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A Bridge to the Stars

Henning Mankell (Author) , Laurie Thompson (Translator)

12 year old Joel lives with his father in the cold northern part of Sweden. At night he often sneaks out of his father's house to look for a lonely dog he has seen from his window. On the bridge across the icy river he starts a secret society and has adventures. But one night he discovers that his father's bed is also empty and will have to come terms with his father's new-found love. The harsh reality of Joel's world comes vividly to life and leaves the reader spellbound.

Strangers on a Bridge

James B. Donovan (Author)

The gripping first-hand account of the events that inspired the major film Bridge of Spies, starring Tom Hanks, by the man at the centre of them all - James B. Donovan. Also featuring a foreword by Jason Matthews.

With the Cold War at its height, the capture and trial of Colonel Abel, the Soviets' most capable and effective spy, revealed the chilling depths of the KGB's penetration of the West.

But when an American U-2 spy plane was shot down over Russia and its CIA pilot, Gary Powers, captured, both men's fates hung in the balance.

With East and West staring each other down across the Iron Curtain the stakes couldn't have been higher. And at the heart of it all, from Abel's arrest to his exchange with Powers on Berlin's infamous 'Bridge of Spies', was James B. Donovan.

Strangers on the Bridge is the only inside account of the greatest spy story of the era and a real-life espionage classic.

Reviews of Strangers on a Bridge:

'Enthralling ... Engrossing ... Truly remarkable' New York Times

'As compelling as The Spy Who Came in from the Cold except it happens to be true' Life

'A top notch spy thriller' Time

Shadows in the Twilight

Henning Mankell (Author) , Laurie Thompson (Translator)

Joel will soon be twelve, and he thinks nothing's going on in the small community where he lives. But he's wrong there. One day, a Miracle happens to him. He's very nearly run over by a bus, but is miraculously unhurt. Now, what do you do when a Miracle has come your way? Shouldn't you show gratitude somehow? Surely a good deed of some sort is in order. But how?

A humorous, wise,and understanding portrait of a boy about to leave childhood behind him, this is an independent sequel to the award-winning and much-praised A Bridge to the Stars.

The Spook's Apprentice - Play Edition

Joseph Delaney (Author)

Joseph Delaney's popular book, The Spook's Apprentice, told the story of Thomas Ward, apprenticed to the local spook to help keep the county safe from the Dark. The novel is the inspiration for the movie Seventh Son, starring Jeff Bridges, Ben Barnes and Julianne Moore, but has now been adapted for the stage by Joseph and his son Stephen.


Suitable for casts large and small, this script is ideal for use in drama groups, english lessons and school plays.

Virtual Light

William Gibson (Author)

Chevette rides as a courier, banging her paper laminate-framed bike through the streets of a future 'Frisco - she lives for it. On an impulse, she's risked everything; stolen a pair of sunglasses from some jerk. No ordinary shades, either: loaded with super-sensitive data, they could decide the destiny of the entire city.

Rydell is working for Mr Warbaby, who has been hired to recover the glasses. But Rydell is none too sure that he likes his new employment opportunity; with SFPD Homicide involved, an abandoned bridge populated by freaks and misfits, and some weirdness involving the Republic of Desire and a 'Death Star', it's turning out to be a very strange and dangerous scene indeed ...

William Gibson, author of the classic Neuromancer and creator of cyberpunk, here turns his hyper-acute imagination on the near future - to supercharged, nerve-shredding effect.

London Dust

Lee Jackson (Author)

A young woman, Natalie Meadows, jumps from Blackfriars Bridge, escaping from the horror she has just witnessed. But she is rescued and feels duty-bound to find out who murdered her best friend, the music hall star Nellie Warwick, and why. Natalie reinvents herself as Flora Thorne and finds a position as housemaid to the Reverend Wallace and his daughter. From the sanctuary of their home, she is able to investigate the circumstances of Nellie's murder. What she uncovers is a conspiracy of silence and corruption, and of unscrupulous men preying on women like herself and Nellie. Her attempts to unmask the killer and to bring him to justice exact a heavy price on Natalie. LONDON DUST is a powerful evocation of the underbelly of Victorian London, full of flavour, completely convincing and utterly gripping.

Spook's: Seventh Apprentice

Joseph Delaney (Author)

This haunting stand-alone story is a must have for SPOOK'S fans and a perfect introduction to Joseph Delaney's terrifying series which has sold 3 million copies sold worldwide!

