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The new novel in the Vera Stanhope series

The new novel in the Vera Stanhope series

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The Clifton Chronicles continue....

The Clifton Chronicles continue....

Mightier than the Sword opens with an IRA bomb exploding during the MV Buckingham's maiden voyage across the Atlantic - but how many passengers lose their lives?

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The Bones of You

The Bones of You

When eighteen-year-old Rosie Anderson disappears, the idyllic village where she lived will never be the same again. Who could possibly want to harm her? And why?

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News and events

The cover of Pope Francis' first book is revealed
The cover of Pope Francis' first book, The Name of God is Mercy, has been revealed today.
Cartoonist Rupert Fawcett will be at Manchester Selfridges this December, signing copies of the brilliantly true to life cartoon series, Off The Leash: It's a Dog's Life. Fine art prints of his drawings will also be available.
Location:  Selfridges, Trafford Centre, Manchester, M17 8DA
Date: 05.12.2015
Price:  Free
Come and meet the man himself at Jarrold, Norwich, this December. Brian Blessed will be loud and laughing, and signing copies of his memoir, Absolute Pandemonium. 
Location:  Jarrold, Lower Ground Books Department, 1-11 London St, Norwich, NR2 1JF
Date: 01.12.2015
Price:  Free

History books

Recommendations of the best historical fiction and non-fiction history books and the inside scoop from authors.

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Joe Wicks, otherwise known as The Body Coach on Instagram, gets a grilling from me about his anti-fad attitude to eating and diet - he even reckons I can eat BURGERS!

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Adults' books

Crime and thriller
Sci-fi and Fantasy
One Fugitive. A deadly conspiracy. No rules.
A security van sets off for Durham prison, a disgraced Special Branch officer in the back. It never arrives. On route it is hijacked by armed men, the prisoner sprung. Suspended from duty on suspicion of aiding and abetting the audacious escape of his former boss, Detective Sergeant Matthew Ryan is locked out of the investigation.
Joyce Mildmay's life is torn apart when her husband Charlie is killed in a tragic yachting accident and Joyce is left to raise their three children by herself. Six months later a mysterious letter arrives on her doorstep which turns her world upside down. The letter is from Charlie, delivered belatedly in the event of his death, and contains a sinister warning that Joyce's father and the family business is not as it seems...
Jason Green's life is changed for good after he is saved from a mugging by crime boss, Harry Irwell. He is then drawn into Manchester's notorious underworld, but Jason isn't a casual thug. He has a life plan that doesn't involve blowing his money on the usual trappings. That is until a woman walks into his life offering the one thing that money can't buy – salvation.
Grace Scott returns from honeymoon with her new husband, Mac, to find a man lying dead in their new Edinburgh flat. They don't know who he is or where he's come from. Then, three months later, Grace finds a note tucked inside one of the wedding gifts which sends her on a journey to discover what really happened in her flat.
When Lynn Pierce's boyfriend dies after a routine surgery, she's convinced that there's more to the story than what the authorities are willing to reveal. Lynn uses all her resources – including her initially reluctant lab partner, Edward – to hunt down evidence of medical error or malpractice. What she uncovers, however, is far more disturbing...
Fifteen-year-old Clara Dolan's world is blown apart following the death of her mother. Battling to keep what remains of her family together, Clara vows to protect her younger siblings, Bernadette and Henry, from danger, whatever the cost. Sinking further into an existence defined by murder and betrayal, Clara soon realizes that success often comes at a very high price.
Using diaries and reports written in ghettos and camps, David Ceserani's follows the Jews' journey to the 'Displaced Persons' camps; camps which have so often been merely a footnote in the story but where Jews languished behind barbed wire for years after 'liberation'. Resting on decades of scholarship, this moving and dramatic account is compelling, authoritative, and profoundly disturbing.

The eternally fascinating story of Ernest Hemingway and his love for two women, told by his great friend and final confidante. To protect the feelings of Ernest's wife – Mary, also a close friend – Hotch held back, keeping the conversations to himself for decades. Now, for the first time, he tells the whole story, mostly in Hemingway's own words. Hemingway in Love is the intimate and repentantly candid chapter missing from the definitive biography of a literary giant.

