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The Goon show. Compendium volume eleven, Series 9, part 2 & series 10..
Immensely popular and hugely influential, the ground-breaking series The Goon Show changed the face of British comedy. Now, for the first time, this box set collection presents the episodes in chronological order as they were scheduled to be broadcast. There are some rare bonus archive items, including interviews with Peter Sellers and Spike Milligan and a rehearsal sequence from the soundtrack recording of The Lost Colony.
Kiss the bride: three summer love stories..
Meet the people who make it all happen–the planners, the photographers, the musicians who have helped orchestrate the perfect day for countless couples–as they find their own happy endings in the second Year of Weddings novella collection. Picture Perfect Love: when image becomes everything, it's up to love to refocus the heart. I hope you dance: photographer Jenna Harrison wants every bride and groom to look picture perfect on their special day. But her own heart is still broken, the unworn wedding dress hanging in her closet a reminder that relationships aren't always as perfect as they look through her camera lens. Love on a dealine: attorney Ashton Vance is the one that got away, but he wrongly blamed Jenna for ruining his political aspirations. Even if Jenna can forgive him, dare he hope for a second chance at her love?
Octonauts. The eel ordeal and other stories..
Join the Octonauts in this fifth collection of exciting underwater adventures adapted from the popular children's television series! The Octonauts are a team of quirky and courageous undersea adventurers who are always ready to dive into action. The Octonauts mission is to explore new underwater worlds, rescue amazing sea creatures and protect our oceans. 1. The Eel Ordeal 2. Creature Report: Eels 3. The Marine Iguanas 4. Creature Report: Marine Iguanas 5. The Dwarf Lantern Shark 6. Creature Report: Dwarf Lanternshark 7. The Pirate Parrotfish 8. Creature Report: Parrotfish 9. The Electric Torpedo Rays 10. Creature Report: Torpedo Rays 11. The Crafty Cuttlefish 12. Creature Report: Cuttlefish 13. The Lost Lemon Shark 14. Creature Report: Lemon Shark 15. The Humuhumunukunukuapua?a 16. Creature Report: Humuhumunukunukuapua?a 17. The Giant Spider Crab 18. Creature Report: Spider Crab 19. Special: The Great Penguin Race.
Play school story time. Volume 2..
What's in the magic story drawer today? Snuggle up with much-loved celebrities as they bring to life a beautiful selection of animal stories for young children. Comedian and author David Walliams, actress Kat Stewart, comedian and writer Lawrence Leung, singer Casey Donovan, Indigenous actor Jack Charles, actress Debra Lawrance and actress & singer Fiona Choi all join the Play School toys on the Story Time Couch to read this entertaining collection. The Bear Who Went Boo! by David Walliams Chip by Kylie Howarth Hairy Maclary and Zachary Quack by Lynley Dodd The Rabbit-Hole Golf Course by Ella Mulvey Go Home, Cheeky Animals! by Johanna Bell Ginger by Charlotte Voake The Snow Wombat by Susannah Chambers.
I'm not scared, Niccolò Ammaniti.
A sweltering heat wave hits a tiny village in Southern Italy, sending the adults to seek shelter, while their children bicycle freely throughout the countryside, playing games and getting into trouble. When the gang find a dilapidated farmhouse, nine-year-old Michele Amitrano makes a discovery so momentous he dare not tell a soul. It is a secret that will force Michele to question everything and everyone around him. An unputdownable thriller, I'm Not Scared is also a devastatingly authentic portrayal of childhood and the tension when it must join the adult world.
Amelia Fang and the barbaric ball, Laura Ellen Anderson.
Welcome to the world of Nocturnia, where darkness reigns supreme, glitter is terrifying and unicorns are the stuff of nightmares! Amelia Fang would much rather hang out with her pet pumpkin Squashy and her friends Florence the yeti (don 't call her beast) and Grimaldi the reaper than dance at her parents' annual Barbaric Ball. And when the King's spoiled son Tangine captures Squashy, Amelia and her friends must escape the party to plan a daring rescue! In their race against time, they begin to realise things in Nocturnia may not be quite what they seem. Join Amelia on her very first adventure. She won't bite.
Amelia Fang and the unicorn lords, Laura Ellen Anderson.
Amelia Fang is the biggest hearted vampiress you'll ever meet. In this adventure, she and her friends Florence the yeti (don't call her beast), Grimaldi the Death and Prince Tangine (reformed spoiled sprout), along with her pet pumpkin Squashy, must brave the journey to the terrifying Kingdom of the Light to try to find Tangine's missing mother, Queen Fairyweather. But with unicorns, fairies and angel-kittens lurking around every corner, who can they trust? And will they finally uncover the real villain keeping the kingdoms of Light and Dark as mortal enemies? Join Amelia on her latest adventure. She won't bite.
High voltage: the life of Angus Young, AC/DC's last man standing, Jeff Apter.
How did such big balls get in such short pants? - Aerosmith's Steve Tyler on Angus, at the induction of AC/DC into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Angus Young, the co-founder and last remaining original member of AC/DC, has for more than 40 years been the face, sound and sometimes the exposed backside of the trailblazing rock band. In his trademark schoolboy outfit, Angus rose from the obscurity of working-class Glasgow and Sydney to become hard rock's greatest guitarist. High Voltage is the first biography to focus exclusively on Angus, and reveals in stunning detail how his signature guitar sound, his unique flair for performance and his unstoppable drive to succeed have kept AC/DC on the rails and at the top of the rock pile.
Brave, Jennifer L Armentrout.
Ivy Morgan hasn't been feeling like herself lately. Not like anyone can blame her. After all, being held captive by a psychotic fae prince hell-bent on permanently opening the gates to the Otherworld is bound to leave some mental scars. It's more than that, though. Something dark and insidious is spreading throughout Ivy, more powerful than she could ever imagine. And it's coming between her and the man she's fallen deeply in love with, elite Order member Ren Owens.
The simple truth, David Baldacci.
It's never what it seems…Young attorney Michael Fiske broke the law when he took Rufus Harms's prison letter from the Supreme Court. But he also sealed his own fate. Suddenly everyone who has anything to do with Harms or his appeal mysteriously dies. Now Michael's brother John, a cop turned attorney, comes to Washington to find out why his brother was murdered–and what it had to do with a crime that Harms committed twenty-five years before. But the one man who can help John, the one man who knows what really happened more than two decades ago–and why–has escaped from prison and is running for his life.
Diary of a wartime affair: the true story of a surprisingly modern romance, Doreen Bates.
London in 1934. Clever young civil servant Doreen Bates is working in the same office as E, an older married man. In the years just before the war, they develop an irresistible attraction to one another and strike up a passionate affair. Doreen records it all with startling candour in her diary - secret midnight walks, countryside escapades and stolen moments of intimacy. But Doreen longs for a child with E, despite all the taboos of the time. Against the wishes of E, she gets pregnant and is amazed when twins are born during the war. However, Doreen faces an uncertain future–will E ever leave his wife and join his new family? This is the story of a young woman forging her own path in a period of turbulence and uncertainty.
Agatha Raisin and the witches' tree, M C Beaton.
Cotswolds inhabitants are used to inclement weather, but the night sky is especially foggy as Rory and Molly Devere, the new vicar and his wife, drive slowly home from a dinner party in their village of Sumpton Harcourt. They strain to see the road ahead - and then suddenly brake, screeching to a halt. Right in front of them, aglow in the headlights, a body hangs from a gnarled tree at the edge of town. Margaret Darby, an elderly spinster, has been murdered - and the villagers are bewildered as to who would commit such a crime. Agatha Raisin rises to the occasion (a little glad for the excitement, to tell the truth, after a long run of lost cats and divorces on the books). But Sumpton Harcourt is a small and private village, she finds - a place that poses more questions than answers. And when two more murders follow the first, Agatha begins to fear for her reputation - and even her life. That the village has its own coven of witches certainly doesn't make her feel any better …
How to live on 24 hours a day, Arnold Bennett.
Bennett address the problem of never having enough time. In this book, he urges hourly workers to use "spare" time to improve their lives, making the best of their time outside of work. He understands that most people are spending as much time as possible working to make more money, thus disliking their lives. "Time is money" seriously understates this matter: more time can generate more money, but money cannot buy you more time!
How not to fall in love, actually, Catherine Bennetto.
Emma has a job in television which is distinctly less glamorous than it sounds. She's managed to claw her way up the ranks from Tea-Maker and Rubbish-Collector to 2nd Assistant Director (heavy on the 'assistant'. Even heavier on the '2nd'). So when she finds she's accidentally pregnant and at the same time accidentally sacked (well, less accidentally: she did tell her boss to stick his job up his bum), she knows things are going to have to change. Luckily she's also accidentally the heir to a lovely cottage in Wimbledon, with a crazy Doberman-owning octogenarian as a neighbour and a rather sexy guy as an accidental tenant.
The greed, Scott Bergstrom.
For Gwendolyn Bloom, survival isn't enough. On the run and exhausted by life in the shadows, Gwendolyn launches herself on a global quest to seize control of a dead criminal mastermind's lost fortune. With the help of Terrance Mutai, her friend from New York and one of the only people she trusts, she dives headlong into a world of money, espionage, and betrayal. But with enemies closing in around her, can she trust anyone? Even herself?
Pinkie Pie and the rockin' Ponypalooza party!, G M Berrow.
When the family rock farm is in trouble, Pinkie Pie tries to help in the best way she knows how - by planning a Ponyville 'rock' concert: Ponypalooza! The party will be super-duper cool and is sure to save the farm. But … Pinkie's family doesn't like the idea and wants her to be serious for once in her life. What's a pony to do?
American kingpin: the epic hunt for the criminal mastermind behind the Silk Road drugs empire, Nick Bilton.
The unbelievable true story of the man who built a billion-dollar online drug empire from his bedroom - and almost got away with it. In 2011, a 26-year-old programmer named Ross Ulbricht launched the ultimate free market: the Silk Road, a clandestine Web site hosted on the Dark Web where anyone could trade anything - drugs, hacking software, forged passports, counterfeit cash, poisons - free of the government's watchful eye. While the federal government were undertaking an epic two-year manhunt for the site's elusive proprietor, the Silk Road quickly ballooned into a $1.2 billion enterprise. Ross embraced his new role as kingpin, taking drastic steps to protect himself - including ordering a hit on a former employee. As Ross made plans to disappear forever, the Feds raced against the clock to catch a man they weren't sure even existed, searching for a needle in the haystack of the global Internet. Drawing on exclusive access to key players and two billion digital words and images Ross left behind, New York Times bestselling author Nick Bilton offers a tale filled with twists and turns, lucky breaks and unbelievable close calls. It's a story of the boy next door's ambition gone criminal, spurred on by the clash between the new world of libertarian-leaning, anonymous, decentralised Web advocates and the old world of government control, order and the rule of law. Filled with unforgettable characters and capped by an astonishing climax, American Kingpin might be dismissed as too outrageous for fiction. But it's all too real.
Erica's elephant, Sylvia Bishop.
When Erica Perkins wakes up on the morning of her tenth birthday, the last thing she expects is to find a very confused elephant sitting on her doorstep. So begins an unlikely friendship. But can a small girl and a rather large elephant learn to live together in a tiny terraced house? And when the dastardly owner of the local zoo plots to steal the elephant, will Erica be able to outsmart him?
Covenant child, Terri Blackstock.
Kara and Lizzie are twins who are heirs to enormous fortune. Their parents both die and Amanda their stepmother tries to gain custody. Unfortunately, she loses the battle and they are bought up by two grandparents who live in squalor and are only interested in what they can get and lie to the twins about Amanda. The twins, who were very young when the grandparents gain access, forget all about the love Amanda has for them and come to believe what they are told. The story shows the lengths that Amanda goes to to bring them back.
Dawn's light, Terri Blackstock.
In the final book of the Restoration series by bestselling author Terri Blackstock, the end of a global electrical blackout signals the beginning of the Branning family's ultimate test. Murder and affairs of the heart form the backdrop for a family sifting through the lessons they have learned–and how well they have truly learned them.
Double minds, Terri Blackstock.
Struggling to succeed in the Nashville music scene, talented singer/songwriter Parker James finds the competition fierce, even deadly. A young woman's murder, industry corruption, and a menacing stalker draw Parker into danger and intrigue. Nothing is as it appears, and unravelling the truth challenges everything Parker believes about her talent, her future, and her faith.
If I live, Terri Blackstock.
Casey Cox is still on the run after being indicted for murder. The hunt that began with her bloody footprints escalates, and she's running out of places to hide. Her face is all over the news, and her disguises are no longer enough. It's only a matter of time before someone recognizes her. Dylan Roberts, the investigator who once hunted her, is now her only hope. Terrifying attempts on Dylan's life could force Casey out of hiding. The clock is ticking on both their lives, but exposing the real killers is more complicated than they knew. Amassing the evidence to convict their enemies draws Dylan and Casey together, but their relationship has consequences. Will one life have to be sacrificed to protect the other?
Last light, Terri Blackstock.
What if America suddenly lost all its electrical power, its communications, its transportation, its financial system, its government leadership, and its media? What if an upper middle-class neighbourhood of families who hardly know each other's names, suddenly had to form a functioning, self-contained community? How would people in the 21st century, spoiled by microwaves and fast food, air travel and speeding cars, television and air conditioning, learn to function if they no longer had cars that ran, grocery stores, postal service, running water, computers, big screen TVs? After an unexplained catastrophic event in the atmosphere knocks out all electronics in the world, these well-to-do families who've accumulated so many things are suddenly left helpless. No one is certain whether the country is under attack. Without communication, there is no way to find out. One family of Christians–the Brannings–realizes the needs of those around them.
Never again good-bye, Terri Blackstock.
The strength of love and family and the struggles and joys of Christian living weave together in this touching contemporary romance.
The night and the music: the Matthew Scudder stories, Lawrence Block.
All 17 of Lawrence Block's Matthew Scudder stories are brought together in this collection.
The sins of the fathers, Lawrence Block.
The pretty young prostitute is dead. Her alleged murderer–a minister's son–hanged himself in his jail cell. The case is closed. But the dead girl's father has come to Matthew Scudder for answers, sending the unlicensed private investigator in search of terrible truths about a life that was lived and lost in a sordid world of perversion and pleasures.
Bogle on mutual funds: new perspectives for the intelligent investor, John C Bogle.
Updated with a new introduction by expert John Bogle, this comprehensive audiobook provides investors with the wisdom of the pioneer of mutual funds to help you identify and execute the ideal mutual fund investment choices for your portfolio. The former Vanguard Chief Executive, Bogle has long been mutual funds' most outspoken critic; in this classic book, he provides guidance on what you should and shouldn't believe when it comes to mutual funds, along with the story of persistence and perseverance that led to this seminal work. You'll learn the differences between common stock, bond, money market, and balanced funds, and why a passively managed "index" fund is a smarter investment than a fund managed by someone making weighted bets on individual securities, sectors, and the economy. Bogle reveals the truth behind the advertising, the mediocre performance, and selfishness, and highlights the common mistakes many investors make. Consider the risks and rewards of investing in mutual funds. Learn how to choose between the four basic types of funds. Choose the lower-cost, more reliable investment structure. See through misleading advertising, and watch out for pitfalls. Listen to this timeless classic and let Bogle On Mutual Funds show you how to invest in mutual funds the right way, with the expert perspective of an industry leader.
Bad news, Pseudonymous Bosch.
At Earth Ranch, Clay encountered a haunted library, a castaway boy, and a fire-breathing dragon–not to mention incredible magic. Now he faces his most dangerous foes yet: the mysterious white-gloved members of the Midnight Sun, whose scheming leads Clay to a dragon reserve. Up against impossible odds, will Clay and his Secret Series allies be able to triumph over these villains once and for all? Packed with action, humour, magic, mystery, and dragons, Pseudonymous Bosch answers long-simmering questions as he delivers his most exciting adventure yet.
If you're reading this, it's too late, Pseudonymous Bosch.
Beware! Dangerous secrets lie between the pages of this book.OK, I warned you. But if you think I'll give anything away, or tell you that this is the sequel to my first literary endeavour, The Name of This Book is Secret, you're wrong. I'm not going to remind you of how we last left our heroes, Cass and Max-Ernest, as they awaited initiation into the mysterious Terces Society, or the ongoing fight against the evil Dr. L and Ms. Mauvais. I certainly won't be telling you about how the kids stumble upon the Museum of Magic, where they finally meet the amazing Pietro! Oh, blast! I've done it again. Well, at least I didn't tell you about the missing Sound Prism, the nefarious Lord Pharaoh, or the mysterious creature born in a bottle over 500 years ago, the key to the biggest secret of all. I really can't help myself, now can I? Let's face it - if you're reading this, it's too late.
The silent invasion, James Bradley.
The Earth is dying. Plants, animals and humans are being infected by spores from space and becoming part of a vast alien intelligence. When 16-year-old Callie discovers her little sister Gracie is Changing, she flees with Gracie to the Zone to escape termination by the ruthless officers of quarantine. What Callie finds in the Zone will alter her forever and send her on a journey to the stars, and beyond.
Cosmoe's wiener getaway, Max Brallier.
Meet Cosmoe, the Earth-Boy. He's captain of the Neon Weiner, the finest flying food truck in the galaxy. Along with his bud, Big Humphree, he spends his days cruising the cosmos and staying crazy busy: cooking up a Mega-Dog; escaping mutant worm monsters, zombie space pirates, and grumpy robots; playing Super Moon Ninja Death Jab; and protecting the galaxy from the Ultimate Evil. He's kind of an awesome space guy.
The wiener strikes back, Max Brallier.
Cosmoe the Earth-boy and his space-adventuring partners, Big Humphree and Princess Dagger, return–just in time to save the galaxy … Crostini's Cosmic Carnival is a strange, monster-filled space train that travels the galaxy. When Cosmoe catches the attention of the carnival's ringmaster, the Neon Wiener, hot-dog-selling spaceship, becomes part of the show. Cosmoe is now known as Cosmoe the Monster-Tamer–and he's a hit across the galaxy! Just one problem–Cosmoe and his buddies are in some serious danger, and not only from the wild monsters Cosmoe's facing in the ring. Can they save the day and still sell enough wieners to keep Galactic Hot Dogs in business?
Bush doctors, Annabelle Brayley.
Imagine yourself critically injured or seriously ill in the middle of nowhere. You'd be hoping like hell there was a doctor nearby to take charge; someone resourceful, who'd think quickly and stay calm under pressure; someone who could, if necessary, take charge from a distance. You'd want to be in the safe and sure hands of one of these amazing bush doctors. They might work in some of the most spectacular locations in Australia - from the splendid isolation of the Kimberley and the wide open spaces of outback Queensland to the freezing icecaps of Antarctica - but their profession demands long hours, extensive medical knowledge and, sometimes, courage beyond their experience. Meet some of the extraordinary medicos who save lives everyday beyond the great divide including Jenny Wilson, the locum with itchy feet who roams Australia and beyond to help people; Rolf Gomes, who built a 'heart truck' to take life-saving medical advice to the inland; and Molly Shorthouse who cares for people's mental health. And, always, there's the Royal Flying Doctors.
Villette, Charlotte Brontë.
Lucy Snowe is a stoic young Englishwoman. Beset by adverse circumstances, on a momentary whim she travels to Belgium to seek her livelihood as a teacher in a girls' boarding school. There, surrounded by giddy pupils, under the control of the cunning school matron, wooed by an eccentric professor, and visited by the ghost of a nun, Lucy begins her adventure in true gothic fashion.
The emperor's silver, Nick Brown.
Still recovering from his previous assignment in Arabia, imperial agent Cassius Corbulo has been spending most of his time and money on women and wine. Unfortunately for him, word of his achievements has reached the emperor Aurelian's deputy and he is sent north, tasked with smashing a counterfeiting gang. Cassius tracks the criminals to the city of Berytus, where his investigations are hampered by civil unrest and uncooperative officials, not to mention the personal problems of his servant Simo and bodyguard Indavara. Despite this and intense pressure from his superiors the young officer eventually closes in on the gang. But his enemies will do anything to protect their profits, and Cassius and Indavara soon find themselves fighting not only for the emperor, but for their very survival.
Morning star, Pierce Brown.
Darrow would have lived in peace, but his enemies brought him war. The Gold overlords demanded his obedience, hanged his wife, and enslaved his people. But Darrow is determined to fight back. Risking everything to transform himself and breach Gold society, Darrow has battled to survive the cutthroat rivalries that breed Society's mightiest warriors, climbed the ranks, and waited patiently to unleash the revolution that will tear the hierarchy apart from within. Finally, the time has come. But devotion to honour and hunger for vengeance run deep on both sides. Darrow and his comrades-in-arms face powerful enemies without scruple or mercy. Among them are some Darrow once considered friends. To win, Darrow will need to inspire those shackled in darkness to break their chains, unmake the world their cruel masters have built, and claim a destiny too long denied – and too glorious to surrender.
A civil campaign: a comedy of biology and manners, Lois McMaster Bujold.
Despite all his power, Lord Miles Vorkosigan can't win the hand of the beautiful Vor widow, Ekaterin Vorsoisson, who is violently allergic to marriage as a result of her first exposure. But as Miles has learned from his career in the galactic covert ops, subterfuge is always an option. So he devises a cunning plan.
Memory, Lois McMaster Bujold.
Dying is easy. Coming back to life is hard. At least that's what Miles Vorkosigan thinks, and he should know, having done both once already. Thanks to his quick-thinking staff and incredible artistry from a medical specialist, Miles's first death won't be his last. But it does take some recovery, a fact he has been reluctant to admit. When he makes the mistake of returning too soon to military duty, he finds himself summoned home to face the Barrayaran security chief, Simon Illyan. But Miles's worst nightmares about Simon Illyan are nothing compared to Illyan's own nightmares. Under suspicion himself, Miles must seek out the answers to Ilyan's nightmares or see the inevitable destruction of Imperial Security and, with it, the Empire.
The prisoner of Limnos , Lois McMaster Bujold.
Temple sorcerer Penric and the widow Nikys have finally reached safety in the duchy of Orbas when a secret letter from a friend brings frightening news: Nikys's mother has been taken hostage by her brother's enemies at the Cedonian imperial court, and confined in a precarious island sanctuary.Their own romance still unresolved, Nikys, Penric, and of course Desdemona must infiltrate the hostile country once more, finding along the way that family relationships can be as unexpectedly challenging as any rescue scheme.
The heir, Grace Burrowes.
The Earl of Westhaven decides to spend the summer at his townhouse in London, where he finds himself intrigued by the secretive ways of his beautiful housekeeper.
No other duke will do, Grace Burrowes.
The soldier, Grace Burrowes.
When Devlin St. Just, the bastard son of a duke, arrives at his new estate, he discovers that he is responsible for the previous owner's illegitimate daughter and her beautiful cousin, which further complicates his life.
Thomas, Grace Burrowes.
Thomas Jennings arrives to his newly acquired estate to find that his steward has fled under a cloud of scandal, and the property has been held together by Miss Loris Tanner, the steward's daughter. Thomas knows what it's like to not fit in, and he's pragmatic enough to respect results, so he gives Loris a chance to maintain her position in a profession uniformly undertaken by men. Thomas learns about the complexities of estate management from his unlikely tutor, despite somebody's attempts to drive him off his own land. Mishaps turn into near tragedies, while between Thomas and Loris, respect and liking grow into attraction. Who is sabotaging Thomas's estate, and what choices will Loris face when the malefactor has been revealed?
Remembrance: a Mediator novel, Meg Cabot.
Suze Simon–all grown up and engaged to her once-ghostly soulmate–faces a vengeful spirit and an old enemy bent on ending Suze's wedded bliss before it begins. You can take the boy out of the darkness. But you can't take the darkness out of the boy. All Susannah Simon wants is to make a good impression at her first job since graduating from college (and since becoming engaged to Dr. Jesse de Silva). But when she's hired as a guidance counsellor at her alma mater, she stumbles across a decade-old murder, and soon ancient history isn't all that's coming back to haunt her. Old ghosts as well as new ones are coming out of the woodwork, some to test her, some to vex her, and it isn't only because she's a mediator, gifted with second sight. From a sophomore haunted by the murderous spectre of a child, to ghosts of a very different kind–including Paul Slater, Suze's ex, who shows up to make a bargain Suze is certain must have come from the Devil himself–Suze isn't sure she'll make it through the semester, let alone to her wedding night. Suze is used to striking first and asking questions later. But what happens when ghosts from her past–including one she found nearly impossible to resist–strike first? What happens when old ghosts come back to haunt you? If you're a mediator, you might have to kick a little ass.
The great chocoplot, Chris Callaghan.
Jelly and her family live in Chompton-on-de-Lyte, where everyone loves a Chocablocka bar or two. So when the end of chocolate is announced, she can't believe it. Determined to investigate, Jelly and her gran follow a trail of clues to a posh chocolate shop and its owner, the pompous Garibaldi Chocolati. Gari's suspiciously smug, despite his failing business and yucky chocolate. Is it really the chocopocalypse, or is there a chocoplot afoot?
Switched, Jen Calonita.
Things at Fairy Tale Reform School are great. Rumpelstiltskin has been ousted, and everyone is buzzing about the fact that Beauty and Prince Sebastian (aka the Beast) have joined the teaching staff. Everyone, that is, except Gilly, who can't seem to focus on anything but Anna. How is it that her beloved sister somehow went bad and joined up with Rump? And why doesn't anyone seem to care? Sure, the Royal Court says they're working on it, but they've got exactly nothing to show for it. But when new-kid Jack joins FTRS with tales of his own family being snatched by Rump, Gilly knows she's in good company. Jack wants answers, just like Gilly. And if the Royal Court can't get the job done, then maybe it's time to break some rules.
Tricked, Jen Calonita.
Times are changing at Fairy Tale Reform School. At least, that's what Gilly's heard. Rumour is that notorious trickster Rumpelstiltskin has taken over management from Headmistress Flora, and he's locked down the school tighter than the Pied Piper's pants. Not that this news concerns Gilly-she's been released from FTRS and is now suffering through attending Jack of All Trades School where she gets to learn about different kinds of shoe leather and ways to measure feet (truly riveting stuff!). But when Gilly's little sister Anna gets whisked off to FTRS (thanks to her troublemaking new friends Hansel and Gretel), Gilly knows she's got to get Anna out of there and that there's only one way to do it: get herself thrown back in.
Earthborn, Orson Scott Card.
High above Earth orbits the starship Basilica. On board the huge vessel is a sleeping woman. Of those who made the journey, Shedemai alone has survived the hundreds of years since the Children of Wetchik returned to Earth. She now wears the Cloak of the Starmaster, and the Oversoul wakes her sometimes to watch over her descendants on the planet below. The population has grown rapidly–there are cities and nations now, whole peoples descended from those who followed Nafai or Elemak. But in all the long years of watching, the Oversoul has not found the thing it sought. It has not found the Keeper of Earth, the central intelligence that also can repair the Oversoul's damaged programming.
The Cloud road, Isobelle Carmody.
Adventure and danger follow Bily, Zluty, Redwing and the monster as they cross a barren desert and journey over high stony mountains in search of a place where they can make a new home. But will the secret they uncover in the Cloud Mountains be the end of them all…
The ice maze, Isobelle Carmody.
Bily and Zluty, the injured Monster and two diggers journey into a land of ice and darkness. Here they find a secret settlement and learn more about the mysterious Makers plan. But the Monster must make a dreadful choice ? A magical adventure series for younger listeners from the award-winning author of Little Fur.
The red wind, Isobelle Carmody.
Brothers Zluty and Bily live happily in their little house in the desert. Every year Zluty journeys to the great forest while Bily stays to tend their desert home. And every year Zluty returns with exciting tales of his adventures. When a devastating red wind sweeps across the land, brothers Bily and Zluty are forced to fight for their survival and journey into the perilous unknown. A magical new series for younger readers from the award-winning author of Little Fur. The first audiobook in The Kingdom of the Lost series.
Kiss me kill me, J S Carol.
She thought she could trust him. She was wrong. When Zoe meets Dan, he's everything she is looking for in a man - intelligent, charming, supportive. It's only after they're married that she realises that he's controlling, aggressive, paranoid. And there's no way out. Or is there? Zoe knows she has to escape, but Dan's found her once before, and she knows he can find her again. But Dan has plans of his own. Plans that don't necessarily include Zoe. Be careful who you trust.
The chance, Robyn Carr.
With its breathtaking vistas and down-to-earth people, Thunder Point is the perfect place for FBI agent Laine Carrington to recuperate from a gunshot wound and contemplate her future. The locals embraced Laine as one of their own after she risked her life to save a young girl from a dangerous cult. Knowing her wounds go beyond the physical, Laine hopes she'll fit in for a while and find her true self in a town that feels safe. She may even learn to open her heart to others, something an undercover agent has little time to indulge. Eric Gentry is also new to Thunder Point. Although he's a man with a dark past, he's determined to put down roots and get to know the daughter he only recently discovered. When Laine and Eric meet, their attraction is obvious to everyone. But while the law enforcement agent and the reformed criminal want to make things work, their differences may run too deep; unless they take a chance on each other and find that deep and mysterious bond that belongs to those who choose love over fear.
Deep in the valley, Robyn Carr.
Welcome to Grace Valley, California–where blood runs thicker…ties are stronger…and love is all the more sweet. Visitors to the town often remark about the valley's peace and beauty–both of which are plentiful. Unlocked doors, front porches, pies cooling in the windows–this is country life at its finest. But visitors don't always see what lies at the heart of a community. Or just beyond…June Hudson grew up in Grace Valley, the daughter of the town doctor. Leaving only to get her medical training, she returned home and followed in her father's footsteps. Some might say she chose the easy, comfortable route…but June knows better. For June, her emergency room is wherever she's needed–or wherever a patient finds her. She is always on call, her work is her life and these people are her extended family. Which is a good thing, since this is a town where you should have picked your husband in the ninth grade. Grace Valley is not exactly the place to meet eligible men–until an undercover DEA agent suddenly starts appearing at all sorts of strange hours. Everybody has secrets down in the valley. Now June has one of her own.
Harvest moon, Robyn Carr.
Rising sous-chef Kelly Matlock's sudden collapse at work is a wake-up call. Disillusioned and burned out, she's retreated to her sister Jillian's house in Virgin River to rest and re-evaluate. Puttering in Jill's garden and cooking with her heirloom vegetables is wonderful, but Virgin River is a far cry from San Francisco. Kelly's starting to feel a little too unmotivated until she meets Lief Holbrook. The handsome widower looks more like a lumberjack than a sophisticated screenwriter, a combination Kelly finds irresistible. But less appealing is Lief's rebellious stepdaughter, Courtney. She's the reason they moved from L.A., but Courtney's finding plenty of trouble even in Virgin River. Kelly's never fallen for a guy with such serious baggage, but some things are worth fighting for. Besides, a bratty teenager can't be any worse than a histrionic chef, right?
The wanderer, Robyn Carr.
Nestled on the Oregon coast is a small town of rocky beaches and rugged charm. Locals love the land's unspoiled beauty. Developers see it as a potential gold mine. When newcomer Hank Cooper learns he's been left an old friend's entire beachfront property, he finds himself with a community's destiny in his hands. Cooper has never been a man to settle in one place, and Thunder Point was supposed to be just another quick stop. But Cooper finds himself getting involved with the town. And with Sarah Dupre, a woman as complicated as she is beautiful. With the whole town watching for his next move, Cooper has to choose between his old life and a place full of new possibilities. A place that just might be home.
Awakened, P C Cast.
Exonerated by the Vampyre High Council and returned to her position of High Priestess at Tulsa's House of Night, Neferet has sworn vengeance on Zoey. Dominion over Kalona is only one of the weapons she plans to use against Z. But Zoey has found sanctuary on the Isle of Skye and is being groomed by Queen Sgiach to take over for her there. Being Queen would be cool, wouldn't it? Why should she return to Tulsa? After losing her human consort, Heath, she will never be the same - and her relationship with her super-hot-warrior, Stark, may never be the same either. And what about Stevie Rae and Rephaim? The Raven Mocker refuses to be used against Stevie Rae, but what choice does he have when no one in the entire world, including Zoey, would be okay with their relationship? Does he betray his father or his heart? In the pulse-pounding eighth House of Night Novel by PC Cast and Kristin Cast, how far will the bonds of friendship stretch and how strong are the ties that bind one girl's heart?
Hunted, P C Cast.
With ancient evil loose in the world, Zoey's very existence is on shaky ground, so when a seductive force is revealed to her, she must find the strength to reveal the truth or lose everything that matters, including her soul.
Redeemed, P C Cast.
Zoey and her friends face the ultimate battle with evil, which will determine the fate of the world, both human and vampyre.
Tempted, P C Cast.
Zoey Redbird, High Priestess-in-training, finds herself juggling three guys–one of which is so into protecting her that he can sense her emotions. Meanwhile the dark force lurking in the tunnels under the Tulsa Depot is spreading, and only Zoey has the power to stop the evil immortal Kalona who is behind it. Will Zoey have the courage to chance losing her life, her heart, and her soul?
Nelly and the flight of the sky lantern, Roland Chambers.
Sometimes secrets are hidden in the most obvious places. When Nelly returns home to discover that her mother has mysteriously disappeared, she vows to stop at nothing until she's found her. Climb to the tops of the clouds in a laundry basket? Why not? Dive to the depths of the ocean in an oversized tin can? Of course! Leave her turtle, Columbus, behind? CERTAINLY NOT! He's her best friend, what an awful suggestion. Together they will find the answers!
Eddy Stone and the alien cat mash-up, Simon Cherry.
When Eddy Stone meets an alien cat on a mission to destroy earth, his rainy weekend suddenly takes off. Shooting into outer space with his annoying cousin Millie, can Eddy stop the crazy kitty!! 3-2-1: counting down to an adventure that's out of this world.
Reinventing the body, resurrecting the soul: how to create a new you, Deepak Chopra.
Picking up where his #1 bestseller Ageless Body, Timeless Mind left off, Deepak Chopra delivers a practical guide to improved physical and spiritual well-being. Revisiting the connection between health and consciousness, Deepak Chopra now takes the process a step farther, showing how the body is actually a reflection of the mind, "a symbol in flesh and blood of everything you think and feel."
Death by drowning: & other stories, Agatha Christie.
The thumb mark of St Peter: Fifteen years ago, Miss Marple's niece, Mabel Denman, was accused of murdering her abusive and violent husband. Can Miss Marple clear her niece's name and reveal the true perpetrator? The herb of death: Foxglove leaves are picked with sage for the dinner with disastrous results. The affair at the bungalow: A burglary at a riverside bungalow sets off an unusual chain of events. Death by drowning: Sir Henry Clithering, ex-commissioner of Scotland Yard, is staying with his friends Colonel and Mrs Bantry, when news arrives that the village innkeeper's daughter has met her death by drowning.
The witness for the prosecution, Agatha Christie.
Agatha Christie's shocking courtroom drama, read on audio by her grandson, Mathew Prichard. When wealthy spinster Emily French is found murdered, suspicion falls to Leonard Vole, the man to whom she hastily bequeathed her riches before she died. Leonard assures the investigators that his wife, Romaine Heilger, can provide them with an alibi. However, when questioned, Romaine informs the police that Vole returned home late that night covered in blood. During the trial, Ms French's housekeeper, Janet gives damning evidence against Vole, but as Romaine's cross-examination begins her motives come under scrutiny from the courtroom. One question remains, will justice out?
A rustle of silk, Alys Clare.
1603. Former ship's surgeon Gabriel Taverner is attempting to re-establish himself as a country physician in rural Devon. But it's not easy to gain the locals' trust, and a series of disturbing incidents, increasing in menace and intensity, convinces him that at least one person does not welcome his presence. Called out to examine a partially decomposed body found beside the river, Gabriel discovers that he has a personal connection to the dead man. Teaming up with Coroner Theophilus Davey to find out how the man died, Gabriel uncovers some darker aspects of the lucrative silk trade which operates from nearby Plymouth. The more he finds out, the more frighteningly apparent it becomes that the people closest to him have been keeping dangerous secrets.
Robert B. Parker's The Devil wins: a Jesse Stone novel, Reed Farrel Coleman.
In the wake of a huge storm, three bodies are discovered in the rubble of an abandoned factory building in an industrial part of Paradise known as The Swap. One body, a man's, wrapped in a blue tarp, is only hours old. But found within feet of that body are the skeletal remains of two teenage girls who had gone missing during a Fourth of July celebration twenty-five years earlier. Not only does that crime predate Jesse Stone's arrival in Paradise, but the dead girls were close friends of Jesse's right hand, Officer Molly Crane. And things become even more complicated when one of the dead girls' mothers returns to Paradise to bury her daughter and is promptly murdered. It's up to Police Chief Jesse Stone to pull away the veil of the past to see how all the murders are connected.
Mourn not your dead, Deborah Crombie.
Scotland Yard Superintendent Duncan Kincaid and Sergeant Gemma James are sent to suburban Surrey to investigate the murder of a high-ranking police officer. Alastair Gilbert was bludgeoned to death in his kitchen, and the list of potential suspects is long, the man's arrogance earned him widespread enmity both in the village where he lived, and in police circles. But Duncan and Gemma must put aside their personal feelings, for the victim, as well as for each other, to solve the most troubling case either has faced.
The toymakers, Robert Dinsdale.
Do you remember when you believed in magic? It is 1917, and while war wages across Europe, in the heart of London, there is a place of hope and enchantment. The Emporium sells toys that capture the imagination of children and adults alike: patchwork dogs that seem alive, toy boxes that are bigger on the inside, soldiers that can fight battles of their own. Into this family business comes young Cathy Wray, running away from a shameful past. The Emporium takes her in, makes her one of its own. But Cathy is about to discover that the Emporium has secrets of its own?
Murder by misunderstanding, Leighann Dobbs.
Mystery novelist Hazel Martin's maid suspects foul play when her childhood friend Doris jumps from the third-story turret of Farnsworth Abbey. Unable to resist an investigation, especially one that's staged to look like suicide, Hazel calls in help from her chauffeur, her cook, and even the mysterious butler her husband hired before his death. Hazel soon learns that Doris's death was no accident. Someone had a secret, and they wanted to keep it that way. With her trusty Siamese cat, Dickens, by her side and handsome Detective Chief Inspector Gibson at her disposal, Hazel follows a trail of clues to reveal a surprise twist that even the killer didn't suspect.
Superfluous women, Carola Dunn.
In England in the late 1920s, the Honourable Daisy Dalrymple Fletcher, on a convalescent trip to the countryside, goes to visit three old school friends in the area. The three, all unmarried, have recently bought a house together. They are a part of the generation of "superfluous women"-brought up expecting marriage and a family, but left without any prospects after more than 700,000 British men were killed in the Great War. Daisy and her husband Alec-Detective Chief Inspector Alec Fletcher, of Scotland Yard -go for a Sunday lunch with Daisy's friends, where one of the women mentions a wine cellar below their house, which remains curiously locked, no key to be found. Alec offers to pick the lock, but when he opens the door, what greets them is not a cache of wine, but the stench of a long-dead body. And with that, what was a pleasant Sunday lunch has taken an unexpected turn. Now Daisy's three friends are the most obvious suspects in a murder and her husband Alec is a witness, so he can't officially take over the investigation. So before the local detective, Superintendent Underwood, can officially bring charges against her friends, Daisy is determined to use all her resources (Alec) and skills to solve the mystery behind this perplexing locked-room crime.
The Corporation: the rise and fall of America's Cuban mafia, T J English.
Cuba, 1961. A failed invasion at The Bay of Pigs results in Fidel Castro tightening his hold over Cuba. Jos ̌Miguel Battle Sr, a former cop and member of the counter-revolutionary group intent on overthrowing him, is captured. Miami, 1962. Jos ̌Miguel Battle Sr travels to the USA, chased from the island by Castro's revolution, and is renamed The Godfather. A 2500 strong Cuban-American criminal alliance is established. Known on both sides of the law as 'The Corporation', its powerful members were fellow outcasts and enemies of Castro. A hero to many Cuban-Americans, The Godfather created a unit of trusted men who fought alongside him to reclaim their nation from the Marxist dictator. Gaining money, power and influence by running gambling rackets, money laundering, drug trafficking and murder, The Corporation never gave up the dream of killing Castro and reclaiming their homeland. This explosive biography reveals how an entire generation of political exiles, refugees, racketeers, corrupt cops, hitmen (and their wives and girlfriends) became caught up in this violent desire, and built a criminal empire surviving over 40 years. An epic tale of gangsters, drugs and violence, learn how The Corporation grew into one of the USA's most sordid and deadly organisations.
Full blast, Janet Evanovich.
It all starts when Jamie decides to increase revenues for her newspaper by starting a personal ads section. Suddenly, the town gets "all sexed up." The local Chinese-food joint starts creating risqué fortune cookies. A trashy lingerie shop opens. The bakery starts making pornographic pastries. Everyone gets the idea that sex sells. But someone has more sinister objectives.
Magician. Apprentice, Raymond E Feist.
To the forest on the shore of the Kingdom of the Isles, the orphan Pug came to study with the master magician Kulgan. But though his courage won him a place at court and the heart of a lovely Princess, he was ill at ease with the normal ways of wizardry. Yet Pug's strange sort of magic would one day change forever the fates of two worlds. For dark beings from another world had opened a rift in the fabric of space-time to being again the age-old battle between the forces of Order and Chaos.
Magician. Master, Raymond E Feist.
He held the fate of two worlds in his hands… Once he was an orphan called Pug, apprenticed to a sorcerer of the enchanted land of Midkemia. Then he was captured and enslaved by the Tsurani, a strange, warlike race of invaders from another world.There, in the exotic Empire of Kelewan, he earned a new name–Milamber. He learned to tame the unnimagined powers that lay withing him. And he took his place in an ancient struggle against an evil Enemy older than time itself.
Man in the empty suit, Sean Ferrell.
Wearying of endless visits to the myriad points of human history, a time traveller attends his own one-hundredth birthday celebration every year with other versions of himself and encounters in his thirty-ninth year his murdered forty-year-old body, a situation that compels him to prevent his own death.
A perfect proposal, Katie Fforde.
Sophie Apperly has been supporting herself since she left school, but as far as her academic family are concerned she's never had a 'proper' job. And because she's currently in between work she's despatched to look after Uncle Eric while his housekeeper is away. Here, tidying his papers, she discovers a document relating to family business in America. Driven mad by her family and wanting to prove herself to them and bring in some much-needed income for them all, when her best friend Milly invites her over to New York she jumps at the chance - what's more she's lined up some nannying work for her to pay her way. However, she's hardly been in the country five minutes before disaster strikes. She suddenly finds herself with no work, nowhere to stay and very little money. Luckily Milly has a corner in her tiny apartment she can camp out in. A jaunt to an art gallery opening throws her into the path of Matilda - a grand old lady who is delighted to find someone who comes from the same part of the world as she grew up in. She is very taken with Sophie and invites her to her house in Connecticut for Thanksgiving. But Matilda's grandson Luke is very suspicious of Sophie - what exactly does this English girl want, is she after his grandmother's money? - and he's determined to nip this growing friendship in the bud.
Bon: the last highway: the untold story of Bon Scott and AC/DC's back in black, Jesse Fink.
The death of Bon Scott is The Da Vinci Code of rock. In the early hours of 19 February 1980, Bon Scott, lead singer of the rock band AC/DC, left The Music Machine in Camden, London, with a man called Alistair Kinnear, whereupon he lost consciousness and was left to sleep in Alistair's Renault 5, parked outside Alistair's East Dulwich apartment. That evening, Bon's lifeless body was found, still in the car. He was pronounced dead on arrival at King's College Hospital. There have been books that claim to tell his story. They haven't even come close. Jesse Fink, author of the critically acclaimed international bestseller The Youngs: The Brothers Who Built AC/DC, leaves no stone unturned. As Fink startlingly reveals, the relentless AC/DC machine was also threatening to come apart. Fink has answers to the nagging questions rock 'n' roll fans have been asking since 1980 and reveals secrets that will change music history.
First person, Richard Flanagan.
Kif Kehlmann, a young penniless writer, is rung in the middle of the night by the notorious con man and corporate criminal, Siegfried Heidl. About to go to trial for defrauding the banks of $700 million, Heidl offers Kehlmann the job of ghost-writing his memoir. He has six weeks to write the book, for which he?ll be paid $10,000. But as the writing gets under way, Kehlmann begins to fear that he is being corrupted by Heidl. As the deadline draws closer, he becomes ever more unsure if he is ghost writing a memoir, or if Heidl is rewriting him - his life, his future. Everything that was certain grows uncertain as he begins to wonder: who is Siegfried Heidl - and who is Kif Kehlmann? As time runs out, one question looms above all others: what is the truth? By turns compelling, comic and chilling, this is a haunting journey into the heart of our age.
The Forsytes concludes, John Galsworthy.
8 episodes based on the last volume of John Galsworthy's saga, including the novels Maid in Waiting, Flowering Wilderness and One More River. The saga moves to Oxfordshire, where the Cherrell family is introduced and Dinny Cherrell, cousin to Fleur and Michael, is full of excitement at the life ahead of her. As the years unfold, however, she is struck by love, then tragedy, and shock as figures from the past return unexpectedly.
Crisis, Frank Gardner.
Introducing Luke Carlton - ex-Special Boat Service commando, and now under contract to MI6 for some of its most dangerous missions. Sent into the steaming Colombian jungle to investigate the murder of a British intelligence officer, Luke finds himself caught up in the coils of a plot that has terrifying international dimensions. Hunted down, captured, tortured and on the run from one of South America's most powerful and ruthless drugs cartels and its psychotic leader thirsting for revenge, Luke is in a life-or-death race against time to prevent a disaster on a truly terrifying scale: London is the target, the weapon is diabolical and the means of delivery is ingenious. Drawing on his years of experience reporting on security matters, Crisis is Frank Gardner's debut novel. Combining insider knowledge, up-to-the-minute hardware, fly on the wall insights with heart-in-mouth excitement, CRISIS boasts an irresistible, visceral frisson of authenticity: smart, fast-paced and furiously entertaining, here is a thriller for the 21st century.
Maybe, Morris Gleitzman.
1946. Europe is in ruins. Millions of people dream of finding happiness somewhere else. Fourteen year old Felix is one of them. When he's offered a journey to Australia, he seizes the opportunity. So does someone very dear to him, even though she wasn't actually invited. They have high hopes for Australia, and their dramatic arrival there makes them want to stay. But before Felix and Anya can embrace the love and friendship of their new land, they must confront the murderous urge for revenge still alive in the old. Felix knows he hasn't faced anything like this before. He may not survive, but he's hoping he will. Maybe.
People of the ER, Philip Allen Green.
Standing in the trauma room of an emergency department is like standing at ground zero of a nuclear reaction, only it's not radiation that is released–but stories. Stories that are told and retold, sometimes just until the end of the shift, but sometimes for decades. A survivor of domestic violence makes it to the hospital but cannot trust anyone. An anonymous man passes away after being taken to the emergency room, and no one can identify him. The spouse of a cancer patient must decide whether to force her to undergo chemotherapy or to let her pass away in peace. These stories–and all the rest in People of the ER–grapple with what it means to be human in the face of trauma and death. Written by the author of Trauma Room Two, People of the ER delves deeper into the lives of the patients and staff that work in a small, rural emergency room.
Meridon, Philippa Gregory.
It's the eighteenth century and Meridon, a desolate Romany girl, is determined to escape the hard poverty of her childhood. Riding bareback in a travelling show, while her sister Dandy risks her life on the trapeze, Meridon dedicates herself to freeing them both from danger and want. But Dandy, beautiful, impatient, thieving Dandy, grabs too much, too quickly. And Meridon finds herself alone, riding in bitter grief through the rich Sussex farmlands towards a house called Wideacre - which awaits the return of the last of the Laceys.
Root of the Tudor rose, Mari Griffith.
When King Henry V and his bride, Catherine de Valois, are blessed with the birth of a son, their happiness is short-lived. Henry's unexpected death leaves Catherine a widow at the age of 21. Then her father, King Charles of France, also dies, and her son inherits both crowns. Henry VI, King of England and France, is just ten months old and needs all his mother's watchful care to protect him from political intrigue. The queen, an attractive young widow, is a foreigner at the English court and now finds herself regarded with suspicion, particularly by the Duke of Gloucester, who will seemingly stop at nothing to protect his own claim to the throne. But lonely, vulnerable Catherine has found true friendship with another foreigner at court, a young Welshman named Owen. Their friendship deepens, but their liaisons must be kept secret at all costs, because Catherine, Queen of England and forbidden to remarry, is in love with a servant.
A death in Live Oak: a Jack Swyteck novel, James Grippando.
When the body of Jamal Cousin, president of the pre-eminent black fraternity at the Florida's flagship university, is discovered hogtied in the Stygian water swamps of the Suwanee River Valley, the death sets off a firestorm that threatens to rage out of control when a fellow student, Mark Towson, the president of a prominent white fraternity, is accused of the crime. Contending with rising political tensions, racial unrest, and a sensational media, Townson's defence attorney, Jack Swyteck, knows that the stakes could not be higher-inside or outside the old Suwanee County Couthouse. The evidence against his client, which includes a threatening text message referencing "strange fruit" on the river, seems overwhelming. Then Jack gets a break that could turn the case. Jamal's gruesome murder bears disturbing similarities to another lynching that occurred back in the Jim Crow days of 1944. Are the chilling parallels purely coincidental? With a community in chaos and a young man's life in jeopardy, Jack will use every resource to find out. As he navigates each twist and turn of the search, Jack becomes increasingly convinced that his client may himself be the victim of a criminal plan more sinister than the case presented by the state attorney. Risking his own reputation, this principled man who has devoted his life to the law plunges headfirst into the darkest recesses of the South's past, and its murky present, to uncover answers. For Jack, it's about the truth. Traversing time, from the days of strict segregation to the present, he'll find it-no matter what the cost-and bring much-needed justice to Suwanee County.
The last black unicorn, Tiffany Haddish.
From stand-up comedian, actress, and breakout star of Girls Trip, Tiffany Haddish, comes The Last Black Unicorn, a side-splitting, hysterical, edgy, and unflinching collection of (extremely) personal essays, as fearless as the author herself. Growing up in one of the poorest neighbourhoods of South Central Los Angeles, Tiffany learned to survive by making people laugh. If she could do that, then her classmates would let her copy their homework, the other foster kids she lived with wouldn't beat her up, and she might even get a boyfriend. Or at least she could make enough money–as the paid school mascot and in-demand Bar Mitzvah hype woman–to get her hair and nails done, so then she might get a boyfriend. None of that worked (and she's still single), but it allowed Tiffany to imagine a place for herself where she could do something she loved for a living: comedy. Tiffany can't avoid being funny–it's just who she is, whether she's plotting shocking, jaw-dropping revenge on an ex-boyfriend or learning how to handle her newfound fame despite still having a broke person's mind-set. Finally poised to become a household name, she recounts with heart and humour how she came from nothing and nowhere to achieve her dreams by owning, sharing, and using her pain to heal others. By turns hilarious, filthy, and brutally honest, The Last Black Unicorn shows the world who Tiffany Haddish really is–humble, grateful, down-to-earth, and funny as hell. And now, she's ready to inspire others through the power of laughter.
Sisters first: stories from our wild and wonderful life, Jenna Bush Hager.
Born into a political dynasty, Jenna and Barbara Bush grew up in the public eye. As small children, they watched their grandfather become president; just twelve years later they stood by their father's side when he took the same oath. They spent their college years being trailed by the Secret Service and chased by the paparazzi, with every teenage mistake making national headlines. But the tabloids didn't tell the whole story of these two young women forging their own identities under extraordinary circumstances. In this book they take listeners on a revealing, thoughtful, and deeply personal tour behind the scenes of their lives, with never-before-told stories about their family, their adventures, their loves and losses, and the special sisterly bond that means everything to them.
The secrets we share, Emma Hannigan.
Clara Conway is a woman with secrets. But consequently, Clara's family is falling apart. Her son Max emigrated to the US years ago and she has yet to meet her teenage granddaughter, Nathalie because Max and his mother no longer speak. Meanwhile Clara's daughter Ava is fighting for a piece of happiness. When Clara unexpectedly reaches out to Nathalie and her niece comes to visit, Ava's thoughts turn to Max, the brother she loved and lost. The brother whose abrupt disappearance left the Conway family heartbroken. When Nathalie finds a pile of torn, faded letters, she unlocks the door to Clara's past. Can Nathalie's time with her grandmother start to right some very old wrongs? And can Clara find a way to reach out to Max and thereby begin to heal the whole family once more? After all, some secrets are meant to be shared.
The island at the end of everything, Kiran Millwood Hargrave.
Amihan lives on Culion Island where some of the inhabitants, inlcuding her mother have leprosy. Ami loves her home, with its blue seas and lush forests but the arrival of the malicious government official Mr. Zamora changes her world forever. All of the islanders without leprosy are banished across the sea and can Ami find her way home before it's too late?
Mr Bambuckle's remarkables, Tim Harris.
He's the first teacher to cook us breakfast. Is his spark-maker beetle really that dangerous? I heard he drank yak's milk in Mongolia. He's the only person who isn't afraid of Canteen Carol. My mum says he used to be in the circus. The class in room 12B has a new teacher, and nothing is ever going to be the same …
A brief history of time, Stephen Hawking.
Was there a beginning of time? Could time run backwards? Is the universe infinite or does it have boundaries? These are just some of the questions considered in an internationally acclaimed masterpiece by one of the world's greatest thinkers. It begins by reviewing the great theories of the cosmos from Newton to Einstein, before delving into the secrets which still lie at the heart of space and time, from the Big Bang to black holes, via spiral galaxies and strong theory. To this day A Brief History of Time remains a staple of the scientific canon, and its succinct and clear language continues to introduce millions to the universe and its wonders.
The grand design: new answers to the ultimate questions of life, Stephen Hawking.
In the last thirty years of his life Albert Einstein searched for a unified theory - a theory which could describe all the forces of nature in a single framework. But the time was not right for such a discovery in Einstein's day. Neither was the time right when, in 1988, Professor Stephen Hawking wrote A Brief History of Time in which he took us on a journey through classical physics, Einstein's theory of relativity, quantum physics and string theory in order to explain the universe that we live in. He concluded, like Einstein, that science may soon arrive at the long sought after 'Theory of Everything'. In this ground-breaking new work, Professor Hawking and renowned science writer Leonard Mlodinow have drawn on forty years of Hawking's own research and a recent series of extraordinary astronomical observations and theoretical breakthroughs to reveal an original and controversial theory. They convincingly argue that scientific obsession with formulating a single new model may be misplaced, and that, instead, by synthesising existing theories we may discover the key to finally understanding the universe's deepest mysteries. Written with the clarity and lively style for which Hawking is famous, The Grand Design is an account of Hawking's quest to fuse these different strands of scientific theory. It examines the differences between past and future, explains the nature of reality and asks an all-important question: How far can we go in our search for understanding and knowledge?
My brief history: a memoir, Stephen Hawking.
My Brief History recounts Stephen Hawking's improbable journey, from his post-war London boyhood to his years of international acclaim and celebrity. Lavishly illustrated with rarely seen photographs, this concise, witty and candid account introduces readers to a Hawking rarely glimpsed in previous books: the inquisitive schoolboy whose classmates nicknamed him 'Einstein'; the jokester who once placed a bet with a colleague over the existence of a black hole; and the young husband and father struggling to gain a foothold in the world of academia. Writing with characteristic humility and humour, Hawking opens up about the challenges that confronted him following his diagnosis of motor neurone disease aged twenty-one. Tracing his development as a thinker, he explains how the prospect of an early death urged him onwards through numerous intellectual breakthroughs, and talks about the genesis of his masterpiece, A Brief History of Time - one of the iconic books of the twentieth century.
Great Australian scams, cons and rorts: a book of dodgy schemes and crazy dreams from the bush to the city, Jim Haynes.
Australia is the birthplace and setting of some of the wildest, craziest and least-likely-to-succeed cons and rorts in history. From the cleverest double-crosses to the most unlikely and maddest schemes, master storyteller Jim Haynes reminds us that we've never been shy of pulling a trick or two. So how did a clever bushman who 'couldn't lie straight in bed' steal a thousand head of cattle and get away with it even though he was caught 'red handed'? And what about the disappearing work of art that suddenly dissolved only to reappear at an auction years later? Or how about the butcher from Wagga who passed himself off as a French-born English duke to inherit a small fortune. And then there was the small matter of a horse, a tin of paint and a million dollar double-cross that became known as the Fine Cotton Affair. In only the way he can, Jim Haynes has collected a veritable 'Gullible's Tales' of unexpected and surprising true stories that may seem hard to believe.
Fatal Frost, James Henry.
May, 1982. Britain celebrates the sinking of the Belgrano, Jimmy Savile has the run of the airwaves and Denton Police Division welcomes its first black policeman, DC Waters recently relocated from Bethnal Green. While the force is busy dealing with a spate of local burglaries, the body of fifteen-year-old Samantha Evans is discovered in woodland next to the nearby railway track. Then a fifteen-year-old boy is found dead on Denton's golf course, his organs removed. Detective Sergeant Jack Frost is sent to investigate a welcome distraction from troubles at home. And when the murdered boy's sister goes missing, Frost and Waters must work together to find her before it's too late.
Her perfect life, Sam Hepburn.
How far would you go to create the perfect life? Gracie Dwyer has it all: the handsome husband, the adorable child, the beautiful home and the glittering career. The perfect life. Her new friend Juliet doesn't exactly fit in. She's a down-on-her-luck single parent with no money and not much hope. So just what is it that draws Gracie and Juliet together? And when the cracks start to appear in Gracie's perfect life, can both of them survive?
The night diary, Veera Hiranandani.
A poignant, personal, and hopeful tale of India's partition, and of one girl's journey to find a new home in a divided country. It's 1947, and India, newly independent of British rule, has been separated into two countries: Pakistan and India. The divide has created much tension between Hindus and Muslims, and hundreds of thousands are killed crossing borders. Half-Muslim, half-Hindu twelve-year-old Nisha doesn't know where she belongs, or what her country is anymore. When Papa decides it's too dangerous to stay in what is now Pakistan, Nisha and her family become refugees and embark first by train but later on foot to reach her new home. The journey is long, difficult, and dangerous, and after losing her mother as a baby, Nisha can't imagine losing her homeland, too. But even if her country has been ripped apart, Nisha still believes in the possibility of putting herself back together. Told through Nisha's letters to her mother, The Night Diary is a heartfelt story of one girl's search for home, for her own identity…and for a hopeful future.
Magisterium, Jeff Hirsch.
In the twenty-second century, Glennora Morgan's father has been working on a project that will allow him to penetrate the Rift border and retrieve Glennora's mother; but now that he has succeeded the Authority is suddenly trying to kill them both, and Glennora and her friend Kevin must flee into the Magisterium to escape them.
Willow walk, S J I Holliday.
When a woman is attacked on a lonely road by an escaped inmate from a nearby psychiatric hospital, Sergeant Davie Gray must track him down before he strikes again, but Gray is already facing a series of deaths connected to legal highs on a local fairground and as well as dealing with his girlfriend Marie's bizarre behaviour he suspects a horrifying link between Marie and the man on the run.
Red right hand, Chris F Holm.
When viral video footage from a terrorist attack in San Francisco reveals that a mob informant thought dead is still alive, FBI Special Agent Charlie Thompson knows just who to contact to save her witness from certain death: Michael Hendricks. He may be a hitman, but he's not a bad guy. Teaming up with a green but determined tech whiz, Cameron, on the condition she leave him alone after the case, Hendricks reluctantly takes the job. Of course, finding a man desperate to stay hidden is challenging enough without deadly competition, let alone when that competition's shadowy corporate backer is tangled in the terrorist conspiracy playing out around them.
Soul cage, Tetsuya Honda.
A worker reports his boss missing, and a large amount of blood is found in the rented garage he used. At the same time, a severed left hand is found in a minivan abandoned in the outskirts of Tokyo, which is quickly identified as belonging to this missing man, Kenichi Takaoka. Lt. Reiko Himekawa of the Homicide Division of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department is assigned to the investigation, along with her squad and several other units. From the amount of blood spilled in the van and at the crime scene, it's clear to the team that the missing contractor Keninichi Takaoka is dead and presumably murdered. But searches of the area around the abandoned van and the river itself fail to turn up the rest of the body. The mystery surrounding the murder takes a sharp turn when a childhood friend of the presumed victim is shown a recent photo and definitively declares that the missing man is not Takaoka. With every line of investigation leading to a confusing dead end, Himekawa and her team uncover a trail leading to a long-running yakuza scheme of forced suicide for profit, a complex history of victims, and a case of past transgressions coming back to destroy the present. As time runs out, Himekawa must unravel the mystery surrounding the severed hand if she's to protect and rescue the next victim.
Once upon a Christmas Eve, Elizabeth Hoyt.
An all-new novella in the New York Times bestselling Maiden Lane series by Elizabeth Hoyt!
The purpose revolution: how leaders create engagement and competitive advantage in an age of social good, John B Izzo.
