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The Hunger

Alma Katsu (Author)

Imagine The Revenant crossed with The Walking Dead . . .

In April 1846, a party of pioneers - fortune-seekers and families alike - set out on the long, arduous and dangerous journey from Illinois to California. Reaching Wyoming, a break-away group of about ninety individuals, led by the generous but feckless George Donner, took the fateful decision to follow a new, untried route through the mountains in the belief that it would save precious time. And so began one of the deadliest and most disastrous western adventures in American history . . .

Tamsen Donner must be a witch...that has to be the only explanation for the misfortunes that plague them: depleted rations, bitter quarrels, the mysterious death of a small child, searing heat that turns the sand into a boiling stew that swallows wagons whole and snows so cold that cattle freeze where they stand. Driven to the brink of madness, the ill-fated group struggle to survive. Then members of the party begin to disappear - and those that are left begin to wonder what if there is something else in the mountains? What the Donner Party found in the treacherous mountains went beyond the fury of the natural elements. What they found was something disturbed and diseased . . . and very hungry.

Effortlessly combining the supernatural and the historical, The Hunger is an eerie, shiver-inducing exploration of the volatility of human nature, pushed to its breaking point.

The Wood

John Lewis-Stempel (Author)

This is the story of one wood, representative of all the small woods of our landscape and of the sanctuary they provide.

From January through to December, John Lewis-Stempel records the passage of the seasons in exquisite, lyric prose, as the cuckoo flits through the green shade and in the silence and the wind of winter. He explores from the roots of the oak to its tips, under the black, spicy leaf mould of the woodland floor and up into the mysterious canopy. He offers a unique account of the animals that inhabit this refuge: the fox, the pheasants, the wood mice and the tawny owl, among others. Their births, lives and deaths are stories that thread through the book from the first page to the last.

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James McCaul (Author)

Think how much of your identity and sense of self is vested in what you see in the bathroom mirror every morning. Now imagine the face you’ve known all your life being so ravaged by cancer, an accident, a fall, a beating, a car crash or a gunshot wound that it is barely recognisable. And when you leave the house, your disfigurement being met by stares and cruel comments from strangers; even close friends and family members flinching at the sight. Some find this so upsetting that they become virtual recluses.
Now imagine how it might feel, after microsurgery – the person you remember, but had given up all hope of seeing again, looking back at you once more.
Over the years, Jim McCaul has helped countless individuals make this journey. Of course it doesn’t provide the answer to all of life’s confusions and mysteries. But it’s not simply a question of aesthetics or vanity either. It’s not just skin deep. It’s why he became a maxillofacial surgeon. And why he still feesl the same excitement as he approaches the operating theatre today that he did as a trainee twenty years ago...

The Lemon Tree Café

Cathy Bramley (Author)

The Lemon Tree Cafe was originally published as a four-part serial. This is the complete story in one package.

When Rosie Featherstone finds herself unexpectedly jobless, the offer to help her beloved Italian grandmother out at the Lemon Tree Cafe – a little slice of Italy nestled in the rolling hills of Derbyshire – feels like the perfect way to keep busy.

Surrounded by the rich scent of espresso, delicious biscotti and juicy village gossip, Rosie soon finds herself falling for her new way of life. But she is haunted by a terrible secret, one that even the appearance of a handsome new face can't quite help her move on from.

Then disaster looms and the cafe’s fortunes are threatened . . . and Rosie discovers that her nonna has been hiding a dark past of her own. With surprises, betrayal and more than one secret brewing, can she find a way to save the Lemon Tree Cafe and help both herself and Nonna achieve the happy endings they deserve?

Your favourite authors have loved reading bestseller Cathy Bramley:

'Delightful!' Katie Fforde
'Full of joy and fun' Milly Johnson
'Delightfully warm with plenty of twists and turns' Trisha Ashley

Spencer's List

Lissa Evans (Author)

'Bloody funny, bloody moving - bloody buy it!' Meera Syal

Some people live life in the fast lane. Others have stalled and are waiting for assistance on the side of the road, sustained only by the piece of chewing gum they’ve just found in the glove compartment.

Spencer’s ex-lover has died, leaving him a lizard and a list of things to do before the end of the year.

Spencer’s friend Fran shares a house and a mortgage with her brother and his girlfriend, a woman with delicate wrists and a bloated cat.

Fran’s neighbour Iris is slave to the three men in her life: an aging father who likes the phone and two teenage sons who cannot fathom the washing machine.

Maybe it’s not about living life in the fast lane. It’s about learning to live at all.

Spencer’s List is a wonderfully funny tale of life lived on the edge – of reason, of failure and of (just possibly) a brighter future.

