High summer, and Virginia Mintar, wife of a prominent QC, wanders away from a garden party to cool down in the pool. She never returns, but her body is dredged from the well next morning. Who was Virginia sleeping with, if not her husband? And what can Gran Mintar possibly have to hide?
Joanna May, cast out for her infidelity by her husband, thought herself to be unique, indivisible - until one day, to her hideous shock, she discovered herself to be five: that though an only child she was surrounded by sisters, young enough to be her daughters - Jane, Julie, Gina, and Alice, the clones of Joanna May.
They were sisters, but they could scarcely be more different...Annie, the independent one, whose natural glamour and sharp business sense helped her create a fabulous chocolate shop on Madison Avenue--and Laurel, the sensitive one, who became a noted illustrator yet still struggled to get out of her sister's shadow. But Annie and Laurel do have one thing in common: a passion for the same man that drives them to desperate measures to win his love--and threatens to drive them apart forever....
When Tam's brother is wrongly accused of theft and locked in prison, his sister makes a solemn promise that she will not let the little lad down. But Fate makes her break her word almost immediately, as her brother is transported to Australia and Tam must embark upon an epic journey to find him.
London 1947, the Angel family, it seems as if their prospects are as bleak as the bitterly cold winter. Their only ray of sunshine is Lizzie, who brings warmth and comfort to those around her. But Lizzie faces an impossible decision,Rob is convinced to start a new life in Australia and wants Lizzie to go with him.
The exciting sequel to promises promises.... Mirror Mirror is the story of women who have had enough. A tale of delicous revenge and glorious vindictiveness, as Chris Wallace tastes the bitter fruits of his deciets and finally gets what's been coming to him.
When Sarah discovers her sister, Beattie, is having an affair with her own sweetheart, Edward Lacey, her heart is broken and Beattie's reputation destroyed when it emerges that she is carrying Edward's child. But the tragedy which drives them apart might one day compel their paths to cross again.
They called it Black Friday when the factory closed. Whole families living in the slums of Glasgow during the Depression felt the sting of despair. Vicky Devine's father was devastated, but young Ken Blacklaws had steel in his veins—"I'm going to make something of my life," he would tell her with passion. Maybe that's why Vicky loved him. Beautiful Vicky, her love gained strength and defiance in the midst of hardship. As Ken ruthlessly fought his way out of poverty, his ambition knew no bounds. For in his lifetime, he would break the law and Vicky's heart, but he could never break her spirit.
A saga set in Glasgow between the wars in which one Angus McBain, aware of the divisions, violence and hardship of the city, determines to make a stand, do his own thing, and share all he has with the woman he passionately loves. First published in 1982. From the author of STREET SONG, WHEN DREAMS COME TRUE and NELLIE WILDCHILD.
It's August 1914, and the threat of war weighs heavily on the people of Liverpool, but not on Sarah Hoxton. For Toby Percival, the son of her employer, is in love with her. Her mother fears they'll both lose their jobs when Toby's father finds out, but Sarah's prepared to risk everything for Toby's love. Maurice Percival is furious when he discovers his son is involved with a factory girl. Determined to defy his father, Toby joins the army. Sarah is left facing what seem to be insurmountable obstacles, but with the help of her friends, family and a strength she never knew she possessed, she discovers there is a light at the end of the tunnel, though it shines from a different direction to the one she expected.
The Ffolk have forsaken their goddess, the Earthmother, and have turned to the new gods to protect them. Now, capricious and malevolent, one of the new lords has turned the worship of the Ffolk against them. It falls to the royal daughters of High King Tristan Kendrick to confront the evil that now threatens their land.
