Fiction

  • A Little Life: The Million-Copy Bestseller

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    ‘I’m not exaggerating when I say this novel challenged everything I thought I knew about love and friendship. It’s one of those books that stays with you forever.’ – Dua Lipa

    The million-copy bestseller, Hanya Yanagihara’s A Little Life, by the author of To Paradise and The People in the Trees, is an immensely powerful and heartbreaking novel of brotherly love and the limits of human endurance.

    Winner of Fiction of the Year at the British Book Awards
    Shortlisted for the Booker Prize
    Shortlisted for the Women’s Prize
    Finalist for the US National Book Award for Fiction

    When four graduates from a small Massachusetts college move to New York to make their way, they’re broke, adrift, and buoyed only by their friendship and ambition. There is kind, handsome Willem, an aspiring actor; JB, a quick-witted, sometimes cruel Brooklyn-born painter seeking entry to the art world; Malcolm, a frustrated architect at a prominent firm; and withdrawn, brilliant, enigmatic Jude, who serves as their centre of gravity.

    Over the decades, their relationships deepen and darken, tinged by addiction, success, and pride. Yet their greatest challenge, each comes to realize, is Jude himself, by midlife a terrifyingly talented litigator yet an increasingly broken man, his mind and body scarred by an unspeakable childhood, and haunted by what he fears is a degree of trauma that he’ll not only be unable to overcome – but that will define his life forever.

    ‘Yanagihara takes you so deeply into the lives and minds of these characters that you struggle to leave them behind.’ – The Times

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  • Bellies: ‘A beautiful love story’ Irish Times

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    ‘Smart, hilarious and deeply moving’ Elliot Page, author Pageboy

    ‘Bellies announces Nicola Dinan as a genuine literary talent, a gimlet-eyed cartographer of the human heart’ Sharlene Teo, author of Ponti

    ‘Thoughtful, seductive, and entirely engrossing – Bellies is already a classic’ Bryan Washington, author of Memorial and Lot

    It begins as your typical boy meets boy. While out with friends at a university drag night, Tom buys Ming a drink. Confident and witty, a charming young playwright, Ming is the perfect antidote to Tom’s awkward energy, and their connection is instant. Tom finds himself deeply and desperately drawn into Ming’s orbit, and on the cusp of graduation, he’s already mapped out their future together. But, shortly after they move to London to start their next chapter, Ming announces her intention to transition.

    From London to Kuala Lumpur, New York to Cologne, we follow Tom and Ming as they face shifts in their relationship in the wake of Ming’s transition. Through a spiral of unforeseen crises – some personal, some professional, some life-altering – Tom and Ming are forced to confront the vastly different shapes their lives have taken since graduating, and each must answer the essential question: is it worth losing a part of yourself to become who you are?

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  • Big Gay Adventures in Education: Supporting LGBT+ Visibility and Inclusion in Schools

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    Big Gay Adventures in Education is a collection of true stories by ‘out’ teachers, and students of ‘out’ teachers, all about their experiences in schools. The book aims to empower LGBT+ teachers to be the role models they needed when they were in school and help all teachers and school leaders to promote LGBT+ visibility and inclusion.

    The contributors range from trainee teachers to experienced school leaders and leading figures from the community across the LGBT+ spectrum, as well as LGBT+ students whose lives were improved by having an openly LGBT+ teacher. Each story is accompanied by an editor’s note reflecting on the contributor’s experience and the practical implications for schools and teachers in supporting LGBT+ young people and ensuring they feel safe and included in their school communities.

    Compiled by the co-founder and director of LGBTed, the inspiring stories in this book are essential reading for LGBT+ teachers and allies. Let’s be the role models we needed when we were at school and show our students that they can be successful and happy as an LGBT+ person.

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  • Bitten and Bound: The Complete Trilogy

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    The day I rode to the Rift with my brother the king, I never expected him to deliver me into the hands of our enemies. Desperate to stop the Deepnight from covering his kingdom in shadow, he’s pledged me as a blood slave to King Laurent, ruler of the vampire kingdom of Nor Doru. It’s a humiliation I never imagined I would bear. A betrayal I’m not sure I can forgive.

    Unfortunately, my wishes don’t factor into the decisions of kings. Raised a princess, I know my duty. For as long as I’m bound in service, I’m at Laurent’s mercy. Survival means giving him my vein and my body. And when his cruel and arrogant general Varick demands the same, I must obey.

    But all is not as it seems in the vampire court. King Laurent has secrets, not the least of which is how much he enjoys his general’s company. Almost from the moment I enter the twilight world of the Deepnight, I learn my journey across the Rift was so much more than a barter. And it’s not just Laurent and Varick I need to be wary of. There are rumors of darkness stirring—of long-forgotten danger rising in the old elven lands.

    There’s something stirring in me, too. I’m hearing things I shouldn’t, and doing things no one should be able to do. The king takes me and I take his vein—and each time it gets harder to keep my new abilities a secret.

    Torn between two kingdoms and two men, I’m surrounded by danger on all sides. My body has become a battleground, and I’m determined not to let the enemy win. But the more time I spend in the vampire court, the harder it is to resist the pleasure of being conquered.

    Books in this trilogy include:
    Given
    Stolen
    Kept

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  • Blackouts: A Novel

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    WINNER OF THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FOR FICTION

    An intimate, emotionally rich novel, in which two men – young and old – reckon with queer histories and their place within them, from the critically acclaimed author of We the Animals

    Juan Gay is on his deathbed. He has decided to spend his last days in The Palace: a monumental, fading institution in the desert, which was an asylum in another lifetime. There, a young man tends to this dying soul – someone who Juan met only once, but who has haunted the edges of his life ever since.

