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Leanne Crompton had it all - beauty, fame, money. But when Leanne is sacked by her modelling agency she soon finds herself penniless. With her seven-year-old daughter Kia to support, she has no option but to head north to her home town . . . back to her wayward family.
With a brother just released from prison, another being taken for a mug by his wannabe-WAG girlfriend, and two sisters trying to escape her shadow, life with the Cromptons is a harsh reminder of how far she's fallen.
Now, starting over and with an explosive secret to hold on to - the identity of Kia's dad - things start to get tough. Can she trust her ruthless mother Tracy not to sell her out to the papers? Or will Kia's dad catch up with her and silence her for good?
Tough Love is the startling debut novel from former pop star and tabloid favourite Kerry Katona. Her memoir, Too Much Too Young, was a Sunday Times top ten bestseller.
Hello, I'm Johnny Debonair and this is my book - Murder Most Fab. Buy it. You won't regret it. Everything that has happened so publicly is explained. Of course, I'd prefer it if you remember me as I was at my height, before the past caught up with me so spectacularly - TV's Mr Friday Night with an enviable lifestyle and the nation at my feet. My fame might have looked easy to you at the time, but getting to the top of the celebrity ladder is hard work. It took talent, beauty, commitment and, uniquely in my case, a number of unfortunate deaths. If we were being picky you might describe me as a serial killer, but I really don't see myself that way. It sounds trite to say 'one thing led to another' but it's true.
As you'll discover I owe something of my rise and my fall to three individuals: my mother, an eccentric country girl who taught me exhibitionism by hanging naked from the clocktower of Hythe town hall; Catherine, my best friend, then partner in business - a devil in red heels, who, in her clear Essex accent, taught me how to 'look after number one'; and Timothy, who broke my heart and caused me to seek refuge in sex, money and celebrity.
But in the end you have to take responsibility for your own actions. No one was forcing me, were they? I hope you, the public, can forgive me and enjoy this sordid tale for what it is - my final entertainment for you.
Camden Town. The late 1980s. A hinterland of rundown squats, petty crime and hard drugs.
Amid this sordid milieu, junkies Phil and Cissy go about their daily routine of sex, shooting up and dodging the police. For a while they have each other and nothing else seems to matter. But as their addictions worsen, money runs short and Cissy's psychotic ex-boyfriend is released from prison, their relationship begins to disintegrate into mutual distrust and loathing...
Raw, repellent and yet shot through with mordant wit, Junkie Love is Phil Shoenfelt's semi-fictionalised account of the heroin addiction that almost cost him his sanity and his life.
The fantastic first book in the Sunday Times bestselling Science of Discworld series
When a wizardly experiment goes adrift, the wizards of Unseen University find themselves with a pocket universe on their hands: Roundworld, where neither magic nor common sense seems to stand a chance against logic.
The Universe, of course, is our own. And Roundworld is Earth. As the wizards watch their accidental creation grow, we follow the story of our universe from the primal singularity of the Big Bang to the internet and beyond.
Through this original Terry Pratchett story (with intervening chapters from Cohen and Stewart) we discover how puny and insignificant individual lives are against a cosmic backdrop of creation and disaster. Yet, paradoxically, we see how the richness of a universe based on rules, has led to a complex world and at least one species that tried to get a grip of what was going on.
Terry Pratchett is the acclaimed creator of the global bestselling Discworld series, the first of which, The Colour of Magic, was published in 1983. Raising Steam is his fortieth Discworld novel. His books have been widely adapted for stage and screen, and he is the winner of multiple prizes, including the Carnegie Medal, as well as being awarded a knighthood for services to literature. After falling out with his keyboard he now talks to his computer. Occasionally, these days, it answers back.
Professor Ian Stewart is the author of many popular science books. He is the mathematics consultant for New Scientist and a Professor of Mathematics at the University of Warwick. He was awarded the Michael Faraday Prize for furthering the public understanding of science, and in 2001 became a Fellow of the Royal Society.
Dr Jack Cohen is an internationally-known reproductive biologist, and lives in Newent, Gloucestershire. Jack has a laboratory in his kitchen, helps couples get pregnant by referring them to colleagues, invents biologically realistic aliens for science fiction writers and, in his spare time, throws boomerangs. Jack, who has more letters to his name than can be repeated here, writes, lectures, talks and campaigns to promote public awareness of science, particularly biology. He is mostly retired.
From Bethesda, designers of the multi-million selling classics Doom, Quake and Fallout comes the game of 2011. Unmissable, it will be this year's Call of Duty, Assassins Creed or Halo. Eagerly awaited by the gaming community, RAGE is already being touted as one of the industry's most innovative first-person shooters, winning numerous awards at E3 2010, including 'Best Overall Game of Show' from IGN and three 'Best of E3' Game Critics Awards including 'Best Console Game'.
