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The Book of The Month:
Mr Gandy's Grand Tour
When Timothy Gandy’s wife dies suddenly, he finds himself at a bit of a loose end, unexpectedly freed from the constraints that have held him back over 40 years of marriage and employment in a job he finds profoundly tedious. To the horror of his offspring, who see their inheritance being frittered away, he decides to embark on a lifetime’s ambition; one which he has long kept to himself. He will set off on a Grand Tour, following in the footsteps of the aristocrats of the eighteenth century. Should he ever make it back home, his outlook – and his life – will be changed forever.
The Second Child
Why do you love your child? Is it because they're a straight A student, a talented footballer? Or is it simply because they're yours?
Sarah and Phil love both their children, James and Lauren. The couple have the same hopes and aspirations as any parent. But their expectations are shattered when they discover that their perfect daughter has been born with a flaw; a tiny, but life-changing glitch that is destined to shape her future, and theirs, irrevocably.
Over time the family learn to adapt and even thrive. Then one day a blood test casts doubt on the very basis of their family. Lauren is not Phil's child. Suddenly, their precious family is on the brink of destruction. But the truth they face is far more complex and challenging than simple infidelity. It tests their capacity to love, each other and their children, and it raises the question of what makes - and what breaks - a family.
Pariah asks you to imagine being forced to cut yourself off from society.
You can’t go near your friends, your work colleagues, even your family.
Because if you do… they will die.
Imagine the pain of not being able to see your spouse and your children. You have to live apart from them. You can’t go into work. Your environment becomes a claustrophobic hotel room, with seemingly no escape. You cannot risk talking to strangers in case it is seen as an act of friendship that puts them in danger. It is the ultimate in solitary isolation.
How long could you bear to live like that?
How long would it be before you became desperate for it to end? So desperate, in fact, that you might be willing to sell your soul to anyone who offers you a way out?
NYPD detective Callum Doyle is about to learn the answers to these questions. It starts with the murder of his partner. But that’s only the beginning…
By Blood Divided
Destiny, inheritance, the world shifting from east to west. This is an epic novel set in an age of dramatic change.
Siward, scion of a great dynasty, commands the Varangian Guard and has vowed to defend the Roman Empire to the last. Makkim, renowned general to Ottoman rule, has vowed to destroy it.
They are enemies in war, but unknown to them, they are also rivals to inherit one of Europe's greatest fortunes. Even worse, they are competing for the love of the same woman.
Their vast inheritance lies in Venice, as does the famous courtesan they both love. She is the reason they will find themselves fighting on the walls of Constantinople, in one of the most dramatic sieges in history.
A picture hides a thousand words . . .
On a hot July day in 1967, Odelle Bastien climbs the stone steps of the Skelton gallery in London, knowing that her life is about to change forever. Having struggled to find her place in the city since she arrived from Trinidad five years ago, she has been offered a job as a typist under the tutelage of the glamorous and enigmatic Marjorie Quick. But though Quick takes Odelle into her confidence, and unlocks a potential she didn't know she had, she remains a mystery - no more so than when a lost masterpiece with a secret history is delivered to the gallery.
The truth about the painting lies in 1936 and a large house in rural Spain, where Olive Schloss, the daughter of a renowned art dealer, is harbouring ambitions of her own. Into this fragile paradise come artist and revolutionary Isaac Robles and his half-sister Teresa, who immediately insinuate themselves into the Schloss family, with explosive and devastating consequences.
FICTION - LGBT
A small, close-knit Orthodox Jewish community in London is the setting for a revealing look at religion and sexuality in Alderman's frank yet heartfelt debut novel, Disobedience. The story begins with the death of the community's esteemed rabbi, which sets in motion plans for a memorial service and the search for a replacement. The rabbi's nephew and likely successor, Dovid, calls his cousin Ronit in New York to tell her that her father has died. Ronit, who left the community long ago to build a life for herself as a career woman, returns home when she hears the news, and her reappearance exposes tears in the fabric of the community.
Steeped in Jewish philosophy and teachings, Disobedience is a perceptive and thoughtful exploration of the laws and practices that have governed Judaism for centuries, and continue to hold sway today. Throughout the novel, Alderman retells stories from the Torah -- Judaism's fundamental source -- and the interplay between these tales and the struggles of the novel's unique characters wields enormous power and wisdom, and will surely move readers to tears.
A Game of Birds and Wolves
A Game of Birds and Wolves: The Ingenious Young Women Whose Secret Board Game Helped Win World War II
By 1941, Winston Churchill had come to believe that the outcome of World War II rested on the battle for the Atlantic. A grand strategy game was devised by Captain Gilbert Roberts and a group of ten Wrens (members of the Women's Royal Naval Service) assigned to his team in an attempt to reveal the tactics behind the vicious success of the German U-boats. Played on a linoleum floor divided into painted squares, it required model ships to be moved across a make-believe ocean in a manner reminiscent of the childhood game, Battleship. Through play, the designers developed "Operation Raspberry," a counter-maneuver that helped turn the tide of World War II.