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Drummond Moir

Drummond Moir grew up in Edinburgh and studied at St Anne's College, Oxford and Daiichi Keizai University in Fukuoka, Japan. He has worked in publishing since 2006 and is currently Editorial Director at Sceptre.

Hodder & Stoughton

The Great Northern Cookbook

Sean Wilson

"This journey has given me the exciting opportunity to bring my cooking life full circle, and to introduce you to the very best recipes from the North of England. I've been able to delve deep into the diverse cultures, histories and traditions of the North and, of course, Northern food. The results of my travels, my many tastings, meals and experiments, are presented here, in a book that revels in its Northernness!" SEAN WILSON Britain is a nation built on its food, and nowhere has a richer heritage than the North of England. In The Great Northern Cookbook, Sean Wilson - former Coronation Street actor now award-winning cheese-maker and chef - is our guide to the culinary highlights of the North. A proud Lancastrian, Sean serves up timeless recipes and reveals the history behind the foods you love. In The Great Northern Cookbook you'll find homely hotpots and pies, alongside beef stew with melting dumplings, and a recipe for the soft, warm oven-bottom muffins. With soups to feed an army, traditional sweet treats, delicious Northern curries, and of course timeless Yorkshire puddings with mushy peas and gravy, Sean serves up the greats from Lancashire, Yorkshire, Cumbria and Northumberland. Embrace the Northern passion for simple food, made with good, authentic ingredients. Tying in to a new TV series, The Great Northern Cookbook is packed with delicious and affordable recipes you'll want to eat and share

Kevin Powers wins

Guardian First Book Award

Iraq veteran and poet Kevin Powers' unforgettable depiction of the psychological impact of war has won the Guardian First Book Award. Editor Drummond Moir says: 'It's a wonderful moment for Kevin and everyone here is absolutely thrilled.'

Chapter One

COME SUNDAY, by Isla Morley

Read the first chapter of Isla Morley's COME SUNDAY.

