Those were the Days by Terry Wogan

Welcome to the party, pull up a chair, take your ease, and join Tom, king of the Cattle Market bank branch, for a bite to eat and a glass or two of wine.

Come and meet his customers, many of whom have become his friends, and listen to their tales. Join Tom as he reminisces about the places he’s been, the people he has met and the laughter and the struggles of daily life as he made his way from humble bank clerk to the heady heights of Branch Manager . . .

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The Wonder by Emma Donoghue

An eleven-year-old girl stops eating, but remains miraculously alive and well. A nurse, sent to investigate whether she is a fraud, meets a journalist hungry for a story.

Set in the Irish Midlands in the 1850s, Emma Donoghue’s The Wonder – inspired by numerous European and North American cases of ‘fasting girls’ between the sixteenth century and the twentieth – is a psychological thriller about a child’s murder threatening to happen in slow motion before our eyes. Pitting all the seductions of fundamentalism against sense and love, it is a searing examination of what nourishes us, body and soul.

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The Last Days of New Paris by China Miéville

A thriller of a war that never was – of survival in an impossible city – of surreal cataclysm. In The Last Days of New Paris, China Miéville entwines true historical events and people with his daring, uniquely imaginative brand of fiction, reconfiguring history and art into something new.

1941. In the chaos of wartime Marseille, American engineer and occult disciple Jack Parsons stumbles onto a clandestine anti-Nazi group, including Surrealist theorist André Breton. In the strange games of dissident diplomats, exiled revolutionaries, and avant-garde artists, Parsons finds and channels hope. But what he unwittingly unleashes is the power of dreams and nightmares, changing the war and the world for ever.

1950. A lone Surrealist fighter, Thibaut, walks a new, hallucinogenic Paris, where Nazis and the Resistance are trapped in unending conflict, and the streets are stalked by living images and texts – and by the forces of Hell. To escape the city, Thibaut must join forces with Sam, an American photographer intent on recording the ruins, and make common cause with a powerful, enigmatic figure of chance and rebellion: the exquisite corpse.

But Sam is being hunted. And new secrets will emerge that will test all their loyalties – to each other, to Paris old and new, and to reality itself.

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In the Days of Rain by Rebecca Stott

Rebecca Stott was born into a closed Christian sect which believed the world was ruled by Satan: women were made to wear headscarves, non-sect books were forbidden and those who disobeyed the rules were punished.

Decades later, as Rebecca’s father lay dying, he begged her to help him write the story of their family, who for generations had worshipped in the Brethren’s ‘Iron Room’ – and of his own part in enforcing those rules.

In In the Days of Rain Rebecca gathers the broken threads of her father’s story, and her own, into a powerful exploration of the fault-lines between faith and doubt, duty and love.

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A High Mortality of Doves by Kate Ellis

1919. The Derbyshire village of Wenfield is still reeling from four terrible years of war. Just when the village has begun to regain its tranquility, a young girl, Myrtle Bligh, is found stabbed and left in woodland, her mouth slit to accommodate a dead dove – a bird of peace.

When two more women are found murdered in identical circumstances, Wenfield is thrown into a panic.

With rumours of a ghostly soldier with a painted face being spotted near the scene of the murders,  Inspector Albert Lincoln is sent up from London to crack the terrible case – but with the killer still on the loose, who will be the next to die at the hands of this vicious angel of death?

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