July 2017 New Releases

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Eat, Sleep And Slim With Honey

By Mike Mcinnes

'A revolutionary new, scientifically backed way to stay slim.' Daily Mail

Just a spoon full of honey is all it takes to lose weight according to the sweetest, easiest diet - fall asleep and the weight will fall off.

Honey has always been regarded as a food with almost magical, health-giving and healing properties. Now the latest scientific research backs it up.

We are always being told that sugar is bad for us, and that is true of most types of sugar - but science shows that honey is good sugar.

Just a tablespoon of honey every night before you go to bed will:
· Give your body exactly the right type and quantity of food it needs to burn off excess weight during the night
· Reduce your craving for other - bad - sugars during the day
· Give golden slumbers, deep long-lasting, dream-filled sleep that will help you wake up happy and refreshed
· Help restore your immune system and your body's natural balances

Nutrition expert and former Boots chemist Mike McInnes here reveals the secrets of his revolutionary diet, giving a step by step guide to complementary meals and simple, easy resistance exercises, suitable for people of all ages and fitness levels.

Lose a stone in a month and keep it off forever!

Mike McInnes studied pharmacy at Heriot-Watt College.

Mike has worked as a pharmacist but focuses his attention on sports nutri­tion, researching the specifics of energy partition and selection during exercise.

His research led him to believe that honey could be the Gold Standard fuel for forward provisioning the brain, via the liver, during exercise and stocking up for recovery.

Mike lives in Edinburgh with his wife Theresa. They have four children: Christine, Stuart, Graham and Janet and three grand­children: Oskar, Rob and Isla, all of whom love honey

The simplest, easiest diet ever.The author is a former Boots chemist.A range of honey-based food products to tie in with the diet in development with a major food manufacturer.Was serialised in the Daily Mail on first publication.Honey is currently having a moment in the spotlight, with many articles in the media mentioning its health benefits.Perfect for those looking for a simple and effective diet for new years resolutions.No need to buy expensive supplements, honey is readily available to everybody at a low cost.
Hodder & Stoughton

2020

By Paul Cornish, Kingsley Donaldson

'A WELL-RESEARCHED AND THOUGHT-PROVOKING BOOK' Telegraph

'A timely and cogent reminder that history never ends and is about to be made' - Tim Marshall, author of Prisoners of Geography

'This informed and expert book examines credible scenarios of what might happen, could happen and hopefully won't happen' - Lord George Robertson, former NATO Secretary General

'2020: World of War should be read by our political leaders, policy makers and horizon scanners alike' - General Sir Richard Shirreff

'This expert consideration of potential conflicts will be invaluable to us all - not just the policy makers and politicians who will have to deal with those issues' - Jonathan Powell, former Chief of Staff, 10 Downing Street

'Knowing the unknown is the first step in making sure what we fear most doesn't happen' - Jonathan Powell, former Chief of Staff, 10 Downing Street

With the world already struggling to contain conflicts on several continents, with security and defence expenditure under huge pressure, it's time to think the unthinkable and explore what might happen.

As former soldiers now working in defence strategy and conflict resolution, Paul Cornish and Kingsley Donaldson are perfectly qualified to guide us through a credible and utterly convincing 20/20 vision of the year 2020, from cyber security to weapons technology, from geopolitics to undercover operations.

This book is of global importance, offering both analysis and creative solutions - essential reading both for decision-makers and everyone who simply wants to understand our future.

A timely and cogent reminder that history never ends and is about to be madeThis informed and expert book examines credible scenarios of what might happen, could happen and hopefully won't happen.2020: World of War should be read by our political leaders, policy makers and horizon scanners alike.This expert consideration of potential conflicts will be invaluable to us all - not just the policy makers and politicians who will have to deal with those issues.Knowing the unknown is the first step in making sure what we fear most doesn't happen.A well-researched and thought-provoking bookFrom cybersecurity to geopolitics - what will the world look like in the year 2020? Paul Cornish and Kingsley Donaldson guide us through a maze of global uncertainty in this fascinating look at the future, offering analysis and creative solutions for those who want to understand how our decisions today will affect the world we live in tomorrow.Paul Cornish (Author)
Paul Cornish was educated at the University of St Andrews and the London School of Economics. He then served in the British Army (Royal Tank Regiment) and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office before completing his PhD in strategic history at the University of Cambridge. He is Chief Strategist at Cityforum Public Policy Analysis and Visiting Professor at the National Security College, Australian National University.

Kingsley Donaldson (Author)
KINGSLEY DONALDSON is a retired Army officer. He has served on operations in a number of European and Middle Eastern countries in various roles that span from countering weapons of mass destruction through to negotiating with armed groups in Iraq. His last appointments at the Ministry of Defence were concerned with national defence and security strategy. He now advises a number of governments in his role as Director of the Causeway Institute for Peace-building Conflict Resolution International.

This is an extremely timely book that addresses issues at the forefront of public consciousness including terrorism, international warfare, cyber bulling, climate change and much more.Paul Cornish and Kingsley Donaldson are both former soldiers now working in defence strategy and conflict resolution, and are therefore perfectly qualified to bring their expertise to this examination of the future.This will be an international book with scenarios including predictions for Europe, India, China, the USA and many others, and will have global appeal.The authors are very well connected and will be great for publicity.
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The Girl Who Climbed Everest

By Bonita Norris

'What I've learned from climbing mountains is that we can push ourselves far beyond what we think we are capable of, and it's outside of our comfort zones that the most amazing things happen.'

What drives us to go to our limits and beyond? What does it take to make dreams come true over all else? And how can you turn fear into courage?

From Everest to K2, The Girl Who Climbed Everest is the story of Bonita Norris' journey undertaking the world's toughest and most dangerous expeditions. Once an anxious teenager with an eating disorder it was the discovery of a passion for climbing that inspired Bonita to change her life. Drawing on her experiences to capture the agonies - both mental and physical - and joys of her incredible feats Bonita also imparts the lessons learned encouraging you to harness greater self-belief.

The Girl Who Climbed Everest is an honest exploration of everything Bonita has learnt from climbing. Life lessons about ambition, values, risk, happiness, the courage to fail, and what's ultimately important. An indispensable and important book for anyone who has ever doubted their potential or put limits on themselves - whatever challenge you face or ambitions you want to achieve, The Girl Who Climbed Everest will inspire you to take action and live life more fearlessly.

One woman's journey facing the world's toughest and most dangerous summits and the lessons she has learnt along the way. Gripping and inspiring, this is a story of determination, passion and overcoming fear.Bonita Norris, 29, is the youngest person in the world to have reached both the summit of Mt Everest and the North Pole. She has undertaken 6 Himalayan/Karakoram expeditions, and when not on expedition, is a TV presenter and motivational speaker. She only began climbing aged 20 after a chance lecture about mountaineering inspired her to change her life.The Girl Who Climbed Everest is a modern interpretation of a mountaineering book that reflects current popular themes in the non-fiction market, such as nature, adventure, gritty female stories and life and death.It will appeal to readers of inspirational memoirs by women. But the emotional honesty about fear, anxiety and relationships will give it broad appeal.Bonita is a motivational speaker and has built a career talking to young women, who often doubt their true potential. This book will appeal to those in need of a gutsy and fearless role model - an antidote to the celebrity culture that teenagers today are bombarded with - her honesty about fears and doubts will make girls feel that they can do it too.Where the classic mountaineering market is limited and arguably old fashioned, this is an entirely new take on the genre - speaking as much to the lean In audience as it does to the readers who loved Wild. An authentic adventure book for millennials and beyond.
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Sleeping in the Ground

By Peter Robinson

A terrible crime. No obvious motive.
Banks is on the case.

'Top-notch police procedure' - Jeffery Deaver

A shocking mass murder occurs at a wedding in a small Dales church and a huge manhunt follows. Eventually, the shooter is run to ground and things take their inevitable course.

But Banks is plagued with doubts as to exactly what happened outside the church that day, and why. Struggling with the death of his first serious girlfriend and the return of profiler Jenny Fuller into his life, Banks feels the need to dig deeper into the murders, and as he does so, he uncovers forensic and psychological puzzles that lead him to the past secrets that might just provide the answers he is looking for.

When the surprising truth becomes clear, it is almost too late.

The Alan Banks mystery-suspense novels are the best series on the market. Try one and tell me I'm wrong.Top-notch police procedureA mighty force to be reckoned with in crime fictionPeter Robinson has for too long, and unfairly, been in the shadow of Ian Rankin; perhaps PIECE OF MY HEART, the latest in the Chief Inspector Banks series, will give him the status he deserves, near, perhaps even at the top of, the British crime writers' league.Classic Robinson: labyrinthine plot merged with deft characterisationLong may Peter Robinson keep writing these books! I envy anyone who has not yet discovered this seriesRobinson's interrogations, many of them conducted in pubs, have the rare quality of steadily illuminating and thickening both the speakers and their subjects. The result is a slow-burning intensity that deepens from beginning to endRobinson also has a way of undercutting the genre's familiarity. With a deceptively unspectacular language, he sets about the process of unsettling the reader.A canon that is on the way to rivalling Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot . . . Superbly textured, this dark story reveals that Banks is growing even more suspicious and melancholy as he grows older - which makes him even more captivating.The thrilling twenty-fourth instalment in Peter Robinson's Number One bestselling Banks Series.

Peter Robinson's DCI Banks is now a major ITV1 drama starring Stephen Tompkinson (Wild at Heart, Ballykissangel) as Inspector Banks, and Andrea Lowe (The Bill, Murphy's Law) as DI Annie Cabbot.

Peter's standalone novel BEFORE THE POISON won the IMBA's 2013 Dilys Award as well as the 2012 Arthur Ellis Award for Best Novel by the Crime Writers of Canada. This was Peter's sixth Arthur Ellis award. His critically acclaimed DCI Banks novels have won numerous awards in Britain, the United States, Canada and Europe, and are published in translation all over the world.

Peter grew up in Yorkshire, and now divides his time between Richmond and Canada. Peter keeps a website at www.inspectorbanks.com.

A shocking mass-murder occurs at a wedding in a small Dales church and a huge manhunt follows. Eventually, the shooter is run to ground and things take their inevitable course.

But Banks is plagued with doubts as to exactly what happened outside the church that day, and why. Struggling with the death of his first serious girlfriend and the return of profiler Jenny Fuller into his life, Banks feels the need to dig deeper into the murders, and as he does so, he uncovers forensic and psychological puzzles that lead him to the past secrets that might just provide the answers he is looking for.

When the surprising truth becomes clear, it is almost too late.


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'The Alan Banks mystery-suspense novels are the best on the market. Try one and tell me I'm wrong'
Stephen King

'Peter Robinson deserves a place near, perhaps at the top of, the British crime writers' league'
The Times

'Top-notch police procedure'
Jeffery Deaver

'Robinson has a way of undercutting the genre's familiarity. With a deceptively unspectacular language he sets about the process of unsettling the reader
Independent

'Classic Robinson: labyrinthine plot merged with deft characterisation'
Observer


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The 24th installment in Peter Robinson's Number One bestselling Banks series.WHEN THE MUSIC'S OVER, the 23rd Banks novel, was a Sunday Times Number One bestseller and spent 6 weeks in the top 10 this summer - longer than ever before.2017 marks the 30th anniversary of the publication of the first Banks novel, GALLOWS VIEW.After the huge success of the previous series, a fifth 6-part TV series based on DCI Banks, starring Stephen Tompkinson, aired September 2016 on ITV.Peter Robinson is enjoying growing success in Australia and New Zealand.
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Dandy Gilver and a Spot of Toil and Trouble

By Catriona McPherson

A cosy Dandy Gilver mystery set in 1930s Scotland. For fans of PG Wodehouse, Dorothy L Sayers and Agatha Christie.

'A delightfully uplifting mystery with a distinctly P.G. Wodehouse-ian feel. Navigating ancient castles, and family feuds, Dandy Gilver must also contend with a ribald staging of Shakespeare's Macbeth. I loved the sense of fun, the wonderful use of language . . . satisfying on many levels.' Vaseem Khan, author of the Unexpected Inheritance of Inspector Chopra

Scotland, 1934.
Aristocratic private detective Dandy Gilver arrives at Castle Bewer, at midsummer, to solve the tangled mystery of a missing man, a lost ruby and a family curse.

The Bewer family's latest wheeze to keep the wolf from the door is turning the castle keep into a theatre. While a motley band of players rehearse Macbeth, the Bewers themselves prepare lectures, their faithful servants set up a tearoom, and the guest wings fill with rich American ladies seeking.

Meanwhile, Dandy and her sidekick Alec Osborne begin to unravel the many secrets of the Bewers and find that, despite the witches, murders and ghosts onstage, it's behind the scenes where the darkest deeds are done.

'The perfect read for those who enjoy the bygoneworld charm of Nancy Mitford, Evelyn Waugh and Agatha Christie.' - The Lady on Dandy Gilver and a Most Misleading Habit

'Catriona McPherson is a writer as talented as she is versatile. Dandy Gilver tackles a Golden Age era puzzle with her usual aplomb when the Scottish play offers a Shakespearean twist to a mystery with plenty of classic ingredients.' Martin Edwards

'Dandy Gilver is a fabulous character. a cross between Nancy Drew and the Australian crime cracker Miss Fisher. She is both relentless and brilliant.' Amazon Reviewer

'The perfect read for those who enjoy the bygoneworld charm of Nancy Mitford, Evelyn Waugh and Agatha Christie.'A delightfully uplifting mystery with a distinctly P.G. Wodehouse-ian feel. Navigating ancient castles, and family feuds, Dandy Gilver must also contend with a ribald staging of Shakespeare's Macbeth. I loved the sense of fun, the wonderful use of language . . . satisfying on many levels.Catriona McPherson is a writer as talented as she is versatile. Dandy Gilver tackles a Golden Age era puzzle with her usual aplomb when the Scottish play offers a Shakespearean twist to a mystery with plenty of classic ingredients.Superb! Dandy Gilver deserves a damehood for increasing the gaiety of the nation.A delightful Dandy Gilver mystery by Catriona McPherson, set in 1930s Scotland. For fans of PG Wodehouse, Dorothy L Sayers and Agatha Christie.Catriona McPherson was born in the village of Queensferry in south-east Scotland in 1965 and educated at Edinburgh University. She left with a PhD in Linguistics and spent a few years as a university lecturer before beginning to write fiction. The first Dandy Gilver novel was short-listed for the CWA Ellis Peters Historical Dagger 2005 and the second was long-listed for the Theakston's Crime Novel of the Year Award 2007. In 2012 DANDY GILVER AND THE PROPER TREATMENT OF BLOODSTAINS was nominated for a Historical Macavity Award. Catriona writes full-time and divides her time between southern Scotland and northern California.

Praise for the DANDY GILVER series:

'The perfect read for those who enjoy Nancy Mitford, Evelyn Waugh and Agatha Christie' The Lady

'Intelligent and elegant' Herald, Reads of the Year

'Brisk, baffled, heroic, kindly, scandalised and - above all - very funny'
Guardian

'A winning heroine'
Independent

'The most engaging and ingenious crime-cracker I've met in ages'
Scotland on Sunday


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TV option has been renewed with a very confident offer.We have sold US rights for backlist titles, where author is growing in popularity.Author is multi-award-winning crime writer in the States, (Agatha Award, Bruce Alexander Award, Macavity Award, Anthony Award) and Dagger-shortlisted in UK.The popularity for 'cosy' crime fiction is growing.
Hodder & Stoughton

City of Masks

By S D Sykes

Book 3 in the gripping Oswald de Lacy series, from 'the medieval CJ Sansom' (Jeffery Deaver)

'Sophisticated plotting, intrigue, and immersion in a fascinating historical setting' Library Journal

1358. Oswald de Lacy, Lord Somershill, is in Venice, awaiting a pilgrim galley to the Holy Land. While the city is under siege from the Hungarians, Oswald lodges with an English merchant, and soon comes under the dangerous spell of the decadent and dazzling island state that sits on the hinge of Europe, where East meets West.

Oswald is trying to flee the chilling shadow of something in his past, but when he finds a dead man on the night of the carnival, he is dragged into a murder investigation that takes him deep into the intrigues of this mysterious, paranoid city.

Coming up against the feared Signori di Notte, the secret police, Oswald learns that he is not the only one with something to hide. Everybody is watching somebody else, and nobody in Venice is what he or she seems. The masks are not just for the carnival.

