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F A N T A S Y ✨ Magic, swords, parallel worlds, politics, romance, battles... there is so much to love about fantasy and magic realism 😍 Have you read any (or, let's be real, ALL) of these glorious fantasy series?

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Today's #FirstLineMonday is from BREAKOUT by @katemessner! Told in letters, poems, text messages, news stories, and comics--a series of documents Nora collects for the Wolf Creek Community Time Capsule Project--BREAKOUT is a thrilling story about a girl, her community, a prison break, and the summer that changes everything. #breakout #katemessner #middlegradebooks #middlegradereads #raisingareader #summerreading

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'Driven by curiosity, freighted with mystery and tempered by chance, wonders gleam from every page' Melissa Harrison 🔍🔍🔍 Mudlarking: Lost and Found on the River Thames by @london.mudlark is out now! 🔍🔍🔍 Lara Maiklem has scoured the banks of the Thames for over fifteen years, in pursuit of the objects that the river unearths: from Neolithic flints to Roman hair pins, medieval buckles to Tudor buttons, Georgian clay pipes to Victorian toys. These objects tell her about London and its lost ways of life. Moving from the river's tidal origins in the west of the city to the point where it meets the sea in the east, Mudlarking is a search for urban solitude and history on the River Thames, which Lara calls the longest archaeological site in England. As she has discovered, it is often the tiniest objects that tell the greatest stories. 🔍🔍🔍 'The very best books that deal with the past are love letters to their subject, and the very best of those are about subjects that love their authors in return. Such books are very rare, but this is one' Ian Mortimer

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'Book by book, over the past decade, @benmyers76 has proved himself to be one of the most singular, moving and crucial voices of our times, making THE OFFING one of the must-read books of the year.' - David Peace

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'The Truants is a deeply affecting, artfully written and entirely gripping story. It evokes university life as seen through the eyes of one of modern British literature's most appealing heroines, and her gradual awakening to the complexity, deceitfulness and amorality of the adult world. The novel combines the best elements of a crime thriller, a campus novel, a love story and a psychological study. It is always beautifully and surprisingly written, has a perfect sense of plot and is consistently clever. Weinberg is a major talent.' - Alain de Botton 📖 📖 📖 Don't miss THE TRUANTS by Kate Weinberg... 'People disappear when they most want to be seen.'

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You know when a book perfectly captures the sense of a place? In Renée Watson's SOME PLACES MORE THAN OTHERS, Amara travels to New York City to visit her father's family. It's not what she thought it would be--it's too crowded, the subways are too confusing, and her father is too busy. But when Amara starts asking questions and exploring Harlem, she begins to understand more about the city, her family, and herself. On sale: US: Sept. 3 UK: Sept. 5 AUS: Oct. 15 #middlegradereads #corettascottking #newberyhonor #reneewatson #piecingmetogether #watchusrise #librarybooks #nycbooks #harlem #raisingareader #bookstagram

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'If you like your women strong and wielding a huge sword, then you’ll get a kick out of this sword’n’sorcery novel' - People Magazine 💪⚔️🍊 We'll never get over The Priory of the Orange Tree by @say_shannon! Who's with us? 😍

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We love book covers of all colors of the rainbow, so we’re starting a limited weekly feature to show them all! Week one: shades of red! . . ❤️ A BOUND WOMAN IS A DANGEROUS THING by @dr_digifeminist ❤️ A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES by @therealsjmaas ❤️ BOTTLE GROVE by @authordanielhandler ❤️ ABANDON ME by @melissafebos

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😍 We love getting finished copies in the office and we are SO excited to share this gorgeous book with you! Just look at that embossing! ❤ "A brave and beautiful book with a big heart" - Jenny Downham Out September in the UK and Novemver in AU.