This page-turning epic account of the career of President Ronald Reagan tells the vivid story of his rise to power, and the forces of evil that conspired to bring him down. Just two months into his presidency, Ronald Reagan lay near death after a gunman's bullet came within inches of his heart. His recovery was nothing short of remarkable... But Reagan was grievously injured, forcing him to encounter a challenge that few men ever face.
Frank Sinatra was one of the most influential entertainers the world had ever seen. He was also one of the most complex - generous, a loyal friend, a champion of causes, a devoted son and father, unpredictable, a loud-mouthed tough guy and a womaniser. What drove the skinny kid with a voice and a dream from an Italian neighbourhood in New Jersey to become an international superstar and one of the most important cultural figures of the twentieth century?
Howard Marks is the most famous drug smuggler of his age. On his release from one of America's toughest prisons, Howard made a promise to himself to go straight. It didn't quite work out that way. It wasn't long before Howard found himself trying pure ecstasy and rubbing shoulders with some of the king-pins of the pill trade. As Britons descended on Ibiza ahead of one of the greatest summers of the nineties, Howard was preparing for his most outrageous operation yet.
The Kray twins were Britain's most notorious gangsters, ruling London's underworld for more than a decade. Compiled from a series of interviews with Fred Dinenage from behind prison walls, Our Story is the classic account that explodes the myths surrounding the Kray twins. In their own words they tell the full story of their brutal career of crime and their years behind bars.
Peter O'Toole was supremely talented, a unique leading man and one of the most charismatic and unpredictable actors of his generation. With the help of exclusive interviews with colleagues and close friends, Peter O'Toole: The Definitive Biography paints the first complete picture of this much loved man and reveals what drove him to extremes. But it also describes a man who was fiercely intelligent, with a great sense of humour and huge energy. 
Anna Browne is an ordinary woman living an ordinary life. But someone thinks Anna Browne deserves more... When a parcel addressed to Anna Browne arrives, she has no idea who has sent it. Inside she finds a beautiful gift - one that is designed to be seen. And so begins a series of incredible deliveries, each one bringing Anna further out of the shadows and encouraging her to become the woman she was destined to be. But who is sending the mysterious gifts, and why?
In the summer of 2010, photographer Brandon Stanton began an ambitious project -to single-handedly create a photographic census of New York City. Humans of New York: Stories presents a whole new group of humans, complete with stories that delve deeper and surprise with greater candour. Let Brandon Stanton and the people he's photographed astonish you.
In Furiously Happy, Jenny Lawson explores her lifelong battle with mental illness. A hysterical, ridiculous book about crippling depression and anxiety? That sounds like a terrible idea. And terrible ideas are what Jenny does best. As Jenny says: 'You can't experience pain without also experiencing the baffling and ridiculous moments of being fiercely, unapologetically, intensely and (above all) furiously happy.' It's a philosophy that has - quite literally - saved her life.
Set against the dramatic backdrop of the American Civil War, Margaret Mitchell's magnificent historical epic is an unforgettable tale of love and loss, of a nation mortally divided and a people forever changed. Above all, it is the story of beautiful, ruthless Scarlett O'Hara and the dashing soldier of fortune, Rhett Butler.
Irene Kelly was brought up in poverty and abused by her mammy from an early age. But home life was still better than the time she spent in one of Dublin's industrial orphanages. As an adult those experiences haunted Irene. When she fell in love with Matt, they moved to England for a new start - they wanted their daughter Jennifer to have a better life. But in trying to protect her by hiding their past they only succeeded in pushing her away. Until, one day, Irene had a phone call from Ireland that changed everything...
Thorvald Spear wakes in hospital, having been brought back from the dead. He died in a human vs. alien war that ended a century ago. Spear had been trapped on a planet, surrounded by alien Prador forces, when he spotted a rescue ship. Yet he and his entire squad were killed by the ship's Artificial Intelligence, Penny Royal, which turned rogue. Now, reliving these traumatic final moments, Spear finds the drive to keep on living. The AI still roams free and Spear vows to destroy it.
The father's world went to hell two years ago. His four-year-old daughter was snatched from his garden when he should have been watching. The moments before her disappearance play in a perpetual loop in his mind. But the police aren't interested; amidst floods, hurricanes and global chaos, who cares about one more missing child? Now it's all down to him to find her, him alone...
When the Empire of Masks conquers her island home, criminalizes her customs, and murders one of her Fathers, Baru vows to hide her hate, join the Empire's civil service, and claw her way up enough rungs of power to put a stop to the Emperor's influence and set her people free. She is sent as an imperial agent to distant Aurdwynn and soon discovers Aurdwynn is a complex and secretive country, seemingly on the brink of rebellion. All it would need is a match to the tinder...

