June 2017 New Releases

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A Pointless History of the World

By Richard Osman, Alexander Armstrong

A festive treat filled with quiz questions, trivia, witty facts and longer stand-up style pieces from the stars of the hit BBC quiz show Pointless.

A Pointless History of the World is a journey through time pulling out some of the most 'pointless', comedic and interesting events - from the obvious to the obscure - and combines brilliant quiz content from the show with Richard and Xander's own brilliantly funny and incredibly intelligent quick-witted stand-up style writing. Interactive, hilarious and jam-packed full of quiz questions that will have every Pointless fan vying to be crowned the Pointless champion in their own household this Christmas.

Delve into the world of Pointless, the huge ratings-winning hit BBC One quiz show, with this brilliant romp through the history of the world.The most ambitious and substantial Pointless book to date. Richard and Alexander take on the history of the world as they explore the most 'pointless', funny and interesting events and combine brilliant quiz content from the show with their own brilliantly funny and incredibly intelligent quick witted stand-up style writing. Think History of the World in 100 Objects but interactive and funny and jam-packed full of quiz questions that will have every Pointless fan vying to come up with the most obscure answers.The Pointless books have sold over 435,000 copies to date.2016 sees the 1000th episode of Pointless being aired. The weekday daytime show airs daily year-round and has attracted over 5 million viewers at its peak. Pointless Celebrities airs in a prime time Saturday evening family slot and has been known to attract 7.7 million with a 30% audience share even when pitted against huge shows like The X Factor and England's World Cup Qualifying games.Pointless goes from strength to strength, with episodes commissioned until the end of 2017.A hit with viewers young and old, Richard and Alexander are as at home in the Radio Times or Telegraph (Richard has had a column in the former and Alexander in the latter) as they are in the 'Weird Crush' pages of heat.People love playing along with Pointless and there is an iTunes chart-topping app available both via Apple and Android as well as a board game.
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The Science of Game of Thrones

By Helen Keen

A myth-busting, mind-blowing, jaw-dropping and fun-filled expedition through the world of Game of Thrones.

Do dragons actually exist?
Is it possible to crush a person's head with your bare hands?
What really happened when royal families interbreed?
How does wildfire win wars?
Can you really kill someone with molten gold?

Award-winning comedian and popular-science writer Helen Keen uncovers the astounding science behind the world's most popular television show. Join Helen as she sifts the fact from fantasy, discovers the truth beneath the togas, and reveals a world more fantastical than Daenerys Targaryen's wildest dreams. So pour yourself a bowl of brown, climb on your beast of burden, and prepare yourself for an amazing adventure. It's time to see the Seven Kingdoms as you have never seen them before.

The book is a breezy, funny, but thoroughly researched survey of the fantastic wonders on Game of Thrones.A myth-busting, mind-blowing, jaw-dropping and fun-filled expedition through the world of Game of Thrones.

Helen Keen is an award winning comedy writer and performer. She began her career by winning the first Channel 4 New Comedy Writing prize, and wrote material for various established TV and radio shows. As a performer she toured the country with Robin Ince and Prof. Brian Cox as a guest of the Uncaged Monkeys (the live version of Radio 4's Infinite Monkey Cage which she has also appeared on several times).

Helen's first solo stand up show It Is Rocket Science (winner, Buxton Fringe Festival, Best Comedy Performance) was picked up by BBC Radio 4 and has so far launched 3 critically acclaimed series alongside Peter Serafinowicz. The show won the 2013 WISE Media Award and was shortlisted for the 2014 Writers' Guild Award for Best Radio Comedy.

The Game of Thrones TV show averages 18.4 million viewers (HBO's most-viewed series) and the books have sold more than 60 million copies.

Helen Keen is an award-winning comedian and broadcaster. She has performed a number of successful shows (both live and on the radio), with one being on the topic of the science behind Game of Thrones.

Using Game of Thrones as the starting point for larger, pop science debates, this will appeal to fans of the enormously popular TV show and books, as well as fans of general pop science books such as Randall Munroe's runaway bestseller What If? as well as international hits such as The Last Ward and Does Anything Eat Wasps? Season 6 of Game of Thrones will be released in April (TX still TBC) and we will announce the book amid the hype of the release.Helen will be taking her Game of Thrones stand-up show on the road on publication, and will likely appear at Edinburgh Comedy Festival.Helen also presents the award-winning radio programme, 'Is It Rocket Science?, on Radio 4 with Peter Serafinowicz which has amassed a very dedicated, culty-cool audience. Another series has been commissioned for next year.
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The Reassembler

By James May

'A typically Mayesque celebration of classic engineering ... May is extraordinarily good at explaining what a carburettor is or outlining how a governor works... It's charming, transfixing and surprisingly intimate...It might be the best thing he's ever done.' - Guardian [review of BBC4 TV series]

'Reassembly is merely a form of therapy; something that stimulates a part of my brain that is left wanting in my daily life. When I rebuild a bicycle, I re-order my head. So might you...

I'm delighted that you will be holding in your hands a book about putting things back together. It's a subject that fascinates me but which I assumed was a lonely passion that I would take to the grave, unconsummated by the normal channels of human interaction.

Welcome! You and I, we are not alone, and our screwdrivers are our flashing Excaliburs as we sally forth to make small parts of the fragmented world whole again.'

As in his hit BBC4 TV series, as well as learning the history of the objects, we get a history of the component parts. As James rebuilds an engine, he explains the cylinders, what they are, how they came about and what they do.

From the humble garden lawnmower to the ear-splitting electric guitar, James May returns with a typically wacky account of what makes these great machines work, one piece at a time. As well as learning the history of the objects, we get a history of the component parts. James explains what they are, how they came about and what they do.James May is a writer, broadcaster and co-host of The Grand Tour on Amazon Prime. He has presented series for the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Sky. His previous books include James May's Man Lab, Car Fever and How to Land an A330 Airbus.James May is famous as one of the three former presenters of BBC2's Top Gear, and current presenter of Amazon Prime's The Grand Tour.James' previous books, May on Motors and Notes from the Hard Shoulder and How to Land an A330 Airbus have sold over 80,000 copies through Bookscan. How to Land an A330 Airbus was a Sunday Times Top Ten Bestseller.The perfect gift for Father's Day.The television series had a cult following. Over 1.2 million people viewed each episode with over half a million watching them on YouTube.
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The Grief Survival Guide

By Jeff Brazier

Jeff Brazier has experienced bereavement in many forms: In his childhood, helping his two boys through the devastating death of their mother, Jade Goody, witnessing the anguish of his own mum when she lost both of her parents, and hearing the stories of his coaching clients who are coming to terms with loss.

No one can be an expert on grief, but within this book Jeff provides support and guidance from someone who has been there. Accessible and hands-on The Grief Survival Guide offers practical advice on everything from preparing for the eventuality of death, managing grief, how best to support family and friends, and moving forward. There is no 'one size fits all' approach so instead Jeff teaches us that the best we can do is understand, cope and survive.

Jeff Brazier has been forced to learn a lot about how to deal with bereavement... while his comprehensive guide to dealing with grief isn't going to take away the pain of loss, it will certainly help readers to navigate itLife coach Jeff Brazier draws on his own personal experience for a practical guide to navigating grief and everything that comes with it.Jeff Brazier is a qualified life coach and ambassador for the children's bereavement charity Grief Encounter. He is a TV Presenter and a regular part of the ITV This Morning team. This is his first book.The Grief Survival Guide is the first practical book on loss and grief written by a popular and trusted personality. Accessible to all it will be the go-to book in this area to help you, your friends and family navigate grief.In this book Jeff combines solid practical advice with personal stories of loss. TGSG offers hands-on guidance on everything from preparing for the eventuality of death, managing grief, how best to support family and friends, and moving forward.A once taboo subject death & grief have become the focus of many bestselling books: When Breath Becomes Air (53K TCM), The Last Act of Love (77K TCM), Being Mortal (114K TCM).Written with sensitivity and honesty Jeff has the ability to reach a wide audience. He has a growing and engaged social media following (490K Twitter / 50K Instagram) who reach out to him about loss only a daily basis.Jeff is a qualified Life Coach and NLP practitioner and is a popular member of ITV's This Morning presenting team. He is also an ambassador (along with Dawn French & Al Murray) for bereavement charity Grief Encounter.
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Camino Island

By John Grisham

The Sunday Times 'Thriller of the Month': 'Grisham's first lawyer-free thriller is a bewitching blend of high-stakes spying mission and summer romance'.

John Grisham's novels have sold over 300 million copies worldwide. CAMINO ISLAND is both an unputdownable beach read and a thriller for book lovers, beginning with a literary heist and finishing with a cat and mouse duel between a beguiling criminal and the woman set to uncover his guilt.

The most daring and devastating heist in literary history targets a high security vault located deep beneath Princeton University.

Valued at $25 million (though some would say priceless) the five manuscripts of F Scott Fitzgerald's only novels are amongst the most valuable in the world. After an initial flurry of arrests, both they and the ruthless gang of thieves who took them have vanished without trace.

Dealing in stolen books is a dark business, and few are initiated to its arts - which puts Bruce Kable right on the FBI's Rare Asset Recovery Unit's watch list.

A struggling writer burdened by debts, Mercer Mann spent summers on Florida's idyllic Camino Island as a kid, in her grandmother's beach cottage. Now she is being made an offer she can't refuse: to return to the peace of the island, to write her novel - and get close to a certain infamous bookseller, and his interesting collection of manuscripts . . .

A bewitching blend of high-stakes spying mission and summer romance, with a fascinatingly ambiguous central characterThe gripping plot will have you devouring the chapters in such a frantic fashion you'll begin to wonder if you are somehow complicit in this perfect crimeThe sensational new thriller from bestselling author John Grisham.

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, specialising 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 non-fiction, three sports novels, five kids' books, and many legal thrillers. His work has been translated into 42 languages. He lives near Charlottesville, Virginia.

An idyllic Florida Island, a mystery and rare stolen manuscripts - a twisty, suspenseful plot, a heroine in jeopardy: all classic Grisham ingredients.Camino Island is the ultimate beach read for book lovers who like thrillers.This is John Grisham's thirtieth adult thriller, and has had twenty-nine consecutive #1 New York Times bestsellers.John Grisham's books has sold over thirty million copies worldwide.Grisham's bookshas been translated in nearly fifty languages.
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The Finch in My Brain

By Martino Sclavi

'Whenever I see Martino I am reminded of how little I know about life and death compared to him. How we don't know what is within us or what may lie on the other side. I hope it's as magical and beautiful as this book.' --Russell Brand

When film producer Martino Sclavi began experiencing intense headaches, he attributed them to his frenetic lifestyle. As it turned out, he had grade 4 brain cancer and was given 18 months to live. After undergoing brain surgery - while awake - Martino found he had lost the ability to recognise words.

His response was to close his eyes and begin to move his fingers across the keyboard to write this, an account of life before diagnosis and since. Defying all predictions Martino is still very much alive, words read out to him by the monotone of a computerised voice he calls Alex. But he must now live in a new way.

This book - that he has written but cannot read - charts the effects of his experience: on his relationship with his young son, his marriage, his work and with himself. In the wake of his illness, everything must be reconfigured and Martino is made to question the habits, dreams and beliefs of his old life and confront the present. What he finds is strange and beautiful.

Searching for the words between life and death, Sclavi shows that with determination and a subtle, persistent sense of humour, it is possible to change the story of our lives.

'The Finch in my Brain is a memoir of startling originality, entirely devoid of self-pity. It's a love story, a meditation on mortality and a humorous rumination about adventures in the film world'Diagnosed with fatal brain cancer, the treatment that follows renders the writer of this extraordinary memoir unable to recognise words. This is the inspiring story he can no longer read. With a foreword by Russell Brand.

At the age of 10, Martino Sclavi and his family moved from Rome to New York. Knowing little English, he spent his time in school learning to sew and type, skills that have now become essential. After studying political science, he moved to Berlin and played bass for a Krautrock band while at the Humboldt and Freie Universität. He completed his MA at Cambridge University, then moved to London where he mixed drinks in a bar in Brixton. After work, with his 35mm camera on his shoulder, he would wander the streets and tell the stories of his neighbourhood.

Sclavi became a producer for a variety of documentaries and films. He has previously written articles and screenplays, but The Finch in My Brain is the first project he has typed into his computer without being able to read it back.

Martino lives in London and Italy where he invents bedtime stories to carry his young son to his dreams.

Foreword written by Sclavi's close friend and work associate Russell Brand.Lyrical and compelling account of how a dire prognosis reshapes a life.Offers that mixture of new science, first hand account of an extreme experience, along with great immediate writing - that is currently engaging readers everywhere.Hopeful and at times spirited, an unexpected account of living with a death sentence.
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The Supremes Sing the Happy Heartache Blues

By Edward Kelsey Moore

A novel of friendship, family and forgiveness, from the author of the bestselling The Supremes at Earl's All-You-Can-Eat, perfect for fans of The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul.

When a late life love affair blooms between Mr. Forrest Payne, the owner of the Pink Slipper Gentleman's Club, and Miss Beatrice Jordan, famous for yelling warnings of eternal damnation at the Club's departing patrons, their wedding summons a legend to town. Mr El Walker, the great guitar bluesman, comes home to give a command performance in Plainview, Indiana, a place he'd sworn never to set foot in again.

Among those in this tightly knit community who show up every Sunday after church for lunch at Earl's All-You-Can-Eat are the lifelong friends known locally as The Supremes: Clarice, facing down her chance at and fear of a great career; Barbara Jean, grappling with the loss of a mother whose life humiliated both of them, and Odette, reaching toward her husband through an anger of his that she does not understand.

The Supremes Sing the Happy Heartache Blues brings together a lively cast of characters in a heartwarming, life-affirming tale of small-town community and female friendship.

'A joy to read! Besides being laugh out loud hilarious, Edward Kelsey Moore has a profound understanding of human nature' Fannie Flagg, author of Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe

A joy to read! Besides being laugh out loud hilarious, Edward Kelsey Moore has a profound understanding of human nature.There is no clue in the deliberately obscure title as to just how good this book is . . . An excellent and unpreachy chance to learn how the [civil rights] movement affected ordinary women.This beautifully written debut novel is a delightful tribute to friendship, full of wit and warmth and with a quirky twist

A heart-warming, uplifting novel from the author of the bestselling The Supremes at Earl's All-You-Can-Eat.

Edward Kelsey Moore is the author of the bestselling The Supremes at Earl's All-You-Can-Eat, and lives in Chicago with his partner of many years. Having trained with some of the world's finest musicians, he has travelled widely and recorded extensively during his lengthy career as a professional cellist.

Edward's literary work often reflects both his life as a musician and his upbringing as the backsliding son of a Baptist preacher. His short fiction has appeared in several literary magazines and on Public Radio. Like Dora in The Supremes at Earl's All-You-Can-Eat, Edward is also an avid gardener; like Odette, his horticultural projects are not always successful.

This is the follow-up to Edward Kelsey Moore's bestselling debut, THE SUPREMES AT EARL'S ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT, which was translated into seven languages.Full of warmth and emotion, this is the perfect book for fans of uplifting, life-affirming reading group fiction.Edward Kelsey Moore's first book was also a BBC Radio 2 Book Club pick and a New York Times bestseller.
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How Not To Kill Your Plants

By Nik Southern

Hands up if you've killed a plant?

Yep, me too.

It's no secret that we've all become plant obsessed, but do we really understand how to look after them?

I am not a Professor of Botany, but having run my florist and plant shop, Grace & Thorn, since 2011 I've learnt a few things along the way. HOW NOT TO KILL YOUR PLANTS is about taking the hocus-pocus out of plants and flowers and enabling you to understand a plant's needs in order to know where to place and how to style them, but most importantly how to keep them alive.

I get asked every type of question you can imagine and I have written this book to answer them.

Watering can down, it's time to go back to the roots.

Keep it green.

Nik x

(AKA The Agony Plant)

Want to bring out the best in plants and revitalise your home. This is the ultimate how-to guide to greening up your space.After impulsively quitting her job in the city, Nik Southern founded Grace & Thorn in a studio in Dalston in 2011. Two shops (in Hackney and Brick Lane), tens of thousands of Instagram followers, and hundreds of sold out DIY planting and styling courses later Grace & Thorn has gathered a cult following amongst customers and brands alike. This is Nik's first book.ON TREND: House planting is a hot trend which combines wellbeing, nature and style. HNTKYP is the perfect book for people who are discovering the joy of house planting for interior design and relaxation.EXPERT AUTHOR: HNTKYP is accessible for all levels and Nik will expertly guide readers through all aspects of plant selection, styling and care. This is a practical book written by an inspirational author.PR & MARKETING OPPORTUNITIES: Nik Southern and Grace & Thorn are at the forefront of this green movement and their DIY classes have attracted a cult following. Nik is extremely well connected and is the plant stylist of choice for many brands, while her cool aesthetic has earned her 31K Instagram followers.ORIGINAL CONCEPT: How Not To Kill Your Plants should be a genre defining book like Norwegian wood (100K HBs) and is comparable to titles such as Cabin Porn (16K HBs) and The Man Who Made Things Out of Trees (24K copies sold across two editions).
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The Ultimatum

By Karen Robards

The first thriller in the Guardian series by New York Times bestselling author Karen Robards, perfect for fans of Karen Rose and Sandra Brown.

Bianca St. Ives is smart, talented and beautiful. She's also a high-end thief, a master manipulator, a card shark, and a genius of disguise.

A femme fatale Robin Hood running a multinational firm with her father, she makes a living swindling con men out of money they stole and giving it back to those who should rightfully have it. Her father has prepared her well to carry on the family business, and now the prodigy has surpassed the master.

But her latest mission didn't go to plan - millions of dollars and top secret government documents went missing, and her father was supposedly killed. But not everyone believes in his death, including the US government. They'll stop at nothing to capture Richard St. Ives - a high-value target who has been on most-wanted lists all over the world - even if it means using Bianca as bait.

With only a fellow criminal for backup and her life on the line, it's up to Bianca to uncover the terrifying truth behind what really happened . . . and set it right, before it's too late.

The latest from thriller-master Robards is an enthralling high-stakes caper novel . . . Readers won't want this adrenaline-rich story to end.Robards begins a new series with a fascinating main character, blazing action, a Jason Bourne-esque central mystery, and an intriguing cliffhanger ending . . . Fresh, sexy, and eminently readable.Robards's visually evocative narrative allows the reader to 'see' Bianca during her escapades . . . Readers who appreciate the thrillers of Iris Johansen, Tess Gerritsen, and Lisa Gardner will enjoy getting to know Bianca St. Ives.Filled with gritty thrills and featuring a psychopathic madman, this suspense tale will truly have you on the edge of your seat!The action rarely lets up . . . The plot . . . will keep the readers turning the pages.New York Times bestselling author Karen Robards is back with a stunning new international thriller series.

Karen Robards is the internationally bestselling author of over forty romantic suspense novels, which have regularly appeared on the New York Times, USA Today and Publishers Weekly bestseller lists, among others. She is the mother of three boys and lives with her family in her hometown of Louisville, Kentucky.
You can find out more at www.karenrobards.com and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AuthorKarenRobards or follow her on Twitter @TheKarenRobards.

Karen Robards is one of the most popular writers of women's fiction in the US and around the world: her books are international bestsellers, and regularly hit the New York Times bestseller listThe Guardian series takes Karen into exciting new territory, away from romantic suspense and into the international thriller genreFans of Tami Hoag, Nora Roberts, Karen Rose and Sandra Brown will devour this bookExciting main character and hook: we have an iconic, charismatic heroine in Bianca Saint-Yves. A femme fatale Robin Hood, she preys on the criminals who themselves prey on those less fortunate.
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The Dog Guardian

By Nigel Reed

Struggling to solve your dog's behavioural problems? Looking to achieve the perfect relationship with your dog? The Dog Guardian is here to help.

Dog behaviourist Nigel Reed teaches emotional intelligence for dog owners, leading to confident, happy and well-behaved dogs. Through his many years of experience Nigel has found that there are four fundamental components for a content and well-behaved dog.

In The Dog Guardian Nigel explains the philosophy and gives you practical, step-by-step advice. This new and vital information will empower you to address any of your dog's undesirable behaviours, no matter its age, breed or history. The Dog Guardian has already helped thousands of dogs and their owners address problem behaviours including anxiety, nervousness, aggression, hyperactivity, lead pulling, jumping up and much more.

It's easier than you'd think.

Nigel is a real magician. He transformed our wayward and difficult dog into a delightful companion.Nigel was a huge help when we got our puppy.I've worked with animals for years, and yet I was amazed at how simple and effective Nigel's methods are. A must for any owner who wants to reach a greater understanding with their dog.Dog behaviourist Nigel Reed reveals the secrets to a happy, well behaved dog in his revolutionary new book The Dog Guardian.

Nigel Reed is a dog behaviour expert with fifteen years' experience working with all types of dogs and their owners. He grew up in Cornwall where his love of nature and animals began. He studied under the world-renowned author and TV personality Jan Fennell before moving to London to work with dogs full time. Since then Nigel has helped thousands of clients all over the UK and Europe understand and address their dog's behavioural issues. He holds qualifications in Animal Assisted Therapy, Wolf Studies and Canine Nutrition and Health.

www.thedogguardian.com

The Dog Guardian is a self-published phenomenon, having reached the top of the Amazon charts and becoming their #1 bestselling dog book.Nigel Reed's revolutionary techniques have already helped thousands of dogs and their owners. The approach is broken down into four fundamental components and the book gives you practical, step-by-step advice that is easy to follow.Nigel is a brilliant speaker, hugely passionate and an expert in his field. He is committed to spreading the word about his methods and is on a mission to help one hundred thousand dogs.
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Fever

By Deon Meyer

'UK readers, you have a nice surprise coming. No, not Brexit, FEVER, by Deon Meyer. Reminiscent of THE STAND and THE PASSAGE. Great stuff' STEPHEN KING

I want to tell you about my Father's murder.

I want to tell you who killed him and why.

This is the story of my life.

And the story of your life and your world too, as you will see.

Nico Storm and his father drive across a desolate South Africa, constantly alert for feral dogs, motorcycle gangs, nuclear contamination. They are among the few survivors of a virus that has killed most of the world's population. Young as he is, Nico realises that his superb marksmanship and cool head mean he is destined to be his father's protector.

But Willem Storm, though not a fighter, is a man with a vision. He is searching for a place that can become a refuge, a beacon of light and hope in a dark and hopeless world, a community that survivors will rebuild from the ruins. And so Amanzi is born.

Fever is the epic, searing story of a group of people determined to carve a city out of chaos.

Reminiscent of The Stand and The Passage. Great stuff.FEVER bears comparison with landmarks in the genre such as The Stand...The novel explores humanity at its best and worst; the crushing loss of civilisation with everything that means for the structure of society...This great book asks us to reflect on our own hidden natures - how would we react if the world we knew came to an end tomorrow?Fever is one of the best books of the year. Deon Meyer is a masterful writer and has created a stunning epic that brims with emotion. The mystery, thrills, and action kept me riveted to every page. Highly recommended.Praise for Deon MeyerThe narrative is well-plotted, and the novel brings to life the rich and volatile diversity of contemporary South Africa. There's nothing flashy here, just a good story, very well told. Would there were more like it.Deon Meyer is a top notch plotter and has created one of the best ensemble (and multi-racial) casts of any modern police procedural series.Crime fiction with real texture and intelligence.Tells a cracking story and captures the criminal kaleidoscope of a nation.A stunning standalone thriller from the leading crime writer in South Africa, author of the best-selling Benny Griessel series.

