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A Spot of Bother
  • Author : Mark Haddon
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Pages : 368
  • ISBN : 9780307387691
  • Reader Reviews : 114
  • Genre : Fiction
  • A Spot of Bother is Mark Haddon’s unforgettable follow-up to the internationally beloved bestseller The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. At sixty-one, George Hall is settling down to a comfortable retirement. When his tempestuous daughter, Katie, announces that she is getting married to the deeply inappropriate Ray, the Hall family is thrown into a tizzy. Unnoticed in the uproar, George discovers a sinister lesion on his hip, and quietly begins to lose his mind. As parents and children fall apart and come together, Haddon paints a disturbing yet amusing portrait of a dignified man trying to go insane politely. A Washington Post Best Book of the Year

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    A Spot of Bother
  • Author : Mark Haddon
  • Publisher : Anchor Canada
  • Pages : 368
  • ISBN : 9780307373700
  • Reader Reviews : 105
  • Genre : Fiction
  • George Hall is an unobtrusive man. A little distant, perhaps, a little cautious, not quite at ease with the emotional demands of fatherhood or of manly bonhomie. “The secret of contentment, George felt, lay in ignoring many things completely.” Some things in life can’t be ignored, however: his tempestuous daughter Katie’s deeply inappropriate boyfriend Ray, for instance, or the sudden appearance of a red circular rash on his hip. At 57, George is settling down to a comfortable retirement, building a shed in his garden and enjoying the freedom to be alone when he wants. But then he runs into a spot of bother. That red circular rash on his hip: George convinces himself it’s skin cancer. And the deeply inappropriate Ray? Katie announces he will become her second husband. The planning for these frowned-upon nuptials proves a great inconvenience to George’s wife, Jean, who is carrying on a late-life affair with her husband’s ex-colleague. The Halls do not approve of Ray, for vague reasons summed up by their son Jamie’s observation that Ray has “strangler’s hands.” Jamie himself has his own problems — his tidy and pleasant life comes apart when he fails to invite his lover, Tony, to Katie’s wedding. And Katie, a woman whose ferocious temper once led to the maiming of a carjacker, can’t decide if she loves Ray, or loves the wonderful way he has with her son Jacob. Unnoticed in the uproar, George quietly begins to go mad. The way these damaged people fall apart — and come together — as a family is the true subject of Haddon’s hilarious and disturbing portrait of a dignified man trying to go insane politely. A Spot of Bother is Mark Haddon’s unforgettable follow-up to the internationally beloved bestseller The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time. Once again, Haddon proves a master of a story at once hilarious, poignant, dark, and profoundly human. Here the madness — literally — of family life proves rich comic fodder for Haddon’s crackling prose and bittersweet insights into misdirected love.

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    A Spot of Bother
  • Author : Mark Haddon
  • Publisher : Random House
  • Pages : 512
  • ISBN : 9781407052762
  • Reader Reviews : 106
  • Genre : Fiction
  • ‘A painful funny humane novel: beautifully written, addictively readable and so confident’ The Times Discover this brilliantly comic and moving bestselling novel by the award-winning author of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and The Porpoise. At fifty-seven, George is settling down to a comfortable retirement, building a shed in his garden, reading historical novels, listening to a bit of light jazz. Then Katie, his tempestuous daughter, announces that she is getting remarried, to Ray. The family is not pleased, as her brother Jamie observes, Ray has 'strangler's hands'. Katie can't decide if she loves Ray, or loves the way he cares for her son Jacob, and her mother Jean is a bit put out by the way the wedding planning gets in the way of her affair with one of her husband's former colleagues. And the tidy and pleasant life Jamie has created crumbles when he fails to invite his lover, Tony, to the dreaded nuptials. Unnoticed in the uproar, George discovers a sinister lesion on his hip, and quietly begins to lose his mind.

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    A Spot of Bother
  • Author : Jonathan Emmett
  • Publisher : N.a
  • Pages : 32
  • ISBN : 1406365491
  • Reader Reviews :
  • Genre : Children's stories
  • Pig is very proud of his neat appearance, so he's horrified to discover a spot of squashed cherry on his side. But when his farmyard friends try to help - with disastrous results - the spot of bother soon becomes a truly calamitous catastrophe! Children will love following the exploits of Cow, Goat, Sheep and Pig in this hilarious pig-ture book romp. Brilliantly entertaining follow-up to the acclaimed The Pig's Knickers ; "An entertaining and funny story with a joyous message about sharing your feelings with friends and learning that it is what is on the inside that counts." - The Bookseller on The Pig's Knickers.

