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Julie Sarkissian blogs about the problems facing the protagnist of her debut novel, DEAR LUCY

Something's Wrong With Lucy - But What?

Lucy is different – that much is clear. She speaks like a child, doesn’t recognize social boundaries, flies into rages, and treasures rotten food. Her cognition is impaired, her vocabulary is very limited and she cannot read or write. But what – precisely – is wrong with her is left up to the reader. Lucy is the protagonist of my novel, DEAR LUCY, and from the first sentence of the book I ever wrote it was obvious that Lucy was cognitively different. The way Lucy describes herself is as “missing too many words.” Her mother calls her “difficult.” Readers of early drafts of the book had a few theories as to Lucy’s condition; autism, Williams Syndrome, Down Syndrome. But Lucy’s mother has kept her from going to school and Lucy has never seen a doctor. So in the fictional reality of the book there is no official diagnosis. But as the novel progressed I wondered – should I have one? I was torn. If Lucy was presenting enough symptoms to point to a real condition, was I ignoring the obvious not to fold that condition into my development of her character? Was it insensitive of me to allude to aspects of certain real, life-altering conditions but not assign a specific condition to Lucy? I worried about appropriating aspects of serious conditions without treating those conditions with proper respect and acknowledgement. And though any clinical diagnosis would probably not be explicit in the novel, I wondered if I would be ignoring an opportunity to bring attention to a real disorder when people asked me about Lucy’s condition, the way The Curious Incident of The Dog in the Night-time did for autism. On the other hand, I had concerns that if I chose a diagnosis for Lucy, I would be ascribing to her qualities that she wouldn’t have otherwise presented. Lucy had her own will over my writing and over the novel. I didn’t want to yoke Lucy’s expression by keeping her behavior and abilities consistent with a clinical condition. Accuracy would also become a critical issue if Lucy’s condition was named. Ultimately I chose not to diagnose Lucy, though I worry the artistic freedom provided by that decision comes at the price of being judged for being too liberal with my treatment of cognitive disorders. Now that publication is a few months away, I am apprehensive of how my treatment of Lucy’s cognitive limitations will be judged. I have yet to talk to a reader who has a learning different child, or works with learning different people, and that conversation is one I will be honored, and not a bit anxious, to have.

John Murray

The Countenance Divine

Michael Hughes
Authors:
Michael Hughes
Hodder & Stoughton

Mail Royal

Nigel Tranter
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Nigel Tranter
Hodder & Stoughton

Crusader

Nigel Tranter
Authors:
Nigel Tranter

Alexander III of Scotland was just seven years old when he inherited thethrone. South of the border, England's King Henry III saw this as hischance to assert his paramountcy over the kingdom. At the age of ten,the boy was married to Henry's daughter.But through the hazards of power politics and dynastic marriage - oneman stood by the young monarch. Whether it was shooting wild geese,helping him escape from the prison-like confines of Edinburgh Castle orteaching him to stand up both to his ever-threatening Englishfather-in-law and the unending feuds of his own countrymen, David deLindsay of Luffness in East Lothian was Alexander's one true andconstant friend.But David's only wish was to be a crusader, a wish he was finally tofulfil when the boy became a man.The turbulent 13th century story of the child king Alexander III ofScotland and David de Lindsay of Luffness, his one true supporter, in anage of crusades and wars.

Hodder & Stoughton

A Stake in the Kingdom

Nigel Tranter
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Nigel Tranter
Hodder & Stoughton

Lion's Whelp

Nigel Tranter
Authors:
Nigel Tranter

The brutal murder of James I, King of Scots, at Perth in 1437 left hisseven-year-old son to rule over a troubled kingdom. Power-hungry lordsseized their chance to gain control over the boy-king James II and hisrealm.When young Alexander Lyon, son of the Thane of Glamis, married Agnes,the daughter of Sir William Crichton, he found himself drawn into thewider affairs of the nation. Alec was to become a close attendant andfriend of the young monarch at a time when James was in sore need ofprotection.Alec Lyon and Agnes Crichton were to shape the story of Scotland - andthat of England, too. This was the period of the Wars of the Roses, andthe northern kingdom was not to remain unaffected.A thrilling tale of cunning and treachery, danger and romance frommaster of Scottish historical fiction Nigel Tranter.

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Honours Even

Nigel Tranter
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Nigel Tranter
Hodder Paperbacks

Columba

Nigel Tranter
Authors:
Nigel Tranter
Teach Yourself

Complete Ancient Greek

Gavin Betts
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Gavin Betts

Do you want to be able to read ancient Greek with confidence? Find all the essential tools in this best-selling course from Teach Yourself - the No. 1 brand in language learning. The grammar of ancient Greek is explained systematically and carefully, and graded readings from Homer, Aesop, Herodotus, Thucydides and others bring it to life and give a context to the vocabulary. Extra material is provided online at www.teachyourself.com/ancientgreek to enhance your learning experience.Learn effortlessly with a new easy-to-read page design and interactive 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 authors' many years of experience.GRAMMAR TIPSEasy-to-follow building blocks to give you a clear understanding.USEFUL VOCABULARYEasy to find and learn, to build a solid foundation for understanding.TEST YOURSELFTests in the book and online to keep track of your progress.EXTEND YOUR KNOWLEDGEExtra online articles at: www.teachyourself.com to give you a richer understanding of the culture and history of ancient Greece.

