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Step into an emotional and expressive read, one that takes you back in time and yet explores issues that remain in the public eye today. ‘The Ballymara Road’ is the final part of ‘The Four Streets’ Trilogy and in keeping with the previous two books, there is a world of heartbreak and pain waiting to bombard the families in this tale. The Doherty’s and Deane’s will need all of their collective warmth and camaraderie in order to endure. Nadine Dorries has the ability to describe stark cruelty without flinching, yet you feel her compassion, you also feel her connection and admiration for the people of the Four Streets. It’s the small realistic every day occurrences that encourage a welcome bout of affection, fun and laughter to enter into this tale. After the tragedy and difficulties faced in ‘The Four Streets’ and ‘Hide Her Name’, this captivating novel is a just and appropriate end to the trilogy.~ Liz Robinson
December 2015 Book of the Month. Oh my word! This is a wonderfully bone chilling and mind biting book, it’s quite simply a stunner. ‘Killing Ways’ is Alex Barclay’s seventh novel and fifth FBI Special Agent Ren Bryce novel. If you've read the author's previous titles, I have no doubt you will find yourself on a different, possibly even more intense path than the first timer. This was my first foray into the world of Ren and at the start I wasn't sure if I was going to like her, but I quickly found myself completely consumed by the storyline and her character. The brutal serial killer is stomach churningly repellent whilst Ren is on the edge of stability and feels invincible. This is dynamic, snappy writing, at times it’s so fast paced my mind had a thrilling and serious workout to keep up. With harsh shocks, sickening murders and a team of detectives with issues and problems of their own, this is a powerfully penetrating, absolute firecracker of a read. ~ Liz Robinson
Most recognisable as EastEnders' Dot Cotton, June Brown is both an institution and a national treasure. Her full and captivating life makes her more than just a soap star, but a showbiz veteran. And this largely anticipated book doesn't shy away from her strong opinions and fascinating stories; it's a celebration of her extraordinary life. June's childhood was colourful and quirky though marked with tragedy with the death of a brother and a sister and a difficult father. June went on to be classically trained at the Old Vic Drama School in London before going on to play the role of Dot Cotton, the longest serving member of the cast of EastEnders. But the tragedies June has endured make those of her down-trodden character pale into insignificance. Her first husband gassed himself in the marital home, leaving June to find his body and in 2003 her adored second husband of 45 years lost a 3 year battle to dementia. Further tragedy ensued when her second child was born prematurely and, as a result of medical malpractice, lived for just 16 days. Through all of life's considerable trials and heartbreak, her wit, charm and indefatigable spirit have remained strong. This is the inspiring story of the full and captivating life of one of our most respected and admired soap stars.
The FitzDeanes are wealthy. They have Ballyford Castle in Ireland and a growing shipping business in Liverpool. But Lady FitzDeane is unable to provide an heir. All of her five boys have died in infancy. There are whispers that the family is cursed - punished for a terrible mistake long buried in the past. When young Ruby Flynn, an orphan reared and educated by nuns, arrives at Ballyford to work as a nursery maid, she cannot shake the feeling that she has been there before. But when? Soon rumours and strong emotions are swirling around the beautiful girl with red hair, green eyes - and a mysterious past. Who is she really? And what will her arrival mean for this powerful family, riven by tragedy?
A Texan writer who has lived in Britain for many years, Lisa Tuttle is a secret treasure. Her work has for years skirted the tenuous, poetic reaches of horror and fantasy (and she once collaborated with Game of Thrones' George R.R. Martin). This 10-years old novel finally issued in the UK is one of her best, an allusive tale of a missing daughter and the private investigator hired to find her and quickly being drawn into a territory where reality and myth coexist in dark and sinister ways. Deceptively quiet and unspectacular, and with the feel of a Celtic ghost story, this is the sort of slow-burning, haunting novel that digs its claws into the reader and never lets go. Neil Gaiman, an author who knows how to swim between layers of grey, praises the book highly and sees Tuttle as his peer. And quite rightly so. ~ Maxim Jakubowski
Soon to be a major motion picture starring Eddie Redmayne and directed by Tom Hooper, The Danish Girl is a shockingly original novel about one of the most unusual and passionate love stories of the 20th century. Click below to view the trailer for the film adaptation of this book which opens in the UK on January 1 2016.