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    The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
  • Author : Mark Haddon
  • Publisher : Anchor Canada
  • Pages : 240
  • ISBN : 9780307371560
  • Reader Reviews : 7
  • Genre : Fiction
  • A bestselling modern classic—both poignant and funny—narrated by a fifteen year old autistic savant obsessed with Sherlock Holmes, this dazzling novel weaves together an old-fashioned mystery, a contemporary coming-of-age story, and a fascinating excursion into a mind incapable of processing emotions. Christopher John Francis Boone knows all the countries of the world and their capitals and every prime number up to 7,057. Although gifted with a superbly logical brain, Christopher is autistic. Everyday interactions and admonishments have little meaning for him. At fifteen, Christopher’s carefully constructed world falls apart when he finds his neighbour’s dog Wellington impaled on a garden fork, and he is initially blamed for the killing. Christopher decides that he will track down the real killer, and turns to his favourite fictional character, the impeccably logical Sherlock Holmes, for inspiration. But the investigation leads him down some unexpected paths and ultimately brings him face to face with the dissolution of his parents’ marriage. As Christopher tries to deal with the crisis within his own family, the narrative draws readers into the workings of Christopher’s mind. And herein lies the key to the brilliance of Mark Haddon’s choice of narrator: The most wrenching of emotional moments are chronicled by a boy who cannot fathom emotions. The effect is dazzling, making for one of the freshest debut in years: a comedy, a tearjerker, a mystery story, a novel of exceptional literary merit that is great fun to read.

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    The Talking Horse and the Sad Girl and the Village Under the Sea
  • Author : Mark Haddon
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Pages : 80
  • ISBN : 9780307498199
  • Reader Reviews : 7
  • Genre : Poetry
  • From the phenomenally bestselling author of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time comes Mark Haddon’s first collection of poems. That Mark Haddon’s first book after The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time is a book of poetry may surprise his many fans; that it is also one of such virtuosity and range will not. The Talking Horse and the Sad Girl and the Village Under the Sea reveals a poet of great versatility and formal talent. All the gifts so admired in Haddon’s prose are in strong evidence here – the humanity, the dark humour, and the uncanny ventriloquism – but Haddon is also a writer of considerable seriousness, lyric power, and surreal invention. This book will consolidate his reputation as one of the most imaginative writers in contemporary literature.

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    The Red House
  • Author : Mark Haddon
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN : 9780385535854
  • Reader Reviews : 140
  • Genre : Fiction
  • From Mark Haddon, the bestselling author of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, comes a dazzlingly inventive novel about modern family life. Richard, a wealthy doctor, invites his estranged sister and her family to join his family for a week at a vacation home in the English countryside. Against the backdrop of a strange family gathering, Haddon skillfully weaves together the stories of eight very different people forced into close quarters. The Red House is a symphony of long-held grudges, fading dreams and rising hopes, tightly guarded secrets and illicit desires, painting a portrait of contemporary family life that is at once bittersweet, comic, and deeply felt.

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    The Pier Falls
  • Author : Mark Haddon
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN : 9780385540766
  • Reader Reviews : 9
  • Genre : Fiction
  • From Mark Haddon, author of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, A Spot of Bother, and The Red House, nine dazzling stories diverse in style but united in emotional power The tales in Mark Haddon’s lyrical and uncompromising new collection take many forms—Victorian adventure story, science fiction, morality tale, contemporary realism—but they all showcase his virtuoso gifts as a stylist and the deep well of empathy that made his three bestselling novels so compelling. The characters here are often isolated physically or estranged from their families, yet they yearn for connection. In aggregate the stories become a meditation on the essential aloneness of the human condition but also on the connections, however tenuous and imperfect, that link people to one another. In the title story, an unnamed narrator describes with cool precision a catastrophe that strikes a seaside town, both tearing lives apart and bringing them together. In the prizewinning story “The Gun,” a boy’s life is marked by the afternoon he encounters a semiautomatic pistol belonging to his friend’s older brother; in “The Island,” a Greek princess is abandoned on an island by her abductor; in “The Boys Who Left Home to Learn Fear,” a group of adventurers travel deep into the Amazonian jungle but discover the gravest danger lurking among their own number; and in “The Woodpecker and the Wolf,” a woman wonders whether she has chosen to travel to Mars only to escape the entanglement of human relationships back here on Earth. Drawing inventively from history, myth, folktales, and modern life, The Pier Falls showcases Haddon’s immense gifts of invention and penetrating insight.

