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L'Assommoir (Les Rougon-Macquart #7) by Émile Zola..

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The seventh novel in the Rougon-Macquart cycle, L'Assommoir(1877) is the story of a woman's struggle for happiness in working-class Paris.

At the center of the story stands Gervaise, who starts her own laundry and for a time makes a success of it.

But her husband soon squanders her earnings in the Assommoir, a local drinking spot, and gradually the pair sink into poverty and squalor.

L'Assommoir was a contemporary bestseller, outraged conservative critics, and launched a passionate debate about the legitimate scope of modern literature.

This new translation captures not only the brutality but the pathos of its characters' lives.

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Travellers in the Third Reich: The Rise of Fascism Through the Eyes of Everyday People..by Julia Boyd..

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Without the benefit of hindsight, how do you interpret what’s right in front of your eyes? The events that took place in Germany between 1919 and 1945 were dramatic and terrible but there were also moments of confusion, of doubt - of hope.

How easy was it to know what was actually going on, to grasp the essence of National Socialism, to remain untouched by the propaganda or predict the Holocaust? Travellers in the Third Reich is an extraordinary history of the rise of the Nazis based on fascinating first-hand accounts, drawing together a multitude of voices and stories, including students, politicians, musicians, diplomats, schoolchildren, communists, scholars, athletes, poets, journalists, fascists, artists, tourists, even celebrities like Charles Lindbergh and Samuel Beckett.

Their experiences create a remarkable three-dimensional picture of Germany under Hitler, one so palpable that the reader will feel, hear, even breathe the atmosphere. These are the accidental eyewitnesses to history. Disturbing, absurd, moving, and ranging from the deeply trivial to the deeply tragic, their tales give a fresh insight into the complexities of the Third Reich, its paradoxes and its ultimate destruction.

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Secret Slave by Anna Ruston. . . .

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Growing up in a deeply troubled family, 15-year-old Anna felt lost and alone in the world.

So when a friendly taxi driver called Malik befriended her at the taxi-rank she helped out at, Anna welcomed the attention and before long found herself agreeing to go home with him to meet his family.

But what Anna didn't realize as she stepped into the hallway of Malik's home was that she would not leave the house for the next 13 years . . .

Held captive by sadistic pedophile Malik and his family, Anna was locked in a bedroom and subjected to over a decade of despicable levels of sexual abuse and torture. Completely shut off from the outside world, she was broken both physically and mentally by unrelenting violence and degradation, her darkest moments coming as her abuse resulted in the birth of four babies . . . each of which were taken from her, never to be seen again.

But then one day a kindly health visitor showed up, and despite her shattered mind and body, Anna spotted a chance of escape . . .

A harrowing but ultimately inspiring read, Secret Slave reveals the shocking truth of what can happen behind the closed door of a very normal house on an average British street.

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Blind Faith by Ben Elton. . .

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Imagine a world where everyone knows everything about everybody.

Where 'sharing' is valued above all, and privacy is considered a dangerous perversion. Trafford wouldn't call himself a rebel, but he's daring to be different, to stand out from the crowd.

In his own small ways, he wants to push against the system.

But in this world, uniformity is everything and even tiny defiances won't go unnoticed. Ben Elton's dark, savagely comic novel imagines a post-apocalyptic society where religious intolerance combines with a sex-obsessed, utterly egocentric culture.

In this world, nakedness is modesty, independent thought subversive, and ignorance is wisdom. A chilling vision of what's to come?

Or something rather closer to home?

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An Act Of War by Michael O'Connor. . .

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The South African government has collapsed.

India begins a campaign again our ownership of the strategic Cocos Islands.

Then, on Christmas Eve, in perfect weather, an Australian iron ore carrier vanishes with all hands off the north-west coast. Shortly after, India invades the Cocos Islands.

A scenario long dreaded by the military and intelligence planners in Canberra is being played out...

An Act Of War is fiction - at the moment.

But in the tradition of Tom Clancy, Michael O'Connor has spun a tense and gripping story which is more in the nature of prediction than imagination.