The Spook is away on a dangerous job, and left behind, his seventh apprentice, Will, is compelled to help a boy whose father has been kidnapped by a ruthless and bloodthirsty witch who has the body of a woman and the face of a pig. But Will has never encountered a real witch in the flesh before. And dark-fighting skills are not yet advanced enough to fight an enemy of such power . . .

This story will chill your blood and frighten you to your very bones. Just remember not to read after dark.

From the series that inspired the forthcoming movie Seventh Son, starring Jeff Bridges, Ben Barnes and Julianne Moore.

The Blood Spilt

Asa Larsson (Author)

'A breath of fresh cold air . . . a dangerous edge to gladden fans of Lisbeth Salander' Boyd Tonkin

From the million-book bestselling author comes another nail-biting thriller, for fans of Stieg Larsson, The Bridge and The Killing TV series.

The murder of a female priest sends shockwaves through the isolated community of Kiruna. A crime that has terrifying echoes of another.

Lawyer Rebecka Martinsson returns to Kiruna to help the police, and is soon drawn into the dead woman's world. A world of hurt and healing, sin and sexuality, and above all, of lethal sacrifice.

Can Rebecka find the truth before she is consumed by it?

'Among the current batch of Nordic writers, Larsson is one to be followed with the most minute attention' Barry Forshaw, Independent
'A superior example of Scandinavian noir' Julia Handford, Sunday Telegraph
'Larsson's laid-back style makes her unflinching probing of the icy depths of the human heart all the more chilling' Jake Kerridge, Telegraph

Asa Larsson has sold over a million and a half books worldwide. Her first novel, The Savage Altar, won the award for Sweden's best first crime novel. This is her second novel starring Rebecka Martinsson.

Cover Versions

Adam Sweeting (Author)

Girls Aloud record the Pointer Sisters' 'Jump'; Atomic Kitten record Blondie's 'The Tide is High' and Kool and the Gang's 'Ladies Night'' Westlife record Billy Joel's 'Uptown Girl', Phil Collin's 'Against All Odds', Abba's 'I Have a Dream', and Barry Manilow's 'Mandy'-Thanks to the boom in TV-created pop stars, ancient pop classics have never had it so good, with 'Unchained Melody' massacred afresh by Gareth Gates and 'Bridge Over Troubled Water' eviscerated by Hear'Say. But back in pop's early days, every record was a cover version. Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald were famous for interpreting other people's songs, and the closest Elvis Presley ever got to writing one was when his manager, Colonel Parker, arm-twisted the rights away from the original songwriters. The balance of power shifted when The Beatles and the Stones wrote all their own material, yet the great tradition of the cover version never died. In this elegantly-tooled volume, Adam Sweeting gets the lowdown on cover versions - the worst, the most popular, the most frequently recorded, the most successful, the stupidest, the most tasteless, the most influential, and the ones nobody got around to yet.

The Wheels On The Bus

BBC (Author) , Various (Author) , Michelle Durler (Read by), Robin Fritz (Read by)

Sing and rhyme along with these 26 much-loved nursery rhyme songs! Includes: 'The Wheels on the Bus' / 'Down at the Station, Early in the Morning' / 'Row Row Row Your Boat' / 'The Big Ship Sails on the Alley Alley Oh' / 'London Bridge is Falling Down' / 'Jack and Jill' / 'Hickory Dickory Dock' / 'I'm a Little Teapot' / 'Polly Put the Kettle On' / 'Miss Polly had a Dolly' / 'Pop Goes the Weasel' / 'Five Currant Buns' / 'Ten Fat Sausages' / 'Peter Hammers with One Hammer' / 'The Grand Old Duke of York' / 'Girls and Boys Come Out to Play' / 'I Jump Out of Bed' / 'Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush' / 'Ring a Ring o'Roses' / 'I Hear Thunder, I Hear Thunder' / 'Incy Wincy Spider' / 'Heads Shoulders Knees and Toes' / 'If You're Happy and You Know it Clap Your Hands' / 'Twinkle Twinkle Little Star' / 'Wee Willie Winkie' / 'Ten in a Bed'.

