Master List of Books Read in 2018

  1. How To Hang A Witch by Adriana Mather.
  2. In Pursuit Of Memory: The Fight Against Alzheimer’s by Joseph Jebelli.
  3. The Cruel Prince by Holly Black.
  4. Satellite by Nick Lake.
  5. The City Of Brass by S. A. Chakraborty.
  6. East Of Hounslow by Khurrum Rahman.
  7. The Woman In The Window by A. J. Finn.
  8. Seventeen by Hideo Yokoyama.
  9. Now We Are Dead by Stuart MacBride.
  10. Why Democracies Need Science by Harry Collins & Robert Evans.
  11. Bioinformation by Bronwyn Parry and Beth Greenhough.
  12. Blackbird by N. D. Gomes.
  13. Nancy Parker’s Chilling Conclusions by Julia Lee.
  14. There Was A Country: A Personal History Of Biafra by Chinua Achebe.
  15. Star Wars The Last Jedi: Cobalt Squadron by Elizabeth Wein.
  16. Summary Justice by John Fairfax.
  17. A Spoonful Of Murder by Robin Stevens.
  18. Hackerspaces: Making The Maker Movement by Sarah R. Davies.
  19. Landscape With Invisible Hand by M. T. Anderson.
  20. Can The Euro Be Saved? by Malcolm Sawyer.
  21. London Rules by Mick Herron.
  22. The M&A Formula by Peter Zink Secher and Ian Horley.
  23. Rose Raventhorpe Investigates: Hounds And Hauntings by Janine Beacham.
  24. The Art of Doing Business Across Cultures by Craig Storti.
  25. The Playstation Dreamworld by Alfie Bown.
  26. The Hamilton Affair by Elizabeth Cobbs.
  27. What You Don’t Know by Joann Chaney.
  28. Amelia Fang And The Unicorn Lords by Laura Ellen Anderson.
  29. Horace & Harriet Take On The Town by Clare Elsom.
  30. Do We Need Economic Inequality? by Danny Dorling.
  31. Basic Income And How We Can Make It Happen by Guy Standing.
  32. What Everyone Needs To Know About Tax by James Hannam.
  33. Scythe by Neal Shusterman.
  34. Society Of Fear by Heinz Bude.
  35. The Ascendancy Of Finance by Joseph Vogl.
  36. Flying Tips For Flightless Birds by Kelly McCaughrain.
  37. Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes.
  38. Did You See Melody? by Sophie Hannah.
  39. The Echo Killing by Christi Daugherty.
  40. The Confession by Jo Spain.
  41. Zenith by Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings.
  42. The Whitby Witches by Robin Jarvis.
  43. Syriza In Power by Costas Douzinas.
  44. The Exact Opposite Of Okay by Laura Steven.
  45. Refuge: Transforming A Broken Refugee System by Alexander Betts and Paul Collier.
  46. This Book Will (Help You) Change The World by Sue Turton.
  47. White Rabbit Red Wolf by Tom Pollock.
  48. Rory Branagan: Detective by Andrew Clover and Ralph Lazar.
  49. Purple Hearts by Michael Grant.
  50. The Wonder Of Us by Kim Culbertson.
  51. Can We Solve The Migration Crisis? by Jacqueline Bhabha.
  52. The Colour Of The Sun by David Almond.
  53. The Gender Games by Juno Dawson.
  54. Not If I Save You First by Ally Carter.
  55. The New Scramble For Africa by Pádraig Carmody.
  56. Little Miss Lucky Is Getting Married by Roger Hargreaves, Sarah Daykin, Lizzie Daykin and Liz Bankes.
  57. Small Money, Big Impact: Fighting Poverty With Microfinance by Peter Fanconi and Patrick Scheurle.
  58. Speak No Evil by Uzodinma Iweala.
  59. Star Of The North by D. B. John.
  60. To The Edge Of The World by Julia Green.
  61. The List by Mick Herron.
  62. One Clear Ice-Cold January Morning At The Beginning Of The Twenty-First Century by Roland Schimmerlpfennig.
