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Jean Rhys's spell-binding novel Wide Sargasso Sea, inspired by Jane Eyre and winner the Royal Society of Literature Award is beautifully repackaged as part of the Penguin Essentials range.
'There is no looking glass here and I don't know what I am like now... Now they have taken everything away. What am I doing in this place and who am I?'
If Antoinette Cosway, a spirited Creole heiress, could have foreseen the terrible future that awaited her, she would not have married the young Englishman. Initially drawn to her beauty and sensuality, he becomes increasingly frustrated by his inability to reach into her soul. He forces Antoinette to conform to his rigid Victorian ideals, unaware that in taking away her identity he is destroying a part of himself as well as pushing her towards madness.
Set against the lush backdrop of 1830s Jamaica, Jean Rhys's powerful, haunting masterpiece was inspired by her fascination with the first Mrs Rochester, the mad wife in Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre.
'Compelling, painful and exquisite' Guardian
'Brilliant. A tale of dislocation and dispossession, which Rhys writes with a kind of romantic cynicism, desperate and pungent' The Times
'Rhys turns a menacing cipher into a grieving, plausible young woman, and one whose story says whole worlds about global mixtures, about the misunderstandings between the colonized, the colonizers and the people who can't easily say which they are' Time
Jean Rhys was born in Dominica in 1890, the daughter of a Welsh doctor and a white Creole mother, and came to England when she was sixteen. Her first book, a collection of stories called The Left Bank, was published in 1927. This was followed by Quartet (originally Postures, 1928), After Leaving Mr Mackenzie (1930), Voyage in the Dark (1934) and Good Morning, Midnight (1939). None of these books was particularly successful and with the outbreak of war they went out of print. Jean Rhys dropped from sight until nearly twenty years later she was discovered living reclusively in Cornwall. During those years she had accumulated the stories collected in Tigers are Better-Looking. In 1966 she made a sensational reappearance with Wide Sargasso Sea, which won the Royal Society of Literature Award and the W. H. Smith Award. Her final collection of stories, Sleep It Off Lady, appeared in 1976 and Smile Please, her unfinished autobiography, was published posthumously in 1979. Jean Rhys died in 1979.
Published: 7 Apr 2011
Learning to write is fun with Topsy and Tim's Wipe Clean First Writing.
Start School with Topsy and Tim: First Writing, brought to you by Ladybird, is a lovely, easy-to-use activity book for children who are starting to learn the alphabet. Help your child practise writing letters with this bright, colourful wipe-clean book. Each letter is shown with a picture (such as 'A for Apple') and with two rows of letters drawn in dotted lines that children can draw over with their special pen. Then they can wipe the page clean and practice again! Each letter is also shown with arrows so children know where to place the pen. Left-handed options are shown in blue.
A free pen is included with the book.
Topsy and Tim are lovely, friendly characters who do all the things real children do. Learning with Topsy and Tim is fun and reassuring. Look out for Start School with Topsy and Tim: Wipe Clean First Numbers and all the other Topsy and Tim books:
Topsy and Tim: Help a Friend; Topsy and Tim: Go on a Trainl Topsy and Time Meet the Police; Topsy and Tim: Go to the Doctor; Topsy and Tim: Go to the Dentist; Topsy and Tim: Go to the Zoo; Topsy and Tim Visit London; Topsy and Tim: Go on an Aeroplane; Topsy and Tim: Go Camping; Topsy and Tim Safety First; Topsy and Tim: The New Baby; Topsy and Tim Meet the Firefighters; Topsy and Tim have Itchy Heads; Topsy and Tim: Play Football; Topsy and Tim: Buckets and Spades; Topsy and Tim: Car Games; Topsy and Tim: little Shoppers; Topsy and Tim: At the Farm; Topsy and Tim: Little Lost Rabbit; Topsy and Tim: The Big Surprise; Topsy and Tim: Go to the Park; Topsy and Tim: Look After their Pets; Topsy and Tip: Have Chickenpox; Topsy and Tim: Make a New Friend; Topsy and Tim: Busy Builders; Topsy and Tim; Meet the Police; Topsy and Tim: Red Boots, Yellow Boots; Topsy and Tim Sticker Storybook: Start School; Topsy and Tim: Start School; Topsy and Tim: Learn to Swim; Topsy and Tim: Have a Birthday Party; Topsy and Tim Sticker Storybook: Have a Happy Birthday; Topsy and Tim: Go to Hospital; Topsy and Tim Go for Gold; Topsy and Tim Sticker Storybook: Go on an Aeroplane
Published: 2 Jun 2011
Thank You, Jeeves
Thank You, Jeeves is the first novel to feature the incomparable valet Jeeves and his hapless charge Bertie Wooster - and you've hardly started to turn the pages when he resigns over Bertie's dedicated but somewhat untuneful playing of the banjo. In high dudgeon, Bertie disappears to the country as a guest of his chum Chuffy - only to find his peace shattered by the arrival of his ex-fiancée Pauline Stoker, her formidable father and the eminent loony-doctor Sir Roderick Glossop. When Chuffy falls in love with Pauline and Bertie seems to be caught in flagrante, a situation boils up which only Jeeves (whether employed or not) can simmer down...