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    Stop What You're Doing And Read This!
  • Author : Mark Haddon,Michael Rosen,Zadie Smith,Carmen Callil,Jeanette Winterson,Tim Parks,Blake Morrison,Dr Maryanne Wolf,Mirit Barzillai,Nicholas Carr,Jane Davis
  • Publisher : Random House
  • Pages : 192
  • ISBN : 9781446484807
  • Reader Reviews : 2
  • Genre : Literary Collections
  • In any 24 hours there might be sleeping, eating, kids, parents, friends, lovers, work, school, travel, deadlines, emails, phone calls, Facebook, Twitter, the news, the TV, Playstation, music, movies, sport, responsibilities, passions, desires, dreams. Why should you stop what you're doing and read a book? People have always needed stories. We need literature - novels, poetry - because we need to make sense of our lives, test our depths, understand our joys and discover what humans are capable of. Great books can provide companionship when we are lonely or peacefulness in the midst of an overcrowded daily life. Reading provides a unique kind of pleasure and no-one should live without it. In the ten essays in this book some of our finest authors and passionate advocates from the worlds of science, publishing, technology and social enterprise tell us about the experience of reading, why access to books should never be taken forgranted, how reading transforms our brains, and how literature can save lives. In any 24 hours there are so many demands on your time and attention - make books one of them. Carmen Callil Tim Parks Nicholas Carr Michael Rosen Jane Davis Zadie Smith Mark Haddon Jeanette Winterson Blake Morrison Dr Maryanne Wolf & Dr Mirit Barzillai

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    Boom!
  • Author : Mark Haddon
  • Publisher : David Fickling Books
  • Pages : 208
  • ISBN : 9780375893643
  • Reader Reviews : 22
  • Genre : Juvenile Fiction
  • An explosive, highly charged, and hilarious middle-grade adventure from Mark Haddon, acclaimed author of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time. From the moment that Jim and his best friend, Charlie, bug the staff room and overhear two of their teachers speaking to each other in a secret language, they know there's an adventure on its way. But what does "spudvetch" actually mean, and why do Mr. Kidd's eyes flicker with fluorescent blue light when Charlie says it to him? Perhaps Kidd and Pearce are bank robbers talking in code. Perhaps they're spies. Perhaps they are aliens. Whatever it is, Jimbo and Charlie are determined to find out. There really is an adventure on its way. A nuclear-powered, one-hundred-ton adventure with reclining seats and a buffet car. And as it gathers speed and begins to spin out of control, it can only end one way . . . with a BOOM!

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    Merle's Door
  • Author : Ted Kerasote
  • Publisher : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Pages : 428
  • ISBN : 0151012709
  • Reader Reviews : 54
  • Genre : Pets
  • Describes how the author adopted a wild dog by installing a dog door so that the dog could live both inside and outside, in a study of the human-dog partnership, animal consciousness and behavior, and how dogs might live if they can make some of their own

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    The Porpoise
  • Author : Mark Haddon
  • Publisher : Random House
  • Pages : 336
  • ISBN : 9781473564701
  • Reader Reviews : 8
  • Genre : Fiction
  • ‘Just downright brilliant... a transcendent, transporting experience’ Observer A motherless girl grows up in isolated luxury, hidden from the world by her wealthy father. She believes their life together is normal – but as time passes, she has a growing sense that something between them is very wrong. She cannot escape, so she seeks solace in her books. Her favourite tales are those that conjure ancient worlds – of angry gods and heroic mortals, one of whom will some day come to her rescue. Soon, she will forget where the page ends and her mind begins. ‘A full-throttle blast of storytelling mastery’ Max Porter

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    The Skeleton in the Grass
  • Author : Robert Barnard
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Pages : 208
  • ISBN : 9781476737188
  • Reader Reviews : 4
  • Genre : Fiction
  • Sara Causseley could not be more delighted by her new job as governess to the aristocratic Hallam clan. The children are adorable, the gardens are a dream, and the conversation stimulating. But ominous political clouds are gathering over Europe, and as England slips inexorably toward World War II, the Hallams’ political views make the family increasingly unpopular. No one, though, suspects the extent of the malice that is percolating in the surrounding countryside until a human skeleton, and then a human corpse, are found on the Hallam grounds, sending some kind of ugly message.

