LONGLISTED FOR THE 2019 JHALAK PRIZE'My book of the year. It's personal, historical, political, and it speaks to where we are now. This is the book I've been waiting for - for years' Benjamin Zephaniah'Powerful ... The kind of disruptive, aggressive intellect that a new generation is closely watching' Afua Hirsch, Observer'Part biography, part polemic, this powerful, wide-ranging study picks apart the British myth of meritocracy' David Olusoga, Guardian'Inspiring' Madani Younis, Guardian'Lucid, wide-ranging' John Kerrigan, TLS'A potent combination of autobiography and political history which holds up a mirror to contemporary Britain' IndependentA searing modern polemic and Sunday Times bestseller from the BAFTA and MOBO award-winning musician and political commentator, Akala.From the first time he was stopped and searched as a child, to the day he realised his mum was white, to his first encounters with racist teachers - race and class have shaped Akala's life and outlook. In this unique book he takes his own experiences and widens them out to look at the social, historical and political factors that have left us where we are today.Covering everything from the police, education and identity to politics, sexual objectification and the far right, Natives will speak directly to British denial and squeamishness when it comes to confronting issues of race and class that are at the heart of the legacy of Britain's racialised empire.'Trenchant and highly persuasive' Metro'A history lesson of the kind you should get in school but don't' Stylist
A Normal Family
By Henry Normal
'A wonderful self-portrait of a family with autism at its heart. Uplifting and grounded, frank and encouraging, serious and funny, A Normal Family affirms that there is life after an ASD diagnosis - an atypical life, yes, but an abundant and nourishing life just the same' David Mitchell, author of THE REASON I JUMP'The book is about how [Henry] grieved for the life that Johnny isn't able to have - and learnt to celebrate the one that he does' The Times'A candid and frequently funny book' Radio Times'Honest but funny' Sunday Express'Pell and Normal describe hopes shattered, dreams deferred and victories gained in this brave, funny, and searingly honest memoir' Daily ExpressJohnny is twenty. He likes music, art and going to the beach. He is also autistic - in his case that means he will probably never get a job, never have a girlfriend, never leave home. And over the last two decades this is what his father, TV producer and comedy writer Henry Normal, and mother, Angela Pell, have been trying to come to terms with. This is a book for anyone whose life has been touched by autism - it's about the hope, the despair, and the messy, honest, sometimes funny day-to-day world of autism, as well as a wonderful, warm book about the unconditional, unconventional love between a father, a mother and a son.
By Luke Jennings
The basis for KILLING EVE, now a major BBC TV series, starring Sandra Oh SUNDAY TIMES Thriller of the MonthIn a hotel room in Venice, where she's just completed a routine assassination, Villanelle receives a late-night call. Eve Polastri has discovered that a senior MI5 officer is in the pay of the Twelve, and is about to debrief him. As Eve interrogates her subject, desperately trying to fit the pieces of the puzzle together, Villanelle moves in for the kill. The duel between the two women intensifies, as does their mutual obsession, and when the action moves from the high passes of the Tyrol to the heart of Russia, Eve finally begins to unwrap the enigma of her adversary's true identity.Codename Villanelle, the first of the Killing Eve series, is out now! Praise for Killing Eve TV series'A dazzling thriller . . . mightily entertaining' Guardian 'Entertaining, clever and darkly comic' New York Times
Now We Shall Be Entirely Free
By Andrew Miller
The rapturously acclaimed new novel by the Costa Award-winning author of PURE, hailed as 'excellent', 'gripping', 'as suspenseful as any thriller', 'engrossing', 'moving' and 'magnificent'.One rainswept winter's night in 1809, an unconscious man is carried into a house in Somerset. He is Captain John Lacroix, home from Britain's disastrous campaign against Napoleon's forces in Spain.Gradually Lacroix recovers his health, but not his peace of mind. He will not - cannot - talk about the war or face the memory of what took place on the retreat to Corunna. After the command comes to return to his regiment, he lights out instead for the Hebrides, unaware that he has far worse to fear than being dragged back to the army: a vicious English corporal and a Spanish officer with secret orders are on his trail.In luminous prose, Miller portrays a man shattered by what he has witnessed, on a journey that leads to unexpected friendships, even to love. But as the short northern summer reaches its zenith, the shadow of the enemy is creeping closer. Freedom, for John Lacroix, will come at a high price. Taut with suspense, this is an enthralling, deeply involving novel by one of Britain's most acclaimed writers.'His writing suspends life until it is read and is a source of wonder and delight' Hilary Mantel on Casanova in the Sunday Times