  63. A New Politics From The Left by Hilary Wainwright.
  64. The Golden Child by Wendy James.
  65. Natboff! One Million Years Of Stupidity by Andy Stanton.
  66. Come And Find Me by Sarah Hilary.
  67. Directorate S: The CIA And America’s Secret Wars In Afghanistan And Pakistan, 2001 – 2016 by Steve Coll.
  68. Night Of The Party by Tracey Mathias.
  69. The Woman In The Mirror by Rebecca James.
  70. The Power Of Yes by Abbie Headon.
  71. The Case For A Maximum Wage by Sam Pizzigati.
  72. This Is What Happened by Mick Herron.
  73. Will Big Business Destroy Our Planet? by Peter Dauvergne.
  74. The Joneses & The Pirateers: Search For The Phantom Lady by S. L. Westgate.
  75. Lean Six Sigma For Leaders by Martin Brenig-Jones and Jo Dowdall.
  76. Run, Riot by Nikesh Shukla.
  77. The Real Politics Of The Horn Of Africa by Alex de Waal.
  78. One Way by S. J. Morden.
  79. All Systems Red by Martha Wells.
  80. Embassy Of The Dead by Will Mabbitt.
  81. Taylor & Rose Secret Agents: Peril In Paris by Katherine Woodfine.
  82. Do Central Banks Serve The People? By Peter Dietsch, François Claveau and Clément Fontan.
  83. The Shock Doctrine Of The Left by Graham Jones.
  84. Wrong Way Home by Isabelle Grey.
  85. Sweet Pea by C. J. Skuse.
  86. In Bloom by C. J. Skuse.
  87. Age Of Assassins by R J Barker.
  88. Bad Blood by E. O. Chirovici.
  89. The Ninth Rain by Jen Williams.
  90. Happyville High: Geek Tragedy by Tom McLaughlin.
  91. A Treachery Of Spies by Manda Scott.
  92. The 57 Bus: A True Story Of Two Teenagers And The Crime That Changed Their Lives by Dashka Slater.
  93. The Broken Ladder: How Inequality Changes The Way We Think, Live And Die by Keith Payne.
  94. Phantom by Leo Hunt.
  95. A Double Life by Flynn Berry.
  96. The Court Of Broken Knives by Anna Smith Spark.
  97. Under The Pendulum Sun by Jeanette Ng.
  98. The Hunger by Alma Katsu.
  99. The Goose Road by Rowena House.
  100. The Grey Bastards by Jonathan French.
  101. The Seven Deaths Of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton.
  102. Solomon Creed by Simon Toyne.
  103. Lethal White by Robert Galbraith.
  104. The Quaker by Liam McIlvanney.
  105. All The Hidden Truths by Claire Askew.
  106. The Traitors: A True Story Of Blood, Betrayal And Deceit by Josh Ireland.
  107. The Boy Who Saw by Simon Toyne.
  108. Firefly by Henry Porter.
  109. Cross Her Heart by Sarah Pinborough.
  110. Blood Cruise by Mats Strandberg.
  111. The Chaos Of Now by Erin Lange.
  112. The Anomaly by Michael Rutger.
  113. Dry by Neal Shusterman and Jarrod Shusterman.
  114. Her Every Fear by Peter Swanson.
  115. The Drop by Mick Herron.
  116. The Hope That Kills by Ed James.
  117. Blackwater by James Henry.
  118. The Last Place You Look by Kristen Lepionka.
  119. She’s Not There by Tamsin Grey.
  120. When Conflict Resolution Fails by Oliver Ramsbotham.
  121. In Our Mad And Furious City by Guy Gunaratne.
  122. The Legend Of Kevin by Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre.
  123. Yellowhammer by James Henry.
  124. Rosie Loves Jack by Mel Darbon.
  125. Trans Global: Transgender Then, Now And Around The World by Honor Head.
  126. What Is Race? Who Are Racists? Why Does Skin Colour Matter? And Other Big Questions by Claire Heuchan & Nikesh Shukla.
  127. Winnie-The-Pooh Gloom & Doom For Pessimists by A. A. Milne.