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    Soft
  • Author : Rupert Thomson
  • Publisher : A&C Black
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN : 9781408833216
  • Reader Reviews : 1
  • Genre : Fiction
  • The objective of advertising is to change the behaviour of the consumer so they purchase more of the product. That, at any rate, is the theory. But Jimmy Lyle may have taken things a bit too far with his controversial strategy for the UK launch of Kwench! When the new orange soft-drink hits the streets, it triggers a series of events he could not have anticipated. Certainly he never dreamed it would plunge him into the twilight world of synchronised swimming. Nor did he think it would end in murder ...

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    Gary's Banana Drama
  • Author : Jane Massey
  • Publisher : Simon & Schuster Children's UK
  • Pages : 34
  • ISBN : 9781471147845
  • Reader Reviews :
  • Genre : Juvenile Fiction
  • Gary is desperate for a banana. Could that be one singing in the tree? No! It's a bird's beak! Is that a banana whizzing through the air? OUCH! NO! It’s a boomerang from Billy’s show! Where ARE the real bananas? Alone and hungry, Gary is about to give up until . . . WAIT! Could it be . . . the BIGGEST BANANA IN THE WORLD? Featuring banana dogs, banana moustaches, banana space rockets and an adorable, banana-mad gorilla, Jane Massey’s hilarious and vibrant picture book will make children hoot with laughter and fall in love with the hapless Gary.

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    The Hope We Seek
  • Author : Rich Shapero
  • Publisher : Outside Reading
  • Pages : 432
  • ISBN : 9780971880153
  • Reader Reviews : 2
  • Genre : Fiction
  • This enhanced eBook combines Rich Shapero's fiction with his original song compositions, featuring vocals by Maria Taylor (of Azure Ray), and visual art by Eugene Von Bruenchenhein. Shapero’s Too Far follows an imaginative pair of characters through a transformative summer spent exploring the woods behind their remote Alaskan homes. The forest—and the gods who inhabit it—becomes their refuge until they are forced to choose between the crushing prospects of the real world, and their ideal one.

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    The Sea of Tranquility
  • Author : Mark Haddon
  • Publisher : HarperCollins UK
  • Pages : 32
  • ISBN : 9780008343101
  • Reader Reviews : 2
  • Genre : Juvenile Fiction
  • A magical celebration of the 50th anniversary of the moon landing from the bestselling author of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time.

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    Lost in a Good Book
  • Author : Jasper Fforde
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Pages : 432
  • ISBN : 9781101158111
  • Reader Reviews : 1
  • Genre : Fiction
  • The second installment in Jasper Fforde’s New York Times bestselling series follows literary detective Thursday Next on another adventure in her alternate reality of literature-obsessed England—from the author of The Constant Rabbit The inventive, exuberant, and totally original literary fun that began with The Eyre Affair continues with New York Times bestselling author Jasper Fforde’s magnificent second adventure starring the resourceful, fearless literary sleuth Thursday Next. When Landen, the love of her life, is eradicated by the corrupt multinational Goliath Corporation, Thursday must moonlight as a Prose Resource Operative of Jurisfiction—the police force inside the BookWorld. She is apprenticed to the man-hating Miss Havisham from Dickens’s Great Expectations, who grudgingly shows Thursday the ropes. And she gains just enough skill to get herself in a real mess entering the pages of Poe’s “The Raven.” What she really wants is to get Landen back. But this latest mission is not without further complications. Along with jumping into the works of Kafka and Austen, and even Beatrix Potter’s The Tale of the Flopsy Bunnies, Thursday finds herself the target of a series of potentially lethal coincidences, the authenticator of a newly discovered play by the Bard himself, and the only one who can prevent an unidentifiable pink sludge from engulfing all life on Earth. It’s another genre-bending blend of crime fiction, fantasy, and top-drawer literary entertainment for fans of Douglas Adams and P. G. Wodehouse. Thursday’s zany investigations continue with The Well of Lost Plots.

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    Binge
  • Author : Douglas Coupland
  • Publisher : Random House Canada
  • Pages : 273
  • ISBN : 9781039000520
  • Reader Reviews :
  • Genre : Fiction
  • NATIONAL BESTSELLER The first new work of fiction since 2013 from one of Canada's most successful, idiosyncratic and world-defining writers, Douglas Coupland. He's called it Binge because it's impossible to read just one. Imagine feeling 100% alive every moment of every minute of the day! Maybe that's how animals live. Or trees, even. I sometimes stare at the plastic bag tree visible from my apartment window and marvel that both it and I are equally alive and that there's no sliding scale of life. You're either alive, or you're not. Or you're dead or you're not. Thirty years after Douglas Coupland broke the fiction mould and defined a generation with Generation X, he is back with Binge, 60 stories laced with his observational profundity about the way we live and his existential worry about how we should be living: the very things that have made him such an influential and bestselling writer. Not to mention that he can also be really funny. Here the narrators vary from story to story as Doug catches what he calls "the voice of the people," inspired by the way we write about ourselves and our experiences in online forums. The characters, of course, are Doug's own: crackpots, cranks and sweetie-pies, dad dancers and perpetrators of carbecues. People in the grip of unconscionable urges; lonely people; dying people; silly people. If you love Doug's fiction, this collection is like rain on the desert.

