Stephenie Meyer«Twilight» (Atom)
Isabella Swan expects her new life in Forks to be as dull as the town itself. But her new classmates don't seem to mind her awkward manner and low expectations. They seem to like tier - with the exception, that is, of Edward Cullen. The problem is that Bella finds herself fascinated by him. What she doesn't realise is that the closer she gets, the more she is at risk. And it might be too late to turn back.
Deeply seductive and irresistibly compelling, "Twilight" is an extraordinary love story that will stay with you long after you have turned the final page.
Stephenie Meyer “New moon” (Atom)
For Bella Swan, there is one thing more important than life itself: Edward Cullen. But being in love with a vampire is even more dangerous than Bella could ever have imagined. Edward has already rescued Bella from the clutches of one evil vampire, but now, as their daring relationship threatens all that is near and dear to them, they realise their troubles may be just beginning…
Passionate, riveting and deeply moving, "New Moon", the compelling sequel to "Twilight", irresistibly combines romance and suspense with a supernatural twist.
Stephenie Meyer “Eclipse” (Atom)
As Seattle is ravaged by a string of mysterious killings and a malicious vampire continues her quest for revenge, Bella once again finds herself surrounded by danger. In the midst of it all, she is forced to choose between her love for Edward and her friendship with Jacob - knowing that her decision has the potential to ignite the ageless struggle between vampire and werewolf. With her graduation approaching, Bella has one more decision to make: life or death. But which is which?
Stephenie Meyer “Breaking Dawn” ( Atom)
When you loved the one who was killing you, it left you no options. How could you run, how could you fight, when doing so would hurt that beloved one? If your life was all you had to give, how could you not give it? If it was someone you truly loved?
To be irrevocably in love with a vampire is both fantasy and nightmare woven into a dangerously heightened reality for Bella Swan. Pulled in one direction by her intense passion for Edward Cullen, and in another by her profound connection to werewolf Jacob Black, a tumultuous year of temptation, loss, and strife have led her to the ultimate turning point. Her imminent choice to either join the dark but seductive world of immortals or to pursue a fully human life has become the thread from which the fates of two tribes hangs.
Now that Bella has made her decision, a startling chain of unprecedented events is about to unfold with potentially devastating, and unfathomable, consequences. Just when the frayed strands of Bella's life - first discovered in Twilight, then scattered and torn in New Moon and Eclipse - seem ready to heal and knit together, could they be destroyed... forever?
The astonishing, breathlessly anticipated conclusion to the Twilight Saga, "Breaking Dawn" illuminates the secrets and mysteries of this spellbinding romantic epic that has entranced millions.
Lynsay Sands "A Quick bite" (Avon)
That hot guy tied to Lissianna Argeneau’s bed? He’s not dessert—he’s the main course!
Lissianna has been spending her centuries pining for Mr. Right, not just a quick snack, and this sexy guy she finds in her bed looks like he might be a candidate. But there’s another, more pressing issue: her tendency to faint at the sign of blood… an especially annoying quirk for a vampire. Her mother thinks she has the perfect solution, and serves up the therapist on a silver platter (or at least a wrought iron bed). Of course it doesn’t hurt that this psychologist has a delicious looking neck.
What kind of cold-blooded vampire woman could resist a bite of that? Dr. Gregory Hewitt recovers from the shock of waking up in a stranger’s bedroom pretty quickly—once he sees a gorgeous woman about to treat him to a wild night of passion. But is it possible for the good doctor find true love with a hemophobic vampire vixen, or will he be just a good meal?
That’s a question Dr. Greg might be willing to sink his teeth into… if he can just get Lissianna to bite.
L. J. Smith “Night World: Secret Vampire, Daughters of Darkness”
(Hodder Children’s Books)
In Secret Vampire, Poppy is dying, and it seems that James can offer her her only chance for survival... but is the price too high?
In Daughters of Darkness, Mary Lynette has just met three mysterious sisters - on the run from their cruel brother. But can she protect them or herself with another threat lurking nearby?
In Enchantress, Blaise is irresistible ... and deadly, but the Night World has rules, and Blaise is breaking them all...
L. J. Smith “Night World: Huntress, Black Dawn, Witchlight” (Hodder Children’s Books)
This omnibus volume collects three full-length L. J. Smith Night World vampire romances. The plotlines are taut and riveting: The half-vampire vampire hunter of Huntress must stalk her own kind; in Black Dawn, Maggie Neely stumbles upon a Night World realm where nothing is quite as simple as it first seems; and Keller, the shapeshifting panther heroine of Witchlight, falls...more
L. J. Smith “Night World: Dark Angel, The Choosen, Soulmate” (Simon Pulse)
Vampires, werewolves, witches, shapeshifters - they live among us without our knowledge. Night World is their secret society, a secret society with very strict rules. And falling in love breaks all the laws of the Night World.
In Dark Angel, Gillian is saved from drowning by her guardian angel. Only visible to Gillian, Angel will fulfill her heart's every desire. But when Angel starts making strange and sinister requests, Gillian must question who he truly is and where he came from.
Armed with a wooden stake, martial arts, and the will to resist a vampire's mind control, Rashel struggles to avenge her mother's death in The Chosen. Then she meets Quinn, her soulmate, who is part of the world she has vowed to destroy.
Hannah receives notes warning her of incredible danger in Soulmate. But if death is her destiny, is the Lord of the Night World's love strong enough to save her?
Charles Bukowski “The People Look Like Flowers at Last” (Ecco)
A fifth and final collection of poetic works by the influential late author of Factotum and Ham on Rye features hard-hitting pieces that reflect his observations about everyday objects and offer insight into his use of unpolished language. Original.
Charles Bukowski "Come on In!" (Ecco)
climbing back up out of the ooze, out of
the thick black tar,
rising up again, a modern
you're amazed at your good
somehow you've had more
than your share of second
hell, accept it.
what you have, you have.
you walk and look in the bathroom
at an idiot's smile.
you know your luck.
some go down and never climb back up.
Cecelia Ahern «A Place Called Here» (Harper)
Ever since the day her classmate Jenny-May Butler vanished, Sandy Shortt has been haunted by what happens when something - or someone - disappears. Finding has become her goal.
Jack Ruttle is desperate to find his younger brother Donal who vanished into thin air a year ago. So then he spots an ad for Sandy's missing persons agency, he's certain that she will answer his prayers and find his missing brother.
But then Sandy disappears too, stumbling upon a place that is a world away from the only one she has ever known. Now all she wants, more than anything, is to find her way home.
Roald Dahl “The Best of Roald Dahl” (Penguin Books)
Twenty wickedly anarchic tales from the master of the unpredictable, chosen from his bestsellers "Over to You", "Someone Like You", "Kiss Kiss" and "Switch Bitch". Stylish, outrageous and haunting, they explore the sinister side of the human psyche with unexpected outcomes.
There's the wife who serves up a murderous new dish to her husband, the gambler who collects little fingers from losers, the sound machine that can hear the grass scream, and the night-time seduction that has macabre consequences, to name a few.
Roald Dahl “Tales of the Unexpected” (Penguin Books)
Sixteen tales, each with a startling twist, told by the grand master of the short story, Roald Dahl.
Inside these covers you will meet the man prepared to wager his daughter's hand in marriage over the breed and vintage of a bottle of wine; the traveller who throws himself overboard on a cruise liner just to win a bet; the innocuous-seeming landlady whose guests stay for longer than they intended; and Edward
David Cohen "Diana: death of a Goddess" (Arrow books)
00.23 a.m. August 31st 1997. The Mercedes driven by Henri Paul in which Princess Diana, Dodi Al Fayed and Trevor Rees-Jones were travelling crashes into a pillar in the Alma tunnel in the centre of Paris, killing Paul, Dodi and Diana and seriously injuring Rees Jones.
That much is certain. But little else.
Many people suspected conspiracy from the start. The Establishment dismissed the idea as paranoid. Six years on it is obvious that the true and full story of what happened on the night Diana died has not been told. Now, psychologist and filmmaker David Cohen comes closer to telling what really happened that tragic night than anyone ever has. He is the first person to gain access to and take evidence from the French investigation report, and reveals for the first time much that has been deliberately concealed.
He discloses why the Mercedes was taking the wrong route to Dodi’s flat. He uncovers incriminating information about the owner of the infamous white Fiat Uno from French security sources. He reveals Henri Paul’s true role on behalf of MI6. Here, for the first time, Cohen reveals startlingly new evidence surrounding the events of that fateful night, and ask s questions which the recently opened enquiry into the accident will have to address…
Jackie Collins «Hollywood Husbands» (Pan Books)
In a small American town, a young girl is beaten by her husband, raped by his friends and left for dead. Years later the Hollywood husbands may be the ones to feel the heat of her burning revenge.
Manon Cable - macho superstar, Howard Soloman - star-maker, star-breaker, Jack Python - the hottest talk-show host in town.
"Hollywood Husbands" is the follow-up to "Hollywood Wives".
Be warned - the heat is on!
Paullina Simons “The Girl in Times Square” (Harper)
This is a stunning and powerful contemporary love story, from one of the best storytellers in this century. Lily's life is turned upside down with the disappearance of her flat mate, incredible revelations about her family and a personal discovery, all o which will affect her forever... What if everything you believed about your life was a lie? Meet Lily Quinn. She is broke, struggling to finish college, pay her rent, find love. Adrift in bustling New York City, the most interesting things in Lily's lifehappen to the people around her. But, Lily loves her aimless life! Until, her best friend and roommate Amy disappears. That's when Spencer Patrick O'Malley, a cynical, past his prime NYPD detective with demons of his own, enters Lily's world. And, a sudde fincial windfall, which should bring Lily joy instead becomes an ominous portent of the dark forces gathering around her. But, fate isn't finished with Lily. She finds herself fighting for her life as Spencer's search for the missing Amy intensifies, leaing Lily to question everything she knew about her friend and family. Startling revelations about the people she loves force her to confront truths that will leave her changed forever. From a master storyteller, comes a new heart-wrenching, magnificent an unputdownable novel. This is the odyssey of two young women, Lily and Amy, roommates and friends on the verge of the rest of their lives.
Arthur Golden «Memoirs of a Geisha» (Vintage Books)
In this literary tour de force, novelist Arthur Golden enters a remote and shimmeringly exotic world. For the protagonist of this peerlessly observant first novel is Sayuri, one of Japan's most celebrated geisha, a woman who is both performer and courtesan, slave and goddess.
We follow Sayuri from her childhood in an impoverished fishing village, where in 1929, she is sold to a representative of a geisha house, who is drawn by the child's unusual blue-grey eyes. From there she is taken to Gion, the pleasure district of Kyoto. She is nine years old. In the years that follow, as she works to pay back the price of her purchase, Sayuri will be schooled in music and dance, learn to apply the geisha's elaborate makeup, wear elaborate kimono, and care for a coiffure so fragile that it requires a special pillow. She will also acquire a magnanimous tutor and a venomous rival. Surviving the intrigues of her trade and the upheavals of war, the resourceful Sayuri is a romantic heroine on the order of Jane Eyre and Scarlett O'Hara. And "Memoirs of a Geisha" is a triumphant work - suspenseful, and utterly persuasive.
Jodi Picoult “My Sister's Keeper” (Hodder)
Sara Fitzgerald's daughter Kate is just two years old when she is diagnosed with a rare form of leukaemia. Reeling with the helpless shock of it, Sara knows she will do anything - whatever it takes - to save her child.
Then the test results come back time and again to show that no one in their family is a match for Kate. If they are to find a donor for the crucial bone marrow transplant she needs, there is only one option: creating another baby, specifically designed to save her sister. For Sara, it seems the ideal solution. Not only does Kate live, but she gets a beautiful new daughter, Anna, too.
Until the moment Anna hands Sara the papers that will rock her whole world. Because, aged thirteen, Anna has decided that she doesn't want to help Kate live any more. She is suing her parents for the rights to her own body.
Jodi Picoult “The Tenth Circle” (Hodder)
Daniel Stone has always been close to his daughter. Staying at home to look after her while his wife pursued her career as a top level academic, his was always the first name she called. But recently it seems, without him noticing it, his little girl is gone, and in her place is a stranger.
Until the night fourteen-year-old Trixie comes home from a party claiming she was raped, and suddenly she needs him more than ever before. Because the whole school knew Jason Underhill broke Trixie's heart, but that doesn't make him a rapist, does it? For Daniel, there is no doubt: his daughter is innocent. He has failed to protect her once. Now he will do anything to save her.
For Daniel, there is no doubt: his daughter is innocent. He has failed to protect her once. Now he will do anything to save her.
P. G. Wodehouse «Cocktail Time» (Penguin Books)
It was never the habit of Frederick, fifth Earl of Ickenham, to grumble when events crowded in on him, but he did sometimes feel that the life-work he had set himself of spreading sweetness and light—or, as some preferred to put it, meddling in other people's business— was almost more than any man could be expected to undertake single-handed. So many problems had presented themselves of late, coming up one after the other. First there was the faltering courtship of his godson, Johnny, and the delectable Belinda Farringdon. Then there was Albert Peasemarch's tangled love-life in which the promotion of a union between this admirable butler and the sister of his employer was calling for all that Frederick had of resolution and ingenuity. And thirdly there was the matter of the reformation of Beefy Bastable, whose attitude towards his sister Phoebe, so like that of a snapping turtle suffering from ulcers, Frederick felt it his duty to correct. It is hardly to be wondered at that Frederick confessed to being preoccupied. But happily such moments with him were of fleeting duration. In the present instance the mood came, paused and passed, leaving Frederick with the ball at his feet, eager to lend his statesmanlike mind to all mankind in distress. The account of his adventures is a riot of fun from beginning to end.
Candace Bushnell “Sex and the City” (ABACUS)
Meet Carrie, Miranda, Sam and their stylish friends. Successful, attractive, thirty-something career women living the high life in New York; blazing a glorious cocktail trail from the Bowery Bar to the Baby Doll Lounge; holidaying in the Hamptons and going to Aspen by Learjet. But they have more in common than just their enviable lifestyle; they're all searching for lasting love. Finding it is easier said than done in a town full of gorgeous, single, rich men, none of whom want to settle down. Toxic bachelors and serial daters are a perennial problem - but maybe Mr Big will be different?
Candace Bushnell “Lipstick Jungle” (ABACUS)
To everyone who's anyone in New York, Victory Ford, Wendy Healy and Nico O'Neilly are riding high, the beautiful faces of success in the city. Victory is the hottest new designer on the block; Wendy is President of Parador Pictures with a sure-fire hit in production and three gorgeous children; and Nico is the editor of Bonfire magazine, the city's style bible. To the outside world they've hit their prime.
The trouble is, from where Victory, Wendy and Nico are standing things don't look quite that way. Nico is fitting in guilty extramarital sex with an underwear model, Victory's last collection bombed and Wendy's twelve-year marriage to her metrosexual househusband is in freefall.
Helen Fielding “Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason” (Picador)
The Wilderness Years are over! But not for long. At the end of "Bridget Jones's Diary", Bridget hiccuped off into the sunset with man-of-her-dreams Mark Darcy. Now, in "The Edge of Reason", she discovers what it is like when you have the man of your dreams actually in your flat and he hasn't done the washing-up, not just the whole of this week, but ever.
Lurching through a morass of self help-book theories and mad advice from Jude and Shazzer, struggling with a boyfriend-stealing ex friend with thighs like a baby giraffe, an 8ft hole in the living-room wall, a mother obsessed with boiled-egg peelers, and a builder obsessed with large reservoir fish, Bridget embarks on a spiritual epiphany, which takes her from the cappuccino queues of Netting Hill to the palm- and magic-mushroom-kissed shores of...
Helen Fielding “Bridget Jones's Diary” (Picador)
In the course of the year recorded in Bridget Jones's Diary, Bridget confides her hopes, her dreams, and her monstrously fluctuating poundage, not to mention her consumption of 5277 cigarettes and "Fat units 3457 (approx.) (hideous in every way)." In 365 days, she gains 74 pounds. On the other hand, she loses 72! There is also the unspoken New Year's resolution-the quest for the right man. Alas, here Bridget goes severely off course when she has an affair with her charming cad of a boss. But who would be without their e-mail flirtation focused on a short black skirt? The boss even contends that it is so short as to be nonexistent.
Vikas Swarup “Slumdog Millionaire” (Black Swan)
A former tiffinboy from Mumbai, Ram Mohammad Thomas, has just got twelve questions correct on a TV quiz show to win a cool one billion rupees. But he is brutally slung in a prison cell on suspicion of cheating. Because how can a kid from the slums know who Shakespeare was unless he has been pulling a fast one?
In the order of the questions on the show, Ram tells us which amazing adventures in his street-kid life taught him the answers. From orphanages to brothels, gangsters to beggar-masters, and into the homes of Bollywood's rich and famous, "Slumdog Millionaire" is brimming with the chaotic comedy, heart-stopping tragedy, and tear-inducing joyfulness of modern India.