Sykes is a master at combining historical setting with mysterySykes's gamble in putting Oswald in unfamiliar terrain pays off, as she again blends a detailed immersion in the time period with a clever mystery plot lineAn excellent addition to a thoroughly enjoyable series... Sykes has created a medieval detective story with a troubled protagonist which manages to stay true to its period and hints at even richer things to come - I thoroughly recommend it.A Venice whose ancient glories still survive today provides the background for an investigation whose solution is secondary to identifying the cause of Oswald's angst.We are plunged into Sykes' rich soup of Venetian intrigue; period detail; and increasingly intricate plotting, all with the deeply realized character of Lord Somershill fighting his own demons while investigating. A brilliant addition to the Somershill Manor Novels.This third series outing offers further insights into Lord Somershill and the past that bedevils him, along with sophisticated plotting, intrigue, and immersion in a fascinating historical setting.Oswald's character, beautifully painted by Sykes, dominates this excellent historical thriller set against the waterways, palaces and dungeons of medieval VeniceComparisons to the master of historical crime, CJ Sansom, are inevitable and, in this case, justified.The whodunnit aspect is neatly done, the family secrets and waspish relationships are intriguing, and humour and originality are abundant.Sykes offers an unusual perspective on this historical period ... She also deals realistically with the troubles of the era's women.Trouble, and its attendant duties, confront the reluctant young lord on nearly every page of this eventful, engrossing, informative mystery set in mid-14th-century Kent, England.There's a nice, cliché-free sharpness to Sykes' writing . . . that suggests a medieval Raymond Chandler at work, and there are no phony celebrations of the peasantry or earth-mothers thrusting herbal concoctions down grateful throats. Plenty of action and interesting characters, without intervention of the libertarian modern conscience that so often wrecks the medieval historical novel.Sykes establishes herself firmly as a major talent.A brilliantly dark and compelling mystery set in Venice from 'the medieval CJ Sansom' (Jeffery Deaver)SD Sykes lives in Kent with her family and various animals. She has done everything from professional dog-walking to co-founding her own successful business. She is a graduate from Manchester University and has an MA in Writing from Sheffield Hallam. She attended the novel writing course at literary agents Curtis Brown where she was inspired to finish her first novel. She has also written for radio and has developed screenplays with Arts Council funding.This third novel is bigger, more ambitious, moving from rural Kent to the great city of VeniceCJ Sansom meets Donna Leon!The Butcher Bird was a WH Smith Fresh Talent selectionA regular speaker at festivals and events for historical writers
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The Best Kind of People

By Zoe Whittall

The gripping summer read perfect for fans of Megan Abbott's The Fever and Louise O'Neill's Asking For It .

'Prods at the dark underbelly of society.' Red Best Summer Beach Reads

A Prima Best Summer Read

'Compelling story characters readers will recognize and come to love and writing that makes it effortless to turn page after page.' Vancouver Sun

THE BEST KIND OF PEOPLE is a page-turning Canadian bestseller about a family on the brink of collapse. It gives no easy answers, but once you stay up all night reading it, you'll want to talk about it with everyone you know.

What if someone you trusted was accused of the unthinkable?

George Woodbury is a teacher at a prestigious Connecticut private school. He is voted Teacher of the Year every year, after he rescued the school from a gunman attack. On his daughter's 17th birthday this beloved husband and father, is arrested for sexual impropriety with teenage girls on a skiing trip.

His wife, Joan, vaults between denial and rage as the community she loved turns on her.

Their daughter, Sadie, a popular over-achieving high school senior, becomes a social pariah.

Their son, Andrew, a lawyer, assists in his father's defense, while wrestling with his own unhappy memories of his teen years coming out as gay. With George awaiting trial, how do the members of his family pick up the pieces and keep living their lives? How do they defend someone they love while wrestling with the possibility of his guilt?

'Whittall places the reader right at the centre of their pain. It's the best depiction of female suffering I've read since Jane Smiley eloquently tackled sexual abuse in A Thousand Acres.' Toronto Star

What if someone you trusted was accused of the unthinkable?Zoe Whittall is the author of The Best Ten Minutes of Your Life (2001), The Emily Valentine Poems (2006), and Precordial Thump (2008), and the editor of Geeks, Misfits, & Outlaws (2003). Her debut novel Bottle Rocket Hearts (2007) made the Globe and Mail Top 100 Books of the Year and CBC Canada Reads' Top Ten Essential Novels of the Decade. Her second novel Holding Still for as Long as Possible (2009) won a Lambda Literary Award and was an American Library Association Stonewall Honor Book. Her writing has appeared in the Walrus, the Believer, the Globe and Mail, the National Post, Fashion, and more. She has also worked as a writer and story editor on the TV shows Degrassi and Schitt's Creek. Born in the Eastern Townships of Quebec, she has an MFA from the University of Guelph and lives in Toronto.

What if someone you trusted was accused of the unthinkable?

George Woodbury, an affable teacher and beloved husband and father, is arrested for sexual impropriety at a prestigious prep school. His wife, Joan, vaults between denial and rage as the community she loved turns on her. Their daughter, Sadie, a popular over-achieving high school senior, becomes a social pariah. Their son, Andrew, assists in his father's defense, while wrestling with his own unhappy memories of his teen years. A local author tries to exploit their story, while an unlikely men's rights activist attempts to get Sadie onside their cause. With George locked up, how do the members of his family pick up the pieces and keep living their lives? How do they defend someone they love while wrestling with the possibility of his guilt?

With exquisite emotional precision, award-winning author Zoe Whittall explores issues of loyalty, truth, and the meaning of happiness through the lens of an all-American family on the brink of collapse.

George Woodbury is a suburban hero.

A decade ago, he rescued his school from a lone gunman and has been voted Teacher of the Year every since.

But when his daughter Sadie turns 17, she arrives home to see him arrested for sexual misconduct with her own classmates.

Then everything falls apart.

'Urgent and timely, nuanced and brave. This gripping story challenges how we hear women and girls, and dissects the self-hypnosis and fear that prevent us from speaking disruptive truth.'
2016 Scotiabank Giller Prize Jury

Nominated for the Scotiabank Giller Prize 2016, Canada's biggest literary awardPublished in August by House of Anansi in Canada, THE BEST KIND OF PEOPLE has been chosen by Canada's biggest bookstore, Indigo, as their number one book of 2016.Selected for Heather's Pick, the Canadian equivalent of R&JTackles topical issues of rape and consent as well as complicated family dynamics from multiple points of view, making this a perfect reading group novel.Utterly gripping, for fans of American family TV dramas such as Brothers & Sisters and 6 Feet Under
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Enjoy Your Journey

By Joyce Meyer
Are you enjoying every day of your life? Or do you tell yourself and others that you will find happiness once you have achieved a specific goal or position? Jesus came so that you might have and enjoy life (John 10:10). In this compact abridgment, Joyce Meyer combines biblical principles with personal experiences to explain how you can enjoy every day on your journey through life. You will learn such lessons as how to make the decision to enjoy life, how to rid yourself of regret, how to experience simplicity in life, how to find joy during times of waiting, and much more! Enjoying life is an attitude of the heart, and you can learn how to enjoy where you are on the way to where you are going.#1 New York Times bestselling author Joyce Meyer offers a powerful, concise abridgment of Enjoying Where You Are on the Way to Where You Are Going. Joyce Meyer is the bestselling author of more than 100 inspirational books, including The Power of Simple Prayer, Approval Addiction, Power Thoughts and Battlefield of the Mind. Joyce's 'Enjoying Everyday Life' radio and television programmes are broadcast around the world, and she travels extensively conducting conferences.The No. 1 New York Times bestselling authorTime magazine recently named Joyce Meyer one of the 'most influential evangelicals' in America.
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The New World

By Scott K. Andrews

Kaz, Dora and Jana - three people from three different time periods, brought together by forces they don't understand, given powers they can barely comprehend.

Their powers have brought them together.

And nothing - not war, not betrayal, and not even death - has been able to tear them apart.

And now, after everything they've been through, they're about to find the bonds of their friendship tested in ways they could never have imagined.

This is the stunning, epic conclusion to the incredible story begun in TimeBomb and continued in Second Lives: a story of friendship, of love, and of learning what it means to be extraordinary.

These are wonderful characters and the story is a lot of fun, backed up by some emotionally powerful threads about love, loss and betrayalThe epic, thrilling conclusion to the most mind-bending, time-warping series since Doctor Who.Scott K. Andrews is the author of three novels in Abaddon's Afterblight Chronicles series - School's Out, Operation Motherland and Children's Crusade - which follow the adventures of a group of schoolchildren trying to rebuild society after a viral apocalypse. He has also written audio dramas, comics, episode guide books and a computer game.

It's no fun being blown up.

When Jana, Dora and Kaz wake next to the crater left by the timebomb that blew them millions of years into the past, they're in serious trouble. Dora's new, cold persona has made her dangerously unknowable, even to her closest friends. Kaz has become obsessed with avenging his mother's death. And Jana's dark secret has turned her world upside-down.

But they've got to pull themselves together.

Because they've finally identified the real enemy - the person responsible for setting off the chain of events that led to their mysterious ability to travel through time. Who seems fixated on starting a war that spans planets. Who wants them dead.

The only hope they have is to journey into Jana's past. But it's a voyage that they may not survive.


'A paradoxical romp' Tor.com on TimeBomb

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The thrilling conclusion to the most brilliant YA time-travel series since Alex Scarrow's Time Riders.Full of action, adventure and excitement, the TimeBomb Trilogy is perfect for fans of Doctor Who, The 100, and Red Rising.The first novel in Scott's previous series, The Afterblight Chronicles, has been optioned for the big screen by Multistory Films.Intricately plotted and perfectly paced, the TimeBomb Trilogy is a fantastic series for readers of all ages.
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Done

By Jacques Peretti

'A revelatory book' John Lewis-Stempel

'The book to read' GQ

What if the way we understand our world is wrong? What if it isn't politicians and events that shape our lives, but secret deals made by people you've never heard of?

This book tells the story of the secret deals that are changing the world, and revolutionizing everything we do, including money, the food we eat, what we buy, and the drugs we take to stay well. These deals never make the news: they are made high up in boardrooms, on golf courses, and in luxury cars: each sealed by world-changing handshakes. This is the story of those handshakes.

A revelatory bookWhat if the way we understand the world is wrong? What if it is not politicians and world events that have fundamentally transformed our everyday lives but business deals made in secret? In Done: The Secret Deals that are Changing Our World, Jacques Peretti tells the story of the secret history of the deals that are changing our world.After graduating from the London School of Economics, Jacques Peretti became an investigative journalist whose award-winning television series include The Men Who Made Us Fat, The Super Rich & Us, and Trillion Pound Island.LSE economist Jacques Peretti is making a 4-part BBC2 series based on the research for this book for transmission in prime time September/October 2017Jacques Peretti has also made and presented BBC documentaries The Super Rich & Us, The Men Who Made Us Fat and Who's Spending Britain's Billions?Jacques is an award-winning BBC investigative reporter and journalist, who has worked for every major British broadcaster and newspaper, and has also been a TED talker.
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Daily Readings from Live Love Lead

By Brian Houston

Whether you are searching for your calling or wholeheartedly pursuing your life's purpose, Brian Houston's transformative approach to life will help you navigate a faith path that is all your own and discover unique gifts tailored perfectly for your journey.

Thirty-five years ago when Brian Houston set out to pioneer a church with thirty people in a school hall, he had no idea how many highs and lows, sacrifices and miraculous opportunities he would face. Over time, his tiny church grew into the worldwide Hillsong ministry, leading people all over the globe to follow the greatest Guide who ever walked the path of life - Jesus.

In this ninety-day devotional adapted from his bestselling book Live, Love, Lead, Brian Houston shares his own life-tested experiences and the powerful biblical truths he's learned that will enable you to live fully, love completely, and lead boldly - the hallmarks of Jesus' time on earth. Each page includes:
· Scripture to meditate on
· Excerpt: a key truth about living, loving, and leading
· Thought: an uplifting, liberating, and meaningful thought to start the day
· Reflection: a place to write your thoughts and reflections
· Prayer: a simple but powerful prayer to help you express yourself.

The author shares his own life tested experiences and the "powerful biblical truths" he has learned to enable others to "live fully, love completely, and lead boldly" - the hallmarks of Jesus' time on earth.Brian Houston, senior pastor and co-founder of Hillsong Church, shares his transformative approach to the Christian life, as laid out in the bestselling Live, Love, Lead, in a ninety-day devotional that, with practical tools and inspiring teaching, will help you identify your unique gifts and reenergize your faith.Brian Houston, with his wife Bobbie, are the Founders and Senior Pastors of Hills Christian Life Centre in Sydney, Australia. With a congregation of 5,000, this is one of the world's most vibrant and influential churches and home of Hillsongs, the internationally-renowned music and worship ministry.

LEARN TO LIVE FULLY, LOVE COMPLETELY, AND LEAD BOLDLY

Brian Houston shares his transformative approach to the Christian life with practical tools and inspiring teaching that will help you identify your unique gifts and reenergize your faith, no matter where you are in your relationship with God. Each daily experience includes:

Today's Scripture: A Scripture to meditate on to recalibrate your mind and receive God's restoration.
Today's Excerpt: A key truth about living, loving, and leading that will enable you to follow the greatest Guide ever to walk the path of life - Jesus.
Today's Thought: An uplifting, liberating, and meaningful thought to start the day with God.
Today's Reflection: A place to journal your thoughts and reflections.
Today's Prayer: A simple but powerful prayer to help you express your heart to God.

BRIAN HOUSTON is the global founder and senior pastor of Hillsong Church. With more than 15 campuses around the world, including New York, Los Angeles and London, Hillsong has a combined weekly attendance of over 90,000. Houston hosts one of the fastest growing daily international broadcasts in the world and is the CEO of the Hillsong Channel. He is also Executive Director of Hillsong Music, one of the world's largest producers of Christian music. Brian's life and leadership is all about empowering others to fulfill their unique purpose and calling.He and his wife Bobbie have three grown children and live in Sydney, Australia and Orange County, California.

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Companion, devotional book to go alongside the bestselling Live, Love, LeadFrom global church leader and founder of Hillsong, Brian Houston
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Light Touch

By Stephen Leather

Working undercover is all about trust - getting the target to trust you and then betraying them in order to bring them to justice.

But what do you do when you believe an undercover cop has crossed the line and aligned herself with the international drugs smuggler she was supposed to be targeting?

When a deep-undercover cop stops passing on intelligence about her target, MI5 sends in Dan 'Spider' Shepherd to check that she is on the straight and narrow.

Now two lives are on the line - and Shepherd discovers that the real danger is closer to home than he realised.

As Spider finds his loyalties being tested to the limit, an SAS killer is on a revenge mission in London and only Spider can stop him.

'[Leather] has the uncanny knack of producing plots that are all too real' Daily Mail

'Let Spider draw you into his web, you won't regret it' - Sun

The 14th thriller in the Spider Shepherd series promises even more unputdownable action from The Sunday Times bestseller Stephen Leather.

Stephen Leather is one of the UK's most successful thriller writers, an ebook and Sunday Times bestseller and author of the critically acclaimed Dan 'Spider' Shepherd series and the Jack Nightingale supernatural detective novels. Before becoming a novelist he was a journalist for more than ten years on newspapers such as The Times, the Daily Mirror, the Glasgow Herald, the Daily Mail and the South China Morning Post in Hong Kong. He is one of the country's most successful ebook authors and his titles have topped the Amazon Kindle charts in the UK and the US. His bestsellers have been translated into fifteen languages and he has also written for television.

You can learn more from Stephen's website, www.stephenleather.com, find him on Facebook, and follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/stephenleather.

Stephen also has a website for his Spider Shepherd series, www.danspidershepherd.com, and for his Jack Nightingale series, www.jacknightingale.com.

Hodder have sold over a million books by all action thriller supremo Leather, who is one of the top-selling writers in ebook. There is a bigger market for his fiction than ever before.Incredibly topical insider knowledge combined with edge-of-seat narrative - action adventure of the highest quality.Dan Shepherd, undercover agent, is a series character who will appeal to Jack Reacher fans.
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The Whistler

By John Grisham

The most corrupt judge in US history.

A young investigator with a secret informant.

The electrifying new thriller.

Lacy Stoltz never expected to be in the firing line. Investigating judicial misconduct by Florida's one thousand judges, her cases so far have been relatively unexciting. That's until she meets Greg Myers, an indicted lawyer with an assumed name, who has an extraordinary tale to tell.

Myers is representing a whistle blower who knows of a judge involved in organised crime. Along with her gangster associates this judge has facilitated the building of a casino on an Indian reservation. At least two people who opposed the scheme are dead. Since the casino was built, the judge has made several fortunes off undeclared winnings. She owns property around the world, hires private jets to take her where she wishes, and her secret vaults are overflowing with rare books, art and jewels.

