Trinity House is turning all its lighthouses into automated beacons. The time has come for Will to fulfil his dream of sailing round the coastline of Britain. But he has reckoned without encountering the intriguing Amy Finn.
By the year 2010, the Internet has become the central nervous system, which is where the terrorists are going to strike, to turn the world upside down. It's Net Force's task to piece the deadly puzzle together in time.
Despite having signed the Magna Carta and madepromises to mend his ways, there is still great dissatisfaction withKing John's rule.Among the rebellious nobles is young Nicholas de Caen. Whilefighting John's troops, he is captured, but during the trip back to bequestioned, the treacherous marshes cause trouble and Nicholas andKing John's treasure are both lost. Nicholas is injured and ends upat a nunnery where he is nursed by Miriel of Wisbech.News of the lost treasure comes to them and the nuns realise theyoung man they are looking after probably knows something aboutthis...
First published in 1997, this is the story of the Yorkshire miner's son who became a household name as a Test match umpire. Bird provides views on the game and those involved in it, with behind the scenes accounts and humorous anecdotes.
This is an account of the serial murders at 25 Cromwell Street, Gloucester, based on interviews with relatives and friends of Fred and Rose West. The author broke the story of the killings in an article in The Sunday Mirror in March 1994.
Confessions of an English Opium-Eater (Wordsworth Classics)
In the first part of this famous work, published in 1821 but then revised and expanded in 1856, De Quincey vividly describes a number of experiences during his boyhood which he implies laid the foundations for his later life of helpless drug addiction. The second part consists of his remarkable account of the pleasures and pains of opium, ostensibly offered as a muted apology for the course his life had taken but often reading like a celebration of it. The Confessions of an English Opium-Eater is thus both a classic of English autobiographical writing ¿ the prose equivalent, in its own time, of Wordsworth¿s The Prelude or Growth of a Poet¿s Mind ¿ and at the same time a crucial text in the long history of the Western World¿s ambivalent relationship with hard drugs. Full of psychological insight and colourful descriptive writing, it surprised and fascinated De Quincey¿s contemporaries and has continued to exert its powerful and eccentric appeal ever since.
Lawrence's first major novel was also the first in the English language to explore ordinary working-class life from the inside. No writer before or since has written so well about the intimacies enforced by a tightly knit mining community and by a family where feelings are never hidden for long. When the marriage between Walter Morel and his sensitive, high-minded wife begins to break down, the bitterness of their frustration seeps into their children's lives. Their second son, Paul, craves the warmth of family and community, but knows that he must sacrifice everything in the struggle for independence if he is not to repeat his parents' failure. Lawrence's powerful description of Paul's single-minded efforts to define himself sexually and emotionally through relationships with two women - the innocent, old-fashioned Miriam Leivers and the experienced, provocatively modern Clara Dawes - makes this a novel as much for the beginning of the twenty-first century as it was for the beginning of the twentieth.
Carol Drinkwater's "The Olive Farm" told the lyrical tale of her real-life romance with partner Michel and an abandoned Provencal olive farm which they fell in love with and bought - a double love story, recounting with wit, warmth and detail the couple's attempts to bring their dreams to life. "The Olive Season" begins with their realisation of another dream, a tropical island wedding. Returning to France, they find ever-reliable Arab gardener Quashia is leaving to marry off his youngest son. It is a bad blow. To gain the coveted AOC rating, Carol needs to plant a further 250 olive trees. Now, pregnant and often unassisted, she will have to do the bulk of the farm work. She struggles to find a water diviner to check for sources on the property. Then there is the matter of locating an elusive beekeeper who she hopes will place hives on the land in exchange for honey. As the harvest season approaches, dramatic tensions cast dark shadows over the olive farm. "The Olive Season" entices readers back into Carol and Michel's vibrant Mediterranean world.
This unique autobiography begins with McCarthy' s recollections of an indulgent, idyllic childhood tragically altered by the death of her parents in the influenza epidemic of 1918. Tempering the need to fictionalize for the sake of a good story with the need for honesty, she creates interchapters that tell the reader what she has inferred or invented. Photographs.
Jane and Mick have come a long way from their council-estate origins, but their comfortable lifestyle comes to a dramatic end when Mick's business runs into trouble and he disappears without trace. Jane struggles to support her children, then, years later, Mick reappears wanting his wife back.
Adopted but now alone, Kristy went in search of her natural family. When Armand Dutournier burst into her life, accusing her of betrayals she had not committed, Kristy could only wonder -- did she have a perfect double? Could she possibly have a TWIN?
Armand was her only lead to the family she yearned for, but his passionate drive for vengeance -- and the powerful attraction between them -- made accepting his proposition of a temporary intimacy highly dangerous!
He was willing to wed - and allergic to love. James had never been in love. What did love have to do with getting married? All you needed was the right woman, one who wouldn't make demands or change your life... So why did James find Patience Kirby so attractive? With her wild red hair and elfin looks she looked nothing like the cool blondes he had so far pursued in search of the perfect wife. Patience wasn't his idea of marriage material! James was used to a peaceful lifestyle, while Patience's home was full of kids, old people, warmth, caring .... Was this how it felt, falling in love?
