Half in Love
By Maile Meloy
Selected for Richard & Judy's Summer Read, Maile Meloy's brilliant novel, Liars and Saints, was acclaimed by readers and reviewers alike. In deceptively straightforward writing, Meloy depicted the story of the Santerre family with remarkable insight and perception, creating 'an emotional resonance that lasts long after the last page' (Daily Mail).This same talent is again on display in these dazzling stories. Whether Meloy is describing a soldier's kiss in wartime London, a best friend's funeral or a young girl's determination to hang on to her virginity, the result is startling, fresh and unforgettable.
Half in Love
By Justin Cartwright
Richard McAllister, a young minister in the government, has temporarily left the Cabinet while recovering from being stabbed by a thug at a football match. He has decided, while recuperating, to go to South Africa to research a relative and his account of the horse in the Boer War. While in Mafeking, he is called back to London because his passionate affair with an actress has become public knowledge. From that moment, the love affair becomes almost impossibly fraught. The press hound them, the government spin doctors try to suppress all news and Joanna's husband becomes very vindictive. The lovers are parted, and Joanna leaves for America.This is a novel about contemporary politics, the power of film, the nature of history and above all about two people caught hopelessly in love, subject to the stresses of fame and scandal. It is an exceptional achievement.
The Half Life of Stars
By Louise Wener
Have you ever wished you could walk away from it all? Not for a day, not for a week, but for good. Claire's older brother Daniel has disappeared. He leaves work one Friday afternoon, shortly before Christmas, and vanishes into thin air. Married, successful, rich, there seems no reason why he would abandon his life. Has he been killed? Has he been kidnapped? Or has he just had enough?Set between London and Miami, this is the story of a family with ghosts to bury. It opens on the day of the Challenger shuttle explosion at Cape Canaveral; a tragic moment that rips this family apart and sets Daniel's disappearance in motion some 18 years later.In the midst of it all sits Claire, who knows Daniel best. She becomes convinced that she knows where her older brother is and sets off on a journey to find him.Part mystery, part love story, part comic road trip, this is the story of a woman unravelling her family's secrets and healing their wounds, while finding a route to real love.
By Lauren Oliver
In the world of Delirium, love is a disease. And like all eighteen-year-olds, Lena and Hana must take the cure.At the start of their last summer of freedom, they were the closest of friends. Until Hana made a decision that tore them apart . . . In Delirium, we heard from Lena. Now, Hana gets to tell her side of the story. And nothing is what we first thought. Hana is a powerful, moving and beautifully told original eBook short story, with a shocking twist that will leave you with your heart in your mouth.
Hand Me Down World
By Lloyd Jones
This is a story about a woman. And the truck driver who mistook her for a prostitute. The old man she robbed and the hunters who smuggled her across the border. The woman whose name she stole, the wife who turned a blind eye. This is the story of a mother searching for her child. This is a novel you cannot stop thinking about.
Handbags and Halos
By Bernadette Strachan
Nell Fitzgerald worries that her life is shallow and meaningless. She's right - it is. Stricken by an acute pre-mid-life crisis, she's walked out on her obstreperous boyfriend, moved in with her icy Knightsbridge grandmother and been forced to assume the role of faux girlfriend to closet gay TV presenter, Blair Taylor, by her merciless boss at the Morgan theatrical agency.In a desperate bid to inject a little depth into her existence, Nell enrols at 'Helping Hands' volunteer centre. There the frighteningly grown up coordinator, Phred, looks on in bemusement as a series of mishaps lead her to discover that 'doing good' doesn't offer the immediate rewards she'd bargained for.Can Nell juggle the demands of her two very different worlds as well as her eccentric family, perplexed girlfriends and unexpected feelings for Phred?
Handle with Care
By Jodi Picoult
THE NUMBER ONE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER'Superb, many-stranded and grimly topical' The TimesFive years ago, Charlotte O'Keefe had everything she could want: a loving husband, a wonderful daughter and another child on the way.But when Willow was born with brittle bone disease, this perfect life shattered before her eyes. Now, as the years have gone by and the costs to care for Willow have mounted up, the family has begun to falter and the pressure of caring for their sick child.In Charlotte's eyes, only one person could have stopped this from happening: Piper, her obstetrician and best friend, who didn't advise Charlotte that she might want to terminate the pregnancy. Now, as she stands in court, she must defend the unthinkable.That she would have chosen for her daughter not to be born. 'You won't sleep until you find out what happens' HeatJodi's new novel, A SPARK OF LIGHT, is available to pre-order now.
