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Andrew Wilson is the author of Beautiful Shadow: A Life of Patricia Highsmith, which was shortlisted for the Whitbread Prize and won the Edgar Allan Poe Award for best biography. He has written for most of Britain's national newspapers, including The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian and the Daily Mail. He lives in London.
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In the early hours of 15 April 1912, after the majestic liner Titanic had split apart and the 1,500 men, women and children struggled to stay alive in the freezing Atlantic, the sea was alive with the sound of screaming. Then, as the ship sank to the ocean floor and the passengers slowly died from hypothermia, a deathly silence settled over the sea. Yet the echoes of that night reverberated through the lives of each of the 705 survivors.
'I wouldn't scream if I were you. Unless you want the whole world to learn about your husband and his mistress.' Agatha Christie, in London to visit her literary agent, boards a train, preoccupied and flustered in the knowledge that her husband Archie is having an affair. She feels a light touch on her back, causing her to lose her balance, then a sense of someone pulling her to safety from the rush of the incoming train. So begins a terrifying sequence of events. Her rescuer is no guardian angel; rather, he is a blackmailer of the most insidious, manipulative kind. Agatha must use every ounce of her cleverness and resourcefulness to thwart an adversary determined to exploit her genius for murder to kill on his behalf. 'Wilson not only knows his subject but he deftly moves the tale away from mere literary ventriloquism and into darker territory. Great fun, too' Observer 'The queen of crime is the central character in this audacious mystery, which reinvents the story of her mysterious disappearance with thrilling results' Guardian 'A thoroughly clever entertainment and a fitting homage to the great author, but it has a chilling melancholy all its own' The Tablet What readers are saying about A Talent for Murder: 'The initial premise of the story is pure genius, and when the reader realises by the end of chapter one whose head they are inside, goose bumps are guaranteed to occur' Greg, Goodreads, 4 stars 'A darkly twisting tale of murder and manipulation' Erin Britton, NetGalley, 4 stars 'This is a must-read for crime fiction fans, and Agatha Christie fans especially who will discover a new side to the Queen of Crime herself!' Vincent, Goodreads, 5 stars 'I enjoy Agatha Christie and this book did not disappoint. I devoured this book in two days' Annie, Goodreads, 4 stars 'Great mystery and action novel featuring Agatha Christie as you've never seen her before. Part biography/part thrill ride this is one novel I didn't want to end' Nikkia Neil, NetGalley, 5 stars 'An intriguing homage that stirs the imagination of the amateur sleuth in all of us ... A Talent for Murder is one novel that definitely deserves attention and praise' Elspeth G. Perkin, Goodreads, 4 stars 'This was a really good read especially for fans of Agatha Christie and even those who have never read her books' Teresa, Goodreads, 4 stars 'So, so enjoyable! Great for book club discussion due to the real mystery behind it' Kaylee Mitchell, Goodreads, 5 stars 'A fun read for Christie fans'Roman Clodia, NetGalley, 4 stars 'I'll admit to being totally drawn along by this novel; I couldn't wait to keep reading and find out how it would all turn out. I really would recommend this book as an interesting account of Christie's missing eleven days; you will be entertained' Kate Baty, 4 stars, NetGalley 'An exciting novel, a must for all Christie fans! Did you see what was happening? Did you spot the red herrings? The obvious clues. No? I didn't and that is probably what makes this a very clever novel' Joanne D'arcy, NetGalley, 5 stars 'A very enjoyable read, in the tradition of Christie herself, well researched and inventive ... plenty of unexpected plot twists to keep you on your toes. What fun!' Lisa Friel, NetGalley, 4 stars 'Unusual and entertaining' Tina Stringer, NetGalley 4 stars 'Entertaining, feasible plotting and an authentic narrative make this a highly enjoyable read' J Graham, NetGalley, 4 stars
The history of the Caribbean is a history of migrations. The peoples of the region came as conquerors and planters, slaves and indentured laborers from all parts of the globe. Each group contributed to the social fabric, culture, and commerce of the region. The Chinese diaspora has spread Chinese people and culture around the world, including to the Caribbean, where Chinese exist both as distinct ethnic groups within Caribbean societies and as shapers of unique Caribbean cultures. This book describes not merely the arrival and experience of Chinese in the Caribbean but also the ways in which Chinese have adapted to and altered the region. Included are the histories of Chinese people in Cuba, Jamaica, Panama, and the British West Indies, their arrival as indentured laborers, the discrimination they suffered and overcame, their slow rise to economic independence and success, their contribution to art, theater, cuisine, and literature, their roles in the region's national revolutions, their place in post-colonial politics, and the subsequent remigrations of individuals, families, and entire communities to North America.
