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  1. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy (1877)

    Widely considered one of the best novels ever written, Anna Karenina is the tragic story of the aristocratic Anna's doomed affair with the wealthy Count Vronsky.

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  2. Rome's Executioner by Robert Fabbri (2012)

    Thracia, AD30: even after four years military service at the edge of the Roman world, Vespasian can't escape the tumultuous politics of an Empire on the brink of disintegration.

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  3. Summer With My Sister by Lucy Diamond (2012)

    Polly has always been the high-flier of the family, with the glamorous lifestyle to match. Clare is a single mum with two children, struggling to make ends meet in a ramshackle cottage. The two sisters are poles apart and can't stand each other. But then Polly's fortunes unexpectedly change and her world comes crashing down.

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  4. Sorrow's Retribution by David Robbie (2012)

    Ben Reynolds has renounced his ability to manipulate time — a decision he soon regrets when a psychotic one-eyed stranger enters his Knightsbridge apartment and shoots his pregnant wife.

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  5. The Killing by David Hewson (2012)

    Through the dark wood where the dead trees give no shelter Nanna Birk Larsen runs… There is a bright monocular eye that follows, like a hunter after a wounded deer. It moves in a slow approaching zigzag, marching through the Pineseskoven wasteland, through the Pentecost Forest. The chill water, the fear, his presence not so far away… There is one torchlight on her now, the single blazing eye. And it is here…

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  6. Love… and Sleepless Nights by Nick Spalding (2012)

    Sometimes, the hardest part of becoming a parent is keeping a straight face…

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  7. The Red House by Mark Haddon (2012)

    Family, that slippery word, a star to every wandering bark, and everyone sailing under a different sky.

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  8. Time Warped: Unlocking the Mysteries of Time Perception by Claudia Hammond (2012)

    Have you ever tried to spend a day without looking at a clock or checking your watch? It's almost impossible. Time rules our lives, but how much do we understand about it? And is it possible to retrain our brains and improve our relationship with it?

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  9. The Harbour by Francesca Brill (2012)

    It is the summer of 1940, and for Stevie Steiber, a young American journalist in Hong Kong, the war raging in Europe is a world away. While longing to be taken seriously as a writer, she keeps her readers informed about society gossip from the Orient, her days at the Happy Valley race-course slipping into dangerous, hedonistic nights.

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  10. In One Person by John Irving (2012)

    A compelling novel of desire, secrecy, and sexual identity, In One Person is a story of unfulfilled love — tormented, funny, and affecting — and an impassioned embrace of our sexual differences.

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  11. The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett (2012)

    A co-publication between Faber and Profile, as with the bestselling Untold Stories.

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  12. The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller (2012)

    Winner of the Orange Prize for Fiction 2012.

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  13. Peaches for Monsieur le Curé by Joanne Harris (2012)

    A welcome return to the village in rural France that was the setting for Joanne Harris's remarkable and much-loved number one bestseller Chocolat.

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