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Miranda's Daily Dose of Such Fun!

By Miranda Hart

*** 365 joy filled tasks to make your life more engaging, fun, caring and jolly ***

"There are little things we can all do that can make a huge difference to our lives and to the lives of those around us. Doing something jolly every day that you can look back on with a smile and be grateful for, knowing it has also brought kindness to others, can gently help replace old negative thought patterns with more positive ones.

The tasks included in this little book are designed to be universal and free (or as cheap as possible). And all the ideas here, however silly they may seem, offer genuine and healthy ways to change the way we feel for the better.

Now is the time to have some childish fun and break the monotony of adult life and all its stresses. I hope some of the ideas do this for you, that you have SUCH FUN doing them and that day by day you can begin to lead a calmer and happier life!"

*** 365 joy filled tasks to make your life more engaging, fun, caring and jolly ***

Miranda Hart made her mark appearing in shows including Smack the Pony, Absolutely Fabulous and Not Going Out. But when her sitcom Miranda burst on to our screens in 2009, her popularity rocketed. Miranda has since been crowned the Queen of Comedy at the British Comedy Awards and won Best new TV comedy, as well as winning best actress in 2010 and 2011. She has also won three RTS comedy awards and has been nominated for four BAFTAs. Her book Is It Just Me? was the number one best-selling memoir of 2012 and to date it has sold over one million copies. Her stand up show - My, What I Call, Live Show - was a sell-out in 2013.

Follow Miranda on Twitter www.twitter.com/mermhart or vist her website www.mirandahart.com

*** 365 joy filled tasks to make your life more engaging, fun, caring and jolly ***

There are tiny gestures that can make a huge difference to you and others around you. So, I say; every day try to do something jolly that you can look back on with a smile, be grateful for, knowing it has brought kindness to others at the same time.

I have made the ideas in this book as universal and free or cheap as possible but of course sometimes you may need to make them work for you if your circumstances don't allow them. And if there are any songs or talks or people you don't know who I am referring to, then get thee to YouTube, they will all be on there.

If there was ever a reason to have some childish fun and break an adults monotony. I hope some of my ideas do this for you, that you have SUCH FUN doing them and reap the rewards to a calmer and happier life.

Jodi Picoult

Jodi Picoult is the author of twenty-four internationally bestselling novels, including My Sister's Keeper, House Rules and The Storyteller, and has also co-written two YA books with her daughter Samantha van Leer, Between the Lines and Off the Page. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband and children. Jodi's UK website is www.jodipicoult.co.uk and she can be found on Facebook and Twitter at facebook.com/JodiPicoultUK and twitter.com/jodipicoult. She also has a YouTube channel www.youtube.com/user/JodiPicoultOfficial.
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Small Great Things

By Jodi Picoult

'There is a fire raging, and we have two choices: we can turn our backs, or we can try to fight it.'

When a newborn baby dies after a routine hospital procedure, there is no doubt about who will be held responsible: the nurse who had been banned from looking after him by his father.

What the nurse, her lawyer and the father of the child cannot know is how this death will irrevocably change all of their lives, in ways both expected and not.

Small Great Things is about prejudice and power; it is about that which divides and unites us.

It is about opening your eyes.

[Picoult] offers a thought-provoking examination of racism in America today, both overt and subtle. Her many readers will find much to discuss in the pages of this topical, moving book.The most important novel Jodi Picoult has ever writtenNo book could be more timely in its message than Small Great Things . . . The story prodded me to take a good, hard look at my own biases and preconceptionsthe book makes for a harrowing and at times heartbreaking read but is absolutely brilliant. It deserves to be read by everyoneThe narrative rips along at a great pace, she writes dialogue like a pro, and her suspenseful control of the courtroom scenes is masterfully done.A thought-provoking and unputdownable novel about race and prejudice that shows Picoult at her very best.The new novel from Number One bestselling author Jodi Picoult, with the biggest of themes: birth, death, and responsibility.Jodi Picoult is the author of twenty-four internationally bestselling novels, including My Sister's Keeper, House Rules and The Storyteller, and has also co-written two YA books with her daughter Samantha van Leer, Between the Lines and Off the Page. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband and children. Jodi's UK website is www.jodipicoult.co.uk and she can be found on Facebook and Twitter at facebook.com/JodiPicoultUK and twitter.com/jodipicoult. She also has a YouTube channel www.youtube.com/user/JodiPicoultOfficial.Phenomenal hardback sales performance took Jodi Picoult to a whole new level.This is set to be the paperback of the summer: a life-changing read about topics that are not going away.Bigger potential audience than ever before with brilliant gender-neutral package.

