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Dashing for the Post: The Letters of Patrick Leigh Fermor

by Patrick Leigh Fermor, Adam Sisman (editor)
£10.99

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Jane and Dorothy

by Marian Veevers
£17.99

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Letters of Intent

by Cynthia Ozick
£30.00

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The Nakano Thrift Shop

by Hiromi Kawakami
£7.99

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Nutshell

by Ian McEwan
£8.99

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The Unfinished Palazzo

by Judith Mackrell
£19.95

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The Complete Stories

by Anita Desai
£16.99

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Stasi Wolf

by David Young
£7.99

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Letters From Klara

by Tove Jansson
£8.99

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East West Street

by Philippe Sands
£16.00

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Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst

by Robert M. Sapolsky
£25.00

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Phone

by Will Self
£18.99

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See What I Have Done

by Sarah Schmidt
£12.99

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Uncommon People

by David Hepworth
£20.00

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The Shadow District

by Arnaldur Idridason
£9.99

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Admissions

by Henry Marsh
£16.99

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The Strange Death of Europe

by Douglas Murray
£18.99

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The Boy on the Bridge

by M.R. Carey
£16.99

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The Pigeon Tunnel

by John le Carré
£8.99

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Into the Water

by Paula Hawkins
£20.00

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Staff Picks

Picked by Emma

A Natural

by Ross Raisin
£12.99

An excellent novel which uses the setting of a fictional second division English football club to explore the notions of identity and masculinity within a very specific and stereotyped world. The narrative focuses on two players (one secretly gay, the other suffering from depression) and one of the player's wives. This is a deceptively simple but quietly powerful read.

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Picked by Cindy

Being A Dog

by Alexandra Horowitz
£14.99

Who knew a dog's nose was such a complicated and amazing thing! Clearly explained with wit and skill, reading this exploration of what it's like to be a dog is a fun and rewarding experience.  I am much more patient with my dog Scout's seemingly random wanderings now and am astounded by what he can do with just his nose!

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Picked by Tara

The Gustav Sonata

by Rose Tremain
£8.99

This is the first book I have read by Rose Tremain but it certainly won't be my last! Wonderfully written, I particularly loved reading from the perspective of Gustav. Paced brilliantly, very readable, and never dwelling too much on any particular incident. There was no shortage of imagery - it is both desolate and moving.

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Picked by Aude

The Nest

by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney
£8.99

Reading 'The Nest' feels like welcoming home some estranged members of one's own family. You get as easily attached to the Plumbs as you get annoyed with them. You will pity them, loathe them, laugh at them and love them. the Nest is also a brilliant depiction of contemporary US. The city of New York is as important a character as the rest of this not so very unusual family.

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Picked by Emma

I Read The News Today, Oh Boy

by Paul Howard
£9.99

The story of Tara Browne, heir to the Guinness fortune, who died in a car accident in 1966 and was immortalised in the Beatles song 'A Day In The Life'. A compelling biography and impeccably researched social history.

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Picked by Pauline

Exposure

by Helen Dunmore
£8.99

A gripping story set in 1960s Cold War London. Simon and Lily Carrington are an ordinary married couple with three children who are drawn into a web of lies, accusations of espionage, and treachery. Extremely moving, this ends up being a tale of the remarkable resilience of the Carrington's marriage.

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Picked by Aude

Not Working

by Lisa Owens
£7.99

This book made me laugh out loud on the Tube.  The main character, Claire, is in the middle of a mid-life crisis, but she is only in her late twenties!

Not Working is a funny read, but also quite realistic. We have all asked ourselves, at least once, the existential questions Claire comes across.

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Picked by Bill

The King’s Grave: The Search for Richard III

by Phillipa Langley and Michael Jones
£12.99

The Shakespearean view of King Richard III is comprehensively debunked by self-styled 'Ricardian' Phillipa Langley in this enlightening retelling of the Yorkist monarch's life and death. Together with a thorough account of the amazing search for and discovery of Richard's body in a Leicester car park, history, archaeology and intrigue are combined here.

