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Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2013. Shortlisted for the South Bank Sky Arts Awards 2014. Camp Liberty is a forgotten military base in Amrah province, Iraq, a place where the detritus of war is incinerated, burried, erased from memory. It is manned only by a small group of economic mercenaries. When the mysterious Stephen Lawrence Sutler arrives tension begins to mount. And then everything changes. An explosion. An attack on a regional government office. When the dust settles it emerges that Sutler has disappeared, and over fifty million dollars of reconstruction funds are missing. This is neither the beginning nor the end of the trouble. And there's the vicious murder of an American student in Italy. A murder that replicates exactly the details of a well-known novel, a novel Sutler has read. Moving across continents, characters and genres, The Kills is an epic tale of crime and conspiracy: ambitious, original and gripping. 'Prepare to be dazzled by this monumental novel' Sunday Times
Sadie Raine has a bad reputation...When she runs off with a Canadian airman, her two young daughters are left behind to pick up the pieces. But Cath Raine is determined to rise above the local gossips. Only, when she meets the upper-class Jack on the grounds of his father's estate, she is tempted by the thought of an affair. Is she destined to follow in her mother's scandalous footsteps after all...? (Note: previously published as The Pitman's Brat by Una Horne).
In Paris, an elderly man is assassinated as he takes his morning walk. In the war-torn cities of Syria, government forces wage a bloody war against their own people. The Russians are propping up the government, the French are backing one rebel fraction and the British are backing another. And in north Africa, young SAS trooper Danny Black is coming to the end of a gruelling tour of duty, or so he thinks. Danny has a new mission. An MI6 agent needs to make contact with Syrian rebel forces, and also with the private military contractors who are - unofficially - training this rebel faction as it struggles to bring down their government and establish a new regime that will be favourable to British business interests. Danny will learn who the masters of war, the men who call the shots, really are. Danny discovers a world where death is dispensed by the highest bidder and individuals will betray anybody if the price is right.
A lovely story, beautifully told and very sad for this is World War I and the tale of a boy, George Farrell, who loved above his station. The descriptions of the war and battlefields in France are vivid and horrific. George is every inch a romantic hero returning home much changed both physically and mentally. Although perhaps a little predictable one does feel deep sympathy for him throughout his dreadful ordeals. A well-written, very good mature read.
'He's a regular guy - he's not a chef and he's not formally a cook, and he was a virgin in the kitchen ...I love his enthusiasm for food, having a laugh and for family, and I think, at the end of the day, that's what food is about. Viva Virgin Kitchen!' Jamie Oliver Three years ago Barry Lewis couldn't boil an egg. Now he's a rising star of the food world and one of the country's hottest new cooks. In 2010 Barry taught himself to cook step-by-step, filming the process and posting the videos on his YouTube channel My Virgin Kitchen. The channel became an overnight hit, racking up millions of views and inspiring thousands of new cooks to pick up the ladle. Before long, Barry had attracted media attention and been given the seal of approval by his idol, Jamie Oliver. He's now a regular on Jamie's Food Tube Channel. Barry Lewis is all about delicious ingredients, healthy meals and having fun. These recipes are for everyone: young or old, seasoned pros or those who are terrified of setting foot in the kitchen. Whether you're looking for family favourites like Beef & Ricotta Pasta Shells, heartwarmers like Bangers & Mustard Mash Casserole, or melt-in-your-mouth treats like Vanilla & Honeycomb Semifreddo, here you'll find all the ingredients, inspiration and confidence you need. So what are you waiting for? Get stuck in, because Dinner's ON! Find out more at Barry's You Tube channel.
Niklas, a weapons expert, has returned home after years as a mercenary. His world has no laws. His life has made him a violence fanatic and an adrenaline junkie. He is haunted by traumatic childhood memories. One night his mother calls, hysterical. Someone has been murdered in her apartment building. Thomas is a demoralized cop. He's working the night shift when the call about the murder comes in. The victim has been badly beaten, and his arms have been pockmarked by syringes. But someone wants the case silenced - why? Mahmud is just out of jail, and keen to live the high life. He has debts to someone he used to deal for. In a game of russian roulette, his life is spared - but at what cost? He has to look for a man whom he later wishes he'd never found. And his search takes him to a side of Stockholm he wishes he'd never seen. No matter how hard they try, the power is not theirs. It belongs to Radovan who rules over the dark parts of the city where everything is for sale. But the price is much too high.
On the eve of marking the centenary of the opening of the hostilities that devastated the world and changed its history, old wounds gape rawly open. No two countries in Europe possess a stronger history of cultural and familial sympathy, trust and mutual respect than Britain and Germany. This book sets out the diverse stories of some of the people who contributed to the building of a house of shared dreams and aspirations, of mutual enlightenment and fruitful exchange. These are the stories of emperors, kings and queens, of travellers, writers, artists, students and political exiles; of ambassadors, reformers and the families so closely woven into the fabric of both countries that, when war came, divided loyalties ripped them apart. All these people have played their part. All, in their different ways, are remarkable; all deserve to be called noble for what they set out to achieve. All - glimpsed here only at the point where they contribute to the story of England and Germany - have earned their place in a history of the love and mutual admiration that two nations once shared - and that they deserve to share again.