Odd One Out

Lissa Evans (Author)

'Evans is very funny . . . the Tom Sharpe for the next generation' Sunday Express

Some are born odd, some achieve oddness and some are just in the wrong place at the wrong time…

Netta Lee had always felt like the odd one out growing up. But when, as an adult, she returns to the Midlands to help her family move house, it becomes apparent that perhaps she isn’t the unusual one after all. A brother with a penchant for rubbish collection, a mother who seems to think she’s running the Bolshoi Ballet rather than the local junior dance school and a hoard of questionably competent friends challenge Netta’s ordered world.

Perhaps the life – and the people – she tried so hard to leave behind are not as distant as she thought.

The Lemon Tree Café - Part Four

Cathy Bramley (Author)

This is Part Four in a brand-new serial from bestselling author Cathy Bramley.

Inspired by her recent visit to Sorrento, Rosie Featherstone has given The Lemon Tree Café a full Italian makeover, and with sister Lia now giving the menu a delicious twist, business is booming again! With the new spring in Nonna’s step too, life truly couldn’t be better.

The only thing left standing in the way of Rosie’s happiness is Gabe’s shock announcement… How could he betray her like that? Determined not to let it get to her, Rosie decides to shut Gabe out of her heart.

But when a family emergency throws them back together again, can she put aside the hurt of her past and embrace the happy ending she deserves?

The Lemon Tree Cafe is an irresistibly charming novel told in four parts – following the adventures of Rosie Featherstone in friendship, family and second chances. This is the fourth and final part.

Your favourite authors have loved reading Cathy Bramley:

‘Full of joy and fun’ Milly Johnson
‘Delightful!’ Katie Fforde
‘I love Cathy’s writing and her characters - her books are delicious’ Rachael Lucas
‘Perfect feel-good loveliness’ Miranda Dickinson

Dorothy's War

Ruth Hamilton (Author)

"It's an ill wind..."
Born into WW1, Dorothy has a bleak childhood under the iron fist of an implacable mother and the silent compliance of a browbeaten father.
Her escape is achieved just before the disastrous advent of Hitler, and there is further tragedy to come.
Follow her through childhood and adolescence, then on into her twenties when, finally made whole, she wins her own battle for freedom, for love and for her own place in the world.

The Bell House

Ruth Hamilton (Author)

Madeleine Horrocks, pretty and outspoken despite her strict 1950s Catholic upbringing, doesn't understand why religion seems to force people apart. Surely, she would argue to her friend Amy, believing in God should be all about love and forgiveness, not hatred?But Amy has been brought up to believe that mixing with other religions results in eternal damnation, and when Maddy becomes friendly with George, the good-looking Jewish boy who lives nearby, Amy fears the worst. But as they grow up she, too, becomes friends with George, as well as with other young teenagers who meet secretly at the Bell House, an ancient place of burial. When a body is found in the nearby reservoir they all become threatened by tragedy and danger.

Father Sheahan, the whisky-soaked priest from the local church, has meanwhile discovered that his secret past is catching up with him.Bigotry, lust and hatred have been so much a part of this community that it takes the combined forces of young and old - and particularly George's formidable grandmother Yuspeh - to make everything right again.

The Lemon Tree Café - Part Three

Cathy Bramley (Author)

This is Part Three in a brand-new serial from bestselling author Cathy Bramley.

Still reeling from a shock revelation, the Featherstone family rallies together, and for Rosie this means that life at The Lemon Tree Café is temporarily on hold.

She and Nonna take a trip to Italy, and as they visit the gorgeous town on the Amalfi coast where Rosie’s grandmother grew up, they have the opportunity to put some family secrets to rest – with a few unexpected discoveries along the way!

But delving into the past gets Rosie thinking about her own… Can she finally unburden her heart and tell Gabe her biggest secret? But just as she is starting to feel closer to him than ever, he shares a surprise all of his own, one which leaves Rosie wondering whether he is truly the man she thought he was…

The Lemon Tree Cafe is an irresistibly charming novel told in four parts – following the adventures of Rosie Featherstone in friendship, family and second chances. This is the third part.

Your favourite authors have loved reading Cathy Bramley:

‘Full of joy and fun’ Milly Johnson
‘Delightful!’ Katie Fforde
‘I love Cathy’s writing and her characters - her books are delicious’ Rachael Lucas
‘Perfect feel-good loveliness’ Miranda Dickinson

Front Up, Rise Up

Gerry Thornley (Author)

Front Up, Rise Up is the story of Connacht’s remarkable journey to becoming the 2016 Pro12 champions. The story goes inside the dressing-room, takes in their unscheduled, week-long, bonding trek to Siberia and back for a European Challenge Cup game, and all the key twists and turns along the way.

It brings us the characters in this Band of Brothers, from the locals such as captain John Muldoon from Portumna to their iconic fans’ favourite Bundee Aki – who like their talismanic coach Pat Lam is a Kiwi from Auckland of Samoan descent – and their Nigerian-born and Dublin-raised match-winner Niyi Adeolokun.