John Gray “Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus” (Thorsons)
Using this metaphor to illustrate the commonly occurring conflicts between men and women, Dr John Gray explains how these differences can come between the sexes and prohibit mutually fulfilling loving relationships. Based on years of successful counselling of couples and individuals, he gives advice on how to counteract these differences in communication styles, emotional needs and modes of behavior to promote greater understanding between partners.
"Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus" has helped millions of men and women to understand each other better. It is an invaluable tool for developing deeper and more satisfying relationships.
James Herriot “James Herriot's Dog Stories” (St. Martin's Griffin)
YA Readers of Herriot's four classics and viewers of the PBS series will recognize many of these stories, which will still bring a smile or a tear to the eyes of dog lovers. Each of the 50 stories is preceded by a pen-and-ink sketch. Following each story, there are one or two paragraphs of Herriot's philosophy, outlook on life, and reminiscences about the dogs he has known. In these accounts he illustrates the various reactions of the dogs to the vet who treats them, thus providing the psychological side of animal doctoring. Especially interesting and enlightening are the descriptions of treatments given in the '30s as compared to what research has put into the hands of today's vet. A good choice for dog lovers.
Christopher Buckley “Boomsday” (Twelve)
Outraged over the mounting Social Security debt, Cassandra Devine, a charismatic 29-year-old blogger and member of Generation Whatever, incites massive cultural warfare when she politely suggests that Baby Boomers be given government incentives to kill themselves by age 75. Her modest proposal catches fire with millions of citizens, chief among them "an ambitious sena...more
Stephen Fry “The Hippopotamus” (Arrow Books)
Ted Wallace is an old, sour, womanising, cantankerous, whisky-sodden beast of a failed poet and drama critic, but he has his faults too.
Fired from his newspaper, months behind on his alimony payments and disgusted with a world that undervalues him, Ted seeks a few months repose and free drink at Swafford Hall, the country mansion of his old friend Lord Logan.
But strange things have been going on at Swafford. Miracles. Healings. Phenomena beyond the comprehension of a mud-caked hippopotamus like Ted...
Stephen Fry “Paperweight” (Arrow Books)
Over the years, when not wearing his acting, television or novelist trousers, Stephen Fry has written many articles for magazines, newspapers and radio. Collected together in this excellent volume, the reader will find the print debut of Professor Donald Trefusis; a previously undiscovered Sherlock Holmes mystery; discourses on the subjects of piles and critics, and many more witty and incisive articles from the pages of the Listener and the Daily Telegraph.
Townsend Sue “Queen and I” (Penguin Books)
A semil comic masterpiece of our time, now published for the first time in Penguin. The Monarchy Has Been Dismantled; When a Republican party wins the General Election, their first act in power is to strip the royal family of their assets and titles and end them to live on a housing estate in the Midlands. Exchanging Buckingham Palace for a two-bedroomed semi in Hell Close (as the locals dub it), caviar for boiled eggs, servants for a social worker named Trish, the Queen and her family learn what it mean to be poor among the great unwashed. But is their breeding sufficient to allow them to rise above their changed circumstance or deep down are they really just like everyone else?
Townsend Sue “Lost Diaries of Adrian Mole” (Penguin Books)
Confiscated for seven years by HM police - in the mistaken belief that they might incriminate the author - these diaries tell of Adrian Mole's lost years on the cusp of the second millennium.
The "same age as Jesus when he died", Adrian has become a martyr: a single father bringing up two young boys alone in an uncaring world. With the ever unattainable Pandora pursuing her ambition to become Labour's first female PM; his over-achieving half-brother, Brett, sponging off him; and literary success as elusive as ever, Adrian tries to make ends meet. But little does he realize that his own modest life is about to come to the attention of those charged with policing The War Against Terror...
Daphne du Maurier “Rebecca” (Avon)
So the second Mrs. Maxim de Winter remembered the chilling events that led her down the turning drive past the beeches, white and naked, to the isolated gray stone manse on the windswept Cornish coast. With a husband she barely knew, the young bride arrived at this immense estate, only to be inexorably drawn into the life of the first Mrs. de Winter, the beautiful Rebecca, dead but never forgotten...her suite of rooms never touched, her clothes ready to be worn, her servant- the sinister Mrs. Danvers-still loyal. And as an eerie presentiment of evil tightened around her heart, the second Mrs. de Winter began her search for the real fate of Rebecca...
for the secrets of Manderley.
John Banville “The Sea” (Picador)
In this luminous new novel about love, loss, and the unpredictable power of memory, John Banville introduces us to Max Morden, a middle-aged Irishman who has gone back to the seaside town where he spent his summer holidays as a child to cope with the recent loss of his wife. It is also a return to the place where he met the Graces, the well-heeled family with whom he experienced the strange suddenness of both love and death for the first time. What Max comes to understand about the past, and about its indelible effects on him, is at the center of this elegiac, gorgeously written novel — among the finest we have had from this masterful writer.
Elaine Fox «GUYS AND DOGS» (Avon)
A GUY VS. A DOG One of them is affectionate, loving, and eternally loyal –– a companion for life who lives only to make you happy... Small–town veterinarian Megan Rose doesn't usually wake up next to strangers. But this morning she finds one sleeping in her bed. Unfortunately, "Baywatch" a stray puppy, doesn't belong at the address on her tags, either: the mansion of Sutter Foley, millionaire software mogul and six fabulous feet of gorgeous, eligible male. Sutter doesn't even like dogs. He does, however, like the sexy, spunky vet who's trying to saddle him with a pooch. The animal magnetism they share is intense, but so is the spotlight in which Sutter lives. Can Megan stand the heat? Though her outspoken ways make a lot of waves in Sutter's goldfish–bowl world, he's never enjoyed life so much. Could she be the trustworthy companion he's been looking for . . . or should he stick with the dog? It's the old story: girl meets dog . . . girl and dog meet guy . . . guy loses girl, gets dog . . . Or will there be a frisky new twist to this puppy's tale?
Sophie Kinsella “Shopaholic & Baby” (Black Swan)
Becky's life is blooming. She's working at London's newest fashion store, The Look, house-hunting with husband Luke (her secret wish is a Shoe Room) ... and she's pregnant! She couldn't be more overjoyed - especially since discovering that shopping cures morning sickness. Everything has got to be perfect for her baby: from the designer nursery ... to the latest, coolest pram ... to the celebrity, must-have obstetrician.
But when the celebrity obstetrician turns out to be her husband Luke's glamorous, intellectual ex-girlfriend, Becky's perfect world starts to crumble.
Sophie Kinsella “Shopaholic Abroad” (Black Swan)
For Rebecca Bloomwood, life is peachy. She has a job on morning TV, her bank manager is actually being nice to her, and when it comes to spending money, her new motto is Buy Only What You Need - and she's really (sort of) sticking to it. The icing on the brioche is that she's been offered a chance to work in New York.
New York! The Museum of Modern Art! The Guggenheim! The Metropolitan Opera House! And Becky does mean to go to them all. Honestly. It's just that it seems silly not to check out a few other famous places first. Like Saks. And Bloomingdales. And Barneys. And one of those fantastic sample sales where you can get a Prada dress for $10. Or was it $100?
Is Becky too dazzled to care?
Sophie Kinsella “Remember Me?” (Black Swan)
Lexi wakes up in a hospital bed after a car accident, thinking it's 2004 and she's a twenty-five-year-old with crooked teeth and a disastrous love life. But, to her disbelief, she learns it's actually 2007 - she's twenty-eight, her teeth are straight, she's the boss of her department - and she's married! To a good-looking millionaire! How on earth did she land the dream life?!
She can't believe her luck - especially when she sees her stunning new home. She's sure she'll have a fantastic marriage once she gets to know her husband again. He's drawn up a "marriage manual", which should help.
But as she learns more about her new self, chinks start to appear in the perfect life. All her old friends hate her. A rival is after her job. Then a dishevelled, sexy guy turns up ... and lands a new bombshell.
Sophie Kinsella “Shopaholic & Sister” (Black Swan)
Becky Bloomwood is back! Becky thought being married to Luke Brandon would be one big Tiffany box of happiness. But to be honest, it's not quite as dreamy as she'd hoped.
The trouble started on honeymoon, when she told Luke the tiniest little fib, about the teeniest little purchase. Now she's on a strict budget, she doesn't have a job - and worst of all her beloved Suze has a new best friend. Then she receives some incredible news. She has a long-lost sister! Becky has never been more excited. Finally, a real sister! They'll have so much in common! They can go shopping together... choose shoes together... have manicures together... Until she meets her - and gets the shock of her life. It can't be true. Surely Becky Bloomwood's long-lost sister can't... hate shopping? A sister. A soulmate. A skinflint?
Sophie Kinsella “Shopaholic Ties the Knot” (Black Swan)
For once in Becky Bloomwood's life, things are going smoothly. She's got the dream job as a personal shopper (spending other people's money - and getting paid for it.) She's got a fabulous Manhattan apartment with her boyfriend Luke. They've even opened a joint bank account (although they can't quite agree on whether a Miu Miu skirt counts as a household expense).
Then Luke proposes - and all of a sudden life gets hectic. Becky's Mum wants her to get married in Oxshott and wear her old frilly wedding dress. Luke's mother wants to host a grand extravaganza at the New York Plaza, complete with woodland glade and the New York Philharmonic.
Becky knows she has to sit down and decide - but to be honest, it's a lot more fun tasting cake, trying on dresses and registering wedding presents. Time's ticking by, plans are being made both sides of the Atlantic and soon she realises she's in trouble...
Sophie Kinsella “Confessions of a Shopaholic” (Black Swan)
Meet Becky Bloomwood, an irresistible heroine with a big heart, big dreams and a teeny tiny little weakness...
Becky Bloomwood has a great flat, a fabulous wardrobe full of this season's must-haves and a job telling other people how to manage their money. The only problem is, she can't afford to live the high life any longer. The letters from the bank are getting harder to ignore, she tries Cutting Back, she tries Making More Money, she tries really hard, but nothing is working.
Her only consolation is to treat herself to something - just a little something...
"Confessions of a Shopaholic"... the perfect pick me up when life is hanging in the (bank) balance!
Sue Townsend “Number Ten” (Penguin Books)
Prime Minister Edward Clare and his wife Adele Floret-Clare live at Number 10 Downing Street. PC Jack Sprat is the policeman who stands outside on the door. Five years ago, Edward Clare was voted into Number 10 after a landslide election result. But now, things are starting to go wrong. The love has gone. The people are turning. In short, it's a very real problem. Edward worries about this. All he wants is for the people of Clare's Britain to like him, and for them to be happy. He enlists the help of Jack Sprat and together they travel round the country incognito, ending up at Jack's childhood home. His mother Norma lives in Leicester, and her address is Number 10 too, but that's where the similarity ends...
Sue Townsend “The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 ?” (Puffin)
At thirteen years old, Adrian Mole has more than his fair share of problems - spots, ill-health, parents threatening to divorce, rejection of his poetry and much more - all recorded with brilliant humour in his diary.
Sue Townsend “Public Confessions of a Middle-aged Woman” (Penguin Books)
Enter the world of Susan Townsend - sun-worshippers, work-shy writers, garden-centre lovers and those in search of a good time all welcome. Over the last decade, Sue Townsend has written a monthly column for "Sainsbury's Magazine", which covers everything from hosepipe bans and Spanish restaurants to writer's block and the posh middle-aged woman she once met who'd never heard of Winnie-the-Pooh. Collected together now for the first time, they form a set of pieces from one of Britain's most popular and acclaimed writers that is funny, perceptive and touching.
James Fenimore Cooper “The Last of the Mohicans” (Penguin Books)
Cooper's most enduringly popular novel combines heroism and romance with powerful criticism of the destruction of nature and tradition. Set against the French and Indian siege of Fort William Henry in 1757, "The Last of the Mohicans" recounts the story of two sisters, Cora and Alice Munro, daughters of the English commander, who are struggling to be reunited with their father. They are aided in their perilous journey by Hawk-eye, a frontier scout and his companions Chingachgook and Uncas, the only two survivors of the Mohican tribe. But their lives are endangered by the Mangua, the savage Indian traitor who captures the sisters, wanting Cora to be his squaw. In setting Indian against Indian and the brutal society of the white man against the civilization of the Mohican, Cooper, more than any author before or since, shaped the American sense of itself as a nation.
Stephen Fry “Making History” (Arrow Books)
Michael Young is convinced his brilliant history thesis will win him a doctorate, a pleasant academic post, a venerable academic publisher and his beloved girlfriend Jane.
A historian should know better than to imagine that he can predict the future.
Leo Zuckerman is an ageing physicist obsessed with the darkest period in human history, utterly driven by his fanatical hatred of one man. A lover's childish revenge and the breaking of a rotten clasp cause the two men to meet in a blizzard of swirling pages. Pages of history. When they come together nothing - past, present or future - will ever be the same again.
P. G. Wodehouse “Big Money” (Penguin Books)
Most of the big money belongs to Torquil Paterson Frisby, the dyspeptic American millionaire - but that doesn't stop him wanting more of it. His niece, the beautiful Ann Moon, is engaged to "Biscuit", Lord Biskerton, who doesn't have very much of the stuff and so he has to escape to Valley Fields to hide from his creditors. Meanwhile, his old schoolfriend Berry Conway, who is working for Frisby, falls for Ann - just as Biscuit falls for her friend Kitchie Valentine. Life in Wodehouse can sometimes become a little complicated. Oh, and Berry has been left a lot of shares in the Dream Come True copper mine. Of course they're worthless... aren't they?
Muriel Spark “The Complete Short Stories” (Penguin Books)
Muriel Spark is 'a wholly original presence in modern literature' (Andrew Motion). This collection, which contains all her published short stories together with some previously unpublished work, amply displays Muriel Spark's extraordinary talent; her cool, biting humour and unique vision of human nature. Ghosts and judges, priests, murder and French chateaux: all the trademark Spark obsessions are here, and much more besides.
Lisi Harrison “Best Friends for Never” (Simon and Schuster)
The Clique is back ...Massie Block - Still gorgeous. Still trendsetting. Still ruling the social scene at school...she hopes. To keep her spot at the top, Massie decides to throw the school's first boy/girl Halloween party. But her parents are making her invite the entire grade AND share the party with Claire. She's not sure which is scarier...Dylan Marvil - Lost the weight. Kept the attitude. Plans to use her new look to snag a cute guy. Kristen Gregory - Clothes are for sharing. Guys aren't. Likes the same guy Dylan does. Will do whatever it takes to get him. Alicia Rivera - With the Clique unravelling faster than last season's Burberry sweater, is it time for Alicia to stage her takeover? Claire Lyons: Still out. Wants in. Seriously needs to lose those Keds.
Janet Evanovich “To the Nines” (St. Martin's Press)
To the Nines is a great continuation of the Stephanie Plum series. Stephanie is firmly ensconced in Morelli's life and home and her biological clock is starting to tick a bit louder. Of course, she still has to contend with his family, including his scary Grandma Bella.
If that wasn't enough, her sister Valerie is seconds away for going into labor and eating for sixteen, driving the entire Plum family crazy. At work, Stephanie is tasked with finding Samuel Singh. Singh is in the US on a visa and The Plum Agency has gotten a lot of publicity for providing the visa bond. His disappearance seems to be a case of running from an arranged marriage, but something much more mysterious and nefarious is at work here. It's all very twisted. The search for Singh brings Stephanie, accompanied by Lula and Connie, to Las Vegas. They don't stay in Vegas long enough to really do it up Jersey style, but it's humorous nonetheless.
Ranger and his band of burly men make numerous appearances in this book. We get to spend some quality time with Tank and meet some of Ranger's other associates. Stephanie even steps into the technological present with the addition of a new laptop. Turns out, email is perfect for receiving scary anonymous notes of a threatening nature.
To the Nines was lots of fun. Stephanie shines as always and in a completely surprising turn of events - not one car was harmed in the making of this book. Stephanie has become bad luck for something else entirely and it's highly entertaining.
Dan Brown “Deception Point” (Corgi Books)
When a new NASA satellite detects evidence of an astonishingly rare object buried deep in the Arctic ice, the floundering space agency proclaims a much-needed victory…a victory that has profound implications for U.S. space policy and the impending presidential election.
With the Oval Office in the balance, the President dispatches White House Intelligence analyst Rachel Sexton to the Arctic to verify the authenticity of the find. Accompanied by a team of experts, including the charismatic academic Michael Tolland, Rachel uncovers the unthinkable - evidence of scientific trickery - a bold deception that threatens to plunge the world into controversy.
But before Rachel can make her findings known, she realises, perhaps too late, that such knowledge puts her and Tolland in deadly jeopardy. Fleeing for their lives in an environment as desolate as it is lethal, they possess only one hope for survival: to find out who is behind this masterful ploy. The truth, they will learn, is the most shocking deception of all…
Dan Brown “Digital Fortress” (Corgi Books)
When the National Security Agency's invincible code-breaking machine encounters a mysterious code it cannot break, the agency calls in its head cryptographer, Susan Fletcher, a brilliant, beautiful mathematician. What she uncovers sends shock waves through the corridors of power. The NSA is being held hostage - not by guns or bombs, but by a code so complex that it released would cripple U.S. intelligence.
