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.
Cassell Military Classics: The Schweinfurt-Regensburg Mission: American Raids on 17 August 1943
"Enthralling eye-witness histories."--John Keegan . On August 17th, 1943, for the first time, the entire American bomber force based in Britain struck deep in Germany. They targeted the Messerschmitt aircraft factory at Regensburg and the ball-bearing factories at Schweinfurt...with disastrous results. One in six bombers failed to return and the U.S. Air Force suffered its worst defeat of World War Two. The best-selling author of The Berlin Raids and The Battle of Hamburg now gives the same meticulous attention to this momentous setback. Working from original documents and personal accounts of survivors (military and civilian) on both sides, he reveals how the events of that fateful day, with its harrowing losses, destroyed any hopes of ending the war quickly.
New York fashion designer Jamie Nova has chosen the glitz of Las Vegas as the setting for celebrating her impending divorce. Joined by her two best friends, street-smart Madison Castelli, and Natalie de Barge, an ambitious TV reporter - Jamie plans to make the most of her hard-earned holiday and forget all about her controlling ex. When the threesome encounters Mark Blaine, the fun-loving playboy scion of a real estate billionaire, things start to heat up very quickly. Madison and Natalie receive a frantic midnight phone call telling them Mark is lying in Jamie's bed. And he's dead...
Dreams are among the most powerful tools we possess for understanding ourselves & those closest to us. They have the capacity to reveal who we really are, & have the potential to change our world for the better. The complete book of dreams is an invaluable guide to interpreting our dreams & helping us to create the life we want. The features include: * Extensive A-Z dreams together with interpretations of specific imagery * Identification of different types of dreams * Introduction to simple aids & techniques to harness the enormous power of creative dreaming.
The dawn of the 5th century AD, and the Roman Empire totters on the edge of the abyss. Already divided into two, the Imperium is looking dangerously vulnerable to her European rivals. The huge barbarian tribes of the Vandals and Visigoths sense that their time is upon them.But, unbeknownst to all these great players, a new power is rising in the East. A strange nation of primitive horse-warriors has been striking terror on border peoples for fifty years. But few realise what is about to happen. For these so called 'Huns' now have a new leader. And his name is Attila - 'the Scourge of God'.Thus begins a saga of warfare, lust and power which brought the whole of the Christian world to its knees - and ended in blood on the fields of France. It is a story of two men: Attila the Hun and Aetius the Roman. One who wanted to destroy the world, and one who fought one final battle to save it...
Like the rest of the nation, the Burracombe villagers are shocked when King George VI dies suddenly in 1952. In the midst of their grief, the arrival of a stranger in the village on the very same day goes almost unnoticed. Farmer's daughter Val needs to find a home before she can marry her sweetheart, Hilary is struggling to come to terms with her new responsibilities, and Stella is still getting to know the sister she thought she had lost during the war. While the children at the village school are as lively and inquisitive as ever, there are still conflicts and feuds amongst the long-standing residents of Burracombe. But a search for a family draws the whole village together.
In the third book of Drake's LORD OF THE ISLES series, the young King Garric is faced with all the burdens of kingship. Guided by the ghost of King Carus and the help of the soceress Tenoctris, Garric should have few problems. But a threat emerges from the past - the Wizard Purlio seeks to conquer the future with an army of the dead. And Garric's sister Sharina has gone missing, abducted through time itself by a gigantic bird. And if Garric hopes to defeat the dead, he must become one of them . . .
When George Bolton returns home to Devon at the end of the war, Rita assumes that her childhood sweetheart will marry her and that their future will be a reassuring continuation of their past. But the boy who joined the RAF has come back a man, and a man irrevocably changed by the horrors that he has seen. Unable to settle back into the sleepy seaside village, George resolves to spend a year on the family farm in Argentina, and, despite her disappointment, Rita promises to wait for him. Rita keeps her promise. But for George there are irresistible temptations, and an agonising choice to make ...
An exquisite novel that explores the immigrant experience with compassion and humour. Mona remembers all too clearly the night of the big row in the house on Manahambre Road, back in her native island of Trinidad, when Da-Da, in a drunken rage, seemed ready to kill her nine-year-old brother, Kello. Grown up now, and living in Montreal, Mona wryly perceives herself as the calm at the centre of her family's storm. She yearns to make sense of her tortured family and the feeling of displacement that haunts her. And as she visits her dying brother, and reacquaints herself with her irrepressible cousin Bess, Mona realizes that if she is to have a future, she must reconcile the past with the present. A moving story about a young girl's journey into the secrets of a winding family history, The Swinging Bridge carries us through nineteenth-century India, with its cast-out Brahmin widows, to the cane fields of Trinidad, where impoverished Indians become indentured labourers, to the optimism of the twentieth century, when the island sheds its colonial past and reimagines itself as a new homeland for many cultures. Finally, we arrive in North America, a new continent with old problems, where Mona's family decides to settle. Steeped in the rhythms and lyrical lilt of Caribbean life, this many-layered tale marks the fiction debut of Ramabai Espinet, a poet and writer with immense talent and an original new voice.