No one has a clue what she's been doing - until now.

Under Florida law, those who help the state recover illegally acquired assets stand to gain a large percentage of them. Myers and his whistle blower friend could make millions.

But first they need Lacy to start an investigation. Is she ready to pit herself against the most corrupt judge in American history, a judge whose associates think nothing of murder?

'The best thriller writer alive' Ken Follett

No one does it better than GrishamJohn Grisham has perfected the art of cooking up convincing, fast-paced thrillersLeaves one eager for moreA master storytellerA fascinating look at judicial corruption - an entirely convincing story and one of Grisham's best.It may seem odd to describe a jigsaw as nail-biting, but that is precisely what John Grisham delivers.Hang on to your subpoenas, it's an exhilaratingly fast and dangerous ride.[T]his is not a story about a triumph or a miscarriage of courtroom justice. It's the more devious, surprising story of a smart man who gets even smarter once he spends five years honing his skills as a jailhouse lawyer -- and then expertly concocts an ingenious revenge scheme... Mr. Grisham writes with rekindled vigor here.Grisham introduces a small-town Virginia lawyer named Malcolm Bannister, who's dubiously convicted of money laundering for a drug-lord client, and maps out a revenge plot from his federal penitentiary cell that's twice as elaborate as the one Alexandre Dumas cooked up in The Count of Monte Cristo. Like many a Grisham hero, Mal is a legal insider who knows how to work the system to his advantage. He's also a peculiarly lone wolf, willing to shed all his family ties in pursuit of a very long and entertaining con.'Electrifying... carries the reader along one track (innocent man seeks exoneration) only to switch on to another (cat-and-mouse caper) halfway through with delicious, frictionless ease.'No one can make the legal fraternity quite as exciting.another gratifying Grisham tale where David dances round Goliath and lands a knockout punch.The most corrupt judge in US history. A young investigator with a secret informant. John Grisham will keep you on the edge of your seat with his electrifying number one bestseller.

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

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

John Grisham is the master of the legal thriller, and over 300 million copies of his books have been sold worldwide.The combined sales of GRAY MOUNTAIN come to nearly 450,000 copies.John Grisham was awarded the Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction, an accolade given annually to a published work of fiction that best exemplifies the positive role of lawyers in society and their power to effect change.'The best thriller writer alive' Ken Follett
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Lucky Ghost

By Matthew Blakstad

The extraordinary new novel from the incredible author of SOCKPUPPET. Perfect for fans of BLACK MIRROR

Early one morning, blogger Alex Kubelick walks up to a total stranger and slaps him across the face. Hard.

He smiles.

They've both just earned Emoticoin, in a new, all-consuming game that trades real-life emotions for digital currency. Emoticoin is changing the face of the economy - but someone or something is controlling it for their own, dangerous ends.

As Alex picks apart the tangled threads that hold the virtual game together she finds herself on the run from very real enemies. It seems only one person has the answers she seeks. Someone who hides behind the name 'Lucky Ghost'.

But Lucky Ghost will only talk to a young hacker called Thimblerig - the online troll who's been harassing Alex for months.

Will Lucky Ghost lead Alex and Thimblerig to the answers they seek - or to their deaths?

An amazing bookA fantastic new novelA fascinating and hair-raising examination of just how much we are in thrall to computers, and how willingly we give up our privacy.Embedded with techy jargon and shards of wit, Sockpuppet takes a snapshot of our age of online shaming and oversharing and runs it through a skewed, feverish filter. The result is compelling.A woven web of tech and trauma, human foibles and group shenanigans all mixed up into a beautiful hotpot of a story where nothing is ever quite as it seemsNigh on impossible to put down once you've picked it up, it cements Matthew Blakstad's place as a writer of considerable talent, a writer who knows exactly how to grab his audience, and keep them involved - and highly entertained - until his story is done.Lucky Ghost is way more visionary than its predecessor, Sockpuppet, yet its thought-provoking prophesy remains both powerful and effectiveBrave, bold and dare I say, even, ominous! . . . The Martingale Cycle is a wonderfully thrilling seriesThe extraordinary new novel from the incredible author of SOCKPUPPETMatthew's first career was as a professional child actor. From the age of ten, he had roles in TV dramas, in the films and on stage at theatres including the Royal Court. After graduating from Oxford with a degree in Mathematics and Philosophy, he began a career in online communications, consulting for a wide range of clients from the BBC to major banks. Since 2008, he has been in public service, using his communication skills to help the British population understand and manage their money.In 2012 Matthew took the Writing a Novel course at Faber Academy. The Martingale Cycle, a series of standalone but interconnected novels, is his first series.

Early one morning, blogger Alex Kubelick walks up to a total stranger and slaps him across the face. Hard.

He smiles.

They've both just earned Emoticoin, in a new, all-consuming game that trades real-life emotions for digital currency. Emoticoin is changing the face of the economy - but someone or something is controlling it for their own, dangerous ends.

As Alex picks apart the tangled threads that hold the virtual game together she finds herself on the run from very real enemies. It seems only one person has the answers she seeks. Someone who hides behind the name 'Lucky Ghost.'

But Lucky Ghost will only talk to a young hacker called Thimblerig - the online troll who's been harassing Alex for months.

Will Lucky Ghost lead Alex and Thimblerig to the answers they seek - or to their deaths?

Praise for Sockpuppet

'A sock 'em dead debut' Joe Cornish

'Fascinating and hair-raising' Guardian

'Brilliant! I loved it' John Humphreys

A brilliant crime novel that combines the cracking pace of John Grisham with the cutting-edge technological nous of William Gibson and Neal Stephenson.Matthew Blakstad, a former child actor and graduate of the Faber Academy, is a brilliant new voice in crossover crime/thriller.With the universal uptake of massive online role-playing games like World of Warcraft, and virtual and augmented reality games like Pokemon Go, LUCKY GHOST is an incredibly timely look at the way technology is influencing our lives.
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Acts of Love: a sizzling and sexy escapist romance perfect for summer

By Talulah Riley

A wonderfully romantic and searingly sexy love story to make your heart soar, perfect for fans of Curtis Sittenfeld's Eligible.

'A refreshing love story' - Marie Claire
'A truly unique heroine' - Heat

Bernadette knows what she wants.

Tim is perfect, and she's always had a feeling that something is about to happen between them.

He might have just announced his engagement to the sickeningly wonderful Elizabeth, but the ring's not on his finger yet.

And when Elizabeth starts meddling in Bernie's own love life, she knows it's time to act.

Yes, Elizabeth's best friend Radley might be charming, charismatic and intelligent.

But he's not Tim.

And Bernadette's not a woman who takes no for an answer.

'Talulah Riley is an absolute force of nature. Read and revel' - Eva Rice

A bold story of love and deception, with a fascinating main character[An] elegantly written debut... Riley is obviously super smart and has an old-fashioned, modernist sort of style that makes you think. I loved it.A refreshing love story about the importance of independence and destinyIt is a weaving tale of will-they-wont-they that Riley spins here, one that I found myself unable to put down... this novel certainly meets expectations.A fluid and engaging love story with a truly unique heroineActs of Love is a total joy. [Talulah Riley] is an absolute force of nature. As is her lead character. Read and revel'An engaging love story with a truly unique heroine' - Heat. Perfect for fans of Curtis Sittenfeld's ELIGIBLE and David Nicholls' ONE DAY.

Talulah Riley is and actress, writer, and director. ACTS OF LOVE is her first novel.
Twitter: @TalulahRiley

Gorgeous, romantic and thought-provoking commercial women's fiction with a blistering love story at its heart, perfect for fans of intelligent, funny and emotive reads such as Curtis Sittenfeld's Eligible, David Nicholls' One Day and Jojo Moyes' Me Before You.Our paperback campaign will launch Acts of Love as THE must-read paperback for summer 2017: a heart-in-your-mouth escapist romance fizzing with romance, glamour and fun.Acts of Love received incredible publicity on hardback publication. As a Hollywood actress, writer and director, as well as being intelligent, quirky and beautiful, Talulah is highly promotable.We are launching Talulah as a new brand fiction author, to establish her reputation as an accessible and intelligent spokesperson in the vein of Emma Watson: a thoughtful, modern, brilliant storytellerWorld rights acquired in a huge pre-emptive deal; rights have been sold in 5 territories and counting.Acts of Love received a raft of fantastic reviews: 'A refreshing love story' (Marie Claire); 'A bold story of love and deception with a fascinating main character' (Woman's Own); 'Riley has an old-fashioned, modernist sort of style that makes you think' (Daily Mail); 'A total joy... read and revel' (Eva Rice)
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In the Month of the Midnight Sun

By Cecilia Ekbäck

'A gripping, beautifully written novel that I devoured in a day...as thrilling as it is fascinating' Hannah Kent, author of Burial Rites

Sweden 1856.

Blackasen Mountain: a distant place of rumour, superstition and now - murder.

They say it was the Lapp who killed the three men.

But something is not right.

Ester knows it - but to help the settlers is to betray her people.

Magnus feels it too. Sent by the Minister to survey the mountain, he cannot resist its mystery.

And Lovisa: banished from the city by her father, travelling with her sister's husband, she is perhaps closest of them all to the wildness of the place.

Three people, caught in the haunting light of the midnight sun.

Ekback...has a tremendous sense of place. Vividly conveying the desolation of the landscape in this haunting novelA gripping, beautifully written novel that I devoured in a day. Cecilia Ekback has a tremendous feel for the landscape of the north, and her portrayal of the small community who live under the mountain of Blackasen, their suspicion of the outsiders who come amongst them, and the land's own power and hold over their lives and fates, is as thrilling as it is fascinating.The writing is atmospheric, vivid and compelling.Masterfully thrilling.Ekback is a talented writer... this book is never less than absorbing.With In the Month of the Midnight Sun, we're given more ambitious, literate Nordic Noir from Swede Cecilia Ekbäck (writing in English), who provides an elusive poetic feel not common in the genre. An orphaned boy and a privileged, rebellious young women are uneasy fellow travellers through the threatening perpetual daylight of the far north as they move towards a strange destiny. As in Wolf Winter, Ekbäck once again proves that she is in the very front rank of Scandinavian crime writers.Praise for Wolf WinterLike a silent fall of snow; suddenly, the reader is enveloped... visually acute, skilfully written; it won't easily erase its tracks in the reader's mind.Exquisitely suspenseful, beautifully written, and highly recommended.WOLF WINTER repays reading for the beauty of its prose, its strange compelling atmosphere and its tremendous evocation of the stark, dangerous, threatening place, which exists in the far north and in the hearts of all of us.A compelling, suspenseful story.Fans of The Miniaturist will love flashing back to the dark bleakness of 1717 Lapland in Cecilia Ekback's debut.From the acclaimed author of Wolf Winter comes a second brilliantly written and gripping historical Nordic Noir thriller with all the intrigue and atmosphere of Burial Rites, the pent-up passion of The Piano and the suspense of The Tenderness of Wolves.

Cecilia Ekbäck was born in the north of Sweden; her parents come from Lapland. During her teens, she worked as a journalist and after university specialised in marketing. Over twenty years her work for a multinational took her to Russia, Germany, France, Portugal, the Middle East and the UK.

In 2010, she finished a Masters in Creative Writing at Royal Holloway. She now lives in Calgary with her husband and twin daughters, 'returning home' to the landscape and the characters of her childhood in her writing. Her first novel, Wolf Winter, was published to great acclaim. You can find out more about Cecilia via her website www.ceciliaekback.com and you can follow her @CeciliaEkbäck on Twitter.

From the critically acclaimed author of Wolf Winter, one of 2015's most notable debuts.

Sweden, 1855. 'Worst thing I ever saw...' A telegram arrives on the Minister of Justice's desk. A massacre on one of Lapland's mountains - a priest, a law enforcement officer, and a local settler have been slaughtered by one of the indigenous Sami people. The murderer is in custody; he refuses to talk. The Minister dispatches his son-in-law, a geologist, to investigate for there is more than one reason to visit Blackåsen: it is a mountain with many secrets, a mountain that has never been mapped. Magnus does not journey alone. The Minister's daughter, in disgrace, is sent with him. What they discover about the murders and what lies behind them will be as nothing compared with what they discover about themselves. And self-knowledge will come at a bitter price.

From the stifling heat and restricted society of a Stockholm summer to the wild landscape of Sweden's far north, this novel tells a powerful story of the collision of worlds old and new.

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It

By Stephen King

NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE - Stephen King's terrifying classic.

'They float...and when you're down here with me, you'll float, too.'

To the children, the town was their whole world. To the adults, knowing better, Derry Maine was just their home town: familiar, well-ordered for the most part. A good place to live.

It is the children who see - and feel - what makes the small town of Derry so horribly different. In the storm drains, in the sewers, IT lurks, taking on the shape of every nightmare, each one's deepest dread. Sometimes IT reaches up, seizing, tearing, killing . . .

Time passes and the children grow up, move away and forget. Until they are called back, once more to confront IT as IT stirs and coils in the sullen depths of their memories, reaching up again to make their past nightmares a terrible present reality.

One of the greatest storytellers of our timeA writer of excellence . . . King is one of the most fertile storytellers of the modern novel.Film tie-in for the new 2017 film, which will be in theatres from September 8th.Stephen King has been described by the Guardian as 'one of the greatest storytellers of our time', by the Mirror as a 'genius' and by The Sunday Times as 'one of the most fertile storytellers of the modern novel.' In 2003, he was given the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He lives with his wife, the novelist Tabitha King, for most of the year in Maine, USA.Huge buzz for the new 2017 remake of IT - King has tweeted that it 'succeeds beyond his expectations'A classic bestseller from the master whose most recent novel END OF WATCH went straight to No. 1 in the charts2017 is bumper year for Stephen King - July sees the release of the hugely anticipated The Dark Tower movie starring Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey and September will see a huge marketing campaign for both Stephen King Day (his 70th birthday) and publication of the new novel by Stephen King and Owen King Sleeping BeautiesKing has written several other stories about children and group of children, including 'The Body' in Different Seasons which was turned into the film Stand By Me. The small town of Derry is the setting for several of King's novels including Insomnia, Dreamcatcher and part of 11.22.63.
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Don't Sweat the Small Stuff

By Richard Carlson

So many of us would like to live our lives in a calmer and less stressful way, and be able to let go of our problems. This is the book that can show you how to stop letting the little things in life drive you crazy.


Dr Richard Carlson teaches us, in his gentle and encouraging style, simple strategies for living a more fulfilled and peaceful life.


We can all learn to put things in perspective, and by making the small daily changes he suggests, including surrendering to the fact that sometimes life isn't fair, and asking yourself, 'Will this matter a year from now?', Dr Richard can help everyone to see the bigger picture.

Repackaged to inspire and guide a new generation, this is a Mind, Body and Spirit classic.

Stop the little details from overtaking your life with this internationally bestselling guide - now reissued in a vibrant new package.The late Richard Carlson, PhD, was the author of the internationally bestselling Don't Sweat the Small Stuff series. He lived with his wife and two children in northern California until his tragic death in December 2006.DON'T SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF has sold over 10 million copies worldwide and over 200,000 copies in the UK since 1998. The series has sold over 21 million copies across the worldBright attractive new package to attract a new generation of readersSince original publication, DON'T SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF has been published in 135 countries and translated into over 30 languagesDON'T SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF is a self-help phenomenon and sales will continue for many years to come
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Gentian Hill

By Elizabeth Goudge

Unable to bear the prospect of a life at sea, young Anthony O'Connell deserts his ship at Torquay and escapes into the Devonshire countryside under a new name. When Stella Sprigg, adopted daughter of a local farmer, encounters 'Zachary', the pair instantly know they are destined to be together.

Intertwined with the local legend of St. Michael's Chapel, Stella and Zachary's story takes them from the secluded Devonshire valley to the perilous Mediterranean seas and finally to the poverty and squalor of eighteenth-century London.

A powerful story of courage and endurance, set during the Napoleonic Wars.

Elizabeth de Beauchamp Goudge was born on April 24th 1900 in Wells, Somerset, where her father was Principal of Wells Theological College. Although she had privately intended writing as a career, her parents insisted she taught handicrafts in Oxford. She began writing in her spare time and her first novel ISLAND MAGIC, set in Guernsey, was a great success here and in America. GREEN DOLPHIN COUNTRY (1944) projected her to fame, netting a Literary Guild Award and a special prize of £30,000 from Louis B. Mayer of MGM before being filmed.

