Blackadder: the complete collected series.,
The complete soundtracks of all four Blackadder TV series plus over 3 hours of specials and extras, including previously unreleased material.
Fate of the fallen, Ellery Adams and Elizabeth Lockard
Cooper Lee and her friends in the Hope Street Bible Study Group are enjoying a glorious summer day in the park, complete with picnic, hiking, swimming, and a local bluegrass band. But Cooper knows that no good day goes unpunished, and when a man turns up dead in the nearby woods–and the sister of Cooper's fiancé is named as the prime suspect–the group may have to trade in their prayers of thanks for pleas of divine intervention.
To wager her heart, Tamera Alexander
Set against the real history of Nashville's Belle Meade Plantation and the original Fisk University Jubilee Singers ensemble, To Wager Her Heart is a stirring love story about seeking justice and restoring honour at a time in American history when both were tenuous and hard-won. With fates bound by a shared tragedy, a reformed gambler from the Colorado Territory and a Southern Belle bent on breaking free from society's expectations must work together to achieve their dreams–provided the truth doesn't tear them apart first. Sylas Rutledge, new owner of the Northeast Line Railroad, invests everything he has into this new venture, partly for the sake of the challenge. But mostly to clear his father's name.
New life stories, David Attenborough
The complete second BBC Radio 4 series written and presented by Sir David Attenborough featuring all 20 episodes about some of the strangest insects and creatures from around the world. One of the nation's most popular presenters examines twenty marvels of the natural world from his extraordinary and pioneering experiences.
Nevertheless: a memoir, Alec Baldwin
One of the most accomplished and outspoken actors today chronicles the highs and lows of his life in this beautifully written, candid memoir. Over the past three decades, Alec Baldwin has established himself as one of Hollywood's most gifted, hilarious, and controversial leading men. Throughout Nevertheless, one constant emerges: the fearlessness that defines and drives Baldwin's life. Told with his signature candor, astute observational savvy, and devastating wit, Nevertheless reveals an Alec Baldwin we have never fully seen before.
The great space case: a mystery about astronomy, Lynda Beauregard
It's Space Week at Camp Dakota! The first team to answer three astronomy riddles will get to attend a top secret "big event." With space ace Angie leading them, team Astro Explorers is a shoo-in for first place. So why is team Star Troopers solving the riddles first? The Astro Explorers had better think fast if they want the big prize. Look in the back of the book for experiments and more to help you become a science detective too!
The prisoner: a John Wells novel, Alex Berenson
To unmask a CIA mole, John Wells must resume his old undercover identity as an al Qaeda jihadi–and hope he can survive it–in this cutting-edge novel from the #1 New York Times-bestselling author. It is the most dangerous mission of John Wells's career. Evidence is mounting that someone high up in the CIA is doing the unthinkable–passing messages to ISIS, alerting them to planned operations. Finding out the mole's identity without alerting him, however, will be very hard, and to accomplish it,
Apostle: travels among the tombs of the twelve, Tom Bissell
A profound and moving journey into the heart of Christianity that explores the mysterious and often paradoxical lives and legacies of the Twelve Apostles–a book both for those of the faith and for others who seek to understand Christianity from the outside in. Written with warmth, empathy, and rare acumen, Apostle is a brilliant synthesis of travel writing, biblical history, and a deep, lifelong relationship with Christianity. The result is an unusual, erudite, and at times hilarious book–a religious, intellectual, and personal adventure fit for believers, scholars, and wanderers alike.
Happy: why more or less everything is absolutely fine, Derren Brown
Everyone says they want to be happy. But that's much more easily said than done. What does being happy actually mean? And how do you even know when you feel it? Across the millennia, philosophers have thought long and hard about happiness. They have defined it in many different ways and come up with myriad strategies for living the good life. Drawing on this vast body of work, in Happy Derren Brown explores changing concepts of happiness - from the surprisingly modern wisdom of the Stoics and Epicureans in classical times right up until today, when the self-help industry has attempted to claim happiness as its own.
Head of the dragon, Ryk Brown
Time is running out. An ally has all but fallen. Resources are running low. The time for attack has come … The Alliance must strike deep into the heart of the empire. This time, the Aurora will be going home, or going to her grave.
The rings of haven, Ryk Brown
A ship stranded halfway across the galaxy. A difficult and lengthy journey home. A homeworld in urgent need of their return. And now they are running out of food. The crew of the Aurora must now trust their new allies in order to survive. But their situation may be far more serious than they imagined. And their actions could have repercussions across the galaxy. Their journey home may just have gotten slightly more complicated.
Rise of the corinari, Ryk Brown
A time to recover. A chance to make a new ally. A brief respite to repair and rearm. An opportunity for a people to regain their honour. For every civilization there comes a moment when a stand must be made against tyranny. The time has come for the Alliance to draw a line in the sand.
Two steps forward: a story of persevering in hope, Sharon Garlough Brown
The women from Sensible Shoes are taking their next steps in the spiritual formation journey. But each of them is finding roadblocks along the way. Meg, a widow and recent empty-nester, is off to see her daughter in London. But what does hope look like when nothing goes as planned? Charissa, a conscientious graduate student, is battling to let go of control and embrace her unexpected pregnancy. But what does hope look like when transformation is slow? Find your own spiritual journey reflected in the lives of these women and discover the way forward.
A short history of nearly everything: a journey through space and time, Bill Bryson
A Short History of Nearly Everything is Bill Bryson's quest to find out everything that has happened from the Big Bang to the rise of civilization - how we got from there, being nothing at all, to here, being us. His challenge is to take subjects that normally bore the pants off most of us, and see if there isn't some way to render them comprehensible to people who have never thought they could be interested in science. It's not so much about what we know, as about how we know what we know.
The trouble with dukes, Grace Burrowes
They call him the Duke of Murder… The gossips whisper that the new Duke of Murdoch is a brute, a murderer, and even worse–a Scot. They say he should never be trusted alone with a woman. But Megan Windham sees in Hamish something different, someone different. No one was fiercer at war than Hamish MacHugh, though now the soldier faces a whole new battlefield: a London Season. To make his sisters happy, he'll take on any challenge–even letting their friend Miss Windham teach him to waltz. Megan isn't the least bit intimidated by his dark reputation, but Hamish senses that she's fighting battles of her own. For her, he'll become the warrior once more, and for her, he might just lose his heart.
Size 14 is not fat either, Meg Cabot
Former pop star Heather Wells has settled nicely into her new life as assistant dorm director at New York College-a career that does not require her to drape her size 12 body in embarrassingly skimpy outfits. She can even cope (sort of) with her rocker ex-boyfriend's upcoming nuptials, which the press has dubbed The Celebrity Wedding of the Decade. But she's definitely having a hard time dealing with the situation in the dormitory kitchen-where a cheerleader has lost her head on the first day of the semester.
Xenocide, Orson Scott Card
In Lusitania, Ender found a world where humans, pequininos, and the Hive Queen could live together. But Lusitania also harbours the descolada, a virus that kills all humans it infects, but which the pequininos require in order to become adults. The Startways Congress so fears the effects of the descolada that they have ordered the destruction of the entire planet, and all who live there. The Fleet is on its way and a second xenocide seems inevitable. Until the fleet vanishes. The task of discovering how the ships disappeared falls to Gloriously Bright, the most brilliant analytical mind in a world of people bred for superintelligence. Will she choose life or death for the three races who live on Lusitania?
Royally endowed, Emma Chase
Logan St. James is a smoldering, sexy beast. Sure, he can be a little broody at times–but Ellie Hammond's willing to overlook that. Because, have you seen him? Sexy. As. Hell. And Ellie's perky enough for both of them. For years, she's had a crush on the intense, protective royal security guard–but she doesn't think he ever saw her, not really. To Logan, Ellie was just part of the job–a relative of the royal family he'd sworn to protect. Now, at twenty-two years old and fresh out of college, she's determined to put aside her X-rated dreams of pat-downs and pillow talk, and find a real-life happily ever after.
The ultimate happiness prescription: 7 keys to joy and enlightenment, Deepak Chopra
Happiness is something everyone desires. Yet how to find happiness–or even if we deserve to–remains a mystery. Still more mysterious is the secret to a lasting happiness that cannot be taken away. In "The Ultimate Happiness Prescription", bestselling author Deepak Chopra shows us seven keys to uncover the true secrets of joy in the most difficult times. The goal of life is the expansion of happiness, he contends.
The bone witch, Rin Chupeco
When Tea accidentally resurrects her brother from the dead, she learns she is different from the other witches in her family. Her gift for necromancy means that she's a bone witch, a title that makes her feared and ostracized by her community. But Tea finds solace and guidance with an older, wiser bone witch, who takes Tea and her brother to another land for training. In her new home, Tea puts all her energy into becoming an asha-one who can wield elemental magic. But dark forces are approaching quickly, and in the face of danger, Tea will have to overcome her obstacles and make a powerful choice.
From Rockaway: a novel, Jill Eisenstadt
Timmy and Chowderhead and Peg are lifeguards. They spend summers sitting in those tall chairs, smoking dope and staring at the waves, swatting insects, tormenting seagulls. Winters they work shit jobs like unloading trucks at Mickey's Deli. At night, winter and summer, they drink. Drink and get rowdy. Then there's Alex, the girl who gets away, not only from old boyfriend Timmy but also from "Rotaway"–on scholarship to a rich-kid's college in New England. One midsummer night when the four are reunited, tensions erupt in feats of daring and self-destruction during the wild, cathartic, near-sacred lifeguard ritual known as the Death Keg.
You may already be a winner, Ann Dee Ellis
Twelve-year-old Olivia Hales has a foolproof plan for winning a million dollars so that she and her little sister, Berkeley, can leave behind Sunny Pines Trailer Park. Olivia has thought of everything … except herself. Who will take care of her when she needs it? Luckily, somewhere deep down between her small intestine and stomach is a tiny voice reminding her that sometimes people can surprise you–and sometimes your family is right next door.
The good life. Vol. 6, John Esmonde and Bob Larbey
The good life. Volume four, The happy event, John Esmonde and Bob Larbey
More gentle humour and affectionate repartee from Surbiton's most famous sparring neighbours. Home sweet home (16 January 1976): When the Goods hear about a nearby farm that would be perfect for them, they decide to move. But neither of them really wants to leave. Going to pot (23 January 1976): The Goods enrol in evening classes, and Tom discovers an unexpected talent for pottery. When his work starts to sell, will their self-sufficient lifestyle be threatened? The early birds (10 September 1976): After an argument with Margo and Jerry about working late in the garden, the Goods decide on an 'early to bed, early to rise' approach. But it's not as easy as it sounds. The happy event (17 September 1976): Pinky has a litter of piglets, but the runt seems too weak to live. Can the Goods and the Leadbeters save it?
Hard eight, Janet Evanovich
When Stephanie Plum is hired to find seven-year-old Annie Soder and her mother, she finds a lot more than she bargained for. Soon her mentor Ranger and her on-again off-again fiancé Joe Morelli enter the scene, and because Stephanie needs Ranger's expertise, she accepts his help, even though it might mean paying some overdue debts.
Dead heat, Dick Francis and Felix Francis
Max Moreton is a rising culinary star, until nearly all the guests who enjoyed one of his meals at a private catered affair fall victim to severe food poisoning. At his next obligation, an exclusive luncheon for forty in the glass-fronted private boxes at the 2,000 Guineas, a bomb blast rips through the private boxes, killing some of Max's trusted staff and many of the guests. Two close calls are too close for comfort, and Max vows to protect his name, and himself, before it's too late.
Travels in Siberia, Ian Frazier
Travelling the vast expanses of Asiatic Russia, Ian Frazier explores the beauty, culture, and history of Siberia. With a never-ending cast of colourful characters, Frazier reveals how Siberia and the rest of Russia have fared since the fall of the Soviet Union.
Joining the dots: a woman in her time, Juliet Gardiner
From Britain's leading social historian, a lyrical look at the changes to women's lives since 1940, told with examples from her own life. The book provides an intimate, brilliant account of feminism over the last 6 decades. As a work of living history, both lyrical and personal, Joining the Dots is an accessible and empowering story of how one mid-twentieth-century woman grew into a world so different from the one into which she was born. It is a story of bed-sits, sexual choice, motherhood and marriage, feminism, family planning and professional ambition.
12 days at Bleakly Manor, Michelle Griep
England, 1851: When Clara Chapman receives an intriguing invitation to spend Christmas at an English manor home, she is hesitant yet feels compelled to attend-for if she remains the duration of the twelve-day celebration, she is promised a sum of one thousand pounds. But is she walking into danger? It appears so, especially when she comes face to face with one of the other guests-her former fiance, Benjamin Lane.
Glory over everything: beyond The kitchen house, Kathleen Grissom
The year is 1830 and Jamie Pyke, a celebrated silversmith and notorious ladies' man, is keeping a deadly secret. Passing as a wealthy white aristocrat in Philadelphian society, Jamie is now living a life he could never have imagined years before when he was a runaway slave, son of a southern black slave and her master. But Jamie's carefully constructed world is threatened when he discovers that his married socialite lover, Caroline, is pregnant and his beloved servant Pan, to whose father Jamie owes his own freedom, has been captured and sold into slavery in the South.
Reunited, Colleen Houck
After surviving her otherworldly adventure, Lily wakes up on her nana's farm having forgotten everything. Her sun prince, her travels to Egypt, and her journey to the Afterlife are all distant memories. But Lily is not the girl she once was. Her body is now part human, part lion, and part fairy. And if that isn't bad enough, she must harness this power of three and become Wasret: a goddess destined to defeat the evil god Seth once and for all.
Black Maria, Diana Wynne Jones
On the surface, Aunt Maria seems like a cuddly old lady, all chit-chat and lace doilies and unadulterated NICEness! When Mig and her family go for a short visit, they soon learn that Aunt Maria rules the place with a rod of sweetness that's tougher than iron and deadlier than poison. Life revolves around tea parties, while the men are all grey-suited zombies who fade into the background, and the other children seem like clones. The short visit becomes a long stay, and when all talk of going home ceases, Mig despairs!
The scandal of it all, Sophie Jordan
It takes two to make a scandal…What kind of woman ventures into London's most notorious pleasure club? An outsider like Graciela, the Duchess of Autenberry, snubbed time and time again by society because of her Spanish roots. Ela longs to take a lover for a single, wild night, and within the walls of Sodom there are gentlemen to suit every forbidden taste.
High tide in Tucson [electronic resource]: essays from now or never, Barbara Kingsolver
Twenty-six original essays explore themes of family, community, and the natural world while considering such specific topics as modern motherhood, paper dolls, and high-tide oysters.
Signal, Patrick Lee
Sam Dryden lives quietly in a small coastal town in southern California, buying and fixing up old houses. It's good physical work that he's come to love. But his peaceful life is shattered when he gets a phone call from an old friend in trouble. A phone call that pulls Dryden into the middle of a situation that's as violent as it is baffling. Patrick Lee's most indelible creation, returns in one of the most compelling, breathless thrillers yet-Signal.
