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A Shooting Man's Creed

Author: Joseph Nickerson

Publisher: Sidgwick & Jackson (1989)

Experienced and successful in the management and running of shoots of every description and after resisting the pressure of friends for many years, Sir Nickerson has finally put down his knowledge and expertise about shooting, and all that it entails for countryside conservation, so that others can benefit from the lessons he has learned. He has called his book A SHOOTING MAN'S CREED because, for him, shooting has become something of a religion, in the sense that it is far more than just a sport providing personal satisfaction through its challenges, but offers a way of life through the necessity of its disciplines, devotion and adherence to a strict code of behaviour. It makes full use of his unique collection of personal records, covering more than sixty years and provides advice on every aspect of this fast-increasing sport of marksmanship, strategy and etiquette to gun-dogs, poachers, and keepers. Sir Joseph Nickerson, a self-made Lincolnshire farmer who was fired by the possibilities of applying genetics to plant breeding, was so successful at producing new high-yielding varieties of cereals and other crops that he sold it to Shell. Continuing to live in Rothwell, Lincolnshire, he turned his attention to ducks and bred a new variety which dominates the duck market of the world.

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A Simple Heart

Author: Gustave Flaubert

Publisher: Penguin Classics (2015)

Flaubert's most famous short work meditates on the unexamined, futile life of a servant and her beloved parrot.

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A Single Man

Author: Christopher Isherwood

Publisher: University of Minnesota Press (2001)

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A Singular Man

Author: J P Donleavy

Part of a series: Penguin Books

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd (1966)

Mysteriously rich and desperately lonely, George Smith appears to be under attack from all quarters. His former wife and four horrible children are suing to get his money, and someone is sending him threatening letters. Despite some very elaborate precautions, he remains worried. So he builds a mausoleum in which to live.

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A Song For Nero

Author: Tom Holt

Publisher: Abacus (2004)

Thomas Holt provides us, in A Song for Nero, with one of the more ingeniously unlikely what-ifs of the modern historical novel: what if the body rebel troops found and dishonoured was not that of the deposed emperor Nero, but that of his official double, Callistus? A decade later, he and Callistus's mouthy younger brother Galen are still wandering the provinces of the empire, living hand to mouth and scam to scam--in some ways, a more inventive punishment for a tyrant than any court could imagine.

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A Spark Of Light

Author: Jodi Picoult

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (2018)

The Center for women’s reproductive health offers a last chance at hope – but nobody ends up there by choice. Its very existence is controversial, and to the demonstrators who barricade the building every day, the service it offers is no different from legalised murder. Now life and death decisions are being made horrifyingly real: a lone protester with a gun has taken the staff, patients and visitors hostage. Starting at the tensest moment in the negotiations for their release, “A Spark of Light” unravels backwards, revealing hour by urgent hour what brought each of these people – the gunman, the negotiator, the doctors, nurses and women who have come to them for treatment – to this point. And certainties unwind as truths and secrets are peeled away, revealing the complexity of balancing the right to life with the right to choose.

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A Street Cat Named Bob

Author: James Bowen

Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks (2012)

When James Bowen found an injured, ginger street cat curled up in the hallway of his sheltered accommodation, he had no idea just how much his life was about to change. James was living hand to mouth on the streets of London and the last thing he needed was a pet. Yet James couldn't resist helping the strikingly intelligent tom cat, whom he quickly christened Bob. He slowly nursed Bob back to health and then sent the cat on his way, imagining he would never see him again. But Bob had other ideas.

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A Table Near The Band

Author: A A Milne

Publisher: Bello (2017)

A collection of thirteen short stories each capturing an elegant and witty vignette of every day life be it lunch with a pretty girl who pulls the wool of her boyfriend's eyes to a first dance and a first disappointment or a family reunion and domestic dissonance. Each is thoroughly enjoyable and a fine example of A A Milne's effervescent prose.

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A Tale For The Time Being

Author: Ruth Ozeki

Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd (2013)

Ruth discovers a Hello Kitty lunchbox washed up on the shore of her beach home. Within it lies a diary that expresses the hopes and dreams of a young girl. She suspects it might have arrived on a drift of debris from the 2011 tsunami. With every turn of the page, she is sucked deeper into an enchanting mystery. In a small cafe in Tokyo, sixteen-year-old Nao Yasutani is navigating the challenges thrown up by modern life. In the face of cyberbullying, the mysteries of a 104-year-old Buddhist nun and great-grandmother, and the joy and heartbreak of family, Nao is trying to find her own place - and voice - through a diary she hopes will find a reader and friend who finally understands her. Weaving across continents and decades, and exploring the relationship between reader and writer, fact and fiction, A Tale for the Time Being is an extraordinary novel about our shared humanity and the search for home.

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A Tale Of Two Cities

Author: Charles Dickens


After eighteen years as a political prisoner in the Bastille the aging Dr Manette is finally released and reunited with his daughter in England. There, two very different men, Charles Darnay, an exiled French aristocrat, and Sydney Carton, a disreputable but brilliant English lawyer, become enmeshed through their love for Lucie Manette. From the tranquil lanes of London, they are all drawn against their will to the vengeful, bloodstained streets of Paris at the height of the Reign of Terror and soon fall under the lethal shadow of La Guillotine.

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