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More malice domestic: [an anthology of original mystery stories], Mary Higgins Clark, Elizabeth Peters.
New York times bestselling author Mary Higgins Clark & Elizabeth Peters present this delightfully chilling collection of original mystery stories. This fitting tribute to the world's most beloved crime writer, Dame Agatha Christie, showcases a house full of top contemporary writers at their very best. "'Malice' is self-explanatory, I trust," writes the acclaimed Elizabeth Peters in her introduction to this outstanding collection. "'Domestic' distinguishes the personal and private aspects of crime from the public and impersonal. Our murderers don't kill for the fun of it (serial killers) or for a misguided ideal (assassins and terrorists) or for pay (hired hit men). They only do in people they know and love (or hate)."
To the manor born, by Peter Spence.
When Audrey Fforbes-Hamilton's husband dies, and she is forced to leave Grantleigh Manor, she takes up residence at the nearby Lodge from where she can keep a watchful eye on the Manor's new owner, Richard DeVere! Featuring the cast of the TV series.
The Woman's hour.: a celebration of mothers.
Interviews, discussions, readings and poems celebrating motherhood in all its diversity. This compilation of extracts from the much-loved BBC Radio 4 programme Woman's Hour looks at the changing role of mothers over the last fifty years; the relationships that they have enjoyed with their children, how they have juggled the work/life balance and how they have challenged stereotypes and tested the boundaries of what being a mother means. All aspects of motherhood are here, single mothers, campaigning mothers, working mothers, Jewish mothers, mothers in law and even godmothers. Amongst the contributors are Margaret Thatcher, talking about women in government and her thoughts on childcare, and Dame Shirley Williams, who discusses her famous mother Vera Brittain. Also included are Sonia Keppel reminiscing about her mother Alice, mistress of Edward VII and great-grandmother to Camilla Parker Bowles; Laurie Lee reading from his famous memoir Cider with Rosie and poetry from Liz Lochhead.
Secret keeping for beginners, Maggie Alderson.
Even the closest families have secrets ... it's when they are shared that things begin to change. Recently divorced Rachel is juggling her new dream job in interior design PR with the demands of two young daughters. She's full of creative ideas but - even with a colourful childminder or two - some days she can't make it into the office in time and in matching shoes. Her life is balanced more precariously than she cares to admit. Tessa, a talented muralist, is feeling flat. Her kids are growing up and she's feeling upstaged by her husband's new-found celebrity as the host of a reality TV fireplace restoration show. But everything turns on its head when she gets a surprise from her past. Youngest sister Natasha leads a glamorous jet-setting life - she's one of Vogue's favourite make-up artists who regularly creates the looks for the biggest shows in Paris and Milan. Single and childless, she's been focused on her career - but when the lie she's concealed for years threatens to come to light, the truth will make her question everything. Meanwhile their mother, Joy, a hippy vegetarian caterer, is carefully ignoring the letters that keep arriving at her door. Into the mix comes Simon, Rachel's urbane boss, hiding secrets of his own. And everything lurking beneath the surface of this seemingly happy family is about to come out .
Irresistible: why we can't stop checking, scrolling, clicking and watching, Adam Alter.
How many times have you checked your phone today? Why are messaging apps, email and social media so hard to resist? How come we always end up watching another episode? In recent years, media and technology have perfected the lucrative art of gaining and holding our attention. This extraordinary feat has changed the behaviour of billions of people, and especially the young: by current medical standards, we are experiencing an unprecedented, global pandemic of addiction. But what exactly is an addiction? And what, if anything, might we do about it? From cliff-hangers to earworms, from religion to pornography, and from the awesome allure of the 'Kim Kardashian: Hollywood' app to the unexpected benefits of the 'butt-brush effect', Irresistible blends fascinating stories with ingenious science to explain how and why we all got hooked. Revealing the surprising causes and sometimes bizarre nature of addiction, this book will equip you with the tools and understanding you need to navigate our irresistible new world.
Silver thaw, Catherine Anderson.
After years of living in fear of her husband, Amanda Banning has left him and moved to Mystic Creek, Oregon, for a fresh start. But she's having a tough time providing for herself and her six-year-old daughter. Writing her secret yearnings on slips of paper and sending them into the wind helps her cling to the hope that things will get better...and that she can find happiness again. Jeb Sterling has no idea that the handwritten messages he finds scattered across his land are the first hints that his life is about to change. Nor does he understand why he feels so compelled to help Amanda Banning and her daughter when a cold snap leaves them temporarily homeless. Maybe he's inspired by Amanda's courage or perhaps by her beautiful brown eyes. Either way, the man who once renounced love suddenly finds himself willing to do anything for the pair. Amanda seems to have given up on her dreams, but Jeb refuses to quit until he makes her every wish come true.
The boy who could do what he liked, David Baddiel.
A hugely entertaining and touching story of a boy called Alfie who likes to keep to strict routines and schedules. It's all rules, rules and more rules in Alfie's life. When a new babysitter arrives called Mrs Stokes to look after Alfie he begins to realise that rules aren't everything and perhaps the mysterious Mrs Stokes is no ordinary baby sitter! Includes wonderful music and sound effects - a jam packed listen with plenty of laughs along the way. Does everything get hilariously out of control? Yes. Does Alfie learns a valuable lesson? Nah. This isn't that kind of story.
Absolute power, David Baldacci.
The unthinkable abuse of power and criminal conspiracy: a vicious murder involving the US President and a cover-up orchestrated by his zealously loyal Chief of Staff and the Secret Service. But, unknown to the President and his lackeys, one unlikely witness saw everything. Trapped behind a two-way mirror in a country house in Maryland, Luther Whitney, a professional burglar, witnesses an event that destroys his faith in justice. By the time he escapes, pursued by two Secret Service agents, a young woman has been sexually assaulted, then shot dead. And a breath-taking cover-up has been set in motion.
Autumn story, Jill Barklem.
Step into the exquisite miniature world of the mice of Brambly Hedge in this beautiful new edition of the classic picture book. Bad weather is on the way and the autumn stores are still not gathered in! Quickly, all the mice of Brambly Hedge set to work to finish the harvesting before the rain begins. Primrose, Lord Woodmouse's daughter, meant to help, but somehow she daydreamed her way over the cornfield and into the Chestnut Woods, and before she knew it, she was lost. The sun went down, the wind rose and it began to rain. Primrose was all alone in the dark and she was frightened. Poor Primrose, would she find her way home again?
Sea story, Jill Barklem.
Step into the exquisite miniature world of the mice of Brambly Hedge in this beautiful new edition of the classic picture book. It was summer and Primrose woke knowing that it was going to be a very special day. The sun was already warm and a light breeze stirred the leaves and branches of Brambly Hedge. It was a perfect day for an adventure. Leaving the hedge behind, Dusty, Poppy, Primrose and Wilfred set off downstream in Dusty's boat the Periwinkle, on a journey that would take them all the way down to the sea. But it wasn't all plain sailing, and the mice had an important mission to fulfil before they could return to Brambly Hedge.
The secret staircase, Jill Barklem.
Step into the exquisite, miniature world of the mice of Brambly Hedge in this beautiful new edition of the classic picture book. It is Midwinter's Eve and the mice of Brambly Hedge are very busy. This evening, after dark, they will all be gathering round a blazing fire for the traditional midwinter celebrations. A grand entertainment is planned and Primrose and Wilfred have chosen to recite a poem. They go up to the attics to rehearse in peace and quiet but there are so many things to look at and places to explore, it is hard to concentrate. And when they stumble upon a dusty staircase, all thoughts of practising are put aside.
Spring story, Jill Barklem.
Step into the exquisite, miniature world of the mice of Brambly Hedge in this beautiful new edition of the classic picture book. Wilfred woke early. It was his birthday. He had lots of lovely presents, but the best one was a surprise... Mr Apple had organised a secret celebration picnic and all the mice of Brambly Hedge were invited. There was so much to carry. Poor Wilfred got very tired as he lurched and bumped his way along the grassy track. What was it Mrs Apple had said was in his hamper? Knives? Sandwiches? They were certainly heavy! When they finally arrived, Wilfred was allowed to open up the hamper and there he found the best treat of all.
Summer story/ Jill Barklem.
Step into the miniature world of the hedgerow in this beautiful new edition of this classic picture book, following a summer in the lives of the mice of Brambly Hedge. It was such a hot summer. They sky was deep blue and the sun never faltered. All along Brambly Hedge, the mice did their best to keep cool. Poppy Eyebright sought refuge in the mossy shadows of the mill wheel; Dusty Dogwood took to walking by the banks of the cooling stream. Dusty and Poppy spent more and more time together, so no one was at all surprised when they announced their engagement. They decided on a very unusual setting for the wedding ceremony, but even they didn't realise just how unusual it was prove to be!
Winter story, Jill Barklem.
Step into the exquisite miniature world of the mice of Brambly Hedge in this beautiful new edition of the classic picture book. It was the middle of winter and very, very cold. The mice of Brambly Hedge forecasted snow. And they were right. In the morning they awoke to find their doors and windows hidden behind deep drifts. There hadn't been snow like this for years. "There's enough for a Snow Ball!" cried the mice with glee, and set to work in the time-honoured way to make an Ice Hall for the festivities. The little mice watched wide-eyed as all the preparations were made. Then at last everything was ready, and the Ball could begin.
Hush little baby, Joanna Barnard.
When baby Oliver breaks his arm, no one can (or will) say how it happened. His mother is exhausted. His father is angry. His older sister is resentful. And they all have something to hide.
The hum and the shiver, by Alex Bledsoe.
No one knows where the Tufa came from, or how they ended up in the mountains of East Tennessee. When the first Europeans came to the Smoky Mountains, the Tufa were already there. Dark-haired and enigmatic, they live quietly in the hills and valleys of Cloud County, their origins lost to history. But there are clues in their music, hidden in the songs they have passed down for generations. Private Bronwyn Hyatt, a true daughter of the Tufa, has returned from Iraq, wounded in body and spirit, but her troubles are far from over. Cryptic omens warn of impending tragedy, while a restless "haint" has followed her home from the war. Worse yet, Bronwyn has lost touch with herself and with the music that was once a part of her. With death stalking her family, will she ever again join in the song of her people, and let it lift her on to the night winds?
Poison spring: a frontier story, Johnny D. Boggs.
It's the spring of 1864, and times are hard in Washington County, Arkansas, especially for thirteen-year-old Travis Ford. He hasn't heard from his father, a sergeant in the 2nd Arkansas Cavalry, in months. His mother is struggling to make ends meet on the family farm near Poison Spring. All Travis really wants to do is to follow his passion--to make up adventure stories in the style of Alexandre Dumas. But the Civil War keeps getting in his way. When the Confederate Army withdraws and Federal forces--including the First Kansas Colored Volunteers--take control of Washington County, Travis and his family are caught in the middle. All too soon, Travis must put away his pencil and paper and make a choice, between North and South, black and white, right and wrong, horror and humanity, something that could get him, and everyone he loves, killed. Johnny D. Boggs brings life to a relatively obscure Civil War tragedy--the massacre of black soldiers by Confederates during the Battle of Poison Spring--by telling the story through the eyes of a young boy watching his world unravel while his strong-willed mother tries to keep her family out of harm's way, an impossible task in a war-ravaged land.
Paddington's day off, Michael Bond.
Paddington and Mr. Gruber enjoy a day off from their duties as they set out to explore London with Jonathan and Judy. Each turn brings a new discovery, and Paddington's nose for adventure leads to the greatest surprise of all. Michael Bond's classic character will delight beginning readers with his curious nature and nose for adventure. Paddington's Day Off is a Level One I Can Read book, which means it's perfect for children learning to sound out words and sentences.
The return of the witch: a novel, Paula Brackston.
After five years in the Summerlands, Gideon has gained his freedom. Elizabeth knows he will go straight for Tegan, and that she must protect the girl she had come to regard as her own daughter. In the time since she the dramatic night in Batchcombe woods, Tegan has traveled the world learning from all manner of witches, and she is no longer the awkward teenager and novice spell-caster she once was. However, her skills are no match for Gideon's dark, vengeful power, and he succeeds in capturing her. Will Elizabeth be able to find her? Will they be able to defeat their nemesis once and for all? In a breathless journey that takes them through history to the 17th and 19th centuries, witch pursues warlock. Three people steeped in magic weave a new story, but not all will survive until the end.
The silver witch: a novel, Paula Brackston.
A year after her husband's sudden death, ceramic artist Tilda Fordwells finally moves into the secluded Welsh cottage that was to be their new home. She hopes that the tranquil surroundings will help ease her grief, and lessen her disturbing visions of Mat's death. Instead, the lake in the valley below her cottage seems to spark something dormant in her– a sensitivity, and a power of some sort. Animals are drawn to her, electricity shorts out when she's near, and strangest of all, she sees a new vision; a boatful of ancient people approaching her across the water. On this same lake in Celtic times lived Seren, a witch and shaman. She was respected but feared, kept separate from the community for her strange looks. When a vision came to her of the Prince amid a nest of vipers she warned of betrayal from one of his own. Prince Brynach both loved and revered her, but could not believe someone close to him wished him harm, even as the danger grew. In her own time, Tilda's grief begins to fade beside her newfound powers and a fresh love. When she explores the lake's ancient magic and her own she discovers Seren, the woman in her vision of the boat. Their two lives strangely mirror each other's, suggesting a strong connection between the women. As Tilda comes under threat from a dark power, one reminiscent of Seren's prophecy, she must rely on Seren and ancient magic if death and disaster are not to shatter her life once more.
The witch's daughter, Paula Brackston.
In the spring of 1628, young Bess Hawksmith watches her mother's body swing limp from the Hanging Tree. She knows that only one man can save her from the same fate Gideon Masters, the Warlock. She knows, too, that his help comes at a steep price. In present-day England, Elizabeth has built a quiet life for herself. She has spent the centuries in solitude, moving from place to place, surviving plagues, wars and the heartbreak that comes with immortality. Her loneliness comes to an abrupt end when she is befriended by a teenage girl called Tegan. Against her better judgment, Elizabeth opens her heart to Tegan and begins teaching her the ways of the Hedge Witch. But Gideon is hunting her still. He will stop at nothing, determined even after centuries to claim her soul. And now, Bess is not fighting to save herself alone: now, she must protect the girl she has grown to love like a daughter.
The women in his life, Barbara Taylor Bradford.
A glittering tale of a billionaire tycoon and the women that define him Maximilian West: filthy rich, corporate raider and a man of almost mythical power, glamour and charm. He appears to have everything. But in reality Maximilian is riven with internal conflict and torn apart by personal doubts. Many women have loved Maxim - and many strive to reach his fortress heart: Anastasia, his first wife; Camilla, the beautiful English actress; Adriana, the competitive American career woman; and Blair, the mistress who schemes to become his wife. But only one woman holds the key that will unlock Maximilian's secret - and set his soul free.
The cat who saw stars, Lilian Jackson Braun.
This book finds Qwill and his fabulous felines on the trail of some very unusual "visitors." Could extra-terrestrials be behind the strange goings-on in Moose County? It is up to the ever-humble billionaire journalist Jim Qwilleran and his amazing cats to find out. A backpacker has disappeared, and rumour has it that UFOs are responsible. Meanwhile, an unprecedented knitting craze has taken hold in the remote community of Pickax. Perhaps most eerily of all, Koko, whose insights Qwill has learned to trust, is spending hours sitting on the porch watching the sky.
Before the devil breaks you, Libba Bray.
The Diviners are back in this thrilling and eerie third instalment by #1 New York Times bestselling author Libba Bray. After battling a sleeping sickness, The Diviners are up against a group of new and malevolent foes--ghosts! Out in Ward's Island sits a mental hospital full of lost souls from people long forgotten. Ghosts who have unusual and dangerous ties to the Man in the Stovepipe Hat also known as the King of Crows. With terrible accounts of murder and possession flooding in from all over New York City, the Diviners must band together and brave the ghosts haunting the asylum to bring down the King of Crows.
Socrates, Thomas C. Brickhouse.
Though Socrates left no written works, there were many ancient accounts of his life and his philosophy. The most important of the surviving accounts are from three contemporaries (the comic poet Aristophanes, the historian Xenophon, and the philosopher Plato) along with two later Greek biographers: Plutarch (1st cent. AD) and Diogenes Laertius (3rd cent. AD). The "Socratic Problem" is to determine from those varying accounts what Socrates actually said and believed. We know that Socrates was an eccentric and often irritating gadfly, who went about Athens engaging others in philosophical conversation. He rolled his eyes and cocked his head backwards as he walked, usually barefoot and in tattered clothes; his persistent questioning exposed the contradictions in people's claims of knowledge. Socrates himself never claimed definitive knowledge, but he made many enemies among those he refuted and embarrassed.
Born of the ashes, Ryk Brown.
Captain Nathan Scott must decide whether to stand and fight to the end, or live to fight another day ... even if it means the end of his world.
Celestia CV-02, Ryk Brown.
A world divided …A ship under construction …A military scrambling to prepare a defence …A moment that everyone hoped would never come …The Earth Defense Force must find a way to defend their world against invasion by the Jung Empire. More importantly, they must protect their newest ship, the UES Celestia, as she may be their last hope.
The expanse, Ryk Brown.
A newly repaired ship ... A willing and eager crew ... A host of new technologies ... A long anticipated return home ... The crew of the UES Aurora finally has the chance to fulfil their mission, but first they must complete a long and dangerous journey across a thousand light years of unexplored space.
Liberation, Ryk Brown.
In the tenth instalment of Ryk Brown's The Frontiers Saga, Captain Scott has to fight for that which was taken...the very freedom of the world he was sworn to protect.
Resistance, Ryk Brown.
Before they can complete their mission, the crew members of the Aurora face a unique challenge, in the latest episode of Ryk Brown's Frontiers Saga.
Rise of the Alliance, Ryk Brown.
Things finally seem to be coming together for Captain Scott and the Alliance, as he takes his forces on the offensive. However, the Jung may in turn give him more trouble than he bargained for.
Hidden fires, Sandra Brown.
Preacher's daughter Lauren thinks that she is going to work for wealthy Olivia Lockett as a secretary. Instead, the matriarch makes Lauren a scandalous offer to marry her son in name only. Lauren has strong feelings for him but are they strong enough?
The silken web, Sandra Brown.
Wary of men, camp counsellor Kathleen Haley is determined to resist the charming Erik Gudjonsen, the photographer assigned to the camp where she volunteers.
Barrayar, Lois McMaster Bujold.
Political intrigue, culture clash, and romance make a stirring mix in this award-winning follow-up novel to the acclaimed Shards of Honour. In the wake of interplanetary war, former commander Cordelia Naismith has deserted her own planet to marry the leader of the defeated enemy, Aral Vorkosigan. On his home planet of Barrayar, two rival factions are eyeing the recently vacated throne, and Aral, recently appointed Regent of Barrayar by the Emperor on his deathbed, must stand between them. Lord and Lady Vorkosigan, Aral and Cordelia struggle to establish stability in a fragile government thrown into confusion by the transition of power and the threat of civil war. When a palace coup endangers the government, their lives, and her unborn son, Cordelia takes action to secure the safety of her new family and new home.
Borders of infinity, by Lois McMaster Bujold.
The popular adventures of Miles Vorkosigan, a clever and outlandish science fiction hero for the modern era, continue in these three tales. In "The Mountains of Mourning," Miles is dispatched to a back-country region of Barrayar, where he must act as detective, judge, and executioner in a controversial murder case. In "Labyrinth," Miles adopts his alternate persona as Dendarii Mercenary Admiral Naismith for an undercover mission to rescue an important research geneticist from Jackson's Whole .
Cryoburn, Lois McMaster Bujold.
Kibou-daini is a planet obsessed with cheating death. Barrayaran Imperial Auditor Miles Vorkosigan can hardly disapprove - he's been cheating death his whole life, on the theory that turnabout is fair play. But when a Kibou-daini cryocorp - an immortal company whose job it is to shepherd its all-too-mortal frozen patrons into an unknown future - attempts to expand its franchise into the Barrayaran Empire, Emperor Gregor dispatches his top trouble-shooter, Miles, to check it out.
Diplomatic immunity, Lois McMaster Bujold.
A rich Komarran merchant fleet has been impounded at Graf Station in distant Quaddiespace after a bloody incident involving the convoy's Barrayaran military escort. Lord Miles Vorkosigan and his wife, Lady Ekaterin, have other things on their minds, such as getting home in time to attend the long-awaited births of their first children. But when duty calls in the voice of Barrayar's Emperor Gregor, Miles, as imperial auditor, has no choice but to answer. Waiting on Graf Station are diplomatic snarls, tangled loyalties, old friends, new enemies, racial tensions, lies and deceptions, mysterious disappearances, and a race with time for life against death in horrifying new forms. The downside of being a high-level trouble-shooter comes when trouble starts shooting back.
Mirror dance, Lois McMaster Bujold.
The dwarfish, fetally-damaged yet brilliant Miles Vorkosigan has more than his share of troubles. Having recently escaped an assassination plot whose tool was a brainwashed clone of himself, Miles has set the clone, Mark, free for a new chance at life. But when he decides to let his clone brother assume his secret identity and lead the Dendarii Free Mercenary on an unauthorized mission to liberate other clones from the outlaw planet of Jackson's Whole, things start to get really messy. The mission goes awry, Miles's rescue attempt goes even more wrong, and Miles ends up killed and placed in cryogenic suspension for future resuscitation. Then, as if that weren't bad enough, the cryo-container is lost! Now it is up to the confused, disturbed Mark to either take Miles's place as heir of the Vorkosigan line or redeem himself by finding and saving Miles.
Winterfair gifts, Lois McMaster Bujold.
Falling in between the novels A Civil Campaign and Diplomatic Immunity, it describes the wedding of Miles and Ekaterin and the events leading up to it. In the festive season of Winterfair on the planet Barrayar, Lord Miles Vorkosigan is making elaborate preparations for his wedding .
Girls against girls: why we are mean to each other and how we can change, Bonnie Burton.
Girls Against Girls is a complete guide including information on how females can band together and quit breaking each other down, popular movie quotes, advice from female artists and athletes, a resource section of girl-power organizations.
Space boy, Orson Scott Card.
Is it space travel that children dream of, or merely visiting other worlds? Todd had always set his heart on being an astronaut, but when he meets an alien and travels to another world, he doesn't use a spaceship; he just hangs out in his own back yard. In Space Boy, Orson Scott Card, author of Ender's Game, takes listeners into a strange and wonderful future, where people from another world regularly visit Earth, usually without being noticed. And when humans travel to their world, they find themselves dangerously weak and powerless, until Todd finds a way to set both worlds to rights.
Marked, P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast.
The House of Night series is set in a world very much like our own, except in 16-year-old Zoey Redbird's world, vampires have always existed. In this first book in the series, Zoey enters the House of Night, a school where, after having undergone the Change, she will train to become an adult vampire--that is, if she makes it through the Change. Not all of those who are chosen do. It's tough to begin a new life, away from her parents and friends, and on top of that, Zoey finds she is no average fledgling. She has been Marked as special by the vampire Goddess, Nyx. But she is not the only fledgling at the House of Night with special powers. When she discovers that the leader of the Dark Daughters, the school's most elite club, is misusing her Goddess-given gifts, Zoey must look deep within herself for the courage to embrace her destiny--with a little help from her new vampire friends.
Among the wicked, Linda Castillo.
Chief of Police Kate Burkholder is called upon by the sheriff's department in rural, upstate New York to assist on a developing situation that involves a reclusive Amish settlement and the death of a young girl. Unable to penetrate the wall of silence between the Amish and English communities, the sheriff asks Kate to travel to New York, pose as an Amish woman, and infiltrate the community. Kate goes deep under cover. In the coming days, she unearths a world built on secrets, a series of shocking crimes, and herself, alone, trapped in a fight for her life.
Down a dark road, Linda Castillo.
Two years ago Joseph King was convicted of murdering his wife and sentenced to life in prison. He was a "fallen" Amish man and, according to local law enforcement, a known drug user with a violent temper. Now King has escaped, and he's headed for Painters Mill. News of a murderer on the loose travels like wildfire and putting Chief of Police Kate Burkholder and her team of officers on edge. A nightmare scenario becomes reality when King shows up with a gun and kidnaps his five children from their Amish uncle's house. He's armed and desperate with nothing left to lose. Fearing for the safety of the children, Kate leaps into action, but her frantic search for a killer leads her into an ambush. When King releases her unharmed, asking her to prove his innocence, she begins to wonder whether the police are hiding something, and she embarks on her own investigation to discover the truth.
Long lost, Linda Castillo.
It's autumn in Painters Mill, and Chief of Police Kate Burkholder and John Tomasetti are taking a much-needed vacation at a small bed and breakfast an hour outside of town. After closing a difficult case, they're looking forward to some down time, but their relaxation is cut short by rumors that the old house where they're staying is haunted by a girl who disappeared twenty years earlier, leaving nothing behind but some bloody clothes by the river and rumours of a volatile relationship. Swept up in the girl's story, and a need for justice, Kate and John begin looking into the mysterious disappearance of Angela Blaine. They discover long-buried secrets and unravel a mystery with an unexpected outcome.
Pray for silence: a thriller, by Linda Castillo.
Chief of Police Kate Burkholder must confront a dark evil to solve the mysterious murders of an entire Amish family of seven. Formerly Amish herself, Kate is no stranger to the secrets the Amish keep from the English--and each other--but this crime is horribly out of the ordinary.
Dragon Springs Road, Janie Chang.
That night I dreamed that I had wandered out to Dragon Springs Road all on my own, when a dreadful knowledge seized me that my mother had gone away never to return ... ' In 1908, Jialing is only seven years old when she is abandoned in the courtyard of a once-lavish estate near Shanghai. Jialing is zazhong-EurAsian - and faces a lifetime of contempt from both Chinese and Europeans. Without her mother's protection, she can survive only if the estate's new owners, the Yang family, agree to take her in. Jialing finds allies in Anjuin, the eldest Yang daughter, and Fox, an animal spirit who has lived in the haunted courtyard for centuries. But Jialing's life as the Yangs' bondservant changes unexpectedly when she befriends a young English girl who then mysteriously vanishes. Always hopeful of finding her long-lost mother, Jialing grows into womanhood during the tumultuous early years of the Chinese republic, guided by Fox and by her own strength of spirit, away from the shadows of her past. But she finds herself drawn into a murder at the periphery of political intrigue, a relationship that jeopardizes her friendship with Anjuin and a forbidden affair that brings danger to the man she loves.
The reader, Traci Chee.
A stunning debut set in a world where reading is forbidden, perfect for fans of Inkheart and Shadow and BoneSefia knows what it means to survive. After her father is brutally murdered, she flees into the wilderness with her aunt Nin, who teaches her to hunt, track, and steal. But when Nin is kidnapped, leaving Sefia completely alone, none of her survival skills can help her discover where Nin's been taken, or if she's even alive. The only clue to both her aunt's disappearance and her father's murder is the odd rectangular object her father left behind, an object she comes to realize is a book--a marvellous item unheard of in her otherwise illiterate society. With the help of this book, and the aid of a mysterious stranger with dark secrets of his own, Sefia sets out to rescue her aunt and find out what really happened the day her father was killed--and punish the people responsible. With overlapping stories of swashbuckling pirates and merciless assassins, The Reader is a brilliantly told adventure from an extraordinary new talent.
The speaker, Traci Chee.
Having barely escaped the clutches of the Guard, Sefia and Archer are back on the run, slipping into the safety of the forest to tend to their wounds and plan their next move. Haunted by painful memories, Archer struggles to overcome the trauma of his past with the impressors, whose cruelty plagues him whenever he closes his eyes. But when Sefia and Archer happen upon a crew of impressors in the wilderness, Archer finally finds a way to combat his nightmares: by hunting impressors and freeing the boys they hold captive. With Sefia's help, Archer travels across the kingdom of Deliene rescuing boys while she continues to investigate the mysterious Book and secrets it contains. But the more battles they fight, the more fights Archer craves, until his thirst for violence threatens to transform him from the gentle boy Sefia knows to a grim warrior with a cruel destiny. As Sefia begins to unravel the threads that connect Archer's fate to her parents' betrayal of the Guard so long ago, she and Archer must figure out a way to subvert the Guard's plans before they are ensnared in a war that will pit kingdom against kingdom, leaving their future and the safety of the entire world hanging in the balance.
The midnight line, Lee Child.
Reacher takes an aimless stroll past a pawn shop in a small Midwestern town. In the window he sees a West Point class ring from 2005. It's tiny; a woman cadet's graduation present to herself. Why would she give it up? Reacher's a West Pointer too, and he knows what she went through to get it. Reacher tracks the ring back to its owner, step by step, down a criminal trail leading west. Like Big Foot come out of the forest, he arrives in the deserted wilds of Wyoming. All he wants is to find the woman. If she's OK, he'll walk away. If she's not - he'll stop at nothing. He's still shaken by the recent horrors of Make Me, and now The Midnight Line sees him set on a raw and elemental quest for simple justice. Best advice: don't get in his way.
No middle name: the complete collected Jack Reacher stories, Lee Child.
Jack 'No Middle Name' Reacher, lone wolf, knight errant, ex-military cop, lover of women, scourge of the wicked and righter of wrongs, is the most iconic hero for our age. This is the first time all Lee Child's shorter fiction featuring Jack Reacher has been collected into one volume. Heard together, these 12 stories shed new light on Reacher's past, illuminating how he grew up and developed into the wandering avenger who has captured the imagination of millions around the world. Requires the ability to play MP3 files, or the BorrowBox app.
Outlaw: ein Jack-Reacher-Roman, Lee Child; aus dem Englischen von Wulf Bergner.
Two lonely towns in Colorado: Hope and Despair. Between them, twelve miles of empty road. Jack Reacher never turns back. It's not in his nature. All he wants is a cup of coffee. What he gets is big trouble. So in Lee Child's electrifying new novel, Reacher– a man with no fear, no illusions, and nothing to lose– goes to war against a town that not only wants him gone, it wants him dead.
Underground: Ein Jack-Reacher-Roman, von Lee Child; übersetzt von Wulf Bergner.
Nobody hurts more fatal than former friends ... New York City, two o'clock at night. Jack Reacher sits in the subway. Next to him are five more people in the compartment. A woman excited Reacher's attention. For a minute, he watches her closely - and is sure to have a suicide bomber in front of him. But then something unexpected happens, and Reacher himself gets into the crossfire .
Holy spy, Rory Clements.
In London's smoky taverns, a conspiracy is brewing: a group of wealthy young Catholic dissidents plot to assassinate Elizabeth, free Mary Queen of Scots--and open England to Spanish invasion. But the conspirators have been infiltrated by Sir Francis Walsingham's top intelligencer, John Shakespeare. Shakespeare, however, is torn: the woman he loves stands accused of murder. In a desperate race against time he must save her from the noose and the realm from treachery.
Bowland Beth: the life of an English hen harrier, David Cobham.
The story of the short life and tragic death of Bowland Beth - an English Hen Harrier - which dramatically highlights the major issues in UK conservation. 'The sun was blood red as it broke the horizon and lit the communal roost where the female hen harrier had spent the night. She watched the other harriers as they left to go foraging for food out on the moor. She didn't join them, for she had felt a quickening in her body, an urge to move to Mallowdale Pike, a rocky crag from where she had fledged nine months ago. After preening, she lifted off from the roost and soared up over the fell.' David Cobham enters Beth's world to show what being a hen harrier today is like. He immerses himself not only in the day-to-day regimen of her life, the hours of hunting, bathing, keeping her plumage in order and roosting, but also the fear of living in an environment run to provide packs of driven grouse for a few wealthy sportsmen to shoot. The hen harrier is seen as a totemic species in the battle between the conservationists and ruralists, and as one of the key players in this emotive debate, David Cobham is uniquely placed to reflect on Beth's story. In this powerful narrative, he provides us with a profound tale which helps to illuminate the larger implications of the species' decline, highlighting the urgent need for conservation efforts to reverse this.
Little & Lion, Brandy Colbert.
When Suzette comes home to Los Angeles from her boarding school in New England, she isn't sure if she'll ever want to go back. LA is where her friends and family are (along with her crush, Emil). And her stepbrother, Lionel, who has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, needs her emotional support. But as she settles into her old life, Suzette finds herself falling for someone new ... the same girl her brother is in love with. When Lionel's disorder spirals out of control, Suzette is forced to confront her past mistakes and find a way to help her brother before he hurts himself--or worse.
All fall down, Matthew Condon.
In 1983, the soon-to-be-knighted Police Commissioner Terry Lewis continues to turn a blind eye to the operation of The Joke, a highly organised system of graft payments from illegal gambling, prostitution and illicit drugs. As the tentacles of this fraudulent vice network spread, the fabric holding together the police, judiciary and political system starts to unravel. All Fall Down offers an unprecedented insight into the Fitzgerald Inquiry and Lewis's subsequent years in prison, and explores the real story behind the dramatic exit of Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen. Drawing from interviews with key players who have, until now, been afraid to speak publicly, All Fall Down celebrates the bravery of those unsung heroes who risked everything to expose the truth. This epic trilogy provides the definitive account of an unforgettable period in Queensland's history. The devastating consequences of those decades of corruption still reverberate today.
Murder at Lowry House , Leighann Dobbs.
When mystery novelist Hazel Martin receives a secretive letter from an old friend who suspects her relatives have murderous intentions, she packs her bags and heads to the country. Tampered medications, symptoms of poisoning and suspicious accidents all add up to attempted murder and it's up to Hazel and her Siamese cat Dickens to sniff out the clues. But with a house full of relatives who all have a motive, will Hazel be able to unmask the culprit before things turn deadly?
You shall know our velocity!, by Dave Eggers.
After acquiring $32,000, Will and Hand, devastated over the death of their closest friend, travel around the world giving away the money.
Hunt you down, Christopher Farnsworth.
John Smith is no ordinary gun for hire. Smith is a man or rare gifts, and he knows your every thought ... Hired to track down a shooter targeting the rich and famous, Smith must complete his mission before another attack takes place. But when a website on the dark net is found to have connections to the murders, Smith realises that taking down a shadowy figure who has weaponised the internet will prove more difficult than he first thought. And no matter how hard he tries, this criminal mastermind continues to remain one step ahead.
Saga land, Richard Fidler & Kári Gíslason.
A new friendship. An unforgettable journey. A beautiful and bloody history. This is Iceland as you've never read it before. Broadcaster Richard Fidler and author Kari Gislason are good friends. They share a deep attachment to the sagas of Iceland the true stories of the first Viking families who settled on that remote island in the Middle Ages. These are tales of blood feuds, of dangerous women, and people who are compelled to kill the ones they love the most. The sagas are among the greatest stories ever written, but the identity of their authors is largely unknown. Together, Richard and Kari travel across Iceland, to the places where the sagas unfolded a thousand years ago. They cross fields, streams and fjords to immerse themselves in the folklore of this fiercely beautiful island. And there is another mission: to resolve a longstanding family mystery a gift from Kari's Icelandic father that might connect him to the greatest of the saga authors.
The blue flower, Penelope Fitzgerald.
This is the story of Friedrich von Hardenberg--Fritz, to his intimates--a young man of the late 18th century who is destined to become one of Germany's great romantic poets. In just over 200 pages, Fitzgerald creates a complete world of family, friends and lovers, but also an exhilarating evocation of the romantic era in all its political turmoil, intellectual voracity, and moral ambiguity. A profound exploration of genius, The Blue Flower is also a charming, wry, and witty look at domestic life. Fritz's family--his eccentric father and high-strung mother; his loving sister, Sidonie; and brothers Erasmus, Karl, and the preternaturally intelligent baby of the family, referred to always as the Bernhard--are limned in deft, sure strokes, and it is in his interactions with them that the ephemeral quality of genius becomes most tangible. Even his unlikely love affair with young Sophie von Kühn makes perfect sense as Penelope Fitzgerald imagines it.
The Caldera, John Flanagan.
Hal and the brother-band 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!
Pulse, Felix Francis.
Chris Rankin is a doctor, a specialist in Emergency Medicine at Cheltenham Hospital, but a doctor who also has health problems. A smartly dressed man has been found unconscious at the local racecourse and is rushed to the hospital, where he subsequently dies. But who is he? Where does he come from? He had no form of identification on him, and no one claims the body. Doctor Rankin is intrigued by the nameless dead man, obsessed even, and starts asking questions. However, someone doesn't want the questions answered and will go to any lengths to prevent it, including attempting murder. But no one else believes that someone tried to kill Chris, leaving the doctor no option but to discover who the nameless man is and why he died, preferably before following him into an early grave.
Gold dust, Kimberley Freeman.
Three women linked by their blood, their dreams ... and their sins. From Leningrad in the 70s to America and London in the present day, Kimberley Freeman's new novel follows the lives of two sisters, Lena and Natalia and their cousin, Sofi, as they move away from Russia and all they have known. Despite promising to always take care of each other, a pact to meet every winter is shattered as their lives change and long-held resentments begin to surface. Can that resentment turn to hatred? To murder?
Lighthouse bay, Kimberley Freeman.
In 1901, a ship sinks off the coast of Lighthouse Bay in Australia. The only survivor is Isabella Winterbourne - escaping her loveless marriage and the devastating loss of her son - who clutches a priceless gift meant for the Australian Parliament. Suddenly, this gift could be her ticket to a new life, free from the bonds of her husband and his overbearing family. One hundred years later, Libby Slater leaves her life in Paris to return to her hometown of Lighthouse Bay. Living in the cottage that was purchased by her recently passed lover, she hopes to heal her broken heart and reconcile with her sister, Juliet. Libby did something so unforgivable 20 years ago, Juliet is unsure if she can ever trust her sister again. In this adventurous love story spanning centuries, both Isabella and Libby must learn that letting go of the past is the only way to move into the future.
Stars across the ocean, Kimberley Freeman.
1874: Only days before she is to leave the foundling home where she grew up, Agnes Resolute discovers that, as a baby, she had been abandoned with a small token of her mother: a unicorn button. Agnes always believed her mother had been too poor to keep her, but after working as a laundress in the home she recognises the button as belonging to Genevieve Breckby, the beautiful and headstrong daughter of a local noble family. Agnes had seen Genevieve once, in the local village, and had never forgotten her. Despite having no money, Agnes will risk everything in a quest that will take her from the bleak moors of northern England to the harsh streets of London, then on to Paris and Ceylon. As Agnes follows her mother's trail, she makes choices that could cost her dearly. Finally, in Australia, she tracks Genevieve down. But is Genevieve capable of being the mother Agnes hopes she will be?
Original sin, David R. George III.
Continuing the Deep Space Nine saga. At the end of 2385, in a significant shift of its goals from military back to exploratory, Starfleet sent Captain Benjamin Sisko and the crew of the U.S.S. Robinson on an extended mission into the Gamma Quadrant. Tasked with a year-long assignment to travel unknown regions, they set out to fulfill the heart of Starfleet's charter: to explore strange new worlds, and to seek out new life and new civilizations. But now three months into the mission, their first contact with an alien species comes in the form of an unprovoked attack on the Robinson. With the ship's crew suddenly incapacitated, seventy-eight of the 1,300 aboard are abducted--including Sisko's daughter, Rebecca. But Rebecca had already been kidnapped years earlier by a Bajoran religious zealot, part of a sect believing that her birth fulfilled the prophecy of the arrival of the Infant Avatar. Does her disappearance now have anything to do with the harrowing events of the past? And for what purposes have these enemies taken Sisko's daughter and the rest of the missing?
Love, Africa: a memoir of romance, love, and survival, Jeffrey Gettleman.
A seasoned war correspondent, Jeffrey Gettleman has covered every major conflict over the past twenty years, from Afghanistan to Iraq to the Congo. For the past decade, he has served as the East Africa bureau chief for the New York Times, fulfilling a teenage dream. At nineteen, Gettleman fell in love, twice. On a do-it-yourself community service trip in college, he went to East Africa a terrifying, exciting, dreamlike part of the world in the throes of change that imprinted itself on his imagination and on his heart. But around that same time he also fell in love with a fellow Cornell student the brightest, classiest, most principled woman he'd ever met. To say they were opposites was an understatement. She became a criminal lawyer in America; he hungered to return to Africa. For the next decade he would be torn between these two abiding passions.
Mary Moon is missing, Patricia Reilly Giff.
Featuring intrepid girl detective Minnie and helpful cat assistant Max, this vocal adaptation of Giff's story concerns a hotly contested pigeon race and some mildly sinister goings-on.
The yellow wallpaper, Charlotte Perkins Gilman.
Presented in the first person, the story is a collection of journal entries written by a woman whose physician husband (John) has rented an old mansion for the summer and the couple moves into the upstairs nursery. As a form of treatment, she is forbidden from working, but encouraged to eat well and get plenty of exercise and air, so she can recuperate from what he calls a temporary nervous depression - a slight hysterical tendency, a diagnosis common to women in that period. She hides her journal from her husband and his sister the housekeeper, fearful of being reproached for overworking herself. With nothing to stimulate her, she becomes obsessed by the pattern and color of the wallpaper, descending slowly into psychosis.
Deception on Sable Hill, Shelley Shepard Gray.
The World's Fair is nearing its end, but the danger in Chicago lingers. It's mid-September of 1893, and Eloisa Carstairs is the reigning beauty of Gilded Age Chicago society. To outsiders she appears to have it all. But Eloisa is living with a dark secret. Several months ago, she endured a horrible assault at the hands of Douglass Sloane, heir to one of Chicago's wealthiest families. Fearing the loss of her reputation, Eloisa has confided in only one friend. That is, until she meets Detective Sean Ryan at a high-society ball. Sean is on the outskirts of the wealthy Chicago lifestyle. Born into a poor Irish family, becoming a policeman was his best opportunity to ensure his future security. Despite society's restrictions, he is enamoured with Eloisa Carstairs. Sean seethes inside at what he knows happened to her, and he will do anything to keep her safe--even if he can never earn her affections. Eloisa longs to feel normal again in the midst of the danger surrounding the Chicago World's Fair, but a killer is on the loose. In the last month, three debutants have been accosted in the city by an assailant wielding a stiletto. As the danger in the city increases, and as Eloisa and Sean's romance blossoms, they both realize they want to be seen as more than how the world views them. But will they catch the killer before all their hopes come tumbling down?
Whispers in the reading room: a Chicago World's Fair mystery, Shelley Gray.
Lydia's job at the library is her world-until a mysterious patron catches her eye ... and perhaps her heart. Just months after the closure of the Chicago World's Fair, librarian Lydia Bancroft finds herself fascinated by a mysterious dark-haired and dark-eyed patron. He has never given her his name; he actually never speaks to a single person. All she knows about him is that he loves books as much as she does. Only when he rescues her in the lobby of the Hartman Hotel does she discover that his name is Sebastian Marks. She also discovers that he lives at the top of the prestigious hotel and that most everyone in Chicago is intrigued by him. Lydia and Sebastian form a fragile friendship, but when she discovers that Mr. Marks isn't merely a very wealthy gentleman but also the proprietor of an infamous saloon and gambling club, she is shocked. Lydia insists on visiting the club one fateful night and is suddenly a suspect in a murder. She must determine who she can trust, who is innocent, and if Sebastian-the man so many people fear-is actually everything her heart believes him to be.
The last Tudor, Philippa Gregory.
Elizabeth's royal cousin Jane Grey is faced with the choice of death or denying her faith after being forced on to the throne of England. It is left to Elizabeth to measure the threat posed to her by the remaining Grey girls - the famous beauty Katherine Grey and her sister, a little person, Mary. Alternately befriended and snubbed, the two girls thrive as the queen's companions, learning to judge her moods and avoid her temper tantrums. But they each have a secret: Katherine is in love with an heir to the great family Seymour, and Mary with the queen's sergeant porter. They come to realise that Elizabeth will never allow either of them to marry for fear of a Tudor heir to the throne. Their martyred sister's advice is clear. 'Learn you to die', Jane wrote in her famous letter to Katherine. But Jane's tragic story and her fatal choice is only the beginning for her two beloved sisters.
The magician king, Lev Grossman.
Quentin and his friends are now the kings and queens of Fillory, but the days and nights of royal luxury are starting to pall. After a morning hunt takes a sinister turn, Quentin and his old friend Julia charter a magical sailing ship and set out on an errand to the wild outer reaches of their kingdom. Their pleasure cruise becomes an adventure when the two are unceremoniously dumped back into the last place Quentin ever wants to see: his parent's house in Chesterton, Massachusetts. And only the black, twisted magic that Julia learned on the streets can save them.
The magicians, Lev Grossman.
When Quentin Coldwater turns up for his entrance interview to Princeton he finds his interviewer dead - but a strange envelope bearing his name leads him down a very different path to any he'd ever imagined. The envelope, and the mysterious manuscript it contains, leads to a secret world of obsession and privilege, a world of freedom and power and, for a while, it's a world that seems to answer all Quentin's desires. But the idyll cannot last - and when it's finally shattered, Quentin is drawn into something darker and far more dangerous than anything he could ever have expected .
The magician's land: a novel, Lev Grossman.
Quentin Coldwater has been cast out of Fillory, the secret magical land of his childhood dreams. With nothing left to lose he returns to where his story began, the Brakebills Preparatory College of Magic. But he can't hide from his past, and it's not long before it comes looking for him. Along with Plum, a brilliant young undergraduate with a dark secret of her own, Quentin sets out on a crooked path through a magical demimonde of gray magic and desperate characters. But all roads lead back to Fillory, and his new life takes him to old haunts, like Antarctica, and to buried secrets and old friends he thought were lost forever. He uncovers the key to a sorcery masterwork, a spell that could create magical utopia, a new Fillory but casting it will set in motion a chain of events that will bring Earth and Fillory crashing together. To save them he will have to risk sacrificing everything.
Driving home for Christmas, Emma Hannigan.
Christmas at Huntersbrook House is a family tradition - log fires, long walks through the snowy fields and evenings spent in the local pub. And this year the grown-up Craig children are looking forward to it more than ever. Pippa to escape her partying lifestyle and mounting debts; Joey to take a break from his girlfriend who seems intent on coming between him and his family; and Lainey to forget about her controlling ex and his recent engagement. But with the family livery yard in financial trouble, this Christmas could be the Craig family's last at Huntersbrook as they face the prospect of selling the ancestral house .
A bone to pick, Charlaine Harris.
Death comes calling on a small-town librarian whose life is passing her by. Aurora "Roe" Teagarden's fortunes change when a deceased acquaintance names her as heir to a rather substantial estate, including money, jewellery, and a house complete with a skull hidden in a window seat. Roe concludes that the elderly women has purposely left her a murder to solve. So she must identify the victim and figure out which one of her new, ordinary-seeming neighbours is a murderer - without putting herself in deadly danger.
Bad company, Jack Higgins.
Wartime secrets threaten to topple a President - in heart-stopping adventure from the incomparable Jack Higgins. In the waning days of World War II, Hitler entrusted his diary to a young aide, Baron Max von Berger. Over the years, von Berger has used his inheritance to become one of the richest men in the world, developing a secret alliance with the Rashid family - long-time foes of Major Ferguson of British Intelligence, his undercover enforcer, Sean Dillon and their American colleague Blake Johnson. Now the ultimate confrontation is drawing near. The diary and its explosive revelations of a secret wartime meeting between emissaries of Hitler and Roosevelt will destroy the US President Jake Cazalet...unless Dillon can find it first.
A question of identity, Susan Hill.
One snowy night in the cathedral city of Lafferton, an old woman is dragged from her bed and strangled with a length of flex. DCS Simon Serrailler and his team search desperately for clues to her murderer. All they know is that the killer will strike again, and will once more leave the same tell-tale signature. Then they track down a name: Alan Keyes. But Alan Keyes has no birth certificate, no address, no job, no family, no passport, no dental records. Nothing. Their killer does not exist.
The shadows in the street, Susan Hill.
Simon Serrailler is on sabbatical on a Scottish island, recovering from an exhausting murder investigation, when he is urgently summoned back to Lafferton. Two local prostitutes have been found strangled. By the time Serrailer has reached the town, another girl has vanished. Is this a vendetta against prostitutes by someone with a warped mind? Or a series of killings by an angry punter? Then the wife of the new Dean at the Cathedral goes missing - has the killer widened their net or is there more than one murderer at large?
The soul of discretion, Susan Hill.
The cathedral town of Lafferton seems idyllic, but in many ways it is just like any other place. As part of the same rapidly changing world, it shares the same hopes and fears, and the same kinds of crime, as any number of towns up and down the land. When one day DC Simon Serrailler is called in by Lafferton's new Chief Constable, Kieron Bright, he is met by four plainclothes officers. He is asked to take the lead role in a complex, potentially dangerous undercover operation and must leave town immediately, without telling anyone - not even his girlfriend Rachel, who has only just moved in with him. Meanwhile, Simon's sister Cat is facing difficult choices at work that will test her dedication to the NHS. But an urgent call about her and Simon's father, Richard, soon presents her with a far greater challenge much closer to home. To complete his special op, Simon must inhabit the mind of the worst kind of criminal. As the op unfolds, Lafferton is dragged into the sort of case every town dreads. And Simon faces the fight of his life.
The various haunts of men, Susan Hill.
A woman vanishes in the fog up on "the Hill", an area locally known for its tranquillity and peace. The police are not alarmed; people usually disappear for their own reasons. But when a young girl, an old man, and even a dog disappear, no one can deny that something untoward is happening in this quiet cathedral town. Young policewoman Freya Graffham is assigned to the case; she's new to the job, compassionate, inquisitive, dedicated, and needs to know, perhaps, too much. She and the enigmatic detective Chief Inspector Simon Serrailler have the task of unravelling the mystery behind this gruesome sequence of events. From the passages revealing the killer's mind to the final heart-stopping twist, The Various Haunts of Men is an astounding and masterly crime debut and is the first in what promises to be a magnificent series featuring Simon Serrailler.
The vows of silence, Susan Hill.
In the peaceful cathedral city of Lafferton, a gunman is terrorising young women. What - if anything - links the attacks? Is the marksman with a rifle the same person as the killer with a handgun or do the police have two snipers on their hands? Detective Chief Superintendent Simon Serrailler is in charge of the case, but he is also struggling to deal with a tragedy at the heart of his own family. Two forthcoming events - a local fair and the high-profile cathedral wedding of the Lord Lieutenant's daughter - only add to the pressure.
Sister Eve and the blue nun, Lynne Hinton.
After a murder at the monastery, Sister Eve may need a miracle if she is to prove a dear friend isn't a cold-blooded killer. Sister Eve, a motorcycle-riding nun with a natural (or is it supernatural') gift for solving murders, returns to the enclave she once called home and quickly finds herself confronting yet another mysterious death. Someone has poisoned Dr. Kelly Middlesworth– a researcher on the life and ministry of the seventeenth-century's revered "Blue Nun"--And a set of irreplaceable historic documents have disappeared before they could even be examined. When all evidence points to the victim's brother, Sister Eve sets out to expose the real killer and learn the explosive truth contained in the missing manuscripts. Chasing a killer is dangerous work, and as her two worlds collide, Sister Eve may need some heavenly help simply to survive.
Cruel beauty, Rosamund Hodge.
The romance of Beauty and the Beast meets the adventure of Graceling in a dazzling fantasy novel about our deepest desires and their power to change our destiny. Betrothed to the evil ruler of her kingdom, Nyx has always known her fate was to marry him, kill him, and free her people from his tyranny. But on her seventeenth birthday, when she moves into his castle high on the kingdom's mountaintop, nothing is as she expected particularly her charming and beguiling new husband. Nyx knows she must save her homeland at all costs, yet she can't resist the pull of her sworn enemy who's gotten in her way by stealing her heart. For fans of bestselling authors Kristin Cashore and Alex Flinn, this gorgeously written debut infuses the classic fairy tale with glittering magic, a feisty heroine, and a romance sure to take your breath away.
Morningstar: growing up with books, Ann Hood.
In her admired works of fiction, including the recent The Book that Matters Most, Ann Hood explores the transformative power of literature. Now, with warmth and honesty, Hood reveals the personal story behind these works of fiction. Growing up in a mill town in Rhode Island, in a household that didn't foster the love of literature, Hood nonetheless learned to channel her imagination and curiosity by devouring The Bell Jar, Marjorie Morningstar, The Harrad Experiment, and other works. These titles introduced her to topics that could not be discussed at home: desire, fear, sexuality, and madness. Later, Johnny Got His Gun and The Grapes of Wrath influenced her political thinking as the Vietnam War became news; Dr. Zhivago and Les Miserables stoked her ambition to travel the world. With characteristic insight and charm, Hood showcases the ways in which books gave her life and can transform-even save-our own.
Groosham grange, Anthony Horowitz.
Thirteen-year-old David Eliot was a disappointment to his parents. But to be sent to Groosham Grange? Hidden away on a lonely island, Groosham Grange is a school that is unknown to the outside world. Pupils are forced to sign their names in blood. An English teacher is held together entirely with bandages. A soccer ball is made of ... well, you'd rather not know. What is the chilling secret hidden behind the headmaster's door? And why are students disappearing in the middle of the night? Suddenly, David has a lot more to worry about than pleasing his parents - like survival!
Darien, C.F. Iggulden.
The city of Darien stands at the weary end of a golden age. Twelve families keep order with soldiers and artefacts, spies and memories, clinging to a peace that shifts and crumbles. The people of the city endure what they cannot change. Here, amongst old feuds, a plot is hatched to kill a king. It will summon strangers to the city - Elias Post, a hunter, Tellius, an old swordsman banished from his home, Arthur, a boy who cannot speak, Daw Threefold, a chancer and gambler, Vic Deeds, who feels no guilt - and Nancy, a girl whose talent might be the undoing of them all. As the sun sets, their arrival inside the walls will spark a series of explosive events. Before the sun returns, six destinies will have been made - and lost - in Darien. Welcome to the Empire of Salt, where sword and sorcery is at its finest .
The mage, Inbali Iserles.
The final book in a thrilling fantasy trilogy starring one of the animal kingdom's most hunted heroes. Foxcraft is full of excitement and heart, and a touch of magic. Isla's journey to rescue her brother comes to an end in this rich and gripping conclusion to the Foxcraft trilogy. The young fox travels to the frigid Snowlands to seek help among the wolves, and discovers the most well-kept secrets of her kind.
Give work: reversing poverty one job at a time, Leila Janah.
Despite trillions of dollars in Western aid, 2.8 billion people worldwide still struggle to survive every day. We need a better solution. Founder and CEO of Samasource Leila Janah shows that poverty is a problem we can solve--not just hope to alleviate--by giving work. When asked if they'd rather receive aid or work, the world's poorest people will always choose work. But the world's richest countries continue to send aid, targeting the symptoms, not the causes of poverty. Western countries have the best intentions, but charity-based aid often does more harm than good, and billions of people continue to suffer. According to Leila Janah, giving dignified, steady, fair-wage work is the most effective way to eradicate poverty. Samasource, a non-profit she founded with the express purpose of outsourcing work from the tech industry to the bottom billions, has provided over $10 million in direct income to tens of thousands of people the world had written off, changing the trajectory of their lives for the better. Janah and her team go into the world's poorest communities--from the refugee camps of Kenya to rural Arkansas to the blighted neighbourhoods of California--and train people to do digital work for companies like Google, Walmart, and Microsoft. She is making a real difference, breaking the cycle of poverty at its source. Picking up where Dambisa Moyo's Dead Aid leaves off, Give Work debunks traditional and cutting-edge aid models and offers much needed solutions. From a school for the blind in Ghana to the World Bank, Janah has tested various Give Work business models in all corners of the world. She shares the poignant stories of many who have benefited from Samasource's work and offers us a blueprint to change the world for good. We can end extreme poverty. And in Give Work, Janah shows us how. Give work, and you give the poorest people on the planet a chance at happiness. Give work, and you give people the freedom to choose how to develop their own communities. Give work, and you create infinite possibilities.
Cruel intent, J.A. Jance.
When her contractor's unfaithful wife is brutally murdered, former TV anchor-woman Ali Reynolds sets out to prove the husband's innocence in spite of scepticism on the part of Ali's detective boyfriend, a situation that strains their relationship and catches the attention of the real killer.
Damage control, J.A. Jance.
Cochise County sheriff Joanna Brady investigates the death of handicapped woman who had wandered away from a care facility with a suspicious track record and the deaths of an elderly couple who were presumably consenting partners in a suicide pact.
Fire and ice, J.A. Jance.
Seattle investigator J.P. Beaumont is working a series of murders in which six young women have been wrapped in tarps, doused with gasoline, and set on fire. Their charred remains have been creating a grisly pattern of death across western Washington. At the same time, in the Arizona desert, Cochise County sheriff Joanna Brady is looking into a homicide in which the elderly caretaker of an ATV park was run over and left to die. Was he a victim of some kind of turf warfare--or possibly something more sinister? Then a breakthrough in Beaumont's case leads him into Brady's jurisdiction. When the two met on a joint investigation years earlier, sparks flew. But here, as the threads of their cases wind together, Beaumont and Brady must put aside echoes of their shared past as they are once again drawn into an orbit of deception. Except this time it's not just their own lives that are in danger but those of the people closest to them as well.
No honor among thieves, J.A. Jance.
A semi's gone over the embankment". The call wakes Sheriff Joanna Brady in the middle of the night, but what brings her fully alert is the rest of the story. The driver didn't drift off to sleep and cross the center line--he was shot, multiple times, by someone with serious firepower. And when the truck crashed through the guardrail, its payload wound up scattered all over the road--boxes upon boxes of Legos. Legos that are being tracked by B. Simpson's security firm to reduce black market sales--and Ali Reynolds is just the woman to get to the bottom of the crime. She has the tech and the intel to follow the money (or, in this case, the Legos), which makes her a valuable asset to Joanna's team. Soon these two strong women realize that they're not just sharing a case, they're kindred spirits--which is paramount, because the killer they're up against is anything but child's play.
The old blue line: a Joanna Brady novella, J.A. Jance.
Butch Dixon has been taken for a ride ... Not a jump in the car, see the sights kind of ride. He's been taken for everything he has. He's lost his house, his restaurant business, his savings, his car, his best friend, his faith all to his conniving ex-wife. But that was seven years ago. He picked himself up, left Chicago, and started over in Peoria, Arizona, running the Roundhouse Bar and Grill. He doesn't look back on those bad years; there's no point. Not until two curious cops show up at the Roundhouse. Faith, Butch's ex-wife, has been murdered, and the evidence points to him. Stunned, Butch quickly realizes that the black-hearted woman is going to ruin him again, from her grave. Lucky for Butch, the Old Blue Line, a group of retired--but still sharp and tenacious--former legal and law enforcement coots, have taken it upon themselves, as a favour, to make sure he doesn't cross that thin line. After the dust settles, Butch's life is again upended--when a little red-haired ball of fire, Sheriff Joanna Brady, takes a seat at his bar.
Partner in crime, J.A. Jance.
Rochelle Baxter was an artist recently arrived from Washington State, cruelly cut down in the early stages of a promising career. Now all that remains of her lies on a cold slab in the Cochise County morgue, and Sheriff Joanna Brady knows that murder has once again infected her small desert community. But there is more to this homicide than initially meets the eye, the victim died while under government protection. Instructed to swallow her indignation, Joanna awaits the arrival of the newest member of the state's special homicide investigation team, a man named J.P. Beaumont. Sheriff Brady resents his intrusion and cannot help but make her feelings known. But the road they are forced to travel together takes some unexpected turns, running them headfirst into the impenetrable stone walls of a conspiracy of silence. Brady and Beaumont's hunt is disturbing a very deadly nest of rattlers, and suddenly trust is the only option they have.
Random acts: a Joanna Brady and Ali Reynolds novella, J.A. Jance.
Sheriff Joanna Brady has a lot on her plate--she is up for re-election as sheriff, pregnant with her third child, and her eldest is packing up to leave for college. Then Joanna is woken in the middle of the night by a call reporting a motor vehicle accident. Her mother and stepfather's RV ran off the road at high speed and hit the pillar of an overpass. Something about the accident seems suspicious, though, and when Joanna gets a call from Ali Reynolds, a journalist turned investigator, she accepts her offer to help. They come up with a plan to find out who was responsible ... even if that person is not the villain they'd expected.
Remains of innocence, J.A. Jance.
While investigating two separate cases, Sheriff Joanna Brady must discover if the death of a family friend whose body was found in a limestone cavern is linked to the discovery of a fortune in $100 bills hidden in the house of a hoarder.
Trial by fire, J.A. Jance.
In the heat of the Arizona desert, a raging fire pushes temperatures to a deadly degree, and one woman is left to burn. Pulled naked and barely breathing from the fire, the victim has no idea who she is, let alone who would do this to her– or why. In her hospital bed she drifts in and out of consciousness, her only means of communicating a blink of the eye. And then an angel appears. Misguidedly known around town as the "Angel of Death," Sister Anselm has devoted her life to working as an advocate for unidentified patients. To her burn patient, she is a saviour. But to this Jane Doe's would-be killer, Sister Anselm's efforts pose a serious threat. Ali Reynolds is on the scene as the new media relations consultant for the Yavapai County Police Department, keeping reporters at bay and circumventing questions about arson and a link to a domestic terrorist group called Earth Liberation Front. But her job quickly becomes much more. As Ali struggles to help Sister Anselm uncover the helpless woman's identity, they realize that by locating the missing relatives they may be exposing the victim once more to a remorseless killer determined to finish the job. Faced with the possibility of putting all three of their lives in jeopardy, Ali fearlessly pursues justice– and what she discovers is a secret even darker and more twisted than she ever could have imagined.
The dawn watch: Joseph Conrad in a global world, Maya Jasanoff.
A visionary exploration of the life and times of Joseph Conrad, his turbulent age of globalization and our own, from one of the most exciting young historians writing today. 'Enlightening, compassionate, superb' John le Carré Migration, terrorism, the tensions between global capitalism and nationalism, the promise and peril of a technological and communications revolution: these forces shaped the life and work of Joseph Conrad at the dawn of the twentieth century. In this brilliant new interpretation of one of the great voices in modern literature, Maya Jasanoff reveals Conrad as a prophet of globalization as we recognize it today. As an immigrant from Poland to England, and in travels from Malaysia to the Congo to the Caribbean, Conrad navigated an interconnected world, and captured it in a literary oeuvre of extraordinary depth. His life story delivers a history of globalization from the inside out, and reflects powerfully on the aspirations and challenges of the modern world. Joseph Conrad was born Jozef Teodor Konrad Korzeniowski in 1857, to Polish parents in the Russian Empire. At sixteen he left the landlocked heart of Europe to become a sailor, and for the next twenty years travelled the world's oceans before settling permanently in London as an author. He saw the surging, competitive 'new imperialism' that planted a flag in almost every populated part of the globe. He got a close look, too, at the places 'beyond the end of telegraph cables and mail-boat lines,' and the hypocrisy of the west's most cherished ideals. In a compelling blend of history, biography and travelogue, Maya Jasanoff follows Conrad's routes and the stories of his four greatest works: The Secret Agent, Lord Jim, Heart of Darkness, and Nostromo. Genre-bending, intellectually thrilling and deeply humane, The Dawn Watch embarks on a spellbinding expedition into the dark heart of Conrad's world - and through it to our own.
Rascal in trouble, Paul Jennings.
In Ben's world, dragons exist like dogs and fulfil all the doggy functions with dragon overlays, like having two heads, or being able to fly. The dragons all correspond to various breeds of dog.
Rascal's trick, Paul Jennings.
'You must scare Big Bad Cat,' says Ben. Rascal is such a small dragon. Can he do it? In Ben's world, dragons exist like dogs and fulfil all the doggy functions with dragon overlays like having two heads or being able to fly. The dragons all correspond to various breeds of dog.
Rascal the dragon. Collection 2, Paul Jennings.
Four great Rascal stories in one audio book. These endearing characters and funny stories, from bestselling author Paul Jennings, will amuse and delight children and their parents. Great for boosting the confidence and interest of beginner readers when used in conjunction with the print edition. Includes: Rascal and the Hot Air Balloon - 'You must not chase planes,' says Ben. Rascal wants to fly. Will he do what he's told? Rascal at the Show - 'Poor Rascal,' says Ben. 'His tail is itchy.' Rascal has fleas. How can he win Best in Show? Rascal and Little Flora ' 'You must do something nice for Little Flora,' says Ben. Rascal is in love with a little dragon. Can he win her heart? Rascal and the Cheese - 'Dad,' says Ben.'The cheese has gone.' Rascal has something in his mouth. Is he a thief?
The path of daggers, Robert Jordan.
In the eighth instalment of the Wheel of Time series, the heroes of this epic tale continue to battle with the Seanchan, while going up against a new foe. Will good prevail over evil this time?
Towers of midnight, Robert Jordan & Brandon Sanderson.
Perrin Aybara must elude his long-time enemy, the Whitecloaks, while simultaneously battling a new foe who has yet to reveal himself. Elsewhere, Matrim Cauthon must once again confront the stone gateway keepers, the Aelfinn and the Eelfinn.
Silence: in the age of noise, Erling Kagge.
Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Silence by Erling Kagge, read by Atli Gunnarsson. Behind a cacophony of traffic noise, iPhone alerts and our ever-spinning thoughts, an elusive notion - silence - lies in wait. But what really is silence? Where can it be found? And why is it more important now than ever? Erling Kagge, the Norwegian adventurer and polymath, once spent fifty days walking solo in Antarctica with a broken radio. In this meditative, charming and surprisingly powerful book, he explores the power of silence and the importance of shutting out the world. Whether you're in deep wilderness, taking a shower or on the dance floor, you can experience perfect stillness if you know where to look. And from it grows self-knowledge, gratitude, wonder and much more. Take a deep breath, and prepare to submerge yourself in Silence. Your own South Pole is out there, somewhere.
Thinking, fast and slow, Daniel Kahneman.
Kahneman's work has transformed cognitive psychology and launched the new fields of behavioural economics and happiness studies. In this book, he takes us on a tour of the mind and explains the two systems that drive the way we think and the way we make choices.
Immunity to change: how to overcome it and unlock the potential in yourself and your organization, Robert Kegan and Lisa Laskow Lahey.
A recent study showed that when doctors tell heart patients they will die if they don't change their habits, only one in seven will be able to follow through successfully. Desire and motivation aren't enough: even when it's literally a matter of life or death, the ability to change remains maddeningly elusive. Given that the status quo is so potent, how can we change ourselves and our organizations' In Immunity to Change, authors Robert Kegan and Lisa Laskow Lahey show how our individual beliefs - along with the collective mind-sets in our organizations - combine to create a natural but powerful immunity to change. By revealing how this mechanism holds us back, Kegan and Lahey give us the keys to unlock our potential and finally move forward. And by pinpointing and uprooting our own immunities to change, we can bring our organizations forward with us. This persuasive and practical book, filled with hands-on diagnostics and compelling case studies, delivers the tools you need to overcome the forces of inertia and transform your life and your work.
Honestly Ben, Bill Konigsberg.
In this companion to Openly Straight, Ben confronts pressure at school, repression at home, and his passion for two very different people in figuring out what it takes to be Honestly Ben. Ben Carver is back to normal. He's working steadily in his classes at the Natick School. He just got elected captain of the baseball team. He's even won a full scholarship to college, if he can keep up his grades. All that foolishness with Rafe Goldberg the past semester is in the past. Except...There's Hannah, the gorgeous girl from the neighbouring school, who attracts him and distracts him. There's his mother, whose quiet unhappiness Ben is noticing for the first time. School is harder, the pressure higher, the scholarship almost slipping away. And there's Rafe, funny, kind, dating someone else...and maybe the real normal that Ben needs.
God of vengeance, Giles Kristian.
Norway 785 AD. It began with the betrayal of a lord by a king ... King Gorm puts Jarl Harald's family to the sword, but makes one fatal mistake - he fails to kill Harald's youngest son, Sigurd. His kin slain, his village seized and its people taken as slaves, Sigurd wonders if the gods have forsaken him. Hunted by powerful men, he is unsure who to trust and yet he has a small band of loyal followers at his side. With them - and with the help of the All-Father, Odin - he determines to make a king pay in blood for his treachery. Using cunning and war-craft, Sigurd gathers together a fellowship of warriors - including his father's right-hand man Olaf, Bram (who men call Bear), Black Floki who wields death with a blade, and the shield maiden Valgerd, who fears no man - and convinces them to follow him. For, whether Ódin is with him or not, Sigurd will have vengeance. And neither men nor gods had best stand in his way .
The crown: the inside history, Robert Lacey.
'The things which I have here before promised, I will perform and keep. So help me God.' Netflix's original series The Crown painted a unique and intimate portrait of Britain's longest-reigning monarch. This official companion to the show is an in-depth exploration of the early years of Elizabeth II's time as Queen (1947 - 1955), complete with extensive research. Princess Elizabeth never expected her father to die so suddenly, so young, leaving her not only a throne to fill, but a global institution to govern. Crowned at 25, already a wife and mother, follow the journey of a woman learning to become a queen. As the country lifted itself out of the shadow of war, the new Queen faced her own challenges. She had a mother and uncle to prove wrong, a relationship to save and a marriage that threatened her role as head of the Church. This is the story of how Elizabeth II drew on every ounce of strength and British reserve to deal with crises not only on the continent, but at home as well. Written by expert historical biographer Robert Lacey, The Crown provides an indepth exploration from behind the palace gates. Relive the majesty of the first series of the hit show.
Last of the breed, Louis L'Amour.
Here is the kind of authentically detailed epic novel that has become Louis L'Amour's hallmark. It is the compelling story of U.S. Air Force Major Joe Mack, a man born out of time. When his experimental aircraft is forced down in Russia and he escapes a Soviet prison camp, he must call upon the ancient skills of his Indian forebears to survive the vast Siberian wilderness. Only one route lies open to Mack: the path of his ancestors, overland to the Bering Strait and across the sea to America .
Don't wake up, Liz Lawler.
Alex Taylor wakes up tied to an operating table. The man who stands over her isn't a doctor. The choice he forces her to make is utterly unspeakable. But when Alex re-awakens, she's unharmed - and no one believes her horrifying story. Ostracised by her colleagues, her family and her partner, she begins to wonder if she really is losing her mind. And then she meets the next victim. So compulsive you can't stop listening. So chilling you won't stop talking about it.
Call for the dead, John le Carré.
George Smiley had liked the man and now the man was dead. Suicide. But why? An anonymous letter had alleged that Foreign Office man Samuel Fennan had been a member of the Communist Party as a student before the war. Nothing very unusual for his generation. Smiley had made it clear that the investigation, little more than a routine security check, was over and that the file on Fennan could be closed. Next day, Fennan was dead with a note by his body saying his career was finished and he couldn't go on. Smiley is baffled. Refusing to believe that Fennan shot himself soon after making a cup of cocoa and asking the exchange to telephone him in the morning, Smiley decides to investigate - only to uncover a murderous conspiracy with its roots in his own secret wartime past.
The Honourable schoolboy, John le Carré.
Featuring George Smiley, The Honourable Schoolboy is the second instalment in the renowned Karla Trilogy, the follow-up to the New York Times bestselling Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. George Smiley has become chief of the battered British Secret Service. The betrayals of a Soviet double agent have riddled the spy network. Smiley wants revenge. He chooses his weapon: Jerry Westerby, The Honourable Schoolboy, a passionate lover and a seasoned, reckless secret agent. Westerby is pointed east, to Hong Kong. So begins the terrifying game.
The Looking glass war, John le Carré.
It would have been an easy job for the Circus: a can of film couriered from Helsinki to London. In the past the Circus handled all things political, while the Department dealt with matters military. But the Department has been moribund since the War, its resources siphoned away. Now, one of their agents is dead, and vital evidence verifying the presence of Soviet missiles near the West German border is gone. John Avery is the Department's younger member and its last hope. Charged with handling Fred Leiser, a German-speaking Pole left over from the War, Avery must infiltrate the East and restore his masters' former glory. John le Carr'é's The Looking Glass War is a scorching portrayal of misplaced loyalties and innocence lost.
A murder of quality, John le Carré.
George Smiley is one of the most brilliantly realised characters in British fiction. Bespectacled, tubby, eternally middle-aged, and deceptively ordinary, he has a mind like a steel trap and is said to possess the cunning of Satan and the conscience of a virgin? Miss Ailsa Brimley is in a quandary. She's received a peculiar letter from Mrs Stella Rode, saying that she fears her husband - an assistant master at Carne School - is trying to kill her. Reluctant to go to the police, Miss Brimley calls upon her old wartime colleague, George Smiley. Unfortunately, it's too late. Mrs Rode has just been murdered. As Smiley takes up the investigation, he realises that in life - as in espionage - nothing is quite what it appears. His investigation raises a multitude of questions. Who could have hated Stella Rode enough to kill her? Why was her dog put down shortly before the murder? And what did Mad Janie see on that fatal night? To discover the truth, Smiley must lift the lid on a world of hidden passions and dangerous hatreds .
The secret pilgrim, John le Carré.
The Berlin Wall is toppled, the Iron Curtain swept aside. The Secret Pilgrim is Ned, a decent, loyal soldier of the Cold War, who has been in British Intelligence all his adult life. Now, at the end of his career, he is forced to revisit his secret years. Ned illuminates the brave past of his hero and mentor George Smiley who, in one unforgettable evening, gives back to him the dangerous edge of memory to frame the questions that have haunted him for thirty years.
The spy who came in from the cold, John le Carré.
In the shadow of the newly erected Berlin Wall, Alec Leamas watches as his last agent is shot dead by East German sentries. For Leamas, the head of Berlin Station, the Cold War is over. As he faces the prospect of retirement or worse - a desk job - Control offers him a unique opportunity for revenge. Assuming the guise of an embittered and dissolute ex-agent, Leamas is set up to trap Mundt, the deputy director of the East German Intelligence Service - with himself as the bait. In the background is George Smiley, ready to make the game play out just as Control wants.
Tinker tailor soldier spy, John le Carré.
The man he knew as "Control" is dead, and the young Turks who forced him out now run the Circus. But George Smiley isn't quite ready for retirement - especially when a pretty, would-be defector surfaces with a shocking accusation: a Soviet mole has penetrated the highest level of British Intelligence. Relying only on his wits and a small, loyal cadre, Smiley recognises the hand of Karla - his Moscow Centre nemesis - and sets a trap to catch the traitor. Now a successful movie released by Working Title, directed by Thomas Alfredson and starring Gary Oldman as George Smiley.
The polygamist's daughter: a memoir, Anna LeBaron, with Leslie Wilson.
"My father had more than fifty children." So begins the haunting memoir of Anna LeBaron, daughter of the notorious polygamist and murderer Ervil LeBaron. With her father wanted by the FBI for killing anyone who tried to leave his cult--a radical branch of Mormonism--Anna and her siblings were constantly on the run with the other sister-wives. Often starving and always desperate, the children lived in terror. Even though there were dozens of them together, Anna always felt alone. She escaped when she was thirteen--but the nightmare was far from over. A shocking true story of murder, fear, and betrayal, The Polygamist's Daughter is also the heart-cry of a fatherless girl and her search for love, faith, and a safe place to call home.
The disastrous magical wishes of Classroom 13, by Honest Lee & Matthew J. Gilbert.
For fans of Captain Underpants or Sideways Stories from Wayside School, this new chapter book series is perfect for reluctant readers. When unlucky teacher Ms. Linda LaCrosse finds a magic lamp, she releases a genie--um, I mean, a Djinn--who agrees to grant each of her students ONE WISH! You might think this was fantastic, but it was not. It was a frightful idea! With magic wishes come hungry dinosaurs, stinky pizza, photographing paparazzi, and other huge mistakes. As the students of Classroom 13 are about to learn, you should be careful what you wish for. What would YOU do with one magic wish? The final chapter of each book encourages young readers to write their OWN chapter and send it in to the author, Honest Lee! The Disastrous Magical Wishes of Classroom 13 is the second title in a new chapter book series of hilarious stories about a very unlucky classroom. Each story is full of humour, action, and fun that will prompt hours of conversation among friends, families, and classrooms.2017 by Hachette Book Group, Inc.
The fantastic and terrible fame of Classroom 13, by Honest Lee & Matthew J. Gilbert.
When famous agent Lucy LaRoux drops by Classroom 13, she makes an offer no one can refuse--she makes all of the students famous. You might think this was sweet, but it was not. It was selfish. (Lucy wants their money.) With great fame comes frightening stage fright, broken bones, rotten reality television, and other awful accidents. As the students of Classroom 13 are about to learn, being famous (or infamous) isn't always fun. What do you want to be famous for? The final chapter of each book encourages young readers to write their own chapter and send it in to the author, Honest Lee.
The unlucky lottery winners of Classroom 13, by Honest Lee & Matthew J. Gilbert.
When unlucky teacher Ms. Linda LaCrosse wins the lottery, she shares her winnings with her class--giving each student over a BILLION DOLLARS! You might think this was nice, but it was not. It was a nasty idea! With great money comes horrible allergies, steep taxes, exploding volcanoes, and other problems. As the students of Classroom 13 are about to learn, winning the lottery is not always lucky. What would YOU do if you won the lottery? The final chapter encourages young readers to write their OWN chapter and send it in to the author, Honest Lee. The Unlucky Lottery Winners of Classroom 13 is the first in a new chapter book series of hilarious stories about a rather unlucky classroom. Each story is full of humour, action, and fun, and will prompt hours of conversation among friends, families, and classrooms. 2017 by Hachette Book Group, Inc.
Earthly remains, Donna Leon.
During the interrogation of an entitled, arrogant man suspected of giving drugs to a young girl who then died, Commissario Guido Brunetti acts rashly, doing something he will quickly come to regret. In the aftermath, he begins to doubt his career choices and realises that he needs a break from the stifling problems of his work. Granted leave from the Questura, Brunetti is shipped off by his wife, Paola, to a villa owned by a wealthy relative on Sant Erasmo, one of the largest islands in the Venetian laguna. There he intends to pass his days rowing, and his nights reading Pliny's Natural History. The recuperative stay goes according to plan and Brunetti is finally able to relax, until Davide Casati, the caretaker of the house, goes missing following a sudden storm. Nobody can find him - not his daughter, not his friends, and not the woman he'd been secretly visiting. Now, Brunetti feels compelled to investigate, to set aside his holiday and discover what happened to the man who had recently become his friend. In Earthly Remains, Donna Leon shows Venice through an insider's eyes. From family meals and vaporetti rides to the never-ending influx of tourists and suffocating political corruption, the details and rhythms of everyday Venetian life are at the core of this thrilling novel, and of the terrible crime at its heart.
Storm force from Navarone, Sam Llewellyn.
The surviving commandos are sent on a perilous journey through the Pyrenees to disable the greatest threat to the impending D-Day landings: the 'Werwolf' U-boats. But their Basque guides declare it mission impossible - D-Day is less than six days away.
The great caravan catastrophe, Mark Lowery.
Incredibly, unbelievably, Roman's cousin is marrying the cousin of Rosie Taylor (AKA The Worst Person Who Ever Lived). Roman can't believe this (as Rosie says: 'How can we be in the same family, we're barely in the same species'). Rosie's parents decide they should go along together and 'make a weekend of it'. Roman's plus one is his best friend Gamble (probably the naughtiest kid in Europe) - and it's the beginning of another big, messy, catastrophic and uproarious adventure for Roman - with Winnebagos, illegal thrash metal festivals and campsite beauty contests all thrown into the mix .
Euuugh! eyeball stew!, Alan MacDonald.
When Iggy finds a girl lost in the jungle, he instantly knows she is from the Henna tribe. The Henna tribe all have fiery red hair and like to cover themselves in mud. The girl is wearing some rare and precious firestones, which mesmerise the Urks, especially Borg, who devises a new and devious plot to become Chief Urk. Iggy decides he must embark on the long, dangerous journey to return the Henna girl safely to her tribe in the Cloud Mountains. But when he gets there, the welcome is not exactly what he imagined. Luckily he has an excellent and cunning plan! Err .
The not-quite states of America: dispatches from the territories and other far-flung outposts of the USA, by Doug Mack.
An entertaining and eye-opening journey to the most overlooked parts of America.
Force Ten from Navarone, Alistair MacLean.
The thrilling sequel to Alistair MacLean's masterpiece of World War II adventure, The Guns of Navarone. The guns of Navarone have been silenced, but the heroic survivors have no time to rest on their laurels. Almost before the last echoes of the famous guns have died away, Keith Mallory, Andrea and Dusty Miller are parachuting into war-torn Yugoslavia to rescue a division of Partisans ... and to fulfil a secret mission, so deadly that it must be hidden from their own allies.
Crucifixion Creek, Barry Maitland.
Homicide detective Harry Belltree wouldn't usually be looking too hard at an elderly couple's suicide pact. Especially now, when his brother-in-law Greg has just been stabbed to death. But it seems Greg and the old couple had ties to the same man, a bent moneylender with friends in high places - and low. Harry can't get officially involved in Greg's murder, but he suspects a link with two other mysterious deaths: his parents'. And when he goes off-grid to investigate, that's when things start to get dangerous.
Saving Grace, Fiona McCallum.
When Emily Oliphant married John Stratten, she thought it was the beginning of an exciting new adventure - standing shoulder-to-shoulder with the most eligible farmer in the district and pitching in to build a thriving agricultural business. Three years later, however, Emily sees her marriage for what it is - a loveless tie to a callous man. When John's cruelty reaches new heights, Emily is forced to move out, braving both her husband's wrath and her mother's glaring disapproval. With the encouragement of her new friend Barbara, Emily moves into an abandoned property and takes on the mammoth task of turning the unloved house into a home. In the process she discovers a new business venture, meets new friends and finds an inner strength she never knew she had. Emily's newfound confidence is soon tested, though, when the owners of the property make her a tempting offer. Will she risk everything and invest in the ramshackle house that has finally given her a sense of purpose? Or will Emily listen to the views of the community - and the voice of her mother - and go back to continue on the road more travelled?
Time will tell, Fiona McCallum.
Emily Oliphant has made some drastic changes in her life. She's ditched her abusive husband and embarked on her own adventure, renovating a dilapidated property and starting up her own business. Against all odds, she's found a sense of place and purpose, but is still too scarred by her past to form any romantic attachments, regardless of who's vying for her attention. Now she's received an offer from the elderly owners of her beloved rented home to buy the property, land and all. Hopeful and tentative, Emily feels she is taking a step in the right direction, although is unsure how she will raise the money. Except Emily holds a button jar - a gift from her recently deceased Granny Mayfair - which, unbeknownst to her, could contain the solution to all her problems ... But just when Emily thought things were beginning to go her way, everything takes a turn. Soon, she's involved in a romance she thought she had no time for and dealing with the shock of two unexpected deaths, forcing her to make some difficult decisions. With her finances, her property, her friendships and her budding relationship now hanging in limbo, Emily is once again drawing on her inner strength to overcome a new set of challenges.
Enigma tales, Una McCormack.
From the New York Times bestselling author of The Fall: The Crimson Shadow comes a compelling and suspenseful tale of politics and power set in the universe of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Elim Garak has ascended to Castellan of the Cardassian Union...but despite his soaring popularity, the imminent publication of a report exposing his people's war crimes during the occupation on Bajor looks likely to set the military against him. Into this tense situation come Dr. Katherine Pulaski--visiting Cardassia Prime to accept an award on behalf of the team that solved the Andorian genetic crisis--and Dr. Peter Alden, formerly of Starfleet Intelligence. The two soon find themselves at odds with Garak and embroiled in the politics of the prestigious University of the Union, where a new head is about to be appointed. Among the front-runners is one of Cardassia's most respected public figures: Professor Natima Lang. But the discovery of a hidden archive from the last years before the Dominion War could destroy Lang's reputation. As Pulaski and Alden become drawn into a deadly game to exonerate Lang, their confrontation escalates with Castellan Garak--a conflicted leader treading a fine line between the bright hopes for Cardassia's future and the dark secrets still buried in its past.
The tea gardens, Fiona McIntosh.
Spirited Doctor Isla Fenwick is determined to work at the coalface of medicine in India before committing to life as a dutiful wife. With hopes of making a difference in the world, she sails to Calcutta to set up a midwifery clinic. There she will be forced to question her beliefs, her professionalism and her romantic loyalties. On a desperate rescue mission to save the one person who needs her the most, she travels into the foothills of the Himalayas to a tea plantation outside Darjeeling. At the roof of the world, where heaven and earth collide, Isla will be asked to pay the ultimate price for her passions. From England's seaside town of Brighton to India's slums of Calcutta and the breath-taking Himalayan mountains, this is a wildly exciting novel of heroism, heartache and healing, by the bestselling author of The Chocolate Tin.
Island of fire, Lisa McMann.
The magical world of Artime is gone. The Unwanteds have no food, no water, and no hope. And everyone is looking to Alex Stowe for answers. Overwhelmed and feeling totally helpless, Alex knows it's up to him to find a way to restore Artime, rescue his captive friends, and free Megan from her voice stealing necklace of thorns--three impossible tasks. But could help lie with the silent, orange-eyed newcomers? Meanwhile, Alex's twin brother Aaron continues to build his army in the stark land of Quill, preparing for the ultimate showdown with the Unwanteds. But a shocking twist reveals that Alex and Aaron share a common enemy more dangerous than either could have imagined .
Island of legends, Lisa McMann.
In this fourth instalment Alex grows more confident in his role as the mage of Artime, expanding his skills and bringing to life his first creature--leading to both painful and surprisingly wonderful results. A team from Artime heads out to rescue Sky and Crow's mother from underwater Pirate Island and discovers there are more creatures than they ever imagined in the ocean surrounding the islands - and not all of them are friendly. In Quill, Aaron faces a threat to his leadership as Gondoleery hones her rediscovered magical abilities. All the while, Eva and Liam form a secret alliance against Aaron. Aaron's distracted with a discovery of his own--a hidden jungle that holds a dangerous secret. His time there yields a startling truth about himself and as well as a potential opportunity to increase his power.
The curious case of the clockwork menace, Bec McMaster.
Friends, partners, and professionals. So just why is this case coming between them? In a Victorian London ruled by the blood-drinking elite, Perry Lowell is a logical and accomplished Nighthawk: a rogue blue blood who tracks murderers and thieves for the Guild. So when she and her charming-but-reckless partner, Garrett, are charged with finding a missing theatre starlet, it should be a simple solve. But with an entire theatre of suspects, including a flirtatious understudy and whispers of a Clockwork Menace haunting the place, tension is brewing between the pair of them. Can they come together to solve the case - or will it be too late, when the murderer turns his gaze on Perry herself?
Kiss of steel, Bec McMaster.
Most people avoid the dreaded Whitechapel district. For Honoria Todd, it's the last safe haven. But at what price? Blade is known as the master of the rookeries, no one dares cross him. It's been said he faced down the Echelon's army single-handedly, that ever since being infected by the blood- craving he's been quicker, stronger, almost immortal. When Honoria shows up at his door, his tenuous control comes close to snapping. She could be the very salvation he's been seeking.
My Lady Quicksilver, Bec McMaster.
In the mist-shrouded streets of a steam-fuelled London, a clockwork army is on the rise, vampire blue bloods rule the streets, and war is brewing. As a blue-blooded captain of the Nighthawk Guard, his senses are keener than most. Some think he's indestructible. But once he finds the elusive Mercury, what will he do with her? It's his duty to turn her in--she's a notorious spy and traitor. But after one stolen moment, he can't forget the feel of her in his arms, the taste of her, or the sharp sting of betrayal as she slipped off into the night. Little does Mercury know, no one hunts better than the Nighthawk. And his greatest revenge will be to leave her begging for his touch .
Fairest: Levana's story, Marissa Meyer.
Mirror, mirror, on the wall. Who is the Fairest of them all? Pure evil has a name, hides behind a mask of deceit, and uses her 'glamour' to gain power. But who is Queen Levana? Long before she crossed paths with Cinder, Scarlet and Cress in The Lunar Chronicles, Levana lived a very different story - a story that has never been told ... until now. New York Times -bestselling author Marissa Meyer reveals the story behind her fascinating villain in Fairest, an unforgettable tale about love and war, deceit and death.
Alector's choice, L.E. Modesitt; read by Kyla McCarley.
Alector's Choice takes place several thousand years before the events chronicled in the Legacies trilogy, at the time when Corus is ruled by the Talent-magic of the Duarchy. The Myrmidons of Justice command the skies riding their fearsome pteridons. All Corus seems prosperous and at peace." "As the Alector Colonel of Myrmidons, despite his limited Talent, Dainyl is the fourth-highest-ranking military officer of the Duarchy. Alectors are a race apart from the normal inhabitants of Corus, having come from another world. After the concealed murder of his immediate superior by the Marshal of Myrmidons, Dainyl is sent on an observation mission to Dramur to see how a battalion of mounted rifles handles an apparent rebellion." "Commanding one of the companies in the battalion is Captain Mykel, a young officer potentially Talented and unaware that, should he ever discover that Talent, his life is forfeit, for Mykel is not an Alector, and only Alectors are allowed to use Talent." "Both the Alector and the man are commanded by apparent incompetents, and the rebellion, which is real, spirals out of control, spurred by treachery, corruption, and greed - and aided by the reappearance of the ancient soarers, a fragile humanoid race of flying beings thought to have become extinct. Mykel and Dainyl must struggle to discover what lies behind the machinations in which they are entangled before they are destroyed by them, and neither can afford to reveal the extent of his Talent.
Cadmian's choice, L.E. Modesitt, Jr.
It is the story of the fall of a great civilization and the tale of the Alector, Colonel Dainyl, and of Captain Mykel, the Corean human with special abilities. Corus has been redesigned to become the new home of a superior race from a distant world whose very life depends on drawing sustenance from the biological life force of a planet. These plans are supervised by a staff of Alectors, who in effect rule the world. The Alectors alone have access to the huge flying Pteridons and to the superior weapons that underpin their psychic talents. The time is now fast approaching for the transfer of the whole population from the old world, nearly bled dry of life force, to Corus. But neither the Alectors (who will be reduced in status when the real powers arrive) nor the local humans (who seem destined to become no more than cattle, though they know nothing of this) are ready. And the mysterious Ancient Ones, the true natives of Corus who are assumed to have died out in eons past, survive. They have powers of their own. The situation builds toward an explosive climax.
Legacies, L.E. Modesitt.
Millennia ago, a magical disaster caused the fall of a great worldwide civilization, the end of a golden age. New civilizations have fought their way up from the ancient destruction and chaos, knowing little of the lost world that preceded them or the details of its fall. Corus today is a world of contending countries, of humans, but also of strange animals and supernatural creatures. It is a place of magical powers, and of a few people who are talented enough to use them. Alusius is one.
Rumpole of the Bailey, John Mortimer.
In these witty and comic stories, Horace Rumpole takes on a variety of clients and activities. He, of course, brings each case to a successful end, all the while quoting poetry and drinking claret.
Five children and It , E Nesbit.
On a hot, Edwardian summer's day, five children are playing in a gravel pit when they dig up something very peculiar: a funny, furry, fat litte creature with the feet of a monkey and bat's ears! The Psammead is a magical sand fairy who has the power to grant wishes: but the children can only have one wish a day, and the wishes only last until sunset. As the children try to get their hearts' desires, things go hilariously wrong, and they have a series of amazing adventures that will change their lives. But their last wish gets them into terrible trouble, and it will take all the Psammead's powers to put things right...This delightfully whimsical drama, adapted by Malcolm McKee, stars Julia McKenzie as the older Jane and Mother, and Simon Carter as the Psammead. The wonder and excitement of much-loved children's classics lives on in BBC Radio's acclaimed full-cast dramatisations, complete with evocative music and sound effects.
The ice queen, Nele Neuhaus.
The body of Holocaust survivor and American citizen, Jossi Goldberg, is found shot to death execution style in his house near Frankfurt. A five-digit number is scrawled in blood at the murder scene. The autopsy reveals an old tattoo on the corpse's arm - a blood type marker once used by Hitler's SS - causing detectives Pia Kirchhoff and Oliver Bodenstein to question his true identity. Two more murders reveal the connections between the victims. They were all lifelong friends with Vera von Kaltensee, baroness, well-respected philanthropist, and head of an old, rich family that she rules with an iron fist. Pia and Oliver follow the trail, which leads them all the way back to the end of World War II and the area of Poland that then belonged to East Prussia. No one is who they claim to be, and things only begin to make sense when the two investigators realise what the bloody number stands for, and uncover an old diary and an eyewitness who is finally willing to come forward. The Ice Queen is a compelling mystery about revenge, power and long-forgotten secrets from a time in German history that still affects the present.