Surprised by joy, C S Lewis
For many years an atheist, C. S. Lewis vividly describes the spiritual quest that convinced him of the truth and reality of Christianity, in his famous autobiography. "In the Trinity Term of 1929 I gave in, and admitted that God was God … perhaps the most dejected and reluctant convert in all England." Thus Lewis describes memorably the crisis of his conversion. 'Surprised by Joy' reveals both that crisis and its momentous conclusion that would determine the shape of Lewis's entire life.
The history of bees, Maja Lunde
In the spirit of Station Eleven and Never Let Me Go, this dazzling and ambitious literary debut follows three generations of beekeepers from the past, present, and future, weaving a spellbinding story of their relationship to the bees–and to their children and one another–against the backdrop of an urgent, global crisis. England, 1852. The History of Bees joins three very different narratives into one gripping and thought-provoking story that is just as much about the powerful bond between children and parents as it is about our very relationship to nature and humanity.
Miracle Road, Emily March
After tragedy strikes his team, college basketball coach Lucca Romano arrives in the haven of Eternity Springs to reassess his life. Even a winning record and big offers can't dent the wall of guilt that Lucca has built around himself. Nothing can–except maybe a vibrant new neighbour who won't give up on him. Schoolteacher Hope Montgomery believes in miracles. She has to believe, because giving up would mean crumbling under the greatest loss a parent can endure.
Bloomsday dead, Adrian McKinty
Michael Forsythe gets a phone call from his former lover, Bridget, saying her young daughter has been kidnapped. His choice is to fly to Dublin and help her or to be executed at the hands of the goons holding him at gunpoint. Agreeing to nothing, he is soon on the way to Dublin, bodies in his wake. He agrees to nothing and soon is on the way to Dublin, the first two of many dead bodies left in his wake.
'Rommel?' 'Gunner Who?': a confrontation in the desert, Spike Milligan
The second volume of Spike Milligan's legendary recollections of life as a gunner in World War Two sees our hero into battle in North Africa–eventually. First, there is important preparation to be done: extensive periods of loitering ('We had been standing by vehicles for an hour and nothing had happened, but it happened frequently'), psychological toughening ('If a man dies when you hang him, keep hanging him until he gets used to it') and living dangerously ('no underwear!'). At last the battle for Tunis is upon them…
Enemy of the state, Vince Flynn and Kyle Mills
After 9/11, the United States made one of the most secretive and dangerous deals in its history. The evidence against the powerful Saudis who coordinated the attack would be buried. In return, King Faisal would promise to keep the oil flowing and deal with the conspirators in his midst. When the king's own nephew is discovered funding ISIS, the president suspects that the Saudis never intended to live up to their agreement. He decides that the royalty needs to be sent a message and that Mitch Rapp is just the man to deliver it.
The operator: firing the shots that killed Osama bin Laden and my years as a SEAL Team warrior, Robert O'Neill
A stirringly evocative, thought-provoking, and often jaw-dropping account, The Operator ranges across SEAL Team Operator Robert O'Neill's awe-inspiring four-hundred-mission career, which included his involvement in attempts to rescue "Lone Survivor" Marcus Luttrell and abducted-by-Somali-pirates Captain Richard Phillips and which culminated in those famous three shots that dispatched the world's most wanted terrorist, Osama bin Laden. The Operator describes the nonstop action of O'Neill's deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan, evokes the black humour of years-long combat, brings to vivid life the lethal efficiency of the military's most selective units, and reveals firsthand details of the most celebrated terrorist takedown in history.
The room of white fire, T Jefferson Parker
In The Room of White Fire, a P.I. must hunt down a soldier who is damaged by war, dangerous, and on the run. A young soldier escaped from a mental institution. A P.I. carrying his own wounds hired to track that soldier down. A race against the clock to bring the soldier home before he reveals the secret that haunts him. Roland Ford–once a cop, then a marine, now a private investigator–is good at finding people. But when he's asked to locate Air Force veteran Clay Hickman, he realizes he's been drawn into something deep and dark. He knows war, having served as a Marine in first Fallujah; he also knows personal pain, as only two years have passed since his wife, Justine, died. What he doesn't know is why a shroud of secrecy hangs over the disappearance of Clay Hickman–and why he's getting a different story from everyone involved.
Airport: code red, James Patterson with Michael White
A major terrorist cell sets a devastating plan in motion. Their target? One of the world's busiest airports - London Heathrow.Retired SAS Captain Matt Bates and ex-Delta Force officer Chaz Shoeman find themselves caught up in the attack. And they are London's only hope at stopping an atrocity that could kill thousands.
Dead heat, James Patterson with Lee Stone
It's the day of the opening ceremony of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio and excitement is at fever pitch. But a key athlete has gone missing and Detective Rafael Carvalho, on the brink of retirement, is assigned the case. When the athlete suddenly appears at the ceremony, it seems the case is solved. But Carvalho soon discovers that he has returned with the deadliest of intentions.
French kiss, James Patterson with Richard DiLallo
It's hard enough to move to a new city, but now everyone French detective Luc Moncrief cares about is being killed off. Welcome to New York.
Jack and Jill, James Patterson
In the middle of the night, a controversial U.S. senator is found murdered in bed in his Georgetown pied-a-terre. The police turn up only one clue: a mysterious rhyme signed "Jack and Jill" promising that this is just the beginning. Jack and Jill are out to get the rich and famous, and they will stop at nothing until their fiendish plan is carried out. Meanwhile, Washington, D. C., homicide detective Alex Cross is called to a murder scene only blocks from his house, far from the corridors of power where he spends his days. A relentless roller coaster of heart-pounding suspense and jolting plot twists, Jack and Jill proves that no one can write a more compelling thriller than James Patterson-the master of the nonstop nightmare.
Killer chef, James Patterson with Jeffrey Keyes
Eat, drink, and be murdered. Someone is poisoning diners in New Orleans' best restaurants. Now it's up to chef and homicide cop Caleb Rooney to catch a killer set on revenge–a dish best served cold.
Private, James Patterson with Maxine Paetro
Jack Morgan is a war hero. Returning home from Afghanistan after being wounded, Jack is called into California State Prison to visit his father, Tom, who is serving a life sentence for extortion and murder. Before being incarcerated, Tom ran a private investigation firm called 'Private'. Tom wants Jack to re-start the company, to make it great again, and gives him access to a $15 million dollar account in the Cayman Islands to do it with. Five years later and Jack has set up offices spanning the globe. Private's services are much sort after and Jack has clients ranging from movie stars to politicians. Jack is keen to keep the business legal and not fall into the same traps as his father. But when the mob come calling, they are not easy to refuse.
Run for your life, James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge
Detective Michael Bennett is back and the race is on to catch a deadly killer terrorising New York. The Teacher has a meticulous and calculated plan. Cold-hearted and cunning, no one knows who he is or where he came from. Until now. Now it is time for everyone to learn his name as he teaches New York a lesson it will never forget. Intent on exacting revenge and causing mass hysteria, he embarks on the worst killing spree the city has ever seen.
Toys, James Patterson and Neil McMahon
Animosity between the genetically engineered Elites and their human subjects is fierce, and many rebels fight back against Elite rule. Hays Baker is a high-ranking agent in the Elite forces and at the forefront of keeping the humans under control. However, Hays is unknowingly hiding a secret that will make him the greatest threat to the Elite regime, and their number one target.
Triple threat: three high-impact thrillers, James Patterson
Cross kill: Along Came a Spider killer Gary Soneji has been dead for over ten years. Alex Cross watched him die. But today, Cross saw him gun down his partner. Is Soneji alive? A ghost? Or something even more sinister? Nothing will prepare you for the wicked truth. Zoo. 2: The planet is still under violent siege by ferocious animals. Humans are their desperate prey. Except some humans are evolving, mutating into a savage species that could save civilisation – or end it. The pretender: Logan Bishop is a thief living off a stash of stolen diamonds. But when his murderous ex-partner tracks him down, Logan must find a way to turn the tables, or lose the only woman who can handle the truth.
The verdict, James Patterson with Robert Gold
A woman violently attacked in her bed. A billionaire businessman on trial at The Old Bailey. As the world's press gather outside London's luxurious Tribeca hotel, can Jon Roscoe protect his own family from the terrifying consequences of the verdict?
The apostle: a life of Paul, John Pollock
The drama of a novel meets scholarship in leading Christian biographer John Pollock's classic work about one of the most transforming persons in history: the apostle Paul.
Percy Jackson and the battle of the labyrinth, Rick Riordan
Honestly, blowing up another school was the last thing I wanted. As the son of a Greek god, I've had my share of near-death disaster. This summer, I didn't choose to battle the cheerleading squad, but when two hissing she-devils with fangs are heading straight for you, what's a half-blood meant to do? That was just the beginning.
Almost adulting: all you need to know to get it together (sort of), Arden Rose
In Almost Adulting–perfect for budding adults, failing adults, and eaters of microwave mug brownies–Arden tells you how to survive your future adulthood. By the end of the book–a mash-up of essays, lists, and artwork–you'll have learned not only how to dress yourself, how to travel alone, how to talk to strangers online, and how to date strangers (in PERSON!), but also how to pass as a real, functioning, appropriately socialised adult.
Lemons, Melissa Savage
Lemonade Liberty Witt's mama always told her: When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. But Lem can't possibly make lemonade out of her new life in Willow Creek, California–the Bigfoot Capital of the World–where she's forced to live with a grandfather she's never met after her mother passes away. Then she meets eleven-year-old Tobin Sky, the CEO of Bigfoot Detectives Inc., who is the sole Bigfoot investigator for their small town. After he invites Lem to be his assistant for the summer, they set out on an epic adventure to capture a shot of the elusive beast on film.
Keep quiet, Lisa Scottoline
Jake Whitmore is enjoying a rare bonding moment with his sixteen-year-old son, Kurt, when disaster strikes. They get in a terrible car accident that threatens to derail not only Kurt's chances at college, but his entire future. Jake makes a split-second decision that saves his son from formal punishment, but plunges them both into a world of guilt, lies, and secrecy. Just when Jake thinks he has everything under control, a malevolent outsider comes forward with the power to expose Jake's secret and taunts him to the breaking point. Keep Quiet is the powerful and gut-wrenching tale of the unravelling–and the ultimate redemption of a family.
Most wanted, Lisa Scottoline
When a woman and her husband, desperate for a baby, find themselves unable to conceive, they decide to take further steps. Since it is the husband who is infertile, the heroine decides to use a donor. And all seems to be well. Three months pass and she is happily pregnant. But a shocking revelation occurs when she discovers that a man arrested for a series of brutal murders is her donor the biological father of the child she is carrying. Delving deeper to uncover the truth, the heroine must face her worst fears, and confront a terrifying truth.
The vendetta defense, Lisa Scottoline
Lawyer Judy Carrier takes the case of her career when an elderly pigeon racer is arrested for the murder of his lifelong enemy Angelo Coluzzi. "Pigeon Tony" confesses because of a vendetta begun more than 50 years ago. Her client's guilt, however, is only the beginning of Judy's problems.
Johannes Brahms, Jeremy Siepmann
Brahms is one of the best loved, yet most controversial of all the Romantics. Almost uniquely, his works have never suffered the slightest period of eclipse. Profoundly emotional yet governed by an iron discipline, the music, like the man, is a fascinating, entertaining, often deeply moving blend of opposites. He had a gift for friendship and a capacity for love far beyond the ordinary, yet no man could be ruder or more hurtful. Though humble, he was consumed by a sense of destiny, and his inner life, colored by his adoration and fear of women, found expression in some of the greatest music ever written. Accompanied by a richly detailed booklet, this audio set is a sympathetic, absorbing account of a fascinating composer.
Ludwig van Beethoven, Jeremy Siepmann
For many people, Beethoven is the greatest composer who ever lived. In this portrait-in-sound, actors' readings combine with his music to reveal a titanic personality, both vulnerable and belligerent, comic and tragic, and above all heroic, as he comes to grips with perhaps the greatest disability a musician can suffer. No man's music is more universal, few men's lives are more inspiring. In every sense but one - his modest height - he was a giant. The great bonus of this audio-biography is that the development of Beethoven's music can be heard in the context of his life.
Travels with a donkey in the Cévennes, Robert Louis Stevenson
"We are travellers in the 'wilderness of the world' - travellers with a donkey." So Robert Louis Stevenson wrote to a friend on completing this enchanting account of a journey in rural France in 1878. Alone with his pack-donkey Modestine, and showing total disregard for discomfort, Stevenson relishes to the full his walking tour of the Cévennes. Freedom was the important thing: "I blessed God that I was free to wander, free to hope, and free to love." This diary will find many kindred spirits.
Stress-proof: the scientific solution to protect your brain and body–and be more resilient every day, Mithu Storoni
Discover simple, science-based strategies for beating stress at its own game When's the best time to exercise - and how much is too much? Which foods fortify the brain, and which do the opposite? How can we use music, movement, and motivation to boost our rational brain and keep our cool no matter what life throws our way? Short bursts of stress are an inevitable part of modern life. But how much is too much? This practical and ground-breaking guide reveals seven paths to fighting the effects of stress–to strengthen our natural defenses so that our minds remain sharp, and our bodies resilient, no matter what life throws at us. Translating cutting-edge scientific findings into clear and simple advice, Stress-Proof is the ultimate user's guide for body, mind and well-being.
Stillness speaks, Eckhart Tolle
Stillness speaks is an authentic, unsentimental, and wisdom-laden guide to living a fuller emotional, psychological and more authentic life. Eckhart Tolle's follow-up to The power of now speaks beautifully about what he calls 'the state of presence, ' and his words carry the refined vibrational energy of that state. Stillness speaks is both intensely inspirational and practical and is destined to stand as a spiritual classic.
Ursula's secret, Mairi Wilson
In just a few heartbreaking days, Lexy Shaw's world has fallen apart. After her mother is killed in a tragic hit-and-run, her mother's childhood guardian, Ursula, also dies suddenly, leaving everything to Lexy. But as Lexy reads through Ursula's hidden papers, what she discovers raises doubts about her own identity and if she really is now all alone in the world. Desperate to find out if she has any surviving family, Lexy travels to Africa hoping she can unravel the mystery she's now tormented by, only to find that she's stumbled into a past full of lies and deceit and that her life is in grave danger.
The Auckland University Press anthology of New Zealand literature, Edited by Jane Stafford and Mark Williams.
'What, after all, is the truth of a place that has only just been worked into language?' From Polynesian Mythology to the Yates' Garden Guide, from Allen Curnow to Alice Tawhai, from Jessie Mackay to Alison Wong, from Julius Vogel to Albert Wendt, from the letters of Wiremu Te Rangikaheke to the notebooks of Katherine Mansfield – Māori, Pākehā, Pasifika, and Asian New Zealanders have struggled for two and a half centuries to work the English language into some sort of truth about this place. The Auckland University Press Anthology of New Zealand Literature brings together for the first time in one volume this country's major writing, from the earliest records of exploration and encounter to the globalised, multicultural present.
