The Girl on the Train

girlontrainRachel catches the same commuter train every morning. She knows it will wait at the same signal each time, overlooking a row of back gardens. She’s even started to feel like she knows the people who live in one of the houses. ‘Jess and Jason’, she calls them. Their life – as she sees it – is perfect. If only Rachel could be that happy.

And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough.

Now everything’s changed. Now Rachel has a chance to become a part of the lives she’s only watched from afar.

Now they’ll see; she’s much more than just the girl on the train…

 

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Sleeping on Jupiter

Sleeping on Jupiter by Anuradha Roy

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LONGLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOK PRIZE 2015

A stark and unflinching novel by a spellbinding storyteller, about religion, love and violence in the modern world.

A train stops at a railway station. A young woman jumps off. She has wild hair, sloppy clothes, a distracted air. She looks Indian, yet she is somehow not. The sudden violence of what happens next leaves the other passengers gasping.

The train terminates at Jarmuli, a temple town by the sea. Here, among pilgrims, priests and ashrams, three old women disembark only to encounter the girl once again. What is someone like her doing in this remote corner, which attracts only worshippers?

Over the next five days, the old women live out their long-planned dream of a holiday together; their temple guide finds ecstasy in forbidden love; and the girl is joined by a photographer battling his own demons.

The full force of the evil and violence beneath the serene surface of the town becomes evident when their lives overlap and collide. Unexpected connections are revealed between devotion and violence, friendship and fear, as Jarmuli is revealed as a place with a long, dark past that transforms all who encounter it.

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The Fishermen

The Fishermen by Chigozie Obioma

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In this dazzling debut novel, four young brothers in a small Nigerian town encounter a madman, whose prophecy of violence threatens the core of their family

Told from the point of view of nine-year-old Benjamin, the youngest of four brothers, The Fishermen is the Cain and Abel-esque story of an unforgettable childhood in 1990s Nigeria. When their father has to travel to a distant city for work, the brothers take advantage of his extended absence to skip school and go fishing. At the forbidden nearby river they encounter a madman, who predicts that one of the brothers will kill another. What happens next is an almost mythic event whose impact – both tragic and redemptive – will transcend the lives and imaginations of both its characters and its readers. Chigozie Obioma emerges as one of the best new voices of modern African literature, echoing its older generation’s masterful storytelling with a contemporary fearlessness and purpose.

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A Song of Ice and Fire

A Song of Ice and Fire (Game of Thrones) by George R.R. Martin

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George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series has become, in many ways, the gold standard for modern epic fantasy. Martin–dubbed the “American Tolkien” by Time magazine–has created a world that is as rich and vital as any piece of historical fiction, set in an age of knights and chivalry and filled with a plethora of fascinating, multidimensional characters that you love, hate to love, or love to hate as they struggle for control of a divided kingdom. It is this very vitality that has led it to be adapted as the HBO miniseries “Game of Thrones.”

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Golden Promise by Heather Whipp

033015-Golden_Promise_Front_CoverIt is 19th century London and transportation to Australia for petty crimes remains the easy option for the English judiciary. So when young Matt Tobin becomes embroiled in the crimes of his older brother, he is forced to leave London aboard a transport ship and start a new life in the Antipodes.

Unlike his older brother, Matt is ambitious and strives to make a success of his life. Working hard to acquire a range of skills and cast off the shame of his convict background, the boy grows into an industrious employee and settles into life on one of the new colony’s sprawling sheep stations.

Things go well for Matt until he meets Sarah, the spoilt and determined daughter of his employer. Despite his single-minded focus, Matt is unable to ignore her amorous advances and the heat of their desire soon results in the announcement of an unplanned pregnancy, and the wrath of Sarah’s self-righteous father.

The couple marry, and after their attempts to turn virgin bush into a profitable sheep property fail, they set off for a new life in a burgeoning gold mining town. But soon Matt’s past revisits him, with a force so powerful that everything he values, including his marriage, will be tested to the limit.

 

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Captain Brock: Space Badger

Captain Brock: Space Badger by Des Monceaux & Kingdom Brock
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Hilarious sci-fi spoof starring the reluctantly heroic Captain Brock: Space Badger. Somewhere in the universe, Urth is under attack from evil Slugs. All hope is lost. The fate of the planet and the people who dwell there rests on the furry shoulders of renegade badger and freelance Space Captain: Kingdom Brock. Helped by his son Finn, Captain Brock bravely battles against a formidable enemy hell bent on blasting Urth into oblivion.
Star Wars meets Family Guy meets Wind in the Willows

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How Black Were Our Valleys

How Black Were Our Valleys by Deborah Price and Natalie Butts-Thompson

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How Black Were Our Valleys All profits from the sale of this book go to ‘The South Wales Area – Miners’ Beneficiary Fund,’ which helps ex-miners and their families both socially and medically. To commemorate 30 years since the 1984/85 miners strike, we have collected a variety of memories, stories, poems and events that happened during that time. A law professor who helped the miners with free legal advice, and also set up the Rhymney Valley Miners’ Support Group. An inspirational speech that led to the making of this publication. Stories of hardship, solidarity, overcoming prejudices and adversity add to the diversity of this collection. Women who changed their outlook on life completely. The government tactics used against the striking miners. Those who were just children at the time and the impact it had on them when they were growing up. The generosity of all those that came out in support of the striking miners. What happened after the strike? Why did all those mines have to close? The memories and accounts are personal, these are the stories that didn’t get to the mainstream media, but are extremely important regardless, not just to the South Wales Mining Community, but also to all those communities that were involved .

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Man Made Killers

Man Made Killers by Steven Soul

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A fast paced, action packed thriller that keeps you on the edge of you seat right to the end.

Martin Kelpper virtually lives in the bowels of the company’s secret underground department. Peter, his boss has to constantly keep Martin on a short leash to prevent him from hurting himself – or the public.
After an alien invasion rocks the small island of Jersey, the only chance the world has, means Peter is forced into letting go of the leash altogether.
Martin is sure his technology will save the earth, but as time marches on Peter and even Sally, Martins right hand woman starts to lose faith.
Who will be right? Only time and a whole lot of bloodshed will tell.

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