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  • Solar a novel - Read On
    drifting about the house and garden at weekends in a haze of blond and pink and pale blue What an adolescent color scheme he had fallen for and at his age He turned fty three that July and naturally she ignored his birthday then pretended in her jolly new style to remember it three days later She gave him a kipper tie in Day Glo mint green telling him the style was being revived Yes the weekends were the worst She would come into a room where he was not wishing to talk but perhaps wanting to be seen and she would look about in mild sur prise before wandering off She was evaluating everything afresh not only him He would see her at the bottom of the garden under the horse chestnut lying on the grass with the newspapers waiting in deep shade for her evening to begin Then she would retire to the guest room to shower dress apply makeup and scent As if reading his thoughts she was wearing her lipstick red and thick Perhaps Rodney Tarpin was encouraging the Monroe notion a cliché Beard was now obliged to share If he was still in the house when she left he tried so hard to keep busy at night he found it irresistible to ameliorate his longing and pain by observing her from an upstairs window as she stepped into the evening air of Belsize Park and walked up the garden path how disloyal of the unoiled garden gate to squeak in the same old way and climbed into her car a small and ighty black Peugeot of wanton acceleration She was so eager gunning the engine as she pulled away from the curb that his douleur redoubled because he knew she knew he was watching Then her absence hung in the summer dusk like garden bon re smoke an erotic charge of invisible particulates that caused him to remain in position for many pointless minutes He was not actually mad he kept telling himself but he thought he was get ting a taste a bitter sip What impressed him was his ability to think of nothing else When he was reading a book when he was giving a talk he was really thinking of her or of her and Tarpin It was a bad idea to be at home when she was out seeing him but since Lisbon he had no desire to look up old girlfriends Instead he took on a series of evening lectures about quantum eld theory at the Royal Geographical Society joined radio and TV discussions and at occasional events lled in for col leagues who were ill Let the philosophers of science delude them selves to the contrary physics was free of human taint it described a world that would still exist if men and women and all their sorrows did not In this conviction he was at one with Albert Einstein But even if he ate late with friends he was usually home before her and was forced to wait whether he wanted to or not until she returned though nothing would happen when she did She would go straight to her room and he would remain in his not wanting to meet her on the stairs in her state of postcoital somnolence It was almost better when she stayed over at Tarpin s Almost but it would cost him a night s sleep At two a m one night in late July he was in his dressing gown on his bed listening to the radio when he heard her come in and imme diately without premeditation enacted a scheme to make her jeal ous and unsure and want to come back to him On the BBC World Service a woman was discussing village customs as they affected domes tic life among Turkish Kurds a soothing drone of cruelty injustice and absurdity Turning the volume down but keeping his ngers on the knob Beard loudly intoned a fragment of a nursery rhyme He gured that from her room she would hear his voice but not his words As he nished his sentence he turned up the volume of the woman s voice for a few seconds which he then interrupted with a line from the lecture he had given that night and made the woman reply at greater length He kept this going for ve minutes his voice then the woman s sometimes artfully overlapping the two The house was silent listening of course He went into the bathroom ran a tap ushed the lavatory and laughed out loud Patrice should know that his lover was a wit Then he gave out a muted kind of whoop Patrice should know he was having fun He did not sleep much that night At four after a long silence suggestive of tranquil intimacy he opened his bedroom door while keeping up an insistent murmur and went down the stairs backward bending forward to beat out on the treads with his palms the sound of his companion s footfall syncopated with his own This was the kind of logical plan only a madman might embrace After seeing his com panion to the hall saying his good byes between silent kisses and closing the front door on her with a rmness that resounded through the house he went upstairs and fell into a doze at last after six repeat ing to himself softly Judge me by my results He was up an hour later to be sure of running into Patrice before she left for work and of letting her see how suddenly cheerful he was At the front door she paused car keys in her hand the strap of her book crammed satchel cutting into the shoulder of her oral blouse No one could doubt it she looked shattered drained though her voice was as bright as ever She told him that she would be inviting Rodney for dinner that evening and that

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  • Vengeance bound - Read On
    lingering always waiting for her to satisfy their bloodlust After escaping the asylum where she was trapped for years Cory knows how to keep the Furies quiet By day she lives a normal life but by night she tracks down targets the Furies send her way And she brings down Justice upon them Cory s perfected her system of survival but when she meets a mysterious boy named Niko at

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  • Working - Read On
    Details Home Fiction W Working Working Author Oxenbury Helen Publisher Walker 2013 ISBN 9781406340129 hbk Find in Library Reader Reviews

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  • Samuel de Champlain - Read On
    Details Home Fiction S Samuel de Champlain Samuel de Champlain Author Pelleschi Andrea Publisher PowerKids Press 2013 ISBN 9781477700747 library binding Find in Library Reader Reviews

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  • The story of Black Beauty - Read On
    Reviews Annotation Summary This classic story by Anna Sewell is retold for young children in picture book form The moving story of a young horse s journey from the rolling hills of the English countryside to the dark cobbled streets

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  • Football ABC - Read On
    9781429699587 library binding alk paper Find in Library Reader Reviews Annotation Summary When it comes to football A is for Action of course Each letter in this football themed alphabet book presents a fun look at a different football term

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  • What do you call a one-eyed dinosaur? : rip-roaring jokes, riddles, and rhymes / selected by John Foster ; illustrated by Mark Oliver. - Read On
    a one eyed dinosaur rip roaring jokes riddles and rhymes selected by John Foster illustrated by Mark Oliver Author Foster John 1941 Oct 12 Publisher Oxford Oxford University Press 2013 ISBN 9780192757401 pbk Find in Library Reader Reviews Annotation Summary What do you call a one eyed dinosaur A Do you think he saw us Come inside for more hilarious jokes and rhymes as well as teasing tongue twisters ridiculous

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  • Superfrog and the big stink - Read On
    ISBN 9781849395168 hbk Find in Library Reader Reviews Annotation Summary A timely book about tackling greed and pollution from this multi award winning children s illustrator Superfrog is back on another urgent mission rubbish from the big grey city is

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