V.I.'s friend is in terrible danger - from both past crimes and present evil . . . Lotty Herschel is more than just a friend to Vic Warshawski - she is a mentor. A Holocaust survivor, Lotty has built a good life for herself. So when a man with recovered memories of a childhood strikingly similar to her own starts to plague Lotty, V.I. - working on a difficult fraud case - tries to help in the only way she can: by examining his murky past. Struggling to decide who she can trust, V.I. is caught in a mystery that stretches from Switzerland and Germany to Chicago's South Side, and across many decades. As she digs deeper, V.I. moves closer to a shocking truth - a truth that could destroy her oldest friend. And may have fatal consequences for others . . .
Tar loves Gemma, but Gemma doesn't want to be tied down-not to anyone or anything. Gemma wants to fly. But no one can fly forever. One day, somehow, finally, you have to come down. "Retallack's excellent adaptation of ... Burgess's controversial Carnegie Medal winning novel is splendidly unpatronizing ... a truly cautionary tale."-Independent "Junk is perhaps the clearest sign yet that British theatre for children and young people is beginning to grow up."-Guardian "Melvin Burgess is a writer of the highest quality with exceptional powers of insight."-The Sunday Times
Charlie Ashanti, the hero of LIONBOY, speaks cat - the language of all cats wild and domestic alike. His unusual talent helps him on his quest to find his kidnapped parents who have discovered a cure for asthma. The local cats of his home town (a futuristic London) start him on his search to solve the mystery of his missing parents, which leads him across the channel on board a circus ship bound for Paris. It is on this wonderful vessel that Charlie establishes a close relationship with the homesick circus lions who become his accomplices. But Charlie is in danger, for close behind him on his trail, is a crony of the mysterious group who have kidnapped his parents. They want Charlie too.
Regina Clausen is forty-three, successful in her career but insecure and unfulfilled in her personal life. Travelling alone on the luxury liner Gabrielle, she disembarks in Hong Kong saying she will rejoin the ship when it docks in Japan. She is never seen again. Three years later, an anonymous caller to psychologist Susan Chandler's radio show tells of a strange encounter with a man on a cruise ship, and his sinister gift of a ring engraved: 'You Belong To Me'. Susan thinks little of it at the time. But when Regina's mother appears at her office with a ring bearing the same inscription, found amongst her daughter's belongings, Susan begins to suspect that they are on the trail of something menacing and dangerous. As she looks deeper, Susan finds herself confronted with the horrifying possibility that she may know the killer, and that she may even be his next victim ...
She felt Ramn come awake and spring from the bed, naked and lithe as a jungle cat. She heard the metallic snicker of a firearm as he snatched the pistol from the holster. In the darkness a yellow flower of gun-flamed bloomed, and a single bullet whiplashed across twenty yards of open ground... In the searing heat of a divided Africa two decades of bitter dynastic conflict explode with terrifying ferocity. To Gary and Sean Courtney it is a struggle to the end; brother pitted against brother as they are dragged unwittingly into the lair of an international terrorist. Only Isabella Courtney stands between them and the mutual destruction they have willed for so long. Beautiful, headstrong Isabella; the link to 'Golden Fox' - a man whose alias hides a sinister and deadly secret... Traversing a vast panorama, from the heart of London society to the grandeur of Spain, from parched Ethiopia to war-torn Angola and on to the blazing hunting grounds of South Africa and Zimbabwe, Golden Fox is masterful storytelling from the arena of war; an adventure of stirring, irresistible intensity.
Clark can prickle scalps with shivery skill' Cosmopolitan
Young news reporter Meghan Collins is on an assignment in a busy casualty department of a New York hospital. A trauma team bring in a street mugging victim, a young woman robbed of her identification. The medics are working furiously to revive her, but finally give up, remove the oxygen mask that has covered her face and Meghan hurls head first into a nightmare.
The face is a mirror image of her own...
An international sensation, a phenomenon of a thriller.
At the moment of his supreme triumph, a man of science dodges an assassin’s bullet and loses everything that truly matters in his life.Now only a miracle can save Dr Tom Carter’s dying daughter: the blood of salvation shed twenty centuries ago.
In the volatile heart of the Middle East, amid the devastating secrets of an ancient brotherhood awaiting a new messiah, Tom Carter must search for answers to the mysteries that have challenged humankind since the death and resurrection of the greatest Healer who ever walked the Earth. Because suddenly Carter’s life, the life of his little girl, and the fate of the world hang in the balance…
After two thousand years, the wait is over…
Michael Cordy worked for ten years in marketing before giving it all up to write. He lives in London with his wife, Jenny, and their daughter.
Jurassic Park meets the quest for the Holy Grail meets Raiders of the Lost Ark'
,‘A taut, gripping thriller’,'Michael Cordy has given the British thriller a much-needed adrenalin injection...Our answer to Michael Crichton','A well constructed thriller , one that delivers right down the line from initial concept, through fast action to explosive finale..A masterclass in how it's done...Sheer entertainment'
If it’s gripping, it’s Gerritsen. The novel that first made Tess Gerritsen a crime-writing star.
