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Hodder & Stoughton to publish new book from Sir Alex Ferguson this autumn.

Leading by Alex Ferguson

Hodder & Stoughton have acquired an inspirational new book about leadership from the most successful British football manager of all time - Sir Alex Ferguson.
Gavin Extence

The Mirror World of Melody Black

Jodi Picoult

Jodi Picoult grew up in New York. Her previous novels include House Rules, Nineteen Minutes, and My Sister's Keeper. 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.

Hodder & Stoughton to publish graphic novel from YouTube star Joe Sugg

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Alex Hollywood: My Busy Kitchen - A lifetime of family recipes

By Alex Hollywood
Original recipes from Mrs Paul Hollywood -- the real cook at home.

'Sumptuous simple recipes, inspired by Alex's travels and family gatherings.' Mary Berry

'Home cooking that is perfectly suited for midweek family meals or special occasions with friends. Enjoy it people!' Tom Kerridge

As Bake Off judge Paul Hollywood freely admits, it's his wife Alex who is in charge of cooking in the Hollywood household. She's the one who plans, shops and cooks so they can enjoy delicious home-made food with family and friends.

An accomplished self-taught cook who comes from a family of food-lovers, Alex is passionate about food but firmly believes that cooking and eating are about one thing: enjoyment.

Her recipes fall into one of two categories -- quick and simple for when you don't have much time during the week, or slow and simple for a lazy weekend at home.

But simple doesn't mean ordinary. With a few clever twists and drawing on influences from her travels and her family (a glamorous French grandma, a father brought up in Spain and a Norwegian great grandmother) Alex's recipes are easy, inexpensive and just a little bit different.

For anyone who wants inspiration for quick mid-week meals, impromptu kitchen suppers with friends or relaxed weekend socials, My Busy Kitchen is the book for you.

Sumptuous simple recipes, inspired by Alex's travels and family gatheringsHome cooking that is perfectly suited for midweek family meals or special occasions with friends. Enjoy it people!Alex Hollywood is passionate about food and firmly believes that cooking and eating should be about one thing: enjoyment, not worrying about presentation and whether your roux is made to Michelin-star standards. Having grown up in Kent, Alex's cooking has been shaped by her Norwegian great-grandmother, her French godmother, her father's love of Spain, and her time living in Cyprus. Her twitter feed @Hollywood_wife has quickly built up fans eager for recipe ideas and food tweets. Alex is a regular on ITV's Lorraine. My Busy Kitchen is her first book.Alex Hollywood is a new voice on the cookery scene who will be supported by her biggest fan, star baker Paul Hollywood.The one who does the cooking in the Hollywood household, Alex knows how to juggle work, family, friends and still cook good food.Her twitter feed @Hollywood_wife has quickly built up over 8000 fans eager for more recipe ideas and food tweets.A regular cook on ITV's Lorraine show.Tom Kerridge has given an endorsement for the book -- 'Home cooking that is perfectly suited for midweek family meals or special occasions with friends. Enjoy it people!' -- as will Mary Berry.
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The Mirror World of Melody Black

By Gavin Extence
Perfect for fans of Graeme Simsion's THE ROSIE PROJECT and Gavin Extence's debut novel THE UNIVERSE VERSUS ALEX WOODS, comes a wild and witty, searing and true novel about life's ups and downs.

It all starts, as these things sometimes do, with a dead man.

He was a neighbour, not someone Abby knew well, but still, finding a body when you only came over to borrow a tin of tomatoes, that comes as a bit of a shock.

At least, it should.

And now she can't shake the feeling that if she hadn't gone into Simon's flat, if she'd had her normal Wednesday night instead, then none of what happened next would have happened.

And she would never have met Melody Black . . .

Wild and witty, searing and true, THE MIRROR WORLD OF MELODY BLACK is about the fine line that separates normal from not - and how life can spin, very swiftly, out of control.