    As the end approaches, the two trade stories – resurrecting lost loves, lives, mothers and fathers – and their lives are woven, ineluctably, into a broader story of pathology and oppression. Charged with sifting through Juan’s belongings, our narrator uncovers a copy of Sex Variants: A Study in Homosexual Patterns, its pages blacked out, censored, reduced down to poetic dispatches. And, as he sifts through the manuscript, another story is told: that of Jan Gay – a radical, queer anthropologist – whose ground-breaking work was co-opted, and stifled, by the committee she served.

    Blackouts is a haunting, dreamlike rumination on memory and erasure, blending fact with fiction – drawing from historical records, screenplays, testimony and image – to force us to look again at the world we have inherited and the narratives we have received.

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  • Bunny: TikTok made me buy it!

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    THE TIKTOK SENSATION

    The darkly funny, spellbinding trip of a novel that EVERYONE is talking about

    ‘No punches pulled, no hilarities dodged, no meme unmangled. O Bunny you are sooo genius!’ MARGARET ATWOOD

    We call them Bunnies because that is what they call each other. Seriously. Bunny.

    Samantha Heather Mackey is an outsider in her small, highly selective MFA program at Warren University. In fact, she is utterly repelled by the rest of her fiction writing cohort – a clique of unbearably twee rich girls who call each other ‘Bunny’.

    But then the Bunnies issue her with an invitation and Samantha finds herself inexplicably drawn to their front door, across the threshold, and down their rabbit hole.

    Blending sharp satire with fairytale horror, Bunny provides a hilarious look at the dark side of female friendship from one of fiction’s most original voices.

    ‘The Secret History meets Jennifer’s Body. Brilliant, sharp, weird… I loved it and I couldn’t put it down.’ KRISTEN ROUPENIAN
    ‘Made me nod and cackle in terrified recognition.’ LENA DUNHAM
    ‘Hilarious, hallucinogenic freakery.’ DAILY MAIL
    ‘Cerebral and complusively readable.’ VANITY FAIR

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  • Call Me By Your Name Book Series 2 Books Collection Set By Andre Aciman (Call Me By Your Name, Find Me)

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    Please Note That The Following Individual Books As Per Original ISBN and Cover Image In this Listing shall be Dispatched Collectively:

    Call Me By Your Name Book Series 2 Books Collection Set By Andre Aciman:

    Call Me By Your Name:
    Andre Aciman’s Call Me by Your Name is the story of a sudden and powerful romance that blossoms between an adolescent boy and a summer guest at his parents’ cliffside mansion on the Italian Riviera. Each is unprepared for the consequences of their attraction, when, during the restless summer weeks, unrelenting currents of obsession, fascination, and desire intensify their passion and test the charged ground between them. Recklessly, the two verge toward the one thing both fear they may never truly find again: total intimacy. It is an instant classic and one of the great love stories of our time.

    Find Me:
    Oliver, a college professor, husband and father, is preparing to leave New York. The imminent trip stirs up longing and regret, awakening an old desire and propelling him towards a decision that could change everything.In Call Me By Your Name, we fell in love with Oliver and Elio. Find Me returns to these unforgettable characters, exploring how love can ripple out from the past and into the future.

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  • Carmilla: the cult classic that inspired Dracula

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    ‘Succeeds in inspiring a mysterious terror better than any other writer’ M.R. James

    In an isolated castle deep in the Austrian forest, Laura leads a solitary life with only her ailing father for company. Until one moonlit night, a horse-drawn carriage crashes into view, carrying an unexpected guest – the beautiful Carmilla.

    So begins a feverish friendship between Laura and her mysterious, entrancing companion. But as Carmilla becomes increasingly strange and volatile, prone to eerie nocturnal wanderings, Laura finds herself tormented by nightmares and growing weaker by the day…

    Pre-dating Dracula by twenty-six years, Carmilla is the original vampire story, steeped in sexual tension and gothic romance.

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  • Cleat Cute

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    A sapphic rivals-to-lovers rom com for fans of Ted Lasso and A League of Their Own

    They’re risking their hearts for a match worth winning.

    Grace Henderson has been a star of the US Women’s National Team since she was 16. But when she’s side-lined with an injury at just 26, a bold new upstart, Phoebe Matthews, takes her spot. Phoebe is everything Grace isn’t – a gregarious jokester who plays with a joy that Grace has lost somewhere along the way. The last thing Grace expects is to become friends-with-benefits with this class clown.

    Phoebe Matthews has always admired Grace’s skill and was starstruck to be training alongside her idol. But she quickly finds herself looking at Grace as more than a mere teammate. After one daring kiss, she’s hooked. Grace is everything she has been waiting to find.

    As the World Cup approaches, and Grace works her way back from injury, the women try to find a way they can play together instead of vying for the same position on the pitch. But as the sparks between them start to ignite, will both players realise they care more about their relationship than making the roster?

    Why readers love Meryl Wilsner . . .

    ‘Vibrant, intoxicating romance’ Ashley Herring Blake

    ‘Sexy and compelling, reading it is like being in on the most tantalizing secret’ Dahlia Adler

    ‘Both undeniably sexy and incredibly sweet’ Olivia Dade

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  • Conventionally Yours: 1 (True Colors, 1)

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    A True Colors LGBTQIA Romance for fans of:

    Enemies-to-lovers stories
    Road trips (with kissing!)
    Gaming, conventions, fandom
    Nerd culture at its very best

    When two “big name fans” go head-to-head at a convention, love isn’t the only thing at stake.

    Charming, charismatic, and effortlessly popular, Conrad Stewart seems to have it all…but in reality, he’s scrambling to keep his life from tumbling out of control.

    Brilliant, guarded, and endlessly driven, Alden Roth may as well be the poster boy for perfection…but even he can’t help but feel a little broken inside.

    When these mortal enemies are stuck together on a cross-country road trip to the biggest fan convention of their lives, their infamous rivalry takes a back seat as an unexpected connection is forged. Yet each has a reason why they have to win the upcoming Odyssey gaming tournament and neither is willing to let emotion get in the way-even if it means giving up their one chance at something truly magical.

