The Faithful Heart
By Claire Lorrimer
Harriet was very young when her ambitious, unscrupulous mother succeeded in parting her from Paul, the impecunious medical student Harriet loved. So successfully was Harriet convinced that Paul did not return her deep-felt love, that it was not long before she turned in her loneliness to the eligible Tony, it is not long before Harriet finds herself fighting against her disillusionment and doing her best to remain loyal to her vows. But by chance Paul comes back into her life just at the point at which she is most alone and in need of a friend.
By Stephen C. Lundin, Harry Paul, John Christensen
An updated edition of the international bestseller with inspirational stories and new resources to transform your life. Imagine a workplace where everyone chooses to bring energy, passion and a positive attitude to the job every day. In this engrossing parable, a fictional manager has the responsibility of turning a chronically unenthusiastic and unhelpful department into an effective team.Seattle's Pike Place Fish is a world famous market that is wildly successful thanks to its fun, bustling, joyful atmosphere and great customer service. By applying ingeniously simple lessons learned from the Pike Place, our manager discovers how to energise and transform her workplace.Addressing today's most pressing work issues with an engaging metaphor and an appealing message, FISH! offers wisdom that is easy to grasp, instantly applicable, and profound.
Fighting on the Home Front
By Kate Adie
'History at its most celebratory' Daily Telegraph'Adie uses her journalistic eye for personal stories and natural compassion to create a book definitely worthy of her heroines' Big Issue'Fascinating, very readable . . . provides a complete wartime women's history' Discover Your History* * * * * *Bestselling author and award-winning former BBC Chief News Correspondent Kate Adie reveals the ways in which women's lives changed during World War One and what the impact has been for women in its centenary year.IN 1914 THE WORLD CHANGED forever. When World War One broke out and a generation of men went off to fight, bestselling author and From Our Own Correspondent presenter Kate Adie shows how women emerged from the shadows of their domestic lives.Now a visible force in public life, they began to take up essential roles - from transport to policing, munitions to sport, entertainment, even politics. They had finally become citizens, a recognised part of the war machine, acquiring their own rights and often an independent income.The former BBC Chief News Correspondent charts the seismic move towards equal rights with men that began a century ago and through unique first-hand research shows just how momentous the achievements of those pioneering women were.This is history at its best - a vivid, compelling account of the women who helped win the war as well as a revealing assessment of their legacy for women's lives today.
A Family Daughter
By Maile Meloy
Brilliantly entertaining, A Family Daughter might also be the most insightful novel about families and love that you will read this year.It's 1979, and seven-year-old Abby, the youngest member of the close-knit Santerre family, is trapped indoors with the chicken pox during a heat wave. The events set in motion that summer will span decades and continents and change the Santerres forever. A rich, full novel about passion and desire, fear and betrayal, A Family Daughter illuminates both the joys and complications of contemporary life, and the relationship between truth and fiction.
Field of Blood
By Gerald Seymour
Sean McNally has sworn his oath to the IRA. But then he'd turned his back on the violence and the hatred, and gone south to the Republic. Life was good, until they came for him to do one last job. But in its aftermath, McNally is captured and is facing a lifetime's imprisonment. Unless he dares think the unthinkable... and becomes a tout.Lieutenant David Ferris hadn't wanted to join the army, but found himself in it anyway. In a cruel twist of fate, his path crosses that of Sean McNally's and he quickly becomes a pawn on the frontline of a brutally tense war of nerves. As McNally prepares to gives evidence, Ferris must confront his own destiny. Not only is his life at stake, but also that of the future of the entire command structure of the IRA...
Following A Lark
By George Mackay Brown
A country boy creeps unwillingly to school on a lark-filled summer morning. Norse crusaders, preparing to sail on Earl Rognvald's crusade in 1151 break into the burial chamber at Maeshowe seeking treasure, and cut runes in its massive stones. And the famous Iceland poet Thorbjorn leaves his farm to join the group of poets whose lyrics stud like gems that famous pilgrimage. The ancient northern ceremonies of solstice and equinox, Easter and Yule, are brought to vivid life in the poems collected in this book, and so also are some of the holidays of the Christian calender. The cycle of seasons is more noticeable in the north, especially perhaps winter, the time of story-telling and music. There are tributes to the great poet of winter, Robert Burns, and a celebration of the Irish veteran of the Peninsular War who founded a tavern in Orkney in 1821. The life of an islander is 'sweetly compacted' in The Laird and the Three Women.
