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Last Of The Just

Andre Schwarz-Bart (Author)

According to Jewish tradition, 36 "just men" are born in every generation to take the burden of the world's suffering upon themselves. This book tells the story of two Jews, divided by eight centuries, who are persecuted to death, becoming part of the catastrophic history of the Jewish people.

Masks

Fumiko Enchi (Author)

Masks (1958) takes its name from the Noh masks of Japanese dramas, and much is made of spirit possession. This is a curiously elegant and scandalous tale of sexual deception and revenge.

Ibuki loves widow Yasuko who is young, charming and sparkling with intelligence as well as beauty. His friend, Mikamé, desires her too but that is not the difficulty. What troubles Ibuki is the curious bond that has grown between Yasuko and her mother-in-law, Mieko, a handsome, cultivated yet jealous woman in her fifties, who is manipulating the relationship between Yasuko and the two men who love her.

An Advent Calendar

Shena Mackay (Author)

Like an advent calendar, Shena Mackay`s novel opens mysterious doors on the bizarre lives of John Wood and his family who have moved into the decrepit North London house of an infirm uncle and are all facing Christmas with problems of poverty, impossible love and loneliness.

Old Crow

Shena Mackay (Author)

The transition of Coral Fairweather from village beauty to village outcast begins with the fathering of her child by a vagrant painter. Soon, fuelled by suspicion, gossip and spurred on by a malicious widow, the village`s bitter witch-hunt speeds up a terrifying climax.

Dunedin

Shena Mackay (Author)

Rich, vivid and dazzlingly funny, Shena Mackay's brilliant novel opens in 19th century New Zealand. Jack Mackenzie, the Presbyterian minister newly arrived from Scotland with his unhappy wife, enjoys the pleasures, botanical and carnal, that Dunedin offers. His explusion from his naturalist's Eden has consquences he never dreams of. Decades later, in London, his grandchildren, middle-aged and with life evaporating before them, search for love. Olive, embittered and lonely, tries to find it with Terry, an ambitious young writer in flight from his aged parents' mobile home, and more dangerously, with a baby she snatches on a crowded tube train. Her brother William, dessicated with grief for the death of a former pupil, has abandoned his job as hedmaster. There is also Jay Pascal, a young New Zealand va grant of mysterious parentage, whose homelessness leads to a terrifying incarceration.

Till the Cows Come Home / The World's Smallest Unicorn (Storycuts)

Shena Mackay (Author)

In 'Till the Cows Come Home', Bonfire Night 1956 is fast approaching, and while mother-of-one Ruby proudly carries her immaculate 'Bonfire Cake' into the middle room, her devilish daughter Garnet is upstairs tormenting her school friend and temporary houseguest, Jane. Abruptly, we leave this story and are transported to 1993 where Garnet, addressing the reader, begins to tell her own tale, and ponders the distorting and lingering effects of nostalgia.

In 'The World's Smallest Unicorn', Teddy arrives on the doorstep of his brother and sister-in-law after being made redundant following twenty years spent in Hong Kong. Despite his warm affection for his nieces and the conciliatory gifts he presents the family with, he can't help noticing his sister-in-law's hostility and impatience with his presence. However, as a tangled history of the family's relationships begins to reveal itself, it becomes clear that the cause of Fan's irritation may not be what it first appears.

Part of the Storycuts series, these two stories were previously published in the collection The Atmospheric Railway.

Music Upstairs

Shena Mackay (Author)

When, with the franklessness of youth, Sidonie O'Neill becomes the lover of her neighbours, Pam and Lenny, she finds herself in a state of limbo as she veers between the two, heedless of the chaos around her and of Lenny`s increasingly obsessive behaviour. . .

White Trash

John King (Author)

A classic tale of good against evil, John King's new novel pits nurse against consultant; a working-class woman against an upper-middle-class man. Ruby is a locally-born nurse, who enjoys life to the full, lives in the present and likes to find the best in everyone. For her, the hospital in which she works is society in microcosm: a chaotic, exciting landscape of work and play where everyone has a story to tell. For Mr Jeffries, the consultant, however, the patients he attends and the staff he has to deal with are all tarred with the same brush: an ignorant, lazy, drunken, violent, drug-crazed rabble. White trash. One of his main responsibilities is to allocate resources and cut down on expenditure; what he sees as streamlining is, in effect, a terrifying policy of social cleansing. Arrogant and elitist, Jeffries hankers after a class system that has gone - but that he wants re-established. When Joy becomes suspicious about the death of a patient, a clash between the two is, suddenly, inevitable.

Redhill Rococo

Shena Mackay (Author)

Luke Ribbons is drifting away from parents, parish and old friends and -withluck-into the -arms of Pearl Slattery. He is dazzled by the sunsh ine and by the Slattery brood-but unfortunately Pearl doesn`t share this romantic vision. . .

