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'Her best book yet, a dazzling hymn to hope, uniting the past and the present with a chorus of voices' Observer 'A story of our times... Savour it, because there is just one instalment left' Evening Standard 'Spring weaves a story around the most pressing issues of our time... Smith tells stories in a voice you can't help but listen to' The Times From the bestselling author of Autumn and Winter, as well as the Baileys Prize-winning How to be both, comes the next installment in the remarkable, once-in-a-generation masterpiece, the Seasonal Quartet What unites Katherine Mansfield, Charlie Chaplin, Shakespeare, Rilke, Beethoven, Brexit, the present, the past, the north, the south, the east, the west, a man mourning lost times, a woman trapped in modern times? Spring. The great connective. With an eye to the migrancy of story over time, and riffing on Pericles, one of Shakespeare's most resistant and rollicking works, Ali Smith tells the impossible tale of an impossible time. In a time of walls and lockdown Smith opens the door. The time we're living in is changing nature. Will it change the nature of story? Hope springs eternal. Praise for the Seasonal Quartet: 'Transcendental writing about art, death, political lies, and all the dimensions of love. It's a case not so much of reading between the lines as of being blinded by the light between the lines - in a good way' Deborah Levy on Autumn 'The novel of the year is obviously Autumn, which managed the miracle of making at least a kind of sense out of post-Brexit Britain' Olivia Laing, Observer on Autumn 'Ali Smith is flat-out brilliant, and she's on fire these days... Combining brainy playfulness with depth, topicality with timelessness, and complexity with accessibility while delivering an impassioned defence of human decency and art' NPR on Winter 'Rank[s] among the most original, consoling and inspiring of the artistic responses to 'this mad and bitter mess' of the present' Financial Times on Winter 'A novel of great ferocity, tenderness and generosity of spirit that you feel Dickens would have recognised... Smith is engaged in an extended process of mythologizing the present states of Britain... Luminously beautiful' Observer on Winter
The one he loves most, is the one he knows least Thirteen-year-old Michael Parsons is dealing with a lot. His father's sudden death; his mother's new husband, Glen, who he loathes; his two younger siblings, who he looks after more and more now his mother works extra shifts. And then one day, Michael wakes up and his mother is gone. In her place is an exact, duplicate mother. The 'other mother'. No one else seems to notice the real version is missing. His brother, his sister and even Glen act as if everything's normal. But Michael knows in his heart that this mother is not his. And he begins to panic. What follows is a big-hearted coming-of-age story of a boy struggling with an unusual disorder that poses unparalleled challenges - but also, as he discovers, offers him unique opportunities.
'A wonderfully written, funny and moving debut with an intriguing mystery at its heart... Unforgettable.' - Sunday Times bestselling author, Claire Douglas 'Honest and brave, Somewhere Close to Happy is a thought-provoking, beautifully observed study of love and real life, social issues and mental health' - Jill Mansell 'Lia is one of those rare writers who manage to break your heart and mend it all at once. Somewhere Close to Happy is a gem of a book - funny, touching and true' - Stacey Halls, bestselling author of THE FAMILIARSLizzie James is happy. She has a steady office job (with a steady stream of snacks), has had the same best friend since school, and she sees her family every Thursday night for take-away and trashy TV. Lizzie likes her uncomplicated life. Then a letter arrives one day from her first love, Roman. A letter dated the day he disappeared, 12 years before. As Lizzie uncovers the secrets of the letter, she discovers what really happened the year her life fell apart - and all avenues lead back to Roman. Lizzie James thought she was happy, or somewhere close to happy, anyway. Now she's not so sure. 'A funny and heart-warming story of first loves and the importance of friendship, but also a moving and wise exploration of mental health, childhood, self-discovery and - ultimately - the importance of being brave.' - Sunday Times bestselling author, Gillian McAllister Perfect for fans of Giovanna Fletcher, Mhairi McFarlane and Cecelia Ahern. This is a novel you won't soon forget.
THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER `Part whodunnit, part coming of age, this is a gripping debut about the secrets behind every door' RACHEL JOYCE `A very special book' NATHAN FILER `An utter delight' SARAH WINMAN `A delight' PAULA HAWKINS `A treasure chest of a novel' JULIE COHEN `One of the standout novels of the year' HANNAH BECKERMAN `I didn't want the book to end' CARYS BRAY `An excellent debut' JAMES HANNAH `Grace and Tilly are my new heroes' KATE HAMER `A wonderful debut' JILL MANSELL `A modern classic in the making' SARAH HILARY `A stunning debut' KATIE FFORDE `Phenomenal' MIRANDA DICKINSON England,1976. Mrs Creasy is missing and The Avenue is alive with whispers. As the summer shimmers endlessly on, ten-year-olds Grace and Tilly decide to take matters into their own hands. And as the cul-de-sac starts giving up its secrets, the amateur detectives will find much more than they imagined...
