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Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 1 June 2010. "My Better Half and Me" weaves together Rosemary's diaries with Joss' commentary to tell of an extraordinary love-story that lasted over fifty years.
CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Finalist 2010. A chilling tale of what Britain could so easily become – a police state with stifling surveillances able to manipulate anyone. This raises the question of how far the state should interfere with our private lives in the name of security. David Eyam has found a way to stop the rot and a dramatic plot unfolds. Well written and worryingly feasible, this is gripping stuff. First class. Comparison: Gerald Seymour, Robert Wilson, Alan Furst. CWA Judges’ comments: 'Alarming political thriller with a powerful message: our freedom and personal integrity are at risk.'
A haunting, magical fairy-tale collection, in which Oscar Wilde beautifully evokes (among others) The Happy Prince who was not so happy after all, The Selfish Giant who learned to love little children and The Star Child who did not love his parents as much as he should. Each of the stories shines with poetry and magic and will be enjoyed by children of every age. This is a perfect collection for children young and old, introduced by Markus Zusak, bestselling author of The Book Thief .
Written as if a biographer is writing about an artist not recognised in their time this is a moving and beautifully written debut delving in to the world of art, creativity and passion. A very moving story, from an exciting new talent.
A thrilling, fast-paced, high octane story that is brilliantly spun out by the queen of teen thrillers Cathy Macphail as she captures how Leo gets caught up in the terrifying gang warfare that rules his town in Scotland. Leo and his best friend Sean are cool streetwise boys; they love a thrill but they know how to keep themselves safe. But when Leo witnesses a cold bloodied murder he’s quickly swept out of his depth. Determined not to grass he finds himself trapped. Soon he is pulled deep into violence and danger knowing all the time that he must keep what he knows secret. So gripping and page-turning is the plot that even the most reluctant reader will feel compelled to read on and on.
Shortlisted for the Costa Children's Book Award 2009. Costa Book Awards 2009 Judges' comment: "We loved this terrific historical adventure story with its passionate and gutsy heroine." There’s romance, intrigue, religion and bloodshed all tightly interwoven in this historical thriller. Rather than marrying the old nobleman her father has chosen for her, Elinor determines to run away with Bertran the Troubadour. As the witness to a brutal murder for which the all-powerful Pope is bound to seek revenge, Bertran is on a mission to warn all other heretics of the terrible dangers which are pressing in around him. Elinor and Bertran make wonderful guides to the historical upheaval that threatened the south of France.
February 2010 Good Housekeeping selection. On My Bookshelf by Tamsin Greig... My husband gave me this book recently and I tried not to take it as a hint. Part investigation, part autobiography, it explores the writer’s journey into the study and experience of silence, particularly coming from an often argumentative family. She looks at those extraordinary individuals who have historically sought out silence – solo circumnavigators, polar explorers, religious hermits – and traces their reasons for exploring the frontier we seem least able to encounter because of modern noise influences. The book is a wonderful challenge to make space for silence in our daily lives and to allow the still, small voice of calm to penetrate our deepest consciousness and be properly heard.
Set in New Mexico, St Agnes' Stand is a classic story of the American West. Nat Swanson is on the run from a mob of Texas cowboys. He has killed a man in a fair fight, but the man's friends believe he was shot in the back and set out to string Swanson up for murder. A bullet in his leg slows him down and with the posse closing in, his chances of survival look dim. Trying desperately to get to sanctuary in California, he comes upon two freight wagons besieged by Apaches, and, against his better judgment, stops to help. He kills one of the Indians with his grandfather's antique crossbow, buying time for whoever survives behind the wagons. Thinking he's done his good deed, he continues his flight. One of those trapped, however, is 76-year-old Sister Agnes, who prays to God for a man to deliver her, her fellow nuns and the seven orphans they are transporting. Sister Agnes is convinced that Nat Swanson has been sent by God to rescue them. Swanson is equally convinced that the best they can hope for is not to be taken alive. And for five gruesome days in the blazing heat and dust, faith fights with humanity for the simple right to exist.
Set during the Napoleonic Wars, The Free Fishers is classic Buchan and his last historical novel. It's a fast-paced tale of treason, espionage and romance. You'll smile at the story and the old-fashioned dialogue at times but thoroughly enjoy the pace of the story, the straightforwardness of the characters - villains, heroes - and the dramatic varierty of their experiences. As a historian and a novelist he lovingly creates the reality of the time interwined with the intrigue and motives of the characters that make up this excellent novel. From the Introduction by Douglas Hurd in The Free Fishers: 'In The Free Fishers John Buchan brought together the gifts and tastes which struggled for primacy in his own life. He was a Scot who loved England, an academic who admired dramatic action, a Conservative with a sympathy for radicalism, a man of conventional habits who was fascinated by secret societies. One such society was that of the Free Fishers. This gathering of good-hearted smugglers gives the novel its name, but they lurk in the background as the story unfolds.'
Greed, vengeance, lust and, of course, betrayal all rear their ugly heads in this fabulous tale of the Kent dynasty. The billionaire family are caught up in disgrace and scandal, no one is satisfied with their lot and no one seems to have any loyalty to anyone else. Pure escapism and brilliantly written. The authors name is a pseudonym for a very well known author so you can expect a great read as well as lots of fun.
Shortlisted for the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger 2009. CWA Judges’ comments: A masterful rendering of a story that sounds uncomfortably close to the truth. A credible cast of characters, written with style and wit. It's great to be in the hands of a writer who knows exactly what he is doing.
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