Can one have too many books - yes! So I'm clearing out - here are some of my collection of 'Book Club' books - just £2 for 4 books plus postage or collect.
Elizabeth Kostova - The Historian
Late one night, exploring her father's library, a young woman finds an ancient book and a cache of yellowing letters. The letters links to a centuries-long quest for the truth about one of the darkest powers that humanity has ever known. Now one young woman must decide whether to take up this quest herself...
Isabelle Holland - The Man Without a Face
Fourteen-year-old Charles desperately wants two things: a father and a way out. Charles befriends and enlists the help of a mysterious scarred man named Justin McLeod, as tutor for the St. Matthew's school entrance exams. But more important , Charles learns from McLeod a stirring life lesson about the many faces of love.
Alexander McCall Smith - Emma (Reworking of Austen's classic novel)
Emma Woodhouse returns home to Highbury, and her health-conscious father until she is ready to strike out on her own. Many new faces have come to Highbury and into the sphere of Emma's not always appropriate: Harriet, a naïve teacher's assistant ,her boss, the hippie-ish Mrs. Goddard, and, of course, the perfect Jane Fairfax.
Ian McEwan - Enduring Love
Joe and Clarissa are involved in freak ballooning accident in which a boy is saved but a man is killed. Another witness, Jed, is instantly obsessed with Joe, and an arbitrary nightmare starts with his making the first of many, many calls to Joe, sweeping them up in his fantasies, and skidding into deepening violence.
Michel Faber - Under the Skin
Isserley, a female driver who cruises the Scottish Highlands picking up hitchhikers. Scarred and awkward, yet strangely erotic and threatening, she listens to her hitchhikers as they open up to her, revealing clues about who might miss them if they should disappear.
Ann Patchett - Bel Canto
A world-renowned soprano sings at an party in the mansion of the vice-president of an unnamed country. A band of 18 terrorists enters, their quarry is the president, who is not in attendance. As days stretch into weeks, the weeks into months, the 58 international hostages and their captors forge unexpected bonds; but something has to give...
Zadie Smith - White Teeth
The story of two North London families, one headed by Archie, the other by Samad Iqbal, a Muslim Bengali. A decidedly unlikely pair, best friend since they served together in World War II. The riotous and tortured histories of the Joneses and the Iqbals are fundamentally intertwined, capturing an empire's worth of cultural identity, history, and hope
Andrea Barrett - Ship Fever
The elegant short fictions gathered hereabout the love of science and the science of love are often set against the backdrop of the nineteenth century. Interweaving historical and fictional characters, they encompass both past and present as they negotiate the complex territory of ambition, failure, achievement, and shattered dreams.
Frank McCourt - 'Tis
Frank, an awkward Irish 19-year-old, with his "pimply face, sore eyes, and bad teeth," has little in common with the healthy, self-assured American college students he dreams of joining in the classroom. A glimpse of hope, and new skills, comes from the army, and from New York University, which admits him without a high school diploma.
Kate Atkinson - Behind the Scenes at the Museum
Ruby Lennox begins narrating her life at the moment of conception, and from there takes us on a whirlwind tour of the twentieth century as seen through the eyes of an English girl determined to learn about her family and its secrets.
Maggie O'Farrell - My Lover's Lover
When Lily meets Marcus, she feels an immediate attraction to him. Within a week, she has moved into his loft in East London. But the distinct presence of another woman lingers in the loft, one who seems to have disappeared in a hurry. Lily’s unsettling curiosity soon turns to obsession as the spirit of this mysterious woman increasingly haunts her
Rachel Seiffert - The Dark Room
The stories of three ordinary Germans: Helmut, a young photographer in Berlin in the 1930s; Lore, a twelve-year-old girl who in 1945 guides her young siblings across a devastated Germany; and, fifty years later, Micha, a young teacher obsessed with what his loving grandfather did in the war, struggling to deal with the past of his family and his country.