Black marks on the white page, Edited by Witi Ihimaera and Tina Makereti.
A stunning collection of Oceanic stories for the 21st century. Stones move, whale bones rise out of the ground like cities, a man figures out how to raise seven daughters alone. Sometimes gods speak or we find ourselves in a not-too-distant future. Here are the glorious, painful, sharp and funny 21st century stories of Māori and Pasifika writers from all over the world. Vibrant, provocative and aesthetically exciting, these stories expand our sense of what is possible in Indigenous Oceanic writing. Witi Ihimaera and Tina Makereti present the very best new and uncollected stories and novel excerpts, creating a talanoa, a conversation, where the stories do the talking.
Down these strange streets, Edited by George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois.
A collection of seventeen short urban fantasy stories by various authors featuring vampires, werewolves, witches, zombies, and other creatures of the night.
Drawdown: the most comprehensive plan ever proposed to reverse global warming, Edited by Paul Hawken.
The 100 most substantive solutions to reverse global warming, based on meticulous research by leading scientists and policymakers around the world In the face of widespread fear and apathy, an international coalition of researchers, professionals, and scientists have come together to offer a set of realistic and bold solutions to climate change. One hundred techniques and practices are described here-some are well known; some you may have never heard of. These measures promise cascading benefits to human health, security, prosperity, and well-being-giving us every reason to see this planetary crisis as an opportunity to create a just and liveable world.
I'd rather be reading: a library of art for book lovers, Guinevere de la Mare; with essays by Maura Kelly, Gretchen Rubin, and Ann Patchett.
For anyone who'd rather be reading than doing just about anything else, this ebook is the ultimate must-have. In this visual ode to all things bookish, readers will get lost in page after page of beautiful contemporary art, photography, and illustrations depicting the pleasures of books. Artwork from the likes of Jane Mount, Lisa Congdon, Julia Rothman, and Sophie Blackall is interwoven with text from essayist Maura Kelly, bestselling author Gretchen Rubin, and award-winning author and independent bookstore owner Ann Patchett. Rounded out with poems, quotations, and aphorisms celebrating the joys of reading, this lovingly curated compendium is a love letter to all things literary, and the perfect thing for bookworms everywhere.
Invisible planets: an anthology of contemporary Chinese science fiction, Edited and translated by Ken Liu.
Award-winning translator and author Ken Liu presents a collection of short speculative fiction from China. Some stories have won awards; some have been included in various 'Year's Best' anthologies; some have been well reviewed by critics and readers; and some are simply Ken's personal favorites. Many of the authors collected here (with the obvious exception of Liu Cixin) belong to the younger generation of 'rising stars'. In addition, three essays at the end of the book explore Chinese science fiction.
Kisses at midnight, Jen McLaughlin, Samantha Towle, Tabitha Ross.
The McCullagh Inn in Maine: Chelsea O'Kane escapes to Maine with a gun and fresh bruises. She's ready to begin anew-until she runs into her old flame, Jeremy Holland. As he helps to fix her inn, her heart heals and they rediscover that they once loved about each other. But as the two play house, it starts to seem too good to last.
A man called Ove by Fredrik Backman.,
Ove is an older man, recently retired and a widower. He continually tries to commit suicide in order to rejoin his wife, but he is always interrupted. His annoying neighbours learn to care for Ove, and vice versa. Eventually, this gives Ove projects to work on, people to connect to, and ultimately a reason to live. PLEASE NOTE: This is a Summary and Analysis of the book and NOT the original book. This Analysis fills the gap, making you understand more while enhancing your reading experience. Leopard Books, is your perfect quick read companion. We analyse every chapter and hunt down the key points for your convenience. With in-depth summary and analysis, leap through books quickly and with ease.
Pacific ways: government and politics in the Pacific Islands, Edited by Stephen Levine.
Examining the politics of each Pacific Island state and territory, this well-researched volume discusses historical background and colonial experience, constitutional framework, political institutions, political parties, elections and electoral systems, and problems and prospects. Pacific Island countries and territories included are the original seven member states-New Zealand, Australia, Fiji, Samoa, Tonga, Nauru, and the Cook Islands-along with all the new member states and organizations. A wide-ranging political survey, this comprehensive and completely up to date reference will appeal to Pacific peoples and anyone with an interest in politics.
Russia, this edition written and researched by Simon Richmond ... [et al.].
A guide to traveling in Russia that provides information on the country's history, culture, top experiences, out-of-the-way locales, and architectural wonders, and provides listings for hotels, restaurants, and shops.
Remembrance of the Daleks, Ben Aaronovitch.
The Seventh Doctor returns to Coal Hill School in London in 1963 to retrieve a powerful Time Lord artefact that could unlock the secrets of time travel. Can the Doctor retrieve it before two rival factions of Daleks track it down? And even if he can, how will the Doctor prevent the whole of London becoming a war zone as the Daleks meet in explosive confrontation?
Joyride, Guy Adams.
'So you can just leap into other people's bodies? Take them over? And while you're in control, you can do whatever you want? Brilliant.' Poppy is a quiet girl, right up until she steals a car and drives it through a shop window. Max is a nice guy, but then he kills his whole family. Just for fun. Amar always seems so happy, so why is he trying to jump to his death from the school roof? Some of the students of Coal Hill School are not themselves. Some of them are dying. Ram has just woken up in a body he doesn't recognise, and if he doesn't figure out why he may well be next.
The book of three, Lloyd Alexander.
Taran, Assistant Pig-Keeper to a famous oracular sow, sets out on a hazardous mission to save Prydain from the forces of evil.
Snow one like you, Kate Angell.
A Vermont Christmas Eve blizzard forces Allie to close Hartley's General Store. Her best friend Rhys arrives by snowmobile, not wanting her to endure the snowstorm alone. A playful kiss under the mistletoe warms more than their hearts.
Last gentleman standing.,
Originally titled Bluestocking.
Flyaway; Windfall, Desmond Bagley.
Double action thrillers by the classic adventure writer about security consultant, Max Stafford, set in the Sahara and Kenya. Flyaway. Why is Max Stafford, security consultant, beaten up in his own office? What is the secret of the famous 1930s aircraft, the Lockheed Lodestar? And why has accountant Paul Bilson disappeared in North Africa? The journey to the Sahara desert becomes a race to save Paul Bilson, a race to find the buried aircraft, and - above all - a race to return alive. Windfall. Jan Willem Hendryk's legacy amounts to a staggering £40 million - £34 million to go to an agricultural college in Kenya's Rift Valley, and the remaining £6 million to be divided equally between his only surviving descendants: Dirk, a South African, and Henry, a young drop-out living in California. But a number of suspicious circumstances emerge, including a clause in the will stating that Dirk must spend one month of every year in Kenya. What seems at first a simple matter of greed gradually assumes sinister proportions.
Promise of Hunters Ridge, Sarah Barrie.
Mia Morgan doesn't let anything get to her. After freeing herself from an obsessive boss and saving loved ones from a serial killer, she feels like she can handle anything life throws at her. But now that killer - a deranged hunter who preys on women for sport - is coming for her. And if she runs, others will pay the price.
Coates of Kaipara, Michael Bassett.
In the course of his political career Gordon Coates (1878-1943) experienced the extremes of popular adulation and contempt. Handsome, young and debonair, with the common touch, he was a successful minister in the early 1920s and seemed full of promise when he became Prime Minister in 1925 on the death of W.F. Massey. Ten years later, after serving as Minister of Finance in the coalition government during the Depression, his reputation had sunk to its lowest ebb. He went on to serve with distinction in the War Cabinet, winning the confidence and respect of former Labour opponents. Michael Bassett follows his successful biography of Sir Joseph Ward with an equally readable life of this younger Prime Minister. The study of the politician is combined with a fascinating account of the private man including his Northland origins, his farming background, his gallant military service in the First World War, his personal and family life, and his character.
Carrie's war, Nina Bawden; illustrated by Faith Jaques.
Evacuated from London to Wales during World War II, Carrie and her brother are sent to live with the very strict Mr Evans. In trying to heal the breach between Mr Evans and his estranged sister, Carrie does the worst thing she ever did in her life.
Hide and sheep, by Andrea Beaty; illustrations by Bill Mayer.
Farmer McFitt must round up his sheep, which have strayed all over town, in order to shear them to make wool so that he can knit clothing.
A library book for Bear, Bonny Becker.
Bear does not want to go to the library. He is quite sure he already has all the books he will ever need. Yet the relentlessly cheery Mouse, small and gray and bright-eyed, thinks different. When Bear reluctantly agrees to go with his friend to the big library, neither rocket ships nor wooden canoes are enough for Bear's picky tastes. How will Mouse ever find the perfect book for Bear? Children will giggle themselves silly as Bear's arguments give way to his inevitable curiosity, leading up to a satisfying story hour and a humorously just-right library book.
Trapped in a car wreck, upside down, bleeding, broken and in pain, Tristan and Grace are staring at death. As they await their fate, with only a glimmer of hope they might be seen and rescued, we discover the stories of their lives, the sequences of events that brought them together and the shocking truth behind the cause of their crash. Part philosophical thriller, part love story, August is a compelling novel of power, humanity and desire.
Warriors: an Alex Hawke novel, Ted Bell.
When an elderly professor at Cambridge is murdered, a victim of bizarre, ancient Chinese torture, Alex Hawke teams up with his Scotland Yard colleague and friend Inspector Ambrose Congreve to find the killer. But the death is only the opening move in a tense and lethal game of geopolitical brinksmanship. In the United States the president has begun behaving strangely. Is his mental health deteriorating – or is there something far more sinister behind his questionable moves? The answer is crucial, for tensions are mounting between China, North Korea, and the U.S.
What comes around: an Alex Hawke novella, Ted Bell.
An esteemed former CIA director dies off the coast of Maine. Another senior CIA officer is found dead of a "heart attack" in a posh Paris hotel. Counterspy Alex Hawke and his friend Ambrose Congreve think this could be more than coincidence. Hawke discovers that the victims are connected through one man: Spider Payne, a rogue intelligence officer whose dangerous exploits got him barred from the CIA. Now Spider believes he's been wronged and is out for vengeance ” and Alex Hawke is his number-one target. Hawke's only hope is to lure his deadly enemy into a trap he can't escape – and it's a place Hawke knows better than anyone: his seaside home in Bermuda.
White death, Ted Bell.
A powerful Swiss banker is found dead, frozen at the base of a soaring alp. When a second man, the head of a rival banking empire, is found dead deep inside a mountain cave, MI6 suspects a bizarre conspiracy. Vast sums may have been plundered from the Queen of England's accounts. The British royal family's centuries-old Swiss bank holdings are at risk, shaking the foundations of Her Majesty's government and the monarchy itself. Sir Davide Trulove, Chief of British Intelligence (MI6), tasks his most formidable weapon, Alex Hawke, with investigating the horrific murders.
There's an old stone house near Coal Hill School. Most people hurry past it. They've heard the stories. But, if you stop, and look up, you'll see the face of a girl, pressed up against a window. Screaming. Tanya finds herself drawn to the stone house. There's a mystery there, and she's going to solve it. But the more she investigates, the more she realises that there's a presence in the house. One that wants her. Something is waiting for Tanya in the stone house. Something that has been trapping others in its web over the years. Something that is far worse than any ghost.
Fish like a drink: Joe Bennett writes again, Joe Bennett.
Since his last collection of columns, Joe Bennett's been shaken and stickered, protected from bureaucrats by a Bulgarian in a frock and deprived of his favourite drinking hole. He's defied a council, eaten a rabbit, witnessed a marriage, saved a dog, failed to save a Venetian pigeon and much, much more. Throughout it all he has maintained the presence of mind to write columns of grace, wit and sense. Here are 45 of them.
Sam's best shot: a father and son's life-changing journey through autism, adolescence and Africa, Dr. James Best.
Life with a teenage boy on the autism spectrum has its challenges. Fourteen-year-old Sam is a world authority on Harry Potter but can't get to the corner store on his own. Sam's parents Dr James Best and Benison O'Reilly decide to think radically to help their son. They sell the family home to finance a six-month-long trip to Africa for James and Sam, in the hope that it will have far-reaching and life-changing results for Sam. Their plan is to take Sam a long way out of his comfort zone, so that he has to face new challenges and learn to navigate the completely unexpected and that the exposure of all of these new experiences will help Sam grow emotionally and conversationally to achieve what he hasn't been able to in a familiar environment. The results were extraordinary and will give hope to many families dealing with autism.
We that are left.,
Melbourne, 1940. Headstrong young Mae meets and falls head over heels in love with Harry Parker, a dashing naval engineer. After a whirlwind courtship they marry and Mae is heavily pregnant when she hears that Harry has just received his dream posting to HMAS Sydney. Just after Mae becomes a mother, she learns Harry's ship is missing. Meanwhile, Grace Fowler is battling prejudice to become a reporter on the afternoon daily newspaper, The Tribune, while waiting for word on whether her journalist boyfriend Phil Taylor, captured during the fall of Singapore, is still alive.
English Māori, Māori English dictionary.,
The Firefly code, by Megan Frazer Blakemore.
Mori and her friends live a normal life on Firefly Lane in Old Harmonie, a utopian community where every kid knows he or she is genetically engineered to be better and smarter, but when a strangely perfect new girl named Ilana moves in, the friends begin to question the only world they have ever known.
Don't blink!, Tom Booth.
A girl and her animal friends challenge the reader to a staring contest in this interactive picture book.
A book is a book.,
This book asks 'what is a book?' It celebrates books and reading. Although 'told' from a child's view, it captures the value and magic of books felt by all voracious readers.
Fish of the week: selected columns, Steve Braunias.
A collection of New Zealand's most celebrated journalist's works, this lascivious selection of Steve Braunias's columns addresses a variety of topics, including the current state of New Zealand steak, the beauty of mangroves, the lunacy of film festivals, the attractions of small towns, the charms of Cambridge University, and the strange habits of the English. With a satirical voice and keenly astute observations on society, these best of columns shed light on the surprisingly vulnerable life of a writer and the love-struck nature of being a father.
Hello, goodbye, Emily Brewin.
May Callaghan is seventeen-years-old and on her own. At least that's how it feels. Her devoutly religious mother and her gentle but damaged father are fighting, and May's boyfriend, Sam, has left their rural hometown for Melbourne without so much as a backward glance. When May lies to her parents and takes the train to visit Sam at his shared house in Carlton, her world opens wide in glorious complexity. She is introduced to his housemates, Clancy, an indigenous university student, and Ruby, a wild bohemian.
We need to talk about Kevin Bridges, Kevin Bridges.