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    Maigret Takes a Room
  • Author : Georges Simenon
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Pages : 176
  • ISBN : 9781101992562
  • Reader Reviews :
  • Genre : Fiction
  • “One of the greatest writers of the twentieth century . . . Simenon was unequaled at making us look inside, though the ability was masked by his brilliance at absorbing us obsessively in his stories.” —The Guardian When a man is killed outside a Parisian boarding house, Inspector Maigret moves in to get to the bottom of it While keeping watch outside Mademoiselle Clément’s boarding house to await a suspect in a local bar robbery, a man named Janvier is shot in the chest. When Maigret, whose wife is away caring for her sister in Alsace, hears of the crime, he moves into the boarding house to solve the case. But the web quickly grows ever-more tangled, and Maigret must navigate generations-long secrets and a torrid affair to find his answers before it’s too late.

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    Ask a Manager
  • Author : Alison Green
  • Publisher : Ballantine Books
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN : 9780399181825
  • Reader Reviews : 3
  • Genre : Business & Economics
  • From the creator of the popular website Ask a Manager and New York’s work-advice columnist comes a witty, practical guide to 200 difficult professional conversations—featuring all-new advice! There’s a reason Alison Green has been called “the Dear Abby of the work world.” Ten years as a workplace-advice columnist have taught her that people avoid awkward conversations in the office because they simply don’t know what to say. Thankfully, Green does—and in this incredibly helpful book, she tackles the tough discussions you may need to have during your career. You’ll learn what to say when • coworkers push their work on you—then take credit for it • you accidentally trash-talk someone in an email then hit “reply all” • you’re being micromanaged—or not being managed at all • you catch a colleague in a lie • your boss seems unhappy with your work • your cubemate’s loud speakerphone is making you homicidal • you got drunk at the holiday party Praise for Ask a Manager “A must-read for anyone who works . . . [Alison Green’s] advice boils down to the idea that you should be professional (even when others are not) and that communicating in a straightforward manner with candor and kindness will get you far, no matter where you work.”—Booklist (starred review) “The author’s friendly, warm, no-nonsense writing is a pleasure to read, and her advice can be widely applied to relationships in all areas of readers’ lives. Ideal for anyone new to the job market or new to management, or anyone hoping to improve their work experience.”—Library Journal (starred review) “I am a huge fan of Alison Green’s Ask a Manager column. This book is even better. It teaches us how to deal with many of the most vexing big and little problems in our workplaces—and to do so with grace, confidence, and a sense of humor.”—Robert Sutton, Stanford professor and author of The No Asshole Rule and The Asshole Survival Guide “Ask a Manager is the ultimate playbook for navigating the traditional workforce in a diplomatic but firm way.”—Erin Lowry, author of Broke Millennial: Stop Scraping By and Get Your Financial Life Together

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    Adrian Mole: The Prostrate Years
  • Author : Sue Townsend
  • Publisher : Open Road Media
  • Pages : 283
  • ISBN : 9781504048811
  • Reader Reviews : 7
  • Genre : Fiction
  • The final chapter in the beloved chronicles of an angsty Brit begun in The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13¾ is “a tour de force by a comic genius” (Daily Mail). Am I turning into one of those middle-aged men who think the country has gone to the dogs and that there has been no decent music since Abba? Hard to believe! Adrian Mole is pushing forty, a beleaguered bookseller looking back through the wistful eyes of an unrecognized intellectual and, admittedly, pretty much of an Everyman. But he’s also looking forward, despite a few things: His five-year-old daughter is showing alarming Stalinist traits; his son is fighting the Taliban and he’s worried sick; his unfaithful wife is keeping a diary of her own and it’s all rather heartbreaking; frequent urination has made him fear trouble “down there;” and his mother is penning a misery memoir that is one gross slog of a lie (born an aristocrat in a Norfolk potato field, indeed!). Then one day he receives a phone call out of the blue from the great and only love his life: Pandora Braithwaite. “Do you think of me?” she asks. Only ever since he was 13¾ . . . Adrian Mole’s epic and hilarious chronicle of angst over a quarter century has sold more than twenty million copies worldwide, and been adapted for television and staged as a musical—truly “a phenomenon” (The Washington Post). This final volume is “like rediscovering an old school friend on Facebook” (Time Out), and “if [it] isn’t the best book published this year, I’ll eat my bookshelf” (Daily Mail).

