This is a story about a family that’s fallen apart and ends up being put back together again. It’s about a Queen Anne house, a bakery, a motorcycle, a mid life crisis Corvette, flowery smelling pink letters, an amusing divorce, burning bras, a crime writer, love, a kid who studies different religions each week, fear, giant cupcakes, a lost father, and a disastrous childhood partially spent living in a car…
When River Bommarito send a letter to her daughters explaining she needs open heart surgery, the three sisters return home to take care of her, look after their special-needs brother Henry, their grandmother Stella, who believes she’s Amelia Earhart, and to run the famly bakery.
Poignant, funny, and as irresistible as one of the Bommarito Bakery’s delicious giant cupcakes, Henry’s Sisters is a novel about family and forgiveness, mothers and daughters, and gaining the wisdom to look ahead while still holding tight to everything that matters most.
The latest novel in the bestselling series, featuring Mary Russell and her husband Sherlock Holmes.
Mary’s excitement at returning home to the Sussex coast after seven months abroad is quickly tempered by a bitter memory from her husband’s past. Mary had met Damian Adler only once before, when the promising surrealist painter had been charged with, and exonerated from, murder. Now the talented and troubled young man is enlisting their help again, this time in a desperate search for his missing wife and child.
From suicides among the Standing Stones to a bizarre religious cult, from the demi-monde of the Cafe Royal at the heart of Bohemian London to the dark secrets of a young woman’s past on the streets of Shanghai, Russell will find herself on the trail of a killer more dangerous than any she’s ever faced, a killer Sherlock Holmes himself may be protecting for reasons near and dear to his heart.
Disney has “Mickey Mouse”. Lamaar Studios has “Rambunctious Rabbit”… only the man in the rabbit suit is dead.
When the actor wearing the costume of the cherished mascot is murdered at Lamaar Studio’s theme park Familyland, the executives are anxious to protect their business.
Enter LAPD detectives Mike Lomax and Terry Biggs. Their mission: solve the case fast, keep it low profile. But when the bodies pile up and an outrageous demand is sent in, it becomes clear that someone wants bloody vengeance against Lamaar Studios and is prepared to kill anyone associated with it – employees, customers, anyone – if that demand isn’t met.
Mike Lomax, a recent widower with a meddling father who is determined to get his son’s love-life back into gear, and Biggs, a Bronx-born cop and wannabe-stand-up-comic, must race against the clock to solve the case before a madman brings the entertainment giant to its knees.
Sharp, fast-paced and laugh-out-loud funny, this book will have you clamouring for more.
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Leo Sharpe’s life is shattered when his wife Laura suddenly disappears. His desperate need to find her turns to obsession when he becomes convinced she’s the latest victim of The Vacation Killer who has claimed eleven lives already. The MO is the same every time a woman disappears and within hours inboxes around the world receive a threatening email. A few days later, grim evidence of the victim’s death is delivered to the police. But in Laura’s case, nothing is sent. Has the killer spared her life? Why? And for how long? For Leo, the clock is ticking…he needs to do everything in his power to stop the killer before it’s too late.
An Iranian exile in Paris, Roxane works in a bookshop and is married to the man she fell in love with when she was twelve-years old. Although her husband is often away on business and she longs for the smells and tastes of her home in Tehran, Roxane is never lonely. She lives in the company of books and her own vivid imagination.
One evening at a local restaurant, she catches sight of a young man with blue eyes. Immediately, everything else in her life falls away. Normally timid and withdrawn, Roxane finds herself brazenly following him through the streets of Paris. While he lights a cigarette on a street corner and she gathers courage to speak with him, something happens that will change both their lives forever…
First published in 1981 to coincide with the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Hungarian Revolution, The Paper Bridge was hailed as a vivid and insightful account of a very personal journey back to the author’s homeland. Noel Barber, the legendary journalist with a particular knowledge of Hungary, described it as ‘a moving personal document from a sensitive writer of great promise.’
Monica Porter was a small child when her family fled across the border to Austria and on to the United States. Now a Londoner, a journalist and a young mother herself, she wanted to rediscover the land of her birth and see whether there could be a real understanding between someone who had grown up in the West and those compatriots who had remained behind in an oppressive communist country.
