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Noble Smith

Noble Smith is an award-winning playwright, video game writer and author of the fantasy novella Stolen from Gypsies. He is the former media director of an international human rights foundation where he served as executive producer of feature-length documentaries, including the highly praised 'Protagonist' and 'Neither Memory Nor Magic' (featuring the voice of Viggo Mortensen). Noble has been a Tolkien devotee since childhood, and lives in the Pacific Northwest with his wife and children.

A short story by Hodder author Karen Campbell

Double Figures

A fantastic short story from the critically acclaimed author of THE TWILIGHT TIME and AFTER THE FIRE.

Hodder & Stoughton

Revenger

Rory Clements
Authors:
Rory Clements
Chapter One

SUNNYSIDE, by Glen David Gold

Read the first chapter of Glen David Gold's SUNNYSIDE.

Two Roads

The Wolf of Wall Street

Jordan Belfort
Authors:
Jordan Belfort

NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE DIRECTED BY MARTIN SCORSESE, STARRING LEONARDO DICAPRIO (The Great Gatsby, The Aviator),MATTHEW MCCONAUGHEY (Mud, Magic Mike), JONAH HILL (Moneyball), JEAN DUJARDIN (The Artist), KYLE CHANDLER (Friday Night Lights, Zero Dark Thirty) AND JOANNA LUMLEY (Absolutely Fabulous), AND ADAPTED FOR THE SCREEN BY TERENCE WINTER (Boardwalk Empire). 'What separates Jordan's story from others like it, is the brutal honesty.' - Leonardo DiCaprio By day he made thousands of dollars a minute. By night he spent it as fast as he could, on drugs, sex, and international globe-trotting. From the binge that sunk a 170-foot motor yacht, crashed a Gulfstream jet, and ran up a $700,000 hotel tab, to the wife and kids who waited for him for at home, and the fast-talking, hard-partying young stockbrokers who called him king and did his bidding, here, in his own inimitable words, is the story of the ill-fated genius they called... THE WOLF OF WALL STREET In the 1990s Jordan Belfort, former kingpin of the notorious investment firm Stratton Oakmont, became one of the most infamous names in American finance: a brilliant, conniving stock-chopper who led his merry mob on a wild ride out of the canyons of Wall Street and into a massive office on Long Island. In this astounding and hilarious tell-all autobiography, Belfort narrates a story of greed, power, and excess no one could invent - the story of an ordinary guy who went from hustling Italian ices at sixteen to making hundreds of millions. Until it all came crashing down.

John Murray

The Secret Life of Words

Henry Hitchings
Authors:
Henry Hitchings

Communication is essential to our lives, but how often do we stop to think about where the words we use have come from? Have you ever thought about which words in English have been borrowed from Arabic, French or Dutch? Try admiral, landscape and marmalade just for starters. The Secret Life of Words is a wide-ranging account not only of the history of English, but also of how words witness history, reflect social change and remind us of our turbulent past. Henry Hitchings delves into our promiscuous language and reveals how and why it has absorbed words from more than 350 other languages many originating from the most unlikely of places, such as shampoo from Hindi and kiosk from Turkish. From the Norman Conquest to the present day, Hitchings narrates the story of English as an archive of our human experience and uncovers the secrets behind everyday words. This is a celebration of our language; after reading it, you will never again take the words we use for granted.

John Murray

The Broken Road

Patrick Leigh Fermor
Authors:
Patrick Leigh Fermor

The long-awaited final volume of the trilogy by Patrick Leigh Fermor. A Time of Gifts and Between the Woods and the Water were the first two volumes in a projected trilogy that would describe the walk that Patrick Leigh Fermor undertook at the age of eighteen from the Hook of Holland to Constantinople. 'When are you going to finish Vol. III?' was the cry from his fans; but although he wished he could, the words refused to come. The curious thing was that he had not only written an early draft of the last part of the walk, but that it predated the other two. It remains unfinished but The Broken Road - edited and introduced by Colin Thubron and Artemis Cooper - completes an extraordinary journey.

Coronet

Rock Stars Stole my Life!

Mark Ellen
Authors:
Mark Ellen

In a sodden tent at a '70s festival, the teenage Mark Ellen had a dream. He dreamt that music was a rich meadow of possibility, a liberating leap to a sparkling future, an industry of human happiness - and he wanted to be part of it. Thus began his 50-year love affair with rock and roll. From his time at the NME and Smash Hits to Radio One, Old Grey Whistle Test, Live Aid, Q, Select, Mojo and The Word magazines, he's been at the molten core of its evolution, and watched its key figures from a unique perspective. This funny and touching personal memoir maps out his eventful journey. It tells stories and settles scores. It charts the peaks and disappointments. It flags up surprising heroes and barbecues the dull and self-deluded. It puts a chaotic world to rights and pours petrol on the embers of a glorious industry now in spiralling decline. For more exclusive pictures visit www.rockstarsstolemylife.com

Sceptre

Colour

Victoria Finlay
Authors:
Victoria Finlay

Part travelogue, part narrative history, 'Colour' unlocks the history of the colours of the rainbow, and reveals how paints came to be invented, discovered, traded and used. This remarkable and beautifully written book remembers a time when red paint was really the colour of blood, when orange was the poison pigment, blue as expensive as gold, and yellow made from the urine of cows force-fed with mangoes. It looks at how green was carried by yaks along the silk road, and how an entire nation was founded on the colour purple. Exciting, richly informative, and always surprising, 'Colour' lifts the lid on the historical palette and unearths an astonishing wealth of stories about the quest for colours, and our efforts to understand them.

