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Portrait photograph of author Sophie Hannah

The Other Half Lives
by Sophie Hannah

Ruth Bussey knows what it means to be in the wrong and to be wronged. She once did something she regrets, and her punishment nearly destroyed her. Now Ruth is rebuilding her life, and has found a love she doesn't believe she deserves: Aidan Seed. Aidan is also troubled by a past he can't bear to talk about, until one day he decides he must confide in Ruth. He tells her that years ago he killed someone: a woman called Mary Trelease.

Ruth is confused. She's certain she's heard the name Mary Trelease before, and when she realises why it sounds familiar, her fear and confusion deepen - because the Mary Trelease that Ruth knows is very much alive…

The author
Following the success and critical acclaim of Little Face, Hurting Distance and the Point of Rescue, this is Sophie Hannah's fourth psychological thriller. As an award-winning short story writer and poet, her work is studied at school and degree level across the UK and has been a fellow at both Cambridge and Oxford. Sophie lives in Yorkshire with a young family.

'Hannah's latest classy potboiler is fascinated by strategies of concealment and revelation ... It's beautifully written and precision-engineered to unsettle'
The Guardian

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Handle With Care
by Jodi Picoult

When Charlotte and Sean's daughter, Willow, is born with severe osteogenesis imperfecta, they are devastated - she will suffer hundreds of broken bones and a lifetime of pain. As the family struggles to make ends meet to cover Willow's medical expenses, Charlotte thinks she has found an answer. If she files a wrongful birth lawsuit, the payouts might ensure a lifetime of care for Willow. But it means that Charlotte has to get up in a court of law and say she would have terminated the pregnancy if she'd known about the disability in advance. And the person she's suing isn't just her physician - it's her best friend.

Handle With Care explores the tangle of medical ethics and personal morality. As a parent, how far would you go to take care of someone you love? Would you be willing to lie to your friends, to your spouse, to a court? And perhaps most difficult of all - would you admit to yourself that you might not actually be lying?

The author
Jodi Picoult received an A.B. in creative writing from Princeton and a master's degree in education from Harvard. Her previous novels include Keeping Faith, The Pact, and Mercy. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband and three children.

'Picoult has carved an impressive niche in the topical family drama genre, tackling medical ethics, faith and the law in her sixteenth novel… In her customary fashion, Picoult probes sensitive issues with empathy and compassion.'
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