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Miranda's life is starting to unravel. Her best friend, Sal, gets punched by a kid on the street for what seems like no reason, and he shuts Miranda out of his life. The key that Miranda's mum keeps hidden for emergencies is stolen. And then a mysterious note arrives:
'I am coming to save your friend's life, and my own.
I ask two favours. First, you must write me a letter.'
The notes keep coming, and Miranda slowly realises that whoever is leaving them knows things no one should know. Each message brings her closer to believing that only she can prevent a tragic death. Until the final note makes her think she's too late.
Ash’s dad has returned from war, close to a breakdown and lost in a world of imaginary threats. Meanwhile, Ash’s best friend Mark is grieving and has drifted away into his own nightmares. Ash’s only escape is his lonely mountain running, training to be the stag boy in the annual Stag Chase. But dark things are stirring. Ash begins to wonder if the sinister stories about the Stag Chase are true. Could Mark and Dad be haunted by more than just their pasts?
‘Bone Jack is a powerful and beguiling YA novel’ - Telegraph
‘Dark, magical, and mysterious, Bone Jack captured me and carried me away’ - Rebecca Stead, author of Liar and Spy and When You Reach Me
‘A marvellous debut. Don't miss this book!’ - Susan Cooper, author of The Dark is Rising and Ghost Hawk
‘Haunting and compelling. An outstanding novel’ - Phil Earle, author of Being Billy and Heroic
‘An extraordinary modern fantasy with never a wasted word’ - Imogen Russell Williams, Metro
Peter can't wait to join his parents on an expedition to the ice caps of Greenland to study global warming. But while he's there, he begins to suspect there might be another reason for this trip other than scientific research.
And in another world, there is Thea, who lives with her family under the ice, and is desperate to see what's above it.
When Thea and Peter meet, two worlds will collide, and a host of secrets will be released.
When Georges moves into a new apartment block he meets Safer, a twelve-year-old self-appointed spy. Soon Georges has become his spy recruit. His first assignment? To track the mysterious Mr X, who lives in the flat upstairs. But as Safer becomes more demanding, Georges starts to wonder: what is a game and what is a lie? How far is too far to go for your only friend?
Winner of the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize and shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal.
'A joy to read' Independent
'Rebecca Stead makes writing this well look easy' Philip Ardagh, Guardian
'Exactly what I would have wanted to read in my early teens. It feels sophisticated and clever and knowing without being too grown-up and dark' Viv Groskop, Observer
When You Reach Me was a New York Times bestseller, won the Newbery Medal and was shortlisted for the Waterstone's Children's Book Prize.
Published: 4 Aug 2011
Dear Spivet Family,
I have gone for a while to do some work. Don't worry, I'll be fine. I didn't want to bother you by telling about it ahead of time. Thank you for taking care of me. You are one of the best families in the world.
T.S. makes sense of his chaotic family life by drawing beautiful, meticulous maps kept in innumerable colour-coded notebooks. He is brilliant, and the Smithsonian Institution agrees, though when they award him a major scientific prize they don't suspect for a moment that he is twelve years old.
So begins T.S.'s life-changing adventure, travelling two thousand miles across America to reach the awards dinner, the secret-society membership and the TV interviews that beckon. But is this what he wants? Do maps and lists explain the world? And why are adults so strange?
Published: 24 Apr 2014
*The perfect summer read, the novel that Dinah Jefferies has called 'A simply stunning novel that will stay with me: magnificent'*
Stepping off the boat in Mombasa, eighteen-year-old Rachel Fullsmith stands on Kenyan soil for the first time in six years. She has come home.
But when Rachel reaches the family farm at the end of the dusty Rift Valley Road, she finds so much has changed. Her beloved father has moved his new partner and her son into the family home. She hears menacing rumours of Mau Mau violence, and witnesses cruel reprisals by British soldiers. Even Michael, the handsome Kikuyu boy from her childhood, has started to look at her differently.
Isolated and conflicted, Rachel fears for her future. But when home is no longer a place of safety and belonging, where do you go, and who do you turn to?
'I can't take my eyes off the water. Can you?'
It's summer when Elm Hill lido opens, having stood empty for years. For Natalie Steele - wife, mother, teacher - it offers freedom from the tightly controlled routines of work and family. Especially when it leads her to Lara Channing, a charismatic former actress with a lavish bohemian lifestyle, who seems all too happy to invite Natalie into her elite circle.
