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Maxim Jakubowski October 2015 Highly Recommended. It's no secret that behind the Chance pseudonym stands mystery writer Lauren Henderson, and this background explains why her tremulous bonkbusters move along with such tremendous pace and verve. Set on a luxury plane bound for California, this highly tongue in cheek (and elsewhere) romantic thriller takes to the first class air with a frenzied cast of outrageous celebrity characters, staff and parasitical hanger ons and the incongruous humour and sexiness of the situations never falters. Jilly Cooper and Jackie Collins are reborn for the 21st century with an added thick gloss of humour and provocative cheek with its suspenseful tale of a stalker set loose on a flight of crazies and luvvies and all the jolly sexual mayhem that ensues. A laugh a page! ~ Maxim Jakubowski
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. A powerful thriller with a knack for riding the tightrope between scaring the hell out of you and making you feel compassionate for its harried heroine, Heaberlin's crime debut is to be applauded. Sixteen year old Tessa survived a serial killer while her friend didn't and she woke next to a corpse in a shallow grave. Her testimony put Terrell Goodwin on death row and his execution is now imminent, but who has been planting clumps of flowers by her house, indicating that perhaps she was wrong and the 32 hours she forgot are key to the answers. Did he or didn't he? With a fairy-tale-like atmosphere, the creepy thriller works insidiously on the senses and proves profoundly discombobulating as sympathies jump between characters and new possibilities pop into mind. Clever, ingeniously manipulative and elegant. ~ Maxim Jakubowski
Freya Moorcroft has wild red hair, mischievous green eyes, a warm smile and a heart of gold. She's been happy working at the cafe round the corner from Ivy Lane allotments and her romance with her new boyfriend is going well, she thinks, but a part of her still misses the beautiful rolling hills of her Cumbrian childhood home: Appleby Farm. Then a phone call out of the blue and a desperate plea for help change everything...The farm is in financial trouble, and it's taking its toll on the aunt and uncle who raised Freya. Heading home to lend a hand, Freya quickly learns that things are worse than she first thought. As she summons up all her creativity and determination to turn things around, Freya is surprised as her own dreams for the future begin to take shape. Love makes the world go round, according to Freya. Not money. But will saving Appleby Farm and following her heart come at a price?
Nigellissima takes inspiration from Italian cooking to bring the spirit of Italy into the kitchen and onto the plate, pronto. At the heart of Italian cookery lies a celebration of food that is fresh, tasty and unpretentious; Nigella Lawson reflects this in recipes that are simple and speedy, elevating everyday eating into no-fuss feasts. Italian food has colonised the world. Nigellissima shows us how and why in over 100 delicious dishes - from telephone-cord pasta with Sicilian pesto to the crustless Meatzza, from Sardinian couscous to Venetian stew, from penne to papardelle, from ragu to risotto, from Italian apple pie and no-churn ices to panna cotta and sambuca kisses - in a round-Italy quickstep that culminates in a festive chapter of party food, with an Italian-inspired Christmas feast as its mouthwatering centrepiece. From the traditional to the unfamiliar, here are recipes to excited the taste buds and the imagination, without stressing the cook. Nigella's gastronomic heart is in Italy, and in this new book she conjures up, with passionate relish, the warmth, simplicity and directness of Italian cooking, with an Anglo-twist. Illustrated with gorgeous photographs to instruct and delight Nigellissima is accompanied by a major new BBC TV series.
