Spydus Search Results - Browse our reading group set https://gloucestershire.spydus.co.uk/cgi-bin/spydus.exe/ENQ/WPAC/BIBENQ?QRY=BIBCOLX%3ARGS%20-%20MINOR%3AITD16&QRYTEXT=Browse%20our%20reading%20group%20set&SETLVL=SET&CF=BIB&SORTS=DTE.DATE1.DESC&NRECS=20 Spydus Search Results en © 2022 Civica Pty Limited. All rights reserved. Leave the world behind / Rumaan Alam. Reading Group Set (12 copies) https://gloucestershire.spydus.co.uk/cgi-bin/spydus.exe/ENQ/WPAC/BIBENQ?SETLVL=&BRN=1305446&CF=BIB Amanda and Clay head to a remote corner of Long Island expecting a holiday: a quiet reprieve from life in New York City, quality time with their teenage son and daughter, and a taste of the good life in the luxurious home they've rented for the week. But a late-night knock on the door breaks the spell. Ruth and G.H. are an older couple - it's their house, and they've arrived in a panic. They bring the news that a sudden blackout has swept the city. But in this rural area - with the TV and Internet now down, and no phone service - it's hard to know what to believe. Should Amanda and Clay trust this couple - and vice versa? What happened back in New York? Is the holiday home, isolated from civilisation, a truly safe place for their families? And are they safe from one another? Amanda and Clay head to a remote corner of Long Island expecting a holiday: a quiet reprieve from life in New York City, quality time with their teenage son and daughter, and a taste of the good life in the luxurious home they've rented for the week. But a late-night knock on the door breaks the spell. Ruth and G.H. are an older couple - it's their house, and they've arrived in a panic. They bring the news that a sudden blackout has swept the city. But in this rural area - with the TV and Internet now down, and no phone service - it's hard to know what to believe. Should Amanda and Clay trust this couple - and vice versa? What happened back in New York? Is the holiday home, isolated from civilisation, a truly safe place for their families? And are they safe from one another?<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Author: </span>Alam, Rumaan<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Published: </span>London : Bloomsbury Publishing, 2023.<br />241 pages ; 20 cm<br /><br />Oakley Store (HX) - (Gloucestershire) - Reading Group Sets - Greener Together / Paperback - Onloan - Due: 13 Jun 2024 - 995244088X<br /> The man who planted trees; Reading Group Set (12 copies) https://gloucestershire.spydus.co.uk/cgi-bin/spydus.exe/ENQ/WPAC/BIBENQ?SETLVL=&BRN=1454507&CF=BIB Giono's inspiring tale tells the story of a shepherd's single-handed regeneration of a landscape. The story is accompanied by gentle wood engravings and is reprinted to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Giono's birth. Giono's inspiring tale tells the story of a shepherd's single-handed regeneration of a landscape. The story is accompanied by gentle wood engravings and is reprinted to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Giono's birth.<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Author: </span>Giono, Jean, 1895-1970<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Published: </span>London : Vintage, 2022<br />56 pages : Illustrations; Paperback ; 20 cm<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">1 reserve</span><br /><br />Oakley Store (HX) - (Gloucestershire) - Reading Group Sets - Greener Together / Paperback - In-transit from Oakley (OAK) to Hesters Way (HW) (Set: 04 Mar 2024) - 9952440871<br /> We are all birds of Uganda : READING GROUP SET https://gloucestershire.spydus.co.uk/cgi-bin/spydus.exe/ENQ/WPAC/BIBENQ?SETLVL=&BRN=1086572&CF=BIB 'You can't stop birds from flying, can you, Sameer? They go where they will.' 1960s UGANDA. Hasan is struggling to run his family business following the sudden death of his wife. Just as he begins to see a way forward, a new regime seizes power, and a wave of rising prejudice threatens to sweep away everything he has built. Present-day London. Sameer, a young high-flying lawyer, senses an emptiness in what he thought was the life of his dreams. Called back to his family home by an unexpected tragedy, Sameer begins to find the missing pieces of himself not in his future plans, but in a past he never knew. Moving between two continents and several generations over a troubled century, 'We Are All Birds of Uganda' is a multi-layered, moving, and immensely resonant novel of love, loss, and what it means to find home. 'You can't stop birds from flying, can you, Sameer? They go where they will.' 1960s UGANDA. Hasan is struggling to run his family business following the sudden death of his wife. Just as he begins to see a way forward, a new regime seizes power, and a wave of rising prejudice threatens to sweep away everything he has built. Present-day London. Sameer, a young high-flying lawyer, senses an emptiness in what he thought was the life of his dreams. Called back to his family home by an unexpected tragedy, Sameer begins to find the missing pieces of himself not in his future plans, but in a past he never knew. Moving between two continents and several generations over a troubled century, 'We Are All Birds of Uganda' is a multi-layered, moving, and immensely resonant novel of love, loss, and what it means to find home.<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Author: </span>Zayyan, Hafsa<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Published: </span>UK : Penguin, 2022<br /><br />Oakley Store (HX) - (Gloucestershire) - Reading Group Sets - AF General Fiction / Paperback - Available - 9952137818<br /> The Kingdoms : READING GROUP SET https://gloucestershire.spydus.co.uk/cgi-bin/spydus.exe/ENQ/WPAC/BIBENQ?SETLVL=&BRN=1086573&CF=BIB Come home, if you remember. The postcard has been held at the sorting office for ninety-one years, waiting to be delivered to Joe Tournier. On the front is a lighthouse - Eilean Mor, in the Outer Hebrides. Joe has never left England, never even left London. He is a British slave, one of thousands throughout the French Empire. He has a job, a wife, a baby daughter. But he also has flashes of a life he cannot remember and of a world that never existed - a world where English is spoken in England, and not French. And now he has a postcard of a lighthouse built just six months ago, that was first written nearly one hundred years ago, by a stranger who seems to know him very well. Joe's journey to unravel the truth will take him from French-occupied London to a remote Scottish island, and back through time itself as he battles for his life - and for a very different future. Come home, if you remember. The postcard has been held at the sorting office for ninety-one years, waiting to be delivered to Joe Tournier. On the front is a lighthouse - Eilean Mor, in the Outer Hebrides. Joe has never left England, never even left London. He is a British slave, one of thousands throughout the French Empire. He has a job, a wife, a baby daughter. But he also has flashes of a life he cannot remember and of a world that never existed - a world where English is spoken in England, and not French. And now he has a postcard of a lighthouse built just six months ago, that was first written nearly one hundred years ago, by a stranger who seems to know him very well. Joe's journey to unravel the truth will take him from French-occupied London to a remote Scottish island, and back through time itself as he battles for his life - and for a very different future.