Deon Meyer lives near Cape Town in South Africa. His big passions are motorcycling, music, reading, cooking and rugby. In January 2008 he retired from his day job as a consultant on brand strategy for BMW Motorrad, and is now a full time author. Deon Meyer's books have attracted worldwide critical acclaim and a growing international fanbase. Originally written in Afrikaans, they have now been translated into twenty-eight languages.

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

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

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

THE leading crime writer in South Africa, now with a blossoming international reputation as a bestseller.Author of the hugely popular and brilliant Benny Griessel series.This post-apocalyptic survival story has a murder mystery element that means it will be a hit with fans of Deon's previous novels and fans of The Walking Dead and Station Eleven.
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The Identicals

By Elin Hilderbrand

'The Queen of the Summer Novel' (People) The ultimate summertime reading for fans of Jennifer Weiner and Jodi Picoult.

Nantucket is only two and a half hours away from Martha's Vineyard by ferry. But the two islands might as well be worlds apart for a set of identical twin sisters who have been at odds for years.

Just because twins look exactly the same doesn't mean they're anything alike - and Tabitha and Harper Frost have spent their whole lives trying to prove this point. When a family crisis forces them to band together - or at least appear to - the twins come to realise that the special bond that they share is more important than the resentments that have driven them apart.

A story of new loves, old battles, and a threat that gives a whole new meaning to the term sibling rivalry, The Identicals is Elin Hilderbrand at her page-turning best.

The Queen of the Summer NovelElin Hilderbrand might as well be the queen of the beach read . . . [THE RUMOUR] is nothing short of a gift.'Takes the chick-lit trope of reclaimed friendship and updates it with a timely twist . . . Hilderbrand throws in a handful of plot twists that bounce the story along . . . SILVER GIRL [is] the kind of safe investment beachgoers should adore'It provides a pacey read, with colourful characters that have fascinating motivations. I couldn't get them out of my head for daysSo deliciously addictive that it will be the 'It' beach book of the summerAn honest, raw tale of friendship and love'This book was a great read - you really care what happens to the characters. Perfect holiday reading. I didn't want to put it down''A gem of a summer read with a glamorous location, elite lifestyle, and Hilderbrand's appealing take on the constant stress that fills the lives of women everywhere'Signifies the start of summer to readersThe queen regent of the easy-breezy summer readA heart-warming summertime story from New York Times bestselling author Elin Hilderbrand, about identical twins who couldn't be any less alike.

Elin Hilderbrand has a twin brother who is not a bestselling novelist. She does her best writing on the beaches of Nantucket as well as on the charming streets of Beacon Hill, in Boston. She has three magical children who beg her not to sing along to the radio or dance in public. The Identicals is her nineteenth novel.

You can visit Elin's website at www.elinhilderbrand.net, follow her on Twitter @elinhilderbrand or find out more on her Facebook page www.facebook.com/ElinHilderbrand.

Huge international success: Elin has been a New York Times bestseller with every book, hitting the top ten for her four most recent novels. SUMMERLAND debuted at number four while THE ISLAND spent over three months on the list. She is also a Number One Irish bestseller.Intelligent, upmarket summer reading for fans of Jodi Picoult, Anita Shreve and Jennifer Weiner.Here's to Us debuted at #5 on the New York Times hardcover fiction list, and Elin's most recent summer novel, The Rumor, had her longest run on the NYT bestseller list yet.With over 5 million copies of her books in print, Hilderbrand is 'the queen of the summer novel' (People).BAREFOOT was longlisted for the Romantic Novel of the Year, 2008, and THE ISLAND was longlisted in 2011.
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Gwendy's Button Box

By Stephen King, Richard Chizmar

'A resonant novella set in one of King's signature locales: the small town of Castle Rock, Maine' Washington Post

The little town of CASTLE ROCK, MAINE has witnessed some strange events and unusual visitors over the years, but there is one story that has never been told...until now.

There are three ways up to Castle View from the town of Castle Rock: Route 117, Pleasant Road, and the Suicide Stairs. Every day in the summer of 1974 twelve-year-old Gwendy Peterson has taken the stairs, which are held by strong (if time-rusted) iron bolts and zig-zag up the cliffside.

At the top of the stairs, Gwendy catches her breath and listens to the shouts of the kids on the playground. From a bit farther away comes the chink of an aluminum bat hitting a baseball as the Senior League kids practice for the Labor Day charity game.

One day, a stranger calls to Gwendy: 'Hey, girl. Come on over here for a bit. We ought to palaver, you and me.'

On a bench in the shade sits a man in black jeans, a black suit coat, and a white shirt unbuttoned at the top. On his head is a small neat black hat. The time will come when Gwendy has nightmares about that hat...

Journey back to Castle Rock in this chilling new novella by Stephen King, bestselling author of The Bazaar of Bad Dreams, and Richard Chizmar, award-winning author of A Long December.

It is a collaboration, and a seamless one at that...clear, idiomatic prose style and a flair for creating instantly recognizable characters...both a superior addition to the never-quite-finished saga of Castle Rock and a cautionary tale directed toward a world that grows crazier - and more incomprehensible - with every passing day.Extremely well-paced...a fun read that never loses momentum.A New Castle Rock Novella from Stephen King and Richard Chizmar.The is a huge buzz for the upcoming Stephen King and JJ Abrams CASTLE ROCK on HULU https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UGHupqE1LCI http://www.gq.com/story/castle-rock-jj-abrams-stephen-kingSTEPHEN KING is an international No. 1 bestselling writer2017 is the Year of Stephen King - with an exciting buzz on new titles (Sleeping Beauties) and film tie ins (The Dark Tower and IT)
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Stephen King's The Dark Tower: The Complete Concordance

By Robin Furth
I found this overview of In-World, Mid-World, and End-World both entertaining and invaluable. So, I am convinced, will you.Furth's concordance anticipates - and answers - virtually every question the Constant Reader might come up with.An invaluable aid whenever you want to puzzle out all of the referencees . . . or find a refresher course on who's good and who's evil.THE WIND THROUGH THE KEYHOLE went straight to Number 1 in the Sunday Times bestseller list in hardback, and the previous seven volumes continue to be in hot demand, both as books and in audio.The Dark Tower epic fantasy series is as popular as J R R Tolkien's Lord of the Rings and George R R Martin's Game of Thrones.Hodder is publishing the previous two volumes in this one COMPLETE CONCORDANCE with additional references to THE WIND THROUGH THE KEYHOLE, which is published in mass market paperback in 2013.A brilliant reference guide for all fans of The Dark Tower.Ron Howard is looking to create a film of The Dark Tower.
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Home

By Jo Swinney

Where is Home?

This question troubles many of us. We may live far from where we grew up, away from those we love or in a culture not our own. But we all need somewhere to belong, to find a sense of home in this world.

Jo Swinney was born in the UK, but grew up in Portugal and France. She went to an English boarding school, did a gap year in southern Africa and in her twenties studied theology in Canada, where she met her American husband. Now back in the UK, she's had more reason than most to wonder what 'home' really means.

Is home where you come from - where you live now - where the people you love are - or what?

Interweaving a frank and poignant retelling of her own story with theological and psychological insights, Jo's original and authentic exploration of home in all its many and varied forms is a heartfelt call to find our home in the things that are truly of most value.

Jo Swinney knows what it means to be a nomad - to have a heart expanded from pursuit of a hundred horizons, yet feel heartsick for a patch of cultural and spiritual ground to call 'mine'. In Home she weaves a fabric of rich, poignant, and often hilarious stories that touch our own deep longing to belong, showing us along the way that contentment may be found in more places than we've imagined.

In Swinney I've found a favourite spiritual writer, and in Home I've found a book I will return to again and again. These are wonderfully grounding words for a restless, transient age.

This book is a rich, thought provoking reflection on our sense of home. Drawing together personal story with biblical reflections we are taken on an inner journey which asks us to think about what home is for us, where we belong and who we really are. Highly recommended!A heart-ache of a book, evoking and exploring our deepest human yearning to return, and to be, and to find our way home.The deep yearning for home lives in every single one of us. Whether it be the safe place where we can go as our undefended self without fear of being rejected or the whisper of a parent in our soul, we long for a place to be us. Jo Swinney's book interweaves the threads of her own story and the Bible's wisdom on the subject of home and in so doing creates a beautiful tapestry of hopefulness for us about what home might be. Jo reminds us that God has a place called home for each of us which is close to his heart and where we are finally and fully accepted for who we are. Her words evoke in us the whispered possibility that even the most lost of us can find a way home, because he has found a way to us.Home is more than a roof over your head, as I discover every day working to find adoptive and foster homes for children in the care system. Reading Jo's graceful book will inspire us not only to appreciate something more of our own homes, but perhaps also help us to recognise the incredible privilege it is to offer others the home they so desperately need.Jo's book is compassionate, compelling and relatable. Writing from a deeply personal perspective she speaks into the heart of what it means to be human.A moving book - about moving home and more. Like Jo and so many of the people whose stories are told in this book, I had a peripatetic childhood, travelling around England and abroad. Around us, there seems to be no end to the streams of refugees, homeless people or those trapped in unhappy homes. For some, the search to find 'home' is more troubled than others but we are all on that quest. Jo's beautifully-written book, which draws on Scripture and other Christian teachings, is simply wonderful to have as a reflection and guide on the journey.Jo Swinney's exploration of the idea of home is a heartfelt blend of personal memoir and deep pondering on this important question that will help us all in the quest to find somewhere we belong.Jo Swinney is an author and speaker, the editor of Preach magazine, and a regular contributor to the website Christian Today. She lives in southwest London with her husband, an Anglican clergyman, and their two children.

Where is Home?

This question troubles many of us. We may live far from where we grew up, away from those we love or in a culture not our own. But we all need somewhere to belong, to find a sense of home in this world.

Jo Swinney was born in the UK, but grew up in Portugal and France. She went to an English boarding school, did a gap year in southern Africa and in her twenties studied theology in Canada, where she met her American husband. Now back in the UK, she's had more reason than most to wonder what 'home' really means.

Is home where you come from - where you live now - where the people you love are - or what?

Interweaving a frank and poignant retelling of her own story with theological and psychological insights, Jo's original and authentic exploration of home in all its many and varied forms is a heartfelt call to find our home in the things that are truly of most value.

Jo is an established Christian author with previous books by Scripture Union and Monarch.As editor of PREACH Magazine and with links into the Spring Harvest and New Wine festivals, there will be plenty of coverage and speaking opportunities availableJo blogs regularly and has a good social media profile.
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The Herb of Grace

By Elizabeth Goudge
Still tormented by the failure of her love affair with David Eliot, Nadine has misgivings about bringing her family to the enchanting old inn that is so near to the Eliot family home. But as the tranquil Hampshire countryside weaves its spell, all players in the drama come to discover a measure of peace and contentment.The classic story of post-war English life, from the author of CITY OF BELLS and GREEN DOLPHIN COUNTRY.

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.

The second in the classic trilogy about the Eliots of Damerosehay.

War has left David Eliot a changed man. Returning to the family home, he slowly begins to put the pieces of his life together.

Tormented by the failure of her love affair with David five years earlier, Nadine has misgivings about bringing her family to live in the enchanting old inn close to the Damerosehay estate.

But as the tranquil Hampshire countryside casts its spell, both families come to discover a measure of peace and contentment.

A stunning new edition of the much-loved classic, also available in eBook for the first timeStill tormented by the failure of her love affair with David Eliot, Nadine has misgivings about bringing her family to the enchanting old inn that is so near to the Eliot family home. But as the tranquil Hampshire countryside weaves its spell, all players in the drama come to discover a measure of peace and contentment.
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The Bird in the Tree

By Elizabeth Goudge
Lucilla has spent a lifetime making the Hampshire estate of Damerosehay a tranquil haven for the Eliot family. When her favourite grandson, David, falls in love with an unsuitable woman Lucilla feels is unsuitable, she sees her most cherished ambitions put at risk. But can she persuade David and Nadine to put duty before love?Sheer, enchanted storytelling from one of the best-loved writers of our time.

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.

The first in the classic trilogy about the Eliots of Damerosehay.

Lucilla Eliot has spent a lifetime making the Hampshire estate of Damerosehay a tranquil haven for her family.

When her beloved grandson, David, falls in love with an unsuitable woman, Lucilla sees her most cherished ambitions put at risk. But can she persuade David and Nadine to put duty and family honour before love?

A stunning new edition of the much-loved classic, also available in eBook.Will appeal to fans of Elizabeth Jane Howard's bestselling Cazalet ChroniclesLucilla has spent a lifetime making the Hampshire estate of Damerosehay a tranquil haven for the Eliot family. When her favourite grandson, David, falls in love with an unsuitable woman Lucilla feels is unsuitable, she sees her most cherished ambitions put at risk. But can she persuade David and Nadine to put duty before love?
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The Heart of the Family

By Elizabeth Goudge
The third in the classic trilogy of novels about the Eliots of Damerosehay . David Eliot finds his career as a successful and much acclaimed actor a definite strain and his brittle conversation and seeming arrogance earn him the dislike of his new secretary Sebastian Weber. But when he comes to stay at Damerosehay Sebastian learns that in the private world of his marriage and his children David is a very different person, and the warmth of his welcome there helps him to overcome his great personal suffering and unhappiness.Sheer, enchanted storytelling from one of the best-loved writers of our time.

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.

The third in the classic trilogy about the Eliots of Damerosehay.

Despite the success and acclaim he has found as an actor, David Eliot struggles with the demands of his career. His brittle conversation and seeming arrogance earn him the dislike of his new secretary, Sebastian Weber.

But when Sebastian visits David's family home, he discovers a different side to his employer. As Damerosehay and its inhabitants weave their magic, Sebastian slowly begins to lay his own demons to rest.

Will appeal to fans of Elizabeth Jane Howard's bestselling Cazalet ChroniclesThe third in the classic trilogy of novels about the Eliots of Damerosehay . David Eliot finds his career as a successful and much acclaimed actor a definite strain and his brittle conversation and seeming arrogance earn him the dislike of his new secretary Sebastian Weber. But when he comes to stay at Damerosehay Sebastian learns that in the private world of his marriage and his children David is a very different person, and the warmth of his welcome there helps him to overcome his great personal suffering and unhappiness.
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A City of Bells

By Elizabeth Goudge
The story of a quiet cathedral town, of an orphan who finds a new home, of two people who fight to separate themselves from the ghost of a man whose mystery has cast a spell that only his return can break, and of a dream that can only end with a new dawn.The first book in Elizabeth Goudge's enchanting 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.

The first book in Elizabeth Goudge's enchanting Cathedral Trilogy.

Returning injured from the Boer War, Jocelyn Irvin travels to the quiet cathedral town of Torminster. Welcomed there by his young cousin Hugh Anthony, his grandparents and their adopted daughter Henrietta, Jocelyn begins to rediscover his enjoyment of life.

As he embraces old friendships and new relationships, Jocelyn becomes captivated by the mystery of writer Gabriel Ferranti, a man whose unexplained disappearance months before has cast a shadow which only his return can lift.

A charming story of love, family and laying to rest ghosts of the past.

A stunning new edition of the much-loved classic, also available in eBook for the first time.The story of a quiet cathedral town, of an orphan who finds a new home, of two people who fight to separate themselves from the ghost of a man whose mystery has cast a spell that only his return can break, and of a dream that can only end with a new dawn.
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A Nearly Infallible History of the Reformation

By Nick Page

500 years ago, Martin Luther nailed his ideas to a church door - and the Reformation began. Or maybe it was a little more complicated than that.

Nick Page brings his skills as an unlicensed historian to bear on this key period in European (and world) history in order to uncover everything you need to know about the Reformation - with a fair few bits you never wanted to know thrown in for good measure.

Historians tell us that the Protestant Reformation laid the foundations for the Industrial Revolution, religious freedom, and all sorts of other Good Things. But what actually happened? Who were the winners and the losers, the ogres and the beauty queens of this key moment in church history? (spoiler: there weren't any beauty queens)

In-depth research, historical analysis and cutting-edge guesswork combine to scintillating effect in this fast-moving examination of the strange and wonderful whirlwind that was church life in late medieval Europe.

'You were predestined to read this.' John Calvin

Nick page is one of the most talented actors, writers and speakers I have been fortunate enough to encounter during the last thirty years. Genuinely funny in his humour, and seriously interesting in his thoughtful, well-researched teaching, Nick is brilliantly versatile. I wish I had half of his talent, but I guess he's just too mean to share it with me.500 years on from the Reformation, Nick Page distils what we really need to know about Luther, Calvin and all those other serious religious types in his usual irreverent but informative style.Prized for his skills as a writer, speaker, unlicensed historian, applied ranter and general information-monger, Nick Page has written over 70 books, including The Tabloid Bible, THE LONGEST WEEK trilogy, A NEARLY INFALLIBLE HISTORY OF CHRISTIANITY, looking at the history of the Christian church down the centuries, and, most recently, THE DARK NIGHT OF THE SHED. Nick lives in Oxfordshire with his wife Claire and their three daughters.

500 years ago, Martin Luther nailed his ideas to a church door - and the Reformation began. Or maybe it was a little more complicated than that.

Nick Page brings his skills as an unlicensed historian to bear on this key period in European (and world) history in order to uncover everything you need to know about the Reformation - with a fair few bits you never wanted to know thrown in for good measure.

Historians tell us that the Protestant Reformation laid the foundations for the Industrial Revolution, religious freedom, and all sorts of other Good Things. But what actually happened? Who were the winners and the losers, the ogres and the beauty queens of this key moment in church history? (spoiler: there weren't any beauty queens)

In-depth research, historical analysis and cutting-edge guesswork combine to scintillating effect in this fast-moving examination of the strange and wonderful whirlwind that was church life in late medieval Europe.

'You were predestined to read this.' John Calvin

'You were predestined to read this.' John CalvinNick Page is an established author and excellent speaker with a growing reputation in the trade and the wider Christian world.Nick is a regular speaker at Christian events and literary festivals and this book is an ideal topic for seminar streams at New Wine and Spring HarvestWith a uniquely quirky yet informative approach, Nick's books cross over well into the popular reference area for Waterstone's and Amazon
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There Was a Time

By Frank White

From an author who lived through - and served in - the conflict, a brilliant novel set in an English village at a turning point of the Second World War.

A Lincolnshire village on a glorious summer's morning in 1940, the countryside as still as a painting.
In the blue sky above, the fate of the whole war will soon rest with the RAF and their desperate effort to win the Battle of Britain. If they fail, Hitler's next step will be invasion.

And as the scene comes to life before us over the next six months, this shadow of war will not disappear - the conflict will take husbands and sons away, bring in evacuees from the city and soldiers to defend the coast. There will be more money from war work, but less to spend it on - legitimately at least. Everywhere, the feeling of change is in the air.

From the pub to the church, the humblest cottage to the biggest farm, from a struggling single mother to the lady of the manor, the paper boy to a traumatised bomb disposal volunteer, this superb jewel of a novel portrays a community of people and weaves together their stories with passion, betrayal, intrigue and suspense.

There Was a Time is a triumph of the storyteller's art.

From an author who lived through - and served in - the conflict, a brilliant novel set in an English village at a turning point of the Second World War.Frank White, who was born in Manchester in 1927, now lives with his wife June in Lincolnshire, midway between Cleethorpes and Louth. He is a veteran of the wartime British Pacific Fleet. He has contributed essays and short fiction to numerous magazines and is the author of two novels and a short book on the First World War. Other work includes a dozen plays for stage and radio, and material for BBC television. In 2013, realising that the world was no longer full of people who could write at first-hand about the Second World War, he spent the summer working on There Was a Time.Sprightly 89-year-old author with a good story - he was there!'Home front' stories have a perennial appeal.Hits the classic Reading Group 'sweet spot'.
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The Waking Land

By Callie Bates

It's been fourteen years, since King Antoine took Elanna hostage. Fourteen years since her father's rebellion failed. Fourteen years spent being raised by the man who condemned her people to misery. A man she's come to love as a father.

Now 20, Elanna is about to be taken prisoner once again... but this time by her father's mysterious righthand man.

Her father wants to reignite his rebellion, this time using Elanna as figurehead. He will tell his followers she is the legendary Wildegarde reborn, a sorceress who could make the very earth tremble.

But what no one knows is that magic really does flow through Elanna's veins. Now she must decide which side she's on, and whether she'll use her powers for mercy... or revenge.

A bold and gorgeous fantasy featuring a brilliant heroine on the cusp of womanhood, The Waking Land is the first of a trilogy that will delight fans of The Red Queen, Six of Crows, and Court of Thorns and Roses.

~*~*~Wildegarde came bearing a flame in her heart and her hair crowned with the pale light of stars. Where she placed her feet, the earth trembled. Where she raised her hand, mountains moved.~*~*~

A simmering tale of magic that builds to a raging inferno, and hits like a cross between Brandon Sanderson and Pierce Brown.Callie Bates has written an exciting and involving first book, and she is clearly a writer of real talent .A heartbreaking, enchanting, edge-of-the-seat read that held me captive from start to finish!The Waking Land is all about rising to challenges, and it succeeds wonderfully.Magic. Adventure. Intrigue. Romance. Revolution. The first in an astonishing new trilogy, perfect for fans of Leigh Bardugo and Sarah J. Maas.Callie Bates is a writer, harpist and certified harp therapist, sometimes artist, and nature nerd. When she's not creating, she's hitting the trails or streets and exploring new places. She lives in the Upper Midwest. Her debut fantasy novel, THE WAKING LAND, is forthcoming in 2017. She occasionally writes nonfiction. Her essays have appeared in Shambhala Sun, The Best Buddhist Writing 2012, All Things Girl and online journals.

It's been twelve years, since King Antonin took Ellana hostage. Twelve years since her father's rebellion failed. Twelve years spent being raised by the man who condemned her people to misery. A man she's come to love as a father.

Now 20, Elanna is about to be taken prisoner once again... but this time by her father's mysterious righthand man.

Her father wants to reignite his rebellion, this time using Elanna as figurehead. He will tell his followers she is the goddess Wildegarde reborn, a warrior of legend who could make the very earth tremble.

But what no one knows is that magic really does flow through Elanna's veins. Now she must decide which side she's on, and whether she'll use her powers for mercy... or revenge.

Wildegarde came bearing a flame in her heart and her hair crowned with the pale light of stars. Where she placed her feet, the earth trembled. Where she raised her hand, mountains moved.Fantasy YA/Crossover has been hugely successful recently, and Callie Bates' trilogy is sure to delight fans of Leigh Bardugo, Sarah J. Maas, Victoria Aveyard and our own authors, including Laini Taylor, Elly Blake and Stephanie Garber.Debut author Callie Bates is agented by Hannah Bowman, the same brilliant young agent who discovered Pierce Brown, and is being published in the US by Del Rey, the same publisher who made Pierce a New York Times number one bestselller.Inspired in part by the Jacobite rebellions of the 18th century, The Waking Land features the same basis in carefully researched historical fact that makes A Game of Thrones such an immersive pleasure.The Waking Land is the first in a brilliant new trilogy and heralds the arrival of a sterling new talent.
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The Witchwood Crown

By Tad Williams

Thirty years ago Ineluki, the Storm King, was destroyed and his armies scattered. Osten Ard has been at peace ever since, ruled by Simon Snowlock, kitchen boy made king, and Miriamele, King Elias' only child. But now age weighs upon their reign. Simon's dreams have deserted him, old allies die and betrayal and assassination threaten. His son and heir John Josua is years dead and his grandson, Morgan, is a wastrel. A journey of redemption and discovery beckons in the darkening world.

And in the frozen North, in Nakkiga, the mountain fortress, Ineluki's ally, the Norn Queen, wakes from her deep, decades-long sleep and tells her followers that she will sleep no more. Humanity must be destroyed. Her sorcerers will bring a demon back from death, her warriors will seek the world for living dragon's blood...

And finally the greatest artefact of all, the Witchwood Crown, will be hers.

