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The Radleys by Matt Haig

Title The Radleys
Author Matt Haig
Publisher Simon and Schuster
Release Date 2010-12-28
Category Fiction
Total Pages 384
ISBN 9781439194645
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Just about everyone knows a family like the Radleys. Many of us grew up next door to one. They are a modern family, averagely content, averagely dysfunctional, living in a staid and quiet suburban English town. Peter is an overworked doctor whose wife, Helen, has become increasingly remote and uncommunicative. Rowan, their teenage son, is being bullied at school, and their anemic daughter, Clara, has recently become a vegan. They are typical, that is, save for one devastating exception: Peter and Helen are vampires and have—for seventeen years—been abstaining by choice from a life of chasing blood in the hope that their children could live normal lives. One night, Clara finds herself driven to commit a shocking—and disturbingly satisfying—act of violence, and her parents are forced to explain their history of shadows and lies. A police investigation is launched that uncovers a richness of vampire history heretofore unknown to the general public. And when the malevolent and alluring Uncle Will, a practicing vampire, arrives to throw the police off Clara’s trail, he winds up throwing the whole house into temptation and turmoil and unleashing a host of dark secrets that threaten the Radleys’ marriage. The Radleys is a moving, thrilling, and radiant domestic novel that explores with daring the lengths a parent will go to protect a child, what it costs you to deny your identity, the undeniable appeal of sin, and the everlasting, iridescent bonds of family love. Read it and ask what we grow into when we grow up, and what we gain—and lose—when we deny our appetites.

The Radleys by Matt Haig

Title The Radleys
Author Matt Haig
Publisher Canongate Books
Release Date 2010-07-01
Category Fiction
Total Pages 352
ISBN 9781847679161
Language English, Spanish, and French
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FAMILIES. SOMETIMES THEY'RE A BLOODY NIGHTMARE . . . Life with the Radleys: Radio 4, dinner parties with the Bishopthorpe neighbours and self-denial. Loads of self-denial. But all hell is about to break loose. When teenage daughter Clara gets attacked on the way home from a party, she and her brother Rowan finally discover why they can't sleep, can't eat a Thai salad without fear of asphyxiation and can't go outside unless they're smothered in Factor 50. With a visit from their lethally louche Uncle Will and an increasingly suspicious police force, life in Bishopthorpe is about to change. Drastically.

The Radleys by Matt Haig

Title The Radleys
Author Matt Haig
Publisher Text Publishing
Release Date 2010-06-28
Category Fiction
Total Pages 352
ISBN 9781921656415
Language English, Spanish, and French
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On a leafy street in the quiet British village of Bishopthorpe lives an ordinary and dysfunctional but happy family. Peter Radley is the village doctor, and his wife Helen is a member of the local book club. Their children Clara and Rowan are experiencing the standard hormonal anguish of adolescence. But Peter and Helen have been keeping from their children a life-changing family secret. When Clara finds herself committing a bloodthirsty act of violence one night, her parents react with resignation rather than horror. Peter and Helen decide to finally explain to their children why their skin is so sensitive to sunlight, why animals always run away at the sight of them, and why Clara's recent decision to go vegan has been so detrimental to her health–just a few of the disadvantages of being an 'abstaining' vampire. The Radley parents long ago made a commitment not to drink the blood of humans, and to try instead to live an ordinary suburban life that would give the kids a chance to grow up 'normal'. But some things just can't be kept buried. The Radleys is tender, funny and cool. It explores the battle between anarchy and conformity that plagues the Radley family.

To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Title To Kill a Mockingbird
Author Harper Lee
Publisher Harper Collins
Release Date 2014-07-08
Category Fiction
Total Pages 336
ISBN 9780062368683
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Voted America's Best-Loved Novel in PBS's The Great American Read Harper Lee's Pulitzer Prize-winning masterwork of honor and injustice in the deep South—and the heroism of one man in the face of blind and violent hatred One of the most cherished stories of all time, To Kill a Mockingbird has been translated into more than forty languages, sold more than forty million copies worldwide, served as the basis for an enormously popular motion picture, and was voted one of the best novels of the twentieth century by librarians across the country. A gripping, heart-wrenching, and wholly remarkable tale of coming-of-age in a South poisoned by virulent prejudice, it views a world of great beauty and savage inequities through the eyes of a young girl, as her father—a crusading local lawyer—risks everything to defend a black man unjustly accused of a terrible crime.