Judy Hamilton was born in the Cardiff docklands. Homeless after the death of her grandmother, she finds friendship, work and lodgings with Edyth Slater, above her bakery in Cardiff's colourful Tiger Bay. While attempting to make her way in a vibrant and complex society, Judy dreams of one day becoming a successful singer and actress. Restless and anxious to make his fortune, David Ellis also finds himself drawn to this busy port. He has left his brothers and sisters behind him on their isolated Breconshire farm. He is ready to embark on a new, more exciting life and is willing to do whatever it takes to find success. Judy and David both believe that they have the strength and determination to make their own luck. But trade has slumped and ships cease to sail in and out of port. The enterprising natives of Tiger Bay manage to make a living from those rich enough to remain unscathed by the depression of the 1930s. Flouting the law, they open illegal casinos, nightclubs and drinking dens to cater for those who can still afford a good time. None are more ruthless than Aled James, who employs David as his bookie's runner. With Aled's help, Judy finally breaks into the glittering paste and cardboard world of the city's nightclubs and theatres, but Aled demands a high price for his assistance. David and Judy soon discover that even with a pocketful of money, the life they'd dreamed about may come at too high a price...
As the war breaks out, the Rising Family tries to hold down the secrets of the past. March is separated from her son, Albert, who is fighting the Luftwaffe, while April's shy and gentle daughter cannot understand why Albert has left her without saying goodbye.
It's 1921 and eighteen-year-old Daisy May and her little sister Mary-Jane, who is six, are orphaned. Times are tough and, to support her sister, Daisy has to work hard as a dancer in a nightclub, getting home late and hardly seeing Mary-Jane. One night a fire starts and Mary-Jane is alone in the house. The night's events lead to the sisters being split up and Daisy May begins to fear that she will never see Mary-Jane again...
Young Kay Armstrong wants to break away from her tough East End background where her friends are turning to crime. She gets a job in the City and her prospects are good. But when she plans a holiday to Spain that involves forging her passport, she takes a step too far! Meanwhile her dad, Jack, is spearheading the great dock strike; he and his wife Laura worry about their headstrong daughter, especially the new set of friends introducing her to fashionable restaurants and the pleasures of drinking. Then Zacchi, the handsome gypsy boyfriend of her past reappears, and Kay has some hard choices to make! Set against the backdrop of small-time crooks and big-time villains, the docks, streets, markets and pubs of Whitechapel, "Docker's Daughter" is authentic and moving, full of the unquenchable spirit of the East End.
Angel Christian is on a mission to save the hearts of Gorb, but just how accurate is his aim? Christian is blond haired, blue eyed, and not just your average good looking boy - he's an angel. And when he's sent down from the heavenly offices above to sort out the love lives of the citizens of Gorb, a small town in the West of Ireland, he thinks he's got an easy billet - okay, he's not sure how he's going to drink all the cups of tea when he can't ingest, and maybe it's not as glamorous as Paris, but his job should still be a doddle. The complex lives of the people of Gorb are many fold; there's Mary, still a virgin, not bitter, but desperate to taste the real thing; Sandra, a Northern lap dancer, ready to give up all the grinding and bumping for life back in her roots; Moses, all flicked-back mullet and continually unloved, and Rose, once a true Irish beauty, and now a long suffering wife. And there are plenty more...It is up to Christian - with a little help from his friends - to gild his arrow and point them at the hearts of those who need him most, but just how true is his aim? Highly original and very funny, this is an endearing novel of love, life and all that it carries from the bestselling author of Disco Daddy.
When Dan, one of the farm vets, is seriously injured in a car accident everyone at Barleybridge Animal Hospital is shocked. But they have even more to cope with when Scott Spencer, back from Australia, steps in to cover for him. Joy, the Practice Manager, remembers the hearts he broke when he last worked there and also his abrupt departure. She refuses to agree to this appointment, however temporary it turns out to be. So Joy leaves, and Scott slips seamlessly into the Practice routine. But Scott is in for a shock himself, when secrets are revealed which turn his life upside down and amend his attitude to women...COUNTRY PASSIONS is a wonderfully compelling and tender novel in which Rebecca Shaw weaves her magic around the animals and the people in this busy veterinary hospital, bringing them to life and sharing with us their troubles and triumphs.
Women's Devotional New Testament with Psalms and Proverbs
Whether you're a young mother, a grandmother, single or married, the NIV Women's Devotional New Testament is for you. Each day you'll read a short Scripture passage and a devotional message aimed at helping you grow as a Christian.