The Englishman’s Suit is both a history and a guide to the most important part of an Englishman’s wardrobe. In certain quarters an Englishman is still likely to be judged by his apparel as by anything else; his suit in particular can reveal the wearer as unequivocally as his tongue.
This classic text, first published in 1994, gives the reader a charming and entertaining account of the suit’s development from the seventeenth century to the end of the twentieth. Reprinted now for the twenty-first century, the narrative reveals a fascinating motley of curious and frequently amusing facts; from the arcane mysteries of button replacement to the remarkable influence of princes and kings.
Sir Hardy Amies’s enchanting book will still delight any gentleman, and be of help to any would-be gentleman.
Summer 1941. France is occupied by the Germans but the United States is not at war. Four glamorous young Americans find themselves whiling away the hot days in the boredom of a small Riviera town, while in a half-abandoned mansion nearby, Teresa and Katerina Malipiero, a mother and daughter, wait for See or Malipiero to complete his business in the Reich and take them home to Argentina.
The plight of the women attracts the sympathy of ‘Lucky’ Tom Rensselaer and he is seduced by the beauty of Katerina. Tom has perfect faith in their innocence, yet they cannot explain why a sinister Spaniard has been murdered in their home and why Tom must help them dispose of the body without informing the police.
The High Hill Bookshop was, for many years, one of the finest independent bookshops in the country and its owner, Ian Norrie, a legendary book trade personage. As well as serving on numerous book trade committees and charities, his epic up-dating of the trade’s classic history, Mumby’s, and his many years as special correspondent for The Bookseller, has given him a unique take on the sometimes bizarre and byzantine traditions of the bookselling and publishing craft. But Norrie is also addicted to European travel, art galleries, good food and wine, theatre and, like all true bookmen, gossip. This delicious memoir will appeal well beyond the boundaries of the book trade and any reader who enjoys autobiographies of a life well-lived, will discover much here to amuse and delight.
For six hectic months, season to season in the High Fashion calendar, twenty-something male model Alex hurtles between London, Paris and Milan, absorbed in the ruthless world of the catwalk. His long-term girlfriend, Nathalie, is desperate to rekindle their love; his oldest friend, Hugo, though regarding Alex’s so-called career as frivolous, continues to urge fidelity; while his father, reduced to a voice on an answer machine, nevertheless persists in seeking his estranged son’s approval. As his stock as a model soars, Alex is increasingly drawn into a world of predatory sex, drug-induced infatuation and a growing bewilderment with the alluring, seductive shallowness of all he sees around him. The centre cannot hold…
Gavin James Bower’s first novel is an astonishing debut. Written in a terse, vivid prose his sharp, ironic tone eviscerates the superficiality of a glittering world where nothing is what it seems and chaotic despair is never far away.
There has been much talk of late about how the continuing financial turmoil will find expression in the arts. Will the literature of this depression match the quality of that created in the 1930s? Quartet Books were intending to publish James Palumbo’s startling first novel later in the year, but our belief in its relevance to these troubled times convinces us this Swiftian fable of excess should be published as soon as possible.
Impossible to précis its narrative, Palumbo’s story weaves and curves its way around the adventures of Tomas, a young man on the make in a world of wealth, privilege and corruption. Like Candide and Gulliver before him, Tomas’s adventures will startle the reader’s imagination, yet linger in her mind. What seems grotesque, even impossible, has already happened … For excess of imagination, passion, outrage, death and love, greed and vice, often provide a clearer view of life.
Blaithin: between parents, between homes, between the present and the future. What does this young girl see?
Jim: the territorial and narrow-minded Hitler of the allotment. He has to know everything that is going on in his domain. Will he be the one that unearths the truth behind the day’s mysterious events?
Jas: a teenager seeking refuge from family sorrow, Jas finds herself taken from one drama to another as she witnesses the drama unfolding from her arboreal vantage point.
Lorna: an obsessive middle-aged woman. Walked out on by her husband three weeks ago will a chance encounter in the allotment end her loneliness?
Jolil: the allotment brings him relief from an emptying life. Behind him his wife, his son, his country and his home. Only memories remain. Does anything lie ahead for Jolil?