<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Author: </span>Pulley, Natasha<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Published: </span>London : Bloomsbury Publishing, 2022<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">4 reserves</span><br /><br />Oakley Store (HX) - (Gloucestershire) - Reading Group Sets - AF General Fiction / Paperback - Onloan - Due: 13 Jun 2024 - 995213861X<br /> Hostage : READING GROUP SET https://gloucestershire.spydus.co.uk/cgi-bin/spydus.exe/ENQ/WPAC/BIBENQ?SETLVL=&BRN=1086574&CF=BIB You can save hundreds of lives. Or the one that matters most. The atmosphere on board the inaugural non-stop flight from London to Sydney is electric. Numerous celebrities are rumoured to be among the passengers in business class and journalists will be waiting on the ground to greet the plane. Mina is one of a hand-picked team of flight attendants chosen for the landmark journey. She's trying to focus on the task in hand, and not worry about her troubled five-year-old daughter back at home with her husband. Or the cataclysmic problems in her marriage. But the plane has barely taken off when Mina receives a chilling note from an anonymous passenger, someone intent on ensuring the plane never reaches its destination. Someone who needs Mina's assistance and who knows exactly how to make her comply. It's twenty hours to landing. A lot can happen in twenty hours. You can save hundreds of lives. Or the one that matters most. The atmosphere on board the inaugural non-stop flight from London to Sydney is electric. Numerous celebrities are rumoured to be among the passengers in business class and journalists will be waiting on the ground to greet the plane. Mina is one of a hand-picked team of flight attendants chosen for the landmark journey. She's trying to focus on the task in hand, and not worry about her troubled five-year-old daughter back at home with her husband. Or the cataclysmic problems in her marriage. But the plane has barely taken off when Mina receives a chilling note from an anonymous passenger, someone intent on ensuring the plane never reaches its destination. Someone who needs Mina's assistance and who knows exactly how to make her comply. It's twenty hours to landing. A lot can happen in twenty hours.<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Author: </span>Mackintosh, Clare<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Published: </span>London : Sphere, 2022<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">1 reserve</span><br /><br />Oakley Store (HX) - (Gloucestershire) - Reading Group Sets - AF Thriller / Paperback - Onloan - Due: 01 May 2024 - 9952139365<br /> How beautiful we were : READING GROUP SET https://gloucestershire.spydus.co.uk/cgi-bin/spydus.exe/ENQ/WPAC/BIBENQ?SETLVL=&BRN=1086575&CF=BIB Set in the fictional African village of Kosawa, 'How Beautiful We Were' tells the story of a people living in fear amidst environmental degradation wrought by an American oil company. Pipeline spills have rendered farmlands infertile. Children are dying from drinking toxic water. Promises of clean-up and financial reparations to the villagers are made - and ignored. The country's government, led by a brazen dictator, exists to serve its own interest only. Left with few choices, the people of Kosawa decide to fight back. But their fight will come at a steep price, one which generation after generation will have to pay. Set in the fictional African village of Kosawa, 'How Beautiful We Were' tells the story of a people living in fear amidst environmental degradation wrought by an American oil company. Pipeline spills have rendered farmlands infertile. Children are dying from drinking toxic water. Promises of clean-up and financial reparations to the villagers are made - and ignored. The country's government, led by a brazen dictator, exists to serve its own interest only. Left with few choices, the people of Kosawa decide to fight back. But their fight will come at a steep price, one which generation after generation will have to pay.<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Author: </span>Mbue, Imbolo<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Published: </span>Edinburgh : Canongate, 2022<br /><br />Oakley Store (HX) - (Gloucestershire) - Reading Group Sets - AF General Fiction / Paperback - In-transit from Dursley (DY) to Oakley Store (HX) (Set: 15 Mar 2024) - 9952139136<br /> Sorrow and Bliss : READING GROUP SET https://gloucestershire.spydus.co.uk/cgi-bin/spydus.exe/ENQ/WPAC/BIBENQ?SETLVL=&BRN=1086576&CF=BIB Everyone tells Martha Friel she is clever and beautiful, a brilliant writer who has been loved every day of her adult life by one man, her husband Patrick. A gift - her mother once said - not everybody gets. So why is everything broken? Why is Martha - on the edge of 40 - friendless, practically jobless and so often sad? And why did Patrick decide to leave? Maybe she is just too sensitive, someone who finds it harder to be alive than most people. Or maybe there is something wrong with her. Something that broke when a little bomb went off in her brain, at 17, and left her changed in a way that no doctor or therapist has ever been able to explain. Forced to return to her childhood home to live with her dysfunctional, bohemian parents, Martha has one last chance to find out whether a life is ever too broken to fix - or whether, maybe, by starting over, she will get to write a better ending for herself. Everyone tells Martha Friel she is clever and beautiful, a brilliant writer who has been loved every day of her adult life by one man, her husband Patrick. A gift - her mother once said - not everybody gets. So why is everything broken? Why is Martha - on the edge of 40 - friendless, practically jobless and so often sad? And why did Patrick decide to leave? Maybe she is just too sensitive, someone who finds it harder to be alive than most people. Or maybe there is something wrong with her. Something that broke when a little bomb went off in her brain, at 17, and left her changed in a way that no doctor or therapist has ever been able to explain. Forced to return to her childhood home to live with her dysfunctional, bohemian parents, Martha has one last chance to find out whether a life is ever too broken to fix - or whether, maybe, by starting over, she will get to write a better ending for herself.