By Irene Carr
Alison Grant is just five when her father is sent to prison for murder. Her mother blackens his character and when she's taunted at school for being a jailbird's daughter she feels ashamed of him. Then Doreen Grant abandons Alison and the little girl goes to live with her grandmother, the housekeeper at Bellhanger House. And when she becomes friends with the owner's nephew, she tells him her mother is dead and her father is a ship's captain. It is the beginning of a new life of betrayal and deception, which continues when Alison leaves Bellhanger House after her grandmother's death. She begins to dream of owning a chain of cafés and becoming a lady. But her family's shaming secret will come back to haunt her once more.'A serious challenge for the crown vacated by Catherine Cookson.' Sunderland Echo
By Lindsay Hawdon
Inspired by the lost voices of the Romany Holocaust this heartbreaking and tender novel will appeal to readers who loved Sophie's Choice, Schindler's Ark and The Book Thief.Austria, 1944. Jakob, a gypsy boy - half Roma, half Yenish - runs, as he has been told to do. With shoes of sack cloth, still bloodstained with another's blood, a stone clutched in one hand, a small wooden box in the other. He runs blindly, full of fear, empty of hope. For hope lies behind him in a green field with a tree that stands shaped like a Y. He knows how to read the land, the sky. When to seek shelter, when not. He has grown up directing himself with the wind and the shadows. They are familiar to him. It is the loneliness that is not. He has never, until this time, been so alone.'Don't be afraid, Jakob,' his father has told him, his voice weak and wavering. 'See the colours, my boy,' he has whispered. So he does. Rusted ochre from a mossy bough. Steely white from the sap of the youngest tree. On and on, Jakob runs.Spanning from one world war to another, taking us across England, Switzerland and Austria, Jakob's Colours is about the painful legacies passed down from one generation to another, finding hope where there is no hope and colour where there is no colour.
By Sally Worboyes
Errol Turner, a handsome and determined young man from Jamaica, has found the woman of his dreams in the East End of London. Errol's only assets on arrival at Southampton in the summer of 1955 were his father's old sewing machine, a few pounds in his pocket and a touching faith in the greatness of Britain. Four years later, in love with the charismatic Rita, he is making his mark as a tailor - but in the aftermath of the race riots, racial hatred still simmers throughout London, endangering all their hopes.Rita's best friend Maggie and her flamboyant great aunt Naomi try to ease the couple's fears. But far more sinister activities are going on under their own roof. When a woman is found murdered, vicious rumours and suspicions explode. It will take grit and cunning to bring the killer to light - and a true testing of friendship.
James May's Man Lab
By James May
For at least two decades now modern man has been on the brink of a crisis. Persuaded by both the post-feminist political landscape and his representation in the popular media to remodel himself as an endearingly hopeless halfwit, he now exists only as an object of pity.James May, co-presenter of The Grand Tour, and his happy band of brothers (plus a few women, but we try to edit them out) are engaged on a quest to lead maledom to a broad sunlit upland strewn with slim books of English verse and neatly stacked with correctly sharpened tools arranged in descending size order. From here they confront the mysteries of romance and fashion, the cult of men's cooking and the daunting underworld of hardcore DIY. Read it and remember that, as a chap, your first duty is to be dependable. And then you can have a pint.
Jane Austen at Home
By Lucy Worsley
THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER'This is my kind of history: carefully researched but so vivid that you are convinced Lucy Worsley was actually there at the party - or the parsonage.' Antonia Fraser'A refreshingly unique perspective on Austen and her work and a beautifully nuanced exploration of gender, creativity, and domesticity.' Amanda ForemanOn the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen's death, historian Lucy Worsley leads us into the rooms from which our best-loved novelist quietly changed the world.This new telling of the story of Jane's life shows us how and why she lived as she did, examining the places and spaces that mattered to her. It wasn't all country houses and ballrooms, but a life that was often a painful struggle. Jane famously lived a 'life without incident', but with new research and insights Lucy Worsley reveals a passionate woman who fought for her freedom. A woman who far from being a lonely spinster in fact had at least five marriage prospects, but who in the end refused to settle for anything less than Mr Darcy.
The Jane Austen Marriage Manual
By Kim Izzo
It's a truth universally acknowledged that Jane Austen knew more about marriage than anyone else. (Never mind that she never got married herself...)It's in the midst of the recession when Kate, a freelance journalist and self-professed Jane Austen addict, finds herself single, unemployed and soon-to-be homeless (not to mention about to turn 40). In desperation she accepts a writing assignment to prove a theory that in the toughest economic times a wealthy man is the only must-have accessory. So, with just Jane Austen's advice for company, she sets off to see if Mr Rich can ever become Mr Right.Her mission takes her to Palm Beach, St Moritz and London. Where, in keeping company with the elite, she meets billionaires, oil tycoons, and generally men who make Mr Darcy look like an amateur. But will rubbing shoulders with men of good fortune ever actually lead her to love?
