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The Trouble with Goats and Sheep

The Trouble with Goats and Sheep

A Novel

  • Author: Joanna Cannon
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster
  • ISBN: 150112191X
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 368
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“I loved this book. It's one of those books that you just want to give to everybody.” —Nancy Pearl on NPR’s Morning Edition “An astute, engaging debut” (Publishers Weekly), The Trouble with Goats and Sheep is a quirky and utterly charming tale of a community in need of reconciliation and two girls learning what it means to belong. England, 1976. Mrs. Creasy is missing and the Avenue is alive with whispers. The neighbors blame her sudden disappearance on the heat wave, but ten-year-olds Grace and Tilly aren’t convinced, and decide to take matters into their own hands. Spunky, spirited Grace and quiet, thoughtful Tilly go door to door in search of clues. The cul-de-sac starts to give up its secrets, and the amateur detectives uncover more than they ever imagined. A complicated history of deception begins to emerge—everyone on the Avenue has something to hide. During that sweltering summer, the lives of all the neighbors begin to unravel. The girls come to realize that the lies told to conceal what happened one fateful day about a decade ago are the same ones Mrs. Creasy was starting to peel back just before she disappeared... “A thoughtful tale of loyalty and friendship, family dynamics and human nature” (Kirkus Reviews), this glorious debut is part coming-of-age story, part mystery. The Trouble with Goats and Sheep radiates an unmistakable warmth and intelligence and is “rife with tiny extraordinaries” (The New York Times Book Review). “Joanna Cannon is an author to watch” (Booklist, starred review).

The Trouble with Goats and Sheep

The Trouble with Goats and Sheep

  • Author: Joanna Cannon
  • Publisher: Borough Press
  • ISBN: 9780008132194
  • Category:
  • Page: 464
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Part whodunnit, part coming of age, this is a gripping debut about the secrets behind every door RACHEL JOYCE An utter delight SARAH WINMAN A treasure chest of a novel JULIE COHEN One of the standout novels of the year HANNAH BECKERMAN I didn't want the book to end CARYS BRAY An excellent debut JAMES HANNAH Grace and Tilly are my new heroes KATE HAMER A wonderful debut JILL MANSELL A modern classic in the making SARAH HILARY A stunning debut KATIE FFORDE Phenomenal MIRANDA DICKINSON England,1976. Mrs Creasy is missing and The Avenue is alive with whispers. As the summer shimmers endlessly on, ten-year-olds Grace and Tilly decide to take matters into their own hands. And as the cul-de-sac starts giving up its secrets, the amateur detectives will find much more than they imagined "

The Trouble with Goats and Sheep

The Trouble with Goats and Sheep

  • Author: Joanna Cannon
  • Publisher: HarperCollins UK
  • ISBN: 0008132186
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 464
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THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER ‘Part whodunnit, part coming of age, this is a gripping debut about the secrets behind every door’ RACHEL JOYCE

Three Things about Elsie

Three Things about Elsie

  • Author: JOANNA. CANNON
  • Publisher: Charnwood
  • ISBN: 9781444837681
  • Category: Friendship in children
  • Page: 448
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There are three things you should know about Elsie. The first thing is that she's my best friend. The second is that she always knows what to say to make me feel better. And the third thing... Might take a little bit more explaining. Eighty-four-year-old Florence has fallen in her flat at Cherry Tree Home for the Elderly. As she waits to be rescued, she wonders if a terrible secret from her past is about to come to light. And if the charming new resident is who he claims to be, why does he look exactly like a man who died sixty years ago?

