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The Unexpected Inheritance of Inspector Chopra

By Vaseem Khan

Mumbai, murder and a baby elephant combine in a charming, joyful mystery for fans of Alexander McCall Smith and Rachel Joyce.

On the day he retires, Inspector Ashwin Chopra inherits two unexpected mysteries.

The first is the case of a drowned boy, whose suspicious death no one seems to want solved.

And the second is a baby elephant.

As his search for clues takes him across the teeming city of Mumbai, from its grand high rises to its sprawling slums and deep into its murky underworld, Chopra begins to suspect that there may be a great deal more to both his last case and his new ward than he thought.

And he soon learns that when the going gets tough, a determined elephant may be exactly what an honest man needs...

Keeps things heart-warming while tackling corruption at the highest levels and violent crime at the lowest. Endearing and gripping, it sets up Inspector Chopra - and the elephant - for a long series.EnchantingChopra, diligent, incorruptible and not entirely at ease with shiny new India, is a delight, as is his redoubtable wife, Poppy - and Ganesha the elephant, once he has cheered up a bit, proves a very useful ally indeed. Utterly charmingDelightful and upliftingA cast of intriguing characters that it will be a joy to see develop. But the greatest strength is the setting in the teeming city of Mumbai, from which the colour and atmosphere flows out of every page in this enjoyable, whimsical taleIn this Indian-set mystery, Inspector Chopra inherits an elephant and an unsolved murder on his last day at work. A joyful, charming read for fans of Alexander McCall Smith and Rachel Joyce.

Vaseem Khan first saw an elephant lumbering down the middle of the road in 1997 when he arrived in India to work as a management consultant. It was the most unusual thing he had ever encountered and served as the inspiration behind his series of crime novels.

He returned to the UK in 2006 and now works at University College London for the Department of Security and Crime Science where he is astonished on a daily basis by the way modern science is being employed to tackle crime. Elephants are third on his list of passions, first and second being great literature and cricket, not always in that order.

India is a fascinating country, and this is armchair travel at its best: a delightful main character, an intriguing mystery, and all the charms and complications of a city on the rise captured in perfect detail.Vaseem Khan lived in Mumbai for ten years and has contact with police professionals in his day job - the perfect man to launch a new Indian crime series.Will appeal to crime readers, Alexander McCall Smith fans, and the reading group market who love a quirky concept and a charming main character.TV, radio and review coverage is already lined up for publication.
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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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Great British Bake Off: Celebrations

By Linda Collister

Don't just celebrate - bake!

With recipes by Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood, and from this year's Bakers, this beautiful book is a celebration of everything we love about Bake Off.

From family meals to birthday parties, home-cooked teas to the big dates in the community calendar, nothing says celebration like a home-made bake. So this year, we have devoted our book to recipes that will help you make the most out of every occasion no matter how large or small.

There are fantastic centrepieces for the times when you need to make a real showstopper - a Midsummer Celebration Cake or a 16 Layer Mocha Torte - as well as simpler recipes like a Citrus Madeira or White Chocolate Butterscotch Blondies for when all you want is a delicious failsafe bake to welcome unexpected visitors.

The Judges' recipes provide the perfect excuse to impress whether it's serving your own freshly made bread or whipping up a batch of handmade biscuits, whilst the Bakers' recipes will inspire you with their creativity and ingenuity. Introducing new flavours and techniques, the recipes are a showcase for how bakers embrace different ideas and ingredients from around the world.

Whatever occasion, we hope this book will encourage and inspire you to celebrate for yourselves everything that we love about baking.

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

By Chris Holm

Michael Hendricks is not a good man.
He doesn't deserve a good life.
But he is very good at his job.

He's the killing kind.

He doesn't accept contract kills. He doesn't work for any criminal organisation. And he never kills civilians. He only hits hitters.

He's not the kind of guy you call if you want to pop somebody who's pissed you off or done you wrong.

He's not a guy you call at all - he calls you.

And when he does, you'd be advised to take his call. Because it means that someone wants you dead, and time is running out to save your life.

It's not a bad way to make a living, but it's a great way to make enemies.

And now both the FBI and the mafia have Hendricks in their sights, he's about to learn just how good he really is...

A story of rare, compelling brilliance, with a concept so high you'll need oxygen to finish it...This is a one-sitting, extravagant, mind-blowing reading pleasure with a stable of characters who come across as all flesh, bone and folly. You will never look at men hired to kill other humans the same way. You won't merely read this book, you will inhale it.A ripping, twisting yarn you can read in one sitting

Lean, brutal and riveting, THE KILLING KIND is the kind of novel you can't put down but also want to savour. With sharply etched characters, knifelike twists and hardboiled energy to burn, it's an utter winner, beginning to end.

