Do you know what a 'homechicken' is? Or are you a 'Johnny No Stars'? Did the class bully give you a 'nuggy' or a 'beano' in the school yard? If you want to recall the irreverent expressions of your school days, or simply feel frustrated on the sidelines of an exclusive speech community, you may need to improve your slang! From the widely acceptable to the taboo, here's a great opportunity to widen your vocabulary. Maybe you'd secretly like to know what a 'mudmuncher' is, or a 'fire pie'? The answers are here, and many, many more. Adapted from a hugely popular cult website, The Dictionary of Playground Slang is the essential tool to help you recapture the cruel, bizarre - and often highly obscene - world of the playground.
Rat-munching rattlesnakes! I can't believe it. I, Geronimo Stilton, just let my super-sporty friend Bruce Hyena convince me to go on another one of his extreme adventures. You know me--I just can't say no to a friend! This time, we're going to be climbing to the top of the famouse Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa. Moldy mozzarella! I'm in no shape for a mountain climb. How will I ever make it to the top?
When an ordinary househusband and his ambitious wife decide to start a family, they discover there's more to making a baby then meets the eye. Help arrives in the form of a grieving gay neighbor, a visiting monarch, and the dashing young lieutenant who defects from her yacht. Bittersweet and profoundly affecting, "Babycakes" was the first work of fiction to acknowledge the arrival of AIDS.
Introduces Bow Street Runner Matthew Hawkwood - a fascinating hero who hunts down thieves, spies and murderers in the crime-ridden streets of Regency London. As the most resourceful of an elite band of investigators, Matthew Hawkwood was surprised to be assigned the case - even if it did involve the murder and mutilation of a naval courier.
A novel based on the Emmy Award-winning television series created by Chris Carter. When a disease-ravaged body is found in the smoldering ruins of the federally funded DyMar genetic research lab, Agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully fear that a deadly, man-made plague is on the loose. As the FBI agents investigating the "X-Files" -- cases the bureau has deemed unsolvable -- Mulder and Scully pursue the truth wherever it leads, even into the labyrinthine corridors of the FBI... and beyond. Racing to contain the lethal virus before it can spread, Mulder and Scully make a chilling discovery. Before his death, Dr. David Kennessy, a hotshot cancer researcher at DyMar, had been experimenting with a promising but highly dangerous technology: microscopic bio-machines that can cure any disease, heal any wound. In theory, this research could be a miracle cure, perhaps even a doorway to immortality. It was also the only way Dr. Kennessy could save his leukemia-stricken son. But when a second corpse turns up, savagely mutilated from within, it's anything but theoretical. Could machines created to cure have learned to kill? Scrambling for answers, Mulder and Scully are opposed at every step by faceless enemies with all the resources of the government -- even perhaps of their own agency -- at their command. Enemies who will stop at nothing to ensure that the secret of immortality falls in the right hands -- their hands. As sinister forces close in, Scully fights to save the life of an innocent boy while Mulder comes face to face with a crazed and desperate man. A man whose slightest touch brings agonizing death -- and perhaps a resurrection more horrible still.
The first gripping novel of suspense in the compelling Cutler family series. Settling into her new school, developing a crush on fellow pupil Philip Cutler and cherishing a secret hope to become a famous singer one day, Dawn Longchamp feels happy and safe. But nothing is what it seems... When Dawn's mother suddenly dies, her world begins to crumble. After a terrible new shock, Dawn is thrust into a different family and an evil web of unspoken sins. Her sweet innocence lost, humiliated and scorned, Dawn is desperate to find her older brother Jimmy again - and to strip away the wicked lies that have changed both their lives forever.
Following his return from his ill-fated trip to Australia, Francis and Siana Matheson have settled into a loving marital relationship. Siana's main concern is that so far she has been unable to bear her husband another child. Francis however is content to be a father to his grown-up daughters and Siana's young sister Daisy. He also delights in his young son, Bryn, born while he was overseas. However, Francis is unaware that the boy is his illegitimate grandson, the result of the vicious and horrifying rape of his eldest daughter. Although it worries Siana, the need to protect all concerned has left her with no choice. She must keep quiet and live with the guilt of her deceit. But Siana cannot keep the truth hidden forever - and when her tragic secret is finally revealed, there will be devastating
Journalist Peter Jacobs is dragged into the police investigation of two strings of gruesome deaths when he receives an anonymous call from someone who knows more than he should about the murders. And when Julie Moore, a graduate student researching Near Death Experiences, falls in love with Peter, she has no way of knowing that she has placed herself in the deadly sights of the Cold One who needs Peter to complete Its mysterious designs...