When the luxury cruise-liner Emerald Dolphin - powered by a revolutionary new propulsion system - becomes a raging inferno and sinks mysteriously, it is lucky that NUMA special projects director Dirk Pitt is on hand to rescue the passengers and investigate the tragedy. & lt;br/ & gt;Sifting through the undersea wreckage for signs of foul play, Pitt is unaware of powerful, dark forces playing their hand against him. Forced to fight for his life - and those of friends and colleagues - against ever more ruthless enemies from a shadowy organization, Pitt finds himself caught between the secrets of the past and the intrigues of the future. A future that will hold the world to ransom . . . & lt;br/ & gt;Filled with breathtaking suspense and dazzling action, Valhalla Rising sees Clive Cussler at the height of his storytelling powers.
Alice knows she should be happy. After all she has a handsome husband, a beautiful house and membership to all the most exclusive clubs in London. So what if the rumours about her husband's skirt-chasing are becoming harder to ignore? When Joe's indiscretions force a transfer to New York, Alice hopes it might be a fresh start. And when they find a beautiful old house in Connecticut Alice is overjoyed. For a while she and Joe seem as happy as newlyweds. But then the late nights and unexplained absences start again. What should Alice do? Stay and fight for him? Or leave with her head held high?
From the bestselling author of Second Chance comes a captivating novel about the strength of family, friendship, and self-discovery.Known in Nantucket as the eccentric woman who lives in the rambling house atop the bluff, Nan doesn't care what people think. She's sixty-five years old, her husband died twenty years ago, her beauty has faded, and her family has flown. If her neighbours are way, why shouldn't she skinny-dip in their swimming pools and help herself to their flowers? But when she discovers the money she thought would last forever is dwindling and she could lose her beloved house, Nan knows she has to make drastic changes.So Nan takes out an ad: Rooms to rent for the summer in a beautiful old Nantucket home with water views and direct access to the beach.Slowly, people start moving into the house, filling it with noise, with laughter, and with tears. First arrives handsome Daniel, quiet and contemplative and struggling to break free of his secrets. Then there is Daff, a recent divorcee who is looking to relax and reconnect with that part of herself that is neither wife nor mother, while her rebellious teenage daughter spends the summer with her father. Nan's son comes home for the summer, and as the house comes alive again, Nan finds her family expanding until an unexpected visitor turns all their lives upside down.
En drukneulykke på et russisk fabriksskib, der arbejder sammen med amerikanske trawlere i Beringshavet, bliver årsag til, at matros Renko, fhv. kriminalkommisær fra Moskva, beordres til at genoptage detektivarbejdet.
From the author of Country Pursuits and Naked Truths, comes another riveting, raunchy read!
When an A-list film set descends on the quiet village of Churchminster, so begins the village's most scandalous year...
Meet the glamorous cast of Wild Things!Sophia – the leading lady who gets what she wants. And she wants...
Jed – the village’s gorgeous gardener, living with devoted girlfriend...
Camilla – sweet-natured and desperate for a baby, unlike her sister...
Calypso – fiercely ambitious, and unimpressed by the penetrating gaze of...
Rafe – dashing leading man, who quickly wins over Calypso’s grandmother...
Clementine – whose only desire is for Churchminster to win ‘Britain’s Best Village’!
Jo Carnegie writes features for heat, amongst other publications, and has interviewed stars from George Clooney, Justin Timberlake and Will Smith to Posh and Becks and Cheryl Cole. Wild Things is her third novel. She lives in London and Cardiff.
A magnificent tale of obsession and adventure' The Independent
After a heavy night of tequila, flatmates Dave and Danny set off on what turns out to be a 24,000-mile journey to meet all the other Dave Gormans in the world. They visit Scotland, Israel, America, France and Ireland. They even hold a party in London where 50 Dave Gormans attend, including two women who have kindly changed their name via deed-poll. Silly, but engrossing, fascinating and addictive - and a touching story of two friends who grow to share a mutual obsession.
Author Biography The average Dave Gorman is 37, 5'6" and works in the financial sector. Our Dave Gorman is 29, is a Perrier Award-nominated comedian and writer. His TV work has earned him two BAFTAs for The Mrs Merton Show as well as his own BBC2 series. Danny Wallace is a writer, producer and award-winning journalist, whose work has appeared in numerous newspapers and magazines including The Guardian, The Independent and Melody Maker.
Reviews A magnificent tale of obsession and adventure,Gorman is becoming the Bill Bryson of stand-up: charming, whimsical, adventurous and laced with belly laughs,You'll like this so much you may want to change your name to Dave Gorman,A warm, funny, life-enhancing book
The brilliant new novel from the author of the massive international bestseller, The Time Traveler's Wife
At last ---another brilliant, original and moving novel from the author of THE TIME TRAVELER’S WIFE.
Julia and Valentina Poole are normal American teenagers – normal, at least, for identical ‘mirror’ twins who have no interest in college or jobs or possibly anything outside their cozy suburban home. But everything changes when they receive notice that an aunt whom they didn’t know existed has died and left them her flat in an apartment block overlooking Highgate Cemetery in London. They feel that at last their own lives can begin ... but have no idea that they’ve been summoned into a tangle of fraying lives, from the obsessive-compulsive crossword setter who lives above them to their aunt’s mysterious and elusive lover who lives below them, and even to their aunt herself, who never got over her estrangement from the twins’ mother – and who can’t even seem to quite leave her flat....
