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Cottage by the Sea

Debbie Macomber (Author)

A seaside town helps one young woman rediscover hope and healing in a brand-new novel from bestselling author Debbie Macomber.

Rocked by tragedy, Annie Marlow returns to the one place she knows she can heal: the cottage by the sea where she spent many happy childhood holidays with her family.

There, Annie meets Keaton, a local painter with a big heart; Mellie, the reclusive landlord Annie is determined to befriend; and Britt, a teenager with a terrible secret. With them her broken spirit starts to heal.

Then events threaten Annie’s new idyll. And when the opportunity of a lifetime lands in her lap, she is torn between the excitement of a new journey and the pull of the haven – and the man – she has come to call home. Will she be able to make her new-found happiness last?

Compassion Inc.

Gaurav Sinha (Author)

Be inspired to transform your business to change the world.

Do you ever wonder how successful businesses can be used as a force for good? Do you sometimes feel conflicted by the principles of capitalism? Do you wish to change the world around you whilst doing what you love?

In this book, Gaurav Sinha, world-class businessman and entrepreneur, founder of Insignia in 2003, outlines the economics of empathy for life and for business. He offers actionable solutions to maintaining a successful trade in a changing global landscape where conscience, ethics, and authenticity are high on the agenda.

The world is changing, perceptions are shifting, consumers are evolving, and this book will ensure your business keeps up.

Know Your Sh*t

Matt Roach (Author)


Your poo says a lot about your health but how well do you know your sh*t?

This unique, witty and handy colour swatch book is your entertaining and informative guide to every poo you will ever do. Based on real medical advice and full of pop culture gags, you’ll learn fascinating facts about your faeces, such as:

-Why floaters float
-Why stinkers stink
-What is and isn't normal
-How to poo like a pro

With 19 turds to compare to your own, including Poopcorn, Ring Stinger and Lumpty Dumpty, this is an essential guide for anyone who gives a crap about their health (or just has an unhealthy obsession with toilet humour).

Mummy Fairy and Me: Fairy-in-Waiting

Sophie Kinsella (Author) , Marta Kissi (Illustrator)

Hello. I'm called Ella Brook and I live in a town called Cherrywood. I have blue eyes and dark brown hair. My best friends at school are Tom and Lenka. My worst enemy is Zoe. And then there is my mummy. She looks normal, like any other mummy . . . but she's not. Because she can turn into a fairy. She just has to shut her eyes tight, say 'Marshmallow' . . . and POOF! She's Mummy Fairy.

Ella's family has a big secret - her mummy is a fairy! She can do amazing spells with her computawand. Only, sometimes the spells go a bit wrong, and that's when Ella steps in to the rescue. In this brand-new book of magical adventures, there are very naughty monkeys, a swimming pool filled with ice cream, and the best birthday party ever - complete with giant cakes and fairy dust.

And after so much fun and adventure, will Ella get her wish and become a magical fairy, just like her mum?

Do Not Disturb

Claire Douglas (Author)

COULD YOUR DREAM HOME BE YOUR WORST NIGHTMARE?

After what happened in London, Kirsty needs a fresh start with her family.
And running a guesthouse in the Welsh mountains sounds idyllic.

But then their first guest arrives.
Selena is the last person Kirsty wants to see.
It's seventeen years since she tore everything apart.

Why has she chosen now to walk back into Kirsty's life?
Is Selena running from something too?
Or is there an even darker reason for her visit?

Because Kirsty knows that once you invite trouble into your home, it can be murder getting rid of it . . .


'This kept me up last night. Scary. Twisty. All too believable. Exactly what you need for a bestselling chiller-thriller' Jane Corry, bestselling author of My Husband's Wife

'Secrets lurk behind every corner in this dark, gothic thriller. Absorbing and chilling' Karen Perry, bestselling author of Girl Unknown

'A page-turning slow burn that builds into a chilling reminder that sometimes home is where the hurt is' Cara Hunter, bestselling author of Close to Home

The Liar's Room

Simon Lelic (Author)

ONE ROOM. TWO LIARS. NO WAY OUT.

'CHILLING' Cara Hunter, author of Close To Home

Susanna Fenton has a secret. Fourteen years ago she left her identity behind, reinventing herself as a counsellor and starting a new life. It was the only way to keep her daughter safe.

But everything changes when Adam Geraghty walks into her office. She's never met this young man before - so why does she feel like she knows him?

Then Adam starts to tell her about a girl. A girl he wants to hurt.

And Susanna realises she was wrong. She doesn't know him. BUT HE KNOWS HER.
AND THE GIRL HE PLANS TO HURT IS HER DAUGHTER...