Caught in an accelerating tempest of secrecy and lies, Fletcher battles to save the agency she believes in. Betrayed on all sides, she finds herself fighting not only for her country but tor her life, and in the end, tor the life of the man she loves...
Dan Brown “The Da Vinci Code” (Corgi Books)
While in Paris on business, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon receives an urgent late-night phone call. The elderly curator of the Louvre has been murdered inside the museum, a baffling cipher found near the body. As Langdon and a gifted French cryptologist, Sophie Neveu, sort through the bizarre riddles, they are stunned to discover a trail of clues hidden in the works of Da Vinci-clues visible for all to see and yet ingeniously disguised by the painter.
Frank Brennan “Circle Games” (Cambridge)
Modern, original fiction for learners of English. United by the theme of the circle, these stories are set in the UK, the USA and Singapore. From the discovery by a student archaeologist of a mysterious silver disc with strange properties to the heart-warming story of the rescue of a dangerously ill child by a poor tri-shaw driver, this collection of five stories is both amusing and thought provoking.
Frank Brennan “Windows of the Mind” (Cambridge)
Award-winning original fiction for learners of English. Five stories about the senses: Arlo hates noise and has a plan to bring the world silence. Gopal uses smell to protect the memory of his sister. Journalist Kathy uses her blindness to get a clear picture of human characters. Daniel has a tongue that earns him a living but could also be his downfall. And Jamie learns to balance the benefits of t'ai chi in his search for health and happiness.
James Herriot “All Things Bright and Beautiful” (St. Martin's Paperbacks)
We meet an unforgettable cast of characters, animal and human, in the second volume of Herriot's memoirs. Herriot is now Siegfried's partner in the country veterinary practice, and we go with him on his rounds, cheering his successes, mourning his losses, and smiling at the humor he finds so often. Christopher Timothy, who played James Herriot in the BBC version of "All Creatures Great and Small," recreates a variety of rich Yorkshire accents impeccably and brings these stories of small town and country life before WWII vividly alive. Each character has a distinct voice and personality, and you end the book wanting to hear more about each one. Masterfully narrated, this is a joy to listen to. J.D.P.
Sue Leather “The Way Home: Level 6” (Cambridge)
Eight journeys which change lives forever - a New York fashion buyer returns to her English home, a successful author meets an old friend, a reporter travels to an execution, a lorry driver gives an escaped prisoner a lift, a taxi driver picks up 'Bruce Lee', a bus ride home changes a film writer's life and work, a man's love for a tram driver leads him to follow her, and four strangers meet at a motel for the first and last time.
"Cambridge English Readers" is an exciting series of original fiction, specially written for learners of English. Graded into seven levels -from starter to advanced - the stories in this series provide easy and enjoyable reading on a wide range of contemporary topics and themes.
George Mikes “How to Be a Brit” (Penguin Books)
George Mikes has been studying the British for a long time; here in one book are his three major works, in which he unstintingly offers the fruits of forty years of field research to all aspirant Brits. Having himself been born abroad, Mr. Mikes is in the ideal position to counsel others in the same unhappy state - and even Brits born and bred may pick up a few unexpected tips from his irresistible blend of laconic humour and sharp observation.
Lynsay Sands "The Immortal Hunter" (Avon)
Even vampires need a vacation. But Decker Argeneau's ends abruptly when he's asked to help hunt the group of rogue vampires targeting mortals -- one that might include a defector in his own family. Before he can worry about that, though, he's got to rescue the latest victim. It's all part of the job, including taking a bullet for a beautiful doctor.
Dr. Danielle McGill doesn't know if she can trust the man who just saved her life. There are too many questions, such as what is the secret organization he says he's part of, and why do his wounds hardly bleed? However, with her sister in the hands of some dangerous men, she doesn't have much choice but to trust him.
Except now Decker's talking about life mates and awakening a passion that's taking Dani beyond anything she's ever known. Being undead may not be half-bad...especially if it means spending forever with a man who would love her with his mind, body, and immortal soul.
Nora Roberts “Valley of Silence” (Jove Books)
In the kingdom of Geall, the scholarly Moira has taken up the sword of her people. Now, as queen, she must prepare her subjects for the greatest battle they will ever fight--against an enemy more vicious than any they have seen. For Lilith, the most powerful vampire in the world, has followed the circle of six through time to Geall.
Moira also has a personal score to settle. Vampires killed her mother--and now, she is ready to exact her revenge. But there is one vampire to whom she would trust her soul...
Cian was changed by Lilith centuries ago. But now, he stands with the circle. Without hesitation, he will kill others of his kind--and has earned the respect of sorcerer, witch, warrior and shape-shifter. But he wants more than respect from Moira--even though his desire for her makes him vulnerable. For how can a man with an eternity to live love a woman whose life is sure to end--if not by Lilith's hand, then by the curse of time?
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Gerald Durrell, Bill Bowler “My Family and Other Animals” (Oxford)
The weather in England that summer had been so awful that Gerald's mother sold the family house and took her children to live on the Mediterranean island of Corfu. Between lessons, the ten-year-old Gerald was free to walk round the sunny island and discover the wonderful people and animals living there. This is the story of Gerald's adventures with the fascinating animals of Corfu, and, of course, with his surprising family and their friends.
Christine Lindop “Green Planet” (Oxford)
Once 'green' was just a colour. Now we use it to talk about a way of looking at our world and thinking about the environment. But how green is our planet today? From nuclear power plants to Nemo the clownfish, from polar bears to pesticides, from Greenpeace to global warming, this book brings together many different stories that have made environmental history. Read it, and perhaps you too can help to make our planet greener!
Charles Dickens “Nicholas Nickleby” (Oxford)
When his father dies a poor man, Nicholas Nickleby goes to London with his mother and sister, Kate. He hopes for help from his rich Uncle Ralph. But Ralph Nickleby is only interested in making money. So Nicholas takes a teaching job at Dotheboys Hall - a terrible school belonging to Mr Wackford Squeers. There he helps a poor boy called Smike who has no one to look after him. Leaving Dotheboys, Nicholas makes both friends and enemies on his journey towards better things. But will Smike, who travels with him, ever find the happy family life that he so dearly wants?
Henry James “Turn of the Screw” (Oxford)
A young woman arrives at a large country house. Her job is to look after the two children who live there, but she soon discovers that there is something very strange about both the house and the children. The longer she stays, the more she feels that the two children are in danger - or is it that the children are the danger, and the person in danger is herself?
Retold by John Escott “Blackbeard” (Oxford)
The year is 1717. It is a bad time to be the captain of a ship in the Caribbean because of pirates. The most frightening pirate on the sea is Edward Teach, or 'Blackbeard'.
'The Governor of Virginia wants us all dead!' Blackbeard thinks. 'But can he kill me - the most famous pirate in the Caribbean? No!'
Retold by Bill Bowler “Tristan and Isolde” (Oxford)
Tristan and Isolde are in love, but Isolde must marry King Mark. So a happy love story seems impossible...
The lovers meet every day but then, one night, King Mark finds them together. Now Tristan must leave the castle, but he is badly hurt and dying. Only Isolde can help him.
Can Isolde find Tristan in time? Can their love survive?
Jane Austen “Emma” (Oxford)
Emma Woodhouse is beautiful, clever and rich. She lives alone with her father, and spends a lot of her time thinking about future husbands - for her friends. When she meets Harriet Smith, a poor girl with no family, Emma decides that she must find a husband for her. Harriet is pleased to be Emma's friend - but will Emma's matchmaking make Harriet happy?
Charles Dickens “Hard Times” (Oxford)
Thomas Gradgrind believes that facts and money are more important than feelings and imagination. After Cissy Jupe - a circus child - is left alone in the world, Gradgrind takes her into his house, looking after her and teaching her facts with his own children Tom and Louisa. Some years later the Gradgrind family meets hard times. Louisa becomes a prisoner in a loveless marriage, and Tom has problems at work.
In the end, Thomas Gradgrind learns the importance of feelings and imagination.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle “Sherlock Holmes: The Sign of Four” (Oxford)
Miss Mary Morstan has a strange story to tell.
Since her father disappeared, she has received a large pearl through the post on the same day, every year, for six years. Who is sending them? And what about her father's paper with the words 'The Sign of Four' written on it?
Sherlock Holmes alone can solve these mysteries.
James Fenimore Cooper “Last of the Mohicans” (Oxford)
The year is 1757. The English and the French are at war in North America. Two sisters - Cora and Alice - want to visit their father, General Munro. They begin their dangerous journey with the handsome English officer, Duncan Heyward and the Indian guide, Magua.
On the way they meet friends and enemies, and many adventures. Some people will be heroes and some people will die. And what will happen to their friend Uncas, the last of the Mohican Indians?
John Escott “Pretty Face” (Oxford)
Zoe Baker works in a bookstore. She also likes acting, and she has a part in the play Romeo and Juliet. Mike Morrison writes about the play for the newspaper. What does he write about Zoe? Is Zoe a good actress ... or is she just 'a pretty face'?
What does Zoe think when she reads the newspaper? What does she do?
Christine Lindop "Red roses" (Oxford)
'Who is the man with the roses in his hand?' thinks Anna. 'I want to meet him.' 'Who is the girl with the guitar?' thinks Will. 'I like her. I want to meet her.' But they do not meet. 'There are lots of men!' says Anna's friend Vicki, but Anna cannot forget Will. And then one rainy day . . .
Sidney Sheldon «A Stranger in the Mirror» (Grand Central Publishing)
Toby Temple is a superstar, the world's funniest man. He gets any woman that he wants, but under the superstar image is a lonely man. Jill Castle is a sensuous starlet. She has a dark and mysterious past and has an ambition even greater than Toby's. Together they rule Hollywood.
Sidney Sheldon “Rage of Angels” (Grand Central Publishing)
A worldwide bestseller first published in 1980, this novel tells the story of Jennifer Parker, a successful lawyer who is loved by two men, one a politician, the other, a mafia don.
Sidney Sheldon “The other side of me” (Warner Vision Books)
This memoir by the late novelist and screenwriter Sidney Sheldon has a great opening: “At the age of seventeen, working as a delivery boy at Afremow’s drugstore in Chicago was the perfect job, because it made it possible for me to steal enough sleeping pills to commit suicide.” Knowing that Sheldon had a long, successful career, you can’t help but wonder how he got from the point of wanting to commit suicide as a teenager to winning an Academy Award, creating several highly successful TV series, and writing eighteen novels that have sold over 300 million copies so far.
Frank Brennan "Three Tomorrows" (Cambridge)
Original stories at seven levels from starter to advanced, written specially for learners of English. With gripping plots and a range of genres to satisfy every taste, Cambridge English Readers offer high-quality original fiction that students will love! The highest quality of writing and storytelling is combined with the greatest sensitivity to the learner's language level, to ensure an enjoyable and successful learning experience, with learners eager to finish one book and start the next.
Michael Dibdin «Last Sherlock Holmes Story» (Oxford University Press)
For fifty years after Dr Watson's death, a packet of papers, written by the doctor himself, lay hidden in a locked box. The papers contained an extraordinary report of the case of Jack the Ripper and the horrible murders in the East End of London in 1888. The detective, of course, was the great Sherlock Holmes - but why was the report kept hidden for so long? This is the story that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle never wrote. It is a strange and frightening tale ...
Mark Twain “Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Stage 1. (+ CD)” (Oxford University Press)
Tom Sawyer does not like school. He does not like work, and he never wants to get out of bed in the morning. But he likes swimming and fishing, and having adventures with his friends. And he has a lot of adventures. One night, he and his friend Huck Finn go to the graveyard to look for ghosts. They don't see any ghosts that night. They see something worse than a ghost — much, much worse ...
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle “Sherlock Holmes and the Duke's Son. Stage 1. (+ CD)” (Oxford University Press)
Dr Huxtable has a school for boys in the north of England. When the Duke of Holdernesse decides to send his young son there, that is good news for the school. The Duke is a very important person, and Dr Huxtable is happy to have his son in the school.
But two weeks later Dr Huxtable is the unhappiest man in England. Why? And why does he take the train down to London and go to Baker Street? Why does he need the help of the famous detective Sherlock Holmes?
Because someone has kidnapped the Duke's son...
L. Frank Baum “Wizard Of Oz. Stage 1. (+ CD)” (Oxford University Press)
Dorothy lives in Kansas, USA, but one day a cyclone blows her and her house to a strange country called Oz. There, Dorothy makes friends with the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, and the Cowardly Lion. But she wants to go home to Kansas. Only one person can help her, and that is the country's famous Wizard. So Dorothy and her friends take the yellow brick road to the Emerald City, to find the Wizard of Oz ...
Retord by Judith Dean “Aladdin and the Enchanted Lamp. Stage 1. (+ CD)” (Oxford University Press)
In a city in Arabia there lives a boy called Aladdin. He is poor and often hungry, but one day he finds an old lamp. When he rubs the lamp, smoke comes out of it, and then out of the smoke comes a magical jinnee. With the jinnee's help, Aladdin is soon rich, with gold and jewels and many fine things. But can he win the love of the Sultan's daughter, the beautiful Princess Badr-al-Budur?
Escott John “England. Stage 1. (+ CD)” (Oxford University Press)
'Factfiles' are a sub-series of 'Bookworms' with a non-fiction angle providing factual information for students on a wide variety of themes. Exercises at the back of each book check students' understanding of the text and provide ideas for activities and project work.
Escott John “New York. Stage 1. (+ CD)” (Oxford University Press)
'Factfiles' are a sub-series of 'Bookworms' with a non-fiction angle providing factual information for students on a wide variety of themes. Exercises at the back of each book check students' understanding of the text and provide ideas for activities and project work.
Jennifer Bassett “The Phantom of the Opera. Stage 1. (+ CD)” (Oxford University Press)
It is 1880, in the Opera House in Paris. Everybody is talking about the Phantom of the Opera, the ghost that lives somewhere under the Opera House. The Phantom is a man in black clothes. He is a body without a head; and he is a head without a body. He has a yellow face, he has no nose, and he has black holes for eyes. The singers, the dancers, the directors, and the stage workers; everyone are afraid of the Phantom. But who has actually seen him?
Dickens C. “David Copperfield. Level 5. (+ 3 CD)” (Oxford University Press)
'Please, Mr Murdstone! Don't beat me! I've tried to learn my lessons, really I have, sir!' sobs David. Although he is only eight years old, Mr Murdstone does beat him, and David is so frightened that he bites his cruel stepfather's hand. For that, he is kept locked in his room for five days and nights, and nobody is allowed to speak to him. As David grows up, he learns that life is full of trouble and misery and cruelty. But he also finds laughter and kindness, trust and friendship . . . and love. Bk+CD with complete recorded text.
Dickens C. “Oliver Twist. Level 6. (+ 3 CD)” (Oxford University Press)
London in the 1830s was no place to be if you were a hungry ten-year-old boy, an orphan without friends or family, with no home to go to, and only a penny in your pocket to buy a piece of bread.
But Oliver Twist finds some friends - Fagin, the Artful Dodger, and Charley Bates. They give him food and shelter, and play games with him, but it is not until some days later that Oliver finds out what kind of friends they are and what kind of 'games' they play . . .
John Escott «London» (Oxford Academ)
Word count 4,800 Suitable for young learners.
Arthur Conan Doyle «Sherlock holmes short stories» (Oxford Academ)
Word count 6,280 Bestseller.
John Escott «Agatha Ñhristie, Woman of mystery» (Oxford Academ)
Word count 5,955.
Helen Brooke “Survive!” (Oxford Academ)
Word count 1,540 Suitable for young learners Bestseller.
Leigh, D. and Harding, L «WikiLeaks» (Random House)
It was the biggest leak in history. WikiLeaks infuriated the world`s greatest superpower, embarrassed the British royal family and helped cause a revolution in Africa. The man behind it was Julian Assange, one of the strangest figures ever to become a worldwide celebrity.
Sewell Anna «Black Beauty» (Oxford Academ)
Black beauty had a fine, soft black coat, one white foot and a silver star on his forehead. This tale tells of the horse`s adventures and the disappointments and joys that surround him.
Tony Parsons «Men from the boys» (HarperCollins UK)
The final episode in the trilogy that began with the million-copy bestseller MAN AND BOY.
Jon Gaunt “Gaunty`s Best of British” (Transworld Publishers)
Gauntys Best of British is one mans cheerful look at whats right - and whats wrong - with his country, and a brilliantly entertaining guide to how Britain can be Great again. Jon Gaunt embarks on a tour of the best bits of this green and pleasant land, celebrating all things British. His forthright tribute is an aptly eclectic collection, covering everything from cricket, foxhunting and the FA Cup, to great inventions like the Spitfire, the Mini and the miniskirt, and our unofficial national cuisine of fish and chips washed down with a cup of tea or a pint of real ale.
