The enchanting follow-up to Village School, Miss Read's beloved first novel, Village Diary once again transports us to the picturesque English village of Fairacre. Each chapter describes a month in the life of the village school's headmistress, Miss Read. As the villagers prepare for their country pageant, Fairacre welcomes many newcomers, such as the headstrong Amy, Mr. Mawne (whom the villagers would like to see the reluctant Miss Read marry), and the earnest new infants' teacher, Miss Jackson.
Rachel, Alex, Billy and Jemima: four women whose lives are changed for ever by the Haven, a home for unmarried mothers. Theirs are tales of sadness and heartbreaking loss, but also of discovery: of intense and magical friendships, chocolate sponges, unexpected kisses and the secret world of the Memory Lane cafe.
Special Agent Vincent Piper is an FBI Field Officer based in London. Any crime involving Americans is his business. He's estranged from his wife and he loves his only daughter Martha, but she is drifting away from him. A terrorist bomb goes off in Barnes & Noble bookshop in Charing Cross road and as Vincent surveys the carnage, he starts to weep. He had arranged to meet Martha in the bookshop. She dies in his arms. Vincent vows revenge and relentlessly pursues all the leads he can find on active anti-capitalist groups. But what he discovers is even more shocking than his daughters' death...
High school seniors and first-time lovers, Maggie and Eric vowed a life together. But college intervened, and fate gave them different lives. But after 23 years, Maggie--now a widow--returns to pick up the pieces of her life. And although the attraction between Maggie and Eric still exists, this time it is Bitter Sweet.
For millionaire jockey Alan York, winning is a bonus. For Joe Nantwich, victory means no cushy backhanders; and for Bill Davidson, front running on strongly fancied Admiral, triumph means murder. His own.
A tense and nerve-shattering classic from the highly acclaimed masster of action and suspense.A ROLLING FOR KNOXis how the journalists describe the Presidential motorcade as it enters San Francisco across the Golden Gate. Even the ever-watchful FBI believe it is impregnable - as it has to be with the President and two Arab potentates aboard.But halfway across the bridge the unthinkable happens. Before the eyes of the world a master criminal pulls off the most spectacular kidnapping in modern times...
At eleven years of age, Albertina Listerman loses her parents in a terrible accident. At twenty-one, she experiences further tragedy when her half-brother commits suicide, having squandered the family fortune. Robbed of her very last penny, Ally is thrust into a world of hardship for which she is ill-prepared. Her salvation comes in the form of Jack Fossett, a kind lad who takes pity on this beautiful, bedraggled girl, and welcomes Ally into his heart. But Jack's mother Flo is less convinced, and time must pass and secrets must be revealed before Ally and Flo see eye to eye - particularly when they discover that Ally is not as destitute as she thought...
Maria, ihm schmeckt's nicht! Geschichten von meiner italienischen Sippe
Der Autor schildert liebevoll und selbstironisch die Geschichte der Bekanntschaft mit der italienischen Familie seiner Frau, die ihn mit offenen Armen und voll südländischen Warmherzigkeit aufnahm. Besprechung Ganz journalistisch locker und sprachgewandt beschreibt der Chef des Magazins der Süddeutschen Zeitung, wie das so ist, wenn man in eine italienische Familie einheiratet. Zwar ist Braut Sara nur Halbitalienerin, mit Eltern und Hauptwohnsitz in Deutschland, aber die Sippe des Herrn Papa, des kleinen, lebhaften und erzählfreudigen Antonio Marcipane, lebt in der italienischen Region Molise, und selbstverständlich reist das neue deutsche Familienmitglied zur Vorstellungsrunde. Neugierig beäugt und liebevoll empfangen stürzt der junge Mann kopfüber ins kalte Wasser der äußerst warmherzigen neuen Verwandtschaft. Selbst Opa Calogero wartet mit dem Sterben, bis er Saras Mann in Augenschein nehmen konnte, aber dann beginnt der Familienurlaub erst einmal mit Tod und Beerdigung. Und es wird auch sonst ein so turbulenter Aufenthalt, dass daraus schon ein Buch entsteht. Lustig, heiter, mit einem Schuss Selbstironie und viel Zuneigung für die angeheiratete Italo-Familie erzählt Weiler von den kleinen und großen familiären Besonderheiten, die mit einer lebenslustigen südländischen Familie einfach viel netter klingen. .