Roaring tough-guy funA fast-moving thriller with a clever premise...Who will best whom is by no means obvious in this fast-moving, witty tale of good guy versus bad guy versus worse guy.He's a bad man, but a good killer... THE KILLING KIND is an explosive and original thriller for fans of I Am Pilgrim. Chris Holm is an award-winning short story writer whose work has appeared in a number of magazines and anthologies, including Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, Needle: A Magazine of Noir, and The Best American Mystery Stories 2011. His critically acclaimed trilogy of Collector novels, which blended fantasy with old-fashioned crime pulp, appeared on over forty year's best lists. He lives in Portland, Maine.Big set-pieces, complex heroes, villainous bad guys: THE KILLING KIND is a big, slick, epic thriller that fans of Child and Grisham will adore.Chris Holm is an award-winning short story writer whose work has appeared in a number of magazines and anthologies. His critically acclaimed trilogy of Collector novels, which blended fantasy with old-fashioned crime pulp, appeared on over forty year's best lists.He's been longlisted for a Stoker Award and nominated for a pair each of Anthony, Derringer, and Spinetingler Awards, as well as having a short story selected by Harlan Coben.He also has an excellent relationship with the US crime community, and has 2,300 Twitter followers, Facebook, a website and blog. An enthusiastic response from authors and bloggers is assured, and we'll be running a grassroots campaign to spread the word.
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My Everything

By Katie Marsh

'Devastatingly good - wonderfully warm, heartbreakingly real and completely uplifting' Miranda Dickinson
On the day Hannah is finally going to tell her husband she's leaving him, he has a stroke . . . and life changes in an instant.
Tom's only 32. Now he can't walk or cut up his own food, let alone use his phone or take her in his arms. And Hannah's trapped. She knows she has to care for her husband, the very same man she was ready to walk away from.
But with the time and fresh perspective he's been given, Tom re-evaluates his life, and becomes determined to save his marriage. Can he once again become the man his wife fell in love with, or has he left it too late?
My Everything is an unputdownable debut novel. It will make you cry, laugh, and stop to think about what's really important in life.

Absolutely LOVED it! Such a beautiful book . . . Heartwarming and funny in places, and very honest.Devastatingly good - wonderfully warm, heartbreakingly real and completely uplifting. I was completely blown away by the story and Katie's beautiful prose drew me right to the heart of Hannah and Tom's world. I will be recommending this book to everyone!It was hard to put down, the characters are beautifully observed and continue to surprise one, all the way through to the story's unexpected end.A moving and thoughtful story about love and second chances

Hannah's thirty-two-year-old husband has a stroke . . . on the day she was going to leave him.
A thought-provoking, emotive and page-turning debut novel perfect for fans of Jojo Moyes and Jodi Picoult.

Katie Marsh lives in south west London with her husband and daughter. As well as writing novels she has a career in healthcare, and MY EVERYTHING was inspired by the bravery of the patients she met while working in stroke services.

Katie loves strong coffee, the feel of a blank page and stealing her husband's toast.

You can follow her on Twitter @marshisms.

It's incredibly thought-provoking (what would I do in Hannah's shoes?), emotive and page-turning storytelling that will encourage a great reading group discussion.A brilliant debut novel with a very compelling hook: this author has huge mass-market potential.Katie wrote the first draft of STILL STANDING while working with stroke patients in south London. It won the Miranda Dickinson New Rose First Chapter prize in 2013.Packing a powerful emotional punch, it will make you laugh through the tears - and Katie Marsh has plans to follow it up with more novels of everyday bravery.For fans of Rowan Coleman's The Memory Book, Jojo Moyes's Me Before You, and Julie Cohen's Dear Thing.
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Icarus

By Deon Meyer

After 602 days dry, Captain Benny Griessel of the South African police services can't take any more tragedy.

So when Benny is called in to investigate a multiple homicide, it pushes him close to breaking point - a former friend and detective colleague has shot his wife and two daughters, then killed himself. Benny wants out - out of his job, his home and his relationship with his singer girlfriend, Alexa. He moves into a hotel and starts drinking. Again.

But Benny's unique talent is urgently required to help investigate another crime - the high profile murder of Ernst Richter, MD of a new tech startup, Alibi, whose body is discovered buried in the sand dunes north of Cape Town. Alibi is a service that creates false appointments, documents and phone calls to enable people to cheat on their partners. It has made Richter one of the most notorious people in South Africa. Can Benny pull together the strands of his life in time to catch the killer?

