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Little Women

Louisa May Alcott (Author)

Curl up with a classic this Christmas.

Loved by generations around the world, Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women is a truly universal coming-of-age story, as relevant and engaging today as it was when originally published in 1868. Set against the backdrop of a country divided, the story follows the four March sisters Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy, on their journey from childhood to adulthood. With the help of their mother Marmee, the girls navigate what it means to be a young woman - from gender roles to sibling rivalry, first love, loss and marriage.

This three-part adaptation has been written by Call the Midwife and Cranford creator Heidi Thomas and directed by Vanessa Caswill (Thirteen, My Mad Fat Diary). It features a stellar cast including Academy award-winner Dame Angela Lansbury (Murder, She Wrote, The Manchurian Candidate) as the girls’ wealthy relative - the cantankerous Aunt March. Bafta-winner Michael Gambon (Harry Potter, Churchill’s Secret) takes the role of their benevolent neighbour Mr. Laurence, and Jonah Hauer-King (Howards End) will play Laurie, the charming boy next door.
Newcomer Maya Hawke takes the role of wilful and adventurous Jo, Willa Fitzgerald will play the eldest daughter Meg, Annes Elwy will play Beth, and Kathryn Newton takes the role of the youngest sister Amy.

A Royal Collection

Michael Hall (Author) , H.R.H The Prince Of Wales (Foreword by)

The Royal Collection is the last great collection formed by the European monarchies to have survived into the twenty-first century. Containing over a million artworks and objects, it covers all aspects of the fine and decorative arts, from paintings by Rembrandt and Michelangelo to grand sculpture, Fabergé eggs and some of the most exquisite furniture ever made. The Royal Collection also offers a revealing insight into the history of the British monarchy from William the Conqueror to Queen Elizabeth II, recording the tastes and obsessions of kings and queens over the past 500 years.

With unprecedented access to the royal residences of St James' Palace, Windsor Castle and Buckingham Palace, A Royal Collection traces the history of this national institution from the Middle Ages to the present day, exploring how royalty used the arts to strengthen their position as rulers by divine right and celebrating treasures from the Crown Jewels to the "Abraham" tapestries in Hampton Court Palace. Author Michael Hall examines the monarchy's response to changing attitudes to the arts and sciences during the Enlightenment and celebrates the British monarchy's role in the democratisation of art in the modern world. Packed with glimpses of rarely seen artworks, A Royal Collection is a visual treat for all art enthusiasts.

Accompanying the upcoming BBC television series and a major exhibition at the Royal Academy, A Royal Collection is the definitive statement on the British monarchy's treasures of the art world.

Cnut (Penguin Monarchs)

Ryan Lavelle (Author)

Cnut, or Canute, is one of the great 'what ifs' of English history. The Dane who became King of England after a long period of Viking attacks and settlement, his reign could have permanently shifted eleventh-century England's rule to Scandinavia. Stretching his authority across the North Sea to become king of Denmark and Norway, and with close links to Ireland and an overlordship of Scotland, this formidable figure created a Viking Empire at least as plausible as the Anglo-Norman Empire that would emerge in 1066.

Ryan Lavelle's illuminating book cuts through myths and misconceptions to explore this fascinating and powerful man in detail. Cnut is most popularly known now for the story of the king who tried to command the waves, relegated to a bit part in the medieval story, but as this biography shows, he was a conqueror, political player, law maker and empire builder on the grandest scale, one whose reign tells us much about the contingent nature of history.

The Deathwatch Journal

Ian Rankin (Author) , Jimmy Chisholm (Read by)

A gripping original story for BBC Radio 4 by award-winning crime writer Ian Rankin, written for the landmark Radio 4 Book at Bedtime slot

Saughton Prison, Edinburgh. 1962.

Prison guard Thomas Scott watches over a condemned man sentenced to hang for the murder of his wife.

His prisoner is a guilty man, that’s for sure. William Telfer has done enough bad things in his life. And Scott has been in his job long enough to know that guilty men often proclaimed their innocence right up until the moment the noose was placed around their necks. But as they wait out the days until his execution, Scott begins to suspect that Telfer is innocent of this murder.

An innocent man could be hanged by the neck until dead. And his jailer doesn’t know what to do about it…

To find out the truth, Scott must explore Edinburgh’s darkest corners. And he is running out of time.

From the best-selling author of the Rebus novels, this original story asks what you would do in the face of doubt, and in the search for justice.