BBC Radio 2's Book Club with Simon Mayo listeners:'A book of substance. The characters will stay with you''If we do a better book in our book club this year we'll have done very well. I'm a huge fan of this book... I love it''My top book club book ever, I just love it. Abby the character is a triumph''From the first sentence I well spellbound. Hard to put down. Imagine a cross between Bridget Jones' Diary and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest''Love it! Even better book than Alex Woods. I can't recommend this book enough. It's like nothing else I've ever read in recent years, and it will stay with me for a long time''I was engrossed in Abby's life. I would definitely recommend this book to others''Finely drawn characters. Cleverly woven narrative. I hope it receives the plaudits it deserves'Gavin Extence lives in Sheffield with his wife, children and cat. He has written two novels, THE UNIVERSE VERSUS ALEX WOODS and THE MIRROR WORLD OF MELODY BLACK.Richard and Judy summer bookclub read, Amazon Rising star, Top Ten Amazon Best Book 2013, Radio Two bookclub title, shortlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize, and winner of the Writers' Guide Best Book 2013, THE UNIVERSE VERUS ALEX WOODS has been a word-of-mouth successRights in ALEX WOODS sold in eighteen territories: Brazil (Rocco Editora), Catalan (RBA Libros), China (Hachette-Phoenix), Czech Republic (Argo Spol), France (Jean-Claude Lattes), Germany (Blanvalet), Hungary (Maxim), Israel (Kinneret Zmora), Italy (Garzanti), Korea (Chaeksesang), Netherlands (Prometheus), Norway (Bastion Forlag), Poland (Wydawnictwo Literackie), Russia (Sindbad), Spain (Seix Barral), Taiwan (Emily), Turkey (Pegasus), US (Little, Brown/Redhook).This book tackles big issues in a funny and relatable way - one in four people suffer some form of mental illness during their lifetime, and 50% of all cases occur by the age of 14The afterword, which reveals the book is semi-autobiographical, has real power - it's a piece written with a tremendous heart and honest spirit, and it so exquisitely blends wit and sensitivity without any sentimentality.Charming, emotionally astute and thought-provoking. Weighty subject matter without feeling too bleak or serious.Gavin's second book and ALEX WOODS demonstrate his inimitable storytelling flair and his ability to create narratives that make you laugh and cry in the space of a single sentence.Film rights sold for ALEX WOODS in five-way auction to Ruby Films with Asa Butterfield (The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, Hugo, Ender's Game) in the title role. Ol Parker (Best Exotic Marigold Hotel) is writing the screenplay. Meetings between Asa and Ol suggest film could actually happen.Will be rendered timeless for its bravery and truth about psychiatric illness and careWe have huge ambitions for it to be the book of 2015
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The Great Comic Relief Bake Off

By Great British Bake Off
Bake delicious treats whilst donating ?2 to Comic Relief!

Just by buying this book for yourself or any other cake-lovers in your life, you've already raised ?2 for Comic Relief. Thank you. Why not try a bit of extra self-raising by holding a bake sale for Red Nose Day on Friday 13th March?

As the title suggests, the recipes inside this book are easy peasy to make and we've added lots of helpful tips for putting on your bake sale. You can also find out about some of work your money supports.

So, to your mixing bowls - and good luck!

4.4 million viewers watched each episode of The Great Comic Relief Bake Off in 2013.2015's celebrities are even higher profile than 2013, guaranteeing buzz and publicity.Comic Relief 2013 raised ?75,107,852.The 32 page booklet includes 14 classic recipes suitable for beginners and more experienced bakers alike.
An unexpected treat from David Mitchell

Slade House publishing 27th October

Carole Welch, Publishing Director of Sceptre, has acquired UK and Commonwealth (ex Canada) rights to a short novel by David Mitchell, SLADE HOUSE, from Jonny Geller of Curtis Brown, which Sceptre will publish this October.
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The Modi Effect

By Lance Price
Political strategist Lance Price reveals the amazing story behind Narendra Modi's 2014 Indian election victory.

How did a 'chai wallah' who sold tea on trains as a boy become Prime Minister of India?

On May 16, 2014, Narendra Modi was declared the winner of the largest election ever conducted anywhere in the world, having fought a campaign unlike any before.

Political parties in Britain, Australia and North America pride themselves on the sophistication of their election strategies, but Modi's campaign was a master-class in modern electioneering. His team created an election machine that broke new ground in the use of social media, the Internet, mobile phones and digital technologies. Modi took part in thousands of public events, but in such a vast country it was impossible to visit every town and village. The solution? A 'virtual Modi' - a life-size 3D hologram - beamed to parts he could not reach in person. These pioneering techniques brought millions of young people to the ballot box - the holy grail of election strategists everywhere - as Modi trounced the governing Congress Party led by the Gandhi dynasty.

