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Peppa Pig: Move with Peppa

Run, jump, dance and play with Peppa and her friends in this active activity book!

Your child can join in too, with the reward chart on each page and stickers to congratulate them with on getting active. There's even space to add your own challenge for your little piggy!

DC Super Hero Girls: Scribble Book

Are you ready for your first day at Super Hero High School? Got your gadgets? Packed your punch bag? Sussed out your superpower? If not, don't panic - this scribble book is here to help you find your inner super hero!

Design an awesome crime-fighting outfit, figure out your super hero name, and doodle your way out of tricky situations. Wonder Woman™, Supergirl™ and all the other DC Super Hero Girls™ will be there to help you every step of the way. So what are you waiting for? Get your cape on, grab your pens and pencils, and let's go!

Last Stop on Market Street

Matt de la Peña (and others)

"Sometimes when you're surrounded by dirt, CJ, you're a better witness for what's beautiful."

CJ begins his weekly bus journey around the city with disappointment and dissatisfaction, wondering why he and his family can't drive a car like his friends. Through energy and encouragement, CJ's nana helps him see the beauty and fun in their routine.

This beautifully illustrated, emotive picture book explores urban life with honesty, interest and gratitude.

Last Stop on Market Street has won multiple awards and spent time at the number one spot in the New York Times Bestseller List.

DC Super Hero Girls - Power Up!

Join the DC Super Hero Girls™ at Super Hero High School! Get to know your classmates, find your way round the school, and help to save the day.

This sticker book is packed with activities and features all of your favourite super hero girls!

Doctor Who: Silhouette (12th Doctor novel)

Justin Richards

“Vastra and Strax and Jenny? Oh no, we don’t need to bother them. Trust me.”

Marlowe Hapworth is found dead in his locked study, killed by an unknown assailant. This is a case for the Great Detective, Madame Vastra.

Rick Bellamy, bare-knuckle boxer, has the life drawn out of him by a figure dressed as an undertaker. This angers Strax the Sontaran.

The Carnival of Curiosities, a collection of bizarre and fascinating sideshows and performers. This is where Jenny Flint looks for answers.

How are these things connected? And what does Orestes Milton, rich industrialist, have to do with it all? As the Doctor and Clara joint the hunt for thr truth they find themselves thrust into a world where nothing and no one are what they seem.

Elizabeth the Queen

Sally Bedell Smith

This definitive biography of Queen Elizabeth II is the first all-round, up-close picture of one of the most fascinating, enigmatic and admired women in the world.

With exclusive access to the Queen's personal letters, close friends and associates, this intimate biography is a treasure trove of fresh insights on her public persona and her private life. It also explores her close relationships with her family, her children, and Prince Philip.

This book will transport you back to a moment nine decades ago when a young Princess Elizabeth first discovered her destiny. Here we see how over the years she has navigated through the political challenges and personal sacrifices ahead of her, to put the Crown, the Country and her unswerving sense of duty first.

There is so much more to our Queen than that which is reported, but in these pages we at last get to meet the leader, strategist, and diplomat; the daughter, wife, mother and grandmother - Elizabeth the Queen.

Black Market

James Patterson

A Wall Street crash like never before…

A shocking explosion at the Wall Street stock exchange injures hundreds of people and brings devastation to one of the world’s major trading centres. A terrorist organisation claims responsibility for planting the bomb, but their motive is unclear.

As Federal agent Archer Carroll and Trading Enforcement Director Caitlin Dillon investigate the attack, all the intelligence points to one thing. The terrorists don’t simply want to bring chaos to America – they want to run the entire country.

Hide and Seek

James Patterson

Could a superstar singer also be a cold-hearted killer?

It’s a trial that has electrified the world. Not only because the defendant is Maggie Bradford, the woman whose songs have captured hearts across the globe. And not only because the victim is Will Shepherd, the internationally admired athlete. But also because people are saying that Maggie has murdered not just one husband, but two.

In Maggie's world – the world of fame and celebrity – things are never what they seem.

The Midnight Club

James Patterson

‘Are you from the Midnight Club?’

New York cop John ‘Stef’ Stefanovich was left widowed and wheelchair-bound after local crime boss, the Grave Dancer, brutally shot him and his wife.

Now, Stef’s looking at the Grave Dancer’s shattered body at a high-end Manhattan brothel. Before his murder, the Grave Dancer was heard speaking of the Midnight Club – a mysterious and secretive group of crime lords who are rumoured to control organised crime around the world.

As more criminals turn up dead, the shadowy Midnight Club are believed to be behind the killings. But when men like that are threatened, everyone is in danger…

The Orphan Collection

Maggie Hope

This collection brings together three of Maggie Hope's most powerful novels:

Orphan Girl
Workhouse Child
An Orphan's Secret

These emotional tales of orphans overcoming terrible hardships may bring a tear to your eye, but they'll also bring warmth to your heart...