In her later years Elizabeth Goudge settled in Henley-on-Thames. She died on April 1st, 1984.

A powerful story of courage and endurance, set during the Napoleonic Wars.

Unable to bear the prospect of a life at sea, young Anthony O'Connell deserts his ship at Torquay and escapes into the Devonshire countryside under a new name. When Stella Sprigg, adopted daughter of a local farmer, encounters 'Zachary', the pair instantly know they are destined to be together.

Intertwined with the local legend of St. Michael's Chapel, Stella and Zachary's story takes them from the secluded Devonshire valley to the perilous Mediterranean seas and finally to the poverty and squalor of eighteenth-century London.

A stunning new edition of the much-loved classic, also available in eBook for the first time.
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Towers in the Mist

By Elizabeth Goudge

When Faithful Crocker, an impoverished young man with a love of learning, travels to Oxford in the hope of becoming a scholar, he is offered a home with Canon Leigh and his eccentric family.

As Faithful begins to fulfil his academic dream, the Leigh family navigate the tricky waters of first love, uncover shocking secrets and experience devastating loss.

A charming tale of hope and love, set amid the dreaming spires of Elizabethan Oxford.

A novel in Elizabeth Goudge's Cathedral trilogy.

Elizabeth de Beauchamp Goudge was born on April 24th 1900 in Wells, Somerset, where her father was Principal of Wells Theological College. Although she had privately intended writing as a career, her parents insisted she taught handicrafts in Oxford. She began writing in her spare time and her first novel ISLAND MAGIC, set in Guernsey, was a great success here and in America. GREEN DOLPHIN COUNTRY (1944) projected her to fame, netting a Literary Guild Award and a special prize of £30,000 from Louis B. Mayer of MGM before being filmed.

In her later years Elizabeth Goudge settled in Henley-on-Thames. She died on April 1st, 1984.

When Faithful Crocker, an impoverished young man with a love of learning, travels to Oxford in the hope of becoming a scholar, he is offered a home with Canon Leigh and his eccentric family.

As Faithful begins to fulfil his academic dream, the Leigh family navigate the tricky waters of first love, uncover shocking secrets and experience devastating loss.

A charming tale of hope and love, set amid the dreaming spires of Elizabethan Oxford.

A stunning new edition of a much-loved classic, also available in eBook.
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Green Dolphin Country

By Elizabeth Goudge

When young William Ozanne arrives on their island, sisters Marianne and Marguerite Le Patourel are both captivated. But it is tall, beautiful Marguerite who catches his eye.

Years later, William leaves the island for a life at sea, eventually settling across the ocean in New Zealand. Impulsively, he invites Marguerite to join him there, but a slip of the pen results in Marianne making the journey instead.

As Marguerite deals with a broken heart and the loss of her sister, Marianne must make a new life in a strange land, with a man who respects her but loves another. Can she persuade William that he chose the right sister, after all?

The inspiration behind the Academy Award winning film Green Dolphin Street (1947).

The inspiration behind the Oscar-winning film Green Dolphin Street, Green Dolphin Country is a haunting love story set between the Channel Islands and New Zealand in the 19th century.

Elizabeth de Beauchamp Goudge was born on April 24th 1900 in Wells, Somerset, where her father was Principal of Wells Theological College. Although she had privately intended writing as a career, her parents insisted she taught handicrafts in Oxford. She began writing in her spare time and her first novel ISLAND MAGIC, set in Guernsey, was a great success here and in America. GREEN DOLPHIN COUNTRY (1944) projected her to fame, netting a Literary Guild Award and a special prize of £30,000 from Louis B. Mayer of MGM before being filmed.

In her later years Elizabeth Goudge settled in Henley-on-Thames. She died on April 1st, 1984.

When young William Ozanne arrives on their island, sisters Marianne and Marguerite Le Patourel are both captivated. But it is tall, beautiful Marguerite who catches his eye.

Years later, William leaves the island for a life at sea, eventually settling across the ocean in New Zealand. Impulsively, he invites Marguerite to join him there, but a slip of the pen results in Marianne making the journey instead.

As Marguerite deals with a broken heart and the loss of her sister, Marianne must make a new life in a strange land, with a man who respects her but loves another. Can she persuade William that he chose the right sister, after all?

A stunning new edition of a much-loved classic, also available in eBook for the first time.
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Don't Sweat the Small Stuff with Your Family

By Richard Carlson
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Almost Dead

By Lisa Jackson

'She is one of the best' Harlan Coben'

The first victim is pushed to her death. The second suffers a fatal overdose. The third takes a bullet to the heart. Three down, more to go. They're people who deserve to die. They're people who are in the way. And when she's finished there will be no one left...

Cissy Cahill's world is unravelling fast. One by one, her family are dying. Cissy's right to be afraid - but not for the reasons she thinks. The truth is much more terrifying and cunning.

Hidden in the shadows of the Cahill family's twisted past is a shocking secret - a secret that will only be satisfied by blood. And Cissy must uncover the deadly truth before it's too late.

Fear is coming home - with a vengeance.

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If you like Karin Slaughter, Tess Gerritsen and Karen Rose you will love Lisa Jackson. But don't take our word for it...

'WOW. This book kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time...Definitely recommend if you enjoy Murder Mysteries.' Goodreads reviewer

'One of my favourite authors, keeps you guessing to the end.' Goodreads reviewer

'A thoroughly suspenseful story that keeps you guessing until the very end' Goodreads reviewer

Lisa Jackson shows yet again why she is one of the best at romantic suspense. A pure nail biter.

Shiveringly good suspense! Lisa Jackson ratchets up the tension as one woman's desperate search for her missing son takes her to the very brink of losing her husband, her sanity, her very self. Each chapter will leave you wondering who to trust. The answer:

You don't want to know...

Absolutely tension filled... Jackson is on top of her game.The spookily atmospheric plot is jam-packed with scary chills and sexy thrills.a fast moving thriller with plenty of twists and turns, and an easy flowing style that readily catches the reader up in its thrall.Gripping... Jackson heightens the creep factor.As a beach read, this is a cracker. Read it at night and it certainly will keep you up. For after the prologue, Jackson slips into her real agenda, and out of your comfort zone.Tense... Suspenseful . . . shocking . . . will leave readers on the edge of their seats.Her latest whodunit hits all the marks, taking readers on a nail-biting roller coaster ride.Jackson takes creepy to a new level with her latest chilling offering... A frightening tale filled with danger and shocking twists.Jackson... shows a mastery of the true-crime thriller formula that will please fansGraphic, terrifying suspense and gripping emotion are what makes all of Lisa Jackson's thrillers so unforgettable. THE MORNING AFTER just adds to her growing inventory of terrific page-turners.In a word: cleverThe highly suspenseful, edge-of-your-seat reads that Lisa Jackson provides are unparalleledDark family secrets emerge in San Francisco, in a thrilling novel by New York Times Number One bestseller Lisa Jackson.

LISA 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.
Find out more at
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www.facebook.com/lisajacksonfans
www.twitter.com/readlisajackson

ALMOST DEAD is being reissued to B format, with a strong new cover look.Hodder aims for Lisa Jackson to find the same recognition in the UK as she has in the USFans of Karin Slaughter, Tess Gerritsen and Karen Rose will love Lisa JacksonLisa Jackson's books are all Top 10 New York Times bestsellers.
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Takedown

By Stephen Leather

A heart-pounding new standalone thriller from Sunday Times bestselling author Stephen Leather. 'He has the uncanny knack of producing plots that are all too real, and this is no exception' (Daily Mail on First Response)

When a British Special Forces soldier goes rogue, carrying out an attack at a US army base in Syria leading to the death of two men, ex-MI5 controller Charlotte Button is hired to work out what his plan is and to take him down before he can carry it out.

Charlotte puts her best man on the case - hitman Lex Harper. It's up to Lex to assemble a crack team and get to the soldier before he carries out what could be a massive terrorist attack. But Charlotte might require Lex's help with a more personal problem too . . .

As ex-MI5, Charlotte holds information on thousands of the agency's dirty operations, and keeps a store of those secrets in three flash drives hidden in separate safety deposit vaults. Now someone is taking extraordinary measures to recover the secrets through Hatton Garden-style robberies. So far two vaults have been raided, and two flash drives have gone. If the third is stolen, Charlotte's life will be in jeopardy. While it's down to Lex to prevent a potential terrorist attack on British soil, Charlotte must work out who is after her and what they want.

A writer at the top of his game.As tough as British thriller writers getThis standalone effort from Spider Shepherd author is fast and furious with just the right mix of action, hard men and harsh humour.He used to stop terrorists - now he is one. A heart-pounding standalone thriller from Sunday Times bestseller Stephen Leather.

Stephen Leather is one of the UK's most successful thriller writers, an ebook and Sunday Times bestseller and author of the critically acclaimed Dan 'Spider' Shepherd series and the Jack Nightingale supernatural detective novels. Before becoming a novelist he was a journalist for more than ten years on newspapers such as The Times, the Daily Mirror, the Glasgow Herald, the Daily Mail and the South China Morning Post in Hong Kong. He is one of the country's most successful ebook authors and his titles have topped the Amazon Kindle charts in the UK and the US. His bestsellers have been translated into fifteen languages and he has also written for television.

You can learn more from Stephen's website, www.stephenleather.com, find him on Facebook, and follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/stephenleather.

Stephen also has a website for his Spider Shepherd series, www.danspidershepherd.com, and for his Jack Nightingale series, www.jacknightingale.com.

Hodder have sold well over a million books by thriller supremo Leather, who has topped ebook charts in the UK and US.TAKEDOWN is action adventure of the highest quality and combines incredibly topical insider knowledge with the relentless pace of slick thriller writing.This pulse-pounding standalone is also features characters from the bestselling Spider Shepherd series, including ex-MI5 controller Charlotte Button.Stephen Leather's classic thriller THE CHINAMAN will hit screens in 2017 as THE FOREIGNER, starring Jackie Chan and Pierce Brosnan, and there are multiple other Stephen Leather films in the pipeline.
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This Beautiful Life: the emotional and uplifting new novel from the #1 bestseller

By Katie Marsh

'Bursting with warmth, honesty and love' - Heat. Perfect for fans of Jojo Moyes and Jodi Picoult.

Can you ever truly say goodbye to the past?

Abi has been given the second chance she never expected, and now she's trying to get her life - and her family - back on track after facing the worst. But it's hard to trust in happiness again, and reconnecting with her husband John proves more challenging than she thought. Can you really go back to 'normal' after thinking you're going to lose one another?

With Abi's son Seb struggling with a secret of his own, the three of them are in danger of falling apart just when they need each other most. But how do you pick up the pieces of a family still suffering emotional shockwaves? And can Abi bring the people she loves most in the world back together again... before it's too late?

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**What readers are saying about This Beautiful Life**

'Stunning, filled with emotion...one of my favourite books of 2017!' - Off the Shelf Books

'A breathtaking read that will break your heart'

'A beautiful, soaring story...highly, HIGHLY recommended!'

'I loved every word... a wonderful, wonderful book'

'Heartbreaking, real and unforgettable - the characters feel like friends or close family'

'Honest and powerful'

'Will stay in my mind for a long time to come. This author has really touched my heart'

'I devoured every page; an utter delight'

Bursting with warmth, honesty, poignancy, love and such wonderful depth, this book more than cements Marsh's bestseller status. 5*****'A beautiful, warm and moving story... I hugged my family tightly when I finished it'This story of love, courage and survival will tug at your heartstrings'Wonderfully joyous and funny... without a moment's hesitation, one of my books of the yearA beautiful, soaring story about love, survival, forgiveness and understanding... highly, highly recommended!I loved every word of This Beautiful Life... Katie Marsh has that deftness of touch that enables her to make her readers smile as well as cry. It resonates through my days and dreams even now. A wonderful, wonderful book. Read it.An insightful and heartfelt read that will stay on my mind for a long time to come. This author has really touched my heart and I can not wait to delve into another of her novels, even if it is to have my heart broken all over again!Very moving and real'This heartfelt read will make you think about life' Brilliantly written, this book is both raw and beautifulThe author deals with the realities of life after cancer in a truly poignant wayKatie's extraordinary writing is full of warmth and honesty; she examines the power of love in great depth...an absolutely superb read. Highly recommended; an utter delight!A honest, emotional and quietly powerful book which will stay with me for a long timeThe poignant and deeply emotional new novel from #1 bestseller Katie Marsh, author of My Everything and A Life Without You.

Katie Marsh lives in south-west London with her family. Before being published she worked in healthcare, and her books are inspired by the bravery of the people she has met in hospitals and clinics around the country.
Katie loves strong coffee, the feel of a blank page and stealing her husband's toast. Her debut novel, My Everything, was chosen by the Evening Standard as one of the hottest summer debuts of 2015. Her second novel, A Life Without You, was a smash-hit ebook bestseller. This Beautiful Life is her third novel.
You can follow her on Twitter @marshisms
Visit her website www.katie-marsh.com
Or find her on Facebook /KatieMarshAuthor

'I lived over half my life before I met you both, and I hope with all my heart to live many years more. You two are the reason why. Always, always the reason why.'

Abi Cooper is living her happy ending. She's in remission and is ready to make the most of her second chance. But during Abi's illness her family has fallen apart. Her husband John has made decisions that are about to come back to haunt him, while her teenage son Seb is battling with a secret of his own.

Set to the songs on Abi's survival playlist, This Beautiful Life is the moving and uplifting story of what happens as Abi tries to put her family back together - and of why life, and love, are worth fighting for.

Praise for Katie Marsh:

'Grabs your heart and won't let go' Miranda Dickinson
'A heart-clangingly powerful stunner of a novel' Isabelle Broom
'Heartwarming and funny' The Unmumsy Mum

Major ebook bestseller: MY EVERYTHING hit the #1 Kindle spot; A LIFE WITHOUT YOU has sold over 90,000 ebooks to date and spent 8 months from publication in the top 100Inspiring, life-affirming, hopeful story with the compelling hook of what happens AFTER you beat cancer, with the potential to reach a big mass-market audienceWe have a big opportunity on our hands with Katie: our goal is to build her as a brand name in women's fictionWe have World rights, with translation rights for Katie's previous novels sold in 8 territoriesKatie is a smash-hit in the women's fiction community, with strong connections with authors and reviewers and bloggers LOVE herFunny, warm, poignant women's fiction with big emotional scope perfect for fans of Jojo Moyes, Lucy Dillon, Rowan Coleman and Julie Cohen
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Gifts For Our Time

By Anna Jacobs

Germany 1939, and Christa Sommer boards the Kindertransport, unsure that she'll ever see her beloved mother and father again.

Once in England she is taken in by elderly Mrs Pelling, who grows to love Christa as the daughter she never had.

But in 1945 Mrs Pelling dies. While her will cannot be found, her money-grabbing niece appears out of the blue to claim her inheritance and turfs Christa out, with only a suitcase to her name. The prejudice against Germans still runs high in England, and Christa is unable to secure a job or a place to stay...

Luck comes her way when a lady she saves from being mugged turns out to be Mayne Esher's friend Daniel's mother. Taking pity on Christa, they take her to Rivenshaw where they plan to start a new life as part of the Esher building firm.

There Christa is welcomed with open arms and she soon develops a love for the place, the people and, Daniel...

But Esherwood is not the trouble-free sanctuary she first thinks.

Determined to do their bit for soldiers returning from the war they have agreed to allow the council to build prefabs on some of Esherwood's garden. But an empire-building town planner seems set on taking all of Mayne's land for the war effort...

Mayne has also discovered a secret door at the back of the old Nissen hut, with a complicated locking mechanism that has local locksmiths dumbfounded.

Just what is hidden behind the door to warrant such high security?

This is that rare thing, a pacy page-turner with a ripping plot and characters you care about . . . [Anna Jacobs is] especially big on resourceful, admirable women. Great stuff!Anna Jacobs' books are deservedly popular. She is one of the best writers of Lancashire sagas around.[Anna Jacobs' books have an] impressive grasp of human emotions.Catherine Cookson fans will cheer!The final instalment in the Rivenshaw series set at the end of WWII in Lancashire.

Anna Jacobs grew up in Lancashire and emigrated to Australia, but still visits the UK regularly to see her family and do research, something she loves. She is addicted to writing and figures she'll have to live to be 120 at least to tell all the stories that keep popping up in her imagination and nagging her to write them down.
She's also addicted to her own hero, to whom she's been happily married for many years.

She is the bestselling author of over sixty novels and has been shortlisted for several awards. Pride of Lancashire won the Australian Romantic Book of the Year Award in 2006, and The Trader's Wife is on the shortlist for the 2012 award.
You can find out more on her website, www.annajacobs.com or on her Facebook page, www.facebook.com/Anna.Jacobs.Books.