With a cast of hundreds - humans, giants, dragons, trolls, Sithi and Norn - The Witchwood Crown is epic fantasy as it used to be: classic, grand and sweeping and evidence that Tad Williams is the greatest living writer of the form.

This is flawless epic fantasy. . . Williams' grand-scale storytelling mastery is on full display here. Not just utterly readable-an instant fantasy classic.Praise for Memory, Sorrow and ThornOne of my favourite fantasy seriesOne of the main reasons I started writing fantasy . . . Tad Williams' work is an essential part of any science fiction and fantasy libraryGround-breaking . . . changed how people thought of the genre and paved the way for so much modern fantasy, including mineThe stunning successor to Memory, Sorrow and Thorn, one of the greatest fantasy trilogies of all time...

Tad Williams is a California-based fantasy superstar. His genre-creating (and genre-busting) books have sold tens of millions worldwide, in twenty-five languages. His considerable output of epic fantasy and science fiction book-series, stories of all kinds, urban fantasy novels, comics, scripts, etc., have strongly influenced a generation of writers: the Otherland epic now plays as an MMO on steam.com. Tad is currently immersed in the creation of The Last King of Osten Ard, planned as a trilogy with two intermediary novels. He, his family and his animals live in the Santa Cruz mountains in a suitably strange and beautiful house.

@tadwilliams @mrstad

The first book in Tad Williams' new series, following the events after his bestselling, beloved Memory, Sorrow and Thorn books.The film rights to Tad Williams' Otherland novels have been acquired by Warner Bros.Tad is revered by George R. R. Martin and Christopher Paolini.Now with Tad's backlist fantasy series we can showcase the brilliance of his books with stunning covers by the same artist rendering the all-new Memory, Sorrow and Thorn paperback covers.
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Here's to Us

By Elin Hilderbrand

Unlikely family and unexpected friendship come together in New York Times bestselling author Elin Hilderbrand's newest novel set against the sun and sand of island life. 'The queen of the summer novel' (People)

Laurel Thorpe, Belinda Rowe and Scarlett Oliver share only two things in common: a love for the man they all married, celebrity chef Deacon Thorpe, and a passionate dislike of one another.

When Deacon shockingly takes his own life, the women must come together in order to see out his final wish: to have his whole dysfunctional family - wives, children and all - return to his favourite place on earth, the idyllic eastern bluff of Nantucket.

But with everyone under one roof, putting differences aside will be no simple feat. Each wants to claim a special place in Deacon's life. And yet, as certain secrets are revealed and confidences shared, improbable bonds will begin to form, as this unlikely family says goodbye to the man they loved.

Elin Hilderbrand might as well be the queen of the beach read . . . [THE RUMOUR] is nothing short of a gift.Beautiful people, dysfunctional families and Nantucket: that's Hilderbrand territory, and it wouldn't be summer without a visit . . . [Here's to Us is] just the thing for a day by the seaThe Queen of the Summer Novel'Takes the chick-lit trope of reclaimed friendship and updates it with a timely twist . . . Hilderbrand throws in a handful of plot twists that bounce the story along . . . SILVER GIRL [is] the kind of safe investment beachgoers should adore'It provides a pacey read, with colourful characters that have fascinating motivations. I couldn't get them out of my head for daysSo deliciously addictive that it will be the 'It' beach book of the summerAn honest, raw tale of friendship and love'This book was a great read - you really care what happens to the characters. Perfect holiday reading. I didn't want to put it down''A gem of a summer read with a glamorous location, elite lifestyle, and Hilderbrand's appealing take on the constant stress that fills the lives of women everywhere'Signifies the start of summer to readersThe queen regent of the easy-breezy summer readAn emotional, heartwarming story from New York Times bestselling author Elin Hilderbrand about a grieving family that finds solace where they least expect it.

Elin Hilderbrand has lived on Nantucket for twenty years. She runs every morning, delivers her children to their sporting events, and occasionally frequents the front row at the Chicken Box.
You can follow Elin on Twitter @elinhilderbrand or find out more on her Facebook page www.facebook.com/ElinHilderbrand.

Huge international success: Elin has been a New York Times bestseller with every book, hitting the top ten for her four most recent novels. SUMMERLAND debuted at number four while THE ISLAND spent over three months on the list. She is also a Number One Irish bestseller.Intelligent, upmarket summer reading for fans of Jodi Picoult, Anita Shreve and Jennifer Weiner.BAREFOOT was longlisted for the Romantic Novel of the Year, 2008, and THE ISLAND was longlisted in 2011.The Rumour debuted at #3 on the New York Times eBook and print combined fiction list, and has had Hilderbrand's longest run on the NYT bestseller list.With over 5 million copies of her books in print, Hilderbrand is 'the queen of the summer novel' (People).
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Unleashing Demons

By Craig Oliver

Published on the anniversary of Brexit, and with a new foreword to bring the story up to date.

MAIL ON SUNDAY BOOK OF THE YEAR

'ESSENTIAL' Sunday Times

'HIS SOLDIER'S DISPATCH IS EASY TO READ AND VIVIDLY ILLUSTRATES A SENSE OF RISING PANIC AND EMBATTLEMENT. IF YOU WANT TO KNOW WHAT IT WAS LIKE TO BE THERE AT THE TIME, IN THE EYE OF A FRENZIED STORM, THEN [UNLEASHING DEMONS] SHOULD BE BOUGHT...' Andrew Marr, Sunday Times

'VIVID AND IMMEDIATE... IT PAINTS A BRUTALLY HONEST PORTRAIT OF THE BRITISH POLITICAL CLASS' Mail on Sunday

OBSERVER BOOK OF THE WEEK

'A MUST-READ ACCOUNT OF HISTORY AS IT HAPPENED' Matt D'Ancona

'JAUNTILY WRITTEN...NAUGHTY FUN' Quentin Letts

'UNLEASHING DEMONS...HAS THE VIVIDNESS AND PACE OF A POLITICAL THRILLER. EXTRAORDINARILY CANDID...' Financial Times

'A FASCINATING BOOK' Robert Elms, BBC

'THE BOOK THAT WILL SET WESTMINSTER ABLAZE' Mail on Sunday

'Gripping reading' New Statesman

'Utterly fascinating...indispensable to appreciating this extraordinary phase in our history.' JOHN SIMPSON

'The compelling insider's account' NICK ROBINSON

'This is one of the most vivid, frank and exciting inside accounts to have been written for years.' ANTHONY SELDON

'A gripping fly-on-the-wall account.' ROBERT PESTON

As David Cameron's director of Politics and communications, Craig Oliver was in the room at every key moment during the EU referendum - the biggest political event in the UK since World War 2.

Craig Oliver worked with all the players, including David Cameron, George Osbourne, Barack Obama, Angela Merkel, Jeremy Corbyn, Boris Johnson, Michael Gove, Theresa May and Peter Mandelson.

Unleashing Demons is based on his extensive notes, detailing everything from the decision to call a referendum, to the subsequent civil war in the Conservative Party and the aftermath of the shocking result.

This is raw history at its very best, packed with enthralling detail and colourful anecdotes from behind the closed doors of the campaign that changed British history.

Craig Oliver's account of his time as David Cameron's Director of Communications in Downing Street during the EU referendum will almost certainly prove to be the most important document for understanding what happened and why it all ended as it did. Oliver has managed the difficult trick of being frank as well as loyal, and his words have a remarkable immediacy. I found his book utterly fascinating, and I suspect that every historian of the period will regard it as indispensable to appreciating this extraordinary phase in our history.Part memoir, part diary, this is one of the most vivid, frank and exciting inside accounts to have been written for years. It points its forensic beam into the inner sanctums of power during one of the most crucial episodes in British history since the war. Stunning and highly readable. It will make uncomfortable reading for a few, but hugely enlightening and enjoyable reading for the many.Wish you could have been a fly on the wall of Number 10 during the EU referendum campaign? No need. This is the compelling insider's account of the man who was at the centre of the Downing Street web as David Cameron took the decisions which led to Britain voting to leave the EU.A gripping fly-on-the-wall account of the frenzy in Downing Street during the EU campaign.Published on the anniversary of Brexit, David Cameron's Director of Politics and Communications, Craig Oliver takes us behind the scenes of the EU referendum.Before entering 10 Downing Street as Director of Politics and Communications, Craig Oliver was an award-wining journalist. His roles included editing the BBC's News at Six and Ten, Controller of the World Service and Executive Editor of ITV's flagship news programmes. He has three daughters and lives in London.This is the definitive account of the EU Referendum and the Remain campaign led by David Cameron.Craig Oliver was at the heart of government during the referendum as David Cameron's Director of Politics and Communications.Based on diaries written at the time this is a unique insider's account featuring all the major political figures including David Cameron, George Osbourne, Barack Obama, Angela Merkel, Jeremy Corbyn, Boris Johnson, Michael Gove, Theresa May and Peter Mandelson.Hardback publication generated huge publicity including a major serial.
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Muhammad Ali: A Memoir

By Michael Parkinson

Muhammad Ali: A Memoir is a fresh, revealing and personal account of the life of the most important and enduring cultural figures of our age. An icon of boxing who has inspired the biggest names in boxing, from Mike Tyson to Anthony Joshua, this is the story of boxing's biggest star.

Sir Michael Parkinson interviewed Muhammad Ali four times and in this memoir you are given a ringside seat for all of the interviews.

Muhammad Ali was God's Gift to the interviewer. Funny, articulate, outspoken with a fascinating life story, unparalleled talent and controversial views. These 4 interviews charted Ali's life, revealing significant phases at different times, charting the rise and fall of this kaleidoscope of a man.

In Muhammad Ali: A Memoir Sir Michael Parkinson will bring his award-winning journalistic talents to bear on this extraordinary man. The book will mix personal recollections of the times they met with selected transcripts of the famous and, in the case of the 1974 meeting, infamous interviews all brought together and contextualised by a sober and honest assessment of the life and times of a figure that, it is certain, we will never see the like of again.

Every time they met, Parky found Ali the perfect interviewee - funny, articulate and not afraid to share his controversial views - a far cry from today's media trained 'celebrities'. This wonderful book mixes Parky's recollections with transcripts of the interviews. It makes for a riveting read about an amazing man.Michael Parkinson reflects on the life of boxing icon Muhammad Ali

Michael Parkinson was born in Cudworth, near Barnsley. He began his career as a journalist, but later moved to television where he worked for Granada on current affairs programmes before joining the BBC 24 hours team. In 1965 he began writing a weekly sports column for The Sunday Times. His chat show Parkinson ran for 11 years, from 1971 until 1982 and he has interviewed almost everybody who was anybody with the exception of Frank Sinatra - a lasting regret. From 1979 to 1982 he also presented Parkinson for ABC and Channel 10 in Australia, and in the 1980s he was one of the founder members of TV AM.

From 1990-92 he presented the Michael Parkinson Show on LBC, a daily, live three hour radio show. From 1986-87 he presented Desert Island Discs on Radio 4 and from 1994-96 he presented Parkinson on Sport for Radio 5. In 1996 Michael launched a Sunday morning show, Parkinson's Sunday Supplement on Radio 2, with music and guests.

In 1990 Michael Parkinson joined the Daily Telegraph, writing a regular weekly column on sport. He has won numerous awards including, in 1995, Sports Feature Writer of the Year at the British Sport Journalism Awards. In 1998 he won awards for his work in three different branches of the media - a feat thought to be unique. He won a Sony Radio Award for Parkinson's Sunday Supplement, he was named Sports Writer of the Year at the Press Gazette British Press Awards and Media Personality of the Year by the Variety Club. In June 2000, Michael was awarded a CBE and Parkinson was named one of the top ten favourite British TV programmes of all time. A new series of Parkinson began on ITV in 2004 and continued till November 2007. He was awarded a knighthood for services to broadcasting in the 2008 New Year's honours list.

Happily married to his wife Mary for nearly fifty years, they have three sons.

Muhammad Ali appeared on Michael Parkinson's chat show four times, with the most iconic interview in 1971.Muhammed Ali was widely regarded as the greatest boxer of all time, and when he died in June 2016 there was an outpouring of grief all over the world.Michael Parkinson will be touring with his one-man show throughout the autumn, and Muhammed Ali will feature heavily in the material.
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Curiosity House: The Screaming Statue (Book Two)

By Lauren Oliver, H C Chester

Four extraordinary children must avenge their friend's death, try to save their home, and unravel the secrets of their past . . . before their past unravels them.

Pippa, Sam, Thomas, and Max are happy to be out of harm's way now that the notorious villain Nicholas Rattigan is halfway across the country in Chicago. But unfortunately their home, Dumfreys's Dime Museum of Freaks, Oddities, and Wonders, is in danger of closing its doors forever.

But their troubles only get worse. The four friends are shocked when their beloved friend, famous sculptor Siegfried Eckleberger, is murdered. As they investigate, they find clues that his death may be tied to the murder of a rich and powerful New York heiress, as well as to their own pasts.

PRAISE FOR CURIOISTY HOUSE: THE SHRUNKEN HEADThe continuous action, compelling mystery, and dark, brooding illustrations make this book impossible to put down. Perfect for kids who feel they're different or those simply after a freakishly good time.Stupendous and stupefying! A riddle wrapped in a mystery inside a shrunken head. If you aren't curious about Curiosity House, somebody must have pickled your brain and put it in a jar. Read this book immediately.Step right up! Step right up! Mystery, murder, curses, and sideshow freaks! Or are they superheroes? There's only one way to find out... Read Curiosity House! You'll be glad you did!Fans of Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events enter if you dare... Witness the freaks, wonders and oddities at the Dime Museum. Tread the path of the four extraordinary children who live there...Lauren Oliver is the New York Times bestselling author of Before I Fall and Delirium. She lives and writes in Brooklyn, New York. Recluse H.C. Chester is the world's leading expert on an era that was full of long-vanished magic and wonder, and has yet to be reached either in person or by phone.The first book in the Curiosity House series, The Shrunken Head, was chosen as one of Amazon.com's Best Children's Books of the Year 2015.Captivating storytelling full of quirky fun, mystery and adventure.Perfect for fans of Lemony Snickett, Pseudonymous Bosch and Ransom Riggs.Anyone who is still a child at heart will love this series.

Lauren Oliver has garnered high praise for her previous books for younger readers, LIESL & PO and THE SPINDLERS:

'A gorgeous story -- timeless and magical' Rebecca Stead,

'An absolute delight . . . The story is packed with mystery, murder, adventure, humour and magic' Daily Mail,

'Lauren Oliver brings much-needed magic to an increasingly neglected age group ' Sunday Telegraph

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Summer at Hope Meadows: the perfect feel-good holiday read! Book 1

By Lucy Daniels



For vet Mandy Hope, it's time for a new beginning...

'The summer read of 2017!' Goodreads Reviewer. The first novel in the heartwarming, Yorkshire-set Hope Meadows series, perfect for fans of Cathy Bramley and Katie Fforde.

Newly-qualified vet Mandy Hope is leaving Leeds - and her boyfriend Simon - to return to the Yorkshire village where she grew up, where she'll help out with animals of all shapes and sizes in her parents' surgery.

But it's not all plain sailing: Mandy clashes with gruff local Jimmy Marsh, and some of the villagers won't accept a new vet. Meanwhile, Simon is determined that Mandy will rejoin him back in the city.

When tragedy strikes for her best friend James, and some neglected animals are discovered on a nearby farm, Mandy must prove herself. When it comes to being there for her friends - and protecting animals in need - she's prepared to do whatever it takes...

Hope Meadows is based on the globally bestselling Animal Ark series.

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'An incredibly lovely story' - Goodreads

'Will leave you feeling cosy and uplifted' - Goodreads

'I had tears in my eyes at the first chapter' - Goodreads

The first novel in the heartwarming, countryside-set Hope Meadows series

Lucy Daniels is the collective name for the writing team that created the bestselling children's book series Animal Ark. Hope Meadows is a brand new Lucy Daniels series for adult readers, featuring the characters and locations that were so beloved in the original stories.

The first title in the series, Summer at Hope Meadows, has been written by a new author called Sarah McGurk, who has the twin advantages of being passionate about Animal Ark and a fully qualified vet! Sarah was inspired by James Herriot to become a veterinary surgeon some thirty years ago. A few years after qualification, she realised she wanted to follow him further, into the world of veterinary writing. She began with short stories, then longer works of fiction, related to her work in general practice and in emergency and critical care. Her special interests include anaesthesia and pain relief, and low-stress techniques in small animal handling.

Sarah currently lives in Norway. She has worked for two years in a local veterinary practice and speaks Norwegian fluently.

Warm, cosy, feel-good, heartwarming women's fiction series about an animal rehabilitation centre, set in a rural Yorkshire village. Perfect for fans of Cathy Bramley, Cathy Woodman, Katie Fforde and Milly JohnsonExciting publicity hook: based on the globally bestsellling children's series Animal Ark, featuring the characters as grown-ups. 'Lucy Daniels' is a pseudonym for a series of writersExcellent opportunity for seasonal publishing: we are going for the summer and Christmas slots
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When the Music's Over

By Peter Robinson

The Sunday Times NUMBER ONE bestseller

Two young girls.

Two unspeakable crimes.

Fifty years separate them - their pain connects them.

When the body of a 15-year-old is found in a remote countryside lane, beaten and broken, DI Annie Cabbot is brought in to investigate how the child could possibly have fallen victim to such brutality.

Newly promoted Detective Superintendent Alan Banks is faced with a case that is as cold as they come. Now in her 60s, Linda Palmer was attacked aged 14 by celebrity entertainer Danny Caxton, yet the crime has never been investigated - until now.

As each steps closer to uncovering the truth, they'll unearth secrets much darker than they ever could have guessed . . .

The Sunday Times Number One bestseller

The new Sunday Times Number One bestselling DCI Banks book by Peter Robinson has the team investigating two highly contemporary crimes - each echoing and illuminating the other.

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.

Two young girls.

Two unspeakable crimes.

Fifty years separate them - their pain connects them.

When the body of a 15-year-old is found in a remote countryside lane, beaten and broken, DI Annie Cabbot is brought in to investigate how the child could possibly have fallen victim to such brutality.

Newly promoted Detective Superintendent Alan Banks is faced with a case that is as cold as they come. Now in her 60s, Linda Palmer was attacked aged 14 by celebrity entertainer Danny Caxton, yet the crime has never been investigated - until now.

As each steps closer to uncovering the truth, they'll unearth secrets much darker than they ever could have guessed . . .

The Sunday Times Number One bestsellerPeter Robinson's Banks books are Number One bestsellers and this one is superb - his best yetThe novels have been turned into DCI Banks, a TV series starring Stephen Tompkinson, which has been commissioned for a 5th series and is still pulling in millions of viewers per episode and winning its slotPeter Robinson is invariably brilliantly reviewed by both critics and his peersRobinson is one of few brand authors whose total format sales have grown over the last 5 yearsBeautiful Yorkshire Dales setting provides counterpoint to gritty, contemporary crime issues
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When Dimple Met Rishi

By Sandhya Menon

The arranged marriage YA romcom you didn't know you wanted or needed...

Meet Dimple.

Her main aim in life is to escape her traditional parents, get to university and begin her plan for tech world domination.

Meet Rishi.

He's rich, good-looking and a hopeless romantic. His parents think Dimple is the perfect match for him, but she's got other plans...

Dimple and Rishi may think they have each other figured out. But when opposites clash, love works even harder to prove itself in the most unexpected ways.

As joyfully refreshing as Rainbow Rowell, Jenny Han and Nicola Yoon, When Dimple Met Rishi is a frothy, funny contemporary romance told from the dual perspectives of two Indian American protagonists. While Dimple is fighting her family traditions, Rishi couldn't be happier to follow in the footsteps of his parents - could sparks fly between this odd couple, or is this matchmaking attempt doomed to fail?

'Menon wrote an utterly delightful novel and broke my heart by writing an ending because I want nothing more than to keep reading about Dimple and Rishi forever . . . I'm looking forward to it being a huge hit of 2017.' (Book Riot)

The arranged marriage YA rom-com we've been waiting forMenon wrote an utterly delightful novel and broke my heart by writing an ending because I want nothing more than to keep reading about Dimple and Rishi forever . . . I'm looking forward to it being a huge hit of 2017.Heart-warming, empathetic, and often hilarious, a delightful readWill opposites attract when Dimple meets Rishi? A laugh-out-loud, heartfelt YA romantic comedy as joyfully refreshing as The Mindy Project and perfect for Rainbow Rowell fans.Sandhya Menon was born and raised in India on a steady diet of Bollywood movies and street food, and blames this upbringing for her obsession with happily-ever-afters, bad dance moves, and pani puri. Now she lives in Colorado, where she's on a mission to (gently) coerce her family to watch all 3,220 Bollywood movies she claims as her favourite. Visit her online at sandhyamenon.com.Hotly anticipated YA debut from an exciting new voice, WHEN DIMPLE MET RISHI has already received a Kirkus Starred Review and been listed in multiple 'Most Anticipated' lists.For fans of Rainbow Rowell, Jenny Han, Jandy Nelson, Stephanie Perkins, Krystal Sutherland and Nicola Yoon.Publishing as a paperback original in time for summer reading with a bright, attractive cover package.Publication will be supported by a unique marketing campaign focussed on enticing readers with the novel's irresistible mystery and beautiful package.A sparkling, romantic, inclusive book in a time when diverse voices are needed more than ever.
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Dune Messiah

By Frank Herbert

DUNE MESSIAH: the extraordinary sequel to Dune, the greatest science fiction novel of all time.

Twelve years after his victory over House Harkonnen, Paul Atreides rules as emperor from the desert planet Arrakis - but his victory has had profound consequences. War has been brought to the entire known universe, and billions have already perished. Despite having become the most powerful emperor known to history, Paul is powerless to bring an end to the fighting.

While former allies conspire to dethrone Paul and even his own consort acts against him, Paul accepts a gift from the Tleilaxu, a guild of genetic manipulators, hoping to find a single spark of peace and friendship amidst the betrayal and chaos. But this act undermines Paul's support from the Fremen, his own people. The Fremen are the true source of Paul's power; losing them is the one thing that could truly topple his empire.

As matters escalate, Paul will be forced to chose between his throne, his wife, his people and his future - and the future of the entire universe.

An epic novel of the cost of victory... and the price of war.

Brilliant...it is all that Dune was, and maybe a little more.
-- Galaxy Magazine

Unique among SF novels . . . I know nothing comparable to it except The Lord of the Rings.One of the landmarks of modern science fiction . . . an amazing feat of creation.A racy read.One of the most famous novels in the history of science fiction, Dune remains as popular today as it ever was.The story begun in Frank Herbert's classic novel DUNE continues with DUNE MESSIAH, an extraordinary novel about the price of victory and the cost of war.Frank Herbert was born in 1920. His colourful and varied career included stints as a radio news commentator and jungle survival instructor. He is best known for creating the world of DUNE, which established Frank Herbert as a master of modern science fiction. He died in 1986.DUNE is the bestselling science fiction book of all time with nearly ten million copies in print.If you read only one science fiction book in your life it should be DUNERepackaged with a stunning new cover to reach a whole new readershipDUNE was the winner of the Hugo and Nebula awards, and is universally acclaimed as the greatest and most prescient science fiction novel everVoted one of the best 100 reads of all time in the BBC Big Read pollNamed Wired's Readers' Choice for the best science fiction novel of all time in 2012.
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Death in the Tuscan Hills

By Marco Vichi, Stephen Sartarelli

Longlisted for the CWA International Dagger 2017.

Spring, 1967. The trail of tragedy and destruction that followed the previous winter's flood seems to have died down; Florence is beginning to recover. But Inspector Bordelli does not feel the same sense of relief - he has not had a moment's peace since his investigation of a young boy's murder went disastrously wrong.