By Jane Austen, Joanna Lumley
Jane Austen's classic tale, read by Joanna Lumley and featuring an immersive musical soundtrack to enhance your audiobook listening experience!NORTHANGER ABBEY, a satire of Gothic melodrama, is one of Jane Austen's most popular woks. When Catherine Morland is launched into the politics and pitfalls of the Bath social season she behaves with the cheerful open-mindedness of one of Jane Austen's most eligible classic heroines.Booktrack is an immersive format that pairs traditional audiobook narration and complementary music. The tempo and rhythm of the score are in perfect harmony with the action and characters throughout the audiobook. Gently playing in the background, the music never overpowers or distracts from the narration so that listeners can enjoy every minute. When you purchase this Booktrack edition, you receive the exact narration as the traditional audiobook available, with the addition of music throughout. (P)1995 Hodder & Stoughton Audiobooks and (P)2018 Booktrack Holding Ltd (background soundtrack only)
Night of Sorrows
By Graham Hancock
Cortés and his small army of Conquistadors enter Tenochtitlan, the island city of the Aztecs, as guests of the psychotic emperor Moctezuma who plans to trap them there and kill them all. In a stunning coup, Cortés acts first, taking the emperor hostage and ruling the Aztecs through him. All of Mexico seems about to fall into his hands until a report comes from the coast of the arrival of a new force of Spaniards with more than three times his numbers, sent not to strengthen him but to attack him and wrest the conquest from him. Faced with the choice of abject surrender or war with fellow Spaniards Cortés chooses war and marches out to do battle but, in so doing he fatally weakens his garrison in Tenochtitlan and throws open the doors of Hell.
Not That I Could Tell
By Jessica Strawser
'Fans of Liane Moriarty will adore Jessica Strawser' Kate MorettiEver wonder what your friends really think of you? Drinks in hand, a group of neighbourhood women gather around a fire pit to enjoy a rare child-less Saturday night. Giddy with freedom, they drink too much, share secrets they wish, perhaps, they hadn't, and enjoy getting to know each other better. The single newcomer. The imperfect mom. The new-born parents. The military wife. The almost divorcee.Come Monday Morning, one of them is gone. Everyone knows something about everyone else in the small town of Yellow Springs, but no one can make sense of the disappearance. Kristin was a sociable mother, school administrator, and doctor's wife who didn't seem all that bothered by her impending divorce. When the investigation launches, it turns up more questions than answers - with her soon-to-be-ex-husband, Paul at the centre. For her closest neighbour, Clara, the incident triggers memories she thought she'd put behind her. As the town's scrutiny turns in on her, her own suspicions about what really happened that night quickly grow. Meanwhile, the neighbourhood's newest addition, Izzy, is determined not to jump to any conclusions.But across the lawns, appearances can be deceiving, and the most beautiful houses can hide the ugliest secrets. A truly gripping domestic thriller of friendship, manipulation and betrayal that fans of Desperate Housewives, The Family Next Door and Liane Moriarty's HBO hit Big Little Lies have been waiting for.***************What readers are saying 'Twisty and engrossing, this is one thriller you don't want to miss!''I was gripped and glued to the page' 'I was drawn into the story from the first page and felt like these women were MY friends' 'What a clever page-turner with some great character dynamics and a few twisties that sucked me in and kept me guessing through to the end'
The New World
By Scott K. Andrews
