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Fiction 13

68298 TIME OF LIGHT by Gunnar Kopperud Overcome by shame and grief, Markus, a German soldier, seeks atonement for his part in the Nazi invasion of Russia. Captured at the Battle of Stalingrad, he tries to work out a destiny amongst a people he feels he has desecrated. Markus never returns home, turning his back on everything, even his first love Rachel and their son. This unforgettable and impressive novel is a shocking dissection of the effects of war, evil and cultural identity and its infernal inhuman consequences. 247pp in paperback.

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68387 LOVE, AGAIN by Doris Lessing Sally Durham, 60 year old producer and founder of a leading fringe theatre company, commissions a play based on the journals of Julie Cairon, a beautiful, wayward 19th century mulatto woman. It captivates all who come into contact with it, and dramatically changes the lives of all who take part in the play. For Sarah, the changes are profound. She falls in love with two younger men, causing her to relive her own stages of growing up from infantile to mature love. The novel is a fierce examination of the nature and origins of love and its remorseless ability to overwhelm and surprise us. A boldly hewn, magnificent novel of artistic maturity. 340pp in paperback. £7.99 NOW £3

68405 QUEEN OF SUBTLETIES by Suzannah Dunn

This is a boisterous, fictional treatment of Anne Boleyn, the stunning, ambitious and headstrong second wife of King Henry VIII. By taking Henry VIII away from Catherine of Aragon, the new Queen made enemies and favoured just a few. Powerful forces gathered to make her pay dearly for her prize. Meanwhile, in the separate world of the palace kitchens, Lucy Cornwallis, confectioner to Henry VIII, plies her trade. The only woman among 200 men, she sculpts sugar into fantastic ‘subtleties’ for royal celebrations, and tries to avoid the twisted complexities of court life. But the innocent Lucy and her musician confidante Mark Smeaton are caught in the maelstrom that threatens the new Queen’s life and could destroy them. 320pp in paperback. £7.99 NOW £2.75

68406 REPUBLIC OF LOVE by Carol Shields Fay is a folklorist whose passion for mermaids provides her with a sense of continuity with the past. Tom is the host of a late-night radio show. Married and divorced three times before his 40th birthday, he nevertheless hopes that next time around he will make the right choice and make it last. For both Fay and Tom falling in love at first sight is an immense surprise. Carol Shields writes with the charm of a true siren and hers is a hymn to the pleasures, pain and rapture of an unspectacular life. A love-surveying love story. 366pp in paperback. £7.99 NOW £2

68431 BONNY DAWN by Catherine Cookson A powerful novel by one of Britain’s most popular novelists. For 17 year old Brid Stevens, the day began at 4 o’clock on a summer morning, when her alarm clock roused her from a dream-filled sleep. She had an appointment to keep with Joe Lloyd, whom she had met at the weekly dance. On the cliff top at Stockwell Hill, overlooking the sea, they were to watch the sun come up. What was to occur after that was to bring a day of such promise to a tragic end. Set on the Northumbrian coast in the 1960s, all the events take place over just one day and are the consequences of an innocent meeting between two young people. 254pp in paperback.

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of Lake Wobegon by Garrison Keillor

Evelyn Peterson, the 82 year old heroine, is quite prepared for her death but has no time for funerals. She asks that her ashes be placed inside a bowling ball and dropped into the lake. As her family gathers in preparation for the ceremony, her daughter is also coming to terms with the discovery of Raoul, her mother’s secret lover. Meanwhile,

exiled Debbie Detmer returns from her successful Hollywood career in veterinary aromatherapy for a ‘commitment ceremony’ aboard a pontoon boat. All is in readiness for the wedding and then something unexpected happens. 248pp in paperback. £6.99 NOW £3

68464 XPD by Len Deighton June 11th 1940. Where is Winston Churchill? A private aircraft takes off from a small town in central France while Adolf Hitler, the would-be conqueror of Europe, prepares for a clandestine meeting near the Belgian border. For more than 40 years, the events of this day have been Britain’s most closely guarded secret. Anyone who has learned of them must die - with their files stamped XPD, Expedient Demise. The master of fictional espionage is on top form with breathtakingly clever plotting. 450pp in paperback. £7.99 NOW £3

