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Samantha King - Author

About the Author

Samantha King is a former editor and also a qualified psychotherapist. After her childhood in the south-west of England, teenage years spent in the north-east and student days somewhere in between, she finally settled in west London where she enjoyed a career publishing other people's books, before going freelance and surrendering to a long-time urge to write her own. She lives with her husband and two young children, who inspired her to write The Choice, her debut novel. An English graduate and lifelong bookworm, Samantha is always fascinated to hear readers' opinions.

Featured books by Samantha King

The Choice

The Choice

Author: Samantha King Format: Hardback Release Date: 20/04/2017

Then: Madeleine lived for her children. She'd always believed she'd die for them, too. But on the morning of her twins' tenth birthday her love was put to the test when a killer knocked on their door and forced her to make a devastating choice: which child should live, and which should die - her son, or her daughter? Now: Madeleine stands silent on the periphery of her now fractured family, trying desperately to unravel why her world was so suddenly blown apart. But while everyday life continues around her, memories of everything leading up to that tragic day return in agonising flashes. And that's when she realises her family's life still hangs terrifyingly in the balance...

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Other books by Samantha King

The Sleepover a gripping and emotional thriller about every mother's worst nightmare

The Sleepover a gripping and emotional thriller about every mother's worst nightmare

Author: Samantha King Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/11/2019

'I was gripped . . . A real page-turning thriller' Susan Lewis 'Intense and twisty . . . I loved this book!' Karen Dionne 'An absolute page turner . . . fast-paced, relentlessly tense and terrifying' Claire Allan It was meant to be the best night of her son's life . . . Was it his last? Izzy is thrilled when her shy, 12-year-old son is invited for his first sleepover. Nick has spent years being isolated and picked on; he deserves a night of fun and friendship. But Izzy is also nervous: it's a year to the day since bullies put Nick in hospital. She drops him off at his new best friend's house with mixed feelings. Arriving to collect him the following morning, her worst fears come true . . . Nick isn't there. Who has taken her son? And will she ever get him back? A gripping and emotional psychological thriller from the Top Ten ebook bestselling author, perfect for fans of The Friend by Teresa Driscoll and What You Did by Claire McGowan. Praise for Samantha King 'Taunt, tense and very clever' Claire Douglas, bestselling author of Last Seen Alive 'Absolutely loved this book! A real psycho thriller that had me gasping and even wanting to hide at times' Susan Lewis, bestselling author of One Minute Later 'Exceptional . . . A first class, gripping triumph' Claire Allan, bestselling author of Her Name Was Rose 'Astonishing . . . utterly unputdownable' Karen Dionne, international bestseller and author of The Wicked Sister 'Nail-biting' Saskia Sarginson, bestselling author of The Twins 'I raced through it . . . It is BRILLIANT!' Lisa Hall, author of The Party 'Tense, gripping, emotional, shocking, mind-twisting' Alex Caan, author of First to Die 'Completely gripping . . . had me glued to the pages' Jenny Oliver, author of The House We Called Home 'Draws you right in from the first page . . . packs a devastating emotional punch' Eleanor Moran, author of Too Close to Comfort

Messy Eating Conversations on Animals as Food

Messy Eating Conversations on Animals as Food

Author: Samantha King Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/06/2019

Literature on the ethics and politics of food and that on human-animal relationships have infrequently converged. Representing an initial step toward bridging this divide, Messy Eating features interviews with thirteen prominent and emerging scholars about the connections between their academic work and their approach to consuming animals as food. The collection explores how authors working across a range of perspectives-postcolonial, Indigenous, black, queer, trans, feminist, disability, poststructuralist, posthumanist, and multispecies-weave their theoretical and political orientations with daily, intimate, and visceral practices of food consumption, preparation, and ingestion. Each chapter introduces a scholar for whom the tangled, contradictory character of human-animal relations raises difficult questions about what they eat. Representing a departure from canonical animal rights literature, most authors featured in the collection do not make their food politics or identities explicit in their published work. While some interviewees practice vegetarianism or veganism, and almost all decry the role of industrialized animal agriculture in the environmental crisis, the contributors tend to reject a priori ethical codes and politics grounded in purity, surety, or simplicity. Remarkably free of proscriptions, but attentive to the Eurocentric tendencies of posthumanist animal studies, Messy Eating reveals how dietary habits are unpredictable and dynamic, shaped but not determined by life histories, educational trajectories, disciplinary homes, activist experiences, and intimate relationships. These accessible and engaging conversations offer rare and often surprising insights into pressing social issues through a focus on the mundane-and messy- interactions that constitute the professional, the political, and the personal. Contributors: Neel Ahuja, Billy-Ray Belcourt, Matthew Calarco, Lauren Corman, Naisargi Dave, Maneesha Deckha, Maria Elena Garcia, Sharon Holland, Kelly Struthers Montford, H. Peter Steeves, Kim TallBear, Sunaura Taylor, Harlan Weaver, Kari Weil, Cary Wolfe

Messy Eating Conversations on Animals as Food

Messy Eating Conversations on Animals as Food

Author: Samantha King Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/06/2019

