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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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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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Picture of Dorian Gray
Experiments with the notion of sin as an element of design. This novel is a puzzle, intended to tease conventional minds with its exploration of the myriad interrelationships between art, life, and consequence.
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Lord of the Flies
A plane crashes on an uninhabited island and the only survivors, a group of schoolboys, assemble on the beach and wait to be rescued.
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Handmaid's Tale
1 BESTSELLER **GET READY for THE TESTAMENTS, the highly anticipated SEQUEL, by reading the BESTSELLING DYSTOPIAN NOVELNOW AN AWARD-WINNING TV SERIES STARRING ELISABETH MOSSOffred is a Handmaid in The Republic of Gilead, a religious totalitarian state in what was formerly known as the United States.
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Of Mice and Men
Drifters in search of work, George and his childlike friend Lennie, have nothing in the world except the clothes on their back - and a dream that one day they will have some land of their own. Eventually they find work on a ranch in California's Salinas Valley, but their hopes are dashed as Lennie - struggling against extreme cruelty, and more.
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Power of the Dog
_______________________A hugely ambitious, page-turning thriller of power and revenge on the front lines of the drug war.Drug lord Miguel Angel Barrera is head of the Mexican drug federacion, responsible for millions of dollars worth of cocaine traffic into the US and the torture and murder of those who stand in its way.
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Animal Farm
When the downtrodden animals of Manor Farm overthrow their master Mr Jones and take over the farm themselves, they imagine it is the beginning of a life of freedom and equality. But gradually a cunning, ruthless elite among them, masterminded by the pigs Napoleon and Snowball, starts to take control.
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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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Travelling Cat Chronicles
RECOMMENDED BY THOUSANDS OF INTERNATIONAL READERS - the tender feelgood story of a man's journey around Japan with a streetcat. Translated by Philip Gabriel, a translator of Murakami. INCLUDES SPECIALLY COMMISSIONED LINE-DRAWINGSA WATERSONES PAPERBACK OF THE YEAR 2017'Anyone who has ever unashamedly loved an animal will read this book with gratitude, for its understanding of an emotion that ennobles us as human beings, whether we value it or not' LYNNE TRUSS, Guardian`Bewitching..., as self-possessed and comforting as - well, a cat' SUNDAY TELEGRAPH `It has the warmth, painterly touch, and tenderness of a Studio Ghibli film - and it is a delight to read' FINANCIAL TIMES'A delightful tale of loyalty and friendship' JOHN BOYNE, IRISH TIMES****************************It's not the journey that counts, but who's at your side. Nana is on a road trip, but he is not sure where he is going. All that matters is that he can sit beside his beloved owner Satoru in the front seat of his silver van., Satoru is keen to visit three old friends from his youth, though Nana doesn't know why and Satoru won't say. Set against the backdrop of Japan's changing seasons and narrated with a rare gentleness and humour, Nana's story explores the wonder and thrill of life's unexpected detours. It is about the value of friendship and solitude, and knowing when to give and when to take., TRAVELLING CAT has already demonstrated its power to move thousands of readers with a message of kindness and truth. It shows, above all, how acts of love, both great and small, can transform our lives. 'Arikawa has a lightness of touch that elevates her story to a tale about loyalty and friendship ..., while speaking to our basic human need for companionship' JOHN BOYNE, Irish Times
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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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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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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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Testaments: The Sequel to The Handmaid's Tale
** SHORTLISTED FOR THE BOOKER PRIZE 2019 ** In this electrifying sequel to The Handmaid's Tale, acclaimed author Margaret Atwood answers the questions that have tantalised readers for decades.
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American Marriage: WINNER OF THE WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION, 2019
The stunning and heart-breaking New York Times bestseller
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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
SHORTLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2018The Overstory unfolds in concentric rings of interlocking fables that range from antebellum New York to the late twentieth-century Timber Wars of the Pacific Northwest and beyond:An Air Force loadmaster in the Vietnam War is shot out of the sky, then saved by falling into a banyan.