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Spirit Filled Life Daily Devotional Bible: New King James Version...This is a religious version - not about life on the booze in Pattaya?

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Bringing Down the House: The Inside Story of Six M.I.T. Students Who Took Vegas for Millions. . .by Ben Mezrich. .

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An exclusive blackjack club came up with a system to take the world's most sophisticated casinos for all they were worth.

In two years, this ring of card savants earned more than three million dollars.

Filled with tense action and incredibly close calls, this is a real-life adventure that could have stepped straight out of a Hollywood film.

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The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick.

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It's America in 1962. Slavery is legal once again.

The few Jews who still survive hide under assumed names.

In San Francisco, the I Ching is as common as the Yellow Pages.

All because some twenty years earlier the United States lost a war and is now occupied by Nazi Germany and Japan. This harrowing, Hugo Award-winning novel is the work that established Philip K. Dick as an innovator in science fiction while breaking the barrier between science fiction and the serious novel of ideas.

In it Dick offers a haunting vision of history as a nightmare from which it may just be possible to wake.

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Halliwell's Who's Who in the Movies 2003.

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Ian McEwan - Atonement..

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On the hottest day of the summer of 1935, thirteen-year-old Briony Tallis sees her sister Cecilia strip off her clothes and plunge into the fountain in the garden of their country house.

Watching her too is Robbie Turner who, like Cecilia, has recently come down from Cambridge.

By the end of that day, the lives of all three will have been changed forever, as Briony commits a crime for which she will spend the rest of her life trying to atone.

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The River's Tale: A Year on the Mekong by Edward Gargan. . .

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Along the Mekong, from northern Tibet to Lijiang, from Luang Prabang to Phnom Penh to Can Lo, I moved from one world to another, among cultural islands often ignorant of each other’s presence.

Yet each island, as if built on shifting sands and eroded and reshaped by a universal sea, was re-forming itself, or was being remodeled, was expanding its horizons or sinking under the rising waters of a cultural global warming. It was a journey between worlds, worlds fragiley conjoined by a river both ominous and luminescent, muscular and bosomy, harsh and sensuous. From windswept plateaus to the South China Sea, the Mekong flows for three thousand miles, snaking its way through Southeast Asia.

Long fascinated with this part of the world, Edward Gargan embarked on an ambitious exploration of the Mekong and those living within its watershed.

The River’s Tale is a rare and profound book that delivers more than a correspondent’s account of a place.

It is a seminal examination of the Mekong and its people, a testament to the their struggles, their defeats and their victories.

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Rivethead: Tales from the Assembly Line by Ben Hamper. .

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The man the Detroit Free Press calls "a blue collar Tom Wolfe" delivers a full-barreled blast of truth and gritty reality in Rivethead, a no-holds-barred journey through the belly of the American industrial beast.

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Need for Speed Jets (Illustrated Guide) by Michael Sharpe. .

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The Likes of Us: A Biography of the White Working Class by Michael Collins..

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Once they were portrayed as the salt of the earth. Nowadays, they take to the streets when paedophiles and asylum seekers are in their midst; they expose their lives in TV documentaries; they love Gucci and hate the Euro - the broadsheets cast them as xenophobes and exhibitionists and mock their tastes and attitudes.

Who are the white working class and what have they done to deserve this portrayal?

The Likes of Us is a fascinating and wholly original examination of London's white working class.

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The World Since 1945 by T.E. Vadney. .
 
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THE COMPLETE HISTORY OF GLOBAL CHANGE FROM 1945 TO THE PRESENT DAY ...
The world since 1945 has witnessed fundamental changes, notably the increasing influence of the West - particularly the USA - in a variety of spheres, the emergence and collapse of the USSR, the end of colonial empire in Asia and Africa and the escalation of wars and other conflicts in the Third World.
In this incisive survey T. E. Vadney examines the key events without ever neglecting the underlying trends.
He explores the rapid changes in the Middle East, the end of apartheid in South Africa and the aims of American foreign policy.
He concludes with a new epilogue in which he examines the direction of post-1945 history as the world enters the twenty-first century.

