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The Bird in a Cage

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by Dard, Frederic
It felt like the slipknot on a rope round my chest was being tightened without pity Trouble is the last thing Albert needs. Travelling back to his childhood home on Christmas Eve to mourn his mother's death, he finds the loneliness and nostalgia of his Parisian quartier unbearable...Until, that evening, he encounters a beautiful, seemingly innocent woman at a brasserie, and his spirits are lifted. Still, ...
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The Evenings

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by Reve, Gerard
'I work in an office. I take cards out of a file. Once I have taken them out, I put them back in again. That is it.' Twenty-three-year-old Frits - office worker, daydreamer, teller of inappropriate jokes - finds life absurd and inexplicable. He lives with his parents, who drive him mad. He has terrible, disturbing dreams of death and destruction. Sometimes he talks to a toy rabbit. This is the story of ten ...
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Triumph and Disaster: Five Historical Miniatures

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by Zweig, Stefan
A single Yes, a single No, a Too Soon or a Too Late makes that hour irrevocable for hundreds of generations while deciding the life of a single man or woman, of a nation, even the destiny of all humanity. Five vivid dramatizations of some of the most pivotal episodes in human history, from the Fall of Constantinople to Scott's doomed attempt to reach the South Pole, bringing the past to life in brilli...
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The Song of Seven

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by Dragt, Tonke
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The Wild Swans

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by Andersen, Hans Christian
A fresh translation of the classic fairy tale of courage and a sister's love A king has eleven sons and one daughter-Elisa. When he marries an evil woman, she turns the princes into swans and banishes the princess from the palace. After years of loneliness and sorrow, Elisa finds her beloved brothers again. But the spell that has been cast on them is powerful, and the price of returning her brothers to hu...
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The World of Yesterday

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by Zweig, Stefan
'The time provides the pictures, I merely speak the words to go with them, and it will not be so much my own story I tell as that of an entire generation - our unique generation, carrying a heavier burden of fate than almost any other in the course of history.' During his lifetime, Stefan Zweig's (1881-1942) works were immensely popular and widely translated. In the decades after his death, he was largely f...
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Summer Before the Dark: Stefan Zweig and Joseph Roth, Ostend 1936

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by Weidermann, Volker
A BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week It's as if they're made for each other. Two men, both falling, but holding each other up for a time. Ostend, 1936: the Belgian seaside town is playing host to a coterie of artists, intellectuals and madmen, who find themselves in limbo while Europe gazes into an abyss of fascism and war. Among them is Stefan Zweig, a man in crisis: his German publisher has shunned him, his m...
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Genius and Discovery: Five Historical Miniatures

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by Zweig, Stefan
Millions of people in a nation are necessary for a single genius to arise, millions of tedious hours must pass before a truly historic shooting star of humanity appears in the sky. Five vivid dramatizations of some of the most pivotal episodes in human history, from the Discovery of the Pacific to the composition of the Marseillaise, bringing the past to life in brilliant technicolor. Contents: Forewo...
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City of Lions

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by Wittlin, Jozef
Lviv, Lwow, Lvov, Lemberg. Known by a variety of names, the City of Lions is now in western Ukraine. Situated in different countries during its history, it is a city located along the fault-lines of Europe's history. City of Lions presents two essays, written more than half a century apart - but united by one city. Jozef Wittlin's sensual and lyrical paean to his Lwow, written in exile, is a deep cry of l...
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Affections

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by Hasbun, Rodrigo
Winner of an English PEN Award 'He is not a good writer, thank goodness. He is a great one' Jonathan Safran Foer A gripping novel about an unusual family's breakdown, set in 1950s-60s South America Loosely based on real events, Affections tells the story of the eccentric, fascinating Ertl family, headed by the egocentric and extraordinary Hans, once Leni Riefenstahl's famous cameraman and Rommel's 'perso...
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Reckless I: The Petrified Flesh (Mirrorworld)