Unsettled and embittered, Bordelli resigns from the force and leaves the city. He could not continue to work as a policeman while the perpetrators of such a terrible crime were still at large.

Now, in the solitude of his new home in the Tuscan hills, he spends his days cooking, going for long walks and learning to grow his own vegetables. But the thought of that case - of justice not served - is constantly with him. Until fate, in which he has never believed, unexpectedly offers him the chance of retribution . . .

'A real find for anyone who likes their crime novels atmospheric, discursive, humorous and thought-provoking.''[Italian] writers are justifiably growing in popularity here: Marco Vichi deserves to be among them . . . [Bordelli] is stubborn, womanless, cynical and impatient, but strangely appealing.''Over the course of his police procedurals, Vichi shows us ever more secret and dark sides to an otherwise sunny and open city. But his happiest creation, in my opinion, remains the character of Inspector Bordelli, a disillusioned anti-hero who is difficult to forget.''Vichi's stellar first in a new mystery series introduces endearingly melancholic Inspector Bordelli . . . [and] delivers a plausible solution worthy of a golden age crime novel. Readers will look forward to seeing more of this flawed hero.'The fifth book in the award-winning crime series by Marco Vichi sees Inspector Bordelli take the law into his own hands.

Marco Vichi was born in Florence in 1957. The author of twelve novels and two collections of short stories, he has also edited crime anthologies, written screenplays, music lyrics and for radio, and collaborated on and directed various projects for humanitarian causes. His novel Death in Florence won the Scerbanenco, Rieti, Camaiore and Azzeccagarbugli prizes in Italy.

Marco Vichi lives in the Chianti region of Tuscany. You can find out more at www.marcovichi.it.

Atmospheric, evocative crime noir set in 1960s Florence. Perfect for fans of Andrea Camilleri and Montalbano, as well as Italian culture, history and food.DEATH IN FLORENCE, the previous Bordelli novel, won the Scerbanenco, Rieti, Camaiore and Azzeccagarbugli prizes in Italy.Marco Vichi has been incredibly well received by the UK press and online bloggers.The series is translated into English by the prize-winning translator of Camilleri's novels, Stephen Sartarelli.Published in the US, Germany, Portugal and Spain.Death in the Tuscan Hills has been longlisted for a CWA International Dagger.
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Fear

By Ranulph Fiennes

Sir Ranulph Fiennes has climbed the Eiger and Mount Everest. He's crossed both Poles on foot. He's been a member of the SAS and fought a bloody guerrilla war in Oman. And yet he confesses that his fear of heights is so great that he'd rather send his wife up a ladder to clean the gutters than do it himself.

In Fear, the world's greatest explorer delves into his own experiences to try and explain what fear is, how it happens and how he's overcome it so successfully. He examines key moments from history where fear played an important part in the outcome of a great event. He shows us how the brain perceives fear, how that manifests itself in us, and how we can transform our perceptions.

With an enthralling combination of story-telling, research and personal accounts of his own struggles to overcome fear, Sir Ranulph Fiennes sheds new light on one of humanity's strongest emotions.

Explorer and adventurer Sir Ranulph Fiennes explores the concept of fear, and shows us through his own experiences how we can push our boundaries in everyday life.

Sir Ranulph Fiennes was the first man to reach both poles by surface travel and the first to cross the Antarctic Continent unsupported. In the 1960s he was removed from the SAS Regiment for misuse of explosives but, joining the army of the Sultan of Oman, received that country's Bravery Medal on active service in 1971. He is the only person yet to have been awarded two clasps to the Polar medal for both Antarctic and the Arctic regions. Fiennes has led over 30 expeditions including the first polar circumnavigation of the Earth, and in 2003 he ran seven marathons in seven days on seven continents in aid of the British Heart Foundation.

In 1993 Her Majesty the Queen awarded Fiennes the Order of the British Empire (OBE) because, on the way to breaking records, he has raised over £14 million for charity. He was named Best Sportsman in the 2007 ITV Great Briton Awards and in 2009 he became the oldest Briton to reach the summit of Everest.

Ran has a reputation both an an explorer and as a historian. He is perfectly placed to examine the concept of fear in his own life and throughout history.Written with a similar winning combination of research and personal anecdote to Captain Scott, Mad Bad and Dangerous to Know, and Cold.Ran will promote publication with events and press.
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A City Dreaming

By Daniel Polansky

Imagine a city within a city, where monsters walk the street and magic fills the night. This is New York, but not as you know it.

This New York is a city of magic and monsters. Where ordinary people live alongside demons and nightmares, completely unaware of them. New York is home to M, a man with a past... and a secret. He knows more about the creatures who call his city home than anyone else in the world. He walks between the two worlds, at home in neither but more than comfortable in both. M is the man the monsters call when things get bad.

And things are about to get really, really bad.

Machiavellian clockwork glory.Those looking for well-createed and beautifully created fantasy, which also happen to be both darkly comic and devastatingly grim, will find themselves swiftly addicted.Dark fantasy with a decidedly military bent, THOSE ABOVE is the perfect opener for Daniel Polansky's career beyond Low Town. With his unmistakeable voice and his highly original new world, he draws the reader slowly in until it's impossible to put the book down and escape back to reality. A brilliant start to what is sure to be one of the fantasy epics of all time, THOSE ABOVE is the work of an author at the top of his game and brings with it the promise of a lot more to come.THOSE ABOVE is I, Claudius by way of Tolkien and filtered through Chandler. That is to say, really damn good.From low conflict to high skulduggery, this is Daniel Polansky's most assured and engrossing novel yet.Gripping... Polansky has pulled off a polished fantasy thriller that's very much in the George RR Martin/Joe Abercrombie vein, but has still given the book its own distinctive style and voice, alongside plenty of evocative world-building. The Empty Throne (series) looks set to be fascinating and provocative."With THE STRAIGHT RAZOR CURE, Polansky pushed the envelope of modern fantasy. With TOMORROW THE KILLING, he tears through the envelope and pushes for horizons yet unseen."'In Tomorrow the Killing, Polansky shows us he is no one-book wonder... If you haven't read Polansky yet, you must remedy this ASAP. He writes gripping, addictive stories with a grim eloquence...Very, very highly recommended. Polansky is definitely among my new favourite authors. Essential reading.''Tomorrow The Killing delivers more of the same noir-esque brilliance that placed The Straight Razor Cure amongst the top releases of last year.'

Praise for THE STRAIGHT RAZOR CURE

'Quite brilliant... The Straight Razor Cure is as good a debut as I've read in along time. [It] has it all - and as the name suggests, it is sharp, steely and viciously bloody. Highly recommended'

'Quite possibly the newest, freshest fantasy novel since Patrick Rothfuss' The Name of the Wind. It is, in short, the bastard son of George R. R. Martin and Raymond Chandler, an unusual combination of hard-boiled crime novel in a fantasy world setting.'Polansky's writing is confident and punchy from the offset. The action rips along at a brilliant pace allowing us to experience this gritty world through the eyes of a thrilling, dangerous, flawed, yet strangely endearing protagonist. This is modern, dark fantasy at its best and a debut to be envied.''Polansky hits all the right notes in his intelligent first novel, a blend of dystopian fantasy and hard-boiled crime... Sharp, noir-tinged dialogue and astute insights into class struggle mark Polansky as a writer with a future''A strong debut novel with a hero who doesn't waste time worrying about the moral implications of cutting someone's throat''Polansky transplants his love of crime noir into a magic-steeped, secondary-world fantasy setting. It's an inherently troublesome mash-up that could only work in the hands of a silly satirist or a deft, sensitive dramatist with the blackest sense of humor. Polansky is wholeheartedly the latter - and Low Town is brilliant proof ... Wielding vivid characters and scalpel-sharp banter worthy of fellow dark fantasists Scott Lynch and Joe Abercrombie, Polansky ratchets up the pace ... Polansky has managed to craft an assured, roaring, and rollicking hybrid, a cross-genre free-for-all that relishes its tropes while spitting out their bones. And he does it all while spinning one hell of a gripping mystery''Daniel Polansky has crafted a thrilling novel steeped in noir sensibilities and relentless action, and set in an original world of stunning imagination, leading to a gut-wrenching, unforeseeable conclusion. Low Town is an attention-grabbing debut that will leave readers riveted . . . and hungry for more'An impossible to put down read, showing how dark fantasy can truly be'The Straight Razor Cure is dark, eloquent work filled with a very real presence that permeates both the world and the characters within it. Polansky has created a wickedly delicious fantasy that leaves a profound impression on the reader. Despite the plague, murderers and dark magic, I can't wait to pay another visit to Low Town''I can't remember when I last enjoyed a fantasy book this much'The incredible new fantasy from Daniel Polansky, for fans of Jim Butcher, Ben Aaronovitch and Lauren Beukes.Daniel Polansky was born in Baltimore, Maryland. He can be found in Brooklyn, when he isn't somewhere else. This is his first totally contemporary fantasy novel.A CITY DREAMING is Daniel's first contemporary fantasy novel, set in a New York very much like the one you know... but also completely different.Featuring the same sparkling dialogue, razor-sharp wit and gorgeous prose that has made Daniel a firm favourite of fantasy fans everywhere, A CITY DREAMING will broaden his appeal to fans of contemporary urban fantasy.Daniel exploded onto the scene with the publication of his very first novel, THE STRAIGHT RAZOR CURE, just a few short years ago, and has been a firm fixture in the modern fantasy scene ever since.A CITY DREAMING will appeal to fans of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Ben Aaronovitch's Rivers of London, Lauren Beukes' Zoo City and The Dresden Files.
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A Closed and Common Orbit

By Becky Chambers
The sparky empathy of Chambers' writing [draws] you into these strange creatures' hearts and minds in a way that is never less than deeply involvingA joyous, optimistic space opera... Although it isn't shy about tackling Big Questions, PLANET is a heart-warming debut novel that will restore your faith in science fiction (specifically) and humanity (in general).One of the most enjoyable, brilliantly realised spacey SF novels I've read in ages.A quietly profound, humane tour de force'Joyously written and a joy to read.The extraordinary new novel by Becky Chambers, author of the beloved debut novel The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet: 'a quietly profound, humane tour de force.' (Guardian)Becky Chambers was raised in California as the progeny of an astrobiology educator, an aerospace engineer, and an Apollo-era rocket scientist. An inevitable space enthusiast, she made the obvious choice of studying performing arts. After a few years in theatre administration, she shifted her focus toward writing. Her creative work has appeared at The Mary Sue, Tor.com, Five Out Of Ten, The Toast, and Pornokitsch.The stand-alone sequel to the beloved, award-nominated novel THE LONG WAY TO A SMALL ANGRY PLANET, which can be read on its own.Becky Chambers' debut novel, THE LONG WAY TO A SMALL ANGRY PLANET, has received rave reviews across the trade and bloggers, and has topped a number of best-of year-end lists.A CLOSED AND COMMON ORBIT is set in the same world as THE LONG WAY TO A SMALL ANGRY PLANET and features some of the same characters.Features the same brilliant writing, fantastic world-building and exceptional characters of THE LONG WAY TO A SMALL ANGRY PLANET.
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The Ballroom Class

By Lucy Dillon

When three couples join a new ballroom class, they're all looking for some magic in their lives.

Lauren and Chris are getting married, and Lauren's dreaming of a fairytale wedding with a first dance to make Cinderella proud. Not wanting to be shown up on the dancefloor, her parents Bridget and Frank have come along too. They normally never put a foot wrong, but Bridget's got a secret that could trip them up unexpectedly. Meanwhile Katie and Ross are looking for a quick-fix solution to their failing marriage even though neither is quite sure who's leading who anymore.

As friendships form over the foxtrot, the rumba rocks relationships, and the tango leads to true love, all the students in the Ballroom Class are about to face the music and dance...

Strictly Come Dancing with added off-floor love, betrayal and glitz makes Lucy Dillon's dazzling debut a must for ballroom fans.A charming, heartwarming, entertaining read for all would-be dancefloor divas.Frothy fun for fans of Strictly.It's for everyone who loves to watch dance, join in a dance and all those whose heart is in dance.I adored this juicy novel... you'll be swept off your feet'A top tome for all who've come over a little Strictly Come Dancing of late... If you like a healthy dose of glitter and spangle with your reading, look no further.''Frothy fun for fans of Strictly.'Tango-tasticFor the millions addicted to Strictly Come Dancing - a romantic, funny and moving novel that will make you want to put on your dancing shoes...

Lucy Dillon was born in Cumbria in 1974. She now divides her time between London and the Wye Valley. She first learned to dance at primary school, and has been dancing ever since. Though she would love to be able to foxtrot like Ginger Rogers, she knows it's a futile dream due to her habit of leading.

You can follow her on Twitter @lucy_dillon or on Facebook www.facebook.com/pages/Lucy-Dillon/103494059724523.

From the publisher who brought you the bestselling novels THE FRIDAY NIGHT KNITTING CLUB and THE READING GROUP.Published at the beginning of a new series of Strictly Come Dancing which regularly attracts audiences of over 8.5 million viewers on primetime TVAlready attracting rave reviews from the stars, including Strictly Come Dancing judge Arlene Phillips, who tells us "It's for everyone who loves to watch dance, join in a dance and all those whose heart is in dance." and dance star Camilla Dallerup "couldn't put it down".'Think Strictly meets Corrie - dig out your spangly dancing shoes!' Company
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The Ballroom Class

By Lucy Dillon
Strictly Come Dancing with added off-floor love, betrayal and glitz makes Lucy Dillon's dazzling debut a must for ballroom fans.Strictly Come Dancing with added off-floor love, betrayal and glitz makes Lucy Dillon's dazzling debut a must for ballroom fans.A charming, heartwarming, entertaining read for all would-be dancefloor divas.From the publisher who brought you the bestselling novels THE FRIDAY NIGHT KNITTING CLUB and THE READING GROUP.Published at the beginning of a new series of Strictly Come Dancing which regularly attracts audiences of over 8.5 million viewers on primetime TVAlready attracting rave reviews from the stars, including Strictly Come Dancing judge Arlene Phillips, who tells us "It's for everyone who loves to watch dance, join in a dance and all those whose heart is in dance." and dance star Camilla Dallerup "couldn't put it down".'Think Strictly meets Corrie - dig out your spangly dancing shoes!' Company

For the millions addicted to - a debut tapping into the world's latest craze.
When three couples join a new ballroom class, they're all looking for some magic in their lives.

Lauren and Chris are getting married, and Lauren's dreaming of a fairytale wedding with a first dance to make Cinderella proud. Not wanting to be shown up on the dancefloor, her parents Bridget and Frank have come along too. They normally never put a foot wrong, but Bridget's got a secret that could trip them up unexpectedly. Meanwhile Katie and Ross are looking for a quick-fix solution to their failing marriage even though neither is quite sure who's leading who anymore.

As friendships form over the foxtrot, the rumba rocks relationships, and the tango leads to true love, all the students in the Ballroom Class are about to face the music and dance...
Lucy Dillon was born in Cumbria in 1974. She now divides her time between London and the Wye Valley. She first learned to dance at primary school, and has been dancing ever since. Though she would love to be able to foxtrot like Ginger Rogers, she knows it's a futile dream due to her habit of leading.

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Dark Tower I: The Gunslinger

By Stephen King

The Dark Tower is soon to be a major motion picture starring Matthew McConaughey and Idris Elba, due in cinemas August 18, 2017.

'The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed.' The iconic opening line of Stephen King's groundbreaking series, The Dark Tower, introduces one of his most enigmatic and powerful heroes: Roland of Gilead, the Last Gunslinger.

Roland is a haunting figure, a loner, on a spellbinding journey toward the mysterious Dark Tower, in a desolate world which frighteningly echoes our own.

On his quest, Roland begins a friendship with a kid from New York named Jake, encounters an alluring woman and faces an agonising choice between damnation and salvation as he pursues the Man in Black.

JOIN THE QUEST FOR THE DARK TOWER...

THE DARK TOWER SERIES:
THE DARK TOWER I: THE GUNSLINGER
THE DARK TOWER II: THE DRAWING OF THE THREE
THE DARK TOWER III: THE WASTE LANDS
THE DARK TOWER IV: WIZARD AND GLASS
THE DARK TOWER V: WOLVES OF THE CALLA
THE DARK TOWER VI: SONG OF SUSANNAH
THE DARK TOWER VII: THE DARK TOWER
THE WIND THROUGH THE KEYHOLE: A DARK TOWER NOVEL

King's magnificent uberstory is finally complete... King's achievement is startling; his characters fresh... his plot sharply drawn... It is magic.Join the quest before it's too lateStephen King's epic fantasy series, The Dark Tower, is being made into a major motion picture starring Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey. Due in cinemas August 18, 2017.The Dark Tower will be a major movie from MRC and SONY starring Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey - comparable to Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings.The movie will have a 'companion TV series', based on King's The Dark Tower IV:Wizard and Glass http://www.ew.com/article/2016/09/21/dark-tower-tv-series-stephen-king-wizard-glassGuaranteed to appeal to fans of The Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter and HBO's Game of Thrones series.Hodder is running an enormous marketing campaign to tie the books into the film and TV.THE DARK TOWER was a Sunday Times Top Ten bestseller in hardback.Marvel have a prequel series of graphic books and there is also an online game of The Dark Tower series entitled Discordia.
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Dark Tower I: The Gunslinger

By Stephen King

The Dark Tower is soon to be a major motion picture starring Matthew McConaughey and Idris Elba, due in cinemas August 18, 2017.

'The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed.' The iconic opening line of Stephen King's groundbreaking series, The Dark Tower, introduces one of his most enigmatic and powerful heroes: Roland of Gilead, the Last Gunslinger.

Roland is a haunting figure, a loner, on a spellbinding journey toward the mysterious Dark Tower, in a desolate world which frighteningly echoes our own.

On his quest, Roland begins a friendship with a kid from New York named Jake, encounters an alluring woman and faces an agonising choice between damnation and salvation as he pursues the Man in Black.

JOIN THE QUEST FOR THE DARK TOWER...

THE DARK TOWER SERIES:
THE DARK TOWER I: THE GUNSLINGER
THE DARK TOWER II: THE DRAWING OF THE THREE
THE DARK TOWER III: THE WASTE LANDS
THE DARK TOWER IV: WIZARD AND GLASS
THE DARK TOWER V: WOLVES OF THE CALLA
THE DARK TOWER VI: SONG OF SUSANNAH
THE DARK TOWER VII: THE DARK TOWER
THE WIND THROUGH THE KEYHOLE: A DARK TOWER NOVEL

King's magnificent uberstory is finally complete... King's achievement is startling; his characters fresh... his plot sharply drawn... It is magic.Join the quest before it's too lateStephen King's epic fantasy series, The Dark Tower, is being made into a major motion picture starring Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey. Due in cinemas August 18, 2017.'At the age of 19 Stephen decided he would like to write an epic similar to The Lord of the Rings. The 'spaghetti Westerns' of that time [specifically The Good, the Bad and the Ugly] and a poem written by Robert Browning, 'Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came', became the inspiration for his magnum opus. The series written and published separately over a period of 22 years consists of eight books, including The Wind Through the Keyhole, and the short story, 'The Little Sisters of Eluria' published in his collection, EVERYTHING'S EVENTUAL.' From the author's website.The Dark Tower will be a major movie from MRC and SONY starring Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey - comparable to Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings.The movie will be followed by a TV series, based on King's The Dark Tower IV:Wizard and Glass http://www.ew.com/article/2016/09/21/dark-tower-tv-series-stephen-king-wizard-glassGuaranteed to appeal to fans of The Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter and HBO's Game of Thrones series.Hodder is running an enormous marketing campaign to tie the books into the film and TV.THE DARK TOWER was a Sunday Times Top Ten bestseller in hardback.Marvel have a prequel series of graphic books and there is also an online game of The Dark Tower series entitled Discordia.
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The Dark Tower VI: Song of Susannah

By Stephen King

SONG OF SUSANNAH is the sixth volume in Stephen King's epic Dark Tower series. The Dark Tower is soon Soon to be a major motion picture starring Matthew McConaughey and Idris Elba, due in cinemas August 18, 2017.

The pivotal sixth novel in Stephen King's bestselling epic fantasy saga provides the key to the quest that defines Roland's life.

Susannah has used the power of Black Thirteen to get to New York where she can give birth to a child fated to grow up as Roland's nemesis. Jake and Father Callahan set out to break her date with destiny and to find Calvin Tower, owner of the vacant lot where a magical rose grows - a rose that must be saved at all costs.

Meanwhile, Roland and Eddie tumble into Maine in the Summer of 1977. Here they are greeted by the gangster Balazar and must face their maker, a man called Stephen King...

JOIN THE QUEST FOR THE DARK TOWER...

THE DARK TOWER SERIES:
THE DARK TOWER I: THE GUNSLINGER
THE DARK TOWER II: THE DRAWING OF THE THREE
THE DARK TOWER III: THE WASTE LANDS
THE DARK TOWER IV: WIZARD AND GLASS
THE DARK TOWER V: WOLVES OF THE CALLA
THE DARK TOWER VI: SONG OF SUSANNAH
THE DARK TOWER VII: THE DARK TOWER
THE WIND THROUGH THE KEYHOLE: A DARK TOWER NOVEL

King's magnificent uberstory is finally complete... King's achievement is startling; his characters fresh... his plot sharply drawn... It is magic.Join the quest before it's too lateStephen King's epic fantasy series, The Dark Tower, is being made into a major motion picture starring Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey. Due in cinemas August 18, 2017.'At the age of 19 Stephen decided he would like to write an epic similar to The Lord of the Rings. The 'spaghetti Westerns' of that time [specifically The Good, the Bad and the Ugly] and a poem written by Robert Browning, 'Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came', became the inspiration for his magnum opus. The series written and published separately over a period of 22 years consists of eight books, including The Wind Through the Keyhole, and the short story, 'The Little Sisters of Eluria' published in his collection, EVERYTHING'S EVENTUAL.' From the author's website.The Dark Tower will be a major movie from MRC and SONY starring Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey - comparable to Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings.The movie will have a 'companion TV series', based on King's The Dark Tower IV: Wizard and Glass http://www.ew.com/article/2016/09/21/dark-tower-tv-series-stephen-king-wizard-glassGuaranteed to appeal to fans of The Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter and HBO's Game of Thrones series.Hodder is running an enormous marketing campaign to tie the books into the film and TV.THE DARK TOWER was a Sunday Times Top Ten bestseller in hardback.Marvel have a prequel series of graphic books and there is also an online game of The Dark Tower series entitled Discordia.Hodder will include an inset on each cover to link to the film
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The Dark Tower VII: The Dark Tower

By Stephen King

THE DARK TOWER is the seventh volume in Stephen King's epic Dark Tower series. The Dark Tower is soon to be a major motion picture starring Matthew McConaughey and Idris Elba, due in cinemas August 18, 2017.

The final book in King's epic The Dark Tower series, sees gunslinger Roland on a roller-coaster ride of exhilarating triumph and aching loss in his unrelenting quest to reach the dark tower.

Roland Deschain and his ka-tet have journeyed together and apart, scattered far and wide across multilayered worlds of wheres and whens. The destinies of Roland, Susannah, Jake, Father Callahan, Oy, and Eddie are bound in the Dark Tower itself, which now pulls them ever closer to their own endings and beginnings and into a maelstrom of emotion, violence, and discovery.

And as he closes in on the Tower, Roland's every step is shadowed by a terrible and sinister creation. Finally, he realises, he may have to walk the last dark strait alone...

JOIN THE QUEST FOR THE DARK TOWER...

