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The Swap

Fiona Mitchell
Authors:
Fiona Mitchell
Nicholas Brealey Publishing

Defining You

Fiona Murden
Authors:
Fiona Murden
John Murray

Elmet

Fiona Mozley
Authors:
Fiona Mozley

SHORTLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2017'A quiet explosion of a book, exquisite and unforgettable' The Economist'A cleverly constructed rural Gothic fable . . . Elmet is a marvellous achievement' TLS'Pastoral idyll, political exposé, cosy family saga and horror tale, it reads like a traditional children's story that turns into a gangster film: Hansel and Gretel meets The Godfather' Sunday TimesDaniel is heading north. He is looking for someone. The simplicity of his early life with Daddy and Cathy has turned menacing and fearful. They lived apart in the house that Daddy built for them in the woods with his bare hands. They foraged and hunted. Cathy was more like their father: fierce and full of simmering anger. Daniel was more like their mother: gentle and kind. Sometimes, their father disappeared, and would return with a rage in his eyes. But when he was at home, he was at peace. He told them that the little copse in Elmet was theirs alone. But that wasn't true. Local men, greedy and watchful, began to circle like vultures. All the while, the terrible violence in Daddy grew.Brutal and beautiful in equal measure, Elmet is a compelling portrayal of a family living on the fringes of contemporary society, as well as a gripping exploration of the disturbing actions people are capable of when pushed to their limits.

Hodder & Stoughton

The Maid's Room

Fiona Mitchell
Authors:
Fiona Mitchell

'A modern-day The Help' - Emerald Street'It's a book to read and then read again.' The Book Bag'I loved The Maid's Room with its exquisite writing, married with a shocking and powerful story line that had me gripped and moved until the uplifting conclusion.' Katie Marsh, author of A Life Without You and This Beautiful Life'A beautifully written and deeply moving novel . . . crafted with a mixture of grim detail, dark humour and poignancy, at times it's hard to believe that this book is a work of fiction. Genuinely excellent. *****' Heat******'This is where she sleeps. A cupboard. A bedroom. A windowless box.'Sisters Dolly and Tala have never felt further from home. In the blistering heat of Singapore, they spend their days enabling ex-pats to have lives they could never afford for themselves.Even though she has little freedom, Dolly can just about live with her job if it means she's able to support her beloved young daughter back in the Philippines. One day - if she's lucky - Dolly may even be able to go back and see her.Tala, however, just can't keep her mouth shut about the restrictive, archaic rules maids are forced to abide by on pain of deportation. She risks everything to help her fellow maids, who have struggled to have their voices heard for far too long.In a world where domestic workers are treated so poorly, The Maid's Room explores how women can come together to change each other's lives, and be the architects of their own futures.

Sceptre

The High Places

Fiona McFarlane
Authors:
Fiona McFarlane

Winner of the International Dylan Thomas Prize 2017'The judges recognised the mastery of form which is present in Fiona McFarlane's unforgettable collection of stunning short stories . . . highly varied in tone and brought the reader to characters, situations and places which were haunting in their oddity and moving in their human empathy.' Chair of judges of International Dylan Thomas Prize 2017, Professor Dai Smith CBEBy the author of The Night Guest, a collection of fourteen scintillating short stories: surprising, wise, thought-provoking and superbly wrought. Ranging in setting from Australia to Greece, England to a Pacific island, they focus on people: their hopes, fears, dreams and disappointments, and their relationships - between ill-matched friends, daughters and mothers, fathers and sons, married couples and sisters. Some are eccentric, like the widower who believes his dead wife's mechanical parrot speaks to him, or the research scientist convinced that Charles Darwin visits him on his remote island; others delude themselves, like the mistress of a married man who thinks she's freer than her married sister. All are confronted with events that make them see themselves and their lives from a fresh perspective. It is what they do as a result that is as unpredictable as life itself.

John Murray

Byron

Fiona MacCarthy
Authors:
Fiona MacCarthy

Fiona MacCarthy makes a breakthrough in interpreting Byron's life and poetry drawing on John Murray's world-famous archive.She brings a fresh eye to his early years: his childhood in Scotland, embattled relations with his mother, the effect of his deformed foot on his development. She traces his early travels in the Mediterranean and the East, throwing light on his relationships with adolescent boys - a hidden subject in earlier biographies.While paying due attention to the compelling tragicomedy of Byron's marriage, his incestuous love for his half-sister Augusta and the clamorous attention of his female fans, she gives a new importance to his close male friendships, in particular that with his publisher John Murray. She tells the full story of their famous disagreement, ending as a rift between them as Byron's poetry became more recklessly controversial.Byron was a celebrity in his own lifetime, becoming a 'superstar' in 1812, after the publication of Childe Harold. The Byron legend grew to unprecedented proportions after his death in the Greek War of Independence at the age of thirty-six. The problem for a biographer is sifting the truth from the sentimental, the self-serving and the spurious. Fiona MacCarthy has overcome this to produce an immaculately researched biography, which is also her refreshing personal view.