The Creeps Q&A with John Connolly

How long have you been frightening young people, and when did you decide to turn it from a hobby to a profession? Well, it’s not as if I’ve hanging around in alleyways dressed as a scarecrow, waiting for frailer children to walk by – not that that doesn’t sound like fun, mind you. I suppose I always enjoyed scary stories and films as a child and a teenager, although part of the pleasure always lay in laughing after the scare, I think. It’s what the current generation of torture porn auteurs doesn’t seem to realize, and it’s why, say, the 2013 remake of Evil Dead is so much more unpleasant than the original: it’s completely lacking in humor. In that sense, the Samuel Johnston books are really meant to be funny books that are a bit scary, rather than scary books that are a bit funny. The primary intention is to make the reader laugh. Why is it fun to be scared? Why do we look for scary things? It’s fun to be scared in safety, and at one remove from the threat, and not quite so much fun to be scared in actuality. That’s why parents are wrong to get too worked up about mildly scary films, and especially about mildly scary books. They’re a safe way for younger people to explore emotions, and a huge part of your development as a human being is exploring, and developing, one’s emotional makeup. They’re also a way of negotiating the darkness of the adult world, because they give form to threats and fears that are often very nebulous in reality. Children and teenagers understand that the adult world is difficult, and complex, and sometimes frightening, and supernatural fiction gives substance to the insubstantial. Look, the Twilight series is a good example. Those books aren’t about vampires and werewolves: they’re about relationships, and the difficulties of being in love, and finding oneself uprooted from one place to another when your parents’ marriage collapses. The vampire and werewolf stuff is just a carrier for those issues. Genre fiction is a good carrier food. What was the first scary book you read? I was very taken with a series of books for younger readers in which stories of supposedly real-life supernatural encounters were retold. I can’t recall who wrote them, but I liked the fact that they began with the assumption that this stuff might be real. That added an extra frisson. I was also reading Herbert Van Thal’s Pan anthologies, although they tended to have one or two good stories and then a whole bunch of ropier ones, many of which were age inappropriate. I’m on a roll now… I also had two anthologies of novelizations of Hammer horror movies, which I dearly loved, especially as I was rarely allowed to stay up late enough to watch Hammer movies on BBC 2 on Saturdays, so the novelizations were my generation’s equivalent of dodgy videos to watch behind the backs of parents. I then graduated to Stephen King, and MR James. What scared you when you were ten, and how was that different from what scares you now? I don’t think horror movies scared me. I can remember staying with a friend of mine at his parents’ holiday home, and being allowed to watch Dracula, Prince of Darkness because my parents weren’t around to say otherwise. I loved it, but my mate wet the bed during the night because of it. I felt slightly responsible for that, but only slightly. Later, I became concerned about my parents’ mortality, and a lot of that fed into The Book of Lost Things. Now, as I get older, I find myself still worried about my mother, who is in her eighties, but also becoming mildly concerned about my own mortality. Then again, maybe I’ll be the first to beat the odds. Why is Boswell a Dachshund, specifically? I always feel that they look like slightly worried, and vaguely thoughtful, little dogs. I suspect I have a natural empathy for them on that front. You’ve said this was the most difficult of the three Samuel Johnson books to write. Why was that? On one level it was because I was very anxious not to repeat myself, and I needed to find a way to make the book work after The Infernals/ Hell’s Bells. That was set in Hell, and so had a huge, mythic landscape against which to work. I couldn’t really improve upon that, so eventually it became clear that the way to go was to set the book in an enclosed space – in this case, a big old department store – but an enclosed space that also contained the entire Multiverse. But on another level it’s a book about leaving childhood behind. Samuel is getting older, and there’s a growing distance between himself and Nurd, the demon who lives with him, but it’s Nurd who recognizes it, not Samuel. There’s a little undercurrent of sadness to the book, so it was a question of balancing that alongside the humor, and the supernatural elements. Without giving too much away, THE CREEPS is rather clearly the end of a trilogy, but would you ever think about giving one of the secondary characters a book of his own — Nurd, perhaps, or Mr. Merryweather’s Elves? Follow-up question: do you have a favorite character, among Samuel’s infernal companions? The book does hint at that possibility, and they are characters to whom I hope to return. I love doing these little books. They’re an escape for me, and I’m fond of all of the characters. I suspect, though, that the next book, whenever I choose to write it, may well concern itself with Nurd. I even have a title in mind… Other than the main character being a young person, what’s the biggest difference between writing your adult books and writing the Samuel Johnson books? I think I can let my imagination run riot with the Samuel books, and I can also be funny – or try to be funny – in a way that I can’t in the adult books. I suppose, too, that I’m aware of trying to pass on information about the world, but not in a preachy way. There’s a kind of dual narrative in the books: there’s the main story being told, using one particular voice, and then there are occasional interjections, either as footnotes or asides, by another voice. It’s sometimes sarky, and kind of amused. I’ve always thought of it as the tone of the uncle in your family who always seemed a bit cooler than your dad. Will you continue to write books for young people, now that this trilogy is complete? Well, in the UK The Creeps is being published simultaneously with a book called Conquest, which is the first of a series for slightly older teens written with my better half, Jennie Ridyard. That’s a different way of writing about childhood, and I’m enjoying that challenge. It’s likely that there will be four of those books. In the end, I’ll always return to writing for young people. It’s incredibly rewarding – not financially, but spiritually and emotionally. I’m happier for doing it. What do you think about the categories of “young adult” and now “new adult” novels? Are these useful for readers, and do they/should they change the way authors write their books? I think they’re useful for bookstores in terms of organizing their shelves, and for parents and slightly younger readers who are still negotiating the world of books. From my own experience, though, I moved very quickly from books written for younger readers to adult books, and I was certainly exploring the world of adult fiction before I entered my teens. In the end, it’s a question of the development of the individual reader, and his or her tastes and maturity. I think, though, that adults have to learn to trust young readers. Kids, I find, are very good at discovering their own level when it comes to books. It can be a process of trial and error, but it’s a useful one. When it comes to books and reading, there’s a limit to how far wrong a kid can go! THE CREEPS by John Connolly is published in hardcover by Hodder & Stoughton on September 28 at £12.99