SIMON LELIC - THRILLERS TO KEEP YOU UP ALL NIGHT:

'Brilliantly tense...You'll try to outguess the plot but always be one step behind' C J Tudor

'Had me in a headlock from the start and wouldn't loosen its grip till the last page' John Marrs

'Taut, unsettling and brilliantly done' Tim Logan

'Deliciously dark and clever' Mark Edwards

'A superbly written and well-crafted thriller. It will have you up all hours of the night!' Kathryn Croft

'The Liar's Room is a book you can't walk away from' Emma Kavanagh

'A wonderfully claustrophobic read exposing the fault lines in families and the terrible danger of secrets' Cath Staincliffe

'Brilliant ... complex characters that draw you in and won't let you go' Amy Lloyd

'Hugely gripping and spooky as hell' Mark Billingham

'Taught, tense and terrifying, I loved it!' Sharon Bolton

'A darkly disturbing thriller that hooked me from the first page. Highly recommended!' Nuala Ellwood, author of My Sister's Bones

'This terrifying thriller sent shivers through me' Jane Corry, author of My Husband's Wife

Find Spot at the Zoo

Eric Hill (Author) , Eric Hill (Illustrator) , Eric Hill (Illustrator)

Spot is visiting the zoo! Which animals will he meet?

Join Spot and his family as they explore the zoo and meet lots of new animals along the way. Going to the zoo is an exciting first experience for toddlers, and Spot is no different - he loves meeting the monkeys, penguins, and tigers!

This brand new Spot adventure is full of unexpected lift-the-flap surprises and all the fun and humour that has made the original Where's Spot? a children's classic.

A new series based on the key elements of the original Spot lift-the-flap titles, with bold, simple design and unexpected humour.

The 2020 Commission Report on the North Korean Attacks on The United States

Dr Jeffrey Lewis (Author)

In January 2018 the world’s Doomsday Clock was moved to ‘two minutes to midnight’, meaning we are officially closer to nuclear annihilation now than ever before.

This book, written by the world’s leading nuclear expert, is a terrifyingly real account of how a coming conflict might well play out. It is 'speculative history', written in the style of The 9/11 Commission Report: pacey, highly readable, and crammed with plausible detail.

Through a series of human errors, communications failures, paranoia and inflammatory tweets from President Trump, military events rapidly escalate. Poor DPRK guards using outmoded radar systems fire on a South Korean passenger plane, triggering a nuclear conflict, and catastrophic attacks on New York and Washington, with the ultimate loss of 2 million lives.

Doctor Who: One Doctor, Two Hearts

Adam Howling (Illustrator) , Adam Howling (Author) , Doctor Who (Author) , Adam Howling (Illustrator)

Learn your 1, 2, 3 across the stars, with the help of the Doctor and friends!

One Doctor. Two Hearts. Three Knocks. Four Daleks . . . A Doctor Who counting book with a timey-wimey twist on every page! Featuring Doctors, companions and monsters both past and present, kids of all ages will love this Doctor Who numbers book.

In the wonderful style of T is for Tardis, this includes stunning original illustrations, in a retro style, on every page.

The Girl on the Via Flaminia

Alfred Hayes (Author)

A dark love story set in wartime Rome from the author of In Love and Your Face for the World to See

Rome, 1944. Robert is a lonely American soldier looking for a girl. Lisa is cold and hungry, obliged to seek work at Mamma Pulcini's house on the Via Flaminia. Their lives come together in what should be a simple exchange, a temporary arrangement without love or complication. But in a city broken by war, its people defeated, nothing is simple. Based on Alfred Hayes'own experiences of wartime Italy, this spare, searing novel exposes the dark complexities of the relationship between men and women, victor and vanquished.

'Hayes has done for bruised men what Jean Rhys does for bruised women, and they both write heartbreakingly beautiful sentences' Paul Bailey, Guardian

'Rings true as gold ... every single character in the book is sharp with the infallible stroke of art' Daily Mail

Metamorphica

Zachary Mason (Author)

In the tradition of Zachary Mason’s bestselling first novel, The Lost Books of the Odyssey – where he recast episodes from Homer’s masterpiece – Metamorphica now reimagines Ovid’s epic poem of endless transformation, Metamorphoses. Just as the Roman poet reinvigorated the Greek Classical legends 700 years after Homer, so Mason now gives us a radical and exciting renovation of those myths, 2,000 years after Ovid.

