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Current Book title: The Trouble with Goats and Sheep
Author: Joanna Cannon

Book synopsis:
Joanna Cannon’s debut, The Trouble with Goats and Sheep, is a funny and moving portrayal of suburban life in 1970’s Britain with an intriguing mystery at its core. When Mrs Creasy goes missing on the Avenue the neighbours blame her sudden disappearance on the heat wave but ten-year-old Grace and Tilly aren’t convinced. As they embark on an investigation to discover the truth, the amateur detectives uncover more than they ever imagined. What the girls don’t realise it that the lies told to conceal what happened one day ten years ago are the same ones Mrs Creasy was beginning to reveal just before she disappeared.

Current Book title: Improbability of Love
Author: Hannah Rothschild

Book synopsis:
When lovelorn Annie McDee stumbles across a dirty painting in a junk shop while looking for a present for an unsuitable man, she has no idea what she has discovered. Soon she finds herself drawn unwillingly into the tumultuous London art world, populated by exiled Russian oligarchs, avaricious Sheikas, desperate auctioneers and unscrupulous dealers, all scheming to get their hands on her painting - a lost eighteenth-century masterpiece called 'The Improbability of Love'. Delving into the painting's past, Annie will uncover not just an illustrious list of former owners, but some of the darkest secrets of European history – and in doing so she might just learn to open up to the possibility of falling in love again.

Book title: Paths of Glory
Author: Jeffrey Archer
Book synopsis:
This is the story of a man who loved two women, and one of them killed him.
Some people have dreams that are so outrageous that if they were to achieve them, their place in history would be guaranteed. Francis Drake, Robert Scott, Percy Fawcett, Charles Lindbergh, Amy Johnson, Edmund Hillary and Neil Armstrong are among such individuals. But what if one man had such a dream, and when he'd fulfilled it, there was no proof that he had achieved his ambition?
Paths of Glory is the story of such a man. But not until you've turned the last page of Jeffrey Archer's extraordinary novel, will you be able to decide if George Mallory should be added to this list of legends, because if he were, another name would have to be removed.

Book title: Grapes of Wrath
Author: John Steinbeck
Book synopsis: 
Released from an Oklahoma state prison after serving four years for a manslaughter conviction, Tom Joad makes his way back to his family’s farm in Oklahoma. He meets Jim Casy, a former preacher who has given up his calling out of a belief that all life is holy—even the parts that are typically thought to be sinful—and that sacredness consists simply in endeavoring to be an equal among the people. Jim accompanies Tom to his home, only to find it—and all the surrounding farms—deserted. Muley Graves, an old neighbor, wanders by and tells the men that everyone has been “tractored” off the land. Most families, he says, including his own, have headed to California to look for work. The next morning, Tom and Jim set out for Tom’s Uncle John’s, where Muley assures them they will find the Joad clan. Upon arrival, Tom finds Ma and Pa Joad packing up the family’s few possessions. Having seen handbills advertising fruit-picking jobs in California, they envision the trip to California as their only hope of getting their lives back on track.

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