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`Fast, funny and close to the bone' Mail on Sunday Why are we all so hostile? So quick to take offence? Truly we are living in the age of outrage. A series of apparently random murders draws amiable, old-school Detective Mick Matlock into a world of sex, politics, reality TV and a bewildering kaleidoscope of opposing identity groups. Lost in a blizzard of hashtags, his already complex investigation is further impeded by the fact that he simply doesn't `get' a single thing about anything anymore. Meanwhile, each day another public figure confesses to having `misspoken' and prostrates themselves before the judgement of Twitter. Begging for forgiveness, assuring the public "that is not who I am". But if nobody is who they are anymore - then who the f##k are we? Ben Elton returns with a blistering satire of the world as it fractures around us. Get ready for a roller-coaster thriller, where nothing - and no one - is off limits.
A brilliant reconstruction of an incredible journey across middle ages Europe to Egypt, and an untold story of forgotten documents and forbidden love. In a small town in Provence, people have spoken of an ancient pogrom and a hidden chest since time immemorial. Then, at the end of the 19th century, a startling collection of Jewish documents was found in a synagogue in Cairo. Stefan Hertmans has based The Convert on historical fact, and he traces the life of a distinguished Christian noblewoman who abandons her life for the love of a Jewish boy. He follows in her footsteps as they flee together, undertaking a dazzling journey full of hardship, hunted by everyone and everything. Bringing the middles ages to life with immense imagination and stylistic ingenuity, The Convert portrays a chaotic world of passion, hate, love and death, taking us from Cairo back to the small village in the Provence where Hertmans has made his home for decades.
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, ’n uitgeworpene, is oortuig dat daar niks op die aarde is om na te strewe en voor te werk nie. Dan kry hy ’n 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 ’n 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.
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.
Momo, ’n klein, verflenterde dogtertjie, woon aan die rand van ’n groot stad in die ruïne van ’n amfiteater.
Sy besit niks buiten dit wat sy vind of wat sy van ander ontvang nie, maar sy het ’n buitengewone gawe: Sy luister werklik na ander en gee vir hulle tyd. Een dag ruk die gruwelike grys menere met hulle loodgrys aktetasse en sigare in die groot stad op en begin om die kosbare tyd van die mense te steel.
Momo is die enigste een wat die donker mag van die tyddiewe kan beteuel.
'Hugely absorbing. . . the best Strike novel yet' SUNDAY MIRROR 'Highly inventive storytelling' GUARDIAN 'Outrageously entertaining' FINANCIAL TIMES 'Come for the twists and turns and stay for the beautifully drawn central relationship' INDEPENDENT 'Blistering piece of crime writing' SUNDAY TIMES 'Fans will love it' HEAT ----- When Billy, a troubled young man, comes to private eye Cormoran Strike's office to ask for his help investigating a crime he thinks he witnessed as a child, Strike is left deeply unsettled. While Billy is obviously mentally distressed, and cannot remember many concrete details, there is something sincere about him and his story. But before Strike can question him further, Billy bolts from his office in a panic. Trying to get to the bottom of Billy's story, Strike and Robin Ellacott - once his assistant, now a partner in the agency - set off on a twisting trail that leads them through the backstreets of London, into a secretive inner sanctum within Parliament, and to a beautiful but sinister manor house deep in the countryside. And during this labyrinthine investigation, Strike's own life is far from straightforward: his newfound fame as a private eye means he can no longer operate behind the scenes as he once did. Plus, his relationship with his former assistant is more fraught than it ever has been - Robin is now invaluable to Strike in the business, but their personal relationship is much, much more tricky than that . . . The most epic Robert Galbraith novel yet, LETHAL WHITE is both a gripping mystery and a page-turning next instalment in the ongoing story of Cormoran Strike and Robin Ellacott. ----- PRAISE FOR THE STRIKE SERIES: 'One of the most unique and compelling detectives I've come across in years' MARK BILLINGHAM 'The work of a master storyteller' DAILY TELEGRAPH 'Unputdownable. . . Irresistible' SUNDAY TIMES 'Will keep you up all night' OBSERVER 'A thoroughly enjoyable classic' PETER JAMES, SUNDAY EXPRESS