Former BBC correspondent and Downing Street communications expert Lance Price has been granted exclusive access to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his team of advisers. With complete freedom to tell it as he finds it, he details Modi's rise to power, the extraordinary election victory and its aftermath. The Modi Effect: Inside Narendra Modi's campaign to transform India lifts the lid on a whole new box of tricks, where message-management and IT wizardry combined to create a vote-winning colossus of awesome potency.

Praise for The Spin Doctor's Diary

'Quite brilliant...These diaries have performed a public service of great importance.' Peter Oborne, Evening Sandard

'These are gripping diaries, acutely well-observed and written in fine prose. They provide the first insider diary account of Blair's Number 10. They will be as fascinating to readers today as they will to future historians.' Anthony Seldon, author of Blair

'This is a riveting book, a genuine page-turner that will fascinate anyone with an interest in the inner wiring of the Blair Government. The true value of the book, however, lies in its wealth of asides and anecdotes about the key players on the New Labour team...excellent.' Matthew D'Ancona, Sunday Telegraph

'A spin doctor he may have been, but what distinguishes Lance Price from some of his trade is that all who know or have worked with him will believe him, every word. He spun for others but he does not spin his own account. That is what makes his book so sensational.' Matthew Parris

Lance Price is a Political Strategy Consultant who worked at 10 Downing Street from 1998 to 2000 where he was a deputy to Alistair Campbell. He was the Labour Party's Director of Communications from 2000 until the General Election of 2001, when Tony Blair secured his second landslide. Before joining Number Ten he was a BBC Political Correspondent for many years.Lance Price has been granted exclusive access to prime Minister Modi specifically for this book.Modi's international profile continues to rise with an official visit to the USA and invitations to visit Australia and Britain.The interest in Modi is huge among the Hindu/Indian community throughout the world.Lance Price's experience at Number 10 makes him the perfect author for this book.Narendra Modi's official Facebook page has more than 21 million likes, and he has more than 6 million followers on Twitter.
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By Robyn Young
Where Game of Thrones sets kingdoms at war within a fantasy world, the Insurrection trilogy is based on the breath-taking true story of Robert the Bruce's battle to become king.

First published on the 700th anniversary of the pivotal event in Scottish history, the epic story of Robert Bruce comes to a climax at the Battle of Bannockburn.

Robert has achieved his great ambition to be crowned King of Scotland, but in doing so has provoked the wrath of the new king of England, Edward II. Raising the feared dragon banner, Edward marches north, determined to recapture the kingdom.

But the English are not Robert's only enemies, and he is forced to flee after murdering his great rival John Comyn, splitting the kingdom apart. Robert has a crown, but no country, the will to lead, but no real authority.

Fighting from hidden strongholds and the Western Isles, with the support of a few brave men and the alluring noblewoman, Christiana, Robert drives towards Bannockburn where an epic confrontation with Edward will decide the future of Scotland.

Robyn Young was born in Oxford and grew up in the Midlands and Devon. She has a Masters in Creative Writing from the University of Sussex and lives and writes in Brighton full-time. Her first novel, BRETHREN, was the bestselling hardback debut novel of 2006, with the paperback also going straight into the top ten bestseller list. Two more bestsellers followed, CRUSADE and REQUIEM, completing the Brethren trilogy, which has now sold over a million copies and been translated into nineteen languages.

The inspiration for Robyn's new trilogy, which began with INSURRECTION and continues in RENEGADE, grew out of an earlier research trip to Scotland. Robyn explains: 'Day by day, out of the pages of history and the wild landscape, one figure came striding, larger, clearer than all the others - Robert the Bruce. He swept me off my feet and carried me into a story of bitter family feuds, two civil wars and the struggle for the crown. I realised there was no way this character could play a cameo role in another man's story. His tale was too powerful, too intricate and too good to be cut down and boxed to fit.'

To find out more about Robyn Young and her historical novels, visit her website at www.robynyoung.com and her Facebook page at www.facebook.com/RobynYoungAuthor and follow her on Twitter @RobynYoung36

The first two novels in the INSURRECTION series were Sunday Times bestsellers.The Brethren trilogy sold a million copies worldwide.Published to coincide with the 700th anniversary of the Battle of BannockburnFinal volume in the brilliant Insurrection trilogy about Robert the BruceBruce will be very prominent in the year of the Bannockburn anniversaryNot forgetting the Scottish referendum in September for more topical angles!Author will be appearing at festivals and eventrs throughout the year
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Remember Me This Way

By Sabine Durrant
Your husband is dead. But he might not have been the man you thought he was... the new, brilliantly tense psychological thriller by Sabine Durrant.