The Radleys by Matt Haig

Title The Radleys
Author Matt Haig
Publisher Simon and Schuster
Release Date 2011-09-20
Category Fiction
Total Pages 371
ISBN 9781451610338
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Struggling with overwork and parenting angst, English village doctor Peter Radley endeavors to hide his family's vampire nature until their daughter's oddly satisfying act of violence reveals the truth, an event that is complicated by the arrival of a practicing vampire family member.

Title The Last Family in England
Author Matt Haig
Publisher Canongate Books
Release Date 2018-01-04
Category Fiction
Total Pages 314
ISBN 9781786893239
Language English, Spanish, and French
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FROM THE NUMBER ONE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR Meet the Hunter family: Adam, Kate, and their children Hal and Charlotte. And Prince, their Labrador. Prince is an earnest young dog, striving hard to live up to the tenets of the Labrador Pact (Remain Loyal to Your Human Masters, Serve and Protect Your Family at Any Cost). Other dogs, led by the Springer Spaniels, have revolted. As things in the Hunter family begin to go badly awry – marital breakdown, rowdy teenage parties, attempted suicide – Prince’s responsibilities threaten to overwhelm him and he is forced to break the Labrador Pact and take desperate action to save his Family.

Title The Modern Vampire and Human Identity
Author Deborah Mutch
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Release Date 2012-12-05
Category Performing Arts
Total Pages 220
ISBN 9780230370135
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Why are we surrounded by vampires in the twenty-first century? From the global phenomena of Stephanie Meyer's Twilight and Charlaine Harris's Sookie Stackhouse, through films such as Underworld and Blade, television series such as The Vampire Diaries and Being Human, to video games like Bloodrayne and Legacy of Kain, the reader, viewer and player has never had so many vampires to choose from. This collection considers the importance of the current flurry of vampires for our sense of human identity. Vampires have long been read as bodies through which our sense of ourselves has been reflected back to us. The essays offer readings of the modern vampire as a complex consideration of our modern human selves. Now that we no longer see the vampire as essentially evil, what does that say about us?

The Humans by Matt Haig

Title The Humans
Author Matt Haig
Publisher Simon and Schuster
Release Date 2013-07-02
Category Fiction
Total Pages 304
ISBN 9781476727929
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The bestselling, award-winning author of The Midnight Library offers his funniest, most devastating dark comedy yet, a “silly, sad, suspenseful, and soulful” (Philadelphia Inquirer) novel that’s “full of heart” (Entertainment Weekly). When an extra-terrestrial visitor arrives on Earth, his first impressions of the human species are less than positive. Taking the form of Professor Andrew Martin, a prominent mathematician at Cambridge University, the visitor is eager to complete the gruesome task assigned him and hurry home to his own utopian planet, where everyone is omniscient and immortal. He is disgusted by the way humans look, what they eat, their capacity for murder and war, and is equally baffled by the concepts of love and family. But as time goes on, he starts to realize there may be more to this strange species than he had thought. Disguised as Martin, he drinks wine, reads poetry, develops an ear for rock music, and a taste for peanut butter. Slowly, unexpectedly, he forges bonds with Martin’s family. He begins to see hope and beauty in the humans’ imperfection, and begins to question the very mission that brought him there. Praised by The New York Times as a “novelist of great seriousness and talent,” author Matt Haig delivers an unlikely story about human nature and the joy found in the messiness of life on Earth. The Humans is a funny, compulsively readable tale that playfully and movingly explores the ultimate subject—ourselves.

Title The Possession of Mr Cave
Author Matt Haig
Publisher Canongate Books
Release Date 2018-06-07
Category Fiction
Total Pages 245
ISBN 9781786893215
Language English, Spanish, and French
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FROM THE NUMBER ONE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR Terence Cave, owner of Cave Antiques, has already experienced the tragedies of his mother's suicide and his wife's murder when his teenage son, Reuben, is killed in a grotesque accident. His remaining child, Bryony, has always been the family's golden girl and Terence comes to realise that his one duty in life is to protect her from the world's malign forces, whatever that may take. But as he starts to follow his grieving daughter's movements and enforce a draconian set of rules, his love for Bryony becomes a possessive force that leads to destruction.