1 CD. 40 mins.

Star Wars: Dark Nest III: The Swarm War

Troy Denning (Author)

The third and last book in the all-new trilogy that will bridge the events of the hugely popular New Jedi Order series, which has sold four million copies to date, and our upcoming 9-book epic Star Wars series to be published in 2006-2008.
With the Jedi Order splintered by conflicts of conscience, and a war erupting between the Killiks and Chiss that could spread across the entire galaxy, Luke Skywalker takes charge. His bold plan will play all sides against each other and carry those closest to him deep into hostile territory. It is also the only thing standing between the galaxy and the eternal war that his nephew, Jacen, has foreseen in visions.
For the Jedi to succeed, they must step beyond the reach of any galactic government and undermine the war-making capabilities of all sides -- and Luke Skywalker must assume his fated role as true master of the Jedi Order.

Mudbound

Hillary Jordan (Author)

NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE STARRING CAREY MULLIGAN, GARRETT HEDLUND & MARY J. BLIGE

When Henry McAllan moves his city-bred wife, Laura, to a cotton farm in the Mississippi Delta in 1946, she finds herself in a place both foreign and frightening. Henry's love of rural life is not shared by Laura, who struggles to raise their two young children in an isolated shotgun shack under the eye of her hateful, racist father-in-law. When it rains, the waters rise up and swallow the bridge to town, stranding the family in a sea of mud.

As the Second World War shudders to an end, two young men return from Europe to help work the farm. Jamie McAllan is everything his older brother Henry is not and is sensitive to Laura's plight, but also haunted by his memories of combat. Ronsel Jackson, eldest son of the black sharecroppers who live on the farm, comes home from war with the shine of a hero, only to face far more dangerous battles against the ingrained bigotry of his own countrymen. These two unlikely friends become players in a tragedy on the grandest scale.

The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes

Arthur Conan Doyle (Author)

Clive Merrison stars as Holmes with Michael Williams as Watson in these twelve adventures from the unique, fully dramatised BBC canon of Conan Doyle's short stories and novels

The Illustrious Client; The Blanched Soldier; The Mazarin Stone; The Three Gables; The Sussex Vampire; The Three Garridebs; The Problem of Thor Bridge; The Creeping Man; The Lion's Mane; The Veiled Lodger; Shoscombe Old Place; The Retired Colourman.

These short stories are the very last ones written by Arthur Conan Doyle about his much-loved fictional detective. Holmes and Watson are faced with cases that range from the suspicious to the seemingly supernatural, and encounter characters as diverse as an evil Austrian adventurer, a formidable female criminal, a distinguished professor who is acting oddly and a mysterious tenant who refuses to show her face.

Gripping, suspenseful and hugely entertaining, these acclaimed dramatisations were adapted by Bert Coules from the original short stories. Among the guest cast are Hannah Gordon, Robert Glenister, Michael Troughton, Alexandra Bastedo, Harriet Walter, Douglas Henshall and George Cole. Also included on CD 12 is an interview with Adrian Conan Doyle, Sir Arthur's son, recorded in 1945. Duration: 9 hours approx.

The Wedding

Danielle Steel (Author)

Simon Steinberg and Blaire Scott are among the most respected couples in Hollywood. They have defied the Hollywood cliché and stayed together for decades. Their three children - teenage aspiring model Samantha, pre-med student Scott, and entertainment lawyer Allegra - are successful and happy. Allegra, as an attorney to the stars, has a career that consumes so much of her energy that she has little time for a private life - until a chance encounter with a New York writer turns her life upside down. Suddenly, she finds herself planning a wedding at her parents' Bel Air home.

As preparations begin, the chaos of last-minute arrangements, surprise announcements and ever-increasing anxiety brings out both the best and the worst in everyone. But while couples in each generation of the Steinberg family struggle with broken vows and new hopes, the real meaning of Allegra's wedding emerges. It is a bridge between the past and the future, an opportunity for reconciliation, forgiveness and new hope for the future - as weddings often are for us all.

Star Wars: Dark Nest II: The Unseen Queen

Troy Denning (Author)

The second book in a trilogy that will bridge the events of the hugely popular New Jedi Order series, which has sold four million copies to date, and our upcoming 9-book epic Star Wars series to be published in 2006-2008.

Despite being given new worlds to populate, the insectoid Killiks have not found peace. A seemingly unknowable enemy has been attacking the new nests and the Killiks hold the Jedi responsible.

Traveling back to the Unknown Regions to unravel the mystery, the Skywalkers and Solos discover an evil far more familiar than they ever expected...and even more terrifying. Why does the dark nest want to kill Mara? Will Jacen's apocalyptic vision trigger another galactic war, or prevent one? And perhaps most ominous of all, what deadly secret are the Killiks hiding?

