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Picadilly Jim

Author: P G Wodehouse

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Jimmy Crocker has a scandalous reputation on both sides of the Atlantic and must do an about-face to win back the woman of his dreams.

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Psmith, Journalist

Author: P G Wodehouse

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Quichotte

Author: Salman Rushdie

Publisher: Jonathan Cape (2019)

In a tour-de-force that is both an homage to an immortal work of literature and a modern masterpiece about the quest for love and family, Booker Prize-winning, internationally bestselling author Salman Rushdie has created a dazzling Don Quixote for the modern age. Inspired by the Cervantes classic, Sam DuChamp, mediocre writer of spy thrillers, creates Quichotte, a courtly, addled salesman obsessed with television, who falls in impossible love with the TV star Salman R. Together with his (imaginary) son Sancho, Quichotte sets off on a picaresque quest across America to prove worthy of her hand, gallantly braving the tragicomic perils of an age where 'Anything-Can-Happen'. Meanwhile his creator, in a midlife crisis, has equally urgent challenges of his own. Just as Cervantes wrote Don Quixote to satirise the culture of his time, Rushdie takes the reader on a wild ride through a country on the verge of moral and spiritual collapse, with the kind of storytelling magic that is the hallmark of his work. The fully realised lives of DuChamp and Quichotte intertwine in a profoundly human quest for love and a wickedly entertaining portrait of an age in which fact is so often indiscernible from fiction.

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R. Holmes & Co.

Author: John Kendrick Bangs

Publisher: Harper and Brothers (1906)

What would happen if master detective Sherlock Holmes sired a son with the daughter of one of his archenemies? That's the supposition at the center of R. Holmes & Co., which pits criminal mastermind Raffles against Holmes and goes on to tell the story of how Holmes fell for Raffles' daughter Marjorie, with whom he later had a child, the Raffles Holmes of the book's title.

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Raiders Of The Lost Car Park

Author: Robert Rankin

Publisher: Corgi (1994)

Cornelius Murphy and his tiny companion Tuppe, the stuff of epics and so forth, have a plan: enter the Forbidden Zones, rescue Hugo Rune (mage, inventor, close personal friend of Einstein, author of The Book of Ultimate Truths and father to Cornelius) andfind some of the boundless wealth reputed to be stored there. The freed Hugo Rune now reveals his own agenda. He must overthrow the hideous powers within the Forbidden Zones. These are fairies no less, and their evil king is someone even more legendary than Elvis Presley himself! In a scheme that involves kidnapping the Queen while she addresses the world before a concert performance by Gandhis Hairdryer (the worlds greatest rock band), Rune and his gang of followers (including Polly Gotting, former assistant to the master detective Inspectre Sherringford Hovis) ricochet from one potential disaster to another.

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Right Ho, Jeeves

Author: P G Wodehouse

Part of a series: Jeeves

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Rosy Is My Relative

Author: Gerald Durrell

Publisher: Pan (2017)

At the age of thirty, Adrian Rookwhistle's life hasn't quite turned out the way he'd have hoped. Working an unfulfilling job as a clerk in the city and living under the tyranny of his fearsome landlady, he can't help but think that there is more to life. However, all of this suddenly changes when he receives a curious letter from his dying uncle who has bequeathed him £500 and an elephant by the name of Rosy who has a seemingly unquenchable thirst for liquor. At a loss of what to do with his unexpectedly gargantuan - and rarely sober - inheritance, Adrian sets forth on a journey believing to have the answer to his dilemma; he'll give her away to the circus.

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Rumpole And Younger Generation

Author: John Mortimer

Part of a series: Penguin 60s

Publisher: Penguin (1978)

RUMPOLE AND THE YOUNGER GENERATION This is the first Rumpole story in the long-running series John Mortimer is a bestselling novelist and playwright and a former practising barrister. He is most famous for his creation of the irrepressible Horace Rumpole, and the Rumpole stories have all been made into popular television series. Among his many books published in Penguin are two acclaimed volumes of autobiography: Clinging to the Wreckage and Murderers and Other Friends. This story is collected in The Best of Rumpole.

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Rumpole Of The Bailey

Author: John Mortimer

Publisher: Penguin (1978)

Six stories featuring the beloved barrister at his best.

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Shtum

Author: Jem Lester

Publisher: Orion Books (2016)

Ben Jewell has hit breaking point. His ten-year-old son, Jonah, has never spoken. So when Ben and Jonah are forced to move in with Ben's elderly father, three generations of men - one who can't talk; two who won't - are thrown together. As Ben battles single fatherhood, a string of well-meaning social workers and his own demons, he learns some difficult home truths. Jonah, blissful in his ignorance, becomes the prism through which all the complicated strands of personal identity, family history and misunderstanding are finally untangled.

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