With Highgate Cemetery itself a character and echoes of Henry James and Charles Dickens, HER FEARFUL SYMMETRY is a delicious and deadly twenty-first-century ghost story about Niffenegger’s familiar themes of love, loss and identity. It is certain to cement her standing as one of the most singular and remarkable novelists of our time.
Author Biography Audrey Niffenegger is an exceptionally creative writer and visual artist who has achieved enormous success in both worlds. Her debut novel, The Time Traveler’s Wife, has sold nearly five million copies worldwide and has been translated into thirty-three languages to date. A Richard & Judy book club choice in the UK, it has been a huge bestseller all round the world. In the Daily Telegraph’s readers’ poll of the ‘Top 50 Books of All Time’ it appeared at no. 11. Niffenegger is also the author of two ‘novels-in-pictures’, The Three Incestuous Sisters(2005) and The Adventuress (2006), both published by Cape. Her graphic novel The Night Bookmobile was recently serialized in the Guardian and will be published soon on the Cape Graphic list.
A Chicago native, Niffenegger received her MFA in Printmaking and Drawing from Northwestern University. Her art has been widely exhibited in the United States and is in the permanent collections of the Library of Congress and Harvard University’s Houghton Library.
Reviews …(Niffenegger) has a knack for taking the romantic into the realm of creepiness, and she constructs a taut mystery around the secret to be found in Elspeth’s diaries…It’s no small achievement that the revelations are both organic and completely unexpected,Delicious and deadly,A powerful and beautiful exploration of the relationships between the living and the dead…Niffenegger’s writing has lost none of its emotional power,The depiction of Highgate Cemetery and its inhabitants is haunting… and meticulously researched,A ghostly love story and a lovely ghost story.,The novel’s representation of London rings completely true”; “The universe of Her Fearful Symmetry is solid and familiar…”; “This is a rich, involving novel…,It’s been worth the wait…Niffenegger’s books are fabulously left field, striking an unlikely balance between romance and fantasy. A brilliantly beautiful book.,Chillingly good,A one-off pleasure,There’s no mistaking Niffenegger’s originality or her own commitment to her imagined world. She’s a real rarity: at once a good writer and a genuine obsessive,Many readers will adore this sort of plot,Stylish, easy to read… with a dark, delicious plot which has several neat twists,Accomplished and considered,Delicious prose…she lays out her story in delectable, textual pictures…a powerful, beautifully written ghost story,There may be ghosts, but it’s the human stories that glitter,A multi-layered, absorbingly nuanced love story…Beautifully constructed and unfurling with exquisite tragedy, Niffenegger proves The Time Traveller’s Wife was not a one-off,Niffenegger’s story is written with a lightness of touch and with a great eye for the oddities of human behaviour,a nicely atmospheric book,Niffenegger rarely reverts to stereotypes when creating her characters…they are always interesting…” “…Niffenegger’s writing…becomes beautifully simple and poignant.” “…an emotional depth rarely found in ghost stories.”,A ghost story which is as much about the living as it is the dead,Niffenegger’s quirky characters and her depiction of tourist-fantasy London – with its Tube rides, shoppingtrips in Knightsbridge and cucumber sandwiches for tea – it’scharming and inventive.,There’s enough off-beat characterisation to keep Niffeneger safely on the bestsellers list
The devastating follow-up to the massive bestseller The Outcast. What happens when everything a man believes in – the army, his country, his marriage - begins to crumble…
Hal Treherne is a young and dedicated soldier on the brink of a brilliant career. Impatient to see action, his other deep commitment is to Clara, his beautiful ‘red, white and blue girl’, who sustains him as he rises through the ranks.
When Hal is transferred to the Mediterranean, Clara, now his wife, and their baby daughters join him. But Cyprus is no ‘sunshine posting’, and the island is in the heat of the Emergency: the British are defending the colony against Cypriots – schoolboys and armed guerrillas alike – battling for enosis, union with Greece. The skirmishes are far from glorious and operations often rough and bloody. Still, in serving his country and leading his men, Hal has a taste of triumph.
Clara shares his sense of duty. She must settle down, make no fuss, smile. But action changes Hal, and Clara becomes fearful – of the lethal tit-for-tat beyond the army base, and her increasingly distant husband. The atrocities Hal is drawn into take him further from Clara; a betrayal that is only part of the shocking personal crisis to come.
The prizewinning and bestselling author of The Outcast returns with an emotionally powerful portrait of a marriage in extremis and a world-view in question. Sadie Jones has produced a passionate, gut-wrenching and brilliantly researched depiction of a ‘small war’ with devastating consequences; and in doing so, raises important questions that resonate profoundly today.
Author Biography Sadie Jones lives in London. Her first novel,The Outcast, was published to wide acclaim in 2008: winner of the Costa First Novel Award, it was also shortlisted for the Orange Prize and was a Richard and Judy Summer Reads bestseller.
