The System (The Killables Book Three)
By Gemma Malley
To survive you need people watching you, following your every move. That's the only currency now: being interesting, being liked ... And, of course, you have to update every fifteen minutes. It means everyone knows where you are, what you're doing; it means that there are no secrets...Everybody watches everyone else; nothing is hidden. And for those who fail to 'update' every fifteen minutes, the consequences are deadly. Evie and Raffy may have escaped the City but they still fear for their lives. Now the only person who can help them is Frankie, a total stranger, the most popular girl in the world, watched every second by millions of people. But Frankie has other ideas... And all the time, Lucas is waiting desperately for word from Evie, word that she is coming back to him. The conclusion to Gemma Malley's terrifyingly dark vision of our near future will leave you gasping for air.
Sylvia Plath: A Beginner's Guide
By Gina Wisker
This book introduces you to the life and works of one of the most unique and powerful minds of the twentieth century. Focusing on Daddy, The Bell Jar and her diaries Gina Wisker explores the background, themes, images and techniques that unite them.
By Donna Morrissey
Sylvanus Now is a young man of great charm and strength, most at home when fishing the great Newfoundland fishing banks. His world is simple, his desires direct. He wants Adelaide, a fiery beauty from the next village, but Adelaide swore she would never love a fisherman. She hates the sea, the fish, the prying eyes of an isolated 1950s community.But as their love for each other grows into marriage, the more they seem linked to the rhythms of the sea - a sea that takes as well as gives, something that Sylvanus knows all too well having lost both his brother and father to the depths. Worse is to come. Looming at the edge of the horizon are menacing congregations of giant fishing trawlers that threaten to suck not only fish from the sea but the life from a community.
By John Grisham
A sequel to A TIME TO KILL He will make them pay . . .Jake Brigance has never met Seth Hubbard, or even heard of him, until the old man's suicide note names him attorney for his estate. The will is dynamite. Seth has left ninety per cent of his vast, secret fortune to his housemaid. The vultures are circling even before the body is cold: the only subject more incendiary than money in Ford County is race, and this case has both. AS the relatives contest the will, and unscrupulous lawyers hasten to benefit, Jake searches for answers to the many questions left by Seth Hubbard's death: What made him write that last-minute will leaving everything to a poor black woman named Lettie Lang? Why did he choose to kill himself on the desolate piece of land known as Sycamore Row? And what was it that Seth and his brother witnessed as children that, in his words, 'no human should ever see'?Praise for SYCAMORE ROW'A gripping read' - Literary Review'A fantastic book' - 5 STAR reader review'Just as good [as A Time To Kill] . . . an excellent climax' - 5 STAR reader review'Grisham at his best'- 5 STAR reader review
The Sword of Damascus (Death of Rome Saga Book Four)
By Richard Blake
The fourth book of the DEATH OF ROME SAGA is a must-read for those who loved the heroism of Gladiator and Spartacus.687 AD.Expansive and triumphant, the Caliphate has stripped Egypt and Syria from the Byzantine Empire. Farther and farther back, the formerly hegemonic Empire has been pushed - once to the very walls of its capital, Constantinople.But what is all this to old Aelric, now in his nineties, and a refugee from the Empire he's spent his life holding together? No longer the Lord Senator Alaric, Brother Aelric is writing his memoirs in the remote wastes of northern England, and waiting patiently for death. Then a band of northern barbarians turn up outside the monastery - and then another. Before he can draw another breath, Aelric is a prisoner of unknown forces, and headed straight back into the snake pit of Mediterranean hatreds. What awaits him at the end of his long and dangerous journey is a confrontation that decides the fate of all mankind.