Radley S Home For Horny Monsters by Annabelle Hawthorne

Title Radley s Home for Horny Monsters
Author Annabelle Hawthorne
Publisher Unknown
Release Date 2018-10-27
Category
Total Pages 86
ISBN 194965401X
Language English, Spanish, and French
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When Mike Radley inherited a mysterious house from a long-lost relative, he wasn't sure what to expect.He didn't expect a sexual encounter with the water spirit living in his bathtub.He really didn't expect the rooms to be occupied by other mythical creatures.And he definitely didn't expect to become the target of a secret society bent on stealing the powerful magic within its halls.Welcome to the Radley House. Expect the unexpected.

The Quick by Lauren Owen

Title The Quick
Author Lauren Owen
Publisher McClelland & Stewart
Release Date 2014-06-17
Category Fiction
Total Pages 544
ISBN 9780771068225
Language English, Spanish, and French
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An astonishing debut of epic scope and suspense, The Quick conjures up magic and menace in Victorian London's elegant drawing rooms and its dark, dangerous alleyways. A rich feast for lovers of the novels of Sarah Waters, The Night Circus, and The Crimson Petal and the White. London, 1893: James Norbury is a shy would-be poet who takes up lodgings with a young man from the upper echelons of society and soon finds love where he least expected it. Just when it seems he is on the cusp of true happiness, James disappears. His sister Charlotte, who lives quietly near the crumbling country estate where they grew up, is determined to find out what happened. Charlotte is horrified at what she discovers, but love spurs on her efforts to save her brother from an unthinkable fate. Her quest leads both to the mysterious, centuries-old Aegolius Club, and to a crowded, chaotic neighbourhood where she encounters unforgettable characters, including a female rope-walker turned vigilante and a former slum priest who share a heartbreaking secret, and a young American who chooses decency, or perhaps something more tender, over his own safety. With them, readers are caught up in the breathtaking climax to an ancient battle being fought within a secret world hiding in plain sight, in the middle of the great city of London itself. As emotionally gripping as it is suspenseful, The Quick heralds Lauren Owen as a dazzling new literary talent.

Title Evie and the Animals
Author Matt Haig
Publisher Canongate Books
Release Date 2019-06-06
Category Juvenile Fiction
Total Pages 256
ISBN 9781786894304
Language English, Spanish, and French
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WHEN EVIE TALKS TO ANIMALS . . . THEY TALK BACK. Eleven-year-old Evie has a talent: a supertalent. She can HEAR what animals are thinking. She promises to keep it top secret, but then an evil pet-thief strikes. Every animal in town is in danger and only by DARING TO BE HERSELF can Evie save her furry and feathered friends.

Title The Dead Fathers Club
Author Matt Haig
Publisher Canongate Books
Release Date 2018-01-04
Category Fiction
Total Pages 286
ISBN 9781786893260
Language English, Spanish, and French
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FROM THE NUMBER ONE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR Philip Noble is an eleven-year-old in crisis. His pub landlord father has died in a road accident, and his mother is succumbing to the greasy charms of her dead husband's brother, Uncle Alan. The remaining certainties of Philip's life crumble away when his father's ghost appears in the pub and declares Uncle Alan murdered him. Arming himself with weapons from the school chemistry cupboard, Philip vows to carry out the ghost's relentless demands for revenge. But can the words of a ghost be trusted any more than the lies of the living?

The Runaway Troll by Matt Haig

Title The Runaway Troll
Author Matt Haig
Publisher Random House
Release Date 2010
Category Brothers and sisters
Total Pages 434
ISBN 9780552555784
Language English, Spanish, and French
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From the bestselling author of A Boy Called Christmas, The Girl Who Saved Christmas, Father Christmas and Me and The Truth Pixie. Samuel's not allowed to enter Shadow Forest. But what's to stop the forest from coming to him? There's one thing every troll child dreads more than anything - and that's the Betterer, the evil troll in Shadow Forest who loves to punish his fellow trolls for their grubby and stupid habits in lots of horrible ways. When one troll boy escapes the forest to be with his favourite human, Samuel Blink, the Betterer isn't happy. Until he realizes that the most useful thing to have in his Bettering Tower would be a real life human child. So he sets out on a quest into the human world to kidnap Samuel and the troll friend he's been hiding in his wardrobe . . .