By Jon Rance
A novel about people just like us. Four people. Two couples. Six months that will change their lives forever.Kate wants to go travelling before she reaches the big Three-O, while her long-term boyfriend Ed just wants to settle down.Jack is desperate to be a published writer for many reasons, but mainly to save his relationship with fiancée Emma.Emma wants to be an actress more than anything in the world, or at least that's what she thinks . . .Told from each of their perspectives, this is a story about love, growing up and, of course, the search for a happy ending.Visit Jon's website at www.jonrance.com or follow him on Twitter @JRance75. You can also email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Happy Mum, Happy Baby
By Giovanna Fletcher
CONTAINS A BRAND NEW CHAPTERSunday Times Number One Bestseller Happy Mum Happy Baby is now a Number One podcast. A positive and uplifting book about what it is to be a mother and all things mum and baby by Celebrity Mum of the Year and phenomenally popular vlogger, author, TV presenter and actress Giovanna Fletcher.Being a mum is an incredible journey, a remarkable experience that changes how we look, how we feel, who we are. As mothers we are strong, protective, proud. We feel a love like no other.But being a parent can be hard too. It challenges us physically, mentally, emotionally. There are the days where just managing to fit a shower in amidst the endless feeding, entertaining young children and surviving on a lack of sleep feels like an achievement. With so many people ready to offer 'advice' on the best way to parent, it can feel like you are getting it all wrong.Since Giovanna and her husband Tom Fletcher have had their sons Buzz and Buddy, they have been sharing glimpses of their family life. With an infectiously positive outlook and happy take on all things mum-related, Giovanna has developed a following of fellow parents and mums-to-be.This is not a book about how to have the perfect family experience - Gi would be the first to admit she is winging it just as much as the rest of us - instead it is an honest, upbeat and incredibly personal account of her own experience of having a family. In Happy Mum, Happy Baby Giovanna shares her own journey through parenthood and in doing so, she looks at what it is to be a mother today, encourages you to be confident in yourself as a parent and celebrates how putting a focus on being a happy and confident mum can really make for a happy baby.
Happy Toddler Mealtimes
By Judy More
Teach Yourself - the world`s leading learning brand - is relaunched in 2010 as a multi-platform experience that will keep you motivated to achieve your goals. Let our expert author guide you through this brand new edition, with personal insights, tips, energising self-tests and summaries throughout the book. Go online at www.teachyourself.com for tests, extension articles and a vibrant community of like-minded learners. And if you don`t have much time, don`t worry - every book gives you 1, 5 and 10-minute bites of learning to get you started. - A complete guide to both what and how to feed your toddler, from one of the UK's most 'pragmatic', 'sensible' and 'reassuring' child nutritionists (Daily Telegraph) - Offers not just meal plans and recipes, but also nutritional information and the latest advice on organics, GM products and 'E' numbers - Equips you with absolutely everything you need to cope with fussy eating - practical advice, do's and don'ts, emotional supportThis book gives you everything you need to help your toddler enjoy a great diet with no tantrums. It shows you how to establish happy mealtimes for the whole family, with a complete set of tools to cope with every element of fussy eating - offering insight, support and most essentially practical tips on how to ensure your child gets what they need (whatever their habits). There are plenty of menu plans, shopping lists and recipes, with lots of sensible advice on how to cope with daily realities like parties and fast foods.
The Harcombe Diet 3-Step Plan
By Zoë Harcombe
A word-of-mouth bestseller, The Harcombe Diet has already transformed the lives of thousands of people by helping them to lose weight permanently. Now let it do the same for you.New and easy-to-follow, The Harcombe Diet 3-Step Plan takes you through the 3 stages of the unique Harcombe programme. The first stage will help you lose up to 7lbs in 5 days and by completing all three stages you'll permanently change the way you eat.In The Harcombe Diet 3-Step Plan, Zoë Harcombe explains how dieting makes us fatter and induces three common conditions which cause uncontrollable food cravings. By following the 3-Step Plan you can overcome these conditions and lose weight - not by counting calories or starving yourself, but simply by eating real food. You'll start this diet to lose weight. You'll stay on it because you'll feel healthier than you can every remember - and you'll lose weight.
By Sara Paretsky
While driving home after celebrating friend Murray Ryerson's big break into TV hosting, V.I. almost collides with a fatally wounded woman lying in the street.The deceased is Nicola Aguinaldo, former employee of security giant B.B. Baladine and recent prison runaway. Taking on the case, V.I. finds herself plunged into a sinister network of corruption that pits her against the police, the prison and the entertainment industry - with potentially lethal results.
The Hard Way
By Denise Robins
A captivating love story from the 100-million-copy bestselling Queen of Romance, first published in 1949, and available now for the first time in eBook.