'An absolute masterpiece' John Boyne 'One of the most compulsive psychological mysteries since Donna Tartt's The Secret History . . . impossible to put down' The Times From one of the greatest suspense writers in the world, already lauded as 'one of the novels of 2019', comes a landmark novel of huge ambition. ________________________________________ WHAT DO WE HIDE INSIDE OURSELVES? One night changes everything for Toby. He's always led a charmed life - until a brutal attack leaves him damaged and traumatised, unsure even of the person he used to be. He seeks refuge at his family's ancestral home, the Ivy House, filled with memories of wild-strawberry summers and teenage parties with his cousins. But not long after Toby's arrival, a discovery is made: a skull, tucked neatly inside the old wych elm in the garden. As detectives begin to close in, Toby is forced to examine everything he thought he knew about his family, his past, and himself. A spellbinding standalone from a literary writer who turns the crime genre inside out, The Wych Elm asks what we become, and what we're capable of, if we no longer know who we are. ________________________________________ 'The Wych Elm should cement French's place in the first rank of great literary novelists' Observer 'This book confirms Tana French as [crime fiction's] biggest contemporary star' Guardian 'French offers a masterclass in unreliability . . . dissolving the boundaries between genre and literary fiction' Sunday Times 'To say Tana French is one of the great thriller writers is really too limiting. Rather she's simply this: a truly great writer' Gillian Flynn 'A brilliant examination of male privilege and family secrets' Guardian 'Gripping and suspenseful, with more twists than a rollercoaster, The Wych Elm is a magnificent novel' John Boyne 'Terrific - terrifying, amazing, and the prose is incandescent' Stephen King 'Her best book. Really, it is not a crime novel: as ever, Tana's scope is so much broader than that' Gillian McAllister 'Another one of her rich psychological thrillers that will work its way under your skin' Lucy Mangan, Stylist 'Tana French's best and most intricately nuanced novel yet. . . Get ready for the whiplash brought on by its final twists and turns' The New York Times 'This mystery about family, memory and the cracks in both will haunt you for a long, long time' Erin Kelly
WHAT IF YOUR PARENTS HAD BEEN LYING TO YOU SINCE THE DAY YOU WERE BORN? From the author of the THRILLING SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER DEAR AMY. Can you trust anyone? Sophia's parents lead quiet, unremarkable lives. At least that is what she's always believed. Has everyone got something to hide? Until the day she arrives at her childhood home to find a house ringing with silence. Her mother is hanging from a tree. Her father is lying in a pool of his own blood, near to death. What if the person lying to you is the one closest to you? The police are convinced it is an attempted murder-suicide. But Sophia is sure that the woman who brought her up isn't a killer. As her father is too ill to talk it is up to Sophia to clear her mother's name. And to do this she needs to delve deep into her family's past - a past full of dark secrets she never suspected were there . . . Praise for DEAR AMY 'Riveting' Sunday Times 'An accomplished psychological twister' Daily Mail 'Enthralling. The ending is brilliantly shocking' Claire Douglas, bestselling author of Last Seen Alive 'A brilliant book . . . superb' Rachel Abbott, bestselling author of The Sixth Window 'Engaging and utterly thrilling. The breath-taking finale is the most exciting and terrifying thing I have read in a very long time' Elizabeth Haynes, bestselling author of Into the Darkest Corner 'Thrilling' Sun If you thought Everything is Lies was thrilling and want other readers like you to discover this gripping read, then leave a review below . . .
In the Eastern Cape, a schoolgirl maths prodigy is haunted by the loss of her mother, who disappeared during the demise of the country’s homeland system.
When a strange apparition – “the machine” – visits the girl at night, she’s convinced it’s a sign from her mother, and connected to a series of abductions of local girls. With her two closest friends, she sets out to find the truth, exposing links to the area’s murky past.
Are her visions disturbed hallucinations to be medicated away? Or are they evidence of supernatural – perhaps even extraterrestrial – contact? Years later, as a gifted data scientist in a dystopic surveillance-state, she is drawn into a world of espionage, shadowy corporations, eco-terrorists and hackers through the love she feels for an elusive artist.
Presented as a message from the future, Masande Ntshanga’s Triangulum boldly mixes science-fiction with philosophy and details of South African history seldom examined. An affecting exploration of bereavement, sexuality and coming of age, this multilayered novel showcases a completely original talent coming into his full powers.