Stephen King

Stephen King is the bestselling author of more than fifty books. His novels include Carrie, The Shining and Revival. His novel Under the Dome is now a major TV series. His novel 11.22.63 won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Mystery/Thriller as well as the Best Hardcover Book Award from the International Thriller Writers Association.

Many of his books have been turned into celebrated films including Misery, The Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile. Over the years, King has had various cameo roles in film adaptations of his books as well as playing rhythm guitar in the Rock Bottom Remainders, a rock and roll band made up of some of America's bestselling and best-loved writers

He was the recipient of the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He lives with his wife, novelist Tabitha King, in Maine, USA.

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Strange the Dreamer

By Laini Taylor

*** PREPARE TO BE MESMERISED. THE UNPUTDOWNABLE NEW NOVEL FROM SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR LAINI TAYLOR. ***

Praise for Laini Taylor's DREAMS OF GODS AND MONSTERS:

'GRIPPING PAGE-TURNER' Marie Claire

'THRILLING' Glamour

'GRIPS LIKE A MAGICAL VICE' Daily Mail

'UNMISSABLE' Fabulous Magazine, Sun on Sunday


The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around - and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he's been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance to lose his dream forever.


What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving?


The answers await in Weep, but so do more mysteries - including the blue-skinned goddess who appears in Lazlo's dreams. How did he dream her before he knew she existed? And if all the gods are dead, why does she seem so real?


In this sweeping and breathtaking new novel by National Book Award finalist Laini Taylor, author of the New York Times bestselling Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy, the shadow of the past is as real as the ghosts who haunt the citadel of murdered gods. Fall into a mythical world of dread and wonder, moths and nightmares, love and carnage.

[STRANGE THE DREAMER] has all the rich, evocative imagery and complex world-building typical of Taylor's best work. There is a mythological resonance to her tale of gods and mortals in conflict, as well as in Lazlo's character arc from unassuming, obsessed librarian to something much more. This outstanding fantasy is a must-purchase for all YA collections.A magical new world and a whole host of stunning characters to take to your hearts in this brand new, un-putdownable novel from Sunday Times bestselling author Laini Taylor.Laini Taylor is the author of the bestselling Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy. She lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband, illustrator Jim Di Bartolo, and their daughter Clementine Pie. Visit her website: www.lainitaylor.com. Follow her on Twitter: twitter.com/lainitaylorIt was impossible, of course. But when did that ever stop any dreamer from dreaming?Recently announced online, Laini fans are beyond excited about this highly-anticipated publication and there is potential for big pre-orders.Laini's fan base is huge and getting bigger every day.Following the huge success of the Daughters of Smoke and Bone trilogy, this will be another collaborative effort between us and the US publishers, with an exciting marketing and publicity campaign in place.The hardback edition of DREAMS OF GODS AND MONSTERS was a top five Sunday Times bestseller.Laini is set to become a big brand author for Hodder.
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Spaceman of Bohemia

By Jaroslav Kalfar

'Reading Spaceman of Bohemia reminded me of the thrill of unearthing Everything is Illuminated from the mound of entries to the Guardian First Book Prize'
Claire Armitstead, Guardian

'I can honestly say I loved every page. Every sentence. Spaceman of Bohemia is unforgettable: a work of breathtaking scope and heart, and a reflection of humanity that's raw and strange and profound and true.' Lisa McInerney, Baileys-Prize-winning author of The Glorious Heresies

Set in the near-distant future, Spaceman follows a Czech astronaut as he launches into space to investigate a mysterious dust cloud covering Venus, a suicide mission sponsored by a proud nation. Suddenly a world celebrity, Jakub's marriage starts to fail as the weeks go by, and his sanity comes into question. After his mission is derailed he must make a violent decision that will force him to come to terms with his family's dark political past.