Aged 17, Kevin Bridges walked on stage for the first time and brought the house down. He only had a five-minute set but he discovered he really could earn a living from making people laugh. Kevin began life as a shy, nerve-ridden school-boy. Reaching his teens, he followed his true calling as the class clown. This was a guy going somewhere off the rails seeming most likely. Kevin's trademark social commentary, sharp one-liners and laugh-out-loud humour blend with his reflections on his Glaswegian childhood and the journey he's taken to become one of the most-loved comedians of our time.
A medal for murder, Frances Brody.
Kate Shackleton picks up her second professional sleuthing case in 1922 England. Exposing the culprit of a pawn-shop robbery turns sinister when her investigation takes her to Harrogate, and murder is only one step behind. A night at the theater should have been just what the doctor ordered, until Kate stumbles across a body in the doorway. The knife sticking out of its chest definitely suggests a killer in the theater's midst.
Murder in the afternoon, Frances Brody.
An intricate plot in the post-WWI English countryside and Frances Brody's "refreshingly complex heroine" (Kirkus) combine in this absorbing mystery perfect for fans of Jacqueline Winspear and Agatha Christie. Young Harriet and her brother Austin have always been scared of the quarry where their stone mason father works. So when they find him dead on the cold ground, they rush off quickly to look for some help. When help arrives, however, the quarry is deserted and there is no sign of the body. Were the children mistaken? Is their father not dead? Did he simply get up and run away?
A woman unknown, Frances Brody.
Deirdre Fitzpatrick is married to a man who wants to know where she really goes when supposedly taking care of her sick mother, and calls on the expertise of Kate Shackleton, amateur sleuth extraordinaire, to investigate. The gentleman: Everett Runcie is a banker facing ruin and disgrace. His American heiress wife will no longer pay for his mistakes, or tolerate his infidelity, and is seeking a divorce. The murder: When a chambermaid enters Runcie's hotel room, she expects to be a witness to adultery. Instead, she finds herself staring at a dead body.
Helter skelter: the true story of the Manson murders, Vincent Bugliosi with Curt Gentry.
On August 9th 1969, seven people were found shot, stabbed and bludgeoned to death in Los Angeles. Here Vincent Bugliosi, D.A. on the case, reveals the true story behind the most famous mass murder case ever - the orgies, the willing murders, the brainwashing and the retaliation slayings.
The secrets she keeps, Deb Caletti.
"You don't grow up on a divorce ranch and not learn to take a vow seriously." When Callie McBride finds a woman's phone number written on a scrap of paper her husband has thrown away, she thinks that her marriage is over. Callie flees to Nevada and her Aunt Nash's Tamarosa Ranch, where she's shocked to see that the place of so many happy childhood memories is in disrepair. Worse, Aunt Nash is acting bizarrely – hoarding stacks of old photographs, burying a book in the yard, and railing against Kit Covey, a handsome government park ranger who piques Callie's interest.
Tricked, Jen Calonita.
Things are changing at Fairy Tale Reform School. At least, that's what Gilly's heard through the Enchantasia rumour mill. Word is, notorious trickster Rumpelstiltskin has taken over management from Headmistress Flora, and he's locked down the school tighter than the Pied Piper's pants. Not that this news concerns Gilly. She's been released from FTRS and is now suffering through attending Jack of All Trades School, where she gets to learn about different kinds of shoe leather and ways to measure feet. Truly riveting stuff. But when Gilly's little sister Anna gets whisked off to FTRS thanks to her troublemaking new friends, Hansel and Gretel, Gilly knows she's got to get Anna out of there. There's only one thing to do; make some serious trouble and get thrown back into FTRS. It's time to out-trick a trickster.
The intruder at Number 40, Louise Candlish.
A dark and thrilling short story featuring characters from The Sudden Departure of the Frasers. He sold 40 Lime Park Road months ago. So why is he still visiting the house? Ryan Steer is an estate agent in property hotspot Lime Park, gatekeeper to a growing population of well-heeled families and affluent couples attracted by the area's promise of a tranquil suburban lifestyle. To be honest, the houses sell themselves, and when Ryan hands over the keys to his vendors he usually wishes them well and loses their faces in the crowd. Until Jeremy and Amber Fraser, that is.
Wind dancer: a novel.,
A free spirited young woman is captured by Indians during the American Revolution and falls in love with a fellow prisoner. Only faith can set them free.
I do! a novel, Melody Carlson.
Twenty-one-year-old Caitlin starts a new diary to record her experiences when she becomes engaged and has to struggle to remember to focus on God, her friends, and her senior year in college as her head swims with wedding plans.
It's my life, by Caitlin O'Connor, Melody Carlson.
Sixteen-year-old Caitlin struggles with her feelings about her best friend's pregnancy, boys who tempt her to break her vow not to date, non-Christian friends, and what God may be calling her to do with her life.
The night stalker, Chris Carter.
When an unidentified female body is discovered laid out on a slab in an abandoned butcher's shop, the cause of death is unclear. Her body bears no marks; except for the fact that her lips have been carefully stitched shut. It is only when the full autopsy gets underway at the Los Angeles County morgue that the pathologist will reveal the true horror of the situation - a discovery so devastating that Detective Robert Hunter of the Los Angeles Homicide Special Section has to be pulled off a different case to take over the investigation.
The caller, Chris Cater.
After a tough week, Tanya Kaitlin is looking forward to a relaxing night in, but as she steps out of her shower, she hears her phone ring. The video call request comes from her best friend, Karen Ward. Tanya takes the call and the nightmare begins. Karen is gagged and bound to a chair in her own living room. If Tanya disconnects from the call, if she looks away from the camera, he will come after her next, the deep, raspy, demonic voice at the other end of the line promises her.
Earth dragon, fire hare, Ken Catran.
Against a background of culture clashes and conflicts in Malaysia after World War Two, a Kiwi soldier and a Chinese Malay freedom fighter are inexorably drawn together. The conflict in Malaysia during and after World War Two, as seen from the perspectives of a Kiwi soldier (Peter) and a Chinese Malay freedom fighter (Ng). Against a background of culture clash and political and individual conflicts, two young men are drawn inexorably together as victims and products of the Malay conflict. An action-packed, compelling, and ultimately moving book about a war that in which New Zealand participated, but which has not been written about.
How to fall in love with anyone: a memoir in essays, Mandy Len Catron.
In a series of candid essays, Mandy Len Catron takes a closer look at what it means to love someone, be loved, and how we present our love to the world.
She was Māori, aged anywhere between three and five years old. Her dirty, matted hair hung past her shoulders, and her sweet, heart-shaped little face was filthy.' For the past four years Kitty has sailed the high seas on the trading vessel Katipo with Rian, her wild Irish adventurer. But, in this long-awaited sequel to Kitty, when they return to the Bay of Islands in 1845, they find themselves in the midst of rising tensions between Māori and the settlers. Rian wants Kitty out of danger and moves her to Auckland where he thinks she will be safe. But when Kitty is offered a trinket by a street urchin, her impulsive response will change both of their lives forever, and place an unexpected strain on her marriage.
Behind the sun, Deborah Challinor.
Four women on a perilous journey to a new world, can rely only on their wits to survive ... and each other. Irreverent and streetwise prostitute Friday Woolfe is in London's notorious Newgate gaol, awaiting transportation. There, she meets three other girls: intelligent and opportunistic thief, Sarah Morgan, naive young Rachel Winter, and reliable and capable seamstress, Harriet Clarke. On the voyage to New South Wales their friendship becomes an unbreakable bond - but there are others on board who will change their lives forever.
Blue smoke, Deborah Challinor.
In her bestselling historical romances Tamar and White Feathers, Deborah Challinor introduced feisty Tamar Deane, the Cornish seamstress who became the owner of Auckland's most successful brothel, and whose scandalous affair with Kepa, handsome son of a rangatira, resulted in the birth of her illegitimate son, Joseph. In the third and concluding volume of the Tamar trilogy, Tamar is now a wealthy widow with an extensive and prosperous estate in the Hawke's Bay, with her children settling into their own relationships, some more happily than others. In a powerful and wide-reaching conclusion to this compelling family saga, Deborah Challinor explores the effects of war on three generations of a passionate and fiery New Zealand family.
Girl of shadows, Deborah Challinor.
What had they done? What had she and Sarah and Friday done? 1830: Convict girls Friday Woolfe, Harriet Clarke and Sarah Morgan have been transported to Sydney from London. Sarah has been assigned to jeweller Adam Green, Harriet is a maid for the Barrett family, and Friday is working as a prostitute in a brothel. Each of them is struggling to forget the brutal crime they committed. But their fate is no longer theirs to control. Vicious underworld queen Bella Jackson holds the girls' futures in the palm of her hand, biding her time until she exacts payment for what she knows about their misdeeds.
The snow wombat, Susannah Chambers; illustrated by Mark Jackson.
An adventurous young wombat finds his way around a winter landscape before snuggling back into his own cosy burrow.
The unbreakable code
, Jennifer Chambliss Bertman.
Could the Mark Twain books hidden through Book Scavenger contain clues about the string of recent arson fires plaguing the city? And will Emily and James uncover the mystery before the arsonist comes after them?
Banish clutter forever: how the toothbrush principle will change your life, Sheila Chandra.
Everyone knows they need to cut the crap out of their lives, and here's how to do it! Straightforward and focused, "Clutter Busting" shows how anyone can begin right now to clear the clutter and debris from their home, garage, office, and life.
Beautiful mess, by Claire Christian.
Since Ava lost Kelly, things haven't been going so well. Even before she gets thrown out of school for shouting at the principal, there's the simmering rage and all the weird destructive choices. The only thing going right for Ava is her job at Magic Kebab. Which is where she meets Gideon. Skinny, shy, anxious Gideon. A mad poet and collector of vinyl records with an aversion to social media. He lives in his head. She lives in her grief. The only people who can help them move on with their lives are each other.
Emma, Rosie Clarke.
When Emma Robinson discovers she is carrying Paul Greenslade's child, there are harsh consequences after he disappears rather than marry a common shop-girl. Forced by her tyrannical father to marry Richard Gillows, Emma learns quickly that a jealous husband is a violent one. How can Emma escape the ties that bind her, to build a life for herself and her child?
Emma's duty, Rosie Clarke.
The war is over, but Emma's battles continue at home. Emma Reece is slowly adjusting to her husband's return from the war, even though his appalling injuries mean their marriage is in name only. But then tragedy strikes, and Emma finds she cannot turn to Jack Harvey, her long-standing friend and one-time lover for while he still loves her, he is now a married man.
Emma's war, Rosie Clarke.
All she wanted was her husband to come home. Newly married to the caring RAF pilot Jonathan Reece, Emma thinks that life couldn't be better. But her happiness is short-lived: within months, Jon's plane is shot down over France and he is declared missing, presumed dead. Alone and with two children to care for, Emma's first thought is to how to support her family. But when she makes a new friend in the American businessman Jack Harvey, she is faced with a difficult decision. Should she take a last chance at happiness?
Behind Iraqi lines, Shaun Clarke.
Ultimate soldier. Ultimate mission. But will the SAS survive the inferno of Operation Desert Storm? August 1990, and Iraqi tanks are rolling into Kuwait, putting one quarter of the world's oil reserves at risk. So begins Operation Desert Storm. As specialists in desert warfare, the legendary SAS are plunged into a maelstrom of covert operations, often deep inside enemy territory. Join the adventure in this novel about the most daring soldiers in military history: the SAS!
Heroes of the South Atlantic, Shaun Clarke.
Ultimate soldier. Ultimate mission. But can the SAS prevent British Task Force being destroyed by exocet missiles? It is 1982, and a brutal, bloody war is being waged as British forces try to battle the Argentinians into surrendering the Falkland Islands. As the fighting continues, it becomes clear to British Task Force commanders that they will need to call upon the help of the legendary Special Air Service - the SAS! A tall enough order for an army; when it's just a small unit of men, this may prove to be a one-way mission.
Secret war in Arabia, Shaun Clarke.
Ultimate soldier. Ultimate mission. In the arid deserts and mountains of Arabia a 'secret' war is being fought. While Communist-backed Adoo guerrillas have been waging a campaign of terror against Oman, British Army Training Teams have been winning hearts and minds with medical aid and educational programmes. Now the time has come to rid the country of the guerrillas, not only to free Oman, but also to guarantee the safe passage of Arabian oil to the West. Only one group of men is capable of doing this job, and on the night of October 1, 1971, two squadrons of SAS troopers, backed by the Sultan's Armed Forces and fierce, unpredictable Firqat Arab fighters, start to clear the fanatical Adoo from the sun-scorched summit of the mighty Jebel Dhofar.
A killer harvest
, Paul Cleave.
Joshua is convinced there is a family curse. It's taken loved ones from him, its robbed him of his eyesight, and is the reason why his father is killed while investigating the homicide of a young woman. Joshua is handed an opportunity he can't refuse: an operation that will allow him to see the world through his father's eyes. As Joshua navigates a world of sight, he gets glimpses of what these eyes might have witnessed in their previous life. What exactly was his dad up to in his role as a police officer?
Blue lightning, Ann Cleeves.
Shetland Detective Jimmy Perez knows it will be a difficult homecoming when he returns to the Fair Isles to introduce his fiancee, Fran, to his parents. It's a community where everyone knows each other, and strangers, while welcomed, are still viewed with a degree of mistrust. Challenging to live on at the best of times, with the autumn storms raging, the island feels cut off from the rest of the world. Trapped, tension is high and tempers become frayed. Enough to drive someone to murder.
Red bones: a thriller, Ann Cleeves.
In the aftermath of a young archaeologist's discovery of human remains that may be modern, Jimmy Perez is called in to investigate a case that is further complicated by the subsequent murder of an elderly woman.
The seagull, Ann Cleeves.
A visit to her local prison brings DI Vera Stanhope face to face with an old enemy: former detective superintendent, and now inmate, John Brace. Brace was convicted of corruption and involvement in the death of a gamekeeper - and Vera played a part in his downfall. Brace promises Vera information about the disappearance of Robbie Marshall, a notorious wheeler-dealer, if she will look out for his daughter and grandchildren. He tells her that Marshall is dead, his body buried close to St Mary's Island in Whitley Bay. However, when a search team investigates, officers find not one skeleton, but two. This cold case takes Vera back in time, and very close to home, as Brace and Marshall, along with a mysterious stranger known only as `the Prof', were close friends of Hector, her father.
White nights: a thriller, Ann Cleeves.
Artist Bella Sinclair throws a party to launch an exhibition of her work and to introduce the paintings of Fran Hunter. The following day an Englishman is found hanging from a rafter in a boathouse on the jetty, a clown's mask on his face. Detective Jimmy Perez is convinced that this is a local murder. Then, Bella's nephew too is murdered.
What we lose, Zinzi Clemmons.
From a debut author of rare, haunting power, a stunning novel about a young African-American woman coming of age—a deeply felt meditation on race, sex, family, and country. Raised in Pennsylvania, Zinzi Clemmons's heroine Thandi views the world of her mother's childhood in Johannesburg as both impossibly distant and ever present. She is an outsider wherever she goes, caught between being black and white, American and not. She tries to connect these dislocated pieces of her life, and as her mother succumbs to cancer, Thandi searches for an anchor - someone, or something, to love.