Whether you live in Coventry or Cambridge, Liverpool or London, now is the time to join Gaunty and start shouting about this fantastic country and what makes it so Great.
Îïèñàíèå: A guide to how Britain can be Great again. It covers various things from cricket, foxhunting and the FA Cup, to inventions like the Spitfire, the Mini and the miniskirt, and the unofficial national cuisine of fish and chips washed down with a cup of tea or a pint of real ale.
C.W. Gortner “The Confessions Of Catherine De Medici” (Hodder)
I was ten years old when I discovered I might be a witch...
The sixteenth century: the era of queens. Catherine de Medici is an impressionable, mystical girl. She is orphaned and taken hostage by her enemies, and manipulated by her advisors; yet she is to become France`s most powerful regent.
History will make her name synonymous with evil, but she is all too human. Humiliated at the hands of her husband and his mistress, and haunted by her gift of second sight, she must rise above her troubles and fight to save her dynasty and adopted country from the brutal Wars of Religion...
In THE CONFESSIONS OF CATHERINE DE MEDICI, C W Gortner vividly depicts the turbulent life of one of history`s most notorious yet misunderstood women.
Mike Gayle “Wish you were here” (Hodder)
Number One Bestselling author Mike Gayle explores beach basics for the broken-hearted in his new romantic comedy WISH YOU WERE HERE.
Ekman Paul «Why Kids Lie» (Penguin)
Children tell a variety of lies, from little white lies to boasting and bragging, to the outright concealing of information, and they do so for a number of different reasons. Dr. Ekman explains what motivates children to lie, how lying changes at different ages, and how a child prepares a lie. Dr. Ekman tells parents how they can encourage truthfulness in their children in this informative guide. First serial to Psychology Today.
Gregory Philippa «Constant Princess» (HarperCollins Publishers)
The Constant Princess by Philippa Gregory, Kate Burton (Read by)
Daughter of Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand of Spain, Katherine of Aragon has been fated her whole life to marry Prince Arthur of England. The match becomes as passionate as it is politically expedient. But tragically, Arthur falls ill and extracts from his young bride a death bed promise to marry his brother Henry, become Queen, and fulfill their dreams and her destiny. Widowed and alone in the avaricious world of the Tudor court, Katherine has to sidestep her father-in-law's desire for her and convince him, and an incredulous Europe, that her marriage to Arthur was never consummated, that there is no obstacle to marriage with Henry. For seven years she endures the treachery of spies, the humiliation of poverty, and intense loneliness and despair while she waits for the inevitable moment when she will step into the role she has prepared for all her life.
Gregory Philippa “Queen's Fool” (HarperCollins Publishers)
A stunning novel set in the Tudor court, as the rivalry between Queen Mary and her half-sister Elizabeth is played out against a background of betrayal, conflict and passion. The savage rivalry of the daughters of Henry VIII, Mary Tudor and Elizabeth, mirrors that of their mothers, Katherine of Aragon and Anne Boleyn. Each will fight by any available means for the crown and future of the kingdom. Elizabeth's bitter struggle to claim the throne she believes is hers by right, and the man she desires almost more than her crown, is watched by her 'fool': a girl who has been forced to leave her homeland of Spain, as a Jew fleeing the Inquisition. In a court where truth is wittily denied and lies are mere games, it is the fool who can speak plainly: in these dangerous times, a woman must choose between ambition and love. Elizabeth will not make the same mistakes as her mother.
Leonardo da Vinci “Notebooks” (Oxford University Press)
Most of what we know about Leonardo da Vinci, we know because of his notebooks. Some 6,000 sheets of notes and drawings survive, which represent perhaps one-fifth of what he actually produced. In them he recorded everything that interested him in the world around him, and his study of how things work. With an artist's eye and a scientist's curiosity he studied the movement of water and the formation of rocks, the nature of flight and optics, anatomy, architecture, sculpture, and painting. He jotted down fables and letters and developed his belief in the sublime unity of nature and man. Through his notebooks we can get an insight into Leonardo's thoughts, and his approach to work and life.
This selection offers a cross-section of his writings, organized around coherent themes. Fully updated, this new edition includes some 70 line drawings and a Preface by Martin Kemp, one of the world's leading authorities on Leonardo.
Myron Vicki “Dewey” (Hachette)
DEWEY is the heartwarming story of Dewey Readmore Books, the beloved library cat of Spencer, Iowa, as told by his owner and companion of nineteen years, Vicki Myron, the librarian who found him on a frigid January morning when he was abandoned as a kitten in the book drop slot. It is also the story of a remarkable small town, which burned down at the beginning of the Depression, only to rebuild itself, and which was almost shuttered during the farm crisis of the 1980s, before regrouping and rededicating itself to small town American values. Dewey's local charm and worldwide fame became a symbol of hope for this recovering town. Through Dewey's antics, we come to know and love many of the colorful and inspiring people of Spencer. But perhaps the most inspiring person in Spencer is Vicki Myron herself, a single mother who survived the bankruptcy of her family farm and working in a box factory to put two of her brothers through college to become one of the leaders of the Iowa library system. Dewey is one lovable, roguish cat who managed to transform an entire town and inspire people across the globe.
Revis Beth “Across the Universe” (Penguin)
Seventeen-year-old Amy joins her parents as frozen cargo aboard the vast spaceship Godspeed and expects to awaken on a new planet, three hundred years in the future. Never could she have known that her frozen slumber would come to an end fifty years too soon and that she would be thrust into the brave new world of a spaceship that lives by its own rules.
Amy quickly realizes that her awakening was no mere computer malfunction. Someone--one of the few thousand inhabitants of the spaceship--tried to kill her. And if Amy doesn't do something soon, her parents will be next.
Now Amy must race to unlock Godspeed's hidden secrets. But out of her list of murder suspects, there's only one who matters: Elder, the future leader of the ship and the love she could never have seen coming.
Stephen Clarke “Brief History of the Future” (Transworld Publishers)
What if teleportation was really possible? Englishman Richie Fisher is about to find out ...Richie and his wife Clara have won a weekend in New York in a newspaper competition. While Clara is off blowing their spending money, Richie wanders aimlessly, chewing on a veggie-burger, ending up in a gift-shop where he finds himself standing in front of an instant transporter machine. It looks nothing like the open-plan teleporter on Captain Kirk's Starship Enterprise; in fact, it seems more like a glorified microwave oven. Richie places his burger inside, hits the return key on the linked-up computer - and the burger disappears. But if he can teleport a half-eaten veggie-burger, what else could you do with the machine? For criminals, the possibilities are endless. Who could catch you if you beamed drugs into nostrils a hundred miles away? And how much would illegal immigrants pay to be teleported into the rich host country of their choice? Richie buys a teleporter and takes it back to England, where the chaos begins ...
Stieg Larsson “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” (Quercus)
"The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" is a Tolstoyan re-invention of the "closed room" murder mystery, Agatha Christie for adults... It's also a profound investigation into tribal violence in the world of high finance, and a revelation of the dark side of a country normally seen as the very height of propriety... Don't even think about putting it down." John Burdett.
Patrick Gale «Cat Sanctuary» (HarperCollins Publishers)
A powerful and moving novel in which Patrick Gale casts a compassionate yet satirically sharp eye over the pains and abuses inflicted by families, friends and lovers.
David Kirkpatrick «The Facebook Effect» (Virgin Books)
Today - six years after it was created in a Harvard dorm room - over 500 million people use Facebook regularly, in just about every country on earth. That a company this powerful and influential was started as a lark by a couple of 19-year-olds makes it a fascinating and surprising tale. That one of them, the visionary Mark Zuckerberg, had the maturity, strategic smarts and luck to keep his company ahead of its rivals anchors the tale. With exclusive inside access to all the company's leaders David Kirkpatrick tells of the vision, the tenacity, the refusal to compromise, and the vision Zuckerberg has to remake the internet. Zuckerberg has consistently focused on growth and not on profit and has remained resolute that Facebook will transform how people communicate. By all evidence it is now succeeding - spectacularly - on a global level. A brilliant and fascinating cast of characters created Facebook and Kirkpatrick has interviewed all of them. Never before have Zuckerberg and his closest colleagues told what really happened as they built their dynamo while eating fast food, staying up all night, and thumbing their noses at how things are usually done.
Ben Mezrich «The Accidental Billionaires : Sex, Money, Betrayal and the Founding of Facebook» (Random House)
Eduardo Saverin and Mark Zuckerberg - an awkward maths prodigy and a painfully shy computer genius - were never going to fit in at elite, polished Harvard. Yet that all changed when master-hacker Mark crashed the university's entire computer system by creating a rateable database of female students. Narrowly escaping expulsion, the two misfits refocused the site into something less controversial - 'The Facebook' - and watched as it spread like a wildfire across campuses around the country, along with their popularity. Yet amidst the dizzying levels of cash and glamour, as silicon valley, venture capitalists and reams of girls beckoned, the first cracks in their friendship started to appear, and what began as a simple argument spiralled into an out-and-out war. The great irony is that Facebook succeeded by bringing people together - but its very success tore two best friends apart.
David Mendell «Obama: From Promise to Power» (HarperCollins)
Barack Obama's meteoric rise from Hawaii high schooler to exemplary Harvard Law School student to well-groomed politico to history-making presidential candidate is the stuff of legend. Since his headline-grabbing speech at the Democratic National Convention in 2004, Obama has come to represent the promise of unity among groups of all types of Americans—blacks and whites; Democrats, Republicans, and moderates; the young and the old; the upper, middle, and lower classes.
Veteran Chicago Tribune journalist David Mendell has covered Obama since the beginning of the candidate's campaign for the Senate. In "Obama: From Promise to Power", the author offers a revealing, detailed portrait based on intensive research and exclusive interviews with Obama's closest aides, mentors, political adversaries, and family—most notably his charismatic wife, Michelle. It is an eye-opening look at the evolution of a brilliant politician whose name has become a catchphrase for hope in a politically jaded society.
Niall Ferguson «Empire: How Britain Made the Modern World» (Penguin Group)
Niall Ferguson recreates the excitement, brutality and adventure of the British Empire, showing on a vast canvas how the British Empire in the 19th century spearheaded real globalization with steampower, telegraphs, guns, engineers, missionaries and millions of settlers.
Nassim Nicholas Taleb «The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable» (Penguin Group)
Elegant, startling, and universal in its applications, The Black Swan is a concept that will change the way you look at the world. Black Swans underlie almost everything, from the rise of religions, to events in our own personal lives. A Black Swan is a highly improbable event with three principle characteristics: it is unpredictable; it carries a massive impact; and, after the fact, we concoct an explanation that makes it appear less random and more predictable than it was. The astonishing success of Google was a black swan; so was 9/11. And why do we always ignore the phenomenon of Black Swans until after they occur? As Nassim Nicholas Taleb reveals, we are hard-wired not to truly estimate risk, too vulnerable to the impulse to simplify, narrate, and categorize and not open enough to rewarding those who can imagine the ‘impossible’. In this revelatory book, Taleb explains everything we know about what we don’t know, and shows us how to face the world.
Jennifer Rardin «One More Bite» (Little, Brown and Company)
The next instalment in this sharp supernatural series, featuring the CIA`s top black ops assassin: a 291-year-old vampire.
I’ve already smoked the guy who was the pain in the CIA’s you-know-what for the past few years. But now, in the power vacuum left by the death of Edward ‘The Raptor’ Samos, a struggle for supremacy has begun between his former allies.
The CIA feels the balance must be maintained. So when a Valencian Were agent discovers a plot to assassinate the Coven of Inverness’ leader, me and my vampire hottie (and boss), are drafted in. Our mission - to take out the woman hired to do the deed, a killer who might be as wily and Gifted as ourselves.
So it’s off to the Scottish Highlands for some twisted fun among murderers, demons and half-crazed relatives. Sometimes being a top-secret CIA assassin isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.
Stieg Larsson «The Girl Who Played with Fire» (Quercus Publishing (MacLehose Press))
The second installment in the Millennium Trilogy sees Lisbeth Salander wanted for murder while Blomkvist tries desperately to clear her name. Lisbeth Salander is a wanted woman. Two Millennium journalists about to expose the truth about sex trafficking in Sweden are murdered, and Salander's prints are on the weapon. Her history of unpredictable and vengeful behaviour makes her an official danger to society - but no-one can find her. Mikael Blomkvist, editor-in-chief of Millennium, does not believe the police. Using all his magazine staff and resources to prove Salander's innocence, Blomkvist also uncovers her terrible past, spent in criminally corrupt institutions.
Stieg Larsson «The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets Nest» (Quercus Publishing (MacLehose Press))
Salander is plotting her revenge - against the man who tried to kill her, and against the government institutions that very nearly destroyed her life. But it is not going to be a straightforward campaign. After taking a bullet to the head, Salander is under close supervision in Intensive Care, and is set to face trial for three murders and one attempted murder on her eventual release. With the help of journalist Mikael Blomkvist and his researchers at Millennium magazine, Salander must not only prove her innocence, but identify and denounce the corrupt politicians that have allowed the vulnerable to become victims of abuse and violence. Once a victim herself, Salander is now ready to fight back.
Arthur Conan Doyle «The Hound of the Baskervilles» (Penguin Group)
The great detective, Sherlock Holmes, has another case to solve. The body of Sir Charles Baskerville has been found lying in the garden of his house, on Dartmoor. There are no marks on the body, and it seems that the old man simply died of fright. Was he trying to escape from some dreadful thing - perhaps the ghostly animal called the Hound of the Baskervilles?
Sir Charles's friend, Dr Mortimer, does not know what to think. He has seen the footprints of a very large dog quite close to Sir Charles's body, and he has heard that people on Dartmoor speak of a strange animal that runs on the moor. But he does not believe in ghosts, and neither does Sherlock Holmes.
Holmes and his assistant, Dr Watson, have many adventures before they can uncover the truth behind Sir Charles's death.
Robert Louis Stevenson «Treasure Island» (Penguin)
"I was going to sea myself; in a schooner with pigtailed singing seamen... to seek for buried treasures!"
When a rum-soaked old buccaneer expires at the Admiral Benbow Inn, young Jim Hawkins finds on him the key to Captain Flint's chest. Concealed in the chest is a treasure-map sought by Flint's confederates, including the sinister blind Pew, but Jim manages to outwit them all and secure the map for himself. So begins his seafaring adventure, but mutiny, piracy and bloodshed are to beset Jim and his fellow travelers before the treasure can be found...
Stevenson's tale of high adventure and suspense has captured the imagination of the public since its first publication. With its unforgettable characters and its compelling narrative it continues to enthrall generations of readers of all ages.
Jerome K. Jerome “Three Men In A Boat” (Penguin)
It would be unfair to say that any of the three men were hypochondriacs: it was simply that they suffered from a constant malaise, consisting of every symptom but housemaid's knee. The only cure for it was a revitalizing river trip in an open boat.
Bearing frying pans, elusive toothbrushes, pies, lemonade and whisky, for medicinal purposes only, the three men and Montmorency the dog (whose ambition in life is to get in the way) embark on their hilarious adventures on the Thames. After considerable enjoyment and irritation - getting lost in the maze, arguing with some quarrelsome swans, falling in the river - the three men decide that being out of a boat seems a more inviting alternative.
Despite being over a century old, its sparkling insights into human - and canine - nature ensure that Three Men in a Boat is as fresh and invigorating today as when it was first published.
Henry James “Turn Of The Screw” (Penguin)
The new governess is in sole charge of two orphan children. Although they are both remarkably well-behaved, intelligent and affectionate, she becomes increasingly uneasy. Especially after she sees a stranger seemingly in search of something - or someone; a man whom she discovers is dead, like her predecessor. She then must fight a frightening battle for her pupils and against the forces of evil, a battle in which her victory will be even more terrible.
"The Turn of the Screw" is a subtle and unconventional ghost story that concentrates on the psychological rather than the actual. It is open to widely different interpretations. Are the ghosts a real danger to the children or merely imagined by a lonely and susceptible woman? But what is certain is that the novel exerts a chilly and lasting power over the reader's imagination.
Jane Austen “Emma” (Penguin)
Emma Woodhouse is introduced to us as 'handsome, clever and rich' and, according to Jane Austen, a heroine "which no one but myself would like". Yet such is Emma's spirited wit that, despite her superior airs and egotism, few readers have failed to succumb to her charm.
The comedy turns on Emma's self-appointed role as energetic match-maker for her sweet, silly friend Harriet. Emma herself, meanwhile, is confidently immune to the charms of the male sex. Her emotional coming of age is woven into what Ronald Blythe has called "the happiest of love stories, the most fiendishly difficult of detective stories and a matchless repository of English wit".