Jade Goody swept to fame on Big Brother in 2002. Bubbly, fun, and full of infectious laughter, Jade quickly captured the hearts of a nation. This volume—which covers Jade's amazing rags-to-riches story—was initially banned after allegations of racism in theCelebrity Big Brotherhouse, but is now back in print. Jade reveals all about her life, from her troubled childhood to how she found fame and fortune. Packed with incredible highs and tearful lows, Jade tells the story of her successes, failures, and her life with beloved sons Bobby and Freddy.
Diana owns a bookshop, is thirty-something and single again after a long relationship. The Brahms Requiem was once her favourite piece of music. Now she cannot listen to it without it stirring painful memories of her old love. She is determined to supplant the old memories with something new and, in her quest for a memory to superimpose on the past, joins the team intending to open the Academy of Forward Literature at Hassocks Hall . . .
Worry no more! Letty Chubb's guide to the passion and pain of lurve will help all teenage worriers find happiness. Deliciously funny as well as tackling serious issues, this is the ultimate handbook for affairs of the heart. From romance to pregnancy and quarrels to valentines, there's nothing more you'll need to know. Follow Letty's own tumultuous love life along the way. Will she succeed in her quest to win the heart of the elusive Daniel Hope? The brilliantly funny sequel to I Was a Teenage Worrier.
Since his father died, Charlie Bone has lived with his mother and her mother, in the house of his other grandmother, Grandma Bone. Looking at a picture of a couple with a baby and a cat, he suddenly discovers he can hear their voices. Although he tries to hide his new gift, Grandma Bone's scary sisters soon find out, and determine to send him to Bloor's Academy. Mr Onimous appears, and tell Charlie he must find the baby from the photograph, lost inside Bloor's. The mystery deepens when Charlie tries to return the picture to its rightful owner, a bookseller who gives him a heavy box, saying only that it was once swapped for a child. Charlie quickly finds life at Bloor's pretty tough, with its strict rules and the malevolent head boy, Manfred, set against him. He meets someone else with a gift, Gabriel Silk, who can pick up people's feeling from their clothes. Charlie asks about his father's tie, and Gabriel surprises him by saying his father is lost, not dead. Mr Onimous' cats have been involved in a mysterious fire at the school, and more frightening than that, Manfred's sinister gift is to be able to hypnotise people. Exploring at the weekend with new friends Olivia and Billy, Charlie overhears a conversation between Dr Bloor and Manfred. They discover the cats are eight hundred years old, and that Bloor and Manfred are keeping a girl under hypnosis. Charlie realises the girl from the photograph must be Emilia Moon and manages to awaken her using the box. The hypnotism cannot be proved to the authorities and the children will have to return next term, once more under the power of Dr Bloor.
Maura's Boy describes the first ten years of the life of Christy Kenneally, a working-class Cork northsider whose mother died when he was five years old. The book captures with remarkable effect that sorrow and the compensating love given by his father, Dave, his grandparents and a regiment of aunts, uncles and cousins. The life is a simple one yet full of the adventures provided by the Lane and the Quarry and other places in the wonderland that formed the landscape of his childhood. The picture of the city, with the fundamental schism between northside and southside, is a piece of closely observed social history of a time (1948-58) when the city had near full employment and hurling and films were the preoccupation of its youth. The book is as much about the place as the narrator, and beautifully conveys the sense of a lost golden age.
The historical fiction debut from former soldier, BBC defence correspondent and MP, Patrick Mercer, is a thrilling military action set during the Crimean War.1854. War is imminent as the Western powers quarrel with Russia over fragments of the crumbling Ottoman empire. Wanting to prove himself to a father who will not let him forget about his own self-proclaimed military glories, Officer Tony Morgan is keen to set sail. Meanwhile, the Morgan's chambermaid, Mary, whom Tony loves but cannot marry, has wedded another officer in his company and will be accompanying the regiment to the front as a nurse.Arriving at Sebastapol in the Crimea, the company's first engagement with the Russians fill the company with a short-lived confidence. Morgan is eager to show himself a worthy leader, but in the face of several bloody engagements which decimate the company, he finds himself shaken to the core by the brutality of war. He also has to quell potential mutiny against the cowardly subaltern Carmichael, whose first instincts are always to save his own skin. His romantic longings for Mary are revived after her husband is severely injured and she nevertheless proves herself a noble and brave addition to the company. Facing dire conflict on the battlefield and off, within his company and within himself, Morgan is going to be tested to the limitsa¦In his fiction debut, Merceras twenty years of military service is all there on the page. His mastery of both the broad sweep and the finer details of military engagement is superb and bound to make an impact with military action fans. His characterisation of the regiment is wholly persuasive and he nails soldier psychology, slang and the interactions up and down the chain of command with deceptive ease. This is probably the closest any of us will get to being in a battle.