Set in the not-too-distant future, an asteroid has hit Earth leaving behind a ravaged wasteland. The world was doomed and only so much of the population could be saved. That was what the scientists were saying, at least. So the best and brightest were gathered up and put into stasis deep beneath the surface of the Earth. When they emerge they find the human race has not been wiped out. And people, as resilient as they are, are scraping together a new world from the rubble of the old. This was not what anyone in the Arks expected; a new society where might is right and bandits, gangs and mutants plague the Earth.
This novel delves even deeper into this world and its characters through the pen of Matt Costello - the same person who helped write the story for the game.
Roundworld is in trouble again, and this time it looks fatal. Having created it in the first place, the wizards of Unseen University feel vaguely responsible for its safety. They know the creatures who lived there escaped the impending Big Freeze by inventing the space elevator - they even intervened to rid the planet of a plague of elves, who attempted to divert humanity onto a different time track. But now it's all gone wrong - Victorian England has stagnated and the pace of progress would embarrass a limping snail. Unless something drastic is done, there won't be time for anyone to invent spaceflight and the human race will be turned into ice-pops.
Why, though, did history come adrift? Was it Sir Arthur Nightingale's dismal book about natural selection? Or was it the devastating response by an obscure country vicar called Charles Darwin, whose bestselling Theology of Species made it impossible to refute the divine design of living creatures? Either way, it's no easy task to change history, as the wizards discover to their cost. Can the God of Evolution come to humanity's aid and ensure Darwin writes a very different book? And who stopped him writing it in the first place?
'I am greatly relieved that the universe is finally explainable. I was beginning to think it was me.' Thus begins 'Strung Out', Woody Allen's hilarious application of the laws of the universe to daily life. Mere Anarchy, Woody Allen's first collection in over 25 years, features eighteen witty, wild and intelligent comic pieces - eight of which have never been in print before.
Surreal, absurd, rich in verbal play, bitingly satirical and just plain daft in the mode we have grown to love from his finest films, this flight-of-fancy collection includes tales of a body double who, mistaken for the film's star, is kidnapped by outlaws; a pretentious novelist forced to work on the novelisation of a Three Stooges film; a nanny secretly writing an expose of her Manhattan employers; crooks selling bespoke prayers on eBay; and how to react when you're asked to finance a Broadway play about the invention and manufacture of the adjustable showerhead.
What happens when your beloved only daughter's friend turns out to be a destructive cuckoo in the nest? When girlish charm turns to seduction and teenage friendship to manipulation. How can just one teenage girl wreak havoc on a decent, loving household?
Envy is a uniquely absorbing novel focusing on two teenage girls. Isabel the charmed, golden daughter of a wealthy, devoted daddy, and Diane, whose bitter, downtrodden mother lives on a rented cottage on Isabel's family's land. They become friends and Diane, our compelling narrator, driven by her loveless childhood and terrible envy, manoeuvres her way into the family, and slowly begins to break them apart.
Running through this suspensful, shocking novel, are undertones of heat, sexuality and betrayal. After her highly acclaimed account of life in a medieval castle, Envy shows Judy Corbett to be a novelist of unusual precision and style. A distinctive writer who reveals the malice in youth and the destructiveness of love.
Envy is a powerful, gripping read and darkly enjoyable twist on the coming-of-age novel.
'It was dark when I came to. What woke me was the cold and the water on my legs. I was doing spoons with Scotty, me behind him. We were on a beach. We didn't speak for the first minute, we were so disorientated. I had to genuinely think very hard about where I was. Then I remembered I was in Australia.'
It's the late eighties and 24-year-old Kerry has been drifting aimlessly through life in Edinburgh. Rarely having plans of any kind, she gets drunk and things happen: sex, drugs, parties, relationships, and, when she's really pushed, work.
Setting off on a hastily arranged visit to Australia, Kerry packs only three items of clothing, a pair of flip-flops, two hundred pounds and her young persons' work visa. Soon broke, hungry and homeless, she joins ART, a likeable but mismatched band of travellers who sell dodgy oil paintings door-to-door in the suburbs. Young, beautiful and free, they drink wildly and live for the moment.
Embarking on a riotous road trip together, their lives become deeply entangled, and the drinking spirals out of control. Eventually, Kerry is forced to admit that her journey to Australia isn't quite what it seems ...
In this second collection of sexy secrets as told to hostess Madame B, we discover a world of delicious and dangerous delights. No fantasy is too extreme, no indulgence or scenario off limits.
