Is It Just Me?
By Miranda Hart
A Sunday Times Number One Bestseller Miranda Hart will carry you along with the sheer force of her charm, bumbling cheer and charisma. - Sunday ExpressWell hello to you dear browser. Now I have your attention it would be rude if I didn't tell you a little about my literary feast. So, here is the thing: is it just me or does anyone else find that adulthood offers no refuge from the unexpected horrors, peculiar lack of physical coordination and sometimes unexplained nudity, that accompanied childhood and adolescence? Does everybody struggle with the hazards that accompany, say, sitting elegantly on a bar stool; using chopsticks; pretending to understand the bank crisis; pedicures - surely it's plain wrong for a stranger to fondle your feet? Or is it just me? I am proud to say I have a wealth of awkward experiences - from school days to life as an office temp - and here I offer my 18-year-old self (and I hope you too dear reader) some much needed caution and guidance on how to navigate life's rocky path. Because frankly where is the manual? The much needed manual to life. Well, fret not, for this is my attempt at one and let's call it, because it's fun, a Miran-ual. I thank you.
It's Up to You, New York
By Tess Daly
Will Holly find love in the city where dreams are made?Fielding calls from disgruntled customers on a crispbread telesales careline isn't exactly where Holly Collins saw herself in life. Living in a shoebox flat and working in a windowless building on an outer London industrial estate were never quite what she'd had in mind. So when Holly is picked from obscurity to take part in Street Scout, a television series on the hunt for fashion's next big model, life finally seems to be taking a turn for the better for the happy-go-lucky twenty-something. Surely this is her big moment?But Holly knows only too well that dreams are just that and when it feels like everything - and everybody - is conspiring against her, Holly heads for New York with her best friend Meg. The magic of Manhattan has Holly in its grasp: strutting down 5th Avenue and drinking two too many cosmopolitans, taking romantic carriage rides in Central Park and standing at the top of the Empire State building she can scarcely believe how far away the real world seems. But when Holly is faced with the biggest decision of her life can she make the fairy tale become a reality?
The Illicit Happiness of Other People
By Manu Joseph
Seventeen-year-old Unni has done something terrible. The only clue to his actions lies in a comic strip he has drawn, which has fallen into the hands of his father Ousep - a nocturnal anarchist with a wife who is fantasizing about his early death. Ousep begins investigating the extraordinary life of his son, but as he circles closer and closer to the truth, he unravels a secret that shakes his family to the core.Set in Madras in the 1990s, where every adolescent male is preparing for the toughest exam in the world, this is a powerful and darkly comic story involving an alcoholic's probe into the minds of the sober, an adolescent cartoonist's dangerous interpretation of absolute truth, an inner circle of talented schizophrenics and the pure love of a 12-year-old boy for a beautiful girl.
The Inspector Lynley Collection Books 1-4
By Elizabeth George
In the very first Inspector Lynley novel, A GREAT DELIVERANCE, Lynley and DS Barbara Havers are sent by Scotland Yard to solve a gruesome murder where they uncover a series of shocking revelations that shatter the façade of the peaceful Yorkshire village.In PAYMENT IN BLOOD, Inspector Lynley faces the most testing case of his career in an isolated Scottish mansion where a famous playwright is savagely murdered - one of the suspects is Lady Helen Clyde, the woman Lynley loves. WELL SCHOOLED IN MURDER is set in an old and distinguished public school. The body of a brilliant young pupil is discovered in a country churchyard. Hampered by the code of honour and loyalty that prevail, Inspector Thomas Lynley and Barbara Havers discover within the confines of that privileged community a culture of cruelty that stretches back across the generations.In A SUITABLE VENGEANCE, Inspector Lynley investigation into the brutal murder of a local journalist tears apart powerful ties of love and friendship, shattering the tranquillity of the picturesque Cornish community and exposing a long-buried family secret. Its consequences irrevocably alter the course of Thomas Lynley's life.
By Herman Wouk
Herman Wouk's classic novel moves on from the grand themes which have won him international acclaim - war, the fate of nations, and the indomitable spirit of man - to the quest for identity, in the clash between the Inside of faith and family and the Outside of the glittery American dream. Inside, Outside sweeps through more than sixty years, from the pre-war, pre-atomic innocence of the twenties and thirties to the turbulent immediate past. Scenes of rollicking family humour and show-business comedy alternate with sudden tragedy, the spectacle of a falling President and the explosion of war. A bittersweet first love, relived after forty years, and a tense secret wartime mission between Washington and Jerusalem call forth the author's renowned storytelling gift. An intense, personal book about intimate things, Inside, Outside is a merry, poignant, sometimes ribald picture of the American Jewish experience, by a master at the peak of his powers.
