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Summer House With Swimming Pool

Author : Herman Koch
ISBN : 9781782390732
Genre : Fiction
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Marc Schlosser is a doctor to the rich and famous. When his most famous patient, the actor Ralph Meier, invites him and his family on holiday, Marc finds that he can't refuse. But by the time the suntans fade, Ralph Meier is dead. The medical board accuses Marc of negligence. Ralph's wife, however, accuses him of murder...

The Country House Revisited

Author : Topolovská, Tereza
ISBN : 9788024636726
Genre : Literary Criticism
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This monograph provides an insight into English country house fiction by twentieth and twenty-first century authors, with a focus on the works of E.M. Forster, Evelyn Waugh, Iris Murdoch, Alan Hollinghurst, and Sarah Waters. The country house is explored within the wider social and cultural contexts of the period, including contemporary architectural development. The variety of literary depictions of the country house reflects the physical diversification of buildings which can be classified as such, from smaller variants to formerly grand residences on the brink of physical collapse. Within the scope of contemporary fiction, architecture and poetics of space, the country house, given its uniquely integrating and exceptionally evocative qualities, accentuates different conceptions of dwelling. Consequently, literary portrayals of the country house can be seen as both prefiguring and reflecting the contemporary practice of living.

Dear Mr M

Author : Herman Koch
ISBN : 9781447294719
Genre : Fiction
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'An absolute page-turner' Mail on Sunday Dear Mr. M, I'd like to start by telling you that I'm doing better now. I do so because you probably have no idea that I was ever doing worse. Much worse, in fact, but I'll get to that later on. Mr. M is being watched. As a famous writer, he is no stranger to the limelight, although interest in his work has been dwindling of late. His print runs are smaller than they used to be, as are the crowds at his bookshop signings . . . Our narrator clearly takes a keen interest in M.'s work, and indeed in every aspect of his life. But what exactly are his intentions? And to what does Mr. M owe the honour of his undivided attention? Our narrator seems to be no stranger to murder, while his own story appears to bear more than a passing resemblance to the plot of Mr. M's most famous novel: a teacher has an affair with a student, only to be brutally murdered by the girl and her teenage boyfriend. The body is never found. That's the problem with fiction: in real life, bodies have an awkward habit of turning up. Mr. M has used some artistic licence, and our narrator is not pleased, not pleased at all. And just before he fades into obscurity, he's prepared to give Mr. M one last review. And it's unlikely to be a rave. Dear Mr. M is an unsettling and irresistibly readable literary thriller, set in the world of writing and bookselling, by Herman Koch, the author of the international bestseller, The Dinner.

The Ditch

Author : Herman Koch
ISBN : 9781925774184
Genre : Fiction
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When Robert Walter, popular mayor of Amsterdam, sees his wife toss her head back in laughter while chatting to one of his aldermen at a New Year’s reception, he immediately suspects the worst. Despite their long and happy marriage, Robert is convinced that Sylvia is cheating on him—and with the straitlaced alderman, no less, who is committed to the environment and wants to spoil the capital’s skyline with wind turbines. Soon afterwards, a journalist produces a photograph of a police officer being beaten up by three protesters during a demonstration against the Vietnam War. She claims that the mayor is one of the protesters. Then, out of the blue, Robert’s 94-year-old father turns up on the steps of the city hall, desperate to speak to him. He and his wife want to die together. They do not want to burden their son with their deteriorating health, so why not end their own lives when the time is right? The Ditch shows a seemingly stable man rapidly becoming entangled in his own fears and suspicions. Or is everything not what it seems, and is Robert Walter actually seeing things clearly for the very first time? ‘Herman Koch is rapidly becoming one of my favourite writers. His three novels, taken together, are like a killer EP where every track kicks ass.’ Stephen King ‘Chilling, nasty, smart, shocking and unputdownable.’ Gillian Flynn on The Dinner ‘The Dinner is a riveting, compelling and deliciously uncomfortable read... both a punch to the guts and...a tonic. It clears the air. A wonderful book.’ Christos Tsiolkas ‘Blackly funny, full of sharp edges and hot issues, and compulsively readable. Verdict: feast on this.’ Herald Sun on The Dinner ‘The Dinner is a masterful, disturbing piece of theatre.’ Age/SMH

