Mitch Albom Collection - 2 Books
This bestselling novel and its sequel tell the story of Eddie, who died saving a girl called Annie in an amusement park accident. As he travels through different levels of heaven Eddie encounters people he was connected to in his life, before being reunited with Annie and learning about the life she led. The two titles are The Five People You Meet in Heaven and The Next Person You Meet in Heaven.
Murder at Christmas
Ten Classic Crime Stories for the Festive Season
These ten short murder mysteries from masters of the genre including Ellis Peters and Dorothy L Sayers feature tales of missing jewels, festive dinners gone wrong, suspicious accidents at winter holiday resorts and Horace Rumpole for the defence.
Born in Calcutta in 1962, Amit Chaudhuri, acclaimed by the critic Eileen Battersby as an author who has 'perfected an observational fiction based on insight and memory', delicately explores themes relating to modern Indian life, including post-colonialism, classical music and outsideness.In this collection of short stories, a diverse range of characters dealing with challenging circumstances – including a divorcee about to enter an arranged marriage and a gauche teenager desperate to escape his adolescence – strive to make sense of their lives.
Born in Calcutta in 1962, Amit Chaudhuri, acclaimed by the critic Eileen Battersby as an author who has 'perfected an observational fiction based on insight and memory', delicately explores themes relating to modern Indian life, including post-colonialism, classical music and outsideness.Both an homage to Homer and Joyce and a wry exploration of failure, this narrative follows homesick student Ananda and his eccentric uncle on one of their regular rambles around London, revealing their respective pasts and futures.
Born in Calcutta in 1962, Amit Chaudhuri, acclaimed by the critic Eileen Battersby as an author who has 'perfected an observational fiction based on insight and memory', delicately explores themes relating to modern Indian life, including post-colonialism, classical music and outsideness.Set in Bombay in the 1970s and 1980s, this melodically written exploration of the spiritual and emotional forces guiding two musical families of contrasting means questions whether the human urge to prosper damages the pursuit of art.
Born in Calcutta in 1962, Amit Chaudhuri, acclaimed by the critic Eileen Battersby as an author who has 'perfected an observational fiction based on insight and memory', delicately explores themes relating to modern Indian life, including post-colonialism, classical music and outsideness.Described as a 'felicitous prose poem', this tale focuses on a young Bengali student at Oxford University who, mired in an increasingly complicated love triangle, endures periods of melancholy that sharpen his sensory memories of home.
Jeffrey Eugenides's novels explore themes of adolescence, self-discovery, familial love, and modern America. This short story collection, which includes two previously unpublished tales, features characters living through personal and national emergencies, such as a failed poet turned embezzler, and an immigrant student trying to transform her life.
Neil Gaiman Collection
With Stories Come Possibilities (5 vols)
Neil Gaiman is one of Britain’s leading fantasy writers with books that blend science fiction, fairy tales and mystery in rich, imaginative storytelling. The five books in our collection are Gaiman’s most iconic, now relaunched with new designs to celebrate the 20th anniversary of American Gods. All five novels transcend genres, combining the everyday with hidden worlds that can be underground, over the ancient town walls or in a neighbour’s pond. NeverwhereGaiman’s debut novel, based on the television series co-written with Lenny Henry, is an urban fantasy set in London Below, where Richard Mayhew helps an injured girl, then finds himself in an underground city filled with monsters, murderers and angels.Stardust Tristan Thorn sets out on a quest to win a lady’s hand: he crosses into the magical land of Faerie, a world beyond the town walls, to bring back a fallen star for the beautiful girl who has won his heart. American GodsEx-convict Shadow and the mysterious Mr Wednesday embark on an epic road trip across America, searching for Old Gods, ancient mythological beings, to enlist them in a battle against the New Gods – divinities born of modern life.Anansi BoysAfter Fat Charlie’s dad dies of a heart attack while singing karaoke, the boy’s life is thrown into chaos. He learns that his father was an incarnation of the African spider-god Anansi, and a hitherto unknown brother arrives on his doorstep.The Ocean at the End of the LaneAn unnamed narrator returns to his childhood home and recalls strange events of 40 years ago when, after a coin stuck in his throat, a girl helped him, but led him into a supernatural world and a pond that was really an ocean.