An extraordinary vision of the endless human capacity to persist-and risk everything-in the name of love and home, by a startlingly talented young debut novelist.

A superb debutA frenetically imaginative first effort, booming with vitality and originality . . . Kalfar's voice is distinct enough to leave tread marks . . . He has such a lively mind and so many ideas to explore . . . Kalfar has an exhilarating flair for imagery . . . He writes boisterously and mordantly

Reading Spaceman of Bohemia reminded me of the thrill of unearthing Everything is Illuminated from the mound of entries to the Guardian First Book Prize

A hauntingly beautiful story of solitude, hope, family, and love that transcends, uplifts, carries the reader away.Spaceman of Bohemia represents the fiery, funny launch of an exciting new voice. Jaroslav Kalfar, like a good literary astronaut, finds levity in gravity, and vice versa.Spaceman of Bohemia is an out-of-this-world look at all our beautiful smallnesses, from the cells of our biology to the bacterial minutiae of one broken heart. The roar of revolution and governmental injustice is cast against the depths of our emotions and the bottomless, grateful silence of the stars. Jaroslav Kalfar has spun an unforgettable tale, a poignant interplanetary work that collapses the distance between us with the beauty of its language and the unstoppable wonder of this universe he's created.Spaceman of Bohemia is the best, most enjoyably heartbreaking, most fun book you'll read this year. On the surface, you'll see affinities with Gary Shteyngart, with The Martian, with Kelly Link. But Jaroslav Kalfar's voice is entirely his own. I beg you: take this strange, hilarious, profound, life-affirming trip into literary outer space.Spaceman of Bohemia is the best, most enjoyably heartbreaking, most fun book you'll read this year. On the surface, you'll see affinities with Gary Shteyngart, with The Martian, with Kelly Link. But Kalfar's voice is entirely his own. I beg you: take this strange, hilarious, profound, life-affirming trip into literary outer space.A dazzling, ambitious, original, funny literary debut spanning duplicitous love, family secrets, political intrigue, a historical riddle and a cloud of spacedust over Venus - Everything is Illuminated meets Life of Pi.Jaroslav Kalfar was born and raised in Prague, Czech Republic, and immigrated to the United States at the age of fifteen, speaking little to no English at that time but learning it by watching Cartoon Network. He graduated from University of Central Florida, where he received Frances R. Lefkowitz Scholarship, the Outstanding Fiction Writer award, and the Founder's Scholar Award for being the top graduate in the College of Arts and Humanities. He earned his M.F.A. at NYU, where he was a Goldwater Fellow and was one of the three nominees for the new NYU E.L. Doctorow Fellowship Award upon graduating. He is twenty-seven years old.

The Martian meets Life of Pi in this dazzling, funny intergalactic odyssey about the first Czech astronaut's mission to Venus.

When Jakub Prochazka is sent into space to examine a cosmic dust cloud covering Venus, it may be a solo suicide mission. Dreaming of becoming a national hero and desperate to atone for his father's sins as a Communist informer, he leaves his beloved wife behind. As his spaceship hurtles toward an unknown danger and he tries to keep his sanity and marriage together, Jakub hallucinates a giant alien spider, with whom he forms an unlikely bond over late-night philosophical conversations. But their mission is thrown into a crisis that leads to an epic showdown among the stars. Packed with nail-biting thrills, enormous heart, and the absurd humor of Kafka and Vonnegut, SPACEMAN OF BOHEMIA offers an extraordinary vision of the endless human capacity to persist-and risk everything-in the name of love and home.

Perfect for fans of Everything is Illuminated, Life of Pi and The Tiger's Wifeauthor is fascinating - came to US from Czechoslovakia aged 15 with no English; learned the language watching cartoon network. Has an actual Spaceman tattooed across his entire forearm.A dazzling, ambitious and original literary debut from the publishers that brought you David Mitchell, Ned Beauman and Kevin Powers.Spaceman was the big literary novel of the 2015 Frankfurt Book Fair. Rights have been sold in Brazil, Italy, Germany, France and Spain, with many more to come.
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The Legacy

By Yrsa Sigurdardottir, Victoria Cribb

The first in an exciting new series from the author of THE SILENCE OF THE SEA, winner of the 2015 Petrona Award for best Scandinavian Crime Novel.

