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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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By Alex Ferguson, Michael Moritz

What does it take to lead a team to world-class success over a sustained period of time?

Sir Alex Ferguson is one of the few leaders who truly knows. In his 38 years in management, Sir Alex won an astonishing 49 trophies and helped grow Manchester United into one of the biggest commercial brands in the world.

In this inspirational and straight-talking new book, Sir Alex reveals the secrets behind his record-breaking career.

LEADING is structured around the key skills that Sir Alex values most highly. It includes subjects we immediately associate with his managerial style: Discipline, Control, Teamwork and Motivation. But it also addresses subjects that are less obvious but no less important when seeking success: Delegation, Data Analysis and Dealing with Failure.

Written with the investor Sir Michael Moritz, a longstanding friend of Sir Alex, LEADING is packed with insight, wisdom, humour and honesty. The individual stories inevitably concern themselves with football, and the phenomenal success that came along the way, but the lessons can be applied by anyone. Whether you run a business, teach in a classroom, or work in a small team, LEADING will help you become a better leader.

LEADING is about leadership, management and the pursuit of success. It's a fantastic book, one of the best of its kind. The defining quality of Ferguson and Moritz's book is its clarity. The pair discuss leadership from a purely practical perspective, their raw material being Ferguson's vast experience. If there's one word, though, that characterises his philosophy of management it's discipline... And yet what comes through very strongly is humility, even vulnerability.
Every success of his, you realise, has been hard-won. Failure has been a constant threat. Nagging anxiety he just accepted 'as part of my job'. And he wouldn't have had it any other way.

Here Fergie lays bare his gospel of leadership.Fergie's book a must-have for managers.Ferguson, the McMaster of leadership.

For those interested in the subject of leadership, be it managing people effectively and getting the best out of them or learning which qualities and traits separate those who manage and those who inspire, Leading is a worthwhile read.
Football fans might complain that the book is over too quickly, even though Ferguson provides 343 pages of entertaining stories and observations. Structuring his sermons in an easily read format is the latest managerial masterstroke from a man who made a career out of regularly producing them.

Intriguing revelations.Full of fascinating insights into a managerial career that spanned over four decades.An inspirational book about leadership from the most successful British football manager of all time.

Sir Alex Ferguson was born in 1941 in Govan, Scotland. A goal-scoring centre-forward, he was later transferred to Rangers for a Scottish record transfer fee. In 1974, he entered management with East Stirlingshire and St Mirren before joining Aberdeen, where consistent domestic success, followed by victory in the 1983 Cup Winners' Cup over Real Madrid, brought him wider attention.

Arriving at Manchester United in 1986, he went on to accumulate 38 trophies, including five FA Cups, 13 Premier Leagues and two Champions Leagues. He was knighted in 1999, following Manchester United's remarkable Treble campaign, and his overall haul of 49 trophies makes him the most successful British manager of all time.

Sir Alex announced his retirement in 2013, but he continues to serve United as a director and is a Fellow to the Executive Education Program at Harvard Business School.

Sir Michael Moritz was born in Cardiff, studied at Oxford and became a journalist at Time magazine in the US in the late 1970s. It was during this period that he met the young Steve Jobs and wrote the first book about Apple, The Little Kingdom: The Private Story of Apple Computer. Moritz co-authored a second business book, Going for Broke: The Chrysler Story, and in 1986 joined Sequoia Capital, in Silicon Valley, California.

Sequoia Capital's close alliances with young founders have been transformed into companies now worth nearly $1.5 trillion - the most of any private investment firm in the world. These include the first investments in companies such as Apple and Cisco and, more recently, YouTube, Airbnb, Dropbox and WhatsApp. Michael Moritz has been a member of the Board of Directors of Google, Yahoo!, PayPal and LinkedIn.

In 2012 he became chairman of Sequoia Capital and was knighted in 2013. His family's philanthropic work includes Europe's largest scholarship programme for low income university students. The son of refugees from Nazi Germany, he lives in San Francisco with his wife, Harriet Heyman.

Alex Ferguson's last book, My Autobiography, caused a huge media storm and was the fastest selling non-fiction book since records began, selling 115,457 copies in the first 3 days of publication.Leading is the perfect book for anyone looking to understand more about the psychology of management at a high level, and how the experience of top level sport can have lessons in the workplace.Sir Alex Ferguson is widely considered to be the greatest manager in the history of British football.Sir Michael Moritz is one of the most successful businessmen in the world today. Moritz has invested in some of the most successful technology companies of the last 30 years, including Apple and Cisco, YouTube, AirBnB, Dropbox and WhatsApp.
by Alex Ferguson with Michael Moritz

Leading Special Edition

An inspirational guide to great leadership, from the most successful football manager of all time.
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Thing Explainer

By Randall Munroe

From the No. 1 bestselling author of What If? - the man who created xkcd and explained the laws of science with cartoons - comes a series of brilliantly simple diagrams ('blueprints' if you want to be complicated about it) that show how important things work: from the nuclear bomb to the biro.

It's good to know what the parts of a thing are called, but it's much more interesting to know what they do. Richard Feynman once said that if you can't explain something to a first-year student, you don't really get it. In Thing Explainer, Randall Munroe takes a quantum leap past this: he explains things using only drawings and a vocabulary of just our 1,000 (or the ten hundred) most common words.