The Japanese Lover
By Rani Manicka
Parvathi leaves her native Ceylon for Malaya and an arranged marriage to a wealthy businessman. But her father has cheated, supplying a different girl's photograph, and Kasu Marimuthu, furious, threatens to send her home in disgrace. Gradually husband and wife reach an agreement, and the naïve young girl learns to assume the air of sophisticated mistress of a luxurious estate. She even adopts his love child and treats Rubini as her own daughter - a generous act which is rewarded by a long-wished-for son.But it is a life without passion, and Parvathi dreams of loving - and being loved - with complete abandon. When the Japanese invade Malaya, in WW2, they requisition the estate. Marimuthu dies and Parvathi is forced to accept the protection of the Japanese general who has robbed her of her home. For the first time, she experiences sexual passion. And gradually, her sworn enemy becomes the lover she has always yearned for . . .
The Jefferson Key
By Steve Berry
The seventh explosive Cotton Malone adventure - the first to be set in America.Cotton Malone has been called on to defend his country's safety in many exotic locations around the world, often using his knowledge of history to get to the heart of mysteries and conspiracies stretching back for centuries. But never has the danger been quite so close to home.A stunning opening sets the tone of explosive action and mind-bending intrigue as Cotton battles an extraordinary group of families whose unseen influence dates back to the pages of the U.S. Constitution - and whose thirst for power is about to be satisfied by the cracking of a code devised by Thomas Jefferson himself.
By Meg Gardiner
When a young woman tumbles dead onto the beach, the police identify the body. It's Evan Delaney. Except that Evan is very much alive. It's her identity that has been stolen. And the thief has compromised more than just Evan's bank account. She has been scamming money from rich Hollywood wannabes - including a vicious drug boss. He wants his money back. From Evan. Soon she finds herself harassed by drug runners and suspected of murder. She must save herself - but to do that must escape a web of deceit that threatens to destroy not just her, but her boyfriend Jesse.
By Gerald Seymour
Selected by The Sunday Times as one of the four top thrillers of the year, JERICHO'S WAR is the new paperback from 'the best thriller writer in the world' (Daily Telegraph)In a moment of nerve-shredding suspense that will affect many thousands of lives, a handful of men and women converge on a barren stretch of Yemeni desert.The mission is to take down a high-value player in the war against Al-Qaeda. It is the brainchild of an old, fat fool called Jericho. In his striped cricket blazer, never without a G&T, he is a sweating figure of fun among the ex-pats across the border in Muscat.Yet perhaps he is not quite as old, or foolish, or even fat as he appears.Nor as harmless...Welcome to Jericho's War: its weaponry is state-of-the-art, its brutality as timeless as the desert.
Jessica Ennis: Unbelievable - From My Childhood Dreams To Winning Olympic Gold
By Jessica Ennis
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.Hers is an inspiring tale of following your dreams no matter what life throws at you.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.
By Anna Jacobs
Jessie Burton is lively and intelligent - she wants more than the respectable life in service her mother has planned for her. Times are changing, railways are being built across the land bringing new freedom and possibilities. Jessie tastes that freedom when she meets an ambitious young navvy, newly arrived in Yorkshire. The attraction between them is overwhelming. And Jared Wilde is determined to make Jessie his wife. The primitive, colourful shanty towns that spring up around the railway works are nothing like the safe world Jessie once knew. But in spite of the hardness of life there, she finds happiness with Jared. Until another navvy becomes determined to destroy their future together...
The Jimmy Hill Story
By Jimmy Hill
'In many ways Jimmy Hill was football. He was a true great of the game.' - Greg Dyke, Chairman of the Football AssociationJimmy Hill died on 19th December 2015 but very much remains a household name. Renowned for his outspoken views, recognised the world over by his famous profile, only he saw football from every side: as player, coach, manager, chairman, television executive and broadcaster.A versatile player with Brentford and Fulham in the fifties, he was a qualified coach by the age of 24.In the sixties his innovative management technique took Coventry from the bottom of the Third to the First Division, where they stayed for 32 years. For over twenty years, at different times, he was a director and chairman of Coventry, Charlton and Fulham. As chairman of the Professional Footballers' Association he took on the authorities and successfully fought for freedom of contract and the abolition of the maximum wage.But it is as a TV presenter that Jimmy became best known. After five years as Head of Sport at LWT, he moved to the BBC to become a national institution in the seventies and eighties on Match of the Day. Tragically Jimmy Hill succumbed to Alzheimer's Disease in his last few years, A moving epilogue has been included which reflects on Jimmy's remarkable life.Jimmy tells the story of his rise from humble beginnings to distinction both on and off the field with modesty and humour.
Job: A Comedy of Justice
By Robert A. Heinlein
After he firewalked in Polynesia, the world wasn't the same for Alexander Hergensheimer, now called Alec Graham. As natural accidents occurred without cease, Alex knew Armageddon and the Day of Judgement were near. Somehow he had to bring his beloved heathen, Margrethe, to a state of grace, and, while he was at it, save the rest of the world ....