Customers, employees, and investors are no longer satisfied with companies providing good products, good prospects, and good profits–they want them to do some social good, too. These "purpose-driven" companies do better on nearly every traditional metric: greater customer loyalty, higher retention, more innovation, and a healthier bottom line. But a nice mission statement and donations to charity won't make your company stand out. Using scores of real-world examples and practical exercises, John Izzo and Jeff Vanderwielen help leaders find a truly authentic purpose, one that is a natural fit for them and their organization. They describe concrete actions leaders can take to ensure that employees own it, customers and recruits connect with it, and every corporate action and activity reflects it.
Duel to the death, Judith A Jance.
After taking down the man responsible for his best friend's death, Stuart Ramey thinks the case is finally closed. That is, until Stu finds himself left with a multimillion dollar fortune in Bitcoin in a desperate bid by Frigg, a rogue A.I. program created by the killer, to keep itself from being fully deactivated. To sort out his situation and take Frigg down for good, Stu enlists the help of Ali Reynolds and the rest of his cyber security colleagues at High Noon Enterprises. But they are not the only ones who know about Frigg's existence. Graciella Miramar, an unassuming accountant to all appearances, is actually the right-hand woman to El Pescado, the leader of a dangerous drug cartel. She'll do anything to get her hands on that program. With Frigg's help, Graciella hopes to take over her father's criminal underworld and become wealthy beyond her wildest dreams. But Stu–and El Pescado and his henchmen–may not be so easily defeated.
Why not me?, Mindy Kaling.
A collection of essays that are as hilarious and insightful as they are deeply personal. In Why Not Me?, Kaling shares her ongoing journey to find contentment and excitement in her adult life, whether it's falling in love at work, seeking new friendships in lonely places, attempting to be the first person in history to lose weight without any behaviour modification whatsoever, or most important, believing that you have a place in Hollywood when you're constantly reminded that no one looks like you.
Last ragged breath, Julia Keller.
To the struggling citizens of Acker's Gap, Raythune County, the proposition of a high-end resort just out of town seems like an answered prayer. But Royce Dillard, who owns a critical piece of access land, won't sign it over to the developers. Inherited from his father, who died a hero's death in the County's Buffalo Creek disaster of 1972, the plot represents a family inheritance Dillard is unwilling to relinquish. When the development company's sales manager, Edward Hackel, is found dead, the obvious suspect is Dillard himself. But with Dillard protesting his innocence in what seems to be an air-tight prosecution case, Bell is unable to shake the belief that not all is what it seems. When a person dies their last ragged breath will often tell the truth of what happened. Already distracted by a personal problem, will Bell be able to focus and figure out what that truth is?
The power game, Thomas Keneally.
In this, the third in the Monsarrat series, Hugh Llewelyn Monsarrat and his trusty housekeeper, Mrs Mulrooney, are sent to remote Maria Island to solve the murder of Bart Harefield, the detested cutter skipper who was responsible for bringing supplies and correspondence to the island. Bart knew that knowledge was currency and he wasn't shy about reading the letters he brought across … When Harefield is murdered with an axe, blame is laid at the feet of Thomas Power, the charismatic Irish revolutionary held in detention - with a lot of privileges - on Maria Island. Monsarrat and Mrs Mulrooney are told to solve the murder. They soon realise their real job is to tie Power neatly to the crime, so he can be hanged without inciting rebellion. But were there others who also had reason to want to shut Harefield up?
Uncle Shawn and Bill and the Pajimminy crimminy unusual adventure, A L Kennedy.
Badger Bill loves his best friend Uncle Shawn. But he has started to notice that Uncle Shawn is a bit unusual. Dr P'Klawz hates Uncle Shawn. He has also noticed that Uncle Shawn is a bit unusual - pajimminy crimminy unusual, in fact. It looks like Badger Bill is going to need a plan, or Uncle Shawn might be sent to the Maximum Security Institute of Unusualness forever. But all Bill has to help him are four bickering llamas, one pirate boy and one invisible girl. What could possibly go wrong?
Erebus, Ralph Kern.
The sparsely populated moon, Io, is destroyed in a terrorist attack. Hundreds are dead in the cataclysmic explosion. Thousands become refugees as the shattered remnants of the moon threaten the Jupiter Alliance. Billions throughout the Solar System are wondering, Where next? Those responsible must be found and brought to justice. The explorer ship, Erebus, is reassigned from its mission and sent to Jupiter to investigate this atrocity with Trent's international team on-board. And what Trent discovers, amongst the relics of the alien Sleeping Gods, will change humanity's place in the universe forever.
Begone the Raggedy Witches, Celine Kiernan.
On the night that Aunty dies the Raggedy Witches come for Mup's mam. Pale, cold, relentless, they will do anything to coax Mam back to Witches Borough. When they kidnap Mup's dad, Mup and her mam must leave the mundane world to rescue him. But Mam is strange on this side of the border, striding, powerful, and distant. Even if they can save Dad, Mup is not sure anything will ever be the same again.
More important than money: an entrepreneur's team, Robert T Kiyosaki.
Many people have million dollar ideas. They're confident that their new product or service or innovation will make them rich and that all their dreams will come true. The problem is: Most people don't know how to turn their million-dollar idea into millions of dollars. According to many social scientists, the most important thing in life is a person's social and professional network. In other words, the people around us-our associates, our team, our friends. The people we surround ourselves with-and the people we go to for advice and guidance-can mean the difference between success and failure. And as he taught in Rich Dad Poor Dad, if the people around you have a poor person's mindset, it's likely that you'll be, or stay, poor. Your team, in life and in business, will determine if your million-dollar idea will give you a million-dollar payday. In More Important Than Money, Robert Kiyosaki teams up with his most trusted Advisors who contribute not only chapters on the strengths and talents they bring to the team, but offer candid and insightful individual Profiles and excerpts from each of the 14 Rich Dad Advisor series books.
No place I'd rather be, Cathy Lamb.
Two years ago, Olivia Martindale left behind her Montana hometown and her husband, Jace, certain it was the best decision for both of them. Back temporarily to protect her almost-adopted daughters from their biological mother, she discovers an old, handwritten cookbook in the attic. Its pages are stained and torn, their edges scorched by flame. Some have been smeared by water or tears. The recipes are written in different hands and in different languages. In between the pages are intriguing mementos, including a feather, a pressed rose, a charm, and unfamiliar photographs. Hoping the recipes will offer a window into her grandmother's closely guarded past, Olivia decides to make each dish, along with their favourite family cake recipes, and records her attempts.
Daughter of the Siren Queen, Tricia Levenseller.
Alosa's mission is finally complete. Not only has she recovered all three pieces of the map to a legendary hidden treasure, but the pirates who originally took her captive are now prisoners on her ship. Still unfairly attractive and unexpectedly loyal, first mate Riden is a constant distraction, but now he's under her orders. And she takes great comfort in knowing that the villainous Vordan will soon be facing her father's justice. When Vordan exposes a secret her father has kept for years, Alosa and her crew find themselves in a deadly race with the feared Pirate King. Despite the danger, Alosa knows they will recover the treasure first…after all, she is the daughter of the Siren Queen. In Daughter of the Siren Queen, Tricia Levenseller brings together the perfect mix of thrilling action, tense battle scenes, and a heart-pounding romance.
The organized mind: thinking straight in the age of information overload, Daniel J Levitin.
The information age is drowning us with an unprecedented deluge of data. At the same time, we're expected to make more and faster decisions about our lives than ever before. No wonder, then, that the average American reports frequently losing car keys or reading glasses, missing appointments, and feeling worn out by the effort required just to keep up. But somehow some people become quite accomplished at managing information flow. In The Organized Mind, Daniel J. Levitin, PhD, uses the latest brain science to demonstrate how those people excel–and how readers can use their methods to regain a sense of mastery over the way they organize their homes, workplaces, and time.
This is your brain on music: the science of a human obsession, Daniel J Levitin.
A scientific exploration of the relationship between the mind and music draws on recent findings in the fields of neuroscience and evolutionary psychology to discuss such topics as the sources of musical tastes, the brain's discernible responses to music, and the cultural origins of musical senses.
Two caravans: a novel, Marina Lewycka.
A beautiful summer's evening in a Kent field and around their two caravans a group of strawberry pickers celebrates a birthday. But what lies behind the buy-one-get-one-free offers at your supermarket and who picks our strawberries?
The first kiss of spring, Emily March.
Life could be a dream. Goal-oriented and gorgeous, Caitlin Timberlake's dreams took her to the top of the corporate ladder in New York City. Now years later, her goals have changed. She wants to come home to Eternity Springs and build a business and a family of her own-with the new man in town. So what if sexy mechanic Josh Tarkington wants nothing more than a fling? Caitlin is a patient woman who knows how to work hard and strategize to win what she desires. She desires Josh. Unfortunately, he has other plans. If only things were different. Josh craves Caitlin and all she has to offer. However, he is a man with secrets. He has worked hard to overcome his tragic past, but he's afraid to risk having a future because he knows trouble is never very far away. When a selfless act brings that trouble to his door, he stands to lose everything he cares about-including Caitlin. Will her love and the healing magic of Eternity Springs be enough to save him?
Julie, Catherine Marshall.
Set in the last part of the Great Depression, a story of Julie Wallace and her family - of adventure and romance, of courage and commitment, of triumph and tragedy in a flood-prone town in western Pennsylvania.
I am legend: and other stories, Richard Matheson.
A terrible plague has decimated the world, and those who were unfortunate enough to survive are transformed into blood-thirsty creatures of the night. Robert Neville is the last living man on earth. Every other man, woman, and child has become a vampire, and they are all hungry for Neville's blood. By day, he is the hunter, stalking the sleeping undead through the abandoned ruins of civilization. By night, he barricades himself in his home and prays for the dawn. How long can one man survive in a world of vampires?
Teamwork 101: what every leader needs to know, John C Maxwell.
"Teamwork is always at the heart of great achievement," says New York Times best-selling author John C. Maxwell. "The question isn't whether teams add value. The question is whether we will acknowledge that fact and work to become better team players." This concise, power-packed game plan can help you create an environment that results in victory and fulfillment for the whole team. Learn to: Build a team that lasts. Create positive energy on the team. Harness a team's creativity. Identify weak players who negatively impact a team. Judge if the team can accomplish the dream. Everyone wants to be part of a winning team. Now is your chance to build one!
Women in sunlight, Frances Mayes.
She watches from her terrazza as the three American women carry their luggage into the stone villa down the hill. Who are they, and what brings them to this Tuscan village so far from home? An expat herself and with her own unfinished story, she can't help but question: will they find what they came for? Kit Raine, an American writer living in the small Italian town of San Rocco, is working on a biography of her close friend, the novelist Margaret Merrill. But her work is waylaid by the arrival of three women - Julia, Camille and Susan - all of whom have recently formed a friendship that will uproot them completely and redirect their lives. For Susan, the most fearless of the three, has enticed them to subvert expectations of a staid retirement in the States by taking on the lease of a big, beautiful house in Tuscany … Though novices in a foreign culture, their renewed sense of adventure imbues each of them with a bright sense of bravery, a spirited lust for life and a fierce determination to thrive. With Kit's friendship and guidance, the three friends launch themselves into Italian life, pursuing passions long-forgotten - with drastic and unforeseeable results.
Making peace, Fiona McCallum.
Does one simple act of kindness have the power to completely turn someone's life around? It's been a year since Hannah Ainsley lost her husband and parents - her whole family - in a car crash on Christmas morning. Despite her overwhelming loss, she's worked hard to pull the pieces of her life together with the help of a group of dear, loyal friends. But while Hannah is beginning to become excited about the future again, she's concerned that her best friend, talented artist Sam, is facing a crisis of her own. It's now Hannah's turn to be Sam's rock - can she save Sam's dreams from unravelling? When Hannah returns to work after her holidays, she can't settle. She's loved her job for a decade, and it's been her lifeline during her grief. But something's changed. She's changed. For all this time she's avoided knowing the details of the accident or investigation - what would be the point, she'd thought, when nothing will bring her loved ones back? But after a chance meeting, it's all there in front of her - and, like ripples in a pond, it extends beyond her own experiences. Could knowing be the key to her recovery? Could her involvement be the key to someone else's?
Resistance: BBC Radio 4 full-cast drama, Val McDermid.
Gina McKee stars in this chilling apocalyptic radio drama by award-winning writer Val McDermid. It's the Summer Solstice weekend, and 150,000 people have descended on a farm in the North East of England for an open-air music festival. Reporting on the event is journalist Zoe Meadows, who files her copy from a food van run by her friends Sam and Lisa. When some of Sam's customers get sick, it looks like food poisoning, and it's exacerbated by the mud, rain and inadequate sanitary facilities. It's assumed to be a 24-hour thing, until people get home and discover strange skin lesions, which ulcerate and turn septic. More people start getting ill - and dying. What looked like a minor bug is clearly much more serious: a mystery illness that's spreading fast and seems resistant to all antibiotics. Zoe teams up with Sam to track the outbreak to its source; meanwhile, can a cure be found before the disease becomes a pandemic? From a No 1 bestselling author, this original drama envisages a nightmare scenario that seems only too credible in our modern age.
The secret to hummingbird cake, Celeste Fletcher McHale.
"Why won't you just tell me what's in that cake?" I'd been trying to get Laine's recipe for years. We all had. When all else fails, turn to the divine taste of hummingbird cake. In the South you always say "yes, ma'am" and "no, ma'am." You know everybody's business. Football is a lifestyle not a pastime. Food–especially dessert–is almost a religious experience. And you protect your friends as fiercely as you protect your family–even if the threat is something you cannot see. In this spot-on Southern novel brimming with wit and authenticity, you'll laugh alongside lifelong friends, navigate the sometimes rocky path of marriage, and roll through the outrageous curveballs that life sometimes throws…from devastating pain to absolute joy. And if you're lucky, you just may discover the secret to hummingbird cake along the way.
The sweet smell of magnolias and memories, Celeste Fletcher McHale.
"There's no time," Colin said. "You have to go. Find me, call me …" Jacey and Colin shared the three most intense days of their lives together, waiting for help as Mississippi floodwaters surrounded them. Jacey knew Colin was the love of her life–until her rescue boat went under water, along with Colin's last name and pieces of Jacey's memory. The last thing she remembered was being submerged in water. Again. As Jacey walks down the aisle as the maid of honour in her friend's wedding a year later, the last person she expects to see is Colin. The biggest surprise, though, is that the man of her dreams is not wearing jeans and flip-flops as he did when he held her through those long nights of the flood. He's the preacher. As Jacey's memories come flooding back, it's almost more than she can take. The fate of the young family trapped with them haunts her.
The ruin, Dervla McTiernan.
A family secret is about to be exposed? Galway 1993: Young Garda Cormac Reilly is called to a scene he will never forget. Two silent, neglected children - fifteen-year-old Maude and five-year-old Jack - are waiting for him at a crumbling country house. Upstairs, their mother lies dead. Twenty years later, a body surfaces in the icy black waters of the River Corrib. At first it looks like an open-and-shut case, but then doubt is cast on the investigation's findings - and the integrity of the police. Cormac is thrown back into the cold case that has haunted him his entire career - what links the two deaths, two decades apart? As he navigates his way through police politics and the ghosts of the past, Detective Reilly uncovers shocking secrets and finds himself questioning who among his colleagues he can trust. What really did happen in that house where he first met Maude and Jack? The Ruin draws us deep into the dark heart of Ireland and asks who will protect you when the authorities can't - or won't.
Freedom from worry & anxiety: audio teaching, Joyce Meyer.
Are you sick from worry? Grouchy about your circumstances? With this teaching from Joyce, you can break free from the chains of worry and anxiety.
Cress, Marissa Meyer.
Incarcerated in a satellite, an expert hacker and out to save the world - Cress isn't your usual damsel in distress. Cress grew-up as a prisoner. With only netscreens for company she's forced to do the bidding of the evil Queen Levana. Now that means tracking down Cinder and her handsome accomplice Emperor Kai. But little does Levana know that those she seeks, and the man she loves, are plotting her downfall … As paths cross and the price of freedom rises, happily ever after has never seemed further away for Cress, Scarlet and Cinder. This is not the fairytale you remember. But it's one you won't forget.
Scarlet, Marissa Meyer.
Sarlet Benoit's grandmother is missing. The police have closed her case. The only person Scarlet can turn to is Wolf, a street fighter she does not trust, but they are drawn to each other. Meanwhile, in New Beijing, Cinder will become the Commonwealth's most wanted fugitive - when she breaks out of prison to stay one step ahead of vicious Queen Levana. As Scarlet and Wolf expose one mystery, they encounter Cinder and a new one unravels. Together they must challenge the evil queen, who will stop at nothing to make Prince Kai her husband, her king, her prisoner … This is not the fairytale you remember. But it's one you won't forget.
The frozen woman, Jon Michelet.
A frozen body, a murdered biker and a lawyer with nothing left to lose. In the depths of the Norwegian winter, a woman's frozen corpse is discovered in the garden of a notorious ex-lawyer, Vilhelm Thygesen. She has been stabbed to death. A young biker, a member of a gang once represented by the lawyer, is found dead in suspicious circumstances. Thygesen starts receiving anonymous threats, and becomes ensnared in a web of violence, crime and blackmail that spreads across Northern Europe. Does the frozen woman hold the key?
Lady-Protector, L E Modesitt.
Though a bloody coup has made Mykella ruler of her land, it has left her and her two sisters bereft of family and uncertain of their friends. With no money and few allies, Mykella is faced with the difficult prospect of rebuilding her nation while trying to hold off a potentially devastating invasion. Resorting to a magical power within her, she is able to read the emotions of others and to spy on the movements of her enemies. But the resurgence of this power might herald the return of an ancient enemy, one that Mykella isn't sure how to face.
The lord-protector's daughter, L E Modesitt.
Discovering that large sums of money have been diverted from her father's treasury, the eldest daughter of Lanachrona's overseer is directed to discover her Talent in order to save her world, a mission that is complicated by an attempt to marry her off to a lord in a neighboring land. Set in Tempre, the capital city of Lanachrona on Corus, the world of Modesitt's Corean Chronicles.
Soarer's choice, L E Modesitt.
L.E. Modesitt, Jr. returns to the world of Corus and concludes the trilogy of the intertwined stories of Dainyl, the Alector, and Mykel, the native soldier, which began in Alector's Choice and Cadmian's Choice. The civilization of the Alectors, which has farmed and developed all life on Corus to produce sustaining life force for their vampiric civilization, must move wholesale from one planet to another every few thousand years as it exhausts the life force of another world. This time, two worlds have been prepared, and the time is at hand for the great move. And Corus is the looking like the loser, to be abandoned by the civilizing forces of the government of Alectors, but used as a dumping ground for malcontents and others who don't make the cut to move on to a richer new world. This neither bodes well for the future of human civilization, nor for the honest Alector's such as Dainyl, trying to hold everything together, as all systems are failing. But the mysterious Ancients, the Soarers, are a force to be reckoned with, and they may hold a powerful and destructive trump card.
The red coast, Di Morrissey.
In The Red Coast, Di Morrissey returns to the red earth of the Kimberley with a passionate story of resistance and resilience under its soaring blue skies. After the upheaval which separated Jacqui Bouchard from her beloved son, she has finally settled in Broome, a magical remote town on the northwest coast of Australia. But when a proposed mining development is unveiled, the town begins to tear itself apart. Rifts run deep, as friends, families and lovers are faced with a battle that could change their lives irrevocably. As everyone takes sides, Jacqui confronts her own dilemma: to stay or leave? Who to trust … Who to love?
South of the border, west of the sun, Haruki Murakami.
Hajime tells the story of his relationship with Shimamoto, an unconventional girl, from their first meetings as children through to life as students. They drift apart, but come together years later when Hajime is married and a father of two. Are those former feelings of close friendship still real – real enough to upset a functioning family life? Or are they haunted by intense memories? And who is Shimamoto, and what has she become?
Sputnik sweetheart, Haruki Murakami.
Sputnik Sweetheart tells the story of a young woman, Sumire, an aspiring writer – who falls in love with an older, successful businesswoman and wine expert, Miu. Their relationship is told through the eyes of Sumire's close (male) friend.
The house of four, Barbara Nadel.
The calm Buddha at bedtime: tales of wisdom, compassion and mindfulness, Dharmachari Nagaraja.
Growing up in the modern world, our children can often feel distracted, stressed and anxious. The ancient wisdom of Buddhism, with its emphasis on peace, compassion and mindfulness, is the ideal basis for helping any child face the challenges of daily life with increased confidence and calm. A magical collection of stories that will draw your child into enchanting new worlds and help them to discover a treasury of Buddhist wisdom. From the tale of Percy the ostrich and Kevin the snail, which teaches the importance of friendship, to that of Marina the mermaid and the golden shell, which will encourage your child to meet adversity with honesty and compassion, these stories are designed to both entertain and enlighten. They aim to help: - develop your child's imagination and sense of creativity - reassure your child about any worries they may have - teach valuable life lessons and boost self-confidence - promote relaxation and prepare your child for a good night's sleep - further strengthen the bond between you and your child.
Macbeth, Jo Nesbø.
He's the best cop they've got. When a drug bust turns into a bloodbath it's up to Inspector Macbeth and his team to clean up the mess. He's also an ex-drug addict with a troubled past. He's rewarded for his success. Power. Money. Respect. They're all within reach. But a man like him won't get to the top. Plagued by hallucinations and paranoia, Macbeth starts to unravel. He's convinced he won't get what is rightfully his. Unless he kills for it.
The scourge, Jennifer A Nielsen.
As a lethal plague sweeps through Keldan, Ani Mells is shocked when she is unexpectedly captured by the governor's wardens and forced to submit to a test for the deadly Scourge. She is even more surprised when the test results come back positive, and she is sent to Attic Island, a former prison turned refuge and quarantine colony for the ill. The Scourge's victims, Ani now among them, can only expect to live out short, painful lives there. However, Ani quickly discovers that she doesn't know the whole truth about the Scourge or the Colony. She's been caught in a devious plot, and, with the help of her best friend, Weevil, Ani means to uncover just what is actually going on, and expose the lies the people of Keldan have been told. But will she and Weevil survive long enough to do so? The Scourge is an explosively thrilling tale of adventure and intrigue, courage and heart.
Wrath of the storm, Jennifer A Nielsen.
Nicolas Calva has Caesar's magic bulla, the Malice of Mars, and he has hidden the dangerous Jupiter Stone, but he still has to find a way to defeat The Mistress, a dragon who contains the soul of the vestalis Atroxia, and who hates Rome, and save his mother and friends, and maybe even the Empire itself–and he is troubled by his sneaking sympathy for Atroxia, who was unjustly condemned.
Finding our forever, Brenda Novak.
The search for her birth mother brought Cora Kelly to the New Horizons Boys Ranch. Getting a job there was easy enough, but confiding in Aiyana, the ranch's owner, that she's really her daughter' Cora's not sure she can do that, not unless she's confident the news will be welcomed. And once she gets to know Elijah Turner-Aiyana's adopted son and ranch manager-that decision becomes even more difficult. Although Elijah can't deny his deep attraction to Cora, he's always struggled with trust. Anyone with his past would, and there's something about the ranch's newest employee that isn't exactly as it seems. But if the feelings she awakes in his guarded heart are any indication, she might be just what he's long been waiting for.
The leanin' dog, K A Nuzum.
In wintry Colorado during the 1930s, eleven-year-old Dessa Dean mourns the death of her beloved mother, but the arrival of an injured dog and the friendship they form is just what they need to change their lives forever.
Radio Boy, Christian O'Connell.
Meet Spike, aka Radio Boy: a new Adrian Mole on the radio for the internet generation. Spike's your average awkward 11 year old, funny and cheeky and with a mum to reckon with. When he becomes the first presenter ever to be sacked from hospital radio, he decides to carry on from a makeshift studio in the garden shed, with the help of his best friends Artie and Holly, disguising his voice and going by the moniker Radio Boy. Week by week, word gets around and soon Spike is a star… if only people knew it was actually him. When Spike begins to believe his own hype, and goes too far with his mocking of the school headmaster, a hunt is launched for the mysterious Radio Boy. Can Spike remain anonymous? Will he get to marry the girl of his dreams, Katherine Hamilton? Will he become famous and popular? The answer to most of these questions is no.
Radio Boy and the revenge of Grandad, Christian O'Connell.
The World's youngest DJ is still the talk of the town. A town that's about to turn against him. Radio Boy and his team, Artie and Holly, are back and continue to broadcast live to the world from Spike's garden shed. Then, following a shock split from Nan, Grandad Ray comes to stay. Spike decides to cheer him up by inviting him onto the show. He becomes an instant hit with the listeners and Spike keeps him on as a new team member. But things get really awkward when Spike realises Grandad Ray only has three stories and keeps telling them over and over again. Spike is forced to sack his own Grandad, who swears vengeance on his own grandson. Grandad Ray is the world's most competitive man and he always plays to win - at any cost.
Fins of fury, Mo O'Hara.
When Tom zapped Frankie the goldfish back to life with a battery, he certainly didn't expect him to become a BIG FAT ZOMBIE GOLDFISH with incredible hypnotic powers. But it turns out that a zombie goldfish is a great pet to have on your side when your big brother is an evil scientist whose plans need to be thwarted. There's something fishy going on in the woods, as Tom and his best friend Pradeep take Frankie on a camping adventure. Could the Beast of Burdock Woods be real? Then, something weird is going on with Mark. He's actually being … nice! Meanwhile, paranormal pets (including a teleporting tortoise, a mostly invisible poodle, a levitating budgie, and a vampire kitten) are missing all over town. Can Tom and Pradeep find out what's going on before Frankie disappears?
Cupid's match, Lauren Palphreyman.
When seventeen-year-old Lila Black goes to the LA based Cupid's Matchmaking Service it is to tell them to stop spamming her. Instead she finds out that cupids are real, she has been identified as the 'match' of the banished, dangerous (and irresistibly attractive) Cupid himself, and that due to an administrative error he will be arriving at her high school tomorrow. The organization assigns one of their Matchmaking Agents, Cal, to hide her from him, but despite his efforts she finds herself increasingly drawn to her match. And though Cupid may be reckless and arrogant, he doesn't seem nearly as dangerous as people have been telling her. She soon discovers that the Matchmaking Service will go to deadly lengths to make sure the match doesn't take place, that Cupid may have a secret agenda, and that she must fight her growing feelings for him; because if the two get together, Lila may not survive the consequences. When the inevitable happens Lila finds herself caught alongside Cupid and Cal, in a fight for her life, on one side of an Ancient battle over Love itself.
Casting off, P I Paris.
When the residents of a Highland care home discover that the new owners are about to substantially put up the fees, they know that dramatic action is called for. But what can a group of senior citizens possibly do against a big organisation? For Dorothy, the situation is serious. If she can't raise money she'll have to leave her friends, like dear Miss Ross. In protest, the residents barricade themselves into the lounge. However, their rebellion fails, so worldly-wise Joan suggests a most unusual way to cover the rise–and as their lives take a series of unexpected turns, things get increasingly out of control.
The Earth book, Todd Parr.
"I take care of the earth because I know I can do little things every day to make a BIG difference …" With his signature blend of playfulness and sensitivity, Todd Parr explores the important, timely subject of environmental protection and conservation in this eco-friendly picture book.
NYPD Red. 5, James Patterson.
When it's a bad night for New York City's rich and famous, they call NYPD Red. A renowned documentary filmmaker is found dead after a sex game goes horribly wrong. Across town, a homemade bomb explodes at a charity benefit. The only cops who can work both cases are Zach Jordan and Kylie MacDonald of NYPD Red - the elite, hard-charging, investigative task force called in exclusively for New York City's most high-profile crimes. Racing against the clock to keep the city's most prominent citizens safe, Zach and Kylie uncover enough corruption, blackmail, drugs, sex and vengeance to shock even the most jaded of New Yorkers. But when their investigation threatens to expose the very citizens they're supposed to protect, Zach and Kylie must put aside their unrequited feelings for one another and follow the truth, no matter where it leads.
The good mothers: the true story of the women who took on the world's most powerful mafia, Alex Perry.
You are born into it or marry in. Loyalty is absolute, bloodshed revered and you kill or go to your grave before betraying The Family. This code of omertà is how the 'Ndrangheta became the world's most powerful mafia. The Good Mothers is the story of the women who broke the silence. We live in their buildings, work in their companies, shop in their stores, eat in their restaurants and elect politicians they fund. Founded more than 150 years ago by shepherding families in the toe of southern Italy, the 'Ndrangheta is today the world's most powerful mafia, with a crushing presence in southern Italy, a market-moving size in global finance and a reach that extends to fifty countries around the world. And yet, remarkably, few of us have ever heard of it. The 'Ndrangheta's power rests on a code of silence, omertà, enforced by a claustrophobic family hierarchy and murderous misogyny. Men and boys rule. Girls are married off as teenagers in arranged clan alliances. Beatings are routine. A woman who is 'unfaithful' - even to a dead husband - can expect her sons, brothers or father to kill her to erase the 'family shame'. In 2009, when abused wife Lea Garofalo 'disappears' after giving evidence against her mafiosi husband, prosecutor Alessandra Cerreti realises the 'Ndrangheta's bigotry may be its great flaw. The key to bringing down this criminal empire is to free its women and allow them to speak out and testify. When Alessandra finds two collaborators inside Italy's biggest crime families, she must persuade them to cooperate, and save themselves and their children. The stakes could not be higher. Alessandra is fighting to save a nation. The mafiosi are fighting for their existence. The women are fighting for their lives. Not all will survive.
The Bedlam stacks, Natasha Pulley.
Deep in uncharted Peru, the holy town of Bedlam stands at the edge of a forest. The shrine statues move, and anyone who crosses the border dies. But somewhere inside are cinchona trees, whose bark yields quinine: the only known treatment for malaria. On the other side of the Pacific, it is 1859, and India is ravaged by the disease. The hunt for a reliable source of quinine is critical, and in its desperation the India Office searches out its last qualified expeditionary. Struggling with a terrible injury from his last mission and the strange occurrences at his family's ruined estate, Merrick Tremayne finds himself under orders to bring back cinchona cuttings at any cost and dispatched, against his own better judgment, to Bedlam. There he meets Raphael, a priest around whom the villagers spin unsettlingly familiar stories of impossible disappearances and living stone. Gradually Tremayne realises that Raphael is the key to a legacy left by two generations of Tremayne explorers before him, one which will prove more dangerous and valuable than the India Office could ever have imagined.
Mortal engines, Philip Reeve.
Welcome to the astounding world of Predator Cities! Emerging from its hiding place in the hills, the great Traction City is chasing a terrified little town across the wastelands. Soon London will feed. In the attack, Tom Natsworthy is flung from the speeding city with a murderous scar-faced girl. They must run for their lives through the wreckage–and face a terrifying new weapon that threatens the future of the world.
Predator's gold, Philip Reeve.
Fleeing from an anti-tractionist sect, the Green Storm, Tom and Haster are left drifting in the frozen Ice Wastes, slowly dying of cold after the Jenny Haniver's engines have failed. They are saved at the last minute, finding Anchorage, a once-beautiful ice city that has fallen on hard times.
A darkling plain, Philip Reeve.
The final book of the thrilling Predator Cities series! London is a radioactive ruin. But Tom and Wren discover that the old predator city hides an awesome secret that could bring an end to the war. But as they risk their lives in its dark underbelly, time is running out. Alone and far away, Hester faces a fanatical enemy who possesses the weapons and the will to destroy the entire human race. The final book in the Predator Cities series, Philip Reeve's A Darkling Plain is the winner of the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize.
Infernal devices, Philip Reeve.
The mighty engines of Anchorage have been rusted and dead for years. The derelict city no longer roams the Ice Wastes, but has settled on the edge of the land that was once America. Tom Natsworthy and Hester Shaw are happy in the safety of a static settlement, but their daughter, Wren, is desperate for adventure. When a dangerously charming submarine pirate offers her a chance to escape, Wren doesn't think twice about leaving her home and her parents behind. But the pirate wants something in return–Wren must steal the mysterious Tin Book. To do so will ignite a conflict that could tear the whole world apart.
Year of yes, Shonda Rhimes.
In this poignant, hilarious and deeply intimate call to arms, Hollywood's most powerful woman, the mega-talented creator of Grey's Anatomy and Scandal and executive producer of How to Get Away with Murder, reveals how saying yes changed her life and how it can change yours too. With three hit shows on television and three children at home, Shonda Rhimes had lots of good reasons to say no when invitations arrived. Hollywood party? No. Speaking engagement? No. Media appearances? No. And to an introvert like Shonda, who describes herself as 'hugging the walls' at social events and experiencing panic attacks before press interviews, there was a particular benefit to saying no: nothing new to fear. Then came Thanksgiving 2013, when Shonda's sister Delorse muttered six little words at her: You never say yes to anything. Profound, impassioned and laugh-out-loud funny, in Year of Yes Shonda Rhimes reveals how saying yes changed and saved her life. And inspires readers everywhere to change their own lives with one little word: Yes.
The bright hour, Nina Riggs.
'We are breathless, but we love the days. They are promises. They are the only way to walk from one night to the other.' Nina Riggs was just 37 years old when initially diagnosed with breast cancer - one small spot. Within a year, the mother of two sons, ages seven and nine, and married sixteen years to her best friend, received the devastating news that her cancer was terminal. How does one live each day, 'unattached to outcome'? How does one approach the moments, big and small, with both love and honesty? Exploring motherhood, marriage, friendship and memory, even as she wrestles with the legacy of her great-great-great grandfather, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nina Riggs's breath-taking memoir continues the urgent conversation that Paul Kalanithi began in his gorgeous When Breath Becomes Air. She asks, what makes a meaningful life when one has limited time? Brilliantly written, disarmingly funny and deeply moving, The Bright Hour is about how to love all the days, even the bad ones, and it's about the way literature, especially Emerson, and Nina's other muse, Montaigne, can be a balm and a form of prayer. It's a book about looking death squarely in the face and saying 'this is what will be'. Especially poignant in these uncertain times, The Bright Hour urges us to live well and not lose sight of what makes us human: love, art, music, words.
Percy Jackson and the lightning thief, Rick Riordan.
An action-filled, abridged audio download edition of Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief, the first book in Rick Riordan's bestselling Percy Jackson fantasy series. Read by actor Walter Lewis. Look, I didn't want to be a half-blood. I never asked to be the son of a Greek god. I was just a normal kid, going to school, playing basketball, skateboarding. The usual. Until I accidentally vaporized my maths teacher. That's when things started really going wrong. Now I spend my time fighting with swords, battling monsters with my friends and generally trying to stay alive. This is the one where Zeus, God of the Sky, thinks I've stolen his lightning bolt–and making Zeus angry is a very bad idea…Now a major film! This is an abridged audio edition with loads of special sound effects and electrifying music throughout.
The Billie B. mysteries collection, Sally Rippin.
The fabulous Billie and her pals in the Secret Mystery Club solve three neighbourhood whodunits in their own special way. Spooky House: Billie and her friends dare each other to explore the spooky house at the end of the street. They are sure it's haunted. Sooo scary. But if anyone can handle ghosts, it's Billie B Brown. Code Breaker: One day Billie and Jack find a note hidden under a rock at school. It seems to be written in code. It's time the two friends put their code-breaking skills to the test. Playground Detectives: Billie and the Secret Mystery Club have a new case to solve. Who has put leaves in Lola's sandwich? It's a real mystery. Soon everyone suspects Benny, but could they have the wrong kid? It's up to the SMC to find the real culprit!
The Hey Jack collection, Sally Rippin.
Join Jack in his first collection of crazy adventures - he might be shy, but he shines in his school musical, builds excellent Lego castles and even makes his own robot costumes out of cardboard boxes! The Crazy Cousins: Jack's in the mood for mooching around, not playing with his crazy cousins! But will his bad mood spoil the whole day? The Robot Blues: Jack is invited to a costume party, and he's made an awesome robot suit. But what if the other kids at the party think it's lame? The Winning Goal: It's Jack's first day at soccer! He really wants to kick a goal, but the coach has made him goalie. There's no glory in goal keeping, is there? The Scary Solo: Jack's best friend got the solo that he wanted, and he's a bit mad. But when things go wrong on concert night, can Jack save the day? The Worry Monsters: Jack hates spelling. He has a test coming up, but he doesn't want to practise for it. What will happen if he leaves it too late?
Her last whisper, Karen Robards.
The last time criminal psychology expert Dr Charlotte 'Charlie' Stone helped capture a serial killer, it was nearly the last thing she ever did. Now she's determined to stick to research and leave risk-taking to the law. But when dangerous duty calls, she can't refuse. And there's no greater danger than the 'Cinderella Killer', a charming predator who lures beautiful, single women to their deaths. FBI agent Lena Kaminsky fears her missing sister has fallen prey to the seductive psychopath, and desperately needs Charlie's unique skills before it's too late. Joined by Special Agents Tony Bartoli, Buzz Crane and her ghostly bad-boy lover, Michael Garland, Charlie heads to Vegas to track down Lena's sister before the Cinderella Killer seals her fate. But it's Charlie who ends up gambling with her life, when the lethal lothario decides she's just his type.
The museum of modern love, Heather Rose.
She watched as the final hours of The Artist is Present passed by, sitter after sitter in a gaze with the woman across the table. Jane felt she had witnessed a thing of inexplicable beauty among humans who had been drawn to this art and had found the reflection of a great mystery. What are we? How should we live? If this was a dream, then he wanted to know when it would end. Maybe it would end if he went to see Lydia. But it was the one thing he was not allowed to do. Arky Levin is a film composer in New York separated from his wife, who has asked him to keep one devastating promise. One day he finds his way to The Atrium at MOMA and sees Marina Abramovic in The Artist is Present. The performance continues for 75 days and, as it unfolds, so does Arky. As he watches and meets other people drawn to the exhibit, he slowly starts to understand what might be missing in his life and what he must do. This dazzlingly original novel asks beguiling questions about the nature of art, life and love and finds a way to answer them.
Fantastic beasts and where to find them, J K Rowling.
Newt Scamander's years of travel and research have created a tome of unparalleled importance. Some of the beasts will be familiar to readers of the Harry Potter books - the Hippogriff, the Basilisk, the Hungarian Horntail…Others will surprise even the most ardent amateur Magizoologist. Narrated by Eddie Redmayne, this is the first audio book edition of Scamander's textbook ever to be released. Having starred as Newt Scamander himself in the movie Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, who better to narrate this Hogwarts Library book from one of the wizarding world's most famous Magizoologists? Eddie's film credits include The Danish Girl, My Week with Marilyn, Les Misřables and The Theory of Everything, for which he won a Golden Globe, an Academy Award and a BAFTA Award for Best Actor. Dip in to discover the curious habits of magical beasts across five continents.
Quidditch through the ages, J K Rowling.
From its origins on Queerditch Marsh in the eleventh century to the sophisticated sport played today, discover how 'Quidditch unites witches and wizards from all walks of life, bringing us together to share moments of exhilaration, triumph and (for those who support the Chudley Cannons) despair', according to Professor Albus Dumbledore's foreword. Do you know why refereeing a Quidditch match was once a task for only the bravest witches and wizards, or how to tell a Transylvanian Tackle from a Woollongong Shimmy? In this enlightening and highly popular Hogwarts library book, Kennilworthy Whisp reveals the daring highs and dangerous lows of the glorious game of Quidditch. This audiobook contains over 90 minutes of bonus content. In 2014 J.K. Rowling wrote some additional content for her website Pottermore.com. This included the History of The Quidditch World Cup and commentary of the Quidditch World Cup final by Ginny Potter (Imogen Church) and Rita Skeeter (Annette Badland).
Quidditch through the ages, J K Rowling.
Do you know why refereeing a Quidditch match was once a task for only the bravest witches and wizards, or how to tell a Transylvanian Tackle from a Woollongong Shimmy? In this enlightening and highly popular Hogwarts library book, Kennilworthy Whisp reveals the daring highs and dangerous lows of the glorious game of Quidditch. This audiobook contains over 90 minutes of bonus content: In 2014 J.K. Rowling wrote some additional content for her website Pottermore.com. This included the History of The Quidditch World Cup and commentary of the Quidditch World Cup final by Ginny Potter (Imogen Church) and Rita Skeeter (Annette Badland).
Retirement reinvention: make your next act your best act, Robin Ryan.
In Retirement reinvention, America's most trusted career coach shatters the myths that retirement is the end of work, that it is a time of decline, that new career opportunities are for young people alone, and that people only work during their retirement because they need money. The old model of retirement is changing, and now the majority of today's retirees intend to keep working in the next phase of their lives. In this helpful new career-focused guide, Robin Ryan offers practical advice for the next act of your life and career.
American blood, Ben Sanders.
After a botched undercover operation, ex-NYPD officer Marshall Grade is living in witness protection in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Marshall's instructions are to keep a low profile: the mob wants him dead, and a contract killer known as the Dallas Man has been hired to track him down. Racked with guilt over wrongs committed during his undercover work, and seeking atonement, Marshall investigates the disappearance of a local woman named Alyce Ray. Members of a drug ring seem to hold clues to Ray's whereabouts, but hunting traffickers is no quiet task. Word of Marshall's efforts spreads, and soon the worst elements of his former life, including the Dallas Man, are coming for him.
Revelation: BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation., C J Sansom.
Spring, 1543. London's streets are filled with preachers; strange signs and portents are seen everywhere; and young men, maddened by differing interpretations of the Bible, are drawn into dangerous fundamentalism. The family of one such man, Adam Kite, has sought help from lawyer Matthew Shardlake. Adam is suffering from religious mania, and is being held in Bedlam for his own safety. But Shardlake is distracted from the case when his friend Roger Elliard is found brutally murdered - the victim of a serial killer inspired by the Book of Revelation. Archbishop Cranmer asks Shardlake to conduct a secret investigation: no word of the bloodshed must reach the King as one of the dead men was close to Catherine Parr, Henry's latest romantic obsession and (like Cranmer) a supporter of religious reform. With the help of trusty sidekick Barack, Shardlake embarks on his most dangerous investigation yet, as he tries to protect Adam and prevent the killer from fulfilling his unholy mission …This thrilling fourth instalment of the 'Shardlake' series stars Justin Salinger as Shardlake, with Bryan Dick as Barak.
Revelation: BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation., C J Sansom.
Spring, 1543. London's streets are filled with preachers; strange signs and portents are seen everywhere; and young men, maddened by differing interpretations of the Bible, are drawn into dangerous fundamentalism. The family of one such man, Adam Kite, has sought help from lawyer Matthew Shardlake. Adam is suffering from religious mania, and is being held in Bedlam for his own safety. But Shardlake is distracted from the case when his friend Roger Elliard is found brutally murdered - the victim of a serial killer inspired by the Book of Revelation. Archbishop Cranmer asks Shardlake to conduct a secret investigation: no word of the bloodshed must reach the King as one of the dead men was close to Catherine Parr, Henry's latest romantic obsession and (like Cranmer) a supporter of religious reform. With the help of trusty sidekick Barack, Shardlake embarks on his most dangerous investigation yet, as he tries to protect Adam and prevent the killer from fulfilling his unholy mission …This thrilling fourth instalment of the 'Shardlake' series stars Justin Salinger as Shardlake, with Bryan Dick as Barak.
Lord Peter Wimsey. Volume 1, Dorothy L Sayers.
Aristocratic amateur sleuth Lord Peter Wimsey was the master creation of Dorothy L Sayers, widely acknowledged as one of the four original 'Queens of Crime'. These full-cast adaptations - first broadcast on BBC radio in the 1970s, and presented here in their entirety - are admired by fans of the genre worldwide. Whose Body? is the tale that first introduced Lord Peter to the world, and sees him investigating the case of a corpse in a Battersea bathtub and a vanished oil millionaire. In Clouds of Witness, Lord Peter's eldest brother stands accused of murder. In collaboration with Inspector Parker, Wimsey slowly uncovers a web of lies and deceit within his own family. Unnatural Death finds Peter probing the mysterious death of an elderly lady. He suspects foul play, and with the help of the indomitable Miss Climpson, sets about his investigations in deepest Hampshire.
Fire & sword, Simon Scarrow.
In the early years of the nineteenth century, Arthur Wellesley (elevated to Viscount Wellington in the course of the novel) and Napoleon Bonaparte are well-established as men of military genius. Wellesley has returned from India, where his skill and bravery made a remarkable impression on his superiors. He faces trials and tribulations on the political scene before becoming embroiled militarily in Copenhagen, then Portugal and finally Spain. Napoleon, established as Emperor, is cementing his control on Europe, intending finally to crush his hated foe across the Channel: Britain. The time is fast approaching when Wellington and Napoleon will come face to face in confrontation, and only one man can emerge victorious.
The emotionally healthy woman: eight things you have to quit to change your life, Geri Scazzero.
Geri Scazzero knew there was something desperately wrong with her life. She felt like a single parent raising her four young daughters alone. She finally told her husband, "I quit," and left the thriving church he pastored, beginning a journey that transformed her and her marriage for the better. In The Emotionally Healthy Woman, Geri provides you a way out of an inauthentic, superficial spirituality to genuine freedom in Christ. This book is for every woman who thinks, "I can't keep pretending everything is fine!" The journey to emotional health begins by quitting. Geri quit being afraid of what others think. She quit lying. She quit denying her anger and sadness. She quit living someone else's life. When you quit those things that are damaging to your soul or the souls of others, you are freed up to choose other ways of being and relating that are rooted in love and lead to life. When you quit for the right reasons, at the right time, and in the right way, you're on the path not only to emotional health, but also to the true purpose of your life.
Blood and sand, Dan Scott.
Lucius is back in Rome, reunited with his friend Isidora. Together they look after the wild beasts that will hunt, fight - and die - in the arena. Emperor Titus has decreed a hundred days of games to celebrate the opening of his new amphitheatre, so Lucius's brother, the famous gladiator Quintus Felix, will once again have to face death or glory. Meanwhile, Lucius's father is still on the run. Can Lucius convince the emperor that his father is innocent? Blood & Sand is the third title in the Gladiator School series, set in ancient Rome.
The thirteen hallows, Michael Scott.
The Hallows have been used time and again in the battle with the Demonkind who once ruled this earth. The last time The Thirteen Hallows were gathered together was in the time of Arthur, when they were used to drive the Demonkind from this world and seal the entrance between this and the Otherworld. The battle cost Arthur his life, and with his death the age of the knights passed and the Hallows were dispersed into the safekeeping of the Guardians. Now someone is gathering them together.
The magnificent Esme Wells: a novel, Adrienne Sharp.
Esme Silver has always taken care of her charming ne'er-do-well father, Ike Silver, a small-time crook with dreams of making it big with Bugsy Siegel. Devoted to her daddy, Esme is often his "date" at the racetrack, where she amiably fetches the hot dogs while keeping an eye to the ground for any cast-off tickets that may be winners. In awe of her mother, Dina Wells, Esme is more than happy to be the foil who gets the beautiful Dina into meetings and screen tests with some of Hollywood's greats. When Ike gets an opportunity to move to Vegas-and, in what could at last be his big break, to help the man she knows as "Benny" open the Flamingo Hotel-life takes an unexpected turn for Esme. A stunner like her mother, the young girl catches the attention of Nate Stein, one of the Strip's most powerful men. A coming-of-age story with a tinge of noir, and a tale that illuminates the promise and perils of the American dream and its dreamers, The Magnificent Esme Wells is immersive, moving, and compelling.
Of books and bagpipes, Paige Shelton.
Delaney Nichols has settled so comfortably into her new life in Edinburgh that she truly feels it's become more home than her once beloved Kansas.
Everlife, Gena Showalter.
At seventeen years old, Tenley "Ten" Lockwood had to make the ultimate choice–where to live after she died. Loyalty to her selected realm has not wavered…until now. The numbers-obsessed Conduit is out of time. Sacrifices must be made, and a terrible price must be paid. But is she too late? As the Everlife descends into darkness, a single truth becomes clear: Troika and Myriad must unite at long last–or perish. In order to bring sworn enemies together, Ten must enter forbidden territory…and destroy the powerful Prince of Ravens. But there's only one way inside–bonding with Killian Flynn, a deadly rival Labourer who sets her blood aflame. When nothing goes as planned and betrayal leads to the edge of utter defeat, Ten and Killian will have to rebuild trust from the ashes of their hearts. Victory seems impossible, the odds stacked against them. In the end, how far will they be willing to go for the sake of their realms and the Everlife?
Six days in Leningrad, Paullina Simons.
The never-before-told story behind one of the best-loved romantic sagas of all time. In 1998, Russian-born Paullina Simons returned with her father to her home country for the first time in 25 years to research her fourth novel, tentatively titled The Bronze Horseman. This brief trip became a remarkable walk through a land where time had stood still. Paullina found family, old friends and a landscape still scarred by World War II and 70 years of Communist rule. She found fields so badly bombed that even decades later nothing grew there. She found Leningrad - the shining jewel of the north built by Peter the Great - a crumbling ruin, with decaying buildings that still crowded too many people into their communal apartments. She also found extravagant hospitality, abundant food, and spectacular white nights. These six days in Leningrad changed Paullina's life forever. At times poignant, at times inspiring and funny, part adventure, part heartbreak, Six Days in Leningrad is a journey you will not soon forget.
No 1 ladies' detective agency: BBC radio casebook: BBC radio 4 full-cast dramatisations, Alexander McCall Smith.
Alexander McCall Smith's hugely popular novels featuring Precious Ramotswe, proprietor of Botswana's only female private detective agency, have become international best sellers. These acclaimed productions, complete with vibrant music, bring the exotic world of the books to life. In these eight episodes, Mma Ramotswe takes on her first case -and a new secretary; tries to solve a bone mystery; tackles a domestic drama and a doctor's erratic behaviour; and investigates the case of a missing American. In addition, she is hired by a beauty contest judge to check the integrity of the finalists; looks for two women wronged by her client, Mr Molefelo; learns of a rival detective agency; and is commissioned by a physiotherapist to find out what her errant husband is up to. The stories included are: The Daddy; The Bone; The Maid; Tears of the Giraffe; The Chief Justice of Beauty; The Confession; The Kalahari Typing School for Men and The Admirer. Claire Benedict stars as Mma Ramotswe, with Nadine Marshall as Mma Makutsi and Joseph Marcell as Mr JLB Matekoni.
The tiger's prey: a novel of adventure, Wilbur Smith.
The New York Times bestselling author of Desert God and Pharaoh adds another chapter to his popular historical saga featuring the seafaring Tom Courtney, the hero of Monsoon and Blue Horizon, with this magnificent swashbuckling saga set in the eighteenth century and packed with action, violence, romance, and rousing adventure. Tom Courtney, one of four sons of master mariner Sir Hal Courtney, once again sets sail on a treacherous journey that will take him across the vast reaches of the ocean and pit him against dangerous enemies in exotic destinations. But just as the winds propel his sails, passion drives his heart. Turning his ship towards the unknown, Tom Courtney will ultimately find his destiny-and lay the future for the Courtney family. Wilbur Smith, the world's greatest storyteller, once again recreates all the drama, uncertainty, and courage of a bygone era in this thrilling saga of the sea.
Freaked!, Jen Storer.
Tan's friends say she's funny, feisty and fabulous - and now totally freaked. Dear Diary I am writing with the aid of my Angry Godzilla Pen. You know, the one that scares Doodad. A tall, dark stranger has moved in at our house. She is full of secrets and mysteries. Strange things have begun to happen, too, and we are all under threat. Gloria and I are on the case. But can we solve the mystery of the tall, dark stranger before she seizes control and takes over? The clues all lie in the past. That is my final word. Anyone could be reading this? Truly Tan.
Spooked!, Jen Storer.
Tan and the Chosen Few have another mystery on their hands … the 'stonies' (stone animal statues) around Peppercorn Valley have been mysteriously disappearing. But who would steal them? What could the thief want with a stone emu or flamingo? This mystery is truly baffling! It's a good thing Tan has the mind of a Great Detective.
The glass forest: a novel, Cynthia Swanson.
From the New York Times bestselling author of The Bookseller comes a gripping literary suspense novel set in the 1960s about a deeply troubled family and three women who will reveal its dark truths. In the autumn of 1960, Angie Glass is living an idyllic life in her Wisconsin hometown. At twenty-one, she's married to charming, handsome Paul, and has just given birth to a baby boy. But one phone call changes her life forever. When Paul's niece, Ruby, reports that her father, Henry, has committed suicide, and that her mother, Silja, is missing, Angie and Paul drop everything and fly to the small upstate town of Stonekill, New York to be by Ruby's side. Angie thinks they're coming to the rescue of Paul's grief-stricken young niece, but Ruby is a composed and enigmatic seventeen-year-old who resists Angie's attempts to nurture her. As Angie learns more about the complicated Glass family, staying in Henry and Silja's eerie and ultra-modern house on the edge of the woods, she begins to question the very fabric of her own marriage. Through Silja's flashbacks, Angie's discovery of astonishing truths, and Ruby's strategic dissection of her parents' state of affairs, a story of love, secrets, and ultimate betrayal is revealed.
Meet the Frugalwoods: achieving financial independence through simple living, Elizabeth Willard Thames.
The deeply personal story of how award-winning personal finance blogger Elizabeth Willard Thames abandoned a successful career in the city and embraced frugality to create a more meaningful, purpose-driven life, and retire to a homestead in the Vermont woods at age thirty-two with her husband and daughter. In 2014, Elizabeth and Nate Thames were conventional 9-5 young urban professionals. But the couple had a dream to become modern-day homesteaders in rural Vermont. Determined to retire as early as possible in order to start living each day–as opposed to wishing time away working for the weekends–they enacted a plan to save an enormous amount of money: well over seventy percent of their joint take home pay. Dubbing themselves the Frugalwoods, Elizabeth began documenting their unconventional frugality and the resulting wholesale lifestyle transformation on their eponymous blog. In less than three years, Elizabeth and Nate reached their goal. Today, they are financially independent and living out their dream on a sixty-six-acre homestead in the woods of rural Vermont with their young daughter. While frugality makes their lifestyle possible, it's also what brings them peace and genuine happiness. They don't stress out about impressing people with their material possessions, buying the latest gadgets, or keeping up with any Joneses. In the process, Elizabeth discovered the self-confidence and liberation that stems from disavowing our culture's promise that we can buy our way to "the good life." Elizabeth unlocked the freedom of a life no longer beholden to the clarion call to consume ever-more products at ever-higher sums. Meet the Frugalwoods is the intriguing story of how Elizabeth and Nate realized that the mainstream path wasn't for them, crafted a lifestyle of sustainable frugality, and reached financial independence at age thirty-two. While not everyone wants to live in the woods, or quit their jobs, many of us want to have more control over our time and money and lead more meaningful, simplified lives. Following their advice, you too can live your best life.
Healing from hidden abuse: a journey through the stages of recovery from psychological abuse, Shannon Thomas.
Within every community, toxic people can be found hiding in families, couples, companies, and places of worship. The cryptic nature of psychological abuse involves repetitious mind games played by one individual or a group of people. Psychological abuse leaves no bruises. There are no broken bones. There are no holes in the walls. The bruises, brokenness, and holes are held tightly within the target of the abuse. Shannon Thomas provides a new book to help survivors of psychological abuse find a path to healing.
The James Thurber audio collection: fables and selected stories, James Thurber.
Keith Olberman read Thurber stories to his father while he was in the hospital. His father urged him to read them on his television broadcast. Keith Olberman started reading stories on his broadcast once a week, sparking a mini-revival. This collection includes 23 stories.
A cold treachery, Charles Todd.
Charles Todd returns to the world of Scotland Yard's Inspector Ian Rutledge. This time the embattled Inspector has met his match hunting a brutal killer across a frozen hell and the one witness who may have survived a crime of… A COLD TREACHERY. "You'll hang for this-see if you don't! That's my revenge! And you'll think about that when the rope goes around your neck and the black hood comes down…." Called out by Scotland Yard into the teeth of a violent blizzard, Inspector Ian Rutledge finds himself confronted with one of the most savage murders he has ever encountered. Rutledge might have expected such unspeakable carnage on the World War I battlefields, where he'd lost much of his soul-and his sanity-but not in an otherwise peaceful farm kitchen in remote Urskdale. Someone has murdered the Elcott family at their table without the least sign of struggle. Was the killer someone the young family knew and trusted? When the victims are tallied the local police are in for another shock: One of the Elcotts' children, a boy named Josh, is missing. Now the Inspector must race to uncover a murderer and to save a child before he's silenced by the merciless elements-or the even colder hands of a killer. Haunted and goaded by the soldier-ghost of his own tortured war past, Rutledge will discover the tragedy of war that splintered one marriage-and pulled together another. Love, jealousy, greed, revenge-or was it some twisted combination of all of them? Anyone could lead a man or woman to murder. What had the Elcotts done to ignite their killer's rage? With time running out, Rutledge knows all too well that such a cold-blooded murderer could be hiding somewhere in the blinding snow.
A fearsome doubt: an Inspector Ian Rutledge mystery, Charles Todd.
In 1912 Ian Rutledge watched as a man was condemned to hang for the murders of elderly women. Rutledge helped gather the evidence that sent Ben Shaw to the gallows. And when justice was done, Rutledge closed the door on the case. But Shaw was not easily forgotten. Now, seven years later, that grim trial returns in the form of Ben Shaw's widow Nell, bringing Rutledge evidence she is convinced will prove her husband's innocence. It's a belief fraught with peril, threatening both Rutledge's professional stature and his faith in his judgment. But there is a darker reason for Rutledge's reluctance. Murder brings him back to Kent where, days earlier, he'd glimpsed an all-too-familiar face beyond the leaping flames of a bonfire. Soon an unexpected encounter revives the end of his own war, as the country prepares for a somber commemoration on the anniversary of the Armistice.
A long shadow, Charles Todd.
Scotland Yard's Inspector Ian Rutledge brought the Great War home with him, and its horrors haunt him still. On New Year's Eve 1919, he finds a brass cartridge casing, similar to countless others he'd seen on the battlefield, on the steps of a friend's house. Soon there are more, purposely placed where he is sure to discover them. Unexpectedly drawn away from London to a small Northamptonshire village, he investigates the strange case of a local constable shot with a bow and arrow in an allegedly spirit-infested wood. Here among the taciturn townsfolk, embroiled in a three-year-old mystery of a vanished young girl, Rutledge hopes to keep his own ghosts at bay. But his stalker has followed him. And now the emotionally shattered policeman walking the razor's edge of sanity must somehow keep his balance long enough to discover who is tracking him…and why.
Get smart: how to think and act like the most successful and highest-paid people in every field, Brian Tracy.
Today's workforce is more diverse than ever before. But despite new perspectives and talents, the promise of increased innovation rarely materializes. Why are so few businesses seeing results? Studies show that diverse teams are more creative than homogenous ones–but only when they are managed effectively. The secret is to minimize conflict while maximizing the informational diversity found in varied values and experiences. To do this, both leaders and team members need a high level of cultural intelligence, or CQ. Drawing on success stories from Google, Alibaba, Novartis, and other ground-breaking companies, "Driven by Difference" identifies the management practices necessary to guide multicultural teams to innovation, including how to: Create an optimal environment; Generate fresh ideas; Consider the various audiences when selecting and selling an idea; Design and test for different users; Cultural differences can lead to gridlock, or they can catalyze innovation and growth. This research-based plan turns diversity's potential into economic reality.
How to be heard: secrets for powerful speaking and listening, Julian Treasure.
Have you ever felt like you're talking, but nobody is listening? Renowned five-time TED Talk speaker and author Julian Treasure reveals how to speak so that people listen-and how to listen so that people feel heard. As this leading sound expert demonstrates via interviews with world-class speakers, professional performers and CEOs at the tops of their fields, the secret lies in developing simple habits that can transform our communication skills, the quality of our relationships and our impact in the world. Julian Treasure offers an inspiring vision for a sonorous world of effective speaking, listening and understanding. Communication skills, secrets, and tips discussed in this book include-how to make sound work for you to improve well-being and happiness; why listening matters and how listening and speaking affect one another; the power of your vocal toolbox and how to build your speaking power; how to plan and structure content so you always hit the bull's-eye; exercises and methods to achieve clarity and impact; and how to deliver like a professional speaker to win over any audience.
Kiss me that way, Laura Trentham.
Cade Fournette never had it easy Cottonbloom. He stuck around long enough to raise his orphaned siblings and then hightailed it out West–and never looked back. Even though he's made a success of himself in Seattle, Cade never lost the toughness and the angry edge that helped him survive down South. His only weak spot: the girl he left behind… Monroe Kirby came from the wealthy side of town, but that didn't protect her from her mother's drinking–or her mother's boyfriend. It was Cade who did that, on a long-ago hot September night, before he disappeared…along with a piece of her heart. Now Monroe is a physical therapist who can fight for herself, and it's Cade who could use some conditioning when he makes an unexpected return back home. Will he and Monroe pick up where they left off and finally explore their mutual passion–or will the scars and secrets of the past divide them once more?
The last dog on earth, Adrian J Walker.