From Beachy Head to Brighton, and from Chichester to Rye, Flaming Sussex sees our intrepid trio plunge once again into the dark heart of England `Beautifully crafted by Sansom, Professor Morley promises to become a little gem of English crime writing; sample him now' Daily Mail At about four o'clock on 5th November 1937, Miss Lizzie Walter, a teacher at the King's Road Primary School in Lewes, said goodbye to her young pupils. The children clattered out into the dark streets, preparing for that night's revelries - and Miss Lizzie Walter was never seen alive again. Hitler, Mussolini and Pope Paul V are on fire. Fireworks explode and flaming tar barrels are being dragged through the streets. Bonfire Night in Lewes is the closest England comes to Mardis Gras. In their fifth adventure, Morley, Miriam and Sefton find themselves caught up in the celebrations and the chaos. On the morning after the night before, Sefton goes for a swim in Pells Pool, the oldest freshwater lido in England - in the very centre of Lewes - where he discovers a woman's body. She has drowned. Is it a misadventure or could it be ... murder? Join Morley, Miriam and Sefton on another journey into the dark heart of England.
`The most impressive novelist of his generation' Sunday Telegraph In Paris every building seems to hold the echo of an unacknowledged past... American academic Hannah and runaway Moroccan teenager Tariq have little in common, yet both are susceptible to the daylight ghosts of Paris. Hannah listens to the extraordinary witness of women who were present under the German Occupation and finds a city bursting with clues, connections and past love affairs. In the migrant suburbs, a rarely seen corner of Paris, Tariq is searching for a mother he barely knew. For him in his innocence, each boulevard, Metro station and street corner is a source of surprise. In this urgent and deeply moving novel, Faulks deals with questions of empire, grievance and identity. With great originality and a dark humour, Paris Echo asks how much we really need to know if we are to live a valuable life.
A mesmerizing novel set in Paris and a changing Istanbul, about a young Turkish woman grappling with her past - her country's and her own - and her complicated relationship with the famous British writer who longs for her memories. After her mother's death, Nunu moves from Istanbul to a small apartment in Paris. One day outside of a bookstore, she meets M., an older British writer whose novels about Istanbul Nunu has always admired. They find themselves walking the streets of Paris and talking late into the night. What follows is an unusual friendship of eccentric correspondence and long walks around the city. M. is working on a new novel set in Turkey and Nunu tells him about her family, hoping to impress and inspire him. She recounts the idyllic landscapes of her past, mythical family meals, and her elaborate childhood games. As she does so, she also begins to confront her mother's silence and anger, her father's death, and the growing unrest in Istanbul. Their intimacy deepens, so does Nunu's fear of revealing too much to M. and of giving too much of herself and her Istanbul away. Most of all, she fears that she will have to face her own guilt about her mother and the narratives she's told to protect herself from her memories. A wise and unguarded glimpse into a young woman's coming into her own, Walking on the Ceiling is about memory, the pleasure of invention, and those places, real and imagined, we can't escape.
When the shots rang out in the shopping mall, Simone Knox knew what to do. Shelter in place. That's what they taught you to do in the event of a mass shooting. So on that terrible, hot summer day in 2005, Simone was lucky. She escaped death. But she would never be the same again. More than ten years later, Simone still struggles with grief, trauma and the misplaced guilt of a survivor. She spends much of her time alone on Tranquility Island - a quiet, artistic community off the coast of Maine. But she is transforming - shaping herself the way she shapes her extraordinary and highly prized sculptures. As she heals herself, she opens up to Reed Quartermaine, who survived the shooting himself and has become a detective. But someone has been watching all the survivors of the DownEast Mall massacre. They have spent years perfecting a plan to finish what was started that day. Now that Reed and Simone have found each other, they are in more danger than they can possibly imagine - from a killer who will not, and cannot stop.
THE SUNDAY TIMES TOP TEN BESTSELLING AUTHOR It's a happy day for everyone except the bridesmaid ... With less than an hour to go before her best friend, Grace, is to walk down the aisle, Evie is attempting to fulfil her most important bridesmaid role: to deposit the bride at the start-line at the appointed time. But with a bride famed for her chaotic sense of time, and the bride's daughter busy mashing Molton Brown into the expensive hotel carpet, minus underwear, the odds are stacked against her. Evie is twenty-seven; a sparkly, down-to-earth journalist. She has never been in love and has started to fret that she never will be. Small wonder, then, that the prospect of being bridesmaid at no less than three impending weddings is one that fills her with trepidation. But then she meets her friend Valentina's date, Jack. Valentina is beautiful, shallow and self-obsessed. Her dates tend to be mirror-images. Which can mean only one thing: Jack can't possibly be as good as he seems. Can he? Full of warmth, fun and laughter, Bridesmaids is a novel to devour!