A heartwarming saga of strong-spirited, resilient women in post-war Lancashire.Perfect for fans of Lyn Andrews, Maureen Lee and Ellie Dean.Anna is one of the top ten most-borrowed adult fiction authors from UK libraries.
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Four Princes

By John Julius Norwich

'Never before had the world seen four such giants co-existing. Sometimes friends, more often enemies, always rivals, these four men together held Europe in the hollow of their hands.'

Four great princes - Henry VIII of England, Francis I of France, Charles V of Spain and Suleiman the Magnificent - were born within a single decade. Each looms large in his country's history and, in this book, John Julius Norwich broadens the scope and shows how, against the rich background of the Renaissance and destruction of the Reformation, their wary obsession with one another laid the foundations for modern Europe. Individually, each man could hardly have been more different ­- from the scandals of Henry's six wives to Charles's monasticism - but, together, they dominated the world stage.

From the Field of the Cloth of Gold, a pageant of jousting, feasting and general carousing so lavish that it nearly bankrupted both France and England, to Suleiman's celebratory pyramid of 2,000 human heads (including those of seven Hungarian bishops) after the battle of Mohács; from Anne Boleyn's six-fingered hand (a potential sign of witchcraft) that had the pious nervously crossing themselves to the real story of the Maltese falcon, Four Princes is history at its vivid, entertaining best.

With a cast list that extends from Leonardo da Vinci to Barbarossa, and from Joanna the Mad to le roi grand-nez, John Julius Norwich offers the perfect guide to the most colourful century the world has ever known and brings the past to unforgettable life.

Wonderful . . . This was indeed a glorious age and Norwich has made a brilliant decision to study four idiosyncratic rulers as an interacting quartet rather than separately . . . A lively and charming bookWith characteristic deftness of touch, Norwich brings each character vividly to life and skilfully weaves their stories together . . . Norwich introduces a dazzling cast of characters: from Leonardo da Vinci to Martin Luther, Joanna the Mad to Anne Boleyn . . . the portrayal feels entirely fresh and enables the reader to gain new insights into some of history's most familiar characters. It is a genuinely inspired idea for a book, and Norwich executes it with typical aplombScholarly and entertaining . . . This book provides a vivid and compelling picture of this turbulent centuryPacked with extraordinary figures - not just the four princes, but artists and emperors too . . . a warm, witty and fascinating look at how such dynamic individuals shaped the Renaissance and the Reformation right across Europe throughout the sixteenth centuryWhat makes this such a compelling read is that the author seasons his erudition with a sharp eye for the quirky fact and the sardonic comment . . . a fascinating and compulsive storyNorwich made a brilliant decision to study them as an interacting quartet, rather than individually, for only in this way can one begin to understand how great events and great personalities were hopelessly entangled . . . charmingThe colourful story of the four very different men who created our modern world: Henry VIII, Francis I of France, Charles V of Spain and Suleiman the Magnificent: popular history at its best from John Julius NorwichJohn Julius Norwich was born in 1929. After National Service, he took a degree in French and Russian at New College, Oxford. In 1952 he joined the Foreign Service serving at the embassies in Belgrade and Beirut and with the British Delegation to the Disarmament Conference at Geneva. His publications include The Normans in Sicily; Mount Athos (with Reresby Sitwell); Sahara; The Architecture of Southern England; Glyndebourne; and A History of Venice. He is also the author of a three-volume history of the Byzantine Empire. He has written and presented some thirty historical documentaries for television, and is a regular lecturer on Venice and numerous other subjects. Lord Norwich is chairman of the Venice in Peril Fund, Co-chairman of the World Monuments Fund and a former member of the Executive Committee of the National Trust. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, the Royal Geographical Society and the Society of Antiquaries, and a Commendatore of the Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana. He was made a CVO in 1993.The heroes and villains of the 15th century brought vividly to life by master popular historian John Julius NorwichThe true stories that inspired the bestselling fiction of Wolf Hall and CJ SansomJohn Julius Norwich is a national treasure: lots of publicity and reviews expected on pubication -- and then a year-long tour of literary festivalsA beautiful package: lovely cover, elegant design, colour illustrations -- a perfect gift
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The Traitors

By Josh Ireland

'An epic tale of love, dishonour, bravery, cowardice, betrayal and high-treason. Beautifully written. A stunning debut' Damien Lewis

Playboy. Fascist. Strongman. Thief.
Traitors.

September 1939. For years now Britain has been rudderless, divided and grievously unequal. Successive governments have floundered as they struggled to cope with economic misery at home and machinations abroad. Many of the country's citizens are seduced by fascism; others are simply left alienated by leaders who seem unwilling or unable to take the decisive action that is so desperately needed.

When war breaks out the imperiled nation achieves the unity and purpose that has eluded it for more than a decade. It is a time of heroism and sacrifice in which many thousands of soldiers and civilians give their lives. But some Britons choose a different path, renegades who will fight for the Third Reich until its gruesome collapse in 1945. The Traitors tells the stories of four such men: the chaotic, tragic John Amery; the idealistic but hate-filled William Joyce; the cynical, murderous conman Harold Cole; and Eric Pleasants, an iron-willed pacifist and bodybuilder who wants no part in this war.

Drawing on declassified MI5 files, as well as diaries, letters and memoirs, The Traitors is a book about disordered lives in turbulent times; idealism twisted out of shape; of torn consciences and abandoned loyalties; of murder, deceit, temptation and loss. It shows how a man might come to desert his country's cause, and the tragic consequences that treachery brings in its wake.

An epic tale of love, dishonour, bravery, cowardice, betrayal and high-treason. Beautifully written. A stunning debutA terrific read that is lucid, insightful and beautifully written. Josh Ireland's masterful prose breathes life into these complex, deceitful, yet profoundly fascinating traitors. Set against a backdrop of violent extremism and political failure, The Traitors rings a loud warning bell from historyJosh Ireland's achievement is to tell the story of some of Britain's most inglorious, notorious and vainglorous characters in the most glorious and elegant way. He provides a warning for our times from this true story, painting the most vivid of pictures with the sharpest of novelist's pensStartlingly vivid . . . unmistakably a book of our timesIn this clever, racy book [Josh Ireland] tells the stories of four British citizens who served Nazi Germany . . . full of energy and stylish phrase-making[Ireland] comments intelligently on their motives and describes enough of their worlds and views to give us essential contextIreland's book gives a good flavour of the personality defects that caused men to betray their country . . . Ireland tells their stories entertainingly, and examines their motives without prejudiceAbsorbing . . . Josh Ireland organises this testament of treachery with vim and purpose . . . he skewers his subjects with a piercing revulsionA well-written and very readable account of these four unappealing characters . . . this is a tough subject to get to grips with. Ireland's book is a very worthy effortAn enthralling look at British treachery in the Second World War by a superb young narrative historianJosh Ireland was born in 1981 and lives in London. After leaving York University with a masters in history he worked in publishing for eight years and is now a freelance editor and writer. The Traitors is his first book.Traitors is the first work by a future star; a novelistic group biographyIt re-examines the second world war, but from a surprising perspective - that of British traitorsIn its pages are characters both familiar (Lord Haw-Haw) and unfamiliar, united by nothing so much as being on the wrong side of historyJosh Ireland was a non-fiction editor before turning his hand to writing his own books; his experience shows
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No Dominion

By Louise Welsh

'A vivid, action-packed journey through a post-apocalyptic world. Terrifying and touching in equal measure, the novel is a love story, an adventure, a road movie, a family drama and a murder mystery rolled into one' The Times Scotland

'No Dominion gripped me and broke my heart in equal measure' Val McDermid

It is seven years since the Sweats wiped out most of the world's population. But for those who survived the outbreak, life has gone on. Stevie Flint and Magnus McFall are now part of a small community on the Orkney Islands, without mobile phones or TV, without antibiotics or fuel, who are trying to rebuild the rudiments of democratic civilisation.

When three strangers arrive on the islands, however, they upset the fragile community, bringing long-buried tensions to the surface. Realising that a number of the islands' young are missing, Stevie and Magnus set off on a journey to the mainland to get them back - a mainland swarming with outlaw gangs, and where self-appointed autocrats and religious fanatics hold sway . . .

Thrilling and breathless, No Dominion asks what happens when the scaffolding of civilisation collapses, and how far we'd go to preserve our humanity.

A vivid, action-packed journey through a post-apocalyptic world. Terrifying and touching in equal measure, the novel is a love story, an adventure, a road movie, a family drama and a murder mystery rolled into oneA heart-breaking, thrilling, frightening page-turner of a chiller . . . Welsh taps into the fear of what a world is chaos would be like and that fear bursts out of every pageMost impressive is Welsh's evocative and sharp prose, and her keen observation of the darkest recesses of the human psyche, the stuff that bubbles to the top in times of stress and hardship . . . compellingIt's a thriller that thrills, but it's also a platform for a wry, spry discussion of civilisation, urbanism and connectedness, human and environmentalA gripping debate about politics and ethics . . . brilliantly uncomfortable readingThanks to its disconcerting plausibility and its solid heart, the gripping, immersive No Dominion makes for a deeply satisfying culmination to Welsh's contribution to the apoca-lit genreA horribly plausible scenarioNo Dominion gripped me and broke my heart in equal measureAn excellent depiction of how far and how fast our so-called civilization could fall given the right stimulusA thrilling novel from the author of A Lovely Way to BurnLouise Welsh is the author of eight novels including The Cutting Room, A Lovely Way to Burn and Death is a Welcome Guest. She has received numerous awards and international fellowships, including an Honorary Doctor of Arts from Edinburgh Napier University and an honorary fellowship from the University of Iowa's International Writing Program. Louise Welsh is Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Glasgow.The third and final instalment in a thrilling trilogy from an established and well-respected crime authorCompellingly realistic setting (Orkney Islands and Glasgow) that draws readers in from the first pageLouise Welsh is the recipient of several awards including the John Creasy Memorial Dagger and the Saltire First Book Award
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Leningrad

By Michael Jones, Michael Jones
'A tribute to the resilience of the human spirit''Where the book stands out is in the portrait of ordinary life in extraordinary circumstances... Fluently written... the uniquely terrible experience of suffering, especially of 1941-2, is effectively described''Jones's book is set apart from other histories by his careful and judicious use of witness accounts''Detailed account of the 872-day siege of the Soviet Union's iconic city'Does for Leningrad what Antony Beevor did for Stalingrad.Leningrad was one of the most horrific seiges in history and this is the first modern trade history book to recount itMichael Jones tells the extraordinary human side of story in a subtle, powerfully intense wayThis war story will appeal across the spectrum, to the Suite Francais market as much as the military history marketNew cover
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Mister Pip

By Lloyd Jones
'It's clear from the first page that this is prize-winning stuff... Being a truthful writer, Jones sees nothing neither his heroes nor his villains in black and white. His is a bold inquiry into the way that we construct and repair our communities, and ourselves, with stories old and new''In this dazzling story-within-a-story, Jones has created a microcosm of post-colonial literature, hybridising the narratives of back and white races to create a new and resonant fable ... There is a fittingly dreamy lyrical quality to Jones's writing, along with an acute ear for the earthly harmonies of village speech ... Mister Pip is the first of Jones's six novels to have travelled from his native New Zealand to the UK. It is so hoped that it won't be the last''Mister Pip is a poignant and impressive work which can take its place alongside the classical novels of adolescence''A major word-of-mouth bestseller'Intriguing and memorable'Cleverly encapsulating what it is to be an orphan, an immigrant or a person dispossessed of a regular beat of life, this extraordinary story...''Exotic locations add a dreamy quality to ... Mister Pip by Lloyd Jones ... Jones' lyrical novel centres around a group of children in Bougainville, Papua New Guinea, during the civil war in the Nineties''Morally subtle, Mister Pip has none of arid cleverness that often mars novels about books, making it a worthy winner of this year's Commonwealth Writers' Prize''Darker and more morally complex than it appears ... Lloyd Jones gives the tired post-colonial themes of self-reinvention and the reinterpretation of classic texts a fresh, ingenious twist but his real achievement is bringing life and depth to his characters''A must-read tale of survival by storytelling''A novel that, with amplitude and ease, affirms the acts of reading and writing as precious pursuits, as acts of survival, escape, renewal''The value of moral fiction as a means of dealing with super-heated reality is the theme that gives this book exotic enchantment as a fable for our times''(A) rather strange, quite wonderful book ... Singular in its vision and muscular in its prose, you won't forget this in a hurry''An intelligent novel that says as much about the power of reading as it does about bloodshed and loss''Mister Pip is a powerful and humane novel from one of New Zealand's top writers'A captivating read'Judges described it as a "mesmerising story showing how books can change lives in utterly surprising ways" ''Rarely ... can any novel have combined charm, horror and uplift in quite such superabundance''Lloyd Jones brings to life the transformative power of fiction ... The experience of reading in this book is tangible ...This is a beautiful book. It is tender, multi-layered and redemptive''Magical and enchanting''A dazzling piece of writing that lives long in the mind after the last page is finished''A mega-good read'MovingPoignant, haunting and profoundly humaneUnforgettable'It's a wonderfully refreshing book which gives you much to think about long after finishing''Incredible, one of the best reading experiences I've had'On a remote South Pacific island, threatened by uprising, Matilda and her classmates find their lives surprisingly intertwined with those of a boy called Pip, and a man named Mr Dickens. 'Mister Pip' is their dazzling story of survival by storytellingShortlisted for the 2007 Man Booker prizeA novel about love, growing up and the power of books, with an exotic setting -- a great blend for a commerical hitA good novel for reading group discussion, this is destined to be a word-of-mouth hitA book that came from nowhere in New Zealand and captured readers' hearts around the world. Rights have sold everywhere, from Sweden to BrazilNew jacket for 10th anniversary edition
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Yuki Means Happiness

By Alison Jean Lester

Diana is young and uneasy in a new relationship when she leaves America and moves halfway around the world to Tokyo seeking adventure. In Japan she takes a job as a nanny to two-year-old Yuki Yoshimura and sets about adapting to a routine of English practice, ballet and swimming lessons, and Japanese cooking.

But as Diana becomes increasingly attached to Yuki she also becomes aware that everything in the Yoshimura household isn't as it first seemed. Before long, she must ask herself if she is brave enough to put everything on the line for the child under her care, confronting her own demons at every step of the way.

Yuki Means Happiness is a rich and powerfully illuminating portrait of the intense relationship between a young woman and her small charge, as well as one woman's journey to discover her true self.

The theme of Alison Jean Lester's novel is the maternal instinct, movingly evoked here in various guises. It's funny, warm, scary - and thoroughly recommendedWith Alison Jean Lester's beautiful prose, the simplicity of the narrative, and the uneasy complexities of her characters bubbling to the surface, the plot is much more than what the nanny saw . . . she has the Midas touchBeautifully rendered . . . Lester has the most wonderful eye, capturing the little details of Diana's alien new life with such simplicity and precision as to capture a rare beauty in the everyday . . . Lester has constructed her novel like an elegant piece of origami, every element deftly arranged into something as close to perfection as I can imagineA slow unfurling of what it means to love and fiercely protect another person's child, set against the intricate backdrop of JapanAn emotional exploration of the ties that bind nanny and charge from the author of Lillian on LifeAlison Jean Lester was born to an American father and a British mother, and educated in the US, the UK, China and Italy. She spent twenty-five years working, writing and raising her children in Japan and Singapore before relocating to the UK in 2016. She is the author of the novel Lillian on Life and has had short stories published in Ecotone, Good Housekeeping, Synaesthesia and Barrelhouse.Alison Jean Lester's first novel, Lillian on Life, was well received - 'I absolutely loved it' Kate Atkinson; 'I completely loved Lillian on Life. What a great voice, what energy and wit . . . very original and often extremely funny' Karen Joy FowlerAs well as being a writer, the author is a communications skills coach and improvisational comedianHaving spent the last few years living abroad, Alison has just moved back to the UK
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Trust No One

By Paul Cleave

The brand new psychological thriller from the author of The Cleaner and Joe Victim. Perfect for fans of Dexter and Karin Slaughter.

'Cleave uses words like lethal weapons' New York Times Book Review

'Anyone who likes their crime fiction on the black and bloody side should move Paul Cleave straight to the top of their must-read list' Mark Billingham.

His novels tell of brutal murders and bad men.
But was it just his imagination?

Jerry Grey is better known as crime writer Henry Cutter - whose twelve books kept readers gripped for over a decade. Now he's been diagnosed with early onset Alzheimers, and his writing life has ended.