The epic, thrilling conclusion to the most mind-bending, time-warping series since Doctor Who.Kaz, Dora and Jana - three people from three different time periods, brought together by forces they don't understand, given powers they can barely comprehend.Their powers have brought them together.And nothing - not war, not betrayal, and not even death - has been able to tear them apart.And now, after everything they've been through, they're about to find the bonds of their friendship tested in ways they could never have imagined.This is the stunning, epic conclusion to the incredible story begun in TimeBomb and continued in Second Lives: a story of friendship, of love, and of learning what it means to be extraordinary.*~*Readers love the TimeBomb series!*~* 'A fast-paced, time-hopping thriller' SciFiNow 'Tremendous fun... a riveting series opener... I finished the book in one sitting. If you enjoy fast-paced, action-driven time travel stories, this book is for you' A Fantastical Librarian 'A rip roaring roller coaster ride of a read that keeps you on your toes and is a WHOLE lot of fun' Liz Loves Books 'I was sucked into this book from the beginning and found it extremely hard to put down' Escapades of a Bookworm 'Impeccably unique and mesmerising, Andrews takes an astoundingly interesting take on time travel' Once Upon a Moonlight Review 'Executed perfectly, with likeable, intelligent and witty characters thrust into the mix of things' The Book Bag 'Well-written, funny, sad and exciting... a rocket of a timeslip adventure, designed to appeal to adults young and old and it most certainly succeeds' For Winter's Nights
By Louise Welsh
'A vivid, action-packed journey through a post-apocalyptic world. Terrifying and touching in equal measure, the novel is a love story, an adventure, a road movie, a family drama and a murder mystery rolled into one' The Times ScotlandIt is seven years after the Sweats wiped out most of the world's population. Survivors settled on the Orkney Islands are trying to build a new society but their world crashes for a second time when the islands' teenagers vanish. Stevie and Magnus are the only ones who can bring them home.Stevie hasn't been back to the mainland since she escaped to the islands after a desperate flight north from London. Magnus never saw himself leaving either. After all, what's left for him there? But Shug was born on the islands and has never known anything different; has never left them. Until now.And what starts out as a journey to bring home some young people intent on adventure soon turns into a race against time to find Shug before he comes down with the Sweats. Or worse. A pacy, page-turning ride through a post-apocalyptic world, No Dominion sets the pulse racing and doesn't let up until the last thrilling page.
Night of Cake and Puppets
By Laini Taylor
Which is what one always hopes will happen:for life to take over and be bigger and more marvellous than what we can dream up on our own.**********In the gorgeously illustrated graphic novel edition of the original e-novella NIGHT OF CAKE & PUPPETS, a night only hinted at in the Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy is brought to life: the magical first date of Zuzana and Mik. This is the perfect treat for fans of the series and new readers alike. **********Petite though she may be, Zuzana is not known for timidity. Her best friend, Karou, calls her 'rabid fairy', her 'voodoo eyes' are said to freeze blood, and even her older brother fears her wrath. But when it comes to the simple matter of talking to Mik, or 'Violin Boy', her courage deserts her. Now, enough is enough. Zuzana is determined to meet him, and she has a fistful of magic and a plan. It's a wonderfully elaborate treasure hunt of a plan that will take Mik all over Prague on a cold winter's night before finally leading him to the treasure: herself . . . Violin Boy's not going to know what hit him.**********'WOW. I wish I had written this book.' Patrick Rothfuss on DAUGHTER OF SMOKE & BONE
By Monty Don
THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLERA QUARTER OF A MILLION COPIES SOLDNIGEL - One of Britain's favourite dogs! MONTY - One of Britain's favourite presenters. When Monty Don's golden retriever Nigel became the surprise star of BBC Gardeners' World inspiring huge interest, fan mail and his own social media accounts, Monty Don wanted to explore what makes us connect with animals quite so deeply. In many respects Nigel is a very ordinary dog; charming, handsome and obedient, as so many are. He is a much loved family pet. He is also a star. By telling Nigel's story, Monty relates his relationships with the other special dogs in his life in a memoir of his dogs past and very much present. Witty, touching and life-affirming, Nigel: My family and other dogs is wonderfully heart-warming. Monty Don is a great writer coming out of the garden and into the hearts and homes of every dog lover in the UK.'I have always had a dog, or dogs. I cannot imagine life without them. I am just as much a fan of Nigel as any besotted viewer. In the book I explore why we love dogs and what they mean to us emotionally and domestically. I look back on all the dogs in my life - all of which I have loved deeply and which have been an essential part of my life. So, this is the book of Nigel - but also the book of all our dogs in every British family and a celebration of the deep love we feel for them' Monty Don
