Jewels: A Secret History
By Victoria Finlay
Throughout history the desire for jewels has made and destroyed individual, families and even empires. Today, despite our ability to manufacture synthetics, gemstones still hold their appeal. Victoria Finlay investigates why in her extraordinary journey to uncover the hidden world of precious stones.The starting point is a sapphire given to her by her parents that was harvested, not by a miner as she had imagined but by men in muddy loincloths trawling a warm stream in Sri Lanka. The extraordinary travels in JEWELS: A SECRET HISTORY take her cycling along the Baltic Amber Route, down the emerald mines of Afghanistan.As we learn from a ruby trader in Burma, the more precious a jewel, the greater the human cost of acquiring it, and JEWELS: A SECRET HISTORY also explores the human histories of gemstones. Along the way we learn from Victoria, a qualified gemologist, how to grade a pearl, what New Age 'crystal therapy' is about, and why one of the rarest sapphires in the world is orange.Victoria Finlay's unique blending of travelogue and narrative history ensures that this book, the first for the general reader, will be as unforgettable as the stones themselves.
Joshi's Total Health - For Life
By Nish Joshi
More energy, clearer focus, better sleep, a trimmer figure and a more positive outlook - these are the things that encompass real wellbeing and that Joshi can help you achieve. Incorporating elements of nutrition, meditation and visualisation techniques, exercise and yoga, health troubleshooting and beauty treatments, this is a clear, simple plan that will transform your life. Infused with Joshi's uniquely positive, pragmatic and sympathetic voice, HOLISTIC LIFE PLAN gives us the chance to be pampered and uplifted by the man the stars regard as their secret weapon. Make step-by-step changes and feel the difference: this is a life plan that really will become the basis for a new healthy and happy way of life.
Jane Austen Collection
By Jane Austen
Jane Austen's novels Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility and Northanger Abbey remain hugely popular and are widely acknowledged as classics. Here Hodder Headline Audiobooks' acclaimed abridged readings of them are collected in one specially-priced pack.
Jeffery Deaver Collection
By Jeffery Deaver
Featuring the bestselling THE STONE MONKEY, THE VANISHED MAN and THE TWELFTH CARD, this collection of Lincoln Rhyme audios is a must for any Deaver fan - sit back and let Jeffery Deaver take you into a world of thrills and intrigue with his best-loved character.
John le Carré Collection
By John Le Carré
John le Carre has established himself as one of the most important writers of his era, and his readings of his own works are widely recognised as classics. Now, for the first time on CD, three of his best-loved audiobooks are available in one specially priced pack - THE SPY WHO CAME IN FROM THE COLD, OUR GAME and SINGLE AND SINGLE. Whether you are new to le Carre or are a long-time fan, this collection will lead you spellbound into his gripping world of Cold War espionage.
John Betjeman Collected Poems
By John Betjeman
Collected Poems made publishing history when it first appeared, and has now sold more than two million copies, to an ever-growing readership. This newly expanded edition includes Betjeman's verse autobiography, Summoned by Bells. With a new Introduction by Poet Laureate, Andrew Motion, Collected Poems is the definitive Betjeman companion.
By Cynthia Lennon
Cynthia and John Lennon's relationship spanned ten crucial years of the Beatles phenomenon. But as well as new insight into the Beatles years, Cynthia has a compelling personal story of marriage, motherhood and the man who was to become the most idolised and admired of all the Beatles.Cynthia is candid about the cruel and the loving sides of John. She tells of the end of their marriage and the beginning of his relationship with Yoko Ono in more detail than ever before, and reveals the many difficulties estrangement from John - and then his death - brought for herself and Julian. Cynthia is a remarkable survivor and this is her extraordinary story and unique insight into a man loved and idolised all over the world.
By Daphne Du Maurier
Mary Yellan, recently orphaned, goes to live with her aunt at Jamaica Inn - stark and forbidding and standing alone on Bodmin Moor, its very walls tainted with corruption. This is a classic and enthralling story of smuggling and Cornish secrets and Mary who must observe it all alone.