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A Dangerous Man (Elvis Cole/Joe Pike #18) by Robert Crais

This book USA was $19.60 - our price 160 baht plus 50% trade in for credit when you finish with it @ Canterbury Tales Bookshop / Book exchange.

A brilliant new crime novel from the beloved, bestselling, and award-winning master of the genre and Joe Pike's most perilous case to date. Joe Pike didn't expect to rescue a woman that day.

He went to the bank same as anyone goes to the bank, and returned to his Jeep.

So when Isabel Roland, the lonely young teller who helped him, steps out of the bank on her way to lunch, Joe is on hand when two men abduct her.

Joe chases them down, and the two men are arrested. But instead of putting the drama to rest, the arrests are only the beginning of the trouble for Joe and Izzy. After posting bail, the two abductors are murdered and Izzy disappears. Pike calls on his friend, Elvis Cole, to help learn the truth.

What Elvis uncovers is a twisted family story that involves corporate whistleblowing, huge amounts of cash, the Witness Relocation Program, and a long line of lies.

But what of all that did Izzy know? Is she a perpetrator or a victim? And how far will Joe go to find out?

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Peter James - Love you dead...

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An ugly duckling as a child, Jodie Bentley had two dreams in life - to be beautiful and rich. She's achieved the first, with a little help from a plastic surgeon, and now she's working hard on the second.

Her philosophy on money is simple: you can either earn it or marry it. Marrying is easy, it's getting rid of the husband afterwards that's harder, that takes real skill. But hey, practice makes perfect . . .

Detective Superintendent Roy Grace is feeling the pressure from his superiors, his previous case is still giving him sleepless nights, there have been major developments with his missing wife Sandy, and an old adversary is back. But worse than all of this, he now believes a Black Widow is operating in his city. One with a venomous mind . . . and venomous skills. Soon Grace comes to the frightening realization that he may have underestimated just how dangerous this lady is.

Love You Dead is the gripping twelfth book in Peter James' Roy Grace series.

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Of Human Bondage by W. Somerset Maugham...

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The first and most autobiographical of Maugham's masterpieces.

It is the story of Philip Carey, an orphan eager for life, love and adventure.

After a few months studying in Heidelberg, and a brief spell in Paris as a would-be artist, he settles in London to train as a doctor where he meets Mildred, the loud but irresistible waitress with whom he plunges into a tortured and masochistic affair.

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The Bum's Rush by G.M. Ford. . . .

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Packed with all the outrageous shenanigans that quickly marked Who in Hell is Wanda Fuca? and Cast in Stone as two of the most original mysteries in years, G.M. Ford crafts a devilishly funny and bat-out-of-hell paced novel featuring his smart-aleck yet irrepressible Seattle-based p.i., Leo Waterman.

Nobody loves you when you're down and out, except maybe Leo Waterman.

As a man who has transformed a gaggle of residentially challenged devotees of cheap alcohol into a crack surveillance team, Leo has a soft spot for society's downtrodden.

When a homeless woman says she's the mother of a deceased rock idol, Leo takes it upon himself to investigate the lady's claim, thereby embroiling the Boys, his dissolute deputies, and his own already bruised body in a high speed, life-threatening pursuit of the truth.

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The Unseen: SHORTLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER INTERNATIONAL PRIZE 2017 by Roy Jacobsen..

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Nobody can leave an island.

An island is a cosmos in a nutshell, where the stars slumber in the grass beneath the snow. But occasionally someone tries . . .

Ingrid Barrøy is born on an island that bears her name - a holdfast for a single family, their livestock, their crops, their hopes and dreams.

Her father dreams of building a quay that will connect them to the mainland, but closer ties to the wider world come at a price.

Her mother has her own dreams - more children, a smaller island, a different life - and there is one question Ingrid must never ask her.

Island life is hard, a living scratched from the dirt or trawled from the sea, so when Ingrid comes of age, she is sent to the mainland to work for one of the wealthy families on the coast.

