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The Woman In The Fifth

Douglas Kennedy (Author)

Harry Ricks is a man who has lost everything.

A romantic mistake at the small American college where he used to teach has cost him his job and his marriage. And when the ensuing scandal threatens to completely destroy him, he flees to Paris.

He arrives in the French captial in the bleak midwinter, and ends up having to work as a night guard to make ends meet. Then Margit, a beautiful, mysterious stranger, walks into his life. But their passionate and intense relationship triggers a string of inexplicable events, and soon Harry finds himself in a nightmare from which there is no easy escape.

Nicholas Dane

Melvin Burgess (Author)

Melvin Burgess, author of the award-winning young adult novel Junk, explores breaches of trust and the fight for revenge in the sinister thriller Nicholas Dane.

'We take care of boys that no one else will . . .'

When Nicholas's mum overdoses on heroin, the fourteen-year-old is suddenly lost, grieving and alone. Sent away to a boys' home, Nick finds order is kept by intimidation and violence.

After countless fights and punishments, Nick thinks life can't get any worse. But the deputy head, Mr. Tony Creal, has other ideas.

The shame Nick experiences at the hands of Mr. Creal can never quite be forgotten and, when Nick discovers he wasn't the only one to suffer, the old hatred later resurfaces. Can revenge lay Nick's ghosts to rest - or will he never be free of them?

'A fine novel' - Independent

'A brave exploration of how the brutalization of children reverberates long after it has passed' - Daily Mail

Award-winning children's author Melvin Burgess is one of the most distinctive voices in contemporary young adult fiction. His most well-known book Junk won the Carnegie Medal, the Guardian Children's Fiction prize and was shortlisted for the Whitbread Children's Book of the Year. Other titles by Melvin Burgess available from Penguin include: Sara's Face, Doing IT (winner of the LA Times Young People's Book of the Year) and Kill All Enemies. If you enjoyed Nicholas Dane and want to get inside more of your favourite books, then check out spinebreakers.co.uk for exclusive author interviews, competitions, and much more.

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.

The Roman Spring Of Mrs Stone

Tennessee Williams (Author)

Mrs Stone changed from a famous, rich American actress to a notorious, very rich American widow. But the transition took years and all that time her youth and legendary beauty slipped away. So she escapes to Rome. But even the distractions of the Eternal City cannot stop old age wrinkling its way into her life. Frantic, she decides to take a lover, a young and very handsome Italian, being prepared to invest in his body for good return. But the price is too expensive. Not in money, but in her dignity.

Staying On

Paul Scott (Author)

Tusker and Lily Smalley stayed on in India. Given the chance to return 'home' when Tusker, once a Colonel in the British Army, retired, they chose instead to remain in the small hill town of Pangkot, with its eccentric inhabitants and archaic rituals left over from the days of the Empire. Only the tyranny of their landlady, the imposing Mrs Bhoolabhoy, threatens to upset the quiet rhythm of their days.

Both funny and deeply moving, Staying On is a unique, engrossing portrait of the end of an empire and of a forty-year love affair.

Wonder Tales

Marina Warner (Author)

Marina Warner has gathered together a magical collection of fairy tales by the great women storytellers of the 17th and 18th centuries. These are passionate, extraordinary, and occasionally proto-feminist retellings of classic fairy stories by women who ingeniously used the fairy tale genre to comment on their own times and experiences. The stories are all in superb new translations by celebrated writers, including A. S. Byatt, Gilbert Adair and John Ashbery. With a brilliant intorduction by Marina Warner, recognised as one of our greatest experts on myth and fairy tale.

Ashes in My Mouth, Sand in My Shoes

Per Petterson (Author) , Don Bartlett (Translator)

Per Petterson masters the art of writing simply about big subjects, and this is the heartwarming debut that brought the author of the highly acclaimed Out Stealing Horses to prominence

Arvid Jansen is a young boy who lives on the outskirts of Oslo. It’s the early sixties, his father works in a shoe factory and his Danish mother works as a cleaner. Arvid wets his bed at night and has nightmares about crocodiles, but slowly he is beginning to piece the world together.

Per Petterson’s debut, in which he introduces Arvid Jansen to the world, is a delicate portrait of childhood in all its complexity, its wonders and confusions that will delight fans of Out Stealing Horses and new readers alike.

True Stories As Told To Madame B

Ann Summers (Author)

Meet Madame B, our extraordinary hostess, a woman who elicits the most provocative confessions from those she meets. In this new collection of erotic tales, ten women, each with their own wild fantasies and dark desires, reveal all to Madame B. Nothing is out of bounds and passion is pushed to its very limit.