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One week to go! 🙊 How beautiful is the new paperback edition of HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS, illustrated by Jim Kay?! It even comes with a pull-out poster of the Diagon Alley illustration from The Philosopher's Stone 😍 Hands up if you adore the Harry Potter illustrated editions?? 🙋

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"This stunning book is the story I’ve been waiting for my whole life; where girls rise up to claim their space with joy and power.” -- @halseanderson, New York Times bestselling and award-winning author of Speak and Shout Newbery Honor & Coretta Scott King Award-winning author @harlemportland teams up with poet Ellen Hagan in this YA feminist anthem about raising your voice. Jasmine and Chelsea are best friends on a mission--they’re sick of the way women are treated even at their progressive NYC high school, so they decide to start a Women's Rights Club. They post their work online--poems, essays, videos of Chelsea performing her poetry, and Jasmine's response to the racial microaggressions she experiences--and soon they go viral. But with such positive support, the club is also targeted by trolls. When things escalate in real life, the principal shuts the club down. Not willing to be silenced, Jasmine and Chelsea will risk everything for their voices--and those of other young women--to be heard. #WatchUsRise #YA #FeministYA #teenreads #reneewatson #ellenhagan #booksaremagic #bookstores #bookstagram

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Contemporary YA 💖 Have you read any of the books in this glorious stack?? 🏖️📚☀️ Comment below if you LOVE contemporary young adult fiction 🙋

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This illustrated chapter book about a charming pug with an appetite for trouble is perfect for story time (no matter who is listening!). SAFARI PUG (and CAPTAIN PUG and COWBOY PUG) is by @pugandladym, with illustrations by @eglantineceulemans. #safaripug #captainpug #cowboypug #chapterbooks #chapterbooksforkids #chapterbook #booksaboutdogs #pugsofinstagram #childrensbooks #raisingareader #raisingreaders

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THE OFFING. 'What a radical thing, these days, to have written a book so full of warmth and kindness... Gorgeous' – Max Porter 🌊 🌊 🌊 One summer following the Second World War, Robert Appleyard sets out on foot from his Durham village. Sixteen and the son of a coal miner, he makes his way across the northern countryside until he reaches the former smuggling village of Robin Hood's Bay. There he meets Dulcie, an eccentric, worldly, older woman who lives in a ramshackle cottage facing out to sea. 🌊 🌊 🌊 Staying with Dulcie, Robert's life opens into one of rich food, sea-swimming, sunburn and poetry. The two come from different worlds, yet as the summer months pass, they form an unlikely friendship that will profoundly alter their futures. 🌊 🌊 🌊 A BBC Radio 2 Book Club Pick 🌊 🌊 🌊 A BBC Radio 4 'Book at Bedtime' 🌊 🌊 🌊 An Observer Pick for 2019

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Today’s #FirstLineMonday comes from THE APOLOGY by Eve Ensler. Follow @theapology for more photos and updates.

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'This is a brilliant story full of heart-stopping moments, thrills, spills and many different smiles. It's a fantastic performance - a pickpocket delight to read - where two boys with unusual skills, two girls full of determination and a host of animals find themselves in a death-defying adventure. What more could you possibly want?' Mr Ripley's Enchanted Books ✨ THE GOOD THIEVES by Katherine Rundell - available now! Fresh off the boat from England, Vita Marlowe has a job to do. Her beloved grandfather Jack has been cheated out of his home and possessions by a notorious conman with Mafia connections. Seeing Jack's spirit is broken, Vita is desperate to make him happy again, so she devises a plan to outwit his enemies and recover his home. She finds a young pickpocket, working the streets of the city. And, nearby, two boys with highly unusual skills and secrets of their own are about to be pulled into her lawless, death-defying plan.