Present over perfect: leaving behind frantic for a simpler, more soulful way of living, Shauna Niequist; foreword by Brené Brown.
A few years ago, I found myself exhausted and isolated, my soul and body sick. I was tired of being tired, burned out on busy. And, it seemed almost everyone I talked with was in the same boat: longing for connection, meaning, depth, but settling for busy. I am a wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend, neighbour, writer, and I know all too well that settling feeling. But over the course of the last few years, I've learned a way to live, marked by grace, love, rest, and play. And it's changing everything. Present Over Perfect is an invitation to this journey that changed my life. I'll walk this path with you, a path away from frantic pushing and proving, and toward your essential self, the one you were created to be before you began proving and earning for your worth.
A family of her own, Brenda Novak.
When Katie Rogers returns to Dundee, Idaho, it's not because she wants to. It's because she's disillusioned, broke--and pregnant. She was going to make something of her life in the big city. Instead, she's paying a high price for trusting the wrong man. Booker Robinson is the man she didn't trust, the man she'd left behind in Dundee...and the first person she sees when she comes back. But despite Booker's notorious past, he now has a successful business and a home of his own. He's also spent two years getting over Katie. She's the last person he wants to see. But when her parents refuse to take her in, she doesn't have anywhere else to go, and Booker soon finds himself with a roommate--one who needs a father for her baby... Katie's vowed she'll never trust the wrong man again. But sometimes a man isn't everything he seems. And sometimes he's more.
A home of her own, Brenda Novak.
When Lucky Caldwell was ten, her mother, Red--the best-known hooker in Dundee, Idaho--married Morris Caldwell, a wealthy and much older man. It didn't last, of course, but Morris's kindness was the highlight of Lucky's life. Mike Hill, Morris's grandson, doesn't feel too well-disposed toward Red or her kids. He believes they alienated Morris from his family. Even Morris's Victorian mansion, on the property next to the Hill ranch, wasn't inherited by one of his grandchildren. Instead the house went to Lucky, who left it sitting empty for years. Now that Red and Morris are both dead, Lucky has finally come back to Dundee. She plans to restore the derelict place--and to look for her real father, who has to be one of three men named in her mother's diary. That means Mike has a new neighbour. One he doesn't want to like.
Right where we belong, Brenda Novak.
New York Times bestselling author Brenda Novak returns to Silver Springs with a moving story about rebuilding your life when you've got nothing left to lose Savanna Gray needs a do-over. Her "perfect" life unravelled when, to her absolute shock, her husband was arrested for attacking three women. With her divorce settled, she takes her two children home to Silver Springs to seek refuge between the walls of the farmhouse where she was born. It needs a little TLC, but she's eager to take control of something. Gavin Turner understands the struggle of starting over. Abandoned at a gas station when he was five, it wasn't until he landed at New Horizons Boys Ranch as a teen that he finally found some peace. He steps up when Savanna needs help fixing things--even when those things go beyond the farmhouse. Despite an escalating attraction to Gavin, Savanna resolves to keep her distance. She trusted her ex, who had a similarly tragic background, and is unwilling to repeat her past mistakes. But it's hard to resist a man whose heart is as capable as his hands.
The secrets she kept, Brenda Novak.
The rich and powerful Josephine Lazarow, matriarch of Fairham Island, is dead. The police say it's suicide, but Keith, her estranged son, doesn't believe it. Keith bears scars, both physical and emotional, from his childhood, but he's worked hard to overcome the past. After walking away from his mother and her controlling ways five years ago, he's built a new life in LA. He's also accumulated a fortune of his own. But as soon as he learns of his mother's death, he returns to Fairham. He feels he owes it to his grandfather to put the family empire together again, and he's determined to find his mother's killer.
Sanctuary, Judy Nunn.
In Judy Nunn's latest compelling novel, compassion meets bigotry, hatred meets love, and ultimately despair meets hope on the windswept shores of Australia. On a barren island off the coast of Western Australia, a rickety wooden dinghy runs aground. Aboard are nine people who have no idea where they are. Strangers before the violent storm that tore their vessel apart, the instinct to survive has seen them bond during their days adrift on a vast and merciless ocean. Fate has cast them ashore with only one thing in common ... fear. Rassen the doctor, Massoud the student, the child Hamid and the others all fear for their lives. But in their midst is Jalila, who appears to fear nothing. The beautiful young Yazidi woman is a mystery to them all. While they remain undiscovered on the deserted island, they dare to dream of a new life ... But 40 kilometres away on the mainland lies the tiny fishing port of Shoalhaven. Here everyone knows everyone, and everyone has their place. In Shoalhaven things never change. Until now .
The summer house by the sea, Jenny Oliver.
A brand new summery story about returning to your past and finding a new beginning from bestselling author Jenny Oliver! Every Summer has its own story... For Ava Fisher, the backdrop to all her sun-drenched memories - from her first taste of chocolate-dipped churros to her very first kiss - is her grandmother's Summerhouse in the sleepy Spanish seaside town of Mariposa. Returning for one last summer, Ava throws herself into a project her grandmother would be proud of. Café Estrella - once the heart of the sleepy seaside village - now feels more ramshackle than rustic. Just like Ava, it seems it has lost its sparkle. Away from the exhausting juggle of London life, Ava realises somehow her life has stopped being...happy. But being back at the Summerhouse by the sea could be the new beginning she didn't even realise she needed.
The sandcastle empire, Kayla Olson.
Before the war, Eden's life was easy. Then the revolution happened, and everything changed. Now a powerful group called the Wolfpack controls the earth and its resources. And even though Eden has lost everything to them, she refuses to die by their hands. She knows the coordinates to the only neutral ground left in the world, a place called Sanctuary Island, and she is desperate to escape to its shores. Eden finally reaches the island and meets others resistant to the Wolves. But the solace is short-lived when one of Eden's new friends goes missing. Braving the jungle in search of their lost ally, they quickly discover Sanctuary is filled with lethal traps and an enemy they never expected. This island might be deadlier than the world Eden left behind, but surviving it is the only thing that stands between her and freedom.
Unmentionable: the Victorian lady's guide to sex, marriage, and manners, Therese Oneill.
A scandalously honest guide to the secrets of Victorian womanhood. Have you ever wished you could live in an earlier, more romantic era? Ladies, welcome to the 19th century, where arsenic is a face cream, opium is a medicine, and all of your underwear is crotchless. (I'll get back to that in a minute.) Unmentionable is your guide to the secrets of life as a Victorian lady, giving you detailed advice on how to maintain your youth (if you see a wrinkle, just rub lead on it!), how to please your husband (stop talking), how to manage your monthly "unwellness," and more. Learn how much laughter is permitted a lady on the street (none). Find out what's underneath those elegant ball gowns (whalebone corsets, crinoline cages, and crotchless pantalettes--for quick bathroom access under all that hardware). And most importantly, come away with a new appreciation of the fortitude of our great, great grandmothers. Irresistibly charming, laugh-out-loud funny, and featuring dozens of images from 19th century publications, Unmentionable will be beloved by Jane Austen fans and is the perfect gift for women of all ages.
The no-cry sleep solution: gentle ways to help your baby sleep through the night, Elizabeth Pantley.
There are two schools of thought for encouraging babies to sleep through the night: the hotly debated Ferber technique of letting the baby "cry it out," or the grin-and-bear-it solution of getting up from dusk to dawn as often as necessary. If you don't believe in letting your baby cry it out, but desperately want to sleep, there is now a third option, presented in Elizabeth Pantley's sanity-saving book. Pantley's successful solution has been tested and proven effective by scores of mothers and their babies from across the United States, Canada, and Europe. Based on her research, Pantley's guide provides you with effective strategies to overcoming naptime and night-time problems. The No-Cry Sleep Solution offers clearly explained, step-by-step ideas that steer your little ones toward a good night's sleep--all with no crying.
The cull, Tony Park.
One mission ... countless enemies. Former mercenary Sonja Kurtz is hired by business tycoon Julia Clyde-Smith to head an elite squad. Their aim: to take down Africa's top poaching kingpins and stop at nothing to save its endangered wildlife. But as the body count rises, it becomes harder for Sonja to stay under the radar and she is targeted by an underworld syndicate known as The Scorpions. When her love interest, safari guide and private investigator Hudson Brand, is employed to look into the death of an alleged poacher at the hands of Sonja's team, she is forced to ask herself if Julia's crusade has gone too far. From South Africa's Kruger National Park to the Serengeti of Tanzania, Sonja realises she is fighting a war on numerous fronts, against enemies known and unknown. So who can Sonja really trust?
The room of white fire, T. Jefferson Parker.
A young soldier escaped from a mental institution. A P.I. carrying his own wounds hired to track that soldier down. A race against the clock to bring the soldier home before he reveals the secret that haunts him. Roland Ford-once a cop, then a marine, now a private investigator-is good at finding people. But when he's asked to locate Air Force veteran Clay Hickman, he realizes he's been drawn into something deep and dark. He knows war, having served as a Marine in first Fallujah; he also knows personal pain, as only two years have passed since his wife, Justine, died. What he doesn't know is why a shroud of secrecy hangs over the disappearance of Clay Hickman-and why he's getting a different story from everyone involved. To begin with, there's Sequoia, the teenage woman who helped Clay escape; she's smart enough to fend off Ford's questions but impetuous enough to be on the run with an armed man. Then there's Paige Hulet, Clay's doctor, who clearly cares deeply for his welfare but is impossible to read, even as she inspires in Ford the first desire he has felt since his wife's death. And there's Briggs Spencer, the proprietor of the mental institution who is as enigmatic as he is brash, and ambitious to the point of being ruthless. What could Clay possibly know to make this search so desperate? What began as just a job becomes a life-or-death obsession for Ford, pitting him against immensely powerful and treacherous people and forcing him to contend with chilling questions about truth, justice, and the American way.
Bullseye, James Patterson & Michael Ledwidge.
Snow blankets the avenues of Manhattan's exclusive Upper West Side. The storm is the perfect cover for a fashionable, highly trained team of lethal assassins as they prowl the streets, hunting their prey. But their first hit is simply target practice. Their next mission may very well turn the Cold War red-hot once again. Stepping directly into the line of fire, the president of the United States is in New York for a summit at the United Nations with his Russian counterpart. Pulled away from his family and pressed into service, Detective Michael Bennett must trace the source of a threat that could rip the country apart-- and ignite a war the likes of which the world has never seen. With allegiances constantly in doubt and no one above suspicion, only Bennett can save the president-- and the country-- before the assassins' deadly kill shot hits its mark.
Escape to Australia, James Patterson and Martin Chatterton.
Rafe isn't exactly considered a winner in Hills Village Middle School to say the least, but everything's about to change: he's won a school-wide art competition, and the fabulous prize is getting to jet-set off to Australia for a whirlwind adventure! But Rafe soon finds that living in the Land Down Under is harder than he could've ever imagined; his host-siblings are anything but welcoming, the burning temperatures are torturous and poisonous critters are ready to sting or eat him at every step. So with the help of some new misfit friends, Rafe sets out to show everyone what he does best: create utter mayhem!
The people vs. Alex Cross, James Patterson.
Alex Cross has never been on the wrong side of the law, until now. Charged with gunning down followers of his nemesis Gary Soneji in cold blood, Cross is being turned into the poster child for trigger-happy cops who think they're above the law. Cross knows it was self-defence. But will a jury see it that way? As Cross fights for his freedom, his former partner John Sampson brings him a gruesome video tied to the mysterious disappearances of several young girls. Despite his suspension from the department, Cross can't say no to Sampson. The illicit investigation leads them to the darkest corners of the Internet, where murder is just another form of entertainment. As the prosecution presents its case, and the nation watches, even those closest to Cross begin to doubt his innocence.
Private L.A. James Patterson, Mark Sullivan.
Jack Morgan investigates the disappearance of the biggest superstar couple in Hollywood. Thom and Jennifer Harlow are the perfect couple, with three perfect children. They may be two of the biggest movie stars in the world, but they're also great parents, philanthropists and just all-round good people. When they disappear without a word from their ranch, facts are hard to find. They live behind such a high wall of security and image control that even world-renowned investigator Jack Morgan can't get to the truth. But as Jack keeps probing, secrets sprout thick and fast and the world's golden couple may emerge as hiding behind a world of desperation and deception that the wildest reality show couldn't begin to unveil. Murder is only the opening scene.
This side of wild: mutts, mares, and laughing dinosaurs, Gary Paulsen.
The Newbery Honour--winning author of Hatchet and Dogsong shares surprising true stories about his relationship with animals, highlighting their compassion, intellect, intuition, and sense of adventure. Gary Paulsen is an adventurer who competed in two Iditarods, survived the Minnesota wilderness, and climbed the Bighorns. None of this would have been possible without his truest companion: his animals. Sled dogs rescued him in Alaska, a sickened poodle guarded his well-being, and a horse led him across a desert. Through his interactions with dogs, horses, birds, and more, Gary has been struck with the belief that animals know more than we may fathom. His understanding and admiration of animals is well known, and in This Side of Wild, which has taken a lifetime to write, he proves the ways in which they have taught him to be a better person.
We crossed a bridge and it trembled: voices from Syria, Wendy Pearlman.
Reminiscent of the work of Nobel Prize winner Svetlana Alexievich, an astonishing collection of intimate wartime testimonies and poetic fragments from a cross-section of Syrians whose lives have been transformed by revolution, war, and flight. Against the backdrop of the wave of demonstrations known as the Arab Spring, in 2011 hundreds of thousands of Syrians took to the streets demanding freedom, democracy and human rights. The government's ferocious response, and the refusal of the demonstrators to back down, sparked a brutal civil war that over the past five years has escalated into the worst humanitarian catastrophe of our times. Yet despite all the reporting, the video, and the wrenching photography, the stories of ordinary Syrians remain unheard, while the stories told about them have been distorted by broad brush dread and political expediency. This fierce and poignant collection changes that. Based on interviews with hundreds of displaced Syrians conducted over four years across the Middle East and Europe, We Crossed a Bridge and It Trembled is a breath-taking mosaic of first-hand testimonials from the frontlines. Some of the testimonies are several pages long, eloquent narratives that could stand alone as short stories; others are only a few sentences, poetic and aphoristic. Together, they cohere into an unforgettable chronicle that is not only a testament to the power of storytelling but to the strength of those who face darkness with hope, courage, and moral conviction.
On edge: a journey through anxiety, Andrea Petersen.
A wry, sympathetic, bracingly honest account of living with anxiety, coupled with deep reportage on the science of anxiety disorders.
Epic adventure (kind of), Liz Pichon.
Having two sets of grandparents is turning out to be very good for me. The wrinklies are keen on giving presents and they're planning a family outing too, which is going to be epic. Delia wants to come as well. (Why?) I can always ignore her.
Super good skills (almost), Liz Pichon.
Look out! Tom, Delia and the whole Gates family are going on holiday. How will Tom manage to keep himself busy on the most boring campsite ever? By doodling, of course!
Briar's book, Tamora Pierce.
The stunning conclusion to the "Circle of magic" quartet finds the young mages Sandry, Daja, Tris, and Briar facing their greatest challenge yet, a devastating plague.
Daja's book, Tamora Pierce.
The magic is out of control! On a journey to Gold Ridge, the four young mages-in-training: Daja, Sandry, Tris and Briar find their special magics overlapping, sometimes in frightening and destructive ways. One burst of this combined magic leads Daja to create an astonishing vine made of living metal. Her creation is worth a small fortune. But can Daja bargain with the Traders who cast her out without losing her soul? Once again Tamora Pierce, America's most popular writer of young adult fantasy, leads the Full Cast Family in a thrilling exploration of her intricately woven "Circle of magic."
Magic steps, Tamora Pierce.
Sandrilene fa Toren has moved to the palace of her uncle, Duke Vedris, to care for him after his recent heart attack. While the two are out riding Sandry sees a boy named Pasco dance a magic spell. To her dismay she soon learns that since she discovered Pasco, she must handle his magical education until a proper teacher can be found. At 14, Sandry feels she is too young for this. Even worse, 12-year-old Pasco refuses to believe he even has magic .
Tris's book, Tamora Pierce.
Merchant's daughter Trisana Chandler is at the center of this second book of Tamora Pierce's wildly popular "Circle of magic" quartet. Tris and her friends from Winding Circle Temple are just learning to control their magic; now they must use it to protect the coast of Emelan from a deadly pirate attack. Tamara Pierce, America's bestselling young adult fantasy writer narrates this exiting and emotionally stunning recording.
The will of the empress, Tamora Pierce.
On visit to Namorn to visit her vast landholdings and her devious cousin, Empress Berenene, eighteen-year-old Sandry must rely on her childhood friends and fellow mages, Daja, Tris, and Briar, despite the distance that has grown between them.
The roly poly pudding, Beatrix Potter.
Listen to the story of how mischievous Tom Kitten got himself into trouble with two very large rats that wanted to turn him into a dumpling. They smeared him with butter, and then they rolled him in the dough. Read in English, unabridged.
The blood promise: a Hugo Marston novel, Mark Pryor.
Hugo Marston must figure out what lies hidden inside an old sailor's chest before a 200-year-old blood promise is revealed and claims another life. In post-Revolution Paris, an old man signs a letter in blood, then hides it in a secret compartment in a sailor's chest. A messenger arrives to transport the chest and its hidden contents, but then the plague strikes and an untimely death changes history. Two hundred years later, Hugo Marston is safeguarding an unpredictable but popular senator who is in Paris negotiating a France/U.S. dispute. The talks, held at a country chateau, collapse when the senator accuses someone of breaking into his room. Theft becomes the least of Hugo's concerns when someone discovers the secrets hidden deep inside the sailor's chest, and decides that the power and money they promise are worth killing for. But when the darkness of history is unleashed, even the most ruthless and cunning are powerless to control it.
The bookseller, Mark Pryor.
Who is killing the celebrated bouquinistes of Paris? Max-an elderly Paris bookstall owner-is abducted at gunpoint. His friend, Hugo Marston, head of security at the US embassy, looks on helplessly, powerless to do anything to stop the kidnapper. Marston launches a search, enlisting the help of semiretired CIA agent Tom Green. Their investigation reveals that Max was a Holocaust survivor and later became a Nazi hunter. Is his disappearance somehow tied to his grim history, or even to the mysterious old books he sold? On the streets of Paris, tensions are rising as rival drug gangs engage in violent turf wars. Before long, other booksellers start to disappear, their bodies found floating in the Seine. Though the police are not interested in his opinion, Marston is convinced the hostilities have something to do with the murders of these bouquinistes. Then he himself becomes a target of the unknown assassins. With Tom by his side, Marston finally puts the pieces of the puzzle together, connecting the past with the present and leading the two men, quite literally, to the enemy's lair. Just as the killer intended.
The crypt thief, Mark Pryor.
It's summer in Paris and two tourists have been killed in Père La Chaise cemetery in front of Jim Morrison's grave. The killer leaves the bodies untouched but moves deeper into the cemetery, where he breaks into the crypt of a long-dead Moulin Rouge dancer. In a bizarre twist, he disappears into the night with part of her skeleton. The cemetery is locked down and put under surveillance, but the thief returns, flitting in and out like a ghost, taking more bones from another legendary can-can dancer under cover of night. One of the dead tourists proves to be an American and the other a woman linked to a known terrorist; so the US ambassador sends his best man and the embassy's head of security, Hugo Marston, to help the French police with their investigation. At first, Hugo is stumped. How does this killer operate unseen? And why is he stealing the bones of once-famous can-can girls? Hugo cracks the secrets of the graveyard, but soon realizes that old bones aren't all this serial killer wants: his ultimate plan requires the flesh and organs of the living. And when the crypt thief spots the former FBI agent on his tail, he decides that Hugo's body will do just fine.
A spot of folly: new tales of murder and mayhem, Ruth Rendell.
New and uncollected tales of murder, mischief, magic and madness. Ruth Rendell was an acknowledged master of psychological suspense: these are ten (and a quarter) of her most chillingly compelling short stories, collected here together for the first time. In these tales, a businessman boasts about cheating on his wife, only to find the tables turned. A beautiful country rectory reverberates to the echo of a historical murder. A compulsive liar acts on impulse, only to be lead inexorably to disaster. And a wealthy man finds there is more to his wife's kidnapping than meets the eye. Atmospheric, gripping and never predictable, this is Ruth Rendell at her inimitable best.
All of a winter's night, Phil Rickman.
When Aidan Lloyd's bleak funeral is followed by a nocturnal ritual in the fog, it becomes all too clear that Aidan, son of a wealthy farmer, will not be resting in peace. Aidan's hidden history has reignited an old feud, and a rural tradition begins to display its sinister side. It's already a fraught time for Merrily Watkins, her future threatened by a bishop committed to restricting her role as diocesan exorcist for Hereford. Suddenly there are events she can't talk about as she and her daughter Jane find themselves potentially on the wrong side of the law. In the city of Hereford, DI Frannie Bliss, investigating a shooting, must confront the apparent growth of organised crime, also contaminating the countryside. On the Welsh border, the old ways are at war with the modern world. As the days shorten and the fog gives way to ice and snow, a savage killing draws Merrily Watkins into a conflict centred on one of Britain's most famous medieval churches, its walls laden with ancient symbolism.
Magnus Chase and the gods of Asgard. 1, The sword of summer, Rick Riordan.
My name is Magnus Chase. I'm orphaned and living rough on the streets of Boston. And things are about to get much worse. My day started out normally enough. I was sleeping under a bridge when some guy kicked me awake and said, 'They're after you.' Next thing I know, I'm reunited with my obnoxious uncle, who casually informs me that my long-lost father is a Norse god. Nothing normal about that. And it turns out the gods of Asgard are preparing for war. Apparently, if I can't find the sword my father lost 2000 years ago, there will be doom. Doomsday, to be precise. A fire giant attacking the city? Immortal warriors hacking each other to pieces? Un-killable wolves with glowing eyes? It's all coming up. But first I'm going to die. This is the story of how my life goes downhill from there .
The ship of the dead, Rick Riordan.
Loki the trickster god is free from his chains. Now he's readying Naglfar, the Ship of the Dead, armed with a host of giants and zombies, to sail against the Norse gods and begin the final battle of Ragnarok. It's up to Magnus Chase and his friends to stop Loki's plans, but to do so they will have to sail across the oceans of Midgard, Jotunheim and Niflheim in a desperate race to reach Naglfar before it's ready to sail on Midsummer's Day. Along the way, they will face angry sea gods, hostile giants and an evil fire-breathing dragon who happens to be a former acquaintance. But Magnus's biggest challenge will be facing his own inner demons. To defeat Loki, Magnus will need to use words, not force. This will require finding a magical elixir so deadly that it will either make Magnus Chase powerful enough to out-talk the silver-tongued Loki, or destroy Magnus utterly.
A voice in the wind, by Francine Rivers.
The holy city of Jerusalem has fallen. By the mercy of God, Hadassah, a young Christian girl survives famine, the deaths of her entire family, and unspeakable atrocities. And in Germania, a heroic young chieftain named Atretes battles the Romans with unmatched fury. It is prophesied that Atretes will drive the Romans from his lands, and someday meet a dark complexioned woman from an exotic land whom he will come to love.
Uni the Unicorn, Amy Krouse Rosenthal.
Amy Krouse Rosenthal's New York Times bestselling story of friendship, unicorns, and the power of believing! Uni is just like all the other unicorns … except for one thing: she believes that little girls are REAL. This magical story by Amy Krouse Rosenthal (author of I Wish You More) illuminates Uni's not-so-fantastical dream and celebrates the sparkle of believing. Uni the unicorn is told there's no such thing as little girls! But no matter what the grown-up unicorns say, Uni believes that little girls are REAL. Somewhere there must be a smart, strong, wonderful, magical little girl waiting to be best friends. In fact, far away (but not too far away), a real little girl believes there is a unicorn waiting for her, too. This magical story of friendship reminds believers and nonbelievers alike that sometimes wishes really can come true.
East Fortune, by James Runcie.
Jack has been sleepwalking through his middle age. His wife has left him; his grown-up daughters no longer need him; and he rarely leaves his remote house on the east coast of Scotland. But when he is involved in a horrific accident, he is jolted out of his stupor, and embarks upon a new friendship that helps him to re-evaluate everything. Douglas is on the early morning Eurostar to Paris to have lunch with a woman he barely knows. Despite his responsibilities to family, work and friends, he is determined to risk everything for his obsession with a stranger. Angus is fifty-four. He has always prided himself on his happy marriage, his reliable car, his nice house, his stable career: there are no nasty surprises. But when a man thirty years his junior takes him to a stuffy room and tells him he no longer has a job, he finds himself suddenly in freefall. As a man without a profession, how does he now define himself? As the three Henderson brothers head to their big childhood home in East Fortune for their annual summer gathering, they steel themselves against sibling rivalry, parental expectation and the vulnerability that comes with being with those who know you best.
Crush catastrophe, Rachel Renée Russell.
Nikki Maxwell is spending a week at North Hampton Hills as part of the school transfer programme. The good news is that NHH is super-cool and preppy. The bad news is that Nikki's nemesis MacKenzie started there two weeks ago! But, faced with NHH queen bee Tiffany, who takes meanness to a whole new level, Nikki might need to work with Mackenzie if she's going to survive the week. Can Nikki and MacKenzie overcome their differences and become BFFS ... Best Frenemies Forever?!
Drama queen, Rachel Renée Russell.
Mean girl MacKenzie has stolen Nikki's diary! What if she tells everyone Nikki's totally secret thoughts?! But reading Nikki's diary isn't the only thing MacKenzie's interested in. Get ready for Dork Diaries with a twist as MacKenzie takes over and tells all about her What does the queen bee really think about Nikki and her dorky friends?
Puppy love, Rachel Renée Russell.
Nikki's diary is up to the month of May, and springtime is sure to bring more adorkable fun for Nikki and her friends Chloe, Zoey and Brandon!
Wait, what?: and life's other essential questions, James E. Ryan Dean of Harvard's Graduate School of Education.
An insightful guide that reveals the secret to pursuing a rich, fulfilling life: the art of asking (and answering) good questions. In his commencement address to the graduating class of 2016, James E. Ryan, dean of the Harvard University Graduate School of Education, offered remarkable advice to the crowd of hopeful men and women eager to make their mark on the world. The key to achieving emotional connections and social progress he told them, can be found in five essential questions: Wait, what? I wonder if …Couldn't we at least? How can I help? What truly matters? "Wait, what?" is at the root of all understanding. "I wonder" is at the heart of all curiosity. "Couldn't we at least?" is the beginning of all progress. "How can I help?" is the basis of all good relationships. And "what truly matters?" gets you to the heart of life. By regularly asking these questions, Ryan promises, you will be prepared to enthusiastically answer "Yes" to one final--and, ultimately, most important--question: "And did you get what you wanted out of life, even so? In this thoughtful, illuminating book, Ryan builds upon his wildly popular and universally praised address which has been viewed more than four million times online. Wait, What? offers further insights into the art of asking good questions, highlighted by hilarious and surprising anecdotes from Ryan's personal and professional life, as well as stories from politics, popular culture, and social movements throughout history. Engaging and inspiring, Wait, What? will change the way you look at yourself and the world, and, in the process, help you get what you want most out of life.
Perfume: the story of a murderer, Patrick Süskind; translated from the German by John E. Woods.
A downloadable audiobook edition of the modern classic Perfume read by Sean Barrett. Survivor, genius, perfumer, killer: this is Jean-Baptiste Grenouille. He is abandoned on the filthy streets of Paris as a child, but grows up to discover he has an extraordinary gift: a sense of smell more powerful than any other human's. Soon, he is creating the most sublime fragrances in all the city. Yet there is one odour he cannot capture. It is exquisite, magical: the scent of a young virgin. And to get it he must kill. And kill. And kill.
Fava beans for breakfast, Suzanne Salem.
What if moving to a crumbling Australian coastal town meant giving up your only dream? In 1974, Nayeema reluctantly leaves Sydney's inner city to move to Burraboo, a tired coastal town, with her husband Fawzy. In doing so, Nayeema surrenders her only dream, but once there she falls under the sway of new infatuations. On a houseboat in the pristine bay nearby, she sells the comforting food of her Egyptian childhood, but keeps her income a secret from her husband. Through this act of defiance and independence, Nayeema unwittingly unlocks a mysterious connection with her new land. Then everything changes when a local teenage girl goes missing and racial tensions ignite in the town. As Nayeema's houseboat arrangements become more entangled, her yearnings must fight her own history, the impetuous jinn and each other, to finally reveal the mystery of the strange birthmark that prickles on her chest.
Every patient tells a story: medical mysteries and the art of diagnosis, Lisa Sanders.
A riveting exploration of the most difficult and important part of what doctors do, by Yale School of Medicine physician Dr. Lisa Sanders, author of the monthly New York times magazine column "Diagnosis," the inspiration for the hit Fox TV series House, M.D. "The experience of being ill can be like waking up in a foreign country. Life, as you formerly knew it, is on hold while you travel through this other world as unknown as it is unexpected."
Outrage, John Sandford & Michele Cook.
John Sandford and Michele Cook follow up their New York Times bestseller, UNCAGED, with the next nail-biting instalment in The Singular Menace series. Perfect for fans of The Maze Runner! Shay Remby and her gang of renegades have struck a blow to the Singular Corporation. When they rescued Shay's brother, Odin, from a secret Singular lab, they also liberated a girl. Singular has been experimenting on her, trying to implant a U.S. senator's memories into her brain--with partial success. Fenfang is now a girl who literally knows too much. Can the knowledge brought by ex-captives Odin and Fenfang help Shay and her friends expose the crimes of this corrupt corporation? Singular has already killed one of Shay's band to protect their secrets. How many more will die before the truth is exposed?
Rampage, John Sandford and Michele Cook.
John Sandford and Michele Cook complete their New York Times bestselling thriller series in this explosive finale. Fans of James Dashner, Harlan Coben, and Suzanne Collins will love this nail-biting trilogy. Shay Remby and her band of renegade activists have got the corrupt Singular Corporation on the run. Their expose is finally working. Or is it? Even as revelations about the human experimental subjects break in the news, Singular's employees are slithering out of sight. And then their CEO is killed in a plane crash... Was it a freak accident? Or a cover-up? Shay's gang begins to see signs that there may be even more powerful figures than they knew managing events--publicly expressing outrage and mopping up the mess, but secretly gathering up their scientists and moving the operation further out of sight. It will take nothing short of a rampage to stop the Singular menace for good.
The great leveler: violence and the history of inequality from the Stone Age to the twenty-first century, Walter Scheidel.
Are mass violence and catastrophes the only forces that can seriously decrease economic inequality? To judge by thousands of years of history, the answer is yes. Tracing the global history of inequality from the Stone Age to today, Walter Scheidel shows that inequality never dies peacefully. Inequality declines when carnage and disaster strike and increases when peace and stability return. The Great Leveler is the first book to chart the crucial role of violent shocks in reducing inequality over the full sweep of human history around the world. Ever since humans began to farm, herd livestock, and pass on their assets to future generations, economic inequality has been a defining feature of civilization. Over thousands of years, only violent events have significantly lessened inequality. The "Four Horsemen" of levelling mass-mobilization warfare, transformative revolutions, state collapse, and catastrophic plagues have repeatedly destroyed the fortunes of the rich. Scheidel identifies and examines these processes, from the crises of the earliest civilizations to the cataclysmic world wars and communist revolutions of the twentieth century. Today, the violence that reduced inequality in the past seems to have diminished, and that is a good thing. But it casts serious doubt on the prospects for a more equal future. An essential contribution to the debate about inequality, The Great Leveler provides important new insights about why inequality is so persistent and why it is unlikely to decline anytime soon.
Priscilla: the hidden life of an Englishwoman in wartime France, Nicholas Shakespeare.
When the author stumbled across a box of documents belonging to his late aunt Priscilla, he was completely unaware of where this discovery would take him. This book tells Priscilla's story that show us the precariousness of life in occupied France, when loyalties were compromised and life could change in an instant.
Downward to the earth, Robert Silverberg.
Gundersen returned to Holman's World seeking atonement for his harsh years as colonial governor. But now this lush, exotic planet of mystery was called by its ancient name of Belzagor, and it belonged once again to its native alien races, the nildoror and the sulidoror. Drawn by its spell, Gundersen began a harrowing pilgrimage to its mist-shrouded north, to witness a strange ritual rebirth that would alter him forever.
The woman who walked in sunshine, Alexander McCall Smith.
Business is slow at the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency, so at Mma Makutsi's suggestion, Mma Ramotswe is persuaded to take her first-ever holiday. But just as she's about to depart, a new client arrives: a young woman whose father was considered a hero in Botswana but whose reputation is now being called into question. Mma Ramotswe almost cancels her trip, but Mma Makutsi is adamant that she and Charlie have the situation in hand. Precious can't relax, however, if she doesn't know what's going on at the agency, so she enlists Charlie to be her eyes and ears while she's away. But Charlie may not be an altogether reliable emissary, particularly with much of his attention devoted to his newly adopted dog. In the end, it's an investigation that will affect everyone at the Agency, and a reminder for us all that ordinary human failings should be treated with a large helping of charity and compassion.
Blue horizon, Wilbur A. Smith.
The children of Tom and Dorian Courtney travel the infamous "Robber's Road" en route to a claim in southern Africa, encountering along the way the area's beautiful wilderness, warring tribes, and wild animals.
When did you see her last?, Lemony Snicket.
In the fading town of Stain'd-by-the-Sea, young apprentice Lemony Snicket has a new case to solve when he and his chaperone are hired to find a missing girl. Is the girl a runaway? Or was she kidnapped? Was she seen last at the grocery store? Or could she have stopped at the diner? Is it really any of your business? These are all the wrong questions. Lemony Snicket had an unusual education and a perplexing youth and now endures a despondent adulthood. His previous published works include the thirteen volumes in A Series of Unfortunate Events, The Composer is Dead, and 13 Words.
Dunbar: King Lear retold, Edward St Aubyn.
'I really did have an empire, you know', said Dunbar.' Have I ever told you the story of how it was stolen from me?' Henry Dunbar, the once all-powerful head of a global corporation, is not having a good day. In his dotage he handed over care of the family firm to his two eldest daughters, Abby and Megan. But relations quickly soured, leaving him doubting the wisdom of past decisions ... Now imprisoned in a care home in the Lake District with only a demented alcoholic comedian as company, Dunbar starts planning his escape. As he flees into the hills, his family is hot on his heels. But who will find him first, his beloved youngest daughter, Florence, or the tigresses Abby and Megan, so keen to divest him of his estate, Edward St Aubyn is renowned for his masterwork, the five Melrose novels, which dissect with savage and beautiful precision the agonies of family life. His take on King Lear, Shakespeare's most devastating family story, is an excoriating novel for and of our times - an examination of power, money and the value of forgiveness.
Unleashing the innovators: how mature companies find new life with startups, Jim Stengel, with Tom Post.
All the crooked saints, Maggie Stiefvater.
From bestselling author Maggie Stiefvater, a gripping tale of darkness, miracles, and family. Saints. Miracles. Family. Romance. Death. Redemption.
All the gallant men: an American sailor's firsthand account of Pearl Harbor, Donald Stratton and Ken Gire.
The extraordinary first and only memoir by a survivor of the USS Arizona, published in conjunction with the seventy-fifth anniversary of Pearl Harbour. An unforgettable and moving story of tragedy, heroism, resilience, and redemption that is sure to become an enduring document of American history, All the Brave Men is a sailor's eyewitness, moment-by-moment account of the Japanese surprise attack that decimated the U.S. Pacific Fleet in Hawaii on December 7, 1941, and his inspiring return to active duty to carry on the Allied fight in the Pacific.
My absolute darling, Gabriel Tallent.
A brilliant and immersive, all-consuming read about one fourteen-year-old girl's heart-stopping fight for her own soul. Turtle Alveston is a survivor. At fourteen, she roams the woods along the northern California coast. The creeks, tide pools, and rocky islands are her haunts and her hiding grounds, and she is known to wander for miles. But while her physical world is expansive, her personal one is small and treacherous: Turtle has grown up isolated since the death of her mother, in the thrall of her tortured and charismatic father, Martin. Her social existence is confined to the middle school (where she fends off the interest of anyone, student or teacher, who might penetrate her shell) and to her life with her father. Then Turtle meets Jacob, a high-school boy who tells jokes, lives in a big clean house, and looks at Turtle as if she is the sunrise.
Where the past begins: a writer's memoir, Amy Tan.
In Where the Past Begins, bestselling author of The Joy Luck Club and The Valley of Amazement Amy Tan reveals herself in a way she never has before, delving into her childhood, adolescence, family history, beginnings as a writer and professional life to explore the answers to questions of purpose and meaning that we all ask ourselves as we get older. Moving from her childhood in Oakland and growing up with her Chinese parents through her success as a novelist, Amy Tan delves into her creative interests in music, the paralysis of beginning a new project, journal-writing and travelling. Where the Past Begins chronicles the making of a writer. With characteristic humour and poignant observation, Tan weaves a non-traditional introspective narrative that is as complex and vibrant as this beloved American novelist's fiction. Interspersed with direct correspondence between the author and her editor, this audiobook will give fans and critics unparalleled insight into the author's process, her thoughts on the literary enterprise, and her singularly warm, intelligent mind.
Why Dylan matters, Richard F. Thomas.
'At last an expert classicist gets to grips with Bob Dylan' Mary Beard When the Nobel Prize for Literature was awarded to Bob Dylan in 2016, the literary world was up in arms. How could the world's most prestigious book prize be awarded to a famously cantankerous singer-songwriter in his Seventies, who wouldn't even deign to make a victory speech? In Why Dylan Matters, Harvard Professor Richard F. Thomas answers that question with magisterial erudition. A world expert on Classical poetry, Thomas was initially ridiculed by his colleagues for teaching a course on Bob Dylan alongside his traditional seminars on Homer, Virgil and Ovid. Dylan's Nobel prize win brought him vindication, and he immediately found himself thrust into the limelight as a leading academic voice in all matters Dylanological. This witty, personal volume is a distillation of Thomas's famous course, and makes a compelling case for moving Dylan out of the rock n' roll Hall of Fame and into the pantheon of Classical poets. The most dazzlingly original and compelling Dylan book in decades, Why Dylan Matters will amaze and astound everyone from the first-time listener to the lifetime fan. You'll never think about Bob Dylan in the same way again.
State of the Union: a thriller, Brad Thor.
On a cold January morning, the United States awakes to discover that an old enemy, one long believed dead and buried, has crawled out of its grave to lay siege to the world's only superpower. With the stunning discovery that enhanced Soviet-made suitcase nukes have been secreted in America's major cities, President Jack Rutledge gathers his National Security Council to weigh the feasibility of a first strike against the Russian Federation. There's only one problem. For over two decades, the Russians have been funnelld money into a top secret air defense system, which has just been brought on-line and which will render any conventional attack upon their country utterly ineffective. After exhausting all of his other options, and with Soviet sleeper agents preparing to detonate their deadly payloads across the United States, the president turns to the nation's final hope, ex-Navy SEAL and Secret Service Agent Scot Harvath. Assigned to a covert section of the Department of Homeland Security and charged with defending the nation against all foreign aggressors by any means necessary, Harvath finds himself hand-picked by the president to unravel a brilliantly orchestrated, fiendishly timed conspiracy that has already shattered the fragile peace between the world's nations and which, if successful, will leave the United States in smoldering ruins. With family friend and former Deputy FBI Director Gary Lawlor nowhere to be found and suspected of betraying his country, Harvath embarks on an adventure that will test the bonds of loyalty and reveal a nation's deepest secrets. As high-voltage and timely as they come, State of the Union is a frighteningly real, headline-ripping tale of espionage and intrigue that will keep readers guessing until the last tantalizing piece of the puzzle locks into place.
Crimson China, Betsy Tobin.
A woman wades into the waters of Morecambe Bay in a drunken bid to commit suicide. She finds herself instead saving the life of a young Chinese cockle picker, a survivor of a tragic mass drowning. Wen and Angie share neither language nor experience, but she agrees to let him stay with her and disappear. Within a short time their unlikely pairing blossoms into something darkly passionate. But Wen is still in debt to the snakeheads who brought him out of China.
A casualty of war: a Bess Crawford mystery, Charles Todd.
Though the Great War is nearing its end, the fighting rages on. While waiting for transport back to her post, Bess Crawford meets Captain Alan Travis from the island of Barbados. Later, when he's brought into her forward aid station disoriented from a head wound, Bess is alarmed that he believes his distant English cousin, Lieutenant James Travis, shot him. Then the Captain is brought back to the aid station with a more severe wound, once more angrily denouncing the Lieutenant as a killer. But when it appears that James Travis couldn't have shot him, the Captain's sanity is questioned. On leave in England, Bess finds the Captain strapped to his bed in a clinic for brain injuries. Horrified by his condition, Bess and Sergeant Major Simon Brandon travel to James Travis's home in Suffolk, to learn more about the baffling relationship between these two cousins. Her search will lead this smart, capable, and compassionate young woman into unexpected danger, and bring her face to face with the visible and invisible wounds of war that not even the much-longed for peace can heal.
The end of the sky, Sandi Toksvig.
11-year-old Slim Hannigan and her family left their home in Ireland to travel to America - in search of a better life. It has been so long and such a journey that Slim Hannigan and the rest of her family can't even imagine what home looks like anymore. And there are many, many miles across America for them to travel before they reach their destination. Between them and the home of their uncle lie thousands of miles of dangerous land, wild animals and strangers who do not wish them well. Slim has to draw on bravery like she's never known to keep her family together and to keep them moving forward.
A slice of the moon, Sandi Toksvig.
Because of the potato me and my family left our home and travelled 6,000 miles to find a new life …Slim Hannigan and her family are poor but happy. Theirs is a life filled with love and laughter - and a pet pig called Hamlet. But things change overnight, and suddenly they find themselves facing hunger and danger like they have never known … So they leave their village in Ireland to journey to America where, they hope, family and fortune await them. Slim soon finds herself living a life that feels just like one of those far-fetched stories her Da has always told. Can one brave girl keep her family together no matter what is thrown at them … ?
Trump: the art of the deal, Donald J. Trump with Tony Schwartz; with a new introduction read by Donald J. Trump.
Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald J. Trump lays out his professional and personal worldview in this classic work--a first-hand account of the rise of America's foremost deal-maker. "I like thinking big. I always have. To me it's very simple: If you're going to be thinking anyway, you might as well think big."--Donald J. Trump Here is Trump in action--how he runs his organization and how he runs his life--as he meets the people he needs to meet, chats with family and friends, clashes with enemies, and challenges conventional thinking. But even a maverick plays by rules, and Trump has formulated time-tested guidelines for success. He isolates the common elements in his greatest accomplishments; he shatters myths; he names names, spells out the zeros, and fully reveals the deal-maker's art. And throughout, Trump talks--really talks--about how he does it.
Unbelievable: my front-row seat to the craziest campaign in American history, Katy Tur.
Called "Disgraceful," "third-rate," and "not nice" by Donald Trump, NBC News correspondent Katy Tur reported on--and took flak from--the most captivating and volatile presidential candidate in American history. Tur lived out of a suitcase for a year and a half, following Trump around the country, powered by packets of peanut butter and kept clean with dry shampoo. She visited forty states with the candidate, made more than 3,800 live television reports, and tried to endure a gazillion loops of Elton John's "Tiny Dancer"--a Trump rally playlist staple. From day 1 to day 500, Tur documented Trump's inconsistencies, fact-checked his falsities, and called him out on his lies. In return, Trump repeatedly singled Tur out. He tried to charm her, intimidate her, and shame her. At one point, he got a crowd so riled up against Tur, Secret Service agents had to walk her to her car. None of it worked. Facts are stubborn. So was Tur. She was part of the first women-led politics team in the history of network news. The Boys on the Bus became the Girls on the Plane. But the circus remained. Through all the long nights, wild scoops, naked chauvinism, dodgy staffers, and fevered debates, no one had a better view than Tur. Unbelievable is her darkly comic, fascinatingly bizarre, and often scary story of how America sent a former reality show host to the White House. It's also the story of what it was like for Tur to be there as it happened, inside a no-rules world where reporters were spat on, demeaned, and discredited. Tur was a foreign correspondent who came home to her most foreign story of all. Unbelievable is a must-read for anyone who still wakes up and wonders, Is this real life?
A conspiracy of kings: a Queen's thief novel, Megan Whalen Turner.
New York Times-bestselling author Megan Whalen Turner's entrancing and award-winning Queen's Thief novels bring to life the world of the epics and feature one of the most charismatic and incorrigible characters of fiction, Eugenides the thief. After an attempted assassination and kidnapping, Sophos, heir to the throne of Sounis, disappears. Those who care for him--including the thief Eugenides and the Queen of Eddis--are left to wonder if he is alive and if they will ever see him again.
The king of Attolia: a Queen's thief novel, Megan Whalen Turner.
New York Times-bestselling author Megan Whalen Turner's entrancing and award-winning Queen's Thief novels bring to life the world of the epics and feature one of the most charismatic and incorrigible characters of fiction, Eugenides the thief. Megan Whalen Turner's Queen's Thief novels are rich with political machinations and intrigue, battles lost and won, dangerous journeys, divine intervention, power, passion, revenge, and deception. Eugenides, no stranger to desperate circumstances, has gotten himself into difficulties he can't get out of. Used to being treated with a certain measure of wariness, if not respect, he suffers the pranks, insults, and intrigue of the Attolian court with dwindling patience. As usual, nothing is as it appears when he rescues a hot-headed young soldier in the Palace Guard.
The queen of Attolia, Megan Whalen Turner.
The brilliant thief Eugenides has visited the queen of Attolia's palace one too many times, leaving small tokens and then departing unseen. When his final excursion does not go as planned, he is captured by the ruthless queen.
The thief: a Queen's thief novel, Megan Whalen Turner.
New York Times-bestselling author Megan Whalen Turner's entrancing and award-winning Queen's Thief novels bring to life the world of the epics and feature one of the most charismatic and incorrigible characters of fiction, Eugenides the thief. Megan Whalen Turner's Queen's Thief novels are rich with political machinations and intrigue, battles lost and won, dangerous journeys, divine intervention, power, passion, revenge, and deception. Eugenides, the queen's thief, can steal anything--or so he says. When his boasting lands him in prison and the king's magus invites him on a quest to steal a legendary object, he's in no position to refuse. The magus thinks he has the right tool for the job, but Gen has plans of his own.
Montmorency and the assassins, Eleanor Updale.
As the 19th century draws to a close, war is in the air, and influenza is sweeping the globe. Montmorency and his companion, Lord George Fox-Selwyn, are offered an attractive job. Can they trace some rare specimens stolen from the collection of a reclusive naturalist? Their search leads them to Italy - but what they thought would be a holiday from the world of international intrigue instead leads the pair to discover a web of anarchist conspirators, intent on spreading terror and death across Europe. It's been 20 years since Montmorency crawled out of a sewer and started his new life as a gentleman. But could his alter-ego Scarper re-emerge in the hope of influencing a younger generation - in particular, George's nephew, Frank? And can he be of help as they delve into the violent political underworld to thwart a plot that threatens hundreds of lives?
The Christmas blessing, Donna VanLiere.
Sequel to The Christmas Shoes. Now, the story continues in The Christmas Blessing. Nathan Andrews is now a man; his greatest wish is to be a doctor. But beyond his studies of medicine, Nathan realizes there are still things to be learned about faith, blessings, giving, and sacrifice. Lessons he will learn from a young woman with a disease that seems hopeless. But hope can exist in the darkest places, and love is always the greatest gift of all.
When the air hits your brain: tales from neurosurgery, Frank T. Vertosick.
With poignant insight and humour, Frank Vertosick, Jr., MD, describes some of the greatest challenges of his career, including a six-week-old infant with a tumour in her brain, a young man struck down in his prime by paraplegia, and a minister with a .22-caliber bullet lodged in his skull. Told through intimate portraits of Vertosick's patients and unsparing yet fascinatingly detailed descriptions of surgical procedures, When the Air Hits Your Brain-the culmination of decades spent struggling to learn an unforgiving craft-illuminates both the mysteries of the mind and the realities of the operating room.
What this story needs is a munch and a crunch, Emma J. Virján.
Join Pig and her friends in another fun read-aloud adventure as they figure out a way to keep the picnic fun and games going, even with a little rain. What this story needs--is a pig in a wig baking bread, pouring punch, and meeting a friend for a picnic lunch. But just as the outdoor fun and games get started, a thunderstorm rolls in and it turns out what this story really needs is...another place to eat!
By any name, Cynthia Voigt.
While serving in the USO during WWII, Mumma meets Pops. She's got many suitors, but it's Pops who wins her heart. Their road is rocky though: his family sees his marriage to an orphan as beneath him and her own dreams of being more than just a wife and mother are jeopardized. But while Mumma never counted on there being challenges at every turn, those turns also never anticipated a force of nature like Mumma. Over the next fifty years, she raises four daughters, and they see her as everything from pig-headed to loving. Through their eyes, acclaimed author Cynthia Voigt paints a gorgeous portrait of Mumma in all her complexity and uses it to explore the intense, spirited connection between mothers and daughters.
Stick dog craves candy, Tom Watson.
Perfect for fans of Big Nate, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, and the previous Stick Dog books, Tom Watson's hilarious series continues with Stick Dog Craves Candy--a fun Halloween adventure! Stick Dog and the gang are on their usual hunt for food, but there is something unusual going on. Little humans are dressed up as creepy witches and spooky ghosts, all carrying big orange buckets! Their search leads them to something unexpected and delicious and sweet--candy! Once they get a taste, they will stop at nothing to get more. The gang will have to avoid terrifying witches and even escape a creepy haunted house! Will Stick Dog's smarts, courage, and patience be enough to lead his buddies to the best treats ever? Witches, and ghosts, and goblins...and Stick Dog and friends! Oh my!
Broken heart, Tim Weaver.
From the bestselling author of Never Coming Back and the chart-topping Missing podcast, comes the latest David Raker missing persons investigation. Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable, audiobook edition of Broken Heart by Tim Weaver, read by Joe Coen and John Chancer. 'In Broken Heart, Weaver moves up a notch - to excellence. I can't remember a thriller containing so many twists and surprises. It grips from the start.' The Times, Book of the Month. Where did she go? What did she know? A woman drives to a secluded beauty spot on the Somerset coast. CCTV watches her enter but doesn't see her leaving. In fact, Lynda Korin is never seen again. How can someone just disappear? Her sister calls missing persons investigator David Raker. For him, the mystery of where she went is only the start. The real question is why a woman with no reason to run would choose to leave her entire life behind? Was it her decision? Or did someone make it for her? Raker is an expert at following the echoes of decades-old lies. But only Lynda Korin knows the most shocking secret of all - and she's missing, presumed dead.
All the wicked girls, Chris Whitaker.
'Raine sometimes complains that nothing exciting is ever gonna happen in Grace again. Daddy told her careful what you wish for.' Everyone loves Summer Ryan. A model student and musical prodigy, she's a ray of light in the struggling small town of Grace, Alabama - especially compared to her troubled sister, Raine. Then Summer goes missing. Grace is already simmering, and with this new tragedy the police have their hands full keeping the peace. Only Raine throws herself into the search, supported by a most unlikely ally. But perhaps there was always more to Summer than met the eye .
City of golden shadow, by Tad Williams.
City of Golden Shadow is a complex suspense novel of the near future, where virtual reality has expanded to encompass all aspects of society– and national, physical, and mental boundaries are limited only by the virtue or darkness of the imagination, offering an entirely new level of freedom to people in all walks of life. But a blood-chilling conspiracy involving the world's most powerful individuals now threatens to shatter this world to its very core .
Mountain of black glass, Tad Williams.
Mountain of Black Glass is the third volume of Tad Williams' highly acclaimed four-book series, Otherland. A truly unique reading experience combining elements of science fiction, fantasy, and techno-thriller, it is a rich epic tale in which virtual reality could prove the key to a whole new universe of possibilities for the entire human race--or become the exclusive domain of the rich and the ruthless as they seek a technological pathway to immortality..
River of blue fire, by Tad Williams.
Explorers of the virtual-reality universe, Otherland, attempt to return to the real world, only to be flung into even more bizarre worlds. The universe is the creation of evil men who trap the minds of children in their quest for eternal life.
Clayton Byrd goes underground, Rita Williams-Garcia.
Clayton feels most alive when he's with his grandfather, Cool Papa Byrd, and the band of Bluesmen he can't wait to join them, just as soon as he has a blues song of his own. But then the unthinkable happens. Cool Papa Byrd dies, and Clayton's mother forbids Clayton from playing the blues. And Clayton knows that's no way to live. Armed with his grandfather's brown porkpie hat and his harmonica, he runs away from home in search of the Bluesmen, hoping he can join them on the road. But on the journey that takes him through the New York City subways and to Washington Square Park, Clayton learns some things that surprise him.
The law of divine compensation: on work, money, and miracles, Marianne Williamson.
There are two realms that we have the ability to inhabit: the physical realm and the spiritual realm. In the physical realm, we find ourselves stressed by debt, unemployment, health bills, and more. These fears are real, but we don't have to find ourselves stuck there. Instead, we can enter the spiritual realm, where God has promised to make abundance and prosperity available to us all.
A return to love workshop: the basics of a Course in Miracles, Marianne Williamson.
This audio workshop by the New York Times best-selling author of A Return to Love, deals with practical issues such as: How do we make the switch from fear to love? What are the practical keys? What makes a miracle happen? What makes forgiveness more than just a word, what does it offer us, and how do we do it? Where do our relationships fit in? Why are they often painful, and how can they be miraculous instead? In what way is our relationship to God the key to our success in the world? How do we find inner peace, and help create peace in the world around us?
A year of miracles: daily devotions and reflections, by Marianne Williamson.
Marianne Williamson, author of the bestselling classic A Return to Love and world-renowned teacher, has taught millions around the world an incredible secret: you can transform your life and the world by simply changing how you think. Our thoughts hold our destiny. In A Year of Miracles, she provides 365 reflections and devotions that offer guidance and spiritual support for following the path of love .
Diamond, Jacqueline Wilson.
Diamond wasn't always a star. Born to penniless parents who longed for a strong, healthy son, she was a dainty, delicate daughter and a bitter disappointment. Discovering she has an extraordinary natural gift for acrobatics, Diamond tries to use her talent to earn a few pennies, but simply brings shame on her family. Then a mysterious, cruel-eyed stranger spots her performing on the street, and makes a deal with her father. Diamond is sold for five guineas, and is taken, alone and frightened, to become an acrobat at Tanglefield's Travelling Circus. The crowds adore Diamond, but life behind the red velvet curtains is far from glamorous. Her master is wicked and greedy, forcing Diamond to attempt ever more daring and dangerous tricks, until she is terrified to step into the ring. But there are true friends to be found at the circus, too: the gentle Mister Marvel; the kindly Madame Adeline; and the glorious Emerald Star, Tanglefield's brand-new ringmaster, and Diamond's heroine. When life at the circus becomes too dangerous to bear any longer, what will the future hold for Diamond? And will her beloved Emerald be a part of it?
Emerald Star, Jacqueline Wilson.
Since leaving the Foundling Hospital, Hetty has seen her fair share of drama, excitement, tragedy and loss. After the death of her beloved mama, she sets off to find a real home at last - starting with the search for her father. But Hetty is no longer a simple country girl, and begins to fear she'll never truly belong anywhere. And even when she is reunited with her beloved childhood sweetheart Jem, Hetty still longs for adventure - especially when an enchanting figure from her past makes an unexpected reappearance. Could a more exciting future lie ahead for Hetty?
Hetty Feather, Jacqueline Wilson.
London, 1876. Hetty Feather is just a tiny baby when her mother leaves her at the Foundling Hospital. The Hospital cares for abandoned children - but Hetty must first live with a foster family until she is big enough to go to school. Life in the countryside is hard, but Hetty helps in the fields and plays games with her foster brothers, Jem and Gideon. Together they sneak off to visit the travelling circus, and Hetty is mesmerised by the show - especially the stunning Madame Adeline and her performing horses. Hetty returns to the Foundling Hospital to begin her education - the awful uniforms and terrible food are a struggle for her, and she desperately misses her beloved Jem. But now she has the chance to find her real mother. Could she really be the wonderful Madame Adeline? Or will Hetty find the truth is even more surprising?
Sapphire Battersea, Jacqueline Wilson.
Hetty Feather is a Foundling Hospital girl and was given her name when she was left there as a baby. When she is reunited with her mother, she hopes her beautiful new name, Sapphire Battersea, will also mean a new life! But things don't always go as planned ... Follow the twists and turns of Hetty's adventure as she goes out to work as a maid for a wealthy man. She longs to be reunited with her childhood sweetheart Jem - but also finds a new sweetheart, Bertie the butcher's boy, who whisks her away from her chores to experience the delights of the funfair! But Hetty's life may also take a darker path. Can she cope with the trials ahead?
Love among the chickens, P.G. Wodehouse.
Stanley Featherstonehaugh Ukridge has hit upon a fool-proof plan to get rich quick: he's starting a chicken farm. Dragging his adoring wife Millie and his long-suffering friend and novelist Jeremy Garnet with him to Dorset, he begins his enterprise. Complications ensue, involving the taciturn Hired Man and his bumptious dog, supercilious chickens, irascible professors, angry creditors, and divided lovers.
Ever yours, Oscar: selected letters by Oscar Wilde performed by Brian Bedford, Peter Wylde.
Ever Yours, Oscar tells the story of Oscar Wilde's life through his letters, revealing little-known aspects of the man whose timeless works range from The Picture of Dorian Gray to The Importance of Being Earnest. Brian Bedford, the late Tony-winning actor, brings Wilde's words to life in this unique, engaging performance.
I contain multitudes: the microbes within us and a grander view of life, Ed Yong.
Every animal, whether human, squid, or wasp, is home to millions of bacteria and other microbes. Ed Yong, whose humour is as evident as his erudition, prompts listeners to look at themselves and their animal companions in a new light, less as individuals and more as the interconnected, interdependent multitudes they assuredly are.
The secret life of cows, Rosamund Young.
Cows are as varied as people. They can be highly intelligent or slow to understand; vain, considerate, proud, shy or inventive. Although much of a cow's day is spent eating, they always find time for extracurricular activities such as babysitting, playing hide and seek, blackberry picking or fighting a tree. This is an affectionate record of a hitherto secret world.
Thrawn, Timothy Zahn.
In this definitive novel, readers will follow Thrawn's rise to power--uncovering the events that created one of the most iconic villains in Star Wars history. One of the most cunning and ruthless warriors in the history of the Galactic Empire, Grand Admiral Thrawn is also one of the most captivating characters in the Star Wars universe, from his introduction in bestselling author Timothy Zahn's classic Heir to the Empire, through his continuing adventures in Dark Force Rising, The Last Command, and beyond. But Thrawn's origins and the story of his rise in the Imperial ranks have remained mysterious. Now, in Star Wars: Thrawn, Timothy Zahn chronicles the fateful events that launched the blue-skinned, red-eyed master of military strategy and lethal warfare into the highest realms of power--and infamy. After Thrawn is rescued from exile by Imperial soldiers, his deadly ingenuity and keen tactical abilities swiftly capture the attention of Emperor Palpatine. And just as quickly, Thrawn proves to be as indispensable to the Empire as he is ambitious; as devoted as its most loyal servant, Darth Vader; and a brilliant warrior never to be underestimated. On missions to rout smugglers, snare spies, and defeat pirates, he triumphs time and again--even as his renegade methods infuriate superiors while inspiring ever greater admiration from the Empire. As one promotion follows another in his rapid ascension to greater power, he schools his trusted aide, Ensign Eli Vanto, in the arts of combat and leadership, and the secrets of claiming victory. But even though Thrawn dominates the battlefield, he has much to learn in the arena of politics where ruthless administrator Arihnda Pryce holds the power to be a potent ally or a brutal enemy. All these lessons will be put to the ultimate test when Thrawn rises to admiral--and must pit all the knowledge, instincts, and battle forces at his command against an insurgent uprising that threatens not only innocent lives but also the Empire's grip on the galaxy--and his own carefully laid plans for future ascendancy.

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Amish Christmas memories: three Amish Christmas novellas, Jerry S. Eicher, Mary Ellis, Murray Pura.
Susanna's Christmas Wish: Susanna Byler wants to spend the holidays with the man of her dreams. But is that the plain Amishman she married for convenience, or her Englisha first love who recently reappeared in her life? Sarah's Christmas Miracle: As Christmas approaches, Sarah Beachy searches for her brother who left the Order years ago. Sarah's mother has been missing her son for so long...will she also lose her daughter to the English? Or will this family receive an unexpected miracle? An Amish Family Christmas: Naomi Miller's friend Rebecca tries to help her recover from tragedy. Then Rebecca's brother, Naomi's husband, returns from the military and is shunned. An unexpected turn of events sets things right, bringing this Amish family and their community a truly joyous celebration.
An Amish winter: three novellas, Amy Clipston, Kelly Irvin and Beth Cameron.
Christmas visitor. Frannie Mast knows her parents have good intentions when they send her back to Bee County, Texas, to live with her aunt and her aunt's new husband Mordecai. After all, Frannie knows nothing can come of a relationship with Rocky, the handsome Englisch farm boy back in Missouri. But all bets are off when Rocky follows Frannie to Texas to plead his case.
Animal: the definitive visual guide, David Burnie, Editor-in-chief.
Bringing animals, habitats, and up-to-date research to life for readers around the world, Animal explores the creatures that have fascinated and inspired humans for years, from intrepid Emperor penguins to fierce Siberian tigers, to the very intelligent and highly communicative humpback whale. This updated edition introduces the olinguito, the adorable, recently discovered mammal that looks like a cross between a cat and a teddy bear, and the Skywalker gibbon found in the tropical forests of Yunnan Province in southwest China and Myanmar.
Artist's drawing techniques.
This guide to learning how to draw with pencils, charcoal, pens, and pastels will help you develop skills in every medium. It explains which tools, materials, and methods should be used, allowing you to master more than 80 techniques, from shading to blending to perspective to cross-hatching, as you follow inspirational drawing tutorials.
The Australian's proposal, Meredith Webber, Alison Roberts.
The doctor's marriage wish: Emergency Proposal Emergency physician Hamish McGregor is about to leave Crocodile Creek to return to Scotland and the job of his dreams. Until the woman of his dreams walks in. Nurse Kate Winship is here to trace her birth father and pick up the pieces of a shattered life. She's not ready to trust again, not now, and maybe not ever. And Hamish has just three weeks to persuade her to love him for a lifetime. The playboy doctor's proposal:i t may not be entirely true, but Dr Ryan Fisher has a reputation for being a bit of a playboy. His charm wins over the patients and the female staff. All except one - the one he really wants. Dr Hannah Jackson avoids men like Ryan Fisher - instinctively protecting herself from heartbreak. When she discovers they are both heading to Crocodile Creek she can't believe her bad luck. An emergency forces them to work together, and Hannah discovers a different side to Ryan. Soon she's tempted to let her guard down as she realises they would make a great team - professionally and personally. The nurse he's been waiting for: Beautiful nurse Grace O'Riordan has always been in love with sexy police officer Harry Blake. Harry is recently widowed, so Grace knows she must keep her distance if the friendship she values so deeply is to continue - however much her heart tells her otherwise. As a cyclone hits the Creek, Harry and Grace are forced together to save lives - and Harry's feelings are jolted into an intense emotional connection he never believed he'd feel again.
Berlitz Australia pocket guide, Berlitz Travel.
From dazzling Sydney and the stunning Great Ocean Road to the majestic monolith of Uluru, Australia has much to tempt the visitor. Berlitz Pocket Guide Australia is a concise, full-colour travel guide that combines lively text with vivid photography to highlight the best of Down Under. Inside Australia Pocket Guide: Where To Go details all the key sights in the country, while handy maps on the cover flaps help you find your way around, and are cross-referenced to the text. Top 10 Attractions gives a run-down of the best sights to take in on your trip. Perfect Tour provides an itinerary of the country. What To Do is a snapshot of ways to spend your spare time, from catching a rugby match and snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef to exploring the cities' lively markets and finding the best nightlife. Essential information on Australia's culture, including a brief history of the country. Eating Out covers the country's diverse cuisine. A-Z of all the practical information you'll need. About Berlitz: Berlitz draws on years of travel and language expertise to bring you a wide range of travel and language products, including travel guides, maps, phrase books, language-learning courses, dictionaries and kids' language products.
The best American mystery stories 2017, Edited by John Sandford.
'Some people might tell you that crime short stories, unlike the more precious kind, are a kind of fictional ghetto, full of cardboard characters and clichéd situations. Not true. These stories are remarkably free of bullshit although there's always a little, just to grease the wheels,' writes guest editor John Sandford in his introduction. From an isolated Wyoming ranch to the Detroit boxing underworld, and from kidnapping and adultery in the Hollywood Hills to a serial killer loose in a nursing home, The Best American Mystery Stories 2017 hosts an entertaining abundance of crime, psychological suspense, and bad intentions. The Best American Mystery Stories 2017 includes C. J. Box, Gerri Brightwell, Jeffery Deaver, Brendan Dubois, Trina Corey, Craig Johnson, Joyce Carol Oates, Peter Straub and others.
The best American science fiction and fantasy 2017.
'This volume showcases the nuanced, playful, ever-expanding definitions of the genre and celebrates its current renaissance.' Washington Post Science fiction and fantasy can encompass so much, from far-future deep-space sagas to quiet contemporary tales to unreal kingdoms and beasts. But what the best of these stories do is the same across the genres they illuminate the whole gamut of the human experience, interrogating our hopes and our fears. With a diverse selection of stories chosen by series editor John Joseph Adams and guest editor Charles Yu, The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2017 continues to explore the ever-expanding and changing world of SFF today, with Yu bringing his unique view literary, meta, and adventurous to the series' third edition.
Betoota's Australia, The Betoota Advocate.
A relatively comprehensive guide to the Great Southern Land by arguably Australia's oldest newspaper. Now in its 11th edition, this full-colour guide to contemporary Australia has been touted as the most comprehensive insight into the lucky country since Microsoft's Encarta. Initially written for those venturing for the first time beyond Betoota's city limits, Betoota's Australia has become the go-to bible for anyone looking to uncover the real Australia behind the headlines. The places, the people, the politics, the language, the sport and much more are here perfectly articulated by what is arguably our country's oldest newspaper, The Betoota Advocate, which can boast more readers than The Australian. It's the type of quality publication we've come to expect from a news organ never hamstrung by editorial standards, and features pictures, profiles and fairly up-to-date maps, as well as some frankly incredible facts and stats. Compiled by the paper's editors - former News of the World deputy editor Errol Parker and the home-grown Clancy Overell - Betoota's Australia brings the Great Southern Land to life.
Blissful seduction, Lynne Graham, Heidi Betts, Cathy Williams.
One night of consequences. The Secret His Mistress Carried: Irresistibly gorgeous Greek Giorgios Letsos has one thing on his mind: finding Billie Smith, his mistress before his marriage. But the sweet woman he once knew slams the door in his face. She's determined not to fall for his seduction again. Especially now that she has a secret to protect. Secrets, Lies and Lullabies: When Jessica Taylor spots Alexander Bajoran, the man who ruined her family, at the resort where she's working, she plots revenge. But the plan backfires when Jessica is seduced by the wealthy businessman and she becomes mother to his child. To Sin with the Tycoon: With the quirk of an eyebrow, Gabriel Cabrera can get anything he wants. That is until he meets PA Alice Morgan and realises three things:1) He's jealous - a first. 2) He's in pursuit - also a first. 3) She seems immune to his charms - definitely a first.
Books that changed history.
Turn the pages of the most famous books of all time and marvel at the stories behind them. Over 75 of the world's most celebrated, rare, and seminal books are examined and explained in this stunning treasury. 'Books That Changed History' is a unique encyclopaedia spanning the history of the written word, from 3000 BCE to the modern day. Chronological chapters show the evolution of human knowledge and the changing ways in which books are made. Discover incredible coverage of history's most influential books including the Mahabharata, Shakespeare's First Folio, The Diary of Anne Frank, and Penguin's first ever paperbacks. From Darwin's ground-breaking On the Origin of Species to Louis Braille's conception of the Braille system that we still use today, these are world famous books that have had the biggest impact on history. Every book is presented with breath-taking photography and fascinating biographies of those who created them. 'Books That Changed History' gathers dictionaries, diaries, plays, poems, treaties, and religious texts into one stunning celebration of the undisputed power of books.
Careers bundle for dummies: CVs for dummies, Answering tough interview questions for dummies, Time management for dummies.
Created for all job hunters, this e-book bundle contains everything you need to get yourself that dream career! CVs For Dummies shows you how to create a brilliant CV that will get you and the job you deserve. With dozens of useful sample CVs from a diverse range of industries and age groups, plus advice on structure, language and classic CV mistakes that could be holding them back, this book is the easiest way to a CV tune-up and your dream job. Answering Tough Interview Questions For Dummies helps you build towards show-stopping interviews by making your honest answers sound great and your best answers honest. With expert author advice you will learn how to avoid cliché answers, dismiss interview nerves and beat the psychometric test. Time Management For Dummies helps you become more efficient, effective and productive with your time and it is your one-stop guide to taking control of your life. Packed with hundreds of time-saving ideas, techniques and strategies, you'll be able to: get on top of your workload, communicate effectively, make the most of your business meetings, organise your desk and files, prioritise and delegate well, and kick the procrastination habit.
Christmas favourites: festive recipes from Australia's top chefs, Murdoch Books Test Kitchen.
From Pete Evans' garlic chilli prawns to Frank Camorra's braised venison and Adriano Zumbo's sticky date macarons, Christmas Favourites presents a selection of beautiful festive dishes by Australia's top culinary talent. Also included are 10 Christmas classics from the Murdoch Books Test Kitchen - all triple-tested to make sure the only surprises you'll have on the day come from under the tree. Contributors include Neil Perry, Pete Evans, Frank Camorra, Adriano Zumbo, Bill Granger, Luke Nguyen, Tony Bilson, Paul Mercurio, Mark Jensen, Peter Kuruvita, and the Murdoch Books Test Kitchen staff. We hope you have a wonderful Christmas and discover some new family favourites to enjoy for years to come.
Christmas made easy, Edited by Mary Cadogan.
Full of tips and secrets to ensure that every Christmas dish is a rip-roaring success, the cook will be relaxed in the knowledge that all the recipes are practical and easy to follow. Time is in short supply during the festive season so the recipe book shows the reader which dishes can be made ahead, what can be frozen and how to cheat successfully when the chips are down. Readers will find over 80 festive recipes, all photographed, and features also include the complete Christmas day feast turkey with all the trimmings, and more with an essential timeplan, and guest contributions from all the top chefs.
Comics Squad. Detention!, Edited by Jennifer L. Holm, Matthew Holm & Jarrett J. Krosoczka.
An anthology of comics by well-known graphic novelists on the theme of detention.
Criminal justice: a New Zealand introduction, Edited by Jarrod Gilbert and Greg Newbold.
In this major new textbook, leading scholars from criminology, history, journalism, law, psychology, sociology and other fields take students and general readers inside New Zealand's criminal justice system. The authors begin with an introduction to the history and current state of crime, policing and prisons in New Zealand; they then explain the workings of criminal procedure, from evidence to sentencing; and finally they address key current issues such as Māori and the justice system, youth and gangs, psychology and the media. For students and general readers, this book tackles the big questions: How can crime be explained? Is crime rising or falling and if so, why? How do the police operate? How do the courts work? What is the meaning of a 'life' sentence? What is the link between crime and mental instability? Why are Māori over-represented in the criminal justice system? How do we deal with youthful offenders? How do judicial miscarriages arise? Do the stories we read about crime in the media reflect reality? And how does justice operate in the criminal underworld? This book is an important new introduction to New Zealand's criminal justice system - from crime and policing to the courts - aimed at students and general readers.
Electronic keyboard lessons for beginners: teach yourself how to play keyboard.
Teach yourself how to play keyboard with our easy electronic keyboard lessons for beginners. Covers the fundamental techniques and keyboard theory required to learn to play keyboard including notes and chords - both full fingered and automatic chords using the auto accompaniment function. Suitable for all ages and all types of electronic keyboards that include an auto-chord function including Yamaha keyboard, Casio keyboard and Roland keyboard. Includes 50+ electronic keyboard exercises and popular easy keyboard songs for beginners in pop keyboard, rock keyboard, blues keyboard, folk keyboard.
England's South Coast.
Taking you from Kent to Cornwall, this is the only travel guide dedicated to England's South Coast. From the stunning Cornish coastline, the rolling countryside of Sussex and the unspoilt New Forest to the magnificent cathedral at Canterbury, the beautiful Georgian city of Bath, and iconic Stonehenge, DK Eyewitness Travel Guide England's South Coast leads you straight to the best things to see and do. Itineraries and suggested walking tours explore the most interesting areas while comprehensive listings cover the best places to visit in Somerset, Kent, Dorset and Devon, including top beaches, stately homes, gardens, museums, pubs, restaurants and hotels. Covers London, Kent, Sussex, Hampshire, Salisbury Plain, Dorset, Somerset, Devon and Cornwall.
The Good Housekeeping Christmas cookbook.
Provides guidance on entertaining at Christmastime and presents over three hundred recipes, including Christmas pumpkin popovers, red velvet holiday trifle, and roast turkey with wild mushroom gravy.
Journey: an illustrated history of travel, Foreword, Simon Reeve; editorial consultant, Michael Collins; contributors, Simon Adams, R.G. Grant, Andrew Humphreys.
A lavishly illustrated account of human journeys with a foreword by Simon Reeve, from Ancient Persian couriers to the ascent of Everest, the invention of Concorde, and the voyage into space itself. Human journeys have arisen from all manner of impulse, from migration and the search for food, to pilgrimages, trade, scientific curiosity, or simply the quest for adventure. Journey is a stunning visual guide to the stories of human movement and endeavour from the first trade networks in ancient Sumer to the epic Voyager missions. Follow in humanity's footsteps around the globe with exciting accounts of history's most famous, significant, and thrilling journeys. Discover biographies of conquerors, explorers, and travellers, stories of scientific discovery and technological innovation, literary journals, stunning works of art, and catalogues of travel-related memorabilia and documents, such as passports, postcards, and portmanteaux.
Machines of war.
From the first repeating rifles to the most advanced military technology of the 21st century, Machines of War presents a one-of-a-kind illustrated history of modern warfare, told through the weapons and vehicles that have dominated the battlefield since the Industrial Revolution. Discover vehicles from the Industrial era, World War I, World War II, the Cold War, and the modern world. Look up-close at the Gatling gun, the Spitfire fighter plane, the T-72 Tank and many more with virtual tours putting you at the helm of war's most formidable weapons.
Mad hatters and march hares: all-new stories from the world of Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland, Edited by Ellen Datlow.
From master anthologist Ellen Datlow comes an all-original of weird tales inspired by the strangeness of Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There. Between the hallucinogenic, weird, imaginative wordplay and the brilliant mathematical puzzles and social satire, Alice has been read, enjoyed, and savored by every generation since its publication. Datlow asked eighteen of the most brilliant and acclaimed writers working today to dream up stories inspired by all the strange events and surreal characters found in Wonderland.
Maea te toi ora: Māori health transformations, Edited by Te Kani Kingi.
In Maea te Toi Ora: Māori Health Transformations Māori clinicians and researchers explore the relationship between Māori culture and Māori mental health. The six contributing authors in the collection are Simon Bennett, Mason Durie, Hinemoa Elder, Te Kani Kingi, Mark Lawrence and Rees Tapsell and are all well-known in the mental health field. Each discusses aspects of Māori and indigenous health and the importance of culture to diagnosis, patient history, understanding causes, treatment and assessment of outcomes. Along with a discussion of current research into and knowledge about health and culture, the authors provide case studies from their own experiences of working with Māori to restore well-being.
Margret & H.A. Rey's Curious George's first day of school, Illustrated in the style of H.A. Rey by Anna Grossnickle Hines.
When Curious George attends the first day of school as a special helper, he winds up creating a big mess.
The meaning of Michelle: 16 writers on the iconic First Lady and how her journey inspires our own, Edited by Veronica Chambers.
Michelle Obama is unlike any other First Lady in American history. From her first moments on the public stage, she has challenged traditional American notions about what it means to be beautiful, to be strong, to be fashion-conscious, to be healthy, to be First Mom, to be a caretaker and hostess, and to be partner to the most powerful man in the world. As Hillary Clinton has said, admiringly about Michelle Obama, our soon to be ex-First Lady exemplifies the ideal concept of American womanhood. What is remarkable is that, at 52, she is just getting started. A rollicking, lively dinner-party conversation about race, class, marriage, creativity, womanhood, and what it means to be American today, [this book] offers a parting gift for a landmark moment in American history.
Mississippi roll, Edited by George R.R. Martin; written by Stephen Leigh, David D. Levine, John Jos. Miller, Kevin Andrew Murphy, Cherie Priest, Carrie Vaughn.
After the suspicious death of a crew member on the historical steamboat Natchez, retired NY police detective Leo Storgman seeks to discover the ship's secrets, including the truth behind ghostly sightings of its first captain.
Monstrous affections: an anthology of beastly tales, Edited by Kelly Link and Gavin J Grant.
An anthology of stories explores the intersection of fear and romance, ambition and sacrifice, loneliness and rage, love requited and avenged, and the boundless potential for connection, even across extreme borders.
My encyclopedia of very important things, Project editor, James Mitchem.
Presents facts about such topics as geography, biology, and culture.
New Zealand pocket guide.
Berlitz Pocket Guide New Zealand combines informative text with vivid colour photography to uncover a country of spectacular natural beauty. It covers everything you need to know about the country's attractions, from the urban centres of Auckland, Wellington and Queenstown to the glowworm caves at Waitomo, the geothermal area of Rotorua, whale-watching at Kaikoura and glacier-trekking in the Southern Alps. Handy maps on the cover flaps help you navigate, and the book uses colour-coding to differentiate between sections. To inspire you, the book offers a rundown of the Top 10 attractions in the country, followed by an itinerary for a Perfect Tour of New Zealand. The What To Do chapter is a snapshot of ways to spend your time, from watching a Māori concert to catching a rugby game, from adrenaline-pumping sky-diving and white-water rafting to the more sedate activities of hiking, kayaking and fishing. The book provides all the essential background information, including a brief history of New Zealand and an Eating Out chapter covering the varied cuisine and delicious wines. There are carefully chosen listings of the best hotels and restaurants, and an A-Z of all the practical information you'll need.
Northern Spain, Contributors: Agnieszka Drewno and three others.
This guide will help you to discover everything region-by-region; from Spain's most dramatic coastline to lush forests, deep-green valleys and soaring high mountain scenery, as well as exquisite beaches facing the Atlantic surf. Detailed listings will guide you to the best restaurants for the superb food that northern Spain has to offer, as well as details of hotels, bars and shops for all budgets, our detailed practical information will help you to get around, whether by train, bus or car. Plus, DK's excellent insider tips and essential local information will help you explore every corner of northern Spain effortlessly.
Orphan black and philosophy: grand theft DNA, Edited by Richard Greene and Rachel Robison-Greene.
In Orphan Black, several apparently unconnected women discover that they are exact physical doubles, that there are more of them out there, that they are all illegally produced clones, and that someone is having them killed. They find themselves in the midst of a secret and violent struggle between a fundamentalist religious group, a fanatical cult of superhuman biological enhancement, a clandestine department of the military, and a giant biotech corporation. Law enforcement is powerless and easily manipulated by these sinister forces. The clones are forced to form their own Clone Club, led by the resourceful Sarah Manning, to defend themselves against their numerous enemies and to find out exactly where they came from and why. Orphan Black continually raises philosophical issues, as well as ethical and policy questions deserving philosophical analysis. What makes a person a unique individual? Why is it so important for us to know where we came from? Should we have a say in whether a clone is made of us? Is it immoral to generate clones with built-in health problems or personality defects - and if so, does that mean that producers of clones must practice eugenic selection? What light does the behavior of members of the Clone Club shed on the nature-nurture debate? Is it relevant that most are heterosexual, one is a lesbian, and one is a transgendered male? This TV show shows us problems of biotechnology which will soon be vital everyday issues. But what kind of a future faces us when human clones are commonplace? Will groups of human clones have a tight bond of solidarity making them a threat to democracy? If the world is going to be taken over by an evil conspiracy, would it better be a scientific cult like Neolution or a religious cult like the Prolethians? Should biotech corporations be able to own the copyright on human DNA sequences? What rules of morality apply when you can't trust the police and powerful groups are ready to murder you?
Royal Horticultural Society encyclopedia of garden design, Editor-in-chief, Chris Young.
Plant the garden of your dreams and transform your outdoor space with award-winning Royal Horticultural Society garden design experts. Whether you're looking to revive a tired flowerbed or simply looking for new garden ideas, the RHS Encyclopedia of Garden Design will show you how to make your ideal garden a reality. Grasp the fundamentals of garden design, find a style that suits you, and bring your ideas to life. This design bible is packed with advice to guide you from planning to planting. From preparation such as choosing the correct materials for your structures and assessing your drainage, to laying patios, making ponds, and planting perennials, the RHS Encyclopedia of Garden Design is with you every step of the way. Discover inspirational portfolios including modernist, sustainable, Japanese, urban, family, and cottage gardens. Understand the unique features of each garden style, create your own plan, and marvel at case studies showcasing the gold standard of each garden type. With a handy visual dictionary and coverage of all the latest gardening trends, this book combines style with substance to guide you as you plant your perfect outdoor space.
Runner's world complete book of running: everything you need to run for weight loss, fitness, and competition, Edited by Amby Burfoot.
Explains key fitness and nutritional practices, providing coverage of everything from proper hydration and selecting appropriate footwear to improving endurance and marathon training.
Stars: the anthology, Edited by Janis Ian and Mike Resnick.
Science fiction stories, chiefly by American authors, with one Canadian (Robert J. Sawyer) and two British authors (Tanith Lee and Stephen Baxter). Includes, in addition to those in the original anthology, a new story by Michael Swanwick, For I have lain me down on the stone of loneliness and I'll not be back again; omits artwork Cartoons by Alexis Gilliland.
Sydney Harbour Hospital. Volume 2, Fiona Lowe, Melanie Milburne, Emily Forbes.
Tom's redemption. Surgical registrar Hayley Grey knows all the gossip about renowned former head of neurosurgery Tom Jordan, he lived for his job, shunned relationships and two years ago he disappeared. Now he's back and his secret is out. Tom's blind and will never operate again. No wonder he's the proudest, rudest, man she's ever met, but that doesn't stop her being drawn to his powerful charisma! There's no denying the chemistry between them is mind-blowing but there could be so much more if only Tom could let Hayley see the man behind the mask... Lexi's secret. Stylish heiress Lexi Lockhart has it all... but beneath her glossy façade she longs to be taken seriously - especially by head transplant surgeon Sam Bailey. Their fiery attraction is as red-hot as the day he walked away. But even if Lexi gives into temptation, will Sam still want her when he discovers this socialite's deepest secret? Bella's wishlist. Confined to her hospital bed, the only thing keeping shy Bella's vital signs in check (and giving her hope for the future) are the regular visits from Charlie Maxwell, SHH's most charming doc. Charlie's no stranger to crushed dreams but Bella's living on borrowed time. Suddenly, making Bella's deepest wishes come true is Charlie's only priority!
Toward a positive psychology of relationships: new directions in theory and research, Meg A. Warren and Stewart I. Donaldson, editors.
Providing an invaluable resource for scholars and researchers, this book investigates positive psychology and relationships theory and research across a range of settings and life stages – intimate, work, educational, senior/retirement, and in the context of diversity. It explores recent relationships research in the most important life domains and life stages – in romance and at work, during youth and in old age, and in contexts of diversity; brings together contributions from renowned leaders and prolific thinkers in positive relationships; presents science-based information that will be useful to scholars and students as well as general readers.
Vietnam & Angkor Wat.
Provides background information on Vietnam and Angkor Wat; describes the major sights, and suggests hotels, restaurants, entertainment, and outdoor activities.
The weekenders: adventures in Calcutta, Bella Bathurst et al.; edited by Andrew O'Hagan.
Your seed bead style: accents, embellishments, and adornments.
Your Seed Bead Style offers a fun and satisfying way to enhance seed beading by focusing on the addition of unexpected materials. This collection of projects features chapters on crystals and glass, pearls, metals, gemstones, and fibres. Each editor-tested project includes a basics section, a list of supplies, how-to instructions, and clear illustrations and photography. Techniques range from square stitch to herringbone. Crystals and glass can be employed in a Russian snake stitch or a peyote stitch necklace. Pearls can be added for a beachcomber's bracelet or a Gothic chevron necklace. Also here are unique ideas for expanding standard stitching.
Cherish hard, 1977- .
New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh kicks off her new Hard Play contemporary romance series with a sizzling story that'll leave you smiling.
Compass, Mathias Énard.
As night falls over Vienna, Franz Ritter, an insomniac musicologist, takes to his sickbed with an unspecified illness and spends a restless night drifting between dreams and memories, revisiting the important chapters of his life: his ongoing fascination with the Middle East and his numerous travels to Istanbul, Aleppo, Damascus, and Tehran, as well as the various writers, artists, musicians, academics, orientalists, and explorers who populate this vast dreamscape. At the centre of these memories is his elusive, unrequited love, Sarah, a fiercely intelligent French scholar caught in the intricate tension between Europe and the Middle East.
When Michael met Mina, Randa Abdel-Fattah.
When Michael meets Mina, they are at a rally for refugees–standing on opposite sides. Mina fled Afghanistan with her mother via a refugee camp, a leaky boat and a detention centre. Michael's parents have founded a new political party called Aussie Values. They want to stop the boats. Mina wants to stop the hate. When Mina wins a scholarship to Michael's private school, their lives crash together blindingly.
Money, and the law of attraction: learning to attract wealth, health, and happiness, Esther and Jerry Hicks (The Teachings of Abraham).
Offers guidance in using the principles of the law of attraction to attain physical and financial well-being.
The genius of birds, Jennifer Ackerman.
For decades, people have written off birds as largely witless, driven by instinct and capable of only the simplest mental processes. But this just isn't true. In fact, according to revolutionary new research, some birds rival primates and even humans in their remarkable forms of intelligence and social smarts. They make complex navigational decisions, sing in regional accents, and use tools. They deceive and manipulate. They eavesdrop. They kiss to console one another. They share. They give gifts. They teach. They blackmail their parents. They summon witnesses to the death of a peer. They may even grieve. And they do it all with brains so tiny each would fit inside a walnut. In The Genius of Birds, acclaimed author Jennifer Ackerman explores the newly discovered brilliance of birds. As she travels around the world, bringing together the latest science from lab and field, she reveals the intelligent bird behaviour that we can see in our own backyards, at birdfeeders, in parks, in city streets, and in country skies, if only we care to look. And in doing so, she reveals what a bird's intelligence may have to say about our own.
Miss Savidge moves her house: the extraordinary story of May Savidge and her house of a lifetime, Christine Adams.
May Savidge lived in a half-timbered house in Hertfordshire. When the council served her with a compulsory purchase notice to make way for a roundabout, May decided she had to move but so did the house. So she had the whole thing dismantled and shipped to the North Norfolk coast and then spent the rest of her life rebuilding it, single-handed. Her fame spread around the world. Antiques Roadshow broadcast, unprecedentedly, two features about her house. Now her niece, Christine Adams, who inherited May's house and completed it at the cost of her own marriage tells her aunt's life story from the voluminous diaries and letters she left behind. Christine Adams now runs a Bed and Breakfast in May Savidge's old house in Norfolk.
The house of Redgrave: the secret lives of a theatrical dynasty, Tim Adler.
From the landmark films of Tony Richardson to the untimely death of Natasha Richardson - this is the saga of one of the greatest dynasties in British film and theatre. In 1928, at the end of a production of Hamlet at the Old Vic, Laurence Olivier strode to the front of the stage to hush the audience and announced, pointing at his co-star Michael Redgrave, Tonight a great actress has been born. Laertes has a daughter. He meant Vanessa Redgrave. That is where this dramatic book's story begins. It concludes in 2009, with the sudden and tragic death in a skiing accident of Vanessa's daughter Nat.
The chateau of happily-ever-afters, Jaimie Admans.
Escape to beautiful France this summer with this uplifting romantic comedy. Wendy Clayton stopped believing in fairy tales a long time ago. Instead, she has a 'nice' life: nice job, nice flat, absolutely no men. Until her life is turned upside-down when her elderly neighbour, Eulalie, passes away and leaves her the Chateau of Happily Ever Afters. But there's a catch: she must share the sprawling French castle with Eulalie's long-lost nephew, Julian. And no matter how gorgeous he is, or how easily she finds herself falling head over heels, Wendy needs to find a way to get rid of him. Because surely happily ever afters don't happen in real life?
Bread of angels, Tessa Afshar.
Purple. The foundation of an influential trade in a Roman world dominated by men. One woman rises up to take the reins of success in an incredible journey of courage, grit, and friendship. And along the way, she changes the world. But before she was Lydia, the seller of purple, she was simply a merchant's daughter who loved three things: her father, her ancestral home, and making dye. Then unbearable betrayal robs her of nearly everything. With only her father's secret formulas left, Lydia flees to Philippi and struggles to establish her business on her own. Determination and serendipitous acquaintances–along with her father's precious dye–help her become one of the city's preeminent merchants. But fear lingers in every shadow, until Lydia meets the apostle Paul and hears his message of hope, becoming his first European convert. Still, Lydia can't outrun her secrets forever, and when past and present collide, she must either stand firm and trust in her fledgling faith or succumb to the fear that has ruled her life.
Come all you little persons, John Agard.
Come little bird person, come little bee person, come little tree person little persons from all over the world join together to celebrate the dance of life and love in this stunning poem from John Agard.
Life on Mars, Jon Agee.
A young astronaut is trying to find life on Mars, but he's made a very big oversight.
Morocco, Rachida Alaoui.
The DK Eyewitness Travel Guide Morocco will lead you straight to the top attractions the country has to offer. Explore the medinas, museums and souqs of Casablanca, Fes and Tangier, the ruins of the ancient cities of Meknes and Volubilis, the stunning sights in Marrakech or spectacular mountains, deserts and beaches. There are insider tips on everything from culture, shopping and outdoor activities to finding authentic local food and the best places to stay.
The upside of unrequited, Becky Albertalli.
Seventeen-year-old Molly Peskin-Suso knows all about unrequited love, she's lived through it twenty-six times. She crushes hard and crushes often, but always in secret. Because no matter how many times her twin sister, Cassie, tells her to woman up, Molly can't stomach the idea of rejection. So she's careful. Fat girls always have to be careful. Then a cute new girl enters Cassie's orbit, and for the first time ever, Molly's cynical twin is a lovesick mess. Meanwhile, Molly's totally not dying of loneliness, except for the part where she is. Luckily, Cassie's new girlfriend comes with a cute hipster-boy sidekick.
Safely home, Randy C Alcorn.
A soul-stirring story of two college friends who reconnect after 20 years. One is living life apart from God in comfortable corporate America while the other is living for Christ under intense persecution in China.
Under a Tuscan sky, Karen Aldous.
Escape to Tuscany this summer with Karen Aldous's brilliantly uplifting read. When Olivia Montague's grandmother passes away, she decides it's finally time to make some changes in her own life. So she breaks up with her 'going nowhere' boyfriend and embarks on a journey to her Nonna's home in Tuscany. Until now, Olivia has always believed that she's incapable of love, after being abandoned by her parents as a baby. But with each day spent at the gorgeous villa nestled in the rolling Italian hills, she feels her heart begin to flutter. And when handsome antiques dealer Hugh St. James arrives on the scene, she realises things might be about to change.
