ghosts of the past. However, Kirsty's new life brings her a steady stream of troubles as she has to endure the jelousy her inheritance attracts from the townsfolk, her husband Matt's crippling illness, the constant squabbling of her sons and the tragedy that accompanies one snowy February day.

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A Procession Of One

Evelyn Hood
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Evelyn Hood

Ellen and Mirren are mill girls who earn extra money by working in a fish and chip shop several evenings a week. Mirren is engaged to Donald who has gone to America and will send for her when he is settled. However, when he does so, she is unable to leave as her mother is sick and dying. By the time her responsibilities have ended, Donald has found another...Robbie, Mirren's brother, is getting involved with politics and often brings home a friend, Joe, usually following a fight when they need patching up. Mirren is dead against the political meetings but, after several failed dates with other men, she realises she is rather attracted to Joe.

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A Sparkle Of Salt

Evelyn Hood
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Evelyn Hood

As the 20th century matures, the years bring fresh problems for the Lowrie family, first introduced to readers in The Shimmer Of The Herring. James, rejected by his betrayed and embittered wife Stella, has to fight hard to keep his beloved steam drifter, the Fidelity, while his sister Bethany struggles, inch by painful inch, to gain the financial independence she craves. Innes Lowrie, the youngest of the family, is busy raising his ever-increasing brood. As the years go by, James and Bethany find themselves battling over her beloved son, Adam: Bethany wants him to find a life far from Buckie - and away from the danger of discovering the dark family secrets: James, father of three daughters, sees Adam as the natural successor to the Fidelity and a fisherman's life. Adam, meanwhile, is more interested in Etta Mulholland, Innes's foster daughter. But the day must come when he has to choose between pleasing his mother or following the man he knows as his uncle...

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McAdam's Women

Evelyn Hood
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Evelyn Hood

Following her husband Kenneth McAdam's suicide, Isla meets his daughter by his first marriage, and finds that Kenneth had never divorced his first wife. Left with nothing, Isla and her two young children move to a seedy tenement building and she sets about improving it - and herself.

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The Shimmer Of The Herring

Evelyn Hood
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Evelyn Hood
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Voices From The Sea

Evelyn Hood
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Evelyn Hood
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The Dancing Stone

Evelyn Hood
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Evelyn Hood

In the autumn of 1913, Kirsty Lennox's children swell with hope for the future, their respective interests in Paisley's furniture and clothing trades ample reward for the family's recent trials.Alex, who left the town as a headstrong young craftsman and has returned a successful Glasgow businessman, nurtures high hopes for the further expansion of the family's cabinet-making business. Caitlin, a budding dress designer, finds a suitable outlet for her talents at the shop run by her mother and Rose Hamilton, an independently wealthy and strong-minded young woman. Alex's attention, however, is also drawn to Rose's unconventional nature, sparking something deeper than a business relationship.Yet as the Great War looms - and the sudden appearance of a four-year-old girl becomes a powerful catalyst for change in their lives - the whole family is forced to face the harsher realities of separation, tragedy and unexpected emotional awakening ...

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A Handful Of Happiness

Evelyn Hood
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Evelyn Hood

Jenny Gillespie has suffered her share of troubles during the Great War, not least the loss of her fiance, Robert Archer. For although Robert was not killed in action he is as dead to her as any sweetheart slaughtered in France when he eventually meets another woman. Jenny, meanwhile, is trapped in Clydeside's dockland, unable to leave her mother, who is worn out and heartbroken. Jenny has little choice but to abandon her dream of making a new start in Glasgow and return to her job in the tracing office of Dalkieth's shipyard and the domination of her relentlessly demanding family. Unexpectedly, Robert Archer returns to Clydeside and becomes Jenny's boss. Single again, penitent and seemingly eager to rekindle his relationship with Jenny, Robert would offer her a way out of the dead end she finds herself in. But Jenny, to her surprise, receives a proposal of marriage from a decent man, one that offers the obvious way to fulfil her duties to her family, escape from their cramped tenement home - and to forget Robert Archer forever. Perhaps only then, Jenny thinks, will she finally be able to reach out and grasp the handful of happiness she longs for...

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This Time Next Year

Evelyn Hood
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Evelyn Hood
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Staying On

Evelyn Hood
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Evelyn Hood

When, after serving in World War II, her grandson Joe Scott refuses to return to Barrneuk, the small farm his family has managed for three generations on the Clyde island of Bute, Celia Scott is furious.Celia kept the farm going after the premature death of her husband and has had to keep running it into her old age, as well as raising her three grandchildren after their mother died and their father, heartbroken, left the island. She and her granddaughter Jenny have had a hard time maintaining it during the war, with a little help from Iain, her oldest grandson. Iain was to have inherited the farm, but after he was crippled in a rail accident in 1939 Joe became the natural successor. Now, his refusal to take on Barrneuk has thrown the family into turmoil, ruining each family member's plans for the future. Celia's first instinct is to let the farm go but Jenny has other ideas and so she must convince Iain that he can take on the inheritance that is rightly his.

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Time And Again

Evelyn Hood
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Evelyn Hood

When Sander Weir leaves everything to Morag, the girl he and his wife raised as their own daughter, his brother Lawrence feels that he has been cheated of his inheritance. As Morag's real father, who abandoned her as a child, he makes it clear that he should have control of her new-found wealth, but with the support and encouragement of Cal, skipper of one of the small Clyde 'puffers' (cargo boats) Morag now owns, and Aidan, a young lawyer, Morag finds the courage to defy Lawrence and run her own affairs...

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The Damask Days

Evelyn Hood
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Evelyn Hood

Christian Knox is a girl who dreams - of a life beyond that of a Paisley housewife, of a world of learning beyond her Ladies' School, of possiblities her father dismisses as 'daft ideas'. But Christian is determined and when her father refuses to finance her education further she resolves to pay for it herself, by working as a tambourer, embroidering freelance for local textile manufacturers. Soon she's managing a group of Tambouring women on behalf of Paisley's biggest weavers, among them Angus Fraser, a man old enough to be her father but wise enough to appreciate her talents. Plunged into the fascinating world of Scotland's fledgling textile industry, Christian soon finds her combination of Lowland resolve and female flair begins to make its mark. And, in the shape of her greatest, most fought-for inspiration, the Paisley Shawl, it is a mark to be remembered for generations to come. . .

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A Stranger To The Town

Evelyn Hood
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Evelyn Hood

Elizabeth Cunningham is seventeen years old when Adam Montgomery returns to his father's house. An orphanage girl, she has long kept house for the high-handed Rab Montgomery and his two other sons. But when Adam enters their lives, rejecting his father's demands to enter the family shawl manufacturing business, she knows everything is about to change...

Chapter One

The Uncommon Appeal of Clouds

Read the first chapter of the latest book in Alexander McCall Smith's Sunday Philosophy Club series. The victim of an important art theft appeals to Isabel Dalhousie, Edinburgh philosopher and sleuth, for help.