Teach Yourself

The Finance Coach: Teach Yourself

Lindsey Byrne

This book guides readers simply through basic financial concepts, until they can understand and interpret published accounts to enable them to evaluate the performance of customers, competitors and suppliers. The book also focuses on management accounting, helping managers to compile budgets, control and manage costs, justify investment ideas and negotiate for funding and resources with their senior managers/the board and the finance department. By the end of this book each reader will feel confident: - managing their business area for improved financial performance - conversing financially with colleagues, bosses and finance professionals - setting and monitoring financial objectives and targets for their staff. Other books help you talk the talk. The Teach Yourself Coach books helps you walk the walk. Who are you? * Anyone who wants to impress more and achieve more with their written communication at work Where will this book take you? * You will have new skills and knowledge, and be fully ready to use it in a specific writing project How does it work? * A combination of practical tried-and-tested advice, and unique interactive exercises When can you do it? * In your own time, at your own pace What else do you get? * Access to free online videos and printable resources Why Teach Yourself®? * Teach Yourself books are trusted around the world and have helped sixty million people achieve their goals"

Teach Yourself

The Startup Coach: Teach Yourself

Carl Reader
Teach Yourself

The Presenting Coach: Teach Yourself

Tricia Woolfrey
Teach Yourself

The Negotiation Coach: Teach Yourself

Peter Fleming

By the end of this book you will have be ready to lead at a higher level: Understand your negotiating style Develop your weaknesses into strengths Develop plans for key specific negotiations Focus on results, not effort Make a positive impact on your business Other books help you talk the talk. The Teach Yourself Coach books helps you walk the walk. Who are you? * Anyone who wants to think more deeply about how they negotiate, to get better results Where will this book take you? * You will have new skills and knowledge, and be fully ready to use it in a specific negotiation How does it work? * A combination of practical tried-and-tested advice, and unique interactive exercises When can you do it? * In your own time, at your own pace What else do you get? * Access to free online videos and printable resources Why Teach Yourself®? * Teach Yourself books are trusted around the world and have helped sixty million people achieve their goals

Teach Yourself

The Sales Coach: Teach Yourself

Richard White

Most business books just tell you what to do. The Sales Coach guides you every step of the way. Who are you? Anyone who sells on a regular basis and wants to become more effective at selling. Where will this book take you? You will be armed with the techniques you need to close more sales with less effort. How does it work? You'll fine-tune your sales skills through a combination of practical, tried-and-tested advice, and unique interactive exercises. What else do you get? The book includes access to a range of free downloadable templates and resources that will help you develop even further. Improve your sales effectiveness Discover your USP Hone your sales pitch Win more sales with less effort Feel more confident and motivated

Teach Yourself

The Leadership Coach: Teach Yourself

Tony Buon

Most business books just tell you what to do. The Leadership Coach will guide you every step of the way. Understand your leadership style Develop your weaknesses into strengths Inspire and encourage your team Focus on leading, not managing Make a positive impact on your business Who are you? Any leader who is excited by the opportunity to take their skills to the next level Where will this book take you? You will have a firm understanding of your leadership style and how you can be most effective How does it work? The book uses the proven WORKBOOK METHOD, meaning it is packed with interactive exercises and self-assessment tools to help you reach your potential. What else do I get? The book includes access to a range of free downloadable templates and resources which will help you develop even further.

Chambers

The Chambers Crossword Dictionary, 4th Edition

Chambers (Ed.)

