FROM INTERNATIONALLY-BESTSELLING AUTHOR SARA GRUEN, A COLLECTION OF HER MOST BELOVED NOVELS ‘ONE OF AMERICA’S MOST COMPELLING STORYTELLERS’ Kathryn Stockett, author of The Help
1 – WATER FOR ELEPHANTS The international phenomenon – with over 10 million copies sold, made into a film with Reese Witherspoon and Robert Pattinson.
‘I loved Water for Elephants‘ Stephen King
‘You are so immersed in circus life that you are blinded by the thrilling, fatal dazzle of sequins and sawdust’ The Telegraph
‘An imaginative modern fairy story, teeming with eccentric characters’ The Times
The Great Depression 1929 – when Jacob Jankowski, recently orphaned and suddenly adrift, jumps onto a passing train, he enters a world of freaks, grifters, and misfits in the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth a second-rate travelling circus struggling to survive making one-night stands in town after endless town. He meets Marlena, the beautiful young star of the equestrian act, married to August, the charismatic but twisted animal trainer. He also meets Rosie, an elephant who seems untrainable until he discovers a way to reach her…
2 – AT THE WATER’S EDGE A gripping and poignant love story set in a remote village in the Scottish Highlands at the end of the Second World War. ‘The only fault I can find with this book is that I’ve already finished it’ Jodi Picoult ‘Truly enthralling’ Scotsman
‘Breathtaking’ Harper’s Bazaar
1945. After disgracing themselves at a high society party, spoilt young Philadelphia socialites Maddie and Ellis Hyde are cut off from the family without a penny. Ellis decides their salvation will be to hunt down the Loch Ness Monster, a venture his father very publicly failed at. So, oblivious to WW2 raging around them, they make their way to the Scottish Highlands, where Maddie has to face reality and decide just who the real monsters are.
3 – APE HOUSE The New York Times bestseller.
‘If you love animals like I do, it’s a must read’ Ellen DeGeneres
‘Had me instantly enraptured’ Dallas Morning News
‘Wildly entertaining’ Booklist (starred review) These bonobos are no ordinary apes. Like others of their species, they are capable of reason and carrying on deep relationships – but, unlike most bonobos, they also know American Sign Language.
Isabel Duncan, a scientist at the Great Ape Language Lab, doesn’t understand people, but animals she gets, especially the bonobos. Isabel feels more comfortable in their world than she’s ever felt among humans . . . until she meets John Thigpen, a very married reporter who braves the ever-present animal rights protesters outside the lab to see what’s really going on inside.
When an explosion tears apart the lab, severly injuring Isabel and ‘liberating’ the apes to an unknown destination, John’s human interest piece turns into the story of a lifetime.