Since 1997 Luciano Giubbilei has been creating serenely beautiful gardens in locations on three continents. Giubbilei is known for the understated elegance of his designs, but is constantly evolving his style and approach, both in response to individual clients and as his ideas develop. His work draws on his Italian heritage, especially the Renaissance gardens of the Villa Gamberaia in Tuscany, and a distinctively classical combination of restraint and opulent materials. This book now published in paperback for the first time explores 12 significant gardens from Giubbilei's portfolio, including the garden that won him a gold medal at the world-famous Royal Horticultural Society's Chelsea Flower Show in 2009. The locations vary from private residences in London and Barcelona to corporate headquarters in Geneva and a holiday home in Morocco. Each project is fully documented, from the preparation of mood boards and initial sketches to final planting and finishing. As Tom Stuart-Smith notes in his foreword, Giubbilei's gardens are characterised by their 'quiet aura of calm and poise' and their 'restful confidence': 'The gardens are like the man, impeccably turned out, suave and urbane in a gentle way, quietly assertive but never bossy. Sophisticated and thoroughly Italian. His style provides a form of instant theatre, where the designer forges places, conjures atmosphere and creates spaces out of nothing. This is great art.' Separate sections on the design process, site development, nursery production and the sourcing of plants, as well as on the artists and craftsmen with whom Giubbilei collaborates, offer a fascinating insight into his working methods and sources of inspiration. Accessibly written by a leading garden professional and fully illustrated with planting plans, behind-the-scenes images and atmospheric photographs by Steven Wooster, this beautiful book is the definitive work on the gardens of an acclaimed designer. AUTHOR: Andrew Wilson is a garden designer, lecturer and writer. He is a founding director of the London College of Garden Design, a director of the McWilliam Studio, a former show gardens judge for the Royal Horticultural Society, and a Fellow and past chairman of the Society of Garden Designers. His previous publications include The Book of Garden Plans (2004), Contemporary Colour in the Garden (2011) and RHS Small Garden Handbook (2013). SELLING POINTS: A new paperback edition of this essential survey of the work of the award-winning garden designer Luciano Giubbilei Features in-depth explorations of 12 projects in locations as diverse as London, Geneva and Morocco With specially commissioned images by the well-known gardens photographer Steven Wooster 326 illustrations, 12 plans
A comprehensive and revelatory history of modern Belarus - from independence to 2020's contested election In 2020 Belarus made headlines around the world when protests erupted in the aftermath of a fraught presidential election. Andrew Wilson explores both Belarus's complicated road to nationhood and its politics and economics since it gained independence in 1991. Two new chapters reveal the extent of Aliaksandr Lukashenka's grip on power, the growth of the opposition movement and the violent crackdown that followed the vote. Wilson also examines the prospects for Europe as a whole of either Lukashenka's downfall or his survival with Russian support. Andrew Wilson has done all students of European politics a great service by making the history of Belarus comprehensible and by showing how the future of Belarus might be different than its present. -Timothy Snyder, author of Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin
Wild Wild about Walton & The Surrey Hills by Andrew Wilson
The brand new AGATHA CHRISTIE MYSTERY from bestselling author Andrew Wilson Who saw him die? I, said the fly, with my little eye. I saw him die. An astonishingly beautiful setting on the island of Skye. A gathering of fascinating guests at a hunting lodge set to enjoy abundant hospitality. And a double murder. A household in chaos . . . No one is allowed to leave. A tantalising new case for Agatha Christie to solve. Praise for Andrew Wilson and his detective series featuring Agatha Christie: 'I loved it. I loved the setting and the plot was SO clever. I stopped trying to outguess Andrew Wilson and just enjoyed the ride.' - ELLY GRIFFITHS 'Fiendishly well-plotted, hugely entertaining - one feels Agatha Christie would have been delighted' - LUCY FOLEY, bestselling author of The Hunting Party 'A heart of darkness beats within this sparkling series. Fizzy with charm yet edge with menace, Andrew Wilson's Christie novels do Dame Agatha proud' A. J. FINN, bestselling author of The Woman in the Window 'Beautifully written. Both lyrical and compelling. I felt as though I was walking by Agatha Christie's side' JANE CORRY 'An affectionate homage to Agatha Christie's desert dramas with a cheeky nod to Paul Bowles' The Sheltering Sky. A superior blend of fact and fiction . . . A must for connoisseurs of Golden Age crime fiction' SEAN O'CONNOR 'There is no reason why this excellent series shouldn't run till the sun don't shine' EVENING STANDARD 'While Wilson tempts providence by inviting comparison with the real Agatha Christie, on the evidence of this book he succeeds admirably' DAILY MAIL 'He shares with the great Dame the gift of sheer readability' S MAGAZINE 'Five stars . . . Brilliantly plotted, stylishly written. A treat!' AMANDA CRAIG