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This repost from @robbyreads is capturing our weekend vibes ☀️📘😎 What are you reading this weekend? + + + + + + + + + + + + + #Repost: I just legit read half of this book in the pool in one sitting!! Idk when the last time that happened was 👀 But it’s AMAZING — please preorder. @stampepk is actually a gift to us all. + + + + + + + + + + + + + #TheGravityofUs #comingsoon #newya #lgbtqya #beachreading #bookphotography #bookworm #bookstagram #bookish #poolreading #summerreading #yabooks #yalit #youngadultbooks #lgbtqbooks

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Today is LOVE YOUR BOOKSHOP DAY in Australia! 📚🎉✨ It's a day to visit your local bookshop, show them some love, and buy some wonderful new books! 😍 What's your favourite thing about your local bookshop? The lovely staff? The warm and cosy atmosphere? The glorious smell of all those brand-new books??

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Happy Book Lover's Day! 📚 Treat yourself to a new book (or 11!). #Piecingmetogether @harlemportland #WomenTalking #miriamtoews #YouAreMighty @laurentamaki @carolinembpaul #SecretintheStone #TheUnicornQuest @Kkbenko_ #InWestMills @deshawncharleswinslow #ACurseSoDarkandLonely @brigidkemmerer #CityofOmens #DanWerb #WomenRowingNorth #marypipher #LightFromOtherStars @seacitysky #ACourtofMistandFury #Acomaf #acotar @therealsjmaas #PrioryoftheOrangeTree #theprioryoftheorangetree @say_shannon

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'I couldn't turn the pages fast enough' – Clare Mackintosh 🗝️🔑 🗝️🔑 It starts as a game at a book group one night. Never Have I Ever... done something I shouldn't. 🗝️🔑 🗝️🔑 But Amy Whey has done something she shouldn't. And Roux, the glamorous newcomer to Amy's suburban neighbourhood, knows exactly what that is. 🗝️🔑 🗝️🔑 Roux promises she will go away – if Amy plays by her rules. 🗝️🔑 🗝️🔑 But Amy isn't prepared to lose everything. She's going to fight back, and in this escalating game of cat and mouse, there can be only one winner. 🗝️🔑 🗝️🔑 NEVER HAVE I EVER is out now!

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‘Kavita Puri’s book is the most humane account of Partition I’ve read… Crucially, it distances itself from the politics of independence, from celebrating the British empire and the benefits it gave those under its rule. Instead, it gives a voice to those affected by Partition.’ - The Observer PARTITION VOICES by Kavita Puri - Available now.

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Who has else has never wanted to leave book characters behind? 🙌 This is an appreciation post for authors who understand, like @brigidkemmerer, who wrote LETTERS TO THE LOST and continued the characters' stories in MORE THAN WE CAN TELL. In LETTERS, Declan is completing his community service in a cemetary, where he finds a letter left behind. He can't resist responding to the writer who--though he doesn't know it--is his classmate, Juliet. Their connection is immediate, but their identities aren't the only secrets keeping them apart. One of the best parts of LETTERS is Declan's relationship with his best friend Rev--an honest portrayal of a positive & genuinely supportive friendship. Rev's story takes center stage in MORE THAN WE CAN TELL, when he tries to cope with the reappearance of his abusive father, and a newfound connection with Emma Blue. Emma has demons of her own--online harassers in the computer game she designed. Can Rev and Emma save themselves? Can they save each other? #LetterstotheLost #morethanwecantell #CallItWhatYouWant #BrigidKemmerer #acursesodarkandlonely #AHeartSoFierceandBroken #yacontemporary #standalone #sequels #duology #bookstagram

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'A remarkably assured debut, deftly plotted and with vivid, compelling characters that leap off the page' – Jojo Moyes. THE TRUANTS is out now! ➖ People disappear when they most want to be seen. ➖ Jess Walker, middle child of a middle class family, has perfected the art of vanishing in plain sight. But when she arrives at a concrete university campus under flat, grey, East Anglian skies, her world flares with colour. ➖ Drawn into a tightly-knit group of rule breakers – led by their maverick teacher, Lorna Clay – Jess begins to experiment with a new version of herself. But the dynamic between the friends begins to darken as they share secrets, lovers and finally a tragedy. Soon Jess is thrown up against the question she fears most: what is the true cost of an extraordinary life?