The unwomanly face of war: an oral history of women in World War II, Svetlana Aleksievich.
Bringing together dozens of voices in her distinctive style, War's Unwomanly Face is Svetlana Alexievich's collection of stories of women's experiences in World War II, both on the front lines, on the home front, and in occupied territories. This is a new, distinct version of the war we're so familiar with. Alexievich gives voice to women whose stories are lost in the official narratives, creating a powerful alternative history from the personal and private stories of individuals. Collectively, these women's voices provide a kaleidoscopic portrait of the human side of the war. When the Swedish Academy awarded Svetlana Alexievich the Nobel Prize in Literature, they praised her polyphonic writings, a monument to suffering and courage in our time, and cited her for inventing a new kind of literary genre. Sara Danius, the permanent secretary of the Swedish Academy, added that her work comprises a history of emotions a history of the soul.
The playbook: 52 rules to aim, shoot, and score in this game called life. Kwame Alexander.
You gotta know the rules to play the game. Ball is life. Take it to the hoop. Soar. What can we imagine for our lives? What if we were the star players, moving and grooving through the game of life? What if we had our own rules of the game to help us get what we want, what we aspire to, what will enrich our lives? Illustrated with photographs by Thai Neave, The Playbook is intended to provide inspiration on the court of life. Each rule containswisdom from inspiring athletes and role models such as Nelson Mandela, Serena Williams, LeBron James, Carli Lloyd, Steph Curry and Michelle Obama. Kwame Alexander also provides his own poetic and uplifting words, as he shares stories of overcoming obstacles andwinning games in this motivational and inspirational book just right for graduates of any age and anyone needing a little encouragement.
Under an amber sky: a gripping emotional page turner you won't be able to put down, Rose Alexander.
When Sophie Taylor's life falls apart, there is only one thing to do: escape and find a new one. Dragged to Montenegro by her best friend Anna, Sophie begins to see the light at the end of a very dark tunnel. But when she stumbles into an old, run-down house on the Bay of Kotor, she surprises even herself when she buys it. Surrounded by old furniture, left behind by the former inhabitants, Sophie becomes obsessed with a young Balkan couple when she discovers a bundle of letters from the 1940s in a broken roll-top desk. Letters that speak of great love, hope and a mystery Sophie can't help but get drawn into. Days in Montenegro are nothing like she expected and as Sophie's home begins to fill with a motley crew of lodgers, the house by the bay begins to breathe again. And for Sophie, life seems to be restarting. But letting go of the past is easier said than done.
Christmas at Carnton, Tamera Alexander.
Recently widowed Aletta Prescott and her six-year old son are about to be evicted when she sees an advertisement for the Ladies Aid Society auction. She applies for a position when a chance meeting with a wounded soldier offers another opportunity. Captain Jake Winston, a Confederate sharpshooter, suffered a head wound at the Battle of Chickamauga. As he heals, Jake is ordered to assist with a local Ladies Aid Society auction. Kowtowing to a bunch of crinolinesisn't his idea of soldiering, but he soon discovers this group of ladies– one, in particular– is far more than he bargained for.
In the midst of winter, Isabel Allende.
Richard Bowmaster, a 60-year-old human rights scholar, hits the car of Evelyn Ortega, a young, undocumented immigrant from Guatemala, in the middle of a snowstorm in Brooklyn. What at first seems just a small inconvenience takes an unforeseen and far more serious turn when Evelyn turns up at the professor's house seeking help. At a loss, the professor asks his tenant Lucia Maraz, a 62-year-old lecturer from Chile, for her advice. These three very different people are brought together in a mesmerizing story that moves from present-day Brooklyn to Guatemala in the recent past to 1970s Chile and Brazil, sparking the beginning of a long overdue love story between Richard and Lucia.
The stories of Eva Luna, Isabel Allende.
A captivating collection of short fiction by one of the most beloved writers of our time. Eva Luna is a young woman whose powers as a storyteller bring her friendship and love. Lying in bed with her European lover, refugee and journalist Rolf Carle, Eva answers his request for a story you have never told anyone before with these twenty-three samples of her vibrant artistry. Interweaving the real and the magical, she explores love, vengeance, compassion and female power, creating a world that is at once poignantly familiar and intriguingly new. Rendered in her sumptuously imagined, uniquely lyrical style, The Stories of Eva Luna is a cornerstone of Isabel Allende's work. This treasure trove of brilliantly crafted stories is a superb example of a writer working at the height of her powers. Eva Lunas stories are delicate, their imagesakin to poetry.
The cowboy SEAL's jingle bell baby, Laura Marie Altom.
Tiffany Lawson promised herself that she would never love a man again. Now she's a pregnant former rodeo queen struggling to support her mother and grandmother. She's picked the perfect adoptive parents, but cowboy Navy SEAL Rowdy Jones isn't letting anyone take his child. Rowdy loves the adrenaline from being a Navy SEAL, but becoming a dad? That trumps everything. While he and Tiffany shared only one night, Rowdy's determined to do the right thing. His next mission–to win Tiffany and keep his son–might be his toughest yet.
Salt houses, Hala Alyan.
From a dazzling new literary voice, a debut novel about a Palestinian family caught between present and past, between displacement and home ... On the eve of her daughter Alia's wedding, Salma reads the girl's future in a cup of coffee dregs. She sees an unsettled life for Alia and her children; she also sees travel, and luck. While she chooses to keep her predictions to herself that day, they will all soon come to pass when the family is up rooted in the wake of the Six-Day War of 1967. Salma is forced to leave her home in Nablus; Alia's brother gets pulled into a politically militarized world he can't escape; and Alia and her gentle-spirited husband move to Kuwait City, where they reluctantly build a life with their three children. When Saddam Hussein invades Kuwait in 1990, Alia and her family once again lose their home, their land, and their story as they know it, scattering to Beirut, Paris, Boston, and beyond. Soon Alia's children begin families of their own, once again navigating the burdens (and blessings) of assimilation in foreign cities. Lyrical and heartbreaking, Salt Houses is a remarkable debut novel that challenges and humanizes an age-old conflict we might think we understand–one that asks us to confront that most devastating of all truths: you can't go home again
Natural wonders of the world, Jamie Ambrose.
A continent by continent exploration of planet Earth's most amazing natural wonders and captivating landscapes, with a foreword by Chris Packham. From Iceland's Skógafoss to Australia's Great Barrier Reef, discover which of the world wonders should definitely make it onto your bucket list with this unparalleled survey of the world's incredible natural treasures.
Draw 50 outer space: the step-by-step way to draw astronauts, rockets, space stations, planets, meteors, comets, asteroids, and more, Lee J Ames.
Part of the best-selling Draw 50 series this step-by-step guide to sketching and rendering astronauts, planets, asteroids, comets, spaceships, space stations, and other elements related to outer space exploration is for artists of all levels. In this new installment of Lee J. Ames's beloved Draw 50 series, readers will find easy-to-follow, step-by-step lessons for outer space drawing. In each lesson, six steps provide everything needed to master drawing all kinds of planets, moons, comets, and meteors, as well as astronauts, rockets, spaceships, and other aspects–both natural and manmade–related to charting the cosmos.
I don't want curly hair!, Laura Ellen Anderson.
No! I do not want this big curly hair! It's messy and silly and just plain unfair. All Curly Haired Girl has ever wanted is straight and luscious locks, but when she meets a little girl with the smoothest, silkiest hair, who says all she's ever wanted is spirally, squiggly hair, they are both confused! A hilarious tale about loving what we have. And hair, lots and lots of hair. I Don't Want Curly Hair! is glorious new picture book for little people who always want what they can't have!
Landscape with invisible hand, M T Anderson.
When jobs typically done by humans are replaced with alien technology from the vuvv, Adam's parents have no money for food, clean water, or medicine. Adam and his girlfriend Chloe are forced to get creative. Since the vuvv love anything of classic Earth culture they begin recording 1950s-style dates which the vuvv watch in a pay-per-minute format. As the money rolls in, how far will Adam be willing to go to give the vuvv what they want?
City of saints & thieves, Natalie C Anderson.
Sixteen-year-old Tina and two friends leave Kenya and slip into the Congo, from where she and her mother fled years before, seeking revenge for her mother's murder, but uncover startling secrets.
Love in a broken vessel: a novel, Mesu Andrews.
Hosea has been charged by God with a difficult task: marry a prostitute in order to show God's people the nature and depth of his love for Israel. When Hosea goes to Israel to proclaim God's message, the prostitute God tells him to marry turns out to be his childhood friend, Gomer. He finds her broken and abused, unwilling to trust Hosea or his God. But when marrying Hosea becomes her only choice, Gomer does what she's good at– she survives. Can Hosea's love for God and God's love for Israel heal Gomer's broken spirit?
The pharaoh's daughter, Mesu Andrews.
I'm trying not to cry. Pharaoh's daughters don't cry. When we make our way down the tiled hall, I try to stop at ummi Kiya's chamber. I know her spirit has flown yet I long for one more moment. Amenia pushes me past so I keep walking and don't look back. Like the waters of the Nile, I will flow. Anippe has grown up in the shadows of Egypt's good god Pharaoh, aware that Anubis, god of the afterlife, may take her or her siblings at any moment. She watched him snatch her mother and infant brother during childbirth, a moment which awakens in her a terrible dread of ever bearing a child. Now she is to be become the bride of Sebak, a kind but quick-tempered Captain of Pharaoh Tut's army. In order to provide Sebak the heir he deserves and yet protect herself from the underworld gods, Anippe must launch a series of deceptions, even involving the Hebrew midwives–women ordered by Tut to drown the sons of their own people in the Nile. When she finds a baby floating in a basket on the great river, Anippe believes Egypt's gods have answered her pleas, entrenching her more deeply in deception and placing her and her son Mehy, whom handmaiden Miriam calls Moses, in mortal danger. As bloodshed and savage politics shift the balance of power in Egypt, the gods reveal their fickle natures and Anippe wonders if her son, a boy of Hebrew blood, could one day become king. Or does the god of her Hebrew servants, the one they call El Shaddai, have a different plan–for them all?
The one and only Ivan, Katherine Applegate.
Inspired by a true story, this is the beautifully written tale of how a mighty gorilla wins his freedom. A winning blend of humour and poignancy that will appeal to fans of Michael Morpurgo. Ivan is an easy-going gorilla who has spent his life performing for the crowds at the Exit 8 shopping mall. He rarely misses life in the jungle. In fact, he hardly thinks about it at all. But everything changes when a baby elephant called Ruby arrives and Ivan realises he must find a new life for them both.
It can't be October already: a story. Jeffrey Archer.
Jeffrey Archer demonstrates his mastery of the short story in It Can't Be October Already. In this engaging and funny episode, Pat O'Flynn returns once again for his annual internment in the London jail system. Along the way, he'll reconnect with the staff and inmates of his sometime-home and perhaps even reach the punchline of his favourite joke. Archer is at his best in this delightful and surprising story.
Dollars and sense: money mishaps and how to avoid them, Dan Ariely.
Shares anecdotal insight into the illogical influences behind poor financial decisions and how to outmanoeuvre them, covering topics ranging from credit-card debt and household budgeting to holiday spending and real estate sales.
Till death: Armentrout, Jennifer L. Jennifer L Armentrout.
It's been ten years since Sasha Keaton left her West Virginia hometown … since she escaped the twisted serial killer known as the Groom. Returning to help run her family inn means being whole again, except for one missing piece. The piece that falls into place when Sasha's threatened–and FBI agent Cole Landis vows to protect her the way he couldn't a decade ago. First one woman disappears; then another, and all the while, disturbing calling cards are left for the sole survivor of the Groom's reign of terror. Cole's never forgiven himself for not being there when Sasha was taken, but he intends to make up for it now ... because under the quirky sexiness Cole first fell for is a steely strength that only makes him love Sasha more. But someone is watching. Waiting. And Sasha's first mistake could be her last.
Shadow District: a thriller. 1961- Arnaldur Indriðason.
A deeply compassionate story of old crimes and their consequences, The Shadow District is the first in a thrilling new series by internationally bestselling author Arnaldur Indridason.In wartime Reykjavik, Iceland, a young woman is found strangled in 'the shadow district', a rough and dangerous area of the city. An Icelandic detective and a member of the American military police are on the trail of a brutal killer. A 90-year-old man is discovered dead on his bed, smothered with his own pillow. Konrad, a former detective now bored with retirement, finds newspaper cuttings reporting the WWII shadow district murder in the dead man's home. It's a crime that Konrad remembers, having grown up in the same neighbourhood. Why, after all this time, would an old crime resurface? Did the police arrest the wrong man? Will Konrad's link to the past help him solve the case and finally lay the ghosts of WWII Reykjavik to rest?
Fly Guy's big family, Tedd Arnold.
Fly Guy misses his family, so Buzz invites them to a surprise party and his mother, father, and thousands of brothers and cousins show up–Fly Guy is delighted but Buzz's parents are not pleased.
Kisses, she wrote: a Christmas romance, Katharine Ashe.
Handsome as sin and scandalously rakish, Cam Westfall, the Earl of Bedwyr, is every young lady's wickedest dream. Shy wallflower Princess Jacqueline of Sensaire knows this better than anyone, because her dreams are full of the breathtaking earl's kisses. And not only her dreams–her diary, too. But when Cam discovers the maiden's no-so-maidenly diary, will her wildest Christmas wishes be fulfilled in its pages ... or in his arms?
The duke knows best. Jane Ashford.
Lord Randolph Gresham has an up and coming career in the Church, and has come to London for the season to find a wife. A feisty and dangerously attractive young woman who insists she'd never marry a clergyman keeps distracting him. This shouldn't be a problem - they'll just avoid each other. When they're forced to sing together, though, the duet is a deeply sensual experience. Verity Sinclair, daughter of the Dean of Chester Cathedral, hasn't changed her mind about the future. But Randolph proves hard to resist, and when they finally give in to their passion, there's only one option left: marriage.
The Marchington scandal, Jane Ashford.
In a one-woman war against scandal ... Lord Oliver Stonenden gets whatever he wants-except the beautiful and headstrong Katharine Daltry. Katharine is the only woman who has ever denied him, and he cannot forget her. When he sees a chance to aid her cause by seducing a troublesome countess who is threatening Katharine's family, he rises to the occasion. Her heart is the battleground Katharine Daltry concentrates on developing her skill at painting and avoids Polite Society, not least of all the handsome, heartless Lord Stonenden, whose proposal she flatly refused five years ago. But when her country cousin appeals to her for help, Katharine quickly finds herself at the very center of both scandal and controversy. And it seems a heartless rake is just the ally she needs.
The marriage wager, Jane Ashford.
Lady Emma Tarrant possesses little but the gambling skills her dead husband taught her, but shes no match for a real gamester. Colin Wareham, Baron St. Mawr, gambles to distract himself from devastating memories. The gaming has long since lost its appeal, until he meets sparkling Lady Emma and finds that shes an even better distraction.
Three graces, Jane Ashford.
Finding themselves suddenly impoverished and alone in the world, the three Hartington sisters must rely on their wits, charm, and unique talents to support themselves. Forced to go their separate ways, each of these enchanting sisters is brought to a dead end by the perplexing ways of men and the inequity of fate. Then each receives a letter that changes everything, and if the sisters are going to overcome the obstacles to love, they are going to require some astonishingly creative solutions.
The many sins of Lord Cameron, Jennifer Ashley.
Cameron Mackenzie is a man who loves only horses and women–in that order–or so his mistresses say. Ainsley Douglas is a woman with a strong sense of justice and the desire to help others–even if that means sneaking around a rakish man's bedchamber. Which is exactly where Cam finds her–six years after he caught her the first time. Only then, she convinced Cam she was seeking a liaison, but couldn't go through with it because of her husband. Now a widow, she's on a mission to retrieve letters that could prove embarrassing to the queen. Cam has no interest in Ainsley's subterfuge, but he vows to finish what they started those many years ago. One game, one kiss at a time, he plans to seduce her. And what starts out as a lusty diversion may break Cam's own rules–and heal the scars of a dark and damaging past.
Confetti at the Cornish cafe, Phillipa Ashley.
Cal and Demi are preparing to launch their beloved Kilhallon Resort in Cornwall as a wedding venue. With the cliff-top setting and coastal views, it's the perfect place for a magical ceremony.But their first clients are no ordinary couple. The bride and groom are internationally famous celebrities Lily Craig and Ben Trevone. As secrets surface and truths are told, can Demi and Cal ensure that Kilhallon's first wedding is a success? One thing's for sure, this will be a Cornish celebration to remember.
Tiny budget cooking, Limahl Asmall.
Keen cook Limahl Asmall's aim is simple: to show you how to eat delicious, mouth-watering meals for very little money. Tiny Budget Cooking features 100 delicious recipes bursting with flavour and variety. The book is organized into four weekly plans, each comprising a dedicated shopping list, as well as breakfast, lunch and dinner recipes for every day of the week. Whether you're just starting out or a confident cook, Limahl makes cooking simpler than ever with creative ways to reinvent leftovers and a clever swappable ingredient tool that helps to personalize the dishes. With guidance for saving money, simplifying the weekly food shop and minimizing food waste, Tiny Budget Cooking makes great food achievable for everyone.
Australia, Brett Atkinson.
The world's leading travel guide publisher Lonely Planet Australia is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Experience the magic of Sydney Opera House, snorkel with the tropical fish in the Great Barrier Reef, or watch the sunset over Ayers Rock; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Australia and begin your journey now!
Health at every size: the surprising truth about your weight, Linda Bacon.
Fat isn't the problem. Dieting is the problem. A society that rejects anyone whose body shape or size doesn't match an impossible ideal is the problem. A medical establishment that equates "thin" with "healthy" is the problem. The solution? Health at Every Size. Tune in to your body's expert guidance. Find the joy in movement. Eat what you want, when you want, choosing pleasurable foods that help you to feel good. You too can feel great in your body right now and Health at Every Size will show you how. Health at Every Size has been scientifically proven to boost health and self-esteem. The program was evaluated in a government-funded academic study, its data published in well-respected scientific journals. Updated with the latest scientific research and even more powerful messages, Health at Every Size is not a diet book, and after reading it, you will be convinced the best way to win the war against fat is to give up the fight.
The boy who could do what he liked, David Baddiel.
A hugely entertaining and touching story of a boy called Alfie who likes to keep to strict routines and schedules. It's all rules, rules and more rules in Alfie's life. When a new babysitter arrives called Mrs Stokes to look after Alfie he begins to realise that rules aren't everything and perhaps the mysterious Mrs Stokes is no ordinary baby sitter! Includes wonderful music and sound effects - a jam packed listen with plenty of laughs along the way. Does everything get hilariously out of control? Yes. Does Alfie learns a valuable lesson? Nah. This isn't that kind of story.
The person controller: press A+B+Up+Down to unlock hilarious book mode, David Baddiel.
Fred and Ellie are twins. But not identical (because that's impossible for a boy and a girl). They do like all the same things, though. Especially video games. Which they are very good at. They aren't that good, however, at much else - like, for example, football, or dealing with the school bullies. Then, they meet the Mystery Man, who sends them a video game controller, which doesn't look like any other controller they've ever seen. And it doesn't control any of their usual games. When the twins find out what it does control, though, it seems like the answer to all their problems. And the key to all their wildest dreams. At least it seems like that.
Birthday boy, David Baddiel.
A hilarious rollercoaster ride of pure entertainment for 9+ readers everywhere, Birthday Boy is the new Baddiel Blockbuster: featuring David's inimitable and award-winning combination of wish-fulfilment, heart and hilarity, all brought to life by regular collaborator Jim Field's witty, stylish illustrations. What if it was every day' This is the story of Sam Green, who really, really, really loves birthdays. He loves the special breakfasts in bed. The presents. The themed parties. Blowing out the candles on his cake. Everything. He is so excited about his 11th birthday, in fact, that he wishes it was his birthday every day. So, at first, it's quite exciting when his birthday happens again the next morning. And again. And again. And again... But it's not long before things start to go wrong. Soon, disaster strikes, threatening something Sam loves even more than birthdays. Sometimes you have to be careful what you wish for.
The clever guts diet recipe book: 150 delicious recipes to mend your gut and boost your health and wellbeing, Clare Bailey.
The companion cookbook to the international No. 1 bestselling Clever Guts Diet. Australian and New Zealand edition. 150 delicious recipes to help you nourish your body from the inside out. Your gut is key to your physical and mental wellbeing, home to your microbiome, an army of microbes that influences your weight, mood and immune system. In this companion book to Dr Michael Mosley's bestselling Clever Guts Diet, Dr Clare Bailey and food and nutrition consultant Joy Skipper offer the definitive toolkit for bringing your gut back to optimum health. With 150 delicious recipes, ranging from healing broths and fermented foods to enzyme-stimulating salads and meals rich in pre- and probiotics, this book shows you how to put into practice Dr Mosley's revolutionary two-phase gut repair programme and then to incorporate the core principles into your daily life. This book is for everyone - for anyone looking to undo the damage done by processed foods and antibiotics, to IBS and food intolerance sufferers, and anyone wanting to cut sugar cravings, boost their mood and immune system, and even lose weight naturally. The Clever Guts Diet Recipe Book is packed with nutritional information, meal planners and all the advice you need to mend your gut and boost your health and wellbeing.
The tiny hero of Ferny Creek library, Linda Bailey.
Eddie is a tiny green bug who loves to read and who lives behind the chalkboard in Mr. Wang's fourth-grade classroom with his parents, his 53 brothers and sisters, and his Aunt Min. But when Aunt Min goes to the school library and never returns, Eddie leaves the comfort of his home for the first time and begins the dangerous trek through the elementary school. After dodging running sneakers, falling books, and terrifying spiders, Eddie reaches the library, where he finds Aunt Min stuck on a desk with two broken legs! To top it all off, there's a substitute librarian who has terrible plans to close the library and turn it into a local testing centre. No more books at all! Encouraged by the brave deeds done by small creatures like Stuart Little and Charlotte from Charlotte's Web, Eddie comes up with a plan to save the library a plan that requires all the courage one little bug can muster.
The Italian's runaway bride, Jacqueline Baird.
Gianfranco asked Kelly to marry him, after her holiday affair with him left her pregnant! But, once married, Gianfranco was often away on business, and his family made Kelly's life a misery. Then she heard that Gianfranco didn't want her at all - he just wanted their baby....Kelly had no choice but to run away... However, one thing was certain. Gianfranco would find her - but why? Because he wanted to reclaim his bride...or his child?
Maggie and the flying pigs, E D Baker.
Maggie's adventures in the Enchanted Forest continue in the fourth book of a new chapter book series by E. D. Baker! Eight-year-old Maggie has a keen eye for noticing things in the Enchanted Forest that no one else does - like unicorns, griffins and ... flying pigs! With her new friend Bob, Maggie rescues the magical animals that need her help. Maggie's newest chore at her friend Bob's stable is taking care of flying pigs–but they're not so easy to deal with! Maggie's used to putting up with a lot though, like her step-mother Zelia, who is trying to get Maggie's step-brother Peter a job at the stable. Peter working with Maggie? Yeah, right! Maybe when pigs fly.
Maggie and the unicorn, E D Baker.
When Maggie and her friend, Bob, learn of an injured unicorn in the forest, they set off to rescue him but Maggie's stepbrother, Peter, plans to stop them.
Maggie and the wish fish, E D Baker.
Eight-year-old Maggie finds it harder each day to get along with her stepmother and stepsiblings, but a talking fish promises to grant a wish if she will free him.
Maggie and the flying horse, E D Baker.
Eight-year-old Maggie has a keen eye for noticing things in the Enchanted Forest that no one else does - like tiny flying horses with wings. One day Maggie stumbles upon an injured flying horse. The only way to help the horse is to take it to a kindly stableman named Bob, who cares for magical animals. But in order to do so, Maggie must set out on a journey through the Enchanted Forest, which is full of dangers.
The racehorse who disappeared, Clare Balding.
Life is slowly getting back to normal for Charlie after her reluctant racehorse, Noble Warrior, won the Derby and saved her family from financial ruin. But drama soon returns to Folly Farm when thieves break into the farmyard in the dead of night and kidnap Noble Warrior! With the police baffled and no trace of the prizewinning thoroughbred to be found, Charlie launches her own investigation.
The disaster area, J G (James Graham) Ballard.
This mesmerizing collection demonstrates perfectly Ballard's extraordinary writing talent. All the concentrated power and imagination that distinguish his novels are demonstrated here: the iron strength of his stories lies in the juxtaposition of a recognisable physical word with an inner, complex dream landscape. Within this Disaster Area you'll find: The Concentration City - where the world creaks under one unimaginably vast megalopolis. there is no free space, and there is no way out; The Subliminal Man - come face to face with the ultimate advertisement, then wish you hadn't; Manhole 69 - a group of surgically altered men try to do without sleep. But permanent consciousness turns out to be worse than any nightmare.
1001 solution-focused questions: handbook for solution-focused interviewing, Fredrike Bannink.
An invaluable resource for conducting successful solution-focused therapy. Drawing on nearly 30 years of clinical practice, Bannink compiles solution-focused questions and protocols that are formulated to elicit the client's expertise on the issue(s) that brought him or her to therapy. Categorized for general use and for use with specific types of clients – such as children, couples, and families, and those who have suffered trauma or who might benefit from medication – the questions demonstrate how the precise use of language is an important tool in solution-focused interviewing.
The girl in the picture, Kerry Barrett.
Two women. One house. Centuries of secrets. East Sussex Coast, 1855. Violet Hargreaves is the lonely daughter of a widowed industrialist, and an aspiring Pre-Raphaelite painter. One day, the naive eighteen-year-old meets Edwin, a mysterious and handsome man on the beach, who promises her a world beyond the small costal village she's trapped in. But after ignoring warning about Edwin, a chain of terrible events begins to unfold for Violet. East Sussex Coast, 2016. For thriller-writer Ella Daniels, the house on the cliff is the perfect place to overcome writer's block, where she decides to move with her small family. But there's a strange atmosphere that settles once they move in - and rumours of historical murders next door begin to emerge. One night, Ella uncovers a portrait of a beautiful young girl named Violet Hargreaves, who went missing at the same time as the horrific crimes, and Ella becomes determined to find out what happened there 160 years ago. And in trying to lay Violet's ghost to rest, Ella must face ghosts of her own.
The wonderling, Mira Bartók.
Welcome to the Home for Wayward and Misbegotten Creatures, an institution run by evil Miss Carbunkle, a cunning villainess who believes her terrified young charges exist only to serve and suffer. Part animal and part human, the groundlings toil in classroom and factory, forbidden to enjoy anything regular children have, most particularly singing and music. For the Wonderling, an innocent-hearted, one-eared, fox-like eleven-year-old with only a number rather than a proper name - a 13 etched on a medallion around his neck - it is the only home he has ever known. But unexpected courage leads him to acquire the loyalty of a young bird groundling named Trinket, who gives the Home's loneliest inhabitant two incredible gifts: a real name - Arthur, like the good king in the old stories - and a best friend. Using Trinket's ingenious invention, the pair escape over the wall and embark on an adventure that will take them out into the wider world and ultimately down the path of sweet Arthur's true destiny.
Spynosaur, Guy Bass.
A new hilarious series from best-selling author Guy Bass, perfect for fans of My Brother is a Superhero, The Astounding Broccoli Boy and Astrosaurs. SPYNOSAUR is secret agency Department 6's not-so secret weapon. Created by mysterious science rays, Spynosaur has the mind of a super spy and the body of a dinosaur. Dedicated to protecting the world from criminal masterminds, this prehistoric powerhouse dishes out justice and puns to a host of eccentric enemies. But when he and his sidekick daughter Amber are sent to rescue a captured fellow agent, Spynosaur becomes embroiled in a plot to frame him. Can he and Amber clear his name in time to save the world?
Spynosaur vs. Goldenclaw, Guy Bass.
When Spynosaur locks up the last of the world's worst criminal masterminds, all that's left are a string of disappointingly undemanding novelty villains. With no one worthy of his super-spy skills, Amber's worried that Spynosaur might give up spying altogether. Even Goldentoe, their last hope of a dastardly villain, admits to only pretending to be evil to win the heart of Shady Lady. Frantic that her dad has lost the will to spy, Amber convinces Goldentoe to make himself a more desirably dangerous suitor. With the help of the Science Ray and a sample of Spynosaur's DNA, Goldentoe transforms himself into Goldenclaw, a formidable half-man, half dinosaur far more powerful than Spynosaur, and intent on a spot of world-ending asteroid flinging.
Faith to doubt. Stephen Batchelor.
Kierkegaard said that faith without doubt is simply credulity, the will to believe too readily, especially without adequate evidence, and that in Doubt can Faith begin. "All people involved in spiritual practice, of whatever persuasion, must confront doubt at one time or another, and find a way beyond it to belief, however temporary. But faith is not equivalent to mere belief. Faith is the condition of ultimate confidence that we have the capacity to follow the path of doubt to its end. And courage. "In this engaging spiritual memoir, Stephen Batchelor describes his own training, first as a Tibetan Buddhist and then as a Zen practitioner, and his own direct struggles along his path. It is most uncanny that we are able to ask questions, for to question means to acknowledge that we do not know something. But it is more than an acknowledgement: it includes a yearning to confront an unknown and illuminate it through understanding. Questioning is a quest.
The idiot, Elif Batuman.
A portrait of the artist as a young woman. A novel about not just discovering but inventing oneself. The year is 1995, and email is new. Selin, the daughter of Turkish immigrants, arrives for her freshman year at Harvard. She signs up for classes in subjects she has never heard of, befriends her charismatic and worldly Serbian classmate, Svetlana, and, almost by accident, begins corresponding with Ivan, an older mathematics student from Hungary. Selin may have barely spoken to Ivan, but with each email they exchange, the act of writing seems to take on new and increasingly mysterious meanings. At the end of the school year, Ivan goes to Budapest for the summer, and Selin heads to the Hungarian countryside, to teach English in a program run by one of Ivan's friends. On the way, she spends two weeks visiting Paris with Svetlana. Selin's summer in Europe does not resonate with anything she has previously heard about the typical experiences of American college students, or indeed of any other kinds of people. For Selin, this is a journey further inside herself: a coming to grips with the ineffable and exhilarating confusion of first love, and with the growing consciousness that she is doomed to become a writer. With superlative emotional and intellectual sensitivity, mordant wit, and pitch-perfect style, Batuman dramatizes the uncertainty of life on the cusp of adulthood. Her prose is a rare and inimitable combination of tenderness and wisdom; its logic as natural and inscrutable as that of memory itself. The Idiot is a heroic yet self-effacing reckoning with the terror and joy of becoming a person in a world that is as intoxicating as it is disquieting. Batuman's fiction is unguarded against both life's affronts and its beauty and has at its command the complete range of thinking and feeling which they entail.
The beautiful dead, Belinda Bauer.
There's no safety in numbers ... Eve Singer needs death. With her career as a TV crime reporter flagging, she'll do anything to satisfy her ghoulish audience. The killer needs death too. He even advertises his macabre public performances, where he hopes to show the whole world the beauty of dying. When he contacts Eve, she welcomes the chance to be first with the news from every gory scene. Until she realizes that the killer has two obsessions. One is public murder. And the other one is her.
The shut eye, Belinda Bauer.
Five footprints are the only sign that Daniel Buck was ever here. And now they are all his mother has left. Every day, Anna Buck guards the little prints in the cement. Polishing them to a shine. Keeping them safe. Spiralling towards insanity. When a psychic offers hope, Anna grasps it. Who wouldn't? Maybe he can tell her what happened to her son. But is this man what he claims to be? Is he a visionary? A shut eye? Or a cruel fake, preying on the vulnerable? Or is he something far, far worse?
The burden of lies, Richard Beasley.
Cocaine. Construction. Corruption. The unholy trinity of Sydney. Self-made property mogul Tina Leonard has already lost her business, her home and custody of her children because South East Banking Corporation left her bankrupt. Now it appears she is being framed for the murder of her banker Oliver Randall, a senior executive of the corporation. Her motive? Revenge for ruining her life and her business. When maverick lawyer Peter Tanner is brought in to represent Tina, he bends the law to learn the truth. Was the real killer employed by the bank to silence Randall, who knew too much about their corrupt clientele and business dealings? As Tanner digs deeper the truth is harder and harder to find. Drug dealers and dodgy cops are a breed apart from corrupt corporate bankers, who'll do anything to keep their names in the clear. Who really silenced Randall? Tanner gets more than he bargained for as he tangles with craven bent banks and a client who can't talk, and danger lurks far too close to home.
The language of letting go, Melody Beattie.
The programme offers a source of strength and inspiration, provides practical guidance based on the principles of Twelve Step recovery, examines the core issues of denial, powerlessness, and spirituality and draws on the author's own personal experiences and insights into the recovery process.
The four-day win: end your diet war and achieve thinner peace, Martha Nibley Beck.
Martha Beck shatters the myth that willpower is an effective weight-loss tool and introduces a revolutionary approach to lifetime leanness based on a series of "4-Day Wins" that work with any weight-loss program. Substitute a good habit for a bad one and stick to it for just 4 days, and it begins to feel normal. That's the surprising discovery that holds the key to lifetime weight control, according to life coach and New York Times best-selling author Martha Beck. Not a conventional diet or exercise programme, The Four-Day Win combines evolutionary logic, psychology, and neuroplasticity (the ability of the brain to restructure itself, which suggests ways to reshape our bodies) with strategies and success stories - plus large doses of humour and an insightful, straightforward approach to teach the principles required to reverse weight issues. Drawn from hundreds of hours interviewing weight losers - in both her discussions with private clients and her ground-or Jenny Craig - Dr. Beck reveals: Why willpower-based dieting is doomed to fail; How to step out of the conflict between the rule-making Commander (who bans all our favourite foods) and the rule-breaking Resistor (who gives in to cravings) and reach the Watcher, who is our happiest self; What the latest research into the mind-body connection reveals about how our emotions affect our eating. Breaking down the weight-loss marathon into 4-day intervals, Dr. Beck provides effective strategies for changing the behaviours that make us fat. And if there is a relapse, readers take comfort in knowing they are just 4 days from turning it around.
Lines, bars and circles: how William Playfair invented graphs, Helaine Becker.
Born in Scotland more than 250 years ago, William Playfair was a dreamer who saw the world differently from other people. Unfortunately, this difference sometimes got in the way of his success. Early on, as he attempted to apply his unique perspective to a series of career opportunities in order to gain riches! fame! glory! he instead suffered one failure after another. Then, while writing a book about economics, Will's innovative vision inspired an idea that would set him apart: he created the first modern line graph. Next came a bar graph and later a pie chart. These infographic inventions provided a way for numbers to be seen as pictures, which made them easier to understand and to remember–- and thus changed the way the world would interact with data forever.
You can read, Helaine Becker.
In this fun and funny celebration of literacy, kids of all ages will discover that the act of reading is a daring adventure that can take you anywhere! You can read at the playground, under the sea, at the opera and even in outer space! It turns out you can read everywhere! And when you do, you open yourself to a universe of adventure.
Maggie's recipe for life: 200 delicious recipes to help reduce your chances of Alzheimer's and other lifestyle diseases, Maggie Beer.
To have a healthy old age you must act now, whether you are 30 or 50. I have two great passions - sharing my love of cooking delicious simple food and improving the health and nutrition of older people. I hope this cookbook does both but it's not for 'old' people, it's for you. I have been delighted to work with leading Alzheimer's researcher Professor Ralph Martins in recent years and I have learned that if we are to avoid Alzheimer's and other lifestyle diseases it is what we eat today that matters. These are my recipes for every day, for everybody, full of deep flavours and beautiful ingredients that will nourish you and your family. Nobody wants to eat worthy food that tastes like cardboard. For me, food without flavour is unthinkable! And so is the notion of restricting whole food groups. My recipe for life is to have a healthy attitude to eating - it's all about balance, variety and choosing foods that give you the best chance of being in good health now and into your future. This is not a diet book - it's a way of life.
The polar bear explorers' club, Alex Bell.
Join Stella Starflake Pearl and her three fellow explorers as they trek across the snowy Icelands and come face-to-face with frost fairies, snow queens, outlaw hideouts, unicorns, pygmy dinosaurs and carnivorous cabbages … When Stella and three other junior explorers get separated from their expedition can they cross the frozen wilderness and live to tell the tale?
Animation lab for kids: fun projects for visual storytelling and making art move, Laura Bellmont.
In Animation Lab for Kids, artists, teachers, and authors Laura Bellmont and Emily Brink present exciting, fun, hands-on projects that teach kids a range of animation techniques.
The devouring, James R Benn.
Europe, 1944: Captain Billy Boyle and his friend Lieutenant Piotr "Kaz" Kazimierz are sent to neutral Switzerland to work with the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), investigating Swiss banks that are laundering looted Nazi gold. The US and Swiss governments are about to embark on diplomatic discussions regarding the Safehaven Protocols, aimed at limiting the amount of war materials exported by Switzerland to the Nazis, stemming the tide of looted gold, and preventing postwar use of Nazi wealth by war criminals. With the talks about to begin and the Gestapo ever present, the OSS wants Billy and Kaz to protect the participants, which turns out to be a very deadly task. The plans go wrong from the beginning when Billy and Kaz crashland in France. As they make their way through occupied territory to the border, they meet Anton Lasho, a member of the Sinti ethnic group, whose family was slaughtered by the Nazis, and who is, in turn, a one-man Nazi-killing machine. They'll need his help, because as they find once they make it across the border, Swiss banks are openly laundering gold harvested" from concentration camps, and those who are profiting will do everything they can to protect their wealth and hide their dark secrets.
Organise your home: de-clutter, de-stress. Mary Anne Bennie.
Is your clutter taking control of your life? Organise Your Home will show you how to use the in8steps system and organise your entire home without turning it into total chaos in the process. Work at a pace your lifestyle allows and use this tried-and-tested system to completely overhaul your relationship with your stuff. Mary Anne Bennie is an organising expert, speaker and director of in8 home office and life organising.
Burning Sky: a novel of the American frontier, Lori Benton.
Abducted by the Mohawk at fourteen and renamed Burning Sky, Willa Obenchain is driven to return to her family's New York homestead after twelve years of life with the People. But much has changed: Willa's home is in disrepair; her missing parents are rumouyoung man she once admired, twisted by the horrors of the War of Independence, has claimed ownership of their land. When her Mohawk brother arrives and questions her place in the white world, the cultural divide blurs Willa's vision. As tensions rise between the nearby village and her Mohawk clan, can she find the courage she needs to embrace a new life and a new love?
Many Sparrows: a novel, Lori Benton.
When settler Clare Inglesby is widowed on a mountain crossing and her young son, Jacob, captured by Shawnees, she'll do everything in her power to get him back, including cross the Ohio River and march straight into the presence of her enemies deep in Indian country. Frontiersman and adopted Shawnee, Jeremiah Ring, promises to guide Clare through the wilderness and help her recover Jacob. Once they reach the Shawnees and discover Jeremiah's own Shawnee sister, Rain Crow, has taken custody of Jacob–renaming him Many Sparrows–keeping his promise becomes far more complicated, the consequences more wrenching, than Jeremiah could have foreseen.
The wood's edge: a novel, Lori Benton.
A pre-Revolutionary epic of identity, action, and romance. While their mothers slept, Major Reginald Aubrey trades his own still-born son for one of an Oneida's mother's newborn twin sons. When the truth comes to light years later, can an unlikely friendship forged at the wood's edge provide a way to healing and forgiveness?
Far from the tree, Robin Benway.
Being the middle child has its ups and downs. But for Grace, an only child who was adopted at birth, discovering that she is a middle child is a different ride altogether. After putting her own baby up for adoption, she goes looking for her biological family, including Maya, her loudmouthed younger bio sister, who has a lot to say about their newfound family ties. Having grown up the snarky brunette in a house full of chipper redheads, she's quick to search for traces of herself among these not-quite-strangers. And when her adopted family's long-buried problems begin to explode to the surface, Maya can't help but wonder where exactly it is that she belongs. And Joaquin, their stoic older bio brother, who has no interest in bonding over their shared biological mother. After seventeen years in the foster care system, he's learned that there are no heroes, and secrets and fears are best kept close to the vest, where they can't hurt anyone but him.
Invisible to remarkable: in today's job market, you need to sell yourself as talent, not just someone looking for work. Mike Berg.
The employment market has changed. The way to find work has changed. Expect to do a job, not have a job. Now more than ever, it's not the degree you have, who you know, or how much experience you have, that determines your employment security. Your success will be determined by whether or not you're remarkable. Randomly searching for what's available is no longer a realistic option. This is not a book focused on job search. It's transformational thinking to help you understand and apply the concepts of personal branding to become financially independent, be successful in your career, establish yourself as being remarkable, and do work that matters. In today's job market, you need to sell yourself as talent", not just someone looking for work.
Judgement detox: release the beliefs that hold you back from living a better life, Gabrielle Bernstein.
Judgement - both being judged and judging others - is at the core of much of our discomfort many of our life blocks. Judgement is a reliable crutch when we feel hurt, insecure or vulnerable, but when we judge, our energy weakens and our thoughts darken. In the Judgement Detox, New York Times bestselling author Gabrielle Bernstein offers an interactive six-step process for dealing with and removing judgement from our lives. Calling on spiritual principles from the text A Course in Miracles, Kundalini yoga, meditation, EFT and metaphysical teachings the six steps include: witnessing your judgement without judgement, honouring the wound, putting love on the altar, seeing for the first time, cutting the cords, and bringing your shadows to light. For those who struggle with judgement, this is the book that will finally give you permission and freedom to start living a more harmonious, forgiving and loving life.
Living the dream: a novel. Lauren Berry.
A cheeky, charming debut about twentysomething best friends in London navigating their careers and love lives past post-collegiate turmoil and into adulthood with lots of pints along the way. Emma is a rising star at the marketing firm she works at as a 'creative', but would have trouble describing what exactly it is she does all day. She pours most of her actual creative energy into a popular blog that all of her friends agree is brilliant, but she has yet to make a cent on it. Clem is a massively talented screenwriter just back from New York, where she picked up a fancy graduate degree in film. But until she convinces an agent to take on her masterpiece script, she's stuck hostessing at the bar she frequented as an undergrad, and the only calls she's getting are about bills past due and overdrawn bank accounts. In their ironclad friendship both girls find a reliable break from the post-collegiate absurdities and indignities that seem to abound in life right at the moment they feel they should finally be getting it all together. With a rotating cast of lovably insufferable friends, from Emma's fabulous DJ and ladies' man roommate to Clem's painfully ordinary and predictable childhood chum, the girls wind their way through the twists and turns of aging parents and terrible bosses and regrettable one night stands, unforeseen setbacks and blessings that present as anything but, and remind each other that while their ships might not have come in yet, the after work drinks are cold and the company can't be beat.
Mary Berry's complete cookbook. Mary Berry.
Packed with over 650 recipes, this is the biggest ever cookbook from Britain's best-loved cookery writer that no kitchen should be without. This updated edition of Mary's million-selling cookbook is the only Mary Berry book that you need. Every delicious recipe is accompanied by beautiful photography to inspire your cooking, with an eclectic mix of traditional dishes, exotic flavours, and classic Mary Berry recipes. Learn to make every type of dish, including soups, poultry, game, pies, desserts, cakes, and vegetarian favourites. Every enticing chapter starts with a know-how section to get you ready to cook and shows you Mary's trusted tips and tricks. These tried and tested Mary Berry recipes include mouth-watering meals for family and friends no matter the occasion, including hummus, salmon roulade, prawn tacos, chicken pot pie, English roast beef, moussaka, dairy-free lasagne, croissants, key lime pie, and ginger snaps! Perfect for everyday cooks and Mary Berry fans alike, Mary Berry's Complete Cookbook is the crowning glory of every cook's shelf.
A lady's secret, Jo Beverley.
Set in 18th century France, this tale of a woman in nun's disguise finds her being escorted back to England by a French earl.
Secrets of the night, Jo Beverley.
Young Rosamunde Overton is forced into a daring deceit when her elderly husband cannot sire an heir. So when she flees a masquerade and happens upon an injured nobleman, Rosamunde might just have the answer to her prayers. Lord Brand Malloren is far above her station, but he's smitten by this masked lady who has taken him captive. Rosamunde has also fallen in love, but her reckless plan depends on secrecy. And to reveal herself could cost her everything.
The 7th function of language, Laurent Binet.
Roland Barthes, one of the twentieth-century's towering literary figures, is knocked down in a Paris street by a laundry van. It's February 1980 and he has just come from lunch with Francois Mitterrand, who is locked in a battle for the Presidency. Barthes dies soon afterwards. History tells us it was an accident. But what if it were an assassination? What if Barthes was carrying a document of unbelievable, global importance? That document was the key to the seventh function of language an idea so powerful it gives whoever masters it the ability to convince anyone, in any situation, to do anything. Police Captain Jacques Bayard and his reluctant accomplice Simon Herzog set off on a global chase that takes them from the corridors of power and academia to backstreet saunas and midnight rendezvous. What they discover is a global conspiracy involving the President, murderous Bulgarians and a secret international debating society. In the world of intellectuals and politicians, everyone is a suspect. And who can you trust when the idea of truth itself is at stake?
The money makers, Harry Bingham.
A wealthy Yorkshire industrialist dies and leaves his three sons and one daughter with nothing but the chance to win the entire inheritance. Whichever one of them has one million pounds in their bank account at the end of three years will inherit everything. The race is on.
Falling In love with food: a cookbook and a love story, Zoe Bingley-Pullin.
As a nutritionist and television chef, Zoe Bingley-Pullin loves food. She is passionate about eating well, and helping people increase their health by making positive changes to their relationship with food. In this book, Zoe shares her recipes and stories born from a lifelong celebration of food. Featuring 80 recipes, you will find dishes for effortless entertaining such as Lemon Myrtle Roasted Chicken with Desert Lime Stuffing and Easy Prawn San Choy Bao, as well as clever, healthy twists on treats like Sweet Potato and Kale Souffle, and Cacao and Cashew Cookies. There are Zoe's own versions of Chicken Cassoulet, Seafood Bouillabaisse and Mini Blueberry Clafoutis - inspired by her time in the south of France - while child-friendly options like Chia Seed, Pear and Coconut Porridge and Wholemeal Pizza with Spinach, Tomato and Goats Cheese will delight fussy little eaters. Each recipe includes a shopping list and utensil list. Every chapter contains two complete meal plans - each covering breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert. Filled with ideas for delicious, creative meals designed for savouring and sharing, this is an accessible resource for cooking at home that will help you find your balance, enjoy eating, and fall in love with food all over again.
The house of Gaian. Anne Bishop.
The Master inquisitor's plans to eliminate all traces of female power in the world have expanded to crushing the Sylvalan barons who oppose him - and to destroying the wellspring of magic in the Mother's Hills. Faced with this evil, humans, witches and the Fae become uneasy allies. Are they strong enough to stand against the armies of the Inquisitors?
The pillars of the world, Anne Bishop.
The youngest in a long line of witches, Ari senses things are changing for the worse. For generations, her kin have tended the Old Places, keeping the land safe and fertile. Now, she finds herself torn between the world of mortals and the world of Fae, who ignore what occurs in the mortal world, for the roads between the two lands are vanishing into thin air.
Shadows and light, Anne Bishop.
Ever since the slaughter of the witches, the Fae–who should be shielding their long-lost cousins from danger–have ignored the needs of the rest of the world. And shadows are again gathering in the eastern villages–dark, potent shadows that threaten the lives of every witch, woman, and Fae. Only three Fae can stand against the growing madness and help prevent more bloodshed–the Bard, the Muse, and the Gatherer of Souls.
Penguin day: a family story, Nic Bishop.
Rockhopper penguins live by the sea, but in many ways, their families are just like ours. Penguin parents take good care of their children. Mama penguin fishes for food, while papa stays home and watches the baby. But even little ones get tired of waiting for breakfast, and sometimes they wander off... Luckily, penguin parents always save the day!
Sixty seconds: you can never go back–but can you forgive?, Jesse Blackadder.
Inspired by the author's own family experience. The Brennans - parents, Finn and Bridget, and their sons, Jarrah and Toby - have made a sea change, from chilly Hobart to subtropical Murwillumbah. Feeling like foreigners in this land of sun and surf, they're still adjusting to work, school, and life in a sprawling purple weatherboard, when one morning, tragedy strikes.In the devastating aftermath, the questions fly. What really happened? And who's to blame? Determined to protect his family, Finn finds himself under the police and media spotlight. Guilty and enraged, Bridget spends nights hunting answers in the last place imaginable. Jarrah - his innocence lost - faces a sudden and frightening adulthood where nothing is certain.
How to build brick cars: detailed LEGO designs for sports cars, race cars, and muscle cars, Peter Blackert.
This collection of LEGO designs provides instructions on building twelve contemporary and classic sports cars entirely out of the world's favourite building block.
How to make a wish, Ashley Herring Blake.
Grace, tough and wise, has nearly given up on wishes, thanks to a childhood spent with her unpredictable, larger-than-life mother. But, this summer, Grace meets Eva, a girl who believes in dreams, despite her own difficult circumstances. One fateful evening, Eva climbs through a window in Grace's room, setting off a chain of stolen nights on the beach. When Eva tells Grace that she likes girls, Grace's world opens up and she begins to believe in happiness again.
Molly's game: from Hollywood's elite to Wall Street's billionaire boy's club, my high-stakes adventure in the world of underground poker, Molly Bloom.
The true story of 'Hollywood's Poker Princess' who gambled everything, won big, then lost it all. When Molly Bloom was a little girl in a small Colorado town, she dreamed of a life without rules and limits, a life where she didn't have to measure up to anyone or anything - where she could become whatever she wanted. She ultimately got more than she ever could have bargained for. In Molly's Game, she takes you through her adventures running an exclusive high-stakes private poker game catering to Hollywood royalty like Leonardo DiCaprio and Ben Affleck, athletes, billionaires, politicians, and financial titans. With rich detail, Molly describes a world of glamour, privilege, and secrecy in which she made millions, lived the high life, and fearlessly took on the Russian and Italian mobs, until she met the one adversary she could not outsmart: the United States government. It's the story of how a determined woman gained - and then lost - her place at the table, and of everything she learned about poker, love, and life in the process.
Crossing Ebenezer Creek, Tonya Bolden.
When Mariah and her young brother Zeke are suddenly freed from slavery, they set out on Sherman's long march through Georgia during the Civil War. Mariah wants to believe that the brutalities of slavery are behind them forever and that freedom lies ahead. When she meets Caleb, an enigmatic young black man also on the march, Mariah soon finds herself dreaming not only of a new life, but of true love as well. But even hope comes at a cost, and as the treacherous march continues toward the churning waters of Ebenezer Creek, Mariah's dreams are as vulnerable as ever.
The destroyers, Christopher Bollen.
When Charlie and I were young, we played a game called Destroyers … We were sharpening our instincts, jettisoning attachments. We were honing strategies for survival ... Ian Bledsoe is on the run, broke and humiliated, fleeing the emotional and financial fallout of his father's death. His childhood friend Charlie - rich, exuberant and basking in life on the Greek island of Patmos - is his last hope. At first, Patmos is like a dream - sun-soaked days on Charlie's yacht and the reappearance of a girlfriend from Ian's past - and Charlie readily offers the lifeline he desperately needs. But, like Charlie himself, this beautiful island conceals a darkness beneath. When he vanishes leaving behind his murky business affairs, Ian finds himself caught in a terrifying labyrinth of deceits. As boys, the pair played a game called Destroyers - a game, he now realizes, they may never have stopped playing.
Paddington at the barber shop, Michael Bond.
Paddington is not a bear to shy away from a tough job. But when he is left in charge of the local barber shop, his determination to keep the customers happy will surprise even himself!
Paddington's finest hour, Michael Bond.
Hurrying forward, he held out a welcoming hand. Sir Percival Rushmoor,he said. "I'm invigilating." "I'm sorry to hear that, Sir Percival, said Paddington. "I hope you feel better very soon.Paddington always finds himself in unusual situations so it is no surprise when he has a run-in with the police, appears in a TV cookery show, and gives one of his hard stares to a hypnotist!
Paddington's prize picture, Michael Bond.
Paddington enters a painting contest after Mr. Gruber shows him how fun it can be.
The unofficial Harry Potter joke book: great guffaws for Gryffindor, Brian Boone.
Muggle world got you down? Dark lord actively trying to end you? Horcrux fell in between the abyss that is your couch cushions? Need some laughter but haven t learned the tickling charm yet? Don t worry; The Unofficial Harry Potter Joke Book is here to relieve some of the daily stresses that accompany a life of witchcraft and wizardry.
Tomorrow war: serpent road: a novel, J L Bourne.
During an unacknowledged mission inside the Syrian border, a government operative had unwittingly triggered an incredible worldwide event that irrevocably shaped the future of the United States. In the aftermath of the crisis, families have struggled to survive in a world short on food, water, and electricity. Hyperinflation.
Down the gurgler, Sylvia Bowden.
Being a parent sure is expensive. And if you think the financial burden of kids ends the day they move out, here's some shocking news. It may not. Whatever age your children are, if you feel like they are sending you to the poor house, you need to get savvy with strategies and ensure they understand the value of a dollar. Down The Gurgler written by NZ author and financial wellness educator for families, Sylvia Bowden gives you practical advice to safeguard your money while teaching your kids to be financially responsible. In Down The Gurgler, you'll find five chapters covering being a good role model, running a tight ship, pocket money, making a budget, setting boundaries, raising financially-savvy kids and preparing them to hatch from their nest egg.
Secrets of a runaway bride, Valerie Bowman.
When Jordan Holloway, Earl of Ashbourne, agrees to keep on eye on his best friend's new sister-in-law, Annie Andrews, he is forced to take her to his country house to prevent her elopement, only to fall in love with her himself.
Secrets of a wedding night, Valerie Bowman.
Young, widowed, and penniless, Lily Andrews, the Countess of Merrill, has strong opinions on marriage. When she spots a certain engagement announcement in The Times, she decides to take action. She will not allow another hapless girl to fall prey to a man–particularly the scoundrel who broke her heart five years ago. Anonymously she writes and distributes a pamphlet entitled "Secrets of a Wedding Night, "knowing it will find its way into his intended's innocent hands. Devon Morgan, the Marquis of Colton, desires a good wife and mother to his son–someone completely unlike Lily Andrews, the heartless beauty who led him on a merry chase five years ago only to reject him. When Devon's new fiancee cries off after reading a certain scandalous pamphlet, he vows to track down the author and make her pay. But when he learns it's his former fiancee Lily, he issues a challenge: write a retraction or prepare to be seduced–to find out how wonderful a wedding night can be.
The bless me, Father series, Neil Boyd, pseud.
Based on the author's real-life experiences after completing seminary and later adapted into a beloved British sitcom, these five novels are a humorous and sweet-natured look at Catholicism in the 1950s. Readers of all creeds will enjoy Father Neil's adventures at St. Jude's parish, a corner of London with a raucous congregation full of Irish immigrants. Bless Me, Father: Young Neil Boyd has just finished divinity school. A newly ordained priest, his first post is at St. Jude's parish where he meets the cantankerous, scheming, and brilliant Father Duddleswell and Mrs. Pring, the sharp-tongued housekeeper. Father Duddleswell is willing to do anything to make sure the Lord's will be done, from placing a bet to obstructing an interdenominational love affair. A Father Before Christmas: The holiday season is among the most hectic times at St. Jude's, and this year is no exception for Father Neil. As always, he has his hands full with Father Duddleswell, who has decided to invite all the other sects of Christianity to celebrate Christmas with them. The plan quickly unravels when two religious leaders from another denomination try to convert Father Neil and a clock goes missing-as does the church collection. Father in a Fix: After six months at St. Jude's, Father Neil makes a New Year's resolution to wise up. With the crazy collection of characters at his parish, this will be no easy feat, especially when Father Duddleswell is named the prime suspect in the killing of a gambling parishioner's smelly pig and a generous attempt to give the suspected butcher a day off goes zanily haywire. Bless Me Again, Father: After finishing his first year at St. Jude's, Father Neil finally feels as if he has his feet firmly planted on the ground. But the parish is still full of surprises, and the clergy are confronted with all manner of crisis. First, there is the dilemma of Dr. Daley, whose drinking is causing his health to deteriorate but who worries that sobriety will ruin his personality. Then, much to Father Duddleswell's chagrin, a new donkey overruns the church, followed by a fresh litter of kittens. Father Under Fire: As St. Jude's adds another member to its clergy-Father Abe, an octogenarian with an agenda of his own-the church staff finds themselves embroiled in a rivalry among undertakers, a visit during Holy Week from the bishop with the longest rosary on record, a harebrained scheme to promote holy water as a fertility enhancer, and a night spent under a pool table during a pilgrimage.
Six impossible things, Elizabeth Boyle.
Lord Rimswell is a man of honor and absolutes. If he says something is impossible, it is. Yet his life of right and wrong is turned upside down when he finds himself in a compromising situation with the most unyielding, yet maddeningly beautiful, woman in London. If only he had not given in to the irresistible temptation to kiss her. Now he must marry her. Miss Roselie Stratton is the very definition of impossible–headstrong, outspoken, and carrying a reticule of secrets that could ruin more than her reputation. Kissing Brody is hardly the most ruinous thing Roselie has ever done as a secret agent for the Home Office ... nor will she let a marriage of convenience stop her from continuing her work. Little does Roselie realize that she has underestimated Brody's resolve to keep her safe–for he has hopelessly fallen in love with her and is determined to do the impossible by stealing her heart in return.
The moneyless man: a year of freeconomic living, Mark Boyle.
Imagine a year without spending or even touching money. Former businessman Mark Boyle did just that and here is his extraordinary story. Going back to basics and following his own strict rules, Mark learned ingenious ways to eliminate his bills and discovered that good friends are all the riches you need. Encountering seasonal foods, solar panels, skill-swapping schemes, cuttlefish toothpaste, compost toilets and - the unthinkable - a cash-free Christmas, Boyle puts the fun into frugality and offers some great tips for economical (and environmentally friendly) living. A testament to Mark's astounding determination, this witty and heart-warming book will make you re-evaluate your relationship to your wallet.
The midnight witch, Paula Brackston.
When the sixth Duke of Radnor dies, his hapless son, Freddie, takes on his title, but it is his daughter, Lilith, who inherits his role as Head Witch of the Lazarus Coven. Raised as a witch, instructed in the art of necromancy, Lilith faces a daunting future, for the coven is threatened by a powerful group of sorcerers, the Sentinels. Nicholas Stricklend, a powerful force in the British government, is the Sentinel charged with wresting the Elixir from Lilith, and he cares not who he must crush in order to succeed. As a society beauty, engaged to another titled witch, and with a grieving mother and an unstable brother to look after, Lilith struggles to maintain her two very different existences. When she meets and falls in love with the talented artist Bram Cardale, she can no longer keep her life as a witch hidden, and she must choose between her loyalty to the coven, her duty to her family, and her love for Bram, or risk destroying everything she holds dear. Paula Brackston's debut novel, The Witch's Daughter, was the little book that could–with a captivating story, remarkable heroine, and eye-catching package, it has sold more than 130,000 copies in all formats. The Midnight Witch is another enchanting tale of love and magic, featuring her signature blend of gorgeous writing, a decadent and intriguing historical backdrop, and a headstrong and relatable heroine for which readers will cheer.
The winter witch, Paula Brackston.
In her small early nineteenth century Welsh town, there is no one quite like Morgana, who has not spoken since she was a young girl. Her silence is a mystery, as well as her magic. Concerned for her safety, her mother is anxious to see her married, and Cai Jenkins, a widower from the far hills, seems the best choice. After her wedding, Morgana is heartbroken at leaving her mother, and wary of this man, whom she does not know, and who will take her away to begin a new life. But she soon falls in love with Cai's farm and the wild mountains that surround it. Cai works to understand the beautiful, half-tamed creature he has chosen for a bride, and slowly, he begins to win Morgana's affections. It's not long, however, before her strangeness begins to be remarked upon in her new village. A dark force is at work there a person who will stop at nothing to turn the townspeople against Morgana. Forced to defend her home, her man, and herself, Morgana must learn to harness her power, or she will lose everything.
The witch's daughter, Paula Brackston.
In the spring of 1628, young Bess Hawksmith watches her mother's body swing limp from the Hanging Tree. She knows that only one man can save her from the same fate Gideon Masters, the Warlock. She knows, too, that his help comes at a steep price. In present-day England, Elizabeth has built a quiet life for herself. She has spent the centuries in solitude, moving from place to place, surviving plagues, wars and the heartbreak that comes with immortality. Her loneliness comes to an abrupt end when she is befriended by a teenage girl called Tegan. Against her better judgment, Elizabeth opens her heart to Tegan and begins teaching her the ways of the Hedge Witch. But Gideon is hunting her still. He will stop at nothing, determined even after centuries to claim her soul. And now, Bess is not fighting to save herself alone: now, she must protect the girl she has grown to love like a daughter.
The science of Harry Potter: the spellbinding science behind the magic, gadgets, potions, and more!, Mark Brake.
Harry Potter has brought the idea of magic and sorcery into mainstream fruition more than any other book series in history. Often perceived as a supernatural force, magic captivates and delights its audience because of its seeming ability to defy physics and logic. But did you ever wonder if science has any explanation for these fantastic feats? The Science of Harry Potter examines the scientific principles behind some of your favourite characters, spells, items, and scenes from the Harry Potter universe, providing in-depth analysis and scientific facts to support its theories. The scientific questions examined within this book include: Will we ever see an invisibility cloak? How hazardous is a flying broomstick? How has medicine made powerful potions from peculiar plants? Can scientists ever demonstrate Wingardium Leviosa? Is it possible to stupefy someone? And many more! Witches and wizards alike will be fascinated by the merging of this improbable realm and real science.
Salt Hendon collection: a Georgian historical romance boxed set, Lucinda Brant.
This special edition brings together two of Lucinda Brant's best-loved books, Salt Bride and its sequel Salt Redux. These books have sold nearly half a million copies and averaged over 4.4 stars from thousands of combined bookseller ratings and reviews worldwide. For this comprehensive edition we listened to reader requests; the original prologue to Salt Bride has been reinstated and the first edition cover art has been added. Also included is a 20,000-word bonus novella, Salt Angel, a new extended version of Fairy Christmas (previously published in A Timeless Romance Anthology: Silver Bells Collection) featuring well-loved characters from the Salt books.
Before the devil breaks you, Libba Bray.
After battling a supernatural sleeping sickness that nearly claimed two of their own, the Diviners have had enough of lies. They're more determined than ever to uncover the mystery behind their extraordinary powers, even as they face off against an all-new terror. Out on Ward's Island, far from the city's bustle, sits a mental hospital haunted by the lost souls of people long forgotten; ghosts who have unusual and dangerous ties to the man in the stovepipe hat, also known as the King of Crows. With terrible accounts of murder and possession flooding in from all over, and New York City on the verge of panic, the Diviners must band together and brave the sinister ghosts invading the asylum, a fight that will bring them fact-to-face with the King of Crows. But as the explosive secrets of the past come to light, loyalties and friendships will be tested, love will hang in the balance, and the Diviners will question all that they've ever known. All the while, malevolent forces gather from every corner in a battle for the very soul of a nation, a fight that could claim the Diviners themselves.
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.
Mrs. Pargeter's principle, Simon Brett.
For Mrs Pargeter, it is a matter of principle that she should complete any of her late husband's unfinished business. Amongst the many bequests he made to her, perhaps the most valuable is his little black book, in which he listed all the people who ever worked for him, with details of their particular skill sets. This means that whenever Mrs P has a crime to solve she can readily contact someone with the relevant expertise to help in her enquiries. Attending the funeral of the rich and respected Sir Normington Winthrop, because his is one of the names in the little black book, Mrs Pargeter sets out to discover the connection between Sir Normington and her late husband. Her investigations will draw her into a shady world of gun-runners, shifty politicians and a kidnapped vicar.
The dam busters, Paul Brickhill.
On 17 May 1943, nearly 350 million tonnes of water crashed into the valleys of the Ruhr when the Lancaster bombers of 617 Squadron breached the giant Moehne and Eder Dams with colossal 'blockbuster' bombs. The Dam Busters tells the story of the raid and the squadron of fearless airmen who carried it through. It tells how they took out the V3 rocket weapon and destroyed the Tirpitz in a Norwegian fjord. Again and again, the crews of 617 Squadron Bomber Command used their flying skills, their tremendous courage and Barnes Wallis' highly accurate bombs to deal devastating blows to Nazi Germany. This story is one of the classics of the Second World War, a massive bestseller that became a film.
The bad mother, Amanda Brooke.
That's what he wants you to think... A good mother doesn't forget things. A good mother isn't a danger to herself. A good mother isn't a danger to her baby. You want to be the good mother you dreamed you could be. But you're not. You're the bad mother you were destined to become. At least, that what he wants you to believe.
The child's secret, Amanda Brooke.
A little girl is missing. Her parents are hiding something. Who will pay the price? When eight-year-old Jasmine Peterson goes missing, the police want to know everything. What is local park ranger, Sam McIntyre, running away from and why did he go out of his way to befriend a young girl? Why can't Jasmine's mother and father stand to be in the same room as each other? With every passing minute, an unstoppable chain of events hurtles towards a tragic conclusion. Everyone has secrets. The question is: who will pay the price?
If I should go, Amanda Brooke.
Rachael is a single mum to Hope, and since Hope's father left, has raised her daughter alone. They are as close as can be. So when Martin enters her life, he's a breath of fresh air–the first guy that she has felt a connection to in a long time. But Martin's plans for the future appear to be different to Rachael's day-dreams: a future for two, without Hope. At the Sunny Days nursing home where Rachael works, Mrs Wilson is convalescing after a fall. But although she's only staying for a short time, there's a finality about her that Rachael just can't get to grips with. Despite Mrs Wilson's initial reluctance, Rachael starts to break through her tough exterior but she doesn't seem to be able to get beneath the surface. As the clock starts to count down to the end of Mrs Wilson's stay and Martin's eventual move to Liverpool time is running out for Rachael to make a difference. The question is: what could she give up for love?
The quantum astrologer's handbook, Michael Brooks.
A book of science like no other, about a scientist like no other. This is a landmark in science writing. It resurrects from the vaults of neglect the polymath Jerome Cardano, a Milanese of the sixteenth century. Who is he? A gambler and blasphemer, inventor and chancer, plagued by demons and anxieties, astrologer to kings, emperors and popes. This stubborn and unworldly man was the son of a lawyer and a brothel keeper, but also a gifted physician and the unacknowledged discoverer of the mathematical foundations of quantum physics. That is the argument of this charming and intoxicatingly clever book, which is truly original in its style, and in the manner of the modernists embodies in its very form its theories about the world. The Quantum Astrologer's Handbook is a science book with the panache of a novel, for readers of Carlo Rovelli or Umberto Eco. It is a work of and about genius.
Charlie and the karaoke cockroaches, Alan Brough.
It begins with an interrupted story. Then, a mysterious box that speaks and sings. Add unusually unusual teachers, incredible lurking from the Lurker, an insect orchestra and a bungling burglar and it's up to Charlie and Hils to save three innocent bugs from the forces of evil.
Braving the wilderness: the quest for true belonging and the courage to stand alone, C Brené Brown.
Social scientist Brené Brown, PhD, LMSW, has sparked a global conversation about the experiences that bring meaning to our lives– experiences of courage, vulnerability, love, belonging, shame, and empathy. Now Brown redefines what it means to truly belong in an age of increased polarization. Brown argues that we're experiencing a spiritual crisis of disconnection, and introduces four practices of true belonging that challenge everything we believe about ourselves and each other. She writes, True belonging requires us to believe in and belong to ourselves so fully that we can find sacredness both in being a part of something and in standing alone when necessary. But in a culture that's rife with perfectionism and pleasing, and with the erosion of civility, it's easy to stay quiet, hide in our ideological bunkers, or fit in rather than show up as our true selves and brave the wilderness of uncertainty and criticism. But true belonging is not something we negotiate or accomplish with others; it's a daily practice that demands integrity and authenticity. It's a personal commitment that we carry in our hearts. "Brown offers us the clarity and courage we need to find our way back to ourselves and to each other. And that path cuts right through the wilderness. Brown writes, The wilderness is an untamed, unpredictable place of solitude and searching. It is a place as dangerous as it is breath-taking, a place as sought after as it is feared. But it turns out to be the place of true belonging, and it's the bravest and most sacred place you will ever stand.
I thought it was just me (but it isn't): making the journey from what will people think? to I am enough, C Brené Brown.
The quest for perfection is exhausting and unrelenting. We spend too much precious time and energy managing perception and creating carefully edited versions of ourselves to show to the world. As hard as we try, we can't seem to turn off the tapes that fill our heads with messages like, Never good enough! "and What will people think?Why? What fuels this unattainable need to look like we always have it all together? At first glance we might think it's because we admire perfection, but that's not the case. We are actually the most attracted to people we consider to be authentic and down-to-earth. We love people who are "real"? we're drawn to those who both embrace their imperfections and radiate self-acceptance. There is a constant barrage of social expectations that teach us that being imperfect is synonymous with being inadequate. Everywhere we turn, there are messages that tell us who, what and how we're supposed to be. So, we learn to hide our struggles and protect ourselves from shame, judgment, criticism and blame by seeking safety in pretending and perfection.
Classic Scots cookery, Catherine (Catherine Grace) Brown.
In Classic Scots Cookery, award-winning food writer Catherine Brown brings you everything you'll ever need to know about food in Scotland. Scotland's varied landscape defines the nation's produce: the fertile lands of Angus and Tayside which produce slow-ripened, full-flavoured grains and soft fruits, the clear rivers and seawaters where fine seafood is caught by hand, line and net and the Highland pastures which provide gamey venison from red deer. Catherine's abundant knowledge of these riches allows you to experience Scotland's best traditional ingredients in a range of exceptional recipes. Along the way, you will also gain an understanding of the history and evolution of Scotland's food produce as she takes you on a journey to the kitchens, inns, crofts and fishing villages of the past. The scope of classic dishes in this comprehensive approach to Scots cooking is unparalleled. Everything is here, including all the festive classics from a Hogmanay Het Pint to a harvest home Cranachan. So step into the kitchen and experience truly Classic Scots Cookery.
Ma'am darling: 99 glimpses of Princess Margaret, Craig Brown.
From our funniest writer, a portrait of our most talked-about royal. She made John Lennon blush and Marlon Brando clam up. She cold-shouldered Princess Diana and humiliated Elizabeth Taylor. Andy Warhol photographed her. Jack Nicholson offered her cocaine. Gore Vidal revered her. John Fowles hoped to keep her as his sex-slave. Dudley Moore propositioned her. Francis Bacon heckled her. Peter Sellers was in love with her. For Pablo Picasso, she was the object of sexual fantasy. "If they knew what I had done in my dreams with your royal ladies "he confided to a friend, "they would take me to the Tower of London and chop off my head! "Princess Margaret aroused passion and indignation in equal measures. To her friends, she was witty and regal. To her enemies, she was rude and demanding. In her 1950's heyday, she was seen as one of the most glamorous and desirable women in the world. By the time of her death, she had come to personify disappointment. One friend said he had never known an unhappier woman. The tale of Princess Margaret is pantomime as tragedy, and tragedy as pantomime. It is Cinderella in reverse: hope dashed, happiness mislaid, life mishandled. Combining interviews, parodies, dreams, parallel lives, diaries, announcements, lists, catalogues and essays, Ma'am Darling is a kaleidoscopic experiment in biography, and a witty meditation on fame and art, snobbery and deference, bohemia and high society.
Digital fortress, Dan Brown.
Before the multi-million, runaway bestseller The Da Vinci Code, Dan Brown set his razor-sharp research and storytelling skills on the most powerful intelligence organization on earth–the National Security Agency (NSA), an ultra-secret, multibillion-dollar agency many times more powerful than the CIA. When the NSA's invincible code-breaking machine encounters a mysterious code it cannot break, the agency calls its head cryptographer, Susan Fletcher, a brilliant and beautiful mathematician. What she uncovers sends shock waves through the corridors of power. The NSA is being held hostage ... not by guns or bombs, but by a code so ingeniously complex that if released it would cripple U.S. intelligence. Caught in an accelerating tempest of secrecy and lies, Susan Fletcher battles to save the agency she believes in. Betrayed on all sides, she finds herself fighting not only for her country but for her life, and in the end, for the life of the man she loves. From the underground hallways of power to the skyscrapers of Tokyo to the towering cathedrals of Spain, a desperate race unfolds. It is a battle for survival–a crucial bid to destroy a creation of inconceivable genius ... an impregnable code-writing formula that threatens to obliterate the post-cold war balance of power. Forever.
Happy: why more or less everything is absolutely fine, Derren Brown.
Everyone says they want to be happy. But that's much more easily said than done. What does being happy actually mean? And how do you even know when you feel it? Across the millennia, philosophers have thought long and hard about happiness. They have defined it in many different ways and come up with myriad strategies for living the good life. Drawing on this vast body of work, in Happy Derren Brown explores changing concepts of happiness - from the surprisingly modern wisdom of the Stoics and Epicureans in classical times right up until today, when the self-help industry has attempted to claim happiness as its own. He shows how many of self-help's suggested routes to happiness and success - such as positive thinking, self-belief and setting goals - can be disastrous to follow and, indeed, actually cause anxiety. This brilliant, candid and deeply entertaining book exposes the flaws in these ways of thinking, and in return poses challenging but stimulating questions about how we choose to live and the way we think about death. Happy aims to reclaim happiness and to enable us to appreciate the good things in life, in all their transient glory. By taking control of the stories we tell ourselves, by remembering that 'everything's fine' even when it might not feel that way, we can allow ourselves to flourish and to live more happily.
Spring awakening, T J Brown.
The laughter of summer lawn parties fades for the men and women of Summerset Abbey, as the rumble of cannon-fire sweeps across Europe. In a changing world, they soon find that only one thing is certain: none of them will ever be the same. Rowena Buxton. The female pilot's upcoming wedding to Sebastian Billingsly is the talk of society. Rowena loves her kind, handsome fiancee, but memories of a dangerously passionate affair with a dashing flier still stir her heart. ... Accepting a daring mission transporting British planes, she encounters the man whose touch sent her reeling, and whose return into her life may have disastrous consequences for her and Sebastian's future. Victoria Buxton. The defiant suffragette raises eyebrows once again by living on her own in London as a lady bachelor. Kit Kittredge is the one man who understands and adores Victoria's fiery spirit, but she rebuffs her best friend's offer of marriage time and again, choosing to join the war effort as a volunteer nurse. And on the battlefields of France, she will learn the true meaning of love and sacrifice. Prudence Tate. After a stinging betrayal at Summerset Abbey, Prudence has found love and contentment in working-class Camden Town as Mrs. Andrew Wilkes. But when Andrew enlists, everything that Pru cherishes is at risk, and she crosses a line attempting to protect him. Has she irreparably damaged their loving bond of trust.
The Vanity fair diaries: 1983-1992, Tina Brown.
The Vanity Fair Diaries is the story of an Englishwoman barely out of her twenties who arrives in Manhattan on a mission. Summoned from London in hopes that she can save Condé Nast's troubled new flagship Vanity Fair, Tina Brown is immediately plunged into the maelstrom of the competitive New York media world and the backstabbing rivalries at the court of the planet's slickest, most glamour-focused magazine company. She survives the politics, the intrigue and the attempts to derail her by a simple stratagem: succeeding. In the face of rampant scepticism, she triumphantly reinvents a failing magazine. Here are the inside stories of Vanity Fair scoops and covers that sold millions: the Reagan kiss, the meltdown of Princess Diana's marriage to Prince Charles, the sensational Annie Leibovitz cover of a gloriously pregnant, naked Demi Moore. In the diary's cinematic pages, the drama, comedy and struggle of running an 'it' magazine come to life. Brown's Vanity Fair Diaries is also a woman's journey, of making a home in a new country and of the deep bonds with her husband, their prematurely born son and their daughter. Astute, open-hearted, often riotously funny, Tina Brown's The Vanity Fair Diaries is a compulsively fascinating and intimate chronicle of a woman's life in a glittering era.
I can't begin to tell you, Elizabeth Buchan.
Denmark, 1940. War has come and everyone must choose a side. For British-born Kay Eberstern, living on her husband Bror's country estate, the Nazi invasion and occupation of her adopted country is a time of terrible uncertainty and inner conflict.
The cooking book, Jane Bull.
From wacky cup-cake designs to tasty cheese tarts, this book should get children and grown-ups more excited about cooking. It aims to teach the basics of cooking in a fun and easy way.
The crafty art book, Jane Bull.
Inspire your child's creativity and imagination with this arty activity book. From crazy knitting ideas to Pirate Pete beanbags, choose from 50 fun crafty projects to beat the boredom blues. Best of all, easy-to-follow instructions, detailed step-by-steps and use of everyday material means your child's confidence will soar when they really do achieve a cool craft creation.
The vacation activity book. Jane Bull.
Want fantastic holiday ideas for games on planes and trains? How about making your own postcards, a picnic pack, and some brilliant beach and photo art? Whether you're going to the countryside or the seaside, there's loads of fun things to make and do, so you won't be saying 'Are we there yet?' or 'I'm bored' on holiday ever again!
Marlena, Julie Buntin.
Everything about fifteen-year-old Cat's new town in rural Michigan is lonely and off-kilter, until she meets her neighbour, the manic, beautiful, pill-popping Marlena. Cat, inexperienced and desperate for connection, is quickly lured into Marlena's orbit by little more than an arched eyebrow and a shake of white-blond hair. As the two girls turn the untamed landscape of their desolate small town into a kind of playground, Cat catalogues a litany of firsts– first drink, first cigarette, first kiss– while Marlena's habits harden and calcify. Within the year, Marlena is dead, drowned in six inches of icy water in the woods nearby. Now, decades later, when a ghost from that pivotal year surfaces unexpectedly, Cat must try to forgive herself and move on, even as the memory of Marlena keeps her tangled in the past. Alive with an urgent, unshakable tenderness, Julie Buntin's Marlena is an unforgettable look at the people who shape us beyond reason and the ways it might be possible to pull oneself back from the brink.
Marry me tomorrow, Carla Burgess.
Two gold rings. One BIG secret... Emily needs a husband...fast. It's just a few days until Christmas and to finally put a stop to her nagging mother's matchmaking plans, Emily has convinced her that she's already married! And when her excited mum announces that she's coming to stay, Emily can think of only one man to play the part: gorgeous ex-soldier, Sam. It's the best part of her day, handing him a coffee every morning, but then, Emily never expected to offer him her hand in marriage, too... All that's left is for Sam to say 'I do'– "it's the perfect plan! So why then, do her 'pretend' feelings for Sam seem far too real?
Stuck with you, Carla Burgess.
Two strangers. Anything could happen! Elena thought that today would be just like any other day...until the supermarket lift jams and she realises she's stuck. And not just stuck in the lift. Stuck with her childhood crush, Daniel Moore, who unfortunately seems to be just as gorgeous as she remembered.
The duke and his duchess, Grace Burrowes.
Percival Windham is a second son and cavalry officer when he weds the beautiful Esther Himmelfarb, who bears her beloved husband four sons in little over five years of marriage. As Percival and Esther's finances become constrained, the ducal heir suffers an ailing heart, and the old duke becomes querulous and forgetful. Married life thus comes to feel like endless loneliness and tribulation. Esther is exhausted and emotional; Percival is considering the wisdom of finding a mistress; and then two women from Percival's past wreak further havoc on the marriage, with potentially disastrous consequences for the entire Windham family. Percival and Esther must grow into the nobility they've been resisting and stand together, or face the threat of destroying their family and the beautiful love that started out with such promise.
Ambulance girls, Deborah Burrows.
As death and destruction fall from the skies day after day in the London Blitz, Australian ambulance driver, Lily Brennan, confronts the horror with bravery, intelligence, common sense and humour. Although she must rely upon her colleagues to carry out her dangerous duties, Lily begins to suspect that someone at her Ambulance Station may be giving assistance to the enemy by disclosing secret information. Then her Jewish ambulance attendant and best friend, David Levy, disappears in suspicious circumstances. Aided, and sometimes hindered, by David's school friend, a mysterious and attractive RAF pilot, Lily has to draw on all of her resources to find David but also negotiate the dangers that come from falling in love in a country far from home and in a time of war.
Crafting with feminism: 25 girl-powered projects to smash the patriarchy, Bonnie Burton.
Grab a handful of glitter and get your girl power on with 25 subversive and easy-to-make projects. This is what a feminist crafter looks like! Crafting with Feminism features 25 irreverent and easy-to-make projects that celebrate everything that rocks about girls, gals, and badass women. Wear your ideology on your sleeve by creating fierce custom merit badges. Prove that the political is personal with DIY power panties. Get cozy with a handmade Huggable Uterus Body Pillow, or craft heroine finger puppets to honor great women like Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Frida Kahlo, and bell hooks. Featuring tips on everything from beginner sewing stitches to building a kickin' party playlist, and a totally empowering forward from "Queen of Geeks" Felicia Day, this book has everything you need for an awesome crafternoon.
The diary of a bookseller, Shaun Bythell.
Shaun Bythell owns The Bookshop, Wigtown - Scotland's largest second-hand bookshop. It contains 100,000 books, spread over a mile of shelving, with twisting corridors and roaring fires, and all set in a beautiful, rural town by the edge of the sea. A book-lover's paradise? Well, almost ... In these wry and hilarious diaries, Shaun provides an inside look at the trials and tribulations of life in the book trade, from struggles with eccentric customers to wrangles with his own staff, who include the ski-suit-wearing, bin-foraging Nicky. He takes us with him on buying trips to old estates and auction houses, recommends books (both lost classics and new discoveries), introduces us to the thrill of the unexpected find, and evokes the rhythms and charms of small-town life, always with a sharp and sympathetic eye.
Bad heir day, Meg Cabot.
Princess Mia Thermopolis has hit an all-time low. Lilly isn't speaking to her. Someone is posting horrible things about her on ihatemiathermopolis.com. Grandmere is forcing her to give a speech to two thousand of the most powerful businesswomen in America. And, oh yeah: Michael, the love of her life, has dumped her. But despite what the press seems to think, Mia has more on her mind than recruiting a new Prince Charming. Like solving a 400-year-old mystery that could mean BIG changes for little Genovia. But is Mia really ready to throw away her tiara - especially if it means destroying a dynasty? Bad Heir Day, previously published as To the Nines, is the ninth in the bestselling The Princess Diaries series by Meg Cabot.
Crowning glory, Meg Cabot.
Princess Mia Thermopolis is about to turn eighteen and has decided to put down her princess pen for good. But how will it end? Is the practically perfect J.P. the real love of Mia's life? Will an election in Genovia mean the end of princessdom for Mia? Is she really the last virgin at Albert Einstein High? And finally, crucially, will Michael Moscovitz return from Japan and make a last-minute romantic gesture just in time to save Mia from making a HUGE mistake? Previously published as Ten Out of Ten, Meg Cabot's Crowning Glory is the tenth novel in the hilarious The Princess Diaries.
Fatality by firelight, Lynn Cahoon.
To kick off a winter writing retreat, Cat and her handyman boyfriend, Seth, escort the aspiring authors to a nearby ski resort, hoping some fresh cold air will wake up their creative muses. But instead of hitting the slopes, they hit the bar–and before long, a tipsy romance novelist named Christina is keeping herself warm with a local ski bum who might have neglected to tell her about his upcoming wedding. Next thing Cat knows, her uncle, the town sheriff, informs her that the young man's been found dead in a hot tu–and Christina shows up crying and covered in blood. Now, between a murder mystery, the theft of a rare Hemingway edition, and the arrival of a black-clad stranger in snowy Aspen Hills, Cat's afraid everything's going downhill.
Mission to murder, Lynn Cahoon.
In the California coastal town of South Cove, history is one of its many tourist attractions–until it becomes deadly Jill Gardner, proprietor of Coffee, Books, and More, has discovered that the old stone wall on her property might be a centuries-old mission worthy of being declared a landmark. But Craig Morgan, the obnoxious owner of South Cove's most popular tourist spot, The Castle, makes it his business to contest her claim. When Morgan is found murdered at The Castle shortly after a heated argument with Jill, even her detective boyfriend has to ask her for an alibi. Jill decides she must find the real murderer to clear her name. But when the killer comes for her, she'll need to jump from historic preservation to self-preservation.
Of murder and men, Lynn Cahoon.
Love is in the air in Aspen Hills, and it's making a terrible mess of Cat Latimer's writers' retreat–especially when blood stains the plot … Ever since her business partner, Shauna, fell for a wealthy landowner in town, Cat has been working double time to keep her writers' retreat running. And with the January session almost underway, that spells trouble. As if scheduling mishaps aren't disastrous enough, Shauna skips out on kitchen duties one morning, forcing Cat to serve unsuspecting guests store-bought muffins … But best laid plans really go awry when Shauna discovers her beau missing from their bed. When his body later turns up in the horse barn, they quickly find out the victim's scandalous lifestyle left many dying for revenge. While balancing an eccentric group of aspiring writers and a suspect list for the record books, Cat soon finds herself on the heels of a killer–and authoring her most deadly conclusion yet.
A story to kill, Lynn Cahoon.
Former English professor Cat Latimer is back in Colorado, hosting writers' retreats in the big blue Victorian she's inherited, much to her surprise, from none other than her carousing ex-husband! Now it's an authors' getaway–but Cat won't let anyone get away with murder... The bed-and-breakfast is open for business, and bestselling author Tom Cook is among its first guests. Cat doesn't know why he came all the way from New York, but she's glad to have him among the quirkier–and far less famous–attendees. Cat's high school sweetheart Seth, who's fixing up the weathered home, brings on mixed emotions for Cat...some of them a little overpowering. But it's her uncle, the local police chief, whom she'll call for help when there's a surprise ending for Tom Cook in his cozy guest room. Will a killer have the last word on the new life Cat has barely begun?
Great lion of God: a novel about Saint Paul, Taylor Caldwell.
Born a veritable great lion of God to a devout Jewish family, Saul of Tarsus is raised by his parents to embrace their love of humanity. Dogged by what he perceives as a lack of true faith, he embarks on a journey to save his people from sacrilege. But on the road to Damascus a vision of the resurrected Jesus changes the course of his life. Converting to Christianity, the newly christened Paul transforms from persecutor of blasphemers into apostle to the gentiles, becoming one of the supreme influences on the Catholic Church and the Western world. Great Lion of God paints a unique and very human portrait of Saint Paul, one of the most passionate, dauntless, and complex figures of early Christianity-Pharisee, lawyer, theologian, and above all, a "man like ourselves with our own despairs, doubts, anxieties and angers and intolerances, and `lusts of the flesh. "This ebook features an illustrated biography of Taylor Caldwell including rare images from the author's estate.
I, Judas: a novel, Taylor Caldwell.
The story of Judas Iscariot-and the stunning betrayal that changed the course of history. One of the great dramas of the biblical era is brought to thrilling new life in this epic novel told from the unique perspective of Judas Iscariot himself. This is the story of Judas the myth, condemned by Dante to the most terrifying circle of Hell; Judas the man, the son of wealth and power who fought to suppress the lusts of the flesh and the sin of pride to become one of the twelve original disciples of Jesus Christ; and Judas the apostle, victim of a diabolical lie, history's arch traitor, who sold his Lord for thirty pieces of silver, and sealed his fate with a kiss.
No one hears but him: a novel, Taylor Caldwell.
At a crossroads in their lives, twelve troubled souls seek guidance and comfort from a mysterious stranger. Many years have passed since the Sanctuary was built as a refuge for the lost. It is just two marble rooms: one for those waiting to be heard and one for the Man Who Listens. Drawn to it are the grieving, the despairing, the cynical, the defeated, the dying, the betrayed, and the broken. They know that the Man Who Listens accepts every blasphemy, every pitiful excuse, and every intimate tale of degradation with silent understanding. Now, twelve new souls are about to seek help for their unimaginable anguish … Among them, a mother forsaking her faith in the wake of her child's leukemia; a suicidal working man who has lost his business and his family; a beleaguered African American who has reached his breaking point; an artist going blind and mad; a little boy who has never known happiness; and a disbelieving cop who furiously seeks out the Sanctuary for one purpose: to expose the Man Who Listens as a fraud. Their desperate struggles have brought them to the Sanctuary for resolution, absolution, and the answers to life's great mysteries. In this uplifting sequel to her bestselling novel The Listener, author Taylor Caldwell illuminates the spiritual crises of our time and brings into simple yet triumphant focus the transformative power of faith and forgiveness. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Taylor Caldwell including rare images from the author's estate.
The push: a climber's journey of endurance, risk and going beyond limits, Tommy Caldwell.
A dramatic, inspiring memoir by legendary rock climber Tommy Caldwell, the first person to free climb the Dawn Wall of Yosemite's El Capitan. On January 14, 2015, Tommy Caldwell, along with his partner, Kevin Jorgeson, summited what is widely regarded as the hardest climb in history Yosemite's nearly vertical 3,000-foot Dawn Wall, after nineteen days on the route. Caldwell's odds-defying feat was the culmination of an entire lifetime of pushing himself to his limits as an athlete. This engrossing memoir chronicles the journey of a boy with a fanatical mountain-guide father who was determined to instill toughness in his son to a teen whose obsessive nature drove him to the top of the sport-climbing circuit. Caldwell's affinity for adventure then led him to the vertigo-inducing and little understood world of big wall free climbing. But his evolution as a climber was not without challenges; in his early twenties, he was held hostage by militants in a harrowing ordeal in the mountains of Kyrgyzstan. Soon after, he lost his left index finger in an accident. Later his wife, and main climbing partner, left him. Caldwell emerged from these hardships with a renewed sense of purpose and determination. He set his sights on free climbing El Capitan's biggest, steepest, blankest face the Dawn Wall. This epic assault took more than seven years, during which time Caldwell redefined the sport, found love again, and became a father. The Push is an arresting story of focus, drive, motivation, endurance, and transformation, a book that will appeal to anyone.
Brute force, Marc Cameron.
In the aftermath of a devastating biological attack, America stands on the brink of disaster. The President of the United States is controlled by terrorists. The Vice President, global mastermind Lee McKeon, is plotting his next move. And special agent Jericho Quinn is running for his life. Desperate to clear his name-and expose the conspirators in the White House-Quinn must race against time before McKeon can execute his evil plan. It begins with heightened security, mass surveillance, and the establishment of a brutal police state. It can only end in the takeover of America. The only thing standing between democracy and destruction is a man named Quinnand one perfectly aimed bullet.
Dead drop, Marc Cameron.
Every summer, thousands of families head to the nation's largest water park, famous for its 21-story waterslide the Dead Drop'. This year, one visitor didn't pack his bathing suit. He packed explosives. When the bomb goes off, dozens of people are instantly killed. The rest are herded into the park's massive pool by the bomber's accomplices. An organized team of fanatical but well-trained terrorists, they seal off the entrances, turn the waterslide into a watchtower, and train their sights on the families below. But one hostage isn't playing along. He's special agent Jericho Quinn. He's on vacation with his daughter. And he's about to turn this terrorist pool party into one righteous blood bath.
Field of fire, Marc Cameron.
"One of the hottest new authors in the thriller genre"–Brad Thor. "Action-packed, over-the-top. Quinn makes a formidable warrior readers will want to see more of."
Angelica's smile, Andrea Camilleri.
A rash of burglaries has got Inspector Salvo Montalbano stumped. The criminals are so brazen that their leader, the anonymous Mr. Z, starts sending the Sicilian inspector menacing letters. Among those burgled is the young and beautiful Angelica Cosulich, who reminds the inspector of the love-interest in Ludovico Ariosto's chivalric romance, Orlando Furioso. Besotted by Angelica's charms, Montalbano imagines himself back in the medieval world of jousts and battles. But when one of the burglars turns up dead, Montalbano must snap out of his fantasy and unmask his challenger.
Blade of light, Andrea Camilleri.