The murder was meant as a punishment - but what sin could justify the method?

The only person who might have answers is the victim's seven-year-old daughter, found hiding in the room where her mother died. And she's not talking.

Newly promoted, out of his depth, detective Huldar turns to Freyja and the Children's House for their expertise with traumatised young people. Freyja, who distrusts the police in general and Huldar in particular, isn't best pleased. But she's determined to keep little Margret safe.

It may prove tricky. The killer is leaving them strange clues: warnings in text messages, sums scribbled on bits of paper, numbers broadcast on the radio. He's telling a dark and secret story - but how can they crack the code? And if they do, will they be next?

Iceland's outstanding crime novelistThe Legacy is the start of an exciting new direction for Yrsa Sigurdardottir. The horror of a decades-old family separation provides the catalyst for dark crimes and a complex investigation. The Children's House promises to be an outstanding series.We have always been able to rely on Yrsa Sigurdardóttir for a good story well told, and The Legacy is no exception. A strong sense of place, interesting characters and a chilling plot make The Legacy a novel to savour.If you like your crime fiction dark and engaging, look no further. THE LEGACY is as brutal as it gets. A cracking start to a new series by Yrsa Sigurdardottir.A tour de force... Sigurdardottir handles the different plot strands brilliantly, bringing them together in an unforgettable climax.A tale of elegant twists and turns, which surprised me at least three times in the last fifty pagesYrsa remains the queen of Icelandic thriller writersA masterpiece of plotting and suspenseThe stories share an underlying menace that is at once disturbing and compelling.The Icelandic queen of Nordic Noir, Yrsa Sigurdardottir's writing manages to be both spare but sinister. Expect goosebumps to sprout while reading this tale of murder, abuse and other worldly shenanigans in rural Iceland.

Other crime writers might as well give up now. In her new novel, Icelandic author Yrsa Sigurdardottir
has found the single most terrifying place on earth to be stuck in the middle of a murder mystery...taut and compelling

The first in a thrilling new crime series from international bestseller and prizewinning author Yrsa Sigurdardottir.Author of the bestselling Thora Gudmundsdottir crime series and several stand-alone thrillers, Yrsa Sigurdardottir was born in Reykjavik, Iceland, in 1963 and works as a civil engineer. She made her crime fiction debut in 2005 with LAST RITUALS, the first instalment in the Thora Gudmundsdottir series, and has been translated into more than 30 languages. Her work stands 'comparison with the finest contemporary crime writing anywhere in the world' according to the Times Literary Supplement. The second instalment in the Thora Gudmundsdottir series, MY SOUL TO TAKE, was shortlisted for the 2010 Shamus Award. In 2011 her stand-alone horror novel I REMEMBER YOU was awarded the Icelandic Crime Fiction Award and was nominated for The Glass Key. Her novel THE SILENCE OF THE SEA won the Petrona Award in 2015.A huge European bestseller - the first book in this new series has been number one in Iceland and a huge hit all over the continent.The Legacy won the Icelandic Crime Fiction Award in 2015 and was nominated for the 2016 Glass Key prize.An exciting new series from the queen of Nordic Noir - our chance to build on the success of the Thora series with Yrsa's many fans.THE SILENCE OF THE SEA won the 2015 Petrona Award.Yrsa's star is rising: the film of I REMEMBER YOU will be out next year starring Game of Thrones' Joannes Haukur.PR confirmed on HB publication includes Woman's Hour, Guardian and Sunday Times reviews, and appearances at CrimeFest, St Hilda's crime conference, and the Edinburgh book festival.
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The Roanoke Girls

By Amy Engel

A gripping, provocative thriller about the twisted secrets families keep, perfect for fans of Good Me Bad Me and The Girls.

'Deeply, darkly twisted. I loved it.' Sarah Hilary, SOMEONE ELSE'S SKIN
'Utterly addictive.' Lisa Hall, BETWEEN YOU AND ME
'Hauntingly beautiful... not for the faint-hearted.' THE BOOK BAG

Beautiful.
Rich.
Mysterious.

The Roanoke girls seem to have it all. But there's a dark truth about them which is never spoken. Every girl either runs away, or dies.

