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Shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year 2009. A wonderful memoir about the loneliest position on the football pitch. Graham Joyce looks back on his time spent in goal, from schoolboy success to adult ignominy. It might even inspire you to set off to the park with a ball - or you could stay in and read this highly enjoyable book instead!
The story, with magical elements, of seven sisters living in Coventry during the Second World War, when the son of one is passed among them.
Vpervye na russkom - ehtalonnyj roman mastera britanskogo magicheskogo realizma, avtora, kotoryj, po slovam imenitogo Dzhonatana Kehrrolla, pishet imenno te knigi, kotorye my vsyu zhizn' nadeemsya otyskat', no krajne redko nahodim. Devushka so strannym imenem Osoka zhivet v grafstve Lestershir. Vsemu, chto ona znaet, ee nauchila Mamochka Kallen - to li prosto mudraya zhenshchina, vsegda gotovaya pomoch', to li nastoyashchaya ved'ma. V nochnom nebe mozhno razglyadet' sputniki, amerikancy cherez neskol'ko let obeshchayut vysadit'sya na Lunu, sosednyuyu fermu okkupirovala strannaya volosataya kompaniya, no u Osoki svoi zaboty: kak spastis' ot vyseleniya, spech' svadebnyj pirog s pravil'nym kolichestvom lyubvi i razobrat'sya s nastyrnym bajkerom-vegetariancem - teper', kogda Mamochka popala v bol'nicu i unesla svoi sekrety s soboj?
Vpervye na russkom - v bukval'nom smysle volshebnyj roman mastera britanskogo magicheskogo realizma, avtora, kotoryj, po slovam imenitogo Dzhonatana Kehrrolla, pishet imenno te knigi, kotorye my vsyu zhizn' nadeemsya otyskat', no krajne redko nahodim. Tara Martin ushla gulyat' v vesennij les - i propala bez vesti. Ee rodnye, sosedi, policiya obsharili okrestnost' sverhu donizu, no ne nashli ni malejshih sledov shestnadcatiletnej devushki. V otsutstvie kakih-libo ulik policiya dazhe pytalas' vybit' priznanie iz vozlyublennogo Tary - talantlivogo gitarista Richi so vsemi zadatkami budushchej rok-zvezdy. No vot prohodit dvadcat' let - i Tara vdrug vozvrashchaetsya. Ona sovershenno ne izmenilas', budto ne postarela ni na den'. I te istorii, kotorye ona rasskazyvaet, inache kak skazkami ne nazovesh'...
A ghost story with a difference from the WORLD FANTASY and multiple BRITISH FANTASY AWARD-winning author of SOME KIND OF FAIRY TALE It is the summer of 1976, the hottest since records began and a young man leaves behind his student days and learns how to grow up. A first job in a holiday camp beckons. But with political and racial tensions simmering under the cloudless summer skies there is not much fun to be had. And soon there is a terrible price to be paid for his new found freedom and independence. A price that will come back to haunt him, even in the bright sunlight of summer. As with SOME KIND OF FAIRY TALE, Graham Joyce has crafted a deceptively simple tale of great power. With beautiful prose, wonderful characters and a perfect evocation of time and place this is a novel that transcends the boundaries between the everyday and the supernatural while celebrating the power of both.
SOME KIND OF FAIRY TALE is a very English story. A story of woods and clearings, a story of folk tales and family histories. It is as if Neil Gaiman and Joanne Harris had written a fairy tale together. It is Christmas afternoon and Peter Martin gets an unexpected phonecall from his parents, asking him to come round. It pulls him away from his wife and children and into a bewildering mystery. He arrives at his parents' house and discovers that they have a visitor. His sister Tara. Not so unusual you might think, this is Christmas after all, a time when families get together. But twenty years ago Tara took a walk into the woods and never came back and as the years have gone by with no word from her the family have, unspoken, assumed that she was dead. Now she's back, tired, dirty, dishevelled, but happy and full of stories about twenty years spent travelling the world, an epic odyssey taken on a whim. But her stories don't quite hang together and once she has cleaned herself up and got some sleep it becomes apparent that the intervening years have been very kind to Tara. She really does look no different from the young women who walked out the door twenty years ago. Peter's parents are just delighted to have their little girl back, but Peter and his best friend Richie, Tara's one time boyfriend, are not so sure. Tara seems happy enough but there is something about her. A haunted, otherworldly quality. Some would say it's as if she's off with the fairies. And as the months go by Peter begins to suspect that the woods around their homes are not finished with Tara and his family...
