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A Perfect Spy

John le Carré (and others)

Julian Rhind-Tutt is Magnus Pym in this BBC Radio 4 full-cast adaptation of John le Carré’s superb spy novel.

‘Love is whatever you can still betray. Betrayal can only happen if you love.’

So says Magnus Pym, the spy of the title; and he has betrayed a lot in his life – countries, friends, family and lovers. When Magnus disappears after his father’s funeral, MI6 launches an urgent manhunt to prevent his defection. But Pym is on a search of his own – to unravel the mystery of what made him the perfect spy.


Summer 2017 is going to be the SUMMER OF SMILEY with the publication of A Legacy of Spies and the return of George Smiley. With various promotions running across all of the Penguin and Penguin Classic channels there isn't a better time for the this new BBC Radio 4 dramatisation,

The Accordionist

Fred Vargas (and others)

When two Parisian women are shockingly murdered in their homes, the police suspect young accordionist Clément Vauquer, who was seen outside both of the apartments in question. It seems on the surface like an open-and-shut case.

But now Clément has disappeared from public view. His likeness has appeared in the papers and detectives from Paris to Nevers are on his tail. To have a chance of proving his innocence, he seeks refuge with old Marthe, a former prostitute and the only mother figure he has known.

Marthe calls ex-special investigator Louis Kehlweiler to help Clément. But what Louis uncovers is anything but straightforward, and he must call on some unconventional friends to help him solve his most complex case yet. Not only must Louis try to prove Clément’s innocence, he must solve a fiendish riddle to lead him to the killer…

A THREE EVANGELISTS NOVEL

The House

Simon Lelic

'HUGELY GRIPPING AND SPOOKY AS HELL' Mark Billlingham

The heart-stopping thriller about a husband and wife who are hiding something from each other, and from you...This book won't let you go until you've found out the truth. Perfect for fans of Erin Kelly, Gillian Flynn and Fiona Barton.

Whose story do YOU believe?

Londoners Jack and Syd moved into the house a year ago. It seemed like their dream home: tons of space, the perfect location, and a friendly owner who wanted a young couple to have it.

So when they made a grisly discovery in the attic, Jack and Syd chose to ignore it. That was a mistake.

Because someone has just been murdered outside their back door.

AND NOW THE POLICE ARE WATCHING THEM.


'AN INTRICATE AND POWERFUL THRILLER' Tana French

'TAUGHT, TENSE AND TERRIFYING, I LOVED IT' Sharon Bolton

'O.M.G . I just devoured this gem...Perfect execution of a psychological thriller right here.' Reader review

'Brilliant. This is how I like my psychological thrillers. Clever, twisted and unexpected.' Reader review

'Hooked from page one! I started this book last night and couldn't put it down.' Reader review

'Lelic can plot like a demon' Guardian

'A brilliantly tense and shocking thriller. I literally couldn't put it down!' Nuala Ellwood, author of My Sister's Bones

'Really creepy and clever. I loved it.' Julia Crouch

'This terrifying thriller sent shivers through me' Jane Corry, author of My Husband's Wife

'An intriguing and suspenseful read' Cath Staincliffe

'Brilliantly dark and gripping...Plays on the fundamental fear that the building blocks of our existence - home, relationships, family - may not be as secure as we like to think' Thomas Mogford

'Creepy and totally gripping. A real page-turner. I loved it' Claire McGowan

'Absorbing, convincing and truly frightening ' The Times

'Powerful... A gripping, disturbing read' Marie Claire

'One of the genre's rising stars' Metro

'A writer to whom attention must be paid' Independent

'Electrifying' The New York Times

The Store

James Patterson

The Store doesn't just want your money – it wants your soul.

Imagine a future of unparalleled convenience. A powerful retailer, The Store, can deliver anything to your door, anticipating the needs and desires you didn't even know you had.

Most people are fine with that, but not Jacob and Megan Brandeis. New York writers whose livelihood is on the brink of extinction, Jacob and Megan are going undercover to dig up The Store's secrets in a book that could change the entire American way of life. But after a series of unsettling discoveries, Jacob and Megan's worst fears about The Store seem like just the beginning.

Harbouring a secret that could get him killed, Jacob has to find a way to escape The Store's watchful eye and publish his expose – before the truth dies with him.

The News Quiz: Series 93

BBC Radio Comedy (and others)

The complete 93rd series of the topical BBC Radio 4 comedy panel show, hosted by Miles Jupp.

The long-running satirical panel game returns with eight more episodes, featuring guests including Jeremy Hardy, Susan Calman, Andy Hamilton, Katy Brand, Zoe Lyons, Holly Walsh, Mark Steel, Hugo Rifkind and Rich Hall. The panellists give a comic commentary on new stories such as General Election, that leaky Brexit dinner, a close encounter with a wild boar, an intriguing hearing in the USA and an unorthodox lifeguard recruitment drive.