Unfiltered: no shame, no regrets, just me, by Lily Collins.
For the first time ever, Lily shares her life and her own deepest secrets, underlining that every single one of us experiences pain and heartbreak. We all understand what it's like to live in the light and in the dark. For Lily, it's about making it through to the other side, where you love what you see in the mirror and where you embrace yourself just as you are. She's learned that all it takes is one person standing up and saying something for everyone else to realise they're not alone. By turns hilarious and heartbreaking, Lily's honest voice will inspire you to be who you are and say what you feel. It's time to claim your voice! It's time to live your life unfiltered.
The goodnight trail, Ralph Compton.
Former Texas Rangers Benton McCaleb, Will Elliot, and Brazos Gifford ride with Charles Goodnight as he rounds up thousands of ornery, unbranded cattle for the long drive to Colorado. From the Trinity River brakes to Denver, they'll battle endless miles of flooded rivers, parched desert, and whiskey-crazed Comanches. And come face-to-face with Judge Roy Bean and legendary gunslingers like Clay Allison. For McCaleb and his hard-riding crew, the drive is a fierce struggle against the perils of an untamed land. A fight to the finish where the brave reach glory - or die hard.
The truth about language: what it is and where it came from, Michael Corballis.
While birds can chirp and monkeys can chatter, only humans possess the extraordinary power to tell stories and offer explanations, to explain and persuade, to baffle and bullshit that we call language. How come? Where did language come from? In this book, Michael Corballis takes on what has been called the hardest problem in science. From God to Noam Chomsky, many have suggested that language arose suddenly in a way that cannot be explained through ordinary evolutionary processes. Corballis argues otherwise.
Labyrinth lost, Zoraida Cordova.
Alex is a bruja and the most powerful witch in her family. But she's hated magic ever since it made her father disappear into thin air. When a curse she performs to rid herself of magic backfires and her family vanishes, she must travel to Los Lagos, a land in-between as dark as Limbo and as strange as Wonderland, to get her family back.
Brain food, Richard Cornish.
Is pork butt the new pork belly? Whose room temperature are we talking about? And can you freeze cheese? (Yes, but why would you want to?) These are some of the burning questions at the heart of every kitchen. Food science, etiquette, myth-busting, history and common sense—there is no subject too big or too small for Richard Cornish to answer in his weekly Brain Food columns, which have been must-reads for years. Brain Food is a collection of the best cooks' conundrums and their surprising answers.
On scope, Jack Coughlin with Donald A. Davis.
Spain is on the brink of economic collapse and European banks demand that any bailout be linked to harsh domestic changes. An alliance of Islamic bankers counters with a rescue package containing no conditions at all. The underlying goal—to break the unity of Europe and put Madrid on the path back to Islamic rule. When the United States stridently opposes that deal, terrorists storm the American consulate in Barcelona and slaughter an entire six-man U.S. Marine security guard. Washington decides the time has come to change the rules of counter-terrorism response, and instead of going after the individual hired gunmen, it unleashes black operations team Task Force Trident to take down the high-ranking financiers known as the Group of Six who were really responsible for the slaughter.
Bears, Sarah Courtauld; illustrator, Masumi Furukawa.
A fascinating look into the world of bears for beginner readers ready to tackle slightly more complicated storylines and sentence structures. It is full of facts about what bears like to eat and how cubs spend their first day.
Dunger, Joy Cowley
William and Melissa have been roped into helping their old hippie grandparents fix up their holiday home in the middle of the Sounds. They'll have no electricity, no cellphone reception, and only each other for company. As far as they're concerned, this is not a holiday.
Speed of light, Joy Cowley.
A strange old woman is literally blown in to an affluent but dysfunctional family, and when things go very wrong, her influence is suspect.
Speed of light, Joy Cowley.
A strange old woman is literally blown in to an affluent but dysfunctional family, and when things go very wrong, her influence is suspect.
The Frame function: an inside-out guide to the novels of Janet Frame.,
From Owls do Cry to The Carpathians, the novels of Janet Frame have challenged our understanding of what fiction does. In The Frame Function, author Jan Cronin traces the operation of a prescriptive authorial presence within Frame's novels to give readers an engaging "inside-out" guide to a great writer's work. Drawing on Frame's personal and professional correspondence and the dynamic between that Frame and the various Frames of the novels, The Frame Function explores key issues around Frame's longer fiction: her relationship with her reader, the nature of the "difficulty" presented by the novels, and the questions of intentionality that Frame's work forces us to address.
The tombs, Clive Cussler and Thomas Perry.
Husband-and-wife team Sam and Remi Fargo are intrigued when an archaeologist friend requests their help excavating a top secret historical site. What they find will set them on a hunt for a prize greater than they could ever imagine. The clues point to the hidden tomb of Attila the Hun, the High King who was reportedly buried with a vast fortune of gold and jewels and plunder a bounty that has never been found.
Texas fierce, Janet Dailey.
He came home to sell his family's failing ranch, but once twenty-year-old Bull Tyler sets foot on the Rimrock, he's determined to tame the rugged land and make it his own. First he'll have to take on the powerful Prescott clan, who'll do anything to get their hands on the Tylers' holding - even murder. Then Bull sets eyes on the breathtaking woman earmarked to be Ferg Prescott's bride. Now nothing will stop Bull from taking the land - or the lady who stirs his blood like no other - and building a dynasty worthy of both.
Clever rabbit and the lion, retold by Susanna Davidson; illustrated by Daniel Howarth, reading consultant Alison Kelly.
The rabbit has to be clever because the lion is eating up all of the jungle animals.
Snails, Susanna Davidson; illustrator, Rocio Martinez; reading consultant, Alison Kelly.
Full of facts about what snails like to eat, where they live and how they lay their eggs.
Butterflies, Kate Davies; illustrated by Jana Costa.
There are thousands of different butterflies living all over the world. Find out how they smell, see, feed and fly. Then discover the most amazing thing of all ... how a caterpillar becomes a butterfly.
Everything you told me, Lucy Dawson.
You went to bed at home, just like every other night. You woke up in the back of a taxi, 300 miles away. You have no memory of the last ten hours. You have a suicide note in your coat pocket, in your own writing. You know you weren't planning to kill yourself. Your family and friends think you are lying. Someone knows exactly what happened to you. But they're not telling.
Pete at the beach, created by James Dean.
Pete is spending the day at the seashore. He has fun collecting shells and building a sand castle. But the beach is very hot. There is a whole ocean for Pete to cool off in, but it looks scary. Pete's brother, Bob, offers to teach Pete to surf. Will that be enough to help Pete get over his fear of the water?
Pete's big lunch, created by James Dean.
In this cool beginning reader, Pete uses creativity to create a delicious sandwich and then teaches readers about the joy of sharing with friends.
Pete the cat's train trip, by James Dean.
Embarking on a train trip to visit his grandmother, Pete the Cat accompanies the conductor on a tour of the train, looks at the engine and blows the whistle while making new friends and playing train-themed games.
Too cool for school, by Kimberly and James Dean.
In this funny My First I Can Read Book, Pete just can't decide which outfit to wear to school! He has so many options to choose from. Fans of Pete the Cat will enjoy Pete's creativity in choosing the coolest outfit.
Along for the ride, Sarah Dessen.
It's been so long since Auden slept at night. Ever since her parents' divorce - or since the fighting started. Now she has the chance to spend a carefree summer with her dad and his new family in the charming beach town where they live. A job in a clothes boutique introduces Auden to the world of girls: their talk, their friendship, their crushes. She missed out on all that, too busy being the perfect daughter to her demanding mother. Then she meets Eli, an intriguing loner and a fellow insomniac who becomes her guide to the nocturnal world of the town.
The butcher shop, Jean Devanny.
The Butcher Shop first appeared in 1926. Despite big overseas sales it was banned in New Zealand and later Australia for being disgusting, indecent and communistic - in other words for promoting revolutionary ideas about women and for a bold portrayal of the brutality of farm life. On one level, the novel is a fast-paced account of how passion and jealousy destroy the lives of a rich and cultured farming family; on another it is a fierce polemic for the freedom of women, which in its frankness was years ahead of its time.
Wedding season, Su Dharmapala.
Meet Shani - she's thirty-two, single and has a job to die for. And she likes her life just the way it is, thank you! So why do her family and friends insist on trying to convince her that the only way to the perfect life is meeting the perfect man? When Shani's horoscope miraculously reveals that now is the best time of her life for marriage, her mother decides to take control. As the Sri Lankan wedding season opens she turns a deaf ear to Shani's protests and arranges a parade of 101 potential grooms, in the hope that her shamefully unmarried daughter will salvage the family honour by finally finding Mr Right.
An A-Z of Harry Potter: everything you always wanted to know about the boy wizard and his creator, Aubrey Malone.
Believe your eyes.,
A lot is changing for Cici. Her parents are separating, her wacky abuela is moving in, and on her tenth birthday, she wakes up with fairy wings! Cici's new magical powers let her see people as they truly are. But what she learns about her friends and family isn't always easy to accept. She has only one day to decide whether to keep her wings. When Cici wishes life could just be normal again, will she choose to believe in the power of fairies?
A perfect view, written by Cori Doerrfeld; illustrated by Tyler Page and Cori Doerrfeld.
While camping, Cici finds out that she experiences nature differently as a fairy, which turns all her plans upside-down.
Truth in sight, written by Cori Doerrfeld; illustrated by Tyler Page and Cori Doerrfeld.
Cici has a lot to figure out. She's learning how to make friends. She's learning how to be a better big sister. Oh, and she's learning how to use her fairy powers! Things look easy for Kendra, a popular girl at Cici's school. So when Cici finds Kendra's lost doll, she uses her magic to play a trick: change the doll, and Kendra changes too! It's only a joke—but the changes could last forever if Cici doesn't learn to see the best in people.
Arawata Bill: the story of legendary gold prospector William James O'Leary, Ian Dougherty.
This is the story of a pioneering folk hero. It is a colourful tale of adventure, discovery and survival in the remotest areas of New Zealand's Southern Alps. William James O'Leary was a man of humble origins. His lifetime (1865-1947) spanned a period of New Zealand history when the country was searching for home-grown heroes in whose lives the young nation could discover clues to the question of its identity. The decades O'Leary spent in the unforgiving mountain country of North-West Otago and South Westland, prospecting for gold and other minerals and making new tracks in unexplored areas, was bound to be regarded with envy and admiration by townsfolk. The myth-making process was assisted when the nickname 'Arawata Bill' stuck, but it is the man's astonishing feats of endurance, tenacity and charming eccentricity which capture the imagination.
Collected stories, Maurice Duggan; edited and introduced by C K Stead.
Maurice Duggan's Collected Stories is a powerful collection of short stories from one of New Zealand's finest writers of the genre. Duggan's lyrical power and exceptional style come to the fore in these brilliant stories, which are tinged with undercurrents and ambivalences. The variety of language gives great vitality to tales of a Catholic boyhood, troubled marriage, loneliness, small town ambitions and sexuality. Maurice Duggan destroyed his unpublished fiction, so Collected Stories represents virtually all of his remaining works. The critic, poet and novelist C. K. Stead has compiled and edited this collection, in addition to providing an introduction and in-depth biographical information. Stead describes the stories in this volume as 'some of the most perfect short fictions written by a New Zealander'.
Unseemly science: being volume two of the fall of the gas-lit empire, Rod Duncan.
In the divided land of England, Elizabeth Barnabus has been living a double life - as both herself and as her brother, the private detective. Witnessing the hanging of Alice Carter, the false duchess, Elizabeth resolves to throw the Bullet Catcher's Handbook into the fire, and forget her past. If only it were that easy! There is a new charitable organisation in town, run by some highly respectable women. But something doesn't feel right to Elizabeth. Perhaps it is time for her fictional brother to come out of retirement for one last case. Her unstoppable curiosity leads her to a dark world of body-snatching, unseemly experimentation, politics and scandal.
The lake of dreams, Kim Edwards.
In this book, the author tells the story of a woman's homecoming, a family secret, and the old house that holds the key to the true legacy of a family. At a crossroads in her life, Lucy Jarrett returns home from Japan, only to find herself haunted by her father's unresolved death a decade ago. Old longings stirred up by Keegan Fall, a local glass artist who was once her passionate first love, lead her into the unexpected. Late one night, as she paces the hallways of her family's rambling lakeside house, she discovers, locked in a window seat, a collection of objects that first appear to be useless curiosities. But soon they reveal a deeper and more complex family past.
Emergency response, Nicki Edwards.
Running away didn't solve anything ... at least, not the first time. Intensive care nurse Mackenzie Jones is no stranger to running. As a teenager she fled her family home, leaving tragedy and loss in her wake. Now, after fifteen years alone in Sydney, with the strain of working in a city hospital wearing her thin, she's tempted to run again. Mackenzie jumps at the chance to work in a mining town in the Western Australian desert - anything to lift her spirits. Though she barely dares to hope, she wonders if she might find the kind of love that can ease her loneliness. In the outback, Nathan Kennedy is at a loose end. He's been making money in the mines for years, and pressure from his family to return to the east coast, settle down and get married is reaching fever pitch. The problem is, he hasn't met the right woman.
Intensive care, Nicki Edwards.
Escaping to the country was meant to be easy ... On the surface it looks like busy intensive care nurse Kate Kennedy has it all: a long-term relationship, a great career and a sleek inner city apartment. But appearances are deceiving, and in one fell swoop everything comes crashing down around her. In a moment of spontaneity, Kate leaves her city life and takes a new role as Nurse Unit Manager at Birrangulla Base Hospital, but her dream move proves harder than expected.
When Lions roared: the Lions, the All Blacks and the legendary tour of 1971, Tom English, Peter Burns.
The 1971 British & Irish Lions tour of Australia and New Zealand has gone down in history as one of the greatest of all time. When the enigmatic Carwyn James was appointed as coach, he faced a gruelling schedule: two matches against powerful provincial sides in Australia packed with Test players, then a hop across the Tasman Sea for a twenty-four-match slog around New Zealand, which would include a four-Test series against the All Blacks, the best side on the planet. When Lions Roared delves into the very heart of that famous summer as Lions, All Blacks and provincial players recount their memories to bring to life one of the most celebrated tours in rugby history - one that changed the game forever and continues to resonate powerfully to this day.
A love to remember, Bronwen Evans.
For Rose Deverill, one husband was enough. As the wealthy widow of the Duke of Roxborough, she has cultivated an unsavory reputation meant to discourage wife hunters. Thanks to a string of steamy affairs, Rose is perfectly content to be known by polite society as the "Wicked Widow"—until she's reunited with the man she fell in love with at age fifteen. Their bedroom encounters are scorching, but it breaks Rose's heart to wonder whether her reckless behaviour ruined her for Philip Flagstaff.
