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Early on we accept that Robert is running away from something. He likes women and travel. He is lonely. He misses his daughter. On an impulse while changing planes to go 'home' to Ireland he abandons his luggage on the Dublin flight and stalks a woman to Brighton. He is not short of money. All is very mysterious and then bang ... The whole scenario changes in a chapter called "Interlude". It seems to come out of nowhere and turns our narrator into a prisoner who is appallingly treated ... Why? ... Well this is just after 9/11. Then we switch back to how he lost his daughter and why, how he turned up in Italy and why and how he survives and makes some sense of a sad life. All highly intriguing. I am a big fan of the author.
The Red Queen has set her players on the board...Winter is keeping Prince Jalan Kendeth far from the luxuries of his southern palace. And although the North may be home to his companion, the warrior Snorri ver Snagason, he is just as eager to leave. For the Viking is ready to challenge all of Hel to bring his wife and children back into the living world. He has Loki's key - now all he needs is to find the door.
Placing itself perfectly alongside acclaimed work by Philipp Meyer, Jane Smiley and J M Coetzee, this debut novel charts the story of Roscoe T Martin in rural Alabama in the 1920s. Roscoe has set his sights on a new type of power spreading at the start of the 20th century: electricity. It becomes his training, his life's work. But when his wife Marie inherits her father's failing farm, Roscoe has to give it up, with great cost to his pride and sense of self, his marriage and his family. Realising that he might lose them all, he uses his skills as an electrician to siphon energy from the state, ushering in a period of bounty and happiness on a farm recently falling to ruin. Even the love of Marie and their son seems back within Roscoe's grasp. Then everything changes. A young man is electrocuted on their land. Roscoe is arrested for manslaughter and - no longer an electrician or even a farmer - he must now carve out a place in a violent new world.
Longlisted for the UKLA 2017 Book Award | Longlisted for the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize 2016 Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock's extraordinary, stunning debut is both moving, and deeply authentic. These intertwining stories of love, tragedy, wild luck, and salvation on the edge of America's Last Frontier introduce a writer of rare and wonderful talent. Guardian Children's Fiction Prize Judge SF Said : “A book of enormous heart and human tenderness, all the more powerful for its under-statement. The final pages had me in floods.”
Winner of the RNA Goldsboro Books Romantic Novel of the Year Award 2017. Though she transports her readers into glamourous worlds Sophia Bennett fills her stories with warm, believable characters and always keeps the emphasis on the important things - family, friends, love. A chance event at a backstage meet and greet with a top boy band sees Nina whisked from Croydon to join their entourage as PA to the lead singer’s Hollywood girlfriend. The pop star lifestyle is scintillating reading but the band’s soap opera of breakdown, break up and heartache really holds our attention. When the setting moves from luxury hotels to a crumbling stately home in the middle of nowhere – the manager’s last desperate attempt to get the boys to write a new album – things get really romantic, because there it’s all about music – what it does to us, why it matters. Perfect wish-fulfilment writing, with real heart. Holly Smale’s Geek Girl books also take a serious look at real emotions beneath a glitzy surface and readers will also enjoy Zoella’s Girl Online series. ~ Andrea Reece The RNA judges said: "Love Song is an intelligent and thoughtful read which handles the all-consuming emotion of a first crush rather beautifully."
Longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize 2017. A fascinating heart-breaking debut novel full of attitude and aching tension. Set over a decade and more, we see events unfold in the Bosnian war, and separately watch the relationship between two people ebb and flow before events converge in one unforgettable moment. At the end of the second chapter, a shiver of chills and understanding sliced through me as I began to see a vivid, striking picture emerge. David Savill writes with true compassion and unflinching honesty, his knowledge of two major events, from very different parts of the world, creates a sincere and provocative tale. Zigzagging around in time, between the three main characters, left me feeling unsettled, and a sense of foreboding hovered over the pages. ‘They Are Trying to Break Your Heart’ connects to the intimate, the personal, creating hushed stillness and reflection in a tumultuous world, what a truly captivating novel this is. ~ Liz Robinson
Loveable full-time priest and part-time detective Canon Sidney Chambers is back, continuing his investigations. A mysterious stranger seeks sanctuary in Grantchester's church; a shooting weekend in the country has a sinister end; a friend receives poison pen letters; a piano falls on a musician's head; a school cricket match has an explosive finish; and on a holiday in Italy, Sidney is accused of stealing a priceless painting.