Title To Kill a Mockingbird
Author aBookaDay
Publisher Unknown
Release Date 2016-07-27
Category
Total Pages 94
ISBN 1535285176
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Warning: This is an independent addition to Luckiest Girl Alive, meant to enhance your experience of the original book. If you have not yet bought the original copy, make sure to purchase it before buying this unofficial summary from aBookaDay. Scout gives voice to every social circle in Maycomb through her story, as the little witness who sees all the comings and goings in the town. Together with Jem, she is her father's watcher, inspiring Atticus Finch to commit all his greatest efforts to the Tom Robinson case, so he can show his children what it means to fight a losing battle. She is the teller of her brother's secrets, letting readers look in on the changing morality and maturation of a young person growing up in a southern town in 1935, giving an insight into what the adults of Maycomb will look like fifteen years later. With her childlike spite and surprising wit, we can trust Scout Finch to tell the whole truth and nothing but. The lessons of To Kill a Mockingbird are for Atticus Finch to teach and for us, through his littlest daughter's eyes, to learn. Available on PC, Mac, smart phone, tablet or Kindle device. (c) 2015 All Rights Reserved

Title Major Pettigrew s Last Stand
Author Helen Simonson
Publisher A&C Black
Release Date 2010-03-01
Category Fiction
Total Pages 400
ISBN 9781408809327
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Major Ernest Pettigrew is perfectly content to lead a quiet life in the sleepy village of Edgecombe St Mary, away from the meddling of the locals and his overbearing son. But when his brother dies, the Major finds himself seeking companionship with the village shopkeeper, Mrs Ali. Drawn together by a love of books and the loss of their partners, they are soon forced to contend with irate relatives and gossiping villagers. The perfect gentleman, but the most unlikely hero, the Major must ask himself what matters most: family obligation, tradition or love? Funny, comforting and heart-warming, Major Pettigrew's Last Stand proves that sometimes, against all odds, life does give you a second chance.

Humans An A Z by Matt Haig

Title Humans An A Z
Author Matt Haig
Publisher Canongate Books
Release Date 2014-04-03
Category Literary Collections
Total Pages 107
ISBN 9781782114857
Language English, Spanish, and French
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DO YOU A) Know a human? B) Love a human? C) Have trouble dealing with humans? IF YOU'VE ANSWERED YES TO ANY OF THE ABOVE, THIS BOOK IS FOR YOU Whether you are planning a high level of human interaction or just a casual visit to the planet, this user-guide to the human race will help you translate their sayings, understand exotic concepts such as 'democracy' and 'sofas', and make sense of their habits and bizarre customs. A phrase book, a dictionary and a survival guide, this book unravels all the oddness, idiosyncrasies and wonder of the species, allowing everyone to make the most of their time on Earth.

The Radleys Of Knockrour by Glen Paul Hammond

Title The Radleys of Knockrour
Author Glen Paul Hammond
Publisher CreateSpace
Release Date 2014-02-26
Category History
Total Pages 148
ISBN 1495361233
Language English, Spanish, and French
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In his book “Donoughmore and All Around,” Richard Henchion states, “The personal name Radley and the placename Knockrour have been synonymous” for over two centuries. In 1586 the first Radley left England to participate in the Plantation of Munster. Entering Ireland as Adventurers, they soon established themselves as part of the powerful Protestant Ascendancy, intermarrying with some of the most illustrious families of their age (Leader of Mt Leader, Purdon of Ballyclough, MacCarthy of Dooneen, Barrys of Rathcormack to name a few). Covering a span of years from 1586 to 1916 and punctuated with family trees throughout, "The Radleys of Knockrour" provides an intimate portrait of the rise and fall of the landed gentry in Ireland.

Becoming Queen by Kate Williams

Title Becoming Queen
Author Kate Williams
Publisher Random House
Release Date 2013-05-31
Category History
Total Pages 432
ISBN 9781448164660
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Our perception of Victoria the Queen is coloured by portraits of her older, widowed self - her dour expression embodying the repressive morality propagated in her time. But Becoming Queen reveals an energetic and vibrant woman, determined to battle for power. It also documents the Byzantine machinations behind Victoria's quest to occupy the throne, and shows how her struggles did not end when finally the crown was placed on her head. Laying bare the passions that swirled around the throne in the eighteenth century, Becoming Queen is an absorbingly dramatic tale of secrets, sexual repression and endless conflict. After her lauded biography of Emma Hamilton, England's Mistress, Kate Williams has produced a most original and intimate portrait of Great Britain's longest reigning monarch.

Ostrich by Matt Greene

Title Ostrich
Author Matt Greene
Publisher Ballantine Books
Release Date 2013
Category Fiction
Total Pages 322
ISBN 9780345545213
Language English, Spanish, and French
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After brain surgery to stop his seizures, a brilliant twelve-year-old boy, enlisting the help of a female classmate, investigates why everyone around him, including his parents and hamster, are acting oddly.