She thought losing him was the worst thing that could happen.

She was wrong.

They tell her not to worry. Her sister, the police. They say it's only natural, when someone close to you dies, to see him everywhere, sense him still nearby.

But they don't know Zach like she does.

How much he loved her.

How he liked things just his way.

How far he would go to get revenge...

When a thriller leaves you looking over your shoulder, it's a sign the author's doing something right. In fact Durrant doesn't put a foot wrong with this assured and deeply unsettling chiller... SuperbSpellbindingly dark and intense dramaGrips immediately... Durrant sustains the mystery throughout and offers a clever resolutionThis is one super-disturbing psychological thrillerSabine Durrant's first psychological thriller Under Your Skin was published in 2013. Her previous novels are Having It and Eating It and The Great Indoors, and two books for teenage girls, Cross Your Heart, Connie Pickles and Ooh La La! Connie Pickles. She is a former features editor of the Guardian and a former literary editor at the Sunday Times, and her writing has appeared in many national newspapers and magazines. She lives in south London with her partner and their three children.Amazing quotes across the media and from authors to reviewers have highlighted Sabine as one of the stars of the genre.REMEMBER ME THIS WAY is a Good Housekeeping Recommended Read.Sabine is a well-connected and hard-working author: features are guaranteed.The themes of the book - including domestic abuse, internet dating and how to cope with grief - will give readers much to discuss.Perfect for fans of authors like SJ Watson, Louise Millar and Sophie Hannah.
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Close to Home

By Lisa Jackson
There are horrifying secrets buried within a ramshackle house...the riveting new thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author Lisa Jackson.


The house where Sarah McAdams grew up has always terrified her. But now she's moved back with her daughters, determined to put her childhood fears behind her.

It's harder than she thought. Increasingly haunted by the past, Sarah soon realises that the present has its own threats. One by one, teenage girls are disappearing...

Frantic for her daughters' safety, Sarah feels the house's walls closing in on her once more. Somewhere deep in her memory is the key to a very real danger.

And only by confronting the terrifying truth can she protect her children from a nightmare that is roaring back to life...

Jackson definitely knows how to jangle readers' nerves, and CLOSE TO HOME is perfect for readers of Joy Fielding's suspense novels or fans of Mary Higgins ClarkLISA JACKSON is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than seventy-five novels, including Ready to Die, Afraid to Die, You Don't Want to Know, Running Scared, Without Mercy, Malice and Shiver. She has over twenty million copies of her books in print in nineteen languages. She lives with her family and a rambunctious pug in the Pacific Northwest. Readers can visit her website at www.lisajackson.com, become her friend on Facebook, and check out her blog at http://lisajacksonauthor.blogspot.com.Jackson is moving to Mulholland, Hodder's dedicated crime imprint, with a new look and strategy in place to reach a new audience of thriller fans.Perfect for readers of Tess Gerritsen, Karen Rose and Karin Slaughter: dark mysteries with a human touch.Lisa Jackson is a number one New York Times bestselling author who is published in nineteen languages.
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Dreams of Gods and Monsters (Daughter of Smoke and Bone Trilogy 3)

By Laini Taylor
The incredible final novel in Laini Taylor's breathtakingly imaginative Daughter of Smoke and Bone series, DREAMS OF GODS AND MONSTERS

The book that everyone has been waiting for . . . the much anticipated final novel in Laini Taylor's breathtakingly imaginative Daughter of Smoke and Bone series, DREAMS OF GODS AND MONSTERS

By way of a staggering deception, Karou has taken control of the chimaera rebellion and is intent on steering its course away from dead-end vengeance. The future rests on her, if there can even be a future for the chimaera in war-ravaged Eretz.

Common enemy, common cause.

When Jael's brutal seraph army trespasses into the human world, the unthinkable becomes essential, and Karou and Akiva must ally their enemy armies against the threat. It is a twisted version of their long-ago dream, and they begin to hope that it might forge a way forward for their people.

And, perhaps, for themselves. Toward a new way of living, and maybe even love.