Every dog has its day. And for Lineker, a happy go lucky mongrel from Peckham, the day the world ends is his: finally a chance to prove to his owner just how loyal he can be. Reg, an agoraphobic writer with an obsession for 90s football, plans to wait out the impending doom in his second floor flat, hiding himself away from the riots outside. But when an abandoned orphan shows up in the stairwell of their building, Reg and Lineker must brave the outside in order to save not only the child, but themselves.
Science shocker, Sam Watkins.
Jake's class are competing in the Whizz-BANG Science Fair and surely nothing can stop them from winning at the final. Well, maybe one thing…their teacher, Mr Hyde, has turned into Creature, and is more interested in eating the exhibits than talking about them. And what's more, Creature's made a friend! With two mischievous monsters causing havoc, things are about to get EXPLOSIVE!
The case of the vanishing emerald , Holly Webb.
Maisie Hitchins longs to be a detective. She's sure there are lots of mysteries to solve on the streets of Victorian London. If only she weren't so busy running errands for her Grandmother.
Spangles McNasty and the Tunnel of Doom, Steve Webb.
Spangles McNasty is horrible to everyone and does vile things like eat cold chips out of bins and pulls faces at old ladies and would you believe it! Spangles has inherited a rollercoaster called the Tunnel of Doom! They soon realise it is a good for nothing piece of junk.
Dead men's trousers, Irvine Welsh.
Mark Renton is finally a success. An international jet-setter, he now makes significant money managing DJs, but the constant travel, airport lounges, soulless hotel rooms and broken relationships have left him dissatisfied with his life. He's then rocked by a chance encounter with Frank Begbie, from whom he'd been hiding for years after a terrible betrayal and the resulting debt. But the psychotic Begbie appears to have reinvented himself as a celebrated artist and - much to Mark's astonishment - doesn't seem interested in revenge. Sick Boy and Spud, who have agendas of their own, are intrigued to learn that their old friends are back in town, but when they enter the bleak world of organ-harvesting, things start to go so badly wrong. Lurching from crisis to crisis, the four men circle each other, driven by their personal histories and addictions, confused, angry - so desperate that even Hibs winning the Scottish Cup doesn't really help. One of these four will not survive to the end of this book. Which one of them is wearing Dead Men's Trousers?
Hetty Feather's Christmas, Jacqueline Wilson.
An unexpected gift leads to trouble for Hetty on Christmas Day at the Foundling Hospital, and the dreaded Matron Bottomly is delighted to have an excuse to exclude Hetty from the festive celebrations. Poor Hetty is distraught - but just when it seems that all is lost, a dear friend arrives to whisk her away for a Christmas unlike any other Full of friendship, fun and festive cheer, Hetty Feather's Christmas is the perfect stocking-filler for every Jacqueline Wilson fan.
The bassoon king: my life in art, faith, and idiocy, Rainn Wilson.
Rainn Wilson's memoir about growing up geeky and finally finding his place in comedy, faith, and life. For nine seasons Rainn Wilson played Dwight Schrute, everyone's favourite work nemesis and beet farmer. Viewers of "The Office" fell in love with the character and grew to love the actor who played him even more. Rainn founded a website and media company, SoulPancake, which eventually became a best-selling book of the same name. He also started a hilarious Twitter feed (sample Tweet: "I'm not on Facebook" is the new "I don't even own a TV.") that now has more than 4 million followers. Now, he's ready to tell his own story and explain how he came up with his incredibly unique sense of humour and perspective on life. He explains how he grew up "bone-numbingly nerdy before there was even a modicum of cool attached to the word." The Bassoon King chronicles his journey from nerd to drama geek ("the highest rung on the vast, pimply ladder of high school losers"), his years of mild debauchery and struggles as a young actor in New York, his many adventures and insights about "The Office," and finally, Wilson's achievement of success and satisfaction, both in his career and spiritually, re-connecting with the artistic and creative values of the Baha'i faith he grew up in.

Downloadable eBooks

52 euros: containing 26 men and 26 women in a double A-Z of European poets, Translated into English by John Gallas
With its lens on Europe and taking a singular approach, this collection of poems translates and revises the works of both famous and rising poets. From Akhmatova, Baudelaire, and Pasolini to the Olafsson brothers, Renée Vivien, and Yulia Zhadovskaya, poets from various European nations are not only brought together in the book but are celebrated in it for their differences and a shared poetic purpose. Award-winning poet John Gallas collaborated with native speakers to translate the works and then incorporated his artistic edge into their interpretation.
Bartender's guide to gin: classic and modern-day cocktails for gin lovers, Love Food editors.
Gin, distinctive for its combination of juniper berries and botanicals such as coriander and angelica, continues to be a main player in the modern cocktail bar, in both classic and modern guises. The recent growth in micro-distilleries and fashionable gin bars has made a significant impact on its profile as a drink with a contemporary vibe. There is even a World Gin Day, the second Saturday in June, an event that sees festivals, cocktail hours, street parties and tastings all over the world. The Bartender s Guide to Gin starts with a thorough guide to equipment and approaches, followed by a heady selection of 100 gin-based recipes. These include old favourites such as Gin Sling and Alabama Slammer, exotic concoctions such as Magnolia Blossom and Bloodhound, and modern recipes celebrating new trends and ingredients, such as Mango and Black Pepper Cocktail and Gin and Matcha Green Tea Cocktail. Selected pages also offer useful practical information about the colourful history of gin, from the early Genever gins to the use of gin for medicinal purposes.
Ender's world: fresh perspectives on the SF classic Ender's Game, Edited by Orson Scott Card.
Orson Scott Card's Ender's Game is a classic of science fiction. Though it began its life as a short story, it was later expanded into a Hugo and Nebula Award-winning novel, served as a springboard for a much larger universe of stories, and finally, has been made into a feature film. In Ender's World almost two dozen writers of science fiction, fantasy, and young adult books offer new perspectives on the 1985 novel, along with insights gleaned from other Ender stories that fit within the Ender's Game chronology. In addition, military strategists Colonel Tom Ruby and Captain John Schmitt offer insight into the human-Formic war. Also included is a contribution from Aaron Johnston, the co-author of the Formic Wars prequel novels. The collection's insightful analyses and moving personal essays are rounded out with short pieces answering more technically oriented questions about the Ender universe, including why the Battle Room is a cube and why the military recruited their soldiers as children. Edited by Orson Scott Card himself, who also provides an introduction to the anthology as well as to the individual essays, Ender's World is aimed both at readers who have kept up with the many books that came after and at those who simply want to revisit the original novel.
Explore Buenos Aires, Insight Guides.
Take a fresh approach to Buenos Aires with this brand new Explore guide. Lavishly illustrated in full colour, this book features 14 fantastic self-guided routes, written by a local expert and packed with great insider tips. Whether you are new to the city or a repeat visitor, whatever your interests, and however long your stay, this book is the perfect companion, showing you the smartest way to link the sights and taking you beyond the beaten tourist track. All the routes come with clear, easy-to-follow full-colour maps. A 'Key Facts' box at the start of each tour highlights the recommended time needed to enjoy it to the full, plus the distance covered and a start and end point; all this makes it simple to find the perfect tour for the time you have to spare. Try some of the hand-picked places to eat and drink and sleep, or refer to the clearly organised A-Z of practical information to get to grips with the city.
Fantastic crimes: four bibliomysteries by bestselling authors, Anne Perry, Christopher Fowler, F Paul Wilson and Elizabeth George.
The Scroll: Hapless bookseller Monty Danforth's recent discovery of a millennia-old manuscript plunges him into a cutthroat conspiracy. Reconciliation Day: One man's obsession with a lost edition of Bram Stoker's Dracula sends him on a dangerous journey to Transylvania. The Compendium of Srem: Prior Tomas de Torquemada yields the ultimate power, deciding who lives and dies during the Spanish Inquisition, but an ancient, evil tome is about to change that. The Mysterious Disappearance of the Reluctant Book Fairy: A woman's gift for immersing herself in the plot of whatever book she likes draws overwhelming fame - and misfortune.
Mediterranean men, Lucy Monroe, Maggie Cox, Cathy Williams.
The Greek's Innocent Virgin by Lucy Monroe: Greek tycoon Sebastian Kouros thinks he knows all about Rachel Long – she's a scheming money-grabber. The bitterness between then is ripe, so neither expects such searing sexual chemistry. Sebastian takes Rachel to his bed, but it appears she's not the virgin she claims to be. Is now the time for Sebastian to take her as his mistress, and discard her when he sees fit Or is Rachel telling the truth? Mediterranean Millionaire's Mistress by Maggie Cox: Lysander Rosakis keeps his multimillion-dollar fortune to himself. The handsome Greek shipping magnate has learned to be wary of those who only want him for his money. So his seduction of British tourist Ianthe Dane is as cool and controlled as his need for her is hot and passionate. He will love her and leave her – before she discovers who he really is. But this time it isn't Lysander who decides to walk away. At the Greek Tycoon's Pleasure by Cathy Williams: An accident has forced Greek tycoon Theo Andreou to rest and recuperate. After meeting feisty Sophie Scott, Theo decides that her seduction will assist his recovery. Theo's arrogance infuriates her, but Sophie can't deny his sensual allure. Their affair is wild and intense, however Sophie fears that this wealthy, powerful man only wants her as his temporary mistress, not his forever bride.
The new voices of fantasy, Edited by Peter S Beagle and Jacob Weisman.
In these nineteen stories, the enfants terribles of fantasy have arrived. The book captures some of the fastest-rising talents of the last five years, including Sofia Samatar, Maria Dahvana Headley, Max Gladstone, Alyssa Wong, Usman T. Malik, Brooke Bolander, E. Lily Yu, Ben Loory, Ursula Vernon, and more.
Outstanding American gardens: a celebration: 25 years of the garden conservatory, Edited by Page Dickey.
The Garden Conservancy is celebrating their 25th anniversary with this beautifully illustrated book that documents a selection of the outstanding public and private gardens they have worked with since their founding in 1989. The book showcases eight gardens the conservancy has helped preserve and 43 of the more than 3,000 private gardens across the country that have been opened to the public through its Open Days Program. The private gardens cover a wide variety of regions, habitats, designs and plants, from early spring through autumn. Featured private gardens include Panayoti Kelaidis's rock garden in Denver, Colourado; Deborah Whigham and Gary Ratway's collection of native and Mediterranean plants and earth walls in Albion, California; and James David's imaginative mix of heat-tolerant plants, rills and pools in Austin, Texas.
Outwitting the Duke, Aileen Fish, Deb Marlowe, Lily George.
When the Duke of Danby comes to London for the Season, anything can happen! Outwitting the Duke contains… The Earl's Hired Bride by Deb Marlowe: Because an unmarried Earl must be in want of a bride … Every debutante in the ton wants to be the Countess of Hartford–and mistress of Hartsworth Castle. Never mind that Hart has no interest in marrying just yet, the young ladies hunt him as ruthlessly as a pack of hounds after the elusive fox. What he needs is a hired bride–one who will give him some room to breathe, but is guaranteed to call it off at the end of the Season. Because a girl with no prospects will do what she must to help her family … Miss Emily Spencer must do something. Her mother's health is failing and the notorious Duke of Danby is growing dangerously close.
Something wicked. Volume two, Anthology of speculative fiction, Edited by Joe Vaz & Vianne enter.
To have and to hold: three autumn love stories, Betsy St Amant, Katie Ganshert, Becky Wade.
They've helped orchestrate the perfect day for countless couples. Now a baker, a florist and a wedding coordinator have a chance to find themselves in the wedding spotlight.
Trouble is our business, Edited by Declan Burke; foreword by Lee Child.
A compulsive anthology of original stories by Ireland's best-known crime writers. Irish crime writers have long been established on the international stage as bestsellers and award winners. Now for the first time ever, the best of contemporary Irish crime novelists are brought together in one volume. Edited by Declan Burke, the anthology embraces the crime genre's traditional themes of murder, revenge, intrigue, justice and redemption. These stories engage with the full range of crime fiction incarnations: from police procedurals to psychological thrillers, domestic noir to historical crime – but there's also room for the supernatural, the futuristic, the macabre. As Emerald Noir blossoms into an international phenomenon, there has never been a more exciting time to be a fan of Irish crime fiction.
Women of a certain age, Edited by Jodie Moffat, Maria Scoda & Susan Laura Sullivan.
Anne Aly, Liz Byrski, Sarah Drummond, Mehreen Faruqi, Goldie Goldbloom, Krissy Kneen, Jeanine Leane, Brigid Lowry and Pat Torres are among fifteen voices recounting what it is like to be a woman on the other side of 40. These are stories of identity and survival, and a celebration of getting older and wiser, and becoming more certain of who you are and where you want to be.
Moth & the flame: a wrath and the dawn short story, Renée Ahdieh.
It started as playful, if barbed, banter before rising to a fateful wager with a most notorious rake–the Captain of the Guard, Jalal al-Khoury–who may have finally met his match in a lovely, if haughty, handmaiden, Despina. But she, too, seems to have met her match in the handsome Jalal. What begins as a tempestuous battle of will and wit in short order becomes a passionate affair spurred on by tragedy of the worst kind.
Gallipoli to the Somme: recollections of a New Zealand Infantryman, A C Aitken.
Alexander Aitken was an ordinary soldier with an extraordinary mind. The student who enlisted in 1915 was a mathematical genius who could multiply nine-digit numbers in his head. He took a violin with him to Gallipoli (where field telephone wire substituted for an E-string) and practiced Bach on the Western Front. Aitken also loved poetry and knew the Aeneid and Paradise Lost by heart. His powers of memory were dazzling. When a vital roll-book was lost with the dead, he was able to dictate the full name, regimental number, next of kin and address of next of kin for every member of his former platoon-a total of fifty-six men. Everything he saw, he could remember. Aitken began to write about his experiences in 1917 as a wounded out-patient in Dunedin Hospital. Every few years, when the war trauma caught up with him, he revisited the manuscript, which was eventually published as Gallipoli to the Somme in 1963. Aitken writes with a unique combination of restraint, subtlety, and an almost photographic vividness. He was elected fellow of the Royal Society of Literature on the strength of this single work-a book recognised by its first reviewers as a literary memoir of the Great War to put alongside those by Graves, Blunden and Sassoon. Long out of print, this is by some distance the most perceptive memoir of the First World War by a New Zealand soldier. For this edition, Alex Calder has written a new introduction, annotated the text, compiled a selection of images, and added a commemorative index identifying the soldiers with whom Aitken served.
The weather girls, 1987- Aki.
Summer, Fall, Winter, or Spring the Weather Girls are ready for whatever the seasons might bring! Follow these busy girls as they climb mountains, fly hot-air balloons, and soak in a rainbow-sky sunset. Charming rhyming verse and adorable art make this picture book irresistible and perfect for sharing!
Running up that hill: the highs and lows of going that bit further, Vassos Alexander.
Running Up That Hill is a celebration of endurance running. Of running ridiculous distances – through cities, over mountains and across countries. Distances most people couldn't even imagine. But sports presenter Vassos Alexander is hooked! Vassos recalls his own assaults on these gruelling races, along with ultra-running legends including Scott Jurek, Jasmin Paris, Kilian Jornet, Mimi Anderson and Dean Karnazes. They all testify to the transformative power of endurance running. It's about the astonishing highs that come from pushing your body to the limit. The confidence and peace when you challenge yourself and succeed. All told, this is a cracking tale of what keeps ultra-distance runners running, mile after mile after mile.
Quiet leadership: winning hearts, minds and matches, Carlo Ancelotti.
Carlo Ancelotti is one of the greatest managers of all time, with five Champions League titles to his name. Yet his approach could not be further from the aggressive theatricals favoured by many of his rivals. His understated style has earned him the fierce loyalty of players like David Beckham, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Cristiano Ronaldo. In Quiet Leadership, Ancelotti reveals the full, riveting story of his managerial career - his methods, mentors, mistakes and triumphs - and takes us inside the dressing room to trace the characters, challenges and decisions that have shaped him. The result is both a scintillating memoir and a rare insight into the business of leadership.
Magic shifts, Ilona Andrews.
After breaking from life with the Pack, mercenary Kate Daniels and her mate–former Beast Lord Curran Lennart–are adjusting to a very different pace. While they're thrilled to escape all the infighting, Kate and Curran know that separating from the Pack completely is a process that will take time. But when they learn that their friend Eduardo has gone missing, Kate and Curran shift their focus to investigate his disappearance. Eduardo was a fellow member of the Mercenary Guild, so Kate knows the best place to start looking is his most recent jobs. As Kate and Curran dig further into the merc's business, they discover that the Guild has gone to hell and that Eduardo's assignments are connected in the most sinister way… An ancient enemy has arisen, and Kate and Curran are the only ones who can stop it–before it takes their city apart piece by piece.
One fell sweep, Ilona Andrews.
Dina DeMille may run the nicest Bed and Breakfast in Red Deer, Texas, but she caters to a very particular kind of guest & the kind that no one on Earth is supposed to know about. Guests like a former intergalactic tyrant with an impressive bounty on her head, the Lord Marshal of a powerful vampire clan, and a displaced-and-superhot werewolf; so don't stand too close, or you may be collateral damage.
Sweep in peace, Ilona Andrews.
Dina DeMille doesn't run your typical Bed and Breakfast. Her inn defies laws of physics, her fluffy dog is secretly a monster, and the only paying guest is a former Galactic tyrant with a price on her head. But the inn needs guests to thrive, and guests have been scarce, so when an Arbitrator shows up at Dina's door and asks her to host a peace summit between three warring species, she jumps on the chance. Unfortunately, for Dina, keeping the peace between Space Vampires, the Hope-Crushing Horde, and the devious Merchants of Baha-char is much easier said than done. On top of keeping her guests from murdering each other, she must find a chef, remodel the inn…and risk everything, even her life, to save the man she might fall in love with. But then it's all in the day's work for an Innkeeper…
Head case, Ross Armstrong.
Tom Mondrian is the last person you want on your case. And the only one who can solve it, in this quirky psychological thriller. Tom Mondrian is watching his life ebb away directing traffic as a PCSO, until a bullet to the brain changes everything. With a new unusual perspective, including an inability to recognise faces and absolutely no filter between what he thinks and what he says, Tom's career is suddenly shifting gear. Tom's new condition gives him an advantage over other police officers, allowing him to notice details that they can't see. Now, with his new insight and unwavering determination, Tom is intent on saving three missing girls, before more start to disappear…
The watcher, Ross Armstrong.
She's watching you, but who's watching her? Lily Gullick lives with her husband Aiden in a new-build flat opposite an estate which has been marked for demolition. A keen birdwatcher, she can't help spying on her neighbours. Until one day Lily sees something suspicious through her binoculars and soon her elderly neighbour Jean is found dead. Lily, intrigued by the social divide in her local area as it becomes increasingly gentrified, knows that she has to act. But her interference is not going unnoticed, and as she starts to get close to the truth, her own life comes under threat. But can Lily really trust everything she sees?
Alec Mackenzie's art of seduction, Jennifer Ashley.
Alec Mackenzie earns a living in exile as an art instructor, a cover for his search through several countries for his missing brother, Will. Lady Celia, an Englishwoman who refuses to marry the gentleman her martinet mother chooses for her, might hold the secret to Will's fate. Celia is sent to Alec, the mysterious recluse, for drawing lessons after her disgrace-her family commands her to learn a skill to make up for her disobedience. Alec decides that the courageous Celia needs to expand her talents in painting the human figure, especially that of the male … Celia is intrigued by the man who pretends his name is Mr. Finn. He's a Scotsman, she deduces, but he can't be one of the Highlanders who rose against the king, else she'd be allowed nowhere near him, and he'd be under arrest or already dead. But as Celia lets her curiosity guide her, she uncovers more about Alec, including his name, his title, and the fact that he was indeed one of the Highlanders at Culloden. She sees the loneliness in Alec, his terrible sense of loss, his tenderness toward his daughter, and realizes he's a complex man trying to survive now that his home has been destroyed. She also wonders why he's left the safety of France to come to England, and learns that he believes she's the key to finding his missing brother.
Death below stairs, Jennifer Ashley.
Victorian class lines are crossed when cook Kat Holloway is drawn into a murder that reaches all the way to the throne. Highly sought-after young cook Kat Holloway takes a position in a Mayfair mansion and soon finds herself immersed in the odd household of Lord Rankin. Kat is unbothered by the family's eccentricities as long as they stay away from her kitchen, but trouble finds its way below stairs when her young Irish assistant is murdered. Intent on discovering who killed the helpless kitchen maid, Kat turns to the ever-capable Daniel McAdam, who is certainly much more than the charming delivery man he pretends to be. Along with the assistance of Lord Rankin's unconventional sister-in-law and a mathematical genius, Kat and Daniel discover that the household murder was the barest tip of a plot rife with danger and treason-one that's a threat to Queen Victoria herself.
Where we belong, Lynn N Austin.
Despite Victorian society's strict rules for women, Rebecca and Flora Hawes' desire for adventure has led them to the Sinai Desert. Accompanied by their young butler and their maid, the sisters search for a biblical manuscript. On their exotic journey, they experience challenges and wonders, and recall the events that brought them to this time and place.
The life of John Rushworth, Earl Jellicoe, Reginald Bacon.
Adm. Sir Reginald Bacon, the author of the 1929 biography of Lord Fisher, here turns his attention to his old friend and comrade, the Commander-in-Chief of the Grand Fleet, John Rushworth, 1st Earl of Jellicoe (1859-1935), a Royal Navy officer who fought in the Anglo-Egyptian War and the Boxer Rebellion and commanded the Grand Fleet at the Battle of Jutland in May 1916 during the First World War. He later served as First Sea Lord, overseeing the expansion of the Naval Staff at the Admiralty and the introduction of convoys, and served as the Governor-General of New Zealand in the early 1920s. This first edition was published in 1936, the year after Jellicoe's death, but is based in part on interviews with him, as well as information from nearly one hundred other people. Bacon charts his progress from midshipman to Governor General of New Zealand, with the Grand Fleet and Jutland at its heart.
One tall, dusty cowboy, Stella Bagwell.
After a losing her heart–and her baby–to a disastrous romance, Lilly Lockett has her mind on only one thing: her job. She's come to the Silver Horn Ranch in Nevada to look after the Calhoun family patriarch, nothing more. But from her first encounter with rakish ranch foreman Rafe Calhoun, it was fireworks at first sight! Playboy Rafe knows his grandfather's new nurse is all wrong for him. He'd decided long ago that relationships just weren't in the cards. A few dates, then move on–that's been his motto. But an attempt at a casual affair with Lilly soon becomes all too serious–for both of them. And soon, Rafe has to make a choice–to keep flying solo, or risk everything on a future with the woman he's come to love.
The width of the world, David Baldacci.
Having discovered the truth about the town of Wormwood before surviving the dangerous wilderness of the Quag, heroine Vega Jane, who has endured more than anyone before her, is confronted by devastating forces unlike any she has ever encountered.
You can't spell America without me: the really tremendous inside story of my fantastic first year as President Donald J. Trump (a so-called parody), Alec Baldwin.
Political satire as deeper truth: Donald Trump's presidential memoir, as recorded by two world-renowned Trump scholars, and experts on greatness generally "I have the best words, beautiful words, as everybody has been talking and talking about for a long time. Also? The best sentences and, what do you call them, paragraphs. My previous books were great and sold extremely, unbelievably well–even the ones by dishonest, disgusting so-called journalists. But those writers didn't understand Trump, because quite frankly they were major losers. People say if you want it done right you have to do it yourself, even when 'it' is a 'memoir.' So every word of this book was written by me, using a special advanced word processing system during the many, many nights I've been forced to stay alone in the White House–only me, just me, trust me, nobody helped. And it's all 100% true, so true–people are already saying it may be the truest book ever published. Enjoy." Until Donald Trump publishes his account of his entire four or eight or one-and-a-half years in the White House, the definitive chronicle will be You Can't Spell America Without Me: The Really Tremendous Inside Story of My Fantastic First Year As President.
Brighter than the sun, Maya Banks.
The Kelly Group International (KGI): A super-elite, top secret, family-run business. Qualifications: High intelligence, rock-hard body, military background. Mission: Hostage/kidnap victim recovery. Intelligence gathering. Handling jobs the U.S. government can't… As the last unattached member of the Kelly clan, Joe is more than ready to risk life and limb on any mission he's assigned to, but when it comes to love, he'll keep his distance. He's content to watch his brothers become thoroughly domesticated. Zoe's had nothing but heartbreak in her life, and she's determined to start over with a completely new identity, thanks to her college friend, Rusty Kelly. But it's the gorgeous smile and tender words of Joe Kelly that begin to weaken her resolve to never risk her heart again. And Joe will have to put everything on the line to save Zoe, when secrets of her past resurface–and threaten to tear them apart.
Darkest before dawn, Maya Banks.
The Kelly Group International (KGI): A super-elite, top secret, family-run business. Qualifications: High intelligence, rock-hard body, military background. Mission: Hostage/kidnap victim recovery. Intelligence gathering. Handling jobs the U.S. government can't … The enigmatic Hancock has been both opponent and ally to the KGI teams for as long as they've known him. Always working a deep game, Hancock's true allegiance has never been apparent, but one thing is for certain, he never lets anything get in the way of duty. But now, his absolute belief in the primacy of his ultimate goal is challenged by a captive he's been ordered to guard, no matter how much she suffers in her prison. She's the only woman who's ever managed to penetrate the rigid walls surrounding his icy heart, but will he allow his perplexing feelings for the beautiful victim to destroy a mission he's spent years working to complete or will he be forced to sacrifice her for "the greater good.
My mother, a serial killer, Hazel Baron.
A gripping and shocking story of a serial killer mother, and the brave daughter who brought her to justice. Dulcie Bodsworth was the unlikeliest serial killer. She was loved everywhere she went, and the townsfolk of Wilcannia, which she called home in the late 1950s, thought of her as kind and caring. The officers at the local police station found Dulcie witty and charming, and looked forward to the scones and cakes she generously baked and delivered for their morning tea. That was one side of her. Only her daughter Hazel saw the real Dulcie. And what she saw terrified her. Dulcie was in fact a cold, calculating killer who, by 1958, had put three men in their graves - one of them the father of her four children, Ted Baron - in one of the most infamous periods of the state's history. She would have got away with it all had it not been for Hazel. Written by award-winning journalist Janet Fife-Yeomans together with Hazel Baron, My Mother, A Serial Killer is both an evocative insight into the harshness of life on the fringes of Australian society in the 1950s, and a chilling story of a murderous mother and the courageous daughter who testified against her and put her in jail.
The truth and lies of Ella Black, Emily Barr.
Ella Black seems to live the life most other seventeen-year-olds would kill for … Until one day, telling her nothing, her parents whisk her off to Rio de Janeiro. Determined to find out why, Ella takes her chance and searches through their things. And realises her life has been a lie. Her mother and father aren't hers at all. Unable to comprehend the truth, Ella runs away, to the one place they'll never think to look - the favelas. But there she learns a terrible secret - the truth about her real parents and their past. And the truth about a mother, desperate for a daughter taken from her seventeen years ago …
Voodoo dawn, Greg Barron.
Paradise turns to terror when half-starved, AK47 toting gunmen, led by a soldier of fortune called Drake, board Peter and Victoria Holt-Bennett's luxury catamaran off the coast of Guinea. Terrorised and violated, the hostages must attempt to raise five million dollars to save themselves, and their four year old child. While their lives hang in the balance, a team of crack 2CG operatives, led by Marika Hartmann, launch a do or die mission to save them. But Drake is more than he seems, and the stakes are higher than anyone could have imagined. Battling against modern weapons coupled with malicious stone-age beliefs, Marika will match wits with a man who appears to anticipate her every step.
All new square foot gardening: the revolutionary way to grow more in less space, Mel Bartholomew.
Rapidly increasing in popularity, square foot gardening is the most practical, fool-proof way to grow a home garden. That explains why author and gardening innovator Mel Bartholomew has sold more than two million books describing how to become a successful DIY square foot gardener. Now, with the publication of All New Square Foot Gardening, Second Edition, the essential guide to his unique step-by-step method has become even better. Mel developed his techniques back in the early 1980s and has been teaching them throughout the world ever since. In the process, he has made improvements and refinements and continually adapted his practices to keep pace with modern times. In this new volume, Bartholomew furthers his discussion on one of the most popular gardening trends today: vertical gardening. He also explains how you can make gardening fun for kids by teaching them the square foot method. Finally, an expanded section on pest control.
Stone mad, Elizabeth Bear.
Karen and Priya are out for a night on the town, celebrating the purchase of their own little ranch and Karen's retirement from the Hotel Ma Cherie, when they meet the Arcadia Sisters, spiritualists who unexpectedly stir up the tommy-knocker in the basement. The ensuing show could bring down the house, if Karen didn't rush in to rescue everyone she can.
The twenty-sided sorceress. Books one-three, Annie Bellet.
Justice calling: Jade Crow lives a quiet life running her comic book and game store in Wylde, Idaho. After twenty-five years fleeing from a powerful sorcerer who wants to eat her heart and take her powers, quiet suits her just fine. Surrounded by friends who are even less human than she is, Jade figures she's finally safe. As long as she doesn't use her magic. When dark powers threaten her friends' lives, a sexy shape-shifter enforcer shows up. He's the shifter world's judge, jury, and executioner rolled into one, and he thinks Jade is to blame. To clear her name, save her friends, and stop the villain, she'll have to use her wits and her sorceress powers. Except Jade knows that as soon as she does, a far deadlier nemesis awaits. Murder of crows: They say you can never go home again. If only that were true - Game store owner and nerd sorceress extraordinaire Jade Crow knows death stalks her in the form of her murderous ex-lover, Samir, a sorcerer who wants to eat her heart and take her power. With the help of her friends, and sexy tiger-shifter Alek, Jade trains for the inevitable confrontation. Until her estranged father shows up begging for help. Someone or something is murdering the crow shifters of Three Feathers ranch and her father believes sorcery is the only way to stop the killings. Faced with an unknown foe, a family that exiled her decades before, a deepening relationship with Alek, and Samir's ever-present threat, Jade will need all the power she's gained and then some to stop the Murder of Crows. Pack of lies: Let sleeping dogs lie. Wolves, on the other hand. Recovering from a broken heart and coming to terms with her family history, all sorceress Jade Crow wants is to resume running her comic book store and gaming with her friends. With a town full of strange wolf shifters, a hundred-and-fifty-year-old peace accord hanging in the balance, and the Justice who broke her heart back in her life, Jade's plans go out the proverbial window. Wolves are killing wolves, innocent human lives are caught in the crossfire, and not everyone in town is who they appear to be. As the bodies stack up and the doubts build, Jade and her friends race to find the true killer. And then Jade's evil ex-lover makes another move.
The unicorn quest, Kamilla Benko.
Claire Martinson still worries about her older sister Sophie, who battled a mysterious illness last year. But things are back to normal as they move into Windermere Manor … until the sisters climb a strange ladder in a fireplace and enter the magical land of Arden. There, they find a world in turmoil. The four guilds of magic no longer trust each other. The beloved unicorns have disappeared, and terrible wraiths roam freely. Scared, the girls return home. But when Sophie vanishes in the night, it will take all of Claire's courage to climb back up the ladder, find her sister, and uncover the unicorns' greatest secret. Blending the timeless feel of The Chronicles of Narnia with Frozen's powerful themes of identity and sisterhood, The Unicorn Quest will draw you into a magical world you'll never want to leave.
A more beautiful question: the power of inquiry to spark breakthrough ideas, Warren Berger.
The Harvard Business Review looked at 300 of the most creative, successful executives in business and found that they shared a number of tendencies and characteristics, but one stood out at the top of the list–they all were master questioners. It's not necessity, but a question–a "beautiful" question–that is the mother of invention. The world's leading innovators, inventors, business entrepreneurs, and creative minds, seem to be exceptionally good at asking questions. For some, their greatest successes–their breakthrough inventions, hot star-up companies, the radical solutions they'd found to stubborn problems–could be traced to a "beautiful" question, or series of questions, they'd formulated and then answered. Innovator and writer Warren Berger, who's been asking questions his entire life, brilliantly captures these innovative query-makers to try and determine what makes a question particularly beautiful, from Tim Westegren wondering how to "map the DNA of music," a project that would grow into the wildly successful Pandora internet radio service, to Abby Brown, creating a school desk with a raised seat as she thought about how she could accommodate some fidgeting students. As A More Beautiful Question will illustrate, whether we're solving tough personal or professional problems, rejuvenating businesses, or schools, or government, or re-inventing the ways we live … it all begins with asking the right questions.
I am a cat, Galia Bernstein.
Simon the housecat points out that he may not roar like a lion or run fast like a cheetah, but he has many other things in common with the big cats.
Merely a marriage, Jo Beverley.
As England mourns the death of Princess Charlotte, Lady Ariana Boxstall has another succession in mind. Her brother, Norris, is a strapping young man, but he's also happily unmarried and childless. Norris agrees to take a wife on one condition: that Ariana take a husband first. Although she realizes she risks a lifetime in a loveless marriage, for the sake of her family, Ariana accepts his challenge. When the Earl of Kynaston met Ariana eight years ago, he broke her heart. Since then, his own heart has been broken, and he's sworn off love…until he sees Ariana all grown-up and his resolve is threatened. Could Ariana's bargain with Norris actually lead her to happiness? With real love on the line, she must win over the one man who refuses to be had.
MI5 and me: a coronet among the spooks., Charlotte Bingham.
When Charlotte Bingham, daughter of an obscure aristocrat, was summoned to her father's office aged eighteen, she never expected to discover that this aloof, soberly-dressed parent was a spy. Even more ominous than The Facts was his suggestion that she should stop drifting around working for the sort of people her mother could never ask to dinner and get a proper job, something patriotic and worthwhile. So Lottie finds herself outside MI5's Mayfair offices in a dreary suit, feeling naked without her false eyelashes. Miserably assigned to the formidable Dragon, Lottie wishes for pneumonia, or anything to release her from the torment of typing. But as another secretary, the serene Arabella, starts illuminating the mysteries of MI5, and Lottie's home fills with actors doubling as spies, Lottie begins to feel well and truly spooked.
Mindfulness @ work: reduce stress, live mindfully and be happier and more productive at work, Anna Black.
Flourish in the workplace with mindfulness meditation. Work-related stress is an all-too-common part of modern life. The rise of digital media means that many people never really "switch off" from work and the culture of presenteeism causes us to spend more time at work than ever before. Many workers spend a lot of time either ruminating on past work stress or worrying about future work-related problems. By applying the principles of mindfulness – an ancient Buddhist practice – to our working lives, we can become aware of our habitual negative thoughts and behaviours and learn to recognise and manage the warning signs of stress. Anna Black suggests short and simple meditations that can be used throughout the working day to strengthen focus and concentration, enhance working relationships and improve empathy – all of which help you to perform well and keep calm at work, whatever your job. Anna's suggestions are applicable to both office-based workers and those who work from home and she covers a range of topics including working mindfully with others, paying mindful attention in meetings and using meditation to cope with stressful situations.
The silver mask, Holly Black.
A generation ago, Constantine Madden came close to achieving what no magician had ever achieved: the ability to bring back the dead. He didn't succeed … but he did find a way to keep himself alive, inside a young child named Callum Hunt. Now Call is one of the most feared and reviled students in the history of the Magisterium, thought to be responsible for a devastating death and an ever-present threat of war. As a result, Call has been imprisoned and interrogated. Everyone wants to know what Constantine was up to-and how he lives on. But Call has no idea. It is only when he's broken out of prison that the full potential of Constantine's plan is suddenly in his hands … and he must decide what to do with his power.
Hired: six months undercover in low-wage Britain., James Bloodworth.
We all define ourselves by our profession. But what if our job was demeaning, poorly paid, and tedious? Cracking open Britain's divisions journalist James Bloodworth spends six months living and working across Britain, taking on the country's most gruelling jobs. He lives on the meagre proceeds and discovers the anxieties and hopes of those he encounters, including working-class British, young students striving to make ends meet, and Eastern European immigrants. From the Staffordshire Amazon warehouse to the taxi-cabs of Uber, Bloodworth narrates how traditional working-class communities have been decimated by the move to soulless service jobs with no security, advancement or satisfaction. This is a gripping examination of Brexit Britain, a divided nation which needs to understand the true reality of how other people live and work before it can heal.
Operation Playboy, Kathryn Bonella.
This is the adrenaline-pumping story of the world's most audacious drug runners and the police hunt, 'Operation Playboy', to track them down. These drug-running playboys travel the globe: they ski in Europe, surf in Bali, hook up with celebrity models and live in five-star hotels. They are 24/7 party boys with brass balls, steely nerves and reckless ambitions. They pay for their high-risk, hedonistic lifestyle by trafficking cocaine, ecstasy and marijuana on international flights and through the world's biggest airports. But to ride the wave you have to roll the dice. And in this game a bust means prison - or even a firing squad. A Brazilian cop is watching closely, determined to close the net. With a small team, he battles corrupt colleagues and bent judges to learn the secrets of the playboys and bring about their downfall. Celebrated true-crime writer and journalist Kathryn Bonella has travelled the world to collect first-person testimony from an international network of mules and their bosses, as well as from the elite cops who are hot on their trail. The result is a page-turning, white-knuckle thriller - the true story of a manhunt codenamed Ooperation Playboy.
Bad luck, Pseudonymous Bosch.
At Earth Ranch, things can get a little magical (some might say strange). Intrepid readers will discover a runaway boy, fishy cruise ship, strange cave paintings, dragon-like footprints, and other mysteries that Clay and his friends need to solve. Danger, adventure, mischief, mystery, llamas, and a delightfully irreverent and hilarious narrator make bestselling author Pseudonymous Bosch's anticipated new novel irresistible.
Bad magic, Pseudonymous Bosch.
This book is bad. It does not contain magic. It's just about a boy going to summer camp on an island. Nothing exciting/weird happens and there are no secrets/mysteries. (Or maybe there are. You'd better read it to find out.).
Cut & run, Alix Bosco.
When he lifts his arms to point the camera at me, the shirt bunches around the muscles of his biceps and his shoulders. 'What's this about? Who sent you?' 'There's a simple message: back off.' The photograph has printed. He holds it up, shakes it dry and looks at it appraisingly. 'Not bad,' he says, turning the photo so I can see it. I look at myself, smiling at the camera, reflexively. 'This is for you,' he says, giving it to me. 'Keep it handy, so you can show the plastic surgeon what you used to look like.' When a rugby star, who began life on the city streets, is murdered in the arms of a beautiful celebrity, it seems to be an open and shut case of a drug deal gone wrong. But Anna Markunas, legal researcher for the prime suspect's defence team, begins to uncover a far more sinister truth - a truth that could destroy everything and everyone she cares about most. And could, ultimately, destroy her.
Slaughter Falls, Alix Bosco.
When Anna Markunas comes to Brisbane to watch a rugby test, two members of her tour party die sudden, violent deaths. Anna tries to track down the elusive family of one man, but each discovery about his past leads her further into the dark world of Queensland's corrupt underbelly. Soon Anna is running for her life - she has discovered the secrets of those who will stop at nothing to silence her. Slaughter Falls is the tense, terrifying sequel to Alix Bosco's critically acclaimed Cut and Run.
The Astounding Broccoli Boy, Frank Cottrell Boyce.
Rory Roose likes to be prepared for all eventualities. He has devoured and memorized every survival manual going. He could even survive a hippo attack. Just because something is unlikely, that does not mean it won't happen.
Brazzaville beach, William Boyd.
Mrs., Pargeter's plot: a Mrs. Pargeter mystery, Simon Brett.
Construction on Mrs Pargeter's new country home comes to an abrupt halt when a corpse is discovered in the wine cellar. The accused is Concrete Jacket, the builder and great friend of Mrs P's late, lamented husband. Mrs P is not about to let prison come between her and her dream home. Concrete may be a scoundrel but he's no killer. Someone has set him up - but who? Mrs Pargeter determines to find out.
Mrs. Pargeter's point of honour: a Mrs. Pargeter mystery, Simon Brett.
Hired by another widow, Veronica Chastaigne, to return all the art treasures that her late husband accumulated in a long career of larceny, Mrs Pargeter is forced to find out more than she would wish about the deceased Mr P's "business activities" as she recreates one of his most famous scams.
Mrs. Pargeter's public relations, Simon Brett.
It is her characteristic generosity rather than her love of animals that finds Mrs. Pargeter supporting her friend, Jasmine Angold, at a charity reception for PhiliPussies, whose worthy aim is to rehabilitate stray cats from the Greek island of Atmos into caring English homes. But the evening is to have unexpected consequences. At the event, Mrs. P is taken aback to meet a woman who claims to be the sister of her late husband, the much-missed Mr. Pargeter. This surprising encounter leads to unwelcome digging into past secrets, the discovery of a body in Epping Forest, an eventful trip to Greece - and unexpected danger for Mrs. Pargeter. In the course of her investigations, she learns the true nature of charity and the dubious skills by which Public Relations can make evil look good.
Calico Palace: a novel., Gwen Bristow.
The passionate, adventurous men and women who transformed San Francisco during the California gold rush Kendra comes to San Francisco, a sleepy town of nine hundred people, because her stepfather, an army colonel, is charged with overseeing its defenses during the Mexican War. Marny arrives from Honolulu to set up a gambling hall. Neither expects to be swept up in one of history's greatest adventures, which begins when tiny flakes of gold are discovered in the California hills. As both young women follow their dreams into the mining camps and back to a rapidly growing San Francisco, they encounter ambitious settlers, sailors, miners, ranchers, and mysterious drifters, men who will offer them love or friendship or will break their hearts. Yet Kendra and Marny's lives stay centered on the Calico Palace, the little gambling operation in a tent in Shiny Gulch that becomes the most opulent gambling house in California. Thrilling and rich in authentic historical detail, Calico Palace is first-rate historical fiction that informs and entertains.
Jubilee Trail: a novel., Gwen Bristow.
One look, and Garnet Cameron finds herself smitten with Oliver Hale. A rugged prairie trader, he has rough hands, tanned skin, and countless stories of adventure on the plains all of which set him apart from the society dandies with whom Garnet has grown up. Captivated by the promise of life on the prairie, she marries him, and they set off toward the sunset. In New Orleans, Garnet befriends a dance hall girl named Florinda. Together, this unlikely trio travels the Jubilee Trail to California, finding danger, love, and excitement along the way until the revelation of a terrible secret threatens to destroy all that they have endeavoured to build. Briskly paced and filled with authentic historical detail and vivid characters, Jubilee Trail is a thrilling Western adventure that was made into a film in 1954.
A mind of your own: the truth about depression and how women can heal their bodies to reclaim their lives, Kelly Brogan.
Named one of the top health and wellness books for 2016 by MindBodyGreen, Depression is not a disease. It is a symptom. Recent years have seen a shocking increase in antidepressant use the world over, with 1 in 4 women starting their day with medication. These drugs have steadily become the panacea for everything from grief, irritability, panic attacks, to insomnia, PMS, and stress. But the truth is, what women really need can't be found at a pharmacy. According to Dr. Kelly Brogan, antidepressants not only overpromise and under-deliver, but their use may permanently disable the body's self-healing potential. We need a new paradigm: The best way to heal the mind is to heal the whole body. In this ground-breaking, science-based and holistic approach, Dr. Brogan shatters the mythology conventional medicine has built around the causes and treatment of depression.
Hyperbole and a half: unfortunate situations, flawed coping mechanisms, mayhem, and other things that happened, Allie Brosh.
Collects autobiographical, illustrated essays and cartoons from the author's popular blog and related new material that humorously and candidly deals with her own idiosyncrasies and battles with depression.
The new father: a dad's guide to the first year, Armin A Brott.
An indispensable handbook on all aspects of fatherhood during the first 12 months, by the author of The Expectant Father. The essential handbook for all things first-year father is now fully updated and revised. Not only will new dads get a month-by-month guide to their baby's development, men reading The New Father will learn how they change, grow, and develop over the first twelve months of fatherhood. In each chapter, Brott focuses on What's Going On with the Baby; What You're Going Through; What's Going On with Your Partner; You and Your Baby; Family Matters; and more. The latest research, as well as time-honoured wisdom–and humour, thanks to New Yorker cartoons and Brott's light touch–make The New Father indispensible for the modern father who doesn't want to miss a moment of his child's first year. What's new? - How technology is changing fatherhood - Changing definitions of fatherhood - Changes in the way society deals with dads-from changing tables in public men's rooms to workplace flexibility - Research proving that a father's love is just as important as a mother's - How being an involved dad rewires a man's brain - How changes in women's roles in the family affect dads and their roles - Special concerns for: young dads, older dads, at-home dads, unmarried dads, dads in same-sex couples, dads in blended families, dads of kids with special needs, and men who became dads with the help of technology - The special impact dads have on girls and boys - Specific strategies dads can use to get-and stay-involved in their children's lives - Updated resources for new fathers Not to mention new research and information on: - How to understand what your baby is telling you - Babies' amazing abilities - Baby massage–they love it! - The latest on vaccinations and healthcare - And much, much more.
Her last breath, Tracy Buchanan.
A girl has gone missing. You've never met her, but you're to blame. Food writer Estelle Forster has the perfect life. And with her first book on the way, it's about to get even better. When Estelle hears about Poppy O'Farrell's disappearance, she assumes the girl has simply run away. But Estelle's world crumbles when she's sent a photo of Poppy, along with a terrifying note: I'm watching you. I know everything about you. Estelle has no idea who's threatening her, or how she's connected to the missing teen, but she thinks the answers lie in the coastal town she once called home, and the past she hoped was long behind her. Estelle knows she must do everything to find Poppy. But how far will she go to hide the truth - that her perfect life was the perfect lie? Her Last Breath is an addictive, page-turning read that fans of Liane Moriarty and Claire Douglas will love.
Scandals, rumors, lies, Jessica Burkhart.
An anonymous tell-all blog reveals the secrets of Sasha and her friends to all of Canterwood Crest Academy, and the girls must find out who is turning their secrets into campus-wide scandals.
The incredible journey, Sheila Burnford.
Two dogs and a cat sustain each other through hardships, hunger, and danger as they travel two hundred and fifty miles to reach home.
Boo's dinosaur, Betsy Cromer Byars.
An early chapter book from Newbery Medal winner Betsy Byars. When Boo brings home a dinosaur that only she can see, her brother Sammy, doesn't want to encourage her antics. Boo and her dinosaur are inseparable until Boo says good-bye to the dino quite suddenly. When Sammy sees how sad his sister is, he understands Boo's need for her dinosaur more than he wants to admit. So much so that he almost believes it … almost. Betsy Byars has written many chapter books, including Little Horse and Little Horse on His Own. Her language, perfectly tailored to beginning readers, combines with Erik Brooks's charming illustrations to make a delightful book for children who are just starting to read. Boo's Dinosaur is a 2007 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.
Sarah Millican: the queen of comedy, Tina Campanella.
Cake baker, cat lover, agony aunt? she's one of the country's brightest new comedy talents. But who is the real Sarah Millican? For the first time, journalist Tina Campanella gives you the full story of the British Comedy Award winner's astonishing rise to fame? After her husband unexpectedly left her in 2004, Sarah Millican moved back in with her parents and found solace in a series of writing workshops. And it wasn't long before she made the move from writing to performing, drawing on the pain of her recent break-up. She had never even been inside a comedy club when she first.
Going down in flames, Chris Cannon.
If her love life is going down in flames, she might as well spark a revolution. Finding out on your sixteenth birthday you're a shape-shifting dragon is tough to swallow. Being hauled off to an elite boarding school is enough to choke on. Since Bryn is the only crossbreed at the Institute for Excellence, all eyes are on her, but it's a particular black dragon, Zavien, who catches her attention. Zavien is tired of the Directorate's rules. Segregated clans, being told who to love, and close-minded leaders make freedom of choice almost impossible. The new girl with the striped hair is a breath of fresh air, and with Bryn's help, they may be able to change the rules. At the Institute, old grudges, new crushes, and death threats are all part of a normal day for Bryn. She'll need to learn to control her dragon powers if she wants to make it through her first year at school. But even focusing on staying alive is difficult when you're falling for someone you can't have.
Perennials, Julie Cantrell.
When two estranged sisters reunite for their parents' 50th anniversary, a family tragedy brings unexpected lessons of hope and healing amid the flowers of their mother's perennial garden. Eva–known to all as Lovey–grew up in Oxford, MS, surrounded by literary history and her mother's stunning perennial gardens. But a garden shed fire and the burns suffered by one of her best friends seemed to change everything. Her older sister Bitsy blamed her for the fire–and no one spoke up on her behalf. Bitsy the cheerleader, Bitsy the homecoming queen, Bitsy married to a wealthy investor. And all the while, Lovey is blamed for everything that goes wrong. At eighteen, Lovey turns down a marriage proposal, flees from Oxford and the expectations of attending Ole Miss, and instead goes to Arizona–the farthest thing from the South she can imagine. She becomes a successful advertising executive, a weekend yoga instructor, and seems to have it all together. But she's alone. And on her 45th birthday, she can't help but wonder what's wrong. When she gets a call from her father–still known to everyone as Chief from his Ole Miss football days–insisting that she come home three weeks early for her parents' 50th wedding anniversary celebration, she's at wits end. She's about to close the biggest contract of her career, the one that will secure her financial goals and set her up for retirement. But his words, "Family First," hit too close to home. Is there hope for her estranged relationship with Bitsy after all this time? Eva's journey home, to the memory garden her father has planned as an anniversary surprise for her mother, becomes one of discovering roots, and truth, and love, and what living perennially in spite of disappointments and tragedy really means. Eva thought she wanted to leave her family and the South far behind. But she's realizing she hasn't truly been herself the whole time she's been gone.
The wandering vine: wine, the Romans and me, Nina Caplan.
Impelled by a dual thirst, for wine and for knowledge, Nina Caplan follows the vine into the past, wandering from Champagne's ancient chalk to the mountains of Campania, via the crumbling Roman ruins that flank the river Rhône and the remote slopes of Priorat in Catalonia. She meets people whose character, stubbornness and sometimes, borderline craziness makes their wine great: an intrepid Englishman planting on rabbit-infested Downs, a glamorous eagle-chasing Spaniard and an Italian lawyer obsessed with reviving Falernian, legendary wine of the Romans. In the course of her travels, she drinks a lot and learns a lot: about dead conquerors and living wines, forgotten zealots and – in vino veritas, as Pliny said – about herself.
Welcome to Super Hero High!, Courtney Carbone.
Wonder Woman, Supergirl, Batgirl, and the DC Super Hero Girls star in their first Deluxe Step into Reading. Boys and girls ages 4-6 will love this Step into Reading levelled reader featuring Wonder Woman as she teams up with her Super Hero High classmates to take on the bad guys and save the day.
The windy season, Sam Carmody.
A young fisherman is missing from the crayfish boats in the West Australian town of Stark. There's no trace at all of Elliot, there hasn't been for some weeks and Paul, his younger brother, is the only one who seems to be active in the search. Taking Elliot's place on the boat skippered by their troubled cousin, Paul soon learns how many opportunities there are to get lost in those many thousands of kilometres of lonely coastline. Fierce, evocative and memorable, this is an Australian story set within an often wild and unforgiving sea, where mysterious influences are brought to bear on the inhospitable town and its residents.
Keeping it real: love your body, love your life, Makaia Carr.
'I want to create a ripple effect - a wave of body positivity.' Inspirational blogger Makaia Carr left school at 16 and was pregnant with her first child a year later. In her own words, she was a 'Māori teen mum from the Naki' who others expected to end up on the DPB. Instead she worked her way up through the fashion industry, launched her own online fitness community and clothing brand, and is now in demand as a motivational speaker and social media influencer. She has overcome depression and what she recognises was an unhealthy relationship with her body, to promote a message of self-love and empowerment. In Keeping it Real, Makaia shares openly and honestly her struggles and the strategies that now help her to maintain a positive body image and outlook. Her story is a reminder that physical and emotional wellbeing starts with self-acceptance. As she says, 'self-loathing is imprisonment; self-love is liberation'.
The crucifix killer, Chris Carter.
When the body of a young woman is discovered in a derelict cottage in the middle of Los Angeles National Forest, Homicide Detective Robert Hunter finds himself entering a horrific and recurring nightmare. Naked, strung from two wooden posts, the victim was sadistically tortured before meeting an excruciatingly painful death. All the skin has been ripped from her face - while she was still alive. On the nape of her neck has been carved a strange double-cross: the signature of a psychopath known as the Crucifix Killer. But that's impossible. Because two years ago, the Crucifix Killer was caught and executed. Could this therefore be a copycat killer' Or could the unthinkable be true' Is the real killer still out there, ready to embark once again on a vicious and violent killing spree, selecting his victims seemingly at random, taunting Robert Hunter with his inability to catch him' Hunter and his rookie partner are about to enter a nightmare beyond imagining.
The stranger you know, Jane Casey.
He meets women. He gains their trust. He kills them. That's all London police detective Maeve Kerrigan knows about the man she is hunting. Three women have been strangled in their homes, and it appears to be the work of the same sadistic killer. With no sign of break-ins, every indication shows that the women let their attacker in willingly. The victims' neighbours and friends don't seem to remember anything unusual or suspicious, and Maeve is almost at a loss about how to move forward with the investigation. Then the evidence starts to point to a shocking suspect: DCI Josh Derwent, Maeve's partner on the police force. Maeve refuses to believe he could be involved, but how well does she really know him? Secrets Derwent has long kept locked away are coming back to haunt him, and the more Maeve learns about her partner's past, the more difficult it is to dismiss him as a suspect. After all, this is hardly the first time Derwent's been accused of murder. Jane Casey returns with her most outstanding novel yet in The Stranger You Know, a taut thriller and an intimate portrayal of complicated, all-too-human characters.
Scales of empire, Kylie Chan.
Corporal Jian Choumaliis on the mission of a lifetime - security officer on one of Earth's huge generation ships, fleeing Earth's failing ecosystem to colonise a distant planet. The ship encounters a technologically and culturally advanced alien empire, led by a royal family of dragons. The empire's dragon emissary offers her aid to the people of Earth, bringing greater health, longer life, and faster-than-light travel to nearby stars. But what price will the people of Earth have to pay for the generous alien assistance?
Can't we talk about something more pleasant?, Roz Chast.
Celebrates the final years of the author's aging parents' lives through cartoons, family photos, and documents that reflect the author's struggles with caregiver challenges.
The heart forger., Rin Chupeco.
Tea, a bone witch, has the power to take life, and return it. Her heart is set on vengeance, and she now possesses all she needs to command the mighty Daeva. With the help of these terrifying beasts, she can finally enact revenge against the royals who wronged her and took the life of her one true love. But there are those who would use Tea's dark power for their own nefarious ends. Because you can't kill someone who can never die.
Dogfight: the Battle of Britain, Adam R A Claasen.
Dogfight tells the story of Australians and New Zealanders in one of the Second World War's defining and most memorable campaigns. From July until October 1940, the German air force (the Luftwaffe) sought aerial supremacy in skies over England as a prerequisite for an invasion of Britain (Operation Sealion). The ensuing conflict of Luftwaffe and RAF aircraft in the long summer of 1940 became forever known as the Battle of Britain.
Paradox bound, Peter Clines.
Nothing ever changes in Sanders. The town's still got a video store, for god's sake. So why doesn't Eli Teague want to leave? Not that he'd ever admit it, but maybe he's been waiting-waiting for the traveller to come back. The one who's roared into his life twice before, pausing just long enough to drop tantalizing clues before disappearing in a cloud of gunfire and a squeal of tires. The one who's a walking anachronism, with her tricorne hat, flintlock rifle, and steam-punked Model-A Ford. The one who's being pursued by something. So when the mysterious traveller finally reappears, Eli's determined that this time, he's going to get some answers. But his hunt soon yields far more than he bargained for, plunging him headlong into a dizzying world full of competing factions and figures straight out of legend. To make sense of the mystery at its heart, he must embark on a breakneck chase across the country and through two centuries of history-with nothing less than America's past, present, and future at stake.
Don't let go, Harlan Coben.
Fifteen years ago in small-town New Jersey, a teenage boy and girl were found dead. Most people concluded it was a tragic suicide pact. The dead boy's brother, Nap Dumas, did not. Now Nap is a cop - but he's a cop who plays by his own rules, and who has never made peace with his past. And when the past comes back to haunt him, Nap discovers secrets can kill …
26.2 miles to Boston: a journey into the heart of the Boston Marathon, Michael Connelly.
This all-new edition, which follows the Boston Marathon into the 21st century and through the tragedy of the 2013 race, is a colourful and moving portrait of what it feels like to run the world's oldest annual marathon, escorting the reader through the past, present, and bright future of the race. 26.2 Miles to Boston is a rich, vibrant, and inspiring history of the Boston Marathon and of the men and women of varying abilities whose struggles and triumphs have coloured this historic event for over a century. From suburban Hopkinton, Massachusetts, to the centre of metropolitan Boston, the author takes readers through the mile-by-mile sights, sounds, and traditions that make the race what it is.
Disobedient gardens: landscapes of contrast and contradiction, Michael Cooke.
Landscape designer Michael Cooke presents five of his superbly designed gardens, including his own, which are illustrated by the lyrically beautiful photographs of co-author Brigid Arnott. The selected landscapes encapsulate the characteristics he considers vital in the making of a truly beautiful, liveable garden. They have a distinct 'voice' of their own, reflecting not only the personality and style of the owners, but also the longstanding relationship and emotional connection between the owners and Michael, who has maintained and developed the gardens over many years. Significantly, they all feature elements of wildness combined with a degree of order. These characteristics lend the gardens great character and texture: the landscapes may be magnificent, but they all have an organic quality, imperfections, amid a degree of 'disobedience' that makes them distinctive and compelling.
Frozen hope: my IVF journey, Jacqui Cooper.
Much like her amazing career, Jacqui Cooper's IVF story is full of ups and downs, but always inspiring. After a stellar career as a world champion aerial skier, Jacqui Cooper's only hope to start a family was IVF. While there's plenty of technical information out there for women embarking on this process, Jacqui yearned for some real, honest, warts-and-all advice on the highs and lows of IVF. But she couldn't find it. So, in true Jacqui style, she decided to write it herself. Frozen Hope is Jacqui's own story of IVF: the emotional responses she didn't expect, the things she wished she'd known, the things she wished she'd prepared for and those she could never have anticipated. It's a story of hope despite disheartening odds, extraordinary perseverance and, ultimately, joy and motherhood. 'The perfect book for anyone embarking on their own IVF journey.'–Jo Hall Jacqui Cooper is Australia's most successful aerial skier. In a career spanning two decades, she became the first woman in Olympic history, summer or winter, to represent Australia at five Olympic Games. Jacqui won five world titles, 39 World Cup medals, 24 World Cup wins and three major World Championship medals, and is now a motivational speaker and the mother of three small children. She has also just launched a gluten-free range of frozen dough products, Food for Me.
Fortune cookie, Bryce Courtenay.
aSimon Koo is an ambitious Australian-born Chinese who goes to Singapore in the mid-sixties to work for an advertising agency. But the Wing brothers, who run the agency, are not what they seem. There is soon trouble when Simon falls in love with the forbidden Mercy B. Lord. With no family or connections, this beautiful young woman is powerless to resist the evil influence of Beatrice Fong, a manipulative businesswoman who, in league with the Wing brothers, lures her into the international trade in sex workers and heroin trafficking involving the American CIA. Simon must save her at any cost. Set against the wretched trade in drugs and human misery operating during the Vietnam War, Fortune Cookie brycecourtenay.com
Classical music, Joy Cowley.
Delia and Bea: sisters, but never close. Delia lives a glamorous life in New York and Bea lives thousands of miles away in New Zealand, looking after elderly parents and playing the role of dutiful daughter. Delia and Bea both long for the warmth and intimacy of sisterhood, but it always eludes them. When Delia rushes home for their father's funeral there is an opportunity to spend some time together, but Delia and Bea move in orbit around each other, both recalling grievances and hurts, neither prepared to admit their need for each other. But as the day of the funeral passes, memories are unlocked: memories of their mother and her passion for music, memories of their father and memories of a magical summer and a man they had all loved.
Ticket to the sky dance, Joy Cowley.
'Her words got faster, louder, until she could hear herself screaming things about bodies, and kids getting their brains electrocuted.' Shog and his twin sister, Jancie, are orphans who live on the streets. They know every free food place in the city and how to make the best of looking helpless and cute. Their favourite possessions are hologram players and Zeus boots - they are freedom children of the twenty-first century, using their good looks and cunning to survive. When Class Act, a famous, international modelling agency, welcomes them to its private world of extravagance and luxury, they can't believe their luck. But as the newness of luxury wears off, it is replaced by terrible fears: why were they chosen and what is really happening on the upper floors of the famous, horseshoe-shaped building?
The business of sleep: how sleeping better can transform your career, Vicki Culpin.
Drawing on both seminal and cutting-edge research, alongside interviews with notable CEOs and business influencers, Vicki Culpin explores the science of sleep and the impact that poor sleep can have on business and careers. For businesses and their employees, the impact of too little sleep can be extremely detrimental - from the negative impact on decision-making and communication skills, to the way in which the lack of sleep can stifle creativity and innovation.
Can I be your dog?, Troy Cummings.