Mark Haddon «Curious Incident of Dog in Night-time» (Random House)
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is a murder mystery novel like no other. The detective, and narrator, is Christopher Boone. Christopher is fifteen and has Aspergers, a form of autism. He knows a very great deal about maths and very little about human beings. He loves lists, patterns and the truth. He hates the colours yellow and brown and being touched. He has never gone further than the end of the road on his own, but when he finds a neighbours dog murdered he sets out on a terrifying journey which will turn his whole world upside down.
Anna Rice “The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty” (Sphere)
Beauty lies sleeping. Cast under a spell, she can only he woken by the kiss of a handsome prince. Cutting through the thorny vines that cover the castle walls, past the still bodies of the men and women of the old court, the prince enters the topmost bedchamber, in search of the Sleeping Beauty who waits within.
Elegantly written, daring and full of forbidden passion, this sensual reworking of the classic fairytale Sleeping Beauty is an erotic tale of pleasure and pain from bestselling author Anne Rice.
Peter Straub “A dark matter” (Phoenix)
A Dark Matter is a beautifully written novel, one rich in memories of lost childhood, and of old friendships turned sour. Sadly, what seems at first to promise much ultimately fails to deliver, descending into the kind of portentious horror that strains too hard to little effect. Disappointing, over-indulgent and laughable.
“The Frog Prince” based on the story by Brothers Grimm with CD (Usborn Young Reading)
Princess Poppy really doesn't want to marry Prince Humperdink. (He smells.) She's hoping a handsome prince will come and rescue her. Instead she ends up with a slimy frog - but might there be more to this frog than meets the eye?
Based on the story by the Brothers
“The Little Mermaid” based on the story by Hans Christian Andersen with CD (Usborn Young Reading)
The little mermaid longs to see the world above the waves. "Will the wind stroke my hair?" she wonders. "Will the sun kiss my cheeks?" On her fifteenth birthday she finally finds out... and her life changes forever.
Retold by Katie Daynes.
This book comes with a CD that brings the story to life through lively music, dramatic sound effects and superbly characterized readings. A listenalong version is followed by a readalong version with prompts for page turns.
“The Nutcracker” retold by Emma Helbrough with CD (Usborn Young Reading)
Clara's adventure begins on Christmas Eve with an amazing present - a magic doll. Soon Clara is in a flying sleigh on her way to the mouth-watering Land of Sweets, where she finds an incredible castle and the dazzling Sugarplum Fairy.
This book comes with a CD that brings the stories to life through lively music, dramatic sound effects and superbly characterized readings. A listenalong version is followed by a readalong version with prompts for page turns.
Children can now enjoy their favourite Poppy story, time and time again with this brilliant picture book and DVD set. The DVD features a soundtrack read by Tamzin Outhwaite, animated stills from the book and brilliant music and sound effects. It's Poppy's birthday and she's really excited. She simply can't wait to be a birthday princess! But everyone seems so busy - it's as if no one cares about her enough to remember her special day. They can't all have forgotten . . . can they?
Janey Louise Jones “Princess Poppy” The birthday (Random House Group Company)
Orazio Petrosillo «Vatican City» (Edizioni Musei Vaticani)
This beautiful book has many color illustrations and is an in depth look at The Vatican City in its entirety. The publication is one of a kind and includes: Preface; Introduction; General Overview; The Tomb of Peter; The Basilica; The Palaces; The Museums, the Library & the Archives; The City; The Piazza; Bibliography, map endpapers. If you love art, history or Italy this book will be coveted. The book would make a perfectly exquisite gift.
Bruce Marshall «Building London: The Making of a Modern Metropolis»
The City of London is still confined to a square-mile enclave, as it was when its residents crossed the river to see Shakespeare’s newest plays in Southwark. At that time, up the river there was another city – Westminster, seat of the Royal Court, the Law Courts and Parliament – but within 200 years the two settlements had fused, making London the largest city on earth, the first to reach a population of one million. In the nineteenth century, London’s population grew to six million and the building boom began. Poorer people and dirty industries congregated in the east; the better-off lived and worked in the west. The Victorians built breathtaking edifices, the crown jewel of which was the new Houses of Parliament. After the destruction of the Second World War, the post-war era saw the arrival of the modern movement and the wholesale use of poured concrete, glass and steel. Now, in the twenty-first century, London’s architecture is as vibrant as ever – the last ten years have seen the building of many of London’s greatest landmarks, including the Swiss Re headquarters and the London Eye. Building London is a visual record of that remarkable story, detailing how the city was built and introducing the great architects and engineers. It contains rare images from the earliest days of photography, as well as evocative photographs from the last 100 years, ensuring all of London’s iconic buildings are featured.
Mark Cotta Vaz «New Moon: The Official Illustrated Movie Companion (Twilight Saga)» (ATOM)
Academy Award-nominated director Chris Weitz and his creative team have brought the second book in Stephenie Meyer's riveting vampire romance saga to the big screen. Inside this deluxe visual companion, get an intimate look at the creation of the film. With lavish, never-before-seen full-colour photographs, exclusive interviews with the cast and crew, and answers to questions about costume and set design, bestselling author Mark Cotta Vaz gives a special behind-the-scenes tour of the film millions have devoured. Inside you'll get a glimpse into the director's aesthetic inspiration, learn the secrets behind some of the film's most intense stunts, and learn just how a person can become a werewolf.
Dan Brown «The Da Vinci Code: Special Illustrated Collector's Edition» (Transworld)
One of the bestselling novels of all time, Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code has intrigued and thrilled millions of readers around the world. Now all the artwork, symbols, architecture, and historic locations — over 160 images — are beautifully compiled in this full-color collector's edition.
«Èñïàíñêèé ÿçûê. Ðàçãîâîðíèê» Ñåðèÿ: PONS (Ìèð êíèãè)
Ðàçãîâîðíèê âñåìèðíî èçâåñòíîé ôèðìû PONS ïîìîæåò îáùåíèþ â ïóòåøåñòâèè, äåëîâîé ïîåçäêå, à òàêæå ïðè ëþáûõ êîíòàêòàõ ñ íîñèòåëÿìè èñïàíñêîãî ÿçûêà. Îí ñîäåðæèò ïîëåçíóþ ñòðàíîâåä÷åñêóþ èíôîðìàöèþ è ñíàáæåí äëÿ óäîáñòâà ðóññêî-èñïàíñêèì ñëîâàðèêîì. Êðîìå òîãî, ïîñëóæèò âñåì, èçó÷àþùèì èñïàíñêèé ÿçûê, äëÿ îâëàäåíèÿ íàâûêàìè ðàçãîâîðíîé ðå÷è.
Time Magazine, Kelly Knauer, Richard Stengel «Time America: An Illustrated History»
(Time Home Entertainment)
TIME" illuminates the story of America in a fascinating new way in this magnificent collection of the most iconic images in the nations history. This wonderful visual tour will help readers experience the rich pageant of American history in a new and entirely exhilarating way.Hachette Book Group USA.
Michael Patrick King «Sex and the City : The Movie» (Headline)
Sex and the City is back and bigger than ever. Since the show's 2004 finale, there have been whispers that a movie was in the works, and on 30 May 2008, Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte, and Miranda will finally make their big-screen debut.
Accompanying it will be SEX AND THE CITY: THE MOVIE. Including interviews with stars and producers, the companion book will offer insights into the filming process, including notes from costume designers that guide readers through the movie's two-million-dollar fashion closet, and an overview of the set locations will include a guide to Manhattan's trendiest new restaurants and clubs.
These juicy insights will appear alongside more than 300 sexy colour images - the kind of eye candy Sex and the City fans live for. SEX AND THE CITY: THE MOVIE is this spring's must-have accessory for every devoted fan.
Denis C. Meyer “Cles pour la France en 80 icones culturelles” (Hachette)
Cet ouvrage presente une selection de 80 icones culturelles du paysage francais. Certaines, comme le champagne ou la petanque, Audrey Tautou ou Vuitton, font partie de la representation generale de la France et des Francais. D'autres, comme la rentree ou l'abbe Pierre, le Goncourt ou les macarons sont generalement moins connues a l'etranger. Toutes sont des figures emblematiques qui jouent un role essentiel dans la construction de l'identite de la nation francaise et dans l'imaginaire collectif. Les 80 textes originaux sont illustres, suivis d'activites de comprehension, de discussion et de recherche. Cet ensemble pedagogique, divise en 6 thematiques, motivera un public international de niveau A2 a B2 selon une approche interculturelle. Il peut s'utiliser en complement d'un manuel de langue, en cours de culture francaise ou en auto-apprentissage. Il constitue une veritable grammaire culturelle de la France et des Francais.
Sauve Virginia «Gateway To Canada» (Oxford University Press)
A reader for young adults and adults focusing exclusively on Canada - its history, geography, economy, political system, society, and rich diversity of cultures. Students may read about great moments in Canadian history, explore Canada's diverse regions, become familiar with the political system and economy, recognize significant achievements of Canadians, explore Canada's rich cultural diversity, and discuss issues facing Canada today and in the future. Contributions from leading Canadians in politics, the arts, and other aspects of life obtained especially for the book add a personal touch and a wide variety of exercises and communicative activities support the narratives. The final chapter focuses on some of the challenges facing Canada in the future - challenges as varied and intense as Quebec separatism, native land claims, depleted fish stocks, and racism - and should generate in-class discussion.
Falk Randee «Spotlight On USA» (Oxford University Press)
This book provides a region-by-region introduction to life in the USA.
Susan Sheerin, Jonathan Seath, Gillian White “Spotlight on Britain” (Oxford University Press)
This is an approachable, region-by-region account of life in the United Kingdom.
Providing insights into life in the different regions of Britain, this book covers a variety of topics, such as London, TV and Radio, Liverpool and the Beatles, Stratford and Shakespeare, and Northern Ireland. It also includes comprehension questions, discussion topics, quizzes and games, with an answer key at the back.
Edda Peris, Christopher Garwood “Aspects Of Britain And Usa Student'S Book” (Oxford University Press)
Written for intermediate students of English, this book allows students to find parallels and differences between the two nations, and to compare them with their own countries. It presents facts and figures about Britain and the USA under the headings of: People; Geography; History; Institutions.
Ann Dennis “Spotlight on Australia” (Oxford University Press)
A fascinating insight into Australian life and culture.
The book covers each state and territory of Australia. Each chapter explores topics of interest relating to Australia's past and present, including its geography, history, politics, culture, and everyday life.
Colourful illustrations and photographs bring the text to life.
Vocabulary and comprehension exercises help students to get the most out of their reading.
Discussion points get students talking about the text and stimulate cross-cultural comparisons.
Common Australian expressions are explained.
Ideas are included for debates, research projects, and activities for further investigation.
Àâòîð: Tony Parsons (Òîíè Ïàðñîíñ)
Íàçâàíèå: One For My Baby (Çà ìîþ ëþáèìóþ)
New novel about men, love and relationships by the author of the Book of the Year, Man and Boy. Alfie Budd found the perfect woman with whom to spend the rest of his life, and then lost her. He doesnt believe you get a second chance at love. Returning to the England he left behind during the brief, idyllic time of his marriage, Alfie finds the rest of his world collapsing around him. He takes comfort in a string of pointless, transient affairs with his students at Churchills Language School, and he tries to learn Tai Chi from an old Chinese man, George Chang. Will Alfie ever find a family life as strong as the Changs? Can he give up meaningless sex for a meaningful relationship? And how do you play it when the woman you like has a difficult child who is infatuated with a TV wrestler known as The Slab? Like his runaway bestseller, Man and Boy, Tony Parsonss new novel is full of laughter and tears, biting social comment and overwhelming emotion.
The Subterraneans (Ïîäçåìíûå æèòåëè)
The Subterraneans haunt the bars and clubs of San Francisco, surviving on a diet of booze and benzedrine, Proust and Verlaine. Living amongst them is Leo, an aspiring writer, and Mardou, half-Indian, half-Negro, beautiful and neurotic. Their bitter-sweet and ill-starred love affair sees Kerouac at his most evocative.
Ahern Cecelia (Àõåðí Ñåñèëèÿ)
P.S. I Love You (film) (P.S. ß ëþáëþ òåáÿ)
Holly and Gerry were the perfect married couple from day one. Always happy, always smiling, and always there for one another. The kind of couple that others envy. But at the age of thirty, Gerry is diagnosed with a life-threatening illness, and soon passes away. Holly is heartbroken. However, months after Gerrys death, Holly receives a package of letters that Gerry left for her before his death, letters instructing her to perform various different tasks that will keep his memory alive. Now, with the help of her closest girlfriends, and a family who drives her crazy, Holly is embarking on a new life thats even greater than the one she was forced to leave in the dust. There are those books that leave you feeling sad upon completion, and those that leave you with a happy feeling. Cecelia Aherns P.S. I LOVE YOU is a book that leaves you feeling a mix of both. Her characters are very in-depth, and dimensional, and show various sides of their personalities throughout the novel. This is a story that will make you laugh, and cry along with the characters, and hope for the best outcome possible for them. Like reading about your best friend, P.S. I LOVE YOU features sub-stories that will appeal to both sexes, both young and old. A first-rate first novel that will keep you guessing from first page to last. NOTE: Keep the tissues close by.
Ever since he published The Firm in 1991, John Grisham has remained the undisputed champ of the legal thriller. With A Painted House, however, he strikes out in a new direction. As the author is quick to note, this novel includes "not a single lawyer, dead or alive," and readers will search in vain for the kind of lowlife machinations that have been his stock-in-trade. Instead, Grisham has delivered a quieter, more contemplative story, set in rural Arkansas in 1952. It's harvest time on the Chandler farm, and the family has hired a crew of migrant Mexicans and "hill people" to pick 80 acres of cotton. A certain camaraderie pervades this bucolic dream team. But it's backbreaking work, particularly for the 7-year-old narrator, Luke: "I would pick cotton, tearing the fluffy bolls from the stalks at a steady pace, stuffing them into the heavy sack, afraid to look down the row and be reminded of how endless it was, afraid to slow down because someone would notice."
Cabot Meg (Êýáîò Ìýã) Pants on Fire (Øòàíû â îãíå)
Meg Cabots New York Times bestselling novel about a summer, a lie, and a really cute guy is sure to be an even bigger hit in paperback!
It was only a prank: diverting cash from Wyatt Telecom's executive slush fund to throw a retirement bash for a member of the loading dock crew. But when corporate security catches up with Adam Cassidy, a low ambition junior staffer at the high-tech behemoth, they call it something else: embezzlement, to the tune of nearly $80 grand.Ruthless CEO Nick Wyatt is impressed by Adam's scheming, and offers him one way out-take on the role of a rising corporate hotshot and infiltrate Wyatt's rival, Trion Systems. His mission is to get close to Trion's legendary founder Jock Goddard, and his ultra-secret "Project Aurora," and report back to Wyatt.With Wyatt pulling the strings and a dramatically improved identity, Adam is set up as Trion's new boy genius. Suddenly, he's got a sweet new Porsche, a closet full of $1,500 suits, and even a lovely lady who thinks he's a dream. But it's all just a mirage, because Adam is about to learn that nothing is what it seems and that it isn't paranoia...everyone is out to get him...
Berry Steve (Áåððè Ñòèâ)
Paris vendetta, the (Ïàðèæñêàÿ âåíäåòòà)
12.40 a.m. Copenhagen. Cotton Malone wakes up to find a stranger in his house, bearing bad news: Malone's closest and most dangerous friend, Henrik Thorvaldsen, is in serious trouble -- and the men who want to kill Thorvaldsen are on Malone's doorstep. Thorvaldsen has been tracking a shadowy group called the Paris Club. Not only does he believe that they are about to trigger a global financial meltdown, but also that one of the club's members murdered his son, Cai, two years ago. Thorvaldsen won't rest until he has avenged his boy's death. Dragged into his friend's schemes and secretly under pressure from the US government to stop both Thorvaldsen and the Paris Club, Malone soon discovers that the key to defeating the conspiracy and saving his friend's life -- and his own -- lies in the past, and an astounding treasure that Napoleon took to his grave.
Clive Cussler & Jack B. Du Brul
An exhilarating new adventure in the bestselling Oregon Files series. For four novels, Clive Cussler has charted the exploits of the Oregon, a clandestine spy ship completely dilapidated on the outside, but on the inside packed with sophisticated weaponry and intelligence-gathering equipment. Captained by the rakish, one-legged Juan Cabrillo and manned by a crew of former military and spy personnel, it is a private enterprise, available for any government agency that can afford it - and now Cussler sends the Oregon on its most extraordinary mission yet. The crew has just completed a top-secret mission against Iran in the Persian Gulf, when they come across a cruise ship adrift in the sea. Hundreds of bodies litter its deck, and as Cabrillo tries to determine what happened, explosions rack the length of the ship. Barely able to escape with his own life and that of the liner's sole survivor, Cabrillo finds himself plunged into a mystery as intricate - and as perilous - as any he has ever known, and pitted against a cult with monstrously lethal plans for the human race . . . plans he may already be too late to stop. Plague Ship is a high-stakes, high-seas journey that proves once again that Cussler is the master of high octane adventure.