THE DARK TOWER SERIES:
THE DARK TOWER I: THE GUNSLINGER
THE DARK TOWER II: THE DRAWING OF THE THREE
THE DARK TOWER III: THE WASTE LANDS
THE DARK TOWER IV: WIZARD AND GLASS
THE DARK TOWER V: WOLVES OF THE CALLA
THE DARK TOWER VI: SONG OF SUSANNAH
THE DARK TOWER VII: THE DARK TOWER
THE WIND THROUGH THE KEYHOLE: A DARK TOWER NOVEL

King's magnificent uberstory is finally complete... King's achievement is startling; his characters fresh... his plot sharply drawn... It is magic.Join the quest before it's too lateStephen King's epic fantasy series, The Dark Tower, is being made into a major motion picture starring Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey. Due in cinemas August 18, 2017.'At the age of 19 Stephen decided he would like to write an epic similar to The Lord of the Rings. The 'spaghetti Westerns' of that time [specifically The Good, the Bad and the Ugly] and a poem written by Robert Browning, 'Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came', became the inspiration for his magnum opus. The series written and published separately over a period of 22 years consists of eight books, including The Wind Through the Keyhole, and the short story, 'The Little Sisters of Eluria' published in his collection, EVERYTHING'S EVENTUAL.' From the author's website.The Dark Tower will be a major movie from MRC and SONY starring Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey - comparable to Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings.The movie will have a 'companion TV series', based on King's The Dark Tower IV: Wizard and Glass http://www.ew.com/article/2016/09/21/dark-tower-tv-series-stephen-king-wizard-glassGuaranteed to appeal to fans of The Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter and HBO's Game of Thrones series.Hodder is running an enormous marketing campaign to tie the books into the film and TV.The triumphant, gripping finale to Stephen King's magnificent, epic masterpiece - now available in paperback.A Sunday Times Top Ten bestseller in hardback.Marvel have a prequel series of graphic books and there is also an online game of The Dark Tower series entitled Discordia.Hodder will include an inset on each cover to link to the film
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The Wind through the Keyhole

By Stephen King

For readers new to The Dark Tower, The Wind Through the Keyhole is a stand-alone novel, and a wonderful introduction to the series. The Dark Tower is soon to be a major motion picture starring Matthew McConaughey and Idris Elba, due in cinemas August 18, 2017.

The No. 1 Sunday Times bestseller The Wind through the Keyhole is a perfect bridge between the fourth and fifth novels in Stephen King's epic masterpiece. A story within a story which features both the younger and older gunslinger, it is also a wonderful introduction to The Dark Tower series.

As Roland Deschain, and his ka-tet leave the Emerald city, a ferocious storm halts their progress along the Path of the Beam. While they shelter from the starkblast, Roland tells a story about his younger days, when he was sent by his father to investigate evidence of a murderous shape-changer.

At the scene of the crime he had tried to comfort a terrified young boy called Bill Streeter by reciting a story from The Magic Tales of the Eld that his mother used to read to him at bedtime, 'The Wind through the Keyhole'.

'A person's never too old for stories,' he said to Bill. 'Man and boy, girl and woman, we live for them.'
And stories like these, they live for us.

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THE DARK TOWER SERIES:
THE DARK TOWER I: THE GUNSLINGER
THE DARK TOWER II: THE DRAWING OF THE THREE
THE DARK TOWER III: THE WASTE LANDS
THE DARK TOWER IV: WIZARD AND GLASS
THE DARK TOWER V: WOLVES OF THE CALLA
THE DARK TOWER VI: SONG OF SUSANNAH
THE DARK TOWER VII: THE DARK TOWER
THE WIND THROUGH THE KEYHOLE: A DARK TOWER NOVEL

[A] phantasmagorical folk tale . . . King's ability to entertain and unsettle cannot be denied. The skill with which he delivers a shock or sense of gothic terror is simply unmatchedPerfectly balanced: another excellent example of King's sheer skill as a storyteller.Like John Steinbeck, he's an unfussy writer whose voice is rooted equally in the rhythms of everyday speech and the mythic made manifest in everyday life. Indeed, reading King, you often sense the presence of the dustbowl America of The Grapes of Wrath . . . a King novel has a sparse elegance that most novelists never achieve in a whole career. Put it down to the insistent, economical and wholly distinctive authorial voice.A frantic-paced puzzle-box adventure that encompasses gunslinger Roland Deschain's early years, werewolves and powerful storytelling.King is one of the great popular artists of our time.Classic King, fine characters, compellingly written in a gripping, well-honed plotSuperbly energetic, it's King at his best.Stephen King's epic fantasy series, The Dark Tower, is being made into a major motion picture starring Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey. Due in cinemas August 18, 2017.'At the age of 19 Stephen decided he would like to write an epic similar to The Lord of the Rings. The 'spaghetti Westerns' of that time [specifically The Good, the Bad and the Ugly] and a poem written by Robert Browning, 'Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came', became the inspiration for his magnum opus. The series written and published separately over a period of 22 years consists of seven books and the short story, 'The Little Sisters of Eluria' published in his collection, EVERYTHING'S EVENTUAL.' From the author's website.The Dark Tower will be a major movie from MRC and SONY starring Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey - comparable to Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings.The movie will have a 'companion TV series', based on King's The Dark Tower IV: Wizard and Glass http://www.ew.com/article/2016/09/21/dark-tower-tv-series-stephen-king-wizard-glassGuaranteed to appeal to fans of The Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter and HBO's Game of Thrones series.Hodder is running an enormous marketing campaign to tie the books into the film and TV.THE DARK TOWER was a Sunday Times Top Ten bestseller in hardback.Marvel have a prequel series of graphic books and there is also an online game ofThe Dark Tower series entitled Discordia.Hodder will include an inset on each cover to link to the film.
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The Dark Tower V: Wolves of the Calla

By Stephen King

WOLVES OF THE CALLA is the fifth volume in Stephen King's epic Dark Tower series. The Dark Tower is soon to be a major motion picture starring Matthew McConaughey and Idris Elba, due in cinemas August 18, 2017.

In the fifth novel in StephenKing's bestselling fantasy series, Roland and his ka-tet are bearing through the forests of the Mid-World on their journey to the Dark Tower.

Tracking their every move is a group of farmers from the town of Calla Bryn Sturgis. The trackers have been warned that the Wolves, a band of masked riders, are about to gallop out of the dark land of Thunderclap and raid their town. And they want to enlist the help of the four gunslingers.

How can Roland and his tet both protect the innocent community and return to New York to save our world's incarnation of the Dark Tower from the machinations of the evil Sombra Corporation?

JOIN THE QUEST FOR THE DARK TOWER...

THE DARK TOWER SERIES:
THE DARK TOWER I: THE GUNSLINGER
THE DARK TOWER II: THE DRAWING OF THE THREE
THE DARK TOWER III: THE WASTE LANDS
THE DARK TOWER IV: WIZARD AND GLASS
THE DARK TOWER V: WOLVES OF THE CALLA
THE DARK TOWER VI: SONG OF SUSANNAH
THE DARK TOWER VII: THE DARK TOWER
THE WIND THROUGH THE KEYHOLE: A DARK TOWER NOVEL

King's magnificent uberstory is finally complete... King's achievement is startling; his characters fresh... his plot sharply drawn... It is magic.Join the quest before it's too lateStephen King's epic fantasy series, The Dark Tower, is being made into a major motion picture starring Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey. Due in cinemas August 18, 2017.'At the age of 19 Stephen decided he would like to write an epic similar to The Lord of the Rings. The 'spaghetti Westerns' of that time [specifically The Good, the Bad and the Ugly] and a poem written by Robert Browning, 'Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came', became the inspiration for his magnum opus. The series written and published separately over a period of 22 years consists of eight books, including The Wind Through the Keyhole, and the short story, 'The Little Sisters of Eluria' published in his collection, EVERYTHING'S EVENTUAL.'From the author's website.The Dark Tower will be a major movie from MRC and SONY starring Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey - comparable to Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings.The movie will have a 'companion TV series', based on King's The Dark Tower IV: Wizard and Glass http://www.ew.com/article/2016/09/21/dark-tower-tv-series-stephen-king-wizard-glassGuaranteed to appeal to fans of The Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter and HBO's Game of Thrones series.Hodder is running an enormous marketing campaign to tie the books into the film and TV.Marvel have a prequel series of graphic books and there is also an online game of The Dark Tower series entitled Discordia.THE DARK TOWER was a Sunday Times Top Ten bestseller in hardback.Hodder will include an inset on each cover to link to the film.
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The Dark Tower II: The Drawing Of The Three

By Stephen King

THE DRAWING OF THE THREE is the second volume in Stephen King's epic Dark Tower series. The Dark Tower is soon to be a major motion picture starring Matthew McConaughey and Idris Elba, due in cinemas August 18, 2017.

In the second novel of Stephen King's bestselling fantasy masterpiece, Roland of Gilead, the Last Gunslinger, encounters three mysterious doors which open - for Roland, and Roland alone - to different times in our world. He must draw the three who should accompany him on the road.

In 1980s New York, Roland joins forces with defiant Eddie Dean. The second door leads to the 1960s and conflicted civil rights activist Odetta Holmes. The final door reveals Jack Mort, a deadly serial killer, in the 1970s. Mort is stalking Jake, the young boy Roland met in Mid-World.

As titanic forces gather, a savage struggle between underworld evil and otherworldly enemies threatens to bring an end to Roland's journey toward the Dark Tower...

JOIN THE QUEST FOR THE DARK TOWER...

THE DARK TOWER SERIES:
THE DARK TOWER I: THE GUNSLINGER
THE DARK TOWER II: THE DRAWING OF THE THREE
THE DARK TOWER III: THE WASTE LANDS
THE DARK TOWER IV: WIZARD AND GLASS
THE DARK TOWER V: WOLVES OF THE CALLA
THE DARK TOWER VI: SONG OF SUSANNAH
THE DARK TOWER VII: THE DARK TOWER
THE WIND THROUGH THE KEYHOLE: A DARK TOWER NOVEL

Join the quest before it's too lateKing's magnificent uberstory is finally complete... King's achievement is startling; his characters fresh... his plot sharply drawn... It is magic.Stephen King's epic fantasy series, The Dark Tower, is being made into a major motion picture starring Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey. Due in cinemas August 18, 2017.'At the age of 19 Stephen decided he would like to write an epic similar to The Lord of the Rings. The 'spaghetti Westerns' of that time [specifically The Good, the Bad and the Ugly] and a poem written by Robert Browning, 'Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came', became the inspiration for his magnum opus. The series written and published separately over a period of 22 years consists of eight books, including The Wind Through the Keyhole, and the short story, 'The Little Sisters of Eluria' published in his collection, EVERYTHING'S EVENTUAL.' From the author's website.The Dark Tower will be a major movie from MRC and SONY starring Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey - comparable to Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings.The movie will have a 'companion TV series', based on King's The Dark Tower IV:Wizard and Glass http://www.ew.com/article/2016/09/21/dark-tower-tv-series-stephen-king-wizard-glassGuaranteed to appeal to fans of The Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter and HBO's Game of Thrones series.Hodder is running an enormous marketing campaign to tie the books into the film and TV.THE DARK TOWER was a Sunday Times Top Ten bestseller in hardback.Marvel have a prequel series of graphic books and there is also an online game of The Dark Tower series entitled Discordia.
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The Wind Off the Small Isles and The Lost One

By Mary Stewart

The Wind Off the Small Isles is beloved author Mary Stewart's long-lost novella, now available in paperback for the first time in 40 years and perfect for fans of Anya Seton, Daphne du Maurier and Santa Montefiore.

1879. Lanzarote. A wealthy young woman elopes with an impoverished fisherman, leaving her family distraught.

1968. Perdita West, secretary to a famous author, visits Lanzarote on a research trip and begins to fall in love with the unusual, beautiful little island. When, while snorkelling, a landslide traps Perdita in an underwater cave, her efforts to save herself will reveal what happened to the ill-fated couple who fell in love at this very spot almost a century ago . . .

This paperback edition also includes the recently rediscovered short story 'The Lost One', first published in Woman's Journal in 1960, and set against the backdrop of unfenced country and dark winding valleys at night.

The long-lost novella by beloved author Mary Stewart, accompanied by the recently rediscovered short story 'The Lost One' - perfect for fans of Daphne du Maurier, Santa Montefiore and Anya Seton.Mary Stewart was one of the 20th century's bestselling and best-loved novelists. She was born in Sunderland, County Durham in 1916, but lived for most of her life in Scotland, a source of much inspiration for her writing. Her first novel, Madam, Will You Talk? was published in 1955 and marked the beginning of a long and acclaimed writing career. In 1971 she was awarded the International PEN Association's Frederick Niven Prize for The Crystal Cave, and in 1974 the Scottish Arts Council Award for one of her children's books, Ludo and the Star Horse. She was married to the Scottish geologist Frederick Stewart, and died in 2014.THE WIND OFF THE SMALL ISLES is a sweeping romantic novella that has been out of print for more than 40 years. In this new paperback edition it is accompanied by the recently rediscovered 'The Lost One', a short story that Mary Stewart fans are keen to get their hands on.Hodder recently celebrated the 100th anniversary of Mary Stewart's birth by relaunching her entire backlist in 2016.THE WIND OFF THE SMALL ISLES shares a character with one of Mary Stewart's most beloved novels, THIS ROUGH MAGIC, and is a perfect companion to it.Mary Stewart's novels are perennially strong sellers and have never gone out of print.THE WIND OFF THE SMALL ISLES will be the perfect gift for mothers, grandmothers and everyone with a romantic soul and the desire to be swept away to a new and exotic location.
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The Heart of What Was Lost

By Tad Williams

The world was nearly destroyed, but now knows hope again. At the end of Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn, Ineluki the Storm King, an undead spirit of horrifying, demonic power, came within moments of stopping Time itself and obliterating humankind.

He was defeated by a coalition of mortal men and women joined by his own deathless descendants, the Sithi. In the wake of the Storm King's fall, Ineluki's loyal minions, the Norns, retreat north to Nakkiga, an ancient citadel which holds a priceless artefact known as The Heart of What Was Lost.

They are pursued by the army of Duke Isgrimnur who is determined to wipe out the Norns for all time.
The two armies will soon clash in a battle so strange and deadly, so wracked with dark enchant­ment, that it threatens to destroy not just one side but quite possibly all.

Without Tad Williams there would be no Game of Thrones.Fans of Tad Williams will delight in this new addition to his work - new readers could not have a better introduction.This is gritty, gripping fantasy with heart and guts, and we can't wait to read more.The long-awaited continuation of one of the greatest fantasy trilogies ever written

Tad Williams is a California-based fantasy superstar. His genre-creating (and genre-busting) books have sold tens of millions worldwide, in twenty-five languages. His considerable output of epic fantasy and science fiction book-series, stories of all kinds, urban fantasy novels, comics, scripts, etc., have strongly influenced a generation of writers: the Otherland epic now plays as an MMO on steam.com. Tad is currently immersed in the creation of The Last King of Osten Ard, planned as a trilogy with two intermediary novels. He, his family and his animals live in the Santa Cruz mountains in a suitably strange and beautiful house.

@tadwilliams @mrstad

An appetite whetting book for those who love Memory, Sorrow and Thorn and are waiting for The Last King of Osten Ard series, publishing in April 2017.Over 17 million copies of Tad's books have been sold world-wide.A great introductory book into the world of Osten Ard
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Peggy and Me

By Miranda Hart

'Hilariously funny and often moving memoir ... we loved every word *****' Heat

'Open, honest ... her misadventures are hilariously described ... charming and funny' Daily Express

The hilarious and heartwarming memoir of Miranda and her life changing dog, the inimitable and most lovable Peggy.

Hello dear book browser and welcome to Peggy & Me, the story of my life since getting a beautiful Shih-Tzu Bichon Frise cross puppy (I call the breed a Shitty Frise - fun) in the form of Peggy.

Some of you may be thinking: "a book about a dog, how totally brilliant, I need hear no more, I'm sold." In which case we should be best friends and go out to tea together, every day.

Others of you may be thinking: "a book about a dog, how totally mad, she must have officially lost it." In which case I completely understand. For I once viewed dog owners with much suspicion. The way they obsessively talk about their dogs often using voices for them to reply; the way they have a light covering of dog hair all over their clothes and sofas; and worse, an alarming comfort and ease around excrement.

But I now get why people become so mad about their hounds. It wasn't instant love I have to admit. Getting a puppy when I was at a low ebb in my life wasn't easy - there was a lot of challenging, what I call, dog administration (dog-min), and the humiliating first trip to the vet still haunts me. It's been a bumpy old road, but Peggy has been lovingly by my side through some life-changing moments and I wouldn't have coped without her. Most surprisingly she has taught me a huge amount - not how to get an old pie packet out of a bin and lick it (I could already do that), but real lessons about life and love and trust and friendship.

Put aside any doggy reservations and come walkies with Peggy and me ...

The new Sunday Times bestseller, from the author of Is It Just Me?, Miranda Hart's hilarious account of life with her beloved dog Peggy, a gorgeous white bichon frise.

Miranda Hart is a comedy writer and actress hailed recently as the 'Queen of Comedy', a role she thinks should be officially appointed by the Queen and means you get to go out once a week with Prince Harry.
She is best known for her hugely successful sitcom Miranda which ran for four series on the BBC and earned her three RTS Awards, four British Comedy Awards, plus four BAFTA nominations.

Her status as one of the UK's leading actresses was consolidated when she graced the screens with her much loved role, Chummy, in the hit BBC 1 drama series Call the Midwife. She earned a BAFTA nomination for her performance and won an NTA Award and two TV Choice Awards.

She recently starred in her first movie alongside Melissa McCarthy playing Nancy in the movie Spy directed by Paul Feig which was No 1 at the Box Office for three weeks when it came out in June 2015.

As a stand-up comedian Miranda completed a sell out stand-up arena tour My, What I Call, Live Show culminating in five shows at the London's 02 (the accompanying DVD was the second highest selling stand-up DVD of the year).

'hilariously funny and often moving memoir...we loved every word *****' Heat

'open, honest...her misadventures are hilariously described...charming and funny' Daily Express


Hello dear book browser and welcome to Peggy and Me. The story of my life since getting a beautiful Shih-Tzu Bichon Frise cross puppy (I call the breed a Shitty Frise - fun) in the form of Peggy. So wonderful is she and so convinced am I that a dog can become a truly treasured life companion, I have written an entire book about our years together.

Peggy has taught me a huge amount - not how to get an old pie packet out of a bin and lick it (I could already do that), but real lessons about life and love and trust and friendship.

So come walkies with Peggy and me...

Is It Just Me? has sold 420,307 hardbacks and 171,944 paperbacks and 104,202 ebooks to date.Miranda is still very much a household name in the UK. After appearing in Hollywood movie Spy in 2015 alongside Melissa McCarthy, Miranda has become recognisable, globally.Her BBC sitcom Miranda won the award for Best New British TV Comedy, won two RTS awards and was nominated for four BAFTAs.Miranda is a regular host of Have I Got News For You and has made appearances on panel shows including Would I Lie To You and the Channel 4 round up of the year, Big Fat Quiz.
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Auntie Poldi and the Sicilian Lions

By Mario Giordano

'Alive with a tang of lemons to set the senses zinging' The Spectator

Translated fiction at its most charming - A Man Called Ove meets Andrea Camilleri, Auntie Poldi is this summer's most unlikely hero.

Auntie Poldi can think of no finer place to wait for death than Sicily. All she asks is a sea view, fine wine (and plenty of it), and her family close around.

When death instead takes her handsome young friend Valentino - and under mysterious circumstances at that - Poldi will not take it lying down.

Perhaps it's in her blood (her father was a detective chief inspector); perhaps it's a diverting excuse to spend more time with men in uniform; or perhaps it's just the promise she makes to Valentino while holding his poor dead hand.

But Auntie Poldi's hunting instincts have never felt more alive. Justice must be served - if it's the last thing she does . . .

Auntie Poldi and the Fruits of the Lord, the second Auntie Poldi adventure, is now available for preorder

Mario Giordano - a Bavarian of Sicilian parentage who writes in German - has created a delightful detective and a lively, humorous portrait of Sicilian society and gastronomyGiordano is a novelist of high skill and originality with an eye for eccentric comedy, idiosyncratic characters and vivid scenes. John Brownjohn's translation is stylish and this book is a masterly treatWonderfully evocative . . . a joyful light readThe whole book is alive with a tang of lemons to set the senses zinging. RefreshingThe perfect summer read set on the Mediterranean island of Sicily - perfect for fans of Alexander McCall Smith and Inspector MontalbanoMario Giordano, the son of Italian immigrants, was born in Munich in 1963 and studied psychology at the University of Dusseldorf. He writes novels, books for adolescents, and screenplays. He lives in Cologne. Auntie Poldi and the Sicilian Lions is his first crime novel.Auntie Poldi was originally published by Bitter Lemon Press, a small publisher who specialise in translated crimeIt was The Times Crime Book of the Month for June: 'Mario Giordano has created a delightful detective and a lively, humorous portrait of Sicilian society and gastronomy'It's very charming and funny, but with enough wisdom to avoid being just froth. It's a sort of cross between Alexander McCall Smith and A Man Called Ove (though with a 60-year-old lusty Bavarian woman as Ove)It's the first in a series; the second has been published in Germany, and John Murray will publish in 2018Reading it is like being on holiday in Sicily, and who doesn't want that?
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In Pursuit of Memory

By Joseph Jebelli

'When I was twelve, my grandfather began to act strangely. It started with inexplicable walks. He'd leave the dinner table and we would find him, half an hour later, aimlessly wandering around the neighbourhood. His smiles were gradually replaced by a fearful, withdrawn expression; as if he'd lost something irreplaceable. Before long, he didn't recognise any of us.'

Alzheimer's is the great global epidemic of our time, affecting millions worldwide - there are over 850,000 people with the diagnosis in the UK alone. And its shockwaves extend far wider, through disbelieving families and friends. In 2016, it overtook heart disease as the number one cause of death in England and Wales, and as our populations age, scientists are working against the clock to find a cure.

Neuroscientist Joseph Jebelli is among them. Determined to save other families from the experiences that had rocked his, he set out to write the book that explained what happened to his grandfather. Far more than the story of a disease, In Pursuit of Memory zooms inside the human brain to see how Alzheimer's works and out again to show, entwined with the history and science, a thrilling hunt for answers. His quest takes us from nineteenth-century Germany and post-war England, to the jungles of Papua New Guinea and the technological proving grounds of Japan; through America, India, China, Iceland, Sweden and Colombia. Its heroes are scientists from around the world, and the brave patients and families who have changed the way that researchers think about the disease.

Jebelli's compelling insider's account shows vividly why he feels so hopeful about a cure but also why our best defence in the meantime is to understand the disease. In Pursuit of Memory is the definitive book on Alzheimer's: its past, present and future.

A fascinating quest at the frontiers of neuro-degeneration... and a moving, sober and forensic study of the past, present and future of Alzheimer's from the point of view of a neurologist who has lived with the disease, at home and in the lab, from a very young age. The story Jebelli tells illustrates the tantalising mystery of Alzheimer's: it's both highly visible yet agonizingly elusive...a timely analysis [that] might give comfort.A riveting debut... the very human story of the disease that is now an epidemicIn Pursuit of Memory is a remarkable combination of fine writing, personal honesty and deep scientific insight - about a devastating and baffling disease that is becoming all too common. Jebelli weighs up all the evidence and all the theories about Alzheimer's and even allows us a glimpse of optimism about a cureAn accessible, diligently researched and well-travelled overview of the disease that is more deadly than cancer. Jebelli poignantly weaves the current science with the tragic stories of affected families, not least his ownThe fascinating and very human story of the Alzheimer's epidemic that affects millions of people around the world - and the race against the clock to find a cure.Joseph Jebelli is a thirty-year-old British neuroscientist and writer. He began to work on the disease - specifically, using the body's immune system to halt its progress - while studying for his PhD in neurobiology at UCL. He has written for the Guardian and the Wellcome Trust. This is his first book.A human history of Alzheimer's: the science behind it and the race to find a cure.Brilliant author: A 30-year-old neuroscientist.International scope: full of interesting lessons about how the disease is treated in different countries. Everyone knows someone with Alzheimer's and it affects millions of people globally (850,000 people in the UK alone).
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Deep Thinking

By Garry Kasparov, Mig Greengard

In May 1997, the world watched as Garry Kasparov, the greatest chess player in the world, was defeated for the first time by the IBM supercomputer Deep Blue. It was a watershed moment in the history of technology: machine intelligence had arrived at the point where it could best human intellect.