Many of the things we use every day - like our food-heating radio boxes ('microwaves'), our very tall roads ('bridges'), and our computer rooms ('datacentres') - are strange to us. So are the other worlds around our sun (the solar system), the big flat rocks we live on (tectonic plates), and even the stuff inside us (cells). Where do these things come from? How do they work? What do they look like if you open them up? And what would happen if we heated them up, cooled them down, pointed them in a different direction, or pressed this button?

In Thing Explainer, Munroe gives us the answers to these questions and many, many more. Funny, interesting, and always understandable, this book is for anyone -- age 5 to 105 -- who has ever wondered how things work, and why.

A brilliant concept. If you can't explain something simply, you don't really understand it. And Randall Munroe is the perfect guy to take on a project like this . . . If you know Munroe's previous work, it will come as no surprise that parts of Thing Explainer are laugh-out-loud funny . . . filled with cool basic knowledge about how the world works. If one of Munroe's drawings inspires you to go learn more about a subject - including a few extra terms - then he will have done his job. He has written a wonderful guide for curious mindsWonderfulIn the crowded field of trivia, nothing beats Thing Explainer by Randall Munroe, the physicist-turned-comic-artist, a sequel to What If ? . . . It is very funny and has something quite serious to say about our misplaced faith in long wordsThing Explainer gets to the real essence of thingsLike any good work of science writing, [Thing Explainer] is equal parts lucid, funny, and startlingIn just over a decade Randall Munroe has become firmly established and it's safe to say adored as the author of xkcd. Now, Munroe has produced a book - and Thing Explainer isn't just any book. It's beautiful, packed with facts, figures and richly and simply presented diagramsFrom the No. 1 bestselling author of What If? - the man who created xkcd and explained the laws of science with cartoons - comes a series of brilliantly simple diagrams ('blueprints' if you want to be complicated about it) that show how important things work: from the nuclear bomb to the biro.Randall Munroe is the creator of the webcomic xkcd and author of xkcd: Volume 0. Randall was born in Easton, Pennsylvania, and grew up outside Richmond, Virginia. After studying physics at Christopher Newport University, he got a job building robots at NASA Langley Research Center. In 2006 he left NASA to draw comics on the internet full time, and has since been nominated for a Hugo Award three times. The International Astronomical Union recently named an asteroid after him: asteroid 4942 Munroe is big enough to cause mass extinction if it ever hits a planet like Earth. Randall's website xkcd has over a billion page hits a year and over 1.6 million visits a month from the UK aloneAll-new content -- a must-buy for xkcd's millions (no hyperbole) of fansThink MAPS meets WHAT IF - and everyone who bought either book is going to be desperate to own a copy
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A Gift from Bob

By James Bowen

Street Cat Bob and James, stars of bestselling A Street Cat Named Bob and The World According to Bob that touched millions around the world, spend a cold and challenging December on the streets together in a new adventure.

From the day James rescued a street cat abandoned in the hallway of his sheltered accommodation, they began a friendship which has transformed both their lives and, through the bestselling books A STREET CAT NAMED BOB and THE WORLD ACCORDING TO BOB, touched millions around the world.
In this new story of their journey together, James looks back at the last Christmas they spent scraping a living on the streets and how Bob helped him through one of his toughest times - providing strength, friendship and inspiration but also teaching him important lessons about the true meaning of Christmas along the way.

As Street Cat Bob and James spend a cold and challenging December on the streets together, James once more draws strength and inspiration from his extraordinary cat - learning important lessons about the true meaning of Christmas along the way.James Bowen is the author of the bestselling A STREET CAT NAMED BOB and THE WORLD ACCORDING TO BOB. He found Bob the cat in 2007 and the pair have been inseparable ever since. They both live in north London.A Sunday Times top 10 bestseller in hardback in 2014.A STREET CAT NAMED BOB, THE WORLD ACCORDING TO BOB and the children's adaptation BOB: NO ORDINARY CAT have now sold over a 1.3 million copies.James and Bob's success has been international and the books have been bestsellers in Germany (over 1m copies), the US and has reached number one in many other countries.THE WORLD ACCORDING TO BOB has spent 9 weeks at number one in paperback and the appetite for Bob books is as strong as ever.James and Bob have a perfect message for Christmas and their many fans in this all-new story.James and Bob will promote.
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By Didier Drogba

The story of one of the most recognisable and successful players in world football.

Didier Drogba is renowned for his heading ability, sharp shooting and sheer strength. He has played for his native Ivory Coast and for clubs in France, China and Turkey, but it is as a Chelsea striker that he is best known. His feats with Chelsea have made him a cult hero among supporters.

In Didier Drogba's honest and revealing autobiography he will talk about life as an immigrant in Paris, the importance of his education and how finding success later than most professional footballers has kept him grounded.

In 2012 Didier was voted Chelsea's greatest ever player. He talks from a privileged behind-the-scenes position about tactics and how he felt mentally and physically as well as anecdotes from the dressing room. Didier provides unique insight into important and controversial matches from the first trophy he won with them in 2005 to the Premier League title a decade later; as well as what persuaded him to stay when he was at his lowest ebb.

Away from football Drogba has been widely applauded for his involvement in trying to broker peace in the Ivorian civil war - he is a UN Goodwill Ambassador and does a huge amount of work with the Didier Drogba Foundation - Time magazine named him one of the world's 100 most influential people.

Go behind the scenes at Stamford Bridge and find out about life on and off the field for this humble Chelsea hero.