Gussie Fink-Nottle's knowledge of the common newt is unparalleled. Drop him in a pond of newts and his behaviour will be exemplary, but introduce him to a girl and watch him turn pink, yammer, and suddenly stampede for great open spaces. Even with Madeline Bassett, who feels that the stars are God's daisy chain, his tongue is tied in reef-knots. And his chum Tuppy Glossop isn't getting on much better with Madeline's delectable friend Angela.
With so many broken hearts lying about him, Bertie Wooster can't sit idly by. The happiness of a pal - two pals, in fact - is at stake. But somehow Bertie's best-laid plans land everyone in the soup, and so it's just as well that Jeeves is ever at hand to apply his bulging brains to the problems of young love.
The Code of the Woosters
When Bertie Wooster goes to Totleigh Towers to pour oil on the troubled waters of a lovers' breach between Madeline Bassett and Gussie Fink-Nottle, he isn't expecting to see Aunt Dahlia there - nor to be instructed by her to steal some silver. But purloining the antique cow creamer from under the baleful nose of Sir Watkyn Bassett is the least of Bertie's tasks. He has to restore true love to both Madeline and Gussie and to the Revd Stinker Pinker and Stiffy Byng - and confound the insane ambitions of would-be Dictator Roderick Spode and his Black Shorts. It's a situation that only Jeeves can unravel...
Published: 1 Nov 2009
Rebecca Front (Author) , Morwenna Banks (Read by) , Morwenna Banks (Author) , Rebecca Front (Read by) , Michael Fenton Stevens (Read by), Ben Willbond (Read by), Full Cast (Read by)
The second series of the award-winning sitcom written by and starring Morwenna Banks (Absolutely) and Rebecca Front (The Thick Of It) set in, yes, a library, but no ordinary library. This is the library overseen and run by the most unlikely pairing since Mills met Boon.
Meet Alice (Rebecca Front) - a former child prodigy who won a place at Oxford aged 9, but because Daddy went too she never needed to have any friends. She’s scared of everything - everything that is, except libraries and…
…Snoo (Morwenna Banks), a slightly confused individual, with a have-a-go attitude to life, marriage, haircuts and reality. Snoo loves books, and fully intends to read one one day.
And forever popping into the library is Dr. Cadogan (Michael Fenton Stevens), celebrity doctor to the stars and a man with his finger in every pie. Charming, indiscreet and quite possibly wanted by Interpol, if you want a discrete nip and tuck and then photos of it accidentally left on the photocopier, Dr Cadogan is your man.
Their happy life is interrupted by the arrival of Simon Nielson (Ben Willbond), a man with a mission, a mission to close down inefficient libraries. Fortunately, he hates his mission. What he really wants to do is once, just once get even with his inexhaustible supply of high-achieving brothers...
In the first episode, when an International Librarians’ Conference looms, Alice & Snoo have to resort to some rather unconventional means to get hold of a passport… methods that include a thousand hummingbirds, some over-tight jeans and an hilarious anagram…
In Show 2, when Snoo makes an unexpected purchase, Alice has to face an old rival, some electrical cables and a very dusty dictionary. Meanwhile, Dr Cadogan goes digital and Simon has to defend somebody's Crab Nebula...