The Lido

The Lido

  • Author: Libby Page
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster
  • ISBN: 1501182048
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 320
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**INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER** “In many ways, this meditation on community and swimming follows in the footsteps of the enormously popular A Man Called Ove… Both are charming and heartwarming.”—Kirkus Reviews WE'RE NEVER TOO OLD TO MAKE NEW FRIENDS—OR TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE Rosemary Peterson has lived in Brixton, London, all her life but everything is changing. The library where she used to work has closed. The family grocery store has become a trendy bar. And now the lido, an outdoor pool where she's swum daily since its opening, is threatened with closure by a local housing developer. It was at the lido that Rosemary escaped the devastation of World War II; here she fell in love with her husband, George; here she found community during her marriage and since George’s death. Twentysomething Kate Matthews has moved to Brixton and feels desperately alone. A once promising writer, she now covers forgettable stories for her local paper. That is, until she’s assigned to write about the lido’s closing. Soon Kate’s portrait of the pool focuses on a singular woman: Rosemary. And as Rosemary slowly opens up to Kate, both women are nourished and transformed in ways they never thought possible. In the tradition of Fredrik Backman’s A Man Called Ove, The Lido is a charming, feel-good novel that captures the heart and spirit of a community across generations—an irresistible tale of love, loss, aging, and friendship.

We All Begin As Strangers

We All Begin As Strangers

A gripping novel about dark secrets in an English village

  • Author: Harriet Cummings
  • Publisher: Hachette UK
  • ISBN: 1409169073
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 320
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***SHORTLISTED FOR THE BAMB READERS AWARD 2017*** Perfect for fans of Liane Moriarty's Truly Madly Guilty and Joanna Cannon's The Trouble with Goats and Sheep - a vibrant debut about an English village pushed to the brink, and the secrets its residents are desperate to protect. ************* HOW WELL DO YOU REALLY KNOW YOUR NEIGHBOURS? In the English village of Heathcote the temperature - and the sense of unease - is rising. It started with small things - a perfume bottle being moved, a photograph left behind in someone's house. But now Anna is missing. As the search for Anna gathers pace, suspicions grow and secrets are revealed. Surely one of the villagers can't be responsible? But then can you ever really know what's going on behind closed doors... ********** Praise for WE ALL BEGIN AS STRANGERS - a quirky, darkly atmospheric novel: 'Suspense, plot twists and drama make this an exciting read to the very read' THE POOL 'A dazzling debut...beautifully plotted, fantastically written and compellingly strange' DAILY MAIL

Shtum: A Novel

Shtum: A Novel

  • Author: Jem Lester
  • Publisher: The Overlook Press
  • ISBN: 1468314718
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 320
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Funny and heartbreaking in equal measure, the impassioned debut novel about fathers, sons, and autism In the “literary territory of Tony Parsons and Nick Hornby” (Guardian) Shtum is drawn from Jem Lester’s experience of raising an autistic child. In this darkly funny and emotive debut, Ben Jewell has hit a breaking point. His profoundly autistic ten-year-old son, Jonah, has never spoken, and Ben and his wife Emma are struggling to cope. When Ben and Emma fake a separation—a strategic, yet ill-advised, decision to further Jonah’s case in an upcoming tribunal to determine the future of his education—father and son are forced to move in with Georg, Ben’s elderly and cantankerous father. In a small house in north London, three generations of men— one who can’t talk; two who won’t—are thrown together. As Ben confronts single fatherhood, he must battle a string of well-meaning social workers and his own demons to advocate for his son, learning some harsh lessons about accountability from his own father along the way. As the tribunal draws near, Jonah, blissful in his innocence, becomes the prism through which all the complicated strands of personal identity, family history, and misunderstanding are finally untangled. This “fiercely funny” (The Times) debut examines the complexities of family and human emotion and gives profound insight into an often-misunderstood disorder.

Death of a Unicorn

Death of a Unicorn

  • Author: Peter Dickinson
  • Publisher: Small Beer Press
  • ISBN: 161873041X
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 204
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Praise for Peter Dickinson's mysteries: "A literary magician controlling an appar-ently inexhaustible supply of effects."—Penelope Lively For best-selling author Lady Margaret, the past is no longer a pleasant memory. Her first lover's mysterious death and the seeming inevitability of her inheriting the family's stately home are cast in new light by secrets unwillingly revisited. The first in a series of reprints of Peter Dickinson's mysteries, this classic British mystery will win fans currently engrossed in Downton Ab-bey. Peter Dickinson has twice received the Crime Writers' As-sociation's Gold Dagger. He lives in England and is married to the novelist Robin McKinley.