Featuring an endearing and energetic heroine whose professional success and personal secrets inevitably collide. Frankie McGowan draws on her experiences in the PR industry to write a novel that ranges from Wall Street to London.
A century has passed since the heroic defence of Dros Delnoch. But the people of the Drenai face a new terror: a mad emperor kept in power by two forces of unsurpassed evil. The Joinings are werebeasts of awesome power. The Dark Templars are warrior-priests whose fighting skills are without equal. Against them, the Drenai face certain defeat.One man, an outsider hated by the Drenai for his Nadir blood and despised by the Nadir for his Drenai ancestry, sets out to bring down the emperor. He is one man against the armies of chaos.He is Tenaka Khan - the Prince of Shadows.
Like the best of John Grisham and Nancy Taylor Rosenberg, "Presumption of Guilt" tackles a high profile subject -- police corruption and cover-up -- and builds a fast-paced story that hits hard on sex crimes, the ambiguities of the law, and the arrogance of power.Atlanta lawyer Laura Chastain has developed a hard-earned reputation for waging uncompromising courtroom battles, inciting tabloid headlines, and making enemies on both sides of the law. Now, she is about to plunge straight into the heart of Atlanta's most controversial trial: defending an unscrupulous white cop indicted for killing a black suspect held in custody. But if Laura is willing to believe detective Jeff Williams, who has no alibi but insists he's innocent, then she must also believe the unthinkable: that Williams knew something damning about his brothers-in-blue, and that a deadly cover-up of murder and corruption is operating at the highest levels of the Atlanta police force.As Laura tries to untangle the web of liesthat obscure guilt and innocence, her future hangs in the balance -- because if Williams is lying, it could cost Laura her career...and if he's
Ellie and Izzy have lived a crazy life, with a mother whom they adored, but who wasn't without problems. From long midnight baths, to driving the family car straight into the lake, she's been a magic but maniacal figure, someone whose colourful stunts and bold lies have been the source of both pride and shame for the girls.
A mysterious suicide in Dublin brings investigative reporter Emma Boylan home from her honeymoon as she attempts to unravel the truth about hotel magnate Todd Wilson and his twisted network of friends and family. She meets Maeve, Todd's wife and the much-admired president of a national charity group; Ethel, the Wilsons' estranged nanny; Fergus, Maeve's handsome and enigmatic colleague; and Johnny, the boy who accuses Todd Wilson of something more ominous than bad business practices. In this gripping thriller, Emma traces a thread of betrayal and murder to find out why the Wilsons' world is falling apart and who's behind it all. But as she closes in on the truth, Emma is drawn into the mesh of lies until, fearing for her own life, she realises that there's no one she can trust.
Billy Ikehorn: Meet Again The Magnificent Owner Of Scruples. Billy Is Imperious And Stubborn, A Creature Of Rampant Sexuality, Too Rich, Too Vulnerable And Far, Far Too Impulsive. The Story Begins On The Day After Scruples Ended, The Day On Which Billy'S Husband, Producer Vito Orsini, Won The Oscar For Best Picture.Spider Elliot, Who Reigns Like A Pasha At Scruples, Is A Man Who Adores Women And Can Read Their Minds. He Is More Than Tough Enough To Stand Up To Billy.Valentine O'Neill Is The Brilliant Young Designer For Scruples. As Alert As A Vixen, Hot Tempered, And Thoroughly Lovable, She Is As Difficult To Pin Down As A Mermaid.Now Billy, Spider And Valentine Have Explosive Unfinished Business. Watch The Sparks Fly As This Irresistible Story Unfolds With An Enchanting New Cast Of Characters, Including Gigi (Graziella Giovanna) Orsini, Vito'S Daughter From An Early Marriage. Gigi, With Her Charm, Independence And Wild Sense Of Humour, Changes The Lives Of Everyone Who Knows Her. It Is Billy And Gigi Who Together Dominate The New Chapter In A Story Millions Of Readers Wish Had Never Ended.
A bank job goes wrong and a Kingsmarkham detective sergeant is killed. Months later, the Flory family are slaughtered at home by an unknown assassin. The cases seem unrelated. But Chief Inspector Wexford is not so sure. Especially when he meets and gets to know the one survivor from the Flory massacre, the disturbing and beautiful Daisy Flory.