Del: finds a unique use for his allotment in the hope of a growing a light-bulb tree. With a passion for planting strange objects, what other secrets has he buried?
Nikki: a purple suede-boot wearing post-op transsexual searching through the allotment for her missing date. Will she find him?
Over the course of 24 hours the events surrounding the mysterious body in the allotment bind and entangle the lives of these characters leaving them irreversibly altered.
The first novel by bestselling author James Bradley, author of The Resurrectionist.
Archaeologist David Norfolk is searching for a 400-year old Portuguese shipwreck off the coast of New South Wales. Such a find would rewrite the history of Australia. But instead he unearths the body of a man murdered fifty years earlier, and begins to unravel a more personal kind of history.
An elderly recluse, dying in a nearby shack, seems to know something of the corpse’s identity – and also its connection to the shipwreck. He begins telling David about his own past, a story of a life marred by ambition, sexual passion, rivalry, deceit and betrayal. But will he give David the information he needs before it is too late?
‘A gripping murder mystery; a tragic wartime romance; and a detailed account of the colonial rivalry between Portugal and Spain.’ Time Out
The captivating life story of seventeenth-century playboy William Cavendish, told by the Chief Curator of the Historic Royal Palaces, Lucy Worsley.
Cavendish was everything that a cavalier should be: his passions were women, great houses and horses, and he was both courageous and cultured. But, along with the whole courtly world of King Charles I, with its conspiracies, sexual intrigues and gossip, he was doomed to extinction. Worsley paints a fascinating portrait of Cavendish’s life – from his expansion of Bolsover Castle to his long continental exile after defeat at the Battle of Marston Moor – which also gives us great insights into the decadent, vibrant and treacherous court culture of his time.
‘Richly entertaining, beautifully illustrated and . . . absorbing.’ Kate Chisholm, Daily Mail
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In the heat of the St Petersburg summer of 1868, a doctor’s wife and son are found dead, victims of a suspected poisoning. The doctor is arrested, but when further bodies are discovered it sets investigator Porfiry Petrovich on a thrilling and dangerous chase through the dark heart of the city, encountering aristocrats, soldiers, beggars and prostitutes as he hunts down a ruthless and elusive killer.
‘Right from the start, we are hooked by his storytelling panache.’ Daily Express
Marcus Chown, author of the hugely successful Quantum Theory Cannot Hurt You, shows how familiar features of the world reveal profound truths about the ultimate nature of reality. With the aid of a falling leaf, or a rose, or a starry night sky, Chown makes cutting-edge science clear and meaningful. This book will literally change the way you see the world.
Look around you . . .
The reflection of your face in a window tells you that the universe at its deepest level is orchestrated by chance. The iron in a spot of blood on your finger tells you that out in space there must be a furnace at a temperature of 4.5 billion degrees. The static on a badly tuned TV screen tells you that the universe began in a big bang. In fact, your very existence tells you this may not be the only universe but merely one among an infinity of others, stacked like the pages of a never-ending book.
These are the shocking secrets of Regency rakes! The Unmasking of Lady Loveless – The ton is buzzing about a book chronicling their sexual escapades. Alexander knows that his estranged wife is the author and he’s vowed to uncover the virgin’s inspiration…Disrobed and Dishonoured – Lord Redcliffe has disguised himself as a highwayman to win a wager: to collect kisses from the first five women he meets. But one mysterious lady has him hungry for more. Libertine Lord, Pickpocket Miss – Rakish Julian thinks Sophie is just another debutante. But Julian soon learns Sophie is no innocent young miss – she’s a passionate, daring…and arouses him like nobody else! The Unlacing of Miss Leigh – Injured in battle Captain Graham Veall has become a recluse. Yet he is determined not to forgo life’s pleasures forever…especially the delight of a woman’s touch. Notorious Lord, Compromised Miss – Viscount Maldon must marry an heiress – but he can’t stay away from an impoverished miss!
When two seven-year-old girls go missing, all are under suspicion. Calli Clark is a dreamer. A sweet, gentle girl, Callie suffers from selective mutism, brought on by a tragedy she experienced as a toddler. Her mother Antonia tries her best to help, but is confined by marriage to a violent husband. Petra Gregory is Calli’s best friend, her soul mate and her voice. But neither Petra nor Calli have been heard from since their disappearance was discovered. Now Calli and Petra’s families are bound by the question of what has happened to their children. As support turns to suspicion, it seems the answers lie trapped in the silence of unspoken secrets.
