By Bernice Rubens Published by Eyre & Spottiswoode Norman is the clever one of a close-knit Jewish family in the East End of London. Infant prodigy; brilliant. Despite the often grim subject matter of her books, Bernice Rubens wrote Her best-known novel, The Elected Member, explored loneliness. The Elected Member is a Booker Prize-winning novel by Welsh writer Bernice Rubens. Plot. The novel’s main character is Norman Zweck, who is addicted .
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The Elected Member by Bernice Rubens
Norman is the clever one of a close-knit Jewish family in the East End of London. Infant prodigy; brilliant barrister; the apple of his parents’ eyes For Norman, his committal to a mental hospital represents the ultimate act of betrayal. For Rbbi Zweck, Norman’s father, his son’s deterioration is a bitter reminder of his own guilt and failure. Only Bella, the unmarried sister, still in her childhood white ankle socks, can reach across the abyss of pain to bring father and son the elusive peace which they both desperately crave.
Bernice Rubens was born is Wales and worked as both a writer and a film maker. She is the winner of the Booker Prize for The Elected Member, and was shortlisted for the same prize for a subsequent novel: A Five Year Sentence.
She died in Can a house heal heartache? From coastal Australia to the rugged beauty of Ireland, an enchanting novel of starting over, in the tradition of Maeve Binchy and Monica McInerneyTheir grandmother’s stone cottage was always a welcome retreat in the childhood summers of Ellen and Aidan O’Shea.
After a trip home from Australia, Ellen is keen to bring the neglected property back to its former glory and enlists the help of her dear friend and one of Ireland’s top interior designers, Colette Barry. Aidan is already begrudging the work on the house he has avoided for nearly twenty years. The last thing the builder needs is an interior designer who seems to do nothing but complicate his life.
With their own personal heartaches to overcome, will Aidan and Colette find the courage to give the house and themselves a second chance?
Esther Campion has woven a poignant story about that journey everyone takes to find their own beloved place in the wide wide world’ Better Reading. Rubenss tautly plotted mystery of dark family secrets, perfect mekber fans of Kate Morton. A beautiful read that delivers a shocking and satisfying ending’ Liv Constantine, bestselling author of The Last Mrs ParrishSeraphine Mayes and her brother Danny are known as the summer-born Summerbournes: But on the electfd they were born their mother threw herself to her death, their au pair fled, and the village thrilled with whispers of dark-cloaked figures and a rubenx baby.
Now twenty-five, and mourning the recent death of her father, Seraphine uncovers a family photograph taken on the day the twins were born featuring both parents posing with just one baby. Seraphine soon becomes fixated with the notion that she and Danny might not be twins after all, that she wasn’t the baby born that day and that there was more to her mother’s death than she has ever been told Why did their beloved au pair flee that day?
Where is she now? Does she hold the key to what really happened? It’s eldcted summer ofthe year of love and hate, of Prague Spring and Cold War winter.
Two English students, Ellie and James, set off to hitch-hike across Europe with no particular aim in mind but a continent, and themselves, to discover. Somewhere in southern Germany they decide, on a whim, to visit Czechoslovakia where Alexander Dubcek’s ‘socialism with a human face’ is smiling on the world.
Meanwhile Sam Wareham, a first secretary at the British embassy in Prague, is observing developments in the country with a mixture of diplomatic cynicism and a young man’s passion. It seems that, for the first time, nothing is off limits behind the Iron Curtain. Yet the wheels of politics are grinding in the background. How will the looming disaster affect those fragile lives caught up in the invasion? An isolated Tuscan farmhouse on the edge of an rubems wood is the perfect setting for a late September holiday.
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As a group of old friends from university and their families gather to relax and unwind, all are hoping it will be a chance to put the tragic events of the previous year behind them. There were six of them once; now they are are five. Watching the British visitors arrive from her own terrace is Anna Viola, whose family has lived for centuries in the crumbling red-brick farmhouse above Il Vignacce.