Show 3, and when the library is threatened by a flood, Snoo gains some animal friends and Alice gets down to some basic biology with Simon’s hunky brother. Meanwhile, Dr Cadogan unveils some deadly soup and a rather spiffy jacket...
And when family come to call, Snoo runs into problems with a grape and Alice has to learn a tricky manoeuvre in the fourth and final episode…
The show comes from Pozzitive, proud producers of Cabin Pressure, Thanks A Lot, Milton Jones!, Jeremy Hardy Speaks To The Nation, The Brig Society, The Castle, Armando Iannucci’s Charm Offensive & Kevin Eldon Will See You Now...
Published: 5 Oct 2017
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's A Study in Scarlet is the literary debut of the world's most famous fictional detective, Sherlock Holmes, introduced by Iain Sinclair with notes by Ed Glinert in Penguin Classics.
Convalescing in London after a disastrous experience of war in Afghanistan, Dr John Watson finds himself sharing rooms with his enigmatic new acquaintance, Sherlock Holmes. But their quiet bachelor life at 221B Baker Street is soon interrupted by the grisly discovery of a dead man in a grimy 'ill-omened' house in south-east London, his face contorted by an expression of horror and hatred such as Watson has never seen before. On the wall, the word rache - German for 'revenge' - is written in blood, yet there are no wounds on the victim or signs of a struggle. Watson's head is in a whirl, but the formidable Holmes relishes this challenge to his deductive powers, and so begins their famous investigative partnership.
In his introduction, Iain Sinclair discusses the links between Sherlock Holmes mysteries and the Jack the Ripper murders, Conan Doyle's narrative style and his depiction of London. This edition also includes further reading, a chronology and notes.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) was born in Edinburgh where he qualified as a doctor, but it was his writing which brought him fame, with the creation of Sherlock Holmes, the first scientific detective. He was also a social reformer who used his investigative skills to prove the innocence of individuals.
Iain Sinclair is the author of Downriver (winner of the James Tait Black Memorial Prize and the Encore Award), and his latest book Ghost Milk: Calling Time on the Grand Project is published by Penguin.
Ed Glinert writes a regular column for Time Out magazine, and is the author of The Literary Guide to London. Glinert's latest book, The London Compendium, is published by Penguin.
If you liked A Study in Scarlet you might enjoy The Hound of the Baskervilles, also available in Penguin Classics.
Published: 5 Jul 2001
The thrilling, bloody and glorious new novel, from the master of the epic tale, Tim Willocks, author of The Religion
Paris, August 23rd, 1572
What do you do when your wife disappears
In the middle of the bloodiest massacre in European history
And you know she is about to give birth to your only child?
Three wars of religion have turned Paris into a fetid cauldron of hatred, intrigue and corruption. The Royal Wedding, intended to heal the wounds, has served only to further poison the fanatics of either creed. But Carla could not have known that when she accepted an invitation to the ceremony.
When Mattias Tannhauser rides into town, on Saint Bartholomew’s Eve, his only intention is to find her and take her home. But as the massacre of tens of thousands of Huguenots begins, and the city plunges into anarchy, Carla is abducted by Grymonde, the grotesque gang leader of the Yards, and Tannhauser finds himself imprisoned in the Louvre, at the centre of a vicious conspiracy.
Wanted by the law, the assassins’ guild, and a militant army who call themselves the Pilgrims of Saint-Jacques, Tannhauser must rise to pitiless extremes even he has never known before. With no one to help him but a stable boy, he wades into a river of blood without knowing what lies on the other side.
As he harrows Hell in search of his beloved
His destiny is changed forever by
The Twelve Children Of Paris…
Tim Willocks is a novelist, screenwriter and producer. He was born in Cheshire in 1957 and has lived in London, Barcelona, Los Angeles, New York, Paris, County Kerry, and Rome. After qualifying as a doctor from University College Hospital Medical School, he went on to specialize in psychiatry and addiction. Translated into twenty languages, his novels include The Religion - the first novel to feature Mattias Tannhausaer - Bad City Blues, and Green River Rising. He has worked with major Hollywood directors, dined at the White House and holds a black belt in Shotokan karate. His new book, The Twelve Children of Paris, also featuring Tannhausaer, is set during the Saint Bartholomew’s Day Massacre of 1572.