Winnie-The-Pooh Gloom & Doom For Pessimists by A. A. Milne

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’Good morning, Eeyore,’ shouted Piglet.

‘Good morning, Little Piglet,’ said Eeyore.

‘If it is a good a good morning,’ he said.

‘Which I doubt,’ said he.

‘Not that it matters,’ he said.

This gently-humorous collection of A. A. Milne’s most melancholy moanings will bring a smile to the face of even the grumpiest Eeyore. 

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What Is Race? Who Are Racists? Why Does Skin Colour Matter? And Other Big Questions by Claire Heuchan & Nikesh Shukla

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Why is it important to talk about race?

How does it feel to experience racism?

Why does skin colour matter?

Talking about race is often discouraged, but in this book we’re aiming to bring everyone into the conversation.  We explore the history of race and society and discuss how racist attitudes come into being.  We look at belonging and identity, the damaging effects of stereotyping and the benefits of positive representation.  We talk about why its important to identify and challenge racist behaviour, wherever it exists.

Together with contributions from a range of writers of colour, including Inua Ellams, Derek Owusu, Nadine Aisha Jassat, Asim Chaudhry, Wei Ming Kam, Chitra Ramaswamy and Becky Olaniyi, we talk about our experiences relating to race and racism and discuss why skin colour matters.

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Trans Global: Transgender Then, Now And Around The World by Honor Head

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TRANS GLOBAL explores the fascinating long history of transgender around the world. This book uncovers the cultures and people of the past and present who have embraced, challenged or quietly subverted society’s expectations about gender. Find out:

– which cultures accepted a non-binary lifestyle for centuries before ‘transgender’ became a label;

– who fights for the acceptance of the trans community;

– what it is like for young trans people just starting out on their journey. 

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Rosie Loves Jack by Mel Darbon

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They can’t send you away. What will we do? We need us. I stop your angry, Jack. And you make me strong. You make me Rosie.

Rosie loves Jack. Jack loves Rosie.

So when they’re separated, Rosie will do anything to find the boy who makes the sun shine in her head.

Even run away from home.

Even struggle across London and travel to Brighton, though the trains are cancelled and the snow is falling.

Even though people might think a girl with Down’s syndrome could never survive on her own.

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Yellowhammer by James Henry

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July 1983, Essex.  Fox Farm is, thanks to two corpses, neither picturesque nor peaceful. The body in its kitchen belongs to eminent historian Christopher Cliff, who has taken his own life with an antique shotgun.  The second, found on the property boundary, remains unidentified.

DI Nick Lowry’s summer is neither sleepy nor serene. And the two deaths are just the half of it.  The fact County Chief Merrydown was a college friend of Cliff’s means Lowry is now, in turn, under scrutiny from his severely stressed and singularly unsympathetic boss, Sparks.

To catalyse his investigation, Lowry enlists the services of DC Daniel Kenton and WPC Jane Gabriel.  Gabriel needs direction, if she is to begin a career as a detective.  While Kenton, who appears solely focused on beginning a relationship with Gabriel, needs distraction.

Both the heat and the investigation soon intensify. The team find themselves interrogating enigmatic neighbours, shady businessmen, jilted lovers and wronged relatives; all the while negotiating the caprices of Sparks – whose attitudes remain as dated as Fox Farm’s antiques.

Only when they fully open their eyes and minds will they begin to see a web of rural politics, dodgy dealings and fragmented families – one that they must unpick before it ensnares them.  

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The Legend Of Kevin by Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre

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Is it a bird?

Is it a plane?

No, it’s Kevin!

Kevin the flying pony blows in on a magical storm and – DOOF – crashes into the balcony outside Max’s flat.

As the storm waters rise and the town is besieged by creatures (naughty sea monkeys ahoy-eep-eep!) Max and Kevin set about putting things right.

With Max’s quick thinking and a constant supply of biscuits for Kevin, there’s nothing this heroic duo can’t achieve! 

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In Our Mad And Furious City by Guy Gunaratne

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For Selvon, Ardan and Yusuf, growing up under the towers of Stones Estate, summer means what it does anywhere: football, music, freedom. But now, after the killing of a British soldier, riots are spreading across the city, and nowhere is safe.