The fictional journal of Elizabeth Pepys, wife of the diarist, Samuel. Their marriage, which was due to love, was marred only by their failure to have a child and their struggle to advance from poverty. Samuel begins to become successful, but their marriage nearly founders due to his infidelities.
Originally published in 1948 by Heinemann, the story of a woman who loses her husband and goes to stay in an old schoolhouse in a quiet village. But events from the past involving a witch-hunt impinge upon the present. From the author of SHE GOES TO WAR.
Julian as a small boy is taken on the perfect Cornish holiday. When glamorous American cousins unexpectedly swell the party, however, emotions run high and events spiral out of control. Though he has been brought up in the forbidding shadow of the prison his father runs, though his parents are neither as normal nor as happy as he supposes, Julian?s world view is the sunnily selfish, accepting one of boyhood. It is only when he becomes a man - seemingly at ease with love, with his sexuality, with his ghosts - that the traumatic effects of that distant summer rise up to challenge his defiant assertion that he is happy and always has been.
Three Men in a Boat and Three Men on the Bummel (Oxford World's Classics)
This volume stands as the only available critical edition of two of the most popular classics in English literature. Three Men in a Boat describes a comic expedition by middle-class Victorians up the Thames to Oxford, providing along the way brilliant snap-shots of London's playground in the late 1880s. In Three Men on the Bummel, the three Englishmen escape from the claustrophobia of suburban life some ten years later to go on a cycling tour in the Black Forest of Germany.
Paloma is an enchanting creature who revels in her knowledge of the sea and its inhabitants, and whose adventures guide us into the beauties and mysteries of her underwater garden of Eden. This is threatened by a force of destructive ignorance - the attitude that says fish are either good to eat and so are killed for the pot, or dangerous in which case they are just killed.
An overview of the adventures of Eric Newby during his time as a commercial traveller working in the world of haute couture for the family firm of Lane and Newby, from his repatriation as a prisoner-of-war in 1945 until he embarked on his walk in the Hindu Kush in 1956. Last published in 1985.
Richard must follow a vision that will mean turning his back on the people of the new world when they need him most and taking Kahlan away from the protection of the D'Haran armies as they face the hordes of Emperor Jagang.
History's biggest conspiracy is about to be revealed. But not if a brutal murderer has anything to do with it... Marshall Ziegler's father runs a gallery in London, which Marshall has always ignored. But when his father is beaten to a pulp, disembowelled and left to die, Marshall suddenly needs to know every last detail of his life. He discovers that his father knew a dark secret at the heart of Rembrandt's life, one that has the potential to bring down one of the world's most lucrative industries. But a sadistic murderer is on the case, killing in increasingly brutal ways to keep it hidden. Will Marshall beat the killer to the truth? Who can he trust? Will he stay alive long enough to reveal the greatest secret never told?
A passionate, hypnotic and dangerous novel about a daughter and her mother.Astrid has been raised by her mother, Ingrid a beautiful, headstrong poet. Astrid's world revolves around Ingrid; she forgives her everything. Until Ingrid murders a former lover and is imprisoned for life...
"It wasn't, we discovered as the months went by, that Sugieh was particularly wicked. It was just that she was a Siamese." Animal lovers Doreen Tovey and her husband Charles acquire their first Siamese kitten to rid themselves of an invasion of mice, although they worry about the cat attacking the birds. But Sugieh is not just any cat. She's an iron hand in a delicate, blue-pointed glove; an actress, a prima donna, an empress of cats, and she quickly establishes herself as queen of the house. Finding themselves thus enslaved, Doreen and Charles try to minimise the chaos she causes daily: screaming like a banshee, chewing up telegrams, and tearing holes in anything made of wool. But there is worse to come, as soon Sugieh decides she is ready to become the Perfect Mother. She and her adorable kittens devote themselves to tightening their grip on the Tovey household.