Literature on the ethics and politics of food and that on human-animal relationships have infrequently converged. Representing an initial step toward bridging this divide, Messy Eating features interviews with thirteen prominent and emerging scholars about the connections between their academic work and their approach to consuming animals as food. The collection explores how authors working across a range of perspectives-postcolonial, Indigenous, black, queer, trans, feminist, disability, poststructuralist, posthumanist, and multispecies-weave their theoretical and political orientations with daily, intimate, and visceral practices of food consumption, preparation, and ingestion. Each chapter introduces a scholar for whom the tangled, contradictory character of human-animal relations raises difficult questions about what they eat. Representing a departure from canonical animal rights literature, most authors featured in the collection do not make their food politics or identities explicit in their published work. While some interviewees practice vegetarianism or veganism, and almost all decry the role of industrialized animal agriculture in the environmental crisis, the contributors tend to reject a priori ethical codes and politics grounded in purity, surety, or simplicity. Remarkably free of proscriptions, but attentive to the Eurocentric tendencies of posthumanist animal studies, Messy Eating reveals how dietary habits are unpredictable and dynamic, shaped but not determined by life histories, educational trajectories, disciplinary homes, activist experiences, and intimate relationships. These accessible and engaging conversations offer rare and often surprising insights into pressing social issues through a focus on the mundane-and messy- interactions that constitute the professional, the political, and the personal. Contributors: Neel Ahuja, Billy-Ray Belcourt, Matthew Calarco, Lauren Corman, Naisargi Dave, Maneesha Deckha, Maria Elena Garcia, Sharon Holland, Kelly Struthers Montford, H. Peter Steeves, Kim TallBear, Sunaura Taylor, Harlan Weaver, Kari Weil, Cary Wolfe

The Choice the gripping ebook bestseller about a mother's impossible choice

The Choice the gripping ebook bestseller about a mother's impossible choice

Author: Samantha King Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/05/2017

***THE TOP-TEN EBOOK BESTSELLER*** 'Absolutely loved this book!' Susan Lewis, bestselling author of One Minute Later For fans of The Guilty Mother by Diane Jeffrey and The Silent Ones by K. L. Slater, The Choice is a hypnotic suspense debut that explores the terrifying Sophie's Choice scenario: What if you had to choose between your children? Then: Madeleine lived for her children. She'd always believed she'd die for them too. But on the morning of her twins' tenth birthday her love was put to the test when a killer knocked on their door and forced her to make a devastating choice: which child should live, and which should die - her son, or her daughter? Now: Madeleine stands silent on the periphery of her fractured family, trying desperately to unravel why her world was so suddenly blown apart. But as memories of everything leading up to that tragic day return in agonising flashes, she begins to realise her family's life still hangs terrifyingly in the balance... 'Astonishing' Karen Dionne 'Nail-biting' Saskia Sarginson 'Amazing' Susan Lewis 'Tense' Claire Douglas 'Brilliant' Lisa Hall 'Mind-twisting' Alex Caan 'Exceptional' Claire Allan 'Enthralling' Liz Loves Books 'Devastating' Eleanor Moran 'Addictive' Netgalley reviewer ***Pre-order Samantha King's gripping new novel, The Sleepover, now***

The Choice

The Choice

Author: Samantha King Format: Hardback Release Date: 20/04/2017

Then: Madeleine lived for her children. She'd always believed she'd die for them, too. But on the morning of her twins' tenth birthday her love was put to the test when a killer knocked on their door and forced her to make a devastating choice: which child should live, and which should die - her son, or her daughter? Now: Madeleine stands silent on the periphery of her now fractured family, trying desperately to unravel why her world was so suddenly blown apart. But while everyday life continues around her, memories of everything leading up to that tragic day return in agonising flashes. And that's when she realises her family's life still hangs terrifyingly in the balance...

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Born to Love, Cursed to Feel

Born to Love, Cursed to Feel

Author: Samantha King Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/10/2016

For fans of r.h. Sin comes a new voice, Samantha King's raw, relatable poetry both celebrates love and mourns the human curse to feel. Her verse transports readers to the most private reaches of love and longing. Born to Love, Cursed to Feel is about love-the good, the bad, and the confusing. It touches on morals and how when emotions are involved it's not as black and white. The poetry is frequently written in a narrative manner that evocatively pulls you in and makes you feel. This book is about falling in love, bad decisions, and ultimately growth. The essence of it all is to show that no matter how far one falls all the mistakes don't have to be what defines them. * Samantha King has 83,000 Instagram followers * Samantha King is the girlfriend of R.H. Sin whose Twitter account has 635,000 followers, including Jim Gaffigan and Calvin Reid of PW; Her Instagram has 350,000 followers, including Rhonda Rousey * R.H. Sin will use his social media following by promoting this book and Samantha King's poetry * A book you can give to a friend or loved one to help them through the tumultuous trials of life and love

Pink Ribbons, Inc. Breast Cancer and the Politics of Philanthropy

Pink Ribbons, Inc. Breast Cancer and the Politics of Philanthropy

Author: Samantha King Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/05/2008

Samantha King explains how, beyond being an all-too-frequent and still-too-lethal disease for many women, breast cancer is a corporate dream come true. -Herizons Fascinating. King's deft and thoughtful interpretation of the pink ribbon phenomenon is an important wake-up call. Going against the grain, she takes a clear-eyed look at a trend that often seems to outshine the disease that put it on the map. -Women's Review of Books King's criticisms of breast-cancer philanthropy provide a new means of looking at one of our culture's most celebrated causes. For anyone who has ever squirreled away yogurt lids for the cause, Pink Ribbons, Inc. is food for thought. -Bitch A fascinating read for anyone whose life has been touched by breast cancer. -Curve Breast cancer advocacy is being transformed from meaningful civic participation into purchasing products. To understand the personal, social, and political costs, read this book. -Barbara Brenner, Executive Director of Breast Cancer Action In Pink Ribbons, Inc., Samantha King traces how breast cancer has been transformed from a stigmatized disease and individual tragedy to a market-driven industry of survivorship. Here, for the first time, King questions the effectiveness and legitimacy of privately funded efforts to stop the epidemic among American women. Highly revelatory-at times shocking-Pink Ribbons, Inc. challenges the commercialization of the breast cancer movement. Samantha King is associate professor of physical and health education and women's studies at Queen's University, in Kingston, Ontario