Reviews Quite an achievement…Jones explores how love may be warped and threatened by politics or polite society but will ultimately endure. She may not have strayed too far from her debut but this follow-up shows that she is no one hit wonder,Stylish fiction follow-up to Orange Prize-shortlisted The Outcast,This is an unforgiving, far from comfortable read, but a very compelling one,Sadie Jones pulls no punches in her description of the savagely unsophisticated island war. An exceptional book that shudders with the weight of human responsibility,Jones writes brilliantly; you quickly inhabit Hal and Clara’s world; from the dank, metallic smell of the interrogation room to the taste of White Ladies at the Limassol Club that linger long after you’ve reached the end,Poignant and compelling, Sadie Jones’s latest novel captures the claustrophobia of a passionate marriage that is overwhelmed by circumstance,Here Jones’s talent really shows…In an excellent encounter with a military psychiatrist, the dialogue breaks like dry twigs,Heavy with menace and a dark streak of violence, it’s as unforgiving as it is gripping,An absorbing story about emotional constraint and its dangers,Small Wars is a gripping account of emotional disintegration against a backdrop of emotional repression… A well-paced novel possessing both literary and moral integrity,A beautiful tale of love and loss,Elegant, powerful with a huge emotional punch,Jones’s first novel, The Outcast, winner if the Costa First Novel Award, was a very hard ac t to follow. Her second, however, is even better … Jones’s research is impeccable, and her emotional intelligence outstanding,Meticulously researched and emotionally powerful, this is a second novel to be proud of.,Her prose is direct, undecorated, irresistibly dynamic and immensely powerful… Small Wars is at least as good as The Outcast. In fact, it is probably better, and praise doesn’t come much higher,An inspired subject for a historical novel, the occupied island is vividly drawn…[Jones] lays out with great honesty and directness the quandries of war,In this exciting novel that resonates with contemporary parallels, Jones is unusual among women writers in focusing as much on the thrills and terrors of frontline action as its psychological fall out…it’s a movie waiting to happen,With her second novel, Sadie Jones…confirms her brilliance,A timely read for the end of 2009,A novel that resonates with contemporary parallels,Sadie Jones again pulls no punches in this strong story.,Intelligent and moving novel,This impassioned tale is a gripping read,Jones is fabulous…offering titbits of danger and discord, yet keeping a cool matter-of-fact tone for the big horrors,Her second novel is a must-read; a devastating, brilliant account of what happens when everything a man believes in…begins to crumble,Full of danger and discord
'It is 1862, and two seventeen-year-old girls, one brought up in a London slum, the other in a rambling country house called Briar, are about to meet for the first time. Sue has been sent to Briar to work as a lady's maid to Maud, the luckier by far of these two orphans, or so it seems for the first third of this extraordinary novel. But Sue is not really a servant, having grown up in a thieves' kitchen just south of the Thames: she is in fact the central figure in a cruel plot to defraud Maud of her inheritance . . . Startlingly assured and original' Joan Smith, Sunday Times
Rejecting any terrorist involvement, Tweed senses the danger but cannot identify the source. His desperate search drives Grey, Newman and Cardon underground inside Europe. And Cardon is trapped in an emotional situation with a strange woman.
June the first, a bright summer's evening, a Monday ...And into the busy, bustling homes at 66 Star Street slips, unseen, a mysterious visitor. As the couples, flatmates and repentant singletons of No 66 fall in and out of love, clutch at and drop secrets, laugh, cry and simply try to live, no one suspects the visitor patiently waiting in the wings. For soon, really very soon, everything is going to change ...
Enter the magical world of Bracken, Rebecca, Mandrake the tyrant, Boswell the scribe, Hulver, Comfrey.. and all the other moles of Duncton wood. Set deep in the English countryside, this enchanting story tells of an ancient community losing its soul-but saved by courage and love.
The slums of Dublin are a lonely place for Katherine Donovan; her father is one of the most hated men in the district. Her only friend is eight-year-old Ceppi, also an emotional orphan. When Katherine's father is murdered in the unrest surrounding the docker's strike, she fears for her life and flees to Liverpool with Ceppi and her father's money. They both find refuge with the Moore family, until the eldest Moore boy's unnatural interest in Ceppi convinces Katherine that they must move on. Using the last of the money to rent a ramshackle lodging house, she discovers to her horror that one of her tenants is not the respectable salesman he claims to be. She is harbouring an murderer, abortionist and disgraced doctor, a man who is threatening her safety and that of the little girl she promised to protect...
Silent Boy: He Was a Frightened Boy Who Refused to Speak - Until a Teacher's Love Broke Through the Silence
From the author of Sunday Times bestsellers One Child and Ghost Girl comes a heartbreaking story of a boy trapped in silence and the teacher who rescued him. When special education teacher Torey Hayden first met fifteen-year-old Kevin, he was barricaded under a table. Desperately afraid of the world around him, he hadna??t spoken a word in eight years. He was considered hopeless, incurable. But Hayden refused to believe it, though she realised it might well take a miracle to break through the walls he had built around himself. With unwavering devotion and gentle, patient love, she set out to free him a?? and slowly uncovered a shocking violent history and a terrible secret that an unfeeling bureaucracy had simply filed away and forgotten. Torey refused to give up on this tragic a??lost case.a?? For a trapped and frightened boy desperately needed her help a?? and she knew in her heart she could not rest easy until she had rescued him from the darkness.