It retells the great stories of Narcissus, Orpheus, Persephone, Icarus, Midas, Medea and Actaeon, and strings them together like the stars in constellations – with even Ovid himself entering the narrative. It’s as though the ancient mythologies had been rewritten by Borges or Calvino – or artificial intelligence – and brought glimmering back into our world. Metamorphica re-engages with the elemental power of the ancient shape-changing gods by keeping their essences while rewriting their stories. It is this extraordinary narrative approach that is so thrilling; we watch as the author extracts more and more out of the original legend – adding infinite perspectives to narratives we thought we knew. Mason understands that the great myths are parables – always in flux, always relevant – always throwing shards of light from the morning of the world.

Stanley's School

William Bee (Author) , William Bee (Illustrator)

It's another busy day for Stanley and friends. At Stanley's School, Little Woo, Sophie and Benjamin enjoy storytime, playtime, measuring, and painting - all in one day!

The perfect story for little ones who are about to start nursery or school.

playtime

Andrew McMillan (Author)

In these intimate, sometimes painfully frank poems, Andrew McMillan takes us back to childhood and early adolescence to explore the different ways we grow into our sexual selves and our adult identities. Examining our teenage rites of passage: those dilemmas and traumas that shape us – eating disorders, masturbation, loss of virginity – the poet examines how we use bodies, both our own and other people’s, to chart our progress towards selfhood.

McMillan’s award-winning debut collection, physical, was praised for a poetry that was tight and powerful, raw and tender, and playtime expands that narrative frame and widens the gaze. Alongside poems in praise of the naivety of youth, there are those that explore the troubling intersections of violence, masculinity, class and sexuality, always taking the reader with them towards a better understanding of our own physicality. ‘isn’t this what human kind was made for’, McMillan asks in one poem, ‘telling stories learning where the skin/is most in need of touch’. These humane and vital poems are confessions, both in the spiritual and personal sense; they tell us stories that some of us, perhaps, have never found the courage to read before.

Sorrel and the Sleepover

Corrinne Averiss (Author) , Susan Varley (Illustrator)

Squirrels Sage and Sorrel are just the same: the like the same games, sing the same songs and say the same things at the same time. They even have the same stripe on their tails! But when Sage invites her friend for a sleepover, Sorrel discovers they aren't the same at all – while Sage has a huge family and an even bigger treehouse home, Sorrel lives with her mum in a tiny tree. Sorrel must hide how different she is, otherwise Sage won't be her friend, will she?

The Hours

Michael Cunningham (Author) , Fenella Woolgar (Read by), Full Cast (Read by), Rosamund Pike (Read by), Teresa Gallagher (Read by)

A BBC radio adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning book by Michael Cunningham, inspired by Virginia Woolf's Mrs Dalloway

Three separate women, living in different locations and eras, are linked by their passion for Virginia Woolf's novel Mrs Dalloway. As they each live through a Tuesday in June, their thoughts and experiences mirror each other and become interwoven.

In Richmond in 1923, Virginia Woolf struggles to write a novel whose protagonist is Mrs Dalloway. In Los Angeles in 1949, Laura ignores her chores and small son to sit in bed reading Mrs Dalloway. In 1990s New York, Clarissa goes to buy flowers for a party, mirroring the start of the fictional Mrs Dalloway’s day. The party is in honour of her sick friend Richard, who long ago dubbed her Mrs Dalloway.

As their stories intertwine, they converge to become one, weaving together themes of storytelling, domestic tension, friendship, love, loss, parental guilt, loneliness, bisexuality and the challenges of hosting social rituals.

Adapted by Sony Award-winning dramatist Frances Byrnes, this affecting dramatisation stars Fenella Woolgar as Virginia Woolf, Teresa Gallagher as Laura and Rosamund Pike as Clarissa.

'I am so thrilled by the BBC's production of my novel, The Hours, and - believe me - a novelist does not thrill easily' - Michael Cunningham

Directed by Judith Kampfner and Polly Thomas
Produced by Judith Kampfner
A Corporation For Independent Media production for BBC Radio 4

Memo From Turner

Tim Willocks (Author)

What happens when a man of absolute integrity finds himself trapped in a world of absolute corruption?

During a weekend spree in Cape Town a young, rich Afrikaner fatally injures a teenage street girl with his Range Rover but is too drunk to know that he has hit her. His companions – who do know – leave the girl to die.

The driver’s mother, a self-made mining magnate called Margot Le Roux, intends to keep her son in ignorance of his crime. Why should his life be ruined for a nameless girl who was already terminally ill? No one will care and the law is cheap. But by chance the case falls to the relentless Warrant Officer Turner of Cape Town homicide.

When Turner travels to the remote mining town that Margot owns – including the local police and private security force – he finds her determined to protect her son at any cost. As the battle of wills escalates, and the moral contradictions multiply, Turner won’t be bought and won’t be bullied, and when they try to bury him he rediscovers, during a desperate odyssey to the very brink of death, a long-forgotten truth about himself...