But there are bigger threats than Jael in the offing. A vicious queen is hunting Akiva, and, in the skies of Eretz ... something is happening. Massive stains are spreading like bruises from horizon to horizon; the great winged stormhunters are gathering as if summoned, ceaselessly circling, and a deep sense of wrong pervades the world.

What power can bruise the sky

From the streets of Rome to the caves of the Kirin and beyond, humans, chimaera and seraphim will fight, strive, love, and die in an epic theater that transcends good and evil, right and wrong, friend and enemy.

At the very barriers of space and time, what do gods and monsters dream of And does anything else matter

Praise for the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy:I like to spread the word when I come across a book that excites me. I read Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor last weekend (sequel to Daughter of Smoke and Bone) and I'm all fired up about it. Thank you, Ms. Taylor, for a thrilling couple of days. I am in your debt. (Warning readers: this is one of those series that will have you tearing at your hair and gnashing your teeth waiting for the next installment. Be prepared.)This is Romeo and Juliet on a sprawling fantasy stage.Heartbreak, war and magic spells abound in this captivating romance . . . There's slaying aplenty, but Taylor mitigates the violence with an unquenchable belief in the restorative powers of love and hope - and magic.Plunges us into a world of beauty and horror . . . intricately plotted . . . it's a book that flies between worlds on blood-tipped wings and grips like a magical vice.Fantasy and romance combine. . . If you've ever wondered what would happen if an angel and a devil fell in love, you're about to find out.Transports the reader to the very centre of the action; you soon forget it's a fight between ethereal being and beast; you forget that this is fantasyLaini Taylor is the the award-winning author of critically acclaimed and New York Times bestselling novels DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE and DAYS OF BLOOD AND STARLIGHT. She lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband, illustrator Jim Di Bartolo, and their daughter Clementine Pie.DREAMS OF GODS AND MONSTERS hardcover went straight to Number Five on the Sunday Times bestseller list!Over 16,000 copies of the hardcover and eBook of DREAMS OF GODS AND MONSTERS sold in the six weeks after publicationIn the UK alone, we have sold 130,000 copies (through Bookscan and eBook sales) of the DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE series so far, and we're still yet to fully publish the final book in the trilogyUniversal bought the film rights after a heated auction, with Joe Roth (Oz the Great and Powerful) producing.Her books feel like films in the waiting - epic, intensely visual landscapes that readers become fanatical about.Enchanting and affecting writing that will go from strength to strength. All the signs are pointing towards her being a potential big brand author for us
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Once Upon A Time In The West...Country

By Tony Hawks
Comedian and bestselling author of Round Ireland with a Fridge, Tony Hawks, is embarking on his greatest adventure yet - moving from city life in London to deepest Devon in the West Country.

You can take the man out of the city, but is the countryside ready for him?

Comedian and born and bred townie, Tony Hawks is not afraid of a challenge - or indeed a good bet. He's hitchhiked round Ireland with a fridge and taken on the Moldovan football team at tennis, one by one. Now the time has come for his greatest gamble yet - turning his back on comfortable city life to move to the wilds of the West Country.

With his partner Fran in tow and their first child on the way, he embraces the rituals of village life with often absurd and hilarious results, introducing us to an ensemble of eclectic characters along the way. One minute he's taking part in a calamitous tractor run, the next he's chairing a village meeting, but of course he still finds time for one last solo adventure before fatherhood arrives - cycling coast to coast with a mini pig called Titch.

In the epic battle of man vs countryside, who will win out?

TV and radio comedian Tony Hawks regularly pops up on shows like Have I Got News for You, QI, Just A Minute and I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue. He is the bestselling author of five books including Round Ireland with a Fridge and Playing the Moldovans at Tennis which was shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize and Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize. His books have sold over 1 million copies around the world. He now lives in Devon with his partner, Fran.

Follow Tony's latest adventure on Twitter @thefridgeman, or visit his website www.tony-hawks.com.

After more or less inventing the humorous adventure genre, ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST... COUNTRY is Tony's first book for five years and is eagerly anticipated by his many fans and followers.Tony will fully support the book with marketing and promotional activities and plans to arrange a tour to support publication.Tony continues to be a well-known comedian, broadcaster and performer, and we will be launching this new book in hardback with a confident package and campaign.Tony (@thefridgeman) has over 30K followers on Twitter.Tony's previous books have sold over 1 million copies in home and export markets.

