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Hodder Paperbacks

The Bishop's Pawn

Steve Berry
Authors:
Steve Berry

The first case of New York Times bestseller Steve Berry's iconic hero, Cotton Malone.History notes that the ugly feud between J. Edgar Hoover and Martin Luther King, Jr., marked by years of illegal surveillance and the accumulation of secret files, ended on April 4, 1968 when King was assassinated by James Earl Ray. But that may not have been the case.Now, fifty years later, former Justice Department agent Cotton Malone must reckon with what really happened on that fateful day in Memphis.It all turns on an incident from eighteen years ago, when Malone, a young Navy lawyer trying hard not to live up to his maverick reputation, is asked by Stephanie Nelle at the Justice Department to help with an investigation. He soon discovers that the Department and the FBI are at war over a hugely valuable rare coin - and a cache of secret files containing explosive revelations about the King assassination, information that could ruin innocent lives and threaten the legacy of the civil rights movement's greatest martyr.Malone's decision to see his first case through to the end - from the clear waters of the Dry Tortugas to the halls of power in Washington D.C. itself - not only changes his own life, but the course of history.

John Murray Learning

Superfast

Sophie Devonshire
Authors:
Sophie Devonshire

In today's fast-paced world, leaders need to move at speed. The rate of innovation and change in organisations and the challenges of impatient investors or shareholders mean leadership decisions must be quick, smart and deliver real impact.Superfast provides cutting edge inspiration and a host of exciting ideas about how to accelerate performance in an agile and thoughtful way, shedding new light on leading in a world which is fluid and uncertain. You'll learn the practical solutions to leadership questions which the most savvy global leaders employ, and map your own shortcut to personal and professional success.Leadership is not just about moving fast, however. Superfast will show you how to use your time in the smartest, most efficient way possible - slowing down when necessary to get decisions right and accelerating elsewhere to unlock growth.Stop waiting around. Superfast will give you the tools to lead well and make change happen.

John Murray

France

John Julius Norwich
Authors:
John Julius Norwich

I can still feel, as if it were yesterday, the excitement of my first Channel crossing (as a child of nearly 7) in September 1936; the regiment of porters, smelling asphyxiatingly of garlic in their blue-green blousons; the raucous sound all around me of spoken French; the immense fields of Normandy strangely devoid of hedges; then the Gare du Nord at twilight, the policemen with their képis and their little snow-white batons; and my first sight of the Eiffel Tower...This book is written in the belief that the average English-speaking man or woman has remarkably little knowledge of French history. We may know a bit about Napoleon or Joan of Arc or Louis XIV, but for most of us that's about it. In my own three schools we were taught only about the battles we won: Crécy and Poitiers, Agincourt and Waterloo. The rest was silence. So here is my attempt to fill in the blanks...John Julius Norwich (at 88) has finally written the book he always wanted to write, the extremely colourful story of the country he loves best. From frowning Roman generals and belligerent Gallic chieftains, to Charlemagne (hated by generations of French children taught that he invented schools) through Marie Antoinette and the storming of the Bastille to Vichy, the Resistance and beyond, FRANCE is packed with heroes and villains, adventures and battles, romance and revolution. Full of memorable stories and racy anecdotes, this is the perfect introduction to the country that has inspired the rest of the world to live, dress, eat -- and love better.

Two Roads

Paradise Gardens

Monty Don, Derry Moore
Authors:
Monty Don, Derry Moore
Hodder Paperbacks

The Cat of Yule Cottage

Lili Hayward
Authors:
Lili Hayward

A magical tale of Christmas and cats, perfect for everyone who loves A Street Cat Named Bob and Alfie the Doorstep Cat.It's nearly Christmas, and Jessamine Pike needs a serious life overhaul.Jess moves into Enysyule, a centuries-old cottage in Cornwall, and begins the process of renovating the rundown house by day and finishing her novel by night, planning to have both finished in time for the holidays. She's got good company: a beautiful, arrogant tomcat stalks around like he owns the place, and seems very skeptical of Jess' tenancy. But there's magic in the air... Local legends tell of a spirit that inhabits the area, and an ancient standing stone that keeps watch over the valley. As Christmas comes closer and closer, Jess uncovers treasures from Enysyule's past, and becomes involved in a fight for its future. For Jess has stumbled into a story that's been going on for five hundred years. A story about land, love, friendship, the Yuletide... and one remarkable cat.

