Black the swan
To Las Vegas . .
. and beyond! Becky Brandon (nee Bloomwood) is on a major rescue mission! Hollywood was full of surprises, and now she\'s on a road trip to Las Vegas to help her friends and family.
She\'s determined to get to the bottom of why her dad has mysteriously disappeared, help her best friend Suze and even bond with Alicia Bitch Long-legs (maybe.
As Becky discovers just how much her friends and family need help, she comes up with her biggest, boldest, most brilliant plan yet! So can she save the day just when they need her most? Becky is setting out to make things right in this laugh-out-loud, feel-good conclusion to her American adventure that began with SHOPAHOLIC TO THE STARS.
Rachel catches the same commuter train every morning. She knows it will wait at the same signal each time, overlooking a row of back gardens.
She\'s even started to feel like she knows the people who live in one of the houses. \'Jess and Jason\', she calls them.
Their life - as she sees it - is perfect. If only Rachel could be that happy.
And then she sees something shocking. It\'s only a minute until the train moves on, but it\'s enough.
Now everything\'s changed. Now Rachel has a chance to become a part of the lives she\'s only watched from afar.
Now they\'ll see; she\'s much more than just the girl on the train.
Samantha is a high-powered lawyer in London. She works all hours, has no home life, and cares only about getting a partnership.
She thrives on the pressure and adrenalin. Until one day… she makes a mistake.
A mistake so huge, it\'ll wreck her career. She walks right out of the office, gets on the first train she sees, and finds herself in the middle of nowhere.
Asking for directions at a big, beautiful house, she is mistaken for the interviewee housekeeper and finds herself being offered the job. They have no idea they\'ve hired a Cambridge-educated lawyer with an IQ of 158 - Samantha has no idea how to work the oven.
Disaster ensues. It\'s chaos as Samantha battles with the washing machine…the ironing board…and attempts to cook a cordon bleu dinner.
But gradually, she falls in love.
It was Patrick\'s idea that they should have the tennis party. After all, he has the perfect setting - the White House, bought out of his bonuses as an investment banker.
He hasn\'t actually told Caroline, his brash and beautiful wife, what the real reason for the party is. She is glad to welcome Stephen and Annie, their impoverished former neighbours, less glad to see newly wealthy Charles and his aristocratic wife Cressida, and barely able to tolerate the deadly competitive Don and Valerie.
But as the first ball is served over the net it signals the start of two days of tempers, shocks, revelations, the arrival of an uninvited guest, and the realization that the weekend is about anything but tennis.
Twenty years ago, Bill Bryson went on a trip around Britain to celebrate the green and kindly island that had become his adopted country. The hilarious book that resulted, Notes from a Small Island, was taken to the nation\'s heart and became the bestselling travel book ever, and was also voted in a BBC poll the book that best represents Britain.
Now, to mark the twentieth anniversary of that modern classic, Bryson makes a brand-new journey round Britain to see what has changed. Following (but not too closely) a route he dubs the Bryson Line, from Bognor Regis to Cape Wrath, by way of places that many people never get to at all, Bryson sets out to rediscover the wondrously beautiful, magnificently eccentric, endearingly unique country that he thought he knew but doesn\'t altogether.
\'Little short of a masterpiece.
.Fizzing with wit and energy, Kate Atkinson\'s hilarious novel made me laugh and cry\' Daily Mail Kate Atkinson\'s brilliant and unforgettable first novel, which won the Whitbread (now Costa) Book of the Year Prize.
Ruby Lennox was conceived grudgingly by Bunty and born while her father, George, was in the Dog and Hare in Doncaster telling a woman in an emerald dress and a D-cup that he wasn\'t married. Bunty had never wanted to marry George, but here she was, stuck in a flat above the pet shop in an ancient street beneath York Minster, with sensible and sardonic Patrica aged five, greedy cross-patch Gillian who refused to be ignored, and Ruby.
Ruby tells the story of The Family, from the day at the end of the nineteenth century when a travelling French.
Издание полностью на английском языке. Beyond the main street of Les Laveuses runs the Loire, smooth and brown as a sunning snake - but hiding a deadly undertow beneath its moving surface. This is where Framboise, a secretive widow, plies her culinary trade at the creperie - and lets her memory play strange games. As her nephew attempts to exploit the growing success of the country recipes Framboise has inherited from her mother, a woman remembered with contempt by the villagers, memories of a disturbed childhood during the German Occupation flood back, and expose a past full of betrayal, blackmail and lies.
