November New Releases

Hodder & Stoughton

The Racketeer

By John Grisham
Worldwide bestseller John Grisham will keep you on the edge of your seat with his most suspenseful thriller yet.

Given the importance of what they do, and the controversies that often surround them, and the violent people they sometimes confront, it is remarkable that in the history of the USA only four active federal judges have been murdered.

Judge Raymond Fawcett just became number five.

His body was found in the small basement of a lakeside cabin he had built himself and frequently used on weekends. When he did not show up for a trial on Monday morning, his law clerks panicked, called the FBI, and in due course the agents found the crime scene. There was no forced entry, no struggle, just two dead bodies - Judge Fawcett and his young secretary.

I did not know Judge Fawcett, but I know who killed him, and why.

I am a lawyer, and I am in prison.

It's a long story.

John Grisham is the author of twenty-five novels, one work of non-fiction, one collection of short stories, and three novels for young readers. His works are translated into thirty-nine languages. He lives in Virginia and Mississippi.
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Jessica Ennis: Unbelievable - From My Childhood Dreams To Winning Olympic Gold

By Jessica Ennis
The full story of the gold medal-winning 'face of the Olympics'

On 4 August 2012 Jessica Ennis kicked off what some described as the greatest night in British sporting history. For her it was the end of a long, winding, and sometimes harrowing road.

Nobody was under more pressure at the London Olympics than 'the face of the Games'. Yet Jessica delivered the heptathlon gold medal, and the huge outpouring of relief she showed afterwards hinted at the roller-coaster journey she had been on. Behind the smiles and politeness, Jessica has endured much. Bullied at school for being small, she proved to critics and rivals alike that size really didn't matter.

Hers is an inspiring tale of following your dreams no matter what life throws at you. In 2008 Jessica thought her career might be over when she was injured on the eve of the Olympic Games in Beijing. But she overcame this setback to rebuild her career and technique, becoming the world and European champion in successive years. Her biggest test was yet to come, though, when her rivals overhauled her in the build-up to London.

Unbelievable is a refreshingly candid account of her rise to fame in a highly charged world in which body image issues and drug abuses lurk. From the unique pressures facing her, to behind-the-scenes glimpses into the greatest show on earth, and a revealing account of her love-hate relationship with her long-term coach, Jessica reveals the truth behind the smiles for the first time. Unbelievable includes exclusive behind-the-scenes photos.

This is the story of how the girl next door became London's poster girl, and how an ordinary woman used an extraordinary talent to claim the title of the world's greatest all-round female sports star.

It was the simple phrase 'So I run and I run and I win. I am the Olympic champion' that made tears prick my eyes.A heart-warming yet candid read from our favourite girl next door... Will make you fall in love with our Jess all over again.A powerful tale... If you're trying to impress upon an errant teen the virtues of dedication and discipline, you'll find what you need here.Jessica Ennis was born in Sheffield in 1986. Her greatest achievement to date has been winning heptathlon gold at the 2012 London Olympic Games. Jessica was appointed MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours list in 2011 and lives in Sheffield.Jessica Ennis played a part in one of the greatest nights British sport has ever seen - when she raced across the 800m line to take the gold medal.Jessica was the face of the 2012 Olympics, but has not been over-exposed in interviews - this will be the inside story.Jessica has an incredible 800,000 followers on Twitter.Jessica's official Facebook page has over 1,000,000 fans.250,000 people have watched videos on Jessica's official YouTube channel.Includes exclusive behind-the-scenes photos from photographer Graham Hughes and Jessica's personal collection.
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Days of Blood and Starlight (Daughter of Smoke and Bone Trilogy 2)

By Laini Taylor

It began with the breathtaking DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE... This November, the story continues in the astounding, must-read sequel, DAYS OF BLOOD AND STARLIGHT

It began with the breathtaking DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE... This November, the story continues in the astounding, must-read sequel, DAYS OF BLOOD AND STARLIGHT

Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love and dared to imagine a new way of living - one without massacres and torn throats and bonfires of the fallen, without revenants or bastard armies or children ripped from their mothers' arms to take their turn in the killing and dying.

Once, the lovers lay entwined in the moon's secret temple and dreamed of a world that was a like a jewel-box without a jewel - a paradise waiting for them to find it and fill it with their happiness.

This was not that world.

'I like to spread the word when I come across a book that excites me. I read Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor last weekend (sequel to Daughter of Smoke and Bone) and I'm all fired up about it. Thank you, Ms. Taylor, for a thrilling couple of days. I am in your debt. (Warning readers: this is one of those series that will have you tearing at your hair and gnashing your teeth waiting for the next installment. Be prepared.)''This is Romeo and Juliet on a sprawling fantasy stage.''I'd been itching for the sequel of Smoke and Bone since finishing Laini's first book in one feverish sitting - and it was worth the wait. The second instalment is much darker, with more epic battles, suffering and loss . . . The ending is absolutely incredible - with a twist that completely catches you by surprise, leaving you dying to find out what happens next. The only downside is that I now have to try and keep myself occupied until the next book is ready.''Plunges us into a world of beauty and horror . . . intricately plotted . . . it's a book that flies between worlds on blood-tipped wings and grips like a magical vice''Fantasy and romance combine in Days of Blood and Starlight . . . If you've ever wondered what would happen if an angel and a devil fell in love, you're about to find out.'Taylor continues to build an irresistible fantasy world in this grim sequel to her masterful Daughter of Smoke and Bone . . . Taylor's dazzling writing and skill at creating suspense are strong as ever; fantasy lovers will gobble up this book with satisfaction'Days of Blood and Starlight reflects Laini Taylor's maturity as a writer, as well as depicting Karou's growth as the protagonist. The story is more compelling, the themes more grown up, and the romances more believable. This second book in the trilogy transports the reader to the very centre of the action; you soon forget it's a fight between ethereal being and beast; you forget that this is fantasy.'An epic saga, a moving love story, and a thrilling fantasy, this is the second in a truly original trilogy'Heartbreak, war and magic spells abound in this captivating romance . . . There's slaying aplenty, but Taylor mitigates the violence with an unquenchable belief in the restorative powers of love and hope - and magic''Through all its beautiful writing, Days of Blood and Starlight broke my heart into a million pieces, put it all together, and then broke it again . . . Taylor's writing is truly evocative, and I was amazed by where she took the story in the end. It will be a tough year, waiting for Book 3.''Days of Blood and Starlight is just phenomenal . . . Laini Taylor, I salute you!''Addictive reading . . . ripped out my heart and left me gasping for air.''Stunning second entry in the Daughter of Smoke and Bone series. Beautifully written with great characters''Amazing . . . It's dramatic but emotional, beautiful but ugly, shocking but compelling. There are twists, there are turns, there are surprises and tears . . . The book sets up the final part of the trilogy oh-so well. I loved this magical book so much . . . Buy. It. Now.''Days of Blood and Starlight was my most anticipated release of 2012 . . . As always Laini Taylor's writing was absolutely sublime . . . The ending to this book was absolutely incredible with plenty of twists, turns, and shock revelations. Laini Taylor has done it yet again and managed to completely surprise me . . . An incredible book.''Everything about it was so well developed, plot, characters and the writing is what really makes these books beautiful, almost poetic, but then some parts can be very witty and cutting . . . Without a doubt 5/5 stars! If you haven't read this series you need to! I recommend this to absolutely everyone!''The language is mesmerising, the settings are compelling and the story is heart-stoppingly brilliant . . . Karou is, for me, the most engaging heroine of those in any book of a similar genre . . . lose yourself in a twisting tale of good and bad, love and passion.''I didn't even get to the second sentence of Days of Blood and Starlight before I stopped and just went 'oh' to myself, completely awed by Laini Taylor's stunning prose. I would give several limbs to be able to write like her. Honestly, if there was ever a manifestation of painting with words, this series is it.''At times it is harrowing, but Laini Taylor's writing is of such a such a high quality that is also beautiful and compelling at the same time . . . Days of Blood and Starlight is a bloody brilliant book! And a cracking second part of the trilogy.'PRAISE FOR DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE'WOW. I wish I had written this book.''The world-building descriptions and language stop your heart and then, like a defibrillator, start it up again.'Trust us, it's brilliantNorthern Lights and Pan's Labyrinth in one.Thrillingly fresh and new. The smartly plotted, surprising, and fiercely compelling read will hook you from its opening pages.Laini Taylor is the author of four previous books, the most recent of which, DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE, was described by the Guardian as 'remarkable and beautifully written . . . The opening volume of a truly original trilogy'. She lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband, illustrator Jim Di Bartolo, and their daughter Clementine Pie.Amazon.com Top Ten Book of 2011 - in the same list as Before I Go to Sleep, IQ64, The Tiger's Wife, The Marriage Plot and The Art of Fielding.Sold over 20,000 copies of the UK first edition through Bookscan.The fantasy is wonderfully creative yet also extremely accessible. It has the same dark feel about it that made Northern Lights and The Passage so popularOur innovative, global marketing plan matches our huge ambitions for it.Universal won a hotly contested auction involving four major studios and a top independent production company for film rights to DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE!!An avalanche of reviews, endorsements from notable authors, and shortlisted on over a dozen prizes - all of this confirms our early faith in Laini Taylor's enormous potential to be the next phenomenon.
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A Welcome Grave

By Michael Koryta
When Lincoln Perry's former rival is brutally murdered, Lincoln finds himself in the crosshairs of the investigation.