Dr Abby DiMatteo - a second-year surgical student in Boston Bayside’s elite cardiac team – is about to make a decision that will jeopardize her career.
A car-crash victim’s healthy heart is ready to be harvested, having been cross-matched to a private patient, forty-six year-old Nina Voss. Instead Abby makes sure the transplant goes to a dying seventeen-year-old boy who is also a perfect match.
The repercussions leave her plagued with self-doubt. Suddenly a new heart appears, and the transplant is completed – but Abby makes a terrible discovery. The new heart has not come through the right channels.
Defying the hospital's demands for silence, Abby begins her own investigation that reveals an intricate and murderous chain of deceptions ...
Bestselling author Tess Gerritsen was a physician and brings to her novels her first-hand knowledge of emergency rooms and autopsy procedures.
Suspense as sharp as a scalpel's edge. A page-turning, hold-your-breath read.
Danielle Steel’s moving personal story of the son she lost to manic depression.
This is the story of an extraordinary boy with a brilliant mind, a heart of gold and a tortured soul.’
From the day he was born, Nick Traina was his mother’s joy. By nineteen, he was dead. This is Danielle Steel’s powerful story of the son she lost and the lessons she learned during his courageous battle against darkness. Sharing tender, painful memories, Steel brings us a haunting duet between and singular young man and the mother who loved him - and a harrowing portrait of a masked killer called manic depression.
Nick rocketed through life like a shooting star. He spoke in full sentences at the age of one. He was a brilliant, charming child who never slept. His gift for writing was extraordinary, his musical talent promised a golden future. But by the time he entered junior high, he was hurtling towards disaster. His mother tried desperately to get him the help he needed - the opening salvos for what would become a ferocious battle for his life.
At once a loving legacy and an unsparing depiction of a devastating illness, Danielle Steel’s tribute to her lost son is a gift of life, hope, healing and understanding to us all. ‘I want to share the story, and the pain, the courage, the love, and what I learned in living through it...My hope is that someone will be able to use what we learned, and save a life with it’
Danielle Steel has been hailed as one of the world’s most popular authors, with over 530 million copies of her novels sold. Her many international bestsellers include Second Chance, Ransom, Safe Harbour, Johnny Angel, Dating Game, Answered Prayers, Sunset in St. Tropez, and other highly acclaimed novels. She is also the author of His Bright Light, the story of her son Nick Traina’s life and death. Visit the Danielle Steel Web Site at www.daniellesteel.com.
Lance Kilkenny has a debt to pay, and he isn’t about to let the friend who saved his life go down in a range war. But when Kilkenny tries to stop the fighting, he finds there’s more at stake than land or wire. Whoever is stirring up trouble has big ideas for the Live Oak country—and an army of hired guns to back them up. Nita Riordan, the beautiful and fiery owner of the Apple Canyon Saloon, warns Lance that the mysterious man orchestrating the conflict wants him dead. Lance realizes that if he doesn’t watch his step, he’ll pay the debt he owes with his own blood.
A brilliant mix of vivid reportage, history and science. Historical diving bells, greek sponge divers, world war two frogmen and record-setting breath hold divers compete for space with misunderstood sharks, weeping turtles, smiling dolphins and erotically shaped sea slugs. From Ireland to Florida, Papua New Guinea to Vienna and the Bahamas to Seychelles, Neutral Buoyancy is travel writing of the most fascinating, readable kind; providing a window - or a view from a glass bottomed boat - on a rich, unfamiliar and unique destination. Travel writing of this quality makes Neutral Buoyancy a must for all armchair travellers, not just divers.
Every year Trinity School runs a chocolate sale. Each boy volunteers to sell a quota of boxes in a fund-raising effort that is also a display of 'school spirit'. But this year it's different, because new kid Jerry Renault has refused to take part. This small act of defiance starts a chain reaction exposing the corruption running throughout the school. There is only one solution: Jerry must be destroyed.
I'm Annabel. I'm the girl who has it all. Model looks, confidence, a great social life. I'm one of the lucky ones. Aren't I? My ex-best friend, Sophie, is spreading rumours about me. My family is slowly falling apart. It's turning into a long, lonely summer, full of secrets and silence. But I've met this guy who won't let me hide away. He's one of those intense types, obsessed with music. He's determined to make me listen - and to make me smile again. It's not that I don't want to. I just can't face up to what really happened the night Sophie and I stopped being friends . . .
In this absorbing historical thriller . . . Sally Gilmartin, born Eva Delectorskaya, a Russian emigree recruited into the British Secret Service in 1939, reveals her clandestine past in an autobiography that she gives to her daughter, Ruth, a graduate student and single mother living a dull civilian life in Oxford in 1976.--"The New Yorker."
Ryan Piasecki: A man's man. A woman's fantasy. The kind of guy who got the job done, no matter what the obstacles...or how beautiful they were. Natalie Fletcher: Cool, calm, collected. Until someone started making trouble for her business...and he showed up.Arson investigator Ryan Piasecki came from the street, and he wasn't exactly the type to make nice with an upper-crust business executive like Natalie Fletcher. His business was fires - and his instincts told him the one at Fletcher Industries was no accident. They told him something else, too - that the sparks flying between him and this very classy lady had all the makings of a five-alarm blaze..