Sharp and full of energy, his evocation of place and character second to none. The pace of the novel is breathless, yet Meyer never sacrifices authenticity or the quality of his writing. Crime, wine and a thrilling finale: a rare and unexpected treat.Deon Meyer's South Africa is laid bare in ICARUS . . . it is as glittering and hard as the diamonds his country is famous for . . . Meyer utilises the crime fiction genre as an apparatus to create a multifaceted, unsparing picture of his countryPraise for Deon MeyerThe narrative is well-plotted, and the novel brings to life the rich and volatile diversity of contemporary South Africa. There's nothing flashy here, just a good story, very well told. Would there were more like it.Deon Meyer is a top notch plotter and has created one of the best ensemble (and multi-racial) casts of any modern police procedural series.Deon Meyer's gritty crime novels [are] part police procedural, part political thriller . . . What makes Meyer such a national treasure - and as good as anyone in the world - is that even if you have no knowledge or interest in South Africa's history or present, his books are compelling page-turners. Politics and race are just part of the intricately crafted superstructure bolted onto the rock-solid chassis of a top-quality crime thriller, driven by a writer with deceptive skill.Crime fiction with real texture and intelligence.Tells a cracking story and captures the criminal kaleidoscope of a nation.This year's great discovery: classy, edgy writing, subtly plotted and beautifully balanced between fast-paced action, pungent social comment and the process of investigation.A gripping thriller from the leading crime writer in South Africa, now with a best-selling international reputation featuring his much loved detective Benny Griessel.

Deon Meyer's books have attracted worldwide critical acclaim and a growing international fanbase. Originally written in Afrikaans, they have now been translated into twenty-eight languages.

THIRTEEN HOURS was shortlisted for the CWA International Dagger and won the Boeke Prize in South Africa - the first time in the prize's 16 year history that a South African book has won. His novels have also won literary prizes in France, Sweden, Germany and the Netherlands, and the film rights to seven of his novels have been optioned or sold.

Deon has also written two television series, and several screenplays for movies. In 2013 he directed one of his original scripts for the feature film The Last Tango.

Deon Meyer lives near Cape Town in South Africa. His big passions are motorcycling, music, reading, cooking and rugby. In January 2008 he retired from his day job as a consultant on brand strategy for BMW Motorrad, and is now a full time author.

Visit the author's website at www.deonmeyer.com and follow him on Twitter @MeyerDeon

THE leading crime writer in South Africa, now with a blossoming international reputation as a bestseller.Benny Griessel is Meyer's most popular and brilliant creation.Strong online element of the story will lend itself to social media promotion.
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Rooms

By Lauren Oliver

Wealthy Richard Walker has just died, leaving behind his country house full of rooms packed with the detritus of a lifetime. His estranged family - bitter ex-wife Caroline, troubled teenage son Trenton, and unforgiving daughter Minna - have arrived for their inheritance.

But the Walkers are not alone. Prim Alice and the cynical Sandra, long dead former residents bound to the house, linger within its claustrophobic walls. Jostling for space, memory, and supremacy, they observe the family, trading barbs and reminiscences about their past lives. Though their voices cannot be heard, Alice and Sandra speak through the house itself - in the hiss of the radiator, a creak in the stairs, the dimming of a light bulb.

The living and dead are each haunted by painful truths that will soon surface with explosive force. When a new ghost appears, and Trenton begins to communicate with her, the spirit and human worlds collide - with cataclysmic results.

Lauren Oliver captivated readers with her achingly beautiful first novel, BEFORE I FALL. She followed that up with the compellingly addictive DELIRIUM trilogy and her new novel, PANIC, in which she explores the true meaning of hope and fear. Lauren's first adult novel, ROOMS, published in September 2014 to huge critical acclaim.

She is also the author of two novels for young readers, LIESL & PO and THE SPINDLERS, delightful, scary and magical novels that are certain to become modern classics of children's writing. A graduate of the University of Chicago and NYU's MFA program, she lives in Brooklyn, New York. You can visit her online at www.laurenoliverbooks.com

Wealthy Richard Walker has just died, leaving behind his country house full of rooms packed with the detritus of a lifetime. His estranged family - bitter ex-wife Caroline, troubled teenage son Trenton, and unforgiving daughter Minna - have arrived for their inheritance.

But the Walkers are not alone. Prim Alice and the cynical Sandra, long dead former residents bound to the house, linger within its claustrophobic walls. Jostling for space, memory, and supremacy, they observe the family, trading barbs and reminiscences about their past lives. Though their voices cannot be heard, Alice and Sandra speak through the house itself - in the hiss of the radiator, a creak in the stairs, the dimming of a light bulb.