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Which artist's lyrics can you quote in any given situation? 🎧🎵 GREETINGS FROM BURY PARK by @SarfrazManzoor is the inspiration for the feel-good film of the season, Blinded by the Light. Watch the film, read the book! 😍

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Today is the anniversary of the US Voting Rights Act is 1965 🗳️ but 54 years later, not all voters are treated equally. In her award winning ONE PERSON, NO VOTE, Prof. Carol Anderson lays bare the America's history of voter suppression and the government-dictated racial discrimination that continues to unfold before our eyes. The upcoming YA edition (with Tonya Bolden, on sale September 17, 2020) includes a discussion guide, photographs, and tips for getting involved. #onepersonnovote #carolanderson #tonyabolden #nonfiction #yanonfiction #nonfictionya #votingrightsact

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A cookbook like no other, Dishoom: From Bombay with Love, is out 5th September. Uncover the secrets of Dishoom, including their iconic black daal, BACON NAAN and more... And swipe to see a video of the founders of Dishoom and their head chef talking through what the cookbook has in store.

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We’re so excited to share this first look at the absolutely stunning A Court of Thorns and Roses Collector’s Edition! We can’t wait to put this on our Sarah J. Maas shelves later this year! @therealsjmaas

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'In this hectic, magical, monster world there are brownies, goblins, pixies and a terrible ogre king named Thunderguts, who seems to have his own plans for the boy. With shades of The Labyrinth, Artemis Fowl and A Most Magical Girl, this exciting debut novel from [Australian author T.C. Shelley] is a witty fantasy adventure.' - @ReadingsBooks ✨✨✨ A brilliantly rich and strange fantasy adventure that will make us all believe in monsters – be they good, bad or somewhere in between... THE MONSTER WHO WASN'T - 8 August 2019

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Dragons. Daring. Danger... Almost two months to go until this beauty is released and the full illustration by Jim Kay that wraps around the front cover is incredible. Get ready to relive the Triwizard Tournament with Jim Kay's darkest and most ambitious artwork to date. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling, illustrated by Jim Kay, is out 8th October! Swipe ⬅️to see the stunning deluxe edition that's also available from 8th October, featuring gold edges, cloth-bound slipcase and an exclusive sketch by Jim Kay of Hogwarts.

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'A deeply affecting and entirely gripping story, seen through the eyes of one of modern British Literature's most appealing heroines ... @KateWeinberg is a major talent.' - Alain de Botton

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"I have a worry." This sweet and accessible story is perfect for teaching emotional intelligence. When Ruby tries to ignore her Worry, it just follows her around and gets bigger and bigger, eating into her happiness. But she learns there is a way to get rid of the Worry--by telling people about it! Joining the ranks of The Rabbit Listened and When Sadness is At Your Door, this thoughtful picture book gives children the language to express themselves in a healthy way, couched in charming and bright illustrations. On sale as RUBY'S WORRY in the UK/IN/AUS, coming to the US on September 3, 2020.

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😍 What a delightful Friday treat! Finished copies of Ann Patchett’s sensational THE DUTCH HOUSE have arrived at Bloomsbury HQ. Don’t they look stunning? 🔶 A masterpiece from the Orange Prize-winning, New York Times number one bestselling author of Commonwealth and Bel Canto: a story of love, family, sacrifice, and the power of place. 🔶 Out 24th September.