Set in Ireland in the 1920s, this novel tells of Kitty Delaney, a woman of strength and passion caught between her loyalty to her husband, Leonard, and her deep love for the enigmatic and disturbing Paul Stratton.
Natalie Latimer, the spirited heroine from Savannah and To See Your Face Again,has blossomed into a woman--a woman who has found the strength to endure through inner resources and compassion . . . But the darkness of the Civil War is about to descend over America.
Born in the slums of Possilpark, Kate Gallacher learns the importance of standing up for herself. But when her wilfulness leads her to disobey her parents and marry Pete Brodie, she is catapulted into a life of violence and fear. Kate's refusal to be defeated becomes more important than ever.
Struggling through another Edinburgh winter Rebus finds himself sucked into a web of intrigue that throws up more questions than answers. Was the Lord Provost's daughter kidnapped or just another runaway? Why is a city councillor shredding documents that should have been waste paper years ago? And why on earth is Rebus invited to a clay pigeon shoot at the home of the Scottish Office's Permanent Secretary? Sucked into the machine that is modern Scotland, Rebus confronts the fact that some of his enemies may be beyond justice...
Raped and left pregnant by her drunken father, Anna Bradly abandons her baby. Over the years, Anna manages to build up a successful business, but when she is robbed of both her husband and her livelihood, fate leads her back to her roots - and a confrontation that could break her heart.
From half way around the world, American Clare Sullivan obeys a desperate summons from her glamorous sister Gina and flies to Paris. But when she arrives, there's no sign of Gina. Her sister's trail leads Claire to London and to Garth Cooper, a boyfriend of Gina's, who seems to have a secret to hide. As time passes, Claire begins to understand that Gina's disappearance is not just another one of her sister's melodramatic stunts.
This is a tender and poignant debut novel about life, love and closing circles. Ugly duckling Polly loves Davy, Davy loves Michaela, Michaela loves Colin, and Colin loves - well, like spreadable margarine, Colin''s love goes a long, long way.'
A much-beloved only child, great things are expected of young Octavia Smith. Her childhood ambition is to change the world and it seems the determined young woman finds her cause in the Suffragette movement. But, will the arrival of attractive Tommy Meriton into Octavia's life give her passions another path to follow? With the outbreak of World War One nothing can stay the same and the conflict leaves its mark upon Octavia as well as those she loves. And it is time for her to choose where her destiny lies...
Two seventeen-year-olds are killed by an ex-Army loner who has gone off the rails. The mystery takes Rebus into the heart of a shattered community. Ex-Army himself, Rebus becomes fascinated by the killer, and finds he is not alone. Army investigators are on the scene, and won't be shaken off. The killer had friends and enemies to spare and left behind a legacy of secrets and lies. Rebus has more than his share of personal problems, too. He's fresh out of hospital, but won't say how it happened. Could there be a connection with a house-fire and the unfortunate death of a petty criminal who had been harassing Rebus's colleague Siobhan Clarke?
The devastating account of three sisters, torn apart and forced to suffer abuse and exploitation at the hands of a community that robbed them of their childhood. They reveal three lives, separate but entwined, that have experienced unspeakable horror, unrelenting loyalty and unforgettable courage. From as early as 3 years old, Julianna, Celeste and Kristina were treated by their 'guardians' as sexual beings. They were made to watch and mimic orgies, received love letters and sexual advances from men old enough to be their grandfather, and were forced into abusive relationships that barely went unhidden. They were denied access to formal schooling, forced to wander the streets begging for money, and were mercilessly beaten for 'crimes' as unpredictable as reading an encyclopaedia. Finally, unable to live with the guilt of what had happened to her children, their mother escaped with Kristina, cutting herself off from her remaining children in a bid to save at least one child.Desperate to free her remaining sisters, Kristina eventually returned to the place of her torture to free Celeste and, after many years, Julianna, who was only able to break free with the knowledge that the child she was carrying would be subjected to the same fate if she could not find the courage to escape. Now the three sisters have finally come together to reveal in full and horrific detail their existence within a group that has destroyed the lives of so many. Their stories intertwine throughout the years, revealing a community spread throughout the world whose legacy of anorexia, depression, drug abuse, suicide and even murder are impossible to erase. Lives that follow parallel paths are ripped apart and painstakingly mended with a shared strength that finally enabled the sisters to free themselves from the shadows of their past.
