The Unwomanly Face Of War by Svetlana Alexievich

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Bringing together dozens of voices in her distinctive style, The Unwomanly Face Of War is Svetlana Alexievich’s collection of stories from Soviet women who lived through the Second World War: on the front lines, on the home front, and in occupied territories.  As Alexievich gives voice to women who are absent from official narratives – captains, sergeants, nurses, snipers, pilots – she shows us a new version of the war we’re so familiar with, creating an extraordinary alternative history from their private stories.

Published in 1985 in Russia and now available in English for the first time, The Unwomanly Face Of War was Alexievich’s first book and a huge bestseller in the Soviet Union, establishing her as a brilliantly revolutionary writer.  

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The Bloodprint by Ausma Zehanat Khan

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A dark power known as the Talisman has risen in the land.  Born of ignorance and persecution and led by a man known only as the One-eyed Preacher.  It is a superstitious patriarchy, cruel and terrifying, that suppresses knowledge and subjugates women.  And it is growing.

But there are those who fight the Talisman’s spread and they may have discovered a miraculous symbol of hope that can destroy the One-eyed Preacher and his fervid followers: The Bloodprint. 

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The Twelve Lives Of Samuel Hawley by Hannah Tinti

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After years spent living on the run, Samuel Hawley moves with his teenage daughter Loo to Olympus, Massachusetts. There, in his late wife’s hometown, Hawley finds work as a fisherman, while Loo struggles to fit in at school and grows curious about her mother’s mysterious death. Haunting them both are twelve scars Hawley carries on his body, from twelve bullets in his criminal past, a past that eventually spills over into his daughter’s present, until together they must face a reckoning yet to come. 

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Little Secrets by Anna Snoekstra

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”I am not sick.

I just like the little dolls …

I think I’ll break one soon.

It’s every parent’s worst nightmare. A tiny porcelain doll appearing on your doorstep. Bright blonde hair, rosy cheeks, even a little blue dress. A perfect replica of your six-year-old daughter.

Then anonymous letters from ‘The Doll Collector’ begin to arrive. And in the small town where everyone has their own little secrets, no one is safe from suspicion.

Because you can never really trust the people who live just along the street … 

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Monstress Volume One: Awakening by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda

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Set in an alternate world of art deco beauty and steampunk horror, MONSTRESS tells the epic story of Maika Halfwolf, a teenage survivor of a cataclysmic war between humans and their hated enemies, the Arcanics.  In the face of oppression and terrible danger, Maika is both hunter and hunted, searching for answers about her mysterious past as those who seek to use her remain just one step behind … and all the while, the monster within begins to awaken …  

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I Am Traitor by Sif Sigmarsdóttir

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London, present day.

Extra-terrestrial visitors have landed.

Amy Sullivan used to feel safe living in a high-rise tower block in the middle of London.  Now it’s the worst place to be.  As large metallic arms fall from the sky, terrified are transported to an unimaginable world on the other side.

Amy runs until she can’t run any more.  Then, she is taken.

Scared and alone, she finds herself inside a spaceship, where those in power will stop at nothing to destroy all she knows.

To save her planet, Amy will have to put faith in those she fears the most.  But what if it means becoming a traitor to everyone she has ever loved?

At the end of the world … Who can you really trust?

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The Midnight Peacock by Katherine Woodfine

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You are cordially invited to Sinclair’s Midnight Peacock Ball!

The festive season has come to Sinclair’s and Sophie and Lil are spending the holidays at snowy Winter Hall.  As sinister secrets come to light, our intrepid heroines find themselves faced with a more baffling mystery than ever before!

With the help of their friends, can they uncover the truth in time to foil a truly diabolical plot?  Or will Mr Sinclair’s Midnight Peacock Ball spell disaster on New Year’s Eve for the dauntless young detectives?

Prepare for the thrilling conclusion to the Sinclair’s Mysteries!

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Love And Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch

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Lina is spending the summer in Tuscany, fulfilling her mother’s dying wish that she should get to know her father.  With the help of her mother’s journal, Lina uncovers a magical world of secret romance, art and hidden bakeries.  People come to Italy for love and gelato, someone tells her, but sometimes they discover much more. 

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The Warrior In The Mist by Ruth Eastham

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”Their bodies flickered strangely – transparent, blueish, as if they were made of flames.  With a jolt, he realised that they were fading.  Time was running out.”

Who are the phantom girls?  What do they want with Aidan?

Aidan’s village is under siege.  A fracking company has moved onto the land.

Once drilling is complete, the paddocks looked after by Aidan’s family will be gone, along with his home and the horse he loves.

Aidan and his best friends Emmi and Jon have one last hope.  Legend has it that the warrior queen Boudicca is buried close by.  If only they can find the tomb … prove this is the site of her last great battle against Roman invaders …

As the mists of time separating ancient history from present day swirl and fade, Aidan must face a deadly enemy.  He must fight to uncover the truth of the ghostly sisters, before it is too late.

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The Huntress: Sea by Sarah Driver

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In the sky, the fire spirits dance and ripple.  Grandma says they showed our Tribe that I’d be a captain, before I was even born. 

Ever since Ma died, Mouse has looked after her little brother, Sparrow, dreaming of her destiny as captain of THE HUNTRESS.

But now Da’s missing, Sparrow is in danger, and a deathly cold is creeping across the world … 

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