What have the invention of the wheel, Pompeii, the Wall Street Crash, Harry Potter and the internet got in common? Why are all forecasters con-artists? What can Catherine the Great\'s lovers tell us about probability? And, why should you never run for a train or read a newspaper? This book is all about Black Swans: the random events that underlie our lives, from bestsellers to world disasters. Their impact is huge; they\'re impossible to predict; yet after they happen we always try to rationalize them. A rallying cry to ignore the \'experts\', The Black Swan shows us how to stop trying to predict everything - and take advantage of uncertainty.
Bill Bryson has the rare knack of being out of his depth wherever he goes - even (perhaps especially) in the land of his birth. This became all too apparent when, after nearly two decades in England, the world\'s best-loved travel writer upped sticks with Mrs Bryson, little Jimmy et al.
and returned to live in the country he had left as a youth. Of course there were things Bryson missed about Blighty but any sense of loss was countered by the joy of rediscovering some of the forgotten treasures of his childhood: the glories of a New England autumn; the pleasingly comical sight of oneself in shorts; and motel rooms where you can generally count on being awakened in the night by a piercing shriek and the sound of a female voice pleading, \'Put the gun down, Vinnie, I\'ll do anything you.
What have the invention of the wheel, Pompeii, the Wall Street Crash, Harry Potter and the internet got in common? Why are all forecasters con-artists? What can Catherine..
Credit derivatives have been instrumental in the recent increase in securitization activity. The complex nature and the size of the market have given rise to very complex counterparty credit risks.
The Lehman failure has shown that these issues can paralyse the financial markets, and the need for detailed understanding has never been greater. The Art of Credit Derivatives shows practitioners how to put a framework in place which will support the securitization activity.
By showing the models that support this activity and linking them with very practical examples, the authors show why a mind-shift within the quant community is needed – a move from simple modeling to a more hands on mindset where the modeler understands the trading implicitly. The book has been written in five parts,.
Форрест Гамп - наивный и доверчивый человек, сохранивший незамутнённый детский взгляд на мир, - рассказывает на страницах романа историю своей жизни. Это необычное повествование, полное острой сатиры и несентиментального романтизма, где в непосредственном восприятии героя отражаются страницы истории Америки 60-70-х годов ХХ века.
В книге представлен сокращённый и адаптированный текст уровня Intermediate. Адаптация, сокращения и словарь И.
Однажды невезучий англичанин Артур Дент чудом спасается от неминуемой гибели благодаря своему другу Форду Префекту, оказавшемуся инопланетянином. Планета Земля стёрта с карты звёздного неба, и им ничего больше не остаётся, кроме как странствовать по галактике, отбиваясь от монстров полотенцем, попивая коктейль Пангалактический грызлодёр и оттягиваясь по полной. По счастливой случайности Золотое сердце , недавно угнанный корабль.
Как часто то, что мы наблюдаем в жизни, является таковым на самом деле? В своем новом сборнике великолепный мастер короткого рассказа, обладающий неповторимым стилем Джон М.У.
Смит наглядно иллюстрирует давнюю истину: в действительности всё не так, как кажется! Рассказы, вошедшие в книгу, адаптированы (без упрощения текста оригинала) по методу Ильи Франка. Уникальность метода заключается в том, что запоминание слов и выражений.
Роман рисует антиутопическое общество будущего, а по сути - нашу реальность, доведенную до абсурда. Это одно из редких научно-фантастических произведений Брэдбери.
Очень волнующее, трогательное и, вместе с тем, очень живое и динамичное. В рабочем кабинете писателя к стене прибит автомобильный номер Р-451 , притом что сам он за руль ни разу не садился.
Издание на английском языке.
A new volume in the bestselling Keep Calm and Carry On series especially for coping with the festive season What I don\'t like about office Christmas parties is looking for a job the next day. -Phyllis Diller About all you can do is dream of a white Christmas, for it seems like it always leaves most of us in the red.
-Anon Once again, we come to the Holiday Season, a deeply religious time that each of us observes, in his own way, by going to the mall of his choice. -Anon New Year\'s Day .
now is the accepted time to make your regular annual good resolutions. Next week you can begin paving hell with them as usual.
-Mark Twain Everyone knows \'tis the season to be jolly; when you can roast chestnuts on an open fire, treetops glisten, and sleigh bells ring alongside the sound of small.