Coronet

The One You Trust

Paul Pilkington
Authors:
Paul Pilkington
Coronet

The One You Fear

Paul Pilkington
Authors:
Paul Pilkington

The gripping sequel to the million-downloaded The One You Love.Emma Holden and her friends are trying to move on from the horrific events surrounding Dan's kidnap, when a shocking revelation drags them back into the nightmare and forces them to question everything they once believed to be true. More secrets will be revealed, more lies will be told, and more lives under threat.An extended version of the self-published novella, with more secrets, more tension and more drama

Sceptre

The Night Guest

Fiona McFarlane
Authors:
Fiona McFarlane

In an isolated house on the New South Wales coast, Ruth - a widow whose sons work abroad - lives alone. Until one day a stranger bowls up, announcing that she's been sent by the authorities to be Ruth's carer.At first, Ruth is happy to have the company. Frida is efficient and helpful, and willing to listen to Ruth's stories about her childhood in Fiji and the man she fell for there. But why does Ruth hear a tiger prowling through the house at night? How far can Ruth trust this enigmatic woman? And how far can she trust herself?This hypnotic tale soars above its own suspense to tell us, with exceptional grace and beauty, about ageing, love, dependence, fear and power, and about the mysterious workings of the mind. Here is a dazzling new writer, reminding us how powerfully fiction can speak to our innermost secrets.(P)2014 Hodder & Stoughton

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The Love Book

Fiona O'Brien
Authors:
Fiona O'Brien

In 1980, three schoolgirls visit St. Valentine's shrine in Dublin, to write their petitions for love. By 2010, these same women have discovered that finding love was the easy part - it's what you do with it once you've found it that's tricky.When one of the women returns home unexpectedly from California, all three are forced to examine their choices, loves, and lives, which have proved surprising, and in some ways, precarious. So much for St. Valentine - if the saint has taught them anything about love - it's be careful what you wish for . . .But real love is always a work in progress - and Vonnie, Abby and Diana must learn they need to open their eyes and more especially their hearts - because St. Valentine has some unfinished business with them . . .

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Tongue in Cheek

Fiona Walker
Authors:
Fiona Walker

From the very first day that they move to the Oddlode Valley, it's inevitable that young teacher Mo Stillitoe, recently separated socialite Diana Lampeter and cool, retired dressage diva Anke Brakespear will find their lives entangled. Despite their differing generations and backgrounds, the women are on a relocation collision course. As inept removal men deliver furniture - and even horses - to the wrong houses, other moves are being made . . . Mo's bad boy lover takes Diana's eye, Anke's flirtatious husband immediately suggests Mo hop into bed with him - and Diana's local heart-throb brother comes joyfully face to face with the Danish ice-maiden he posted on his wall as a teenager.As a long, hot Indian summer burns its embers into winter, the newcomers settle into their beautiful frost-hugged surroundings, generating enough heat to melt every heart in Oddlode. New passions ignite and old flames are fanned amid the honeyed villages, enchanted gardens, haunted parkland and raucous country social life. The heat is on, and sparks fly - but is this just a flash in the pan or is somebody fuelling the fire?(P)2006 ISIS Publishing Ltd

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Without Him

Fiona O'Brien
Authors:
Fiona O'Brien

Shelley Fitzgibbon has it all - three beautiful children, a charismatic, successful husband and the life of her dreams. Then her husband Charlie disappears, leaving behind more than just a business in crisis . . .When Charlie's estranged mother Vera opens her door to the broken family, secrets from the past begin to emerge that reveal there's more to the Fitzgibbons than meets the eye. As Shelley struggles to keep her family together, she begins to wonder if she ever knew the man she married . . . Is blood always thicker than water? Maybe Charlie's family are simply better off without him . . .

