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Mark Watson - Author

About the Author

Mark Watson is the acclaimed author of four novels, most recently Eleven and The Knot, which have been published in twelve languages. He is also a stand-up comedian and has won numerous awards in Britain and Australia. He regularly appears on TV, has had his own cult Radio 4 series and been named the Edinburgh Fringe Festival's highest achiever of the decade by The Times, having performed a series of legendary 24-hour shows. He has a home in north London, but mostly lives in hotels.

Featured books by Mark Watson

Hotel Alpha

Hotel Alpha

Author: Mark Watson Format: Hardback Release Date: 31/07/2014

Three decades ago, the charismatic Howard York built the empire of his dreams: the Hotel Alpha. It was once the finest in London, but over the years, as the world around it has moved on at an ever more dizzying rate, the hotel has struggled to keep pace. Graham, the Alpha's concierge, has been behind the front desk since the day the hotel opened and has witnessed every stage of its history. Chaz, Howard's blind adopted son, has almost never ventured outside its walls. Both of them view the Alpha as their sanctuary, the place that gives them everything they need. But both of them must now accept that the Alpha no longer offers them the life they most want, and that Howard's vision has been built on secrets as well as dreams ...

Other books by Mark Watson

Career Exploration and Development in Childhood Perspectives from theory, practice and research

Career Exploration and Development in Childhood Perspectives from theory, practice and research

Author: Mark Watson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/05/2018

Career Exploration and Development in Childhood presents chapters from leading figures in the field of childhood career exploration and development. The first substantive edited collection of its kind, this book makes an important contribution to our understanding of children's career development. It provides cutting-edge theory, research and practice for understanding and fostering career exploration and development during childhood, across a wide spectrum of international settings. Divided into five sections that reflect the authors' perspectives on critical aspects of children's career development, chapters include relevant research, as well as the practical application of concepts, issues and strategies for career interventions with children. The book includes sequential sections on theory, research, contextual influences, assessment, and the facilitation of career exploration and development. Perspectives from both developed and developing world contexts consider traditional approaches to career education, as well as career development learning in childhood. The collaborations evident in the chapter authorship reflect the significant internationalisation of the field of child career development. The book synthesises key issues and presents innovative recommendations that will not only enhance our understanding of children's career development, but will set the agenda for the future of the field. It will be of key interest to researchers, academics and postgraduate students in the fields of career development, career guidance, education, childhood, child development and counselling.

The Place That Didn't Exist

The Place That Didn't Exist

Author: Mark Watson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/07/2017

Junior creative Tim Callaghan can hardly believe his luck when he's flown out to Dubai to supervise the filming of an advert for an international charity. He is immediately entranced by the city - a futuristic environment unlike anywhere he's ever been before, with an almost uncanny level of customer service. Shimmering and seductive, it seems as though nothing bad could ever happen in Dubai. But when a crew member is found dead in in mysterious circumstances, Tim learns that if a place seems too good to be true, it probably is . . .

The Traveling Circus

The Traveling Circus

Author: Mark Watson Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/10/2016

Career Exploration and Development in Childhood Perspectives from theory, practice and research

Career Exploration and Development in Childhood Perspectives from theory, practice and research

Author: Mark Watson Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/10/2016

Career Exploration and Development in Childhood presents chapters from leading figures in the field of childhood career exploration and development. The first substantive edited collection of its kind, this book makes an important contribution to our understanding of children's career development. It provides cutting-edge theory, research and practice for understanding and fostering career exploration and development during childhood, across a wide spectrum of international settings. Divided into five sections that reflect the authors' perspectives on critical aspects of children's career development, chapters include relevant research, as well as the practical application of concepts, issues and strategies for career interventions with children. The book includes sequential sections on theory, research, contextual influences, assessment, and the facilitation of career exploration and development. Perspectives from both developed and developing world contexts consider traditional approaches to career education, as well as career development learning in childhood. The collaborations evident in the chapter authorship reflect the significant internationalisation of the field of child career development. The book synthesises key issues and presents innovative recommendations that will not only enhance our understanding of children's career development, but will set the agenda for the future of the field. It will be of key interest to researchers, academics and postgraduate students in the fields of career development, career guidance, education, childhood, child development and counselling.

The Place That Didn't Exist

The Place That Didn't Exist

Author: Mark Watson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/07/2016

Junior creative Tim Callaghan can hardly believe his luck when he's flown out to Dubai to supervise the filming of an advert for an international charity. He is immediately entranced by the city - a futuristic environment unlike anywhere he's ever been before, with an almost uncanny level of customer service. Shimmering and seductive, it seems as though nothing bad could ever happen in Dubai. But when a crew member is found dead in in mysterious circumstances, Tim learns that if a place seems too good to be true, it probably is . . .

Dan and Sam

Dan and Sam

Author: Mark Watson Format: Paperback Release Date: 22/10/2015

Dan and Sam are a golden couple: happily married, owners of a popular London restaurant and looking forward to spending the rest of their lives together - until a tragedy changes everything. When Sam dies in his arms after an accident, Dan cannot imagine life without her. But love, it seems, is stronger than death and Dan is granted a reprieve - Sam can return to him for one night of the year, every year, until he falls in love again. And though Dan knows that no one could ever take Sam's place in his heart, he soon faces an impossible choice...