For a brief moment, as Montalbano was looking, a bright blade of light flashed from the loft and shone straight in his eyes. Despite the sunglasses, he instinctively shut his eyes and when he reopened them the light was gone ... When a gentleman arrives at Montalbano's station to report an armed robbery on his wife that ended with a kiss, the inspector's suspicions are aroused. As he delves deeper into the case, Montalbano finds that none of the witnesses' stories are adding up, and he can't help but feel that they're not meant to. When a body turns up showing all the signs of a mafia hit, the inspector knows he must excavate the truth from what he is being led to believe.
The patience of the spider, Andrea Camilleri.
As Montalbano recovers from the injuries he sustained in Rounding the Mark, aided and abetted by his girlfriend Livia's ministrations, a local girl goes missing and the whole community takes an interest in the case. But why are the kidnappers so sure that the girl's impoverished father and dying mother will be able to find a fortune? Montalbano is called in to help, and in his own inimitable style eventually ferrets out the truth about a kidnapping that is anything but straightforward.
The scent of the night, Andrea Camilleri.
Half the retirees in Vigata have invested their savings with Emanuele Gargano. But now the financial wizard has disappeared, along with their money. Has Gargano flown the coop or, this being Sicily, did he run afoul of the Mafia? The new novel in Andrea Camilleri's internationally bestselling mystery series finds the earthy and urbane Inspector Montalbano investigating a labyrinthine financial scam - but at a serious disadvantage. A hostile superior has shut him out of the case, he's on the outs with his lover, Livia, and his cherished Sicily is turning so ruthless and vulgar that Montalbano wonders if any part of it is worth saving.
A voice in the night, Andrea Camilleri.
Montalbano investigates a robbery at a supermarket, a standard case that takes a spin when manager Guido Borsellino is later found hanging in his office. Was it a suicide? The inspector and the coroner have their doubts, and further investigation leads to the director of a powerful local company. Meanwhile, a girl is found brutally murdered in Giovanni Strangio's apartment Giovanni has a flawless alibi, and it's no coincidence that Michele Strangio, president of the province, is his father. Weaving together these two crimes, Montalbano realizes that he's in a difficult spot where political power is enmeshed with the mafia underworld.
Accused, Janice Cantore.
Following a shooting in which she was involved, detective Carly Edwards is put on desk duty in the juvenile section, and she hates it. Then she is called to a murder scene. The victim is Long Beach's mayor, and the top brass suspect teenager Londy Atkins. But after investigating the case, Carly believes not only that Londy is innocent but that he is the victim of a cover-up. Enter Carly's ex-husband and fellow officer, Nick. Nick wants to convince Carly that he's a changed man, but can she trust him? Can she trust anyone?
Burning proof, Janice Cantore.
After months of investigating the brutal homicide of a young girl, Detective Abby Hart finally has the evidence she needs. But when the arrest goes terribly wrong, Abby begins to doubt her future as a police officer. As she wrestles with conflicting emotions, old questions about the fire that took her parents' lives come back to haunt her. There is proof. "PI Luke Murphy can't stop thinking about what Abby's former partner, Asa Foster, mumbled just before he died. When he uncovers a clue to the murder of Abby's parents and his uncle, he's reluctant to tell Abby, despite his growing feelings for the beautiful detective. A decade-old abduction case brings Luke and Abby together, but will his secret tear them apart?
Catching heat, Janice Cantore.
Twenty-seven years after the deaths of Detective Abby Hart's parents, she's desperate to find the proof that will put the mastermind-the governor's wife-behind bars. When she joins a newly formed task force and teams up with PI Luke Murphy, Abby is sent to San Luis Obispo to work the cold case of a murdered college student. Realizing their investigation will bring them near the town where Alyssa Rollins grew up, Abby decides to do a little digging of her own into the Triple Seven fire. Luke is eager to help Abby close the books on a case they both have personal stakes in. But as she uncovers long-held secrets, Abby stumbles into an explosive situation, and Luke fears that her obsession may prove deadly.
His illegal self: a novel, Peter Carey.
Soon Che too is an outlaw: fleeing down subways, abandoning seedy motels at night, he is pitched into a journey that leads him to a hippie commune in the rainforests of Queensland. Here he slowly, bravely confronts his life, learning that nothing is what it seems. Who is his real mother? Was that his real father? If all he suspects is true, what should he do?
The prince boofhead syndrome, Michael Carr-Gregg.
Dr Michael Carr-Gregg believes that too many Australian boys have got it too easy - and the result is a generation of 'boofheads': boys with huge egos who think they are too good to stack the dishwasher or turn up to school. They expect the world and give little in return. But things are about to change. From the author of the groundbreaking Australian bestse-ller The Princess Bitchface Syndrome and researcher Elly Robinson comes this essential companion book for boys. It serves as both a warning and a rescue manual for all desperate parents - why have some boys today become such egotistical and lazy creatures, what can you do to prevent it, and how do you deal with the situation if you're caught up in the crisis? This book will ask the tough questions and deliver straightforward advice so that the parents of today can take back control. It is essential reading for everyone living with a teenage boy.
There is no dragon in this story, Lou Carter.
Poor old dragon. Nobody wants him in their story. Not Goldilocks, not Hansel and Gretel– no one. But Dragon will not give up! He shall continue on his course of finding someone who wants him in their story. ANYONE. His boundless enthusiasm surely won't get him into any trouble.
Home with my sisters. Mary Carter.
Faith, Hope, and Joy. As children, the Garland sisters seemed to fit together as seamlessly as their names. Banding together helped them survive their free-spirited parents, who moved from place to place and whim to whim, until their father took off for good. But as the girls grew up, they became virtual strangers. This Christmas, they intend to spend the holidays in their usual way: far apart. But their ailing grandmother wants her girls around her once more, and Hope, always the peacemaker, convinces her reluctant sisters to travel to Leavenworth, Washington. Hope is immediately charmed by the unique setting, modelled on a Bavarian village, and by her grandmother's handsome, mysterious neighbour. Still, there's scant trace of celebration within the Garland family. Joy's main motivation for visiting is to secure start-up funds for a coffee shop. Faith, oblivious to her children's unhappiness, is waiting until the holidays are over to announce that her marriage is over and she has a new love. With a festive schedule of candy-cane martinis, hot tubs, and snowball fights, Hope tries to expose and heal old resentments, but moving forward as a family will take more than a little seasonal goodwill. Against a stunning winter backdrop, Mary Carter brings rare insight to the deep and complicated nature of sisterhood-a bond that endures far beyond childhood, and can always bring us home again.
The pub across the pond, Mary Carter.
Carlene Rivers is many things. Dutiful, reliable, kind. Lucky? Not so much. At thirty, she's living a stifling existence in Cleveland, Ohio. Then one day, Carlene buys a raffle ticket. The prize: a pub on the west coast of Ireland. Carlene is stunned when she wins. Everyone else is stunned when she actually goes. As soon as she arrives in Ballybeog, Carlene is smitten not just by the town's beguiling mix of ancient and modern, but by the welcome she receives. In this small town near Galway Bay, strife is no stranger, strangers are family, and no one is ever too busy for a cup of tea or a pint. And though her new job presents challenges - from a meddling neighbour to the pub's colourful regulars - there are compensations galore. Like the freedom to sing, joke, and tell stories, and in doing so, find her own voice. And in her flirtation with Ronan McBride, the pub's charming, reckless former owner, she just may find the freedom to follow where impulse leads and trust her heart - and her luck - for the very first time.
Typewriters: iconic machines from the golden age of mechanical writing, Anthony Casillo.
From the creation of the QWERTY keyboard to the world's first portable typing machine, this handsome collection is a visual homage to the golden age of the typewriter. From the world's first commercially successful typewriter - the Sholes & Glidden Type Writer of 1874 - to the iconic electric models of the 1960s, eighty vintage devices are profiled in elegant photographs and fascinating text that highlights the design modifications, intricate details, and peculiar quirks that make each typewriter unique. From functional advances like noiseless machines to luxurious details such as mahogany covers and inlaid mother-of-pearl, a century of design innovation and experimentation is charted in these pages. Packed with visuals and rich with history, Typewriters is the essential story of a writing invention that changed the world
Fighting attraction. Sarah Castille.
Jack Caldwell was born and raised a polite Southern gentleman, but he carries a dark secret. By day, he is a tough MMA fighter. By night, he transforms into Master Jack, a Dom known for his quick temper. Sweet Penny Worthington has been training at the gym with Jack for a while, but is curious when she sees him sneaking into a BDSM dungeon. Hiding secrets of her own, she knows she wants to be dominated by Master Jack. He is afraid to hurt her, but how could he deny her?
Plato and a platypus walk Into a bar. Thomas Cathcart.
Here's an accusation: Sherlock Holmes never deduced anything. When it comes to language, it all depends on what your definition of is. And one for the existentialists: you haven't lived until you think about death all the time. Daniel Klein and Thomas Cathcart take philosophy to task with flair and gusto in this wise and hilarious treasure of a book. Lively, original, and powerfully informative, Plato and a Platypus Walk Into a Bar ... is an irreverent crash course through the great thinkers and traditions. It's philosophy for everyone, from the curious layperson to the professor.
Florence & Tuscany, Christopher Catling.
The DK Eyewitness Travel Guide Florence & Tuscany leads you straight to the best things to do in Florence from the Duomo to the Palazzo Vecchio. Marvel at the churches of San Lorenzo and San Marco and wander through the maze of tiny alleyways and hidden lanes. Discover Tuscany and its numerous towns and cities, including Pisa and Lucca, take a drive and admire the stunning scenery or head to the coast to enjoy the Tuscany beaches. DK Eyewitness Travel Guide Florence & Tuscany includes reviews of shops, restaurants and where to stay in Florence and Tuscany as well as the stunning photography, illustrations, floor plans and detailed description of all sights to help you plan the perfect trip.
Dead man's blues, Ray Celestin.
Chicago, 1928. In the stifling summer heat three disturbing events take place. A clique of city leaders is poisoned in a fancy hotel. A white gangster is found mutilated in an alleyway in the Blackbelt. And a famous heiress vanishes without a trace. Pinkerton detectives Michael Talbot and Ida Davis are hired to find the missing heiress by the girl's troubled mother. But it proves harder than expected to find a face that is known across the city, and Ida must elicit the help of her friend Louis Armstrong. Jacob Russo, crime scene photographer, can't get the dead man's image out of his head, and so he embarks on his own investigation. And Dante Sanfelippo - rum-runner and fixer - is back in Chicago on the orders of Al Capone, who suspects there's a traitor in the ranks and wants Dante to investigate. As the three parties edge closer to the truth, their paths cross and their lives are threatened. But will any of them find the answers they need in the capital of jazz, booze and corruption?
The stolen marriage, Diane Chamberlain.
In 1944, Tess DeMello abruptly ends her engagement to the love of her life, marries a mysterious stranger and moves to Hickory, North Carolina. Tess's new husband, Henry Kraft, is a secretive man who often stays out all night and hides money from his new wife and Tess quickly comes to realise that she is now trapped in a strange and loveless marriage. The people of Hickory love and respect Henry and see Tess as an outsider, treating her with suspicion and disdain. She suspects people are talking about her, plotting behind her back, and following her as she walks around town. What does everyone know about Henry that she does not? When a polio epidemic strikes the area, taking the lives of some of its children, the townspeople band together to build a polio hospital in less than three days. Tess, who has a nursing degree, bucks Henry's wishes and begins to work at the hospital, finding meaning in treating the young victims. Yet at home, Henry's actions grow more baffling and alarming by the day. As Tess works to save the lives of her patients, can she untangle her husband's mysterious behaviour and save her own life?
Sycamore: a novel, Bryn Chancellor.
On a scorching afternoon in Sycamore, Arizona, a hiker stumbles across what appear to be human remains embedded in the wall of a dry desert ravine. Longtime residents fear the bones may belong to Jess Winters, the teenage girl who disappeared suddenly some eighteen years earlier. In the days it takes the authorities to make an identification, the residents rekindle stories, rumours, and recollections both painful and poignant as they revisit Jess's troubled history.
Confessions of a high school disaster!, Emma Chastain.
14-year-old Chloe Snow is about to start 9th grade when her brilliant, beautiful, artistic mum announces she can't create great art in suburban Massachusetts and goes to Mexico to work on her novel. Bewildered at being left behind with only her (socially awkward) dad as company, Chloe throws herself into a series of new pursuits, including auditioning for the school a cappella group, making new friends and landing the lead in the school musical. In the course of these adventures, she attracts the attention of Mac Brody and Bernadette Sanz. And then things begin to go pretty seriously wrong. Can Chloe recover from a gigantic mess of her own creation?
The reader. Traci Chee.
After her father is brutally murdered, Sefia flees into the wilderness with her aunt Nin, who teaches her to hunt, track, and steal. But when Nin is kidnapped none of her survival skills can help her discover where Nin's been taken, or if she's even alive. The only clue is the odd rectangular object her father left behind, an object she comes to realize is a book a marvelous item unheard of in her otherwise illiterate society. With the aid of a mysterious stranger with dark secrets of his own, Sefia sets out to rescue her aunt and find out what really happened the day her father was killed.
The lady and the unicorn, Tracy Chevalier.
From the bestselling author of Girl with a Pearl Earring comes a historical tale of love, sex and revenge. Keen to demonstrate his new-found favour with the King, rising nobleman Jean Le Viste commissions six tapestries to adorn the walls of his château. He expects soldiers and bloody battlefields. But artist Nicolas des Innocents instead designs a seductive world of women, unicorns and flowers, using as his muses Le Viste's wife Geneviève and ripe young daughter Claude. In Belgium, as his designs spring to lifeunder the weavers' fingers, Nicolas is inspired once more – by the master weaver's daughter Aliénor and her mother Christine. They too will be captured in his threads.
New boy: Othello retold, Tracy Chevalier.
She noticed him before anyone else. Arriving at his fourth school in six years, diplomat's son Osei Kokote knows he needs an ally if he is to survive his first day so he's lucky to hit it off with Dee, the most popular girl in school. But one student can't stand to witness this budding relationship: Ian decides to destroy the friendship between the black boy and the golden girl. By the end of the day, the school and its key players teachers and pupils alike will never be the same again. The tragedy of Othello is transposed to a 1970s suburban Washington schoolyard, where kids fall in and out of love with each other before lunchtime, and practise a casual racism picked up from their parents and teachers. Watching over the shoulders of four 11-year-olds Osei, Dee, Ian, and his reluctant 'girlfriend' Mimi Tracy Chevalier's powerful drama of friends torn apart by jealousy, bullying and betrayal will leave you reeling.
The epic city: the world on the streets of Calcutta, Kushanava Choudhury.
– Everything that could possibly be wrong with a city was wrong with Calcutta When Kushanava Choudhury arrived in New Jersey at the age of twelve, he had already migrated halfway around the world four times. After graduating from Princeton, he moved back to the world which his immigrant parents had abandoned, to a city built between a river and a swamp, where the moisture-drenched air swarms with mosquitos after sundown.– Statesman, Sifting through the chaos for the stories that never make the papers, Kushanava Choudhury paints a soulful, compelling portrait of the everyday lives that make Calcutta. Written with humanity, wit and insight, The Epic City is an unforgettable portrait of an era, and a city which is a world unto itself.
Modern cider: simple recipes to make your own ciders, perries, cysers, shrubs, fruit wines, vinegars, & more, Emma Christensen.
A fresh, appealing guide to brewing hard cider that makes everything from sourcing fruits and juices to bottling the finished cider accessible and fun, with recipes for basic ciders, traditional ciders from around the world, cider cousins like Perry, and innovative recipes that take ciders to the next level with beer-brewing techniques and alternative fruits.
Maybe in Paris, Rebecca Christiansen.
In Paris with her autistic brother, Levi, Keira has finally gotten around his quirks to find the adventure she craves when she is forced to accept that Levi is sicker than she was willing to believe.
Murder on the Orient Express, Agatha Christie.
While en route from Syria to Paris, in the middle of a freezing winter's night, the Orient Express is stopped dead in its tracks by a snowdrift. Passengers awake to find the train still stranded and to discover that a wealthy American has been brutally stabbed to death in his private compartment. Incredibly, that compartment is locked from the inside. With no escape into the wintery landscape the killer must still be on board. Fortunately, the brilliant Belgian inspector Hercule Poirot is also on board, having booked the last available berth.
Bayside promises, Stacy Claflin.
She's wounded. He's driven. Could they be exactly what the other needs? Ten years earlier, Haley Faraway fled home without looking back. After her father's death, she reluctantly returns to Enchantment Bay to help her mum and sister. Painful memories haunt her, and Haley finds herself pouring her heart out to the one person she least expected, the impossibly gorgeous, albeit short-tempered, Sullivan Hunter. Sullivan wants nothing more than to focus on his newly-acquired realty business. But when Haley comes back to town, he can't deny his attraction to her. After a string of bad relationships with gold-digging women, she's a breath of fresh air. Or is she? Just as he begins to get comfortable with their burgeoning relationship, he discovers she's a realtor, too. His temper gets the best of him as he suspects he's being used by yet another woman. Every time Haley and Sullivan clear one hurdle, another looms larger in their path and they push each other away. Can they move on from their painful pasts and find love– or are they doomed to repeat old mistakes?
Seaside kisses, Stacy Claflin.
People change, but some feelings last forever. Rafael Hunter never thought he'd return to Kittle Falls, but life gave him no other choice. Los Angeles chewed him up, spit him out, and sent him back to square one. Amara Fowler has lived in the small beach town her entire life. She's overcome her shyness to grow into the woman she always knew she could be, but she never forgot her secret crush. When the alluring Rafael returns, he can't help but stir in her a whirlwind of old feelings. They've both changed so much. Has life kept them incompatible or has it molded them into a matching set?
Every breath you take, Mary Higgins Clark.
Laurie Moran's professional life is a success: her television show Under Suspicion is a hit, both in the ratings and its record of solving cold cases. But her romantic break from former host Alex Buckley has left her with on-air talent she can't stand, Ryan Nichols, and a sense of loneliness, despite her loving family. Now Ryan has suggested a new case. Three years ago, Virginia Wakeling, a member of the Board of Trustees of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and one of the museum's most generous donors, was found in the snow, after being thrown from the museum's roof on the night of its most celebrated fundraiser, the Met Gala. The leading suspect then and now is her much younger boyfriend and personal trainer, Ivan Gray. Ivan runs a trendy, successful boutique gym called Punch, a business funded in no small part by the late Virginia, which happens to be the gym Ryan frequents. Laurie's skepticism about the case is upended by a tip from her father's NYPD connection, and soon Laurie realizes there are a bevy of suspects, including Virginia's trusted inner circle. As the Under Suspicion crew pries into the lives of a super wealthy real estate family with secrets to hide, danger mounts for several witnesses, and for Laurie.
You belong to me, Mary Higgins Clark.
Regina Clausen was forty-three, successful in her career but insecure and unfulfilled in her personal life. Travelling alone on the luxury liner Gabrielle, she disembarked in Hong Kong saying she would rejoin the ship when it docked in Japan. She was never seen again… Five years later, radio presenter Susan Chandler does a series about vanishing women on her radio talk show. When a caller, who refuses to identify herself, tells of meeting a man on a cruise who gave her a ring inscribed 'You Belong to Me', but then disappeared when she refused to leave the ship with him, she thinks little of it. But then Regina's mother appears at Susan's office with a ring bearing the same inscription which was found amongst her daughter's belongings, and Susan begins to suspect that they are on the trail of something dangerously sinister.
Child of Africa, T M Clark.
After returning from Afghanistan, ex-British marine Joss Brennan embraces living as a double amputee, but he finds life at his safari lodge near Lake Kariba, Zimbabwe, not quite as idyllic as when he left. Peta de Longe is a big game veterinarian and no stranger to hard decisions. Working in the messy political society of Zimbabwe, she's engaged in a constant struggle to save the national parks. When she nearly drives over Joss, the reunion isn't joyous - Joss let down her dying sister eighteen months before, after all. But once she uncovers the terrible ordeal that Joss has gone through, can she learn to forgive and move forward? When a corrupt and dangerous businessman with close ties to government threatens all he holds dear, Joss realises he doesn't need to save strangers in a faraway land. But will he fight to save his own country and the people he considers his family?
A pleasure to be here: the best of Clarke and Dawe 1989-2017, John Clarke.
A hilarious collection of interviews discussing the highs and lows in the public and political life of Australia over the past three decades. Drawn from John Clarke's and Bryan Dawe's weekly broadcasts, these timelessly funny scripts will delight readers as they revisit the scandals and stuff-ups of our lifetimes. Politics was never so preposterous. All the old favourites are here: Bob Hawke, Margaret Thatcher, Bob Collins ('the front fell off'), Paul Keating, Alan Bond, John Howard, Kevin Rudd, Julia Gillard, Tony Abbott and Malcolm Turnbull.
Last seen, Lucy Clarke.
Seven years ago, two boys went missing at sea–and only one was brought to shore. The Sandbank, a remote stretch of coast dotted with beach huts, was scarred forever. Sarah's son survived, but on the anniversary of the accident, he disappears without trace. As new secrets begin to surface, the Sandbank hums with tension and unanswered questions. Sarah's search grows more desperate and she starts to mistrust everyone she knows. Someone saw everything on that fateful day seven years ago. And they'll do anything to keep the truth buried.
The locomotive of war: money, empire, power and guilt, Peter Clarke.
A fresh and fascinating reappraisal of the first half of the twentieth century from one of our foremost historians 'War, comrades,' declared Trotsky, 'is a great locomotive of history.' He was thought to be acknowledging the opportunity the First World War had offered the Bolsheviks to seize power in Russia in 1917. Twentieth-century warfare, based on new technologies and mass armies, certainly saw the locomotive power of war geared up to an unprecedented level. Peter Clarke explores the crucial ways in which war can be seen as a prime mover of history in the twentieth century through the eyes of five major figures. In Britain two wartime prime ministers first David Lloyd George, later Winston Churchill found their careers made and unmade by the unprecedented challenges they faced. In the United States, two presidents elected in peacetime Woodrow Wilson and Franklin Roosevelt likewise found that war drastically changed their agenda. And it was through the experience of war that the economic ideas of John Maynard Keynes were shaped and came to exert wide influence. When the United States entered the First World War in 1917, President Wilson famously declared: 'The world must be made safe for democracy.' This liberal prospectus was to be tested in the subsequent peace treaty, one that was to be bitterly remembered by Germans for its 'war guilt clause'. But both in the making of the war and the making of the peace the issue of guilt did not suddenly materialise out of thin air. As Clarke's narrative shows, it was an integral component of the Anglo-American liberal tradition. The Locomotive of War is a forensic and punctilious examination of both the interplay between key figures in the context of the unprecedented all-out wars of 1914-18 and 1939-45 and the broader dynamics of history in this extraordinary period. Deeply revealing and insightful, it is history of the highest calibre.
The curse in the candlelight, Sophie Cleverly.
There's a new girl at Rookwood School, and new mystery for Scarlet and Ivy to solve. It's a brand-new term for Scarlet and Ivy, and the girls are intrigued by a fascinating new girl, Ebony. She's as enchanting as she is mysterious, and she's began to gather quite the following - in fact, most of the younger girls appear to be under her spell.But rumours swirl like ghosts around Ebony, and not all of them are nice. And when a prank on All Hallow's Eve goes horribly wrong, it's Ebony who gets the blame.Ivy and Scarlet aren't so sure. There might be more to Ebony than meets the eye, but surely she's not dangerous? But if it's not Ebony, then who or what is to blame?
The picky puffin, Amelia Cobb.
When Great-Uncle Horace brings back lost and homeless animals from his travels around the globe, it falls to Zoe, and her mum, the zoo vet, to settle them into their new home. Zoe's very good at this, because she can understand what they say and talk to them, too. But that's a secret! Puffins are Zoe's favourite ever animal, so when Poppy arrives at the Rescue Zoo, Zoe is very happy to help her settle in. But Poppy is very picky! She doesn't like her enclosure ...or her burrow ...or even her food! Can Zoe and Meep work out what is making Poppy the puffin so picky, and come up with a plan to make the little puffin feel happy in her new home?
Bowland Beth: the life of an English hen harrier, David Cobham.
The story of the short life and tragic death of Bowland Beth, an English Hen Harrier, which dramatically highlights the major issues in UK conservation. David Cobham enters Beth's world to show what being a hen harrier today is like. He immerses himself not only in the day-to-day regimen of her life, the hours of hunting, bathing, keeping her plumage in order and roosting, but also the fear of living in an environment run to provide packs of driven grouse for a few wealthy sportsmen to shoot. The hen harrier is seen as a totemic species in the battle between the conservationists and ruralists, and as one of the key players in this emotive debate, David Cobham is uniquely placed to reflect on Beth's story. In this powerful narrative, he provides us with a profound tale which helps to illuminate the larger implications of the species' decline, highlighting the urgent need for conservation efforts to reverse this.
The lost plot: The Invisible Library Series, Book 4, Genevieve Cogman.
A covert mission. A royal demand. And a race against time. In a 1930s-esque Chicago, Prohibition is in force, fedoras, flapper dresses and tommy guns are in fashion, and intrigue is afoot. Intrepid Librarians Irene and Kai find themselves caught in the middle of a dragon vs dragon contest. It seems a young librarian has become tangled in this conflict, and if they can't extricate him there could be serious political repercussions for the mysterious Library. And, as the balance of power across mighty factions hangs in the balance, this could even trigger war. Irene and Kai find themselves trapped in a race against time (and dragons) to procure a rare book. They'll face gangsters, blackmail and fiendish security systems. And if this doesn't end well, it could have dire consequences for Irene's job. And, incidentally, for her life.
Don't stop me now.. Colleen Coleman.
Poppy Bloom planned to finish her PhD and walk straight into a job at her university. But here she is, unemployed and living back at her mum's. She scores herself an internship at the hottest radio station in town, joins a netball team and renews her friendship with Leanne. Spending time with Leanne's gorgeous twin Tom is just a bonus. But life has a way of tripping you up when you least expect it, and Poppy soon must decide where her priorities lie.
The summer of impossible things, Rowan Coleman.
How far would you go to save the person you love? Luna is about to do everything she can to save her mother's life. Even if it means sacrificing her own. If you could change the past, would you? It is only after her mother's death that Luna begins to discover her secrets. While in New York to settle the estate, something impossible happens to Luna. She finds herself in 1977, face to face with her mother as a young woman, in the week that changed her life forever. If time can be turned back, can it also be rewritten? Luna becomes convinced she can save her mother from the moment that will eventually drive her suicide. But in doing anything everything to save her mother's life, will Luna have to sacrifice her own?
Fire and fury: how the US isolates North Korea, encircles China and risks nuclear war in Asia, T J Coles.
Coles has written a sharp critique of the fundamentals of American policy toward North Korea and the distortions in our media which typically treat the North Korean threat in a vacuum devoid of either contemporary American threats, or the long history of American nuclear intimidation of the North. A very timely and important book.' - Prof. Bruce Cumings, author of The Korean War President Trump threatens North Korea with 'fire and fury like the world has never seen', whilst fellow Republican John McCain warns that the country risks 'extinction'. But what does the regime in North Korea actually want? Is Kim Jong-un truly the mad cartoon villain that the media love to portray? Without being an apologist for the oppressive North Korean government, T. J. Coles exposes the propaganda war waged against it, revealing the truth behind the simplistic news headlines. North Korea has made multiple offers to the international community to end its nuclear programme in exchange for assurances that it won't be attacked by the US. It has even committed to a no-first-use policy for nuclear weapons - something the US itself will not do. Far from being a state in self-imposed hermitage, North Korea has diplomatic relations with over one hundred countries. It is the US, argues Coles, that deliberately seeks to isolate the regime as part of its wider geostrategic goals in the Asia Pacific. The US's real target, and ultimately its biggest challenge, is China. Coles debunks myths regarding North Korea's military and demonstrates that in actual fact it has limited capabilities. In building up its own armed forces in the region (the so-called Asia Pivot), the US is playing a dangerous game of nuclear brinkmanship. Fire and Fury provides a sharp, succinct briefing for anyone seeking a broader, less distorted and more balanced understanding of current events, whilst offering solutions for ordinary citizens who wish to further the cause of peace.
Cafe by the sea: a novel. Jenny Colgan.
Years ago, Flora fled the quiet Scottish island where she grew up– and she hasn't looked back. What would she have done on Mure? It's a place where everyone has known her all her life, where no one will let her forget the past. In bright, bustling London, she can be anonymous, ambitious... and hopelessly in love with her boss. But when fate brings Flora back to the island, she's suddenly swept once more into life with her brothers– all strapping, loud, and seemingly incapable of basic housework– and her father. Yet even amid the chaos of their reunion, Flora discovers a passion for cooking– and find herself restoring dusty little pink-fronted shop on the harbour: a cafe by the sea. But with the seasons changing, Flora must come to terms with past mistakes– and work out exactly where her future lies...Funny and heartfelt, The Cafe by the Sea is a delightful summertime novel that puts a modern twist on the classic Seven Brides for Seven Brothers story.
Four bridesmaids and a white wedding, Fiona Collins.
Rose, Sal and JoJo have been looking forward to their best friend Wendy's hen party for ages. A relaxing spa break is the perfect way to escape their crazy careers, grumpy husbands and stroppy children - even if the groom's straight-laced sister, Tamsin, is coming too. Until they realise that there's been a mistake in the booking and instead of sipping prosecco in fluffy white dressing gowns they're off to bridesmaid bootcamp. Squeezing themselves reluctantly into tiny shorts and sliding through the mud, it's only a matter of time before secrets emerge that could change everything. Forget about saving the date, these four bridesmaids need to save the day - otherwise will there even be a white wedding at all?
Dead to begin with, Vivian Conroy.
Coming home can be murder. Vicky Simmons is looking for the simple life. She's ready to trade in London for a slower pace by opening a British Country Gift Shop in her old hometown on the coast of Maine. Little does she know a few old faces are back in Glen Cove, including unrequited teenage crush Michael Danning-having taken over the local Gazette and looking better than ever. All is looking rosy until Vicky finds herself face-to-face with a dead body and Michael is the prime suspect. When the sheriff links the motive for murder to the unsolved disappearance of a teenage girl twenty years ago, Vicky must turn amateur sleuth. She'll stop at nothing to save Michael and unmask the real killer.
A proposal to die for, Vivian Conroy.
With her father away in India, Lady Alkmene Callender finds being left to her own devices in London intolerably dull, until the glamorous Broadway star Evelyn Steinbeck arrives in town. Gossip abounds about the New York socialite, but when Ms Steinbeck's wealthy uncle, Silas Norwhich, is found dead Lady Alkmene finds her interest is piqued. Because this death sounds a lot to her like murder. Desperate to uncover the truth, Lady Alkmene begins to look into Ms Steinbeck's past - only to be hampered by the arrival of journalist, Jake Dubois - who believes she is merely an amateur lady-detective meddling in matters she knows nothing about. But Lady Alkmene refuses to be deterred from the case and together they dig deeper, only to discover that some secrets should never come to light. The twenties have never been so dangerous.
Written into the grave, Vivian Conroy.
Vicky Simmons' life was supposed to be relaxing after she moved back home to the coast of Maine, but instead of baking bread and gardening she's been chasing down killers and it's time to stop. Vicky is ready to slow down again and vows to start focusing more on her roses than solving crime. That is until she reads the new serial in the paper over breakfast, describing a brutal murder that takes place on a cliff top road just above a beach. Only to find herself moments later, walking Coco and Mr. Pug, face to face with a dead body on the sand. The murder victim described exactly as he was in the story. Once again death has come to Glen Cove and this time Vicky and her friends won't stop until they find the killer before they get away with murder.
The last Mrs. Parrish, Liv Constantine.
Some women get everything. Some women get everything they deserve. Amber Patterson is fed up. She's tired of being a nobody: a plain, invisible woman who blends into the background. She deserves more–a life of money and power like the one blond-haired, blue-eyed goddess Daphne Parrish takes for granted. To everyone in the exclusive town of Bishops Harbour, Connecticut, Daphne–a socialite and philanthropist–and her real-estate mogul husband, Jackson, are a couple straight out of a fairy tale. Amber's envy could eat her alive...if she didn't have a plan. Amber uses Daphne's compassion and caring to insinuate herself into the family's life–the first step in a meticulous scheme to undermine her. Before long, Amber is Daphne's closest confidante, traveling to Europe with the Parrishes and their lovely young daughters, and growing closer to Jackson. But a skeleton from her past may undermine everything that Amber has worked towards, and if it is discovered, her well-laid plan may fall to pieces. With shocking turns and dark secrets that will keep you guessing until the very end, The Last Mrs. Parrish is a fresh, juicy, and utterly addictive thriller from a diabolically imaginative talent.
Seizure, Robin Cook.
Chairing a subcommittee aimed at banning new cloning technology, Senator Ashley Butler clashes with scientist Daniel Lowell, until Butler develops Parkinson's disease and joins with Lowell to prematurely harness the new technology.
I know my name, C J Cooke.
Komméno Island, Greece: I don't know where I am, who I am. Help me. A woman is washed up on a remote Greek island with no recollection of who she is or how she got there. Potter's Lane, Twickenham, London: Eloïse Shelley is officially missing. Lochlan's wife has vanished into thin air, leaving their toddler and twelve-week-old baby alone. Her money, car and passport are all in the house, with no signs of foul play. Every clue the police turn up means someone has told a lie... Does a husband ever truly know his wife? Or a wife know her husband? Why is Eloïse missing? Why did she forget? The truth is found in these pages.
Liberty, Stephen Coonts.
Semi-retired Rear Admiral Jake Grafton finds himself in a race to avert disaster when a Russian spy informs him that a rogue general has sold four nuclear warheads to a radical Islam terrorist group which plans to detonate them in the United States.
Darling monster: the letters of Lady Diana Cooper to her son John Julius Norwich 1939-1952, Diana Cooper.
'Please, darling monster, write as often as you can. It's so sad waiting for letters that don't come and are not even written. I love my darling boy. Don't treat me so badly again or I'll have your lights and liver when I get home.' 19 November 1939 Lady Diana Cooper was an aristocrat, society darling, an actress of stage and early screen. When she married rising political star Duff Cooper, they became the golden couple who knew everyone who was anyone; they sat at the very heart of British public life. Diana's letters to her only son, John Julius Norwich, cover the period 1939 to 1952. They take us from the rumblings of war, through the Blitz, which the Coopers spent holed up in the Dorchester (because it was newer, and therefore less vulnerable, than the Ritz), to rural Sussex where we see Diana blissfully setting up a smallholding as part of the war effort. After a spell with the Free French in Algiers, Duff was appointed British Ambassador to France and the couple settled into the glorious embassy in post-Liberation Paris. But over and beyond all the glitz, Diana emerges as highly intelligent, funny, fiercely loyal: a woman who disliked extravagance, who was often cripplingly shy, who was happiest in the countryside with her cow and goats and whose greatest love and preoccupation were her husband and son. As a portrait of a time and some of history's most dramatic and important events, these letters are invaluable. But they also give us a vivid and touching portrait of the love between a mother and son, separated by war, oceans and the constraints of the time they lived in.
Big cat, little cat, Elisha Cooper.
A moving tale about friendship, new beginnings, and cats.
The otters' tale, Simon Cooper.
Otters hold an almost unique place in the animal kingdom of the British Isles, being one of the very few creatures that give birth once every two years. Simon Cooper lives in a normal house in a normal village, but with one extraordinary feature wild otters live in his house. This close relationship has given him a unique insight into the life of otters. The female otter, Kuschta, is the central character to this story, but Simon interweaves her personal story with the natural history of the otter.
The darkest lies, Barbara Copperthwaite.
A mother desperate for the truth. A daughter hiding a terrible secret. Melanie Oak appeared to have the perfect life. Married to her childhood sweetheart, Jacob, the couple live with their beautiful, loving, teenage daughter, Beth, in a pretty village. Nothing can shake her happiness - until the day that Beth goes missing and is discovered beaten almost to the point of death, her broken body lying in a freezing creek on the marshes near their home. Consumed with grief, Melanie is determined to find her daughter's attacker. Someone in the village must have seen something. Why won't they talk? As Melanie tries to piece together what happened to Beth, she discovers that her innocent teenager has been harbouring some dark secrets of her own. The truth may lie closer to home and put Melanie's life in terrible danger... A completely gripping psychological thriller with a twist you won't see coming.
Fools and mortals, Bernard Cornwell.
Fools and Mortals follows the young Richard Shakespeare, an actor struggling to make his way in a company dominated by his estranged older brother, William. As the growth of theatre blooms, their rivalry - and that of the playhouses, playwrights and actors vying for acclaim and glory - propels a high-stakes story of conflict and betrayal. Showcasing his renowned storyteller's skill, Bernard Cornwell has created an Elizabethan world incredibly rich in its portrayal: you walk the London streets, stand in the palaces and are on stage in the playhouses, as he weaves a remarkable story in which performances, rivalries and ambition combine to form a tangled web of intrigue.
Ballet backflip, Meredith Costain.
Ella dreams of being in the ballet recital, but she also wants to be taken seriously. She's in Year 5 after all! When MEAN QUEEN PEACH takes up gymnastics, and does an AMAZING backflip in the playground, the school is taken over by the new craze. Will Ella backflip on her love of ballet? Can she bear to go along with Peach and her traitorous BFF Zoe?
Friends not forever, Meredith Costain.
It's Ella's big chance for a starring role in this year's school play. But while Peach Parker is busy trying to stop Ella from succeeding, Zoe ends up winning the prize part. Zoe spends all her time rehearsing with the new girl, Amethyst, so Ella tells her to go be her new BFF! Oh no! Will Ella and Zoe patch up their friendship in time to save the play?
Number one: the funeral photographer, Colin Cotterill.
The Funeral Photographer is the first in a new series of Colin Cotterill short stories featuring his female news reporter and detective, Jimm Juree. Fans of Jimm know her from the four novels where, with the help of the members of her strange family, she usually solves the crime. Move over Miss Marple, Jimm Juree does it for the 21st century. In this story, Jimm, exiled from the north of Thailand and just about surviving in the south, finds a new career by accident. Being Jimm, a crime is never far away.
Studio: creative spaces for creative people, Sally Coulthard.
Art, craft and all things homemade have never been more popular and the trend for working from home continues apace. But it can be tricky to carve out a space in your house that lets you indulge your passion or earn a living from your creativity. Studio and study spaces are special places - full of creative spirit and practical potential - and there's never been a greater demand for a book that shows you how to carve out a corner that allows you to not only practice your craft, but inspires and facilitates the very work you create. Real-life case studies from seven different countries, ranging from crafters, writers, designers and artists, show readers just what can be achieved on every budget–Provided by publisher.
The mistletoe seller, Dilly Court.
It's Christmas Eve. Flurries of snow fall on the cobbled streets of Whitechapel and an abandoned baby, swaddled in a blanket, is found on a doorstep in Angel Lane. Named after the street on which she was found, Angel Winter was blessed to be taken from the harsh streets into a loving home. But fate deals a cruel blow and she's torn from the only family she has ever known, and thrown onto the cobbles of Covent Garden to fend for herself. With winter closing in, Angel scratches a living selling mistletoe to the City gentlemen who pass through the market, hoping they will take pity on her as she shivers in the snow. The only way she can survive is to make her own luck. She will never sell the one treasure that could feed her for a month, the gold and ruby ring that was hidden in her swaddling - it could hold the key to the secrets of her past.
Anatomy of an illness as perceived by the patient: reflections on healing and regeneration, Norman Cousins.
The power of laughter triumphs over illness in Norman Cousins's bestselling classic memoir that revolutionized medicine. Norman Cousins's iconic first-hand account of victory against terminal disease, Anatomy of an Illness as Perceived by the Patient, inspired a revolution, encouraging patients to take charge of their own treatment. A political journalist and activist, Cousins was also a professor of medical humanities at UCLA, where he studied the biochemistry of human emotions and their relationship to healing. When Cousins was hospitalized with a debilitating collagen illness, he decided to take his health into his own hands. Cousins and his doctor combated the disease together by creating a regimen of laughter and vitamin C specifically calibrated to his needs. Against all odds, the treatment worked, proving to Cousins that a positive attitude was key to his improvement. Years later, Cousins set pen to paper to tell the story of his recovery. In this humorous and insightful account, Cousins analyzes his own journey in relation to holistic medicine and discusses the astounding power of mind over body. The result is an inspirational and educational guide to health that continues to offer hope to many. This book features an extended biography of Norman Cousins by his daughter, Sarah Cousins Shapiro.
Forces of nature, Brian Cox.
A breath-taking and beautiful exploration of our planet, this ground-breaking book accompanies the BBC One TV series, providing the deepest answers to the simplest questions. Recommended for viewing on a colour tablet. 'What is motion' 'Why is every snowflake different' 'Why is life symmetrical' To answer these and many other questions, Professor Brian Cox uncovers some of the most extraordinary natural events on Earth and in the Universe and beyond. From the immensity of the Universe and the roundness of Earth to the form of every single snowflake, the forces of nature shape everything we see. Pushed to extremes, the results are astonishing. In seeking to understand the everyday world, the colours, structure, behaviour and history of our home, we develop the knowledge and techniques necessary to step beyond the everyday and approach the Universe beyond. Forces of Nature takes you to the great plains of the Serengeti, the volcanoes of Indonesia and the precipitous cliffs in Nepal, to the humpback whales of the Caribbean and the northern lights of the Arctic. Brian will answer questions on Earth that will illuminate our understanding of the Universe. Think you know our planet? Think again.
Yes sister, no sister: my life as a trainee nurse in 1950s Yorkshire, Jennifer Craig.
'What is your name?' she asks, staring at me. 'Jennifer Ross'. 'Jennifer Ross, Sister. Well, Nurse Ross, you are dressed in the uniform of a nurse from the Leeds General Infirmary. Such a uniform is not worn with a cardigan. Take it off at once'. 'Yes Sister'. I can feel my face turn red. A trainee nurse in the 1950s had a lot to bear. In Jennifer Craig's enchanting memoir, we meet these warm-hearted yet naive young girls as they get to grips with strict discipline, long hours and bodily fluids. But we also see the camaraderie that develops in evening study sessions, sneaked trips to the cinema and mischievous escapades with the young trainee doctors. The harsh conditions prove too much for some girls, but the opportunity to help her patients in their time of need is too much of a pull for Jenny. As she commits to her vocation and knuckles down to her exams, she is determined that when she reaches the heights of Ward Sister herself she will not become the frightening matron that struck fear into her student heart ...Rich in period detail, and told with a good dose of Yorkshire humour, Yes Sister, No Sister is a life-affirming true story of a life-long past.
The wanted, Robert Crais.
Seventeen-year-old Tyson is a normal teenaged boy, he's socially awkward, obsessed with video games, and always hungry. But his mother is worried that her sweet, nerdy son has started to change... and she's just found a $40,000 Rolex watch under his bed. Suddenly very frightened that Tyson has gotten involved in something illegal, his mother gets in touch with a private investigator named Elvis Cole and asks him to do some digging. Cole uncovers a connection between Tyson and eighteen unsolved burglaries in LA's ritziest neighbourhood. Tyson spooks and runs. And then the bodies start turning up.
The travel book, Malcolm Croft.
From amazing animals and super sights to fun festivals and fabulous food, this book is packed with hundreds of facts about every country on our planet.
Last man standing: Mort Sahl and the birth of modern comedy, James Curtis.
Discusses the American comic's 1950s groundbreaking form of comedy based on current news and politics, the influence he had on successive generations of comedians, and his criticism of the Warren Commission report which nearly ended his career.
The gangster, Clive Cussler.
Organizing a group of fellow law enforcers to dismantle an Italian gangster mob that has spread throughout 1906 New York City, Detective Isaac Bell of the Van Dorn Agency begins to suspect that copycat criminals are using the gang's name to gain personalpower.
The Mayan secrets, Clive Cussler.
The outstanding new novel from the bestselling grand master of adventure. Husband-and-wife team Sam and Remi Fargo are in Mexico, when they come upon a remarkable discovery the skeleton of a man clutching an ancient sealed pot, and within the pot, a Mayan book, larger than anyone has ever seen. The book contains astonishing information about the Mayans, about their cities, and about mankind itself. The secrets are so powerful that some people would do anything to possess them as the Fargos are about to find out. Before their adventure is done, many men and women will die for that book and Sam and Remi may just be among them.
Plague ship, Clive Cussler.
For four novels, Clive Cussler has charted the exploits of the Oregon, a clandestine spy ship completely dilapidated on the outside, but on the inside packed with sophisticated weaponry and intelligence-gathering equipment. Captained by the rakish, one-legged Juan Cabrillo and manned by a crew of former military and spy personnel, it is a private enterprise, available for any government agency that can afford it - and now Cussler sends the Oregon on its most extraordinary mission yet. The crew has just completed a top-secret mission against Iran in the Persian Gulf, when they come across a cruise ship adrift in the sea. Hundreds of bodies litter its deck, and as Cabrillo tries to determine what happened, explosions rack the length of the ship. Barely able to escape with his own life and that of the liner's sole survivor, Cabrillo finds himself plunged into a mystery as intricate - and as perilous - as any he has ever known, and pitted against a cult with monstrously lethal plans for the human race...plans he may already be too late to stop.
Sacred stone, Clive Cussler.
When a mysterious ancient artifact possessing dangerous radioactive power is unearthed in Greenland, Juan Cabrillo, the captain of The Oregon, and his network of spies find themselves caught between two militant factions bent on destruction as they seek to protect the stone and prevent the outbreak.
The silent sea, Clive Cussler.
On 7 December 1941, four brothers exploring a pit on a small island off the coast of Washington state make an extraordinary discovery, only to be interrupted by news of Pearl Harbour. In the present, Juan Cabrillo, Captain of US spy-ship Oregon, chasing the remnants of a crashed satellite in the Argentine jungle, makes a shocking discovery of his own. His search to untangle the mystery leads him, first, to that small island and its secret, and then much farther back, to an ancient Chinese expedition, and a curse that seems to have survived for over 500 years. If Cabrillo's team is successful in its quest, the reward could be incalculable. If not ...the only reward is death.
The healthy chef: purely delicious, Teresa Cutter.
Teresa Cutter, The Healthy Chef, shares a collection of her favourite recipes in this easy to follow cookbook designed for people who are passionate about food and health, but don't have a lot of time to spend in the kitchen. Teresa has applied her ‘keep it simple, keep it fresh and make it yourself' philosophy to all her meals, from yummy breakfasts, dinners, soups and salads, to desserts, smoothies, cakes and more. She has created an extensive repertoire of recipes, turning fresh ingredients into purely delicious healthy food. With more than 200 fuss-free recipes, Purely Delicious is healthy cooking at its very best. Whether you're an accomplished cook or a complete beginner, you'll be able to enjoy the essence of good food and achieve perfect results in the kitchen with every recipe.
Just a little Christmas, Janet Dailey.
Ellie Marsden couldn't wait to shake the dust of Branding Iron, Texas, off her heels and chase after bright lights, big city, and a wealthy husband. Now she's come home, divorced, a little disillusioned, and a whole lot pregnant. Leave it to her one-time high school sweetheart, cattle rancher Jubal McFarland, to point out that citified Ellie is as out of place in small-town Texas as her teacup poodle. So why is there something about being back - and being with Jubal - that feels surprisingly right?
Cowboy's legacy, B J Daniels.
Nothing will stop a Cahill cowboy from protecting what's his. After a rocky marriage and even rockier divorce, Sheriff Flint Cahill finally has something good in his life again. Maggie Thompson's down-to-earth charm and beautiful smile hooked him from the start. But when she disappears on the day they plan to start their lives together, all signs point to abduction–and his ex-wife. Functioning on adrenaline and instinct, Flint must call on his every resource to bring Maggie home before it's too late. His past and future are blurred. Maggie's only chance at surviving her abductor and a raging winter storm depend on an old vendetta that could destroy it all. But the Cahills don't give up easily, and Flint's love will have to be strong enough to conquer anything, including the unimaginable.
Cowboy's reckoning, B J Daniels.
Secrets and seduction thrive in Montana in this thrilling new novella from New York Times bestselling author B.J. Daniels Billie Dee Rhodes moved to Gilt Edge, Montana, from Texas in search of a new start, and she found it in a cook-wanted sign in the window of the Stagecoach Saloon. She jokes that she's looking for a cowboy and love, and when it walks in the door in the form of retired rancher Henry Larson, she gets more than she bargained for. But when Billie Dee's past starts catching up with her and Henry proves to have secrets of his own, has love come too late'
The Farthing Wood.collection. 1, Colin Dann.
The first two stories about the animals of Farthing Wood have been brought together in one, value for money bind-up. In the prequel to The animals of Farthing Wood, THE ADVENTURE BEGINS we meet an earlier generation of animals whose descendants will make their epic journey from Farthing Wood to White Deer Park. Then read how the animals survived their first and harshest winter away from Farthing Wood in IN THE GRIP OF WINTER.
Pieces of my life, Rachel Dann.
Kirsty is happy. Really, she is. After five years with her boyfriend, Harry, she's ready to take things to the next step and turn that spare room into a little nursery. And she thought Harry was too. Only, it turns out that Harry's `big news' is actually not that he wants to try for a baby, but that he wants to travel to South America - with Kirsty! She'll just have to trust that after their trip of a lifetime, Harry will be ready to settle down for good. Arriving in hot, steamy Ecuador it soon becomes clear that Harry is hiding something. Something that he's been hiding for years. And as Kirsty's dreams are at risk of shattering, she begins to pick up the pieces of the life that she's put off for so long.
Fodor's essential New Zealand, Anabel Darby.
New Zealand's sweeping vistas have captured the imagination of travelers around the world. Visitors flock here to sample world-class wines, snap up young designers' wares, and tour Middle-earth. Fodor's Essential New Zealand, in full colour, helps visitors make the most of their time, whether they choose to stay n the North or South Island or island-hop through the country.
A nurse in crisis, Lilian Darcy.
She wanted him, not his money. Dr. Marshall Irwin's passionate love affair with his practice nurse is going well; they are head over heels in love with each other. But overnight Aimee's life is plunged into crisis: she's financially ruined. She cannot tell Marsh, as he would only want to help, and after her first marriage she's vowed never to be financially dependent on anyone again. It's a tough decision-to risk losing her independence, or to lose the man she loves. Or is there a way she can keep both?
The duchess deal, Tessa Dare.
After returning from war, the Duke of Ashbury decides he needs an heir and offers a marriage proposal to Emma Gladstone, a vicar's daughter-turned-seamstress who appears in his library wearing a wedding gown. His rules, however, are harsh and strange. But Emma has ideas of her own to overcome his.
The boy who loved, Durjoy Datta.
The only thing you cannot plan in life is when and who to fall in love with …Raghu likes to show that there is nothing remarkable about his life–loving, middle-class parents, an elder brother he looks up to and plans to study in an IIT. And that's how he wants things to seem–normal. Deep down, however, the guilt of letting his closest friend drown in the school's swimming pool gnaws at him. And even as he punishes himself by hiding from the world and shying away from love and friendship, he feels drawn to the fascinating Brahmi–a girl quite like him, yet so different. No matter how hard Raghu tries, he begins to care … Then life throws him into the deep end and he has to face his worst fears. Will love be strong enough to pull him out? The Boy Who Loved, first of a two-part romance, is warm and dark, edgy and quirky, wonderfully realistic and dangerously unreal.
Hold my hand, Durjoy Datta.
An awkward young man obsessed with libraries and books, has his dream come true when he is sent to Hong Kong on an internship programme. Leaving behind jealous but encouraging friends, a supportive father and a hysterical, overprotective mother, Deep makes his first flight to a foreign land. And then he sees her, Ahana, a stunningly beautiful girl. But Deep also has to come to terms with another reality: Ahana is blind. Together they explore Hong Kong, Ahana guiding them with the smells and sounds of the wondrous city and Deep bringing to life for her the delightful sights he sees. They're living a dream, till Aveek, her gorgeous ex-boyfriend, comes back into her life.
If it's not forever it's not love, Durjoy Datta.
To the everlasting power of love … When Deb, an author and publisher, survives the bomb blasts at Chandni Chowk, he knows his life is nothing short of a miracle. And though he escapes with minor injuries, he is haunted by the images and voices that he heard on that unfortunate day. Even as he recovers, his feet take him to where the blasts took place. From the burnt remains he discovers a diary. It seems to belong to a dead man who was deeply in love with a girl. As he reads the heartbreaking narrative, he knows that this story must never be left incomplete. Thus begins Deb's journey with his girlfriend, Avantika, and his best friend, Shrey, to hand over the diary to the man's beloved.
Till the last breath, Durjoy Datta.
When death is that close, will your heart skip a beat? Two patients are admitted to room no. 509. One is a brilliant nineteen-year-old medical student, suffering from an incurable, fatal disease. She counts every extra breath as a blessing. The other is a twenty-five-year-old drug addict whose organs are slowly giving up. He can't wait to get rid of his body. To him, the sooner the better. Two reputed doctors, fighting their own demons from the past, are trying everything to keep these two patients alive, even putting their medical licences at risk. These last days in the hospital change the two patients, their doctors and all the other people around them in ways they had never imagined. Till the Last Breath is a deeply sensitive story that reminds us what it means to be alive.
In the red canoe, Leslie A Davidson.
In this rhyming book, a young girl describes the magical encounters with wildlife that she and her grandfather witness while out in the red canoe. Ducks and frogs, swallows and dragonflies, beaver lodges and lily pads–a multitude of wonders enchant the child narrator in this tender, beautifully illustrated picture book. A tribute to those fragile, wild places that still exist, In the Red Canoe celebrates the bond between grandparent and grandchild and invites nature lovers of all ages along for the ride.
Animal surprises, Nicola Davies.
Follow the young adventurer trekking through the jungle, diving deep into the sea and climbing up trees as she searches for animals big and small, wide and tall.
Into the blue, Nicola Davies.
Follow a young adventurer as she treks through the jungle, dives deep down into the sea, and climbs high up into the trees. Into the Blue features delightful characters from the deep blue sea, and is fully illustrated in color by exciting new illustrator Abbie Cameron.
The address: a novel, Fiona Davis.
After a failed apprenticeship, working her way up to head housekeeper of a posh London hotel is more than Sara Smythe ever thought she'd make of herself. But when a chance encounter with Theodore Camden, one of the architects of the grand New York apartment house The Dakota, leads to a job offer, her world is suddenly awash in possibility–no mean feat for a servant in 1884. The opportunity to move to America, where a person can rise aboveone'sstation. The opportunity to be the female manager of The Dakota, which promises to be the greatest apartment house in the world. And the opportunity to see more of Theo, who understands Sara like no one else. And is living in The Dakota with his wife and three young children. In 1985, Bailey Camdenis desperate for new opportunities. Fresh out of rehab, the former party girl and interior designer is homeless, jobless, and penniless. Two generations ago, Bailey's grandfather was the ward of famed architect Theodore Camden. But the absence of a genetic connection means Bailey won't see a dime of the Camden family's substantial estate. Instead, her cousin Melinda–Camden's biological great-granddaughter–will inherit almost everything. So when Melinda offers to let Bailey oversee the renovation of her lavish Dakota apartment, Bailey jumps at the chance, despite her dislike of Melinda's vision. The renovation will take away all the character and history of the apartment Theodore Camden himself lived in. and died in, after suffering multiple stab wounds by a madwoman named Sara Smythe, a former Dakota employee who had previously spent seven months in an insane asylum on Blackwell's Island. One hundred years apart, Sara and Bailey are both tempted by and struggle against the golden excess of their respective ages–for Sara, the opulence of a world ruled by the Astors and Vanderbilts; for Bailey, the free-flowing drinks and cocaine in the nightclubs of New York City–and take refuge and solace in the Upper West Side's gilded fortress. But a building with a history as rich–and often tragic–as The Dakota's can't hold its secrets forever, and what Bailey discovers in its basement could turn everything she thought she knew about Theodore Camden–and the woman who killed him–on its head. With rich historical detail, nuanced characters, and gorgeous prose, Fiona Davis once again delivers a compulsively readable novel that peels back the layers of not only a famed institution, but the lives–and lies–of the beating hearts within.
Nemesis, Lindsey Davis.
In the high summer of 77 AD, Roman informer Marcus Didius Falco is beset by personal problems. Newly bereaved and facing unexpected upheavals in his life, it is a relief for him to consider someone else's misfortunes. A middle-aged couple who supplied statues to his father, Geminus, have disappeared in mysterious circumstances. They had an old feud with a bunch of notorious freedmen, the Claudii, who live rough in the pestilential Pontine Marshes, terrorising the neighbourhood. When a mutilated corpse turns up near Rome, Falco and his vigiles friend Petronius investigate, even though it means travelling in the dread marshes. But just as they are making progress, the Chief Spy, Anacrites, snatches their case away from them. As his rivalry with Falco escalates, he makes false overtures of friendship, but fails to cover up the fact that the violent Claudii have acquired corrupt protection at the highest level. Making further enquiries after they have been warned off can only be dangerous - but when did that stop Falco and Petronius? Egged on by the slippery bureaucrats who hate Anacrites, the dogged friends dig deeper while a psychotic killer keeps taking more victims, and the shocking truth creeps closer and closer to home.
The party, Elizabeth Day.
'As the train pressed on, I realised that my life was in the process of taking a different direction, plotted according to a new constellation. Because, although I didn't know it yet, I was about to meet Ben and nothing would ever be the same again.' Martin Gilmour is an outsider. When he wins a scholarship to Burtonbury School, he doesn't wear the right clothes or speak with the right kind of accent. But then he meets the dazzling, popular and wealthy Ben Fitzmaurice, and gains admission to an exclusive world. Soon Martin is enjoying tennis parties and Easter egg hunts at the Fitzmaurice family's estate, as Ben becomes the brother he never had. But Martin has a secret. He knows something about Ben, something he will never tell. It is a secret that will bind the two of them together for the best part of 25 years. At Ben's 40th birthday party, the great and the good of British society are gathering to celebrate in a haze of champagne, drugs and glamour. Amid the hundreds of guests - the politicians, the celebrities, the old-money and newly rich - Martin once again feels that disturbing pang of not-quite belonging. His wife, Lucy, has her reservations too. There is disquiet in the air. But Ben wouldn't do anything to damage their friendship. Would he?
Affluenza: how overconsumption is killing us and how we can fight back, John De Graaf.
We tried to warn you! The 2008 economic collapse proved how resilient and dangerous affluenza can be. Now in its third edition, this book can safely be called prophetic in showing how problems ranging from loneliness, endless working hours, and family conflict to rising debt, environmental pollution, and rampant commercialism are all symptoms of this global plague. The new edition traces the role overconsumption played in the Great Recession, discusses new ways to measure social health and success (such as the Gross Domestic Happiness index), and offers policy recommendations to make our society more simplicity-friendly. The underlying message isn't to stop buying–it's to remember, always, that the best things in life aren't things.
Far from home, Ellie Dean.
It is 1940 and Staff Nurse Polly Brown has been granted a posting at Cliffehaven Memorial Hospital on the south coast to be near her badly injured husband, Adam. But her decision has meant that she has had to part with their beloved five-year-old daughter, Alice, who is travelling to safety in Canada. Polly's heart is torn in two as she says goodbye to Alice and heads to the Beach View boarding house in Cliffehaven, where she throws herself into her work. But as she confronts the fact that Adam may not survive his injuries, a telegram arrives at Beach View. The boat Alice was on has been torpedoed by a German U-boat.
Keep smiling through, Ellie Dean.
Despite losing her mother at a young age and her father away on important war work, seventeen-year-old Rita Smith has plenty of people to turn to in the close-knit community of Cliffhaven. Until Italy sides with Germany and Rita's closest friends and neighbours are interned as enemies of the state. As war rages across Europe, Rita is more determined than ever to do her bit for the war effort. Although she is forced to give up her dream of joining the WAAF, she volunteers as a fire warden. When her own home is destroyed Rita vows she will not lose spirit and throws herself into doing her bit for king and country, longing for the day when she is reunited with those she loves best.
Some lucky day, Ellie Dean.
May 1942. Kitty Pargeter loves the life she's leading as a talented young pilot, serving her country. But tragedy strikes when she is forced to crash-land and is badly injured. She is taken to a specialist hospital in Cliffehaven, where she must come to terms with the disabling injury that threatens her career. Then comes the shattering news that her beloved brother has been shot down and presumed dead. And she wonders if she'll able to find the courage and fortitude to carry on. As Kitty slowly recovers, with the help of Peggy Reilly and her family at Beach View boarding house, she is more determined than ever to return to the job she loves, whatever it takes.
There'll be blue skies, Ellie Dean.
Truth or dare, Barbara Dee.
When Lia returns after a summer with her aunt, it feels like everything has changed within her group of friends. Everyone just seems more dramatic. When a few white lies are told during a game of Truth or Dare, they make Lia's life very complicated. Is keeping up with her BFFs really worth it?
Black, Ted Dekker.
Fleeing assailants through deserted alleyways, Thomas Hunter narrowly escapes to the roof of a building. Then a silent bullet from the night clips his head ... and his world goes black. From the blackness comes an amazing reality of another world where evil is contained. A world where Thomas Hunter is in love with a beautiful woman. But then he remembers the dream of being chased through an alleyway as he reaches to touch the blood on his head. Where does the dream end and reality begin' Every time he falls asleep in one world, he awakes in the other. Yet in both, catastrophic disaster awaits him ... may even be caused by him. Some say the world hangs in the balance of every choice we make. Now the fate of two worlds hangs in the balance of one man's choices.
Red, Ted Dekker.
Hunter finds himself again torn between two realities after a 15-year respite from his dreams. Pitted against the New Allegiance, which has intentionally spread a deadly virus known as the Raison Strain that threatens to destroy the modern world, he launches a desperate search for the scientist who can provide the vaccine.
Curing affluenza: how to buy less stuff and save the world, Richard Denniss.
A truly modern affliction, affluenza is endemic in Western societies, encouraged by those who profit from a culture of exploitation and waste. So how do we cure ourselves? In this sparkling book of ideas, Richard Denniss shows we must distinguish between consumerism, the love of buying things, which is undeniably harmful to us and the planet, and materialism, the love of things, which can in fact be beneficial. We should cherish the things we own; preserve them, repair them, and then gift or sell them when we no longer need them. We must foster new ways of thinking and acting that do not squander limited resources, and which support the things we value most: vibrant communities and rich experiences. At once a lucid explanation of a critical global issue and a stirring call to action, Curing Affluenza will change the way you think about your place in the world.
The wench is dead, Colin Dexter.
That night he dreamed in technicolour. He saw the ochre-skinned, scantily clad siren in her black, arrowed stockings. And in Morse's muddled computer of a mind, that siren took the name of one Joanna Franks ...The body of Joanna Franks was found at Duke's Cut on the Oxford Canal at about 5.30 a.m. on Wednesday, 22nd June 1859. At around 10.15 a.m. on a Saturday morning in 1989 the body of Chief Inspector Morse - though very much alive - was removed to Oxford's John Radcliffe Hospital. Treatment for a perforated ulcer was later pronounced successful. As Morse begins his recovery he comes across an account of the investigation and the trial that followed Joanna Franks' death ...and becomes convinced that the two men hanged for her murder were innocent.
The Pickwick papers: or, The posthumous papers of the Pickwick Club, Charles Dickens.
Charles Dickens's satirical masterpiece, The Pickwick Papers, catapulted the young writer into literary fame when it was first serialized in 1836-37. It recounts the rollicking adventures of the members of the Pickwick Club as they travel about England getting into all sorts of mischief. Laugh-out-loud funny and endlessly entertaining, the book also reveals Dickens's burgeoning interest in the parliamentary system, lawyers, the Poor Laws, and the ills of debtors' prisons. As G. K. Chesterton noted, Before [Dickens] wrote a single real story, he had a kind of vision … a map full of fantastic towns, thundering coaches, clamorous market-places, uproarious inns, strange and swaggering figures. That vision was Pickwick.
What does this button do?: an autobiography, Bruce Dickinson.
'I was spotty, wore an anorak, had biro-engraved flared blue jeans with purple and Sabbath written on the thighs, and rode an ear-splittingly uncool moped. Oh yes, and I wanted to be a drummer...' Bruce Dickinson - Iron Maiden's legendary front man - is one of the world's most iconic singers and songwriters. But there are many strings to Bruce's bow, of which larger-than-life lead vocalist is just one. He is also an airline captain, aviation entrepreneur, motivational speaker, beer brewer, novelist, radio presenter, film scriptwriter and an international fencer: truly one of the most unique and interesting men in the world. In What Does this Button Do? Bruce contemplates the rollercoaster of life. He recounts - in his uniquely anarchic voice - the explosive exploits of his eccentric British childhood, the meteoric rise of Maiden, summoning the powers of darkness, the philosophy of fencing, brutishly beautiful Boeings and firmly dismissing cancer like an uninvited guest. Bold, honest, intelligent and funny, this long-awaited memoir captures the life, heart and mind of a true rock icon, and is guaranteed to inspire curious souls and hard-core fans alike.
The rest of their lives, Jean-Paul Didierlaurent.
It's difficult to find love in a profession like Ambroise's, even his father despises what he does. And while Manelle, a home-help for the elderly in the same small French town, adores her days spent with her eccentric clients, she too often ends her evenings alone. So when an unusual request from Manelle's favourite client, eighty-two-year-old retired chef-gourmand Samuel, brings the two of them together for an unlikely road-trip to Switzerland, along with Ambroise's cake-loving grandmother, it might just be time for the rest of their lives to begin.
Seven pillars of wisdom & the evolution of a revolt: Lawrence of Arabia's account and memoirs of the Arab revolt and guerrilla warfare during World War One, DIGITAL.
Lawrence, T. E. (Thomas Edward), 1888-1935.
Dragon was terrible, Kelly S DiPucchio.
We all know dragons are terrible, but this one is especially terrible. He scribbles in books. He steals candy from baby unicorns. He even burps in church. Seriously, who does that? Dragon, that's who. The king, the knights, and the villagers are desperate to take down this beast once and for all. But sometimes it's up to the unlikeliest of heroes to tame a dragon this terrible.
Under the cold bright lights, Garry Disher.
The young detectives call Alan Auhl a retread, but that doesn't faze him. He does things his own way and gets results.He still lives with his ex-wife, off and on, in a big house full of random boarders and hard-luck stories. And he's still a cop, even though he retired from Homicide some years ago. He works cold cases now. Like the death of John Elphick his daughters still convinced he was murdered, the coroner not so sure. Or the skeleton that's just been found under a concrete slab. Or the doctor who killed two wives and a girlfriend, and left no evidence at all. Auhl will stick with these cases until justice is done. One way or another.
A crabby killer, Leighann Dobbs.
How far will the Islanders go protect one of their own? When the body of an 'outsider' is found stuffed in the crab boil pot right before the opening of Mooseamuck Island's annual Crab Festival, the islanders aren't too worried. After all, outsider business is none of their concern. They just don't want something as inconvenient as a murder to put a damper on their festival.But when the victim's real reasons for being on the island are revealed, suspicions fall on several of the long time island residents. Claire and Dom find themselves in the unenviable position of having to team up to prove the innocence of their friends ... too bad each of them have a different idea of who is innocent.Will Dom and Claire be able to put their differences aside long enough to nail the real killer even when the investigation threatens to expose a deeply hidden secret of one of Mooseamuck Island's most beloved residents?
Dead wrong, Leighann Dobbs.
Morgan and Fiona Blackmoore enjoy their simple life in the sleepy ocean-side town of Noquitt, Maine, where they offer herbal remedies and crystal healing for locals and tourists alike– until Morgan is accused of killing the town shrew, Prudence Littlefield. Suddenly, the girls find themselves scrambling to find the real killer. Jake Cooper is new to the Noquitt Maine police force, which is exactly why Fiona Blackmoore doesn't trust him. But with time running out and the evidence against her sister piling up, Fiona has to make a choice. Will she trust Jake with her sister's case– and her own heart?
Dying for danish, Leighann Dobbs.
Murder can be bad for business....When Lexy Baker lands a high paying catering job that allows her to buy some much needed kitchen equipment, she's excited that things are going so well ... until she stumbles over the body of the bride-to-be. Suddenly Lexy finds herself in a race against time to find the killer. Aided by four iPad toting amateur detective grandma's, her best friend and her little dog Sprinkles, Lexy finds the suspect list growing at every turn.To make matters worse, the investigation is headed up by her hunky neighbour Detective Jack Perillo who she had been hot and heavy with - until he mysteriously stopped calling her several weeks earlier. Add a handsome, rich bachelor who is also a suspect and seems to have designs on Lexy to the mix, and Lexy soon finds that things are not what they seem.Will Lexy be able to catch the killer in time, or will she end up Dying for Danish?
Down to earth: gardening wisdom, Monty Don.
Unrivalled gardening wisdom from Monty Don, including essential tips, knowledge and musings from his 50 years of gardening experience. Written as he talks, this is Monty Don right beside you in the garden, challenging norms and sharing advice. Discover Monty's thoughts and garden ideas around nature, seasons, colour, design, pests, flowering shrubs, containers, and much more. Read about the month-by month jobs he does in his own garden that he hopes are relevant to you. Monty's intimate and lyrical writing is accompanied by photos of his garden, showing areas rarely seen on television.
Altered starscape, Ian Douglas.
Thirty-eight years after first contact, Lord Commander Grayson St. Clair leads the Tellus Ad Astra on an unprecedented expedition to the Galactic Core, carrying more than a million scientists, diplomats, soldiers, and AIs. Despite his reservations about their alien hosts, St. Clair is deeply committed to his people, especially after they're sucked into a black hole and spat out four billion years in the future.
Dark mind, Ian Douglas.
2425. The civil war between the United States of North America and the Pan-European Confederation is over. But before a new era of peace on Earth can begin, humankind must martial its interstellar forces as one fleet to engage in a war against an alien entity in Omega Centauri. Without provocation, it destroyed a Confederation science facility inhabited by 12,000 people, and it must be neutralized before it sets its sights on Earth. Admiral Trevor Sandy Gray of the USNA star carrier America has his own mission. The enigmatic AI known as Konstantin has convinced him that humanity's only chance for survival is technology found in a distant star system. Now, Gray must disobey orders as well as locate and create a weapon capable of defeating a living sphere the size of a small planet&
Darkness falling, Ian Douglas.
In a distant corner of space, colony ship commander Grayson St. Clair must protect his passengers and crew, try to return to the Milky Way, and avoid a force of unimaginable destruction.
The courtesan and the samurai, Lesley Downer.
Japan, 1868: the last shogun has been defeated, the age of the emperors is about to begin - and in Japan's frozen north a diehard band of loyalists plans a desperate last stand. Hana is just seventeen when her husband goes to war, leaving her alone and very vulnerable. When enemy soldiers attack her house she flees for her life across the shattered city of Tokyo and takes refuge in the Yoshiwara, its famous pleasure quarter. There she is sold into a brothel and forced to train as a courtesan. Yozo, a traveller, adventurer and brilliant swordsman, returns to Japan after six years in the Victorian West to discover that the world he left behind him has been destroyed. Travelling north to join his rebel comrades, he is captured during their final battle. Escaping, he makes his way south to the only place where a man is beyond the reach of the law - the Yoshiwara. There in the Nightless City where three thousand courtesans mingle with geishas and jesters, the battered fugitive meets the beautiful courtesan. But each has a secret so terrible that once revealed it will threaten not only their union - but their very lives.
Adult fantasy: my search for true maturity in an age of mortgages, marriages, and other adult milestones, Briohny Doyle.
'I pictured myself a wine-dark streak in a TV desert, ears too full of the summer wind to hear that ominous ticking in the sky: the sound of a cultural clock counting me out of youth.' Briohny Doyle turned thirty without a clear idea of what her adult life should look like. The world she lived in, with its global economic uncertainty, political conservatism, and precarious employment conditions, didn't match the one her parents grew up in. Every day she read editorials about how her millennial cohort–dubbed the 'Peter Pan generation'–were reluctant to embrace the traditional markers of adulthood: a stable job, a house in the suburbs, a nuclear family. But do these emblems of maturity mean the same thing today as they did thirty years ago? In a smart and spirited enquiry, Doyle examines whether millennials are redefining what it means to be an adult today. Blending personal essay and cultural critique, she ventures into the big claims of philosophy and the neon buzz of pop culture to ask: in a rapidly changing world, do the so-called adult milestones distract us from other measures of maturity?
The surrendered wife, Laura Doyle.
At 30, Laura Doyle, like millions of women, was miserable in her marriage, but she couldn't put her finger on the cause. 'I was lonely and I was exhausted from trying to do everything myself. When I learned to stop controlling and criticising my husband and practised receiving graciously, something magical happened. The union I had always dreamed of appeared. The man who had wooed me was back,' writes Doyle. In The surrendered wife, Laura Doyle presents a radical and controversial approach to relationships: women can enjoy great sex, harmony and the intimacy they crave when they stop controlling their partner. Surrendering, she says, is the simplest principle for a great marriage and thousands of women swear by it. Covering both the emotional and practical aspects of marriage, it teaches women valuable lessons including how to respect the man they married, how to resist the temptation to bicker and how to trust their man. But most importantly, it shows how you can fall in love with your man all over again. With marriages and relationships fast becoming the first casualty of modern life, The surrendered wife could be the key to 'happy ever after'.
Empowered wife: six surprising secrets for attracting your husband's time, attention, and affection. Laura Doyle.
Can a wife single-handedly bring a boring or broken marriage back to life? This improved and expanded edition of Laura Doyle's acclaimed First, Kill All the Marriage Counselors features real-life success stories from empowered wives who have done just that - and provides a step-by-step guide to revitalizing your own marriage. Laura Doyle's marriage was in trouble, and couples counseling wasn't helping. On the brink of divorce, she decided to talk to women who'd been happily married for over a decade, and their advice stunned her. From it, she distilled Six Intimacy Skills, woman-centric practices that ended her overwhelm and resentment, restoring the playfulness and passion in her marriage.
Surrendered wives empowered women, Laura Doyle.
Over 150,000 women in 16 languages and 27 countries have used the Surrendered Wife principles to make their relationships vibrant and exhilarating again. These are the up-close and personal stories of 18 women who show you exactly how they did it. These women were struggling and stuck until they applied the skills that helped unlock their feminine gifts and made them feel cherished again. The skills that changed everything for the better for these women are neither difficult nor complicated, but they're not what most of us saw modeled growing up. Creating the intimacy and passion you crave doesn't have to be hard if you follow someone who has gone before you.Some had been to numerous marriage counselors with no luck, or were right at divorce's door. Others knew that the sizzle was gone. Their stories reveal how they empowered themselves to create playful, passionate relationships–and how you can too.
Rover and the Big Fat Baby, Roddy Doyle.
The BFB (Big Fat Baby) is missing! Can Rover the wonder dog and his little nephew Messi (who is actually very tidy) track her down? While Rover and co. are hot on the trail of the BFB, via Granny Mack's backpack, the post lady's basket and a plane bound for Africa, it looks like the Gigglers are about to run out of poo. And without an urgent delivery from Rover, how will they be able to give the Giggler Treatment to grumpy adults and help kids all over the country?
The office Christmas party, Aimée Duffy.
Natalie Taylor and Dean Fletcher are serial Christmas party crashers. But when they start crashing the same parties...the mittens come off and the sparks fly! As much as she loves Christmas, after her mother's death, events planner Nat can't face the jolly season anymore. So to get her festive hit she crashes everyone else's party. It's a sweet gig, until she meets her competition, tech empire millionaire, Dean, under the mistletoe...! When it comes to relationships, Dean doesn't do serious–being left at the altar will do that to a guy. So when he meets feisty Nat, the first woman in ten years to pique his interest, he's tempted to break his one-night rule...just for the holidays! Nat and Dean might get more than they bargained for in their stockings this Christmas!
Drop the ball: achieving more by doing less, Tiffany Dufu.
A renowned expert in the women's leadership movement, Tiffany Dufu was once like so many other driven and talented women who have been brought up to believe that to have it all, they must do it all. But after she gave birth to her first child, she struggled to accomplish everything she thought she needed to in order to succeed. Dufu began to feel that achieving her career and personal goals was an impossibility. Eventually, she discovered the solution: letting go. In Drop the Ball, Dufu recounts how she learned to reevaluate expectations, shrink her to-do list, and meaningfully engage the assistance of others–freeing the space she needed to flourish at work and to develop deeper, more meaningful relationships at home. Even though women make up half the workforce, they still represent only 18 percent of the highest-level leaders. The reasons are obvious: just as women reach middle management, they are also starting families. Mounting responsibilities at work and home leave them with no bandwidth to do what will most lead to their success. Offering new perspective on why the women's leadership movement has stalled, and packed with actionable advice, Tiffany Dufu's Drop the Ball urges women to embrace imperfection and to expect less of themselves and more from others–only then can they focus on what they truly care about, devote the necessary energy to achieving their real goals, and create the type of rich, rewarding lives we all desire.
Birdcage walk, Helen Dunmore.
It is 1792 and Europe is seized by political turmoil and violence. Lizzie Fawkes has grown up in Radical circles where each step of the French Revolution is followed with eager idealism. But she has recently married John Diner Tredevant, a property developer who is heavily invested in Bristol's housing boom, and he has everything to lose from social upheaval and the prospect of war. Soon his plans for a magnificent terrace built above the two-hundred-foot drop of the Gorge come under threat. Diner believes that Lizzie's independent, questioning spirit must be coerced and subdued. She belongs to him: law and custom confirm it, and she must live as he wants. In a tense drama of public and private violence, resistance and terror, Diner's passion for Lizzie darkens until she finds herself dangerously alone.
Exposure, Helen Dunmore.
London, November, 1960: the Cold War is at its height. Spy fever fills the newspapers, and the political establishment knows how and where to bury its secrets. When a highly sensitive file goes missing, Simon Callington is accused of passing information to the Soviets, and arrested.
Patisserie: master the art of French pastry, Mélanie Dupuis.
Join expert pastry chef Mélanie Dupuis and molecular gastronomist Anne Cazor in this landmark volume on the techniques and traditions of France's grand patisseries, with sumptuous step by step recipes designed to make even the most elaborate of French desserts achievable for the home baker. From madeleines, éclairs and croissants to tarte au citron, black forest cake and croquembouche, Patisserie has a creation for every sweet tooth, whether it's a simple cake or a show-stopping work of art.
Oath of honor, Lynette Eason.
Police officer Isabelle St. John loves her crazy, loud, law-enforcement family. With three brothers and two sisters, she's never without someone to hang out with–or fight with. And she knows they'll be there for her when things get tough. Like when her partner is murdered and she barely escapes with her own life. Determined to discover exactly what happened, Izzy's investigation sends her headfirst into a criminal organization, possibly with cops on the payroll–including someone from her own family. With her dead partner's handsome homicide detective brother Ryan shadowing her every move, Izzy's head is spinning. How can she secure justice for her partner when doing so could mean sending someone she loves to prison? And how will she guard her heart when the man she's had a secret crush on for years won't leave her side? With her signature fast-paced, edge-of-your-seat action, Lynette Eason invites readers into a captivating new series where justice is a family affair.
The risqué resolution, Jillian Eaton.
Because of a clause in her father's will, Lily has until Christmas to find a husband. Having yet to find a single man she would ever consider marrying after six failed seasons, she fears all hope is lost - until she meets the mysterious, insufferable, and oh so handsome Captain James Rigby.Recently returned and still recovering from the bloody battlefields of war, James is missing an arm and, it would seem, a heart. The last thing on the embittered soldier's mind is marriage, especially to Lily Kincaid, a woman who is as infuriatingly stubborn as she is beautiful. With time running out, can Lily convince James, and herself, true love really exists? Or will she lose everything, including her heart? Find out in The Risqué Resolution, a holiday novella filled with romance, humour, and just a touch of Christmas magic.
There's a dinosaur in my bathtub, Catalina Echeverri.
Amelia has a dinosaur in her bathtub; a rather large dinosaur. His name is Pierre, and he's from France. Amelia and Pierre have lots of fun adventures together, like travelling to the moon, eating giant ice creams and dancing upside-down. Magically imaginative and brilliantly different, There's a Dinosaur in My Bathtub will captivate all children and their parents, too!
Vegan on the go: Fast, easy, affordable–anytime, anywhere, Jérôme Eckmeier.
Eat vegan anytime, anywhere with Vegan on the go. With over 100 nutritious recipes and healthy lunch ideas, your desk lunch will never be sad again. Eat vegan snacks, soups, salads, sandwiches, hearty mains, and desserts with meals created by vegan authors Jérôme Eckmeier and Daniela Lais.
As you are: a Regency romance, Sarah M Eden.
A horse breeder by trade, Corbin Jonquil is more at home in the stables than in the ballroom of his sprawling estate. Corbin is the quietest of the Jonquil brothers and has always faded into the background, contentedly unnoticed. When a mysterious young widow, Mrs. Clara Bentford, moves into the neighbourhood, horse breeder Corbin Jonquil quickly falls in love– but the menace of Clara's past threatens to tear them apart. Will the couple have the courage to fight for the promise of forever?
Courting Miss Lancaster: a novel, Sarah M Eden.
Harry Windover adores blonde, green-eyed Athena Lancaster, but alas, a penniless man like himself has no hope of winning a young noblewoman's hand. To add insult to injury, Athena's brother-in-law and guardian, the Duke of Kielder, has asked Harry to assist Athena in finding the gentleman of her dreams.
For love or honor: a Regency romance, Sarah M Eden.
From the moment they met, Marjie's heart has belonged to handsome Captain Stanley Jonquil, younger brother of the Earl of Lampton. But six long months ago, when Stanley's sense of honor required that he do as he had sworn and return to the Continent to fight in defense of King and country, neither Stanley nor Marjie could have dreamed what the cost of his service would be. It has been ages since Stanley last wrote, and Marjie and the Jonquil family are plagued by his unknown fate–until the day he unexpectedly reappears. Marjie's joy, however, is quickly shadowed by confusion–the aloof, battle-worn soldier before her is not the man he once was. In the wake of Stanley's blatant disinterest in renewing their acquaintance, Marjie's devastation turns to determination as she vows to help him find peace. But his scars run far deeper than anyone realizes. Despite his feelings for her, Stanley believes Marjie deserves a man whose hands are not stained with the violence of battlefields and whose mind and heart are not haunted by the horrors he has seen. Honor requires Stanley to return once more to the life he has grown to despise, one he knows will destroy him in the end, even as his heart beckons him to stay with Marjie, the only woman he could ever love, and the promise, at last, of redemption.
Glimmer of hope: a Regency romance, Sarah M Eden.
Stunning Miranda Harford once had the world at her feet. She was young, carefree, and desperately in love. But when her new husband left for London without her, her world fell apart. Devastated by his abandonment, Miranda fled their home, taking residence at her husband's rarely visited countryside estate. For three years, she lived alone. But now, as the holidays draw near, an unexpected visitor arrives … Carter Alexander Harford, Seventh Viscount Devereaux, is a man driven to succeed. His work is his life, and the position of Prime Minister of England is within reach. But in truth, Carter is a man haunted by lost love. Estranged from his beautiful wife, Carter is shocked to find Miranda–the woman he loved and who he believes left him–in residence at his country home. As plans for a holiday party move forward, the uneasy couple realizes that to avoid further scandal, they must keep up appearances in a charade of marital happiness. Thrust together by fate, it quickly becomes clear that they have both been living beneath a conspired cloud of misunderstanding. As family, career, and social pressures threaten to keep them apart, can love have even a glimmer of hope?
The kiss of a stranger: a novel, Sarah M Eden.
When Crispin, Lord Cavratt, thoroughly and scandalously kisses a serving woman in the garden of a country inn, he assumes the encounter will be of no consequence. But he couldn't be more mistaken–the maid is not only a lady of birth, she's the niece of a very large, exceptionally angry gentlemen, who claims Crispin has compromised his niece beyond redemption. The dismayed young lord has no choice but to marry Miss Catherine Thorndale, who lacks both money and refinement and assumes all men are as vicious as her guardian uncle.
Seeking Persephone: a novel, Sarah M Eden.
Lodged deep in a thick forest infested with wild dogs, the Duke of Kielder's castle is as cold and forbidding as the Duke himself, a man with terrible scars on his body and his soul. But the Duke's steely determination to protect his heart at all costs is challenged by his growing attachment to his lovely and gentle bride–Persephone Lancaster.
Romancing Daphne: a Regency romance, Sarah M Eden.
As her first London Season looms before her, the thought of the impending social whirl fills Daphne Lancaster's timid heart with dread. She hasn't her sisters' beauty nor their talent for conversing easily. Even her family's enviable connections may not be enough to prevent disaster. But Daphne's misery turns to surprised delight when the first event of her Season brings an unexpected visitor to her door–James Tilburn, whose tender kindness stole her heart in her youth. When the handsome young gentleman expresses his desire to court her, Daphne is elated. Their feelings for each other quickly grow, and it appears that, much to Daphne's disbelief, her happily ever after is within reach. Yet nothing is as it seems. The couple finds themselves caught in a tangled web of greed and deceit, leaving James and Daphne to determine whether they are willing to risk everything for true love.
Heroes of the frontier: a novel, Dave Eggers.
Josie and her husband have split up, she's been sued by a former patient and lost her dental practice, and she's grieving the death of a young man senselessly killed. When her ex asks to take the children to meet his new fiancée's family, Josie makes a run for it, figuring Alaska is about as far as she can get without a passport. Josie and her kids, Paul and Ana, rent a rattling old RV named the Chateau, and at first their trip feels like a vacation: They see bears and bison, they eat hot dogs cooked on a bonfire, and they spend nights parked along icy cold rivers in dark forests. But as they drive, pushed north by the ubiquitous wildfires, Josie is chased by enemies both real and imagined, past mistakes pursuing her tiny family, even to the very edge of civilization.
Dynasty: a novel, Robert S Elegant.
Founder of the Sekloong dynasty of Hong Kong, Sir Jonathan, the illegitimate offspring of an Irish adventurer and his Chinese mistress, overcame colonial prejudice to build a vast and influential trading empire spanning half a century. The marriage of Sir Jonathan's profligate son Charles to the ambitious and beautiful Mary Osgood comes to embody, on both personal and political levels, the tensions between Orient and Occident, and between Nationalists and Communists fighting for control of postimperial China. Dynasty follows the Sekloongs' triumphs, tragedies, betrayals, and bloodshed through the decades as they expand and protect their own empire, even as their homeland is torn apart from within by war and ideological upheaval, from the fall of the last emperor to the triumph of Mao Tse-tung. As China turbulently enters the modern world, the Sekloongs also grow in stature and strength-as do their desires and wayward passions.
The microbiome cookbook: 150 delicious recipes to nourish your microbiome and restore your gut health, Pamela Ellgen.
The gastrointestinal microbiota comprises hundreds of trillions of bacteria, viruses and fungal organisms that inhabit your intestines and live symbiotically with you. When the microbiome is disrupted, a cascade of complications can ensue, including allergies and food sensitivities, mental health problems, weight gain, irritable bowel syndrome and autoimmune diseases. The Microbiome Cookbook provides you with the information and recipes to support a flourishing gut population. Follow the programme in this book and you will gain the many benefits of having a healthy microbiome to naturally: Improve digestion; Neutralize toxins; Quell inflammation; Support immunity; Boost metabolism.
Bull, David Elliott.
A modern twist on the Theseus and Minotaur myth, told in verse. David Elliott turns a classic on its head in form and approach, updating the timeless story of Theseus and the Minotaur for a new generation. A rough, rowdy, and darkly comedic young adult retelling in verse, Bull will have readers re-evaluating one of history's most infamous monsters.
Meet me at midnight, Suzanne Enoch.
Victoria Fontaine's mischievous nature and brilliant, biting wit have scandalized the ton ... and earned her the nickname Vixen. But her reputation pales before the infamous Lord Althorpe's, known as Lord Sin. The years Sinclair Grafton spent on the Continent have done nothing to quell the rumours about his past. And when the stunning Vixen and the handsome rogue find themselves momentarily alone at an elegant gala, their passion gets the best of them. Caught by Victoria's father in a shockingly sensual kiss, Sin and Vixen have no recourse except a wedding. At first the very liberal lady relishes the thought of an unfettered marriage to an indifferent, unrepentant scoundrel. But she suspects there is more to this enigmatic, remarkable man, that his rakish persona is merely a pose. And after one unforgettable night of ecstasy, Lady Vixen is determined to unmask the true Sin ... to satisfy a passionate heart that craves far more than freedom.
Beauty 40+: 24 beautiful step-by-step looks, Boris Entrup.
A guide to beauty for mature women covers age-appropriate makeup looks, with twenty-five step-by-step, illustrated instructions, and offers beauty advice, essential tools, and helpful tips for beauty care from head to toe.
Heal me, Bronwen (Bronwen Anne) Evans.
After her fiancé dies, Kate Donoghue has picked up the broken pieces of her heart and moved on. She's sworn off men and is building a new life in Coopers Creek, Colorado as the local vet and senior member of the mountain rescue team. So why now is she suddenly distracted by the seriously sexy investment banker come cowboy, Ric Standford? The man screams big city playboy but what can it hurt to indulge? Kate swears she won't fall for Ric... but the heat between them is scorching. Investment Banker Ric Stanford is enjoying his new life in the New York office. He's finally putting distance between his hometown memories of Lizzie and her reckless death. So he's more than pissed when on a trip home to Coopers Creek he breaks his leg and is stuck there for the foreseeable future. That is, until sexy vet, Kate Donoghue, arrives to attend to his sister's dog and suddenly a month in Coopers Creek looks totally irresistible. Coopers Creek holds painful memories for Ric and Kate. Can they heal from their pasts; can the town hold a beautiful new future for them both?
Love me, Bronwen (Bronwen Anne) Evans.
Emily Stanford's trip to New York, and her plan to bring her orphaned goddaughter home to Coopers Creek, backfires. Hayley's coming home but to Emily's horror she's hired as Hayley's nanny and moving in with her ex-lover, Hayley's uncle, the handsome cowboy come banker, Tyler Jeffries. He still makes her heart pound-even though four years ago he walked away from their relationship without a backward glance. Tyler hates that he has no choice but to let Emily move in, but this is about Hayley and what she needs. He can't believe the woman he blames for his sister's death still fiercely fires his blood. Back in Coopers Creek, out of his comfort zone, coping with PTA meetings and white picket fences, he lets his heart's defenses down, only to have Emily betray him again. Coopers Creek holds painful memories for Emily and Tyler. Can they forgive each other; can the town hold a beautiful new future for them both?
Need me: Coopers Creek Series, Book 4, Bronwen (Bronwen Anne) Evans.
Brooke Carpenter loves her life in small town Coopers Creek, but with her friends Kate, Emily, and Anna, all having babies her biological clock is ticking in double-time. After being burned by her lying, cheating fiancé, she's wary of men and their fake promises. But Kate's hunky best friend, Robert Chambers, is nothing like her ex. His shy, good-guy personality is just what the doctor–or nurse–ordered. Pushing her insecurities and her mother's warning aside about 'too good to be true usually is', she sets out to snag the heroic mountain climber. Coopers Creek mountain rescue team member, Robert Chambers loves lending a helping hand to others–often literally. While he wants to contribute to society, a devastating mistake in his past is behind his driving need to save lives. After his latest rescue effort, sexy, fiery nurse Brooke captures his attention and mild-mannered Robert can't resist her charms. He falls hard and fast, unable to fight his growing attraction even though his tortured past makes it impossible to give her the one thing Brooke really wants.
Want me , Bronwen (Bronwen Anne) Evans.
Anna Spencer is over men. Besides, constantly running from a, crazy, abusive ex makes having a meaningful romance impossible - even if it's with a good guy. So why did fate send her handsomely sexy, quirky millionaire Chase McIntyre as a client? He might be a playboy, but his eccentric behaviour and huge heart show Anna that there's more to him than meets the eye. Against her better judgment, she begins to give him her heart. Marketing genius and proud tree-hugger, Chase McIntyre lives for fun, but he's dead serious about protecting his heart. Left sterile by a childhood disease, Chase knows that he'll never have what he wants most - a family. He learned the hard way that shooting blanks is a deal-breaker for most women. He'll never risk his heart again - that is until beautiful, wounded Anna enters his life. Chase begins earning Anna's trust and falling for her–until she breaks his heart with two little words - 'I'm pregnant'.