"What if women were an endangered species? "It begins in Ireland, but soon spreads throughout the entire world: a virulent new disease expressly designed to target only women. As fully half of the human race dies off at a frightening pace and life on Earth faces extinction, panicked people and governments struggle to cope with the global crisis. Infected areas are quarantined or burned to the ground. The few surviving women are locked away in hidden reserves, while frantic doctors and scientists race to find a cure. Anarchy and violence consume the planet. The plague is the work of a solitary individual who calls himself the Madman. As government security forces feverishly hunt for the renegade scientist, he wanders incognito through a world that will never be the same. Society, religion, and morality are all irrevocably transformed by the White Plague.
A title previously published in 1983, in which Glaswegian Nellie Thompson struggles to overcome her impoverished background in a city divided by religion and class. From the author of THE DAFFODIL SEA and A MOST DETERMINED WOMAN.
The epic, action-packed and powerful second novel in Conn Igguldenâs bestselling Conqueror series, bringing to the story of Genghis Khan brilliantly to lifeThe gathering of the tribes of the Mongols has been a long time in coming but finally, triumphantly, Temujin of the Wolves, Genghis Khan, is given the full accolade of the overall leader and their oaths. Now he can begin to meld all the previously warring people into one army, one nation. But the task Genghis has set himself and them is formidable. He is determined to travel to the land of the long-time enemy, the Chin and attack them there. The distances and terrain-the wide deserts, the impenetrable mountains-make it a difficult venture even for the legendary Mongolian speed of movement, but the greatest problem is that of the complex fortifications, a way of fighting wars of a settled urban population which the nomadic Mongolians had never come across. Finding ways to tackle that and keeping his tribes together in a strange environment presents another new and exciting challenge for Genghis Khan.Not only must Genghis succeed in this incredible campaign, but he must also reconcile the restless factions among his own generals, mediate between his ambitious brothers and cope with his own reactions to his growing sons. The young warrior has become a notable and victorious military commander of thousands: he must now learn to become a great leader of peoples of many different races and religions.Lords of the Bow is a deeply satisfying novel. It is epic in scope, convincing, and fascinating in the narration of an extraordinary story. Above all Genghis Khan continues to dominate the scene as he matures from the young boy of Wolf of the Plains to the great Conqueror.
'Eden - it's where your life began, Madeleine. It's a place where the current of life runs stronger than anywhere else. In Eden the sun shines more fiercely, the rain strikes harder, and the trees are so green that it hurts your eyes. Eden is beauty and ugliness and joy and madness and decay. Beneath the great old silk-cotton tree, where the orchids and lianas hang right down to the ground, and the fireflies glitter like spangles from dusk till dawn...' Madeleine is left to bring up her younger sister in a remote cottage on the west coast of Scotland after her mother, Rose, has died in childbirth. Tainted by the discovery that she is illegitimate, Madeleine is plunged into poverty in London before marrying out of desperation a wealthy cousin of her father's, who does not know her true identity. And thus she comes to live at the old family estate of Eden in the hills of Jamaica, often talked about by her mother - a beautiful, decaying house with its overgrown garden, lush sugar plantation and myriads of secrets. Rose had loved Eden more than anything, and now Madeleine has to take her place there.
A wonderful new novel from Liverpool's best-loved author. A tale of loss and love set in post-Second World War England and France. This is the story of a young Liverpool woman widowed in the Second World War before she can know the happiness of having a family. With the blessing of her mother, with whom she runs a B&B, she goes to Normandy to see where her husband was killed in the D-Day landings. Once she is there, she meets an impoverished French poultry farmer, now reduced to driving a beaten up (and still rare) taxi and looking after his old mother and dying brother. Will these two find happiness together? A touching love story, a compelling portrayal of the aftermath of war and above all a testament to the courage and endurance of oridinary people, Madame Barbara will delight Helen Forrester's countless fans.
Jordan and his sister live in hot Pasadena, and just for once they'd like a real winter with real snow. Then their dad offers to take them to Alaska. But there's a catch. Dad wants to photograph the Abominable Snowman, but he's not camera-friendly.
What does an It girl do if she loses all her money?Sophie Chesterton is a girl about town - she knows all the right people, goes to all the right parties, and wears all the right clothes. But deep down she suspects that her best friends are actually rather nasty, and that her lifestyle doesn't really amount to much. Her father wants her to make her own way in the world, to make him proud. But after one shocking evening her life is changed for ever.Scraping a living as an assistant to a 'glamour' photographer; living in a hovel on the Old Kent Road with four smelly boys; eating baked beans from the can - this is one spectacular fall from grace. Sophie is desperate to get her life back - but does a girl really need diamonds to be happy?