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Nine Perfect Strangers

Recommended by Max

£8.99

Available in Paperback

Published March 2019

Published by Penguin

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THE SUSPENSEFUL NEW NOVEL FROM THE WORLDWIDE #1 BESTSELLING AUTHOR BEHIND AWARD WINNING TV SERIES BIG LITTLE LIES AND SMASH-HIT NOVEL THE HUSBAND’S SECRET

A RICHARD & JUDY SPRING BOOK CLUB PICK

Nine perfect strangers, each hiding an imperfect life.

A luxury retreat cut off from the outside world.

Ten days that promise to change your life.

But some promises – like some lives – are perfect lies . . .
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‘Fantastic’ Times

‘Original, suspenseful, downright brilliant’ Clare Mackintosh

‘The twist blew my mind’ Marian Keyes

‘A super-suspenseful page-turner’ Mail on Sunday

‘Will grip you from the first page’ Sunday Express

‘Captivating’ Good Housekeeping

‘Had me utterly hooked’ Daily Mail

The Wonky Donkey

Recommended by Max

£6.99

Available in Paperback

Published November 2018

Published by Scholastic

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The book behind the YouTube sensation of a granny reading this story to her grandchild, viewed over 3 million times. The Wonky Donkey has sold over one million copies worldwide.

Who ever heard of a spunky hanky-panky cranky stinky-dinky lanky winky wonky donkey? This hilarious picture book and song will have children – and adults – in fits of laughter!

Also Human: The Inner Lives of Doctors

Recommended by Max

£9.99

Available in Paperback

Published February 2019

Published by Cornerstone

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Doctors are the people we turn to in our darkest moments. We trust them with our lives. But what does that stress do to a person? What does it take to confront death, disease, distress and suffering every day? To work in a healthcare system stretched to breaking point? To make decisions that will change lives – or possibly end them? And how do doctors cope with their own questions and fears, when they are expected to have all the answers? Caroline Elton is a psychologist who, for two decades, has specialised in helping doctors: the obstetrician whose own fertility treatment failed; the trainee oncologist struggling to face patients with the disease that killed her father; the brilliant neurosurgeon whose career stalled in an environment hostile to women; and many more. Drawing on extraordinary case studies and decades of work supporting clinicians, Also Human presents a provocative, perceptive and deeply humane examination of the modern medical profession.

Voices in the Evening

Recommended by Max

£9.99

Available in Paperback

Published February 2019

Published by Daunt Books

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‘I did not know,’ I said, ‘that life could go at a run, with drums beating. For you, it is different. Your life, after I came into it, went on at its usual pace, without any sound.’

In a hushed Italian town after the Second World War Elsa lives with her parents in the house where she was born. Twenty-seven and unmarried, she is of constant concern to her mother, whose status anxiety manifests itself in acute hypochondria. But her mother does not know that Elsa has fallen in love with Tommasino, the elusive youngest son of the De Francisci family, who own the cloth factory that dominates the town.

In the course of their secret meetings, Elsa begins to imagine a future with Tommasino, free from the constraints of shared history and expectation. But all of this is threatened when their relationship is revealed.

An elegant, spare novel reminiscent of Chekhov, Voices in the Evening is an unforgettable story about first love and lost chances, from one of the greatest Italian writers of the twentieth century.