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Paradise Lost. Smyrna 1922

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by Giles Milton
Paradise Lost is a history of the great fire of Smyrna in 1922, by bestselling non-fiction author Giles Milton. A consequence of the latter days of Greco-Turkish War, the fire decimated much of the port city of Smyrna, modern day Izmir, causing death and destruction, and forcing hundreds of thousands of civilians to flee. Above all Milton’s book has been noted for celebrating the heroism of individuals who ...
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Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

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by John Le Carre
The enduring novel by one of our greatest storytellers. George Smiley, who is a troubled man of infinite compassion, is also a single-mindedly ruthless adversary as a spy. The scene which he enters is a Cold War landscape of moles and lamplighters, scalp-hunters and pavement artists, where men are turned, burned or bought for stock. Smiley's mission is to catch a Moscow Centre mole burrowed thirty years dee...
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Smiley's People

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by John Le Carre
Smiley's People is one of John le Carre's classic Cold War novels and George Smiley one of his most acclaimed characters. Into a shadowy, violent and intricate world steeped in moral ambivalence steps George Smiley, sometime acting Chief of the Circus, as the Secret Service is known. His brief is to bury crime, not solve it, as he fights his own private battle from London to Paris and to Hamburg for his las...
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Grace Williams Says It Loud

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by Emma Henderson
Shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction Winner of the McKitterick Prize 2011 Runner up, Mind Book of the Year 2011 Shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers' First Book Award, the Waverton Good Read Award, the Authors Club First Novel Award the Wellcome Trust Book Prize The doctors said no more could be done and advised Grace's parents to put her away. On her first day at the Briar Mental Institute, Gra...
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Black Swan Green

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by David Mitchell
January, 1982. Thirteen-year-old Jason Taylor - covert stammerer and reluctant poet - anticipates a stultifying year in his backwater English village. But he hasn't reckoned with bullies, simmering family discord, the Falklands War, a threatened gypsy invasion and those mysterious entities known as girls. Charting thirteen months in the black hole between childhood and adolescence, this is a captivating nov...
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The Honourable Schoolboy

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by John Le Carre
George Smiley has become chief of the battered British Secret Service at a time when the betrayals of a Soviet double agent have riddled the spy network. Smiley wants revenge. His method is attack, the quarry Karla, the battleground Hong Kong, and the choice of weapon, the Honourable Jerry Westerby, Eastern hand, passionate lover and seasoned, reckless secret agent. So begins the terrifying game ...
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The Missing

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by Tim Gautreaux
Louisiana is the setting for this riveting tale of a kidnapped child and the man on her trail - Sam Simoneaux, who feels honour-bound to help find her. Leaving his stalwart wife behind, he works his passage on a pleasure steamer up the Mississippi, entering a wild world of jazz, moonshine and lawlessness. It is a journey that will lead Sam to confront not only violent criminals but his own past, and to make...
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Number 9 Dream

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by David Mitchell
David Mitchell’s Number 9 Dream sees 19 year-old Eiji Miyake arrive in Tokyo from backwater Japan to locate the father he has never met. The whirlwind journey that begins in the big city jumps from reality to fantasy in a chain of unexpected encounters. Eiji must fall in love and exorcise his childhood demons in order to grasp the belonging he craves.
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Schindler's Ark

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by Thomas Keneally
Schindler's Ark tells the now-famous story of the Oskar Schindler, who for a brief period in an otherwise undistinguished life became a hero and a saviour. In the shadow of Auschwitz, a flamboyant German industrialist grew into a living legend to the Jews of Cracow. He was a womaniser, a heavy drinker and a bon viveur, but to them he became a saviour. This is the extraordinary story of Oskar Schindler, who ...
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Pure

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by Miller Andrew
A year of bones, of grave-dirt, relentless work. Of mummified corpses and chanting priests. A year of rape, suicide, sudden death. Of friendship too. Of desire. Of love...A year unlike any other he has lived. Deep in the heart of Paris, its oldest cemetery is, by 1785, overflowing, tainting the very breath of those who live nearby. Into their midst comes Jean-Baptiste Baratte, a young, provincial engineer c...
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The Cloudspotter’s Guide

