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Discover our new Picador Classic books

Discover our new Picador Classic books

The Picador Classic series gives you a chance to read (or reread) some of the best work in literature. 

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Helen Lederer

Helen Lederer

The laugh-out-loud debut novel from one of Britain's best-loved comediennes.

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The next Gone Girl

The next Gone Girl

Rachel Teller and her husband David appear happy, prosperous and fulfilled. The big house, the successful business... They have everything. When Rachel kills a man in a hit and run, the meticulously maintained veneer over their life begins to crack.

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You Are Here

You Are Here

A visually stunning tour of Earth from Commander Chris Hadfield, taken from the International Space Station.

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Lamentation

Lamentation

Lawyer-detective Matthew Shardlake is summoned to Whitehall Palace and asked for help by his old patron, the now beleaguered and desperate Queen...

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News and events

21.01.2015
The series will air on the BBC in Spring 2015
New editions of the first two books in Winston Graham's much-loved series, Ross Poldark and Demelza, will be published in February.
07.02.2015
Come and enjoy an audience with Ann Cleeves, the bestselling crime writer of the Shetlands series. Ann will be discussing her latest book Thin Air.

Location:  Central Library, Prince Georg Square, South Shields, NE33 2PE
Date: 07.02.2015
Time:  02:00 pm
Price:  Tickets FREE to library members £2 to non members
12.02.2015
Shadows of the Apt series writer, Adrian Tchaikovsky, will be signing copies of his new standalone novel, Guns of Dawn.
Location:  Forbidden Planet, 179 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8JR
Date: 12.02.2015
Time:  06:00 pm
Price:  FREE

History books

Join our history team for the latest historical fiction and non-fiction history books, have a beer with Shakespeare, walk the streets of medieval York and put your knowledge to the test (or learn something new) with our monthly history buff quiz. 

On The Trail of History for Edge of Eternity

The first of a series of videos following bestselling author Ken Follett as he travels to the States to research his epic novel, Edge of Eternity. From the cold war and the fight for civil rights to teenage rebellion on the streets of swinging Sixties London the book is a tale of the fight for individual freedom in a world gripped by the mightiest clash of superpowers it has ever seen.

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Books on business

Whether you're a high-flying entrepreneur or thinking about going it alone with a start-up, these tips from business leaders and contemporary thinkers will help you on your way.