Before I forget.,
Jacqueline Fahey brought the curtain down at the end of her first memoir, Something for the Birds, after her marriage to Fraser McDonald. In Before I Forget she continues the story from this happy-ever-after moment, charting her life since 1960.
If you could be mine, Sara Farizan.
In Iran, where homosexuality is punishable by death, seventeen-year-olds Sahar and Nasrin love each other in secret until Nasrin's parents announce their daughter's arranged marriage and Sahar proposes a drastic solution.
Tell me again how a crush should feel: a novel, Sara Farizan.
High school junior Leila's Persian heritage already makes her different from her classmates at Armstead Academy, and if word got out that she liked girls life would be twice as hard, but when a new girl, Saskia, shows up, Leila starts to take risks she never thought she would, especially when it looks as if the attraction between them is mutual, so she struggles to sort out her growing feelings by confiding in her old friends.
The house opposite: a story of crime, by J. Jefferson Farjeon; with an introduction by H.R.F. Keating.
Strange things are happening in the untenanted houses of Jowle Street. There are unaccountable creakings and weird knockings on the door of No. 29, where a homeless ex-sailor has taken up residence. But even stranger things are happening in the House Opposite, from where a beautiful woman in an evening gown brings Ben a mysterious message; and worse—the offer of a job!
The broken book, Fiona Farrell.
Fiona Farrell's meandering travel book shows how an earthquake can change everything in a flash: the book you were writing, the house you were living in, the thoughts that preoccupied you. The Broken Book consists of four essays about life and walking, bookended by a preamble and an afterword, and interrupted by 21 poems about the Christchurch earthquakes and their aftermath. The poems jolt into the essays like aftershocks, like cracks in the text; they make you pause and reconsider. The Broken Book is funny, timely, deeply personal but never self-indulgent - it shows Fiona's talents as a writer and warmth as a human being.
, Steve Feasey.
The world has changed for Rush since he discovered that he wasn't the only one. A Mutant with powers that the Pure government would kill for, there are five kids like him on Scorched Earth, hidden from the world until now. Rush: telekinetic; Anya: shapeshifter; Jax: mind reader; Flea: time-stopper; Brick: healer. As their powers grow, Rush knows that they have a mission that means more than their own survival. Together, they're like the ultimate weapon - they might just beat the evil government of President Melk.
Recipe for love, Katie Fforde.
Take one aspiring cook, one judge, and a spoonful of romance. When Zoe Harper wins a coveted place in a televised cookery competition she's thrilled. It's a chance to cook her way to fame and fortune and the little delicatessen she's set her heart on.
What she left.,
Helen Cooper has a charmed life. She's beautiful, accomplished, organised - the star parent at the school. Until she disappears. But Helen wasn't abducted or murdered. She's chosen to walk away, abandoning her family, husband Sam, and her home. Where has Helen gone, and why? What has driven her from her seemingly perfect life? What is she looking for? Sam is tormented by these questions, and gradually begins to lose his grip on work and his family life.
A Buckhorn baby, Lori Foster.
If there's one thing headstrong bookstore owner Amber Hudson knows, it's how to get what she wants. And what she wants most is for Noel Poet, the hottest firefighter in Buckhorn, Kentucky, to finally admit they have a future together. But when life throws her an unexpected curveball, Amber must face the fact that she's set her sights on something that could be out of reach forever.
Buckhorn legacy, Lori Foster.
Casey: Emma Clark is back in Buckhorn. Once she was the bad girl—and did everything to get Casey Hudson into bed. He was the cutest guy in town, and the only one who cared about her. Before, it was hard for Casey to resist Emma and now it's impossible! But Emma shutting him out—and Casey needs to convince her that their attraction isn't just leftover teenage lust, but his real love for a woman. Back to Buckhorn: Leaving Buckhorn was the best thing Zoey Hodge did. Now she's back to take care of her mum. She doesn't mind seeing Garrett Hudson, one of the few who cared for her. Now he's a firefighter with a very tempting sexy charm. Garret fell for witty and brave Zoey long ago and he's falling even faster now. He believes there are many reasons for Zoey to stay. Her business. Her mum. And a chance for Garret to prove that he is her real-life hero.
Shallow breath, Sara Foster.
Two years ago, Desi Priest made a horrific mistake and destroyed her family. Now, she is coming home to make amends: to her daughter, Maya, who's nurturing her own dangerous plan; to her brother, Jackson, who blames himself; and to her close friend, Pete, who has spent years shielding her from a devastating truth. But as Desi returns to her beloved house by the ocean, there is a stranger waiting for her. Someone who needs her help. Someone whose arrival will reveal a chain of secrets hidden for over twenty years. And one by one the family will be forced to confront the possibility that they have somehow got things terribly, tragically wrong.
Comeback, Dick Francis.
Peter Darwin was hoping for some quiet leave from the Foreign Office. Instead he found himself in the village of his childhood - at the service of a veterinary surgeon whose operating theatre was rapidly acquiring an unwanted reputation as an abattoir. The sudden unexplained death of a string of valuable racehorses from one small area in Gloucestershire was a mystery the police couldn't solve. But Darwin was a local. He remembered the people and what was at stake ... And now he knows enough to get himself killed.
Come to grief, Dick Francis.
Sid Halley is supposed to testify at a trial when a suicide brings everything to a halt, but he is convinced that there is more to the death than people think, and is determined to find the truth.
To the hilt, Dick Francis.
Just after learning that his stepfather is gravely ill, artist Al Kinloch, returning to his remote home in the Scottish Highlands, is attacked by four men. They ask one question - 'where is it?' - then leave him for dead. Baffled and hurt, Al visits his stepfather and learns millions of pounds are missing and a valuable racehorse is under threat. Roughed up already, Al decides he has nothing to lose getting to the bottom of this. Unfortunately, the thugs who beat him up and the person behind them will make sure that Al doesn't survive their next encounter...
Abbott's right, Damien Freeman.
Tony Abbott may have been a Rhodes Scholar, but some commentators are convinced that he offered nothing more than three-word slogans. Abbott's Right challenges this perception, and presents Abbott as someone who rejoices in the political battle of ideas. It looks at how the contemporary conservative voice that Abbott champions was fashioned by Sir Robert Menzies, Malcolm Fraser and John Howard, and reflects on what it means to be conservative in modern Australia. It argues that the Liberal Party should return to its conservative roots as a centre-right party and signals how, as such, it might address the public policy challenges in the years ahead. Tony Abbott responds to Freeman's analysis in an afterword.
A good day for a hat, by T. Nat Fuller; illustrated by Rob Hodgson.
Mr. Brown has a hat for every occasion. But today, every time he goes to the door, the hat he's wearing isn't quite right. Which hat will he end up wearing?
Manxmouse, Paul Gallico.
The brave little Manxmouse is on a special journey. But can he survive fearsome foxes, terrified elephants and cats big and small to reach his destination? The Manxmouse is one-of-a-kind. He's the strangest little mouse you'll ever see, with bright blue fur, huge rabbit ears and a distinct lack of tail. But Manxmouse doesn't mind being different. He knows that destiny awaits him, and so Manxmouse sets out on an exciting adventure. He meets tigers and hawks and dastardly pet-shop owners, but there's someone he dreads and desires to meet more than anyone else. The someone who has been waiting for him all along ... the Manx Cat.
Olivia's winter wonderland.,
It's winter at the Swan Academy, and that means that it's panto time! But while Olivia practises being the back end of a horse, everyone else is auditioning for a major new movie. Soon the school is full of rivalry and suspicion, nasty tricks and strange mysteries. To lighten the mood, Eel organises a festive ice-skating trip. But, as the skaters twirl and leap among the twinkling lights, Olivia realises that the season of goodwill is anything but.
Stack the cats, Susie Ghahremani.
One cat sleeps. Two cats play. Thee cats stack! Stack the Cats is a charming book about counting and organising cats in various formations. But when the cats decide to go their own way as cats often will it's time to count down until there's only one sweet cat left. Counting forward and backward, understanding when there are more or fewer of something and grouping and recognising the number of items in a group are key early math skills for toddlers, making Stack the Cats as developmentally sound as it is ridiculously adorable.
Winston Churchill: the wilderness years, Martin Gilbert.
In 1928, Winston Churchill was at the height of his career. Chancellor of the Exchequer and a powerful and popular orator, leadership of the Conservative Party seemed within his grasp. A year later, all had changed. The Conservatives were defeated and, when a National Government was formed in 1931, Churchill was not asked to join it. Though he was a lone figure from this point, his acute political sense, foresight and courage were undiminished. Fed with secret inside information, Churchill consistently warned of the Nazi danger, even before the rise of Hitler. The British government, led by Stanley Baldwin and later Neville Chamberlain, fought him at every turn, even refusing him the right to broadcast. But he never gave up. It was as a direct result of his dogged perseverance that the British public came to realise the truth of his warnings - and a bond was formed that would be so vital in the years to come.
Arthur Lydiard: master coach, Garth Gilmour.
Arthur Lydiard was the most successful and influential running coach of the last fifty years. He burst into prominence at the Rome Olympics in 1960 when two of his proteges, Peter Snell and Murray Halberg, won Olympic gold medals on the same day. His team of runners, trained to brilliance, went on to dominate international track and marathon running for two decades. During this time he developed and perfected his revolutionary endurance-based training system designed to help any athlete become a better runner. In the year before his death in December 2004, Arthur Lydiard worked with his long-time friend Garth Gilmour to tell the full story of his remarkable life.
Cruel to be kind. Part 1, chapters 1-8, Cathy Glass.
Cruel To Be Kind is the true story of Max, aged 6. He is fostered by Cathy while his mother is in hospital with complications from type 2 diabetes. Fostering Max gets off to a bad start when his mother, Caz, complains and threatens Cathy even before Max has moved in. Cathy and her family are shocked when they first meet Max. But his social worker isn't the only one in denial; his whole family are too.
Cruel to be kind. Part 2, chapters 9-16, Cathy Glass.
Fostering Max gets off to a bad start when his mother, Caz, complains and threatens Cathy even before Max has moved in. Cathy and her family are shocked when they first meet Max. But his social worker isn't the only one in denial; his whole family are too.
Aristotle's nostril, Morris Gleitzman.
From the author who created the memorable world of Wilton the intestinal worm and Algy the microbe in Worm Story comes another highly infectious tale of a brave microscopic hero who is unexpectedly propelled from his familiar nostril-home into the big wide dangerous world. Aristotle's Nostril features a whole new cast of funny and gross characters that kids will love.
Belly flop, Morris Gleitzman.
Blabber mouth, Morris Gleitzman.
Two hours ago, when I walked into this school for the first time, the sun was shining, the birds were singing and, apart from a knot in my guts the size of Tasmania, life was great. Now here I am, locked in the stationery cupboard. Rowena wants to be friends but the other kids don't. Is it because she's just stuffed a frog into Darryn Peck's mouth? Or is it because of her Dad?
Misery guts, Morris Gleitzman.
All Keith's efforts to cheer up his parents end in disaster but out of one disaster comes the chance for the whole family to be happy.
Teacher's pet, Morris Gleitzman.
What do you take to Pets Day at school when you're allergic to cats and the new principal? A very large stray dog of course. Answering that question is much easier for Ginger than the one she has to ask herself at home. Is she a pet, as Mum's always saying, or a stray herself?
Worm story, Morris Gleitzman.
Who likes stomach acid and sludge farming and wants to find a friend? Wilton the worm. Who likes running away and hiding and wants to save the world? Algy the microbe. What's huge and scary and the first thing they see outside? Underpants. This is the hilarious tale of two tiny parasites and their very big adventure.
Worry warts, Morris Gleitzman.
There's trouble in Keith's tropical paradise, his Mum and Dad just won't cheer up. But Keith is convinced he can do it, until he discovers the real problem.
The last man in Europe: a novel, Dennis Glover.
Forty-three years old and suffering from the tuberculosis that within three winters will take his life, Orwell comes to see the book as his legacy - the culmination of a career spent fighting to preserve the freedoms which the wars and upheavals of the twentieth century have threatened. Completing the book is an urgent challenge, a race against death. In this illuminating novel, Dennis Glover masterfully explores the creation of Orwell's classic work, which for millions of readers worldwide defined the twentieth century. Simultaneously a captivating drama, a unique literary excavation and an unflinching portrait of a beloved British writer, The Last Man in Europe will change the way you understand Nineteen Eighty-Four.
What she does next will astound you, James Goss.
Bee quest: in search of rare bees, Dave Goulson.
A hunt for the world's most elusive bees leads Dave Goulson from Salisbury plain to Sussex hedgerows, from Poland to Patagonia. Whether he is tracking great yellow bumblebees in the Hebrides or chasing orchid bees through the Ecuadorian jungle, Dave Goulson's wit, humour and deep love of nature make him the ideal travelling companion. But perhaps Bee Quest is most fascinating when Dave Goulson explores closer to home, amongst the secret places hidden right under our noses: the abandoned industrial estates where great crested newts roam; or the rewilded estate at Knepp Castle, where, with the aid of some hairy, bluebell-eating Tamworth pigs, nightingale song has been heard for the first time in generations.
Toddler taming: the guide to your child's behaviour from one to four, Christopher Green; edited by Leonie Waks with illustrations by Roger Roberts.
With today's parents increasingly pressed for time, yet under pressure to succeed both at work and at home, Dr Green's reassuring message is to remember that you are normal and not alone. The key to effective parenting, he says, is knowing what to expect and having the self-confidence to see the various stages through. Based on more than twenty-five years of experience, Dr Green's advice will help you to enjoy the toddler years. With his trademark humour and common sense he demystifies childcare and brings the fun - and the love - back into parenting.
Too easy, J.M. Green.
Wisecracking social worker Stella Hardy returns, and this time she's battling outlaw bikie gangs, corrupt cops, and a powerful hunger for pani puri. On a stormy night, Stella gets a call from her best friend, Detective Phuong Nguyen. Her lover is being falsely accused of police corruption and the only person who can prove he's the only innocent cop in his unit has disappeared. It's up to Stella to find him, and convince him to testify before it's too late.
Devil's bargain: Steve Bannon, Donald Trump, and the storming of the presidency, Joshua Green.
The elevation of Bannon to head Trump's flagging presidential campaign on August 17, 2016, seemed to signal the meltdown of the Republican Party. Bannon was a bomb-throwing pugilist despised by Democrats and Republicans alike. Green shows that, to understand Trump's extraordinary rise and Clinton's fall, you have to weave Trump's story together with Bannon's, or else it doesn't make sense.
The last Tudor, Philippa Gregory.
'How long do I have?' I force a laugh. 'Not long,' he says very quietly. 'They have confirmed your sentence of death. You are to be beheaded tomorrow. We don't have long at all.' Jane Grey was Queen of England for nine days. Using her position as cousin to the deceased king, her father and his conspirators put her on the throne ahead of the king's half-sister Mary, who quickly mustered an army, claimed her crown and locked Jane in the Tower. When Jane refused to betray her Protestant faith, Mary sent her to the executioner's block. There Jane turned her father's greedy, failed grab for power into her own brave and tragic martyrdom.
