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The long awaited prequel to the original ‘The Old Kingdom’ trilogy will cause glee for fans, as it lays down a satisfying foundation for the stories yet to come in this spellbinding and different world. If you haven't yet ventured into this fantasy kingdom, you can read this as a standalone novel, once you do though, you may find yourself wanting to travel six hundred years into the future to catch up. This really does feel as though history is being laid before your feet and there is quite a lot of scene setting before the action really starts. Clariel is a fascinating character, she doesn't yet fully understand herself and it’s very easy to empathise with the path she begins to forge. If you do already know this world, there will be several moments of recognition and understanding to greet you! This is the long-awaited prequel to Garth Nix's wonderfully imaginative Old Kingdom series. You don't have to have read the Old Kingdom books, Clariel works perfectly as a stand-alone story, but if you want to, all The Old Kingdom books are now available in ebook form... Sabriel Lirael Abhorsen
Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she's made it out of the bloody arena alive, she's still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge...This thrilling final instalment of this ground-breaking trilogy promises to be one of the most talked-about books of the year. A Piece of Passion from Hilary Murray Hill, Managing Director, Scholastic Children’s Books: “The Hunger Games is a remarkable series which has captured the imagination of teenagers and adults alike since the first book, The Hunger Games, was published in January 2009. Katniss Everdeen, the girl who catches fire, is a heroine like no other, and we all felt we were there beside her as she battled her way through the dreadful Games, not once but twice. We will all be ready with bated breath to stand alongside Katniss once more as the rebellion comes to a climax. Will Katniss escape the growing threat of President Snow, and will it be Peeta or Gale at her side throughout this heart-stopping finale?” The Hunger Games Trilogy: 1. The Hunger Games 2. Catching Fire 3. Mockingjay Twilight author Stephenie Meyer: “ It’s not only lived up to my high expectations, it surpassed them. Suzanne takes the story places I wasn’t expecting, and she’s never afraid to take it to very hard places. Stunning. You won’t sleep when you’re reading this one. I suggest beginning in the early morning and clearing your calendar.”
Hot on the heals of the adrenaline rush that was Hunger Games comes the equally excellent and relentles sequel Catching Fire. Katniss's hopes of an easy life after she was top dog in the leathal game show are short-lived after she becomes embroiled in a rebellion against the Capitol. The Hunger Games Trilogy: 1. The Hunger Games 2. Catching Fire 3. Mockingjay
The Hunger Games is a searing novel set in a future with unsettling parallels to our present. In a dark vision of the near future, The Hunger Games is set in the ruins of a place once known as North America. The cruel Capitol keeps order in its twelve outlying districts by forcing them each to send one boy and girl to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a terrifying reality TV show broadcasting a live fight to the death. The Hunger Games Trilogy: 1. The Hunger Games 2. Catching Fire 3. Mockingjay
One of our Books of the Year 2014 - Shortlisted for the Costa Children's Book Award 2014. This is a remarkable and surprising book, just when you think you understand it, whoosh, the unexpected taps you on the shoulder again. There are four quarters to this story; they travel across time, yet somehow are connected and can be read in any order. The writing is clever, each story has a main character, each one different to the one that has gone before, yet linked in a vital way. If you do choose to read the stories in a different order to the one the author has chosen, will your experience be different, will you have an altered understanding, will you feel the same when you turn the final page? Compelling yet often uncomfortable, sharp yet subtle, this will make you feel, think and question what you know; this, is a wonderfully fascinating read. The Costa Award Judges thought The Ghosts of Heaven was “A startlingly original novel with a strong conceptual link to the motif of a spiral. A hugely ambitious work.”
Shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award 2014. Nora Webster is the heartbreaking new novel from one of the greatest novelists writing today. It is the late 1960s in Ireland. Nora Webster is living in a small town, looking after her four children, trying to rebuild her life after the death of her husband. She is fiercely intelligent, at times difficult and impatient, at times kind, but she is trapped by her circumstances, and waiting for any chance which will lift her beyond them. Slowly, through the gift of music and the power of friendship, she finds a glimmer of hope and a way of starting again. As the dynamic of the family changes, she seems both fiercely self-possessed but also a figure of great moral ambiguity, making her one of the most memorable heroines in contemporary fiction. The portrait that is painted in the years that follow is harrowing, piercingly insightful, always tender and deeply true.