Playing for Pizza
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Its summer in Memphis. The sweat is sticking to Rudy Baylors shirt and creditors are nipping at his heels. Once he had aspirations of breezing through law school and punching his ticket to the good life. Now he doesnt have a job or a prayer...except for one: an insurance dispute that leaves a family devastated and opens the door for a lawsuit, if Rudy can find a way to file it.By the time Rudy gets to court, a heavyweight corporate defense team is there to meet him. And suddenly he's in over his head, plunged into a nightmare of lies and legal maneuverings. A case that started small is exploding into a thunderous million-dollar war of nerves, skill and outright violence--a fight that could cost one young lawyer his life, or turn him into the biggest rainmaker in the land....
Rudy Baylor is a newly-qualified lawyer: he has one case, and one case alone, to save himself from his mounting debts. His case is against a giant insurance company which could have saved a young man's life, but instead refused to pay the claim until it was too late. The settlement could be worth millions of dollars, but there is one problem.
Philip Nore is nearing the end as a jockey. George Millace is finished in photography. The difference is Millace is dead - and Nore has discovered his secret: a set of files which would blow the top off the racing world.
by: Wooding C
This is a Fantastic commercial concept, highly readable and loads of fun. Frey is the captain of the Ketty Jay, leader of a small and highly dysfunctional band of layabouts. An inveterate womaniser and rogue, he and his gang make a living on the wrong side of the law, avoiding the heavily armed flying frigates of the Coalition Navy.
Lord of the Rings 3 Return of the King
Tolkien, J. R. R.
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Synopsis: 'The Return of the King' is the third part of Tolkien's epic adventure 'The Lord of the Rings'. The Companions of the Ring have become involved in separate adventures as the quest continues.
Right Ho, Jeeves
This book is a Jeeves and Wooster novel. Gussie Fink-Nottle's knowledge of the common newt is unparalleled. Drop him in a pond of newts and his behaviour will be exemplary, but introduce him to a girl and watch him turn pink, yammer, and suddenly stampede for great open spaces. Even with Madeline Bassett, who feels that the stars are God's daisy chain, his tongue is tied in reef-knots. And his chum Tuppy Glossop isn't getting on much better with Madeline's delectable friend Angela. With so many broken hearts lying about him, Bertie Wooster can't sit idly by. The happiness of a pal - two pals, in fact - is at stake. But somehow Bertie's best-laid plans land everyone in the soup, and so it's just as well that Jeeves is ever at hand to apply his bulging brains to the problems of young love.
Tolkien, J. R. R.
While on holiday in 1925, Tolkien's four-year-old son lost his beloved toy dog. Tolkien improvised a story about a real dog who is transformed into a toy and is forced to seek out the wizard who wronged him to be returned to normal.
The Secret Dreamworld of a Shopaholic
Meet Rebecca Bloomwood. She's a journalist. She spends her working life telling others how to manage their money. She spends her leisure time ... shopping. Retail therapy is the answer to all her problems. She knows she should stop, but she can't. She tries Cutting Back, she tries Making More Money. But neither seems to work. The stories she concocts become more and more fantastic as she tries to untangle her increasingly dire financial difficulties. Her only comfort is to buy herself something - just a little something... Can Becky ever escape from this dream world, find true love, and regain the use of her Switch card?
Sex and the City
Based on Bushnell's wickedly funny, very smart and deeply trendy New York Observer column, 'Sex and the City' is a twisted, hysterical and sometimes terrifying foray into the hearts and minds of city dwellers. This edition includes new episodes to coincide with the last ever television show of the same name.
Shakespeare the Player: A Life in the Theatre
Man of the Millennium he may be but William Shakespeare is a shadowy historical figure. His writings have been analyzed exhaustively but much of his life remains a mystery. This controversial biography aims to redress the balance. To his contemporaries, Shakespeare was known not as a playwright but as an actor, yet this has been largely ignored or marginalized by most modern writers. Here John Southworth overturns traditional images of the Bard and his work, arguing that Shakespeare cannot be separated from his profession as a player any more than he can be separated from his works. Only by approaching Shakespeare's life from this new angle can we hope to learn or understand anything new about him. Following Shakespeare's life as an actor as he learns his craft and begins work on his own plays, Southworth presents the Bard and his plays in their proper context for the first time. Groundbreaking, contentious and a work of deep scholarship and understanding, Shakespeare the Player should change the way we think about the English language's greatest artist.
The Shoe Princess's Guide to the Galaxy
Overwhelmed by the realities of first-time motherhood and disillusioned with the corporate world, Jane trades in her Manolos for nappies, nipple shields and the foot spread of a yeti: a lifestyle choice her man-eating girlfriend, Rachel, thinks is taking retro chic just one step too far.
SHOPAHOLIC & SISTER
Becky thought being married to Luke Brandon would be one big Tiffany box of happiness. But to be honest, it's not quite as dreamy as she'd hoped. The trouble started on honeymoon, when she told Luke the tiniest little fib, about the teeniest little purchase. Now she's on a strict budget, she doesn't have a job - and worst of all her beloved Suze has a new best friend. Then she receives some incredible news. She has a long-lost sister!Becky has never been more excited. Finally, a real sister! They'll have so much in common! They can go shopping together... choose shoes together... have manicures together...Until she meets her - and gets the shock of her life. It can't be true. Surely Becky Bloomwood's long-lost sister can't... hate shopping?
Shopaholic and Baby
Becky's life is blooming! She's working at London's newest fashion store The Look, house-hunting with husband Luke (her secret wish is a Shoe Room)... and she's pregnant! She couldn t be more overjoyed especially since discovering that shopping cures morning sickness. Everything has got to be perfect for her baby: from the designer nursery to the latest, coolest pram to the celebrity, must-have obstetrician. But when the celebrity obstetrician turns out to be her husband Luke s glamorous, intellectual ex-girlfriend, Becky s perfect world starts to crumble. She s shopping for two but are there three in her marriage?
A Short History of England
This is the definitive concise account of our remarkable past. Which battle was fought 'For England, Harry and St George'? Who demanded to be painted 'warts and all'? What - and when - was the Battle of the Bulge? In "A Short History of England", bestselling author Simon Jenkins answers all these questions - and many more - as he tells the tumultuous story of a fascinating nation. From the invaders of the dark ages to today's coalition, via the Tudors, the Stuarts and two world wars, Jenkins weaves together a gripping narrative with all the most important and interesting dates in his own inimitable style. Until now there has been no short history of England covering all significant event themes and individuals: this bestselling book, published in association with the National Trust, will be the standard work for years to come.
Girls in Pants: The Third Summer of the Sisterhood (Sisterhood of Traveling Pants, Book 3)
The Pants first came to us at the perfect moment. That is, when we were splitting up for the first time. It was two summers ago when they first worked their magic, and last summer when they shook up our lives once again. You see, we don’t wear the Pants year-round. We let them rest so they are extra powerful when summer comes. (There was the time this spring when Carmen wore them to her mom’s wedding, but that was a special case.)
Now we’re facing our last summer together. In September we go to college. And it’s not like one of those TV shows where all of us magically turn up at the same college. We’re going to four different colleges in four different cities (but all within four hours of one another—that was our one rule). We’re headed off to start our real lives.
Tomorrow night at Gilda’s we’ll launch the Pants on their third summer voyage. Tomorrow begins the time of our lives. It’s when we’ll need our Pants the most.
Skipping Christmas: Christmas With The Kranks
Luther and Nora Krank are fed up with the chaos of Christmas. The endless shopping lists, the frenzied dashes through the mall, the hassle of decorating the tree... where has all the joy gone? This year, celebrating seems like too much effort. With their only child off in Peru, they decide that just this once, they'll skip the holidays. They spend their Christmas budget on a Caribbean cruise set to sail on December 25, and happily settle in for a restful holiday season free of rooftop snowmen and festive parties.
But the Kranks soon learn that their vacation from Christmas isn't much of a vacation at all, and that skipping the holidays has consequences they didn't bargain for...
A modern Christmas classic, Skipping Christmas is a charming and hilarious look at the mayhem and madness that have become ingrained in our holiday tradition.
Stephen Fry in America, By Stephen Fry
Britain's best-loved comic genius Stephen Fry turns his celebrated wit and insight to unearthing the real America as he travels across the continent in his black taxicab. Stephen's account of his adventures is filled with his unique humour, insight and warmth in the fascinating book that orginally accompanied his journey for the BBC1 series.
Stiff Upper Lip, Jeeves
Wodehouse, P. G.
A Jeeves and Wooster novelBertie Wooster looks pretty stylish in his new Tyrolean hat – or so he thinks: others, notably Jeeves, disagree. But when Bertie embarks on an errand of mercy to Totleigh Towers, things get quickly out of control and he’s going to need all the help Jeeves can provide. There are good eggs present, such as Gussie Fink-Nottle and the Rev. ‘Stinker’ Pinker. But there also is Sir Watkyn Bassett J.P., enemy of all the Woosters hold dear, to say nothing of his daughter Madeline and Roderick Spode, now raised to peerage. And Major Brabazon Plank, the peppery explorer, who wants to lay Bertie out cold. Thank goodness for the intervention of Chief Inspector Witherspoon of Scotland Yard – but is this gentleman all he seems?
The Street Lawyer
Michael was in a hurry. He was scrambling up the ladder at Drake & Sweeney, a giant D. C. firm with 800 lawyers. The money was good and getting better; a partnership was three years away. He was a rising star, with no time to waste, no time to stop, no time to toss a few coins into the cups of panhandlers, no time to walk around them on the sidewalk, and no time for a conscience. But a violent encounter with a homeless man stopped him cold. Michael survived; his assailant did not. Who was this homeless man? Michael did some digging and learned that he was a mentally ill veteran who'd been in and out of shelters for twenty years. Then, Michael dug a little deeper, and found a dirty secret, and the secret involved Drake & Sweeney. The fast track derailed; and the ladder collapsed. Michael bolted from the firm, and took a top secret file with him. He landed in the streets, a poverty lawyer, a street lawyer, an advocate for the homeless, and a thief.
Thank You, Jeeves
Thank You, Jeeves is the first novel to feature the incomparable valet Jeeves and his hapless charge Bertie Wooster - and you've hardly started to turn the pages when he resigns over Bertie's dedicated but somewhat untuneful playing of the banjo. In high dudgeon, Bertie disappears to the country as a guest of his chum Chuffy - only to find his peace shattered by the arrival of his ex-fiancee Pauline Stoker, her formidable father and the eminent loony-doctor Sir Roderick Glossop. When Chuffy falls in love with Pauline and Bertie seems to be caught in flagrante, a situation boils up which only Jeeves (whether employed or not) can simmer down…
Thanks for the Memories
By Cecelia Ahern
Lose yourself in the magical new novel from the No.1 bestselling author of PS I Love You Joyce Conway remembers things she shouldn't. She knows about tiny cobbled streets in Paris, which she has never visited. And every night she dreams about an unknown little girl with blonde hair. Justin Hitchcock is divorced, lonely and restless. He arrives in Dublin to give a lecture on art and meets an attractive doctor, who persuades him to donate blood. It's the first thing to come straight from his heart in a long time. When Joyce leaves hospital after a terrible accident, with her life and her marriage in pieces, she moves back in with her elderly father. All the while, a strong sense of deja vu is overwhelming her and she can't figure out why ! Cecelia Ahern: making the everyday magical.
Half the man, twice the lawyer In the small city of Strattenburg, there are many lawyers, and though he's only thirteen years old, Theo Boone thinks he's one of them. He dreams of a life in the courtroom, but finds himself there sooner than expected when he is dragged into the middle of a sensational murder trial. A cold-blooded killer is about to go free, and only Theo knows the truth. The stakes are high, but Theo won't stop until justice is served.
Third World America
How Our Politicians are Abandoning the Average Citizen
Features updated material and a special foreword from Arianna for the UK audience It's not an exaggeration to say that the hard-working, average citizen on an average income is an endangered species and that the American Dream of a secure, comfortable standard of living has become outdated. The USA is in danger of becoming a Third World nation. The evidence is all around: its industrial base is vanishing, taking with it the kind of jobs that have formed the backbone of America's economy for more than a century; the education system is in shambles, making it harder for tomorrow's workforce to acquire the information and training it needs to land good twenty-first-century jobs; its infrastructure -- roads, bridges, water, and electrical systems -- is crumbling; its economic system has been reduced to recurring episodes of Corporations Gone Wild; and its political system is broken, in thrall to a small financial elite using the power of the chequebook to control both parties. And America's middle class, the driver of so much of the country's economic success and political stability, is rapidly disappearing, forcing this democracy to confront the fear that it is slipping as a nation -- that its children and grandchildren will enjoy fewer opportunities and face a lower standard of living. It's the dark flipside of the American Dream -- an American Nightmare of their own making. Arianna Huffington, editor in chief of the must-read Huffington Post, has her finger on the pulse of America and unflinchingly tracks the gradual demise of the nation as an industrial, political, and economic leader. In the vein of her fiery bestseller Pigs at the Trough, Third World America points fingers, names names, and details who's killing the American Dream. Calling on the can-do attitude that is part of America's DNA, Huffington shows precisely what needs to be done to stop the free fall and keep the country from turning into a Third World nation. Third World America is required reading for anyone who is disturbed by the United States' steady descent from twentieth-century superpower to backwater banana republic.
Thirteen Reasons Why
Clay Jenkins returns home from school to find a mysterious box with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers several cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Bakerahis classmate and crushawho committed suicide two weeks earlier. On tape, Hannah explains that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, heall find out how he made the list. This is a desperate, heartbreaking, yet ultimately hopeful novel
Those in Peril
This is an another outstanding adventure from one of the world's best loved storytellers. Hazel Bannock is the owner of the Bannock Oil Corp, one of the major global oil producers. While cruising in the Indian Ocean, her yacht is hijacked by Somalian pirates and her nineteen year old daughter Cayla kidnapped. Major Hector Cross is an ex-SAS operative and the man behind Cross Bow Security, the company contracted to Bannock Oil to provide all their security. His loyalty to the Bannock family goes beyond the call of duty. The pirates demand a crippling ransom for Cayla's release, and complicated political and diplomatic sensitivities render the major powers incapable of intervening. With growing evidence of the horrific torture to which Cayla is being subjected, Hazel calls on Hector to help her rescue her daughter. Between them, Hazel and Hector are determined to take the law into their own hands.
The Twelve Days of Christmas
Christmas has always been a sad time for young widow Holly Brown, so being asked to look after a remote house on the Lancashire moors is the perfect excuse to forget about the festivities. Sculptor Jude Martland is determined that this year there will be no Christmas after his brother ran off with his fiancee. He's keen to avoid the family home. However, he will have to return by the twelfth night of the festivities, when the hamlet of Little Mumming hold their historic festivities and all of his family are required to attend. Meanwhile, Holly is finding that if she wants to avoid Christmas, she has come to the wrong place. When Jude unexpectedly returns on Christmas Eve he is far from delighted to discover that Holly seems to be holding the very family party he had hoped to avoid. Suddenly, the blizzards come out of nowhere and the whole village is snowed in. With no escape, Holly and Jude get much more than they bargained for - it looks like the twelve days of Christmas are going to be very interesting indeed!
The Two Towers (Lord of the Rings, Book Two)
J. R. R. Tolkien
Building on the story begun in The Hobbit and The Fellowship of the Ring this is the second part of Tolkien’s epic masterpiece, The Lord of the Rings, featuring a striking black cover based on Tolkien’s own design, the definitive text, and a detailed map of Middle-earth.
Frodo and the Companions of the Ring have been beset by danger during their quest to prevent the Ruling Ring from falling into the hands of the Dark Lord by destroying it in the Cracks of Doom. They have lost the wizard, Gandalf, in the battle with an evil spirit in the Mines of Moria; and at the Falls of Rauros, Boromir, seduced by the power of the Ring, tried to seize it by force. While Frodo and Sam made their escape the rest of the company were attacked by Orcs.
Now they continue their journey alone down the great River Anduin – alone, that is, save for the mysterious creeping figure that follows wherever they go.
VERY GOOD, JEEVES
Wodehouse, P G
A Jeeves and Wooster collection An outstanding collection of Jeeves stories, every one a winner, in which Jeeves endeavours to give satisfaction By saving a grumpy cabinet minister from being marooned and attacked by a swan uain the process saving Bertie from his impending doom By rescuing Bingo Little and Tuppy Glossop from the soup (twice each) By arranging rather too many performances of the song 'Sonny Boy' to a not very appreciative audience And by a variety of other sparkling stratagems that should reduce you to helpless laughter.
Who's Afraid of Jane Austen? : How to Really Talk about Books You Haven't Read
Ever wondered how some people seem to have an opinion on every book ever published? Nowadays, there are so many books: how can anyone be well read anymore? Well, help is at hand. Let Henry Hitchings educate you in the invaluable skill of literary bluffing in this survivor's guide to talking about books you haven't read.