But the stories haven't. And as his control loosens, Jerry confesses his worst secret: the books are real. He remembers committing the crimes.

His friends, family and carers say it's all his head. He's just confused.

But if that's true, then why are so many bad things happening? Why are people dying?

Tense, thrilling, touching. Paul Cleave is very good indeed.A gripping thriller. Trust No One draws us into a world where truth blends with delusion. This story of a writer losing his memory and bearings pulls us into a maze where fiction blurs into murder. I couldn't put it downWith an unexpected ending, this thriller is one to rememberA vivid, jangled exploration of mental illness, dark imagination, and the nowhere territory in betweenSensitive and astute ... while being gripping and darkly funnyThis powerhouse novel plays with the subtexts at the core of the mystery genreOn almost every page, this outstanding psychological thriller forces the reader to reconsider what is realCleave uses words like lethal weaponsIn this exciting psychological thriller by the Edgar-nominated author of Joe Victim, a famous crime writer struggles to differentiate between his own reality and the frightening plot lines he's created for the page.Paul Cleave is an award-winning author who divides his time between his home city of Christchurch, New Zealand, where all his novels are set, and Europe, where none of his novels are set. His books have been translated into over a dozen languages and have sold over a million copies. He's won the Ngaio Marsh Award three times, the Saint-Maur book festival's crime novel of the year award, has been shortlisted for the Edgar, the Barry and the Ned Kelly Awards. When he's not at home with the stereo cranked up loud and working on his next novel, he can normally be found on a tennis court, a golf course, or throwing a Frisbee somewhere.Paul Cleave is New Zealand's best kept secret: an award-winning crime novelist whose brilliantly dark books are finally being made available in the UK.His books have been translated into over a dozen languages and have sold over a million copies worldwide.He has been shortlisted for prestigious prizes like the Barry, the Edgar and the Ned Kelly; and won the Ngaio Marsh Award three times.A regular at British and European crime festivals, his books have high profile fans including Simon Kernick and Mark Billingham.
Nicholas Brealey Publishing

The Timbuktu School for Nomads

By Nicholas Jubber

The Sahara: a dream-like, far away landscape of Lawrence of Arabia and Wilfred Thesiger, The English Patient and Star Wars, and home to nomadic communities whose ways of life stretch back millennia. Today it's a teeth-janglingly dangerous destination, where the threat of jihadists lurks just over the horizon. Following in the footsteps of 16th century traveller Leo Africanus, Nicholas Jubber went on a turbulent adventure to the forgotten places of North Africa and the legendary Timbuktu.

Once the seat of African civilization and home to the richest man who ever lived, this mythic city is now scarred by terrorist occupation and is so remote its own inhabitants hail you with the greeting, 'Welcome to the middle of nowhere'.

From the cattle markets of the Atlas, across the Western Sahara and up the Niger river, Nicholas joins the camps of the Tuareg, Fulani, Berbers, and other communities, to learn about their craft, their values and their place in the world.

The Timbuktu School for Nomads is a unique look at a resilient city and how the nomads pit ancient ways of life against the challenges of the 21st century.

An epic modern-day quest across the Sahara and a unique insight into the nomadic communities that surround the legendary city, by award-winning travel writer Nicholas Jubber.Nicholas Jubber moved to Jerusalem after graduating from Oxford University. He'd been working two weeks when the intifada broke out and he started planning to travel the Middle East and East Africa. He has written two previous books, The Prester Quest (winner of the Dolman Prize) and Drinking Arak Off an Ayatollah's Beard (shortlisted for the Dolman Prize). He has written for the Guardian, Observer, and the Globe and Mail.A grand adventure narrative from the dunes of the Sahara desertSelected by the New York Times as a Best Travel Book of the SeasonFirst hand reportage from a city once terrorised by jihadisAuthor spent time with the reclusive nomads, learning their way of life and why their continued existence is crucial in the fight against terrorismNicholas Jubber is a winner of the Stanford Dolman Travel Writing Award and been shortlisted twice
Sceptre

Before Everything

By Victoria Redel

'At once tough and tender, funny and sad, this beautifully written novel articulates the dynamic realities of those wondrous friendships that last a lifetime.' (Siri Hustvedt)

Anna, Molly, Ming, Caroline, Helen: the Old Friends.

Since adopting their official name aged eleven, they have seen each other through careers, children, illnesses, marriage, divorce, addiction, fame, fall outs.

But now, Anna - fiercely loved mother and friend, and the Old Friends' glue - is diagnosed with cancer again, and this time, tired of recoveries and relapses, pitying looks and exhausting regimes, she simply says: no more.

As her health declines, the politics of the still lived-in world merge with memories of the past while each Old Friend tries to accept the truth of what is happening: they are losing someone they cannot imagine life without.

Before Everything is a celebration of friendship and love between a group of wonderful women.

End of sixth grade they made it their official name. It was a joke one afternoon but they liked the way it sounded. Permanent. The Old Friends. This way, the five girls agree, it's just a fact. And ours forever.

Redel's prose is artful and insightful ... this is a hugely moving celebration of love, life and friendship.Terminal illness doesn't always bring out the best in people, nor does it preclude other sorrows. To find an honest and sympathetic reflection of both truths is refreshing.BittersweetAn extraordinary, touching and tender story about female friendship.A riveting celebration of life and death.Brings to mind Virginia Woolf's The Waves.Poetic and insightful ... I have been blown away.An unflinching and affecting look at how one woman's final days change the lives of those around her.Before Everything turns on the grand themes, love and death. Redel's elegant narration unfolds not in linear time but in the time of memory, moving among the friends to reveal their shifting connections, needs, and circumstances. At once tough and tender, funny and sad, this beautifully written novel articulates the dynamic realities of those wondrous friendships that last a lifetime.Terminal illness doesn't always bring out the best in people, nor does it preclude other sorrows. To find an honest and sympathetic reflection of both truths is refreshing.A riveting celebration of life and death.Before Everything is a riveting, timely story that explores the unsettlingly beautiful, emotionally charged landscape that is revealed when old friends embrace what they have never before admitted: the limits of mortality and the boundlessness of friendship.Gorgeous, a heartbreaker, a non-stop dazzler, a major achievement.An extraordinary, touching and tender story about female friendship.Poetic and insightful ... I have been blown away.BittersweetBrings to mind Virginia Woolf's The Waves.Victoria Redel bears witness to a remarkable group of women, effortlessly weaving back and forth through time, each thread revealing the cracks and secrets of their complex lives, while also drawing them closer. . . . Redel proves that female friendship is the quiet, steady engine that truly runs the world.I admire Victoria Redel's work for so many reasons-for its fearlessness, its complexity, its beauty-and Before Everything is one of the most brilliant, radiant, and heartbreaking books I've read in years. Redel's characters-fierce and funny, loyal and compassionate-feel as real and beloved as the people we hold dearest in our own lives. An extraordinary novel by one of the best writers we have.A touching story of friendship and loss . . . richly realized. The result is an unflinching and affecting look at how one woman's final days change the lives of those around her.Redel has crafted a lyrical ode to female friendship, proving that bonds can somehow be made of iron and elastic, sometimes strong and sometimes frail. She fleshes out the five main characters admirably for such a short book, linking each of their most vulnerable memories to their shared crisis. Fans of Anne Tyler and Jennifer Close will adore this warmhearted and clear-eyed novel.Before Everything is an ode to friendship for readers of Anne Tyler and Ann Patchett, full of dry humour, quiet wisdom and huge empathy.Victoria Redel was born in New York, and attended Dartmouth College and Columbia University. Her work has appeared in numerous magazines including Granta, Harvard Review, Elle and The New York Times, and she currently teaches at Sarah Lawrence College. Her debut novel, Loverboy, was adapted for a feature film directed by Kevin Bacon. Before Everything is her first novel to be published in the UK.

End of sixth grade they made it their official name. It was a joke one afternoon but they liked the way it sounded. Permanent. The Old Friends. This way, the five girls agree, it's just a fact. And ours forever.

Anna, Molly, Ming, Caroline, Helen: the Old Friends.

Since adopting their official name aged eleven, they have seen each other through careers, children, illnesses, marriage, divorce, addiction, fame, fall outs.

But now, Anna - fiercely loved mother and friend, and the Old Friends' glue - is diagnosed with cancer again, and this time, tired of recoveries and relapses, pitying looks and exhausting regimes, she simply says: no more.

As her health declines, the politics of the still lived-in world merge with memories of the past while each Old Friend tries to accept the truth of what is happening: they are losing someone they cannot imagine life without. Some will fight her decision, and some will accept it: but all will rejoice in a life fully lived.

An ode to friendship, Before Everything is a novel of dry humour, quiet wisdom and huge empathy.

End of sixth grade they made it their official name. It was a joke one afternoon but they liked the way it sounded. Permanent. The Old Friends. This way, the five girls agree, it's just a fact. And ours forever.

'Redel proves that female friendship is the quiet, steady engine that truly runs the world.'

Hannah Tinti, bestselling author of The Good Thief

'Smart, moving, sweeping, poetic, stinging, just beautiful.'

Dani Shapiro, author of Still Writing

Author's previous novels have been made into films (one directed by Kevin Bacon) and under option.Perfect for fans of Anne Tyler, Alice Munro and Elizabeth Strout.Ripe for book club discussions and prize nominations.
Sceptre

Fall Down Seven Times, Get Up Eight: A young man’s voice from the silence of autism

By Naoki Higashida, David Mitchell, Keiko Yoshida

Naoki Higashida met international success with THE REASON I JUMP, a revelatory account of life as a thirteen-year-old with non-verbal autism. Now he offers an equally illuminating insight into autism from his perspective as a young adult. In concise, engaging pieces, he shares his thoughts and feelings on a broad menu of topics ranging from school experiences to family relationships, the exhilaration of travel to the difficulties of speech. Aware of how mystifying his behaviour can appear to others, Higashida describes the effect on him of such commonplace things as a sudden change of plan, or the mental steps he has to take simply to register that it's raining. Throughout, his aim is to foster a better understanding of autism and to encourage those with disabilities to be seen as people, not as problems.

With an introduction by David Mitchell, Fall Down Seven Times, Get Up Eight includes a dreamlike short story Higashida wrote for this edition. Both moving and of practical use, the book opens a window into the mind of an inspiring young man who meets the challenges of autism with tenacity and good humour. However often he falls down, he always gets back up.

Essential reading for parents and teachers who work with individuals with autism who remain non-verbalThere is much to be learned from it about this mysterious condition that Higashida regards as both a blessing and a curse. The book's single most important function is to drum into the sometimes thick heads of us neurotypical readers that people with autism experience a genuine and usually insuperable disconnection between what they want to say or do and what their brain allows them . . . we should look with gratitude through the porthole he has cleared on to a submerged world.Wise and witty, it offers a second insider's insight into the mysteries of non-verbal autism . . . The evolution of Higashida's insights is at times almost unbearably moving . . . Ultimately, though, his self-awareness is uplifting, reminding us to take joy in life's simple pleasures . . . sage and subtle . . . [a work] of illuminating beauty.Once again, the invitation to step inside Higashida's mind is irresistible . . . Higashida challenges the common belief that people with severe autism are exclusively literal-minded. Time and again he uses metaphor to help readers understand his world . . . if any author can help us get a grip, it's Higashida.Higashida's books belong in the small but intense canon of "locked-in" memoirs, such as Awakenings or The Diving Bell and the Butterfly . . . Higashida reveals himself to be far more conflicted than before. The titles show how much the years have changed him. The Reason I Jump had joy shimmering through it. Fall Down Seven Times, Get Up Eight - the title is taken from a Japanese proverb - is about persistence.Readers are invited to observe the world from Higashida's perspective - and what a startling perspective that is . . . Higashida is wise beyond his years and constantly expressing his gratitude towards his family, above all his resilient mother. His pronouncements often ring with Yoda-like depth. He sounds like a village elder and it is impossible not to listen . . . challenges, even ones as seemingly insurmountable as those presented by severe disability, are negotiable. Hope - Higashida's favourite word - prevails.The Reason I Jump was a game-changer . . . This follow-up may not have the same surprise value, but it does something just as inspiring: it shows us how, with a little luck, plenty of support and a huge amount of determination, a "neuro-atypical" person can forge a happy and fulfilled path into adulthood . . . Higashida's observations across a whole range of topics are moving and thought-provokingThe book rightly challenges the methods and attitudes that prevail in supporting people with autism. It is rich in metaphor . . . Fall Down Seven Times, Get Up Eight should be read by many beyond the circle of parents seeking to understand their child. It places Mr Higashida among the first rank of gifted writers, not just writers with autism.Higashida's words are surely a vital message for all those who love and care for autistic family members or friends . . . his writing is poetic, with an inspirational tone that reveals wisdom beyond his years and an acceptance of diversity that we should all aspire to . . . Higashida holds up a mirror to conventional assumptions about autism, including those of health professionals, and challenges us to do better . . . The extraordinary impact that he is making on families across the world continues.Following his ground-breaking international bestseller THE REASON I JUMP, written when he was only thirteen, Naoki Higashida offers equally illuminating and practical insights into autism from his current perspective as a young man.

Naoki Higashida was born in Kimitsu, Japan in 1992. He was diagnosed with autism in 1998 and subsequently attended a school for students with special needs, then (by correspondence) Atmark Cosmopolitan High School, graduating in 2011.

Having learnt to use a method of communication based on an alphabet grid, Naoki wrote The Reason I Jump when he was thirteen and it was published in Japan in 2007. He has published several books since, from autobiographical accounts about living with autism to fairy tales, poems and illustrated books, and writes a regular blog. Despite his communication challenges, he also gives presentations about life on the autistic spectrum throughout Japan and works to raise awareness about autism. In 2011 he appeared in director Gerry Wurzburg's documentary on the subject, Wretches & Jabberers.

David Mitchell is the author of the novels Ghostwritten, number9dream, Cloud Atlas, Black Swan Green and The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet, The Bone Clocks and Slade House. He has been shortlisted twice for the Man Booker Prize and won several awards for his writing. KA Yoshida was born in Yamaguchi, Japan, and specialised in English Poetry at Notre Dame Seishin University.

THE REASON I JUMP was a phenomenal success - No 1 Sunday Times bestseller, and also a New York Times bestseller. The Sceptre hardback sold over 63,000 and total sales stand at over 170,000.FALL DOWN SEVEN TIMES, GET UP EIGHT is a companion, though stand-alone book. It gives the same kind of extraordinary insight into the autistic mind as THE REASON I JUMP does, but that of a young man rather than a 13-year-old.Guaranteed to get widespread TV, radio and press coverage.The extraordinary response to JUMP showed a powerful need for such a book. All those who found it helpful will welcome this too.Feature film of THE REASON I JUMP currently being filmed (Director Peter Webber, a Runaway Fridge/The Ideas Room production) for release in 2017.Includes a previously unpublished story by Higashida and an introduction by David Mitchell, who is an even bigger star than he was in 2013.
Sceptre

Harmony

By Carolyn Parkhurst

An unputdownable story about the strength of love, the bonds of family, and how you survive the unthinkable.

How far will a mother go to save her family?

The Hammond family is living in Washington DC, where everything seems to be going just fine, until it becomes clear that the oldest daughter, Tilly - a mix of off-the-charts genius and social incompetence - is on the autistic spectrum. Once Tilly is kicked out of the last school in the area, her mother Alexandra is at her wits' end. The family turns to Camp Harmony and the wisdom of child behaviour guru Scott Bean for a solution. But what they discover in the woods of New Hampshire will push them to the very limit.

Gorgeously written and patently originalParkhurst confounds expectations. If this novel is part Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time and part We Need to Talk About Kevin, it also contains shades of Lord of the Flies. For this, young Iris is the perfect narrator . . . A fascinating novel, at once challenging and compassionate, thrilling and thoughtful. It asks tough questions about what happens to people who don't fit predetermined patterns, and what it means to be normalParkhurst writes movingly and with real compassion . . . [she] effortlessly manages to mix difficult social questions with riveting storytellingA moving and compassionate literary dive straight into the heart of a frantic parent. . . shatteringly immediate. . . touchingly real.Parkhurst cements herself as a writer capable of astonishing humanity and exquisite prosePropulsive . . . Everything from the parents' desperation to the camp's creepy vibe feels vividly real, and this provocative page-turner also invites important, broader conversations about autism.Darkly funny and suspenseful, with a palpable sense of dread that propels readers toward anticipatory horror . . . [Parkhurst] writes Tilly profoundly, as an audacious girl fascinated by a world that will not bend to her.[Parkhurst's] terrific prose is matched by compassion and a sense of humor . . . the beautifully written Harmony is her best work, a haunting, creepy but ultimately moving story of love and familySuspenseful, moving, and full of inspiration and insight[A] gripping, timely novelThe perfect blend of humor, suspense, and compassion . . . absolutely rivetingDeeply honest, heartbreakingly funny . . . a novel of deep compassionA heartwrenching and tense drama about a troubled family, who give up everything to join an experimental 'family camp' - with life-changing consequences.