Lane is one of the lucky ones. When she was fifteen, over one long, hot summer at her grandparents' estate in rural Kansas, she found out what it really means to be a Roanoke girl. Lane ran, far and fast. Until eleven years later, when her cousin Allegra goes missing - and Lane has no choice but to go back.

She is a Roanoke girl.

Is she strong enough to escape a second time?


What readers are saying about The Roanoke Girls:

'Deeply gripping and emotional'

'Heartbreaking, disturbing and utterly brilliant'

'One of my favourite books of 2017'

'A mix of sensual beauty with underlying darkness'

A provocative thrillerA debt to Daphne du Maurier is evident throughout this remarkably assured adult debutFans of The Girls will love this sweat-soaked, sultry, small town tale full of shadows and lurking dread.'Deeply, darkly twisted. I loved it. A (vastly superior) Flowers in the Attic for a new generation'Twisted, controversial...SO compelling and beautifully writtenBeautifully written and utterly captivating...and so so dark. I loved it!'One of the best books I've read in a long time...Gripping, twisty, dark - what a page turner. One not to miss!''I was immediately drawn into The Roanoke Girls, a haunting and riveting look at one family's tangled legacy. You won't stop reading until you've unraveled the darkest of Roanoke's shocking secrets''Dark and intense... with a compelling twist which will remain with you long after the book's last sentence''An emotionally compelling page turner, The Roanoke Girls takes you inside the dark world of a twisted family''Utterly utterly gripping; at the end I was destroyed''Atmospheric. Claustrophobic. Creepy...elicit[s] a slow sense of dread''Creepy, twisted, compelling, The Roanoke Girls crawls under your skin and stays there'Seriously twisted and utterly addictive.One of the most disturbingly gripping books I have ever read[This] creepy thriller of doomed women is perfect for our timesA smoking hot barn burner of a book, diving into some of society's deepest taboos and yanking them from the shadows'An emotionally captivating read''This gothic page-turner speeds inexorably toward the kind of devastating revelations readers won't soon forget'Dark, disturbing, and deliciously written, The Roanoke Girls pulls you relentlessly into its twisted heartThis book is stunning. Stunning but dark, so so dark. Wow.A creepy thriller [which] gets under the skin and takes you into dark world of what goes on behind closed doors. Seriously twisted and eerily sexyHauntingly beautiful and terribly macabre...not for the faint hearted... sweat-soaked, sultry and shockingOne of the most unsettling and thought-provoking books I've read... stunning and grippingBoundary-pushing and provocative, this is a novel about the twisted secrets families keep - and the fierce and terrible love that both binds them together and rips them apart.Amy Engel is the author of the YA novels THE BOOK OF IVY and THE REVOLUTION OF IVY. She lives in Missouri with her family. THE ROANOKE GIRLS is her first novel for adults.The most taboo-breaking thriller you'll read this year - not for the faint-hearted!Page-turning, compulsive, twisty, atmospheric psychological suspense novel perfect for THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN, THE WIDOW and THE ICE TWINS readershipDark, gothic family drama packed with shocking moments and twists which readers won't be able to stop talking aboutA troubled, edgy heroine who will appeal to readers who liked the compelling, complicated, caustic heroines of Emma Cline's THE GIRLS, GONE GIRL, THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN and HAUSFRAU.Coming-of-age themes with characters' sexual awakening and obsessive, claustrophobic female relationships which will appeal to readers of THE GIRLS, GIRLS ON FIRE and THE VIRGIN SUICIDES, not to mention FLOWERS IN THE ATTIC.Major publication campaign planned in the US (Crown)No-one can stop thinking about it: massive in-house reaction both here and in the US with colleagues claiming they couldn't put it down
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Betrayal: The Centurions I

By Anthony Riches

Rome, AD 68. Nero has committed suicide. One hundred years of imperial rule by the descendants of Julius Caesar has ended, and chaos rules.

His successor Galba dismisses the incorruptible Germans of the Imperial Bodyguard for the crime of loyalty to the dead emperor. Ordering them back to their homeland he releases a Batavi officer from a Roman prison to be their prefect. But Julius Civilis is not the loyal servant of empire that he seems.

Four centurions, two Batavi and two Roman, will be caught up in the intrigues and the battles that follow - as friends, as victims, as leaders and as enemies.