But Norway too is waking up to a wider world, a modern world that is capricious and can be cruel.

Tragedy strikes, and Ingrid must fight to protect the home she thought she had left behind.

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Merchant Kings by Stephen R. Bown

UK price 16.99 - our price 180 plus 50% trade in for credit when finished with [email protected] Canterbury Tales Bookshop - Book exchange...

Through the Age of Heroic Commerce, from the 17th to the 19th centuries, a rogue's gallery of larger-than-life merchant kings ruled vast tracts of the globe and expanded their far-flung monopolies to generate revenue for their shareholders, feather their own nests and satisfy their vanity and curiosity.

Their exploits changed the world during an age of unfettered globalization, mirroring a world we know today. Merchant Kings looks at each ruling monopoly through its greatest merchant king and considers their stories together for the first time.

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Dark Matter by Greg Iles. . .

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An explosive thriller from the worldwide bestselling author Greg Iles, reissued with a distinctive, edgy new livery. In the heart of North Carolina's Research Triangle stands a corporate laboratory much like the others nearby.

But behind its walls, America's top scientists work around the clock to attain the holy grail of the 21st century-a supercomputer that surpasses the power of the human mind. Appointed by the President as ethicist to Project Trinity, Dr. David Tennant finds himself in a pressure-cooker of cutting edge science and colossal ambition.

When his friend and fellow scientist is murdered, David discovers that the genius who runs Project Trinity was responsible and that his own life is in danger.

Unable to reach the President, and afraid to trust his colleagues, David turns to Rachel Weiss, the psychiatrist probing the nightmares that have plagued him during his work at Trinity.

Rachel is skeptical of David's fears, but when an assassin strikes, the two doctors must flee for their lives. Pursued across the globe by ruthless National Security Agency operatives, David and Rachel struggle to piece together the truth behind the Project Trinity, and the enormous power it could unleash upon the world.

As constant danger deepens their intimacy, Rachel realizes the key to Trinity lies buried in David's disturbed mind. But Trinity's clock is ticking... Mankind is being held hostage by a machine that cannot be destroyed. Its only hope, a terrifying chess game between David and the Trinity computer, with the cities of the world as pawns. But what are the rules?

How human is the machine? Can one man and woman change the course of history? Man's future hangs in the balance, and the price of failure is extinction.

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ERROL FLYNN: Satan's Angel by David Bret.

This book UK was 17.99 - our price 180 baht plus 50% trade in for credit when you finish with it @ Canterbury Tales Bookshop / Book exchange.

Errol Flynn packed more into his fifty years than most of his high-living contemporaries could have done in a dozen lifetimes, yet confessed to having no regrets.

The quintessential hedonist, he had astonishing good looks, a legendary sexual appetite, and a tremendous dramatic talent.

David Brett reveals even more than Errol Flynn himself divulged in his tell-all biography; Flynn's love of brawling; involvement in the Spanish Civil War; part in the New Guinea slave trade; addiction to both drugs and alcohol and of course his numerous relationships and sexual conquests both on and off screen.

This is a compelling, in-depth, uncensored and fast-paced biography that reveals Flynn as he really was - a loveable rebel, a pervert, lecher, charmer and drunkard, but above a legend without equal and one of the undisputed icons of the 20th century.

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Bangkok by William Warren

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William Warren’s Bangkok is an informal portrait of this most vibrant and perplexing of modern cities. Divided into two parts, the first is a selective history, showing how Bangkok has developed over the last 200 years, while the second explores the contemporary face of the city through a series of personal impressions. The author explains how the charms of Bangkok and its people outweigh the disadvantages of pollution, traffic and stifling heat.

He also introduces celebrities, such as the early kings of Thailand’s present dynasty and Anna Leonowens, heroine of The King and I, as well as Jim Thompson, the US-born silk entrepreneur and art collector who mysteriously vanished in the jungles of Malaysia. Bangkok provides a much needed history of the city, but is also imbued with the warmth of Warren’s love affair with its frenetic way of life.

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