One Hundred Hotel Alpha Stories

One Hundred Hotel Alpha Stories

Author: Mark Watson Format: eBook Release Date: 04/06/2015

There's a story behind every door...Every room of the Hotel Alpha has witnessed hundreds of stories - some incidental, some life-changing and many of them intertwined in ways that the guests couldn't possibly know. Here, secrets are exposed, love lost and found, memories created and relived, and unforeseen consequences spiral. Characters from Mark Watson's novel Hotel Alpha are revealed in unexpected ways, and new ones make their mark on the thirty-year history of London's most extraordinary hotel. You can read these linked stories in any order and discover more at www.hotelalphastories.com

Hotel Alpha

Hotel Alpha

Author: Mark Watson Format: Paperback Release Date: 27/03/2015

Howard York - self-made man and founder of London's extraordinary Hotel Alpha - is one of those people who makes you feel that anything is possible. He is idolized by his blind adopted son, Chas, and Graham, the inimitable concierge, whose lives revolve around the Alpha. But when two mysterious disappearances raise questions that no one seems willing to answer, Chas and Graham must ask themselves whether Howard's vision of the perfect hotel has been built on secrets as well as dreams . . . Captivating, brilliant and full of surprises, Hotel Alpha is an ingenious novel about the incidental and life-changing ways in which we connect with one another. You can discover more about the hotel and its inhabitants in 100 extra stories at www.hotelalphastories.com.

The Year in Chicago Corruption 2014

The Year in Chicago Corruption 2014

Author: Mark Watson Format: Paperback Release Date: 21/02/2015

The Year in Chicago Corruption 2014 details a full year of day-by-day political and government corruption in Chicago, straight from the headlines of the city's local news outlets, all compiled in one book. You have to read it to believe it. And even then it's hard to believe.

Romantic Violence in R World

Romantic Violence in R World

Author: Mark Watson Format: Paperback Release Date: 27/01/2014

The unbelievable journey of an average Chicago teen from the world of sex, drugs and street gangs, through the empire of Chicago's political corruption, and into an underground spy network of American revolutionaries - emerging as one of the few survivors who lived to tell the story - the story of tomorrow's American revolution. WARNING: The following material contains violent and sexually explicit language and depictions. For mature audiences only.

The Knot

The Knot

Author: Mark Watson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/2013

Dominic Kitchen is a wedding photographer. Every Saturday since his career began in the sixties he has photographed a bride and groom on the happiest day of their lives, captured the moment they tied the knot forever, and then faded away into the background. But throughout his life, Dominic has felt a knot inside him tighten, threatening his own chance of a happy ever after. And as the years go by, it becomes more difficult to ignore, until the ties that bind threaten to tear him apart...

Mark Watson's Live Address To The Nation (Complete)

Mark Watson's Live Address To The Nation (Complete)

Author: Mark Watson Format: eBook Release Date: 01/06/2012

Following on from his hugely successful show Mark Watson Makes the World Substantially Better, Mark Watson's new series reignites his quest to improve the world, nimbly assisted by Tim Key and Tom Basden and with the additional help of the listening audience. Mark asks the big questions that are crucial to our understanding of ourselves and society, and in a dynamic and thought-provoking new format he opens the floor to the live audience and asks them to jump into the conversation via tweets and messages to work out how we can all make the world a better place. In these six episodes, he looks at Strength, Faith, Intelligence, Passion, Tolerance and Goodwill. Produced by Lianne Coop.

Career Development Global Issues & Challenges

Career Development Global Issues & Challenges

Author: Mark Watson Format: Hardback Release Date: 16/04/2012

Alien WIthin-Battle To Be Human

Alien WIthin-Battle To Be Human

Author: Mark Watson Format: eBook Release Date: 17/10/2011

Captain Ethan Lutz believes he's helped save the world, but has he actually assisted in its inevitable destruction?

A Light-hearted Look at Murder

A Light-hearted Look at Murder

Author: Mark Watson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/08/2008

Andreas is a German post-grad who looks like Hitler. Rose is the fifth tallest woman in Britain. Their tumultuous, bizarre love affair plays out through a prisoner's correspondence with the heartbroken Alexandra. And as Andreas' peculiar tragedy unveils, Alexandra begins to find solitude in an uncanny world of lookalikes and murder.

Bullet Points

Bullet Points

Author: Mark Watson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/02/2005

Psychologist Peter Kristal has a method for sorting out people's lives. By arranging their histories like the index entries in a biography, the sequences of cause and effect that have led to their particular neuroses are cunningly revealed. His technique gains him a modicum of success: a thriving practice in Chicago with a client list of thriving stars. But by concentrating on his rival Richard he is blind to the other factors which put both his life and the lives of others at risk...

Understanding UML The Developer's Guide

Understanding UML The Developer's Guide

Author: Mark Watson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/12/1997

The Unified Modeling Language (UML) is a third generation method for specifying, visualizing, and documenting an object-oriented system under development. It unifies the three leading object-oriented methods and others to serve as the basis for a common, stable, and expressive object-oriented development notation. As the complexity of software applications increases, so does the developer's need to design and analyze applications before developing them. This practical introduction to UML provides software developers with an overview of this powerful new design notation, and teaches Java programmers to analyse and design object-oriented applications using the UML notation.

Mark Watson Makes the World Substantially Better Series 2

Mark Watson Makes the World Substantially Better Series 2

Author: Mark Watson Format: eBook Release Date: 01/01/1970

He's saved us from the Seven Deadly Sins in his first radio series, In his second series he turns his attention to the Six Virtues. Using a mixture of stand-up, sketches and silly songs he'll guide us through six episodes featuring Courage, Patience, Generosity, Honesty, Diligence and Humility. He'll also be on hand with some useful tips (e.g. ignore peer pressure - unless of course you're a structural engineer who is building a pier, in which case don't put lives at risk!)Also starring one half of comedy act, 'The Cowards'; Tim Key 'The Poet' and Tom Basden 'The Musician'. 'Mark Watson Makes the World Substantially Better' will be a mixture of stand-up, sketches and songs. There'll be life-changing advice too - and even if this turns out to be bad advice, it'll still have good jokes in it. The show features Mark Watson, Tim Key and Tom Basden

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