Hramn is First Spear of the Bodyguard. Fiercely proud of his men's honour, and furious at their disgrace, he leads them back to the Batavi homeland to face an uncertain future.

Alcaeus is a centurion with the tribe's cohorts serving Rome on the northern frontier - men whose fighting skills prove crucial as Roman vies with Roman for the throne. A wolf-priest of Hercules, he wields the authority of his god and his own fighting prowess.

Marius is a Roman, first spear of the Fifth Legion: a self-made man who hates politics, but cannot avoid them in a year of murderous intrigue.

Aquillius, former first spear of the Eighth Augustan, like Hramn, is in disgrace for refusing to dishonour his oath of loyalty. But their paths will lead them to opposite sides of an unforgiving war.

And Civilis, Kivilaz to his countrymen, heroic leader, Roman citizen and patriotic Batavi, will change both the course of the Empire's destiny and that of the centurions.

The author of the bestselling Empire sequence begins a new epic set against a dark episode in the history of Imperial Rome: the revolt of the Batavi in the Year of the Four Emperors.

Anthony Riches began his lifelong interest in war and soldiers when he first heard his father's stories about World War II. This led to a degree in Military Studies at Manchester University. He began writing the story that would become Wounds of Honour after a visit to Housesteads in 1996. He lives in Hertfordshire with his wife and three children.

The author of the bestselling Empire sequence begins a new
epic set against a dark episode in the history of Imperial
Rome: the revolt of the Batavi in the Year of the Four Emperors.

Rome, AD 68. Nero has committed suicide. One hundred years of imperial rule by the descendants of Julius Caesar has ended, and chaos rules.

His successor Galba dismisses the incorruptible Germans of the Imperial Bodyguard for the crime of loyalty to the dead emperor. Ordering them back to their homeland he releases a Batavi officer from a Roman prison to be their prefect. But Julius Civilis is not the loyal servant of empire that he seems.

Four centurions, two Batavi and two Roman, will be caught up in
the intrigues and the battles that follow - as friends, as victims, as
leaders and as enemies.

Hramn is First Spear of the Bodyguard. Fiercely proud of his men's'
honour, and furious at their disgrace, he leads them back to the Batavi homeland to face an uncertain future.

Alcaeus is a centurion with the tribe's cohorts serving Rome on the northern frontier - men whose fighting skills prove crucial as Roman vies with Roman for the throne. A wolf-priest of Hercules, he wields the authority of his god and his own fighting prowess.

Marius is a Roman, first spear of the Fifth Legion: a self-made
man who hates politics, but cannot avoid them in a year of
murderous intrigue.

Aquillius, former first spear of the Eighth Augustan, like Hramn, is in disgrace for refusing to dishonour his oath of loyalty. But their paths will lead them to opposite sides of an unforgiving war.

And Civilis, Kivilaz to his countrymen, heroic leader, Roman citizen and patriotic Batavi, will change both the course of the Empire's destiny and that of the centurions.

Acclaim for Anthony Riches' Empire
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'A damn fine read . . . fast-paced, action-packed.' Ben Kane

'Stands head and shoulders above a crowded field . . . . real, live characters act out their battles on the northern borders with an accuracy of detail and depth of raw emotion that is a rare combination' Manda Scott

'Muscular in prose and approach, the novel is riveting and direct.' History Today on The Leopard Sword

'Riches has captured how soldiers speak and act to a tee and he is very descriptive when it comes to the fighting. It is a novel full of power, lust, envy, violence and vanity. The very things that made Rome great and the very things that would lead to its downfall. If you like historical novels, read this book.' NavyNet on Arrows of Fury

'With Wounds of Honour Anthony Riches has produced a terrific first novel that focuses on the soldiers of the Roman Empire in great detail. He vibrantly portrays the life in an auxiliary unit.' Canberra Times

'This is fast-paced and gripping "read-through-the-night" fiction, with marvellous characters and occasional moments of dark humour. Some authors are better historians than they are storytellers. Anthony Riches is brilliant at both.' Conn Iggulden

From the author of the Sunday Times bestselling Empire series, BETRAYAL is the first book in a brand new series, The CenturionsAnthony Riches' most recent hardback, ALTAR OF BLOOD, was a Top Ten bestsellerThese novels will bring all the action of the Empire series to a retelling of the Batavian revolt - a period of great upheaval and war that shook the Roman Empire's foundations - while maintaining the character-driven focus that have made Riches' books so popular.
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Happy Mum, Happy Baby

By Giovanna Fletcher

A positive and uplifting book about what it is to be a mother and all things mum and baby by Celebrity Mum of the Year and phenomenally popular vlogger, author, TV presenter and actress Giovanna Fletcher.