Women, By Charles Bukowski
Low life writer and alcoholic Henry Chinaski was born to survive. At the age of fifty, he is living the life of a rock star, running three hundred hangovers a year and a sex life that would cripple Casanova. This book presents a vivid account of life on the edge.
Code to Zero
Three days that could change the world's political landscape ...A man wakes up to find himself lying on the ground in a railway station, his mind stripped bare of all recollection. He has no idea how he got there. He does not even know his own name. Convinced he is a drunken down and out, it isn't until a newspaper report about a satellite launch catches his eye that he begins to suspect all is not what it seems ...The year is 1958, and America is about to launch its first satellite, in a desperate attempt to match the Soviet Sputnik and regain the lead in the space race. As Luke Lucas gradually unravels the mystery of his amnesia, he realizes that his fate is bound up with that of the rocket that stands ready on launch pad 26B at Cape Canaveral. And as he relearns the story of his life, he uncovers long-kept secrets about his wife, his best friend and the woman he once loved more than life itself...
English: A Portrait of a People
Jeremy Paxman is to many the embodiment of Englishness yet even he is sometimes forced to ask: who or what exactly are the English? And in setting about addressing this most vexing of questions, Paxman discovers answers to a few others. Like: Why do the English actually enjoy feeling persecuted? What is behind the English obsession with games? How did they acquire their odd attitudes to sex and to food? Where did they get their extraordinary capacity for hypocrisy? Covering history, attitudes to foreigners, sport, stereotypes, language and much, much more, "The English" brims over with stories and anecdotes that provide a fascinating portrait of a nation and its people.
Not A Penny More, Not A Penny Less
One million dollars - that's what Harvey Metcalfe, lifelong king of shady deals, has pulled off with empty promises of an oil bonanza and instant riches. Overnight, four men - the heir to an earldom, a Harley Street doctor, a Bond Street art dealer and an Oxford don - find themselves penniless. But this time Harvey has swindled the wrong men. They band together and shadow him from the casinos of Monte Carlo to the high-stakes windows at Ascot and the hallowed lawns of Oxford. Their plan is simple: to sting the crook for exactly what they lost - not a penny more, not a penny less. 'Marvellously plotted, with just the right amounts of romance, wit and savoir-faire' Publishers Weekly 'There isn't a better storyteller alive' Larry King 'Archer is terrific and meets the reader's ultimate tests - to want to turn the page, to want to know what happens next' Sunday Times.
Inherent Vice by Thomas Pynchon
Part noir, part psychedelic romp, all Thomas Pynchon aˆ“ private eye Doc Sportello comes, occasionally, out of a marijuana haze to watch the end of an era as free love slips away and paranoia creeps in with the L.A. fog.
It's been awhile since Doc Sportello has seen his ex-girlfriend. Suddenly out of nowhere she shows up with a story about a plot to kidnap a billionaire land developer whom she just happens to be in love with. Easy for her to say. It's the tail end of the psychedelic sixties in L.A., and Doc knows that 'love' is another of those words going around at the moment, like 'trip' or 'groovy', except that this one usually leads to trouble. Despite which he soon finds himself drawn into a bizarre tangle of motives and passions whose cast of characters includes surfers, hustlers, dopers and rockers, a murderous loan shark, a tenor sax player working undercover, an ex-con with a swastika tattoo and a fondness for Ethel Merman, and a mysterious entity known as the Golden Fang, which may only be a tax dodge set up by some dentists.
In this lively yarn, Thomas Pynchon, working in an unaccustomed genre, provides a classic illustration of the principle that if you can remember the sixties, you weren't there...or...if you were there, then you...or, wait, is it...
The Inimitable Jeeves
A Jeeves and Wooster collection. A classic collection of stories featuring some of the funniest episodes in the life of Bertie Wooster, gentleman, and Jeeves, his gentleman's gentleman - in which Bertie's terrifying Aunt Agatha stalks the pages, seeking whom she may devour, while Bertie's friend Bingo Little falls in love with seven different girls in succession (including the bestselling romantic novelist Rosie M. Banks). And Bertie, with Jeeves's help, hopes to evade the clutches of the terrifying Honoria Glossop...At its heart is one of Wodehouse's most delicious stories, 'The Great Sermon Handicap.'
KING ARTHUR 1: DRAGON'S CHILD
M. K. Hume
The epic tale of the man destined to become Arthur, High King of the Britons The Dark Ages: a time of chaos and bloodshed. The Roman legions have long deserted the Isles and the despotic Uther Pendragon, High King of Celtic Britain, is nearing death, his kingdom torn apart by the jostling for his throne. Of unknown parentage, Artorex in growing up in the household of his foster father Lord Ector. One day, three strangers arrive and arrange for Artorex to be taught the martial skills of the warrior; blade and shield, horse and fire, pain and bravery. When they return, years later, Artorex is not only trained in the arts of battle, he is also a married man. The country is in desperate straits for the great cities of the east are falling to the menace of the Saxon hordes. Artorex becomes a war chieftain, and wins many battles that earns him the trust of his Celtic warriors and proves that Artorex alone can unite the tribes. But, if he is to fulfil his destiny and become the High King of the Britons, Artorex must find Utheras crown and sword. The future of Britain is at stake.
King Arthur : Warrior of the West
Hume, M. K.
The second book in an exciting, brand-new Arthurian trilogy Twelve long, blood-soaked years, have passed since Artor fulfilled his destiny and was crowned the High King of the Britons. Against all odds, Artor has united Celtic Britain and with a last great campaign, has banished the Saxon scourge. The legend of Camlann has begun. But even as Artor's kingdom is at its zenith, even as he has succeeded in conquering all external threats to his rule, his kingdom is being undermined from within. For Artor has chosen Wenhaver (Guenevere) as a second wife. Queen of the Britons, Wenhaver will always love what she cannot have and have what she cannot love, and her bitterness threatens to bring down all those around her. Not only is Artor betrayed by the one person he should be able to trust, he has also learned of appalling perversion at the heart of his kingdom. He must make a terrible choice. Does he commit a deed that leaves him open to comparison with the despotic Uther Pendragon, or does he let evil go unchecked? The burden of leadership, of power, now rests solely -- and heavily -- on Artor's shoulders for Myrddion Merlinus, master tactician, guiding light for so many years, has left Artor to his fate. Could all that Artor has fought for, the destiny of Britain, be lost?Will Britain be torn apart?
Kingdom of Fear: Loathsome Secrets of a Star-Crossed Child in the Final Days of the American Century
Hunter S. Thompson
The personal story of the author of Fear and Loathing in America profiles him as a rebel and non-conformist, describing his early days as a smart-mouthed Kentucky kid, his law-breaking journalism, his campaign for sheriff of Aspen on the Freak Power ticket, and his experience in the riots at the Democratic Convention in Chicago.
Lectures on Russian Literature
The author’s observations on the great nineteenth-century Russian writers-Chekhov, Dostoevsky, Gogol, Gorky, Tolstoy, and Turgenev. “This volume... never once fails to instruct and stimulate. This is a great Russian talking of great Russians” (Anthony Burgess). Edited and with an Introduction by Fredson Bowers; illustrations.
Lethal Seduction - Collins, Jackie
Recently divorced fashion designer Jamie Nova heads to Las Vegas with two friends for a weekend getaway that takes an unexpected turn when millionaire playboy Mark Blaine is found dead in Jamie's bed.
Stephen Fry's breathtakingly outrageous debut novel, by turns eccentric, shocking, brilliantly comic and achingly romantic. Adrian Healey is magnificently unprepared for the long littleness of life; unprepared too for the afternoon in Salzburg when he will witness the savage murder of a Hungarian violinist; unprepared to learn about the Mendax device; unprepared for more murders and wholly unprepared for the truth.
by Michael Lewis
From mere trainee, to triumphal Big Swinging Dick: that was Michael Lewis' pell-mell progress through the dealing rooms of Salomon Brothers in New York and London during the heady mid-1980s when they were probably the world's most powerful and profitable merchant bank. This is a tale of greed and ambition set in an obsessed, enclosed world.
by Candace Bushnell
The book introduced the nation to "modelizers," "toxic bachelors" and the women who are looking for Mr. Big as they glide in and out of a star-studded social scene. With Four Blondes (2000), Bushnell gave readers another uncensored look into the mating rituals of the Manhattan elite. In each of this book's four linked novellas, Bushnell uses wry humor and frank portrayals of love and lust to deliver clever, hilarious and socially relevant portraits of women in New York City.
The Little Lady Agency in the Big Apple
A sequel to The Little Lady Agency finds Melissa accompanying her boyfriend to New York City, where she is intimidated by his sophisticated friends and interfering ex-wife before taking on the task of making over an old friend.
Magic of Christmas
Trisha Ashley (Author)
Another deliciously seasonal and heart-warming tale from the Sunday Times bestselling author. In the pretty Lancashire village of Middlemoss, Lizzy is on the verge of leaving her cheating husband, Tom, when tragedy strikes. Luckily she has welcome distraction in the Christmas Pudding Circle, a group of friends swapping seasonal recipes - as well as a rivalry with local cookery writer Nick over who will win Best Mince Pie at the village show...Meanwhile, the whole village is gearing up for the annual Boxing Day Mystery Play. But who will play Adam to Lizzy's Eve? Could it be the handsome and charismatic soap actor Ritch, or could someone closer to home win her heart? Whatever happens, it promises to be a Christmas to remember! Previously published as Sweet Nothings, Trisha has extensively reworked the original novel with fabulous new extra material.
Matchstick Men: A Novel About Grifters with Issues
Random House Trade Paperbacks, 2003. Book Condition: Good. Satisfaction Guaranteed. Shipped quickly. Paperback. Used, good. Cover has some rubbing. Cover has some edge wear.
The Mediator: Twilight
Suze has gotten used to ghosts. She's a mediator, after all, and communicating with the dead is all in a day's work. So she certainly never expected to fall in love with one: Jesse, a nineteenth- century hottie. But when she discovers that she has the power to determine who becomes a ghost in the first place, Suze begins to freak. It means she can alter the course of history ... andprevent Jesse's murder, keeping him from ever becoming a ghost -- and from ever meeting Suze.
Will Jesse choose to live without her, or die to love her?
A year after arriving in France, Englishman Paul West is still struggling with some fundamental questions: What is the best way to scare a gendarme? Why are there no health warnings on French nudist beaches? And is it really polite to sleep with your boss' mistress? Paul opens his English tea room, and mutates (temporarily) into a Parisian waiter; samples the pleasures of typically French hotel-room afternoons; and, on a return visit to the UK, sees the full horror of a British office party through Parisian eyes. Meanwhile, he continues his search for the perfect French mademoiselle. But will Paul find l'amour eternel, or will it all end in merde? In his second comedy of errors, Paul West continues to sabotage the entente cordiale. Author's apology: I'd just like to say sorry to all the suppository fans out there, because in this book there are no suppositories. There are, however, lots of courgettes, and I see this as progress. Suppositories to courgettes - I think it proves that I'm developing as a writer. Stephen Clarke.
Stephen Clarke (Author)
From Stephen Clarke, the internationally bestselling author of A Year in the Merde and In the Merde for Love, Merde Happens is the third installation of Paul West's hilarious mis-adventures in merde. This time around Paul finds himself in financial trouble. After failing to translate the menu of his English-style tearoom into proper French, the Ministry of Culture levies him with a substantial fine, which he must pay within 6 weeks or risk losing his business. So, he sets off to America, with his French girlfriend in tow, to take part in an international competition to promote Britain as a tourism destination. But as the not-so-dynamic duo stumble toward Los Angeles, via Boston, Miami, New Orleans, and Las Vegas, Paul’s well-oiled plans for success, of course, turn to merde: While visiting Boston, he inspires an impromptu recreation of the Boston Tea Party; in Miami, he narrowly escapes a carjacking only to have to his hotel room catch fire later that night; and somewhere between Miami and New Orleans, his girlfriend hitches a ride with another man for a liaison dangereuse. Meanwhile, Paul’s old flame has declared war on her former beau by trying to sabotage his chances of winning the contest. And as Paul knows better than anyone, when you mix love and war—merde happens.
Douglas Coupland (Author)
From the acclaimed author of Hey Nostradamus! comes a wonderful comic novel with 'more one-liners than a decade of Woody Allen films' (Guardian), about the scramble for love and success in a brave new world...Bill is wise. Bill is kind. Bill is benevolent. Bill, Be My Friend...Please! At computer giant Microsoft, Dan, Susan, Abe, Todd and Bug are struggling to get a life. The job may be super cool, the pay may be astronomical, but they're heading nowhere, and however hard they work, however many shares they earn, they're never going to be as rich as Bill. And besides, with all the hours they're putting in, their best relationships are on e-mail. Something's got to give...
Non-fiction (Paperback) By (author) Chuck Palahniuk
Comprises of the pieces that aim to prove just how different, in ways both highly entertaining and deeply unsettling. This work contains essays or vignettes that offer a facet of existence as lived in or observed by one of America's original literary talents.
"Somewhere," muses Noah Calhoun, while sitting on his porch in the moonight, "there were people making love." The Notebook, a Southern-fried story of love-lost-and-found-again, revolves around a single time-honored romantic dilemma: will beautiful Allison Nelson stay with Mr. Respectability (to whom she happens to be engaged), or will she choose Noah, the romantic rascal she left so many years ago?
One Day, By David Nicholls
'A wonderful, wonderful book: wise, funny, perceptive, compassionate and often unbearably sad. The best British social novel since Jonathan Coe's What a Carve Up!' The Times
The 100 Words that Make the English / 100 ñëîâ, êîòîðûå ñîçäàþò àíãëèéñêèé
JOLLY WICKED ACTUALLY is a wonderfully entertaining compendium of the hundred words and phrases that have over the last century become the cornerstones of modern spoken English, and have been used - sometimes deliberately, but often inadvertently - to stake out the common identity that unites the English, to define what makes us who we are, and thus different from those beastly foreigners who lurk just off our shores. Despite attempts by politicians and writers, despite lessons in citizenship enshrined in the national curriculum, we have famously never been able to define for posterity precisely what Englishness is. JOLLY WICKED ACTUALLY takes certain well-loved and crucial expressions such as sorry, nice, common, posh, cuppa, and chippy, explores their strange and wonderful origins, and demonstrates with wit and charm how they are emblems of an era or an attitude, of a heritage and of the traits and quirks essential to all our notions of Englishne
All the Pretty Horses (B) Ned
Àâòîð: McCarthy, Cormac
John Grady Cole is the last bewildered survivor of long generations of Texas ranchers. Finding himself cut off from the only life he has ever wanted, he sets out for Mexico with his friend Lacey Rawlins. Befriending a third boy on the way,
Two old friends, Clive Linley and Vernon Halliday meet in the throng outside a crematorium to pay their last respects to Molly Lane. Both had been Molly`s lovers in the days before they reached their current eminence. In the days that follow Molly`s funeral, Clive and Vernon will make a pact that will have consequences neither has foreseen.
Politics has always been a dirty game. Now justice is, too. In a crowded courtroom in Mississippi, a jury returns a shocking verdict against a chemical company accused of dumping toxic waste into a small town’s water supply, causing the worst “cancer cluster” in history. The company appeals to the Mississippi Supreme Court, whose nine justices will one day either approve the verdict or reverse it. Who are the nine? How will they vote? Can one be replaced before the case is ultimately decided? The chemical company is owned by a Wall Street predator named Carl Trudeau, and Mr. Trudeau is convinced the Court is not friendly enough. With judicial elections looming, he decides to try to purchase himself a seat on the Court. The cost is a few million dollars, a drop in the bucket for a billionaire like Mr. Trudeau. Through an intricate web of conspiracy and deceit, his political operatives recruit a young, unsuspecting candidate. They finance him, manipulate him, market him, and mold him into a potential Supreme Court justice. Their Supreme Court justice.
Asleep tells the stories of three women, all bewitched into a spiritual sleep. One, mourning a lost love, finds herself sleepwalking at night. Another, embarking on a relationship with a man whose wife is in a coma, finds herself unable to stay awake.
The third finds her sleep haunted.
The literary debut from the author of 'Little Children', 'Election' and 'The Abstinence Teacher'. Tom Perrotta's first novel takes readers to semi-fictional 'Cranwood', in small-town New Jersey. Set between fall 1969 and the summer of 1980, 'Bad Haircut' consists of ten tales; reflecting a coming-of-age in the 'kitsch' era of platforms and disco. The novel charts the struggles of a boy called Buddy with the timeless mysteries of sex, death, parents -- and, of course, bad haircuts -- as he grows from Cub Scout to college kid. A touching collection of tales, 'Bad Haircut' is Perrotta's perfect observation of the tribulations and tenderness of adolescence.