The Dinner

Author : Herman Koch
ISBN : 9781922147561
Genre : Fiction
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The long-awaited B format of the international bestseller 'Funny, provocative and exceedingly dark, this is a brilliantly addictive novel that wraps its hands around your throat on page one and doesn't let go.' S.J. Watson Recalling books like The Slap and We Need to Talk About Kevin, Herman Koch's The Dinner is a dark, provocative tale about how far a parent would go to protect their child Translated into over 20 languages Over 1,000,000 copies sold worldwide, including 15K in ANZ and 45K in UK Debuted at #9 on the NYT bestsellers list Film rights have been bought by US production company, ChubbCo 'Rather like The Slap, [The Dinner] is set to become a contentious must-read. It may thrill, chill or cheat, but it is undeniably riveting.' Independent

The Summer House

Author : Santa Montefiore
ISBN : 9781451676693
Genre : Fiction
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Revealing herself as the illegitimate daughter of a recently deceased English lord, young Frenchwoman Phaedra gradually overcomes her outraged relatives' frosty reception, only to have her position threatened by a forbidden passion.

Swimming Pool Summer

Author : Rebecca Farnworth
ISBN : 9781446472781
Genre : Fiction
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Frankie hasn’t had a proper relationship for years. But though she tells everyone this is how she wants it, secretly she’s in love with her best friend Patrick. Tor didn’t think she could have a baby, but now she is pregnant by her younger lover. Could this mean the end of a romance that has started to mean more to her than she expected? Leila seems to have it all – a happy marriage, a beautiful daughter and a successful career. But Leila is harbouring a secret that could destroy her marriage forever. On an idyllic Greek island, the three women try to keep their secrets hidden. But emotions are running high, and when an unexpected guest arrives, events start to spin out of control...

The Swimming Pool Library

Author : Alan Hollinghurst
ISBN : 9781409002260
Genre : Fiction
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Young, gay, William Beckwith spends his time, and his trust fund, idly cruising London for erotic encounters. When he saves the life of an elderly man in a public convenience an unlikely job opportunity presents itself - the man, Lord Nantwich, is seeking a biographer. Will agrees to take a look at Nantwich’s diaries. But in the story he unravels, a tragedy of twentieth-century gay repression, lurk bitter truths about Will’s own privileged existence.

The Swimming Pool

Author : Louise Candlish
ISBN : 9781405919890
Genre : Fiction
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The gripping, twisty psychological suspense from the author of the Sunday Times top 5 bestseller Our House 'Exquisitely written and addictively dark. Sheer perfection' Clare Mackintosh It's summer when Elm Hill lido opens, having stood empty for years. For Natalie Steele - wife, mother, teacher - it offers freedom from the tightly controlled routines of work and family. Especially when it leads her to the glamorous Lara Channing, a charismatic former actress who seems only too happy to invite Natalie into her elite circle. Soon Natalie is spending long days at the pool, socializing with new friends and basking in a popularity she didn't know she'd been missing. Real life, and the person she used to be, begins to feel very far away. But is such a change in fortunes too good to be true? Why are dark memories of a summer long ago now threatening to surface? And could Natalie be swimming dangerously out of her depth? 'A compulsive psychological thriller that will give you the shivers' Sunday Mirror 'Clever, claustrophobic' Fabulous 'A novel that redefines the term "unputdownable"' Heat 'Tautly plotted - a psychological drama with edge' Good Housekeeping

The Swimming Pool

Author : Holly LeCraw
ISBN : 9780385531948
Genre : Fiction
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A heartbreaking affair, an unsolved murder, an explosive romance: welcome to summer on the Cape in this powerful debut. Seven summers ago, Marcella Atkinson fell in love with Cecil McClatchey, a married father of two. But on the same night their romance abruptly ended, Cecil's wife was found murdered—and their lives changed forever. The case was never solved, and Cecil died soon after, an uncharged suspect. Now divorced and estranged from her only daughter, Marcella lives alone, mired in grief and guilt. Meanwhile, Cecil's grown son, Jed, returns to the Cape with his sister for the first time in years. One day he finds a woman's bathing suit buried in a closet—a relic, unbeknownst to him, of his father's affair—and, on a hunch, confronts Marcella. When they fall into an affair of their own, their passion temporarily masks the pain of the past, but also leads to crises and revelations they never could have imagined. In what is sure to be the debut of the season, The Swimming Pool delivers a sensuous narrative of such force and depth that you won't be able to put it down. From the Hardcover edition.

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