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Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts at the Hay Festival on 5 June 2012. From his impoverished childhood in Harlem and Jamaica, through his meteoric rise as an international calypso star, provocative crossover into Hollywood where he broke down many racial barriers, passionate lifelong involvement in the civil rights movement and myriad other social causes, to his personal struggles and rich friendships, this is a remarkable, multifaceted and hugely inspirational story.
Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts at the Hay Festival on 5 June 2012. We loved her debut Heresy, with the ex-monk turned secret agent Giordano Bruno and the follow up historical mystery, Sacrilege, is just as gripping. Assassinations, threats of plague and dark secrets hidden in the crypt of Canterbury Cathedral prove a formidable challenge for renaissance man Bruno, who is also battling with demons of his own. If you enjoy authors like C J Sansom then we think you will find it hard to resist.
Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts at the Hay Festival on 4 June 2012. Offers a non-religious alternative to the many people who do not follow one of the world's great religions. This title covers: Genesis ; Proverbs ; Histories ; Songs ; Wisdom Acts ; The Lawgiver Lamentations ; Concord Consolations ; Sages ; and, The Good Parables .
Winner of the Galaxy Book of the Year 2010. Now a film starring Anne Hathaway as Emma and Jim Sturgess as Dexter. Two people meet on the last day of university and forge a friendship which the reader follows on the same day of the year, every year, for the next twenty years. Emma and Dexter are so believable, so simply and eloquently drawn that you will take them to your heart. You will laugh and you will cry and if you don’t you are a hard, hard person!! Absolutely brilliant! You can now vote for the overall Galaxy Book of the Year 2010 - click here to find out how and cast your vote.
Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 23 February 2012. One of Richard Bacon's favourite books. A 2011 World Book Night selection. Winner of the Galaxy Book of the Year 2010. Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 6 May 2010. Now a film starring Anne Hathaway as Emma and Jim Sturgess as Dexter. Two people meet on the last day of university and forge a friendship which the reader follows on the same day of the year, every year, for the next twenty years. Emma and Dexter are so believable, so simply and eloquently drawn that you will take them to your heart. You will laugh and you will cry and if you don’t you are a hard, hard person!! Absolutely brilliant! Our Editorial Guru, Sarah Broadhurst, has suggested others book and authors that would be perfect for you to read next or to pass on the recommendation - so your gift will keep on giving enjoyment. Her selections for this title are: Jonathan Coe, Nick Hornby.
Shortlisted for the Specsavers National Book Awards 'International Author of the Year' 2012. Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts at the Hay Festival on 3 June 2012. The New York Times Bestseller, acclaimed by author such as Freakonomics co-author Steven D. Levitt, Black Swan author Nassim Nicholas Taleb and Nudge co-author Richard Thaler, Thinking Fast and Slow offers a whole new look at the way our minds work, and how we make decisions. Why is there more chance we'll believe something if it's in a bold type face? Why are judges more likely to deny parole before lunch? Why do we assume a good-looking person will be more competent? The answer lies in the two ways we make choices: fast, intuitive thinking, and slow, rational thinking.
Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts at the Hay Festival on 3 June 2012. After the disappearance of their father and the sudden death of their mother, Lee Hart and his deaf brother, Ned, imagine all is lost until Lee lands a traineeship at their local funeral home and discovers there is life after death. Here, in the company of a crooning ex-publican, a closet pole vaulter, a terminally-ill hearse driver, and the dead of their local town, old wounds begin to heal and love arrives as a beautiful florist aboard a 'Fleurtations' delivery van. But death is closer than Lee Hart thinks. Somewhere among the quiet lanes and sleepy farms something else is waiting. And it is closing in. Don't bring your work home with you, that's what they say. Too late.
Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts at the Hay Festival on 2 June 2012. Matilda's parents have called her some terrible things. The truth is, she's a genius and they're the stupid ones. Matilda is determined to get her own back and soon discovers she has a very special power.
Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts at the Hay Festival on 2 June 2012. This sparkling new history of London, told through a relay-race of great Londoners shows in one, personality-packed book that the ingenuity, diversity, creativity and enterprise of London are second to none.
Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 31 May 2012. Kate Williams reveals how the 25-year-old young Queen carved out a lasting role for herself amid the changes of the twentieth century. Her monarchy would be a very different one to that of her parents and grandparents. And its continuing popularity in the twenty-first century owes much to the intelligence and elusive personality of this remarkable woman.
Shortlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2013. Winner of the Costa Book of the Year 2012. With her dazzling, utterly absorbing style of writing Bring Up the Bodies focuses on the downfall and destruction of the charismatic Anne Boleyn. This is the sequel to the 2009 Man Booker-winning Wolf Hall the second in what will be a Tudor trilogy. The final book will be called The Mirror & the Light, and will continue Thomas Cromwell's story until his execution in 1540. Winner of the Man Booker Prize 2012. Winner of the Costa Novel Award 2012. Winner of the Specsavers National Book Awards 'UK Author of the Year' 2012. May 2012 MEGA Book of the Month. Sir Peter Stothard, Chair of Man Booker Prize 2012 judging panel, on Bring Up the Bodies... ‘This double accolade is uniquely deserved. Hilary Mantel has rewritten the rules for historical fiction. In Bring up the Bodies, our greatest modern writer retells the origins of modern England.’' Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts at the Hay Festival on 2 June 2012.
June 2012 Book of the Month. A fascinating novel. In one way comforting, as you find yourself back in the village of Lansquenet-sous-Tannes for a third time (Chocolat and The Lollipop Shoes). In another challenging and a little unsettling, as Harris addresses how the religion of Islam can be used as an excuse for segregation and certain behaviour. Unsurprisingly it is handled incredibly well and she delivers a satisfying read that we think would be a great reading group choice as well. Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 24 May 2012. Listen to an audio extract by clicking on the orange arrow below. Peaches for Monsieur le Curé by Joanne Harris by Random House Audiobooks
From the son of the former Archbishop of Canterbury, this is the first of The Grantchester Mysteries, six detective novels spanning thirty years of British history - from the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953 to the wedding of Charles and Diana in 1981 - featuring the unforgettable vicar and sleuth, Sidney Chambers.
With the flair for narrative and the meticulous research that readers have come to expect, Andrew Marr turns his attention to the monarch and to the monarchy, chronicling the Queen's pivotal role at the centre of the state, which is largely hidden from the public gaze, and making a strong case for the institution itself. June 2012 Non-Fiction Book of the Month. Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 31 May 2012.
Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 24 May 2012. Jeremy Deller was born in London in 1966 and studied History of Art at the Courtauld Institute of Art and Sussex University. He won the Turner Prize in 2004 for his installation Memory Bucket (2003) a documentary about Crawford, Texas the hometown of George W Bush, and the siege in nearby Waco. Acting as curator, producer or director, his expansive approach to making art is based on participation and collaboration often with groups outside of mainstream cultural and social activity. One of his most acclaimed projects, The Battle of Orgreave, recreated an important event during the 1984/5 miners strike with original participants and historical re-enactment societies. His work is represented by The Modern Institute, Glasgow and Gavin Brown's Enterprise, New York.
Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 24 May 2012. A warts and all tale of Gary Kemp's life, from his early years spent trying to kill his little brother, Martin, through the hedonistic 80’s, riding high in one of the most successful pop bands of the time. A fascinating life full of highs and lows told with wit and charm.
Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 17 May 2012. July 1934. A woman's torso is found in a trunk at Brighton railway station's left luggage office. Her identity is never established, her killer never caught. But someone is keeping a diary. July 2009. Ambitious radio journalist Kate Simpson hopes to solve the notorious Brighton Trunk Murder, and she enlists the help of ex-Chief Constable Robert Watts, whose role in the recent botched armed-police operation in Milldean, Brighton''s notorious no-go area, cost him his job.
Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 17 May 2012. This is my story, the story of an Arab woman. It is the story of a lost world. It begins in 1917, in Lebanon, when I was seven years old. So opens this haunting memoir by Wadad Makdisi Cortas, who eloquently describes her personal experience of the events that have fractured the Middle East over the past century. Through Cortas eyes we experience life in Lebanon under the oppressive French mandate, and her desire to forge an Arab identity based on religious tolerance. We learn of her dedication to the education of women, and the difficulties that she overcomes to become the principal of a school in Lebanon. And in final, heartbreaking detail, we watch as her world becomes rent by the Palestine question, Western interference, and civil war. The World I Loved is both an elegy on Lebanon and her people, and the unforgettable story of one womans journey from hope to sorrow as she bears painful witness to the undoing of her beloved country by sectarian and religious division.
Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 10 May 2012. The coruscatingly original debut novel from one of Britain's best young comedians.
Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 10 May 2012. Featuring a cast of noble seamen, murderous pirates and stories of love, valour and terrible cruelty, Silver is a worthy sequel to Treasure Island - one of the greatest adventure stories ever told - and a work of extraordinary authenticity and imaginative power from one of England's greatest writers.
Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 10 May 2012. Set half in Doncaster, half in London, this is a very funny riff on modern values, featuring hamsters, cockroaches, poodles, a Chicken and multiplying rabbits, told by Marina Lewycka in her unique and brilliant combination of irony, farce and wit.
Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 29 March 2012. D-Day, 6 June 1944, the turning point of the Second World War, was a victory of arms. But it was also a triumph for a different kind of operation: one of deceit, aimed at convincing the Nazis that Calais and Norway, not Normandy, were the targets of the 150,000-strong invasion force. The deception involved every branch of Allied wartime intelligence - the Bletchley Park code-breakers, MI5, MI6, SOE, Scientific Intelligence, the FBI and the French Resistance. But at its heart was the 'Double Cross System', a team of double agents controlled by the secret Twenty Committee, so named because twenty in Roman numerals forms a double cross. The key D-Day spies were just five in number, and one of the oddest military units ever assembled: a bisexual Peruvian playgirl, a tiny Polish fighter pilot, a Serbian seducer, a wildly imaginative Spaniard with a diploma in chicken farming, and a hysterical Frenchwoman whose obsessive love for her pet dog very nearly wrecked the entire deception. Their enterprise was saved from catastrophe by a shadowy sixth spy whose heroic sacrifice is here revealed for the first time. Under the direction of an eccentric but brilliant intelligence officer in tartan trousers, working from a smoky lair in St James's, these spies would weave a web of deception so intricate that it ensnared Hitler's army and helped to carry thousands of troops across the Channel in safety. These double agents were, variously, brave, treacherous, fickle, greedy and inspired.
Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 29 March 2012. Dead Rich is a black comedy, a cautionary tale for our times.
Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 29 March 2012. This is the story of Alex James's transition from a leading light of the Britpop movement in the 1990s, to gentleman farmer, artisan cheese-maker and father of five.
Shortlisted for the Specsavers National Book Awards 'UK Author of the Year' 2012. Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 22 March 2012. Capital is a post-crash state-of-the nation novel told with compassion and humour, featuring a cast of characters that you will be sad to leave behind.
Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 22 March 2012. The Woman Who Went to Bed for a Year is a funny and touching novel about what happens when someone refuses to be the person everyone expects them to be. Sue Townsend, Britain's funniest writer for over three decades, has written a brilliant novel that hilariously deconstructs modern family life. Please note that this title is also available as an unabridged audiobook narrated by Caroline Quentin. Click here to find out more.
Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 15 March 2012. Weaving her rise to fame and recollections of the 2-tone phenomenon with her moving search for her birth parents, Black By Design is a funny and enlightening memoir of music and roots. Click here to visit the Pauline Black's website and to see a video interview with her.
Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 15 March 2012. A World Book Day 2012 Quick Read. From the number one bestselling author comes a swashbuckling tale of mutiny and murder in paradise ...
Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 15 March 2012. For too long non-believers have faced a stark choice between either swallowing peculiar doctrines or doing away with consoling and beautiful rituals and ideas. At last Alain de Botton has fashioned a far more interesting and truly helpful alternative.
Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 8 March 2012. A thrilling, plot-twisting new novel set in Europe during the first world war, from the bestselling author of Any Human Heart, Restless and Ordinary Thunderstorms.
March 2012 Book of the Month. Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 8 March 2012. John O’Farrell’s novels are consistently funny, poking a stick at middle clash angst and embarrassing social situations. These are delivered in spades in this poignant and, at times, hilarious story of a man who simply forgets 30 years of his personal life. If you have never read any of John’s fiction books then don’t miss his provocative and highly entertaining May Contain Nuts.
Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 8 March 2012. A typical day for Daphne involves rescuing baby elephants from poachers, finding homes for orphan elephants, all the while campaigning against the possibility that the ivory trade might be re-opened. This title presents a memoir of her life. A note from the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust*... 'Daphne Sheldrick is the first person ever to have successfully hand-reared newborn elephants. Her deep empathy and understanding, her years of observing Kenya’s rich variety of wildlife and her pioneering work in perfecting the right husbandry and milk formula have saved countless elephants, rhinos and other baby animals from certain death. In this heart-warming and poignant memoir, Daphne shares her amazing relationships with a host of orphans, including her first love, Bushy, a liquid-eyed antelope; Rickey-Tickey-Tavey, a little dwarf mongoose; Gregory Peck, the busy buffalo weaver bird; Hupperty, the mischievous zebra, and the majestic elephant Eleanor, now a powerful matriarch with whom Daphne has shared over forty years of great friendship. But this is also a magical and heart-breaking human love story between Daphne and David Sheldrick, the famous Tsavo Park warden. It was their deep and passionate love, David’s extraordinary insight into all aspects of nature and the tragedy of his early death that have inspired Daphne’s vast array of achievements, most notably the founding of the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust and the Orphans’ Nursery in the Nairobi National Park, where Daphne continues to live and work to this day. Encompassing not only David and Daphne’s tireless campaign for an end to poaching and conserving Kenya’s wildlife, but above all their ability to engage with the human side of animals and their rearing of the orphans expressly so they can return to the wild. An African Love Story is alive with love, compassion and humour, providing a rare insight into the life of one of the world’s most remarkable women.' * The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust is dedicated to the protection and conservation of wildlife and habitats in Kenya. Best known for the rescue and hand-rearing of milk dependent orphaned baby elephants and rhinos, so that they can return to the wild when grown, the DSWT also manages anti-poaching teams, mobile veterinary units and community outreach programs. You may have seen the DSWT elephant orphans’ project featured in the BBC One series ‘Elephant Diaries’ or more recently ‘Nature’s Miracle Babies’, as well as the IMAX film Born to be Wild 3D, currently in 3D cinemas.
Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 1 March 2012. Best-selling War Horse, a magnificent First World War story of human and animal courage on the battle field in the face of deadly danger will shortly be a film following its sell-out adaptation as a play. This film tie-in edition has the benefit of stunning stills from the film including on its striking cover which makes it especially appealing. Anthony Horowitz on Michael Morpurgo: 'Michael Morpurgo is the most solid, classical of children's authors. He sits outside the series-driven blockbusters so beloved of publishers nowadays: he hasn't created a Harry Potter or an Alex Rider – and I admire him for resisting that. We are opposite sides of the same coin and, although his work has never influenced mine, I admire the eloquent, considered voice of his best books. He has an unerring moral compass – his schoolteacher past has never quite left him – and books such as War Horse and The Butterfly Lion have a strong social concience and an honesty that makes them universal.' (The Guardian)
Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 23 February 2012. Acclaimed actor and writer Simon Callow captures the essence of Charles Dickens in a sparkling biography that explores the central importance of the theatre to the life of the greatest storyteller in the English language.
Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 15 December 2011. Jeanette Winterson: In 1985 Jeanette Winterson's first novel, Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit , was published. It tells the story of a young girl adopted by Pentecostal parents. The girl is supposed to grow up and be a missionary. Instead she falls in love with a woman. Disaster. Written when Jeanette was only twenty-five, her novel went on to win the Whitbread First Novel award, become an international bestseller and inspire an award-winning BBC television adaptation. Oranges was semi-autobiographical. Mrs Winterson, a thwarted giantess, loomed over that novel and its author's life. When Jeanette finally left her home, at sixteen, because she was in love with a woman, Mrs Winterson asked her: why be happy when you could be normal? This book is the story of a life's work to find happiness. It is a book full of stories: about a girl locked out of her home, sitting on the doorstep all night; about a tyrant in place of a mother, who has two sets of false teeth and a revolver in the duster drawer, waiting for Armageddon; about growing up in an northern industrial town now changed beyond recognition, part of a community now vanished; and, about the Universe as a Cosmic Dustbin. It is the story of how the painful past Jeanette Winterson thought she had written over and repainted returned to haunt her later life, and sent her on a journey into madness and out again, in search of her real mother. It is also a book about other people's stories, showing how fiction and poetry can form a string of guiding lights, a life-raft which supports us when we are sinking.
Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 15 December 2011. This is the remarkable story of a lost time. But Highclere remains and in this book, Fiona weaves Almina's journey and those of her family into the heritage and history of one of England's most exquisite Victorian castles.
Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 15 December 2011. With Jacqueline Wilson's trademark wit and humour, she has once again delivered a wonderfully moving story of life for a foundling, Hetty Feather, in Victorian London. In this second book featuring Hetty, we get to meet Hetty's mother who has found her and Hetty hopes that it means a new life and not just a new name, to Sapphire... Click here for the first adventure.