Now published as a mass-market paperback, the third edition of this best-selling book will include full analysis of the sensational 2004 season - surely Rossi's greatest triumph yet. Despite quitting the dominant Honda factory at the end of 2003 for the unfancied Yamaha outfit, Valentino proved that he could still quell the opposition - and how. Beating off the Honda hordes, the popular Italian left his former bosses with seriously red faces. Rossi's achievements on the Yamaha stunned even the sport¦s most cynical observers, convincing them that here is indeed the greatest bike rider ever.
When Deirdre Purcell turned sixty, she cheered. Never again would she have to worry about fitting into a size ten dress, and while her dream of crossing the US on a Harley remains active, if it is never realised, well, she'll live. In Diamonds and Holes in My Shoes , for the first time, this much-loved storyteller takes stock of her years to date and reveals very personal memories and reflections. From her earliest days as a child with a large imagination trotting perilously close to the edge of the River Tolka near her home, her head buried in her library book, she weaves an engrossing tapestry of a resilient personal and professional life punctuated by astonishing and sudden changes. Recounted with characteristic frankness, humour and insight, Deirdre chronicles her years as an Abbey actress, the challenges of being the first female anchor of RTAtilde;permil;'s Nine O'Clock News, the triumphs and failures as an acclaimed journalist who elicited memorable interviews from a host of famous personalities, the break-up of a marriage in an era when tolerance of single mothers was not as it is now ndash; and her transition into the peculiar life of the novelist via the ghost-writing of Gay Byrne's autobiography. Illustrated with a treasure trove of photographs, Diamonds and Holes in My Shoes is the personal story behind the storyteller from a keen observer who has recorded a dramatically changing Ireland over the past sixty years.
With the Rector Peter Harris and his family back from Africa, the villagers of Turnham Malpas heave huge sighs of relief - everything seems to be back to normal. But Peter has other ideas, and decides to return to Africa to fulfil his promise of working there for a year. In Turnham Malpas, the family he leaves behind is a very troubled one - the twins, Beth and Alex, are still disturbed by their traumatic experiences in Africa, and Caroline is finding it hard to deal with the fact that they will not share their feelings with her.The villagers are also missing Peter's guidance: newcomers Jenny and Andy are causing trouble; and Jimbo's store is the target of petty theft and violence. Closing it seems to be his only option; one which horrifies the villagers. As Beth struggles to lead a normal life again after her upsetting time in Africa, she finds there are further challenges to face at home.Everyone is relying on Peter's return to help restore harmony and stability in the village. But will he make it back before things get out of hand?
By the author of "Sunday Whiteman", this novel of intellectual obsession and passion concerns two groups of people who are united in their investigation into the "great experiment of nature" in a Norfolk village, but divided by a century of time.
Now is the hour of war and prophecy, passion and betrayal, love and torment, as Good and Evil meet in a fury of battle - and a rage of magic . . . From dungeon to cathedral, from brothel to hermit's hut, the gambits of the mighty face the power of seers and stars. In the fortress of Bren, mad King Kylock and the wizard Baralis spread their sadistic terror across the shattered kingdoms. Meanwhile the fallen knight Tawl and Jack, the baker's boy, meet in a quest to save widowed Melliandra and her unborn child. Soon sons will turn on fathers and dread secrets will be revealed, as Jack and Kylock clash in a magical apocalypse that will rewrite the meaning of Destiny and unknit the very fabric of time . . . Master and Fool is the eagerly awaited conclusion to the Book of Words - an epic tale of grandeur and magic, where the lethal conspiracies and deadly intrigues of the mighty can be countered only by the power of magic.