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by Gavin Pretor-Pinney
This amusing book from the chairman and founder of The Cloud Appreciation Society does exactly what it says on the cover - it’s a guide to that ever-changing skyscape above us. It explains which are the bringers of fine weather, and which of unsettled, and even which can be used to predict earthquakes. But it goes beyond these obvious mentions to consider the pressing questions of the cloudspotter’s world s...
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The City Of Falling Angels

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by John Berendt
Taking the fire that destroyed the Fenice theatre in 1996 as his starting point, John Berendt creates a unique and unforgettable portrait of Venice and its extraordinary inhabitants.
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Natural Explorer

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by Gooley Tristan
Tristan Gooley demonstrates how it is possible to connect profoundly with the lands we travel through. The most rewarding travel experiences do not depend on our destination or the length of our journey, but on our levels of awareness. A short walk can compare with an epic journey, when we take the time to focus on the things that dramatically enrich each journey. Exploration is no longer about hard...
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The Other Hand

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by Cleave, Chris
Reissued to mark Sceptre's 30th anniversary, with an exclusive new afterword by the author. Shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers' Prize and Costa Novel of the Year, this international bestseller has become a reading group classic. We don't want to tell you too much about this book. It is a truly special story and we don't want to spoil it. Nevertheless, you need to know something, so we will just say ...
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When Red is Black

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by Qiu Xiaolong
When Inspector Chen Cao agrees to do a translation job for a Triad-connected businessman he is given a laptop, a 'little secretary' to provide for his every need, medical care for his mother. There are, it seems, no strings attached ...Then a murder is reported: Chen is loath to shorten his working holiday, so Sergeant Yu is forced to take charge of the investigation. The victim, a middle-aged teacher, has ...
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The Mission Song

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by John le Carre
Bruno Salvador has worked on clandestine missions before. A highly skilled interpreter, he is not stranger to the Official Secrets Act. But this is the first time he has been asked to change his identity - and, worse still, his clothes - in service of his country. Whisked to a remote island to interpret a top-secret conference between no-name financiers and Congolese warlords, Salvo's excitement is only hei...
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The Little Drummer Girl

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by John Le Carre
In this enthralling and thought-provoking novel of Middle Eastern intrigue, Charlie, a brilliant and beautiful young actress, is lured into 'the theatre of the real' by an Israeli intelligence officer. Forced to play her ultimate role, she is plunged into a deceptive and delicate trap set to ensnare an elusive Palestinian terrorist. The Little Drummer Girl is a thrilling, deeply moving and courageous novel ...
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Delizia!

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by John Dickie
“Delizia!” is the epic history of the Italians and their food. Everyone loves Italian food. But how did the Italians come to eat so well? The advertising industry tells us the answer lies in the vineyards and olive groves of Tuscany - among sun-weathered peasants, and mammas serving pasta under the pergola. Yet this nostalgic fantasy has little to do with the real history of Italian cuisine.
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Nightwoods

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by Frazier Charles
The main lesson Luce had learned was that you couldn't count on anybody. In the lonesome beauty of the forest, across the far shore of the mountain lake from town, Luce acts as caretaker to an empty, decaying Lodge, a relic of holidaymakers a century before. Her days are long and peaceful, her nights filled with Nashville radio and yellow lights shimmering on the black water. A solitary life, and the perfec...
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The Life of an Unknown Man

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by Andrei Makine
One night in St Petersburg, two men meet, both adrift in the brash new Russia: Shutov, a writer visiting after years of exile in Paris, and Volsky, an elderly survivor of the Siege of Leningrad and Stalin's purges. His life story - one of extreme suffering, courage and an extraordinary love - he considers unremarkable. To Shutov it is a revelation, the tale of an unsung hero that puts everything into perspe...
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