Oscar Winners

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King - J R R Tolkien
The third volume of The Lord of the Rings. The Companions of the Ring have become involved in separate adventures as the quest continues and all the time the armies of the Dark Lord are massing.

The Cider House Rules - John Irving
Raised from birth at St. Cloud's orphanage Homer Wells has become the protege of Dr. Wilbur Larch, its physician and director. There Dr. Larch cares for the troubled mothers who seek his help, either by delivering and taking in their unwanted babies or by performing illegal abortions.

L.A. Confidential - James Ellroy
Set during Christmas of 1951. Los Angeles is a city where the police are as corrupt as the criminals. Six prisoners are beaten senseless in their cells by cops crazed on alcohol. For the three detectives involved, it will expose the guilty secrets on which they have built their corrupt and violent careers.

Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
The contrasting personalities of two sisters are the centre of the story, supported by a wealth of satirically portrayed minor characters.

The Godfather - Mario Puzo
The Godfather is the Mafia leader Vito Corleone, a benevolent despot who stops at nothing to gain and hold power. Set in Long Island, Hollywood and Sicily, this is a story of a feudal society within society which does not hesitate to consolidate its power.

The English Patient - Michael Ondaatje
The final curtain is closing on the Second World War, and Hana, a nurse, stays behind in an abandoned Italian villa to tend to her only remaining patient. Rescued by Bedouins from a burning plane, he is English, anonymous, damaged beyond recognition and haunted by his memories of passion and betrayal.

Cold Mountain - Charles Frazier
A soldier wounded in the Civil War, turns his back on the battlefield and begins the treacherous journey home to Cold Mountain, and to Ada, the woman he loved before the war began. As Inman attempts to make his way across the mountains, Ada struggles to make a living from the land her once-wealthy father left when he died. Neither knows if the other is still alive.

The Constant Gardener - John le Carre
Tessa Quayle has been horribly murdered on the shores of Lake Turkana in Northern Kenya. Her putative African lover, a doctor with one of the aid agencies, has disappeared. Her husband, Justin, a career diplomat and amateur gardener at the British High Commission in Nairobi, sets out on a personal odyssey in pursuit of the killers and their motive.

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