Adults' books

Crime and thriller
Historical
Lifestyle
Science fiction and fantasy
DI Jessica Daniel is not having a good week. Her wallet's been nicked, the refurbished incident room is already falling apart, and a new constable is driving her crazy. A student's body has been dumped in a wheelie bin at the back of a university building, with a vague link to an Olympic medallist and a theory that it could have been an induction which went wrong. 
Despite their differences, sisters Viann and Isabelle have always been close.  But when the Second World War strikes, the sisters' relationship and strength is tested. With life changing in unbelievably horrific ways, Viann and Isabelle will find themselves facing frightening situations and responding in ways they never thought possible.
Two brothers from the same criminal family die within hours of each other, five miles apart, one on the edge of a Newcastle industrial estate. Who wanted them dead? Will they kill again? Investigating these brutal and bloody killings leads DCI Kate Daniels to break some rules, putting her career as well as her life on the line.
Cressida Felbridge is living the high life as a debutante in 1960s London society when she is courted by a friend of her brother's and set to marry. But as soon as she meets the painter Ralph Few, Cressie knows her life will never be the same again. Soon, she is deeply in love with Ralph, but there is one problem: Ralph is still married to Catherine... and Catherine will not give up Ralph that easily.
Terrorists are threatening to sabotage Britain's nuclear power plants. One nuclear explosive smuggled inside a reactor would turn the entire core into a massive atom bomb... and bring death and disease to millions of people for centuries to come. Slick superspy Max Flynn is briefed to crack the code - but can he beat the deadline before Angel strikes?
Military CID investigator John Puller has returned from his latest case to learn that his brother, Robert, once a major in the United States Air Force and an expert in nuclear weaponry and cyber-security, has escaped from the Army's most secure prison. John does not know for sure the true nature of Robert's crimes, nor if he's even guilty. Which comes first: loyalty to his country, or to his brother?
Archaeologist, spy, Arabist, linguist, author, poet, photographer, mountaineer and nation builder, Gertrude Bell was born in 1868 into a world of privilege and plenty, but she turned her back on all that for her passion for the Arab peoples, becoming the architect of the independent kingdom of Iraq and seeing its first king Faisal safely onto the throne in 1921. Queen of the Desert is her story.
In The Birth of the Pill, Jonathan Eig tells the extraordinary story of how, prompted by women's rights campaigner Margaret Sanger, and then funded by the wealthy widow and philanthropist Katharine McCormick; Gregory Pincus invented a drug that would stop women ovulating. With the support of John Rock, a Catholic doctor from Boston, he succeeded. Together, these four determined men and women changed the world.
The heartbreaking diary of a sixteen-year-old Russian high school student who was living in Leningrad during the Nazi siege that began in 1941. Lena was worrying about her homework and whether Vova, the boy she liked, liked her. Like a good Soviet schoolgirl, she was diligently learning German, the language of Russia's Nazi ally. Then Hitler broke his pact with Stalin and declared war on the Soviet Union.
The third volume of Peter Ackroyd's magisterial six-part History of England, taking readers from the accession of the first Stuart king, James I, to the overthrow of his grandson, James II.
The little old lady is back! This time, Martha Andersson and her friends have left behind their dreary care home in Stockholm and are enjoying the bright lights of Las Vegas.They're up to their old tricks and with ingenious tactics, a pair of false teeth and a wheelchair each, they plot to outwit the security system at one of the casinos.
In Paleo Every Day, Pete Evans shares his favourite recipes for good health and vitality. Inspired by a 'paleo' way of eating, these are the meals he cooks for his family every day, featuring loads of fresh veggies, nuts and seeds, sustainable seafood and meat, and free of gluten, sugar and dairy.
Riley MacPherson is returning to her childhood home in North Carolina. A place that holds cherished memories. While clearing out the house she finds a box of old newspaper articles - and a shocking family secret begins to unravel.
In today's busy world, finding physical and mental space for peace and calm amidst the competing demands of work, family and friends can be a challenge. Mindfulness is a simple and powerful practice that can help you cut through the noise and reclaim tranquillity, wherever you are.
The $100 Startup is your manual to a new way of living. You no longer need to work nine-to-five in a big company to pay the mortgage, send your kids to school and afford that yearly holiday. You can quit the rat race and start up on your own - and you don't need an MBA or a huge investment to do it.
The super-fresh new science of how the brain learns. Filled with powerful wisdom, stories and practical tips, it gets to the very heart of the learning process; and gives us the keys to reach our very fullest potential in every walk of life. 
This is the first book in a high-octane trilogy set in Asher's popular Polity universe. Thorvald Spear wakes in hospital, where he finds he's been brought back from the dead. What's more, he died in a human vs. alien war which ended a whole century ago. But when he relives his traumatic final moments, he finds the spark to keep on living. That spark is vengeance. 
Irene is a professional spy for the mysterious Library, which harvests fiction from different realities. And along with her enigmatic assistant Kai, she's posted to an alternative London. Their mission - to retrieve a dangerous book. But when they arrive, it's already been stolen. London's underground factions seem prepared to fight to the very death to find her book.
Cash-strapped, working for agencies and living in shared accommodation, Stephanie Booth feels she can fall no further. So when she takes a new room at the right price, she believes her luck has finally turned. But 82 Edgware Road is not what it appears to be...
This is book two in a fast-moving epic trilogy of betrayal, conspiracy and empire. The Annurian Empire's ruling family must be vigilant, as the conspiracy against them deepens. Having discovered her father's assassin, Adare flees the Dawn Palace in search of allies. But few trust her, until she seems marked by the people's goddess in an ordeal of flame.
The classic, bestselling novel that launched James Herbert's career with a glow-in-the-dark cover.

For millions of years man and rats have been natutal enemies. But now for the first time, the balance of power has shifted...
The Emperor has been murdered, leaving the Annurian Empire in turmoil. Now his progeny must prepare to unmask a conspiracy. His son Valyn, training for the empire's deadliest fighting force, hears the news an ocean away. And after several 'accidents' and a dying soldier's warning, he realises his life is also in danger...