THE SILENT LAND is a brooding and tender look at love and whether it can survive the greatest challenge we will ever face. The film rights have been optioned by the producer of BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN. A young couple are caught in an avalanche during a skiing holiday in the French Alps. They struggle back to the village and find it deserted. As the days go by they wait for rescue, then try to leave. But each time they find themselves back in the village. And, increasingly, they are plagued by visions and dreams and the realization that perhaps no-one could have survived the avalanche.
Seven-year-old Sam Southall loses a tooth, and that night he's visited by a sinister, rank, foul-mouthed, mercurial Tooth Fairy, a demonic being that apparently only he can see, but whose malignant influence spills over onto his family and friends. The Tooth Fairy Sam throughout his growing years, teaching him to make mischief at school, influencing his actions. One day she insists that Sam have his friend Terry sleep over. That same night, Terry's father shoots his wife, his other children, and himself ...
The 3 ways to snog an alien are: Don't; Don't; and, Don't. Druce's new girlfriend is hot, but what's with the weird behaviour, freaky parents and the super-human intelligence? And was that really a forked tongue he saw or did he imagine it? Then he meets someone on the internet who tells him that aliens have infiltrated the planet. Could Angela be an alien? Is she really trying to suck out his brains? Or are girls just more confusing than he thought? Praise for Graham Joyce's YA fiction: ' Do the Creepy Thing is a compelling, thought-provoking read, undoubtedly creepy but also ultimately an affirmation ...A terrific teen novel' - Guardian . 'A terrific teen novel, TWOC is sharply observed' - TES .
The best novel yet from a World Fantasy Award and four time British Fantasy Award winning author. This is the story of a young woman growing up in the midlands in 1966 - a woman who may be a witch. As a baby, Fern was taken in by Mammy Cullen who schooled her in the art of old hedgerow medicine, of traditional midwifery, herbs, folk songs and tales. She comes of age in the 1960s but lives on the margins of society until a group of Beatniks descends on the small village she calls home. Then a young woman dies after visiting Mammy for a brew to stop her pregnancy, setting off a landslide of events that threatens everything Fern has ever known.
Since the joyriding accident, 15-year-old Matt Norris's life has been hell. His brother, Jake, is dead, and Jake's girlfriend, Joolz, has been hideously scarred. Only Matt escaped the car crash unscathed. Or so it seems. Because now Jake is back, haunting Matt's every step, appearing out of thin air dressed in outrageous costumes. What does he want? Why does Joolz remember the accident differently? What exactly had happened? They'd all been too stoned to know. Riddled with guilt, Matt attempts a deadly reconstruction of that tragic day - and finds himself in a parallel world where the outcome of the crash was very different.
Danny is approaching fifty, separated, lonely and bitter. He hasn?t spoken to his wife in years; he despises his born-again son and is alienated from Charlie, his twenty-two-year-old daughter. But his alienation is forgotten when he learns that she has been arrested in Thailand for smuggling heroin. He flies out to Bangkok and discovers that the girl being held in Chiang-Mai prison is not Charlie. What follows is a desperate journey into the remote hinterlands of Thailand, where the jungles are ruled by drug gangs and haunted by the spirits. And dogging Danny?s every step is a spectral figure, half glimpsed from the corner of his eye, brushing his sleeve in empty temples . . . SMOKING POPPY is about the love between a father and his daughter; it is an extraordinarily evocative journey into the sights and sounds of Thailand; a chilling descent into the supernatural. Graham Joyce?s books are published around the world; they are elegantly written, full of brilliantly observed characters and always hugely readable.