    Praise for Conventionally Yours:

    “Sweet, emotional, and uniquely quirky.” -Carrie Ryan, New York Times and USA Today bestelling author

    “You will ship this couple well before they figure out how much they need each other.” -Sarina Bowen, USA Today bestselling author

    “Fast, funny, and fantastic. A quest for the new decade-gamers will love this.” -Eoin Colfer, New York Times bestselling author

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  • Cougar Boss

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    Olivia Williams is a hardworking part-time student who is about to get kicked out of her studio apartment for barely making enough to cover her rent and bills. A last-minute interview lands her a challenging but fruitful job at Amelia Gallagher’s mansion and immediately, intimidation sets in. An unpredictable spark of passion intertwines her with the Queen of the Gallagher palace, Amelia Gallagher herself, and an incredible journey of destructive passion and a secret love affair changes her entire life, opening her up to a dangerous world of blackmail, manipulation, heartbreak and most of all, vast wealth.

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  • Dancer from the Dance

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    ‘Astonishingly beautiful… The best gay novel written by anyone of our generation’ Harpers

    ‘A life changing read for me. Describes a New York that has completely disappeared and for which I longed – stuck in closed-on-Sunday’s London’ Rupert Everett

    Young, divinely beautiful and tired of living a lie, Anthony Malone trades life as a seemingly straight, small town lawyer for the disco-lit decadence of New York’s 1970’s gay scene. Joining an unbridled world of dance parties, saunas, deserted parks and orgies – at its centre Malone befriends the flamboyant queen, Sutherland, who takes this new arrival under his preened wing.

    But for Malone, the endless city nights and Fire Island days, are close to burning out. It is love that Malone is longing for, and soon he will have to set himself free.

    First published in 1978, Dancer from the Dance is widely considered the greatest, most exciting novel of the post-Stonewall generation. Told with wit, eroticism and unashamed lyricism, it remains a heart-breaking love letter to New York’s hedonistic past, and a testament to the brilliance of our passions as they burn brightest.

    WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY ALAN HOLLINGHURST

    The perfect read for fans of It’s A Sin

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  • Director’s Cut

    After taking a guest teaching gig, Oscar-winning Valeria Sullivan finds herself trapped in a battle of wits with her sexy co-professor, but can she keep her cool when things heat up in and out of the classroom?

    At twenty-nine, Valeria Sullivan is a celebrated, award-winning actress. But when her acting options start to decline and her attempt to transition to directing is complicated by a bad interview on a late night show, Val decides she’s had enough of Hollywood. Intent on pursuing a neglected passion, she pours herself into a guest professorship at USC, hoping to transition to academia fulltime.

    Standing in her way is her co-professor, Maeve Arko, whose brilliance and beauty is matched only by her contempt for Val. As Val rises to the challenges that teaching throws at her, though, Maeve starts to soften, and soon sparks are flying.

    Now with a job and a girlfriend she adores, Val should be happy. But Hollywood isn’t done with Val quite yet. Her directorial debut, Oakley in Flames, starts getting attention, and soon Val has to choose between her obligations to her class–and Maeve–and the burgeoning dream Hollywood career she may not be ready to leave behind.

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  • Eight Dates: A Holiday Romantic Comedy

    With a brother like this, who needs enemies?

    Ben Weiss is perfectly fine on his own, thank you very much. After his last failed relationship, he doesn’t need the drama. But his brother has decided to play matchmaker this year and has set him up with eight blind dates, one for each night of Chanukah.

    And with eight in a row, there has to be one decent guy in the lot…right?

    With Ben’s luck, apparently not. From a date that bites, to one rude to the server, to the guy who brought along his mom, every single one has been a nightmare. Ben’s ready to give up on love for good, adopt a cat, and call it a day.

    But there’s one bright light in Ben’s week he hasn’t expected in the form of Nova, the adorable, kind-hearted bartender who’s come to his rescue every time a date has gone wrong. And while Ben’s not sure he believes in holiday miracles, he’s starting to think that each bad date has brought him closer to the happily ever after he was always meant to have.

    Can someone fall in love in eight nights? In Ben’s case, during a wild string of bad luck, the answer might still be yes.

    Eight Dates is a stand-alone friends to lovers, swoony, spicy holiday romance featuring terrible blind dates, rooftop espionage, the merits of fine hot chocolate and crispy latkes, and finding love where you least expect it.

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  • Havoc: MMM First Time Biker Romance

    Bad Boys, Bikers, And Lovers???

    Bobby is leaving everything he knows behind, embracing the life of a biker, having been entranced with the Brothers of Chaos, a famed biker gang in the region.

    A young man entering his prime, Bobby is choosing what kind of man he wants to be, and when he meets the Brothers he’s faced with a wake-up call as it’s not what he expected at all.

    During his initiation he’s faced with a tough choice, and it’s only thanks to Mal, one of the Brothers, that he passes at all.

    Bobby is instantly taken with Mal, and there’s forbidden passion between the two of them. But lurking in the background is Mal’s ex, Jimi, who still holds a torch for Mal.

    The three men become involved in a heated love triangle, and there’s only one way out.

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  • Heaven Official’s Blessing: Tian Guan Ci Fu (Novel) Vol. 6

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    BODY IN ABYSS, HEART IN PARADISE White No-Face, Xie Lian’s greatest fear and most hated enemy, has arrived…or so it seems. While the ghost with the half-crying, half-smiling mask is somewhere nearby, the creature is elusive as always, taunting Xie Lian from just out of reach and promising the total destruction of everything he holds dear. As Xie Lian confronts the trauma of his last encounter with the terrifying ghost, Hua Cheng will do anything in his power to protect him. But White No-Face’s identity and purpose are not the only mysteries to unravel, as Hua Cheng also has a history in the labyrinthine tunnels beneath Mount Tonglu. Will Xie Lian finally discover the full connection they share―and learn the true depths of Hua Cheng’s devotion?