Journey into God's Heart
By Jennifer Rees Larcombe
Even Jennifer herself has in the light of severe recent tragedies found herself gaining a new understanding of all she has been through. This book looks back at the traumas and insecurities of her childhood, the joys and trials of family life through the most testing of circumstances, the confusion caused by her life-threatening illness and subsequent miracle healing, the pain of bereavement and - the most recent chapter that no-one foresaw - divorce from her husband Tony.Journey Into God's Heart is an epic saga of a unique woman's journey through the fire. An adventure that lasts a lifetime, a path strewn with heart-testing challenges.Written as compellingly as a novel, it presents a completely new perspective on the story told in Jennifer's previous autobiographical books Beyond Healing and Unexpected Healing. Her journey unfolds against the backdrop of the momentous changes undergone by the evangelical and charismatic church in the mid and late twentieth century.
Joanne Harris Giftpack
By Joanne Harris
Three sublime audiobooks from the bestselling author, now available together in a specially priced pack. Includes BLACKBERRY WINE, FIVE QUARTERS OF THE ORANGE and the huge bestseller CHOCOLAT. With a gentle touch and an eye for human frailty and strength, these mouth-watering audiobooks will draw you into her enchanting worlds.
By Irene Carr
Alison Grant is just five when her father is sent to prison for murder. Her mother blackens his character and when she's taunted at school for being a jailbird's daughter she feels ashamed of him. Then Doreen Grant abandons Alison and the little girl goes to live with her grandmother, the housekeeper at Bellhanger House. And when she becomes friends with the owner's nephew, she tells him her mother is dead and her father is a ship's captain. It is the beginning of a new life of betrayal and deception, which continues when Alison leaves Bellhanger House after her grandmother's death. She begins to dream of owning a chain of cafés and becoming a lady. But her family's shaming secret will come back to haunt her once more.'A serious challenge for the crown vacated by Catherine Cookson.' Sunderland Echo
The Jewel Garden
By Monty Don, Sarah Don, Monty Don & Sarah Don
'TRULY INSPIRING' Mail on SundayNow familiar to millions of Gardeners' World fans as Longmeadow (the home of Nigel & Nellie), this is the story of Monty & Sarah Don's early days there. THE JEWEL GARDEN is the story of the garden that bloomed from the muddy fields around the Dons' Tudor farmhouse, a perfect metaphor for the Monty and Sarah's own rise from the ashes of a spectacular commercial failure in the late '80s .At the same time THE JEWEL GARDEN is the story of a creative partnership that has weathered the greatest storm, and a testament to the healing powers of the soil. Monty Don has always been candid about the garden's role in helping him to pull back from the abyss of depression; THE JEWEL GARDEN elaborates on this much further. Written in an optimistic, autobiographical vein, Monty and Sarah's story is truly an exploration of what it means to be a gardener.
By Meg Gardiner
When a young woman tumbles dead onto the beach, the police identify the body. It's Evan Delaney. Except that Evan is very much alive. It's her identity that has been stolen. And the thief has compromised more than just Evan's bank account. She has been scamming money from rich Hollywood wannabes - including a vicious drug boss. He wants his money back. From Evan. Soon she finds herself harassed by drug runners and suspected of murder. She must save herself - but to do that must escape a web of deceit that threatens to destroy not just her, but her boyfriend Jesse.
Johnners - The Life Of Brian
By Barry Johnston
Born in 1912, Brian spent a luxurious childhood in a Queen Anne house in Hertfordshire. When he was just ten years old the family suffered the tragic death of his father and were forced to sell the family home. A few years later Brian was sent to Eton, which he always said were the happiest days of his life - and where he demonstrated an early flair for cricket. After leaving school he longed to join the theatre, but instead travelled to Hamburg and then Brazil to learn the family trade - the coffee business. His travels were cut short after eighteen months when he became gravely ill and he returned home.War broke out and Brian joined the 2nd Battallion Grenadier Guards serving in Normandy after D-Day, where he earned the Military Cross for 'untiring determination and cheerfulness under fire'. Six weeks after being demobbed he joined the BBC. He only planned to work there a few months; he ended up staying for 48 years, where his career ranged from performing in music halls, presenting children's television shows and, of course, presenting and commentating on television and radio, which quickly made him a household name. Told with candour and affection, THE LIFE OF BRIAN reveals the private side of a man who became a public institution.