The living and dead are each haunted by painful truths that will soon surface with explosive force. When a new ghost appears, and Trenton begins to communicate with her, the spirit and human worlds collide - with cataclysmic results.
'Oliver has a caustic sense of humour, splicing the shattering emotional chaos with pitch-black comedy' Metro

'Oliver has a terrific talent for old-fashioned storytelling, nailing your attention from the first sentence.' The Times

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Lauren Oliver is the internationally bestselling author of BEFORE I FALL and the DELIRIUM series. You can find out more at www.laurenoliverbooks.com.

Lauren Oliver makes her adult debut with this mesmerizing ghost story - perfect for fans of Audrey Niffenegger's HER FEARFUL SYMMETRYAn exciting new venture for an incredibly talented bestselling author.Will appeal to both older readers and the vast majority of her existing fanbase, who we expect to follow her into this new literary adult venture.Lauren Oliver is an outstanding storyteller with a remarkable ability to create characters who walk off the page and straight into your life.Our ambitions for the paperback are huge: we anticipate bestselling, prize-winning success.

Wealthy Richard Walker has just died, leaving behind his country house full of rooms packed with the detritus of a lifetime. His estranged family-bitter ex-wife Caroline, troubled teenage son Trenton, and unforgiving daughter Minna-have arrived for their inheritance.

But the Walkers are not alone. Prim Alice and the cynical Sandra, long dead former residents bound to the house, linger within its claustrophobic walls. Jostling for space, memory, and supremacy, they observe the family, trading barbs and reminiscences about their past lives. Though their voices cannot be heard, Alice and Sandra speak through the house itself-in the hiss of the radiator, a creak in the stairs, the dimming of a light bulb.

The living and dead are each haunted by painful truths that will soon surface with explosive force. When a new ghost appears, and Trenton begins to communicate with her, the spirit and human worlds collide-with cataclysmic results.

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Yoga Girl

By Rachel Brathen

By the yoga instructor who inspires more than one million followers on Instagram every day.

Part self-help and part memoir, Yoga Girl is an inspirational look at the adventure that took writer and yoga teacher Rachel Brathen from her hometown in Sweden to the jungles of Costa Rica and finally to a paradise island in the Caribbean that she now calls home. With more than one million followers on Instagram, Brathen shares pieces of her life with the world every day. In Yoga Girl, she gives readers an in-depth look at her journey from her self-destructive teenage years to the happy and inspiring life she's built through yoga and meditation.

Featuring spectacular photos of Rachel practising yoga in amazing locations, along with step-by-step yoga sequences and simple recipes for a healthy, happy, and fearless lifestyle, Yoga Girl is all you need to inspire your own yoga journey.

Uplifting memoir and lifestyle advice from the yoga instructor turned Instagram superstar, Rachel Brathen AKA Yoga Girl, who inspires millions every day.

Swedish native Rachel Brathen has been practicing yoga since she was a young teen. After leaving school she travelled to Costa Rica, and it was here that she found the joy of incorporating yoga into her everyday life. After moving to Aruba in early 2010, she started teaching yoga full time on the Caribbean island. Rachel leads workshops all across the globe, focusing on handstands, arm balances, vinyasa foundation, and fearless living.

Rachel is one of the first people in the world to take yoga from the mat and onto a paddle board, and she teaches SUP Yoga (Stand-Up Paddle board Yoga) in all of her retreats and also at festivals and events in different countries around the world. Follow her on Instagram @Yoga_Girl

Rachel has a huge social media following (Instagram: 1.1m, Facebook: 183.7k, Twitter: 26.4k) and has a dedicated, engaged and ever-growing international fan base.Rachel will be holding classes in the UK on publication and in Australia in autumn 2015. Previous classes in Sweden catered for up to 600 people in one class and during Rachel's visit to the UK in 2014 her classes sold out in minutes.She is the face of yoga and is very well-known within the yoga community as well as inspiring yoga novices to take up the practice.Yoga is the exercise of choice for many celebrities and health gurus. Celebrities who practice yoga include Charlize Theron, Russell Brand, Matthew McConaughey and Gwyneth Paltrow. Our own Deliciously Ella is holding a series of yoga brunches. Rachel herself is fast becoming a celebrity in her own right and is recognised wherever she travels in the world.
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The Loney

By Andrew Michael Hurley

'Modern classics in this genre are rare, and instant ones even rarer; The Loney, however, looks as though it may be both' Sunday Telegraph

If it had another name, I never knew, but the locals called it the Loney - that strange nowhere between the Wyre and the Lune where Hanny and I went every Easter time with Mummer, Farther, Mr and Mrs Belderboss and Father Wilfred, the parish priest.