68691 DAKOTA by Martha Grimes

Andi Oliver, amnesiac and drifter, is still running from the memory, her only memory, of an occurrence in a Santa Fe bed and breakfast. Forced to invent the details of her past as she manages to hang on to a precarious present, she moves from one small town job to another across Idaho, across Montana, and into North Dakota. There she gets

herself hired at Klavan’s, a massive pig farming facility that specialises in the dark art of modern livestock management. As Andi begins to uncover the truth about the place and its sister facility Big Sun, a stranger out of her past who has been stalking her for more than a year appears at her door demanding information about which she has no recollection. 414pp. £16.22 NOW £4

68285 HIDDEN FACES by Salvador Dalí The only novel written and with decorations by Salvador Dalí himself, he describes in vividly visual terms the intrigues and love affairs of a group of dazzling, eccentric aristocrats. The story of the tangled lives of the protagonists, from the Paris riots of February 1934 through the darkest days of the Second World War,

69228 RAVENSDALE by Kate Fielding Recently divorced GP Laura Grant moved to the beautiful Yorkshire village of Hawkshead for a fresh start - new patients, new colleagues and an altogether different challenge to create a brighter future. But before long changes are disturbing her newly-found peace of mind. A proposed quarry at Black Gill threatens to destroy the landscape she is growing to love. She is determined to do something to prevent the destruction and enlists the help of her ex-husband Tom - a decision she may regret. Tom has reckoned without the challenge of a rival - Matthew Aire the local landowner. The first in a trio we have available by this author. 278pp in paperback. £6.99 NOW £3.50

69229 RAVENSDALE SPRING by Kate Fielding In the North Yorkshire medical practice of Hawkshead, changes are in store for Dr Laura Grant. The newcomer to the practice Dr Piers Chandler is keen to make his mark but rides roughshod over Ravensdale’s more conservative inhabitants. Soon there is a far greater problem for Laura to contend with. While treating two children for leukaemia, Laura begins to wonder if this is too much of a coincidence. Could fall-out or leakage from a coastal nuclear processing plant be to blame? Before long emotions run high as an inquiry gets under way and Laura finds her own life in grave danger. 264pp in paperback. £6.99 NOW £3.50

69240 WINTER IN RAVENSDALE by Kate Fielding

Snow bound and isolated, the Dales community of Hawkshead is rocked by curious circumstances surrounding the discovery of the body of Jim Blackwood, recently arrived in the Dales, in a frozen tarn below Ravenscar. Dr Laura Grant comforts and supports the grieving widow, while her senior partner Dr Gerald Scott issues the death certificate. But why did he sign it so quickly? When the police become involved, everyone begins to feel the strain. As the harsh Yorkshire winter gives way to spring, the drama unfolds to reveal a mystery that touches them all. 282pp in paperback. £6.99 NOW £3.50


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constitutes a brilliant and dramatic vehicle for Dalí’s unique vision and reads as an epitaph for pre-war Europe. We enter the bizarre world already familiar to us from his painting. Intelligent, extravagant, photographically precise as his paintings, but not quite so bizarre. 318pp in illustrated paperback. £13.50 NOW £4

66188 DETECTIVE STORY by Imre Kertesz Antonio Martens is a torturer for the secret police of a recently defunct dictatorship. Now imprisoned, he begins to recount his involvement in the surveillance, torture and assassination of Federigo and Enrique Salinas, a prominent father and son whose principled but passive opposition to the regime left them vulnerable to the secret police. Preying upon the young boy’s aimless life, the secret police began to position him as a subversive element, before they turned their attention to his father. Once the plan was set in motion, any means were justified to reach the regime’s chosen end. A sophisticated dissection of nihilistic power. 112pp in paperback.