'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.
My Royal Temptation - Riley Pine Some princes play nice. This one plays very, very naughty... Being the Crown Prince means extravagant luxury for Nikolai. Fast cars and faster women. Matchmaker Kate Winter's job is to chain him down to one woman. Only Kate's way too tempting-igniting his blood and something far deeper. But Nikolai's a prince... and his heart is the one crown jewel she can't have...! Ruined - Jackie Ashenden `We have to act like a real couple...' The solution? Mind-blowingly real pleasure! Dane `Smoke' Kingsolver and Cat Livingston need to fake a relationship to get her abusive ex off her back. Convincing people their friendship has heated up to scorching levels is unexpectedly easy! But when their red-hot chemistry threatens to ruin everything they've ever known, can they go back to what they had before? And do they even want to?
“We must do something to pass the time, I thought. Two women in a room, hands and feet tied.”
Kidnapped in Nigeria by a group not unlike Boko Haram, two women, Nwabulu and Julie, relate the stories of the very different lives fate has meted out for them.
When Nwabulu’s father dies, her stepmother sends her off to become a housemaid. For years, she suffers the abuse of employers, a love affair with an employer’s son offering little comfort. Out of their union a son is born, but the young Nwabulu has to give him up, and is bound to suffer in her stepmother’s home again until she can flee, establishing herself as a fashion designer, finally able to inhabit Julie’s world.
Julie: privileged, educated, and adored by her parents. She has the opportunity to become whomever she desires. But sometimes too much choice can be a dangerous thing, and in Julie’s case it is. At thirty-four she is still unmarried and, for the first time, there is pressure: a burden that will only be lifted with the birth of a son. So determined is Julie for release that she goes as far as a polygamous marriage.
While the two women wait for the ransom to be paid, fate will once again decide the course of their lives.
An intensely powerful new novel from the best-selling author of The Bastard of Istanbul and Honour - available for pre-order now 'In the first minute following her death, Tequila Leila's consciousness began to ebb, slowly and steadily, like a tide receding from the shore. Her brain cells, having run out of blood, were now completely deprived of oxygen. But they did not shut down. Not right away...' For Leila, each minute after her death brings a sensuous memory: the taste of spiced goat stew, sacrificed by her father to celebrate the long-awaited birth of a son; the sight of bubbling vats of lemon and sugar which the women use to wax their legs while the men attend mosque; the scent of cardamom coffee that Leila shares with a handsome student in the brothel where she works. Each memory, too, recalls the friends she made at each key moment in her life - friends who are now desperately trying to find her. . . 'One of the most important writers at work today' Independent
`Brilliant. Among the best novels I know about the fate of American innocence abroad' Garth Greenwell So. We were Americans abroad. We weren't the doomed travellers in a Paul Bowles novel, and we weren't the idealists or the malarial, religion-damaged burnouts in something by Greene; but we were people far from home nevertheless. Our naivety didn't have political consequences. We had G.P.S. in our smartphones. I don't think we were alcoholics. Our passports were in the same drawer as our collection of international adapters, none of which seemed to fit in Brazilian wall sockets. My husband was in the chrysalis stage of becoming a rich man, and idealism was never my vice. I was ancillary - a word that comes from the Latin for `having the status of a female slave'. That's the sort of thing I know, and it tells you something about how I misspent my education. The term among expats for people like me was `trailing spouse' . . . `Captivating' Irish Times `Devastating, funny and wise' Garth Greenwell `A triumph' Samantha Harvey `A writer so gifted with language that you forget who you are in the poetry of his prose' Uzodinma Iweala `Magnificent, profound, and true' Elisa Albert `Reminded me in parts of Maggie Nelson. Stunning' Sophie Mackintosh
The next unmissable summer read from Sunday Times bestseller Sarah Morgan! Praise for Sarah Morgan: `I laughed, I cried, I held my breath. I absolutely adored it' Cathy Bramley `Sarah Morgan just gets better and better' Veronica Henry * * * * * One charming bookshop, two unlikely friends, and a summer in Paris that will change their lives forever... Grace can't believe it when her husband of twenty-five years announces he doesn't want to join her on their anniversary trip to Paris - instead, he wants a divorce. Reeling from the shock, Grace makes the bold decision to go on this holiday of a lifetime alone. Audrey leaves behind heartache of her own when she arrives in Paris. A job in a bookshop is her ticket to freedom, but with no knowledge of the French language, her summer adventure seems doomed to fail. Until she meets Grace, and everything changes... Living in neighbouring apartments above the bookshop, Grace and Audrey form an unlikely friendship. They came to Paris to find themselves, but finding each other might be the best thing that's ever happened to them. * * * * * Your favourite authors love One Summer in Paris! `A complete joy. It's a glorious, summery read full of warmth, humour and poignancy, against the perfect romantic backdrop' Cressida McLaughlin `An uplifting tale of courage, strength and above all friendship, with a sprinkling of romance and an adorable Parisian backdrop - what's not to love? Be prepared to be hooked' Anna Bell Real readers have fallen for One Summer in Paris! `Morgan is a pro when it comes to writing a feel-good yarn, and you cannot get help but get immersed in her storytelling' `The only thing you really need to know is that this is Morgan's best novel to date' `Sarah has woven a beautiful story into the tapestry of Paris, and the little book shop...A very worthwhile read' `A story for all ages as everyone will relate to at least one of the main characters. I shall be recommending it to all my friends'
A brilliant and thought-provoking novel about family, loyalty and betrayal Once I'd been Daddy's favourite. Before something terrible happened. Violet Rue is the baby of the seven Kerrigan children and adores her big brothers. What's more, she knows that a family protects its own. To go outside the family - to betray the family - is unforgiveable. So when she overhears a conversation not meant for her ears and discovers that her brothers have committed a heinous crime, she is torn between her loyalty to her family and her sense of justice. The decision she takes will change her life for ever. Exploring racism, misogyny, community, family, loyalty, sexuality and identity, this is a dark story with a tense and propulsive atmosphere - Joyce Carol Oates at her very best.