Lexi wakes up in a hospital bed after a car accident, thinking it\'s 2004 and she\'s a twenty-five-year-old with crooked teeth and a disastrous love life. But, to her disbelief, she learns it\'s actually 2007 - she\'s twenty-eight, her teeth are straight, she\'s the boss of her department - and she\'s married! To a good-looking millionaire! How on earth did she land the dream life?! She can\'t believe her luck - especially when she sees her stunning new home.
She\'s sure she\'ll have a fantastic marriage once she gets to know her husband again. He\'s drawn up a marriage manual , which should help.
But as she learns more about her new self, chinks start to appear in the perfect life. All her old friends hate her.
A rival is after her job. Then a dishevelled, sexy guy turns up .
Meet Emma Corrigan, a young woman with a huge heart, an irrepressible spirit, and a few little secrets: Secrets from her mother: I lost my virginity in the spare bedroom with Danny Nussbaum while Mum and Dad were downstairs watching Ben-Hur. Sammy the goldfish in my parents\' kitchen is not the same goldfish that Mum gave me to look after when she and Dad were in Egypt.
Secrets from her boyfriend: I weigh one hundred and twenty-eight pounds. Not one eighteen, like Connor thinks.
I\'ve always thought Connor looks a bit like Ken. As in Barbie and Ken.
From her colleagues: When Artemis really annoys me, I feed her plant orange juice. (Which is pretty much every day.
) It was me who jammed the copier that time. In fact, all the times.
Secrets she wouldn\'t share with anyone in the world: My.
On the day the world ends… …Mau is on his way home from the Boys\' Island. Soon he will be a man.
And then the wave comes - a huge wave, dragging black night behind it and bringing a schooner which sails over and through the island rainforest. The village has gone.
The Nation as it was has gone. Now there\'s just Mau, who wears barely anything, a trouserman girl who wears far too much, and an awful lot of big misunderstandings… Wise, witty and filled with Terry Pratchett\'s inimitable comic satire, this is a terrific adventure that - quite literally - turns the world upside down.
\'Be a MAN in the City Watch! The City Watch needs MEN!\' But what it\'s got includes Corporal Carrot (technically a dwarf), Lance-constable Cuddy (really a dwarf), Lance constable Detritus (a troll), Lance constable Angua (a woman.
. most of the time) and Corporal Nobbs (disqualified from the human race for shoving).
And they need all the help they can get. Because they\'ve only got twenty-four hours to clean up the town and this is Ankh-Morpork we\'re talking about.
The Capitol Building, Washington DC: Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon believes he is here to give a lecture. He is wrong.
Within minutes of his arrival, a shocking object is discovered. It is a gruesome invitation into an ancient world of hidden wisdom.
When Langdons mentor, Peter Solomon prominent mason and philanthropist is kidnapped, Langdon realizes that his only hope of saving his friends life is to accept this mysterious summons. It is to take him on a breathless chase through Washingtons dark history.
There is a reason why Stephen King is one of the bestselling writers in the world, ever. Described by Robert McCrum in the Observer as \'a sophisticated literary craftsman\' whose \'work anatomises, with folksy charm, the social fabric of small town American life\', Stephen King knows how to write stories that draw you in and are impossible to put down.
When Mike Noonan\'s wife dies unexpectedly, the bestselling author suffers from writer\'s block. Until he is drawn to his summer home, the beautiful lakeside retreat called Sara Laughs.
Here, Mike finds the once familiar town in the tyrannical grip of millionaire Max Devore. Devore is hellbent on getting custody of his deceased son\'s daughter and is twisting the fabric of the community to this purpose.
Three-year-old Kyra and her young.
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There is not a modern short story writer anywhere to be compared with Roald Dahl. Each of his stories is so clever has such a startling twist at the end of it leaves the reader gasping.
The then stories in this book may depict human nature at its darkest, but they are also brilliantly funny and completely unforgettable.
\'The best thriller writer alive\' - Ken Follett Sometimes you have to fight dirty to get clean. Sebastian Rudd takes the cases no one else wants to take: the drug-addled punk accused of murdering two little girls; a crime lord on death row; a homeowner accused of shooting at a SWAT team.
Rudd believes that every person accused of a crime is entitled to a fair trial - even if he has to cheat to get one. He antagonises people from both sides of the law: his last office was firebombed, either by drug dealers or cops.
He doesn\'t know or care which. But things are about to get even more complicated for Sebastian.
