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The Return Man

V. M. Zito

The outbreak tore the USA in two. The east remains a safe haven. The west has become a ravaged wilderness. They call it the Evacuated States. It is here that Henry Marco makes his living. Hired by grieving relatives, he tracks down the dead to deliver peace.Now Homeland Security wants Marco, for a mission unlike any other. He must return to California, where the apocalypse began. Where a secret is hidden. And where his own tragic past waits to punish him again.But in the wastelands of America, you never know who - or what - is watching you . . .'Hands down one of the best zombie novels I've read in a long, long time.' David Moody, author of Autumn

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Border Crossing: A Return Man Short Story

V. M. Zito

A thrilling, post-apocalyptic short story from the world of V. M. Zito's THE RETURN MAN: 'Bloody excellent' Financial Times.Corporal Noah Brodeur's job is a lonely one. In the aftermath of the outbreak, from his remote Canadian border station, Brodeur must guard the Slinky: a formidable wall protecting his countrymen from the Evacuated States and the ravenous creatures that roam there.All is quiet until the day a stranger emerges from the safe side of the forest. He says he is on a classified mission for the CIA. He says his name is Special Agent Kenneth Wu. He demands that Brodeur break rank and allow him across the border into danger.But when everything is at stake, can appearances be trusted? And on the edge of civilisation, who is more dangerous, the living . . . or the dead?Praise for THE RETURN MAN:'Zito expertly piles on thrills, cliffhangers and numerous twists, investing renewed life into the shambling, clich?-ridden corpse of the zombie subgenre.' Guardian'An overload of thrills, spills and adventure.' Sun'Hands down one of the best zombie novels I've read in a long, long time. From first page to last, THE RETURN MAN is an astonishing read. With characters you genuinely give a damn about and a story that'll keep you turning page after page, this is an outstanding debut.' David Moody, author of Autumn'In a word: relentless.' Sunday Telegraph'Contagion meets Mad Max.' The Times


To celebrate the launch of THE RETURN MAN by V. M. Zito, editor Francine Toon and Leila Abu El Hawa of the Post Apocalyptic Book Club joined over 600 zombies in the London Zombie Walk VI organised by Viking Hats. Click 'read' to see photos...

V. M. Zito

V. M. Zito resides in Connecticut, USA with his wife and daughter. When not writing, he spends his weekdays working as Creative Director at a New England ad

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Adam Baker
17th May 2013

Mulholland Newsletter

Welcome to the new Mulholland newsletter! This week, we're talking all about one of our most recent releases; Murder As A Fine Art by David Morrell. The gripping thriller is set in the gaslit streets of Victorian London and stars notorious author-turned-detective Thomas de Quincey. Forty three years after the Ratcliffe Highway murders brought London to the verge of panic, is seems that someone is using De Quincey's essay on the subject as inspiration for horrific murders… and De Quincey is determined to uncover the truth. In this special blog written for us, Morrell talks about the origins of the book and how a “long-ago course in nineteenth- century English literature” inspired him to research De Quincey; a real life writer who was also a notorious drug user. Adventures with the Opium-Eater Our next article comes from the American Mulholland team and features Morrell in conversation with Robert Morrison, author of Thomas De Quincey's biography. It gives some fascinating insight into the author's life and writings. Thomas De Quincey and Murder as a Fine Art: A Conversation with David Morrell and Robert Morrison In this article with Publishers Weekly, David Morrell gives us a little background into the Ratcliffe Highway murders, which feature heavily in the book and caused panic across London and the rest of England like never before. If Once a Man Indulges Himself in Murder... PW Talks with David Morrell Finally, we have something a little bit different. Shot by the US Mulholland team, this short video sees Morrell talking about Thomas De Quincey and is fascinating whether you’ve read the book or not. David Morrell on Thomas De Quincey That wraps up this week's Mulholland newsletter! If you've read Murder As A Fine Art, be sure to let us know what you thought by getting in touch either on Facebook or Twitter, and we'll see you next week!

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Henry VIII: Wolfman

A E Moorat

HENRY VIII: WOLFMANDIVORCED.  BEHEADED.  DIED.  MAULED.  SAVAGED.  SURVIVED?Henry VIII was the best and bloodiest King ever to have sat on the throne of England.  This fast-paced, exciting, gory, inventive and just plain gross retelling of his reign will bring to light the real man behind the myth. When it came to his size, Henry VIII was known for being larger-than-life, with a fearsome temper and bloodthirsty reputation to match; more beast than human, some might say...  Be dragged kicking and screaming back 500 years into Tudor England...