Before The Da Vinci Code was The Genesis Code:'A glass-shattering, diesel-fuelled, hard-charging thrill ride of a read'Lorenzo Carcaterra, author of Sleepers
Joe Lassiter is an ex-FBI investigator bent on revenge . His sister and young nephew have been murdered and the killer hospitalised. Despite warnings from the police Lassiter will stop at nothing to discover why. His search leads him to uncover an attempt by the Vatican to destroy all traces of a discovery that has sent them into such an alarm, that they have charged a right-wing fundamentalist hit-squad to rid the world of all evidence of it.
The discovery originates from a confession in a remote village in Italy. A confession that sends the local priest into a panic and the Vatican into an uproar. The confession belongs to the late Dr Franco Baresi, and concerns the work at his fertility clinic - a fertility clinic that Lassiter's sister attended and, as he horrifyingly discovers, all the other victims in a recent series of murders that have swept the world. Women who were infertile until they attended the clinic. Lassiter must discover the remaining mothers before the hit men, and meanwhile his sister's killer is on the loose...
John Case is the pseudonym for the husband and wife writing team of Jim and Carolyn Hougan, both published authors in their own right. They live near Washington, DC. For many years Jim Hougan has been a journalist specialising in intelligence issues. He has published widely in this field and has made several acclaimed documentaries for US programmes including 60 Minutes.
,A sizzling thriller… well-written and extremely gripping,Cracks along… more than enough murder, mayhem and scientific mystery to keep the reader entertained
For the first time ever, a fascinating look at the remarkable life of Barbara Taylor Bradford. From the cobbled streets of Yorkshire to the sweeping avenues of Manhattan, Barbara's own story is as dramatic a tale as any one of her bestsellers.Barbara Taylor Bradford's rise to fame and fortune was a difficult one. But from an early age her mother marked her out for glory - at any cost. The drive and ambition instilled in Barbara were to reap huge rewards. From humble beginnings in Yorkshire she took London's Fleet Street by storm. And then, with the creation of Emma Harte, the unforgettable heroine of her first novel A Woman of Substance, she inspired women the world over - and became one of the world's bestselling authors.This is the first time that Barbara Taylor Bradford has been involved in a memoir of any kind and this unique collaboration has produced an extraordinary story. For Emma Harte's rise from Edwardian kitchen maid, single and pregnant, to one of the richest women in the world uncannily mirrors Barbara's own family history - something which was as much of a shock to Barbara as it will be to her millions of fans...An incredible story of suffering, loss and triumph over adversity, not to be missed.
Doyle at his best- his portrait of turn-of-the-century Dublin's dark side is masterful. There is a Dickensian richness to language and character' The Times
Born in the Dublin slums of 1901, his father a one-legged whorehouse bouncer and settler of scores, Henry Smart has to grow up fast. By the time he can walk he's out robbing and begging, often cold and always hungry, but a prince of the streets. By Easter Monday, 1916, he's fourteen years old and already six-foot-two, a soldier in the Irish Citizen Army. A year later he's ready to die for Ireland again, a rebel, a Fenian and a killer. With his father's wooden leg as his weapon, Henry becomes a Republican legend - one of Michael Collins' boys, a cop killer, an assassin on a stolen bike.
Roddy Doyle was born in Dublin in 1958. He is the author of five previous novels, The Commitments, The Snapper, The Van, Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha and The Woman Who Walked into Doors. He won the Booker Prize in 1993 for Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha.
The sixth international bestseller from expert forensic anthropologist Kathy Reichs
It's one of the hottest summers on record and forensic anthropologist Dr Temperance Brennan is looking forward to a long-overdue vacation. But it's not to be...
First, the bones of a newborn baby are found in a wood stover; the mother, hardly more than a child herself, has disappeared.
Next, a Cessna flies into a rock face. The bodies of the pilot and passenger are burned beyond recognition, and covered in an unknown substance.
And then a cache of bones is found in a remote corner of the county. But what happened there, and who will be the next victim? The answers lie hidden depp within the bones - if only Tempe can decipher them in time...
Kathy Reichs is forensic anthropologist for the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, State of North Carolina, and for the Laboratorie de Sciences Judiciaires et de Medecine Legale for the province of Quebec. She is one of only fifty-six forensic anthropologists certified by the American Board of Forensic Antrhopology, and served on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. A professor of anthropology at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Dr Reichs is a native of Chicago, hwere she received her Ph.D at Northwestern. She divides her time between Charlotte and Montreal, and is a frequent expert witness in criminal trials.
John Wells returns in the second explosive thriller from the No 1 InternationalBestselling Author of The Faithful Spy.
BELOW THE RADAR, OFF THE GRID, AND BEHIND ENEMY LINES:
CIA AGENT JOHN WELLS PLAYS A DEADLY GAME OF RISK…
As a covert CIA special operative, John Wells knows the odds are always stacked against him. For every atrocity foiled, another deadly catastrophe awaits. So when it emerges that four of the world’s most dangerous states are plotting together to unleash the ultimate nuclear threat, Wells realises that his odds on stopping them ranges from zero… to none. But that’s never stopped him before. And it isn’t going to stop him now…
Alex Berenson graduated from Yale University in 1994, with degrees in history and economics. After working at The Denver Post he joined The New York Times in 1999. In 2003 he spent three months reporting on the occupation in Iraq. He lives in New York City. The first John Wells novel,The Faithful Spy, won the 2007 Edgar Award for Best First Novel By An American Author and was shortlisted for the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger.