On Writing History from Herodotus to Herodian

none (Author) , John Marincola (Translator)

What is history and how should it be written? This important new anthology, translated and edited by Professor John Marincola, contains all the seminal texts that relate to the writing of history in the ancient world.

The study of history was invented in the classical world. Treading uncharted waters, writers such as Plutarch and Lucian grappled with big questions such as how history should be written, how it differs from poetry and oratory, and what its purpose really is. This book includes complete essays by Dionysius, Plutarch and Lucian, as well as shorter pieces by Pliny the Younger, Cicero and others, and will be an essential resource for anyone studying history and the ancient world.

Vulgar Favours

Maureen Orth (Author)

A true story of dark forces that ended a colourful life.

The basis for American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace, a new 10-part drama series on BBC2 starring Penelope Cruz and Ricky Martin. This is the unforgettable account of a sociopath, his savage crimes, and the devastation he left in his wake.

In the glamorous and hedonistic fashion world in the 1990s there was one world-famous name that everyone knew – Gianni Versace. Vulgar Favours details the events that led to his murder at the hands of Andrew Cunanan on July 15th, 1997.

Maureen Orth, investigative journalist, was researching an article for Vanity Fair about the Miami Beach serial killer two days before Versace was brutally killed outside his mansion by Cunanan. Drawing on over 400 interviews and thousands of pages of police reports, Orth recounts in gripping detail how Cunanan became one of America's most notorious serial killers, evading the police and leaving his other victims’ families in disarray.

The Happy Reader – Issue 10

Penguin Classics (Author)

For avid readers and the uninitiated alike, this is a chance to reengage with classic literature and to stay inspired and entertained.

The concept of the magazine is simple: the first half is a long-form interview with a notable book fanatic and the second half explores one classic work of literature from an array of surprising and invigorating angles.

In The Happy Reader 10, our summer classic is Yevgeny Zamyatin's We

The Way of a Pilgrim

Anonymous (Author)

By the mercy of God I am a Christian, by my deeds a great sinner, by calling a homeless wanderer of the lowliest origins, roaming from place to place. Here, see my belongings: a bag of dry crusts on my back and the Holy Bible in my breast pocket; that's it.

In 1884 there appeared in Russia a slim volume containing four short tales. They told of a pilgrim, a lone wanderer, led by his quiet curiosity and a deep spiritual longing to undertake a lifelong journey across the land. A folk hero, a figure familiar from the works of Tolstoy and Leskov, this gentle pilgrim and his simple story would soon travel the world - and would even, much later, traverse the pages of JD Salinger's Franny and Zooey as the 'small pea-green cloth-bound book' that Franny keeps close in her handbag.

The pilgrim's ancient journey takes him from a city monastery through forests, fields and the steppes of Siberia. He walks by day and by night, through rains and summer months, finding food and shelter where he can. Along the way, he encounters priests and professors, convicts, nuns and beggars, a tipsy old man in a soldier's greatcoat, from whom he slowly gathers great stores of wisdom and experience. But at the heart of his journey is his time spent praying as he journeys on alone, discovering the peace and consolation that come of constant prayer and silent contemplation.

Simple and sincere, The Way of a Pilgrim paints an enduring picture of a life of detachment through wandering and prayer. And, as the pilgrim makes his way through the wilds, he invites us to travel with him, along an ancient path into an immense, mystical landscape.

Hera Lindsay Bird

Hera Lindsay Bird (Author)

New Zealand's best-selling poetry collection, from the mysterious force behind such classics as 'Monica' (as in, the one from Friends) and 'Keats is Dead so F**k Me from Behind'

this impressive debut has established Hera Lindsay Bird as a good girl......with many beneficial thoughts and feelings......

with themes as varied as snow and tears, the poems in this collection shine with the fantastic cream of who she is................juxtaposing many classical and modern breezes

Bird turns her prescient eye on love and loss, and what emerges is like a helicopter in fog......or a bejewelled Christmas sleigh, gliding triumphantly through the contemporary aesthetic desert.........

this is at once an intelligent and compelling fantasy of tenderness......

heart-breaking and charged with trees......without once sacrificing the forest............

whether you are masturbating luxuriously in your parents' sleepout..........

..........or pushing a pork roast home in a vintage pram...................

this is the book for you.............................................

heroically and compulsively stupid..................................................................

...........................................................whipping you once again into medieval sunlight.


