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Let the magic of J.K. Rowling's classic Harry Potter series take you back to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Issued to mark the 20th anniversary of first publication of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, this irresistible Gryffindor House Edition celebrates the noble character of the Hogwarts house famed for its courage, bravery and determination. Harry's third year at Hogwarts is packed with thrilling Gryffindor moments, including the appearance four of its most memorable alumni, Messrs Moony, Wormtail, Padfoot and Prongs!
With vibrant sprayed edges in Gryffindor house livery, the book features beautiful house-themed cover artwork with intricate gold foiling. With an exciting, bespoke introduction exploring the history of Gryffindor House, and exclusive insights into the use of the Patronus Charm by favourite Gryffindor characters, the book also boasts a spectacular image by Kate Greenaway winner Levi Pinfold of Hermione Granger conjuring her Patronus. All seven books in the series will be issued in these highly collectable, beautifully crafted House Editions, designed to be treasured and read for years to come.
A must-have for anyone who has ever imagined sitting under the Sorting Hat in the Great Hall at Hogwarts waiting to hear the words, 'Better be GRYFFINDOR!'
Who loves Mr Nishino? Minami is the daughter of Mr Nishino's true love. Bereaved Shiori is tempted by his unscrupulous advances. His colleague Manami should know better. His conquest Reiko treasures her independence above all else. Friends Tama and Subaru find themselves playing Nishino's game, but Eriko loves her cat more. Sayuri is older, Aichan is much younger, and Misono has her own conquests to make. For each of them, an encounter with elusive womaniser Mr Nishino will bring torments, desires and delights.
#1 New York Times Bestseller
A Reese Witherspoon x Hello Sunshine Book Club Pick
"I can't even express how much I love this book! I didn't want this story to end!" Reese Witherspoon
"Painfully beautiful." The New York Times Book Review
For years, rumors of the "Marsh Girl" have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. But Kya is not what they say. Sensitive and intelligent, she has survived for years alone in the marsh that she calls home, finding friends in the gulls and lessons in the sand. Then the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. When two young men from town become intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new life - until the unthinkable happens.
Perfect for fans of Barbara Kingsolver and Celeste Ng, Where the Crawdads Sing is at once an exquisite ode to the natural world, a heartbreaking coming-of-age story, and a surprising tale of possible murder. Owens reminds us that we are forever shaped by the children we once were, and that we are all subject to the beautiful and violent secrets that nature keeps.
`Wiles is basically Kafka, if Kafka had spent more time in British hotels and pubs' David Baddiel Will Wiles both re-invents and murders the London novel, in a spectacular act of evil, surgical intensity' Warren Ellis The dark, doomy humour of Care of Wooden Floors mixed with the fantastical, anarchic sense of possibility of The Way Inn, brought together in a fast moving story set in contemporary London. Jack Bick is an interview journalist at a glossy lifestyle magazine. From his office window he can see a black column of smoke in the sky, the result of an industrial accident on the edge of the city. When Bick goes from being a high-functioning alcoholic to being a non-functioning alcoholic, his life goes into freefall, the smoke a harbinger of truth, an omen of personal apocalypse. An unpromising interview with Oliver Pierce, a reclusive cult novelist, unexpectedly yields a huge story, one that could save his job. But the novelist knows something about Bick, and the two men are drawn into a bizarre, violent partnership that is both an act of defiance against the changing city, and a surrender to its spreading darkness. With its rich emotional palette, Plume explores the relationship between truth and memory: personal truth, journalistic truth, novelistic truth. It is a surreal and mysterious exploration of the precariousness of life in modern London.