A genuine talent... the action scenes are strong,Heart-pumping adventure,A smart, economically written spy novel,Pulse-pounding... The author's plausible scenario distinguishes this from most spy thrillers,Terrific and relentless suspense and action,A fast-paced story of international intrigue and espionage … John Wells is a fine character who will likely propel Berenson’s thrillers to success for some time to come,Berenson, winner of the 2007 Edgar Award for his first novel, The Faithful Spy, proves his debut was no fluke with this stellar sequel… The authenticity Berenson brings to his ripped-from-the-headlines stories makes them seem as vividly real and scary as nonfiction or the nightly news
Cassandra Mortmain is no ordinary teenager. She belongs to an extraordinary family including a father suffering from writer's block and a lute-playing stepmother, Topaz, who communes with nature near the wild, tumble-down castle that is their home. Cassandra's diary reveals how their lives are changed forever two American brothers arrive to lay claim, not only to their home, but also their hearts.
Dorothy Gladys 'Dodie' Smith was born in 1896 in Lancashire and she was one of the most successful female dramatists of her generation. Her first novel, I Capture the Castle, was written when she lived in America during the 1940's and marked her crossover debut from playwright to novelist. The novel became an immediate success and was produced as a play in 1954. She has written numerous other novels but is best known today for The Hundred and One Dalmatians, a story for younger readers. The Hundred and One Dalmatians became the basis of two Disney Films.
With gentle, sometimes farcical humour, a memorable cast of characters and a great sense of humanity, this is a gentle, honestly written and touching novel.,The appeal of the book is that of a time of innocence...when a girl of 17 could still be all but untouched by sexuality. At the same time it captures the pangs of growing up and unrequited first love just as meaningfully for the over-precocious nymphets of the Justin Timberlake era.,A really fantastic book
Thyme Out (published in USA as 'Second Thyme Around')
When Phillida Dylan, 28, delivers baby vegetables to one of her regular clients and finds that her ex-husband, Lucas, has become the chef, she is horrified -- more so when she learns he is to become the latest celebrity chef and needs her picturesque, if primitive cottage, and her, in supporting roles. Phillida’s life is further complicated when Kitty, her 87-year-old friend and support, has a stroke. Is Lucas really such a villain? Can she cope with all this alone, or is Kitty right when she tells her, “You can’t cuddle lettuces. The result is a deliciously funny and captivating read.
*Can you find the way to Davy's bar? *Do you know the Doughnut principal? *How do you make a Chinese contract? The changes which Charles Handy foresaw in THE AGE OF UNREASON are happening. Endless growth can make a candyfloss economy, and capitalism must be its own sternest critic. Handy reaches here for a philosophy beyond the mechanics of business organisations, beyond material choices, to try and establish an alternative universe where the work ethics can contain a natural sense of continuity, connections and a sense of direction. We are now a world of shareholders, but everyone has a stake in the furure. With warmth, wit and the most challenging insights, Charles Handy seeks to turn paradox into real progress.
A compelling and shocking true story of one woman's battle to stand up against the men who destroyed her childhood and the mother who committed the gravest betrayal of all...
At just five years old, Dana learned that there was no one she could trust. Most devastating of all, even her own mother betrayed her and in the most unimaginable way. For years, Dana and her younger sister suffered at the hands of one of Britain's largest ever-known paedophile rings. And their mother did nothing to protect them.
Only now is Dana’s nightmare coming to an end as she crusades to put her abusers behind bars. In June 2007 the truth was finally exposed. Dana bravely testified against her own mother. The woman who had subjected Dana and her sister to a lifetime of horror was sentenced to twelve years in prison. It was one of the most traumatic ordeals Dana has ever experienced. But a shocked world was finally forced to open its eyes to what happened to Dana. This is her story of survival.
Despite her appalling childhood, Dana Fowley has grown into a strong woman whose courage and determination to make a better life for her own family shine through on every page of this deeply disturbing, but ultimately triumphant, true story. Dana lives in Edinburgh with her partner, their children and her sister. How Could She? is her first book.
The story of a girl who needs to slow down. To find herself. To fall in love. And to discover what an iron is for…
The story of a girl who needs to slow down. To find herself. To fall in love. And to discover what an iron is for…
Samantha is a high-powered lawyer in London. She works all hours, has no home life, and cares only about getting a partnership.She thrives on the pressure and adrenalin. Until one day… she makes a mistake. A mistake so huge, it’ll wreck her career.
She walks right out of the office, gets on the first train she sees, and finds herself in the middle of nowhere. Asking for directions at a big, beautiful house, she is mistaken for the interviewee housekeeper and finds herself being offered the job. They have no idea they’ve hired a Cambridge-educated lawyer with an IQ of 158 – Samantha has no idea how to work the oven.