It wasn't a coincidence that Kasparov became the symbol of man's fight against the machines. Chess has long been the fulcrum in development of machine intelligence; the hoax automaton 'The Turk' in the 18th century and Alan Turing's first chess program in 1952 were two early examples of the quest for machines to think like humans -- a talent we measured by their ability to beat their creators at chess. As the pre-eminent chessmaster of the 80s and 90s, it was Kasparov's blessing and his curse to play against each generation's strongest computer champions, contributing to their development and advancing the field.

Like all passionate competitors, Kasparov has taken his defeat and learned from it. He has devoted much energy to devising ways in which humans can partner with machines in order to produce results better than either can achieve alone. During the twenty years since playing Deep Blue, he's played both with and against machines, learning a great deal about our vital relationship with our most remarkable creations. Ultimately, he's become convinced that by embracing the competition between human and machine intelligence, we can spend less time worrying about being replaced and more thinking of new challenges to conquer.

In this breakthrough book, Kasparov tells his side of the story of Deep Blue for the first time -- what it was like to strategize against an implacable, untiring opponent -- the mistakes he made and the reasons the odds were against him. But more than that, he tells his story of AI more generally, and how he's evolved to embrace it, taking part in an urgent debate with philosophers worried about human values, programmers creating self-learning neural networks, and engineers of cutting edge robotics.

Excellent... No scientist or tech entrepreneur could make the positive case for the digital revolution with the passionate conviction that Kasparov brings. Not many tragic heroes live to tell the tale. This one didA gripping account of an intellectual battle like no other.. For fans, it will be like reading Nelson's postmatch analysis of Trafalgar...Deep Thinking is both a lesson in not panicking prematurely and a warning about knowing who your real opponent is."'Fascinating... an impressively researched history of AI and the field's ongoing obsession with chess... with enough detail to satisfy chess enthusiasts, while providing a thrilling narrative for the casual reader. Deep Thinking delivers a rare balance of analysis and narrative, weaving commentary about technological progress with an inside look at one of the most important chess matches ever played.The raw emotion of that encounter in New York bursts out of the pages of Kasparov's gripping story. What is striking, and reassuring, is that far from raging against the machine, Kasparov marvels at the capabilities of computers and is excited by the possibilities for future collaboration.This reads at times like a fast-paced psychological thriller. Chess fans will be engrossed by Kasparov's tale but the book deserves a far broader readershipAn absorbing, page-turning thriller that weaves a personal account of intellectual combat with the wider picture of what it's like to come up against a powerful corporation that is determined to do whatever it takes to crush opposition. Not just a tale of human vs machine, this is also a story about one man vs The Man. As Kasparov recounts in arresting detail what it felt like to compete cognitively with a machine, he extrapolates his experience into an optimistic perspective on how computerized intelligence can enhance rather than overwhelm human brainpower, and instead of eliminating jobs and opportunities, can actually generate them.Garry Kasparov's perspectives on artificial intelligence are borne of personal experience - and despite that, are optimistic, wise and compelling. It's one thing for the giants of Silicon Valley to tell us our future is bright; it is another thing to hear it from the man who squared off with the world's most powerful computer, with the whole world watching, and his very identity at stake.Intelligent, absorbing...thoughtful reading for anyone interested in human and machine cognition and a must for chess fansDEEP THINKING is an absorbing, often brilliant book which no chess-lover should missThe great Garry Kasparov takes on the key economic issue of our time: how we can thrive as humans in a world of thinking machines. This important and optimistic book explains what we as humans are uniquely qualified to do. Instead or wringing our hands about robots, we should all read this book and embrace the future.From the man at the epi-center of one of the ten defining moments of the 20th century, a fascinating and insightful overview of how computers came to surpass humans at chess, and what it means for mankind. Deeply researched and clearly exposited, it is also a revealing portrait of what it is like to be a real-life John Henry pitted against the steam hammer.A highly human exploration of artificial intelligence, its exciting possibilities and inherent limits.Garry Kasparov gives his first public account of his landmark 1997 chess match with the IBM supercomputer Deep Blue, and explains why, twenty years later, he's become convinced that artificial intelligence is good for humans.Garry Kasparov is a business speaker, global human rights activist, author and former world chess champion. His keynote lectures and seminars on strategic thinking, achieving peak performance, and tech innovation have been acclaimed in dozens of countries. A frequent contributor to the Wall Street Journal, he is the author of two books, How Life Imitates Chess and Winter is Coming, each of which has been translated into more than a dozen languages. He lives in New York.MEDIA EVENT: The book marks the 20th anniversary of Kasparov's match with Deep Blue.TRACK RECORD: John Murray has a great track record (both in terms of prizes and bestsellers) in publishing clever non-fiction - Garry Kasparov is exactly the author we are looking for.UNTOLD SIDE OF THE STORY: Kasparov's 1997 match with Deep Blue is probably the single best-known event in the history of AI. He has never yet told his version of what it was like to compete on that stage, and has controversial things to say about IBM and the strategies they deployed to beat him.REMARKABLE TURNAROUND FROM AN EXPERT: The original human face of competing against machines, Kasparov is now announcing himself as an optimist on the future of artificial intelligence. This book tells the story of that journey and credibly addresses the various objections offered by critics of AI.DEEP KNOWLEDGE OF THE SUBJECT: Kasparov has made himself more than a chess player - he has developed a sophisticated understanding of AI through his work, his lectures, and his studies. His celebrity and business connections will enable him to reach an audience outside the sometimes-arcane world in which it is often debated.OPTIMISTIC TAKE: Many analytical thinkers, like Jaron Lanier and Nicholas Carr, view artificial intelligence with scepticism. Yet Kasparov offers a hopeful view of what it is capable of, and shows how machines can be used to improve our lives - if we make the right decisions with them. Like Ray Kurzweil, Kasparov offers a sophisticated case for AI that tech enthusiasts and business people will be excited to hear.
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Conflicts of Interest

By Terry Stiastny

'A skilful prose stylist and a connoisseur of telling details' Guardian

Lawrence Leith has retreated from his once-successful career in TV to a small village in the south of France to mourn the end of his marriage and the loss of his job.

When his old colleague Martin Elliott arrives for a summer holiday, surrounded by his lovely family and new, influential friends, he seems to have everything that Lawrence lacks. Martin is convinced that Lawrence should get back in the game, even if that involves returning to Africa, where it once nearly ended for both of them.

As Martin's carefully cultivated image begins to slip, Lawrence recovers his urge to find out the real story - one which will force him to choose between his friend and his principles.

Masterfully constructed and universally topical, Conflicts of Interest is a novel about personal betrayal and political double-dealing, about the realities of being in the public eye and how the truth, no matter how hidden, will always out.

The Provence setting, which I know well, is skilfully evoked, as are all the settings and relationships in this tense and engaging storyThe gripping second novel from the author of the award-winning Acts of Omission.The majority of Terry Stiastny's journalistic career was spent reporting for BBC News, which she left in 2012. During her time at the BBC, she worked in Berlin and Brussels, covered politics in Westminster and spent many years on BBC Radio 4 news programmes. She was educated at Oxford University, studying PPE at Balliol College and International Relations (MPhil) at St Antony's College. She lives in London with her husband and two sons. Her first book, Acts of Omission, won the Paddy Power Political Fiction Book of the Year Award 2014.Terry Stiastny's first novel, Acts of Omission, won the Paddy Power Political Fiction Book of the Year AwardThe author is very well connected, having worked at the BBC for most of her career - including covering politics in Westminster - which has informed the writing of this bookThe issues raised are pertinent today: political double-dealing, the realities of celebrity culture, war and displacement
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A History of Running Away

By Paula McGrath

'A wonderful storyteller' Joseph O'Connor

In 1982 Jasmine wants to box, but in 1980s Ireland boxing is illegal for girls.

In 2012 a gynaecologist agonises about a job offer which would mean escape from the increasingly fraught atmosphere of her Dublin hospital. But what about her mother, stuck in a nursing home?

And in Maryland Ali, whose mother has recently died, hooks up with a biker gang to escape from grandparents she didn't know she had.

Gradually revealing the unexpected connections between the three women, A History of Running Away is a brilliantly written novel about running away, growing up and finding out who you are.

This beautifully written novel is urgently contemporary in its concerns but is also a quietly compelling exploration of the notions of home and belonging. Paula McGrath is a wonderful storyteller with a vivid sense of place and personA thoroughly modern, engaging and sophisticated novel about women who reach for better lives and are forced to run away to achieve themDepicts a brutal world with astonishing tenderness and builds a clever, intriguing story, creating memorable characters along the wayA brilliantly written novel about running away, growing up and finding out who you are, from the author of GenerationPaula McGrath lives in Dublin. Her first novel, Generation, was published in 2015, and described as 'remarkable' by the Sunday Times. She has a background in English Literature and is currently a doctoral student at the University of Limerick. In another life she was a yoga teacher.Paula McGrath's first novel, Generation, was published on the JM Originals list last year; it received a great quote from John Boyne and was called 'a remarkable first novel' by the Sunday TimesPaula has really developed her skills as a storyteller in her second novel - she writes very fluently with a sure and immediate grasp of character and storyPaula is based in Dublin and parts of A Difficult History have particular relevance in Ireland at the moment with the Repeal the 8th Campaign that is currently gathering momentum
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Dashing for the Post

By Patrick Leigh Fermor, Adam Sisman

A revelatory collection of letters written by the author of The Broken Road.

Handsome, spirited and erudite, Patrick Leigh Fermor was a war hero and one of the greatest travel writers of his generation. He was also a spectacularly gifted friend.

The letters in this collection span almost seventy years, the first written ten days before Paddy's twenty-fifth birthday, the last when he was ninety-four. His correspondents include Deborah Devonshire, Ann Fleming, Nancy Mitford, Lawrence Durrell, Diana Cooper and his lifelong companion, Joan Rayner; he wrote his first letter to her in his cell at the monastery Saint Wandrille, the setting for his reflections on monastic life in A Time to Keep Silence. His letters exhibit many of his most engaging characteristics: his zest for life, his unending curiosity, his lyrical descriptive powers, his love of language, his exuberance and his tendency to get into scrapes - particularly when drinking and, quite separately, driving.

Here are plenty of extraordinary stories: the hunt for Byron's slippers in one of the remotest regions of Greece; an ignominious dismissal from Somerset Maugham's Villa Mauresque; hiding behind a bush to dub Dirk Bogarde into Greek during the shooting of Ill Met by Moonlight, the film based on the story of General Kreipe's abduction; his extensive travels. Some letters contain glimpses of the great and the good, while others are included purely for the joy of the jokes.

Wow - one tour de force after another! The best letters are as good as - if not better than - any in the language: Byron's, Walpole's, Henry James's, Freya Stark's. Often I laughed aloud, tears coursing down the cheeksZestful, vivid and buoyant with polymathic learning, Leigh Fermor's letters reveal themselves perfect for anthology. There are descriptions and anecdotes equal to anything in his writing, spurred by memorable friendships, suffused with affection and occasional distress: all finely edited by Adam SismanHugely entertaining, funny and occasionally moving . . . edited meticulously and brilliantlyZest, verbal finesse, almost pristine receptivity and a richly informed cultural and historical consciousness make these letters, even when the erosions of time and illness shadow them, irresistibly exhilaratingAdam Sisman is a model editor . . . Reading these letters is like gobbling down a tray of exotically filled chocolates, with no horrible orange creams to put you offHere is a veritable feast for fans of Paddy Leigh Fermor . . . Sisman has done a tremendous job selecting and editing this treasure-trove of lettersGlorious, heady stuff . . . judiciously edited by Adam SismanAdam Sisman's selection of Patrick Leigh Fermor's letters is entirely admirable . . . an unmissable feastSuperbly edited . . . To read these letters and their superb footnotes is to walk with some of the great ghosts of 20th century literatureA feast of adventure, gossip and flirtationIt remains an outright pleasure to be admitted to the company of such a man. This is one of those books that make you feel a little bereft when you finish itA fascinating and engaging sort of autobiography full of the charm found in his travel writings. Wonderful to dip intoA revelatory collection of letters written by the author of The Broken RoadAdam Sisman is the author of several biographies, most recently of John le Carré. His Boswell's Presumptuous Task won the prestigious US National Book Critics Circle Award for Biography. He is also co-editor of One Hundred Letters, a volume of selected letters of Hugh Trevor-Roper. Adam is an Honorary Fellow of the University of St Andrews, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.His many fans discovered another side to Paddy with the publication of In Tearing Haste, his correspondence with Debo Devonshire, in 2008. They are able to sample an even wider range of his letters in Dashing for the Post, showing Paddy to be a witty and sparkling correspondentAdam Sisman is excellently placed to edit this collection of letters having already skilfully and impeccably co-edited a volume of select letters of Hugh Trevor-Roper. He has also won prizes for his biographiesThere is always a lot of publicity and interest surrounding Patrick Leigh Fermor and The Broken Road and Patrick Leigh Fermor: An Adventure were both top ten bestsellersThe letters contain many anecdotes about numerous famous characters as well as being full of nostalgia, giving insights into a world long-gone
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The Inner Lives of Markets

By Ray Fisman, Tim Sullivan

THE ECONOMIC REVOLUTION ISN'T JUST DRIVEN BY TECHNOLOGY. IT'S ABOUT MARKETS.

'...a quick, and exceedingly engaging, tour of economic history...' Financial Times

The past twenty-five years have witnessed a remarkable shift in how we get the stuff we want. If you've ever owned a business, rented a flat, or shopped online, you've had a front-row seat for this revolution-in-progress. Breakthrough companies like Amazon and Uber have disrupted the old ways and made the economy work better - all thanks to technology.

At least that's how the story of the modern economy is usually told. But in this lucid, wry book, Ray Fisman and Tim Sullivan show that the revolution is bigger than tech: it is really a story about the transformation of markets. From the auction theories that power Google's ad sales algorithms to the models that online retailers use to prevent internet fraud, even the most high-tech modern businesses are empowered by theory first envisioned by economists.

And we're all participants in this revolution. Every time you book a room on Airbnb, hire a car on Uber, or click on an ad, you too are reshaping our social institutions and our lives.

The Inner Lives of Markets is necessary reading for the modern world: it reveals the blueprint for how we work, live, and shop, and offers wisdom for how to do it better.

All of the economics covered in this delightful book is described clearly and with a lovely lightness of touch.They start to make the case with a quick, and exceedingly engaging, tour of economic history... the book does a good job of showing the limitations of narrow economic theory, since markets rarely feature rational people with perfect knowledge.

Think Freakonomics meets The Undercover Economist
The Inner Lives of Markets is a journey into the mysterious corners of everyday economics. Who buys, who sells, why it matters, when it works, and what to do when it breaks.

Ray Fisman is the Lambert Family Professor of Social Enterprise and Research Director of the Social Enterprise Program at the Columbia Business School. He received his Ph.D. in Business Economics from Harvard University, and his work has been covered widely in the popular press, from Maureen Dowd in the New York Times to Al Jazeera to the Shanghai Daily. He also writes a monthly column for Slate. His first book, Economic Gangsters (with Ted Miguel), was published to great critical acclaim by Princeton University Press in 2008.

Tim Sullivan is an executive editor at Harvard Business Books. He has also worked at Basic Books, Portfolio, and Princeton University Press, and has worked with some of the world's leading economists.

The authors' first book The Org was longlisted for FT/Goldman Sachs business book of the year.Story-driven popular economics covering things like how to buy a kidney when you need one and what economics has to say about online dating.Co-authored by a Columbia Business School professor and the Editorial Director of Harvard Business School Press.
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How To Be Successful By Being Yourself

By David Taylor

No matter what your background, your education, your hopes and dreams, everything you need, to achieve anything you want, you already have within you. This book will help you see the possibilities around you and re-programme your mental software to overcome your fears, doubts, worries and limiting beliefs. Yes, do yoga, tai chi and meditation - this book will have a bigger impact, faster and cheaper.

Discover:
- How to make your success a choice, not a chance
- Know exactly why you do what you do
- How to be relaxed, centred and at peace - anytime, anywhere
- Never again worry what other people think about you (while being very popular!)
- How to make peace with your father or mother, whether they are alive, or not

And...
- The nine words that will change your life forever.

'Your life will change just by reading it' Andy Cope, international author & speaker

Your life will change just by reading it --David is a truly inspirational writer --A toolkit to help you see the possibilities around you and re-programme your mental software to overcome your fears, doubts, worries and limiting beliefs.David is the Founder of Naked Leader, author of the global best-selling The Naked Leader and three follow-ups, and has featured in four TV Series. He works with leaders throughout the world, is the Visiting Professor of Leadership at Ulster Business School, and The Business Ambassador for The Princes Trust. Find out more at nakedleader.comInspirational author delivering powerful, mindfulness-based self help.Attractive, visual presentation.Great impulse buy for anyone looking for a mix of instant wins and long term strategies.Incorporates core personal development topics such confidence, self-belief, mindfulness, gratitude and peace.This is empowering and life-affirming self-help - think Susan Jeffers' Feel The Fear And Do It Anyway.
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We Were Kings

By Thomas O'Malley, Douglas Graham Purdy
Brutally realistic...The authors give us one last, lingering look at the good-bad old daysO'Malley and Purdy don't take any prisoners in their portrayal of a city living on the edge of destructionThis is a bone-crunching, gut-wrenching novel that captures the atmosphere of a city in decay and its inhabitants. It delivers noir fiction like we always want it to beO'Malley and Purdy bring postwar Boston to life, making neighbourhoods feel as distinct as separate countries...They have delivered a love-letter to a Boston that's long gone.Gorgeous...A noir novel can be the high, slippery tightrope of mysteries. It's difficult to sustain a dark, moody balance; many writers slide right off into caricature. But O'Malley and Purdy let in just enough daylight - even if it's harsh winter light - to hold out hope of redemption.Tension is rising in 1950s Boston... gangs and terrorists compete for the city in this compelling historical noir.

Thomas O'Malley was raised in Ireland and England. He is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Boston, and the Iowa Writers' Workshop, and currently teaches on the faculty of creative writing at Dartmouth College. He is the author of the novels In the Province of Saints and This Magnificent Desolation. He lives in the Boston area.

Douglas Graham Purdy grew up in the Boston area. He is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Boston and worked in Film & Media Studies at MIT. This is his first novel.

This is American historical crime fiction at its best: a series from new talent in the vein Pelecanos or Lehane.Thomas O'Malley is an established Irish literary author, and the series has a breadth and depth that makes it stand out from the crowd.
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The Last Cut

By Danielle Ramsay

The first in a brand new series, a gritty thriller for fans of Paul Finch and Tania Carver.

'A really cracking read!' Martina Cole

Obsessions can kill.
First, he selects them. Strips them of their identity.
Then he kills them. All for her...

DS Harri Jacobs transferred to Newcastle from the Met in the hope of leaving her past behind: the moment where her stalker turned violent. He left her alive, saying that one day he would be back. And she ran.

But a year later, she realises he has followed her from home. He'll prove his devotion. With blood...

Bloggers love The Last Cut! Find out what they're saying:

'I love Harri...Just as with all of Danielle's writing, I want more.' The Booky Place

'An exciting new series with a new detective that will thrill crime fans' Hooked from Page One

'Claustrophobic, suffocating, dark even. In essence, all the things I love about a gritty serial killer story which this book most definitely is.' Jen Med's Book Reviews

A really cracking read!Gripping and full of surprising twists...Perfect for everyone who loves crime fictionThe start of a new series from ebook bestseller Danielle Ramsay. DS Harri Jacobs has fled her old life to start a new one. But her stalker has followed her - and he has a terrifying plan...

Danielle Ramsay is a proud Scot living in the North-East of England. Always a storyteller, it was only after initially following an academic career in literature that she found her place in life and began to write creatively full-time after being shortlisted for the CWA Debut Dagger in 2009 and 2010. She is the author of four novels in the Jack Brady series, Broken Silence, Vanishing Point, Blind Alley, Blood Reckoning and The Puppet Maker. The first novel in the Harri Jacobs series, The Last Cut, is out in 2017.

Always on the go, always passionate in what she is doing, Danielle fills her days with horse-riding, running and murder by proxy. In 2017 she became a patron of the charity SomeOne Cares, which counsels survivors of childhood abuse, rape and domestic violence.

The first in an exciting new series from ebook bestseller Danielle Ramsay, set in Newcastle with a strong female lead.A massive hit in ebook as well as in print, the DI Brady series has many enthusiastic fans.Danielle Ramsay was twice shortlisted for the CWA's Debut Dagger award and is a well-connected and active member of the CWA.She is a keen promoter of her works with great links to libraries and bookshops in the North East.
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Her Nightly Embrace

By Adi Tantimedh
Her Nightly Embrace introduces us to an exciting and dynamic new world of storytelling in which spirituality and science are inextricably entwined. Ravi is a character unlike any that readers have quite encountered before, and as he starts to see increasingly wild and fascinating visions, so will those lucky enough to dive into this rich narrative.Tantimedh's episodic first novel, a trilogy launch, takes the reader on an exhilarating roller-coaster ride of unusual casesGraphic novelist and screenwriter Tantimedh (La Muse) does an excellent job of shaping Ravi into a caustic yet empathetic observer of the chaos around him, and even the conceit that he sees Hindu gods...is handled organically and mostly subtlyA destructive private investigator and his eccentric coworkers handle cases so high-profile that they never make the headlines, in the first of this fun, topical London-based detective series, currently in development as a TV series set to star Sendhil Ramamurthy.Adi Tantimedh has a BA in English Literature from Bennington College and an MFA in Film and Television Production from New York University. He is of Chinese-Thai descent and came of age in Singapore and London. He has written radio plays and television scripts for the BBC and screenplays for various Hollywood companies, as well as graphic novels for DC Comics and Big Head Press, and a weekly column about pop culture for BleedingCool.com. He wrote "Zinky Boys Go Underground," the first post-Cold War Russian gangster thriller, which won the BAFTA for Best Short Film in 1995.For fans of Christopher Brookmyre, Colin Bateman, Mick Herron, and cosy crime TV shows like Agatha Raisin - fast paced, fun, contemporary private detective stories.TV series in development with Sendhil Ramamurthy (Heroes) lined up to star.Well-known author in the comics world, who was brought up in London and now lives in the states.
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The Binding Song

By Elodie Harper

A chilling debut for fans of Mo Hayder and Sharon Bolton, THE BINDING SONG takes you on a trip to Halvergate Prison. If you're lucky, you'll get to leave...

'Splendidly unsettling' John Connolly

Dr Janet Palmer is the new lead psychologist at HMP Halvergate in a remote, bleak area of Norfolk. At first, she was excited by the promotion. Then she starts to see how many secrets are hiding behind the high walls.

A string of inmates have committed suicide, leaving no reasons why, and her predecessor has disappeared - along with his notes. The staff are hostile, the threat of violence is ever-present, and there are rumours of an eyeless woman stalking the corridors, punishing the inmates for their sins.

Janet is determined to find out what is really going on. But the longer she stays and the deeper she digs, the more uncertain she feels.

Halvergate is haunted by something. But it may be a terror worse than ghosts...

