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Sam Baker grew up in Hampshire and after a degree in politics at Birmingham University became a journalist. She has edited some of the UK’s biggest magazines and was Editor in Chief of Red for six years. In 2015 she co-founded The Pool, the online platform that makes inspiring and original content for busy women.
Sam is married to the novelist Jon Courtenay Grimwood and lives in Winchester.
Photograph © Sarah Dunn
One of our Books of the Year 2016. The prologue paints a vivid picture of a house fire, of the naked female narrator escaping, of falling over a dead body and just getting out. It is very dramatic. She, Helen, runs, she rents a dilapidated house in Yorkshire, she hides. The nosey villagers contain a recently retired journalist. He becomes intrigues and then obsessed by Helen. He needs to unearth her story. This is strong stuff. A psychological thriller of some note, compulsive, dramatic and hypnotic. Helen was a war photographer and the strength of this tale is in illustrating the damage that such a job can do to the human soul. It is very frightening, very well told. Highly recommended. ~ Sarah Broadhurst February 2016 Book of the Month.
Nicci Morrison was always the first of her friends to do everything! But she wasn't meant to be the first to die. But when she does, little does she know the impact her decisions in life would have on her best friends with whom she leaves her most treasured possessions including a husband, two kids and her garden! A fun and feel-good novel tinged with sadness but altogether a great read.
October 2009 Good Housekeeping selection. Former Cosmopolitan editor Sam Baker has first-hand experience of the very tricky businessof stepmother-hood. Now in her 40s, she became a stepmother, ‘the most loathed of fairy-tale baddies’, at just 26. In this feisty female-support fiction, each of her group of five women – Eve, Clare, Mel, Mandy and Chloe – has her own way of managing the complexities of 21st-century family life – living with the ghosts of dead wives, looking after little ones, and nursing the big ones’ egos…
New York, London and Milan are the backdrops for this fast paced slickly written high heeled murder mystery. Journalist Annie Anderson's undercover investigations into the darker side of the fashion industry take a shocking and personal turn when someone she is writing about is shot in front of her â€“ but is it murder? Slip off your â€˜Manoloâ€™sâ€™ crack open some â€˜Bollyâ€™ and enjoy all the bitching and backbiting as well as trying to solve the who dunit â€“ itâ€™s this season's must read â€˜Darlingâ€™
'I NEED this book. We ALL need this book! If menopause happened to men, there would be CELEBRATIONS and parties every time one of them completed their change.' MARIAN KEYES 'this is quite simply *brilliant* - powerful, brimming with integrity, inspiring, the politics of anger and what it means when we refuse to be invisible. Every woman (whatever her age) should buy, borrow, lend a copy' KATE MOSSE 'This is such a painfully beautiful look at the menopause in all its complexity. As honest as it is insightful, this is the first book I've read about later womanhood that exchanges shame and fear for truth and celebration... does for 40-something women what the honest parenting movement did for mothers.' ANNA WHITEHOUSE, founder, Mother Pukka 'great pace and feisty content. It will be a great help to women to see their lives mirrored and not feel like they are going mad... bold and funny.' CARYN FRANKLIN The essential manifesto for any woman staring the second half of their lives in the face and wondering, WTF is going on? * Invisible to society now you're past child-bearing age? * Tired of being disregarded, overlooked and underestimated? * Wondering what the hell is happening to your body, mind and internal thermostat? Women over forty are the most ignored demographic in society. And yet this is the time when you are likely to have the most freedom, power, confidence and self knowledge than ever before. Some serious life has been lived: there have been great loves, heartbreaks, births, marriages, careers, betrayals, bereavements and survival. So what now? What happens when the narrative given to you by society - husband, babies, house - runs out and you become storyless? Including chapters on menopause, sex, culture, work, rage and freedom, writer and journalist Sam Baker shares her experiences of life post 40 and shows how women to create their own story. This needn't herald the era of loose clothing and hair dye; or hot flashes and bad sleep (though there is that too). It's time women north of 40 took a leaf out of the millennial handbook and reinvented things our way. Harness your energy, opinions and power and create a liberating new narrative for the second half of life.
They were going to win the war together. But today, the war won her.There are many things they call the Variants . . . diseased, dangerous, cursed. But to Rickey and the other Variant fighters, it's not true. The Pures have attempted to destroy the Variant people for nearly a century. After the first three Variant Wars, the Variants are barely surviving their war-torn world. The inhuman things they can do strikes fear in the hearts of the Pures. And now, some anti-Variant groups like the Patrol have vowed to exterminate the Variants.How far will the Variants go until they stop trying? How long will they fight to defend their people? These are the raw truths of the Variant Wars. This is what the people must do to protect their family and friends in the face of disaster. No one will survive without cost, and some may not survive at all. This is the story of the Fourth Variant War. This is the story of its prisoners.
Journey through a forever Christmas land and fight candy cane monsters. Open questionable gift boxes full of snow. Cozy up by the fireplace with a warm cup of Isabella's Coffee. Walk with a teen through an unfamiliar world after he wishes he never met his best friend. Run through the forest with an English Princess and wonder what she is running from. Help a lost traveler find their way home in the snow follow us to Winter Neverland!
'Wildly gripping and unputdownable. This is a brilliant book' Marian KeyesHow do you escape what you can't remember?What is making Helen Graham so jumpy and evasive? Newly arrived in a tiny Yorkshire village, she finds the locals' curiosity her worst nightmare.Looking over her shoulder every day, she tries to piece together her past before it can catch up with her. But with everything she knows in fragments, from her marriage to her career as a war photographer, how can she work out who to trust and what to believe? Most days she can barely remember who she is...She can run. But can she hide?Praise for The Woman Who Ran:'Disquieting, thought-provoking ...keeps twisting and turning as it hurtles towards a hair-raising climax'Guardian'Clever and absorbing'Stylist'Superbly executed, with a creeping sense of dread that builds to an explosive finish' Clare Mackintosh, author of I Let You Go
You can't choose your family - but you can choose your friends... A heartfelt, warm and truthful novel about female friendship. Eve has never imagined herself as a stepmother. But when she falls in love with Ian, he comes with a ready-made family of three children. And, to make matters worse, he's a widower. The ghost of his glamorous and well known wife haunts them. Clare, a teacher and single mother, is Eve's best friend. She is the only person Eve can talk to about how on earth a journalist in her thirties can win round three wary children. But despite Clare's years of practice with her own teenage daughter, it's Lily, her younger sister, who provides the truly sympathetic ear. Mel is sent along to Eve's so-called 'support group' by a colleague. With a fledgling relationship and a new business to get off the ground, she has a very different set of pressures to the other women. And Mandy is the stay-at-home mum, whose relationship comes with stepchildren, and who wants more than anything to stitch together a happy family life for herself, her kids and her new step-kids. As a cup of coffee turns to a bottle of wine and the get-togethers become a regular fixture, conversations about new families evolve into ones about relationships, life and each woman's deepest hopes and dreams. But the friendship is tested and feelings about lovers, husbands and step-children challenged when the five women are forced to confront new futures as well as unwelcome figures from the past...