From Armageddon to the Fall of Rome
By Erik Durschmied
In the Mediterranean, this most fought-over region in the world, the figures of potentates and conquerors appear god-like: Thutmosis, Leonidas, Xerxes, Pyrrhus, Hannibal, Caesar and Vercingetorix. Ancient history, from Pharaonic Egypt and the Shahs of Persia, to the Golden Age of Greece and the conquests of Alexander the Great and his dream of a universal brotherhood, is dominated by these incredible characters. And then comes Rome, the supreme political event of Ancient History and the world's first superpower.Ancient Battles is the history of incredible men, brave and reckless, lucky and ill-fated, engaging their forces in battles that are prime examples of ruse, chance, and military brilliance. Erik Durschmied looks at seventeen of ancient history's most fascinating battles, many of which have been almost forgotten, but which in reality changed both the world and time itself.
The Frozen Dead
By Bernard Minier
Saint-Martin-de-Comminges is a small town nestled in the Pyrenees. The kind of place where nothing happens.Until the winter morning when a group of workers discover the headless body of a horse, hanging suspended from a frozen cliff. Toulouse city copy Servaz can't believe he's been told to investigate the death of an animal. But there's something disturbing about the crime he can't ignore. Then DNA from one of the most notorious inmates of a nearby asylum is found on the corpse... and a few days later the first murder takes place.Madness and revenge is stirring in the snowbound valley, and Servaz must uncover the town's dark secret before the killer strikes again.
The Far Shore
By Nick Brown
When the deputy commander of Rome's Imperial Security Service is assassinated on the island of Rhodes, Cassius Corbulo swiftly finds himself embroiled in the investigation. Assisted once more by ex-gladiator bodyguard Indavara and servant Simo, his search for the truth is complicated by the involvement of the dead man's headstrong daughter, Annia. Braving hostile seas, Cassius and his allies follow the assassin's trail south aboard a ship captained by a roguish Carthaginian smuggler and manned by his disparate, dangerous crew. Their journey leads them to the farthest reaches of the empire; to a ruined city where the rules of Roman civilization have long been abandoned, and a deadly battle of wits with a brutal, relentless foe.
By Claire Lorrimer
When Lindsey Carter's husband dies, she is left poor but not devastated - their marriage was a loveless one. Waiting in the wings in is her childhood sweetheart, Glynn, but Lindsey is determined to put her two small sons first.She takes up her pen in order to keep the boys at their expensive public school, and is pleased to receive an offer for what she hopes will be the first of many novels. But Lindsey has caught the eye of her suave, handsome literary agent, Paris Rogers, and has other ideas about her future. Torn between the magic of the past and the roller-coaster ride of the future, Lindsey faces an impossible choice.
The Face at the Window: Three Stories
By Louise Welsh
The three stories in this short collection from acclaimed author Louise Welsh all confront fear. In 'The Face at the Window' Fiona is convinced someone is breaking into her house, but the only evidence for the break-in is a face at the window that no one else can see. In 'Realm of the Census' Maryanne travels from house to house, collecting census information from strangers, and encounters a woman who lives with ghosts. In 'The Queen of Craigielee' Ailsa is photographing the interior of an abandoned high-rise which is about to be demolished when she sees the faint figure of a girl in a doorway of one of the condemned flats. These three dark stories are tales to savour; they will linger in the mind long after you've finished reading them.
For the Islands I Sing
By George Mackay Brown
George Mackay Brown wrote this memoir in the years before his death in 1996, but he did not want it published while he lived. Here we see the author's simple, bardic honesty turned on himself.In particular, he looks at Orkney, where he was born the youngest child in a poor family, and which he rarely left.
Friend of the Devil
By Peter Robinson, Peter Robinson
When Karen Drew is found sitting in her wheelchair staring out to sea with her throat cut one chilly morning, DI Annie Cabbot, on loan to Eastern Area, gets lumbered with the case. Back in Eastvale, that same Sunday morning, 19-year-old Hayley Daniels is found raped and strangled in the Maze, a tangle of narrow alleys behind Eastvale's market square, after a drunken night on the town with a group of friends, and DCI Alan Banks is called in. Banks finds suspects galore, while Annie seems to hit a brick wall - until she reaches a breakthrough that spins her case in a shocking and surprising new direction, one that also involves Banks. Then another incident occurs in the Maze which seems to link the two cases in a bizarre and mysterious way. As Banks and Annie dig into the past to uncover the deeper connections, they find themselves also dealing with the emotional baggage and personal demons of their own relationship. And it soon becomes clear that there are two killers in their midst, and that at any moment either one might strike again.