When Gene Roddenenberry created "Star Trek" he helped change popular entertainment. In 30 years the "Star Trek" phenomenon has grown into three hugely successful TV series, six feature films, and a multi-million dollar merchandising industry including over 100 novels. This biography reveals a contradictory and obsessive personality, a man who created a vision of the future in which personal conflicts, sexism and racism are eradicated and decency and rationalism prevail. This vision proved to have world-wide appeal, but Roddenberry himself was beset by many of the failings he wished to see eliminated.
Men had always sought the secret of immorality - men like millionaire arms dealer David Callahan, well versed in death but now hunted by hired killers. Two British counter-terrorists must reach him first, before the fanatical group whose murderous rampage has threatened a long-awaited peace.
DEAD GROUND (defined as 'exposed, apparently safe territory, concealing hostile threats') is the story of a man who spent eight years as an undercover police agent inside the IRA. He exposes for the first time the reality of life in the dark claustrophobic world of the Provisionals: the iron grip they hold over their own communities - a grip as tight and vicious as any Mafia stranglehold - and their ruthless and cynical disregard for human life. He reveals the corruption and double-standards that see young volunteers kneecapped for petty thieving, while the high-ups steal with impunity. Above all, DEAD GROUND is a human story - the life of a man trapped in no man's land, in a dirty war in which both the IRA and the security forces exploit kids trapped in dead-end estates. It is the most gripping, revelatory and compulsive narrative of the year.
By the time Nicholas Whistler arrives in Prague, it's too late to turn back. He's fallen into a trap and been compromised. Alone and running scared, his only thought is to get away - but he can't. He's now a spy, whether he likes it or not.
‘Welcome to New York City’s Upper East Side, where my friends and I all live in huge, fabulous apartments and go to exclusive single-sex private schools. We aren’t always the nicest people in the world, but we make up for it in looks and taste.’Enter the world of Gossip Girl and the exclusive Manhattan private school Constance Billard, inhabited by the city’s most fabulous crowd; a world of jealousy, betrayal and outrageous behaviour! There's a lot more to this story than anyone realises and you might find out just how the legendary GOSSIP GIRL column began...
In a New York City made phantasmagorical by the events of 9/11, and left alone after his English wife and son return to London, Hans van den Broek stumbles upon the vibrant New York subculture of cricket, where he revisits his lost childhood and, thanks to a friendship with a charismatic and charming Trinidadian named Chuck Ramkissoon, begins to reconnect with his life and his adopted country. As the two men share their vastly different experiences of contemporary immigrant life in America, an unforgettable portrait emerges of an "other" New York populated by immigrants and strivers of every race and nationality.
New Hampshire, 1929 - when Sexton Breacher proposes to Honora Willard, she lays aside his flaws as one might overlook a small stain in a beautifully embroidered tablecloth. But as the couple begin their new life in the house at Fortune's Rocks, their love is about to be tested to the limit. For the Wall Street Crash has as little time for dreams as it does the mill workers at nearby Ely Falls, who are readying for strike whatever the consequences . . .
Sabriel, the daughter of the Abhorsen (a 'lawfully-good' necromancer charged with putting the dead back into death) finds herself on a journey to find out what happened to her father after she is sent his necromancer's tools. At her father's house she meets a cat with strange and dangerous abilities, the sarcastic Mogget. She soon takes up her quest as an Abhorsen and finds that looking for her father is looking for trouble as she accepts her fate. But evil waits for her in Death...
Colton H. Bryant grew up in Wyoming and never once wanted to leave it. Wyoming loved him and he loved it back. Two things helped Colton get through school and the neighbourhood bullies: his best friend Jake and his favourite mantra: Mind over matter -- which meant to him: if you don't mind, it don't matter. Colton and Jake grew up wanting nothing more that the freedom to sleep out under the great Wyoming night sky, and to be just like Jake's dad, Bill, a strong, gentle man of few words who can ride rodeo like nobody's business. When Colton started work as a driller on a rig, despite his young wife begging him to quit, he claimed it was in his blood. Colton did die young and he died on the rig -- falling to his death because the oil company neglected to spend the $2,000 on safety rails. His family received no compensation. The strong, sad story of Colton H. Bryant's life could not be told without the telling of the land that grew him, where there are still such things as cowboys roaming the plains, where it is relationships that get you through and where a simple, soulful and just man named Colton H. Bryant lived and died.