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It’s crafternoon time! 📚✂️🎨 To celebrate the upcoming release of The Monster Who Wasn’t by T.C. Shelley, join Tobias from Bloomsbury Australia to make your very own gargoyle bookmarks! 😍 Swipe for the full tutorial 👍🏻

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'You make me feel like there's something good in the world I can hold on to,' Aaron says. He kisses me again, draws me so close it's almost hard to breathe. 'I love you, Gem. And I promise I'll hold your heart forever.' 💙 💙 💙 ‘Girls need books like these. A difficult novel to write but a genuine achievement. I hope I Hold Your Heart finds a readership in girls and helps them to protect themselves.’ - The Bookbag 💙 💙 💙 I HOLD YOUR HEART by @karengregoryauthor

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Of all the birthday presents Harry received in the books, which was the most memorable? We think nothing beats a cake from Hagrid! And remember that Hagrid spells it correctly in the book (and we go by the books not the films!) #HappyBirthdayHarryPotter

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Happy birthday Harry Potter! From learning yer a wizard to finding true friends, and realising that your parents will be with you #always – here are just some of our favourite Harry moments. 🎉🎂🎁

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Do you love fairy tale retellings? Have you read @BrigidKemmerer's A CURSE SO DARK AND LONELY? 🏰 The next book in the series, A HEART SO FIERCE AND BROKEN, is on its way in 2020. Who's excited?! 😱 Sign up for the #Cursebreakers street team at bit.ly/Cursebreakers 👌🏻

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Goodreads announced their highest rated YA books of 2019 so far, and named A CURSE SO DARK AND LONELY by @brigidkemmerer as 1 of 4 books in the Hot New Series category! ✨ If you want the early scoop and chances to snag an ARC of the next book, A HEART SO FIERCE AND BROKEN, sign up for the Cursebreakers street team at bit.ly/Cursebreakers ✨ #cursebreakers #goodreads #bestbooks #acursesodarkandlonely #AHeartSoFierceandBroken #BrigidKemmerer #yafantasyseries #yafantasy #disabilityrep #beautyandthebeast #fairytaleretelling #bookstagram #bookstores #indiebookstores

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Are you a fantasy fan? Do you prefer spells and magic or swords and battles? 🧙‍♂️✨ vs ⚔️💪

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'It is a well-known fact that fairies are born from a baby's first laugh. What is not as well documented is how monsters come into being...' 🧚‍♂️👿 THE MONSTER WHO WASN'T by T.C. Shelley - August 8th.

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We love this #Repost from Lola Dutch creator @sarahjanestudios 💗 ・・・ One of the best parts of what I do is hearing from you and your kids. Creating art and stories for children, with the hopes of inspiring them to truly be who they are made to be, is why I’m an artist. So when Kalea’s mom emailed me asking if I could draw a picture of Lola Dutch with a partially shaved head because she was going into brain surgery after being diagnosed with an incurable brain disease,of course i said yes. Little Kalea was so upset about not having her “Lola Dutch haircut” anymore and more than surgery, that was her biggest fear. Lola is her favorite character and book and her 4 year old heart was confused. Her sweet mom knew if she saw a picture of Lola with a partially shaved head and new look, Kalea would be just fine with her new do. What an honor to get to know this brave little girl and her shining confidence post-surgery. Thanks @briezie_doo for letting me part of her incredible story. I hope Lola continues to remind her she can do and be anything she puts her mind to! #loladutch

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😍 We just ADORE this gorgeous shot of @brigidkemmerer's magical new proof of #AHeartSoFierceAndBroken at our @yalc_uk stand! If you're coming to YALC this weekend we are doing a very exciting giveaway of these proofs so come say hi and find out how you can enter! We will also be putting all the action on our stories so even if you sadly can't be there in person, you can still experience the magic! ❤ #yalc #ya #comiccon #fantasy #igreads #bookstagrammer

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THE GOOD THIEVES by @katherine.rundell out and about in Sydney, Australia! Can you pick this location? 🤔

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☀️☀️🥵🥵 It’s a scorcher in the UK! There’s only one thing to do: drop everything and start reading! What are your hot weather reading habits? Do you search for shade? Or do you want to feel the full force of the sun?