The story of Didier Drogba, who has been one of the most recognisable and decorated footballers in the world for nearly 20 years.

Didier Drogba played for English club Chelsea as a striker, and is the all-time top scorer and former captain of the Ivory Coast national team.

He is best known for his career at Chelsea, for whom he has scored more goals than any other foreign player and is currently the club's fourth highest goal scorer of all time. In October 2012, he was voted by Chelsea supporters as the club's greatest ever player. He has also been named African Footballer of the Year twice, winning the accolade in 2006 and 2009.

After playing in youth teams, Drogba made his professional debut aged 18 for Ligue 2 club Le Mans, and signed his first professional contract aged 21.

In the summer of 2004, Drogba moved to Chelsea for a club record £24 million fee, making him the most expensive Ivorian player in history. In his debut season he helped the club win their first league title in 50 years, and a year later he won another Premier League title. With a career record of scoring 10 goals in 10 finals winning 10 trophies at club level, Drogba has been referred to as the 'ultimate big game player'.

An Ivory Coast international between 2002 and 2014, Drogba captained the national team from 2006 until his retirement and is the nation's all-time top goalscorer with 65 goals from 104 appearances. On 8 August 2014, he announced his retirement from international football.

[photo]Huge online presence - Drogba has over 7.5 million likes on Facebook, 1.4 million followers on Instagram and 630k followers on Twitter.Away from football Drogba is known for his charity work, campaigning for peace in the Ivory Coast and helping to raise awareness about Ebola. He has set up his own charitable foundation to build hospitals in the Ivory Coast.Voted by Chelsea FC fans as their favourite player.Adored by Chelsea fans and admired by football fans the world over, this is the perfect gift for any sports lover.Didier is now playing for Montreal in the American league.
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By Bruce Cook

Dalton Trumbo was the central figure of the infamous 'Hollywood Ten,' the screenwriters who, during the McCarthy era, were charged by the House Committee on Un-American Acitivities for their associations with the Communist Party. Due to their refusal to cooperate during the investigation, Trumbo and his fellow screenwriters were declared in contempt of Congress and were ultimately blacklisted from Hollywood and some were even jailed. Although Trumbo was one of several hundred writers, directors, producers, and actors who were deprived of the opportunity to work in the motion picture industry from 1947 to 1960, he won an Oscar under the pseudonym Robert Rich for The Brave One in 1956, and he was the first to see his name on the big screen again in 1960 with Exodus, one of the year's biggest movies.
All his life Trumbo was a radical of the homegrown, independent variety. From his early days in Colorado, where his grandfather was a county sheriff, to his time in Los Angeles, where he organized a bakery strike and was even a bootlegger, to his time as an author when he wrote the powerful pacifist novel Johnny Got His Gun, to his heyday as a top-paid (and frequently broke) Hollywood screenwriter-where his credits include Roman Holiday, Spartacus, Papillon, Lonely Are the Brave, Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo, The Brave One, and Kitty Foyle-his life rivaled anything he had created.
Written with Dalton Trumbo's full cooperation, at a moment when he himself did not know how much time he had left, Trumbo is a candid tale of a colorful figure who was at the epicenter of a tumultuous period in recent American history.

What a relief... to read Bruce Cook's Trumbo, a book of clarity, probing intelligence, and considerable grace. Trumbo was a true original. His life has the chronicler it merits.A gossipy, anecdotal narrative that is fascinating readingHe wrote a brilliant novel and a number of very good movies, and he demolished the Hollywood blacklist almost single-handed, but his greatest achievement was just being the incomparable Trumbo. Bruce Cook has captured the wit, intelligence, and unpredictability that made him one of the truly original people of our timeAs a study of life under the blacklist the book is superb... Essential reading for anyone interested in either the cinema or recent American history

'a cracking good story, and Cranston does a great job portraying a man who made great sacrifices for his principles'

the hugely entertaining, revealing and powerful portrait of this great screenwriter... an almost bigger-than-life colorful movie about the movies. A screen triumph for all involved, it is especially Bryan Cranston's magnificent work in the title role that towers over everything.

Bryan Cranston finally translates his critical acclaim for Breaking Bad into an Oscar-caliber performance in darkly comic Trumbo, playing an eloquent, witty screenwriter who bucked the Hollywood blacklist and triumphed... a
highly entertaining biopic... Director Jay Roach (Meet the Parents) may seem an unlikely fit for the material, but as Martin Ritt's blacklist comedy The Front (starring Woody Allen) showed and Trumbo reminds us, sometimes comedy can be the best weapon against demagogues