When images of a lost civilization are 'dreamed' by a self-proclaimed prophet of the age, Nigel Sheldon, inventor of wormhole technology and creator of the Commonwealth society, is asked to investigate. Especially as the dreams seem to be coming from the Void - a mysterious area of living space monitored and controlled because of its hugely destructive capabilities. But when Nigel crash lands inside the Void, on a planet he didn't even know existed, he finds far more than he expected...
The 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. Unknown to Adare, her brother Valyn has fallen in with forces mustering at the empire's borders. The terrible choices facing each of them could make war between them inevitable.
In these stories, glistening icebergs float above urban horizons; a burning stag runs wild through the city; the ruins of industry emerge unsteadily from the sea; and the abandoned generations in a decayed space-elevator look not up at the stars but down at the Earth. 
Agnieszka loves her valley home, her quiet village, the forests and the bright shining river. Her people rely on the cold, driven wizard known only as the Dragon to keep the powers of the corrupted Wood at bay. But the Dragon demands a terrible price for his help: one young woman handed over to serve him for ten years, a fate almost as terrible as falling to the Wood.

Children's books

Picture Books
Alice In Wonderland
7 - 9 year olds
Chris Riddell's Doodle-A-Day features 366 illustration prompts, tips and artwork from award-winning illustrator Riddell, which will have you doodling every day for a year. There are patterns to finish, seasons to celebrate, room to draw your lunch, mood, pets, family and friends, big drawings and tiny pictures.
Rabbit borrows a book about wolves from the library. He can't put it down! But soon a sinister figure with sharp claws and a bushy tail starts to creep right off the pages. You won't believe your eyes - but if you're a rabbit, you probably should.
Frankie and his parents live a quiet life. Frankie's dad reads for hours in silence. His mum sits upstairs with the crossword. But when Frankie decides to learn the trumpet, everything begins to change. Not only can Frankie hear the sounds he makes -- he can see and smell them too!
Join award-winning Axel Scheffler, Emily Gravett, Chris Riddell many more bestselling illustrators in this brilliant, bumper drawing and colouring book. The theme of the book is creatures and each page is packed with monkeys and monsters, dinosaurs and dragons, big cats and little cats - and everything in-between!
Meet a determined little spider who can't seem to spin a perfect web. Whoosh goes the wind as it blows each web away! But one thing Walter can spin is spectacular shapes and one day he spins the most spectacular shape of all! It's better than perfect - it's a truly wonderful web.
Join a well-known witch and her a cat, plus a dog a frog and a bird, in this brilliant chunky jigsaw book, which is perfect for little hands. It contains five simple and colourful puzzles featuring the witch and all her animal friends. A brilliant novelty format from the bestselling creators of The Gruffalo.
With a new foreword from Phillip Pullman, this stunning anniversary hardback book reproduces every word of Carroll's masterpiece and its famous sequel, Through the Looking-Glass. Beautifully reproduced colour versions of Sir John Tenniel's originals, and coloured by Harry Theaker.
In What Would Alice Do?, a handy, pocket-sized volume, are the pithiest quotations from the White Rabbit, the Mad Hatter, the Queen of Hearts and, of course, the irrepressible Alice, every one of them pertinent today . . . and guaranteed to put a Cheshire grin on your face! 
The Nursery Alice, originally published by Macmillan & Co. in 1890, was the very first colour edition of Alice. It was intended, wrote Carroll, "to be read by Children aged from Nought to Five. To be read? Nay, not so! Say rather to be thumbed, to be cooed over, to be dogs'-eared, to be rumpled, to be kissed . . ."
A glorious introduction to Alice's magical universe for young readers from bestselling illustrator Eric Puybaret. Puybaret's jewel-like illustrations perfectly capture the wit and whimsy of Wonderland. Fresh, modern and gloriously colourful.
Gloriously illustrated with the original line drawings by John Tenniel, plates coloured by John Macfarlane, a ribbon marker and a foreword by Hilary McKay, this beautiful hardback edition of Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, which was first published by Macmillan in 1865.
First published by Macmillan in 1907, this charming miniature edition of Carroll's classic tale is specially abridged for younger readers. It features 32 brightly coloured illustrations by Sir John Tenniel, uniquely featuring Alice in a red dress. 