'Moriarty [tackles] uncomfortable and painful subjects, weaving them into compelling thought-provoking stories ... heartfelt and deeply moving' Irish Independent The new novel from the Richard and Judy Book Club author and Number One Bestseller! When her children are offered a scholarship to a prestigious school Lucy Murphy is ecstatic. Her plan for a glittering future ended when she became pregnant. But there will be no limit to what her twins can achieve. Stuck in her dreams for their imaginary lives, Lucy doesn't see what is right in front of her - that she is thinking of her own ambitions, not her children's. And that life can be challenging for seventeen-year-olds, especially in the era of social media. Until catastrophe strikes, Lucy remains blind to the cost of forcing her wishes on the twins, particularly her sensitive daughter. To have any hope of surviving as a family, all three will have to face up to some surprising and difficult truths . . . 'Both heart-breaking and heart-warming ... a joy to read' Woman's Way Praise for Sinead Moriarty's novels 'A fascinating exploration of difficult subjects ... Moriarty writes with compelling authority' Irish Times 'There is warmth and heart aplenty in this delicately told story' Daily Mail 'OMG! I'm an emotional wreck after reading this novel, probably not helped by the fact that I pulled an all-nighter to finish it ... I just could not put it down' Eileen Dunne, RTE 'Heartfelt and deeply moving ... I couldn't put it down.' Susan Lewis 'We ate this fabulous story up - 4 stars' Heat magazine 'Beautifully written and sensitive' Woman's Way 'Intriguing and thought provoking ... a great read.' Katie Fforde 'Gripping and thought-provoking - I was desperate to discover how it would pan out!' Paige Toon
'Mrs. Everything is like "Beaches" but with mothers and daughters and sisters. I may never recover.' (Jill Grunenwald, author of RUNNING WITH A POLICE ESCORT and READING BEHIND BARS) From Jennifer Weiner, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Who Do You Love and In Her Shoes comes a smart, thoughtful, and timely exploration of two sisters' lives from the 1950s to the present as theystruggle to find their places-and be true to themselves-in a rapidly evolving world. Do we change or does the world change us? Jo and Bethie Kaufman were born into a world full of promise. Growing up in 1950s Detroit, they live in a perfect 'Dick and Jane' house, where their roles in the family are clearly defined. Jo is the tomboy, the bookish rebel with a passion to make the world more fair; Bethie is the pretty, feminine good girl, a would-be star who enjoys the power her beauty confers and dreams of a traditional life. But the truth ends up looking differently than what the girls imagined. Jo and Bethie survive traumas and tragedies. As their lives unfold against the background of free love and Vietnam, Woodstock and Women's Lib, Bethie becomes an adventure-loving wild child who dives headlong into the counterculture, and is up for anything (except settling down). Meanwhile, Jo becomes a proper young mother in Connecticut, a witness to the changing world instead of a participant. Neither woman inhabits the world she dreams of, or has a life that feels authentic, or brings her joy. Is it too late for the women to finally stake a claim on happily ever after? In her most ambitious novel yet, Jennifer Weiner tells a story of two sisters who, with their different dreams and different paths, offer answers to the question: How should a woman be in the world? Mrs. Everything is an ambitious, richly textured journey through history - and herstory - as these two sisters navigate a changing America over the course of their lives.
`I really am so very, very sorry about this,' he says, in an oddly formal voice... They strike the side of a grain silo. They are travelling at seventy miles per hour. A newborn baby is the sole survivor of a terrifying plane crash. She is raised in wealthy isolation by an overprotective father. She knows nothing of the rumours about a beautiful young woman, hidden from the world. When a suitor visits, he understands far more than he should. Forced to run for his life, he escapes aboard The Porpoise, an assassin on his tail... So begins a wild adventure of a novel, damp with salt spray, blood and tears. A novel that leaps from the modern era to ancient times; a novel that soars, and sails, and burns long and bright; a novel that almost drowns in grief yet swims ashore; in which pirates rampage, a princess wins a wrestler's hand, and ghost women with lampreys' teeth drag a man to hell - and in which the members of a shattered family, adrift in a violent world, journey towards a place called home.