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66261 WEAVER: Time’s Tapestry Book Four by Stephen Baxter

The Weaver of Time’s Tapestry has finally succeeded in twisting the threads of history into a new shape. The Luftwaffe have pushed the RAF to the brink, and the German invasion barges have reached the beaches of Sussex and Kent. Britain wakes up to the nightmare of the Wehrmacht let loose in Southern England. As the desperate battle to hold up the invasion rages, it is left to a few individuals caught up in the panic and chaos to piece together what has really happened. Is this the culmination of a plan that has taken centuries to play out, a plot to change the past forever? 321 paperback pages with map. £12.99 NOW £1.75

66628 THE GLASS ROOM by Simon Mawer On honeymoon in Venice in 1929, Viktor and Liesel Landauer meet brilliant architect Rainer von Abt. Soon, on a hillside near a provincial Czech town, the Landauer House, with its celebrated Glass Room, will become von Abt’s greatest work - a modernist masterpiece in glass and steel, with travertine floors and onyx walls, filled with light. But, while Viktor’s beautiful wife is Aryan, he is Jewish and so, when Nazi troops arrive, the family must flee. The spectacular building slips from hand to hand, from Czech to Nazi to Soviet and finally to the Czech state. 404 pages. £16.99 NOW £1.50


by Françoise Sagan and Douglas Hofstadter Most curiously, here are two books bound into one, with the second upside down! The second book is by the translator of the first subtitled ‘An Essay on the Pleasantly Pervasive Paradoxes of Translation’. The novel itself is then explained by the translator. ‘That Mad Ache’, set in high society Paris in the mid 1960s, recounts the emotional battle unleashed in the heart of Lucile, a sensitive but rootless young woman who finds herself caught between her carefree, tranquil love for 50 year old Charles, a gentle and reflective wealthy businessman, and her sudden wild passion for 30 year old Antoine, an impulsive and hot blooded struggling editor. This new translation returns this forgotten classic to English. 310pp in paperback. £9.99 NOW £2.25

67087 BY GEORGE by Wesley Stace Here is a highly unusual and original story, set just before, during and after WWII. It is the story of two very different boys, George and George Fisher - one George is an eleven-year-old schoolboy; the other George is a wooden ventriloquist’s dummy. Years later,

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the boy, self-possessed but vulnerable, finds himself packed off to boarding school, far from his family - his mother, Frankie, the dynamic actress; his grandma, Queenie, children’s entertainer extraordinaire whose husband Joe was the dummy’s ventriloquist, and his bed-ridden but redoubtable great-grandmother. After the war Queenie put the dummy away, shrapnel wound and all, and he now lies dusty, but holding a secret. 383pp paperback. £7.99 NOW £3.50

67207 HORSE WHISPERER by Nicholas Evans

Part adventure, and above all a story of self knowledge, healing and redemption. In the still of a snow-covered morning, a girl out riding her horse is hit by a 40 ton truck. Though horribly injured, both 13 year old Grace McLane and her horse Pilgrim survive. But the impact on their lives is devastating. So traumatised is he that even the vet who saved him wishes he hadn’t. Annie refuses to have him put down, sensing that if she does, something in Grace will die too. Then she hears about a ‘whisperer’, a man said to have the gift of healing troubled horses. Abandoning her job, Annie sets off across the continent with her daughter and Pilgrim to find him. 433pp in paperback. £7.99 NOW £2

67220 MRS PALFREY AT THE CLAREMONT by Elizabeth Taylor

On a rainy Sunday afternoon in January, Mrs Palfrey, recently widowed, arrived at the Claremont Hotel where she will spend her remaining days. Her fellow residents are a mixed bunch, magnificently flawed and eccentric, living off crumbs of affection and with an obsessive interest in the relentless round of hotel meals. Together, upper lips stiffened, they fight off their twin enemies - boredom and the Grim Reaper. Then one day Mrs Palfrey encounters the handsome young writer Ludo and learns that even the old can fall in love. This book was made into a film starring Joan Plowright. 206pp in paperback.

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67476 VOICES by Ursula Le Guin Ansul was once a peaceful town filled with libraries, schools and temples. But that was long ago, before the Alds came. The Alds believed demons hide in words and so they ban reading and writing, acts now punishable by death. What few books that have survived are hidden in the Waylord’s House for safekeeping in the care of the Waylord, crippled by years of torture, and the daughter of his heart, Memer. Times are changing - The Uplands poet Orrec Caspro and his wife Gry have arrived and in his voice is a clarion call, awakening a conquered people. A gripping tale set against a violent, intolerant and magical backdrop. 366pp in paperback with large print and map. Ages ten to adult.