Lincoln Perry was once a rising star on the Cleveland police force, until he was kicked out after he got in a fight with Alex Jefferson, the millionaire his fianc?e left him for. When Jefferson is tortured and murdered, it isn't long before the police are at Lincoln's door asking questions.

Things go from bad to worse when Lincoln agrees to do a favour for Jefferson's widow - to track down the dead man's son who has unknowingly inherited his millions. What should be a routine search for a missing person ends with the son's body lying in the morgue and Lincoln in jail.

Lincoln realises that Jefferson's millions are the target of a thirst for revenge that hasn't been satisfied by blood. But soon Lincoln is being pursued by a pair of deadly assailants and under pressure from the police, who are determined to put him back behind bars, if he survives long enough to make it there . . .

Koryta stakes a claim as one of today's preeminent crafters of contemporary hard-boiled mysteries.A nuanced, mature novel that proves both the depth of Koryta's talent and the vitality of the PI genre.Koryta is one of the best of the bestNo one in the genre writes better.[A] top-notch thriller.Stylish . . . well-observed.The appeal of Koryta's addictively readable narrative comes from his remarkably realistic portrayal of not only individuals but circumstances as well. There are no stereotypical characters, no predictable plot lines; like life, nothing is pure black or white but varying shades of gray.One of the best P.I.-against-the-world books I've read in a long, long time. Koryta's dialogue remains vivid and his characters sharp as a diamond drill bit.A WELCOME GRAVE is much more than a well-written and suspenseful mystery. It is a fictional snapshot depicting how law enforcement and legal machines can be manipulated to favor the rich and powerful at the expense of the poor and powerless - and the innocent. Michael Koryta has crafted an exciting novel with carefully rendered characters, even secondary ones, who will remain with the reader long after turning the last page.Michael Koryta is one of the most exciting new voices in crime fiction.[Koryta] possesses an unusual gift - the ability to write a sure-fire bestseller.On my must-read list.Michael Koryta is one of our new dynamos in the world of books . . . [he's] becoming a wonder we'll appreciate for a long time.

Michael Koryta's novels have won the LA Times Book Prize and the Great Lakes Book Award and been nominated for the Edgar, Shamus, Quill and Barry awards. A former private investigator and newspaper reporter, he published his first novel at the age of twenty-one. His work has been translated into twenty languages.

Visit Michael Koryta's website at www.michaelkoryta.com and follow Michael on Twitter @mjkoryta

Third book in the award-winning Lincoln Perry crime series, which Hodder is publishing as a series of paperback originals in 2012-13.The first book in the Lincoln Perry series, TONIGHT I SAID GOODBYE, was a finalist in the Edgar Awards 2005 for Best Debut Crime Novel.Michael Koryta is a critically acclaimed author whose work has been praised by Stephen King, Dennis Lehane, Michael Connelly and Dean Koontz.Michael Koryta's books have been published around the world and translated into twenty languages.
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Kingdom

By Jack Hight

Saladin: the legend takes wing - a warrior comes of age

1164. The young warrior Saladin joins a Saracen army headed for Egypt. He finds there a land of wonders - from the ancient pyramids and the towering lighthouse of Alexandria, to the caliph's luxurious palace - but also a land of unparalleled danger. In Egypt, no one can be trusted, not even his family. Saladin is surrounded by enemies and haunted by a secret that threatens to destroy him.

Meanwhile, in Jerusalem, Saladin's closest friend, the former crusader John of Tatewic, has been branded traitor. Spared execution on condition that he serves King Amalric, he soon finds himself embroiled in court intrigue. Dark forces within Jerusalem conspire to seize the throne. As John confronts them, his loyalty to Amalric, and to his old friend Saladin, is put to the test.

Jack Hight has a doctorate in history from the University of Chicago. He lives with his wife, daughter and dog in Washington, DC, where he is currently finishing the Saladin Trilogy. Hight is the author of two acclaimed previous novels: Siege, and the first part of his Saladin Trilogy, Eagle.

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Winter Wonderland

By Belinda Jones
The irresistably gorgeous new novel from Belinda Jones will completely melt your heart . . .

Imagine waking up in a snow globe. . .

That's how travel journalist Krista feels when she arrives in magical Quebec to report on Canada's glittering Winter Carnival.

Over ten sub-zero days Krista's formerly frozen heart begins to melt as she discovers an enchanting world of ice palaces, husky dog-sledding and maple-syrup treats galore. And then she meets Jacques, a man as handsome and rugged as he is mysterious. . .

The two share a secret that could bond them forever, but can they find a way to break through the protective layers around their hearts to warm up this winter wonderland?

. . . let the snow-spangled adventure begin

The irresistibly gorgeous new novel from Belinda Jones will completely melt your heart, perfect for those looking to escape in an exhilarating, romantic story with a little extra magic.

Fans of Lindsey Kelk, Milly Johnson and Carole Matthews will love Belinda Jones's unique blend of humour, adventure and delectable romance.

Find Belinda on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pages/Belinda-Jones-Travel-Club or visit her website www.belindajones.com.

'Belinda Jones is on top form here in this magical, winter wonderland of a book. It's wickedly funny, achingly romantic and I guarantee it'll make you yearn for crackling log fires, dark nights and mulled wine . . . the perfect read for wintry nights!''As original and beautiful as a snowflake. I was transported to sparkling, snow-capped Quebec and enjoyed every moment I spent with Krista on the journey which finally melts her frozen heart . . . totally enchanting and very moving.''Brilliantly written, wonderfully evocative and of course funny - it's my favourite book from the author yet.''I loved Winter Wonderland and it proves what a talented writer Belinda is . . . it was such a lovely read as it was the perfect getaway! . . . All in all, it's a fabulous, escapist of a book, where you could snuggle in bed, with a cup of your favourite warm beverage, and read on and on about the adventures of Krista in Quebec, the magical snow kingdom in Canada.''The setting of Quebec was lovely, and Jones' descriptions of the city are just fantastic. A fun winter novel you can read over and over.''I found myself fully absorbed in Krista's adventures in the Winter Wonderland that is Quebec . . . I thoroughly recommend Winter Wonderland. It's my favourite of Belinda's last three novels . . . it's wonderful''How does this author manage to wrap you up in the setting so much so that you feel like you have been to the location! Belinda is back in full swing this year . . . I loved each and every character in this book''A real Winter Wonderland is brought to life in this terrific book!''This book gives you a warm cosy hug . . . Without a doubt the best thing about this book is the enchanting descriptions of Quebec. I felt I was under a spell; I almost went running for my suitcase and passport! Winter Wonderland is just that - a glorious walk through a snow-sprinkled wonderland with a touch of humour, a loveable leading lady and plenty of adventures''This book is beautifully captivating from the very beginning . . . Beautifully written, with a gentle flow, I loved Winter Wonderland . . . Filled with picturesque winter locations, mouth-watering food and exciting experiences . . . just like a hot chocolate, it's packed with sweetness and warmth that leaves you unable to put down until it it is all done!''Enchanting'PRAISE FOR BELINDA JONES'Fun, romantic . . . it's the perfect escapist read'Great fun from start to finish

Following ten years as a magazine journalist and travel editor, Belinda Jones began writing novels inspired by her adventures. She has travelled to over twenty-five countries and hopes to write her way around the world by the time she's done! (Now if only airlines allowed dogs to travel alongside you - at the very least they could dispose of those darn mini pretzels.)

WINTER WONDERLAND is her tenth novel.

Fans of I Heart Vegas by Lindsey Kelk (TCM 48K), Baby Be Mine by Paige Toon (TCM 27K), Jewels of Manhattan by Carmen Reid (TCM 17K), and The Night Before Christmas by Scarlett Bailey (TCM 18K) will fall in love with WINTER WONDERLAND - an exhilirating, romantic, hilarious breath of fresh air.Belinda was one of the key focus authors in our chick-lit research, where we discovered her unique blend of humour, engrossing plot and emotionally engaging storylines provided a perfect read for 'Upbeat' and 'Escapist' consumers.Repackaging with a fresh new look that will be perfect for today's mass market.
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Softly Grow the Poppies

By Audrey Howard
Set against the background of World War I, and two stately homes that became hospitals for the wounded, Audrey Howard's novel is an epic saga of love and war.