Hard Hat - a sexy builder turns out to be the tall, dark and silent type
Model Misbehaviour - supermodel Anna Lamb has a memorable catwalk experience, thanks to her rockstar boyfriend Joey and some very special lingerie
Toy Story - two housemates find a very special kind of toy in the house
Bossy - power games in the office show the boss who's really in charge
Car-ma Sutra - fantasies about sex in public lead a young married couple to an unexpected midnight encounter
Steaming - a stressed businesswoman gets the gold-standard treatment at a very special sauna
A Working Girl - hard up for cash, a young magazine assistant decides to become an escort, but first she has to attend a private interview...
Ash - Nina picks up skinny indie kid Ash at a gig, but there's more to him than meets the eye
All Tomorrow's Parties - when artist David meets dancer Charlie, and discovers she is a virgin, he furthers her education in more ways than one
Waterbaby - a young woman discovers that keeping it all in can lead to new heights of ecstasy.

With private indulgences stripped bare for all to see, True Stories As Told to Madame B ensures that nothing remains a secret any more.

Antonyin's (Storycuts)

Susan Hill (Author)

After arriving in the cold, grey city of Vldansk, a lone Englishman spends his days battling hunger, unable to stomach the greasy local 'delicacies' - that is, until he discovers Antonyin's. But his joy at having found the inviting cafe is tarnished when he is haunted by a strange, unattractive woman who comes in nightly, seeking him out. When she finally puts forward to the man a startling proposition, he is repulsed and appalled; yet it prompts an unshakeable idea to take root in his mind.

Part of the Storycuts series, this short story was previously published in the collection The Boy Who Taught the Beekeeper to Read.

How the Ceremony Ends/The Water Demon (Storycuts)

Su Tong (Author)

In 'How the Ceremony Ends', it was last winter that the folklorist paid his visit to the village of Eight Pines. He wanted to collect folk tales and customs, to re-enact the ceremonies of life and death that only old men still remember. But somehow he managed to provoke the villagers.

In 'The Water Demon', at the beginning, no-one noticed the little girl on the bridge. No-one knew what she was doing; she just stood and watched. She would call out loudly, 'Here comes the water demon! Get out of the water or he will get you by the feet!' and tear away out of sight. Then, one day, there was no little girl on the bridge.

Part of the Storycuts series, these two short stories were previously published in the collection Madwoman on the Bridge.

The Frighteners

Pete Johnson (Author)

On the back of the picture were two words which jumped right out at me: THE FRIGHTENERS...

When Chloe starts at a new school, she gets off to a really bad start and no-one wants to be her friend - except Aidan. But everyone else seems scared of Aidan - scared of the pictures he draws. Chloe can't imagine why until she picks up one of his drawings of 'The Frighteners'. For now the Frighteners - horrifying monstrous creatures - won't leave her alone...

Keeping Control

Jane Smith (Author)

It has been estimated that between the ages of 30 and 50 up to 40% of people suffer from some degree of incontinence at some time. Women accept that it can occur following childbirth, for example, and it becomes increasingly common in old age. In addition, there are cases where incontinence is due to spinal injury or associated with conditions such as diabetes, multiple sclerosis or stroke. But what is not known is that in many cases it can be avoided, alleviated or, in the latter case, effectively treated. The aim of this book is to raise awareness not only of women suffering with incontinence but also of those responsible for their care. All aspects will be dealt with, including its management and different treatments available. Written by an experienced medical writer in close collaboration with a team of highly skilled and experienced surgical and medical professionals, Female Incontinence is an essential handbook which will help women to realise that they no longer have to suffer in silence.

Mr Nasty

Cameron White (Author)

Mr Nasty charts the rise, fall and ultimate redemption of a wannabe player in the global narcotics business. From humble beginnings on the streets of London's East End, Cameron White rapidly ascended the drug ladder of London's club scene before notorious local criminals forced him to move to the US. There, he soon found himself aboard a cocaine-fuelled roller-coaster ride, transporting him from encounters with psychotic, crack-dealing Jamaicans in New York to luncheons with Hollywood's glitterati. The American adventure was to reach its inevitable conclusion in a drive-by shooting in the barrios of LA.Back in London, a dull nine-to-five existence did nothing to quell White's narco-inclinations. Cue a chemical vacation in Thailand and an effortless metamorphosis from recreational drug user to fully fledged smack addict in Berlin. White's eventual wake-up call came after he robbed some innocent tourists to feed his heroin habit. Stunned to realise how low he had sunk, he was determined to get clean and his gold-star efforts at rehabilitation were rewarded with an opportunity to start again in Australia. Faced with temptation once more, White's good intentions were to prove short-lived and he slid into the murky world of substance abuse in Sydney. But this time things were different and a gradual but life-defining epiphany rescued White from the edge. Mr Nasty is a thrilling yet cautionary tale of a decade lived within the narcotics underworld. Illuminating both the exciting and destructive sides of such an existence, it is ultimately a testament to how a strong will can sometimes overcome the lure of vice and break the chains of addiction.

Whispering Back

Adam Goodfellow (Author) , Nicole Golding (Author)

Adam Goodfellow and Nicole Golding run a stable in the Cotswolds and specialise in curing problem horses. It's never an easy task, and often requires changing the habits of the owner as much as the horse. The pair have travelled a long way to get where they are today - but they've been united by a common passion.