Arch Swanger is the prime suspect in the abduction and presumed murder of 21-year-old Jiliana Kemp, the daughter of the assistant chief of police. When Swanger asks Sebastian to.
From the internationally bestselling author of The Miniaturist comes a captivating and brilliantly realized story of two young women-a Caribbean immigrant in 1960s London, and a bohemian woman in 1930s Spain-and the powerful mystery that ties them together. England, 1967.
Odelle Bastien is a Caribbean йmigrй trying to make her way in London. When she starts working at the prestigious Skelton Institute of Art, she discovers a painting rumored to be the work of Isaac Robles, a young artist of immense talent and vision whose mysterious death has confounded the art world for decades.
The excitement over the painting is matched by the intrigue around the conflicting stories of its discovery. Drawn into a complex web of secrets and deceptions, Odelle does not know what to believe or who she.
Like mother, like daughter.
.! Shopaholic Becky Brandon (nee Bloomwood)\'s two-year-old is .
spirited. She knows what she wants, whether it\'s a grown-up Prada handbag or a toy pony (40% off, so a bargain, surely?) When yet another shopping trip turns to mayhem, Becky decides it\'s time to give Minnie her own pocket money.
Is it a bad sign when Minnie goes instantly overdrawn? Minnie isn\'t the only one in financial crisis. As the Bank of London collapses, people are having to Cut Back.
Everyone needs cheering up, so what better way to do it than to throw a fabulous surprise party? A thrifty party, of course. Except economising and keeping a secret have never been Becky\'s strong points .
During the Second World War Roald Dahl served in the RAF and suffered horrific injuries in an air crash. In these tales that draw on his war experiences, he conveys the bizarre reality of life in the air and the nervy jollity of the Mess and Ops room.
During the Second World War Roald Dahl served in the RAF and suffered horrific injuries in an air crash in the Libyan desert. Drawing on his own experience as a fighter pilot, Dahl crafted these ten spine-tingling stories: of air battles in the sky; of the nightmare of being shot down; of the infectious madness of conflict; and of the nervy jollity of the Mess and Ops room.
Dahl brilliantly conveys the bizarre reality of a wartime pilot\'s daily existence, where death is a constant companion and life is lived from one heartbeat to the next.
This is a landmark new novel from the nation\'s favourite storyteller, set in the unique landscape of the Camargue in the South of France during WW2. There, a young autistic boy lives on his parents farm among the salt flats, and the flamingos that live there.
There are lots of things he doesn\'t understand: but he does know how to heal animals. He loves routine, and music too: and every week he goes to market with his mother, to ride his special horse on the town carousel.
But then the Germans come, with their guns, and take the town. A soldier shoots a flamingo from the sky, and it falls to earth terribly injured.
And even worse is to come: the carousel is damaged, the horses broken. For this vulnerable boy, everything is falling apart.
Only there\'s a kind sergeant among the Germans -.
Danny is only five years old, but in the words of old Mr Hallorann he is a \'shiner\', aglow with psychic voltage. When his father becomes caretaker of the Overlook Hotel, Danny\'s visions grow out of control.
As winter closes in and blizzards cut them off, the hotel seems to develop a life of its own. It is meant to be empty.
So who is the lady in Room 217 and who are the masked guests going up and down in the elevator? And why do the hedges shaped like animals seem so alive? Somewhere, somehow, there is an evil force in the hotel - and that, too, is beginning to shine.
THE MILLION-COPY BESTSELLER AND MAJOR MOTION PICTURE \'Emotionally riveting and will test your tear ducts to the limit\' Daily Express In all thirteen years of Anna\'s life, her parents have never given her a choice: she was born to be her sister Kate\'s bone marrow donor and she has always given Kate everything she needs. But when Anna is told Kate needs a new kidney, she begins to question how much she should be prepared to do to save the older sibling she has always been defined by.
So Anna makes a decision that will change their family forever - perhaps even fatally for the sister she loves. From internationally bestselling author Jodi Picoult comes a masterpiece which asks us just how much we should do to care for the ones we love.
Jodi\'s brand new novel, A SPARK OF LIGHT is.
Terry Pratchett takes Shakespeare\'s Macbeth and then turns it up \'till the knob comes off. It\'s all there - a wicked duke and duchess, the ghost of the murdered king, dim soldiers, strolling players, a land in peril.
And who stands between the Kingdom and destruction? Three witches. Granny Weatherwax (intolerant, self-opinionated, powerful), Nanny Ogg (down-to-earth, vulgar) and Magrat Garlick (naive, fond of occult jewellery and bunnies).
