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Madeleine Wickham - Sleeping ​Arrangements
Chloe ​needs a holiday. She's sick of making wedding dresses, her partner Philip has troubles at work, the whole family wants a break. Her wealthy friend Gerard has offered the loan of his luxury villa in Spain - perfect. Hugh is not a happy man. His immaculate wife Amanda seems more interested in her new kitchen than in him, and he works so hard to pay for it, he barely has time for his children. Maybe he'll have a chance to bond with them on holiday. His old friend Gerard has lent them a luxury villa in Spain - perfect. Both families arrive at the villa and realise the awful truth - Gerard has double-booked. What no-one else realises is that Chloe and Hugh have a history; and as tensions rise within the two families, old passions resurface. It seems that Gerard's 'accidental' double booking may not be an accident after all...

Madeleine Wickham - A ​Desirable Residence
Liz ​and Jonathan Chambers were in trouble. Mortgage trouble. They'd stretched themselves to busting with their new exciting project - well, Liz thought it exciting - buying and managing the Silchester Tutorial College, and now couldn't sell their old house. Here they were, stuck with two mortgages, mounting debts and a miserable adolescent daughter who hadn't wanted to move anyway.Then Marcus Witherstone came into their lives - and at first it seemed he would solve all their problems. Marcus, senior partner in Silchester's leading estate agency, was large, assured, and wore an expensive overcoat. He knew the perfect tenants from London who would rent their old house - glamorous PR girl Ginny and almost-famous Piers. Everything was going to be OK.But soon Marcus found himself involved with Liz in a way he'd never intended. Keeping his adulterous trysts secret from Anthea was uncomfortably easy - most of the time her head was firmly buried in Improve your Child's IQ. Meanwhile, as Liz was lost in blissful dreams of Marcus, Jonathan was left to run the tutorial college. Neither of them had time to notice that teenage Alice was developing a desperate passion for the tenants, Piers and Ginny. Everyone seemed to be entangled with everyone else, in the most awkward possible way. And as events closed in on him, Marcus began to realise that some deceptions are just a bit too close to home.

Madeleine Wickham - Velem ​alszol?
Chloénak ​nyaralásra van szüksége. Elege van az esküvői ruhák varrásából, a hiú örömanyákból, és abból, hogy élettársának gondjai vannak a munkahelyén. Gazdag barátja, Gerard, felajánlja spanyolországi luxusvilláját, hogy férje Philip, két fiuk, és ő kikapcsolódhassanak. Eszményi! Hugh nem boldog ember. Úgy tűnik, tökéletes feleségét jobban érdekli a márvány az új konyhába, mint a férje, ő pedig keményen dolgozik, hogy mindezt kifizethesse, cserébe azonban alig látja a gyerekeit. Régi iskolatársa, Gerard, kiadja nekik spanyolországi luxusvilláját, hogy a család kicsit összerázódhasson. Pompás! Mindkét família megérkezik a villába, ahol beköszönt a sokk is: Gerard ugyanarra a hétre szervezte a nyaralásukat. Elkezdődik az osztozkodás bosszantó hete, és a rekkenő hőségben hamarosan fojtogatóvá válik a feszültség. A két családot a titokzatos múlt is összeköti, és ahogy elszabadulnak az indulatok, rég eltemetett szenvedély tör felszínre… Mediterrán nyár, szabadságvágy, füllesztő erotika, egy-két slukk joint és valaki a háttérben…

Madeleine Wickham - Titkok, ​hazugságok
Két ​átlagosnak mondható család egyszerre érkezik a villába, és döbbenten tapasztalják, hogy egyikük tévedése miatt kénytelenek osztozni a házon. A főszezon miatt kizárt, hogy az egyik család szállodába költözzön. Kezdetét veszi a váratlan alkalmazkodással, kellemetlen helyzetekkel teli vakáció, és a növekvő hőségben fokozatosan a tetőfokára hág a feszültség. Ráadásul a két család egyes tagjai régi ismerősök, ezt azonban eltitkolják. A pattanásig feszült hangulatban a régi szenvedélyek újra felizzanak... A szereplők átlagosak, a helyzet viszont nem az. Vajon túl tudják-e tenni magukat a zavaros helyzetből adódó nehézségeken? A régi, befejezetlen szerelem, vagy a család bizonyul erősebbnek?

