General Fiction

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    The Flower Plantation
    Nora Anne Brown - Paperback - Alma Books
    Arthur Baptiste knows little of Rwanda's past and is unaware of its emerging troubles. He lives on a flower plantation where he talks to no one, until one day Beni appears. Beni is a child much like Arthur but one who lives in a world far different from his own. Their friendship will take them from innocent adventures, to dangerous encounters and on to dark revelations.
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    James Irvine - Paperback - Laverock's Nest
    Stephen Whyte's solemn nature and delicate sensibility alienate him from what he sees as the malaise of the crude sensibility and coarse, frivolous life of his community. His search for a means to remedy that malaise - and thereby end his isolation and take a place in the community appropriate to his higher sensibility - leads him inexorably to a course of action that risks his entire future and wellbeing.
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    Paying Davy Jones
    Millie Vigor - Hardback - Robert Hale
    In the mid-1970s, the North Sea oil boom is in full swing and there is work for all. Though Catherine Williams's children are adult and all four have oil-related jobs, she is not happy with the upheaval the oil industry has caused and believes that Davy Jones will demand payment from those who rob his locker, not only with oil spills, but also with men's lives. Immigrant workers flood in and when one such family comes to Deepdale, the valley in Shetland where Catherine lives, her eldest son, Robbie, falls for and secretly marries the daughter. The pair then move to Aberdeen where Robbie gets work on a drilling rig. But, having been persuaded to give up the idea of fishing for a living, will Robbie be any safer on a rig than in a fishing boat?
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    October: A Novel
    Zoe╠ł Wicomb - Hardback - The New Press
    Abandoned by her partner, Mercia Murray rturns home to South Africa after 25 years to find her family overwhelmed by alcoholism and secrets. 'October' is a stark, compelling novel about the contemporary experience of an intelligent immigrant, adrift among her memories and facing an uncertain middle age.
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    The Stillman
    Tom McCulloch - Paperback - Sandstone Press
    Jim Drever is a man apart, his closest relationship with the machinery he monitors in the distillery where he's worked for 20 years. He treats everything else with bleakly humorous contempt: his fading marriage, the increasingly bizarre behaviour of his teenage son, and his daughter's impending wedding. He can deal with all that in his own way. It's the emails from Cuba, made up of letters from his dead mother, that threaten to bring down Jim's ordered world.
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    Ghost Moon
    Ron Butlin - Hardback - Salt
    Maggie, three months pregnant, has been thrown out of the family home in Edinburgh, beginning her desperate struggle to survive. Move forward to the present day when her son Tom visits Maggie in her care home. He knows nothing of what really happened during those very early years. Maggie suffers from dementia and keeps reliving episodes in her tragic story, betraying what she had kept secret for so long. Tom is unable to cope.
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    Other Halves
    Nick Alexander - Paperback - Black & White Publishing
    Following a traumatic holiday, Hannah and Cliff return to England to a household where the atmosphere is so tense you could cut it with a knife. They try to take stock of this turning point while struggling to work out where they need to go next. Both are faced with the possibility of dealing with long forgotten traumas and realising abandoned dreams. But how to get from here to there? Where to start?
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    The Crimson Petal And The White
    Michel Faber - Paperback - Canongate
    Sugar is an alluring 19 year-old prostitute who plies her trade at Mrs Castaway's brothel in late 19th century London. Her aim is to lift her body and soul out of the gutter.
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    Dragon Land
    Maureen Reynolds - Paperback - Black & White Publishing
    Lizzie Flint learns things a young girl shouldn't know. During WWII, she learns that her father is missing in action, and she and her mother will have to live with her grandmother until he is found. Grown up, Lizzie develops an adventurous streak and travels to Hong Kong to take up a teaching post. She marries, but her husband is sent to Shanghai to report on the Japanese bombings - and Lizzie fears that, like her father, she will never see her husband again.
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    Little White Lies
    Lesley Naa Norle Lokko - Paperback - Orion Books
    In a beachfront mansion in Martha's Vineyard, Annick and Rebecca have left their young children in the care of their life-long friend Tash. Tash has made millions from her fashion business and treating her friends to a holiday makes all the hard work worthwhile. But by the end of the afternoon, one of the children will have vanished.

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