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67765 ATTACHMENT by Isabel Fonseca The author possess a nasty wit about characters we are not supposed to like and regularly notices things men may wish women didn’t notice. After more than 20 years together, Jean and Mark revel in a sabbatical on a remote tropical island. Life seems idyllic until Jean opens a salacious love letter addressed to Mark. Looking for answers, she goes undercover with a surreptitious correspondence that propels her onto alarming and illuminating adventures of her own. A searing tale of middle aged anxiety. 308pp in paperback. £7.99 NOW £2.50


by Alexander McCall Smith On this visit to the residents of Corduroy Mansions, the charmingly crumbly mansion block in Pimlico, there is as much news as ever. Barbara Ragg, fearless literary agent, succumbs to romance and the charms of the Scottish Highlands whilst her colleague and rival Rupert Porter tracks a mysterious author through the halls of Fortnum &

Mason. Dee, vitamin evangelist and retailer, hits upon a miracle cure with her Sudoku remedy while the loveable Terrance Moongrove, exponent of sacred dance, is saved from financial ruin by the timely intervention of The Green Man. Freddy de la Hay, that most urbane and long-suffering Pimlico terrier, is enlisted as a secret agent by MI6 to spy upon suspect Russian businessmen. 312pp, line drawings. £16.99 NOW £6


FRIENDS, LOVERS, CHOCOLATE by Alexander McCall Smith

The first title, Double Comfort Safari Club, challenges shrewd chief investigator Mma Precious Ramotswe and her doughty assistants at the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency of Botswana. The story opens when her husband, J.L.B. Matekoni, is called out to a car which has died in the middle of nowhere. Before long the Agency gets a call from a solicitor looking for a park ranger who has been left a legacy by an American lady. 247pp in paperback published at £7.99. The second title is a Isabel Dalhousie novel from the ‘The Sunday Philosophy Club’ series. Isabel often thinks of friends, sometimes of lovers, and on occasion of chocolate. As an Edinburgh philosopher she is certain of where she stands. She can review a book called ‘In Praise of Sin’ with panache and conviction but real life is a little more challenging. 297pp in paperback published at £7.99. Shrinkwrapped. £15.98 NOW £5


PARTY by Alexander McCall Smith From the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency begins with a countdown to Mma Makutsi’s wedding. While investigating unpleasant occurrences on a southern cattle- post, Mma Ramotswe, always on the side of the weak against the strong, has reason to reflect on Rule No. One of ‘The Principles of Private Detection’ - never lie to the client. Apprentice mechanic Charlie seems to be avoiding his responsibilities with regard to Prudence’s twin babies. As Mma Makutsi’s big day approaches, her nemesis Violet Sephotho, is casting her net wider - no longer merely the enemy of wives-to-be, now she is standing for election at the Mata Hari of the Botswana Secretarial College. Then, sightings of the ghost of Mma Ramotswe’s beloved tiny white van are unsettling to say the least. 250pp. £16.99 NOW £6.50


67516 INDIGNATION by Philip Roth It is 1951, and the hard-working, law-abiding Marcus Messner is at his pastoral, conservative Ohio college. Originally enrolled at the college of his home town, Newark, Marcus has left for the Midwest to escape his over-protective parents, but finds himself in what could easily be another country. And then there is the wondrous, fragile enigma that is Olivia, the doctor’s daughter, so experienced and yet at the same time so naive. It tells the story of a young man’s education in life’s terrifying twists of fate and bizarre obstructions, a tale of inexperience, foolishness, intellectual resistance, sexual discovery, courage and the making of mistakes. Told with all Roth’s trademark inventive energy and wit, it is a powerful addition to his investigations on the impact of American history on the life of the vulnerable individual.