Among movies about old moviemakers, Trumbo works better, and has more to say about the world at large, than My Week With Marilyn orHitchcock... Come for the smooth supporting turns by Louis C.K. and Alan Tudyk, the impersonations of icons like John Wayne and Douglas (played with chin-y gusto by Dean O'Gorman) and for Cranston, who fills the air with craggy, growly authority. Stay for the listless yet vital lesson in democracy.What makes the movie work are the lively performances, both from the supporting cast and from Cranstona powerhouse Bryan Cranston... Cranston plays the hell out of Dalton Trumbo... Kudos to director Jay Roach for not wallowing in misery. His movie is bracing and buoyant when Trumbo takes on gossip gorgon Hedda Hopper (a wicked Helen Mirren) and writes cheapies for the King brothers (Stephen Root and a hilarious John Goodman). When Kirk Douglas hired Trumbo to write Spartacus in 1960, the Commie witch hunt was exposed as the sham it was. Witch hunts haven't gone, they've gone global (ask the folks at Charlie Hebdo). Cranston shows us there's nothing retro about watching Trumbo in his glory, speaking truth to power.a timely tale of political paranoia and personal pain... Mirren, in Hopper's extravagant wardrobe, proves once and for all that she is the best at a truly underappreciated, classic Hollywood skill: wearing a hat.Bryan Cranston owns Trumbo, both character and film, from first word to last. The picture is an incredibly fun leap into a time-machine back into old-fashioned Hollywood, whose good and bad characteristics are twisted to be both endearing and entertaining. But more than this, its fiery central character is a big symbol of something that's missing in present-day Hollywood. Where are the Dalton Trumbos of today?an important reminder of how democracy can fail ... and the strength of character it takes to fight the systemCome for Bryan Cranston, stay for Dalton TrumboA good-spirited, provocative and satisfying look at the great Hollywood screenwriter Dalton Trumbo... Bryan Cranston is terrific as the left-wing activist with the right ideas at the wrong time.Bryan Cranston gives a performance as compelling and complex as the man himself must have been. Cranston's Trumbo is eminently interesting, from his rounded posture and curious eyes to his distinct cadence and diction. Appearing in nearly every frame of the film, Cranston infuses John McNamara's clever screenplay with even more life.Bryan Cranston shines as the titular character of Trumbo. Transforming into the role with the old school panache of a seasoned character actor. Armed with his usual quick witted style and knack for bringing those he has played to life, Cranston doesn't pull any punches. Few thespians, save for example Jonnny Depp as Hunter S. Thomson, Philip Seymour Hoffman as Capote or Daniel Day Lewis in any role he undertakes, are we graced with talent which truly transforms into the person they have set out to personify. This is one of those films.

The Oscar-winning screenwriter who broke the Hollywood blacklist.
Soon to be a major motion picture starring BRYAN CRANSTON (Breaking Bad), DIANE LANE (Under The Tuscan Sun), ELLE FANNING (Maleficent), JOHN GOODMAN (Argo), LOUIS C.K. (Louie) and Academy Award winner HELEN MIRREN.

Bruce Cook (1932-2003), veteran critic, journalist, and author, originally wrote this biography with Dalton Trumbo's full cooperation in 1976.
In his lifetime Cook wrote a total of 23 books, both fiction and nonfiction, including eleven mystery novels featuring the real-life historical figure of Sir John Fielding, magistrate of the Bow Street court during the latter half of the 18th century, and a crime fiction series featuring LA private detective Chico Cervantes. Cook's last completed novel, Young Will: The Confessions of William Shakespeare, was published posthumously.
Born in Chicago, Bruce Cook lived in Los Angeles and Paris with his wife, the violinist Judith Aller.

MAJOR FILM: the book is the basis of a major picture to be released on 6th November 2015 in the States (right in the middle of award season) and 22nd January 2016 in the UK.
Cast: Bryan Cranston, Diane Lane and Helen Mirren among others.
Distribution: eOne (both UK and ANZ)

A CINEMA LEGEND: Dalton Trumbo is the man behind many of cinema's most-beloved films, from Roman Holiday to Spartacus, Exodus and The Way We Were.THE HOLLYWOOD TEN: an epic story of defiance and justice. As one of the Hollywood Ten, Trumbo refused to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee(HUAC) in 1947 during the committee's investigation of Communist influences in the motion picture industry. Trumbo won two Academy Awards while blacklisted; one was originally given to a front writer, and one was awarded to "Robert Rich", Trumbo's pseudonym.BIG TWO ROADS PUSH: dedicated Facebook page for the book; BFI partnership; targeted social media advertising; early press screening of the film; special one-off event hosted by a high-profile film or arts critic.'TWO ROADS GOES TO THE MOVIES' FILM CLUB: discussing new film releases and movie industry news regularly with readers, key film bloggers and fansites. In-house screening of literary film adaptations.

Slade House

By David Mitchell

Born out of the short story David Mitchell published on Twitter in 2014 and inhabiting the same universe as his latest bestselling novel The Bone Clocks, this is the perfect book to curl up with on a dark and stormy night.

Turn down Slade Alley - narrow, dank and easy to miss, even when you're looking for it. Find the small black iron door set into the right-hand wall. No handle, no keyhole, but at your touch it swings open. Enter the sunlit garden of an old house that doesn't quite make sense; too grand for the shabby neighbourhood, too large for the space it occupies.

A stranger greets you by name and invites you inside. At first, you won't want to leave. Later, you'll find that you can't.

This unnerving, taut and intricately woven tale by one of our most original and bewitching writers begins in 1979 and reaches its turbulent conclusion around Hallowe'en, 2015. Because every nine years, on the last Saturday of October, a 'guest' is summoned to Slade House. But why has that person been chosen, by whom and for what purpose? The answers lie waiting in the long attic, at the top of the stairs...