A Charlie and Lola sticker book, all about being busy, from Lauren Child.
Charlie really wants Lola to play cards with him, but she is far too extremely busy pretending to have a job. One minute Lola is a farmer, and the next she is a busy doctor. But when Lola is told to tidy up their very messy room, she soon disovers that it's much more fun doing things together. With six extremely exciting scenes and three pages of fabulous reusable stickers, each child can create, adapt and invent their very own Charlie and Lola adventure.
Based on the award-winning books by Lauren Child, Charlie and Lola is now a top-rated BBC children's television show and a huge international hit. Lauren is also the multi-talented prize-winning creator of Clarice Bean and co-creator of the widely acclaimed The Princess and the Pea. Lauren lives in London. Charlie and Lola is produced by Tiger Aspect Productions, one of the UK's most successful and prolific independent television producers of shows such as Robin Hood and The Catherine Tate Show.
Look out for these other Charlie and Lola books:
We Honestly Can Look After Your Dog; But Excuse Me That is My Book; My Collecting Sticker Book; My Picnic Sticker Book; My Very Busy Sticker Book; My Completely Best Story Collection; I'm Really Ever So Not Well; My Completely Best Story Collection; My Extremely Good Story Collection; Snow is my Favourite and My Best; We Honestly Can Look After Your Dog; My Especially Busy Box of Books; Whoops! But it wasn't Me; I am Really, Really Concentrating; My Best, Best Friend; This is Actually My Party; I really Wonder What Plant I'm Growing; I Will Be Especially Very Careful; My Doodling and Colouring-In Book; Sizzles, Where Are You?; I Absolutely Love Animals; You Won't Like this Present as Much as I Do; I am Inventing an Invention
And other books by Lauren Child:
The Princess and the Pea; The Secret Garden; Who Wants to be a Poodle? I don't!; Maude, the Not-So-Noticeable Shrimpton; Clarice Bean; Ruby Redfort
Published: 1 Feb 2007
The psychological thriller of the year from You Magazine bookclub favourite, TAMMY COHEN. Filled with the incredible twists of A COUPLE NEXT DOOR and the psychological suspense of HE SAID/SHE SAID.
'A powerful psychological murder mystery written with compassion and candour' Daily Mail
'An intriguing psychological thriller…full of tension.' The Mirror
'A twist-packed psychological thriller from an author who is an expert at racheting up the tension.' The People
'When it comes to psychological thrillers, few do it better than Tammy Cohen. HER BEST BOOK YET!' RED Magazine
'Kept me guessing till the final brilliant twist' Woman and Home
'A fast-paced, twist-fuelled read' Good Housekeeping
‘I devoured this book in one sitting; it’s gripping throughout with a brilliant twist in the tip of its tail.’ ERIN KELLY, bestselling author of He Said She Said
'Brilliant, twisty, clever - another gripping thriller from Tammy Cohen. I absolutely loved it' LISA JEWELL
Hannah had a normal life – a loving husband, a good job. Until she did something shocking.
Now she’s in a psychiatric clinic. It should be a safe place. But patients keep dying.
The doctors say it’s suicide. Hannah knows they’re lying.
Can she make anyone believe her before the killer strikes again?
'Set mainly in a mental institution, They All Fall Down is a superb story in which staff and patients alike are suspects with secrets. Tammy Cohen has brought her trademark wit and emotional intelligence to this gripping tale. Beautifully written, her fragile and vulnerable characters are fascinating, fully-formed, and entirely believable. Drop everything and reach for this book'
LIZ NUGENT, bestselling author of Lying in Wait
'Once again Tammy Cohen proves she is the master of the unexpected in THEY ALL FALL DOWN. It's a brilliant one-sitting read of a book where the surprises keep coming until the very last page. If you don't read it, you're missing out' COLETTE MCBETH
'A gripping, complex, twisty read...This book will demand your attention and will not let go' EMMA KAVANAGH
'Tammy Cohen can twist a story better than any crime writer I know' JANE CASEY
‘An ingeniously dark premise...proves Tammy Cohen to be a master at the literary sleight of hand...I loved it.’ SARAH PINBOROUGH, author of Behind Her Eyes
Jean Adamson (Author) , Belinda Worsley (Illustrator)
Topsy and Tim are always finding fun adventures in the real world, and this ebook story from Ladybird is reassuring for young children having first experiences of their own. In Go Green, Topsy and Tim learn all about how the world is getting destroyed by fumes and rubbish. To cheer them up Mummy shows them lots of ways they can help the environment, they even recycle their old sandpit to make a pond! Listen to the audio narration for extra interactive fun.