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Picked by Aude

Cows

by Dawn O’Porter
£14.99

A brilliant adult debut for Dawn O'Porter. the voices of the characters in The Cows are powerful and they all need to be heard (or read!), whether you feel sympathy for them or not. With themes ranging from public shaming and social media to guilt, motherhood and feminism, this novel is definitely an interesting read, with a completely unexpected ending.

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Picked by Nomad

Birdcage Walk

by Helen Dunmore
£18.99

This is the most recent novel by Helen Dunmore who died recently. An extraordinarily prolific writer, Dunmore won the inaugural Orange Prize for Fiction for her second novel A Spell of Winter and since then has gone on to write poetry, books for children and YA readers (including her popular Ingo Chronicles) as well as ever-inventive fiction including the novels The Siege, The Betrayal and Exposure.

Birdcage Walk is a stirring and visceral exploration of women’s lives in Georgian Britain and considers the traces we leave through history when we die through the voices of women who dared to think beyond the confines of their time.

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Picked by Cindy

Thank You for Arguing

by Jay Heinrichs
£9.99

Everyone is always trying to persuade us of something: politicians, advertising, the media, and most definitely our families. With all the wisdom of the ages, from classical oratory to contemporary politics and pop-culture, Thank You For Arguing shows you how to win more than your fair share of arguments.

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Picked by Cindy

Commonwealth

by Ann Patchett
£8.99

"None of it happened and all of it's true," claims the author. The story begins and ends with a party. The fragmentation of "blended families" is described by each of the characters in turn, until you feel you know each one intimately. I recommend this both because it's a great read and because Anne Patchett is a great supporter of independent bookstores; she owns one herself!

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Picked by Justina

The Pictures

by Guy Bolton
£14.99

This is classic and stylish 1940s Hollywood Noir. If you like watching LA Confidential, you'll love reading this. Popcorn not included!

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Picked by Pauline

Plot 29: A Memoir

by Allan Jenkins
£14.99

Allan Jenkins combines a journal about a year on his beloved North London allotment, Plot 29, with a moving memoir about his search for his biological father. His gardening soothes and restores him while his parental search becomes more emotionally difficult. Beautifully written, very uplifting.

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Picked by Emma

The Girl Before

by J P Delaney
£12.99

If you are looking for a book to immerse yourself in and not emerge until you've turned the final page then you have picked up the right one! Perfect for fans of 'Disclaimer' and 'Girl on the Train'.

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Picked by Emma

The Stopped Heart

by Julie Myerson

A literary thriller that is gripping, moving and genuinely scary. Superb characterisation and writing. An impressive page-turner.

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Picked by Emma

Stasi Child

by David Young
£7.99

A chilling crime thriller - perfect for fans of Deutschland 83. It takes place in East Berlin,1975. Oberleutnant Karin Muller is called to investigate a teenage girl's body at the foot of the Wall. But when she arrives she realises this is a death like no other. It seems the girl was indeed trying to escape - but from the West.

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Picked by Aude

Here Be Dragons

by Sarah Mussi
£6.99

Ellie Morgan knows that a remote farmhouse on Mount Snowdon is hardly the ideal setting for meeting anyone. But when a boy, glimpsed through the mist and snow, lures her up to the Devil's Bridge, Ellie realises the place she knows so well still has its secrets ...

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Picked by Justina

The Evening Chorus

by Helen Humphreys
£7.99

Beautifully written in a slow deliberate pace. Gentle and heartbreaking, yet full of an unflinching resilience.

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Picked by Cindy

Women In Science

by Rachel Ignotofsky
£12.99

A gloriously illustrated celebration of trailblazing women. Women in Science celebrates the achievements of the intrepid women who have paved the way for the next generation of female engineers, biologists, mathematicians, doctors, astronauts, physicists and beyond ...