The bestselling reference for crossword solvers and setters The Chambers Crossword Dictionary is the perfect tool for any crossword solver - and you know it because it is used by the setters themselves! What makes The Chambers Crossword Dictionary different? Comprehensive, reliable and easy-to-use, this major new edition has been thoroughly revised and updated by a team of crossword experts, and is specially tailored to the needs of crossword solvers. With more than 500,000 solutions to cryptic and quick clues, plus explanations of cryptic clue types and the use of anagram and other indicators, and insights into the world of crossword setting and memorable clues, it is truly the ultimate crossword bible. This new edition features: - Over 500,000 solutions for every kind of crossword. - More than 2,500 crossword code words alerting you to cryptic ploys. - Over 19,500 'one-stop' entries, with both synonyms and encyclopaedic material, for extra guidance in finding the right answer. - A wealth of recent synonyms to give you up-to-the-minute answers. - New topic lists to help you solve general-knowledge clues. - Word lists sorted by length and then alphabetically to make finding solutions easy. - Includes words, phrases, abbreviations, symbols, codes and other cryptic 'building blocks'. - Packed with crossword jargon, anagram and other indicators and essential cryptic vocabulary. - Draws on the latest Chambers Dictionary 13th Edition and the authoritative Chambers reference range. It is packed with expert advice and editorial from: - Derek Arthur (1945-2010), co-editor of The Listener crossword in The Times and of The Chambers Crossword Dictionary, 2nd edition - Ross Beresford, former co-editor of The Listener crossword - Peter Biddlecombe, The Sunday Times crossword editor and The Times Crossword Championship winner (2000, 2007) - Jonathan Crowther, better known to cryptic crossword solvers as Azed, having set crosswords for The Observer for over 40 years - Don Manley, crossword setter for many quality newspapers under various pseudonyms (Duck, Quixote, Bradman, Giovanni) and Church Times crossword editor - Tim Moorey, crossword setter for The Sunday Times and The Times, and crossword editor and setter for The Week and MoneyWeek magazines. He is author of How to Crack Cryptic Crosswords Chambers is one of the world's most respected dictionary and thesaurus publishers.

Teach Yourself

The Business Writing Coach: Teach Yourself

Patrick Forsyth

By the end of this book you will have be ready to lead at a higher level Discover your writing strengths and weaknesses Understand the key types of business writing Develop your skills Get the details right Make a positive impact on your business Other books help you talk the talk. The Teach Yourself Coach books helps you walk the walk. Who are you? * Anyone who wants to impress more and achieve more with their written communication at work Where will this book take you? * You will have new skills and knowledge, and be fully ready to use it in a specific writing project How does it work? * A combination of practical tried-and-tested advice, and unique interactive exercises When can you do it? * In your own time, at your own pace What else do you get? * Access to free online videos and printable resources Why Teach Yourself®? * Teach Yourself books are trusted around the world and have helped sixty million people achieve their goals

HODDER & STOUGHTON TO PUBLISH MEMOIR BY NOLAN SISTER BERNIE NOLAN

Hodder & Stoughton will publish NOW AND FOREVER by Bernie Nolan on 9th May 2013. Editorial Director Fenella Bates acquired world rights in a deal with Neil Howarth at Urban Associates. Bernie Nolan has performed in the Nolan Sisters since 1974 selling 30 million records worldwide before she became a star of the stage in shows including Blood Brothers and Chicago, and on screen where she won awards for her roles in Brookside and The Bill. Two years ago Bernie was given the initial allclear after her first courageous battle with breast cancer. Over the moon, Bernie set about rebuilding her life and making plans for the future. Then in the summer of 2012, she discovered the cancer had not only returned but that it had spread to her brain, lungs, liver and bones and was incurable. In true Bernie sprit she declared she was going to ‘fight it all the way’ and this is her story. Fenella Bates said: ‘Bernie Nolan is an incredibly brave and inspiring woman. As soon as she received the diagnosis last summer, her first thought was of her daughter. Bernie was determined not to let the cancer stop her from being “Mum”. As recent headlines have suggested, Bernie is tragically in the final stages of her fight, but she is still battling with all her might to stay with her family for as long as she can. She has been writing her book for the last six months and it’s impossible not to be moved by the wonderfully warmhearted voice that comes through loud and clear on every page. It is a searing account of a wife and mother’s fight against a vicious disease, and the life less ordinary Bernie has lived over the last 50 years.’ NOW AND FOREVER will be published in hardback and eBook at £16.99 on 9th May 2013. For further information please contact: Eleni Lawrence, Hodder & Stoughton Press Office 020 7873 6174 eleni.lawrence@hodder.co.uk