A dog looking for a home sends letters to prospective owners on Butternut Street, with surprising results.
Hero's return, B J Daniels.
The prodigal Cahill is back–and ready to confess. Tucker Cahill disappeared from Gilt Edge, Montana, hoping to escape a secret that has haunted him for nineteen years. When a young woman's remains are found in the creek near his family's ranch, he has no choice but to face his demons. The truth that sent him running years ago could take away his freedom now. Kate Rothschild came to town looking for vengeance–and Tucker Cahill. What she finds is a tortured and irresistible man who's more than meets the eye. Caught up in the past, they are drawn deeper into a twisted game that's not over yet. And the consequences could prove fatal for them both.
Outlaw's honour, B J Daniels.
She never expected this Cahill to be her hero–or the only man she'd need. It's hard to forget a beautiful woman who picks your pocket the first time you meet. Darby Cahill recognises Mariah Ayres the moment she walks into his bar looking for a job. He shouldn't hire her…or crave more after one impulsive kiss. But what starts as curiosity about her motives turns to concern when he senses how much danger she's in. Mariah has been running ever since she left her fiancé at the altar. Now she's playing the part of the perfect employee, terrified that her past will catch up with her. But Darby has already seen through her act. He's the kind of guy who saves people. And even if Mariah's given him no reason to trust her, he's determined to protect her–and he'll risk his life to do it…
Woo'd in haste: a taming story, Sabrina Darby.
Miss Bianca Mansfield is ready for her debut. If only her older sister didn't insist on marrying first. She's doomed to wait to find love. Until she meets – him. For Lucian Dorlingsley, Viscount Asquith, recently returned from an extended tour abroad, it is love at first sight. He's determined to meet Bianca, even if it means masquerading as a tutor to her young half-brother. Soon Bianca is torn between love and duty and about to make a desperate decision. Can Lucian calm her fury over his betrayal when he reveals that he's not nearly as improper a match as he seems? And will they ever be able to find a match for her older sister to turn this masquerade into wedded bliss?
How to catch a wild Viscount, Tessa Dare.
She's on the hunt for a hero. Luke Trenton, Viscount Merritt, returned from war a changed man. Battle stripped away his civility and brought out his inner beast. There is no charm or tenderness in him now; only dark passions and a hardened soul. He has nothing to offer the starry-eyed, innocent girl who pledged her heart to him four years ago. But Cecily Hale isn't a girl any longer. She's grown into a woman - one who won't be pushed away. She and Luke are guests at a house party when a local legend captures their friends' imaginations. While the others plunge into the forest on a wild goose…er, stag chase, Cecily's on the hunt for a man. She has only a few moonlit nights to reach the real Luke and the wounded heart she knows still beats inside the war-ravaged body; or she could lose him to the darkness forever. This is a novella of approximately 20,000 words, or 80 pages. It was originally published under the title The Legend of the Werestag.
Fitter faster: the smart way to get in shape in just minutes a day, Robert J Davis.
Examining everything from pre-workout stretches to post-workout protein shakes, this science-backed book slices through fitness fads and misconceptions to reveal how you can exercise quickly and effectively. For example, is it best to exercise in the morning? Does aerobic activity burn more fat than weight lifting? You'll also learn how to get and stay motivated, what equipment to buy (and what not to waste money on), which dietary supplements really help, and how to combat muscle soreness.
The ACB with Honora Lee, Kate De Goldi.
Perry's mother and father are busy people - they're impatient, they're tired, they get cross easily. And they think that only children, like Perry, should be kept busy. On Saturday mornings Perry and her father visit her gran, Honora Lee, at the Santa Lucia rest home, but Gran never remembers them. 'Who is that man?' Honora Lee asks when Perry's father leaves the room. After movement class is abruptly cancelled, Perry is allowed to go to Santa Lucia on Thursday afternoons. She discovers her Gran has an unconventional interest in the alphabet, so Perry decides to make an alphabet book with the help of Honora and the others. Soon everyone is interested in Perry's book project. Kate De Goldi's The ACB with Honora Lee unfolds with characteristic warmth, quirky, surprising humour and a rich cast of 'residents'. The story is a meditation on kindness and patience and acceptance; that of the very young and the very old. It's a story that will resonate with echoes of recollection for many - from Perry's endearing perspective on the adult world to the embracing kindness of those who care for the elderly. A many-layered and playful novel with a crossover audience.
The captain's daughter, Jennifer Delamere.
When unfortunate circumstances leave Rosalyn Bernay penniless in 1880s London, she takes a job backstage at a theater and finds herself dreaming of a career in the spotlight. Injured soldier Nate Moran is also working behind the scenes, but he can't wait to return to his regiment in India until he meets Rosalyn.
Sightwitch, Susan Dennard.
Before Safi and Iseult battled a Bloodwitch… Before Merik returned from the dead… Ryber Fortiza was a Sightwitch Sister at a secluded convent, waiting to be called by her goddess into the depths of the mountain. There she would receive the gift of foretelling. But when that call never comes, Ryber finds herself the only Sister without the Sight. Years pass and Ryber's misfit pain becomes a dull ache, until one day, Sisters who already possess the Sight are summoned into the mountain, never to return. Soon enough, Ryber is the only Sister left. Now, it is up to her to save her Sisters, though she does not have the Sight–and though she does not know what might await her inside the mountain. On her journey underground, she encounters a young captain named Kullen Ikray, who has no memory of who he is or how he got there. Together, the two journey ever deeper in search of answers, their road filled with horrors, and what they find at the end of that road will alter the fate of the Witchlands forever.
From bacteria to Bach and back: the evolution of minds, D C Dennett.
Dennett shows how culture enables reflection by installing a profusion of thinking tools, or memes, in our brains, and how language turbocharges this process. The result: a mind that can comprehend the questions it poses, which has emerged from a process of cultural evolution.
Italian all-in-one for dummies, Antonietta Di Pietro.
Learn to speak Italian like a native? Easy. Italian All-in-One For Dummies appeals to those readers looking for a comprehensive, all-encompassing guide to mastering the Italian language. It contains content from all For Dummies Italian language instruction titles, including Italian For Dummies, Intermediate Italian For Dummies, Italian Verbs For Dummies, Italian Phrases For Dummies, Italian Grammar For Dummies, and Italian For Dummies Audio Set.
Be a good girl, Tess Diamond.
When she discovers that the man believed responsible for murdering her best friend fifteen years earlier is innocent, investigative journalist Abigail Winthrop teams up with Special Agent Paul Harrison to find the real killer.
Let go my hand, Edward Docx.
The Laskers are a family in crisis. Despite his unshakable faith in the love of his second marriage, Larry struggles with the guilt of having wrecked one home to make another. His middle-aged sons, Ralph and Jack, never recovered from the divorce and still live each day in rebuke to their father. Even Larry's youngest and favourite son, Lou, born more than a decade later, hasn't escaped the corrosive effects of the long-buried secrets and lies that have come to define the family. Everyone always assumed the mess could be sorted out later. But now Larry has a terminal illness. In the time he has left, he desperately wants two things: to heal the wounds he's caused and to choose when his own life ends. We join him as he sets off on what might be his final journey, a road trip across Europe just like the ones he used to take in the boys' summer holidays. But will his sons come together to aid in his dying wish? Is redemption or forgiveness possible anymore? Can a family's love prove powerful enough to keep a dying man alive?
The alkaline cure, Stephan Domenig.
Disease is caused by inflammation. Inflammation is caused by natural acidity in the body. By creating a more alkaline environment with the foods you eat, you can reduce inflammation and therefore the risk of disease. The digestive system is central for this cure. A normal western lifestyle with high stress and highly processed foods makes for an overly acidic system. But by alkalising your body, you can restore the natural balance of your body's pH.
Princess Mirror-Belle, Julia Donaldson.
Ellen gets a big shock when her double appears out of the bathroom mirror. But Mirror-Belle is a double with a difference! She is a princess, and a very mischievous one at that. Join magically mischievous Mirror-Belle as she comes popping out of Ellen's mirror to sweep her into a variety of hilarious escapades - from battling with Dragon Pox to exploring a department store and helping out with the local pantomine. From celebrating birthdays to having fun at the fair and starting at a new school, there are always adventures to be had. You can always guarantee that wherever Mirror-Belle goes, trouble will follow. Beautifully illustrated by Lydia Monks - Princess Mirror-Belle is perfect for more confident readers.
Princess Mirror-Belle and the magic shoes , Julia Donaldson.
Ellen's life is turned upside down by the hilarious Mirror-Belle, a spirited princess who claims to be from somewhere mysterious and far away. She appears out of mirrors to tell Ellen magical stories and take her on exciting escapades. From going to ballet class to staying at Ellen's grandparents' house, causing mischief with their furry friends, having fun at Halloween and taking the princess test, you can always guarantee that wherever Mirror-Belle goes, trouble will follow. This bind-up of two fantastic books, Princess Mirror-Belle and The Magic Shoes and Princess Mirror-Belle and Prince Precious Paws, contains five delightful stories that children will come back to again and again.
Princess Mirror-belle and the party hoppers, Julia Donaldson.
Ellen gets a big shock when her double appears out of the bathroom mirror. But Mirror-Belle is a double with a difference! She is a princess, and a very mischievous one at that. Join magically mischievous Mirror-Belle as she comes popping out of Ellen's mirror to sweep her into even more hilarious escapades. From celebrating birthdays to having fun at the fair and starting at a new school, there are always adventures to be had. You can guarantee that wherever Mirror-Belle goes, trouble will follow.
The girl who was taken, Charlie Donlea.
Nicole Cutty and Megan McDonald are both high school seniors in the small town of Emerson Bay, North Carolina. When they disappear from a beach party one warm summer night, police launch a massive search. No clues are found, and hope is almost lost until Megan miraculously surfaces after escaping from a bunker deep in the woods. Years later, Megan is a celebrity; Nicole is still missing. Nicole's sister Livia, a forensic pathologist, begins to find clues to her sister's disappearance and reaches out to Megan. But Megan knows more than she revealed in her book….
Summit Lake, Charlie Donlea.
A law student's murder becomes the full-time work of an investigative reporter in a picturesque town in North Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountains.
Lenin's roller coaster, David Downing.
Autumn 1917: As a generation of Europe's young men perish on the Eastern and Western fronts, British spy Jack McColl is assigned a sabotage mission deep in the heart of Central Asia, where German influence is strong and where he'll be in completely unfamiliar territory. Despite his uncanny ear for foreign languages, there is much he doesn't know about the cities he's to infiltrate, or the people he's to meet there. As he quickly realizes, the mission only becomes more dangerous the closer he gets to its heart. Meanwhile, the woman he loves, Irish-American suffragette journalist Caitlin Hanley, is in Bolshevik Russia, thrilled to have the chance to cover the Revolution. As the noose of anti-Russian government propaganda tightens around the American press, strangling the progressive and socialist workers' movements, the Russians seem to be making strides toward equality, women's rights, and real social change. Caitlin knows Moscow is where she is meant to be during this historic event–even if she is putting her own life at risk to bear witness. But four years of bloody war have taken their toll on all of Europe, and Jack and Caitlin's relationship may become another casualty. Caitlin's political convictions have always been for progress, feminism, and socialism–often diametrically opposed to the conservative goals of the British Empire Jack serves. Up until now, Jack and Caitlin have managed to set aside their allegiances and stay faithful to each other, but the stakes of their affair have risen too high. Can a revolutionary love a government spy? And if she does, will it cost one of them their lives?
One man's flag, David Downing.
Spring 1915. As the Great War burns its way across Europe, Jack McColl, a spy for His Majesty's Navy, is stationed in India, charged with defending the Empire against Bengali terrorists and their German allies. In England, meanwhile, suffragette journalist Caitlin Hanley begins the business of rebuilding her life after the execution of her brother, an Irish republican sympathizer whose plot Jack McColl Caitlin's ex-lover had foiled. The war is changing everything, and giving fresh impulse to those causes feminism, socialism and Irish independence which she as a journalist has long supported. The threat of a Rising in Dublin alarms McColl's bosses as much as it dazzles Caitlin. It was one Irish plot which came between Jack and Caitlin in 1914, and it will take another to bring them back together, as both enemies and lovers.
Stella by starlight, Sharon M Draper.
When a burning cross set by the Klan causes panic and fear in 1932 Bumblebee, North Carolina, fifth-grader Stella must face prejudice and find the strength to demand change in her segregated town.
The new shade garden: creating a lush oasis in the age of climate change, Kenneth Druse.
A practical guide to designing and maintaining shade gardens while dealing with a changing climate, shrinking resources, and challenging new weather patterns.
Christmas ranch rescue, Lynette Eason.
When his former crush is suspected of funnelling drugs through her ranch, it's DEA agent Nathan Williams's job to find out if Becca Price is guilty. But after Becca is attacked, his top priority becomes protecting her. Convinced she's innocent, Nathan is determined to find the real culprit before the escalating threats become deadly. An ex's betrayal has left Nathan wary, and falling for the suspect he's secretly investigating is a no-win move, so he must keep an emotional distance. But with criminals preparing for a fatal showdown, can he find the truth in time to save Becca's life?
Classified Christmas mission, Lynette Eason.
Days before Christmas, CIA agent Amber Starke is on the run with her murdered best friend's special-needs son. And they're next on his criminal father's hit list. Amber failed her undercover mission to bring down her friend's husband for his crimes, but she won't fail to protect her friend's son. Now that the killer knows she's not just a nanny but an agent, she must rely on her childhood crush, Deputy Lance Goode. The handsome lawman was burned in love by his first wife, who was killed while evading the law. But he'll do everything he can to help Amber, except offer his heart. Unlocking the secrets in Amber's autistic charge is the key to their survival, but with the killer on their trail, one mistake could cost them their lives.
Moving target, Lynette Eason.
When Maddy McKay and Quinn Holcombe don't show up for Quinn's surprise birthday party, his friends know that something is very wrong. Their search turns up little beyond evidence that Quinn and Maddy just decided to take off for a long overdue vacation. But it soon becomes apparent that they did not leave of their own accord. Maddy awakens in a cement room with no idea where she is. But it's not long before she realizes she's in the clutches of a madman exacting revenge by hunting. His prey of choice - Humans. Now Maddy and Quinn must run for their lives, hoping to find their killer before the next game begins. Because if they don't win this game, they die. Fast, furious, and flirty, Lynette Eason's relentless suspense barely gives her readers time to catch their breath in this third thrilling installment of the Elite Guardians series.
No place to hide: a novel, Lynette Eason.
"It's not every day you see your childhood friend and onetime crush on national news. Jackie Sellers just wishes it were under different circumstances. She can't believe that Ian Lockwood is wanted in connection with a terrorist plot, and she's determined to find him and help him clear his name. But she's not the only one looking. The FBI wants him captured. The bad guys want him dead. Ian just wants to stay alive long enough to save thousands of innocent lives"–Amazon.com.
Nowhere to turn: a novel, Lynette Eason.
Spring 1915. As the Great War burns its way across Europe, Jack McColl, a spy for His Majesty's Navy, is stationed in India, charged with defending the Empire against Bengali terrorists and their German allies. In England, meanwhile, suffragette journalist Caitlin Hanley begins the business of rebuilding her life after the execution of her brother, an Irish republican sympathizer whose plot Jack McColl Caitlin's ex-lover had foiled. The war is changing everything, and giving fresh impulse to those causes feminism, socialism and Irish independence which she as a journalist has long supported. The threat of a Rising in Dublin alarms McColl's bosses as much as it dazzles Caitlin. It was one Irish plot which came between Jack and Caitlin in 1914, and it will take another to bring them back together, as both enemies and lovers.
Rodeo rescuer, Lynette Eason.
No matter where she runs, rodeo clown Tonya Waters's stalker always finds her. Now he's managed to track her down on the rodeo circuit. If bull rider Seth Starke hadn't saved her, she'd be dead. But when the handsome cowboy is injured in the ring and Tonya rescues him, Seth seems more determined than ever to keep her safe. But can she risk staying at his Tennessee ranch and bringing danger to his family? As her stalker gets more violent, Tonya and Seth vow to outsmart him before he makes good on his ultimate threat: if he can't have her, no one will.
Without warning: a novel, Lynette Eason.
Restaurant owner Daniel Matthews has become the target of someone who will go to any lengths to put him out of business. Another attack and his niece's urgings make him consider a bodyguard from the Elite Guardians Protection Agency, and they must figure out who's behind the intimidation and threats before the attacks turn deadly.
Fix you, Carrie Elks.
You've found the one, but what if life has other plans? London, 31st December 1999 At a party to toast the new millennium, Hanna meets Richard. He is a gorgeous, wealthy New Yorker. She is a self-assured, beautiful Londoner with no interest in clean-cut American men. They are from different worlds and have nothing in common … except for their instant - and mutual - attraction to one another. As the clocks chime midnight it is a new year and the beginning of a wonderful romance. New York, 12th May 2012 Hanna, the girl who broke Richard's heart, walks into his Wall Street office - and back into his life - to reveal an explosive secret. He was sure they were meant to be together forever, but she broke his heart so completely the last time, can he find a way to let her mend the pieces? Warm, witty and a perfect piece of modern romance, Fix You is a love story to melt your heart.
The lost sister, Laura Elliot.
The Lambert sisters have secrets. When 15-year-old Cathy Lambert runs away from her Dublin home, she is scared and pregnant. Settled in New Zealand with her new son Conor she believes the secret she carries will never be revealed. Rebecca Lambert was eighteen when her parents died and she took responsibility for her younger sisters. Years later, she is haunted by fears she hoped she'd conquered. Freed from family duties, mother of three Julie Chambers is determined to recapture the dreams of her youth. Married to a possessive older man, Lauren Moran embarks on a frantic love affair that threatens to destabilise her fragile world. Anxious to make peace with her three sisters, Cathy invites them to her wedding. But as the women journey together through New Zealand towards their reunion, they are forced to confront the past as the secret shared histories of the Lambert sisters are revealed.
The case of the missing kitchen, Barbara Else.
Suzie, a thirty-seven-year-old single mother, is the youngest of three sisters and a stubborn misfit. While Lara is now going for a top job in the Ministry of Customs and Philippa runs the charity organisation 'Suite Three', Suzie is an on-call chef with a bank account at zero, has a fifteen-year-old son in trouble at school and a ballet-crazy seven year old with head lice. Her love life should be great, as she's just won votes from the students across the road as the 'woman they'd most like to sleep with'. But Gifford, her disarming ex-husband, can't be trusted. She still can't talk to her ex-partner, Luke, and she is on the point of dumping her current lover Caine Smith, the ace police detective. The worst week of Suzie's life begins when Caine summons her to the morgue to identify a woman's body. She arrives home, shocked, to find the place has been burgled. Caine insists Suzie and the children spend the night at his place. Suddenly her kids have gone missing and her world is falling apart. Over the next days, Suzie darts around the city driven by her ferocious maternal instinct and a perverse obstinacy that always seems to prevent her taking the most sensible course of action. Will she get to the bottom of the mystery - and how many mysteries are there, past and present? And what's happened to her kitchen?
Eating peacocks, Barbara Else.
This poignant, funny novel explores the intricate influences of memory and experience, invention and deception. 'Delia's body lay flat as a piece of paper, blank, as if everything on it had scurried off over the side.' Delia Whittborne finds herself in a hospital bed but can't recall how she got there, or even who she is. As her memory slowly returns, she realises it's not just her recent past and love-life she needs to make sense of but also her early childhood on her grandparents' farm and the barn with the peacocks strutting around outside. As the fiesty but vulnerable Delia regains physical and psychological strength, Eating Peacocks becomes an assured and subtle exploration of male-female relationships and family life.
Gingerbread husbands, Barbara Else.
A touching, tender and witty novel about men and women and family life. Sophie Redlove has a crumbling Gothic mansion to restore, three children to manage, a distraught friend - as well as possums in the laundry at midnight. She loves her absent husband, Russell - but there's an importunate older man who's after her, a slightly sycophantic younger one, an angel and a Viking on the scene. And what the hell is Russell up to? And indeed what's the story in Sophie's gradually uncovered past that explains her dependence on those mysterious and vulnerable creatures - men? This enthralling novel takes a touching, tender and witty look at men and women and family life in the nineties, as Sophie struggles with the increasing chaos in her life.
The road to bittersweet, Donna Everhart.
For fourteen-year-old Wallis Ann Stamper and her family, life in the Appalachian Mountains is simple and satisfying, though not for the tender-hearted. While her older sister, Laci–a mute, musically gifted savant–is constantly watched over and protected, Wallis Ann is as practical and sturdy as her name. When the Tuckasegee River bursts its banks, forcing them to flee in the middle of the night, those qualities save her life. But though her family is eventually reunited, the tragedy opens Wallis Ann's eyes to a world beyond the creek that's borne their name for generations. Carrying what's left of their possessions, the Stampers begin another perilous journey from their ruined home to the hill country of South Carolina. Wallis Ann's blossoming friendship with Clayton, a high diving performer for a travelling show, sparks a new opportunity, and the family joins as a singing group. But Clayton's attention to Laci drives a wedge between the two sisters. As jealousy and betrayal threaten to accomplish what hardship never could–divide the family for good–Wallis Ann makes a decision that will transform them all in unforeseeable ways…
Digging for trouble, Linda A Fairstein.
After successfully apprehending a map thief at the beginning of summer, Dev is going to spend the second half of her summer vacation in Montana with her best friend, Katie, exploring the outdoors and NOT getting into trouble. But after participating in a dinosaur dig, Katie and Dev suspect that someone bad is in the Badlands when Katie's found fossils are switched out for old rocks. The good news? With Mom back in New York, no one can stop Devlin from investigating! But the fossil thief isn't the only danger here, as snakes, scorpions, and bears abound, making Montana a treacherous place for finding answers. And when the mystery takes Dev and Katie back to Manhattan - to the Museum of Natural History - the case gets even more complicated, even with Dev's friend Booker there to help. Dev has to use her brains, brawn, and yes, okay, the lessons learned from her police commissioner mother if she wants to dig up the truth once and for all.
Decline and fall on Savage Street, Fiona Farrell.
A fascinating novel about a house with a fanciful little turret, built by a river. Unfolding within its rooms are lives of event and emotional upheaval. A lot happens. And the tumultuous events of the twentieth century also leave their mark, from war to economic collapse, the deaths of presidents and princesses to new waves of music, art, architecture and political ideas. Meanwhile, a few metres away in the river, another creature follows a different, slower rhythm. And beneath them all, the planet moves to its own immense geological time. With insight, wide-ranging knowledge and humour, this novel explores the same territory as its non-fiction twin, The Villa at the Edge of the Empire. Writing in a city devastated by major earthquakes, Fiona Farrell rebuilds a brilliant, compelling and imaginative structure from bits and pieces salvaged from one hundred years of history. A lot has happened. This is how it might have felt.
Edwin + Matilda, Laurence Fearnley.
I wonder why Edwin's mother left him - why his mother left and mine stayed? I mean, which is the more damaging - the mother who tells you she loves you and leaves, or the mother who calls you stupid and stays? This beautifully written new novel by Laurence Fearnley is about finding love in the most unlikely of places. Set in the southern South Island, it describes the unusual bond formed between sixty-two-year-old photographer Edwin and twenty-two-year-old Matilda, as their relationship grows in ways neither could possibly have predicted. I liked the look of concentration on his face when we made love. His hands moved gently over my body; it was as if he was turning the pages of some fragile book - the type of book that has tissue pages, like an old-fashioned Bible. He reminded me, too, of a child learning to read. I pictured his fingertips tracing the words on the page, his lips mouthing the sounds, so intense was his focus. 'Edwin,' I teased, 'am I a good book?'.
The hut builder, Laurence Fearnley.
It was more beautiful than anything I had ever seen and I didn't have the words to describe it. It felt it though. I let out an incredible whoop of joy and skipped into the air, laughing and laughing; there was so much joy inside me. For the first time in all my memory, I could not contain myself. As a boy in the early 1940s, young Boden Black finds his life changed for ever the day his neighbour Dudley drives him over the hills into the vast snow-covered plains of the Mackenzie country. Unexpectedly his world opens up and he discovers a love of landscape and a fascination with words that will guide him throughout his life, as he forges a career as a butcher and poet, spends a joyous summer building a hut on the slopes of Mount Cook and climbs to the summit in the company of Sir Edmund Hillary. A moving exploration of one man's journey and the events which shape him, The Hut Builder is also an evocative celebration of the mountain world and the wonder of life.
Mother's Day, Laurence Fearnley.
Life is tough for 40-year-old solo mother Maggie, a home help caregiver. Her three children are all giving her a hard time, especially Bevan, who's in trouble with the police. But when she's assigned a musician in a wheelchair to care for, something new enters her life. Maggie's a singer, Tim a fine guitarist. They'll make music together, but tragedy is just around the corner. Then it's Mother's Day, and Maggie and her family gather. This novel from Laurence Fearnley contains many gems of warmth, affection, love and hope. It confirms her position as one of New Zealand's finest writers.
Reach, Laurence Fearnley.
One of the reasons she was attracted to etchings was the deep, rich, black of the oily ink. A good layer of black ink was fathomless, like the sky or the sea at night. It was black as the unconscious mind, full of life but beyond reach. Quinn is a successful artist creating new works for an upcoming exhibition. She lives on the coast with Marcus, a vet who left his wife for her and lost contact with his young daughter Audrey as a result. Entering their lives is Callum, a deep-sea diver with a love of the ocean. As the countdown to Quinn's exhibition progresses, each must face challenges and make choices that will test their loyalties and have far-reaching consequences for their future. A brilliant new novel from award-winning author Laurence Fearnley, Reachis about risk-taking and the ways in which creativity, struggle and danger empower individuals and enrich life.
Artistic license, Katie Fforde.
Thea and her best friend Molly go to Provence on an art appreciation holiday. There she meets Rory, an artist, and despite their ages she agrees to return with him to Ireland. However, Molly and her family all appear on Rory's doorstep, will Thea end up with Rory or Molly's cousin, Ben?
Anna's crossing, Suzanne Woods Fisher.
A young Amish woman fends off the matchmaking efforts of her fellow passengers on the Charming Nancy the ship that brought the first wave of Amish to America in 1737.
The caldera, John Flanagan.
Hal and the brotherband are back home in Hallasholm when a knock on the door brings an unexpected visitor: Stig's long-absent father, Olaf. The Empress of Byzantos's son has been kidnapped by pirates, and palace guard commander Olaf has been held responsible. The only way to redeem himself is to rescue the boy. Olaf needs a ship and a crew, and he has nowhere else to turn. The pirates' fortress is on an island, where a collapsed volcano has left a caldera of towering cliffs surrounding a deep lagoon. There is only one way up or down - and the pirates have the key. How can the Herons possibly rescue the Empress's son from such an inhospitable place? Culminating in a battle for survival on the seas, The Caldera sees the Herons take on one of their most difficult missions yet!.
Finals crisis, Shea Fontana.
Super Hero Girls features DC Comics' most powerful and diverse line-up of female characters as relatable teens, playing out across multiple entertainment content platforms and product categories to create an immersive world. Icons including Wonder Woman, Supergirl, Batgirl, Harley Quinn, Bumble Bee, Poison Ivy, Katana and many more make their unprecedented teenaged introduction, as each character has her own storyline that explores what teen life is like as a Super Hero.
Hits and myths, Shea Fontana.
'Intro to Epics' is one of Wonder Woman's favourite classes at DC Super Hero High, but even for an overachiever, balancing high school literature assignments with learning to be a superhero can be tough. But you know what they say about learning-experience is the best teacher! So when Wonder Woman, Batgirl, Supergirl, Bumblebee, Poison Ivy, Katana, and Harley Quinn fight a cyclops, a witch, and a bevy of sirens, they're sure to learn a thing or two about The Odyssey … if they survive their epic battle in the underworld!
Summer Olympus: an original graphic novel, Shea Fontana.
Super Hero High is on summer break, so Wonder Woman heads to Mount Olympus to visit her dad, Zeus. But when her jealous brother Ares shows up, the family reunion turns into a family feud, leading Ares to declare war on Metropolis.
Super Hero High School yearbook, Shea Fontana.
At Super Hero High School, the galaxy's most powerful teens master the fundamentals of what it means to be a hero. Now young fans can meet the amazing Amazon warrior Wonder Woman, the mighty Supergirl, the whiz-kid Batgirl, and many more of DC Comics' most iconic Super Heroes and Super-Villains as they take on the biggest challenge of their lives–high school! Super Hero High Yearbook!'s full-colour pages are packed with awesome information: from super-powers and amazing skills to special moves and favourite foods, from who's best dressed to who always aces the test–and a whole lot more!
The last McAdam, Holly Ford.
Passed down through the same family for over a century, the remote sheep and cattle station of Broken Creek has recently been taken over by global agribusiness company Carnarvon Holdings. Now Carnarvon has sent its best troubleshooting manager, Tess Drummond, to turn the property's failing fortunes around - fast. When Tess arrives to take the reins of Broken Creek she's faced with a couple of nasty surprises. For starters, her head stockman, Nate McAdam, happens to be the same gorgeous stranger she hooked up with - and ran out on - a few weeks before. As if that wasn't bad enough, Nate was supposed to inherit Broken Creek until his stepfather ran it into the ground. Now the last McAdam on the station leads a team of men whose bonds have been forged through hell and high water and whose mission is to see off Carnarvon and Tess so he can take his rightful place. A genius with farm work - and women - but a disaster in the office, Nate is everything Tess believes a farmer shouldn't be. Determined not to give in to her growing attraction to him, Tess sets out to do her job, but she soon finds herself caught up in the battle of her career. This irresistibly entertaining novel combines romance, suspense and an unforgettable cast of characters.
Narrow river, wide sky: a memoir, Jenny Forrester.
In the vein of The Liar's Club and The Glass Castle, Jenny Forrester's memoir perfectly captures both place and a community situated on the Colourado Plateau between slot canyons and rattlesnakes, where she grew up with her mother and brother in a single-wide trailer proudly displaying an American flag. Forrester's powerfully eloquent story reveals a rural small town comprising God-fearing Republicans, ranchers, Mormons, and Native Americans. With sensitivity and resilience, Forrester navigates feelings of isolation, an abusive boyfriend, sexual assault, and a failed college attempt to forge a separate identity. As young adults, after their mother's accidental death, Forrester and her brother are left with an increasingly strained relationship that becomes a microcosm of America's political landscape. Narrow River, Wide Sky is a breath-taking, determinedly truthful story about one woman's search for identity within the mythology of family and America itself.
Fast burn, Lori Foster.
The moment Brand Berry meets beautiful, driven Sahara Silver, the connection between them is electric. It's also something he can't pursue. Sahara wants him, sure - to join Body Armour, where his MMA skills, size, and cocky attitude make him perfect for her elite crew of bodyguards. For Sahara, the agency always comes first, and Brand needs more. Yet when she's kidnapped by men searching for her missing brother, he doesn't hesitate. Somewhere along the way, flirting with Brand for the sake of business turned very personal. Despite his refusal to join Body Armour, it's Brand who steps up when Sahara needs him most. Now there's no more time for games, and no point denying the hunger they both feel. They'll escape together or not at all. But if they survive, can Sahara finally surrender control to claim this blazing passion?
Hades, Candice Fox.
Winner of the 2014 Ned Kelly Award for Best Debut Crime Novel. A dark, compelling and original thriller that will have you spellbound from its atmospheric opening pages to its shocking climax. Hades Archer surrounds himself with the things others leave behind. Their trash becomes the twisted sculptures that line his junkyard. The bodies they want disposed of become his problem - for a fee. Then one night a man arrives on his doorstep, clutching a small bundle that he wants 'lost'. And Hades makes a decision that will change everything… Twenty years later, homicide detective Frank Bennett feels like the luckiest man on the force when he meets his new partner, the dark and beautiful Eden Archer. But there's something strange about Eden and her brother, Eric. Something he can't quite put his finger on. At first, as they race to catch a very different kind of serial killer, his partner's sharp instincts come in handy. But soon Frank's wondering if she's as dangerous as the man they hunt. 'One of the stand out crime thrillers of the last few years' The Chronicle 'The arrival of an important new voice in crime fiction … breath-taking' Sydney Morning Herald Look out too for the sequel, Eden, which won the Ned Kelly Award for Best Crime Novel of 2015, only the second time an author has won these awards back to back.
Closer to you, Barbara Freethy.
Renowned scientist Ian Callaway believes in numbers, logic and reason. His life is an equation that always adds up, until his mentor asks him to do him a small favour. This favour sends him out of his lab and smack into Grace O'Malley, a free-spirited, beautiful elementary school teacher, who believes in love and miracles. He was only supposed to deliver a package from Grace's estranged father, but a sudden snowstorm, a gathering of world leaders, and unexpected danger changes everything. Ian doesn't know if he wants love, but he could sure use a miracle. If he can find a way to believe in Grace and the impossible, he might just get both.
Splintered silence, Susan Furlong.
Among the Irish Travellers living in the Appalachian Mountains of Tennessee, no one forgets and no one forgives. And as former Marine MP Brynn Callahan finds out when she returns home, it's hard to bury the past when bodies keep turning up … After an IED explosion abruptly ends her tour of duty, Brynn arrives stateside with PTSD and her canine partner, Wilco–both of them bearing the scars of battle. With a mix of affection, curiosity, and misgivings, she goes back to Bone Gap, Tennessee, and the insular culture she'd hoped to escape by enlisting in the Marine Corps. Marginalized and wary of outsiders, the Irish Travellers keep to themselves in a secluded mountain community, maintaining an uneasy coexistence with the "settled" townspeople of McCreary. When Wilco's training as a cadaver dog leads Brynn to discover a body in the woods, the two worlds collide. Soon it's clear that Brynn and Wilco are in danger - and they're not the only ones. After the police identify the dead woman, Brynn is shocked to learn she has a personal connection–and everything she's been told about her past is called into question. Forming a reluctant alliance with local sheriff Frank Pusser, Brynn must dig up secrets that not only will rattle her close-knit clan to its core, but may forever change her perception of who she is … and put her back in the line of fire.
A lesson before dying, Ernest J Gaines.
Set in a small Cajun community in the late 1940s. Jefferson, a young black man, is unwitting party to a liquor store shootout in which three men are killed; the only survivor, he is convicted of murder and sentenced to death. Grant Wiggins, who left his hometown for the university, has returned to the plantation school to teach. As he struggles with his decision whether to stay or escape to another state, his aunt and Jefferson's godmother persuade him to visit Jefferson in his cell and impart his learning and his pride to Jefferson before his death. In the end, the two men forge a bond as they both come to understand the simple heroism of resisting and defying the expected.
Breaking the male code: unlocking the power of friendship: overcoming male isolation for a longer, happier life, Robert Garfield.
For much of the past century, men have operated under the rules of 'Male Code', a rigid set of guidelines that equate masculinity with stoicism, silence and strength. But as men's roles have changed, this lingering pressure to hide their emotions has made them more likely to suffer from depression, anger and isolation. Robert Garfield has worked with men struggling with emotional issues for more than 40 years. In Breaking the Male Code, he shows how close friendships can serve as the foundation on which men can build happier, healthier lives.
I wish someone were waiting for me somewhere, Anna Gavalda.
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Pony Express Christmas bride, Rhonda Gibson.
Want-Ad Wife Mail-order bride Josephine Dooley's trip West was supposed to end in marriage to her intended groom–not with the discovery that he hadn't actually placed the bridal ad! Now her only choice is to convince Pony Express rider Thomas Young to wed her anyway to save her from her scheming uncle. A bride shouldn't be a surprise package, and when Thomas finds out about his meddling brother's ruse, he plans to send his would-be wife packing. However, when he realizes Josephine desperately needs his help and a marriage of convenience is the only way he can protect her, he vows to become the husband she needs. But he quickly learns that it will be hard to keep his new bride at arm's length…because Josephine is his perfect match.
Music therapy and traumatic brain injury: a light on a dark night, Simon Gilbertson.
Musical improvisation is an increasingly recognised rehabilitative therapy for people who have experienced traumatic brain injury initially thought to be 'unreachable' or 'non-responsive'. Music Therapy and Traumatic Brain Injury demonstrates how music therapy can be used to attend to the holistic, rather than purely functional, needs of people affected by severe head trauma.
Long way from home, Cathy Glass.
The true story of 2 year-old Anna, abandoned by her natural parents, left alone in a neglected orphanage. Elaine and Ian had travelled half way round the world to adopt little Anna. She couldn't have been more wanted, loved and cherished. So why was she now in foster care and living with me - It didn't make sense. Until I learned what had happened. Dressed only in nappies and ragged T-shirts the children were incarcerated in their cots. Their large eyes stared out blankly from emaciated faces. Some were obviously disabled, others not, but all were badly undernourished. Flies circled around the broken ceiling fans and buzzed against the grids covering the windows. The only toys were a few balls and a handful of building bricks, but no child played with them. The silence was deafening and unnatural. Not one of the thirty or so infants cried, let alone spoke.
Stone of tears, Terry Goodkind.
The Sword of Truth series follows Richard Cypher, a young woodsman intent on tracking down his father's murderer. His quest will take him far from home, embroiling him in an ancient war, three-millennia past, that is about to re-ignite with world-shattering violence. 'The greatest harm can result from the best intentions.' Richard Cypher and Kahlan Amnell ignore Wizard's Second Rule at their peril. Richard Cypher's battle with Darken Rahl has torn the veil that separates the world of the living from the Underworld, freeing the Keeper's minions to stalk the land. To repair the veil, Richard.
Blood of the fold, Terry Goodkind.
The Sword of Truth series follows Richard Cypher, a young forester intent on tracking down his father's murderer. His quest will take him far from home, embroiling him in an ancient war, three millennia past, that is about to reignite with world shattering violence. To the South, the Great Barrier between the Old World and the New has fallen, unleashing the Imperial Order, an enemy constrained for three thousand years. To the West, the Blood of the Fold rise, railing against the corrupting taint of magic. Together, they threaten the very freedom of humankind. Richard Cyphers only option is to unite all free kingdoms and provinces under one rule and one command his. War and treachery plague the world, and only he can save it from an armageddon of unimaginable savagery and destruction.
The future homemakers of America, Laurie Graham.
Ten million reasons, Heather Gray.
Richard needs to find a woman he can trust, and he needs to find her fast. He doesn't have time to waste on getting to know people, which means dating and interviewing are out of the question. So how can he get past that initial mask of good behaviour to learn what people are really like? Easy! Give them ten million dollars and watch to see what they do with it. Genevieve is a freelance journalist who talks to herself, constantly forgets to put appointments on her calendar and can't go anywhere without being asked to take a survey. Why on earth is Richard interested in her? She doesn't know it yet, but he has ten million reasons…
Just dessert, Heather Gray.
What do you do when you are the sole protector of four children, your brothers and sisters? When each day is haunted by disappointment, disillusionment and desperation? When you believe that everyone who ever loved you, including God, has abandoned you? You bake a pie, of course. What do you do when you find a woman whose heart is consumed by fear? Who does not know how to trust? Who scoffs at your faith and throws your kindness back in your face? You eat a pie, of course.
Mail order man, Heather Gray.
A well-meaning friend places an ad to find a mail order husband for Sarah, the proprietress of Larkspur's stage and mail office. Sarah, who is generally quiet and reserved, doesn't know about the ad and has no idea what to do with all the people that are showing up in her community. Before long, the town is overrun with men and mail alike. Sarah is trying to avoid some men who have accosted her on the street when she stumbles into Samuel. Through long days spent together at the stage office, some very adventurous pots of coffee and a shared faith, the two become friends. Sarah knows that Samuel is hiding something from her, something important, but that doesn't stop her heart from leaping wildly into love. Lacking the confidence to trust her heart, Sarah wars with herself over the feelings she can no longer deny. When some of the men who have come to town show their true intentions, a shootout follows. Sarah finally gets answers to many of the questions circling through her mind. One question remains, though. Where will her mail order man go when the dust settles?
Men are from Mars, women are from Venus: the definitive guide to relationships, John Gray.
The book has already helped millions of readers across the globe understand why members of the opposite sex behave the way they do and has increased understanding and communication between men and women. This authoritative guide will help you reach a point of harmony and understanding where both sexes can live, work and love together. Learn what makes members of the opposite sex tick; how to understand their verbal and non-verbal language; how to motivate the opposite sex, avoid arguments and get what you want; how to keep your love alive.
Rugby: the afterlife: former All Blacks tell their stories, Wynne Gray.
Way back when there was a clear distinction between work and rugby, great names of the game spent their time working in an office or at a trade or out on the farm, all the while fitting in training and then playing at the weekends. That job/play distinction became hazier through the 80s and 90s until, in the wake of Jonah Lomu's stunning exploits at the 1995 World Cup and pressure from media barons, the International Rugby Board declared rugby professional. Some players just missed that paydirt, others straddled the crossover years while the rest have never known any different and have always written `fulltime sportsman' on their tax returns as rugby threaded its way through two decades of professionalism. For all of these players, though, there was a finishing line, a final test appearance. Some made that choice, others had it made for them. Some All Blacks had planned strongly for life after rugby, many were pursued hard by companies while others had difficulties settling into the next chapter of their lives. How did they go about that transition? Did they wait for guidance, have a lightbulb moment, take on some serious study or retraining or did they have the security of going back into a family business? How did a lifetime in rugby protect or prepare them for experiences after the game and how and why did they make the choices they did? Rugby - The Afterlife explores in great detail how a number of All Blacks coped with that transition and came out the other side.
The challenge of things: thinking through troubled times, A C Grayling.
A. C. Grayling's lucid and stimulating books, based on the idea that philosophy should engage with the world and make itself useful, are immensely popular. The Challenge of Things joins earlier collections like The Reason of Things and Thinking of Answers, but this time to collect Grayling's recent writings on the world in a time of war and conflict. In describing and exposing the dark side of things, he also explores ways out of the habits and prejudices of mind that would otherwise trap us forever in the deadly impasses of conflicts of all kinds. Whether he is writing about the First World War and its legacy, free speech, the advantages of an atheist prime minister or the role of science in the arts, his essays are always enlightening, enlivening and hopeful.
Democracy and its crisis, A C Grayling.
Prompted by the EU referendum in the UK and the presidential election in the USA, A. C. Grayling investigates why the institutions of representative democracy seem unable to hold up against forces they were designed to manage, and why, crucially, it matters. First he considers moments in history - Periclean Athens, the English Civil War, the American and French Revolutions, among them - in which the challenges we face today were first encountered and what solutions, however imperfect, were found. Then he lays bare the specific problems of democracy in the twenty-first century and maps out a set of urgently needed reforms. With the advent of authoritarian leaders and the simultaneous rise of populism, representative democracy appears to be caught between a rock and a hard place, yet it is this space that it must occupy, says Grayling, if a civilized society, that looks after all its people, is to flourish.
A new friend, Poppy Green.
Eight-year-old Sophie Mouse is excited to return to school after the long winter break, but there is a new student–a snake–and Sophie and the other animals are afraid to sit near him, much less ask him to play with them, because they have heard snakes are awful.
The stress-proof brain: master your emotional response to stress using mindfulness and neuroplasticity, Melanie Greenberg.
We can't avoid the things that stress us out, but we can change how we respond to them. In this breakthrough book, a clinical psychologist and neuroscience expert offers an original and comprehensive approach to help readers harness the power of positive emotions and overcome stress for good. The unique mindfulness exercises in this book provide a recipe for resilience, empowering readers to master their emotional response to stress, overcome negative thinking, and create a more tolerant, stress-proof brain.
The rogues' dynasty, Amelia Grey.
A duke to die for: The roguish Duke of Blakewell has a lovely young ward, and he'd better marry her off as soon as possible, before he gives in to temptation. But Henrietta doesn't want a husband–she wants her independence. Sure that she carries a curse that killed her previous guardians, Henrietta wants the duke to sign over her inheritance before something terrible befalls him. In a moment of passion, they become scandalously entangled. Suddenly the duke must take Henrietta's curse seriously, and she must take drastic measures to save him. A marquis to marry: Alexander Mitchell Raceworth, the dashing fourth Marquis of Raceworth, is shocked when the alluring young Duchess of Brookfield accuses him of stealing priceless pearls belonging to her family. Susannah is the most beautiful, enchanting woman he has ever met, but despite his attraction, he's not about to hand over the pearls. Though suspicion and mistrust drive them apart when the pearls are stolen, Race suggests they pool their resources to recover them. If they do find them, will they finally be able to give in to love, or will the truth about the elusive necklace tear them apart once and for all? An earl to enchant: Lord Morgandale is as notorious as he is dashing, and he's determined no woman will tie him down. But from the moment young Arianna Sweet appears on his doorstep, he cannot resist her fascinating personality and tempting green eyes. But Arianna has a deadly secret: she is in possession of her father's ground-breaking discovery–one that someone would kill for. She can't tell Lord Morgandale her secret, but she desperately needs his help. Can he save the lady without losing his heart?
To the duke, with love, Amelia Grey.
Sloane Knox, the Duke of Hawksthorn is guardian for his sweet, younger sister. Due to his misguided past as one of the infamous Rakes of St James, Hawk is hoping to avoid the Season by securing a match for her before it begins. He has the perfect gentleman in mind, but for one infuriating - and unexpectedly intoxicating – obstacle: the intended groom's own sister, Miss Loretta Quick. Having narrowly avoided her own arranged marriage to an unacceptable nobleman, Loretta is determined that her dear brother, a gentle, good-natured soul, should marry for love. Matching wits with Hawk may be her greatest challenge yet…until she realizes it may also be her greatest pleasure. For the young duke's irresistible charm has not only begun to crumble her stubborn resolve, it has claimed her heart in true love as well.
Kitty Peck and the child of ill-fortune, Kate Griffin.
March 1881, Limehouse. Kitty Peck, a spirited but vulnerable 17-year-old, is the reluctant heiress to Paradise, the criminal empire previously overseen by the formidable Lady Ginger. Far from the colour and camaraderie of the music hall where Kitty had been working, this newfound power brings with it isolation and uncertainty. Desperate to reconnect with Joey, her estranged brother, Kitty travels to Paris. Reunited at last, she is unable to refuse his request to take a child back to London. Within days of her return it's clear that someone has followed them … and this someone is determined to kill the child and anyone who stands in their way.
Kitty Peck and the daughter of sorrow, Kate Griffin.
Summer 1881: the streets of Limehouse are thick with opium… and menace. At eighteen Kitty Peck has inherited Paradise, a sprawling criminal empire on the banks of the Thames. Determined to do things differently to her fearsome grandmother, she now realises that the past casts a long and treacherous shadow. Haunted by a terrible secret and stalked by a criminal cabal intent on humiliation and destruction, Kitty must fight for the future of everyone she cares for…
Foreign city, Charlotte Grimshaw.
Intricately plotted, this novel explores different kinds of fictions, infidelity and dangerous freedoms. Anna Devine, a young New Zealand painter living in London, has two chance encounters that set her on a search for answers. Can she really 'see' her new city properly? Can she reconcile family life and art? Her search leads her into past mysteries of her troubled family and her brother's death, and towards future complexities: infidelity, dangerous freedoms, and a whole new eye on her foreign city. In Auckland, in another time, Justine Devantier is reading a novel in order to find out about its author - and possibly about herself. And in a fictional city a man looks for a woman he knew long ago. At the core of this intricate plot is British novelist Richard Black, who may hold the strands that bind all the protagonists together. Grimshaw's brilliantly drawn characters walk through her foreign cities in different guises. She gives us a 'true' story, a fiction, a love story, a story of family connections lost and found, and a dazzling ride through the creative process - its practitioners, its casualties.
The olive grove, Charlotte Grimshaw.
An evocative short story from an internationally acclaimed, prize-winning author. Five-year-old Emily is in Menton, France, where her father is on a Katherine Mansfield Fellowship. Both touching and thoughtful, the story follows her emerging perception of the adult world, a world already foreign to her New Zealand eyes. With a nod to Mansfield's tone and imagery, and to her story 'The Dove's Nest', Grimshaw explores the protean nature of personality, shifting identities and masks. The accessible and endearing viewpoint of five-year-old Emily leads us into this clever story and its many layers.
The examined life: how we lose and find ourselves, Stephen Grosz.
Reveals how the art of insight can illuminate the most complicated, confounding and human of experiences. These are stories about our everyday lives: they are about the people we love and the lies that we tell; the changes we bear, and the grief. Ultimately, they show us not only how we lose ourselves but how we might find ourselves too.
Side hustle: build a side business and earn extra cash, without quitting your day job, Chris Guillebeau.
For some people, the thought of quitting their day job to start their own business is exhilarating. For many others, the loss of a stable paycheck is terrifying. But what if we could easily create new income without giving up the security of a full-time job? Enter the side hustle, a mini-business that earns you extra money. With Chris Guillebeau's step-by-step guide, you can go from idea to income in just 27 days. You'll learn how to: Brainstorm, borrow, and steal to build an arsenal of great side hustle ideas; Apply 'Tinder for Side Hustle' logic to pick the best idea at any time; Master the art of deals, discounts, and special offers; Learn, gather, or create everything you need to launch and get paid. You don't need an MBA, marketing experience or big investors. With Chris as a guide, anyone can make more money, pursue a passion, and enjoy greater security - with little to no budget and without quitting your day job.
The big music, Kirsty Gunn.
The Big Music tells the story of John Sutherland of 'The Grey House', who is dying and creating in the last days of his life a musical composition that will define it. Yet he has little idea of how his tune will echo or play out into the world - and as the book moves inevitably through its themes of death and birth, change and stasis, the sound of his solitary story comes to merge and connect with those around him. In this remarkable work of fiction, Kirsty Gunn has created something as real as music or as magical as a dream. One emerges at the end of it altered and changed. Not so much a novel as a place the reader comes to inhabit and know, The Big Music is a literary work of undeniable originality and power.
Infidelities, Kirsty Gunn.
This new collection of stories offers a candid peek at infidelity in all its guises. These are tales of lust, deceit, resentment and regret - and of the secrets and lies that can chip away at human relationships. In a series of interwoven dramas, we find mothers yearning for adventure, for the exhilaration of the open road or the anonymity of the forest; fathers absent in body or mind; husbands who look the other way; complacency turned to spite and apathy turned to betrayal. At the same time Gunn pursues the glorious rush of a snap decision, the liberty of answering that siren call of a better life elsewhere. Written with Gunn's trademark attention to nuances of behaviour, motive and even landscape, Infidelity is a temptingly beautiful work that asks 'What if?' and dares to find out.
The last black unicorn, Tiffany Haddish.
From stand-up comedian and actress Tiffany Haddish comes The Last Black Unicorn, a hilarious, edgy, and heart-wrenching collection of autobiographical essays that will leave you laughing through tears. Tiffany Haddish grew up in one of the poorest parts of South Central Los Angeles. Her mother wound up with a debilitating brain injury after surviving a car accident. Tiffany never fit in anywhere: not in the households she rotated through in the foster care system, and certainly not the nearly all white high school she had to ride the bus an hour to attend. As an illiterate ninth grader, Tiffany did everything she could to survive. After a multitude of jobs, she finally realized that she had talent in an area she never would have suspected: comedy. Tiffany faced the 'routine' hindrances of climbing the entertainment business ladder–but had the added obstacles of sex, race, and class in her way. But she got there. She's humble, grateful, down to earth, and funny as hell. She still cleans the toilet the way she was shown by a foster mom who worked as a maid, and she still rolls her joints the way one of her foster dads taught her. Tiffany can't avoid being funny: it's just who she is. But The Last Black Unicorn is so much more than a side-splittingly hilarious collection of essays–it's a memoir of the struggles of one woman who came from nothing and nowhere. A woman who was able to achieve her dreams by revelling in her pain and awkwardness, showing the world who she really is, and inspiring others through the power of laughter.
Between you and me: a psychological thriller with a twist you won't see coming, Lisa Hall.
They say every marriage has its secrets. But no one sees what happens behind closed doors. And sometimes those doors should never be opened … Sal and Charlie are married. They love each other. But they aren't happy. Sal cannot leave, no matter what Charlie does - no matter how much it hurts.
Tell me no lies, Lisa Hall.
From the bestselling author of Between You and Me don't miss Lisa Hall's new gripping thriller. Don't. Trust. Anyone. It was supposed to be a fresh start. A chance to forget the past and embrace the future. But can you ever really start again? Or does the past follow you wherever you go…
Daisy all alone, Michelle Hamer.
It's 1930 and Daisy's worst nightmare has come true. She's alone on the streets, separated from her family. Things get worse after the police send her to live at the Melbourne orphanage. At least she doesn't have to scavenge for food scraps anymore, but with no family, Daisy is miserable. When she hears some shocking news she decides it's time to plot a daring escape…
Daisy in the mansion. Michelle Hamer; with illustrations by Lucia Masciullo., Michelle Hamer.
It's 1930 and Daisy has been adopted and whisked away to a beautiful mansion. She's to be a companion to Annie, a girl with a mysterious illness. While Daisy's new life is full of luxuries she could never have imagined, what she wants the most is the thing her new parents can't provide: the freedom to find her real family before it's too late … Follow Daisy on her adventure in the third of four exciting stories about a hopeful girl in troubled times.
Daisy on the road, Michelle Hamer.
It's 1930 … and Daisy has finally had news that her dad is alive! He's gravely injured somewhere in the bush, and though she doesn't know quite where, Daisy is determined to find him. With help from old friends, she sets off on her way. But life on the road is hard, and before long, disaster strikes … Will Daisy reach Dad before it's too late? Follow Daisy on her adventure in the final of four exciting books about a hopeful girl in troubled times.
Meet Daisy, Michelle Hamer.
Follow Daisy on her adventure in the first of four exciting stories about a hopeful girl in troubled times. It's 1930 and Daisy lives on a farm, where she loves riding her horse, Jimmy, through the paddocks. Times are tough, and when her father loses his job, Daisy and her little sister, Flora, are sent to Melbourne to live with their aunt and uncle. Daisy must leave behind everyone she loves for a city she's never seen, and even her wildest daydreams can't prepare her for the new life that awaits her …
Hero at the fall, Alwyn Hamilton.
Once, in the desert country of Miraji, there was a Sultan without an heir. The heir had been killed by his own brother, the treacherous Rebel Prince, who was consumed by jealousy and sought the throne for himself. Or so it was said by some. There were others who said that the Rebel Prince was not a traitor but a hero. In the final battle for the throne, Amani must fight for everything she believes in, but with the rebellion in pieces, and the Sultan's armies advancing across the desert plains, who will lead, who will triumph, who will live and who will die?
Misspent youth, Peter F Hamilton.
It is forty years into the future and, following decades of research and trillions of euros spent on genetics, Europe is finally in a position to rejuvenate a human being. The first subject chosen for treatment is Jeff Baker, the father of the datasphere (which replaced the Internet) and philanthropist extraordinaire. After eighteen months in a German medical facility, the seventy-eight-year-old patient returns home looking like a healthy twenty-year-old. Misspent Youth follows the effect his reappearance has on his family and friends - his young ex-model wife Sue, his teenage son Tim, and his long-term pals, themselves all pensioners, who are starting to resent what Jeff has become.
The French perfumer, Amanda Hampson.
Initiated into the mysterious world of perfume, she finds herself entangled in a web of intrigue and deception. Gradually discovering the truth, she gains a new understanding of the meaning of love, loyalty and betrayal.
Lost connections: uncovering the real causes of depression and the unexpected solutions, Johann Hari.
Johann Hari suffered from depression since he was a child and started taking anti-depressants when he was a teenager. He was told that his problems were caused by a chemical imbalance in his brain. As an adult, trained in the social sciences, he began to investigate whether this was true and he learned that almost everything we have been told about depression and anxiety is wrong. Across the world, Hari found social scientists who were uncovering evidence that depression and anxiety are not caused by a chemical imbalance in our brains. In fact, they are largely caused by key problems with the way we live today. Hari's journey took him from a mind-blowing series of experiments in Baltimore, to an Amish community in Indiana, to an uprising in Berlin. Once he had uncovered [what he argues are] nine real causes of depression and anxiety, they led him to scientists who are discovering seven very different solutions - ones that work. It is an epic journey that will change how we think about one of the biggest crises in our culture today.
The maverick's midnight proposal, Brenda Harlen.
Sighting confirmed! That handsome, brooding cowboy about town is Luke Stockton–Rust Creek Falls' long-lost son. It's been over a decade since his parents' tragic death…and Luke's sudden departure. Our guess is he's here to reconnect with his estranged siblings. Why, then, is Luke spending so much time at Daisy's Donut Shop? The coffee's great but…Perhaps beautiful baker Eva Armstrong has him in her thrall! Despite the sizzling kisses, Luke isn't the marrying kind. Still, we encourage a little mistletoe mischief…after all, Christmas is the season of love. Perhaps Luke and Eva will 'ring' in the New Year together. Get it? All we want for Christmas is a happily-ever-after!
The infinite game: how to live well together, Niki Harré.
Whether we are competing for a job, building a business or championing a good cause, some days it can feel as if we are trapped in an endless competition for status, wealth or attention. Maybe if we learn to play the game and follow the rules we'll come out on top. But is life really a finite game - a game of selection and rules, winners and losers, players and spectators? In The Infinite Game, Niki Harre asks us to imagine our world anew. What if we are all part of a different type of game entirely - a game in which playing matters more than winning, a game that anyone can join at any time, a game in which rules evolve as new players turn up - an infinite game? Harre looks at our society (are people pawns or participants?) and ourselves (what kind of player would you like to be?) to offer an inspiring vision of how we might live well together. Deeply informed by psychological research and a life of social activism, Niki Harre's provocative book teaches us all how we might live life as an infinite game.
Psychology for a better world: working with people to save the planet, Niki Harré.
Can you save the planet and have some fun along the way? Aimed at the teacher who updates students on the latest climate change negotiations, the conservationist who works to protect endangered species, the office manager who buys fair-trade coffee or the city councillor who lobbies for cycle lanes, this book is a guide for everyone who is trying to create a more sustainable planet. Psychology for a Better World explains how we can get others to join us. Based on the latest psychological research, Niki Harre shows which strategies work (drawing on positive emotions, role modelling and social identity), which don't, and why. The book ends with a self-help guide for sustainability advocates that outlines how we can work for change at the personal, group and civic level.
Secrets of Southern girls., Haley Harrigan.
Ten years ago, Julie Portland accidentally killed her best friend, Reba. What's worse is she got away with it. Now, raising her daughter and struggling to make ends meet in Manhattan, Julie still can't forget the ghost of a girl with golden hair and a dangerous secret. When August, Reba's first love, begs Julie to come home to find the diary that Reba kept all those years ago, Julie's past comes creeping back to haunt her.
Every time a bell rings, Carmel Harrington.
An angel gets its wings … Belle has taken all the Christmas decorations down. This year they won't be celebrating. As foster parents, Belle and Jim have given many children the chance of a happier start in life. They've loved them as if they were their own. They shouldn't have favourites but little Lauren has touched their hearts. And now her mother is well enough to take her back and Belle can't bear the loss. Hence, Christmas is cancelled. So when Jim crashes his car one icy December night, after an argument about Lauren, Belle can only blame herself. Everything she loves is lost. And Belle finds herself standing on The Ha'Penny Bridge wishing she had never been born. But what happens to a Christmas wish when an angel is listening … Will Belle realise, before it's too late, that her life is the most wonderful life of all? Inspired by the timeless tale of beloved Christmas movie, It's a Wonderful Life, Carmel Harrington's next book tells the story of Belle, a young woman and foster carer from Dublin who faces the hardest decision of her life this Christmas on The Ha'Penny Bridge. Full of Irish charm, magic, and the warmth of the festive season this is an emotional, heart-warming story that will stay with you long after you've reached.
The life you left, Carmel Harrington.
The life you lived. The life you loved. The life you left. It started out like any other day for Sarah Lawler; getting the kids ready for school, making the packed lunches and juggling baby Ella's feeds. There was no way of knowing that her husband, Paul, would leave for work that morning and simply not come home. Now the questions are piling up quicker than the unpaid bills and, unable to answer her children's questions about where their Daddy is, Sarah is getting desperate. But it turns out she isn't quite as alone as she thought she was. When her beloved childhood friend, Edward, comes back into her life, Sarah thinks she's finally been thrown a life line. There's just one problem with Edward: Sarah is the only person who can see him.
Don't go home, Carolyn G Hart.
Annie Darling, owner of the Death on Demand mystery bookstore, is hosting a party to celebrate successful Southern literary icon–and former Broward's Rock resident–Alex Griffith and his bestselling new novel, "Don't Go Home." But after the local paper announces that Griffith aims to reveal the real-life inspirations behind his characters, perhaps the author should take his own advice. Not everyone in town is ready to give him a glowing review. As Annie attempts damage control, her friend Marian Kenyon gets in a heated argument with Griffith. It's a fight Annie won't soon forget–especially after the author turns up dead. Despite an array of suspects to match Griffith's cast of characters–and a promise to her husband, Max, to steer clear of sleuthing–Annie's not about to let the police throw the book at her friend when the real killer remains at large.
Odyssey of the unknown Anzac, David Hastings.