Rock Stars Stole my Life!

By Mark Ellen
New adventures in Rock and Roll.

'The book is f***ing BRILLIANT! Just arrived NYC and wanked myself laughing. Literally tears. Irritated looks all around. What a great writer you are. It's a classic. You absolutely got the whole shite early 70s thing down precisely as it was. Names, smells, sounds, looks, the food, drink, girls, boys! Mega! Well done.' - Bob Geldof

In a sodden tent at a '70s festival, the teenage Mark Ellen had a dream. He dreamt that music was a rich meadow of possibility, a liberating leap to a sparkling future, an industry of human happiness - and he wanted to be part of it. Thus began his 50-year love affair with rock and roll. From his time at the NME, Radio One, The Old Grey Whistle Test and Live aid, he has been at the molten core of pop's evolution, and watched its key figures from a unique perspective. This funny and touching personal memoir maps out his eventful journey in rock and roll.

It tells stories and settles scores. It charts the peaks and disappointments. It flags up surprising heroes and barbecues the dull and self-deluded. It puts a chaotic world to rights and pours petrol on the embers of a glorious industry now in spiraling decline.

For more exclusive pictures visit www.rockstarsstolemylife.com

Full of engaging asides and deft, sometimes unsparing pen-portraits, this autobiographical souffle ends with three passages of unexpectedly disturbing power, in which Ellen glimpses the fate of a form of entertainment that has lost the sense of purpose and proportion it possessed during the years when his own tastes were being formed...It is a tribute to Ellen's resilience that not even this sensory assault can erode the powers of humour and observation that make his book so enjoyable.

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For men of several generations, the most eagerly anticipated memoir of the year is Mark Ellen's Rock Stars Stole My Life! and it doesn't disappoint. Subtitled 'A Big Bad Love Affair With Music', Ellen's book describes in beautifully crafted gambols his time working for the music press, from the NME in the Seventies right through to The Word in the noughties, via Smash Hits, Q, Mojo, Select and all places in between.

Ellen has been at the coalface of rock hackdom for 40 years, yet unlike many of his contemporaries, he has always viewed his relationship with the music industry - and the preposterous entertainers it throws up - as a ridiculous pleasure rather than a burden. Ellen is not only one of the nicest men in the industry, he's also one of its funniest writers, and this books picks away at the hand that has fed him for all these years with such humour, and such delicacy, that it becomes impossible to put down. Here is a man who presented Live Aid, who presided over the most popular music magazine in the world, and who unwittingly became one of the last people to interview Michael Jackson in print. And it is never less than hilarious. This book will make you laugh, make you cry with joy, and send you scuttling over to what is left of your record collection to look for an Elvis Costello album you probably have not played since it was released.

So Ellen's book is a riotous, wildly enthusiastic look back over a constantly changing industry and the larger-than-life characters who have dominated it. As the image of today's stars becomes ever more tightly controlled, Ellen's experiences make him one of the few who can pull back the curtain to expose the smoke and mirrors of this most glamorous, exciting and tawdry of industries.Hilariously indiscreetThe must read bookHang on to the shirt-tails of this book and it leads you right the way through --breathlessly. It's terrific!Riotous, entrancing and wildly enthusiastic. Exposes the smoke and mirrors of this most glamorous and tawdry of industries.Hectic, quietly perceptive and in a writing style best described as Acid Wodehouse.The unteachable in pursuit of the unquotable. Knowingly ridiculous and very funny.Immensely readable. A series of golden ages witnessed first-hand.A cultural history of music fandom in a period of fascinating flux.Mark Ellen: the man with the best job ever!A fantastic readEllen not only has a tremendous eye for the glorious absurdity of the music industry, but a treasure chest of funny and occasionally touching anecdotes . . . he balances a fan's enthusiasm with sparkling reverence . . . Rock Stars Stole My Life! Is an upbeat and immensely readable account of a joyous addiction.The collection of people who cross Ellen's path - Blair, old housemate Anton Corbijn, Ellen's girlfriend Anji Hunter, Neil Tennant (who worked on Smash Hits), John Peel, Geldof - is enough to keep you turning the page. Having such a funny, charming guide doesn't hurt either.(a) wry, funny bookMark Ellen had us laughing all the way through.Your book is a joy.The book is f***ing BRILLIANT! Just arrived NYC and wanked myself laughing. Literally tears. Irritated looks all around. What a great writer you are. It's a classic. You absolutely got the whole shite early 70s thing down precisely as it was. Names, smells, sounds, looks, the food, drink, girls, boys! Mega! Well done.Made me laugh out loud.Rock Stars Stole My Life reminds us that [pop music] can also be joyously ridiculous...Ellen relates a blessed life...with playful wit and indefatigable good humour.This year's most breezily entertaining pop memoir.... Ellen sails through pop history with an infectious joie de vivre that sends laughter tumbling from every page.entertaining... describes his past encounters with comic candour.