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The Saint for £2.99

To celebrate the reissues of Leslie Charteris' classic series The Saint, you can pick up any of the current eBooks for the very special price of only £2.99. This offer is available on Kindle, Kobo and iOS devices, and you can find all of the links to your relevant store below. Whether you're a long-time fan or looking to discover something new, there has never been a better time to download one of The Saint's adventures! Amazon Kindle Kobo Books iBookstore

The Shortlist for the Sceptre Writing Prize has been Announced

Writing the future for Scottish novelists

I. The Bride for Whom We Dance. The Eleventh Year of the Era of Kansei. 1799.

THE THOUSAND AUTUMNS OF JACOB DE ZOET, by David Mitchell

Read the first chapter of David Mitchell's brilliant THE THOUSAND AUTUMNS OF JACOB DE ZOET.

John Murray

Unmentionables

Ralph Keyes

We say a lot about ourselves by what we don't say. Words and phrases like 'collateral damage', 'wardrobe malfunction', 'vertically challenged', and old favourites like 'unmentionables' (trousers, apparently) or 'lady of the night' - all are ways of not using particular words.  UNMENTIONABLES is a rollicking exploration of the history of euphemistic usage, looking at how taboos connected to sex, death, religion, war, politics, business and matters of status have produced an extraordinary linguistic creativity, and how euphemistic speech has changed over the centuries.  It looks at how euphemisms are born, and how they die (or 'experience a negative outcome') and it explores why it is that we create euphemisms, and the different purposes - from the benign to the sinister - that they serve. (Is 'euphemism' a euphemism for lying?) Lively, entertaining, and crammed with fascinating nuggets of information, UNMENTIONABLES is a celebration of the richness of language. Why have just one word for something when you can have ten other words instead?

Hodder & Stoughton

Never Eat Shredded Wheat

Christopher Somerville

Bognor Regis...Aberystwyth...Glasgow...Can you place them on a map? Most people can't these days. What kind of countryside do you pass through on your way to the Cairngorms, or the Fens, or Northumberland? What's north of the Pennines? And what's it like when you get there? Most folk wouldn't have a clue. Increasing numbers of us don't have a basic geographical notion of these islands. Blame it on a decline in formal geography teaching, or Sat-Nav and other 'A to Z and nothing in between' devices that make us lazy - we are becoming the best travelled and least well orientated Britons ever seen. Now Christopher Somerville, bestselling author of Coast and many other books of UK exploration, presents the basics of what belongs where, which counties border one another, and what lies beyond the Watford Gap. He reminds us of the watery bits, the lumpy bits and the flat bits, and gets to grips with the smaller islands surrounding Britain - and much more. Never Eat Shredded Wheat is a reminder of all the fascinating British geography once learned at school - geography that brings our islands vividly to life - geography which we have forgotten, or never even knew.

Teach Yourself

Writer's Guide to Good Style: Teach Yourself

Katherine Lapworth

Do you want to write more effectively, correctly and in a manner which is appropriate for this brave new world of text speak and blogging? Whether you are a professional writer, or writing for your profession, a journalist, non-fiction writer, or simply a would-be blogger, you will find essential guidance and the latest style rules in this book. It contains firstly a detailed breakdown of both the rules of grammar, punctuation and spelling and, secondly, a guide to making your work readable, structured and well-paced. Unlike any other style guide, it also sets out the new and evolving rules for 21st century writing such as blogging, chatrooms, and even PowerPoint presentations.