Stephen Briggs has been involved in amateur dramatics for over 25 years and he assures us that the play can be staged without needing the budget of Industrial Light and Magic. Not only that, but the cast should still be able to be in the pub by 10 o\'clock!.
The intergalactic adventures of Arthur Dent begin in the first volume of the \'trilogy of five\', Douglas Adams\' comedy sci-fi classic The Hitchhiker\'s Guide to the Galaxy. On 12 October 1979 the most remarkable book ever to come out of the great publishing corporations of Ursa Minor (and Earth) was made available to humanity - The Hitchhiker\'s Guide to the Galaxy.
It\'s an ordinary Thursday lunchtime for Arthur Dent until his house gets demolished. The Earth follows shortly afterwards to make way for a new hyperspace bypass, and his best friend has just announced that he\'s an alien.
At this moment, they\'re hurtling through space with nothing but their towels and an innocuous-looking book inscribed with the big, friendly words: DON\'T PANIC. The weekend has only just begun .
It\'s an offer you can\'t refuse. Who would not to wish to be the man in charge of Ankh-Morpork\'s Royal Mint and the bank next door? It\'s a job for life.
But, as former con-man Moist von Lipwig is learning, the life is not necessarily for long. The Chief Cashier is almost certainly a vampire.
There\'s something nameless in the cellar (and the cellar itself is pretty nameless), it turns out that the Royal Mintruns at a loss. A 300 year old wizard is after his girlfriend, he\'s about to be exposed as a fraud, but the Assassins Guild might get him first.
In fact lot of people want him dead Oh. And every day he has to take the Chairman for walkies.
Everywhere he looks he\'s making enemies. What he should be doing is .
The uplifting and thoughtful novel from the uniquely talented author. Everyone has a story to tell.
Kitty Logan has lost her way.
.As a journalist, she\'s spent the past few years chasing the big scoops - no matter the consequences.
When she makes a terrible mistake, she finds herself mired in scandal, her career implodes and even her personal relationships are tested to the limit. At a loss, Kitty finds distraction in a list of one hundred names that her late mentor and boss, Constance, has left her.
Kitty\'s been given one final chance, the most important assignment of her life - to write the story behind the one hundred names as a tribute piece to Constance. As she tracks down the people on the list and tries to work out what connects them, Kitty meets some extraordinary people.
Red Bones is the third book in Ann Cleeves\' Shetland series - filmed as the major BBC1 drama starring Douglas Henshall, Shetland. When an elderly woman is shot in what appears to be a tragic accident, Shetland detective Jimmy Perez is called to investigate the mystery.
The sparse landscape and the emptiness of the sea have bred a fierce and secretive people. As Jimmy looks to the islanders for answers, he finds instead two feuding families whose envy, greed and bitterness have lasted generations.
Then there\'s another murder and, as the spring weather shrouds the island in claustrophobic mists, Jimmy must dig up old secrets to stop a new killer from striking again . .
Afghanistan, 1975: Twelve-year-old Amir is desperate to win the local kite-fighting tournament and his loyal friend Hassan promises to help him. But neither of the boys can foresee what will happen to Hassan that afternoon, an event that is to shatter their lives. After the Russians invade and the family is forced to flee to America, Amir realises that one day he must return to Afghanistan under Taliban rule to find the one thing that his new world cannot grant him: redemption.
Number 11, Princes Square, looks just like the other houses on the Brighton seafront: a Regency terrace with elegant sash windows, a winding staircase, and post piled up in the hall for its tenants. It might be part of the city\'s history, but it\'s also a place of brand new beginnings.
Georgie has followed her childhood sweetheart to Brighton but is determined to carve out a career for herself in journalism. Throwing herself into the city\'s delights is fun and exciting, but before she knows it, she\'s sliding into all kinds of trouble.
Charlotte\'s in the city for a new start, hoping to keep her head down and somehow get over the heartbreaking loss she\'s suffered in the past. But Margot, the stylish old lady on the top floor, has other ideas.
Like it or not, Charlotte must confront.
For five hundred years, the survivors of the Great Wars lived peacefully in a valley sanctuary shielded by powerful magic from the dangerous outside world. But the enchanted barriers have crumbled, and the threat of annihilation looms large once more.