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'Some authors are able to tap into a voice so powerfully truthful it’s breathtaking. That’s the case with @starkmcginnis... Complex and ultimately satisfying, EXTRAORDINARY BIRDS has all the makings of an instant classic.' Chris, Goodreads 🌳

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Fairy tale ⬇ Fantasy ⬇ Contemporary ⬇ Epistolary ⬇ Thriller -- What are you reading right now? ⬇ STEALING SNOW by @daniellempaige - A thrilling, Maleficent-esque twist on "The Snow Queen" that's equal parts love story and Frozen--all grown up. ⬇ THE BRINK OF DARKNESS by @jeffmgiles - In this sequel to the cinematic, romantic fantasy The Edge of Everything, star-crossed X and Zoe must find their way back to each other. ⬇ OPEN ROAD SUMMER by @emerylord - After a bad break-up, Reagan joins her best friend--a country superstar--on her 24-city tour, for a summer of break-up ballads, healing hearts, and maybe even someone new. ⬇ BECAUSE YOU'LL NEVER MEET ME by @fellowhermit - Narrated in letter form by Ollie and Moritz, this story of impossible friendship and hope under strange circumstances is completely unforgettable. ⬇ THERE WILL BE LIES by @nicklakeauthor - In four hours, Shelby Jane Cooper will be struck by a car. This emotionally charged thrill ride leads to a shocking ending that will have readers flipping back to the beginning. #StealingSnow #thebrinkofdarkness #theedgeofeverything #openroadsummer #becauseyoullnevermeetme #therewillbelies #YAreading #thriller #yafantasy #bookstack #bookstagram #summerreading

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We’re very excited to reveal the beautiful jacket for @allendeisabel’s stunning new epic A LONG PETAL OF THE SEA. 🌊 🌊 🌊 That September 2, 1939, the day of the Spanish exiles' splendid arrival in Chile, the Second World War broke out in Europe. 🌊 🌊 🌊 Victor Dalmau is a young doctor when he is caught up in the Spanish Civil War, a tragedy that leaves his life – and the fate of his country – forever changed. Together with his sister-in-law, the pianist Roser Bruguera, he is forced out of his beloved Barcelona and into exile. 🌊 🌊 🌊 When opportunity to seek refuge in Chile arises, they take it, boarding a ship chartered by the poet Pablo Neruda to the promised 'long petal of sea and wine and snow' over the seas. There, they find themselves enmeshed in a rich web of characters who come together in love and tragedy over the course of four generations, destined to witness the battle between freedom and repression as it plays out across the world. 🌊 🌊 🌊 A Long Petal of the Sea is a story of exile, return and navigating the turmoil of the 20th Century, from one of our greatest living writers

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⚡ If you've never celebrated #HarryPotterBookNight with us before, what are you waiting for? Are you ready for ALL the details of the 2020 event?! 🧙‍♂️ ☑️ Next year's theme is the Triwizard Tournament! ☑️ Date = 6th February 2020! ☑️ Register for your event kit here: https://bit.ly/1GmGrEQ Hands up who's ready for 2020! ✋

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'Every spare, controlled sentence has the ring of truth. Gripping.' - Daily Mail Have you read Carolina Setterwall's LET'S HOPE FOR THE BEST?

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🎉 We're in love with the preorder print for A HEART SO FIERCE AND BROKEN by @brigidkemmerer! If you loved A CURSE SO DARK AND LONELY, this heart-stopping sequel is not to be missed! Those who preorder can receive an 8x10 print of this quote, designed by Erica Chan. Full T&C and eligibility details at: bit.lyHeartSoFierce Join the #cursebreakers street team at: bit.ly/Cursebreakers On sale in the US/UK on January 7, Australia on February 4. #ACurseSoDarkandLonely #AHeartSoFierceandBroken #BrigidKemmerer #LetterstotheLost #morethanwecantell #CallItWhatYouWant #newya #yafantasy #yafantasyseries #Emberfall #commandergrey #preorderpromotion