500 Years of Island Life

From the early 1400s to the 21st century, the island of Guernsey was a microcosm of society edging its way from feudalism towards democracy. During those 500 years, the Lihou family worked and lived on the island and their story is woven into many of the great events that have shaped, not just the island, but the wider world.

Sixteen generations of the Lihou family span the half-millennium of this story and with each generation, a unique view of the society and context of their everyday lives unfolds.

Where historical records have established the facts, as with Parish registers, they have been included. Oral history, books and reports have also provided much of the historical detail. But where no such records exist, conjecture has been used to create a possible version of events, which affords a rare glimpse into the lives of our ancestors.

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Cutting for Stone

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Expect to be swept along by the drama of this roller-coaster of a novel. Over five hundred pages of beauty, horror, poignancy, tragedy and charm.

Verghese takes us from India to Ethiopia and the USA, revealing intricate details of surgery, rebellion, war, passion, faith and love. It is not often that a book can lift your spirit to new heights, and this one is right up there with the likes of Shantaram and similar great novels.

An unforgettable read

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The Time In Between by Maria Dueñas

The Time In Between by Maria Dueñas
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Captivating account of a young woman’s life in pre-war Spain and Morocco.

‘Beguiling. A richly satisfying novel’ Financial Times

‘An Engrossing Tale of love and war’ Woman and Home

‘One of those rare, richly textured novels that enthrall down to the last page. Maria Duenas reminds us how it feels to be swept away by a masterful storyteller’ Historical Novels Review

‘A wonderful novel, in the old and good tradition, with intrigue, love, mystery’ Mario Vargas Llosa, recipient of the 2010 Nobel Prize in Literature

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The Second Coming

The Second Coming

God looks down on Earth and is disgusted with what he sees his creation has become. He decides that humanity is a failed experiment, and he orders Earth and all of humanity destroyed. He will start again from scratch. Jesus, however, intervenes and requests one more opportunity to thesecondcomingturn mankind around. He is given one year to see if he can make a significant difference.

If you are a fan of the “Left Behind” series, this is your type of book. Asking the big; What If?

Druid’s Bane by Phillip Henderson

Druid's Bane by Phillip Henderson

The Illandian Spring Tournament is about to reach its crescendo. With the king’s only Druid's-Bane_-Book-1-of-the-Arkaelyon-Chronicles---Henderson,-Phillipdaughter, Danielle de Brie, and her twin brother, Kane, preparing to face each other in the tourney ring for the deciding match the citizens and nobles of Arkaelyon’s capital city are in a fever of excited speculation. Determined to free herself from the fear her twin brother has always provoked in her and to show the world that men such as Kane de Brie can be defeated, Danielle has every intension of making her brother’s title her own. But even as the two royals climb the stairs to Illandia’s famous dueling ring, Danielle has no idea that a rescind coven of druids are about to change her world forever or that the deep animosity Kane and her share for one another is fated to plunge the realm into civil war. And certainly she is ignorant of the ancient gift that dwells in her bloodline. An odd dream is the only hint she has of the dangerous manipulation that is stirring in the shadows of her father’s realm and her involvement in it. But when she makes passing mention of the dream to the Lord Protector, Father Joseph’s response and the secrets he and a priestly order protect are destined to set her on a desperate and perilous path to save her father’s realm from an unimaginable evil.

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The Alchemist

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A special 25th anniversary edition of the extraordinary international bestseller, including a new Foreword by Paulo Coelho.

Combining magic, mysticism, wisdom and wonder into an inspiring tale of self-discovery, The Alchemist has become a modern classic, selling millions of copies around the world and transforming the lives of countless readers across generations.

Paulo Coelho’s masterpiece tells the mystical story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure. His quest will lead him to riches far different—and far more satisfying—than he ever imagined. Santiago’s journey teaches us about the essential wisdom of listening to our hearts, of recognizing opportunity and learning to read the omens strewn along life’s path, and, most importantly, to follow our dreams.

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Narcissus and Goldmund

Narcissus is a teacher at Mariabronn, a monastery in medieval Germany, and Goldmund his favourite pupil. While Narcissus remains detached from the world in prayer and meditation, Goldmund runs away from the monastery in pursuit of love. Thereafter he lives an&g picaresque wanderer s life, his amatory adventures resulting in pain as well as ecstasy. His eventual reunion with Narcissus brings into focus the diversity between artist and thinker, Dionysian and Apollonian. This new edition features a forward from the musician and artist Graham Coxon: ‘The clean simplicity of Hesse’s writing offers a vast space in which to push your weightless mind, and, although you can see the universe between the lines, he never forces you to venture too deeply but rather leaves it entirely up to you as to how far in you might like to travel. This is not just a story. This book is a gentle arm around the shoulder.’