Aerospace UK, one of David Winterborn's biggest investments, is close to bankruptcy. The only way to save it is utterly ruthless - the Vance 494, its rival aircraft, must be discredited. When the plane crashes, Mitchell Gant is called in to retrace its path. By the author of "Firefox".
A collection of 19 tales set in the lair of the Star Wars galaxy's most notorious and dangerous criminal, Jabba the Hutt. This book contains stories by Kevin Anderson, M. Shayne Bell, John Gregory Betancourt, Kenneth C. Flint, Ester Friesner and Barbara Hambly amongst others.
The Martians are the colonial masters of Earth, intending to keep its people subordinate while they loot the planet of any remaining resources, human or otherwise. It is up to Buck Rogers to thwart their evil plans.
Nineteen-year-old university student, Megan Thompson is beautiful, cool, clever and sexy - the kind of girl boys fall in love with. She's mostly steered clear of family life since the death of her younger brother. That is until the day she hears her mother, Diana, has been found floating face down in their swimming pool.
Craddock Fitch is a relative newcomer to the village of Turnham Malpas and is keen to make a splash by holding a village show - the best ever - in the grounds of his large house. Committee secretary and co-ordinator of the show Louise Bissett is the spoilt daughter of Sir Ron and Lady Sheila. Although a brilliant organiser, Louise is in deep personal trouble - and her growing obsession with the married rector can only end in tears. As the weeks roll by into summer and nerves tighten in anticipation of the great day, romances heat up and then cool down, tempers flare and misunderstandings multiply....
Amid the chaos of Waterloo, Captain Allan Landon stumbles upon a young boy. When long golden hair tumbles down, Allan is faced with the most beautiful woman he's ever seen. She reminds him of what he's fighting for and he silently vows to protect Miss Marian Pallant above all else.Back in London, the battle may be won, but Allan and Marian are now on opposing sides of a different war…. As Marian's enemy, Allan has three options: to fight her, to bed her or to unconventionally wed her!
In spite of dire predictions, the rock festival in Kingsmarkham seemed to be going off without a hitch, until the hideously disfigured body is discovered in a nearby quarry. And soon Wexford is investigating the links between a local girl gone bad and a charismatic singer who inspires an unwholesome devotion in his followers. Some Lie and Some Die is a devilishly absorbing novel, in which Wexford's deductive powers come up against the aloof arrogance of pop stardom.
With her Inspector Wexford novels, Ruth Rendell, winner of the Mystery Writers of America Grand Master Award, has added layers of depth, realism and unease to the classic English mystery. For the canny, tireless, and unflappable policeman is an unblinking observer of human nature, whose study has taught him that under certain circumstances the most unlikely people are capable of the most appalling crimes.
Jeffrey Archer was sentenced to four years' imprisonment at 12.07pm on Thursday 19th July 2001. Within six hours, Prisoner FF8282, as he is now known, was on suicide watch in the medical wing of Belmarsh top security prison in south London. This, he discovered, is standard procedure for first-time offenders on their first night in jail. By 6.00am the next morning, Archer had resolved to write a daily diary of everything he experienced while incarcerated, because "I have a feeling that being allowed to write in this hellhole may turn out to be the one salvation that will keep me sane". Jeffrey Archer's diary of his first three weeks imprisonment is a raw account of life in a top-security jail in Britain. It is also an indictment of the British penal system. The tales of his fellow inmates - many of whom are in for life - are often moving stories of hopelessness. But there are those, too, who, no matter what their previous histories, attempt to live their prison lives with dignity and integrity. Returning favours, Archer comments, is far more commonplace in prison than outside. The diary should be of interest to anyone concerned with the improvement of our penal system, whether they are concerned citizens, politicians or workers in the prison service.
Steve Wright selects the weirdest, most fascinating, and entertaining trivia from around the world, as read out on his hit radio show, Steve Wright in the Afternoon. The book also features commentary and anecdotes, along with photos and illustrations. Some of the trivia includes facts like: Worcestershire sauce is basically anchovy ketchup, liquid detergent is added to beer in beer commercials to make it foam more, Austria was the first country ever to use postcards, and Tony Blair is a distant cousin of the Queen.
Patrick McGinley is able to do what few novelists can: write stories and characters that are drenched in place (specifically, rural Ireland), and yet totally devoid of cheap sentimentality. His landscapes have the edgy, ludicrous beauty of a dream - unstable and prone to capsize into nightmare.
