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A thriller about refugees who, displaced from their homes by the ravages of the Islamic State, make their way acrossEurope. Amid them is a boy who has information that could help bring down a deadly ISIS terror cell. The terrorists are hot on his trail, determined he won’t live to pass on the information, so the race is on to find him, win his trust and get him to safety.

QUERCUS

This is a classic murder mystery with enormous complications. At the end of the ball Evelyn Hardcastle, the young and beautiful daughter of the house, is murdered.But Evelyn will die over and over again until one of the guests identifies the killer. The trouble is that Aiden the guest who is destined to solve the mystery wakes each day in the body of a different guest. Nor can he escape from Blackheath, instead he is doomed to continue until he gathers enough strands to break the cycle.

RAVEN BOOKS

A Bernie Gunther thriller set in Munich in 1957. Bernie, the former SS policeman is now working an insurance company. He is sent to Athens to investigate an insurance claim from a fellow German for a sunken ship, but Bernie takes an instant dislike to the claimant. When he discovers the ship in question once belonged to a Greek Jew deported to Auschwitz, he is convinced the sinking was no accident but an act of vengeance. Once again he is drawn back to the dark history of the Second World War, and the deportation of the Jews of Salonika.

QUERCUS

It was the story that captured the imagination of the world. Now nearly 50 years on the story of Christian the Harrods lion returns in an illustrated book. The photographs are by Wandsworth resident and award-winning photographerDerek Cattani, who met two Australians John Rendall and Ace Bourke who bought a lion cub from Harrods in 1969. The lion lived with John and Ace in their London flat until he was reintroduced to the wild in Kenya. The book features never-before-seen photos and tells the story of his life in Africa. The wild lion population has plummeted by more than 90% since Christian was released andDerek hopes to raise awareness of the threat to wildlife.

BRADT TRAVEL GUIDES

Bursting with colour, energy and character, this book follows the story from the Jews’ expulsion from Spain in 1492 up to the start of the last century. It focuses on rabbis, philosophers, a poetess in Venice, a boxer inGeorgian England; a general in Ming China and an opera composer in 19th century Germany.

VINTAGE

The final novel from the bestselling author of the Inspector Wallander mysteries. Fredrik Welin is a 70-year-old retired doctor, living alone on an island in the Swedish archipelago. He swims in the sea every day, cutting a hole in the ice if necessary, living a quiet life until he wakes to find his house on fire. He escapes and without a suspect, the police begin to think he started the fire himself.

VINTAGE

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