Harmless Like You
By Rowan Hisayo Buchanan
WINNER OF THE 2017 AUTHOR'S CLUB FIRST NOVEL AWARDWINNER OF A BETTY TRASK AWARDSHORTLISTED FOR THE 2017 DESMOND ELLIOTT PRIZE'Announces a startling talent' Guardian'Stylishly written . . . exceptional' Literary Review 'This brilliant debut novel is cause for celebration' Lorrie Moore'A refreshing, bold book' Sunday TelegraphWritten in startlingly beautiful prose, HARMLESS LIKE YOU is set across New York, Berlin and Connecticut, following the stories of Yuki Oyama, a Japanese girl fighting to make it as an artist, and Yuki's son Jay who, as an adult in the present day, is forced to confront his mother who abandoned him when he was only two years old.An unforgettable novel about the complexities of identity, art, adolescent friendships and familial bonds, offering a unique exploration of love, loneliness and reconciliation.LONGLISTED FOR THE 2016 JHALAK PRIZESHORTLISTED FOR THE 2016 BOOKS ARE MY BAG BREAKTHROUGH AUTHOR AWARD'Slick and intelligent' Stylist
By Carolyn Parkhurst
An unputdownable story about the strength of love, the bonds of family, and how you survive the unthinkable.How far will a mother go to save her family? The Hammond family is living in Washington DC, where everything seems to be going just fine, until it becomes clear that the oldest daughter, Tilly - a mix of off-the-charts genius and social incompetence - is on the autistic spectrum. Once Tilly is kicked out of the last school in the area, her mother Alexandra is at her wits' end. The family turns to Camp Harmony and the wisdom of child behaviour guru Scott Bean for a solution. But what they discover in the woods of New Hampshire will push them to the very limit.
By Gerald Seymour, John O'Mahoney
A British cabinet minister is gunned down on a London street by an IRA assassin. In the wake of national outcry, the authorities must find the hitman. But the trail is long cold, the killer gone to ground in Belfast, and they must resort to more unorthodox methods to unearth him. Ill prepared and poorly briefed, undercover agent Harry Brown is sent into the heart of enemy territory to infiltrate the terrorists.But when it is a race against the clock, mistakes are made and corners cut. For Harry Brown, alone in a city of strangers, where an intruder is the subject of immediate gossip and rumour, one false move is enough to leave him fatally isolated...(P)2013 Hodder & Stoughton
Harvesting the Heart
By Jodi Picoult, Garrick Hagon, Kate Harper
Paige has only a few vivid memories of her mother, who left when she was five. Now, having run away from her father for dreams of art school and marriage to an ambitious young doctor, Paige finds herself with a child of her own. But her mother's absence, and shameful memories of her past, make her doubt her ability as a mother and her own self-worth.(P)2010 Hodder & Stoughton Audiobooks
By Alan Titchmarsh
How can the mysterious disappearance of Anne Flint in 1816 and the drowning of a young girl in a chalk stream so long ago possibly affect the life of schoolteacher Harry Flint some two centuries later?Having left his job and with a failed marriage behind him, Harry begins to research his ancestors. The deeper he digs, the more he realises that the past is closer than he had ever imagined.The Haunting is a story of love and betrayal, intrigue and murder. Where people are not what they seem, and the past is no more predictable than the future....
By Martin Davies
Havana in the 1850s is a city as dangerous as it is exotic. The murder of a humble night watchman at the British Consulate seems to worry neither the Consul nor the police.But one person cared for the old man. The enigmatic courtesan Leonarda will not rest until she understands the mystery of his death. In wintry England, George Backhouse is plucked from obscurity in the Foreign Office and given an unexpected promotion. His task: to travel to Cuba and take a stand against the illegal slave trade still flourishing there.But Havana is a tinderbox of intrigue. As the great powers of the region conspire against each other with increasing ruthlessness for control of the island, Backhouse comes to see that the most innocent of actions could spark a devastating war. To protect their interests, the powers-that-be in Whitehall are prepared to turn a blind eye to many things. Leonarda will not.But what of George Backhouse?
Have a Happy Family Life
By Suzie Hayman
Why do some families work better than others? What are the ingredients for a fulfilling family life? In this wide-ranging and practical book, respected counsellor and agony aunt Suzie Hayman explains how you can make your family work, whatever stage of life you are in. This book is about you and your family - your development, your children's development, your relationships not only with your partner and immediate family but with those who raised you and those you care for and about. We'll be looking at the vital questions; How do children develop? How do families bond? How do our experiences as children help or hinder us later in life? What happens in your family of origin to give you and the best start and continuing opportunities, and how do those influences affect your ability to help your own children go on to thrive and develop? What are the issues that come up in everyday life between you and your family, and how may understanding why you behave and feel the way you do allow you to control what happens, for the best?