My kitchen: vegetarian casual cooking at home, Pete Evans.
Fresh from hosting Channel 7's popular cooking show, 'My Kitchen Rules', bestselling author and chef Pete Evans brings cooking back to his home kitchen in My Kitchen: Vegetarian. Focusing on casual home cooking as a lifestyle, Pete keeps it relaxed with fresh ingredients and flavours for every meal of the day. Featuring the dishes Pete loves to prepare for his family, My Kitchen: Vegetarian offers all the inspiration you need to regularly cook simple, interesting meals that are bursting with flavour.
The ballad of Banjo Crossing, Tess Evans.
Jack McPhail is a man on the run from his past, a drifter who lands by accident in a sleepy outback Australian town called Banjo Crossing. Jack, almost despite himself, becomes slowly drawn into the town, its community, its characters and its concerns.He's on the brink of falling in love with Mardi, a young widow and owner of the local coffee shop, when the community is confronted and divided by an unexpected development. A coal mining company has come to town, intent on buying up the local properties to build an open cut mine. The town of Banjo Crossing rallies together to fight off the threat. Jack wants to help out his new friends, but if he does, he's at risk of his past being exposed. Having his secret out there could change everything for him. Will he help them out, even if it costs him his second chance at happiness?
Danger at Thatcham Hall, Frances Evesham.
Ambitious lawyer Nelson Roberts, embittered by war, jilted by his fiance, and trusting no one, aims to make his name solving the mysterious thefts and violence at Thatcham Hall, a country house in Victorian England. Olivia Martin, headstrong and talented, will stop at nothing to overcome the conventions of the day, avoid a miserable fate as a governess and fulfill dreams of a musical future. The pair stumble on a body. Is the farmhands death a simple accident, or something more sinister? Who attacked the livestock at the Hall and why are the villagers so reluctant to talk? Can Nelson and Olivia overcome their differences and join forces to unravel the web of evil that imperils the Hall?
An independent woman, Frances Evesham.
With nothing left from her childhood except a tiny portrait of a beautiful woman, some skill with a needle, and the knowledge of a dreadful secret, Philomena escapes her tormentor, Joseph, and the dank fogs of Victorian London, only for a train crash to interrupt her quest for independence and freedom. Trapped between the upstairs and downstairs occupants of the great country house, Philomena hears whispers of the mysteries and lies that lurk in empty corridors and behind closed doors. Her rescuer, the dangerous, enigmatic Hugh, Lord Thatcham, wrestles with his own demons and makes Philomena's heart race, but she must fight her passion for she can never marry. Haunted by her past, Philomena's only hope of happiness is to confront the evil forces that threaten to destroy her.
Olivia the spy, Ian Falconer.
Listening in on her mother's conversations hoping to discover the secret plan for her upcoming birthday, Olivia instead hears her mother talking about her poor behaviour and becomes concerned she'll be sent to military school.
The girls of Ennismore, Patricia Falvey.
Ireland, 1900. Two girls meet. They are from vastly different worlds, but will be united in friendship through loves, losses and wars. It's the early years of the twentieth century, and Victoria Bell and Rosie Killeen are best friends. Growing up in rural Ireland's County Mayo, their friendship is forged against the glorious backdrop of Ennismore House. However, Victoria, born of the aristocracy, and Rosie, daughter of a local farmer, both find that the disparity of their class and the simmering social tension in Ireland will push their friendship to the brink.
Richard Nixon: the life, John A (John Aloysius) Farrell.
At the end of World War II, Navy lieutenant Nick Nixon returned from the Pacific and set his cap at Congress. Amid the turns of that now-legendary 1946 campaign, Nixon's finer attributes gave way to unapologetic ruthlessness; Nixon's sins as a candidate were legion. Finally elected president in 1969, Nixon packed his staff with bright young men who devised forward-thinking reforms addressing health care, welfare, civil rights, and protection of the environment. Farrell shows that Nixon cared little for his legacy, and aspired to make his mark on the world stage.
The science of cooking: every question answered to give you the edge, Stuart Farrimond.
Get answers to all your cooking science questions, and cook tastier, more nutritious food using fundamental principles, practical advice, and step-by-step techniques. Where does the heat come from in a chili pepper? Why is wild salmon darker than farmed? Does searing meat really seal in the juices? A good recipe goes a long way, but if you can master the science behind it, you'll be one step ahead. Using full-colour images, stats and facts through infographics, and an engaging Q&A format to show you how to perfect your cooking, The Science of Cooking brings food science out of the lab and into your kitchen. Topics include meat and poultry, seafood, dairy, pulses and grains, fruits, vegetables, spices, herbs, baked goods, and more, making it perfect for perfecting everyday cooking as well as for special meals.
Good night stories for rebel girls: 100 tales of extraordinary women, Elena Favilli.
Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls reinvents fairy tales, inspiring girls with the stories of 100 heroic women from Elizabeth I to Serena Williams. Illustrated by 60 female artists from every corner of the globe, this is the most-funded original book in the history of crowd-funding.
The dinner party and other stories, Joshua Ferris.
These eleven stories by Joshua Ferris, many of which were first published in The New Yorker, are at once thrilling, strange, and comic. The modern tribulations of marriage, ambition, and the fear of missing out as the temptations flow like wine and the minutes of life tick down are explored with the characteristic wit and insight that have made Ferris one of our most critically acclaimed novelists.
A Christmas feast: and other stories, Katie Fforde.
This is a delicious Christmas feast of short stories. Add some extra sparkle to your Christmas by joining Katie Fforde for a perfect, romantic Christmas feast of short stories. Collected together for the first time and including one brand new story. Make your Christmas wishes come true.
Paradise fields, Katie Fforde.
Nel's pastoral world is under threat but can she trust those around her - like sensible boyfriend Simon, or Jake, an infuriating and attractive stranger who kissed her once under the mistletoe? Maybe she's been a celibate widow for far too long.
Saga land, Richard Fidler.
A new friendship. An unforgettable journey. A beautiful and bloody history. This is Iceland as you've never read it before. Broadcaster Richard Fidler and author Kari Gislason are good friends. They share a deep attachment to the sagas of Iceland the true stories of the first Viking families who settled on that remote island in the Middle Ages.These are tales of blood feuds, of dangerous women, and people who are compelled to kill the ones they love the most. The sagas are among the greatest stories ever written, but the identity of their authors is largely unknown. Together, Richard and Kari travel across Iceland, to the places where the sagas unfolded a thousand years ago. They cross fields, streams and fjords to immerse themselves in the folklore of this fiercely beautiful island. And there is another mission: to resolve a longstanding family mystery a gift from Kari's Icelandic father that might connect him to the greatest of the saga authors.
Heartstopper, Joy Fielding.
Welcome to Torrance, Florida. Population: 4,160. A small town in the middle of Alligator Alley, a safe place where residents feel comfortable leaving their doors unlocked and allowing their children to run freely. It's also the town that Sandy Crosbie, a high school English teacher and mother of two teenagers, now calls home, thanks to her philandering husband who moved the family from New York just so he could live closer to the Barbie clone he secretly met on an Internet chat line. When the body of the most popular girl at Torrance High is found buried in a shallow, swampy grave, everyone in this cozy community becomes a suspect. Suddenly a down-on-his-luck sheriff must wade through the murkier depths of his otherwise sunny jurisdiction to determine who the killer is. Meanwhile, Sandy must do everything in her power to help target the attacker before it's too late.
The Joy Fielding collection. #1. Joy Fielding.
Still life: Beautiful, happily married and the owner of a successful interior design business, Casey Marshall couldn't be more content with her life. Until a car slams into her at almost fifty miles an hour, breaking nearly every bone in her body, and plunging her into a coma. Lying in her hospital bed, Casey realizes that although she is unable to see or communicate, she can hear everything. She quickly discovers that her friends aren't necessarily the people she thought them to be'and that her accident might not have been an accident at all. As she struggles to break free from her living death, she begins to wonder if what lies ahead could be even worse. The wild zone: It starts as a joke among two brothers and their friend, out for a night of partying at the Wild Zone. Who will be the first to seduce a mysterious-looking young woman drinking by herself at a corner table? The $100 bet is on for the trio. Jeff, a charismatic personal trainer; his half-brother Will, a Princeton grad student; and Tom, a recently discharged military man - and the game begins. What they don't know is Suzy Bigelow's innocent, girl-next-door looks hide some dangerous secrets, or that she has reasons of her own for luring an unsuspecting young lover close to her. Now, as a harmless wager takes on an explosive life of its own, it becomes frighteningly clear that there's no going back once you've entered The Wild Zone. Now you see her: Fifty-year-old Marcy Taggart's life is in shambles. Two years ago, her twenty-one-year-old daughter, Devon, perished in a canoeing accident. Now in Ireland, on what was originally intended to be a celebration of her twenty-fifth wedding anniversary - if, that is, her husband had not left her for another woman - Marcy thinks she sees Devon casually strolling past her on the sidewalk. So begins Marcy's desperate search to find Devon, to find herself, and to find the disturbing truth that might, in the end, be her only salvation.
Shadow Creek, Joy Fielding.
In Brooklyn, Val waits for her soon-to-be ex-husband, Evan, to pick up their daughter, Brianne, for their Adirondacks excursion, along with his new fiancée. When Evan phones to say he's been delayed, he asks Val to drive Brianne to the hotel. Val secretly hopes to learn more about his relationship with his fiancée and to keep their daughter from forming too close a bond with the younger woman who might be her replacement. After Evan confirms he is tied up at work, Val decides they'll all go camping and manages to persuade her reluctant companions. No one is yet aware of the brutal murders that have taken place only a few miles away. Eventually campers and killers collide, secrets are revealed, and lives are changed forever.
Still life, Joy Fielding.
Beautiful, happily married and the owner of a successful interior design business, Casey Marshall couldn't be more content with her life. Until a car slams into her at almost fifty miles an hour, breaking nearly every bone in her body, and plunging her into a coma. Lying in her hospital bed, Casey realizes that although she is unable to see or communicate, she can hear everything. She quickly discovers that her friends aren't necessarily the people she thought them to be - and that her accident might not have been an accident at all. As she struggles to break free from her living death, she begins to wonder if what lies ahead could be even worse.
Perfect prey, Helen Fields.
The second in the terrifying DI Callanach crime series. Fans of M.J. Arlidge will be hooked from the very first page. In the midst of a rock festival, a charity worker is sliced across the stomach. He dies minutes later. In a crowd of thousands, no one saw his attacker. The following week, the body of a primary school teacher is found in a dumpster in an Edinburgh alley, strangled with her own woollen scarf. DI Ava Turner and DI Luc Callanach have no motive and no leads - until around the city, graffitied on buildings, words appear describing each victim. It's only when they realise the words are appearing before rather than after the murders, that they understand the killer is announcing his next victim...and the more innocent the better.
Perfect remains, Helen Fields.
The first in a nail-shredding new crime series. On a remote Highland mountain, the body of Elaine Buxton is burning. All that will be left to identify the respected lawyer are her teeth and a fragment of clothing. In the concealed back room of a house in Edinburgh, the real Elaine Buxton screams into the darkness. Detective Inspector Luc Callanach has barely set foot in his new office when Elaine's missing persons case is escalated to a murder investigation. Having left behind a promising career at Interpol, he's eager to prove himself to his new team. But Edinburgh, he discovers, is a long way from Lyon, and Elaine's killer has covered his tracks with meticulous care. It's not long before another successful woman is abducted from her doorstep, and Callanach finds himself in a race against the clock. Or so he believes ... The real fate of the women will prove more twisted than he could have ever imagined.
The woman in the window: a novel, A J Finn.
It's been ten long months since Anna Fox last left her home. Ten months during which she has haunted the rooms of her old New York house like a ghost, lost in her memories, too terrified to step outside. Anna's lifeline to the real world is her window, where she sits day after day, watching her neighbours. When the Russells move in, Anna is instantly drawn to them. A picture-perfect family of three, they are an echo of the life that was once hers. But one evening, a frenzied scream rips across the silence, and Anna witnesses something no one was supposed to see. Now she must do everything she can to uncover the truth about what really happened. But even if she does, will anyone believe her? And can she even trust herself?
Batavia: betrayal, shipwreck, murder, sexual slavery, courage: a spine-chilling chapter in Australian history, Peter FitzSimons.
The Shipwreck of the Batavia combines in just the one tale the birth of the world's first corporation, the brutality of colonisation, the battle of good vs evil, the derring-do of sea-faring adventure, mutiny, ship-wreck, love, lust, blood-lust, petty fascist dictatorship, criminality, a reign of terror, murders most foul, sexual slavery, natural nobility, survival, retribution, rescue, first contact with native peoples and so much more. Described by author Peter FitzSimons as a true Adults Only version of Lord of the Flies, meeting Nightmare on Elm Street, the story is set in 1629, when the pride of the Dutch East India Company, the Batavia, is on its maiden voyage en route from Amsterdam to the Dutch East Indies, laden down with the greatest treasure to leave Holland. The magnificent ship is already boiling over with a mutinous plot that is just about to break into the open when, just off the coast of Western Australia, it strikes an unseen reef in the middle of the night. While Commandeur Francisco Pelsaert decides to take the long-boat across 2000 miles of open sea for help, his second-in-command Jeronimus Cornelisz takes over, quickly deciding that 250 people on a small island is unwieldy for the small number of supplies they have. Quietly, he puts forward a plan to 40 odd mutineers how they could save themselves, kill most of the rest and spare only a half-dozen or so women, including his personal fancy, Lucretia Jansz - one of the noted beauties of Holland - to service their sexual needs. A reign of terror begins, countered only by a previously anonymous soldier Wiebbe Hayes, who begins to gather to him those are prepared to do what it takes to survive ...hoping against hope that the Commandeur will soon be coming back to them with the rescue yacht.
The curious guide to things that aren't, John D Fixx.
This guide to things one can't always touch, see or hear (such as air, memory, and zero) features thoughtful riddles that help one discover and learn more about each answer. Introduces the concepts of abstraction and intangibility.
Out of a wild sea, Richard Flanagan.
This essay is taken from Richard Flanagan's acclaimed collection of nonfiction pieces, And what do you do, Mr Gable? 'Maybe if the weather had been different we would have made it. No one had predicted anything like the force-nine gale that turned a calm ocean into a liquid earthquake.' A near-fatal kayak trip across the Bass Strait with a friend has author Richard Flanagan contemplating memory and dreams, childhood visions, and the things that really matter in life.
Christmas: a biography, Judith Flanders.
Christmas has been all things to all people: a religious festival, a family celebration, a time of eating and drinking. Yet the origins of the customs which characterize the festive season are wreathed in myth. When did turkeys become the plat du jour? Is the commercialization of Christmas a recent phenomenon, or has the emphasis always been on spending? Just who is, or was, Santa Claus? And for how long have we been exchanging presents of underwear and socks? Food, drink and nostalgia for Christmases past seem to be almost as old as the holiday itself, far more central to the story of Christmas than religious worship. Thirty years after the first recorded Christmas, in the fourth century, the Archbishop of Constantinople was already warning that too many people were spending the day not in worship, but dancing and eating to excess. By 1616, the playwright Ben Jonson was nostalgically recalling the Christmases of yesteryear, confident that they had been better then. In Christmas: A Biography, acclaimed social historian and best-selling author Judith Flanders casts a sharp and revealing eye on the myths, legends and history of the season, from the origins of the holiday in the Roman empire to the emergence of Christmas trees in central Europe, to what might just possibly be the first appearance of Santa Claus, in Switzerland!, to draw a picture of the season as it has never been seen before.
The trouble with women, Jacky Fleming.
The Trouble With Women does for girls what 1066 and All That did for boys: it reminds us of what we were taught about women in history lessons at school, which is to say, not a lot. A brilliantly witty book of cartoons, it reveals some of our greatest thinkers' baffling theories about women. We learn that even Charles Darwin, long celebrated for his open, objective scientific mind, believed that women would never achieve anything important, because of their smaller brains. Get ready to laugh, wince and rescue forgotten women from the 'dustbin of history', whilst keeping a close eye out for tell-tale 'genius hair'. You will never look at history in the same way again.
Anika and the techno pirates, Julie Folkers.
The Techno Festival has come to Hopplescotch Realm. Inventors and magicians from each of the different realms have all kinds of gadgetry and magic spells on show at the festival - more than you could ever imagine! But there is mystery afoot! Who is this Techno Wizard who always cloaks himself, and why does he have such a sinister appearance? Who are the Techno Pirates? Are they trying to ruin the Festival or are they trying to frame the Techno Wizard? As usual in Hopplescotch Realm, things are not always what they seem. Join the kids on their fun adventure as they meet some weird and wonderful characters and unravel the mysteries.
Barnaby the Christmas elf, Julie Folkers.
Who is Barnaby? He's Santa's Christmas elf who comes to visit for a month before Christmas. He's invisible to kids, only the adults can see him. He's here to check and report back to Santa on whether you have been naughty or nice. But Barnaby's gone missing! The kids were laying traps for him, will they find him in time to save Christmas for all the kids around the world. Join Mum and the kids in the fun they have as they unravel the mystery of what's happened to him.
Magical chaos at Beechhorn Cove, Julie Folkers.
The Techno Festival that had come to Hopplescotch Realm is now over, and Muriel returns home to Beechhorn Cove. But things have been happening while she was away, and more trouble is brewing for her and the other intriguing characters from the author's earlier stories. In their new adventures they meet a living statue and try to solve the mystery of the Puppet Meister. Some strange people seem to be controlling the affairs of the village, and Muriel and the children must find out who they are and stop them before it is too late. Magical Chaos at Beechhorn Cove is the third tale in Julie Folkers' exciting and very popular adventure series, which began with Abby and the Hopplescotch Realm and continued with Anika and the Techno Pirates.
The Pimperknickels and the Tooth Fairy, Julie Folkers.
What's happened to the Tooth Fairy? Why is she leaving notes instead of money? Why can't she leave the money? And who are the pesky Pimperknickels who are playing havoc with the Tooth Fairy? Join Chloe and Ben on their big adventure with the Tooth Fairy and the Pimperknickels.
Razzle Dazzle the missing reindeer, Julie Folkers.
Who is Razzle Dazzle? He's one of Santa's reindeer but he went missing before the original tale was told. So - he was left out and forgotten. Barnaby, one of Santa's elves thinks he heard him on the magical walkie talkie. But where is he? All the characters in Fairy tale land want to help find him. Join Mum and the kids as they deal with Fairyland characters and try to find Razzle Dazzle. Will they find him or not?
Time bandits and the Fountain of Youth, Julie Folkers.
Muriel is plain worn out from their latest adventure in Magical, she wants to put her feet up and rest but low and behold the mysteries just keep coming at her. Two Moons in the sky, wild weather and distress signals start happening, an inter realm highway that has been warped by the two idiotic Time Bandits, somehow her house is now part of the highway! Who's the old lady who pushed herself into Muriel's life? A monkey court being held and people going missing from the cove. Was the murderer in Magical captured or were they all led on a merry chase? What is the Fountain of Youth? And where are the Hobnobble witches who went searching for it? Tigers and Dragons join the game...kids are disguised as Hobgoblins and set loose in the realms to solve the mysteries. Join the team as they unravel their latest mysteries and enjoy the ride.
The main chance, Colin Forbes.
At the urgent plea of his old friend, Commander Buchanan of Scotland Yard, Tweed, once ace detective, now Deputy Chief SIS, visits Mrs Bella Main, formidable matriarch controlling the Main Chance, the most powerful private bank in Europe. Bella tells Tweed and Paula Grey, his assistant, that she has refused an enormous offer from Calouste Gubenkian, the most ruthless and villainous man in Europe. Within days of their visit Bella is murdered. Tweed and Paula return to investigate the atrocious act. The bank's HQ is based in a huge Elizabethan manor hidden in The Forest, a vast area in the deep south of England. Tweed has already met members of the two families, run by their forefathers for generations. Was Bella murdered by one of them or is it the work of the vicious Calouste? The movement never stops, changing to Calouste's Chateau Les Rochers in the Belgian Ardennes. A ferocious battle takes place. Two more murders are committed at the manor. Tweed and Paula race to tiny Seacove on the rugged Cornish coast to prevent another murder. Finally, Tweed proves the Bank, founded in 1912, was based on a brutal crime all those years ago.
The cottage kitchen: cozy cooking in the English countryside, Marte Marie Forsberg.
Share in a gorgeous, thoughtful life in the charming English countryside with The Cottage Kitchen, a cookbook of recipes and stories by Norwegian-born photographer and tastemaker Marie Forsberg.
Cowboy behind the badge, Delores Fossen.
The last thing Texas Ranger Tucker McKinnon expects to find in his pantry is two sleeping newborns. But it's the woman who spirited the infants to his ranch who stirs the lawman's blood, along with haunting memories. Once, Tucker and Laine Braddock were inseparable ... until murder divided their families. Now, with a killer on Laine's trail, Tucker has never felt more powerless. Or been more determined. Desperate to keep her and her innocent charges safe, Tucker uncovers some shocking truths. Including the feelings they still share–and the desire they're finding impossible to resist.
Maverick sheriff, Delores Fossen.
Saving a little boy's life reopens painful wounds for Texas sheriff Cooper McKinnon. This could be his son, whose loss has haunted him for two years. But Jessa Wells, the boy's adoptive mother, will do anything to hold on to Liam. It's cruel justice that the man who shares Liam's rare blood type has an unsolved murder in his own family. And the danger's far from over. Fighting her desire for Cooper, Jessa has no choice but to join forces with the maverick cowboy.
Rustling up trouble, Delores Fossen.
Blue McCurdy is supposed to be dead. So why is the ATF agent–and father of Rayanne McKinnon's unborn child–trespassing on McKinnon property? Before the Texan deputy can find out, Blue is injured playing cowboy in shining armour to protect her. When he wakes, he has no memory of what brought him there...or the night he and Rayanne spent together. Blue can't remember why he disappeared from Rayanne's life five months ago. But now, with an unsolved murder–and reignited passion–raising the stakes, he races to put the pieces of his past together before a vindictive enemy destroys his world once again. And this time, he has so much more to lose.
Sweetwater Ranch, Delores Fossen.
Kidnapping In Kendall County: The beautiful blonde armed with a Beretta is someone FBI agent Austin Duran knows only too well. Rosalie McKinnon was engaged to his best friend, who died on a mission gone south. But the desperate mother isn't there for revenge...she's looking for her abducted infant daughter. And she just blew his cover. Rosalie's future is again in the hands of the rogue Texan lawman who's on an unofficial mission to find his own kidnapped nephew. With a relentless adversary in hot pursuit–and unwelcome desire igniting–Rosalie has to trust Austin. Her baby's life depends on it. The Deputy's Redemption: The woman fleeing a cold-blooded killer is no stranger to Deputy Colt McKinnon. Fourteen years ago, Elise Nichols was the love of his life. Now she's back in Sweetwater Springs–to be the star witness in an upcoming murder trial that could tear the Texas lawman's family apart. With her explosive revelations certain to rock the town, Elise didn't expect to be welcomed home with open arms. Certainly not by the cowboy with the badge who once meant everything to her. But after being run off the road and shot at, she has no choice but to trust him. Even more dangerous is the desire that's reigniting, making Elise yearn for something she may not live to see. Reining In Justice: A frantic 911 call sends Sweetwater Springs deputy Reed Caldwell racing to the home of his ex-wife. But the kidnappers didn't come for Addison. Their target was her two-month-old adopted daughter. Except she isn't adopted. And Reed is the father. Now he has to grapple with the shock of sudden parenthood while finding a safe haven for Addison and their baby girl. With desire reigniting–and the threats against mother and child escalating–the Texas lawman will do whatever it takes to protect the woman he loves. And the child who needs them both.
Sweetwater Ranch box set, Delores Fossen.
Maverick sheriff. Saving a little boy's life reopens painful wounds for Texas sheriff Cooper McKinnon. This could be his son, whose loss has haunted him for two years. But Jessa Wells, the boy's adoptive mother, will do anything to hold on to Liam. It's cruel justice that the man who shares Liam's rare blood type has an unsolved murder in his own family. And the danger's far from over. Fighting her desire for Cooper, Jessa has no choice but to join forces with the maverick cowboy. Cowboy behind the badge. The last thing Texas Ranger Tucker McKinnon expects to find in his pantry is two sleeping newborns. But it's the woman who spirited the infants to his ranch who stirs the lawman's blood, along with haunting memories. Once, Tucker and Laine Braddock were inseparable...until murder divided their families. Now, with a killer on Laine's trail, Tucker has never been more determined to keep her and her innocent charges safe. Rustling up trouble. Blue McCurdy is supposed to be dead. So why is the ATF agent–and father of Rayanne McKinnon's unborn child–trespassing on McKinnon property? Before the Texas deputy can find out, Blue is injured playing cowboy in shining armour to protect her. When he awakens, he has no memory of what brought him there–or the night he and Rayanne spent together. Now, with an unsolved murder–and reignited passion–raising the stakes, Blue races to put the pieces of his past together before a vindictive enemy destroys his world once again. And this time, he has so much more to lose.
German all-in-one for dummies, Wendy Foster.
Learn to speak German? Easy. German All-in-One For Dummies conveniently combines titles from the German Dummies library into one handy guide that covers all of the bases of the German language. For those looking to master fluency in this popular language, this book is an efficient and logical choice.
Under orders, Dick Francis.
Sadly, death at the races is not uncommon. However, three in a single afternoon was sufficiently unusual to raise more than one eyebrow. It's the third death on Cheltenham Gold Cup Day that really troubles super-sleuth Sid Halley. Last seen in 1995's Come to Grief, former champion jockey Halley knows the perils of racing all too well-but in his day, jockeys didn't usually reach the finishing line with three .38 rounds in the chest. But this is precisely how he finds jockey Huw Walker-who, only a few hours earlier, had won the coveted Triumph Hurdle. Just moments before the gruesome discovery, Halley had been called upon by Lord Enstone to make discreet inquiries into why his horses appeared to be on a permanent losing streak. Are races being fixed? Are bookies taking a cut? And if so, are trainers and jockeys playing a dangerous game with stakes far higher than they are realistic? Halley's quest for answers draws him even deeper into the darker side of the race game, in a life-or-death power play that will push him to his very limits-both professionally and personally.
Happiness in this life: a passionate meditation on earthly existence, Pope Francis.
The pursuit of happiness is universal, and as his Holiness explains, there are no quick fixes. With his uniquely authoritative and informed perspective, Francis shows us how to address our deepest longings. Drawing on his own past experiences as a priest, His Holiness will discuss the meaning of - and journey towards - happiness, a subject of central importance in his teaching and testimony.
Last laugh: a novel. Lynn Freed.
To escape their griping grown children, husbands and lovers, and an abundance of grandchildren underfoot, three self-proclaimed 'old bags', Dania, Ruth, and Bess, head for a quiet island on the Aegean Sea. They'll spend a year by the water-watching the sunset, eating grilled fish and fresh olives, sipping ouzo. They deserve it, they say. After all those years, the three women will finally have some peace. Except that they can't. For one, Bess, a pampered, once-beautiful inheritress, falls swiftly into an affair with a poetry-writing taxi driver-who has, of course, a territorial wife. And Dania, a therapist, begins to receive an increasing number of cryptically menacing phone calls from a psychotic patient. An ex-lover of Ruth's shows up unexpectedly, right before one of Bess's does-and then the women's children arrive, with their own demanding children in tow. As the island quickly becomes crowded, the women's serene year in Greece devolves perilously, and uproariously, into something much more complicated.
Scary hairy party!, Claire Freedman.
You're invited to a party. What fun! Hip, hip, hooray! So come along to Monster's house at 3 o'clock today. Raymond the hairdresser is scarily busy. Everyone wants to look their best for Monster's party. But a series of disasters at Raymond's hair salon oops, too much hair gel, oops, the dyes have been muddled leave his customers disappointed until they discover Monster's party has a very special theme! A very silly, slightly spooky story that is perfect for youngsters at Halloween!
Stalked, Brian Freeman.
As Lieutenant Jonathan Stride and his lover, P.I. Serena Dial, investigate a deadly crime linked to his partner, Maggie Bei, and pursue a blackmailer, they become the targets of a predator with a brutal past and a terrifying plan for revenge.
Facing the flame. Jackie French.
A story of the triumph of courage and community, and a love for the land so deep that not even bushfire can erode it. There have been fires before, but not like this. In 1978, as the hot windhowls and the grass dries, all who live at Gibber's Creek know their land canburn. But when you love your land, you fight for it. For Jed Kelly, an evenmore menacing danger looms: a man from her past determined to destroy her. Findingherself alone, trapped and desperate to save her unborn child, Jed's onlychoice is to flee - into the flames. Heartbreaking andpowerful, Facing the Flame celebrates thetriumph of courage and community, and a love for the land so deep that not evenbushfire can erode it.
Koala bare, Jackie French.
For too long koalas have been called 'bears'. For too long koalas have been called bears. But this koala is out to prove to the world that he is bare! And that never, ever, ever can a koala be called a bear.
The adventures of Alfie Onion, Vivian French.
Alfie Onion has just set off on a great adventure ...but only to carry his brother's luggage. It's his elder brother, Magnifico Onion, who's destined to win their family a Happily Ever After. But when it turns out Magnifico isn't half the hero he's cracked up to be, it falls to Alfie to save the day - with a little help from his loyal dog, a talking horse and a couple of meddling magpies.
Ravilious & Co.: the pattern of friendship, Andy Friend.
In recent years Eric Ravilious has become recognized as one of the most important British artists of the 20th century, whose watercolours and wood engravings capture an essential sense of place and the spirit of mid-century England. What is less appreciated is that he did not work in isolation, but within a much wider network of artists, friends and lovers influenced by Paul Nash's teaching at the Royal College of Art - Edward Bawden, Barnett Freedman, Enid Marx, Tirzah Garwood, Percy Horton, Peggy Angus and Helen Binyon among them. The Ravilious group bridged the gap between fine art and design, and the gentle, locally rooted but spritely character of their work came to be seen as the epitome of contemporary British values.
Terry Pratchett's Small gods: a Discworld graphic novel, Ray Friesen.
Just because you can't explain it, doesn't mean it's a miracle. In the beginning was the Word. And the Word was: 'Hey, you!' This is the Discworld, after all, and religion is a controversial business. Everyone has their own opinion, and indeed their own gods, of every shape and size, and all elbowing for space at the top. In such a competitive environment, it's certainly not helpful to be reduced to appearing in the form of a tortoise, a manifestation far below god-like status in anyone's book. In such instances, you need an acolyte, and fast: for the Great God Om, Brutha the novice is the Chosen One or at least the only One available. He wants peace and justice and brotherly love. He also wants the Inquisition to stop torturing him now, please.
Princess Snowbelle and the snowstorm, Libby Frost.
Far away, in a land that glistens white as snow, Princess Snowbelle is preparing to sing at tonight's annual winter ball and she's a little bit nervous! Luckily her pet cat Sparks and best friend Sparkleshine will be there to help. But it looks like there's a snowstorm on the way - what if Sparkleshine can't find her way through the enchanted forest? Princess Snowbelle, and her pony Icetail, are on their way to help! A wonderful, wintry, snow-covered tale of friendship and courage. Princess Snowbelle is perfect for little princesses everywhere!
Moab is my washpot, Stephen Fry.
The original bestselling autobiography by the comedian, novelist and national treasure, Stephen Fry. Moab is My Washpot is in turns funny, shocking, tender, delicious, sad, lyrical, bruisingly frank and addictively readable. Stephen Fry's bestselling memoir tells how, sent to a boarding school 200 miles from home at the age of seven, he survived beatings, misery, love, ecstasy, carnal violation, expulsion, imprisonment, criminal conviction, probation and catastrophe to emerge, at eighteen, ready to try and face the world in which he had always felt a stranger. Fry writes with the wit to which we have become accustomed, but with shocking candour too.
Don't let's go to the dogs tonight, Alexandra Fuller.
In 1972, when Alexandra Fuller was two years old, her parents finally abandoned their English life and returned to what was then Southern Rhodesia and to the beginning of a civil war. By the time she was eight, the war was in full swing. Her parents veered from being determined farmers to being blind drunk, whilst Alexandra and her sister, the only survivors of five children, alternately take up target practice and sing Rod Stewart numbers from sunbleached rocks. This memoir is about living through a civil war; it is about losing children and losing that war, and realizing that the side you have been fighting for may well be the wrong one.
The betrayal, Kate Furnivall.
Could you kill someone? Someone you love? Paris, 1938. Twin sisters are divided by fierce loyalties and by a terrible secret. The drums of war are beating and France is poised, ready to fall. One sister is an aviatrix, the other is a socialite and they both have something to prove and something to hide.
Shana Galen bundle, Shana Galen.
The making of a duchess: Julien Harcourt, duc de Valère, is more than willing to marry the lovely young lady his mother has chosen. Little does he know, she's been sent to prove him a spy and a traitor. Sarah Smith's mission is to find out whether the Duc's trips to the Continent are as innocent as he claims, but the way he looks at her is far from innocent. Their risky game of cat and mouse propels them from the ballrooms of London to the prisons of Paris, and into a fragile love that may not survive their deceptions... The making of a gentleman: Twelve years in prison has stripped Armand, Comte de Valère of his humanity, until his family hires him a beautiful tutor to help him heal. Felicity Bennett vows she'll do whatever it takes to help Armand fight back the demons that have held him captive for so long. Saving him is her only chance to escape a terrible fate, but a buried secret threatens to destroy their growing passion... The rogue pirate's bride: Out to avenge the death of his mentor, Sebastien Harcourt, twin brother to the duc de Valère, discovers he's out of his depth when confronted with a beautiful, daring young woman who is out for his blood. British Admiral's daughter Raeven Russell believes Bastien responsible for her fiancé's death. But once the two finally cross swords, she's not so sure she really wants him to change his wicked ways.
The little sublime comedy, John Gallas.
In The Little Sublime Comedy John Gallas reanimates one of the great works of world literature for the twenty-first century. Relocated from medieval Italy to modern-day New Zealand, Dante's Divine Comedy is given a new lease of life in Gallas's darkly funny, surreal adaptation. Discovered snoozing on a mountainside above Lake Rotoiti, Mr Gallas - our millennial Dante - is taken under the wing by his Horatian guide, one Samuel Beckett. Over the course of 147 'songs' we accompany the pair on their journey through the Bad Place, the Better Place and the Good Place, and witness the horrors and delights that befall the dead. On our way we encounter a skiing Pohutukawa Tree, a Golden Kiwi, Lineout the dog, a Vegetable Ewe, souls falling off things, Philosophy, and lots of bright, coloured lights. Divine order is replaced by modern Physics, by Klein bottles, super-speeds and black holes. Gallas's Comedy is a metaphysical plunge through torment and triumph, as subtly satirical as it is unsubtly silly.
The liar's lullaby, Meg Gardiner.
When you have to take on the White House there's only one woman to call– Jo Beckett. When a rock singer is killed onstage during a concert, Jo Beckett is called in to perform a psychological autopsy. But Tasia McFarland's death causes Jo all kinds of problems, because Tasia is the ex-wife of the President of the United States. The White House pressures Jo to declare Tasia's death and accident rather than a homicide. The media and conspiracy nuts rant that Tasia was knocked off to silence her, for unknown reasons. Fringe extremists seethe about taking direct action to save America from the president and his administration. Jo learns that an obsessed fan was apparently stalking Tasia. The stalker may have killed her and escaped in the panic at the concert. As the media and conspiracy frenzy grows, the White House leans harder on Jo to close the case. When she won't, Gabe Quintana finds his military orders suddenly changed, and he's called up to active duty in Afghanistan! In 72 hours. Jo discovers the identity of the stalker. It's someone who's obsessed with Tasia's new boyfriend, a famous country singer. Jo calls the police but she's too late. The stalker stabs the singer to death. The police kill the stalker. The case seems to have come to a spectacular conclusion. But Jo doesn't think the stalker in fact murdered Tasia; the facts don't add up. She fears that Tasia was killed for other reasons. And she's nervous, because the President is coming to San Francisco to attend Tasia's memorial service!
Olivia's first term. Lyn Gardner.
Olivia is sad and lonely and angry - angry that she's been dumped with her sister eel at her grandmother's school, and angrier still that that school turns out to be a stage school where there's no encouragement for her to do what she loves best: practice her circus skills.
Low heights, Pascal Garnier.
Vultures, clifftops, restless retirees, bizarre murder weapons and uncanny resemblances make for the ingredients of a classic Pascal Garnier noir. At least vultures have the decency to wait until their prey's dead before picking it apart ... After losing his wife and suffering a stroke, cantankerous retiree Édouard Lavenant has moved from Lyon to a village in the mountains with his put-upon nurse, Thérèse. One day, a man comes to the door claiming to be Édouard's long-lost son. Édouard's temper seems to be softening, but it isn't long before the local vultures are circling overhead .
How to live like your cat, Stéphane Garnier.
A fun present for cat lovers everywhere: a light-hearted self-help guide to help you live more like your cat. Do cats worry about their pension? Nope. Do cats take on work they don't want to do? As if! Do cats rush around hectically when they'd rather be licking their paws and looking out of the window? Please. Cats are free. They are calm, observant, wise, elegant, charismatic and proud. In fact, cats have found nothing less than the secret of how we should all live, whatever species we are! And in this book, Stéphane Garnier will show you what he's learned over fifteen years of closely observing his cat, and teach you all the ways in which you too can apply the secrets of cats to your own life - at work, at home and with your friends. Unplug your laptop. Throw away your alarm clock. It's time to live like your cat!
Baking with Kafka, Tom Gauld.
In Baking with Kafka, Tom Gauld asks the questions no one else dares ask about civilisation as we know it. - How do you get published during a skeleton apocalypse? - What was the secret of Kafka's lemon drizzle cake? - And what plot possibilities does the exploding e-cigarette offer modern mystery writers? A riotous collection of laugh-out-loud cartoons in his signature style, Baking with Kafka reaffirms Gauld's position as a first-rate cartoonist, creating work infused with a deep understanding of both literary and cartoon history.
Stormrider, David Gemmell.
Centuries ago, Connavar's triumphant battles against the invading army of Stone gained the Rigante their freedom, yet the magic that once flourished has been all but snuffed out. With their lands stolen and their culture and liberty suppressed, the Rigante clansmen must fight to recover their greatness. As the immense armies of darkness advance, it seems as if nothing will stop them.
A few right thinking men, Sulari Gentill.
In Australia's 1930s, the Sinclair name is respectable and influential, yet the youngest son Rowland, an artist, has a talent for scandal. Even with the unemployed lining the streets, Rowland lives in a sheltered world of wealth, culture and impeccable tailoring with the family fortune indulging his artistic passions and friends, a poet, a painter and a brazen sculptress. Mounting political tensions fuelled by the Great Depression take Australia to the brink of revolution. Rowland Sinclair is indifferent to the politics, until a brutal murder exposes an extraordinary and treasonous conspiracy.
The millionaire's runaway bride, Catherine George.
Moving home to the country offered Kate the chance to make a comfortable, secure life for herself. But there was a complication her ex-fiancee, millionaire Jack Logan. He was still gorgeous and the attraction between them was electric! It would have been easy for Kate to let Jack seduce her. But if Jack learned the truth, would he be so keen to reclaim his runaway bride?
I know a secret, Tess Gerritsen.
I have a secret. And someone wants to make sure I never tell. In a house decorated with horror movie posters, a young woman's body is found. She lies on her bed, two bloodied objects clutched in her palm. Detective Jane Rizzoli and Forensic Pathologist Maura Isles are called to the murder scene, but even faced with this gruesome sight they are unable to identify the immediate cause of death. Their investigation leads them to a high-profile murder case that was seemingly solved years before. But when another body is found in horrific circumstances, the link between the two bodies is clear. Was the wrong person sent to prison? Is the real killer out there right now, picking off new targets? One woman knows the killer is coming for her next. She's the only one who can help Rizzoli and Isles catch him. But she has a secret that she has to keep.
Never say die, Tess Gerritsen.
Twenty years after her father's plane crashes in the jungles of Southeast Asia, Willy Jane Maitland is finally tracking his last moves. She recognizes the danger, but her search for the truth is the only thing that matters. Willy knows she can't proceed without the help of ex-army officer Guy Barnard, who knows the mysterious land well. But in a place where truth has many faces, she suspects even Guy has hidden motives. What she couldn't have prepared for are the shocking secrets and the undeniable attraction.
A proposal from the crown prince, Jessica Gilmore.
Her dreams of making principal dancer dashed, Posy Marlowe escapes to her beloved Villa Rosa. However, her peace is shattered by the arrival of a gorgeous stranger on her private beach! Crown Prince Nico is surprised to find Posy at the abandoned island villa. Once he would've charmed Posy off the beach and into his arms, but now he's in need of a more permanent arrangement. He just has to persuade the woman who's already warming his heart she'll make his perfect princess bride!
Keto diet: 100+ low-carb healthy ketogenic recipes & desserts that can change your life! (Keto cookbook, lose weight, burn fat, fight disease, ketogenic fat bombs), Kevin Gise.
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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 somewhere far away, he seizes the opportunity. So does someone very dear to him, even though she wasn't actually invited. They have high hopes for their new land, and their dramatic arrival there makes them want to stay. But before Felix and Anya can embrace the love and friendship of their new world, 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.
The trouble with dragons, Debi Gliori.
The world is populated by some beastly dragons who care nothing for how much they mess up the oceans, chop down the trees, gobble up all the food and use everything up without stopping to think. Those dragons need to wake up to what they are doing to their world before it is too late. This picture book addresses concerns about the environment.
The wide circumference of love: a novel, Marita Golden.
You just can't plan for this kind of thing. Diane Tate certainly hasn't. She never expected to slowly lose her talented husband to the debilitating effects of early-onset Alzheimer's disease. As a respected family court judge, she's spent her life making tough calls, but when her sixty-eight-year-old husband's health worsens and Diane is forced to move him into an assisted living facility, it seems her world is spinning out of control. As Gregory's memory wavers and fades, Diane and her children must reexamine their connection to the man he once was-and learn to love the man he has become. For Diane' daughter Lauren, it means honoring her father by following in his footsteps as a successful architect. For her son Sean, it means finding a way to repair the strained relationship with his father before it's too late. Supporting her children in a changing landscape, Diane remains resolute in her goal to keep her family together-until her husband finds love with another resident of the facility. Suddenly faced with an uncertain future, Diane must choose a new path-and discover her own capacity for love.
Harry Potter: the complete quiz book: unofficial & unauthorised, Jack Goldstein.
How much do you know about the world of Harry Potter, his friends and of course his enemies? Do you know what language Merpeople speak? How long does felix felicis take to prepare? Who played Delores Umbridge in the films? And what colour hue does the Dogbreath potion have? This fantastically fun quiz book contains eight hundred questions (and answers!) covering every aspect of wizarding life including the characters, life at Hogwarts, spells, potions, fantastic beasts plus much, much more. It contains all of the questions from both Jack Goldstein's Ultimate Quiz Book and Frankie Taylor's Amazing Quiz Book, even adding some completely new ones! From questions even a muggle could answer all the way through to trivia that would test Dumbledore himself, this is the perfect way to test your Harry Potter knowledge.
The British dream: successes and failures of post-war immigration, David Goodhart.
One of Britain's most influential centre-left thinkers examines UK immigration policy and argues that there have been unforeseen consequences which urgently need to be addressed. In The British Dream, David Goodhart tells the story of post-war immigration and charts a course for its future. Drawing on hundreds of interviews with people from all over the country and a wealth of statistical evidence, he paints a striking picture of how Britain has been transformed by immigration and examines the progress of its ethnic minorities - projected to be around 25 per cent of the population.
Little Nelly's big book (of knowledge), Pippa Goodhart.
Little Nelly reads a book that convinces her she is a mouse, so she finds a family of mice who take her in despite the enormous size difference.
The price of silence: an Anthony Brooke espionage thriller, Dolores Gordon-Smith.
1915: Milly is a penniless five-year-old girl, in an orphanage in occupied Europe - with a price on her head of two thousand pounds. Why? Why is Milly worth a couple of thousand dollars to anyone? All Dr. Anthony Brooke, British secret agent, knows is that Milly is wanted by a ruthless enemy. To rescue her, Anthony must go into occupied Belgium, face deadly German guards and trick his way into a convent. But, even if he can save her, what possible use could an orphan child be to a violent gang?
Amongst the dead, Robert Gott.
Failed Shakespearean actor and would-be private detective William Power's unique detective skills are, once again, in demand. The Japanese army is rampaging through the islands of the South Pacific, and Australia's front line of defense is a top-secret, crack division of men embedded deep in the tropical wilderness of northern Australia. But something is threatening their vital, covert mission: one of this elite corps is a murderer, preying on his comrades, one by one. With a case too sensitive to be trusted to the police, military intelligence turn to the one man whose singular combination of abilities make him capable of infiltrating the clandestine military operation and rooting out the killer. Will Power goes into deep cover, posing as a cheap, vaudeville entertainer on tour to relieve the troops. Enlisting the help of his brother, whose latent skills for female impersonation rise to the occasion, Will soon finds himself in the far-northern outback trying to raise the morale of a group of desperate young soldiers lying in wait for the arrival of Tojo's army– knowing all the while that one of them is the killer.
Good murder, Robert Gott.
It's 1942, and war is raging in Europe and in the Pacific. The Japanese army is on Australia's doorstep, and the small coastal Queensland town of Maryborough is on full war footing. What they are not prepared for is the arrival in the town of a troupe of incompetent actors whose unjustifiably self-confident leader, William Power, is determined to bring his daring production of Titus Andronicus to the barbarians of rural Australia. Unfortunately for the Power Players, the only gift William Power has is a capacity for being in the wrong place at the wrong time. When a young woman goes missing and is found floating dead in the town's water supply, Power becomes the prime suspect in her murder. With every misplaced step he takes, he becomes more and more embroiled in a series of crimes which baffle the police and horrify the locals. Having no confidence in the constabulary, Power decides that his only option is to solve the crimes himself. His acting skills are not good; his detection skills are worse. As he stumbles towards a solution and as his injuries mount up, he never wavers in his belief that he alone can bring the killer to justice. But, with every day that passes, he tightens the noose around his own neck until, on the night of a violent storm, everything changes. And not for the better.
The holiday murders, Robert Gott.
On Christmas Eve, 1943, the newly formed but undermanned Homicide division of the Melbourne police force is called to investigate the vicious double murder of a father and son. When Military Intelligence becomes involved, Homicide's Inspector Titus Lambert must unravel the personal from the political. If only the killings had stopped at two. The police are desperate to come to grips with an extraordinary and disquieting upsurge of violence. For Constable Helen Lord, it is an opportunity to make her mark in a male-dominated world where she is patronised as a novelty.
The serpent's sting, Robert Gott.
It is late 1942, and in what he believes is a demeaning sideshow to the war, he finds himself playing a pantomime dame. If only this was his only worry, but, as his great hero, Shakespeare, noted, When sorrows come, they come not single spies, but in battalions. Can Will finally overcome his tendency to be the living embodiment of Murphy's Law?
The man's guide to women: scientifically proven secrets from the love lab about what women really want, John Mordechai Gottman.
A world-renowned relationship researcher and author of the best-selling 7 Principles of Making Marriage Work, drawing on 40 years of scientific study and based on his popular couples' workshops and the love lab at the University of Washington, helps men to understand women.
Home sweet motel, Chris Grabenstein.
Eleven-year-old P.T. Wilkie may be the greatest storyteller alive. But he knows one thing for a fact: the Wonderland Motel is the best place a kid could ever live! All-you-can-eat poolside ice cream! A snack machine in the living room! A frog slide! A giant rampaging alligator! (Okay, that last one may or may not be made up.) There's only one thing the Wonderland doesn't have, though–customers. And if the Wonderland doesn't get them soon, P.T. and his friend Gloria may have to say goodbye to their beloved motel forever. They need to think big. They need to think bold. They need an outrageous plan. Luckily for them, Gloria is a business genius, and outrageous is practically P.T.'s middle name. With Gloria's smarts and P.T.'s world-famous stories and schemes, there's got to be a way to save the Wonderland! Bonus: Includes fun extras like P.T. Wilkie's outrageous (and sometimes useful) things you learn living in a motel. Installment 1: How to say Help! The toilet is clogged! in over twenty languages!
Beach Party Surf Monkey, Chris Grabenstein.
Word gets out that the hottest teen idols in Hollywood (plus current YouTube sensation Kevin the Monkey!) will be filming the movie Beach Party Surf Monkey right in St. Pete's Beach, Florida. P.T. and his friend Gloria know that the Wonderland would be the perfect location. Now they just have to convince the producers! But dealing with crazed fans and missing stars will take all of Gloria's business genius and P.T.'s wild stories. Can they save the movie before both it and the Wonderland are all washed up?
Do you fear what I fear?, Heather Graham.
The powerful Keepers must save their community as a strange, eternal night creeps over the town of Salem. Forced to choose between her time-honoured responsibilities or the lover her heart desires, an extraordinary woman must risk her own happiness to save the holiday. But Christmas is a time for miracles, and as a Keeper's greatest longing is met, the Season of Light returns.
Wicked deeds, Heather Graham.
Nevermore... Eager to start their life together, historian Vickie Preston and Special Agent Griffin Pryce take a detour en route to their new home in Virginia and stop for a visit in Baltimore. But their romantic weekend is interrupted when a popular author is found dead in the basement of an Edgar Allan Poe-themed restaurant. Because of the mysterious circumstances surrounding the corpse, the FBI's Krewe of Hunters paranormal team is invited to investigate. As more bizarre deaths occur, Vickie and Griffin are drawn into a case that has disturbing echoes of Poe's great works, bringing the horrors of his fiction to life. The restaurant is headquarters to scholars and fans, and any of them could be a merciless killer. Except there's also something reaching out from beyond the grave. The late, great Edgar Allan Poe himself is appearing to Vickie in dreams and visions with cryptic information about the murders. Unless they can uncover whose twisted mind is orchestrating the dramatic re-creations, Vickie and Griffin's future as a couple might never begin.
Gone with the Windsors, Laurie Graham.
The fictional diary of the Queen's best friend in pre-war London. Laurie Graham's brilliant novel is the fictional diary of Maybell Brumby, a wealthy American widow who arrives in London in 1932 and discovers that an old school friend is in town: Bessie Wallis Warfield, now Mrs Ernest Simpson. Maybell and Wally are made for one another. One has money and a foothold in high society, courtesy of a sister who married well. The other has ruthless ambition and enough energy to power the National Grid. Before the year is out, Wally has begun her seduction of the Prince of Wales, and as she clambers towards the throne she makes sure Maybell and her cheque book are always close at hand. So Maybell becomes an eye-witness to the Abdication Crisis. From her perch in Carlton Gardens, home of her influential brother-in-law Lord Melhuish, she has the perfect vantage point for observing the anxious, changing allegiances for and against Queen Wally, and the political contours of pre-war London. When the crisis comes and Wally flees to the south of France, she insists on Maybell going with her. 'Are you sure that's advisable, darling?' asks the King. 'Of course it is,' snaps Wally. 'She's the Paymaster General.' Maybell's diary records the marriage, the Windsors' exile, and the changing complexion of the Greatest Love Story. It takes the sound of German jackboots at the gate and personal tragedy to make her close its pages for the last time.
Killers of the Flower Moon: oil, money, murder and the birth of the FBI, David Grann.
Presents a true account of the early twentieth-century murders of dozens of wealthy Osage and law-enforcement officials, citing the contributions and missteps of a fledgling FBI that eventually uncovered one of the most chilling conspiracies in American history.
Pound of flesh: a DCI Lorimer novel. Alex Gray.
In the depths of a freezing winter, Glasgow finds itself at the mercy of not one, but two serial killers. This is Detective Inspector Lorimers worst nightmare and beyond anything he's faced in his many years on the force. Can he find a link between the brutal slaying of prostitutes in the back streets of the city and the methodical killing of several unconnected businessmen? When the latest victim turns out to be a prominent Scottish politician, the medias spotlight is shone on Lorimers investigation. Psychologist and criminal profiler Solly Brightman is called in to help solve the cases, but his help may be futile as they realize that someone on the inside is leaking confidential police information. Meanwhile two killers haunt the snowy streets and Lorimer must act fast, before they strike again.
Nuddy Ned's Christmas, Kes Gray.
In rhyming text, with lift-the-flaps, join Noddy Ned on Christmas Eve. There's a very special person Ned just can't wait to meet. But It's minus three and while other people are dressed in duffel coats and parkas, Ned is running riot, and he's completely starkers!
Rise of the hairy horror, Kes Gray.
The world's a dangerous place. Luckily, Jack Beechwhistle is around to protect it. He might look like an ordinary boy, but really he's a junior secret agent. He's tackled all sorts of missions - exploding conkers, zombie sweet-shop owners, and man-eating giant slugs - with a bit of help from his best friends and sidekicks, Colin and Harry (as long as it's not past their bedtime). Then Jack notices something strange and suspicious about the hairdresser in town, Valentino. Every time Valentino cuts someone's hair, he sweeps the hairs up and collects them in a big plastic bag. But what is he using them for? Everything points to Valentino being an evil enemy agent! And Jack Beechwhistle's on the case .
A summer double Daisy, Kes Gray.
Daisy's getting into double the trouble in this fantastic collection! Whether she's making lots of furry friends on her summer holiday in Spain, or trying to win a coconut at the fair, one thing's for sure - there's always trouble when Daisy's about.
The Chicago World's Fair mystery collection, Shelley Shepard Gray.
Secrets of Sloane House: Against the backdrop of the 1893 World's Fair, a young woman finds employment with an illustrious Chicago family–a family who may guard the secret of her sister's disappearance. Deception on Sable Hill: The World's Fair has introduced many new ideas to Chicago society–but can two individuals from very different backgrounds find love together? Whispers in the Reading Room: Lydia's job at the library is her world–until a mysterious patron catches her eye … and perhaps her heart.
Playing dead: a journey through the world of death fraud, Elizabeth Greenwood.
Is it still possible to fake your own death in the twenty-first century? With six figures of student loan debt, Elizabeth Greenwood was tempted to find out. So off she sets on a darkly comic foray into the world of death fraud, where for $30,000 a consultant can make you disappear - but your suspicious insurance company might hire a private detective to dig up your coffin...only to find it filled with rocks. Greenwood tracks down a British man who staged a kayaking accident and then returned to live in his own house while all his neighbours thought he was dead. She takes a call from Michael Jackson (no, he's not dead– or so her new acquaintances would have her believe), stalks message boards for people contemplating pseudocide, and gathers intel on black market morgues in the Philippines, where she may or may not obtain some fraudulent goodies of her own. Along the way, she learns that love is a much less common motive than money, and that making your death look like a drowning virtually guarantees that you'll be caught. (Disappearing while hiking, however, is a way great to go.) Playing Dead is a charmingly bizarre investigation in the vein of Jon Ronson and Mary Roach into our all-too-human desire to escape from the lives we lead, and the men and women desperate enough to give up their lives - and their families - to start again.
Little princes: one man's promise to bring home the lost children of Nepal, Conor Grennan.
Describes how the author's three-month service as a volunteer at the Little Princes Orphanage in war-torn Nepal became a commitment for advocacy and reform when he discovered that many of his young charges were victims rescued from human traffickers.
The duke and Miss Christmas, Amelia Grey.
Crispin, the Duke of Hurst, has never met a woman he couldn't handle–until he's hit over the head with a basketful of mistletoe by a young lady who mistakes his intentions. When he gets into a tussle with her–and she can hold her own–Crispin knows he has finally met his match. Miss Gwen Prim is mortified that she attacked a duke, but even more concerning is the way her resolve melts when she's near him. She's never felt this way about a London gentleman in her life. And with the magic of Christmas in the air, she may end up with a proposal she didn't expect.
Last night with the duke, Amelia Grey.
The Duke of Griffin has never lived down his reputation as one of the Rakes of St. James. Now rumours are swirling that his twin sisters may bear the brunt of his past follies. Hiring a competent chaperone is the only thing Griffin has on his mind - until he meets the lovely and intriguing Miss Esmeralda Swift. In ways he could never have expected, she arouses more than just his curiosity. Esmeralda Swift considered herself too sensible to ever fall for a scoundrel, but that was before she met the irresistibly seductive Duke of Griffin. His employment offer proves too tempting for her to resist. She can't afford to be distracted by his devilish charms, because the stakes are so high for his sisters' debut Season ...unless one of London's most notorious rakes has had a change of heart and is ready to make Esmeralda his bride?
Dinosaur A to Z. Dustin Growick.
An alphabetical list of dinosaurs presents a series of facts about their anatomy, related animals, and how they became extinct.
Elizabeth: the forgotten years, J A (John Alexander) 1949 Jan 16- Guy.
History has pictured Elizabeth I as Gloriana, an icon of strength and power. But the reality, especially during her later years, was not so simple. In 1583 Elizabeth is fifty years old, past childbearing, but her greatest challenges are still to come: the Spanish Armada; the execution of Mary, Queen of Scots; relentless plotting among her courtiers. This gripping and vivid portrait of her life and times - often told in her own words ('You know I am no morning woman') - reveals a woman who is fallible, increasingly insecure, and struggling to lead Britain. This is the real Elizabeth, for the first time.
The pier falls: and other stories, Mark Haddon.
In the prize-winning story The Gun, a man's life is marked by a single afternoon and a rusty .45. In The Island, a mythical princess is abandoned on an island in the midst of war. In The Boys Who Left Home to Learn Fear, a cadre of sheltered aristocrats sets out to find adventure in a foreign land and finds the gravest dangers among themselves. These are but some of the men and women who fill this searingly imaginative and emotionally taut collection of short stories by Mark Haddon, that weaves through time and space to showcase the author's incredible versatility. Yet the collection achieves a sum that is greater than its parts, proving itself a meditation not only on isolation and loneliness but also on the tenuous and unseen connections that link individuals to each other, often despite themselves. In its titular story, the narrator describes with fluid precision a catastrophe that will collectively define its victims as much as it will disperse them and brilliantly lays bare the reader's appetite for spectacle alongside its characters'.
The red house, Mark Haddon.
After his mother's death, Richard, a newly remarried hospital consultant, decides to build bridges with his estranged sister, inviting Angela and her family for a week in a rented house on the Welsh border. Four adults and four children, a single family and all of them strangers. Seven days of shared meals, log fires, card games and wet walks. But in the quiet and stillness of the valley, ghosts begin to rise up. The parents Richard thought he had. The parents Angela thought she had. Past and present lovers. Friends, enemies, victims, saviours. And watching over all of them from high on the dark hill, Karen, Angela's stillborn daughter. The Red House is about the extraordinariness of the ordinary, weaving the words and thoughts of the eight characters together with those fainter, stranger voices of books and letters and music, of the dead who once inhabited these rooms, of the ageing house itself and the landscape in which it sits. Once again Mark Haddon, bestselling author of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time and A Spot of Bother, has written a novel that is funny, poignant and deeply insightful about human lives.
Scandinavian Christmas, Trina Hahnemann.
In Scandinavia the whole period of Christmas, from the first Sunday in Advent to New Year's Day, is marked by festivals and celebrated in traditional but beautifully contemporary style. Hygge, the Danish word for cosiness, is about being inside with candles, great comfort food and lots of cakes and sweets. The first week of December is baking week - enough has to be made to last the whole Christmas period. Jars of decorated cookies, gingerbread houses and clogs filled with little presents rub shoulders with simple wreaths, trees and tables decorated with white candles and fresh greenery. Brunches, cocktail and tea parties, lunches and dinners are celebrated with a mixture of traditional goodies and delicious modern recipes. Duck and pork rule on Christmas Eve, fish, ham and seasonal vegetables on Christmas Day. Sweets, biscuits, puddings and other treats abound - all washed down with gluwein and fruity cocktails. In this glorious book, illustrated with evocative photographs, Trine Hahnemann provides a cornucopia of 70 Christmas recipes showing us how we, too, can decorate our homes and make delicious dishes to celebrate Christmas the Scandinavian way.
One trick pony: a graphic novel, Nathan Hale.
In a future where alien beings consume technology as a few humans try to preserve it, Strata, her brother, and a friend are separated from their caravan and, with a wonderful robotic horse, must fight their way back.
The Princess in Black takes a vacation, Shannon Hale.
After battling monsters all night, a sleepy Princess in Black decides that she needs a vacation. After all, the Goat Avenger, a new hero who looks oddly familiar, has offered to protect the goats while she takes a much needed break. The very next day Princess Magnolia rides her bicycle to the seaside, where the air is salty, the sun is shiny, and the sea is as blue as monster fur. But just as Princess Magnolia is about to take a nap on her hammock, she hears a ROAR! Seriously? A monster? On the perfect beach? Impossible! Could a sea monster really ruin this vacation for the Princess in Black?
Real friends, Shannon Hale.
Following little Shannon's life from kindergarten through fifth grade, Real Friends captures the emotional roller coaster ride of friendship, from navigating the tricky waters of cliques and bullies to her never-ending struggle to stay in 'The Group.' Shannon's honest and heartfelt story reminds us of how hard it was to learn what real friends are - and why finding them is worth the journey.
Tasmania: road trips, Anthony Ham.
Exit west: a novel, Mohsin Hamid.
In a country teetering on the brink of civil war, two young people meet - sensual, fiercely independent Nadia and gentle, restrained Saeed. They embark on a furtive love affair, and are soon cloistered in a premature intimacy by the unrest roiling their city. When it explodes, turning familiar streets into a patchwork of checkpoints and bomb blasts, they begin to hear whispers about doors-doors that can whisk people far away, if perilously and for a price. As the violence escalates, Nadia and Saeed decide that they no longer have a choice. Leaving their homeland and their old lives behind, they find a door and step through. Exit West follows these remarkable characters as they emerge into an alien and uncertain future, struggling to hold on to each other, to their past, to the very sense of who they are. Profoundly intimate and powerfully inventive, it tells an unforgettable story of love, loyalty, and courage that is both completely of our time and for all time.
Hubble Space Telescope: photographing the universe. John Hamilton.
The benefactor, Sebastian Hampson.
A novel of profound insight about the complexity of human relationships, morality and the transformative power of art, set in New York's glittering world of galleries and high-end fashion. Magazine editor Henry Calder's ordered life has unravelled. He lost his wife, Martha, less than a year ago, and he's just been ousted from the glamorous job that gave his life meaning. Then he meets Maggie, a rebellious young artist working as a bartender. When Maggie is evicted, Henry offers her a place to stay. But there is something about the young woman and her work that disturbs him, and before long Henry is facing a crisis neither of them could ever have foreseen. The Benefactor is about art's power to alter our view of ourselves and our world. It asks how we construct meaning in our lives-and how we react when the foundations we have built our identities upon are knocked out from beneath us.
The death messenger. Mari Hannah.
Track a stalker. Catch a killer. When a mysterious DVD is delivered to Northumbria Police Headquarters, DS Matthew Ryan and Detective Superintendent Eloise O'Neil are among the few to view its disturbing content. With little to go on the only lead comes from the anonymous and chilling woman's voice narrating the blood-soaked lock-up depicted on screen. But with no victim visible, nor any indication of where the unidentifiable crime scene is located, Ryan and O'Neil get the distinct feeling someone is playing with them. What is certain is that the newly formed special unit has just taken on its first challenging case. As further shocking videos start arriving at police stations around the country, the body count rises. But what connects all the victims? And why are they being targeted? As the investigation deepens, the team is brought to breaking point as secrets from the past threaten to derail their pursuit of a merciless killer … The Death Messenger is a tense police procedural follows The Silent Room in the thrilling Matthew Ryan series by Mari Hannah.
Lunch with a soldier, Derek Hansen.
'My story is the story of my brother, Billy.' Neil stared down at the table, momentarily lost for words. When they finally came, his friends had to strain to hear him. 'It is my family's darkest secret. If the secret is to be revealed, unfortunately, I am the one obliged to do it.' 'Why? Why you?' asked Lucio. 'Because I took my brother's life.' Once again, four friends gather to share lunch and their mutual passion for storytelling. This time it is Neil's turn, and this time the story will be distinctively Australian. A bitter critic of his friends' insistence on telling true stories, Neil reluctantly challenges them with a true story of his own. He protests that they left him no choice, claiming that fiction can never compete with truth and that the baring of his shame is a consequence. His shocking admission is the first of many shocks in a story that begins in the desperate, red-ridge country of north-west New South Wales, when a city woman rents a disused house in an isolated corner of Billy's vast grazing property. She is beautiful, worldly and out of place. She is also on the run. Both she and Billy have dark secrets which take readers into the country's toughest prisons, the opal mines of the Grawin and war-torn Vietnam. It is a story in which truth is never constant and friendships are tested to the limit.
Lunch with Mussolini, Derek Hansen.
Spring 1945: the quiet of a northern Italian village is shattered by an explosion of gunfire as eight innocent women are gunned down. Why have they been executed now, with the war almost over and the Germans standing to gain nothing from further repraisals?
Collusion: how Russia helped Donald Trump win, Luke Harding.
December 2016. Luke Harding and former Moscow bureau chief, quietly meets former MI6 officer Christopher Steele in a London pub to discuss President-elect Donald Trump's Russia connections. A month later, Steele's now-famous dossier sparks what may be the biggest scandal of the modern era. The names of the Americans involved are well-known; Paul Manafort, Michael Flynn, Jared Kushner, George Papadopoulos, Carter Page, but here [the author] also shines a light on powerful Russian figures like Aras Agalarov, Natalia Veselnitskaya, and Sergey Kislyak, whose motivations and instructions may have been coming from the highest echelons of the Kremlin. Drawing on new material and his expert understanding of Moscow and its players, [the author] takes the reader through every bizarre and disquieting detail of the 'Trump-Russia' story; an event so huge it involves international espionage, off-shore banks, sketchy real estate deals, the Miss Universe pageant, mobsters, money laundering, poisoned dissidents, computer hacking, and the most shocking election in American history.
The bachelor takes a bride, Brenda Harlen.
You don't know me...but will you marry me? It strikes him like a lightning bolt when he lays eyes on Jordyn Garrett. Just like his grandma always says, You'll know her when you see her. Now restaurateur Marco Palermo knows he's just met his wife - if only she'll date him! Jordyn's heard every line...and deflected them all. She's walked through heartbreak and come out stronger, albeit lonelier. She'll never love again. But the scrumptious Italian with the melted-chocolate eyes is nothing if not persistent. And sexy. So sexy. Just her luck to find the only man in the world who wants marriage and a family. Things Jordyn can't give. But can he convince her that he's everything she's ever wanted...forever?
Building the perfect daddy, Brenda Harlen.
Ryder to the rescue! On location for his home-improvement show, America's Hottest Handyman Ryder Wallace has his hands full with the station's contest winner. Lauryn Schulte is a single mum with a falling-down house, a failing business and two kids under four–exactly the kind of woman that has this playboy running for the hills...but not this time. Not when her little girl has him playing tea party, building castles and cuddling her baby brother. And Lauryn? She torments his libido in ways that should be outlawed. Ryder doesn't do relationships with strings–but Lauryn has him tied up in knots. He's got to cut and run. So why does he keep getting tangled up in the most outrageous idea of all–becoming a husband and a daddy?
The last single Garrett, Brenda Harlen.
One Kiss...For twelve years Tristyn Garrett ignored the near kiss with family friend and current boss Josh Slater...until the confirmed bachelor shows up with three adorable little girls in his arms. Making him simply irresistible... Two Months...But resist she must, especially when she's trapped for the summer in an RV on the car-racing circuit with the girls and the one man she can't allow herself to have. Because he broke her heart once–she won't let him do it again! Three Kids...Caring for his nieces on the road, Josh needs Tristyn. But the kiss that got away looms large in the small space...till Josh devises a plan: kiss her again and get it out of his system. With three little chaperones, what can possibly happen?
Two doctors & a baby, Brenda Harlen.
'Surprise... You're pregnant!' Obstetrician Avery Wallace has uttered those words but never had them said to her till now, just three weeks after her unexpected New Year's Eve with the hospital's Dr. Romeo, Justin Garrett. But Avery's sworn off marriage, motherhood and men–especially doctors. And it isn't attraction she feels for the sexy ER doc - it's pregnancy hormones! 'Let's get married.' One night isn't enough for Justin, not when he's crushed on Avery for years. But a baby? Not in his plans. So no one's more surprised by his proposal or more disappointed by her refusal. The hospital's buzzing but Justin doesn't care. He knows what to do–and he has a little over eight months to do it: convince Avery to make him a husband before he becomes a daddy.
The it girls: a novel. Karen (Karen S) Harper.
From Karen Harper comes a novel based on the lives of two amazing sisters … One sailed the Titanic and started a fashion empire …The other overtook Hollywood and scandalized the world …Together, they were unstoppable. They rose from genteel poverty, two beautiful sisters, ambitious, witty, seductive. Elinor and Lucy Sutherland are at once each other's fiercest supporters and most vicious critics. Lucy transformed herself into Lucile, the daring fashion designer who revolutionized the industry with her flirtatious gowns and brazen self-promotion. And when she married Sir Cosmo Duff-Gordon her life seemed to be a fairy tale. But success came at many costs to her marriage and to her children … and then came the fateful night of April 14, 1912 and the scandal that followed. Elinor's novels titillate readers, and it's even asked in polite drawing rooms if you would like to sin with Elinor Glyn? Her work pushes the boundaries of what's acceptable; her foray into the glittering new world of Hollywood turns her into a world-wide phenomenon. But although she writes of passion, the true love she longs for eludes her. But despite quarrels and misunderstandings, distance and destiny, there is no bond stronger than that of the two sisters - confidants, friends, rivals and the two It Girls of their day.
Sweet tea and sympathy. Molly Harper.
The story of a big-city party planner who finds true love in a small Georgia town. Nestled on the shore of Lake Sackett, Georgia is the McCready Family Funeral Home and Bait Shop. (What, you have a problem with one-stop shopping?) Two McCready brothers started two separate businesses in the same building back in 1928, and now it's become one big family affair. And true to form in small Southern towns, family business becomes everybody's business. Margot Cary has spent her life immersed in everything Lake Sackett is not. As an elite event planner, Margot's rubbed elbows with the cream of Chicago society, and made elegance and glamour her business. She's riding high until one event goes tragically, spectacularly wrong. Now she's blackballed by the gala set and in dire need of a fresh start and apparently the McCreadys are in need of an event planner with a tarnished reputation. As Margot finds her footing in a town where everybody knows not only your name, but what you had for dinner last Saturday night and what you'll wear to church on Sunday morning, she grudgingly has to admit that there are some things Lake Sackett does better than Chicago including the dating prospects. Elementary school principal Kyle Archer is a fellow fish-out-of-water who volunteers to show Margot the picture-postcard side of Southern living. The two of them hit it off, but not everybody is happy to see an outsider snapping up one of the town's most eligible gentleman. Will Margot reel in her handsome fish, or will she have to release her latest catch?
Grave surprise, Charlaine Harris.
The official graphic novel adaptation of Grave Surprise by Charlaine Harris, the author of The Southern Vampire Mysteries! Harper Connelly, a psychic capable of finding dead people and reading their last thoughts, discovers a grave in Memphis with two bodies: a man centuries dead, and a girl recently deceased. How the two bodies ended up together would be perplexing enough... but the sudden appearance of a third body the next morning makes this a mystery that perhaps even Connelly can't solve!
Vanishing point: a Nikki Boyd novel. Lisa Harris.
During Garrett Addison's first week on the job as a criminal investigator for the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, his team is called out to a murder scene of a young girl. She's the third victim in a string of disappearances with one thing in common–a Polaroid photo of each victim left behind at the crime scene. The FBI is pulled into the case to help, and Garrett finds himself working with Special Agent Jordan Lambert, the woman he once loved. When yet another girl dies–number six–Garrett blames himself and believes he doesn't have what it takes to be an agent. What he'll discover is that, while he may be done with the killer, the killer is not done with him–or Jordan. Bestselling and award-winning author Lisa Harris unveils an unforgettable story of a case that has haunted the public and law enforcement for more than a decade.
Munich, Robert Harris.
September 1938. Hitler is determined to start a war. Chamberlain is desperate to preserve the peace. The issue is to be decided in a city that will forever afterwards be notorious for what takes place there. Munich. As Chamberlain's plane judders over the Channel and the Fuhrer's train steams relentlessly south from Berlin, two young men travel with secrets of their own. Hugh Legat is one of Chamberlain's private secretaries; Paul Hartmann a German diplomat and member of the anti-Hitler resistance. Great friends at Oxford before Hitler came to power, they haven't seen one another since they were last in Munich six years earlier. Now, as the future of Europe hangs in the balance, their paths are destined to cross again. When the stakes are this high, who are you willing to betray? Your friends, your family, your country or your conscience?
The thirteen curses, Michelle Harrison.
The 13 Treasures have become the 13 Curses. When fairies stole her brother, Red vowed to get him back. Now trapped in the fairy realm, she begs to be seen before the fairy court where she strikes a bargain: Her brother in exchange for all thirteen charms from Tanya's bracelet. Back at Elvesden Manor, Red, Tanya, and Fabian begin a desperate hunt, but as they soon find out, the fairies have done more than hide the charms; they've enchanted them with twisted qualities of the thirteen treasures they represent. And the longer the charms are missing, the more dangerous they become. Can Red, Tanya, and Fabian find all thirteen charms? And if they do, will the fairies keep their promise?
The thirteen secrets, Michelle Harrison.
Now living at Elvesden Manor under her real name of Rowan, Red attempts to put her past behind her, while fairy messengers try to convince her to participate once more in the changeling trade and she is haunted by dreams of an old enemy who is determined to exact his revenge.
The thirteen treasures, Michelle Harrison.
The hostage heart, Cynthia Harrod-Eagles.
Emotionally hurt in the past, a job in a large country house seems to be Emma's best option for staying single and safe. When Emma Ruskin becomes governess to 10-year-old Poppy Ackroyd, the haughty Ackroyd family all treat her with contempt - particularly Gavin, the effortlessly superior eldest son. Yet Emma realises that Gavin alone genuinely cares for Poppy and their unexpected rapport flatters and alarms her - surely he is out of her league? But then disaster strikes when Emma and Poppy are snatched by kidnappers. Imprisoned and terrified, Emma knows they will be killed if the ransom isn't paid - unless Gavin can get to them first. First published as Dangerous Love, and originally under a pseudonym, this is a new edition with a new introduction from the author.
Salt, David Harsent.
Salt is a distinctive new assembly of poems by the multi-award winning David Harsent. Resting somewhere between fragment and exposition, these intense and primal pieces stretch out across the measure of the page in brief utterances. One extends sonnet-length, one consists of a single line; but each piece uniquely completes its own world, and at the same time shades on to the next as a succession of frames and stills and imaginings that lends light and colour in the round. 'The poems in this book are a series, not a sequence,' the author explains. 'They belong to each other in mood, in tone, by way of certain images and words that form a ricochet of echoes - not least the word salt.' Mineral, eerie, sensory, spine-tingling, the poems in the collection are experienced as encounters - some with the surety of daylight, others in dream-life - that refresh with the turning of each page. Like a set of shared notes or little fictions passed through space from hand to hand, the writings build powerfully to make Salt an unforgettable volume from this most visionary of writers.
After us, Amber Hart.
Sometimes secrets kill. Maybe slowly, maybe painfully. Maybe all at once. Melissa smiles. She flirts. She jokes. But she never shows her scars. Eight months after tragedy ripped her from her closest friend, Melissa is broken. Inside her grows a tumour, fed by grief, rage, and the painful memory of a single forbidden kiss. Javier has scars of his own: a bullet wound, and the memory of a cousin shot in the heart. Life in the States was supposed to be a new beginning, but a boy obsessed by vengeance has no time for the American dream. To honour his familia, Javier joins the gang who set up his cousin's murder. The entrance price is blood. Death is the only escape. These two broken souls could make each other whole again–or be shattered forever. Our time will come. And we'll be ready.
Death at the door, Carolyn G Hart.
Annie Darling–owner of the mystery bookstore, Death on Demand–prefers fictional crimes as opposed to the real things. But in one tragic week, two acts of violence shake the island community of Broward's Rock. First, a beloved doctor is found shot dead, seemingly by his own hand. Only days later, a local artist is arrested after his wife is found murdered, bludgeoned by her husband's sculpting mallet. Convinced her brother did not commit suicide, the doctor's sister turns to Annie and her husband, Max, for help. She has found a cryptic sketch her brother drew, linking him with the murdered woman. Did someone want them both out of the picture? With the police considering both cases as good as closed, it's up to Annie and Max to sort through a rogues' gallery of suspects to see if someone is trying to frame the artist. But if Annie isn't careful, she may find herself having her own brush with death.
Payroll: a practical guide to New Zealand payroll administration, Warick Heads.
Administering the payroll is one of the most critical and demanding functions of a business. This comprehensive, easy-to-use guide clearly explains the essential components of all pay office functions and procedures. The book provides a simple explanation of legal and tax implications relevant for payroll purposes and is an invaluable resource for payroll administrators, business owners and advisers.
Coming to grief: a survival guide to grief and loss, Pam Heaney.
A survival guide to grief and loss We experience grief and loss for many reasons: death, separation, divorce, redundancy, illness and through many other major life changes. Pam Heaney's thorough and perceptive exploration of grief is a book that will truly help us help ourselves and others.Sensible, clear and caring in tone, the author explains how we express our grief via our cultural and family conditioning, much of which is based on inadequate stereotypes and myths. In debunking the old clich s - 'Time heals all wounds' or 'You should be over it by now' - she offers insight into the true nature of grief and loss, and equips the reader with useful knowledge and understanding. She also provides strategies to help healing while recognising the unique grieving experience of each individual. The whole book is imbued with hope, encouragement and compassion.
Mess with me, Nicole Helm.
In Gracely Colorado it's all about the climb– into the rugged Rocky Mountains and over the obstacles that life has thrown in your way. Sam Goodall knows how to hide. And in the years since his sister's death, he's done just that, burying himself in his work at the Evans brothers' Mile High Adventures as a backpacking guide. Hayley Winthrop is looking for something she's never had– a true sense of family, and a purpose. Sam is stuck in the past, and Hayley is looking toward her future– they're a mismatched pair from the start. But the connection between them right now is too good to let go …
Need you now, Nicole Helm.
Gracely, Colorado, was once a booming mining town. No one knows that better than Brandon Evans. His father's company kept the town thriving for years–until Brandon threatened to expose his illegal practices and drove him away. Everyone blames Brandon and his brother for turning Gracely into a ghost town–but the tenacious residents cling to a long-held legend about the land's healing powers. And Brandon has a plan to spin that legend into reality. Lilly Preston took a leap of faith and moved to Gracely a year ago to save her nephew from an abusive situation. She would do anything for him, even sacrifice her glamorous job. Reluctantly, the former PR hot shot takes a job at the ruggedly handsome Evans brothers' Mile High Adventures, a company offering restorative Rocky Mountain vacations. Brandon thinks PR is pointless, and Lilly knows less than nothing about the outdoors. Which is exactly why they need each other–in ways neither ever imagined.
Stark's command, John G Hemry.
United States military forces on the moon have overthrown the ranking officers and placed Sergeant Ethan Stark in command. Now, in addition to fighting a merciless enemy on the moon's surface, Stark must contend with the U.S. government's reaction to his mutiny.
Stark's crusade, John G Hemry.
Sergeant Ethan Stark is placed in command of the US military forces that have overthrown their high-ranking officers. Instead of issuing orders, Stark confides his hope of forging an army based on mutual respect. Now, in addition to fighting a merciless enemy on the moon's surface, Stark must contend with the US government's reaction to his mutiny.
To kill a kettle witch: a novel of the mist-torn witches, Barb Hendee.
Powerful prince Malcolm is facing ruin in the wake of a curse that has destroyed his harvest. He blames the band nomadic Móndyalítko who summer in the meadow below his castle - and he is determined to root out the people who caused the blight by any means necessary. When Céline and Amelie Fawe, descended from the Móndyalítko, learn that their mother's people are under suspicion of sabotage and treason, they set out to use their magical gifts to save their estranged relatives and learn about their own origins. Now it's up to the sisters - along with their motley escort, including a prince's lieutenant, a shape-shifter, and an old woman with a murky past - to discover the source of the curse to restore life to the ravaged land and protect the innocent from unfair vengeance.
The dead seekers, Barb Hendee.
In the dark reaches of the eastern continent, Tris Vishal travels from village to village, using his power to put unsettled spirits to rest. He works alone, having learned that letting people close only leads to more death. Still, he finds himself accepting the help of the Mondyalítko woman who saves his life–a woman whose gifts are as much a burden as his own. Mari Kaleja thirsted for vengeance since the night her family was taken from her. She has searched far and wide for the one she thinks responsible, known only as The Dead's Man. But before she can kill him, she has to be sure. Mari hopes traveling with Tris will confirm her suspicions. But as they embark on a hunt where the living are just as dangerous as the dead, she learns the risks of keeping your enemy close ... Because it's no longer clear who is predator and who is prey.
Witches with the enemy: a novel of the mist-torn witches, Barb Hendee.
Paperbacks from Hell: the twisted history of '70s and '80s horror fiction, Grady Hendrix.
Take a tour through the horror paperback novels of the 1970s and '80s...if you dare. Page through dozens and dozens of amazing book covers featuring well-dressed skeletons, evil dolls, and knife-wielding killer crabs! Read shocking plot summaries that invoke devil worship, satanic children, and haunted real estate! Horror author and vintage paperback book collector Grady Hendrix offers killer commentary and witty insight on these trashy thrillers that tried so hard to be the next Exorcist or Rosemary's Baby. It's an affectionate, nostalgic, and unflinchingly funny celebration of the horror fiction boom of two iconic decades, complete with story summaries and artist and author profiles. You'll find familiar authors, like V. C. Andrews and R.L. Stine, and many more who've faded into obscurity. Plus recommendations for which of these forgotten treasures are well worth your reading time and which should stay buried.
The end of politicians: time for a real democracy, Brett Hennig.
The truth is out: we don't need politicians to govern us anymore. We can fix our broken politics and create a democracy fit for the twenty-first century without them. The information revolution is disrupting every aspect of society. Newspaper sales plummet. Television watching declines. Book publishing is being transformed. Networks expand and proliferate throughout our workplaces and our everyday lives. Politics is also in line for a major disruption. The new norms of participation, inclusiveness and open communication are infiltrating democracy and the era of politicians is coming to an end. The time is ripe to remake democracy for the twenty-first century. Hennig explains how a real democracy would eliminate politicians and replace them with a representative network of randomly selected, ordinary citizens. The surprising evidence from the many recent citizens' assemblies is that they work: ordinary people can and do make good, informed, and balanced decisions. The tantalising possibility that we can govern ourselves has presented itself – it's time for the end of politicians.
The idea of love: a novel, Patti Callahan Henry.
As we like to say in the south: Don't let the truth get in the way of a good story. Ella's life has been completely upended. She's young, beautiful, and deeply in love–until her husband dies in a tragic sailing accident while trying save her. Or so she'll have everyone believe. Screenwriter Hunter needs a hit, but crippling writers' block and a serious lack of motivation are getting him nowhere. He's on the look-out for a love story. It doesn't matter who it belongs to. When Hunter and Ella meet in Watersend, South Carolina it feels like the perfect match, something close to fate. In Ella, Hunter finds the perfect love story, full of longing and sacrifice. It's the stuff of epic films. In Hunter, Ella finds possibility. It's an opportunity to live out a fantasy - the life she wishes she had because hers is too painful. And more real. Besides, what's a little white lie between strangers? But one lie leads to another, and soon Hunter and Ella find themselves caught in a web of deceit. As they try to untangle their lies and reclaim their own lives, they feel something stronger is keeping them together. And so they wonder: can two people come together for all the wrong reasons and still make it right?
Uncommon people: the rise and fall of the rock stars, David Hepworth.
As heard on Radcliffe and Maconie and Danny Baker. The age of the rock star, like the age of the cowboy, has passed. Like the cowboy, the idea of the rock star lives on in our imaginations. What did we see in them? Swagger. Recklessness. Sexual charisma. Damn-the-torpedoes self-belief. A certain way of carrying themselves. Good hair. Interesting shoes. Talent we wished we had. What did we want of them? To be larger than life but also like us. To live out their songs. To stay young forever. No wonder many didn't stay the course. In Uncommon People, David Hepworth zeroes in on defining moments and turning points in the lives of forty rock stars from 1955 to 1995, taking us on a journey to burst a hundred myths and create a hundred more. As this tribe of uniquely motivated nobodies went about turning themselves into the ultimate somebodies, they also shaped us, our real lives and our fantasies. Uncommon People isn't just their story. It's ours as well.
Bad company, Jack Higgins.
Wartime secrets threaten to topple a President ' in the heart-stopping new adventure featuring Sean Dillon, from the incomparable Jack Higgins ' bestselling author of Midnight Runner. In the waning days of World War II, Hitler entrusted his diary to a young aide, Baron Max von Berger. Over the years, von Berger has used his inheritance to become one of the richest men in the world, developing a secret alliance with the Rashid family ' long-time foes of Major Ferguson of British Intelligence, his undercover enforcer Sean Dillon and their American colleague Blake Johnson. Now the ultimate confrontation is drawing near. The diary and its explosive revelations of a secret wartime meeting between emissaries of Hitler and Roosevelt will destroy the US President Jake Cazalet ' unless Dillon can find it first.
Matt Millz, Harry Hill.
Meet Matt Millz - Britain's youngest (and funniest!) comedian! Matt may be small but he is truly mighty on the comedy circuit. Well, he is in his head anyway. When the school holds a talent show, Matt has the opportunity to demonstrate that he's got the magical chutzpah quip to take him all the way to the Apollo. With the help of his diminutive manager, Kitty Hope, and his hapless form teacher, as well as the school brute, his heartthrob and Rob his best friend, Matt learns what it takes to be really funny.
Strange weather: four short novels. Joe Hill.
This the disturbing story of a Silicon Valley adolescent who finds himself threatened by The Phoenician, a tattooed thug who possesses a Polaroid Instant Camera that erases memories, snap by snap. A young man takes to the skies to experience his first parachute jump… and winds up a castaway on an impossibly solid cloud, a Prosperos island of roiling vapour that seems animated by a mind of its own in Aloft, On a seemingly ordinary day in Boulder, Colorado, the clouds open up in a downpour of nails, splinters of bright crystal that shred the skin of anyone not safely under cover. Rain explores this escalating apocalyptic event, as the deluge of nails spreads out across the country and around the world. In Loaded, a mall security guard in a coastal Florida town courageously stops a mass shooting and becomes a hero to the modern gun rights movement. But under the glare of the spotlights, his story begins to unravel, taking his sanity with it. When an out-of-control summer blaze approaches the town, he will reach for the gun again and embark on one last day of reckoning.
Mikhail and Margarita, Julie Lekstrom Himes.
A love triangle involving Mikhail Bulgakov, an agent of Stalin's secret police, and the bewitching Margarita, and its inescapable consequences. It is 1933 and Mikhail Bulgakov's enviable career is on the brink of being dismantled. His friend and mentor, the poet Osip Mandelstam, has been arrested, tortured, and sent into exile. Meanwhile, a mysterious agent of the secret police has developed a growing obsession with exposing Bulgakov as an enemy of the state. To make matters worse, Bulgakov has fallen in love with the dangerously outspoken Margarita. Facing imminent arrest, infatuated with Margarita, he is inspired to write his masterpiece. Ranging between lively readings in the homes of Moscow's literary elite to the Siberian Gulag, Mikhail and Margarita recounts a passionate love triangle while painting a portrait of a country with a towering literary tradition confronting a dictatorship that does not tolerate dissent. Margarita is a strong, idealistic woman, who is fiercely loved by two very different men, both of whom will fail in their attempts to shield her from the machinations of a regime hungry for human sacrifice. Himes launches a rousing defence of art and the artist during a time of systematic deception and she movingly portrays the ineluctable consequences of love for one of history's most enigmatic literary figures.
Taken by storm, Tami Hoag.
As a trauma nurse, Julia McCarver is accustomed to dealing with life-and-death emergencies. But she is the one in shock when she answers the door and finds the past standing there in the person of S. T. Storm Dalton. Julia had painstakingly put her life together not just once but three times in the wake of his abrupt and devastating departures, and she has no intention of doing it a fourth time. Because that's what S.T. promises he will do–break her engagement to another man, her heart, and her future all over again. Except, of course, that's not what he calls his plan to win her back. He gives himself two weeks to convince Julia that he's changed, that she is still in love with him, and that–despite conventional wisdom–the fourth time lightning struck can be a charm.
The becoming of Noah Shaw, Michelle Hodkin.
Noah Shaw doesn't think he needs his father's inheritance. He does. Noah believes there's something off about the suicides in his visions. There is. Noah is convinced that he knows the real Mara Dyer. He does not. Everyone thought the nightmare had ended with Mara Dyer's memoirs, but it was only the beginning. As old skeletons are laid bare, alliances will be tested, hearts will be broken, and no one will be left unscarred. Let the confessions begin.
Dawn of the golden promise: the emerald ballad, B J Hoff.
The saga finds Morgan Fitzgerald adapting to life in a wheelchair as a result of an assailant's bullet to his spine. Meanwhile, his wife, Finola, must face the dark memories and guarded secrets of her past. In New York City, policeman Michael Burke is caught in a conflict between his faith and his determination to bring a dangerous enemy to justice. This unforgettable series began with the promise of an epic love story and an inspiring journey of faith. The finale delivers on that promise.
Heart of the lonely exile, B J Hoff.
In Heart of the Lonely Exile, readers will find heroine Nora Kavanagh struggling to build a new life for herself and her son Daniel in America. With help from a wealthy American family and friendship and support from a British gentleman, Nora nevertheless finds herself caught in a conflict of the heart. Michael Burke, a strong, dedicated Irish policeman, desperately wants to keep his promise to his best friend Morgan Fitzgerald to marry Nora and protect her. But Nora's instincts urge her to resist Michael's proposal and follow her heart in a different direction....More troubling still, in the midst of her personal struggle, the heartaches from her homeland continue to plague her. Heart of the Lonely Exile continues the saga of the Kavanagh pilgrimage– a journey of the soul in a strange new land, where all those who are exiles and aliens seek to finally find their true home.
Land of a thousand dreams, B J Hoff.
In Book Three of BJ Hoff's Emerald Ballad saga set near the middle of the 19th century, Irish patriot Morgan Fitzgerald, felled by a gunman's bullet, strives to restore his life and reclaim his future. But even as he takes steps to provide a home for Belfast orphan Annie Delaney and nurture his love for the beautiful, mute Finola, he finds himself again locked in a fierce battle with the powers of darkness. In America, Morgan's friends Michael Burke and Nora Whittaker discover that the Land of Opportunity also teems with poverty, injustice, and corruption. From the opulence of Fifth Avenue to the squalor of the city's slums, he fights against not only the evil running riot through the streets, but the immoral schemes of an old enemy bent on destroying Michael, the woman he loves, and his only son. Readers will be mesmerized by a drama that spans an ocean, taking them on a journey of faith and love that encompasses the dreams of an entire people seeking not only survival, but a land of hope where they can live in freedom and peace.
Song of the silent harp, B J Hoff.
Nora Kavanagh has lost her husband and young daughter, and now lives in fear of losing her home. She and her young son, Daniel, have only one hope for survival, the poet/patriot - and love of Nora's youth - Morgan Fitzgerald. But his dangerous involvement with a band of Irish rebels keeps him in constant danger and puts the possibility of a future for him and those he loves in jeopardy. Michael Burke, a close childhood friend of both Nora and Morgan, left his homeland for America and is now a New York City policeman. A widower with a difficult, rebellious son, he still remembers Nora with love and fondness and wants nothing more than to help her escape the cataclysmic famine and build a new life...with him. This panoramic epic of love and faith and adventure spans an ocean to follow three of BJ Hoff's most memorable characters in their quest for survival and courage and hope.
