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By David Nicholls

David Nicholls brings to bear all the wit and intelligence that graced ONE DAY in this brilliant, bittersweet novel about love and family, husbands and wives, parents and children. Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2014.

Douglas Petersen understands his wife's need to 'rediscover herself' now that their son is leaving home.

He just thought they'd be doing their rediscovering together.

So when Connie announces that she will be leaving, too, he resolves to make their last family holiday into the trip of a lifetime: one that will draw the three of them closer, and win the respect of his son. One that will make Connie fall in love with him all over again.

The hotels are booked, the tickets bought, the itinerary planned and printed.

What could possibly go wrong?

Even better than One Day.I was having to ration myself for fear of coming to the end too soon.I loved this book. Funny, sad, tender: for anyone who wants to know what happens after the Happy Ever After.A literary and anthropological tour de force . . . astute and packed with brilliant observations, about life, art, culture and the infinite possibilities for human disappointment. I honestly can't imagine loving a novel much more.The kind of book that reminds us what it means to be alive.US is a perfect book.The Man Booker Prize-longlisted follow-up to the multimillion-copy bestselling ONE DAY.

Galaxy Book Award-winner (ONE DAY), Richard & Judy bestseller (STARTER FOR TEN), BAFTA Award nominee (GREAT EXPECTATIONS) and now Man Booker Longlisted (US) author David Nicholls trained as an actor before making the switch to writing.

As well as his multimillion-copy bestselling novels STARTER FOR TEN, THE UNDERSTUDY and ONE DAY, David is a scriptwriter whose credits include the TV series Cold Feet, Rescue Me, I Saw You, the TV movies The 7:39 and Aftersun, and screenplays for Far From the Madding Crowd, Great Expectations, Tess of the D'Urbervilles and When Did You Last See Your Father?

He has also written the screenplays for the film adaptations of his own novels, STARTER FOR TEN (2006) which starred James McAvoy and ONE DAY (2010), starring Jim Sturgess and Anne Hathaway.

Blanket press coverage can be expected.ONE DAY was a Sunday Times number one bestseller in both hardcover and paperback.Over 2,750,000 copies of ONE DAY were sold across Hodder editions only.ONE DAY was a New York Times bestseller, and a bestseller in many European, Scandinavian and Asian countries.ONE DAY was made into a successful Hollywood film starring Anne Hathaway.David Nicholls continues to be in the public eye through his film and television work, such as The 7:38 and his screen adaptation of Far From The Madding Crowd.

Jodi Picoult

Jodi Picoult is the author of twenty-one 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 three 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.

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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Gray Mountain

By John Grisham

America's greatest storyteller brings us a new masterpiece of legal courage and gripping suspense - and his finest heroine since The Pelican Brief.

Donovan Gray is ruthless and fearless.

Just the kind of lawyer you need, deep in small-town Appalachia.

Samantha Kofer is a world away from her former life at New York's biggest law firm. If she is going to survive in coal country, she needs to start learning fast.

Because as Donovan knows only too well, the mountains have their own laws. And standing up for the truth means putting your life on the line . . .

John Grisham has perfected the art of cooking up convincing, fast-paced thrillersAn important new novelThe best thriller writer aliveLeaves one eager for moreWorldwide bestseller John Grisham will keep you on the edge of your seat with his most suspenseful thriller yet.

John Grisham as a child dreamed of being a professional baseball player. After graduating from law school at Ole Miss in 1981, he went on to practice law for nearly a decade, specializing in criminal defense and personal injury litigation. One day, Grisham overheard the harrowing testimony of a twelve-year-old rape victim and was inspired to start a novel exploring what would have happened if the girl's father had murdered her assailants. Getting up at 5 a.m. every day to get in several hours of writing time before heading off to work, Grisham spent three years on A Time to Kill and finished it in 1987.

His next novel, The Firm, spent 47 weeks on The New York Times bestseller list and became the bestselling novel of 1991. Since then, he has written one novel a year, including The Client, The Pelican Brief, The Rainmaker and The Runaway Jury. Today, Grisham has written a collection of stories, a work of nonfiction, three sports novels, four kids' books, and many legal thrillers. His work has been translated into 42 languages. He lives near Charlottesville, Virginia.