Rose Beechworth is mistress of a charming country house - her own, left to her by her wealthy father. In the summer of 1914, she is not even looking for love.

Alice Weatherly turns Rose's world upside down. The loveable young heiress longs to kiss Captain Charlie Summers goodbye - she takes Rose to Liverpool's Lime Street station and into the heart of Charlie's brother Harry. Even though they are neighbours, they have never met, for Rose ignores the social round, while Harry's time is taken up desperately attempting to keep his father's ramshackle estate together. When he inherits Summer Place, a magnificent mansion with a proud history, he gladly lets it become a hospital for wounded soldiers.

As the war takes its terrible toll and Charlie disappears into the fog of battle, Alice - the spoilt runaway heiress - becomes a heroine, while Rose finds herself running two great houses. It seems impossible that any of them can ever find happiness again.

'Her thousands of fans recognise the artistry of a true storyteller' Lancashire Life

A joy to read . . . . This saga is, like all of Audrey Howard's books, compelling and memorable.Her thousands of fans recognise the artistry of a true storyteller.Among the dross that constitutes the Liverpool saga market for women, Howard's enjoyable 19th-century historical romance of crossed love shines out.Poignant and well plotted, this is the book to curl up with to shut out troubles.Audrey Howard was born in Liverpool in 1929. Before she began to write she had a variety of jobs, among them hairdresser, model, shop assistant, cleaner and civil servant. In 1981, while living in Australia, she wrote the first of her bestselling novels. She lives in St Anne`s on Sea, her childhood home.Audrey won the RNA Prize for THE JUNIPER BUSH. She was shortlisted for both AS THE NIGHT ENDS and THE SEASONS WILL PASSAll fans of Downton Abbey will love this story, set as it is in a very similar country-house world.Audrey Howard's fans have been waiting for three years for this story - and it's very much the kind of saga that she has won awards for in the past.
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The Return Man

By V. M. Zito

Civilisation's gone . . . He's stayed to bury the dead.

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 . . .

'Zito expertly piles on thrills, cliffhangers and numerous twists, investing renewed life into the shambling, clich?-ridden corpse of the zombie subgenre.''Bloody excellent.'Zito expertly piles on thrills, cliffhangers and numerous twists, investing renewed life into the shambling, clich?-ridden corpse of the zombie subgenre.'An overload of thrills, spills and adventure.''Hands down one of the best zombie novels I've read in a long, long time. From first page to last, THE RETURN MAN is an astonishing read. With characters you genuinely give a damn about and a story that'll keep you turning page after page, this is an outstanding debut.'Hands down one of the best zombie novels I've read in a long, long time. From first page to last, THE RETURN MAN is an astonishing read. With characters you genuinely give a damn about and a story that'll keep you turning page after page, this is an outstanding debut.'A highlight of the subgenre.''. . . a perfectly balanced layer cake of action and horror . . . This is a stunning debut and matches the feelings I had when I first read the likes of World War Z and Hater . . . you are unlikely to experience a better crafted and adrenalin fuelled thrill ride than V.M. Zito's novel THE RETURN MAN.''In a word: relentless.'Contagion meets Mad Max.'Thrilling.''The Return Man is a cracking zombie novel...It's a real page turner, its action packed, the characters jump off of the page, it's unputdownable and it's one hell of a rollercoaster ride.'. . . a perfectly balanced layer cake of action and horror . . . This is a stunning debut and matches the feelings I had when I first read the likes of World War Z and Hater . . . you are unlikely to experience a better crafted and adrenalin fuelled thrill ride than V.M. Zito's novel THE RETURN MAN.A page-turning, action packed, well-crafted debut novel that will take your breath away. Highly recommended.'Henry Marco is a wonderful protagonist - inventive enough to be fun to read, and at the same time sufficiently complex to seem real . . .A highlight of the subgenre.'Thrilling.The story is tremendous, totally gripping and orchestrated in such a way to keep the reader on their toes, with plenty of twists, turns and dramatic moments - this is one of those page turners that grip you completely.THE RETURN MAN is very highly recommended. This is a thought-provoking, suspenseful and above all gripping take on the Zombie Apocalypse sub-genre. Brilliant.Full-throttle, intense and not for night reading.The Return Man is a cracking zombie novel . . . It's a real page turner, it's action packed, the characters jump off of the page, it's unputdownable and it's one hell of a rollercoaster ride.This is an outstanding piece of fiction. If it came from the pen of an established name I would say they were at the top of their game. For a first time writer, it is nothing short of an astonishing piece of work. I would heartily recommend it to anyone with a pulse. V. M. Zito is most definitely a writer to look out for.I have to say that its one of my favourite zombie debuts of all time as well as making this a title that's going to be well up on my UF favourites for the year. It's well written and whilst the concept on paper is remarkably simple, it is one that will attract readers the world over as the stories hero is manipulated into doing the governments bidding . . . All in a cracking story and when backed with an author whose writing style I couldn't get enough of, definitely a title to get before the hype hits.Forget 28 Weeks or 28 Days Later - THE RETURN MAN is the most immediate, action packed tale of hunting and avoiding the undead that I have ever read. If you love the movies of George Romero, The Walking Dead comic books and tv show, then you are in for a real treat here . . .The adventure in this book is astounding. The fight scenes are damn well done, told in such a gripping way you have to read faster and faster to find out what happens next . . . you can emphasise with these characters. You feel proud at how they manage to keep going on, and you hope they get there and succeed . . .I enjoyed every terrifying bit of this book, and if you love zombies, good writing, and great storytelling, I think you will too!I wouldn't be surprised if we see a version of THE RETURN MAN on the big screen.Zito throws in an international intrigue and action angle that would make Tom Clancy green with envy.A strong debut.[THE RETURN MAN] absolutely mesmerised me . . . An impressive debut novel. This is strongly recommended; those who enjoy classic horror will appreciate it, but it should also find an appreciative wider audience among those who enjoy well written, well plotted stories with very strong characterisation.The storyline is original, the characters are alive on the page, the action and gore scenes are top-notch, the writing is superb, and it's a fun time. This is a damn good book and it has potential to be a zombie classic.'Compelling, captivating and at times hauntingly scary.'V.M. Zito has written an amazing book, so good I finished it in just two days.He built a cathedral - and filled it with zombiesV. 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 and his weekends running on forested trails. THE RETURN MAN is his first novel.Part of an immensely popular genre, reflected in literature (The Road), TV (The Walking Dead), film (the forthcoming World War Z starring Brad Pitt) and games (Dead Island among many others).Film rights have been optioned by The Ink Factory.Author has been building a strong fanbase through his website www.TheReturnMan.com.Rights have been sold to the USA, France and Germany.
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The Sett

By Ranulph Fiennes
How would you react to the murder of your family?

THE SETT is another absorbing thriller by Ranulph Fiennes, the man the Guinness Book of Records called the 'world's greatest living explorer'.

A fight that starts when Alex wakes up in a Lancashire hospital severely battered and with no memory of the brutal attack that put him there. A year's struggle reveals his identity. But Alex is driven to spend a further nine years delving into a global criminal underworld, seeking revenge on his family's killers and becoming dangerously entangled with both the Mafia and the CIA, and with some of the most savage and powerful men in the world.

'A fantastic story of ruthlessness and revenge... a thoroughly enjoyable read'.'This book is a tour de force in its scope, ambition and eclecticism'.'THE SETT will thrill, frighten and entertain'.

Sir Ranulph Fiennes was the first man to reach both poles by surface travel and the first to cross the Antarctic Continent unsupported. In the 1960s he was removed from the SAS Regiment for misuse of explosives but, joining the army of the Sultan of Oman, received that country`s Bravery Medal on active service in 1971. He is the only person yet to have been awarded two clasps to the Polar medal for both Antarctic and the Arctic regions. Fiennes has led over 30 expeditions including the first polar circumnavigation of the Earth, and in 2003 he ran seven marathons in seven days on seven continents in aid of the British Heart Foundation.

In 1993 Her Majesty the Queen awarded Fiennes the Order of the British Empire (OBE) because, on the way to breaking records, he has raised over ?14 million for charity. He was named Best Sportsman in the 2007 ITV Great Briton Awards and in 2009 he became the oldest Briton to reach the summit of Everest.

