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61. Star Teacher - Jack Sheffield

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It's 1985, and as Jack returns for another year as headteacher at Ragley village school, some changes are in store. It's the year of Halley's Comet, Band Aid, Trivial Pursuit, Dynasty shoulder pads, Roland Rat and Microsoft Windows. And at Ragley-on-the-Forest, Heathcliffe Earnshaw decides to enter the village scarecrow competition, Ruby the caretaker finds romance, and retirement looms for Vera the secretary. Meanwhile, Jack has to battle with some rising stars of the teaching profession to save his job and his school...

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62. Honour - Jack Ludlow

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Sixth century Constantinople. Flavius Belisarius is barely eighteen and is already commander of the cavalry patrolling the Persian frontier. A brilliant soldier but a poor schemer - Flavius needs to be both in order to survive the febrile politics of the Eastern Roman Empire. When his friend, Petrus Sabbatius uses trickery to become co-Emperor, Flavius is embroiled in an explosive venture. He must battle against the deadly Sassanids and protect the co-Emperor from his own subjects who are out for blood. But Flavius is unaware that his wife, joining him on the campaign, is secretly charged to spy on him.

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63. War Orphans - Lizzie Lane

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Joanna Ryan's father has gone off to war, leaving her in the care of her stepmother, a woman more concerned with having a good time than being any sort of parent to her. But then she finds a puppy, left for dead, and Joanna becomes determined to save him, sharing her meagre rations with him. But, in a time of war, pets are only seen as an unnecessary burden and she is forced to hide her new friend, Harry from her step-mother and the authorities. With bombs falling over Bristol and with the prospect of evacuation on the horizon can they stay together and keep each other safe?

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64. Timba Comes Home - Sheila Jeffries

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Timba and Vati are named after lions: and they need all the courage they can find when they are abandoned in a ditch. When Timba is eventually found by a young boy, Leroy, he is alone and starving. Leroy has a tough life and that is something Timba can relate to - he finds it impossible not to love the sad little boy. Through Leroy Timba also meets Angie, Leroy's teacher, and they forge a special bond. Can these two black kittens find their way back to each other, and use their cat power to heal the lives of the people they love?

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65. Till the End of Time - Shirley Heaton

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1939. Cathy lives happily with her family in Australia, oblivious of the onset of WWII in Europe. In England, young Tom, devastated when his mother leaves the family home in Leeds, is determined to enlist as soon as he is of age. He joins the Royal Navy and is sent to the Far East, arriving in Sydney. Tom meets dance teacher, Cathy at a ballroom and it soon becomes obvious they are destined to be together. But what are their chances of keeping their romance alive when it is inevitable that, once the war is over, Tom must sail back to England?

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66. The Devil's Breath - Tessa Harris

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As a mysterious poisonous fog rolls over the English countryside, bringing death and destruction in its wake, Dr Thomas Silkstone uses his considerable skills to investigate why so many are dying in Oxfordshire and beyond. Amid the chaos and confusion, however, Thomas soon discovers that the fog is not the only killer on the loose. As day merges into night, storms rage and meteorites tear across the sky, paranoia spreads like wildfire and many villagers believe the end of the world is nigh. It seems that no one, not even Lady Lydia Farrell, is safe from the impending doom.

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67. The Woolworths Girls - Elaine Everest

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A Sunday Times Bestseller. It's 1938 and as the threat of war hangs over the country, Sarah Caselton is preparing for her new job at Woolworths. Before long, she forms a tight bond with two of her colleagues: the glamorous Maisie and shy Freda. The trio immediately form a close-knit friendship, sharing their hopes and dreams for the future. But with war clouding the horizon, the young men and women of Woolworths realize that there are bigger battles ahead. It's a dangerous time for the nation, and an even more perilous time to fall in love...

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68. Changing the Odds - Jeff Dowson

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A prominent millionaire disappears and as the headlines grow more cynical by the day, Jack Shepherd knows that his search for a missing retired bookie can only end in misery. But in accepting May Marsh's commission to find her husband, Shepherd doesn't anticipate how high the odds stacked against him are as he is pitched into a world of ruthless exploitation, unbending violence and a heart-stopping confrontation with old enemies - the city's criminal royalty, the Settle family.

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69. Streets Of Darkness - A. A. Dhand

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The sky over Bradford is heavy with foreboding. A body has been found. And it's not just any body. Detective Harry Virdee has been suspended from work just as the biggest case of the year lands on what would have been his desk. He can't keep himself away. Determined to restore his reputation, Harry takes to the shadows in search of notorious ex-convict and prime suspect, Lucas Dwight. But as the motivations of the murder threaten to tip an already unstable city into riotous anarchy, Harry finds his preconceptions turned on their head as he discovers what it's like to be on the other side of the law...

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70. Another Man's Child - Anne Bennett

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Celia Mulligan is in love with farmhand Andy McCadden, but her father refuses to let his daughter marry a mere labourer. Celia elopes with Andy and they take a ship to England. While on board, Celia meets Annabel, a demure young woman who tells her in confidence that a friend of her father forced himself upon her and she is pregnant. Annabel asks Celia if she will accompany her to Birmingham as her lady's maid. Andy encourages Celia to accept - he can find employment for himself and save for their future. But soon Celia is forced to choose between the man she loves, and the love of a vulnerable child...