Disaster ensues. It’s chaos as Samantha battles with the washing machine…the ironing board…and attempts to cook a cordon bleu dinner.But gradually, she falls in love with her new life in a wholly unexpected way.
Will her employers ever discover the truth? Will Samantha’s old life ever catch up with her? And if it does…will she want it back?
Sophie Kinsella is a writer and former financial journalist. She is the number one bestselling author of Can You Keep a Secret?, The Undomestic Goddess and the hugely popular Shopaholic novels. She lives in London with her husband and family. She is also the author of several bestselling novels under the name of Madeleine Wickham, all published by Black Swan.
A delightful comedy of errors from the funniest female writer around','Witty role-swap comedy','Another rib-tickler from the author of the Shopaholic series',‘Hooray! Sophie Kinsella’s back’,‘An addictive read’,'Definitely full of laughs','A top summer read','Classic Sophie Kinsella','Laugh-out-loud funny',Hilariously chaotic,Likeable, well written and very funny,Gripping comedy of manners,Funny and racy, entertaining stuff,A fast-paced funny book
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
A wonderfully atmospheric coming-of-age novel, with a memorable cast of characters, centring on an irrepressible young boy growing up in a Cypriot village.
Life had lost its sweetness. Socrates felt as if he had eaten an accursed apple and was, like Adam, suddenly prone to emotions he had never before experienced – fear, loneliness and shame.
For Socrates, growing up in a small, Cypriot village isn't idyllic so much as frustrating. Summer is on the horizon and yet his parents, his teachers and his interfering neighbours seem intent on preventing Socrates and his friends from having any fun. But times are changing and the jasmine-scented breezes mingle with the threat of danger. Behind the facade of respectable island life lurk dark and menacing presences.
Land of the Golden Apple is a bewitching coming-of-age novel about the lives and loves, joys and despairs of a diverse yet tightly-knit community and about how those same ties that bind us can also constrict us…
Author Biography Eve Makis was born in Nottingham to Greek Cypriot parents, who emigrated to England in the 1960s. After graduating from Leicester University she studied journalism and moved to London to work as a reporter for Middlesex County Press. In 1994 she left London for Cyprus, where she worked as a freelance writer, radio presenter and as a reporter for the London Evening Standard. She returned to England with her Cypriot husband in 2001. They now live in Nottingham with their daughter. Land of the Golden Apple is her third novel, the previous two, Eat, Drink and Be Married (voted theYoung Booksellers International Book of the Year 2005) and The Mother-in-Law, are also published by Black Swan.
Visit her website at: www.evemakis.com
A biting social satire of one of the world's most popular cultural phenomena from the bestselling author of The First Casualty.
Chart Throb.The ultimate pop quest.
Ninety five thousand hopefuls. Three judges. Just one winner.
And that’s Calvin Simms, the genius behind the show.
Calvin always wins because Calvin writes the rules. But this year, as he sits smugly in judgement upon the mingers, clingers and blingers whom he has pre-selected in his carefully scripted ‘search’ for a star, he has no idea that the rules are changing. The ‘real’ is about to be put back into ‘reality’ television and Calvin and his fellow judges (the nation’s favourite mum and the other bloke) are about to become ex-factors themselves.
Ben Elton, author of Popcorn and Dead Famous returns to blistering comic satire with a savagely hilarious deconstruction of the world of modern television talent shows.
Chart Throb. One winner. A whole bunch of losers.
Author Biography Ben Elton’s career encompasses some of the most memorable and incisive comedy of the past twenty-five years.His TV writing and performing credits include such multi-award-winning shows as The Young Ones, Blackadder, Saturday Live, The Man from Auntie and The Thin Blue Line. His three hit West End stage plays are Gasping, Silly Cow and Popcorn, which won the Olivier Award for best comedy. He wrote and directed the feature film Maybe Baby, starring Hugh Laurie and Joely Richardson, which was based on his novel Inconceivable. He has also written three stage musicals including the global phenomenon We Will Rock You, which he created with Queen and which he also directs worldwide.
He has written ten internationally bestselling novels including Dead Famous, The First Casualty and High Society, which won the WH Smith People’s Choice Award. He recently returned to stand-up comedy after a gap of almost ten years and his new show, Get a Grip, played to packed houses in the UK, Australia and New Zealand.
Reviews Another brilliantly savage, laugh-out-loud page-turner from Elton
‘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’
She was twenty-three when her husband died, leaving her with three small daughters and nothing else. The day came when she was so hungry, so tired and worried, that she was reduced to going to Akersfield market and asking Dick Fletcher for help - Dick who had loved her years ago, who was now running his own successful market garden - and who was engaged to someone else. It was Dick who took her back home to her village in the dales, gave her a job, helped her to gain her self-respect again. But the time came when she knew she must stand on her own - make a life for herself and her daughters without him, and use all her courage and determination to become successful. It was to take many years, and all the tragedy of the 1914 war before Eleanor was able to repay Dick Fletcher for the great debt she owed him.
