A Lesser Dependency

    By Peter Benson

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    In 1971 the inhabitants of Diego Garcia, a small island in the middle of the Indian Ocean, a place too small to find on a map and one of the last paradisical outposts of the Empire, were suddenly evicted from their homes to make way for a US military base. A trenchant critique of modern civilization…

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    A Private Moon

    By Peter Benson

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    Frank, a private eye in Brighton, is the perfect lodger: neat, quiet and solitary, a decent man leading an uneventful life. Then his neighbour announces she’s pregnant, his landlady’s budgie is strangled, his boss retires to a sauna, his client’s wife is murdered, the client himself drowns, and his…

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    Beyond the Blossoming Fields

    By Jun'ichi Watanabe

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    As a young girl from a wealthy family, Ginko Ogino seems set for a conventional life in the male-dominated society of nineteenth-century Japan. But when she contracts gonorrhoea from her husband, she suffers the ignominy of divorce. Forced to bear the humiliation of being treated by male doctors, sh…

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    Cry to Dream Again

    By Jane Hawking

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    From the number-one bestselling author of Travelling to Infinity: The True Story behind The Theory of Everything Book 2 in the Immortal Souls series In 1930s Greater London, Shirley is a talented ballerina who dreams of becoming a principal dancer at the Sadler’s Wells Ballet Company. Yet one summer…

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    Isabel’s Skin

    By Peter Benson

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    David Morris lives the quiet life of a book valuer for a London auction house, travelling every day by omnibus to his office on the Strand. When he is asked to make a trip to rural Somerset to value the library of the recently deceased Lord Buff-Orpington, the sense of trepidation he feels as he hea…

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    Ladies Night

    By Anthony McCarten and Stephen Sinclair

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    The ultimate night out – and not only for the girls! Ladies Night tells the story of five Liverpudlian men on the dole who decide to form a male stripping act. As they try to raise a fast buck, they pitch the idea to a local club owner and take lessons from a slightly shop-worn dance instructor with…

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    Moonshine in the Morning

    By Andrea McNicoll

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    AN ENDEARING PORTRAYAL OF A WORLD FAST DISAPPEARING As sharp and delicious as a Thai red curry, the beautifully crafted interlinking narratives of Moonshine in the Morning present an unforgettable cast of strong-minded women and their wayward husbands clinging to village life in Thailand before the…

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    Riptide

    By Peter Benson

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    On his nineteenth birthday in an English seaside town, Duncan Blaine gets a clue to the whereabouts of his mother, Diana, who, nine years earlier, left him to be raised by relatives when a tragic accident took the life of her husband. When he meets her Duncan is also introduced to the new man in her…

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    The Chymical Wedding

    By Lindsay Clarke

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    Soon after moving to the secluded Norfolk village of Munding, Alex Darken has a disturbing encounter with the ageing poet Edward Nesbit and his young lover Laura. They are obsessively researching the lives of Sir Henry Agnew and his daughter Louisa, who lived in Munding in the nineteenth century and…

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    The Levels

    By Peter Benson

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    Drove House has always loomed large over village life. Boarded-up for years, it is reputed to be brimming with ghosts, and is shunned by the locals – all except Billy, for whom it has been the site of childhood dens and secret adolescent adventures. When the captivating Muriel moves in with her bohe…

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    The Other Occupant

    By Peter Benson

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    Greg is thirty-three, without a job or a place to live. Hiding from painful memories, he only half-exists, his lethargy a protection against the world. Alice, his Leninist aunt, disturbed by his apathy, sends him to Dorset to help out a friend. Living in the countryside, working for the wildly eccen…

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    The Pink Hotel

    By Anna Stothard

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    A seventeen-year-old London girl flies to Los Angeles for the funeral of her mother Lily, from whom she was separated in her childhood. After stealing a suitcase of letters, clothes and photographs from her mum’s bedroom at the top of a hotel on Venice Beach, the girl spends her summer travelling ar…

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