'Harry Perkins was buried on the day that America declared war on China.' 'Brexit Britain was a gloomy place. True, the Armageddon that some had prophesied had not occurred, but neither had economic miracle promised by the Brexiteers. Instead there had been a long, slow decline into insularity and irrelevance. The value of the pound had fallen steadily against the Euro, the dollar and the Yuan. The much vaunted increase in trade with the Commonwealth had not materialised. The Americans, too, were proving particularly obstreperous. Even now after a nearly decade of negotiations no significant agreements had been reached. At the UN there was talk of relieving the UK of its seat on the Security Council.' Thirty-five years after the publication of A Very British Coup, former Labour MP Chris Mullin has written a compelling and timely sequel. In a near-future, post-Brexit Britain, the fault lines forged in the white heat of the referendum have become entrenched features of British political life. Britain's standing in the world has steadily diminished as its problems have grown. Into the maelstrom steps Fred Thompson, former aide to left-wing prime minister Harry Perkins and his successor as MP for Sheffield Parkside. As he ascends the greasy pole of British politics, Thompson must deal with corruption, the threat of the Far Right and personal tragedy. Along the way, he learns that power does not come without a personal price and that shadowy forces are at work behind the scenes...which, this time, appear to be on his side. At once a gripping political thriller and a chilling prognostication of where we may be headed, this taut, insightful and engrossing novel is essential reading for our troubled times. The definitive post-Brexit novel, and long-awaited sequel to the bestselling A Very British Coup. 'Terrific...measured, heart-stopping, moving, clear-eyed'. Stephen Frears 'Brilliant, chilling and all too plausible.' Alastair Campbell 'A very knowledgeable and pleasurable political thriller.' Mark Lawson, The Guardian `Readable and very entertaining, and should appeal to both sides of the divide. A book that seeks your X in the ballot box.' - The Spectator '`A book for our time - uncertain, sympathetic, tragic, inconclusive.' Andrew Adonis, The House Magazine 'The briskly paced tale is spartan in style, and most affecting in its stark declarations of grief when Thompson experiences personal tragedy.' The Irish Times 'Great fun!' Declan Burke, Arena, RTE 'Frighteningly believable and surprisingly tender.' Kevin Maguire, Twitter
Summer at the Kindness Cafe was previously published as a four-part serial titled Random Acts of Kindness. This is the complete story in one package. 'THIS IS ONE OF THE GENRE'S STANDOUT STARS - THERE IS SO MUCH HEART IN THIS BOOK!' heat magazine Escape to the beautiful town of Littlewood with Victoria Walters, a heart-warming read perfect for fans of Cathy Bramley, Holly Hepburn and Jo Thomas. Welcome to Brew, a cafe where kindness is almost as important as coffee... almost! Meet the three women whose lives are about to change forever: Abbie has fled London and the humiliation of not being able to make rent after being made redundant. Her sister, Louise, unlucky in love, has thrown herself into her career at the local hospital. And Eszter, who has travelled from Hungary with her daughter Zoe, hoping to fulfil her husband's dying wish... to reunite his family. This summer these three very different women are inspired by the random acts of kindness written up on the Kindness Board at Brew, and decide to make a pact to be kinder to others and to themselves... Can a little bit of kindness really change your life? Eszter, Abbie and Louise are about to find out! `Warmth and kindness on every page' Sheila O'Flanagan `I adored Summer at The Kindness Cafe - it's such a cosy, heart-warming read' Jennifer Joyce `Utterly gorgeous, a totally heart-warming, beautiful story. I loved every single page!' Holly Martin 'Summer at the Kindness Cafe ticks all the feel-good boxes' Holly Hepburn, author of A Year at the Star and Sixpence 'A really lovely story - heart-warming and life affirming' Jo Thomas, author of The Honey Farm on the Hill `An entertaining and timely reminder that a random act of kindness can change not only someone's day, but also someone's life' Penny Parkes, author of Best Practice `Such an uplifting, warm story, with characters I already feel like I know. I loved every minute of it!' Cressida McLaughlin, author of The House of Birds and Butterflies 'A heart-warming read - cosy and comforting. I loved it!' Heidi Swain, author of Sunshine and Sweet Peas in Nightingale Square `Victoria Walters has such a wonderful, fresh voice and the characters really do leap off the page. The perfect pick-me-up, and a timely reminder of the importance of kindness in every part of life' Phoebe Morgan, author of The Doll House
When Emma returns to Dublin to put her estranged father's affairs in order, she begins to piece together the story of his life and that of Grace, the mother she never knew. She knows her father as the judge - as stern and distant at home as he was in the courtroom. But as she goes through his personal effects, Emma begins to find clues about her mother that shock her profoundly.A tale of enduring love and scandal that begins in 1950s Dublin and unravels across decades and continents, digging up long-buried family secrets along the way, The Judge's Wife asks whether love really can last forever.
