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Warlight

Warlight

Author(s): Michael Ondaatje

Location(s): London

Genre(s): Fiction

Era(s): 20th century (second half)

LONGLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2018 London, 1945. The capital is still reeling from the war. 14-year-old Nathaniel and his older sister Rachel are abandoned by their parents who leave the country on business, and are left in...

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Washington Black

Washington Black

Author(s): Esi Edugyan

Location(s): Barbados, Canada, London, Morocco

Genre(s): Fiction

Era(s): Historical

When two English brothers take the helm of a Barbados sugar plantation, Washington Black – an eleven year-old field slave – finds himself selected as personal servant to one of these men. The eccentric Christopher ‘Titch’ Wilde is a...

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West End Girls

West End Girls

Author(s): Jenny Colgan

Location(s): London

Genre(s): Romance

Era(s): Modern

They may be twin sisters, but Lizzie and Penny Berry are complete opposites – Penny is blonde, thin and outrageous: Lizzie quiet, thoughtful and definitely not thin. The one trait they do share is a desire to DO something...

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What Happens at Christmas

What Happens at Christmas

Author(s): Evonne Wareham

Location(s): Brecon Beacons, London

Genre(s): Romance, Suspense

Era(s): Contemporary

Kidnapped for Christmas? Best-selling author Andrew Vitruvius knows that any publicity is good publicity. His agent tells him that often, so it must be true. In the run-up to Christmas, she excels herself – talking him into the craziest...

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What Red Was

What Red Was

Author(s): Rosie Price

Location(s): London

Genre(s): Fiction

Era(s): Contemporary

‘Kate Quaile,’ he said. ‘I like your name.’ Kate frowned. ‘How do you know my name?’ Throughout their four years at university, Kate and Max are inseparable. For him, she breaks her solitude; for her, he leaves his busy...

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What the Clocks Know

What the Clocks Know

Author(s): Rumer Haven

Location(s): London

Genre(s): Fiction, Paranormal

Era(s): Modern / Victorian

Twenty-six-year-old Margot sets out on a journey of self-discovery – she dumps her New York boyfriend, quits her Chicago job, and crashes at her friend’s flat in London. Rather than find herself, though, she only feels more lost. An...

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Whatever happened to Harold Absalon

Whatever happened to Harold Absalon

Author(s): Simon Okotie

Location(s): London

Genre(s): Mystery

Era(s): Modern

Harold Absalon, the Mayor’s Transport Advisor, has gone missing. Down-at-heel detective Marguerite is trying to find him. Aware that his every action is being monitored by those reading the novel, Marguerite’s mind and world is at constant risk of...

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When Blood Runs Cold

When Blood Runs Cold

Author(s): Daniella Bernett

Location(s): London

Genre(s): Mystery

Era(s): Contemporary

If the answer is a lie…The truth is murder Journalist Emmeline Kirby is reeling from the recent discovery that her parents were murdered while on assignment when she was five. She flirts with danger as she sets off on...

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When We Were Orphans

When We Were Orphans

Author(s): Kazuo Ishiguro

Location(s): London, Shanghai

Genre(s): Fiction, Historical

Era(s): 1930s

England, the 1930s. Christopher Banks has become the country’s most celebrated detective, his cases the talk of London society. Yet one unsolved crime has always haunted him: the mysterious disappearance of his parents, in old Shanghai, when he was...

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When We Were Rich

When We Were Rich

Author(s): Tim Lott

Location(s): London

Genre(s): Fiction

Era(s): Early 2000s

Millennium Eve and six people gather on a London rooftop. Recently married, Frankie Blue watches with his wife, Veronica, as the sky above the Thames explodes into a kaleidoscope of light. His childhood companion, Colin, ineptly flirts with Roxy,...

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