To find out, Luke, Mara, Han, and Leia must embark on a perilous journey into the uncharted void between right and wrong. The ferocious Unknown Terrors are only the beginning of the awesome challenges that lie ahead in their quest to fathom the unfathomable.

Old MacDonald Had a Farm and Other Classic Nursery Rhymes

This entertaining audio CD collection from Ladybird contains twenty-nine of the best-loved nursery rhymes and songs that children know and love from home, nursery and school. With jaunty music and characterful singers, it's perfect sing-a-long fun for adults and children alike.

Content includes:
Old MacDonald Had a Farm
The House That Jack Built
The Wheels on the Bus
London Bridge is Falling Down
Row, Row, Row Your Boat
There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly
Ten inthe Bed
If You're Happy and You Know It
Wind the Bobbin Up
Five Little Speckled Frogs
One Man Went to Mow
This Old Man
Five Little Monkeys
Incy Wincy Spider
Down in the Jungle
Five Little Men in a Flying Saucer
Ten Fat Sausages
Jelly on a Plate
Sleeping Bunnies
The Farmer's in his Den
One Finger, One Thumb
Five Little Ducks
Baa, Baa, Black Sheep
Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush
The Ants Go Marching
The Grand Old Duke of York
Humpty Dumpty
Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes
Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star

The Puffin Baby and Toddler Treasury

The Puffin Baby and Toddler Treasury is a timeless collection of favourite nursery rhymes, lullabies, poems and stories, featuring well-loved characters such as Eric Hill's Spot, Raymond Briggs's The Snowman and Beatrix Potter's Tom Kitten. Brought to life by some of the most talented children's illustrators, this treasury is perfect for sharing and will complete any child's first bookshelf.

This collection includes:
Hey Diddle Diddle; Little Miss Muffet; Old Macdonald Had a Farm; Hickory, Dickory, Dock; Mary Had a Little Lamb; Halfway Down; Pat-a-cake, Pat-a-cake; Spot's First Picnic; Ride a Cock Horse; Georgie Porgie; If You're Happy and You Know It; Brahm's Lullaby; Golden Slumbers; Incy Wincy Spider; It's Raining, It's Pouring; Little Bo peep; The Three Little Pigs; Rub-a-Dub-Dub; Humpty Dumpty; Go to Bed Late; Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush; Three Little Speckled Frogs; The Sun Descending in the West; The Tale of Tom Kitten; Ring-a-Ring o' Roses; Sing a Song of Sixpence; Song; Happy Thought; Doctor Foster; One, Two, Buckle My Shoe; Wee Willie Winkie; Goldilocks and the Three Bears; The Wheels on the Bus; One, Two, Three, Four, Five; My Baby; A Baby-Sermon; The North Wind Doth Blow; Star Light, Star Bright; Pussy-cat, Pussy-cat; Baa, Baa Black Sheep; The Owl and the Pussy-cat; The Farmer's in the Dell; I Love Little Pussy; Old King Cole; Bed in Summer; Spring Goes, Summer Comes; Three Little Monkeys; I'm a Little Teapot; The Three Billy Goats Gruff; I Had a Little Nut Tree; This Little Piggy; Little Boy Blue; London Bridge is Falling Down; Good Night; Good Night, Good Night; Silverly; The Snowman; Rock-a-Bye, Baby; Jack and Jill; Diddle, Diddle Dumpling; Pop Goes the Weasel; Polly Put the Kettle On; Growing Up; Lavender's Blue, Dilly, Dilly; Heads and Shoulders; The Grand Old Duke of York; The Ugly Duckling; Hush, Little Baby; Little Jack Horner; Row, Row, Row your Boat; Round and Round the Garden; Rain, Rain, Go Away; Dance to your Daddy; Roses are Red; This is the Way the Lady Rides; Lucy and Tom at the Seaside; Two Little Dicky Birds; There was a Little Girl; I See the Moon; Five Little Ducks; Horsie, Horsie; The Gingerbread Man; Oats and Beans and Barley Grow; I saw a Ship a-Sailing; Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star

Who's Who of Chelsea

Tony Matthews (Author)

Who's Who of Chelsea is the comprehensive guide to the legendary London club that promises to settle any disputes amongst its supporters once and for all. Packed with facts and stats, it contains profiles of every Chelsea player to have appeared in a competitive match for the team since the club was founded in 1905.

