The Kindness of Enemies
By Leila Aboulela
Natasha lives a lonely life, adrift in Scotland and torn between two identities. Born into a Muslim background but desperate to assimilate, she longs for a place to call home. Then she meets Oz. Oz is charismatic and passionate, a star student at the university where Natasha teaches. As their bond deepens, stories from Natasha's research come to life - tales of forbidden love, traded hostages, grieving mothers, and the Court of the Tsar. But conflict emerges far closer to home as the police begin to investigate Oz. When they accuse him of terrorism, Natasha stands to lose everything she has fought to build . . . Moving, epic and beautifully written, THE KINDNESS OF ENEMIES is a story about tolerance, identity and the places we call home.
Kiss The Girls Goodbye
By Lilian Harry
Set in a Lyon's Corner House in London, this is the second novel in the series set against the backdrop of the Second World War which began with CORNER HOUSE GIRLS.'The Corner House was making a good job of New Year's Eve, despite the bad weather, the blackout, the looming threat of rationing...The Nippies were dashing to and fro with their big silver trays and the war seemed suddenly far away.' So begins 1940 for the Nippies at the Lyons Corner House at Marble Arch. But despite putting on a cheerful face for the customers, the war is taking its toll on all the waitresses: for Maggie, married just a few hours and then parted from her husband; for Jo and Phyl, anxiously waiting for news from their fiancés; for Etty, and the constant jibes she faces about her background; and even for Irene, who begins a new friendship which is not all it appears to be...