<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Author: </span>Mason, Meg<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Published: </span>London : Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2022<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Average rating: </span><span style="vertical-align: middle;"><img style="margin:0;" src="https://gloucestershire.spydus.co.uk/gifs/small-star.gif" alt="★" /><img style="margin:0;" src="https://gloucestershire.spydus.co.uk/gifs/small-star.gif" alt="★" /><img style="margin:0;" src="https://gloucestershire.spydus.co.uk/gifs/small-star.gif" alt="★" /><img style="margin:0;" src="https://gloucestershire.spydus.co.uk/gifs/small-star.gif" alt="★" /><img style="margin:0;" src="https://gloucestershire.spydus.co.uk/gifs/small-star.gif" alt="★" /><img style="margin:0;" src="https://gloucestershire.spydus.co.uk/gifs/small-star.gif" alt="★" /><img style="margin:0;" src="https://gloucestershire.spydus.co.uk/gifs/small-blankstar.gif" alt="☆" /><img style="margin:0;" src="https://gloucestershire.spydus.co.uk/gifs/small-blankstar.gif" alt="☆" /><img style="margin:0;" src="https://gloucestershire.spydus.co.uk/gifs/small-blankstar.gif" alt="☆" /><img style="margin:0;" src="https://gloucestershire.spydus.co.uk/gifs/small-blankstar.gif" alt="☆" /></span> (1 review)<br /><br />Oakley Store (HX) - (Gloucestershire) - Reading Group Sets - AF General Fiction / Paperback - Onloan - Due: 22 May 2024 - 9952139403<br /> The island of missing trees : READING GROUP SET https://gloucestershire.spydus.co.uk/cgi-bin/spydus.exe/ENQ/WPAC/BIBENQ?SETLVL=&BRN=1086577&CF=BIB 1974, on the island of Cyprus. Two teenagers, from opposite sides of a divided land, meet at a tavern in the city they both call home. The tavern is the only place that Kostas, who is Greek and Christian, and Defne, who is Turkish and Muslim, can meet, in secret, hidden beneath the blackened beams from which hang garlands of garlic, chilli peppers and wild herbs. This is where one can find the best food in town, the best music, the best wine. But there is something else to the place: it makes one forget, even if for just a few hours, the world outside and its immoderate sorrows. In 'The Island of Missing Trees', prizewinning author Elif Shafak brings us a rich, magical tale of belonging and identity, love and trauma, memory and amnesia, human-induced destruction of nature, and, finally, renewal. 1974, on the island of Cyprus. Two teenagers, from opposite sides of a divided land, meet at a tavern in the city they both call home. The tavern is the only place that Kostas, who is Greek and Christian, and Defne, who is Turkish and Muslim, can meet, in secret, hidden beneath the blackened beams from which hang garlands of garlic, chilli peppers and wild herbs. This is where one can find the best food in town, the best music, the best wine. But there is something else to the place: it makes one forget, even if for just a few hours, the world outside and its immoderate sorrows. In 'The Island of Missing Trees', prizewinning author Elif Shafak brings us a rich, magical tale of belonging and identity, love and trauma, memory and amnesia, human-induced destruction of nature, and, finally, renewal.<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Author: </span>Shafak, Elif, 1971-<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Published: </span>UK : Penguin, 2022<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">6 reserves</span><br /><br />Oakley Store (HX) - (Gloucestershire) - Reading Group Sets - AF General Fiction / Paperback - On Reserve Shelf (Set: 18 Apr 2024) - 9952138814<br /> Klara and the sun : READING GROUP SET https://gloucestershire.spydus.co.uk/cgi-bin/spydus.exe/ENQ/WPAC/BIBENQ?SETLVL=&BRN=1086578&CF=BIB This novel tells the story of Klara, an Artificial Friend with outstanding observational qualities, who, from her place in the store, watches carefully the behaviour of those who come in to browse, and of those who pass on the street outside. She remains hopeful that a customer will soon choose her. This novel tells the story of Klara, an Artificial Friend with outstanding observational qualities, who, from her place in the store, watches carefully the behaviour of those who come in to browse, and of those who pass on the street outside. She remains hopeful that a customer will soon choose her.<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Author: </span>Ishiguro, Kazuo, 1954-<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Published: </span>London : Faber, 2022<br /><br />Oakley Store (HX) - (Gloucestershire) - Reading Group Sets - AF General Fiction / Paperback - Onloan - Due: 17 May 2024 - 9952139098<br /> The Dictionary of Lost Words: READING GROUP SET https://gloucestershire.spydus.co.uk/cgi-bin/spydus.exe/ENQ/WPAC/BIBENQ?SETLVL=&BRN=1086579&CF=BIB In 1901, the word bondmaid was discovered missing from the Oxford English Dictionary. This is the story of the girl who stole it. Motherless and irrepressibly curious, Esme spends her childhood in the Scriptorium, a garden shed in Oxford where her father and a team of lexicographers are gathering words for the very first Oxford English Dictionary. Esme's place is beneath the sorting table, unseen and unheard. One day, she sees a slip containing the word 'bondmaid' flutter to the floor unclaimed. Over time, Esme realises that some words are considered more important than others, and that words and meanings relating to women's experiences often go unrecorded. She begins to collect words for another dictionary: The Dictionary of Lost Words. In 1901, the word bondmaid was discovered missing from the Oxford English Dictionary. This is the story of the girl who stole it. Motherless and irrepressibly curious, Esme spends her childhood in the Scriptorium, a garden shed in Oxford where her father and a team of lexicographers are gathering words for the very first Oxford English Dictionary. Esme's place is beneath the sorting table, unseen and unheard. One day, she sees a slip containing the word 'bondmaid' flutter to the floor unclaimed. Over time, Esme realises that some words are considered more important than others, and that words and meanings relating to women's experiences often go unrecorded. She begins to collect words for another dictionary: The Dictionary of Lost Words.<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Author: </span>Williams, Pip<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Published: </span>London : Vintage, 2022<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">6 reserves</span><br /><br />Oakley Store (HX) - (Gloucestershire) - Reading Group Sets - AF Historical / Paperback - Onloan - Due: 03 Jun 2024 - 995213892X<br /> Delicacy : READING GROUP SET : A memoir about cake and death https://gloucestershire.spydus.co.uk/cgi-bin/spydus.exe/ENQ/WPAC/BIBENQ?SETLVL=&BRN=1086580&CF=BIB From award-winning comedian and writer Katy Wix comes 'Delicacy' - a different kind of memoir from an astonishing new voice. Twenty-one snapshots of a life - some staccato, raw and shocking, some expansive, meditative, and profound, underpinned with moments of startling humour that shatter the darkness - all beginning with a single memory. A memory of cake. The sickly royal icing marked the moment Katy found her voice. The madeira cake was the sun her group therapy sessions orbited. The 'missing cake' from a lost holiday has never let go. The Bara brith eaten in hospital after a life-altering car crash was as tough as the metal that hit her. The supermarket rock cake was where she 'practised wanting'. From award-winning comedian and writer Katy Wix comes 'Delicacy' - a different kind of memoir from an astonishing new voice. Twenty-one snapshots of a life - some staccato, raw and shocking, some expansive, meditative, and profound, underpinned with moments of startling humour that shatter the darkness - all beginning with a single memory. A memory of cake. The sickly royal icing marked the moment Katy found her voice. The madeira cake was the sun her group therapy sessions orbited. The 'missing cake' from a lost holiday has never let go. The Bara brith eaten in hospital after a life-altering car crash was as tough as the metal that hit her. The supermarket rock cake was where she 'practised wanting'.