Author Biography Elvi Rhodes was born and educated in Yorkshire, and now lives on the Sussex coast. She is the author of many bestselling novels including Opal, Doctor Rose, Ruth Appleby, Madeleine, The House of Bonneau, Cara's Land, The Rainbow Through the Rain, The Bright One, The Mountain, Portrait of Chloe, Spring Music, Midsummer Meeting, The Birthday Party, Mulberry Lane, A Blessing In Disguise and The Apple Tree. A collection of stories, Summer Promise and Other Stories, is also published by Corgi Books.
Although Madeleine Bates and Sophia Parkinson were both eighteen years old, the contrast between their two lives could not have been greater. Sophia, spoilt pretty daughter of Helsdon's richest mill owner, lived a life of petted indulgence at Mount Royd, the Parkinson home. Madeleine - daughter of a tyrannical and bigoted father who worked in the Parkinson mill - spent her time either at chapel, or working a fourteen hour day as housemaid at Mount Royd, a victim of Sophia's whims and occasional spitefulness. But Madeleine - who beneath her obedient and dutiful exterior was volatile, strong-willed, and rebellious - was not the kind of young woman you could overlook, and when Leon Bonneau - younger son of a French wool baron - came to stay at Mount Royd he was, against his own inclinations, startled into noticing the dignity and beauty of the young housemaid. From that moment on the lives of everyone at Mount Royd began to change, and Madeleine stepped forward into a new and challenging future.
Author Biography Elvi Rhodes was born and educated in Yorkshire, and now lives on the Sussex coast. She is the author of many bestselling novels including Opal, Doctor Rose, Ruth Appleby, The Golden Girls, The House of Bonneau, Cara's Land, The Rainbow Through the Rain, The Bright One, The Mountain, Portrait of Chloe, Spring Music, Midsummer Meeting, The Birthday Party, Mulberry Lane, A Blessing In Disguise and The Apple Tree. A collection of stories, Summer Promise and Other Stories, is also published by Corgi Books.
Five children grow up before the war, and meet again at the rescue of Dunkirk.
Set largely on the Essex coast before the war, Matt, Guy, and their young cousin Lizzie meet up for holidays and bum around in an old boat. Guy is the eldest, handsome, skilled at everything, a tad selfish. Matt is quieter and has a crippled right arm. Lizzie adores them both, to the extent of putting up with being sea-sick everytime they go out in the old boat and continually getting bashed on the head by the sail. These are idyllic days of sun, and sea, the golden era of the thirties.
Lizzie’s father is a doctor and, as the thirties progress, they take the daughter of a Viennese colleague into their home, a Jewish girl called Anna, who is miserable and hates England, and misses her Jewish family and friends. The fifth child to join them is Otto, son of a German diplomat, reared in the best traditions of the Hitler doctrine and destined for the army. These five have a tense and highly involved relationship as they grow up. Anna is resented by the English boys but one of them eventually comes to love her. Otto’s relationship with her is more complicated. She is, after all, a Jew. They have one wonderful day together when somehow their rivalries are forgotten as they fight the sea in the little ship, and when they all write their names on the mast. Then the world explodes into war and they all go their separate ways. They all meet again at Dunkirk. Anna getting out from France at the last moment with the help of Guy, Otto as part of the victorious Reich, and Lizzie and Matt taking the little ship over to save them from the beaches.
It is strong, wonderful, atmospheric, romantic with intriguing characters, all involved with each other in love/hate relationships.
Author Biography Margaret Mayhew was born in London and her earliest childhood memories were of the London Blitz. She began writing in her mid-thirties and had her first novel published in 1976. She is married to American aviation author, Philip Kaplan, and lives in Gloucestershire. Her novels, Bluebirds, The Crew, The Little Ship, Our Yanks, The Pathfinder and Those In Peril are all published by Corgi Books.
The nine surviving children of the Hegarty clan gather in Dublin for the wake of their wayward brother Liam. It wasn’t the drink that killed him – although that certainly helped – it was what happened to him as a boy in his grandmother’s house, in the winter of 1968.
The Gathering is a novel about love and disappointment, about thwarted lust and limitless desire, and how our fate is written in the body, not in the stars.
Author Biography Anne Enright was born in Dublin, where she now lives and works. She has published one collection of stories, The Portable Virgin, which won the Rooney Prize, and three novels, The Wig My Father Wore, What Are You Like? – shortlisted for the Whitbread Novel Award and winner of the Encore Award – and The Pleasure of Eliza Lynch. Her first work of non-fiction, Making Babies: Stumbling into Motherhood, was published in 2004. The Gathering won the Man Booker Prize 2007.
Reviews It is clearly the product of a remarkable intelligence, combined with a gift for observation and deduction,She beautifully describes the way hurt can be inherited… Enright is a daring writer – witty, original and inventive… Utterly compelling,A welcome return, for this writer, to novel form, and as a fresh, sophisticated take on the ever-popular dysfunctional family saga,Anne Enright has all she needs in terms of imagination and technique and she’s a tremendous phrase maker,Enright ambushes as memory does, drawing you into an event and then questioning it’s reality,At a time when everyone is mirroring everyone else, Enright’s style of writing remains singular and instantly identifiable
The latest Liverpool novel from Arrow's star saga writer
Lizzie is an orphan living with her Aunt Annie, Uncle Perce and two boy cousins in Cranberry Court, Liverpool, within a stone's throw of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal. Lizzie loves her aunt but is hated by her uncle and escapes whenever she can.