The Chinaman understands death. Jungle-skilled, silent, and lethal, he had killed for the Viet Cong and then for the Americans, and he had watched helplessly when his two eldest daughters had been raped and killed by Thai pirates. But that was all behind him. Quiet, hardworking, and unassuming, the Chinaman had been building up a take-away food business when his wife and youngest daughter were caught by an IRA bomb in a department store. Simply but persistently, the Chinaman asked the authorities about who had set the bomb. After he is turned away by the authorities and treated as a nuisance, he decides there is only one path before him. The Chinaman, denied justice, decides he must take revenge into his own hands, and declares war.
Frankenstein: Or, the Modern Prometheus (Penguin Popular Classics)
The epic battle between man and monster reaches its greatest pitch in the famous story of Frankenstein . In trying to create life, the young student Victor Frankenstein unleashes forces beyond his control, setting into motion a long and tragic chain of events that brings Victor himself to the very brink. How he tries to destroy his creation, as it destroys everything Victor loves, is a powerful story of love, friendship ...and horror.
The son of a dustman, Shane Richie has come a long way from the rough streets of London's Harlesden. As EASTENDERS' loveable rogue Alfie Moon, he is now the 'darling' of every soap fan in Britain. But it has been an incredible roller-coaster ride to the top. Shane grabbed the trappings of fame with both hands, sleeping with a string of women and indulging in the champagne lifestyle to excess. The hugely popular television entertainer started life as a Pontins Bluecoat before making his name as the star of the musical GREASE. A successful TV career saw him quickly become the face of Saturday night entertainment with shows such as LUCKY NUMBERS, WIN, LOSE OR DRAW!, LOVE ME DO and the SHANE RICHIE EXPERIENCE. In RAGS TO RICHIE, Shane writes candidly about his years of womanising, the agonising break-up of his marriage to singer Colleen Nolan and the days of heavy drinking. He also reveals how he coped through his career nose-dive, his money troubles and the loss of almost everything important to him. In this fascinating read, Shane lifts the lid on his 25 amazing years in showbusiness, emerging as a gifted actor, generously spirited man and a unique star.
Annie Harrison's childhood is full of contrasts. From the crowded family existence of her uncle and aunt's house to misery with her reclusive mother, she eventually goes to live in the Grand Hotel with a rich school friend. Marriage to the dependable Laurie follows and, when her husband dies, she throws herself into providing for her 2 children. Starting at the bottom with a market stall she discovers a talent for designing clothes that develops into a successful business. But there comes a time amidst the success when things happen to make Annie feel she can no longer go on. Then a chance meeting leads to events she has no control over, and at last she finds the happiness that has previously eluded her.
Richard Sharpe And The Siege Of Badajoz, January To April 1812 The Complete Sharpe Collection With A New Introduction By The Author It Was A Hard Winter. For Richard Sharpe It Was The Worst He Could Remember. He Had Lost His Command To A Wealthy Man A Man With Money To Buy The Promotion Sharpe Coveted. And From England Came His Oldest Enemy The Ruthless, Indestructible Hakeswill Utterly Intent On Ruining Sharpe. But Sharpe Is Determined To Change His Luck. And The Surest Way Is To Lead The Bloody Attack On The Impregnable Fortress Town Of Badajoz, A Road To Almost Certain Death Or Unimagined Glory&
As a child, concert pianist Julia Forrester would linger in the hothouse of Wharton Park estate, where exotic flowers tended by her grandfather blossomed and faded with the seasons. Now, recovering from a family tragedy, she once more seeks comfort at Wharton Park, newly inherited by Kit Crawford, a charismatic man with a sad story of his own. But when a years-old diary is found during renovation work, The pair turn to Julia's grandmother to hear the truth about the love affair that turned Wharton Park's fortunes sour . . . and so Julia is plunged back in time, To the world of Olivia and Harry Crawford, a young couple torn apart by the Second World War - and whose fragile marriage is destined to affect the happiness of generations to come, including Julia's own. Lucinda Riley's heart-rending storytelling embraces war-torn Europe And The exoticism of Thailand as she examines the messy tangles of love.
The final breathtaking volume in the Tamuli series.The pace, as always, is white hot â__ as are the special effects. As readers will know from Book Two, the Shining One Xanetia can melt her enemies with a touch. Fortunately, she is on the side of our hero, and so is the god Edaemus, whose (literally) volcanic rage will be useful in the continuing fight to save the Tamul Empire from the ravages of sinister King Cyrgon of the Cyrgai. Cyrgon has called forth Bhelliomâ__s equal in supernatural power, Klael, the very essence of evil.And while Sparhawk is leading armies of Pandion Knights, Atan giants and Trolls in battle, Queen Ehlana is taken hostage in Matherion by the renegade Styric Zalasta and the madman Scarpa. The price for her return is no less than the Blue Rose.Taken in chains first to the jungles of Arjuna in the South, Ehlana is tracked by Sparhawk using both Delphaeic and Styric magic. But by then Sephrenia has been murdered and Ehlana has been removed to the Hidden City of the Cyrgai. The City is protected by magic and by the invincible Klael. The ultimate battle must be fought.