It was impossible to truly know the place. It changed with each influx and retreat, and the neap tides would reveal the skeletons of those who thought they could escape its insidious currents. No one ever went near the water. No one apart from us, that is.

I suppose I always knew that what happened there wouldn't stay hidden for ever, no matter how much I wanted it to. No matter how hard I tried to forget . . .

The Loney is not just good, it's great. It's an amazing piece of fictionModern classics in this genre are rare, and instant ones even rarer; The Loney, however, looks as though it may be bothA thrilling first novelThe Loney is a stunning novel - about faith, the uncanny, strange rituals, and the oddity of human experience. Beautifully written, it's immensely entertaining, but also deep and wide. A moving evocation of desolate wilderness and a marvel of complex characterization, The Loney is one of my favorite reads of the past couple of yearsA modern classic: superbly eerie, beautifully human and immensely readableI can't remember a more confident debut: a mingling of horror, domestic strife and metaphysical ambiguities set against an arrestingly vivid landscape. BrilliantThe Loney transcends its generic roots by virtue of its depth and subtlety, imbuing horror with an intimacy, flavour and scent, meanwhile suggesting that horror's true face is meaningless, indifferent - and brilliantly blankThe Loney is one of the best novels I've read in years. From the very first page, I knew I was in the hands of a master. Atmospheric, psychologically astute, and saturated with the kind of electrifying wrongness that makes for pleasurably sleepless nightsConfident and beautifully written debut . . . moves from the strange to the downright scary. Comparisons to The Wicker Man will no doubt be made, but there are also elements of Sam Peckinpah's Straw Dogs, and the bleakness and youthful innocence of Iain Banks'The Wasp Factory. As soon as I'd finished the book I started over and re-read it. It was that goodA masterful excursion into terror. Hurley (whose remarkable talent has previously been confined to short stories) fills the larger space this debut novel gives him with a slow, inexorable build-up of menace . . . Both the obliquely suggestive and the rawly physical are put to fearful effect as jeopardy tightens around the characters. Familiar properties of the horror genre aren't spurned . . . but Hurley excitingly revivifies such material with the energy of his writing. Dankly atmospheric his eerie narrative is packed with the palpable and pungentHurley is skilled at characterisation and voice . . . An assured debut that deftly mixes elements of gothic horror and social commentary, it can be read as a chilling comedy of manners . . . There are echoes in his writing of the strange tales of Daphne du Maurier, the British horror writer Robert Aikman and even further afield, of Henry James's The Turn of the Screw . . . Where the novel really shines is in Hurley's ability to create character, setting and atmosphere. The backdrop of The Loney is a knockout - Wuthering Heights-esque. It is gothic, yet entirely believableAndrew Michael Hurley's evocation of the dampness and grey misery of his setting, The Loney, is so immersive it's almost surprising the pages aren't sodden and dripping . . . The clash between the modern and the ancient, between the urban and the rural, are horror staples from Dennis Wheatley to The Wicker Man, but Hurley's sharply drawn characters and descriptive powers dispel any sense of over-familiarity. The Loney weaves its spell slowly but once it's taken hold, it drags the reader into the darkness where faith dare not show its face for fear of being snuffed out like a sputtering candleLike the Wicker Man in prose, Andrew Michael Hurley's debut is a slow-burning tale of uniquely British terror . . . Stands out among a rising wave of literary horror. In the tradition of ghost story writer M. R. James, its fear factor depends not on monsters seen full-face but on hints, allusions and the indeterminate shapes formed in the reader's own hyper-sensitised mind . . . Hurley draws on a rich tradition and gives it his own distinctive touch. Nuanced, deliberate and building insensibly from a murmur to a shriek. The Loney is an unforgettable addition to the ranks of the best British horrorA modern suspense novel that is a masterful excursion into terrorWith splendidly idiosyncratic characters, a dank, bleak landscape and an all-pervading sense of menace, this is an eerie, disturbing read that doesn't let up until its surprise endingMost triumphantly of all, though, it is absolutely a novel of place . . . The Loney's landscape is both timeless and frightening . . . [Anderw Michael Hurley is] fantastically adept at conveying something beyond the natural or the normal without spelling it out.. He also has a talent for sheer, unadulterated ominousness . . . Most of all though, The Loney's power lies in all that Hurley dares to leave out. This is a novel of the unsaid, the implied, the barely grasped or understood, crammed with dark holes and blurry spaces that your imagination feels compelled to fill. It takes both confidence and talent to write like this and it leaves you wanting more of whatever slice of darkness Hurley might choose to dish up nextFull of unnerving horror, giving a sensation of something creeping quietly behind you and then breathing on your spine. It's beautifully written, with a sense of both poetry and plot: the coastal landscape and the very British social tensions within the church group are equally well mapped out. But Hurley also knows when to ramp up the eeriness, which moves from vaguely disquieting to full-blooded horror. It's rare for a book to make you sigh over the loveliness of the phrases while simultaneously hoping you've locked the windows, but The Loney is special in this way and othersA beautiful, thrilling and unsettling debut novel.Andrew Michael Hurley has lived in Manchester and London, and is now based in Lancashire, where he teaches English Literature and Creative Writing. He has had two collections of short stories published by Lime Tree Press. The Loney is his first novel - it was first published in October 2014 by Tartarus Press, a tiny independent publisher based in Yorkshire, as a 300-copy limited-edition.A thrilling and unsettling first novel that has already received a rave review from the Sunday TelegraphThe Loney was first published in October 2014 by Tartarus Press, a tiny independent based in Yorkshire, in a 300-copy limited-edition at £35. John Murray are republishing it in August.Shortlisted for the inaugural James Herbert AwardIt was a hot book of the London book fair, and has sold to territories round the world
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The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet

By Becky Chambers

When Rosemary Harper joins the crew of the Wayfarer, she isn't expecting much. The Wayfarer, a patched-up ship that's seen better days, offers her everything she could possibly want: a small, quiet spot to call home for a while, adventure in far-off corners of the galaxy, and distance from her troubled past.

But Rosemary gets more than she bargained for with the Wayfarer. The crew is a mishmash of species and personalities, from Sissix, the friendly reptillian pilot, to Kizzy and Jenks, the constantly sparring engineers who keep the ship running. Life on board is chaotic, but more or less peaceful - exactly what Rosemary wants.

Until the crew are offered the job of a lifetime: the chance to build a hyperspace tunnel to a distant planet. They'll earn enough money to live comfortably for years... if they survive the long trip through war-torn interstellar space without endangering any of the fragile alliances that keep the galaxy peaceful.

But Rosemary isn't the only person on board with secrets to hide, and the crew will soon discover that space may be vast, but spaceships are very small indeed.

A joyous, optimistic space opera... Although it isn't shy about tackling Big Questions, PLANET is a heart-warming debut novel that will restore your faith in science fiction (specifically) and humanity (in general).One of the most enjoyable, brilliantly realised spacey SF novels I've read in ages.One of the most delightful novels science-fiction that I've read in recent years.The Long Way is, very simply, an extremely good book, a seemingly effortless demonstration of how progressive and enjoyable science fiction can be.A huge amount of space-opera-y fun, with some interestingly nuanced perspectives on gender woven into the whole.The astonishing self-published debut novel that Tor.com says 'will restore your faith in science fiction (specifically) and humanity (in general).'Becky Chambers was raised in California as the progeny of an astrobiology educator, an aerospace engineer, and an Apollo-era rocket scientist. An inevitable space enthusiast, she made the obvious choice of studying performing arts. After a few years in theatre administration, she shifted her focus toward writing. Her creative work has appeared at The Mary Sue, Tor.com, Five Out Of Ten, The Toast, and Pornokitsch.

When Rosemary Harper joins the crew of the Wayfarer, she isn't expecting much. The Wayfarer, a patched-up ship that's seen better days, offers her everything she could possibly want: a small, quiet spot to call home for a while, adventure in far-off corners of the galaxy, and distance from her troubled past.

The crew is a mishmash of species and personalities, from Sissix, the friendly reptilian pilot, to Kizzy and Jenks, the constantly sparring engineers who keep the ship running. Life on board is chaotic, but more or less peaceful - exactly what Rosemary wants.

Until the crew are offered the job of a lifetime, tunneling through space to a distant planet. They'll earn enough money to live comfortably for years... if they survive the trip.

But Rosemary isn't the only person on board with secrets to hide, and the crew will soon discover that space may be vast, but spaceships are very small indeed.