Manically ingenious . . . Each fresh product of Mitchell's soaring imagination functions as an echo chamber for both his previous ideas and his oeuvre to comeChilling and dazzling . . . but the real skill of the book is in its emotional impact. Mitchell makes you care about each of the narratorsPacked with heady ideas and pulsing with dark energy . . . both dazzlingly inventive and compulsively readable.An elegant fright-fest of the highest order . . . Mitchell masterfully, humorously, combines the classic components of a scary story - old house, dark alley, missing persons - with a realism, when describing the lives of the victims, that is pacy, funny and true.A deliciously creepy story to be read for plot and for pleasure, with your heart racing, and your eyes involuntarily skipping forwards to find out what happens.Genuinely good, genuinely scary.[Mitchell] seamlessly brings together his clashing parallel realities through wordplay so dazzling it seems to defy its own gravitational rules.IrresistibleMitchell's most pleasurable book to date, which also features some of his finest writingPlants died, milk curdled, and my children went slightly feral as I succumbed to the creepy magic of David Mitchell's Slade House. It's a wildly inventive, chilling, and - for all its other-worldiness - wonderfully human haunted house story. I plan to return to its clutches quite often.Prepare to be chilled, electrified and entertained - a gem of a novel from 'one of the most brilliantly inventive writers of this, or any country' (Independent).David Mitchell is the author of the novels Ghostwritten, number9dream, Cloud Atlas, Black Swan Green, The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet and The Bone Clocks. He has won the John Llewellyn Rhys, Geoffrey Faber Memorial and South Bank Show Literature Prizes, and been shortlisted twice for the Booker Prize. In 2003, David Mitchell was selected as one of Granta's Best of Young British Novelists.

Round the front the sun's gone in, or gone out, or gone away, and the flowers are withered and there's not a single butterfly on the butterfly bush, just dead ones smeared into the path, powder-paint skid marks with one half-dead one, flapping a bit . . .

. . . I've stopped, because the far end of the garden, the wall with the small black door - it's gone all faint and dim. Not because of evening. It can't even be four o'clock yet. Not because it's misty, either. I look up - the sky's still bluish, like it was before. It's the garden itself. The garden's fading away.

A spooky and compelling short novel that inhabits the same universe as Mitchell's recent bestseller The Bone Clocks.It will be a beautiful, illustrated small hardback - an ideal Christmas gift.Guaranteed to appeal to Mitchell's many fans as well as lovers of ghost storiesWill follow in the wake of the paperback publication of The Bone Clocks in June and the marketing campaigns will be linked, building pre-awareness of Slade House for the 4 months leading up to publication.To be launched just before Halloween with a high level marketing and publicity campaign including national TV, radio, press and intensive social media activity.Major BBC TV six-part dramatisation of THE BONE CLOCKS in development, slated for 2016.
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The Bazaar of Bad Dreams

By Stephen King

A generous collection of thrilling stories - some brand new, some published in magazines, all entirely brilliant and assembled in one book for the first time - with a wonderful bonus: in addition to his introduction to the whole collection, King gives readers a fascinating introduction to each story with autobiographical comments on their origins and motivation...

The No. 1 bestselling writer has dazzled readers with his genius as a writer of novellas and short story fiction since his first collection NIGHT SHIFT was published. He describes the nature of the form in his introduction to the book: 'There's something to be said for a shorter, more intense experience. It can be invigorating, sometimes even shocking, like...a beautiful curio for sale laid out on a cheap blanket at a street bazaar.'

In THE BAZAAR OF BAD DREAMS there is a curio for every reader - a man who keeps reliving the same life, repeating the same mistakes over and over again, a columnist who kills people by writing their obituaries, a poignant tale about the end of the human race and a firework competition between neighbours which reaches an explosive climax. There are also intriguing connections between the stories; themes of morality, guilt, the afterlife and what we would do differently if we could see into the future or correct the mistakes of the past.

Effervescent yet poignant, juxtaposing the everyday against the unexpected, these stories comprise one of King's finest gifts to his constant reader as well as to those fascinated by the autobiographical insights in his celebrated non-fiction title ON WRITING.

'I made them especially for you', says King. 'Feel free to examine them, but please be careful. The best of them have teeth.'


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Batman and Robin Have an Altercation
The Dune
Bad Little Kid
A Death
The Bone Church
Herman Wouk Is Still Alive
Under the Weather
Blockade Billy
Mister Yummy
The Little Green God of Agony
That Bus Is Another World
Drunken Fireworks
Summer Thunder

This collection of short works... reveals King's mastery of the novellaA tense inventory of stories... King manages to portray a remarkable depth of character within the swiftness of a short story and manoeuvres a vast range of plots...There are treasures to be found in The Bazaar of Bad Dreams and those who love King... will find much to savourHe seduces you with an intimate author's note introducing each tale, then proceeds to chill you to the bone. Do not read before bedKing is a laureate of small towns; his ear for dialogue is unerring ... He is also one of those rare authors who can write well about childhood. Most potently, King can sketch a full-blooded character in just a few pen strokes. This gift comes to the fore in his short stories, where every syllable countsA more versatile writer than you might imagineSome of King's strongest work in recent years brought together to form an excellent collectionShort stories have a famous place in the King oeuvre, with the likes of The Body and Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption finding second lives on the big screen as Stand By Me and Shawshank Redemption... Like all the greats, though, his ability to grip the reader's mind, body and soul with his prose makes it all look easyA meaty collection with interesting insights into the creative process of a writer who caused many sleepless nightsOne of the best aspects of his new collection of short stories, The Bazaar of Bad Dreams, is the commentary that prefaces each one, describing the creative process through which it travelled from brain to page.The master storyteller at his best delivers a generous, thrilling new collection of stories featuring revelatory autobiographical comments on when, why and how he came to write each story.