A trusted and well-loved pair who can help guide parents and children through 'first experiences', Topsy and Tim books have been beautifully updated with contemporary artwork. Topsy & Tim remain instantly recognizable to parents while in a fresh style that will appeal to a new generation of fans.
Topsy and Tim have all sorts of new experiences - just like you!
Find out all about Topsy and Tim as they go green.
Jean and Gareth Adamson have sold over 21 million copies in fifty years of their iconic Topsy and Tim books. Topsy and Tim help guide children through various 'new experiences', such as a new baby in Topsy and Tim: The New Baby and recycling in Topsy and Tim Go Green, with captivating storylines fun characters and engaging pictures.
Visit www.topsyandtim.com for interactive Topsy and Tim stories or download the Topsy and Tim Start School app for iPhone.
Other Topsy and Tim titles available from Ladybird:
Topsy and Tim Learn to Swim
Topsy and Tim have a Birthday Party
Topsy and Tim Start School
Topsy and Tim Go on an Aeroplane
Topsy and Tim Go to the Zoo
Topsy and Tim Go to the Dentist
Topsy and Tim Meet Father Christmas
Topsy and Tim The New Baby
Topsy and Tim Play Football
Topsy and Tim Go on a Train
Topsy and Tim Go Camping
Topsy and Tim Go to Hospital
Topsy and Tim At the Farm
Topsy and Tim Go to the Doctor
Topsy and Tim Have Itchy Heads
Topsy and Tim Meet the Fire Fighters
Topsy and Tim Meet the Police
Topsy and Tim Safety First
Topsy and Tim Sports Day
Topsy and Tim Visit London
Topsy and Tim Go Green
And printed editions only of Topsy and Tim: Wipe Clean First Writing; Start School with Topsy and Tim: Wipe Clean First Numbers
Published: 3 Oct 2013
In 'Summer Promise', Linda, recently divorced and in need of a break, decides to take her two children on a fortnight's holiday in France, renting a house from a friend of a friend. However when she arrives at the house, she finds a man already there, claiming to be the owner. It emerges that this man, Graham, is the ex-husband of the woman who suggested the idea to Linda, and that she had forgotten to inform her that the situation had changed and that Graham now owns the house outright. He makes it clear to Linda that they can't possibly stay there as he is busy with work and it would be an inconvenience. But as Linda frantically tries to find a hotel, her youngest child James falls ill with chicken pox. Graham relents, and agrees to let them stay in the house, packing his bags to move out for two weeks. But as he is leaving, they both realise that perhaps this situation could work out for both of them after all...
In 'A Gull Named Helen', when little Daniel clams up following the death of his grandmother, everyone thinks a school trip to the seaside will be just what he needs. In the lighthouse where they are staying, Daniel is offered the little room right at the very top of the tower, while the other children must sleep in the basement. Watching from his bedroom window, Daniel becomes mesmerised by the seagulls circling overhead. As he spends the next few days feeding them scraps of bread, he forms a bond with one bird in particular, who he decides is called Helen - the same name as his grandmother. But little does he know that what he learns from these birds could help him for years to come.
In 'Children on the Shore', Claire Foster has been used to living her own life, her own way. Her daughter lives abroad with her own family. Claire was widowed years ago. So when she takes a temporary job as a secretary at a hospital, she is startled to find herself beginning a relationship with one of the doctors. Meanwhile, her daughter begins writing to her frequently, begging her to move closer to them so that she can be a part of her grandchildren's lives. And then she is offered a new job, working for an author, which would reduce her free time dramatically. Which path - if any - should she choose?
Part of the Storycuts series, these three short stories were previously published in the collection 'Summer Promise and Other Stories'.