After a chance meeting with Monty Roberts, they gave up everything to live out their dreams and show that it's possible for ordinary people to become 'horse whisperers'. Their world is extraordinary, particularly through their unusual methods of teaching, and as you meet the cast of characters, both animals and humans, that surround them, you'll find it impossible not to be won over by their life.

Something Special

Iris Murdoch (Author)

Something Special was previously unpublished except in a 1950s anthology and in Japan, and rediscovered after her death. It is the only short story that Iris Murdoch ever wrote for publication.Set in Dublin, against the vividly recognisable backdrop of the writer's native city in the late fifties, Something Special is the story of Yvonne, an ordinary, bold young Irish woman who believes there's more to life than marriage to Sam, the respectable young man who's courting her. Written with verve and characteristic sly humour, it moves to a surprising climax and conclusion - a poignant, strangely haunting story about the incompatibility of dreams and desires.

Under a Sapphire Sky

Susannah Bates (Author)

Talented Marianne and gregarious Gabby have been friends since college. It feels natural to go into business together, selling Marianne's unique jewelry designs, and their family ties become closer when Marianne falls in love with charismatic stone-dealer, Jay, Gaby's half-brother. But as their company takes off, Gabby's contribution becomes more questionable, and while she remains single, troubled and fragile, Marianne is blossoming at work and in her private life and she is expecting Jay's baby.

Then her ex-boyfriend Paul walks back into her life in search of an engagement ring for his homely new fiancée and sets off a train of events none of them could have imagined. Marianne discovers to her cost that, like the beautiful stones she works with, relationships too can hold fatal hidden flaws and there are unexpected fault-lines in her world. In the tropical heat of southern Sri Lanka, she begins to see that the finest quality often lies buried in unlikely places, and to realize that someone she once easily dismissed might be the only person who can save her...

SuperFoods

Kathy Matthews (Author) , Steven Pratt MD (Author)

Did you know that a daily handful of walnuts or a bowl of blueberries can actually improve your well-being and longevity? When Dr Steven Pratt witnessed the positive results that occurred when his patients with age-related macular degeneration changed their diets to include certain powerhouse foods - he identified them as SuperFoods. Now, backed by proven research on fourteen of the most nutrient-dense foods, this book puts these invaluable tools in your hands and on your plate, to give you more energy, greater protection against disease, and a healthy lifestyle now and for the future. By making these foods part of your regular eating habits, you can actually change the course of your biochemistry and stop the incremental changes in your body that lead to diseases such as type II diabetes, hypertension, certain cancers, obesity, and Alzheimer's.
The 14 superfoods that will change your life: * Beans * Soy * Blueberries *Spinach *Broccoli *Tea - green or black *Oats *Tomatoes *Oranges *Turkey *Pumpkin *Walnuts *Salmon *Yoghurt

SuperFoods not only outlines the amazing health benefits of these fourteen foods, it also includes delicious recipes, tips and suggestions that will make the SuperFoods lifestyle simple and irresistible. Wonderfully flexible - almost all the SuperFoods have sidekicks, or substitutions that you can enjoy instead - this new nutritional frontier offers you the perfect opportunity to choose and enjoy the foods that are most beneficial to your health, well-being and longevity.

Fraud

Anita Brookner (Author)

'Oh, she'll turn up all right. Somewhere or other. Trouble is, we won't know where to look.'

Slowly, almost imperceptibly, Anna Durrant's acquaintances realize that Anna has gone missing. Normally so reliable, so helpful, she has neglected what duties remain to her after the death of her mother and taken flight.

Lawrence Halliday, the family doctor, trapped in a trying marriage to the predatory Vickie, is the first to notice Anna's disappearance. Mrs Marsh, a critical friend of Anna's mother, had hoped that her arrogant son Nick might take an interest in Anna, but he is seeking greater sophistication and worldliness. And as for Anna herself, she has not so much disappeared as ceased to exist as the woman they all thought they knew.

Undue Influence

Anita Brookner (Author)

'People are mysterious. And they do reveal mysterious connections. But sometimes one is merely anxious to alter the script. It was not the first time I had been guilty of a misapprehension'

At twenty-nine, Claire Pitt is single but not inexperienced. Attracted to Martin Gibson, a former academic married to a beautiful, manipulative invalid, she and her friend Wiggy are drawn deeper into his world. When Martin is widowed, Claire sees a possible future for herself and begins to make plans. But Martin is both more and less than he appears, as Claire is about to discover . . .

'All of Brookner's novels are great. But this is one of the best' Independent on Sunday

Lewis Percy

Anita Brookner (Author)

'The future is not always a whole new ball game. There tends to be unfinished business. One trails all sorts of things around with one, things that simply won't be got rid of.'

Destined to be a haunter of libraries, Lewis's cautious progress through life reveals to him only his own shortcomings. Estranged from his wife and daughter, he searches for an alternative. This novel presents the life and aspirations of one man who remains out of step with his times.

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