My seductive highlander.,
Though part of a legacy of time-travelling sisters, Lilia Sinclair is planted firmly in twenty-first-century Edinburgh. Her granny's matchmaking with thirteenth-century Highlanders isn't about to lure her into the past, especially as ancient Scotland enters troubled times. After all, Lilia is blessed-or cursed-with dire prophetic visions. To protect herself, she's put up an icy emotional wall no man could cross-until a pair of gorgeous, rippling arms breaks right through. Graham MacTavish is pure trouble. Once the dragon bound to Loch Ness, he's transformed into a philanderer of the first order.
My tempting highlander, Maeve Greyson.
Cursed to live forever with neither wife nor child, Ronan Sutherland has watched all he cherishes turn to dust—more than once. For hundreds of years, he's been trapped behind the mists of Loch Ness, hoping to identify the one woman who is prophesied to break the spell. Now, at last, the fates have aligned, and he's being sent into the future to fetch her.
The 91-storey treehouse, Andy Griffiths; illustrated by Terry Denton.
Join Andy and Terry in their ridiculous 91-storey treehouse! Go for a spin in the world's most powerful whirlpool, take a ride in a submarine sandwich, get marooned on a desert island, hang out in a giant spider web, visit the fortune teller's tent to get your fortune told by Madame Know-it-all and decide whether or not to push the mysterious big red button. Well, what are you waiting for? Come on up!
Into the white: Scott's Antarctic Odyssey.,
The enthralling and harrowing true story of Robert Falcon Scott's ill-fated Terra Nova Expedition, with evocative photographs, and illustrations by Sarah Lippett.
The women of Saturn, a novel by Connie Guzzo-McParland.
After her childhood friend, Lucia is found beaten, an apparent victim of domestic violence, and Lucia's husband disappears, Cathy, a high school teacher, takes Lucia's daughter, Angie, into her home. This arrangement causes conflict between Cathy and her live-in boyfriend, Sean. There are rumours that Lucia's family is connected to the Montreal Mafia.
A barefoot summer, Jenny Hale.
Sometimes you find perfect where you least expect it ...Libby Potter has just lost the perfect job, the perfect apartment and the perfect boyfriend. Moving back to the home town that she couldn't wait to escape when she was younger was definitely not on her to-do list. Especially as it means running into the man whose heart she broke when she left. Pete Bennett can still make Libby's world stop with just the sound of his voice – even ten years on. Only now, she is the last person in the world that he wants to see.
A life to kill, M.R. Hall.
The day they've all been waiting for is at hand. The last British combat soldiers in Helmand are counting the minutes until their departure for home. For their excited families in Highcliffe, it spells the end of an agonizing six month wait. But in the final hours, disaster strikes. Nineteen-year-old Private Pete 'Skippy' Lyons is abducted and the patrol sent out to locate him is ambushed. One killed, two injured. One still missing in action.
Dark journey, Glyn Harper.
This significant volume sees the completion of over seven years' writing and research by esteemed military historian Glyn Harper. The book includes the revision and reissuing of his two earlier detailed histories of the New Zealand Divisions' major Western Front battles of World War One: Massacre at Passchendaele (2000) Spring offensive (2003) combined with an unpublished account of the third major battle of the Somme, at Bapaume, during which several VCs were awarded to New Zealand troops. Dark Journey presents the first comprehensive overview of New Zealand's involvement in World War One by one of our most highly regarded historians. It also provides in-depth analysis of the NZ war contribution, with startling revelations about the true scale of casualties, consistently under-reported in the past.
What darkness brings: a Sebastian St. Cyr mystery, C.S. Harris.
The death of a notorious London diamond merchant draws aristocratic investigator Sebastian St. Cyr and his new wife Hero into a sordid world of greed, desperation, and the occult, when the husband of Sebastian's former lover Kat Boleyn is accused of the murder.
When maidens mourn: a Sebastian St. Cyr mystery, C.S. Harris.
When Gabrielle Tennyson is murdered, aristocratic investigator Sebastian St. Cyr and his new reluctant bride, the fiercely independent Hero Jarvis, find themselves involved in an intrigue concerning the myth of King Arthur, Camelot, and a future poet laureate.
The nanny arrangement: a Country Blues novel, Rachel Harris.
Soft-spoken and shy Hannah Fisher is determined to make the man she's loved her entire life finally see her as a woman. With the help of a makeover, a new mission-Operation Find My Happy-and the convenient forced proximity of a tour bus, she vows to win her best friend Deacon's heart. Former bad boy and current fiddle player Deacon Latrell has the world at his fingertips: a new gig with a famous band, plus his best friend on tour as his son's nanny. Life couldn't get much sweeter. Now if only he could stop imagining kissing the daylights out of his childhood BFF... With one friend set on pushing the boundaries and the other afraid to rock the boat, one thing's for certain-their story would make one heck of a country song. Each book in the Country Blues series is a standalone story that can be enjoyed out of order.
You belong to me, Colin Harrison.
Immigration lawyer Paul Reeves's passion is collecting old New York City maps, tangible records of the city where he's spent his life. At an auction with his neighbour Jennifer Mehraz, the young wife of an Iranian-American financier-lawyer, a man in fatigues appears and whisks Jennifer away. Desperate to figure out who the man is and how the two are connected, her high-powered and possessive husband's ultimate goal is to make this embarrassing intrusion into his marriage disappear. At the same time one of the world's rarest, most inaccessible maps suddenly goes on sale, but before Paul can finalize a deal, an anonymous buyer snatches it out from under his nose.
The Korean War, Max Hastings.
On 25 June 1950, the invasion of South Korea by the Communist North launched one of the bloodiest conflicts of the last century. The seemingly limitless power of the Chinese-backed North was thrown against the ferocious firepower of the UN-backed South in a war that can be seen today as the stark prelude to Vietnam. Max Hastings drew on first-hand accounts of those who fought on both sides to produce this vivid and incisive reassessment of the Korean War, bringing the military and human dimensions into sharp focus. Critically acclaimed on publication, The Korean War remains the best narrative history of this conflict.
Warriors: portraits from the battlefield, Max Hastings.
Heroism in battle has been celebrated throughout history, yet it is one of the least understood virtues. What makes some men and women perform extraordinary deeds on the battlefield? What makes them risk their lives in the pursuit of victory? Max Hastings, one of our foremost military historians, has seen combat up close and written about it for decades. In Warriors, he brings us the experiences of fourteen soldiers who fought in the wars of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. From an exuberant cavalry officer in Napoleon's army to an abused orphan who in World War II became America's youngest general since Custer, to an Israeli officer who recovered from a devastating injury to save his country, each portrait depicts a unique and remarkable story. A tribute to soldierly valour and a deeply insightful study of combat, this is an essential book for anyone who wishes to understand what it means to be at war.
Chocolate cake for breakfast, Danielle Hawkins.
Helen McNeil is a vet in the small rural town of Broadview. While taking evasive action from a dull girl at a party one night she falls over - and fails to recognise - national sporting hero, Mark Tipene. For some mysterious reason Helen never really grasps, Mark finds this charming and appears the next day at the front counter of the vet clinic to ask her out. A whirlwind romance follows and everything is going swimmingly until one little hiccup changes everything. Chocolate Cake for Breakfast is the funny and heart-warming story of the pros and cons of dating a man whose shirtless picture adorns a wall in every second lunchroom in the country, of calving cows and crazy cat ladies, and of doing your best when life takes an unexpected turn.
Into the water, Paula Hawkins.
A single mother turns up dead at the bottom of the river that runs through town. Earlier in the summer, a vulnerable teenage girl met the same fate. They are not the first women lost to these dark waters, but their deaths disturb the river and its history, dredging up secrets long submerged. Left behind is a lonely fifteen-year-old girl. Parentless and friendless, she now finds herself in the care of her mother's sister, a fearful stranger who has been dragged back to the place she deliberately ran - from a place to which she vowed she'd never return.
You belong to me, Samantha Hayes.
Fleeing the terrors of her former life, Isabel has left England, and at last is beginning to feel safe. Then a letter shatters her world, and she returns home determined not to let fear rule her life any more. But she's unable to shake off the feeling that someone who knows her better than she knows herself may be following her. Watching. Waiting. Ready to step back into her life and take control all over again.
Gentlemen prefer heiresses, Lorraine Heath.
Lord Andrew Mabry, the second son of the Duke of Greystone, has no desire to marry. As the spare, he has no obligation to provide an heir and he rather enjoys spending his days and nights in play with the demimonde. But more and more of late, he finds himself wanting to play naughty games with the American heiress, Gina Hammersley. After her scandalous older sister marries a marquess, Gina Hammersley suddenly finds herself the darling of London with beaux a plenty calling on her, sending flowers, and filling her dance cards. Unfortunately, the one she desires most is the one who has no wish to be caught in the marriage trap: Lord Andrew Mabry. But when they are discovered in a compromising situation, this unlikely pair must decide whether to face scandal or discover if the passion they've always felt is strong enough to lead them into love.
Stark's war, Jack Campbell writing as John G. Hemry.
From Jack Campbell, author of the bestselling The Lost Fleet series, comes Stark's War, the first novel in a gripping trilogy. The USA reigns over Earth as the last surviving superpower. To build a society free of American influence, foreign countries have inhabited the moon. Now the US military have been ordered to wrest control of the moon. Sergeant Ethan Stark must train his squadron to fight a desperate enemy in an airless atmos at one-sixth of normal gravity. Ensuring his team's survival means choosing which orders to obey and which to ignore.
The ones who matter most.,
After her husband dies unexpectedly, Abby Roberts comes across something startling: wedding photographs of him with another woman, along with pictures of a baby boy. Shocked, Abby does something utterly impulsive: She embarks on a journey to discover the family her husband apparently left behind. Money has always been tight for single mom Fern Reyes, and never tighter than now. But this month, in place of a child-support check, her ex's pretty, privileged wife appears on her doorstep with far too many questions. Unfortunately, her young son is so taken with Abby that Fern doesn't have the heart to send her away. What begins as one woman's search for truth becomes a deep bond forged between the unlikeliest of people, and the discovery that there are many ways to make a family—as long as you take care.
The City is divided. The bridges gated. In Southside, the hostiles live in squalor and desperation, waiting for a chance to overrun the residents of Cityside. Nik is still in high school but destined for a great career with the Internal Security and Intelligence Services, the brains behind the war. But when ISIS comes recruiting, everyone is shocked when he isn't chosen. There must be an explanation, but no one will talk about it. Then the school is bombed and the hostiles take the bridges. Buildings are burning, kids are dead, and the hostiles have kidnapped Sol. Now ISIS is hunting for Nik. But Nik is on the run, with Sol's sister Fyffe and ISIS hot on their trail.
Singing the sadness, Reginald Hill.
Joe Sixsmith is going west. But only as far as Wales where they keep a welcome in the hillside and the Boyling Corner Choir has been invited to the Llanffugiol Choral Festival. Trouble is, no one seems to have heard of Llanffugiol, and all they find on the hillside is a burning house with a mysterious woman trapped inside. Soon Joe is surrounded by a whole bevy of suspicious characters, not to mention the kind of criminous confusion that turns into utter chaos when confronted with the famous Sixsmith detection technique.
Better brain food: eat to cheat dementia and cognitive decline, Ngaire Hobbins; recipes by Michelle Crawford.
Ground-breaking publication on the hot topic of brain health and dementia prevention plus over 70 recipes to keep your brain healthy.
To become a whale.,
Tells the story of 13-year-old Sam Keogh, whose mother has died. Sam has to learn how to live with his silent, hitherto absent father, who decides to make a man out of his son by taking him to work at Tangalooma, then the largest whaling station in the southern hemisphere. What follows is the devastatingly beautiful story of a gentle boy trying to make sense of the terrible reality of whaling and the cruelty and alienation of his new world, the world of men.
House arrest, K.A. Holt.
Young Timothy is sentenced to house arrest after impulsively stealing a wallet, and he is forced to keep a journal into which he pours all his thoughts, fears, and frustrations.
Battles and quests, Anthony Horowitz.
Myths and legends featuring big and bloody battles include such stories as "The Minotaur," "The Great Bell of Peking," and "Romulus and Remus," as well as Celtic and American Indian tales.
Art that moves: the work of Len Lye, Roger Horrocks.
One of the most original artists to have emerged from New Zealand, Len Lye (1901-1980) had a passion for movement from an early age. This fascination shaped his urgent and pioneering films and kinetic sculptures and contributed to his remarkable work in painting, photography and writing. Roger Horrocks, author of the best-selling and critically acclaimed 2001 biography of Lye, makes a powerful case for the artist's originality and the relevance of his ideas today. He also covers the remarkable story of how Lye's unfinished projects are being built in New Zealand today and the controversy this has sometimes aroused.
Graham Henry: final word, Bob Howitt
Although he would eventually be knighted in recognition of one of the most remarkable coaching careers in the history of rugby, Graham Henry experienced his share of crushing setbacks and disappointments. This was the man responsible for restoring the glory days of the All Blacks and reinvigorating the spirits of an entire nation, but also the one held accountable for a disastrous 2007 World Cup campaign. Now retired, he has teamed up with New Zealand's most prolific rugby author, Bob Howitt, to relate his personal account of the drastic measures he took to change the culture within the All Blacks and set them on the path to becoming world champions.
A study in death, Anna Lee Huber.
Scotland, 1831. After a tumultuous courtship complicated by three deadly inquiries, Lady Kiera Darby is thrilled to have found both an investigative partner and a fiance in Sebastian Gage. But with her well-meaning—and very pregnant—sister planning on making their wedding the event of the season, Kiera could use a respite from the impending madness. Commissioned to paint the portrait of Lady Drummond, Kiera is saddened when she recognizes the pain in the baroness's eyes. Lord Drummond is a brute, and his brusque treatment of his wife forces Kiera to think of the torment caused by her own late husband. Kiera isn't sure how to help, but when she finds Lady Drummond prostrate on the floor, things take a fatal turn.
A life. A finger. A pea up a nose, Sarah Hunstead.
Based on the enormously popular CPR Kids First Aid program, which has empowered thousands of families around Australia. From resuscitation, broken bones, choking and drowning to allergies, breathing problems and everything in between, this essential guide equips parents with skills to help your precious little ones safely and effectively in the event of a medical emergency. Easy-to-follow step-by-step advice, nurse- and parent-tested methods and clear illustrations will show you how to: assess a situation and stay calm, treat an injury in a child-friendly way, recognise warning signs that show your child has a serious illness, know when to get help, and make your home child-safe.
Warriors. Graystripe's adventure, created by Erin Hunter; written by Dan Jolley; art by James L. Barry.
