The Alington Inheritance
By Patricia Wentworth
Jenny is 18 when her guardian is killed and her wealthy relations the Forbes invite her to stay. Consoled by the affectionate attentions of their little girls and the charming elder son, she starts to find her feet again. Then she overhears a private conversation and realises she is in terrible danger. Terrified and bewildered, Jenny flees from the village, desperately hoping her enemies will forget all about her. But she's wrong . . .
The Art of War
By James Clavell, Sun Tzu
Sun Tzu was one of the greatest army generals who ever lived. He wrote The Art Of War in the fifth century BC and yet his words are still resoundingly relevant to our modern lives. His writings on aspects of warfare from the laying of plans to the tactics and psychology of manoeuvering an army, to the proper use of spies, resonate for us in today's world of cut-throat, ruthless business. With James Clavell's insightful foreword and notes, this classic is widely seen as a necessity on the bookshelf of military leaders and boardroom executives alike.
Anna, Where Are You?
By Patricia Wentworth
There is no doubt in Thomasina Elliott's mind that her oldest schoolfriend is a creature of habit. So when, after three years of regular correspondence, Anna's letters suddenly stop, Thomasina becomes concerned. And even more so when it transpires that her friend has disappeared without trace, in extremely odd circumstances. Fortunately, however, the indomitable Miss Silver is on hand to investigate.
Aspects of the Novel
By E M Forster
ASPECTS OF THE NOVEL is a unique attempt to examine the novel afresh, rejecting the traditional methods of classification by chronology or subject-matter. Forster pares down the novel to its essential elements as he sees them: story, people, plot, fantasy, prophecy, pattern and rhythm. He illustrates each aspect with examples from their greatest exponents, not hesitating as he does so to pass controversial judgement on the works of, among others, Sir Walter Scott, Charles Dickens and Henry James. Full of Forster's renowned wit and perceptiveness, ASPECTS OF THE NOVEL offers a rare insight into the art of fiction from one of our greatest novelists.'His is a book to encourage dreaming.' Virginia Woolf
All the Dear Faces
By Audrey Howard
Edwardian Liverpool - the greatest port in the Empire, a sprawling, brawling city of poverty and wealth, slum tenements and civic pride, vice and hard-won respectability. Mara O'Shaughnessy, eighth of thirteen children, longs to escape from the crowded tumult of her family. Her sister Caitlin, quiet but determined, is already, to her mother's horror, involved with the suffragettes. Woodall Park, two-thousand-acre home of Elizabeth Woodall and her parents, could be a million miles away. With their neighbours, the Osbornes of Beechwood Hall, they live their lives of servanted ease, country pursuits and suitable marriages. Yet, in the golden years before World War I, Liverpool Irish and English gentry are to become fatefully, passionately entangled.'Her thousands of fans recognise the artistry of a true storyteller' Lancashire Life
By Melvyn Bragg
Jimmie Johnston first became a Labour MP in Cumbria when there was a brave new post-war world to build. Now, in the late 70s, another general election looms but he is no longer so optimistic. And as he fights to keep his seat, his family begins to fracture around him and scandal threatens. In this absorbing and fast-paced novel, Melvyn Bragg's portrait of the mood and politics of the era remains as pertinent today as on its original publication.
An Air That Kills
By Andrew Taylor
'Andrew Taylor is a master story-teller' Daily TelegraphFrom the No.1 bestselling author of The Ashes of London and Fire of Court, this is the first instalment in the acclaimed Lydmouth seriesWorkmen in the small market town of Lydmouth are demolishing an old cottage. A sledgehammer smashes into what looks like a solid wall. Instead, layers of wallpaper conceal the door of a locked cupboard which holds a box - and in the box is the skeleton of a young baby. Items within the box suggest that the baby was entombed early in the nineteenth century, but when another man is also found dead, the evidence suggests that the baby's death is more recent and that a killer is on the loose. For Journalist Jill Francis, newly arrived from London, this looks like her first story to chase ... 'The most under-rated crime writer in Britain today' Val McDermid'Captures perfectly the drab atmosphere and cloying morality of the 1950s . . . Taylor is an excellent writer. He plots with care and intelligence and the solution to the mystery is satisfyingly chilling' The Times 'There is no denying Taylor's talent, his prose exudes a quality uncommon among his contemporaries' Time Out 'Andrew Taylor is a master story-teller' Daily Telegraph
By James Lovell, Jeffrey Kluger
April 13, 1970. Astronauts Jim Lovell, Fred Haise and Jack Swigert are hurtling towards the moon in the Apollo 13 spacecraft, when an explosion rocks the ship. The cockpit grows dim, the air grows thin, and the instrument lights wink out. Moments later, the astronauts are forced to abandon the main ship for the tiny lunar module, designed to keep two men alive for just two days. But there are three men aboard and they are four days from home. As the action shifts from the disabled ship to the frantic engineers at Mission Control to Lovell's anxious family, APOLLO 13 brilliantly recreates the harrowing, heroic mission in all its drama and glory.This gripping story of human endurance is the basis for Ron Howard's classic film starring Tom Hanks and Kevin Bacon.