She stepped into the narrow hall,eyes clouding when she saw her dads coat hanging on the rack. Sick with disappointment she crept upstairs to her room,clambered into bed,and curled into a tight ball under the thin blankets... In 1953 Elsie and Burt jones move to candle lane full of hope for the future.Although Elsie desperately misses there comfortable house in wimbledon,she is determined to make a success of this new life.
Frannie O'Neill is a talented Colorado veterinarian haunted by her husband's murder. But the course of her life is about to change again. After another bizarre killing, Kit Harrison, a troubled and unconventional FBI agent, arrives on her doorstep. And late one night Frannie stumbles upon a strange, astonishing phenomenon. Her name is Max. Only eleven years old, she will lead Frannie and Kit to uncover one of the most diabolical and inhuman plots of modern science.
After a war that has savaged a generation the affluent classes find themselves cast dangerously adrift from their Edwardian certainties. Rom the last golden summer of a dying era, through the senseless carnage of the Western front to the gaiety of the jazz age, Shadows on the Sun is the story of a terrible obsession. For Michael and Helen nothing will ever be the same again.
Grace Dorian is a national treasure. She is "The Confidante," a seasoned advice columnist whose practicality and good sense have guided two generations of American women in her syndicated daily column. Grace's daughter, Francine, and granddaughter, Sophie, manage the vast Dorian empire, overseeing Grace's speaking engagements, interviews and demanding publicity schedules. But suddenly Grace does not seem right. Her razor-sharp mind is occasionally forgetful; her columns wander. Grace finds herself vehemently denying -- but is clearly suffering from -- the early symptoms of Alzheimer's disease. In a frantic struggle to regain control within the family and the business, Francine must step forth and fill her legendary mother's shoes. She must cope with Grace's mortal fear and inability to continue as "The Confidante," as well as her own new role of writing her mother's column, answering her fan mail and preserving the secret of her mother's health until Grace comes to terms with it herself. But Francine must also struggle to live her own life. Long divorced and existing in her mother's shadow, Francine battles her new role in the face of affections from Grace's doctor, a rugged and kind man whose interest leaves Francine torn between devotion to her mother and commitment to rebuilding her own life. And Francine must think of her daughter, Sophie, who at 23 needs Francine's guidance as much as, and perhaps more than, "The Confidante's" public does. Sophie watches the role reversal in her family and attempts to understand the drastic changes in a grandmother whom she has always loved but found overbearing. Shades of Grace is the most touching of family stories, in which love, family dysfunction and romance are woven together with brave and memorable characters to create a powerful narrative -- a talent that has earned Barbara Delinsky critical acclaim and an ever-widening readership.
Noel Fellowes, now working for a charity called "Christian Prison Ministries", recounts his own story of wrongful conviction and imprisonment. In 1970, he was a 22-year-old ex-policeman working as a taxi driver, and was arrested and charged with the manslaughter of an elderly coin collector. Fellowes always claimed he had never met the victim and proclaimed his innocence, but was sent to prison, where, as an ex-policeman, he suffered at the hands of the other prisoners. After four years of his seven-year sentence, he was released on parole and got married, started a business and became a Christian. But the legacy of his wrongful conviction was to haunt him until in 1984, a well-known criminal confessed to the murder. The case was re-opened and in 1985, Noel Fellowes was vindicated. Fellowes returned to prison in the early 1990s when he was called to Christian ministry in prisons.