The story takes in the province’s troubled professional history, which had them on the brink of extinction as a professional entity in 2003 and led to Connacht and their supporters marching to the IRFU offices in a successful bid to keep them afloat.

It covers their dethroning of the champions Glasgow in the Sportsground in Galway and their stunning performance in the final against Leinster in Edinburgh. In more than two decades of professional rugby, there has been no story quite like it.

The Life Well Lived

Jim Lucey (Author)

We all long to live a fulfilled and happy life – a life that offers us love and opportunity, independence and hope. Sadly, for many people struggling with mental health problems such as anxiety, depression, eating disorders and addiction, recovery and a future full of potential may seem to be unachievable goals.

In The Life Well Lived Professor Jim Lucey focuses on how a range of contemporary therapies can provide pathways to recovery. Through insightful case histories, he also explores issues such as stigma and other barriers to recovery, the true meaning of wellness, and how the rediscovery of a life of independence and social connection is not only possible but entirely achievable.

Positive and optimistic, The Life Well Lived shines a light into the psychotherapeutic world – a world which is so often feared and misunderstood.

The Lemon Tree Café - Part Two

Cathy Bramley (Author)

This is Part Two in a brand-new serial from bestselling author Cathy Bramley.

Things couldn’t have changed more for Rosie Featherstone over the last month. There’s simply no place she’d rather be now than at The Lemon Tree Café – and as its new manager, no less!

There’s love in the air too, as a budding romance could be on the cards with Gabe, although Rosie isn’t quite ready to open her heart again completely. The secret she’s kept hidden for years still haunts her…

Then something happens to threaten everything that Rosie holds dear, and she has to spring into action to save both the café and her fledgling relationship. But there’s another surprise in store . . . a shock confession from a family member. Who would have thought that Rosie is not the only one with a secret?

The Lemon Tree Cafe is an irresistibly charming novel told in four parts – following the adventures of Rosie Featherstone in friendship, family and second chances. This is the second part.

Your favourite authors have loved reading Cathy Bramley:

‘Full of joy and fun’ Milly Johnson
‘Delightful!’ Katie Fforde
‘I love Cathy’s writing and her characters - her books are delicious’ Rachael Lucas
‘Perfect feel-good loveliness’ Miranda Dickinson

A Border Station

Shane Connaughton (Author)

‘Here is a … writer with immense confidence and vitality. He has an extraordinary feeling for place and landscape.’ – Jennifer Johnston
‘This is experience finely and skilfully distilled’ – Irish Times
‘Well-written and engrossing’ – Sunday Independent
‘These inter-connected stories are faultless in their execution and a delight to read’ – Sunday Press
‘Written with great sympathy and truth’ – Irish Independent
‘Beautifully wrought’ – Daily Telegraph
There is cold comfort to be had when you’re a young boy stuck in the middle of nowhere. The son of the local sergeant in an isolated Garda station on the border between Cavan and Fermanagh, his days are balanced between the brooding, taciturn presence of his father, whom he loves and fears in equal measure, and the reassurance of his quiet, gentle mother. His world is narrowed to bitter country lanes and petty disputes, filled with the characters he encounters – tinkers, publicans, farmers, and the tantalising older sister of his Protestant friend.
Amidst the drumlins and bogs, the boy’s imagination roams free and unfettered. And at night, lulled by the rhythm of his mother’s fleecy warm breathing, the boy finds solace. But now even that is threatened. Change is coming. It’s time to grow up.
Written as a collection of linked stories, Shane Connaughton’s debut novel A Border Station was widely praised on its first publication in 1989. It was shortlisted for the GPA Book Award.

Spinning Jenny

Ruth Hamilton (Author)

At eighteen Jennifer Crawley led a strange and lonely life - her days in the spinning room of the cotton mill, her nights with possessive - and slightly mad - Aunt Mavis. Jenny didn't even know who her parents were. Aunt Mavis never spoke of them.

Then came the chance to better herself - to work as a servant at Skipton Hall. And there Jenny found a household as dangerous and weird as the one she had left behind. Mrs Sloane, the terrifying housekeeper, was as cruel as she was ugly, taking pleasure in bullying and frightening the young maids. Henry Skipton was an embittered, solitary man who took care never to see his invalid wife. And Eloise Skipton lay bed-ridden, a beautiful woman in a beautiful room, feeding on hatred and plotting vengeance on the man she had married. When she first set eyes on young Jenny, she realised she had found the perfect weapon for revenge.

But Jenny, for the first time in her life, had a friend. Maria Hesketh, a gutsy, talented Liverpudlian, her character as fiery as her hair, was determined that she and Jenny would make something of their lives, would succeed in spite of everything.