She makes friends with Geoff Gardiner, another orphan, and is teaching him to swim in the Scaldy when Clem Gilligan rescues the pair of them from drowning. Clem works on the Canal boat, THE LIVERPOOL ROSE, with Jake Pridmore and his wife, plying between the great cities of Leeds and Liverpool.
But Lizzie's situation at home starts to worsen as her uncle grows surlier and more violent. Eventually the worst happens and Lizzie is forced to flee from the Court or risk serious injury, perhaps even death. Her first instinct is to make for the canal, but finding Clem is not so easy...
Author Biography Katie Flynn lives in the North-west with her family. She was prompted to write her Liverpool series after hearing the reminiscences of family members about the city in the past. She has also written many books as Judith Saxton.
‘This novel has the sparkle of sunlight on water…once more Rose Tremain beguiles you into suspending disbelief’ Independent on Sunday
This is the summer that Lewis Little, precocious thirteen-year-old, is spending in Paris with his mother, Alice. Alice is translating the latest medieval romance by Valentina Gavrilovich, the bestselling and exotic Russian émigré, Lewis is there to make his first acquaintance with one of the greatest cities in the world; neither can foresee the momentous events that lie in wait for them. Valentina slowly casts a spell over Lewis, but when her past begins to encroach on all their lives and, as this enchanted world is gradually lost, Lewis is driven on a terrifying quest.
Author Biography Rose Tremain lives in North London and Norwich, with the biographer Richard Holmes.
Her books have won many prizes including the Whitbread Novel of the Year, the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, the Prix Femina Etranger, the Dylan Thomas Prize, the Angel Literary Award and the Sunday Express Book of the Year. Restoration was shortlisted for the Booker and made into a film; The Colour was shortlisted for the Orange and selected by the Daily Mail Reading Club. Her most recent collection, The Darkness of Wallis Simpson, was shortlisted for both the First National Short story Award and the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award. Two of her books (The Colour and The Way I Found Her) are in development as films, and she is currently working on a TV screenplay to star Sir Ian McKellen.
Reviews A scary, funny and ultimately very affecting novel…Tremain lets us glimpse the adult-in-waiting; reminds us that life – tinged with joy, sex, pain – takes its whole shape from such moments’,‘The Way I Found Her is a magical invention of page-turning suspense, of sadness, grief and passion, whose sure and delicate exposure of a sensibility flowering one hot Parisian summer teaches us the price of experience. Do not miss it’
Quintessential Tyler but full of surprises - a perfectly pitched, enchanting and affecting novel about a man adrift in his own life, Noah's Compass chimes subtly, heartbreakingly with our times.
LIam Pennywell has spent most of his life dodgin issues and skirting adventure when suddenly, in his sixty-first year, something happens that jolts him out of his certaint and leaves him with a frightening gap in his memory. In trying to piece together what took place on his first night in a new apartment, Liam finds instead an unusual woman with secrets of her own, and a late-flowering love that brings its own set of thorny problems...
Author Biography Born in Minneapolis in 1941, Anne Tyler lives in Baltimore where her novels are set. She is the Pulitzer-prize winning author of Breathing Lessons and other bestselling novels, including The Accidental Tourist, Saint Maybe, Back When We Were Grownups, The Amateur Marriage and most recently Digging to America.
Reviews As exquisitely observed and quietly brilliant as the rest of Tyler’s fiction,Anne Tyler draws a comedy that is not so much brilliant as luminous - its observant sharpness sweetened by a generous understanding of human fallibility,Noah’s Compass is immensely readable. It displays many of Tyler’s finest qualities: her sharp observation of humanity, her wry comedy; the luminous accuracy of her descriptions... a novel by Anne Tyler is cause for celebration,Anne Tyler is a novelist who has elevated pitch-perfect observation of everyday detail into an art form... a beautifully subtle book, an elegant contemplation of what it means to be happy and the consequences of a defensive withdrawal from other people,One of my favourite authors, one of the very few I rush out to buy in hardback.,A brilliant writer... Funny, wise, tragic.,Tyler brings a scorching wisdom, an understanding of what breaks the human spirit, and the ways in which people try to paper the cracks…Limpidly, singingly written, with dialogue to break a scriptwriter’s heart,Prose is as bright and pretty as in her best work. The dialogue crackles and there are insightful observations about the way families create stories to explain themselves,Her novels have a grace and an emotional depth that few romances can match,Compassionate and funny dissection of the workings of the human heart,Sharply funny, and tenderly wise,Has behind its scenes a darkness from which the author doesn’t flinch, but nor does she dwell on it either…And it does read like a novel with purpose; certainly, it’s about a man who wonders if there’s any point to him. It’s quite a trick to encompass meandering and meaninglessness without meandering meaninglessly, and Tyler brings it off with hints, gestures and elegant cadences,A prize of a novel, readable yet with a mood of autumnal sadness liable to sit on the reader’s chest for some time after the book is finished…Tyler has her own internal compass and knows just where to steer her narrative arc,Tyler’s deft hand at human comedy keeps you entertained the whole time,Wonderfully imagined exploration of memory, loss, and relationships, and how we look at our pasts,Her