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  • Heaven Official’s Blessing: Tian Guan Ci Fu (Novel) Vol. 7

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    NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER! The blockbuster danmei/Boys’ Love novels from China that inspired the animated series! This epic historical fantasy about a prince and the mysterious man by his side is now officially in English, for the very first time! Born the crown prince of a prosperous kingdom, Xie Lian was renowned for his beauty, strength, and purity. His years of dedication and noble deeds allowed him to ascend to godhood. But those who rise, can also fall…and fall he does, cast from the Heavens again and again and banished to the mortal realm. Eight hundred years after his mortal life, Xie Lian has ascended to godhood for the third time. Now only a lowly scrap collector, he is dispatched to wander the earthly realm to take on tasks appointed by the heavens to pay back debts and maintain his divinity. Aided by old friends and foes alike, and graced with the company of a mysterious young man with whom he feels an instant connection, Xie Lian must confront the horrors of his past in order to dispel the curse of his present. The Seven Seas English-language edition will include covers from 日出的小太陽 (tai3_3), and exclusive, all-new interior illustrations from ZeldaCW.

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  • I’m a Therapist, and My Patient is Going to be the Next School Shooter: 6 Patient Files That Will Keep You Up At Night: 1 (Dr. Harper Therapy)

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    I’m a therapist, and I work with the most dangerous patients.

    I’ve seen it all… A boy who planned to be the next school shooter. A patient with OCD whose loved ones really did suffer every time he missed a ritual. A choir boy who claimed he was being molested — not by a priest — but by God Himself. A patient with PTSD who gave me nightmares. A husband and wife who accused each other of abuse, and only one of them was telling the truth.

    And how could I ever forget, Patient #220.

    The problem is, my patients have a habit of dying. Sometimes I wonder if I’m the common denominator. Or maybe that’s just the cost of taking on exceptionally broken clients.

    Either way, I’ll never stop trying to help.

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  • In the Absence of Men: Philippe Besson (Vintage Editions)

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    FROM THE BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF LIE WITH ME

    It is the summer of 1916 and, with German Zeppelins on the skyline, the men of Paris are off at war. For Vincent, the sixteen-year-old son of a prestigious family, the tranquillity of the city sits at odds with the salons and soirees he attends. But, after an electrifying encounter with the enigmatic writer, Marcel P, draws Vincent’s desires out into the light, his ever-riskier liaisons with a young solider begin to shape Vincent’s future.

    Translated by Frank Wynne

    ‘A short, bold and original novel which beautifully captures the romance and amorality of gilded youth’ Independent

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  • In the Dream House: Winner of The Rathbones Folio Prize 2021

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    ‘Ravishingly beautiful’ Observer
    ‘Excruciatingly honest and yet vibrantly creative’ Irish Times
    ‘Provocative and rich’ Economist
    ‘Daring, chilling, and unlike anything else you’ve ever read’ Esquire
    ‘An absolute must-read’ Stylist

    WINNER OF THE RATHBONES FOLIO PRIZE 2021

    ‘A masterpiece. Proceed with caution’ Phoebe Bridgers

    In the Dream House is Carmen Maria Machado’s engrossing and wildly innovative account of a relationship gone bad. Tracing the full arc of a harrowing experience with a charismatic but volatile woman, this is a bold dissection of the mechanisms and cultural representations of psychological abuse.

    Each chapter views the relationship through a different lens, as Machado holds events up to the light and examines them from distinct angles. She casts a critical eye over legal proceedings, fairy tales, Star Trek and Disney villains, as well as iconic works of film and fiction, infusing all with her characteristic wit, playfulness and openness to enquiry. The result is a powerful book that explodes our ideas about what a memoir can do and be.

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  • Little Gold: Shortlisted for the Polari Prize for LGBT+ fiction

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    SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2018 POLARI PRIZE

    ‘Life affirming and triumphant’ Mark A. Radcliffe

    ‘Vivid and touching… this book left me haunted long after I put it down’ Umi Sinha

    The heat is oppressive and storms are brewing in Brighton in the summer of 1982. Little Gold, a boyish girl on the brink of adolescence, is struggling with the reality of her broken family and a home descending into chaos. Her only refuge is the tree at the end of her garden.

    Into her fractured life steps elderly neighbour, Peggy Baxter. The connection between the two is instant, but just when it seems that Little Gold has found solace, outsiders appear who seek to take advantage of her frail family in the worst way possible. In an era when so much is hard to speak aloud, can Little Gold share enough of her life to avert disaster? And can Peggy Baxter, a woman running out of time and with her own secrets to bear, recognise the danger before it’s too late?

    ‘A tender, beautifully paced and deeply moving debut… Little Gold herself is a wonderful centrepiece… and in Peggy Baxter, Rogers has offered up one of the most engaging heroines I have read in a very long time. This is a book about individual struggle that manages to be both life affirming and triumphant.’ Mark A. Radcliffe, author of Gabriel’s Angel

    ‘Such a wonderfully moving and atmospheric novel, full of very real and very touching relationships. A brilliant portrayal of the pain and wonder of leaving behind childhood, beautifully evocative of a Brighton summer in the 1980s.’ Catherine Hall, author of Days of Grace

    ‘Reminiscent of Scout Finch, Little Gold is a great addition to literature’s endearing child characters. Vivid, touching, sad and frightening, this book exposes the dark underbelly of 1980s Brighton and left me haunted long after I put it down.’Umi Sinha, author of Belonging

    ‘A gripping and yet tender novel, and the characters of Peggy Baxter and Little Gold are brilliantly handled. I was rooting for Little Gold from the start, and fascinated and moved by Peggy’s story. Brighton is so vividly depicted, too. It’s a great first novel.’ Bethan Roberts, author of My Policeman