Secrets Of The Monarch: What The Dead Can Teach Us About Living A Better Life
Allison DuBois, medium and inspiration for the Emmy award-winning BBC series Medium, tells us that if you want to understand life, you must understand death. In Secrets of the Monarch, she shows readers how communicating with the dead has taught her important lessons about life and how we can apply those principles to our lives. The monarch butterfly takes several generations to complete its migration patterns and ensure the survival of future butterflies, just like we must live good lives to ensure the future happiness of our children and their children. Although we are all products of our predecessors, Allison stresses that every person's life is part of a bigger story, stretching back past family and friends to society as a whole. By making the most of your life now, Allison says, you can positively affect that story. It is your legacy to pass the fire in your eyes and heart to your children, your siblings' children, your friends' children.
If there’s one point that Jamie McClintock and Nate Goddard can agree upon, it’s that love is overrated. Jamie doesn’t have time for it. Nate doesn’t need it. And they certainly don’t want it from each other. Jamie, a struggling free-spirited artist, is a devoted single mother who hasn’t been in a serious relationship since her boyfriend abandoned her after their son was born. Nate, a charismatic jet-setting salesman, is widowed and estranged from his father and five-year-old son, Christopher. Jamie would rather glue glitter to pinecones than go out on a date. Nate spends most of his nights wooing his clients. Then one afternoon Nate’s father drops dead of a heart attack. In that moment, their highly guarded worlds collide. When Nate shows up at his childhood home to settle the estate and reclaim his son, he discovers that Jamie has been living in the Connecticut farmhouse as his father’s roommate. Mistrustful of each other’s motives, Nate and Jamie bicker about everything from children’s nicknames to Jamie’s fashion choices to Nate’s home renovation methods. It doesn’t help that Christopher prefers Jamie to his absentee father. But after the funeral, Nate and Jamie begin to see each other in a more forgiving light. Nate, traveling to sales conferences all over the country with a sullen Christopher in tow, learns he can’t breeze his way through single parenthood. Jamie, who has moved back in with her sister, wonders at the wisdom of her unconventional choices as a woman with a child to support. And both begin to realize they don’t know as much about love as they thought. Still wounded by past heartbreak and sorrow, can they learn to trust each other and open their hearts?From the Hardcover edition.
Raised like sisters, Mariamne and Salome are indulged with riches, position, and learning-a rare thing for females in Jerusalem. But Mariamne has a further gift: an illness has left her with visions; she has the power of prophecy. It is her prophesying that drives the two girls to flee to Egypt, where they study philosophy, mathematics, and astronomy in the Great Library of Alexandria.After seven years they return to a Judaea where many now believe John the Baptizer is the messiah. Salome too begins to believe, but Mariamne, now called Magdalene, is drawn to his cousin, Yeshu’a, a man touched by the divine in the same way she was during her days of illness. Together they speak of sharing their direct experience of God; but Yeshu’a unexpectedly gains a reputation as a healer, and as the ill and the troubled flock to him, he and Magdalene are forced to make a terrible decision.This radical retelling of the greatest story ever told brings Mary Magdalene to life-not as a prostitute or demon-possessed-but as an educated woman who was truly the “apostle to the apostles.”From the Hardcover edition.
Liverpool, 1893, and tragedy sends Beth Bolton on a journey far from home ...Fifteen-year-old Beth's dreams are shattered when she, her brother Sam and baby sister Molly are orphaned. Sam believes that only in America can they make their fortunes so, reluctantly leaving Molly with adoptive parents, brother and sister embark on the greatest adventure of their lives.Onboard the steamer to New York there are rogues aplenty. But Beth's talent with the fiddle earns her the nickname Gypsy - and the friendship of charismatic gambler Theo and sharp-witted Londoner, Jack. And after dodging trouble across America, finally the foursome head for the dangerous mountains of Canada and the Klondike river in search of gold.How far must Beth go to find happiness? And will her travels lead this gypsy to a place she can call home?