In 1977, terwyl Henna en haar man Stone juis op soek is na ’n stukkie grond waar hulle saam kan ontspan, weg van die stadsgeraas en mensegedrang, sterf Henna se ma en word ’n familieplaas onverwags en onbepland haar erfdeel. In pleks van die plaasidille wat Stone voorgehou het, word Henna nou gekonfronteer met die harde werklikheid van volskaalse boerdery en alles wat daarmee gepaard gaan: droogte, peste, plae, veesiektes, vrektes en vrees. Stone se pligte as “befaamde ginekoloog” hou hom immers besig in die stad – en dis Henna wat vrou-alleen stoetvee koop, hanslammers grootmaak, met plaasarbeiders onderhandel en ’n tuiste probeer skep uit ’n vervalle murasie.
Uit briewe aan haar jarelange vriendin Ida leer ken die leser ’n belese en berese “ek” wat skielik ’n totale ommeswaai in haar netjiese bestaan beleef. Só word die teks ook ’n boeiende karakterstudie oor ’n ouerwordende vrou wat stoei met haar komplekse familiegeskiedenis (haar ma was eksentriek en afwesig, haar pa het met sy kop in boeke geleef) en die onopgeloste geheime wat ná haar ma se dood op die lappe kom. Die Henna wat enersyds kan brande blus, kalwe versorg en vendusies bywoon openbaar haarself al skrywende as fyngevoelige, intellektuele en filosofiese “ek” wat vlymskerp kan spot met haar eie swakhede, maar ook pynlik akkurate waarnemings maak oor die wêreld waarin sy leef. Benewens interessante wetenswaardighede oor boerdery wat na vore kom, is dit ook ’n veelseggende teks wat betref rasverhoudings op plase, die rol en posisie van vroue in die gemeenskap, die ewige waarhede in die letterkunde en die mens se afhanklikheid van die natuur.
A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * A Telegraph Book of the Year * A New York Times Notable Book of the Year * A Washington Post Book of the Year * A Wall Street Journal Book of the Year * A Slate Book of the Year `Probably Chabon's greatest, a piece of sustained writing that will be hard to see outdone in 2017' The Times `Entirely sure footed, propulsive, the work of a master at his very best. The brilliance of Moonglow stands as a strident defence of the form itself, a bravura demonstration of the endless mutability and versatility of the novel' Observer `The world, like the Tower of Babel or my grandmother's deck of cards, was made out of stories, and it was always on the verge of collapse.' Moonglow unfolds as a deathbed confession. An old man, his tongue loosened by powerful painkillers, his memory stirred by the imminence of death, tells stories to his grandson, uncovering bits and pieces of a history long buried. Why did he try to strangle a former business partner with a telephone cord? What was he thinking when he and a buddy set explosives on a bridge in Washington, D.C.? What did he feel while he hunted down Wernher von Braun in Germany? And what did he see in the young girl he met in Baltimore after returning home from the war? From the Jewish slums of pre-war Philadelphia to the invasion of Germany, from a Florida retirement village to the penal utopia of a New York prison, from the heyday of the space programme to the twilight of `the American Century', Moonglow collapses an era into a single life and a lifetime into a single week.
National Book Award winner Richard Powers's twelfth novel is a sweeping, impassioned work of activism and resistance that is also a stunning evocation of-and paean to-the natural world. From the roots to the crown and back to the seeds, The Overstory unfolds in concentric rings of interlocking fables that range from antebellum New York to the late twentieth-century Timber Wars of the Pacific Northwest and beyond. There is a world alongside ours-vast, slow, interconnected, resourceful, magnificently inventive, and almost invisible to us. This is the story of a handful of people who learn how to see that world and who are drawn up into its unfolding catastrophe.