Sword Of State
By Nigel Tranter
The youthful Alexander II, who ascended to the Scottish throne in 1214at the age of sixteen, was delighted to welcome to his court a young manof royal blood, heir to the ancient - and all but rival - line of theCospatricks, Earls of Dunbar. Rather than begrudge Alexander his crown,Patrick, Master of Dunbar, was to serve his monarch well and become histrue and closest friend.And Alexander needed such a friend in those turbulent times, with theever-present threat of King John of England lurking; not to mention thewarlike Norsemen under King Hakon; the Lords of the Isles in revolt, andthe Isle of Man and Ireland also causing trouble.This steadfast royal friendship was to withstand both treachery anddanger, rivalry and heartache during a highly significant period inScottish history.A story of drama and enduring friendship by Nigel Tranter, master ofScottish historical fiction.
By Diccon Bewes
A FINANCIAL TIMES BOOK OF THE YEAROne country, four languages, 26 cantons, and 7.5 million people (but only 80% of them Swiss): there's nowhere else in Europe like it. Switzerland may be almost 400 km from the nearest drop of seawater, but it is an island at the centre of Europe. Welcome to the landlocked island. Swiss Watching is a fascinating journey around Europe's most individual and misunderstood country. From seeking Heidi and finding the best chocolate to reliving a bloody past and exploring an uncertain future, Diccon Bewes proves that there's more to Switzerland than banks and skis, francs and cheese. This book dispels the myths and unravels the true meaning of Swissness. In a land of cultural contradictions, this is a picture of the real and normally unseen Switzerland, a place where the breathtaking scenery shaped a nation not just a tour itinerary, and where tradition is as important as innovation. It's also the story of its people, who have more power than their politicians, but can't speak to one another in the same language and who own more guns per head than the people of Iraq. As for those national clichés, well, not all the cheese has holes, cuckoo clocks aren't Swiss and the trains don't always run exactly on time.
Swing of Youth
By Denise Robins
Robina Frayne has a lot to learn about life. Living a boring, stultifying existence in the country, she falls prey to the first man who offers to 'take her away from all this'. All the experience of her eighteen years is no match for smooth-talking philanderer Aubrey Mauldron.After an unpleasant experience in Mauldron's Paris flat, she escapes back to England a wiser girl. Now less starry-eyed about men in general, she is soon to meet a particular man will will be everything that Mauldron is not: unselfish, generous, and very much in love with her. But ahead lies tragedy.
By Bee Wilson
Salmonella . . . toxins . . . additives . . . food scares . . . Have you ever wondered how our food has become so untrustworthy? Have we ever been able to trust what we eat? Via a fascinating mix of food politics, history and culinary detective work, Bee Wilson uncovers the many methods by which swindlers have tampered with our food throughout history.From the leaded wine of ancient Rome to the food piracy of the twenty-first century we see the extraordinary ways food has been padded, poisoned, spiked, coloured, substituted, faked and mislabelled everywhere it has been sold.Bee Wilson reveals the strong historical currents which enable the fraudsters to flourish; the battle of the science of deception against the science of detection; the struggle to establish reliable standards. She also suggests some small ways in which we can all protect ourselves from swindles and learn to trust what we eat again.
By Jack Hudson, Calum Hudson, Robbie Hudson
Brothers Jack, Calum and Robbie have been swimming together their whole lives, and have never lost the sense of wonder, excitement and relief that getting in open water brings. In this book, we learn about their swimming feats, from tackling the 145km River Eden to setting the world record for swimming in the Arctic. They take us through their preparation for these expeditions, including sourcing wild spots in the heart of sprawling cities in which to train. They document the challenges they encounter and the successes often achieved in the most unexpected ways. And with everything they've learned, they give tips for those wanting to take on their own aquatic foray, whether a beginner or a seasoned swimmer.This book will show people of all ages how they too can take part in open water swimming and reconnect with the natural world around them.Their experience will embolden readers to escape their status quo and build confidence and contentment by challenging themselves to try something new and reconsider their relationship with nature and the wild. At its core, this book will provide advice, reassurance and inspiration for anyone in search of something more joyful, peaceful and, ultimately, meaningful.