After a chance encounter with assassin Yassen Gregorovich in the South of France, teenage spy Alex Rider investigates international pop star and philanthropist Damian Cray whose new video game venture hides sinister motives involving Air Force One, nuclear missiles, and the international drug trade.
Kidnap and murder collide in Alex Barclayas heart-stopping new thriller featuring FBI Agent Ren Bryce.When an FBI agent is found dead on the white slopes of Quandary Peak in Colorado, a brilliant but volatile agent is drafted in from Denver to lead the investigation. Fighting personal demons, pressure from Washington and dwindling leads, the case stalls and a career faltersBut as summer comes, Quandary Peak has disturbing new secrets to give up. And as one agent fights failure and hopelessness, another has left behind a trail that leads to a man with a dark past and even darker intentions.
A remote shelf in the Arctic circle. A small TV crew is braving the harsh conditions to film the breaking off of a major ice shelf - yet another nail in the planet's eco-coffin. Then someone calls out, pointing at something up in the sky overhead. The camera pans up and they look up to see a blazing symbol clear, burning high over the bleak, deserted terrain. Thus begins a series of strange events worldwide as the mysterious sign appears over the sites of conflict, natural disasters and terrorist atrocities. What can it portend? The world is wracked with both fear and hope. Suddenly, all this is focused onto one man. An obscure monk who recognises the symbol from the past and understands what it means for the future of humanity. But as he becomes the most sought-after man on the planet, the questions have to be asked: could this be the real deal? Or the most elaborate fake in world history? And - either way - what happens to the world now?
Everyone has those times when they want to lose their love handles quickly - to get back in their jeans, lose weight put on over Christmas, or look fantastic for a special occasion or a holiday. Joanna Hall shows people how to achieve this and, more importantly, how to make sure the weight doesn't go straight back on. Tried and tested on 12 volunteers, "Drop a Size in Two Weeks Flat!" includes: a 14-day "Get Your Rear In Gear" plan to drop a dress size - an exercise routine that fits easily into your day, a starch curfew plan (no carbohydrates after 5pm), a diet plan including simple lunches, light evening meals and snacks, foods to avoid and "quick fixes" (fashion tricks, treatments and so on); a "maintenance" system - how to keep your body trim in the long term using a simple points system, so you can eat the foods you want while keeping up the starch curfew and tips on how to maintain the good habits of the 14-day plan using the 80/20 system - you only have to be good 80 per cent of the time; and "Damage Limitation" - how to minimize the harm when away on business trips, cooking for a family, entertaining or eating out. Joanna Hall has designed a simple plan which suits the way we actually live, is extremely healthy, does not encourage poor dietary habits and stresses the need to get active to get healthy.
The dreamcatcher will see all your dreams made flesh, but the dream demon will make you pay ...in blood. Lori's sick of being overweight, unattractive and ignored. She'd give anything to change her appearance, and fulfil the dreams of fame and fortune she's had for as long as she can remember. The dreamcatcher will grant all her wishes, but the demon doesn't want her to give just anything - he wants everything...
One year ago, Alex Towne's body was found. One month ago, his mother saw him on the street. One week ago, David Raker agreed to look for him. Now he wishes he hadn't. Mary Towne's son, Alex, went missing six years ago. Five years later he finally turned up as a corpse in a car wreck. Missing persons investigator David Raker doesn't want the work: it's clearly a sad but hopeless case of mistaken identity brought to him by a woman unable to let go of her son. But haunted by a loss of his own, Raker reluctantly agrees. Big mistake. For as he digs deeper, he discovers that Alex's life was not the innocent one his mother believed. Buried in his past are secrets that were never meant to be found and dark, dangerous men willing to kill to protect them. Soon Raker will discover that there are things far worse than death . . .
The heartstopping new thriller starring today's most admired action hero, the gallant and enigmatic loner Jack Reacher, by No.1 bestselling author Lee Child.
GET READY FOR THE MOST EXCITING COUNT-DOWN OF YOUR LIFEHOUR SIXTY-ONE Icy winter in South Dakota. A bus skids and crashes in a gathering storm. On the back seat: Jack Reacher, hitching a ride to nowhere. A life without baggage has many advantages. And disadvantages too, like facing the arctic cold without a coat.
HOUR THIRTY-ONEA small town is threatened by sinister forces. One brave woman is standing up for justice.If she’s going to live to testify, she’ll need help from a man like Reacher.Because there’s a killercoming for her.
HOUR ZEROHas Reacher finally met his match? He doesn't want to put the world to rights. He just doesn’t like people who put it to wrongs.
Author Biography Lee Child is one of the world’s leading thriller writers. His novels consistently achieve the number one slot in hardback and paperback on bestsellers lists on both sides of the Atlantic, and are translated into over forty languages. His debut novel, Killing Floor, was written after he was made redundant from his television job in Manchester, and introduced his much-admired maverick hero, the former military cop Jack Reacher. Born in Coventry, he now lives in America.