Published: 17 Nov 2011
Published: 31 May 2013
Published: 16 Oct 2003
Brain on Fire is the stunning debut from journalist and author Susannah Cahalan, recounting the real-life horror story of how a sudden and mysterious illness put her on descent into a madness for which there seemed to be no cure
'My first serious blackout marked the line between sanity and insanity. Though I would have moments of lucidity over the coming days and weeks, I would never again be the same person ...'
Susannah Cahalan was a happy, clever, healthy twenty-four-year old. Then one day she woke up in hospital, with no memory of what had happened or how she had got there. Within weeks, she would be transformed into someone unrecognizable, descending into a state of acute psychosis, undergoing rages and convulsions, hallucinating that her father had murdered his wife; that she could control time with her mind. Everything she had taken for granted about her life, and who she was, was wiped out.
This is Susannah's story of her terrifying descent into madness and the desperate hunt for a diagnosis, as, after dozens of tests and scans, baffled doctors concluded she should be confined in a psychiatric ward. It is also the story of how one brilliant man, Syria-born Dr Najar, finally proved - using a simple pen and paper - that Susannah's psychotic behaviour was caused by a rare autoimmune disease attacking her brain. His diagnosis of this little-known condition, thought to have been the real cause of devil-possessions through history, saved her life, and possibly the lives of many others. Cahalan takes readers inside this newly-discovered disease through the progress of her own harrowing journey, piecing it together using memories, journals, hospital videos and records. Written with passionate honesty and intelligence, Brain on Fire is a searingly personal yet universal book, which asks what happens when your identity is suddenly destroyed, and how you get it back.
'With eagle-eye precision and brutal honesty, Susannah Cahalan turns her journalistic gaze on herself as she bravely looks back on one of the most harrowing and unimaginable experiences one could ever face: the loss of mind, body and self ... a mesmerizing story', Mira Bartók, New York Times bestselling author of The Memory Palace
Susannah Cahalan is a reporter on the New York Post, and the recipient of the 2010 Silurian Award of Excellence in Journalism for Feature Writing. Her writing has also appeared in the New York Times, and is frequently picked up by the Daily Mail, Gawker, Gothamist, AOL and Yahoo among other news aggregrator sites.
Jean Adamson (Author) , Belinda Worsley (Illustrator)
Topsy and Tim Start School by Jean and Gareth Adamson helps children start school.
Topsy and Tim Start School is a perfect, reassuring picture book for children who are just about to start school. Along with favourite characters Topsy and Tim, children will learn what to expect in lessons, in the playground - even in the canteen - and, more importantly, that school can be fun! The Topsy and Tim books have been beautifully updated with contemporary artwork, but they remain instantly recognisable and trusted characters that parents will remember from their own childhoods. This edition also includes a puzzle and a map of Topsy and Tim's village that parents can use to teach their children basic map skills and directions.
Topsy and Tim have all sorts of new experiences - just like you!
Find out what happens on the twins' first day at school.
Jean and Gareth Adamson have sold over 21 million copies in fifty years of their iconic Topsy and Tim books, the most popular titles were re-issued in April 2008. Topsy and Tim help guide children through various 'new experiences', such as a new baby in Topsy and Tim: The New Baby and recycling in Topsy and Tim Go Green, with captivating storylines fun characters and engaging pictures.
Visit www.topsyandtim.com for interactive Topsy and Tim stories or download the Topsy and Tim Start School app for iPhone.