Sweetness and Light: The Mysterious History of the Honey Bee
By Hattie Ellis
The bee is the most studied creature on the planet after man, and down the ages this insect and its honey have been harnessed by doctors, philosophers, scientists, politicians, artists, writers and architects as both metaphor and material. In her buzzing narrative, Hattie Ellis tells how all these people have found inspiration in the honey bee. We also discover some of the mysterious ways of bees - how they can make up to 24,000 journeys to produce a pound of honey, with each bee producing one teaspoonful in a lifetime; we see how, charmingly, they communicate by dances; and we look under the lid of the hive to find as many as 100,000 bees living and working in total discipline. But we witness their dark side, too - such as the savage, untamed energy of the swarms of killer African bees that are sweeping through America. We also explore some of the many unsolved questions surrounding the honey bee, some of them at the very cutting edge of contemporary medical research. The bee existed long before man; and without bees, we would soon start to die. Hattie Ellis shows us how this small insect can tell us more about ourselves than any other living creature.
By Denise Robins
Fate throws them together - a disastrous flood, an isolated stone house, a handsome and successful surgeon, and a lovely young girl. He saves her life - and steals her heart - as the floodwaters advance on their little refuge.When the waters finally recede, Celia knows that dashing Guy Denver is her life's only love. And Guy - though married to a woman who will never set him free - returns her passion, but his sense of honour will not let him speak.Will the sweets of sorrow soon turn to bitterness. or love fulfilled?
By Richard Lange
Winner of the CWA Short Story Dagger. Every life is uncertain. Every choice is a danger. Set on the dark side of Los Angeles, this is a masterful collection of edge-of-your-seat tales: a prison guard must protect an inmate being tried for heinous crimes. A father and son set out to rescue a young couple trapped during a wildfire after they cross the border. An ex-con trying to make good as a security guard stumbles onto a burglary plot. A young father must submit to blackmail to protect the fragile life he's built.Sweet Nothing is an intense and gripping journey through real lives with big problems, from one of America's great short story writers.
By Denise Robins
Enchanting Tanya Massison is the toast of Bohemian Chelsea.An artists' model and exquisite dancer, she is vivacious, alluring - and a breaker of men's hearts. Life is for living, and Tanya lives every minute to the full, without a care in the world.All this changes, however, when Cecil Lemsford, a married man, kills himself for love, and Tanya meets Gordon Hays. For the first time ever she falls deeply, irrevocably in love. But their happinessis short-lived, as a tragic coincidence transforms passion into anger and despair...
By Denise Robins
Would he ever marry her?Cassandra's happy homelife vanished with her mother's remarriage to a man Cass called the "General." He was an overbearing tyrant, used to his own way, who considered Cass a nuisance. Yet he did not hesitate to pass judgement on her boyfriends--and he absolutely forbid her to marry Kevin Martin. And her timid mother agreed with him.Leaving home would cut her off completely from her mother. But her love was too strong and Cass moved out, expecting to become Mrs. Kevin Martin. But then an accident postponed the marriage and Cass was left in limbo. She couldn't go back home, but neither could she live in sin...
Sweet and Simple Knitting Projects: Teach Yourself
By Sally Walton
Is this the right book for me?This practical guide to knitting covers everything from simple stitches to the latest and more advanced methods, giving you everything you need to become an experienced knitter and create fun projects for family, friends and for your own wardrobe. Ideal for the beginner/intermediate knitter, this book will show you how to master the techniques and apply them to an array of exciting and diverse projects. Get Started with Knitting: Teach Yourself is fully illustrated with diagrams and patterns for everything from beanie hats to baby toys, and also features instructions for setting up your own knitting group and joining the rapidly growing online knitting community.Learn effortlessly with an easy-to-read page design and new added features:Not got much time?One, five and ten-minute introductions to key principles to get you started.Author insightsLots of instant help with common problems and quick tips for success, based on the author's many years of experience.Extend your knowledgeExtra online articles to give you a richer understanding of knitting.