Over 300 million copies of John Grisham's books have been sold worldwide.The combined sales of all editions of SYCAMORE ROW come to nearly 600,000 copies.THE LITIGATORS was in the Sunday Times top-ten bestseller list for four weeks.John Grisham was awarded the Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction 2011, an accolade given annually to a published work of fiction that best exemplifies the positive role of lawyers in society and their power to effect change.Director of Oscar-winning The Blind Side, John Lee Hancock, is turning his hand to an adaptation of The Partner - date of release TBC.
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An Account of the Decline of the Great Auk, According to One Who Saw It

By Jessie Greengrass

JM Originals is a new list for fresh and distinctive new writing; for books that provoke and entertain.

The twelve stories in this startling collection range over centuries and across the world.

There are stories about those who are lonely, or estranged, or out of time. There are hauntings, both literal and metaphorical; and acts of cruelty and neglect, but also of penance.

Some stories concern themselves with the present, and the mundane circumstances in which people find themselves: a woman who feels stuck in her life imagines herself in different jobs - as a lighthouse keeper in Wales, or as a guard against polar bears in a research station in the Arctic.

Some stories concern themselves with the past: a sixteenth-century alchemist and doctor, whose arrogance blinds him to people's dissatisfaction with their lives until he experiences it himself.

Finally, in the title story, a sailor gives his account - violent, occasionally funny and certainly tragic - of the decline of the Great Auk.

A number of the individual story titles are fantastic, too. I must also mention that this volume has been beautifully produced and is one of the first offerings from JM Originals, a new list by John Murray . . . You'll want to keep an eye out for others in the seriesA startling collection of stories from a debut British writer.Jessie Greengrass was born in 1982. She studied philosophy in Cambridge and London, where she now lives with her partner and child.An Account of the Decline of the Great Auk... will be one of the launch titles for John Murray's new imprint, JM OriginalsWe will make a song and dance about the launch of the imprint - which is for interesting and unusual titlesJessie Greengrass has a singular style; uncanny, saturated in melancholy, exceptionally intelligentShe is based in London
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Generation

By Paula McGrath

JM Originals is a new list for fresh and distinctive new writing; for books that provoke and entertain.

'She takes a step closer to the mineshaft and it's as if she steps back in time. Her grandfather is standing where she is standing now, a young man not much older than she is, who knows nothing about the future, nothing about her.'

Generation is a short novel that contains a huge amount, taking place over eighty years, three continents and three generations.

At its heart is Áine, a recently divorced woman in her thirties who wants some kind of escape from her life in Ireland: from her ex-husband and his pregnant girlfriend, her mundane job and unexciting love life. So she goes to stay for a few weeks on an organic farm near Chicago, with her six-year-old daughter Daisy. The trip doesn't turn out as she imagined it would, and that summer will have unforeseeable consequences for everyone involved.

Ambitious and gripping, Generation moves effortlessly from the smallest of details to the largest of canvases, as the repercussions of the decisions taken by parents play out in the lives of their children for years to come.

Spanning generations and continents on an epic scale in a short space, Paula McGrath's ambitious, sensitive novel, Generation has been compared to The Spinning Heart, by Donal Ryan because of its similarly revolving points of viewThe story bounces off at all sorts of tangents along the way, revealing snippets of background information that fill in the bigger picture . . . Each new narrator gives the reader a fresh slant on the story and ensures that the resulting journey is never dull. As the book went on, the storyline became more intense and gripping. I couldn't put it down. In fact, one night, I put the book down before bed and I had to get up and finish it at about two in the morning because I needed to know what was going to happen next! . . . [Generation] felt fresh, new and different and I will be interested to see what this promising author comes up with nextA debut novel about how decisions reverberate through the generations.Paula McGrath's fiction and non-fiction have appeared in Mslexia, Necessary Fiction, Eclectica, ROPES Galway and Surge, an anthology of new writing from Ireland. She recently completed an MFA at University College, Dublin, and was shortlisted for the inaugural Maeve Binchy Travel Award (2014). Generation is her first novel.Generation will be one of the launch titles for John Murray's new imprint, JM OriginalsWe will make a song and dance about the launch of the imprint - which is for interesting and unusual titlesThough formally inventive - with the interlocking stories told from the points of view of various narrators - it is an approachable novel, one that is intelligent and gripping and very well-writtenThough this is her first novel, Paula has had short stories published by various magazines
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Wealth Secrets of the 1%

