New books

The Audition

Maddie Ziegler

The first novel by bestselling international superstar Maddie Ziegler!

Twelve-year-old Harper is a star at her dance school - but when her parents drop the bombshell that they're moving, she has to start all over again at a brand-new studio.

After getting accepted into the famous DanceStarz, Harper is hopeful that she'll soon feel settled and happy in her new team. But the standards are high, and her fellow dancers aren't exactly friendly...

With competitions coming up, will Harper and the DanceStarz be able to work together to reach the top? And when disaster strikes, are they a strong enough team to handle the pressure?

The Audition, written in collaboration with Julia DeVillers, is the first in a brand-new trilogy by dancer and international superstar Maddie Ziegler.

Christmas with the Bomb Girls

Daisy Styles

It's Christmas time with our favourite Bomb Girls at the Phoenix Munitions Factory . . . with trouble ahead can their wishes still come true?

The festive season is approaching at the Phoenix Munitions Factory and Gladys, Kitty, Edna and the rest of the Bomb Girls are determined to make this a year to remember.

With Myrtle's health in decline, Edna's love life beginning to take flight, a shy new arrival in their midst and continual hard work on the factory floor, life is never quiet in Pendle. But Gladys, back from performing for the troops on the front, is sullen and sad and her friends are sure she is hiding something.

What exactly happened while Gladys was away? Will she be brought back to life by her old friends? And will the Bomb Girls be able to provide a wonderful Christmas all round?

Fans of Lesley Pearse, Maggie Hope, Dilly Court and Donna Douglas will love Daisy Styles' mesmerising novels . . .

Look out for - The Bomb Girls, The Bomb Girl's Secrets and The Code Girls.

'This book brought home wonderfully vivid camaraderie wartime women shared and their immense sacrifices on the Home Front . . . Real women in the best sense - funny, scheming, loyal, witty. An absolute joy to read' Kate Thompson, bestselling author of Secrets of the Singer Girls

'A cracking story with truly endearing characters' Annie Murray, bestselling author of Now The War is Over

Hetty Feather's Christmas

Jacqueline Wilson (and others)

Cosy up for Christmas with this brand-new festive story, starring everyone's favourite Victorian foundling, Hetty Feather!

An unexpected gift leads to trouble for Hetty on Christmas Day at the Foundling Hospital, and the dreaded Matron Bottomly is delighted to have an excuse to exclude Hetty from the festive celebrations. Poor Hetty is distraught – but just when it seems that all is lost, a dear friend arrives to whisk her away for a Christmas unlike any other . . .

Full of friendship, fun and festive cheer, this beautifully-packaged hardback is complete with stunning illustrations by Nick Sharratt and fabulous bonus material featuring fun facts about the Victorian Christmas. The perfect stocking-filler for every Jacqueline Wilson fan.

Ali-A Adventures

Ali-A (and others)

It's launch time for the hotly anticipated video game Alien Liberator 2, and who better to invite along than top gamer Ali-A? Ali is promised the biggest game launch ever - but what he doesn't count on is just how real the action is about to get!

When a merciless band of aliens turns up to spoil the party, it's up to Ali to transform from gaming icon to real-life hero. Can he defeat the end-of-game boss and save the day? With a little help from his fans and a very special dog named Eevee, he's going to give it his best shot!

Playing With Fire

Katie Price

Indigo could never have predicted she’d be running her own London events agency aged just twenty-seven.

Organising celebrity parties and glamorous launches is the reward of years of hard work, and when restaurant entrepreneur Connor asks her to plan the opening of his swanky new Shoreditch nightclub, she knows this could be the high-profile event that puts Glamour to Go on the map.

Gorgeous, successful…and attached, Connor is just as spirited as Indigo. She’s determined to resist his advances, but it’s only a matter of time before sparks start to fly. Will she risk putting everything she’s worked so hard for on the line for Connor?

Because as the temperature rises, it will soon become clear that someone is trying to sabotage Indigo’s efforts from the inside.

Things are hotting up, and there’s everything to play for…

King Hereafter

Dorothy Dunnett

'A storyteller who could teach Scheherazade a thing or two about pace, suspense and imaginative invention'New York Times

THE REAL MACBETH . . .

It is the eleventh century and in the isles of Orkney a young boy is born. He is named Thorfinn, baptized as Macbeth. To the north are the warring Vikings and south lies Alba - the Scottish mainland. Orkney is the prize in between, and an unlikely place from which a young man might launch a bid as ruler of a united Scotland.

Yet Thorfinn is unlike other men. He has a warrior's courage and the wiliness of the underdog. By his side stands his wife Groa, as shrewd and valiant as her husband. Together they will navigate the treacherous waters of the new millennium, uniting a divided nation and birthing a legend that will survive a thousand years.

Thorfinn Macbeth will be King Hereafter . . .

'Stunning' Washington Post

Coming soon

Novella One

Pittacus Lore

A pulse-pounding new series set in the Sunday Times bestselling world of Pittacus Lore's I Am Number Four. Follow the latest adventures of the Human Garde as they develop their legacies and battle to save our planet.

Merry and Bright

Debbie Macomber

***PRE-ORDER NOW*** FROM THE NO. 1 NEW YORK TIMES
BESTSELLING AUTHOR DEBBIE MACOMBER

A novel about first impressions and second chances.

It’s Christmas, the season to be snowed under.

Merry Smith is overworked. Between family responsibilities, preparing for Christmas, and staying out of the crosshairs of her boss there’s room for little else. Her social life is the last thing on her mind, much less finding love.

Jayson Bright is feeling the pressure. Christmas is his most stressful time of year. Deadlines are looming, the holidays are coming, and employees are winding down. He’s the one left in the office pulling late and lonely nights.