    ‘Opening Allie Rogers’ Little Gold I found myself engrossed in a vibrant, moving tale of one family’s struggle to get by. This is a book about survival, about the pluck and power of a singular child and the fundamental importance of friendship.’ Alison Smith, author of Name All the Animals

    ‘Little Gold is a step back in time, into a rich world with complex characters on meaningful inner journeys that are quietly intriguing.’ Hannah Hohman, ForeWord Reviews

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  • Mary: or, The Birth of Frankenstein

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    ‘A fantastically moody, unsettling novel, with a teasing, enigmatic atmosphere entirely its own’ SARAH WATERS
    ‘Intensely lyrical and powerfully haunting… Sublime storytelling and Gothic fiction at its very best!’ SUSAN STOKES-CHAPMAN
    ‘A novel about wild, dissident passion, the profound dislocations of grief, and the intoxication of composition’ NAOMI BOOTH
    ‘A beautiful, hallucinatory dream of a novel’ J.M. MIRO

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    There is a beast inside her, a monster. It wants to scream, it wants to tear things apart.

    1816. Mary, eighteen years old, is staying in a villa on Lake Geneva with her lover Percy Shelley. She is tormented by his infidelities; haunted by the loss of her baby daughter.

    Then one evening with friends, as storms rage outside and laudanum stirs their imaginations, Lord Byron challenges everyone to write a ghost story, and something fierce and wild awakens in Mary.

    Memories surface of the long, strange summer she once spent with a family in Scotland, where she found herself falling in love with the enigmatic Isabella Baxter. She learned tales of mythical beasts, witches and spirits. And she encountered real monsters – both in the rocky wilds, and far, far closer to home…

    Illuminating the past like a flash of lightning, this brilliant reimagining of the birth of Frankenstein takes us into a feverish world of waking dreams-where grief mingles with desire, and the veil between beauty and horror grows thin.

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    PRAISE FOR FOR MARY

    ‘Like reading a laudanum dram’ ANNIE GARTHWAITE, author of Cecily
    ‘Rich, intricate and beguiling, this is a novel of enormous insight, great heart and incredible skill’ NELL STEVENS
    ‘A novel that tiptoes and whispers, woos and caresses like the darkest of fairytales’ JOANNE BURN, author of The Hemlock Cure
    ‘A literary creation story as bold, terrifying, and riveting as Frankenstein itself’ LAURIE LICO ALBANESE
    ‘A lyrical dream of a book that strays into the nightmarish, the gothic and the eerie with an assured elegance’ ELIZABETH LEE, author of Cunning Women
    ‘Mary reveals the rich inner life of one of the world’s greatest creative imaginations’ Sarah Sheridan
    ‘Creative confirmation of Shelley’s position as the mother of all goth girls. A moody and evocative reveal of the backstory (behind the backstory) of Frankenstein’ KIRKUS
    ‘A nuanced, beautifully atmospheric portrayal of a young woman’s intense inner life, foreshadowing Frankenstein’s themes of grief, loneliness, and the desire for love’ BOOKLIST

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  • Mistakes Were Made

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    The good news: she likes someone.
    The bad news: it’s her best friend’s mum.

    From the critically acclaimed author of Something To Talk About comes a sharp and sexy rom-com about a college senior who accidentally hooks up with her best friend’s mom.

    When college senior, Cassie, spends her Friday evening at an off-campus bar, she isn’t looking for a hook-up – it just happens. Buying a drink for a stranger turns into what should be an uncomplicated, amazing one-night stand. But then the next morning rolls around and her friend drags her along to meet her mum . . . who turns out to be the hot, older woman Cassie just slept with.

    Erin was meant to spend the weekend getting closer to her daughter, not having a one-night stand. But despite her better judgement, Erin and Cassie get along in the day just as well as they did last night.

    What should have been a one-time fling quickly proves impossible to ignore, and soon Cassie and Erin are sneaking around. Worst of all, they start to realize they might really have something real. But is being honest about the love between them worth the cost?

    Why readers love Mistakes Were Made . . .

    ‘A vibrant, intoxicating romance’ Ashley Herring Blake

    ‘Sexy and compelling, reading it is like being in on the most tantalizing secret’ Dahlia Adler

    ‘Both undeniably sexy and incredibly sweet. The story overflows with warmth, friendship and humour’ Olivia Dade

    ‘Deeply sweet: a story of how love can, and should, transcend societal expectations’ Anita Kelly

    ‘You’ll fall in love while rooting for this sexy, forbidden, and adorable love story’ Denise Williams

    ‘Kick[s] off with a hook-up that’ll have you fanning your face for days’ Buzzfeed, ’26 Highly Anticipated LGBTQ+ Romance Novels Releasing In 2022

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  • Mother’s Boy: A beautifully crafted novel of war, Cornwall, and the relationship between a mother and son

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    ‘Tender, evocative’ TLS

    ‘Richly engaging’ Spectator

    A Radio 4 Serial Fiction Book of the Week

    ‘A characteristically tender novel about a young man growing up in the shadow of one war and the whispers of the next’ Observer

    ‘A wonderful novel about relationships, particularly between a mother and son. A compelling read, beautifully crafted and sensitively written’ Irish Examiner
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    Laura, a laundress, meets her young husband when they are both placed in service in Teignmouth in 1914. They have a baby, Charles, but his father returns home from the trenches a damaged man, already ill with the tuberculosis that will soon leave Laura a widow.

    As a new war looms, Charles signs up for the navy as a coder. His escape from the tight, gossipy confines of Launceston to a more colourful life in action sees him blossom, as he experiences the possibility of death, and the excitement – even terror – of a love that is as clandestine as his work.
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    ‘Stands with the best queer literary fiction of a historical bent, illuminated as it is by Gale’s devilish wit and talent for both social observation and intricacies of character’ Sydney Morning Herald

    ‘A wonderful novel – a touching, utterly convincing portrait of the nascent artist’ Mail on Sunday

    ‘A deeply moving novel. The portrait of a complex relationship that constricted as much as it sustained is brilliantly done’ The Tablet

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  • My Chaos, His Calm (Men of Fairlake)

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    My world is chaos, and he’s my only peace—but at what cost?