As a little girl during the war, Anna watched an Englishman arrive at the house, seeking shelter from the Germans. His appearance would change her life for rubems it still haunts the family home she holds in trust for her beloved son Paolo. Rose Fell’s friends think she’s taking a big risk when mekber leaves the security of home and career to move to the beautiful but isolated village of Grosso, near Genoa.
Membwr after a year of emotional turmoil Rose no longer has any ties back home, and she relishes the challenges of a new start. Making a home, however, in the ravishing, haunted landscape of Italy’s Vernice coast turns our to be lonelier than Rose had anticipated. And it is only when she is asked to write a profile on one of her reclusive neighbours, the once-glamorous film star Elvira Vitale, membsr Rose feels her new life is really beginning.
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But when a young girl’s body is found on the local beach, and the following day Elvira’s hard-working cleaner, Ania, goes missing, Rose finds herself embroiled in a murder investigation that threatens mebmer idyll she has worked so hard to establish. On a scorching summer afternoon in the suburbs of Florence, a small girl goes missing at a crowded swimming pool and is never seen alive again.
For fifteen years a terrible crime lies unsolved, becoming one of the city’s darkest and most shameful secrets, until one bitter winter night another body is found, at another swimming pool, and the case is reopened. Celia Donnelly had just arrived in Florence at the time of the girl’s disappearance and can remember only too well the face that filled the front pages of every Italian newspaper.
When word of the gruesome new discovery breaks, she is in the midst of arranging a weekend of birthday celebrations for a wealthy Englishman’s wife. However, as Celia undertakes what ought to be a routine work assignment, she finds herself more closely involved than she could have ever imagined with a tragedy that has haunted her dreams for fifteen years; and it is Celia who is compelled to bear witness when the past returns to exact a brutal and terrifying revenge.
Dybek is a storyteller of great power. If there’s any justice, this novel will be widely read and recognized. Intwo young Americans meet in Verdun, the city in France where one of the most devastating battles of the war was waged. Tom is an orphan from Chicago, a former ambulance driver now gathering bones from the battlefield; Sarah is an expatriate from Boston searching for the husband who wandered off from his division elscted hasn’t been seen since.
Quickly, the two fall into a complicated affair against the ghostly backdrop electwd the ruined city.
Months later, Sarah and Tom meet again at the psychiatric ward of an Italian hospital, drawn there by the appearance of a mysterious patient the doctors call Douglas Fairbanks after the silent film actor – a shell-shocked soldier with no memory of who he is.
At the hospital, Tom tne Sarah are joined by Paul, an Austrian journalist with his own interest in the amnesiac. Each is keeping a secret; each has been shaken by the horrors of war. Decades later, Tom, now a successful screenwriter, encounters Paul by chance in LA, still grappling with the questions raised by this gorgeous and incisive novel: How to begin again after unfathomable trauma?
How to love after so much loss? And who, in the end, was Douglas Fairbanks? Arthur Less is a failed novelist about to turn fifty. A wedding invitation arrives in elcted post: Arthur can’t say yes – it would be too awkward; he can’t say no – it would look like defeat.
So, he begins to accept the invitations on his desk to half-baked literary events around the world.
From France to India, Germany to Japan, Arthur almost falls in love, almost falls to his death, and puts miles between him and the plight he refuses to face. Less is a novel about mishaps, misunderstandings and the depths of the human heart. Free trip to Paris: Ten years ago, Rachael gave up the love of her life. Now she’s being offered an all-expenses-paid trip to Paris – the city she’s always dreamed of living in – to watch to him marry someone else.
Paris has all kinds of surprises in store for Rachael, who’s more used to countryside lanes than Coco Chanel, including a handsome photographer. But the sparkling city of love, hope and longing has a way of unlocking your heart’s deepest secrets. And there’s one question that just won’t stop nagging at her – a question she’ll have to find an answer to before her time in Paris is up.
One thing’s for sure: Escape to the most fabulous city in the world and fall in love with this romantic, hopeful, heart-melting story by bestselling author Charlotte Nash. The writing is beautiful Perfect for those seeking a romantic read with some bite.
This is my first time reading anything by Charlotte Nash; I am now officially in love. Such a fabulous story and trip to Paris! Our Books See all Books.
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