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Picked by Harriet

Our Spoons Come From Woolworths

by Barbara Comyns
£8.99

What at first appears to be a light hearted novel about young Sophia Fairclough and her impulsive marriage to not very successful artist Charles, soon becomes unsettlingly dark, without changing tone in the least. Their life in bohemian London in the 1930’s draws you in. His unaccepting family, her determination to manage on what little money they have, the small joys and triumphs. But then come her devastating chapters on childbirth in a public hospital. This remarkable book, much of it autobiographical, was Comyns’s second, and written in 1950. Her first, Sisters By A River, sounds very good too and I am now planning to read it. I will let you know what I think.

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Picked by Aude

We Should All Be Feminists

by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichi
£5.00

We should all.....read this book!

A personal and powerful essay from the author of 'Americanah' and 'Half of a Yellow Sun', based on her 2013 TEDx Talk of the same name.

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Picked by Tara

A Sting in the Tale

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Whether you have, like me, always loved bees or if you just want something interesting to get you buzzed for spring, this is the perfect book! Light yet informative, I really enjoyed reading this!

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Picked by Harriet

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

by Betty Smith
£9.99

Set in the early part of the twentieth century, this is the tale of a second generation Irish immigrant in Brooklyn. Written in 1943, it is considered a classic in America and deserves to be more widely known here. Recommended to me recently when trying to decide what to buy at City Lights Bookstore in San Francisco, I absolutely loved it. This is one for both adults and teenagers.

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Picked by Justina

Tall Oaks

by Chris Whitaker
£7.99

Small town, big secrets.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book! Some great characters that I really cared about, and quite a twist in the end...

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Picked by Cindy

Days Without End

by Sebastian Barry
£14.99

This book really blew me away, and obviously did the same to the Costa Book Award judges who awarded it Best Novel. The use of language, the pace, the breadth of the story are all amazing. You have to pause for breath at times. I've been following Sebastian Barry for a while, and most of his characters connect across novels, this one included, but it is totally different from the others. Catch his interview on BBC4 to hear the background of how it was written.

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Picked by Cindy

Exit West

by Moshin Hamid
£14.99

I'd say this is short and sweet, but it actually short and devastatingly powerful. Two young people fall in love, as happens everywhere, but they are in a war torn city in the process of collapse. They become the refugees our western nations fear and try to avoid. This book takes you in gently, soothes you with familiar characters and situations and then punches you in the gut. THIS is the book I'm giving to people when they ask 'What should I read now'.

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Picked by Aude

Heads, Bodies and Legs

by Alice Pattullo
£11.95

Alice Pattullo's Heads, Legs & Bodies is inspired by the centuries old parlour-game of consequences, renamed 'exquisite corpses' by The Surrealists. Alice has created 26 figures, that combine a midcentury sensibility with her love of Folk Art and East London. Each figure can be cut into three and then each part interchanged to create a fun and active book. The book is printed using four colour spot lithography, and is printed in East London. It comes uncut to allow the reader, or collector, to either enjoy the figures as they are, or to have fun with a pair of scissors.

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Picked by Harriet

The Sorrow of War

by Bao Ninh

With so many books about the American experience, this was the first truly authentic war novel to be published in Vietnam. When it came out in 1990, it became an immediate bestseller. Bao Ninh’s hero, Kien becomes a soldier in the North Vietnamese army. His family is divided, his friends are lost, his childhood love, Phuong suffers the indignities that come with war. It is particularly poignant to read this book, if you want to understand what the people of North Vietnam went through, now that Hanoi has become such a travellers’ destination.

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Picked by Harriet

Dispatches

by Michael Herr
£9.99

Michael Herr, who also wrote the screenplay for Apocalypse Now, captured the particularly bizarre life of the Vietnam war correspondent in his book, Dispatches. Catching a ride on a huey to witness jungle warfare in the daytime and making it back to Saigon for drinks on the roof of the Caravelle hotel, the insanity is palpable.

With Vietnam firmly on the backpackers’ trail, this is one of two important books I recommend for any traveller. The other is The Sorrow of War by Bao Ninh.

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Picked by Aude

Swing Time

by Zadie Smith
£7.99

A big fan of Zadie Smith's, I literally shouted for joy when I found out she finally had a new book coming out. And I am not disappointed at all. I read this book as you would drink some precious nectar: slowly and enjoying every single sip!

