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The Devil's Scribe

Alma Katsu (Author)

Edgar Allan Poe meets Lanore - his Lanore? - in this e-novella and part of THE IMMORTAL Saga.

After decades of running from her past, Lanore McIlvrae returns to America for the first time in 20 years to confront the source of her fear. The year is 1846 and Lanore - Lanny - has just landed in Baltimore after a long transatlantic crossing.

That very night, she meets an 'unattractive man with a high forehead and sunken eyes, and a tiny, pinched mouth like a parrot's beak' who claims to write stories so dark and unsettling that he could be the Devil's Scribe. His name? Edgar Allan Poe.

Has Lanny finally met her match in this macabre man ... or is it the other way around?

Includes the first chapter of The Taker - Book One of THE IMMORTAL TRILOGY.

The Patient's Eyes

David Pirie (Author)

While a young medical student at Edinburgh, Arthur Conan Doyle famously studied under the remarkable Dr Joseph Bell. Taking this as a starting point, David Pirie has woven a compelling thriller, which partners Bell and Doyle as pioneers in criminal investigation, exploring the strange underworld of violence and sexual hypocrisy running below the surface of the Victorian era. The Patient's Eyes moves from Edinburgh and the strange circumstances surrounding Doyle's meeting with the remarkable Joseph Bell to Southsea where he begins his first medical practice. There he is puzzled by the symptoms presented by Heather Grace, a sweet young woman whose parents have died tragically several years before. Heather has a strange eye complaint, but is also upset by visions of a phantom cyclist who vanishes as soon as he is followed. This enigma, however, is soon forgotten as Doyle finds himself embroiled in more threatening events - including the murder of a rich Spanish businessman - events that call for the intervention of the eminent Dr Bell. But despite coming to Doyle's aid, perversely Dr Bell considers the murder of Senor Garcia a rather unimportant diversion from the far more sinister matter, which has brought him south: the matter of the patient's eyes and the solitary cyclist...

Fan Tan

Donald Cammell (Author) , Marlon Brando (Author)

Anatole 'Annie' Doultry is in his early 50s, a man of imposing physical presence and a reputation on the high seas from the Philippines to Shanghai. In 1927, he is serving six months in a hellish Hong Kong prison when, on a whim, he saves the life of a Chinese prisoner.-The prisoner's employer happens to be Madame Lai Choi San: beautiful, ruthless and shrewd, she is one of the most notorious gangsters in Asia.

When Annie gets out of prison, she thanks him with an offer of inconceivable wealth if he will join her in the biggest act of piracy of her career. Madame Lai is a seductive and powerful ally, but Annie is about to discover that she can be an even more powerful-and dangerous-enemy.

With his longtime collaborator, screenwriter and director Donald Cammell, Brando worked on this story for years. The result is a rollicking, swashbuckling delectable romp of a novel - the last surprise from an ever-surprising legend.

The Garden of Last Days

Andre Dubus III (Author)

One early September night, at the moment before the world changes, a young woman brings her daughter to work.

April's usual babysitter, Jean, has had a panic attack that's landed her in hospital. April doesn't really know anyone else, so decides it's best to have her three-year-old daughter close by, watching children's videos in the office, while she works.

But April is a stripper at the Puma Club for Men. And tonight she has an unusual client, a foreigner both remote and too personal, and free with his cash. His name is Bassam. Meanwhile, another man, AJ, has been thrown out of the club for holding hands with his favourite stripper, and he's drunk and angry and lonely.

From these explosive elements comes a relentless, raw, searing, passionate page-turning narrative, a big-hearted and painful novel about sex and parenthood, honour and masculinity. Set in the seamy underside of American life at the moment before the world changed, it juxtaposes lust for domination with hunger for connection, sexual violence with family love. It seizes the reader by the throat with the same psychological tension, depth and realism that characterised Andre Dubus's bestselling House of Sand and Fog - and with an even greater sense of the dark and anguished places in the human heart.

The Players

Zander Martin (Author)

Any woman in the world is there for the taking. You just have to know how.

Meet Pete: twenty-five, angry and an utter failure with women. And in desperate need of getting laid.

Meet Pete's best friend, CJ: an old college buddy who just so happens to be a Pick-Up Artist, armed with the supreme self-confidence and tactics to attract any woman, any time, any place.

Together they embark on an epic tour across Europe, from the red lights of Amsterdam to the party town of Reykjavik. Along the way, they'll meet a whole range of women - from gorgeous single mothers in Munich (with strings attached) to nymphomanic Austrian girls and lager-lout Swedes. One girl in particular, however, will blow them away. Their pursuit of her becomes an obsession, and a challenge, neither man can resist.

The question is, will the complex methods of a Pick-Up Artist be enough to win her over?

