The Stars in the Night by Clare Rhoden

The Stars in the Night tells the story of Semaphore lad, Harry Fletcher. In 1914, Harry and his adopted brother enlist to fight in ‘the war to end all wars’ despite his Irish mother’s disapproval. The narrative moves from Australia to Gallipoli, Egypt, the trenches of Paschaendale and back to Australia and is richly painted with the details of everyday life for the soldiers involved.

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The Secretary by Zoe Lea

‘When single mum Ruth has a brief fling with Rob, she's mortified to discover that he lied to her. He lied to her, because he's married. Worse still, he's the husband of Janine, head of the PTA at the primary school where Ruth works as secretary, and when the truth of their fling is discovered, Ruth suddenly has a lot of enemies at the school gates.’

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