When a scrawny, unwanted child - so lowly that she does not even have a name - is sold into slavery, a chain of events is set in motion that will have a profound impact on all the civilised world.Naming herself 'Hekat' (after a slaver's observation that she is quite the hellcat), the girl is taken in chains to Mijak's largest city, but makes a bargain with a ruthless god and escapes her captors. After she saves the life of a warlord, he takes her in and teaches her ways that an orphan might use to prosper in an uncaring world.When the warlord's family dies, the way becomes clear for Hekat to carve a dynasty out of infidelity and betrayal. . .
Penguins Stopped Play: Eleven Village Cricketers Take on the World
It seemed a simple enough idea at the outset: to assemble a team of eleven men to play cricket on each of the seven continents of the globe. Except ndash; hold on a minute ndash; that's not a simple idea at all. And when you throw in incompetent airline officials, amorous Argentine Colonels' wives, cunning Bajan drug dealers, gay Australian waiters, overzealous American anti-terrorist police, idiot Welshmen dressed as Santa Claus, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and whole armies of pitch-invading Antarctic penguins, you quickly arrive at a whole lot more than you bargained for. Harry Thompson's hilarious book tells the story of one of those great idiotic enterprises that only an Englishman could have dreamed up, and only a bunch of Englishmen could possibly have wished to carry out.
Ireland's most brilliant storyteller' Sunday Independent
In the bitter winter of 1847, from an Ireland torn by injustice and natural disaster, the Star of the Sea sets sail for New York. On board are hundreds of fleeing refugees. Among them are a maidservant with a devastating secret, bankrupt Lord Merridith and his family, an aspiring novelist, a maker of revolutionary ballads, all braving the Atlantic in search of a new home. Each is connected more deeply than they can possibly know. But a camouflaged killer is stalking the decks, hungry for the vengeance that will bring absolution. The twenty-six day journey will see many lives end, others begin afresh. In a spellbinding story of tragedy and mercy, love and healing, the further the ship sails towards the Promised Land, the more her passengers seem moored to a past which will never let them go.
Joe O'Connor was born in Dublin. He has written ten widely acclaimed and best-selling books including the novels Cowboys and Indians, shortlisted for the Whitbread Prize, Desperadoes, The Salesman, and most recently Inishowen. His work has been published in eighteen languages.
A page-turner of a masterpiece. Don't miss it,Stunningly accomplished,A triumph...A spectacular breakthrough...it raises the bar for contemporary Irish fiction,A terrific story...A stealthily gripping narrative
A world-renowned actress falls victim to a terrifying explosion in Paris — and begins a courageous journey of survival, memory, and self-discovery in Danielle Steel’s mesmerizing new novel.
Carole Barber has come to Paris, with its rain-slick slate roofs and winding streets, to work on her novel — and to find herself after a lifetime in the spotlight. A legend of film and stage, Carole has set a standard of beauty and grace, devoting herself to her family and causes around the world. But on this cool November evening, as her taxi speeds into a tunnel just past the Louvre, a fiery instant of terror shatters hundreds of lives — and leaves Carole alone, unconscious and unidentified in a Paris emergency room.
At the Ritz, they wonder where their famous, incognito guest has gone.From California to London, Carole’s friends and family begin to make inquiries. Then comes a moment of shock as they realize that Carole is in a hospital far from home, fighting for her life.
In the days that follow, the paparazzi swarm. A mysterious stranger, a man famous in his own realm, quietly visits the hospital to see the woman he once loved and never forgot. Carole’s two grown children rush to her bedside, waiting and praying — until the miraculous begins to happen . . . But as a woman whom the whole world knows slowly awakens, she knows nothing of herself. Every detail must be pieced back together — from a childhood in rural Mississippi to the early days of her career, from the unintentional hurt inflicted on her daughter to a fifteen year-old secret love affair that went tragically wrong. But for Carole, an extraordinary opportunity has arisen in a life-threatening crisis: a second chance to count her blessings, heal wounded hearts, recapture lost love . . . and to live a life that will truly honor others —beginning with herself.