Carolyn Parkhurst is the author of three novels: Lorelei's Secret (published in the US as The Dogs of Babel) and Lost and Found, which were both New York Times bestsellers, and The Nobodies Album. In 2010, she published her first children's book, Cooking with Henry and Elliebelly, illustrated by Dan Yaccarino.

Born in New Hampshire, she lives in Washington, DC with her husband and their two children.

An emotionally powerful, edge-of-the-seat drama by the author of two New York Times bestsellers, which has been greeted with wide acclaim - 'fascinating . . . thrilling and thoughtful' (Guardian), '[a] provocative page-turner' (People), 'gorgeously written and patently original' (Jodi Picoult) and 'absolutely riveting' (Jami Attenberg).A highly topical subject, which many readers will relate to, particularly families coping with children on the autistic spectrum but not exclusively - anyone can relate to the novel's portrait of family dynamics and the thorny situations this family faces.Should strongly appeal to reading groups and to fans of novels like WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN and WE ARE ALL COMPLETELY BESIDE OURSELVES.Chosen by Bookbag as one of their top ten Literary Fiction Books of 2016.Author has a very active/engaging Twitter account.LORELEI'S SECRET optioned for film by Heyday (producers of Harry Potter).Carolyn Parkhurst's work has been published in 30 languages.
Sceptre

A Woman Looking at Men Looking at Women

By Siri Hustvedt

Internationally acclaimed as a novelist, Siri Hustvedt is also highly regarded as a writer of non-fiction whose insights are drawn from her broad knowledge in the arts, humanities, and sciences.

In this trilogy of works collected in a single volume, Hustvedt brings a feminist, interdisciplinary perspective to a range of subjects. Louise Bourgeois, Pablo Picasso, Susan Sontag and Knut Ove Knausgaard are among those who come under her scrutiny. In the book's central essay, she explores the intractable mind-body problem and in the third section, reflects on the mysteries of hysteria, synesthesia, memory, perception, and the philosophy of Søren Kierkegaard. With clarity, wit, and passion, she exposes gender bias, upends received ideas, and challenges her reader to think again.

This is a phenomenal book. Its soul is in the connections it draws between disparate subjects, through which Hustvedt manages to shrink the world into something comprehensible.A writer with an unusual blend of incisive intelligence, humour and imagination. There is a moving essay on the blurring of gender in Louise Bourgeois and a brilliantly comic analysis of Karl Ove Knausgaard . . . She is able to combine [a] personal perspective with erudite analysis and, as the personal perspective is at the forefront, she is always open to uncertainty, which she sees, rightly, as itself a political stance . . . as the complicated warnings of experts are decried and swaggering lies broadcast on the news, this kind of uncertainty matters more than ever . . . We are fortunate to have Hustvedt voicing doubt so intelligently.It is obvious that hers is a great mind that is constantly exploring, searching, "becoming" . . . An impressive collection by a novelist who clearly loves the humanities, the sciences and the ancient art of storytelling. But Hustvedt is not only a writer. She is also a passionate reader and therein lies the secret of this book . . . Here is a great book that invites reading . . . not only to 'look at a woman writer looking at men looking at women', but also to look within, deep inside the recesses of our minds, so as to recognise the fascinating complexity but also the heartbreaking fragility of human existence.[The Delusions of Certainty] reads like the work of a talented teacher who has the drive and the ability to organise and present - in an exceptionally clear, clean, even limpid voice - a monumental amount of abstract information. It's hard to overstate the pleasure and the comfort that such demystification provides the scientifically uninitiated; it does indeed make the world feel larger, more expansive, more alive to the touchFew writers eviscerate bias and flawed logic as elegantly and ruthlessly as Hustvedt . . . she expertly flays assertions about biological and psychological sex differences . . . Hustvedt does not resolve her many questions, but her exhilarating conclusion testifies to the virtues of doubt . . . Her work is cerebral but also warm, deeply felt.[Hustvedt] impresses as a writer of blazing intelligence and curiosity . . . This is fertile and fascinating territory for scientists and humanists alike.A trailblazing and inspiring collection of essays on art, feminism, neuroscience, psychology by the internationally bestselling novelist Siri Hustvedt

Siri Hustvedt's first novel, The Blindfold, was published by Sceptre in 1993. Since then she has published The Enchantment of Lily Dahl, What I Loved, The Sorrows of an American, The Summer Without Men and The Blazing World, which was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2014 and won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction. She is also the author of the poetry collection Reading To You, The Shaking Woman: A History of My Nerves, and four collections of essays - Yonder, Mysteries of the Rectangle: Essays on Painting, A Plea for Eros and Living, Thinking, Looking.

Born in Minnesota, Siri Hustvedt now lives in Brooklyn, New York. She has a PhD in English from Columbia University and in 2012 was awarded the International Gabarron Prize for Thought and Humanities.

She delivered the Schelling Lecture in Aesthetics in Munich in 2010, the Freud Lecture in Vienna in 2011 and the opening keynote at the conference to mark Kierkegaard's 200th anniversary in Copenhagen in 2013, while her latest honorary doctorate is from the University of Gutenburg in Germany. She is also Lecturer in Psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical School and has written on art for the New York Times, the Daily Telegraph and several exhibition catalogues.

Great acclaim in the press - 'A writer who has much to say about the world to the world . . . a great book' (Observer).A Financial Times Book of the Year and chosen in the Observer Christmas Books by Jessie Burton.Hardback sales already 40% up on Siri's previous essay collection and export TPB reprinted 3 times in 2 months.Shortlisted for the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay 2017.Follows Siri's novel The Blazing World, longlisted for the Booker in the first year it became open to Americans and winner of the LA Times Book Prize.WHAT I LOVED is one of Sceptre's most enduringly popular and successful titles - total sales are now over 300,000.
Sceptre

Evening Primrose

By Kopano Matlwa

A powerful and timely novel from 'South Africa's Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie' (Bookseller) .

'Heart-wrenching' Grazia .

With urgency and tenderness Evening Primrose explores issues of race, gender and the medical profession through the eyes of a junior doctor.

When Masechaba finally achieves her childhood dream of becoming a doctor, her ambition is tested as she faces the stark reality of South Africa's public healthcare system.

As she leaves her deeply religious mother and makes friends with the politically-minded Nyasha, Masechaba's eyes are opened to the rising xenophobic tension that carries echoes of apartheid.

Battling her inner demons, she must decide if she should take a stand to help her best friend, even it comes at a high personal cost.

'The best kind of political novel, its turns of emotion are virtuosic. Matlwa's voice is one we need.' Rowan Hisayo Buchanan, author of Harmless Like You

'Slices straight to the heart, deft and clean' Laura Jane Williams, author of Becoming

'A daring and uniquely South African story' Marie Claire, South Africa on Coconut

Heart-wrenchingTackles more than many books twice its length. . . The pages are raw. This is the best kind of political novel . . . [its] turns of emotion are virtuosic. The novel dances from slapstick to stabbing pain to tentative hope. Matlwa's voice is one we need.Slices straight to the heart, deft and clean.Harrowing and vital . . . I read it in one sitting.Compelling and heart-wrenching, EVENING PRIMROSE, explores issues of race, poverty and gender in post-apartheid South Africa through the eyes of a junior doctor.Kopano Matlwa Mabaso is a South African author whose bestselling first novel, Coconut , written when she was 21 years old, went on to in the European Union Literary Award and was joint winner of the Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature in Africa. Her second novel, Spilt Milk made the long list for the 2011 Sunday Times Fiction Prize. Matlwa is also winner of Aspen Ideas Award for medical innovation and is currently reading for a DPhil in Population Health at the University of Oxford, as a Rhodes Scholar. Her third novel Evening Primrose will be published by Sceptre in 2017. @kopanomabaso

A searing, insightful new novel from 'South Africa's Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie' (Bookseller) that explores issues of race, poverty and gender.


Told in the form of a one-sided conversation with God, Evening Primrose is the story of Masechaba, a young woman who achieves her childhood dream of becoming a doctor, yet soon faces the stark reality of South Africa's healthcare system.

As she leaves her deeply religious mother and makes friends with the politically-minded Nyasha, Masechaba's eyes are opened to rising xenophobic tension in the shadow of the apartheid.

Battling her own personal demons, she must decide if she should make a stand to help her friend, even if it comes at a high personal cost.

Maybe this was all my own doing.

I should never have started that petition.

I should never have stopped my medication.

I should never have daydreamed about François, who couldn't pronounce my name properly.

And I shouldn't have written all this blasphemous crap in this journal.

'Matlwa is South Africa's Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.' Rosie Rowell, The Bookseller

For fans of novels such as Eileen, Ruby, Homegoing and The Bricks that Built the Houses.In 2016 the author was selected as one of 21 icons of South Africa project, celebrating the country's young game changers.The author draws on her own first hand experience as a medical graduate in South African MSc in Global Health Science and is currently reading for a DPhil in Population Health at the University of Oxford, as a Rhodes Scholar.Kopano Matlwa's debut novel Coconut won the European Union Literary Award when she was 21 years old. It was a bestseller in South Africa, cementing her position as one of the country's high profile authors.Matlwa's second novel, Spilt Milk won the Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature in 2010.
Teach Yourself

Baby Massage and Yoga

By Anita Thomas-Epple, Pauline Carpenter

Baby Massage and Yoga shows you how to get in touch with your baby using the technique of gentle massage and yoga exercises. It offers practical information demonstrating which tools, techniques and insights you'll need to best expose both yourself and your child to the many physical and emotional benefits of massage - including when the best times are, which oils to use and how to set the environment.

It connects massage and yoga with story-telling, music and rhyme to increase mental and physical development, giving step-by-step guides simple massage routines for every part of the body. You'll learn simple yoga routines which you can try safely and effectively with your baby. Parents of children with special needs are shown simple, therapeutic exercises and plenty of practical and useful advice.

Discover the healing power of touch with this authoritative, helpful and expertly written guide.

ABOUT THE SERIES
People have been learning with Teach Yourself since 1938. With a vast range of practical, how-to guides covering language learning, lifestyle, hobbies, business, psychology and self-help, there's a Teach Yourself book for whatever you want to do. Join more than 60 million people who have reached their goals with Teach Yourself, and never stop learning.

INTRODUCING A FUN, SAFE. RELAXING AND THERAPEUTIC WAY OF INTERACTING WITH YOUR BABY.
Anita Epple and Pauline Carpenter are experts in yoga and baby massage; this new, extremely practical, edition of their classic book is essential reading for parents keen to enjoy massage and yoga with a young child and experience its many benefits.

Anita Epple and Pauline Carpenter are the directors of Touch-Learn, which trains infant massage teachers. They are both qualified baby massage tutors and are closely involved with the Guild of Child and Infant Massage.

Baby Massage and Yoga shows you how to get in touch with your baby using the technique of gentle massage and yoga exercises. It offers practical information demonstrating which tools, techniques and insights you'll need to best expose both yourself and your child to the many physical and emotional benefits of massage - including when the best times are, which oils to use and how to set the environment.

It connects massage and yoga with story-telling, music and rhyme to increase mental and physical development, giving step-by-step guides simple massage routines for every part of the body. You'll learn simple yoga routines which you can try safely and effectively with your baby. Parents of children with special needs are shown simple, therapeutic exercises and plenty of practical and useful advice.

Discover the healing power of touch with this authoritative, helpful and expertly written guide.

A parenting classic and the only available book to cover both infant yoga and massage.Step-by-step practical guides combined with much inspirational material on how to bond emotionally and spiritually, for both parent and child's benefit.The only book to cover the needs of special care babies or those with health problems.Authored by two experts, founders of the Touch And Learn infant massage and yoga training course.
Teach Yourself

French Tutor: Grammar and Vocabulary Workbook (Learn French with Teach Yourself)

By Julie Cracco

Do you want to communicate easily and freely in French?
Master French grammar and broaden your vocabulary with your very own French Tutor. This contemporary interactive workbook features 200 activities across a range of grammar and vocabulary points with clear goals, concise explanations, and real-world tasks. By studying and practicing French grammar you'll understand how the language really works and be able to speak French with clarity and ease.

What will I learn?
The French Tutor: Grammar and Vocabulary Workbook covers a comprehensive range of the most useful and frequent grammar and vocabulary in French. You can follow along unit by unit, or dip in and dip out to address your weak areas. As you progress, you will be introduced to new vocabulary and combine it with the grammar to complete extensive exercises. You will then practice the language through authentic reading and writing practice. You will achieve a solid upper intermediate level* of French grammar.

Is this course for me?
The French Tutor: Grammar and Vocabulary Workbook can be used as a standalone course or as a complement to any other French course. It offers extensive practice and review of essential grammar points and vocabulary and skills building. The personal tutor element points out exceptions and gives tips to really help you perfect your French.

What do I get?
This French workbook offers a range of clear and effective learning features:
-200 activities across a range of grammar and vocabulary points
-Unique visuals and infographics for extra context and practice
-Personal tutor hints and tips to help you to understand language rules and culture points
-Learn to learn section offers tips and advice on how to be a good language learner

25 short learning units each contain:
-communication goals to guide your studies
-grammar explanations with extensive exercises
-vocabulary presentations and activities
-reading and writing sections to consolidate your learning

*This workbook maps from Novice High to Advanced Mid level proficiency of ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages) and from A2 Beginner to B2 Upper Intermediate level of the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) guidelines.

What other courses are available?
For further study and practice, see Get Started in French (ISBN 9781444174595) and Complete French: Teach Yourself (ISBN 9781444177299).


Rely on Teach Yourself, trusted by language learners for over 75 years.

Master French grammar and broaden your vocabulary with your very own French Tutor. This contemporary interactive workbook features 200 activities across a range of grammar and vocabulary points with clear goals, concise explanations, and real-world tasks.

Mary C. Christensen, PhD holds a Doctorate in Romance Languages & Literatures with a specialization in French from the University of Michigan. She is currently Associate Professor of French at the State University of New York at New Paltz and teaches classes in French language, literature, and civilization.

Julie Cracco has a Master's Degree in Instructional Technology from the New York Institute of Technology. She also holds degrees in Secondary Education, French, and Communication Studies from the State University of New York and teaches French in New York.

Learn and practise grammar and vocabulary in one bookClear presentations and 200 practice activitiesCorrelates to the grammar taught in Complete French: Teach Yourself (A1 to B2 of the CEFR)Learn to learn section - tips and advice on how to be a better language learnerPersonal tutor approach - gives extra guidance and tips throughout the book to support your learningVisual presentations through infographics (word clouds, charts) and verb tense chartsDiscovery Method - figure out rules for yourself to make the language stick
Teach Yourself

Yoga For Pregnancy And Birth: Teach Yourself

By Uma Dinsmore-Tuli

Yoga is an awareness of the link between breath, mind and body. The connection benefits the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual wellbeing at all stages of life, but very noticeably during pregnancy.

Yoga for Pregnancy and Birth offers you and your birth partner an effective, uniquely holistic technique which will help you maximise your health and wellbeing throughout pregnancy and beyond. It shows how to use yoga to give you a deeper insight into the process of pregnancy and create a yoga and breathing program which works uniquely for you and your baby.

Learn a full range of adapted yoga postures intended to provide comfort, build stability and support the changes in your body. Breathing exercises will promote calm, boost vitality and help control labour pains, while yogic pelvic floor practices promote healthy tone and flexibility. And downloadable audio helps you set the pace of your breathing.

Your pregnancy is a remarkable journey; learn how to use yoga to increase your comfort and control, and develop the skills to approach your labour with confidence.

ABOUT THE SERIES
People have been learning with Teach Yourself since 1938. With a vast range of practical, how-to guides covering language learning, lifestyle, hobbies, business, psychology and self-help, there's a Teach Yourself book for whatever you want to do. Join more than 60 million people who have reached their goals with Teach Yourself, and never stop learning.

A TOOLKIT FOR IMPROVING YOUR LIFE WITH CBT

Uma Dinsmore-Tuli is the key expert in the world of yoga for pregnancy; this new and extremely practical edition of her classic book is essential reading for parents keen to enjoy the benefits of yoga throughout pregnancy and during the birthing experience.