Barbara Kingsolver - The Poisonwood Bible
a story told by the wife and four daughters of Nathan Price, a fierce, evangelical Baptist who takes his family and mission to the Belgian Congo in 1959. A suspenseful epic of one family's tragic undoing and remarkable reconstruction over the course of three decades in postcolonial Africa.
Kate Mosse - Labyrinth
Alice, at an archaeological dig,, near Carcassonne, stumbles into a cave and discovers two crumbling skeletons, strange writings, and the pattern of a labyrinth. Eight hundred years earlier, Alais is given a ring and a mysterious book, the secret of the Grail. For both, it will take a tremendous sacrifice to keep the secret of the labyrinth safe.
Vikram Seth - An Equal Music
Michael Holme is a violinist, a member of the successful Maggiore Quartet. He has long been haunted, though, by memories of the pianist he loved and left ten years earlier, Julia McNicholl. Now Julia, married and the mother of a small child, unexpectedly reenters his life and the romance flares up once more.
Amitav Ghosh - The Glass Palace
Burma during the British invasion of 1885. When soldiers force the royal family out of the Glass Palace and into exile, Rajkumar, a poor boy, befriends Dolly, a young woman in the court of the Burmese Queen, whose love will shape his life. He cannot forget her, and years later, as a rich man, he goes in search of her.
Jane Harris - The Observations
In an attempt to escape her not-so-innocent past, Bessy, a wide-eyed Irish girl, takes a job as a maid in a big house outside Edinburg. Bessy lacks the necessary scullery skills for her new position, but as she finds out, it is her unusual ability to read and write, that makes her such a desirable property, and leads her to the mystery of her predecessor.
Sue Monk Kidd - The Secret Life of Bees
When Lily Owen's black "stand-in mother," Rosaleen, insults the most dangerous racists in town, they run away to Tiburon, South Carolina--a town that holds the secret to Lily's dead mother's past. Taken in by an eccentric trio of black beekeeping sisters, Lily is introduced to their mesmerizing world of bees and honey, and the Black Madonna.
Mary Ann Shaffer - The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
The Society—born as a spur-of-the-moment alibi when its members were discovered breaking curfew by the Germans occupying their island—boasts a charming, funny, deeply human cast of characters, from pig farmers to phrenologists, literature lovers all.
Paul Torday - Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
For Dr. Alfred Jones, life is the 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 an unexpected direction forces Jones to pursue another man’s ludicrous dream. Can there be salmon in the Yemen? Science says no. Then again, maybe nothing is impossible.
Margaret Atwood - The Blind Assassin
"Ten days after the war ended, my sister drove a car off the bridge." The terse account, by Iris, of her sister Laura's death in 1945 is followed by an inquest report. Two unnamed lovers meet in dingy backstreet rooms. Then a 1947 newspaper article announces the discovery of a sailboat carrying the dead body of Iris' husband....
Sadie Jones - The Uninvited Guests
One late spring evening in 1912, preparations begin for an elegant supper party in honor of Emerald Torrington's twentieth birthday. But only a few miles away, a dreadful accident propels a crowd of mysterious and not altogether desirable survivors to seek shelter at the ramshackle manor—and the household is thrown into confusion and mischief.
Joanne Harris - Coastliners
After ten years in Paris, Mado returns to the small island of Le Devin, the home that has haunted her since she left. At one end, the village of Les Salants, while its more prosperous rival, La Houssiniere, at the other. Mado hopes to reconcile with her estranged father. But what she doesn't realize is that it is not only her father whose trust she must regain.
J.D.Salinger - The Catcher in the Rye
Holden Caulfield. is sixteen, a native New Yorker. Having been expelled for poor work, he leaves his prep school and goes underground in the city for three days. He narrates the events directly, trying to express his confused feelings. The novel explores teenage angst and rebellion, the complex issues of innocence, identity, belonging, loss, and connection.