Ten years after the end of World War I, the Sydney Sun reported that an unknown Anzac still lay in a Sydney psychiatric hospital. 'This man … was found wandering in a London street during the war,' reported the paper. 'He said he was an Australian soldier. Beyond his first statement that he was a Digger, he has not given any information about himself.' Thousands of people in Australia and New Zealand responded to this story and an international campaign to find the man's family followed. The story tapped into deep wells of sorrow and uncertainty which had been covered over by commemorations of Anzac heroism and honourable national sacrifice. More than a quarter of the Anzac dead had no known resting place. Might this be someone's missing son? He had suffered shock after being buried under sandbags as a result of shelling. The medical fraternity believed his insanity was proven by loss of memory, mental depression and mental hebetube [dull & lethargic]. They stated he was silent and melancholy; incapable of recognising his position or of keeping count of time, takes no interest in anything. The medical board attributed it to the stress of the campaign and that it was a permanent disability with total incapacity. David Hastings follows this one unknown Anzac, George McQuay, from rural New Zealand through Gallipoli and the Western Front, through desertions and hospitals, and finally home to New Zealand. By doing so, he takes us deep inside the Great War and the human mind. Sadly Mr McQuay, who came to be known as 'New Zealand's living unknown soldier', spent the rest of his life in and out of Porirua mental asylum until he died at Stratford 28 December 1951 and is buried at Kopuatama Cemetery, Stratford.
Black holes: the BBC Reith Lectures, Stephen Hawking.
"It is said that fact is sometimes stranger than fiction, and nowhere is that more true than in the case of black holes. Black holes are stranger than anything dreamed up by science fiction writers." In 2016 Professor Stephen Hawking delivered the BBC Reith Lectures on a subject that has fascinated him for decades - black holes. In these flagship lectures the legendary physicist argues that if we could only understand black holes and how they challenge the very nature of space and time, we could unlock the secrets of the universe.
A briefer history of time, Stephen Hawking.
"This is the origin of and the reason for A Briefer History of Time: its author's wish to make its content accessible to readers - as well as to bring it up-to-date with the latest scientific observations and findings. Although this book is literally somewhat 'briefer', it actually expands on the great subjects of the original. Purely technical concepts, such as the mathematics of chaotic boundary conditions, are gone. Conversely, subjects of wide interest that were difficult to follow because they were interspersed throughout the book have now been given entire chapters of their own, including relativity, curved space, and quantum theory. This reorganization has allowed the authors to expand areas of special interest and recent progress, from the latest developments in string theory to exciting developments in the search for a complete, unified theory of all the forces of physics. Like prior editions of the book - but even more so - A Briefer History of Time will guide non-scientists everywhere in the ongoing search for the tantalizing secrets at the heart of time and space.
My brief history, Stephen Hawking.
Hawking recounts his improbable journey from post-war London boyhood to his years of international acclaim and celebrity. A witty, and candid account which introduces readers to a Hawking rarely glimpsed in previous books: the inquisitive schoolboy whose classmates nicknamed him Einstein; the young husband and father struggling to gain a foothold in the world of physics and cosmology. Hawking opens up about the challenges that confronted him following his diagnosis of ALS, and explains how the prospect of an early death urged him onward through numerous intellectual breakthroughs.
With you always, Jody Hedlund.
When a financial crisis in 1850s New York leaves three orphaned sisters nearly destitute, the oldest, Elise Neumann, knows she must take action. She's had experience as a seamstress, and the New York Children's Aid Society has established a special service: placing out seamstresses and trade girls. Even though Elise doesn't want to leave her sisters for a job in Illinois, she realizes this may be their last chance. The son of one of New York City's wealthiest entrepreneurs, Thornton Quincy faces a dilemma. His father is dying, and in order to decide which of his sons will inherit everything, he is requiring them to do two things in six months: build a sustainable town along the Illinois Central Railroad, and get married. Thornton is tired of standing in his twin brother's shadow and is determined to win his father's challenge. He doesn't plan on meeting a feisty young woman on his way west, though.
Autumn at the Star and Sixpence, Holly Hepburn.
As autumn starts to draw in and the nights are getting darker, the fire is lit at the Star and Sixpence and Nessie and Sam start to turn their thoughts to the annual bonfire night. The village comes together every year to celebrate the turning of the season and this year is going to be extra-special.
Christmas at the Star and Sixpence, Holly Hepburn.
As snow falls over Little Monkham, and carols echo around the green, with the village choir preparing for their biggest event of the year, it's time to return to the Star and Sixpence for a suitably festive drink. Nessie and Sam are racking up success after success at the Star and Sixpence pub, but their personal lives leave something to be desired. Sam's gorgeous actor boyfriend is far away filming, and Nessie has an unwanted neighbour arrive in the form of Owen's ex-mother-in-law. With several spanners in the works, can Nessie and Sam pull off a Christmas miracle and get their happy-ever-after?
Dirty dancing at the picture house by the sea, Holly Hepburn.
Gina is now in charge of Ferrelli's, her grandfather's ice-cream business, and is determined to modernise things. Change has come to the Palace too and there's a 'closed for refurbishment' sign hanging across the doors. But just because the picture house is closed, doesn't mean there can't be a movie screening… and there's only one place for it! Will Gina pull off her biggest event yet…? And with Rose Arundell sinking her claws further into Ben, who will be the Johnny to Gina's Baby?
Snowdrops at the Star and Sixpence, Holly Hepburn.
When sisters Nessie and Sam inherit a little pub in a beautiful country village they jump at the chance to escape their messy lives and start afresh. But when they arrive at the Star and Sixpence, it's not quite what they imagined–it's pretty much derelict, ruined by debts, and it's going to be a huge job to get it up and running again. It's just before Christmas but they are determined to relaunch on New Year's Eve, to bring the new year in with a bang. But with nosy neighbours, miserable locals and no money to contend with, it's not going to be easy. And when the sisters' past comes back to haunt them, they start to think that the fresh start they needed is very far away indeed.
Snowy nights at Castle Court, Holly Hepburn.
Sadie is a single mum, nursing a broken heart. Cat is burned out from working long hours as a chef. They decide to invest in their dream - running their own handmade biscuit shop in gorgeous Castle Court, a three-storey food court tucked away behind Chester's bustling streets. They soon discover that Castle Court has its own community - a little haven of delight against the stresses of the outside world. But not everyone welcomes the new business; the patisserie owner is less than pleased by what she sees as direct competition and Greg, who runs the fancy bistro that dominates one end of the courtyard, doesn't think Sadie and Cat have the talent or business acumen to succeed. Luckily, there's support in the form of the delectable Jaren, who owns the Dutch waffle house opposite Smart Cookies, and Swiss chocolate-shop owner, Elin. And if all else fails, the friends can drown their sorrows in the cocktail bar that overlooks the court.
Some like it hot at the picture house by the sea, Holly Hepburn.
After several months in Cornwall helping her grandfather run the family business, Gina has almost forgotten what London life is like, and her boyfriend Max has most definitely noticed…'ith all her energy going into the newly renovated Palace picture house and the ever-successful Ferrelli's ice-cream business, he's not getting much attention. To make matters worse, Gina is spending more and more time with her friend and co-renovator, Ben, and old feelings are starting to resurface. But as Gina's time in Cornwall draws to a close and she starts thinking about returning to life in London with Max, the cinema's very future comes under threat from a developer with greed in his eyes. Will Gina stay in Polwhipple' And can she help owner Gorran save the Palace before it is too late…
Summer at the Star and Sixpence: a perfect romantic summer story, Holly Hepburn.
When sisters Sam and Nessie left the city lights to take over The Star and Sixpence pub in Little Monkham, little did they realise they'd be taking on the villagers too… Thrown in at the deep end with a wedding to organise at the same time as launching their new hotel rooms, the last thing they need is Sam's past catching up with them. As the scandal strikes, the only question is will the villagers stick their necks out for two relative newcomers? Or will Franny, the terrifying postmistress, see them gone for good…
Valentine's Day at the Star and Sixpence, Holly Hepburn.
A romantic Valentine's Day story in The Star and Sixpence series.
The family next door, Sally Hepworth.
From the outside, Essie's life looks idyllic: a loving husband, a beautiful house in a good neighbourhood, and a nearby mother who dotes on her grandchildren. But few of Essie's friends know her secret shame: that in a moment of maternal despair, she once walked away from her newborn, asleep in her carriage in a park. Disaster was avoided and Essie got better, but she still fears what lurks inside her, even as her daughter gets older and she has a second baby. When a new woman named Isabelle moves in next door to Essie, she is an immediate object of curiosity in the neighbourhood. Why single, when everyone else is married with children? Why renting, when everyone else owns? What mysterious job does she have? And why is she so fascinated with Essie? As the two women grow closer and Essie's friends voice their disapproval, it starts to become clear that Isabelle's choice of neighbourhood was no accident. And that her presence threatens to bring shocking secrets to light.
Robin Williams: when the laughter stops: 1951-2014, Emily Herbert.
With his twinkling eyes, boundless energy and unrivalled natural wit, Robin Williams was the comedian who brought laughter to a generation. Through roles in cherished films such as Mrs. Doubtfire, Jumanji, Aladdin and Hook, he became the genial face of family comedy. His child-like enthusiasm was infectious, sweeping viewers away. Allied to his lightning-quick improvisation and ability to riff lewdly off any cue thrown at him, Robin was that rare thing a true comic genius who appealed to adults and children equally. He could also play it straight, and empathetic depth came to him naturally. A poignant performance in Good Will Hunting won him an Academy Award whilst his masterfully chilling turn in psychological thriller Insomnia shocked audiences and hinted at a darker side. What truly caught the imagination, though, was his good-heartedness. Warmth radiated from him on-screen, but he was legendary for his off-screen acts of selfless generosity. Where most Hollywood A-listers demand outrageous pampering in their contract riders, he always insisted that the production company hire a full quota of homeless people to help make his movies. But behind the laughter lay a deeply troubled man, and tragedy would follow. At midday, on 11 August 2014, Robin Williams was pronounced dead at his California home. The verdict was suicide. He had battled depression and addiction for many years and was allegedly beset by financial difficulties. Emily Herbert's sensitive and thoughtful biography celebrates his genius and warmth, but also attempts to understand what could have driven such a gentle and gifted man to so tragic an end. This is Robin Williams, the life, the laughter, and the deep sorrow of the man who made the world smile.
The Nameless City. [1], Faith Erin Hicks.
Every nation that invades the City gives it a new name. But before long, new invaders arrive and the City changes hands once again. The natives don't let themselves get caught up in the unending wars. To them, their home is the Nameless City, and those who try to name it are forever outsiders. But now the fate of the City rests in the hands of Rat, a native, and Kaidu, one of the Dao, the latest occupiers, and the two must somehow work together if the City is to survive.
The stone heart, Faith Erin Hicks.
Kaidu and Rat have only just recovered from the assassination attempt on the General of All Blades when more chaos breaks loose in the Nameless City: deep conflicts within the Dao nation are making it impossible to find a political solution for the disputed territory of the City itself. To complicate things further, Kaidu is fairly certain he's stumbled on a formula for the lost weapon of the mysterious founders of the City… . But sharing it with the Dao military would be a complete betrayal of his friendship with Rat. Can Kai find the right solution before the Dao find themselves at war?
Hanging Mary: a novel, Susan Higginbotham.
The untold story of Lincoln's Assassination 1864, Washington City. One has to be careful with talk of secession, of Confederate whispers falling on Northern ears. Better to speak only when in the company of the trustworthy. Like Mrs. Surratt. A widow who runs a small boarding-house on H Street, Mary Surratt isn't half as committed to the cause as her son, Johnny. If he's not delivering messages or escorting veiled spies, he's invited home men like John Wilkes Booth, the actor who is even more charming in person than he is on the stage. But when President Lincoln is killed, the question of what Mary knew becomes more important than anything else. Was she a cold-blooded accomplice? Just how far would she go to help her son? Based on the true case of Mary Surratt, Hanging Mary reveals the untold story of those on the other side of the assassin's gun.
Dark justice, Jack Higgins.
It is night in Manhattan. The President of the United States is scheduled to have dinner with an old friend, but in the building across the street a man has disabled the security and stands at a window, a rifle in his hand. The assassination doesn't go according to plan, but this is only the beginning. Someone is recruiting a shadowy network of agents with the intention of creating terror. Their range is broad, their identities masked, their methods subtle. White House operative Blake Johnson and his opposite number in British intelligence, Sean Dillon, set out to trace the source of the havoc, but behind the first man lies another, and behind him another still. And that man is not pleased by the interference. Soon, he will target them all: Johnson, Dillon, Dillon's colleagues. And one of them will fall…
The killing ground, Jack Higgins.
For intelligence operative Sean Dillon, it is a routine passport check. But the events it will lead to will be as bloody as any he has ever known. The man he stops at Heathrow airport is Caspar Rashid, born and bred in England, but with family ties to a Bedouin tribe fiercely wedded to the old ways, as Rashid has just found out to his pain. His thirteen-year-old daughter, Sara, has been kidnapped by Rashid's own father and taken to Iraq to be married to a man known as the Hammer of God, one of the Middle East's most feared terrorists. Dillon has had his own run-ins with that tribe, and when the distraught man begs him for help, he sees a chance to settle some old scores - but he has no idea of the terrible chain of events he is about to unleash, nor of the implacable enemies he is about to gain. Before his journey is done, many men will die - and Dillon may be one of them.
The girl I used to know, Faith Hogan.
Amanda King and Tess Cuffe are strangers who share the same Georgian house, but their lives couldn't be more different. Amanda seems to have it all. She projects all the accoutrements of a lady who lunches. Sadly, the reality is a soulless home, an unfaithful husband and a very lonely heart. By comparison, in the basement flat, unwanted tenant Tess has spent a lifetime hiding and shutting her heart to love. It takes a bossy doctor, a handsome gardener, a pushy teenager and an abandoned cat to show these two women that sometimes letting go is the first step to moving forward.
Dark turns, Cate Holahan.
Nia Washington is an incredible ballerina. She fought her way up from the streets and was nearing the pinnacle of her profession when an injury and a broken heart derailed her career. Taking a temporary job at an elite boarding school in Connecticut was supposed to give her time to nurse both body and soul. It was supposed to be a safe place to launch a triumphant comeback. It is anything but. Shortly after she arrives at the beautiful lakeside campus, she discovers the body of a murdered student, and her life takes a truly dark turn. It's not long before she is drawn into a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse with a ruthless killer. And Nia isn't the only target. She must use all of her street smarts to protect her dancers, save a wrongfully accused student, and rescue the man she loves. A stunning and suspenseful tale of passion and betrayal, Cate Holahan's Dark Turns will take readers deep into the mind of a murderer and the woman who must put an end to the killing.
The widower's wife: a thriller, Cate Holahan.
Ana Bacon, a beautiful young wife and mother, tumbled off a cruise ship into dark and deadly waters. Ana is gone–leaving behind her wealthy husband and adorable daughter–but not everything about her disappearance adds up. What secrets did she leave behind? Investigator Ryan Monahan is a numbers man. So when his company sends him the Bacon case, which could net a ten-million-dollar payout, Monahan doubts that her death is just a tragic accident. But the husband has a substantial alibi and a number of witnesses claim to have seen Ana fall, and the official ruling seems to hold up. Still, the more Monahan uncovers about Ana's life, the more he realizes how many people would kill to keep her secrets hidden. And the closer he gets to the truth, the greater the odds grow that he, too, will take a fatal fall.
Mystery of the masks, Kate Howard.
Lloyd and the ninja must keep a powerful artifact from being stolen.
Backpacks and betrayals, Dorothy Howell.
Fashionista and event planner Haley Randolph is staging the North Hollywood Art's District fashion crawl, and everything looks flawless–until one of the models is pushed to her death down a flight of stairs! With celebrities, VIPs, and the fashion world's most celebrated clothing designers expected to attend, Haley fears the bad publicity could crush the crawl. To save the event, Haley investigates–and she knows she can't be fashionably late finding the killer. Soon she uncovers rivalry, deception, and misplaced loyalty among the models. Plus, everyone at the agency harbours secrets of their own. In the middle of this, Haley also has to plan for a family wedding and knows she'll never measure up to her overachieving cousins–unless she shows up with the Domino, an exquisite artisan handbag made specifically for her. Problem is, the waiting list is months long. Haley must find a killer and get that handbag– before time runs out!
Beach bags and burglaries, Dorothy Howell.
Part-time sleuth and full-time fashionista Haley Randolph just won an all-expenses-paid vacay at the Rowan Resort, a ridiculously exclusive island getaway that caters to the shims of millionaires, royalty, and Hollywood A-listers. With her three BFFs - Marcie, Bella, and Sandy - along for the ride, the only thing she's missing is the Sea Vixen, the season's hottest beach bag.
Clutches and curses, Dorothy Howell.
When professional fashionista Haley Randolph is cursed by an irate customer and then experiences a run of bad luck, including the discovery of a dead former classmate in the menswear department, she races against time to catch the real killer.
Evening bags and executions, Dorothy Howell.
When retail worker Haley Randolph stumbles across the dead body of Lacy Hobbs, who was recently hired by L.A. Affairs to bake a six-foot yellow submarine for high-maintenance Sheridan Adams's A-list charity auction, Haley is blamed for the theft of collectible Beatles bobble-heads and begins to wonder if her new boss Vanessa Lord is trying to sabotage her.
Fanny packs and foul play, Dorothy Howell.
Fashionista and event planner to the stars Haley Randolph thinks the Thanksgiving Day feast she's organizing for the wealthy young owners of the Pammy Candy Company at their Calabasas mansion will be easy – until the hostess is pushed to her death from a second floor balcony. Money-hungry relatives expecting to dish up a share of the candy company profits, an ex-lover, and a family secret make a tempting recipe for murder. It's a feast of suspects as Haley gobbles up clues that threaten to turn this warm, welcoming occasion into cold leftovers – but with private detective Jack Bishop in charge of the investigation, things heat up fast. Haley searches for the designer handbag of her dreams – but finds a hot new attorney instead – and a killer who knows revenge is a meal best served cold!
Slay bells and satchels, Dorothy Howell.
The Summer Santa Sale at Holt's Department becomes a Christmas nightmare when sales clerk Haley Randolph finds a murdered elf in the store's giant toy bag. Haley, a crazed fashionista obsessed with designer handbags, could find herself 'bagged' if she doesn't untangle this mystery quicker than Saint Nick can slide down a chimney. But Haley has another problem: Can working with hot private detective Jack Bishop put her on Santa's 'naughty' list?
Swag bags and swindlers, Dorothy Howell.
Haley Randolph's 25th birthday is just around the corner, and the full-time fashionista knows it might be time to edge into being an "adult." All she has to do is ace the upcoming performance review for her hot L.A. event-planning gig, and she can finally quit her credit card-paying job at Holt's Department Store. She just has to make sure absolutely nothing goes wrong with the big party she's planning for a Hollywood retirement home. It really should be a fun bash. Hollywood Haven is home to a spunky group of retired actors, screenwriters, musicians, dancers, and other entertainers who have been in the biz for their whole lives. But when Haley finds Derrick Ellery, the home's assistant director, sprawled on his bloody office floor, she sees her hope of keeping her job - not to mention the dream of owning a Sassy, the season's hottest handbag - vanishing before her eyes. Quietly finding the killer is Haley's only hope but it turns out the list of suspects is longer than her last credit card statement. It seems Derrick made a lot of enemies and had somehow become wealthy far beyond what was possible with his salary but how? To make matters worse, Haley's kind-of-ex-boyfriend Ty is now a suspect in a different murder, and she just knows he couldn't have done it. Solving two murders while planning the perfect party - and always keeping her sights on a Sassy - won't be easy especially now that there's more than one killer ready to select Haley's final outfit!
Tote bags and toe tags, Dorothy Howell.
Haley Randolph's new job as a corporate events coordinator suits her like classic Chanel, as long as no one finds out her only degree is from bartending school. But then again, trouble's always afoot in the life of this amateur sleuth/professional fashionista. On Haley's first day on the job, she finds the chief of security, who was performing Haley's background check, bludgeoned to death in her office. Naturally, the police peg Haley as their prime suspect, so she'll need to shop around on her own for some guilt-proof clues. Especially since some of the other recent hires at the company also have something to hide. One of her new co-workers leads a double life, as in two wives and two sets of children. Another makes secretive, unexplained trips out of the country. Between her many investigations, the new high-pressure job, and her just-moved-in boyfriend, there's almost no time for the most important thing in Haley's life: maxing out her credit card. And it seems the company's squeaky-clean image is covering a lot of dirty truths. Though Haley's turning up a grab bag of suspects while squeezing in a few sales, the murderer is still knocking off her co-workers. If she's going to catch this killer, and proves her innocence, she'll need to be on her toes, heels and all, or she'll be this season's hottest victim.
I, zombie, Hugh Howey.
This book contains foul language and fouler descriptions of life as a zombie. It will offend almost anyone, so proceed with caution or not at all. And be forewarned: This is not a zombie book. This is a different sort of tale. It is a story about the unfortunate, about those who did not get away. It is a human story at its rotten heart. It is the reason we can't stop obsessing about these creatures, in whom we see all too much of ourselves.
A brush with shadows, Anna Lee Huber.
Sebastian Gage returns home to battle the ghosts of his past and prevent them from destroying his future with Kiera in the latest exciting installment in this national bestselling series. July 1831. It's been fifteen years since Sebastian Gage has set foot in Langstone Manor. Though he has shared little with his wife, Lady Kiera Darby, about his past, she knows that he planned never to return to the place of so many unhappy childhood memories. But when an urgent letter from his grandfather reaches them in Dublin, Ireland, and begs Gage to visit, Kiera convinces him to go. All is not well at Langstone Manor. Gage's grandfather, the Viscount Tavistock, is gravely ill, and Gage's cousin Alfred has suddenly vanished. He wandered out into the moors and never returned. The Viscount is convinced someone or something other than the natural hazards of the moors is to blame for Alfred's disappearance. And when Alfred's brother Rory goes missing, Kiera and Gage must concede he may be right. Now, they must face the ghosts of Gage's past, discover the truth behind the local superstitions, and see beyond the tricks being played by their very own eyes to expose what has happened to Gage's family before the moors claim yet another victim.
Every colour soup, Jorey Hurley.
Purple, yellow, orange, and red. Just the right mix of coloured vegetables make a delicious soup in this tasty introduction to colours, counting, and veges. All you need is a pot, a spoon, an adult helper, and vegetables of many colours to make a very special soup; Every Colour Soup! Learn colours and vegetable names in this bright and colourful picture book with minimal text perfect for the beginning reader. Jorey Hurley's bright, graphic art and simple text make this vibrant book a perfect read-aloud for budding cooks and their families. This lively picture book also comes with a recipe!
Duskfall, Christopher B Husberg.
Pulled from a frozen sea, pierced by arrows and close to death, Knot has no memory of who he was. But his dreams are dark, filled with violence and unknown faces. Winter, a tiellan woman whose people have long been oppressed by humans, is married to and abandoned by Knot on the same day. In her search for him, she will discover her control of magic, but risk losing herself utterly. And Cinzia, priestess and true believer, returns home to discover her family at the heart of a heretical rebellion. A rebellion that only the Inquisition can crush. Their fates and those of others will intertwine, in a land where magic and daemons are believed dead, but dark forces still vie for power.
Seducing the marquess, Callie Hutton.
London, 1819. A woman of the ton can only survive so long without the attention of her husband. But that's all about to change for Lady Devon and her husband the Marquess of Devon. The steps to seducing one's own husband are as follows. First, grab his attention … 1. An accidental peek at her ankle. 2. Deep breaths to bring his attention to her bosom. 3. Ensure he hears the sounds of her in a bath. Now fan the flames … 4. A quickly hidden journal. 5. A glove left in a most unusual place. 6. Handsome male friends. And the most tempting step of all … 7. Convince him someone else wants her. Soon, her dear and proper husband will be dearly and properly jealous. And then she will have him right where she wants him.
Sail away, Celia Imrie.
The phone hasn't rung for months. Suzy Marshall is discovering that work can be sluggish for an actress over sixty – even for the former star of a 1980s TV series. So when her agent offers her the plum role of Lady Bracknell in The Importance in Earnest in Zurich, it seems like a godsend. Until, that is, the play is abruptly cancelled in suspicious circumstances, and Suzy is forced to take a job on a cruise ship to get home. Meanwhile Amanda Herbert finds herself homeless in rainy Clapham. Her flat purchase has fallen through, and her children are absorbed in their own dramas. Then she spots an advertisement for an Atlantic cruise, and realises three weeks on-board would tide her over – and save her money – until the crisis is solved. As the two women set sail on a new adventure, neither can possibly predict the strange characters and dodgy dealings they will encounter – nor the unexpected rewards they will reap.
Between the sunset and the sea: a view of 16 British mountains, Simon Ingram.
'I watched the mirror for a last view, for now, of the frozen mountains of Glen Coe. As the road bent and the outline of Buachaille Etive Mor slid into sight, I did what I always did, and always would. I felt for that flutter of awe and that indefinable, unmistakable quickening of the pulse.' In the late 18th century, mountains shifted from being universally reviled to becoming the most inspiring things on earth. Simply put, the monsters became muses - and an entire artistic movement was born. This movement became a love affair, the love affair became an obsession, and gradually but surely, obsession became lifestyle as mountains became stitched into the fabric of the British cultural tapestry. In his compelling new book, Simon Ingram explores how mountains became such a preoccupation for the modern western imagination, weaving his own adventures into a powerful narrative which provides a kind of experiential hit list for people who don't have the time nor the will to climb a thousand mountains. For some of these mountains, the most amazing thing about them might be the journey they've taken to get here. Others, the tales of science, endeavour and art that have played out on their slopes. From Beinn Dearg to Ben Nevis, he takes us on a journey spanning sixteen of Britain's most evocative mountainous landscapes, and what they mean to us today.
The daffodil affair, Michael Innes.
Inspector Appleby's aunt is most distressed when her horse, Daffodil, a somewhat half-witted animal with exceptional numerical skills, goes missing from her stable in Harrogate. Meanwhile, Hudspith is hot on the trail of Lucy Rideout, an enigmatic young girl has been whisked away to an unknown isle by a mysterious gentleman. And when a house in Bloomsbury, supposedly haunted, also goes missing, the baffled policemen search for a connection. As Appleby and Hudspith trace Daffodil and Lucy, the fragments begin to come together and an extravagant project is uncovered, leading them to South American jungle.
Carson's conspiracy, Michael Innes.
Businessman Carl Carson decides to make a dash for South America to escape the economic slump, leaving his home and his barmy wife. But he has a problem - if his company were seen to be drawing in its horns, it wouldn't last a week. His solution is his wife's favourite delusion - an imaginary son, named Robin. Carson plans to stage a fictitious kidnapping …
A robot in the garden, Deborah Install.
Ben's really great at failing at things - his job, taking the garbage out, and being a husband. But when he discovers a battered robot named Tang in his garden, he decides to get out of his couch-ridden comfort zone. Without a crucial bit of machinery, Tang will stop working, and Ben can't let that happen, especially since he's already alienated everyone else he cares about. Determined to achieve something for once in his life, Ben sets out to fix his new robot comrade and soon discovers that Tang might be just the thing to fix what's broken in Ben. Funny, touching, and charming, A Robot in the Garden explores what it is to be a man, a sentient being, and a friend.
Can't help falling, Kara Isaac.
A funny, heartfelt romance about how an antique shop, a wardrobe, and a mysterious tea cup bring two C.S. Lewis fans together in a snowy and picturesque Oxford, England. Emelia Mason has spent her career finding the dirt on the rich and famous. But deep down past this fearless tabloid-reporter facade, there's a nerdy Narnia-obsessed girl who still can't resist climbing into wardrobes to check for the magical land on the other side. When a story she writes produces tragic results, she flees to Oxford, England-home to C.S. Lewis-to try and make amends for the damage she has caused. Peter Carlisle was on his way to become one of Great Britain's best rowers-until he injured his shoulder and lost his chance at glory. He's determined to fight his way back to the top even if it means risking permanent disability to do so. It's the only way he can find his way past failing the one person who never stopped believing in his Olympic dream. When Peter and Emelia cross paths on her first night in Oxford, the attraction is instant and they find common ground in their shared love of Narnia. But can the lessons from a fantasyland be enough to hold them together when secrets of the real world threaten to tear them apart? Cobblestone streets, an aristocratic estate, and an antique shop with curious a wardrobe bring the world of Narnia to life in Kara Isaac's inspiring and romantic story about second chances.
Close to you: a novel, Kara Isaac.
A disgraced scholar running from her past and an entrepreneur chasing his future find themselves thrown together, and fall in love, on a Tolkien tour of New Zealand. Allison Shire (yes, like where the Hobbits live) is a disgraced academic who is done with love. Her belief in "happily ever after" ended the day she discovered her husband was still married to a wife she knew nothing about. She finally finds a use for her English degree by guiding tours through the famous sites featured in the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movies. By living life on the road and travelling New Zealand as a luxury tour guide, Allison manages to outrun the pain of her past she can't face. Jackson Gregory was on the cusp of making it big. Then suddenly his girlfriend left him for his biggest business competitor, and took his most guarded commercial secrets with her. To make matters worse, the Iowa farm that has been in his family for generations is facing foreclosure. Determined to save his parents from financial ruin, he'll do whatever it takes to convince his wealthy great-uncle to invest in his next scheme, which means accompanying him to the bottom of the world to spend three weeks pretending to be a die-hard Lord of the Rings fan, even though he knows nothing about the stories. The one thing that stands between him and his goal is a know-it-all tour guide who can't stand him and pegged him as a fake the moment he walked off the plane. When Allison leads the group through the famous sites of the Tolkien movies, she and Jackson start to see each other differently, and as they keep getting thrown together on the tour, they find themselves drawn to each other. Neither expected to fall in love again, but can they find a way beyond their regrets to take a chance on the one thing they're not looking for?
Hardcastle's runaway, Graham Ison.
March, 1919. The commissioner of police at New Scotland Yard has a task for Divisional Detective Inspector Hardcastle of A Division: find Lily Musgrave, the missing daughter of Ausen Musgrave MP. Hardcastle, aided by Detective Sergeant Charles Marriott, discovers that the headstrong Lily provides risque entertainment for a number of ex-officers. When she return home of her own accord, however, Hardcastle assumes the case is closed and turns his attention to arranging the finer details of his daughter Maud's wedding. But no sooner is the wedding over than Lily Musgrave goes missing again. And this time, finding her might not be so easy.
Living-room Matsunaga-san. Volume 1, Keiko Iwashita.
Forget the familiar: family circumstances wrest high schooler Meeko from an ordinary family life to her uncle's boarding house, where she must learn to live with housework and… rather unusual adult housemates. What's more, the oldest of the bunch, Matsunaga-san, is a little scary… but also always looks out for her! Presenting the first volume of a boarding house love story about falling for an adult!
Living-room Matsunaga-san. Volume 2, Keiko Iwashita.
With the help of her housemates, high schooler Meeko begins to adjust to her new life away from her parents. Even the initially frightening Matsunaga-san helps her out–and between one kind act and another, Meeko finds herself falling for him. After an accidental kiss while enjoying takoyaki, Meeko ends up confessing her feelings.
Bay Tree Cottage, Anna Jacobs.
The houses in Saffron Lane are being filled with artists thanks to the efforts of Nell and Angus. Ginger doesn't win a place there, but gets a job running the small cafe/art gallery, taking refuge there from her abusive bully of a son. When she meets Iain, sparks fly between them, the first time she's felt attracted to anyone for years. But will her son spoil it? Emil is in town to open the small museum in Saffron Lane and run his father's business. This throws new opportunities in his path, and new problems too. Will the newcomers manage to build new lives or will selfish people destroy their attempts to find happiness?
Mistress of Marymoor, Anna Jacobs.
Will new love conquer old grudges? Since her father died, Deborah Jannvier has been living under the provision of her callous uncle. So when a handsome stranger named Matthew Pascoe appears bearing a summons from a long-lost wealthy relative, Deborah agrees to return to Marymoor House with Matthew. On arrival, Deborah is told she shall inherit the estate on one condition: that she immediately marry Matthew. With no hope of a future otherwise, Deborah consents and soon after becomes owner of the estate when her benefactor dies. Despite the unconventional circumstances of their marriage, Deborah and Matthew are surprised at the degree of affection that develops between them. But trouble soon befalls the couple in the form of Anthony Elkin, who claims that the Marymoor estate rightly belongs to him. The marriage of Deborah and Matthew secures their ownership, but they don't anticipate just how far Elkin will go to see the pair parted. Can Deborah and Matthew outwit Elkin and find happiness against all odds?
The build-up season, Megan Jacobson.
Seventeen-year-old Iliad Piper is named after war and angry at the world. Growing up with a violent father and abused mother, she doesn't know how to do relationships, family or friends. A love-hate friendship with Max turns into a prank war, and she nearly destroys her first true friendship with misfit Mia. She takes off her armour for nobody, until she meets Jared, someone who's as complicated as she is.
Cowboy Pug: the dog who rode for glory, Laura James.
Meet the brilliant, the wonderful, the courageous … Cowboy Pug! The second book in a joyful new illustrated series for fans of Claude Pug and his faithful companion, Lady Miranda, are going to be cowboys for the day - and first of all they're going horse-trading! But with their noble steed Horsey safely acquired, it's not long before they find themselves on the wrong side of the law. Can Pug the reluctant hero overcome his fears and save the day once more?
Dyslexia: learning disorder or creative gift?, Cornelia Jantzen.
Dyslexia has long been known as a learning difficulty that primarily affects literacy skills. Increasingly, however, researchers and professionals working with dyslexia suggest that it is less a disorder than a sign of specially gifted people. People with dyslexia often have a highly developed imagination and a unique way of perceiving things. They frequently have above average intelligence and are highly creative, provided they are supported and nurtured by parents and teachers. In this book Cornelia Jantzen explores the basis of this radical viewpoint. Throughout, she provides many practical examples which explore the different aspects of dyslexia, and can give parents and teachers confidence in dealing with the challenges that it presents. This is a helpful and encouraging book for anyone looking for new insights into the enigma of dyslexia.
The Highlander's iron will, Amy Jarecki.
She will take him in, but her kindness could mean his end. When Skye of Clan Iain Abrach extends the hand of hospitality, she crosses more boundaries than the border of Glencoe. And if Kier Campbell accepts her offering, he will take the first step toward committing treason against king and kin. Given a hostile and unending feud between their clans, can the fierce power of love transcend the destruction of war?
The valiant Highlander, Amy Jarecki.
When Sir Donald MacDonald, Baronet of Sleat meets trews-wearing, musket-wielding, redheaded Mary of Castleton, he's completely flummoxed. Such a woman would never fit in to his aristocratic way of life. And Mary wants nothing to do with her father's wishes for her betrothal. Indeed, the two agree on one thing: They are completely, utterly and inarguably incompatible. But when Mary is abducted from Dunscaith Castle and spirited away in Sir Donald's sea galley, the baronet has no choice but to mount a rescue. When his plans are thwarted at every turn, Donald and Mary are thrown in a tumultuous race for their very lives. Though destiny brings them together, Don must face the truth smouceldering in the recesses of his heart. Can he cast aside his ideals and declare his love for the saucy Highland lass?
Only fools and stories, David Jason.
In his first book David Jason told us about himself from his early years training as an electrician through to making it as one of Britain's greatest actors. This autumn, in a follow up autobiography, he tells us about the many other lives he has lived his characters. From Del Boy to Granville, Pop Larkin to Frost, he takes us behind the scenes and under the skins of some of the best loved acts of his career. And in the process he reflects on how those characters changed his life too. The result told with his characteristic charm and wit is both funny and poignant, honest and heart-warming.
Erotic stories for Punjabi widows, Balli Kaur Jaswal.
A lively, sexy, and thought-provoking East-meets-West story about community, friendship, and women's lives at all ages. Nikki lives in cosmopolitan West London, where she tends bar at the local pub. The daughter of Indian immigrants, she's spent most of her twenty-odd years distancing herself from the traditional Sikh community of her childhood, preferring a more independent (that is, Western) life. When her father's death leaves the family financially strapped, Nikki, a law school dropout, impulsively takes a job teaching a "creative writing" course at the community centre in the beating heart of London's close-knit Punjabi community.
Sunshine at the Comfort Food Café, Debbie Johnson.
My name is Willow Longville. I live in a village called Budbury on the stunning Dorset coast with my mum Lynnie, who sometimes forgets who I am. I'm a waitress at the Comfort Food Café, which is really so much more than a café … it's my home. For Willow, the ramshackle café overlooking the beach, together with its warm-hearted community, offers friendship as a daily special and always has a hearty welcome on the menu. But when a handsome stranger blows in on a warm spring breeze, Willow soon realises that her quiet country life will be changed forever.
A winter flame, Milly Johnson.
Eve has never liked Christmas, not since her beloved fiance was killed in action in Afghanistan on Christmas Day. So when her adored elderly aunt dies, the last thing she is expecting is to be left a theme park in her will. A theme park with a Christmas theme' And that's not the only catch. Her aunt's will stipulates that Eve must run the park with a mysterious partner, the exotically named Jacques Glace. Who is this Jacques, and why did Aunt Evelyn name him in her will' But Eve isn't going to back down from a challenge. She's determined to make a success of Winterworld, no matter what. Can she overcome her dislike of Christmas, and can Jacques melt her frozen heart at last?
Jake Atlas and the hunt for the feathered god, Rob Lloyd Jones.
Jake Atlas and his family are on the run, hunted by international police while chasing the mysterious People of the Snake to stop them from hiding the secret history of humankind. But when the family's friend, Sami, is poisoned, the People of the Snake force the Atlases to work for them in exchange for a cure. Their mission: to locate a legendary lost city and the tomb of the Aztec god Quetzalcoatl in the jungles of Honduras - home to bandits, big cats, tarantulas and crocodiles. But the family's greatest enemy is themselves, as their squabbles threaten to get them into even deeper trouble. In order to reach the tomb, the family must survive ancient traps, jump out of a crashing plane, escape a jaguar's lair, climb a cliff of skulls, jump over a huge waterfall and escape from a trap of swinging blades.
The music shop, Rachel Joyce.
It's 1988. The CD has arrived. Sales of the shiny new disks are soaring on high streets in cities across the England. Meanwhile, down a dead-end street, Frank's music shop stands small and brightly lit, jam-packed with records of every kind. It attracts the lonely, the sleepless, the adrift. There is room for everyone. Frank has a gift for finding his customers the music they need. Into this shop arrives Ilse Brauchmann–practical, brave, well-heeled. Frank falls for this curious woman who always dresses in green. But Ilse's reasons for visiting the shop are not what they seem. Frank's passion for Ilse seems as misguided as his determination to save vinyl. How can a man so in tune with other people's needs be so incapable of helping himself? And what will it take to show he loves her? The Music Shop is a story about good, ordinary people who take on forces too big for them. It's about falling in love and how hard it can be. And it's about music–how it can bring us together when we are divided and save us when all seems lost.
Unearthed, Amie Kaufman.
When Earth intercepts a message from a long-extinct alien race, it seems like the solution humanity has been waiting for. The Undying's advanced technology has the potential to undo environmental damage and turn lives around, and their message leads to the planet Gaia, a treasure trove waiting to be explored. For Jules Addison and his fellow scholars, the discovery of an ancient alien culture offers unprecedented opportunity for study…as long as scavengers like Amelia Radcliffe don't loot everything first. Despite their opposing reasons for smuggling themselves onto the alien planet's surface, they're both desperate to uncover the riches hidden in the Undying temples. Beset by rival scavenger gangs, Jules and Mia form a fragile alliance…but both are keeping secrets that make trust nearly impossible. As they race to decode the ancient messages, Jules and Mia must navigate the traps and trials within the Undying temples and stay one step ahead of the scavvers on their heels. They came to Gaia certain that they had far more to fear from their fellow humans than the ancient beings whose mysteries they're trying to unravel. But the more they learn about the Undying, the more Jules and Mia start to feel like their presence in the temple is part of a grand design - one that could spell the end of the human race…
Killing season, Faye Kellerman.
Three years ago, fifteen-year-old Ellen Vicksburg went missing in the quiet town of River Remez, New Mexico. Ellen was kind, studious, and universally liked. Her younger brother, Ben, could imagine nothing worse than never knowing what happened to her, until, on the first anniversary of her death, he found her body in a shallow grave by the river's edge. Ben, now seventeen, is relentlessly driven to find answers to Ellen's homicide. Police believe she was the victim of a psychopath known as the Demon. But Ben's analytical mind sees patterns that don't fit, tiny threads and clues that are derived from other unsolved murders he has researched. Despite his all-consuming push for a real solution to the crime, Ben has hit a wall until he gains an unlikely ally; the school's popular new girl, Ro Majors, who has secrets of her own. As the body count rises, a picture emerges of an adversary who is as cunning and methodical and deadly. And uncovering the truth may not be enough to keep Ben, Ro and their loved ones safe from a twisted and fixated killer who has nothing left to lose.
Forbidden river, Brynn Kelly.
A dangerous game at the end of the earth. For French Foreign Legionnaire Cody Castillo, chasing deadly thrills is the only reprieve from a bloodstained past he can't forget. But when the adrenalin junkie finds himself caught in a mass murderer's crosshairs in the lonely wilds of New Zealand, he finds an unexpected, and intriguing, ally. Ex-air force pilot Tia Kupa has always found safety in nature, until a killer turns the wilderness into a playground. In this life-or-death game, the guarded woman who lives by the rules must rely on a risk taker with a death wish. The sexy devil-may-care legionnaire may be the wrong guy for her, but desire is just as primal as terror. Even if they outrun a predator, they can't escape the sizzling bond neither of them saw coming.
Death on demand, Jim Kelly.
When the newspapers turn up to cover Ruby Bright's 100th birthday, they find her seaside care home is a murder scene. Someone spirited Ruby away by wheelchair down to the water's edge on the idyllic north Norfolk coast, and strangled her. But why kill a harmless centurion? As Detective Inspector Shaw and Detective Sergeant Valentine investigate, it's clear Ruby wasn't the first victim, and nor is she the last. All trails seem to lead back to the old Parkwood Springs estate, close to the docklands. There's only one way in and one way out of the estate - through the derelict Lister Tunnel. But what is the secret within?
Death ship, Jim Kelly.
When an explosion rips across Hunstanton Beach on the north Norfolk coast, an abandoned Second World War bomb is assumed to be the cause but is it? Could there be a connection with the new pier being built and the increasingly bitter campaign to halt its construction? At the same time, DI Shaw and DS Valentine are on the hunt for an elderly female killer with a uniquely macabre method of despatch. And a 63-year-old Dutch engineer is missing, presumed drowned but where is the body? All seemingly unrelated investigations but in each case nothing is as it seems. To find the answers, Shaw must delve into the past, and a mystery that has remained unsolved for more than sixty years.
Death watch, Jim Kelly.
5 September 1992. Fifteen-year-old Norma Jean Judd disappeared from her home never to be seen again. 5 September 2010. Exactly eighteen years later, Bryan Judd, Norma Jean's twin, is pulled from the searing heat of a hospital incinerator. When his charred remains are examined, the murder squad confirms that his death was no accident. Could it somehow be linked to his sister's disappearance? For DI Peter Shaw and DS George Valentine, the case proves their most intriguing yet. As they begin their investigation into Bryan's life, they uncover a secret world of criminal activity in Bryan's neighbourhood and at the hospital where he died. Can Shaw and Valentine solve Bryan's murder before any more lives are violently snatched away? And will they ever learn the truth about what happened to Norma Jean?
Wild chicory, Kim Kelly.
Wild Chicory is the story of a journey from Ireland to Australia in the early 1900s, along threads of love, family, war and peace. It's a slice of ordinary life rich in history, folklore and fairy tale, and a portrait of the precious bond between a granddaughter, Brigid, and her grandmother, Nell. From the windswept, emerald coast of County Kerry, to the slums of Sydney's Surry Hills; and from the bitter sectarian violence of Ulster, to tranquillity of rural New South Wales, Brigid weaves her grandmother's tales into a small but beautiful epic of romance and tragedy, of laughter and the cold reality of loss. It's Nell's tales, tall and true, that spur Brigid to write her own, too. Ultimately, it's a story of finding your feet in a new land – be that a new country, or a new emotional space – and the wonderful trove of narrative we carry with us wherever we might go. In many ways Brigid and Nell are Kim and her grandmother Lillian Kelly, and many snippets of story in this work belong especially to them. It is primarily a work of fiction, but while the Kennedys and the O'Halligans in Wild Chicory are not the Kellys and O'Reillys of Kim's own family history, they have sprung direct from her heart, and show readers just how it is she came to be a writer of stories herself.
After midnight, Elle Kennedy.
Abby Sinclair was one of the deadliest assassins in the world before she became a mercenary. She likes her work—the missions, the adrenaline, the danger. But now she has a secret that could change everything. Especially since she and her husband, fellow operative Kane Woodland, have been thrust into an assignment that has put their lives in mortal danger. But as the secrets between Kane and Abby pile up, they begin to drift apart—until only a fatal twist in the mission can bring them back together.
Alfie Bloom and the secrets of Hexbridge Castle, Gabrielle Kent.
Alfie Bloom is just an ordinary boy. Until he receives a letter summoning him to raven-like solicitor Caspian Bone's office. Here, Alfie learns that he has inherited a castle. And through mysterious circumstances surrounding his birth, he has also been entrusted as the caretaker of a centuries-old magic.
Alfie Bloom and the talisman thief, Gabrielle Kent.
When Alfie Bloom inherited a castle and a centuries-old magic, his dull and lonely life was changed forever. But Alfie's new life has come with dangers he never could have expected. When Ashford the butler is kidnapped in the middle of the night, the castle comes under threat from a terrifying enemy. Trapped inside with only his twin cousins and best friend Amy, it's up to Alfie to defend his inheritance and prevent a terrible fate from befalling the whole of England!
Killer intent, Tony Kent.
When an attempted assassination sparks a chain reaction of explosive events across London, Britain's elite security forces seem powerless to stop the chaos threatening to overwhelm the government. As the dark and deadly conspiracy unfolds, three strangers find their fates entwined: Joe Dempsey, a deadly military intelligence officer; Sarah Truman, a CNN reporter determined to get her headline; and Michael Devlin, a Belfast-born criminal barrister with a secret past. As the circle of those they can trust grows ever smaller, Dempsey, Devlin and Truman are forced to work in the shadows, caught in a life-or-death race against the clock, before the terrible plot can consume them all.
Watermelon, Marian Keyes.
On the day she gives birth to her first child, Claire Walsh's husband James tells her he's been having an affair and now's the right time to leave her. Right for who exactly? Exhausted, tearful and a tiny bit furious, Claire can't think what to do. So she follows the instincts of all self-respecting adults in tricky situations. And runs home to Mum and Dad. But while her parents are sympathetic, Claire's younger sisters are less so. Helen wants to share the new toy (she means baby Kate). While Anna is too busy having out-of-her-head experiences. So when James slips back into her life, desperate to put things right, Claire doesn't know whether to take a chance on a past she'd feared she'd lost for ever or face an uncertain future on her own. But is she as on her own as she really believes?
Begone the Raggedy Witches, Celine Kiernan.
On the night that Aunty dies the Raggedy Witches come for Mup's mam. Pale, cold, relentless, they will do anything to coax Mam back to Witches Borough. When they kidnap Mup's dad, Mup and her mam must leave the mundane world to rescue him. But Mam is strange on this side of the border, striding, powerful, and distant. Even if they can save Dad, Mup is not sure anything will ever be the same again.
Every other Wednesday, Susan Kietzman.
For years, Ellie, Alice, and Joan enjoyed a casual friendship while volunteering at their children's Connecticut high school. Now, with those children grown and gone to college, a local tragedy brings the three into contact again. But what begins as a catch-up lunch soon moves beyond small talk to the struggles of this next stage of life. Over the course of an eventful year, the three will meet every other Wednesday to talk, plan–and find the freedom, and the courage, to redefine themselves.
The language of bees, Laurie R King.
The New York Times Bestseller. For Mary Russell and her husband, Sherlock Holmes, returning to the Sussex coast after seven months abroad was a delicious anticipation. There was even a mystery to solve - the unexplained disappearance of an entire colony of bees from one of Holmes's beloved hives. But the anticipated sweetness of their homecoming is quickly tempered by a bitter memory from her husband's past. Mary had met Damian Adler only once before, when the promising surrealist painter had been charged with - and exonerated from - murder. Now the talented and troubled young man is enlist.
Hill country courtship: Brides of Simpson Creek Series, Book 8, Laurie Kingery.
Maude Harkey is resigned to a loveless life until a baby is born–and orphaned–at her boarding house home. She'll never be a wife…but she can still be a mother. Yet a boarding house is no place for a newborn. Enter Jonas MacLaren–a handsome, exasperating rancher with an offer too good to refuse. Jonas can handle running a ranch–but handling his cantankerous mother is another matter. Maude matches his mother's stubbornness so she'll be a perfect live-in companion. But she's there for his mother, not for him. He'll just have to keep his wounded heart closed to her beauty, her humour, her warmth and strength–and her irresistibly adorable baby.
The doctor's runaway fiancée, Cindy Kirk.
A bolting bride. Sylvie Thorne doesn't believe in happily-ever-after. Tormented by a tumultuous childhood, the struggling baker's certain she did the right thing running from her perfect-as-a-prince Boston blueblood fiancé, leaving not a glass slipper but a brief text behind. She just never expected him to follow her. Dr. Andrew O'Shea wants closure. To get it, he'll implement a plan. Three weeks with Sylvie in his Jackson Hole rental. Lots of togetherness, a little dialogue–and no sex. Twenty-one days to prove they're from two different worlds. Instead, one kiss shows him what they have in common–blazing chemistry that never died. Now Andrew's in trouble. Instead of laying the past to rest, he's thinking of the future–with his former fiancée.
Healthy hormones: a practical guide to balancing your hormones, Belinda Kirkpatrick.
Discover how to feel your best and balance your hormones, naturally. Healthy Hormones is about making small and realistic changes to help your body function at its optimum level. Naturopath Belinda Kirkpatrick helps you understand your hormones and provides easy ways to manage symptoms, hormonal conditions and fertility through diet and lifestyle. Expert nutritional advice and lifestyle tips are combined with answers to the many questions that women have asked Belinda during a decade of clinical practice. Healthy Hormones features 50 deliciously healthy family recipes, specially created, styled and photographed by recipe developer Ainsley Johnstone. The dishes are tailored around hormone-balancing ingredients and nutrient-dense fertility foods.
I am here: stories from a cancer ward, Johannes Klabbers.
What comfort can an agnostic give people who are suffering or dying? Looking for more meaning in his work, Johannes Klabbers gave up a tenured academic position to spend his days caring for the sick and dying. He trained as a secular pastoral carer in a cancer hospital, and from the patients there he learned how simply talking and listening can provide comfort: from chatting about the football to discussing life's meaning and how one prepares for death. I Am Here is a frank, moving, and sometimes funny record of his encounters. It gives an unforgettable insight into the variety of ways people cope with suffering, and suggests how we can support them–through caring, through conversation, and by acknowledging that although we may not be able to answer all of life's questions, we can face them together. From one of the saddest places comes this powerful affirmation of our capacity for humane care.
James Patterson presents The Radcliffes, T J Kline.
The wedding florist: After losing her job and getting evicted from her home, the last thing florist Anna Nolan needs is to ruin her new gig. But it's hard for her to work for the powerful and sexy Gabriel Radcliffe. Namely, because Anna's arranging the flowers for his wedding to society girl Stephanie Maurier-and she wishes she were the bride. The horse trainer: Fallon Radcliffe can only escape her socialite family and their expectations when she's in the stables with her horse, Destiny's Dreamer. But she doesn't realize that her love for racing will develop into something more- a yearning for her trainer, Travis Mitchell, even though they live worlds apart. The gourmet chef: Alexandra Radcliffe has never been a dreamer. But when she meets the man of her secret fantasies -a sexy, driven chef who wants to open a restaurant-she starts to believe in happily ever after. Or is there something about the smooth Nico Donacelli that could destroy their precious, fragile bond?
Sirens, Joseph Knox.
Isabelle Rossiter has run away again. When Aidan Waits, a troubled junior detective, is summoned to her father's penthouse home, he finds a manipulative man, with powerful friends. But retracing Isabelle's steps through a dark nocturnal world, Waits finds something else; an intelligent seventeen-year-old girl who's scared to death of something. As he investigates her story, and the unsolved disappearance of a young woman just like her, he realizes Isabelle was right to run away. Soon Waits is cut loose by his superiors, stalked by an unseen killer and dangerously attracted to the wrong woman. He's out of his depth and out of time. How can he save the girl, when he can't even save himself?
Fantastic beasts and where to find them: character guide, Michael Kogge.
Relive the movie magic with this hardcover guide, which includes essential information about all the main characters of the film! The experience of this eBook will be best if viewed on a tablet.
From the mixed-up files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler., E L Konigsburg.
A little girl feels she is not appreciated and leaves home to live in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York where she becomes involved with an old woman and a statue with a secret.
Look at me, Mareike Krügel.
Katharina's husband isn't coming home for the weekend–again–so she's on her own. When their chaotic daughter Helli has a nosebleed, Kat has to dash off to school to pick her up. Then their son, Alex, announces he's bringing his new girlfriend home for the first time. Kat's best friend from college is coming around tonight too, and she's wondering if she should try to seduce him–but first she needs to do the shopping, the vacuuming and the laundry, deal with an exploding clothes-dryer, find their neighbour's severed thumb in the front yard and catch a couple of escaped rodents. When she's got all that sorted, perhaps she'll have time to think about the thing she's been trying not to think about–the lump she's just found in her breast. Because you can't just die and leave a huge mess for someone else to clean up…can you? And wasn't there supposed to be more to life than this?
Carpe diem regained: the vanishing art of seizing the day, Roman Krznaric.
Carpe diem – 'seize the day' – is one of the oldest pieces of life advice in Western history. But its true spirit has been hijacked by ad men and self-help gurus, reduced to the instant hit of one-click online shopping, or slogans like 'live in the now'. We need to reclaim it to make sense of our complex, confusing times. The last great expression of carpe diem was in the electrifying existential philosophy of the 1940s. Today it's an idea that challenges us to confront our mortality and live with greater passion and intention rather than scroll mindlessly on our phones or allow freedom to become a mere choice between brands. In Carpe Diem Regained, Roman Krznaric reinvents existentialism for our age of information and choice overload. An essential and empowering work of contemporary philosophy, the book unveils the surprising ways of seizing the day that humankind has discovered over the centuries, ones we urgently need to revive. Carpe diem is the existentialism for our times.
How to find fulfilling work, Roman Krznaric.
This is a book about how to take working life in new directions how to negotiate the labyrinth of choices, how to think about personal ambitions and motivations, and ultimately how to take concrete steps to finding a fulfilling career. It is a self-help book with a difference. Standard career guides are filled with pop psychology and bullet-point advice for writing CVs and making action plans, but How to Find Fulfilling Work casts its net wider. While not ignoring the insights of psychology or the need for practical planning, it reveals wisdom about work found in sociology, history, literature, film and philosophy. It may be a false illusion that there is some perfect dream job out there for us, an ideal calling or vocation. But this book is premised on the idea that it is possible to find work that is life-enhancing. This is a book that inspires as much as it instructs and will aid self-reflection about the wider quest of how to live a good life.
Giovanna's navel: and four more stories, Ernest van der Kwast.
The vivid characters in these stories share lives marked by coincidences, deeply felt passions, impulsive decisions, and missed opportunities. There's Ezio, a lonely apple-picker dangerously obsessed with spirited teenager Giovanna. Heinrich is a quiet ticket inspector who watches his passengers live their lives as he longs for a meaningful connection of his own. Klaus is a young man reflecting on his first unrequited love, Eva. And Paul's experiences of loss bring him to a new life. As they look back and narrate their histories, each reflects on the circuitous paths that life took them, and on the relationships that never came to pass. Melancholic yet tender, these beautifully rendered atmospheric stories explore loss, longing, coming of age, and regret, and speak to the humanity in all of us.
Exiles of Valdemar, Mercedes Lackey.
Collection of three novels set in the classic fantasy universe. Exile's honour: follows the story of Alberich, the youngest captain in the army of Karse with a secret special power of foresight. When he is injured in battle, he is unwillingly taken to Valdemar and begins training as a Herald. He switches allegiances and joins in the battles against Karse. Exile's valor: Alberich falls in love with another female Herald, Myste, and struggling to keep track of Valdemar's enemies in his new position as Weaponsmaster. This book also tracks the early years of the very young, new queen of Valdemar, Selenay. Take a thief: This book reveals the untold story of Skif, the popular character of Lackey's first book, Arrows of the Queen. Skif is a homeless pickpocket until he is chosen to become a Herald for the queen. However, one day he returns to his new home where he is training to find that it has been burnt down and his comrades and mentor dead. He teams up with Alberich, the Weapons-master and protagonist from the Exile books to take revenge on the criminal who killed his friends and becomes a hero of Valdemar.
Cowboy stole my heart: a River Ranch novel, Soraya Lane.
It takes true grit to build a billion-dollar dynasty like the Ford family ranch. But when it comes to finding love, all it takes is one handsome cowboy to steal a woman's heart. As one of the heirs to the River Ranch fortune, Mia Ford is practically Texas royalty. But that doesn't mean she's some pampered princess. She can saddle up and ride a horse as well as any man, even a hard-working cowboy like Sam Mendes. For years, she's harboured a crush on the strong, silent horseman. But how can she make a move when she's his boss? Sam Mendes is through with love–or so he thought. Still recovering from a breakup, he's doing everything in his power to resist Mia Ford. It's bad enough she's the kind of beauty who drives men wild with desire. It's even worse she's got him so worked up, aching to kiss her lips, when he's supposed to be working her ranch. Is this love-struck cowboy willing to risk losing his job–and breaking his heart–to win the girl of his dreams?
Troll blood, Katherine Langrish.
When the cunning seafaring trader Gunnar, and his short-tempered, sword-wielding son, Harald Silkenhair, land in Trollsvik looking for a crew for a journey to Vinland, fifteen-year-old Peer, suspicious of their motives, reluctantly agrees to join them, mostly to watch over his friend Hilde who is eager to sail to the New World as companion to Gunnar's wife Astrid.
Troll Fell, Katherine Langrish.
An adventure-filled story of Peer Ulfsson and his dog, Loki, Peer's hideous uncles Baldur and Grim Grimsson, and their hideous dog, Grendel, and the trolls of Troll Fell. Forced to live with his evil identical-twin uncles after his father's death, twelve-year-old Peer tries to find a way to stop their plan to sell the neighbour's children to the trolls.
Troll Mill, Katherine Langrish.
For three years Troll Mill has stood empty, and Peer Ulfsson has found a home with his friend Hilde. One day, returning from a hard day's fishing, Peer watches horror-struck as his friend Kersten rushes to the shore, thrusting her baby into his arms, and throws herself into the sea. Struggling home with the baby, Peer passes the old mill, once owned by his wicked uncles, and sees the millwheel turning! But it has been derelict for years … Who or what could be lurking in the shadows?
The hatchling, Kathryn Lasky.
After Kludd's death, his mate Nyra is determined that her hatchling, Nyroc, will fulfill his father's destiny of viciously oppressing all of the owl kingdomes, but Nyroc, fed by scraps of forbidden legend and news of a place where goodness and nobility reign, defies his mother and his destiny.
The last train., Sue Lawrence.
At 7 p.m. on 28 December 1879, a violent storm batters the newly built rail bridge across the River Tay, close to the city of Dundee. Ann Craig is waiting for her husband, the owner of a large local jute mill, to return home. From her window Ann sees a shocking sight as the bridge collapses, and the lights of the train in which he is travelling plough down into the freezing river waters. As Ann manages the grief and expectations of family and friends amid a town mourning its loved ones, doubt is cast on whether Robert was on the train after all. If not, where is he? And who is the mysterious woman who is first to be washed ashore? In 2015, Fiona Craig wakes to find that her partner Pete, an Australian restaurateur, has cleared the couple's bank account before abandoning his car at the local airport and disappearing. When the police discover his car is stolen, Fiona conducts her own investigation into Pete's background, slowly uncovering dark secrets and strange parallels with the events of 1879.
Mistress of melody, Anthea Lawson.
She is filled with wild passion… Jessamyn Lovell, the "Gypsy Violinist," is the newest musical sensation among the ton, but she and her sister are caught in the grip of an unscrupulous uncle, who uses her performances as a cover for his crimes. He has scoured the recklessness from his soul… The Earl of Silverton, Morgan Trevethwick, has spent ten years restoring his family's reputation in the wake of scandal–and it has made him a tightly controlled and unyielding man. Together, they will be one another's ruin… When danger looms, Jessa risks everything to seek Morgan's help. He cannot refuse a woman in distress, though she threatens to overturn the future he has worked so hard to secure. Even worse, she relights a fire in his heart–one he had thought extinguished forever.
Words are my matter: writings about life and books, 2000-2016 with a journal of a writer's week, Ursula K Le Guin.
