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The first humans to arrive on the beautiful, unspoiled planet of Doona drew up an intricate cohabitation contract with the alien, cat-like Hrrubans, who had settled there first. Now, after 25 years, the contract is due for renewal. Anne McCaffrey is a past winner of both the Hugo and Nebula...
Tannen's classic investigation into how growing up in different parts of the country, having different ethnic and class backgrounds, even age and personality contribute to different conversational styles. Reissued to coincide with her new book The Argument Culture.
By Sandra Brown
The crash of a Dallas-bound jet isn't just a tragedy to TV reporter Avery Aaniels, it's an act of fate that hands her a golden opportunity to further her career. The badly-injured Avery finds that plastic surgery has given her the face of the wife of a famous senatorial candidate.
This is the fifth and final volume of Mrs Oliphant's saga of English provincial life. We return to the country town of Carlingford where the arrival of Phoebe Junior sets tongues wagging. Mrs Oliphant also wrote Salem Chapel, The Doctor's Family, The Perpetual Curate and Miss Marjoribanks.
By Nell Dunn
"Our Joy" walks down Fulham Broadway carrying week-old baby Jonny. Twenty-two, with bleached hair and shoes too high, she dreams about "oh, loads of things - to have something, to be something". Then her husband Tom is sent to prison for thieving, leaving Joy and Jonny to move in with...
By Jane Gardam
This collection of short stories reveals the extraordinariness of ordinary people; ladies with a "thing" about vicars, strange events in ornate lavatories, and the English abroad - desperate and dotty. All suffer the pangs of love - fulfilled or hopeless, sexual or spiritual.