A Good Land Nada Jarrar Awar Small truths, white lies; the many shades of friendship, all impacted by the harsh legacy of war…The old neighbourhood block in Beirut was home to an ever- changing population as the fighting intensified and lessened. But three people were almost always there. The older Polish woman, Margo, refugee from her past, her country and family after another war, spinning her tales of freedom fighters, itinerant peoples, despair and courage. And Lebanese born and bred Layla, only recently returned from Australia after fleeing the earlier civil war to teach her students again. Palestinian Kamal; refugee, writer and lecturer, whose cherished faith in a free, tolerant, democratic Lebanon has been shattered by difficulties of living there now. Among their friends are older politicians, university friends often visiting from lucrative posts in Europe or the USA, and local political activists.The retaliation raids by Israel and the political aftermath further shatter their community: some flee to the mountains, many leave the country. Some like Layla try to identify more deeply what it is that holds her to this place, why she cannot leave.Nada Awar Jarrar has written a powerful and moving novel, full of character and insight, of joy and tears, which makes us understand how people can stand such daily fear of violence and can continue to have faith in the country of their heart.
A Mother’s Spirit Anne Bennett From rural rags to brief riches and back to ruin, this is a moving saga of hard work, bad luck and finally hope for a family’s future.Gloria Sullivan can’t quite believe where she has ended up.Growing up with no money worries, she fell head over heels in love with the handsome, hardworking Irishman employed by her father. They were the golden couple – until the Wall Street crash, when everything was lost. Finally she agreed to start again in London with husband Joe and their small son.World War Two was raging, and Joe laboured on the docks by day and fighting fires by night. He was a hero – but one dreadful fire left him terribly injured. Once more Gloria resolved to leave everything behind and to take Joe home to his family farm in Ireland, his only hope of recovery.Gloria now dutifully nurses her husband, but she can’t settle in the countryside. Then a nearby American base begins recruiting civilians. Gloria tells everyone it’s her chance to do her bit – but will she be tempted to do much more?
A Woman of War: A new voice in historical fiction for 2018, for fans of The Tattooist of Auschwitz Mandy Robotham For readers of The Tattooist of Auschwitz and Kate Furnivall comes a gritty tale of courage, betrayal and love in the most unlikely of places.Germany, 1944. Taken from the camps to serve the Fuhrer himself, Anke Hoff has been assigned as midwife to one of Hitler’s inner circle. If she refuses, her family will die.Torn between her duty as a caregiver and her hatred for the regime she’s now a part of, Anke is quickly swept into a life unlike anything she’s ever known – and she discovers that many of those at the Berghof are just as trapped as she is. Soon, she’s falling for a man who will make her world more complicated still.Before long, the couple is faced with an impossible choice – for which the consequences could be deadly. Can their forbidden love survive the horrors of war – and, more importantly, will they?
All My Sins Remembered Rosie Thomas From the bestselling author of The Kashmir Shawl. Available on ebook for the first time.Jake, Clio and Julius Hirsh and their cousin Lady Grace Stretton formed a charmed circle in those lost innocent days before the Great War – united against the world.Old now, Clio recounts their story for her biographer: Jake's wartime experiences, which moved him to work as a doctor in the London slums; Clio and Grace, flappers flitting through bohemian Fitzrovia to emerge as literary lion and pioneering Member of Parliament respectively; the music that drowned for Julius the crash of jackboots in thirties Berlin.But for herself, Clio remembers a different story. Desperate lies and bitter secrets, hopeless love and careless betrayal, jealous loyalties more like fetters. And above all, the truth about Grace, beautiful, destructive siren at the centre of the circle.