This collection of Ursula K. Le Guin's recent talks, essays, introductions is the best manual we have for exploring the worlds explored in recent fiction; the most useful guide to the country we're visiting, life.
The opal dragonfly., Julian Leatherdale.
Miss Isobel Clara Macleod, youngest of the seven children of Major Sir Angus Hutton Macleod, Surveyor-General of the colony of New South Wales, had the singular misfortune to know that at seven o'clock that morning her father was going to die. September, 1851. Sydney, city of secrets and gossip. Seventeen-year-old Isobel Macleod is determined to save her father because she loves him. But when she dares to trespass in a forbidden male world, she will be plunged into social disgrace. A wave of ill fortune threatens to swallow up her family and their stately home, Rosemount Hall, 'the finest house in the colony' on the foreshores of Sydney Harbour. Is Isobel to blame for her family's fate or does the cause lie further in the past? When Isobel was four, Major Macleod returned from an expedition with two 'souvenirs': an Aboriginal girl who became her friend and two opals fashioned into a dragonfly brooch for her mother. When Isobel inherits this 'unlucky' heirloom, she wonders if the terrible dreams it summons are a curse or a gift. Now Isobel's hopes for her future depend on a charming bohemian who encourages her hidden passion to become an artist. Will she now be permanently exiled from her family home? Or will she be transformed into a new self, like a magnificent dragonfly emerging into the sunlight?
The friendship cure: the art of friendship and why it matters more than ever, Kate Leaver.
A compelling, fresh and thought-provoking exploration of friendship - what it is, how to keep it, and why we need it more than ever before. Friendship is like water. We need it to survive, we crave it when it's scarce, it runs through our veins and yet we forget its value simply because it's always available. The basic compulsion to make friends is in our DNA; we've evolved, chimp-like, to seek out connection with other human beings. We move through life in packs and friendship circles and yet we are stuck in the greatest loneliness epidemic of our time. It's killing us, making us miserable and causing a public health crisis. But what if friendship is the solution, not the distraction? Journalist Kate Leaver believes that friendship is the essential cure for the modern malaise of solitude, ignorance, ill health and angst. If we only treated camaraderie as a social priority, it could affect everything from our physical health and emotional well-being to our capacity to find a home, keep a job, get married, stay married, succeed, feed and understand ourselves. In this witty, smart book - an appealing blend of science, pop culture and memoir - she meets scientists, speaks to old friends, finds extraordinary stories and uncovers research to look at what friendship is, how it feels, where it can survive, why we need it and what we can do to get the most from it - and how we might change the world if we value it properly.
The house, Simon Lelic.
Londoners Jack and Syd moved into the house a year ago. It seemed like their dream home: tons of space, the perfect location, and a friendly owner who wanted a young couple to have it. So when they made a grisly discovery in the attic, Jack and Syd chose to ignore it. That was a mistake. Because someone has just been murdered outside their back door. And now the police are watching them.
Drug dealer, MD: how doctors were duped, patients got hooked, and why it's so hard to stop, Anna Lembke.
Three out of four people addicted to heroin probably started on a prescription opioid, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In the United States alone, 16,000 people die each year as a result of prescription opioid overdose. But perhaps the most frightening aspect of the prescription drug epidemic is that it's built on well-meaning doctors treating patients with real problems. Combining case studies from her own practice with vital statistics drawn from public policy, cultural anthropology, and neuroscience, Dr. Anna Lembke explores the complex relationship between doctors and patients, the science of addiction, and the barriers to successfully addressing drug dependence and addiction. Full of extensive interviews – with health care providers, pharmacists, social workers, hospital administrators, insurance company executives, journalists, economists, advocates, and patients and their families – Drug Dealer, MD is for anyone whose life has been touched in some way by addiction to prescription drugs. Dr. Lembke gives voice to the millions of Americans struggling with prescription drugs while singling out the real culprits behind the rise in opioid addiction: cultural narratives that promote pills as quick fixes, pharmaceutical corporations in cahoots with organized medicine, and a new medical bureaucracy focused on the bottom line that favours pills, procedures, and patient satisfaction over wellness.
Daughter of the Siren Queen, Tricia Levenseller.
Alosa's mission is finally complete. Not only has she recovered all three pieces of the map to a legendary hidden treasure, but the pirates who originally took her captive are now prisoners on her ship. Still unfairly attractive and unexpectedly loyal, first mate Riden is a constant distraction, but now he's under her orders. And she takes great comfort in knowing that the villainous Vordan will soon be facing her father's justice. When Vordan exposes a secret her father has kept for years, Alosa and her crew find themselves in a deadly race with the feared Pirate King. Despite the danger, Alosa knows they will recover the treasure first…after all, she is the daughter of the Siren Queen. In Daughter of the Siren Queen, Tricia Levenseller brings together the perfect mix of thrilling action, tense battle scenes, and a heart-pounding romance.
A home for Hannah, Amy Lillard.
Fifteen years. That's how long it's been since Hannah McLean set foot in the Amish community where she was raised. Through it all her heart has never forgotten Pontotoc–or Aaron Zook, her first love. Now widowed, and left with little more than her hurting teenager and her prayers, she returns home, even knowing she and her son may be turned away. When Aaron learns Hannah has returned, he nearly falls to his knees. He's a strong man, but lately the care of his three motherless children and family land have been more than he can handle. Now providence has delivered the first woman he loved, and with her, the rush of feelings they once shared.
The passengers, Eleanor Limprecht.
A war bride and her granddaughter are on a cruise from San Diego, California to Sydney, Australia. The grandmother, Sarah, was born in Australia and has not returned since she left in 1946, after she married an American serviceman during World War II and travelled to the US after the war on the 'Bride Ship' the USS Mariposa to start life with her new husband. During the journey back to the country of her birth, Sarah tells her granddaughter Hannah the story of her life. Hannah, who is the same age Sarah was when she made her first journey, listens avidly, seeing her grandmother for the first time as a woman and a person with a past. Her grandmother gives Hannah new perspective on the stories she has always told herself: that she will never be content with the way she looks, that the desire she feels is ugly and that she doesn't deserve happiness. It is when they arrive at their destination that Hannah realises the immensity of Sarah's life and what she has given up.
Cupcakes & confetti, Jane Linfoot.
The cutest little wedding shop in all of Cornwall, has it all, including cake baker Poppy who lives upstairs. But wedding planning is not the piece of cake Poppy thought it would be, and when her best friend Cate's wedding planner walks out, Poppy has to tie up the loose ends so her bestie can tie the knot. Double-booked venues, 'rustic' locations and gorgeous but grumpy farmer Rafe have this wedding pro feeling like she could be Cate's 'something blue.' Will the wedding, the shop and the cake all come crashing down on her? Or will Poppy pull it off to give Cate - and herself - the happy ever afters they deserve?
Sunburn., Laura Lippman.
A novel of psychological suspense about a pair of lovers with the best intentions and the worst luck: two people locked in a passionate yet uncompromising game of cat and mouse. But instead of rules, this game has dark secrets, forbidden desires, inevitable betrayals and cold-blooded murder. One is playing a long game. But which one? They meet at a local tavern in the small town of Belleville, Delaware. Polly is set on heading west. Adam says he's also passing through. Yet she stays and he stays, drawn to this mysterious redhead whose quiet stillness both unnerves and excites him. Over the course of a punishing summer, Polly and Adam abandon themselves to a steamy, inexorable affair. Still, each holds something back from the other - dangerous, even lethal, secrets. Then someone dies. Was it an accident, or part of a plan? By now, Adam and Polly are so ensnared in each other's lives and lies that neither one knows how to get away or even if they want to. Is their love strong enough to withstand the truth, or will it ultimately destroy them? Something or someone has to give. Which one will it be?
Sunburn, Laura Lippman.
A novel of psychological suspense about a pair of lovers with the best intentions and the worst luck: two people locked in a passionate yet uncompromising game of cat and mouse. But instead of rules, this game has dark secrets, forbidden desires, inevitable betrayals and cold-blooded murder. One is playing a long game. But which one? They meet at a local tavern in the small town of Belleville, Delaware. Polly is set on heading west. Adam says he's also passing through. Yet she stays and he stays, drawn to this mysterious redhead whose quiet stillness both unnerves and excites him. Over the course of a punishing summer, Polly and Adam abandon themselves to a steamy, inexorable affair. Still, each holds something back from the other - dangerous, even lethal, secrets. Then someone dies. Was it an accident, or part of a plan? By now, Adam and Polly are so ensnared in each other's lives and lies that neither one knows how to get away or even if they want to. Is their love strong enough to withstand the truth, or will it ultimately destroy them? Something or someone has to give. Which one will it be?
Lift off: from the classroom to the stars, Donovan Livingston.
Donovan Livingston has dedicated his life to sparking the joy of learning in young minds, and when he took the podium to give his convocation address at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, he shared a powerful message of hope and hard truths. In emotionally charged spoken word, Donovan declares that education can only become an equalizer if we first acknowledge the inequality and racial divides holding back America's future. Years ago, his seventh-grade teacher saw a rambunctious child, and instead of silencing him, encouraged his voice, telling him that our stories are ladders that enable us to touch the stars. Donovan now continues the work of helping every young person reach their celestial potential. He calls on us all to lift our voices on behalf of every child, as their brighter futures can light up our own. Donovan's speech has touched the lives of millions, and now for the first time his words are bound between book covers, to be shared in a beautiful package with graduates and educators today and with generations to come.
The sinister sweetness of Splendid Academy, Nikki Loftin.
In this twist on "Hansel and Gretel," two middle schoolers find themselves in a new charter school filled with a mysterious abundance of food at mealtimes and sinister teachers up to no good.
The Devil takes a bride, Julia London.
Once the toast of society, Grace Cabot and her sisters now await the shame of losing high status and fine luxuries upon the death of the Earl of Beckington. The dire circumstances are inevitable unless, of course, Grace's wicked plot to seduce a wealthy viscount into marriage goes off without a single hitch. But once a stolen embrace with the wrong man leads her to be discovered in the arms of Jeffrey, the Earl of Merryton, her plan takes a most unexpected–and scorching–twist. Governed by routine and ruled by duty, Jeffrey had no desire for a wife before he succumbed to Grace's temptation. Though his golden-haired, in-name-only bride is the definition of disorder, he can't resist wanting her in every way. But once her secrets meet his, society might consider their lives to be ruined beyond repair…while Jeffrey might just see it as a new beginning.
The fugitive, Pittacus Lore.
The Fugitive follows Mark James as he tries to track down Sarah Hart, evade the Mogadorians and the FBI, and discover the identity of the mysterious blogger he knows only as GUARD.
The guard, Pittacus Lore.
The Guard tells the story of the hacker who has been aiding the Lorien survivors from the shadows for years. She's determined to defeat the Mogs-and she just found her secret weapon.
The navigator, Pittacus Lore.
The Navigator reveals the truth about the crew of the two Loric spaceships who escaped to Earth and shows what happened to the pilots after they arrived and parted ways with the Garde.
Why women talk and men walk: how to improve your relationship without discussing it, Patricia Love.
By explaining that it is the fundamental differences between men and women that can make relationships so hard, this work reveals that the key to a great relationship is not communication but rediscovering and maintaining the connection a couple felt when they first met.
Warcross, Marie Lu.
For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn't just a game, it's a way of life. The obsession started 10 years ago, and its fan base now spans the globe, some eager to escape from reality and others hoping to make a profit. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down Warcross players who bet on the game illegally. But the bounty-hunting world is a competitive one, and survival has not been easy. To make some quick cash, Emika takes a risk and hacks in to the opening game of the international Warcross Championships only to accidentally glitch herself into the action and become an overnight sensation. Convinced she's going to be arrested, Emika is shocked when instead she gets a call from the game's creator, the elusive young billionaire Hideo Tanaka, with an irresistible offer. He needs a spy on the inside of this year's tournament in order to uncover a security problem and he wants Emika for the job. With no time to lose, Emika's whisked off to Tokyo and thrust into a world of fame and fortune that she's only dreamed of. But soon her investigation uncovers a sinister plot, with major consequences for the entire Warcross empire.
Missing Isaac, Valerie Fraser Luesse.
There was another South in the 1960s, one far removed from the marches and bombings and turmoil in the streets that were broadcast on the evening news. It was a place of inner turmoil, where ordinary people struggled to right themselves on a social landscape that was dramatically shifting beneath their feet. This is the world of Valerie Fraser Luesse's stunning debut, Missing Isaac. It is 1965 when black field hand Isaac Reynolds goes missing from the tiny, unassuming town of Glory, Alabama. The townspeople's reactions range from concern to indifference, but one boy will stop at nothing to find out what happened to his unlikely friend. White, wealthy, and fatherless, young Pete McLean has nothing to gain and everything to lose in his relentless search for Isaac. In the process, he will discover much more than he bargained for. Before it's all over, Pete–and the people he loves most–will have to blur the hard lines of race, class, and religion. And what they discover about themselves may change some of them forever.
The new watch, Sergeĭ? Lukianenko.
Walking the streets of our cities are the Others. These men and women are guardians of the Twilight, a shadowy parallel world that exists alongside our own. Each has sworn allegiance to one side, fighting for the Light, or the Darkness. But now, beyond the continuing struggle comes a peril that threatens their very world. At Moscow airport, Higher Light Magician Anton Gorodetsky overhears a child screaming that a plane is about to crash. He discovers that the child is a prophet: an Other with the gift of foretelling the future. When the catastrophe is averted, Gorodetsky senses a disruption in the natural order, one that is confirmed by the arrival of a dark and terrifying predator. From the Night Watch headquarters Gorodetsky travels to London, to Taiwan and across Russia in search of clues, unearthing as he goes a series of increasingly cataclysmic prophecies. He soon realizes that what is at stake is the existence of the Twilight itself–and that only he will be able to save it.
The sixth watch, Sergeĭ Lukianenko.
Walking the streets of our cities are the Others. These men and women are guardians of the Twilight, a shadowy parallel world that exists alongside our own. Each has sworn allegiance to one side, fighting for the Light, or the Darkness. But now, beyond the continuing struggle comes a peril that threatens their very world…At Moscow airport, Higher Light Magician Anton Gorodetsky overhears a child screaming that a plane is about to crash. He discovers that the child is a prophet: an Other with the gift of foretelling the future. When the catastrophe is averted, Gorodetsky senses a disruption in the natural order, one that is confirmed by the arrival of a dark and terrifying predator. From the Night Watch headquarters Gorodetsky travels to London, to Taiwan and across Russia in search of clues, unearthing as he goes a series of increasingly cataclysmic prophecies. He soon realises that what is at stake is the existence of the Twilight itself - and that only he will be able to save it.
The Everything® guide to adrenal fatigue: revive energy, boost immunity, and improve concentration for a happy, stress-free life, Maggie Luther.
Reset your diet and reclaim your health! In our super-busy society, it's easy to become overwhelmed. Long work hours, home and family obligations, and everyday stress can make anyone feel tired. Add to that relationship problems, serious illness, or a family crisis, and the flood of stress-related hormones can put some people into a state of constant fatigue. This is known as adrenal fatigue. Adrenal fatigue syndrome affects the adrenal glands' ability to regulate hormones, resulting in body aches, sleep disturbances, and digestive problems. The Everything Guide to Adrenal Fatigue offers.
The necessary death of Lewis Winter, Malcolm Mackay.
A twenty-nine-year-old man lives alone in his Glasgow flat. The telephone rings; a casual conversation, but behind this a job offer. The clues are there if you know to look for them. He is an expert. A loner. Freelance. Another job is another job, but what if this organisation wants more? A meeting at a club. An offer. A brief. A target: Lewis Winter. It's hard to kill a man well. People who do it well know this. People who do it badly find out the hard way. The hard way has consequences.
For those who know the ending, Malcolm Mackay.
He has to clear thoughts of Joanne and thoughts of the past out of his mind. He has to think about himself, his situation. Think about the next hour. The last thirty two years don't matter; whatever remains of the rest of his life doesn't matter. It's the next hour. In that hour, everything will be decided. Usman Kassar is comfortable in his older brother's shadow, for now. Staying off the radars of the big players lets him plan big scores with little danger of detection. But dangerous jobs will get you noticed, whether you want them to or not. Martin Sivok is a gunman without a target. An outsider in a new city who doesn't know how to make a fresh start. But when you desperately need doors to start opening, someone like Usman might just persuade you to pull at the wrong handle - like the one that opens a safe full of dirty money. Dirty money that the Jamieson organization, one of the most dangerous criminal outfits in town, wants back. Any job can have brutal consequences when it threatens the reputation of Nate Colgan. Nate can't help being frightening; a man with darkness inside him. As the reluctant 'security consultant' for a fracturing criminal organisation, he knows that unless he recovers the stolen money quickly, much more than his livelihood will be on the line. But if you've been forced into a job that you know could be your ending, how hard will you fight to keep it?
How a gunman says goodbye, Malcolm Mackay.
How does a gunman retire? Frank MacLeod was the best at what he does. Thoughtful. Efficient. Ruthless. But is he still the best? A new job. A target. But something is about to go horribly wrong. Someone is going to end up dead. Most gunmen say goodbye to the world with a bang. Frank's still here. He's lasted longer than he should have.
The night the rich men burned, Malcolm Mackay.
When two friends, Alex Glass and Oliver Peterkinney are looking for work in Glasgow, they soon become involved in one of the city's darkest and most dangerous trades: the moneylending business. But while one rises quickly up the ranks – becoming a brutal and efficient collector – the other will find himself prey to the industry's addictive lifestyle and ever-spiralling debts. Meanwhile, the business's three most powerful rivals – Marty Jones, pimp and sometime lender; Potty Cruickshank, member of the old guard; and Billy Patterson, ruthless newcomer – vie for prominence. But now Peterkinney, young and darkly ambitious, is beginning to step on toes … As the moneylenders attempt to out-manoeuvre one another for a bigger share of the city's debts, Peterkinney and Glass will find themselves at the very centre of this war. And as the pressure on them builds, each will find their actions – and inactions – coming back to haunt them. But it is those they love who are likely to suffer most …
The sudden arrival of violence, Malcolm Mackay.
He's touching the front of his coat, feeling the shape of the gun. Should have got rid of it. On any other night, any other job, he would. This isn't any other job. This, he intends, will be his last. It begins with two deaths: a money-man and a grass. Deaths that offer a unique opportunity to a man like Calum MacLean. A man who has finally had enough of killing. Meanwhile two of Glasgow's biggest criminal organisations are at quiet, deadly war with one another. And as Detective Michael Fisher knows, the biggest and bloodiest manoeuvres are yet to come.
Rebellion of thieves, Kekla Magoon.
Robyn Loxley can't rest now that she's the #1 Most Wanted Fugitive, Robyn Hoodlum. The harsh Nott City governor, Ignomus Crown, may have increased the reward for her capture, but this won't stop Robyn from masterminding her biggest mission yet: infiltrating the governor's mansion to rescue her parents. The perfect opportunity arises when the Iron Teen contest comes to Sherwood. If Robyn scores high enough, she'll be invited Continuing her high-adventure Robin Hood reboot, National Book Award finalist Kekla Magoon delivers more action and intrigue, as this unforgettable heroine and her motley crew fight for justice.
Shadows of Sherwood, Kekla Magoon.
The night her parents disappear, twelve-year-old Robyn Loxley must learn to fend for herself. Her home, Nott City, has been taken over by a harsh governor, Ignomus Crown. After fleeing for her life, Robyn has no choice but to join a band of strangers-misfit kids, each with their own special talent for mischief. Setting out to right the wrongs of Crown's merciless government, they take their outlaw status in stride. But Robyn can't rest until she finds her parents. As she pieces together clues from the night they disappeared, Robyn learns that her destiny is tied to the future of Nott City in ways she never expected. Kicking off a new series with an unforgettable heroine, readers will be treated to feats of courage and daring deeds as Robyn and her band find their way in this cruel, new world.
The bid, Adrian Magson.
The prisoner who wakes up in a box miles from anywhere. The jailer who doesn't question his job. The shipment of drones stolen in transit from a cargo hub. The kidnappers planning a devastating attack on US soil. When James Chadwick, a drone expert, disappears suddenly, Cruxys Solutions investigators Ruth Gonzales and Andy Vaslik are assigned to track his last movements. With few clues to go on, the hunt moves from London to New York, gathering speed as they close in on a horrifying plan to kill the US President and inflict total damage on a US Air Force base. The countdown to a new era of destruction has begun. Gonzalez and Vaslik are the only ones who can stop it.
The locker, Adrian Magson.
Hello, Nancy. You're at your usual locker at Fitness Plus. The time is 09:15. Your cell phone is dead, your home phone won't answer and your daughter, Beth, is home with the nanny. It will take you 18 minutes to get home. If you drive fast. Shame. You're already 18 minutes late. The kidnappers' only stipulation is that Nancy must tell her husband, Michael. Her only problem is, she doesn't know where he is. But she recalls him mentioning a number she should call if anything unusual happens. This triggers a Code Red at specialist security company Cruxys Solutions, who send investigators Ruth Gonzales and Andy Vaslik to track him down. But they can't find a single trace of him. What do you do when a child's life depends on finding a man who doesn't seem to exist?
Rocco and the nightingale, Adrian Magson.
When a minor Paris criminal is found stabbed in the neck on a country lane in Picardie it looks like another case for Inspector Lucas Rocco. But instead he is called off to watch over a Gabonese government minister, hiding out in France following a coup. Meanwhile, Rocco discovers that there is a contract on his head taken out by an Algerian gang leader with a personal grudge against him.
You don't know me, Imran Mahmood.
It's easy to judge between right and wrong - isn't it? Not until you hear a convincing truth. Now it's up to you to decide. An unnamed defendant stands accused of murder. Just before the Closing Speeches, the young man sacks his lawyer, and decides to give his own defence speech. He tells us that his barrister told him to leave some things out. Sometimes, the truth can be too difficult to explain, or believe. But he thinks that if he's going to go down for life, he might as well go down telling the truth. There are eight pieces of evidence against him. As he talks us through them one by one, his life is in our hands we, the reader - member of the jury - must keep an open mind till we hear the end of his story. His defence raises many questions, but at the end of the speeches, only one matters: Did he do it?
Position doubtful: mapping landscapes and memories, Kim Mahood.
Imagine the document you have before you is not a book but a map. It is well-used, creased, and folded, so that when you open it, no matter how carefully, something tears and a line that is neither latitude nor longitude opens in the hidden geography of the place you are about to enter. Since the publication of her prize-winning memoir Craft for a Dry Lake, in 2000, writer and artist Kim Mahood has been returning to the Tanami desert country in far north-western Australia where, as a child, she lived with her family on a remote cattle station. The land is timeless, but much has changed- the station has been handed back to its traditional owners; the mining companies have arrived; and Aboriginal art has flourished. Comedy and tragedy, familiarity and uncertainty are Mahood's constant companions as she immerses herself in the life of a small community and in ground-breaking mapping projects. What emerges in Position Doubtful is a revelation of the significance of the land to its people - and of the burden of history. Mahood is an artist of astonishing versatility. She works with words, with paint, with installations, and with performance art. Her writing about her own work and collaborations, and about the work of the desert artists, is profoundly enlightening, making palpable the link between artist and country. This is a beautiful and intense exploration of friendships, landscape, and homecoming. Written with great energy and humour, Position Doubtful offers a unique portrait of the complexities of black and white relations in contemporary Australia. This is the second book of her memoirs.
Heart berries: a memoir, Terese Marie Mailhot.
Heart Berries is a powerful, poetic memoir of a woman's coming of age on the Seabird Island Indian Reservation in the Pacific Northwest. Having survived a profoundly dysfunctional upbringing only to find herself hospitalized and facing a dual diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder and bipolar II disorder; Terese Marie Mailhot is given a notebook and begins to write her way out of trauma. The triumphant result is Heart Berries, a memorial for Mailhot's mother, a social worker and activist who had a thing for prisoners; a story of reconciliation with her father—an abusive drunk and a brilliant artist—who was murdered under mysterious circumstances; and an elegy on how difficult it is to love someone while dragging the long shadows of shame. Mailhot trusts the reader to understand that memory isn't exact, but melded to imagination, pain, and what we can bring ourselves to accept. Her unique and at times unsettling voice graphically illustrates her mental state. As she writes, she discovers her own true voice, seizes control of her story, and, in so doing, re-establishes her connection to her family, to her people, and to her place in the world.
Jinx and the Doom fight crime!, Lisa Mantchev.
Instead of fighting each other, Jinx and her little brother The Doom spend their days fighting crime, protecting the planet, defending the innocent, and taking lunch breaks.
The Bach manuscript, Scott Mariani.
While on a business trip to the UK, Ben Hope makes an impulse decision to attend a college reunion at his former university, Oxford. There he meets an old friend, Nick, now an internationally-renowned classical musician. But storm clouds are soon once again brewing on Ben's horizon. After Nick's brutal murder in an apparent home invasion robbery, Ben is drawn into the mystery of a missing music manuscript that may be a lost work by the legendary composer Johann Sebastian Bach. The hunt for his friend's killers leads Ben across Europe, and into bloody conflict with even more dangerous people than he'd bargained for. As his quest unfolds, so does the shocking truth about the lost Bach manuscript, a secret dating back to the very darkest historical chapter of Man's inhumanity to Man.
The heretic's treasure, Scott Mariani.
An ancient fortune has lain hidden for thousands of years, one so powerful that men will kill to protect it. And only one man can unearth it' Ex-SAS operative Ben Hope is living a peaceful life in rural France - until a phone call from an old army comrade turns his world upside down. Eminent Egyptologist Morgan Paxton has been brutally murdered while working on the mysterious 'Akhenaten Project' in Cairo, and Colonel Harry Paxton wants Ben to find his son's killer. Ben is unable to refuse the request from the man who once saved his life - but when Harry asks him to avenge his son's death he's in dangerous territory. Made worse by the fact that he finds himself attracted to Zara Paxton, Harry's new bride. Carving through the seedy Cairo underworld, Ben soon realises that there was more to Paxton's research than meets the eye as he is plunged into one double-cross after another. His mission leads him from Italy and Paris via the coast of Scotland to the banks of the Nile, climaxing in a tense showdown in the war-torn Sudanese desert. At the end of the trail lies the ultimate treasure, hidden away by three rebel High Priests during the reign of the 'Heretic' Pharoah Akhenaten - a collection so valuable that some will stop at nothing to possess it'.
White Night., Ellie Marney.
In Bo Mitchell's country town, a 'White Night' light-show event has the potential to raise vital funds to save the skate park. And out of town, a girl from a secretive off-the-grid community called Garden of Eden has the potential to change the way Bo sees the world. But are there too many secrets in Eden? As Bo is drawn away from his friends and towards Rory, he gradually comes to believe that Eden may not be utopia after all, and that their group leader's goal to go off the grid may be more permanent - and more dangerous - than anyone could have predicted.
The one, John Marrs.
How far would you go to find The One? One simple mouth swab is all it takes. A quick DNA test to find your perfect partner, the one you're genetically made for. A decade after scientists discover everyone has a gene they share with just one other person, millions have taken the test, desperate to find true love. Now, five more people meet their Match. But even soul mates have secrets. And some are more shocking and deadlier than others.
Christy, Catherine Marshall.
The train taking nineteen-year-old teacher Christy Huddleston from her home in Asheville, North Carolina, might as well be transporting her to another world. The Smoky Mountain community of Cutter Gap feels suspended in time, trapped by poverty, superstitions, and century-old traditions. But as Christy struggles to find acceptance in her new home, some see her–and her one-room school–as a threat to their way of life. Her faith is challenged and her heart is torn between two strong men with conflicting views about how to care for the families of the Cove. Yearning to make a difference, will Christy's determination and devotion be enough?
James Martin's American adventure, James Martin.
Following on from his triumphant TV show and book James Martin's French Adventure, our food hero takes on the United States in James Martin's American Adventure. The book sees James travel from coast to coast, cooking and eating everywhere from San Francisco to Dallas, Philadelphia to New Orleans, New York to Maine, and sampling the high life in The Hamptons. On the way he cooks with real cowboys at a ranch, caters at Reno air race, and explores Creole food in Baton Rouge. It's the culinary journey of a lifetime and here are all the recipes from the series, along with exclusive photography from behind the scenes on James's extraordinary food trip.
One woman walks Wales, Ursula Martin.
Ursula Martin never thought she would walk 3700 miles around Wales, but following a cancer diagnosis it seemed like the only reasonable thing to do. In 17 months, she traversed beaches and mountains, farms and urban sprawl. She received unimaginable support - people offered beds, food, cups of tea, donated to her chosen charities. Walking Wales rooted her in the country and in herself; her account of the physical and mental challenges painting a unique portrait of the natural landscape of a country and its people.
Love's faithful promise, Susan Anne Mason.
When her mother suffers a stroke, medical student Deirdre O'Leary makes the difficult choice to put her career on hold to care for her. Dr. Matthew Clayborne is renowned for his amazing results with patients, but when Deirdre approaches him about helping her mother, she finds him challenging and surly. Deirdre has had enough of complicated men in her life. After her fiancé left her, she vowed never to give a man that kind of power again. Widower Dr. Matthew Clayborne is devoted to two things: his work with wounded soldiers and his four-year-old daughter, Phoebe. He won't abandon either of these priorities to care for one older woman. However, when Phoebe suffers a health scare, they're offered respite at the Irish Meadows farm, where his daughter's weakened lungs can recover–but only if he cares for Mrs. O'Leary. Matthew intends to hate Irish Meadows, yet he immediately feels at home, and soon both Mrs. O'Leary and Phoebe are showing improvement. But since he has no intention of leaving his life up north forever, and Deirdre has sworn off marriage in favour of her career, how will they deal with the undeniable attraction between them?
A worthy heart, Susan Anne Mason.
Maggie Montgomery's long-held wish to see America is finally coming true. She'll visit her beloved brother Rylan and his wife, Colleen, and at the same time, escape Neill Fitzgerald's unwanted attention. In addition, Maggie has a secret! She plans to remain in America to seek her fortune and to hopefully find love. While visiting Irish Meadows, she meets an intriguing man whom she thinks is a stable hand. Only when Rylan demands she stay away from Adam O'Leary does she realize he's Colleen's brother, recently released from prison. Nonetheless, Maggie can't seem to make her heart conform to her brother's request. Adam O'Leary has never felt worthy of his place in the family. Spending time in jail only reinforces his belief. Now that he's free, Adam hopes to make amends and earn back his family's trust. Falling in love with Maggie Montgomery, however, was never in his plans. Despite everyone's effort to keep them apart, the two develop a bond nothing can break – but has Adam truly changed, or will the sins of his past prove too much for Maggie to overcome?
The widows of Malabar Hill, Sujata Massey.
Introducing an extraordinary female lawyer-sleuth in a new historical series set in 1920s Bombay! Bombay, 1921: Perveen Mistry, the daughter of a respected Zoroastrian family, has just joined her father's law firm, becoming one of the first female lawyers in India. Armed with a law degree from Oxford, Perveen also has a tragic personal history that makes her especially devoted to championing and protecting women's legal rights. Mistry Law has been appointed to execute the will of Mr. Omar Farid, a wealthy Muslim mill owner who has left three widows behind. But as Perveen is going through the paperwork, she notices something strange: all three of the wives have signed over their full inheritance to a charity. What will they live on if they forfeit what their husband left them? Perveen is suspicious, especially since one of the widows has signed her form with an X–meaning she probably couldn't even read the document. The Farid widows live in full purdah–in strict seclusion, never leaving the women's quarters or speaking to any men. Are they being taken advantage of by an unscrupulous guardian? Perveen tries to investigate, and realizes her instincts about the will were correct when tensions escalate to murder. Now it is her responsibility to figure out what really happened on Malabar Hill, and to ensure that no innocent women or children are in further danger. Inspired in part by a real woman who made history by becoming India's first female lawyer, The Widows of Malabar Hill is a richly wrought story of multicultural 1920s Bombay as well as the debut of a sharp and promising new sleuth, Perveen Mistry.
All our wrong todays, Elan Mastai.
There's no such thing as the life you're "supposed" to have … You know the future that people in the 1950s imagined we'd have? Well, it happened. In Tom Barren's 2016, humanity thrives in a techno-utopian paradise of flying cars, moving sidewalks, and moon bases, where avocados never go bad and punk rock never existed. Because it wasn't necessary. Except Tom just can't seem to find his place in this dazzling, idealistic world, and that's before his life gets turned upside down. Utterly blindsided by an accident of fate, Tom makes a rash decision that drastically changes not only his own life but the very fabric of the universe itself. In a time-travel mishap, Tom finds himself stranded in our 2016, what we think of as the real world. For Tom, our normal reality seems like a dystopian wasteland. But when he discovers wonderfully unexpected versions of his family, his career, and–maybe, just maybe–his soul mate, Tom has a decision to make. Does he fix the flow of history, bringing his utopian universe back into existence, or does he try to forge a new life in our messy, unpredictable reality? Tom's search for the answer takes him across countries, continents, and timelines in a quest to figure out, finally, who he really is and what his future–our future–is supposed to be. All Our Wrong Todays is about the versions of ourselves that we shed and grow into over time. It is a story of friendship and family, of unexpected journeys and alternate paths, and of love in its multitude of forms. Filled with humour and heart, and saturated with insight and intelligence and a mind-bending talent for invention, this novel signals the arrival of a major talent.
A devious death, Alyssa Maxwell.
Phoebe and her sister Julia are eager for a summer getaway at High Head Lodge, the newly purchased estate of their cousin Regina. But Regina's odd friend, Olive, is far from friendly, and Regina's mother and brother– bitter over the unequal distribution of her father's inheritance– have descended on the house to confront Regina. Eva questions the loyalty and integrity of Miss Stanley, Lady Julia's new maid. When their hostess meets an untimely end– murdered in her bed with no signs of struggle– Lady Phoebe and Eva must uncover secrets hidden behind closed doors, before a killer ensures they never leave High Head Lodge alive.
A pinch of poison, Alyssa Maxwell.
In post-World War I England, Lady Phoebe Renshaw and her lady's maid, Eva Huntford, encounter an uncharitable killer at a charity luncheon sponsored by a posh school for girls … ' Good deeds build good character, and good character is what the Haverleigh School for Young Ladies is all about. Lady Phoebe - with the tireless assistance of Eva - has organized a luncheon at the school to benefit wounded veterans of the Great War, encouraging the students to participate in the cooking and the baking. But too many cooks do more than spoil the broth - they add up to a recipe for disaster when the school's headmistress, Miss Finch, is poisoned. The girls at Haverleigh all come from highly respected families, none of whom will countenance their darling daughters being harassed like common criminals by the local police. So Lady Phoebe steps in to handle the wealthy young debutantes with tact and discretion, while Eva cozies up to the staff. Did one of the girls resent the headmistress enough to do her in? Did a teacher bear a grudge? What about the school nurse, clearly shell shocked from her service in the war? No one is above suspicion, not even members of the school's governing body, some of whom objected to Miss Finch's "modern" methods. But Lady Phoebe and Eva will have to sleuth with great stealth-or the cornered killer may try to teach someone else a lethal lesson.
Heart of the sky, Fiona McArthur.
A year after a tragic accident changed her life forever, Tess Daley is in desperate need of a change. When she is offered a position with the Flying Doctor Service, she seizes the opportunity to make a fresh start. Yet once she arrives in remote Mica Ridge she feels like an outsider, unable to connect with her patients and unsure if she'll ever fit in with this outback community. Station owner Soretta Byrnes has grown to love the company and chaos that comes with living in a house filled with boarders. So with tenants moving out and bills piling up, it's a welcome relief to have Tess and new pilot Charlie Fennes arriving in town and looking for somewhere to stay. As they share life's triumphs and challenges, it isn't long before everyone at the station feels like family. But Charlie has yet to reveal his motive for coming to Mica Ridge and his secret will change the life of someone in the house forever …
Dragon Harper, Anne McCaffrey.
Kindan is an apprentice harper at the Harper Hall but he is finding the lessons very difficult and although he has his friends, Nonala, Kelsa and Verilan, he also has enemies, such as the bully Vaxoram. Things begin to improve for Kindan when he beats Vaxoram in a duel and Vaxoram becomes first his servant and then gradually his trusted friend.
Dragon's fire, Anne McCaffrey.
Pellar is an orphan taken in by Masterharper Zist. Though born mute, Pellar is a gifted tracker, and when Zist sets off to take over as harper for Natalon's coal-mining camp, Pellar–along with his fire-lizard, Chitter–joins him on a secret mission of his own: to find out if reported thefts of coal are the work of the Shunned, criminals condemned to a life of wandering and hardship. Halla is one of the children of the Shunned. Though innocent of their parents' crimes, these children have inherited their cruel punishment. Lack of food, shelter, and clothes is their lot; hope is unknown to them. And what future would they hope for? Without a hold to call their own, there will be no protection for them when the lethal Thread inevitably falls again. Life is even tougher for Halla. Her family gone, she must fend for herself. Yet despite the brutality of her surroundings, Halla is kind and gentle, devoted to those more helpless than she. As depraved as Halla is good, Tenim is in league with Tarik, a crooked miner from Camp Natalon, who helps him steal coal in exchange for a cut of the profit. But Tenim soon realizes there is a lot more to be made from firestone, the volatile mineral that enables the dragons of Pern to burn Thread out of the sky. Tenim doesn't care what he has to do, or whom he has to kill, in order to corner the market. Cristov is Tarik's son. Dishonoured by his father's greed and treachery, the boy must make amends somehow, even if it means risking his life by mining the volatile firestone, which detonates on contact with the slightest drop of moisture. When the last remaining firestone mine explodes in flames, a desperate race begins to find a new deposit of the deadly but essential mineral, for without it there can be no defense against Thread. But Tenim has a murderous plan to turn tragedy to his own advantage, and only Pellar, Halla, and Cristov can stop him–and ensure that there will be a future for all on the world of the Dragonriders.
Making peace, Fiona McCallum.
It's been a year since Hannah Ainsley lost her husband and parents, her whole family, in a car crash on Christmas morning. Despite her overwhelming loss, she's worked hard to pull the pieces of her life together with the help of a group of dear, loyal friends. But while Hannah is beginning to become excited about the future again, she's concerned that her best friend and talented artist Sam is facing a crisis of her own. It's now Hannah's turn to be Sam's rock; can she save Sam's dreams from unravelling? When Hannah returns to work after her holidays, she can't settle. She's loved her job for a decade, and it's been her lifeline during her grief. But something's changed. She's changed. And for all this time she's avoided knowing the details of the accident or investigation; what would be the point, she'd thought, when nothing will bring her loved ones back? But after a chance meeting, it's all there in front of her and, like ripples in a pond, it extends beyond her own experiences. Could knowing be the key to her recovery? Could her involvement be the key to someone else's?
Dream maker, Erin McCarthy.
Shane Hart loves the ladies. Like hit records, he can never have too many. Shane swore long ago never to treat a woman the way his abusive father treated his mother, but his traumatic past has kept him from making any solid commitments–even to a fiery redhead like Avery O'Leery. Shane's happy enough to rescue her from a tight spot, but that's as far as their connection goes–until their unforgettable liaison has him rethinking his impulse to love 'em and leave 'em. Avery has big plans: first, shake the dust of small-town Kentucky from her boots; second, become a bona fide songwriter; and third, keep the truth hidden about her birth father from everyone in Nashville. Nowhere on that list is she supposed to land in bed with a sexy stranger who rescues her off the street at midnight, especially if that stranger is Shane Hart. Avery's trying not to fall for the dreamy music producer who could make or break her career. But her best-laid plans seem to be no match for a love that feels like destiny.
Heart breaker, Erin McCarthy.
Self-made singer/songwriter Jolene Hart loves everything about being on top in Nashville. Well, everything except her very public breakup with Chance Rivers, her sexy masculine other half. Once the hottest duo on the scene, they turned Music City on its ear. Now their careers are as cold as their relationship. Which is why their manager has practically locked them in a remote cabin with nothing but a guitar, a bed, and time to do what they do best: make some beautiful music together. As Nashville royalty, Chance has big boots to fill–and the pressure that comes with 'em. He fell hard for Jolene, but he couldn't handle the spotlight, the crowds, and the fights that made headlines and killed any notion that love and success could go hand-in-hand. Still, Chance is more than willing to rekindle the one thing that worked: the wild passion behind their hit songs. Soon they're making up for lost time, in the steamiest ways possible. But Chance finds himself wishing for the impossible: that their intimate hideaway could last forever.
Love taker, Erin McCarthy.
Pretty-boy musicians are a fixture of the Nashville country scene–and Elle Hart, hairdresser to the stars, is beginning to think that they're all total pricks. Elle's dating choices have been a disaster, but at least she has Tucker. Though he's easy on the eyes, no one would ever accuse Jason Michael Tucker of being a pretty boy. The humble and handsome sheriff's deputy from Elle's hometown has always been there to comfort her–until the evening their friendship unexpectedly leads to the best sex Elle has ever had. Tucker has been lusting after Elle since they were an item as teens, but he knows that their wild night of passion is a one-time thing. He's an old friend, nothing more, and they're too different to become a couple just because they've knocked boots. After all, she hates being back in their hometown, and he's not so fond of the big city. But when Elle comes to Tucker with news that changes everything, he must help her come to grips with her traumatic past–or risk losing her forever.
The pregnancy test, Erin McCarthy.
Ordinarily, I'm a fan of pink–lovely colour, does smashing things for the complexion. But not when it's the bright, glaring stripe staring back at me on the pregnancy test. Then, pink is the colour of major oops, of morning sickness, of boyfriends who seemed decent but now are part of some Jerk Witness Protection Program. Still, I've got a few things going for me–bitter humour, a divine right to eat till I'm the size of Marlon Brando, and good friends who've managed to get me a job interview with one Damien Sharpton: in need of a personal assistant, and some say, a good, swift kick in the arse. If you want to make a lasting impression, by all means, toss your cookies in your future boss's wastebasket, which is located directly between his excruciatingly sexy legs. Apparently, Mr. Gorgeous-But-Unbearably-Anti-Social must like personal assistants who violate his trashcan, because I got the job. And if I can avoid him via text messaging for the next nine months of free health insurance, everything will be just fine. Except that he's just asked–no, insisted–that I go with him on a business trip to the Caribbean. Gulp. Ordinarily, this would be cause for celebration. Ordinarily, I'd shave my legs, pack my bikini, revel in day-glo drinks and my seething lust for Mr. Swarthy-And-Secretive. But there's nothing ordinary about this situation…which means it could be absolutely extraordinary…
Flying tips for flightless birds, Kelly McCaughrain.
Twins Finch and Birdie Franconi are stars of the flying trapeze. But when Birdie suffers a terrifying accident, Finch must team up with the geeky new kid, Hector Hazzard, to form an all-boys double act and save the family circus school. Together they learn to walk the high-wire of teen life and juggle the demands of friends, family, first love and facing up to who they are - all served up with a dash of circus-showbiz magic.
Siege of Tilpur, Brian McClellan.
It is the height of the Gurlish Wars. Sergeant Tamas, a young infantryman in the Adran Army, struggles to keep his squad alive despite the blundering incompetence of their superior officers. Not only does Tamas have the curse of being an ambitious commoner in an army where rank is purchased rather than earned, he is also a powder mage. His magical ability to manipulate gunpowder is frowned upon by officers and feared by Privileged sorcerers. When the Adran Army is about to give up on the siege of an enemy fortress, Tamas seizes upon the opportunity to prove his worth as a strategist and mage. But breaking the enemy on his own won't be easy, no matter how strong he is.
A faithful farewell: living your last chapter with love, Marilyn Chandler McEntyre.
When the time comes for us to die, how do we say good-bye to our friends, our families, and the lives we have lived? How do we remain faithful – to God, to ourselves, and to loved ones – as we face our final journey? As Marilyn Chandler McEntyre acknowledges, these questions are especially challenging because we now live longer than previous generations did, and many of us die more slowly. Those who are dying have a lot of things to deal with – fear, discouragement, boredom, pain, regret. The list is long. In this book McEntyre offers fifty-two short meditations on the very real issues faced by dying people. She addresses a wide and sensitively chosen range of subjects, including such things as anger, losing control, curiosity, doubt, loss of privacy, family conflict, sadness, gratitude, and even spiritual adventure. McEntyre's insightful reflections – offering what she calls "a different kind of hope"– speak to the heart of the physical, emotional, and spiritual dimensions of dying. Brief concluding prayers and lines from cherished hymns further lift up the reader as he or she seeks to faithfully navigate the great transition from this life to the next.
A long letting go: meditations on losing someone you love, Marilyn Chandler McEntyre.
This beautiful volume of reflections by Marilyn Chandler McEntyre is for family members and friends who are doing the life-changing work of accompanying someone on the final stretch of his or her journey. In quiet counterpoint to our hurried lives, A Long Letting Go invites caregivers to slow down for reflection and prayer as they prepare to say good-bye to a beloved friend or family member and grieve that loss. Based on McEntyre's personal and professional experience with the dying, these gentle meditations – each consisting of a short opening quote, a reflection, and a prayer – offer comfort, direction, hope, and respite to caregivers during a difficult season of their lives.
Love & money, Greg McGee.
Welcome to 1987. It's boom time on the sharemarket and money is flying around the stratosphere just waiting to fall into the hands of those with the nerve to reach high enough to grab it. Mike, a middle-aged romantic lead with a clapped out VW and three kids to different mothers is not amongst them. While his girlfriend Louise is climbing to dizzying heights on the corporate ladder and his six-year-old daughter lives in disdain of anything without a designer label, his teenage son is pilfering from collection plates to pay the rent. When Louise exchanges Mike for someone with a lot more leverage, he has to fall back on his own resources. But how far can three exes, three children and relatively good intentions carry him in a world of mirror glass and paper palaces? Set against the vivid backdrop of New Zealand's largest city in the year of a rugby world cup, the year of an election and the year the shit hit the fan, McGee's portrait of the era is rich, funny, bitingly sharp, and disturbingly contemporary.
In a handful of dust, Mindy McGinnis.
Fans of classic frontier survival stories as well as readers of dystopian literature will enjoy this futuristic story about an epic cross-country journey. In a Handful of Dust is set ten years after the first novel, Not a Drop to Drink, as a dangerous disease strikes the community where teenage Lucy lives. When her adoptive mother, Lynn, takes Lucy away from their home and friends in order to protect her, Lucy struggles to figure out what home means. During their journey west to find a new life, the two face nature's challenges, including hunger, mountains, and deserts.
The sweet smell of magnolias and memories, Celeste Fletcher McHale.
"There's no time," Colin said. "You have to go. Find me, call me …" Jacey and Colin shared the three most intense days of their lives together, waiting for help as Mississippi floodwaters surrounded them. Jacey knew Colin was the love of her life–until her rescue boat went under water, along with Colin's last name and pieces of Jacey's memory. The last thing she remembered was being submerged in water. Again. As Jacey walks down the aisle as the maid of honour in her friend's wedding a year later, the last person she expects to see is Colin. The biggest surprise, though, is that the man of her dreams is not wearing jeans and flip-flops as he did when he held her through those long nights of the flood. He's the preacher. As Jacey's memories come flooding back, it's almost more than she can take. The fate of the young family trapped with them haunts her.
Lone rider, Lindsay McKenna.
As a combat photographer in Afghanistan, Tara Dalton saw things she won't ever forget, as much as she would like to … Desperate to make a change, she joins her old friend Shay at the Bar C Ranch, where a group of ex-military vets are putting their lives back together one step at a time … Harper Sutton fell farther than he ever imagined after his tour of duty as a medic was up, and he's not proud of it. But at the Bar C, he's doing work that means something, and he's training to be a professional paramedic. That's enough to concentrate on, until Tara comes to share his place at the ranch. The shadows in her eyes are darker than simply memories of war, and every moment he spends with her opens up parts of himself he'd thought long dead. But as Tara's troubled past threatens the present, it will take trust in each other to fight for a future together.
F-bomb: dispatches from the war on feminism, Lauren McKeon.
From the publisher's catalogue: From pop icons to working mothers, women are abandoning feminism in unprecedented numbers. Even scarier, they are also leading the charge to send it to its grave. Across North America, women head anti-feminist PR campaigns; they support anti-feminist politicians; they're behind lawsuits to silence the victims of campus rape; they participated in Gamergate, the violent, vitriolic anti-women-in-technology movement; and they're on the frontlines of the fight to end abortion rights. Everywhere we turn there's evidence an anti-feminist bomb has exploded, sometimes detonated by the unlikeliest suspects. Between women who say they don't need feminism and women who can't agree on what feminism should be, the challenges of fighting for gender equality have never been greater. F-Bomb takes readers on a witty, insightful, and deeply fascinating journey into today's anti-feminist universe. Through a series of dispatches from the frontlines of the new gender wars, Lauren McKeon explores generational attitudes, debates over inclusiveness, and differing views on the intersection of race, class, and gender. She asks the uncomfortable question: if women aren't connecting with feminism, what's wrong with it? And she confronts the uncomfortable truth: for gender equality to prevail, we first need to understand where feminism has gone wrong and where it can go from here.
Truly, wildly, deeply., Jenny McLachlan.
Annie is starting college. She can't wait. No more school, no more uniform, and no one telling her what to do. It's the start of a new adventure and Annie's not going to let anyone or anything get in the way of that. Freedom matters to Annie. She has cerebral palsy and she's had to fight hard to get the world to see her for who she truly is. Then she meets Fab. He's six foot two, Polish and a passionate believer in well, just about everything, but most of all Annie and good old fashioned romance. The moment Fab sees Annie, he's wildly drawn to her and declares she must be his girl. Annie's horrified. She doesn't want to be anyone's anything, especially if it means losing her independence. But then Annie finds herself falling for Fab. As things go deeply wrong, Annie realises that love can make you do wild, crazy things, and so she sets out to win his heart with a romantic gesture of truly epic proportions!
My unexpected forever, Heidi McLaughlin.
I expected a life of music. I expected to raise my son. It took one look to make everything change. I never expected happiness. I never expected to find her. I never expected to feel desire. I never expected I'd be a family man. I never expected to be loved. I never expected to fall in love. They say you should expect the unexpected - I didn't realize my unexpected would be the forever kind.
Finding my forever, Heidi McLaughlin.
Rock musician Jimmy "JD" Davis considers pursuing a relationship with Jenna, while she works through the emotional effects of her abuse at the hands of her ex-husband.
Highland conquest., Alyson McLayne.
Laird Lachlan MacKay never planned on leading his clan, but when his older brother was murdered, he was left with no choice. His vow to avenge his brother has led him to the MacPherson clan - and their bewitching healer, Amber. Amber MacPherson is desperate. Dressed as a boy to escape her clan's treacherous leader, she runs right into Lachlan, who orders her detained. At first she causes him nothing but frustration, especially when she blackmails him into helping her clan. But when she's threatened by the same man who murdered his brother, Lachlan will do whatever it takes to keep her safe - and by his side.
Highland promise, Alyson McLayne.
Darach MacKenzie vowed never to let a woman near his heart after his bride-to-be betrayed him, sparking a blood feud between his clan and the Frasers. With all-out war in the wind, Darach can't allow a woman to distract him again–not even a sweet and charming lass who desperately needs his help. When Darach rescued Caitlin MacInnes from the vile Laird Fraser, she vowed never to let men or misery rule her life again. She has a plan, and it involves leaving Darach and the MacKenzie clan no matter how safe and happy she feels. But when Laird Fraser shows up to claim what's rightfully his, it's too late. Darach will have to use all his brawn and brains to protect Caitlin–even if it means losing his heart.
Dreaming of you, Jennifer McNare.
Their passion was ignited by a treachery neither of them could have ever foreseen, yet it resulted in a love that was destined to last forever… To secure the well-being of her beloved family, Melody Settrington agrees to marry Charles Cavendish, the elderly Earl of Edgington, despite her reservations. However, the innocent young beauty has no idea what her new husband will demand of her once they are legally wed. It isn't long however, before Melody discovers that the widowed earl had a purpose in choosing her for his bride, the daughter of an impoverished country baron. Impotent and childless, Charles is in desperate need of an heir, in addition to someone he can force into going along with the heinous scheme he has concocted. Gavin Montrose, son of the wealthy Duke of Rutherford, is as charming as he is handsome. However, unbeknownst to him, he is also the man Charles Cavendish has selected to father his heir. Abducted from the grounds of his family's country estate, he awakens to find himself in the midst of a nightmare. Assuming that he has been abducted for ransom, Gavin is stunned to learn of his mysterious abductor's true purpose. To gain his freedom and protect his family from harm, he must father a child he will never meet, with a woman whose name he will never know and whose face he will never see. Desperate to safeguard the people they love, both Melody and Gavin have no choice but to go along with the insanity that has been forced upon them or suffer the unbearable consequences. Compelled to meet in absolute darkness in the bedchamber of an isolated cottage, their identities a fiercely guarded secret, they will develop a bond neither of them had anticipated and discover a passion more powerful than either of them could have possibly imagined. But dare they call it love? Years later, when fate intervenes and Gavin and Melody's paths inadvertently cross.
To capture a duke's heart, Jennifer McNare.
Their attraction was immediate and undeniable, but not everyone was pleased with their burgeoning romance. And with one treacherous act…Gabriel Ashcroft, the sixth Duke of Ainsworth and the eldest of the three brothers infamously dubbed "The Ashcroft Angels" by their throng of female admirers, had long been considered one of London's most eligible bachelors, much to his never-ending consternation. As such, he'd spent years eschewing the pursuits of the ton's marriage-minded debutantes and eluding their countless attempts to lure him to the altar. Thus, no one was more surprised than him when he found himself utterly entranced by an innocent young beauty on the verge of her debut, one who affected him as no other woman had before. But when the Earl of Beckford's eighteen-year-old daughter mysteriously turned up in his bed one morning, he realized that the young lady who'd garnered his interest wasn't nearly as innocent as she appeared. When Lady Penelope Houghton awoke in the Duke of Ainsworth's bed, she hadn't the slightest notion as to how she'd got there. Unfortunately, however, the man lying next to her, the sinfully handsome lord who'd captivated her with his beguiling charm and mesmerizing smile, was now convinced that she was nothing more than a duplicitous schemer who'd set out to trap him into marriage. Honour-bound to marry the conniving vixen, Gabriel vowed to keep his new bride at arm's length; but much to his annoyance he soon discovered that some things are easier said than done. Determined to earn her husband's trust and break through the invisible barrier that he'd erected between them, Penny would risk her heart time and again to prove her innocence as well as her love to the man she adored. But would it be enough.
Everything you, Elizabeth McPike.
A lyrical picture book about different animal families welcoming babies into their lives. When a new baby comes into the world, that baby becomes everything cuddly, everything kisses, everything love…everything possible. In other words, everything that matters. And the world is never quite the same again. In Everything You, Liz McPike's simple, poetic text and Jay Fleck's modern graphic and adorable illustrations capture the wonder and love a child brings to our lives.
Midnight jewel, Richelle Mead.
Mira is not like the other Glittering Court girls. She is a war refugee, cast out of her home country and thrust into another, where she has learned to flight against the many injustices around her. For some, the Glittering Court offers a chance at a life they've only ever dreamed of, one of luxury, glamour, and leisure. But for Mira, it's smiply a means to an end. In the new world, she plans to earn off her marriage contract price and finally be free. Mira pitches herself as an asset to one of the passengers on board the ship: the sardonic and aloof Grant Elliot, who she's discovered is a spy for the prestigious McGraw Agency - and her ticket to buying her freedom. His cover blown, Grant has little choice but to take her on. Mira applies herself by day, learning the etiquette and customs that will help to earn her anonymity. By night, she dons a mask and slips into the city, fighting injustice and corruption on her own terms and impressing Grant with her extraordinary abilities and insights into a brewing rebellion. But the rebellion isn't all they're fighting…For neither can ignore the attraction burning between them an attraction so powerful, it threatens to unravel everything Mira's worked so hard for. With freedom finally within her grasp, can Mira risk it all for love?
Scared to death, K T Medina.
A baby is abandoned in the middle of the night at Royal Surrey County Hospital. DI Bobby 'Marilyn' Simmons suspects the father is planning to take his own life following the violent suicide of his eldest son Danny a year earlier. The race is on to find him. Captain Ben Callan is investigating a suspicious death. Just sixteen years old, Stephen Foster has been stabbed in the neck with a screwdriver. Someone tried to save his life - but who? And why haven't they come forward? When psychologist Dr Jessie Flynn is called in to consult on both cases, she sees connections between the deaths of Danny and Stephen. And when she starts counselling a third traumatized young man, Jessie fears he faces the same fate…
While you sleep, Stephanie Merritt.
In an isolated corner of a remote Scottish island lies the McBride house, a place that has forever been shrouded in shadows and secrets. In Victorian times, a mother and son perished there, and just one year ago, a local boy went missing; a scream the only clue as to his fate. For Zoe Adams, newly arrived from America, the house offers a refuge from her failing marriage. But her peaceful retreat is disrupted by strange and disturbing events: night-time intrusions; unknown voices; a constant sense of being watched. The locals want her to believe that these incidents are echoes of the McBrides' dark past. Zoe is convinced the danger is closer at hand, and all too real but can she uncover the truth before she is silenced?
Say I'm yours, Corinne Michaels.
I spent twenty years waiting for Trent Hennington to open his eyes and see me. But it was all for nothing. He chose to keep himself guarded and let me walk away, proving that my time and efforts were wasted. I'm done being invisible. It's time to move on. A single dance sets my new reality into motion, and I welcome it. After all, Cooper Townsend is perfect. He's kind, sexy, and attentive–everything a girl could want. I thought I got it right this time. That my heart could mend, and I would be happy. Apparently, some things really are just too hard to walk away from.
Say you want me, Corinne Michaels.
There's no way I'll fall for Wyatt Hennington. He can keep his Southern drawl, irresistible smile, and those pick-up lines all to himself. I made the mistake of sleeping with him not once, but twice. I'm not stupid enough to give him round three, especially after he left me in the middle of the night so I could see myself out. I vow to return to Philadelphia and forget him. It proves easier said than done. When the doctor informs me I'm the winner of door prize number two, I put my life on hold and head back to Bell Buckle. Three months and if we can't make this work, I'm gone. The problem is–when the cards are stacked against us, and I can't bring myself to leave him, I'll finally know if he truly loves me or if all my fears were real …
Mistletoe magic, Fern Michaels.
Making spirits bright: Melanie McLaughlin desperately wants to adopt two orphaned siblings and give them a real home for Christmas. A just-for-the-holiday marriage to Bryce Landry fits her plan perfectly … until unexpected sparks have Melanie dreaming of forever by his side. Mister Christmas: A week before Christmas, attorney Claire O'Brien is summoned to Ireland to change her wealthy client's will–only to encounter resistance from his handsome nephew. Will Claire be forced to spend the holidays up close and personal with her irresistible Irish nemesis? A winter wonderland: Angelica Shepard left New York for Christmas in Colourado to relax and unwind–but an out-of-control snowboarder almost had her laid to rest. When she wakes up in the hospital, all she remembers is the handsome angel who saved her. Candy canes and Cupid. All private investigator Hannah Ray wants for Christmas is a quiet day at her Florida beachfront condo. When her biggest client insists she join him on a Colourado ski trip, she has little choice–but what she finds on her arrival could melt the coldest heart.
Seasons of her life, Fern Michaels.
Having left behind a bitter childhood, Ruby Connors quickly finds that marriage is not quite the escape she imagined. Instead, as a military wife in Washington, D.C., loneliness turns out to be her most dependable companion. But determined to realize her faith in happiness, she raises her two children in a nurturing, beautiful home that mirrors her resourcefulness and good sense. It's the perfect environment in which to bake delicious, unforgettable cookies. After years of struggle, Mrs. Sugar's Cookies succeeds beyond Ruby's wildest dreams. But closest to her heart is the memory of the man she longs for in her soul?
Angel, Ellen Miles.
Charles and Lizzie Peterson love puppies. Their family fosters these young dogs, giving them love and proper care, until they can find the perfect forever home. While hiking with her new environmental club, Lizzie sees a dog stranded in the woods. After a dramatic rescue, the Petersons decide to take in Angel, an adorable Havanese. Will they find this playful pup the right new owner?
Bear, Ellen Miles.
Even on a snowy ski vacation, Lizzie finds a puppy in need.
Bitsy, Ellen Miles.
This itsy Morkie (maltese-yorkie mix) may be the tiniest dog Charles has ever seen. But she thinks she's a big girl and she's full of sassy attitude. Can the Petersons find her a perfect forever home?
Bonita, Ellen Miles.
Lizzie is shocked to see that Aunt Amanda has returned home from her vacation with an injured puppy. Bonita is a street dog with a hurt leg. Lizzie and her friends decide to raise the money for the puppy's operation. Will Lizzie be able to help this sweet dog?
Bubbles and Boo, Ellen Miles.
Charles and Lizzie Peterson love puppies. Their family fosters these young dogs, giving them love and proper care, until they can find the perfect forever home. Bubbles is a lonely poodle puppy. Boo is an adorable bunny rabbit. When both of these pets end up at Lizzie's house for fostering, nobody expects them to become best friends. But they do and now they're inseparable! Can Lizzie find the perfect forever home so they can stay together? – back cover.