Reviews Child has somehow forged that magical grail: a new and believable hero. Reacher is strong, tall, principled and a quiet master in unarmed combat. But he's also a wizard at determining likelihoods, at extrapolating miniscule details and thus forming chains of inferred logic ...celebrate the achievement of giving us addicts a new and mesmerising fix, when we thought all the heroes had been written.,It is always a pleasure to read another Jack Reacher novel. A kind of highlight of the year, really. There is only one downside. It's all the other people hanging around your house saying things like, "Oy! Haven't you finished with the Reacher yet?",A storyteller who knows a lot about style...Watching the clock underscores the tension that Child builds so well. You do and you don't want it all to end.,Explodes into one of the best thrillers I've read for ages. Lee Child is a Brit who has managed to becomes more American than most US authors...61 Hours is destined to do big things...Superb stuff!,This is the first of Lee Child's popular Jack Reacher novels I've read. I'd assumed they were merely the macho adventures of a boneheaded lone wolf:lots of guns and explosions and little to occupy the mind. Well, I was wrong: there's also an abundance of intelligence and surprise. 61 Hours is a first-class thriller...Child delivers it brilliantly.,In many ways it's the most climactic Reacher ever...There's a sequel planned for this autumn. Can't wait!,Reacher is an iconic modern thriller hero: the ultimate loner...won't disappoint the British-born Child's millions of fans...Fast, compelling and with that nugget of poignancy that sets the hero apart.,Child spins a great yarn, his descriptive powers are austere yet glorious...He could take out Bond, Dirty Harry, Jason Bourne and Ethan Hunt with both hands tied behind his back. And then sleep with their girlfriends two at a time before getting the last bus out of town. All without untying his hands. The Reacher novels are literary beat-'em-ups for the pre-console generation. They are, like the hero, simply irresistible.,As always with Child, the hook is smart, the plot possibilities are given a thorough workout, and the tension bites as hard as the South Dakota windchill.,One of the many delights of Child's extraordinary sequencewof novels is Reacher's 360-degree intelligence...there are now Lee Child copycats aplenty. Save your money for the real thing.,Lee Child certainly knows by now how to screw up the tension with excruciating precision, but here excels himself with a beautifully paced tale that leaves the reader breathless with suspense as the final hours tick away.,Craftiest and most highly evolved of Lee Child's electrifying Jack Reacher books...That legend of a tough, cerebral drifter, a latter-day 6-foot-5-inch cowboy...has now taken on a life of its own..The truth about Reacher gets better and better.,A Hitchockian escalation of tension...brings to mind another iconic Jack (Bauer, from the TV series 24)...works disturbingly well.,The writing's superb, and the plot's gripping and completely believable. A real page-turner.,A powerhouse of tension and nail-biting suspense...an excellent and masterful work of fiction.
Bridget Dean Mordaunt was a woman of consequence in her own part of the world. Inheriting her father's businesses at the age of nineteen, by the time she was twenty-three in 1880, she was running them as confidently as any man. Yet the path destiny required her to follow was not an easy one. Her feckless cousin Victoria became infatuated with Lionel Filmore, the fortune-hunting elder son of an old but impoverished family living in the decayed grandeur of Grove House. Bridget had no illusions about Lionel, but Victoria's happiness was paramount to her.
So a pattern began to form that would shape the lives of generations to come, a pattern of some good and some great evil, but all of it inexorably linking Bridget ever more closely with the Filmores and their house.
The Black Candle displays all of Catherine Cookson's narrative skills and shrewd perception of human strengths and frailties which have established her as our most widely-read and best-loved novelist.
Author Biography Catherine Cookson was born in Tyne Dock, the illegitimate daughter of a poverty-stricken woman, Kate, whom she believed to be her older sister. She began work in service but eventually moved south to Hastings, where she met and married Tom Cookson, a local grammar-school master. Although she was originally acclaimed as a regional writer - her novel The Round Tower won the Winifred Holtby Award for the best regional novel of 1968 - her readership quickly spread throughout the world, and her many best-selling novels established her as one of the most popular of contemporary women novelists. After receiving an OBE in 1985, Catherine Cookson was created a Dame of the British Empire in 1993. She was appointed an Honorary Fellow of St Hilda’s College, Oxford, in 1997. For many years she lived near Newcastle upon Tyne. She died shortly before her ninety-second birthday, in June 1998.
Reviews Robust and readable...Catherine Cookson soars above the sentimentality of her rivals'
There's nothing like a good wedding…to start world war three!
And that's exactly what's going to happen if Connie Adams, the mother of the bride, can't smooth things over between Debbie and her dad.
He's hell bent on bringing his stuck-up second wife and their sulky teenage daughter to the big day, but Debbie would rather walk up the aisle of a supermarket than have them at her wedding.
It's the last thing Debbie needs right now - her boss is making her life hell and she's starting to suspect that her fiance's getting cold feet...
So will they all live happily ever after, or are the whole family heading for divorce?
Author Biography Patricia Scanlan lives in Dublin. Her books, all Number One bestsellers, include Two For Joy, Double Wedding and Divided Loyalties. Although Patricia loves writing fiction, she's really longing to be asked to research a book on Great Luxury Spas of the World or the Poshest Boutiques in Paris...she doesn't mind which!
Reviews Fabulous...An evocative and entertaining read which deals with the tensions that can arise at weddings between modern day families.