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A novel that dramatises Nietzsche’s conception of the Apollonian and the Dionysian. At the medieval monastery of Mariabronn, the restless Goldmund realises he isn’t cut out for a cloistered life under the tutelage of his friend and mentor, the ascetic Narziss, and so begins a series of travels that see him work his way through most of the seven deadly sins before finding a psychic resolution of sorts in an apprenticeship to a master sculptor. Only by feeding his appetite for worldly experience does Goldmund finally find the courage to face death. –The Guardian 1000 Novels Everyone Must Read

His greatest novel –New York Times

One of his masterpieces . . . without doubt a great novel –Observer

His greatest novel –New York Times

One of his masterpieces . . . without doubt a great novel –Observer

His greatest novel –New York Times

One of his masterpieces . . . without doubt a great novel –Observer

About the Author

Counted among the leading thinkers of the twentieth century, HERMANN HESSE was born in 1877. Rebelling against a stern monastic education, he worked as a locksmith and a bookseller before embarking on a 65-year writing career. Having travelled as far as India, he settled in Switzerland in 1911 in opposition to German militarism. Awarded the Nobel Prize in 1946, he died in 1963 aged eighty-five.

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Golden Promise by Heather Whipp

Golden Promise by Heather Whipp

033015-Golden_Promise_Front_CoverIt is 19th century London and transportation to Australia for petty crimes remains the easy option for the English judiciary. So when young Matt Tobin becomes embroiled in the crimes of his older brother, he is forced to leave London aboard a transport ship and start a new life in the Antipodes.

Unlike his older brother, Matt is ambitious and strives to make a success of his life. Working hard to acquire a range of skills and cast off the shame of his convict background, the boy grows into an industrious employee and settles into life on one of the new colony’s sprawling sheep stations.

Things go well for Matt until he meets Sarah, the spoilt and determined daughter of his employer. Despite his single-minded focus, Matt is unable to ignore her amorous advances and the heat of their desire soon results in the announcement of an unplanned pregnancy, and the wrath of Sarah’s self-righteous father.

The couple marry, and after their attempts to turn virgin bush into a profitable sheep property fail, they set off for a new life in a burgeoning gold mining town. But soon Matt’s past revisits him, with a force so powerful that everything he values, including his marriage, will be tested to the limit.

 

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Finding the Rainbow by Rachel McGrath

Finding the Rainbow by Rachel McGrath

Finding the Rainbow is a fascinating and honest insight into a world that most would find difficult to understand, and many would be quietly thankful not to need to. McGrath tells

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the story of her battle to conceive and carry a baby, with unrestricted honesty, leaving the reader in no doubt as to her thoughts and feelings, and the courageousness with which she deals with a very difficult period in her and her husband’s lives. This emotive account draws attention to some of the otherwise unknown aspects of infertility and miscarriage, whilst still leaving room for humour, happiness and philosophy. The first book for Rachel McGrath, she writes about her battle with her body, her mind and the health service, whilst showing an incredible amount of inner strength, elegance and poise.

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Unlucky for Some

Unlucky for Some

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A compilation of 13 macabre twist in the tale stories, not for the faint of heart.

A Different Reality.

Where do dreams end, and reality begin? Sometimes the boundaries are not so clear cut.
To quote Edgar Allen Poe “Is all that we see or seem but a dream within a dream?”

Gigolo

Barry always planned everything down to the last detail. His final plan was the most important, and nothing could possibly go wrong. Could it?

I Can’t Go Out There

Rachel had every faith in her growing abilities as a Clinical Psychologist, but she was soon to find that attending lectures about phobias would never prepare her for being confronted with the real thing.

Happy Now

The way we see our world determines the way we treat it, and others…There is a limit to how far even the meekest of us can be pushed before hitting the breaking point.

No Ticket Required

Though Parker had never been what anyone could call a good guy, Fate seemed to be on his side at last. We all know though, just how fickle Fate can be.

Superstitious Bull

A writer in search of ideas for his next ghost story stays in the sleepy village of Cresden. Incited by stories telling the evil history of Cresden Manor he visits the home. The manor however is not what he expected…

You Won’t Get Away With It

The Tiger’s Eye was never meant to be removed from the village. The witchdoctor had begged them, and warned them. The Spirits wouldn’t like it. But what could they do back in London?

A Deal’s a Deal

In desperation over the way life is dealing him such a bad hand, Mark Kelly vows he would sell his soul to attain his heart’s desires. From that day everything begins to go his way, but does he realise the deal he has made requires payment?

The Other Side

Edmund Thorn is a master psychic in the 1800’s, or so his willing audience believe. In reality Edmund simply has the gift of the gab, clever lighting techniques and an ability to make people believe they are seeing what they want to see. His biggest challenge comes to him by chance when a man in the street offers him a fortune to contact his wife. Edmund’s talents are about to be tested to the full…

Out of the Body

Following a freak accident in which Grant is subjected to an Out of the Body experience, his whole life begins to revolve around repeating the experience. In time, he is to become an expert on the subject, but even experts sometimes make mistakes.

Vicious Circle

Everyday life can feel like a bind sometimes. Everything seems to revolve around working for a living. When something very different happens though, it isn’t always a change for the better. Monotony can be quite appealing when the alternative is being caught in a nightmare.

They All Have to Pay

Terrible things can happen in life, events that change someone’s whole outlook and are not easy to forget. Sometimes they prove impossible to leave behind.

Unlucky For Some

Thirteen had always been Gerard’s lucky number. Born on the 13th, and 13th in a long line of wealthy sons, he had amassed thirteen business empires by the time he was thirty-nine. He owned thirteen horses, and hunted every 13th of the month. His ambition was to kill thirteen foxes during one hunt, but the little devils were not so obliging…

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