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    Amorphous Albion
  • Author : Ben Graham
  • Publisher : Blurb
  • Pages : 200
  • ISBN : 1388990520
  • Reader Reviews :
  • Genre : Fiction
  • It's 50 years or so into the future, and there's a spot of bother on the astral plane. The Hove Space Program and the last Bunnyman set out on a vision quest across a broken Britain to sort it all out. Attacked on all sides by The Big Society, The Order and The Blackpool Illuminati, they recruit allies from the amorphous freak franchise- chaos magicians, rappers, a Sufi psychic- seek sanctuary in The Pool of Life, call on Eris and enter The White Room for the final battle on the Isle of Jura. Tackling the myths and realities of post-Brexit Britain, Amorphous Albion is a psychedelic, satirical, sci-fi adventure story that weaves together disparate threads of neo-Discordian counter-culture into an original work of meta-modern pulp fiction.

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    Up a Tree in the Park at Night with a Hedgehog
  • Author : Paul Robert Smith
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Pages : 224
  • ISBN : 1784704598
  • Reader Reviews : 1
  • Genre : Books
  • Benton Kirby is in a spot of bother... His life hasn't exactly gone to plan. This is hardly surprising, however, as he never really had one in the first place. Armed with a philosophy degree, a dead fiancé, a brother who drives Death around London in his black cab, and a girlfriend with a history of suicidal pets, Benton - ambitionless and emotionally disengaged - embarks, for no apparent reason, on an affair with a beautiful, sexually adventurous, Korean virgin. Following a strange snowballing of even stranger events, he finds himself, at last, exactly not where he ever imagined he would be, up a tree at night in the park with a hedgehog...

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    U UP?
  • Author : Catie Disabato
  • Publisher : Melville House
  • Pages : 318
  • ISBN : 9781612198910
  • Reader Reviews :
  • Genre : Fiction
  • A New York Times Best Mystery Book of 2021 "This heady, sexy novel is filled with the carefree wildness of youth....Eve’s voice is enticing and compelling, and readers will be carried along with her as she learns more about herself than she ever planned." —Booklist A young woman investigates her best friend's disappearance while navigating codependent friendships, toxic exes, and witchy rituals. Eve has a carefully curated online life, works occasionally, and texts constantly with her best friend, Ezra. Basically, she is an archetypal L.A. millennial. She has also been carrying on a year-long conversation with her deceased friend Miggy over text. But when Ezra goes missing on the anniversary weekend of Miggy's death, Eve feels like her world is shattering. Over a frantic weekend Eve investigates Ezra's disappearance, scouring social media for clues, while drowning her anger and anxiety in drinks, drugs, and spiritual cleansing. Eve starts to spiral as her friends try to convince her that she's overreacting, and ghosts--both real and metaphorical--continue to haunt her. When she uncovers clues to a life Ezra kept hidden, Eve starts to question how much she really knows about her best friend...and herself. In U UP? Catie Disabato holds a mirror to the ways the phantom selves we create online permeate our emotional lives and hide our worst traits from everyone, including ourselves.

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    The Skilled Helper: A Problem-Management and Opportunity-Development Approach to Helping
  • Author : Gerard Egan
  • Publisher : Cengage Learning
  • Pages : 480
  • ISBN : 9781285500119
  • Reader Reviews : 4
  • Genre : Education
  • Over the past 30 years, Egan’s THE SKILLED HELPER has taught thousands of students like you a proven, step-by-step counseling process that leads to increased confidence and competence. Internationally recognized for its successful problem-management and opportunity development approach to effective helping, the text emphasizes the collaborative nature of the therapist-client relationship and uses a practical, three-stage model that drives client problem-managing and opportunity-developing action. As you read, you’ll also gain a feeling for the complexity inherent in any helping relationship. In this tenth edition, Egan now makes use of his version of the “common factors” approach, which gives new meaning and vitality to the book’s themes, as well as to the use of the problem-management model to organize and give coherence to those themes. Available with InfoTrac Student Collections http://gocengage.com/infotrac. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.

