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Most popular Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945) books

The most popular Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945) books currently available. Updated weekly.
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Gentleman in Moscow
21 June 1922 Count Alexander Rostov - recipient of the Order of Saint Andrew, member of the Jockey Club, Master of the Hunt - is escorted out of the Kremlin, across Red Square and through the elegant revolving doors of the Hotel Metropol. Instead of being taken to his usual suite, he is led to an attic room with a window the size of a chessboard.
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Where the Crawdads Sing
Perfect for fans of Barbara Kingsolver and Celeste Ng, Where the Crawdads Sing is at once an exquisite ode to the natural world, a heartbreaking coming-of-age story, and a surprising tale of possible murder.
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Handmaid's Tale
The Republic of Gilead offers Offred only one function: to breed. If she deviates, she will, like dissenters, be hanged at the wall or sent out to die slowly of radiation sickness. But even a repressive state cannot obliterate desire - neither Offred's nor that of the two men on which her future hangs.
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To Kill A Mockingbird
'Shoot all the Bluejays you want, if you can hit 'em, but remember it's a sin to kill a Mockingbird.'Lawyer Atticus Finch gives this advice to his children as he defends the real mockingbird of Harper Lee's classic novel - a black man charged with the rape of a white girl.
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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: Illustrated Edition
Celebrate 20 years of Harry Potter magic! An extraordinary creative achievement by an extraordinary talent, Jim Kay's inspired reimagining of J.K. Rowling's classic series has captured a devoted following worldwide. This stunning new fully illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban brings more breathtaking scenes and unforgettable characters - including Sirius Black, Remus Lupin and Professor Trelawney., With paint, pencil and pixels, Kay conjures the wizarding world as we have never seen it before. Fizzing with magic and brimming with humour, this full-colour edition will captivate fans and new readers alike as Harry, now in his third year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, faces Dementors, death omens and - of course - danger.
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Love Child
The unmissable brand new novel from Rachel Hore, the Sunday Times bestselling author of Last Letter Home, a Richard and Judy 2018 Book Club pick.
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Magnificent Mrs Mayhew: The top five Sunday Times bestseller - discover the magic of Milly
Milly Johnson writes warm, funny and poignant novels about the universal issues of friendship, family, love, good food and that little bit of magic in life that sometimes visits the unsuspecting. A perennial Sunday Times bestseller, her readership is growing significantly with every new book.
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Normal People
When they both earn places at Trinity College in Dublin, a connection that has grown between them lasts long into the following years. This is an exquisite love story about how a person can change another person's life - a simple yet profound realisation that unfolds beautifully over the course of the novel.
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Overstory: Winner of the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction
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Gameshouse
From the author of the word-of-mouth phenomenon The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August comes a mesmerising tale of a mystical gambling house whose deadly games of chance and skill control the fate of empires
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Sweet Sorrow: the new Sunday Times bestseller from the author of ONE DAY
The major new novel from David Nicholls.
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Middle England: Winner of the Costa Novel Award 2019
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Dirty Dozen
The fifth book in the Sunday Times bestselling Jane Tennison series. April 1980 and Jane is the first female detective to be posted to the Met's renowned Flying Squad, commonly known as the 'Sweeney'.
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Familiars: The spellbinding Sunday Times Bestseller and Richard & Judy Book Club Pick
When Fleetwood finds a letter she isn't supposed to read from the doctor who delivered her third stillbirth, she is dealt the crushing blow that she will not survive another pregnancy. Then she crosses paths by chance with Alice Gray, a young midwife.
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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire: Illustrated Edition
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Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
OVER TEN MILLION COPIES SOLDThe Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is a murder mystery novel like no other.
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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
As he climbs into the sidecar of Hagrid's motorbike and takes to the skies, leaving Privet Drive for the last time, Harry Potter knows that Lord Voldemort and the Death Eaters are not far behind. The protective charm that has kept Harry safe until now is now broken, but he cannot keep hiding. The Dark Lord is breathing fear into everything Harry loves, and to stop him Harry will have to find and destroy the remaining Horcruxes. The final battle must begin - Harry must stand and face his enemy.<br> <br> These new editions of the classic and internationally bestselling, multi-award-winning series feature instantly pick-up-able new jackets by Jonny Duddle, with huge child appeal, to bring Harry Potter to the next generation of readers. It's time to PASS THE MAGIC ON .
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Beneath the Attic
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Testaments: WINNER OF THE BOOKER PRIZE 2019
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Three Hours: The Electrifying New Novel from the Sunday Times Bestselling Author of 'Sister'
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And the Ocean Was Our Sky
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Long Road to Mercy
Long Road to Mercy is the exciting first novel in David Baldacci's series featuring female protagonist, Atlee Pine, FBI.