Cassie, Laura and Aileen - schoolmates, soulmates, they shared the dreams, secrets and desires of young girls, and the passions, problems and aspirations of young women coming into their own. Cassie put her life on hold to attend to her family's needs. Laura and Aileen soared in their careers. Now they were together again as Cassie dared to make her impossible dream come true. Aileen crossed the world to be with Cassie; Laura was there by her side. David offered her love, support and passion. And Cassie's spiteful sister Barbara schemed to undermine them all. Cassie, the family caretaker, was liberated at last, ready to launch an interior design business with a disputed legacy that would bring out the worst - and the best - in her family, lovers and friends.
On a warm May night in San Francisco, the Ritz-Carlton ballroom shimmers as a glittering, celebrity-studded crowd gathers for a charity dinner dance. The evening is perfect—until, just minutes before midnight, the room begins to sway….In the earthquake’s aftermath, the lives of four strangers will converge.… Sarah Sloane, the wife of a financial whiz, watches her perfect world fall to pieces…. Grammy-winning singer Melanie Free comes to a turning point in her life and career…. Photographer Everett Carson finds new purpose amid the carnage…and Sister Maggie Kent, a nun who works with the homeless, searches through the rubble—and knows that there is much to be done….As the city staggers back to life, a chain reaction of extraordinary events will touch each of the survivors…. Sarah discovers a crime and a betrayal, then a strength she never knew she had. Volunteering at a refugee camp opens new worlds of possibility for Melanie. Everett will forge an unlikely relationship with Maggie, who helps him rebuild his shattered life—and upends her own in the process. And as a year passes each discovers the unexpected gifts in a tragedy’s wake…and the amazing grace of new beginnings.Throughout these enthralling pages, Danielle Steel creates a stunning array of contrasts —from the dazzle of a society benefit to the chaos of a makeshift hospital, from the pampered lives of rock stars to the quiet heroism of emergency volunteers. It is her most powerful and life-affirming novel to date.
KAT COLORADO A thirty-something California bartender-turned-P.I.--a curious lady with nine lives, nerves of iron. . .and a passion for justice. KATAPULT A murderer has struck home--and Kat Colorado is taking it personally. Her cousin Johnny has been found stabbed to death in he parking lot of the Homestead Cafe. And now Kat's on the prowl--trailing a killer through a dangerous world of shady real estate shenanigans and teenage hookers. And she's about to uncover a closetful of sordid family secrets almost certain to get an overly inquisitive Kat skinned.KAT COLORADO A thirty-something California bartender-turned-P.I.--a curious lady with nine lives, nerves of iron. . .and a passion for justice. KATAPULT A murderer has struck home--and Kat Colorado is taking it personally. Her cousin Johnny has been found stabbed to death in he parking lot of the Homestead Cafe. And now Kat's on the prowl--trailing a killer through a dangerous world of shady real estate shenanigans and teenage hookers. And she's about to uncover a closetful of sordid family secrets almost certain to get an overly inquisitive Kat skinned.
Saving The World And Other Extreme Sports: A Maximum Ride Novel
There's one last chance to save the world in the third book in the Maximum Ride series, SAVING THE WORLD AND OTHER EXTREME SPORTS. The time has arrived for Max and her winged "flock" to face their ultimate enemy and discover their original purpose: to defeat the takeover of "Re-evolution"--a sinister experiment to re-engineer a select population into a scientifically superior master race...and to terminate the rest. Max, Fang, Iggy, Nudge, Gasman, and Angel have always worked together to defeat the forces working against them--but can they save the world when they are torn apart, living in hiding and captivity, halfway across the globe from one another?
At sixteen she wouldn't have had the nerve. At eighteen she would have known better. But at seventeen Rowan Judge was prepared to tackle the toughest job in town single-handed: saving the family woollen mill from closure. Bradford's hard-headed business community had seen nothing like it since the rise of James Barton, the textile baron who had broken up Rowan's family and blighted their lives. Determined to prove herself more than his equal, in the space of a few years Rowan achieves the impossible - she drags the mill from the brink of disaster to Stock Exchange success.