Award-winning writer and broadcaster Mark Ellen was born at the wrong time. Five years older and he would have seen The Beatles and The Byrds; five years younger and he'd have been plunged into punk rock. He spent his teenage years sitting at the feet of bands like Hookfoot, Wishbone Ash and Brewers Droop -- the half-baked rear guard of underground rock -- and he knew no better than to admire them.

Mark went on to write for Record Mirror and New Musical Express, and edited Smash Hits, Q and Select, and helped to launch MOJO. He stood in for John Peel on Radio One and then joined the Old Grey Whistle Test, becoming one of the TV presenters of Live Aid in 1985.

For ten years from 2002, he edited the much-missed music publication, The Word.

For the same market as Danny Baker, John Peel, Tony Parsons, Stuart Marconie,Well-loved figure in the media with matchless contacts.As former presenter of The Old Grey Whistle Test and editor of the Word he is the foremost figure in 70s musical nostalgia.Describes encounters with some of music's biggest figures, including Jimmy Page, Meatloaf, Rhianna and Lady Gaga.Mark Ellen is in a unique position to offer an exclusive insight into the glamorous world of rock music.Tells funny and insightful stories about an industry that is virtually unrecognisable.
Yellow Kite

Cat Therapy

By Charlotte Segond-Rabilloud
Colouring in cats is an excellent art therapy intervention and offers an innovative form of stress relief

There is nothing more soothing than to caress a cat. Let yourself be lulled by colouring in this purring cat and find your inner calm. According to Leonardo Di Vinci, even 'the smallest feline is a masterpiece'.

With coloured pencils or felt-tip pens, colour in this collection of 100 feline-inspired designs showing the cat in all its forms, both mysterious and friendly.

Relax and rediscover the pleasure of creating.

The 'Art Therapy' series has been huge in France with a number of similar titles being bestsellers.The media has picked up on the trend here in the UK with the Guardian reporting the phenomenon in June 2014 - 'Why colouring in books are the new therapy'.Simple, portable and easy to do - this hardback book is perfect as a self-purchase or as a gift for someone looking for a new meditative therapy.
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Better Than Before

By Gretchen Rubin


Gretchen Rubin, author of the blockbuster New York Times bestsellers, The Happiness Project and Happier at Home, has helped millions of readers get happier. Now she tackles the critical question: How can we make good habits and break bad ones?


Gretchen Rubin, author of the blockbuster New York Times bestsellers, The Happiness Project and Happier at Home, has helped millions of readers get happier. Now she tackles the critical question: How can we make good habits and break bad ones?

Many experts suggest one-size-fits-all solutions for habit change, but as we all know from experience, there's no single magic answer. Better Than Before shows us how to understand habits and to change them for good, and gives us the thrill of recognition and relief, because at last, we'll have the vocabulary and framework to change our habits successfully. Solutions exist!

Along the way, Rubin uses herself as a guinea pig, tests her theories on family and friends, and answers some of the most pressing questions - oddly, questions that other writers and researchers tend to ignore:

- Why do I find it tough to create a habit for something I love to do?

- I want to help someone else make a change. But how?

- Why do practically all dieters gain the weight back - plus more?

- How quickly can I change a habit?

- Why can I make time for everyone else, but can't make time for myself?

Whether you want to get more sleep, finish a project, maintain a healthy weight, or stop checking devices, habits make it possible. With Rubin's signature mix of rigorous research and easy humour, Better Than Before will make us eager to start work on our own habits - even before we've finished the book.