Stephen King is the author of more than fifty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. His recent work includes DOCTOR SLEEP, REVIVAL and MR MERCEDES, winner of the prestigious Edgar Award for best novel.
Many of his books have been turned into successful films or TV series including UNDER THE DOME, THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION, CARRIE and MISERY.
King is the recipient of the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He lives in Bangor, Maine, with his wife, novelist Tabitha King.

King's recent hardbacks soared to No. 1 on the Sunday Times bestseller listsA unique collection because each story is preceded by a page of autobiographical text describing its originKing is the master of the short story form - he continues to publish in The New Yorker, Granta and Esquire An excellent Christmas gift and self-purchaseKing's stories have generated terrific films such as THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTIONThe introductions will delight all his readers including those who loved his insight into the craft of writing in his non-fiction title ON WRITING
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Username: Evie

By Joe Sugg, Amrit Birdi


Like anyone who feels as though they just don't fit in, Evie dreams of a place of safety. When times are tough, all she wants is a chance to escape from reality and be herself.

Despite his failing health, Evie's father comes close to creating such a virtual idyll. Passing away before it's finished, he leaves her the key in the form of an app, and Evie finds herself transported to a world where the population is influenced by her personality. Everyone shines in her presence, until her devious cousin, Mallory, discovers the app... and the power to cause trouble in paradise.

The NO.1 bestselling graphic novel from YouTube sensation Joe Sugg, aka ThatcherJoe.

Joe Sugg (Author)
My name is Joe Sugg, otherwise known as ThatcherJoe on YouTube. I'm 24 and I'm a British vlogger originally from Wiltshire (The Shire), now living in London. Since 2012 I've spent most of my time trying to make people laugh with short videos on the internet, but before I became a YouTuber I was a roof thatcher.

My YouTube channels include ThatcherJoe, ThatcherJoeVlogs and ThatcherJoeGames. In 2015 I published my first book, the No.1 bestseller Username: Evie, toured Europe in my first feature length film Joe And Caspar Hit The Road and won the Radio 1 Teen Award for Best British Vlogger.

Follow me on Twitter @Joe_Sugg / Instagram @joe_sugg.

Joe Sugg, brother to Zoe (Zoella) Sugg, is part of a new and exciting wave of YouTube celebrities reaching millions of fans directly through his online channels. He currently has over 3.6M subscribers on his main YouTube channel - more than Alfie Deyes - (plus another 1.2M over his two other channels), 1.7M Twitter followers and 2M followers on Instagram.Aimed at the online generation this book will appeal to the dedicated and loyal subscribers of Joe's ThatcherJoe YouTube channel.The Pointless Book by Alfie Deyes, published 4 Sept 2014 (£8.99 PB), has sold over 207,000 copies in total. Zoella's book, Girl Online (Nov 2014), has sold 262,499 copies.The concept for this book is entirely unique, incomparable to any of the other books that are being written by YouTuber's that are mainly beauty bible, straight narrative or novelty.Joe is a publicity dream and is fully on board for large scale signings and promotion.
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Great British Bake Off Annual: Another Slice


A peek behind-the-scenes of The Great British Bake Off - the perfect gift annual for Christmas.

For six years The Great British Bake Off has held the nation enthralled as home bakers battle it out to be crowned Britain's best amateur baker.

Now The Great British Bake Off - Another Slice gives you the chance to relive some of the most memorable moments, catch-up with all the winners and peek behind the tent flaps to find out the secrets of The Great British Bake Off. It's a feast of bake-related confections that's guaranteed to sate the appetite of armchair bakers and cake-making addicts everywhere. Packed with baking trivia, quizzes, and games, this is a mouth-watering selection of Bake Off goodies.

So, what are you waiting for? On your marks... get set... bake!

"We reckon Bake Off fans will go crazy for this annual - it contains more deliciousness and excitement than a freezerful of Baked Alaskas. As Mary B would say, it's "cram-jam full!"
Baker interviews, a lot of behind the scenes gubbins, even a Paul and Mary Spot the Difference puzzle. (Can YOU spot the difference between Paul and Mary? It's taken us years. Paul's the one with the beard and Mary wears the flowery blouson jackets, right? Or is it the other way round? Hmmm...)
It's surely the perfect gift for any Bake Off fan - assuming they've already got the Paul Hollywood doll with removable hair and the Mary Berry Sings The Metal Hits double CD"

We reckon Bake Off fans will go crazy for this annual - it contains more deliciousness and excitement than a freezerful of Baked Alaskas. As Mary B would say, it's "cram-jam full!"
Baker interviews, a lot of behind the scenes gubbins, even a Paul and Mary Spot the Difference puzzle. (Can YOU spot the difference between Paul and Mary? It's taken us years. Paul's the one with the beard and Mary wears the flowery blouson jackets, right? Or is it the other way round? Hmmm...)
It's surely the perfect gift for any Bake Off fan - assuming they've already got the Paul Hollywood doll with removable hair and the Mary Berry Sings The Metal Hits double CD.