His autobiography, MAD, BAD AND DANGEROUS TO KNOW, sold over 180,000 copies through Bookscan.Fiennes already has a track record as a bestselling author - The Secret Hunters has sold over 200,000 copies
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Restraint

By Sherry Sonnett
Seductive, provocative and compulsive, this novel won't let you go until the final page

'What was I doing here? Easy. I was following a man, who, the moment I saw him, I knew: he had what I wanted. The way the fabric of his shirt pulled across his chest, the angle of his hand as he held a cigarette, the tone of his voice when he said the word no. If you had told me three months ago that I'd do what I'd done and then risk coming after him, I'd have said impossible. No way . . .'

Vega Johnson is a successful, sophisticated woman, in total control of her life. But when she meets entrepreneur Paul Lattimer she recognises in him something she's yearning for. As they embark on a passionate love affair, Vega finds herself being drawn into a vortex of her own desires, as well as into a dangerous world usually hidden from view.

Sonnett's fresh and gripping first novel, about a Los Angeles financial advisor who ventures into an outlaw life, combines suspense, sex and philosophical ruminations on morality, identity and gender . . . Strong, sure and evocativeSherry Sonnett is a former Hollywood screenwriter.For anyone who loved E L James's Fifty Shades of GreyA fast-paced tale of shocking sex and suspense
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The Columbus Affair

By Steve Berry
An all-new cast of characters in a standalone thriller from the New York Times bestselling writer.

An all-new cast of characters in a standalone thriller from the New York Times bestselling writer.

Tom Sagan is staring down the barrel of a gun - literally. He has lost everything he ever loved: his job, his wife, his daughter, his reputation.

And - what hurts most - he knows the story which ruined his career as a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist was a set-up, a trap. But he can never prove it. They - whoever they are - have beaten him.

And then his daughter calls him.

But Alle doesn't want to forgive him. She wants information.

Her postgraduate research into Christopher Columbus has put Alle in touch with Zachariah Simon, a supremely wealthy man with a powerful interest in both Columbus and Tom Sagan.

What is the connection between the Sagan family and the man who ushered in a new age when he sailed for the Americas in 1492?

To find out, Tom must embark on his own journey of discovery, and enter a world of danger and betrayal, of history and deadly conspiracy.

What he finds could change the world forever.

'Ingeniously plotted . . . Berry offers plenty of twists and vivid action scenes in a feat of historical imagination''Berry builds on actual historical facts to create a no-holds-barred thriller guaranteed to increase the pulse of the reader''[a] page turner'A top-notch, gripping, intelligent thriller in the very finest traditions of the genreYou don't just read a Steve Berry novel. You live it.Steve Berry always finds intriguing ways to link the past to the present in his fast-paced thrillers.All the Berry hallmarks are here: scale, scope, sweep, history - plus breathless second-by-second suspense. I love this guy.Sexy, illuminating...my kind of thrillerIn Malone, Berry has created a classic, complex hero'Pure intrigue. Pure fun.'Action-packed, fast paced and engagingSteve Berry lives in Florida, USA, with his wife and daughter. He is a lawyer who has travelled extensively throughout the Caribbean, Mexico, Europe, and Russia and has so far published seven international thrillers, including THE VENETIAN BETRAYAL and THE CHARLEMAGNE PURSUIT. His most recent four books have all been New York Times and international bestsellers, and his books have been published in 42 countries and translated into 38 languages. Visit his website at www.steveberry.org.2012 is the 520th anniversary of Columbus' trip to America!Based on research into amazing historical facts.Introducing a great new character, this novel will appeal to regular Berry readers and newcomers alike.
Mulholland Books

The Right Hand

By Derek Haas
From a star Hollywood screenwriter comes a thrilling contemporary take on a cold war classic - the most secret side of the CIA and a mission in Russia which puts the balance of power in jeopardy.

Mulholland Books presents... THE RIGHT HAND

Theft. Kidnapping. Assassination.

There are some acts no government can sanction. There are some things all politicians must deny. Sometimes the left hand cannot know what the right hand is doing. Austin Clay is that right hand.

His latest task: to track down a fellow CIA operative who has gone missing near Moscow. But nothing is what it seems, and he soon finds himself protecting a desperate woman with a deadly secret.

Clay has always preferred to work on his own. But this time he has no choice - and no idea who to trust.

Praise for Derek HaasDerek Haas knows how to capture your attention with his first sentence and keep you in his thrall until his final words...THE RIGHT HAND, like a triple shot of espresso, will keep you up all night, eyes darting back and forth, wondering how it's all going to end.Derek Haas is a vivid and cinematic writer and THE RIGHT HAND is a roller coaster of a novel.A devastatingly cool seriesColumbus is a hit man intriguing enough to take his place beside those created by Graham Greene and Lawrence Block.Brilliant, intense portrait of a professional hit man...cinematic-style story construction, cliffhangers and urgent narrative paceA thrilling page-turner - a cross between the Jason Bourne movies and the classic assassin film Leon.

Derek Haas is the author of THE SILVER BEAR, the Barry Award-nominated HUNT FOR THE BEAR, and DARK MEN. Derek also co-wrote the screenplays for 3:10 to Yuma, starring Russel Crowe and Christian Bale, and Wanted, starring James McAvoy, Morgan Freeman, and Angelina Jolie. Derek lives in Los Angeles.

Visit his website at derekhaas.com or follow him on Twitter @popcornfiction.

Derek Haas is a rising star in Hollywood - screenwriter of Wanted, 3.10 to Yuma, The Double, starring Martin Sheen as a CIA operative, and The Courier.THE RIGHT HAND takes us back to the classic Cold War setting of Russia - but in Putin's modern world, the stakes are higher and secrecy more necessary than ever.Derek's previous trilogy was highly praised: 'a cross between the Jason Bourne movies and the classic assassin film Leon' (Company); 'cinematic-style story construction, cliffhangers and urgent narrative pace' (Australian); 'devastatingly cool' (New York Times Book Review).
John Murray

Days of God

By James Buchan
An insider's view of one of the events that shaped the modern world.

The Iranian Revolution of 1979 was a turning-point in modern history. The destruction of the Iranian monarchy not only upset the political order in the Middle East and brought on a quarter-century of warfare, but introduced a new way to look at history.

In Days of God James Buchan lives each moment of the revolution through the eyes of ordinary people as he tries to answer his own troubling question: why did his friends, with their peculiar Iranian dreaminess and charm, act the way they did?

'James Buchan trains a more scientific eye on how Iran's wealth-creator king was replaced with a Shia divine uninterested in modern government. He mines the literature in Persian and English to better effect than any historian so far . . . Why did the shah's subjects not accept his notion of history racing to a conclusion in prosperity's glow? In this fine, elegantly written book, Mr Buchan lays out the answer in detail''Marvellous book. It is hard to imagine anyone else possessing the combination of qualities Buchan brings. He has the journalist's analytical eye and the novelist's imagination . . . He can segue between the theology of Qom and the gossip of the Shah's improvised, petrodollar-funded Versailles, swooping all the while onto details either grim or hilarious or both at once that leave the reader scratching his head and wondering how the author can know so much . . . It is written with the ancient historian's ambition - the ambition that Gibbon, Macaulay and Marx would recognise - that the record of humanity's blunders and bloodbaths and half-understandings should itself be an object of elegance and ironic beauty''Buchan's prose is excellent, with the vocabulary, range and atmosphere of a literary master, the clout of the sharp historian, and the ability to leaven history with fascinating snippets of intimate information, delightful, droll or horrifying. His research is thorough . . . This is a compelling, beautifully written history of a country which has produced great literature, art and a warm people whose lives have been manipulated by other countries with ulterior motives and by their own autocratic and theocratic dictators''This book comes alive with a wonderfully detailed and authoritative account of the Shah's final days and the murder and mayhem that followed''Sharply written and persuasive . . . Days of God offers a number of valuable, if frightening insights''Buchan enlists all his narrative skill, learning and panache in this story of modern Iran'

Praise for James Buchan:

'James Buchan writes like a dream'

'A succinct elegant book, written in an easy, conversational tone which never makes its big ideas or profound implications seem intimidating''James Buchan's elegant prose sparkles on the page''Combines deft broad strokes with intricate details, shading in apparent dry subjects with innumerable and delightful anecdotes''A soundly argued account of the causes, course and consequences of the revolution . . . Buchan, a Persian scholar and former Financial Times foreign correspondent, puts his first-hand experience of Iran to perceptive use''A superb and original history of the Iranian Revolution. It's essential reading''Buchan is capable of delivering assessment of stark precision''An elegant and textured analysis''Buchan has a sure touch with narrative. Days of God is skilfully constructed, deftly weaving a path through the thickets of complex events while displaying the wider historical background against which this political earthquake was staged'Rejecting theory, Buchan relies on old-fashioned virtues: a careful reading of the Persian and foreign sources, his immersion in the country's culture (he was a star Persionist at Oxford) and an instinct for the events and personalities that turned Iran from Middle East poster boy to society in upheaval. Buchan brings a keen, satirical eye to the story of a corrupt, intrigue-ridden court and a modernising Shah who cut through traditional Iran as if "the conflicts of centuries were being squeezed into half a dozen years"Elegant and pugnaciousHis story of the revolution is the best book on Iran I have ever read. He has the pen of the travel writer Robert Byron, and a trove of Persian poetry and lore shines from every page. Shafts of insight alternate with piercing wit, and his ironic dissection of both the shah and the ayatollah would do credit to GibbonAn outstanding analysis of the legacy of Iran's revolutionBuchan's story of the Iranian revolution is the best book on Iran I have ever read

James Buchan first visited Iran nearly forty years ago. A student of Persian and Arabic, he was for many years a correspondent of the Financial Times in the Middle East, and later in central Europe and the US. He has written more than a dozen works of fiction and history, including a portrait of Edinburgh in the eighteenth century (CAPITAL OF THE MIND), a biography of the Scottish philosopher Adam Smith (Adam Smith and the Pursuit of Perfect Liberty) and a philosophy of money (Frozen Desire). He works a small farm in Norfolk.