When 14-year-old May Duhane arrives on the coast of Maine for her summer vacation, following the death of her mother, she feels isolated and resentful. Then she discovers the diary of Doone Bennison, a young girl who died in tragic circumstances on the island the year before.
The Dark Tower: The Drawing of the Three Vol 2 (Dark Tower)
Roland of Gilead has mysteriously stepped back in time to 1980s America, where he joins up with the defiant Eddie Dean and the courageous Odetta Holmes. A savage struggle has begun in which underworld evil and otherworldly enemies conspire to bring an end to his search for the Dark Tower.
Unauthorised Biography of the internationally famous comedian and entertainer to the TV public, the stars and even royalty. Billy Connoly was the first rock/alternative comedian long before the comedy store generation took off. And he is still a cult a 50 show UK tour in early 1994 sold out within days. On the way up, Connoly has collided with trendies, booze, women, the press the Royals and even Fyffes bananas. The Big Yin is an enormously entertaining read about one of the funniest comedians at work today.
Lays bare the continuing suspicions and rivalries of the post-Cold War atmosphere in Eastern Europe in a story of illegal arms dealing and its implications for the time bomb that is South Africa. Craig Thomas is the author of "The Bear's Tears" and "The Last Raven".
When young Isobel Maclean correctly foretold her mother's death it seemed she had inherited her grandmother's gift of second sight. Isobel was often filled with dread as she foresaw future sorrows,but she also saw a beautiful house, and a rich and happy girl in its garden. Could it be herself?
Will Elliott is out of a job. The lighthouse he's been manning on Prince Albert Rock, off the wild Cornish coast, is about to become automated. So Will decides to fulfil his lifelong ambition - to sail round the coastline of Britain. Determined to continue his solitary existence, Will begins his preparations for his epic voyage. But before he has time to so much as paint his hull, he meets Amy Finn - a beautiful artist and fellow loner. And as if that isn't distraction enough, suddenly his sleepy Cornish village is rocked by the biggest scandal to hit Cornwall since Guenevere ran off with Launcelot. It seems as if Will will never get away, and even if he does will his journey be solo or is there hope that he and Amy could be embarking on a two-man voyage of discovery?
This, the shortest of Edward Schillebeeckx's books so far, represents a distillation of his previous thought and contains important anticipations of the long-awaited third volume of his great trilogy, which is nearing completion. The fact that it was delivered in spring 1986 as the Abraham Kuyper lectures in Amsterdam accounts not only for its brevity, but also for its clarity. Here, those who have so far been put off exploring the work of one of the greatest living theologians will find an admirable introduction, and those who have struggled with his larger volumes will find an account which goes straight to the heart of the matter. Beginning from our modern world - for one of his new slogans is * 'Outside the world there is no salvation' - Professor Schillebeeckx looks at the place of God in contemporary culture; he then moves back to look at the life of Jesus and the way in which it has been responded to by the church. A final chapter, the longest, looks first at ethics, then at the tension between mysticism and politics, commitment to both of which is vital for Christians today, and shows how these three dimensions together must provide the framework for their life.
Daddy's Little Earner: A Heartbreaking True Story of a Brave Little Girl's Escape from Violence
The shocking story of a young girl forced into prostitution by her own father, and her painful journey to escape her horrific childhood and build a new life for herself and her sons. Maria's dad was a pimp, living in a world of thieves and street-walkers. Her mother, tiring of turning tricks for her husband, walked out, leaving the children in his chaotic, violent, and sometimes cruel care. By the age of nine, Maria's father was abusing her and getting a prostitute friend to dress her up in stockings and make-up. By the time she was 14nbsp;he was selling her on the streets of the red light district in Norwich. Despite everything Maria still loved her swaggering and sometimes charming father and found it hard to sort out her own feelings. At 15nbsp;she ran away to King's Cross with an older lover who turned out to be just another pimp. Furious at losing a nice little earner her father involved the police and both he and the other man were jailed for living off Maria's immoral earnings. Only then could Maria escape her traumatic childhood and follow her dream of becoming a mother.