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71. Death of a Nurse - M. C. Beaton

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Hamish Macbeth is back in a new mystery. James Harrison has recently moved to a restored hunting lodge in Sutherland with his gorgeous private nurse Gloria Dainty. When Hamish visits Mr Harrison to welcome him to the neighbourhood, the old man treats him very rudely. Gloria apologises for her employer's behaviour, and Hamish invites her out for dinner. Hamish waits for Gloria at the appointed restaurant. And waits. But Gloria never shows up. Four days later, her body washes up on the beach near Braikie. She's been strangled. Hamish must find out who killed the beautiful new resident of Sutherland, and why, before the murderer strikes again.

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72. The Nurse's War - Merryn Allingham

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The unforgettable sequel to The Girl from Cobb Street 1941: As a nurse in the rubble-strewn East End of London, Daisy Driscoll is a first-hand witness to the trauma of the Second World War. The blare of guns and bombs assailing the dark empty streets of London are now the soundtrack to her life. Yet this isn't the only war Daisy is fighting - there's a battlefield in her heart as she deals with her husband's cruel betrayal. As Daisy tries to forge a new life without him, she is determined not to become dependent on another man - but first she must face her very deepest fears...

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73. Falling Creatures - Katherine Stansfield

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On a lonely moorland farm not far from Jamaica Inn, farmhand Shilly finds love in the arms of Charlotte Dymond. But Charlotte has many secrets, possessing powers that cause both good and ill. When she’s found on the moor with her throat cut, Shilly is determined to find out who is responsible, and so is the stranger calling himself Mr Williams, who asks for Shilly's help. Mr Williams has secrets too, and Shilly is thrown into the bewildering new world of modern detection.

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74. Dead Girls Dancing - Graham Masterton

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In the middle of Cork, in the middle of the day, a fire crackles in a local dance studio. Thirteen women, all promising stars of Irish folk, die in the blaze, their young lives cut short by a tragic accident. But where others see tragedy, DCI Katie Maguire sees murder. This is not the first fire to sweep through Cork. And in one previous case, the victims were dead before the fire was started. As Katie Maguire investigates the strange, obsessive world of competitive Irish folk dancing, she must face her most chilling killer yet.

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75. Swimming Home - Mary-Rose MacCall

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London, 1925: Fifteen-year-old Catherine Quick longs to feel once more the warm waters off the Torres Strait Islands in Australia and swim, as she's done since she was a child. But now, orphaned and living with her aunt Louisa in London, Catherine feels lost. Louisa holds strict views on the behavior of her young niece. It takes the enigmatic American, Manfred Lear Black, to convince Louisa to bring Catherine to New York where Catherine can train to become the first woman to swim the English Channel. And finally, Louisa begins to listen to what her own heart tells her.

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76. The House at Bishopsgate - Katie Hickman

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Seven years after he was all but destroyed in his quest to take possession of the Pindar Diamond, merchant Paul Pindar returns triumphantly to England. Now one of the wealthiest merchants in London, he brings with him his wife, Celia Lamprey, the Englishwoman with whom, after many vicissitudes, he has at last been united. But all is not as it seems. Celia is frail, and their marriage is childless. Pindar arranges for Celia's old friend, Annetta, to join them as Celia's companion. But Annetta arrives to find that another woman, the widow Frances Sydenham, has insinuated herself into the Pindar household, and has a mysterious hold over both Celia and Paul.

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77. Britt-Marie was Here - Fredrik Backman

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For as long as anyone can remember, Britt-Marie has been an acquired taste. It's not that she's judgemental, fussy or difficult - she just expects things to be done in a certain way. A cutlery drawer should be arranged in the right order, for example (forks, knives and then spoons). But behind the passive-aggressive, socially awkward, pedantic busybody is a woman who has more imagination, bigger dreams and a warmer heart than anyone around her realises. So when Britt-Marie finds herself unemployed and separated from her husband of 20 years, she learns that life may have more to offer her than she's ever realised.

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78. The Chilbury Ladies' Choir - Jennifer Ryan

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Kent, 1940: The women of Chilbury village have taken umbrage at the Vicar's closure of the choir now that its male singers are at war. But when music professor Primrose Trent arrives, it prompts the creation of an all-female singing group. Resurrecting themselves as The Chilbury Ladies' Choir, the women's voices embolden the community as the war tears through their lives. Filled with intrigue, humour and touching warmth, set against the backdrop of WWII, this is a lively and big-hearted novel told through the voices of four very different, but equally vibrant characters, who will win you over as much with their mischief as with their charm.

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79. The Little Breton Bistro - Nina George

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Marianne Messman longs to escape her loveless marriage to an uncaring husband – a sergeant major named Lothar. On a day trip to Paris, Marianne decides to leap off the Pont Neuf into the Seine, but she is saved from drowning by a homeless man. While recovering, she comes across a painting of the port town of Kerdruc in Brittany and decides to try her luck on the coast. There, Marianne meets a host of colourful characters who become her new family. But with her husband looking to pull her back to her old life, will Marianne step back into the known, or jump into an exciting future?

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80. In This Grave Hour - Jacqueline Winspear

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Britain is at war. Returned from a dangerous mission onto enemy soil, having encountered an old enemy and the Fuhrer himself along the way, Maisie Dobbs is fully aware of the gravity of the current situation; her world is on the cusp of great change. One of those changes can be seen in the floods of refugees that are arriving in Britain, desperate for sanctuary from the approaching storm of war. When Maisie stumbles on the deaths of refugees who may have been more than ordinary people, she is drawn into an investigation that requires all her insight and strength.

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