A splendidly unsettling debut - a chilling mystery to be read with the lights on and your back to the wall.I was completely engrossed. A sinister, creepy read that leaves the reader questioning everyone and trusting no-one.Brilliant. I had shivers.Elodie Harper's first novel, set in HMP Halvergate, has become all the more possible, given what else has been going on beyond our prison walls. Plotting, pace and writing render The Binding Song a must read.One of the most chilling, atmospheric debuts I've read. It was so compelling and creepy my heart beat with fear at times.Creepy from the word go, utterly compelling and hauntingly tragic - but I'll warn you now - you might have to sleep with the lights on.A glut of troubled souls, an eerie, atmospheric setting. Elodie Harper knows how to write a damn good horror story.Breathtakingly atmospheric and chillingThe evocation of place is first class...wonderfully paced, the tension ratchets up to a very satisfying ending. A thoroughly enjoyable read.Deliciously creepy. The Binding Song is a nerve-jangling treat for fans of Mo Hayder or Stephen King.Satisfying and thought-provoking in equal measure, and it stays in the mind long after the final page is turned. Harper, as Mr King so astutely realised, is definitely one to watch.In an isolated Norfolk prison, the inmates are killing themselves... Is there really a spirit of vengeance at work, or is it something stranger and darker still? For fans of Mo Hayder and Sharon Bolton, THE BINDING SONG is a brilliantly chilling debut from a prizewinning short story writer and journalist.Elodie Harper is a journalist and prize winning short story writer. Her story 'Wild Swimming' won the 2016 Bazaar of Bad Dreams short story competition, run by The Guardian and Hodder & Stoughton and judged by Stephen King. She is currently a reporter and presenter at ITV News Anglia, and before that worked as a producer for Channel 4 News. She is married with a young son.Elodie's story 'Wild Swimming' won the Bazaar of Bad Dreams short story competition - her story was selected as the winner by Stephen King himself.Elodie is a reporter for ITV Anglia - she has great media connections and will be an eloquent and active promoter of her book.A brilliantly atmospheric psychological chiller, perfect for fans of Mo Hayder and Sharon Bolton.We published Wild Swimming in the Six Scary Stories collection this summer, which has started to build Elodie's name out there.
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The Fortunes

By Peter Ho Davies

Ah Ling: son of a prostitute and a white 'ghost', dispatched from Hong Kong as a boy to make his way alone in 1860s California.

Anna Mae Wong: the first Chinese film star in Hollywood, forbidden to kiss a white man on screen.

Vincent Chin: killed by a pair of Detroit auto workers in 1982 simply for looking Japanese.

John Ling Smith: a half-Chinese writer visiting China for the first time, to adopt a baby girl.


Inspired by three figures who lived at pivotal moments in Chinese-American history, and drawing on his own mixed-race experience, Peter Ho Davies plunges us into what it is like to feel, and be treated, like a foreigner in the country you call home.

Ranging from the mouth of the Pearl River to the land of golden opportunity, this remarkable novel spans 150 years to tell a tale of familial bonds denied and fragmented, of tenacity and pride, of prejudice and the universal need to belong.

A poignant, cascading four-part novel about being Asian and western, about immigrants and natives, about belonging in a country and one's skin . . . outstanding.Davies pursues his overarching themes of identity and belonging with empathy and wit, repeatedly minting finely judged images that, in a novel not short on flair, arrest and dazzle.An absorbing, thrillingly serious readThe non-European American immigrant experience is rich fictional territory that has been mined by some fine writers (Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Jhumpa Lahiri, Julie Otsuka) and Ho Davies is absolutely their equal. It is hard to imagine a novelist more alive to the layered ironies of national identityDavies's first novel, The Welsh Girl was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, and he was adjudged one of Granta's Best Young British Novelists. The Fortunes is an equally beguiling book, and should do much to strengthen Davies's reputation.The book's scope is impressive, but what's even more staggering is the utter intimacy and honesty of each character's introspection. More extraordinary still is the depth and the texture created by the juxtaposition of different eras . . . a brilliant, absorbing masterpiece.Only a writer as gifted as Peter Ho Davies could capture the full weight of a century's history with such an extraordinary lightness of touch . . . Buoyant yet profound, unsentimental yet affecting, and above all beautifully written, The Fortunes reimagines in thrilling ways what the multi-generational immigrant novel can be.Panoramic in scope yet intimate in detail, THE FORTUNES might be the most honest, unflinching, cathartically biting novel I've read about Chinese American experience.By the author of the Booker longlisted The Welsh Girl, a vibrant, powerful and iconoclastic novel telling the little-known story of the Chinese in America, and of America through its Chinese.

Peter Ho Davies's novel THE WELSH GIRL was published by Sceptre in 2007, when it was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize. It was also a Richard & Judy Book Club choice and was shortlisted for the R & J Best Read at the British Book Awards. His first short story collection, THE UGLIEST HOUSE IN THE WORLD (1997), won the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize and the PEN/Macmillan Prize, while his second, EQUAL LOVE (2000), was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and a New York Times Notable Book. In 2003 , he was chosen as one of Granta's Best of Young British Novelists and was a recipient of the PEN/Malamud Award in 2008.

Born in Britain to Welsh and Chinese parents, Davies now lives in the US, where he is a Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Michigan. He is married with one son.

Received excellent international coverage - 'an absorbing, thrillingly serious read' (Guardian), 'powerful and expansive' (Los Angeles Times), 'a new contender for the Great Chinese-American Novel' (South China Morning Post). Like the Man Booker-winning THE SELLOUT, a novel that has become even more topical in the wake of Trump's election and Brexit, with its themes of race, immigration and cultural identity.Davies combines prize-winning quality (longlisted for the Booker, winner of the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize and one of Granta's Best of Young British Novelists) with broad appeal: THE WELSH GIRL has sold over 200,000 copies and was a R&J Book Club choice.Will appeal to readers of AMERICANAH and writers like Amy Tan (THE JOY LUCK CLUB), Celeste Ng, Chang Rae Lee, Jhumpa Lahiri, Dinaw Mengestu and Junot Diaz.
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Outskirts

By John Grindrod

Coined by National Trust co-founder Octavia Hill at the end of the nineteenth century, the phrase 'Green Belt' originally formed part of an impassioned plea to protect the countryside. By the late 1950s, those idealistic Victorian notions had developed into something more complex and divisive. Green Belts became part of the landscape and psyche of post-war Britain, but would lead to conflicts at every level of society - between conservationists and developers, town and country, politicians and people, nimbys and the forces of progress.

Growing up on 'the last road in London' on an estate at the edge of the woods, John Grindrod had a childhood that mirrored these tensions. His family, too, seemed caught between two worlds: a wheelchair-bound mother who glowed in the dark; a father who was traumatised by chicken and was eventually done in by an episode of Only Fools and Horses; two brothers - one sporty, one agoraphobic - and an unremarkable boy on the edge of it all discovering something magical.

The first book to tell the story of Britain's Green Belts, Outskirts is at once a fascinating social history, a stirring evocation of the natural world, and a poignant tale of growing up in a place, and within a family, like no other.

Grindrod writes beautifully about nature . . . a lucid, evocative book, suffused with sadness and anger.A terrific, and very moving read. Fascinating study in the emotional landscapes of cities. A hymn to the peripheral that is totally on target.What better lens to view the current friction between nature and our engorged cities than the Green Belt? A brilliant idea, brilliantly executed.Outskirts is dotted with funny anecdotes and familiar cultural references from a 1970s childhood. Grindrod segues elegantly between memoir and fascinating social historyA captivating nature memoir telling the story of Britain's Green Belt, our national obsession with the countryside, and the author's childhood.John Grindrod grew up on 'the last road in London' on Croydon's New Addington housing estate, surrounded by the Green Belt. He is the author of Concretopia: A Journey Around the Rebuilding of Postwar Britain, described by the Independent on Sunday as 'a new way of looking at modern Britain'. He has written for the Guardian, Financial Times, Big Issue and The Modernist and has worked as a bookseller and publisher for over twenty-five years. He runs the popular website dirtymodernscoundrel.com and can be contacted on Twitter @Grindrod.

Coined by National Trust co-founder Octavia Hill at the end of the nineteenth century, the phrase 'Green Belt' originally formed part of an impassioned plea to protect the countryside. By the late 1950s, those idealistic Victorian notions had developed into something more complex and divisive. Green Belts became part of the landscape and psyche of post-war Britain, but would lead to conflicts at every level of society - between conservationists and developers, town and country, politicians and people, nimbys and the forces of progress.

Growing up on the 'last road in London' on an estate at the edge of the woods, John Grindrod's childhood mirrored these tensions. His family, too, seemed caught between two worlds: a wheelchair-bound mother who glowed in the dark; a father who was traumatised by chicken and was eventually done in by an episode of Only Fools and Horses; two brothers - one sporty, one agoraphobic - and an unremarkable boy on the edge of it all discovering something magical.

The first book to tell the story of Britain's Green Belts, Outskirts is at once a fascinating social history, a stirring evocation of the natural world, and a poignant tale of growing up in a place, and within a family, like no other.

'The need for quiet, the need for air, the need of exercise, and, I believe, the sight of sky and of things growing, seem human needs, common to all men, and not to be dispensed with without grave loss'. Octavia Hill, co-founder of the National TrustOnly book on this subject: Outskirts is the first book to tell the story of Britain's Green BeltThe Shepherd's Life meets Love Nina. Also perfect for fans of bestselling nature-memoirs H is for Hawk, Meadowlands and the works of Robert MacfarlanePromotion & Publicity - author has extensive experience speaking at festivals, writing for various magazines, has excellent press & bookseller contacts, has great online presence (website, social media).Fantastic reviews for author's previous book, the cult hit Concretopia: 'Wonderful' (Independent), 'Charming' (Alain de Botton), 'Magnificent' (james Hamilton-Paterson, betselling author of Empire of Clouds)
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Crash Bang Wallop

By Iain Martin

Published to mark the 30th anniversary of the financial revolution known as 'Big Bang', Crash Bang Wallop will tell the gripping story of how the changes introduced in the 1980s in the City of London transformed our world.

Attitudes to money and the way we measure value and status were completely reshaped by Big Bang, and it had an extraordinary impact on politics, on style, on technology, on the class system, on questions of public ownership, and on the geography of London. Perhaps more than anything, Big Bang revolutionised the international markets, as the capital became a testing ground for financial globalisation, with huge repercussions for the global economy.

The definitive insider's account of this critically important moment in modern history, Crash Bang Wallop will also explore what's next for global finance as it gets ready to undergo yet another revolution.

'Iain Martin tells it brilliantly, mixing fury-inducing narrative with an acute eye for the broader conclusion.' Observer

Fascinating . . . it is worth raising your eyes from the Brexit mud-slinging to read a new book on the history of the "Big Bang" financial reform . . .UK politicians should take heed of Martin's book.An exciting story, told with verveWith a journalist's eye for a good tale and a narrative style that rips along, Martin has turned an unloved part of British history about an unloved industry into a fascinating yarn.As historical accounts of modern finance go, this is a corker.For anyone interested in finance . . . this is a readable history of how the City became the world's money hub.Highly readable and well-informedIt is refreshing to read this lively account of a series of actions that add up to one of the undoubted, if not undisputed, successes of modern government action . . . a timely reminder of how the City of London got to where it is nowMartin's great trick in the book is his ear for echoes of the present in stories from the past, making the old City feel remarkably familiar today . . . Above all, Martin has a warmth for his subject, and its cast of characters, without excusing their feelings . . . With the journalist's eye for a good tale and a narrative style that rips along, Martin has turned an unloved part of British history about an unloved industry into a fascinating yarn.His book confirmed to me that the City is a financial centre like no otherThe gripping story of the financial revolution known as 'Big Bang', which transformed international business and changed our world, for fans of Michael Lewis' bestselling The Big Short and Liaquat Ahamed's prizewinning Lords of Finance.Iain Martin is a commentator on politics and economics. He has been editor of the Scotsman and of Scotland on Sunday and Deputy Editor of the Sunday Telegraph. He has written for the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, the Daily Mail and Standpoint magazine. His first book, Making It Happen: Fred Goodwin, RBS, and the Men who Blew Up the British Economy, was shortlisted for the 2013 Financial Times/Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year Award and won the Debut Book of the Year prize at the 2014 Political Book Awards.

The gripping story the explosive revolution of the 1980s, one that created the City of London as we know it and ushered in an enthralling new age in global finance.

'With a journalist's eye for a good tale and a narrative style that rips along, Martin has turned an unloved part of British history about an unloved industry into a fascinating yarn. The Times

'Fascinating . . . UK politicians should take heed of Martin's book.' Financial Times

'An exciting story, told with verve' Sunday Business Post

'Highly readable and well-informed' The National

'A timely reminder of how the City of London got to where it is now' New Statesman

'Confirmed to me that the City is a financial centre like no other' Literary Review

Track Record: previous book Making it Happen, about RBS, was shortlisted for the FT/Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year Award, won the Paddy Power Political Book of the Year Award, and sold just under 9k hbs TCM.COMPS: Perfect for fans of Michael Lewis's #1 bestseller FLASH BOYS (35k hbs @ £20 TCM), Andrew Ross Sorkin's TOO BIG TO FAIL (34k tpbs @ £14.99 TCM) and Liaquat Ahamed's prizewinning LORDS OF FINANCE (18,200 pbs @ £9.99).Timing: published for the 30th anniversary of the financial revolution that changed the City and the World; also a perfect carriage trade/serious non-fiction book for Autumn.Great subject - we're all familiar with THE WOLF OF WALL STREET and Michael Lewis's tales of 80s City excess; this is the first book to describe the moment that world was born. Publicity - massive potential here. Huge serial guaranteed, and author's contacts & access second to none.
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In Every Moment We Are Still Alive

By Tom Malmquist, Henning Koch

The prize-winning, bestselling tale of love, loss, family and the lives we live moment by moment, from a stunning new voice in European fiction.

Tom's heavily pregnant girlfriend Karin is rushed to hospital with severe flu. While the doctors are able to save the baby, they are helpless in the face of what transpires to be acute Leukemia, and in a moment as fleeting as it is cruel Tom gains a daughter but loses his soul-mate. In Every Moment is the story of a year that changes everything, as Tom must reconcile the fury of bereavement with the overwhelming responsibility of raising his daughter, Livia, alone.

By turns tragic and redemptive, meditative and breathless, achingly poignant and darkly funny, this heavily autobiographical novel has been described in its native Sweden as 'hypnotic', 'impossible to resist' and 'one of the most powerful books about grief ever written'.

Beautiful . . . as more books are published and more stories get told, we increasingly seek out those writers who promise to give us something more than mere fiction. We want books made out of lives . . . The value of Malmquist's book is precisely that it retains a trace of true human presence - carefully preserved by the author, but not his own.People around me who lifted this book up have not been able to put it down. Nor will you be able to. Tom Malmquist has written one of the most hypnotically terrifying love books I have read. Heartbreakingly relentless. ... This is a book written, not only in strong emotion, but also with a brutal skill. The first hundred pages of hospital inferno are like a single breath. There is no then, no later, just now.Impossible to resist ... There is so much humanity in this book. Equally hilarious and unremarkable as rich in purpose. Just as dirty as beautiful.It is not only admiration, but also wonder, I feel about Malmquist's way to face the grief with linguistic energy, to never lapsing into an already frayed image of death, love and longing - instead writing through, both death and love - but in its own way. The process of writing is a deeply personal struggle, a life struggle.Prizewinning, bestselling Swedish debut by acclaimed poet Tom Malmquist, this is a raw and beautiful novel about a year that changed everything - a tale of love, loss, parenting and the lives we live, moment by moment.Tom Malmquist (b. 1978) is a poet. He has written two highly acclaimed poetry collections. Every Moment We Are Still Alive is his first work of prose.

The prize-winning novel of love, loss and the lives we live moment by moment.

Tom's heavily pregnant girlfriend, Karin, is rushed to hospital with severe flu. Although the doctors are able to save the baby, they are helpless in the face of what transpires to be Leukaemia, and in a moment as fleeting as it is cruel Tom gains a daughter but loses his soul-mate.

This is the story of a year that changes everything, as Tom must reconcile the fury of bereavement with the overwhelming responsibility of raising his daughter, Livia, alone.

Raw, rich, profound and acerbically funny, In Every Moment has been praised in its native Sweden as 'hypnotic' and 'impossible to resist', and described as 'one of the most powerful books about grief ever written'. At once an enduring story of loss and a novel of hope and meaning for our times, it heralds the arrival of a stunning new voice in European fiction.

'Impossible to resist ... There is so much humanity in this book.' Expressen (Sweden)For fans of Robert Seethaler's German bestseller A WHOLE LIFE, Max Porter's prizewinning GRIEF IS THE THING WITH FEATHERS and Miriam Toews' ALL MY PUNY SORROWS.Tom is the first ever novelist to win the prestigious KULTURPRISET (The Cultural Prize) and was also awarded the Albert Bonniers Förlags scholarship.The novel has also been nominated for 'the Nordic Booker', the Nordic Council Literary Award, which sees two novels from each of the Nordic countries compete. The judges praised In Every Moment as 'one of the most powerful books about grief ever written'. Previous winners include Nobel Laureate Tomas Transtromer, IMPAC winner Per Peterson, and Sceptre's own Sjon.Rights have been sold in eleven territories.Author based in Sweden but speaks excellent English, could be here to promote, and has a great backstory for publicity purposes.We pre-empted World English in January 2016.A bestseller in Sweden
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Crimes of the Father

By Thomas Keneally

Thomas Keneally pulls no punches in this powerful novel about the Catholic Church's attempts to cover up cases of child abuse, and a priest who decides help its innocent victims' fight to be heard.

Expelled from the archdiocese of Sydney as a young priest for his outspoken views on the Vietnam War, Father Frank Docherty returns to Australia in 1996 to speak at a conference on paedophilia within the Catholic Church. He had hoped to spend time with his mother and old friends. Instead, he finds himself caught up in the cases of two people who claim to have been sexually abused by an eminent Sydney cleric - one the son of Docherty's former parishioner, the other a former nun. And the cleric in question is brother to the woman Docherty fell in love with many years before. If the accusations are true, the consequences for many will be devastating, but Docherty has to follow his conscience.

In this riveting, profoundly thoughtful novel, Thomas Keneally draws on his own experience as an ex-seminarian to bring alive matters of faith, celibacy, perversion and marriage. Portraying the Catholic Church at a pivotal moment, he shows that its prevarications and cover-ups wreaked terrible damage not only on innocents but on itself, with toxic repercussions to this day.

The force and resonance of the issue in question - together with Keneally's wise and thoughtful treatment of it - make for another hugely satisfying read from one of the world's great writers.Keneally's fiction has returned again and again to the themes of thwarted justice and human opportunism. Crimes of the Father is the work of a richly experienced and compassionate writer. It has an honest understanding of a deeply wounded culture.Nuanced and relevant . . . an excellent example of fiction's capacity to pull apart and explore polarising contemporary problems.It turns Catholicism from a matter of interest to insiders and the curious to a febrile topic for the general public . . . Apart from the fictional pleasures of the chase, the novel provides a first-rate summary of the thinking and manoeuvres of all parties caught up in the crisis.A timely, courageous and powerful novel about faith, the church, conscience and celibacy.Thomas Keneally began his writing career in 1964 and has published thirty novels since. They include Schindler's Ark, which won the Booker Prize in 1982 and was subsequently made into the film Schindler's List, and The Chant Of Jimmie Blacksmith, Confederates and Gossip From The Forest, each of which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize. His most recent novels are The Daughters Of Mars, which was shortlisted for the Walter Scott Prize in 2013, Shame and the Captives and Napoleon's Last Island. He has also written several works of non-fiction, including his memoir Homebush Boy, Searching for Schindler and Australians. He is married with two daughters and lives in Sydney.The issue of paedophile priests and Church cover-ups continues to be highly topical, with renewed attention drawn to it by Spotlight, the 2016 winner of the Oscar for best filmKeneally is particularly well qualified to write about the impact of celibacy, having trained for the priesthood himselfBound to be widely reviewed - Keneally always gets excellent media coverageA classic example of what Keneally is renowned for - great storytelling and 'finding the extraordinary within the ordinary'Keneally is a major figure on the international stage: one of Australia's leading and best known writers, who has won the Booker and been shortlisted a further 3 times.
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Mercury

By Margot Livesey

A Kirkus Reviews "Best Fiction of 2016" selection
A Bookpage "Best Books of 2016" selection
A Barnes and Noble "Best Books of 2016" selection
A Seattle Times "Best Books of 2016" selection


Mercury is as luminous, unforgettable, and perfectly rendered as only Margot Livesey can accomplish. - Dennis Lehane

An optometrist in suburban Boston, Donald is sure that he and his wife, Viv, are both devoted to their two children and each other. Then Mercury - a gorgeous young thoroughbred with a murky past - arrives at Viv's stables, and as she begins to ride him, dreams she had harboured and relinquished for the sake of her family are rekindled; dreams that soon morph into consuming desire.
As her infatuation with the thoroughbred escalates to obsession, it seems there is nothing - and no one - she will allow to stop her this time around.

Though Donald may have 20/20 vision, he is slow to notice how profoundly Viv has changed, and how much these changes threaten their quiet, secure world. But by the time he does, it is too late to stop the catastrophic collision of Viv's determined ambitions ...

Margot Livesey is a searingly intelligent writer at the height of her powers. - Jennifer Egan

Consuming.... Explores themes of honesty and understanding by showing the impact that obsessions-grief, rapacity-can have on a marriage.You'll be glued to the page.A brilliantly paced contemporary adventure.Margot Livesey should be better known. She has a commercial storyteller's talent for sustained suspense and a penchant for the life-changing cruel or criminal act. ... That a gun goes off at a crucial moment ... is not the reason to pick it up. Intricately convincing relationships, and accomplished sentence-making, are.Mercury is a haunting, meticulous inquiry into the nature of blindness-its insidious power to corrupt marital trust, even between those with perfect vision. Margot Livesey is a searingly intelligent writer at the height of her powers.Mercury is as luminous, unforgettable, and perfectly rendered as only Margot Livesey can accomplish. I only wished it were twice as long.Mercury demonstrates Tolstoy's dictum: all unhappy families are unhappy in their own way. The Stevensons find themselves upended by a horse - a magnificent horse that sets off a chain of deceit and crime. This powerful novel reveals the fragility of life when tested by the shock of genuine passion.A Kirkus Reviews "Best Fiction of 2016" selectionA Bookpage "Best Books of 2016" selectionA Barnes and Noble "Best Books of 2016" selectionA Seattle Times "Best Books of 2016" selectionMercury is at once a tense psychological drama and a taut emotional thriller exploring love, obsession, and the deceits that pull a family apart.Margot Livesey is a New York Times bestselling author of eight novels, and her work has appeared in the New Yorker, Vogue, and the Atlantic. She is the recipient of grants from both the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation and her novel The House on Fortune Street won the 2009 L. L. Winship/PEN New England Award. Born in Scotland, Livesey currently lives in the Boston area and is a professor of fiction at the Iowa Writers' Workshop.Mercury has received extraordinary praise in the run up to the US publication from both authors and press, and has huge prize-winning potential.Margot Livesey is a New York Times bestselling author of eight previous novels, and has a great US profile, though she was born in Scotland.
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A Man Called Ove

By Fredrik Backman

The million-copy bestselling phenomenon, Fredrik Backman's heartwarming debut is a funny, moving, uplifting tale of love and community that will leave you with a spring in your step. Perfect for fans of Rachel Joyce's The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, Graeme Simsion's The Rosie Project and David Nicholl's US.