That includes forcing a reluctant boyfriend of ten years to propose, regardless of the consequences, just so she can wear an expensive white frock. Gerri just can’t get past the fantasy of the perfect wedding day and she is prepared to go to any lengths to achieve her aims, including ignoring her fiancé’s obvious reluctance to amble down the aisle.After all, Gerri reasons, she is not going to give up on a relationship of almost a decade no matter what; she is almost twenty nine and Gary is the sexiest thing to have ever walked. She wants the wedding of her dreams with the man of her dreams and turns into full Bridezilla mode to get there.
In the Seventh Avenue world of haute couture, three women are determined to make it to the top. But a twisted human monster stalks the streets of Manhattan and his attention has been caught by the glittering trio.
Katie’s full of trepidation as she arrives in Liverpool. It’s her first posting and her work will be so secret that she can’t even speak about it to the family she’s billeted with. She makes it clear that she’s here to do her bit for the war effort, not to flirt with the many servicemen based at the nearby barracks. Which is just fine with Luke, son of the household and battle-scarred veteran of Dunkirk. He’s had his heart broken already by a flighty nurse. His mother can’t help worry about him - but she’s got more than enough on her plate with her youngest children, the teenage twins, who don’t see why a war should stop them having fun and achieving their ambition to go on the stage. Then the bombs begin to rain in Liverpool in earnest and everyone, from oldest to youngest, must realise what matters most in life.
The folk of one small Liverpool street cope with the first year of World War II. They find the war affects each of them in a different way. One woman worries about her twin sons who are called up, another is liberated from a loveless marriage, whilst Jessica Fleming's life is changed irrevocably.
Young Anna McIntyre's charm, vivacity and beauty have won her many friends in the rural community where she lives. She is loved by all - except her father, Roderick. To him, Anna is no more than a skivvy, and he mercilessly bullies her brothers, Magnus and Adam. By the author of "Rhanna".
Kate Cameron's mother never loved her and treats her like a skivvy and childminder. Kate's only friend is Robbie, whom she loves like a brother. Finding a job as a tracer allows Kate to enrol in evening art classes. But when she becomes pregnant by another man marrying Robbie is the only answer.
In this autobiography, Tony Hadley, lead singer of 80s band Spandau Ballet and winner of the ITV1 series Reborn in the USA, reveals the highs and lows of his twenty year career in music. At the height of New Romantic fever, classic songs such as "True", "Through the Barricades" and "Gold" earned Tony Hadley, with his good looks and stage presence, a legion of teenage fans around the world. With his unique vocals, Tony appeared to have it all - then he lost it. After a series of bitter rows, Spandau Ballet split. Along with former bandmates John Keeble and Steve Norman, Tony launched a legal battle against Gary Kemp over royalties - and lost. Professionally his life was in disarray. Personally he was beset by tragedy. His father died. His wife suffered miscarriages. Yet Tony has emerged intact. Tony's fanbase has remained loyal to him through the years as evidenced by his popularity on Reborn in the USA, where he was clearly earmarked as a potential winner early on in the series. His autobiography is a great slice of 80s nostalgia which enjoyed enormous success in hardback.
A secret pact made long ago between four best friends resurfaces when a ten-year-old murder is uncovered. Chief Rick Summers knows they are hiding something and turns to one of them--his former flame, Lacy--for help. Includes bonus features. Original.
On a Danish shore, a Vatican priest is found-hanging on a cross. The next day, the crime is repeated in Asia and Africa. Meanwhile, in the catacombs near Orvieto, Italy, an archeologist unearths a scroll revealing secrets that could rock the foundations of Christianity. Its discovery makes him the most wanted criminal in Europe. But his most dangerous enemies operate outside the law of man.
