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On The Bright Side BY HENDRIK GROEN (PENGUIN RANDOM HOUSE)

After a year of mourning the death of his beloved friend Eefje, octogenarian Hendrik Groen picks up his pen once again to chronicle the goings-on of his care home. When fears arise that the home is set for demolition, Hendrik and the Old-But-Not-Dead Club decide to intervene. This geriatric version of Adrian Mole is another hilarious and Groen, best known for his debut novel, The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, 83¼ Years Old. The Woman In The Window

BY A.J. FINN (HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS)

Anna Fox suffers from agoraphobia, a fear of public spaces, and has been a recluse in her New York home for 10 months. She spends her days drinking a little too much wine and recalling happier times. She also keeps tabs on her new neighbours, the picture-perfect Russells, by looking out her window. One night she witnesses something she wasn’t supposed to ever see, and while uncovering the truth about what happened she wonders if anyone will believe her – or if she can trust herself. A gripping, ‘unputdownable’ thriller.

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If I Die Before I Wake BY EMILY KOCH (PENGUIN RANDOM HOUSE)

Passionate rock climber and journalist, Alex Jackson, is in a serious rock-climbing accident that leaves him in a coma. Despite being comatose he’s fully aware of what’s going on around him – and as his family debate withdrawing life support all he can do is listen. Alex begins to suspect that his accident was deliberate, and the person responsible may hurt those he loves. He has to use his remaining senses to solve the mystery, before it’s too late. An edgeof-your-seat debut whodunnit novel.

White Chrysanthemum BY MARY LYNN BRACHT PENGUIN RANDOM HOUSE

It’s 1943 and Hana and her sister Emi live in Japanese-occupied Korea. Hana is a haenyeo, a female diver of the sea, and the the southernmost tip of Korea. One day, Hana sees a Japanese soldier approaching her younger sister while she’s guarding the catch of the day. When Hana saves Emi, the sisters are separated and Hana is captured and forced to be a ‘comfort woman’ in a military brothel. Almost 70 years later, Emi has tried to move on from that fateful day, but now she must confront the past.

Ivy & Abe BY ELIZABETH ENFIELD (PENGUIN)

A moving tale about Ivy and Abe, who were childhood friends until an accident tore them apart. Throughout their lives they’ve kept meeting and they’ve fallen in and out of love, but in each incarnation they’ve been separated due to circumstances beyond their control. Now in their seventies, fate brings them together again – is the time.

ESSENTIALS BOOK OF THE MONTH THE BURNING CHAMBERS BY KATE MOSSE (PAN MACMILLAN)

France 1562: Nineteen-year-old Minou Joubert receives an anonymous letter at her father’s bookshop in Carcassonne. It only That You Live’. Before she can decipher the message she meets Piet Reydon, a Huguenot convert themselves trapped in Toulouse, facing new dangers as sectarian of love, betrayal and secrets in motion in this new historical series.

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