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They Called Us Enemy – George Takei

Blurb:Long before George Takei braved new frontiers in Star Trek, he woke up as a four-year-old boy to find his own birth country at war with his father's -- and their entire family forced from their home into an uncertain future.In 1942, at the order of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, every person of Japanese descent… Continue reading They Called Us Enemy – George Takei

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The Empress of Salt and Fortune – Nghi Vo

Blurb:A young royal from the far north is sent south for a political marriage in an empire reminiscent of imperial China. Her brothers are dead, her armies and their war mammoths long defeated and caged behind their borders. Alone and sometimes reviled, she must choose her allies carefully.Rabbit, a handmaiden, sold by her parents to… Continue reading The Empress of Salt and Fortune – Nghi Vo

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I Let You Go – Clare Mackintosh

Trigger warning: rape, physical abuse, emotional abuse, miscarriage, death of a child, murder Blurb:A tragic accident. It all happened so quickly. She couldn't have prevented it. Could she?In a split second, Jenna Gray's world descends into a nightmare. Her only hope of moving on is to walk away from everything she knows to start afresh.… Continue reading I Let You Go – Clare Mackintosh

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The Quality of Silence – Rosamund Lupton

Blurb:On 24 November Yasmin and her ten-year-old daughter Ruby set off on a journey across Northern Alaska. They're searching for Ruby's father, missing in the arctic wilderness.More isolated with each frozen mile they cover, they travel deeper into an endless night. And Ruby, deaf since birth, must brave the darkness where sight cannot guide her.She… Continue reading The Quality of Silence – Rosamund Lupton

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1984 – George Orwell

Blurb:Among the seminal texts of the 20th century, Nineteen Eighty-Four is a rare work that grows more haunting as its futuristic purgatory becomes more real. Published in 1949, the book offers political satirist George Orwell's nightmare vision of a totalitarian, bureaucratic world and one poor stiff's attempt to find individuality. The brilliance of the novel… Continue reading 1984 – George Orwell

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My Sister, The Serial Killer – Oyinkan Braithwaite

Trigger warning for violence, domestic abuse. Blurb:When Korede's dinner is interrupted one night by a distress call from her sister, Ayoola, she knows what's expected of her: bleach, rubber gloves, nerves of steel and a strong stomach. This'll be the third boyfriend Ayoola's dispatched in, quote, self-defence and the third mess that her lethal little… Continue reading My Sister, The Serial Killer – Oyinkan Braithwaite

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Winter Counts – David Heska Wanbli Weiden

Trigger warning for violence, substance abuse, death of a parent. Blurb:Virgil Wounded Horse is the local enforcer on the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota.  When justice is denied by the American legal system or the tribal council, Virgil is hired to deliver his own punishment, the kind that’s hard to forget. But when heroin… Continue reading Winter Counts – David Heska Wanbli Weiden

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The Queen’s Gambit – Walter Tevis

Blurb:When she is sent to an orphanage at the age of eight, Beth Harmon soon discovers two ways to escape her surroundings, albeit fleetingly: playing chess and taking the little green pills given to her and the other children to keep them subdued. Before long, it becomes apparent that hers is a prodigious talent, and… Continue reading The Queen’s Gambit – Walter Tevis

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Beartown – Fredrik Backman

****Spoiler Alert****Trigger warning: rape, misogyny, homophobia, abuse. Blurb:People say Beartown is finished. A tiny community nestled deep in the forest, it is slowly losing ground to the ever encroaching trees. But down by the lake stands an old ice rink, built generations ago by the working men who founded this town. And in that ice… Continue reading Beartown – Fredrik Backman

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The Thursday Murder Club – Richard Osman

Blurb:Four septuagenarians with a few tricks up their sleevesA female cop with her first big caseA brutal murderWelcome to…The Thursday Murder ClubIn a peaceful retirement village, four unlikely friends meet weekly in the Jigsaw Room to discuss unsolved crimes; together they call themselves The Thursday Murder Club. Elizabeth, Joyce, Ibrahim and Ron might be pushing… Continue reading The Thursday Murder Club – Richard Osman