Where My Heart Used To Beat
by Sebastian Faulks
ON A SMALL island off the south coast of France, Robert Hendricks, an English doctor who has seen the best and the worst that the 20th century had to offer, is forced to confront the events that made up his life. His host, and antagonist, is Alexander Pereira, a man whose time is running out, but who seems to know more about his guest than Hendricks himself does.
The search for sanity takes us through the war in Italy in1944, a passionate love that seems to hold out hope, the great days of idealistic work in the 1960’s and finally – unforgettably – back into the trenches of the Western Front.
A God In Ruins
by Kate Atkinson
RELATING THE LIFE of Teddy Todd, would-be poet, heroic World War Two bomber pilot, father and grandfather, as he navigates the perils and progress of the 20th century. For all Teddy endures in battle, his greatest challenge will be to face living in a future he never expected to have.
This gripping, often deliriously funny yet emotionally devastating book looks at war and the effect it has, not only on those who live through it but on the lives of the subsequent generation.
Dashing Through The Snow
by Debbie Macomber
ALL ASHLEY WANTS for Christmas is to get home to surprise her widowed mother. But all the flights are booked and there is only one car left to hire. Dash is in a hurry. Newly demobbed from the army, he has an interview to attend, and he is determined to get the job.
If getting there means sharing a car with the extremely talkative Ashley, then that is what he’ll have to do. The last thing that either of them expects is that they may begin to like each other…
The Lady In The Van
A true story by Alan Bennett
IN 1974 THE HOMELESS Miss Shepherd moved her broken-down van into Alan Bennett’s garden. Deeply eccentric and stubborn to her bones, Miss Shepherd was not an easy tenant. And Bennett, despite inviting her in the first place, was a reluctant landlord. And yet she lived there for 15 years.
The account of those years was first published in 1989 in the London Review of Books. The play premiered in 1999 and it’s now a major film starring Dame Maggie Smith. Shot on location at what was then Bennett’s house, Alex Jennings plays the author alongside Frances de la Tour, Jim Broadbent and Dominic Cooper.