Winner of the Specsavers CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger - Thriller of the Year 2014. Open this book and you know immediately that you are in good hands. Harris’ fluent style, careful plotting and cranked up tension leave you breathlessly turning the pages. It is a strange story of a government concealing the truth and the lengths it will go to do so. Fabrication, deceit, cover-up and the dark underworld of spying are masterfully portrayed. We see the whole sorry tale through the eyes of Georges Picquart, originally Dreyfus’ colleague and tutor. His pursuit of the truth through his own court martial and later trial is surprisingly tense given that this is based on fact and we know the ending. So the tension is not in the outcome but in the execution. The court scenes are particularly impressive. It is one of the most extraordinary cases that changed the course of French history. It is difficult to comprehend that something so small had such a huge effect on a nation.
Calling all One Direction fans! This is the only official book from 1D, charting their journey over the last year and a half - from the places they've visited and fans they've met, to their thoughts and feelings, hopes and dreams, highs and lows. It has been a phenomenal year - and this is a phenomenal story. This Christmas, there will be no other book that true One Direction fans will want! They've won dozens of awards. They've had a bigger US debut than the Beatles. They've played Madison Square Garden, the Royal Variety Show, and sold-out venues across the globe. One Direction - just five young guys from small British towns - has truly gone global. Now the lives of Louis, Liam, Harry, Zayn and Niall are changing beyond recognition. This year, with their own movie hitting theatres and a 133-date tour stretching across the globe, the 1D star is shining brighter than ever. How did they feel when they debuted twice at no. 1 in the US - and in 37 countries around the world? How have they kept themselves grounded? And now that they've come so far, what are their dreams for the future? In Where We Are, the boys offer you a chance to find out about this breathtaking chapter of their story, straight from the heart and in their own words. Packed with exclusive beautiful photos, backstage snapshots, hand-written annotations and brand new insights into the boys' world, Where We Are is a unique book that no fan's life is complete without - bringing the 1D story right up to date.
For our inconclusive times, there is an attractive resonance with 1832, with its 'rotten boroughs' of Old Sarum and the disappearing village of Dunwich, and its lines of most resistance to reform. This book is character-driven - on the one hand, the reforming heroes are the Whig aristocrats Lord Grey, Lord Althorp and Lord John Russell, and the Irish orator Daniel O'Connell. They included members of the richest and most landed Cabinet in history, yet they were determined to bring liberty, which whittled away their own power, to the country. The all-too-conservative opposition comprised Lord Londonderry, the Duke of Wellington, the intransigent Duchess of Kent and the consort of the Tory King William IV, Queen Adelaide. Finally, there were 'revolutionaries' and reformers, like William Cobbett, the author of RURAL RIDES. This is a book that features one eventful year, much of it violent. There were riots in Bristol, Manchester and Nottingham, and wider themes of Irish and 'negro emancipation' underscore the narrative. The time-span of the book is from Wellington's intractable declaration in November 1830 that 'The beginning of reform is the beginning of revolution', to 7th June 1832, the date of the extremely reluctant royal assent by William IV to the Great Reform Bill, under the double threat of the creation of 60 new peers in the House of Lords and the threat of revolution throughout the country. These events led to a total change in the way Britain was governed, a two-year revolution that Antonia Fraser brings to vivid dramatic life.
This is a dazzling tale of love, sumptuous splendour and conspiracy in the Italian Renaissance court of Ferrara, from the brilliant author of The Flower Reader. Barbara of Austria is plain, quick-witted and sensible. She also desperately needs a husband, for unmarried at twenty-six, she is about to be packed off to a convent, like her sisters before her. So it is that she seizes what seems to be her last chance - a proposal of marriage from Alfonso d'Este, Duke of Ferrara, Lucrezia Borgia's grandson, clever, handsome, powerful - and widely believed to have murdered his first wife, Lucrezia de Medici. Barbara goes into her marriage clear-eyed, fascinated by her dangerous, enigmatic new husband - and increasingly - recklessly - driven to discover the truth about the death of his first duchess.
'My mother thought I was working for the Ministry of Ag. and Fish.' So begins Noreen Riols' compelling memoir of her time as a member of Churchill's 'secret army', the Special Operations Executive. It was 1943, just before her eighteenth birthday, Noreen received her call-up papers, and was faced with either working in a munitions factory or joining the Wrens. A typically fashion-conscious young woman, even in wartime, Noreen opted for the Wrens - they had better hats. But when one of her interviewers realized she spoke fluent French, she was directed to a government building on Baker Street. It was SOE headquarters, where she was immediately recruited into F-Section, led by Colonel Maurice Buckmaster. From then until the end of the war, Noreen worked with Buckmaster and her fellow operatives to support the French Resistance fighting for the Allied cause. Sworn to secrecy, Noreen told no one that she spent her days meeting agents returning from behind enemy lines, acting as a decoy, passing on messages in tea rooms and picking up codes in crossword puzzles. Vivid, witty, insightful and often moving, this is the story of one young woman's secret war, offering readers an authentic and compelling insight into what really went on in Churchill's 'secret army' from one of its last surviving members.
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