English Animals

English Animals

  • Author: Laura Kaye
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
  • ISBN: 1408708256
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 368
  • View: 757
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'A beautiful and bold debut' M.J. Hyland, author of the Man Booker-shortlisted Carry Me Down It's a long time since I've enjoyed any debut novel as much as English Animals. Its command of tone, narrative and character is so assured, and both its wit and perceptiveness about a certain kind of English life make it a joy to read' Amanda Craig English Animals is a brilliantly assured debut that fans of Nina Stibbe's writing will love. I opened my mouth to say something but she ran up the steps and into the house. I had imagined arriving at the house so many times, but it was never like this. I realised I knew nothing about these people. Richard and Sophie sounded like good names for good people. But they could be anything, they could be completely crazy. When Mirka gets a job in a country house in rural England, she has no idea of the struggle she faces to make sense of a very English couple, and a way of life that is entirely alien to her. Richard and Sophie are chaotic, drunken, frequently outrageous but also warm, generous and kind to Mirka, despite their argumentative and turbulent marriage. Mirka is swiftly commandeered by Richard for his latest money-making enterprise, taxidermy, and soon surpasses him in skill. After a traumatic break two years ago with her family in Slovakia, Mirka finds to her surprise that she is happy at Fairmont Hall. But when she tells Sophie that she is gay, everything she values is put in danger and she must learn the hard way what she really believes in. English Animals is a funny, subversive, poignant and beautifully written novel about a doomed love affair, a certain kind of Englishness and prejudice.

Brave New Girl

Brave New Girl

  • Author: Louisa Luna
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster
  • ISBN: 9780743421447
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 208
  • View: 4949
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A fourteen-year-old trying to find her way in the world, Doreen is as much an outcast at school as she is at home. Marginalized by her peers, misunderstood by her parents, and mourning the loss of her older brother who disappeared when she was just a child, Doreen finds solace in her fierce love of music and in her best friend, Ted. But when her older sister begins dating a bewildering twenty-one-year-old named Matthew, Doreen must confront feelings she never knew she possessed. Forced into adulthood kicking and screaming (not to mention swearing), Doreen ultimately impels her troubled family to forge a new understanding of the world -- and, maybe more surprisingly, of one another. High school is bad enough; it's worse when you have only one friend in the world and a family that just doesn't get it. This breathless coming-of-age novel explores the alienation of adolescence and introduces a bold and shimmering new voice in fiction.

The Girls' Guide to Hunting and Fishing

The Girls' Guide to Hunting and Fishing

  • Author: Melissa Bank
  • Publisher: Penguin UK
  • ISBN: 0141909633
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 304
  • View: 888
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After following the advice from a manual called "How to Meet and Marry Mr Right", Jane learns that in love there is neither pattern nor promise. This is a funny collection of connected stories and a portrait of Jane, a woman manoeuvring her way through love, sex and relationships.

Where is the Green Sheep?

Where is the Green Sheep?

  • Author: Mem Fox,Judy Horacek
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • ISBN: 9780152049072
  • Category: Juvenile Fiction
  • Page: 32
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A story about many different sheep, and one that seems to be missing.