When Lisa's husband leaves her for Gemma - a local beautician years younger - she's upset but nowhere near as devastated as she thought she'd be. Her marriage to David hasn't been great for a long time, never helped by his constantly roving eye.Now that he's gone, Lisa and her fifteen-year-old daughter, Susan, are left on their own at home. But Susan is a complete daddy's girl and likes to spend all her weekends in his new modern apartment that Gemma owns. Susan still thinks David is the greatest father on earth and Lisa has no intention of ruining that illusion for her daughter. In addition, Susan and Gemma have a fantastic relationship. In fact Susan says, they are as close as 'sisters', and constantly refers to the fact that 'Gemma just gets her.' And, of course, Susan and Gemma Snapchat their every waking moments.But when Susan then decides to spend the whole summer with her dad and Gemma, Lisa is devastated. She needs a change, and some time for herself. With her grandmother's legacy, she decides she needs a complete change of scene, on her own, and a run down cottage in Cornwall looks like the perfect solution.At least for the summer it's a new location, new people and a project to keep her busy. Then, when she bumps into a client she's worked with but never actually met, it's like being hit by a bolt of lightning. But can she ever have what she wants most in the world, a whole new relationship with the most important person in her life - her daughter?
Cornwall is only a page away in this gorgeous, heartwarming novel - a wonderful present for Mother's Day! She arrived in the village on the spring tide and hoped to be at the heart of it, knowing its secrets and weathering its storms. It was to be a new beginning... It's springtime in the Cornish village of Pendruggan and as the community comes together to say a fond farewell to parish vicar, Simon, and his wife, Penny, a newcomer causes quite a stir... Reverand Angela Whitehorn came to Cornwall to make a difference. With her husband, Robert, by her side, she sets about making changes - but it seems not everyone is happy for her to shake things up in the small parish, and soon Angela starts to receive anonymous poison pen letters. Angela has always been one to fight back, and she has already brought a fresh wind into the village, supporting her female parishioners through good times and bad. But as the letters get increasingly more personal, Angela learns that the secrets are closer to home. With faith and friends by your side, even the most unlikely of new beginnings is possible. Praise for Fern Britton: `Incredibly atmospheric' Sun `A heartfelt novel about family secrets and atonement' Woman & Home `A book to truly lose yourself in' Sunday Times bestseller Milly Johnson
'Think Sliding Doors meets One Day . . . Is there a right person for everyone or just a right time' Red Magazine Two people. One love story. A million possibilities. ----------------------------------- They're soulmates. Ivy and Abe were inseparable as children until an accident tore them apart. Several decades later, when both are in their seventies, a chance encounter reunites them. But time is not on their side. What if they'd met in a different time and place? In another life, Ivy and Abe meet in their forties, when both are married already. Unable to resist the attraction between them, they embark on a passionate affair. In yet another, they marry young, with a bright future ahead of them - only for a dark shadow to threaten their happiness. Throughout various incarnations of their lives, they come together and go their separate ways, fall in and out of love, make or break promises. In every universe, Ivy and Abe are meant to meet. But are they meant to be? ----------------------------------- 'If you liked Jojo Moyes' Me Before You this is the perfect new read for you . . . a story for anyone who has ever wondered what if . . . ?' Woman's Weekly 'An epic love story' Araminta Hall, bestselling author of Everything and Nothing 'Beautiful, uplifting and wise. I surfaced from the last page, feeling as comforted as I was moved' Alison Macleod, Man Booker longlisted author of Unexploded If you fell in love with Ivy and Abe and want other readers to discover this epic love story, then leave a review below . . .
Hired by her enemy Yet tempted to say `I do'... Billionaire Andreas Samaras is nobody's fool. And his beautiful new employee Carrie Rivers-an undercover journalist-is playing a dangerous game. He'll keep her at his command until he can expose her deception... But when her ruse is revealed there's only one way to protect his spotless business reputation: blackmail innocent Carrie to the altar!
Little Miss Sunshine meets About a Boy in this piercingly bittersweet novel which shows how the most meaningful love can last a lifetime. Willow's mother Rosie isn't like the other mums. She's wears every colour of the rainbow, has midnight feasts, and sends Willow to school covered in paint. Meanwhile, Rex is the sort of father who checks Willow's homework, has a rule for everything, and would never dream of playing in the dirt. Now Rosie and Rex live in different places, Willow knows her mum needs her even more. But Rosie's multi-coloured way of looking at the world can be overwhelming. These days, it feels like Rosie is spinning off her axis - and taking Willow with her. As if, one day, Rosie might disappear for good. And what would happen to Willow then?