Since then, some truly great players have been associated with the club. These include star goalkeeper Peter Bonetti; the goal-machine himself, Jimmy Greaves; strikers Roy Bentley, Peter Osgood, Kerry Dixon and Bobby Tambling; Italians Roberto Di Matteo, Gianluca Vialli and Gianfranco Zola; Dutchman Ruud Gullit; record appearance-maker Ron 'Chopper' Harris; midfielders John Hollins, Terry Venables, Alan Hudson and Charlie Cooke; wingers Peter Houseman, Frank Blunstone and Eric Parsons; defenders John Dempsey, Marvin Hinton, Mickey Droy, John Mortimore and David Webb; the Sillett brothers, John and Peter; all members of José Mourinho's 2004-05 squad; and other superstars from yesteryear, including George Barber, Jack Crawford, Willie Ferguson, Hugh Gallacher, Jack Harrow, George Hilsdon, Alex Jackson, Tommy Law, Tommy Lawton, Bobby McNeil, George Mills, George Smith, Dick Spence, Albert Thain, Jack Townrow and Tommy Walker.

As well as providing full details on these legends and many others, this indispensable guide also lists the men who have managed Chelsea down the years, including Ted Drake, who guided the club to its first League championship in 1955, Tommy Docherty, Dave Sexton, John Neal, Glenn Hoddle, Claudio Ranieri and José Mourinho.

Featuring rare photographs of Stamford Bridge heroes past and present, Who's Who of Chelsea is essential reading for any supporter who wants to know everything there is to know about the Premiership's most glamorous club.

Ossie

Martin King (Author) , Martin Knight (Author) , Peter Osgood (Author)

In a 16-year career spent with Chelsea and Southampton, goal-scoring legend Peter Osgood made 560 appearances, scoring 220 goals and winning two FA Cup-winner's medals. He was part of the victorious Chelsea side that defeated the mighty Real Madrid in the 1971 European Cup-Winners Cup final and is the last player to have scored in every round of the FA Cup, including the final.

Ossie tells the story of the career and the extraordinary roller-coaster personal life of the man who spearheaded a team that made as many headlines off the field as on. The truth about the hard-drinking and hard-living antics of these Kings Road dandies - Hudson, Cooke, Baldwin and company - has never before been told. Osgood tells of his strained relationship with manager Dave Sexton, which resulted in his and other stars' departures, triggering a decline in Chelsea FC's fortunes that took some 20 years to reverse. He recounts his experience in the Mexico World Cup of 1970 and is brutally honest about the challenges and problems faced by ex-footballers as they attempt to adjust to life in mainstream society.

Peter Osgood was no ordinary footballer and Ossie is no ordinary football autobiography. Like the King of Stamford Bridge himself was, this book is entertaining, outspoken and full of surprises.

Boys Of '86

Danny Francis (Author) , McDonald (Author) , Tony McDonald (Author)

The highlights have been few and far between for West Ham United's long-suffering fans over the years - three FA Cup wins, a European Cup-Winners' Cup victory, various other cup runs that failed on the verge of success and, of course, the enjoyment of watching great players such as Bobby Moore, Geoff Hurst and Trevor Brooking. Throughout the 47 seasons the East London club has spent in the top flight of English football, the prospect of challenging for the League Championship title has been little more than a pipe dream. Except for one season: 1985-86.A 16th-place finish in 1984-85 had hardly filled the fans with optimism for the coming campaign, and the loss of young star Paul Allen to arch-rivals Tottenham Hotspur had some supporters questioning the ambition of the club. They were in for a shock. Little did he know it at the time, but manager John Lyall's summer purchases of young unknown Scottish striker Frank McAvennie from St Mirren for 340,000 and diminutive winger Mark Ward from Oldham Athletic for 250,000, were the final pieces in a jigsaw that fell into place spectacularly to provide West Ham fans with a campaign they would never forget. On the final Saturday of the season, the Hammers faced West Bromwich Albion still holding genuine hopes of finishing as League Champions. With Liverpool playing at Chelsea that day, Lyall's men knew that if they beat the Baggies and the Blues triumphed at Stamford Bridge, they only needed a victory against Everton two days later to secure their first-ever league title. Despite victory at the Hawthorns, though, news filtered through that Liverpool player-manager Kenny Dalglish had hit a winner against Chelsea to ensure that the Reds couldn't be caught. Eighteen years on, this book reflects in detail on the one and only season in which the claret-and-blue army were really able to chant 'We're gonna win the league'.

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