By the time Willocks's tale is finished, fourteen men have died. He shows once again that he is the laureate of the violent thriller.

Pantsdrunk

Miska Rantanen (Author)

Päntsdrunk is a refreshing take on the personal-development genre. In Finland there is a special word – 'kalsarikänni' – to denote ‘drinking at home, alone, in your underwear’.

It is no coincidence Finland consistently rates in the top five in happiness ranking. In Finland, Päntsdrunk is considered a path to recovery and self-empowerment to help you face your future challenges, much like the 'lagom' or 'hygge' of their other Scandi neighbours.

The Päntsdrunk method also includes bingeing on Netflix, scrolling mindlessly on your phone, sweet and salty snacks, sofa time, and blocking all work communications. It will lead you to a healthier, more energising and relaxing life – wherever, whenever.

Doctor Who and the Invisible Enemy

Terrance Dicks (Author)

John Leeson stars in this exciting novelisation of a classic adventure for the Fourth Doctor - and the introduction of K9. A mysterious cloud drifts menacingly through space, and the Doctor becomes infected with the Nucleus of a malignant Virus that threatens to destroy his mind. Meanwhile, on Titan, human slaves prepare the Hive from which the Virus will swarm out and infect the universe. In search of a cure, Leela takes the Doctor to the Bi-Al Foundation, where they make an incredible journey into the Doctor’s brain in an attempt to destroy the Nucleus. Can the Doctor free himself from the Nucleus in time to reach Titan and destroy the Hive? Luckily he has help — in the strangely dog-like shape of a mobile computer called K9… John Leeson, who was the Voice of K9 in the TV series, reads this unabridged novelisation of the 1977 television serial.

The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 ¾

Sue Townsend (Author)

The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 ¾ is the first book in Sue Townsend's brilliantly funny Adrian Mole series, reissued in Penguin's ORIGINALS series of iconic teen fiction.

Friday January 2nd
I felt rotten today. It's my mother's fault for singing 'My Way' at two o'clock in the morning at the top of the stairs. Just my luck to have a mother like her. There is a chance my parents could be alcoholics. Next year I could be in a children's home.

Meet Adrian Mole, a hapless teenager providing an unabashed, pimples-and-all glimpse into adolescent life. Writing candidly about his parents' marital troubles, the dog, his life as a tortured poet and 'misunderstood intellectual', Adrian's painfully honest diary is still hilarious and compelling reading thirty years after it first appeared.

Bestselling author Sue Townsend has been Britain's favourite comic writer for over three decades.

'I not only wept, I howled and hooted and had to get up and walk around the room and wipe my eyes so that I could go on reading' Tom Sharpe

'A satire of our times. Very funny indeed' Sunday Times

'We laugh both at Mole and with him. A wonderful comic read, that, like all the best comedy, says something rather meaningful' Heat

Sue Townsend is Britain's favourite comic author. Her hugely successful novels include eight Adrian Mole books, The Public Confessions of a Middle-Aged Woman (Aged 55¾), Number Ten, Ghost Children, The Queen and I, Queen Camilla and The Woman Who Went to Bed For a Year, all of which are highly acclaimed bestsellers. She has also written numerous well-received plays. She lives in Leicester, where she was born and grew up.

Anne Tyler: Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant, Ladder of Years & The Amateur Marriage

Anne Tyler (Author) , Lorelei King (Read by), Barbara Barnes (Read by), Nancy Crane (Read by), Nathan Osgood (Read by), Julianna Jennings (Read by), Tom Forrister (Read by), Full Cast (Read by)

Captivating BBC radio adaptations of three of Anne Tyler’s bestselling novels

Award-winning author Anne Tyler is loved worldwide for her fiction exploring the intricacies of marriage and domesticity. These three acclaimed books, each set in Baltimore, describe the small triumphs and tragedies of everyday American family life, as relationships are made and broken, and families come together, drift apart, hurt and heal each other.

Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant
Abandoned by her salesman husband, Pearl Tull attempts to keep her family together – but her anger and fierce maternal energy has damaging effects on her three children.

Ladder of Years
An unexpected romantic encounter in the grocery aisle is the beginning of a new adventure for homely Delia Grinstead, leading her to make a sudden, impulsive change in her life.

The Amateur Marriage
We follow the turbulent relationship of Michael and Pauline Anton over sixty years, from their whirlwind romance in 1941, to marriage, parenthood and beyond.

Multi-layered and universal, with details that ring sharply true and characters that are both recognisable and entertaining, these three dramatisations feature a distinguished cast including Barbara Barnes, Lorelei King and Nathan Osgood.

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