A psychopathic killer targets San Francisco’s most innocent and vulnerable
A young mother and her infant child are ruthlessly gunned down while returning to their car in the garage of a shopping mall. There are no witnesses, and Detective Lindsay Boxer is left with only one shred of evidence: a cryptic message scrawled across the windshield in blood-red lipstick.
The same night, the wife of A-list actor Marcus Dowling walks in on a cat burglar who is about to steal millions of dollars worth of precious jewels. In just seconds there is an empty safe, a lifeless body, and another mystery that throws San Francisco into hysteria.
Before Lindsay and her friends can piece together either case, one of the killers forces Lindsay to put her own life on the line – but is it enough to save the city?
Everyone talks about ‘Middle England’. Sometimes they mean something bad, like a lynch mob of Daily Mail readers, and sometimes they mean something good, like a pint of ale in a sleepy Cotswold village in summer twilight. But just where and what is Middle England? Stuart Maconie didn’t know either, so he packed his Thermos and sandwiches and set off to find out.
Is Middle England about tradition and decency or closed minds and bigotry? Is it maypoles and evensong, or flooded market towns and binge drinkers in the park? And is Slough really as bad as Ricky Gervais and John Betjeman make out? From Shakespeare to JK Rowling, Vaughan Williams to Craig David, William Morris to B&Q, Stuart Maconie leads the expedition, with plenty of stop-offs for tea and scones, to discover the truth.
The story of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas is very difficult to describe. Usually we give some clues about the book on the cover, but in this case we think that would spoil the reading of the book. We think it is important that you start to read without knowing what it is about.
If you do start to read this book, you will go on a journey with a nine-year-old boy called Bruno. (Though this isn’t a book for nine-year-olds.) And sooner or later you will arrive with Bruno at a fence. We hope you never have to cross such a fence.
Michael Beard is a Nobel prize-winning physicist whose best work is behind him. Trading on his reputation, he speaks for enormous fees, lends his name to the letterheads of renowned scientific institutions and half-heartedly heads a government-backed initiative tackling global warming. A compulsive womaniser, Beard finds his fifth marriage floundering. But this time it is different: she is having the affair, and he is still in love with her.
When Beard’s professional and personal worlds collide in a freak accident, an opportunity presents itself for Beard to extricate himself from his marital mess, reinvigorate his career and save the world from environmental disaster.
Ranging from the Arctic Circle to the deserts of New Mexico, SOLAR is a serious and darkly satirical novel, showing human frailty struggling with the most pressing and complex problem of our time.A story of one man’s greed and self-deception, it is a profound and stylish new work from one of the world’s great writers.
Lara has always had an overactive imagination. Now she wonders if she is losing her mind. Normal twenty-something girls just dont get visited by ghosts! But inexplicably, the spirit of Lara’s great aunt Sadie – in the form of a bold, demanding Charleston-dancing girl – has appeared to make one last request: Lara must track down a missing necklace Sadie simply can’t rest without.
Lara’s got enough problems of her own. Her start-up company is floundering, her best friend and business partner has run off to Goa, and she’s just been dumped by the love of her life.
But as Lara spends time with Sadie, life becomes more glamorous and their treasure hunt turns into something intriguing and romantic. Could Sadie’s ghost be the answer to Lara’s problems and can two girls from different times end up learning something special from each other?
Between the end of Frank Herbert’s DUNE and his next novel, DUNE MESSIAH, lies an intriguing mystery: how a hero adored by a planet became a tyrant hated by a universe.
Paul Atreides is the man who overthrew a corrupt empire and then launched a terrible jihad across the galaxy, shedding the blood of trillions. The now-hated tyrant, the blind emperor Paul Muad’Dib, has walked off into the endless desert of the planet Arrakis, known as Dune, leaving his turbulent empire without guidance.
It’s up to his mother Jessica, with her daughter Alia, the brave troubadour-warrior Gurney Halleck, the resurrected Duncan Idaho, the Fremen leader Stilgar, as well as Paul’s wife-in-name and biographer, Princess Irulan, to try and hold an empire together even as it tears itself apart from within and without.