A Bowl Of Cherries

Shena Mackay (Author)

Daphne and Rex live lives of well-to-do elegance while Rex’s brother Stanley has been condemned to scrimping for tobacco and Camp coffee. Daisy, Rex’s daughter, has also become a victim: her cruel, combing husband Julian Has turned her into an eccentric skivvy. If life is a bowl of cherries, there are always those, it seems, who are left with the bruised remnants and those who snatch the ripest fruit of all.

The Artist's Widow

Shena Mackay (Author)

THE ARTIST'S WIDOW opens in Mayfair gallery at the private view of the last paintings of John Crane, where we meet Lyris Crane, the artist's widow and a painter in her own right. Also present are several other key players in the drama, all of whom are drawn to Lyris for a variety of reasons and motives. There is Nathan Pursey, a boorish young conceptual artist on the make, Clovis Ingram, a bookseller who is involved with Candy, the rejected mistress of a Tory MP who has just lost his seat, and Zoe, a beautiful television film-maker. An incident on his way home proves Clovis capable of an act of cowardice that will haunt him always. Nathan sets off a train of events with a maudlin late-night phone call to Jackee, a sad white rastafarian whom he dumped a while ago. This is a story of the good, the bad and the untalented where the intricate and often funny narrative explores the nature of the artistic impulse as well as guilt and the possibility of redemption.

Hear the Wind Sing

Haruki Murakami (Author) , Kirby Heyborne (Read by)

Hear the Wind Sing is Murakami's first novel, available for the first time in English outside Japan.

In Hear the Wind Sing the narrator is home from college on his summer break. He spends his time drinking beer and smoking in J’s Bar with the Rat, listening to the radio, thinking about writing and the women he has slept with, and pursuing a relationship with a girl with nine fingers.

The story of the narrator, the Rat and J continues in Pinball, 1973.

The Cruise of the Talking Fish

W E Bowman (Author)

Having brought the highest mountain in the world to its knees, Binder, leader of the expedition to conquer Rum Doodle, soon sets off on a new adventure, aboard the raft Talking Fish. With only two cats, one frog, one oyster and five fellow-adventurers as crew, he is determined to master the challenges of the deep.

Ormerod's Landing

Leslie Thomas (Author)

Historians of the Second World War have hitherto omitted to mention that the first British raid on German-occupied France took place within four months of Dunkirk. It happened at midnight on September 21st, 1940, the landing being made at the small fishing town of Granville, in Normandy. The landing party consisted of a detective-sergeant of the Metropolitan Police (V Division), a young French woman schoolteacher and an ugly mongrel dog named Formidable. They were considerately brought ashore by the Germans themselves.

George Ormerod was the detective sergeant in question, not the most imaginative of policemen, but, true to his name, most resolute in his investigations. (An ormer is a notably tenacious shell-fish of the English Channel.) While the war is being lost all around him, Ormerod remains obsessed with the mundane murder of a young woman in Wandsworth, even pursuing his investigations amongst the returning and bewildered troops.

How the investigation blazed a savage trail through rural Normandy and led to Nazi-occupied Paris, and how Marie- Thérèse Velin and her often ruthless Resistance allies become involved with George Ormerod are questions Leslie Thomas answers as his tale unfolds. In Ormerod's Landing, an exciting and ironic tale of Britain and France in the early years of the war, he once again creates a tender, farcical world in which his unique humour and irony flourish.

The Unknown Knowns

Jeffrey Rotter (Author)

Jim Rath's wife has grown tired of his hobbies: his immaculately maintained comics collection, his creepy underwater experiments, and his dreams of building a museum based on the Aquatic Ape theory of human evolution. On the night that she leaves him, Jim thinks he has spotted an emissary from a lost aquatic race called the Nautikons.

In truth the man is Les Diaz, a low-level agent of the Department of Homeland Security who has been mentally unstable since his wife's drowning. The department has relegated him to an underfunded project, inspecting hotel swimming pools and water slides for terrorist vulnerabilities, a mission Diaz embraces with fervour. When he realises that he's being tailed by Jim Rath, his intelligence instincts are awakened. Agent Diaz feels certain that Jim Rath is a domestic terrorist.

The Unknown Knowns is the story of two delusional and quixotic men who stalk one another toward a bloody showdown - a spectacularly moronic act of terrorism at an ageing water park. With its frequent evocations of Donald Rumsfeld's language and posturing, it is also a Swiftian expose of the hypocrisy and incompetence of the Homeland Security apparatus. It is fresh, original and very, very funny.