'Great fun!' Ann Leckie, author of Ancillary Justice

'The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet is humane and alien, adventurous and thoughtful, vast in its imagination and wonderfully personal in the characters it builds. But above all else, it joyously written and a joy to read' Claire North, author of The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August

'Imagine smashing the groundbreaking, breathtaking science fiction of Ann Leckie's Imperial Radch saga against the salty space opera of The Expanse... Becky Chambers' debut is a delight... A genuine joy' Tor.com

'This fantastic character-driven space opera is an absolute blast. Atmospheric, immersive and most importantly - fun to read, I didn't want it to end. More please' Sarah Lotz, author of The Three

This debut novel made headlines when it was shortlisted for a Kitschies Golden Tentacle award for best debut.Originally funded by a small Kickstarter in 2012, THE LONG WAY TO A SMALL ANGRY PLANET is being published in an all-new edition with a stunning new cover by Hodder & Stoughton.THE LONG WAY TO A SMALL ANGRY PLANET is a brilliant space opera in the vein of Ann Leckie's astonishing, award-sweeping novel Ancillary Justice.Perfect for fans of Star Wars, Firefly and Mass Effect, THE LONG WAY TO A SMALL ANGRY PLANET will appeal to everyone who loves tales of high adventure and excitement.
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No Cure For Love

By Peter Robinson

Before you discovered DCI Banks, Detective Arvo Hughes was on the case in this vintage standalone crime thriller from Peter Robinson.

In 1990s Los Angeles, the beautiful star of a hit TV cop show is being sent strange letters.

At first, Sarah Broughton dismisses the letters as the ramblings of a lonely fan. But when the letters take on a disturbing tone and Sarah discovers a body in the sand outside her Malibu beach house, the experts are brought in.

Working as a detective in the LAPD Threat Management Unit, Arvo Hughes has seen it all before: stalkers, love obsessionals, erotomaniacs - willing to kill themselves and their supposed love objects over their devotion. He knows the language they use and the patterns they follow.

But there is no pattern to follow here. Dealing with a highly unpredictable but extremely violent killer, Arvo feels certain Sarah's stalker must have met her before. But with the squeaky-clean star doing all she can to keep memories of a shady history locked away, Arvo must delve into her past himself.

Classic Robinson: labyrinthine plot merged with deft characterisation[Peter Robinson deserves a place] near, perhaps even at the top of, the British crime writers' leagueGut-wrenching plotting, alongside heart-wenching portraits of the characters who populate his world . . . top-notch police procedureIf Robinson is to turn out one-off novels as assured as this perhaps we wouldn't mind too much if Alan Banks was to retire and take up beekeeping in SussexVintage Peter Robinson: a standalone LAPD crime thriller, written and set 20 years ago - never before available in the United Kingdom, with a foreword from Michael Connelly.

In 1994, Peter Robinson wrote his second standalone novel, No Cure for Love, out of a long-standing fascination with Los Angeles - from the movies of his childhood to the novels of Raymond Chandler. By 1995, he had already won and been nominated for numerous awards and had written the first six DCI Banks novels.

Twenty years on, there are now twenty-two books in the critically acclaimed DCI Banks series - which has been made into a major ITV1 drama - and Peter has also written two collections of short stories. Peter's books have won the Arthur Ellis award six times to date, and in 2013 he won the IMBA's 2013 Dilys Award for his most recent standalone novel, Before the Poison.

Originally published in 1995, No Cure for Love is now available in the UK for the first time, with an introduction by Michael Connelly

Vintage crime by a Number One bestseller: a brilliant serial killer/LAPD police thriller that was published 20 years ago in US and Canada, but has never been available before in this marketMichael Connelly has written a new foreword which places the book in contextPeter Robinson's sales are growing in print and ebook; in a year without a new Robinson, this classic LA crime novel will delight his fans
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A Game for All the Family

By Sophie Hannah

'Tension, thy name is Sophie Hannah' Independent

Justine thought she knew who she was, until an anonymous caller seemed to know better...

After escaping London and a career that nearly destroyed her, Justine plans to spend her days doing as little as possible in her beautiful home in Devon.

But soon after the move, her daughter Ellen starts to withdraw when her new best friend, George, is unfairly expelled from school. Justine begs the head teacher to reconsider, only to be told that nobody's been expelled - there is, and was, no George.

Then the anonymous calls start: a stranger, making threats that suggest she and Justine share a traumatic past and a guilty secret - yet Justine doesn't recognise her voice. When the caller starts to talk about three graves - two big and one small, to fit a child - Justine fears for her family's safety.

If the police can't help, she'll have to eliminate the danger herself, but first she must work out who she's supposed to be...