Rocco's outrageous proposition: His estranged wife will spend one final weekend in his bed! When Rocco's runaway wife asks for a divorce, the Sicilian billionaire seizes his chance! They've never discussed their painful past, but this is the perfect opportunity to get Nicole out of his system for good. He offers her a deal: if Nicole wants to move on with her life she will be his one last time!
MARIE-LAURE LIVES WITH HER FATHER in Paris near the Museum of
Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of
locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father
builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can
memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is twelve,
the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled
citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure's reclusive great-uncle
lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might
be the museum's most valuable and dangerous jewel.
Die lewenslustige Siem Sigerius is ’n briljante wiskundige, kranige judoka, rektor magnificus van die Universiteit van Enschede, en daar wink ook vir hom ’n belowende toekoms in die politiek. Sy vrou, sy pragtige, intelligente stiefdogters en ’n gemaklike, pastorale huis op die platteland voltooi die beeld van idille en sukses. Wanneer Sigerius egter agter die kap van die byl van sy stiefdogter Joni se duistere bedryf kom en sy misdadige seun boonop ook nog sy opwagting maak, dreig alles in sy idilliese bestaan om op katastrofiese wyse te ontplof. Die kaleidoskopiese sederoman Bonita Avenue verhaal die ondergang van die Sigerius-gesin teen die agtergrond van Enschede se vuurwerkramp in 2000. Peter Buwalda se debuutroman is ’n portret van ’n era wat die gaping tussen generasies op meesleurende wyse aanpak.
Things are about to go viral in Marc Dane's most dangerous adventure yet . . . Marc and his partner - former US Delta Force sniper Lucy Keyes - are pitted against their most terrifying challenge yet, when a genius bio-researcher with the ability to create a deadly biological weapon is kidnapped by a ruthless terrorist. Their desperate search for the missing scientist takes them across the world, from the desolate wilderness of Iceland to the slums of the Near East and the dark underbelly of a fracturing Europe, where they will discover a shocking atrocity in the making. Backed by shadowy interests, a cadre of hardline ultra-right-wing extremists plan to unleash a lethal virus among the population of a major European city. Only Marc Dane can prevent this devastating attack from taking place - before a whole continent is plunged into terror... Praise for the Marc Dane series: Praise for James Swallow's Marc Dane series: 'Unputdownable. A must-read' Wilbur Smith 'Britain's answer to Jason Bourne' Daily Mail 'An ultra fast paced, worldwide chase to stop a madman, while leaving the reader breathless' Choice 'Explosive' Irish Examiner 'This is edge of the seat stuff that is terrifyingly real in places' Closer 'A killer of a thriller' Weekend Sport
Bound to the Sicilian's Bed by Sharon Kendrick One final weekend in her husband's bed! After a painful past, Nicole wants a divorce. But to get her out of his system Rocco offers a deal: before moving on with her life she will be his one last time! Contracted for the Petrakis Heir by Annie West A scandalous solution to her baby bombshell...? As Alice defiantly informs Adoni Petrakis of her pregnancy, memories of his skilled touch overwhelm her! His contract to claim her is shocking-and so is realising she's inescapably in his thrall!