PRAISE FOR HERA LINDSAY BIRD

'I think there's a pretty strong case which suggests Hera Lindsay Bird is like the most exciting newish poet in NZ' - Steve Braunias

'On more than one occasion, while working through a poem, I have found myself asking, what would Hera Lindsay Bird do?' - Retweeted by Bill Manhire

'Hi, dear, we have to say how much we enjoyed, if right word, the Hate poem. Really made us think, loved the line about the ancient cannon' - Text message from Ashleigh Young's mum

'The wickedest problem in Hera Lindsay Bird is not sex but taste' - John Newton

Your Face Tomorrow, Volume 1

Javier Marías (Author)

'Your Face Tomorrow is already being compared with Proust and rightly so' Observer

'One of contemporary literature's major works ... you have to open this book' Ali Smith

'I am myself my own fever and pain'

Jacques Deza has been told he has a gift: he can see through people; guess just from their faces what will become of them. When he encounters the enigmatic Bertram Tupra at a party, Deza is persuaded to join a mysterious underground group. His task: to observe an assortment of people - politicians, celebrities, seemingly ordinary citizens - and predict their next move. But where will Deza's descent into this twilight world eventually take him? The first part of Javier Marias' masterly trilogy asks how well we truly know and understand those around us.

Translated by Margaret Jull Costa

Your Face Tomorrow, Volume 3

Javier Marías (Author)

'Your Face Tomorrow is already being compared with Proust and rightly so' Observer

'One of contemporary literature's major works ... you have to open this book' Ali Smith

The concluding part in Javier Marías' spy trilogy masterwork

Jacques Deza is back in London and once again working for the secret intelligence agency run by Bernard Tupra. Deza finds himself forced to watch Tupra's collection of incriminating videotapes of important public figures. The recordings document unconventional private lives - and horrific acts. The scenes enter him like a poison, contaminating everything good, yet he is powerless to counteract them. Set against a background of brutality, Poison, Shadow and Farewell asks whether violence can ever be justified and completes the extraordinary journey that has led us on a descent into hell and a re-emergence, not entirely unscathed, into life.

The Place We Met

Isabelle Broom (Author)

Heartbreak, humour and romance set in Lake Como, Italy.

**Preorder the new novel from Isabelle Broom now**

Taggie is only a few months into her job as a tour guide in Lake Como. She's rushed off her feet, but distraction is what she needs to forget why she left England.

Lucy arrives at Lake Como with her perfect new boyfriend, Pete. Falling fast in love, she's sure that life is about to start for her, it feels so right with him.

But as New Year's Eve approaches and the women meet by chance, it becomes clear this isn't the perfect place of new beginnings. While Lucy is willing to do anything to keep hold of Pete, the past Taggie so desperately wanted to escape is catching up with her . . .

Praise for Isabelle Broom

'A lovely, absorbing novel, full of the beauty and mystery of Mojacar' Kate Eberlen, author of Richard & Judy pick Miss You on Then. Now. Always.

'Brilliant, warm and beautifully judged - I raced through it' Cathy Kelly, No 1 bestselling author of Secrets of a Happy Marriage on Then. Now. Always.

'We loved it!' Closer

'Warning: you will shed tears and end up booking a trip!' Prima

'Prepare for tears and laughter' Fabulous

'Unashamedly romantic' Sunday Express

'Brilliantly evocative' Paige Toon

London Rock

Alec Byrne (Author)

Close up on rock's greatest era.

Released to coincide with an exhibition at the Proud Gallery (7th - November until Christmas), this huge rock treasure chest contains over 250 previously unpublished premium images from the epicentre of London’s exploding music scene, from the mid-sixties to the early seventies.

Lavishly produced to create a fitting showcase for Alec’s extraordinarily rich, until now hidden, private collection, London Rock is a stunning experience.

Avedon

Steven M. L. Aronson (Author) , Norma Stevens (Author)

Richard Avedon was arguably the world’s most famous photographer – as artistically influential as he was commercially successful. Over the course of six richly productive decades, he created landmark advertising campaigns, iconic fashion photographs (as the star photographer for Harper's Bazaar then Vogue), groundbreaking books and unforgettable portraits of everyone who was anyone. He also went on the road to find and photograph remarkable faces across America.

As a personality, Avedon outdazzled many of his glamorous subjects. He possessed a mystique so unique it was itself a kind of genius – everyone fell under his spell. But the Richard Avedon the world saw was perhaps his greatest creation: he ruthlessly curated and controlled his own image, yet remained, despite all his exposure, one of the most guarded and private of celebrities.

