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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.
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.
Published: 3 Jun 2010
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.
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.
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.
Published: 27 Apr 2010
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.
Published: 17 Nov 2011
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.
Published: 17 Nov 2011
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...
Published: 30 Nov 2011
Published: 4 Nov 2011
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.
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...
Published: 4 Mar 2010
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.
'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.
Published: 19 May 2016
'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
'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.