Sons of an ancient glory, B J Hoff.
In Ireland, poet, patriot, and schoolmaster Morgan Fitzgerald is locked in conflict with his closest friend's rebel son, who steals the heart of Morgan's adopted daughter. Among the streets of New York, Pastor Jess Dalton and his feisty wife, Kerry, continue to battle against poverty and persecution while taking the Gospel to both the powerful and the poor of the city. Readers will be swept into an epic tale of life and death, heartache and victory, all the while revealing the ancient, enduring glory of an entire people.
People of the whale: a novel, Linda Hogan.
Raised in a remote seaside village, Thomas Witka Just marries Ruth, his beloved since infancy. But an ill-fated decision to fight in Vietnam changes his life forever: cut off from his Native American community, he fathers a child with another woman. When he returns home a hero, he finds his tribe in conflict over the decision to hunt a whale, both a symbol of spirituality and rebirth and a means of survival. In the end, he reconciles his two existences, only to see tragedy befall the son he left behind.
The Sparsholt affair, Alan Hollinghurst.
In 1940, Evert Dax and David Sparsholt, two young men from very different backgrounds, meet at Oxford University. Dax is a second year student reading English, coming from a rackety upper middle class background; Sparsholt is from a humbler Midlands community and is reading engineering, a young man whose good looks and fine figure have proved highly attractive to his peers. This time is a unique one in the history of the university: with military call-up at twenty, soon brought forward to nineteen, almost all students come up to Oxford knowing that they will only have a year or so of study. A sense of futility is mixed with one of recklessness. All life after dusk is lived under black-out, encouraging and covering what would normally be impossible liaisons. What happens to these two men in this year will affect many lives and will set in motion the mystery at the heart of The Sparsholt Affair.
The stranger's child, Alan Hollinghurst.
In the late summer of 1913 the aristocratic young poet Cecil Valance comes to stay at 'Two Acres', the home of his close Cambridge friend George Sawle. The weekend will be one of excitements and confusions for all the Sawles, but it is on George's sixteen-year-old sister Daphne that it will have the most lasting impact, when Cecil writes her a poem which will become a touchstone for a generation, an evocation of an England about to change for ever. Linking the Sawle and Valance families irrevocably, the shared intimacies of this weekend become legendary events in a larger story, told and interpreted in different ways over the coming century, and subjected to the scrutiny of critics and biographers with their own agendas and anxieties. In a sequence of widely separated episodes we follow the two families through startling changes in fortune and circumstance. At the centre of this often richly comic history of sexual mores and literary reputation runs the story of Daphne, from innocent girlhood to wary old age. Around her Hollinghurst draws an absorbing picture of an England constantly in flux. As in The Line of Beauty, his impeccably nuanced exploration of changing taste, class and social etiquette is conveyed in deliciously witty and observant prose. Exposing our secret longings to the shocks and surprises of time, The Stranger's Child is an enthralling novel from one of the finest writers in the English language.
I'm scared!, Jennifer L Holm.
Chilly the snowflake, who is scared of everything, slowly learns that sometimes, to have fun, it is important to face fears and try something new.
I'm silly!, Jennifer L Holm.
This board book explores why Tizzy Tornado is silly.
Squish. [8], Pod vs. Pod, Jennifer L Holm.
Uh-oh! Squish's friend Pod just hasn't been himself lately. One minute he's happy-dancing; the next he's sobbing in his soup. What's going on? (Hint: mitosis is the process that splits single-celled organisms. That's right, splits.) It is truly pod vs. pod–and may the best pod, umm, win? BONUS: Look in the back to find out how to draw one of the Squish characters and to get instructions for a SENSATIONAL science experiment you can do at home! SHAZAM!
Swing it, Sunny!, Jennifer L Holm.
In the mid-1970s Sunny Lewin is back, star of her personal show, facing the prospect of Middle School, and dealing with the problems of her somewhat dysfunctional family–in particular her older brother, Dale, who has been sent off to a military academy because of his delinquent behaviour.
The ghost who lied, Bobbi Ann Johnson Holmes.
Locals call the priceless antique necklace - the Missing Thorndike. Could it really be cursed? According to Danielle's stalker it is. Reluctantly, Danielle agrees to celebrate the First Anniversary of Marlow House's Grand Opening. Her friends insist it is a way to move past the tragic events that occurred the past year. She even agrees to wear the Missing Thorndike for a second time. But when one of the guests is murdered at the party–surrounded by more than a half dozen possible suspects–Danielle begins to wonder if there is something to the curse. She understands that the ghost of a murder victim doesn't always know the identity of his or her killer. But this ghost knows, and she isn't telling. And she isn't leaving Marlow House.
The ghost and the bride, Bobbi Ann Johnson Holmes.
Family and friends gather at Marlow House for Ian and Lily's wedding. When an unexpected guest shows up Danielle tries to figure out who he arrived with and why. Did I mention the unexpected guest is a ghost?
The ghost and the leprechaun, Bobbi Ann Johnson Holmes.
Everyone knows leprechauns are just make believe.But wait, isn't that what they say about ghosts?
A daughter's duty, Maggie Hope.
She's bound by her duty to her family. Forced to leave school at the age of fourteen, young Rose Sharpe's dreams of independence are ruined by her domineering father and constantly ailing mother. It falls to Rose to bring up her young sister and run the household, with little thanks from either of her parents. But just as Rose has almost given up hope, she realises she has a secret admirer of her own.
Molly's war, Maggie Hope.
When Molly Mason's father dies in a pit accident, she is left penniless and alone. She finds work in a local factory, and cheap lodgings. However, when Molly rejects her new landlord's advances, his revenge is swift: she finds herself accused of theft and thrown in prison. As the prospect of war grows ever close, Molly finds herself fighting a more personal battle, trying to find anyone willing to overlook her scandalous past.
An orphan's secret, Maggie Hope.
Life is a long, tough struggle for Meg Maddison...Growing up caring for her brothers after the death of their mother, it is only her indomitable spirit that gets her through the hard times. And when she marries and starts a family of her own, it seems as if the hardships are over. But the return of a darkly menacing figure from her past threatens to destroy all she has fought for.
Dancing over the hill, Cathy Hopkins.
When a boxset of Broadchurch is more appealing than having sex with your husband, then perhaps it's time to hide the remote... Cait and Matt have been married for 30 years. They are rock solid. An inspiration to others. Stuck together like glue. But Cait can't shake off the feeling that something is missing. The whole world should be their oyster now that Matt has retired, so why does she feel shut up like a clam? Things get more complicated when Tom Lewis, the man who broke her heart at university, makes a reappearance - still as charming as ever. Her friends, widow Lorna and newly-single Debs, have their own views of what Cait should do - but she isn't in the mood to listen. When Tom makes Cait an unexpected offer, Cait feels the pull of a different life. Has she got the guts to take the plunge, or does it take more courage to give her marriage another chance? Funny and thoughtful, this is a book for anyone who ever wondered … what if?
The kicking the bucket list, Cathy Hopkins.
Funny, poignant and life-affirming, The Kicking the Bucket List tells the story of three estranged sisters who are thrown together by the terms of their mother's will. If they are to receive their inheritance they must spend a series of weekends together over the course of a year and carry out the carefully-crafted activities that their mother has devised for them. Told through the eyes of sensitive but big-hearted middle sister Dee, we get to know the sisters through their enforced weekends together; Rose, the uptight and controlled and Fleur, the wildest of the three. None of them are perfect, they are all carrying secrets and all of them bear responsibility for the rift in some way. Can the three women take the lessons from their mother's bucket list and peel back the tough layers of mistrust and misunderstandings to reveal the soft underbelly of love and kinship beneath?
The memory garden, Rachel Hore.
Lamorna Cove - a tiny bay in Cornwall, picturesque, unspoilt. A hundred years ago it was the haunt of a colony of artists. Today, Mel Pentreath hopes it is a place where she can escape the pain of her mother's death and a broken love affair, and gradually put her life back together. Renting a cottage in the enchanting but overgrown grounds of Merryn Hall, Mel embraces her new surroundings and offers to help her landlord, Patrick Winterton, restore the garden. Soon she is daring to believe her life can be rebuilt. Then Patrick finds some old paintings in an attic, and as he and Mel investigate the identity of the artist, they are drawn into an extraordinary tale of illicit passion and thwarted ambition from a century ago, a tale that resonates in their own lives. But how long can Mel's idyll last before reality breaks in and everything is threatened?
The silent tide, Rachel Hore.
When Emily Gordon, editor at a London publishing house, commissions an account of great English novelist Hugh Morton, she finds herself steering a tricky path between Morton's formidable widow, Jacqueline, who's determined to protect his secrets, and the biographer, charming and ambitious Joel Richards. But someone is sending Emily mysterious missives about Hugh Morton's past and she discovers a buried story that simply has to be told ... One winter's day in 1948, nineteen year old Isabel Barber arrives at her Aunt Penelope's house in Earl's Court having run away from home to follow her star. A chance meeting with an East European refugee poet leads to a job with his publisher, McKinnon & Holt, and a fascinating career beckons. But when she develops a close editorial relationship with charismatic young debut novelist Hugh Morton and the professional becomes passionately personal, not only are all her plans put to flight, but she finds herself in a struggle for her very survival. Rachel Hore's intriguing and suspenseful new novel magnificently evokes the milieux of London publishing past and present and connects the very different worlds of two young women, Emily and Isabel, who through their individual quests for truth, love and happiness become inextricably linked.
The switch, Anthony Horowitz.
For Tad Spencer, only son of a fabulously wealthy businessman, every day is like Christmas. Until he makes the mistake of wishing he was someone else. The next morning he wakes up as Bob Snarby, trapped in a cruel and squalid funfair world inhabited by hopeless criminals, mysterious fortune tellers and - worst of all - the murderous Finn. But he's there for a reason, as Tad discovers when he begins to untangle a secret that will introduce him to the most unexpected enemy of all .
The word is murder, Anthony Horowitz.
A wealthy woman strangled 6 hours after she's arranged her own funeral. A very private detective uncovering secrets but hiding his own. A reluctant author drawn into a story he can't control. What do they have in common? Unexpected death, an unsolved mystery and a trail of bloody clues.
The night garden, Polly Horvath.
It is World War II, and Franny and her parents, Sina and Old Tom, enjoy a quiet life on a farm on Vancouver Island. Franny writes, Sina sculpts, and Old Tom tends to their many gardens; including the ancient, mysterious night garden. Their peaceful life is interrupted when their neighbour, Crying Alice, begs Sina to watch her children while she goes to visit her husband at the military base because she suspects he's up to no good. Soon after the children move in, letters arrive from their father that suggest he's about to do something to change their lives; and appearances from a stubborn young cook, UFOs, hermits, and ghosts only make life stranger. Can the forbidden night garden that supposedly grants everyone one wish help them all out of trouble? And if so, at what cost?
Oyster, Janette Turner Hospital.
Stories do insist on being told. Even the stories of hidden lives and towns and opal reefs. By cunning intention, and sometimes by discreet bribery (or other dispatch) of government surveyors, the opal-mining town Outer Maroo has kept itself off maps. And yet people do stumble into town, because the seduction of nowhere is hard to resist. two strangers reach Outer Maroo, searching for a stepdaughter and son who have mysteriously disappeared. there is a heavy, guilty feeling to the hot, parched-dry town. Mercy Given and Old Jess (everyone calls her Old Silence) watch from Ma and Bill Beresford's store. On the verandah of Bernie's Last Chance, the drinkers wait to take stock of the foreigners, before they return to their cattle properties or their sheep stations or to their stake-outs in the opal fields. Dukke Prophet crosses the street from the Living Word Gospel Hall. Young Alice Godwin whimpers. Outer Maroo. Population 87. Here two opposing cultures - the rough-diamond, boozing, fiercely individualistic bush folk and the teetotaller, church-going fundamentalists - used to coexist peaceably. Until the arrival of the cult messiah Oyster.
Why is it always about you?: saving yourself from the Narcissists in your life, Sandy Hotchkiss.
In this ground-breaking book– the first popular book on narcissism in more than a decade– clinical social worker and psychotherapist Sandy Hotchkiss shows you how to cope with controlling, egotistical people who are incapable of the fundamental give-and-take that sustains healthy relationships. Exploring how individuals come to have this shortcoming, why you get drawn into their perilous orbit, and what you can do to break free, Hotchkiss describes the Seven Deadly Sins of Narcissism and their origins. You will learn to recognize these hallmarks of unhealthy narcissism– Shamelessness, Magical Thinking, Arrogance, Envy, Entitlement, Exploitation, Bad Boundaries– and to understand the roles that parenting and culture play in their creation.
Firestorm, Lucy Hounsom.
The land burns brighter in the dark. Kyndra has finally mastered her cold Starborn powers, but at what cost? She's drifting from those dearest to her - though they can only reunite Acre together. And assassins who dance through time pose an extraordinary new threat. They seek to change the past - to unmake the Sartyan Empire and rewrite the whole history of Acre. And in the Khronostians' new narrative, Kyndra is never even born. Ex-slaver Char is determined to enlist the help of dragons for the fight to come. They were banished from the world by Khronostians. But, with the rogue Khronostian Ma's skills, he and Kyndra aim to reach the dragons' mountainous city. And perhaps here, they can gather enough power to send Kyndra far back in time - to prevent the death of an era. Yet despite her best efforts, events propel Kyndra towards a confrontation that has shaped and will shape the future of the world. Lucy Hounsom's Worldmaker trilogy comes to a dramatic conclusion in Firestorm.
Heartland, Lucy Hounsom.
Kyndra has saved and damned the people of Mariar. Her star-born powers healed a land in turmoil, but destroyed an ancient magic - which once concealed them from invaders. Now Kyndra must head into enemy territory to secure peace. She finds the Sartyan Empire, unstable but as warlike as ever. It's plagued by dissident factions, yet its emperor still has the strength to crush her homeland. The Khronostians, assassins who dance through time, could help Kyndra; or they might be her undoing. And deep within the desert, Char Lesko struggles to control his own emerging powers. He's been raised by a mercenary whose secrets could change everything - including the future and the past. But when Kyndra and Char meet, will their goals align?
Starborn, Lucy Hounsom.
Death and destruction will bar her way ... Kyndra's fate holds betrayal and salvation, but the journey starts in her small village. On the day she comes of age, she accidentally disrupts an ancient ceremony, ending centuries of tradition. So when an unnatural storm targets her superstitious community, Kyndra is blamed. She fears for her life until two strangers save her, by wielding powers not seen for an age - powers fuelled by the sun and the moon. Together, they flee to the hidden citadel of Naris. And here, Kyndra experiences disturbing visions of the past, showing war and one man's terrifying response. She'll learn more in the city's subterranean chambers, amongst fanatics and rebels. But first Kyndra will be brutally tested in a bid to unlock her own magic. If she survives the ordeal, she'll discover a force greater than she could ever have imagined. But could it create as well as destroy? And can she control it, to right an ancient wrong?
Monarch Beach, Anita Hughes.
Anita Hughes' Monarch Beach is an absorbing debut novel about one woman's journey back to happiness after an affair splinters her perfect marriage and life - what it means to be loved, betrayed and to love again. When Amanda Blick, a young mother and kind-ss, finds her gorgeous French chef husband wrapped around his sous-chef, she knows she must flee her life in order to rebuild it. The opportunity falls into her lap when her (very lovable) mother suggests Amanda and her young son, Max, spend the summer with her at the St. Regis Resort in Laguna Beach. With the waves right outside her windows and nothing more to worry about than finding the next relaxing thing to do, Amanda should be having the time of her life and escaping the drama. But instead, she finds herself faced with a kind, older divorcee who showers her with attention– and she discovers that the road to healing is never simple. This is the sometimes funny, sometimes bitter, but always moving story about the mistakes and discoveries a woman makes when her perfect world is turned upside down.
Victorians undone: tales of the flesh in the age of decorum, Kathryn Hughes.
Why did the great philosophical novelist George Eliot feel so self-conscious that her right hand was larger than her left? Exactly what made Darwin grow that iconic beard in 1862, a good five years after his contemporaries had all retired their razors? Who knew Queen Victoria had a personal hygiene problem as a young woman and the crisis that followed led to a hurried commitment to marry Albert? What did John Sell Cotman, a handsome drawing room operator who painted some of the most exquisite watercolours the world has ever seen, feel about marrying a woman whose big nose made smart people snigger? How did a working-class child called Fanny Adams disintegrate into pieces in 1867 before being reassembled into a popular joke, one we still reference today, but would stop, appalled, if we knew its origins? Kathryn Hughes follows a thickened index finger or deep baritone voice into the realms of social history, medical discourse, aesthetic practise and religious observance its language is one of admiring glances, cruel sniggers, an implacably turned back. The result is an eye-opening, deeply intelligent, ground-breaking account that brings the Victorians back to life and helps us understand how they lived their lives.
The complete idiot's guide to dehydrating foods, Jeanette Hurt.
This guide to dehydrated foods introduces the history and economic benefits of drying foods and shows how to equip a kitchen, shop for ingredients, and stay safe during food prep. It also teaches proper techniques and reviews the tools needed to make basic recipes for dried fruits, vegetables, and herbs, as well as dried dairy products and meat jerkies. Includes a glossary of terms, further resources, and a list of frequently asked troubleshooting questions.
Against the Odds, Amy Ignatow.
As their powers evolve in possibly dangerous ways, the Odds learn of a nefarious experiment in which they are unwitting test subjects and, even more incredible, become friends.
In one person, John Irving.
A compelling novel of desire, secrecy, and sexual identity, In One Person is a story of unfulfilled love tormented, funny, and affecting and an impassioned embrace of our sexual differences. Billy, the bisexual narrator and main character of In One Person, tells the tragicomic story (lasting more than half a century) of his life as a sexual suspect, a phrase first used by John Irving in 1978 in his landmark novel of terminal cases, The World According to Garp. His most political novel since The Cider House Rules and A Prayer for Owen Meany, John Irving's In One Person is a poignant tribute to Billy's friends and lovers, a theatrical cast of characters who defy category and convention. Not least, In One Person is an intimate and unforgettable portrait of the solitariness of a bisexual man who is dedicated to making himself worthwhile.
Leonardo da Vinci, Walter Isaacson.
He was history's most creative genius. What secrets can he teach us? The author of the acclaimed bestsellers Steve Jobs, Einstein, and Benjamin Franklin brings Leonardo da Vinci to life in this exciting new biography. Based on thousands of pages from Leonardo's astonishing notebooks and new discoveries about his life and work, Walter Isaacson weaves a narrative that connects his art to his science. He shows how Leonardo's genius was based on skills we can improve in ourselves, such as passionate curiosity, careful observation, and an imagination so playful that it flirted with fantasy. He produced the two most famous paintings in history, The Last Supper and the Mona Lisa. But in his own mind, he was just as much a man of science and technology. With a passion that sometimes became obsessive, he pursued innovative studies of anatomy, fossils, birds, the heart, flying machines, botany, geology, and weaponry. His ability to stand at the crossroads of the humanities and the sciences, made iconic by his drawing of Vitruvian Man, made him history's most creative genius.
Sailing for dummies, J J Isler.
Interested in learning to sail but feel like you're navigating in murky waters? Sailing for Dummies introduces the basics of sailing, looks at the different types of sailboats and their basic parts, and teaches you everything you need to know before you leave the dock. In ths book, two U.S. sailing champions show you how to: Find and choose a sailing school; Use life jackets correctly; Tie ten nautical knots; Handle sailing emergencies (such as capsizing and rescuing a man overboard); Launch your boat from a trailer, ramp, or beach.
The librarian of Auschwitz, Antonio Iturbe.
Follows the true story of Dita Kraus, a fourteen-year-old girl from Prague who after being sent to Auschwitz is chosen to protect the eight volumes prisoners have smuggled past the guards.
Angel baby, Lisa Jackson.
Chase Fortune has one year to turn around a rundown ranch to inherit it from his great-aunt. But his careful plans go awry when he rescues his beautiful neighbour, Lesley Bastian, from a blizzard and helps her deliver her baby. Lesley isn't the staying type–she wants to get back on her feet as soon as possible so she can manage her own ranch. But fate and weather conspire to keep them together, and soon Chase must face the terrible choice between his home and his heart.
An independent woman. Anna Jacobs.
Marcus has inherited a crumbling mansion and the care of his ageing aunt, but very little money; he is also still recovering from his war wounds incurred during World War 1. He saves Serena, a young lass who has run away from her bullying father. How will their lives intersect, and will Serena's upcoming inheritance force her father into desperate measures?
Persons of rank, Anna Jacobs.
Eleanor and Beatrice dream of lovematches but the Dowager insists romantic love is for housemaids, not for the Graceover women. Beatrice, despatched to London to look over the current crop of bachelors, is unimpressed by the frivolities of the Season. Disturbed by the languid charm of Lord Serle and appalled by the mercenary attitudes to marriage displayed by Society, Beatrice's country innocence and unconventional behaviour lead her into some alarming situations. Meanwhile, the beautiful and headstrong Eleanor is up to mischief of her own which is guaranteed to earn the disapproval of her grandmother. A desperate struggle in the potting shed at midnight clears the air; not only does love triumph after all, but the Dowager is not displeased.
Clive James on television: criticism from The observer 1972-1982, Clive James.
For the first time in one volume all Clive James's treasured TV criticism, originally written for The Observer between the years 1972 and 1982. From the 1972 Olympics to the 1982 Eurovision Song Contest, here is a decade of the most trenchant, witty and thought-provoking criticism of any kind, with a foreword from Clive James himself, described as 'the funniest man in Britain'.
Sunshine after the rain, Daisy James.
A summer that changes everything... Frazzled workaholic Evie Johnson has finally had enough! When she's blamed for a publicity disaster at the art gallery she loves, she decides to flee the bright lights of London for the sun-drenched shores of Corfu and turn her life upside-down. Under the shade of the olive trees, she picks up her dusty paintbrushes and begins to chase the dreams she had put aside for so long. But she never expected to bump into drop-dead-gorgeous Sam Bradbury - and certainly not whilst wrapped only in a towel! A summer fling is the last thing Evie wanted but a few stolen kisses under the stars might just begin to change her mind.
There's something about Cornwall, Daisy James.
A knight in a shining camper van! Life is far from picture perfect for food photographer, Emilie Roberts. Not only has her ex-boyfriend cheated on her, he's also stolen her dream assignment to beautiful Venice! Instead, Emilie is heading to the wind-swept Cornish coast... Emilie doesn't think it can get any worse - until disaster strikes on the very first day! And there's only one man to rescue this damsel in distress: extremely hunky surfing instructor, Matt Ashby. Racing from shoot to shoot in a bright orange vintage camper van, Matt isn't the conventional knight in shining armour - but can he make all of Emilie's fairy tale dreams come true?
A twist of the knife, Peter James.
In multi-million-copy bestselling author Peter James' collection of short stories we first come to meet Brighton's finest detective, Roy Grace, and read the tale that went on to inspire James' hugely successful novel, Dead Simple. James exposes the Achilles heel of each of his characters, and makes us question how well we can trust ourselves, and one another. Each tale carries a twist that will haunt readers for days after they turn the final page. Combining every twisted tale from the ebook bestsellers Short Shockers One and Short Shockers Two, with a never-seen-before collection of new material, A Twist of the Knife shows Peter James as the undisputed grand master of storytellers with this sometimes funny, often haunting, but always shocking collection.
No honor among thieves: an Ali Reynolds/Joanna Brady novella, Judith A Jance.
A semi's gone over the embankment. The call wakes Sheriff Joanna Brady in the middle of the night, but what brings her fully alert is the rest of the story. The driver didn't drift off to sleep and cross the center line–he was shot, multiple times, by someone with serious firepower. And when the truck crashed through the guardrail, its payload wound up scattered all over the road–boxes upon boxes of Legos. Legos that are being tracked by B. Simpson's security firm to reduce black market sales–and Ali Reynolds is just the woman to get to the bottom of the crime. She has the tech and the intel to follow the money (or, in this case, the Legos), which makes her a valuable asset to Joanna's team. Soon these two strong women realize that they're not just sharing a case, they're kindred spirits–which is paramount, because the killer they're up against is anything but child's play.
The dawn watch: Joseph Conrad in a global world, Maya Jasanoff.
A visionary exploration of the life and times of Joseph Conrad, his turbulent age of globalization and our own, from one of the most exciting young historians writing today. Migration, terrorism, the tensions between global capitalism and nationalism, and a communications revolution: these forces shaped Joseph Conrad's destiny at the dawn of the twentieth century. In this brilliant new interpretation of one of the great voices in modern literature, Maya Jasanoff reveals Conrad as a prophet of globalization. As an immigrant from Poland to England, and in travels from Malaya to Congo to the Caribbean, Conrad navigated an interconnected world, and captured it in a literary oeuvre of extraordinary depth. His life story delivers a history of globalization from the inside out, and reflects powerfully on the aspirations and challenges of the modern world. Joseph Conrad was born Jozef Teodor Konrad Korzeniowski in 1857, to Polish parents in the Russian Empire. At sixteen he left the landlocked heart of Europe to become a sailor, and for the next twenty years travelled the world's oceans before settling permanently in England as an author. He saw the surging, competitive new imperialism that planted a flag in almost every populated part of the globe. He got a close look, too, at the places beyond the end of telegraph cables and mail-boat lines, and the hypocrisy of the west's most cherished ideals. In a compelling blend of history, biography, and travelogue, Maya Jasanoff follows Conrad's routes and the stories of his four greatest works– The Secret Agent, Lord Jim, Heart of Darkness, and Nostromo. Genre-bending, intellectually thrilling, and deeply humane, The Dawn Watch embarks on a spell-binding expedition into the dark heart of Conrad's world–and through it to our own.
A love that never tires: an Edwardian romance, Allyson Jeleyne.
Linley Talbot-Martin is a girl who likes to get her hands dirty. As the daughter of a famous archaeologist, she's been everywhere and seen everything–except London. But when the time comes to trade her jodhpurs and work boots for silk gowns and kid gloves, she may be in over her head. Even though she can out-ride, out-shoot, and outsmart any girl in London society, Linley is destined to be the failure of the season. No one she meets cares about ancient pottery or lost Buddhist texts, and fundraising efforts for future expeditions keep coming up short. If the Talbot-Martin team doesn't find money soon, they will be out of a job, and Linley will lose everything she holds dear. Patrick Wolford, Marquess of Kyre (pronounced 'Keer'), is a man who knows his place. Well-connected and respected, he is everything everyone expects him to be, but beneath his façade, he is as neglected and crumbling as the family estate. Now the strain of keeping up appearances is taking its toll. The smart thing would be to marry the heiress nipping at his heels and be done with it, but when he meets Linley Talbot-Martin, who dares to shake up his seemingly proper world, he must choose between the life he's always known and one he never dared to dream of.
My unconquerable soul, Allyson Jeleyne.
While other ladies turn their country homes into soldiers' hospitals and host charity bazaars to fund the war effort, Linley struggles just to keep Wolford Abbey afloat. Driving tractors and managing servants is not the life she dreamed of in those magical days before the war. She yearns to put down the teacups, pick up a trowel, and follow in her father's footsteps as an archaeologist - and never is this more apparent than with her husband away at the Front. Patrick doesn't allow himself to remember life during peacetime. To think of anything other than war and death would be too painful. If he is to survive, he must not look back. He must push forward over the top and into the horrors that await him. But after an injury saves him from death at the hands of the Germans, Patrick is forced to reconcile his life as a soldier with his responsibilities as a husband. The strength of their love will be tested as old friends and bad memories threaten to tear the couple apart. Through it all, the trenches of the Great War, quiet Worcestershire countryside, and bustling streets of Cairo await in Linley and Patrick's second adventure.
Our land of beyond, Allyson Jeleyne.
In October 1921, Linley and Patrick set out for a long overdue holiday. But when their train is mysteriously halted in Vienna, Lord and Lady Kyre must abandon their plans for sunshine and gin fizzes to save a nation in need. The glittering cafes of Jazz Age Paris, rolling hills of rural Hungary, and the trip of a lifetime aboard the Orient Express lead Linley and Patrick on an adventure that just might go down in history.
Plot 29: a memoir, Allan (Food writer) Jenkins.
'When I am disturbed, even angry, gardening has been a therapy. When I don't want to talk I turn to Plot 29, or to a wilder piece of land by a northern sea. There, among seeds and trees, my breathing slows; my heart rate too. My anxieties slip away.' As a young boy in 1960s Plymouth, Allan Jenkins and his brother, Christopher, were rescued from their care home and fostered by an elderly couple. There, the brothers started to grow flowers in their riverside cottage. They found a new life with their new mum and dad. As Allan grew older, his foster parents were never quite able to provide the family he and his brother needed, but the solace he found in tending a small London allotment echoed the childhood moments when he grew nasturtiums from seed. Over the course of a year, Allan digs deeper into his past, seeking to learn more about his absent parents. Examining the truths and untruths that he'd been told, he discovers the secrets to why the two boys were in care. What emerges is a vivid portrait of the violence and neglect that lay at the heart of his family. A beautifully written, haunting memoir, Plot 29 is a mystery story and meditation on nature and nurture. It's also a celebration of the joy to be found in sharing food and flowers with people you love.
Escape, Carolyn Jessop.
The dramatic first-person account of life inside an ultra-fundamentalist American religious sect, and one woman's courageous flight to freedom with her eight children. When she was eighteen years old, Carolyn Jessop was coerced into an arranged marriage with a total stranger: a man thirty-two years her senior. Merril Jessop already had three wives. But arranged plural marriages were an integral part of Carolyn's heritage: She was born into and raised in the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (FLDS), the radical offshoot of the Mormon Church that had settled in small communities along the Arizona-Utah border. Over the next fifteen years, Carolyn had eight children and withstood her husband's psychological abuse and the watchful eyes of his other wives who were locked in a constant battle for supremacy. Carolyn's every move was dictated by her husband's whims. He decided where she lived and how her children would be treated. He controlled the money she earned as a school teacher. He chose when they had sex; Carolyn could only refuse at her peril. For in the FLDS, a wife's compliance with her husband determined how much status both she and her children held in the family. Carolyn was miserable for years and wanted out, but she knew that if she tried to leave and got caught, her children would be taken away from her. No woman in the country had ever escaped from the FLDS and managed to get her children out, too. But in 2003, Carolyn chose freedom over fear and fled her home with her eight children. She had $20 to her name. Escape exposes a world tantamount to a prison camp, created by religious fanatics who, in the name of God, deprive their followers the right to make choices, force women to be totally subservient to men, and brainwash children in church-run schools. Against this background, Carolyn Jessop's flight takes on an extraordinary, inspiring power. Not only did she manage a daring escape from a brutal environment, she became the first woman ever granted full custody of her children in a contested suit involving the FLDS. And in 2006, her reports to the Utah attorney general on church abuses formed a crucial part of the case that led to the arrest of their notorious leader, Warren Jeffs.
Triumph: life after the cult, a survivor's lessons, Carolyn Jessop.
Biggles and the black peril, W E Johns.
When zero visibility forces Biggles to land his Vandal amphibian aircraft on the North Sea he thinks he's just got a spot of aeroplane bother. Bigger trouble is ahead for Biggles when he takes an unchartered ride in a flying boat manned by 'Blackbeard'– a cohort of the Russian Airfleet and accomplice in a plot to bomb Britain.
Biggles and the cruise of the Condor, W E Johns.
A dull murmur, like distant thunder, reached their ears and brought Biggles to his feet with a rush. 'What is it?' he gasped. At the first sound Dickpa had leapt for the flashlight. 'Quick', he snapped, as the floor of the cave sagged sickeningly. 'Get out - it's an earthquake! Ah - stop!' he screamed. A visit to Biggles' uncle, Dickpa, lands Biggles, Algy and mechanic Smyth in a dangerous adventure looking for an ancient Inca treasure hoard.
Biggles and the rescue flight, W E Johns.
In a desperate plan to rescue his brother, missing in action and presumed dead, sixteen year-old Peter Fortymore runs away from school to join the air force. Amongst the chaos of the First World War, Peter and his friend manage to enlist and soon find themselves in 266 Squadron under the command of Biggles. Will Biggles rumble the boys' wild plans before they take flight? And if he does, will he come to their aid? Join cult hero and flying ace, Squadron Leader James Bigglesworth on another action packed adventure!
Biggles delivers the goods, W E Johns.
Late in the Second World War Biggles and his team are in Malaya, operating a secret commando under the nose of the Japanese occupiers. Algy is captured after his plane goes down over the Indian Ocean but Biggles will not abandon him and a rescue plan is put into action.
Biggles in France, W E Johns.
A burst of bullets struck Biggles' machine somewhere just behind him, and he jerked the control-stick back into his stomach. A Hun shot past his wing-tip, so close that Biggles flinched. 'That's too close!' he muttered. Where the dickens are the S.E.'s? Biggles battles through the First World War, honing his flying skills in terrifying battles against the finest fighters the enemy can supply. But he finds war provides more light-hearted adventures as well.
Biggles in Spain, W E Johns.
'Don't move yet. I'm going out of the front door. They'll rush me then. That's your chance to go out the back way. Got that?' 'Quite clear.' 'Good! But don't think I'm exaggerating. My chances of getting out of here alive are about one in a hundred. Yours are one in ten. They'll kill you without the slightest compunction if they think you're with me. I don't know what you're doing here, but it doesn't matter. Make for London. If you get there, tell them what happened.' Biggles, Algy and Ginger accidentally arrive in Spain during the civil war. After a chance encounter with a British Intelligence agent who passes them a coded message which has to be got back to the Ministry of Defence in London, they are involved in a desperate chase to get back home with the evil chief of Intelligence and Propaganda after them.
Biggles learns to fly, W E Johns.
It's the First World War and Biggles is just 17. The planes are primitive; combat tactics are non-existent; the only form of communication for pilots and their gunners is by hand signals. They are reliant on the skill of their fellow crew, their wit and, above all else, bravery. In hostile enemy skies, where instinct and fast reactions are everything, Biggles must learn to be a real fighter pilot, or die. But does he have what it takes?
Biggles of the fighter squadron, W E Johns.
Well into the later stages of the First World War, Biggles and his fellow flyers are struggling to maintain supremacy over the enemy pilots determined to shoot them down. In this game of cunning, they must use all their wit and skill to stay ahead of the fight against the German air force but will Biggles' daring and bold schemes keep them alive in such treacherous skies? Join cult hero and flying ace, Squadron Leader James Bigglesworth on another action packed adventure!
Biggles, the Camels are coming, W E Johns.
The Camel closed up until it was flying beside him; the pilot smiling. Biggles showed his teeth in what he imagined to be an answering smile. 'You swine,' he breathed: 'you dirty, unutterable, murdering swine! I'm going to kill you if it's the last thing I do on earth.' Set in the last years of the First World War air combat has now become the order of the day and air duelling is a fine art. Biggles and his fellow pilots now have to contend with the enemy using their own British aircraft, a Sopwith Camel, to lure the British pilots to their deaths.
The first to know, Abigail Johnson.
A girl's plan to find her father's birth family turns potentially devastating when a DNA test reveals she has a half-brother she never knew about. Dana Fields' father never knew his parents. When Dana secretly does a DNA test for her dad, hoping to find him some distant relatives for his birthday, her entire world implodes. Instead of a few third cousins, Dana discovers a half-brother her age whose very existence means her parents' happy marriage is a lie. Dana's desire to know her half-brother, Brandon, and the extent of her dad's deception clashes with her desire not to destroy her family. When she sees an opportunity to get to know Brandon through his cousin, the intense yet kind Chase, she takes it. But the more she finds out about Brandon, her father's past and the irresistible guy who'll never forgive her if he discovers the truth, the more she sees the inevitable fallout from her own lies. With her family crumbling around her, Dana must own up to her actions and find a way to heal the breach–for everyone–before they're torn apart for good.
The spaghetti giraffe, Sarah Johnson.
When fumble-handed cook Mina Cucina drops the spaghetti pot, a new animal is born. As the Spaghetti Giraffe soon learns, he is not the only kitchen animal formed from Mina Cucina's culinary disasters. The Spaghetti Giraffe tells the delightful story of the Spaghetti Giraffe and his quirky friends in their quest to help Mina Cucina enter the Great Bonbon Confectionation - the biggest baking competition the valley's ever seen. All she needs is a cake. A cake that doesn't erupt, take flight or explode. The Spaghetti Giraffe is the first book in a trilogy.
Can't stand up for falling down: rock'n'roll war stories, Allan Jones.
Allan Jones launched Uncut magazine in 1997 and for 15 years wrote a popular monthly column called Stop Me If You've Heard This One Before, based on his experiences as a music journalist in the 70s and 80s, a gilded time for the music press. By turns hilarious, cautionary, poignant and powerful, the Stop Me stories collected here include encounters with some of rock's most iconic stars, including David Bowie, Lou Reed, Leonard Cohen, Van Morrison, Neil Young, Elvis Costello, The Sex Pistols, The Clash, The Smiths, R.E.M. and Pearl Jam. From backstage brawls and drug blow-outs, to riots, superstar punch-ups, hotel room confessionals and tour bus lunacy, these are stories from the madness of a music scene now long gone.
The modern cook's year: over 250 vibrant vegetable recipes to see you through the seasons, Anna Jones.
Javascript: novice to ninja, Darren Jones.
Learn JavaScript from scratch! Packed with numerous examples, JavaScript: Novice to Ninja is a fun, step-by-step and comprehensive introduction to development in JavaScript. Discover how to use JavaScript to solve real-world problems, build smarter forms, track user events, and design eye-catching animations. Learn JavaScript's built-in functions, methods, and properties. Use JavaScript to validate form entries and interact with your users. Understand how to respond to user events and add interactivity to your applications. Create animations that bring your web site to life. Start programming.
The house on Jindalee Lane, Jennie Jones.
When a big-time producer threatens to ruin her career - and possibly the rest of her life - she flees to her remote hometown in the Snowy Mountains and opens a theatre to put on her comedy whodunit Who Shot the Producer. Childhood friend and ex-commando Ryan Munroe has returned to Swallow's Fall to see if there's a future for him and Edie after their disastrous but unforgettable first and only kiss three years ago. She's still dazzling, still in love with her career and still out of his reach. He's about to give up when he learns that Edie might have trouble on her heels. Struggling with her growing attraction to Ryan, and torn between her career and a rekindled love for her hometown, Edie focuses on generating her cast and crew from the 182 Swallow's Fall residents and producing her play. But when elements from the play start happening for real, the comedy turns dangerous. Edie is suddenly centre stage in the biggest role of her life. Can she pull it off? And can Ryan ensure everyone survives to make it to the curtain call?
Exactly what to say: the magic words for influence and impact, Phil M Jones.
Often the decision between a customer choosing you over someone like you is your ability to know exactly what to say, when to say it, and how to make it count. Phil M. Jones has trained more than two million people across five continents and over fifty countries in the lost art of spoken communication. In Exactly What to Say, he delivers the tactics you need to get more of what you want. Best-selling author and multiple award-winner Phil M. Jones is highly regarded as one of the world's leading sales trainers. He has trained more than two million people across five continents and fifty-six countries and coached some of the biggest global brands in the lost art of spoken communication. In 2013 he won the British Excellence in Sales and Marketing Award for Sales Trainer of the Year, the youngest-ever recipient of that honour. He has also written a series of best-selling books and developed a number of online training courses that have enrolled tens of thousands of members around the world. Phil divides his time between London and New York.
A snow garden and other stories, Rachel Joyce.
Seven stories to span the Christmas holidays: A Faraway Smell of Lemon: The school term has ended. It is almost Christmas but Binny, out last-minute shopping couldn't feel less like wishing glad tidings to all men. Ducking out of the rain she finds herself in the sort of shop she would never normally visit. The Marriage Manual: Christmas Eve. Two parents endeavour to construct their son's Christmas present from a DIY kit and in the process find themselves deconstructing their marriage. Christmas at the Airport: A glitch in the system, travellers stranded and all sorts of lives colliding in the face of a sudden birth. The Boxing Day Ball: Maureen has never been out with the local girls before. Who knew that a disco in the village hall could be life-changing? A Snow Garden: Two little boys, dumped with their divorced father for his share of the Christmas holidays and none of them with a clue how to enjoy it. I'll Be Home for Christmas. The most famous boy in the world comes home hoping to escape the madness with a normal family Christmas. Trees: As if Christmas wasn't wearing enough, now his elderly parent is asking for a hole in the ground? Father and son break old habits and plant a tree to mark the start of the new year.
The weight of ink, Rachel Kadish.
An intellectual and emotional jigsaw puzzle of a novel for readers of A.S. Byatt's Possession and Geraldine Brooks's People of the Book. Set in London of the 1660s and of the early twenty-first century, The Weight of Ink is the interwoven tale of two women of remarkable intellect: Ester Velasquez, anemigrant from Amsterdam who is permitted to scribe for a blind rabbi, just before the plague hits the city; and Helen Watt, an ailing historian with a love of Jewish history. As the novel opens, Helen has been summoned by a former student to view a cache of seventeenth-century Jewish documents newly discovered in his home during a renovation. Enlisting the help of Aaron Levy, an American graduate student as impatient as he is charming, and in a race with another fast-moving team of historians, Helen embarks on one last project: to determine the identity of the documents' scribe, the elusive Aleph. Electrifying and ambitious, sweeping in scope and intimate in tone, The Weight of Ink is a sophisticated work of historical fiction about women separated by centuries, and the choices and sacrifices they must make in order to reconcile the life of the heart and mind
Orphan of Florence: a novel. Jeanne Kalogridis.
A young woman finds herself driven from pick-pocketing to espionage when she meets a mysterious man. Giulia has been an orphan all her life. Raised in Florence's famous Ospedale degli Innocenti, her probing questions and insubordinate behaviour made her an unwelcome presence, and at the age of fifteen, she was given an awful choice: become a nun, or be married off to a man she didn't love. She chose neither, and after refusing an elderly suitor, Giulia escaped on to the streets of Florence. Now, after spending two years as a successful pickpocket, an old man catches her about to make off with his purse, and rather than having her carted off to prison he offers her a business proposition. The man claims to be a cabalist, a student of Jewish mysticism and ritual magic, who works for the most powerful families in Florence. But his identity is secret-he is known only as 'the Magician of Florence' and he is in need of an assistant. She accepts the job and begins smuggling his talismans throughout the city. But the talismans are not what they seem, and neither is the Magician. When Giulia's involvement with him ends with his murder, she's drawn into a treacherous web of espionage and deceit involving the forces of Rome, Naples, and a man known as Lorenzo the Magnificent. Accused of the Magician's murder, Giulia is pursued by the handsome policeman Niccolo, Lorenzo's henchmen, and foreign spies, and in order to survive, she must not only solve the mystery of the mystery of the Magician's murder, but that of her own past.
When I hit you; or, A portrait of the writer as a young wife, Meena Kandasamy.
From one of India's boldest and most badass young voices, When I Hit You Seduced by politics, poetry and an enduring dream of building a better world together, the unnamed narrator falls in love with a university professor. Moving with him to a rain-washed coastal town, she swiftly learns that what for her is a bond of love is for him a contract of ownership. As he sets about reducing her to his idealised version of an obedient wife, bullying her and devouring her ambition of being a writer in the process, she attempts to push back - a resistance he resolves to break with violence and rape.
Star wars. Darth Bane. Rule of two: a novel of the Old Republic, Drew Karpyshyn.
When the Sith Wars were over, the Jedi thought the Sith had been destroyed. But one remained: Darth Bane, the most powerful Sith Lord ever. And now, in secret, he is setting out to build his new Sith Order, with which he intends to rule the galaxy, with his new apprentice by his side.
Motorcycle touring in the Pacific Northwest: the region's best rides, Christy Karras.
Forty classic rides through the region's quintessential scenes. With its spectacular and varied scenes, no other region of America can best the Pacific Northwest when it comes to motorcycle touring, whether a Sunday afternoon ride with friends or a multiday adventure. Now, with Motorcycle Touring in the Pacific Northwest, bikers have an unparalleled guide describing forty classic rides across the quintessential landscapes of Oregon, Washington, and Vancouver/British Columbia from the rugged Pacific coast to breath-taking islands, from rain forests to deserts, from the Cascades to the Rockies. In friendly prose peppered with anecdotes, sidebars, and interesting asides, Christy Karras and Steve Zusy describe the routes most representing a day's worth of riding and include a map for each, colour photographs, and details aplenty on road conditions and terrain, sites worth stopping for, amenities, and side trips.
Black Tudors: the untold story, Miranda Kaufmann.
They were present at some of the defining moment of the Tudor age. They were christened, married and buried by the Church. And their stories have been untold for many years. Kaufman has unearthed the remarkable stories of Africans who lived free in Tudor England, and in doing so transforms how we see this period of history.
Crack house: the incredible true story of the man who took on London's crack gangs and won, Harry Keeble.
The bastard offspring of cocaine, crack first entered the UK in the early 1990s. By the end of the decade Britain's inner cities were in the midst of a crack epidemic, with users being responsible for a massive proportion of crime– 95% of street shootings are crack-related, for example. Communities, especially in London, were crying out for help, but there were only two specialist units in the whole of the capital. One of them, Haringey Drugs Squad, embarked on a war on crack, aiming to shut down all 100 crack houses in their borough in one year. Amazingly, they did it. Even more amazingly, in the subsequent twelve months all black-on-black killings in Haringey ceased, and burglaries and muggings fell massively. Narrated by the leader of this team, Crack house describes in heart-stopping fashion a series of breath-taking raids as well as arrests, beatings, stabbings and shootings. Featuring a colourful team of family men who regularly faced death, Crack house takes the reader into the dark heart of our cities' most violent and terrifying places, showing how the war on drugs can only be won by constant and forceful vigilance.
The father, Tom (Social worker) Keenan.
Mental illness, alcohol abuse, and the tedium of pursuing typical killers, leave Sean Rooney a pathetic man, a failed forensic profiler, a bit of a loser and definitely retired. DCI Jacqueline Kaminski, his ex-wife, has other ideas. Faced with a multiple murder - and some headless corpses - she needs Rooney back on the case. 'There's a psycho out there', she pleads. Set in an almost futuristic, dystopian Glasgow.
The secret science of magic, Melissa Keil.
Joshua is good at magic tricks, ignoring his homework, and not thinking about life after year twelve. He's not so good at talking to Sophia, the genius in his class who he's had a crush on for years. But with their time together in high school running out, he has to do something about it, soon–because if he's learned one thing, it's that timing is everything. Sophia is smart enough to know that geniuses like her can end up as socially inept recluses. In fact, maybe she's halfway there already, what with the panic attacks and her best (and only) friend Elsie drifting away. All Sophia can do is seek refuge in what she understands best: maths, science, logic. But there's no logical explanation for the odd, almost magical things happening around her. And there are some things no amount of study can prepare you for.
Sir Scaly Pants and the dragon thief, John Kelly.
When an evil fire-breathing dragon kidnaps the king, Sir Scaly and his trusty steed, Guinevere, vow to rescue him. Their journey takes them to lands far and wide, and when they finally catch up with the wicked king-napping dragon, Scaly knows he's met his match. But is the evil dragon really as bad as everyone thinks, or can Scaly uncover the truth and finally make a friend?
Gabriel, Nikki Kelly.
Back on Earth, Lailah is still caught between her alternate immortal identities, part angel descendant, and part vampire, and on the run with the rogue angel descendant Gabriel and vampire Ruadhan from both the Arch Angels and the Pureblood Vampires–but the greatest danger may lie with her mixed up emotions and her attraction to the vampire Jonah.
Isle of Fright, Annie Kelsey.
A small girl with a big imagination! Pippa has a new hobby ... Ghost hunting! Luckily, the school trip to the Isle of Wight proves the perfect opportunity to hunt out some ghosts. With trips to a haunted castle and a midnight sleepover, Pippa is sure she'll find something spoooooooky. But will Pippa come face-to-face with a ghost from the past? And can she ever get the new girl in class to smile? You'll have to read her super-scary(ish) diary to find out.
Love and chicken nuggets, Annie Kelsey.
Meet Pippa Morgan, a small girl with a big imagination, and read her hilarious diary, packed with doodle illustrations. It's nearly Valentine's Day and Pippa's class have been given a project all about 'lurve' - blargh! Luckily for Pippa, there are lots of things she loves - like chicken nuggets and TV detectives, and her best friend forever, Catie Brown. Then she decides to start another project - Project Find Mum Love. Will Pippa be able to find Mum a boyfriend by 14th Feb? And can she get Catie to taste chicken nuggets for the first time ever? You'll have to read her super-secret diary to find out!
Trouble and Squeak, Annie Kelsey.
Meet Pippa Morgan, a small girl with a big imagination. Pippa is desperate for a dog, but Mum isn't budging. When Mr Bacon introduces Squeak, the class hamster, Pippa sees it as the perfect opportunity to show Mum just how responsible she is. But when Squeak escapes out of his cage, Pippa's plan starts to backfire. Can Pippa and her friends find Squeak? And will she ever get her dream dog? You'll have to read her puppy-mad diary to find out.
Mums on strike, Laura Kemp.
It was just a squashed grape on the kitchen floor. Hardly a reason to get upset, right? But six years of motherhood has left Lisa Stratton feeling like a skivvy. Every morning before she's opened her eyes, she starts her mental inventory of jobs to do. And just like yesterday, the day before and every day since she became a mum, she's woken up knackered. So when her husband deliberately steps over the grape because it's 'her responsibility' to run the house, it tips her over the edge. He wasn't always like this they used to share everything. Then the kids came along and he saw it as an excuse to sit back. But this time things are going to change. Lisa has made a decision. She's going on strike.
Whatever happened to Vicky Hope's back up man?, Laura Kemp.
A tender, funny and haunting coming-of-age novel which asks if the past can ever be part of your future. Twenty-one and insecure, Vicky Hope comes up with a plan on the eve of travelling the world with her high flying friend, Kat Lloyd: if she isn't married by the time she's thirty, she'll marry her geeky best mate Mikey Murphy. Fast-forward eight-and-a-bit years, Vicky, now Vee wakes up on her thirtieth birthday in Brighton, expecting a proposal of marriage from her arty boyfriend Jez. Instead he tells her their relationship is over and she has no choice but to return to her parents' home. Devastated and alone in her childhood bedroom, she decides she has nothing to lose and tracks down her two old mates. With shock, she discovers Mikey, now Murphy, is a successful app designer driven by his tragic upbringing. Kat, or Kate, never made it - but she hides a devastating secret, which threatens the happiness of all three.
Her billionaires series mega boxed set, Julia Kent.
This mega-bundle boxed set starts with the New York Times bestselling novel about the unconventional romance between Laura, a shy, curvy financial analyst who takes a chance with online dating–and finds two secret billionaires who both want her. Together. When her best friend, Josie, meets obstetrician Alex during Laura's labour and delivery of Mike and Dylan's first child, she finds her own love–but it's complicated, of course... An epic saga of a world where love means getting out of your own way, the Her Billionaires series has become well-loved reader favourite. New York Times bestselling romantic comedy author Julia Kent's boxed set features: Her Billionaires It's Complicated Completely Complicated It's Always Complicated and two short stories you can't find anywhere else: Before Her Billionaires and This Never Happened. Sink into a new world where choosing love means turning toward joy and laughter... in whatever form that takes.
Lose weight for good: full-flavour cooking for a low-calorie diet, Tom Kerridge.
Michelin-starred chef Tom Kerridge has been developing top recipes for nearly three decades and knows how to make things taste good. He also understands how much willpower it takes to shift unhealthy excess weight, because he has lost over 11 stone in the last four years by following a low-carb diet. Now Tom is turning his attention to helping food-lovers who have chosen a lower-calorie diet as their own route to weight-loss. This is a lower-calorie diet with a difference – it's based on hunger-satisfying portions of delicious, lower-calorie dishes that taste amazing. The focus is on the food that we can and should be eating to lose weight, which is easy to make and won't make you feel as though you are missing out. Recipes include warm halloumi salad; salt and pepper squid; sweet potato and black bean burritos; sticky pork chops; and baked doughnuts with sweet five-spice dust. As Tom says: 'It's impossible to stick to a diet if the food you're expected to eat is boring and doesn't fill you up. So I've developed lots of tasty and satisfying recipes that people will love to cook and eat, but that will also help them lose weight. I truly believe that this attitude works. I've been there myself and now I want to help others get there too.'
The break, Marian Keyes.
Amy's husband Hugh says he isn't leaving her. He still loves her, he's just taking a break from their marriage, their children and, most of all, from their life together. Six months to lose himself in south-east Asia. And there is nothing Amy can say or do about it. Yes, it's a mid-life crisis, but let's be clear: a break isn't a break up yet. However, for Amy it's enough to send her along with her extended family of gossips, misfits and troublemakers teetering over the edge. For a lot can happen in six-months. When Hugh returns if he returns, will he be the same man she married? And will Amy be the same woman? Because if Hugh is on a break from their marriage, then isn't she?
Library of Fates. Aditi Khorana.
No one is entirely certain what brings the Emperor Sikander to Shalingar. Until now, the idyllic kingdom has been immune to his many violent conquests. To keep the visit friendly, Princess Amrita has offered herself as his bride, sacrificing everything - family, her childhood love, and her freedom - to save her people. But her offer isn't enough. The palace is soon under siege, and Amrita finds herself a fugitive, utterly alone but for an oracle named Thala, who was kept by Sikander as a slave and managed to escape amid the chaos. With nothing and no one else to turn to, Amrita and Thala are forced to rely on one another. But while Amrita feels responsible for her kingdom and sets out to warn her people, the newly free Thala has no such ties. She encourages Amrita to go on a quest to find the fabled Library of All Things, where it is possible for each of them to reverse their fates. To go back to before Sikander took everything from them. Stripped of all that she loves, caught between her rosy past and an unknown future, will Amrita be able to restore what was lost, or does another life - and another love - await?
Princess Ellie and the palace plot, Diana Kimpton.
The King and Queen's new designer, Lord Leo, has the palace in turmoil and Ellie takes a great dislike to him. Suspicious that he is not all that he seems, Ellie spies on Lord Leo and discovers his true intentions. But can she foil his plans with the help of her trusty pony Starlight?
Princess Ellie saves the day, Diana Kimpton.
Meg, the palace groom, is going on a well-earned holiday, and so the old groom George has come out of retirement to help out while she's away. But George accidentally gives the ponies the wrong food, and when Ellie realises that one of them, Moonbeam, is ill, she has to act fast to save them.
Princess Ellie to the rescue, Diana Kimpton.
Princess Ellie is pony-mad! She'd much rather be riding or helping out at the royal stables than having boring waving lessons. But someone is spying on her...and when Sundance, one of her beloved ponies, goes missing, Ellie is sure that the mysterious girl in the woods is to blame. Can she solve the mystery and rescue Sundance before it's too late?
A puzzle for Princess Ellie, Diana Kimpton.
Princess Ellie prefers pony riding to entertaining dull royal visitors. When Ellie is riding through the woods, her brave Welsh pony Rainbow suddenly whirls around and refuses to move. Has Rainbow seen a ghost? Ellie and her friend set off to investigate but the answer to the mystery is not quite what they expected!
Beryl Bainbridge: love by all sorts of means: a biography, Brendan King.
Dame Beryl Bainbridge was one of the most popular and recognisable English novelists of her generation. She was shortlisted for the Booker Prize five times, and her critically acclaimed novels The Dressmaker (1973), The Bottle Factory Outing (1974), An Awfully Big Adventure (1990), Every Man For Himself (1996) and Master Georgie (1998), confirmed her status as one of the major literary figures of the past fifty years. A unique voice in fiction, and unforgettable in person, Beryl Bainbridge was famous for her gregarious drinking habits and her unconventional lifestyle. Yet underneath the public image of a quirky eccentric lay a complex and sometimes traumatic private life that she rarely talked about and which was often only hinted at in her novels. In this first full-length biography, Brendan King draws on a mass of unpublished letters and diaries to reveal the real woman behind the popular image. He explores Bainbridge's difficult childhood in Formby, her career as a young actress at the Liverpool Playhouse, and her life as a single mother and writer in Camden Town. Along the way he tackles her complex private life: her failed marriage to the painter Austin Davies, her affairs, and her longstanding relationship with her publisher, Colin Haycraft. This frank portrait of Beryl Bainbridge tells the story of a life that is every bit as dramatic and compelling as one of her own perfectly-crafted novels.
Stig of the dump, Clive King.
Barney is a solitary little boy, given to wandering off by himself. One day he is lying on the edge of a disused chalk-pit when it gives way and he lands in a sort of cave. Here he meets 'somebody with a lot of shaggy hair and two bright black eyes' wearing a rabbit skin and speaking in grunts. He names him Stig. Of course nobody believes Barney when he tells his family all about Stig, but for Barney cave-boy Stig is totally real. They become great friends, learning each other's ways and embarking on a series of unforgettable adventures.
My magical life, Zach King.
Everyone in Zach King's family has a magical power. His father can turn back time, his sister can turn invisible, and his mother can transform any object into something else. And Zach, well, he hasn't found his magical power yet and his family is growing worried that he's been skipped. So his parents decide to stop home-schooling him in magical arts and send him instead to a regular middle school with regular kids. To Zach, it's the worst news ever. Who wants to be ordinary when everyone around them is extraordinary? But Zach quickly learns that going to regular school with regular kids isn't all that bad. Who knew having real friends would be so much fun? And just when Zach least expects it, he discovers a pair of magical snapbacks that might just be the magical thing he's been looking for his whole life. The only thing standing in his way is the school bully, Tricia Stands. She's determined to make sure Zach doesn't get more popular than she is, and so she plans a prank so awful, so evil, it could cause the biggest disaster Horace Greeley Middle School has ever seen.
Madame Pamplemousse and her incredible edibles, Rupert Kingfisher.
Forced to work in her unpleasant uncle's horrible restaurant, a Parisian girl finds comfort and companionship in a shop nearby that sells otherworldly foods prepared by a mysterious cook and her cat.
Madame Pamplemousse and the enchanted sweet shop, Rupert Kingfisher.
It is winter in Paris and Madeleine is having problems at school. A new girl is bullying her and Madeleine is too ashamed to ask for help from her friends Madame Pamplemousse and her cat Camembert. Then she meets Madam Bonbon, who owns a sweet shop full of the most exciting-looking sweets and chocolates. The chocolates that Madam Bonbon gives Madeleine at first help her feel able to overcome anything, even Mirabelle the bully. But soon they start drawing her into a strange, enchanted world from which she finds she cannot escape. For Madame Bonbon is really someone else in disguise - an old enemy from Madame Pamplemousse's past, who has come to Paris seeking her revenge.
Madame Pamplemousse and the time-travelling cafe, Rupert Kingfisher.
When an evil new government threatens to destroy Paris, Madeline's friend, Madam Pamplemousse, mysteriously disappears. Then Madeline is guided for her safety to a cafe with a gold-and-green striped awning - the Cafe of Lost Time. The cafe is owned by Monsieur Moutarde, who has made the most remarkable discovery. He has invented a time-travel machine, cunningly disguised as an espresso maker.
The crowstarver, Dick King-Smith.
Spider was abandoned by his mother and adopted by a shepherd and his wife. Spider has a magical affinity with the animals and inherits the job of bird-scarer or, crowstarver, but not all his life is easy for him.
The fox busters, Dick King-Smith.
Three young chickens are born with exceptional abilities with which to outsmart the crafty foxes who enjoy chicken dinners.
Happy mouseday, Dick King-Smith.
Pete wants a pet mouse but his parents won't let him bring one into the house, so Pete decides his tree-house is just the place for a mouse to live, and his parents will never have to see it.
The hodgeheg, Dick King-Smith.
Max's family dreams of reaching the Park. But no one has ever found a safe way of crossing the very busy road. Young Max, who is brighter than the average hedgehog, is determined to solve the problem.
The invisible dog, Dick King-Smith.
Martin's mice, Dick King-Smith.
Unlike most kittens, Martin doesn't like eating mice - let alone catching them. When he catches one by mistake he decides to keep it as a pet and soon Drusilla the mouse is established in an old bath tub in the attic. Martin is kept busy getting food, water, bedding - and then Drusilla's babies start to arrive. How can Martin cope with all his mice?
The Queen's nose, Dick King-Smith.
Harmony's uncle sends her on a treasure trail - which disappointingly ends in her finding a 50p piece. But the coin is a magic one, and when you rub the queen's nose, your wishes will come true!
The sheep-pig, Dick King-Smith.
When Babe, the little orphaned piglet, is won at a fair by Farmer Hogget, he is adopted by Fly, the kind-hearted sheep-dog. Babe is determined to learn everything he can from Fly. He knows he can't be a sheep-dog. But maybe, just maybe, he might be a sheep-pig.
A separation, Katie M Kitamura.
A young woman has agreed with her faithless husband: it's time for them to separate. For the moment it's a private matter, a secret between the two of them. As she begins her new life, alone, she gets word that her ex-husband has gone missing in a remote region in the rugged southern Peloponnese. Reluctantly she agrees to go and search for him, still keeping their split to herself. In her heart, she's not even sure if she wants to find him. Adrift in the wild and barren landscape, she traces the failure of their relationship, and finds that she understands less than she thought about the man she used to love.
The ladies of Ivy Cottage, Julie Klassen.
Living with the two Miss Groves in Ivy Cottage, impoverished gentlewoman Rachel Ashford is determined to earn her own livelihood … somehow. When the village women encourage her to open a subscription library with the many books she has inherited or acquired through donations, Rachel discovers two mysteries hidden among them. A man who once broke her heart helps her search for clues, but will both find more than they bargained for? Rachel's friend and hostess, Mercy Grove, has given up thoughts of suitors and fills her days managing her girls' school. So when several men take an interest in Ivy Cottage, she assumes pretty Miss Ashford is the cause. Exactly what–or who–has captured each man's attention? The truth may surprise them all. Meanwhile, life has improved at the coaching inn and Jane Bell is ready to put grief behind her. Now if only the man she misses would return–but where is he? As the women of Ivy Hill search for answers about the past and hope for the future, might they find love along the way?
Married by morning, Lisa Kleypas.
For two years, Catherine Marks has been paid a companion to the Hathaway sisters– a pleasant position, with one caveat. Her charges' older brother Leo Hathaway, is thoroughly exasperating. Cat can hardly believe that their constant arguing could mask a mutual attraction. But when one quarrel ends in a sudden kiss, Cat is shocked at her powerful response– and even more so when Leo proposes a dangerous liaison. Leo must marry and produce an heir within a year to save his family home. Catherine's respectable demeanour hides a secret that would utterly destroy her. But to Leo, Cat is intriguing and infernally tempting, even to a man resolved never to love again. The danger Cat tried to outrun is about to separate them forever– unless two wary lovers can find a way to banish the shadows and give in to their desires.
Rockabye pirate, Timothy Knapman.
Rock-a-bye pirate, in the crow's nest, Mummy says bedtime, and Mummy knows best. You've had your adventures, you've sailed the high seas, So under the covers and go to sleep, please. After sailing the seven seas and making other pirates walk the plank, Rockabye Pirate is sleepy. There'll be no more yo-ho-ho-ing and no more 'A-harr me hearties!' It's time for loot-filled lullabies and dreams of buried treasure.
Dangerous bride: a memoir of love, gods and geography. Lee Kofman.
What do you do when your husband claims to be madly in love with you, but doesn't desire you sexually? When your therapist is more interested in opening an online sex-toy shop with your husband than in saving your marriage? Do you try yet another counsellor, get divorced or settle for a sexless marriage? Lee Kofman, rebellious daughter of ultra-orthodox Jews, has always sought her own way. True to her Bohemian dream where love can coexist with sexual freedom, she decided to experiment with an open marriage ... despite the fact that her previous non-monogamous relationship ended in disaster.
The friend, Dorothy Koomson.
What secrets would you kill to keep? After her husband's big promotion, Cece Solarin arrives in Brighton with their three children, ready to start afresh. But their new neighbourhood has a deadly secret. Three weeks earlier, Yvonne, a very popular parent, was almost murdered in the grounds of the local school - the same school where Cece has unwittingly enrolled her children. Already anxious about making friends when the parents seem so cliquey, Cece is now also worried about her children's safety. By chance she meets Maxie, Anaya and Hazel, three very different school mothers who make her feel welcome and reassure her about her new life. That is until Cece discovers the police believe one of her new friends tried to kill Yvonne. Reluctant to spy on her friends but determined to discover the truth, Cece must uncover the potential murderer before they strike again.
That girl from nowhere, Dorothy Koomson.
From the bestselling author of The Ice Cream Girls, The Woman He Loved Before and My Best Friend's Girl, an emotional story about love, identity and the meaning of family. 'Where are you coming from with that accent of yours?' he asks. 'Nowhere,' I reply. 'I'm from nowhere.' 'Everyone's from somewhere,' he says. 'Not me,' I reply silently. Clemency Smittson was adopted as a baby and the only connection she has to her birth mother is a cardboard box hand-decorated with butterflies. Now an adult, Clem decides to make a drastic life change and move to Brighton, where she was born. Clem has no idea that while there she'll meet someone who knows all about her butterfly box and what happened to her birth parents. As the tangled truths about her adoption and childhood start to unravel, a series of shocking events cause Clem to reassess whether the price of having contact with her birth family could be too high to pay.
When I was invisible, Dorothy Koomson.
This is a novel about making peace with your past and finally discovering the person you were always meant to be. In 1999, two women with the same name, who were friends at school, made very different life choices. One walked away from being a minor celebrity into a life so obscure she eventually became homeless. The other walked in through the gates of a convent to take on a new name and completely new existence. Sixteen years later, they have both walked away from those choices. When circumstances bring them back together, they form a strange friendship, and discover the reasons for wanting to leave their past behind aren't so different after all.
The whispering room, Dean R (Dean Ray) Koontz.
No time to delay. Do what you were born to do. Fame will be yours when you do this. These are the words that ring in the mind of mild-mannered, beloved schoolteacher Cora Gundersun, just before she takes her own life, and many others', in a shocking act of carnage. When the disturbing contents of her secret journal are discovered, it seems certain that she must have been insane. But Jane Hawk knows better. In the wake of her husband's inexplicable suicide, and the equally mysterious deaths of scores of other exemplary individuals, Jane picks up the trail of a secret cabal of powerful players who think themselves above the law and beyond punishment. But the ruthless people bent on hijacking America's future for their own monstrous ends never banked on a highly trained FBI agent willing to go rogue, and become the nation's most wanted fugitive, in order to derail their insidious plans to gain absolute power with a terrifying technological breakthrough. Driven by love for her lost husband and by fear for the five-year-old son she has sent into hiding, Jane Hawk has become an unstoppable predator. Those she is hunting will have nowhere to run when her shadow falls across them.
After Europe. Ivan Krastev.
In this provocative book, renowned public intellectual Ivan Krastev reflects on the future of the European Union–and its potential lack of a future. With far-right nationalist parties on the rise across the continent and the United Kingdom planning for Brexit, the European Union is in disarray and plagued by doubts as never before. Krastev includes chapters devoted to Europe's major problems (especially the political destabilization sparked by the more than 1.3 million migrants from the Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia), the spread of right-wing populism (taking into account the election of Donald Trump in the United States), and the thorny issues facing member states on the eastern flank of the EU (including the threat posed by Vladimir Putin's Russia). He concludes by reflecting on the ominous political, economic, and geopolitical future that would await the continent if the Union itself begins to disintegrate.
After Kathy Acker: a biography, Chris Kraus.
Rich girl, street punk, lost girl and icon, scholar, stripper, victim and media-whore: The late Kathy Acker's legend and writings are wrapped in mythologies, created mostly by Acker herself. The media storm that surrounded Kathy Acker's books was unprecedented: her books were banned in several countries and condemned by the mainstream media, but eventually the controversy, and attention, faded away. Twenty years after her untimely death aged just 50, Acker's legend has faded, making her writing more legible. In this first, fully authorized biography, Kraus approaches Acker both as a writer, and as a member of the artistic communities from which she emerged. At once forensic and intimate, After Kathy Acker traces the extreme discipline and literary strategies Acker used to develop her work, and the contradictions she longed to embody. Using exhaustive archival research and ongoing conversations with mutual colleagues and friends, Kraus charts Acker's movement through some of the late twentieth century's most significant artistic enterprises.
White tears: a novel, Hari Kunzru.
Two twenty-something New Yorkers: Seth, awkward and shy, and Carter, the trust fund hipster. They have one thing in common: an obsession with music. Rising fast on the New York producing scene, they stumble across an old blues song long forgotten by history and everything starts to unravel. Carter is drawn far down a path that allows no return, and Seth has no choice but to follow his friend into the darkness. Trapped in a game they don't understand, Hari Kunzru's characters move unsteadily across the chessboard, caught between black and white, performer and audience, righteous and forsaken. But we have been here before, oh so many times over, and the game always ends the same way.
Raising your spirited child: a guide for parents whose child is more intense, sensitive, perceptive, persistent, energetic, Mary Sheedy Kurcinka.
Newly revised, featuring the most up-to-date research, effective strategies, and real-life stories. The spirited child–often called difficult or strong-willed–Possesses traits we value in adults yet find challenging in children. Research shows that spirited kids are wired to be more–by temperament, they are more intense, sensitive, perceptive, persistent, and uncomfortable with change than the average child. In this revised edition of the award-winning classic, voted one of the top twenty books for parents, Kurcinka provides vivid examples and a refreshingly positive viewpoint. Raising Your Spirited Child will help you: understand your child's–and your own–temperamental traits discover the power of positive–rather than negative–labels cope with the tantrums and power struggles when they do occur plan for success with a simple four-step program develop strategies for handling mealtimes, sibling rivalry, bedtimes, holidays, and school, among other situations.
The CEO's baby surprise, Helen Lacey.
Countdown: nine months. Mary-Jayne Preston didn't do one-night stands–ever. Except for her one and only with devastatingly handsome tycoon Daniel Anderson, who swept her off her feet before she knew what was happening. The attraction was powerful and seemingly mutual. But when she told him she was pregnant, all bets were off. Daniel hadn't let his guard down since tragedy struck his own life four years earlier. Now he's drawn to the irresistible M.J., but cannot–will not–let himself fall in love with her. He insists on marriage to protect her and their twins but M.J. will accept nothing less than true love from this lone wolf...forever.
Apex, Mercedes Lackey.
Joy must uncover a deadly conspiracy at the heart of Apex City–and lead her fellow Hunters to victory in the final confrontation with the dangerous Othersiders
Blade of empire. Mercedes Lackey.
They thought the war was over. They were wrong. Runacarendalur Caerthalien has been a master of battle for hundreds of years, but he found himself on the wrong side-the losing side-in the last war. Betrayed by his brother, trapped in a prophecy he does not understand, Runacar flees the battlefield. Yet Runacar is no coward. In a twist he could never have imagined, the Elven War-Prince finds himself leading a new army into battle-a force of centaurs, merfolk, gryphons, minotaurs, and talking bears who can perform magic. For centuries they have been trying to reclaim their lands from Elven invaders. With Runacar at the helm, they just might manage it. Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory's first collaboration, the Obsidian Mountain trilogy, introduced readers to a brilliant, continent-spanning fantasy world of high adventure and epic battle. Civilization shimmered with magic while in the nooks and crannies of the world, dragons and unicorns hid from people who believed them to be nothing more than legends. The Dragon Prophecy, set thousands of years before that story, illuminates a time when long-lived Elves rule the Fortunate Lands. It is a time of dire prophecy, of battle and bloodshed, of great magics unlike any the Elvenkind have seen before. It is the story of the end of one world and the beginning of the next.
Copycat, Alex Lake.
When an old friend gets in touch, Sarah Havenant discovers that there are two Facebook profiles in her name. One is hers. The other, she has never seen. But everything in it is accurate. Photos of her friends, her husband, her kids. Photos from the day before. Photos of her new kitchen. Photos taken inside her house. And this is just the beginning. Because whoever has set up the second profile has been waiting for Sarah to find it. And now that she has, her life will no longer be her own.
Killing Kate, Alex Lake.
A serial killer is stalking your home town. He has a type: all his victims look the same. And they all look like you. Kate returns from a post break-up holiday with her girlfriends to news of a serial killer in her home town - and his victims all look like her. It could, of course, be a simple coincidence. Or maybe not. She becomes convinced she is being watched, followed even. Is she next' And could her mild-mannered ex-boyfriend really be a deranged murderer? Or is the truth something far more sinister?
Six ways to Sunday. Karly Lane.
When city naturopath Rilee Summers meets gorgeous farmer Dan Kincaid, sparks fly. A whirlwind romance follows, and the next thing Rilee knows she's married and living on her husband's family property in a small rural community. Never one to shy from a challenge, Rilee is determined to win over her in-laws and the townsfolk of nearby Pallaburra, but her city ways and outspoken views only seem to alienate her further. Opening her own naturopathy practice has always been her dream. Although Pallaburra isn't Sydney, and despite the fact she's not exactly inundated with new clients, she's not ready to give up. Things get even worse for Rilee when she champions the issue of teen pregnancies in the deeply conservative town. Worn down by the ill-will towards her and what she sees as Dan's lack of support, Rilee flees the station to think about the future. Can her marriage survive, or is she destined to leave Dan and move back to the city? Six Ways to Sunday is a rip-roaring tale about a woman determined to stand up for her convictions even at the risk of jeopardising the future she envisaged with the man she loves.
Passenger 19: a Jammer Davis thriller, Ward Larsen.
Jammer Davis has spent most of his life investigating aircraft accidents. When a small regional jet disappears over the jungles of Colombia, it is a tragedy like dozens of others he has seen... but for one terrible detail–his young daughter, who was enroute to a semester abroad in South America, is listed on the passenger manifest. A distraught Davis rushes to Bogota and bulls his way into the inquiry. When the wreckage is located, it becomes clear the crash was un-survivable. As the investigation gains momentum, the facts go astray. Two pilots had been shot before the crash, along with one passenger. The possibility of a hijacking looms large as the search begins to focus on two passengers who boarded the plane, yet their remains cannot be found. Davis uncovers an even more sinister plot behind the entire disaster–one that goes to the highest levels of the United States government. But how could it possibly involve his daughter?
Prisoner of ice and snow, Ruth Lauren.
Valor is under arrest for the attempted murder of the crown prince. Her parents are outcasts from the royal court, her sister is banished for theft of a national treasure, and now Valor has been sentenced to life imprisonment at Demidova, a prison built from stone and ice. But that's exactly where she wants to be. For her sister was sent there too, and Valor embarks on an epic plan to break her out from the inside. No one has escaped from Demidova in over three hundred years, and if Valor is to succeed she will need all of her strength, courage and love. If the plan fails, she faces a chilling fate worse than any prison .
The unfortunate Englishman: a Joe Wilderness novel, John Lawton.
Directed by MI6 to Berlin in 1963 to negotiate a delicate prisoner exchange on either side of the wall, Joe Wilderness covertly plans to use the operation to make a little something extra on the side, with unexpected results.
The polygamist's daughter: a memoir, Anna LeBaron.
My father had more than fifty children. So begins the haunting memoir of Anna LeBaron, daughter of the notorious polygamist and murderer Ervil LeBaron. With her father wanted by the FBI for killing anyone who tried to leave his cult–a radical branch of Mormonism–Anna and her siblings were constantly on the run with the other sister-wives. Often starving and always desperate, the children lived in terror. Even though there were dozens of them together, Anna always felt alone. She escaped when she was thirteen–but the nightmare was far from over. A shocking true story of murder, fear, and betrayal, The Polygamist's Daughter is also the heart-cry of a fatherless girl and her search for love, faith, and a safe place to call home.
Alien: out of the shadows, Tim Lebbon.
An original novel based on the blockbuster films from 20th Century Fox Out Of The Shadows. As a child, Chris Hooper dreamed of monsters. But in deep space, he found only darkness and isolation. Then on planet LV178, he and his fellow miners discovered a storm-scoured, sand-blasted hell, and trimonite, the hardest material known to man. When a shuttle crashes into the mining ship Marion, the miners learn that there was more than trimonite deep in the caverns. There was evil, hibernating and waiting for suitable prey. Hoop and his associates uncover a nest of Xenomorphs, and hell takes on new meaning. Quickly they discover that their only hope lies with the unlikeliest of saviours... Ellen Ripley, the last human survivor of the salvage ship Nostromo.
Only pleasure, Lora Leigh.
He would fulfill her every desire ... Since Chase Falladay came to her rescue two years ago, Kia Rutherford-Stanton has never been able to forget the powerful man or the kind of life he leads. Two years later, when she runs into him again, she ends up exactly where she has always dreamed of being - in his arms. Kia is a dream Chase has not allowed himself to entertain. He can't help feeling, though, that with her body already won it is her heart that he most desires. And even though they both agreed it would only be for pleasure, the pull of love is getting stronger.
Rugged Texas cowboy, Lora Leigh.
Two hot cowboys. Two tough-as-spurs heroines. Cowboy and the captive: Melina is one of two gorgeous twin daughters, the clever and considerate one who always spared her parents the humiliation of what her sister Maria had wrought. But now, Melina is finally ready to stand up for herself and seize control of her life - until she is kidnapped by a cowboy, named Jardin, who is dead-set on settling the score with her family. There's only one catch: In capturing Melina, this tough, rough, hunk of a man has actually found a way to unleash her greatest fantasies, body and soul. Cowboy and the thief: Beautiful, spirited Angel Manning has always longed to experience the power of her ancestors' most precious heirloom. Her mother once told her that the legendary Irish torque would lead Angel to the one man worthy of possessing her heart. But when Angel learns that her father, now a widower, has sold the torque to the notorious two-timer Jack Riley, she is furious. Of course she plans to take back what is rightfully hers, by whatever means necessary. But the fate of the ancient Druids works in mysterious ways…Could it be that this slick, smooth-talking cowboy was destined to satisfy Angel's deepest desires all along?
Alison Lester's ABC. Alison Lester.
Have fun with letters, discover new words, join in the adventures of Alice and Aldo, and find all kinds of familiar and surprising things in Alison Lester's glorious alphabet book.
Daughter of the pirate king, Tricia Levenseller.
Sent on a mission to retrieve an ancient hidden map, the key to a legendary treasure trove, pirate captain Alosa deliberately allows herself to be captured by her enemies. Now the only thing standing between her and the map: her captor, the unexpectedly clever and unfairly attractive first mate Riden. Her power to enchant with song makes her a formidable foe. Alosa is only half-human, the daughter of a pirate king and a siren.
The box: how the shipping container made the world smaller and the world economy bigger, Marc Levinson.
In April 1956, a refitted oil tanker carried fifty-eight shipping containers from Newark to Houston. From that modest beginning, container shipping developed into a huge industry that made the boom in global trade possible. The Box tells the dramatic story of the container's creation, the decade of struggle before it was widely adopted, and the sweeping economic consequences of the sharp fall in transportation costs that containerization brought about. But the container didn't just happen. Its adoption required huge sums of money, both from private investors and from ports that aspired to be on the leading edge of a new technology. It required years of high-stakes bargaining with two of the titans of organized labour, Harry Bridges and Teddy Gleason, as well as delicate negotiations on standards that made it possible for almost any container to travel on any truck or train or ship. Ultimately, it took McLean's success in supplying U.S. forces in Vietnam to persuade the world of the container's potential. Drawing on previously neglected sources, economist Marc Levinson shows how the container transformed economic geography, devastating traditional ports such as New York and London and fuelling the growth of previously obscure ones, such as Oakland. By making shipping so cheap that industry could locate factories far from its customers, the container paved the way for Asia to become the world's workshop and brought consumers a previously unimaginable variety of low-cost products from around the globe. Published in hardcover on the fiftieth anniversary of the first container voyage, this is the first comprehensive history of the shipping container. Now with a new chapter, The Box tells the dramatic story of how the drive and imagination of an iconoclastic entrepreneur turned containerization from an impractical idea into a phenomenon that transformed economic geography, slashed transportation costs, and made the boom in global trade.
Dear friend, from my life I write to you in your life, Yiyun Li.
Yiyun Li's searing personal story of hospitalizations for depression and thoughts of suicide is interlaced with reflections on the solace and affirmations of life and personhood that Li found in reading the journals, diaries, and fiction of other writers: William Trevor, Katherine Mansfield, and more.
The corpse walker and other true stories of life in China, Yiwu Liao.
A compilation of twenty-seven extraordinary oral histories that opens a window, unlike any other, onto the lives of ordinary, often outcast, Chinese men and women. Liao Yiwu (one of the best-known writers in China because he is also one of the most censored) chose his subjects from the bottom of Chinese society: people for whom the new China–the China of economic growth and globalization–is no more beneficial than the old. Here are a professional mourner, a trafficker in humans, a leper, an abbot, a retired government official, a former landowner, a mortician, a feng shui master, a former Red Guard, a political prisoner, a village teacher, a blind street musician, a Falun Gong practitioner, and many others–people who have been battered by life but who have managed to retain their dignity, their humour, and their essential, complex humanity. Liao's interviews were given from 1990 to 2003.
Strings attached: one tough teacher and the art of perfection, Joanne Lipman.
Strings Attached is the story of a brilliant, but ferocious music teacher who came to be known as Mr K. A Ukrainian immigrant who survived an abusive childhood to become a noted resident and teacher, Mr K used music as a means of escape. The authors, who spent their childhoods in the late 60s and 70s, rehearsing and playing together as young musicians, bring the extraordinary character of Mr K to life - from his days as a forced Nazi labourer; to his home life as a husband to an invalid wife; to his heart-breaking search to find his missing daughter; to the terrifying challenges he hurtled from behind the music stand.
The dun cow rib: a very natural childhood, John Lister-Kaye.
John Lister-Kaye has spent a lifetime exploring, protecting and celebrating the British landscape and its creatures. His memoir The Dun Cow Rib is the story of a boy's awakening to the wonders of the natural world. Lister-Kaye's joyous childhood holidays - spent scrambling through hedges and ditches after birds and small beasts, keeping pigeons in the loft and tracking foxes around the edge of the garden - were the perfect apprenticeship for his two lifelong passions: exploring the wonders of nature, and writing about them. Threaded through his adventures - from moving to the Scottish Highlands to work with Gavin Maxwell, to founding the famous Aigas Field Centre - is an elegy to his remarkable mother, and a wise and affectionate celebration of Britain's natural landscape.
Sleep: the myth of 8 hours, the power of naps and the new plan to recharge your body and mind, Nick Littlehales.
Proven solutions for better nights, from the 'sleep guru' to sports stars including Cristiano Ronaldo One third of our lives are spent trying to sleep. Most us have disturbed, restless nights and rely on a cocktail of caffeine and sugar to drag us through the day. Yet the hours we spend in bed shape our mood, motivation and decision-making skills - defining our performance in work, at home and while keeping fit. We need a new approach to sleep. In this ground-breaking book, Nick Littlehales, elite sleep coach to some of the world's leading sports stars and teams, lays bare his strategies for us all to use. Discover how to map your own sleep cycle, what the optimum room temperature is, which bedding is best and why napping is actually good for you. Read Sleep, learn from the best in sport, and kick-start a more confident, successful and happier you.
Bliss, Kathryn Littlewood.
Twelve-year-old Rose Bliss wants to work magic in her family's bakery as her parents do, but when they are called away and Rose and her siblings are left in charge, the magic goes awry and a beautiful stranger tries to talk Rose into giving her the Bliss Cookery Booke.
Rose Bliss cooks up magic, Kathryn Littlewood.
Take a pinch of magic and add some adventure, and you're ready to indulge in the third delicious and hilarious story of Rosemary Bliss and her magical family, in the BLISS BAKERY series... Rosemary Bliss has won back her family's magical cookbook and beaten her evil Aunt Lily, but in doing so she also won fame. In fact, she's become so famous that she has been kidnapped by the Mostess corporation– run by Mr Butter, who wants her to help improve their cake and snack recipes. Rose IS flattered, but something is not right. And together with an unlikely team of bakers, she needs to come up with a plan to stop Mr Butter and the International Society of the Rolling Pin from taking over the world, one magically-evil cupcake at a time.
Sweet, Kathryn Littlewood.
Rose Bliss and her three siblings must try to retrieve the magical Bliss family cookbook, which has been stolen by renegade Aunt Lilly.
The paper menagerie and other stories, Ken Liu.
Ken Liu has published almost 100 short stories and won nearly every genre award in existence. Here, he has selected his 15 favourite stories
First day at Skeleton School, Sam Lloyd.
Listen can you hear it? There's a creepy noise. Welcome!, smiles Mr Bones. Meet the spooky girls and boys. At Skeleton School they howl in assembly, fly broomsticks in the library and learn how to float through walls!
Easy Spanish phrase book: over 700 phrases for everyday use, Pablo García Loaeza.
Designed as a quick reference and study guide, this up-to-date volume is organized for quick access to phrases related to greetings, transportation, shopping, emergencies, and other common circumstances. Over 700 words, phrases, and sentences include terms for modern telecommunications, idioms, and slang. A phonetic pronunciation accompanies each phrase.
Bluebird, bluebird: a novel, Attica Locke.
Southern fables usually went the other way around: a white woman killed or harmed in some way, real or imagined and then, like the moon follows the sun, a black man ends up dead. Highway 59 is the forgotten route that connects the back wood towns across the state of Texas. It's a place that the rest of the country seems to have left behind. But then two bodies wash up in a bayou outside the tiny town of Lark in three days: a well-to-do African-American lawyer from Chicago and a poor local white girl, barely nineteen. Darren Mathews is a Texas Ranger on the brink of indictment. His marriage is failing and he's losing himself to the bottle - until he hears about the murders. There is no clear connection between the two victims, but as fear and paranoia begin to grow, the town's racial tensions reach breaking point. Having grown up as a black man in Texas, Darren knows what is at stake, and risks everything to investigate the case. But the locals don't take kindly to a black Ranger asking too many questions, and Darren soon finds the target on his own back ... Suffused with the unique music and colour of East Texas, Bluebird, Bluebird is both a page-turning thriller and a timely novel about the collision of race and justice in America.
Priestdaddy, Patricia Lockwood.
Father Greg Lockwood is unlike any Catholic priest you have ever met, a man who lounges in boxer shorts, loves action movies, and whose constant jamming on the guitar reverberates like a whole band dying in a plane crash in 1972. His daughter is an irreverent poet who long ago left the Church's country. When an unexpected crisis leads her and her husband to move back into her parents' rectory, their two worlds collide. In Priestdaddy, Lockwood interweaves emblematic moments from her childhood and adolescence, from an ill-fated family hunting trip and an abortion clinic sit-in where her father was arrested to her involvement in a cult-like Catholic youth group, with scenes that chronicle the eight-month adventure she and her husband had in her parents' household after a decade of living on their own. Lockwood details her education of a seminarian who is also living at the rectory, tries to explain Catholicism to her husband, who is mystified by its bloodthirstiness and arcane laws, and encounters a mysterious substance on a hotel bed with her mother. Lockwood pivots from the raunchy to the sublime, from the comic to the deeply serious, exploring issues of belief, belonging, and personhood. Priestdaddy is an entertaining, unforgettable portrait of a deeply odd religious upbringing, and how one balances a hard-won identity with the weight of family and tradition.
Hunted, Beverly Long.
On the run for her life, Chandler McCann never expected to find Ethan Moore, her childhood crush, at her family's Rocky Mountain cabin. Although the former Army helicopter pilot had grown up to be honourably protective and ruggedly handsome could she confess why she'd really come to this remote hideaway? Ethan could tell there was more to Chandler's visit than she'd say, but with secrets of his own to safeguard, he understood. Still, with unknown assailants suddenly hot on their trail and a brutal snowstorm bearing down on them, Ethan knew he'd do anything to keep the emerald-eyed beauty safe. And keep their spontaneous reunion from ending.
Stalked, Beverly Long.
Bodyguard Mack McCann gave up on his quiet life in Colorado to protect a tabloid darling. Hope Minnow had been marked for death - unless Mack had his way. He'd stick by her side to make sure she didn't stray too far, though Hope had learned long ago how to give unwanted suitors the slip. But what secrets was she trying to hide? Mack was smart enough not to believe everything the public said about Hope, but she sure didn't like being under his scrutiny. He had to take control of the situation somehow. And with an admirer watching and waiting for the perfect opportunity to give Hope the kiss of death, he had to do it soon.
The end of Eddy, Édouard Louis.
From early on I provoked shame and even disgust from my family and others around me. The only option I had was to get away somehow. This book is an effort to understand all that. Born Eddy Bellegueule in 1992, Edouard Louis grew up in Hallencourt, a village in northern France where many live below the poverty line. His bestselling debut novel about life there, The End of Eddy, has been translated into twenty languages, and has made him the most celebrated French writer of his generation. The End of Eddy has sparked debate on social inequality, sexuality and violence. It is an extraordinary portrait of escaping from an unbearable childhood, inspired by the author's own. Written with an openness and compassionate intelligence, ultimately, it asks, how can we create our own freedom?
Third time's the bride!, Merline Lovelace.
Third time lucky? Take a vacation to Italy and land a husband? Well, at least fiancee number three. Dawn McGill's fear of marriage has halted two weddings, but millionaire Brian Ellis and his adorable little boy might change all that. After all, a marriage based on convenience is less frightening than one based on love. Brian will do anything for his young son, and what Tommy wants even more than a puppy is a mum. Dawn is great with his boy and she's even beginning to fill a void in his own heart. Yet he can't shake the feeling that his bride-to-be is getting cold feet. What will it take to get Dawn all the way down the aisle this time?
Broke millennial: stop scraping by and get your financial life together, Erin Lowry.
Stop Living Paycheck to Paycheck and Get Your Financial Life Together (#GYFLT)! If you're a cash-strapped 20- or 30-something, it's easy to get freaked out by finances. But you're not doomed to spend your life drowning in debt or mystified by money. It's time to stop scraping by and take control of your money and your life with this savvy and smart guide. Broke Millennial shows step-by-step how to go from flat-broke to financial badass. Unlike most personal finance books out there, it doesn't just cover boring stuff like credit card debt, investing, and dealing with the dreaded B word (budgeting). Financial expert Erin Lowry goes beyond the basics to tackle tricky money matters and situations most of us face #IRL, including: - Understanding your relationship with moolah: do you treat it like a Tinder date or marriage material? - Managing student loans without having a full-on panic attack - What to do when you're out with your crew and can't afford to split the bill evenly - How to get financially naked with your partner and find out his or her number (debt number, of course) ... and much more. Packed with refreshingly simple advice and hilarious true stories, Broke Millennial is the essential roadmap every financially clueless millennial needs to become a money master. So what are you waiting for? Let's #GYFLT!
Gathering blue, Lois Lowry.
The giver quartet, Lois Lowry.
The Giver Quartet is the complete four-novel collection. The Giver: It is the future. There is no war, no hunger, no pain. No one in the community wants for anything. Everything needed is provided. And at twelve years old, each member of the community has their profession carefully chosen for them by the Committee of Elders. Jonas has never thought there was anything wrong with his world. But from the moment he is selected as the Receiver of Memory, Jonas discovers that their community is not as perfect as it seems. Gathering Blue is a return to the mysterious but plausible future world of The Giver. It tells the story of Kira, orphaned, physically flawed, and left with an uncertain future until she is summoned by the Council of Guardians. On her quest for truth that follows, Kira makes discoveries that will change her life and world forever. Messenger: Matty has lived in Village and flourished under the guidance of Seer, a blind man known for his special sight. His community once welcomed newcomers, but something sinister has seeped into Village and the people have voted to close its borders to outsiders. Now Matty must risk everything to make one last journey through the treacherous forest. Son: The thrilling conclusion to The Giver Quartet. When 'Water Claire' washed up on their shore, no one knew that she came from a society where emotions don't exist. That she had become a Vessel. That she had carried a Product. That it had been stolen from her body. Claire's son is out there, a young boy now. And she will stop at nothing to find her child, even if it means making an unimaginable sacrifice.
Messenger, Lois Lowry.