'Fiendishly well-plotted, hugely entertaining - one feels Agatha Christie would have been delighted' - LUCY FOLEY, bestselling author of The Hunting Party I'm Mrs Christie. I think you are expecting me... Baghdad, 1928. Agatha leaves England for the far-flung destination, determined to investigate an unresolved mystery: two year ago, the explorer and the writer Gertrude Bell died there from a drugs overdose. At the time, the authorities believed that Bell had taken her own life, but a letter now unearthed reveals she was afraid someone wants to kill her... In her letter, Bell suggests that if she were to die the best place to look for her murderer would be Ur, the archaeological site in ancient Mesopotamia famous for its Great Death Pit. But as Agatha stealthily begins to look into the death of Gertrude Bell, she soon discovers the mission is not without its risks. And she has to use all her skills to try and outwit a killer who is determined to stay hidden among the desert sands... 'A heart of darkness beats within this sparkling series. Fizzy with charm yet edge with menace, Andrew Wilson's Christie novels do Dame Agatha proud' A. J. FINN, bestselling author of The Woman in the Window 'Beautifully written. Both lyrical and compelling. I felt as though I was walking by Agatha Christie's side' JANE CORRY 'An affectionate homage to Agatha Christie's desert dramas with a cheeky nod to Paul Bowles' The Sheltering Sky. A superior blend of fact and fiction, it's a hugely entertaining riot of red herrings, poisonous plots and boiling passions under the white hot desert sun. A must for connoisseurs of Golden Age crime fiction' SEAN O'CONNOR 'There is no reason why this excellent series shouldn't run till the sun don't shine' EVENING STANDARD 'While Wilson tempts providence by inviting comparison with the real Agatha Christie, on the evidence of this book he succeeds admirably' DAILY MAIL 'He shares with the great Dame the gift of sheer readability' S MAGAZINE 'Five stars . . . Brilliantly plotted, stylishly written. A treat!' AMANDA CRAIG
'A heart of darkness beats within this sparkling series. Fizzy with charm yet edge with menace, Andrew Wilson's Christie novels do Dame Agatha proud. Perfect for fans of Ruth Ware and Philip Kerr' - A. J. FINN, bestselling author of THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW 'Do you have a secret side, Mrs Christie?' In January 1927, Agatha Christie is on an ocean liner bound for the Canary Islands. She has been sent there by the British Secret Intelligence Service to investigate the death of an agent, whose partly mummified body has been found in a cave. Early one morning, Agatha witnesses a woman fall from the ship into the sea. At first, nobody connects the murder of the young man on Tenerife with the suicide of a mentally unstable heiress. Yet, soon after she checks into the glamorous Taoro Hotel, Agatha uncovers a series of dark secrets . . . 'The queen of crime is the central character in this audacious mystery, which reinvents the story of her mysterious disappearance with thrilling results' GUARDIAN 'Set on a luxury ocean liner and in an opulent hotel, this clever whodunit is a fitting tribute to Christie' -THE LADY 'A brilliant idea to turn a lady novelist into a sleuth . . . a fascinating blend of biography, intrigue and melodrama' EVENING STANDARD What readers are saying about Andrew Wilson's books: 'Wilson not only knows his subject but he deftly moves the tale away from mere literary ventriloquism and into darker territory. Great fun, too' Observer 'A crafty whodunit worthy of the queen of mystery herself . . . . Wilson does a superior job of balancing surprising plot developments with a sensitive portrayal of his lead's inner life' Publishers Weekly 'The initial premise of the story is pure genius, and when the reader realises by the end of chapter one whose head they are inside, goose bumps are guaranteed to occur' Greg, Goodreads, 4 stars 'A darkly twisting tale of murder and manipulation' Erin Britton, NetGalley, 4 stars
Januar 1927. Die beruhmte Krimiautorin Agatha Christie begibt sich auf eine Schifffahrt nach Teneriffa - scheinbar, um sich von dem Skandal um ihr geheimnisvolles Verschwinden zu erholen. Was niemand wei: Sie reist im Auftrag der Krone und soll den Mord an einem Geheimagenten aufklaren. Doch bereits auf dem Schiff wird Agatha Zeugin eines weiteren Todesfalls. Es dauert nicht lange, bis der Queen of Crime klar wird, dass zwischen beiden Ereignissen ein Zusammenhang besteht, und bald kommt sie einigen dunklen Geheimnissen auf die Spur. Die grote Krimiautorin aller Zeiten sieht sich mit dem schwierigsten Ratsel ihrer Karriere konfrontiert, denn nichts ist, wie es scheint, und das Bose hat viele Gesichter ...