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    French Exit
  • Author : Patrick deWitt
  • Publisher : HarperCollins
  • Pages : 219
  • ISBN : 9780062846945
  • Reader Reviews :
  • Genre : Fiction
  • Now a Major Motion Picture Starring Michelle Pfeiffer and Lucas Hedges, directed by Azazael Jacobs A Recommended Read from: Vanity Fair * Entertainment Weekly * Vulture * The Millions * Publishers Weekly * Esquire From bestselling author Patrick deWitt, a brilliant and darkly comic novel about a wealthy widow and her adult son who flee New York for Paris in the wake of scandal and financial disintegration. Frances Price – tart widow, possessive mother, and Upper East Side force of nature – is in dire straits, beset by scandal and impending bankruptcy. Her adult son Malcolm is no help, mired in a permanent state of arrested development. And then there’s the Price’s aging cat, Small Frank, who Frances believes houses the spirit of her late husband, an infamously immoral litigator and world-class cad whose gruesome tabloid death rendered Frances and Malcolm social outcasts. Putting penury and pariahdom behind them, the family decides to cut their losses and head for the exit. One ocean voyage later, the curious trio land in their beloved Paris, the City of Light serving as a backdrop not for love or romance, but self destruction and economical ruin – to riotous effect. A number of singular characters serve to round out the cast: a bashful private investigator, an aimless psychic proposing a seance, and a doctor who makes house calls with his wine merchant in tow, to name a few. Brimming with pathos, French Exit is a one-of-a-kind 'tragedy of manners,' a send-up of high society, as well as a moving mother/son caper which only Patrick deWitt could conceive and execute.

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    Redeeming Love
  • Author : Francine Rivers
  • Publisher : Multnomah
  • Pages : 514
  • ISBN : 9780593193013
  • Reader Reviews : 4175
  • Genre : Fiction
  • NATIONAL BESTSELLER • SOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE • A favorite Christian romance classic—a tragically wounded soul, the man called to marry her, and the only love that heals all—now available in a beautiful keepsake, linen-bound edition! “A literary masterpiece, reminding us that God’s love is unconditional.”—Debbie Macomber California’s gold country, 1850. A time when men sold their souls for a bag of gold and women sold their bodies for a place to sleep. Angel expects nothing from men but betrayal. Sold into prostitution as a child, she survives by keeping her hatred alive. And what she hates most are the men who use her, leaving her empty and dead inside. Then she meets Michael Hosea, a man who seeks his Father’s heart in everything. Michael obeys God’s call to marry Angel and to love her unconditionally. Slowly, day by day, he defies Angel’s every bitter expectation, until despite her resistance, her frozen heart begins to thaw. But with her unexpected softening comes overwhelming feelings of unworthiness and fear. And so Angel runs. Back to the darkness, away from her husband’s pursuing love, terrified of the truth she no longer can deny: her final healing must come from the One who loves her even more than Michael does . . . the One who will never let her go. A powerful retelling of the story of Gomer and Hosea, Redeeming Love is a life-changing story of God’s unconditional, redemptive, all-consuming love.

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    Year One
  • Author : Nora Roberts
  • Publisher : St. Martin's Press
  • Pages : 430
  • ISBN : 9781250122957
  • Reader Reviews : 40
  • Genre : Fiction
  • The stunning beginning to an epic hardcover trilogy, #1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts weaves an enthralling saga of suspense, survival, and the journey that will unite a desperate group of people to fight the battle of their lives...

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    No Country for Old Men
  • Author : Cormac McCarthy
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN : 9780307390530
  • Reader Reviews : 156
  • Genre : Fiction
  • From the bestselling, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Road comes a "profoundly disturbing and gorgeously rendered" novel (The Washington Post) that returns to the Texas-Mexico border, setting of the famed Border Trilogy. The time is our own, when rustlers have given way to drug-runners and small towns have become free-fire zones. One day, a good old boy named Llewellyn Moss finds a pickup truck surrounded by a bodyguard of dead men. A load of heroin and two million dollars in cash are still in the back. When Moss takes the money, he sets off a chain reaction of catastrophic violence that not even the law—in the person of aging, disillusioned Sheriff Bell—can contain. As Moss tries to evade his pursuers—in particular a mysterious mastermind who flips coins for human lives—McCarthy simultaneously strips down the American crime novel and broadens its concerns to encompass themes as ancient as the Bible and as bloodily contemporary as this morning’s headlines. No Country for Old Men is a triumph. Look for Cormac McCarthy's new novel, The Passenger.