Matty has lived in Village and flourished under the guidance of Seer, a blind man known for his special sight. His community once welcomed newcomers, but something sinister has seeped into Village and the people have voted to close its borders to outsiders. Now Matty must risk everything to make one last journey through the treacherous forest... Award-winning author Lois Lowry challenges readers to imagine what our world could become, how people could evolve and what could be considered valuable in this fascinating follow-up to The Giver.
Son, Lois Lowry.
Unlike the other Birthmothers in her utopian community, teenaged Claire forms an attachment to her baby, feeling a great loss when he is taken to the Nurturing Center to be adopted by a family unit.
The evertree, Marie Lu.
Conor, Abeke, Meilin, and Rollan have journeyed across Erdas, racing to stop a merciless foe. Now that journey is about to end. They must reach a place forgotten by time and face off against an ancient enemy breaking free from his prison. They have just one chance to stop him or the whole world will shatter.
Life before legend: stories of the criminal and the prodigy, Marie Lu.
Find out more about June and Day in this never-before-seen glimpse into their daily lives before they met in Marie Lu's New York Times bestselling LEGEND series. As twelve-year-olds struggling to survive in two very different worlds within the Republic's stronghold, June was starting her first day of school at Drake University as the youngest cadet ever admitted, and Day was fighting for food on the streets of the Lake sector. LIFE BEFORE LEGEND contains two original stories written by Marie Lu that give readers a sneak peek into the lives of their favourite characters in a thrilling new context.
Voices in the dark, Ulli Lust.
Germany, in the final years of the Third Reich. Hermann Karnau is a sound engineer obsessed with recording the human voice in all its variations–the rantings of leaders, the roar of crowds, the rasp of throats constricted in fear–and indifferent to everything else. Employed by the Nazis, his assignments take him to party rallies, to the eastern front, and into the household of Joseph Goebbels. There he meets Helga, the eldest daughter: bright, good-natured, and just beginning to suspect the horror that surrounds her. Based on the acclaimed novel by Marcel Beyer, Voices in the Dark is the first graphic novel by the award-winning cartoonist Ulli Lust. It is the story of an unlikely friendship and of a childhood betrayed, a grim parable of naïvete and evil, and a vivid, unsettling masterpiece of comics storytelling. As Germany descends into chaos, Helga's and Hermann's lives intertwine, then finally collide. In Hitler's Berlin bunker, with the Red Army closing in, Hermann receives his greatest assignment: recording the Fuhrer's final words–and the last moments of Helga and her family.
Mabel Jones and the Doomsday Book, Will Mabbitt.
Mabel Jones is on her way to the city of Otom in search of the legendary Doomsday Book - an ancient document that might help her save the human race. But Otom is a dangerous place, packed with soldiers, spies, and stinking rebels. Can Mabel escape with the book, or will she fall victim to the dreaded Grand Zhoul?
There's broccoli in my ice cream!, Emily MacKenzie.
Granville the Dalmatian will not eat fruit and vegetables until his grandpa winner of the Magnificent Magic Watering Can comes up with a cunning plan! A funny story about fussy eating.
The poet's dog. Patricia MacLachlan.
Teddy is a gifted dog. Raised in a cabin by a poet named Sylvan, he grew up listening to sonnets read aloud and the comforting clicking of a keyboard. Although Teddy understands words, Sylvan always told him there are only two kinds of people in the world who can hear Teddy speak: poets and children. Then one day Teddy learns that Sylvan was right. When Teddy finds Nickel and Flora trapped in a snowstorm, he tells them that he will bring them home– and they understand him. The children are afraid of the howling wind, but not of Teddy's words. They follow him to a cabin in the woods, where the dog used to live with Sylvan... only now his owner is gone. As they hole up in the cabin for shelter, Teddy is flooded with memories of Sylvan. What will Teddy do when his new friends go home? Can they help one another find what they have lost?
Midwinter break, Bernard MacLaverty.
A retired couple, Gerry and Stella Gilmore, fly from their home in Scotland to Amsterdam for a long weekend. A holiday to refresh the senses, to do some sightseeing and generally to take stock of what remains of their lives. Their relationship seems safe, easy, familiar, but over the course of the four days we discover the deep uncertainties which exist between them. Gerry, once an architect, is forgetful and set in his ways. Stella is tired of his lifestyle, worried about their marriage and angry at his constant undermining of her religious faith. Things are not helped by memories which have begun to resurface of a troubled time in their native Ireland. As their midwinter break comes to an end, we understand how far apart they are and can only watch as they struggle to save themselves. Bernard MacLaverty is a master storyteller, and Midwinter Break is the essential MacLaverty novel accurate, compassionate observation, effortlessly elegant writing and a tender, intimate, heart-rending story but it is also a profound examination of human love and how we live together, a chamber piece of real resonance and power.
One simple act: discovering the power of generosity, Debbie Macomber.
Illustrates how simple acts of generosity have lasting life-changing impact on both recipients and givers, sharing true stories of random acts of kindness that have changed lives in unimaginable and wonderful ways.
Blue warrior, Mike Maden.
A brutal conflict in Mali and an international race for rare elements sets the stage for Troy Pearce and his drone technology to rescue an old friend in this adrenaline-fueled series. Blue Warrior is set in the remote Sahara Desert, where a recently discovered deposit of strategically indispensable Rare Earth Elements (REEs) ignites an international rush to secure them. Standing in the way are the Tuaregs, the fierce tribe of warrior nomads of the desert wasteland, who are fighting for their independence. The Chinese offer to help the Malian government crush the rebellion by the Tuaregs in order to gain a foothold in the area, and Al-Qaeda jihadis join the fight. In the midst of all this chaos are Troy Pearce's closest friend and a mysterious woman from his past who ask him for help. Deploying his team and his newest drones to rescue his friends and save the rebellion, Troy finds that he might need more than technology to survive the battle and root out the real puppet masters behind the Tuareg genocide.
Drone, Mike Maden.
With a fascinating international cast of characters and nonstop action, Mike Maden's Drone kicks off an explosive new thriller series exploring the inescapable consequences of drone warfare. Troy Pearce is the CEO of Pearce Systems, a private security firm that is the best in the world at drone technologies. A former CIA SOG operative, Pearce used his intelligence and combat skills to hunt down America's sworn enemies in the War on Terror. But after a decade of clandestine special ops, Pearce opted out. Too many of his friends had been sacrificed on the altar of political expediency. Now Pearce and his team chose which battles he will take on by deploying his land, sea, and air drones with surgical precision. Pearce thinks he's done with the U.S. government for good, until a pair of drug cartel hit men assault a group of American students on American soil. New U.S. president Margaret Meyers then secretly authorizes Pearce Systems to locate and destroy the killers sheltered in Mexico. Pearce and his team go to work, and they are soon thrust into a showdown with the hidden powers behind the El Paso attack–unleashing a host of unexpected repercussions. A Ph. D., lecturer, and consultant on political science and international conflict, Mike Maden has crafted an intense, page-turning novel that is action-packed and frighteningly real–blurring the lines between fiction and the reality of a new stage in warfare.
Drone command, Mike Maden.
Troy Pearce and his elite team of drone experts are called in when rising tensions between China and Japan threaten to dramatically change the geopolitical climate of the world. When China stakes a dubious claim in the hotly disputed waters of the East China Sea, the prime minister of Japan threatens to dispatch the country's naval assets and tear up its antiwar constitution unless the Americans forcefully intervene. The war-weary Americans are reluctant to confront the powerful Chinese navy directly, but if the Japanese provoke a military conflict with their historic enemy, treaty obligations would draw the United States into the fight. In order to deescalate the first foreign policy crisis of his administration, U.S. president Lane dispatches Troy Pearce and his team to Tokyo to defuse the situation. What they find is a quagmire of hawkish politicians, nationalistic fervor, special interests with their own hidden agendas, and possibly the greatest military threat that America has ever faced. In this treacherous atmosphere it will require all of Pearce's cunning -and his team's technological prowess - to separate the truth from misdirection, and prevent the world from plunging into war.
Drone threat. Mike Maden.
Troy Pearce and his team of drone experts are called to action when ISIS launches a series of attacks on U.S. soil. On the eve of President Lane's historic Asian Security Summit, a hobby-store quadcopter lands on the White House lawn carrying a package and an ominous threat: Fly the enclosed black flag of ISIS over the White House by noon today or suffer the consequences. The threat further promises that every day the flag isn't flown a new attack will be launched, each deadlier than the first. President Lane refuses to comply with the outrageous demand, but the first drone attacks, sending a shudder through the U.S. economy. With few options available and even fewer clues, President Lane unleashes Troy Pearce and his Drone Command team to find and stop the untraceable source of the destabilizing attacks. But the terror mastermind proves more elusive and vindictive than any opponent Pearce has faced before. and if Pearce fails, the nation will suffer an unimaginable catastrophe on its soil or be forced into war.
Tom Clancy's Point of contact, Mike Maden.
Jack Ryan, Jr., learns that sometimes the deadliest secret may be standing right next to you. Former U.S. Senator Weston Rhodes is a defense contractor with an urgent problem. His company needs someone to look over the books of Dalfan Technologies, a Singapore company quickly. He turns to his old friend Gerry Hendley for help. Hendley Associates is one of the best financial analysis firms in the country and the cover for The Campus, a top-secret American intelligence agency. Rhodes asks for two specific analysts, Jack Ryan Jr., and Paul Brown, a mild-mannered forensic accountant. Both Ryan and Brown initially resist, for different reasons. On the long flight over, Ryan worries he's being sidelined from the next Campus operation in America's war on terror. Brown who was never very good with people only worries about the numbers, and finding a good cup of tea. Brown has no idea Jack works for The Campus but the awkward accountant is hiding secrets of his own. Rhodes has tasked him with uploading a cyberwarfare program into the highly secure Dalfan Technologies mainframe on behalf of the CIA. On the verge of mission success, Brown discovers a game within the game, and the people who now want to kill him are as deadly as the cyclone bearing down on the island nation. Together Ryan and Brown race to escape both the murderous storm and a team of trained assassins in order to prevent a global catastrophe, even at the cost of their own lives.
Close quarters: a Marc Portman thriller, Adrian Magson.
When two British intelligence agents are despatched to negotiate the release of a group of western hostages in Somalia, veteran MI6 operator Tom Vane realizes that something about this operation doesn't stack up. Unwilling to see two promising officers sacrificed in what he believes to be a suicide mission, he covertly hires deep cover specialist Marc Portman to protect them.
Dark asset: a Marc Portman thriller, Adrian Magson.
Deep cover specialist Marc Portman's latest assignment is providing back-up for a French intelligence agent sent to recover a hard drive from one of the most dangerous cities on the planet: Mogadishu in Somalia. What Portman hasn't been told is that the device records secret negotiations between two leading western nations and a hardline terrorist organization responsible for killing thousands of innocent people. If made public, the scandal would have untold repercussions. When the decision is taken to abandon the talks, any 'assets' on the ground immediately become targets to be silenced. Which puts Portman at the top of the list.
Execution: a Harry Tate thriller, Adrian Magson.
When a Russian hit team catches up with Roman Tobinskiy, political opponent of Moscow and former FSB colleague of Alexander Litvinenko (murdered by polonium poisoning in 2006), it's an easy kill; he's lying helpless in a hospital bed. They realise too late that in an adjacent room is Clare Jardine, ex-MI6 officer, recovering from wounds while saving Harry Tate's life. When Clare goes on the run, Harry is ordered to track her down before the Russians reach her. It's one of his toughest challenges yet. For not only is Clare as adept at covering her tracks as Harry is himself, but the Russians are not the only ones chasing her. Harry is about to come up against an old enemy from his past. And if he is to save Clare's life - as she saved his - he must seek help from a most unlikely source.
Hard cover: a Marc Portman thriller, Adrian Magson.
Marc Portman, codename Watchman, is in Russia providing covert back-up to wealthy Russian businessman Leonid Tzorekov. A former KGB officer sympathetic to the West, Tzorekov has close links with Vladimir Putin and is planning to use his influence with the President to improve relations between Russia, the USA and the European Union. However, there are those with vested interests in maintaining hostilities: powerful men who will go to any lengths to ensure the proposed meeting does not take place. The Watchman's role is to run security, evaluate risks and, where necessary, provide hard cover by taking more direct action and fighting back. When the assignment takes an unexpected turn, Portman has no choice but to take the hard cover option.
Hiddensee: a tale of the once and future Nutcracker. Gregory Maguire.
Gregory Maguire returns with an inventive novel inspired by a timeless holiday legend, intertwining the story of the famous Nutcracker with the life of the mysterious toy maker named Drosselmeier who carves him.Hiddensee: An island of white sandy beaches, salt marshes, steep cliffs, and pine forests north of Berlin in the Baltic Sea, an island that is an enchanting bohemian retreat and home to a large artists' colony– a wellspring of inspiration for the Romantic imagination. Having brought his legions of devoted readers to Oz in Wicked and to Wonderland in After Alice, Maguire now takes us to the realms of the Brothers Grimm and E. T. A. Hoffmann– the enchanted Black Forest of Bavaria and the salons of Munich. Hiddensee imagines the backstory of the Nutcracker, revealing how this entrancing creature came to be carved and how he guided an ailing girl named Klara through a dreamy paradise on a Christmas Eve. At the heart of Hoffmann's mysterious tale hovers Godfather Drosselmeier– the ominous, canny, one-eyed toy maker made immortal by Petipa and Tchaikovsky's fairy tale ballet– who presents the once and future Nutcracker to Klara, his goddaughter. But Hiddensee is not just a retelling of a classic story. Maguire discovers in the flowering of German Romanticism ties to Hellenic mystery-cults– a fascination with death and the afterlife– and ponders a profound question: How can a person who is abused by life, shortchanged and challenged, nevertheless access secrets that benefit the disadvantaged and powerless? Ultimately, Hiddensee offers a message of hope. If the compromised Godfather Drosselmeier can bring an enchanted Nutcracker to a young girl in distress on a dark winter evening, perhaps everyone, however lonely or marginalized, has something precious to share.
A very Crimson Christmas, Michelle Major.
It's that time of year! For years there'd been only one woman in Liam Donovan's life–his beloved nanny, who'd raised him as her own. But someone was clearly taking advantage of Ruth, which brought the studly CEO back to Crimson, the place he was all too happy to have left behind. And there Liam finds Ruth has live-in help–in the form of his high school love, Natalie Holt, and her adorable son. He better not fall for Nat a second time–because what if she is the cause of his nanny's missing money? If Natalie had time for any guy besides her son, it would not be Liam Donovan, who'd broken her heart once, and now seemed to think she could add thief to her long list of job titles! She could easily enough prove that she could be trusted with Hannah's money–but could Natalie trust Liam with her heart...again?
Blackmailed brides, Sarah Mallory.
You will say `I do!' The Scarlet GownImpoverished Lucy Halbrook is to play fake fiancée to Lord Ralph Aversane, who has arranged a Midsummer's Eve event on his estate. Lucy will act as hostess, while Ralph unravels the dark and dangerous mystery surrounding the death of his late wife. Lucy is the key and may also be able to unlock his guarded heart! Lady Beneath the Veil: When Gideon Albury lifts his new bride's veil he can't believe his eyes - the woman before him is not the blonde beauty he's been courting! Dominique Rainault is at the altar facing a very angry groom only because of her scheming cousin's blackmail. Determined to seek a rapid annulment the married couple must keep their distance, but one stolen kiss may prove their undoing.
A burglar's guide to the city, Geoff Manaugh.
Encompassing nearly 2,000 years of heists and tunnel jobs, break-ins and escapes, A Burglar's Guide to the City offers an unexpected blueprint to the criminal possibilities in the world all around us. You'll never see the city the same way again. At the core of A Burglar's Guide to the City is an unexpected and thrilling insight: how any building transforms when seen through the eyes of someone hoping to break into it. Studying architecture the way a burglar would, Geoff Manaugh takes readers through walls, down elevator shafts, into panic rooms, up to the buried vaults of banks, and out across the rooftops of an unsuspecting city. With the help of FBI Special Agents, reformed bank robbers, private security consultants, the L.A.P.D. Air Support Division, and architects past and present, the book dissects the built environment from both sides of the law. Whether picking padlocks or climbing the walls of high-rise apartments, finding gaps in a museum's surveillance routine or discussing home invasions in ancient Rome, A Burglar's Guide to the City has the tools, the tales, and the x-ray vision you need to see architecture as nothing more than an obstacle that can be outwitted and undercut. Full of real-life heists both spectacular and absurd A Burglar's Guide to the City ensures readers will never enter a bank again without imagining how to loot the vault or walk down the street without planning the perfect getaway.
Dare not linger: the presidential years, Nelson Mandela.
In 1994, Nelson Mandela became the first president of a democratic South Africa. From the outset, he was committed to serving only a single five-year term. During his presidency, he and his government ensured that all South Africa's citizens became equal before the law, and laid the foundations for turning a country riven by centuries of colonialism and apartheid into a fully functioning democracy.–is the story of Mandela's presidential years, drawing heavily on the memoir he began to write as he prepared to conclude his term of office but was unable to finish. Now, acclaimed South African writer Mandla Langa has completed the task, using Mandela's unfinished draft, detailed notes that Mandela made as events were unfolding and a wealth of unseen archive material. With a prologue by Mandela's widow, Graça Machel, the result is a vivid and often inspirational account of Mandela's presidency and the creation of a new democracy. It tells the extraordinary story of a country in transition and the challenges Mandela faced as he strove to make his vision for a liberated South Africa a reality.
First words French, Andy Mansfield.
Introduces one hundred travel-related words to young readers and includes pronunciation guides.
First words Spanish, Andy Mansfield.
This is a beautifully illustrated introduction to the Spanish language. Get the whole family prepared for and excited about an upcoming trip by learning 100 travel-relevant Spanish words - from food and transport, to animals and weather. Each double page features one word with a simple pronunciation guide paired with a bold, fun illustration to give the word a context that will make remembering the new vocabulary that much easier and fun! The perfect first step in learning the Spanish language and encouraging children to be curious about the world around them.
Miracle of the Kurds: a remarkable story of hope reborn In northern Iraq. Stephen Mansfield.
They are the largest people group in the world without a homeland of their own. Despised and persecuted the world over, they even call themselves the people without a friend. Saddam Hussein tried to wipe them from the face of the earth, killing several hundred thousand of them in the attempt. Their sufferings have become legend. They are the Kurds, descendants of the ancient Medes best known today from the pages of the Bible–inhabitants of what the world now calls Northern Iraq. Yet today the Kurds are rebuilding so brilliantly from war and oppression that even their enemies call it a miracle. Six star hotels stand where bombs once fell, shopping malls and gleaming schools rise where massacres once occurred. National Geographic and Conde Nast have listed modern Kurdistan as a must-see tourist destination.
Secret ninja force, Julia March.
Explore the awesome world of The LEGO® NINJAGO® MOVIE™. In DK's The LEGO NINJAGO MOVIE Reader (Level 2), find out about the ninja heroes of the movie, while learning to read fluently and with support
Shark attack!, Julia March.
Prepare for battle with Garmadon's Shark Army! Meet Lord Garmadon. He's the baddest villain in Ninjago City! Learn about his Shark Army and their wicked weapons. Can the ninja defeat them?
Matterhorn. Karl Marlantes.
Fire Support Base Matterhorn: a fortress carved out of the grey-green mountain jungle. Cold monsoon clouds wreath its mile-high summit, concealing a battery of 105-mm howitzers surrounded by deep bunkers, carefully constructed fields of fire and the 180 marines of Bravo Company. Just three kilometres from Laos and two from North Vietnam, there is no more isolated outpost of America's increasingly desperate war in Vietnam. Second Lieutenant Waino Mellas, 21 years old and just a few days into his 13-month tour, has barely arrived at Matterhorn before Bravo Company is ordered to abandon their mountain and sent deep in-country in pursuit of a North Vietnamese Army unit of unknown size. Beyond the relative safety of the perimeter wire, Mellas will face disease, starvation, leeches, tigers and an almost invisible enemy. Beneath the endless jungle canopy, Bravo Company will confront competing ambitions, duplicitous officers and simmering racial tensions. Behind them, always, Matterhorn. The impregnable mountain fortress they built and then abandoned, without a shot, to the North Vietnamese Army.
Dead man's hand, George R R Martin.
Wild Cards now in development for TV! Dead Man's Hand combines the writing talents of George R.R. Martin & John Jos. MillerChrysalis, the glass-skinned queen of the Joker underworld, has been found brutally murdered in her popular restaurant, the Crystal Palace. New two men are out to find her killer: Jay Ackroyd, the Ace private investigator who discovered her ruined body, and the vigilante archer known as the Yeoman, who has been framed for the crime. Their quest leads them on a nightmare odyssey of madness, violence, passion, and political intrigue that will forever alter the fates of Aces and Jokers everywhere. Experience this gripping tale of mystery and suspense, brought to you from the incredible imaginations of George R.R. Martin and John Jos. Miller in their first collaborative novel.
The animal book: over 100 incredible creatures and how we share the planet with them, Ruth Martin.
Animals are all around us, but sometimes we forget just how remarkable they are. In this beautiful hardback, we take a look at some of the world's most incredible creatures, from those you can spot in your back garden, to more endangered species in jungles, deserts, and freezing oceans. We also explore our relationship with these animals and how humans are affecting their lives and habitats.
Mistress to the crown, Isolde Martyn.
The day Lord Hastings came into her husband's store, Elizabeth saw the opportunity she had waited twelve years for a way to separate herself once and for all from her dull, impotent husband, William Shore. The handsome stranger presented not only the chance to partake in the dance of desire, but legal counsel to annul her 12-year marriage.
If ever I should love you, Cathy Maxwell.
One of three heiress debutantes who have been on the marriage market longer than ideal, finally meets her match in a penniless earl who would win her love in spite of her resolve to have a marriage in name only.
Rethink your career: in your 40s, 50s and 60s, Joanna Maxwell.
Have you accumulated plenty of wisdom and experience, but others think you're all washed up? Perhaps you're bored with your current work but not sure what's next. Don't panic! Work reinvention expert Joanna Maxwell shows you how to refresh a current career, pursue a new direction or leverage your experience to start your own business.
Santa's seven-day baby tutorial, Meg (Romance novelist) Maxwell.
Just for Christmas? Pretty and proper Anna Miller has all the makings of a respectable Amish housewife. But the outside world has always beckoned. So when a handsome FBI agent needs help caring for his infant twin nephews right before Christmas, Anna jumps at the opportunity. Special Agent Colt Asher is surprised when an unexpected week as a hands-on uncle fills his life with meaning. It helps that the babies' gorgeous nanny is unlike any woman the lone wolf has ever known. But Anna's rumspringa might lead her straight back to her village–or, if Colt lets her, Anna might just be his Christmas wish come true.
Irena's children: the extraordinary woman who saved thousands of children from the Warsaw Ghetto, Tilar J Mazzeo.
For desperate families trapped inside the Warsaw ghetto in 1942 with small children, one name was whispered urgently. It was the name of a young social worker in her thirties with the courage to take staggering risks and to save over 2,000 of those children from death and deportation. Granted access to the ghetto as a public health specialist, Irena Sendler began by smuggling orphaned children out of the walled district and convincing her friends and neighbours to hide them. Soon, she began the perilous work of going from door to door and asking Jewish families to trust her with their young children. Driven to extreme measures and with the help of local Warsaw tradesman, Jewish residents, a network of mothers and her star-crossed lover in the Polish resistance, Irena Sendler ultimately smuggled thousands of children past the Nazis, making dangerous trips through city's sewers, hiding them in coffins and under overcoats at check points, and slipping through secret passages in abandoned buildings. At immense personal risk, Irena Sendler did something even more astonishing: she kept a secret list buried in a jar under an old apple tree in her garden. On it were the names and true identities of these Jewish children, recorded so that after the war their families could find them. Celebrated for her courage, Sendler was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize in 2007, the year before her death at the age of 98. The story of Irena Sendler - and of the children she saved - has until now never been told in a compelling narrative account.
John Ronald's dragons: the story of J.R.R. Tolkien, Caroline McAlister.
A captivating picture book biography of a boy who imagined a world full of dragons and grew up to be beloved author J. R. R. Tolkien. John Ronald loved dragons. He liked to imagine dragons when he was alone, and with his friends, and especially when life got hard or sad. After his mother died and he had to live with a cold-hearted aunt, he looked for dragons. He searched for them at his boarding school. And when he fought in a Great War, he felt as if terrible, destructive dragons were everywhere. But he never actually found one, until one day, when he was a grown man but still very much a boy at heart, when he decided to create one of his own. This picture book biography introduces the beloved creator of Middle Earth and author of The Hobbit to a new generation of children who see magic in the world around them.
Dragon's kin, Anne McCaffrey.
Young Kindan has no expectations other than joining his father in the mines of Camp Natalon, a coal mining settlement struggling to turn a profit far from the great Holds where the presence of dragons and their riders means safety and civilization. Mining is fraught with danger. Fortunately, the camp has a watch-wher, a creature distantly related to dragons and uniquely suited to specialized work in the dark, cold mineshafts. Kindan's father is the watch-wher's handler, and his son sometimes helps him out. But even that important job promises no opportunity outside the mine. Then disaster strikes. In one terrible instant, Kindan loses his family and the camp loses its watch-wher. Fathers are replaced by sons in the mine–except for Kindan, who is taken in by the camp's new Harper. Grieving, Kindan finds a measure of solace in a burgeoning musical talent ... and in a new friendship with Nuella, a mysterious girl no one seems to know exists. It is Nuella who assists Kindan when he is selected to hatch and train a new watch-wher, a job that forces him to give up his dream of becoming a Harper; and it is Nuella who helps him give new meaning to his life. Meanwhile, sparked by the tragedy, long-simmering tensions are dividing the camp. Far below the surface, a group of resentful miners hides a deadly secret. As warring factions threaten to explode, Nuella and Kindan begin to discover unknown talents in the misunderstood watch-wher-talents that could very well save an entire Hold. During their time teaching the watch-wher, the two learn some things themselves: that even a seemingly impossible dream is never completely out of reach ... and that light can be found even in darkness.
The lake effect, Erin McCahan.
The summer after senior year of high school, Briggs Henry works as a personal assistant to an eccentric elderly woman in a house on the shores of Lake Michigan, and finds himself distracted by the mysterious girl next door.
The billionaire's nanny, Melissa McClone.
Just when he thinks problem solved, internet billionaire AJ Cole realized he needs more than a temp. He needs a fiancée to show off when he returns home to Haley's Bay for the first time in ten years. His family has a habit of matchmaking, and AJ doesn't need the drama. But as soon as Emma Markwell agrees to his assignment, he learns that pretend love can feel oh-so real. Once a nanny, Emma's played many games of make-believe. This shouldn't be any different–until a few hot kisses meant for show blur the line between fantasy and reality! AJ doesn't do commitment, but Emma has always longed for true love and refuses to settle for less. AJ can't resist a challenge, and soon, he can't figure out if he's just trying to get into her bed … or keep her from getting into his heart.
The biggest, bestest time ever!, Stephen McCranie.
Fourth-grade genius Mal and his talking dog Chad shrink themselves to microscopic size and travel through time, but girls and the school bully present bigger challenges.
The Outliers, Kimberly McCreight.
Imagine if you could see inside the minds of everyone around you - your best friend, your boyfriend, your enemies...? Imagine how valuable you'd be...Imagine how much danger you'd be in...Imagine being an Outlier. It all starts with a text: Please Wylie, I need your help. Wylie hasn't heard from her one time best friend, Cassie, in over a week. Not since their last fight. But that doesn't matter. Cassie's in trouble, and it's up to Wylie to do what she does best, save her best friend from herself. This time it's different though - Cassie's texts are increasingly cryptic and scary. And instead of having Wylie come by herself, Jasper shows up saying Cassie asked him to help. Trusting the super-hot boy who sent Cassie off the rails doesn't feel right, but Wylie has no choice. But as Wylie and Jasper follow Cassie's bizarre trail, Wylie has a growing sense that something is really wrong. What isn't Cassie telling them? Who is she with and what do they want from her? And could finding her be just the beginning.
The art of failing: notes from the underdog, Anthony McGowan.
Haunted by endless tiny humiliations. Struggling to resurrect the corpse of his literary career. Ensnared in a loving yet perplexing marriage. Anthony McGowan is a man at odds with the universe. Stumbling from one improbable fiasco to the next, patrolling the mean streets of West Hampstead like some unholy cross between Columbo, J. Alfred Prufrock and a common tramp, he ponders the very stuff of life itself. For McGowan that's holed socks, unsatisfactory packed lunches, athlete's foot powder, Kierkegaard, the eccentricities of the British Library, liver salts, Morrissey and disapproving ladies on trains.
Bear adventure, Anthony McGowan.
Amazon and her cousin Frazer are members of TRACKS. Normally they protect the world's rarest animals, but their mission just got personal. Amazon's parents have been lost in a tragic plane crash. But they are not alone. Two Spirit Bears, a mother and her cub, are searching for food. Can Amazon and Fraser save their family and the bears?
Leopard adventure, Anthony McGowan.
Deep in the remote forests of Siberia, a mother Amur leopard, one of the rarest big cats in the world, senses danger. Something faster than any human and deadlier than any tiger. Meanwhile Amazon Hunt, aged twelve, is recruited from England by Tracks in America, ready to take off at a moment's notice to rescue wild animals under threat - no matter how great the danger. Now Amazon and her thirteen-year-old cousin Frazer must brave the Russian wilderness to save the Amur leopard, before a blazing forest fire wipes out the race - for good …
Shark adventure, Anthony McGowan.
On a remote Polynesian island, Amazon Hunt and her cousin, Frazer, recruits of TRACKS animal protection agency, are saving rare leatherback turtles. But an international animal smuggler wants the valuable turtles for himself. And, when a huge typhoon strikes, Amazon and Frazer face an even greater danger.
Productivity for creative people, Mark (Creative coach) McGuinness.
We are living in an age of unprecedented creative stimulation–via the internet, social media, all-pervasive technology, and an always on working culture.Which means we are living in an age of unprecedented distraction from focused creative work–from all the same sources.First, computers and the internet transformed the work we did at our desks. Then along came smartphones to transform our social lives and make our work mobile. Now we have our work, our network, our media, and our social media with us wherever we go. Augmented Reality (AR) is layering more and more virtual elements over the physical world we inhabit, and Virtual Reality (VR) promises us escape to unlimited virtual worlds.The pace of change is exciting, overwhelming, and unstoppable. And creators are increasingly discovering a downside to the brave new world: countless distractions and interruptions, endless email, pressure to keep up, anxiety about falling behind, difficulty concentrating, aches and pains from too much time at the keyboard. Dig a little deeper, and the biggest concern for many creatives is a nagging sense that their most important work is being left undone. If you're excited by the opportunities of the creative age, but worried about the effect of all those interruptions and digital distractions on your creative work, Productivity for Creative People has been written for you.
Hilary McKay's fairy tales, Hilary McKay.
Hilary McKay's Fairy Tales is a classic fairy-tale collection to treasure. Featuring Hilary McKay's imaginative retellings of key favourites, this ten-story collection includes the much-loved tales of Rapunzel, Cinderella, The Princess and the Pea, Rumpelstiltskin, The Pied Piper of Hamelin, The Swan Brothers, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Red Riding Hood, The Twelve Dancing Princesses and Hansel and Gretel.This gorgeous gift book features black-and-white line and tone illustrations throughout from the talented Sarah Gibb.
Little loves: New Zealand children & their favourite animals, Rachael McKenna.
Every child loves their pet, and this beautiful book portrays the special connections between children and their chosen animals. Rachael Hale McKenna's stunning photographs catch the joy and delight that exist between children and animals. Taken on location right throughout New Zealand, these gorgeous images show off the amazing New Zealand landscape, whether it be coast, country or city. There are many cute and funny stories about the children's relationships with their favourite animals. Some are also deeply moving. There are children living on remote farms, in small towns, by the beach, in big cities and yet they all have in common their love for their special pets. And the animals love them right back, some of them providing incredible support to children who are chronically ill or disabled. As well as kittens and puppies there are all sorts of pets such as horses, rabbits, lambs, calves, goats, pigs, chickens and even eels!
The day that aliens (nearly) ate our brains, Tom McLaughlin.
Best friends Freddy and Sal have accidentally intercepted a message from Alan - a spectacularly grumpy, brain-munching alien from outer space. Alan has only one message. Earth is going to be invaded in exactly ten hours' time. Soon the police, NASA and even Presidents from around the world are getting involved - and Freddy is about to become the most famous kid on planet earth for all the wrong reasons. Wolverhampton, we have a problem.
Island of graves, Lisa McMann.
Everything Aaron has worked so hard to build in Quill has crumbled. Fallen from the height of power and influence and left for dead in a foreign place, Aaron has lost everything, and now he must humbly beg for food from those who saved his life. In Artime, Alex chooses his people over his brother and abandons his search for Aaron, closing the door on that relationship forever. The Artimeans need his focus now more than ever as they face the terrifying power of a new enemy who has taken control of Quill the notoriously evil Gondoleery Rattrapp.
One of us is lying, Karen M McManus.
When the creator of a high school gossip app mysteriously dies in front of four high-profile students, all four become suspects. It's up to them to solve the case.
The curious case of the clockwork menace, Bec McMaster.
Friends, partners, and professionals. So just why is this case coming between them? In a Victorian London ruled by the blood-drinking elite, Perry Lowell is a logical and accomplished Nighthawk: a rogue blue blood who tracks murderers and thieves for the Guild. So when she and her charming-but-reckless partner, Garrett, are charged with finding a missing theatre starlet, it should be a simple solve. But with an entire theatre of suspects, including a flirtatious understudy and whispers of a Clockwork Menace haunting the place, tension is brewing between the pair of them. Can they come together to solve the case–or will it be too late, when the murderer turns his gaze on Perry herself?
Heart of fire, Bec McMaster.
The old Eddas speak of dreki - fabled creatures who haunt the depths of Iceland's volcanoes and steal away fair maidens. Freyja wants none of such myths. Dreki seducing young ladies? Ha. They probably eat such foolish girls. But when the local dreki steals her last ram - costing her any chance of feeding her ill father through the winter - Freyja intends to confront the fearsome myth. Sentenced to a life of exile from his clan, Rurik is fascinated by the furious woman who comes to claim her ram. She reeks of mysterious magic, and challenges him at every step. He intends to claim the passionate firebrand, but to do so he must take mortal form. It's the only time the dreki are vulnerable, and with a dragon hunter arriving on the shores of Iceland, he can barely afford the risk - but lonely Freyja, with her elf-cursed eyes and pragmatic soul, tempts him in ways he's never felt before. Is she the key to reclaiming his heritage? Or will she be his downfall?
The last true hero, Bec McMaster.
In the drought-stricken wastelands that arose out of an apocalypse, Adam McClain never thought himself the hero. Kicked out of the town he created, and shunned by his friends when they discovered what he was, he's managed to find work as a bounty hunter. After all, who best to hunt the wargs and reivers that haunt the Badlands, than one of the monsters themselves? Mia Grey learned the hard way that men can't be trusted, and when McClain strides into her bar she knows trouble just walked in. The rugged bounty hunter is her greatest weakness, but he's hiding something and the last time a man kept secrets from her, she got her fingers burned. Tempting as he is, Mia's staying far away.But when a horde of reivers captures her sister, the only person Mia can turn to is the one man who tempts her to break all of her rules. Together they might be able to rescue her sister, but what will happen when Mia learns of the secret McClain is hiding? And when the man who broke Mia's heart in the first place discovers the same secret, will McClain survive?
The many lives of Hadley Monroe, Bec McMaster.
When the clock stops ticking, and the storm rolls in, Hadley Monroe knows exactly what's going on. Forty years ago her grandfather made a pact with Death, and now Death has come calling again. Forced to make her own deal with the reaper, Hadley has only three weeks to answer his question, or he'll take her grandmother too. The problem is, there's no way to answer it, and three weeks is not long enough with the reaper who's beginning to steal her heart.
The mech who loved me, Bec McMaster.
Ava McLaren is tired of being both a virgin, and a mere laboratory assistant for the Company of Rogues. When a baffling mystery rears its head, it presents her with the opportunity to work a real case... and perhaps get a taste of the passion that eludes her. Blue bloods are dying from a mysterious disease, which should be impossible. Ava suspects there's more to the case than meets the eye and wants a chance to prove herself. There's just one catch - she's ordered to partner with the sexy mech, Kincaid, who's a constant thorn in her side. Kincaid thinks the only good blue blood is a dead one. He's also the very last man she would ever give her heart to... which makes him the perfect candidate for an affair. The only rule? It ends when the case does. But when an attempt on her life proves that Ava might be onto something, the only one who can protect her is Kincaid. Suddenly the greatest risk is not to their hearts, but whether they can survive a diabolical plot that threatens to destroy every blue blood in London, including Ava.
Mission: improper, Bec McMaster.
Three years ago, London society changed forever, with a revolution placing the widowed Queen firmly on the throne her blue blood husband tried to take from her. Humans, verwulfen and mechs are no longer considered the lesser classes, but not everybody is happy with the new order...Entire families have gone missing in the East End. When Caleb Byrnes receives an invitation to join the Company of Rogues as an undercover agent pledged to protect the crown, he jumps at the chance to find out who, or what, is behind the disappearances. Hunting criminals is what the darkly driven blue blood does best, and though he prefers to work alone, the opportunity is too good to resist.The problem? He's partnered with Ingrid Miller, the fiery and passionate verwulfen woman who won a private bet against him a year ago. Byrnes has a score to settle, but one stolen kiss and suddenly the killer is not the only thing Byrnes is interested in hunting.Soon they're chasing whispered rumours of a secret project gone wrong, and a monster that just might be more dangerous than either of them combined. The only way to find out more is to go undercover among the blue blood elite... But when their hunt uncovers a mysterious conspiracy, Byrnes and Ingrid must set aside their age-old rivalry if they have any chance at surviving a treacherous plot.
Shadowbound, Bec McMaster.
When a powerful relic goes missing from a secret society that dabbles in the occult, Miss Ianthe Martin is charged with finding it at all costs. She needs help, but all clues point to someone on the inside being the thief. The only sorcerer she knows that can't possibly be involved, is the very man she saw locked in Bedlam a year ago...The mad, bad, dangerous Earl of Rathbourne.When the seductive Miss Martin appears in his Bedlam cell, Rathbourne fears he's finally lost his mind. The devilish sorceress played a hand in his incarceration, and now she comes asking for help? Perhaps she should begin by begging for mercy...But Ianthe's offer of freedom is one he can't refuse, although he has a clause of his own to add. She may bind him with her power - the only way to still the demons haunting him - but for every day spent under her command, the nights will be his... to wreak delicious revenge on her willing flesh.
Soulbound, Bec McMaster.
A dark force is rising in London...Sebastian Montcalm knows freedom for the first time in his life, but it has come at the cost of his father's soul. If he can learn to harness his uncontrollable sorcery then he might be able to save his father from a demon's grip, but every move he makes leads to failure. The only thing that gives him hope is the innocent touch of Cleo Sinclair, the woman he was forced to marry. But will his darkness drown out her light? He could be her destruction... Cleo knew her father only ever loved her for the power of her visions, but when he bartered her away in marriage to a man she'd never met, she realized how little value she truly had. Her husband, Sebastian, was nothing more than a dark warmth in her bed, a tortured stranger who refused to touch her. And now, when he needs her the most, he won't even look at her....Or she could be his salvation...When Cleo receives a powerful vision of a darkness that threatens London, she knows she is the key to defeating it. Only by working together can she and Sebastian prevail. But is Sebastian the one who can end this prophetic doom, or the one bound to begin it?
Tarnished knight, Bec McMaster.
In the steam-fuelled world of Victorian London, vampires, werewolves and slasher gangs stalk the night and a man made partly of metal is about to discover just how far he'll go to protect the woman he loves... After a vicious vampire attack left him struggling to leash the dark urges of the craving virus, John –Rip' Doolan, thinks he's finally starting to master the darkness within. The only thing that threatens to shatter his hard-won control is Esme, his closest friend and the only woman he's ever wanted. If the stubborn beauty ever realised precisely what was going through his mind, their friendship would be ruined... For six months Esme has waited for Rip to recover and take her as his thrall, not daring to hope for more. Too afraid to put her heart on the line, she's devastated when Rip reveals that he never had any intentions of making her his. But when a savage gang of Slashers start causing havoc in Whitechapel, Rip and Esme have no choice. They must face up to the depth of the passion that burns between them and forge a new relationship... or risk losing each other forever.
The bachelor girl's guide to murder, Rachel McMillan.
In 1910 Toronto, while other bachelor girls perfect their domestic skills and find husbands, two friends perfect their sleuthing skills and find a murderer. Inspired by their fascination with all things Sherlock Holmes, best friends and flatmates Merinda and Jem launch a consulting detective business. The deaths of young Irish women lead Merinda and Jem deeper into the mire of the city's underbelly, where the high hopes of those dreaming to make a new life in Canada are met with prejudice and squalor. While searching for answers, donning disguises, and sneaking around where no proper ladies would ever go, they pair with Jasper Forth, a police constable, and Ray DeLuca, a reporter in whom Jem takes a more than professional interest. Merinda could well be Toronto's premiere consulting detective, and Jem may just find a way to put her bachelor girlhood behind her forever–if they can stay alive long enough to do so.
A lesson in love and murder, Rachel McMillan.
The year is 1912, and the city of Toronto has been thrown into upheaval by the arrival of radical anarchist Emma Goldman. Amid this chaos, Benny Citrone of the Royal North-West Mounted Police approaches Merinda and Jem, consulting detectives, for assistance in locating his cousin, a man with a deadly talent. While Merinda eagerly accepts the case, she finds herself constantly butting heads–and hearts–with Benny. Meanwhile, Jem has her hands full with a husband who is determined to keep her out of harm's way. As Merinda and Jem close in on the danger they've tracked from Toronto to Chicago, they uncover a sinister plot to assassinate presidential candidate Theodore Roosevelt. Will they be able to save the day and resolve the troubles threatening their future happiness before it's too late?
Of dubious & questionable memory, Rachel McMillan.
Ne'er-Do-Wells of New England. You've Been Warned! Merinda Herringford and Jem Watts are never lacking for mysteries of the curious and commonplace, but lately business has been a little less curious and a lot more common. With only missing jewelry and a kidnapped rooster on the case docket, Merinda is bored stiff. Jem welcomes the reprieve as she settles into married life, attempting to learn the domestic skills that have cunningly evaded her as a bachelor girl detective. The lull in business is short-lived when a telegram arrives from the detective duo's suffragette friend, Martha Kingston, detailing the mysterious disappearance of a school chum's sister in Concord, Massachusetts. No sooner do Jem and Merinda arrive in the States to investigate than they find themselves embroiled in a world of strange affairs, purloined letters, and a baffling mystery whose clues lead directly to Orchard House, the homestead made famous by its long-time resident, Louisa May Alcott.
A singular & whimsical problem, Rachel McMillan.
Christmas, 1910. Merinda Herringford and Jem Watts would be enjoying the season a lot more if they weren't forced to do their own laundry and cooking. Just as they are adapting to their trusty housekeeper's ill-timed vacation, they are confronted by the strangest mystery they've encountered since they started their private investigation firm. In this bonus e-only novella, what begins as the search for a missing cat leads to a rabble-rousing suffragette and the disappearance of several young women from St. Jerome's Reformatory for Incorrigible Females. From the women's courts of City Hall to Toronto's seedy docks and into the cold heart of the underground shipping industry, this will be the most exciting Christmas the girls have had yet...if they can stay alive long enough to enjoy it.
Dead centre, Andy McNab.
Indonesia, January 2005. Nick Stone is working undercover, to retrieve incriminating material from amongst the tsunami-ravaged chaos of a devastated landscape. His team is attacked and a man dies– but not before he makes an agonising promise that will return one day to haunt him...Moscow, March 2011. Semi-retired but restless, Stone finds himself at the centre of an extraordinary encounter which turns his world upside down. An oligarch's young son and heir has been snatched– with his mother– from aboard a luxury yacht in the Seychelles, and only one man has what it takes to track them down and bring them home. The fuse is lit, and Stone is hurtled into his most complex and compelling mission yet– a mission that leads him from the Alpine enclaves of the super-rich to the savage underbelly of war-torn Somalia. And in a world where piracy, extortion and betrayal lurk in the twisted wreckage of imperial ambition, Stone's principal objective turns remorselessly from liberation to revenge.
Silent weapon, Andy McNab.
A high-speed chase through the backstreets of Lagos and an unexpected bomb explosion in the jungle ₆ it's all in a day's work for soldier Sean Harker.Looking forward to a well-earned break back home, Sean and his platoon fly back to the UK, only to find themselves fighting their way out of an airport hostage situation, and the country on high terrorist alert.Barely escaping with his life, Sean must now embark on a dangerous mission: to locate a deadly weapon, capable of destruction on a massive scale… a weapon no one will see coming.
Draft no. 4: on the writing process, John McPhee.
Draft No. 4 is a master class on the writer's craft. In a series of playful, expertly wrought essays, John McPhee shares insights he has gathered over his career and has refined while teaching at Princeton University, where he has nurtured some of the most esteemed writers of recent decades. McPhee offers definitive guidance in the decisions regarding arrangement, diction, and tone that shape nonfiction pieces, and he presents extracts from his work, subjecting them to wry scrutiny. In one essay, he considers the delicate art of getting sources to tell you what they might not otherwise reveal. In another, he discusses how to use flashback to place a bear encounter in a travel narrative, while observing that readers are not supposed to notice the structure. It is meant to be about as visible as someone's bones. The result is a vivid depiction of the writing process, from reporting to drafting to revising–and revising, and revising. Draft No. 4 is enriched by multiple diagrams and by personal anecdotes and charming reflections on the life of a writer. McPhee describes his enduring relationships with The New Yorker and Farrar, Straus and Giroux, and recalls his early years at Time magazine. Throughout, Draft No. 4 is enlivened by his keen sense of writing as a way of being in the world.
My awesome summer, by P. Mantis, Paul Meisel.
The life cycle of a praying mantis.
Catch me when you fall, Eileen (Haematologist) Merriman.
A moving novel about learning to find happiness in the face of uncertainty and discovering a love that transcends the boundary between life and death. Seventeen-year-old Alex Byrd is about to have the worst day of her life, and the best. A routine blood test that will reveal her leukaemia has returned, but she also meets Jamie Orange. Some people believe in love at first sight, and some don't. I believe in love in four days. I believe in falling. Both teenagers have big dreams, but also big obstacles to overcome. 'Promise me you won't try to die,' I said. 'Ever.' 'Promise me you won't either,' he countered. 'It's not really something I can control.'
Nightfall, Shannon Messenger.
Sophie Foster is struggling. Grieving. Scrambling. But she knows one thing: she will not be defeated. The Neverseen have had their victories but the battle is far from over. It's time to change tactics. Make sacrifices. Reexamine everything. Maybe even time for Sophie to trust her enemies. All paths lead to Nightfall; an ominous door to an even more ominous place, and Sophie and her friends strike a dangerous bargain to get there. But nothing can prepare them for what they discover. The problems they're facing stretch deep into their history. And with time running out, and mistakes catching up with them, Sophie and her allies must join forces in ways they never have before.
Perfect Christmas pageant, Joyce Meyer.
When Hayley Hippo is asked to direct the annual Christmas pageant, she sets out to make everything perfect, however, after a series of disappointing mishaps, Hayley and her friends come to learn the true meaning of Christmas.
Renegades, Marissa Meyer.
The Renegades are a syndicate of prodigies - humans with extraordinary abilities - who emerged from the ruins of a crumbled society and established peace and order where chaos reigned. As champions of justice, they remain a symbol of hope and courage to everyone ... except the villains they once overthrew. Nova has a reason to hate the Renegades, and she is on a mission for vengeance. As she gets closer to her target, she meets Adrian, a Renegade boy who believes in justice - and in Nova. But Nova's allegiance is to a villain who has the power to end them both.
One last dram before midnight: the complete D.C.I. Daley short stories, Denzil Meyrick.
These tales take us from DCI Jim Daley's early days pounding the beat in Glasgow as a young constable to a light-hearted whisky smuggling romp involving Hamish and some ghostly pipers.
Embassytown, China Miéville.
Avice Benner Cho, a human colonist on a distant planet populated by the Ariekei, sentient beings famed for their unique language, returns to Embassytown after many years of deep space exploration to find she has become a living simile in the Ariekei language even though she cannot speak it, and she is torn by competing loyalties when hostilities erupt between humans and aliens.
The soul searcher's handbook: the modern girl's guide to the new-age world, Emma Mildon.
From aromatherapy and numerology to healing crystals and meditation, this fun and sassy guide to everything body-mind-spirit defines New Age practices for a new generation. What type of crystal should I put in my car for a road trip? Should I Feng Shui my smart phone screen? In this illuminating introduction for the modern-day soul searcher, Emma Mildon shines light on everything your mom didn't teach you about neo-New Age practices. With something for every type of spiritual seeker, The Soul Searcher's Handbook offers easy tips, tricks, and how-tos for incorporating everything from dreamology and astrology to mysticism and alternative healing into your everyday life. This handbook is your #1 go-to guide handy, accessible, entertaining, and packed with all the wisdom you need in one place. Your destiny, gifted to you at birth, is waiting. So plug into the universe, dig your toes into the soil of Mother Earth, and open your soul to your full potential. Regardless of what you're seeking, The Soul Searcher's Handbook is your awakening to a more fulfilling and soulful life.
Plain dead: an Amish mystery, Emma Miller.
Although she left her Old Order Amish ways in her youth, Rachel discovered corporate life in the English world to be complicated and unfulfilling. Having returned to Stone Mill, she's happy to be running her own B&B. But she's also learning–in more ways than one–that the past is not always so easily left behind. After local newspaperman Bill Billingsly is found gagged and tied to his front porch, left to freeze overnight in a snowstorm, Detective Evan Parks–Rachel's beau–uncovers a file of scandalous information Billingsly intended to publish, including a record of Rachel pleading no contest to charges of corporate misconduct. Though Evan is certain of her innocence, it's up to Rachel to find the real killer. A closer examination of the victim's unpublished report leads Rachel to believe the Amish community is far from sinless. But if she's not careful her obituary might be the next to appear in print.
Plain missing: an Amish mystery, Emma Miller.
When the young gather to sing, it's usually an evening of wholesome fun-but this time, the event has stirred whispers of scandal. Elsie Hostetler and her sweetheart, Dathan Bender, never came home afterward. There's not even a trace of their horse and wagon, leading some to suspect that they've run off to marry and join the Englisch world. But Rachel fears there's more to the story than a rebellious elopement. Her fiancé, a state trooper, is out of town, so she starts investigating herself, using her Amish background to pry information from the tight-lipped community. It turns out things were not so peaceful between Elsie and Dathan-and there was also a confrontation at the singing with a short-tempered ex-Marine. Among the simple houses and quiet country roads of Stone Mill, Rachel must find out just what kind of sins have been committed-and who is need of forgiveness.
Star wars. Kenobi, John Jackson Miller.
As tensions escalate on Tatooine between the farmers and a tribe of Sand People led by a ruthless war chief, Ben finds himself drawn into the fight, endangering the very mission that brought him to the desert planet.
The perfect stranger, Megan Miranda.
Everyone in this rural town has something to hide. How do you uncover the truth when you are busy hiding your own?Confronted by a restraining order and the threat of a lawsuit, failed journalist Leah Stevens needs to get out of Boston when she runs into an old friend, Emmy Grey, who has just left a troubled relationship. Emmy proposes they move to rural Pennsylvania, where Leah can get a teaching position and both women can start again. But their new start is threatened when a woman with an eerie resemblance to Leah is assaulted by the lake, and Emmy disappears days later.Determined to find Emmy, Leah cooperates with Kyle Donovan, a handsome young police officer on the case. As they investigate her friend's life for clues, Leah begins to wonder: did she ever really know Emmy at all? With no friends, family, or a digital footprint, the police begin to suspect that there is no Emmy Grey. Soon, Leah is forced to question her version of reality. To save herself, she must uncover the truth about Emmy Grey - no matter how dark or terrible that truth may be.
The other side of the bridge, Mary Mobbs.
Arthur and Jake: brothers, yet worlds apart. Arthur is older, shy, dutiful, and set to inherit his father's farm. Jake is younger and reckless, a dangerous to know. When Laura arrives in their 1930s rural community, an already uneasy relationship is driven to breaking point.
The hidden ways, Alistair Moffat.
In The Hidden Ways, Alistair Moffat traverses the lost paths of Scotland; its Roman roads tramped by armies, its warpaths and pilgrim routes, drove roads and rail roads, turnpikes and sea roads, in a bid to understand how our history has left its mark upon our landscape. Alistair's travels along the hidden ways reveal not only the searing beauty and magic of the Scottish landscape, but open up a new means of understanding our past: in retracing the forgotten paths, he charts a powerful, surprising and moving history of Scotland through the unremembered lives who have moved through it.
The affair, Santa Montefiore.
Would you risk everything for love? Bestselling children's book writer Angelica is amused and flattered at the attention of Jack, the owner of a vineyard in South Africa, whom she meets at a dinner party. With his easy charm and reputation as a ladies' man, Jack makes her feel good about herself– surely it can't do any harm to indulge in a mild email flirtation? After all, she wouldn't risk her stable marriage and the happiness of her children. But things don't stop there, and when Angelica is sent to Cape Town for a book tour, the affair begins in earnest. On their last day together, Jack confesses that he has an incurable disease: being with Angelica has enabled him to forget his mortality. Shocked and heartbroken, she returns to London determined to save her marriage and put to good use all the emotional lessons she learnt during their brief time together.
The Italian matchmaker, Santa Montefiore.
Gianluca has to admit his life is empty so, in search of serenity and a deeper purpose to his existence, he flees to Italy, to the magical Palazzo Montelimone, lovingly restored by his parents, to assess his future. But life on the sun-drenched Amalfi coast is not as peaceful as Luca anticipates. The palazzo is filled with his mother's eccentric friends and haunted by the ghosts of its murderous past. He meets a woman whose dark eyes are heavy with sorrow and a solemn little boy with an incredible secret. As he begins to unravel a mystery that has its roots in a long-ago act of violence, Luca is forced to face his greatest fear in exchange for the greatest truth.
Black star renegades, Michael Moreci.
In the tradition of Star Wars, a galaxy-hopping space adventure about a galactic kingdom bent on control and the young misfit who must find the power within before it's too late. Cade Sura holds the future of the galaxy in his hands: the ultimate weapon that will bring total peace. He didn't ask for it, he doesn't want it, and there's no worse choice to wield it in all of space, but if he doesn't, everyone's totally screwed. The evil Praxis kingdom is on the cusp of having every star system under its control, and if that happens, there'll be no contesting their cruel reign. Especially if it's fanatical overlord, Ga Halle, manages to capture Cade and snag the all-powerful weapon for herself. Cade can't hide from Praxis, and he can't run from the destiny that's been shoved into his hands. So he only has one option: He has to fight. Cade's not going to let destiny send him on a suicide run, though. With some help from his friends–rebels and scoundrels alike–Cade's going to use this weapon to chart a new destiny for the galaxy, and for himself. He just has to do so before everyone around him discovers that he's a complete and total fraud. Blending the space operatics of Star Wars and the swagger of Guardians of the Galaxy, Black Star Renegades is a galaxy-hopping adventure that blasts its way from seedy spacer bars to sacred temples guarded by deadly creatures–all with a cast of misfit characters who have nowhere to go and nothing to lose.
Montana brides, Leeanna Morgan.
Forever dreams. Gracie came to Montana looking for answers...and found forever. Forever in love. Amy Sullivan's life might have been lonely but it was safe. When her five-month-old sister is left on her doorstep, she has no choice but to move back to Montana and the only man she's ever loved. Forever after. When Nicky arrives in Montana to find the money stolen from her family's company, Sam Delaney is the last person she wants to see. She's fallen for him once and she won't repeat the same mistake again.
Sealed with a kiss, Leeanna Morgan.
John Fletcher is used to living his life on the edge. He's an ex-Navy SEAL and the owner of one of the most successful security companies in the world. He knows what he wants and he knows how to get it. When his daughter asks for the one thing he can't give her, it breaks his heart. Rachel McReedy isn't impressed with John Fletcher's money, fast cars or jet-setting lifestyle. What she cares about is Bella, his eight-year-old daughter. She might not have had the type of life Bella has, but she knows what it's like to be left on her own. Rachel is determined to show John the error of his ways, but she isn't prepared for what she's about to find.The day John meets Rachel, life as he knew it comes to an abrupt end. She stirs something deep inside of him, creates havoc in his orderly world, and makes him question what's really important. He knows Rachel holds the key to his daughter's happiness, but will she willingly hold the key to his heart?
Miracle on 5th Avenue, Sarah Morgan.
It will take a Christmas miracle for two very different souls to find each other in this perfectly festive fairy tale of New York! Hopeless romantic Eva Jordan loves everything about Christmas. She might be spending the holidays alone this year, but when she's given an opportunity to house-sit a spectacular penthouse on Fifth Avenue, she leaps at the chance. What better place to celebrate than in snow-kissed Manhattan? What she didn't expect was to find the penthouse still occupied by its gorgeous–and mysterious–owner. Bestselling crime writer Lucas Blade is having the nightmare before Christmas. With a deadline and the anniversary of his wife's death looming, he's isolated himself in his penthouse with only his grief for company. He wants no interruptions, no decorations and he certainly doesn't appreciate being distracted by his beautiful, bubbly new housekeeper. But when the blizzard of the century leaves Eva snowbound in his apartment, Lucas starts to open up to the magic she brings...This Christmas, is Lucas finally ready to trust that happily-ever-afters do exist?
Moonlight over Manhattan, Sarah Morgan.
She'll risk everything for her own Christmas miracle... Determined to conquer a lifetime of shyness, Harriet Knight challenges herself to do one thing a day in December that scares her, including celebrating Christmas without her family. But when dog walker Harriet meets her newest client, exuberant spaniel Madi, she adds an extra challenge to her list–dealing with Madi's temporary dog sitter, gruff doctor Ethan Black, and their very unexpected chemistry. Ethan thought he was used to chaos, until he met Madi–how can one tiny dog cause such mayhem? To Ethan, the solution is simple–he will pay Harriet to share his New York apartment and provide twenty-four-hour care. But there's nothing simple about how Harriet makes him feel. Ethan's kisses make Harriet shine brighter than the stars over moonlit Manhattan. But when his dog-sitting duties are over and Harriet returns to her own home, will she dare to take the biggest challenge of all–letting Ethan know he has her heart for life, not just for Christmas?
The extremely inconvenient adventures of Bronte Mettlestone. Jaclyn Moriarty.
I was ten years old when my parents were killed by pirates. This did not bother me as much as you might think, I hardly knew my parents. Bronte Mettlestone's parents ran away to have adventures when she was a baby, leaving her to be raised by her Aunt Isabelle and the Butler. She's had a perfectly pleasant childhood of afternoon teas and riding lessons and no adventures, thank you very much. But Bronte's parents have left extremely detailed (and bossy) instructions for Bronte in their will. The instructions must be followed to the letter, or disaster will befall Bronte's home. She is to travel the kingdoms and empires, perfectly alone, delivering special gifts to her ten other aunts. There is a farmer aunt who owns an orange orchard and a veterinarian aunt who specialises in dragon care, a pair of aunts who captain a cruise ship together and a former rockstar aunt who is now the reigning monarch of a small kingdom. Now, armed with only her parents' instructions, a chest full of strange gifts and her own strong will, Bronte must journey forth to face dragons, Chief Detectives and pirates and the gathering suspicion that there might be something more to her extremely inconvenient quest than meets the eye.
Wind River: a novel, Tom Morrisey.
Desperate to forget what happened to him in Iraq, Tyler Perkins flees to the emptiness of Wyoming. He's here to escape and also to fulfill a long-ago promise by accompanying his 86-year-old friend Soren Andeman on a fly-fishing trip–once more for old time's sake. But their trek to an idyllic trout lake soon becomes something more deeply harrowing–a journey that uncovers long-held lies, deadly crimes, and the buried secrets of the past.–From publisher description.
Devilish d'Angelos, Carole Mortimer.
Devilish D'Angelos. Gabriel D'AngeloBryn Jones has never forgiven international tycoon Gabriel for sending her father to prison, destroying her family and breaking her heart. But the artist has forged herself a new identity, away from the scandal.until Gabriel asks for a deal that will be mutually beneficial and pleasurable!Rafe D'AngeloNina Palitov's act of defiance against oppressive control was to spend one exquisite night with a man of her choice. But Rafe D'Angelo relishes a challenge and his pursuit of her provokes a passion she's never expected. But with her family's deepest secret at risk it's essential she doesn't become Rafe's latest prize! Michael D'AngeloMichael D'Angelo might be the driving force behind the successful Archangel galleries, but it doesn't mean he's perfect.he lost his halo years ago! Yet when a delectable woman shows up in Paris, claiming he's the father to twins, it's one mistake Michael knows is not his.
Diary of a fat girl, Moira Mugweni.
This is the diary of Burn Rivers. Bernadette Rivers has had enough. Always the fat friend and fat twin, she's ready to be more.This summer she's going to lose the weight that's been holding her back. As determined as she is, Burn knows she can't do it alone. Enter Warren Grey; ex-high school hottie and stereotypical jock. He is everything that tormented her about high school but she knows he's exactly what she needs. With a distant mother, a sister with poor taste, a polar opposite best friend and enough insecurities to fill the Grand Canyon, can she learn to love the skin she's in? And then, of course, there's Fred.
Scarcity: the true cost of not having enough, Sendhil Mullainathan.
Why can we never seem to keep on top of our workload, social diary or chores? Why does poverty persist around the world? Why do successful people do things at the last minute in a sudden rush of energy? This book reveals that the hidden side behind all these problems is that they're all about scarcity. We've all struggled with packing a suitcase with too many items and not enough time to do it. In Scarcity, two intellectual adventurers show us that this simple idea explains the most fundamental problems in all walks of life. Using the new science of scarcity, they explain why obesity is rampant; why people find it difficult to sleep when most sleep deprived; and why the lonely find it so hard to make friends. Scarcity will change the way you think about both the little everyday tasks and the big issues of global urgency.
Norwegian wood, Haruki Murakami.
Toru and Naoko struggle to deal with the death of their best friend, but as Naoko finds life unbearable and retreats further into her own world, Toru finds himself reaching out to others and drawn to a fiercely independent and sexually liberated young woman.
The boat runner: a novel, Devin Murphy.
An incandescent debut novel about a young Dutch man who comes of age during the perilousness of World War II. Beginning in the summer of 1939, fourteen-year-old Jacob Koopman and his older brother, Edwin, enjoy lives of prosperity and quiet contentment. Many of the residents in their small Dutch town have some connection to the Koopman lightbulb factory, and the locals hold the family in high esteem. On days when they aren't playing with friends, Jacob and Edwin help their Uncle Martin on his fishing boat in the North Sea, where German ships have become a common sight. But conflict still seems unthinkable, even as the boys' father naively sends his sons to a Hitler Youth Camp in an effort to secure German business for the factory. When war breaks out, Jacob's world is thrown into chaos. The Boat Runner follows Jacob over the course of four years, through the forests of France, the stormy beaches of England, and deep within the secret missions of the German Navy, where he is confronted with the moral dilemma that will change his life-and his life's mission-forever. Epic in scope and featuring a thrilling narrative with precise, elegant language, The Boat Runner tells the little-known story of the young Dutch boys who were thrown into the Nazi campaign, as well as the brave boatmen who risked everything to give Jewish refugees safe passage to land abroad. Through one boy's harrowing tale of personal redemption, here is a novel about the power of people's stories and voices to shine light through our darkest days, until only love prevails.
Ramona blue, Julie Murphy.
Ramona was only five years old when Hurricane Katrina changed her life forever. Since then, it's been Ramona and her family against the world. Standing over six feet tall with unmistakable blue hair, Ramona is sure of three things: she likes girls, she's fiercely devoted to her family, and she knows she's destined for something bigger than the trailer she calls home in Eulogy, Mississippi. But juggling multiple jobs, her flaky mum, and her well-meaning but ineffectual dad forces her to be the adult of the family. Now, with her sister, Hattie, pregnant, responsibility weighs more heavily than ever. The return of her childhood friend Freddie brings a welcome distraction. Ramona's friendship with the former competitive swimmer picks up exactly where it left off, and soon he's talked her into joining him for laps at the pool. But as Ramona falls in love with swimming, her feelings for Freddie begin to shift too, which is the last thing she expected. With her growing affection for Freddie making her question her sexual identity, Ramona begins to wonder if perhaps she likes girls and guys or if this new attraction is just a fluke. Either way, Ramona will discover that, for her, life and love are more fluid than they seem.
Walden of Bermondsey. Peter Murphy.
When Charlie Walden took on the job of Resident Judge of the Bermondsey Crown Court, he was hoping for a quiet life. But he soon finds himself struggling to keep the peace between three feisty fellow judges who have very different views about how to do their job, and about how Charlie should do his. And as if that's not enough, there's the endless battle against the 'Grey Smoothies', the humourless grey-suited civil servants who seem determined to drown Charlie in paperwork and strip the court of its last vestiges of civilisation.No hope of a quiet life then for Charlie, and there are times when his real job - trying the challenging criminal cases that come before him - actually seems like light relief. No one writes with more wit, warmth and insight about the law and its practitioners than Peter Murphy.
Fish Girl, Donna Jo Napoli.
Fish Girl, a young mermaid living in a boardwalk aquarium, has never interacted with anyone beyond the walls of her tank until a chance encounter with an ordinary girl, Livia. Their growing friendship inspires Fish Girl's longing for freedom, independence, and a life beyond the aquarium tank.
Holiday cookies: showstopping recipes to sweeten the season, Elisabet der Nederlanden.
From Icebox Pinwheel Cookies to Red-and-White Meringue Kisses to Apple Cider Caramels, find new inspiration for the best of seasonal baking with Holiday Cookies. This instant holiday classic is packed with 50 recipes, each gorgeously photographed and meticulously tested, along with dozens of decorating and packaging ideas. Filled with reimagined favourites like Giant Molasses Spice Cookies and Hazelnut Sandwich Cookies; confections like Peppermint Bark, Smoked Almond and Cacao Nib Brittle, and Dark Chocolate-Hazelnut Fudge; and detailed instructions for gorgeous gingerbread houses, cookie place cards, and edible ornaments, this is a cookie book like no other. Because the recipes are easy to scale up or down, Holiday Cookies is perfect for cookie exchanges, gift-giving, and just enjoying throughout the season. From a veteran baker and recipe developer, each cookie in this collection is guaranteed to be a stand-out, and destined to become your new Christmas classic.
Codename Suzette: an extraordinary story of resistance and rescue in Nazi Paris , Anne Nelson.
Codename Suzette is one of the untold stories of the Holocaust, an account of outstanding courage in the face of evil. Suzanne Spaak was born into an affluent Belgian Catholic family, and married into the country's leading political dynasty. Her brother-in-law was the Foreign Minister and her husband Claude was a playwright and patron of the painter Rene Magritte. In occupied Paris she moved among the cultural elite. Her neighbour was Colette, France's most famous living writer, and Jean Cocteau was part of her circle of intimates. But Suzanne was living a double life. Her friendship with a Polish Jewish refugee led her to her life's purpose. When France fell and the Nazis occupied Paris, she joined the Resistance. She used her fortune and social status to enlist allies among wealthy Parisians and church groups. Under the eyes of the Gestapo, Suzanne and women from the Jewish and Christian resistance groups 'kidnapped' hundreds of Jewish children to save them from the gas chambers. Codename Suzette is a masterpiece of research and narrative, bringing to life a truly remarkable woman, and painting a vivid and unforgettable picture of wartime Paris.
The urban homesteading cookbook: forage, farm, ferment and feast for a better world, Michelle Catherine Nelson.
With food culture in the midst of a do-it-yourself renaissance, urbanites everywhere are relishing craft beers, foraged ingredients, sustainable seafoods, ethnically raised meats and homemade condiments and charcuterie. Inspired by the delicious creativity of local artisans, chefs, brewmasters and mixologists, Michelle Nelson began urban homesteading in her downtown apartment. Armed with a passion for food and farming, and a PhD in conservation biology and sustainable agriculture, she shares her hard-won knowledge and recipes with readers interested in collecting, growing and preserving sustainable food - even when living in an apartment or condo. In The Urban Homesteading Cookbook, Nelson explores the worlds of foraging wild urban edibles, eating invasive species, keeping micro-livestock, bees and crickets, growing perennial vegetables in pots, small-space aquaponics, preserving meats and produce, making cheese and slow-fermenting sourdough, beer, vinegar, kombucha, kefir and pickles. Nelson fervently believes that by taking more control of our own food we will become better empowered to understand our relationships with the environment, and embrace sustainable lifestyles and communities. With 70 fabulous recipes, including sesame panko-crusted invasive bullfrog legs, seaweed kimchi, rabbit pate with wild chanterelles, roasted Japanese knotweed panna cotta and dark and stormy chocolate cupcakes with cricket flour– this exciting new book is sure to inspire readers to embark on their own urban homesteading adventures. Generously illustrated with gorgeous colour photography and complete with useful how-to chapters, The Urban Homesteading Cookbook is an invaluable guide for all those seeking ethical and sustainable urban food sources and strategies.
Weaver's lament. Emma Newman.
Charlotte's magical adventures continue in Weaver's Lament, the sequel to Emma Newman's Brother's Ruin.Charlotte is learning to control her emerging magical powers under the secret tutelage of Magus Hopkins. Her first covert mission takes her to a textile mill where the disgruntled workers are apparently destroying expensive equipment.And if she can't identify the culprits before it's too late, her brother will be exiled, and her family dishonoured.
The billionaire's curse. Richard Newsome.
Gerald has just become the richest thirteen-year-old on the planet, the world's most valuable diamond has been stolen, and it seems there has been a murder. Now Gerald's life is in danger. But who can he trust? When the Valentine twins, the rat-fearing Sam and the gymnastic Ruby, rescue Gerald from the clutches of the sinister thin man they set off to solve the mystery of the stolen diamond. It's an adventure that takes them into secret passageways, a musty bookshop, an ancient crypt, the tower of a ruined church and a colossal cavern where the secret of a priceless treasure lies protected by deadly booby traps.
The crystal code, Richard Newsome.
The curiosity machine, Richard Newsome.
With the strange plans for an even stranger machine in his possession, along with a coded message from a long-dead castaway that could be the key to unlocking its secrets, Gerald finds himself at the centre of a web of mystery and danger. Masked gunmen have taken over his luxury yacht. His parents have been kidnapped. And one of his closest friends has betrayed him. His old enemy Sir Mason Green seems to be pulling all the strings. Or is he? Gerald, Ruby, Sam and Felicity take off on their final exciting adventure, from glaciers to jungles and the depths of the Pacific Ocean to an island teeming with the most bizarre creatures on earth.
The emerald casket, Richard Newsome.
What do you do when you're a billionaire, you're thirteen and you've just discovered your family tree goes back a thousand years to a pact made by three brothers to carry three caskets to three secret locations and to protect them for centuries to come? What do you do when you know a bloodthirsty criminal holds the contents of one of those caskets and will stop at nothing to discover the others? Gerald, Sam and Ruby fly to India in Gerald's private jet for a holiday at the home of Alisha Gupta. But their holiday soon turns to a desperate quest to outwit a deadly cult, and to beat Mason Green to the Emerald Casket in a fast-paced race against time and tide.
The house of puzzles, Richard Newsome.
A mysterious coded message. A search for a fabled perpetual motion machine. A horse ride from hell. And a night in the exclusive Billionaire's Club House of Puzzles. If Gerald thought his term in a Scottish Highlands school camp was going to be all snow-covered heather and tartan rugshe couldn't have been more wrong. With Professor McElderry in the clutches of Gerald's nemesis Sir Mason Green and a seemingly impossible task required to save his life, the stakes are high and the heat is on.
The mask of destiny, Richard Newsome.
The police have finally caught the evil murderer Sir Mason Green. The third casket and whatever treasure it contains can remain a secret just as the Fraternity wished. And Gerald can relax and enjoy his billions. Or can he? At his trial, Green drops dead in the dock. Forensics show he was poisoned by a dart, and Gerald's DNA is on the blowgun. Then a mysterious cat woman steals the ruby, the key to the third casket. A mysterious woman with a store of poison darts, who happens to be Sir Mason Green's niece, Charlotte. Now Gerald is on the run, with Ruby and Sam, wanted for murder. Can they beat Charlotte to the ruby casket and prove that she killed Green? It's a quest that takes them to caverns beneath the island castle of Mont St Michel in France, locked rooms in the Vatican and the ancient hidden city of Delphi in Greece to discover the secret of the three caskets and the great power they hold.
Three queens in Erin: a novel, Douglas Nicholas.
Maeve and her family - her granddaughter Nemain, Nemain's husband Hob, their six-year-old daughter Macha Redmane, and Maeve's lover Jack Brown - have decided it is time to return to Ireland and reclaim her tribal lands. Journeying over the sea, the family finally learns the secrets behind their long exile: a clan of Viking/Scots known as the Norse Gaels, slew the chief warriors and leaders of Maeve's clan through cunning black magic. But in returning to Ireland, Maeve and her family must face the three leaders of the Norse Gaels. These three queens, dark versions of Celtic goddesses, are evil sisters whose powers rival Maeve's own. When a monster is unleashed upon the countryside, Maeve and Nemain must create a beast of their own, at cost of great sorcerous effort to themselves. With his signature blend of historical adventure and supernatural fantasy, Nicholas' fans will love this rich addition to the series.
Things a bright girl can do, Sally Nicholls.
Through rallies and marches, in polite drawing rooms and freezing prison cells and the poverty-stricken slums of the East End, three courageous young women join the fight for the vote. Evelyn is seventeen, and though she is rich and clever, she may never be allowed to follow her older brother to university. Enraged that she is expected to marry her childhood sweetheart rather than be educated, she joins the Suffragettes, and vows to pay the ultimate price for women's freedom. May is fifteen, and already sworn to the cause, though she and her fellow Suffragists refuse violence. When she meets Nell, a girl who's grown up in hardship, she sees a kindred spirit. Together and in love, the two girls start to dream of a world where all kinds of women have their place. But the fight for freedom will challenge Evelyn, May and Nell more than they ever could believe. As war looms, just how much are they willing to sacrifice?
Cop on: what it is and why your child needs it to survive and thrive in today's world, Colman Noctor.
Raise your child with cop on - give them the grit and good judgment to cope with life's challenges. Full of expert advice and first-hand experience of modern parenthood, Cop On is the perfect book to help you navigate modern parenthood, from the best way to supervise your child's internet usage to communication in the age of Web 2.0.
Salt, fat, acid, heat: mastering the elements of good cooking, Samin Nosrat.
While cooking at Chez Panisse at the start of her career, Samin Nosrat noticed that amid the chaos of the kitchen there were four key principles that her fellow chefs would always fall back on to make their food better: Salt, Fat, Acid and Heat. By mastering these four variables, Samin found the confidence to trust her instincts in the kitchen and cook delicious meals with any ingredients. With her simple but revolutionary method, she has taught masterclasses to give both professionals and amateurs the skills to cook instinctively. Whether you want to balance your vinaigrette, perfectly caramelise your roasted vegetables or braise meltingly tender stews, Samin's canon of 100 essential recipes and their dozens of variations will teach you how. Destined to be a classic, Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat just might be the last cookbook you'll ever need. Samin's clear, warm, and informative lessons will give you the confidence and instincts to unshackle yourself from the tyranny of following a recipe, and make you a cook for life.
The comfort food diaries: my quest for the perfect dish to mend a broken heart, Emily Nunn.
There's no real logic to where we start out and what we end up with. It's like cooking. Once you get your ingredients, how you put them together at any given time is up to you: it's your responsibility to create something good. ... It helps to have a high tolerance for disasters, in the kitchen or otherwise. One life-changing night, reeling from her beloved brother's sudden death, a devastating breakup with her handsome engineer fiancé, and eviction from the apartment they shared, Emily Nunn had lost all sense of family, home, and financial security. After a few glasses of wine, heartbroken and unmoored, Emily–an avid cook and professional food writer–decided to pour her heart out on Facebook. The next morning, she woke up with an awful hangover and a feeling she'd made a terrible mistake–only to discover she had more friends than she knew, many of whom invited her to come to visit and cook with them as she put her life back together. Thus began the Comfort Food Tour. Searching for a way forward, Emily travels the country, cooking and staying with family and friends. She also travels back home to revisit scenes from her dysfunctional Southern upbringing, dominated by her dramatic, unpredictable mother and her silent, disengaged father. Her wonderfully idiosyncratic relatives come alive in these pages, all part of the rich Southern story in which past and present are indistinguishable, food is a source of connection and identity, and a good story is often preferred to a not-so-pleasant truth. But truth, pleasant or not, is what Emily Nunn craves, and with it comes an acceptance of the losses she has endured, and a sense of hope for the future. In the salty snap of a single Virginia ham biscuit and the sour tang of Great-grandmother's Mean Lemon Cake, she experiences the healing power of comfort food–and serves up dozens of recipes for the wonderful dishes that saved her life. With biting humour and luminous prose, Emily Nunn delivers a moving account of her descent into darkness and her hard-won return to the living.
Good kings, bad kings, Susan Nussbaum.
Told in alternating perspectives by a varied and vocal cast of characters, Good Kings, Bad Kings pulls back the curtain to reveal the complicated, funny, and tough life inside the walls of ILLC - an institution for juveniles with disabilities. From Yessenia Lopez, who dreams of her next boyfriend, to Teddy, a resident who dresses up daily in a full suit and tie, and Mia, who guards a terrifying secret, Nussbaum has crafted a multifaceted portrait of a way of life hidden from most of us. In their alliances, the residents ultimately find the strength to bond together, resist their mistreatment, and fight back.
Blonde: a novel. Joyce Carol Oates.
In this ambitious book, Joyce Carol Oates boldly reimagines the inner, poetic, and spiritual life of Norma Jeane Baker, the child, the woman, the fated celebrity and idolized blonde the world came to know as Marilyn Monroe. In a voice startling, intimate, and rich, Norma Jeane tells her own story, that of an emblematic American artistintensely conflicted and drivenwho has lost her way. A powerful portrait of Hollywood's myth and an extraordinary womans heartbreaking reality, Blonde is a sweeping epic that pays tribute to the elusive magic and devastation behind the creation of the great twentieth-century American star.
The notion potion, Chris O'Dowd.
Martin Moone is about to finish primary school and feels he hasn't achieved very much. He's desperate to get his picture on the school's Winners' Wall and decides that entering the Invention Convention science competition will definitely earn him everlasting respect. But Martin along with his teammates Trevor, Padraic and the ever terrifying Declan Mannion is having trouble coming up with a winning idea. Martin's imaginary friend, Sean, comes to the rescue, and together they concoct a plan to beat the snooty kids from the posh school in town. If they can get their hands on some Notion Potion, a mythical brain-boosting beverage, then Martin will have all the ideas he needs. And so the gang embarks on a dangerous (imaginary) journey in their quest to become 'Boyle's first Junior Genius'.
The secret life: three true stories, Andrew O'Hagan.
The Secret Life is a book about identity, secrecy, surveillance and the relationship between the individual, the state and technology at a time when information and data has become the de facto currency of Late Capitalism. It is structured in three long essays, versions of which have appeared in the London Review of Books. Through Julian Assange, Satashi Nakamoto - the much mythologised founder of Bitcoin - and Ronald Pinn, an identity constructed by O'Hagan himself, what emerges in The Secret Life is a uniquely intelligent book about the criminal mind and collective responsibility in the twenty-first century.
The rancher's Cinderella bride, Sara Orwig.
Meg Aldridge needs a fiancé. Her family's demands that she marry have become unbearable. But a month-long pretend engagement to her best friend, Gabe Callahan, should shut them right up. After all, they've been feuding with the Callahans for years. Gabe's willing to give up the ladies temporarily and focus his attentions on Meg. She's his best friend; there's no danger of complications. But a made-over Meg is wearing sexy clothes and makeup...and stirring up new feelings. Will a month of being lovers for appearance's sake become a lifetime of the real thing?
The rancher's nanny bargain, Sara Orwig.
Rancher Cade Callahan is desperate. As guardian to his brother's baby, he's completely clueless, and he needs a nanny quick! Hiring his best friend's very qualified sister seems like a no-brainer. But Erin Dorsey isn't the scrawny kid he remembers, and the ravishing redhead has him reeling. Cade has no use for marriage and likes to play the field. Erin is vulnerable because of a recent heartbreak, so Cade promised her brother to keep his hands off. But resisting the allure of his stunning nanny is easier said than done.
It's all in your head: true stories of imaginary illness, Suzanne O'Sullivan.
It's happened to all of us: our cheeks flush red when we say the wrong thing, or our hearts skip a beat when a certain someone walks by. But few of us realize how much more dramatic and extreme our bodies' reactions to emotions can be. Many people who see their doctor have medically unexplained symptoms, and in the vast majority of these cases, a psychosomatic cause is suspected. And yet, the diagnosis of a psychosomatic disorder can make a patient feel dismissed as a hypochondriac, a faker, or just plain crazy. Neurologist Suzanne O'Sullivan, MD, takes us on a journey through the world of psychosomatic illness, where we meet patients such as Rachel, a promising young dancer now housebound by chronic fatigue syndrome, and Mary, whose memory loss may be her mind's way of protecting her from remembering her husband's abuse. O'Sullivan reveals the hidden stresses behind their mysterious symptoms, approaching a sensitive topic with patience and understanding. She addresses the taboos surrounding psychosomatic disorders, teaching us that it's all in your head doesn't mean that something isn't real, as the body is often the stand-in for the mind when the latter doesn't possess the tools to put words to its sorrow. She encourages us to look with compassion at the ways in which our brains act out, and to question our failure to credit the intimate connection between mind and body.
The Buddha in the attic, Julie Otsuka.
Presents the stories of six Japanese mail-order brides whose new lives in early twentieth-century San Francisco are marked by backbreaking migrant work, cultural struggles, children who reject their heritage, and the prospect of wartime internment.
Sweet, Yotam Ottolenghi.
'There's nothing like a perfectly light sponge flavoured with spices and citrus or an icing-sugar-dusted cookie to raise the spirits and create a moment of pure joy.' In his stunning new baking and desserts cookbook Yotam Ottolenghi and his long-time collaborator Helen Goh bring the Ottolenghi hallmarks of fresh, evocative ingredients, exotic spices and complex flavourings - including fig, rose petal, saffron, aniseed, orange blossom, pistachio and cardamom - to indulgent cakes, biscuits, tarts, puddings, cheesecakes and ice cream.
At home in the world: reflections on belonging while wandering the globe: an adventure across 4 continents with 3 kids, 1 husband, and 5 backpacks, Tsh Oxenreider.
As Tsh Oxenreider, author of Notes From a Blue Bike, chronicles her family's adventure around the world–seeing, smelling, and tasting the widely varying cultures along the way–she discovers what it truly means to be at home. In her late thirties and as a mom to three kids under age ten, Tsh Oxenreider and her husband decided to spend a rather ordinary nine months in an extraordinary way: traveling the corners of the earth to see, together, the places they've always wanted to explore. This book chronicles their global journey from China to Thailand to Australia, Sri Lanka, Uganda, France, Croatia, and beyond, as they fill their days with train schedules, world-schooling the kids, and working from anywhere. Told with wit and candor, Oxenreider invites us on a worldwide adventure without the cost of a ticket; to discover people, places, and stories worth knowing about; to find peace in the places we call home; and to learn that, as the Thai say, in the end, we are all 'the same but different'.
Abby, get your groom!, Victoria Pade.
Always a stylist, never the bride? Abby Crane loves her job as a hairstylist, so it's a major coup when fabulously wealthy Dylan Camden hires her for his sister's nuptials. Raised tough and independent in foster care, Abby's dazzled and intimidated. It's fun to get swept up in the glamour, but Abby knows she could never really belong in his world...could she? After an engagement gone disastrously wrong, Dylan's focused on mending bridges with his family and guarding his heart. Connecting with Abby was just supposed to be a favour for his grandmother–repaying the debt his family owes hers. Yet the more time Dylan spends with Abby, the more he realises all he wants to do is meet her at the altar!
The Australian, Diana Palmer.
For two years Pricilla Johnson watched John Sterling manage his cattle station, and at the tender age of eighteen she innocently surrendered her young heart to him. He was big, brash, brazen and Australian. Everyone called it infatuation, Priss knew it was love. But Pricilla had to move on with her life. Four years of college in Hawaii provided the time and distance to transform a naive girl into a desirable, mature woman. Returning to Australia as a certified teacher, she was ready to put John to the test. And ready or not, he was about to learn a lesson he would never forget.
Long, tall, Texan match, Diana Palmer.
The Princess Bride: He was everything Tiffany Blair wanted. He was danger. He was love...and she was meant to spend forever with him. Trouble was, Kingman Marshall insisted marriage was for fools. But for better or worse, Tiffany vowed she'd walk down the aisle as King's bride.King was equally determined to stay away from Tiffany. He was too old and burdened with secrets for a happily-ever-after with a sheltered princess. But if he succeeded in pushing her away, could he truly live without her? Callaghan's Bride: Rugged as an oak, moody as a thundercloud, rancher Callaghan Hart awed women and intimidated men. So how could one scrappy little redhead nearly bring Callaghan to his knees? Easy! Tess Brady, the ranch's new housekeeper, was soft and sweet. Her youthful innocence drew him like a moth to a flame. But there was no way Callaghan would ever consider marriage, and a casual fling was out of the question. Somehow, he had to resist her, no matter how tempting she was... The Wedding In White: Sweet, gentle schoolteacher Natalie Brock's life changed forever when handsome rancher Mack Killain's masterful kisses gave her a taste of love. Ever since that first awakening, Natalie knew Mack was the only man for her.Trouble was, the rough-edged loner had sworn off marriage–especially to an innocent like her–and told her so on more than one occasion. But Mack had taught her the best was worth fighting for...and Natalie would not settle for anything less than all his love!
Eye of the tiger, Diana Palmer.
She'd been a teenager with a furious crush, and he'd been an experienced man out to avenge himself on the girl he really loved. Eleanor Whitman hated the memory–and she hated him. But even four years later, the sight and scent of Keegan Taber made her weak with desire. Keegan knew Eleanor had loved him. And he'd never forgiven himself for what he'd done. Now he'd give anything to have her love him again. But she didn't care anymore. She was crazy about another man–and all he could do was hope that man didn't put a ring on her finger before Keegan could win her back.
Wyoming winter, Diana Palmer.
Cultivating his vast Wyoming ranch is all security expert J.C. Calhoun wants. His land is all the betrayed rancher can trust in after discovering his fiancée was pregnant by another man. But all J.C. holds dear becomes compromised when a lost little girl leads him to Colie Jackson, the woman who destroyed his life. Colie stops at nothing to protect the people she loves. Years ago she left J.C. for his own good. Now, for the sake of her daughter, she must depend on a hard-hearted man who won't forgive her. As a band of ruthless criminals tracks their every move through the frozen Wyoming winter, Colie and J.C. will be forced to confront the lies that separated them–and the startling truth that will bind them forever.
Rest. Alex Soojung-Kim Pang.
For most of us, overwork is the new normal and rest is an afterthought. In our busy lives, rest is defined as the absence of work: late-night TV binges, hours spent trawling the internet, something to do once we've finished everything else on our to-do lists. But dismissing rest stifles our ability to think creatively and truly recharge. In Rest, Silicon Valley consultant Alex Pang argues that we can be more successful in all areas of our lives by recognizing the importance of rest: working better does not mean working more, it means working less and resting better. Treating rest as a passive activity secondary to work undermines our chances for a rewarding and meaningful life. Whether by making space for daily naps, as Winston Churchill did during World War II; going on hours-long strolls like Charles Darwin; or spending a week alone in a cabin like Bill Gates, pursuing what Pang calls deliberate rest is the true key to fulfillment and creative success. Drawing on rigorous scientific evidence and revelatory historical examples, Rest overturns everything our culture has taught us about work and shows that only by resting better can we start living better.
The no-cry nap solution: guaranteed gentle ways to solve all your naptime problems, Elizabeth Pantley.
The No-Cry Nap Solution offers proven formulas to help babies, toddlers, and preschoolers get their daily restorative rest.
The no-cry sleep solution for newborns: amazing sleep from day one - for baby and you, Elizabeth Pantley.
The no-cry sleep solution for newborns The No-Cry Sleep Solution for Newborns presents a complete, field-tested system to help you establish healthy sleep patterns for your baby. The author, an expert on sleep for babies and young children, has sold 750,000 books worldwide. Her guide lets you begin planning before your baby's birth.
World history: from the ancient world to the information age, Philip Parker.
Portrait of vengeance: a Gwen Marcey novel, Carrie Stuart Parks.
Gwen Marcey has done a good job keeping the pain of her past boxed up. But as she investigates the case of a missing child in Lapwai, Idaho, details keep surfacing that are eerily similar to her childhood traumas. She doesn't believe in coincidences. So what's going on here? No one knows more about the impact of the past than the Nez Perce people of Lapwai. Gwen finds herself an unwelcome visitor to some, making her investigation even more difficult. The questions keep piling up, but answers are slow in coming– and the clock is ticking for a missing little girl. Meanwhile, Gwen's ex-husband is threatening to take sole custody of their daughter. As Gwen's past and present collide, she's in a desperate race for the truth. Because only truth will ensure she still has a future.
Ghosts of the tsunami, Richard Lloyd Parry.
On 11 March 2011, a massive earthquake sent a 120-foot-high tsunami smashing into the coast of north-east Japan. By the time the sea retreated, more than 18,500 people had been crushed, burned to death, or drowned.It was Japan's greatest single loss of life since the atomic bombing of Nagasaki. It set off a national crisis, and the meltdown of a nuclear power plant. And even after the immediate emergency had abated, the trauma of the disaster continued to express itself in bizarre and mysterious ways.Richard Lloyd Parry, an award-winning foreign correspondent, lived through the earthquake in Tokyo, and spent six years reporting from the disaster zone. There he encountered stories of ghosts and hauntings. He met a priest who performed exorcisms on people possessed by the spirits of the dead. And he found himself drawn back again and again to a village which had suffered the greatest loss of all, a community tormented by unbearable mysteries of its own. What really happened to the local children as they waited in the school playground in the moments before the tsunami? Why did their teachers not evacuate them to safety? And why was the unbearable truth being so stubbornly covered up? Ghosts of the Tsunami is a classic of literary non-fiction, a heart-breaking and intimate account of an epic tragedy, told through the personal accounts of those who lived through it. It tells the story of how a nation faced a catastrophe, and the bleak struggle to find consolation in the ruins.
Cry, the beloved country, Alan Paton.
Zulu pastor Stephen Kumalo travels to Johannesburg on an errand for a friend and to visit his son, Absalom, only to learn Absalom has been accused of murdering white city engineer and social activist Arthur Jarvis and stands very little chance of receiving mercy.
10th anniversary, James Patterson.
Detective Lindsay Boxer's long awaited wedding celebration becomes a distant memory when she is called to investigate a horrendous crime: a badly injured teenage girl is left for dead, and her newborn baby is nowhere to be found. Lindsay discovers that not only is there no trace of the criminals, but that the victim may be keeping secrets as well. At the same time, Assistant District Attorney Yuki Castellano is prosecuting the biggest case of her life, a woman who has been accused of murdering her husband in front of her two young children. Yuki's career rests on a guilty verdict, so when Lindsay finds evidence that could save the defendant, she is forced to choose. Should she trust her best friend or follow her instinct? Lindsay's every move is watched by her new boss, Lieutenant Jackson Brady, and when the pressure to find the baby begins interfering with her new marriage to Joe, she wonders if she'll ever be able to start a family.
Alex Cross, run, James Patterson.