No one knew him better than Norma Stevens, who for thirty years was his business partner and closest confidante. In Avedon: Something Personal – equal parts memoir, biography and oral history, including an intimate portrait of the legendary Avedon studio itself – Stevens and co-author Steven M. L. Aronson trace Avedon’s life from his birth to his death in 2004, at the age of eighty-one, while doing a shoot in Texas for The New Yorker, whose first-ever staff photographer he had become in 1992. The book also contains often startlingly candid reminiscences of Avedon by Mike Nichols, Calvin Klein, Renata Adler, Brooke Shields, David Remnick, Naomi Campbell, Twyla Tharp, Jerry Hall, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Bruce Weber, Cindy Crawford, Donatella Versace, Jann Wenner, Isabella Rossellini and Claude Picasso, among dozens of others.

Avedon: Something Personal is an authoritative, page-turning read about a compelling life creatively lived, by a man who for more than half a century helped shape American fashion, art and culture. And not unlike Avedon’s own defining portraits, the book delivers the person beneath the surface, in all his touching humanity.

Orwell on Truth

George Orwell (Author)

'Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two equals four. If that is granted, all else follows.'

This selection of George Orwell’s writing, from both his novels and non-fiction, gathers together his thoughts on the subject of truth. It ranges from discussion of personal honesty and morality, to freedom of speech and political propaganda. Orwell’s unique clarity of thought and illuminating scepticism provide the perfect defence against our post-truth world of fake news and confusion.

'The further a society drifts from the truth, the more it will hate those that speak it.'

Tribe of Mentors

Timothy Ferris (Author)

When facing life’s questions, who do you turn to for advice? We all need mentors, particularly when the odds seem stacked against us. To find his own, bestselling author and podcast guru Tim Ferriss tracked down more than 100 eclectic experts to help him, and you, navigate life. Through short, action-packed profiles, he shares their secrets for success, happiness, meaning, and more. No matter the challenge or opportunity, something in these pages can help.

You will learn:

· The three books legendary investor Ray Dalio recommends most often
· Lessons and tips from elite athletes like Maria Sharapova, Kelly Slater, Dara Torres, Tony Hawk, Dan Gable, and more
· How and why Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskovitz says no to most incoming requests The mental models of poker stars Daniel Negreanu, Annie Duke, Fedor Holz, and Liv Boeree
· The meditation and mindfulness practices of David Lynch, Jimmy Fallon, Sharon Salzberg, Rick Rubin, Richa Chadha, Sarah Elizabeth Lewis, and others
· The high-school loss that motivated actor Terry Crews for life . . . and how you can use the lesson
· Why TED curator Chris Anderson thinks ‘pursue your passion’ is terrible advice
· Why renowned designer Debbie Millman believes in therapy but not in work-life balance
· How Yuval Noah Harari’s Sapiens went from repeated rejections to global mega-bestseller
· The new beliefs, behaviours, and habits that have most helped cryptocurrency icons (founders of Ethereum, Zcash, etc.) in the last five years
· Why Arianna Huffington recommends that you regularly scramble apps on your phone
· The ‘bar complex’ exercise that keeps country star Tim McGraw young
· Why bestselling author Steven Pressfield believes college students should drive trucks and become cowboys
· Why comedian Patton Oswalt wishes at least one catastrophic failure on anyone in the arts
· Astrophysicist Janna Levin’s unique reframe that helps her see obstacles as opportunities
· Why actor Ben Stiller likes to dunk his head in a bucket of ice in the morning
· Why Dropbox co-founder Drew Houston’s cheat sheet for his younger self would include a tennis ball, a circle, and the number 30,000

Other mentors include Neil Gaiman, Ashton Kutcher, Dita Von Teese, Marc Benioff, Evan Williams, Brandon Stanton, Esther Perel, Darren Aronofsky, Steve Aoki, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Stephanie McMahon, Craig Newmark, Gretchen Rubin, Bear Grylls, Laura Walker, Mr. Money Mustache (Pete Adeney), Linda Rottenberg, Jesse Williams, and many more.

21st-Century Yokel

Tom Cox (Author)

21st-Century Yokel explores the way we can be tied inescapably to landscape, whether we like it or not, often through our family and our past. It’s not quite a nature book, not quite a humour book, not quite a family memoir, not quite folklore, not quite social history, not quite a collection of essays, but a bit of all six.

It contains owls, badgers, ponies, beavers, otters, bats, bees, scarecrows, dogs, ghosts, Tom’s loud and excitable dad and, yes, even a few cats. It’s full of Devon’s local folklore – the ancient kind, and the everyday kind – and provincial places and small things. But what emerges from this focus on the small are themes that are broader and bigger and more definitive.