<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Author: </span>Wix, Katy, 1979-<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Published: </span>London : Headline, 2022<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">3 reserves</span><br /><br />Oakley Store (HX) - (Gloucestershire) - Reading Group Sets - BWIX - ANF Biography / Paperback - In-transit from Oakley Store (HX) to Hesters Way (HW) (Set: 16 Feb 2024) - 9952137893<br /> Earthed : READING GROUP SET https://gloucestershire.spydus.co.uk/cgi-bin/spydus.exe/ENQ/WPAC/BIBENQ?SETLVL=&BRN=1086581&CF=BIB In January 2017 Rebecca Schiller moved her family to the countryside to start a smallholding with little idea what that meant, the work it would involve and the skills she would need. Nevertheless she had a strong sense that something was coming and that soon she might need this land under her feet. She was right. 'Earthed' is the story of sowing, growing and uncovering; a time of hard physical work and a mental health crisis; six seasons of living the not-so simple life and trying to understand the past so as to learn how to live in the future. In January 2017 Rebecca Schiller moved her family to the countryside to start a smallholding with little idea what that meant, the work it would involve and the skills she would need. Nevertheless she had a strong sense that something was coming and that soon she might need this land under her feet. She was right. 'Earthed' is the story of sowing, growing and uncovering; a time of hard physical work and a mental health crisis; six seasons of living the not-so simple life and trying to understand the past so as to learn how to live in the future.<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Author: </span>Schiller, Rebecca<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Published: </span>London : Elliott and Thompson, 2022<br /><br />Oakley Store (HX) - (Gloucestershire) - Reading Group Sets - 630.92 - ANF Farming & Country Life / Paperback - Onloan - Due: 31 May 2024 - 995213794X<br /> Storyland: A new mythology of Britain : READING GROUP SET https://gloucestershire.spydus.co.uk/cgi-bin/spydus.exe/ENQ/WPAC/BIBENQ?SETLVL=&BRN=1086582&CF=BIB Soaked in mist and old magic, 'Storyland' is a new illustrated mythology of Britain, set in its wildest landscapes. It begins between the Creation and Noah's Flood, follows the footsteps of the earliest generation of giants from an age when the children of Cain and the progeny of fallen angels walked the earth, to the founding of Britain, England, Wales and Scotland, the birth of Christ, the wars between Britons, Saxons and Vikings, and closes with the arrival of the Normans. These are retellings of medieval tales of legend, landscape and the yearning to belong, inhabited with characters now half-remembered: Brutus, Albina, Scota, Arthur and Bladud among them. Soaked in mist and old magic, 'Storyland' is a new illustrated mythology of Britain, set in its wildest landscapes. It begins between the Creation and Noah's Flood, follows the footsteps of the earliest generation of giants from an age when the children of Cain and the progeny of fallen angels walked the earth, to the founding of Britain, England, Wales and Scotland, the birth of Christ, the wars between Britons, Saxons and Vikings, and closes with the arrival of the Normans. These are retellings of medieval tales of legend, landscape and the yearning to belong, inhabited with characters now half-remembered: Brutus, Albina, Scota, Arthur and Bladud among them.<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Author: </span>Jeffs, Amy<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Published: </span>London : riverrun, 2022<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">1 reserve</span><br /><br />Oakley Store (HX) - (Gloucestershire) - Reading Group Sets - 398.209 - ANF Customs & Folklore / Paperback - Onloan - Due: 15 Apr 2024 - 995213813X<br /> Great Circle : READING GROUP SET https://gloucestershire.spydus.co.uk/cgi-bin/spydus.exe/ENQ/WPAC/BIBENQ?SETLVL=&BRN=1086565&CF=BIB From the night she is rescued as a baby out of the flames of a sinking ship; to the day she joins a pair of daredevil pilots looping and diving over the rugged forests of her childhood, to the thrill of flying Spitfires during the war, the life of Marian Graves has always been marked by a lust for freedom and danger. In 1950, she embarks on her life's dream - to fly a Great Circle around the globe, pole to pole. But after a crash landing she finds herself stranded on the Antarctic ice without enough fuel. With one fearsome piece of water separating her from completion of the Circle, she writes one last entry in her logbook. She is ready for her final journey. Half a century later, Hadley Baxter, a brilliant, troubled Hollywood starlet is irresistibly drawn to play Marian Graves, a role that will lead her to probe the deepest mysteries of the vanished pilot's life. From the night she is rescued as a baby out of the flames of a sinking ship; to the day she joins a pair of daredevil pilots looping and diving over the rugged forests of her childhood, to the thrill of flying Spitfires during the war, the life of Marian Graves has always been marked by a lust for freedom and danger. In 1950, she embarks on her life's dream - to fly a Great Circle around the globe, pole to pole. But after a crash landing she finds herself stranded on the Antarctic ice without enough fuel. With one fearsome piece of water separating her from completion of the Circle, she writes one last entry in her logbook. She is ready for her final journey. Half a century later, Hadley Baxter, a brilliant, troubled Hollywood starlet is irresistibly drawn to play Marian Graves, a role that will lead her to probe the deepest mysteries of the vanished pilot's life.