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130,000 Years By Molly Cutpurse
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130,000 years describes the relationship we have with animals, particularly pets, concentrating on how we use and abuse them. For food and for entertainment. The book is an abridged history, more... More > concerned with our behaviour than theirs. By examining the way we once conducted and treated them, it allows us to discover a great deal more about ourselves.< Less
Lies, Secrets and Infidelity. By Molly Cutpurse
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When a London private investigator arrives in Torquay in 1955, he allows people to believe that he is a tourist. Brought in privately to investigate the death of an elderly woman who was almost... More > buried alive, one by one he exposes the sordid and complex family secrets of its most respectable town members.< Less
The Angel, the Coward and the Parasite-A Faerie Tale? By Molly Cutpurse
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A Faerie Tale for adults. Risteard Pheoden is a young man of limited wisdom who lives in the port city of King's Scallion on the coastline of the Vihq Ocean, which lays within the Trallaedel... More > Kingdom. His life is uneventful until he meets, Dane Haddix, a transvestite and sexual predator who shows him that, ‘there is no cure for pleasure’. Through Dane though, Risteard meets and marries the spirited and vivacious sorceress and psychic, Miss Siùsaidh Molde who is truly to change the rest of his life. Yet Risteard cannot rise above his past, and when Lort, an older, passive and sadomasochistic man insinuates himself into their everyday lives, nothing will ever be the same again.< Less
The Herb Girl By Molly Cutpurse
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The Herb Girl is a psychological novel set in and around Purfleet in Essex in 1923 and concerns the great divide; spiritualism, the complication that may be the after-life and our relationship with... More > it. By way of a damning gypsy's curse, a Scots-born female rogue, savage inexplicable accidents, murder and two of the oldest sexual dysfunctions known to civilisation, The Herb Girl chronicles a few months in the life and close family of a bewitching, heavily-pregnant, Cornish-bred herbalist, whose life is not entirely guiltless. The Herb Girl is a self-contained maze, a story involving poisoning, manslaughter, spiritualism, explosives, and rage. But who is the narrator? What is his wholly abhorrent secret and why is he so personally judgmental?< Less
The Mystery of Bleak House By Molly Cutpurse
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In 1975, Mary Park, the only daughter of a wealthy and respected dynasty whose family accommodation is in Bloomsbury Square, London, is being driven beyond endurance by domestic and marital... More > responsibilities, financial pressures and intellectual frustration. A separation from her philandering husband and the concern of her teenage daughter taking drugs occupy a large amount of her time. However, rumours, arriving from an unprincipled and grievous mathematician, a man desperate to redeem his own family heritage, informs her that her grandfather once built an extraordinary machine which offered the possibility of changing the entire world. Mary will need to confront her family’s shadowy past and endure obscure and repugnant painful memories before she can unravel the mystery of what her mother used to call, ‘Bleak House’.< Less
Miriam's Presence at Christmas By Molly Cutpurse
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Miriam's Presence at Christmas covers the last days of 2009 at the old house that Miriam, Roy and Rafa used to own. It is now Christmas and Miriam's now middle-aged youngest daughter, Florence and... More > her two adult daughters, Faith and Betty are preparing for Christmas amid one of the worst snowstorms to befall London in recent years. There are incidences aplenty; Rafa to be visited in a care home, a disaster or two, headstrong children, a husband who needs to be divorced and old and long memories are stirred. But as Faith, heavily pregnant with her third child comes to realise, the spirit of Miriam (real or imaginary?) is not so far away.< Less
Miriam’s Silver Years Part One By Molly Cutpurse
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Miriam’s Silver Years (part one) is the fourth in a series of novels describing the life and family of Miriam Barker, née Baxter, a busy East London woman who was born in 1907. This... More > edition deals with the years 1948 to 1955, a period when rationing and coupons still applied, and the long shadow of the Second World War still hung over Britain. Through Miriam and her three sisters, we see how they cope with their increasingly complicated lives; the introduction of self-employment, marriages, births, deaths, moving house and television, as they embraced the second half of the twentieth century, and the radical changes which followed World War Two.< Less
Peter and April—A Miriam Story By Molly Cutpurse
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When Peter met April in the summer of 1946, his family speculated it was a match made in heaven. Therefore, when the couple married in 1953, Miriam Barker hoped that her son would keep their large... More > family together in Stratford. But the circumstances and excitement of the mid Nineteen Fifties overran the significance of his pedigree and, to his mother’s dismay, Peter, a newly qualified policeman, bought a flat in Barkingside, historically part of Essex. Here they would meet a variety of characters quite different from the ones they had known during their time in East London. Close friends, private confrontations, a death or two, secrets and pregnancy; these became subjects that were part of any newly married couple setting up in a new home. But seventeen years later, April’s very existence is threatened… Peter and April is the ninth book in the successful series about the life of the Miriam Barker family, mainly concentrating on Miriam herself.< Less
Miriam's Early Years By Molly Cutpurse
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Miriam’s Early Years tells the beginnings of her Edwardian, East London family. From her welcome birth to her newly married parents in the summer of 1907, we follow her through her early... More > childhood, her schooling, the Great War, and the births of her three sisters, Emily, Sarah and Penelope. Upon reaching the gay twenties, she meets, Ray, her first husband, and gives birth to Peter. Then, with World War Two approaching, darkness settles over her once happy life. When the electrical accident occurs, her life disintegrates until the fateful Saturday when two policemen knock at her door...< Less
The House In Carter Lane By Molly Cutpurse
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A four part novel set in Clifton Buildings, Carter Lane near St Paul's cathedral. The landlord is a miserly and deliberately cruel money lender called, Mr Scrooge. Mr and Mrs Percy Radcliffe are an... More > impoverished, newly married couple struggling to run a funeral business in 1843. Their descendants run the same business in 1892, and during the December blitz of 1940 as well. And finally there are eight people living their solitary lives in 2009 in converted flats. On their Christmas days, over the centuries, what have these people in common? Is their good fortune because they happen to live in the same house, or is there a more spiritual and indefinable reason? Have their Christmas experiences anything to do with what happened to the old money lender one Christmas morning all those years ago?< Less