Other Topsy and Tim titles available from Ladybird:
Topsy and Tim: Help a Friend; Topsy and Tim: Go on a Trainl Topsy and Time Meet the Police; Topsy and Tim: Go to the Doctor; Topsy and Tim: Go to the Dentist; Topsy and Tim: Go to the Zoo; Topsy and Tim Visit London; Topsy and Tim: Go on an Aeroplane; Topsy and Tim: Go Camping; Topsy and Tim Safety First; Topsy and Tim: The New Baby; Topsy and Tim Meet the Firefighters; Topsy and Tim have Itchy Heads; Topsy and Tim: Play Football; Topsy and Tim: Buckets and Spades; Topsy and Tim: Car Games; Topsy and Tim: little Shoppers; Topsy and Tim: At the Farm; Topsy and Tim: Little Lost Rabbit; Topsy and Tim: The Big Surprise; Topsy and Tim: Go to the Park; Topsy and Tim: Look After their Pets; Topsy and Tip: Have Chickenpox; Topsy and Tim: Make a New Friend; Topsy and Tim: Busy Builders; Topsy and Tim; Meet the Police; Topsy and Tim: Red Boots, Yellow Boots; Topsy and Tim Sticker Storybook: Start School; Topsy and Tim: Learn to Swim; Topsy and Tim: Have a Birthday Party; Topsy and Tim Sticker Storybook: Have a Happy Birthday; Topsy and Tim: Go to Hospital; Topsy and Tim Go for Gold; Topsy and Tim Sticker Storybook: Go on an Aeroplane; Start School with Topsy and Tim: Wipe Clean First Writing; Start School with Topsy and Tim: Wipe Clean First Numbers
** THE INTERNATIONAL PHENOMENON **
'There are many laughs in this book but it's so much more than just a comedy. It's a story about how friendship, selflessness and dignity lie at the heart of the human experience. When I'm an old man, I want to be Hendrik Groen' John Boyne, author of international bestseller The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
'Another year and I still don't like old people. Me? I am 83 years old.'
Hendrik Groen may be old, but he is far from dead and isn't planning to be buried any time soon. Granted, his daily strolls are getting shorter because his legs are no longer willing and he had to visit his doctor more than he'd like. Technically speaking he is ... elderly. But surely there is more to life at his age than weak tea and potted geraniums?
Hendrik sets out to write an exposé: a year in the life of his care home in Amsterdam, revealing all its ups and downs - not least his new endeavour the anarchic Old-But-Not Dead Club. And when Eefje moves in - the woman Hendrik has always longed for - he polishes his shoes (and his teeth), grooms what's left of his hair and attempts to make something of the life he has left, with hilarious, tender and devastating consequences.
The indomitable Hendrik Groen - Holland's unlikeliest hero - has become a cultural phenomenon in his native Netherlands and now he and his famously anonymous creator are conquering the globe. A major Dutch bestseller, The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen will not only delight older readers with its wit and relevance, but will charm and inspire those who have years to go before their own expiry date.
Praise for The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, 83 ¼ Years Old
'A story with a great deal of heart, it pulled me in with its self-deprecating humour, finely drawn characters and important themes. Anyone who hopes to grow old with dignity will have much to reflect on' Graeme Simsion
'There are many laughs in this book but it's so much more than just a comedy. It's a story about how friendship, selflessness and dignity lie at the heart of the human experience. When I'm an old man, I want to be Hendrik Groen' John Boyne
'A funny but also touching diary praised for its wit and realism' BBC Radio 4 Front Row
'I laughed until I cried and then laughed and cried some more' David Suchet
'Thoughtful, anxious and gruff... Laced with humour' The Best New Fiction Mail on Sunday
'Amusing [and] wickedly accurate ... I was constantly put in mind of One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, another comi-tragedy concerning the tyranny of institutions of the unwanted. Enjoy Groen's light touch but do not be fooled by it. We live in an ageing society. The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen is a handbook of resistance for our time' ***** FIVE STARS Sunday Express
'Highly entertaining ... a delightful and touching saga of one man's way of coping with old age ... we may assume that Hendrik Groen is a character of fiction. But it is a fiction so closely based on the observation of real life that it is utterly convincing' Daily Express
'A joy to read, as much concerned with friendship and dignity as it is with the debilitating effects of aging ... An entertaining and uplifting story of a man in the winter of his days, stoic in the face of bureaucratic nonsense and an unabashed need to wear a nappy. Imagined or not, this is the diary of someone who wants nothing more than to be allowed see out his days with dignity and respect. It's not too much to ask, really, is it?' John Boyne Irish Times
'Full of off-beat charm and quirky characters' Cathy Rentzenbrink, Stylist
'Hendrik pens an exposé of his care home, sets up the Old-But-Not-Dead club and relishes the arrival of a new female resident. This geriatric Adrian Mole made me laugh and think. Terrific' Fanny Blake, Woman and Home