Hodder & Stoughton

The Psalms

New International Version
Authors:
New International Version

On this MP3 CD, British actor David Suchet reads one of the most famous and beautiful books of the Bible - the Psalms. The CD also includes the books of Job, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes and Song of Songs. Narrated with feeling and flair, David Suchet lends his melodic and unrushed voice to some of the most deeply heartfelt and profound passages of Scripture. Reading from the New International Version, the world's most popular translation in modern English, Suchet's recording is perfect to listen to at home, at church or as you travel.This MP3 CD can be used on any device that displays the MP3 symbol. You can transfer the audio files for your personal use onto your computer, smartphone, MP3 player and other compatible devices. For more information about how to use this product, visit www.hodderbibles.co.uk where you will find a list of frequently asked questions.

Nicholas Brealey Publishing

How to Kill a Unicorn

Mark Payne
Authors:
Mark Payne

It's cool. But so what? This is the billion-dollar question that leading companies such as Samsung, Starbucks and American Express ask Fahrenheit 212 to answer for them whenever they develop new technologies. Many companies are good at acquiring new product prototypes but bad at working out what they would do when they arrived at the front door. Many just give up, lacking the 'How' to go with the 'Wow'. Using a unique two-sided approach to innovation involving both the Money and the Magic and in the process turning traditional orthodoxies about brainstorming on their head, Mark Payne reveals how to explore every potential idea with the end goal in mind - bringing an innovative product to market in a way that will transform a company's business and growth.

Mulholland Books

The Shattered Eye

Bill Granger
Authors:
Bill Granger

WARNING: ADDICTIVE READING. WE WILL NOT BE HELD RESPONSIBLE FOR LOSS OF TIME, DRY EYES OR DISCONNECTION WITH REALITY FOLLOWING PROLONGED READING. 'Granger has combined Ian Fleming, John Le Carré and Trevanian in one heady mix' New York Times START READING THE NOVEMBER MAN SERIES NOW! Then go on to read the rest, you won't regret it. Waterlogged, head down, the body floats sluggishly: an agent, American, machine-gunned and thrown into the Seine. A second body: Russian, an agent, sprwled in a drainage ditch near Lakenheath USAF base. And dead in Venice: two men, American and British. One, mutilated, wave-washed in the lagoon. The other dumped, garrotted, in an empty Coca Cola delivery boat. Only agent Devereaux, the November Man, can solve the mystery.'America's best spy novelist' Ed McBain Loved this? Read The British Cross next . . .

Hodder & Stoughton

Epiphanies of the Ordinary

Charlie Cleverly
Authors:
Charlie Cleverly

Through his work as a vicar both in Paris and Oxford, Charlie Cleverly has become passionate about the need to feed our love for God through every means possible, and to find ways of holding on to the love we have for God. This book is the result of that passion.Exploring moments in the Bible where God breaks through into the daily run of life, EPIPHANIES OF THE ORDINARY shows how God changed the lives of key Bible characters, and draws out the parallels with how God might intervene in our lives. With each event we get a clearer picture of the rounded relationship God wants with each of us, and how that is built up through the ins and outs of daily interaction, and occasionally through life-changing revelations.Culturally relevant and highly readable, Charlie Cleverly's challenge to follow God with our whole hearts will help you move on with God, and grab hold once more of the deep enthusiasm for God's plans that we all long for.

Coronet

Kiss Me, Chudleigh

William Cook
Authors:
William Cook
Nicholas Brealey Publishing

The Necessary Revolution

Bryan Smith, Joe Laur, Nina Kruschwitz, Peter M. Senge, Sara Schley
Authors:
Bryan Smith, Joe Laur, Nina Kruschwitz, Peter M. Senge, Sara Schley

The Necessary Revolution is a book about the end of The Industrial Age Bubble the take, make, waste way of thinking that has dominated the developed world for the past 200 years. It is also a book about a new era emerging in which companies are beginning to recognise the larger systems in which they operate (environmental, social, and economic) and integrate these into their core strategies. Imagine a world in which the excess energy from one business would be used to heat another. A world in which environmentally sound products and processes would be more cost effective than wasteful ones. A world in which corporations like BP, Nike, Coca-Cola, and countless others are forming partnerships with environmental and social justice NGOs to ensure better stewardship of the earth and better livelihoods in the developing world. Now, stop imagining that world is already emerging. We must act together now.