Tumble down the rabbit hole and discover Alice's world of wonder, then complete the Wonderland scenes, magical beyond your wildest dreams! Use over three hundred stickers to set the table for the Mad Hatter's tea party and join in the Queen of Hearts' croquet match.
Alice's second adventure takes her through the looking-glass to a place even curiouser than Wonderland. She finds herself caught up in the great looking-glass chess game and sets off to become a queen. It isn't as easy as she expects: at every step she is hindered by nonsense characters who crop up and insist on reciting poems. 
People are flocking to Ghastly-Gorm Hall from far and wide to compete in Lord Goth's Literary Dog Show. But there's something strange going on at Ghastly-Gorm - mysterious footprints, howls in the night and some suspiciously chewed shoes. Can Ada, the Attic Club and their new friends the Vicarage sisters (Charlotte, Emily and Anne) work out what's going on before the next full moon?
A beautiful Macmillan Classics edition of Rudyard Kipling's well-loved collection of animal tales, Just So Stories. Including 'How the Whale Got His Throat', 'How the Camel Got His Hump', 'How the Rhinoceros Got His Skin', 'How the Leopard Got His Spots', and 'The Elephant's Child'. A truly special gift to treasure.
When Gem moves into The House Next Door, Nona and Belinda think she's stuck up and vow to have nothing to do with her. But the beautiful Japanese doll in her window soon attracts their attention. They name her Little Plum - but unlike Nona's Japanese dolls, Miss Happiness and Miss Flower, Little Plum seems sad, unloved and uncared for. Will the three girls - and the three dolls - ever become friends?
Spooky Poems is a collection of scary poems about ghosts, ghouls, bats, witches, vampires and all things creepy - by bestselling children's poets Brian Moses and James Carter.
At a medieval re-enactment event, some-fin very weird starts going on. One of the knights is acting very suspiciously... and Tom is sure he's seen his evil big brother's vampire kitten lurking around. Can Pradeep and Tom work out what Mark is up to without revealing Frankie's secret zombie skills?
After being plucked from obscurity, Hollywood's newest It girl, Paige Townsen, has a blockbuster film to her name and Rainer Devon on her arm. But being half of the world's most famous couple comes with a price. Soon Paige finds herself dodging photographers, hiding her feelings for her other co-star, Jordan Wilder, and weathering tabloid scandals that threaten to tear her and Rainer apart – and end her career as quickly as it began.
When Lo-Melkhiin arrives at Scheherazade's desert home, she knows that he will take her beautiful sister for a wife. Desperate to save her sister from certain death, she makes the ultimate sacrifice - leaving home and family behind to live with a fearful man. But it seems that a strange magic flows between her and Lo-Melkhiin, and night after night, she survives. Finding power in storytelling, the words she speaks are given strange life of their own...
Simon Snow just wants to relax and savour his last year at the Watford School of Magicks, but no one will let him. His girlfriend broke up with him, his best friend is a pest and his mentor keeps trying to hide him away in the mountains where maybe he'll be safe. When you're the most powerful magician the world has ever known, you never get to relax and savour anything.
One mysterious death on the Ultimate Bushcraft adventure holiday is tragic, but a second, then a third is suspicious... But who can you trust when everyone around you is a suspect? As numbers dwindle, the chances of survival plummet. Staying alive has never seemed so guilty. Nobody is safe...
Lily Proctor has made it back to her own universe, and it's finally time for her and Rowan to be happy and relax. Unfortunately, Lillian, ruthless ruler of the 13 Cities, is not willing to let Lily go that easily. Lily is the closest version of herself she's ever seen in all her worldwalking, and Lillian's running out of time. If she can't persuade Lily and Rowan to return to her world, she'll have to find a way to make them come back.
Princess Mia is engaged to be married, but since when in Mia's life did anything go to plan?! Mia has a scandal of majestic proportions to contend with: Her grandmother's leaked "fake" wedding plans to the press that could cause even normally calm Michael to become a runaway groom. Worse, a scheming politico is trying to force Mia's father from the throne, all because of a royal secret that could leave Genovia without a monarch.