August 2015 NewGen Debut of the Month. Carla has had to move a lot and is used to changing schools, but doesn’t like it. She’s shy, unconfident, ‘a bit sad’. Faced with another new school for sixth form, she finds like-minded people - according to her own classification ‘Brainy Plain Girls’ - but can’t believe it when Finn, gorgeous, super-cool and oozing charisma, singles her out. She’ll do anything to keep him interested, and is soon partying wildly, weekends lost in a haze of drink and drugs. Her friends and even Finn’s brother warn her that he’s just using her, but Carla refuses to listen putting her schoolwork and her health in jeopardy. Readers will understand Carla’s motivation completely and this cautionary romance makes for compulsive reading.~ Andrea Reece
One of our Books of the Year 2015. August 2015 Debut of the Month. This is such a stimulating, penetrating and truly beautiful novel, Kim Devereux obviously has a deeply emotional connection to Rembrandt’s work and she opens up and breathes life into his extraordinary world. While detailing the three main lovers or loves of his life, it’s the first person narrative of Hendrikje, as she starts to see the world through his eyes, that allows a profound contact with Rembrandt. It is by no means essential for you to have knowledge of this exceptional artist, if you already know of the works that head the chapters then, by the end you will see them with fresh eyes. If you haven't yet had the pleasure, it’s advisable to wait until you've finished the book before completing any research, instead allow the writing to paint the pictures for you. The author sweeps aside a shadowy curtain to allow a vivacious, exhilarating light to flood in and reveal secrets, illicit lust and deception. A piece of fiction Rembrandt’s Mirror may be, but it feels remarkably authentic and is an absolute joy to read. ~ Liz Robinson A 'Piece of Passion’ from the Publisher... ‘I fell in love with this novel from the very first pages. Rembrandt is a man of dark corners, strange passions and a ruthlessness born from his need to put his art first. Kim Devereux is an extremely sensitive and talented writer, and this novel represents years spent thinking about Rembrandt the artist and the way he painted, but it is also a beautifully and astute portrait of a love affair, between the artist and the girl who became his common-law wife.’ Margaret Stead, Editor of Rembrandt’s Mirror and Publisher Director, Atlantic Books
This book is longlisted for the Baileys Women's Fiction Prize. In a flat above a noisy north London market, translator Iona Kirkpatrick starts work on a Chinese letter: Dearest Mu, The sun is piercing, old bastard sky. I am feeling empty and bare. Nothing is in my soul, apart from the image of you. I am writing to you from a place I cannot tell you about yet...In a detention centre in Dover exiled Chinese musician Jian is awaiting an unknown fate. In Beijing his girlfriend Mu sends desperate letters to London to track him down, her last memory of them together a roaring rock concert and Jian the king on stage. Until the state police stormed in. As Iona unravels the story of these Chinese lovers from their first flirtations at Beijing University to Jian's march in the Jasmine Revolution, Jian and Mu seem to be travelling further and further away from each other while Iona feels more and more alive. Intoxicated by their romance, Iona sets out to bring them back together, but time seems to be running out.
August 2015 Book of the Month. A dive in head first and refuse to come up for air book - it’s unique, clever and quite quite wonderful. If at first you just dip your toe in and wonder where on earth you're being taken, don't bail out, as this quickly becomes a delightful and compelling read. Meet some of the occupants of the apartment building of Seville on Roxy, they are everyday typical people (apart from Ian the skydiving goldfish), however this 30 minute peek into their lives makes you feel as though you are simultaneously viewing the whole world. With beautiful compassion, Bradley Somer allows you to observe people from a different perspective. The short chapters, capable of evoking an assortment of emotions, flow as quickly as Ian does past each window. This isn't about answers or knowledge, instead Fishbowl encourages you to open your eyes, to ponder, to smile, to mourn… and applaud this refreshingly quirky tale. ~ Liz Robinson
Captivating and astonishing… from cover to cover ‘Devotion’ prods, pokes and provokes. This is quite simply a book to make you think (possibly until your thoughts combust). The contents page alone sets a uniqueness alert buzzing and quivering. Dr Finlay Logan, a criminal psychologist is about to assess a girl who could be classed as a religious terrorist, he however, is a damaged, broken man himself. Ros Barber has the most touching and expressive way with words, they somehow flow together to create a beautiful yet penetrating structure, which shifts and reconstructs itself as you read. Italics are used to denote speech, creating a feeling of hearing a conversation in your head, it’s almost as though you are trespassing on inner most private thoughts, that you shouldn't be privy to. At times this is an uncomfortable, difficult and startling read, it is also lyrical and haunting and fascinating. Staggeringly original, the storyline blends with science and conjecture, creating a penetrating read that is not to be missed.
August 2015 Debut of the Month. The life of Eva Thorvald from conception through to fame in her late twenties. This is an extraordinary book, laced with food and recipes, it gives us sections of her life through the stories of those involved with her, beginning with her parents. Covering bullying and escape at 11, a school crush at 17, a potential lover at 20, cousins, friends and friends of friends, eight vinaigrettes which are almost short stories that all link into Eva. It is rich in character, sensitive and tender, an interesting, intriguing way to portray an ambitious girl who becomes a great chef. The book turns full circle which is delightful. ~ Sarah Broadhurst A 'Piece of Passion' from the publisher... 'J. Ryan Stradal has written a book that everyone at Quercus has taken to their hearts – perhaps because he has written it, with such conviction, wit and energy, from his own. It has the measure of an irresistible hit.’ Jon Riley, Editor in Chief Quercus
Esther Freud's best-known novel, which inspired the Kate Winslet film, published as Penguin Essential for the first time.
The History of Love explores the lasting power of the written word and the lasting power of love. The book was short-listed for the Orange Prize for Fiction 2006 and was the winner of the 2006 Prix du Meilleur Livre Etranger. Published as a Penguin Essential for the first time.
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