A peek behind-the-scenes of The Great British Bake Off - the perfect gift annual for Christmas.The Great British Bake Off is the ultimate baking battle where passionate amateur baking fans compete to be crowned the UK's Best Amateur Baker. Over the course of 10 hour-long episodes, the series follows the trials and tribulations of the competitors, young and old, from every background and every corner of Britain, as they attempt to prove their baking prowess. Each week the bakers tackle a different baking skill, which become progressively more difficult as the competition unfolds.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 copies
Hodder Paperbacks

Winter Street

By Elin Hilderbrand

In bestseller Elin Hilderbrand's first Christmas novel, a family gathers on Nantucket for a holiday filled with surprises.

Kelley Quinn is the owner of Nantucket's Winter Street Inn and the proud father of four - Patrick, Kevin, Ava and Bart, all of them grown and living in varying states of disarray.

As Christmas approaches, Kelley is looking forward to getting the family together for some quality time at the inn. But when he walks in on his wife Mitzi kissing Santa Claus - or the guy who's playing Santa at the inn's annual party - utter chaos descends. With the three older children each reeling in their own dramas and Bart (a Marine) unreachable in Afghanistan, it might be up to Kelley's ex-wife to save Christmas at the Winter Street Inn.

Before the mulled cider is gone, the delightfully dysfunctional Quinn family will survive a love triangle, an unplanned pregnancy, a federal crime, a small house fire, many shots of whiskey, and endless rounds of Christmas caroling, in this heart-warming novel about coming home for the holidays.

In bestseller Elin Hilderbrand's first Christmas novel, a family gathers on Nantucket for a holiday filled with surprises.Elin Hilderbrand made a paper angel ornament in third grade that is still in her family's custody. She celebrates the holidays by making batches of homemade mustard and chive pine-nut dip and gifting them to her lucky friends. Her favourite carol is 'O Holy Night.' WINTER STREET is her fourteenth novel.Huge international success: Elin has been a New York Times bestseller with every book, hitting the top ten for her three most recent novels. THE ISLAND spent over three months on the list. She is also a Number One Irish bestseller. Over 4 million copies of her books are in print.Elin Hilderbrand makes us fall in love with the Quinn family - and with the magic of Christmas.Intelligent, upmarket reading for fans of Jojo Moyes, Veronica Henry and Jodi Picoult.
Hodder Paperbacks

A Wedding at Christmas

By Chrissie Manby

A warm, wonderful and funny Christmas novel from Chrissie Manby - the ideal treat this festive season. Mince pies and mayhem guaranteed!

What comes to mind when you picture a wedding at Christmas? A gorgeous white dress accessorised with a thick velvet cape... bridesmaids in red velvet too? An arch of Christmas greenery: holly and ivy and boughs of fir. Candles and fairy lights. Snow!

Chelsea Benson has just twelve weeks to organise her perfect winter wedding. Her family and friends pitch in to help, but sisterly squabbling, issues with money and an Ice-Queen mother-in-law soon threaten Chelsea's plans for her big day. And that's without the firework fiasco...

Rescuing Chelsea's dream of a proper family wedding might just take all the magic of Christmas...

A romantic, heartwarming and funny novel full of the magic of Christmas, by bestselling author Chrissie Manby. Mince pies and mayhem guaranteed!The fourth book in the Proper Family series based around a large family and their friends, whom readers will love to follow from book to book. The series began with A PROPER FAMILY HOLIDAY and A PROPER FAMILY CHRISTMAS.Chrissie Manby combines laugh-out-loud comedy with heart. This feel-good novel is a perfect present for women aged 18-40.Every reader will be able to relate to the stress and drama of a family Christmas, and having a large cast from different generations means this will appeal to a wide audience.Chrissie has a huge media profile, through regular articles and features in women's and lifestyle press, and as editor of the Girls' Night In anthology.'Deliciously funny' Heat, 'Hilarious' Daily Mail, 'Funny and inventive' Company, 'Brilliant' Marie Claire, 'Will make you laugh - a lot!'Closer
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Christmas on Nantucket

By Elin Hilderbrand

The Quinn family celebrate their most dramatic Christmas yet in this enchanting sequel to Elin Hilderbrand's bestselling WINTER STREET.

Christmas on Nantucket finds Winter Street Inn owner Kelley Quinn and his family busily preparing for the holiday season. Though the year has brought tragedy, the Quinns have much to celebrate: Kelley has reunited with his first wife Margaret, Kevin and Isabelle have a new baby; and Ava is finally dating a nice guy.

But when Kelley's wife Mitzi shows up on the island, along with Kevin's devious ex-wife Nora and a dangerously irresistible old fling of Ava's, the Inn is suddenly overrun with romantic feuds, not to mention guests. With jealousy, passion, and eggnog consumption at an all-time high, it's going to take a whole lot more than a Christmas miracle to get the Quinns - and the Inn - through the holidays intact.