Hodder & Stoughton

The River Cottage Family Cookbook

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, Fizz Carr
Authors:
Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, Fizz Carr

'Fizz Carr and I share the view that there are no really good cookbooks for the whole family to use together. It is our immodest intention to write a classic of this genre' Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's well-loved RIVER COTTAGE books have become a phenomenon, inspiring hundreds of thousands of people all over Britain to cook and enjoy good food. His new book THE RIVER COTTAGE FAMILY COOK BOOK, co-written with Fizz Carr, brings the River Cottage philosophy to the whole family. It will give pleasure to everyone: toddlers and grandparents, families discovering the fun of cooking together, and everyone who enjoys simple home-cooked food. From how to make butter from a jar of cream to how to make your own sausages, THE RIVER COTTAGE FAMILY COOKBOOK will inspire everyone with the magic and fun of cooking. 'A great way to learn the basics without feeling patronised ... You come away from the experience not just with a tasty supper but with a better knowledge of food ... comfortingly old-fashioned ... will almost certainly go on my shelf of "genuinely useful cook-books", cross-referenced with my folder of "ways to entertain the kids at weekends"' Time Out

Chapter One: A Faraway Land

A LONG LONG TIME AGO AND ESSENTIALLY TRUE, by Brigid Pasulka

Read the first chapter of Brigid Pasulka's A LONG LONG TIME AGO AND ESSENTIALLY TRUE.

Hodder & Stoughton

Martyr

Rory Clements
Authors:
Rory Clements
John Murray

What If?

Randall Munroe
Authors:
Randall Munroe

THE SUNDAY TIMES NUMBER ONE BESTSELLER From the creator of the wildly popular xkcd.com, hilarious and informative answers to important questions you probably never thought to ask. Millions visit xkcd.com each week to read Randall Munroe's iconic webcomic. Fans ask him a lot of strange questions: How fast can you hit a speed bump, driving, and live? When (if ever) did the sun go down on the British Empire? When will Facebook contain more profiles of dead people than living? How many humans would a T Rex rampaging through New York need to eat a day? In pursuit of answers, Munroe runs computer simulations, pores over stacks of declassified military research memos, solves differential equations and consults nuclear reactor operators. His responses are masterpieces of clarity and hilarity, complemented by comics. They often predict the complete annihilation of humankind, or at least a really big explosion.

John Murray

Thing Explainer

Randall Munroe
Authors:
Randall Munroe
Hodder & Stoughton

Terry & George - Cooking for Friends

Terry Edwards, George Craig
Authors:
Terry Edwards, George Craig

Terry Edwards and George Craig have been described as "Britain's most fashionable foodies" (The Times). Inspired by British ingredients and culture, their pop-up restaurant company Check On (www.checkonpresents.co.uk) has created spectacular sell-out events in venues across London, Manchester, New York and Hollywood. Their menus include "Northern Invasion" where they serve their version of the Lancashire Hotpot, Toad-in-the-Hole, and Bakewell Tart; and "Hen Party" which features Spineless Chicken and Truffled Chips followed by a pudding of Eggs and Soldiers (eggshells filled with crème brulee, mango jelly and accompanied by shortbread soldiers for dipping). Terry and George's food is all about classic British dishes with a twist. This is their first book and it contains over 100 original recipes, including signature dishes such as George's Marvellous Medicine and Shell Fish & Chips. This is food made for sharing and enjoying at home. Good times guaranteed.

Hodder & Stoughton

The Stallion Man

Judith Glover
Authors:
Judith Glover
Hodder & Stoughton

The Selfless Gene

Charles Foster
Authors:
Charles Foster
John Murray

Beautiful Children

Charles Bock
Authors:
Charles Bock

One Saturday night, in a city surrounded by desert and oversaturated with glitter is Newell Ewing. With his older, socially maladjusted mate Kenny, the two embark on Newell's first Saturday night out on the town in Vegas. Newell is twelve years old. Before the sun rises Newell has disappeared, never to be seen again. Newell's suburbanite parents, Lincoln and Lorraine, are racked with mounting grief as their marriage begins to unravel during the unfathomable year that follows his disappearance. Bing Biderbixxe is an illustrator on a professional visit to Sin City on a hot summer day. He meets Cheri Blossom, a stripper known for her eye-popping pyrotechnic stage performance. Offstage, her drug- and porn-running boyfriend, Pony Boy, is cheating on her. With exacting suspense and original technique, Bock's panoply of Vegas dispossessed quietly exert their influence on Newell's fate. From the new suburban shimmer of the Ewing home, to the gaudy misery of Vegas strip clubs, to the desperate holes and punk-rock desert parties where an underclass of the marginal and meek are ignored and forgotten, Charles Bock takes us on a trip to the dark heart of America. Beautiful Children mines the humanity of its characters as it rushes head on towards a spectacular tragedy and powerful redemption.

Chapter One: Murdering Mrs Durance

THE DAUGHTERS OF MARS, by Thomas Keneally

Read the first chapter of Sceptre Booker prize-winning author Thomas Keneally's newest novel, THE DAUGHTERS OF MARS.

By publicist Kerry Hood

On set with Peter Robinson and DCI Banks

DCI is being brought to life in an ITV adaptation of one of his novels. His publicist, Kerry Hood, made a visit to the set to bring us up to speed on what to expect from Peter Robinson's first TV adaptation.