Being a mum is an incredible journey, a remarkable experience that changes how we look, how we feel, who we are. As mothers we are strong, protective, proud. We feel a love like no other.

But being a parent can be hard too. It challenges us physically, mentally, emotionally. There are the days where just managing to fit a shower in amidst the endless feeding, entertaining young children and surviving on a lack of sleep feels like an achievement. With so many people ready to offer 'advice' on the best way to parent, it can feel like you are getting it all wrong.

Since Giovanna and her husband Tom Fletcher have had their sons Buzz and Buddy, they have been sharing glimpses of their family life. With an infectiously positive outlook and happy take on all things mum-related, Giovanna has developed a following of fellow parents and mums-to-be.

This is not a book about how to have the perfect family experience - Gi would be the first to admit she is winging it just as much as the rest of us - instead it is an honest, upbeat and incredibly personal account of her own experience of having a family. In Happy Mum, Happy Baby Giovanna shares her own journey through parenthood and in doing so, she looks at what it is to be a mother today, encourages you to be confident in yourself as a parent and celebrates how putting a focus on being a happy and confident mum can really make for a happy baby.

Her trademark humour and honesty remind us that positivity is key to making it as a mum... Giovanna knows there's no perfect way to parent - and that's why we will always love her!Whether you have little ones of your own or not, this honest, touching, wise and at times very funny book from mum, McFly wife and author Gi is a joy. Being this honest takes guts, and she does it with dignity, grace and incredible warmthA positive and uplifting book about what it is to be a mother and all things mum and baby by Celebrity Mum of the Year and phenomenally popular vlogger, author, TV presenter and actress Giovanna Fletcher.

Giovanna grew up in Essex with her Italian dad Mario, mum Kim, big sister Giorgina and little brother Mario, and with family playing such a big part of her life it was only natural that she had always dreamed of having children of her own.

Giovanna and her husband Tom Fletcher have two young sons Buzz and Buddy and share glimpses of their family life through their YouTube channels (giovannasworld) and on their social media (twitter: @mrsgifletcher, facebook: MrsGiFletcher and Instagram: mrsgifletcher).

A bestselling novelist, actress, TV presenter, vlogger and blogger, Giovanna is most importantly a mum and her pledge to spread positivity wherever she goes has earned her a vast following.

Being a mum is an incredible journey, a remarkable experience that changes how we look, how we feel, who we are. As mothers we are strong, protective, proud. We feel a love like no other.

But being a parent can be hard too. It challenges us physically, mentally, emotionally. There are the days where just managing to fit a shower in amidst the endless feeding, entertaining young children and surviving on a lack of sleep feels like an achievement. With so many people ready to offer 'advice' on the best way to parent, it can feel like you are getting it all wrong.

Since Giovanna and her husband Tom Fletcher have had their sons Buzz and Buddy, they have been sharing glimpses of their family life. With an infectiously positive outlook and happy take on all things mum-related, Giovanna has developed a following of fellow parents and mums-to-be.

This is not a book about how to have the perfect family experience - Gi would be the first to admit she is winging it just as much as the rest of us - instead it is an honest, upbeat and incredibly personal account of her own experience of having a family. In Happy Mum, Happy Baby Giovanna shares her own journey through parenthood and in doing so, she looks at what it is to be a mother today, encourages you to be confident in yourself as a parent and celebrates how putting a focus on being a happy and confident mum can really make for a happy baby.