Teach Yourself

Get Started In Shorthand Pitman 2000: Teach Yourself

Pitman Publishing

Is this the right book for me?Gain a working vocabulary in Pitman 2000 in clear and easy stagesShorthand is a valuable asset to everyone, young or old, in private or business life and Pitman 2000 is a system designed for easy learning, with a speed potential to meet the demands of a modern fast-moving world. Get Started in Shorthand Pitman 2000 is a beginner's guide to the basic theory and will give you a working vocabulary in Pitman 2000 in clear and easy stages.Each of the main sections contains a new set of sounds and rules, short forms, phrases and exercises, including audio exercises on an accompanying CD. Review exercises give you the opportunity to consolidate material already covered, and a key to the exercises enable you to measure your rate of progress throughout the book. Written to make self-tuition both simple and stimulating and based on original Pitman Publishing material, this authoritative book is indispensable to anyone seeking a first or refresher course in Pitman 2000.Get Started in Shorthand Pitman includes: Chapter 1: Basic strokesConsonantsVowelsPosition of outlinesCircle SSES circleThe suffix -INGTick THEPunctuationChapter 2: Consonants and vowelsSeven more consonantsStroke SPast tense of regular verbsThe consonant RUnstressed vowelsChapter 3: Halving strokesHalving to add THalving to add DWhen not to halveChapter 4: Common combinationsThe L hookThe final syllables -TL or -DLL hook with circle SPlural -INGSChapter 5: Third-place vowelsDotsDashesChapter 6: Complex vowel soundsDipthongsTriphonesSES circleChapter 7: S and T in combinationsThe ST loopThe -STER loopM and N with a following T or DS and ZDiphonesZHH Chapter 8: The R hookR hook on straight strokesStress rulesChapter 9: Hook NFinal hook N to curved strokesFinal N hook to straight strokesChapter 10: Suffixes and compoundsSuffixesCompound consonantsChapter 11: L and R hooks with curvesInitial hooks to curved strokesStress rules with R and L hooksReverse forms of initially hooked curvesChapter 12: More hooks-SHUN hookF/V hookChapter 13: Speed strokesDoublingCON- or COM-Chapter 14: Last wordsFiguresNegative wordsSuffix -SHIPDisjoiningOmission of a consonantVowel insertion............. Learn effortlessly with a new easy-to-read page design and interactive features: Not got much time?One, five and ten-minute introductions to key principles to get you started.Author insightsLots of instant help with common problems and quick tips for success, based on the author's many years of experience.Test yourselfTests in the book and online to keep track of your progress.Extend your knowledgeExtra online articles to give you a richer understanding of the subject.Five things to rememberQuick refreshers to help you remember the key facts.Try thisInnovative exercises illustrate what you've learnt and how to use it.

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This Thirtysomething Life

Jon Rance

A romantic comedy for anyone who is, has been or is ever likely to be a grown up.Being a thirtysomething man isn't easy (especially when you still yearn to be a twentysomething man). Meet Harry Spencer. History teacher, lover of snack food and terrified of growing up. However, when his wife Emily drops the P-Bomb, Harry is suddenly thrust into the role of expectant father. When he's tempted by the greener grass of an ex-girlfriend past, Harry has to make the most important decision of his life. Does he have what it takes to become a man, or will he succumb to the lure of adolescent fantasy?This is a love story about what happens after we've fallen in love, when we've swapped frolicking in the bed for cigarettes in the shed and Match of the Day for Mothercare. Brutally honest, laugh-out-loud funny and heart-warming, this is a diary about one man's bumbling journey on the road to adulthood.Visit Jon's website at or follow him on Twitter @JRance75. You can also email him at

John Murray


R J Q Adams

A scion of two great families, Arthur James Balfour was born to wealth and privilege and possessed intellect and charm in legendary abundance. On succeeding his uncle as Prime Minister in 1902, it seemed that he had come into his inheritance; a true grandee, his path to the summit of power - if not guaranteed - seemed to be almost without obstruction. He held office longer than any other Cabinet minister and, in a fifty-year career, dealt with successes and defeats with similar equanimity. When he chose, he retreated into the insulated worlds of family, friends and ideas, and in each he was the unquestioned centre. Balfour was a Conservative, though never a true-blue Tory like the powerful squirearchy who viewed him with awe but often found him difficult to understand. Perhaps he was too many different things: a Scottish laird and an English sophisticate; a ferocious partisan and a celebrated philosopher; a champion of Christianity yet a defender of spiritualism; an Imperialist and a Zionist; an Etonian and a reformer of state education. A confirmed bachelor, for five decades he enjoyed a loving friendship with Lady Elcho. His own premiership was destroyed by party strife, yet he was the maker of the 1917 Balfour Declaration and the 1926 Balfour Definition of the Commonwealth and, aged seventy-three, dominated the pivotal 1921-2 Washington Naval Conference. His was a remarkable life, unimaginable today no matter one's talents or wealth. It is interesting to note that the enduring quip, 'Bob's your uncle', originally referred to the nephew of Robert, Marquess of Salisbury - Arthur Balfour.