Detective Alex Cross arrests renowned plastic surgeon Elijah Creem for sleeping with teenage girls. Now, his life ruined, Creem is out of jail, and he's made sure that no one will recognize him–by giving himself a new face. A young woman is found hanging from a sixth-floor window, and Alex is called to the scene. The victim recently gave birth, but the baby is nowhere to be found. Before Alex can begin searching for the missing newborn and killer, he's called to investigate a second crime. All of Washington, D.C., is in a panic, and when a third body is discovered, rumours of three serial killers send the city into an all-out frenzy. Alex's investigations are going nowhere, and he's too focused on the cases to notice that someone has been watching him–and will stop at nothing until he's dead.
Detective Cross, James Patterson.
An anonymous caller has promised to set off deadly bombs in Washington, DC. A cruel hoax or the real deal? By the time Alex Cross and his wife, Bree Stone, uncover the chilling truth, it may already be too late..
Hidden, James Patterson.
Rejected by the Navy SEALs, Mitchum is content to be his small town's unofficial private eye, until his beloved 14-year-old cousin is abducted. Now he'll call on every lethal skill to track her down-but nothing is what it seems .
Conviction: a novel, Richard North Patterson.
When the body of nine-year old Thuy Sen is found in the San Francisco Bay, the police quickly charge Rennell and Payton Price with her grisly murder. A twelve-person jury, abetted by an incompetent defense lawyer, is nearly as quick to find the brothers guilty, and to sentence them both to die for their crimes. Fifteen years later, overworked pro bono laywer Teresa Peralta Paget, her husband Chris, and stepson Carlo, a recent Harvard law graduate, become convinced not only that Rennell didn't receive a fair trial but that he may well be innocent. Racing against the clock and facing enormous legal obstacles, Teresa, Chris, and Carlo desperately try to stay Rennell's execution, taking the case all the way to the Supreme Court, and to an enormously moving and powerful conclusion.
Private screening, Richard North Patterson.
The nation is stunned silent when presidential hopeful James Kilcannon is shot dead point blank, while sharing the stage at a benefit concert with his rock star girlfriend Stacy Tarrant. Fiercely independent attorney Tony Lord defends the assassin in a sensational trial that erupts in to the media event of the decade. But the most shocking gambit ever witnessed in the history of television has yet to unfold. As America watches, a mysterious and ruthless figure known only as Phoenix takes to the airwaves in the ultimate act of high-tech terror. Holding the wife of a wealthy newspaper mogul and Stacy's manager hostage, Phoenix mounts a televised trial of his own - in which Stacy Tarrant and Tony Lord are the helpless defendants, millions of viewers are jurors, and - unless his chilling demands are met - Phoenix is the unstoppable executioner.
The crocodile tomb, Michelle Paver.
Hylas and Pirra finally arrive in Egypt, only to find that the dagger Userref guarded is missing. Even worse, Telamon and the Crows are also in Egypt to hunt for the dagger, and they'll stop at nothing until they get what they've come for. But when Hylas realizes where the dagger is hidden - in Egypt's ancient tombs, buried with the restless souls of the dead - it's going to take all of his courage to slip inside. And as his otherworldly visions grow stronger, Hylas isn't confident that he'll have the strength to make it out alive. With Havoc the lioness and Echo the falcon at their sides, Hylas and Pirra must rescue the dagger and make a daring escape ... before the gods of Egypt consume them all.
The eye of the falcon, Michelle Paver.
Winter was colder than anyone can remember, and there is no spring. The eruption of Thalakrea has shrouded the sky in ash, and blotted out the sun. Fate brings Hylas to the island of Keftiu. He is desperate to find his friends: Pirra, the daughter of the High Priestess, and Havoc the lion cub. But Keftiu has suffered more than anywhere from the fury of the gods, and the once-prosperous island has been ravaged by cold, famine and plague. As Hylas sets off alone, he is tormented by the fear that Pirra and Havoc may not have survived the winter.
Warrior bronze, Michelle Paver.
Hylas and Pirra return to Akea for their final confrontation with their arch-enemies, the Crows. They must recover the dagger of Koronos if they are to end the warriors' brutal rule. Only if old and new friends join forces can they hope to triumph - but the price of victory may be higher than either Hylas or Pirra has dreamed .
Harry Potter–the ultimate quiz book: unofficial and unauthorised, Chris Peacock.
Quiz book containing over 400 questions to test the knowledge of any Harry Potter fan.
The battle of Bubble and Squeak, Philippa Pearce.
Sid, Peggy and Amy adore the two gerbils, Bubble and Squeak, but their mother detests them. A major family battle results, and it's clear life is never going to be quite the same again. But after a near fatal encounter between Bubble and Ginger the cat, Mrs Sparrow begins to see that life with a pair of gerbils might not be so bad after all.
The Raphael affair, Iain Pears.
Secrets, Lesley Pearse.
The harbour master. Daniel Pembrey.
Henk van der Pol is a 30 year term policeman, a few months off retirement. When he finds a woman's body in Amsterdam Harbour, his detective instincts take over, even though it's not his jurisdiction. Warned off investigating the case, Henk soon realises he can trust nobody, as his search for the killer leads to the involvement of senior police officers, government corruption in the highest places, Hungarian people traffickers, and a deadly threat to his own family.
Arkane thrillers. Books 1-9: Stone of Fire, Crypt of Bone, Ark of Blood, One Day in Budapest, Day of the Vikings, Gates of Hell, One Day in New York, Destroyer of Worlds, End of Days. J F Penn.
Meet Morgan Sierra, ex-Israeli military psychologist, specialist in religious cults at Oxford University, Krav Maga expert, and now recruited to work for Arkane, a secret British government agency investigating supernatural mysteries around the world.
Fly in fly out, Georgina Penney.
After months working on an oil rig in the Atlantic Ocean, engineer Jo Blaine can't wait to get home. Her job is tough, and she is desperate for some long-overdue girl time. When she walks through her front door to find an unexpected man in her house, she's tempted to head straight back out to sea. Stephen Hardy has always felt guilty for the part he played in Jo's leaving home years earlier and jumps at the chance to make amends. It takes some fast talking, but he finally convinces Jo to let him look after her apartment and her giant cranky cat while she's away on the rig. And by the time she leaves for her next shift, they're both eagerly anticipating her return. But balancing family and friends with a new relationship when you're never around is tricky, and Jo is also keeping secrets about her past. After a lifetime of taking care of herself, Jo isn't used to sharing her problems - especially when they involve her messy family history. Picking up the pieces every time she comes home is getting harder, and Jo begins to wonderif a fly-in fly-out lifestyle is really worth it.
Irrepressible you, Georgina Penney.
You don't become a notorious British celebrity without rubbing a few people the wrong way, which is why writer and comedian Ben Martindale has decamped to Australia until the latest media frenzy dies down. When he meets Amy Blaine, a perky blonde who dresses like a 1950s pin-up girl, he knows he's hit the satirical jackpot. He begins to fill his weekly London column with snarky observations about her life, clothes, and even their most intimate moments. It doesn't occur to him that Amy, who is letting her guard down for the first time in her adult life, might be upset - after all, it's hilarious, and his readers love her! It isn't until Amy discovers the extent of his betrayal that Ben begins to realise just how badly he's cocked up the best thing that ever happened to him. But is it too late?
You bring the distant near, Mitali Perkins.
Told in alternating teen voices across three generations, You Bring the Distant Near explores sisterhood, first loves, friendship, and the inheritance of culture, for better or worse. From a grandmother worried that her children are losing their Indian identity to a daughter wrapped up in a forbidden biracial love affair to a granddaughter social-activist fighting to preserve Bengali tigers, award-winning author Mitali Perkins weaves together the threads of a family growing into an American identity.
There's someone inside your house, Stephanie Perkins.
Over a year after her parents sent her away from Hawaii to live with her grandmother in landlocked Nebraska, Makani Young is still adjusting to her new life. She's made a small group of close friends and even flirted with romance, but her past in Hawaii is still hard to forget. And then … one by one the students of her new high school begin to die in a series of gruesome murders. Makani doesn't know who's next on the list. Between this, and a secret scorching relationship with the school weirdo, this school year may turn out to be one to die for … literally.
Supercraft Christmas: craft your way through more than 40 festive projects, Sophie Pester.
Craft your way through more than 40 eco-friendly festive projects, including charming gifts, stunning decorations, and quirky gift wrap ideas, and bring the magic of the German Christmas markets into your home. No more braving the crowds for tatty tinsel - spend time with friends and family and turn cold nights cosy with homemade bath salts, floating tea lights, and gingerbread hearts. Follow clear, step-by-step instructions to create fresh flower garlands, bake edible gift tags, and paint authentic tree ornaments. Featuring a chapter devoted to last-minute ideas, your treats and trinkets can be as speedy as they are special. Full size templates and stunning photography combine to make your homemade projects simple. Brimming with inspiration so you can create your own magical, homemade holiday - you'll soon have the festive season all wrapped up with Supercraft Christmas.
Move without pain, Martha V Peterson.
Using the Hanna Somatics approach to muscular pain relief, Martha Peterson explains how to become aware of the way you move and adapt to stress. You'll also find that fifteen minutes of performing the fully illustrated gentle somatic exercises can result in more efficient pain-free movement–Page 4 of cover.
Lord Garmadon, evil dad, Michael Petranek.
Learn what happens when Garmadon finds out that his biggest enemy, the Green Ninja, is actually his son, Lloyd!
Extra special treats (... not), Liz Pichon.
It's really cold outside and we're hoping it's going to snow. Yeah! Derek and I could make a snow Rooster and have a snowball fight (look out, Delia!). Granny Mavis has started to knit me a new winter jumper but by the looks of things I'm not sure it's going to fit.
The summer of second chances, Maddie Please.
Lottie is about to discover that even when you think you've lost everything, hope and romance can be just around the corner. It takes time to build your life. To get into a long-term (OK, a bit boring) relationship. To find a job (you don't completely hate). Lottie might not be thrilled with the life she's put together, but it's the one she's got. So when in the course of one terrible evening, it all comes crashing down around her, Lottie has a choice: give herself over to grief at being broke, single and completely lacking in prospects. Or, brick by brick, build herself a new life. And this time, with a little help from friends, a crumbling cottage in Devon and a handsome stranger, maybe she can make it the one she always wanted. The Summer of Second Chances is an irresistibly funny read about never giving up, whatever the world throws at you. Perfect for fans of Jenny Colgan, Jane Costello and Christie Barlow.
Lady Jayne disappears, Joanna Davidson Politano.
When Aurelie Harcourt's father dies in debtor's prison, he leaves her just two things: his wealthy family, whom she has never met, and his famous pen name, Nathaniel Droll. Her new family greets her with apathy and even resentment. Only the quiet houseguest, Silas Rotherham, welcomes her company. When Aurelie decides to complete her father's unfinished serial novel, writing the family into the story as unflattering characters, she must keep her identity as Nathaniel Droll hidden while searching for the truth about her mother's disappearance'and perhaps even her father's death. Author Joanna Davidson Politano's stunning debut set in Victorian England will delight readers with its highly original plot, lush setting, vibrant characters, and reluctant romance.
Seriously funny: the endlessly quotable Terry Pratchett. Terry Pratchett.
'I'll be more enthusiastic about encouraging thinking outside the box when there's evidence of any thinking going on inside it.' The most quotable writer of our time, Terry Pratchett's unique brand of wit made him both a bestseller and an enduring, endearing source of modern wisdom. This collection is filled with his funniest and most memorable words about life, the universe and snoring.
Unseen academicals, Terry Pratchett.
Football has come to the ancient city of Ankh-Morpork. And now, the wizards of Unseen University must win a football match, without using magic, so they're in the mood for trying everything else. This is not going to be a gentleman's game. The prospect of the Big Match draws in a street urchin with a wonderful talent for kicking a tin can, a maker of jolly good pies, a dim but beautiful young woman, who might just turn out to be the greatest fashion model there has ever been, and the mysterious Mr Nutt (and no one knows anything much about Mr Nutt, not even Mr Nutt). As the match approaches, four lives are entangled and changed for ever. Because the thing about football - the important thing about football - is that it is not just about football. Here we go! Here we go! Here we go!
Truth or dare, Non Pratt.
How far is too far when it comes to the people you love? Claire Casey hates being the centre of attention. But when she meets the charming Sef and finds out his older brother, Kam, has been paralyzed in an accident she wants to help them both. Claire and Sef start playing an online game of truth or dare to raise money for Kam's care, but as the dares become more dramatic, they discover that love can be the most dangerous game of all.
All dressed up and no place to haunt, Rose Pressey.
Sugar Creek is all abuzz. A film is being shot on a historic plantation, and vintage clothing store owner Cookie Chanel is thrilled to provide authentic period outfits for its stars. When Cookie discovers the temperamental leading lady drowned in a pond, wearing a lovely vintage dress, she's suddenly on location for a real-life crime scene. And when a ghost says the dress belongs to her, the number of clues Cookie has to investigate rivals the size of her shoe collection. With the supernatural support of her psychic cat, Cookie must find a killer in the cast of suspects, and avoid starring in her own final scene.
By gaslight, Steven Price.
London, 1895: In a city of fog and darkness, the notorious thief Edward Shade exists only as a ghost, a fabled con, a thief of other men's futures a man of smoke. A woman's body is discovered on Edgware Road; ten miles away, her head is dredged from the dark, muddy waters of the Thames. Famed detective William Pinkerton had one lead to the notorious thief Edward Shade, and now that lead is dead. Determined to drag Shade out of the shadows, Pinkerton descends into the seedy underworld of Victorian London, with its gas-lit streets, opium dens, sewers and seance halls, its underworld of spies, blackmailers, cultists, petty thieves and pitiless murderers. Adam Foole is a gentleman without a past, haunted by a love affair ten years gone. Returning to London in search of his lost beloved, his journey brings him face-to-face with Pinkerton, and what he learns of his lover's fate will force him to confront a past and a grief he thought long buried.
Curse of the werewolf boy, Chris Priestley.
The blood promise: a Hugo Marston novel, Mark Pryor.
Hugo Marston must figure out what lies hidden inside an old sailor's chest before a 200-year-old blood promise is revealed and claims another life. In post-Revolution Paris, an old man signs a letter in blood, then hides it in a secret compartment in a sailor's chest. A messenger arrives to transport the chest and its hidden contents, but then the plague strikes and an untimely death changes history. Two hundred years later, Hugo Marston is safeguarding an unpredictable but popular senator who is in Paris negotiating a France/U.S. dispute. The talks, held at a country chateau, collapse when the senator accuses someone of breaking into his room. Theft becomes the least of Hugo's concerns when someone discovers the secrets hidden deep inside the sailor's chest, and decides that the power and money they promise are worth killing for. But when the darkness of history is unleashed, even the most ruthless and cunning are powerless to control it.
Imperfect justice, Cara C Putman.
The police say the woman was a murderer. Emilie Wesley knows they can't be talking about her client. But she can't prove it. To the world it seems obvious: Kaylene Turner snapped and killed her daughter and then was shot by police. However, attorney Emilie Wesley knows a different story. Kaylene was a nurturer at heart looking for a way out of a controlling, abusive marriage. Kaylene's death shakes Emilie's world and her belief that she can make a difference for these women. Self-doubt plagues her, and she finds herself struggling to continue her work in the wake of tragedy. Austen Billings thought he knew his sister–right up until he learned of the manner of her death. He receives a letter from Kaylene begging him to fight for custody of her daughters if anything should happen to her. No attorney in her right mind would take on his case, but Kaylene's letter claims Emilie Wesley will help him. Thrown together in the race to save Kinley Turner from a father who isn't all that he seems, Emily and Austen pursue the constantly evasive truth. But if they can hang on to hope together, maybe they can save Kinley–and find a future for themselves in the process.
A natural, Ross Raisin.
Give it Tom. Every lunchtime, every P.E. game, bouncing off the walls for years. Give it Tom. Give it Tom. Tom Pearman has been tipped for football stardom all his young life. But after spending his teenage years training with a Premier League team, the bright future he imagined for himself disappears from one day to the next when he finds out his club has decided to let him go. Now he's nineteen, away from home, playing for a tiny club in a town he doesn't know. Shy and introverted - but desperate for recognition - Tom finds himself forced to navigate the dominant personalities and shifting relationships that rule the team. Along the way, he will also be forced to question whether he can reconcile his own desires with professional success.
The Stinky Street stories: 2 stinky, Alex Ratt.
From smelly sewers to pongy penguins, there's always a rotten reek on Stinky Street. So put some pickles up your nose and join Brian and his friend Nerf for a brand-new series of revoltingly runk, truly toxious and sickeningly smell-odorous adventures.
A darkling plain, Philip Reeve.
Agents for peace are bringing an end to the devastating conflict between the roaming Traction Cities and their fanatical enemies while Wren and her father Tom travel the Bird Roads in their airship, trying to forget that Hester has betrayed them. In the ruined wreckage of the city of London they make a discovery that will change the world, while Hester must face an implacable foe with the means and the will to destroy the entire human race.
Fever Crumb. Philip Reeve.
Fever Crumb has been adopted and raised by Dr. Crumb, a member of the Order of Engineers, where she serves as an apprentice. At a time when women are not seen as reasonable creatures, Fever is an anomaly, the only girl to serve in the Order. Soon, though, she must say good-bye to Dr. Crumb to assist archaeologist Kit Solent with a top secret project. The assignment involves a mysterious room that once belonged to Auric Godshawk, the last of the Scriven overlords, and Fever must help unlock it. The Scriven, not human, ruled the city some years ago but were hunted down and killed in a victorious uprising by the people. As Fever's work begins, she is plagued by memories that are not her own, and Kit seems to have a particular interest in finding out what they are. All Fever knows is what she's been told: She is an orphan. But whose memories does she hold? And why are there people chasing her, intent on eliminating her? Is Fever the key to unlocking the terrible secret of the past?
Infernal devices, Philip Reeve.
In the distant future, when fifteen-year-old Wren Natsworthy, bored with life in Anchorage, steals an Old-Tech book for a Lost Boy, she sets off a sequence of events that leads her parents, Tom and Hester, back into battle with old enemies and new.
Mortal engines, Philip Reeve.
In the distant future, when cities move about and consume smaller towns, a fifteen-year-old apprentice is pushed out of London by the man he most admires and must seek answers in the perilous Out-Country, aided by one girl and the memory of another.
No such thing as dragons, Philip Reeve.
Ansel's new master slays dragons for a living. He says he's hunted the monstrous worms all over Christendom and has the scars to prove it. But is Brock just a clever trickster in shining armour? Ansel is sure there are no such things as dragons. So what is the man-eating creature that makes its lair in the crags of Dragon Mountain? Ansel and Brock must climb the ice face to discover the terrifying truth.
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 spot of folly: ten and a quarter new tales of murder and mayhem, Ruth Rendell.
In these tales, a businessman boasts about cheating on his wife, only to find the tables turned. A beautiful country rectory reverberates to the echo of a historical murder. A compulsive liar acts on impulse, only to be lead inexorably to disaster. And a wealthy man finds there is more to his wife's kidnapping than meets the eye.
Dipper's and Mabel's guide to mystery and nonstop fun!, Rob Renzetti.
Crystal storm. Morgan Rhodes.
An epic clash between gods and mortals threatens to tear Mytica apart ... and prove that not even the purest of love stands a chance against the strongest of magic.
Falling kingdoms, Morgan Rhodes.
A fantasy about three kingdoms on the brink of war and the destiny of one princess.
Frozen tides, Morgan Rhodes.
While Cleo sets aside her feelings about Magnus to fulfill her royal duties, a betrayed Lucia teams up with a vengeful Fire god; Jonas becomes a pawn in the hunt for the Kindred; and King Gaius sails across the Silver Sea to forge a dubious alliance.
Gathering darkness: a Falling Kingdoms Novel, Morgan Rhodes.
THE REBELS? THE KRAESHIANS? THE WATCHERS? And which side will Prince Magnus choose, now that everyone he's been betrayed by everyone he's ever loved?
Obsidian blade: a falling kingdoms story, Morgan Rhodes.
MAGNUS from FALLING KINGDOMS and MADDOX from A BOOK OF SPIRITS AND THIEVES are on an epic quest through time in this series-bridging novella from New York Times bestselling author Morgan Rhodes. In a garden of ancient ruins on the cliffs of Limeros, Prince Magnus comes face-to-face with a witch. The old woman incapacitates him with a spell, presses a single object into his hand–an obsidian blade–and tells him to bring it to a woman named Samara before the sun sets and his portal home closes forever. A flash of dark magic transports Magnus back in time to a Mytica he's only heard about in storybooks. Lost in this foreign land, Magnus sets out to find Samara. But a chance encounter with the rumored Witch Boy derails his journey. Magnus saves Maddox from a beating, but the cruel Livius is now on their tail. The sun is starting to set. Time is running out. Both boys must fight for their lives. Follow legendary bad boy Magnus and the enigmatic Maddox as their worlds collide in this high-stakes adventure. And don't miss Crystal Storm, book five in the Falling Kingdoms series.
Rebel spring, Morgan Rhodes.
When the evil King Gaius announces that a road is to be built into the Forbidden Mountains, formally linking all of Mytica together, he sets off a chain of events that will forever change the face of this land, forcing Cleo the dethroned princess, Magnus the reluctant heir, Lucia the haunted sorceress, and Jonas the desperate rebel to take steps they never could have imagined.
Waking up in winter: in search of what really matters at midlife, Cheryl Richardson.
Internationally recognized coach and New York Times bestselling author Cheryl Richardson has toured the world empowering others to make lasting change. But when Richardson's own life no longer worked as it once had, a persistent, inner voice offered unmistakable guidance: it was time to reevaluate her life to uncover what really mattered. Waking Up in Winter is the candid and revelatory account of how at midlife, Richardson found renewed contentment and purpose through a heroic, inward journey. The unfolding story, told through intimate journal entries, follows Richardson from the first, gentle nudges of change to a thoughtfully reimagined life - a soulful, spring awakening. With an experienced coach's intuition and an artist's eye, Richardson reexamines everything - her marriage, her work, her friendships, and her priorities - gracefully shedding parts of the self that no longer serve along the way. In the end, she not only discovers what really matters at midlife, she invites readers to join her in the inquiry process by providing thought-provoking questions designed to usher them through their own season of transformation. Offering up Richardson's most powerful teaching tool yet - her own life - Waking Up in Winter takes readers on a brave, spiritual adventure that shows us all how to live a more authentic and meaningful life
My name is nobody, Matthew Richardson.
Solomon Vine is a spy on a fast track to the top. But when a prisoner is shot in unexplained circumstances on his watch, only suspension and exile beckon. Three months later, MI6's Head of Station in Istanbul is violently abducted from his home. With the Service in lockdown, uncertain of who can be trusted, thoughts turn to the missing man's oldest friend: Solomon Vine. On the run and determined to clear his name, Vine tries to uncover the truth. But his investigation soon reveals that there's much more at stake than the life of a single spy.
The names of dead girls, Eric Rickstad.
As I read Eric Rickstad's latest, The Names of Dead Girls, I felt myself constantly wanting to skip ahead–anxious, desperate, to find out what was going to happen...You're in the hands of one of the best in the business, at the very peak of his form.–Michael Harvey, author of BrightonNew York Times and USA Today bestselling author Eric Rickstad delivers another Canaan Crime novel and features once again detectives Frank Rath and Sonja Test as they track a depraved killer through rural Vermont.Every murder tells a story. Some stories never end … In a remote northern Vermont town, college student Rachel Rath is being watched. She can feel the stranger's eyes on her, relentless and possessive. And she's sure the man watching her is the same man who killed her mother and father years ago: Ned Preacher, a serial rapist and murderer who gamed the system to get a light sentence. Now, he's free. Detective Frank Rath adopted Rachel, his niece, after the shocking murder of her parents when she was a baby. Ever since, Rath's tried to protect her from the true story of her parents' deaths. But now Preacher is calling Rath to torment him. He's threatening Rachel and plotting cruelties for her, of the flesh and of the mind. When other girls are found brutally murdered, and a woman goes missing, Rath and Detective Sonja Test must untangle the threads that tie these new crimes and some long-ago nightmares together. Soon they will learn that the truth is more perverse than anyone could guess, rife with secrets, cruel desires, and warped, deadly loyalty.Mesmerizing, startling, and intricately plotted, The Names of Dead Girls builds relentlessly on its spellbinding premise, luring readers into its dark and macabre mystery, right to its shocking end.
Spirit animals: the book of Shane #1, Clifford Riley.
There are two sides to every story. Throughout their quest to save the world, Conor, Abeke, Meilin, and Rollan have faced off against a brutal enemy force: the Conquerors. Their vicious tactics have toppled countries and devastated families.Shane is a Conqueror. A boy himself, he's been both a mysterious friend and cunning foe to the heroes–with a past more complicated than any of them realized.Now Shane's story will finally be told, and history will be written by the victors.
The olive tree. Lucinda Riley.
It has been twenty-four years since a young Helena spent a magical holiday in Cyprus, where she fell in love for the first time. When the now crumbling house, 'Pandora', is left to her by her godfather, she returns to spend the summer there with her family. Yet Helena knows that the idyllic beauty of Pandora masks a web of secrets she has kept from William, her husband, and Alex, her son. At the difficult age of thirteen, Alex is torn between protecting his beloved mother, and growing up. And equally, he is desperate to learn the truth about his real father. When Helena meets her childhood sweetheart by chance, a chain of events is set in motion that threatens to make her past and present collide. Both Helena and Alex know that life will never be the same, once Pandora's secrets have been revealed.
After she fell, Mary-Jane Riley.
There are so many ways to fall... Catriona needs help. Her seventeen-year-old daughter Elena was found dead at the bottom of a cliff near her boarding school. The death has been ruled a suicide, but Catriona isn't convinced. When her old friend, journalist Alex Devlin, arrives in Hallow's Edge to investigate, she quickly finds that life at private boarding school The Drift isn't as idyllic as the bucolic setting might suggest. Amidst a culture of drug-taking, bullying and tension between school and village, no one is quite who they seem to be, and there are several people who might have wanted Elena to fall.
At risk, Stella Rimington.
Secret asset, Stella Rimington.
Magnus Chase and the gods of Asgard. II, The hammer of Thor, Rick Riordan.
Thor's hammer is missing again. The thunder god has a disturbing habit of misplacing his weapon the mightiest force in the Nine Worlds. But this time the hammer isn't just lost, it has fallen into enemy hands. If Magnus Chase and his friends can't retrieve the hammer quickly, the mortal worlds will be defenseless against an onslaught of giants. Ragnarok will begin. The Nine Worlds will burn. Unfortunately, the only person who can broker a deal for the hammer's return is the gods' worst enemy, Loki and the price he wants is very high. Magnus Chase, a homeless boy living in Boston, finds out he is the son of a Norse god.
The bravest kid, Sally Rippin.
The Hey Jack! adventures are perfect for boys who are desperate to begin reading but are bored by daggy school readers. When Jack hurts his ankle, he tries really hard not to cry. He's not a baby! Surely he can be braver than that?
The crazy cousins, Sally Rippin.
The Hey Jack! adventures are perfect for boys who are desperate to begin reading but are bored by daggy school readers! Jack's in the mood for mooching around, playing with his crazy cousins! But will his bad mood spoil the whole day?
A lesson for Lina, Sally Rippin.
The Olympics are over, and everyone is feeling flat - including Lina. As she reads the newspaper every night with her father, Lina finds out that some of the Hungarian athletes have stayed behind and are hiding in Melbourne so they don't have to face the fighting in their homeland. Lina begins to suspect that one is being hidden by her cranky old neighbour, Mrs Bencszik. She writes an article about it and sends it to her hero, the Age journalist Stella Davis - who wants to meet her and publish the article! But Lina soon realises that Stella wants to steal the story for herself. Lina refuses to share the article, pretending instead that she made the whole thing up. But that doesn't mean that Lina's chance to be a real journalist is lost forever ... When she writes down her father's life story of how he fled Italy for fear of political persecution, her teacher secretly sends it to the newspaper. As Lina and her father settle down to read the paper together one evening, there it is. In this heartwarming conclusion to Lina's story, she comes to grips with her heritage and finally feels true pride in her family - and herself.
Lina at the games, Sally Rippin.
It's 1956 and the Melbourne Olympic Games have finally arrived! The whole city is buzzing with excitement and Lina can't wait to go along as a reporter for the school magazine.
Lina's many lives, Sally Rippin.
It's 1956 and Lina is working hard on the school newspaper. But mean Sarah Butterworth isn't making it easy, and when Linas best friend Mary gets distracted by her now new television, things begin to fall apart. Meanwhile, at home Lina starts to uncover some dark family secrets. Living in two such different worlds isn't easy, and when tragedy strikes, she makes a decision that causes many lives to collide.
The lost reindeer, Sally Rippin.
Jack can't wait to give his best friend Billie her Christmas present. He made it himself. But what will happen when Billie's present for him is way cooler?
Meet Lina, Sally Rippin.
It's 1956 and Lina dreams of being a writer, but her strict Italian parents have different ideas. Now that she's won a scholarship to an expensive girls school, Lina has other troubles, too. To fit in, she must keep her home life a secret, and her best friend Mary can't know the truth. But how long can Lina keep her two worlds apart?
The other teacher, Sally Rippin.
The Hey Jack! adventures are perfect for boys who are desperate to begin reading but are bored by daggy school readers. Jack's class has a new teacher who seems really cool. But then Jack breaks a rule he didn't even know existed! Maybe the teacher's not so great after all .
The robot blues. 2, Sally Rippin.
The Hey Jack! adventures are perfect for boys who are desperate to begin reading but are bored by daggy school readers! 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 scary solo, Sally Rippin.
The Hey Jack! adventures are perfect for boys who are desperate to begin reading but are bored by daggy school readers! 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 shoe box: a Christmas story, Francine Rivers.
One of the CBAUs most talented and well-loved authors presents a beautiful Christmas novella that's sure to touch readers' hearts, starring Timmy, a foster child with a very special and mysterious shoe box. Full color.
Awaken the giant within, Anthony Robbins.
Wake Up and Take Control of Your Life! Anthony Robbins, the nation's leader in the science of peak performance, shows you his most effective strategies and techniques for mastering your emotions, your body, your relationships, your finances, and your life. The acknowledged expert in the psychology of change, Anthony Robbins provides a step-by-step program teaching the fundamental lessons of self-mastery that will enable you to discover your true purpose, take control of your life and harness the forces that shape your destiny.
Gabriel's Bay, Catherine Robertson.
A heart-warming, thoroughly entertaining novel about a whole community. Kerry Macfarlane has run away from his wedding-that-wasn't. He lands in coastal Gabriel's Bay, billed as 'a well-appointed small town' on its website (last updated two decades ago). Here Kerry hopes to prove he's not a complete failure. Or, at least, to give his most convincing impression. But Gabriel's Bay has its own problems - low employment, no tourists, and a daunting hill road between it and civilisation. And Kerry must also run the gauntlet of its inhabitants: Sidney, single mother deserted by a feckless ex; Mac, the straight-shooting doctor's receptionist; a team of unruly nine-year-olds; a giant restaurateur; and the local progressive association, who'll debate apostrophe placement until the crack of doom. Can Kerry win their respect, and perhaps even love? Will his brilliant plan to transform the town's fortunes earn him a lasting welcome in Gabriel's Bay?
Not safe after dark and other works, Peter Robinson.
It's hard out here for a duke, Maya Rodale.
When American born James Cavendish arrives in London tomorrow, he'll become the Duke of Durham. Some might be ecstatic at the opportunity. Not James. He's a simple man, fond of simple pleasures. And right now, nothing could be more pleasurable than spending his last night of freedom with a beautiful stranger. One wild night, Meredith Green, companion to the dowager Duchess of Durham, said yes to a man she thought she'd never see again. Suddenly, they're living under the same roof, where Meredith is expected to teach James how to be a duke while trying not to surrender to temptation a second time. For a duke and a commoner, marriage would be pure scandal. Yet nothing has ever felt as right as having Meredith in his arms and in his bed. Soon he must choose between a duty he never desired, and a woman he longs for, body and soul.
Keto recipes for accelerated weight loss: top 40 quick & easy Keto diet recipes to help you successfully feel healthier and truly alive!, Olivia Rose.
In this book not only do I help you understand what the Ketogenic diet is all about but also share some recipes for the various meals you will be consuming through the day. As the Ketogenic diet consists of consuming a large amount of fats, proteins and uses a low amount of carbs, it works wonders if you have been trying your best to achieve that fabulous body you have always wished to achieve.However, do remember, while diets work in a simple and effective manner, it is all up to you. That is, it all depends on how you maintain the balance and not just eat healthy but also tries to indulge in a little physical activity at least three to four times a week. If you do not lead a sedentary life or your work does not involve too much of physical activity, monitor the intake of calories per day. If you lead a life which is heavy in physical activity, you will need to accordingly adjust the ratio of fat to protein to carbs accordingly. As per the Keto diet, your daily diet should include a higher amount of fat, a moderate amount of protein and a low percentage of carbs. While several people claim that diets are not the best way forward to losing weight, it is only because they tried and failed. The reason for them failing is not the diet but infact it is because they don't begin the diet on the right note or are unable to maintain the balance in what they eat or drink and hence the diet they should have been on turns into a disaster for them!
Living nonviolent communication: practical tools to connect and communicate skillfully in every situation, Marshall B Rosenberg.
Teaches how to use nonviolent communication to resolve issues in life, work, and family relationships.
Picture me gone: a novel, Meg Rosoff.
Meg Rosoff Mila is on a roadtrip across the USA with her father. They are looking for his best friend but Mila discovers a more important truth. Sometimes the act of searching reveals more than the final discovery can. Adults do not have all the answers. It all depends what questions you ask.
A country affair, Alice Ross.
Bored housewife and mother of twins Julia is contemplating an affair with ex-boyfriend Max after a chance meeting in the supermarket. The cereal aisle no less. Trophy wife Miranda has got it all - expensive clothes, a huge house, and her wealthy husband Doug. So why does she feel like something is missing? Teenager Faye hates being treated like a child. She wants glamour and excitement - anything to get away from her mundane family life. Three women, each with two options, needing to make one choice.
A summer of secrets, Alice Ross.
One long hot summer. Secrets never stay buried for long... Portia is determined to restore Buttersley Manor, her family's crumbling ancestral home, to its former glory. Yet she has a feeling that there are a few forgotten skeletons in the dust-covered cupboards. Jenny has put her life on hold for far too long. It's time to finally start living and to dig up those hopes and dreams she's kept hidden all these years - but is she brave enough? Rich is happily married with a beautiful wife and lovely daughter. In fact, his world is perfect until a very unexpected consequence of his past walks through the door... Joe would like nothing more than to travel back in time to when he and Gina were happy. But is it too late to rescue what they once had? One thing's for sure, nothing's ever quite what it seems when it comes to life in the country.
A taste of France, Alice Ross.
Kate Harris has enough on her plate! Life is constant juggling act between raising her three young children and running a busy Veterinary Practice in the Cotswolds. But with her passion for all things French, especially the mouth-watering cuisine, the cookery club with her three best friends, Connie, Melody and Trish is the perfect escape... Now the foursome has been given their biggest challenge yet! Yet, with her husband Andrew's increasingly secretive behaviour, the unexpected reappearance of her dishy ex-boyfriend, Gregg, and an unexpected culinary challenge from her daughter's nursery, Kate decides it's time to take charge of the disparate ingredients of her life and transform them into the perfect pot-au-feu!
A taste of Italy, Alice Ross.
The perfect recipe for happiness? Connie has had enough. Enough of the city, enough of her job - and most importantly, enough of her cheating boyfriend! So, when her best friend jets off to sunny Australia for six months and calls on Connie to house and dog-sit, the timing couldn't be more perfect. Finally free to chase her dreams, Connie sets up her very own Cotswolds Cookery Club - a place to share scrumptious recipes and, more importantly, a lot of wine! Cue Melody, Kate and Eleanor, three very different women who Connie realises are all in need of a recipe for happiness... But with two gorgeous men turning up the heat, Connie may have just ended up with a recipe for disaster!
A taste of Spain, Alice Ross.
Trish Ford always dreamed of living in a little chocolate box village like Cornfield - but she never expected to be starting over at forty! Joining the Cotswolds Cookery Club seems like the perfect recipe for finding happiness again, along with her new friends Connie, Melody and Kate. From mouth-watering paella to sweet, honey-drenched pestinos, Trish finds a delicious distraction in the Spanish cuisine whilst doing her best to deal with her stroppy teenage daughter and her cheating ex-husband and his pregnant girlfriend. But it will take all of Trish's new-found confidence - and maybe a helping of her irresistible leche frita - to risk her heart on hunk single dad Steve.
A winter's wish, Alice Ross.
Amelia is at breaking point. She's just lost her job and Doug, the love of her life, still hasn't broken up with his girlfriend. Surely a trip to the quiet countryside is just what she needs? Phil is about to leave beautiful Buttersley for the other side of the world! The sunny shores of Australia will mean a new life with his girlfriend, but something is holding him back... Ella has never felt this way before - Jake O'Donnell is the most gorgeous man she's ever seen. And the more time she spends babysitting his kids, the more her feelings grow! Stan should be happy. He loves his wife and their adorable baby girl more than anything! So why, when everything's finally going right, are they arguing more than ever? One thing's for sure, even when Buttersley's first snowflakes begin to fall, it's never too cold for love to blossom.
I want snow!, Tony Ross.
Princess' mother the Queen is in Antarctica counting penguins, and sends a picture back to the Princess, who wants everyone in the palace to come up with some snow for her! Until she realizes she hates winter.
The happiness project: or, why I spent a year trying to sing in the morning, clean my closets, fight right, read Aristotle, and generally have more fun, Gretchen Rubin.
Wonderful ... Rubin shows how you can be happier, starting right now, with small, actionable steps accessible to everyone.–Julie Morgenstern, New York Times bestselling author of Organizing from the Inside Out. Gretchen Rubin had an epiphany one rainy afternoon in the unlikeliest of places: a city bus. The days are long, but the years are short, she realized. Time is passing, and I'm not focusing enough on the things that really matter. In that moment, she decided to dedicate a year to her happiness project. In this lively and compelling account–now updated with new material by the author–Rubin chronicles her adventures during the twelve months she spent test-driving the wisdom of the ages, current scientific research, and lessons from popular culture about how to be happier. Among other things, she found that novelty and challenge are powerful sources of happiness; that money can help buy happiness, when spent wisely; that outer order contributes to inner calm; and that the very smallest of changes can make the biggest difference. An enlightening, laugh-aloud read.
The golden house: a novel, Salman Rushdie.
When powerful real estate tycoon Nero Golden immigrates to the States under mysterious circumstances, he and his three adult children assume new identities, taking Roman names, and move into a grand mansion in downtown Manhattan. Arriving shortly after the inauguration of Barack Obama, he and his sons, each extraordinary in his own right, quickly establish themselves at the apex of New York society. The story of the powerful Golden family is told from the point of view of their Manhattanite neighbour and confidant, Rene, an aspiring filmmaker who finds in the Goldens the perfect subject. Rene chronicles the undoing of the house of Golden: the high life of money, of art and fashion, a sibling quarrel, an unexpected metamorphosis, the arrival of a beautiful woman, betrayal and murder, and, far away in their abandoned homeland, some decent intelligence work. Invoking literature, pop culture, and the cinema, Rushdie spins the story of the American zeitgeist over the last eight years, hitting every beat: the rise of the birther movement, the Tea Party, Gamergate and identity politics; the backlash against political correctness; the ascendency of the superhero movie; and, of course, the insurgence of a ruthlessly ambitious, narcissistic, media-savvy villain wearing makeup and with coloured hair.
Lord Garmadon's guide to world domination, Meredith Rusu.
Sandrunners, Anthony Ryan.
A short story set in The Draconis Memoria universe. In this prequel story to The Waking Fire, newly graduated Blood-blessed Ethelynne Drystone accompanies the Sandrunners Indepdent Contractor Company on a dangerous mission to the Arradsian Interior, intent on finding the lair of the legendary White Drake.
The wrong girl, Hank Phillippi Ryan.
Does a respected adoption agency have a frightening secret? Tipped off by a determined ex-colleague on a desperate quest to find her birth mother, Boston newspaper reporter Jane Ryland begins to suspect that the agency is engaging in the ultimate betrayal - reuniting birth parents with the wrong children. For detective Jake Brogan and his partner, a young woman's brutal murder seems a sadly predictable case of domestic violence, one that results in two toddlers being shuttled into the foster care system. Then Jake finds an empty cradle at the murder scene. Where is the baby who should have been sleeping there? Jane and Jake are soon on a trail full of twists and turns that takes them deep into the heart of a foster care system in crisis and threatens to blow the lid off an adoption agency scandal. When the threatening phone calls start, Jane knows she is on the right track...but with both a killer at large and an infant missing, time is running out.
The inexplicable logic of my life, Benjamin Alire Sáenz.
Sal used to know his place with his adoptive gay father, their loving Mexican American family, and his best friend, Samantha. But it's senior year, and suddenly Sal is throwing punches, questioning everything, and realizing he no longer knows himself. If Sal's not who he thought he was, who is he?
The river of consciousness, Oliver Sacks.
Two weeks before his death, Oliver Sacks outlined the contents of The River of Consciousness, the last book he would oversee. The best-selling author of On the Move, Musicophilia, and The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, Sacks is known for his illuminating case histories about people living with neurological conditions at the far borderlands of human experience. But his grasp of science was not restricted to neuroscience or medicine; he was fascinated by the issues, ideas, and questions of all the sciences. That wide-ranging expertise and passion informs the perspective of this book, in which he interrogates the nature not only of human experience but of all life. In The River of Consciousness, Dr. Sacks takes on evolution, botany, chemistry, medicine, neuroscience, and the arts, and calls upon his great scientific and creative heroes, above all, Darwin, Freud, and William James. For Sacks, these thinkers were constant companions from an early age; the questions they explored, the meaning of evolution, the roots of creativity, and the nature of consciousness, lie at the heart of science and of this book. The River of Consciousness demonstrates Sacks's unparalleled ability to make unexpected connections, his sheer joy in knowledge, and his unceasing, timeless endeavor to understand what makes us human.
New Zealand tax handbook for inbound and outbound migrants, Rizwana Saheed.
Written in a clear and accessible format, and peppered with illustrative examples, this handbook is designed to take the mystery out of tax issues that migrants commonly face - whether they be leaving, arriving or returning to New Zealand. Topics covered include: Foreign tax credits Dealing with foreign income Transitional residency rules Non-resident contractors withholding tax Moving foreign superannuation schemes to New Zealand Rental properties held offshore Residency status of settlors, trustees and beneficiaries- impact on trusts New Zealand land held by non-residents Residential Land Withholding Tax (RLWT) Tax Information Statements Tax issues for temporary migrant workers Effect of residency on FIF and CFC investments Foreign trust disclosure rules.
Chengdu could not, would not, fall asleep, Barney Saltzberg.
High in the trees in the middle of the night, all of the pandas are sleeping except for Chengdu, who tries everything and still cannot fall asleep until he finds the perfect spot–atop his brother, Yuan.
The parting gift, Leah Sanders.
Blaine Graham lost his mother when he was the tender age of eleven. Grief over the loss drove a wedge between him and his father, and soon proved too difficult for him to deal with. At the age of sixteen, he falsified his papers and made the trip across the border into Canada with his best friend to join the Royal Canadian Air Force and enter the war in Europe as a pilot. Ten years later Captain Graham finds himself flying commercial jets in Boston - his estranged father and his past life all but forgotten, until the day he receives a telegram from his dying father asking him to come home.The persistent Mara Crawford, a live-in nurse, has experienced her fair share of loss as well. Her attachment to Blaine's father drives her desire to bring reconciliation between the two men before time runs out for her patient. But her best laid plans didn't include falling in love again.
Two turtledoves, Leah Sanders.
Baldwyn Sinclair, the Duke of Paisley, returns to London in the dead of winter at the request of his over-bearing grandmother to find she has forged a betrothal contract on his behalf ... without his knowledge. Now he is to be married to none other than the girl who used to throw mud at him in order to gain his attention. He is not happy about the prospect, but he is nothing if not devoted to duty. Anastasia Trent has been in love with the Duke of Paisley since she was seven years old and has spent her life pining for him, fantasizing about the moment they would see each other again. But when he makes it clear that her imaginings are in vain, her disappointment drives her into the arms of a dangerous man. It is up to Baldwyn to rescue her once again, to save her from herself, and to find perhaps, along the way, exactly what his own heart was searching for.
Deep freeze, John Sandford.
Class reunions: a time for memories; good, bad, and, as Virgil Flowers is about to find out, deadly. Virgil knows the town of Trippton, Minnesota, a little too well. A few years back, he investigated the corrupt, and as it turned out, homicidal, local school board, and now the town's back in view with more alarming news: A woman's been found dead, frozen in a block of ice. There's a possibility that it might be connected to a high school class of twenty years ago that has a mid-winter reunion coming up, and so, wrapping his coat a little tighter, Virgil begins to dig into twenty years' worth of traumas, feuds, and bad blood. In the process, one thing becomes increasingly clear to him. It's true what they say: high school is murder.
Behave: the biology of humans at our best and worst, Robert M Sapolsky.
Why do we do the things we do? Over a decade in the making, this game-changing book is Robert Sapolsky's genre-shattering attempt to answer that question as fully as perhaps only he could, looking at it from every angle. Sapolsky's storytelling concept is delightful but it also has a powerful intrinsic logic: he starts by looking at the factors that bear on a person's reaction in the precise moment a behaviour occurs, and then hops back in time from there, in stages, ultimately ending up at the deep history of our species and its evolutionary legacy.
A primate's memoir: love, death and baboons in East Africa, Robert M Sapolsky.
Sapolsky sets out to study the relationship between stress and disease. He reinvents the traditional field research study with this daring memoir of more than 20 years studying a troop of baboons in Kenya and their behaviour, and his interaction with the neighbouring Masai tribe.
Star Wars. The story of Darth Vader, Catherine Saunders.
Uncover the mystery behind Darth Vader's mask. Discover the story of a talented young Jedi who turns to the dark side.
Bigfoot, Tobin & me, Melissa Savage.
Lemonade's mother named her for her favourite saying: When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. But now her mum's dead. After relocating to her grandpa's place in Bigfoot-obsessed Willow Creek, Lem meets Tobin. Quirky and determined, he's the CEO of Bigfoot Detectives, Inc. and sole investigator for the town. Lem is reluctantly enlisted as his assistant. Together, they try to capture a shot of the elusive beast on film, but what they find is even more amazing.
Double wedding, Patricia Scanlan.
Jessica and Carol, two childhood friends, are both engaged to be married. Secretly afraid her fiance is going to chicken out, Carol is insisting on a double wedding. Jessica is appalled at the idea: she doesn't want to share the happiest day of her life. But how can she break the news to Carol? On top of that, Carol's parents are separated and at loggerheads. Neither wants the other to be there. And Nadine, Carol's younger sister, is wild and disruptive and drinks like a fish–hardly the ideal wedding guest. Can Jessica and Carol's friendship survive a double wedding?
Data and Goliath: the hidden battles to collect your data and control your world, Bruce Schneier.
Your cell phone provider tracks your location and knows who's with you. Your online and in-store purchasing patterns are recorded, and reveal if you're unemployed, sick, or pregnant. Your e-mails and texts expose your intimate and casual friends. Google knows what you're thinking because it saves your private searches. Facebook can determine your sexual orientation without you ever mentioning it. The powers that surveil us do more than simply store this information. Corporations use surveillance to manipulate not only the news articles and advertisements we each see, but also the prices we're offered. Governments use surveillance to discriminate, censor, and chill free speech, and put people in danger worldwide. And both sides share this information with each other or, even worse, lose it to cybercriminals in huge data breaches. Much of this is voluntary: we cooperate with corporate surveillance because it promises us convenience, and we submit to government surveillance because it promises us protection. The result is a mass surveillance society of our own making. But have we given up more than we've gained? Security expert Bruce Schneier offers another path, one that values both security and privacy. He shows us what we can do to reform our government surveillance programs and shake up surveillance-based business models, while also providing tips for you to protect your privacy every day.
An affair of honor, Amanda Scott.
The scandal would rip through English society–but how can they resist falling recklessly, irreversibly in love?A series of disasters in Eleanor Lindale's well-to-do family kept her out of the social whirl where she might have attracted suitors. Now, at age twenty-five, she believes she is irretrievably on the shelf. But her quiet life in Brighton abruptly changes when she's asked to chaperone her beautiful seventeen-year-old niece, Lady Aurora Crossways, for a brief season before Aurora's wedding to Philip Radford, Earl of Huntley. Aurora's flirtatious and boisterous behavior is difficult for Eleanor to manage. More trying still are Eleanor's growing feelings for Philip, and his for her. But will Philip's strong sense of honor prevent him from following his heart?
The dauntless Miss Wingrave, Amanda Scott.
A brave young gentlewoman dares to defy an infuriatingly arrogant earl. Brave and beautiful Miss Emily Wingrave knows that it will not be easy to help her older widowed sister deal with the trustee of her late husband's estate. The trustee is none other than the willful, arrogant Earl of Meriden, and she is determined to stop him from meddling with her sister's struggling family. But as Emily engages the provocative Earl in a battle of wits and wills, she learns just how well armed he is. His surprising charm and seductive techniques will make her worry that she might very well be the one who surrenders.
The unwilling Miss Watkin, Regina Scott.
Notorious rake Jareth Darby is back in London, and everyone is talking. That terrifies Eloise Watkin. What only a few know is that Jareth and Eloise had a secret romance years ago. When Jareth walked away, he took her heart with him. Now he claims to want her forgiveness. Never! Tired of his self-imposed exile, Jareth wants only to return to the bosom of his family. They've agreed to receive him, if he can gain forgiveness from the lady he wronged. But as he tries to prove to Eloise he has changed, he discovers one thing that will never waiver–his love for her. When scandal once more threatens, can Jareth convince the unwilling Miss Watkin that she has tamed him, once and for all?
It Takes two to tTumble, Cat Sebastian.
Sebastian proves she is a new force to be reckoned with in historical romances.–Booklist Some of Ben Sedgwick's favourite things: Helping his poor parishionersBaby animalsShamelessly flirting with the handsome Captain Phillip Dacre After an unconventional upbringing, Ben is perfectly content with the quiet, predictable life of a country vicar, free of strife or turmoil. When he's asked to look after an absent naval captain's three wild children, he reluctantly agrees, but instantly falls for the hellions. And when their stern but gloriously handsome father arrives, Ben is tempted in ways that make him doubt everything. Some of Phillip Dacre's favourite things:His ship People doing precisely as they're told Touching the irresistible vicar at every opportunity Phillip can't wait to leave England's shores and be back on his ship, away from the grief that haunts him. But his children have driven off a succession of governesses and tutors and he must set things right. The unexpected presence of the cheerful, adorable vicar sets his world on its head and now he can't seem to live without Ben's winning smiles or devastating kisses. In the midst of runaway children, a plot to blackmail Ben's family, and torturous nights of pleasure, Ben and Phillip must decide if a safe life is worth losing the one thing that makes them come alive.
Famous in love, Rebecca Serle.
Paige doesn't think she's particularly special, but after getting the starring role in a massive film adaptation of the bestselling Locked trilogy, the rest of the world would disagree. Now she's thrown into the spotlight, and into a world of gossip, rumour and deceit. The only people who know what she's going through are her two male co-stars, and they can't stand the sight of each other. Paige knows it's a mistake to fall in love on the set of a movie, but days of on-screen romance and intensity start to change her mind. The question is, can she keep what happens behind the scenes a secret when the world is watching her every move?
Sheep in a shop, Nancy E Shaw.
The lovable muttonheads are off to the store in search of the perfect birthday gift in this latest in the sheep series of rhymed read-alouds.
The whole-brain child: 12 revolutionary strategies to nurture your child's developing mind, Daniel J Siegel.
The authors explain the new science of how a child's brain is wired and how it matures, along with advice on how to put this information to work in raising happier, calmer children.
Keep your love on: connection, communication and boundaries. Danny Silk.
Keeping your love on. It's a hard thing to do. Sometimes it's the hardest thing to do. But if you want to build healthy relationships with God and others, learning to keep your love on is non-negotiable. Adults and children alike thrive in healthy relationships where it is safe to love and be loved, to know and be known. Yet for many, relationships are anything but safe, loving, or intimate. They are defined by anxiety, manipulation, control, and conflict. The reason is that most people have never been trained to be powerful enough to keep their love on in the face of mistakes, pain, and fear.
The beckoning silence, Joe Simpson.
Joe Simpson has experienced a life filled with adventure but marred by death. He has endured the painful attrition of climbing friends in accidents, calling into question the perilously exhilarating activity to which he has devoted his life. Probability is inexorably closing in. The tragic loss of a close friend forces a momentous decision upon him. It is time to turn his back on the mountains that he has loved. Never more alive than when most at risk, he has come to see a last climb on the hooded, mile-high North Face of the Eiger as the cathartic finale. In a narrative which takes the reader through extreme experiences, from an avalanche in Bolivia, ice-climbing in the Alps and Colorado and paragliding in Spain - before his final confrontation with the Eiger - Simpson reveals the inner truth of climbing, exploring both the power of the mind and the frailties of the body. The subject of his new book is the siren song of fear and his struggle to come to terms with it.
This game of ghosts, Joe Simpson.
When Simon Yates cut the rope and sent his friend plummeting to an ordeal few mountaineers can have contemplated, the outcome was totally unpredictable. That Joe Simpson survived is a revelation of the power of the human spirit to overcome fear, pain and deprivation of almost unimaginable intensity. He did not expect to live it all over again - more than once. The first test was to write his award-winning account of the ordeal in Touching the Void. That meant dragging the terrifying experience out of the deeper shadows of his memory. Next another fall in the Himalayas crippled and almost broke him. He felt forced to test his nerve again and struggled on crutches to 20,000 feet on Pumori, near Everest. On his descent he heart that a young first-time climber had been killed by a chance rockfall. What sense could he make now of this game of ghosts that had claimed the lives of so many of his friends. In an attempt to find catharsis for his confused emotions he wrote this extraordinary memoir, in which he recalls the signposts directing him since childhood to measure fear and embrace the unknown.
Eggs or anarchy: the remarkable story of the man tasked with the impossible: to feed a nation at war, William Sitwell.
Eggs or Anarchy is one of the great, British stories of the Second World War yet to be told in full. It reveals the heroic tale of how Lord Woolton, Minister for Food, really fed Britain. As a nation at war, with supply routes under attack from the Axis powers and resources scarce, it was Woolton's job to fulfil his promise to the British people, and Prime Minister Winston Churchill in particular, that there would be food on the shelves each week. Persuading the public to not resort to the black market and to manage on the very limited ration was one thing, but Woolton had to fulfil his side of the bargain and maintain supplies in time of crisis. A grammar school-educated genius, he was a fish out of water in Churchill's cabinet and the PM himself doubted Woolton would survive due to the unstinting criticism he faced from colleagues, the press and public. This is the story of how he battled to save his own career while using every trick in his entrepreneurial book to secure supplies. He battled to outwit unscrupulous dealers on the black market streets of cities within the British Empire - such as Alexandria in Eygpt - persuading customs authorities to turn a blind eye to his import schemes. If Britain had gone hungry the outcome of the war could have been very different. This book, for the first time, finds out the real story of how Lord Woolton provided food for Britain and her colonies and discovers that for him there were days when it was literally a choice of 'eggs or anarchy'.
The abyss surrounds us, Emily Skrutskie.
For Cassandra Leung, bossing around sea monsters is just the family business. She's been a Reckoner trainer-in-training ever since she could walk, raising the giant, genetically engineered beasts to defend ships as they cross the pirate-infested NeoPacific. But when the pirate queen Santa Elena swoops in on Cas's first solo mission and snatches her from the bloodstained decks, Cas's dream of being a full-time trainer seems dead in the water. Waiting for her on the pirate ship is an unhatched Reckoner pup. Santa Elena wants to take back the seas with a monster of her own, and she needs a proper trainer to do it. She orders Cas to raise the pup and teach him to fight for the pirates. If Cas fails, her blood will be the next to paint the sea.
The edge of the abyss, Emily Skrutskie.
Eighteen-year-old Cassandra Leung struggles with her morality and her romantic relationship with fellow pirate Swift Kent as she and the Minnow pirate crew work to take down wild sea monsters, dubbed Hellbeasts, who are attacking ships and destroying the ocean ecosystem.
Unholy city: a Claire Codella mystery. Carrie Smith.
Despite their rocky history, Detective Claire Codella and Precinct Detective Brian Haggerty come together when senior churchwarden Philip Graves's bloody body is found lying in the herb garden of historic St. Paul's Episcopal Church on Manhattan's Upper West Side just two days before Good Friday. Upon first glance, it looks like a random act of big city violence, but it soon becomes clear churchwarden Philip's death was the result of a meticulously calculated ploy by someone who knew him.There are five vestry members and a choir director in addition to the ten homeless men asleep in the church basement. Any one of them could have done it, but what did Philip Graves do to warrant such a merciless death? Struggling to share the case and salvage their personal relationship, Claire, Brian and trusted Detective Eduardo Munoz work around the clock to uncloak the desires, secrets, and resentments that find home through the iron gates and into the hidden beauty of one historic Romanesque church in Unholy City.
Her wicked longing, Lauren Diana Smith.
His wicked maid. Always prim and proper, lady's maid Gillian Beaumont has never acted with wild abandon the way her young headstrong mistress does. But deep down she dreams of a life filled with love and a husband who will give her his whole heart even though she knows it's impossible. With a list of chores from her mistress, Gillian is given the chance to live the life of a gentle lady, and she clings to it, knowing that soon it will be over. While wearing a dress meant for her lady, she catches the eye of a handsome earl and is swept away from her duties by his rakish good looks and charm. Heated looks in public and passionate kisses in a dark corner of a bookshop create a perfect day for Gillian to cling to when she returns to her real life. Her wicked lessons: Determined to learn the art of the spy trade, Miss Audrey Sheridan, finds a way to escape a dull afternoon tea by running off to the residence of an infamous French Courtesan. Hoping to improve her French for a future mission to the continent, she never expects to be caught by the one man who haunts her dreams: Jonathan St. Laurent, the former servant-turned-brother of a duke. With one penetrating look from those bewitching green eyes of his, Audrey knows she's in trouble. Unable and unwilling to confess her real reason for visiting a French courtesan, Audrey decides to convince Jonathan she's there to learn the art of seduction. But she never expects the devilish rogue to take her lessons seriously.
The rakehell's seduction, Lauren Diana Smith.
Ambrose Worthing is no gentleman. He's a proud cold-hearted rake who's determined to stay a bachelor forever. He enjoys bedding a different woman every night without the risk of falling in love. When he hears about a wager over the seduction and ruination of the daughter of his father's best friend, he knows he must intervene. Committing himself to the bet, he agrees to seduce Lady Alexandra Rockford - for her own good. He never expected the lady in question to be a beautiful, fiery creature who has passions of her own that call to his guarded heart. Alexandra Rockford has sworn off men, her heart still broken from the false promises of a childhood sweetheart who left her to marry an heiress. When she stumbles into Ambrose outside of a country ball, she knows the rake is trouble. His smile, his touch, his forbidden kiss are all too tempting but being with him would ruin her. Determined to enjoy herself without falling in love, Alex can't help but let her defenses down with the too charming rake. But when she discovers Ambrose is seducing her to win a bet, it will take everything Ambrose has to prove to her that he is worthy to love her.
The promise of dawn, Lauraine Snelling.
In 1910, Signe, her husband, and their boys emigrate from Norway to Minnesota, dreaming of one day owning a farm of their own. But the relatives they've come to stay with are harsh and demanding. As Signe's family is worked to the bone to repay the cost of their voyage, can she learn to trust God through this trial and hold on to hope for a better future?
The little vampire, Angela Sommer-Bodenburg.
A word with the bachelor: The Bachelors of Blackwater Lake Series, Book 7, Teresa Southwick.
When opposites collide...the plot thickens When former Special Forces agent Jack Garner opens his door to Erin Riley, he makes two things clear: he won't sleep with her, and he writes alone. Clearly, fame and fortune have done nothing to brighten this bestselling author's brooding manner. But his second book is long overdue, and Erin is there to jumpstart his writing...if not his heart. Bright, chatty and positive, Erin is like a sunny day to Jack's perpetual night. And even as she struggles to contain her sizzling attraction, she knows she can help Jack have a breakthrough. When the words finally start to flow, Jack starts to wonder if once upon a time could become happily-ever-after. Now, that would be something worth writing about.
So I married a sorcerer, Kerrelyn Sparks.
From the New York Times bestselling author of the Love at Stake series comes a novel of the Embraced–an epic tale of two star-crossed lovers destined for doom–or desire...Growing up on the Isle of Moon, Brigitta knew that she was born with the magical powers of the Embraced–even if she did not know how to wield them. But she has finally learned the truth: Brigitta is the lost princess of the kingdom of Tourin. She was sent into hiding as an infant to escape the wrath of her half-brother, the king. And now he knows just where to find her… Rupert is a notorious pirate and sorcerer. He's spent most of his life plotting revenge on the evil king–and Rupert believes that Brigitta could be the key to finally destroying his enemy. But what begins as a kidnapping of the innocent beauty escalates into something deeper, and more passionate, than either captor or captive could have imagined. Rupert soon vows to protect Brigitta against the king–but will they survive long enough to find their happily-ever-after… or does fate have something else in store?
Captain McGrew wants you for his crew!, Mark Sperring.
Cake at midnight, Jessie L Star.
How can you move on from the past when your heart is breaking? Giovanna, Zoe and Declan have always been a trio - their fierce friendship has seen them through every heartbreak and hardship and helped pave the way to brighter futures. Gio is a passionate baker of cakes, pastries and all things delicious, Zoe a take-no-prisoners beauty, and Declan an ambitious businessman on the way up. Best friends forever, Gio thinks - until her lifelong crush on Declan is exposed, leaving her humiliated. Gio realises she needs to cut him loose to get over him once and for all. Enter Theo, Gio's neighbour … She's never met anyone like him before. He doesn't talk much, but he's kind, he's sexy, he's generous and he's often awake in the middle of the night, like Gio. Theo has a sweet tooth and a mysterious history and Gio can't seem to stay away. Thanks to the power of sleepless nights and chocolate cake, Gio thinks she's finally over Declan, but then his whole world turns upside down. Gio knows she can't desert Declan in his time of need, but how can she explain a lifetime of love to Theo?
Unleashing the innovators: how mature companies find new life with startups, Jim Stengel.
Today's established companies must find new ways to reignite their entrepreneurial DNA and jumpstart revenues-or risk losing their way. By working with startup companies, Jim Stengel, renowned consultant to Fortune 500 companies and the former global marketing officer for Procter & Gamble, says that legacy companies can renew themselves: by acquiring new technology and creating new business lines; relearning the need for speed; sparking innovation; and learning from failures. At P&G, Stengel saw the importance of establishing partnerships with the startup world in order to learn how to better innovate. Relying on extensive interviews with innovation leaders at enterprise companies and startups, Stengel's Unleashing the Innovators takes readers inside such storied companies as GE and Wells Fargo, IBM and Target, Motorola Solutions and Toyota to see what they are learning from their alliances with entrepreneurs. Stengel also explores how even 20- and 30-year-old startups like Amazon, Google, and Facebook can reinvent themselves-and what managers at legacy companies everywhere can learn from them. Drawing on a specially commissioned global study of over 200 established corporations and startups, conducted by research consultancy OgilvyRED, Stengel found that companies with successful startup partnerships are three times more likely to change their culture to be more innovative. Filled with indepth stories from the front lines of today's most forward-looking companies, Unleashing the Innovators shows how companies of all sizes can better navigate today's changing landscape, accelerate innovation, increase revenues, and improve their customer relationships.
Cyber-thief showdown, Geronimo Stilton.
I am not the kind of mouse who spends money on useless things. But one day I kept getting packages of things I did not order or need. Someone on the Internet had stolen my identity! Professor Margo Bitmouse, a well-known computer expert, helped me track down the hacker. Could I find the thief before my reputation is was ruined?
The land of flowers, Thea Stilton.
The Seven Roses, magical flowers which bloom forever and which are linked to the health of the Land of Flowers, are dying, and the Thea sisters together with Will Mystery must travel to that land to discover the reason–a journey where every flower seems determined to hinder their passage.
Thea Stilton and the Venice masquerade: A Geronimo Stilton Adventure, Thea Stilton.
The Thea Sisters are headed to Venice, Italy! They'll be there for the Carnival, an annual festival that's famouse for its elaborate masks. The mouselets love exploring the city's bridges and canals, and seeing the beautiful costumes mice wear to Carnival celebrations. But a mysterious thief strikes while they are there!
Incurable me: why the best medical research does not make it into clinical practice. Kenneth Stoller.
In Incurable Me, a maverick physician brings transparency to some of medicine's most closely guarded secrets. As he establishes a link between commerce and medical research, K.P. Stoller also explains how to treat some of the most worrisome diseases and conditions afflicting humans today; including Lyme disease, brain trauma, dementia, and autism. Dr. Stoller maintains that the best evidence in medical research is not incorporated into clinical practice unless the medical cartel has the potential to make large amounts of money promoting the results of the research.
The curious history of vegetables: aphrodisiacal and healing properties, folk tales, garden tips, and recipes, Wolf-Dieter Storl.
Featuring gardening tips, recipes, and beautiful full-color pencil drawings of each vegetable, this book for farm-to-fork aficionados and gardeners with an esoteric bent explores the secret history of 48 well known and rare vegetables, examining their symbolism, astrological connections, healing properties, and overall character. A fascinating introduction to vegetable gardening and cooking, A Curious History of Vegetables sets horticulture in its historical, cultural, and cosmological contexts. The author offers his deep understanding of the theory of biodynamic gardening and useful tips on light and warmth, ground covers, composts, crop rotation and weeds. Woven in with folk tales and stories from history, each entry also includes delicious historical recipes for each vegetable. From the Trade Paperback edition.
Clever Polly and the stupid wolf, Catherine Storr.
When Polly opens the door and finds a large black wolf standing on the doorstep waiting to gobble her up, it's the wolf that has the surprise when Polly invites him in! Clever Polly isn't frightened at all and has a plan that's bound to outwit the big, bad but very stupid wolf.
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Between the vines, Tricia Stringer.
She's given up everything for love: it could be the biggest mistake of her life... Taylor Rourke wants to change her impulsive ways when it comes to romance and not fall for any man on a whim, but then on a hen party trip to a Coonawarra vineyard, she meets Edward Starr. Gorgeous and charismatic, Edward is enough to make any girl give up her flat and job in Adelaide and move to the country. So it's something of a shock that when she gets there, Edward is nowhere to be seen. Not wanting to admit she may have made a mistake and return home in disgrace, Taylor accepts the job that Edward's younger brother Pete offers her and throws herself into her work, keen to learn as much as she can about the wine trade.Taylor is thrilled when Ed returns, but she quickly discovers he may not be the man she thought he was. Her growing friendship with Pete causes tension between the brothers who have fallen out over a woman in the past. That's not the only source of conflict: Pete has a dream to save the family vines, Edward's dreams lie elsewhere.As the lies and deceit grow, matters come to a head in the vibrant and demanding vintage season. Will Taylor's dream of a new life and love between the vines come true? Or is there only heartbreak ahead?Set in the beautiful Coonawarra vineyards, a wonderful feel-good rural romance from best-selling Australian author, Tricia Stringer
Riverboat Point, Tricia Stringer.
Savannah's been hurt by life. She doesn't need people, then she meets Ethan Daly. In the peace of Riverboat Point, magic can happen.
Come rain or shine, Tricia Stringer.
Paula knew when she moved to the country that the life would be tough. Nearly a year into her marriage with farmer Dan, and now pregnant, she is proud of her ability to feed shearers, bake a pastie and fix a fence while still running her accountancy business from home. With a wedding to plan, the farm to run and neighbours to help out, life is busy but good. But there are clouds on the horizon. Dan is increasingly tired and distant. He promised he would always tell her the truth, so why is he being so mysterious about his late father's will? And why is his abrasive Aunt Rowena suddenly so interested in the sex and due date of Paula's baby? As bushfires rage, Paula makes a discovery that shocks her and threatens all she holds dear.
The empty grave, Jonathan Stroud.
Kill decision, Daniel Suarez.
Linda McKinney is a myrmecologist, a scientist who studies the social structure of ants. Her academic career has left her entirely unprepared for the day her sophisticated research is conscripted by unknown forces to help run an unmanned and automated drone army. Odin is the secretive Special Ops soldier with a unique insight into the faceless enemy who has begun to attack the American homeland with drones programmed to seek, identify, and execute targets without human intervention. Together, McKinney and Odin must slow this advance long enough for the world to recognize its destructive power. But as enigmatic forces press the advantage, and death rains down from above, it may already be too late to save mankind from destruction.
Sweet southern bad boy, Michele Summers.
When Katie McKnight gets lost location-scouting for her father's TV studio, she stumbles upon the perfect setting for their angsty new teen vampire series-a remote barn house unfortunately occupied by a grouchy, disheveled, and incredibly sexy man who instantly mistakes her for the new nanny. Should Katie tell him the truth, or get her foot in the door? Bestselling author Vance Kerner doesn't just have writer's block-he's been run ragged ever since he was saddled with taking care of his brother's three kids, an adopted kitten, and a runaway mutt. The last thing he needs is a teen drama defiling his property, but with fascinating and unconventional Katie underfoot charming the entire Kerner household, Vance is finding it harder and harder to say no.
Sweet Southern trouble, Michele Summers.
An ambitious Southern belle Marabelle Fairchild knows she's a gal who can get things done. Feeling unappreciated at the exclusive private school where she's a kindergarten aide and varsity tennis coach, Marabelle determines to score with the next big fundraiser. What she doesn't expect' A smokin' hot football coach to throw her off her game... A reclusive NFL bachelor... NFL coach Nick Frasier is Raleigh's most eligible bachelor, but he wants to focus on his career...not his playboy status. He doesn't need a smart-mouthed, pint-sized kindergarten teacher pestering him. So he cuts Marabelle a deal-in exchange for Nick sponsoring a bachelor auction starring him and his gorgeous celebrity pals, Marabelle will pose as his fiancEe to ward off unwanted advances. What could possibly go wrong'
Wings of fire: the graphic novel. Book 1, The dragonet prophecy, Tui Sutherland.
Determined to end a generations-long war among the seven dragon tribes, a secret movement called the Talons of Peace draws on a prophecy that calls for a great sacrifice, compelling five appointed dragonets to fulfill a painful destiny against their will.
Affluence without abundance: the disappearing world of the Bushmen, James Suzman.
A vibrant portrait of the original affluent society '–the Bushmen of southern Africa–by the anthropologist who has spent much of the last twenty-five years documenting their encounter with modernity. If the success of a civilization is measured by its endurance over time, then the Bushmen of the Kalahari are by far the most successful in human history. A hunting and gathering people who made a good living by working only as much as needed to exist in harmony with their hostile desert environment, the Bushmen have lived in southern Africa since the evolution of our species nearly two hundred thousand years ago. In Affluence Without Abundance, anthropologist James Suzman vividly brings to life a proud and private people, introducing unforgettable members of their tribe, and telling the story of the collision between the modern global economy and the oldest hunting and gathering society on earth. In rendering an intimate picture of a people coping with radical change, it asks profound questions about how we now think about matters such as work, wealth, equality, contentment, and even time. Not since Elizabeth Marshall Thomas's The Harmless People in 1959 has anyone provided a more intimate or insightful account of the Bushmen or of what we might learn about ourselves from our shared history as hunter-gatherers.
Iceland's ring road: road trips, Andy Symington.
Discover the freedom of open roads with Lonely Planet Iceland's Ring Road Road Trips, your passport to uniquely encountering Iceland by car. Featuring five amazing road trips, plus up-to-date advice on the destinations you'll visit along the way, you'll discover bubbling geothermal springs, see the Golden Circle's exploding geysers and chase the northern lights around Reykjavik; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to destination, rent a car, and hit the road!
London and the South-East: a novel. David Szalay.
Paul Rainey, the hapless antihero at the centre of this compulsively readable story works, miserably, in ad sales. He sells space in magazines that hardly exist, and through a fog of booze and drugs dimly perceives that he is dissatisfied with his life-professionally, sexually, recreationally, the whole nine yards. If only there were something he could do about it - and something seems to fall into his lap when a meeting with an old friend and fellow salesman, Eddy Jaw, leads to the offer of a new job. But when that offer turns out to be as misleading as Paul's own sales patter, his life is transformed in ways very much more peculiar than he ever thought possible. London and the South-East, which won the Betty Trask Prize and the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize, is both a gloriously told shaggy-dog story about the compromising inanities of office life and consumer culture, and the perfect introduction to one of the best writers at work today.
Tomb raider. Volume 2, Choice and sacrifice, Mariko Tamaki.
When Lara Croft gets word that Sam Nishimura has escaped from a mental hospital, she drops everything to help her friend. But the specter of Himiko the Sun Queen looms large in Sam's life, and threatens to consume her completely.
Move fast and break things: how Facebook, Google, and Amazon cornered culture and undermined democracy, Jonathan T Taplin.
– Kirkus– Google. Amazon. Facebook. The modern world is defined by vast digital monopolies turning ever-larger profits. Those of us who consume the content that feeds them are farmed for the purposes of being sold ever more products and advertising. Those that create the content - the artists, writers and musicians - are finding they can no longer survive in this unforgiving economic landscape. But it didn't have to be this way. This is the story of how a small number of ideologically driven libertarians took the utopian ideal of the internet and turned it into the copyright-mauling, competition-destroying, human-hating nightmare it has become. Their revolution began with a simple premise: to conquer the world, they would steal the value of art (as well as the value of everything else of importance to human beings) from its creators. It is the story of a massive reallocation of revenue in which $50 billion a year has moved from the creators and owners of content to the monopoly platforms. And if you think that's got nothing to do with you, their next move is to come after your jobs.
The treatment, C L Taylor.
All sixteen year old Drew Finch wants is to be left alone. She's not interested in spending time with her mum and stepdad and when her disruptive fifteen year old brother Mason is expelled from school for the third time and sent to a residential reform academy she's almost relieved. Everything changes when she's followed home from school by the mysterious Dr Cobey, who claims to have a message from Mason. There is something sinister about the 'treatment' he is undergoing. The school is changing people. Determined to help her brother, Drew must infiltrate the Academy and unearth its deepest, darkest secrets. Before it's too late.
Harry Potter: the amazing quiz book, Frankie Taylor.
How much do you know about the world of Harry Potter? Do you know every creature, spell, and Hogwarts professor? Who played each character in the films? And what about the many uses for dragon blood? This amazing quiz book features 400 questions to test your knowledge of everything Potter. Moving from easy questions that a muggle could answer through to trivia that the Wizengamot would consider beyond them, this book will be fun for the whole family. Test your Harry Potter knowledge and see.
Her frozen heart, Lulu Taylor.
Caitlyn is on the phone to her husband Patrick as he heads home from the airport. He asks after her best friend, Sara, saying he has something urgent to tell Caitlyn about her. Moments later a truck crashes into the back of his taxi, killing him before he can explain further. Grieving for her husband, Caitlyn moves to Oxford to be near their son Max, who is at the boarding school Patrick insisted on, and to start a new life. But as she goes through Patrick's belongings, his secrets begin to emerge. What was he trying to tell her about Sara? In Oxford, she bumps into an old friend, Nicholas, now a don at one of the colleges. He remembers Caitlyn and Sara when they were students - and recalls the friendship differently from Kathryn. As life seems to be improving for Caitlyn, Sara arrives in Oxford - and before long, the old patterns are repeating themselves. The difference is that now Caitlyn is learning the truth about Sara, Patrick and everything that was hidden before …
Irish country practice: an Irish Country novel. Patrick Taylor.
Once, not too long ago, there was just a single Irish country doctor tending to the lively little village of Ballybucklebo: Doctor Fingal Flahertie O'Reilly. Now his thriving practice is growing by leaps and bounds.Not only has O'Reilly taken a new trainee under his wing, Doctor Connor Nelson, he's also added a spirited Labrador puppy to his ever-expanding household at Number One Main Street. Meanwhile, his trusted partner, young Doctor Barry Laverty, finds himself wondering if he's truly ready to settle down and start a family with his lovely fiancée, Sue.As the doctors cope with domestic and professional challenges, they also look after their patients and their ailments, including a mysterious cough, a housewife whose frequent 'accidents' may have a disturbing cause, and a respected colleague who might be succumbing to an old vice. All is not sickness and worry, however. There's plenty of joy and merriment to be found as well, from a visiting circus to racing to sailing … and maybe even a happy ending or two.
Hoot Owl, master of disguise, Sean Taylor.
Hoot Owl is no ordinary owl. He is a master of disguise! In the blackness of night, he's preparing to swoop on his prey before it can realize his dastardly tricks. Look there⁰́₄a tasty rabbit for him to eat! Hoot Owl readies his costume, disguising himself as … a carrot! Then he waits. The rabbit runs off. Never mind! Surely his next juicy target will cower against such a clever and dangerous creature as he! Kids will hoot at Sean Taylor's deliciously tongue-in-beak narration, belied by the brilliantly comical illustrations of Jean Jullien.
Life 3.0: being human in the age of artificial intelligence, Max Tegmark.
Women who blow on knots , Ece Temelkuran.
Women who Blow on Knots chronicles a voyage reaching from Tunisia to Lebanon, taken by three young women and septuagenarian Madam Lilla. Although the three young women embark on the road for different reasons - for each holds a dark secret - it is only at the journey's point of no return that Lilla's own murderous motivations for the trip become clear...Unique and controversial in its country of origin for its political rhetoric and strong, atypically Muslim female characters, Temelkuran weaves an empowering tale that challenges us to ponder not only the social questions of politics, religion and women in the Middle East, but also the universal bonds of sister- and motherhood. Ultimately, the novel begs the reader to mediate on the greatest problem women face today - can the power we hold make us happy, and how?
Welcome home, cowboy: Wed in the West Series, Book 4, Karen Templeton.
She can't afford to take any more wild chances Pregnant widow Emma's already struggling to raise her children alone...and keep her debt-ridden ranch going. Rugged musician Cash can only mean trouble, no matter how well he repairs her broken fences, comforts her still-grieving children– or tempts her fiercely independent heart. Cash is used to being nothing but trouble, yet if he can help his best friend's widow fix up his old homestead and get back on her feet, he'll have done something worthwhile for once. But Emma's strength and irresistible honesty are slowly showing him the man he truly is - one willing to risk everything to share her life forever.
Tangled up in tinsel, Candis Terry.
As if the holidays weren't stressful enough, Parker Kincade has a restaurant to open. The fact that his Groomzilla brother wants the place for his perfect Christmas wedding doesn't help. Then there's the stunning woman who appoints herself his new chef before he's ready to hire one. But one look at Gabriella Montani has Parker reassessing needs vs. wants. And that's before he tastes what she has to offer.
Christmas in Snowflake Canyon, RaeAnne Thayne.
When socialite Genevieve Beaumont faces being disinherited by her father if she does not marry her philandering fiancé, it becomes more and more difficult to resist her attraction to wounded Afghanistan war veteran Dylan Caine.
The rancher's Christmas song, RaeAnne Thayne.
Keep a song in your heart this holiday season. Music teacher Ella Baker's plate is full. But when single dad Beckett McKinley's twin boys need help preparing a Christmas song, Ella agrees on one condition: they teach her to ride a horse. She's hoping that'll help mend her strained relationship with her rancher father. It isn't disinterest spurring Beck to keep his distance–if anything, the spark is too strong. Soon what started as an innocent arrangement is beginning to feel a lot like family. But with the holidays approaching, Beck and Ella will have to overcome past hurts if they want to keep each other warm this Christmas.
Marvin gets mad!, Joseph Theobald.
Sunrise Crossing: Ransom Canyon Series, Book 4, Jodi Thomas.
Return to peaceful Crossroads, Texas, where community comes first and love thrives in the unlikeliest places... Yancy Grey is slowly putting his life back together after serving time for petty theft. As he rebuilds an old house, he finally has a sense of stability, but he can't stop thinking of himself as just an ex-con. Until one night, he finds a mysterious dark-haired beauty hiding in his loft. But who is she, and what secret is she protecting? The art gallery Parker Lacey manages is her life–she has no time for friends, and certainly not lovers. But when her star artist begs Parker for help, she finds herself in a pickup truck, headed for the sleepy town of Crossroads. A truck driven by a strong, silent cowboy... Gabe Snow has been a drifter since he left Crossroads at seventeen after a violent incident. When he accepts a job in his hometown, he'll have to decide whether he can put the worst night of his life behind him and build a future in the community that raised him.
Why Bob Dylan matters, Richard F Thomas.
'At last an expert classicist gets to grips with Bob Dylan' Mary Beard When the Nobel Prize for Literature was awarded to Bob Dylan in 2016, the literary world was up in arms. How could the world's most prestigious book prize be awarded to a famously cantankerous singer-songwriter in his Seventies, who wouldn't even deign to make a victory speech? In Why Dylan Matters, Harvard Professor Richard F. Thomas answers that question with magisterial erudition. A world expert on Classical poetry, Thomas was initially ridiculed by his colleagues for teaching a course on Bob Dylan alongside his traditional seminars on Homer, Virgil and Ovid. Dylan's Nobel prize win brought him vindication, and he immediately found himself thrust into the limelight as a leading academic voice in all matters Dylanological. This witty, personal volume is a distillation of Thomas's famous course, and makes a compelling case for moving Dylan out of the rock n' roll Hall of Fame and into the pantheon of Classical poets. The most dazzlingly original and compelling Dylan book in decades, Why Dylan Matters will amaze and astound everyone from the first-time listener to the lifetime fan. You'll never think about Bob Dylan in the same way again.
Bright young things, Scarlett Thomas.
The one in my heart, Sherry (Sherry M) Thomas.
When Evangeline Canterbury meets the gorgeous, intriguing doctor next door, all she wants from him is a bit of distraction, to help her get over a few rough days. Her one-night stand, however, has other plans: He needs an accomplished and presentable girlfriend to bring before his parents– and for six months of her time, he is willing and prepared to spend an obscene amount of money. Nothing but trouble can come of such an arrangement. But can Eva stop herself? Or will she fall headlong in love with a man who will leave her when their contract expires with a smile, a check, and hardly a backward glance?
Old scores: a Barker & Llewelyn novel. Will Thomas.
In 1890, the first Japanese diplomatic delegation arrives in London to open an embassy. Cyrus Barker, private enquiry agent and occasional agent for the Foreign Service Office, is enlisted to display his personal Japanese garden to the visiting dignitaries.Later that night, Ambassador Toda is shot and killed in his office and Cyrus Barker is discovered across the street, watching the very same office, in possession of a revolver with one spent cartridge. Arrested by the Special Branch for the crime, Barker is vigorously interrogated and finally released due to the intervention of his assistant, Thomas Llewelyn, and his solicitor. With the London constabulary still convinced of his guilt, Barker is hired by the new Japanese ambassador to find the real murderer. In a case that takes leads Barker and Llewelyn deep into parts of London's underworld, on paths that lead deep into Barker's own mysterious personal history.
Fear and loathing at rolling stone: the essential writing of Hunter S. Thompson, Hunter S Thompson.
From the bestselling author of The Rum Diary and king of Gonzo journalism Hunter S. Thompson, comes the definitive collection of the journalist's finest work from Rolling Stone. Fear and Loathing at Rolling Stone showcases the roller-coaster of a career at the magazine that was his literary home. Buy the ticket, take the ride, was a favourite slogan of Hunter S. Thompson, and it pretty much defined both his work and his life. Jann S. Wenner, the outlaw journalist's friend and editor for nearly thirty-five years, has assembled articles 'and a wealth of never- before-seen correspondence and internal memos from Hunter's storied tenure at Rolling Stone' that begin with Thompson's infamous run for sheriff of Aspen on the Freak Party ticket in 1970 and end with his final piece on the Bush-Kerry showdown of 2004. In between is Thompson's remarkable coverage of the 1972 presidential campaign and plenty of attention paid to Richard Nixon; encounters with Muhammad Ali, Bill Clinton, and the Super Bowl; and a lengthy excerpt from his acknowledged masterpiece, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. The definitive volume of Hunter S. Thompson's work published in the magazine, Fear and Loathing at Rolling Stone traces the evolution of a personal and professional relationship that helped redefine modern American journalism, presenting Thompson through a new prism as he pursued his lifelong obsession: The life and death of the American Dream.
Fear and loathing: on the campaign trail '72, Hunter S Thompson.
Fear and loathing in Las Vegas: a savage journey to the heart of the American dream, Hunter S Thompson.
Hunter S. Thompson is roaring down the desert highway to Las Vegas with his attorney to find the dark side of the American Dream. Armed with a drug arsenal of stupendous proportions, the duo engage in a surreal succession of chemically enhanced confrontations with casino operators, police officers and assorted Middle Americans. This ebook edition of Hunter S. Thompson's iconic masterpiece, a controversial bestseller when it appeared in 1971, features the brilliant Ralph Steadman illustrations of the original. It brings to a new generation the hallucinatory humour and nightmare terror of Hunter S. Thompson's musings on the collapse of the American Dream.
Blueberry, Glenna Thomson.
Greer O'Reilly needs to start over. Her professional success belies private sadness and domestic overload. She's torn between her career and motherhood. Her partner of twelve years has left her. And up ahead is her new home - a beautiful though neglected blueberry orchard in the hills of north-east Victoria. But when she and her six-year-old daughter Sophie arrive at the property to take possession, there's an unforeseen complication - the former owner, 81-year-old artist and jazz lover Charlie Chandler, refuses to move out. Charlie is dying and desperate to spend his last days in his old home. With Greer at the beginning of her new life, and Charlie at the end of his, the unlikely pair soon form a close bond. One that will offer the strength and inspiration Greer needs - because the next twelve months will either make or break her …
The Brad Thor collectors' edition. #1. Brad Thor.
The lions of Lucerne: On the snow-covered slopes of Utah, the President of the United States has been kidnapped and his Secret Service detail massacred. Only one agent has survived: ex-Navy SEAL Scot Harvath. He doesn't buy the official line that Middle Eastern terrorists are behind the attack and begins his own campaign to find the truth and exact revenge. But now, framed for murder by a sinister cabal, Harvath takes his fight to the towering mountains of Switzerland'and joins forces with brilliant Claudia Mueller of the Swiss Federal Attorney's Office. Together they must brave the subzero temperatures and sheer heights of treacherous Mount Pilatus'where their only chance for survival lies inside the den of the most lethal team of professional killers the world has ever known. Path of the assassin: After rescuing the president from kidnappers in Brad Thor's roaring bestseller The Lions of Lucerne, Navy SEAL turned Secret Service Agent Scot Harvath shifts his attention to rooting out, capturing, or killing all those responsible for the plot. As he prepares to close out his list, a bloody and twisted trail of clues points toward one man'the world's most ruthless terrorist. One problem remains: Harvath and his CIA-led team have no idea what the man looks like. With no alternative, they recruit a civilian'a woman who has survived a brutal hijacking and is now the only person who can positively identify their quarry. From the burning deserts of North Africa to the winding streets of Rome, Harvath must brave a maelstrom of bloodshed and deception before a madman's twisted vision engulfs the world in the fires of all-out war. State of the Union: America's worst nightmare has just become a brutal reality. The most unlikely terrorist enemy of all now holds a knife against the country's throat. With both diplomatic and conventional military options swept from the table, the president calls upon Navy SEAL turned Secret Service agent Scot Harvath to disable a brilliantly orchestrated conspiracy intended to bring the United States to its knees. Teamed with talented Russian Intelligence agent Alexandra Ivanova and a highly trained CIA paramilitary detachment, Harvath embarks on an adrenaline-fueled search that spans the world'and leads to a final, deadly showdown on American soil, with a lethal enemy from the past.
The Brad Thor collectors' edition. #2. Brad Thor.
Blowback: Scot Harvath's counterterrorism career has just crashed and burned'thanks in part to a ruthless senator with her sights set on the White House. But when the war on terror takes a chilling turn, the president has no choice but to secretly bring Harvath back inside. Deep beneath an Alpine glacier, an ancient weapon designed to destroy the Roman Empire has been unearthed'and a shadowy organization intends to use it for America's downfall. Racing across Europe, Harvath must secure the ultimate instrument of destruction before it brings the United States and the rest of the world to its knees. Takedown: July 4th weekend, New York City: As thousands of holiday travelers make their way out of Manhattan, a flawlessly executed terrorist attack plunges the city into a maelstrom of panic and death. Amid the chaos, an elite team of foreign operatives is systematically searching for one of their own, a man so powerful that the U.S. government refuses to admit he even exists and will do anything to keep him hidden. Now, with the world's deadliest enemy upon America's doorstep, counterterrorism operative Scot Harvath must fight his way through the burning city streets to take down an invisible terrorist mastermind with the means to unleash hell on a global scale. The first commandment: When the President of the United States is blackmailed into releasing five detainees from Guantanamo Bay, a sadistic assassin with a vendetta years in the making is reactivated. Suddenly, the people closest to counterterrorism operative Scot Harvath are being targeted and he realizes that somehow, somewhere he has left the wrong person alive. With his life plunged into absolute peril, and the president ordering him to stay out of the investigation, Harvath must mount his own covert plan for revenge'and in so doing will uncover shattering revelations about the organizations and the nation he has spent his life serving.
The last patriot, Brad Thor.
Scot Harvath–Navy SEAL turned counter-terrorist operative–braves unspeakable dangers to reveal an ancient secret that could neutralize militant Islam without further bloodshed.
Harry Potter and the cursed child. Parts one and two: playscript, Jack Thorne.
The official playscript of the original West End production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn't much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband, and father of three school-age children.While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.The playscript for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child was originally released as a 'special rehearsal edition' alongside the opening of Jack Thorne's play in London's West End in summer 2016. Based on an original story by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne, the play opened to rapturous reviews from theatregoers and critics alike, while the official playscript became an immediate global bestseller.This definitive and final playscript updates the 'special rehearsal edition' with the conclusive and final dialogue from the play, which has subtly changed since its rehearsals, as well as a conversation piece between director John Tiffany and writer Jack Thorne, who share stories and insights about reading playscripts. This edition also includes useful background information including the Potter family tree and a timeline of events from the Wizarding World prior to the beginning of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.
Missing Fay, Adam Thorpe.
A spirited, restless fourteen-year-old, Fay, goes missing from a Lincoln council estate. Is she a runaway, or a victim - another face on a poster gradually fading with time? The story of her last two days before she vanishes is interwoven with the varied lives of six locals - whether aware or unaware of her presence or absence, all touched in life-changing ways. David is an eco-campaigner on a family holiday on the bleak Lincolnshire coast; Howard, a retired steel worker with some dodgy friends; Cosmina, a Romanian immigrant struggling as a care-home nurse; Sheena, middle-aged and single, running a kiddies' clothes shop, is sexually entangled with the peculiar Gavin, while dreaming of Paul, up the lane; Mike, the misanthropic owner of the haunted second-hand bookshop, is secretly in love with Cosmina; and Chris, a TV producer become Trappist monk, can't quite leave the ordinary world behind. All are involuntary witnesses to the lost girl; paths cross, threads touch, connections are made or lost. Is Fay alive or dead? Or somewhere in between? Adam Thorpe has once again created a cast of brilliant eccentrics bound together by the accident of geography, in a novel of effortlessly elegant prose, forensic observation and resonant power.
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 an astonishing 20 KG. After years of dieting and fighting to control her weight, Amanda easily went from a size 16 to a size 8 in 9 months. A life less sugar is the inspiring story of how an ordinary and busy working mum used information from a documentary she had seen on TV and turned that information into her reality. She lost 20KG by reducing her sugar consumption, teaspoon by teaspoon, and then wrote a runaway bestseller about how she did it. Enlisting the help of good friend Leigh Brown who is an amazing cook (something Amanda is not!) to create some low sugar, low carbohydrate delicious dishes. The recipes are easy to follow with nothing complicated. Part memoir, part diet and recipe book A life less sugar will help you to reduce the high sugar content in some of the most common foods that Amanda found in her (and maybe your) pantry.