A tale of survival and dignity, of small miracles and big surprises, Honor Thyself creates an unforgettable portrait of a public figure whose hopes, fears, and heartbreaks are as real as our own.Her courageous journey inspires us all.
Author Biography Danielle Steel is one of the world’s most popular writers, with over 530 million copies of her novels sold. She is the author of many international bestsellers including His Bright Light, the story of her son Nick Traina’s life and death.
Visit the Danielle Steel Web Site at www.daniellesteelbooks.co.uk
Reviews A skilful Steel pricks at all our senses,Pretty damn gripping, and fans of weepie novels will adore the touching love-story element. Totally addictive.
Bestselling memoir, lifestyle advice and glorious recipes from the country with the lowest obesity and highest longevity rates in the world
In Japan, people live longer than anywhere else on Earth; obesity is virtually unknown, and 40-year-old women look like they’re 20. The secret: Japanese homestyle cooking, and an approach to eating that is not about self-deprivation, but about celebrating and savouring food.
Raised in Tokyo and on her grandparents' mountainside farm, author Naomi Moriyama first travelled to the West as a college student, and promptly gained 25 pounds eating an American diet. Returning home for the holidays, she found that the weight melted off as she returned to the healthy, soulful food of her mother’s tiny kitchen: satisfying soups, fresh vegetables, delicate grilled fish; mouthwatering meals that never left her feeling hungry.
Filled with delicious recipes and evocative reminiscences, this book is for all those who are tired of counting calories and carbs, and finding themselves on diets that don’t work. Japanese Women Don’t Get Oldor Fat offers a delightfully fresh and easy approach to a healthier, slimmer, and longer lifestyle.
Author Biography Naomi Moriyama was born and raised in Tokyo. She attended college in Illinois and moved to New York in her twenties. She now runs her own successful marketing consulting firm, The Moriyama Group.
William Doyle is an award-winning writer who has travelled extensively in Japan.
William and Naomi are married. Visit their website at: www.japanesewomendontgetoldorfat.com
Reviews Sensational,Excellent! A Diet that's anti ageing, slimming and fills you up - where do we sign up?,Moriyama dishes up tasty recipes, along with portions of memoir that capture her childhood in Tokyo,...actually much more about the differences between Western and Eastern cultures, more memoir than diet book...surprisingly fascinating,The book's message is simple. I started off a cynic, but found it easy and enjoyed exploring my local Asian supermarket for new ingredients,Incredibly informative and easy to read, full of handy hints,lovely recipes that are both interesting and insightful
Clara Casey has more than enough on her plate. Her daughters Adi and Linda were no problem at all during the usually turbulent teens. Now in their twenties, Adi is always fighting for or against something: the environment or the whale or battery farming; while Linda lurches from one unsatisfactory relationship to the next. As if this wasn't enough, Clara, a senior cardiac specialist, has a new job to cope with... For Ania, meeting Clara Casey is a miracle: she had never intended to leave her beloved Poland, but after the love of her life has turned sour, her world seems rather empty. Perhaps a new job in a new country will mend her broken heart? Declan is looking forward to joining the clinic - but what should have been a straightforward six-month posting brings him far more than he expected. Then there's Father Brian Flynn, whose life is turned upside down when his reputation is threatened; and the beautiful, cheerful nurse, Fiona, who can't leave her troubled past behind . . .
For every woman who has ever dreamed of starting over, or being a better mother, or just knitting a really nice scarf . . . Jo Mackenzie needs a fresh start. Newly widowed with two young sons and a perilous bank balance, she leaves the bustle of London to take over her beloved Gran's wool shop in her sleepy seaside hometown. There, she finds unexpected comfort in a "Stitch and Bitch" knitting group that meets every week to trade gossip and, occasionally, a new stitch. When a new man enters Jo's life, the knitting club has even more trouble confining the conversation to knit one, purl two. The Beach Street Knitting Society and Yarn Club is an uplifting, winning tale about the healing power of friendship and new beginnings.