While the fury swirls around them, Selvon and Ardan remain focused on their own obsessions, girls and grime. Their friend Yusuf is caught up in a different tide: radicalism is sweeping his local mosque, and he’ll do anything to protect his troubled older brother, Irfan, from it.

As the voices of Nelson and Caroline echo with a previous generation’s experience of violence and extremism, the story spirals towards its devastating conclusion. 

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When Conflict Resolution Fails by Oliver Ramsbotham

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Bringing warring parties to the negotiating table is the aim of any peace process. But what happens when those negotiations falter and conflict resolution fails? Is everything lost, or are there prospects for meaningful change in even the most intractable of conflicts?

In this insightful book, leading scholar-practitioner in conflict resolution Oliver Ramsbotham explores the phenomenon of radical disagreement as the main impediment to negotiation, problem-solving and dialogue between conflict parties. Taking as his focus the long-running and seemingly irresolvable conflict between Israel and Palestine, he shows how what is needed in these circumstances is not less radical disagreement, but more. Only by understanding what is blocking the way and by promoting collective strategic engagement within, across and between the groups involved can deadlock be transformed.

Rich in detail and accessibly written, this book introduces a new and as yet relatively unexplored frontier in conflict studies. Its wider application to other phases, levels and war zones holds out rich promise for extending conflict engagement in some of the world’s deadliest and most difficult hot spots. 

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She’s Not There by Tamsin Grey

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When Jonah and Raff wake up on Monday, their mother Lucy isn’t there.

Although Jonah is only nine, he is the big brother, and knows enough about the world to keep her absence a secret. If anyone found out she’d left them alone, it could be disastrous for him and Raff; and she’ll be back, he’s nearly sure.

With growing unease, he puzzles over the clues she’s left behind. Who sent her the flowers Why are all her shoes still in the house? Why is her phone buried in a plant pot?

And who, in their diverse south London community, might know more about her than he does? 

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The Last Place You Look by Kristen Lepionka

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Sarah Cook, a beautiful blonde teenager disappeared fifteen years ago, the same night her parents were brutally murdered in their suburban Ohio home. Her boyfriend Brad Stockton – black and from the wrong side of the tracks – was convicted of the murders and sits on death row, though he always maintained his innocence. With his execution only weeks away, his devoted sister, insisting she has spotted Sarah at a local gas station, hires PI Roxane Weary to look again at the case.

Reeling from the recent death of her cop father, Roxane finds herself drawn to the story of Sarah’s vanishing act, especially when she thinks she’s linked Sarah’s disappearance to one of her father’s unsolved murder cases involving another teen girl. Despite her self-destructive tendencies, Roxane starts to hope that maybe she can save Brad’s life and her own. 

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Blackwater by James Henry

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January 1983, Colchester CID

A new year brings new resolutions for Detective Inspector Nicholas Lowry. With one eye on his approaching fortieth birthday, he has given up his two greatest vices: smoking, and the police boxing team. As a result, the largest remaining threat to his health is now his junior colleague’s reckless driving.

If Detective Constable Daniel Kenton’s orange sports convertible is symbolic of his fast track through the ranks, then his accompanying swagger, foppish hairstyle and university education only augment his uniqueness in the department. Yet regardless of this, it is not DC Kenton who is turning station heads.

WPC Jane Gabriel is the newest police recruit in Britain’s oldest recorded town. Despite a familial tie to top brass, Gabriel’s striking beauty and profound youth have landed her with two obstacles: a young male colleague who gives her too much attention, and an older one who acts like she’s not there.

January 1983, Blackwater Estuary

A new year brings a new danger to the Essex shoreline. An illicit shipment, bound for Colchester – 100 kilograms of power that will frantically accelerate tensions in the historic town, and leave its own murderous trace.

Lowry, Kenton and Gabriel must now develop a tolerance to one another, and show their own substance, to save Britain’s oldest settlement from a new, unsettling enemy. 