Swedish Tutor: Grammar and Vocabulary Workbook (Learn Swedish with Teach Yourself)
By Ylva Olausson
Do you want to communicate easily and freely in Swedish?Master Swedish grammar and broaden your vocabulary with your very own Swedish Tutor. This contemporary interactive workbook features 200 activities across a range of grammar and vocabulary points with clear goals, concise explanations, and real-world tasks. By studying and practicing Swedish grammar you'll understand how the language really works and be able to speak Swedish with clarity and ease.What will I learn?The Swedish Tutor: Grammar and Vocabulary Workbook covers a comprehensive range of the most useful and frequent grammar and vocabulary in Swedish. You can follow along unit by unit, or dip in and dip out to address your weak areas. As you progress, you will be introduced to new vocabulary and combine it with the grammar to complete extensive exercises. You will then practice the language through authentic reading and writing practice. You will achieve a solid upper intermediate level* of Swedish grammar.Is this course for me?The Swedish Tutor: Grammar and Vocabulary Workbook can be used as a standalone course or as a complement to any other Swedish course. It offers extensive practice and review of essential grammar points and vocabulary and skills building. The personal tutor element points out exceptions and gives tips to really help you perfect your Swedish.What do I get?This Swedish workbook offers a range of clear and effective learning features:-200 activities across a range of grammar and vocabulary points-Unique visuals and infographics for extra context and practice-Personal tutor hints and tips to help you to understand language rules and culture points-Learn to learn section offers tips and advice on how to be a good language learner20 short learning units each contain:-communication goals to guide your studies-grammar explanations with embedded exercises-vocabulary presentations and activities-reading and writing sections to consolidate your learningWhat other courses are available?For further study and practice, see Get Started in Swedish (ISBN 9781444175202) and Complete Swedish: Teach Yourself (ISBN 9781444195101).Rely on Teach Yourself, trusted by language learners for over 75 years.
Sweating the Metal
By Alex Duncan
With bullets flying, wounded soldiers scream out in pain as the Chinook comes in to land in one of the most dangerous parts of Afghanistan. At the machine's controls is one man and if he doesn't stay calm then everyone could die. That man is Flt Lt Alex 'Frenchie' Duncan and he's been involved in some of the most daring and dangerous missions undertaken by the Chinook force in Afghanistan. In this book he recounts his experiences of life under fire in the dust, heat and bullets of an active war zone.At 99ft long, the Chinook is a big and valuable target to the Taliban, who will stop at nothing to bring one down. And yet Frenchie and his crew risk everything because they know that the troops on the front line are relying on them.Sweating the Metal is the true story of the raw determination and courage of men on the front line - and it's time for their story to be told.
The Swarm: A Novel of the Deep
By Frank Schätzing, Frank Schatzing
Frank Schätzing's amazing novel is a publishing phenomenon with translation rights sold around the world, drawing rave reviews for both pulsating suspense and great scientific knowledge.The world begins to suffer an escalating and sensational series of natural disasters, and two marine biologists begin to develop a theory that the cause lies in the oceans, where an entity know as the Yrr has developed a massive network of single-cell organisms. It is wreaking havoc in order to prevent humankind from destroying the earth's ecological balance forever.The Americans, under the ruthless General Judith Lee, take a more pragmatic approach than the scientists, seeking to wipe out the being of the deep.The scene is set for a massive confrontation...
Sustainability: All That Matters
By Chris Goodall
Building a sustainable society is perhaps the greatest test that the world has ever faced. Prosperity has been created by ruthless and ill-disciplined mining of the world's resources, compounded by a cavalier disregard for the implications of pollution from industrial and agricultural processes. Today's generation has borrowed from the future by grabbing prosperity now and imposing the cost on the next generation. In this startling and informative book, which will appeal to both students and general readers, award-winning writer Chris Goodall provides a coherent new explanation of what sustainability actually is. Goodall then goes onto explore nine key sustainability challenges, applying the theory of sustainability to look at food, travel, clothing, electricity, heating and cooling, paper and cardboard, construction, consumer electronics, and air travel.