This compassionate novel depicts the disrupted lives of Greta and her daughter Lily, forced to abruptly relocate due to the unendurable violent behaviour of Pat, Greta’s volatile, alcoholic husband. Their move lands mother and daughter in the rural Australian town of Woodshine – a new beginning offering hope after trauma’s storm.
Yet forward is the only direction, Lily just five years old. A tranquil childhood shattered, she grapples beyond her years while still cradling stuffed toys at bedtime, seeking security. Greta battles exhaustion from hypervigilance, longing to banish bad dreams. Their refuge in Woodshine brings peace step by step – a gentle landlord, good-hearted townsfolk and possibility breathing optimism into each new day.
As Lily plays in grassy meadows under boundless skies, glimmers emerge that broken spirits can mend. While the indelible scars remain, maybe here they can continue writing their story without fear at the helm. Just maybe this move marks the start of budding happiness taking root for not just survival – but life thriving in the sunshine.
On a long car journey to Norfolk, Little Jo’s repetitive chant, ‘We’re going to the wide, flat land, the wide, flat land, the wide, flat land,’ resonates through the car, much to her older brother’s annoyance. Hailing from Surrey, the siblings have always been enchanted by the charm of East Anglia’s countryside, their anticipation heightened by the nostalgic tales of their mother’s own childhood holidays on the north-east coast.
Upon arrival at their quaint holiday cottage, a chance encounter with a neighbour sets them on a path that will change their lives forever. The Pritchards are soon faced with the unsettling shadows of their mother’s past. Through this unexpected journey, they learn the essence of overcoming, the grace of empathy, and the power of loving support in encouraging others. Amidst the expansive tranquillity of the wide, flat land, they discover a healing peace, a calming beauty, a secure haven, and a renewed hope for the future of their extended family.
The Cry of the Curlew tells the harrowing tale of Marnie, an Albanian refugee whose life is marked by constant upheaval and danger. The story begins with her dramatic rescue from an Essex Marsh by an elderly woman, setting the stage for a life perpetually shadowed by misfortune.
Marnie’s journey is a tumultuous one. Just as she begins to find solace with a new family, the intrusion of the council upends her life once more. Her situation grows even more perilous when an inheritance draws the attention of the Albanian Mafia, demanding repayment for her father’s debts to people smugglers.
Faced with overwhelming threats, Marnie is forced into slavery. Yet, her indomitable spirit leads her to escape and find refuge with another family, hoping for a life far removed from her turbulent past. However, the shadows of her debt loom large, and the sense of danger is ever-present.
This novel delves deep into themes of love, loss, and the devaluation of human life at the hands of people smugglers. It portrays the desperate struggle of individuals trying to escape poverty and their relentless search for love and belonging. The story oscillates between moments of humor and profound sadness, highlighting the resilience and kindness of people even in the face of the harsh realities of the modern world.
Through Marnie’s eyes, The Cry of the Curlew offers a poignant reflection on the immense challenges faced by refugees. It is a moving narrative that calls for empathy and understanding towards those who endure unimaginable hardships in their quest for a better life.
Sliding Across Mountains is a book about the power of friendship. In a small town in Tennessee, a writer, a mother, a widow, and a parish nurse form an unlikely friendship and a curling team. These four ladies learn more than sliding rocks down a sheet of ice. They learn what they can accomplish with a team of support and love is not always on the rocks.
After quite some time and a bit of wobbling, John had made a crucial decision: he was going to leave Madrid after more than 20 years abroad and go back to Stockholm. There were plenty of reasons for this monumental step: a divorce, no real job, and a daughter in New York; nothing kept him there anymore.
A fascinating rollercoaster voyage begins when he is hired as a private eye, searching for money launderers and tricksters, unravelling mysteries of gambling on the internet, travelling like a rover between Madrid, Hong Kong, Stockholm, London, and Paris, bumping into women, while discovering his father was a former spy at MI6.
As any man, John is a distilled version of many things: a sportsman, a father, an optimist, a man of reading who perhaps seems more intelligent than he actually is, but nonetheless a good asset, when there are new frontiers to explore, with a potential future in politics.
Amazed by life’s uncertainty, he believes if he had the guts to leave his country, he must have the courage to come back, let the wind take him and let life intervene. He is navigating the Asian, Swedish, and Spanish cultures first-hand.
A feel-good read. The hero whirls into a tour de force of travel and business intrigue peppered with worldwide romantic adventures.
Volume 2 of this quartet follows the fortunes of its heroine, Amy Spencer. After the sudden death of Rupert, who rescued her from obscurity, she is faced with having to move from London, where she was a partner in a prestigious firm of solicitors, to a small town in the home counties and seek work as an assistant solicitor. Here, she meets Jack, a very different character, and her personal and professional life moves in a very different direction. Does she find happiness? Read the book and find out...