Very topical as situation in Iran back in the newsThe Revolution introduced Islamic radicalism that still troubles the world todayBuchan has had access to newly declassified diplomatic papers and other sources never previously available in the English language
Hodder & Stoughton

Running My Life - The Autobiography

By Seb Coe
The full story of the man who won two gold Olympic medals and then brought the Olympics to London.

One second in time may separate the great athlete from the merely good. Seb Coe has made every second count. From an early age he has been driven to be the best at everything he does. Since the moment Coe stood alongside a 'scrubby' municipal running track in Sheffield, he knew that sport could change his life. It did. Breaking an incredible twelve world records and three of them in just forty-one days, Seb became the only athlete to take gold at 1500 metres in two successive Olympic Games (Moscow 1980 and Los Angeles 1984).

The same passion galvanised Coe in 2005, when he led Britain's bid to bring the Olympic and Paralympic Games to London. He knew that if we won it would regenerate an East London landscape and change the lives of thousands of young people. It has.

Born in Hammersmith and coached by his engineer father, Coe went from a secondary modern school and Loughborough University to become the fastest middle-distance runner of his generation. His rivalry with Steve Ovett gripped a nation and made Britain feel successful at a time of widespread social discontent. From sport Coe transferred his ideals to politics, serving in John Major's Conservative government from 1992 to 1997 and developing 'sharp elbows' to become chief of staff to William Hague, leader of the Party from 1997 to 2001 and finally a member of the House of Lords.

Running My Life is in turns exhilarating, inspiring, amusing, and extremely moving. Everyone knows where Sebastian Coe ended up. Few people realise how he got there. This is his personal journey.

Fascinating and rather uplifting... This is a singularly well-written sporting autobiography.In his enjoyable autobiography, Running My Life, Coe goes some way towards dispelling the myths. A combination of Olympic success, allied to political nous, made Coe a perfect candidate to run the campaign for the London Olympics. And what a success he made of it.Fast-paced, lively and packed with anecdotes.A well-timed autobiography from a true British great.Running My Life is far from the self-congratulatory account one might expect. Charting his rise from a Sheffield secondary modern to double Olympic champion, multiple record-holder, politician and inspirational leader behind the successful Games, he reveals a personality far more amusing and unpretentious than his smooth public image would suggest.It's a proper autobiography in that it begins at the beginning...Coe's direct prose drives this engrossing book.Sebastian Coe was born in London in 1956 and grew up in Sheffield. As a world record-breaking middle-distance runner, Seb won four Olympic medals, including the 1500 metres gold medal at the Olympic Games in Moscow 1980 and Los Angeles in 1984. He was a Member of Parliament for the Conservative Party from 1992-97 and later, Chief of Staff to William Hague. He was created a life peer in 2000 and was appointed a Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire for services to sport in 2006. Seb led Organising Committee for the London 2012 Games.Seb Coe helped bring the Olympics to London, and oversaw its success.Seb Coe's reivalry with Steve Ovett in the 1980s helped create some of the most iconic moments of British sport.Seb will reveal the stories behind his sporting success, his political years, his time with William Hague, the bid to bring the Games to London, and of course the Olympics themselves.A remarkably intelligent man, with a fascinating life and a good sense of humour.
Hodder Paperbacks

Bound to You

By Nichi Hodgson
A true story of obsession and possession that will leave you breathless for more

What happens when a professional dominatrix falls in love with a real-life Christian Grey?

When recently heartbroken, unpaid intern Nichi Hodgson decides to become a professional dominatrix, she's only looking to fund her way into working in the media. What she discovers is a sophisticated secret world full of devilish erotic games and complex emotional encounters; a world where the men pay to worship Nichi and her domme sisters, and where the women experience the pleasure of power. But when Nichi is introduced to male Dom Sebastian, Nichi meets her match. Soon, Sebastian is the one on top, and Nichi is helpless to resist him - until she decides to fulfil his ultimate kinky fantasy, with devastating consequences.

A unique insight into the hidden world of paid bondage and discipline, BOUND TO YOU also explores the emotional complexities of loving a real-life Christian Grey.

Filthier, funnier and more emotionally sophisticated than 50 Shades of Grey, BOUND TO YOU is the true story of one woman's kinky sexual awakening.

Nichi is 28, a journalist and lives in London.
Hodder & Stoughton

The Wisdom of the Shire

By Noble Smith
A fun guide to applying the wisdom of The Hobbit to everyday life.

Coinciding with the release of the first of Peter Jackson's Hobbit trilogy, his follow-up to the huge Lord of the Rings success, The Wisdom of the Shire is a practical and fun guide - for Tolkien fans everywhere - showing us how to apply the wisdom of The Hobbit to our everyday lives.

Hobbits are those small but brave little people, whose courage, integrity and loyalty allow them to triumph against odds that might appear overwhelming to the rest of us. Noble Smith has long believed there is much we can learn from Frodo's determination, Bilbo's sense of homeliness, Sam's fierce allegiance, and Merry and Pippin's love of food and fun. Like The Tao of Pooh, The Wisdom of the Shire is the first book to show Tolkien fans just how much there is to learn from those small but brave little people - the Hobbits.

Packed with amusing insights and fascinating trivia, this fun and insightful guide is all you need to complete your quest in life, and cast your cares into the fires of Mordor.

Visit Noble Smith's blog for more on Hobbits, The Lord of the Rings and all things Tolkien at www.shirewisdom.com.

The Wisdom Of The Shire is here to remind us that we can all be as constantly surprising as the Hobbits - even to ourselves.A splendidly fun guide to life - the book reads splendidly and is currently a constant companion. It has a beautiful cover and is really well presented - I'd recommend it to anyone!A definitive guide to Tolkien's worldview ... Everywhere you look in The Wisdom of the Shire, there's a wise word or clever connection between Tolkien's fantasy myth and the real world.Funny, insightful, thought provoking and a thoroughly enjoyable read.Noble writes in an enthusiastic, unintimidating, blog-like style, chatty and approachable... The writer is clearly a fan of the books and his enthusiasm is infectiousI found Wisdom of the Shire a great read... it does make you stop, wonder and do a bit of self reflecting as well... It's time to Hobbit-up your life and make it just that much better!A practical and fun guide for Tolkien fans everywhere... Packed with amusing insights and fascinating trivia, this fun and insightful guide is all you need to complete your quest in life and cast your cares into the fires of Mordor.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.Published to coincide with the release of The Hobbit which will be a huge hit at Christmas.Like The Tao of Pooh (an NY Times bestseller and over 100,000 copies sold on TCM), this is the first book to show Tolkien fans how the wisdom of The Hobbit can be applied to everyday life.The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings have together sold over two hundred and fifty million copies and have been translated into sixty languages. The film adaptations of the trilogy grossed 2.9 billion dollars at the box office.The Lord of the Rings franchise has a huge loyal fan base, and there are lots of publicity platforms such as fan websites and conventions.Highly entertaining as well as practical, this book shows you how a snug Hobbit-hole can lead to greater contentment, what we can learn about friendship from the Party Tree, and important tips on how to 'de-Orcify' your life.
Hodder Paperbacks

Vendetta

By John Follain
The mafia murders that stunned Italy - and the thrilling story of how the killers were brought to justice.

On 23 May 1992 the Mafia assassinated its 'Number One Enemy', the legendary prosecutor Judge Falcone, with a motorway bomb that also killed his wife Francesca and three bodyguards. Fifty-seven days later, the Mafia killed Falcone's friend and colleague, Judge Paolo Borsellino, with a car bomb outside his mother's home that also killed five bodyguards.