By Sam Wilkin

The question is not, 'why is it so hard to get rich', but 'why is it so easy for some people to get rich?'

Wealth Secrets of the One Per Cent is an exploration of how people become billionaires. It looks at what we can learn about business from the super-wealthy, from the Ancient World to modern emerging economies, via the American Industrialists, the '90s dotcom boom and other key entrepreneurial moments in history.

Global Economic Forecaster Sam Wilkin's surprising conclusion is that despite superficial differences, from Mexican telecoms billionaires to Roman senators, their methods of wealth accumulation have a great deal in common. Behind almost every great fortune is a 'wealth secret'--a moneymaking technique that involves some sort of scheme for defeating the forces of market competition. They're not pretty, but then, who said making a billion was easy?

The question is not, 'why is it so hard to get rich', but 'why is it so easy for some people to get rich?'

Wealth Secrets of the One Per Cent is an exploration of how people become billionaires. It looks at what we can learn about business from the super-wealthy, from the Ancient World to modern emerging economies, via the American Industrialists, the '90s dotcom boom and other key entrepreneurial moments in history.

Global Economic Forecaster Sam Wilkin's surprising conclusion is that despite superficial differences, from Mexican telecoms billionaires to Roman senators, their methods of wealth accumulation have a great deal in common. Behind almost every great fortune is a 'wealth secret'--a moneymaking technique that involves some sort of scheme for defeating the forces of market competition. They're not pretty, but then, who said making a billion was easy?

An amazing read. It turns out you don't need to be a genius to get fabulously wealthy. You only need to make one of these basic wealth secrets work for you. Wilkin's deep research studying Indian billionaires, American magnates, Russian oligarchs, Mexican tycoons, Roman generals and assorted others of the mega-rich lead Wilkin to identify their wealth secrets. Get on to one of those and you too can light your cigars with $100 bills . . .If you want to become ultra-rich, this book is for you. Sam Wilkin combs history for a provocative and well-written account of the secrets of wealth formation. Just reading this book will make you richer.Illuminating [and] eye-opening... sure to make libertarian heads explode'A Modern Manual for Becoming Obscenely, Marvellously Rich. From the richest Romans to the robber barons to the tech billionaires of today, leading economist Sam Wilkin tells stories of profound wealth then shows exactly how they did it. Sam Wilkin is a senior advisor to Oxford Economics, one of the world's foremost global forecasting and research consultancies, where he previously served as head of business research. He is also a senior advisor to Oxford Analytica, a strategic analysis and advisory firm that counts among its clients many global companies and over 25 world governments. Sam received his B.A. in economics from Eckerd College, where he was the 2004 alumni fellow, and his M.A. in international relations from the University of Chicago. He lives in New York and Oxford.Clear proposition: a smart but entertaining book revealing secrets of the wealthiest people in historyAuthor has international reach and is an expert in his fieldTaps into ongoing obsession with 'the 1%', City excess and the super-rich.Perfect for fans of the no. 1 bestsellr 23 Things They Don't Tell You About Capitalism (48k pbs tcm), Jonathan Powell's The New Machievelli (10k hbs TCM) and John Lanchester's witty, bestselling investigation into the financial world Whoops.Author frequently in UK (Oxford) and will be great for publicity.

The question is not, 'why is it so hard to get rich', but 'why is it so easy for some people to get rich?'

Wealth Secrets of the One Per Cent is an exploration of how people become billionaires. It looks at what we can learn about business from the super-wealthy, from the Ancient World to modern emerging economies, via the American Industrialists, the '90s dotcom boom and other key entrepreneurial moments in history.