The Lights Of Manchester

T Warren (Author) , Tony Warren MBE (Author)

From the creator of Coronation Street comes a classic love story

Tony Warren, the man who invented Elsie Tanner and Ena Sharples now introduces a whole new gallery of unforgettable characters in a stunning debut novel.

It is a story - spanning forty years - of a woman, and of a city. It is the story of Sorrel Starkey, destined to become one of the greatest television stars, fated to rise to the heights of fame and fortune, and to do battle with sorrow and humiliation.

It is a story of joy, of hope and of human fallibility. Above all it is a love story you will never forget.

The Christmas Stories

Charles Dickens (Author) , Peter Ackroyd (Introducer)

After the success of A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens' name became so synonymous with Christmas that on hearing of his death in 1870 a young girl in London asked, "Mr. Dickens dead? Then will Father Christmas die too?" But A Christmas Carol is just the most famous of his Christmas stories, and those contained here in this unforgettable collection - The Cricket on the Hearth, The Battle of Life and The Haunted Man and the Ghost's Bargain - show Dickens at his heartwarming best.

The Day the Falls Stood Still

Cathy Marie Buchanan (Author)

Niagara Falls, 1915

When Bess Heath returns to her family home near the picturesque falls, it is to an unfamiliar scene - the elegance of the life she once knew has vanished. Her father is a broken man, jobless and losing hope, and her mother is struggling to keep the family afloat. Isabel, the lively, charismatic sister Bess has always relied on is almost unrecognisable. Her engagement called off, she languishes in her bedroom, brooding and refusing to eat.

Through all of this Bess finds solace in Tom Cole, a man she met by chance the night she returned home. Constant, gentle and devoted to Bess, he understands better than anyone the awesome and potentially devastating power of the falls - and consoles her through a tragedy that nearly ruins her. But as their lives become more fully entwined, Bess is forced to make a painful choice between what she wants and what is best for her family . . .

Titus Groan

Mervyn Peake (Author)

As the first novel opens, Titus, heir to Lord Sepulchrave, has just been born: he stands to inherit the miles of rambling stone and mortar that stand for Gormenghast Castle. Inside, all events are predetermined by a complex ritual, lost in history, understood only by Sourdust, Lord of the Library. There are tears and strange laughter; fierce births and deaths beneath umbrageous ceilings; dreams and violence and disenchantment contained within a labyrinth of stone.

How I Met My Wife

Nicholas Coleridge (Author)

A collection of fourteen stories containing a broad cast of amusing characters involved in adventures which are by turns funny, ingenious and moving.

Pinpoint

George Brown (Author)

France 1961. Operation Ponctuelle: the name given to top level assassinations of Gaullist Ministers. Two men lie in wait in a basement garage underneath the Boulevard St. Germain for the Minister of Special Affairs, their aim to kidnap their target and use him as a bargaining chip in the internecine strife that is tearing France apart. All goes to plan until one of the men reveals his true nature. First the four bodyguards die, then the Minister, then his girlfriend, whose tip off made the operation possible. The other man looks on in horror as a monster is born, a killer more ruthless than all the other players in the deadly war. Soon the fragmented security services are on the look out for the assassin, codenamed Diderot. But in the boiler room paranoia all are fair game, as the police, the army and top secret Maurice Bureau rip each other apart in the search for Diderot. Only an Englishman holds the threads which will unravel the enigma that is Diderot. But for Harry Metcalfe, differing motives of love, friendship and revenge mean that the job in hand is a difficult one, and the chances of his survival in the balancing act even slimmer.; Gripping espionage thriller from the man hailed as the next Frederick Forsyth.

The Double Tenth

George Brown (Author)

Malaya, 1952 - The War of the Running Dogs.

They shot the Chinese courier and took the documents he was carrying. Then they cut off his hands and rolled him into a shallow grave.

Another act of barbary in a savage jungle war, another dead Communist and another successful mission for the police and the SAS.

Thirty-five years later - Members of the ambush party start dying. Unpleasantly. One of them has had his hands cut off. The past is catching up with the men who stood in that jungle clearing - the past in the form of a man with artificial hands and an insane urge to reclaim what was taken from him - at any cost.

The Morning Tide

Audrey Howard (Author)

Liverpool, 1921. It was the year lively Kate Fowler rebelled against working in her hated father's chip shop and, with her gentle sister Jenny, left his brutal house forever. For this was the Jazz Age - and Kate and Jenny revelled in their freedom and in dancing until dawn, until romance changed the tempo of their lives.