Soon Natalie is spending long days at the pool, socializing with new friends and basking in a popularity she didn't know she'd been missing. Real life, and the person she used to be, begins to feel very far away.
But is such a change in fortunes too good to be true? Why are dark memories of a summer long ago now threatening to surface? And, without realizing, could Natalie have been swept dangerously out of her depth?
Praise for The Swimming Pool
'Exquisitely written and addictively dark, The Swimming Pool is sheer perfection' Clare Mackintosh, author ofI Let You Go
'Gripping from start to finish, it wrapped itself around me and swept me along in its wake. I loved it and simply did not want it to end' Rosanna Ley
'Clever, atmospheric and ridiculously addictive' Kate Riordan
'As languidly seductive as summer itself, this is a tense, unsettling tale about the secrets and lies submerged beneath the smooth surface of a leafy London neighbourhood lido. Bravo, Louise Candlish!' Tammy Cohen
'Smart and gripping from start to finish - I didn't see any of the twists coming. I loved it!' Isabelle Broom, author and Heat Books Reviews Editor
'The Swimming Pool' is a slow-burning and thought-provoking read, and the last few gripping pages had me immediately reaching for the beginning.' Love Reading
Praise for Louise Candlish
'A master of her craft' Rosamund Lupton
'A thriller novel meets soap opera with hints of Rear Window . . . addictive and fun . . . it will keep you guessing until the end' Stylist
'Absorbing, perceptive and gripping' Daily Mail
'Louise Candlish's stories don't shy away from life's more painful and emotional moments' Glamour
'Tense, twisty and completely addictive, will keep you guessing right until the end' Good Housekeeping
' Louise Candlish excels in looking at the darker side of relationships, she discovers thoughts and feelings that are recognisable but at the same time feel dangerously untouched' Love Reading
'Finally, a book that talks about money in a way that's accessible, useful and - crucially - interesting. Mrs Moneypenny walks us through the perils and pitfalls of personal finance and makes a persuasive case for the need for gender-specific advice for independent women everywhere' -Justine Roberts, CEO, Mumsnet
Get a money makeover from the legendary FT columnist, Mrs Moneypenny, author of Mrs Moneypenny's Careers Advice for Ambitious Women.
Why do personal finances present such a hurdle for women? And what can we do about it?
In her bestselling book Mrs Moneypenny's Careers Advice for Ambitious Women, Mrs Moneypenny stressed the importance of financial literacy and introduced the idea of a 'financial finish line' - or how much money you need in your lifetime. But how do you know what 'enough' looks like? And how do you get there?
In the essential and punchy guide Mrs Moneypenny's Financial Advice For Independent Women, the hilarious and wise Mrs Moneypenny shows you how to set your own financial finish line, and then how to go about reaching it. From increasing your income to cutting your bills cutting your grocery bills, from starting a business to saving a pension, she gives practical, easy ways to think about your money and take control of your life.
Whether you're struggling to remember what interest rate you are paying on your mortgage, or are an entrepreneur trying to raise the finance for your business, this book will inspire you, inform you, and above all, empower you.
'Clever, wise, funny and necessary. This book should be by every woman's bed' -Jeanette Winterson
'This is just the book I wish someone who cared about me and my indigent future had pressed into my clueless hands when I was in my twenties' -Rachel Johnson
For over 14 years Mrs Moneypenny has been entertaining readers of the Financial Times with her weekly column. She presented the Channel 4 series 'Superscrimpers', and the Mrs Moneypenny show has run at the Edinburgh Fringe, off Broadway and the Hay Festival. She is the author of Mrs Moneypenny's Careers Advice for Ambitious Women.
Heather McGregor owns and runs Taylor Bennett, the executive search firm. She is a committed philanthropist in the area of employability and social mobility, having founded the Taylor Bennett Foundation in 2008, and is currently the chair of Career Academies Foundation.
'What is your name?' she asks, staring at me.
'Jennifer Ross, Sister. Well, Nurse Ross, you are dressed in the uniform of a nurse from the Leeds General Infirmary. Such a uniform is not worn with a cardigan. Take it off at once.'
'Yes Sister.' I can feel my face turn red.