As he lay dying, Sider Ament, bearer of the last black staff and protector of the valley, gave stewardship of the powerful talisman to the young Tracker Panterra Qu. Now the newly anointed Knight of the Word must take up the battle against evil wherever it threatens: from without, where an army of bloodthirsty Trolls is massing for invasion; and from within, where the Elf king of Arborlon has been murdered, his daughter stands accused, and a heinous conspiracy is poised to subjugate the kingdom.
But even these affairs will pale beside the.
Stephen King\'s international bestselling - and highly acclaimed - novel, also a hugely successful film starring Tom Hanks The Green Mile: those who walk it do not return, because at the end of that walk is the room in which sits Cold Mountain penitentiary\'s electric chair. In 1932 the newest resident on death row is John Coffey, a giant black man convicted of the brutal murder of two little girls. But nothing is as it seems with John Coffey, and around him unfolds a bizarre and horrifying story. Evil murderer or holy innocent - whichever he is - Coffey has strange powers which may yet offer salvation to others, even if they can do nothing to save him.
Forty years ago, Harriet Vanger disappeared off the secluded island owned and inhabited by the powerful Vanger family. There was no corpse, no witnesses, no evidence.
But her uncle, Henrik, is convinced that she was murdered by someone from her own deeply dysfunctional family. Disgraced journalist Mikael Blomkvist is hired to investigate, but he quickly finds himself in over his head.
He hires a competent assistant: the gifted and conscience-free computer specialist Lisbeth Salander, and the two unravel a dark and appalling family history. But the Vangers are a secretive clan, and Blomkvist and Salander are about to find out just how far they are prepared to go to protect themselves.
\'I couldn\'t help thinking of Harper Lee\'s great American novel To Kill a Mockingbird while reading The Reckoning . .
. [Grisham] knows how to spin a yarn\' - Chicago Sun-Times \'May be his greatest work yet\' - David Grann, New York Times bestselling author of Killers of the Flower Moon Pete Banning was Clanton\'s favourite son, a returning war hero, the patriarch of a prominent family; a farmer, father, and a faithful member of the Methodist Church.
Then one cool October morning in 1946, he rose early, drove into town, walked into the Church, and calmly shot and killed the Reverend Dexter Bell. As if the murder wasn\'t shocking enough, it was even more baffling that Pete\'s only statement about it - to the sheriff, to his defense attorney, to the judge, to his family and friends, and.
James Keating had woken up in a park 25 miles from his home in Birmingham. He didn\'t know who he was.
He didn\'t know how he had got there or what had happened. As he slowly starts to find the answers he realises he is in trouble.
Very bad trouble.
From the author of `Crash\' and `Cocaine Nights\' comes an unnerving tale of life in a modern tower block running out of control. Within the concealing walls of an elegant forty-storey tower block, the affluent tenants are hell-bent on an orgy of destruction.
Cocktail parties degenerate into marauding attacks on `enemy\' floors and the once-luxurious amenities become an arena for riots and technological mayhem. In this visionary tale of urban disillusionment society slips into a violent reverse as the isolated inhabitants of the high-rise, driven by primal urges, create a dystopian world ruled by the laws of the jungle.
This edition is part of a new commemorative series of Ballard\'s works, featuring introductions from a number of his admirers (including Iain Sinclair, Ali Smith, Neil.
So begins The Ministry of Utmost Happiness, Arundhati Roy\'s incredible follow-up to The God of Small Things. We meet Anjum, who used to be Aftab, who runs a guesthouse in an Old Delhi graveyard and gathers around her the lost, the broken and the cast out. We meet Tilo, an architect, who, although she is loved by three men, lives in a \'country of her own skin\'. When Tilo claims an abandoned baby as her own, her destiny and that of Anjum become entangled as a tale that sweeps across the years and a teeming continent takes flight.
At St Oswald\'s, a long-established boys\' grammar school in the north of England, a new year has just begun. For the staff and boys of the school, a wind of unwelcome change is blowing.
Suits, paperwork and Information Technology rule the world; and Roy Straitley, the eccentric veteran Latin master, is finally - reluctantly - contemplating retirement. But beneath the little rivalries, petty disputes and everyday crises of the school, a darker undercurrent stirs.
And a bitter grudge, hidden and carefully nurtured for thirteen years, is about to erupt.
Lucy Silchester keeps receiving this strange appointment card and sweeping its gold embossed envelope under the rug. Literally.
She busies herself with a job she doesn\'t like, helping out friends, fixing her car, feeding her cat, and devoting her time to her family\'s dramas. But Lucy is about to find out that this is one appointment she can\'t miss, when Life shows up at her door, in the form of a sloppy but determined man.