Under the watchful eye of DCS James Langton, DCI Anna Travis takes charge of an investigation for the first time. But is it purely a missing person's case - or a full blown murder enquiry? An ominous pool of blood and no victim lead Anna on a desperate hunt for a man who has disappeared without trace. As Anna becomes obsessed with seemingly irrelevant details, Langton fears that she is losing control. They still have no body and Anna is under increasing pressure to make an arrest...
Shortlisted for the Specsavers Bestseller Dagger 2012. November 2011 Book of the Month. Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 8 December 2011. Shortlisted for the Galaxy UK Author of the Year Award 2011. The first official new Sherlock Holmes mystery, written by global bestseller Anthony Horowitz. With devilish plotting and excellent characterisation, Anthony Horowitz delivers a first-rate Sherlock Holmes mystery for a modern readership whilst remaining utterly true to the spirit of the original Conan Doyle books. Sherlock Holmes is back with all the nuance, pace and powers of deduction that make him the world's greatest and most celebrated detective.
Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 1 December 2011. With startling originality and impeccable research, this groundbreaking book shows how magic, in the deepest sense, helped to create the modern world, and how profoundly it is still inscribed in the way we think today.
Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 1 December 2011. What are things made of? What is the sun? Why is there night and day, winter and summer? Why do bad things happen? Are we alone? Have you heard the tale of how the sun hatched out of an emu's egg? Has anyone ever told you that earthquakes are caused by a sneezing giant? This title answers all these questions.
Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 1 December 2011. A rather different star-studded yet spiritual autobiography. From Hollywood to Corrie via Shakespeare and Celebrity Big Brother, Stephanie Beacham really has been there and done that. In this candid and witty memoir she writes about all of the things you would expect but also of her deep spiritual journey and her belief in reincarnation, it’s an inspiring and fascinating read.
Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 24 November 2011. In this, the first full-scale biography of Mary Boleyn, Alison Weir explodes much of the mythology that surrounds her subject and uncovers the facts about one of the most misunderstood figures of the Tudor age.
Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 24 November 2011. Written in Livingstone's unmistakable voice, by turns angrily sincere about social justice, wickedly droll and gossipy, and surprisingly wistful about people he has known and loved, this is a hugely important and remarkable book from one of the very few respected politicians at work today.
Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 24 November 2011. If the first page doesn’t make you want to read on then this isn’t the book for you. It’s violent and to the point – it’s psychological suspense at its best and provides a window into a school where respect for others doesn’t appear to exist but why? Jackson is determined to find out and investigating a teacher’s death might just do it.
Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 17 November 2011. When Myrtle's husband, Austin, dies on the bus one morning, everything seems to freeze. But in reality Myrtle has been frozen for nearly forty years, locked into an emotionless marriage. So if the barriers have been lifted, why does she still feel trapped?
Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 17 November 2011. Former Children’s Laureate Michael Rosen’s wonderfully touching and witty poems take readers through many familiar family moments such as Dad loosing his glasses in 'Where are his Glasses?' as well as some wildly inventive experiences as in 'A Dangerous Raisin'. Interspersing the poems Rosen adds different versions of his classic 'Down Behind the Dustbin' as a refrain adding many witty variations. There are also some excellent Michael Rosen remixes of classic nursery rhymes.
Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 17 November 2011. October 2011 Book of the Month. The exciting new novel from the phenomenal No. 1 bestselling author is a powerfully addictive read. Shocking, hard-hitting and haunting, THE FAITHLESS is utterly riveting and completely unforgettable. As with all of Martina's novels they come with a health warning and a knock-out punch.
Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 10 November 2011. John and Naomi are grieving the death of their four-year-old son from a rare genetic disorder. They desperately want another child, but they realize the odds of their next child contracting the same disease are high. Then they hear about geneticist Dr Leo Dettore...
Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 10 November 2011. This is a portrait of a wartime childhood like no other. Eye-opening, inspiring and moving, it charts the struggles and joys of reaching for the top of a profession that knows no limits, during a time of determined national pride and hope.
Shortlisted for the Galaxy Crime & Thriller of the Year Award 2011. Robert Harris' latest book is gripping, compelling and unsettlingly a little too close to the truth. Set entirely over the course of a single day, The Fear Index follows the genius owner of an incredibly successful, computer controlled, hedge fund in his quest to find out who is trying to destroy him, even as the world's financial markets head for collapse. Well worth getting in hardback, fans won't be disappointed. Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 10 November 2011.
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