Champ, Ellen Miles.
When Charles goes to his father's softball game, the last thing he expects to find is a puppy to foster. But when he meets Champ, a German shepherd with a big heart, Charles knows that he has to take care of the dog. Can he help find this talented pup a forever home?
Jake, Ellen Miles.
Charles and Lizzie Peterson love puppies. Their family fosters these young dogs, giving them love and proper care, until they can find the perfect forever home.
Lola, Ellen Miles.
When Charles and his friends find Lola stuck outside right before a rainstorm, they have a tough decision to make. They know the bulldog has a home, but isn't safe locked outside during the storm. Should they take the puppy with them or let her ride out the weather?
Nala, Ellen Miles.
Charles and Lizzie Peterson love puppies. Their family fosters these young dogs, giving them love and proper care, until they can find the perfect forever home. Charles can't catch a break. He's never gotten into trouble in class before. Then he spotted that stray dog running around his school. Now it seems like everything he does lands him in the principal's office. Will Charles be able to find that collie pup and give her a forever home?
Scout, Ellen Miles.
Lizzie and Charles Peterson know a lot about puppies. That's because the Petersons are a foster family for young dogs. They have an adorable puppy of their own, Buddy, but they still love helping other puppies find homes. Then Lizzie and Charles meet Scout, a gentle German shepherd who is very good at helping people. A puppy like Scout needs a special owner. Can the Petersons find the perfect person?
Sugar, Gummi and Lollipop, Ellen Miles.
Charles and Lizzie Peterson love puppies. Their family fosters these young dogs, giving them love and proper care, until they can find the perfect forever home. Lizzie can't wait to get to her best friend Maria's cabin for some rest and relaxation. When they arrive, the girls discover a box of three puggle puppies waiting for them. Lizzie loves taking care of the sweet dogs but it is a lot of hard work. Will Lizzie be able to find these cute cuddly pups a place to live?
Teddy, Ellen Miles.
When Dr. Gibson arrives at the Petersons' house with an emergency foster dog, Lizzie immediately falls in love with the tiny Pomeranian puppy. But this little dog has a big bark and it's driving everyone crazy.
Winning Miss Winthrop, Carolyn Miller.
Years ago, the man who stole Catherine Winthrop's heart rejected her – and she's never recovered from the grief. Now tragedy has brought him back into her life. This time it isn't her heart he's taking, it's her home and her family's good name. Jonathan Carlew's serious demeanour and connection to trade, not to mention the rumours surrounding his birth, have kept him from being a favourite of the ladies, or their parents. Now, suddenly landed and titled, he finds himself with plenty of prospects. But his demanding society responsibilities keep pressing him into service to the one woman who captured his heart long ago – and then ran off with it. These two broken hearts must decide whether their painful past and bitter present will be all they can share, or if forgiveness can provide a path to freedom for the future. Set in the sumptuous salons of Bath, Regency England's royal breeding ground for gossip.
The philosopher's flight: a novel, Tom Miller.
Eighteen-year-old Robert Weekes is a practitioner of empirical philosophy–an arcane, female-dominated branch of science used to summon the wind, shape clouds of smoke, heal the injured, and even fly. Though he dreams of fighting in the Great War as the first male in the elite US Sigilry Corps Rescue and Evacuation Service–a team of flying medics–Robert is resigned to mixing batches of philosophical chemicals and keeping the books for the family business in rural Montana, where his mother, a former soldier and vigilante, aids the locals. When a deadly accident puts his philosophical abilities to the test, Robert rises to the occasion and wins a scholarship to study at Radcliffe College, an all-women's school. At Radcliffe, Robert hones his skills and strives to win the respect of his classmates, a host of formidable, unruly women. Robert falls hard for Danielle Hardin, a disillusioned young war hero turned political radical. However, Danielle's activism and Robert's recklessness attract the attention of the same fanatical anti-philosophical group that Robert's mother fought years before. With their lives in mounting danger, Robert and Danielle band together with a team of unlikely heroes to fight for Robert's place among the next generation of empirical philosophers–and for philosophy's very survival against the men who would destroy it.
Soarer's choice, L E Modesitt.
L.E. Modesitt, Jr. returns to the world of Corus and concludes the trilogy of the intertwined stories of Dainyl, the Alector, and Mykel, the native soldier, which began in Alector's Choice and Cadmian's Choice. The civilization of the Alectors, which has farmed and developed all life on Corus to produce sustaining life force for their vampiric civilization, must move wholesale from one planet to another every few thousand years as it exhausts the life force of another world. This time, two worlds have been prepared, and the time is at hand for the great move. And Corus is the looking like the loser, to be abandoned by the civilizing forces of the government of Alectors, but used as a dumping ground for malcontents and others who don't make the cut to move on to a richer new world. This neither bodes well for the future of human civilization, nor for the honest Alector's such as Dainyl, trying to hold everything together, as all systems are failing. But the mysterious Ancients, the Soarers, are a force to be reckoned with, and they may hold a powerful and destructive trump card.
High voltage, Karen Marie Moning.
Immortal Faerie and ancient feuds, secrets and sacrifices–a thrilling new chapter in the bestselling Fever series begins, featuring Dani, Ryodan, and other beloved characters, as they battle to save Dublin from the rising of a terrifying evil determined to enslave the human race. There is no action without consequence. Dani O'Malley was nine years old when the delusional, sadistic Rowena transformed her into a ruthless killer. Years later, Dani is tough and hardened, yet achingly vulnerable and fiercely compassionate, living alone by her own exacting code. Despite the scars on her body, and driven by deeper ones carved into her soul, no one is more committed to protecting Dublin. By day she ensures the safety of those she rescues, by night she hunts evil, dispensing justice swiftly and without mercy, determined to give to those she cares for the peace she has never known. There is no power without price. When the Faerie Queen used the dangerously powerful Song of Making to heal the world from the damage done by the Hoar Frost King, catastrophic magic seeped deep into the earth, giving rise to horrifying, unforeseen consequences–and now deadly enemies plot in the darkness, preparing to enslave the human race and unleash an ancient reign of Hell on Earth. There is no future without sacrifice. With the lethal, immortal Ryodan at her side, armed with the epic Sword of Light, Dani once again battles to save the world, but her past comes back to haunt her with a vengeance, demanding an unspeakable price for the power she needs to save the human race. And no one–not even Ryodan, who would move the very stars for her–can save her this time.
Growing a revolution: bringing our soil back to life, David R Montgomery.
An inspiring vision for restoring the soil that feeds us all and turns agriculture into a solution for environmental crises.
Against the odds, Elizabeth Moon.
Fleet is tearing itself apart. Some of the mutineers see injustice in the unequal spread of the rejuvenation drugs that offer immortality to the rich. The Loyalists, meanwhile, fight to preserve the rule of law in Familias Regnant space. But when Esmay Suiza-Serrano is booted out of Fleet, she has no idea of the whirlwind of conflict into which she is about to be drawn.
Matt Moran's Australian food: coast to country, Matt Moran.
Thirty years ago, when Matt Moran first started cooking in commercial kitchens, lettuce meant iceberg, fish was always sold frozen and there was one variety of tomato - maybe two. Australia is now the envy of the world for its climate and range of produce, and is a food-lover's destination, spurred on by generations of keen home cooks. The recipes in this book span the country food traditions of regional Australia to the rugged coastline, which offers amazing fresh seafood. From the best slow-roasted lamb shoulder to an iconic passionfruit cheesecake, anyone who has spent time in Australia will find something in this collection to which they can nod their head and smile, recognising a recipe that is a favourite in their household – publisher website.
The boy who gave his heart away, Cole Moreton.
Marc is a promising young footballer of 15, growing up in Scotland. A few hundred miles away in England, Martin is a fun-loving 16-year-old. Both are enjoying their summers when they are suddenly struck down by debilitating illnesses. Within days, the boys are close to death. Although their paths have never crossed, their fortunes are about to be bound in the most extraordinary, intimate way. One of them will die and in doing so, he will save the other's life. This is a deeply powerful and dramatic story. It is extremely rare for the family of a donor to have any personal contact with the recipient of their loved one's organ. Yet remarkably, the mothers of these two boys meet and become friends, enabling the extraordinary, bittersweet moment in which a mother who has lost her son meets the boy he saved. Reaching out and placing her palm flat against his chest, she feels the heart of her son beating away inside another. Her boy, the boy who gave his heart away.
Holiday in the Hamptons, Sarah Morgan.
Professional dog-walker Felicity Knight loves everything about New York…until her ex-husband starts working at her local vet clinic. She hasn't seen Seth Carlyle in ten years, but one glimpse of him — too gorgeous, and still too good for her — and Fliss's heart hurts like their whirlwind marriage ended yesterday. So when her grandmother in the Hamptons needs help for the summer, it seems the ideal way to escape her past. Their relationship might have lasted only a few scorching months, but vet Seth knows Fliss — if she's run away to the Hamptons, it's because she still feels their connection and it terrifies her. He let her go once before, when he didn't know any better, but not this summer! With the help of his adorable dog, Lulu, and a sprinkling of beachside magic, Seth is determined to make Fliss see that he's never stopped loving her…
Sunset In Central Park, Sarah Morgan.
In the chaos of New York, true love can be hard to find, even when it's been right under your nose all along. Love has never been a priority for garden designer Frankie Fisher. After witnessing the fallout of her parents' divorce, she's seen the devastation an overload of emotion can cause. The only man she feels comfortable with is her friend Matt–but that's strictly platonic. If only she found it easier to ignore the way he makes her heart race…Matt Walker has loved Frankie for years but, sensing how fragile she is beneath her feisty exterior, has always played it cool. But then he uncovers new depths to the girl he's known forever, and doesn't want to wait a moment longer. He knows Frankie has secrets and has buried them deep, but can Matt persuade her to trust him with her heart, and kiss him under the Manhattan sunset?
A tangle of gold, Jaclyn Moriarty.
In Cambridge, England, Madeleine Tully is still working to gather the Royal Family, and get them back to their parallel world–but in Cello, Elliot Baranski is being held captive, the Hostiles are working against the Royal Family, and the World Severance Unit is trying to stop all contact between Cello and the World for good.
The last man out of Saigon, Chris Mullin.
As Saigon falls, CIA agent MacShane is sent in under journalist cover to organise a network of stay-behind agents. Needless to say, his cover is quickly blown, but nothing in his training has prepared him for what follows…
The forgetting spell, Lauren Myracle.
Most people in Willow Hill think Darya is the prickliest of the Blok sisters. What they don't realize is that on the inside, Darya is soft and gooey from feeling everything, all the time. When Darya turns thirteen, the goo gets stickier and as Darya's Wishing Day approaches, all she wants is to forget the silly tradition ever existed. Except she can't. Ten years ago, a wish made by Darya's mother splintered their family into pieces. Last year, Darya's sister Natasha wished for their broken mother to return. This year, Darya has a chance to wish away parts of the past, and who wouldn't want to do that? Darya, that's who! The past is something you're supposed to leave behind. Which is why Darya has locked and sealed her most painful memories inside the far corners of her mind, where they can no longer hurt her. But when some of them begin to leak out, Darya realizes the decision about what to wish for and what not to wish for is probably the most important choice of her life.
In a free state: a novel with two supporting narratives, V S Naipaul.
In a Free State is set in Africa, in a place like Uganda or Rwanda, and its two main characters are English. They had once found liberation in Africa. But now Africa is going sour on them. The land is no longer safe, and at a time of tribal conflict they have to make a long drive to the safety of their compound. At the end of this drive - the narrative tight, wonderfully constructed, the formal and precise language always instilled with violence and rage - we know everything about the English characters, the African country, and the Idi Amin-like future awaiting it.
Livwise, Olivia Newton-John.
Olivia explains her belief in the importance of eating a healthy diet in order to maintain wellness and balance. This book will introduce you to ways of eating and living that will keep you in good health and happiness.
We are all made of molecules, Susin Nielsen-Fernlund.
Thirteen-year-old brilliant but socially-challenged Stewart and mean-girl Ashley must find common ground when, two years after Stewart's mother died, his father moves in with his new girlfriend–Ashley's mother, whose gay ex-husband lives in their guest house.
Building Harlequin's moon, Larry Niven.
The first interstellar starship, John Glenn, fled a Solar System populated by rogue AIs and machine/human hybrids, threatened by too much nanotechnology, and rife with political dangers. The John Glenn's crew intended to terraform the nearly pristine planet Ymir, in hopes of creating a utopian society that would limit intelligent technology. But by some miscalculation they have landed in another solar system and must shape the gas giant planet Harlequin's moon, Selene, into a new, temporary home. Their only hope of ever reaching Ymir is to rebuild their store of antimatter by terraforming the moon. Gabriel, the head terraformer, must lead this nearly impossible task, with all the wrong materials: the wrong ships and tools, and too few resources. His primary tools are the uneducated and nearly-illiterate children of the original colonists, born and bred to build Harlequin's moon into an antimatter factory. Rachel Vanowen is one of these children. Basically a slave girl, she must do whatever the terraforming Council tells her. She knows that Council monitors her actions from a circling vessel above Selene's atmosphere, and is responsible for everything Rachel and her people know, as well as all the skills, food, and knowledge they have ever received. With no concept of the future and a life defined with duty, how will the children of Selene ever survive once the Council is through terraforming and have abandoned Selene for its ultimate goal of Ymir?
Whisper beach: a novel, Shelley Noble.
When a group of friends reunite in the idyllic beach town where they grew up, they must reevaluate their loyalty to one another or lose their friendship forever. Twelve years ago, Vanessa "Van" Moran fell in love and lost her virginity–but not to the same boy. She fled Whisper Beach desperate and pregnant, never telling a soul about her secret. Now a professional Manhattan organizer, she must return home for the first time to attend the funeral of her best friend's husband. Van intends to only stay for a weekend, but her plans fall by the wayside as the troubles of this coastal town draw her in. Dorie, the owner of the pier's infamous Blue Crab Restaurant where Van and her friends worked as teenagers, enlists Van's help to save the nearly bankrupt eatery. While Van throws herself into this new task, the man she once loved re-enters her life, willing to pick up where they left off. As the restaurant begins to thrive and Van reconnects with old friends, trouble comes from an unexpected source and she realizes she must face the decisions of her past or sacrifice this new life she has so carefully built. For Van, this summer will test the meaning of friendship and trust–and how far love can bend before it breaks.
Mirror, shoulder, signal, Dorthe Nors.
Sonja's over forty, and she's trying to move in the right direction. She's learning to drive. She's joined a meditation group. And she's attempting to reconnect with her sister. But Sonja would rather eat cake than meditate. Her driving instructor won't let her change gear. And her sister won't return her calls. Sonja's mind keeps wandering back to the dramatic landscapes of her childhood - the singing whooper swans, the endless sky, and getting lost barefoot in the rye fields - but how can she return to a place that she no longer recognizes? And how can she escape the alienating streets of Copenhagen? Mirror, Shoulder, Signal is a poignant, sharp-witted tale of one woman's journey in search of herself when there's no one to ask for directions.
The doctor's family reunion, Mindy Obenhaus.
Family means everything to Dr. Trent Lockridge. Growing up without a father, he always yearned for a family of his own. One long-ago summer in Ouray, Colourado, he thought he might build a future with beautiful Blakely Daniels. But when he abruptly fled town, he broke her heart and left behind more than memories. Years later, Trent is shocked–and overjoyed–to learn he's a father. He'd like to earn back Blakely's love and trust–but it won't be easy. And the clock is ticking. He's got only a few weeks to prove that, this time, he's here to stay, forever.
A gathering of ravens, Scott Oden.
To the Danes, he is skraelingr; to the English, he is orcnéas; to the Irish, he is fomoraig. He is Corpse-maker and Life-quencher, the Bringer of Night, the Son of the Wolf and Brother of the Serpent. He is Grimnir, and he is the last of his kind the last in a long line of monsters who have plagued humanity since the Elder Days. Drawn from his lair by a thirst for vengeance against the Dane who slew his brother, Grimnir emerges into a world that's changed. A new faith has arisen. The Old Ways are dying, and their followers retreating into the shadows; even still, Grimnir's vengeance cannot be denied. Taking a young Christian hostage to be his guide, Grimnir embarks on a journey that takes him from the hinterlands of Denmark, where the wisdom of the ancient dwarves has given way to madness, to the war-torn heart of southern England, where the spirits of the land make violence on one another. And thence to the green shores of Ireland and the Viking stronghold of Dubhlinn, where his enemy awaits. But, unless Grimnir can set aside his hatreds, his dream of retribution will come to nothing. For Dubhlinn is set to be the site of a reckoning the Old Ways versus the New and Grimnir, the last of his kind left to plague mankind, must choose: stand with the Christian King of Ireland and see his vengeance done or stand against him and see it slip away?
Live and let swim, Mo O'Hara.
Frankie was a completely normal pet goldfish until Tom's evil-scientist big brother Mark tried to murder him with toxic gunge. Luckily Tom and his best friend Pradeep shocked Frankie back to life with a battery, and he's been their zombie-fishy friend ever since. On a trip to the aquarium, something fishy starts going on. Something that almost certainly involves evil older brothers, a vampire kitten, a psychic octopus and a plot to take over the world. In story two, TV show My Pet's Got Talent has come to town. But someone is stealing all the entrants' amazing abilities.
Any fin is possible, Mo O'Hara.
Jurassic carp, Mo O'Hara.
Weird stuff is going on at the medieval reenactment center. Tom is pretty sure he's seen his brother's vampire kitten lurking around, and one of the knights is acting pretty strange. Can Pradeep and Tom figure out what Tom's evil-scientist big brother is up to without revealing Frankie the zombie fish?
Blitzed: drugs in Nazi Germany, Norman Ohler.
The Nazis presented themselves as warriors against moral degeneracy. Yet, as Norman Ohler's gripping bestseller reveals, the entire Third Reich was permeated with drugs: cocaine, heroin, morphine and, most of all, methamphetamines, or crystal meth, used by everyone from factory workers to housewives, and crucial to troops' resilience - even partly explaining German victory in 1940. The promiscuous use of drugs at the very highest levels also impaired and confused decision-making, with Hitler and his entourage taking refuge in potentially lethal cocktails of stimulants administered by the physician Dr Morell as the war turned against Germany. While drugs cannot on their own explain the events of the Second World War or its outcome, Ohler shows, they change our understanding of it. Blitzed forms a crucial missing piece of the story.
The centurion's wife, Janette Oke.
A sweeping first-century Biblical saga of the dramatic events surrounding the birth of Christianity; an unlikely romance buds in the midst of political chaos.
Her perfect affair, Priscilla Oliveras.
When her fling with Jeremy Taylor, on whom she has had a secret crush for years, has unexpected consequences that threaten both of their futures, librarian Rosa Fernandez must decide if she is willing to risk her career for love.
A sister in my house, Linda Olsson.
Honest and moving, this intense story carefully tracks a relationship stunted in childhood but given a second chance. One sister have I in our house, And one, a hedge away. There's only one recorded, But both belong to me. Maria has found a sanctuary in a rented house, overlooking a small Spanish village by the sea. She is coming to terms with losing the love of her life. But her solitude and the places that have become special to her are about to be encroached upon by the arrival of her younger sister, Emma. Will the intrusion only serve to evoke the bad memories of childhood or will the impending visit help them restart their lives? This is a moving and heart-warming story of two sisters negotiating personal tragedies, past alienation and their own failings to try to come together in understanding and love.
Recreation, Sue Orr.
A modern short story from a prize-winning collection, riffing on the traditional Māori creation myth. Taawhirimatea is the Māori god of weather. According to the Māori world creation story, he chose to stay with his sky father rather than join his siblings and his earth mother when the sky and the land first separated. To this day, he manipulates the weather, wreaking revenge for the separation of his parents. In this entertaining short story, Taawhirimatea is a television weather reporter who might just have more power than mere prediction…
Natural causes, James Oswald.
A young girl's mutilated body is discovered in a sealed room. For newly appointed Edinburgh Detective Inspector Tony McLean this baffling cold case ought to be a low priority but he is haunted by the young victim and her grisly death. Meanwhile, the city is horrified by a series of bloody killings.
A promise of ruin, Cuyler Overholt.
In early 1900s New York, the formidable crime syndicate known as the Black Hand has been terrorizing the city's Italian community with bombings and kidnappings. When a young Italian girl is found drowned and sexually defiled, Dr. Genevieve Summerford suspects the organization has expanded into forced prostitution, and she won't rest until the trafficking ring is brought to justice.
Travelling in a strange land., David Park.
The world is shrouded in snow. Transport has ground to a halt. Tom must venture out into a transformed and treacherous landscape to collect his son, sick and stranded in student lodgings. But on this solitary drive from Belfast to Sunderland, Tom will be drawn into another journey, one without map or guide, and is forced to chart pathways of family history haunted by memory and clouded in regret. Written in spare, crystalline prose by one of the most important voices in contemporary Irish writing, – is a work of exquisite loss and transformative grace. It is a novel about fathers and sons, grief, memory, family and love; about the gulfs that lie between us and those we love, and the wrong turns that we take on our way to find them.
Dino Corp, Mac Park.
Dinosaurs are back, and on the loose! It's up to D-Bot Squad to catch them. Hunter, Charlie and Ethan must save the last and wildest of all the dinosaurs - the T-rex! Will the team finally find out where all the dinosaurs came from?
Mega hatch, Mac Park.
Dinosaurs are back, and on the loose! It's up to D-Bot Squad to catch them. Dinosaurs are running wild all over the place! Hunter and his team must hatch their best plan yet. But that's not the only thing hatching…
Dream girl., Robert B Parker.
When a mature, beautiful and composed April Kyle strides into Spenser's office, the Boston PI barely hesitates before recognizing his once and future client. Now a well-established madam herself, April oversees an upscale call girl operation in Boston's Back Bay. Still looking for Spenser's approval, it takes her a moment before she can ask him, again, for his help. Her business is a success; what's more, it's an all-female enterprise. Now that some men are trying to take it away from her, she needs Spenser's help. April claims to be in the dark about who it is that's trying to shake her.
Dead time, Tony Parsons.
An exclusive short story featuring DC Max Wolfe from Tony Parsons, the Sunday Times No. 1 bestselling author of The Murder Bag. One am, Boxing Day. Snow falls, the city sleeps. Not DC Max Wolfe. He is looking out of his loft apartment at the deserted streets below. A van has just drawn up. Two men get out. Dressed in black and wearing ski-masks, they are dragging something. It's a man. Half-naked. Half-dead. But still alive. Not for much longer. Soon Max Wolfe is hunting a gang of killers who decapitate their victims And this time it's personal … Includes an exclusive sneak preview of Tony's new novel, The Slaughter Man.
The hanging club, Tony Parsons.
A band of vigilante executioners roam London's hot summer nights, abducting evil men and hanging them by the neck until dead. Sentenced to death is the gang member who groomed and abused dozens of vulnerable girls; the wealthy drunk driver who mowed down a child; and the hate preacher calling for the murder of British troops. As the bodies pile up and riots explode all over the sweltering city, DC Max Wolfe embarks on his most dangerous investigation yet, hunting a gang of killers who many believe to be heroes. But before he can confront them, he must learn some painful truths about the fragile line between good and evil, innocence and guilt, justice and retribution - and discover that the lust for revenge starts very close to home.
Dead man running, James Patterson.
Dr. Randall Beck is an eccentric psychiatrist with a terminal disease. This makes him fearless, which comes in handy when a patient is murdered before his eyes—a patient with an unspeakable secret.
Fifty fifty, James Patterson.
– It's not easy being a good detective - when your brother's a serial killer. Sam Blue stands accused of the brutal murders of three young students, their bodies dumped near the Georges River. Only one person believes he is innocent: his sister, Detective Harriet Blue. And she's determined to prove it. Except she's now been banished to the outback town of Last Chance Valley (population 75), where a diary found on the roadside outlines a shocking plan - the massacre of the entire town. And the first death, shortly after Harry's arrival, suggests the clock is already ticking. Meanwhile, back in Sydney, a young woman holds the key to crack Sam's case wide open. If only she could escape the madman holding her hostage …
House of robots, James Patterson.
Fifth-grader Sammy Hayes-Rodriguez struggles to fit in when his inventor mother requires him to take her latest creation, a robotic 'brother, ' to school with him to learn to become a student.
Manhunt, James Patterson.
Someone attacks the Thanksgiving Day Parade directly in front of Michael Bennett and his family, making his newest case more than just an act of terror.
Natural selection: a year in the garden, Dan Pearson.
The perfume of witch hazel in January. The skywards race of clematis in April. The blaze of sunflowers in September. As the year rolls round, our gardens rise and fall to its rhythms. Every week is different from the next, but there is also reassurance in the cyclicality - the inevitability of spring blossom and the flare of autumn berries at the other end of the season. Dan Pearson takes us through twelve months in the garden, from his city-bound plot in Peckham to twenty acres of rolling hillside in Somerset. Through a beautifully wrought landscape of words he shares with us his wealth of knowledge, and teaches us to see the gardens around us with new eyes, whether in the countryside, village or city. Natural Selection is a book to bring you year-round joy and a newfound appreciation of nature, both wild and tamed.
Blind beauty, K M Peyton.
Dare to seduce, Carly Phillips.
Alpha billionaire businessman, Max Savage has had a thing for Lucy Dare for as long as he can remember but he values his long standing friendship with her brothers too much to cross the line. When Lucy shows up at an engagement party on the arm of another man, Max doesn't like the changes he sees in her and vows to make her his own. It's now or never. Max can think of one way to convince Lucy she's with the wrong guy. He'll dare to seduce her…no matter what the consequences.
Daughter of grace, Michael R Phillips.
When Corrie Belle Hollister and her younger brothers and sisters unexpectedly found their father on the streets of Miracle Springs, their shocking reunion was tentative at best. It would take the full story of My Father's World for them to discover each other in their hearts and to start to become the family God wanted them to be. Daughter of Grace shows the developing relationships between the reunited Hollisters. And many things in Miracle Springs change: the new church gets built, a school is opened, Pa Hollister settles into his role as father, and the Hollister cabin becomes a home. But the biggest change occurs in Corrie as she matures into womanhood – thanks, especially, to Mrs. Parrish. Pa Hollister rightly concludes that the children need a mother's care. But when he makes his choice, Corrie's world is once again shaken.
On the trail of the truth, Michael R Phillips.
Now that her siblings are provided for, Corrie convinces a newspaperman to take a chance on her as a journalist. Soon, she is on her own in the rough and tumble towns of the California gold fields. In her quest for the next human-interest story, Corrie uncovers a dangerous conspiracy. The truth beckons to her, but is it worth the risk?
A place in the sun, Michael R Phillips.
At almost twenty-one, Corrie has overcome the tragedies of her youth and made a name for herself as a journalist. Facing new challenges in Miracle Springs, including a secret that could tear apart her close-knit family, she must find a way to accept that sometimes the Lord uses difficult circumstances for good.
Genius ideas (mostly), Liz Pichon.
Seeing Delia without her sunglasses on is a big shock, but that's nothing compared with the surprise Dad has in store for me with his new-found fitness regime. Meanwhile, Derek and I keep practising in dogzombies – you never know, we might even get to play another gig? But right now, I'm still wondering how Amy Porter managed to talk me into auditioning for the school play. While Marcus Meldrew is being extra smug because he's only gone and got the lead role…
Ricky Ricotta's mighty robot vs. the unpleasant penguins from Pluto, Dav Pilkey.
Infuriated by the declaration that Pluto is no longer a planet, President Penguin and his penguins invade Earth and it is up to Ricky and his robot pal to defeat them–with some help from Ricky's cousin Lucy and her pets.
The quest for Z: the true story of explorer Percy Fawcett and a lost city in the Amazon, Greg Pizzoli.
The true story of the British explorer Percy Fawcett, who set out on a doomed expedition to find a lost city in the Amazon jungle.
The duke I'm going to marry, Meara Platt.
Daffodil Farthingale, known as Dillie to her friends and family, is horrified to learn the man she has just rescued from ruffians outside the Farthingale townhouse is none other than Ian Markham, the notorious Duke of Edgeware. If the Chipping Way bachelor curse holds true, she's doomed to marry the wretched rakehell. Dillie wants a man who will love her and be faithful in the marriage. The duke will never do, for he harbours secret torments and has sworn he will never fall in love or marry. When scandal breaks—after all, he does spend a week recovering in her bed—Dillie leaves London, little knowing that the handsome duke has just left town as well. With the Farthingale family and his assailants on their trail, Ian and Dillie suddenly find themselves trapped in the same charming inn during a torrential rainstorm. Can Ian overcome his haunted past, and can Dillie ever overcome her mistrust of him… to wind up falling in love?
A match made in duty: The Braydens, #1, Meara Platt.
When the Earl of Exmoor agrees to marry Sophie as a favour to her dying brother, he never expects that this match made in duty will be the cure for his broken and battle-scarred heart.
A midsummer's kiss: The Farthingale Series, #4, Meara Platt.
Sometimes love happens at the most unexpected times and in the most unexpected places. Sometimes it quietly sneaks up on you, and sometimes it knocks you over on a London street, just as it happens to Lord Graelem Dayne when Laurel Farthingale's horse runs him over and breaks his leg. Graelem has until Midsummer's Day, a mere thirty days away to find a wife or lose a large inheritance, so when a remorseful Laurel begs his forgiveness and promises to do anything for him, he takes her up on that promise and insists that she marry him. Laurel Farthingale has no intention of becoming Graelem Dayne's biddable bride and is furious that he's tricked her into a betrothal. She plans to marry another, her long-time friend and childhood infatuation who is now in London to propose to her, for she's a Farthingale and everyone knows that Farthingales only marry for love. But as she comes to know Graelem, she realizes that he may very well be the man she's destined to love. Can he ever love her above his desire to secure his baronial fortune?
The gathering, Dan Poblocki.
Poppy Caldwell is an orphan who keeps seeing a figure standing behind her in the mirror at the group home where she lives, but she does not associate this ghost with the letter that mysteriously appears in her file, claiming to be from a long-lost aunt, and inviting her to Larkspur House–and she is just one of five children who find themselves gathered in this strange house with a deadly past, and apparently no intention of letting the children escape.
No way out, Dan Poblocki.
Four of the orphans who were lured to Larkspur House have made it out of the shadow house alive, but Poppy, Dash, Azumi, and Dylan are still on the grounds of the estate and far from safety–and unless they solve the mystery of what it is that the house wants from them they may never escape.
You can't hide, Dan Poblocki.
Poppy, Marcus, Dash, Dylan, and Azumi are trapped inside of Larkspur House, a sinister estate haunted by the ghosts of the orphaned children who have gone before, and the house is using their fears and secrets to pick them off one by one–because nobody gets out of the shadow house alive.
Plans for small gardens: design, build, maintain, enjoy, Ann-Marie Powell.
Embers of war, Gareth Powell.
The sentient warship Trouble Dog was built for violence, yet following a brutal war, she is disgusted by her role in a genocide. Stripped of her weaponry and seeking to atone, she joins the House of Reclamation, an organisation dedicated to rescuing ships in distress. When a civilian ship goes missing in a disputed system, Trouble Dog and her new crew of loners, captained by Sal Konstanz, are sent on a rescue mission. Meanwhile, light years away, intelligence officer Ashton Childe is tasked with locating the poet, Ona Sudak, who was aboard the missing spaceship. What Childe doesn't know is that Sudak is not the person she appears to be. A straightforward rescue turns into something far more dangerous, as Trouble Dog, Konstanz and Childe find themselves at the centre of a conflict that could engulf the entire galaxy. If she is to save her crew, Trouble Dog is going to have to remember how to fight…
The Sterkarm handshake., Susan Price.
A twenty-first-century corporation invades the domain of a warlike sixteenth-century Scottish clan in this "brilliantly imagined" time-travel adventure (Philip Pullman). The miraculous invention of a Time Tube has given Great Britain's mighty FUP corporation unprecedented power, granting it unlimited access to the rich natural resources of the past. Opening a portal into sixteenth-century Scotland, the company has sent representatives back five hundred years to deal with the Sterkarms, a lawless barbarian clan that has plundered both sides of the English-Scottish border for generations. Among the first of the company's representatives to arrive from the future, young anthropologist Andrea Mitchell finds herself strangely drawn to this primitive tribe of raiders and pillagers who, not surprisingly, view her as magical. As translator and liaison, she becomes enmeshed in the personal lives of these proud, savage folk, developing an especially strong emotional bond with Per, the handsome son of the ruthless Sterkarm chieftain, Toorkild. But the Sterkarms' welcome does not extend to the FUP corporate despoilers from the future and soon a fragile agreement between the untamable Scots and the interloping "Elves" begins to crumble. Suddenly war looms on the horizon, and when treachery on both sides ignites a firestorm of violence, Andrea will have to choose where her loyalties truly lie: with her cold-hearted employers or with the barbarous kinfolk of the man she has come to love.
A Sterkarm kiss, Susan Price.
Andrea Mitchell has never felt as if she belongs in the 21st century. She's too fat, too clumsy, and too plain. So when she's offered the chance to take the Time Tube back to the 16th century – and back to Per, the young Sterkarm warrior she fell in love with once before – she doesn't hesitate. The lovely, boisterous, and crude Sterkarms have always made her feel welcome and at home. Maybe this time she'll even stay for good. But things on the 16th side are not what Andrea expected them to be. Per doesn't know who she is, and a wedding between the Sterkarms and their enemies, the Grannams, ends in bloodshed and confusion. Even when Andrea discovers it's the Elves who have betrayed them all, no one wants to believe her. She may have made the biggest – and the deadliest – mistake of her life. In this blistering sequel to her award-winning the sterkarm handshake, Susan Price weaves a riveting tale of revenge, deceit, and love, set against a backdrop of warring clans and brutal passions.
A Sterkarm tryst., Susan Price.
The sixteenth-century Sterkarms are legendary warriors known for their cunning and strength-but what will happen when time travel sets them up to battle their counterparts in an epic final clash? James Windsor - leader of FUP, the twenty-first-century megacorporation that created a tunnel back to the past called the Time Tube - has no intention of giving up his plan to pillage resources from pristine sixteenth-century Scotland. Unfortunately for Windsor, the Sterkarm clan, who will do anything to protect their lands from invaders, continues to stand in his way. But if Windsor's modern-day mercenaries, with their technology, rifles, and rocket launchers, can't beat the primitive Sterkarm warriors, who can? And who could possibly understand the wild Scottish moors and the clan's brutal ways better than the Sterkarms themselves? When FUP opens up a new portal, two universes of Sterkarms are pitted against each other, but anthropologist Andrea Mitchell - originally sent back in time by FUP to study the clan - will risk her life to save Per, the warrior she loves, and the community she has grown to call home. And when both sets of Sterkarms become wary of the twenty-first-century "Elves," who shake on promises of friendship with one hand and commit murder with the other, they know there is only one way to protect their futures: join with the Grannams, and with each other, to destroy the tunnel, preventing the Elves from returning ever again.
Dominic, Mark Pryor.
Only two other people know that Dominic, a charming Englishman, prosecutor, and musician in Austin, Texas, is also a psychopath. They also know that a year ago he got away with murder. One of those people is his "special lady," and the other is her brother, a teenager and fellow psychopath called Bobby. When a wily homicide detective starts digging up that past murder, little Bobby offers to take care of the problem–permanently. Dominic tries to dissuade him, but as he himself knows, psychopaths aren't good with following instructions. Or impulse control. As Detective Megan Ledsome circles closer, Dominic knows his life depends on keeping his secrets hidden, from her and the rest of the world. And when his annoying office-mate declares his interest in a judicial position, one he himself would like, Dominic realizes that one of his carefully-orchestrated plans could kill two birds with one stone. Of course, that means some sleight of hand and a sacrifice or two. But if there's one thing a psychopath doesn't mind, it's sacrificing other people.
The end of epidemics: the looming threat to humanity and how to stop it., Jonathan D Quick.
Somewhere out there, a super virus is boiling up in the bloodstream of a bird, bat, monkey, or pig, preparing to jump to a human being. This as-yet-undetected germ has the potential to kill more than 300 million people and reduce global GDP by 5-10%. That risk makes the threat posed by ISIS, a ground war, a massive climate event, or even the dropping of a nuclear bomb on a major city pale by comparison. But there is hope. In The End of Epidemics, leading public health authority Dr Jonathan D. Quick tells the stories of the heroes, past and present, who've succeeded in their fights to stop the spread of illness and death. He explains the science and the politics of combatting epidemics. And he provides a detailed seven-part plan showing exactly how world leaders, health professionals, the business community, media, and ordinary citizens can work together to prevent epidemics, saving millions of lives.
Still life with bread crumbs, Anna Quindlen.
Still Life with Bread Crumbs begins with an imagined gunshot and ends with a new tin roof. Between the two is a wry and knowing portrait of Rebecca Winter, a photographer whose work made her an unlikely heroine for many women. Her career is now descendent, her bank balance shaky, and she has fled the city for the middle of nowhere. There she discovers, in a tree stand with a roofer named Jim Bates, that what she sees through a camera lens is not all there is to life. Brilliantly written, powerfully observed, Still Life with Bread Crumbs is a deeply moving and often very funny story of unexpected love, and a stunningly crafted journey into the life of a woman, her heart, her mind, her days, as she discovers that life is a story with many levels, a story that is longer and more exciting than she ever imagined.
The marquis and I, Ella Quinn.
Lady Charlotte Carpenter's brother-in-law has put an infamous brothel owner out of business - yet it is Charlotte who suffers the consequences. Abducted by thugs and held at an inn, she is plotting her escape when she's suddenly rescued by a dashing gentleman. Only afterward does she realize she's seen him before—with two courtesans! Unwilling to tarry with such a man, Charlotte makes her second escape. But it is too late to repair her reputation … A known gossip has spied Charlotte's movements, and his report is speeding through the rumor mill. Soon, everyone knows that Charlotte spent the night with Constantine, Marquis of Kenilworth. And everyone agrees the only answer is marriage—including Constantine himself, his overjoyed mother—and his mistress! But Charlotte's abductors aren't finished with her yet. Now Constantine will do anything to protect the spirited woman he loves and win her heart …
Crooked: outwitting the back pain industry and getting on the road to recovery, Cathryn Jakobson Ramin.
The acclaimed author of Carved in Sand-a veteran investigative journalist who endured persistent back pain for decades-delivers the definitive book on the subject: an essential examination of all facets of the back pain industry, exploring what works, what doesn't, what may cause harm, and how to get on the road to recovery. In her effort to manage her chronic back pain, investigative reporter Cathryn Jakobson Ramin spent years and a small fortune on a panoply of treatments. But her discomfort only intensified, leaving her feeling frustrated and perplexed. As she searched for better solutions, she exposed a much bigger problem. Costing roughly $100 billion a year, spine medicine-often ineffective and sometimes harmful-exemplified the worst aspects of the U.S. health care system. The result of six years of intensive investigation, Crooked offers a startling look at the poorly identified risks of spine medicine, and provides practical advice and solutions. Ramin interviewed scores of spine surgeons, pain management doctors, physical medicine and rehabilitation physicians, exercise physiologists, physical therapists, chiropractors, specialized bodywork practitioners. She met with many patients whose pain and desperation led them to make life-altering decisions, and with others who triumphed over their limitations. The result is a brilliant and comprehensive book that is not only important but essential to millions of back pain sufferers, and all types of health care professionals. Ramin shatters assumptions about surgery, chiropractic methods, physical therapy, spinal injections and painkillers, and addresses evidence-based rehabilitation options-showing, in detail, how to avoid therapeutic dead ends, while saving money, time, and considerable anguish. With Crooked, she reveals what it takes to outwit the back pain industry and get on the road to recovery.
Shock: a virals short story, Kathy Reichs.
A riveting short story that takes us back to the beginning of the Virals series. A dazed Tory Brennan steps off the plane in Charleston. Reeling from the recent death of her mother, and nervous about meeting her dad for the first time, she could hardly be less excited at the prospect of starting this new chapter of her life. With its balmy weather and relaxed Southern atmosphere, South Carolina feels like a foreign country compared to Tory's native New England. But her worries begin to fade once she lays eyes on rugged, mysterious Morris Island, and three quirky boys who are as lively and curious as Tory herself. Maybe - just maybe - this new home has something wonderful in store for her after all. In this glimpse into the world of the Virals before they became Virals, sometimes what seems like an ending is only the start.
Marriage of inconvenience , Penny Reid.
There are three things you need to know about Kat Tanner (aka Kathleen Tyson… and yes, she is that Kathleen Tyson): 1) She's determined to make good decisions, 2) She must get married ASAP, and 3) She knows how to knit. Being a billionaire heiress isn't all it's cracked up to be. In fact, it sucks. Determined to live a quiet life, Kat Tanner changed her identity years ago and eschewed her family's legacy. But now, Kat's silver spoon past has finally caught up with her, and so have her youthful mistakes. To avoid imminent disaster, she must marry immediately; it is essential that the person she chooses have no romantic feelings for her whatsoever and be completely trustworthy. Fortunately, she knows exactly who to ask. Dan O'Malley checks all the boxes: single, romantically indifferent to her, completely trustworthy. Sure, she might have a wee little crush on Dan the Security Man, but with clear rules, expectations, and a legally binding contract, Kat is certain she can make it through this debacle with her sanity–and heart–all in one piece. Except, what happens when Dan O'Malley isn't as indifferent–or as trustworthy–as she thought?
How to marry a marquess, Stacy Reid.
Lady Evie Chesterfield is a darling of the town who refuses to become engaged. She's been desperately in love with her brother's friend, Richard Maitland, Marquess of Westfall, since forever. But the dark, dangerous marquess only sees her as a friend and refuses to marry any woman. When circumstances change and Evie has no choice but to take a husband, she decides to convince London's most notorious gentleman to marry her by seducing the scoundrel. Richard Maitland decided long ago that he wanted nothing to do with love. So when the gorgeous, off-limits Evie asks him for lessons in seduction, Richard knows he's playing with fire. Despite Richard's determination to protect her from his dastardly reputation, he is tested at every turn by his need for the infuriating, but enticing, Lady Evie. Before too long he is faced with making an impossible choice.
The royal conquest, Stacy Reid.
His dark seduction will be her undoing…After being cruelly jilted by a lord who claimed to adore her, Miss Payton Peppiwell swore her future husband would be as ordinary as she. Now if only her family would listen to her. Then she meets Mikhail Konstantinovich, an untitled horse breeder, in a highly improper and scandalous encounter. Never had Payton expected to be so attracted to the dark, intriguing man, who seduces her to recklessness with a mere stare. Mikhail abhors anything to do with intimacy. Yet Miss Peppiwell stirs hunger and a need long forgotten in him. But Mikhail has a dark past–one that means his lust must be sated in a way entirely unsuitable for a lady. But his biggest secret will be the hardest for Payton to overcome: Mikhail is not only titled, he's a prince…
Mr. Darcy's obsession, Abigail Reynolds.
What if Elizabeth Bennet was more unsuitable for Mr. Darcy than ever. Mr. Darcy is determined to find a more suitable bride. But then he learns that Elizabeth is living in London in reduced circumstances, after her father's death robs her of her family home. What if Mr. Darcy can't help himself from seeking her out. He just wants to make sure she's alright. But once he's seen her, he feels compelled to talk to her, and from there he's unable to fight the overwhelming desire to be near her, or the ever-growing mutual attraction that is between them. What if Mr. Darcy's intentions were shockingly dishonorable.
Dead center: behind the scenes at the world's largest medical examiner's office, Shiya Ribowsky.
A forensic investigator who led the effort to identify victims of the World Trade Center attack describes the ways in which he and his team were able to work through the harrowing aspects of their duties by bringing closure to grieving families.
A plea for the animals: the moral, philosophical, and evolutionary imperative to treat all beings with compassion, Matthieu Ricard.
Every cow just wants to be happy. Every chicken just wants to be free. Every bear, dog, or mouse experiences sorrow and feels pain as intensely as any of us humans do. In a compelling appeal to reason and human kindness, Matthieu Ricard here takes the arguments from his best-sellers Altruism and Happiness to their logical conclusion: that compassion toward all beings, including our fellow animals, is a moral obligation and the direction toward which any enlightened society must aspire. He chronicles the appalling sufferings of the animals we eat, wear, and use for adornment or "entertainment," and submits every traditional justification for their exploitation to scientific evidence and moral scrutiny. What arises is an unambiguous and powerful ethical imperative for treating all of the animals with whom we share this planet with respect and compassion.
GodPretty in the tobacco field, Kim Michele Richardson.
Nameless, Kentucky, in 1969 is a hardscrabble community where jobs are few and poverty is a simple fact-just like the hot Appalachian breeze or the pests that can wipe out a tobacco field in days. RubyLyn Bishop is luckier than some. Her God-fearing uncle, Gunnar, has a short fuse and high expectations, but he's given her a good home ever since she was orphaned at the age of five. Yet now, a month shy of her sixteenth birthday, RubyLyn itches for more. Maybe it's something to do with the paper fortune-tellers RubyLyn has been making for townsfolk, each covered with beautifully wrought, prophetic drawings. Or perhaps it's because of Rainey Ford, an African-American neighbour who works alongside her in the tobacco field, and with whom she has a kinship, despite her uncle's worrisome shadow and the town's disapproval. RubyLyn's predictions are just wishful thinking, not magic at all, but through them she's imagining life as it could be, away from the prejudice and hardship that ripple through Nameless. Atmospheric, poignant, and searingly honest, GodPretty in the Tobacco Field follows RubyLyn through the course of one blazing summer, as heart-breaking revelations and life-changing decisions propel her toward a future her fortune-tellers never predicted.
Liar's bench, Kim Michele Richardson.
In 1972, on Mudas Summers' seventeenth birthday, her beloved Mama, Ella, is found hanging from the rafters of their home. Most people in Peckinpaw, Kentucky, assume that Ella's no-good husband did the deed. Others think Ella grew tired of his abuse and did it herself. Muddy is determined to find out for sure either way, especially once she finds strange papers hidden amongst her mama's possessions. But Peckinpaw keeps its secrets buried deep. Muddy's almost-more-than-friend, Bobby Marshall, knows that better than most. Though he passes for white, one of his ancestors was Frannie Crow, a slave hanged a century ago on nearby Hark Hill Plantation. Adorning the town square is a seat built from Frannie's gallows. A tribute, a relic–and a caution–it's known as Liar's Bench. Now, the answers Muddy seeks soon lead back to Hark Hill, to hatred and corruption that have echoed through the years–and lies she must be brave enough to confront at last.
The sisters of Glass Ferry, Kim Michele Richardson.
Spanning several decades and written in an authentic voice both lyrical and wise, The Sisters of Glass Ferry is a haunting novel about small-town Southern secrets, loss and atonement, and the unbreakable bond between siblings. Glass Ferry, Kentucky, is bourbon country. Whiskey has been a way of life for generations, enabling families to provide and survive even in the darkest times. Flannery Butler's daddy, Beauregard "Honey Bee" Butler, was known for making some of the best whiskey in the state, aged in barrels he'd take by boat up and down the Kentucky River until the rocking waters turned the spirits smooth and golden. Flannery is the only person Honey Bee ever entrusted with his recipes before he passed on, swearing her to secrecy as he did so. But Flannery is harbouring other secrets too, about her twin sister Patsy, older by eight minutes and pretty in a way Flannery knows she'll never be. Then comes the prom night when Patsy-wearing a yellow chiffon dress and the family pearls-disappears along with her date. Every succeeding year on the twins' birthday, Flannery's mother bakes a strawberry cake, convinced that this is the day Patsy will finally come home. But it will be two tumultuous decades until the muddy river yields a clue about what happened that night, compelling Flannery to confront the truth about her sleepy town, her family's past, and the choices she and those closest to her have made in the name of love and retribution… "Richardson has a knack for layering a landscape with secrets, for slowly revealing what's hidden until suddenly you find what you've been chasing sitting in the palm of your hand.
Bunny's staycation, Lori Richmond.
Little Bunny is sad when Mama leaves on a business trip, so Papa helps Little Bunny craft an imaginative staycation at home until Mama returns.
Lie in wait, Eric Rickstad.
In the remote, pastoral hamlet of Canaan, Vermont, a high-profile legal case shatters the town's sense of peace and community. Anger simmers. Fear and prejudice awaken. Old friends turn on each other. Violence threatens. So when a young teenage girl is savagely murdered while babysitting at the house of the lead attorney in the case, Detective Sonja Test believes the girl's murder and the divisive case must be linked. However, as the young detective digs deeper into her first murder case, she discovers sordid acts hidden for decades, and learns that behind the town's idyllic facade of pristine snow lurks a capacity in some for great darkness and the betrayal of innocents. And Sonja Test, a mother of two, will do anything to protect the innocent.
The viscount's Christmas temptation, Erica Ridley.
Certain individuals might consider Lady Amelia Pembroke a managing sort of female, but truly, most people would be lost without her help. Why, the latest on-dit is that rakish Viscount Sheffield is cancelling the fête of the year because he hasn't time for silly soirees. He doesn't need time, he needs her! When a flash of lightning destroys the venue for his family's annual Christmas ball, Lord Benedict Sheffield intends to enjoy a relaxing holiday for once. But after twelve days of beguiling Lady Amelia's guerrilla tactics, he's up to his cravat with tinsel and tumbling head over heels in love.
Head coach, Lia Riley.
Neve Angel's life is all work and no play, but she wouldn't have it any other way. One of Denver's top sports reporters, she's fought hard to make it in a male-dominated world, and she won't back down from a fight with anyone-not even the Hellions' gruff head coach, Tor Gunnar. Her hostile relationship with the icy Scandinavian is the stuff of local legend. Tor Gunnar hates dealing with the media; at best, they are a nuisance and at worst, a distraction. And no one distracts him more than the scrappy, sexy reporter who gets him hot under the collar. When he wins a not-so-friendly bet with Neve, he decides it's high time they either kiss or kill each other, and invites her as a date to an out-of-town wedding. But what happens when enemies become lovers? Will they be able to smother their sizzling attraction, or is it time to start playing for keeps?
Mister Hockey, Lia Riley.
Her biggest fantasy is about to become a reality… Jed West is Mr. Hockey. The captain of the NHL's latest winning team, the Denver Hellions–and the hottest player on the ice–at least according to every magazine…and Breezy Angel. Breezy has been drooling over Jed at games for years, and he plays a starring role in her most toe-curling fantasies. But dirty dreams don't come true, right? Then Jed saunters through the doors of her library, a last minute special guest for a summer reading event, and not only is he drop dead gorgeous up close, his personality is straight up swoon-worthy. He even comes to the rescue when she has an R-rated "Super Book Worm" costume malfunction. But when he mistakenly assumes she's more into books than pucks, she's too flustered to correct his mistake. And then comes a big kiss, followed by a teensy-tiny problem. Jed's dating policy is simple: Never date a fan. So what's a fangirl going to have to do to convince her ultimate crush that he's become less of a perfect fantasy, and more like the perfect man…for her?
Dark waters, Mary-Jane Riley.
Secrets lie beneath the surface… Two men, seemingly unconnected, are discovered dead in a holiday boat on the Norfolk Broads, having apparently committed suicide together. Local journalist Alex Devlin, planning an article on the dangers of internet suicide forums, starts digging into their backgrounds. But Alex's investigation soon leads her to a much darker mystery - one that will hit closer to home than she could possibly have imagined, and place the lives of those she loves in terrible danger.
Ms. Bravo and the boss, Christine Rimmer.
Elise Bravo needed a job, desperately. And soldier turned thriller writer Jed Walsh burned through–almost literally, it turned out–assistants like hellfire through brimstone. Turned out he had some…unusual work habits to go along with his giant talent and ego. He threw knives to relax. He cleaned his guns as he acted out scenes. And more than anything, he hated cats… Enter Elise, crack typist, master plotter and perfect for the live-in job in every way but one…two if you counted Mr. Wiggles, her furry companion. For though Jed had sworn he would never get "involved" with a woman who worked for him, it took only a day or two with the perfectly professional, pencil skirt-wearing Bravo beauty to realise that his interest in Elise broke all the rules. He had to make her his–even if he had to win over her kitty to do it…
The lost flowers of Alice Hart, Holly Ringland.
This is an irresistible, deeply moving and romantic story of a young girl, daughter of an abusive father, who has to learn the hard way that she can break the patterns of the past, live on her own terms and find her own strength. After her family suffers a tragedy, nine-year-old Alice Hart is forced to leave her idyllic seaside home. She is taken in by her grandmother, June, a flower farmer who raises Alice on the language of Australian native flowers, a way to say the things that are too hard to speak. Under the watchful eye of June and the women who run the farm, Alice settles, but grows up increasingly frustrated by how little she knows of her family's story. In her early twenties, Alice's life is thrown into upheaval again when she suffers devastating betrayal and loss. Desperate to outrun grief, Alice flees to the dramatically beautiful central Australian desert. In this otherworldly landscape Alice thinks she has found solace, until she meets a charismatic and ultimately dangerous man. Spanning two decades, set between sugar cane fields by the sea, a native Australian flower farm, and a celestial crater in the central desert, The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart follows Alice's unforgettable journey, as she learns that the most powerful story she will ever possess is her own.
Tiny and the big dig, Sherri Duskey Rinker.
Tiny is a small, but very determined dog and right now he smells a big bone buried deep in the earth of the garden–and he is going to get that bone no matter how far down he has to dig.
Kiss kiss, bang bang: the boom in British thrillers from Casino Royale to The eagle has landed, Mike Ripley.
An entertaining history of British thrillers from Casino Royale to The Eagle Has Landed, in which award-winning crime writer Mike Ripley reveals that, though Britain may have lost an empire, her thrillers helped save the world. With a foreword by Lee Child. When Ian Fleming dismissed his books in a 1956 letter to Raymond Chandler as 'straight pillow fantasies of the bang-bang, kiss-kiss variety' he was being typically immodest. In three short years, his James Bond novels were already spearheading a boom in thriller fiction that would dominate the bestseller lists, not just in Britain, but internationally. The decade following World War II had seen Britain lose an Empire, demoted in terms of global power and status and economically crippled by debt; yet its fictional spies, secret agents, soldiers, sailors and even (occasionally) journalists were now saving the world on a regular basis. From Ian Fleming and Alistair MacLean in the 1950s through Desmond Bagley, Dick Francis, Len Deighton and John Le Carré in the 1960s, to Frederick Forsyth and Jack Higgins in the 1970s. Many have been labelled 'boys' books' written by men who probably never grew up but, as award-winning writer and critic Mike Ripley recounts, the thrillers of this period provided the reader with thrills, adventure and escapism, usually in exotic settings, or as today's leading thriller writer Lee Child puts it in his Foreword: 'the thrill of immersion in a fast and gaudy world.' In Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang, Ripley examines the rise of the thriller from the austere 1950s through the boom time of the Swinging Sixties and early 1970s, examining some 150 British authors (plus a few notable South Africans). Drawing upon conversations with many of the authors mentioned in the book, he shows how British writers, working very much in the shadow of World War II, came to dominate the field of adventure thrillers and the two types of spy story - spy fantasy (as epitomised by Ian Fleming's James Bond) and the more realistic spy fiction created by Deighton, Le Carré and Ted Allbeury, plus the many variations (and imitators) in between.
Bonfire: a novel, Krysten Ritter.
It has been ten years since Abby Williams left home and scrubbed away all evidence of her small town roots. Now working as an environmental lawyer in Chicago, she has a thriving career, a modern apartment, and her pick of meaningless one-night stands. But when a new case takes her back home to Barrens, Indiana, the life Abby painstakingly created begins to crack. Tasked with investigating Optimal Plastics, the town's economic heart, she begins to find strange connections to a decade-old scandal involving the popular Kaycee Mitchell and her friends–just before Kaycee disappeared for good. But as Abby tries desperately to find out what happened to Kaycee, troubling memories begin to resurface and she begins to doubt her own observations. And when she unearths an even more disturbing secret, her search threatens the reputations, and lives, of the community and risks exposing a darkness that may consume her. With tantalizing twists, slow-burning suspense, and a remote, rural town of five claustrophobic miles, Bonfire is a dark exploration of what happens when your past and present collide.
Noli me tangere, José Rizal.
In more than a century since its appearance, Jose Rizal's Noli me tangere has become widely known as the great novel of the Philippines. A passionate love story set against the ugly political backdrop of repression, torture, and murder, "The Noli," as it is called in the Philippines, was the first major artistic manifestation of Asian resistance to European colonialism, and Rizal became a guiding conscience–and martyr–for the revolution that would subsequently rise up in the Spanish province.
Hope and heartbreak in Toronto: life as a Maple Leafs fan, Peter Robinson.
False hope, hollow promises and a mind-numbing lack of success–these words describe the Toronto Maple Leafs and the hockey club's inexplicable mediocrity over much of the past decade. Author Peter Robinson has attended some 100 games over the past six seasons and has little to show for it except an unquenched thirst that keeps him coming back. Why does a team that hasn't won a Stanley Cup since 1967, long before many of its followers were even born, have such a hold on its fans? Robinson tries to answer that question and more while detailing what it's like to love one of the most unlovable teams in all of professional sports. Being a Leafs fan requires a leap of faith every year, girding against inevitable disappointment. This book tells what that's like, how it got to be that way and what the future holds for all who worship the Blue and White.
All for the love of you: a short story from Fall of poppies: stories of love and the Great War, Jennifer Robson.
On the 11th of November, Daisy Fields celebrated the end of the Great War in the embrace of the only man she ever loved. But years later, the only thing she has left of that single, perfect kiss is the fading memory of her beloved's face. When a family tragedy reveals the existence of a letter that has the power to change the course of her life, can Daisy find the soldier she thought was gone forever, or has the truth been buried for far too long?
The Kremlin conspiracy, Joel C Rosenberg.
September 1999: A series of apartment bombings in Moscow are blamed on Chechen terrorist. Oleg Kreakin, on the Russian president's personal staff, has no idea how the bombings will alter the course of world events. September 2001: Following the events of 9/11, Marcus Ryker enlists in the Marines, eventually joining the Secret Service and working his way up to the Presidential Protection Detail. Now: The President is distracted by tensions in North Korea and Iran, as a new Russian president feverishly consolidates power, silences his opposition, and plots a brazen and lightning-fast military strike that could rupture the NATO alliance and bring Washington and Moscow to the brink of nuclear war. And Kreakin and Ryker will cross paths….
A broken vessel, Kate Ross.
Julian Kestrel, the dandy detective of Regency London, is most decidedly a man of the world and, through his valet, Dipper, reformed Cockney pickpocket, is not without ties to the underworld. One such connection is Dipper's sister Sally, a prostitute who accidentally happens across the possibility of murder while picking her clients' pockets. Since Sally is not quite in the position to go to the police with her knowledge, she and Julian must chase the clues all through London, from glittery parlors to the dank halls of a home for fallen women.
Cut to the quick, Kate Ross.
Julian Kestrel is the walking definition of a Regency-era dandy. He cares about little beyond the perfection of his tailoring, he lives for the bon mot, and his life has the specific gravity and the fleeting charm of a soap-bubble. At least that's what he'd like you to think. In fact, it rather suits Kestrel to be perpetually underestimated, particularly when as in this instance his weekend at a glamorous country estate is spoiled by a dead girl's body being found in his bed.
The devil in music, Kate Ross.
Julian Kestrel, gentleman sleuth and dandy, becomes fascinated with the unsolved case of the murder of a Milanese aristocrat and the disappearance of his protégé, a brilliant young English opera singer. What has become of the singer's fiancée and the aristocrat's notoriously surly manservant? Could the murder be tied to Italy's tumultuous politics? Furthermore, the murdered marquis left a widow whose beauty makes Kestrel's heart skip faster.
My lazy cat, Christine Roussey.
Boomer is a happy, lazy cat, and the best friend of a little girl who's always on the go. Boomer shows her something about slowing down to appreciate life's little pleasures.
Creation: how science is reinventing life itself, Adam Rutherford.
How scientists are closer than ever to not only uncovering the mystery of how life was created, but to replicating that moment Within the first billion years after this planet formed, a spark of life spontaneously ignited, turning inanimate chemicals into what we now would recognize as a living thing: a cell. Four billion years later, science has catalogued more than a million species. Science writer Adam Rutherford shows how unprecedented advances in our understanding of life have equipped us with the ability to create entirely new life-forms: goats that produce spider silk in their milk, bacteria that excrete diesel, genetic codes that identify and destroy cancer cells. This new synthetic biology is poised to offer radical new solutions to the crises of food shortage, pandemic disease, and climate change. By charting the history of our evolution, questioning what life really is, and identifying the milestones in our understanding of biological processes, Rutherford shows how this frontier of science will kick-start an industrial revolution that will dominate the rest of this century.
The Kremlin device, Chris Ryan.
True to you, Jennifer Ryan.
Undercover DEA Special Agent Dawson King spent five months in a Montana prison establishing a fake identity to take down a ruthless drug dealer and put him behind bars. Except there's a wild card…the killer's beloved daughter. Cara Potter may appear to be on the right side of the law, but King has learned the hard way to trust no one–even someone as tantalizing as the coffer shop owner. She's irresistible…but is she also dangerous?