These two murders changed forever how Italy viewed the Mafia. VENDETTA tells the inside story of the assassination plots and the investigation that followed. Follain reveals Borsellino's desperate race against time to find out who killed his friend while knowing he was next on the list and reveals the daring undercover police mission which unmasked the killers.

Based on new and exclusive interviews and the testimony of investigators, Mafia supergrasses, survivors, relatives and friends, VENDETTA recounts the events hour-by-hour, minute-by-minute as the Mafiosi plan and carry out the murders, and as the police hunt them down.

this exemplary account ... Follain tells the story with an almost thrillerish sense of pace and tension, but never loses sight of how the Falcone case dramatically affected the wider workings of both the mafia and the police.A compelling narrative... From the 'walking corpses' to 'distinguished cadavers', bomb plots and dissolving dead bodies in acid baths, Follain's work is testimony not only to the determination and bravery of the forces of law and order but also of the arrogance and contempt shown by the Mafia.A cool, lucid, always vivid reconstruction... A gripping chronicle... A book which reads like a novel but is in fact a true story.On the basis of new and exclusive interviews and the testimony of investigators, supergrasses, survivors, relatives and friends, John Follain tells - minute-by-minute - the story of events which marked (Italy) for ever... An unprecedented portrait of how the Sicilian Mafia operates, describing in detail how it plotted and carried out the assassinations.John Follain, who interviewed Judge Falcone seven months before his death... relates the assassinations and the incredible race against time of Judge Borsellino, who died 57 days after Falcone, to discover who killed his friend and colleague.The inside story of the assassination plots and investigations that followed Judge Falcone's killing.'A book which causes deep anger because you see Italy once again lose its best men, like Falcone and Borsellino, who were exposed to slander even before they were hit by mafia explosives'.John Follain was born in 1966. He studied at Oxford before joining Reuters, for which he worked as a correspondent in Rome and Paris. He has covered Italy for The Sunday Times since 1998. His previous books include DEATH IN PERUGIA, THE LAST GODFATHERS, which was translated into 10 languages, MUSSOLINI'S ISLAND and the international bestseller ZOYA'S STORY. He was voted runner-up for the 2006 Paul Foot Award for Campaigning Journalism, and nominated for the 2008 Magazine Journalism Awards for his interview with the Knox family.Based on new and exclusive material, including previously unexplored testimonies of 269 witnesses during the 107 hearings in the trial.The slaying of Falcone stunned Italians and prompted an unprecedented wave of popular protests. It was a turning point in Italian history.VENDETTA will appeal to those who bought COSA NOSTRA (150,000 PB copies sold worldwide).This is the first step-by-step in depth study of the murders.John Follain's book THE LAST GODFATHERS has sold more than 26,000 copies through Bookscan (combined HB and PB sales).John Follain's sources have granted him unique access to unpublished documents.
Two Roads

The Vet: the big wild world

By Luke Gamble
More heart-warming tales of life as a vet from TV vet Luke Gamble, this time travelling farther afield from his West Country base to exotic locations around the world. 'Luke is a West Country treasure . . . like Dr Dolittle but real!' - Martin Clunes

Luke Gamble cut his teeth as a mixed practice vet in the West Country. Now it's time to see if he can stand on his own two feet. Wild stallions, drowning cows and constipated snakes aside, Luke's challenges have only just begun.

No longer working at the West Country clinic, he's marrying the girl of his dreams while launching his own practice, Pilgrims. On top of that, he's managing his international veterinary charity and two other veterinary businesses. On his extreme travels around the world, Luke dodges hippos and chimps, and swaps the familiar farms of home for the refugee camps of Africa, all on his idealistic quest to make a difference.

But Luke is more than just an international vet. He's also a husband, a friend, an entrepreneur and, potentially, an Ironman triathlete. Does he have what it takes to juggle it all?

'a James Herriott for the 21st century.''Hang on to your seat belts - from the first page, the adventures of West Country vet Luke Gamble come thick and fast . . . the whirlwind pace will keep you turning the pages.''Highly recommended: an interesting and romping good read that surprises and shocks at times, but most of all earns admiration for vets like Luke''Luke's exploits never cease to amaze . . . Here's hoping that one day we can all sit down and watch this as a Sunday night TV series!''There's something rather endearing about Gamble's zest for life and his deep love of animals, which imbue his stories with authenticity and humour and make one feel lazy and unfulfilled, even when the characters and their four-legged friends raise a smile'

Luke Gamble graduated from Bristol University in 1999 as a vet and then went on to Cambridge to specialise in large animal medicine and surgery. Although primarily based in his New Forest practice, Pilgrims, his extra curricular work with the Worldwide Veterinary Service charity 'which he founded in 2003' takes him much further afield and was the subject of two TV series on Sky 1. He also runs an emergency service for animals in Dorset and a pet travel company. Luke is a black belt in karate, has run 152 miles across the Sahara to raise money for his charity 'and to impress his wife' and in 2010 was awarded the JA Wight 'James Herriot' Award by the British Small Animal Veterinary Association for outstanding contributions to the welfare of companion animals. Luke is married 'to a vet' and lives in New Forest with his three children, Angel the ridgeback and a bossy rescue cat called Charlie.

The Vet: my wild and wonderful friends was his first book, which he followed-up with The Vet: the big wild world. Learn more about Luke and his charities by visiting his websites, www.lukegamble.com and www.wvs.org.uk, and follow him on Twitter at https://twitter.com/LukeGamble.

For all those weaned on the entertaining and feelgood stories of Herriot and Durrell (with a bit of Richard Curtis romcom thrown in), Luke is part Dr Doolittle with a dash of Indiana Jones.Both charming and engaging, Luke is a natural storyteller and a talented writer, with many more books in him.Comparison authors: James Herriot, Gerald Durrell, Gervase Phinn, Mike Pannett.When he was a small boy, Luke's mother gave him a copy of a James Herriot book with the inscription - 'one day you might write a book like this' - he has.The resurgence of feelgood stories and animal memoirs - Luke plays to that, with a modern twist.Luke's stories reinforce the very good things in life: love, nature, camaraderie & a supportive community.Luke has made two series of The World Wild Vet on Sky 1 - ten programmes in all - on his work abroad with the WVS (SE Asia, Africa, India, Central & South America)Luke has a growing media & TV profile.www.wvs.org.ukhttp://www.tworoadsbooks.com/index.php/books/the-vet/Luke is a prolific 'Tweeter': @Luke Gamble.
Hodder & Stoughton

Secrets After Dark (After Dark Book 2)

By Sadie Matthews
SECRETS AFTER DARK will take you one step closer to the bittersweet edge of passion. The perfect read for fans of Fifty Shades of Grey by E. L. James, Sylvia Day and Nikki Gemmell.

Beth and Dominic embarked on the most intensely sexual and emotional relationship of their life in FIRE AFTER DARK - the first novel in Sadie Matthews' erotic romance series. Now SECRETS AFTER DARK will take you one step closer to the bittersweet edge of passion: the perfect read for fans of Fifty Shades of Grey by E. L. James, Sylvia Day and Nikki Gemmell.

Ours was a love bound by power...

Falling in love with Dominic changed me. I relinquished myself completely and placed my heart and my trust in Dominic's hands, but in one exquisite, excruciating moment he abandoned his control. Anguished by his actions, he has locked those darkest desires inside, unable to share my conviction that it would never happen again.

Now it's not only Dominic who craves that delicate, seductive game of give and take, of walking the line between pain and pleasure, abandon and release. Persuading Dominic to let those secret parts of himself unravel will be the biggest risk I've ever taken, but I can't resist. Even if it means we fall apart...

Provocative and sophisticated, exhilarating and seductive, the AFTER DARK series is a compelling pleasure we should all indulge in . . .

Sadie Matthews is the author of six novels of contemporary women's fiction published under other names. In her own work, she has described decadent worlds of heady escapism and high drama. FIRE AFTER DARK is her first novel to explore a more intimate and intense side of life and relationships. The exciting sequel, SECRETS AFTER DARK, will be available in autumn 2012. She is married and lives in London.

Find Sadie Matthews on Twitter at www.twitter.com/sadie_matthews

John Murray

Carnival

By Compton Mackenzie
The moving romance of dancer Jenny Pearl: a story which helped establish Mackenzie among the foremost novelists of his generation

Jenny Pearl, a dancer, falls in love with Maurice Avery, a young dilettante who leaves her when she refuses to become his mistress. Despairingly, she falls into a loveless marriage with Trewhella, a Cornish farmer who becomes insanely jealous when Avery reappears on the scene...

Vivid, moving and ultimately tragic, CARNIVAL was first published in 1912 to wide critical acclaim, helping to establish Mackenzie as one of the foremost British novelists of his generation. It has since been filmed three times and adapted for the stage and as an opera.

