They thought they had been rescued. They were wrong.
It ment to be a trip of a life time.
Johnny and his new bride Clem have arrived in Turkey for a year’s honeymoon. young, blissfully happy but poor, they are suriving on love, luck and spirit of adventure.
So when a boat appears out of a ragging storm, crewed by a bohemian couple who represent everything Johnny and Clem want to be, they do not think twice about stepping on board. But all is not as it seems. And when they finally open their eyes to the truth, the boat is in the middle of the vast open sea.
This is a hypnotic, emotionally charged novel about two sweet young lovers who lose their innocence in paradise.
SHORTLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2013
He is quite simply, one of the great writers of our time. Inimitably excellent. A finely written novel. I am glad that I was chosen to be a winner of recieving Harvest on mumsnet.
As late summer steals in the final pearls of barley are gleaned, a villagecomes under threat. Atrio of outsiders two men and a dangerously magnetic woman – arrives on the woodland borders triggering a series of events that will see Water Thirsk’s village unmade in just seven days the harvest blackened by smoke and fear, cruel punishment meted outto the innocent, and allegations of witchcraft.
But something even darker is at the heart of Walter’s story, and he will be the only man left to tell it.
Published by picador
A lovely novel about the search for family that also happens to illuminate a fascinating and forgotten chapter of American history. Orphan Train is a powerful tale of upheaval and resilience, second chances, and unexpected friendship.
Between 1854 and 1929, so-called orphan trains can regularly from the cities of the East Coast to the farmlands of the Midwest, carrying thousands o abandoned children whose fates would be determined by pure luck. Would they be adopted by a kind and loving family, or would they face a childhood and adolescence of hard labour and servitude?.
As a young Irish immigrant, Vivian Daly was one such child, sent by rail from New York City to an uncertain future a world away. Returning East later in life, Vivian leads a quite peaceful existence on the coast of Maine, the memories of her upbringing rendered a hazy blur. But in her attic, hidden in trunks, are vestiges of a turbulent past
Seventeen-year-old Molly Ayer knows that a community-service position helping an elderly widow clean out her attic is the only thing keeping her out of juvenile hall. But as Molly helps Vivian sort through her keepsakes and possessions, she discovers that she and Vivian aren’t as different as they appear. A Penobscot who has spent most of her youth in and out of foster homes, Molly is also an outsider being raised by strangers, and she, too, has unanswered about the past.
Christina Baker Kline was born in England and raised in Maine. She is the author of five novels.
Vividly conjures up a Norwegian community and its terrible secrets.
On the wind-swept southern coast of Norway, sixteen-year-old Else is out fishing on the icy sea, dragging her oars through the waves while, above her, storm clouds are gathering. Surrounded by mountains, snow and white-capped water, she looks across the fjord and dreams of another life, of escape and faraway lands.
Back on shore, her father sits alone in his boathouse with a jar of homebrew. In the Best Room, her mother covers her bruises and seeks solace in prayer. Each tries to hide the truth from this isolated, God-fearing community they call home.
Until one night changes everything.
More than thirty years later, the return of an old friend forces Else to relive the events that marked the end of her childhood.
Explosive, dark and tender, The Last Boat Home is a devastating novel about sacrifice, survival and a mothers love.
Dea Brovig moved to the UK from Norway at the age of seventeen. The Last Boat Home is her very first novel.
A finely written debut, as eloquent about mothers and daughters as it is about men and women, with an immediacy to the writing that makes both time then and now and the place a small Norwegian town fully realised and tangle present.
THE LEMON GROVE BY HELEN GROVE
Sexy, sultry and fast-paced. Impossible to put down. I totally loved this story. The atmosphere of Mallorca makes you feel you are right there.
Tomorrow they would be opening their door, and their holiday, to a stranger.
He is right across the bay in the place where the hippy chick dived in. He moves through the water in slow, strong stokes. Jenn takes off her sunglasses, wipes them on her shirt and puts them back on. He pulls himself up onto a little plateau with effortless grace. He has his back to her. There is no performance He’s exhilarated, out there.
One hot summer. One week in a villa on the outskirts of Deia, a village nestling in the rugged, mountainous west coast of the island of Mallorca. One family for whom the carefully laid jigsaw of life is about to be broken.
Jenna and her husband Greg holiday each year in Deia, enjoying languorous afternoons by the pool. But year the equilibrium is upset by the arrival of Emma, Jenn’s stepdaughter, and her boyfriend Nathan. Beautiful and reckless, Nathan stirs something unexpected in Jenn. As she is increasingly seduced by the notion of Nathan’s youth and the promise of passion, the line between desire and obsession begins to blur. What follows is a highly charged liaison that puts lives and relationships in jeopardy.
Inspired by true events.
This story is eye watering of the impact of the Titanic tragedy that blend facts and fiction masterfully.
Hazel Gaynor has dedicated this story to the memory of the Addergoole Fourteen and all those who lost their lives on the Titanic on April 15,1912.
Fourteen members of a small village set sail on RMS Titanic, hoping to find a better life in America. For seventeen-year-old Maggie Murphy, the journey is bittersweet. Tough her future lies in the unknown new place, her heart remains in Ireland with Seamus, the sweetheart she left behind. When disaster strikes, Maggie is one of the few passengers in steerage who survives. Waking up alone in a New York hospital, she vows never to speak of the terror and panic of that terrible night again.
Adrift after the death of her father, Grace Butler struggles to decide what comes next. When her great-grandmother Maggie shares the painful secret she has harboured for almost a lifetime, the revelation gives Grace new direction and leads her and Maggie to unexpected reunions with those they thought lost long ago.
This is Jenny Mayhew’s first novel.
SOUTH – WEST GERMANY, 1926
In a small German village, between the wars, a baby girl has gone missing from the home of the village doctor. Local police constable Theodore Hilderbrandt arrives to investigate the mystery, only to find a household that is weary of talking to outsiders. When Ute, the doctor’s young wife, takes him into her confidence, Theo is drawn into a world of whispered secrets and unexpected lusts.
Theo’s fascination with the case – and his new confidante – brings unwanted attention from his superiors. Progress is coming to their quite corner of Germany, and the officials are determined that nothing should get in its way. These are unsettled times for a country still struggling with the consequences of defeat, and for a community now feverish with suspicion.
When the baby is found dead, a witch hunts begins for the young man people are keen to believe is responsible for her murder. Villagers suspect his mother of being a witch, claim he murdered his step-father, and think that he is a wolf – what they do not say is that he is a jew. The constable is determined that justice should be done and the lies, lore and prejudices of an insular community should not be allowed to prosper. Wrestling with the ghosts of his own past and his sense of duty. Theo is unprepared for what his investigation will unleash.
Jenny Mayhew brilliantly captures the folklore and superstition that can be become so dangerous in a small community at a time of crisis. A Wolf in Hindelheim is wonderfully atmospheric and full of tension – familiar, sexual and political. It is also a poignant and unusual love story.
Published by Windmill Books