Praise for Cathy Hopkins: `Warm, wise and full of heart' Lucy Diamond `Funny and feelgood' Good Housekeeping `Warm, funny and uplifting' Reader's Digest When a boxset of Broadchurch is more appealing than having sex with your husband, then perhaps it's time to hide the remote... Cait and Matt have been married for 30 years. They are rock solid. An inspiration to others. Stuck together like glue. But Cait can't shake off the feeling that something is missing. The whole world should be their oyster now that Matt has retired, so why does she feel shut up like a clam? Things get more complicated when Tom Lewis, the man who broke her heart at university, makes a reappearance - still as charming as ever. Her friends, widow Lorna and newly-single Debs, have their own views of what Cait should do - but she isn't in the mood to listen. When Tom makes Cait an unexpected offer, Cait feels the pull of a different life. Has she got the guts to take the plunge, or does it take more courage to give her marriage another chance? Funny and thoughtful, this is a book for anyone who ever wondered . . . what if?
The secrets of an aristocratic dynasty are about to be revealed... London 1949. The New Look is in, Princess Elizabeth's wedding has raised morale and the capital is filled with a new energy. Alicia Stanton, niece of the Earl of Mowbray, is making her mark in the glamorous film world. Alongside her, Victoria Brown, a wartime evacuee, is starting out as a fashion photographer. Life is full of opportunity. But at Cavendon Hall, the stately home where they grew up, the Second World War has exacted a terrible price and the estate is facing bankruptcy. And when Cavendon's secrets start to rise to the surface, young and old alike are threatened. Can the families unite to save the house and their future?
The sequel to the International Number One Bestseller The Tattooist Of Auschwitz, based on a true story of love and resilience.
Cilka is just sixteen years old when she is taken to Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp, in 1942. The Commandant at Birkenau, Schwarzhuber, notices her long beautiful hair, and forces her separation from the other women prisoners. Cilka learns quickly that power, even unwillingly given, equals survival.
In a Siberian prison camp, Cilka faces challenges both new and horribly familiar, including the unwanted attention of the guards. But when she makes an impression on a woman doctor, Cilka is taken under her wing and taught new skills. Cilka begins to tend to the ill in the camp, struggling to care for them under brutal conditions.
Cilka finds endless resources within herself as she daily confronts death and faces terror. And when she nurses a man called Ivan, Cilka finds that despite everything that has happened to her, there is room in her heart for love.
The brand new novel from the bestselling author of The Shoemaker's Wife, a Richard and Judy Book Club pick When Chi Chi Donatelli and Saverio Armandonada meet by chance on the Jersey shore, the two form a duo that takes the music industry by storm. Together they navigate the glamorous world of show business, from Hollywood and Las Vegas to New York City and beyond, but after a dream wedding they quickly realise that one of them will soon have to make a choice: who will put their professional ambition aside to build a family, and who will remain in the spotlight? As they juggle the demands of their public lives, secrets will be revealed, promises will be broken and loyalty will be tested . . . The newest romantic novel from Adriana Trigiani, beloved author of Big Stone Gap and The Shoemaker's Wife. Featuring feisty women, frantic families and fabulous friendships, Adriana Trigiani always warms the heart. 'Tony's Wife is an immersive experience with well-rounded, warm characters, pre-WWII fashion, Jersey accents, and homemade pasta. Moving and delightful' BOOKLIST `Trigiani fills this novel with the musical delights of the big band era and a love that lasts a lifetime . . . Packed with melodies, memories, humor, and love and loss, this effortlessly plotted novel is an emotional page-turner' PUBLISHERS WEEKLY `Here's a big, sweeping family novel to soak into' ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY Praise for ADRIANA TRIGIANI: 'Stylishly written, this is a wide-ranging romp of a read about friendship, family, love and loyalty' DAILY MAIL `The author of Big Stone Gap triumphs again' HEAT magazine 'A gorgeous piece of escapism . . . Plenty of the warm, earthy humour that is this author's calling card' THE TIMES 'A rich, sweeping epic... If you're meeting her work for the first time, get ready for a lifelong love affair. Splendid' KATHRYN STOCKETT,author of THE HELP `A tender tale of being torn between family, career and love' COMPANY magazine 'A comedy writer with a heart of gold' NEW YORK TIMES
Simon is a man of the world who lives a life of freedom and unfettered pleasure. An exiled Afrikaans writer who ekes out a meagre existence in Australia, he seeks out pleasure during his travels around the globe; from Bali to Melbourne, Tokyo to Cape Town. Memories well up every so often: of his youth in the Eastern Cape, of his father, and of his sexual education while growing up on a cattle farm. He connects the fragments of his past – remembered moments and experiences – with the help and insights of his psychologist, Dr Spiteri. It is his ageing mother who has the most tenacious grip on Simon. He revisits the land of his forefathers to visit and care for her. In turn, she pays a last fragile visit to him in Australia. His mother is adored and wise, yet unbearable for her fits of pettiness and bourgeois racism. Green as the Sky Is Blue is a bold, unflinching exploration of modern sexuality, intimacy and identity.