This is from number one international bestselling author Sylvia Day. The final chapter in the global blockbuster Crossfire quintet Gideon Cross. Falling in love with him was the easiest thing I've ever done. It happened instantly. Completely. Irrevocably. Marrying him was a dream come true. Staying married to him is the fight of my life. Love transforms. Ours is both a refuge from the storm and the most violent of tempests. Two damaged souls entwined as one. We have bared our deepest, ugliest secrets to one another. Gideon is the mirror that reflects all my flaws...and all the beauty I couldn't see. He has given me everything. Now, I must prove I can be the rock, the shelter for him that he is for me. Together, we could stand against those who work so viciously to come between us. But our greatest battle may lie within the very vows that give us strength. Committing to love was only the beginning. Fighting for it will either set us free...or break us apart. Heartbreakingly and seductively poignant, One with You is the breathlessly awaited finale to the Crossfire saga, the searing love story that has captivated millions of readers worldwide.
A readable and striking serving of crime fiction, where the investigation into a death uncovers a family overflowing with bitter secrets, lies and grudges. This is the third novel in the ‘Ellen Kelly’ series, however as the story is as much about the suspects as it is the investigating team, you could read this as a standalone, though there is enough information to leave you wanting to hunt down the first two in the series. Having intimate access to everyone's lives added new layers of thoughts and suspicions in my mind. None of the suspects are particularly likeable and we are also shown the raw and honest side of the police officers. Unfortunately, there are several inconsistencies with names and ranks in the edition that I read* but if you spot them, just pop them to one side and allow the story to take over. Sheila Bugler allows, even encourages you to mistrust characters and she sent my thoughts scuttling one way and then another. All Things Nice is a dramatic family tale wrapped in a gritty police murder investigation, stop here if you like to solve the crime alongside the detectives. * The publisher has been alerted and these copyediting inconsistencies will be corrected for future editions.
Shortlisted for the Books Are My Bag Non-Fiction Award 2016. Mary Beard has pulled off a totally involving and immersive history of Ancient Rome. She calls it her view of why Rome matters – and it does as she makes so clear. What makes this such an involving history is that it isn't a dogged linear narrative, it darts about with Mary Beard's authorial voice acting as a guide not only to the history but the people, their language and the evidence for what we know. Bringing evidence from every corner, from funeral monuments to the contents of middens, from underwater and underground, she makes this an enthralling narrative, bringing Ancient Rome and its people to vivid life. It's well illustrated with a very good further reading list. An absolute ten out of ten from me. Like for Like ReadingCity of the Sharp-Nosed Fish, Peter Parsons Under Another Sky:Journeys in Roman Britain, Charlotte Higgins Mary Beard's Inheritance Books...1. Charlotte Bronte, Jane EyreThe classic novel about what women want, or think they want, or don't. Is 'Reader, I married him' the ultimate happy ending or not? It's a book that changes in all kinds of interesting ways as you re-read it over a lifetime.2. Homer, The OdysseyAt the very start of Western literature, the Odyssey underlies so much of what we read right down to the present day. A story of homecoming, temptation and the perilous boundary between civilisation and barbarism.3. Germaine Greer, The Female EunuchThe liveliest and punchiest classic of feminism: somethimg every woman and man should read. It still changes lives, like it changed mine.
Five years have passed since Elsie's twin brother vanished into the sea on their birthday. Her parents and brother are still broken by their loss and Elsie feels like half of her is missing, but also as if Eddie is living within her. Elsie feels guilty too. She’d promised her dad that she wouldn't let go of Eddie’s hand, but she did and now he’s gone. Memories of that day seep back to her, but the details ebb and flow like the tides Eddie was lost to. Elsie takes refuge in eating, and in an abandoned boathouse. It’s her secret hideout until Tay turns up. His passion for freediving sparks Elsie’s interest in the sport. When diving, Elsie “stopped feeling any pain at all”. Down there, in the sea, she's “not a loser” and she becomes set on reaching the bottom of a forty-three-metre drop-off to say goodbye to Eddie, and “to tell him that I'm sorry”. While Elsie’s focused on this mission, and also dealing with bullies and falling for Tay, her older brother Dillon desperately needs help for his eating disorder. And then the truth of what happened on that fateful day rises from the depths. Alongside exploring grief, guilt, male bulimia and parental alcoholism with honesty and grace, the author has created an unforgettable heroine in Elsie, whose haunting, heartfelt tale comes highly recommended. ~ Joanna Owen April 2016 NewGen Debut of the Month.
This stylish guide to Glasgow is a great way to discover the city and, despite its compact size, the 128 pages are packed with pretty much everything you need to know to explore the city’s top sights on foot, while discovering lots of hidden gems and lovely local eateries along the way. The terrific Top Ten section helps travellers focus on the area’s un-missable sights, while the detailed Walks and Tours section takes visitors to the heart of twelve varied places, from following the fascinating MacKintosh tour, to discovering the likes of Loch Lomond further afield. Each of the walks is clearly mapped, with local highlights clearly marked both on the map itself and flagged-up on the page. The succinct cover flap suggestions for green activities, what to do on a rainy day, and ideas for keeping kids entertained are very handy. All in all, this is a convenient practical aid with plenty of inspirational ideas, and the bonus free eBook is a nifty addition too.
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