Global Economic Forecaster Sam Wilkin's surprising conclusion is that despite superficial differences, from Mexican telecoms billionaires to Roman senators, their methods of wealth accumulation have a great deal in common. Behind almost every great fortune is a 'wealth secret'--a moneymaking technique that involves some sort of scheme for defeating the forces of market competition. They're not pretty, but then, who said making a billion was easy?

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Leaving Time

By Jodi Picoult

In her most gripping mystery since House Rules, Jodi Picoult brings us a powerful story of a young girl's determination to uncover the truth, however shocking and life-changing it might be.

Jenna Metcalf was with her mother the night she disappeared, but she remembers nothing.

In the wake of those tragic events, she has lost not one parent, but two: her father is in an asylum, and now she lives with her grandmother - who finds it too painful to talk about what happened.

Ten years on, Jenna is the only one who still seems to care. And she is determined to seek the truth, no matter how shocking and life-changing it might be . . .

She is the master of her craft ... and humanity is what Picoult does bestThe best sort of light read: engrossingIt's hard to exaggerate how well Picoult writesAn addictive read packed with twists and turnsImpossible to put downNumber One bestselling author Jodi Picoult returns with her compulsive new novel - about the lengths we go to for those who have left us behind; about the staying power of love; and about how three broken souls might have just the right pieces to mend each other.Jodi Picoult is the author of twenty-one 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 three children. Jodi's UK website is www.jodipicoult.co.uk and she can be found on Facebook and Twitter at facebook.com/JodiPicoultUK and @jodipicoult. She also has a YouTube channel www.youtube.com/user/JodiPicoultOfficial.A deeply moving, gripping, and intelligent page-turner, LEAVING TIME is Jodi Picoult at the height of her powers.Jodi's previous paperback, THE STORYTELLER, which explored the long-lasting emotional scars of the holocaust and WWII, continued to sell right through the year, converting many new readers to Jodi Picoult.An ambitious strategy for growth through unprecedented social media and marketing activity that will raise brand awareness to a whole new level.
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Great British Bake Off: Celebrations

By Linda Collister

For many people the trigger to bake is a particular occasion - a family gathering, a traditional celebration, a local festival, or even a change of season.

Great British Bake Off: Celebrations which accompanies the new series of Great British Bake Off is a collection of recipes for every occasion to bake through the year.

Divided into Cakes, Biscuits, Breads, Pies and Desserts each chapter will follow a loose narrative journey through the year, starting with January and finishing with Christmas. Looking at our long and rich baking heritage, Celebrations includes over 100 delicious recipes, from a Hogmanay Whisky Fruit and Nut Cake to a Bonfire Night Toffee Apple Pie, and from a Lemon Easter Sugar Biscuits to a Spiced Figgy Sponge Pudding.

With recipes from the contestants which draw on their own favourite bakes, traditional favourites and new creations reflecting the way we bake today, as well as Mary and Paul's Showstoppers, Signature Bakes and Technical Challenges, the book is for anyone who likes to celebrate a special occasion by serving something home-made with love.

The Great British Bake Off summer TV tie-in for 2015.Linda Collister knows how to bake - she trained at L'Ecole de Cuisine La Varenne in Paris and Le Cordon Bleu in London, and is the author of The Great British Bake Off: Everyday(recipes that you can turn to with confidence), The Great British Bake Off: How to Bake (the perfect book for beginner bakers), How to Turn Everyday Bakes into Showstoppers(simple, clever baking to impress) and Learn to Bake (easy baking for kids).The BBC2 series presented by Jo Brand 10 x 30 got over 2 million viewers and has been recommissioned for 2015The GBBO Masterclass follows on BBC1 4 x 60The last series of GBBO was watched by an average of 9 million viewers on BBC 1 with the final attracting 12.3 million viewersTo date Bake Off books have sold over 1,032,000 copiesContains the best of the contestant's recipesGBBO has over half million followers on Facebook and TwitterContains recipes from Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood
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The Song Collector

By Natasha Solomons

Fox, as the celebrated composer Harry Fox-Talbot is known, wants to be left in peace. His beloved wife has died, he's unable to write a note of music, and no, he does not want to take up some blasted hobby.

