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Reality and Other Stories – John Lanchester

Reality and Other Stories - John Lanchester

Very modern ghost stories from the Booker-nominated author of The Wall.

Selfie-sticks with demonic powers.

Cold calls from the dead.

And that creeping suspicion, as you sit there with your flat white, that none of this is real.

John Lanchester's first book of shorter fictions, Reality and Other Stories is a gathering of deliciously chilling entertainments, to be read as the evenings draw in and the days are haunted by all the ghastly schlock, uncanny technologies and absurd horrors of modern life.

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An Unusual Boy – Fiona Higgins

An Unusual Boy - Fiona Higgins

Meet Jackson - a very unusual boy in a world that prefers 'normal'... Julia Curtis is a busy mother of three, with a husband often away for work, an ever-present mother-in-law, a career, and a house that needs doing up. Her fourteen-year-old daughter, Milla, has fallen in love for the first time, and her youngest, Ruby, is a nine-year-old fashionista who can out-negotiate anyone.

But Julia's eleven-year-old son, Jackson, is different. Different to his sisters. Different to his classmates. In fact, Jackson is different from everyone. And bringing up a child who is different isn't always easy.

Then, one Monday morning, Jackson follows his new friend Digby into the school toilets. What happens inside changes everything; not only for Jackson, but for every member of his family. Julia faces the fight of her life to save her unusual boy from a world set up for 'normal'.

An extraordinary boy. The mother who loves him. The fight of their lives.

Bestselling novelist Fiona Higgins returns with a heart-stopping, devastating, but ultimately uplifting story about loyalty, love and forgiveness.

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The Strays of Paris – Jane Smiley

The Strays of Paris - Jane Smiley

From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of A Thousand Acres, Jane Smiley, The Strays of Paris is a captivating story of three extraordinary animals – and one little boy – whose lives cross paths in Paris.

Paras is a spirited young racehorse living in a stable in the French countryside. That is until one afternoon, when she pushes open the gate of her stall and, travelling through the night, arrives quite by chance in the dazzling streets of Paris.

She soon meets a German shorthaired pointer named Frida, two irrepressible ducks and an opinionated crow, and life amongst the animals in the city’s lush green spaces is enjoyable for a time. But everything changes when Paras meets a human boy, Étienne, and discovers a new, otherworldly part of Paris: the secluded, ivy-walled house where the boy and his nearly-one-hundred-year-old great grandmother live quietly and unto themselves. As the cold weather of Christmas nears, the unlikeliest of friendships bloom among humans and animals alike.

But how long can a runaway horse live undiscovered in Paris? And how long can one boy keep her all to himself? Charming and beguiling in equal measure, Jane Smiley’s novel celebrates the intrinsic need for friendship, love, and freedom, whomever you may be...

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The Last Days of John Lennon – James Patterson

The Last Days of John Lennon - James Patterson

John Lennon wanted to get back to the music. One man wanted to stop him.

With the Beatles, John Lennon surpasses his youthful dreams, achieving a level of superstardom that defies classification. "We were the best bloody band there was," he says. "There was nobody to touch us." Nobody except the original nowhere man, Mark David Chapman. Chapman once worshipped his idols from afar--but now harbors grudges against those, like Lennon, whom he feels betrayed him. He's convinced Lennon has misled fans with his message of hope and peace. And Chapman's not staying away any longer.

By the summer of 1980, Lennon is recording new music for the first time in years, energised and ready for it to be "(Just Like) Starting Over." He can't wait to show the world what he will do.

Neither can Chapman, who quits his security job and boards a flight to New York, a handgun and bullets stowed in his luggage.

The greatest true-crime story in music history, as only James Patterson can tell it. Enriched by exclusive interviews with Lennon's friends and associates, including Paul McCartney, The Last Days of John Lennon is the thrilling true story of two men who changed history: One whose indelible songs enliven our world to this day--and the other who ended the beautiful music with five pulls of a trigger.

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La Buvette: Recipes and Wine Notes from Paris – Camille Fourmont and Kate Leahy

La Buvette - Camille Fourmont and Kate Leahy

The owner of a beloved Paris wine shop, bar, and cafe shares the secrets of effortless French entertaining in this lushly photographed guide featuring 50 recipes for simple, grazing-style food.

Inspired by the stylish, intimate, and laid-back vibes of La Buvette--a tiny wine shop that doubles as a bar and cafe--in Paris's 11th Arrondissement, this guide to wine, food, and Parisian lifestyle unlocks the secrets to achieving that coveted je ne sais quoi style of entertaining, along with revealing the best of the City of Light.

La Buvette's owner, Camille Fourmont, offers a look into the wine notes she uses to stock her shop and the incredible recipes she prepares in the shop's miniscule "kitchen" space. She also introduces some of Paris's best wine and food makers in intimate portraits. Included are fifty recipes for easy and delicious snacks and full meals perfect for impromptu grazing-style entertaining--with plenty of wine--such as Camille's "famous" Giant Beans with Citrus Zest; Pickled Egg with Furikake; Canned Sardines and Burnt Lemon; Baguette, Butter, and White Peach and Verbena Jam; and Crème Caramel.

With tips on selecting wine and sourcing antique kitchenware, recreating the charm and ease of Parisian-style entertaining has never been so enjoyable. Whether you are travelling to Paris or bringing a piece of the City of Light into your home, you'll learn how to drink, eat, and shop like a true Parisian.

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The Glamour Boys: The Secret Story of the Rebels who Fought for Britain to Defeat Hitler – Chris Bryant

The Glamour Boys - Christ Bryant

A story of unsung bravery at a defining moment in Britain’s history.

We like to think we know the story of how Britain went to war with Germany in 1939, but there is one chapter that has never been told. In the early 1930s, a group of young, queer British MPs visited Berlin on a series of trips that would change the course of the Second World War.

Having witnessed the Nazis' brutality first-hand, these men were some of the first to warn Britain about Hitler, repeatedly speaking out against their government's policy of appeasing him. Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain hated them. Branding them 'the glamour boys' to insinuate something untoward about them, he had their phones tapped and threatened them with deselection and exposure.

At a time when even the suggestion of homosexuality could land you in prison, the bravery these men were forced to show in their personal lives gave them extraordinary courage in public. Undaunted, they refused to be silenced and when war came, they enlisted. Four of them died in action. And without them, Britain would never have faced down the Nazis.

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The Physics of Popcorn – Aidan Randle-Conde

The Physics of Popcorn - Aidan Randle-Conde

Get ready to play (and learn!) with your food!

Discover how electricity is made, learn about the inner workings of atoms and conduct experiments with making waves, and more.

Become a Kitchen Scientist by grasping gases using a home-made hot air balloon, learning about light to recreate a rainbow and mastering momentum with model cars!

The Physics of Popcorn uses applied science for a fun and interactive approach to learning for the whole family.

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