Journey of The Soul
By Brenda Davies
Taken up with our human existence, the journey of our soul through birth, death and afterlife remains a mystery to most. This insightful book sheds light on the very nature of the soul, explaining its presence before, during and after life. Part one describes our soul's engagement with the physical world and ends as it prepares to be released again at death. Part two exposes the most mysterious phase of the journey - as the soul enters another dimension. With evidence from near death experience, past lives and clairvoyance, Brenda details fascinating aspects of our soul's experience, including communication with the living and reincarnation. Illuminating and uplifting, this book offers peace, hope and comfort making us revisit our life afresh.
Jesus--Name Above All Names
The Judas Touch
By Meg Hutchinson
The Number One bestseller.When Tam's brother Benjie is wrongly accused of theft, and locked in a prison cell, his sister makes a solemn promise that she will not let the little lad down. But Fate makes her break her word almost immediately: Benjie is transported to Australia and Tam must embark upon an epic journey to find him.Friendless and penniless, she makes her way to Bristol, finding employment as a lady's maid on board the Porpoise, a ship bound for the colonies. The voyage is long and perilous and Tam's life is threatened by two depraved seamen; though First Mate James Allen offers her his protection, she cannot return his love. For Tamar's heart already belongs to another seafaring man - Captain Nathan Burford, who, like Tamar, haunts the seas looking for lost loved ones.Under the blazing Australian sun, Tam must endure hardship and cruelty, but she also encounters generosity and friendship from unexpected quarters on her quest. Will one poor girl right a terrible wrong and rescue her brother from the Judas Touch?
By Ben Bova
Idealistic young American scientist Grant Archer joins a clandestine expedition to this awesome new world. But Grant does not share the ideals of the scientists he accompanies: he has been planted on their expedition by the New Morality, a religious group that wants to ferret what the 'godless humanists' have discovered. His mission: to reassure the new religious leaders of Earth that Jupiter holds no intelligent life.But unknown to the New Morality, Grant, though the son of a minister, is both a believer and a man who sees no reason why science and faith can not co-exist. He has come to the vast, planet-girdling ocean of Jupiter with an open mind, and he is about to tell his masters something that may shatter their conviction.
James Joyce: A Beginner's Guide
By Frank Startup
Introduces you to the life and works of one of the most powerful minds of the twentieth century. Focusing on three major works "Dubliners", "A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man" and "Ulysses", this work explores the background, themes, images and techniques that unite them.
The Jimmy Hill Story
By Jimmy Hill
'In many ways Jimmy Hill was football. He was a true great of the game.' - Greg Dyke, Chairman of the Football AssociationJimmy Hill died on 19th December 2015 but very much remains a household name. Renowned for his outspoken views, recognised the world over by his famous profile, only he saw football from every side: as player, coach, manager, chairman, television executive and broadcaster.A versatile player with Brentford and Fulham in the fifties, he was a qualified coach by the age of 24.In the sixties his innovative management technique took Coventry from the bottom of the Third to the First Division, where they stayed for 32 years. For over twenty years, at different times, he was a director and chairman of Coventry, Charlton and Fulham. As chairman of the Professional Footballers' Association he took on the authorities and successfully fought for freedom of contract and the abolition of the maximum wage.But it is as a TV presenter that Jimmy became best known. After five years as Head of Sport at LWT, he moved to the BBC to become a national institution in the seventies and eighties on Match of the Day. Tragically Jimmy Hill succumbed to Alzheimer's Disease in his last few years, A moving epilogue has been included which reflects on Jimmy's remarkable life.Jimmy tells the story of his rise from humble beginnings to distinction both on and off the field with modesty and humour.