Then one day he discovers that his troublesome four-year-old grandson is a piano prodigy. The music returns and Fox is compelled to re-engage with life - and, ultimately, to confront an old family rift.

Decades earlier, Fox and his brothers return to Hartgrove Hall after the war, determined to save their once grand home from ruin. But on the last night of 1946, the arrival of beautiful wartime singer Edie Rose tangles the threads of love and duty, which leads to a shattering betrayal.

With poignancy, lyricism and humour, Natasha Solomons tells a captivating tale of passion and music, of roots, ancient songs and nostalgia for the old ways, of the ties that bind us to family and home and the ones we are prepared to sever. Here is the story of a man who discovers joy and creative renewal in the aftermath of grief and learns that it is never too late to seek forgiveness.

PRAISE FOR MR ROSENBLUM'S LIST: 'Almost irritatingly impressive . . . she strikes the perfect note with simple, evocative metaphors. I was forced to accept that this was a rare treat; a debut novel that is pretty much flawless.'The light yet poignant tone makes for an unusual, richly comic novel . . . a treat of a book.Sprinkled with a hint of magic, this debut is a delight.PRAISE FOR THE NOVEL IN THE VIOLA: 'A deeply touching and blissfully romantic elegy for a lost world.'A vivid and poignant story about hope, loss and reinventionPRAISE FOR THE GALLERY OF VANISHED HUSBANDS: 'Captivates you with its charm, quirkiness and old-fashioned storytelling'This charming, mesmerising story is ultimately about the triumph of the human spirit . . . Solomons has created a warm, luscious read that brims with passion and skilfully evokes a bygone era . . . It is a beautifully written tale about a woman who was left socially dead but rose again by seizing lifeThis brilliant novel is infused with empathy and humour. I adored it.Natasha Solomons crafts a symphony of words in this luminous novel of a young musician on the verge of great passion. From the very beginning, I was swept away in the music of the story. Brimming with the intertwined melodies of love, loss, and regained joy, The Song Collector soars.Rarely does a novel capture both my heart and mind, but Natasha Solomon's new novel gripped me from the first chapter. Written in exquisite and razor sharp prose, The Song of Hartgrove Hall explores the bonds of family, the power of music, and the very nature of what it means to leave behind a legacy. I cannot recommend this novel strongly enough. It read like music itself and its beautiful and haunting notes lingered long after I finished the last page.By the author of Mr Rosenblum's List, this is a captivating tale of passion and music, ancient songs and nostalgia, of the ties that bind and the ones we are prepared to sever.Natasha Solomons is the author of the internationally bestselling Mr Rosenblum's List, The Novel in the Viola, which was chosen for the Richard & Judy Book Club, and The Gallery of Vanished Husbands. Natasha lives in Dorset with her son and her husband with whom she also writes screenplays. Her novels have been translated into 17 languages.A warm, hopeful and inspiring story about family, folklore, dealing with the loss of loved ones and the joy of music, alternating between the late 1940s and early 2000sWill appeal strongly to Natasha's core audience, as well as to fans of Major Pettigrew's Last Stand, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society and The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold FryGood sales of The Gallery of Vanished Husbands, which was selected as a Good Housekeeping Reader Recommended book; The Novel in the Viola was a Richard & Judy Summer Read and a New York Times bestseller; Mr Rosenblum's List was shortlisted for the Galaxy AwardsLots of publicity potential, including features with real folksingers, collaboration with classical music festivals such as Glyndebourne and Cheltenham - the perfect book for music loversFilm of Mr Rosenblum's List is in development by Cowboy FilmsNatasha is young, promotable and works hard to promote her books, always keen to do events with reading groups, libraries and bookshops
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Brush Back

By Sara Paretsky

The seventeenth V.I. Warshawski thriller from one of America's greatest female crime writers.