For Sean Courtney, veteran guerrilla fighter and professional warrior, it is a time to fight and a time to find a deep and passionate love. For the beautiful Claudia Monterro it is a time to face the ultimate test in a world where American values count for nothing. And for Ricardo, her father, a rich and ruthless tycoon, it is a time to confront a dangerous obsession.
It Should Be The Most Natural Thing In The World. But Mother Nature Can Be One Hell Of A Bitch. Paulo Loves Jessica. He Thinks That Together They Are Complete A Family Of Two. But Jessica Can'T Be Happy Until She Has A Baby, And The Baby Stubbornly Refuses To Come. Can A Man And A Woman Ever Really Be A Family Of Two? Megan Doesn'T Love Her Boyfriend Anymore. After A One-Night Stand With An Australian Beach Bum, She Finds That Even A Trainee Doctor Can Slip Up On The Family Planning. Should You Bring A Child Into The World If You Don'T Love Its Father? Cat Loves Her Life. After Bringing Up Her Two Youngest Sisters, All She Craves Is Freedom. Her Older Boyfriend Has Done The Family Thing Before And Is In No Rush To Do It All Again. But Can A Modern Woman Really Find True Happiness Without Ever Being In The Family Way? Three Sisters. Three Couples. Two Pregnancies. Six Men And Women Struggling With Love, Sex, Fertility And The Meaning Of Family, In This Bittersweet Bestseller.
Jeremy Clarkson has seen rather more of the world than most. He has, as they say, been around a bit. And as a result, he's got one or two things to tell us about how it all works - and being Jeremy Clarkson he's not about to voice them quietly, humbly and without great dollops of humour. In The World According to Jeremy Clarkson, he reveals why is it that: bull; too much science is bad for our health bull; '70's rock music is nothing to be ashamed of bull; hunting foxes while drunk and wearing night-lights is neither big nor clever bull; we must work harder to get rid of crickethe likes the Germans (well, sometimes) With a strong dose of common sense that is rarely, if ever, found inside the M25, Clarkson hilariously attacks the the pompus, the ridiculous, the absurd and the downright idiodic ideas, people and institutions that we all have to put up with at home and abroad, whilst also celebrating the eccentric, the clever and the sheer bloody brilliant.
Helen is nearly 40 and having an affair with her former boss. Ready to get on with her life, she decides to dump him--until he leaves his wife. The only thing to do, Helen decides, is to befriend his wife and convince her to take him back in this delicious debut about getting rid of the guy--and finding yourself.
The long-awaited return of one of our greatest historical thriller writers. A book to rival his international bestseller An Instance of the Fingerpost.
In his most dazzling and brilliant novel since An Instance of the Fingerpost, Iain Pears tells the story of John Stone, financier and armaments manufacturer, a man so wealthy that in the years before World War One he was able to manipulate markets, industries and indeed whole countries and continents.
A panoramic novel with a riveting mystery at its heart, Stone’s Fall is a quest to discover how and why John Stone dies, falling out of a window at his London home.
Chronologically, it goes backwards – London in 1909, then Paris in 1890, and finally Venice in 1867 – and Stone’s character and motivation deepen as the book progresses; in the first part he is almost an abstraction, existing only in the memory of those who knew him; in the second he is a character, but only a secondary one; in the third he is the narrator of the story. A quest, then, but also a love story and a murder mystery, set against the backdrop of the evolution of high-stakes international finance, Europe’s first great age of espionage and the start of the twentieth century’s arms race.
Like Fingerpost, Stone’s Fall is an intricate and richly satisfying puzzle, completely engaging on many levels, a triumphant return for one of the world’s great storytellers.
Iain Pears was born in 1955. He is the author of seven detective novels, a book of art history and countless articles on artistic, financial and historical subjects, and three novels, An Instance of the Fingerpost, The Dream of Scipio and The Portrait.