The Art of War for Executives
By Donald G. Krause
For years, business schools and professional consultants have turned to Sun Tzu's 2,500-year-old Chinese text for its invaluable commentary on such topics as leadership, strategy, organisation, competition and cooperation. Now the wisdom of Sun Tzu's The Art of War is made accessible to the modern reader. Not simply a new translation, this is the first book to provide a clear, easy-to-follow interpretation of the classic document. The Art of War for Executives reveals the brilliance of Sun Tzu - and shows how to win on the battlefield of modern business. The tone and insight of the original classic remain, whilst incorperating the ideas of contemporary business philosophers, like Peters, Drucker and Bennis. Here at last is an accessible interpretation of Sun Tzu's The Art of War incorperating modern business lessons to make this classic text relevant and readable for today's executive facing strategic and competitive challenges.
Agony and the Ecstasy
By Nick Royle
By R.T. Kendall
Although many of us long to be blessed by the anointing of the Holy Spirit, R. T. Kendall believes it is possible to abuse this anointing - and become yesterday's man or woman. This happens by trying to move outside our calling and capabilities, for example, or even through impatience.Drawing on the Bible, especially the lives of Saul, Samuel and David, as well as on his own experience, R. T. helps us to identify our current usefulness and urges us to seek a fresh anointing of the Holy Spirit each day.
Against all Enemies
By Richard Herman
By Allan Massie
Standing on the verge of ruin, Mark Antony dictates his memoirs to his secretary Critias, who contributes an acerbic running commentary as Antony relives his struggle with Octavian for mastery of the Roman Empire in the wake of Caesar's murder, his infatuation with Cleopatra and his obsession with the East. A tragi-comedy of ambition and self-indulgence, passion and valour, ANTONY forms a triumphant conclusion to Allan Massie's acclaimed Roman Quartet.
Applications for Living
By Neale Donald Walsch
In Applications for Living, Neale Donald Walsch has distilled the principles of Conversations with God through his own life experience into a universal formula for living well. Holistic Living shows that all individuals can and should achieve emotional, sexual, intellectual and spiritual fulfilment, as well as abolishing negative, unproductive habits. Relationships examines common patterns that hinder our ability to build and maintain successful relationships, and teaches us to move beyond restrictive ways of relating. Abundance and Right Livelihood explains the author's simple and practical philosophy for achieving abundance, and how to learn what your 'right livelihood' is. Inspirational, practical and humorous, Neale Donald Walsch reveals in Applications for Living how we can use our own mistakes and experiences as stepping stones to a higher awareness and greater fulfilment in life.
The Art of Happiness
By The Dalai Lama, Howard C. Cutler, Dalai Lama, Howard Cutler
In this unique and important book, one of the world's great spiritual leaders offers his practical wisdom and advice on how we can overcome everyday human problems and achieve lasting happiness.The Art of Happiness is a highly accessible guide for a western audience, combining the Dalai Lama's eastern spiritual tradition with Dr Howard C. Cutler's western perspective. Covering all key areas of human experience, they apply the principles of Tibetan Buddhism to everyday problems and reveal how one can find balance and complete spiritual and mental freedom.For the many who wish to understand more about the Dalai Lama's approach to living, there has never been a book which brings his beliefs so vividly into the real world.
Albert Speer Van D Vat
By Dan Van Der Vat
By Audrey Howard
Nancy Brody is different from the rest of the folk in Angel Meadow, the appalling slum where her drunken mother Kitty was a prostitute . . . Only nine years old, Nancy decides to save her sisters Mary and Rose from the workhouse. She gets work for them all at the Monarch Cotton Manufacturing Mill - and then sets out to better herself and her sisters. Saving every penny, working every waking hour, Nancy succeeds, becoming a manufacturer herself. But happiness seems as elusive for Nancy as it was when she was a mistreated child. Though he once said he loved her, Mick O'Rourke has become Nancy's worst enemy, and seems destined to take a terrible revenge on her and her sisters. And Josh Hayes, the man who truly loves Nancy, seems destined to be parted from her.
The Asking Price
By Jessica Stirling
Imprisoned in a false 'marriage' and trapped in Glasgow's mean streets, Kirsty and Craig Nicholson are drifting apart, held together only by their son, Bobby. Kirsty finds herself drawn more and more to David Lockhart, the young minister who cares for her deeply. But David is bound to return to China and only his love for Kirsty keeps him in Scotland. Craig, now a committed policeman, is incensed by the behaviour of his family when they fall under the influence of a rich and generous patron, and seeks solace in the arms of a street woman from the burgh's dark slums. His growing obsession with her threatens not only Kirsty, but the future of his family too . . .
Ashes of the Elements
By Alys Clare
A grove of huge oak trees in the Wealden forest is felled. And, as if some ancient curse is being brought alive, the man who wielded the axes meets with a violent end.The Sheriff claims the Forest People did it, but Abbess Helewise believes a supernatural solution is too easy an answer. She consults Josse d'Acquin, whose manor house in the Weald is now being renovated, and he, concerned about the safety of two girls from the abbey, enters the forest himself - to find something in this ancient part of Britain that terrifies even him.
An Evening with Johnners
By Brian Johnston, Brian Johnston
Reminiscing about his long life and career at the BBC, Brian talks about many of the diverse occasions and programmes with which he was involved ? He also indulges in his well-known love of (rather bad) jokes and puns.In this revised edition of An Evening with Johnners, which contains previously unreleased material, the sheer warmth of Brian's personality comes across to the listener, and it is virtually impossible not to feel at one with the members of the highly appreciative theatre audience.