Shortlisted for the Waterstone's Best Fiction for Teens Award 2015 - *** Suitable for 15+ as some explicit content An enormous family saga unfolds in this story shot through with magic that is helped on its way by lashing of luck – both good and bad – and a great many extraordinary and truly unexpected happenings. Ava Lavender, a girl born with wings which cannot be explained or hidden, charts the history of her family from its origins in nineteenth century France to poverty in Manhattan before a long, long journey to Seattle and a new start for a new generation – all before Ava is even born. Although Ava is the most unusual of her family there are many others who will surprise and entertain before the story is fully unravelled. One of our Books of the Year 2014 - October 2014 Debut of the Month A Piece of Passion from Gill Evans, Fiction Publisher...an exquisite and mesmerizing story of love and desire told in an exceptional and wonderful way. The magical realism of her style is reminiscent of One Hundred Years of Solitude, but this family story and quest for understanding follows four generations from France to America. Foolish love has beset the Roux family for generations. For Ava Lavender, a girl born with the wings of a bird, it is a burdensome legacy. In her quest to understand her peculiar disposition and a growing desire to be an ordinary sixteen-year-old girl, Ava ventures into the world. But in a world which may view her asgirl or angel, it is a dangerous place to be. On the night of the solstice, the skies open up, rain and feathers fill the air and Ava’s journey and her family’s saga reaches a devastating crescendo.
Humans have been making lists for even longer than they've been writing letters. They are the shorthand for what really matters to us: our hopes and aspirations; likes and dislikes; rules for living and loving; records of our memories and reminders of the things we want to do before we die. Just as he did with Letters of Note, Shaun Usher has trawled the world's archives to produce a rich visual anthology that stretches from ancient times to present day. From a to-do list of Leonardo da Vinci's to Charles Darwin on the pros and cons of marriage or Julia Child's list of possible titles for what would later become an American cooking bible, Lists of Note is a constantly surprising A-Z of what makes us human. In its pages you'll find 125 lists with facsimiles or illustrations, including: a shopping list written by two 9th-century Tibetan monks; a handwritten list of the BFG's favourite words by Roald Dahl; the 19 year-old Isaac Newton's list of the 57 sins he'd already committed; Galileo's list of parts needed to build his telescope; Einstein's punitive list of conditions imposed on his first wife; 29-year-old Marilyn Monroe's inspirational set of New Year's resolutions; Martin Luther King's advice for black people starting to use buses; Johnny Cash's list of 'things to do today'; Michelangelo's illustrated shopping list; and Advice for 'chick rockers' by Chrissie Hynde And many, many more...
One of our Books of the Year 2014. Winner of the UK Author of the Year at the Specsavers National Book Awards 2014. Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2014. After the phenomenal success of One Day it must have been tough for the author to write this. Little will live up to that masterpiece but give the man some slack and sit back and enjoy this. It is not as irresistible as One Day but it’s still a lovely read. Darker than his previous novel it tells of a struggling marriage and an awkward relationship between father and son. To help solve both problems our protagonist, Douglas, takes them on a ‘grand tour’ of Europe. Reading a bit like a pacy travelogue with much human reflection on life, it’s a sad tale spotted with humour and clever descriptions of the period in which we live. I like his writing very much.
On 20 September 1940, Paul Rosenberg disembarked in New York, just one of hundreds of tired Jewish refugees fleeing Vichy France. Leaving behind his celebrated Paris gallery, Paul had managed to save his family; his paintings weren't all so fortunate. Some - the Picassos at MoMA's first retrospective - were already safely abroad. But dozens of works by Cezanne, Monet and Sisley were seized by Nazi forces, destined for Swiss galleries and private collections. Drawing on her grandfather's astonishingly intimate correspondence with Picasso, Matisse, Braque and others, Anne Sinclair takes us on a personal journey through the life of a feted member of the Parisian art scene and a friend to the greatest artists of the century. But Paul's flight from his beloved gallery to exile in New York also tells a darker story, emblematic of the millions of Jews, rich and poor, who lost everything in the Second World War.
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Serial killer tales come and go but this one proves starkly different: a Russian novel with layers upon layers of darkness set in a contemporary Moscow where women are being stalked and brutalised by a figure of fear and dread, and a young investigating female journalist is caught up in the bloody (and strongly explicit) spree. Complex, sinister, drawing uncomfortable psychological insights into some women's morbid fascination with the seduction of killers (a disturbing phenomenon I have witnessed at first hand in the true crime section of my erstwhile bookshop...), this is an inside report on the dark heart of Russia and the female psyche. Rewarding if rather chilling.
When journalist Benjamin Schulberg discovers a link between lawyer Jim Grant and a notorious Vietnam-era fugitive, the world that Jim has carefully built for himself and his daughter collapses. Still wanted for murder in a bank robbery gone wrong in 1974, Jim is back on the run after decades living under a false identity, and he must travel deep into his past to clear his name and save his daughter. Set against the backdrop of the Vietnam War, The Company You Keep is an intelligent thriller about political ideals, family loyalties, and the shadowy world of the radical anti-war group the Weather Underground.
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