Hilo: Saving the Whole Wide World (Hilo Book 2)

Judd Winick

The second book in a brilliant new series perfect for fans of laugh-out-loud school adventures like Jedi Academy and Diary of a Wimpy Kid.

D.J. and Gina are TOTALLY ordinary kids. But Hilo...isn't. He's an alien robot from another world!

Hilo is just settling into life on Earth (Bowling? Knock-knock jokes? OUTSTANDING!) when strange portals begin opening up all over town and even STRANGER creatures are coming through them!

But it will take more than a GIANT MUTANT CHICKEN, A VIKING HIPPO, A MAGICAL WARRIOR CAT, or even a few million KILLER VEGETABLES to stop Team Hilo. Er, won't it...?

Can Hilo, D.J. and Gina figure out how to send these creatures back to their own worlds before they DESTROY the Earth?

Find out in HILO: SAVING THE WHOLE WIDE WORLD. Hazzah!

Hilo: The Boy Who Crashed to Earth (Hilo Book 1)

Judd Winick

First in a brilliant new series perfect for fans of laugh-out-loud school adventures like Jedi Academy and Diary of a Wimpy Kid.

D.J. and his friend Gina are totally normal kids. Until a mysterious boy comes crashing down from the sky and nearly blows up their club house!

Hilo doesn't know where he came from, or what he's doing on Earth (or why going to school in only your underwear is a bad idea!) but he's starting to think he might not be the only alien to have crash-landed on our planet.

Can the trio unlock the secrets of his past? Can Hilo survive a day at school? And are D.J. and Gina ready to save the world?

'Every kid would love a pal like Hilo, and every kid will love this book!' - Lincoln Peirce, creator of Big Nate

Coming soon

Honeymoon in Paris and Other Stories

Jojo Moyes

From provincial Sophie being swept off of her feet in the glamour of belle époque Paris to Beth's unexpected confrontation with an old lover in a marquee in Britain, this first collection of short stories from internationally bestselling author Jojo Moyes contains ten tales of love, loss, liberation and laughter. Honeymoon in Paris and Other Stories is ideal for fans of Me Before You and After You as well as being the perfect gift this Christmas.

Barking for Bagels

Michael Rosen (and others)

Shnipp the dog loves to play fetch with Julie and Lara in the park, but she doesn't love their annoying laughs. So one day she decides to run off. It's not long before Shnipp finds a new life with Bessie the Bagel Lady, eating delicious bagels every day. But when she decides to finally head home, she discovers things aren't exactly the same as when she left...

Catching Fireflies

Tony Rocca

Following an extended bout of hard city life, Tony Rocca and his wife, Mira, decided that some of the really important things were missing - good food, plenty of sunshine and a relaxed approach to life. Despite Tony's name, however, their decision to move to Chianti was not based on heritage, nor any knowledge of the Italian language or spirit that had failed to pass down the line to him.
Hardly expecting things to be straightforward, Tony and Mira set about raising a loan to purchase Collelungo, the dilapidated property they had set their hearts on converting into an 'agriturismo' hotel. Complications and misinterpretations followed hot on the heels of each other, and before long they found themselves in trouble with the Monte dei Paschi bank with a debt of one billion Lire.
Finding drumming-up business to be a tougher task than they had anticipated, it was not long before the Roccas realised that alternative avenues would have to be explored to increase their income. Keeping on the hospitality business, Tony was persuaded by Mira to experiment with the vines that had been part of the property purchase. Sceptical though he was about the investment involved, the success of these wines was unprecedented.
What follows is a heart-warming story of success and integration into a community through persistence, good humour, and sheer hard work.

Hollowpoint

Robert Reuland

There was a time when Assistant District Attorney Andrew Giobberti pursued his job with vigour and a certain glee - but now he mostly thinks about his next drink and the girl he can persuade to share it with him.

Then a case much like others lands on his desk: young girl, dead from a gunshot wound, crackhead mother, very guilty-looking boyfriend. Something in this ordinary if tawdry case uncovers a vast well of grief and rage in him, and in his urge to avenge a pointless death he sets himself on a dangerous path to either destruction or redemption.

More Please

Barry Humphries

Because Barry Humphries has deliberately furnished would-be biographers with whimsical fictions and blatant mystifications, the true details of his life are among the best-kept secrets of our time. More Please, prophetically his first utterance, reveals the man behind the actor.

This best-selling book moves from suburban Australia of the 1930s, 40s and 50s to Humphries' international stardom and his revelations and confessions will astonish his vast audience, being so wildly at odds with all that has gone before.

Wonder

R J Palacio

'My name is August. I won't describe what I look like. Whatever you're thinking, it's probably worse.'