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The Hope That Kills by Ed James

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The body of a young woman is found on the streets of East London, in the shadow of the City’s gleaming towers. No ID on her, just hard-earned cash. But there is no doubting the ferocity of the attack.

DI Simon Fenchurch takes charge but, as his team tries to identify her and piece together her murder, they’re faced with cruel indifference at every turn – nobody cares about yet another dead prostitute. To Fenchurch, however, she could just as easily be Chloe, his daughter still missing after ten years, whose memory still haunts his days and nights, his burning obsession having killed his marriage.

When a second body is discovered, Fenchurch must peel back the grimy layers shrouding the London sex trade, confronting his own traumatic past while racing to undo a scheme larger, more complex and more evil than anything he could possibly have imagined. 

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The Drop by Mick Herron

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Old spooks carry the memory of tradecraft in their bones, and when Solomon Dortmund sees an envelope being passed from one pair of hands to another in a Marylebone cafe, he knows he’s witnessed more than an innocent encounter. But in relaying his suspicions to John Bachelor, who babysits retired spies like Solly, he sets in train events which will alter lives. Bachelor himself, a hair’s breadth away from sleeping in his car, is clawing his way back to stability; Hannah Weiss, the double agent whose recruitment was his only success, is starting to enjoy the secrets and lies her role demands; and Lech Wicinski, an Intelligence Service analyst, finds that a simple favour for an old acquaintance might derail his career. Meanwhile, Lady Di Taverner is trying to keep the Service on an even keel, and if that means throwing the odd crew member overboard, well: collateral damage is her speciality.

A drop, in spook parlance, is the passing on of secret information.

It’s also what happens just before you hit the ground. 

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Her Every Fear by Peter Swanson

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Following a brutal attack by her ex-boyfriend, Kate Priddy makes an uncharacteristically bold decision after her cousin, Corbin Dell, suggests a temporary apartment swap – and she moves from London to Boston.

But soon after her arrival Kate makes a shocking discovery: Corbin’s next-door neighbour, a young woman named Audrey Marshall, has been murdered.  When the police begin asking questions about Corbin’s relationship with Audrey, and his neighbours come forward with their own suspicions, a shaken Kate has few answers, and many questions of her own.

Jetlagged and emotionally unstable, her imagination playing out her every fear, Kate can barely trust herself, so how can she trust any of the strangers she’s just met? 

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Dry by Neal Shusterman and Jarrod Shusterman

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Everyone’s going to remember where they were when the taps ran dry.

The drought – or the tap-out, as everyone calls it – has been going on for a while.  Life has become an endless list of don’ts: don’t water the lawn, don’t take long showers, don’t panic.  But now there’s no water left at all.

Suddenly, Alyssa’s quiet suburban street spirals into a warzone of desperation and violence.  When her parents go missing, she and her younger brother must team up with an unlikely group in search of water.  Each of them will need to make impossible choices to survive.

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The Anomaly by Michael Rutger

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They sought the truth.

They found a nightmare.

A TV crew arrives at the Grand Canyon led by Nolan Moore, amateur archaeologist and host of The Anomaly Files.  Following the trail of a turn of the century explorer, the team seek proof of a hidden cave within the canyon, filled with ancient treasures.

At first, it seems that, once again, the crew will be returning to LA empty-handed.  But then their luck turns.  They find a cave – and artefacts beyond their wildest imaginations.  But quickly the team’s elation descends into a nightmare as they become trapped within the cavern’s dark passages with little possibility of escape.

Then events take an even more terrifying turn.

For not all secrets are meant to be found …

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The Chaos Of Now by Erin Lange

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When Jordan Bishop sets himself on fire at school he triggered a nationwide crackdown on internet bullying.  New laws empower teachers to become cyber snoops.

But this is not what Jordan would have wanted.

For Eli Bennett, too, the laws put fundamental freedoms at risk.  So he joined a group of guerrilla hackers who are out to get justice for Jordan, Jordan-style.

What starts as a bit of fun soon spirals out of control.

Could revenge on bullies be classed as bullying itself?  By avenging Jordan’s life are they risking the lives of others?

