The perfect summer-holiday magical adventure for fans of Diana Wynne Jones, Catherine Doyle and Thomas Taylor.
Welcome to Yowling - a secretive seaside village where magic is just one step away... Max has spent years thinking he is cursed, because whenever he touches anything electrical it explodes. But then he is sent to Yowling and discovers he is a Spellstopper, someone with the rare ability to drain dangerous build-ups of magic and fix misbehaving enchanted items. When Max's Grandad is kidnapped by the cruel Keeper of the malfunctioning magical castle that floats in the bay, only Max's gift can save him. Together with his new friend Kit, Max throws himself into an adventure filled with villainous owls, psychic ice cream and man-eating goldfish. But can he really pull off the biggest spellstop ever?
“A non-stop adventure, full of spellbinding, sorcerers and selkies. Cat Gray's storytelling proves that magic really does exist.” HELENA DUGGAN
'The virus sweeps across South America. The world is on high alert. It's coming for us... A video hits the Internet and quickly goes viral. A video showing a woman, attacked, bitten and dying.... before rising again. Experts confirm the video as a fake. A prank. But all the expert denials count for nothing when the virus reaches the UK. Chloe finds herself left behind, abandoned by Steve who rejoins the army to fight the new enemy. She'll be forced to survive on her own. Whatever it takes. They must all make sacrifices to do what is right. To do what is right for the greater good. Don't miss this gritty and harrowing look at the end of the world, featuring a dark, realistic vision of the Zombie Apocalypse that will keep you up at night. Performed by: Yasmin Tuazon, Jenna Sharpe, Stewart Crank, Lucy Symons, Elena Anderson, Shanta Parasuraman, Ian Russell, John Kielty, Alex Hill-Knight, Bradley Foster Smith, Christopher Williams, Colleen Delany, Hannah Curtis, Karen Novack, Katie Boothe, Kay Eluvian, Keval Shah, Mark Harrietha, Martin Dickinson, Nora Achrati, Peter Holdway, Terence Aselford, Wyn Delano, and Zeke Alton.'
Alec MacBriar crashes into the cottage of a healer and drops his wounded captain onto the table, commanding that the woman save his friend. Katie Oliver is terrified of the giants in her small home, but has no choice but to comply, hoping only to tend the wounded man and send them on their way, praying they cause no trouble to her or her son.
Her existence is meager, but for her son's sake Katie faces each new day with a brave conviction that things will get better. The goliaths in her home are sorely testing her resolve, especially Alec MacBriar with his intense gaze and fierce ways.
When Katie is threatened by a local man, Alec is compelled by his own captain to bring Katie and her son with them to their home in the Highlands. He'll keep his promise to his captain, but he wants nothing to do with Katie Oliver and her moody blue eyes or her charming child.
At Swordmair, Katie's life is far better and richer. In fact, it would be near perfect if not for the very disagreeable attraction she felt for Alec MacBriar and his bone-melting kisses.
Contains mature themes.
'Dina Demille doesn't run your typical Bed and Breakfast. Her inn defies laws of physics, her fluffy dog is secretly a monster, and the only paying guest is a former Galactic tyrant with a price on her head. But the inn needs guests to thrive, and guests have been scarce, so when an Arbitrator shows up at Dina's door and asks her to host a peace summit between three warring species, she jumps on the chance. Unfortunately, for Dina, keeping the peace between Space Vampires, the Hope-Crushing Horde, and the devious Merchants of Baha-char is much easier said than done. On top of keeping her guests from murdering each other, she must find a chef, remodel the inn...and risk everything, even her life, to save the man she might fall in love with. But then it's all in the day's work for an Innkeeper... Performed by Nora Achrati, Jonathan Lee Taylor, Jon Vertullo, Christopher Walker, Scott McCormick, Karen Novack, Alex Hill-Knight, Jenna Sharpe, Stewart Crank, Lily Beacon, Kay Eluvian, James Lewis, Gabriel Michael, Shanta Parasuraman, John Kielty, Ken Jackson, Alejandro Ruiz, Ryan H. Reid, Lucy Symons, Torian Brackett, Shravan Amin, Wyn Delano, Elias Khalil, Steven Carpenter, Terence Aselford, Katie Leigh, Rose Elizabeth Supan, Mort Shelby, Carolyn Kashner, and Bradley Foster Smith.'
Marianna Sinclair has lived years in England, separated from her family and regarded only as an unpaid servant to her aunt and uncle. She is overjoyed when her brother comes to collect her, returning her to Scotland. Yet, her thrill is quickly diminished when she learns she's to wed the son of a local landowner, the detestable Walter Ramsay. But even this is overshadowed as her traveling party is pursued by a fierce Highlander army. Her dismay becomes outright fear when her own brother abandons her while he makes his escape.
Lachlan Maitland spent seven months as a prisoner of the English and bears the scars of their brutality, inside and out. He wants only to be at King Robert Bruce's side, winning Scotland's freedom, not chasing the bandits terrorizing the Highlands. His pursuit leads him to Mari Sinclair, and once he discovers she is betrothed to the Maitlands' longtime enemy, he eagerly kidnaps her, hoping to trade her to the Ramsays for peace in the Highlands.
He quickly decides that she is the most confounding captive he has ever known. Soon, he regrets that he's made any deal with the Ramsays to trade her, for Lachlan is not sure he can ever let her go.
Contains mature themes.
On the run from the horrid man to whom her father has betrothed her, Maggie Bryce is caught in a wild winter storm, forced to take refuge in a highland cave.