Napoleon's Last Island
By Thomas Keneally
On the island of St Helena in the south Atlantic ocean, Napoleon spends his last years in exile. It is a hotbed of gossip and secret liaisons, where a blind eye is turned to relations between colonials and slaves.The disgraced emperor is subjected to vicious and petty treatment by his captors, but he forges an unexpected ally: a rebellious British girl, Betsy, who lives on the island with her family and becomes his unlikely friend.Based on fact, Napoleon's Last Island is the surprising story of one of history's most enigmatic figures and a British family who dared to associate with him. It is a tale of vengeance, duplicity and loyalty, and of a man whose charisma made him dangerous to the end.
Nightmares and Dreamscapes
By Stephen King, David Cronenberg, Dominic Cuskern, Eve Beglarian, Frank Muller, Gary Sinise, Grace Slick, Jerry Garcia, Joe Mantegna, Joe Morton, Kathy Bates, Lindsay Crouse, Matthew Broderick, Rob Lowe, Robert B Parker, Stephen J. Gould, Stephen King, Tabitha King, Tim Curry, Whoopi Goldberg, Yeardley Smith
The Stephen King Amusement Park - an unnerving experience, with rides every which way to hell...and a few to glory.A solitary finger pokes out of a drain. Novelty teeth turn predatory. The Nevada desert swallows a Cadillac. Meanwhile, the legend of Castle Rock returns... and grows on you. What does it all mean? What else could it mean? Stephen King is here with a powerful collection of stories - a vast, many-chambered cave of a volume.The long reach of Stephen King's imagination will take you on a rollercoaster to places you've never been before. You will lose sleep. But Stephen King, writing to beat the devil, will do your dreaming for you.This edition includes an introduction read by Stephen King, plus SUFFER THE CHILDREN read by Whoopi Goldberg; CROUCH END read by Tim Curry; RAINY SEASON read by Rob Lowe and more.The full list of stories and narrators: - Introduction read by Stephen King - Suffer the Children read by Whoopi Goldberg- Crouch End read by Tim Curry- Rainy Season read by Yeardley Smith- Dolan's Cadillac read by Rob Lowe- The House on Maple Street read by Tabitha King- Umney's Last Case read by Robert B. Parker- Head Down read by Stephen King- Brooklyn August read by Stephen J. Gould- Chattery Teeth read by Kathy Bates- My Pretty Pony read by Jerry Garcia- Sneakers read by David Cronenberg- Dedication read by Lindsay Crouse- The Doctor's Case read by Tim Curry- The Moving Finger read by Eve Beglarian- The End of the Whole Mess read by Matthew Broderick- Home Delivery read by Stephen King- It Grows on You read by Stephen King- The Fifth Quarter read by Gary Sinese- You Know They Got A Hell of a Band read by Grace Slick- The Night Flier read by Frank Muller- Popsy read by Joe Mantegna- Sorry, Right Number read by full cast- The Ten O'Clock People read by Joe Morton- Notes read by Stephen King- The Begger and the Diamond read by Dominic Cuskern(P)2009 Simon & Schuster
NIV Journalling Brown Imitation Leather Bible with Clasp
By New International Version
Attractive, imitation-leather-bound journalling Bible with high quality paper and extra wide ruled margins for note taking and referencing. Features beautifully illustrated endpapers, two ribbon markers, magnetic flap closure and pen loop.The New International Version is the world's most popular modern English Bible. It is renowned for its combination of reliability and readability and is ideal for personal reading, public teaching and group study.This Bible also features: - clear, readable 7.25pt text- easy-to-read layout - shortcuts to key stories, events and people of the Bible - basic reading plan- quick links to find inspiration and help from the Bible in different life situations.This edition uses British spelling, punctuation and grammar to allow the Bible to be read more naturally. Royalties from all sales of the NIV Bible help Biblica in their work of translating and distributing Bibles around the world.