    My scars are both visible and hidden. I’m lonely, but I do okay…I think. I’m still a bit of a disaster, but I have a job and a roof over my head, and the medication keeps my demons at bay. What I don’t need is a babysitter, but try telling my overprotective brother that.

    When I first saw Luke, I couldn’t stop staring—his beauty and strength captivated me. As I get to know him, I realize he’s the calm to my chaos—the light to my darkness. Of course, he’s straight, so I can’t have him. But all it takes is what I thought was a hot dream, and it appears we’re both open to change. The lines are blurred, and he doesn’t have a problem with that…or me. I don’t deserve him, but he doesn’t see it that way. He’s perfect.

    But he doesn’t know what I did. If he knew the ugly truth, I’d lose him. Luke and I can only ever be temporary, so I keep my secrets.

    When the past threatens to catch up with me, I have a choice…keep the secret for the sake of me and my brother…or take a chance and tell Luke everything. But damn it, I can’t even get that right.

    Is it too much to ask to love and be loved and have a chance at the future I desperately want…with Luke? The past is dead. So why won’t it stay buried?

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    £4.92
  • Next Season: MM Small Town/Hockey Romance (The Elmwood Stories Book 2)

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    The injured hockey player and the grumpy chef…

    Riley

    My time playing pro hockey will be up soon. I can feel it. And I’ve heard the rumors: he’s too old, he’s had too many injuries, he’s lost his edge. I don’t want to admit it, but they could be right. Next season might be my last.

    Or this season. Because of course, this is when the universe decides I need another concussion. It’s a doozy too—the kind that’s going to keep me off skates for a while.

    Which is how I end up in a small New England town in the middle of nowhere Vermont, eating every meal at a diner where a grumpy chef from Quebec makes haute cuisine…and burgers. Jean-Claude is funny and charming and—

    Okay, I have a crush on a gay man.

    This is a new one.

    Jean-Claude

    Confused straight men are entertaining. But Riley is…fascinating, sexy, and curiously vulnerable. His injury has rocked his confidence a bit, so perhaps he’s in need of a friend. Any friend. Even moi.

    I’m an unlikely choice, but maybe he just likes my tuna salad.

    No…I think it’s me.

    And though I’m happy to help him explore his bisexual curious side, I have career concerns of my own. See, the things I love most about Elmwood seem shaky and uncertain, but not Riley. He’s solid and genuine. Suddenly, this temporary secret liaison feels more real than anything in my life.

    I need more than this season. I want it all. With Riley.

    Next Season is an MM bisexual-awakening romance featuring a grumpy chef, an injured hockey player, and a big HEA in a small town where anything can happen.

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  • Nicked: A Novel

    From the award-winning and bestselling author of Feed comes a raucous and slyly funny adult fiction debut, about the quest to steal the mystical bones of a long-dead saint

    The year is 1087, and a pox is sweeping through the Italian port city of Bari. When a lowly monk is visited by Saint Nicholas in his dreams, he interprets the vision as a call to action. But his superiors, and the power brokers they serve, have different plans for the tender-hearted Brother Nicephorus.
    Enter Tyun, a charismatic treasure hunter renowned for “liberating” holy relics from their tombs. The seven-hundred-year-old bones of Saint Nicholas rest in distant Myra, Tyun explains, and they’re rumored to weep a mysterious liquid that can heal the sick. For the humble price of a small fortune, Tyun will steal the bones and deliver them to Bari, curing the plague and restoring glory to the fallen city. And Nicephorus, the “dreamer,” will be his guide.
    What follows is a heist for the ages, as Nicephorus is swept away on strange tides—and alongside even stranger bedfellows—to commit an act of sacrilege. Based on real historical accounts, Nicked is a wildly imaginative, genre-defying, and delightfully queer adventure, full of romance, intrigue, and wide-eyed wonder at the world that awaits beyond our own borders.

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  • Notebook for meetings that should have been an email: Lined Notebook, Funny Coworker Gift, Pride Gift, Office Joke, 120 pages, 6x9in

    • Size 6 x 9 in
    • 120 blank-lined white pages
    • Book industry standard professional binding

    This Notebook is perfect to take meeting notes. The cover of this book will bring laughter to your professional reunions.

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  • On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous: ‘A masterpiece’ – Max Porter

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    THE MILLION-COPY BESTSELLER AND TIKTOK SENSATION

    ‘A marvel’ Marlon James

    Brilliant, heart-breaking and highly original, discover Ocean Vuong’s shattering coming of age novel.

    This is a letter from a son to a mother who cannot read. Written when the speaker, Little Dog, is in his late twenties, the letter unearths a family’s history that began before he was born. It tells of Vietnam, of the lasting impact of war, and of his family’s struggle to forge a new future.

    And it serves as a doorway into parts of Little Dog’s life his mother has never known – episodes of bewilderment, fear and passion – all the while moving closer to an unforgettable revelation.

    ‘Reminded me that every word can be an incantation, and that beauty does hard and important work’ Rebecca Solnit

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    £7.90£9.50
  • One Last Stop

    06

    *Instant New York Times Bestseller*
    *Instant USA Today Bestseller*
    *Instant #1 Indie Bestseller*

    From Casey McQuiston, New York Times bestselling author of Red, White & Royal Blue comes One Last Stop, a romantic comedy that will stop readers in their tracks. . .

    Moving to New York City is supposed to prove cynical twenty-three-year-old August right: magic and cinematic love stories don’t exist.

    But then, she meets this gorgeous girl on the train.

    Jane. Dazzling, charming, mysterious, impossible Jane. Jane with her rough edges and swoopy hair and soft smile.