Life follows her everywhere - from the office, to the bar, and to her bedroom - and Lucy learns that some of the choices she has made and the stories she has told aren\'t what they seem. Now her half-truths are about to be revealed, unless Lucy tells the truth about what really matters to her.
The Time of My Life is another warm, thought-provoking novel from Cecelia.
This is the winner of the Blue Peter Book Award and the Waterstones Children\'s Book Prize, and shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal. Already being proclaimed a classic in children\'s literature and compared to the likes of Roald Dahl and Eva Ibbotson, Katherine Rundell\'s Rooftoppers merges fantasy and historical fiction with sophisticated lyrical prose and vivid imagery that will delight middle grade readers, tweens, teens, and parents and teachers alike.
Join plucky heroine Sophie, her eccentric guardian Charles, and her intrepid orphan allies on the rooftops of Victorian Paris, as they encounter suspense and adventure that will keep kids of all ages on the edge of their seats right to the heartwarming end. My mother is still alive, and she is going to come for me one day.
The murder of Angela Hathall was extremely well planned. The only clue left was a single fingerprint with an L-shaped scar. The detective in charge, Reg Wexford, suspects that Angela\'s husband Robert Hathall killed his wife. But one question troubles Wexford most of all. Who is the mysterious women Wexford is sure Hathall is seeing? Does she have an L-shaped scar on her finger?
Colin Hancock is giving his second chance his best shot. At twenty-eight, he\'s focused on getting his teaching degree and avoiding all the places and people that proved so destructive in his past.
The last thing he\'s looking for is a serious relationship. But when he crosses paths with Maria Sanchez one rainswept night, his carefully structured life is turned upside down.
And when Maria, a hardworking lawyer, meets Colin she begins to question every notion she has ever had about herself and her future - and what truly makes her happy. Before the couple has a chance to envision a life together, menacing reminders from events in Maria\'s past start to surface.
And as the threat of violence begins to shadow her every step, she and Colin will be pushed to breaking point. The stunning new.
SHORTLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2018 \'A masterpiece\' Attica Locke \'Strong, beautiful and beguiling\' Observer \'Destined to become a future classic .
. that rare book that should appeal to every kind of reader\' Guardian When two English brothers take the helm of a Barbados sugar plantation, Washington Black - an eleven-year-old field slave - finds himself selected as personal servant to one of them.
The eccentric Christopher \'Titch\' Wilde is a naturalist, explorer, scientist, inventor and abolitionist, whose single-minded pursuit of the perfect aerial machine mystifies all around him. Titch\'s idealistic plans are soon shattered and Washington finds himself in mortal danger.
They escape together, but then Titch disappears and Washington must make his way alone, following the.
When the doors of the lift crank open, the only thing Thomas remembers is his first name. But he\'s not alone.
He\'s surrounded by boys who welcome him to the Glade - a walled encampment at the centre of a bizarre and terrible stone maze. Like Thomas, the Gladers don\'t know why or how they came to be there - or what\'s happened to the world outside.
All they know is that every morning when the walls slide back, they will risk everything - even the Grievers, half-machine, half-animal horror that patrol its corridors, to try and find out.
Blue Lightning is the fourth book in Ann Cleeves\' Shetland series, filmed as a major BBC1 drama starring Douglas Henshall, Shetland. With the autumn storms raging, Fair Isle feels cut off from the rest of the world.
Trapped, tension is high and tempers become frayed. Enough to drive someone to murder .
A woman\'s body is discovered at the renowned Fair Isles bird observatory, with feathers threaded through her hair. The islanders react with fear and anger.
Detective Jimmy Perez has no support from the mainland and must investigate the old-fashioned way. He soon realizes that this is no crime of passion - but a murder of cold and calculated intention.
There\'s no way off the island until the storms abate - and so the killer is also trapped, just waiting for the opportunity to strike.
Margaret Campbell had finally decided to leave Beijing - and the man she loved---and return home to the States. She had first come to Beijing to conduct a seminar on her specialty, forensic pathology, for the city\'s police.
The invitation turned out to ask for more than she expected; she was thrust into the search for a murderer. This was how she met and came to fall in love with the Beijing police detective Li Yan.
Although they began as enemies, the attraction between them was overwhelming - until personal tragedies pulled them apart. Now the police need an answer to a series of gruesome murders.