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by Funke, Cornelia
Jacob has uncovered the doorway to another world, hidden behind a mirror. It is a place of dark magic and enchanted objects, scheming dwarves and fearsome ogres, fairies born from water and men born from stone. Here, he hunts for treasure and seeks adventure in the company of Fox - a beautiful, shape-shifting girl, who guides and guards him. But now Jacob's younger brother has followed him into the mirror...
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Clinch

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by Holmen, Martin
You can put the gloves on the shelf but it takes a long time to wash their smell from your knuckles. The writing's on the wall for Harry Kvist. Once a notorious boxer, he now spends his days drinking, and his nights chasing debts amongst the pimps, prostitutes and petty thieves of 1930s Stockholm. When women can't satisfy him, men can. But one biting winter's night he pays a threatening visit to a debtor na...
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The Crew

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by Kessel, Joseph
The crew of a French reconnaissance plane during the First World War consisted of just two men: a pilot and an observer. Two such men are Jean Herbillon and Claude Maury. Herbillon's dreams of glory as an air ace have been dashed after only a few months at the front; Maury suffers from a broken heart - his only hope is that his exploits as a pilot will win back his lost love. Together the two form one of th...
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The Rabbit Back Literature Society

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by Jaaskelainen, Pasi Ilmari
A highly contagious book virus, a literary society and a Snow Queen-like disappearing author 'She came to realise that under one reality there's always another. And another one under that.' Only very special people are chosen by children's author Laura White to join 'The Society', an elite group of writers in the small town of Rabbit Back. Now a tenth member has been selected: Ella, literature teacher an...
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Reckless II: Living Shadows (Mirrorworld)

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by Funke, Cornelia
Jacob has saved his brother from the Mirrorworld, but now he will pay a terrible price. A fairy's curse is burning in his heart, and to break the spell he must embark upon a perilous journey - with his trusty friend Fox by his side - to seek out the only treasure that could save him. Jacob's search for the golden crossbow will lead him across hundreds of miles by land and sea, to an invisible, enchanted pa...
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Crush

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by Dard, Frederic
I understand why you did it. It'll be our secret. Seventeen-year-old Louise Lacroix is desperate to escape her dreary life. So on her way home from work every evening she takes a detour past the enchanting house of Jess and Thelma Rooland - a wealthy and glamorous American couple - where the sun always seems to shine. When Louise convinces the Roolands to employ her as their maid, she thinks she's in heaven...
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Soft in the Head

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by Roger, Marie-Sabine
An international bestseller, Marie Sabine-Roger's heartwarming novel is a touching and comic tale about the power of books. For fans of The Uncommon Reader and The President's Hat. 'Brilliant, uplifting' Le Messager 'Unique. The sort of book that makes you want to hug the author to thank them for the happiness they have given you' Focus Vif His mother called him a worthless halfwit while his fellow drunk...
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The Secrets of the Wild Wood

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by Dragt, Tonke
A Sunday Times and Daily Telegraph Book of the Year 'Fans of The Letter for the King will be delighted with its sequel' Sunday Times 'Action-packed drama' Daily Mail One of the King's most trusted knights has vanished in the snow, so young Sir Tiuri and his best friend Piak must journey into the shadowy heart of the forest to find him. The Wild Wood is a place of mysteries, rumours and whispered tales. ...
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Odessa Stories

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by Babel, Isaac
"It is impossible to look at the world the same way after reading Babel" FT Odessa was a uniquely Jewish city, and the stories of Isaac Babel - a Jewish man, writing in Russian, born in Odessa - uncover its tough underbelly. Gangsters, prostitutes, beggars, smugglers: no one escapes the pungent, sinewy force of Babel's pen. From the tales of the magnetic cruelty of Benya Krik - infamous mob boss, and one ...
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The Beginning Woods

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by McNeill, Malcolm
A MYSTERY NO ONE CAN SOLVE The Vanishings started without warning. People disappearing into thin air - just piles of clothes left behind. Each day, thousands gone without a trace. A BABY NO ONE WANTED Max was abandoned in a bookshop and grows up haunted by memories of his parents. Only he can solve the mystery of the Vanishings. A SECRET THAT COULD SAVE THE FUTURE To find the answers, Max must leave thi...
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