Iain McEwen and his men are chasing the scourge of the Highlands known only as Alpin, infamous for the horrific crimes he's visited upon Caithness, when they stumble upon a near frozen body in a cave on the side of a hill. He's shocked to discover it's a woman, and a bonny one at that.
It's only a few days trapped in the caves, but Iain and Maggie are swiftly and eagerly drawn to each other. But her betrothed finds her when the storm clears, and Iain has no choice but to let her go.
The months that pass until Iain sees Maggie again are not kind to either of them. When he does find her, she is so very different from the cheery enchantress he'd met in the caves during that fateful storm. Iain vows never to fail Maggie again and is determined to convince her that she can trust both him and his love.
Contains mature themes.
A vivid account of the famous St Nazaire Raid that demonstrates the sheer bravery of the British Commandos and the Royal Navy. An must-listen for fans of James Holland, Ant Middleton, and Cornelius Ryan.
St Nazaire, 1.22 a.m. 28 March 1942.
HMS Cambeltown, supported by seventeen wooden motor launches, approached the German-held port intending to smash into the lock gates of the largest dock in the world, the Normandie Dock-Operation Chariot was in full swing.
Against vicious Nazi gunfire the commandos stormed the docks and within half an hour succeeded in their chief demolition objectives but in the heat of battle the Royal Navy had lost nearly all of its small vessels intended to carry them back to England. With their route home closed off the men were forced to fight through the town in a bid to escape German forces.
C. E. Lucas Phillips' The Greatest Raid of All draws upon numerous British, French, and German eyewitness reports to uncover the astounding true story of one of the most daring attacks of World War Two in which no fewer than five Victoria Crosses were awarded.
'The body is a house of many windows: there we all sit, showing ourselves and crying on the passers-by to come and love us.'-Robert Louis Stevenson
Nick hates it when people call him a genius. Sure, he's going to Cambridge University aged fifteen, but he says that's just because he works hard. And, secretly, he only works hard to get some kind of attention from his workaholic father.
Not that his strategy is working.
When he arrives at Cambridge, he finds the work hard and socializing even harder. Until, that is, he starts to cox for the college rowing crew and all hell breaks loose . . .
Ada Moncriefe cannot stand by while her betrothed cruelly executes prisoners. She makes a daring plan to free the Scots warriors in the dungeon, only asking that the brave leader take her with him when they escape. Things go horribly wrong, and Ada pays a dear price for her sacrifice. Broken and scarred afterward, she lives a ghost-like existence, having no idea what her future holds.
Jamie MacKenna is haunted by the fact that he was prevented from returning to save his men-at-arms and the lass who'd freed them. With greater fervor, he thrusts himself into the war for Scottish freedom alongside the valiant warrior, William Wallace. More than a year later, he stumbles upon Ada Moncriefe in the Scottish Highlands. His guilt induces him to offer her marriage, and despite the tormenting passion that rages between them, he vows never to love her.
Soon though, Ada begins to yearn for something more with her hardened warrior husband.
As the sun sets on William Wallace's fight for Scottish independence, Ada and Jamie must both learn to forgive and to open themselves to love.
Contains mature themes.
A compelling intellectual biography of Stalin told through his personal library.
In this engaging life of the twentieth century's most self-consciously learned dictator, Geoffrey Roberts explores the books Stalin read, how he read them, and what they taught him. Stalin firmly believed in the transformative potential of words and his voracious appetite for reading guided him throughout his years. A biography as well as an intellectual portrait, this book explores all aspects of Stalin's tumultuous life and politics.
Stalin, an avid reader from an early age, amassed a surprisingly diverse personal collection of thousands of books, many of which he marked and annotated revealing his intimate thoughts, feelings, and beliefs. Based on his wide-ranging research in Russian archives, Roberts tells the story of the creation, fragmentation, and resurrection of Stalin's personal library. As a true believer in communist ideology, Stalin was a fanatical idealist who hated his enemies-the bourgeoisie, kulaks, capitalists, imperialists, reactionaries, counter-revolutionaries, traitors-but detested their ideas even more.
Return to a world of dragons, song-spells, pipers and battles... Patch Brightwater and his friend Barver, the dracogriff, are trapped on a mysterious island full of monstrous beasts. Their shapeshifting friend, Wren, is being held prisoner by the Piper of Hamelyn, but she's working hard to escape. Clad in his suit of magical black armour and with dragons and a growing army on his side, the Piper of Hamelyn seems destined to bring chaos and destruction down on the world. Can anything stop him? Three accidental heroes versus one legendary villain...the epic adventure that began with A Darkness of Dragons comes to a thunderous end. "All the ingredients of a perfect fantasy adventure." KIERAN LARWOOD, author of The Legend of Podkin One-Ear
Gravely wounded and separated from his army, Gregor stumbles upon the exquisite Anice, locked outside of the nunnery in the midst of one of her regular punishments. His decision to save her has more to do with her beguiling blue eyes than his need of assistance.
Anice is only too happy to escape the discontent of Jardine. When the braw chief of the Kincaid's rescues her and then promptly collapses from his wounds, she doesn't think twice about secreting and nursing him until his army comes to collect him.
En route to Stonehaven, the Kincaid fortress by the sea, Gregor struggles mightily against his growing desire for Anice while she innocently and happily surrenders to his kisses. Once safely arrived at Stonehaven, Anice learns the reason behind his resistance: he is betrothed to a woman of an enemy highland family, and the wedding must take place to put an end to years of violence.
Highland intrigue blooms in the background of the great war for Scottish freedom. Setting aside his feelings for Anice in favor of peace in the Highlands, can Gregor live with his choice to put Anice out of his reach, out of his arms, and out of his heart?
Contains mature themes.