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Now a major film, the book that exposed the scandal of Britain's forgotten and abused child migrants. In 1986 Margaret Humphreys, a Nottingham social worker, investigated a woman's claim that, aged four, she had been put on a boat to Australia by the British government. At first incredulous, Margaret discovered that this was just the tip of an enormous iceberg. Up to 150,000 children, some as young as three years old, had been deported from children's homes in Britain and shipped off to a 'new life' in distant parts of the Empire, right up until as recently as 1970. Many were told that their parents were dead, and parents were told that their children had been adopted. In fact, for many children it was to be a life of horrendous physical and sexual abuse far away from everything they knew. Margaret and her team reunited thousands of families before it was too late, brought authorities to account, and worldwide attention to an outrageous miscarriage of justice. 'It is a story that defies belief.' - INDEPENDENT 'The secrets of the lost children of Britain may never have been revealed if it had not been for [the actions of] Margaret Humphreys.' SUNDAY TIMES Copyright © Margaret Humphreys 1994, 1995, 2011Show more
'A deceptive and riveting novel' - Karin Slaughter Chosen as one of the best seven thrillers of the summer by the New York Times A Nearly Normal Family is the stunning psychological thriller from M. T. Edvardsson and asks what would you do if your child was suspected of murder, how far would you go to protect them? Do you want to know the truth? If you loved A. J. Finn's The Woman in the Window or J. P. Delaney's The Girl Before, you will love this. Every murder case starts with a suspect. What if the suspect is your daughter? Would you believe her, or the evidence against her? The Father Believes his daughter has been framed. The Mother Believes she is hiding something. The Daughter Believes they have no idea what she's truly capable of . . . There are three sides to the story. And the truth will shatter this family to pieces. Praise for A Nearly Normal Family 'Tore through this in a matter of days . . . A cracking read!' - T M Logan 'An absolutely fantastic read . . . I can see why it's being pitched as the big one for 2019' - Jo Spain 'An utterly compelling premise . . . a layered, intelligent novel' - Fiona Cummins 'A canny, intensely suspenseful legal thriller' - Scott Turow 'I couldn't go to bed until I finished it. Effortlessly brilliant' - Sandie Jones 'Any parent will be gripped by this book . . . I couldn't put it down' - Michelle Frances 'An unsettling page turner. Highly Recommended' Adam HamdyShow more
Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable, audiobook edition of The Girl In The Glass Tower by Elizabeth Fremantle, read by Rachael Stirling and Emily Watson. Fremantle's The Girl in the Glass Tower is a stunning historical thriller set in the chaos leading up to the death of Elizabeth I. Tap. Tap. Tap on the window. Something, someone wanting to be heard. Waiting to be free. Tudor England. The word treason is on everyone's lips. Arbella Stuart, niece to Mary, Queen of Scots and presumed successor to Elizabeth I, has spent her youth behind the towering windows of Hardwick Hall. As presumed successor to the throne, her isolation should mean protection - but those close to the crown are never safe. Aemilia Lanyer - writer and poet - enjoys an independence denied to Arbella. Their paths should never cross. But when Arbella enlists Aemilia's help in a bid for freedom, she risks more than her own future. Ensnared in another woman's desperate schemes, Aemilia must tread carefully or share her terrible fate . . . The Girl in the Glass Tower brilliantly explores what it means to be born a woman in a man's world, where destiny is strictly controlled and the smallest choices may save - or destroy - us. Praise for Elizabeth Fremantle: 'If you read one Tudor tome this summer, make it this one. Fascinating and vividly drawn, the ending is heartbreaking' The Times 'Book of the Month' 'A top-notch literary thriller. Shots are fired, troths are plighted, sea voyages taken, escapes dared and mysteries solved' Daily Telegraph 'A glamourous tale peopled by warrior poets, flamboyant courtiers and shameless loves, it is also sharp, perceptive and dramatic' Sunday Express 'Arbella Stuart was a pawn, at the mercy of the powerful people around her. Hers is a sad and moving tale, and Fremantle tells it beautifully' History Girls 'Beautifully written, completely engrossing and a book that stays with you after the pages are closed. Highly recommended' Historia 'Fremantle shows how dangerous it was being closely related to Elizabeth I. A cracking read' PrimaShow more
The unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Favourite Beatrix Potter Tales, a collection of four original Beatrix Potter stories that all feature in the movie Miss Potter. Read by Renée Zellweger, Ewan McGregor, Emily Watson and Lloyd Owen. The stories are: The Tale of Peter Rabbit read by Renée Zellweger The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck read by Ewan McGregor The Tale of Two Bad Mice read by Emily Watson The Tale of Mr. Jeremy Fisher read by Lloyd OwenShow more
This is the story of Margaret Beaufort who was married when she was a child to Edmund Tudor, the half brother of King Henry VI. Her husband and his brother fought for their weak-minded half-brother against Edward IV in the 'cousins war,' the War of the Roses. But Edmund Tudor dies of plague. Margaret herself nearly dies giving birth to her son, and despite all other requests, she insists on calling him 'Henry,' a royal name. The baby is very far from being the heir of the Lancaster family, but after the constant battles kill other claimants - finally the King is murdered in the Tower of London by the triumphant Edward IV - the little four-year-old boy is the last male to bear the Lancaster claim to the throne. His devoted uncle and scheming mother get him out of the country to safe haven in Brittany, and Margaret works at presenting herself as a loyal servant to Edward IV and then - after the coup - to the new king Richard III. All the time she is planning for the battle which will end the cousin's war with the triumph of Lancaster, and her son as King of England. She marries Thomas, Lord Stanley, who is a loyal supporter of Richard III and starts to undermine his loyalty and plot Richard's downfall. Margaret is in contact with the dowager Queen Elizabeth Woodville, still in sanctuary, and she has already been defeated by her in her attempt to kidnap the Princes from the Tower. But now the two women co-operate in a betrothal. Lady Margaret proposes her son Henry Tudor as husband to the princess Elizabeth. Her plan is that their marriage will resolve the cousins war since Henry Tudor for Lancaster will marry Elizabeth of York. Cleverly, the deposed Queen Elizabeth agrees, and Lady Margaret continues to undermine King Richard III's influence in England, making a network of sympathisers who say they will support Henry Tudor if he can land with French army support. Richard III's son and heir dies and there is no sign of another child to inherit his throne. Henry Tudor invades from France, and Richard meets him at Bosworth Field. At the height of the battle, in crisis, Richard sends for Lady Margaret's husband Stanley who has promised his support and who has held his men back in full armour, on a hill watching the fighting. In horror Richard sees his ally Stanley join the other side. Richard plunges into the fight and is killed. Lady Margaret's son Henry picks up the crown from the mud of the Bosworth battlefield and puts it on his own head. He will be Henry VII. Lady Margaret has the place of honour at the coronation of her son and the girl she despises - the York princess Elizabeth. She lays down the rules for the running of the royal household. It is her triumph; she has founded the greatest dynasty that England will ever know: the Tudors.Show more