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    Family
  • Author : Mark Haddon
  • Publisher : Arrow
  • Pages : 192
  • ISBN : 178487406X
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  • Genre : Books
  • 'Family, that slippery word, a star to every wandering bark and everyone sailing under a different sky' Where do you go if you can't feel at home in your own family? When the people who made you can't fathom who you become? In these three tales of quarrelling clans and fraught reunions, Mark Haddon shows family in its frank, unsparing yet frequently absurd light, and, in doing so charts a stormy course into the crucible of the self. Selected from The Pier Falls, The Red House and A Spot of Bother. VINTAGE MINIS: GREAT MINDS. BIG IDEAS. LITTLE BOOKS. A series of short books by the world's greatest writers on the experiences that make us human Discover the in the Vintage Minis 'Head Space' series: Recovery by Helen Macdonald Therapy by Stephen Grosz

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    The Pig's Knickers
  • Author : Jonathan Emmett
  • Publisher : Walker
  • Pages : 32
  • ISBN : 1406329592
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  • Genre : Children's stories
  • Pig's new polka-dot knickers make him feel so special that he can't stop showing off in them. 'What do you think of me in my new knickers?' he asks, as he parades proudly past his friends. But is it really Pig's knickers that are so extraordinary, or is it something else?

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    Starter for Ten
  • Author : David Nicholls
  • Publisher : Villard
  • Pages : 354
  • ISBN : 9780307491329
  • Reader Reviews : 23
  • Genre : Fiction
  • NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE “Utterly charming . . . a big-hearted, flawless coming-of-age tale, as scary and funny as your yearbook picture.”—People (four stars) The year is 1985. Brian Jackson, a working-class kid on full scholarship, has started his first term at university. He has a dark secret—a long-held, burning ambition to appear on the wildly popular British TV quiz show University Challenge—and now, finally, it seems the dream is about to become reality. He’s made the school team, and they’ve completed the qualifying rounds and are limbering up for their first televised match. (And, what’s more, he’s fallen head over heels for one of his teammates, the beautiful, brainy, and intimidatingly posh Alice Harbinson.) Life seems perfect and triumph inevitable—but as his world opens up, Brian learns that a little knowledge can be a dangerous thing. Praise for A Starter for Ten “Fresh, edgy and very funny . . . [David Nicholls] has a talent for droll dialogue and a wonderful sense of the ridiculous.”—USA Today “Starter for Ten has that elusive Hornby-factor. . . . It’s wincingly funny . . . a prospect to savour.”—Arena

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    Fish on a Dish!
  • Author : Jack Tickle
  • Publisher : Tiger Tales
  • Pages : 24
  • ISBN : 1589251911
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  • Genre : Juvenile Fiction
  • Pip, Pickle, and Percy the penguins are hungry. Pip and Pickle see a fish and chase it, but catching the little fish proves to be harder than they thought! Pip and Pickle are set on making a meal of that fish. Can the fish outsmart two determined, hungry penguins?

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    Titch Johnson, Almost World Champion
  • Author : Mark Haddon
  • Publisher : N.a
  • Pages : 63
  • ISBN : 0744531756
  • Reader Reviews :
  • Genre : Books
  • Titch Johnson wants to be a special and a champion. But all he's good at is balancing a fork on the end of his nose. 8 yrs+.

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    Murder Flies the Coop
  • Author : Jessica Ellicott
  • Publisher : Beryl and Edwina Mystery
  • Pages : 321
  • ISBN : 9781496720634
  • Reader Reviews : 1
  • Genre : Fiction
  • Sequel to: Murder in an English village.

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    The Boys from Binjiwunyawunya
  • Author : Robert G. Barrett
  • Publisher : Pan
  • Pages : 315
  • ISBN : 0330271652
  • Reader Reviews :
  • Genre : Adventure stories
  • There's no two ways about Les Norton–the carrot-topped country boy who works as a bouncer at Sydney's top illegal casino. He's tough and he's mean. He's got a granite jaw , fists like hams, and they say the last time he took a tenner from his wallet Henry Lawson blinked at the light.Lethal but loyal, he's always good for a laugh. In this, the third collection of Les Norton adventures, Les gets his boss off the hook. But not without the help of the boy from Binjiwunyawunya.Les then finds himself in a spot of bother in Long Bay Gaol then in a lot more bother on a St. Kilda tram in Melbourne.

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    Secret Agent Handbook
  • Author : Mark Haddon
  • Publisher : N.a
  • Pages : 64
  • ISBN : 074457207X
  • Reader Reviews :
  • Genre : Ciphers
  • The titles in this series of puzzle books aim to keep children amused for hours. Each book contains a range of different puzzles including spot-the-difference, anagrams, crosswords and more.