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The Forgotten Waltz
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The Forgotten Waltz

By Anne Enright

In good condition - ex library - has markings from use - due to differing weights in books, postage maybe adjusted at checkout. The Forgotten Waltz is a memory of desire: a recollection of the bewildering speed of attraction, the irreparable slip into longing. In Terenure, a pleasant suburb of Dublin, in the winter of 2009, it has snowed. Gina Moynihan, girl about town, recalls the trail of lust and happenstance that brought her to fall for 'the lover of her life', Seán Vallely. As the city outside comes to a halt, Gina remembers the days of their affair in one hotel room or another: long afternoons made blank by bliss and denial. Now, as the silent streets and the stillness and vertigo of the falling snow make the day luminous and full of possibility, Gina walks through the weather to meet a girl she calls his 'beautiful mistake': Seán's fragile, twelve-year-old daughter, Evie.

$3.45

The Magpie Bridge
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The Magpie Bridge

By Liu Hong

In good condition - ex library - has markings from use - due to differing weights in books, postage maybe adjusted at checkout. When Jiao Mei is woken in her London bedroom by a woman claiming to be her grandmother, she dismisses the encounter as a vivid dream. What with the stress of impending examinations, her unshakeable lethargy and homesick cravings for Sichuan food, lately she's been something of a stranger to herself. But as Barbara, with whom she lodges, grows disturbingly eccentric, and the atmosphere of their Hampstead home ever stranger, Jiao Mei must accept that her night-time visitor is indeed who she claims to be, and that her message - that Jiao Mei is carrying her British boyfriend's child - is one she can no longer ignore. Meanwhile Tie Mei, Jiao Mei's grandmother, has other business in London: centuries-old scores to settle, which will affect those closest to Jiao Mei. Shocked into confronting her complex heritage, Jiao Mei begins to unlock the secrets that have eaten away at the bonds between her family. Unfolding between the imperial gardens of nineteenth-century Beijing, and those of London today, The Magpie Bridge weaves a story of the lives of three generations of women that is also a tale of England's infatuation with China. It is a novel as beautifully observed as it is powerfully imagined.

$3.45

The Uncrowned Queen
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The Uncrowned Queen

By Posie Graeme-Evans

In good condition - ex library - has markings from use - due to differing weights in books, postage maybe adjusted at checkout. The thrilling climax to the trilogy that began with The Innocent and The Exiled brings Posie Graeme-Evans's bittersweet story of two lovers divided by the throne of England to its dramatic conclusion. As England tears itself apart in the War of the Roses, Anna de Bohun lives far from the intrigues of cities and courts. Once King Edward IV's mistress, Anne has found safety with their son in Brugge. But now Edward himself is a hunted fugitive, and Anne's real father. King Henry VI, rules again from Westminster. Summoned by an enigmatic message from her lover, Anne is drawn once more to the passion, the excitement, and the deadly danger that Edward brings into her life. But now, the girl who was once a penniless servant has a child to protect and an inheritance to defend. Can she let her love for Edward threaten everything she has? Or will she need his help to protect her from the powerful enemy who means to destroy her?

$3.45

The Truth about Love
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The Truth about Love

By Jane Elizabeth Varley

In good condition - ex library - has markings from use - due to differing weights in books, postage maybe adjusted at checkout. Your love, or your career - which would you choose? Sally lives in a Victorian house in London, recently converted into two roomy apartments. She's a woman with an apparently enviable life. Married to banker Edward and mother of two-year-old Louis, the family occupies the spacious upper floors. But beneath a happy exterior, Sally struggles with the legacy of Edward's past: his ex-wife Pia, his resentful step-daughter Hope - and Edward's mixed feelings about the family he left behind. When Sally discovers the house holds a secret, her need to escape the strains of her marriage lead her on an obsessive quest to discover the truth. But can she solve the challenges of the present as well as the past? While Sally struggles, Anna moves into the garden flat. Anna has always shunned domesticity. A driven workaholic and a highly successful television producer, her new project is a reality show called Marriage Menders. Digging beneath the surface of other people's relationships leads her to ask questions she has so far managed to avoid, about the importance of love, family and the ties of blood. When a fatal error of judgement threatens her career and love life, like Sally she must choose the path of her future.

$3.45

The Things We Did For Love
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The Things We Did For Love

By Natasha Farrant

In good condition - ex library - has markings from use - due to differing weights in books, postage maybe adjusted at checkout. France: February, 1944 LUC wants to join the Resistance to protect the ones he loves. ARIANNE thinks if she can prove how much she loves him, he will stay. ROMY can see his chance to get rid of Luc and have Arianne all to himself. But at a terrible cost. Caught up in the tumultuous events of the dying days of World War Two, Luc, Arianne and Romy must fight for what they believe in, and decide just how far they will go for love.