Transport yourself to a country beyond the boundaries of civilization, where civil war rages and armed gangs rule the streets. This is a place of absolute poverty and despair, where the outermost provincial city lies in ruins, a desolate and barren city that resembles hell itself.
On a frosty winter morning, Apollo is forced to leave his home by his wife, wandering the empty streets of the devastated city, cold and hungry. Seeking solace in his memories, Apollo recounts a series of surreal and diverse episodes, including a great love story, scenes of bizarre funerals, and countless unbelievable stories that could only have occurred in this forsaken city.
Amidst the harshness of this day, Apollo experiences two strange encounters that will change his life forever. The first is a chance meeting with a dog, also abandoned and alone on the streets, who will ultimately save Apollo from certain death. Apollo names the dog Angel and they embark on a journey together.
The second encounter is even more profound, as Apollo meets Esma, a person living on the margins of society, excluded from family and community. Esma’s story of humiliation, life in a totalitarian empire, and years spent in psychiatric facilities leaves a deep and lasting impression on Apollo, causing him to question everything he once believed.
This captivating and haunting tale offers a poignant commentary on the human condition and the power of hope in the midst of darkness. Written with exquisite prose and a deep understanding of the human experience, it is a story that will stay with you long after the final page is turned.
A group of women in their 30s live in a cosy apartment building long enough to become good friends. In comes a young, live-in landlord who proves to be a perfect fit for their happy ‘community’. He cooks and bakes for them – even gets a cat he calls Oprah. Much of the book is taken up with their sunny escapades.
However, under the surface of this carefree life lurks another reality, hiding in plain sight, in the person of a fifth woman who has taken the last, vacant apartment. She seems able to smooth her way into the mix and be accepted. But, as different as they all are, the group sense something is not quite right about this newcomer. In fact, something is very wrong.
One of the women is a psychologist by training and builds case evidence against her that culminates in a dramatic arrest on the roof garden and a trial. Shaken, the women manage to go back to living normal lives – most marry and all move out. With this exodus, the landlord sells the apartment block that would seem to bring this troubled idyll to an end but with a riveting twist.
Upon discovering a substantial vein of copper ore nestled beneath the conserved lands of the Blue Mountains, a zealous mining tycoon sees a fortune within his grasp. However, his ambitions are thwarted by a dedicated local environmental group.
A diverse coalition, ranging from scholarly academics to homeless drifters, rallies against the formidable forces of big business and government, vowing to safeguard the extensive sanctuary of flora and fauna residing within the unspoiled mountain forests. Yet, the battle they’ve embarked upon isn’t without its shades of moral ambiguity and legality.
As the trail is strewn with hurdles of murder, love, and greed, a close-knit cadre of impassioned strangers forges an alliance to wage a valiant defensive. No stone is left unturned, no alliance too audacious in their pursuit to unearth the culprit behind the sinister murder and shield the beloved environment from desolation.
Immerse in a narrative that introduces you to the most unexpected of heroes, evoking both love and despair as you witness the lengths some would traverse in the face of greed and the quest for opulence.
A black Holden Caulfield reminisces on a life filled with emotional turmoil, from a childhood scarred by hardship to an adulthood tangled in complex relationships. He reflects on the systemic barriers and coping mechanisms that coloured his world across decades - the pain and vulnerability, trust issues and raw humanity. There was love, yet it never fully conquered the chaos.
This fictional memoir gives words to the underrepresented, following an underdog who refuses to give up. It explores the immigrant experience of working tirelessly to overcome discrimination. The narrator clings to his father’s advice to study and gain knowledge as power. As he pets his bulldogs, he contemplates a past that shaped him, for better or worse. This is the story of one man’s perseverance through life’s unpredictable journey.
We all remember the disaster in Fukushima, Japan, caused by the tsunami in the year 2011.What we could not imagine were the consequences of that ecological catastrophe and what would the world become after the waters turned calm and the news stopped covering it.What was supposed to be just another day in the kitchen, turned the world upside down after a series of unexpected events.Follow the chef, Johnny Hendrix, and his group – when everything seemed to be lost and taken by a new threat – trying to survive and flee Stockholm in search for a safe harbour; a place where they can survive and try to restart humanity.
The last thing Juli wants to do is leave the open spaces of the Australian outback and move to a suburban boarding school, but after her father moves to Melbourne and her mother’s health is left on shaky ground, she has no choice. Life at St Peter’s holds more than a few surprises; however, when Juli chances across Alexandra Calvin, she is suddenly forced to deal with new and unfamiliar feelings that she fears shouldn’t be there. While struggling to figure out how she feels, Juli is bombarded with an influx of sudden life events that leave her treading waters herself. Can she overcome the obstacles she is facing? Can she battle the fear that is holding her prisoner? If she can’t, she could lose everything that was ever important to her – and everything she has grown to love.