Fireworks, inventiveness and excitement of part three and a curmudgeonly inventor of torpedoes,an indefatigably clever storyteller…witty, laconic dialogue; a galloping pace, particularly in the first and third narratives; the author’s silky, fluid prose; and above all the concluding passages, which detonate a series of surprises as poignant as they are grim,The novel is above all a romp, albeit an exceptionally intelligent and entertaining one,Pears has the good journalist’s knack of making high finance enthralling – he can take Robert Peston’s job any day – but it is his interest in the peculiar effects that money has on human beings that makes him a good novelist.,absorbing and also timely,this thoughtful, thoroughly satisfying novel… clever storytelling to reach imaginative heights,Iain Pears has an uncanny historical sense … splendid return to the grand 19th-century novel,Engrossing and intelligent, it’s the best sort of page-turner.,Pears is in a class of his own; no one else could possibly succeed in making the world of big finance so hugely entertaining.
An anthology of short stories and poems collected by Malorie Blackman to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Abolition of the Slave Trade Act
In March 1807, the British Parliament passed an Act making the trading and transportation of slaves illegal. It was many years before slavery, as it was known then, was abolished, and slavery still continues today in different ways, but it was a big step forward towards the empancipation of a people.
Malorie Blackman has drawn together some of the finest of today's writers and poets to contribute to this important anthology. Their short stories and poems sit alongside first-hand accounts of slavery from freed slaves, making a fascinating and absorbing collection that remembers and commemorates one of the most brutal and long-lasting inflictions of misery that human beings have inflicted upon other human beings.
Author Biography Malorie Blackman worked as a database manager and systems programmer before becoming a full-time writer. Her reputation has steadily grown and she has been awarded a number of prizes including the WHSmith’s Mind-Boggling Books Award and the Young Telegraph/Gimme 5 award for HACKER, the Young Telegraph/Fully Booked award for THIEF! and, more recently, shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal for PIG-HEART BOY. She was voted Voice/Excel Children’s Writer of the Year in 1997. Her novel NOUGHTS AND CROSSES has won both the Children's Book Award and the Lancashire Children's Book Award 2002. Checkmate was shortlisted for the Lancashire hildren's Book of the Year Award 2006. THE TIMES recently described her as ‘a bit of a national treasure.’
She was also shortlisted for the Carnegie medal for PIG-HEART BOY and for CHECKMATE in 2006.
Reviews If you think that marking this bicentenary is slightly unnecessary and a bit of a fuss about nothing, Unheard Voices a collection of writings put together by award-winning children's author Malorie Blackman, about what it meant to be a slave, will change your mind.,the greatest strength of the anthology lies in its careful and effective juxtapositioning of punchy, thought provoking contemporary narratives with the articulate, measured eloquence of those who lived through the ordeal.,A hard-hitting read that you won't ever forget.,It is pitched to perfection,This excellent collection of stories, poems and first-hand accounts is published to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the abolition of the Slave Trade Act.,A riveting collection of stories, poems and first hand recollections on the theme of slavery that not only remembers and commemorates the 200th anniversary of the Abolition of the Slave Trade Act, but also celebrates the work of some of the finest black writers.,Unheard Voices deserves to be in every school in the country.,A recommended read for children and adults.,A stunning anthology,It is a valuable resource
‘Sorry?’ said Carrot. If it’s just a thing, how can it commit murder? A sword is a thing’ – he drew his own sword; it made an almost silken sound – ‘and of course you can’t blame a sword if someone thrust it at you, sir.’
For members of the City Watch, life consists of troubling times, linked together by periods of torpid inactivity. Now is one such troubling time. People are being murdered, but there’s no trace of anything alive having been at the crime scene. Is there ever a circumstance in which you can blame the weapon not the murderer? Such philosophical questions are not the usual domain of the city’s police, but they’re going to have to start learning fast…
Author Biography Terry Pratchett is one of the most popular authors writing today.He lives behind a keyboard in Wiltshire and says he ‘doesn't want to get a life, because it feels as though he’s trying to lead three already’.He was appointed OBE in 1998 and his first Discworld novel for children, The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents, was awarded the 2001 Carnegie Medal.