The Wisdom of Sally Red Shoes

The Wisdom of Sally Red Shoes

The new novel from the author of The Keeper of Lost Things

  • Author: Ruth Hogan
  • Publisher: Two Roads
  • ISBN: 1473669022
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 352
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Loved Ruth Hogan's The Keeper of Lost Things? Keep on reading... 'Warm and wise' Guardian 'A book to really love ... makes reading a joy' Stylist 'Will soften even the hardest of hearts' Red 'Subtle and poignant' Good Housekeeping 'Plenty of spirit and heart' Daily Mail 'An adorable heartfelt story' Prima 'Filled with hope and the power of friendship' Evening Standard 'A whimsical, wistful affair' Sunday Express 'A wrenching story of recovery' Metro Once a spirited, independent woman with a rebellious streak, Masha's life has been forever changed by a tragic event twelve years ago. Unable to let go of her grief, she finds comfort in her faithful canine companion Haizum, and peace in the quiet lanes of her town's lido. Then a chance encounter with two extraordinary women - the fabulous and wise Kitty Muriel, a convent girl turned magician's wife turned seventy-something roller disco fanatic, and the mysterious Sally Red Shoes, a bag lady with a prodigious voice - opens up a new world of possibilities, and the chance to start living again. But just as Masha dares to imagine the future, her past comes roaring back ... Like her bestselling debut, The Keeper of Lost Things, Ruth Hogan's second novel introduces a cast of wonderful characters, both ordinary and charmingly eccentric, who lead us through a moving exploration of the joy of friendship and the simple human connections that make life worth living. Praise for The Keeper of Lost Things, a Richard & Judy Book Club pick 2017 Winner of the Richard & Judy Readers' Award 2017 'A gem' Huffington Post 'Exquisite' The Lady 'Delightful' Helen Simonson, author of Major Pettigrew's Last Stand

Portobello

Portobello

A Novel

  • Author: Ruth Rendell
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster
  • ISBN: 1439150400
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 290
  • View: 2404
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After he finds an envelope full of cash, fifty-year-old Eugene Wren, who is plagued by a shameful addiction, posts a notice about the find around Portobello Road, and soon he is connected to other Londoners, all with their own obsessions and despairs.

Sal

Sal

  • Author: Mick Kitson
  • Publisher: Canongate Books
  • ISBN: 1786891891
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 240
  • View: 9128
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'Just *wonderful*. A breath of fresh air in a book. Sal is a story with incredible heart, told so beautifully and with such clarity and grace I can hardly believe it's a debut! I loved it' JOANNA CANNON, author of THE TROUBLE WITH GOATS AND SHEEP AN OBSERVER 'NEW FACE OF FICTION 2018' This is a story of something like survival. Sal planned it for almost a year before they ran. She nicked an Ordnance Survey map from the school library. She bought a compass, a Bear Grylls knife, waterproofs and a first aid kit from Amazon using stolen credit cards. She read the SAS Survival Handbook and watched loads of YouTube videos. And now Sal knows a lot of stuff. Like how to build a shelter and start a fire. How to estimate distances, snare rabbits and shoot an airgun. And how to protect her sister, Peppa. Because Peppa is ten, which is how old Sal was when Robert started on her. Told in Sal's distinctive voice, and filled with the silent, dizzying beauty of rural Scotland, Sal is a disturbing, uplifting story of survival, of the kindness of strangers, and the irrepressible power of sisterly love; a love that can lead us to do extraordinary and unimaginable things.

Goodbye, Perfect

Goodbye, Perfect

  • Author: Sara Barnard
  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan
  • ISBN: 1509852875
  • Category: Young Adult Fiction
  • Page: N.A
  • View: 2504
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Goodbye, Perfect is a beautiful and emotional contemporary YA novel, with a powerful friendship at its heart, by bestselling author Sara Barnard. When I was wild, you were steady . . . Now you are wild - what am I? Eden McKinley knows she can’t count on much in this world, but she can depend on Bonnie, her solid, steady, straight-A best friend. So it’s a bit of a surprise when Bonnie runs away with a guy Eden knows nothing about five days before the start of their GCSEs. And it's the last person she would have expected. Sworn to secrecy and bound by loyalty, only Eden knows Bonnie’s location, and that’s the way it has to stay. There’s no way she’s betraying her best friend. Not even when she’s faced with police questioning, suspicious parents and her own growing doubts. As the days pass and things begin to unravel, Eden is forced to question everything she thought she knew about the world, her best friend and herself.