$3.45

United We Stand
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United We Stand

By Joan Croston, Jane Lamunyon, Darlene Mindrup, Colleen L Reece

In good condition - ex library - has markings from use - due to differing weights in books, postage maybe adjusted at checkout. In the global convulsion of World War II, millions of people find their lives in upheaval. From the homeland to the frontlines, American citizens are suddenly diverted off their chosen paths. They'll fight a war - in the own way and with varying success, but always bound by the same cause. Can they see God's hand - and perhaps find romance - amidst the chaos? Under the community war efforts banner C for Victory, Ruth Sinclair works alongside Jim Griffin. He shares her faith and stirs her heart, but Ruth is officially committed to a fiancé who is fighting overseas. A trip to Germany would help reporter Amanda Chase learn the truth about that country's new leader and expose it to the world. But if the quiet rumours are true, her Jewish relatives maybe in danger - and Amanda could be swept into their struggle to Escape on the Wind. Keiko's traditional Japanese father has surprised her with an arranged marriage, but the bombing of Pearl Harbour has shattered the security of her world. Betrayed by the country she loves, with the world around her in bitter conflict, can Keiko find happiness following The Rising Son? Nurse Candleshine Thatcher and pilot Jeffrey Fairfax meet coincidentally...and face an inevitable good-bye. Theirs is a wartime romance, a wisp of a breeze in the sultry South Pacific, an impulsive promise made amid threats of invasion and attack. Faith unites these women...love gives them strength. Follow their stories through one of the most compelling periods of American history.

$3.45

Unexploded
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Unexploded

By Alison Macleod

In good condition - ex library - has markings from use - due to differing weights in books, postage maybe adjusted at checkout. May 1940. Brighton. Wartime. On Park Crescent, a sunlit and usually tranquil street, Geoffrey and Evelyn Beaumont and their eight-year-old son, Philip, anxiously await news. The enemy is expected to land on the beaches of Brighton any day. It is a year of tension, change and anticipation. Geoffrey becomes Superintendent of the enemy alien camp at the far reaches of town, while young Philip is gripped by rumours that Hitler will make Brighton's Royal Pavilion his English HQ and spends hours with his friends imagining life in Brighton under Hitler's rule. And as the rumours continue to fly and the days tick on, Evelyn quietly struggles to fall in with the war effort and her thoughts become tinged with a mounting, indefinable desperation. Then she meets Otto Gottlieb, a 'degenerate' German-Jewish painter and prisoner of her husband's internment camp. As Europe crumbles, Evelyn's and Otto's mutual distrust slowly begins to change into something else, which will shatter the structures on which her life, her family and her community rest. Love collides with fear, the power of art with the forces of war, and the lives of Evelyn, Otto and Geoffrey are changed irrevocably.

$6.90

A Treaty of Love
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A Treaty of Love

By Samir El-Youssef

In very good condition - ex library - has markings from use - due to differing weights in books, postage maybe adjusted at checkout. In London a couple meet at a party. She is Israeli and he Palestinian. Both are here to escape the politics of their countries and both want to be alone. Despite that, their relationship develops and inevitably they have to confront the politics that, in principle, separates them. Can their relationship survive? This clever, well-paced novel explores the heart-wrenching impossibilities of love.

$6.90

The Summer of Katya
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The Summer of Katya

By Trevanian

In good condition - ex library - has markings from use - due to differing weights in books, postage maybe adjusted at checkout. In the golden summer of 1914, Jean-Marc Montjean, recently graduated from medical school, comes to the small French village of Salies to assist the village physician. His first assignment is to treat the brother of a beautiful woman named Katya Treville. As he and her family become friendly, he realizes they are haunted by an old, dark secret...but he can't help falling deeply in love with Katya. Jean-Marc is warned by Katya's brother that she is delicate and that he should curb his attentions, but he is young, hopeful, and in love...and he is certain that Katya returns his affections. When Jean-Marc learns that the Trevilles are planning to leave the village forever, he insists on a final meeting with Katya. That meeting and the events that follow turn what was an idyllic romance into an unending nightmare.

$2.07

Someday we\'ll tell each other everything
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Someday we'll tell each other everything

By Daniela Krien (Translated from the German by Jamie Bulloch)

In good condition - ex library - has markings from use - due to differing weights in books, postage maybe adjusted at checkout. There are things which can be said straightaway, others need time, and some cannot be told at all It is summer 1990. The Berlin Wall has collapsed, and Germany is preparing for reunification. Away from all the political upheaval, in the sleepy countryside of the East, sixteen-year-old Maria moves in with her boyfriend on his family's farm. Dreamy and bookish, she is not cut out for agricultural work. A chance encounter with an enigmatic older man ignites an improbable affair. Henner is unpredictable, and damaged, and yet Maria is drawn to him with a longing she can barely comprehend. As the hot, sultry summer progresses, keeping their passion a secret becomes ever more difficult.