Indebted to the billionaire... And he will collect! And he will collect! Nessa must appeal to notorious tycoon Luc's better nature to exonerate her brother of theft. But Luc is the most merciless-and sinfully attractive-man Nessa's ever met! Until the debt is settled, he'll hold her as his captive. And when undeniable attraction overwhelms them both, it becomes clear that Nessa's innocence is the real price to pay...!
`Touching and uplifting, this is Fiona Harper at her very best.' MILLY JOHNSON From the author of The Other Us ***THE WINNER OF THE 2018 SPECULATIVE ROMANTIC NOVEL AWARD*** `This book tore my heart into tiny pieces, then put it back together and made it fly.' JANE LINFOOT `A beautiful story of loss, discovery and recovery.' HEIDI SWAIN 'Heart-wrenching and compelling.' SARAH MORGAN 'Beautiful, poignant and thought-provoking.' CRESSIDA MCLAUGHLIN *** Heather Lucas lives her life through other people's memories. Heather doesn't want to remember her childhood, not when her mother's extreme hoarding cast her family life into disarray. For Heather's mother, every possession was intimately connected to a memory, so when Heather uncovers a secret about her past that could reveal why her mother never let anything go, she knows there's only one place she'll find answers - behind the locked door of her spare room, where the remains of her mother's hoard lie hidden. As Heather uncovers both objects and memories, will the truth set her free? Or will she discover she's more like her mother than she ever thought possible? A powerful, uplifting story about love, loss and the things we leave behind, perfect for fans of Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine and The Keeper of Lost Things. *** Why readers are falling in love with The Memory Collector: `An insightful and beautifully written tale' `What a beautiful poignant story... the sort that stays with you for a long time afterwards' `Bravo, Fiona Harper! A captivating read' `Wow!! I really loved this powerful thought provoking book... a poignant must-read' `This book is simply brilliant... very uplifting and so well written' `loved this book! 5*****!'
The bestselling European thriller that foretold the danger and criminality of social media, now available in English. A Guardian thriller of the month: 'Elsberg is nothing if not prescient' ************************ ZERO, an anonymous activist, has given the world a warning: stop the tech giants before it's too late. But is anyone listening? Thousands of teenagers are signing up to Freemee, the biggest new social media site, uploading personal information in exchange for advice on what to eat, how to dress, even how to choose their friends. No-one questions what Freemee is doing with all that data. Until hundreds of users begin to take their lives. What will it take to bring down the Freemee mastermind, and who is up to the job? ***************************** `Worryingly real' Sunday Sport `Elsberg is utterly prescient' Guardian 'Sinister and realistic' Glamour [Published in hardback as Zero]
Dit is die ironie van die lewe dat die dinge waarna jy die hardste streef omdat jy meen dat jy daardeur geluk kan verwerf, jou ontgaan juis op die oomblik wanneer dit net binne jou bereik le. Dit is die pad van die lewe wat na eensaamheid lei. Willem, ín uitgeworpene, is oortuig dat daar niks op die aarde is om na te strewe en voor te werk nie. Dan kry hy ín nuwe geloof wanneer hy weer verantwoordelikheid kry vir plante en diere, vir lewende dinge wat van hom afhanklik is. Willem se pad kruis met Hans. Hans aanvaar al sy lewe lank dat elke mens verantwoordelikhede het en ín plig om te werk. En wanneer hy begin vrae stel en die aanvaarding verdwyn, plaas hy nie net homself op die pad na eensaamheid nie, maar hy vernietig ook die geluk wat twee ander mense moontlik sou kon vind.
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