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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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Girl, Woman, Other
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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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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire: Illustrated Edition
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Spark of Light: THE NUMBER ONE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER
A powerful and provocative new novel about ordinary lives intersecting during a moment of heart-stopping crisis.
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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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Secret Commonwealth: The Book of Dust Volume Two
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Giver of Stars
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Thomas Kinkade Studios: Disney Dreams Collection 2020 Square Wall Calendar
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Thomas Kinkade Studios: Disney Dreams Collection 2020 Mini Wall Calendar
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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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Killing Commendatore
But then he discovers a strange painting in the attic and unintentionally begins a strange journey of self-discovery that involves a mysterious ringing bell, a precocious thirteen-year-old girl, a Nazi assassination attempt and a haunted underworld.
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Supermarket
The debut novel from Bobby Hall aka Logic, one of music's brightest young stars. SUPERMARKET is a darkly funny psychological thriller about a young writer facing demons.
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And the Ocean Was Our Sky
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Melmoth
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Festive Spirits: Three Christmas Stories
The perfect Christmas gift: three festive tales from the brilliant pen of Kate Atkinson.
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Cockroach
Kafka meets The Thick Of It in a bitingly funny new political satire from Ian McEwanThat morning, Jim Sams, clever but by no means profound, woke from uneasy dreams to find himself transformed into a gigantic creature.
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Ducks, Newburyport
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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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Animal Farm
Mr Jones of Manor Farm is so lazy and drunken that one day he forgets to feed his livestock. The ensuing rebellion under the leadership of the pigs Napoleon and Snowball leads to the animals taking over the farm. Vowing to eliminate the terrible inequities of the farmyard, the renamed Animal Farm is organised to benefit all who walk on four legs.
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Milkman
Middle sister, our protagonist, is busy attempting to keep her mother from discovering her maybe-boyfriend and to keep everyone in the dark about her encounter with Milkman. To be interesting is to be noticed and to be noticed is dangerous. Milkman is a tale of gossip and hearsay, silence and deliberate deafness.
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10 Minutes 38 Seconds in this Strange World
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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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Quichotte
***SHORTLISTED FOR THE BOOKER PRIZE 2019***In a tour-de-force that is both an homage to an immortal work of literature and a modern masterpiece about the quest for love and family, Booker Prize-winning, internationally bestselling author Salman Rushdie has created a dazzling Don Quixote for the modern age.
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Handmaid's Tale
NOW A SMASH-HIT CHANNEL 4 TV SERIESOffred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. 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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Turning Point
Turning Point is a pacy, gripping drama about four top trauma specialists who are forced to evaluate their whole lives, by the world's favourite storyteller Danielle Steel
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Order of the Day
A gripping and compelling fictional account of the key meetings and events which led up to the outbreak of World War Two: how egos flourished, diplomacy failed, and a few powerful men brought Europe to the brink of disaster. For fans of HHhH and To Die in Spring.
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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - Hufflepuff Edition
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Great Gatsby
Young, handsome and fabulously rich, Jay Gatsby is the bright star of the Jazz Age, but as writer Nick Carraway is drawn into the decadent orbit of his Long Island mansion, where the party never seems to end, he finds himself faced by the mystery of Gatsby's origins and desires.
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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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Christmas Wish List: The perfect cosy read to settle down with this autumn
The brand new Christmas novel from the Sunday Times bestselling author Heidi Swain!
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Wives
Perfect marriages. Perfect neighbours. Perfect lies.
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Perks of Being a Wallflower
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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Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
Eleanor Oliphant leads a simple life. She wears the same clothes to work every day, eats the same meal deal for lunch every day and buys the same two bottles of vodka to drink every weekend. Eleanor Oliphant is happy. Nothing is missing from her carefully timetabled life. Except, sometimes, everything.