Uma Dinsmore-Tuli is a yoga therapist, writer, lecturer and trainer who has been practising yoga since she was four years old and teaching it since 1994. She has twelve years of experience in teaching yoga to pregnant women, creating resources about yoga for mothers, training pregnancy yoga teachers and establishing programmes for pregnancy yoga in two major London hospitals.A uniquely holistic guide to yoga through pregnancy and birth that will help you learn more about your body and enjoy a peaceful pregnancy.Step-by-step practical guide with simple and easy to follow exercises and diagrams.Authored by the key name in yoga for pregnancy, this classic book is the bible in this area.
Two Roads

Can you hear me?

By Elena Varvello, Alex Valente

'Utterly gripped me from beginning to end' Victoria Hislop
'Move over Ferrante, there's a new Elena in town' Independent
'There is much beauty and sadness in this slim novel' The Times
'A novel of crime and darkness that eschews straightforward domestic noir' Guardian

In the August of 1978, the summer I met Anna Trabuio, my father took a girl into the woods...
I was sixteen.
He had been gone a long time already, but that was it - not even a year after he lost his job and that boy disappeared - that was when everything broke.

1978.
Ponte, a small community in Northern Italy. An unbearably hot summer like many others.

Elia Furenti is sixteen, living an unremarkable life of moderate unhappiness, until the day the beautiful, damaged Anna returns to Ponte and firmly propels Elia to the edge of adulthood.

But then everything starts to unravel.

Elia's father, Ettore, is let go from his job and loses himself in the darkest corners of his mind.
A young boy is murdered.
And a girl climbs into a van and vanishes in the deep, dark woods...

Translated by Alex Valente | Winner of an English PEN Award

Can You Hear Me? poignantly touches on problems of friendships, families and coming of age in a small community in northern Italy. There is much beauty and sadness in this slim novel.'I love books I can read all in one sitting (maybe with a break to make tea) and can you hear me? by Elena Varvello was one of these. A thriller, a mystery, a coming-of-age story that utterly gripped me from beginning to end - and the translation from the original Italian never for a second gets in the way' Move over Ferrante, there's a new Elena in town... Can You Hear Me? is the first of Elena Varvello's novels to be translated into English - elegantly so by Alex Valente, no easy task since the story episodically flits between two narrative strands, and splices memories of the recent past in with sections set in the present. It's as if, as one character puts it, "time has all bunched up like a bedsheet"... Varvello maintains a sense of tension and dread throughout, all cleverly focused on Elia's slow comprehension of the situation he finds himself in. The novel is something akin to noir, but the emphasis in on the psychological... It made me think of the opening of Ian McEwan's The Cement Garden... Like all the best coming-of-age stories, at its heart Can You Hear Me? is about understanding the limits of one's own knowledge.The novel is carried by both the brilliance of its setting and by a scattering of emotional truths... Here, Varvello's spare poetry reveals itself in masterly atmosphere and sense of place... It is refreshing to read a novel of crime and darkness that eschews straightforward domestic noir, and Varvello was brave to write about the trauma that haunts her.Haunting... Set in a small Italian town in the late 1970s, Can You Hear Me? reads like a collaboration between Daphne du Maurier and Megan Abbott, a superb psychological study marinated in a teenage boy's simmering hormones. A poet and award-winning short-story writer in her native Italy, Varvello writes tautly lyrical prose (beautifully translated by Alex Valente), delivering an absorbing tale that draws the reader into a nightmarish fever dream of isolation and paranoia given a chilling sense of inevitability by Varvello's matter-of-fact tone and Elia's deadpan narration.A claustrophobic read... Marrying the unsettling feelings of a coming-of-age tale with a panic-inducing abduction story, Varvello explores the psychological impacts of fear, love and mental illness in pared-back prose.A spare, underplayed and suspenseful story about a terrible crime eating away at a family.A beautiful, stark, poignant account of fear, love and lossI loved Varvello's pared-back writing style, and how she manages to say so much in so few words. An intense read, wonderfully anxiety-inducing, where everything is bubbling uneasily just below the surface.Elena Varvello's Can you hear me? is riveting and luminous. It's a gorgeous heart-rending novel that you want to finish in one sitting - and few readers will be able to resist the exquisite gravity of such temptation - but it's also a novel that you long to savour, to make last, to draw out because there won't be another one this rich, this compelling, this extraordinarily satisfying for a long, long time.So extraordinary that I'm almost speechless... It's such a mesmerising novel, at times a very chilling one, and it has both broken my heart and mended it at the same time. The writing is so tense, the atmosphere so heavy and the book's structure is so clever, and technically astounding. What a feat! And what I applaud so very much is its honest ending, its sense of completion(at least for the reader), and its universal message of hope. I feel so moved by this novel and in ways that I know will take me some time yet to uncover.Few writers have gripped me, left me breathless and sweaty palmed, quite like Varvello. Expanding the possibilities of the thriller, Can You Hear Me? probes that period of unease, common to growing up, when we realise that our parents are fallible. It's a novel of teenage awakening, of pauses and silences, pregnant with secrets. This book has given me sleepless nights, broken my heart and worked its way deep into my psyche. I am thrilled to finally have the opportunity to place such an extraordinary book in readers' hands.Can You Hear Me? is not a faint-hearted book. Elena Varvello plays with some big themes here; fear, love and loss are prominent and sketched in heart aching relief. The story is a tense exploration of the mysteries of the human heart, the weight of paranoia and the often destructive nature of love and blind devotion... Varvello's writing is so redolent and vivid that the reader can almost feel the sweltering heat of summer in Italy, the intense desire between Elia and Anna and the individual anguish and grief of all characters here. This is not a light-hearted summer read but rather an intensely brilliant noir, tightly paced but with the wistful quality of a midsummer daydream. The characters are vibrant, relatable and powerfully realised and the story moves at breath taking pace. This is a beautiful coming of age story, a meditation on the nature of adulthood and a sizzling reminder of the turmoil of adolescence. Varvello has expertly captured the exquisite torture of first time lust and the agony of betrayal. The intensely personal nature of the story becomes clear when Varvello discloses that she wrote the book as a way of exorcising her own difficult relationship with her father, himself a sufferer of mental illness, in an act of letting go of her own past. This adds another level of poignant tenderness to this already heart wrenching tale and it adds another layer of humanity to Varvello's writing... Alex Valente has adoringly translated Varvello's work and the partnership between them is a wonderful example of how loving translation can bring powerful writing to readers across the world. If you like your fiction dark and deep, your characters strikingly real and are prepared to have your heart lovingly shattered then this is the book for you.I can't remember reading a thriller that is as eerily intense as Elena Varvello's Can You Hear Me?... While this novel is obviously far removed from my own circumstances, the style and subject of Varvello's story invoked a deep sense of nostalgia in me. Elia is a somewhat awkward young man who makes a loose friendship with a boy named Stefano. Their friendship develops organically. They don't necessarily have a huge amount of shared interests but are pulled together more because of circumstances when there is no one else to spend time with. A lot of childhood friendships seem to be formed in this way and the only other book I can recall that got this so well is Tim Winton's novel Breath. During their summer together they spend time swimming at a remote water hole. I have strong memories of doing something similar and the representation of this uneven friendship felt very real... While Elia tries to deal with these normal issues surrounding any young man's development, he also grows increasingly wary of his father who believes that he's been cheated out of a job and becomes increasingly absent from the home. Marta seems to bury her head in the sand about her husband Ettore's behaviour and withdraw into herself. So this boy is mostly left to struggle with all of this on his own. Because of this, the story develops an increasing level of emotional poignancy as it goes on at the same time as it grows more unsettlingly tense. Varvello's captivating writing style drew me in and had me gripped in that way that made me really resent having to stop reading it at the end of my commutes or lunch breaks. It's a powerful book that reminds me of some of Joyce Carol Oates' novels in the way that Varvello so effectively builds suspense amidst a plot involving friendship and embittered economical hardships. And (coming from me) you know that means I think very highly of it!Can you hear me? is no ordinary psychological thriller - to pigeonhole it into that sub-genre would be to ignore large parts of this atmospheric and intense novel. Alongside the central mystery is a coming of age story and the two themes mesh together seamlessly... We've seen how Varvello generates suspense; she is also very skilful in making us care about all the characters: from Marta's tender, careworn love and inability to recognise Ettore's illness, to broken but unbowed Anna; from the adolescent bluster of Stefano to the growing confidence of Elia as he takes charge of his life. All are detailed alongside the tragedy of Ettore. Can you hear me? - which is Ettore's constant question, was tremendous, possibly the best thriller I'll read all year and as I said before, unputdownable. More please!From the start this novel is heady and you can feel the Italian heat in every sentence. Considering how dark and intense this novel gets it's passionate and you find yourself relishing every chapter. Varvello's writing is like a shadowy mix of King and Du Maurier, it's part compelling noir and elegant coming -of-age story... I was so rooted in the story, Elia's confused emotional state and his father's mental decline was fascinating. Also I must mention the translation of this novel is brilliant, when reading translated fiction is often noticable when a translator loses the flow of the story but this doesn't happen at all in this book... it just feel like Italy.This is going to be my book of the summer and potentially the year.

Can you hear me? is no ordinary psychological thriller - to pigeonhole it into that sub-genre would be to ignore large parts of this atmospheric and intense novel. Alongside the central mystery is a coming of age story and the two themes mesh together seamlessly... I read into the night, I truly couldn't put the book down...
We've seen how Varvello generates suspense; she is also very skillful in making us care about all the characters: from Marta's tender, careworn love and inability to recognise Ettore's illness, to broken but unbowed Anna; from the adolescent bluster of Stefano to the growing confidence of Elia as he takes charge of his life. All are detailed alongside the tragedy of Ettore. Can you hear me? was tremendous, possibly the best thriller I'll read all year and as I said before, unputdownable. More please!

At first glance, Elena Varvello's Can You Hear Me? has all the hallmarks of a commercial thriller... Yet those who venture further into the pages expecting the novel to be nothing more than a page-turner are in for a surprise. For this book offers so much more. Varvello has published two collections of poetry and it shows. Not only is her writing (translated here by Alex Valente) taut, but it is also exquisitely precise. Rather than scatter-gunning the reader with details, she selects one telling enough to convey an entire character or mood. From the way a person watches their reflection in a mirror, or the briefest of exchanges, the author conjures entire scenes, imbuing her pages by turns with menace, nostalgia and wistfulness... Chief among the cast of blinkered individuals is the narrator, Elia's, father, whose redundancy and subsequent breakdown are the catalysts for much of the action. Menacingly erratic and yet pitiable, he towers from the page... At points the writing is breathtakingly deft. The result is an engrossing and troubling book that hangs big questions on the taut wire of a gripping plot. Like her namesake Ferrante, Elena Varvello knows how to keep readers hooked. We shall see more of her work....but overall, it is far more about the unspoken, about all the things that crack open a facade and leave people broken, even though they pretend to be resilient. It is about people hiding the truth even from themselves... With its ability to capture the tormented adolescent soul, it reminded me of Bassani's The Garden of the Finzi-Continis, but this is far less idyllic and nostalgic. The tense, moody atmosphere, conveyed not through purple prose, but through a very restrained, economical style, is more reminiscent of Alberto Moravia. There are also hints of that author's disenchantment with human nature, modern life and that elusive myth of finding happiness.A taut, smart, viciously gripping noir about family and the destructive force of unconditional love. It took my breath away and kept me glued to the page until its heart-breaking end: a phenomenal achievementHaunting, surreal, and deeply engaging, Elena Varvello's Can you hear me? is at once suspenseful and elegiac, as beautiful as it is horrifying, as Varvello takes us deep inside the mind and heart of 16-year-old Elia Furenti during his summer of change. Readers will devour this novel in one sitting as I did, then chew over it long after the book is doneElena Varvello's thrilling novel Can You Hear Me? holds a magnifying glass to a family spiralling into darkness while simultaneously casting a net that ensnares the poignancy of the end of adolescence. We are swept away by the vivid characters as their dark and broken places are deftly revealed. Varvello's command of her story, and yet delicate delivery, makes for stunning writing. A smart, dark, page-turner that lingers long after the last page.The bleakness and menace of this 'Hitchcockian' novel owe much to its brevity and the starkness of its prose. A raw and heartrending portrayal of masculinity and loneliness, the burden and complexity of family ties and the perils of crossing boundaries in a small community.Can you hear me? shines a light on one family's black heart, a place where opposites coexist: tenderness and fear; happiness and pain; unfaltering faith and ugly suspicions. A book to get lost inReading Can you hear me? is like being swept away by a powerful current. The best Italian novel of the year.One of the best Italian novels of 2016. A book that doesn't shy away from pain - it shines a light on it. And it does so beautifully, page by page.Halfway between noir and coming-of-age, Can you hear me? is an utterly original new type of novel. I read it in two sittings, and I'm sure it will stay with me for a long time.A noir that reminded me of great Italian literature: the atmosphere I found in Niccolò Ammaniti's I'm not scared, mixed with the images that someone like Bassani can create with such accuracy... I can't even tell you how excited I am to finally talk about it with customers and colleagues

Elena Varvello has created a world of suspense à la Hitchcock: a 16-year-old boy tells his story and that of his tragic family... The ravine and the forest of the Piedmontese hills described in Can you hear me? are threatened by evil which colours every page of this novel and reaches the reader via a shattering, dry dialogue. The rapidly industrialised landscape in a provincial corner of northern Italy, containing woods, waterfalls but also discarded tins and other rubbish, speaks of the tragedy: all is normal in the microcosm of Can you hear me?, even intense unhappiness has been accepted as normality.
Elena Varvello is a skilled and able narrator; her strong prose belongs to a new vein that has sprung out of modern Italy: women writers revel in an imagination that used to belong to the male world but with an added dose of poetry that is altogether feminine.

A dark and painful novel, constructed with great wisdom and written with rare restraint.Varvello has written both a noir and a coming-of-age novel that is in some ways reminiscent of Niccolò Ammaniti's I'm Not Scared... Varvello reveals the widening cracks slowly, perceptively, as one family scene unfurls from another, telling the story through omissions that become enigmas.Can you hear me? is one of the most beautiful, intense and original books I have encountered in my life... A beautifully written book, that brings to mind Cormac McCarthy.It brought back to mind Elsa Morante's Arturo's Island, and those classics with the ability to capture the abyss of adolescence, authors like Moravia and Bassani. This novel will grab you instantly and force you to read with a growing sense of panic, something tight in your throat: like a noir of ordinary life, bloodless and thus even more ruthlessA coming-of-age story of friendship and passion that keeps the reader glued to the pageMagnificentWith her ability to capture the fragmented rhythm of life, the clockwork eruption of a drama foretold, Elena Varvello hooks the readerA riveting coming-of-age story set during a scorching Italian summer, told with the breathless precision of a Hitchcock noir.

ELENA VARVELLO was born in Turin, Italy, in 1971. She has published two collections of poetry, Perseveranza è salutare and Atlanti, a collection of short stories, L'economia delle cose (nominated for the Premio Strega, the Italian equivalent of the Man Booker Prize), and two novels, La luce perfetta del giorno and La vita felice, now translated into English as Can you hear me? (English PEN Award 2017).
She teaches creative writing at the Scuola Holden in Turin.
elenavarvello.com

ALEX VALENTE is a European half-Yorkshire, half-Tuscan freelance translator.
He has researched comics, poetry, and their translation, co-edits The Norwich Radical, regularly translates for Italian literary agencies, and does voluntary work for non-profit organisations.
He's on Twitter as @DrFumetts.

GRIP LIT AT ITS BEST | Both an edge-of-your-seat psychological thriller and a stunningly written literary novel. Think Stephen King meets Cormac McCarthy, with a touch of Louise Doughty and a hint of Netflix' Stranger Things.FOR READERS OF | Niccolò Ammaniti's I'm Not Scared (UK TCM 85k+ - ANZ TCM 35k+) | Stephen King's The Body (Stand By Me) | Joël Dicker's The Truth about the Harry Quebert AffairPERSONAL STORY | Elena's father suffered from bipolar disorder and she has spent the last decade writing Can you hear me?, her way to come to terms with his condition.BRIGHT NEW TALENT | Can you hear me? represents a major step forward in Elena Varvello's literary career. The book received terrific reviews in Italy and was published by Einaudi, Italy's most prestigious literary imprint.TRANSLATOR | This is Elena's first novel to appear in English and it's also Alex Valente's first major fiction translation. He was supervised by his mentor Daniel Hahn, who was shortlisted for the Man Booker international Prize in 2016 and won the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize in 2007.
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