Hodder Paperbacks

The Charlemagne Pursuit

Steve Berry
Authors:
Steve Berry

A pacy international suspense thriller with a historical twist, from the New York Times bestselling author.Ex-agent Cotton Malone wants to know what really happened to his father, officially lost at sea when his submarine went down in the north Atlantic in 1971. But when he uses his government contacts to obtain the submarine's sealed file, he finds he is not the only person looking for answers. Malone is in the line of fire when he is attacked in an attempt to take the file. He is pitched into a lethal power struggle between Dorothea Lindauer and Christl Falk, twin sisters whose twisted ambition takes sibling rivalry to new levels. Malone and the twins embark on a dangerous adventure involving Nazi explorations in Antarctica, US government conspiracies, and a series of cryptic historical clues built into the legend of Charlemagne. Forced to choose a side when neither can win, Malone is determined to uncover the truth behind his father's death - but will he be able to escape his own?

Sceptre

AK47: The Story of the People's Gun

Michael Hodges
Authors:
Michael Hodges

In the sixty years since General Kalashnikov created the AK's distinctive silhouette, the gun has been at the centre of conflicts across the Middle East, Africa and Latin America. The weapon that made him a 'Hero of the Soviet Union' has also appeared on t-shirts and vodka bottles, featured in videos and song lyrics and been re-fashioned in crystal - a gift from Putin to George W. Bush. Power, politics and passion combine in the story of a weapon that has shaped the modern world. Using testimonies of people who have experienced the gun at first-hand - including a Sudanese child soldier, a Vietcong veteran and a Yorkshire teenager - Michael Hodges provides a compelling account of how the AK47 became an icon that ranks alongside Coca-Cola as one of the most recognisable brands in the world.

Hodder Paperbacks

The Art of Persuasion

Juliet Erickson
Authors:
Juliet Erickson
Hodder & Stoughton

The Anointing

R.T. Kendall
Authors:
R.T. Kendall
Silver Award for New Group Websites

Hachette UK wins at Digital Impact Awards

Hachette UK, in partnership with The BIO Agency (Big Ideas Online) won a Silver Award at the 2012 Digital Impact Awards on Tuesday 16th October. The awards, founded in 2011, are Europe's most prominent programme of recognition of excellence in digital stakeholder communications and the UK's largest celebration of digital communication.

Mark Payne

As the co-founder, President and Head of Idea Development of Fahrenheit 212, Mark Payne draws on his twenty plus years experience in the creation of new products, new brands and new businesses. Among the great companies he's had the pleasure to work with are Procter & Gamble, Nestle, Samsung, Coca-Cola, Toyota, Best Buy, Lowe's, Campbell's Soup, Citibank and Starbucks. He is a regular contributor to Business Insider and Portfolio.com, writing on the topics of innovation strategy and practice.

Richard Watson

British writer Richard Watson advises organisations on the future, focusing on innovation and scenario planning. He is the author and publisher of What's Next, a quarterly report on global trends and writes about trends for a number of people and publications including Fast Company. His clients have included IBM, Virgin, Toyota, McDonald's, Tesco, News Limited, Westfield, Unilever, Coca-Cola and the Department of Education. A regular visitor to the UK, he maintains a website and blog at http://toptrends.nowandnext.com and is Chief Futurist at the Future Exploration Network , and a member of Futures House.

Sophie Devonshire

Sophie Devonshire is a business leader who has worked in and with multinational companies, successful start-ups and agencies, including Procter & Gamble, Coca-Cola, Leo Burnett and Interbrand. She has worked and lived in London, Tallinn and Dubai and is a regular speaker on brands and businesses in the press and media. Sophie is the CEO of The Caffeine Partnership (founded by Andy Milligan and David Kean), a unique consultancy which delivers brand-led business growth. She is an experienced business leader, entrepreneur and brand specialist. An 'acceleration addict', she is constantly curious about how to speed up success. She hates wasting time and believes impatience is usually a virtue. She applies the principles of Caffeine (a psychoactive stimulant) to her approach to work and writing; stimulating business.