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Understand The Cold War: Teach Yourself

Carole Bryan Jones

Understand the Cold War provides a fascinating insight into this complicated and hidden conflict, from how it began to the main characters involved and the culture it created.It will help you understand how the superpowers grew and vied for dominance, and how the balance was lost. All the important aspects of the war are covered, from what JFK and his assassin had in common to a discussion of whether the tension ended after the fall of the Berlin Wall.Give yourself the opportunity to understand the global reach of this 45-year-long conflict, which shaped the latter half of the twentieth century.NOT GOT MUCH TIME?One, five and ten-minute introductions to key principles to get you started.AUTHOR INSIGHTSLots of instant help with common problems and quick tips for success, based on the author's many years of experience.EXTEND YOUR KNOWLEDGEExtra online articles at to give you a richer understanding.THINGS TO REMEMBERQuick refreshers to help you remember the key facts.TRY THISInnovative exercises illustrate what you've learnt and how to use it.

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Hell's Bells

John Connolly
Two Roads

Ape House

Sara Gruen

Isabel Duncan, a scientist at the Great Ape Language Lab, doesn't understand people, but animals she gets - especially the bonobos. Isabel feels more comfortable in their world than she's ever felt among humans . . . until she meets John Thigpen, a very married reporter who braves the ever-present animal rights protesters outside the lab to see what's really going on inside.When an explosion rocks the lab, severely injuring Isabel and 'liberating' the apes, John's human interest piece turns into the story of a lifetime, one he'll risk his career and his marriage to follow. Then a reality TV show, Ape House, featuring the missing apes debuts under mysterious circumstances, and it immediately becomes the biggest - and unlikeliest - phenomenon in the history of modern media.Ape House delivers great entertainment, but it also opens the animal world to us in ways few novels have done, securing Sara Gruen's place as a master storyteller who allows us to see ourselves as we never have before.

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Deity (The Third Covenant Novel)

Jennifer L. Armentrout

Escape with the remarkable third novel of the acclaimed Covenant series from #1 New York Times bestselling Jennifer L. Armentrout. History is on repeat, and things didn't go so well the last time.Alexandria isn't sure she's going to make it to her eighteenth birthday - to her Awakening. A long-forgotten, fanatical order is out to kill her, and if the Council ever discovers what she did in the Catskills, she's a goner... and so is Aiden.If that's not freaky enough, whenever Alex and Seth spend time 'training' - which really is just Seth's code word for some up-close and personal one-on-one time--she ends up with another mark of the Apollyon, which brings her one step closer to Awakening ahead of schedule. Awesome.But as her birthday draws near, her entire world shatters with a startling revelation and she's caught between love and Fate. One will do anything to protect her. One has been lying to her since the beginning. Once the gods have revealed themselves, unleashing their wrath, lives will be irrevocably changed... and destroyed. Those left standing will discover if love is truly greater than Fate...

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Apollyon (The Fourth Covenant Novel)

Jennifer L. Armentrout
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Sentinel (The Fifth Covenant Novel)

Jennifer L. Armentrout

Seeking some books for the end of the world.

It's 2012 and almost the end of the Mayan calendar, so it's the perfect moment for a pre-apocalypic book competition!

Chapter One


Read the first chapter of Bernardine Bishop's new book, UNEXPECTED LESSONS IN LOVE, published by John Murray in January 2013.


Love...From Both Sides

Nick Spalding

'I haven't giggled so much in ages. I sailed through it, only occasionally having to put it down to wipe the tears of mirth from my cheeks.' Daily Mail'Clevery constructed and downright hilarious.' CloserWhen Nick Spalding self-published Love... From Both Sides and Love... And Sleepless Nights he became one of the bestselling ebook authors of 2012. Now for the first time the Love... books are being published in a longer format with more of the love story, more of Laura and Jamie's ups and downs and more of the laugh-out-loud hilarious moments that fans have come to know and love. Sometimes, the hardest part of finding love is keeping a straight face...For Jamie Newman, being a single guy isn't proving to be much fun, especially when confronted with a sexually belligerent divorcee and a goddess so far out of his league she might as well be a different species.Mind you, being a girl in search of love isn't a bowl of cherries either. Just ask Laura McIntyre, who's recently contended with a horny estate agent on a quest for light relief and a rabid mountain bike enthusiast with a penchant for lycra that leaves little to the imagination.When Jamie and Laura bump into one another (quite literally) it looks like their luck may have changed - but sometimes finding the right person is only the start of your problems...Love... From Both Sides is a warts-and-all romantic comedy for everyone who knows how tricky the quest for love can be.

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Down to You

M. Leighton

A scorching hot love triangle you do want to get caught up in...When college student Olivia Townsend returned home to help her father run his business, she never imagined a complication like Cash and Nash Davenport - twin brothers different in so many ways but with one thing in common: an uncontrollable desire for Olivia.Cash is dangerous, sexy, and bad to the bone - a man whose kisses make Olivia forget she is playing with fire. Nash is successful, reliable and intensely passionate - and already taken. But Olivia is in for a surprise. These boys have a secret that should make her run away as far and as fast as she can. If only it wasn't too late. A sensual game between three players has begun, and it's about to spin deliriously out of control...If Sylvia Day, Samantha Young and Jamie McGuire captured your attention, DOWN TO YOU will have your imagination running wild.