Sir Compton Mackenzie, OBE, was born into a theatrical family in 1883. A writer and Scottish nationalist, he published almost a hundred books across a range of different genres, including fiction, history, biography, literary criticism, satire, children's stories and poetry. He is perhaps best known for two comedies set in Scotland, Whisky Galore and The Monarch of the Glen. He died in 1972.The first of four linked novels surveying pre-World War One London society which established Compton Mackenzie as one of the foremost British novelists of his generationCARNIVAL has been filmed three times and adapted for the stage and as an operaFor readers of classic literature, who steer away from the mainstream and like to discover hidden gems
Hodder Paperbacks

Freelance Death

By Andrew Taylor
The fifth book in the acclaimed William Dougal crime series, from Richard & Judy bestselling author and CWA Dagger winner Andrew Taylor.

Rod Lorton wants revenge. After his wife's death, he discovers unsavoury truths about her and her former employer, PR chief Ivor Newley.

Called in to investigate Lorton's new-found enemy, private detective William Dougal uncovers a weakness to exploit: Newley's rare collection of coins, coins that would leave Newley susceptible to blackmail if the collection were to disappear . . .

That was the plan. But the outcome throws up something far more sinister and infinitely more dangerous than Dougal could have expected. For instead of being met with a bundle of cash when he arrives to seal the deal, the only payment Dougal is faced with is a corpse.

Taylor's fifth witty and intricate story about amiable, amoral William Dougal moves him even closer to the top of the British first division.A wonderful book, funny and inventive, well plotted and characterised. Dougal, the not quite amoral, redeemingly imperfect Machiaval and skinflint child of fortune, is one of the most likeable sleuths on the circuitSparky and humorous writingNeatly put together, witty and fast-moving.Andrew Taylor is a master story-teller.Andrew Taylor is the prizewinning and bestselling author of crime novels that include the William Dougal series, the Lydmouth series and the ground-breaking Roth Trilogy, as well as historical crime novels The American Boy and The Anatomy of Ghosts. He lives with his wife in the Forest of Dean, on the borders of England and Wales. To find out more, visit Andrew's website, www.andrew-taylor.co.uk or follow him on Twitter, twitter.com/andrewjrtaylor.High-end but accessible classic crime.Critically acclaimed by reviewers and peers alike.Andrew Taylor has won 3 CWA Daggers as well as multiple other crime writing awards.'In William Dougal, Andrew Taylor has created one of the most attractive amateur detectives in fiction.' Spectator
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Blood Relation

By Andrew Taylor
The sixth book in the acclaimed William Dougal crime series, from Richard & Judy bestselling author and CWA Dagger winner, Andrew Taylor.

William Dougal's life seems to be running smoothly. Now working with his old rival, Hanbury, his reputation is gaining him cases from every corner. But with every climb, there has to come a fall . . .

When Dougal agrees to investigate the disappearance and suspected murder of publisher Oswald Finwood, he is faced with an array of suspects, all with the means and motive - from Finwood's estranged wife to an elusive author who had an appointment with Finwood on the day he disappeared.

As Dougal probes deeper, he finds himself tangled in a complex web of greed, deceit and deadly family revenge . . .

Taylor keeps the enigma literate and unflagging to a lively disclosure.Literate sleuthing and some sharp, well-aimed digs at the publishing scene.Well-modulated, enjoyable criminous entertainment.Ingenius whodunwhat . . . strong on quirkiness and puzzle solvingAndrew Taylor is a master story-teller.Andrew Taylor is the prizewinning and bestselling author of crime novels that include the William Dougal series, the Lydmouth series and the ground-breaking Roth Trilogy, as well as historical crime novels The American Boy and The Anatomy of Ghosts. He lives with his wife in the Forest of Dean, on the borders of England and Wales. To find out more, visit Andrew's website, www.andrew-taylor.co.uk or follow him on Twitter, twitter.com/andrewjrtaylor.High-end but accessible classic crime.Critically acclaimed by reviewers and peers alike.Andrew Taylor has won 3 CWA Daggers as well as multiple other crime writing awards.'In William Dougal, Andrew Taylor has created one of the most attractive amateur detectives in fiction.' Spectator
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The Sleeping Policeman

By Andrew Taylor
The seventh book in the acclaimed William Dougal crime series, from Richard & Judy bestselling author and CWA Dagger winner Andrew Taylor.

When William Dougal is invited to the cottage of a young doctor to look into a case of blackmail, he soon discovers that the village community is not as quaint as it seems. For hostility and deception brew beneath the surface . . .

As a network of corruption is gradually exposed, the village is shaken by a series of chilling incidents: from a sweep of thefts to a ruthless hit-and-run. And when tensions escalate into murder, it's up to Dougal to piece the puzzle together - before another body turns up.

This simple summary does not do justice to the complexity, nor to the subtlety with which the author portrays his characters . . . this is undoubtedly Andrew Taylor's best book yetEnjoyable voyeuristic peep at greedy, back-scratching local communityKeen, quirky, dying-fall entertainment.Well modulated, enjoyable criminous entertainmentAndrew Taylor is a master story-teller.Andrew Taylor is the prizewinning and bestselling author of crime novels that include the William Dougal series, the Lydmouth series and the ground-breaking Roth Trilogy, as well as historical crime novels The American Boy and The Anatomy of Ghosts. He lives with his wife in the Forest of Dean, on the borders of England and Wales. To find out more, visit Andrew's website, www.andrew-taylor.co.uk or follow him on Twitter, twitter.com/andrewjrtaylor.High-end but accessible classic crime.Critically acclaimed by reviewers and peers alike.Andrew Taylor has won 3 CWA Daggers as well as multiple other crime writing awards.'In William Dougal, Andrew Taylor has created one of the most attractive amateur detectives in fiction.' Spectator
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Odd Man Out

By Andrew Taylor
The eighth book in the acclaimed William Dougal crime series, from Richard & Judy bestselling author and CWA Dagger winner Andrew Taylor.

William Dougal is a respectable private detective, a hardworking citizen and a responsible father - and now he's also a killer.

After a violent squabble takes a dangerous turn, Dougal decides to shun the police and instead take things into his own hands. He accepts the assistance of his old rival and current employer, Hanbury, to dispose of the corpse.

But Dougal quickly finds that help doesn't come cheap. In fact, it's often more trouble - and danger - than it's worth . . .

Beautifully measured . . . Taylor's understated thriller generates a dark, hypnotic pullThis author knows precisely how to wield suspenseTaylor makes the tasteless a very tasty dish indeed.Shameless but engagingFunny, suspenseful, engagingly amoral. Splendid example of the devil not only having the best tunes, but several top soloists to play them.Well modulated, enjoyable criminous entertainmentAndrew Taylor is the prizewinning and bestselling author of crime novels that include the William Dougal series, the Lydmouth series and the ground-breaking Roth Trilogy, as well as historical crime novels The American Boy and The Anatomy of Ghosts. He lives with his wife in the Forest of Dean, on the borders of England and Wales. To find out more, visit Andrew's website, www.andrew-taylor.co.uk or follow him on Twitter, twitter.com/andrewjrtaylor.High-end but accessible classic crime.Critically acclaimed by reviewers and peers alike.Andrew Taylor has won 3 CWA Daggers as well as multiple other crime writing awards.'In William Dougal, Andrew Taylor has created one of the most attractive amateur detectives in fiction.' Spectator
John Murray

The Adventures of Sylvia Scarlett

By Compton Mackenzie
The vital, inventive and humorous tale of Sylvia Scarlett, acclaimed as 'one of the few really great women in fiction'.

With the spirited and unforgettable Sylvia Scarlett, a character acclaimed as being 'one of the few really great women in fiction', Compton Mackenzie brings us his very own Becky Sharp. Originally published in two volumes, this complete edition follows her fortunes from childhood and marriage, through her escape into prostitution and her later career as a singer and cabaret artiste, until at last she finds romance with Michael Fane.

A tale weaved with Dickensian skill and humour in characterisation, THE ADVENTURES OF SYLVIA SCARLETT holds its place as one of the most vital and picaresque romances of the twentieth century.

Sir Compton Mackenzie, OBE, was born into a theatrical family in 1883. A writer and Scottish nationalist, he published almost a hundred books across a range of different genres, including fiction, history, biography, literary criticism, satire, children's stories and poetry. He is perhaps best known for two comedies set in Scotland, Whisky Galore and The Monarch of the Glen. He died in 1972.A classic by a great author of the pastSylvia Scarlett has been acclaimed as 'one of the few really great women in fiction', comparable with Beatrix Esmond or Becky SharpFor readers of classic literature, who steer away from the mainstream and like to discover hidden gems
Hodder Paperbacks

Nocturnal

By Scott Sigler
The brilliant new thriller from the New York Times bestselling author of INFECTED and CONTAGIOUS.

