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A Footnote To History

Author: Robert Louis Stevenson

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A Footnote to History: Eight Years of Trouble in Samoa is an 1892 historical non-fiction work by Robert Louis Stevenson describing the contemporary Samoan Civil War.

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A Girl Next Door

Author: Mary Jane Staples

Part of a series: Adams Family

Publisher: Corgi (2004)

It is 1956, and Boots Adams is celebrating his sixtieth birthday with a good old-fashioned cockney knees-up. A good time is had by all, even though Gemma, James and the rest of the younger people insist that the music has to be rock and roll. The new generation is growing up quickly - Philip and Phoebe are spending a lot of time with each other, while Freddie and Cassie's daughter Maureen, eighteen years old and as pretty as a picture, has ambitions to become a model. Meanwhile, changes are on the way. A big clothing firm wants to take over Adams Fashions, and Boots and Sammy have difficult decisions to make. And while Felicity feels that the chances of ever regaining her sight are as far off as ever, Polly sees a familiar face that she cannot place - a mysterious stranger who is being sheltered in Walworth. Anneliese encounters someone she never wishes to see again, and turns to Boots for help...

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A Guide To The Beasts Of East Africa

Author: Nicholas Drayson

Publisher: Penguin (2013)

Mr Malik has been busy planning the Asadi Club's annual safari. Yet a series of crimes puts the club's very existence at risk. It is up to Mr Malik and Co. to solve a decades-old murder, recover the club mascot and identify, once and for all, the most dangerous beast in Africa. Not to mention his only daughter may - or may not - be getting married in a week. Will Mr Malik again prevail over Kenyan politics, a reluctant bride and buried secrets?

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A Gull On The Roof

Authors: Derek Tangye, Jean Tangye

Part of a series: Minack Chronicles

Publisher: The New English Library (1971)

The first title in the Minack Chronicles, which tell the story of how Derek and his wife Jeannie left behind their London home to establish a flower farm on the coast of Cornwall. From inauspicious beginnings, this book includes tales of the couple's first animals, including Monty the ginger cat, and takes us through trials and tribulations until the arrival of a gull on the roof provides the first augury of better times to come.

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A House Of Pomegranates

Author: Oscar Wilde

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Wilde's second collection of fairy tales, originally published in 1891, following "The Happy Prince" in 1888. The volume includes "The Young King," "The Birthday of the Infanta," and "The Star-Child." While these stories are clearly intended for a younger audience, Wilde, with typical sardonic quip declared that the stories were "intended neither for the British child nor the British public."

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A Journal Of The Plague Year

Author: Daniel Defoe

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First published by R Nutt (1722) Classic 1722 account of the epidemic that ravaged England nearly 60 years earlier. Defoe used his considerable talents as a journalist and novelist to reconstruct ? historically and fictionally ? the Great Plague of London in 1664-65. Written as an eyewitness report, the novel abounds in memorable and realistic details.

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A Journey From This World To The Next

Author: Henry Fielding

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (2015)

A fictional work by Henry Fielding in which he purports to discover a portion of manuscript which appears to be the work of a recently deceased spirit describing their experiences after death.

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A Keeper

Author: Graham Norton

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (2018)

Elizabeth Keane returns to Ireland after her mother's death, intent only on wrapping up that dismal part of her life. There is nothing here for her; she wonders if there ever was. The house of her childhood is stuffed full of useless things, her mother's presence already fading. And perhaps, had she not found the small stash of letters, the truth would never have come to light.

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A Lasting Spring

Author: Jean Stubbs

Publisher: Macmillan (1987)

While a woman is waiting in a Manchester teashop for her husband to come home from the war, a man she has not seen for two years, she casts her mind back over the past twenty years of growing and fulfilment, love and loss, happiness and heartbreak, peace and war. From the author of CHARADES.

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A Little Life

Author: Hanya Yanagihara

Publisher: Picador (2015)

When four graduates from a small Massachusetts college move to New York to make their way, they're broke, adrift, and buoyed only by their friendship and ambition. There is kind, handsome Willem, an aspiring actor; JB, a quick-witted, sometimes cruel Brooklyn-born painter seeking entry to the art world; Malcolm, a frustrated architect at a prominent firm; and withdrawn, brilliant, enigmatic Jude, who serves as their centre of gravity. Over the decades, their relationships deepen and darken, tinged by addiction, success, and pride. Yet their greatest challenge, each comes to realize, is Jude himself, by midlife a terrifyingly talented litigator yet an increasingly broken man, his mind and body scarred by an unspeakable childhood, and haunted by what he fears is a degree of trauma that he'll not only be unable to overcome - but that will define his life forever.

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