Veronica Henry, Fanny Blake, Elizabeth Buchan, Rowan Coleman, Jenny Colgan, Philippa Gregory, Matt Haig, Andy McNab, Richard Madeley, and John O’Farrell - The Anniversary - Orion Publishing Group

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    • ISBN:9781409159070
    • Publication date:04 Feb 2016

The Anniversary

By Veronica Henry, Fanny Blake, Elizabeth Buchan, Rowan Coleman, Jenny Colgan, Philippa Gregory, Matt Haig, Andy McNab, Richard Madeley, and John O’Farrell

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Ten irresistible stories from ten bestselling authors - specially written for Quick Reads.

Original stories from Fanny Blake, Elizabeth Buchan, Rowan Coleman, Jenny Colgan, Philippa Gregory, Matt Haig, Veronica Henry, Andy McNab, Richard Madeley and John O'Farrell - with special anniversary recipes from The Hairy Bikers.

A young woman with memories of D-Day and a life both dangerous and exciting
A father and son with a shared birthday and deeply held secrets
A single mum taxi driver, whose envy for the rich couple on their way to the Ritz soon changes
The unlikely marriage, born in the depths of war
The Tudor wife receives the ghostly message, 'Never marry a dangerous man'
An agoraphobic widower, unable to visit his wife's grave
The Elvis impersonator who finds hope for a new romance with Marilyn Monroe
The ex soldiers burdened with the consequences of one bad decision
The long-held memories of a wartime tragedy
The anniversary supper which changed the world...

THE ANNIVERSARY - a collection of the very best short fiction around.

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Fanny Blake, Elizabeth Buchan, Rowan Coleman, Jenny Colgan, Philippa Gregory, Matt Haig, Veronica Henry, Andy McNab, Richard Madeley, John O'Farrell and The Hairy Bikers.

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