<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Author: </span>Shipstead, Maggie<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Published: </span>London : Penguin, 2022<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">1 reserve</span><br /><br />Oakley Store (HX) - (Gloucestershire) - Reading Group Sets - AF General Fiction / Paperback - Onloan - Due: 07 Jun 2024 - 9952139454<br /> The Echo Chamber : READING GROUP SET https://gloucestershire.spydus.co.uk/cgi-bin/spydus.exe/ENQ/WPAC/BIBENQ?SETLVL=&BRN=1086567&CF=BIB What a thing of wonder a mobile phone is. Six ounces of metal, glass and plastic, fashioned into a sleek, shiny, precious object. At once, a gateway to other worlds - and a treacherous weapon in the hands of the unwary, the unwitting, the inept. The Cleverley family live a gilded life, little realising how precarious their privilege is, just one tweet away from disaster. George, the patriarch, is a stalwart of television interviewing, a 'national treasure' (his words), his wife Beverley, a celebrated novelist (although not as celebrated as she would like), and their children, Nelson, Elizabeth, Achilles, various degrees of catastrophe waiting to happen. Together they will go on a journey of discovery through the Hogarthian jungle of the modern living where past presumptions count for nothing and carefully curated reputations can be destroyed in an instant. What a thing of wonder a mobile phone is. Six ounces of metal, glass and plastic, fashioned into a sleek, shiny, precious object. At once, a gateway to other worlds - and a treacherous weapon in the hands of the unwary, the unwitting, the inept. The Cleverley family live a gilded life, little realising how precarious their privilege is, just one tweet away from disaster. George, the patriarch, is a stalwart of television interviewing, a 'national treasure' (his words), his wife Beverley, a celebrated novelist (although not as celebrated as she would like), and their children, Nelson, Elizabeth, Achilles, various degrees of catastrophe waiting to happen. Together they will go on a journey of discovery through the Hogarthian jungle of the modern living where past presumptions count for nothing and carefully curated reputations can be destroyed in an instant.<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Author: </span>Boyne, John, 1971-<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Published: </span>London : Penguin, 2022<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">1 reserve</span><br /><br />Oakley Store (HX) - (Gloucestershire) - Reading Group Sets - AF General Fiction / Paperback - Onloan - Due: 18 May 2024 - 9952140207<br /> The Promise : READING GROUP SET https://gloucestershire.spydus.co.uk/cgi-bin/spydus.exe/ENQ/WPAC/BIBENQ?SETLVL=&BRN=1086568&CF=BIB There is nothing unusual or remarkable about the Swart family, oh no, they resemble the family from the next farm and the one beyond that, just an ordinary bunch of white South Africans, and if you don't believe it then listen to us speak. The many voices of 'The Promise' tell a story in four snapshots, each one centred on a family funeral, each one happening in a different decade. In the background, a different president is in power, and a different spirit hangs over the country, while in the foreground the family fights over what they call their farm, on a worthless piece of land outside Pretoria. Over large jumps in time, people get older, faces and laws and lives all change, while a brother and sister circle around a promise made long ago, and never kept. There is nothing unusual or remarkable about the Swart family, oh no, they resemble the family from the next farm and the one beyond that, just an ordinary bunch of white South Africans, and if you don't believe it then listen to us speak. The many voices of 'The Promise' tell a story in four snapshots, each one centred on a family funeral, each one happening in a different decade. In the background, a different president is in power, and a different spirit hangs over the country, while in the foreground the family fights over what they call their farm, on a worthless piece of land outside Pretoria. Over large jumps in time, people get older, faces and laws and lives all change, while a brother and sister circle around a promise made long ago, and never kept.<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Author: </span>Galgut, Damon, 1963-<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Published: </span>London : Vintage, 2022<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">2 reserves</span><br /><br />Oakley Store (HX) - (Gloucestershire) - Reading Group Sets - AF General Fiction / Paperback - On Reserve Shelf (Set: 29 Dec 2022) - Please check with staff (Set: 17 Jan 2023) - 9952140290<br /> A Passage North : READING GROUP SET https://gloucestershire.spydus.co.uk/cgi-bin/spydus.exe/ENQ/WPAC/BIBENQ?SETLVL=&BRN=1086569&CF=BIB It begins with a message: a telephone call informing Krishan that his grandmother's former care-giver, Rani, has died in unexpected circumstances, at the bottom of a well in her village in the north, her neck broken by the fall. The news arrives on the heels of an email from Anjum, an activist he fell in love with four years earlier while living in Delhi, bringing with it the stirring of distant memories and desires. As Krishan makes the long journey by train from Colombo into the war-torn Northern Province for the funeral, so begins a passage into the soul of an island devastated by violence. It begins with a message: a telephone call informing Krishan that his grandmother's former care-giver, Rani, has died in unexpected circumstances, at the bottom of a well in her village in the north, her neck broken by the fall. The news arrives on the heels of an email from Anjum, an activist he fell in love with four years earlier while living in Delhi, bringing with it the stirring of distant memories and desires. As Krishan makes the long journey by train from Colombo into the war-torn Northern Province for the funeral, so begins a passage into the soul of an island devastated by violence.<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Author: </span>Arudpragasam, Anuk<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Published: </span>London : Granta, 2022<br /><br />Oakley Store (HX) - (Gloucestershire) - Reading Group Sets - AF General Fiction / Paperback - Onloan - Due: 06 Jun 2024 - 9952140827<br /> Unsettled Ground : READING GROUP SET https://gloucestershire.spydus.co.uk/cgi-bin/spydus.exe/ENQ/WPAC/BIBENQ?SETLVL=&BRN=1086570&CF=BIB Twins Jeanie and Julius have always been different from other people. At 51 years old, they still live with their mother, Dot, in rural isolation and poverty. Inside the walls of their old cottage they make music, and in the garden they grow (and sometimes kill) everything they need for sustenance. But when Dot dies suddenly, threats to their livelihood start raining down. Jeanie and Julius would do anything to preserve their small sanctuary against the perils of the outside world, even as their mother's secrets begin to unravel, putting everything they thought they knew about their lives at stake. Twins Jeanie and Julius have always been different from other people. At 51 years old, they still live with their mother, Dot, in rural isolation and poverty. Inside the walls of their old cottage they make music, and in the garden they grow (and sometimes kill) everything they need for sustenance. But when Dot dies suddenly, threats to their livelihood start raining down. Jeanie and Julius would do anything to preserve their small sanctuary against the perils of the outside world, even as their mother's secrets begin to unravel, putting everything they thought they knew about their lives at stake.