The book’s language is colloquial and easy and its eleven chapters are discursive and wide-ranging, rambling even. The feel of the book has a lot in common with the country walks Tom Cox was on when he composed much of it: it’s bewitched by fresh air, intrepid in minor ways, haunted by weather and old stories and the spooky edges of the outdoors, restless, sometimes foolish, and prone to a few detours... but it always reaches its intended destination.

The book is illustrated with Tom’s own landscape photographs and linocuts by his mother.

Merry and Bright

Debbie Macomber (Author)

***PRE-ORDER NOW*** FROM THE NO. 1 NEW YORK TIMES
BESTSELLING AUTHOR DEBBIE MACOMBER

A novel about first impressions and second chances.

It’s Christmas, the season to be snowed under.

Merry Smith is overworked. Between family responsibilities, preparing for Christmas, and staying out of the crosshairs of her boss there’s room for little else. Her social life is the last thing on her mind, much less finding love.

Jayson Bright is feeling the pressure. Christmas is his most stressful time of year. Deadlines are looming, the holidays are coming, and employees are winding down. He’s the one left in the office pulling late and lonely nights.

Luckily for these two, their friends and family take matters into their own hands, and Merry and Bright are about to discover that love can be found where you least expect it . . .


Praise for Debbie Macomber

‘An ideal holiday book’
Good Housekeeping

‘If there's a star in the romance and women's fiction firmament, chances are high it’s Debbie Macomber’
Publishers Weekly

'A thrilling yet tender tale'
My Weekly

Klopp: Bring the Noise

Raphael Honigstein (Author)

Jürgen Klopp was confirmed as manager of Liverpool FC in October 2015 to a rapturous reception. His super-sized personality and all-or-nothing style of football and management made him the perfect choice to pump up the volume at Anfield and lift Liverpool out of a slump.

The appointment sparked hysteria in the city with fans and club officials delighted to get the coach they’d long admired from afar and eager to see the impact he would have on the club and the Premier League.

Klopp is the manager to turn players into winners, to get that little bit more from them and transform teams like mid-table Borussia Dortmund into title winners and one of Europe’s most admired sides in just two seasons. He’s authentic, approachable and funny, charming media and fans alike. He’s also merciless and exceptionally driven, his quick temper bubbling away barely under the surface.

Expectations have been high and even when results haven’t gone their way, Liverpool’s exciting football and Klopp’s pitch-side passion have enthralled, culminating in a triumphant return to Champions League football in 2017/18.

Renowned football correspondent on both the German and English games, Raphael Honigstein tells the definitive story of Klopp’s career, transformative footballing genius and how he is bringing the noise to Anfield.

Goodbye to All Cats

P.G. Wodehouse (Author)

'Wodehouse is a tonic' - New Yorker.

A Wodehouse pick-me-up that'll lift your spirits, whatever your mood.

Cheaper and more effective than Valium’.*

Offers ‘relief from anxiety, raginess or an afternoon-long tendency towards the sour’.*

‘Read when you’re well and when you’re poorly; when you’re travelling, and when you’re not; when you’re feeling clever, and when you’re feeling utterly dim.’*

Whatever your mood, P. G. Wodehouse, widely acknowledged to be ‘the best English comic novelist of the century’*, is guaranteed to lift your spirits.

Why? Because ‘Mr Wodehouse’s idyllic world can never stale. He has made a world for us to live in and delight in.’*

How? ‘You don’t analyse such sunlit perfection, you just bask in its warmth and splendour.’*

*Olivia Williams *Caitlin Moran *Lynne Truss *Sebastian Faulks *Evelyn Waugh *Stephen Fry

Ever on the lookout for a quick buck, a solid gold fortune, or at least a plausible little scrounge, the irrepressible Ukridge gives con men a bad name. Looking like an animated blob of mustard in his bright yellow raincoat, he invests time, passion and energy (but seldom actual cash) in a series of increasingly bizarre money-making schemes. Shares in an accident syndicate? Easily arranged. Finance for a dog college? It's yours.

And if you throw in some cats, flying unexpectedly from windows, and a young man trying ever-more-desperately to impress the family of his latest love, you get a medley of Wodehouse delights in which lunacy and comic exuberance reign supreme.

Contents:
- Goodbye to All Cats
- Ukridge's Dog College
- Ukridge's Accident Syndicate

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