sterling talent for composing an enthralling story, skilfully paced and enlivened by more than one startling, but eminently satisfying, plot twist, is on display here’,Sensitively drawn characters,This is her 17th novel, and it has the smoothness and simplicity of a skilled craftsman at work,As always with Tyler, the prose flows sweetly from page to page, conjuring up characters so believable you want to thump them,Written with such heart and humour you’ll ration the pages in the hope that it will never end,Another heartfelt, evocative novel from Tyler,Anne Tyler is always good value, and this novel, replete with subtle ironies, is characteristic of her lucid style.,Has the surer touch than almost all of the twice as famous among the American novelists of her generation,Tyler has composed a four-act drama in the form of a novel. There is nothing extraneous and nothing overly dramatic here, and in that lies her very considerable strength as a writer,Tyler writes in such prodigious prose it seems effortless. This is life without the special effects, in all its mundane and infinitely fascinating detail,Anne Tyler has elevated the observation of everyday detail into an art form’. ‘a beautifully subtle book, an elegant contemplation of what it means to be happy.,Reading Tyler’s novels often feels like slipping into favourite pyjamas: her 18th is just as comfortable and comforting. Combining a light-hearted David Lodge-like meditation on old age with the domestic dysfunction of a soap set in Middle American, her simple, nuanced prose reveals some lovely twists.,·Tyler brilliantly anatomises everyday life… Her novels have emotional depth and engaging with her characters is a pleasure
Diva disappeared . . .This was supposed to be the night that launched a new pop idol into the firmament. Tamar Valparaiso has it all: young and beautiful with the body and voice of an angel. And just as importantly she is going to hit all the right demographics. With a Mexican father she's going to walk the Hispanic market and her Russian mother ensured that her blonde hair will not be scaring off the Britney fans. So, tonight, she is going to make debut performance of her first single - Bandersnatch - on a luxury motor-launch in the heart of the city.But this is when she becomes Detective Steve Carella's problem. Halfway through her performance - and watched by millions of fans - masked men drag Tamar off the stage and into the bowels of a waiting speedboat. Now the city is in uproar and the responsibility of getting her back safely lies on Carella's shoulders . . .
A wonderfully engaging and romantic comedy about Evie Crump and the residents of 18 Kemp Street... When struggling actress Evie Crump inherits a sprawling Victorian pile from an old family friend in Camden, it would seem to be a dream ticket for Evie and best-friend Bing to escape from the leaky-flat-from-hell. Except it comes with a proviso: she may not evict the existing tenants under any circumstances. There's Bernard, a recluse, who doesn't know how to boil an egg; unforthcoming single-mum Caroline; and the mysterious A P Warne of whom there is no sight. And try as she might to focus on reviving her acting career and her love life (without falling for the charms of her leading man), Evie simply can't resist getting involved in the lives of her new family...
Lethal Legacy: An Alexandra Cooper Thriller (Alexandra Cooper 11)
When the police are called to a building on New York's Upper East Side, Detective Mike Chapman and Assistant DA Alexandra Cooper respond quickly. A resident, Tina Barr, is alleged to have been assaulted, but she refuses to co-operate with their enquiries.Within a day Alex and Chapman are back at the same building, confronted with the body of a woman, battered to death and with a mysteriouswel-encrusted book beside her. But the victim isn't Tina Barr, and Tina has disappeared.The book is part of a rare collection at the New York Public Library and Alex and Chapman are plunged into the deadly world of the super-rich - those who protect their fortunes and collections more carefully than other people's lives.
"When the leaders of the free world descend on Scotland for an international conference, every cop in the country is needed to control the mob of protestors in Edinburgh's streets ... except one. Inspector John Rebus's reputation precedes him, so while Presidents Bush and Putin confer in isolated splendor, Rebus mans an empty police station, safely out of the way where he can't offend any visiting dignitaries." "Then a delegate falls to his death during a pre-conference dinner at Edinburgh Castle, and Rebus is given what looks like a simple suicide to write up. But even as he keeps it out of the headlines, Rebus probes where no probing is wanted - and doesn't like the side steps and power plays his questions engender. And this week Edinburgh is a dangerous place to be: Rebus also investigates the death of a recently paroled rapist, murdered in a particularly grisly fashion. The discovery of more bodies leads Rebus to consider an unexpected and politically unacceptable possibility." "Amid political drama and street theater, and with egos on parade at every level, Rebus works the thorniest case he's ever encountered, with danger on a scale beyond his darkest imaginings."--BOOK JACKET.
Michael Havelock's world ended on a moonlit beach on the Costa Brava. He stood by and watched as his partner and lover, Jenna Karas, double agent, was coldly and efficiently gunned down by his own agency. There's nothing left for Havelock but to get out, quit the game. Until, in one frantic moment on a crowded railway platform in Rome, Havelock sees Jenna. She's alive - and suddenly Havelock is a marked man, on the run from both US and Russian assassins. Racing around the globe after his beautiful betrayer, Havelock is trapped in a massive mosaic of treachery created by a top-level mole with the world in his fist - Parsifal ...