The Martin Beck Stories

Per Wahlöö (and others)

The Martin Beck books are widely acknowledged as some of the most influential detective novels ever written. Written by Swedish husband and wife team Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö between 1965-1975, the ten-book series set a gold standard for all subsequent Scandanavian crime fiction. Long before Kurt Wallander or Harry Hole, Beck was the original flawed policeman, working with a motley collection of colleagues to uncover the cruelty and injustice lurking beneath the surface of Sweden's seemingly liberal, democratic society.

This complete collection includes:

Roseanna (1965) - translated by Lois Roth and dramatised by Jennifer Howarth
The Man Who Went Up in Smoke (1966) - translated by Joan Tate and dramatised by Katie Hims
The Man on the Balcony (1967) - translated by Alan Blair and dramatised by Katie Hims
The Laughing Policeman (1968) - translated by Alan Blair and dramatised by Jennifer Howarth
The Fire Engine That Disappeared (1969) - translated by Joan Tate and dramatised by Katie Hims
Murder at the Savoy (1970) - translated by Amy and Ken Knoespel and dramatised by Jennifer Howarth
The Abominable Man (1971) - translated by Thomas Teal and dramatised by Katie Hims
The Locked Room (1972) - translated by Alan Blair and dramatised by Jennifer Howarth
Cop Killer (1974) - translated by Thomas Teal and dramatised by Jennifer Howarth
The Terrorists (1975) - translated by Joan Tate and dramatised by Katie Hims

Eagles in the Storm

Ben Kane

AD 15. The German chieftain Arminius has been defeated, one of the lost Roman eagles recovered, and thousands of German tribesmen slain.

Yet these successes aren’t nearly enough for senior centurion Lucius Tullus. Not until Arminius is dead, his old legion’s eagle found and the enemy tribes completely vanquished will he rest.

But Arminius – devious, fearless – is burning for revenge of his own.

Charismatic as ever, he raises another large tribal army, which will harry the Romans the length and breadth of the land.

Soon Tullus finds himself in a cauldron of bloodshed, treachery and danger.

His mission to retrieve his legion’s eagle will be his most perilous yet…

The Illogic of Kassel

Enrique Vila-Matas (and others)

A puzzling phone call shatters a writer’s routine. An enigmatic female voice extends an invitation to take part in Documenta, the legendary contemporary art exhibition held every five years in Kassel, Germany. The writer’s mission will be to transform himself into a living art installation, by sitting down to write every morning in a Chinese restaurant on the outskirts of town.

Once in Kassel, the writer is surprised to find himself overcome by good cheer. As he strolls through the city, spurred on by his spontaneous, quirky response to art, he begins to make sense of the wonders that surround him.

'A writer who has no equal in the contemporary landscape of the Spanish novel'
Roberto Bolaño

'Vila-Matas's work made a tremendous impression on me'
Paul Auster

Coming soon

Haunted

James Patterson

You can take Michael Bennett out of New York City, but you can't take the cop out of Michael Bennett.

Detective Michael Bennett is ready for a vacation after a series of crises push him, and his family, to the brink.

He settles on an idyllic small town in the beautiful Maine woods. But just when Bennett thinks he can relax, he gets pulled into a case that has shocked the tight-knit community. Kids are disappearing with no explanation – until several bodies turn up in the woods.

Far from the city streets he knows so well, Bennett is fighting to protect a town, the law, and the family that he loves above all else.

Secrets of the Shipyard Girls

Nancy Revell

THE THIRD & BRAND NEW SHIPYARD GIRLS NOVEL.
The fourth - Shipyard Girls in Love - is available to PRE-ORDER now!

'I enjoyed The Shipyard Girls very much indeed . . . It has all the essentials of a good saga'
Lyn Andrews
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Sunderland, 1941
As the world war continues the shipyard girls face hardships at home, but work and friendship give them strength to carry on.

Gloria is smitten with her newly arrived bundle of joy, but baby Hope’s first weeks are bittersweet. Hope's father is missing at sea, and with their future as a family so uncertain, Gloria must lean on her girls for support.

Meanwhile, head welder Rosie has turned her back on love to keep her double life secret. But her persistent beau is determined to find out the truth and if he does, it could ruin her.

And there is finally a glimmer of hope for Polly and her family when Bel and Joe fall in love. But it isn’t long before a scandalous revelation threatens to pull them all apart.