New York Times bestseller

'Warm, funny, and almost unbearably moving' Daily Mail

'Rescued all those men who constantly mean to read novels but never get round to it' Spectator Books of the Year

At first sight, Ove is almost certainly the grumpiest man you will ever meet. He thinks himself surrounded by idiots - neighbours who can't reverse a trailer properly, joggers, shop assistants who talk in code, and the perpetrators of the vicious coup d'etat that ousted him as Chairman of the Residents' Association. He will persist in making his daily inspection rounds of the local streets.

But isn't it rare, these days, to find such old-fashioned clarity of belief and deed? Such unswerving conviction about what the world should be, and a lifelong dedication to making it just so?

In the end, you will see, there is something about Ove that is quite irresistible...

Delightful ... the perfect holiday read.It's the most enchanting, beautiful tale.A warm and tender story about love, loss and second chances, peppered with memorable characters, wonderful set pieces and some beautifully black humour. Ove is a joy from start to finish.It's warm, funny, and ultimately almost unbearably moving.An uplifting, life-affirming and often comic tale of how kindness, love and happiness can be found in the most unlikely places.A charming debut.There is a method to the madness - by the end of this funny and touching book, you'll come round to Ove's way of thinking.The international phenomenon: quirky and bittersweet, heartbreaking yet outrageously funny. Perfect for fans of Rachel Joyce's The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry and Jonas Jonasson's The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out of a Window and Disappeared.Fredrik Backman is a Swedish blogger, columnist and author. His debut novel A MAN CALLED OVE was a number 1 bestseller across Scandinavia, has sold over one million copies worldwide, was a Richard & Judy summer read in the UK and an instant New York Times paperback bestseller, and has been made into an acclaimed film. Fredrik's subsequent novels, MY GRANDMOTHER SENDS HER REGARDS AND APOLOGISES and BRITT-MARIE WAS HERE, also went straight to number 1 in Sweden on publication.Huge market for this type of tragicomic, uplifting novel - see sales of Harold Fry (377k pbs TCM), The 100 year Old Man Who Climbed Out of a Window (499k pbs TCM) and The Rosie Project (212k pbs TCM)Huge number 1 bestseller in Europe - number 1 in Sweden, Norway and Iceland. 750,000 sold in Sweden alone.Sweden's bestselling book of 2013.The hardback won the Radio 2 Book Club Choice, Radio 4 Book at Bedtime and Vogue Summer Reading pitch.

Ove is almost certainly the grumpiest man you will ever meet.

He isn't as young as he used to be.
He drives a Saab.
He points at people he doesn't like the look of.
He is described by those around his as 'the neighbour from hell'.
Every morning he makes his inspection rounds of the local streets. He moves bicycles and checks the contents of recycling bins, even though it's been years since he was fired as Chairman of the Residents' Association in a vicious 'coup d'état'.

But behind the surly pedant there is a story, and a sadness.

And when on a November morning his new (foreign) neighbours in the terraced house opposite accidentally flatten Ove's letterbox, it sets off a comical and heart-warming tale of unexpected friendship which will change one man - and one community - from their very foundations.

Quirky and bittersweet, heartbreaking yet outrageously funny, A Man Called Ove is a life-affirming fable for our times.

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Of Fortunes and War

By Patrick Garrett

'Unputdownable' Alexander McCall Smith
'One of the most unforgettable journalists I have ever met' Chris Patten
'She was a pioneer' Kate Adie OBE

A NEW EDITION WITH EXCLUSIVE PHOTOGRAPHS FROM THE CLARE HOLLINGWORTH FAMILY ARCHIVE

Legendary journalist Clare Hollingworth died in Hong Kong aged 105 in January 2017 after an illustrious career spanning the 20th century. Clare was famous for getting 'the scoop of the century': the outbreak of the Second World War. From witnessing the first aerial bombings against England in the First World War, through Hitler's Blitzkrieg, Clare's résumé included desert war in North Africa, civil war in Greece, terrorism in Jerusalem, naming Philby as the Third Man, and guerrilla warfare in Vietnam and Borneo.

She had an uncanny ability to make headlines throughout her century-long life. And although her style of journalism was very different from the 24-hour breaking rolling news we have today, the need for detailed eye-witness reporting seems even more important today as we face an onslaught of fake news and alternative facts.

The story is not just about news and war however: through access to family papers and personal accounts, her great-nephew Patrick Garrett is able to show Clare in three dimensions, explain her life and loves, and show how she dealt with the pressures of life as a correspondent - decades before women were routinely accepted in this role.

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A fascinating account of an extraordinary career. This vivid story, beautifully told, is unputdownableClare Hollingworth is certainly one of the most unforgettable journalists I have ever met and one of the greatest journalists of the 20th centuryShe was regarded by everyone as the most formidable foreign correspondent around, not just of women but out of everyoneClare Hollingworth was one of the greatest reporters of the 20th century, and famously scooped the competition by reporting the German invasion of Poland in 1939 before anyone else did, for the Daily TelegraphShe was a pioneerClare made an extraordinary impact in journalism. Who did the first interview with the Shah of Iran? Clare Hollingworth. Who did the last interview all those years - 30 - 40 - years later, after he fell? Clare Hollingworth. And she was the only person he wanted to speak to. And that's really the measure of the womanIt was her dispatches that alerted the British Foreign Office to the fact that Germany had invaded Poland in 1939. Many of us who have come afterwards, and the generations afterwards, look back and are proud to remember that it is not us pioneering. It's them. It's Clare and that band of women who really did it for usClare Hollingworth was a remarkable journalist, an inspiration to all reporters but in particular to subsequent generations of women foreign correspondentsThe biography of acclaimed 20th century journalist Clare Hollingworth who scooped the outbreak of World War 2.

PATRICK GARRETT is Clare Hollingworth's great nephew. He followed his aunt into journalism at an early age, and also ended up attending a fair number of wars and revolutions. Patrick followed Clare to Hong Kong in 1997 to report on its return to Chinese sovereignty.
In 2007 Patrick finally started work writing her biography, little expecting that it would take him nearly a decade. But telling the tale of a life as eventful as Clare's, spanning more than a century, he should probably have known better.
Patrick divides his time between Hong Kong and Russia.

AN INCREDIBLE WOMAN: Clare was the first war correspondent to report the outbreak of World War II, described as 'the scoop of the century'. Her career spanned 40 years and she wrote for the Daily Telegraph, the Economist, the Observer, the Guardian, and reported from Palestine, Algeria, China, Vietnam, and became the first Telegraph's China correspondent since the formation of the People's Republic of China in 1949. She retired in 1981.HEADLINES: Her death made headlines around the world - revealing a huge and complicated life both political and personal. She is still the subject of numerous articles and even a recent Telegraph cartoon on Donald Trump.THE AUTHORISED BIOGRAPHY: Written by Clare's great-nephew, this is the only official account of a memorable life. Brilliantly reviewed in its self-published iteration: a fabulous read, absolutely of appeal to readers of women's lives, the Paddy market and 20th century history.FILM: rights optioned.
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You'll Grow Out of It

By Jessi Klein

THE INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES TOP 10 BESTSELLER
'Jessi Klein is a brilliant comedic mind and this book is a perfect reflection of that. It's like having a glass of wine with the best friend you wish you had' -Amy Schumer

As both a tomboy and a late bloomer, comedian Jessi Klein grew up feeling more like an outsider than a participant in the rites of modern femininity.

In YOU'LL GROW OUT OF IT, Klein offers-through an incisive collection of real-life stories-a relentlessly funny yet poignant take on a variety of topics she has experienced along her strange journey to womanhood and beyond. These include her "transformation from Pippi Longstocking-esque tomboy to are-you-a-lesbian-or-what tom man," attempting to find watchable porn, and identifying the difference between being called 'ma'am' and 'miss' ('Miss sounds like you weigh ninety-nine pounds').

Raw, relatable, and consistently hilarious, YOU'LL GROW OUT OF IT is a one-of-a-kind book by a singular and irresistible comic voice.

Jessi Klein is a brilliant comedic mind and this book is a perfect reflection of that. It's like having a glass of wine with the best friend you wish you had.Her writing is equal parts funny, strange and poetic. Think Miranda July meets Tina FeyHilarious... In these 24 short pieces, her irreverent and inventive brand of humor almost seamlessly transfers to essay form. Riffs on dating, aging, marriage, infertility and childbirth have the zing-and-run rhythm of sketch comedy, but structured for the page... These pieces often have a let-me-level-with-you directness reminiscent of Ephron without being too imitative... One of the higher echelons of praise for confessional essays is that they mimic the experience of listening to your best friend. Klein's read as if you're texting with her and have been for your whole life.Klein shares her eccentric path to adulthood, from her tomboyish girlhood to sidesplitting dating tales and beyond in this uproarious, relatable, and irresistible memoir.[Jessi Klein's] astute, hilarious essays about the perilous path to modern womanhood will have you wincing in recognition.You'll Grow Out Of It does an amazing job making me understand what my life might be like if I were a woman. Or if I were Jessi Klein. I laughed. Lots. Not at what it's like to be a woman! That would be sexist. I laughed at the parts that you're supposed to. Which are plentiful. Because Jessi Klein is truly really funny.Is it really a surprise that comedian Jessi Klein, head writer and executive producer for Inside Amy Schumer, would write a book of personal essays brimming with sharp observations and insights and poignant recollections but that above all is very, very funny? ...We guarantee that this book will quickly become one of your summer favorites.Chances are Jessi Klein made you ugly-laugh... laugh even harder with the comedian's essay collectionHer arguments are sharp, her confessions just light enough, and-most crucially-her quips LOL-worthy on almost every page[Klein's] collection of mini rants strike that rare balance of honesty, brutality, and soulThis book, her first, is the kind you dog-ear to death because there are so many good linesFans of Amy Schumer (i.e., everybody?) will fall in love with funny-woman-and Emmy Award-winning Inside Amy Schumer writer-Jessi Klein's relatable collection of humor essays....Klein is a truly witty PRINZESS.Never afraid to share insights and reveal the raw truth behind her own stories, Klein makes readers laugh while inspiring them, a feat that calls to mind the work of the late Nora Ephron. This uplifting and uproarious collection of personal essays will be repeatedly shared among friends.A gifted comedian turns the anxieties, obsessions, insecurities, and impossible-to-meet expectations that make up human nature into laughter.What it takes to be a 21st century woman.Head writer for Inside Amy Schumer, with a great front cover quote from herIncredibly funny and relatable - the US are pitching her as the next Nora EphronA welcome companion the books by Lena Dunham, Amy Schumer, Lindy West, Sara Pascoe
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The Gender Games

By Juno Dawson

'Opens minds, breaks down myths and vaporises prejudice - I loved it!' Rebecca Root, star of Boy Meets Girl

'funny, thoughtful and honest ... I read most of it on the train and had to stifle laughs every few pages' Stylist

'It's a boy!' or 'It's a girl!' are the first words almost all of us hear when we enter the world. Before our names, before we have likes and dislikes - before we, or anyone else, has any idea who we are. And two years ago, as Juno Dawson went to tell her mother she was (and actually, always had been) a woman, she started to realise just how wrong we've been getting it.

Gender isn't just screwing over trans people, it's messing with everyone. From little girls who think they can't be doctors to teenagers who come to expect street harassment. From exclusionist feminists to 'alt-right' young men. From men who can't cry to the women who think they shouldn't. As her body gets in line with her mind, Juno tells not only her own story, but the story of everyone who is shaped by society's expectations of gender - and what we can do about it.

Featuring insights from well-known gender, feminist and trans activists including Rebecca Root, Laura Bates, Gemma Cairney, Anthony Anaxagorou, Hannah Witton, Alaska Thunderfuck and many more, The Gender Games is a frank, witty and powerful manifesto for a world in which everyone can truly be themselves.

Why we are all being messed up by gender, and what we can do about itJUNO DAWSON is the multi-award-winning author of dark teen thrillers. Her first non-fiction book, BEING A BOY, tackled puberty, sex and relationships in a frank and funny fashion, and a follow-up for young LGBT people, THIS BOOK IS GAY, came out in 2014. Juno is a regular contributor to Attitude Magazine, GT and the Guardian and has contributed to news items concerning sexuality, identity, literature and education on BBC Woman's Hour, Front Row, This Morning and Newsnight. She writes full time and lives in Brighton.

'It's a boy!' or 'It's a girl!' are the first words almost all of us hear when we enter the world. Before our names, before we have likes and dislikes - before we, or anyone else, has any idea who we are. And two years ago, as Juno Dawson went to tell her mother she was (and actually, always had been) a woman, she started to realise just how wrong we've been getting it.

Gender isn't just screwing over trans people, it's messing with everyone. From little girls who think they can't be doctors to teenagers who come to expect street harassment. From exclusionist feminists to 'alt-right' young men. From men who can't cry to the women who think they shouldn't. As her body gets in line with her mind, Juno tells not only her own story, but the story of everyone who is shaped by society's expectations of gender - and what we can do about it.

Featuring insights from well-known gender, feminist and trans activists including Rebecca Root, Laura Bates, Gemma Cairney, Anthony Anaxagorou, Hannah Witton, Alaska Thunderfuck and many more, The Gender Games is a frank, witty and powerful manifesto for a world in which everyone can truly be themselves.

Once upon a time there was a girl...Juno has a really engaging, entertaining voice, and we think she is the person to move the trans conversation into the mainstreamShe has lots of great contacts, and the book will feature input from Jack Monroe, Rebecca Root, Laura Bates, and many moreShe has an ongoing column with Glamour charting her transition, and is beginning to build a following beyond her (sizable) YA audience.It's a fresh new view on popular feminism
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Jo Cox

By Brendan Cox

'Jo Cox's selfless service to others made the world a better place' Barack Obama, 44th President of the United States

'A desperately tender account ... resolutely uplifting' Decca Aitkenhead, Guardian

'Today is the beginning of a new chapter in our lives. More difficult, more painful, less joyful, less full of love. I and Jo's friends and family are going to work every moment of our lives to love and nurture our kids and to fight against the hate that killed Jo.
Jo believed in a better world and fought for it every day of her life with an energy, and a zest for life that would exhaust most people.' - Brendan Cox, 16 June 2016

Jo Cox's murder in June 2016 shocked the world. In the aftermath of her tragic death her husband Brendan Cox urged us to remember Jo's life and what she stood for and not the manner of her death.

In this moving and impassioned portrait of Jo - as daughter, mother, wife, sister, MP and activist - we see how much she gave and much more she had to give.

A touching and very human portrait of an extraordinary woman, whose legacy will inspire others.
All Brendan Cox's royalties will go to the Jo Cox Foundation.

'Jo would have no regrets about her life, she lived every day of it to the full.'

A touching and very human portrait of Jo Cox: daughter, mother, wife, sister, MP and aidworker.

Brendan Cox was Jo's husband and is dad to their two children.
For the last eighteen months he has been working to combat growing xenophobia and intolerance across Europe.
Brendan's royalties for this book will go to the Jo Cox Foundation.

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MOVING AND IMPORTANT: a deeply personal portrait of an extraordinary woman and the legacy she left behindHIGH-PROFILE CAMPAIGN: print and broadcast pr, endorsements and close partnership with the Jo Cox FoundationTHE GREAT GET TOGETHER: working closely with Brendan Cox and his team to link the book with their wider campaigning
Yellow Kite

The Vertue Method

By Shona Vertue

Revolutionise the way you approach fitness with yoga expert and celebrity trainer Shona Vertue - in just 28 days!

'Shona changed my perspective on yoga. Working with her made my aches and pains after playing disappear. She is the best.' - David Beckham

Are you someone who has tried every fitness class out there, but nothing has ever really stuck?

Or perhaps you can run a 10k but can barely touch your toes?

Heard lifting weights is good, but feel lost in the gym?

Keen to calm your racing mind and get the focus you need to train?

Shona Vertue's 28-day reset plan will revolutionise the way you approach fitness. Her groundbreaking three-in-one method features a blend of resistance training with weights to build strength, yoga to aid flexibility and lengthen muscles, and a positive, mindful approach to exercise, combined with delicious, nourishing recipes. Get in the best shape of your life, both physically and mentally, and feel stronger, healthier and more flexible - in just 28 days.

Features photos of every exercise, complete with food plan and nutritious, energising recipes.

A holistic approach to health and fitness by much-sought-after yoga teacher and personal trainer, Shona Vertue - who promises to uplift both your soul and your butt through The Vertue Method. Be 28 days closer to a healthier and happier you.

Shona Vertue, Personal Trainer and Yoga Teacher, embodies an irresistible fusion - the ancient tranquillity of the Pacific Islands with a sun-kissed, Australian life of healthy, vigorous activity.

Shona has trained as a classical dancer and elite gymnast, in strength and conditioning with world-renowned coaches and in yoga / meditation practice with acclaimed international teachers. In 2014 Shona moved from Australia to England, where she has helped the overstressed of London keep fit, unwind and spiritually evolve ever since. In 2015 Shona created a pre-flight yoga routine for London Gatwick Airport - still shown on screens across Gatwick's South Terminal.

Shona fuses her expertise together in her teaching of The Vertue Method - combining yoga, weighted resistance training and meditation. Shona is now an ambassador for New Balance and teaches The Vertue Method in their flagship store in London.

Are you someone who has tried every fitness class out there but nothing has ever really stuck?

Or perhaps you can run a 10K but can barely touch your toes?

Heard lifting weights is good but feel lost in the gym?

Keen to calm your racing mind and get the focus you need to train?

Shona Vertue's 28-day reset plan is the programme that's going to revolutionise the way you approach your fitness. Her groundbreaking three-in-one method is designed to get you in the best shape of your life - both physically and mentally. Based on three key principles - lifting, lengthening and nourishing body and mind - not only will Shona help you sculpt the physique of your dreams, she'll help you change your relationship with fitness and food, and calm your anxious mind through simple guided meditation. After 28 days, not only will you be a leaner, stronger, fitter you, you'll have fallen in love with healthy living and be empowered to keep lifting, lengthening and nourishing for the rest of your life.

Includes a 28-day food plan, with nutritious, energising recipes.

In 2015 Shona created a pre-flight yoga routine for London Gatwick Airport - still shown on screens across Gatwick's South Terminal.Shona is an ambassador for New Balance and teaches the Vertue Method in their flagship store in London.She has completed extensive training in Strength and Conditioning with world-renowned coaches including Charles Poliquin and Paul Chek and studied with many internationally acclaimed yoga teachers.Shona designed the fitness component of Madeleine Shaw's Glow Guides app, which has had over 35k downloads since launch in January.Shona's Vertue Method workout videos (for sale on Vimeo) in association with New Balance have sold in 43 countries and counting.A former Bodyism Yoga Expert, Shona has fast become a well-loved celebrity trainer.
Hodder Paperbacks

The Dark Tower III: The Waste Lands

By Stephen King

THE WASTE LANDS is the third volume in Stephen King's epic Dark Tower series. The Dark Tower is soon to be a major motion picture starring Matthew McConaughey and Idris Elba, due in cinemas August 18, 2017.

In the third novel in Stephen King's epic fantasy masterpiece, Roland, the Last Gunslinger, is moving ever closer to the Dark Tower.

Roland has altered ka by saving the life of Jake Chambers in New York. Now they exist in different worlds, paradoxically sharing memories. Roland, Susannah and Eddie must try to draw Jake into Mid-World then follow the Path of the Beam through an urban waste land to the Dark Tower.

Pursued by the Ageless Stranger, Roland and his friends cross a desert of damnation in this macabre new world as revelations begin to unfold about who - and what - is driving him forward.

JOIN THE QUEST FOR THE DARK TOWER...

THE DARK TOWER SERIES:
THE DARK TOWER I: THE GUNSLINGER
THE DARK TOWER II: THE DRAWING OF THE THREE
THE DARK TOWER III: THE WASTE LANDS
THE DARK TOWER IV: WIZARD AND GLASS
THE DARK TOWER V: WOLVES OF THE CALLA
THE DARK TOWER VI: SONG OF SUSANNAH
THE DARK TOWER VII: THE DARK TOWER
THE WIND THROUGH THE KEYHOLE: A DARK TOWER NOVEL

Join the quest before it's too lateKing's magnificent uberstory is finally complete... King's achievement is startling; his characters fresh... his plot sharply drawn... It is magic.Stephen King's epic fantasy series, The Dark Tower, is being made into a major motion picture starring Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey. Due in cinemas August 18, 2017.'At the age of 19 Stephen decided he would like to write an epic similar to The Lord of the Rings. The 'spaghetti Westerns' of that time [specifically The Good, the Bad and the Ugly] and a poem written by Robert Browning, 'Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came', became the inspiration for his magnum opus. The series written and published separately over a period of 22 years consists of eight books, including The Wind Through the Keyhole, and the short story, 'The Little Sisters of Eluria' published in his collection, EVERYTHING'S EVENTUAL.' From the author's website.The Dark Tower will be a major movie from MRC and SONY starring Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey - comparable to Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings.The movie will have a 'companion TV series', based on King's The Dark Tower IV:Wizard and Glass http://www.ew.com/article/2016/09/21/dark-tower-tv-series-stephen-king-wizard-glassGuaranteed to appeal to fans of The Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter and HBO's Game of Thrones series.Hodder is running an enormous marketing campaign to tie the books into the film and TV.THE DARK TOWER was a Sunday Times Top Ten bestseller in hardback.Marvel have a prequel series of graphic books and there is also an online game of The Dark Tower series entitled Discordia.Hodder will include an inset on each cover to link to the film
Hodder Paperbacks

The Dark Tower IV: Wizard and Glass

By Stephen King

WIZARD AND GLASS is the fourth volume in Stephen King's epic Dark Tower series. The Dark Tower is soon to be a major motion picture starring Matthew McConaughey and Idris Elba, due in cinemas August 18, 2017.

In the fourth novel in Stephen King's bestselling fantasy quest, the Dark Tower beckons Roland, the Last Gunslinger, and the four companions he has gathered along the road.

In a terrifying journey where hidden dangers lurk at every junction, the pilgrims find themselves stranded in an alternate version of Topeka, Kansas, that has been ravaged by a superflu virus.

While following the deserted highway toward a distant glass palace, Roland recounts his tragic story about a seaside town called Hambry, where he fell in love with a girl named Susan Delgado and where he and his old tet-mates Alain and Cuthbert battled the forces of an evil harrier who ignited Mid-World's final war.

JOIN THE QUEST FOR THE DARK TOWER...

THE DARK TOWER SERIES:
THE DARK TOWER I: THE GUNSLINGER
THE DARK TOWER II: THE DRAWING OF THE THREE
THE DARK TOWER III: THE WASTE LANDS
THE DARK TOWER IV: WIZARD AND GLASS
THE DARK TOWER V: WOLVES OF THE CALLA
THE DARK TOWER VI: SONG OF SUSANNAH
THE DARK TOWER VII: THE DARK TOWER
THE WIND THROUGH THE KEYHOLE: A DARK TOWER NOVEL

King's magnificent uberstory is finally complete... King's achievement is startling; his characters fresh... his plot sharply drawn... It is magic.Join the quest before it's too lateStephen King's epic fantasy series, The Dark Tower, is being made into a major motion picture starring Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey. Due in cinemas August 18, 2017.The Dark Tower will be a major movie from MRC and SONY starring Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey - comparable to Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings.The movie will have a 'companion TV series', based on King's The Dark Tower IV: Wizard and Glass http://www.ew.com/article/2016/09/21/dark-tower-tv-series-stephen-king-wizard-glassGuaranteed to appeal to fans of The Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter and HBO's Game of Thrones series.Hodder is running an enormous marketing campaign to tie the books into the film and TV.Marvel have a prequel series of graphic books and there is also an online game of The Dark Tower series entitled Discordia.THE DARK TOWER was a Sunday Times Top Ten bestseller in hardback.Hodder will include an inset on each cover to link to the film