By Posie Graeme-Evans
The world of Philippa Gregory's White Queen seen from the point of view of her enemy: Edward IV's secret mistress. The Wars of the Roses come alive in the first volume of the Anne saga. The story begins in 1450, when civil unrest sweeps England and the struggle for the crown is at its peak. Deep in a western forest, a baby is born. Powerful forces plot to kill both mother and child, but somehow the newborn girl survives. Her name is Anne. Fifteen years later, England has a charismatic young king, Edward IV. When Anne is brought to London to be a servant in the household of a wealthy merchant, her unusual beauty soon provokes jealousy, lust and intrigue. But Anne has one special quality that saves her: her knowledge of herbs and healing. News of her remarkable gift spreads and she is brought to save the life of Edward's ailing queen. And so Anne comes to live in the royal palace, and it is here she finds her destiny: to be loved by the king himself.
By Richard Olivier
Henry V is Shakespeare's greatest leader inspired and inspiring, visionary yet pragmatic, powerful yet responsible. As a study of an inspirational leader he remains unparalleled. As a new king, Henry unites a group of disparate people around a common goal, learns to face his own self-doubts, and inspires his followers to a near-miraculous victory against all odds. It's an allegory for the trials and tribulations that beset the modern business leader. In this fascinating book, acclaimed stage director and creative consultant Richard Olivier draws on his intimate knowledge of the play, and its absorbing central character, to unmask the secrets of inspirational leadership and reveal the timeless lessons it holds for managers and leaders today. With unique practical understanding gained from working with real-life managers and leaders on this seminal text, Olivier successfully combines ancient wisdom with modern experience. Following the journey of the play, he tracks the development of Henry as a leader, offering timeless insights into the psychology, skills and techniques of effective, inspirational leadership.
In the Still of the Night
By Charlotte Lamb
Annie Lang, star of the TV police drama The Force, is a character known to millions. Men want to protect her; women want to be her friend. But the actress with the innocent face harbours her own terrible secret. Two very different men dominated Annie's past and both of them vanished eight years ago. Since that fateful night, ambition has driven Annie to the top. Now at the peak of her success, she has everything she has ever wanted except love. And then one day love begins to stalk her . . .How is this connected to what happened eight years ago? What else does Annie's perfect façade hide? And, after all this time, will love bring about Annie's end?
The Imperial Banner
By Nick Brown
272 ADThe Roman Emperor Aurelian has defeated Queen Zenobia and crushed the Palmyran revolt.Faridun's Banner, hallowed battle standard of the Persian Empire, has fallen into Roman hands and is to be returned to the Persians as part of a historic peace treaty. But on the eve of the signing the banner goes missing. Recalled to Syria, imperial agent Cassius Corbulo is charged with recovering the flag. Accompanied by his faithful servant Simo and ex-gladiator bodyguard Indavara, Cassius must journey across the dangerous wastes of Syria to the equally perilous streets of Antioch. He and his companions face ruthless brigands, mysterious cults, merciless assassins and intrigue at every turn.
In the Woods
By Tana French
When he was twelve years old, Adam Ryan went playing in the woods with his two best friends. He never saw them again. Their bodies were never found, and Adam himself was discovered with his back pressed against an oak tree and his shoes filled with blood. He had no memory of what had happened. Twenty years on, Rob Ryan - the child who came back - is a detective in the Dublin police force. He's changed his name. No one knows about his past. Then a little girl's body is found at the site of the old tragedy and Rob is drawn back into the mystery. Knowing that he would be thrown off the case if his past were revealed, Rob takes a fateful decision to keep quiet but hope that he might also solve the twenty-year-old mystery of the woods.
The Intimate Memoirs of an Edwardian Dandy: Volume 5
After a high-spirited but exhausting dinner party at the Mayfair home of American cinematographer Frederick Nolan, Rupert Mountjoy decides to accept an invitation from the gorgeous Amber Berlynne to catch a train up to Liverpool, and join a sporting party at Aintree racecourse for a spot of riding and the Grand National. However, before he leaves London, Rupert enjoys the ribald attentions of Becky and Dora, a pair of obliging working girls who both enjoy mounting a fresh young charger and getting the bit between their teeth.
The Intimate Memoirs of an Edwardian Dandy: Volume 4
After over-strenuous indoor exercises in London, Rupert is advised to get some peace and quiet. At first sight, the sleepy Devonshire village of Little Farcombe looks unexciting, but Rupert is soon taken in hand by the insatiable daughter of the local squire and then encounters a variety of most stimulating country characters. There is the passionate Miss Dunstable who enjoys nothing better than playing ball games with her strapping young gardener, and the curvacious Mrs Wilkinson who welcomes all newcomers to the village in her own very special way - whilst her husband watches through the keyhole! And still to come is the ravishing eighteen-year-old Amber, fresh out of school and eager to experience all of life's pleasures . . .