Velvet Underground - an everyday Tube journey takes an erotic turn for a young woman
Digits - the telephone provides the ultimate release for two strangers
The Magic Toyshop - a mysterious saleswoman opens a young customer's eyes to new pleasures
Buckle My Shoe - Nick is an unashamed foot fetishist; but has he met his match?
Hard Cell - the prisoner/guard relationship is taken to extremes of passion
Statuesque - Englishwoman Kelly enjoys a very special midnight feast while on a cooking holiday in Italy
The Lure of the Greasepaint - best friends Jade and Tania get closer than they ever expected as extras in an orgy scene
Fourplay - on a second honeymoon in the Seychelles, Alex and Jessica meet attractive Australian couple Laura and Brad, and have a holiday they will never forget
The Sinner - when her car breaks down, a reporter seeks shelter at a monastery, where she meets the shy Brother Michael...
Rockstar 2 - model Anna Lamb and her rockstar boyfriend Joey love taking sexual risks in public, and at a masked club for the rich and famous they show everyone else what they're missing.
With private indulgences stripped bare for all to see, Madame B's White Hot & Wild Whispers ensures that nothing remains a secret any more.
In this fourth collection of sexy tales told to hostess Madame B, ten women reveal all to our mysterious host. Nothing is out of bounds and passion is pushed to its very limit.
Midas - long-distance love with a twist, as a lover's gift ensures his partner can still enjoy him while he's overseas
Hire Love - Hannah hires a male escort for a high-powered work party, but it turns into more than a simple business transaction
Sucker Punch - Carrie falls for a boxer that she sees on TV; and finds that he more than lives up to her expectations in the flesh
Always the Bridesmaid - the night before Polly's wedding, she shares the bridal suite with her best friend Sammy, and sees her bridesmaid in a whole new light...
The Mistress's Apprentice - Tina discovers how thrilling power can be when she finds herself working in a place where submission and domination are all in a day's work
The HItcher - Alice and Paul's erotic encounter with a young hitchhiker turns into the ride of a lifetime
The Diagnosis - at a fancy dress party, strangers Jay and Leila play 'doctors and nurses' adult-style
Window Shopping - a shared fantasy of sex in public is made real when Bethany and Max take a big risk...
El Ritmo del Noche - at a fiesta on holiday in Spain, Helen finds out that even the prissiest English girl needs a little Latin in her
Going, Going, Gone - businesswoman Abigail sells her body to the highest bidder, and is ready to submit to whatever pleasures - and pains - are on offer...
With private indulgences stripped bare for all to see, Lost in Lust: More Tales from Madame B ensures that nothing remains a secret any more.
…The helicopter is hanging above our heads. A woman with a child waves up to the family watching at home. Motorcycles tear past, sirens wailing. And here they come, the riders. Like a vast chameleon the peloton continually changes shape and colour. Four hundred tyres sing to us. Music for a Sunday afternoon.
Here they come. Here they are. There they go. It’s all over, consigned to the past once more.
We can still see the mud-spattered backside of a straggler, sitting crooked on his bike after a fall. The skin of his elbow has been grazed raw, the dirt of the Tour ground into the wound. But he must go on. The Tour waits for no man…
Wilfried de Jong is a star of Dutch sports writing and broadcasting. In this award-winning collection of cycling tales, his comic, melancholic, existential charm unlocks a sport that involves so much pain, punishment, isolation and a high probability of failure. Liberating and inspiring, Wilfried ponders life, love and death on his trusted bike, chasing the essence of our existence against the backdrop of major cycling events or while roaming alone in nature.
Whether he is describing being ejected from Paris-Roubaix, a terminal incident with a bird while out riding, painting the drama that unfolds in a forgotten café as they wait for the Tour to pass, or explaining why he is standing stark naked on Belgian cobbles with a tyre in his hand in the morning mist, he always uncovers the true soul of cycling – why we do it, why we watch it, why we hate it, why we love it – stripped bare.
**As seen in the upcoming Sony Pictures film Ghostbusters**
Years before they made headlines with the Ghostbusters, Erin Gilbert and Abby L. Yates published the ground-breaking study of the paranormal, Ghosts from Our Past - now back in print!
Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence. Whether you’re a believer or a sceptic, you’ll find the information you’re seeking right here in this extraordinary book, including:
· The frightening childhood experiences that inspired Erin and Abby’s lifelong passion for the paranormal;
· The history and science behind ghosts and other supernatural entities, with an illustrated guide to each class of spook;
· Helpful sidebars like Is It a Ghost? A Handy Quiz, Ectoplasm Clean-up Tips, and more.
With this official Ghostbusters guide in hand, you’ll be prepared for almost any spirit, spook, or spectre that comes your way. For the rest, you know who to call.