Auggie wants to be an ordinary ten-year-old. He does ordinary things - eating ice cream, playing on his Xbox. He feels ordinary - inside. But ordinary kids don't make other ordinary kids run away screaming in playgrounds. Ordinary kids aren't stared at wherever they go.

Born with a terrible facial abnormality, Auggie has been home-schooled by his parents his whole life. Now, for the first time, he's being sent to a real school. All he wants is to be accepted - but can he convince his new classmates that he's just like them, underneath it all?

Astonishingly powerful, WONDER is a read you'll never forget.

The Blot

Jonathan Lethem

**A New York Times top 100 Notable Book of the Year**

Alexander Bruno is a man with expensive problems.

Sporting a tuxedo and trotting the globe, he has spent his adult life as a professional gambler. His particular line of work: backgammon, at which he extracts large sums of money from men who think they can challenge his peerless acumen. In Singapore, his luck turned.

Maybe it had something to do with the Blot – a black spot which has emerged to distort Bruno’s vision. It’s not showing any signs of going away. In fact, it’s spreading, and as Bruno extends his losing streak in Berlin, it becomes clinically clear that the Blot is the symptom of something terrible. There’s a surgeon who can help, an elite specialist, the only one in the world. But surgery is going to involve a lot of money, and worse: returning home. To the land of ‘bullying, psychosis and bad taste’ otherwise known as contemporary America.

Specifically: the garish, hash-smoke streets of Berkeley, California. Here, the unseemly Keith Stolarsky – a childhood friend in possession of an empire of themed burger bars and thrift stores – is king. And he’s willing to help Bruno out. But there was always going to be a price.

The Grand Babylon Hotel

Arnold Bennett

Nella, daughter of millionaire Theodore Racksole, orders a dinner of steak and beer at the exclusive Grand Babylon Hotel in London. Her order is refused, so Theodore promptly buys the chef, the kitchen and the whole hotel. But when hotel staff begin to vanish and a German prince goes missing, Nella discovers that murder, blackmail and kidnapping are also on the menu. A rollicking murder mystery from one of the finest writers of the last century.

Clare in the Community Series 11

Harry Venning (and others)

Sally Phillips stars as the social worker with all the PC jargon but none of the practical solutions, in a further six episodes of the radio sitcom. Duration: 3 hours approx

Butterfly Beach

Jacqueline Wilson

A brand-new story starring the unlikely best friends of The Butterfly Club, published specially for World Book Day 2017, from much-loved and bestselling author Jacqueline Wilson.

Selma can't wait to go on holiday with her best friend forever, Tina. But a holiday with Tina means a holiday with her triplet sisters, too - and it's not long before Selma feels like the odd one out. Can their shared love of butterflies bring Selma and Tina together again?

Ashland & Vine

John Burnside

It is 1999. Kate Lambert, a grieving, semi-alcoholic film student, invites an elderly woman to take part in an oral-history documentary. The woman, Jean Culver, declines, but makes her a bizarre counter-offer: if Kate can stay sober for four days, she will tell her a story. And if she can stay sober beyond that, there will be another, and then another, amounting to the entire history of one family’s life.

Though still shattered by the death of her father, and by the desultory abuse imposed by Laurits, her enigmatic collaborator and erstwhile lover – Kate is soon drawn into a Scheherazade-like matrix of tales, some painfully final, some still unfinished, in which Jean gradually offers a heartbreaking account, not only of one family, but of the American century itself, from World War II to Vietnam and the Weather Underground.

A profound, mysterious, deeply moving novel – a meeting of love and grief, like water on arid soil – Ashland & Vine is the story of an unlikely friendship that transcends time, age and the limits of narrative to reveal the unexpected grace that comes of listening to another’s history, while telling, as carefully as we can, what we know of our own.

The Brig Society: Complete Series 4

Marcus Brigstocke (and others)

Extra! Extra! - Brigstocke Starts Own Newspaper Shock! Comedian Marcus Brigstocke presents a two-part special focussing on the great British press. In the first episode he plunges head first into the contents of the great British newspaper and comes up smelling of Daily Mail. Plus he reveals the headline of the year that you’ll never get to read... In the second episode there’s sex, scandal and saucy secrets on offer as Marcus examines how the great British press combine the difficult jobs of both selling newspapers and ruining peoples’ lives... Joining him are regular guest stars William Andrews (“Sorry I’ve Got No Head”) , Margaret Cabourn-Smith (“Miranda”) and Colin Hoult (from Ricky Gervaise’s “Derek”). Written by Marcus Brigstocke, Jeremy Salsby, Toby Davies, Nick Doody, Dan Tetsell & Steve Punt. This complete fourth series of the multi-award-winning show comes from the people who brought you Cabin Pressure and Armando Iannucci’s Charm Offensive. Duration: 1 hour approx.

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