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The Remains of the Day

The Remains of the Day

Kazuo Ishiguro

'After all what can we ever gain in forever looking back and blaming ourselves if our lives have not turned out quite as we might have wished?' In the summer of 1956, Stevens, the ageing butler of Darlington Hall, embarks on a...

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Our Souls at Night

Our Souls at Night

Kent Haruf

From the Folio Prize-shortlisted author of Plainsong, Eventide and Benediction, a stunning novel about finding happiness.

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Housekeeping

Housekeeping

Marilynne Robinson

Acclaimed on publication as a contemporary classic, Housekeeping is the story of Ruth and Lucille, orphans growing up in the small desolate town of Fingerbone in the vast northwest of America.

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 Read reviewFangirl

Fangirl

Rainbow Rowell

Cath and Wren are identical twins, and until recently they did absolutely everything together. Now they're off to university and Wren's decided she doesn't want to be one half of a pair any more - she wants to dance, meet boys, go...

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Where'd You Go, Bernadette

Where’d You Go, Bernadette

Maria Semple

Bernadette Fox is notorious. To her husband, she's a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow mothers in Seattle, she's a disgrace; and to 15-year-old Bee, she is a friend and mom. Then Bernadette disappears.

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 Read reviewThe Goldfinch

The Goldfinch

Donna Tartt

The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling power. Combining unforgettably vivid characters and thrilling suspense, it is a beautiful, addictive triumph - a sweeping...

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The Sound of One Hand Clapping

The Sound of One Hand Clapping

Richard Flanagan

FROM THE WINNER OF THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2014In the winter of 1954, in a construction camp in the remote Tasmanian highlands, when Sonja Buloh was three years old and her father was drinking too much, her mother disappeared into a...

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The Elegance of the Hedgehog

The Elegance of the Hedgehog

Muriel Barbery, Alison Anderson

Rene is the concierge of a Parisian apartment building. She is passionate about culture and the arts. Several floors up, 12-year-old Paloma Josse is determined to avoid the pampered and vacuous future laid out for her. But unknown...

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The Perks of Being a Wallflower: the most moving coming-of-age classic

The Perks of Being a Wallflower: the most moving coming-of-age classic

Stephen Chbosky

A powerful and perceptive coming-of-age story, in the tradition of The Catcher in the Rye, from a talented young filmmaker, screenwriter and novelist.

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 Read reviewBrooklyn

Brooklyn

Colm Toibin

Eilis Lacey dreams of life beyond the confines of her tiny Irish village. The parish priest, Father Flood, arranges for her to travel to America, where a job opportunity has arisen in New York. It seems her dream is becoming a...

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Persuasion (Vintage Classics Austen Series): Jane Austen

Persuasion (Vintage Classics Austen Series): Jane Austen

Jane Austen, Lynne Truss

The Vintage Classics Austen series is designed by the writer and illustrator Leanne Shapton and introduced by some of our finest contemporary writers and Austen fans.    

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Jane Eyre

Jane Eyre

Charlotte Bronte

In early nineteenth-century England, an orphaned young woman accepts employment as a governess at Thornfield Hall, a country estate owned by the mysteriously remote Mr. Rochester.

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Selected Poems of Emily Dickinson (Barnes & Noble Collectible Classics: Pocket Edition)

Selected Poems of Emily Dickinson (Barnes & Noble Collectible Classics: Pocket Edition)

Emily Dickinson

This attractive collection gathers more than 150 of her memorable works. Featuring insights about nature, love, life, death and immortality, these poems are among the best loved in English literature.

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