Znamenitaya pisatel'nica, avtor detektivov Agata Kristi perezhivaet slozhnyj period: ona poteryala mat' - blizkogo ej cheloveka, a muzh tem vremenem uvleksya drugoj zhenshchinoj i hochet ostavit' sem'yu. Novaya kniga ne pishetsya, odolevayut gor'kie mysli, i v ehtoj situacii viditsya tol'ko odin vyhod. Missis Kristi v otchayanii, ej kazhetsya, chto ona teryaet svyaz' s okruzhayushchim mirom. Ee ne pokidaet oshchushchenie nadvigayushchejsya opasnosti... Odnazhdy pisatel'nica spuskaetsya v londonskuyu podzemku, i ch'ya-to ruka podtalkivaet ee k krayu platformy. Posle ehtogo sluchaya Agata Kristi propadaet na odinnadcat' dnej... Ischeznovenie pisatel'nicy vyzvalo kolossal'nyj azhiotazh sredi ee sovremennikov. No gde ona byla i chto delala v ehto vremya, ostalos' tajnoj do sih por. Probel v biografii korolevy detektiva vospolnyaet blestyashchij roman britanskogo zhurnalista i pisatelya EHndryu Uilsona. Kniga, v kotoroj fakty perepletayutsya s vymyslom, sniskala vostorzhennye otzyvy chitatelej i kritikov. Vpervye na russkom yazyke!
June 2017 Book of the Month. A fascinating foray into the past, and the intriguing missing period of time so well documented, yet little known about in Agatha Christie’s life. I’ve visited the Silent Pool and Newlands Corner where Agatha Christie went missing, so for me this was a must read. Andrew Wilson seamlessly blends fact and fiction, and has obviously thoroughly researched this period in Christie’s life. The Editor’s Note cleverly sets the scene, and then chapter one begins, Agatha Christie, speaking in the first person, oh my word! Andrew Wilson effectively took me back in time to 1926, creating an engaging, readable, and oh so colourful story. This is most definitely not a whodunit, rather it’s an imagined how and why did she do it. ‘A Talent for Murder’ is wonderful escapism, and a worthwhile, thoroughly enjoyable read. ~ Liz Robinson
Im Dezember 1926 verschwindet Agatha Christie spurlos. Eine gro angelegte Suchaktion beginnt, an der sich sogar Arthur Conan Doyle beteiligt. Doch Christie, deren jungstes Buch "e;Alibi"e; gerade zum Welterfolg lanciert, bleibt verschwunden. Erst elf Tage spater wird sie in einem Hotel gefunden, in das sie sich unter dem Namen der Geliebten ihres Mannes einquartiert hat. Bis heute wei niemand, was damals geschah. Was, wenn Christie an einen bosartigen Widersacher geraten ist? Was, wenn sie erpresst worden ist? Was, wenn die Konigin der ratselhaften Morde selbst gezwungen worden ist, ein Verbrechen zu begehen? Auf intelligente und unterhaltsame Weise erzahlt Andrew Wilson in einer Mischung aus Fakten und Fiktion von einem ratselhaften Fall, in dem die grote Krimiautorin der Welt selbst zur Protagonistin wird.