<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Author: </span>Fuller, Claire<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Published: </span>UK : Penguin, 2022<br /><br />Oakley Store (HX) - (Gloucestershire) - Reading Group Sets - AF General Fiction / Paperback - Onloan - Due: 21 May 2024 - 9952140738<br /> When the lights go out : READING GROUP SET https://gloucestershire.spydus.co.uk/cgi-bin/spydus.exe/ENQ/WPAC/BIBENQ?SETLVL=&BRN=1086571&CF=BIB If you believe your world is going to end, how should you live? And what if, while preparing for disaster, you unwittingly precipitate it? While Emma Abram prepares for Christmas, her husband Chris frets about starvation and societal collapse. Desperate times call for desperate measures. Chris has turned off the heating. He treks his sons across the Moss in the drubbing rain. And he has other plans that, if voiced, Emma would surely veto. But it's easier to ask for forgiveness than permission. Emma longs to lower a rope and winch Chris from the pit of his worries. But he doesn't want to be rescued or even reassured - he wants to pull her in after him. If you believe your world is going to end, how should you live? And what if, while preparing for disaster, you unwittingly precipitate it? While Emma Abram prepares for Christmas, her husband Chris frets about starvation and societal collapse. Desperate times call for desperate measures. Chris has turned off the heating. He treks his sons across the Moss in the drubbing rain. And he has other plans that, if voiced, Emma would surely veto. But it's easier to ask for forgiveness than permission. Emma longs to lower a rope and winch Chris from the pit of his worries. But he doesn't want to be rescued or even reassured - he wants to pull her in after him.<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Author: </span>Bray, Carys<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Published: </span>UK : Penguin, 2021<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">2 reserves</span><br /><br />Oakley Store (HX) - (Gloucestershire) - Reading Group Sets - AF General Fiction / Paperback - In-transit from Oakley Store (HX) to Stroud (SD) (Set: 19 Mar 2024) - 9952141017<br /> The Magician : READING GROUP SET https://gloucestershire.spydus.co.uk/cgi-bin/spydus.exe/ENQ/WPAC/BIBENQ?SETLVL=&BRN=1086563&CF=BIB 'The Magician' tells the story of Thomas Mann, whose life was filled with great acclaim and contradiction. He would find himself on the wrong side of history in the First World War, cheerleading the German army, but have a clear vision of the future in the second, anticipating the horrors of Nazism. He would have six children and keep his homosexuality hidden; he was a man forever connected to his family and yet bore witness to the ravages of suicide. He would write some of the greatest works of European literature, and win the Nobel Prize, but would never return to the country that inspired his creativity. 'The Magician' tells the story of Thomas Mann, whose life was filled with great acclaim and contradiction. He would find himself on the wrong side of history in the First World War, cheerleading the German army, but have a clear vision of the future in the second, anticipating the horrors of Nazism. He would have six children and keep his homosexuality hidden; he was a man forever connected to his family and yet bore witness to the ravages of suicide. He would write some of the greatest works of European literature, and win the Nobel Prize, but would never return to the country that inspired his creativity.<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Author: </span>Tóibín, Colm, 1955-<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Published: </span>UK : Penguin, 2021<br /><br />Oakley Store (HX) - (Gloucestershire) - Reading Group Sets - AF General Fiction / Paperback - Onloan - Due: 18 Mar 2024 - 9952138199<br /> Hamnet : READING GROUP SET https://gloucestershire.spydus.co.uk/cgi-bin/spydus.exe/ENQ/WPAC/BIBENQ?SETLVL=&BRN=1086564&CF=BIB On a summer's day in 1596, a young girl in Stratford-upon-Avon takes to her bed with a fever. Her twin brother, Hamnet, searches everywhere for help. Why is nobody at home? Their mother, Agnes, is over a mile away, in the garden where she grows medicinal herbs. Their father is working in London. Neither parent knows that one of the children will not survive the week. On a summer's day in 1596, a young girl in Stratford-upon-Avon takes to her bed with a fever. Her twin brother, Hamnet, searches everywhere for help. Why is nobody at home? Their mother, Agnes, is over a mile away, in the garden where she grows medicinal herbs. Their father is working in London. Neither parent knows that one of the children will not survive the week.<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Author: </span>O'Farrell, Maggie, 1972-<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Published: </span>London : Tinder Press, 2021<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">2 reserves</span><br /><br />Oakley Store (HX) - (Gloucestershire) - Reading Group Sets - AF Historical / Paperback - Onloan - Due: 17 May 2024 - 9952138245<br /> Red at the bone : READING GROUP SET https://gloucestershire.spydus.co.uk/cgi-bin/spydus.exe/ENQ/WPAC/BIBENQ?SETLVL=&BRN=697462&CF=BIB Brooklyn, 2001. It is the evening of 16-year-old Melody's coming of age ceremony in her grandparents' brownstone. Watched lovingly by her relatives and friends, making her entrance to the music of Prince, she wears a special custom-made dress - the very same dress that was sewn for a different wearer, Melody's mother, for a celebration that ultimately never took place. Unfurling the history of Melody's parents and grandparents - from the 1921 Tulsa massacre to post 9/11 New York - 'Red at the Bone' explores sexual desire, identity, class and the life-altering facts of parenthood, as it looks at the ways in which young people must so often make long-lasting decisions about their lives - even before they have begun to figure out who they are and what they want to be. Brooklyn, 2001. It is the evening of 16-year-old Melody's coming of age ceremony in her grandparents' brownstone. Watched lovingly by her relatives and friends, making her entrance to the music of Prince, she wears a special custom-made dress - the very same dress that was sewn for a different wearer, Melody's mother, for a celebration that ultimately never took place. Unfurling the history of Melody's parents and grandparents - from the 1921 Tulsa massacre to post 9/11 New York - 'Red at the Bone' explores sexual desire, identity, class and the life-altering facts of parenthood, as it looks at the ways in which young people must so often make long-lasting decisions about their lives - even before they have begun to figure out who they are and what they want to be.