The Persimmon Tree

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by Bryce Courtenay

This powerful tale of war, imprisonment, lifelong friendship and incredible survival finds Bryce Courtenay in vintage territory – and form!
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To Love, Honour and Betray (Till Divorce Us Do Part)

 

by Kathy Lette

When Lucy’s husband of eighteen years runs out on her, she’ll do anything to win him back…

Jasper has left Lucy for her best friend, the chic and thin interior decorator Renee. To make matters worse, her teenage daughter Tally, blames her Mum. “Dad left because you’ve let yourself go, you’re overweight and you nagged him. No wonder he buggered off.”

Although a signed-up member of Underachievers Anonymous, in Lucy’s quest to win back her husband she learns to be a surf life saver, loses weight and gets a job. She also falls in lust, finding herself torn between an older and a much younger man… But it’s not until Lucy makes the Freudian discovery that her toy boy is also dating her daughter – and that he’s been paid to do so by her conniving ex as ammunition for a custody battle, that she finally learns to stand on her own two stilettos. 

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Pride and Prejudice

  

 

 by Jane Austen“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.” Next to the exhortation at the beginning of Moby-Dick, “Call me Ishmael,” the first sentence of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice must be among the most quoted in literature. And certainly what Melville did for whaling Austen does for marriage–tracing the intricacies (not to mention the economics) of 19th-century British mating rituals with a sure hand and an unblinking eye.

And though the novel is rife with romantic misunderstandings, rejected proposals, disastrous elopements, and a requisite happy ending for those who deserve one, Austen never gets so carried away with the romance that she loses sight of the hard economic realities of 19th-century matrimonial maneuvering. Good marriages for penniless girls such as the Bennets are hard to come by, and even Lizzy, who comes to sincerely value Mr. Darcy, remarks when asked when she first began to love him: “It has been coming on so gradually, that I hardly know when it began. But I believe I must date it from my first seeing his beautiful grounds at Pemberley.” She may be joking, but there’s more than a little truth to her sentiment, as well. Jane Austen considered Elizabeth Bennet “as delightful a creature as ever appeared in print”. Readers of Pride and Prejudice would be hard-pressed to disagree.

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City of Ashes (Mortal Instruments)

 by Cassandra Clare

The past few weeks have been hectic for Clary Fray to say the least, and they only seem to get even more so in the sequel to Cassandra Clare’s popular debut City of Bones. Clary’s mother still hasn’t awoken from her strange sleep induced by Jace and Clary’s father, Valentine, and Jace is having troubles coming to terms with his true parentage.

Things only get more complicated when an Inquisitor is sent to the Institute to question Jace’s loyalty to the Clave, and he doesn’t make a good impression. Suspicion is further aroused when children of magical descent are found dead all over the city, making everyone suspect that Valentine is up to something more sinister than they have anticipated.

The second book in the Mortal Instruments series is full of fast paced action and twists and turns that you won’t see coming. Clary gets more and more involved in the supernatural world as she and Jace struggle to accept their relationship, while at the same time fending off attacks from all sides. In between it all is exhilarating excitement, the awkwardness of being a teenager, and intriguing mysteries. Readers looking for more breathless adventure and a spectacular battle against evil will delight in City of Ashes.

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