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Rosie Result
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Great Gatsby
A summary of the "roaring twenties", and a expose of the "Jazz Age", this book, through the narration of Nick Carraway, takes the reader into the world of the mansions which lined the Long Island shore in the 1920s, to encounter Nick's cousin Daisy, her brash but wealthy husband Tom Buchanan, Jay Gatsby and the mystery that surrounds him.
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Power of the Dog
A novel that features a mixed group of characters, each in his or her own way seeking some sort of salvation or redemption. It talks about the plot: how the US government and some of its quasi-autonomous agencies (CIA, FBI, DEA) all for their own reasons sponsored and financed the development of the drug cartels and their trade in Mexico.
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Notting Hill Carnival (Quick Reads): A West Side Story
A Quick Read written by Sunday Times bestselling author, Candice Carty Williams
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Orphan's Winter: The perfect heart-warming festive saga for Christmas 2019
The brand new heart-warming and nostalgic family saga from the bestselling author of The Boy With No Boots.
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Handmaid's Tale
Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. She has only one function: to breed. If she deviates, she will, like dissenters, be hanged at the wall or sent out to die slowly of radiation sickness. But even a repressive state cannot obliterate desire - neither Offred's nor that of the two men on which her future hangs.
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Lost Ten: A fast-paced and action-packed Roman historical thriller
A desperate rescue attempt deep behind enemy lines . Valens must marshal this disparate group of men and earn their respect, before it's too late .
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Fresh Start (Quick Reads)
Ten gripping stories from ten bestselling authors
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Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah
For disillusioned writer and itinerant barnstormer Richard Bach, belief is as real as a full tank of gas and sparks firing in the cylinders ...until he meets Donald Shimoda - former mechanic and self-described messiah who can make wrenches fly and Richard's imagination soar...
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Blessing In Disguise
The world's favourite storyteller, Danielle Steel, explores what it means to be a family in Blessing in Disguise.
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Parable of the Talents: A Nebula Award-winning novel of a terrifying dystopian future
The sequel to Parable of the Sower by ground-breaking writer Octavia E. Butler that feel like a prophetic nod to our current world.
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Donor: Quick Reads 2020
A pacy short novel for the Reading Agency from the Sunday Times bestselling author
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Last Orders
As a novelist, Graham Swift delights in the possibilities of the human voice, imagining his way into the minds and hearts of an extraordinary range of characters.
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Waterland
As a novelist, Graham Swift delights in the possibilities of the human voice, imagining his way into the minds and hearts of an extraordinary range of characters.
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Handmaid's Tale
NOW A SMASH-HIT CHANNEL 4 TV SERIES'It isn't running away they're afraid of.
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Quichotte
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Little Dreams of Lara Cliffe: Quick Reads 2020
Discover the magic of Milly!
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Reasons to be Cheerful: Winner of the 2019 Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Fiction
"Originally published in Great Britain by Viking, March 2019"--Title page verso.
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Conversations with Friends
WINNER OF THE SUNDAY TIMES / PFD YOUNG WRITER OF THE YEARA SUNDAY TIMES, OBSERVER AND TELEGRAPH BOOK OF THE YEARFrances is twenty-one years old, cool-headed and observant.
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Perks of Being a Wallflower: The 20th Anniversary Edition
A powerful and perceptive coming-of-age story, in the tradition of The Catcher in the Rye, from a talented young filmmaker, screenwriter and novelist.
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Call Me By Your Name
The sultry, sensual novel of obsession and desire that inspired the Oscar-winning major motion picture.
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Other People
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Dirty Dozen
The gritty new thriller from the Queen of Crime Drama and the fifth book in the Sunday Times bestselling Jane Tennison series. Jane Tennison has worked hard to become the first female detective ever post to the infamous Flying Squad, or 'the Sweeney'.
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Where'd You Go, Bernadette
'Like A VISIT FROM THE GOON SQUAD written by Tina Fey' (Sam Baker, RED). The 2013 Women's Prize shortlisted, NEW YORK TIMES bestseller, soon to be a major motion picture starring Cate Blanchett, Kristen Wiig and Billy Crudup.
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Thunder Girls
The Thunder Girls by Melanie Blake is a lavish tale of friendship and scandal, rivalry and betrayal.
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Pirata: The dramatic novel of the pirates who hunt the seas of the Roman Empire
PIRATA - the Sunday Times bestseller. An action-packed novel of Roman pirates in AD 25, from the bestselling author of the Eagles of the Empire novels including TRAITORS OF ROME.
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Captain and the Glory
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Pirata: The dramatic novel of the pirates who hunt the seas of the Roman Empire
PIRATA - the dramatic and action-packed novel of Roman pirates in AD 25, from the bestselling authors of INVADER and ARENA. Simon Scarrow is also the Sunday Times-bestselling author of the Eagles of the Empire novels including THE BLOOD OF ROME.