Twenty-five years ago, Stella Guzzo beat her daughter to death and then walked up the street to play bingo at her parish church.

Chicago detective V.I. Warshawski grew up with the Guzzo family. She dated Frank Guzzo when they were teens and knew Stella's murderous rages first-hand, so she was relieved when a judge sent Stella to prison for a long stretch.

V.I. and Frank went their different ways, V.I. to university and law school, Frank to marriage, children, and a job as a truck driver. She didn't think about the family again until the day Frank came to her office, wanting V.I. to help his mother with an exoneration claim. The detective wants no part of Stella Guzzo's world, but she realizes how hard life has been for Frank, stuck in the gang-ridden streets around Chicago's dead steel mills, and she doesn't feel able to say no.

V.I. starts asking questions, but the answers leave her puzzled. Was Stella's daughter Annie the ardent girl V.I. remembers, looking for a college education as a way out of South Chicago? Or was she a calculating, amoral person, as Stella claims? And what about the lawyers Annie worked for - why did they insist on representing Stella in her murder trial?

V.I.'s inquiries put her smack in the path of a notorious Mob enforcer. When she gets jumped in her old 'hood, her biggest question becomes whether she will live long enough to find the answers.

V.I. Warshawski is the perfect heroine . . . What [Paretsky] brings to the classic private-eye novel is something entirely original; a dry crackle of wit and a deep emotional sympathy with her charactersIt's hard not to get caught up in her passion . . . Snappy dialogue, tight plotting and realistic situations make Paretsky's unapologetically politicised thrillers a pleasure to read, whatever your viewpoint.Some crime series grow stale over time, but there's no sign of fatigue here. This is partly because the recurring characters continue to develop and engage the reader, and partly because of the moral intelligence that informs the writing.A daring departure for Paretsky . . . and a career-crowning triumph.Paretsky's most ambitious novel so far: interesting, exciting and well worth reading.The seventeenth V.I. Warshawski thriller from one of America's greatest female crime writers, combining contemporary issues, the fight for justice and fast-paced suspense.Sara Paretsky is the author of twenty books, including seventeen V.I. Warshawski novels. She was named 2011 Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America and is the winner of many awards, including the Cartier Diamond Dagger Award for lifetime achievement from the British Crime Writers' Association and the CWA Gold Dagger for Blacklist.This is the seventeenth novel in the critically acclaimed V.I. Warshawski series: compelling, eye-opening, absorbing suspense from one of America's greatest female crime writers.Sara Paretsky is a New York Times bestseller, and a mediagenic author who always gets huge press coverage.'With the creation of V.I. Warshawski, Sara Paretsky did more than anyone to change the face of contemporary women's fiction.' Express on Sunday
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Way Down Dark

By James P. Smythe

There's one truth on Australia.

You fight or you die.

Usually both.

Imagine a nightmare from which there is no escape.

Seventeen-year-old Chan's ancestors left a dying Earth hundreds of years ago, in search of a new home. They never found one.

This is a hell where no one can hide.

The only life that Chan's ever known is one of violence, of fighting. Of trying to survive.

This is a ship of death, of murderers and cults and gangs.

But there might be a way to escape. In order to find it, Chan must head way down into the darkness - a place of buried secrets, long-forgotten lies, and the abandoned bodies of the dead.

This is Australia.

Seventeen-year-old Chan, fiercely independent and self-sufficient, keeps her head down and lives quietly, careful not to draw attention to herself amidst the violence and disorder. Until the day she makes an extraordinary discovery - a way to return the Australia to Earth. But doing so would bring her to the attention of the fanatics and the murderers who control life aboard the ship, putting her and everyone she loves in terrible danger.

And a safe return to Earth is by no means certain.

The first in an extraordinary new YA trilogy by James Smythe, perfect for fans of The Hunger Games and Divergent.

James Smythe is the author of the Wales Book Of The Year Fiction Award winner THE TESTIMONY (2012); THE EXPLORER (2013); THE MACHINE (2013) and THE ECHO (2014).