Four men have been killed; the first three were Chinese and the fourth man was born in China but became an American in his youth. All were victims of what looks like ritual sacrifices.
When Turtle witnesses a freak accident at the Hoover Dam, her mother responds and a man\'s life is saved, but their lives are changed by the incident.
As the Easter Rebellion looms, tension mounts in the rain-soaked streets of Dublin. Tension is also ratcheting up at home.
Pat Dumay is a Catholic and an Irish patriot. His relentlessly pious mother pursues her own private war with his stepfather, a man sunk in religious speculation and drink.
Meanwhile Pat\'s Protestant soldier cousin, Andrew Chase-White, puzzles out his complex emotions about Ireland and the girl he loves. Weaving between them moves Millie Kinnard: fast, feminist, and only just respectable.
This is the winner of the costa novel award. What if you had the chance to live your life again and again, until you finally got it right? During a snowstorm in England in 1910, a baby is born and dies before she can take her first breath.
During a snowstorm in England in 1910, the same baby is born and lives to tell the tale. What if there were second chances? And third chances? In fact an infinite number of chances to live your life? Would you eventually be able to save the world from its own inevitable destiny? And would you even want to? Life After Life follows Ursula Todd as she lives through the turbulent events of the last century again and again.
With wit and compassion, Kate Atkinson finds warmth even in life\'s bleakest moments, and shows an extraordinary ability to evoke the.
Hunter Wild, vampire hunter and star pupil at a top secret slayer academy, has a crush on a guy called Quinn. He\'s tall, dark and very handsome.
He\'s also a vampire, and one of the infamous Drake brothers at that. As if forbidden love wasn\'t bad enough, something strange is also happening at the Helios-Ra academy.
Vampire attacks are increasing, students are mysteriously falling ill and the teachers seem completely clueless. It\'s up to Hunter and her friends to put things right .
that is, if she can get a certain immortal out of her head long enough to think about anything else.
Is death the end . .
. or only the beginning? Ethan Wate has spent most of his life longing to escape the stiflingly small Southern town of Gatlin.
He never thought he would meet the girl of his dreams, Lena Duchannes, who unveiled a secretive, powerful, and cursed side of Gatlin, hidden in plain sight. And he never could have expected that he would be forced to leave behind everyone and everything he cares about.
So when Ethan awakes after the chilling events of the Eighteenth Moon, he has only one goal: to find a way to return to Lena and the ones he loves. Back in Gatlin, Lena is making her own bargains for Ethan\'s return, vowing to do whatever it takes -- even if that means trusting old enemies or risking the lives of the family and friends Ethan left to protect.
Worlds apart, Ethan.
DON\'T PANIC: collected together in the Hitchhiker\'s Guide Trilogy are the five titles that comprise Douglas Adams\' wildly popular and wholly remarkable comedy science fiction series. This one volume paperback edition comes complete with an unhelpful introduction from the author, a bonus short story, Young Zaphod Plays It Safe, and a special undeleted scene .
. The Hitchhiker\'s Guide to the Galaxy One Thursday lunchtime the Earth gets unexpectedly demolished to make way for a new hyperspace bypass.
For Arthur Dent, who has only just had his house demolished that morning, this seems already to be rather a lot to cope with. Sadly, however, the weekend has only just begun.
The Galaxy may offer a mind-boggling variety of ways to be blown up and/or insulted, but it\'s very hard to get a cup.
Kit doesn\'t know who his mother is. What he does know, however, is that his father, Guy, is dying of cancer.
Feeling his death is imminent, Guy gathers around him his oldest friends - or at least the friends with the most to lose by his death. Paul - the rising star in the Labour party who dreads the day a tape they all made at university might come to light; Alison and Robbie, corporate bunnies whose relationship is daily more fractious; Pris and Haze, once an item, now estranged, and finally Hol - friend, mentor, former lover and the only one who seemed to care.
But what will happen to Kit when Guy is gone? And why isn\'t Kit\'s mother in the picture? As the friends reunite for Guy\'s last days, old jealousies, affairs and lies come to light as Kit watches on.
Okonowo is the greatest warrior alive. His fame has spread like a bushfire in West Africa and he is one of the most powerful men of his clan.
But he also has a fiery temper. Determined not to be like his father, he refuses to show weakness to anyone - even if the only way he can master his feelings is with his fists.
When outsiders threaten the traditions of his clan, Okonowo takes violent action. Will the great man\'s dangerous pride eventually destroy him?.