Bed of Roses Daisy Waugh A fun, feelgood romp of country life from bestselling author Daisy WaughWhen the restless, rootless Fanny Flynn lands the job as Head Teacher of Fiddleford Village Primary School it feels more like a last resort than another of her new beginnings.She's a great teacher and all the villagers claim to be behind her. But are they really? In no time she's locked in a feud with the gruesome Mrs Guppy, stalked by the pushy newcomers from the Old Rectory, plotted against by Kitty, the predatory children's author at Laurel Cottage, and demonised by her pathologically lazy Deputy Head…Yet Fanny has fallen in love with Fiddleford. Together with her troublesomely handsome best friend, Louis, and with a little help from the deliciously scented Solomon Creasey, Fanny vows to make this new beginning her last…
Call Me Mrs Miracle Debbie Macomber ‘Perfect for fans of Maeve Binchy’ – CandisA heartwarming new Christmas novel from Debbie Macomber, internationally bestselling author of Rose Harbor in Bloom, Blossom Street Brides and Starry Night.This Christmas, Emily Merkle (call her Mrs. Miracle!) is working in the toy department at Finley's, the last family-owned department store in New York City. And her boss is none other than Jake Finley, the owner's son.For Jake, holiday memories of brightly wrapped gifts, decorated trees and family were destroyed in a Christmas Eve tragedy years before. Now Christmas means just one thing to him and to his father. Profit. Because they need a Christmas miracle to keep the business afloat.Holly Larson needs a miracle, too. She wants to give her eight-year-old nephew, Gabe, the holiday he deserves. Holly's widowed brother is in the army and won't be home for Christmas, but at least she can get Gabe that toy robot from Finley's, the one gift he desperately wants. If she can figure out how to afford it.Fortunately, it's Mrs. Miracle to the rescue. Next to making children happy, she likes nothing better than helping others and that includes doing a bit of matchmaking!This Christmas will be different. For all of them.
Dessant Riikka Ala-Harja Eesti Ekspressi Raamat Romaani „Dessant” tegevus toimub väikeses Normandia külas. Sealsamas, kus leidis aset Teise maailmasõja lõpu saatuslik dessant. Minajutustaja Julie on selle sündmusega väga tihedalt seotud: tema töö on turistidele Normandia dessandist rääkida. Plahvatus toimub kohe: romaani esimestel lehekülgedel haigestub Julie väike tütar Emma leukeemiasse. See on mõni kuu pärast seda, kui on selgunud, et abikaasa Henri on naist juba üle aasta petnud. Julie ellu ei jää enam midagi peale sõja. „Dessandi” lakooniline ja minimalistlik jutustamisstiil teeb sündmused usutavaks ning lugejale tundub, et just nii see olnud ongi. Äärmuslikud tunded – viha ja armastus, meeleheide ja lootus – paistavad Juliel üle pea kasvavat. Kaks dessanti – haiguse ja liitlasvägede – põimuvad ajalisest vahemaast hoolimata omavahel nii tihedalt kokku, et enam ei tea, kus algab üks ja lõpeb teine. Seitse aastat Normandias elanud Riikka Ala-Harja (s 1967) on kirjanik ja dramaturg, kelle romaane tuntakse nende omamoodi pilklike süžeede ja vastuvoolu ujuvate karakterite poolest. Kivistunud põhimõtteid lõhkudes vaatleb Ala-Harja oma teostes teemasid nagu multikultuursus, kodu ja kodutus, töötus ning üksindus. „Dessant” on Ala-Harja kuues romaan, mis oli ka 2012. aasta Finlandia kirjanduspreemia üks nominente.
Dora, Dora Heidi Köngäs On 1943. aasta detsember. Teise maailmasõja lõpp ei ole enam kaugel. Saksamaa relvastusminister ja Hitleri peaarhitekt Albert Speer saabub väikese kaaskonnaga Soome Lapimaale. Ta kavatseb jätkata teekonda Jäämere ääres paiknevasse Saksamaa kõige põhjapoolsemasse sõjaväebaasi. Speeri vaevab hingehäda. Ta on olnud varem Hitleri soosik, aga nüüd on side Führeriga katkenud ja Speer tahab näidata, et on endiselt Saksamaale ustav. Reis on ränk. Sakslased ei suuda taluda pimedat inimtühjust ja verdtarretavat külma. Äärmuslikes oludes toimub üllatavaid kohtumisi ja sõja tõelisus avab paljude silmad. Speer teeb aga esimesed sammud omaenda süngesse sisemaailma. „Dora, Dora” on jutustus võimust, sõja meeletusest, natside kuritegudest ja sellest, kuidas isegi siis, kui inimene on sattunud keset halastamatut vägivalla masinavärki, ei pruugi ta olla võimeline nägema, mis tegelikult toimub. „Dora, Dora” valiti 2012. aastal Soome olulisema kirjandusauhinna Finlandia nominendiks. Kirjanik Heidi Köngäs on mitme Soome kirjanduspreemia laureaat, ta tegutseb ka telerežissööri ja produtsendina. 280 lk
Double Fault Lionel Shriver ‘When feminism has become the politics that dare not speak its name, it is refreshing to find an author who will bring such renewed vigour to the gender wars’ Guardian“Love me, love my game,” says professional tennis player Willy Novinsky at twenty-three. Tennis has been Willy’s one love, until she meets the uncannily confident Eric Oberdorf. Low-ranked but untested, Eric, too, aims to make his mark on the international tennis circuit.They marry. But their life together soon grows poisoned by full-tilt competition over which spouse can rise to the top first. Willy discovers that her perfect partner may also prove her most devastating opponent.An unflinching look at the ravages of rivalry in the two-career relationship, Double Fault is not so much about tennis as about marriage—a slightly different sport.