By Denise Robins
Two young lovers seeking the atmosphere of peace and tranquillity they were never able to find in London emerge from a car in a sunlit Provençal town square. It is an idyllic setting for a passionately romantic interlude, but the dazzling light and contrasting deep shadows echoed the patter of their own life, for Nat is a brilliant young surgeon with a professional reputation to uphold and Toni is married to a vindictive business tycoon.
The Flame and the Frost (Fauna Trilogy Book Three)
By Denise Robins
An enthralling story from the 100-million-copy bestselling Queen of Romance, first published in 1957 and now available in eBook for the first time. Readers of Gold for the Gay Masters and Bride of Doom will need no recommendation to The Flame and the Frost, which follows the fortunes of orphan, Charlotte Goff. After narrowly avoiding being run down by her coach, Charlotte is adopted by the noble widow Lady Chase. Taken into her home, Charlotte grows to become an educated and beautiful young woman who catches the eye of Lady Chase's handsome, but heartless son, Vivian. Seduced by him, Charlotte finds herself pregnant, and is forced into marriage with the rake by her benefactor. After years of misery and heartache, Charlotte meets MP Dominic Unwin, a man who's friendship makes her yearn for more... But is there more to him than she knows? This superb drama of Victorian society life tells an unforgettable tale of passion and deceit, love and misery, and the perils of finding a life of happiness...
The First Long Kiss
By Denise Robins
A captivating tale from the 100-million-copy bestselling Queen of Romance, first published in 1953 and now available for the first time in eBook. Gemma Grantham and Bette Dickens decide to have a really luxurious holiday. Longing for romance they move into a suite at the fabulous Hotel Splendide.Then to add excitement to their joy, Gemma pretends to be an heiress and falls into the clutches of Rudy Shore, a handsome fortune seeker.Adventure follows adventure, and although heartbreak threatens, love is destined to find a way...
Figs in Frost
By Denise Robins
Lucia marries young, yielding more to her parents urgings than the dictates ofher heart. As the years go by, she grows to despise her brutish, egotisticalhusband - finding contentment only in raising her two young daughters. Thensuddenly, Lucia falls gloriously in love, discovering the tenderness and blissshe has never even dared to dream of. And so her husband fights back with theonly weapon he has - forcing Lucia to choose between the children she cherishedand the man she loves...
Fever of Love
By Denise Robins
An enthralling story from the 100-million-copybestselling Queen of Romance, first published in 1950 and now available ineBook for the first time.Verona meets Stephen in Paris as afellow student, he is the most brilliant young artist in London, and she loveshim madly. His portrait of her is magnificent, capturing her large, lustrouseyes and creamy skin. Though their love is true, Verona refuses to be Stephen'smistress and leaves him in order to marry a young army officer. She tries to behappy, but soon she finds herself longing for the bohemian life of her formerdays, and, when her husband is stationed in Egypt, begins to wonder what wouldhappen if, just by chance, she should run into Stephen again...
For The Sake Of Love
By Denise Robins
Carol leads a charmed life, adored by all who know her, but her glamorous, carefree world shatters around her when her fiancé is reported killed. Yet once jolted from her grief by a confession which questions Maurice's fidelity, she abruptly flings herself into a new, more alluring life.For cousin Judy, cast out from the family for her great betrayal, the path is not so clear. Conceived in loyalty, the outcome of her plans unleashes a train of events far removed from her aim, but exposes a truth quite faithful to her desire.
A Fine Body Of Men
By Raymond Flynn
The corpse in a plastic sack is the perfect climax to Detective-Inspector Graham's bank holiday weekend: the east coast is sweltering under the August sun, the town is full of trippers and the deceased has been dumped on the busiest part of the beach. Vince Lowther, ponce, welfare scrounger and theif, was the kind of promising young low-life no-one at Eddathorpe nick will miss. But Graham and his colleagues are unprepared for the many shocking revelations surrounding he death of this busy entrepreneur. As the enquiry develops, a discredited psychological profiler from the Midlands sniffs a connection with a series of sec crimes committed elsewhere. But, as Graham sees it, he's overlooking on inescapable fact: Lowthe was undoubtedly a boy, the other victims were girls...