The A to Z of You and Me

The A to Z of You and Me

  • Author: James Hannah
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks, Inc.
  • ISBN: 1492633178
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 336
  • View: 2758
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"Beautifully constructed and hugely moving. Deserves to be a smash hit."—Lissa Evans, author of Crooked Heart The A to Z game. For Ivo, it's a way to pass the time, a way to avoid the pain, and a way to think about what really got him here. His hospice nurse suggested it. Think of a body part for each letter, and think of memories connected to each one. And so begins the revealing of his misspent life: the terrible teenage choices, friendships made and cracked, love he'll never get back. He remembers the girl who tried to help him, the friend who wouldn't let her, and the sickness that chases him even now. Refreshing and thought-provoking, The A to Z of You and Me shows the raw unraveling of a life lived loud and hard. All our choices have consequences. But what happens after? A Target Book Club Pick! "Compassionate."-The Independent "Wonderfully quirky and contemporary."-The Guardian "Devastating."-Sunday Times

Dear Mrs. Bird

Dear Mrs. Bird

A Novel

  • Author: AJ Pearce
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster
  • ISBN: 1501170082
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 288
  • View: 7076
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“A marvelous treat. Charming and delightful.” —Nina Stibbe, author of Love, Nina An irresistible debut set in London during World War II about an adventurous young woman who becomes a secret advice columnist— a warm, funny, and enormously moving story for fans of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society and Lilac Girls. London, 1940. Emmeline Lake is Doing Her Bit for the war effort, volunteering as a telephone operator with the Auxiliary Fire Services. When Emmy sees an advertisement for a job at the London Evening Chronicle, her dreams of becoming a Lady War Correspondent suddenly seem achievable. But the job turns out to be working as a typist for the fierce and renowned advice columnist, Henrietta Bird. Emmy is disappointed, but gamely bucks up and buckles down. Mrs. Bird is very clear: letters containing any Unpleasantness must go straight in the bin. But when Emmy reads poignant notes from women who may have Gone Too Far with the wrong men, or who can’t bear to let their children be evacuated, she is unable to resist responding. As the German planes make their nightly raids, and London picks up the smoldering pieces each morning, Emmy secretly begins to write back to the readers who have poured out their troubles. Prepare to fall head over heels for Emmy and her best friend, Bunty, who are gutsy and spirited, even in the face of a terrible blow. The irrepressible Emmy keeps writing letters in this hilarious and enormously moving tale of friendship, the kindness of strangers, and ordinary people in extraordinary times.

Happy Little Goats

Happy Little Goats

Live Life Like a Kid!

  • Author: Soraya Hirth
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books
  • ISBN: 1452159882
  • Category: Pets
  • Page: 80
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Move over, cats and dogs, there's a new animal in town! Behold: the goat. Happy Little Goats features photos of adorable goats living the good life and getting into trouble on a beautiful farm. Too cute to blame for eating all the oranges off the tree or climbing onto the roof, these endearing creatures will show you what a carefree life really looks like. With hilariously clueless captions from the cutest goats you've ever seen, this book will melt your heart, give you a good chuckle, and maybe even make you want a pet goat of your own.

Forgetting Anna

Forgetting Anna

  • Author: Harriet Cummings
  • Publisher: Orion
  • ISBN: 9781409169048
  • Category:
  • Page: 320
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It's 1984, and summer is scorching the ordinary village of Heathcote. What's more, a mysterious figure is slipping into homes through back doors and open windows. Dubbed 'the Fox', he knows everything about everyone - leaving curious objects in their homes, or taking things from them. When beloved Anna goes missing, the whole community believes the Fox is responsible. For the worried residents, finding Anna will be difficult - but stopping the Fox from exposing their darkest secrets might just be impossible... Inspired by a real 80s mystery, and with pitch-perfect characters, WE ALL BEGIN AS STRANGERS is a beautiful debut novel you'll want to recommend to everyone. The ideal read for fans of THE TROUBLE WITH GOATS AND SHEEP and ELIZABETH IS MISSING.