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Picked by Nomad

The Girl of Ink and Stars

by Kiran Millwood-Hargrave
£6.99

Expertly crafted with a loveable lead, this modern tale weaves myth, magic and even a thread of political intrigue into its expansive fantasy world. Beautifully presented, the book not only contains a wonderfully detailed map of the island, each page is also decorated with charming drawings in the margins.

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Picked by Harriet

The Other Side of the Bridge

by Mary Lawson
£8.99

Mary Lawson, who lives in London, has written three wonderful books, all set in the region of Canada in which she grew up. This is the second of the three and my favourite.

Arthur and Jake Dunn are two brothers growing up on a farm in Northern Ontario in the 1930’s. They couldn’t be more different and when good natured Arthur falls in love with Laura March, his younger brother cannot resist causing trouble.

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Picked by Cindy

Harold and the Purple Crayon

by Crockett Johnson
£7.99

Harold is a curious four-year-old boy who, with his purple crayon, has the power to create a world of his own simply by drawing it. Originally published in 1955, this classic is still ranked among the top picture books. I've always had a copy, I still love purple crayons, and I would give this book to every child.

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Picked by Aude

Under the Love Umbrella

by Alison Colpoys, Davina Bell
£11.99

'Whatever you fear, come close my dear. You're tucked in safe for always here.' Amazing illustrations and moving situations, a real comforting read for the whole family.

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Picked by Cindy

Six Dinner Sid

by Inga Moore
£6.99

What can I say except for 'That's my cat!' I'm sure many others have a Sid in their lives. Sid has had further adventures and further books beyond the original. Find out what Sid has been up to in Scotland and beyond!

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Picked by Harriet

Drop City

by T C Boyle
£9.99

It is 1970 and a Californian hippie commune relocates to the wilds of Alaska, with disastrous consequences. If you like a bit of counter-culture and the great outdoors, then this book is for you.

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Picked by Tara

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying

by Maria Kondo
£10.99

As cheesy and dramatic as the term 'life-changing' might seem, this book is brilliant.

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Picked by Emma

Football Cliches

by Adam Hurrey
£8.99

Intelligent, knowledgable and very funny. This is a perfect read for the football fan who despairs at the banal platitudes beloved of television pundits.

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Picked by Tara

And Yet…

by Christopher Hitchens
£10.99

This book is made up of previously uncollected essays from the brilliant mind of Christopher Hitchens. It has a good variety of topics and a solid dash of humour.

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Picked by Emma

The Night Circus

by Erin Morgenstern
£7.99

The Night Circus comes to town and you will not have read anything like it! Sumptuous, with amazing imagery - you will be drawn into a very strange and intriguing world. I loved it!

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Picked by Aude

The Descendants

by Kaui Hart Hemmings
£7.99

Don't be fooled by the cover! There's much more to this book than George Clooney. First of all, there is Hawaii, it's history, legends, idyllic scenery and also what it has become. Then there is the King family, of course: their past, their struggles, their joys, their incredibly touching bond and the love they find in so many ways. Finally, there is the talent of Kaui Hart Hemmings who never disappoints me and always finds the way to turn a dramatic start into a beautiful ending.

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Picked by Emma

Pop Co

by Scarlett Thomas
£8.99

Welcome to your new favourite author! Scarlett Thomas is a unique and wonderful writer. Her books are packed full of mystery, humour and wise observations. Be prepared to fall in love...

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Picked by Emma

Emergency Sex

by Kenneth Cain, Heidi Postlewait, Andrew Thomson
£9.99

First published in 2004 this book is still as eye-opening as it wsa then. True stories from the front line told by three aid workers. Absolutely riveting.

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Picked by Emma

Her Every Fear

by Peter Swanson
£12.99

From the author of The Kind Worth Killing and The Girl With a Clock for a Heart comes another superb page-turner. The compelling plot revolves around the main character swapping her London flat with her wealthy cousin's apartment in Boston to escape from the trauma of a violent incident with her ex-boyfriend. Unfortunately for Kate she unwittingly finds herself at the centre of an even more dangerous scenario. Fantastically creepy!