Survivor, genius, perfumer, killer: this is Jean-Baptiste Grenouille. He is abandoned on the filthy streets 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 Paris. 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.
The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook: Extreme Edition
How could it get any worse?For the latest book in the phenomenally successfulWorst-Case Scenario Survival Handbookseries, the authors have pulled out all the stops, harkening back to the core appeal that made the first book a runaway bestseller. Here are all new scenarios for living life on the very edge. Imperiled readers will learn immediate, hands-on strategies for surviving an elephant stampede, a 16-car pile-up, a mine collapse, and a nuclear attack. Discover how to take a bullet, control a runaway hot air balloon, break a gorilla's grip, endure a Turkish prison, and free a limb from a beartrap. Whether stranded on an iceberg, being chased by a pack of wolves, spinning out on a motorcycle, or being buried alive,The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook: Extreme Editionhas all the right stuff for those times when everything goes wrong.
Another fantastic title in "The World's Stupidest series". Featuring the famous (and the infamous) from several decades of celebrity life, this is a collection of the downright stupidest, strangest, most bizarre stories and quotes by and about all your favourite pop idols, screen stars, models and many more. This book is guaranteed to puncture the inflated egos of those in the media spotlight. As is right and proper, "The World's Stupidest Celebrities" is a celebration of dire moments and preposterous statements from among the ranks of the famous and wannabe-famous. Sometimes strange, sometimes unfathomable, frequently weird and always hilarious, it is a fine tribute to those who'll do anything for attention, and a reminder that many of the incidents and quotations in this book will long outlive their authors' often all too brief moments of glory...Shortly after the release of 1995's "The Usual Suspects", the model and actress Sienna Miller spotted Kevin Spacey in a bar. Excited to find herself so close to one of the film's stars, she approached him and sat down. 'I just wanted to say,' she declared, 'I can't believe I'm sitting in a bar drinking champagne next to Kevin Bacon.' 'Spacey,' Kevin politely remarked. 'Yeah,' Miller emphatically replied, 'it is, isn't it!'
Tim thinks he has the most boring family in the world. There's no way that the sparkly Sophie in his class is ever going to look at him. School is boring too, because they all have to follow a very boring timetable, insisted on by Mr Dedman, the head. All Tim can do is invent the most amazing fantasy stories in which he is a superhero, rescuing Sophie from dreadful danger. And then ... the graffiti starts appearing in school - and it's all about chickens: THIS BUILDING IS FULL OF CHICKENS, DEDMAN'S CHICKEN FACTORY and so on. Who is writing them? Why is Mr Dedman so apoplectic about chickens? As if the mystery at school wasn't enough, Tim discovers his father dressing up as Wonder Woman ... Suddenly, boring starts to look very good indeed. A glorious romp, with some telling sideswipes at school regimentation.
Blackboard Blunders: Spelling Slip-Ups And Homework Howlers
A side-splitting collection of spelling slip-ups and homework howlers Jack brort a cak to school and we all had a pis Captin Cok was a famos exploder Today I painted an octopuss with big eyes and eight purple testicles I have lots of fiends at school and I have even more fiends at home In the field near our house they think they have found the remains of a Roman fartChildren are at their funniest when they are trying to be serious, and their earnest attempts at mastering the English language are a veritable goldmine of unintentional humor. From the charming to the ludicrous, and from the profound to the downright X-rated, this hilarious collection of quotes is sure to tickle the funny bone.
Dog People Do It Better: 200 ways our dogs teach us to love, laugh, and loosen up
Dog lovers will relish the wisdom imparted by dogs such as Perry, a star show dog whose love for his less-accomplished brother was so strong that he could only perform well when they were together; Hexe, who could open unlock doors and find a way to join any party going on in the house; and Lobo, who fought in the Vietnam War.
Sammy has an idyllic boyhood in Limassol with his glamorous, hippy parents and his sister. They live a sixties, louche lifestyle - Sammy's earliest memories are of visitors sleeping outside under the stars, smoking joints and getting drunk on rum and cocktails. Then, overnight, his life is changed by two tragedies that will remain intertwined in his mind for ever. He is forced to leave Limassol and is sent to an austere English boarding school. There Sammy meets Rajiv, a young, diligent scholar from the West Indies. The two form an unlikely friendship - Rajiv tempers the rebellious streak that the damaged Sammy has developed and, in years to come, that friendship will once more dramatically alter the course of Sammy's life as he is eventually forced to face the demons that have led him to his self imposed exile.