Feet of Clay is the nineteenth novel in his phenomenally successful Discworld series.
Reviews Like reading Tolkien but with gags - and good gags too','The great Terry Pratchett, whose wit is metaphysical, who creates an energetic and lively secondary world, who has a multifarious genius for strong parody ... who deals with death with startling originality. Who writes amazing sentences'
,'His spectacular inventiveness makes the Discworld series one of the perennial joys of modern fiction'
,‘The work of a prolific humorist at his best’,‘Like most true originals, Pratchett defies categorisation…Deliciously and amiably dotty…Driven by Swiftian logic and equally intellectually inventive’,‘Fantastical, inventive and finally serious…It’s enjoyable as crime fiction, but the real attraction is the laughter waiting to be uncovered on each page’,‘An explosion of imaginative lunacy’
A master of the intelligent thriller…The Ghost is Harris back on sparkling form' The Times
Britain’s former prime minister is holed up in a remote, ocean-front house in America, struggling to finish his memoirs, when his long-term assistant drowns. A professional ghostwriter is sent out to rescue the project – a man more used to working with fading rock stars and minor celebrities than ex-world leaders. The ghost soon discovers that his distinguished new client has secrets in his past that are returning to haunt him – secrets with the power to kill.
Robert Harris is once again at his gripping best with the most controversial new thriller of the decade.
Author Biography Robert Harris is the author of Fatherland, Enigma, Archangel, Pompeii and Imperium, all of which were international bestsellers. His work has been translated into thirty-seven languages. After graduating with a degree in English from Cambridge University, he worked as a reporter for the BBC’s Panorama and Newsnight programmes, before becoming political editor of the Observer and subsequently a columnist on the Sunday Times and the Daily Telegraph. He is married to Gill Hornby and they live with their four children in a village near Hungerford.
Reviews Truly thrilling,Robert Harris’s latest thriller is more than a fun read: it is a super-duper, double fun bag-sized read thanks to his masterful plotting,A cracking good yarn… His writing is taut with wit and cleverness,The Ghost is arguably the finest novel yet to have emerged from the so-called Age of Terror… This is an important book about the major issues of our time,A masterpiece of observation, interpretation and analysis,An unputdownable thriller about corrupt power and sex, written with an insider’s mischievous intimacy,Brilliantly persuasive, right up to the last page of its astonishing and unpredictable conclusion,Absorbing… Compelling reading,Harris has written a remarkable thriller… He knows how to tell a story,Robert Harris’s bullet-paced thriller… [It’s] impossible to put this book down,An elegant and highly readable thriller,Harris’s feel for political manoeuvring is buttressed by a strong sense of place and good fast pacing which the craftsman sustains to the final page,Intelligent, perceptive and enormous fun,The most fun I've had with a novel in ages,Knee-deep in intrigue and bristling with incident… An edgy journey through the dark corridors of power, a witty portrait of political and literary falsehoods, and a masterclass in gripping storytelling, Harris’s dynamic novel is a page-turner of the old school.
Jo and Gemma are friends who meet for coffee every Saturday to gossip and discuss the state of the world. At one such meeting, Gemma mentions killing her boss and Jo goes along with the joke. But Jo is not amused when she finds a real body on the beach at Selsey soon afterwards - an unidentified nearly-naked woman, who has been drowned. It take DCI Hen Mallin and her team some time to discover who the woman is, and as they are investigating, Jo and Gemma are getting into more trouble - they keep coming across dead bodies...Peter Lovesey's thirtieth novel explores one of his favourite themes - the innocent caught up in sinister events. His previous Hen Mallin book, The Circle, was described by Gerald Kaufman in The Scotsman as 'this gem of a book ...the superb Peter Lovesey provides yet another novel of unalloyed delight.'