'A funny but also touching diary praised for its wit and realism' BBC Radio 4 Front Row The Old-But-Not-Dead Club return, in the sequel to the INTERNATIONALLY BESTSELLING The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, 83 1/4 Years Old, bringing with them some life-affirming lawlessness. Chaos will ensue as 85-year-old Hendrik Groen is determined to grow old with dignity: to rise up against the care home director. NO more bingo. NO more over-boiled vegetables. NO more health and safety. 85-year-old Hendrik Groen is fed up to his false teeth with coffee mornings and bingo. He dreams of escaping the confines of his care home and practising hairpin turns on his mobility scooter. Inspired by his fellow members of the recently formed Old-But-Not-Dead Club, he vows to put down his custard cream and commit to a spot of octogenarian anarchy. But the care home's Director will not stand for drunken bar crawls, illicit fireworks and geriatric romance on her watch. The Old-But-Not-Dead Club must stick together if they're not to go gently into that good night. Things turn more serious, however, when rumours surface that the home is set for demolition. It's up to Hendrik and the gang to stop it - or drop dead trying . . . He may be the wrong side of 85, but Hendrik Groen has no intention of slowing up - or going down without a fight. Praise for Hendrik Groen 'A story with a great deal of heart, it pulled me in with its self-deprecating humour, finely drawn characters and important themes. Anyone who hopes to grow old with dignity will have much to reflect on' Graeme Simsion 'There are many laughs in this book but it's so much more than just a comedy. It's a story about how friendship, selflessness and dignity lie at the heart of the human experience. When I'm an old man, I want to be Hendrik Groen' John Boyne 'I laughed until I cried and then laughed and cried some more' David Suchet 'Thoughtful, anxious and gruff... Laced with humour' The Best New Fiction Mail on Sunday 'Amusing [and] wickedly accurate' ***** FIVE STARS Sunday Express 'Highly entertaining ... a fiction so closely based on the observation of real life that it is utterly convincing' Daily Express 'Full of off-beat charm and quirky characters' Cathy Rentzenbrink, Stylist 'Hendrik pens an expose of his care home. This geriatric Adrian Mole made me laugh and think. Terrific' Fanny Blake, Woman and Home
The first ever story collection from the inimitable Lionel Shriver `Genius' Stylist `Phenomenal' Observer `Brilliant' The Times This landmark publication, the first collection of stories from a master of the form, explores the idea of "property" in both senses of the word: real estate, and stuff. These sharp, brilliantly imaginative pieces illustrate how our possessions act as proxies for ourselves, and how tussles over ownership articulate the power dynamics of our relationships. In Shriver's world, we may possess people and objects and places, but in turn they possess us. In the stunning novella "The Standing Chandelier" (`a brutal treat': Daily Mail), a woman with a history of attracting other women's antagonism creates a deeply personal wedding present for her best friend and his wife-to-be. In "Domestic Terrorism," a thirty-something son refuses to leave home, resulting in a standoff that renders him a Millennial cause celebre. In "The ChapStick," a middle-aged man subjugated by service to his elderly father discovers that the last place you should finally assert yourself is airport security. In "Vermin," an artistic Brooklyn couple's purchase of a ramshackle house destroys their once passionate relationship. In "The Subletter," two women, both foreign conflict junkies, fight over claim to a territory that doesn't belong to either. This immensely readable collection showcases the biting insight that has made Lionel Shriver one of the most acclaimed authors of our time, described by the Sunday Times as `a brilliant writer' with `a strong, clear and strangely seductive voice'.
A masterpiece of black humour from the renown comic and acclaimed author of `At Swim-Two-Birds' - Flann O'Brien. A thriller, a hilarious comic satire about an archetypal village police force, a surrealistic vision of eternity, the story of a tender, brief, unrequited love affair between a man and his bicycle, and a chilling fable of unending guilt, `The Third Policeman' is comparable only to `Alice in Wonderland' as an allegory of the absurd. Distinguished by endless comic invention and its delicate balancing of logic and fantasy, `The Third Policeman' is unique in the English language.
'Recursion takes mind-twisting premises and embeds them in a deeply emotional story about time and loss and grief and most of all, the glory of the human heart' Gregg Hurwitz, international bestselling author of Orphan X
A breathtaking exploration of memory and what it means to be human, Recursion is the follow-up novel to the smash-hit thriller, Dark Matter, by Blake Crouch.
What if someone could rewrite your entire life?
‘My son has been erased.’
Those are the last words the woman tells Barry Sutton before she leaps from the Manhattan rooftop.
Deeply unnerved, Barry begins to investigate her death only to learn that this wasn’t an isolated case. All across the country, people are waking up to lives different from the ones they fell asleep to. Are they suffering from False Memory Syndrome, a mysterious, new disease that afflicts people with vivid memories of a life they never lived? Or is something far more sinister behind the fracturing of reality all around him?
Miles away, neuroscientist Helena Smith is developing a technology that allows us to preserve our most intense memories and relive them. If she succeeds, anyone will be able to re-experience a first kiss or the birth of a child.
Barry’s search for the truth leads him on an impossible, astonishing journey as he discovers that Helena’s work has yielded a terrifying gift . . .
'A fantastic read' Andy Weir, Number one New York Times bestselling author of The Martian
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