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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 . . .

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Border Crossing: A Return Man Short Story

V. M. Zito

WALKING WITH ZOMBIES

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 agency. www.TheReturnMan.com www.twitter.com/VM_Zito www.facebook.com/TheReturnMan

16 Hilarious Dating Profiles of Famous Fictional Characters

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Juggernaut

Adam Baker

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Queen Victoria: Demon Hunter

A E Moorat
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
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Quicksand

Steve Toltz

A daring, brilliant work by one of our most original and fearless novelists. 'Why should I let you write about me?' 'Because you'll inspire people. To count their blessings.' Aldo Benjamin, relentlessly unlucky in every aspect of life, has always faced the future with despair and optimism in equal measure. His latest misfortune, however, may finally be his undoing. There's still hope, but not for Aldo. His mate Liam hasn't been faring much better - a failed writer with a rocky marriage and a dangerous job he never wanted - until he finds inspiration in Aldo's exponential disasters. What begins as an attempt to document these improbable but inevitable experiences spirals into a profound exploration of fate, fear and friendship. Anarchically funny and wildly entertaining, Quicksand is a subversive portrait of 21st-century society in all its hypocrisy and absurdity, an exquisite interpretation of suffering and resilience, and a powerful story about taking risks and finding inspiration.

Things we love most about our new home

Things are very different over here at Hodder HQ, as we settle into our new home at Blackfriars. We spent most of last week exploring all the nooks and crannies, sampling the food from our new 6th floor cafe, basking in the sun on the roof terrace... and doing a lot of important work too of course. Now that we've had time to reflect, we'd love to share some of our favourite things about Carmelite House.

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 stages Shorthand 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 strokes Consonants Vowels Position of outlines Circle S SES circle The suffix -ING Tick THE Punctuation Chapter 2: Consonants and vowels Seven more consonants Stroke S Past tense of regular verbs The consonant R Unstressed vowels Chapter 3: Halving strokes Halving to add T Halving to add D When not to halve Chapter 4: Common combinations The L hook The final syllables -TL or -DL L hook with circle S Plural -INGS Chapter 5: Third-place vowels Dots Dashes Chapter 6: Complex vowel sounds Dipthongs Triphones SES circle Chapter 7: S and T in combinations The ST loop The -STER loop M and N with a following T or D S and Z Diphones ZH H Chapter 8: The R hook R hook on straight strokes Stress rules Chapter 9: Hook N Final hook N to curved strokes Final N hook to straight strokes Chapter 10: Suffixes and compounds Suffixes Compound consonants Chapter 11: L and R hooks with curves Initial hooks to curved strokes Stress rules with R and L hooks Reverse forms of initially hooked curves Chapter 12: More hooks -SHUN hook F/V hook Chapter 13: Speed strokes Doubling CON- or COM- Chapter 14: Last words Figures Negative words Suffix -SHIP Disjoining Omission of a consonant Vowel 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 insights Lots of instant help with common problems and quick tips for success, based on the author's many years of experience. Test yourself Tests in the book and online to keep track of your progress. Extend your knowledge Extra online articles to give you a richer understanding of the subject. Five things to remember Quick refreshers to help you remember the key facts. Try this Innovative exercises illustrate what you've learnt and how to use it.

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Hell's Bells

John Connolly

Samuel Johnson - with a little help from his dachshund Boswell and a very unlucky demon named Nurd - has sent the demons back to Hell. But the diabolical Mrs Abernathy is not one to take defeat lying down. When she reopens the portal and sucks Samuel and Boswell down into the underworld, she brings an ice-cream van full of dwarfs as well. And two policemen. Can this eccentric gang defeat the forces of Evil? And is there life after Hell for Nurd?

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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 www.jonrance.com or follow him on Twitter @JRance75. You can also email him at jonrance@yahoo.com.

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Girl Runner

Carrie Snyder

RACE AGGIE SMART TO THE FINISH LINE... Aganetha Smart was a poor farm girl who could run like the wind, but this was rural Canada in the 1920s when girls didn't run, or dream of the Olympics and they certainly didn't win. Aganetha Smart was about to change all that. 'original and moving... with the quirky charm of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry' Daily Mail 'a joy to read' Independent on Sunday Girl Runner, Carrie Snyder's debut novel, is the story of Aganetha Smart, a former Olympic athlete who was famous in the 1920s, but now, at age 104, lives in a nursing home, alone and forgotten by history. For Aganetha, a competitive and ambitious woman, her life remains present and unfinished in her mind. When her quiet life is disturbed by the unexpected arrival of two young strangers, Aganetha begins to reflect on her childhood in rural Ontario and her struggles to make an independent life for herself in the city. Without revealing who they are, or what they may want from her, the visitors take Aganetha on an outing from the nursing home. As ready as ever for adventure, Aganetha's memories are stirred when the pair return her to the family farm where she was raised. The devastation of WWI and the Spanish flu epidemic, the optimism of the 1920s and the sacrifices of the 1930s play out in Aganetha's mind, as she wrestles with the confusion and displacement of the present. Part historical page-turner, part contemporary mystery, Girl Runner is an engaging and endearing story about family, ambition, athletics and the dedicated pursuit of one's passions. It is also, ultimately, about a woman who follows the singular, heart-breaking and inspiring course of her life until the very end.

Competition

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!

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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. Also includes the bonus novella Elixir. Enter the world of Covenant... Alexandria's eighteenth birthday - and her Awakening - is approaching. If she even makes it. A long-forgotten, fanatical order is out to kill her and, if that isn't freaky enough, Alex is guarding a dark secret, too. If anyone finds out what she did, she's a goner - and so is Aiden. Alex still has feelings for Aiden, even though he's a pure-blood...and therefore forbidden. Meanwhile, she's been 'training' with her fellow Apollyon Seth - though really that's just Seth's code word for some up-close-and-personal time. After every session Alex ends up with another mark of the Apollyon, which brings her one step closer to her Awakening ahead of schedule. Awesome. But as Alex's birthday draws near, her entire world is shattered by a startling revelation. Once the gods have revealed themselves and unleashed their wrath, lives will be irrevocably changed - and destroyed. Those left standing will find out if love is truly greater than fate.

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Apollyon (The Fourth Covenant Novel)

Jennifer L. Armentrout

The spellbinding fourth novel in the acclaimed Covenant series from #1 New York Times bestselling Jennifer L. Armentrout. Enter the world of Covenant... Alex has Awoken and become the Apollyon. She has connected with Seth and now the thing she feared most has happened: her true self has been lost. But love is stronger than fate, and Aiden St. Delphi will do anything to break the connection and get Alex back. And then there's the fact that the whole Alex-and-Seth combination is pretty dangerous: if Seth drains Alex of her power, he'll become the God Killer and the most powerful being on the planet. The one person needed to stop the impending destruction has been dead for centuries - and Alex will have to search for him in the Underworld. Finding her way into the Underworld to search for one soul among countless millions will be hard enough. Returning will be even harder. Alex needs to prevent Seth from becoming the God Killer...but the cost will be higher than she ever imagined.