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Flowers for Mrs. Harris

Paul Gallico

Flowers for Mrs. Harris by Paul GallicoA delightful tale of a housemaid who spends her days cleaning the homes of the well-to-do. Mrs. Harris epitomises her generation of honest, working-class Brits. She knows her place, though that never stops her from speaking her mind or dreaming of luxuries. Admiring a beautiful Dior gown in her employer s closet, Mrs. 'arris is determined to buy one of her own. Working day and night, she finally saves enough to go to Paris and visit the House of Dior, but learns that buying an original couture creation is harder than simply having the cash. After hesitation, Dior's head saleswoman Madame Colbert escorts her in and seats her next to the Marquis de Chassagne, a count who is quite taken by this friendly English woman. When her dream passes before her eyes on the beautiful store model Natasha, Mrs. 'arris orders the same gown for herself, but there is talk that the Dior name will be tarnished if Mrs. 'arris wears the exclusive design. However the sweet Mrs. 'arris has made many friends in Paris and all are intent on making sure her dream comes true. (Published in the USA as Mrs. 'Arris Goes to Paris.)

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The Death of Bunny Munro

Nick Cave

The Death of Bunny Munro by Nick Cave ISBN: 1847673767The Death of Bunny Munro recounts the last journey of a salesman in search of a soul. Following the suicide of his wife, Bunny, a door-to-door salesman and lothario, takes his son on a trip along the south coast of England. He is about to discover that his days are numbered. With a daring hellride of a plot The Death of Bunny Munro is also a modern morality tale of sorts, a stylish, furious, funny, truthful and tender account of one man's descent and judgement. The novel is full of the linguistic verve that has made Cave one of the world's most respected lyricists. It is his first novel since the publication of his critically acclaimed debut And the Ass Saw the Angel twenty years ago.

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Canadian author Alan Bradley talks about idealism, writing, and his experiences with travel and the media. And of course, all about his novel The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, which earned him Britain's Crime Writers'Association Debut Dagger Award.

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