Hodder & Stoughton

Believing the Lie

Elizabeth George
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Elizabeth George
Hodder Paperbacks

The Shining

Stephen King
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Stephen King

One of the true classics of horror fiction, THE SHINING is regarded as one of Stephen King's masterpieces.Danny is only five years old, but in the words of old Mr Hallorann he is a 'shiner', aglow with psychic voltage. When his father becomes caretaker of the Overlook Hotel, Danny's visions grow out of control.As winter closes in and blizzards cut them off, the hotel seems to develop a life of its own. It is meant to be empty. So who is the lady in Room 217 and who are the masked guests going up and down in the elevator? And why do the hedges shaped like animals seem so alive?Somewhere, somehow, there is an evil force in the hotel - and that, too, is beginning to shine . . .

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Carrie

Stephen King
Authors:
Stephen King
Nicholas Brealey Publishing

Flourish

Martin Seligman
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Martin Seligman
Hodder & Stoughton

The Healing Code

Alex Loyd, Ben Johnson
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Alex Loyd, Ben Johnson

The Healing Code is your healing kit for life - to heal the issues you know about, and the ones you don't. In 2001, while trying to cure his wife of her long term depression, Dr. Alex Loyd discovered how to activate a physical function built into the body that consistently and predictably removes the source of 95% of all illness and disease, so that the neuro-immune system takes over its job of healing whatever is wrong with the body. He also discovered that there is a Universal Healing Code that will heal most issues for most people - physical, emotional and relational, as well as enabling breakthroughs in success and well being.The Healing Code has been subjected to numerous tests which have validated its success, as do the testimonies of the thousands of people for whom it has worked. In this book you will discover for yourself The Healing Code process. It's easy to learn, can be used just about anywhere and takes only six minutes to complete. This life changing book also includes the Seven Secrets of life, health and prosperity, the 10-second Instant Impact technique for defusing everyday stress and the Heart Issues Finder - a simple test that identifies quickly your own personal source issues and imbalances.In just six minutes, lower stress, turn the immune and healing systems back on and discover the life changing effects of The Healing Code.

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Getting Over Mr Right

Chrissie Manby
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Chrissie Manby

Have you ever had your heart broken? How did you get over it? Did a tub of ice cream cheer you up? Did you delete his number and start again? Are you now friends with your ex? Perhaps you're godmother to his children? In which case, you're a weirdo and this book is not for you. But if you reacted with denial, begging or a spot of casual witchcraft, then you've come to the right place. This is one woman's journey from love to lunacy and back again ...

Sceptre

The Language of Others

Clare Morrall
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Clare Morrall

The world is a puzzling, sometimes frightening place for Jessica Fontaine. As a child she only finds contentment in playing the piano and wandering alone in the empty spaces of Audlands Hall, the dilapidated country house where she grows up. Twenty-five years later, divorced, with her son still living at home, Jessica remains preoccupied by the desire to create space around her. Then her volatile ex-husband reappears, the first of several surprises that both transform Jessica's present and give her a startling new perspective on the past. THE LANGUAGE OF OTHERS tells the absorbing story of a woman who spends much of her life feeling that she is out of step with the real world, until she discovers why. Related with humour and compassion, it offers a fresh, illuminating insight into what it means to be normal.

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The Case of William Smith

Patricia Wentworth
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Patricia Wentworth
Hodder & Stoughton

Highness in Hiding

Nigel Tranter
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Nigel Tranter
Hodder Paperbacks

David the Prince

Nigel Tranter
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Nigel Tranter

Half-Celt and half-Saxon, King David determined to take hold of his backward, patriarchal, strife-ridden country and, against all the odds, pushed and dragged it into the forefront of Christendom's advancing nations. This is a story of independence, singlemindedness and hard-headed leadership. But also, through the turbulent years of his reign, it is a story of devotion: to the woman he admired and loved, Queen Matilda.'Through his imaginative dialogue, he provides a voice for Scotland's heroes' Scotland on Sunday

Gerald Seymour

Gerald Seymour exploded onto the literary scene in 1975 with the massive bestseller HARRY'S GAME. The first major thriller to tackle the modern troubles in Northern Ireland, it was described by Frederick Forsyth as 'like nothing else I have ever read' and it changed the landscape of the British thriller forever.Gerald Seymour was a reporter at ITN for fifteen years. He covered events in Vietnam, Borneo, Aden, the Munich Olympics, Israel and Northern Ireland. He has been a full-time writer since 1978.Gerald was interviewed recently on Andrew Marr's Sleuths, Spies and Sorcerers on BBC TV.

Michael Hughes

Michael Hughes was born and raised in Keady, Northern Ireland, and now lives in London. He attended St Patrick's Grammar School, Armagh, and read English at Corpus Christi College, Oxford. He trained in theatre at the Jacques Lecoq School in Paris, and has worked for many years as an actor, under the professional name Michael Colgan. He studied creative writing at Royal Holloway, and at London Metropolitan University, where he also taught. His first novel, The Countenance Divine, was published by John Murray in 2016. Country is his second novel.