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Accidents of Providence by Stacia Brown

About the Book Accidents of Providence, by Stacia M. Brown, depicts the life of an ordinary woman living in early modern London during the Interregnum, the kind of person often overlooked by the history books and films centered in the period. Even in her own time, Rachel Lockyer is hardly noticed by others: she is [...]

Pigeon English by Stephen Kelman

Introduction Harrison Opuku is standing in the street watching the police block off a body, the body of one of his classmates—who seems to have been murdered for his dinner. The police have no leads, so Harri and his best friend Dean launch into action. Armed with camouflage binoculars and detective techniques absorbed from television, [...]

The Pattern in the Carpet by Margaret Drabble

  Introduction The Pattern in the Carpet: A Personal History with Jigsaws is an original and brilliant work. Margaret Drabble weaves her own story into a history of games, in particular jigsaws, which have offered her and many others relief from melancholy and depression. Alongside curious facts and discoveries about jigsaw puzzles—did you know that [...]

Offshore by Penelope Fitzgerald

  Downloadable Guide for Group Discussion and Classroom use “A marvellous achievement: supple, humane, ripe, generous and graceful.” — Bernard Levin, Sunday Times Offshore is set in the 1960s among the houseboats that rise and fall with the tide of the Thames on London’s Battersea Reach. Living between land and water, the boat owners, whose [...]

The Gate of Angels by Penelope Fitzgerald

  Downloadable Guide for Group Discussion and Classroom use “Delights, amuses, disturbs and provokes reflection, in equal measure. —Allan Massie, Scotsman Cambridge University in 1912 is on the threshold of world-changing discoveries in physics. Young, rational Fred Fairly, a country clergyman’s only son, is a junior fellow at the university’s smallest college, St. Angelicus, closed [...]

The Bookshop by Penelope Fitzgerald

  Downloadable Guide for Group Discussion and Classroom use “A beautiful book, a perfect little gem.” —BBC “Kaleidoscope” Penelope Fitzgerald’s second novel, her first to be short-listed for England’s prestigious Booker Prize, is set in the small East Anglian town of Hardborough in 1959. In this “island between sea and river,” Florence Green, a middle-aged [...]

The Calligrapher by Edward Docx

  About The Calligrapher “A sexy, satisfying read.” — Economist “Pure delight.” — Entertainment Weekly He isn’t as smart as he thinks he is. She’s smarter than she seems. Jasper Jackson is a serial heartbreaker greatly overdue for a reckoning. He is also a charming, sophisticated young Londoner, well-versed in the finer things in life, [...]

The Last Life by Claire Messud

The Last Life Claire Messud ISBN:9780156011655 About the book: Narrated by a fifteen-year-old girl with a ruthless regard for truth, The Last Life is a beautifully told novel of lies and ghosts, love and honor. Set in colonial Algeria, and in the south of France and New England, it is the tale of the LaBasse [...]

The Millstone by Margaret Drabble

The Millstone Margaret Drabble ISBN:9780156006194 About the book: Margaret Drabble’s affecting novel, set in London during the 1960s, about a casual love affair, an unplanned pregnancy, and one young woman’s decision to become a mother. Discussion Questions: Q. It’s the 1960s and a sexual revolution is underway, but why can’t Rosamund join in? After she [...]

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen by Paul Torday

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen Paul Torday ISBN:9780156034562 About the book: What does it take to make us believe in the impossible? For Dr. Alfred Jones, life is a quiet mixture of civil service at the National Centre for Fisheries Excellence and marriage to Mary—an ambitious, no-nonsense financier. But a strange turn of fate from [...]