The first in a stunning new series, The Cousins War, is set amid the tumult and intrigue of The War of the Roses. Internationally bestselling author Philippa Gregory brings this family drama to colourful life through its women, beginning with the story of Elizabeth Woodville, the White Queen
The White Queen tells the story of a common woman who ascends to royalty by virtue of her beauty, a woman who rises to the demands of her position and fights tenaciously for the success of her family, a woman whose two sons become the central figures in a mystery that has confounded historians for centuries: the Princes in the Tower whose fate remains unknown to this day. From her uniquely qualified perspective, Philippa Gregory explores the most famous unsolved mystery, informed by impeccable research and framed by her inimitable storytelling skills.
When the body of a young woman is discovered in a derelict cottage in the middle of Los Angeles National Forest, Homicide Detective Robert Hunter finds himself entering a horrific and recurring nightmare. Naked, strung from two wooden posts, the victim was sadistically tortured before meeting an excruciatingly painful death. All the skin has been ripped from her face – while she was still alive. On the nape of her neck has been carved a strange double-cross: the signature of a psychopath known as the Crucifix Killer.
But that’s impossible. Because two years ago, the Crucifix Killer was caught and executed. Could this therefore be a copycat killer? Or could the unthinkable be true? Is the real killer still out there, ready to embark once again on a vicious and violent killing spree, selecting his victims seemingly at random, taunting Robert Hunter with his inability to catch him?
Hunter and his rookie partner are about to enter a nightmare beyond imagining.
Even though he is still young, Kenny has just weeks to live. Before he dies, he wants to find his childhood best friend Callie Barton and thank her for the kindness she showed him when they were at school together.
But when Kenny begins his search, he discovers that Callie Barton has gone missing. Although cleared of any involvement, her husband Jonathan seems to be hiding something.
Kenny has no choice but to take matters into his own hands. And knowing that time is running out on him, he’s prepared to do whatever it takes .
When dynamic, power-dressing Christie blows in like a warm wind to take over their department, five very different women find themselves thrown together at work. But none of them could have predicted the fierce bond of friendship that her leadership would inspire. . .
Anna, 39, is reeling from the loss of her fiancé, who ran off with a much younger woman. Her pride in tatters, these days Anna finds it difficult to leave the house. So when a handsome, mysterious stranger takes an interest in her, she’s not sure whether she can learn to trust again? Then there’s Grace, in her fifties, trapped in a loveless marriage with a man she married because, unable to have children of her own, she fell in love with his motherless brood. Grace worries that Dawn is about to make the same mistake: orphaned as a child, engaged to love-rat Calum, is Dawn more interested in the security that comes with his tight-knit, boisterous family? When a sexy, footloose rock singer catches her eye, will Dawn have the courage to follow her heart?
Cleo Quinn doesn’t have the greatest track record when it comes to men, but now Will’s come along. Handsome and attentive, he could be her Mr Right. Things are definitely looking up for Cleo… apart from one small problem with a rather large ego. Johnny LaVenture, sculptor extraordinaire and her personal childhood nemesis, is back in Channing’s Hill and tormenting her as if he’d never been away.
Meanwhile Cleo’s sister Abbie has a problem of her own – husband Tom has become distant and withdrawn, and she’s determined to find out why. But will the shocking truth mean the end of their idyllically happy marriage?
The sisters are about to discover that the past can come back to haunt you, and that love can flourish in the unlikeliest of places…
A sweet, funny and romantic novel from the Sunday Times No. 1 bestseller.
When newly single Tilly Cole impulsively quits her London job for a fresh start in the small town of Roxborough she finds she’s arrived in a hotbed of gossip, intrigue and rampant rivalry for the most desirable men.
Tilly has no intention of joining in – she’s just happy with her new Girl Friday job. Then she meets Jack Lucas. Jack is irresistible… and he’s got his eye on Tilly. But there are shocking rumours about his wicked reputation. Tilly doesn’t want to be just another notch on anyone’s bedpost.
But is she being mature and sensible – or is she running away from the love of her life?