Two Brothers

Bernardo Atxaga (Author)

An elegiac tale of lost innocence and the ruthlessness of the natural world, where the hunter all too soon becomes the prey. As he dies leaving his two boys orphans, Paulo's father lays on him the duty to look after his retarded but overgrown younger brother, for otherwise Daniel will be put away in an institution. But Daniel never listens to his brother, who is unable to exert any authority over him. Instead Daniel, aged twenty and still in the throes of puberty, goes off in an inept, fumbling pursuit of the village girls, as they ride past on their bicycles on the way to sewing lessons or cake-baking classes. Among these girls are pretty Teresa and her plain friend, Carmen, a girl disfigured by a birthmark on one cheek. Both of them are sweet on Paulo, the quiet, irresolute but handsome lad who works in the family sawmill, while Teresa is the reluctant, indeed disgusted, object of Daniel's dreams. Each girl schemes to cut the other out and win favour with Paulo. All ends in tears. And the narrators of this story, who take turns to continue the tale, are creatures of the wild, driven by their inner voices - a bird, squirrels, a black snake.

Criminals

Margot Livesey (Author)

A decent, harried young banker travels north to Scotland and his mysteriously troubled sister. A single mother struggles to make a home for her family in a society she only vaguely comprehends. A baby girl is abandoned in a bus station and picked up by a stranger. A caller leaves threatening messages. Brilliantly structured and tense as a thriller, CRIMNINALS shows how the best intentions can have the worst results - and how families pull together, form themselves anew, and occasionally, tear apart.

Anne Tyler Omnibus

Anne Tyler (Author)

No other writer captures like Anne Tyler, with acerbic affection and compassionate clarity, the shifts and defences of the average family struggling to keep life under control. This first omnibus edition of three full-length novels, all set in the respectable Baltimore streets she has made so particularly her own, encompasses the range of eccentricities and compromises to which they are driven.

Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant follows the disintegration and eventual reaffirmation of the Tull family – fierce, embittered Pearl, left by Beck to raise handsome, thrusting Cody, Jenny, the pediatrician losing herself in devotion to others, and docile Ezra, whose attempts to unite them all around a table at his eccentric Homesick Restaurant are the focus of their differences and their bond.

In The Accidental Tourist, Macon – a man of habit and routine, who writes guide books for businessmen who hate to leave home – is confronted by chaos in his own family life. Between aching sadness and glorious absurdity, Macon hesitantly emerges from his sage cocoon into the vibrant, unpredictable world of the outrageous Muriel…

And Breathing Lessons, which won the Pulitzer Prize, lays bare the anatomy of a marriage. On the round trip to a friend’s funeral, Maggie and Ira Moran make detours literal and metaphorical – into the lives of grown children, old friends, total strangers and their own past – and, despite Ira’s disappointments and Maggie’s optimistic determination to rearrange life as she would like it to be, an old married couple fall in love all over again.

Simon Serrailler Bundle: The Pure in Heart/The Various Haunts of Men

Susan Hill (Author)

Introducing Detective Simon Serrailler... in the first two cases in Susan Hill's gripping crime series

In The Various Haunts of Men Detective Chief Inspector Simon Serrailler and a new member of the station, Detective Sergeant Freya Graffham investigate the disappearance of a local woman from the peaceful cathedral town of Lafferton. As more people vanish, Simon and Freya are forced to embark on a complicated mission to unravel the mystery and enter the mind of a killer.

In The Pure in Heart Simon Serrailler is nursing a broken heart while trying to deal with a new and worrying case: the kidnapping of a young boy on his way to school. As the family of the missing boy falls apart, and more children are taken, the station - and Simon - begin to lose hope...

Stop What You’re Doing and Read…To Your Daughter: I Capture the Castle & The Secret Garden

Dodie Smith (Author) , Frances Hodgson Burnett (Author)

To mark the publication of Stop What You're Doing and Read This!, a collection of essays celebrating reading, Vintage Classics are releasing 12 limited edition themed ebook 'bundles', to tempt readers to discover and rediscover great books.

I CAPTURE THE CASTLE
'I write this sitting in the kitchen sink' is the first line of this timeless, witty and enchanting novel about growing up. Cassandra Mortmain lives with her bohemian and impoverished family in a crumbling castle in the middle of nowhere. Her journal records her life with her beautiful, bored sister, Rose, her fadingly glamorous stepmother, Topaz, her little brother Thomas and her eccentric novelist father who suffers from a financially crippling writer's block. However, all their lives are turned upside down when the American heirs to the castle arrive and Cassandra finds herself falling in love for the first time...

THE SECRET GARDEN
Mary Lennox is an orphan who is sent to live with her uncle at gloomy Misselthwaite Manor. Neglected and lonely, she begins to explore her new home and learns of a secret garden that her uncle has forbidden anyone to enter. A friendly robin shows Mary the key to the garden and she discovers a world she could never have imagined... The Secret Garden has enchanted generations of children and adults alike.

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