A trainee nurse in the 1950s had a lot to bear. In Jennifer Craig's enchanting memoir, we meet these warm-hearted yet naïve young girls as they get to grips with strict discipline, long hours and bodily fluids. But we also see the camaraderie that develops in evening study sessions, sneaked trips to the cinema and mischievous escapades with the young trainee doctors.
The harsh conditions prove too much for some girls, but the opportunity to help her patients in their time of need is too much of a pull for Jenny. As she commits to her vocation and knuckles down to her exams, she is determined that when she reaches the heights of Ward Sister herself she will not become the frightening matron that struck fear into her student heart ...
Rich in period detail, and told with a good dose of Yorkshire humour, Yes Sister, No Sister is a life-affirming true story of a life long past.
Ever wish you could trade your life in for a better one?
The Woman Who Stole My Life is a story full of wit and charm, from the international bestselling author Marian Keyes
'Name: Stella Sweeney.
Recent life events: dramatic.'
One day, sitting in traffic, married Dublin mum Stella Sweeney attempts a good deed. The resulting car crash changes her life.
For she meets a man who wants her telephone number (for the insurance, it turns out). That's okay. She doesn't really like him much anyway (his Range Rover totally banjaxed her car).
But this chance meeting sparks a chain of events which will take Stella thousands of miles from her old life, turning an ordinary woman into a superstar, and, along the way, wrenching her whole family apart.
Is this all because of one ill-advised act of goodwill? Was meeting Mr Range Rover destiny or karma? Should she be grateful or hopping mad? For the first time real, honest-to-goodness happiness is just within her reach. But is Stella Sweeney, Dublin housewife, ready to grasp it?
'When it comes to writing page-turners that put a smile on your face and make you think, Keyes is in a class of her own' Daily Express
'Gloriously funny' The Sunday Times
'Keyes manages to have you alternately blubbing and belly-laughing to the final page' Company
'Not only is it a great story with funny, loveable characters, it made me laugh out loud' Stylist
'One of those rare books that will swallow up your day without realising it. Romantic and uplifting it won't fail to put a smile on your face. Marian Keyes is back to her best' The Daily Express
'A warm and hilarious page turner' Good Housekeeping
'Funny but poignant' Marie Claire
'A smart new drama from the awesome Marian Keyes' Heat
'Full of twists and turns, with warmth and humour on every page, it doesn't disappoint' Closer
'A modern fairy tale, it's full of Keyes's self-deprecating wit' The Sunday Mirror
'MacDonald had a huge influence on me . . . Reacher is like a fully detached version of Travis McGee' LEE CHILD
Travis McGee isn’t your typical knight in shining armour. He only works when his cash runs out, and his rule is simple: He’ll help you find whatever was taken from you, as long as he can keep half.
News reaches Travis McGee that Tush, an old football buddy of his, has committed suicide. But Travis suspects foul play. Tush had just discovered that his small plot of land was sat right in the middle of a highly profitable parcel of riverfront acres. Certain big-time movers and shakers had badly wanted him out of the way.
But proving it suddenly looks a lot more difficult when Travis discovers a note from Tush’s wife saying she was leaving him. Travis must work fast to uncover the truth if he’s going to save what’s left of his friend’s family . . .
First published in 1968, Pale Grey for Guilt features an introduction by Lee Child
JOHN D. MACDONALD: A GRAND MASTER CRIME WRITER
'The great entertainer of our age, and a mesmerizing storyteller' - Stephen King
'Travis McGee is my favourite fiction detective. He’s great because he has a philosophical side – he will fight a bunch of mobsters in a car park and then have a muse about life, the universe and everything' - Tony Parsons
'A dominant influence on writers crafting the continuing series character . . . I envy the generation of readers just discovering Travis McGee' - Sue Grafton
'The consummate pro, a master storyteller and witty observer . . . The Travis McGee novels are among the finest works of fiction ever penned by an American author and they retain a remarkable sense of freshness' - Jonathan Kellerman
'. . . my favorite novelist of all time' - Dean Koontz
'A master storyteller, a masterful suspense writer . . . John D. MacDonald is a shining example for all of us in the field' - Mary Higgins Clark
'What a joy that these timeless and treasured novels are available again' - Ed McBain
'There’s only one thing as good as reading a John D. MacDonald novel: reading it again . . . He is the all-time master of the American mystery novel' - John Saul
Published: 4 Jul 2013