$3.45

Sarah Whitman
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Sarah Whitman

By Diane Pearson

Large print - in good condition - ex library - has markings from use - due to differing weights in books, postage maybe adjusted at checkout. An enthralling panorama of life and love in England and India between the wars... A book rich in adventure, evoking all the nostalgia, the pleasure and the pain of a bygone era - an era covering the General Strike, the London of tramcars and picture palaces and fights in the East End, of India and the twilight of the British Raj. Through the stormy, perilous years between the two world wars, Sarah avidly seizes whatever life has to offer whilst fighting her way up from domestic service to school mistress. Her life is touched by three men, one who teaches her what it was to love, another who waits for her in vain, and a third - the strange tormented man who is to be her destiny.

$2.07

Red Stag
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Red Stag

By Guy de la Valdene

In good condition - ex library - has markings from use - due to differing weights in books, postage maybe adjusted at checkout. Red Stag is a tantalizing coming of age love story set against the backdrop of a lush estate in Normandy, France. Nineteen-year-old Vincent, the son of the Countess's maid (and whose childhood was one of ambiguous privilege) has just returned from his last year at boarding school to spend the summer on the Count's estate, where his uncle is gamekeeper and where Vincent himself was raised. Shortly after his return, his uncle is discovered brutally murdered and Vincent vows revenge. Meanwhile, the village is in a state of agitation, anticipating the opening day of the ritualized hunt, with hounds and horses, for the royal red stag. In the midst of it all, Nicole, the count's daughter, returns to the estate from America. As the search for the murderer's identity intensifies and the stag hunt approaches, Nicole and Vincent find themselves inexorably drawn together. The secrets revealed leave no one innocent , exposing the potential of extremes - from devout loyalty to bitter cruelty - within the human heart.

$3.45

Consolation
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Consolation

By James Wilson

In good condition - ex library - has markings from use - due to differing weights in books, postage maybe adjusted at checkout. 1910, and Corley Roper, an eminent children's author, mourns the death of his young daughter. Estranged from his wife, and wracked with grief, he happens one night upon Mary Wilson, a woman in a similar position, as she mourns the stillbirth of her son. No longer able to inhabit the fictional world that made his name, and haunted by the spectre of this other lost child, Roper decides that it is only through engaging with the real world, and the mystery of Mary Wilson's dispossessed heritage, that he may find purpose. Meanwhile, a young American journalist, Alice Dangerfield, has travelled across the Atlantic on a quest of her own, to track down her most cherished author.

$3.45

La\'s Orchestra Saves the World
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La's Orchestra Saves the World

By Alexander Mccall Smith

In good condition - ex library - has markings from use - due to differing weights in books, postage maybe adjusted at checkout. Can any of us make a difference to the great events which determine our fate? La doubts it, but when she moves from London into the Suffolk countryside on the eve of the Second World War, she gets her chance to be more than a mere spectator. Her move to the country has taken place in the trying circumstances of a failed marriage - now she hopes that rural life will offer her peace and the opportunity to recover. But the war brings people together in unexpected ways. A new friend encourages her to form an amateur orchestra, which includes musicians from the village as well as men from the air base nearby. One of the people she recruits is Feliks, a handsome but enigmatic refugee from Poland, who can play the flute. And so, a tender friendship begins to blossom. La's Orchestra Saves the World is an inspiring, gloriously atmospheric and deeply affecting novel which not only celebrates the nature of love and friendship but also explores the character of a nation at war and the extraordinary healing power of music.

$3.45

Nanjing
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Nanjing

By Ye Zhaoyan

In good condition - ex library - has markings from use - due to differing weights in books, postage maybe adjusted at checkout. Set on the eve of the Rape of Nanjing - when Japanese troops invaded this historic capital city, massacred hundreds of thousands, and committed thousand of rapes - Nanjing 1937 - is a tender and humorous story of an impossible love and a lively detailed historical portrait of a people on the verge of destruction.

$3.45

Murderville
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Murderville

By Ashley & JaQuavis Coleman

In good condition - ex library - has markings from use - due to differing weights in books, postage maybe adjusted at checkout. Two children from Sierra Leone, Liberty and A'shai, are brought together by chance only to be forced apart by fate. Ashley and JaQuavis deliver this classic love story set against modern life's most tragic realities. As Liberty lies dying, A'shai walks her through their past, reliving their journeys through the streets. Their story will take them from an arranged marriage, Mexico's drug cartel, child brothels, hustling in Detroit, to escaping L.A.'s underworld. But ultimately, this is a story of love and redemption that will leave you breathless from the first page until the unpredictable and mind-blowing ending.