By Cynthia Lennon
Cynthia and John Lennon's relationship spanned ten crucial years of the Beatles phenomenon. But as well as new insight into the Beatles years, Cynthia has a compelling personal story of marriage, motherhood and the man who was to become the most idolised and admired of all the Beatles.Cynthia is candid about the cruel and the loving sides of John. She tells of the end of their marriage and the beginning of his relationship with Yoko Ono in more detail than ever before, and reveals the many difficulties estrangement from John - and then his death - brought for herself and Julian. Cynthia is a remarkable survivor and this is her extraordinary story and unique insight into a man loved and idolised all over the world.
John Giles: A Football Man - My Autobiography
By John Giles, John Giles
'The dream was football . . .'John Giles had a gift. At the age of three, he could kick a ball the way it was supposed to be kicked. And he knew that every hour that passed without kicking a ball was an hour wasted.'It was the same dream that most of the kids had at that time . . .'In A Football Man, Giles tells the story of a dream pursued and realised beyond his wildest imaginings, from his humble beginnings in Ormond Square in 1940s' Dublin,counting down the minutes to his next game of football, to that unforgettable moment when the original football man - his dad, 'Dickie' - announced that his young son, at just fourteen, was on his way to Manchester United.'What I didn't realise was that my dream would come true.'Full of anecdote, insight and wry humour, Giles recounts his rise through the ranks at Manchester United, before and after the Munich Disaster; the great players he knew, the good and the bad times under Matt Busby; his sensational debut for Ireland which he served as player and manager; his starring role in the brilliant, controversial Leeds United of the '60s and '70s; and his challenge to the portrayal of himself and Brian Clough in The Damned United. He also describes his enduring friendship with the 'kid from across Dublin's Tolka Park', Eamon Dunphy, and his career on RTÉ2's football panel, where Giles' intelligent and insightful analysis have made him an even more well-loved and respected national figure.
Johnners - The Life Of Brian
By Barry Johnston
Born in 1912, Brian spent a luxurious childhood in a Queen Anne house in Hertfordshire. When he was just ten years old the family suffered the tragic death of his father and were forced to sell the family home. A few years later Brian was sent to Eton, which he always said were the happiest days of his life - and where he demonstrated an early flair for cricket. After leaving school he longed to join the theatre, but instead travelled to Hamburg and then Brazil to learn the family trade - the coffee business. His travels were cut short after eighteen months when he became gravely ill and he returned home.War broke out and Brian joined the 2nd Battallion Grenadier Guards serving in Normandy after D-Day, where he earned the Military Cross for 'untiring determination and cheerfulness under fire'. Six weeks after being demobbed he joined the BBC. He only planned to work there a few months; he ended up staying for 48 years, where his career ranged from performing in music halls, presenting children's television shows and, of course, presenting and commentating on television and radio, which quickly made him a household name. Told with candour and affection, THE LIFE OF BRIAN reveals the private side of a man who became a public institution.
Joshi's Alkaline Diet
By Nish Joshi
'If no one comments within two weeks on how great you're looking - you must be cheating.' JoshiJoshi's Alkaline Diet has been the secret of celebrities from Gwyneth Paltrow to Kelly Hoppen and the inspiration for the bestselling Honestly Healthy Cookbook by Natasha Corrett and Vicki Edgson. Now he shares his unique, craving-free diet plan and explains how any of us can shake off the strains of a high-pressure life and get the body and energy level's we've always dreamed of.Just 21 days with Joshi will alter your pH balance from acid to alkaline, change your eating habits forever, help you lose weight, and leave you looking and feeling fantastic. 'You completely trust yourself with Joshi. He's an amazing man.' Sadie Frost'The health guru favoured by A-listers.' The Times'Glossy hair, glowing skin - this regime really works.' Daily Mail
Joshi's Total Health - For Life
By Nish Joshi
More energy, clearer focus, better sleep, a trimmer figure and a more positive outlook - these are the things that encompass real wellbeing and that Joshi can help you achieve. Incorporating elements of nutrition, meditation and visualisation techniques, exercise and yoga, health troubleshooting and beauty treatments, this is a clear, simple plan that will transform your life. Infused with Joshi's uniquely positive, pragmatic and sympathetic voice, HOLISTIC LIFE PLAN gives us the chance to be pampered and uplifted by the man the stars regard as their secret weapon. Make step-by-step changes and feel the difference: this is a life plan that really will become the basis for a new healthy and happy way of life.
Journey of The Soul
By Brenda Davies
Taken up with our human existence, the journey of our soul through birth, death and afterlife remains a mystery to most. This insightful book sheds light on the very nature of the soul, explaining its presence before, during and after life. Part one describes our soul's engagement with the physical world and ends as it prepares to be released again at death. Part two exposes the most mysterious phase of the journey - as the soul enters another dimension. With evidence from near death experience, past lives and clairvoyance, Brenda details fascinating aspects of our soul's experience, including communication with the living and reincarnation. Illuminating and uplifting, this book offers peace, hope and comfort making us revisit our life afresh.