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The Trespasser By Tana French

Antoinette CONWAY is a murder squad detective but it’s not like she dreamed it would be. Her working life is a stream of thankless cases, vicious pranks and harassment and her work partner Stephen Moran seems to be the only person who’s glad she is there. She is tough but…

Unleashing Demons: The Inside Story of Brexit

David Cameron’s spin doctor appears to blame everyone except himself and his boss in his account of the EU referendum campaign. Oliver was the former prime minister’s spin doctor for five years, and is never less than adoring about the man he calls ‘DC.’ The most striking thing about this…

Today Will Be Different

Eleanor Flood knows she’s a mess. But today will be different. Today she will shower and put on real clothes. She will attend her yoga class after dropping her son, Timby, off at school. She’ll see an old friend for lunch. She won’t swear. She will initiate sex with her…

Holding

The chat show host’s debut is an intelligently crafted story of love, secrets and loss. The remote Irish village of Duneen has known little drama; and yet its inhabitants are troubled. Sergeant PJ Collins hasn’t always been this overweight; mother of two Brid Riordan hasn’t always been an alcoholic; and…

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Born to Run

In 2009, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band performed at the Super Bowl’s half-time show. The experience was so exhilarating that Bruce decided to write about it, and that’s how this extraordinary autobiography began. He describes growing up Catholic in Freehold, New Jersey, amid the poetry, danger, and darkness…

Love Is More than Just a Pearl Necklace

Everyone remembers how much love hurts when you’re young, and everyone can recall the mistakes they’ve made on the path to happiness. Caroline Dowdall has written a warm, witty and highly relatable coming-of-age tale containing all the anxiety, hilarity and expectation of a girl’s formative years. Whether you’re young or…

Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow

WHAT poses the chief threat to mankind in the 21st century: financial meltdown, nuclear war or ecological disaster? The answer, according to Yuval Noah Harari, is none of the above. Instead our greatest existential challenge will come from the ‘techno-religion’ known as Dataism. Not convinced? Read on. Harari, an Israeli…

A Boy Made of Blocks

THIS debut story is inspired by the author’s relationship and experiences with his own son. Alex is dad to Sam, his eight-year-old autistic son and although he loves his son he really struggles to connect with him. The strain of having an autistic child has also had an impact on…

MYTHOMANIA - Some playful essays

In this collection of 27 playful essays about modern culture, some of which began life as radio programmes, Conrad illuminates in his own remarkable way subjects from the British Queen to the Kardashians, via Banksy, vaping, and the inception of the Large Hadron Collider. In Judge Judy, he shows a…

Behind Closed Doors

JACK and Grace seem to be the perfect couple. They live in a beautiful house, he’s a handsome, well-mannered attorney who has never lost a case and earns a lot of money. She is charming and elegant. He appears to adore his wife and never leaves her side. But are…

Molly Chatsworth and the Skull of Belegnoth

Twelve-year-old Molly Chatsworth wants to be an ordinary girl. There is only one problem, the dead keep appearing in her bedroom at night. One afternoon, while waiting at the station to meet her father, she has a strange encounter with a tormented spirit called Alfredo Zim, who turns her whole…

Purity

THE US novelist’s superbly satirical fifth novel is a grand old yarn which tells the story of ‘Pip’ Tyler, a young woman with a ridiculous $130,000 in student debt who is squatting with anarchists and has a difficult relationship with her mother, a woman who lives as a recluse under…

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