He has been shortlisted for and won any number of prizes, including The Kitschies Red Tentacles and the Arthur C. Clarke Award.

He currently writes a continuing series of articles for The Guardian called Rereading Stephen King and teaches Creative Writing in London. He can be found on twitter @jpsmythe and Facebook.

Way Down Dark is James' first ever YA novel.Despite having only been published first in 2012, James has already been shortlisted for the Arthur C. Clarke Award, the UK's premiere science fiction award.The Australia Trilogy is 'Prison Break' set in space, and perfect for YA/crossover readers who love The Hunger Games and Divergent.WAY DOWN DARK features a strong female protagonist.
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The Suicide Club

By Andrew Williams

For all readers of Robert Harris, William Boyd and John le Carre, The Suicide Club is a First World War spy thriller set in Occupied Belgium in 1917, and tells the dark, disturbing and untold story of the shadow espionage battle fought behind the lines. Andrew Williams is 'in the front rank of English thriller writers' (Daily Mail) and his novels possess 'a richness of characterisation and intelligence that few thrillers can match' (Sunday Times).

August 1917. Britain is mired in bloody stalemate on the Western Front and questions are being asked in government about the leadership of the army. Soldier spy Sandy Innes is summoned from his undercover work in Belgium by the new Secret Service to investigate. Officially transferred to Field Marshal Haig's headquarters in France to prepare agents for the next big push, his secret mission is to spy on Haig's intelligence chiefs.

At GHQ, no one is interested in Innes's inside knowledge. Instead, he is attached to an advance assault group dubbed 'The Suicide Club'. His fellow intelligence officers have little faith in the top secret information being fed to Haig by their superior, and as Innes digs deeper he begins to suspect treachery. The stakes could not be higher: the fate of hundreds of thousands of British soldiers.

In a tense race against time, against the background of political machinations in government and at GHQ, Innes must survive membership of The Suicide Club, and then risk all by going back behind enemy lines to uncover the truth.

The Suicide Club is one of those compelling reads that, once started, cannot be put down. But it is more than that. Set in the momentous late summer and autumn of 1917, it is drawn from all-too-real events. The cast includes Field Marshal Sir Douglas Haig, David Lloyd George, and crucially, Brigadier General John Charteris, director of military intelligence. Just one among the many of several moral mazes that gripped me was Williams' insight into the way in which raw intelligence could be twisted to suit the whims of men in powerful positions.Absolutely convincing... with a touch of John Buchan. Andrew Williams is a compelling thriller writerOne of the best historical spy thrillers of recent time. The Suicide Club exceeded all my expectations. It really is very, very good: comprehensively researched, carefully plotted and quite brilliantly written.Andrew Williams synthesises historical writing with the excitement of the thriller: utterly persuasive character drawing, a pungent sense of locale and period, and sheer storytelling impetus that is impossible to resist.Williams has become one of Britain's most accomplished thriller writers. Rich in the politics of war and based on spectacular research into the reality,The Suicide Club delivers a delicate portrait of the intricacies of war, while never neglecting the bravery.Meticulously researched and classily written . . . offers a distinctive perspectiveThe war-damaged Innes is a strong, sympathetic character and the meticulously researched background is fascinatingAndrew Williams' novels synthesise historical writing with the excitement of the thriller. The Suicide Club is a satisfying first world war espionage adventure set in Field Marshall Haig's HQ in France. The business of trust and betrayal clearly fascinates this writer, and there is an adroit balance of elements here: economical but utterly persuasive characterdrawing, a pungent sense of locale and period, and sheer storytelling impetus that is impossible to resist.Williams is an admirable writer and really knows his subject. What stands out about this book is the depth of the author's research coupled with a strong narrative and nuanced understanding of the internal politics of GHQ. As the author's note makes clear, there are disturbing correspondences between the fiction and the historical fact.One of the best historical spy thrillers of recent time. The Suicide Club exceeded all my expectations. It really is very, very good: comprehensively researched, carefully plotted and quite brilliantly written. The Suicide Club is a dazzling mix of spy fiction and history ranging from the battlefields of Flanders to brothels in Antwerp to Lloyd George's Downing Street, and certainly the best spy story I've read this year. Andrew Williams could soon find himself alongside Le Carré, Deighton, Littell and Furst.Establishes Andrew Williams as an unusually accomplished craftsman, a master of the intelligent historical spy thriller. His research is thorough and never obtrudes. His imagination works in harmony with his powers of observation. His plotting is intricate and coherent. The narrative drives compellingly along. A splendid novelAndrew Williams has established himself as a master of the intelligent political/historical thriller. The Suicide Club, set partly at Field Marshal Haig's headquarters in 1917 and partly in German occupied Beligum, is his best novel yet: gripping and disturbing.One of those compelling reads that, once started, cannot be put down.A dark, disturbing and untold story of the shadow espionage battle during the First World War.Andrew Williams worked as a senior producer for the BBC's flagship Panorama and Newsnight programmes, and as a writer and director of history documentaries. He is the author of two bestselling non-fiction books, The Battle of the Atlantic and D-day to Berlin, and three acclaimed novels, The Interrogator, (shortlisted for the Ian Fleming Silver Dagger Award and the Ellis Peters Award), To Kill a Tsar, (shortlisted for the Ellis Peters Award and the Walter Scott Prize) and The Poison Tide. You can find out more about Andrew Williams and his writing at www.andrewwilliams.tv and www.hodder.co.uk, and you can follow him on twitter at @AWilliamswriter or on Facebook.'In the front rank of English thriller writers' Daily Mail
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A Song for Drowned Souls