Dreams of Water Nada Jarrar Awar Set during the 1980s civil war in Lebanon, ‘Dreams of Water’ is complusively readable, deceptively simple and overwhelmingly moving.'If you could tell me just one thing about yourself, what would it be?'She begins, 'I would say that I once lost a brother.'As a young man disappears, his family is left wondering, hoping, fearing for what may have become of him. It is only through his loss that they begin to truly understand the deep bond of love that ties their family together.Aneesa, his sister, feels the loss of her brother intensely and, unable to live in the vacuum left by his disappearance, she leaves her home and all she holds dear. She moves to London seeking a new life, new friends, and a release from her sorrow. There she meets an older man, another exile who reminds her of home. Brought together by their shared feeling for their homeland, they form an unlikely friendship. Yet, Aneesa finds she cannot mourn without knowing the truth about her brother's death, she cannot get on with her life without some certainty.Meanwhile, back home, Aneesa's mother is grieving for her son. Unable to cope with his loss, she resorts to her community's traditional beliefs and imagines he has been reincarnated. Aneesa reluctantly returns home, determined to uncover the truth behind her brother's disappearance, and rekindle the sense of belonging that she left behind.‘Dreams of Water’ is a moving story of love, loss and family. Set against a backdrop of upheaval and violence, it reminds us of the importance of hope, of love, and of the strength of family.
Enchanter: Book Two of the Axis Trilogy Sara Douglass Epic fantasy in the tradition of Trudi Canavan, Fiona McIntosh and Robert Jordan. Sara Douglass returns us to a world in the grip of prophecy and war …‘Welcome Axis, into the House of SunSoar and into my heart… Sing well and fly high and may nothing and no-one tear your feet from the path of the Star Dance again.’Axis has fled to Talon Spike, the home of the Icarii, where he must learn to wield his Enchanter powers to fulfil the Prophecy.Somehow he must lead the Icarii and the Avar back into Achar, defeat his half-brother Borneheld and reunite the former kingdom of Tencendor under his rule.Meanwhile, Gorgrael waits impatiently for winter, to continue his destructive drive into the heart of Achar…
Every Home Needs A Balcony Rina Frank This international bestseller tells the bittersweet story of one family, one home, and the surprising arc of one woman's life, from the poverty of her youth, to the intense love and painful losses of her adult years.Braiding together the past and present, Every Home Needs a Balcony relays the life story of a young Jewish girl, the child of Romanian immigrants, who lives with her family in the poverty-stricken heart of 1950s Haifa, Israel.Eight-year-old Rina, her older sister, and her parents inhabit a cramped apartment with a narrow balcony that becomes an intimate, shared stage on which the joys and dramas of the building's daily life are played out. It also a window through which Rina witnesses the emergence of a strange new country, born from the ashes of World War II. While her mother cleans houses and her father drifts from job to job, as the years pass Rina becomes desperate to escape her crowded, dirty surroundings. Eventually she falls in love with a wealthy Spaniard and moves to a luxury apartment in Barcelona.Yet although she enjoys money and status in her new land, it is not Israel. Longing for the past, Rina, now pregnant, returns to the simple life she has missed – a move that soothes her soul, but destroys her marriage. Alone, raising a new baby, comes the painful realization that no matter how much she yearns for the past, the old Haifa of her boisterous youth has gone.Told with the light touch of a humorous, incredibly dexterous writer, Every Home Needs a Balcony reveals how our choices shape us – and how we learn to survive life's most surprising turns.