Children's books

Picture books
Baby and toddler
7 - 9 year olds
Teenagers
Poor Mouse! He's just about to tuck into a sandwich, when who should swoop in but Seagull - and gobbles it up. Mouse's crisps aren't safe either ... what a greedy and ill-mannered bird he is! But Mouse has a fiendish trick up his sleeve, which just might cure Seagull of his thieving ways...
It's Bear's birthday and Squirrel wants to give his friend the best birthday present ever. But what do you give the bear who has everything? Squirrel has just the answer! A stick. Except it's so much more than a stick...
Jake ('The Pain') and Abigail ('The Great One') may be brother and sister, but they don't always see eye to eye! Whether they are riding bikes, getting their hair cut or throwing parties, there's always something for them to argue about. But despite their disagreements, this pair are always there for each other, sharing in the fun!
Meet a cat who is the king of his house, until something terrible happens! Someone else arrives and they are dribbly and disgusting. Will King Cat ever get used to having a dog around?
Ellen gets a big shock when her double appears out of the bathroom mirror, but Mirror-Belle is a double with a difference! She is a princess, and a mischievous one at that. She is sure that Ellen's chicken pox is actually dragon pox - and she is full of ideas about how to make the spots disappear.
When everyone has left the house in the morning, the bath toys spring into action and head off on exciting adventures in their magical flying bath!
Lewis Carroll's Wonderland characters are as fresh and engaging as the day he dreamt them up. Alice in Wonderland: Down the Rabbit Hole book and CD pack, for young readers, is a glorious introduction to Alice's magical universe from bestselling illustrator Eric Puybaret. 
A pop-up jungle book from the creator of Dear Zoo. Turn the pages to find out who else is hiding in the jungle, and see if you can spot all the animals. But watch out -- there's a really big surprise at the end!
Complete with a carry handle and postcards to send, this sticker activity book is the ideal companion on a trip to London, or for any child to enjoy the excitement of the big city. Packed with activities from colouring to imagining your own exhibit at the Natural History Museum, it promises to keep young children very busy while they find out about London's landmarks. 
Poor old Fox has lost his socks -- can you help him find them? Are they in the kitchen or under the stairs? Are they inside the clock or hidden in a chest? Lift the flaps and find out! From the award-winning creators of The Gruffalo.
A novelty board book about ice skating for children with tabs, turns and twisting mechanisms. Pull tabs and spin wheels to watch them turn from slippery beginners into gliding stars of the ice show! 
Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len have a cunning plan to steal the farmer's fine prize cow. But the tiniest, quietest creature on the farm has a plan of her own - and now YOU can help her save the day! Play along as you read the story.
Follow Andy and Terry's crazy adventures in the WORLD'S BEST treehouse! It's got a giant catapult, a secret underground laboratory, a tank of man-eating sharks and a marshmallow machine that follows you around and shoots marshmallows into your mouth whenever you're hungry! 
First published by Macmillan in 1907, this charming miniature edition of Carroll's classic tale is specially abridged for younger readers, a sixth of the length of the original 1865 edition. It features 32 brightly coloured illustrations by Sir John Tenniel, uniquely featuring Alice in a red dress.
Who needs friends when you've got MONSTERS? Nelson stumbles across a machine designed to extract the 7 deadly sins, the machine had a fault - once extracted, the sins became living, breathing monsters who would then follow the sinner around for eternity.
The fifth book in the outstanding My Big Fat Zombie Goldfishseries - containing two funny (fishy) tales with laugh-out-loud cartoon illustrations! 
Fredegonda, Goneril, and Drusilla are Great Hagges, much more important and much rarer than regular old hags. They think that ghosts these days are decidedly lacking and that people haven't been scared of ghosts for years. So one day they decide that something needs to change - it's time for these ghosts to learn a thing or two about being scary.
Still the bravest, freshest, fruitiest and most honest account of first love, first sex and first heartbreak ever written for teens. It was a book ahead of its time - and remains, after forty years in print, a teenage bestseller. Now with a brand-new cover look.
Maddy Spier has been in love with the boy next door forever. As his figure-skating partner she spends time in his arms every day. But she's also seen his arms around other girls. Gabe can't imagine skating with anyone but Maddy and they have a real chance at winning some serious gold medals. So he's determined to keep thinking of her like a sister. After all, he's never had a romantic relationship that lasted for more than two weeks.

Paige doesn't think she's particularly special, but after getting the starring role in a massive film adaptation of the bestselling Locked trilogy, the rest of the world would disagree. Paige knows it's a mistake to fall in love on the set of a movie, but days of on-screen romance and intensity start to change her mind. Can she keep what happens behind the scenes a secret when the world is watching her every move?
Ada is back in the sequel to the award-winning Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse Preparations for the Ghastly-Gorm Garden Party and bake-off are under way. Celebrity cooks are arriving at the hall for the big event and, true to form, Maltravers, the indoor gamekeeper, is acting suspiciously. ..
Cath has always buried herself in the romantic fan fiction she writes, but at university she finds there's more to learn about love than in her books...

Special collector's edition with limited edition Emergency Dance Party print, coloured edges and ribbon marker.