Facebook fans: 250,428, Twitter followers: 339k, Instagram: 715k, 10 million views on youtube, 150k subscribers on youtube. Giovanna is a social media pro, not only does she upload her weekly vlogs but she does 2 facebook live broadcasts a week which usually become Q&A sessions on all things parenting and these have on average 100k viewers. The timelapse video of Giovanna's second pregnancy Bump to Buddy video was viewed over 8 million times in just 24 hours and now has well over 10 million views. Other videos featuring Giovanna and husband Tom have achieved 15 million+ viewers.Giovanna has a very happy and up character and is incredibly aspirational and inspiring. She is honest and offers up a more normal set of experiences to the air-brushed, lose-the-baby-weight-in-weeks celebrity approach to motherhood that we are often fed through the media.Giovanna Fletcher has sold almost 200,000 copies of her novels in the UK through booktrack.Published to coincide with Mother's DayGiovanna is presenting a parenting series on Lorraine in the autumn. She writes about family life in her Hello! blog and Asda magazine column. She works with numerous top brands.
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The Women Who Shaped Politics

By Sophy Ridge

Sophy Ridge, presenter for Sky News, has uncovered the extraordinary stories of the women who have shaped British politics.

Never has the role of women in the political world ever been more on the news agenda, and Sophy has interviewed current and former politicians including among others, Nicola Sturgeon, Ruth Davidson, Betty Boothroyd gain exclusive insight into the role women play in politics at the highest level. The book also includes Theresa May's first at-length interview about her journey to becoming Prime Minister.

These interviews have revealed the shocking truth about the sexism that is rife among the House of Commons both in the past and today, with sometimes shocking, and sometimes amusing anecdotes revealing how women in Westminster have worked to counter the gender bias.

Sophy provides gripping insight into historical and contemporary stories which will fascinate not just those interested in politics but those who want to know more about women's vital role in democracy.

From royalty to writers and from class warriors to suffragettes, Sophy tells the story of those who put their lives on the line for equal rights, and those who were the first to set foot inside the chambers of power, bringing together stories that you may think you know, and stories that have recently been discovered to reveal the truth about what it is to be a woman in Westminster.
This book is a celebration of the differing ways that women have shaped the political landscape. The book also, importantly, sheds light on the challenges faced by women in government today, telling us the ways that women working in politics battle the sexism that confront them on a daily basis.

Ridge is Sky News's rising star and is doing what she can to show that, in this era of new politics, she represents a new political journalism; one that has a two-way relationship with its audience.From royalty to suffragettes and from campaigners to contemporary rebels, Sky News Presenter Sophy Ridge explains the ways that women have changed the face of politics.

Sophy Ridge is a Sky News presenter. She fronts the flagship show Sky News Tonight on Fridays and from January will present the political show Sophy Ridge on Sunday. Previously she was Senior Political Correspondent for the channel.
After reading English Literature at St Edmund Hall, Oxford, Sophy became a trainee at the News of the World. She then moved to Sky News where she has covered stories from the EU referendum result to the election of Donald Trump, interviewed politicians from David Cameron to Theresa May and broadcast from countries including Afghanistan, the U.S. and Brazil. She exclusively broke the news that Jeremy Corbyn had won the Labour leadership contest in 2015 and that Ed Miliband would resign as leader of the Labour Party after the 2015 election result.
Sophy has won numerous journalism awards including broadcaster of the year at the Words by Women Awards in 2016, the MHP 30 Under 30 Gold Award, and was shortlisted as Young Journalist of the Year in the Royal Television Society awards in 2013.
She is a keen contributor to the Sky News website and iPad app and enjoys using social media such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to widen the news provider's audience.

The Women Who Shaped Politics is serious, but also accessible - the content is well-researched and well-written but by no means dry, it is interesting, revealing and entertaining.Sophy has interviewed current and former MPs, including Theresa May, to get exclusive insight into their careers, as well as their thoughts on the women who helped to pave the way for them.Sky have already expressed an interest in creating a documentary (presented by Sophy) to go alongside the book.Sophy presents her own show on Sky News - Sophy Ridge on Sunday. I's the first time a woman has fronted a Sunday morning political show in the U.K.Sophy is perfect for TV, radio and festivals, she has also written features for the Telegraph and would be keen to write for a wider range of publications to help promote the book.Sophy has a strong and engaged social media following; we will work to create content to promote the book to the targeted audience in a creative way.Sophy writes a regular column for the Metro reporting the latest goings on in Westminster.
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