Be My Baby
Juliet and Her Romeo Beau Prim and proper Juliet Rose Astor Lowell doesnt want her body guarded by anyone while shes in New Orleans for the grand opening of Daddys new hotel--especially not by consummate macho cop Beau Dupree. Hes just too big, too pushy, too virile, too...everything! His shameless, hungry-eyed gaze shakes her carefully cultivated decorum like no one ever has, but Juliet is a Lowell--and theres no way shes going to lose control! The lady is downright delectable, but Beau has more important things to do than babysit a beautiful Yankee rich girl. So he decides to get himself pulled off of the assignment by driving the oh-so-proper socialite beyond the bounds of her good-girl restraints.
But who would have thought that real passion sizzled beneath Juliets polish? When she lets her hair down, she just might prove to be more than enough woman to handle Beau--but will he be able to handle her?Juliet and Her Romeo Beau
Book Lovers Appreciation Society
Irresistible tales of love, friendship, passion and betrayal from some of the top names in fiction. A woman planning not just what she wants to wear to a school reunion, but who she wants to be ...A couple hoping to start a new life in Spain - and completely misunderstanding what they each want ...A girl who's brother falls in love with a beautiful male impersonator ...A woman haunted by ghosts from her past ...A newly divorced mother taking her teenage daughter to Crete for a holiday, longing to be young again, until she remembers how awful it is to be 17 ...From Maeve Binchy to Jane Fallon, Adriana Trigiani to Alexander McCall Smith, this is the must-have collection of the year.
The Book Thief (Êíèæíûé âîð)
Liesel, a nine-year-old girl, is living with a foster family on Himmel Street. Her parents have been taken away to a concentration camp. Liesel steals books. This book is a story of: a girl; an accordionist; some fanatical Germans; a Jewish fist fighter; and quite a lot of thievery.
by Peter Fleming
In his famously ironic style, Peter Fleming writes in the introduction to Brazilian Adventure, "Beyond the completion of a 3,000-mile journey, mostly under amusing conditions, through a little-known part of the world, and the discovery of one new tributary to a tributary to a tributary of the Amazon, nothing of importance was achieved." Nothing indeed.Fleming, a literary editor, discarded his pen for a pistol in 1932 to engage in the celebrated search for an English adventurer, Colonel P. H. Fawcett, missing in the jungles of central Brazil. With meager supplies, faulty maps, and rival newspapermen hot on their trail, Fleming and his companions marched, fought, and canoed through 3,000 miles of savage country and alligator-ridden rivers toward the uncertain fate of the lost colonel and one of the great adventure stories of all time. Brazilian Adventure tells a story as fresh today as it was when originally published in 1933. Fleming is a master of his form.
Can You Keep a Secret?
Emma is a nervous flyer and she can't help but tell the man next to her - quite a dishy American, but she's too frightened to notice - all her innermost secrets. At least, she thought he was a stranger.
Chasing the Dime
Highly commercial thriller fiction. Connelly's sales total over a million in paperback. Movie rights for the novel have been sold to MGM. "Crime fiction at its aching, impeccable best" "Literary Review". "A stunningly good novel; powerful, intriguing and impossible to lay down" "Evening Standard".
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Complete Polysyllabic Spree, The
This is not a book of reviews. This is not a book that sneers at other books. This is a book about reading - about enjoying books wherever and however you find them. Nick Hornby is first and foremost a reader and he approaches books like the rest of us: hoping to pick up one he can't put down. "The Complete Polysyllabic Spree" is a diary of sorts, charting his reading life over two years. It is a celebration of why we read - its pleasures, its disappointments and its surprises. And above all, it is for you - the ever hopeful reader.
Confession, The / Ïðèçíàíèå
Grisham John / Ãðèøýì Äæîí
When Travis Boyette, a convicted felon, walks into a church in small-town Missouri, he carries with him a terrible secret. Nearly a decade earlier Nicole Yarber, a high school senior with her whole life ahead of her, vanished. For two weeks, her home town stood still as thousands of volunteers combed the alleys and fields and ditches and abandoned buildings. But the search was futile. Nicole's body was never found. Now Donte Drumm, the young black athlete arrested for Nicole's murder, sits on death row. His execution date is set for less than a week's time - and Robbie Flak, the lawyer who's been fighting to prove Donte's innocence for nine years, has spent every penny he ever had trying to get justice for his client. But now he's out of options - unless Travis Boyette's confession can put things right in time. The clock is ticking...
Confession, The (Exp) / Ïðèçíàíèå
Grisham John / Ãðèøýì Äæîí
An innocent man is days from execution. Only a guilty man can save him. Travis Boyette is a murderer. In 1998, in the small East Texas city of Sloan, he abducted, raped, and strangled a popular high-school cheerleader. He buried her body so that it would never be found, then watched and waited as police and prosecutors arrested Donte Drumm, a local football star with no connection to the crime. Tried, convicted and sentenced, Drumm was sent to death row: his fate had been decided. Nine years later, Donte Drumm is four days from execution. Over 400 miles away in Kansas, Travis faces a fate of his own: an inoperable brain tumour will soon deliver the end. Reflecting on his miserable life, he decides to do what's right. After years of silence he is ready to confess. But how can a guilty man convince lawyers, judges and politicians that they're about to execute an innocent man?
Confessions of a City Girl
By Suzana S.
When City Girl first stepped into the Square Mile she had no idea of the fight for survival she would face over the next five years. But despite lap dancing clubs and million dollar losses; divorce in the City and the worst recession since the 1930s, City Girl was still standing. She'd taken on the boys at their own game - and won.</p><p>Fresh from writing thelondonpaper's City Girl column, Suzana S. gives us the inside track on life in the financial capital of the world. This is her story. Confessions of a City Girl tells us what really went wrong - and explains why girls are the only ones who can put it right.
Crossfire / Ïåðåêðåñòíûé îãîíü
Francis Dick / Ôðåíñèñ Äèê
Captain Thomas Forsyth's tour of Afghanistan, and perhaps his army career, are brutally cut short when he's badly hurt by a roadside bomb. Returning home to Lambourn, where his estranged mother - Josephine Kauri, the 'First Lady' of racing - trains racehorses, he receives a frosty reception. But this has little to do with Josephine's preference for putting business before family. Her prize-winning horses are all losing races. And it soon becomes clear to Tom that someone is trying to put his mother out of business. Using his state-of-the-art military training, he will find and defeat these individuals. Can he save his mother's career and reputation in time? Or will the wounded soldier find himself once more in the crossfire?
The Dante Club
It is Boston in the year 1865. A small group of elite scholars prepares to introduce Dante`s vision of hell to America. But so does a murderer. The literary geniuses of the Dante Club are finishing America`s first translation of The Divine Comedy. The members fight to keep their sacred literary cause alive, but their plans fall apart.
Dead Reckoning: Sookie Stackhouse
Sookie Stackhouse is a cocktail waitress at Merlotte's, in her home town of Bon Temps, Louisiana. Other than being telepathic, she's always considered herself pretty normal - though she had a hard time at first, until she learned to filter out other people's thoughts. She thought life was pretty dull, but then the vamps and the weres and the shifters came out of the closet, and she met a vampire called Bill and she couldn't hear him at all... And Bill was her first love, even if he hadn't been alive since the 1860s. But then Sookie found herself all caught up in vampire politics, and betrayal, and since then her life has been anything but normal. And life in Bon Temps has never been the same.
Devil May Care: The New James Bond Novel
Bond is back in this electrifying new novel of intrigue and suspense.
An Algerian drug runner is brutally executed on the desolate outskirts of Paris and 007 is assigned a new task; to shadow the mysterious Dr. Julius Gorner, a power-crazed pharmaceutical magnate. Alongside a glamorous Parisian named Scarlett Papava, Bond must stop a chain of events that will lead to global catastrophe.
Coetzee, J. M.
After years teaching Romantic poetry at the Technical University of Cape Town, David Lurie, middle-aged and twice divorced has an impulsive affair with a student. The affair sours; he is denounced and summoned before a committee of inquiry. Willing to admit his guilt, but refusing to yield to pressure to repent publicly, he resigns and retreats to daughter Lucy's isolated smallholding. For a time, his daughter's influence and the natural rhythms of the farm promise to harmonise his discordant life. But the balance of power in the country is shifting. He and Lucy become victims of a savage and disturbing attack which brings into relief all the faultlines in their relationship.
Divorced and Deadly
Bestselling author Josephine Cox brings us a hilarious and entertaining tale for next Christmas…“I’m 36 years of age; handsome and fit. I’m not as tall as I’d like to be, nor am I rippling with chest-muscles. But I reckon I’m a dead ringer for Hugh Grant.”After years spent with ‘the dreaded Laura’ Ben is finally free! A new divorcee he can’t wait to get back in the game and sets about writing a list of all the things he has to do:• NOT sign up to the gym. (He’s fit enough anyway).• Smoke cigars – they’re much more sophisticated than cigarettes.• NOT contact Laura and that includes hiding in the bushes to spy on her.• Play the field!As Ben enters the world of singledom with his sidekick Dickie Manse (brains-in-his-pants), Ben finds himself on a whole new adventure and has plenty of fun along the way.
Don't Stop Me Now
The Frog says. Nice clean book with only light signs of usage.
Eat, Pray, Love : One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia
Elizabeth Gilbert is the author of a short story collection, Pilgrims (a finalist for the Pen/Hemmingway Award), a novel, Stern Men and a book of non fiction, The Last American Man (nominated for the National Book Award and a New York Times Notable Book for 2002). She is a writer#45;at#45;large for American GQ where she has received two National Magazine Award nominations for feature writing. Elizabeth Gilbert lives in Philadelphia.
Einstein : His Life and Universe
Simon & Schuster, 2008. Paperback. Book Condition: Good. Possible defects such as light shelving wear may exist. May have minor creasing, writing, stickers and/or residue. COAS Books, A Bookstore for Everyone. Ships Within 24 Hours - Satisfaction Guaranteed!.
The Elephant Vanishes
This collection of stories exposes Japan as it is experienced from the inside. The stories take place in parallel worlds, not so much remote from normal life as hidden beneath its surface.
by Jeremy Paxman
The influence of the British Empire is everywhere, from the very existence of the United Kingdom to the ethnic composition of our cities. This title describes the selection process for colonial officers, the importance of sport, the sweating domestic life of the colonial officer's wife and the crazed end for General Gordon of Khartoum.
The Faithful Spy
John Wells, the only American ever to penetrate al Qaeda, has been undercover so long that the CIA is no longer sure he's loyal or even alive. Since before the attacks in 2001, Wells has been hiding in the mountains of Pakistan, biding his time, building his cover. Now, on the orders of Omar Khadri the mastermind spearheading al Qaeda attacks on America Wells is coming home. Neither Khadri nor Jennifer Exley, Wells's CIA case officer, quite know what to expect. During his years in the mountains, Wells has become a Muslim and begun to doubt the Americans' agenda. Yet he hates al Qaeda and the way it uses Islam to justify its murderous assaults on innocents. He is a man alone, and the CIA does not know whether to trust him. But as their high-tech intelligence gathering strategy fails and Khadri moves closer to unleashing the most devastating terrorist attack in history, Wells and Exley know they must find a way to stop him, with or without the government's approval. 'A thriller worthy of le Carreacute;' Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review) 'A well-crafted page-turner that addresses the most important issue of our time. It will keep you reading well into the night.' Vince Flynn 'A story torn from today's headlines... Gritty and and fast-moving' Observer.
The Faithful Spy
An undercover operative who has infiltrated al Qaeda, John Wells is trapped between the CIA, which no longer trusts his loyalty to the U.S., and his terrorist associates, when he is sent to America as part of a sleeper cell and become a prime suspect in two bombings in L.A., an attack that is a prelude to a massive offensive that could cost hundreds of lives. A first novel.
Lord of the Rings 1 Fellowship of the Ring
Tolkien, J. R. R.
The Fellowship of the Ring is the first part of Tolkien's epic adventure The Lord of the Rings. Frodo Baggins finds himself faced with an immense task, as his elderly cousin Bilbo entrusts the Ring to his care.
Ford County : Stories
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Number 1 "New York Times "bestselling author John Grisham takes us back to Ford County, Mississippi, the setting of his first novel, A Time to Kill." "This riveting collection of short stories features an unforgettable cast of characters: Wheelchair-bound Inez Graney and her two older sons embark on a bizarre road trip through the Mississippi Delta to visit Inez's youngest son, Raymond--on death row. A hard-drinking, low-grossing divorce lawyer fed up with his wife, his life, and the law plans a drastic escape after an unexpected phone call. A quiet, unassuming data collector sets out to bring down a flashy casino owner with his skill at blackjack--as payback for the theft of his wife. A stalker hunts victims in a retirement home, a lawyer confronts a vengeful adversary from the past, and a young man from a prominent family is driven off by scandal and fear--but finds unexpected redemption on the wrong side of the tracks. Often hilarious, frequently moving, and always entertaining, this collection makes it abundantly clear why John Grisham is our most popular storyteller.
FOUR BLONDES charts the romantic intrigues, liaisons, betrayals and victories of four modern women a beautiful B-list model finagles rent-free summerhouses in the Hamptons from her lovers until she discovers she can get a man but cant get what she wants, a high-powered magazine columnists floundering marriage to a literary journalist is thrown into crisis when her husbands career fails to live up to her expectations, a Cinderella records her descent into paranoia in her journal as she realises she wants anybodys life except her own, an artist and aging It girl - who fears that her time for finding a man has run out - travels to London in search of the kind of love and devotion she cant find in Manhattan...Studded with her trademark wit and stiletto-heel-sharp insight, FOUR BLONDES is dark, true, and compulsively readable
From Doon with Death
'Love and death', said Chief Inspector Wexford. 'Those were the only two sensational things that ever happened to Margaret Parsons, love and death. The thing is they both happened in my district.'The police knew all about Margaret Parsons' life, and by the look of it, it was very dull. Margaret Parsons had been a 'good woman'. Religious, old-fashioned and respectable, her life had been as spotless and ordinary as her home, as unexciting and dependable as her marriage. But it was not Margaret Parsons' life that interested Wexford. It was her death. She had been a predictable, ordinary woman - but now she had met a death of passion and violence for which there seemed no motive or clue.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo By (author) Stieg Larsson
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Tie-in to major U.S. Columbia Pictures/Sony production starring Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara, directed by David Fincher.
Tyrant, blackmailer, racketeer, murderer THE GODFATHER His influence reaches every level of American society THE GODFATHER Meet Don Corleone, a friendly man, a just man, a reasonable man THE GODFATHER Deadliest lord of the Cosa Nostra 'The splendid and distinguished blood saga of the American Mafia' Sunday Times 'A sensational success' Sunday Express 'Big, turbulent, highly entertaining ... moves at breakneck speed' Newsweek
A History of England in 100 Places : From Stonehenge to the Gherkin
Julius Norwich, John
From battlefield to sacred building, from castle to cottage, from the Bridgwater Canal to Blackpool Pier, historian John Julius Norwich tells the political, cultural, social, religious and economic story of England through one hundred key places you can still visit today. Part narrative history, part exploration of our national heritage, his wide-ranging selection of sites will stimulate, entertain, inform - and certainly provoke - a debate about the most significant moments in English history.
The History of England Volume I, . Foundation (History of England Vol 1)
by Ackroyd, Peter
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A History of Scotland, By Neil Oliver
'The beauty of Scotland is overwhelming and I've often thought that Scotland's popular history is just like her landscape - impossibly romantic, obscured by mist and myth and always changing.' The dramatic story of Scotland - by charismatic television historian, Neil Oliver.
Hank and his wife, Sarah, agree to write a screenplay, and encounter the strange world of the movie industry.
Change of Heart Export
June's first husband was killed in a car crash eighteen years ago. Against all the odds, her daughter was uninjured -- and, in another miracle, June found love again with the policeman who rescued them. Six years later they were a happy family, June pregnant with their own child. Now June's second daughter is twelve, and dying without the new heart she so urgently needs. And her first daughter, along with her husband, is dead, killed by Shay Bourne, an itinerant workman they welcomed into their home. The crime was so heinous that Shay has been given the death penalty -- for the first time in 69 years in New Hampshire. Shay is going to die, and he is looking for redemption. He wants to give June's daughter his heart ...
by John Fowles
Withdrawn, uneducated and unloved, Frederick collects butterflies and takes photographs. He is obsessed with a beautiful stranger, the art student Miranda. When he wins the pools he buys a remote Sussex house and calmly abducts Miranda, believing she will grow to love him in time.
The Devil and Miss Pym , Paulo Coelho
The new novel from Paulo Coelho, author of The Alchemist, told with his usual masterly blend of wisdom, humour, and drama. A stranger arrives in the small mountain village. He carries with him a backpack containing a notebook and eleven gold bars. Burying these in the vicinity, the stranger strikes up a curious friendship with a young woman from the village -- Miss Prym. His mission is to discover whether human beings are essentially good or evil. In this stunning new novel, Paulo Coelho's unusual protagonist acts as the devil, setting the town a moral challenge from which they may never recover. A fascinating meditation on the human soul, The Devil and Miss Prym illuminates the reality of good and evil within us all,and our uniquely human capacity to choose between them.