$3.45

Moon Craving
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Moon Craving

By Lucy Monroe

In good condition - ex library - has markings from use - due to differing weights in books, postage maybe adjusted at checkout. If it were up to him, Talore - laird of the Sinclair clan and leader of his werewolf pack - would nevery marry. But when the King orders Talore to wed an Englishwoman, the lone wolf is shocked to find a challenge in his mate, the strong-willed Abigail. And after a passionate wedding night, the two fiercly independent souls sense an unbreakable bond. Deaf since childhood, Abigail hopes to keep her affliction from Talore as long as possible. And for his part, Talore has no intention of telling her that he is a werewolf. But when Abigail learns that the husband she's begun to love has deceived her, it will take all of his warrior's strength - and his wolf's skill - to win her back. Now Talore and Abigail will face their biggest challenge yet: the vulnerability of being in love...

$2.07

The Ballad of Desmond Kale
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The Ballad of Desmond Kale

By Roger McDonald

In good condition - ex library - has markings from use - due to differing weights on books, postage maybe adjusted at checkout. 'They start out confident enough. They lose their puff, fall into ravines, double back, drop their compasses, go bush mad, and that has been the way since the colony was framed, when a line was drawn, and everyone stayed inside it. In the main, they still do. It is such a vast ocean of land they cannot imagine it, and when they do try, do not get far.' In the early 1800s, out of the prison society of governors, redcoats, gaolers, convicts and the few free settlers of Botany Bay, none ventured much farther inland than a few dozen miles from Sydney. Those who tried came back saying it could not be done, or did not come back at all. Or so it was believed until the brazen escape of Desmond Kale after the final vengeance of his rival, the wildly eccentric 'flogging parson' magistrate Matthew Stanton: 'Kale marched a vicious mile, changed shape over a ridgeline and was gone. His face a shadow. His bootprints evaporations in the dirt. The Ballad of Desmond Kale is Roger McDonald's stirring novel of the first days of British settlement in Australia. At the centre is Stanton's pursuit of Kale - an Irish political prisoner and a rebelliously brilliant breeder of sheep in a place where 'even the land itself is a punishment'. When it is discovered that fine wool thrives in the country of pitiless desolation, the fledgling prison colony is galvanised by dreams and greed: 'Something was going on there you might say like new stars being born into the darkest corner of the sky.' Wool is 'a hoard of promise on yellow hooves'; currency in a colony 'where every hand is on the throat of another'. From the back country comes rumour in the form of a ballad, disturbing proof that somewhere beyond the colony line, Desmond Kale is thriving - 'a boast to the downhearted, a bother to the secure' - and the finest wool in the colony along with him. On both sides of the world, the alchemy of wool fascinates, threatens and transforms. This epic story of greed, conceit and redemption is also an exultant love story and a lively recreation of our past. From Botany Bay to Brazil, from the halls of Westminster and mills of Yorkshire to the Spanish sierras and shipwreck in the Southern Ocean, The Ballad of Desmond Kale intrigues and intoxicates with vigour of language, vivid characterisations and dazzling originality. Once the ballad is sung, the world can never be the same again.

$6.90

Amazir
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Amazir

By Tom Gamble

In good condition - ex library - has markings from use - due to differing weights on books, postage maybe adjusted at checkout. Amazir: The Berber word for 'a man of independent spirit'. An idealistic young Englishman, Harry Summerfield, befriends an American oil explorer in Gibraltar in the 1930's. Their meeting sparks a journey for both men which will take them across Morocco and northern Africa, to encounter the harsh realities of Berber opposition to French colonial rule and the passion of a love for the same young French woman. From the mysterious alleyways of Marrakech to the beautiful solitude of the Atlas Mountains, Amazir paints an unforgettable portrait of a country, a time of war, and a clash of passion.

$6.90

Soldiers\' Women
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Soldiers' Women

By Xavier Herbert

Good condition though spine has markings and fading - no dust jacket - has markings from use - due to differing weights in books, postage maybe adjusted at checkout. Never have women in wartime been drawn more forcefully in all their diversities of character and behaviour with their men. For love is the essential theme of this novel, love and the need that prompts it: all kinds of love from the brutality of drunken lust to the tenderness of true sentiment. The scene is an Australian coastal city where American and Australian soldiers are in transit to battle stations. Under the shadow of war, a brittle gaiety grips the city; racketeers and brothel-keepers flourish; young girls become soldier's molls; wives betray their absent husbands; and there is still a core of sanity. Both the sane and the insanely squalid aspects of this city's life are shown in a fascinating kaleidoscope of characters whose destinies are intricately linked in explosive drama. Writing with passionate sincerity and considerable insight, Xavier Herbert has given a picture of life in the raw: seduction, drunken orgies, rape, murder; and he has also shown a very beautiful harbour-side city where normal people live graciously and retain the standards and ideals that are natural to them. It is the brilliant vividness of the writing, the eye for the fantastic amid the sordid, the unconquerable humour of the ironist, that give the novel its inimitable flavour.

$10.35