Luckily for these two, their friends and family take matters into their own hands, and Merry and Bright are about to discover that love can be found where you least expect it . . .


Praise for Debbie Macomber

‘An ideal holiday book’
Good Housekeeping

‘If there's a star in the romance and women's fiction firmament, chances are high it’s Debbie Macomber’
Publishers Weekly

'A thrilling yet tender tale'
My Weekly

Goodbye to All Cats

P.G. Wodehouse

'Wodehouse is a tonic' - New Yorker.

A Wodehouse pick-me-up that'll lift your spirits, whatever your mood.

Cheaper and more effective than Valium’.*

Offers ‘relief from anxiety, raginess or an afternoon-long tendency towards the sour’.*

‘Read when you’re well and when you’re poorly; when you’re travelling, and when you’re not; when you’re feeling clever, and when you’re feeling utterly dim.’*

Whatever your mood, P. G. Wodehouse, widely acknowledged to be ‘the best English comic novelist of the century’*, is guaranteed to lift your spirits.

Why? Because ‘Mr Wodehouse’s idyllic world can never stale. He has made a world for us to live in and delight in.’*

How? ‘You don’t analyse such sunlit perfection, you just bask in its warmth and splendour.’*

*Olivia Williams *Caitlin Moran *Lynne Truss *Sebastian Faulks *Evelyn Waugh *Stephen Fry

Ever on the lookout for a quick buck, a solid gold fortune, or at least a plausible little scrounge, the irrepressible Ukridge gives con men a bad name. Looking like an animated blob of mustard in his bright yellow raincoat, he invests time, passion and energy (but seldom actual cash) in a series of increasingly bizarre money-making schemes. Shares in an accident syndicate? Easily arranged. Finance for a dog college? It's yours.

And if you throw in some cats, flying unexpectedly from windows, and a young man trying ever-more-desperately to impress the family of his latest love, you get a medley of Wodehouse delights in which lunacy and comic exuberance reign supreme.

Contents:
- Goodbye to All Cats
- Ukridge's Dog College
- Ukridge's Accident Syndicate

Mulliner’s Buck-U-Uppo

P.G. Wodehouse

'Wodehouse is a tonic' - New Yorker.

A Wodehouse pick-me-up that'll lift your spirits, whatever your mood.

‘Cheaper and more effective than Valium’.*

Offers ‘relief from anxiety, raginess or an afternoon-long tendency towards the sour’.*

‘Read when you’re well and when you’re poorly; when you’re travelling, and when you’re not; when you’re feeling clever, and when you’re feeling utterly dim.’*

Whatever your mood, P. G. Wodehouse, widely acknowledged to be ‘the best English comic novelist of the century’*, is guaranteed to lift your spirits.

Why? Because ‘Mr Wodehouse’s idyllic world can never stale. He has made a world for us to live in and delight in.’*

How? ‘You don’t analyse such sunlit perfection, you just bask in its warmth and splendour.’*

*Olivia Williams *Caitlin Moran *Lynne Truss *Sebastian Faulks *Evelyn Waugh *Stephen Fry

In the Angler's Rest, drinking hot scotch and lemon, sits one of Wodehouse's greatest raconteurs. Mr Mulliner, his vivid imagination lubricated by Miss Postlethwaite the barmaid, has fabulous stories to tell of the extraordinary behaviour of his far-flung family: there’s Cyril, the timid interior designer, who finds himself drunkenly playing 'this little piggy' with his beloved's formidable and angry mother's toes - how can that possibly end well?! And then there's Wilfred, who lights on the formula for Buck-U-Uppo, a tonic given to elephants to enable them to face tigers with the necessary nonchalance… Add one of the best Jeeves and Wooster stories and you’ve got a medley of Wodehouse delights in which lunacy and comic exuberance reign supreme.

Contents:
- Mulliner’s Buck-u-uppo
- The Spot of Art
- Strychnine in the Soup

The Candies Save Christmas

James Patterson

No sugar, no fat.
C'mon, take a look!
The best Candies ever... Candies in a book!

Treat yourself to the sweetest story you'll read this holiday! The Candies save Christmas when they rescue the loneliest, scraggliest little tree from the lot – in a happy ending children will beg to read again and again!

Merry Christmas to all
Big, medium, and small!

The Amazing Hat Mystery

P.G. Wodehouse

'Wodehouse is a tonic' - New Yorker.

A Wodehouse pick-me-up that'll lift your spirits, whatever your mood.

Cheaper and more effective than Valium’.*

Offers ‘relief from anxiety, raginess or an afternoon-long tendency towards the sour’.*

‘Read when you’re well and when you’re poorly; when you’re travelling, and when you’re not; when you’re feeling clever, and when you’re feeling utterly dim.’*

Whatever your mood, P. G. Wodehouse, widely acknowledged to be ‘the best English comic novelist of the century’*, is guaranteed to lift your spirits.

Why? Because ‘Mr Wodehouse’s idyllic world can never stale. He has made a world for us to live in and delight in.’*

How? ‘You don’t analyse such sunlit perfection, you just bask in its warmth and splendour.’*

*Olivia Williams *Caitlin Moran *Lynne Truss *Sebastian Faulks *Evelyn Waugh *Stephen Fry

Meet the Young Men in Spats – all members of the Drones Club, all crossed in love and all busy betting their sometimes non-existent fortunes on unlikely outcomes – that's when they're not recovering from driving their sports cars through, rather than round, Marble Arch.

These wonderful comic short stories are the essence of innocent fun. Here, you'll encounter some of Wodehouse's favourite characters – and, in 'The Amazing Hat Mystery', one of his favourite stories.

Contents:
- The Amazing Hat Mystery
- Uncle Fred Flits By
- Trouble Down at Tudsleigh

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