    August’s subway crush becomes the best part of her day, but pretty soon she discovers there’s one big problem: Jane is displaced in time from the 1970s, and August is going to have to use everything she tried to leave in her own past to help Jane. Maybe it’s time to start believing in some things after all.

    ‘A dazzling romance, filled with plenty of humor and heart.’ – Time Magazine, ‘The 21 Most Anticipated Books of the year’

    ‘Dreamy, other worldly, smart, swoony, thoughtful, hilarious – all in all, exactly what you’d expect from Casey McQuiston!’ – Jasmine Guillory, New York Times bestselling author of The Proposal and Party for Two

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    One Last Stop

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  • Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit: Jeanette Winterson

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    ‘Like most people I lived for a long time with my mother and father. My father liked to watch the wrestling, my mother liked to wrestle; it didn’t matter what’

    This is the story of Jeanette, adopted and brought up by her mother as one of God’s elect. Zealous and passionate, she seems destined for life as a missionary, but then she falls for one of her converts.

    At sixteen, Jeanette decides to leave the church, her home and her family, for the young woman she loves. Innovative, punchy and tender, Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit is a few days ride into the bizarre outposts of religious excess and human obsession.

    ‘Witty… extraordinary and exhilarating’ The Times

    ‘She is a master of her material, a writer in whom great talent abides’ Vanity Fair

    ‘Many consider her to be the best living writer in this language… In her hands, words are fluid, radiant, humming’ Evening Standard

    ‘A novel that deserves revisiting’ Observer

    ‘A wonderful rites-of-passage novel’ Mariella Frostrup

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    £8.60£9.50
  • Our Wives Under The Sea: Julia Armfield

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    ‘A gothic fairy tale, sublime in its creepiness’ – Florence Welch

    Our Wives Under The Sea is the haunting novel from Julia Armfiled, the critically acclaimed author of Salt Slow. It’s a story of falling in love, loss, grief, and what life there is in the deep, deep sea.

    Miri thinks she has got her wife back, when Leah finally returns after a deep sea mission that ended in catastrophe. But It soon becomes clear that Leah may have come back wrong. Whatever happened in that vessel, whatever it was they were supposed to be studying before they were stranded on the ocean floor, Leah has carried part of it with her, onto dry land and into their home.

    Memories of what they had before – the jokes they shared, the films they watched, all the small things that made Leah hers – only remind Miri of what she stands to lose. Living in the same space but suddenly separate, Miri comes to realize that the life that they had might be gone.

    Shortlisted for the Gordon Bowker Volcano Prize

    ‘A wonderful novel, deeply romantic and fabulously strange’ – Sarah Waters, author of Ghost Wall

    ‘Part bruisingly tender love story, part nerve-clanging submarine thriller’ – The Times

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  • Paradise Rot: A Novel (Verso Fiction)

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    A lyrical and uncompromising debut novel from a highly acclaimed musician and artist, who has achieved renown for the sharpness of her work, and its sexual and political imagery.
    Jo is in a strange new country for university, and having a more peculiar time than most. A house with no walls, a roommate with no boundaries, and a home that seems ever more alive. Jo’s sensitivity, and all her senses, become increasingly heightened and fraught, as the lines between bodies and plants, and dreaming and wakefulness, blur and mesh.
    This debut novel from critically acclaimed artist and musician Jenny Hval, presents a heady and hyper-sensual portrayal of sexual awakening and queer desire.

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    £7.60£9.50
  • Poison Ivy 1: The Virtuous Cycle

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    Humanity had its chance. Now it’s time for Poison Ivy. The fan-favorite Batman villain steps into the solo spotlight, in a thrilling and tragic adventure written by Ms. Marvel co-creator G. Willow Wilson!

    Winner, Outstanding Comic Book – GLAAD Media Awards 2023

    Pamela Isley has been a lot of things in her life. A living god, a super-villain, an activist, a scientist, and dead. In a new body that she didn’t ask for and with a renewed sense of purpose, Ivy leaves Gotham and sets out to complete her greatest work—a gift to the world that will heal the damage dealt to it…by ending humanity.

    On her journey to doom humankind, a heartbroken and betrayed Poison Ivy encounters obstacles (plant assassins!) and dodges the law along the way, in a body horror-infused character-defining epic from the visionary creative team of writer G. Willow Wilson and artist Marcio Takara.

    This volume collects Poison Ivy #1-6.

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  • Really Good, Actually: The must-read major Sunday Times bestselling debut novel of 2023

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    The No. 2 SUNDAY TIMES Bestseller

    An Observer Best Debut of the Year

    ‘Intoxicating … heralds a really good author to watch’ THE TIMES

    ‘Hilarious and profound’ DOLLY ALDERTON

    ‘Wildly funny and almost alarmingly relatable’ MARIAN KEYES

    ‘Monica Heisey is a genius’ NINA STIBBE

    One of the most hotly anticipated, hilarious and addictive debut novels of 2023, from Schitt’s Creek and Workin’ Moms screenwriter and electric new voice in fiction, Monica Heisey.

    I feel like when you get a divorce everyone’s wondering how you ruined it all, what made you so unbearable to be with. If your husband dies, at least people feel bad for you.

    Maggie’s marriage has ended just 608 days after it started, but she’s fine – she’s doing really good, actually. Sure, she’s alone for the first time and can’t afford her rent and her obscure PhD is going nowhere… but at the age of twenty-nine, Maggie is determined to embrace her new status as a Surprisingly Young Divorcée™.

    As Maggie throws herself headlong into the chaos of her first year of divorce, she soon finds herself questioning everything, including: Why do we still get married? Did I fail before I even got started? And how many 4am delivery burgers do I need to eat until I am happy?

    Laugh-out-loud funny, razor sharp and painfully relatable, Really Good, Actually is an irresistible debut novel about the uncertainties of modern love, friendship and happiness from a stunning new voice in fiction, Monica Heisey.