Noisy at the Wrong Times
By Michael Volpe
'Hugely entertaining and inspiring' The Sunday TimesAS SEEN ON BBC ARTS' HIP HOP 2 OPERAThe inspirational and colourful memoir of Michael Volpe, the general manager of Opera Holland Park. The son of Italian immigrants, he and his brothers were raised by his mother on a council estate in West London, before he attended Woolverstone Hall, a prestigious state boarding school designed to give bright inner city boys the opportunity of a public school education. Set against a backdrop of nuns, hit men, ice cream vans, rugby, gangsters, strict school masters and music, Noisy at the Wrong Times is the vivid, funny and often moving story of a boy who was given a chance - though whether he took it or not is another question...
Now That I've Found You
By Ciara Geraghty
SHORTLISTED FOR THE ROMANTIC NOVELISTS' ASSOCIATION CONTEMPORARY ROMANTIC NOVEL AWARD, 2015.Vinnie is an ordinary man. Ellen is an ordinary woman. Ellen is unable to move on after a terrible accident that left her mentally and physically scarred. Taxi driver Vinnie is struggling to cope with bringing up two children on his own. Everyone deserves to find that one person who's meant for them, don't they? Fall in love with the story of Vinnie and Ellen. Because ordinary lives can be extraordinary.
The Night Guest
By Fiona McFarlane
Shortlisted for the Guardian First Book AwardWinner of the inaugural Voss Literary PrizeJoint winner of the Barbara Jefferis AwardIn an isolated house on the New South Wales coast, Ruth, a widow whose sons have flown the nest, lives alone. Until one day a stranger bowls up, announcing that she's Frida, sent to be Ruth's carer.At first, Ruth welcomes Frida's vigorous presence and her willingness to hear Ruth's tales of growing up in Fiji. She even helps reunite Ruth with a childhood sweetheart. But why does Ruth sense a tiger prowling through the house at night? Is she losing her wits? Can she trust the enigmatic Frida? And how far can she trust herself?
The Noble One
By Denise Robins
Growing up in the rugged countryside of the Lake District, Dana loves the animals that roam among the hills, especially the majestic stag she calls The Noble One.When she learns that somebody is trying to kill the stag for the sake of its splendid antlers, she determines to fight for its survival. But the man behind the illegal hunting is also a man who claimed to be in love with her...The struggle is not an easy one - but the arrival of Brett Chalmers, the new Assistant Game Warden, certainly has quite an effect. And not just on the fight for The Noble One.
By Denise Robins
It all happens so fast... Celia's long lost father appears and announces that he is a millionaire. Now, in his last days, he wants to share his life, and his wealth with his only kin - his daughter.Celia is taken from her drab London flat to her father's fabulous villa in Monte Carlo. There she meets Philippe, the dashingly handsome Frenchman who sweeps her into a confusion of fiery passion. And Geoffrey, the solid good-looking Englishman whose love for her is quiet and dependable.Then, suddenly, her father dies - and Celia is a millionairess. Now the ugly question nags at her heart: does the man she desperately loves want her for herself - or for her money?
Never Look Back
By Denise Robins
When Brett Morgan walks out on her, Penny Winn feels her broken heart will never recover. But the Second World War takes her to the Mediterranean where she meets Wing-Commander Timothy Curtis and becomes his wife.Everyone believes Tim Curtis is on his death-bed, but he unexpectedly recovers. Then Penny's old flame Brett Morgan reappears in her life. Isn't that always typical of men?Penny must face her dilemma: stay faithful to her invalid husband, or return to her true love?