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Blood Cruise by Mats Strandberg

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On the Baltic Sea, no one can hear you scream …

Tonight, twelve hundred expectant passengers have joined the booze-cruise between Sweden and Finland.  The creaking old ship travels this same route, back and forth, every day of the year. 

But this trip is going to be different.

In the middle of the night the ferry is suddenly cut off from the outside world.  There is nowhere to escape.  There is no way to contact the mainland.  And no one knows who they can trust.

Relationships are about to be tested.  Ordinary people are forced to become heroes.  But what happens this night may also bring out the worst in people …

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Firefly by Henry Porter

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From the refugee camps of Greece to the mountains of Macedonia, a thirteen-year-old boy is making his way to Germany and safety. Codenamed ‘Firefly’, he holds vital intelligence about a vicious ISIS terror cell and its plans to strike at the heart of Europe.  But the terrorists are hot on his trail.

When MI6 becomes aware of Firefly and what he knows, Luc Samson, ex-MI6 agent and expert at finding missing persons, is recruited to locate Firefly and get him to safety before the terrorists find him and kill him. 

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The Boy Who Saw by Simon Toyne

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In the ancient town of Cordes, an elderly tailor is found tortured and murdered.

He leaves behind a cryptic message with his granddaughter and her son – one that puts them in immediate danger.

Forced to go on the run, they find themselves hunted across France, on a journey that will take them into the heart of Europe’s violent past.

As they begin to unravel a dark truth, can the enigmatic Solomon Creed save them before it’s too late. 

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The Traitors: A True Story Of Blood, Betrayal And Deceit by Josh Ireland

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September 1939.  For years now Britain has been rudderless, divided and grievously unequal. Successive governments have floundered as they struggled to cope with economic misery at home and machinations abroad.  Many of the country’s citizens are seduced by fascism; others are simply left alienated by leaders who seem unwilling or unable to take the decisive action that is so desperately needed.

When war breaks out the imperilled nation achieves the unity and purpose that has eluded it for more than a decade.  It is a time of heroism and sacrifice, in which many thousands of soldiers and civilians give their lives.  But some Britons choose a different path, renegades who will fight for the Third Reich until its gruesome collapse in 1945. The Traitors tells the stories of four such men: the chaotic, tragic John Amery; the idealistic but hate-filled William Joyce; the cynical, murderous conman Harold Cole; and Eric Pleasants, an iron-willed pacifist and bodybuilder who wants no part in this war.

Drawing on recently declassified MI6 files, as well as diaries, letters and memoirs, The Traitors is a book about disordered lives in turbulent times; idealism twisted out of shape; of torn consciences and abandoned loyalties; of murder, deceit, temptation and loss.  It shows how a man might come to desert his country’s cause, and the tragic consequences that treachery brings in its wake.   

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All The Hidden Truths by Claire Askew

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This is a fact: Ryan Summers walked into Three Rivers College and killed twelve women, then himself.

But no one can say why.

The question is one that cries out to be answered – by Ryan’s mother, Moira; by Ishbel, the mother of Abigail, the first victim; and by DI Helen Birch, put in charge of the case on the first day at her new job.  But as the tabloids and the media swarm, as the families’ secrets come out, as the world searches for someone to blame … the truth seems to vanish. 

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The Quaker by Liam McIlvanney

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A city torn apart.

Glasgow, 1969.  In the grip of the worst winter for years, the city is brought to its knees by a killer whose name fills the streets with fear: the Quaker.  He takes his next victim – the third woman from the same nightclub – and dumps her in the street like rubbish.

A detective with everything to prove.

The police are left chasing a ghost, with no new leads and no hope of catching their prey.  DI McCormack, a talented young detective from the Highlands, is ordered to join the investigation.  But his arrival is met with anger from a group of officers on the brink of despair. Soon he learns just how difficult life can be for an outsider.

A killer who hunts in the shadows.

When another woman is found murdered in a tenement flat, it’s clear the case is by no means over.  From ruined backstreets to the dark heart of Glasgow, McCormack follows a trail of secrets that will change the city – and his life – forever … 

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