For Kate, it was Charlie, a man as strong and warm-hearted as herself. For Jenny, it was Nils, the Norwegian navigator, who shared a brief, bittersweet affair with her before tragically disappearing from her life. And while Kate and Charlie together face the bad times that are coming, Jenny looks set to repeat the tragic pattern of her mother's life.

The Love Child

Constance Heaven (Author)

A sweeping historical novel set in Russia and England in the 1870s. Lousie Defour's life is idyllic. The love-child of a British diplomat and Russian dancer, she wants for nothing. But when her parents are killed by a bomb, she finds herself penniless and alone, and must travel to England to meet a half-sister who did not even know of her existence. There, she becomes part of the world of Daniel and Christine Hunter (first introduced in Constance Heaven's previous book, LOVE'S SHADOW) - with a potentially destructive effect.

Georgette Heyer Bundle: The Convenient Marriage/The Spanish Bride

Georgette Heyer (Author)

This 2 in 1 edition features The Spanish Bride and The Convenient Marriage - two of Georgette Heyer's hugely popular Regency novels.

The Spanish Bride

Shot-proof, fever-proof and a veteran campaigner at the age of twenty-five, Brigade-Major Harry Smith is reputed to be the luckiest man in Lord Wellington's army. But at the siege of Badajos, his friends foretell the ruin of his career. For when Harry meets the defenceless Juana, a fiery passion consumes him. Under the banner of honour and with the selfsame ardour he so frequently displays in battle, he dives headlong into marriage. In his beautiful child-bride, he finds a kindred spirit, and a temper to match. But for Juana, a long year of war must follow.

The Convenient Marriage

When the eligible Earl of Rule offers for the hand of the Beauty of the Winwood Family, he has no notion of the distress he causes his intended. For Miss Lizzie Winwood is promised to the excellent, but impoverished Mr Edward Heron. Disaster can only be averted by the delightful impetuosity of her youngest sister, Horatia, who conceives her own, distinctly original plans.

A Time To Remember

Marie Joseph (Author)

From the bestselling author of MAGGIE CRAIG, A BETTER WORLD THAN THIS, and numerous other novels, this is a collection of some of Marie Joseph's most outstanding short stories, previously published in magazines in the 60s and 70s and follows her volumes WHEN LOVE WAS LIKE THAT and THE WAY WE WERE. Written with compassion, perception and a touch of humour, these stories explore the theme of love - its dreams, hopes, disappointments and the joy of its discovery.

A Price For Everything

Mary Sheepshanks (Author)

Sonia, Lady Duntan, loves the family seat rather more than she does her husband. The demands of marriage and four small children have conspired to over shadow her sense of self-esteem and the huge, crumbling white elephant of a house represents the rebellious freedom she craves. Archie, however is adamant: their lifestyle must be preserved and the house must go. When Archie - who has got both more and less from his marriage than he bargained for - embarks on an affair with the pneumatic Rosie Bartlett, Sonia is even more determined to thwait his plans. But as her conspiracy widens to include her glamorous but unreliable mother-in-law, a rather sinister Buddhist monk and the urban Mr Hadleigh-Turner from the company Heritage at Risk, things begin to spiral out of control.

Night Waking

Kathleen Snow (Author)

Alex is young, sexy, beautiful and free. She has everything going for her: And then she is dead: a headline, a statistic, a madman's prey.
For her roommates Alex's murder is only the beginning. Now there is no safety in their lives, no security in their futures. Their emotions are shattered, their relationships twisted.

And terror slides through sleepless nights...

Hms Crusader

A E Langsford (Author)

Death by fire - Death by ice.

These were the twin threats confronting the seamen on the North Atlantic convoys: fire from the Luftwaffe's bombs, and from the torpedoes of the lurking U-Boats: ice in the deadly cold waters that could kill in three minutes, five minutes at most.

Between these two hells lived another threat: the slow paralyzing hand of fear.

Hms Marathon

A E Langsford (Author)

1942: The Mediterranean Operation Stonehenge gets under way - a convoy laden with desperately needed fuel, food and ammunition for the besieged island of Malta sets sail.
Captain Robert Thurston commands the cruiser HMS Marathon, one of the escort vessels on this Malta run. Thurston is a career officer with a record of conspicuous gallantry under fire, from Jutland to the North Atlantic convoys. But he is also a man under stress - in the last three years he has seen one ship go to the bottom, leaving pitifully few survivors; he has seen his closest friends and shipmates killed and maimed; he has carried the impossibly heavy burden of responsibility for his men's welfare in the bloody destruction of war at sea. And soon another cause for concern is added to his worries - Marathon is crippled by enemy action and forced to limp towards Alexandria, a constant target for attack by sea and air, vulnerable to the weather and to the enemy alike. Men and machines are stretched to their limit - but the most deadly threat to Thurston's own life and career is yet to be faced.

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