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Lola has no intention of accepting when her boyfriend Dougie’s snobbish mother offers her £10,000 to break up with him. Then she discovers a secret that makes her think again. Dougie would probably have broken up with her in the long run, and this way she can help one of the people she loves most in the world.
Ten years later, though, when Lola meets Dougie again, her feelings for him are as strong as ever. But she broke Dougie’s heart and he’s about to discover that she was paid to do it. She can never tell him the truth, so can she get him back? Well, Lola’s very attractive and very persuasive. But even she’s got her work cut out this time…
The gripping new instalment of the adventures of Brenda and Effie.
No matter what she tries to do, trouble has a way of finding Brenda. It’s hardly surprising with secrets like hers. When her old adversary Mr Danby starts filling the airwaves with his late night phone in show it can only mean one thing – and sure enough best friend Effie soon finds herself up to her neck in it. But that is only the beginning; fate has an even bigger surprise in store. Romance is in the air for Brenda and, do what she will, she cannot deny that she and her man were made for each other – literally. But as usual, Brenda and Effie will face up to whatever dangers come their way with fortitude and grace: even if that means journeying to places beyond their wildest dreams.
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Penny is running away from a life of domestic strife and into mysterious Whitby – where she hopes to find herself. But in her quest for self-discovery, Penny may have stumbled on something far more sinister: the gateway to hell. For Whitby is no ordinary seaside resort. The quaint façade of coffee shops and tea dances conceals a magnet for dark and dangerous forces, drawing in and spewing out all kinds of monsters. And all that keeps the evil at bay are Brenda and Effie – two very unusual old ladies.
When a film crew comes to town to remake the sixties schlock horror movie Get Thee Inside Me, Satan, Brenda and Effie suspect something strange is afoot. Female lead Karla Sorenson is reprising her role and she doesn’t look like she’s aged a day. Surely that’s not possible? Then there are the disturbing rumours surrounding the original movie – a cult classic that is, quite literally, spell-binding. As events spool out of control, Penny’s new boss Robert draws her deeper into the movie’s peculiar mystery. But can it be stopped before all hell breaks loose?
An anthology of writings spanning Simon Reynolds’ extraordinary career as a music writer, Bring the Noise weaves together interviews, reviews, essays, and features to create a critical history of the last twenty years of pop culture. Bring the Noise juxtaposes the voices of many of rock and rap’s most provocative artist – Morrissey, Public Enemy, Beastie Boys, the Stone Roses, PJ Harvey, Radiohead, the Streets – with Reynolds’ own passionate analysis.
With all the energy and insight you would expect from the author of Rip It Up And Start Again, Bring the Noise tracks the alternately fraught and fertile relationship between white bohemia and black street music. The selections transmit the immediacy of their moment while offering a running commentary on the broader enduring questions of race and resistance, multiculturalism and division. From grunge to grime, from Madchester to the Dirty South, Bring the Noise chronicles hip hop and alternative rock’s competing claims to be the cutting-edge of innovation and the voice of opposition in an era of conservative backlash. Alert to both the vivid detail and the big picture, Simon Reynolds has shaped a compelling narrative that cuts across a thrillingly turbulent two-decade period of pop music.
He’s as untamed as the desert – a barbarian prince, a revered leader. Long ago he loved a girl, but the power of their feelings almost destroyed them both. Now the only woman he could ever love is forbidden! Unable to bear him sons, she is unfit to be his queen… But she’s the one who can stop the storm that has raged in his heart since he last made her his. His choice: take her as his mistress or become the king he was born to be…
Businesswoman Madeline Delacourte has no time and no need for a man in her life; after all, her late husband left her independently wealthy. But then she meets Luke Bennett. With his hard body and even harder attitude to life he poses a challenge, and awakens a hunger she didn’t know she had…
Luke is only visiting Singapore for a week, and Madeline knows she’s playing with fire. He is as roguish as he is seductive, and if she unleashes this bad boy’s passion she’d better learn how
to tame it – otherwise it’s her who’ll end up getting burnt…
Lily Germaine thinks cowboy Noah Laramie is the most stubborn-as-a-mule man she’s ever met. Losing an arm doesn’t mean he has to lose sight of who he is. His courage, strength and loyalty make him one in a million. She just needs to convince him of that!