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Picked by Pauline

All The Light We Cannot See

by Anthony Doerr
£8.99

A beautiful story, exquisitely written - a novel well deserving of its Pulitzer Prize, National Book Award and Carnegie Medal. A stunningly ambitious novel about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II

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Picked by Emily

Daily Rituals

by Mason Curry

Such an enjoyable read and full of fascinating facts about the great artists and writers of western culture. Perfect for anyone who has ever had to write an essay, a book or make art.

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Picked by Aude

The Master and Margarita

by Mikhail Bulgakov
£7.99

A book that truly emphasizes the connection between brilliance and insanity. Amazingly written; you won’t want to stop reading even once you reach the end! Written between 1928 and 1940 but unpublished in book form until 1966. Many critics consider it to be one of the best novels of the 20th century as well as the foremost of Soviet satires.

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Picked by Bill

Farenheit 451

by Ray Bradbury
£5.00

Written in five days on a typewriter in a library basement, Farenheit 451 has a fierce energy and heightened emotion all its own. This is a future where all books are burned as a matter of government policy. Guy Montag is a fireman who is beginning to question his career choice. His wife is more interested with her virtual television “family” than Guy but his young next-door neighbour Clarisse opens Guy’s eyes to the possibility of life being more than mindless streaming of media.

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Books for Teens

Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index

by Julie Israel
£7.99

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Truth or Dare

by Non Pratt
£7.99

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I Have No Secrets

by Penny Joelson
£7.99

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The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar

by Roald Dahl
£6.99

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Encounters

by Jason Wallace
£9.99

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Release

by Patrick Ness
£12.99

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Girls Can’t Hit

by Tom Easton
£6.99

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The Upside of Unrequited

by Becky Albertalli
£7.99

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The Hate U Give

by Angie Thomas
£7.99

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Seven Days of You

by Cecilia Vinesse
£6.99

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Orbiting Jupiter

by Gary D Schmidt
£7.99

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Symphony for the City of the Dead

by M.T. Anderson
£9.99

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Books for children ages 9-12

Giant

by Kate Scott
£5.99

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Bring Me The Head of Ivy Pocket

by Caleb Krisp
£7.99

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Never Say Die

by Anthony Horowitz
£12.99

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Defender of the Realm: Dark Age

by Mark Huckerby, Nick Ostler
£6.99

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The City of Secret Rivers

by Jacob Sager Weinstein

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Bad Mermaids

by Sibeal Pounder, Jason Cockroft
£5.99

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The Rose Muddle Mysteries

by Imogen White
£6.99

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Letters from the Lighthouse

by Emma Carroll
£6.99

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AniMalcolm

by David Baddiel
£6.99

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Wave Me Goodbye

by Jacqueline Wilson
£12.99

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The Tale of Angelino Brown

by David Almond
£10.99

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Julius Zebra: Bundle with the Britains

by Gary Northfield
£6.99

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Books for children ages 6-8

The Fox and the Ghost King

by Michael Morpurgo
£5.99

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The Dragonsitter Detective

by Josh Lacey
£4.99

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The Story of Diva and Flea

by Mo Willems, Tony DiTerlizzi
£9.99

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Kitty’s Magic

by Ella Moonheart
£4.99

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Captain Pug

by Laura James
£5.99

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King Coo

by Adam Stower
£9.99

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Amy Lee and the Megalo of Doom

by Amy Lee
£6.99

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Mango & Bambang

by Polly Faber, Claire Vulliamy
£8.99

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Ocean

by Carol Kaufmann
£15.99

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Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls

by Elena Favilli, Francesca Cavalo
£15.99

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A Duckling Called Button

by Helen Peters, Ellie Snowdon
£5.99

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Erica’s Elephant

by Sylvia Bishop
£5.99

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Picture Books

Ivy and the Lonely Raincloud

by Katie Harnett
£11.99

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Woolf

by Alex Latimer
£6.99

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Titania and Oberon

by Phyllis Bray
£12.99

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