Nadia and Kaye disaster chef: simple recipes for cooks who can't, Nadia Sawalha.
A foolproof cookbook for people who dread cooking. Find out how to cook 80+ quick and easy recipes with this hilarious new cookbook from TV presenters and "middle-aged YouTube sensations" Nadia Sawalha and Kaye Adams. Inspired by the duo's hit YouTube series, which was borne out of MasterChef-winner Nadia's frustration with her best friend Kaye's kitchen mishaps, Nadia & Kaye Disaster Chef is a recipe book for the culinary-challenged who want to be able to dish up delicious grub fast and with no hassle. Nadia shows Kaye how to cook family meals such as paella, chowder, and meatballs. Follow her simple steps for yourself and you can sit down on Sunday to a perfect roast dinner, or whip up a pavlova or Victoria sponge for friends and family. Each recipe comes with a cast-iron guarantee: "If Kaye can cook it, you can cook it". The warm and hilarious chemistry between these two best friends leaps from every page, with anecdotes, tricks and kitchen hacks dotted throughout. Nadia and Kaye want Disaster Chefs everywhere to know that help is on the way, and to reassure Kaye's children that they need no longer panic when they hear those three little words "Dinner is ready.
Orange blossom days, Patricia Scanlan.
In a beautiful southern Spanish town, where the sea sparkles and orange blossoms scent the air, the gates of a brand new apartment complex, La Joya deAndalucia, glide open to welcome the new owners. Anna and Austen MacDonald, an Irish couple, are preparing to enjoy their retirement to the full. But the demands of family cause problems they have never foreseen and shake their marriage to the core. Sally-Ann Connolly Cooper, a feisty Texan mother of two young teenagers, is reeling from her husband's infidelity. La Joya becomes a place of solace for Sally-Ann, in more ways than one. Eduardo Sanchez, a haughty Madrileno, has set out with single-minded determination to become El Presidente of the complex's management committee. But pride comes before a fall. Jutta Sauer Perez, a sophisticated German who aspires to own her very own apartment in La Joya, works hard to reach her goal. Then the unthinkable happens. As their lives entwine and friendships and enmities develop, it becomes apparent that La Joya is not quite the haven they all expect it to be…
TimeRiders: day of the predator, Alex Scarrow.
Liam O'Connor should have died at sea in 1912. Maddy Carter should have died on a plane in 2010. Sal Vikram should have died in a fire in 2029. But all three have been given a second chance to work for an agency that no-one knows exists. Its purpose - to prevent time travel destroying history. Ages 12+ years.
Introducing JavaFX 8 programming, Herbert Schildt.
Introducing JavaFX 8 Programming provides a fast-paced, practical introduction to JavaFX, Java's next-generation GUI programming framework. In this easy-to-read guide, best-selling author Herb Schildt presents the key topics and concepts you'll need to start developing modern, dynamic JavaFX GUI applications. The book begins with the fundamentals, including the general form of a JavaFX program. You then advance to event handling, controls, images, fonts, layouts, effects, transforms, animations (including 3-D animations), menus, and more. Numerous complete examples are included that put key topics and techniques into action. Designed for Java programmers, the book's focus is on the JavaFX API and all examples are written entirely in Java. Best of all, the book is written in the clear, crisp, uncompromising style that has made Herb Schildt the choice of millions worldwide.
Woo-oo!: read-along storybook , Bill Scollon.
Woo-oo! When Donald Duck can't get a babysitter, he leaves his nephews, Huey, Dewey, and Louie, with his uncle Scrooge McDuck. But the kids accidentally release the gold-eating dragon, Pixiu! Will they be able to stop Pixiu before he gobbles up all of Scrooge's gold? To find out, follow along with this storybook, featuring thrilling sound effects, word-for-word narration, and original character voices from the hit show!
Dawn's early light, Jessica Scott.
Cam Warren is back from duty in Iraq. He's haunted by what he's seen, and the only thing he wants is to be normal again–especially when he sees Hayley Arsenault, the girl he left behind when he went off to war. But how does a scarred soldier learn to let in love?
A convenient Christmas wedding, Regina Scott.
Proposing a marriage of convenience to a rugged logger is the boldest move of Nora Underhill's sheltered life. In return for Simon Wallin's protection from her overbearing family, the unassuming seamstress offers prime frontier farmland. But their paper marriage changes when Nora's greedy brother tries to draw her back into a life of drudgery. Her only option: move to Simon's farm, and into the centre of his loving, unruly family. Years of shouldering responsibility have left Simon cynical and reserved. But little by little, Nora's warmth opens his shuttered heart to joy. With their marriage claim under threat, can this practical arrangement blossom over the holidays…and become a love for all seasons?
Frontier engagement, Regina Scott.
James Wallin's family is depending on him to find a schoolteacher for their frontier town. Alexandrina Fosgrave seems to be exactly what he needs to help fulfill his father's dream of building a new community. If only James could convince her to accept the position. Alexandrina has travelled west to seek a fresh start, not to find a groom. But after she's stranded in the wilderness with James, he offers her his hand in marriage to protect her reputation. Both are afraid to fall in love, but maybe an engagement of convenience could make them reconsider…
Instant frontier family, Regina Scott.
Maddie O'Rourke's orphaned half-brother and half-sister have arrived safely in Seattle–with a man they hope she'll wed! Though Michael Haggerty's not the escort she planned for, Maddie allows him to work off his passage by assisting in her bakery…and helping care for her siblings. But she'll never risk her newfound independence by marrying the strapping Irishman–or anyone else. In New York, Michael ran afoul of a notorious gang. Travelling west was a necessity, not a choice. The longshoreman grew fond of his young charges, and now he's quickly becoming partial to their beautiful sister, too. So when danger follows him, threatening Maddie and the children, he'll do anything to protect them–and the future he hopes to build.
Mail-order marriage promise, Regina Scott.
Wanted: husband and father! Stunned that his sister ordered him a mail-order bride, John Wallin insists he's not the husband Dottie Tyrrell needs. The scholarly logger knows Dottie will make the perfect wife–for some other man. Yet he's compelled to invite the lovely widow and her infant son to stay with his family…but only until she can find her own way. Dreams of true love are for other women. Betrayed by her baby's father, Dottie just wants a safe home for her precious child. But who could resist a man with John's quiet strength? When her secret past brings danger to their door, they may yet find this mail-order mix-up to be the perfect mistake…
The exile: the flight of Osama bin Laden, Cathy Scott-Clark.
From September 11, 2001 to May 2, 2011, Osama Bin Laden evaded intelligence services and special forces units, drones and hunter killer squads. The Exile tells the extraordinary inside story of that decade through the eyes of those who witnessed it: bin Laden's four wives and many children, his deputies and military strategists, his spiritual advisor, the CIA, Pakistan's ISI, and many others who have never before told their stories. Investigative journalists Cathy Scott-Clark and Adrian Levy gained unique access to Osama bin Laden's inner circle, and they recount the flight of Al Qaeda's forces and bin Laden's innocent family members, the gradual formation of ISIS by bin Laden's lieutenants, and bin Laden's rising paranoia and eroding control over his organization. They also reveal that the Bush White House knew the whereabouts of bin Laden's family and Al Qaeda's military and religious leaders, but rejected opportunities to capture them, pursuing war in the Persian Gulf instead, and offer insights into how Al Qaeda will attempt to regenerate itself in the coming years. While we think we know what happened in Abbottabad on May 2, 2011, we know little about the wilderness years that led to that shocking event. As authoritative in its scope and detail as it is propuslively readable, The Exile is a landmark work of investigation and reporting.
Dead man's steel, Luke Scull.
The Grim Company must battle a dangerous new enemy that is determined to destroy all of humanity … In the City of Towers, former rebel Sasha and her comrade Davarus Cole struggle to keep the peace between the warring mages who vie for dominion. But when the White Lady sends Davarus south to the Shattered Realms to seek allies among the fallen kingdoms, he finds that his hardest battle may be one fought within. The godly essence now residing within him offers power that could be used against the Fade-but with every death that feeds It, Cole risks losing a part of himself. An association with a Fade officer grants the Halfmage Eremul a position of privilege among Dorminia's new masters. He witnesses first-hand the fate that awaits humanity. But with his magic pitiful in the face of the Fade's advanced technology, the Halfmage must rely on his wits alone to save whom he can And in the frozen north, the legendary warrior Brodar Kayne fights a desperate battle for his people. He is running out of time: an ancient evil sealed beneath the mountains is about to break free, an evil that is older than humanity, older than the Fade, older even than the gods-and it will not stop until the entire world is drowned in blood.
The Grim Company, Luke Scull.
First in an epic, gritty trilogy from a new voice in British fantasy. The grey granite walls of Dorminia rise to three times the height of a man, surrounding the city on all sides save for the south, where the Broken Sea begins. The stone is three-foot thick at its weakest point and can withstand all but the heaviest assault. The Crimson Watch patrol the streets even as Salazar's Mindhawks patrol the skies. The Grey City was not always so. But something has changed. Something has broken at its heart. Perhaps the wild magic of the dead Gods has corrupted Dorminia's Magelord, as it has the earth itself. Or perhaps this iron-fisted tyranny is the consequence.
Sword of the north, Luke Scull.
As Davarus Cole and his former companions were quick to discover, the White Lady's victorious liberation of Dorminia has not resulted in the freedom they once imagined. Anyone perceived as a threat has been seized and imprisoned or exiled to darker regions leaving the White Lady's rule unchallenged and absolute. But the White Lady would be wiser not to spurn her former supporters: Eremul the Halfmage has learned of a race of immortals known as the Fade, and if he cannot convince the White Lady of their existence, all of humanity will be in danger. Far to the north, Brodar Kayne and Jerek the Wolf continue their odyssey to the High Fangs only to find themselves caught in a war between a demon horde and their enemy of old, the Shaman. And in the wondrous city of Thelassa, Sasha must overcome demons of her own.
Austerlitz, W G Sebald.
A whole life, Robert Seethaler.
Andreas lives his whole life in the Austrian Alps, where he arrives as a young boy taken in by a farming family. He is a man of very few words and so, when he falls in love with Marie, he doesn't ask for her hand in marriage, but instead has some of his friends light her name at dusk across the mountain. When Marie dies in an avalanche, pregnant with their first child, Andreas' heart is broken. He leaves his valley just once more, to fight in WWII - where he is taken prisoner in the Caucasus - and returns to find that modernity has reached his remote haven …
Knit to be tied, Maggie Sefton.
The New York Times bestselling author of Purl Up and Die returns as Kelly Flynn and the Lambspun Knitters must come together before their whole town unravels. In Fort Connor, Colourado, the friends at the House of Lambspun knitting shop are welcoming a new face into the fold. Shy, sweet, and pregnant Nancy Marsted would like to knit a baby hat, and the Lambspun ladies are more than happy to show her the ropes. They share their own pregnancy yarns and soon learn the father of Nancy's baby isn't quite the man she dreamed he was. He's a cad. Then one dark night a speeding car fatally mows down the dad-to-be and strikes a cyclist, spinning the town into a frenzy. Everyone worries that a crazed killer is on the loose. Now it's up to Kelly and the gang to put down their needles and cut to the chase before the culprit is driven to kill again.
Only skein deep, Maggie Sefton.
Kelly Flynn and her boyfriend, Steve, couldn't be happier as they await the birth of their bouncing baby boy. Kelly's got a built-in group of fiber arts specialists, the Lambspun Knitters, who are working away on blankets and booties. As they sit around the table crafting their keepsakes, the story of Giselle Callahan is a popular topic of conversation. Giselle is the young wife of Henry Callahan, a Fort Connor banking scion, who traded in his previous wife of forty years for a newer model. Giselle's prowess as a skilled country club golfer and social climber puts her on someone's hit list. When she is found dead on the greens at the golf club, Kelly and her Lambspun crew worry that a vicious killer is in their midst. They must work fast to bring an unhinged murderer to justice on the back nine before Kelly's very special delivery.
This is not a normal animal book, Julie Segal-Walters.
An author and illustrator try to work together to create a book about animals, but have very different ideas about what it should look like.
A well-tempered heart, Jan-Philipp Sendker.
Almost ten years have passed since Julia Win came back from Burma, her father's native country. Though she is a successful Manhattan lawyer, her private life is at a crossroads; her boyfriend recently left her, she has suffered a miscarriage, and she is, despite her wealth, unhappy with her professional life. Julia is lost and exhausted. One day, in the middle of an important business meeting, she hears a stranger's voice in her head that causes her to leave the office without explanation. In the following days, her crisis only deepens. Not only does the female voice refuse to disappear,
The bastard of Istanbul, Elif Shafak.
"One rainy afternoon in Istanbul, a woman walks into a doctor's surgery. 'I need to have an abortion,' she announces. She is nineteen years old and unmarried. What happens that afternoon will change her life. Twenty years later, Asya Kazanci lives with her extended family in Istanbul. Due to a mysterious family curse, all the Kazanci men die in their early forties, so it is a house of women, among them Asya's beautiful, rebellious mother Zeliha, who runs a tattoo parlour; Banu, who has newly discovered herself as a clairvoyant; and Feride, a hypochondriac obsessed with impending disaster. And when Asya's Armenian- American cousin Armanoush comes to stay, long-hidden family secrets connected with Turkey's turbulent past begin to emerge.
Three daughters of Eve, Elif Shafak.
Peri, a wealthy Turkish housewife, is on her way to a dinner party at a seaside mansion in Istanbul when a beggar snatches her handbag. As she wrestles to get it back, a photograph falls to the ground - an old polaroid of three young women and their university professor. A relic from a past - and a love - Peri had tried desperately to forget. The photograph takes Peri back to Oxford University, as an eighteen year old sent abroad for the first time. To her dazzling, rebellious Professor and his life-changing course on God. To her home with her two best friends, Shirin and Mona, and their arguments about Islam and femininity. And finally, to the scandal that tore them all apart.
Big Choo, Stephen Shaskan.
Little Choo wants to be just like his father Papa Pufferbelly, but pulling a line of freight cars up a steep mountain might be a little too much for the small engine.
An African love story: love, life and elephants, Daphne Sheldrick.
A conservationist who has dedicated her life to saving orphan elephants in Africa describes her relationships with her late husband, Tsavo Park warden David Sheldrick, and a host of animals, including the majestic elephant, Eleanor.
And quiet flows the Don, Mikhail Aleksandrovich Sholokhov.
And Quiet Flows the Don follows the turbulent fortunes of the Cossack people through peace, war and revolution - among them the proud and rebellious Gregor Melekhov, who struggles to be with the woman he loves as his country is torn apart. Born of Mikhail Sholokhov's own early life in the lands of the Cossacks by the river Don, it is a searing portrait of a nation swept up in conflict, with all the tragic choices it brings.
Everlife, Gena Showalter.
Tenley "Ten" Lockwood knows the fate of the Everlife rests on her ability to unite the realms and destroy the Prince of Ravens. When betrayal leads to defeat and Ten finds herself bonded to the enemy, an unthinkable choice may be the only answer.
Deep water, thin ice, Kathy Shuker.
Simon Brook is a celebrated and flamboyant conductor. When he kills himself, his wife Alex is shocked she didn't see it coming. Guilt-ridden and grieving, she escapes to Hillen Hall, an old house by the sea, abandoning her classical singing career and distancing herself from everyone but her sister Erica. Hillen Hall is an old Brook family home. Once a fine manor house, it is now creaking and unloved. When Theo Hellyon, Simon's cousin, turns up offering to help with its renovation, Alex is confused. She didn't know Simon had a cousin. And Theo is charming and reminds her of Simon so, despite Erica's warnings, Alex cannot resist having him in her life. But the old Hall has a tortured history which Alex cannot begin to suspect and Theo is not what he seems. How long will it be before she realises she's making a fatal mistake?
Silent faces, painted ghosts, Kathy Shuker.
Terri is a talented art curator, stagnating in a dead end job in London. Her ex-boyfriend, Oliver, is stalking her; a post curating the retrospective of a famous but reclusive artist seems the perfect escape. Portrait painter, Peter Stedding, lives in the mountains of Provence, in a house he shares with his wife, daughter and eccentric sister, Celia. The setting is idyllic; the atmosphere is not: Peter is rude and obstructive, his household strained and silent. The place holds secrets, stories no-one is allowed to tell. What is Peter hiding? And why should Terri care? Her past has its own dark ghosts. Anyway, she's got an exhibition to organise. Searching through Peter's old paintings, Terri finds a tantalising clue. Soon she is caught up in a cat and mouse game in search of the truth. But not everyone wants her to start digging up the past.
The great dictionary caper, Judy Sierra.
When the words in the dictionary get bored and leave to attend a convention in Hollyword, it is up to Noah Webster to restore (alphabetical) order.
Angels' pawn, Nalini Singh.
In Atlanta, a vampire hunter is caught between two rival factions and the angel who is manipulating them both. Her only assistance comes from a vampire who may have his own reasons for helping her.
The keto reset diet: reboot your metabolism in 21 days and burn fat forever, Mark Sisson.
Mounting scientific research suggests that eating a ketogenic diet could represent one of the greatest nutritional breakthroughs of our time–and that it might be the healthiest and most effective weight-loss strategy ever. Going "keto" by eating in a high-fat, moderate-protein, and low-carb pattern enables you to break free from the disastrous effects of carbohydrate dependency. Instead, you'll reset your metabolism to promote metabolic flexibility–where your body learns to burn fat instead of sugar for energy, even when you take a break from the plan. Many ketogenic programs require challenging restrictions and deprivation or offer misinformation, but Mark Sisson presents a unique, two-step, scientifically validated approach for going keto the right way. He first reveals the real secret to rapid and sustained weight loss, which is in becoming "fat-adapted" before entering full nutritional ketosis, a process that allows your body to learn to burn fat more efficiently. It takes as little as twenty-one days to reprogram your metabolism to burn fat for fuel by ditching processed grains, sugars, and refined vege-table oils in favour of nutrient-dense, high-fat, primal/paleo foods–and you'll see immediate results. Next, you'll fine-tune with Intermittent Fasting and then foray into full ketogenic eating for a further weight-loss boost and improved health. With The Keto Reset Diet, you can eat to total satisfaction by enjoying rich, high-satiety foods, and even weather occasional slipups. You'll use keto as a lifelong tool to stay trim, healthy, energetic, and free from the disastrous health conditions caused by the typical American diet.
His wicked embrace, Lauren Diana Smith.
Notorious rogue, Lawrence Russell has no desire to marry, or heaven forbid, fall in love. Although he enjoys his fair share of pleasure, Lawrence prefers to protect his heart. Yet, when he comes to the rescue of a brave and passionate Persian princess, he discovers his heart may be at risk from the very thing he's always feared. Zehra Darzi's life has been turned on its head. When she flees her home after her parents' brutal murder, she is kidnapped and transported to England. There, she awaits her doom - being auctioned off for a brothel. But fate intervenes in the form of a heroic man, who purchases her freedom. As Zehra adjusts to life in England, she can't help but fall for her rescuer, Lawrence. But when an enemy from her past resurfaces in London, she knows it's only a matter of time before her darkest secret is brought to light. And this secret just might cost Lawrence his life.
Stalin's ghost, Martin Cruz Smith.
Moscow-based Senior Investigator Arkady Renko investigates a murder-for-hire scheme that leads him to suspect two fellow police detectives, Nikolai Isakov and Marat Urman, both former members of Russia's elite Black Berets, who served in Chechnya. Isakov, a war hero, is now running for public office. Renko must also look into reports that the ghost of Stalin has begun appearing on subway platforms and why several bodies of Black Berets who served in Chechnya with Isakov have turned up in the morgue. Despite repeated threats to his life, Renko stubbornly perseveres, seeking justice in a land that has no official notion of that concept.
The kefir cookbook: an ancient healing beverage for modern life, recipes from my family table and around the world, Julie Smolyansky.
Derived from the Turkish word "keif" meaning "feeling good," kefir is a tart, tangy cultured milk, low in sugar and lactose free, and an excellent source of protein, calcium, and B vitamins. Originating from a grain that dates back two thousand years to the Caucasus Mountains of Europe, it is also one of the healthiest natural foods available—scientifically shown to help boost immunity, improve gut health, build bone density, fight allergies, and aid the body's natural detoxification. In 1986, ten years after they emigrated from Kiev, Michael and Ludmila Smolyansky introduced kefir to America. Today their children, Julie and Edward, lead Lifeway Foods Inc., the Smolyansky family company and the top-selling kefir brand in America. In The Kefir Cookbook, Julie shares her family's abiding love of kefir through treasured family stories and innovative recipes. From Ludmila's Borscht, a staple of life behind the Iron Curtain, to Nutella Smoothies, a homage to the Rome that welcomed them as refugees, and Kefir Jerk Chicken, a celebration of friendship experienced with her young daughters, these dishes showcase the versatility of this ancient healing food. While kefir can be drunk straight from the bottle, whipped into smoothies, or used in parfaits and smoothie bowls, Julie reveals in more than 100 recipes—including contributions by Christy Turlington Burns, Seamus Mullen, and Katrina Markoff—how it can also be blended with your favourite comfort foods to add tang, boost creaminess, and elevate their nutritional properties. Deeply personal, The Kefir Cookbook offers unique spins on classic recipes, while introducing contemporary flavors and textures to inspire you in the kitchen every day.
The lucky Galah, Tracy Sorensen.
It's 1969 and a remote coastal town in Western Australia is poised to play a pivotal part in the moon landing. Perched on the red dunes of its outskirts looms the great Dish: a relay for messages between Apollo 11 and Houston, Texas. Radar technician Evan Johnson and his colleagues stare, transfixed, at the moving images on the console -although his glossy young wife, Linda, seems distracted. Meanwhile the people of Port Badminton have gathered to watch Armstrong's small step on a single television sitting centre stage in the old theatre. The Kelly family, a crop of redheads, sit in rare silence. Roo shooters at the back of the hall squint through their rifles to see the tiny screen. I'm in my cage on the Kelly's back verandah. I sit here, unheard, underestimated, biscuit crumbs on my beak. But fate is a curious thing. For just as Evan Johnson's story is about to end (and perhaps with a giant leap), my story prepares to take flight.
Just what the cowboy needed, Teresa Southwick.
Logan Hunt knows all the things he doesn't want, but his daughter needs a nanny and Grace Flynn fits the bill…and then some. The sweetly alluring kindergarten teacher is showing the diehard bachelor a thing or two about fatherhood. Did Grace really think her crush on Logan would magically vanish when she moved in with him and his adorable little girl? Still, she never thought the broody rancher would turn out to be the cowboy of her dreams. All she ever wanted was a real home. Could her place to belong be with this unexpected family man?
USA, Regis St Louis.
Lonely Planet USA is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Gaze into the mile-deep chasm of the Grand Canyon, tap into the pulse of iconic cities like New York, or let sultry southern music and food stir your soul; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of the USA and begin your journey now!
Can you die of a broken heart?: a heart surgeon's insight into what makes us tick., Nikki Stamp.
In the vein of Gut and The Brain That Changes Itself, a gripping exploration into the inner workings of the heart and how emotions and lifestyle affect every beat. When actress Debbie Reynolds died a day after her beloved daughter, Carrie Fisher, the world diagnosed it as 'heartbreak'. But what's the evidence? Does emotional upheaval affect the heart? Can love, or chocolate, really heal our heart problems? And why do we know so much about heart attacks in men, when they are more fatal in women? Heart and lung surgeon Dr Nikki Stamp takes us into the operating theatre, explaining what she sees in patients with heart complications and how a life-saving transplant works. Stamp fell in the love with the heart as a child and continues to be fascinated by its workings and the whole-of-life experiences that affect it. Rich with anecdotes, and insights for maintaining heart health, Can You Die of a Broken Heart? is a blockbuster from a uniquely positioned young specialist.
Finders reapers., Anna Staniszewski.
Marcus is a Cupid. Lena is a Reaper. Opposites attract in book 2 of the adorkable Switched At First Kiss series by the acclaimed author of The Dirt Diary. Lena's not ready for any more supernatural surprises. Her new boyfriend, Marcus, is a cupid. She's a soul collector ("reaper" just sound so harsh). And they just got their powers un-swapped. But things aren't as back to "normal" as they seem … On his next assignment, Marcus's "love boost" is a little too powerful. (Baby talk is so annoying.) And Lena's soul sort of … escapes. The cause? Lena and Marcus's powers are still intertwined! Their emotions are affecting each other's power. So, basically the fate of the world depends on them getting along in their brand new romance. (Okay, just love and death, but still.) No pressure, right? Praise for I'm With Cupid: "Readers are in for a wild and hilarious ride." {u0096}Booklist "Staniszewski provides a deft mix of comedy and sensitive, deeper themes, making her book not only entertaining, but one that offers wisdom.
I'm With Cupid., Anna Staniszewski.
When thirteen-year-olds Marcus, a supernatural matchmaker, and Lena Perris, a soul collector, kiss at a party on a dare, they soon realize their powers have swapped. Now logical-minded Lena finds herself with the love touch, and ultra-emotional Marcus has death at his fingertips–and setting things right has become a matter of love and death.
Match me if you can., Anna Staniszewski.
Bye for now … Lena is more than ready to spend a quiet winter break with her mom out in Arizona, even if that means saying a temporary good-bye to her boyfriend, Marcus. What she doesn't count on' A major power outage-of the supernatural kind. Out of nowhere, Lena's soul-collecting powers disappear, as do Marcus's matchmaking powers, only to reappear elsewhere! Now school-loudmouth Connie Reynolds is making people fall in love left and right, and Marcus's sister is having visions … 'f Lena and Marcus can't figure out how to set things right, it might just be the end of the world as they know it.
Vanished, Danielle Steel.
In the late 1930s in New York, Marielle Patterson shares her life with her husband Malcolm and their little boy Teddy. But their lives are filled with secrets. Haunted by a past she has kept secret even from her husband, Marielle secretly lights a candle each year for a child who died in a tragic accident when he was scarcely more than a baby. Then Marielle runs into her first love, American expatriate Charles Delauney. And when her little Teddy is kidnapped Charles is first blamed, then arrested, as the Pattersons, the New York Police and the FBI turn the country upside down, looking for Teddy. A terrifying court drama seeks to put Charles Delauney behind bars, as a series of revelations begin to unravel the truth about Marielle, Charles, and Malcolm. Piece by piece the uncovering of their pasts creates a complex mosaic of the motives and passions controlling their lives.
Accidental heroes, Danielle Steel.
Grow your own: how to be an urban farmer, Angus Stewart.
Grow Your Own provides simple step-by-step methods and information enabling the average city dweller to grow food plants at whatever scale their time and resources permit and no matter their location, be it suburban backyard or apartment balcony. Some of the many topics covered include creating the best environment for growing (influenced by water/temperature/light/air quality), setting up the soil; fertilisers, compost and worm farms; choosing crops (annual/perennial/heirloom/modern); propagation, planting and maintenance; pest and disease management; seed saving; rooftop spaces and vertical gardens; and integrated urban farming including bees and poultry.
Nourish cakes: baking with a healthy twist, Marianne Stewart.
Nourish Cakes offers 50 stunning recipes for cakes and bakes, both large and small, focusing on healthy ingredients such as nuts, vegetables and dried fruit. Many of the recipes are allergy- or intolerance-friendly, using wheat-free flours and unrefined sugars, and each recipe is clearly coded to show which dish will suit you. With sections covering Light and Zesty bakes (Lime, coconut and courgette cake; Lavender and spelt sables), Vibrant and Fruity (Peach, olive oil and rosemary friands; Fig and honey tart), Warm and Nutty (Sweet potato brownies), and Dark and Spicy (Chocolate, buckwheat and chestnut roulade; Clementine, oat and cranberry muffins), the emphasis is on including exciting new ingredients, rather than on cutting things out, showing how you can get the same amazing tastes and textures with healthy alternatives. With all the recipes checked by a qualified dietitian, the cakes in the book will lead you to embrace a more positive, balanced and inclusive approach in your baking. There's also an index to direct you to vegan, gluten-free and dairy-free cakes at a glance, and all the ingredients can be easily sourced from supermarkets or healthfood shops. Nourish Cakes presents an alternative way of baking and makes it appealing, celebratory and exquisitely beautiful.
Thwarting the duke, Ava Stone.
When the Duke of Danby comes to London for the Season, anything can happen! Thwaring the Duke contains…Ava Stone's Lady Hope's Dashing DevilLady Hope Post has suffered the most rotten luck over the last year. She's lost the love of her life. Her great-uncle and Machiavellian matchmaker the Duke of Danby has a special license just waiting for her somewhere. And after one tiny little phaeton accident in the park, the most devilish earl attempts to blackmail her over the incident. Thaddeus Baxter, the Earl of Kilworth has every intention of restoring luster to the earldom he's inherited from his ne'er-do-well cousin, but when an adventurous lady upends his phaeton in the park, all of Thad's perfectly respectable plans are tossed out the window. What are the odds he'd cross paths with the same girl who'd nearly brought down his cousin's earldom in the first place? And what are the odds he'd lose his heart to her as well? Julie Johnstone's It's In the Duke's KissLady Emmaline Radcliffe always knew she never wanted to marry a man who embraced the rules of Society. But when her mother threatens to secure a suitable match for Emma if she cannot make one on her own, Emma sets out to determine if her girlhood infatuation is the love she's been looking for. Nathaniel did save her life once, after all. But when she finds herself in the arms of the gentleman's brother–the serious and proper Duke of Blackbourne–she begins to question all she ever thought she desired. Lucian, the Duke of Blackbourne, is tired of playing keeper to his irresponsible brother. He vows to quit, but when his brother resolves to seduce the impetuous Lady Emmaline, Lucian knows he must save his foolish brother and the innocent debutante from themselves. Yet his plan to intercede goes awry when he finds himself drawn to the woman who is everything he was positive he didn't want in a wife. But his brother won't give up so easily, and soon Lucian's well-intentioned plans are revealed. Now to keep Lady Emmaline's heart he must prove that he's truly not the stuffy, sneaky duke he seems to be. Sue London's Her Reluctant LordMiss Agatha Chase has more than enough problems simply keeping her household together, with three younger brothers and one aged servant. Now a great-uncle she's never heard from before has offered to sponsor her for a Season in London. She is far too old for such frivolity, but everyone tells her that you don't say no to a duke! Laurence Garner has unexpectedly inherited his brother's title, Viscount of Rothering. He's a man of honour, but the tiresome duties of nobility chafe for a man used to the open sea. And now he's squiring an insipid miss around London as a favour for a friend! If only something exciting would happen.
Nobody's duck, Mary Sullivan.
When a duck mysteriously arrives on an alligator's lawn, they set off to discover just who the duck belongs to. From the library to skydiving, from exasperation to laughter, the two make an unexpected discovery about friendship.
Great gardens of London, Victoria Summerley.
The queen of Whale Cay, Kate Summerscale.
Born in 1900 to a promiscuous American oil heiress and a British army captain, Marion Barbara Carstairs realised very early on that she was not like most little girls. Liberated by war work in WWI, Marion reinvented herself as Joe, and quickly went on to establish herself as a leading light of the fashionable lesbian demi-monde. She dressed in men's clothes, smoked cigars and cheroots, tattooed her arms, and became Britain's most celebrated female speed-boat racer; the 'fastest woman on water'. Yet Joe tired of the lime-light in 1934, and retired to the Bahamian Island of Whale Cay. There she fashioned her own self-sufficient kingdom, where she hosted riotous parties which boasted Hollywood actresses and British royalty among their guests. Although her lovers included screen sirens such as Marlene Dietrich, the real love of Joe's life was a small boy-doll named Lord Tod Wadley, to whom she remained devoted throughout her remarkable life. She died, aged 93, in 1993.
The mother's secret, Clare Swatman.
Sisters Kate and Georgie have always shared a close bond. While Kate enjoyed the freedoms of youth, Georgie remained at home. But now Georgie is grown up, it's time she started exploring. Their mother Jan loves her daughters with all her heart. So what if she kept them out of sight when they were young? She just cared for them so much. She wanted to protect them. What if your life was based on a lie? Maybe there was another reason for Jan's protective behaviour? If they ventured too far afield, it might destroy the facade of their childhood. This family's about to discover that while lies can cause pain, the truth could destroy them all.
Who was that?, Olivier Tallec.
Simple text asks the reader a series of questions about the characters on each page, and the child must find the visual clues that give the answer.
The fear, C L Taylor.
'Sometimes your first love won't let you go. When Lou Wandsworth ran away to France with her teacher Mike Hughes, she thought he was the love of her life. But Mike wasn't what he seemed and he left her life in pieces. Now 32, Lou discovers that he is involved with teenager Chloe Meadows. Determined to make sure history doesn't repeat itself, she returns home to confront him for the damage he's caused. But Mike is a predator of the worst kind, and as Lou tries to bring him to justice, it's clear that she could once again become his prey.
Christmas past , Jodi Taylor.
The First Farrell Family Christmas Max, Leon and Matthew - together at last for Christmas at St Mary's - a time of conspicuous consumption, riotous misbehaviour and the traditional illegal Christmas jump. And this time, it's inter-generational. Donning her unfamiliar mother hat, Max takes Matthew back to 19th century London, where they plan to deliver a parcel of Christmas cheer to his former friends, but find themselves confronting the terrifying Old Ma Scrope in the process. 'Tis the season to be jolly. It's also the season of goodwill towards all mankind. Pity no one told Max.
Meet the Frugalwoods: achieving financial independence through simple living, Elizabeth Willard Thames.
In 2014, Liz Thames and her husband, Nate, were conventional young urban professionals working nine-to-five jobs. But the rat race had worn them down, and they dreamed of becoming modern-day homesteaders in rural Vermont. Determined to retire as early as possible in order to start living each day–as opposed to wishing time away working for the weekends–they enacted a plan to save as much money as they could. In less than three years, Liz and Nate reached their goal. Today they are financially independent and living out their dream with their young daughters on a sixty-six acre homestead in the woods of Vermont. In this rural setting, they've discovered the deep joy of pursuing their passions, the fulfillment of a vibrant community, and a sense of peace they never expected. Their frugal methods, as described by Liz Thames in this book, aren't born of deprivation and hardship, but rather of a conscious decision to joyfully live below one's means. Thames believes frugality isn't about what you're giving up, but about what you stand to gain through the freedom of a financially secure lifestyle. Through embracing wholesale frugality, Thames discovered the self-confidence and liberation that stem from disavowing our culture's promise that we can buy our way to 'the good life.' She unlocked the freedom of a life no longer beholden to the clarion call to consume ever more. 'Meet the Frugalwoods' is the inspiring story of how Liz and Nate realized that the mainstream path wasn't for them, crafted a lifestyle of sustainable frugality, and reached financial independence. While not everyone wants to live in the woods or quit their jobs, many of us want to have more control over our time and our money, and to lead more meaningful, fulfilling lives. By following Thames' advice, you too can live your best life.
Good night, Bunny, Lauren Thompson.
Bunny says goodnight to flowers, animals, and family before snuggling into bed.
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Night of fire, Colin Thubron.
'It began with a spark.' A house is burning. Its six tenants include a failed priest, a naturalist, a neurosurgeon and an invalid dreaming of his anxious boyhood. Their landlord's relationship to them is both intimate and shadowy. At times he shares their preoccupations and memories. He will also share their fate. In Night of Fire the passions and obsessions of these unquiet lives reach beyond the dying house that holds them. Ranging from an African refugee camp to the cremation-grounds of India, their memories mutate and criss-cross in a novel of lingering beauty and mystery.
A life less sugar: how I lost 20kg by reducing my sugar, Amanda Tiffen.
How many teaspoons of sugar do you consume a day? Amanda Tiffen went from 30 teaspoons of sugar per day (unknowingly) to 6 teaspoons of sugar per day and in doing so lost 20kg and went from a size 16 to a size 8 in 9 months. This is the inspiring story of how two ordinary and busy working mums reduced their sugar consumption and, in the process, changed their lives for the better.
Ettie Rout: New Zealand's safer sex pioneer, Jane Tolerton.
Ettie Rout fought a battle for safer sex in the First World War - and won. She gave New Zealand the best sexual health system when its army adopted her prophylactic kit and made every soldier going on leave take one - while she was banned from the pages of the newspapers so New Zealanders wouldn't find out. In Paris, having transformed Madame Yvonne's into a safer sex brothel, she met soldiers at the railway station and convinced them to go there if they chose to have sex. Armed with a wicked sense of humour, an intolerance of hypocrisy and boundless energy, Ettie Rout proved the case for safer sex decades before the term was coined - and the soldiers loved her for it. This book celebrates an unlikely heroine of the First World War who is now internationally recognised for waging a successful public health crusade. A woman way ahead of her time.
The English and their history, Robert Tombs.
The English and their history presents the momentous story of England "first as an idea, and then as a kingdom, as a country, a people and a culture." Here, in a single volume, is a fresh and comprehensive account of the English and their history. With extraordinary insight, Robert Tombs examines language, literature, law, religion, politics, and more while investigating the sources of England's collective memory and belief. The English and Their History spans 700,000 years, from the island's very first inhabitants to the present day, stopping along the way to recount the tales of conquerors, kings, and queens; a nation's myths and legends, facts and extraordinary truths. No history of England has come close to matching the scale and scope of this historical masterwork with an eye for detail to rival his ambition, Tombs has managed to cover every significant happening and development over hundreds of thousands of years while accessibly explaining how they connect. But The English and Their History is more a work of narrative nonfiction than one of reference or record, expertly guiding the reader from footprints in the mud of early Homo sapiens through Shakespeare, Reformation, revolution, and industrialization in a narrative stretching all the way to the present.
The shape of water, Guillermo del Toro.
In an otherworldly story set against the backdrop of Cold War-era America, an amphibious man is discovered in the Amazon–and subsequently finds love within the human race.
Encore Valentine, Adriana Trigiani.
Meet the Roncalli and Angelini families, artisans of handcrafted shoes in Greenwich Village since 1903. Valentine's dreams are dashed when her grandmother names her brother Alfred as partner at Angelini Shoes. When a family scandal rocks the Roscallis, Valentine is determined to hold the family together and also find romance for herself.
Brother & sister, Joanna Trollope.
We all need to know where we come from, where we belong. But for David and Nathalie, this need is more urgent than for most people, because they are adopted. Brought up by the same parents, but born to different mothers, they have grown up, fiercely loyal to one another, as brother and sister.
Friday nights, Joanna Trollope.
Joanna Trollope's warm, insightful novel stars Eleanor, who invites two young mothers into her home from off the street, and slowly begins to connect with them and their friends. But when one of them meets a man, new questions are posed: can female friendships withstand the jealousies and intricacies of love? With wit and warmth Joanna Trollope opens a window onto six very different women's lives, their passions and their sorrows, and explores with insight and humanity the shifting currents of friendship.
An unsuitable match, Joanna Trollope.
Rose Woodrowe is getting married to Tyler Masson - a wonderful, sensitive man who is head-over-heels in love with her. The only problem? This isn't the first time for either of them, and their five grown-up children have strong opinions on the matter. Who to listen to? Who to please? Rose and Tyler are determined to get it right this time, but in trying to make everyone happy, can they ever be happy themselves?
He's so MASC, Chris Tse.
In How to be Dead in a Year of Snakes, Chris Tse took readers back to a shocking 1905 murder. Now he brings the reader much closer to home. He's So MASC confronts a contemporary world of self-loathing poets and compulsive liars, of youth and sexual identity, and of the author as character - pop star, actor, hitman, and much more. These are poems that delve into worlds of hyper-masculine romanticism and dancing alone in night clubs. With its many modes and influences, He's So MASC is an acerbic, acid-bright, yet unapologetically sentimental and personal reflection on what it means to perform and dissect identity, as a poet and a person.
Across the blue: a novel, Carrie Turansky.
Isabella Grayson, the eldest daughter of a wealthy, English newspaper magnate, longs to become a journalist, but her parents don't approve. They want her to marry well and help them gain a higher standing in society. After she writes an anonymous letter to the editor that impresses her father, her parents reluctantly agree she can write a series of articles about aviation and the race to fly across the English Channel, but only if she promises to accept a marriage proposal within the year. When James Drake, an aspiring aviator, crashes his flying machine at the Grayson's new estate, Bella is intrigued. James is determined to be the first to fly across the Channel and win the prize Mr. Grayson's newspaper is offering. He hopes it will help him secure a government contract to build airplanes and redeem a terrible family secret. James wants to win Bella's heart, but his background and lack of social standing make it unlikely her parents would approve. If he fails to achieve his dream, how will he win the love and respect he is seeking? Will Bella's faith and support help him find the strength and courage he needs when unexpected events turn their world upside down?
Seeking his love, Carrie Turansky.
Since losing his wife and child, widower Cam McKenna has tried to avoid children. But when he must temporarily care for his niece, Cam opens his home. With no idea how to relate to a fourteen-year-old girl, he seeks the advice of the new Christian Youth theater director. He's touched when Rachel Clark gives his niece a scholarship–and teaches him a thing or two about teens… and love. But why is Rachel so secretive about her past? The truth threatens their fragile relationship yet promises to bring them closer to each other–and the Lord–than either dreamed possible.
Radical remission: surviving cancer against all odds, Kelly A Turner.
In her ground-breaking and inspiring book, Radical Remission: Surviving Cancer Against All Odds, Dr. Kelly A. Turner, founder of the Radical Remission Project, uncovers nine factors that can lead to a spontaneous remission from cancer–even after conventional medicine has failed. While getting her Ph. D. at the University of California, Berkley, Dr. Turner, a researcher, lecturer, and counselor in integrative oncology, was shocked to discover that no one was studying episodes of radical (or unexpected) remission–when people recover against all odds without the help of conventional medicine, or after conventional medicine has failed. She was so fascinated by this kind of remission that she embarked on a ten month trip around the world, traveling to ten different countries to interview fifty holistic healers and twenty radical remission cancer survivors about their healing practices and techniques. Her research continued by interviewing over 100 Radical Remission survivors and studying over 1000 of these cases. Her evidence presents nine common themes that she believes may help even terminal patients turn their lives around.
Genius of Britain: the scientists who changed the world, Robert Uhlig.
The extraordinary history of British science, with commentary from Britain's greatest living scientists: Stephen Hawking, Richard Dawkins and James Dyson. We may only be a small island, but we are far from small-minded. Over the last 500 years, the way we live has been steadily transformed by the inventions of British scientists, and their landmark discoveries have revealed the astonishing beauty of the universe. Genius of Britain is the story of the flashes of inspiration experienced by generations of British scientists as they realised they were about to change the world. Every one of the characters that make up this rich tradition has a unique and very human story. The relationships between them range from lifelong collaboration to bitter rivalry. Some had vast fortunes, whilst others overcame poverty and a lack of education to become towering figures in the history of science. The impact of this small cast of characters is remarkable. Vaccination, inoculation and the discovery of Penicillin saved the lives of millions. The electric motor, the telephone and the personal computer created the technological age, and the theories of the Big Bang, Evolution and Gravity have shed light on some of the deepest mysteries of our existence. Genius of Britain intertwines the personal reflections of three of today's greatest British scientists with Robert Uhlig's compelling narrative. The result is a journey of scientific inspiration that does justice to Britain's exceptional contribution to science. Genius of Britain accompanies 5 primetime, 1-hour programmes on Channel 4 in January 2010, presented by Stephen Hawking, Richard Dawkins and James Dyson.
Neighbourhood., Mario Vargas Llosa.
A thrilling tale of desire and Peruvian corruption swirls around a scandalous expose that leads to murder. From the Nobel Laureate comes a politically charged detective novel weaving through the underbelly of Peruvian privilege. In the 1990s, during the turbulent and deeply corrupt years of Alberto Fujimori's presidency, two wealthy couples of Lima's high society become embroiled in a disturbing vortex of erotic adventures and politically driven blackmail. One day Enrique, a high-profile businessman, receives a visit from Rolando Garro, the editor of a notorious magazine that specializes in salacious exposes. Garro presents Enrique with lewd pictures from an old business trip and demands that he invest in the magazine. Enrique refuses, and the next day the pictures are on the front page. Meanwhile, Enrique's wife is in the midst of a passionate and secret affair with the wife of Enrique's lawyer and best friend. When Garro shows up murdered, the two couples are thrown into a whirlwind of navigating Peru's unspoken laws and customs, while the staff of the magazine embark on their greatest expose yet. Ironic and sensual, provocative and redemptive, the novel swirls into the kind of restless realism that has become Mario Vargas Llosa's signature style. A twisting, unpredictable tale, The Neighbourhood is at once a scathing indictment of Fujimori's regime and a crime thriller that evokes the vulgarity of freedom in a corrupt system.
Sri Lanka, Ryan Ver Berkmoes.
Lonely Planet Sri Lanka is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Follow in the footsteps of Buddha and modern-day pilgrims to the summit of Adam's Peak, wander the crumbling ruins and lost cities of the cultural triangle in the heart of the island or explore undiscovered beaches on the recently reopened east coast; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Sri Lanka and begin your journey now!
Knight-napped!, Ursula Vernon.
Danny Dragonbreath must save his cousin from the ultimate enemy: Knights!
Thumper and the egg, Brooke Vitale.
Thumper loves bouncing around the forest. Then one day he finds an egg! Help him take care of his new friend.
All I want is everything, Cecily Von Ziegesar.
It's Christmas and Blair and Serena are best friends again and up to their old tricks - partying hard and breaking hearts from Park Avenue to the Caribbean. Blair's mother and Cyrus are having their honeymoon in Salt Key. And when school finishes, Blair, Serena, Aaron and company head down to blow off steam after their exams, and in between Pina Coladas, Blair and Serena plot revenge on super-jerk Chuck Bass. Then it is back to NYC for Serena's New Year's Eve party, during which Nate and Blair need to sort out their relationship, and Serena may or not be revealed to be the secret fling of Hollywood's hottest young leading man …
Because I'm worth it, Cecily Von Ziegesar.
Everyone who's anyone in New York City is suffering from post-college-application cabin fever and it's time to run a little wild! Could it be that Serena is smitten with Blair's stepbrother or will the Fashion Week parties pull her away from any attempt at true love? Dan and Vanessa are mad about each other and pursuing their creative dreams – but be careful of what you wish for. Nate hits an all-time low as Blair's Yale interview with a tall, handsome alum takes an unexpected turn and Jenny makes a new friend who gets a little too close for comfort. And just who is going to get into college early acceptance? Wintertime has never been hotter in NYC as things steam up all over Fifth Avenue.
I like it like that, Cecily Von Ziegesar.
Nobody does it better, Cecily Von Ziegesar.
Nothing can keep us together, Cecily Von Ziegesar.
It's almost graduation and the lives of New York's private high school elite are really heating up. Everyone's got into college and it's clearly time to party - not that they haven't been doing plenty of that already. Blair and Nate's relationship has moved on to a new level - but will the love affair continue? Or will Nate's love affair with his bong get in the way? Will Blair finally get into Yale? Or will Nate and Serena hook up in New Haven and leave Blair alone in the city? Only time can tell how everyone will end up, bit one thing's for sure: love is in the air, and it smells a lot like Gucci envy.
Only in your dreams, Cecily Von Ziegesar.
You're the one that I want, Cecily Von Ziegesar.
After an agonizing wait for college acceptance letters, Blair, Serena, Nate, and their classmates at elite Manhattan prep schools discover that their college choice depends a lot on relationships–old and new.
Bedtime 123, Eric Walters.
Lull your little one to sleep while counting the animals also nestling in for the night. Count the stars coming out, fox cubs snuggling, puppies piling and chicks cuddling as baby rocks gently to sleep in this gorgeously illustrated board book from bestselling author Eric Walters and award-winning illustrator Josée Bisaillon.
Out of the dark, David Weber.
Now, Earth is conquered. The Shongairi have arrived in force, and humanity's cities lie in radioactive ruins. In mere minutes, more than half the human race has died. Master Sergeant Stephen Buchevsky, who thought he was being rotated home from his latest tour in Afghanistan, finds himself instead prowling the back country of the Balkans, dodging alien patrols and trying to organize scattered survivors without getting killed. And in the southeastern US, firearms instructor and former Marine Dave Dvorak finds himself at the center of a growing network of resistance - putting his extended family at lethal risk, but what else can you do? On the face of it, Buchevsky's and Dvorak's chances look bleak, as do prospects for the rest of the surviving human race. But it may well be that Shongairi and the Hegemony alike have underestimated the inhabitants of that strange planet called Earth.
Soonish: ten emerging technologies that'll improve and/or ruin everything, Kelly Weinersmith.
From a top scientist and the creator of the hugely popular web comic Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal, a hilariously illustrated investigation into future technologies-from how to fling a ship into deep space on the cheap to 3D organ printing. What will the world of tomorrow be like' How does progress happen' And why do we not have a lunar colony already' What is the hold-up' In this smart and funny book, celebrated cartoonist Zach Weinersmith and noted researcher Dr. Kelly Weinersmith give us a snapshot of what's coming next-from robot swarms to nuclear fusion powered-toasters. By weaving their own research, interviews with the scientists who are making these advances happen, and Zach's trademark comics, the Weinersmiths investigate why these technologies are needed, how they would work, and what is standing in their way. New technologies are almost never the work of isolated geniuses with a neat idea. A given future technology may need any number of intermediate technologies to develop first, and many of these critical advances may appear to be irrelevant when they are first discovered. The journey to progress is full of strange detours and blind alleys that tell us so much about the human mind and the march of civilization. To this end, SOONISH investigates ten different emerging fields, from programmable matter to augmented reality, from space elevators to robotic construction, to show us the amazing world we will have, you know, soonish.
Artemis, Andy Weir.
Jazz is a small time criminal, subsidising work as a porter on the moon with smuggling a little contraband. But it's never enough. When she's offered the chance to get rich quick, she jumps at it. But planning the perfect crime in 1/6th gravity was never going to be easy, especially as there is a conspiracy at the heart of Artemis. At first it was about the money, then it was about control. Now it's about survival.
Dear Oliver: uncovering a pakeha history, Peter Wells.
When writer and historian Peter Wells found a cache of family letters amongst his elderly mother's effects, he realised that he had the means of retracing the history of a not-untypical family swept out to New Zealand during the great nineteenth-century human diaspora from Britain. His family experienced the war against Te Kooti, the Boer War, the Napier earthquake of 1931 and the Depression. They rose from servant status to the comforts of the middle class. There was army desertion, suicide, adultery, AIDS, secrets and lies. There was also success, prosperity and social status. In digging deep into their stories, examining letters from the past and writing a letter to the future, Peter Wells constructs a novel and striking way to view the history of p?keha New Zealanders.
The camomile lawn: a novel., Mary Wesley.
Mary Wesley's sprawling novel of wartime England-and the loss of innocence. It is August 1939. At an elegant manor house high above the sea, five cousins gather for their annual holiday. As Calypso, Walter, Polly, Oliver, and ten-year-old Sophy explore the limits of blood, friendship, and their blossoming sexualities, war looms on the horizon. This will be the last summer that they spend together; it is a season marked by the heady joys of self-discovery, the agonizing pain of betrayal, and a world on the edge of conflict. A novel of dazzling breadth and scope.
A dubious legacy, Mary Wesley.
An imaginative experience, Mary Wesley.
A train screeches to a halt in the middle of the English countryside and, observed by her fascinated fellow travellers, a woman climbs down and rushes to the aid of a sheep, stranded on its back and unable to rise. Sylvester Weekes watches with interest and noticing, as she turns, that her face is full of tragedy, the woman's lonely image lodges in his mind. But he is not the only one to speculate over her actions - Maurice Benson, former private detective turned full-time birdwatcher, is convinced that the mysterious woman must be tracked down, in whatever way possible. This is a story rich in character and wit, and powerfully moving in its exploration of the heart's pain and deliverance. It is a tale of loss, of release, of an acceptance of the cruelties of fate and of the imaginative experience of love.
A sensible life, Mary Wesley.
Flora Trevelyan, a ten-year-old misfit, has been abandoned by her self-obsessed parents to her own devices in Dinard. Amongst the privileged, well-meaning English families holidaying there she finds some kindness and the first pangs of love for Cosmo, Hubert and Felix.
The shadow of Elysium, Django Wexler.
A new novella set in the world of the Shadow Campaigns. The wagons travel north across the mountains, carrying cargo of great value: Hamveltai glass and porcelain; Deslandai jewelery in heavy iron strongboxes; fine cloth from the cities of the Old Coast. And Abraham. Bound and tied, guarded day and night, Abraham has been stolen from his village, from the arms of the man he loved. He is being sent to the fortress-city of Elysium to serve a dark and ancient order, the Priests of the Black. They have discovered the secret he kept all his life: that inside him dwells a demon which allows him to heal…and to kill. But Abraham is not alone. A young woman named Alex, similarly possessed, rides with him. And as a bond grows between them, they begin to wonder if they can turn the demons that have damned them into their salvation.
Noggin, John Corey Whaley.
After dying at age sixteen, Travis Coates' head was removed and frozen for five years before being attached to another body, and now the old Travis and the new must find a way to coexist while figuring out changes in his relationships.
How the cowboy was won: a Cupid, Texas novel, Lori Wilde.
Ember Alzate is a fantastic matchmaker with one big problem: she can't find the perfect mate for herself! Alzate family legend says that when she kisses "the One" she'll hear a mysterious humming in her head. Well, Ember's kissed a lot of guys and she's never heard a thing. Now, instead of searching for herself, she vows to find her best friend, Ranger Lockhart, a bride. It's clear this smart, sexy man just needs to meet the right gal. Ranger's returned home to Cupid with marriage on his mind, but he's not interested in the parade of women Ember pushes under his nose. His thoughts keep returning to his best friend, with her combustible combination of curves and sass. No one compares to Ember, but what's it going to take to convince her she's the woman for him?
The empire of time, David Wingrove.
Otto Behr is a German agent, fighting his Russian counterparts across three millennia, manipulating history for moments in time that can change everything. Only the remnants of two great nations stand and for Otto, the war is life itself, the last hope for his people.
The master of time, David Wingrove.
The war for time is reaching its end. As the German and Russian forces seek to destroy a third, seemingly-unstoppable faction, Otto Behr reluctantly finds himself at the centre of all timelines, his very existence the catalyst by which reality itself will be reset or destroyed. But for Otto, the battle to become the Master of Time has become a fight for family, love and reality itself…
To die but once, Jacqueline Winspear.
Spring 1940. With Britons facing what has become known as "the Bore War"–nothing much seems to have happened yet–Maisie Dobbs is asked to investigate the disappearance of a local lad, a young apprentice craftsman working on a "hush-hush" government contract. As Maisie's inquiry reveals a possible link to the London underworld, another mother is worried about a missing son–but this time the boy in question is one beloved by Maisie.
Home lab: exciting experiments for budding scientists., Robert M L Winston.
Stir up some sticky slime, build a Solar System with rubber bands, power a speed boat using soap, and construct an erupting volcano, all with Home Lab, exciting experiments for budding scientists. Including a foreword by Professor Robert Winston, Home Lab includes 28 brilliant science projects, using clear step-by-step instructions, everyday ingredients that can be found around the house and amazing photography to guide you from start to finish. Plus fact-filled panels explain the science behind every experiment, as well as real-world examples providing a context to better understand scientific principles. Perfect for budding scientists and crafters, Home Lab will keep children entertained for hours.
A brilliant rose, Bree Wolf.
She is obligated to hate him. Her heart, however, disagrees. If he cannot prove himself worthy, he will lose her forever. When Rose Lawson meets a handsome, and yet intelligent man in the British Museum, she quickly fancies herself in love. However, upon learning the man's name, anger boils within her. She has heard his name before. She knows who he is, and she knows that he is the devil incarnate. If only her heart and mind didn't disagree so strongly, she could hate him with all the passion she possesses…. and he deserves. Torn from his old life, Charles Dashwood finds himself wandering the British Museum alone. Gone are his friends 0not of his own making. From what he can gather, Rose has met him…or rather his brother…before, and unfortunately, her opinion of him could not be lower. Will Charles be able to win Rose's heart without betraying his brother? Will his brother stand idly by and watch as Charles loses the woman he loves in order to keep his secret?
Outside looking in, Michael Wood.
When elderly George Rainsford goes to investigate a suspicious noise one night, the last thing he expects to find is a bloodbath. A man has been killed and a woman brutally beaten, left for dead. The victims are Lois Craven and Kevin Hardaker - both married, but not to each other. Their spouses swear they knew nothing of the affair and, besides, they both have alibis for the attack. With nothing else to link the victims, the investigation hits a dead end. The pressure is on for investigating officer, DCI Matilda Darke: there's a violent killer on the loose, and it looks like her team members are the new targets. With no leads and no suspects, it's going to take all Matilda's wits to catch him, before he strikes again.
Surviving execution: a miscarriage of justice and the fight to end the death penalty., Ian Woods.
Imagine being condemned to death for murder, when even the prosecutors admit that you didn't actually kill anyone. This is what happened to Richard Glossip, a death-row inmate who was found guilty of murdering motel owner, Barry van Treese. Despite being convicted on the word of the actual self-confessed killer, the state of Oklahoma is still intent on executing him, raising international outcry and controversy. Ian Woods, a reporter for Sky News in the UK, came across the case one quiet afternoon, and has tirelessly campaigned ever since to bring the injustices Glossip has faced to the world's attention. He even served as an invited witness to Glossip's three scheduled executions - all of which were stayed at the last possible moment. This is the gripping true story of the case, and their turbulent friendship, written by a man with unparalleled first-hand knowledge and access.
Gathering the threads, Cindy Woodsmall.
Finally back in the Old Order Amish world she loves, Will Ariana's new perspectives draw her family closer together– or completely rip them apart? After months away in the Englisch world, Ariana Brenneman is overjoyed to be in the Old Order Amish home where she was raised. Yet her excitement is mixed with an unexpected apprehension as she reconciles all she's learned from her biological parents with the uncompromising teachings of her Plain community. Although her childhood friend, ex-Amish Quill Schlabach, hopes to help her navigate her new role amongst her people, Ariana's Daed doesn't understand why his sweet daughter is suddenly questioning his authority. What will happen if she sows seeds of unrest and rebellion in the entire family? Meanwhile, Skylar Nash has finally found her place among the large Brenneman family, but Ariana's arrival threatens to unravel Skylar's new identity–and her sobriety. Both Ariana and Skylar must discover the true cords that bind a family and community together and grasp tight the One who holds their authentic identities close to His heart. Gathering the Threads is the third and final novel in The Amish of Summer Grove series.
The house on Foster Hill, Jaime Jo Wright.
Kaine purchases an old house sight unseen in her grandfather's Wisconsin hometown. But one look at the eerie, abandoned house immediately leaves her questioning her rash decision. And when the house's dark history comes back with a vengeance, Kaine is forced to face the terrifying realization she has nowhere left to hide. A century earlier, the house on Foster Hill holds nothing but painful memories for Ivy Thorpe. When an unidentified woman is found dead on the property, Ivy is compelled to discover her identity. Ivy's search leads her into dangerous waters and, even as she works together with a man from her past, can she unravel the mystery before any other lives–including her own–are lost?
The looming tower: Al-Qaeda's road to 9/11, Lawrence Wright.
'The Looming Tower' tells the story of Al-Qaeda from its roots up to 9/11. Drawing on interviews and first-hand sources, it investigates the extraordinary group of ideologues behind this organization - and those who tried to stop them.
Bus! Stop!, James Yang.
A boy who has just missed his bus waits for the next one, but the vehicles that arrive at his stop do not look at all like the one he missed, and the riders who get on them are not quite what he expects either.
The fear of 13: countdown to execution: my fight for survival on Death Row, Nick Yarris.
'Somewhere in each of us is the blackest pit from which few ever return. I had found mine.' Found guilty of the rape and murder of a woman he had never met, Nick Yarris was sentenced to death. With appeal after appeal failing he spent twenty-two years waiting to die. This is the true and amazing story of how he survived Death Row.
Wonder Woman at Super Hero High, Lisa Yee.
The first book in an exciting new DC Super Hero Girls fiction series! Wonder Woman wants to be the best super hero she can be, and that means going to Super Hero High School. But there's a lot for the teen super hero to get used to at her new school! Save the Day alarms, a room-mate who shares everything on social media not to mention the fact that Wonder Woman has never seen a boy before. And, on top of all that, it seems like someone doesn't want the Amazon princess at the school. Who's been sending Wonder Woman nasty notes? And will they ruin her chances of success at Super Hero High School?
Goodbye days, Jeff Zentner.
Carver Briggs never thought a simple text would cause a fatal crash, killing his three best friends, Mars, Eli, and Blake. Carver can't stop blaming himself for the accident, and a judge is pressuring the district attorney to open up a criminal investigation. Eli's girlfriend, Carver's therapist, and Blake's grandmother ask Carver to spend a "goodbye day" with them to share their memories and say a proper farewell. As other families ask for their own goodbye day with Carver, will it mean making peace with their losses, or bring Carver one step closer to a complete breakdown– and possibly prison?
The serpent king: a novel, Jeff Zentner.
The son of a Pentecostal preacher faces his personal demons as he and his two outcast friends try to make it through their senior year of high school in rural Forrestville, Tennessee without letting the small-town culture destroy their creative spirits and sense of self.