Praise for The Shipyard Girls series:

'I have just finished The Shipyard Girls and enjoyed it very much indeed . . . It has all the essentials of a good saga: well-drawn, believable, sympathetic characters, storylines which keep the reader turning the page and a very authentic background . . . The special bond that develops between the women makes it a very well rounded novel and will I’m sure have readers eagerly awaiting the next book in the series.' Lyn Andrews

'I had read The Shipyard Girls and enjoyed it tremendously, so much so that I bought Nancy’s second book. Strong characters and an absorbing story-line. Can't wait to read her third novel.' Rosie Archer, author of The Gunpowder and Glory Girls

'The Shipyard Girls is just wonderful. Heartfelt, pacy and gutsy, I adore it already and will no doubt be devouring the rest of the series with just as much enthusiasm.' Fiona Ford, author The Spark Girl

'A riveting read is just what this is in more ways than one.' The Northern Echo

'A real insight into how it was for these women in a Sunderland major ship building yard ... The foundation book of a series. Which I shall be reading as each one is written. Loved it.'

I Too Had a Love Story

Ravinder Singh

Not all love stories are meant to have a happy ending . . .

I TOO HAD A LOVE STORY is the tender and heartfelt tale of Ravin and Khushi - two people who found each other on a dating website and fell in love . . . until life put their love to the ultimate test.

Do love stories ever die? How would you react if a beautiful person came into your life, and then leaves it, forever?

Romantic, emotional and sincere, this heartbreaking true story has already touched a million hearts. This is a must-read for anyone who believes in the magic of love.

Operation Trumpsformation

Ross O'Carroll-Kelly

'Our nation's great satirist ... the most sustained feat of comic writing in Irish literature' Irish Times

It's the end of the world as Ross knows it ... this time, there's no way of escaping another monumental fock-up!

Sorcha had thrown me out of the family home - this time apparently for good. And yet that was the least of my worries ...

My old dear was in prison, accused of murdering her second husband. My sons were showing an unhealthy interest in - someone call social services - soccer! And my daughter wanted everyone to call her Eddie. But don't even go there!

On top of all that, a blond wig discovered in a dusty attic, had given my old man delusions of power. Suddenly, he was running for election, promising to tear up the bailout deal and take Ireland out of Europe. And that's to say nothing of his secret plan for Ireland's second city ...

But shush! Don't mention the wall!

Maybe

Morris Gleitzman

A powerfully moving addition to Morris Gleitzman's bestselling series about Felix and Zelda which takes place in 1945, following directly on from the story told in Soon. This intensely affecting story will move readers of all ages. It will be welcomed by the many Holocaust educators who use Once, Now, Then, After and Soon to teach upper primary and lower secondary children and embraced by any reader who loves passionate, moving and brilliant stories.

My Magical Life

Zach King

A debut middle-grade series from the mega-talented Zach King, full of laughs, zany action and more than a hint of magic.

Eleven-year-old Zach has magical powers, just like everyone in his family, but he's having trouble harnessing his abilities.

To help his powers manifest, and to help him appreciate his natural gifts, Zach's parents decide that he needs to be around 'real' people more. No more homeschooling - it's time for Zach to enter the scary world of secondary school!

But Zach can't resist a bit of magic... A simple spell ends with him and his best friend stuck in a vending machine. Someone filmed it and by the next day he's gone viral on YouTube, in the process attracting the attention of Rachel, the prettiest girl at school.

With everyone wondering how Zach does his tricks, and with head mean girl Trisha plotting to bring him down, Zach's got his work cut out if he's going to survive year 7 and keep his dreams of becoming a master magician intact.

Get the app! With the My Magical Life app, you can bring the book to life in front of your eyes!

Doctor Who: Official Annual 2018

Join the Doctor and his new companions Bill and Nardole for brand-new adventures on board the TARDIS in this year's Doctor Who Annual.

With secrets from the latest series, fact files on the latest terrifying monsters, exciting comic strips, stories, puzzles and activities, it's the perfect read for any fan of the brilliant BBC show Doctor Who.

The Romanov Ransom

Clive Cussler (and others)

From the cold depths of Russia to the stifling tropics of South America and Jamaica, husband-and-wife treasure hunting team, Sam and Remi Fargo are plunged into yet another ancient and cryptic mystery.

The discovery of a long-lost airliner . . .

A modern-day kidnapping . . .

And the return of the most terrifying evil the world has ever seen.

When a kidnapping captures the attention of treasure-hunting team Sam and Remi Fargo, they find themselves on the trail of the legendary Romanov Ransom - a Russian fortune stolen by the Nazis during World War II.

Hunting a neo-Nazi faction across Europe, North Africa and South America is their greatest quest yet. They must prevent the rise of a Fourth Reich, or witness the resurgence of the greatest evil of the modern world.

From the finest adventure writer alive, Clive Cussler's dark and thrilling mystery will keep you turning the pages late into the night.

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