Based on a True Story
In 1965, six climbers died while attempting to climb Mount Poroshiri in Japan's northern island. One climber, Odagiri, is known to have survived four days longer than his companions. This stream-of-consciousness novel imagines his thoughts as the cold and sleepiness start to overwhelm him and his death approaches. Slightly off-mint.
The Ninth Life of Louis Drax
Set in France, this psychological thriller is told through the voices of an extraordinary boy, locked in a coma after falling off a cliff, and the doctor treating him. Gradually the truth about Louis, his shocking accident and what happened to his parents is revealed. Slightly off-mint.
Everything is Nice
Collected Stories, Sketches and Plays
Hailed by Tennessee Williams as 'the most underrated writer of fiction in American literature', Jane Bowles' literary output was curtailed by her debilitating writer's block. This anthology comprises her short stories, sketches, plays, the excised section of her only novel, correspondence and biographical notes.
The Wisdom of Bones
In an attempt to improve the fortunes of his troupe of 'Remarkables', Victorian showman Percy Unusual George acquires the skeleton of an infamous 18th-century French court dwarf. Entwining the two men's stories, this epistolary novel explores themes of love, ambition and what it means to be different.
One of the Boys
A man and his two sons start a new life in suburban Albuquerque following an acrimonious divorce. The brothers watch their father become increasingly erratic, and then dangerous, in a novel that explores the themes of family trauma, addiction and abusive relationships. Slightly off-mint.
In Dust and Ashes
This closely plotted Scandinavian thriller, and series finale, follows Detective Henrik Holme as he attempts to convince his mentor Hanne Wilhelmsen that a murder cold case from 2001 is linked to the recent death of an eccentric blogger and the abduction of a Lottery-winner's grandson.
Someone Like Me
Part taut psychological thriller, part terrifying ghost story, this novel weaves together the stories of Liz Kendall, a devoted mother-of-two who is in the thrall of a malicious alter-ego named Beth, and Fran, a teenaged survivor of childhood trauma who is protected by Jinx, an imaginary fox.
Lord of the Flies
The story of a group of boys marooned on a tropical island after a plane crash, Lord of the Flies, the first novel by William Golding (1911–1993), was published in 1954 and is now a modern classic. For all its adventure and excitement, the book is a profound exploration of the human potential for evil: at first, the boys elect leaders and organize themselves, but very soon rivalry, fear and violence erupt and a descent into savagery begins.
Syd Moore - 2 Books
Confident, down-to-earth Rosie Strange doesn’t believe in witches. Then she inherits the ramshackle Essex Witch Museum and, with its enigmatic curator Sam Stone, finds herself investigating a series of eerie, unsettling mysteries. The two titles included in this set are: Strange Sight (Read more...) Strange Fascination (Read more...)
The Accident on the A35
There seemed nothing remarkable about the fatal crash in France, on the A35 between Strasbourg and Saint-Louis; the mystery for Inspector Georges Gorski was the whereabouts of the victim before the accident. This beguiling literary mystery is by the author of His Bloody Project, shortlisted for the Man Booker, 2016.
Concerned with the theme of identity – both individual and national – Skujins' narrative switches between a carnivalesque depiction of aristocratic life in 18th-century Vidzeme in Latvia and an unnamed orphan's experience of growing up under Nazi occupation in Riga, the country’s capital.
The third part of Kjærstad’s award-winning trilogy finds Jonas Wergeland aboard the Voyager, a boat named after a space probe, with a group of young geographers exploring the Sognefjord; but Jonas is also exploring his own past to discover the truth of his life and of his wife’s death. Translated from the Norwegian by Barbara J Haveland. Off-mint.
The One Inside
Against a backdrop of a bygone America an ageing actor reflects on the experiences that shaped him. Memories blend with visions of his late father as an airman; and his father’s girlfriend, with whom he would become tragically involved. Foreword by Patti Smith. American-cut pages and felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge. Slightly off-mint
When photographer Hseuh inadvertently witnesses a politically motivated assassination in Shanghai in 1931 he finds himself in a web of espionage and international intrigue. Forced to become a police collaborator, he realizes that no one is who they appear to be – not even his own girlfriend.