A GRIPPING AND ULTIMATELY UPLIFTING SAGA SET IN TURN-OF-THE-CENTURY LONDON FROM A WONDERFUL NEW TALENT ...
A desperate childhood. An uncertain past. One chance at happiness ...
Born into poverty and living under the roof of her violent and abusive brother-in-law, young Kitty Cox dreams of working in a women's dress shop in the West End - a million miles away from the reality of her life as a mud-lark, scavenging on the banks of the Thames.
Fate soon intervenes and Kitty finds herself working as a skivvy for Sir Desmond and Lady Arabella Mableton in Mayfair. Bullied by the kitchen maids, Kitty is soon taken under Lady Arabella's wing and for the first time in her life Kitty dares to hope.
But Lady 'Bella' has a secret and unable to live with her domineering husband she decides to leave, fighting for custody of their daughter, Leonie. Kitty will do anything for her mistress but her loyalty is severely tested as all their lives are thrown into turmoil and Kitty faces a life of poverty and hardship in the slums of the East End once more ...
Author Biography Dilly Court grew up in North East London and began her career in television, writing scripts for commercials. She is married with two grown up children and three grandchildren, and now lives in Dorset on the beautiful Jurassic Coast with her husband and a large, yellow Labrador called Archie. Mermaids Singing is her first novel.
Reviews This gripping debut saga set in turn-of-the-century London is one that fans of Meg Hutchinson and Josephine Cox won't be able to put down
It is August in Edinburgh and the Festival is in full swing...A brutally tortured body is discovered in one of the city's ancient subterranean streets and marks on the corpse cause Rebus to suspect the involvement of sectarian activists. The prospect of a terrorist atrocity in a city heaving with tourists is almost unthinkable.When the victim turns out to be the son of a notorious gangster, Rebus realises he is sitting atop a volcano of mayhem - and it's just about to erupt.
You canat choose your family - but you can choose your friendsa¦ A heartfelt, warm and truthful novel about female friendship.Eve has never imagined herself as a stepmother. But when she falls in love with Ian, he comes with a ready-made family of three children. And, to make matters worse, he's a widower. The ghost of his glamorous and well known wife haunts them.Clare, a teacher and single mother, is Eve's best friend. She is the only person Eve can talk to about how on earth a journalist in her thirties can win round three wary children. But despite Clare's years of practice with her own teenage daughter, it's Lily, her younger sister, who provides the truly sympathetic ear.Mel is sent along to Eve's so-called 'support group' by a colleague. With a fledgling relationship and a new business to get off the ground, she has a very different set of pressures to the other women.And Mandy is the stay-at-home mum, whose relationship comes with stepchildren, and who wants more than anything to stitch together a happy family life for herself, her kids and her new step-kids.As a cup of coffee turns to a bottle of wine and the get-togethers become a regular fixture, conversations about new families evolve into ones about relationships, life and each womanas deepest hopes and dreams. But the friendship is tested and feelings about lovers, husbands and step-children challenged when the five women are forced to confront new futures as well as unwelcome figures from the past...
Charles Carter, dubbed Carter the Great by Houdini himself, was born into privilege but became a magician out of need: only when dazzling an audience can he defeat his fear of loneliness. But in 1920s America the stakes are growing higher, as technology and the cinema challenge the allure of magic and Carter's stunts become increasingly audacious. Until the night President Harding takes part in Carter's act only to die two hours later, and Carter finds himself pursued not only by the Secret Service but by a host of others desperate for the terrible secret they believe Harding confided in him. Seamlessly blending reality and fiction, Gold lays before us a glittering and romantic panorama of our modern world at a point of irrevocable change.
Major Sharpe Should Be Fighting The French But His Worst Enemies Are In England& Major Richard Sharpe'S Men Were In Mortal Danger Not From The French, But From The Bureaucrats Of Whitehall. Unless Reinforcements Could Be Brought From England, The Depleted South Essex Would Be Disbanded, Their Troops Scattered Throughout The Army. Determined Not To See His Regiment Die, Sharpe Returns To England And Uncovers A Nest Of Well-Bred, High-Ranking Traitors, Any One Of Whom Could Utterly Destroy His Career With A Word, Or A Stroke Of The Pen. Sharpe Is Forced Into The Most Desperate Gamble Of His Life And Not Even The Influence Of The Prince Regent May Be Enough To Save Him&
Liverpool 1915. Martha Rossi lives in a tenement with her husband and their five children. Despite working all the hours she can, the family don't have much to get by on. When Martha's fourteen-year-old son, Joe, proudly enlists to fight for his country just to earn his mother an extra shilling, Martha is horrified. She realises the government is turning a blind eye to the scores of young boys who are joining the army. Despite her pleas and protests, Joe is dispatched to France within weeks.Unbeknownst to them all, Joe's act of selfless heroism will have huge implications for Martha and all the family. As the dreaded telegrams begin to arrive from the front in France, mother's hearts are broken across the country. Spurred on by grief of her own, Martha Rossi begins a quest that will take her right to the doors of No.10 Downing Street. Martha's journey there will be a tough one, but with courage and the support of her friends and family, it will be the most important undertaking of her life. Deeply moving and utterly irresistible, MARTHA'S JOURNEY shows Maureen Lee at her very best.