Trudy has betrayed her husband, John. She is still in the marital home, a dilapidated, priceless London townhouse - but not with John. Instead, she is with his brother, the profoundly banal Claude, and the two of them have a plan. But there is a witness to their plot: the inquisitive, nine-month-old resident of Trudy's womb.

Trudy has betrayed her husband, John. She is still in the marital home, a dilapidated, priceless London townhouse - but not with John. Instead, she is with his brother, the profoundly banal Claude, and the two of them have a plan. But there is a witness to their plot: the inquisitive, nine-month-old resident of Trudy's womb.

In Canada in 1990, ten-year-old Marie and her mother invite a guest into their home: a young woman who has fled China in the aftermath of the Tiananmen Square protests. Her name is Ai-Ming. As her relationship with Marie deepens, she tells the story of her family in revolutionary China, from the teahouses in the days of Chairman Mao's ascent, to the Shanghai Conservatory in the 1960s and the events leading to the Beijing demonstrations of 1989.

In Canada in 1990, ten-year-old Marie and her mother invite a guest into their home: a young woman who has fled China in the aftermath of the Tiananmen Square protests. Her name is Ai-Ming. As her relationship with Marie deepens, she tells the story of her family in revolutionary China, from the teahouses in the days of Chairman Mao's ascent, to the Shanghai Conservatory in the 1960s and the events leading to the Beijing demonstrations of 1989.

In October 1997 a clever young law student at ANU made a bizarre plan to murder her devoted boyfriend after a dinner party at their house. Some of the dinner had heard rumours of the plan. Nobody warned Joe Cinque. He died one Sunday, in his own bed, of a massive dose of rohypnol and heroin. His girlfriend and her best friend were charged with murder. Compassionate but unflinching, this is a book about how and why Joe Cinque died.

In October 1997 a clever young law student at ANU made a bizarre plan to murder her devoted boyfriend after a dinner party at their house. Some of the dinner had heard rumours of the plan. Nobody warned Joe Cinque. He died one Sunday, in his own bed, of a massive dose of rohypnol and heroin. His girlfriend and her best friend were charged with murder. Compassionate but unflinching, this is a book about how and why Joe Cinque died.

It was the work of a moment, on 4 December 1926, Agatha Christie of London became Teresa Neele, resident of the spa hotel, the Harrogate Hydro. With her wedding ring left behind her, and her minimal belongings unpacked, Agatha's lost days begin...Lying to her fellow guests about the death of a husband and child, Teresa settles in to the anonymity she so fiercely desires. Until, Harry McKenna, bruised from the end of his own marriage, asks her to dance.

It was the work of a moment, on 4 December 1926, Agatha Christie of London became Teresa Neele, resident of the spa hotel, the Harrogate Hydro. With her wedding ring left behind her, and her minimal belongings unpacked, Agatha's lost days begin...Lying to her fellow guests about the death of a husband and child, Teresa settles in to the anonymity she so fiercely desires. Until, Harry McKenna, bruised from the end of his own marriage, asks her to dance.

At thirty-two, Russell Green has it all: a stunning wife, a lovable six-year-old daughter, a successful career as an advertising executive and a beautiful home. But underneath the shiny surface of this perfect existence, fault lines are beginning to appear. In a matter of months, Russ finds himself without a job or wife, caring for his young daughter.

At thirty-two, Russell Green has it all: a stunning wife, a lovable six-year-old daughter, a successful career as an advertising executive and a beautiful home. But underneath the shiny surface of this perfect existence, fault lines are beginning to appear. In a matter of months, Russ finds himself without a job or wife, caring for his young daughter.

Eva was arrested by the Nazis on her 15th birthday and sent to Auschwitz. When Auschwitz was liberated, Eva and ther mother began the journey home. They searched desperately for Eva's father and brother, but tragically, both men had been killed. Before the war, Eva had become friendly with a young girl called Anne Frank. Though their fates were very different, Eva's life was set to be entwined with her soon to be stepsister's for ever more.

Eva was arrested by the Nazis on her 15th birthday and sent to Auschwitz. When Auschwitz was liberated, Eva and ther mother began the journey home. They searched desperately for Eva's father and brother, but tragically, both men had been killed. Before the war, Eva had become friendly with a young girl called Anne Frank. Though their fates were very different, Eva's life was set to be entwined with her soon to be stepsister's for ever more.

Breathtakingly suspenseful and beautifully written, The Historian is the story of a young woman plunged into a labyrinth where the secrets of her family's past connect to an inconceivable evil: the dark fifteenth-century reign of Vlad the Impaler and a time-defying pact that may have kept his awful work alive through the ages. The search for the truth becomes an adventure of monumental proportions, taking us from monasteries and dusty libraries to the capitals of Eastern Europe.

Breathtakingly suspenseful and beautifully written, The Historian is the story of a young woman plunged into a labyrinth where the secrets of her family's past connect to an inconceivable evil: the dark fifteenth-century reign of Vlad the Impaler and a time-defying pact that may have kept his awful work alive through the ages. The search for the truth becomes an adventure of monumental proportions, taking us from monasteries and dusty libraries to the capitals of Eastern Europe.

'I don't want that nurse touching my baby.' Those are the instructions from the newborn child's parents. However, when the baby goes into cardiac arrest, Ruth, a nurse of twenty years' experience, sees no option but to assist. But the baby dies. And Ruth is charged with negligent homicide. As Ruth tries to come to terms with her situation, she finds different kinds of support from her sister, her teenage son, and Kennedy McQuarrie, a white middle-class lawyer, to whom she entrusts her…

'I don't want that nurse touching my baby.' Those are the instructions from the newborn child's parents. However, when the baby goes into cardiac arrest, Ruth, a nurse of twenty years' experience, sees no option but to assist. But the baby dies. And Ruth is charged with negligent homicide. As Ruth tries to come to terms with her situation, she finds different kinds of support from her sister, her teenage son, and Kennedy McQuarrie, a white middle-class lawyer, to whom she entrusts her…

Born in Dickens, the narrator spent his childhood as the subject in his father's psychological studies and told his father's work will be a memoir that will solve their financial woes. But when his father is killed, he discovers there never was a memoir. What's more, Dickens has literally been wiped off the map to save California from embarrassment. Fuelled by despair, the narrator sets out to right this wrong with the most outrageous action conceivable: reinstating slavery and segregation.

Born in Dickens, the narrator spent his childhood as the subject in his father's psychological studies and told his father's work will be a memoir that will solve their financial woes. But when his father is killed, he discovers there never was a memoir. What's more, Dickens has literally been wiped off the map to save California from embarrassment. Fuelled by despair, the narrator sets out to right this wrong with the most outrageous action conceivable: reinstating slavery and segregation.

On the cusp of fifty, Adam Sharp has a loyal partner and earns a good income as an IT contractor. It is the lifestyle he wanted, but something is missing. Two decades ago, his part-time piano playing led him into a passionate relationship with Angelina Brown, who was pursuing her acting dream. It could have been more than an affair but Adam did not take the chance. Now, out of nowhere, Angelina gets in touch. What does she want? And how far will he go for a second chance?

On the cusp of fifty, Adam Sharp has a loyal partner and earns a good income as an IT contractor. It is the lifestyle he wanted, but something is missing. Two decades ago, his part-time piano playing led him into a passionate relationship with Angelina Brown, who was pursuing her acting dream. It could have been more than an affair but Adam did not take the chance. Now, out of nowhere, Angelina gets in touch. What does she want? And how far will he go for a second chance?

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