The story of Mammy from Gone With the Wind from age 4 to her life with Miss Scarlett as we know her. It is jaw-droppingly good, quite magnificent. There is so much tenderness, hardship, joy and emotion, it fair rings you out. You’ll cry, you’ll laugh, you’ll love it. The dialect used for the characters sings, the whole colour and drama of the tale is memorable. A lovely read. Apparently Margaret Mitchell’s estate approves too! Indeed they authorised it after the author wrote Rhett Butler’s story. ~ Sarah Broadhurst
This is a heartfelt and wondrous debut lauded by Philipp Meyer (New York Times bestselling author of The Son) as astonishing , introducing a supremely gifted and exciting new voice in fiction. Will has never been to the outside, at least not since he can remember. And he has certainly never got to know anyone other than his mother, a fiercely loving yet wildly eccentric agoraphobe who drowns in panic at the thought of opening the front door. Their little world comprises only the rooms in their home, each named for various exotic locales and filled with Will's art projects. But soon the confines of his world close in on him. Despite his mother's protests, Will ventures outside clad in a protective helmet and braces himself for danger. He eventually meets and befriends Jonah, a quiet boy who introduces him to skateboarding. Will welcomes his new world with enthusiasm, his fears fading and his body hardening with each new bump, scrape and fall. But life quickly gets complicated. When a local boy goes missing, Will and Jonah want to uncover what happened. They embark on an extraordinary adventure that pulls Will far from the confines of his closed-off world and into the throes of early adulthood and the dangers that everyday life offers. If I Fall, If I Die is a remarkable debut full of dazzling prose and unforgettable characters, as well as a poignant and heartfelt depiction of coming of age.
The world we are living in is changing every day. We surf future shock every morning when we get out of bed. And with every passing day we are increasingly asked: how do we have to change to live in the future we are faced with? Whether it's climate change, inundated coastlines and drowned cities; the cramped confines of a tin can hurtling through space to the outer reaches of our Solar System; or the rush of being uploaded into some cyberspace, our minds and bodies are going to have to change and change a lot. Meeting Infinitywill be one hundred thousand words of SF filled with action and adventure that attempts to answer the question: how much do we need to change to meet tomorrow and live in the future? The books of the Infinity Project trace an arc: from the present day into the far future, and now from the broad canvas of interstellar space to the most intimate space of all - ourselves.
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. A fascinating reissue program providing us with the rediscovery of an archetypal English sleuth created by Durbridge in 1938 and since made famous by a classic television series in the late 1960s and on radio. Temple is a suave crime novelist and detective solving cases with wit and elegance alongside Fleet Street journalist and sidekick Steve Trent and, later, his wife. Golden Age crime performed with gusto and much consumption of tobacco and alcohol. Highly entertaining escapism and easy reads for those who prefer their crime cosy and relatively bloodless and civilised. This particular novel is set on a cruise aboard a luxurious transatlantic liner and dates back to 1988 but 13 earlier volumes in the series have also been made available, including 'East of Algiers', 'The Kelby Affair', 'The Harkdale Robbery' and 'The Geneva Mystery'. For readers who are nostalgic for the magic of yesterday's crimes. ~ Maxim Jakubowski
Daniel and Vanessa Parker are an American success story. He is a Washington, D.C. power broker, and she is a doctor with a thriving practice. But behind the facade, their marriage is a shambles, and their teenage son, Quentin, is self-destructing. In desperation, Daniel dusts off a long-delayed dream - a sailing trip around the world. Little does he know that the voyage he hopes will save them may destroy them instead. Half a world away, on the lawless coast of Somalia, Ismail Ibrahim is plotting the rescue of his sister, Yasmin, from the man who murdered their father. Driven to crime by love and loyalty, he hijacks ships for ransom money. There is nothing he will not do to save her, even if it means taking innocent life. Paul Derrick is the FBI's top hostage negotiator. His twin sister Megan, is a celebrated defense attorney. When Paul is called to respond to a hostage crisis at sea, he has no idea how far it will take them both into their traumatic past - or the chance it will give them to redeem the future. Across continents and oceans, through storms and civil wars, their paths converge in a single, explosive moment. It is a moment that will test them, and break them, but that will also leave behind a glimmer of hope: that out of the ashes of tragedy the seeds of justice and reconciliation can grow, not only for themselves but also for Somalia itself.
First in a series of modern whodunits featuring former Scotland Yard detective Father Gilbert and set in a small town in Sussex. Against his will, Father Gilbert is thrown into a mix of local violence and depravity, and the underlying motives of both the living and the dead...
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