The Lemon Tree Café - Part One

Cathy Bramley (Author)

This is Part One in a brand-new serial from bestselling author Cathy Bramley.

Rosie Featherstone loves her high-flying job at a social media firm. So what if she isn’t married and settled like her sister? A relationship would only get in the way of this workaholic’s hectic schedule!

So when she unexpectedly finds herself at a loose end for a month, Rosie keeps busy by helping her Italian nonna serve espressos and biscotti at the Lemon Tree Café, a little slice of Italy nestled in the rolling hills of Derbyshire.

Worryingly though, the café’s fortunes seem to have taken a turn for the worse since Rosie last went home. But with Nonna blind to the truth and angry at the idea of anyone interfering, the two are soon at loggerheads.

However, just when Rosie decides it’s time to head back to reality, an old acquaintance suddenly reappears, and the prospect of life at the Lemon Tree Café begins to seem more appetizing . . .

The Lemon Tree Cafe is an irresistibly charming novel told in four parts – following the adventures of Rosie Featherstone in friendship, family and second chances. This is the first part.

Your favourite authors have loved reading Cathy Bramley:

‘Full of joy and fun’ Milly Johnson
‘Delightful!’ Katie Fforde
‘I love Cathy’s writing and her characters - her books are delicious’ Rachael Lucas
‘Perfect feel-good loveliness’ Miranda Dickinson

Gardening The Soul

Sister Stanislaus Kennedy (Author)

Sister Stan, as she is affectionately known, was brought up on a farm in Dingle, County Kerry, one of the most beautiful parts of Ireland. It was there that she learnt to appreciate the earth, its stillness and its energy, its beauty and its bounty.

In this hugely powerful and evocative book, Sister Stan looks to the earth that is so precious to our existence for inspiration throughout the year. Reflecting the garden's changing rhythms through the seasons, Gardening the Soul offers us a daily thought to keep us going as we face the challenges of modern life.

All our moods are covered here...
* in January, when there is silence in the garden, she looks at Solitude in our soul...
* in March, with emergence in the garden, she offers Hope...
* in August, when there is fullness and abundance everywhere, there is Blessing, and
* in October, the time of harvest, there is Harmony

Comforting and insightful, Gardening the Soul is an inspirational daybook of lessons gleaned from the wisdom of nature.

Red Gloves Vols. 1 & 2

Christopher Fowler (Author)

RED GLOVES 1: DEVILRY - THE LONDON HORRORS
The first collection contains stories set in London, where deceptively ordinary events like an evening in a pub or a night on the town have terrifying consequences. Here you'll find hauntings, revenges, murders, monstrosities, redemptions, and the dark hands of the urban night reaching out to seize the unwary. And to top it off, there's a short story featuring disreputable detectives Bryant & May.

RED GLOVES 2: INFERNAL - THE WORLD HORRORS
The second collections comprises stories set in exotic locations around the world. Once more, deceptively ordinary events and occasions - a holiday in the Far East or a trip to the French Riviera, for example - cause terrifying fates to unfold. Here, innocent travellers find themselves confronting accidents, tragedies, murders, nightmares and epiphanies as they wander far from home. And again, there's a short story featuring those misfits from the Peculiar Crimes Unit, detectives Bryant & May.

Frightening

Christopher Fowler (Author)

Christopher Fowler’s latest collection contains fourteen stories in new formats that have never been published in print collections, including a play, two SF tales, a historical-supernatural story, some that began life inside other novels, only to be cut or rewritten, and morphed into tales like ‘The Scent Of Roses’, together with several that have not seen the light of day in any form. Now they all have finally found their place in Frightening

Donal Lenihan

Donal Lenihan (Author)

As player, manager, and pundit, Donal Lenihan has seen it all in the world of rugby - and done much of it too. A victorious captain of Munster Junior and Senior Schools, he went on to skipper the Ireland team at the inaugural Rugby World Cup in New Zealand in 1987 and was a fixture in the second row for over a decade, winning two Triple Crowns and three Five Nations championships. Selected for three British & Irish Lions tours, he was famous for skippering the unbeaten side nicknamed 'Donal's Doughnuts', before taking charge of both Ireland and the Lions as manager.

From such a stellar position at the heart of the rugby world, Donal Lenihan has a wealth of stories to tell from both on and off the pitch, from raucous antics on tour to the sometimes difficult fellowship of players in a time of Troubles. He delves deeply into Cork and Munster culture and the influence on his career of his family. And as a much-respected analyst, Donal is also not short on voicing his opinion on the rights and wrongs of the modern game, and how the transition from the amateur to the professional era has affected the heart and soul of rugby.

Full of wit, insight and emotional sincerity, this is a rugby book for the ages by a sporting great.

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