Madeleine Wickham - Swimming ​Pool Sunday
On ​a shimmeringly hot Sunday in May, the Delaneys opened their pool to all the village for charity. Louise was there, so were her daughters Amelia and Katie - and so, glaring at her resentfully, was her estranged husband Barnaby. This was supposed to be his day with the girls. But Louise ignored his angry glowers - it wasn't her fault they'd wanted to come swimming with her, was it? While the children splashed and shrieked in the cool, blue waters, she lay blissfully back in the sun and dreamed of Cassian, the charismatic new lawyer in her life. The day seemed perfect. But suddenly the perfect day was shattered, as tragedy struck. And the consequences of a terrible accident developed into a drama of recriminations, jealousy and legal power-play, in which Louise found herself pulled in three directions all at once. Friendships crumbled, the village was split, and the needs of a child became secondary to the dangerous contest in which the grown-ups were engaged.

Madeleine Wickham - The ​Gatecrasher
Fleur ​is beautiful but lazy and, at forty, spends her life looking for rich men who can provide her and her teenage daughter with a glamorous and effortless existence. A daily trawl through the court pages of The Times provides her with an unusual but fertile search area - the funerals and memorial services of the great and good, where gatecrashers are so much less noticeable than they would be at a wedding or a christening.It is at one of these sad but oddly festive occasions that she meets Richard, dull but well-off, whose mousey wife has died after a lifetime of enjoyable ill-health. Before long Fleur has become an integral part of Richard's life, offending his friends, interfering in his leisure pursuits (golf bores her, so why should he spend so much time on it?) and stirring up his grown-up children to behave badly.

Madeleine Wickham - Cocktails ​for Three
Three ​women, smart and successful, working in the fast and furious world of magazines, meet for cocktails and gossip once a month. Roxanne: glamorous, self-confident, with a secret lover - and hoping that one day he will leave his wife and marry her. Maggie: capable and high-achieving, until she finds the one thing she can't cope with - motherhood. Candice: honest, decent, or so she believes - until a ghost from her past turns up, and almost ruins her life. A chance encounter in the cocktail bar sets in train an extraordinary set of events which upsets all their lives and almost destroys their friendship.

Madeleine Wickham - The ​Tennis Party
It ​was Patrick's idea that they should have the tennis party weekend. After all, he had the perfect setting - the White House. Bought out of his bonuses as an investment salesman, it was complete with stable, cocktail bar, jacuzzi, shell-shaped bedheads and, of course, the tennis court (towered over by an authentic Wimbledon-green umpire's chair). He hadn't actually told Caroline, his brash and beautiful wife, what the real reason for the party was. And if she suspected that he had a hidden agenda, she managed to hide it in a cloud of Pimm's-induced laughter. She was glad to welcome Stephen and Annie, their impoverished former neighbours, less glad to see newly wealthy Charles and his aristocratic wife Cressida, and barely able to tolerate the deadly competitive Don and Valerie. As the four couples gathered on the sunny terrace, it seemed obvious who was winning in life and who was losing. But by the end of the party, nothing would be certain. As the first ball is served over the net it signals the start of two days of tempers, shocks, revelations, the arrival of an uninvited guest, and the realisation that the weekend is about anything but tennis. A funny, cutting, penetrating and perceptive debut novel from a brilliant new writer to the contemporary scene.

Madeleine Wickham - The ​Wedding Girl
At ​the age of eighteen, in that first golden Oxford summer, Milly was up for anything. Rupert and his American lover Allan were all part of her new, exciting life, and when Rupert suggested to her that she and Allan should get married, just so that Allan could stay in the country, Milly didn't hesitate, and to make it seem real she dressed up in cheap wedding finery and posed on the steps of the registry office for photographs. Ten years later, Milly is a very different person. Engaged to Simon - who is wealthy, serious, and believes her to be perfect - she is facing the biggest and most elaborate wedding imaginable. Her mother has it planned to the finest detail, from the massive marquee to the sculpted ice swans filled with oysters. Her dreadful secret is locked away so securely she has almost persuaded herself that it doesn't exist - until, with only four days to go, her past catches up with her. Suddenly, her carefully constructed world is about to crash in ruins around her. How can she tell Simon she's already married? How can she tell her mother? But as the crisis develops, more secrets are revealed than Milly could possibly have realised...

Madeleine Wickham - Die ​Heiratsschwindlerin
Die ​Braut, die sich doppelt traut Als Milly zum ersten Mal ihr Jawort gibt, ist sie achtzehn, übermütig und entschlossen, etwas Gutes zu tun. Die Ehe soll nämlich einem sympathischen Amerikaner die Aufenthaltsgenehmigung in England sichern. Die Sache ist auch schnell vergessen, nachdem der Kontakt zu ihrem Gatten bald nach der Trauung abbricht. Doch zehn Jahre später steht Milly vor einem Problem: Sie hat mit Simon Pinnacle ihren Traummann gefunden, und in wenigen Tagen soll geheiratet werden. Was weder der überglückliche Simon noch sonst jemand weiß: Die Braut ist noch immer verheiratet. Mitten in den Vorbereitungen zur Traumhochzeit platzt die Bombe ...

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