    ‘Hilarious, heart-warming, wise’ PAULA HAWKINS

    ‘Monica Heisey makes me laugh hard and often’ ROB DELANEY

    ‘A Sex and The City for social media-obsessed millennials … Irresistible’ METRO

    ‘Wry, modern, self-deprecating’ INDEPENDENT

    ‘Already one of the most talked-about releases for 2023’ EVENING STANDARD

    Monica Heisey’s book ‘Really Good, Actually’ was a Sunday Times bestseller w/c 06-02-2023.

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  • Red, White & Royal Blue: A Royally Romantic Enemies to Lovers Bestseller

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    Casey McQuiston’s instant New York Times and USA Today bestseller. Now a Prime Original movie starring Nicholas Galitzine, Taylor Zakhar Perez, and Uma Thurman.

    What happens when America’s First Son falls in love with the Prince of Wales?

    Alex Claremont-Diaz is handsome, charismatic, a genius – pure millennial-marketing gold for the White House ever since his mother first became President of the United States. There’s only one problem. When the tabloids get hold of a photo involving an altercation between Alex and Prince Henry, U.S./British relations take a turn for the worse.

    Heads of family and state devise a plan for damage control: stage a truce. But what begins as a fake, Instagrammable friendship grows deeper, and more dangerous, than either Alex or Henry could have imagined. Soon they are hurtling into a secret romance that could derail the presidential campaign and upend two nations.

    ‘Red, White & Royal Blue is outrageously fun. It is romantic, sexy, witty, and thrilling. I loved every second.’ – Taylor Jenkins Reid, author of Daisy Jones & The Six

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  • Remnants of Filth: Yuwu (Novel) Vol. 2

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    KEEP YOUR ENEMIES CLOSER

    As the case of the murders in the capital comes to a close, Mo Xi takes custody of Gu Mang, the traitor who was once his lover. With his betrayer now firmly in his grasp, Mo Xi believes he can manipulate Gu Mang into revealing the hidden secrets within his broken mind. Yet one question continues to haunt Mo Xi: Is Gu Mang pretending, or has he truly forgotten everything?

    Tortured by specters of the past and bound by demands of the present, Mo Xi begins to lose hope of ever gaining the satisfaction he craves. But when Gu Mang’s memories finally do surface, what–or who–will he remember?

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    £15.40£17.10
  • Saved: The Beta Trials (Part Two)

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    Alone, frightened, and exiled.

    That’s what I get for trusting the Hart Pack. I was a fool to think we could ever be happy—that they would ever want me.

    But it turns out that I’m destined to walk this earth alone. Forsaken and forgotten. Never anyone’s first choice.

    And if Gryphon, Oliver, Barret, and Lachlan don’t want me, then no pack ever will.

    So, what’s the point in even trying? There’s nothing wrong with being alone after all. It’s just unfortunate that my body has other ideas…

    I’m an Omega now, and I have just gone into heat. And an Omega can die if they don’t receive an Alpha’s touch.

    Yet I would rather die than grovel to that pack again.

    After all, I don’t need to be saved. I can save myself.

    Saved is a contemporary Omegaverse that will take you on an emotional rollercoaster from start to finish. There is no choosing, and scenes of MM/ MMFM. Trigger warnings apply.

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    £3.80
  • Shuggie Bain: The Million-Copy Bestseller

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    Winner of the Booker Prize
    Winner of ‘Book of the Year’ and ‘Debut of the Year’ at the British Book Awards
    The Million-Copy Bestseller

    ‘An amazingly intimate, compassionate, gripping portrait of addiction, courage and love.’ – The judges of the Booker Prize
    ‘Douglas Stuart has written a first novel of rare and lasting beauty.’ – Observer

    It is 1981. Glasgow is dying and good families must grift to survive. Agnes Bain has always expected more from life, dreaming of greater things. But Agnes is abandoned by her philandering husband, and as she descends deeper into drink, the children try their best to save her, yet one by one they must abandon her to save themselves.

    It is her son Shuggie who holds out hope the longest. Shuggie is different, he is clearly no’ right. But Shuggie believes that if he tries his hardest, he can be normal like the other boys and help his mother escape this hopeless place.

    Shuggie Bain lays bare the ruthlessness of poverty, the limits of love, and the hollowness of pride. For readers of A Little Life and Angela’s Ashes, it is a heartbreaking novel by a brilliant writer with a powerful and important story to tell.

    ‘A heartbreaking novel’ – The Times
    ‘Tender and unsentimental . . . The Billy Elliot-ish character of Shuggie . . . leaps off the page.’ – Daily Mail

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    £6.00£12.40
  • Spotlight

    Jake “Emmy” Walker moved into a middle-of-nowhere school district three years ago not knowing if he’d get to stay long enough to entertain the idea of belonging. Now, he’s walking into his senior year with a record-worthy football career, enough good fortune to last him a lifetime, and the most loyal best friend anyone could ever ask for: fellow football player, sweets-craving, history nerd, general enigma, Julian Ridgemore.

    Somewhere between late night whispers and secret pasts, Emmy’s feelings for Julian take a turn towards the unexpected. Perhaps it’s less a surprise than an inevitable outcome. Emmy’s heart is used to calling the shots, and it is rarely ever wrong.

    Until, it lands him a prime spot on the school’s gossip page.

    After an anonymous submission puts his sexuality at the forefront of school debates, he realizes his newly-discovered crush is the least of his worries. Fighting with the influx of attention, Julian’s uncharacteristic withdraw, and his already-polarized team conspiring against him, Emmy is forced to decide what it means to be “out” when he’d least been expecting it, how far he’ll go to keep his best friend, and what his sports career looks like when his team isn’t interested in playing nice.

    Emmy had always loved the spotlight, but can he keep it from burning him now?

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    Spotlight

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