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Being Mortal
According to Benjamin Franklin, 'in this world nothing can be said to be certain except death and taxes'. In this book...
Under the Visible...
Although from completely different backgrounds, gifted musicians and friends Katherine Goodnow and Mahsa Weaver have...
Song Collector, The
It takes the obnoxious antics of composer Harry Fox-Talbot's young grandson Robin to set Fox on the road to recovery. ...
Music for Wartime
War, music and reality TV, art and artists, secrets and romance. It's all here in this collection of 17 short stories....
Beauty of Humanity...
Taken to the USA as a child, Maggie Ly is returning to her Vietnamese roots, both in her capacity as a curator and as a...
Perfect Wives in...
The dinner would be on the table when he walked in the door; his wife, immaculately presented would be waiting...
Universe Versus...
In Alex Wood's short life, there have been two major life-altering events, and it's hard to say which will have the...
Outsider, The
Pilot, adventurer, journalist and spy, author Frederick Forsyth's real-life experiences are the stuff of fiction. ...
Navigation
Navigation is Joy Cowley's story. From her childhood in 1940s Foxton, to family life, marriages and international...
Guernica
Miren Ansotegui might have the pick of Guernica's young men, but new arrival Miguel Navarro is the one who catches her...
Mornings in Jenin
Palestine 1948. The Abulheja family are forcibly removed from their ancestral home in Ein Hod and sent to live in a...
Rat Island
Islands + birds = paradise, but paradise + rats = DISASTER. With islands home to more than half the world's endangered...
Good Earth, The
The classic story of Wang Lung and his wife O-Lan. This remarkable novel depicts the suffering and hardship of poverty...
Everyone Brave is...
When war is declared, Mary North is sure she will be snapped up for something far more exciting than the role that she...
Martian, The
Astronaut Mark Watney has cause to be very grateful for his green thumbs. Stranded on Mars with limited resources and...
Infinite Home
Edith's crumbling Brooklyn apartment building is home to an eclectic collection of tenants: Adeleine, Thomas, Paulie...
Sarah's Key
Paris, July 1942. Sarah, a 10 year old girl, is taken with her parents by the French police as they go door to door...
Invention of...
If Alexander von Humboldt was alive today, he would be justified in saying, 'I told you so'. Among the many and varied...
House of the...
Having lived in the house attached to the mosque for eight centuries, Aqa Jaan and his kin epitomise a devout Muslim...
Universe In Your...
Buckle up, you are about to embark on some mind-boggling journeys into our universe. From the surface of the moon and...
Girl with the...
A Swedish novel featuring crusading journalist Mikael Blomkvist investigating a decades old disappearance of a child. ...
Black River
No longer able to find solace in his beloved music, Wes Carver is a man who silently endures. He's returning home to...
Caleb's Crossing
Bethia and Caleb's friendship bridges a cultural divide: Bethia is the daughter of a Puritan minister and Caleb is the...
Gap of Time, The
In this re-imagining of Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale, King Leontes is transformed into Leo, a hedge fund...
Thousand Hills to...
Many of the world's humanitarian efforts have been focused on Africa. How can those in emerging economies not just...
My Life on the Road
The foundations for Gloria Steinem's adult life, spent on the move, were laid in her itinerant childhood. Growing up...
No Great Mischief
In 1779, driven out of his home, Calum MacDonald sets sail from the Scottish Highlands with his extensive family. ...
Be Frank with Me
'Girl Friday' Alice Whitley's mission is to keep LA writer MM 'Mimi' Banning on track with her new novel. However,...
City of Tranquil...
Kuang P'ing Ch'ing, City of Tranquil Light, becomes the adopted home of Mennonite missionaries Will and Katherine Kieh....
Sapiens
Homo sapiens. Why not homo neanderthalensis or homo erectus? What set us apart from the handful of human species...
Cove, The
Eking out a living on their patch of land, siblings Laurel and Hank Skelton keep to themselves until the arrival of...
Blue Between Sky...
In 1947, life for the Palestinian Baraka family is irrevocably changed when they are forcibly removed from their...
Illuminations
Mystic, visionary, musician, healer and saint ... Hildegard von Bingen was an unconventional woman of her time. ...
My Name is Lucy...
Sequestered in a New York hospital bed, Lucy Barton's protracted stay is relieved by the unexpected arrival of her...
Open: An...
It is shocking to discover that tennis great Andre Agassi hated tennis. With a refreshing degree of candour, this...
In the Country
From the Middle East to the US and back to the Philippines, with mobility both reluctant and voluntary, the nine short...
Thirteenth Tale, The
Margaret Lea, an antiquarian bookseller and sometime biographer of obscure writers, receives a letter from Vida Winter,...
Silence of...
Young Bonadventure Arrow has been bestowed a most unusual gift: his hearing is otherworldly, allowing him to hear such...
St Agnes' Stand
An injured outlaw - heading for freedom in California - stumbles across the trapped survivors of an apache ambush:...
Being Chinese
Helene Wong's life reads in a similar vein to many New Zealanders: an idyllic Kiwi childhood, then tertiary education...
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