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New fiction for August 2016

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The Empathy Problem by Gavin Extence

The empathy problem by Gavin Extence

The empathy problem by Gavin Extence

Banker Gabriel is given only months to live after doctors discover a tumour on his brain. But something strange is happening: the position of the tumour is changing Gabriel's personality. He's becoming less selfish, less mercenary, less unlikeable. But it's a catch-22. The kinder and nicer Gabriel becomes, and the more people get to know the new, nicer version of him, the closer he draws to the inevitable.

Death ship by Jim Kelly

Death ship by Jim Kelly

An explosion on a Norfolk beach leads to far-reaching consequences for detectives Shaw and Valentine. A previous Dagger in the Library winner, Jim Kelly is the author of the Philip Dryden mysteries and Shaw & Valentine police procedurals. He is based in Ely.

Blue dog by Louis De Bernières

Blue dog by Louis De Bernières

Charming prequel to the much-loved Red Dog. When a family tragedy means Mick is sent to the outback to live with his Granpa, it looks as if he has a lonely life ahead of him. The cattle station is a tough place for a child, where nature is brutal and the men must work hard in the heat and dust. However, after a cyclone hits, things change for Mick. Exploring the flood waters, he finds a lost puppy covered in mud and half-drowned. Mick and his dog immediately become inseparable as they take on the adventures offered by their unusual home, and the business of growing up together.

Why did you lie? by Yrsa Sigurðardóttir

Why did you lie? by Yrsa Sigurðardóttir

A chilling thriller from the author of The Silence of the Sea, winner of the 2015 Petrona Award for best Scandinavian Crime Novel.

Three sisters, three queens by Philippa Gregory

Three sisters, three queens by Philippa Gregory

The latest from the author of the bestselling The White Queen. This one is an account of the overlooked yet extraordinary life of Margaret Tudor, Queen of Scotland and elder sister of Henry VIII.

Constellation by Adrien Bosc

Constellation by Adrien Bosc

This debut novel from one of France's most exciting young writers is based on the true story of the 1949 disappearance of Air France's Lockheed Constellation and its famous passengers including Edith Piaf’s lover, champion boxer Marcel Cerdan.

The lavender house by Hilary Boyd

The lavender house by Hilary Boyd

Divorced from her composer husband Christopher, it seems as though Nancy's fate is to quietly wait out the rest of her life, gradually shouldering more and more of the burden of responsibility for all three generations. Then, at a rare evening out, she meets Jim. Smoker, drinker, unsuccessful country singer and sporter of both cowboy boots and a ponytail, he seems distinctly unsuited to the very together Nancy. And yet, there is a spark. She continues to see him, and he helps her reconnect with her own musical talent, long sidelined to help Christopher's career. However, Nancy's family are convinced Jim is unreliable and only having a bit of fun with her, or worse, after her money.

The sisters of St. Croix by Diney Costeloe

The sisters of St. Croix by Diney Costeloe

When France falls to the German army, a group of nuns are forced into the conflict. Collaborating with the resistance, sheltering Jewish orphans, defying the rulings of Vichy France: these are dangerous activities in dangerous times. But the courageous women must give all they've got in order to protect the innocent from the evil menace of the Nazi war machine.

Brandon King

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