<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Author: </span>Woodson, Jacqueline<br /><br />Oakley Store (HX) - (Gloucestershire) - Reading Group Sets - AF General Fiction / Paperback - Available - 9951469388<br /> Liberation : READING GROUP SET https://gloucestershire.spydus.co.uk/cgi-bin/spydus.exe/ENQ/WPAC/BIBENQ?SETLVL=&BRN=699939&CF=BIB Nancy Wake was an Australian girl who, aged 16, ran away from her abusive mother to the other side of the world. Nancy Wake was a wife who, when her husband was snatched by the Gestapo, fought to be trained by SOE and returned to France to take her revenge. Nancy Wake was a soldier who led a battalion of 7000 French Resistance fighters who called her Field Marshall. Who had a 5-million Franc bounty on her head. Who killed a Nazi with her bare hands. Who defeated 22,000 Germans with the loss of only 100 men. Who sold her medals because, 'I'll probably go to hell and they'd melt anyway.' Discover the roots of her legend in a thriller about one woman's incredible quest to turn the tide of the war, save the man she loves and take revenge on those who have wronged her. Nancy Wake was an Australian girl who, aged 16, ran away from her abusive mother to the other side of the world. Nancy Wake was a wife who, when her husband was snatched by the Gestapo, fought to be trained by SOE and returned to France to take her revenge. Nancy Wake was a soldier who led a battalion of 7000 French Resistance fighters who called her Field Marshall. Who had a 5-million Franc bounty on her head. Who killed a Nazi with her bare hands. Who defeated 22,000 Germans with the loss of only 100 men. Who sold her medals because, 'I'll probably go to hell and they'd melt anyway.' Discover the roots of her legend in a thriller about one woman's incredible quest to turn the tide of the war, save the man she loves and take revenge on those who have wronged her.<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Author: </span>Kealey, Imogen<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">1 reserve</span><br /><br />Oakley Store (HX) - (Gloucestershire) - Reading Group Sets - AF Thriller / Paperback - On Reserve Shelf (Set: 18 Apr 2024) - 9951348645<br /> The Midnight Library : READING GROUP SET https://gloucestershire.spydus.co.uk/cgi-bin/spydus.exe/ENQ/WPAC/BIBENQ?SETLVL=&BRN=1086561&CF=BIB When Nora Seed finds herself in the Midnight Library, she has a chance to make things right. Up until now, her life has been full of misery and regret. She feels she has let everyone down, including herself. But things are about to change. The books in the Midnight Library enable Nora to live as if she had done things differently. With the help of an old friend, she can now undo every one of her regrets as she tries to work out her perfect life. But things aren't always what she imagined they'd be, and soon her choices place the library and herself in extreme danger. Before time runs out, she must answer the ultimate question: what is the best way to live? When Nora Seed finds herself in the Midnight Library, she has a chance to make things right. Up until now, her life has been full of misery and regret. She feels she has let everyone down, including herself. But things are about to change. The books in the Midnight Library enable Nora to live as if she had done things differently. With the help of an old friend, she can now undo every one of her regrets as she tries to work out her perfect life. But things aren't always what she imagined they'd be, and soon her choices place the library and herself in extreme danger. Before time runs out, she must answer the ultimate question: what is the best way to live?<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Author: </span>Haig, Matt, 1975-<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Published: </span>Edinburgh : Canongate, 2021<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">1 reserve</span><br /><br />Oakley Store (HX) - (Gloucestershire) - Reading Group Sets - AF General Fiction / Paperback - Onloan - Due: 11 Jun 2024 - 9952140584<br /> The Night Tiger : READING GROUP SET https://gloucestershire.spydus.co.uk/cgi-bin/spydus.exe/ENQ/WPAC/BIBENQ?SETLVL=&BRN=1086562&CF=BIB In 1930s colonial Malaya, a dissolute British doctor receives a surprise gift of an eleven-year-old Chinese houseboy. Sent as a bequest from an old friend, young Ren has a mission: to find his dead master's severed finger and reunite it with his body. Ren has 49 days, or else his master's soul will roam the earth forever. Ji Lin, an apprentice dressmaker, moonlights as a dancehall girl to pay her mother's debts. One night, Ji Lin's dance partner leaves her with a gruesome souvenir that leads her on a crooked, dark trail. As time runs out for Ren's mission, a series of unexplained deaths occur amid rumours of tigers who turn into men. In their journey to keep a promise and discover the truth, Ren and Ji Lin's paths will cross in ways they will never forget. In 1930s colonial Malaya, a dissolute British doctor receives a surprise gift of an eleven-year-old Chinese houseboy. Sent as a bequest from an old friend, young Ren has a mission: to find his dead master's severed finger and reunite it with his body. Ren has 49 days, or else his master's soul will roam the earth forever. Ji Lin, an apprentice dressmaker, moonlights as a dancehall girl to pay her mother's debts. One night, Ji Lin's dance partner leaves her with a gruesome souvenir that leads her on a crooked, dark trail. As time runs out for Ren's mission, a series of unexplained deaths occur amid rumours of tigers who turn into men. In their journey to keep a promise and discover the truth, Ren and Ji Lin's paths will cross in ways they will never forget.<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Author: </span>Choo, Yangsze<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Published: </span>London : Querus, 2020<br /><br />Oakley Store (HX) - (Gloucestershire) - Reading Group Sets - AF General Fiction / Paperback - Available - 9952140460<br /> Before the coffee gets cold : tales from the cafe READING GROUP SET https://gloucestershire.spydus.co.uk/cgi-bin/spydus.exe/ENQ/WPAC/BIBENQ?SETLVL=&BRN=905161&CF=BIB From the author of 'Before the Coffee Gets Cold' comes 'Tales from the Cafe', a story of four new customers, each of whom is hoping to take advantage of Cafe Funiculi Funicula's time travelling offer. We will be introduced to: the man who goes back to see his best friend who died 22 years ago, the son who was unable to attend his own mother's funeral, the man who travelled to see the girl who he could not marry and the old detective who never gave his wife that gift ... This beautiful, simple tale tells the story of people who must face up to their past in order to move on with their lives. Once again the reader is invited to ask themselves: what would you change if you could travel back in time? From the author of 'Before the Coffee Gets Cold' comes 'Tales from the Cafe', a story of four new customers, each of whom is hoping to take advantage of Cafe Funiculi Funicula's time travelling offer. We will be introduced to: the man who goes back to see his best friend who died 22 years ago, the son who was unable to attend his own mother's funeral, the man who travelled to see the girl who he could not marry and the old detective who never gave his wife that gift ... This beautiful, simple tale tells the story of people who must face up to their past in order to move on with their lives. Once again the reader is invited to ask themselves: what would you change if you could travel back in time?