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How to Kill Your Husband

Kathy Lette

You could…

… shove him off a cliff?
… hit him with a mallet?
… put arsenic in his tea?
Who would judge you? Lord knows every woman has thought about it… right?

For Cassie, Jasmine and Hannah their private jokes about dispatching their significant others have suddenly taken on a sinister reality. Particularly for Jasmine, because somewhere between her husband’s philandering and their marriage saving grace trip to Australia he’s gone and got himself killed… What’s a girl to do? Life should begin at 40 but now she’s facing 40 to life!

Of course she didn’t do it… but are they sure?

She did make an awful lot of jokes… she often said ‘where there’s a will there’s a way in’ and, you know, maybe he deserved it?

Despite all this, Cassie and Hannah are sure of their friend’s innocence and set out to clear her name. But they’re not prepared for what they find… betrayal, adultery, toy boys and suspicions that just won’t go away. Can their friendship survive these increasingly dark revelations?

With a wit and wisdom all her own, Kathy Lette has crafted another hilarious and poignant novel about marriage.

Married at First Sight

Kathy Lette

If love is blind then marriage is sure to open your eyes…

When she decides to go on a reality show, Shelly isn’t sure what she’s in for. The premise is simple, that she marry a stranger who science has decided is her perfect match. The catch being that the first time they meet is on their wedding day. It’s not all bad, he is a good looking fellow… consummating the thing definitely won’t be a problem!

Despite their –ahem— compatability, this path to wedded bliss is far from smooth and Kit isn’t quite the man of her dreams. Brash, shallow and American he’s not exactly what she imagined when she was dreaming of happily ever after…

To make matters worse, their honeymoon in paradise soon turns out to be anything else. Stuck in a foreign land, Shelley is quickly trying to save her fledgling marriage amongst civil war, natural disaster and something worse than both combined… a television crew.

Meet Me at the Museum

Anne Youngson

The Observer Promising first-time British novelists 2018: 'A novel about self-discovery and second chances'

'Warm-hearted, clear-minded, and unexpectedly spellbinding, Meet Me at the Museum is a novel to savour' ANNIE BARROWS, co-author of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

‘A beautiful, affecting novel of late love, by an extraordinary new writer’ NINA STIBBE

'A quirky, wise and tender novel. Proof that the richest fruits come on the edge of autumn' SARAH DUNANT

'Quietly intriguing, beautifully observed, full of powerful emotions' RUTH HOGAN, author of The Keeper of Lost Things

‘Tender, wise and moving, Meet Me at the Museum is a novel to cherish.’ JOHN BOYNE

‘A moving tribute to friendship and love, to the courage of the ordinary, and to starting again’ RACHEL JOYCE

'I thoroughly recommend this book to anyone looking for a book that makes you think and wonder and quietly hope. I loved it' TAMMY COHEN

'Insightful, emotionally acute and absorbing' Daily Express

'The loveliest short novel of late love you'll ever read. Whenever I talk about it, I simply cry with joy' JAMES HAWES

‘A correspondence that begins with a search for clarity becomes something much deeper and richer - both for the two main characters, and for the reader.
Anne Youngson peels away the layers that prevent us from living the lives we ought to be leading, and her book is both tender and absorbing.’ LISSA EVANS, author of Their Finest Hour and a Half


'Meet Me at the Museum starts so quiet and small like a bud tightly closed against the winter then it unfurls into something so alive and truly beautiful. I was immensely moved by it' TOR UDALL, author of A Thousand Paper Birds

'Precise, clear, funny, poignant and truthful. This is a work of art, dear readers.
Revel in its beauty' ADRIANA TRIGIANI


Sometimes it takes a stranger to really know who you are


When Tina Hopgood writes a letter of regret to a man she has never met, she doesn’t expect a reply.

When Anders Larsen, a lonely museum curator, answers it, nor does he.

They’re both searching for something, they just don’t know it yet.

Anders has lost his wife, along with his hopes and dreams for the future. Tina is trapped in a marriage she doesn’t remember choosing.

Slowly their correspondence blossoms as they bare their souls to each other with stories of joy, anguish and discovery. But then Tina’s letters suddenly cease, and Anders is thrown into despair.

Can their unexpected friendship survive?

Cat Person

Kristen Roupenian

She thought, brightly, This is the worst life decision I have ever made! And she marvelled at herself for a while, at the mystery of this person who’d just done this bizarre, inexplicable thing.

Margot meets Robert. They exchange numbers. They text, flirt and eventually have sex – the type of sex you attempt to forget. How could one date go so wrong?

Everything that takes place in Cat Person happens to countless people every day. But Cat Person is not an everyday story. In less than a week, Kristen Roupenian’s New Yorker debut became the most read and shared short story in their website’s history. This is the bad date that went viral. This is the conversation we’re all having.

You Know You Want This, Kristen Roupenian’s debut collection, will be published in February 2019.

The Story of a Marriage

Geir Gulliksen (and others)

'Brilliant and breathtaking...sexy and sad' A.M. Homes

In his struggle to understand what has happened to his family, how his wife could fall in love with another man after twenty happy years, Jon attempts to tell the story of the painful collapse of his marriage, but from her point of view. He tries to get inside her head, to see it all as she did, all the while knowing that he can never really achieve this, and that his efforts reveal more projection than insight.

How can one truly know another person? How much of what we think is love, is just a construct? Is it possible to find – and maintain – the great love we long for? Gulliksen explores these questions, turning them over again and again till they crack, revealing hollowness – or possible new meanings.

Intense, erotic, dramatic, raw – Story of a Marriage examines two people's inner lives with devastating and fearless honesty. It is a gripping but slippery narrative of obsession and deceit, of a couple striving for happiness and freedom and intimacy, but ultimately falling apart.