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Don't Say Goodbye

Fiona Stanford
Authors:
Fiona Stanford

When you fall in love with someone serving in the Armed Forces, it's hard to imagine the impact their career will have on your life. In Don't Say Goodbye, Fiona Stanford tells the untold story of the people left behind when our soldiers go off to fight. She reveals the hidden side to modern conflict - the story of the families, but in particular the wives, girlfriends, mothers and children - how it feels to live on a knife edge, bombarded with 24-hour news and footage of the war, and the constant terror that the next death you hear about on the television or the radio might be your loved one. Through tales of the Army lifestyle, she explains the reply to the age old question: 'How do you cope?' which is usually: 'You just get on with it'Fiona's husband handed over command of the 1st Battalion Welsh Guards to Lt Col Rupert Thorneloe before they deployed to Afghanistan in 2009, During the tour seven of their men were killed, including Rupert, and many were wounded. Here she shares the rewards and challenges of Army life - the desperate goodbyes with young children in tow, the bittersweet sense of pride and the huge relief of homecoming. She also tells of other goodbyes; to friends when 'posted on', to children when they go away to school and the ultimate goodbye, revealing the heartache of families whose loved ones do not return.This is a story of love - how love can survive and even grow when couples are separated by thousands of miles and days of anguish.Don't Say Goodbye sheds light on the unique camaraderie that develops amongst the women as they pull each other through the toughest of times. Poignant, inspiring and deeply moving, this book is a tribute to the women and families that support our heroes on the frontline.

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No Reservations

Fiona O'Brien
Authors:
Fiona O'Brien

Dom Coleman-Cappabianca is the divinely handsome owner of Dominic's, the hottest restaurant in town. But he's about to find out things are even steamier out of the kitchen. For starters, his blonde PR exec girlfriend Tanya seems hell bent on promoting her own interests, whatever the expense.Carla Berlusconi, the beautiful Italian American waitress, keeps her New York past to herself in Dominic's. But who is she? And what is her real story?Sexy doctor P.J. O'Sullivan is one of Dom's best customers. Five years on he still struggles to cope with the death of his beloved wife. Will he find true love again?Charlotte Keating is the perfect daughter, the perfect mother and now, the perfectly behaved divorcee. But her daughter Candy is about to change all that. And then Dom's glamorous Italian mother Cici is getting herself into some very hot water.From Dublin to Rome and New York, family fidelity is tested to its limits as the cast of Dominic's discover when love is the dish of the day, it's a recipe for trouble.

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Four Play

Fiona Walker
Authors:
Fiona Walker

One is no fun.Broken-hearted beauty Dilly Gently is an impossible romantic. She just knows her soul mate is out there - somewhere . . .Two is double trouble.Her best friend Nell doesn't believe in soul mates. But she does believe in fun. And her dashing twin brother Flipper is just the man to show Dilly a good time.Three is definitely a crowd.Dilly would rather be sharing soulful glances with gorgeous blond Magnus. But Nell has plans for him herself.It's all building up to some delicious four play . . .

Nicholas Brealey International

Success with Asian Names

Fiona Swee-Lin Price
Authors:
Fiona Swee-Lin Price
Hodder Paperbacks

The Fish Finger Years

Fiona Gibson
Authors:
Fiona Gibson
Hodder Paperbacks

The 10-Minute Life Coach

Fiona Harrold
Authors:
Fiona Harrold
Coronet

Kiss Chase

Fiona Walker
Authors:
Fiona Walker

Felix Sylvian is a charming, silken-tongued dilettante, he has the sex-appeal of a school-girl's day-dream and the soul of a poet. But he has one nasty habit he can't seem to break: a sadistic tendency to ride rough-shod over any girl foolish enough to fall for him.Saskia Seaton is Felix's latest victim. Once a beautiful, precocious aspiring actress, she is now a suicidal wreck after a whirlwind affair with Felix and a force ten finale. Retreating to lick her wounded pride, she decides she wants poetic justice. And her friend Phoebe's the one to get it. With Saskia's help, Phoebe will become Felix's dream woman. She will pursue him across his London playground and seduce him until he falls in love with her and then she'll drop him just as he has so many women in the past. But Phoebe doesn't realise that when she tries to break Felix's nasty habit, she'll find herself breaking her own heart ...

Fiona Murden

Fiona Murden is a leadership psychologist who has spent the past fifteen years working with multi-national companies and with some of the UK's most successful business leaders, policy makers, top academics and sports people. As a leadership coach to a raft of senior executives, an articulate and engaging public speaker, her day-to-day business puts her in a position to influence many of the great leaders of today, in the UK, USA, Europe and Asia Pacific. Her speaking commitments take her into boardrooms as diverse as the Institute of Directors, Cabinet Office, Royal College of Surgeons and Lloyd's of London. They have also seen her appear on BBC Radio 2's Jeremy Vine show. Fiona has a BSc in Psychology from Warwick University, a Master of Arts in Organisational Studies from Warwick University Business School and a Master of Science in Psychology, gained with distinction, from the University of London. She lectures widely at academic and city institutions.