One of the great unmissables of this genre - intelligent, classy and with a wonderfully Gothic imaginationFor those who demand emotional intelligence and literary verve from their thrillers, Sophie Hannah is the writer of choiceThe language in Sophie Hannah's novels is so precise and elegantly phrased. More noteworthy, perhaps, is her sure grasp of psychology - particularly that of her beleaguered heroines, often thrown into chaos by the effects of crime or a catastrophic misjudgement on their own partSinister and twisty: I was grippedJustine's dreams of a blissfully lazy new life are shattered when her daughter starts writing creepy murder stories in this superb standalone thriller *****deliciously creepyPostmodernism and crime fiction are not easy bedfellows, and it takes a master (or mistress) of the genre to balance the clever-cleverness of the meta-text with the skill needed to build and maintain suspense. In A GAME FOR ALL THE FAMILY Hannah manages to balance postmodern playfulness with a strong narrative drive to produce a complex, compelling brain-teaser . . . Hannah - like Patricia Highsmith and Ruth Rendell before her - is an expert at exploring the delicate line between the ordinary and the monstrous, yet her everyday tales of warped psychology are laced with humour.Queen of psychological crime Sophie Hannah is back with a chilling standalone novel - a literary puzzle set to unlock the dark side of the mind . . .

Sophie Hannah is the internationally bestselling author of ten psychological thrillers, as well as The Monogram Murders, the first Hercule Poirot mystery to be written and published since Agatha Christie's death, approved by her estate.

Sophie's books have been published in thirty-four languages and fifty-one territories, and she is also an award-winning short story writer and poet. Sophie's fifth collection of poetry, Pessimism for Beginners, was shortlisted for the TS Eliot Award, and in 2004 she won first prize in the Daphne du Maurier Festival Short Story Competition for her psychological suspense story 'The Octopus Nest'. Sophie's poetry is studied at GCSE, A-level and degree level across the UK.

The Carrier, Sophie's psychological thriller, won the Crime Thriller of the Year award at the 2013 Specsavers National Book Awards, and The Point of Rescue and The Other Half Lives have both been adapted for television as ITV's Case Sensitive.

Sophie lives in Cambridge with her husband and two children, where she is a Fellow Commoner at Lucy Cavendish College.

Sophie Hannah is an unstoppable force in psychological crime, winning the Specsavers National Book Award for Crime Book of the Year 2013 with THE CARRIER and commissioned by the estate of Agatha Christie to write the first Hercule Poirot novel since Christie's death, publication September 2014.Sophie has been one of the big-name authors selected to be part of the 2015 Quick Reads programme with her short novel Pictures or It Didn't Happen.Sophie Hannah's critical acclaim is extraordinary - she is held in high regard by reviewers and fellow crime writers alikeSophie appeals to reading groups as well as crime fans with her combination of challenging puzzle, psychological suspense and high-quality writing.
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The Art of Baking Blind

By Sarah Vaughan

'Clever and compelling. I loved this!' Nina Stibbe, bestselling author of Love, Nina

There are many reasons to bake: to feed; to create; to impress; to nourish; to define ourselves; and, sometimes, it has to be said, to perfect. But often we bake to fill a hunger that would be better filled by a simple gesture from a dear one. We bake to love and be loved.

In 1966, Kathleen Eaden, cookery writer and wife of a supermarket magnate, published The Art of Baking, her guide to nurturing a family by creating the most exquisite pastries, biscuits and cakes.

Now, five amateur bakers are competing to become the New Mrs Eaden. There's Jenny, facing an empty nest now her family has flown; Claire, who has sacrificed her dreams for her daughter; Mike, trying to parent his two kids after his wife's death; Vicki, who has dropped everything to be at home with her baby boy; and Karen, perfect Karen, who knows what it's like to have nothing and is determined her façade shouldn't slip.

As unlikely alliances are forged and secrets rise to the surface, making the choicest choux bun seems the least of the contestants' problems. For they will learn - as Mrs Eaden did before them - that while perfection is possible in the kitchen, it's very much harder in life.

Five amateur bakers compete in a baking competition and discover that the vision of perfect domesticity they aspire to may not be the whole truth. For book club readers everywhere whose tastes range from The Help, One Day and The Other Hand to Katie Fforde and Gill Hornby.Sarah Vaughan read English at Oxford and went on to become a journalist. After eleven years at the Guardian as a news reporter, health correspondent and political correspondent, she started freelancing. THE ART OF BAKING BLIND is her first novel and she is now working on her second. Sarah lives near Cambridge with her husband and two small children.Perfect Reading Group novelIntelligent commercial women's fiction with a darker sideWarm, sympathetic, moving - with a wide-ranging appeal across the generationsSpeaks to women's deepest concerns about their roles as wives and mothersCompelling baking background adds an extra ingredient and interest