<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Author: </span>Kawaguchi, Toshikazu, 1971-<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Published: </span>London : Picador, 2020<br />192 pages ; 20cm<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">1 reserve</span><br /><br />Oakley Store (HX) - (Gloucestershire) - Reading Group Sets - AF Science Fiction / Paperback - Available - 9951468233<br /> The boy between: a mother and son's journey from a world gone grey READING GROUP SET https://gloucestershire.spydus.co.uk/cgi-bin/spydus.exe/ENQ/WPAC/BIBENQ?SETLVL=&BRN=997780&CF=BIB Novelist Amanda Prowse knew how to resolve a fictional family crisis. But then her son came to her with a real one. Josiah was nineteen with the world at his feet when things changed. Without warning, the new university student's mental health deteriorated to the point that he planned his own death. His mother, bestselling author Amanda Prowse, found herself grappling for ways to help him, with no clear sense of where that could be found. This is the book they wish had been there for them during those dark times. Josiah's situation is not unusual: the statistics on student mental health are terrifying. And he was not the only one suffering; his family was also hijacked by his illness, watching him struggle and fearing the day he might succeed in taking his life. In this book, Josiah and Amanda hope to give a voice to those who suffer, and show them that help can be found. Novelist Amanda Prowse knew how to resolve a fictional family crisis. But then her son came to her with a real one. Josiah was nineteen with the world at his feet when things changed. Without warning, the new university student's mental health deteriorated to the point that he planned his own death. His mother, bestselling author Amanda Prowse, found herself grappling for ways to help him, with no clear sense of where that could be found. This is the book they wish had been there for them during those dark times. Josiah's situation is not unusual: the statistics on student mental health are terrifying. And he was not the only one suffering; his family was also hijacked by his illness, watching him struggle and fearing the day he might succeed in taking his life. In this book, Josiah and Amanda hope to give a voice to those who suffer, and show them that help can be found.<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Author: </span>Prowse, Amanda<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Published: </span>Seattle : Little A, 2020<br /><br />Oakley Store (HX) - (Gloucestershire) - Reading Group Sets - 616.852700922 - ANF Biography / Paperback - In-transit from Hesters Way (HW) to Oakley Store (HX) (Set: 08 Apr 2024) - 9936708504<br /> Rules for perfect murders : READING GROUP SET https://gloucestershire.spydus.co.uk/cgi-bin/spydus.exe/ENQ/WPAC/BIBENQ?SETLVL=&BRN=697459&CF=BIB A series of unsolved murders with one thing in common: each of the deaths bears an eerie resemblance to the crimes depicted in classic mystery novels. The deaths lead FBI Agent Gwen Mulvey to mystery bookshop Old Devils. Owner Malcolm Kershaw had once posted online an article titled 'My Eight Favourite Murders', and there seems to be a deadly link between the deaths and his list. Can the killer be stopped before all eight of these perfect murders have been re-enacted? A series of unsolved murders with one thing in common: each of the deaths bears an eerie resemblance to the crimes depicted in classic mystery novels. The deaths lead FBI Agent Gwen Mulvey to mystery bookshop Old Devils. Owner Malcolm Kershaw had once posted online an article titled 'My Eight Favourite Murders', and there seems to be a deadly link between the deaths and his list. Can the killer be stopped before all eight of these perfect murders have been re-enacted?<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Author: </span>Swanson, Peter, 1968-<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">2 reserves</span><br /><br />Oakley Store (HX) - (Gloucestershire) - Reading Group Sets - AF General Fiction / Paperback - Onloan - Due: 31 May 2024 - 9951472516<br /> The truants : READING GROUP SET https://gloucestershire.spydus.co.uk/cgi-bin/spydus.exe/ENQ/WPAC/BIBENQ?SETLVL=&BRN=697460&CF=BIB Jess Walker, middle child of a middle class family, has perfected the art of vanishing in plain sight. But when she arrives at a concrete university campus under flat, grey, East Anglian skies, her world flares with colour. Drawn into a tightly-knit group of rule breakers - headed up by their maverick teacher, Lorna Clay - Jess begins to experiment with a new version of herself. But the dynamic between the friends begins to darken as they share secrets, lovers and finally a tragedy. Jess is thrown up against the question she fears most: what is the true cost of an extraordinary life? Jess Walker, middle child of a middle class family, has perfected the art of vanishing in plain sight. But when she arrives at a concrete university campus under flat, grey, East Anglian skies, her world flares with colour. Drawn into a tightly-knit group of rule breakers - headed up by their maverick teacher, Lorna Clay - Jess begins to experiment with a new version of herself. But the dynamic between the friends begins to darken as they share secrets, lovers and finally a tragedy. Jess is thrown up against the question she fears most: what is the true cost of an extraordinary life?<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Author: </span>Weinberg, Kate<br /><br />Oakley Store (HX) - (Gloucestershire) - Reading Group Sets - AF General Fiction / Paperback - Available - 9951404561<br /> Expectation : READING GROUP SET https://gloucestershire.spydus.co.uk/cgi-bin/spydus.exe/ENQ/WPAC/BIBENQ?SETLVL=&BRN=696145&CF=BIB Hannah, Cate and Lissa are young, vibrant and inseparable. Living on the edge of a common in East London, their shared world is ablaze with art and activism, romance and revelry - and the promise of everything to come. They are electric. They are the best of friends. Ten years on, they are not where they hoped to be. Amidst flailing careers and faltering marriages, each hungers for what the others have. And each wrestles with the same question: what does it take to lead a meaningful life? This is a story of the highs and lows of friendship - how it can dip, dive and rise again. It is also about muddling through: as a mother, a daughter, a wife, a rebel. Most of all, it explores that liminal space between expectation and reality, the place - full of dreams, desires and pain - in which we all live our lives. Hannah, Cate and Lissa are young, vibrant and inseparable. Living on the edge of a common in East London, their shared world is ablaze with art and activism, romance and revelry - and the promise of everything to come. They are electric. They are the best of friends. Ten years on, they are not where they hoped to be. Amidst flailing careers and faltering marriages, each hungers for what the others have. And each wrestles with the same question: what does it take to lead a meaningful life? This is a story of the highs and lows of friendship - how it can dip, dive and rise again. It is also about muddling through: as a mother, a daughter, a wife, a rebel. Most of all, it explores that liminal space between expectation and reality, the place - full of dreams, desires and pain - in which we all live our lives.<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Author: </span>Hope, Anna, 1974-<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">1 reserve</span><br /><br />Oakley Store (HX) - (Gloucestershire) - Reading Group Sets - AF General Fiction / Paperback - Onloan - Due: 05 Jun 2024 - 9951467806<br />