Gretchen Rubin's thesis is fascinating, persuasiveIf you need a helping hand to make over your bad habits, American self-help author Gretchen Rubin is your woman. Better Than Before is full of practical advice and strategies on how to build healthier and happier ways of living that lastJust read this book... It's about the psychology of habit and is an addictive and pleasing read (even for someone who is in the habit of reading a lot of such books about, er, changing habits). I strongly recommend it if you are looking to make some permanent changes in your life... It's excellentbrilliantly addictive, fascinating and transformationalDo you have a bad habit you're trying to shake, or a good one you wish you could cultivate? Gretchen Rubin is one of the most charming and erudite authors of her generation. Here, she uses her gifts to help you eat right, sleep well, stop procrastinating and start enjoying all that life has to offer.Filled with insights about our patterns of behavior, Better Than Before addresses one of life's big and timeless questions: how can we transform ourselves? In a way that's thought-provoking, surprising and often funny, Gretchen Rubin provides us with the tools to build a life that truly reflects our goals and values.Gretchen Rubin combines deep research and observations from her own life to explain how habits emerge and - more important - how they can change. It's indispensable for anyone hoping to overhaul how they (almost unthinkingly) behavetruly transformationalGretchen Rubin is a writer after my own heart - seriously brilliant, very warm, and funny. I think she's amazingIs there a habit in your life you'd like to change? If so, here's your first step: read this book. It's loaded with practical, everyday tips and techniques that will guide you to success.Almost everyone wants to be "better" - slimmer, smarter, better looking, more interesting, more productive - and we want to know we're improving, we want the reinforcing evidence. Gretchen Rubin's new masterpiece, Better than Before, shows us how. She shows how to turn vicious cycles into virtuous cycles and how to turn ruts into roads less traveled. The key is in starting and supporting the habits that will turn us into who we want to be. Unlike other books on habits, Rubin's book gives us the specific tools and a blueprint for getting back on track - the fast track.Gretchen Rubin's superpower is curiosity. Luckily for us, she's turned her passionate inquiry to the topic of making and mastering habits. Weaving together research, unforgettable examples, and her brilliant insight, Better Than Before is a force for real change. It rearranged what I thought I knew about my habits, and I'm better for it.With bold and original insights, Gretchen Rubin reveals the hidden truths about how to change our habits-from resisting junk food and hitting the gym to ending procrastination and saving money. Better Than Before is a gem, and the first habit you should form is reading a chapter every night.Grab this now! Better Than Before is essential reading. In this generous and actionable book, Gretchen Rubin helps us make sense of how privilege and opportunity make so many of us unhappy, and shows how basic daily choices can free us to make the most of what we have

Gretchen Rubin is one of the most thought-provoking and influential writers on habits and happiness. Her books Happier at Home and The Happiness Project were both instant New York Times bestsellers, and have sold more than two million copies in 35 languages.

On her website gretchenrubin.com she writes about her adventures as she test-drives ideas from contemporary science and ancient wisdom about building good habits and a happier life.

She lives in New York City with her husband and two daughters.

The new book by the bestselling author of The Happiness Project and Happier at Home tackles habits and their affect on our personal, creative and business livesSimple strategies to effect change - using her signature mix of literary, scientific and sociological research Gretchen develops ways of understanding who you are before change can happen - e.g. are you an Upholder or an Enabler, a Lark or an Owl, a Marathoner or a Sprinter - all linked in to online campaigns using Gretchen significant online profiles - Rubin identifies the 21 strategies for an individual fit.Major UK tour May 2015Appeals to a broad range from personal decisions to larger, more strategic ones. Moves Gretchen from the Happiness platforms to the even more broadly based ones of habit and change - right on the zeitgeist. Habits are being discussed everywhere from TedTalks to The Conversation from science to psychology - the new new thing.Takes fans of The Power of Habit (Charles Duhigg), The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People (Stephen Covey) onwardSuperlead title for Crown US - March 2015 US multicity tour, press, TVGretchen has a wide, active following on social media outlets: Twitter (twitter.com/gretchenrubin, over 96,000 followers), Facebook (facebook.com/GretchenRubin, 128,000 likes), YouTube (youtube.com/user/GretchenRubinNY, over 12,000 subscribers with over 2.2M views), LinkedIn (bit.ly/gretchenlinkedin, over 1.2 million followers), Instagram (instagram.com/gretchenrubin, over 7,000 followers) and Pinterest (pinterest.com/gretchenrubin/ over 15,500 followers)

Find out more on Gretchen's website: Habits Strategies/Success Stories and A Habit Manifesto