The Quinn family celebrate their most dramatic Christmas yet in this enchanting sequel to Elin Hilderbrand's bestselling WINTER STREET.Elin Hilderbrand does her best writing on the beaches of Nantucket, as well as on the charming streets of Beacon Hill in Boston. She has three magical children who beg her not to sing along to the radio or dance in public. This is her sixteenth novel.Huge international success: Elin has been a New York Times bestseller with every book, hitting the top ten for her three most recent novels. THE ISLAND spent over three months on the list. She is also a Number One Irish bestseller. Over 4 million copies of her books are in print.Elin Hilderbrand makes us fall in love with the magic of Christmas.Intelligent, upmarket reading for fans of Jojo Moyes, Veronica Henry and Jodi Picoult.
Two Roads

The Butcher's Hook

By Janet Ellis

The debut novel by actress and presenter Janet Ellis. A dark and twisted tale set in 18th century London.
Georgian London, in the summer of 1763.
At nineteen, Anne Jaccob is awakened to the possibility of joy when she meets Fub, the butcher's apprentice, and begins to imagine a life of passion with him.
The only daughter of well-to-do parents, Anne lives a sheltered life. Her home is a miserable place. Though her family want for nothing, her father is uncaring, her mother is ailing, and the baby brother who taught her to love is dead. Unfortunately her parents have already chosen a more suitable husband for her than Fub.
But Anne is a determined young woman, with an idiosyncratic moral compass. In the matter of pursuing her own happiness, she shows no fear or hesitation. Even if it means getting a little blood on her hands.
A vivid and surprising tale, The Butcher's Hook brims with the colour and atmosphere of Georgian London, as seen through the eyes of a strange and memorable young woman.
'Do you know what this is?' He holds a short twist of thick metal, in the shape of the letter 'S', sharpened at both ends. I shake my head.
'A butcher's hook,' he says, testing the tip of his finger against each point. 'A perfect design. Whichever way up you use it, it's always ready. One end to hook, the other to hang. It has only one simple purpose.' He stands on a stool and fixes it over the bar above him. It waits there, empty.
He climbs down. 'Pleasing, isn't it?'

Ellis has created something marvellous in the character of Anne Jaccob - her voice is strange, dark and utterly mesmeric. This is historical fiction as I've never encountered it before: full of viscera, snarling humour and obsessive desire. I loved it.Beautifully crafted. Janet Ellis is a masterful storytellerThe Butcher's Hook is bewitching: Anne Jacob is a dark and dangerous heroine and her story is gripping and full of surprises. This is an exciting and hugely impressive debut from Janet Ellis.A triumph; dark, shocking and funny. The voice is perfect and the words glitter like little black jewels.

The debut novel by actress and presenter Janet Ellis, The Butcher's Hook is the dark and twisted tale of a young girl in 18th-century London determined to take her life in her own hands.
No matter the cost.

Janet Ellis trained as an actress at the Central School of Speech and Drama. She is best known for presenting Blue Peter and contributes to numerous radio and TV programmes.
She recently graduated from the Curtis Brown creative writing school. The Butcher's Hook is her first novel.


BIG TITLE: major focus fiction for JMP first half 2016. Key positioning and ambition.MAJOR CAMPAIGN: early author endorsements (including support from fellow Curtis Brown creative course writers); special edition proofs and mass mail-out; print and digital marketing plan; major sales push (Waterstones, indies and digital as key focus); big momentum in-house.AUTHOR PROFILE: Janet is the real deal, a skilled storyteller who is also exceptionally well-connected and promotable.A TWO ROADS CAREER: we have acquired two books from Janet and we are invested in her future.FOR FANS OF: Sarah Waters, Hannah Kent's Burial Rites, Jessie Burton's The Miniaturist.
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A Banquet of Consequences

By Elizabeth George

Inspector Lynley investigates the London end of an ever more darkly disturbing case, with Barbara Havers and Winston Nkata looking behind the peaceful façade of country life to discover a twisted world of desire and deceit.

The suicide of William Goldacre is devastating to those left behind. But what was the cause of his tragedy and how far might the consequences reach? Is there a link between the young man's leap from a Dorset cliff and a horrific poisoning in Cambridge?

Following various career-threatening misdemeanours, Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers is desperate to redeem herself. So when a past encounter with bestselling feminist writer Clare Abbott and her pushy personal assistant Caroline Goldacre gives her a connection to the Cambridge murder, Barbara begs DI Thomas Lynley to let her pursue the crime.

Full of shocks, intensity and suspense from first page to last, A Banquet of Consequences reveals both Lynley and Havers under pressure, and author Elizabeth George writing at the very height of her exceptional powers.

Praise for Elizabeth George:
Her crime novels combine Victorian craftsmanship, psychological observation and ingenious plotting. George's celebrated attention to detail keeps the reader totally immersed. Bliss.

She's a designer of fastidious mosaics that never fail to intriguePresses all the buttons to make us hoover her stuff upThe best plotter in the mystery game, [her] elegant literate flow puts many Brits to shameShe writes extremely well, plots brilliantly and reaches an emotional level deeper than mostHer treatment of the Mediterranean settings (along with a raft of intriguing new characters) shows a new exuberance . . . George aficionados will consider that Just One Evil Act possesses (as Schumann said of Schubert's Great C Major symphony) "heavenly length".Full of shocks, intensity and suspense from first page to last, A Banquet of Consequences reveals Lynley and Havers under pressure.Elizabeth George is the author of highly acclaimed novels of psychological suspense. She won the Anthony and Agatha Best First Novel awards in America and received the Grand Prix de Littérature Policière in France. In 1990 she was awarded the prestigious German prize for international mystery fiction, the MIMI. Her novels have now been adapted for television by the BBC. An Edgar and Macavity Nominee as well as a New York Times and international bestselling author, Elizabeth George lives on Whidbey Island in the state of Washington.13 million TV viewers have watched The Inspector Lynley Mysteries on the BBC.Thrillingly satisfying crime from a Sunday Times and New York Times bestseller in both hardback and paperback.'George is one of the best crime novelists around - there's a richness and psychological depth to her work which lifts it well above genre fluff.' Time Out
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