The brilliant new thriller from the New York Times bestselling author of INFECTED and CONTAGIOUS.

For centuries, their race has lived beneath the earth, emerging only at night, to feed quietly on the dregs of society and slip back into the shadows. But now their time has come - their time to rise up from their hiding places and take back what is theirs.

San Francisco homicide detective Bryan Klauser is supposed to be hunting a serial killer. But a serial killer couldn't be responsible for the seemingly impossible DNA evidence the crime-scene techs keep finding - or for the gory, strangely prophetic dreams Bryan keeps having. And what about the connections he keeps finding to a century-old cult - and his superiors' sudden reluctance to give him the answers

he needs about cases that should be dead and buried?

Ultimately, Klauser's investigations will reveal a race of killers who've long lurked beneath San Francisco's streets - and are preparing to take back the city. Klauser is the only man who can stop them, because . . . he might not be a man at

all.

A rip-roaring, bloodthirsty, far-fetched, genre-bending frolic . . . I can see Hollywood going for it.Explosive action: not for the weak stomachedOne heck of a thriller writer.Part Stephen King, part Chuck Palahniuk.Masterful at grabbing the reader by the throat and refusing to let go.An exceptional horror novel that manages to entertain from beginning to end.

A Michigan native and Newcastle United football fan, Scott Sigler now lives in San Francisco with his wife and their two dogs.

Sigler's debut thriller EarthCore was the world's first podcast-only novel, picking up 10,000 subscribers. His next podcast novel, ANCESTOR, saw 700,000 episodes downloaded by fans, and satellite network Sirius Satellite made it their first serialised audiobook. To date, Scott's fans have downloaded over 3 million files of his fiction and his four novels are now available in print in the UK.

For more information and news visit www.scottsigler.com and follow Scott Sigler on Twitter @scottsigler

NOCTURNAL takes on the urban-fantasy trappings familiar from numerous bestsellers - a detective plot that leads us into a secret world, populated by seemingly supernatural creatures - and twists them around in Scott's unique fashion, taking readers on a journey they've most definitely never been on before. The monsters in this book are not vampires, or zombies, or fairies, or any other creature you've seen.As always with Scott's books, the horror here is based not on the supernatural but on real, impeccably researched scientific extrapolation, and the sleuthing draws on cutting-edge forensics worthy of a Kathy Reichs novel.Scott is a New York Times bestselling author, who has appeared in Time, the Washington Post, the New York Times and Entertainment Weekly. Rights to his books have now been sold in 15 countries.
Hodder & Stoughton

Lily, My Lovely

By Lena Kennedy
An enchanting new heroine from the author of MAGGIE.

Born in Canning Town, in the heart of London's teeming dockland, red-headed Lily is a true Cockney in her zest for life, her natural humour and her instinct for survival.

With the outbreak of World War II, husband George goes off to fight for King and Country and into the close-knit East End community bursts Kasie, a Dutch seaman who quickly falls for Lily's bright curls and ready smile. His romantic ways make Lily go weak at the knees, and although she sticks by her husband, her heart belongs wholly to her flying Dutchman.

Torn between his native homeland and his yearning for 'Lily, my lovely', Kasie sweeps in and out of her life throughout the post-war years and the swinging Sixties, always on a tide of storms and passion. Only when that tide finally recedes does an older and wiser Lily settle down among her adored grandchildren to remember fondly her adventurous life.

Lena Kennedy is the genuine articleLena Kennedy lived all her life in the East End of London and wrote with great energy about the people and times she knew there. She was 67 before her first novel, MAGGIE, was accepted for publication. Since then her bestselling novels have shown her to be among the finest and best loved of contemporary novelists. She died in August 1986.Lena Kennedy was born and brought up in East End London and was much loved for her bestselling novels portraying the world she knew so well.Hodder has bought rights to all of Lena Kennedy's novels and is reissuing them with beautiful, classic covers in paperback and ebook.'Lena Kennedy is a natural storyteller . . . what distinguishes this novel from many another lengthy family saga is its almost Dickensian energy, its huge range of vivid characters, and its author's clear delight in telling us about them' - Daily Telegraph
Hodder & Stoughton

Maggie

By Lena Kennedy
A haunting and compelling family saga spanning four decades and four generations, MAGGIE is the life story of a resilient Cockney woman.

Raised in Stepney, the heart of London's East End, Maggie Riley is the only child of an Irish widower. When she becomes pregnant at the age of fifteen she is delighted, for it means she has captured her beloved Jim Burns.

But life is a constant struggle - to bring up her four sons, to cope with a part-time husband, to 'better herself'. And that struggle is set against critical events of the era: the Depression, the Blackshirt marches, the devastation of World War II and its aftermath.

With the skill of a natural storyteller, Lena Kennedy makes us share Maggie's life: we experience Maggie's hardships as she confronts poverty; we feel her grief when she sends her children off during the evacuation; we sympathise with her loneliness through the long years of the war; we share the impressions of her first trip abroad to South Africa and Australia. We rejoice in her triumphs and feel the sorrow of her tragedies.

So real it feels as if someone you love is telling her own storyA story-telling tour de force. Sentimental, romantic and very saleable, this will appeal to every reader who adored The Thorn BirdsA remarkable story and a remarkable bookLena Kennedy lived all her life in the East End of London and wrote with great energy about the people and times she knew there. She was 67 before her first novel, MAGGIE, was accepted for publication. Since then her bestselling novels have shown her to be among the finest and best loved of contemporary novelists. She died in August 1986.Lena Kennedy was born and brought up in East End London and was much loved for her bestselling novels portraying the world she knew so well.Hodder has bought rights to all of Lena Kennedy's novels and is reissuing them with beautiful, classic covers in paperback and ebook.'Lena Kennedy is a natural storyteller . . . what distinguishes this novel from many another lengthy family saga is its almost Dickensian energy, its huge range of vivid characters, and its author's clear delight in telling us about them' - Daily Telegraph
Coronet

Love...And Sleepless Nights

By Nick Spalding

Falling in love is easy...starting a family is far from it.

When Nick Spalding self-published Love... From Both Sides and Love... And Sleepless Nights he became one of the bestselling ebook authors of 2012. Now for the first time the Love... books are being published in a longer format with more of the love story, more of Laura and Jamie's ups and downs and more of the laugh-out-loud hilarious moments that fans have come to know and love.

Sometimes, the hardest part of becoming a parent is keeping a straight face...

Just ask Jamie and Laura Newman, who (thanks to a rather relaxed attitude to contraception) find themselves about to have a baby. It's obviously a terrifying prospect for a newly married couple, but as long as they stick together they'll be just fine... right?

They'd better because the path between falling in love and those first few baby steps is littered with obstacles. Featuring a hilarious cast of characters including an overbearing mother-in-law, a terrifying midwife and at least one chorus of mating humpback whales, Love... And Sleepless Nights is the hilarious follow up novel all about what happens beyond the happy ever after.

Falling in love with another person is easy, making a new one is where things get complicated.

Already an eBook hit, Love and Sleepless Nights is finally out in old-fashioned paperback, so you have no excuse not to treat yourself to this funny, truthful tale of a newly married couple who find themselves having a baby much sooner than they expected!Nick Spalding is an author who, try as he might, can't seem to write anything serious. He's worked in the communications industry his entire life, mainly in media and marketing. As talking rubbish for a living can get tiresome (for anyone other than a politician), he thought he'd have a crack at writing comedy fiction - with an agreeable level of success so far, it has to be said. Nick lives in the South of England with his fiancee. He is approaching his forties with the kind of dread usually associated with a trip to the gallows, suffers from the occasional bout of insomnia, and still thinks Batman is cool. Nick Spalding is one of the top ten bestselling authors in eBook format in 2012. You can find out more about Nick by following him on twitter https://twitter.com/spalding_author or by reading his blog http://spaldings-racket.blogspot.co.uk/The second book in the Love... series.Nick Spalding has sold over 400,000 ebooks.Nick is in Amazon's top ten bestselling kindle authors in 2012Love... And Sleepless Nights has received hundreds of five star reviews, amongst them readers had the following to say: 'Nick Spalding is one of the few male writers that can write from a female point of view' and 'Spalding has a real talent for drawing you in and leaving you wanting more.'Nick Spalding's Love...books are a brilliant blend of romance, a warm-hearted love story and laugh-out-loud humour. Bridget Jones Diary meets Bridesmaids the film, these hilariously down-to-earth realistic snapshots of love in the real world are fast-paced, perfectly pitched reads.Published in a longer format than the self-published ebook, with 30,000 additional words for more of the love story and more of the laugh-out-lous hilarious moments that fans have come to know and love.