The Intimate Memoirs of an Edwardian Dandy: Volume 3
By Anonymous, Anonymous
That notorious rouÃ© Rupert Mountjoy, having beavered enthusiastically through his studies at Oxford, is now free to enjoy the delights of London Society. And he doesn't beat about the bush - he just gets straight in there . . . At the throbbing heart of Edwardian London he encounters many an old friend and makes many a new conquest. Whether jousting alone or hunting in packs, he is always ready to play the oldest game in the world with the exotic American Nancy Carrington, his old but ever ready flame Diana, and droves of devilish parlour maids. And when a grand reception in York is organised for the king, what better way to travel than by train, thundering through tunnels and letting off more than a little bit of steam?
The Intimate Memoirs of an Edwardian Dandy: Volume 2
Going up to Oxford takes on an entirely new meaning when lusty Rupert Mountjoy begins his university career. Already well-schooled in the fine art of seduction, and having passed his entrance examinations with flying colours, he is more than ready to matriculate . . . And, as luck would have it, he finds many a frisky female to tempt him into the luscious groves of academe. For this is the dawning of the era of emancipation, when women conducted tutorials on private parts, and when they were more than willing to send freshers down . . .
The Intimate Memoirs of an Edwardian Dandy: Volume 1
We all have to start somewhere, and that notorious rake and roué, Rupert Mountjoy, started with a bang . . . Brought up in the delightful English countryside, Rupert, aged fifteen when we meet him, is ready to savour the traditional sporting delights of the privileged English gentleman - and to master the equipment needed for them. Who better to introduce him to these pastimes than a bevy of lusty, libidinous country girls?
The Intimate Memoirs of an Edwardian Dandy: Volume 6
It's the late summer of 1907 and high time Rupert Mountjoy took up Angus Tattershall's long-standing invitation for a few days shooting up at the family manor in the Scottish Highlands. Naturally in the best company, Rupert's fellow revellers include such culling stags as Angus's father, General Sir Warwick Tattershall, the Rajah of Tochestan and HRH King Edward VII (God Bless Him). Amongst the ladies of the house on parade are Mrs Keppel and Annabel, a most nubile seventeen-year-old of Mountjoy's acquaintance to whom both our hero and the Rajah take an immediate fancy, and soon the whole party begins indulging in a very uninhibited series of Highland Games . . .
Italian Grammar You Really Need to Know: Teach Yourself
By Anna Proudfoot
Comprehensive and clear explanations of key grammar patterns and structures are reinforced and contextualized through authentic materials. You will not only learn how to construct grammar correctly, but when and where to use it so you sound natural and appropriate. "Italian Grammar You Really Need to Know will help you gain the intuition you need to become a confident communicator in your new language.
By Adam Lashinsky
In Inside Apple, Adam Lashinsky provides readers with an insight on leadership and innovation. He introduces Apple business concepts like the 'DRI' (Apple's practice of assigning a Directly Responsible Individual to every task) and the Top 100 (an annual event where that year's top 100 up-and-coming executives are surreptitiously transported to a secret retreat with company founder Steve Jobs).Based on numerous interviews, the book reveals exclusive new information about how Apple innovates, deals with its suppliers, and is handling the transition into the Post Jobs Era. While Inside Apple provides a detailed investigation into the unique company, its lessons about leadership, product design and marketing are universal. Inside Apple will appeal to anyone hoping to bring some of the Apple magic to their own company, career, or creative endeavour.
By Peter Rollins
In this incendiary new work, philosopher-theologian Peter Rollins proclaims that the Christian faith is not primarily concerned with questions regarding life after death but with the possibility of life before death.In order to unearth this truth, Rollins prescribes a radical and wholesale critique of contemporary Christianity that he calls pyro-theology. It is only as we submit our spiritual practices, religious rituals, and dogmatic affirmations to the flames of fearless interrogation that we come into contact with the reality that Christianity is in the business of transforming our world rather than offering a way of interpreting or escaping it. Belief in the Resurrection means but one thing: participation in an Insurrection.
By Jo Saxton
Are you a woman getting on with shaping your surroundings - in the office, at church, in your local community? Do you ever feel unsupported and unequipped? Do you sometimes doubt your calling?If the answer to any of these questions is yes, INFLUENTIAL is for you.In it Jo Saxton unpacks biblical principles on leadership, interviews women who lead in different situations and contexts, asks the deepest, most difficult questions, and gives all sorts of practical ideas for how to be a woman of influence - wherever you are.