By Bernard Minier, Alison Anderson

They find the boy by the swimming pool, dolls floating on its surface.

Inside the house, his teacher lies dead.

But he claims to remember nothing...

Marsac is a quiet town in the Pyrenees, best known for its elite university. But when one of its professors is murdered, it becomes clear that the tranquil surface is a lie.

The chief suspect is the son of Commandant Servaz's university sweetheart; and when she implores him to investigate, he cannot refuse.

To close the case, Servaz must delve into his own past and re-open old and terrible wounds. It will be his most dangerous - and his most personal - investigation yet.

A Song for Drowned Souls is the new novel by international bestseller Bernard Minier, author of The Frozen Dead, which was selected by The Sunday Times as one of the best crime novels in recent years.

Two years ago I reviewed Minier's debut crime novel, The Frozen Dead, which was quite exceptional. This, his second, is every bit its equal...The sense of creeping dread is viciously sharp and painfulIntense and intellectual, Commandant Servaz revisits his past amours in a Pyrenees university town in this clever atmospheric thrillerPraise for THE FROZEN DEADA terrific thriller that will keep you up long past your bedtime. The French Pyrenees make a wonderfully atmospheric setting for this complex story of past crimes, madness and revenge. Servaz and Ziegler are a fascinating cop duo, and I hope to see more of them in the future. Excellent.With a villain possessing the intelligence of Thomas Harris's immortal Hannibal Lecter, this is great story-telling, with a creeping sense of dread that would not disgrace Stephen King at his best.These gothic horrors, reminiscent of an old back-and-white film - insane killers and sinister nursing staff - made Bernard Minier's The Frozen Dead a huge seller in France, and it's a thrilling read.This densely written and very atmospheric thriller is Minier's first novel. It has been a bestseller in France and, in this well-translated English edition, deserves to be one hereCommandant Servaz is about to learn that the wronged do not rest in peace, as murder stalks a quiet French town in the new novel from international bestseller Bernard Minier.Bernard Minier grew up at the foot of the Pyrenees. He has received several awards for his short stories, and THE FROZEN DEAD is his first crime novel.When it comes to crime, France is the new Scandinavia... Bernard Minier's shocking and gripping crime novels are perfect for fans of Alex, Spiral and The Returned. Bernard Minier's first novel, THE FROZEN DEAD, received rapturous reviews from the UK press, and was listed as one of the best 50 crime novels of the last five years by The Sunday Times.All of Bernard Minier's novels have been bestsellers in France with over 300,000 copies sold, and he is translated into ten languages.