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SILK STOCKINGS by Julia Stoneham

With so many men away fighting, it is the women left behind who must keep the country going. When Alice Todd is abandoned by her husband, she needs to find a means to provide for herself and her young son. She is offered a job looking after the group of land girls at Lower Post Stone Farm and soon discovers they each have a story, and some have

secrets they would rather not reveal. The harsh times of war are tempered by the Saturday evening dances in the local hall, but as hostilities continue, it is clear to Alice that there is more tragedy to follow closer to home. You will love this historical romance. 318pp in paperback. £7.99 NOW £3.50

67528 OWL KILLERS by Karen Maitland Set in England in 1321 in the tiny village of Ulewic which teeters between survival and destruction it is ruled with violence and intimidation by the terrifying Owl Masters. But another force is touching Ulewic, a newly formed community built and served only by women. Called Beguinage, it is a safe harbour of service and faith in defiance of the all-powerful church. Behind the walls of this sanctuary, women have gathered from all walks of life - a skilled doctor, a towering former prostitute, a cook, a local convert. But life is growing more dangerous with each day. Into this drama are swept innocents like the parish priest trying to save himself, and a village teenager, pregnant and terrified. 509pp, roughcut pages. $26 NOW £4

67542 THE WOMEN by T. C. Boyle T. C. Boyle brings to life the colourful and outlandish character of the architect Frank Lloyd Wright. He tells his life through the tempestuous experiences of the four women who loved him. Despite the overblown scandals surrounding his wives and very public divorces and financial disarray that dogged him through his career, Wright never let anything get in the way of his larger- than-life appetites and visions. Olgivanna Milanoff was an exotic, imperious Montenegrin beauty who was a student of the Russian mystic Gurdjiess and was well known by Wright’s apprentices as ‘the Dragon Lady’. Maude Miriam Noel was a passionate Southern belle with a mean temper and a fondness for morphine. The spirited Mamah Borthwick Cheney was tragically murdered at Wright’s Wisconsin estate, Taliesin, in 1914. His first wife was the young Kitty Tobin with whom he had six children. Overseeing the action is a handsome young Japanese man, Tadashi Sato. 451pp. $27.95 NOW £4.50

67522 MEMNOCH THE DEVIL: The Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice

The Vampire Lestat, outsider, canny monster and hero- wanderer, is at last offered the chance to be redeemed. He is brought into direct confrontation with both God and the Devil, and into the land of Death. We are in New York and the city is blanketed in snow. Through the whiteness, Lestat is searching for Dora, the beautiful and charismatic daughter of a drug lord who arouses his tenderness as no mortal ever has. He is snatched from the world itself by the mysterious Memnoch, who claims to be the Devil and is invited to be a witness at the Creation. The very first of the four Vampire Chronicles. 354pp with roughcut edges. $25 NOW £4.50

67547 VIOLIN by Anne Rice

Deserted by her friends and family, Triana cannot bring herself to leave the beloved body of her husband Karl whom she has nursed devotedly in his last illness. In her mind she hears the racing pulse of Mozart’s music and sometimes the violin concerto of Beethoven which becomes the expression of her sheer desperation. Above her turmoil is the insistent wailing of a violinist outside her house, a tall man with shiny black hair and a dusty coat, looking like a Russian aristocrat, standing on the broken brick sidewalk. As Triana struggles to return to normal life she discovers that the violinist Stefan is the ghost of Prince Stefanovsky with whom she travels back in her dreams to visit Vienna and meet Paganini. 289pp.

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67565 A TRANQUIL STAR by Primo Levi Born in 1919 in Italy and trained as a chemist before imprisonment in Auschwitz, Primo Levi’s memoirs Survival in Auschwitz and The Reawakening stand as the defining works of the genre. He died in Turin in April 1987. Two of the stories in this collection first appeared in the New Yorker. It is the first new fiction of Primo Levi to appear in English in a generation. The collection presents 17 stories, largely departing from the Holocaust works. Grouped into early stories and later stories and with titles like The Magic Paint, The Fugitive and The Girl in the Book, they are lyrical, haunting and here in English translation. 166pp in paperback. £9.99 NOW £4

68205 REBEL by Bernard Cornwell Jilted by his girl and estranged from his family, Nathanial Starbuck arrived in Richmond, Virginia, capital of the Confederate South. He is rescued by the rich and eccentric Washington Faulconer who is raising his own élite regiment to fight against the Yankees. Starbuck enlists in the Faulconer Legion even though it could mean fighting against his own people. Others face similar dilemmas, but soon all confusion will be resolved by the shocking violence of the war which broke America in two. 435pp in paperback. £7.99 NOW £3


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