Jessica Wood is an aspiring photographer living in London. She's had her heart broken, and her friends have pieced it back together again. But across the neon lights of Soho, in the smell of alcohol and cigarette smoke, on every night bus, in every song, every time she tries to forget: she remembers him. Now, in a battle between the past and the future, choosing between having a life and making a living, finding her feet or spreading her wings, Jessica must ask herself: who is she really living for? Love and Other Things to Live For is an ode to modern girls and triumph over heartbreak, perfect for fans of Holly Bourne and Dolly Alderton.
Molly is now in her eighties and she helps her grand-daughters Cara and Freya bring up their young children with unstinting care. Hers has been a life of unselfpitying service, from her working-class Dublin girlhood to her current status as the wealthy widow of a famous artist. But her own children, particularly her daughter Eileen, are her life's great failure: unhappy, self-indulgent women who resent the younger generation's apparent freedom from guilt and their unconventional family arrangements. This intricate web of female relationships comes under terrible strain when Molly, her health sapped by her constant efforts on behalf of others, decides to consult the family solicitor about changing her will. This is a novel of great tenderness in its depiction of the small pleasures of family life and ruthless in its portrayal of the dangerous power of money.
'An enchanting contribution to the popular new trend of 'up lit', such as Gail Honeyman's Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine' Irish Times 'I found myself totally transported into William's poignant and beguiling world of lost opportunities and love' A. J. Pearce, author of Sunday Times bestseller Dear Mrs Bird SHORTLISTED FOR NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR, IRISH BOOK AWARDS ______________ Inside East London's Dead Letters Depot, William Woolf unites lost mail with its intended recipient. White mice, a miniature grandfather clock and a full suit of armour are among the more unusual items lost then found thanks to William's detective work. But when he discovers a series of letters addressed only to 'My Great Love', everything changes. Written by Winter to a soulmate she hasn't yet met, her heartfelt words stir William in ways he has long forgotten. Could they be destined for him? But what about his troubled marriage? William must follow the clues in Winter's letters to solve the mystery of his own heart. ______________ As heard on BBC Radio 2 The Steve Wright Show . . . 'Delightful' Sunday Times 'Deeply moving' Irish Times 'If you liked Harold Fry and Me Before You, you will love Cullen's nostalgic debut. This life-affirming book will draw you in and keep you there' Independent 'Captivates. William has what seems to be the best job in the world . . . Honest yet lyrical, Cullen's characters are drawn with sympathy. Lose yourself' The Scotsman
`The next voice of a generation' Elle LONGLISTED FOR THE GORDON BURN PRIZE A young woman called A lives with a young woman called B. B is becoming more and more like A: wearing her clothes, using her make-up. If A's boyfriend, C, likes A because A is A, but now B is the same is A, where does that leave A? `Brilliant. A contemporary take on Single White Female as scripted by Miranda July, shot through with elements of a distinctly Atwoodian dystopia' Observer `A disturbing, super-smart mystery' Daily Mail `As good a debut as I've ever read' Zadie Smith
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