Desperately Seeking Summer

Mandy Baggot

Escape to Greece with the perfect feel-good romantic comedy to read on the beach this summer

Abby Dolan is having a very bad day...

In twenty-four hours, she's lost her job and her boyfriend. Single and with nothing left to lose, she's headed for a Corfu escape to spend time with her family while she heals her broken heart.

Only her mum and sister's estate agency 'Desperately Seeking' is just that, desperate! Instead of the relaxing, sunshine holiday she'd hoped for, Abby finds herself spending her break helping get the business back on its feet. Determined to attract new clients and give her family a second chance at success, she finds the perfect property to sell in Villa Pappas complete with gorgeous gardener, Theo.

Perhaps working this summer could be a welcome distraction after all. But Theo has his own secrets and Abby isn't the only thing he wants to take off the market...

The Secrets Between Us

Laura Madeleine

A gripping mystery with a heart-breaking revelation, The Secrets Between Us is a sublimely satisfying story of lost love, betrayal and the dangers of war.

Perfect for fans of Kate Morton's The Lake House and Dinah Jeffries' Before the Rains.

High in the mountains in the South of France, eighteen-year-old Ceci Corvin is trying hard to carry on as normal. But in 1943, there is no such thing as normal; especially not for a young woman in love with the wrong person. Scandal, it would seem, can be more dangerous than war.

Fifty years later, Annie is looking for her long-lost grandmother. Armed with nothing more than a sheaf of papers, she travels from England to Paris in pursuit of the truth. But as she traces her grandmother’s story, Annie uncovers something she wasn’t expecting, something that changes everything she knew about her family – and everything she thought she knew about herself…

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Laura Madeleine's writing is...

‘Sublimely satisfying’ Veronica Henry, author of The Forever House
‘Mouth-watering and mysterious’ Leah Fleming, author of The Glovemaker's Daughter
‘Delightful and delicious’ Nina George, author of The Little Paris Bookshop

Where The Light Gets In

Lucy Dillon

*****
The inspiring, life-enhancing and evocative new novel from the bestselling author of A Hundred Pieces of Me and All I Ever Wanted. 'No one tugs at the heartstrings quite like Lucy Dillon' Red magazine

‘You know those cracks in your heart, Lorna, where things didn’t work out, but you picked yourself up and carried on? That’s where the fear gets out. And where the light gets in.’

It was Betty, defiant to the end, who sent Lorna back to Longhampton. If Lorna’s learned one thing from Betty it’s that courage is something you paint on like red lipstick, even when you’re panicking inside. And right now, with the keys to the town’s gallery in her hand, Lorna feels about as courageous as Betty’s anxious little dachshund, trembling beside her.

Lorna’s come home to Longhampton to fulfil a long-held dream, but she knows, deep down, there are ghosts she needs to lay to rest first. This is where her tight-knit family shattered into silent pieces. It’s where her unspoken fears about herself took root and where her own secret, complicated love began. It’s not exactly a fresh start.

But as Lorna – and the little dog – tentatively open their cracked hearts to old friends and new ones, facing hard truths and fresh promises, something surprisingly beautiful begins to grow around the gallery, something so inspirational even Lorna couldn’t have predicted the light it lets into her world . . .

Praise for Lucy Dillon:

'Bittersweet, lovely and ultimately redemptive; the kind of book that makes you want to live your own life better' Jojo Moyes

'This vibrant and uplifting novel has not only entertained me hugely, but made me change the way I look at life.' Katie Fforde

'Satisfying and clever and deeply moving' Sophie Kinsella

A Match Made in Devon - Part Four

Cathy Bramley

Escape to the seaside with Part Four of a brand-new four-part serial set on the Devon coast, from bestselling author Cathy Bramley.

The sun is beginning to set on Nina’s wonderful time in Brightside Cove. Indeed, things seem to be wrapping up; Theo is looking much more cheery and Brightside holidays is set to be a massive success. Suddenly, it feels like there’s slightly less space for Nina in this sunny corner of Devon. But there’s still lots to do before she leaves, and an old face is still around to stir up trouble for the locals. The real question is whether she can squeeze in some more time with hunky Jude.

Ever resourceful, Nina has never met a problem she can’t tackle. But Brightside Cove’s beautiful, historic lifeboat house is set to be sold to the highest bidder. And her fledgling romance is soon to be strangled by her new starring role, set in the highlands of Scotland. Meanwhile, family secrets have started to bubble, ready to come to a boil…

With all this and time soon to run out, has Nina finally met her match?

Your favourite authors have loved reading Cathy's novels:

'Delightfully warm with plenty of twists and turns' Trisha Ashley
‘Full of joy and fun’ Milly Johnson
‘Delightful!’ Katie Fforde

War

Sebastian Faulks

A soldier falls asleep on duty and is threatened with being court-martialled. An officer lies in mud, fighting for his life and the life of his men. A young man walks across Waterloo Bridge, explosives in his rucksack, heart pounding. In this powerfully moving book, Faulks shows us the true face of war. These are stories of death and survival, of hope and despair, and of ordinary people whose lives will never be the same again.

Selected from the books Birdsong, A Possible Life and A Week in December by Sebastian Faulks

VINTAGE MINIS: GREAT MINDS. BIG IDEAS. LITTLE BOOKS.

A series of short books by the world’s greatest writers on the experiences that make us human

Also in the Vintage Minis series:
Home by Salman Rushdie
Fatherhood by Karl Ove Knausgaard
Work by Joseph Heller
Dreams by Sigmund Freud

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