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Contemporary Fiction

  • Lucia's Love

    Paula Dennis

    Single mum, Lucia, returns to her home town by the sea for what will be a reunion of old school friends at her close friend's thirtieth birthday party. Will the secrets of the past be revealed? No one knows who the father of Lucia's daughter is. Is this the time to reveal her secret? What will her family make of the story?   Lucia knows that once the truth is revealed, her life wil

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  • A Picture Puzzle

    Coleen Moore-Hayes

    Life is good for Molly O'Neil, and her husband Patrick, as they adjust to retirement and the empty-nest syndrome in thier home on beautiful Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia. Their children are doing well; the elder, Cole, having just presented his parents with a delightful granddaughter. But Molly has a tragic past. Twenty years earlier, her idyllic life is shattered when her husband of thre

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  • Barbarian

    Pippa Bartolotti

    Barwin and her grandmother are living hand to mouth in a post-apocalyptic world where scavenging is the only means of survival. Capitalism, overconsumption of natural resources along with the ceaseless pursuit of profit by multinational corporations, at the expense of the natural world, have finally caught up with humankind. To top it off, millions have perished in the onslaught of the highly contagious Mallavirus

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  • The Lamiastriga

    Irina Slav

    Hiding in plain sight among humans, dragons, demons, and vampires live, each with their own desires and needs. More powerful than all of them are the lamiastrigas, immortal witches who can play with the elements and human lives at will. Dragons and lamiastrigas get along like fire and ice but when lamiastriga Catherine and dragon Simon are faced with a plot to end all supernatural life on earth,

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  • Letting Go

    Kent Hung

    Andrew's outlook has been moulded by a childhood brought up alone by his mother, by his fear of abandonment which developed from that childhood and by the numerous losses in his life.   Eleven years later, following a tragic event, Andrew suddenly has to re-evaluate his own life and struggle to find self-acceptance and learn to let go.   In the end, Andrew real

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  • Love Profane

    Davis Byars

    Is it healthy for ten-year-old Amy Turner to be so obsessed with the story of Anne Frank? So much so that she and her Jewish friend, Ruth, hide away in the attic to recreate the harrowing experience of life in the Secret Annexe, under the evil shadow of the Holocaust?   Their parents certainly don't think so. Amy's family worry about the morbidity unbecoming in children, while Ruth

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  • All About Greti

    Louis Demers

    Greti is a free spirit - bright, rebellious, uninhibited, and sharp as a razor. Nineteen-years-old and blindingly beautiful, she is currently chumming Karl, a middle-aged jingle composer, amongst other ventures.   It will take a single phone call, during a school break in the Bavarian Alps, to light a powder keg that will propel Greti inside a monstrous roller coaster ride, shattering her

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  • Relentless Echoes

    Paul Lambert

    Love and war meet in the last outposts and privilege of colonial Africa in Paul Lambert's debut novel.   Sexually abused and exploited during the Japanese Occupation of Singapore, can a young Englishwoman ever be liberated from an ordeal of which she can tell nobody?   Can any woman's heart find a haven when her body has been so abused? Or must Cecelia'

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  • Rocky Place

    Nicholas Day-Lewis

    Rocky Place is a street in coastal Wintersea. The residents are indeed in 'rocky places'. Quentin and Lyn move there from Melbourne to give their marriage a fresh start. They are daggers drawn with next door Rick and Cathy and their friends, Peter and Tess. The 'pure' young love between William, Quentin and Lyn's son, and Jodi, Peter and Tess

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  • Guilt-Edged

    Roy Smith

    On the surface, Ramsgate Street looks like any other working-class neighbourhood in post-war London. Family, friends and neighbours exchange gossip on front steps, chat over warming cups of tea or chase kids away from their prize roses. However, behind the closed doors of the small terraced houses, all the everyday dramas of life play out. Lou, Alan and their son Michael are doing fine. Lou is th

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  • MUM, I Can't Find My Toothbrush!

    H. L. Morgan

    Mum, I can't find my toothbrush, Can you see if it's down there? Please try harder, dear, before I go completely spare!   A charming tale of one little boy desperately trying to find his toothbrush before school. Full of delightful illustrations and told in verse, this is a children's book that every reader will be able to get be

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  • So I Let It Be

    Sindhu Rajasekaran

    Kayal is a young girl on the cusp of womanhood. She moves to a new neighbourhood in her small village. She meets and befriends the mysterious and unconventional Damini, who turns her world upside down. Mehr is a conventional woman, married to Ahmed who cares for her but cannot communicate with her. Mehr's life changes after a short trip to Paris. What is the price we pay for freedom and what

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