Graystripe, deputy of ThunderClan, has been captured by Twolegs. He longs to go back to the forest and his Clan, and after he meets a feisty kittypet named Millie, they set off in search of his Clanmates. But with the forest destroyed, and no clear path to lead him, how will Graystripe find his way home?
An inconvenient beauty
, Kristi Ann Hunter.
The Duke of Riverton has chosen his future wife with the same logic he uses to make every decision. However, his perfect bride eludes his suit, while the beautiful Isabella Breckenridge seems to be everywhere. When the time comes, will Griffith and Isabella be able to set aside their pride and initial notions to embrace their very own happily-ever-after?
A change of heir, Michael Innes.
George Gadberry, 'resting actor', packs his bags and heads for obscurity when the tax inspector beckons. Then he receives a mysterious invitation and a proposition that could lead to enormous riches. Wealthy imbiber, Nicholas Comberford, wants George to impersonate him in order to secure a place in the will of fabulously affluent Great-Aunt Prudence, who lives in a Cistercian monastery and won't allow a single drop of liquor in the place. Gadberry's luck seems to have changed - but at what cost?
Lament for a maker, Michael Innes.
When mad recluse, Ranald Guthrie, the laird of Erchany, falls from the ramparts of his castle on a wild winter night, Appleby discovers the doom that shrouded his life, and the grim legends of the bleak and nameless hamlets, in a tale that emanates sheer terror and suspense.
Stop press, Michael Innes.
Famous writer, Richard Eliot, has written numerous detective novels, featuring 'The Spider', a daring, clever criminal in earlier books, and an equally canny private investigator in later ones. But when he comes to life – first to burgle an odd neighbour, then to harass the Eliot family, and finally to attend his own 'birthday party', Inspector John Appleby is sent to investigate.
Proof of life, Judith A. Jance.
When his longtime nemesis, retired Seattle crime reporter Maxwell Cole, dies in whats officially deemed to be an accidental fire, retired J. P. Beaumont is astonished to be dragged into the investigation at the request of none other than the deceased victim himself. In the process Beau learns that just because a long-ago case was solved doesn't mean it's over.
Backpack and a red dress, Maddie Jane.
A fresh contemporary romance about a lonely girl looking for love, family and the perfect dress. Managing a flailing second-hand clothes shop in an English village is not part of Cally Kirkwood's life plan. But she's travelled across the world to meet her birth father and she won't leave until he acknowledges her. But life happens when you're busy making plans, and Cally soon finds herself completely invested in converting the grungy shop into a beautiful vintage clothing store, despite the opposition of her new employer's son, Sam Hunter.
The birthday that changed everything, Debbie Johnson.
She wanted a birthday surprise, just not the one she got… The last thing Sally Summers expected from her husband on her special day was that he'd leave her for a Latvian lap dancer half her age. So with her world in tatters, Sally jets off to Turkey for some sun, sea and sanctuary. The Blue Bay resort brings new friends and the perfect balm for Sally's broken heart in gorgeous Dubliner James. He's just the birthday present she needs. And when the chemistry between them continues to spark as the holiday ends, Sally wonders if this is more than just a summer fling. But James has scars of his own and Sally isn't quite ready to turn her back on her marriage. This birthday might have changed everything, but what will the next one bring?
Cold feet at Christmas, Debbie Johnson.
A remote Scottish castle on a snowy Christmas Eve. A handsome husband-to-be. A dress to die for. It should have been the happiest day of Leah Harvey's life—but the fairytale wedding turns sour when she finds her fiancé halfway up the bridesmaid's skirt just hours before the ceremony! Fleeing the scene in a blizzard, Leah ends up stranded at the nearest cottage, where she collapses into the arms of its inhabitant—a man so handsome she thinks she must have died and gone to heaven! And when Rob Cavelli suddenly finds himself with an armful of soaking wet, freezing cold, and absolutely gorgeous bride on the run, he's more than happy to welcome her into his snowbound cottage this Christmas …
Never kiss a man in a Christmas jumper.,
For single mum Maggie, Christmas has always been a family occasion – her daughter Ellen filling the house with her bubbly warmth and mistletoe, her dad Paddy having one too many festive tipples, and the traditional family Christmas tree looking like a drunken elf vomited a rainbow all over it. But this year, with both Ellen and Paddy away for the holidays, Maggie's facing a truly blue Christmas – alone with nothing but a bottle of Baileys and an M&S turkey dinner. Until walking the snowy streets of Oxford, Marco Cavelli quite literally crashes into her life – and, complete with broken leg, becomes her unexpected houseguest.
The name of the star.,
The day Louisiana teenager Rory Deveaux arrives in London marks a memorable occasion. For Rory, it's the start of a new life at a London boarding school. But when she witnesses a murder by a Jack the Ripper copycat and becomes involved with the very unusual investigation, she discovers the truth about the secret ghost police of London and her own shocking abilities.
Pip and Houdini.,
Ten-year-old Pip, the girl with 'nerves of steel and a heart of gold', is on another adventure. This time she is on the road to Byron Bay with her dog, Houdini, hoping to find her real mother.
The twentieth man, Tony Jones.
He was the only one left alive; now it was his turn to die. In September 1972 journalist Anna Rosen takes an early morning phone call from her boss at the ABC telling her about two bombings in Sydney's busy CBD. It's the worst terrorist attack in the country's history and Anna has no doubt which group is responsible for the carnage. She has been investigating the role of alleged war criminals in the globally active Ustasha movement. With Croatian extremists under suspicion and a power struggle erupting between ASIO and the federal police, Attorney General Lionel Murphy personally directs a raid on the security agency. Events suddenly reach a trigger point with the impending arrival of Yugoslav's Prime Minister.
My fair lover, Nicole Jordan.
Tasked with turning American privateer Brandon Deverill into a proper English lord and finding him a suitable bride, matchmaker Lady Katherine Wilde agrees to his demands only if he protects her from pirates during her search for buried treasure.
A cure for love
, Penny Jordan.
Since Lacey's brief marriage went disastrously wrong, she's raised her daughter, Jessica, alone. But there has been no man since Lewis Marsh, the one who loved and then left her, twenty years ago. Now Lewis is back, determined to get to know his daughter and threatening the secure world Lacey has built up around her. But even more shattering is the realization that Lacey may be making the same mistakes: that she might be falling in love with Lewis all over again!
Pinkalicious and Planet Pink, Victoria Kann.
Learning about Planet Pink, Pinkalicious imagines what would happen if an alien Pinktonian paid her a visit.
Pinkalicious and the sick day, by Victoria Kann.
Pinkalicious gets to be Principal for a Day because she has perfect attendance! Pinkalicious can't wait to be in charge, but when she wakes up sick on the big day, will her dreams of being Principal Pinkalicious be—ACHOO!—blown away? Beginning readers will love seeing how Pinkalicious turns a sick day into a special day.
The unmourned, Meg and Tom Keneally.
For Robert Church, superintendent of the Parramatta Female Factory, the most enjoyable part of his job is access to young convict women. Inmate Grace O'Leary has made it her mission to protect the women from his nocturnal visits and when Church is murdered with an awl thrust through his right eye, she becomes the chief suspect. Recently arrived from Port Macquarie, ticket-of-leave gentleman convict Hugh Monsarrat now lives in Parramatta with his ever-loyal housekeeper Mrs Mulrooney. Monsarrat and Mrs Mulrooney both believe that Grace is innocent, but in this they are alone, so to exonerate her they must find the murderer. Many hated Church and are relieved by his death, but who would go as far as killing him?
At the table of wolves, Kay Kenyon.
In 1936, paranormal abilities of the bloom have broken through in the world as a slow, subconscious tide, brought to the surface by the suffering of the Great War. While Germany has worked for over a decade to weaponize these abilities, in England, research lags behind. It's now underway at an ultra-secret site, Monkton Hall. Among the test subjects is Kim Tavistock, a woman with the Talent of the spill—drawing out truths that people most wish to hide. When she wins the confidence of caseworker Owen Cherwell, he recruits her into an effort to expose the head of Monkton Hall as a German spy.
Snape: a definitive reading, Lorrie Kim.
The Harry Potter series may be named after the Boy Who Lived, but if you want to know the story, keep your eyes fixed on Severus Snape. This hook-nosed, greasy-haired, grumpy character is one of J.K. Rowling's enduring gifts to English literature. He's the archetypal ill-tempered teacher: acerbic, yet horribly, deliciously funny. When he's in a scene, you can't take your eyes off him. Snape is always the story. In this examination of J.K. Rowling's most enigmatic character, Lorrie Kim shows us how to sort through the illusions and lies to the man who dared to spy on Voldemort and without whom, Harry's story would have turned out very differently.
A Baxter family Christmas, Karen Kingsbury.
As Christmas nears, John Baxter makes a bold gesture—he invites a stranger to share Christmas Eve dinner with his family. But not just any stranger. This woman is the recipient of his daughter Erin's heart. John knows the invitation will impact each of his adult kids and their families. But will they choose to embrace their guest? And how will the woman's presence affect his granddaughter—the one who feels the loss of her mother most keenly?
Even now, Karen Kingsbury.
Sometimes hope for the future is found in the ashes of yesterday. Shane Galanter—a man ready to put down roots after years of searching. But is he making the right choice? Or is there a woman somewhere who even now remembers—as does he—those long-ago days … and a love that hasn't faded with time?
The Tuesday morning collection, Karen Kingsbury.
One Tuesday morning: The last thing Jake Bryan knew was the roar of the World Trade Center collapsing on top of him and his fellow firefighters. The man in the hospital bed remembers nothing. Not rushing with his teammates up the stairway of the south tower to help trapped victims. Not being blasted from the building. And not the woman sitting by his bedside who says she is his wife. Three years have passed since the terrorist attacks on New York City. Jamie Bryan, widow of a firefighter who lost his life on that terrible day, has found meaning in her season of loss by volunteering at St. Paul's, the memorial chapel across the street from where the Twin Towers once stood. Here she meets a daily stream of people touched by the tragedy, including two men with whom she feels a connection. Then the worst fire season in California's history erupts, and Alex faces the ultimate challenge to protect the community he serves.
Rich dad's increase your financial IQ: getting richer by getting smarter, Robert T. Kiyosaki.
Emphasises the importance of financial intelligence to good money management and describes how to improve financial information and increase, protect, budget, and leverage money.
The great good thing: a secular Jew comes to faith in Christ, Andrew Klavan.
Edgar Award-winner and internationally bestselling novelist tells of his improbable conversion from agnostic Jewish-intellectual to baptized Christian and of the books that led him there. "Had I stumbled on the hallelujah truth, or just gone mad-or, that is, had I gone mad again'"
The broken world, Lindsey Klingele.
"An exciting sequel to The Marked Girl, filled with fantastical adventure and a quest to save two worlds… In the fantasy world of Caelum, Liv, Cedric, and Kat attempt to defeat an evil traitor and his army to save their families and the kingdom. Meanwhile, Liv's best friend and Cedric's frenemy stick in LA to try and figure out how to fix Los Angeles. The city, thanks to the open portals between LA and Caelum, is breaking down: the sky is orange, gravity isn't working right, and earthquakes shake the ground every few hours. When the crew reunites in LA, it's a race against time to restore the balance of magic between the two worlds. The adventure that started in Lindsey Klingele's The Marked Girl concludes in The Broken World! " — Amazon.com
Somebody stop Ivy Pocket, Caleb Krisp; illustrated by John Kelly.
Ivy is now the beloved daughter of Ezra and Mother Snagbsy, coffin makers, even if she does have to work rather like a maid. Their trade is roaring, and Ivy is as happy as a pig in clover. Especially when she escapes to the library to talk to the devastatingly sympathetic Miss Carnage. But then Ivy guesses that all is not as it seems with her new parents, and discovers that she can pass into the world of the Clock Diamond. There, she sees her friend Rebecca, horribly sad and desperate. Can Ivy save Rebecca, and what do a missing aristocrat, a forbidden love affair and a bullfrog have to do with her mission?
Twins, by Dirk Kurbjuweit; translated from the German by Imogen Taylor.
Rowing partners Johann and Ludwig are best friends, but that's not enough. To defeat the region's current champions, identical twins from a nearby town, they must become twins too. Ludwig has a plan: they will eat, sleep, breathe and even think in perfect harmony. Only then will they have a chance of winning. But Johann has a secret he's been keeping from his friend - and when Ludwig begins acting strangely, Johann realises that his 'twin' wants to put their bond to the ultimate test.
Gone [electronic resource]: a girl, a violin, a life unstrung, Min Kym.
At 7 years old Min Kym was a prodigy, the youngest ever pupil at the Purcell School of Music. At 11 she won her first international prize. She worked with many violins, waiting for the day she would play 'the one'. At 21 she found it: a rare 1696 Stradivarius, perfectly suited to her build and temperament. Her career soared. She recorded the Brahms concerto and a world tour was planned. Then, in a train station café, her violin was stolen. In an instant her world collapsed. She descended into a terrifying limbo land, unable to play another note. This is Min's extraordinary story - of a young woman staring into the void, wondering who she was, who she had been.
An elegant death, Camilla Lackberg; translated from the Swedish by Tiina Nunnally.
A short story from No. 1 international bestseller and Swedish crime sensation Camilla Lackberg. Two sisters, one murder, and a robbery in a vintage boutique in Fjällbacka. A thrilling story with a fashionable twist…
The Sackett brand, Louis L'Amour.
Tell Sackett and his bride Ange came to Arizona to build a home and start a family. But on Black Mesa something goes terribly wrong. Tell is ambushed and badly injured. When he finally manages to drag himself back to where he left Ange, she is gone. Desperate, cold, hungry, and with nothing to defend himself, Tell is stalked like a wounded animal. Hiding from his attackers, his rage and frustration mount as he tries to figure out who the men are, why they are trying to kill him, and what has happened to his wife. Discovering the truth will be risky. And when he finally does, it will be their turn to run.
The warrior's path, Louis L'Amour.
Rival Indian tribes are threatening war and ruthless white men, hoping to exploit the tensions, kidnap a settler's beautiful daughter. Kin and Yance Sackett journey along the Warrior's Path to rescue the girl from her captors.
Japantown: a Jim Brodie thriller, Barry Lancet.
San Francisco antiques dealer Jim Brodie recently inherited a stake in his father's Tokyo-based private investigation firm, which means the single father of six-year-old Jenny is living a busy intercontinental life, travelling to Japan to acquire art and artifacts for his store and consulting on Brodie Security's caseload at home and abroad. One night, an entire family is gunned down in San Francisco's bustling Japantown neighbourhood, and Brodie is called on by the SFPD to decipher the lone clue left at the crime scene: a unique Japanese character printed on a slip of paper drenched in blood.
Pacific burn: a thriller, Barry Lancet.
Japanese antiques dealer and PI Jim Brodie goes up against the CIA, FBI, Department of Homeland Security and a killer operating on both sides of the Pacific.
The spy across the table: a Jim Brodie thriller, Barry Lancet.
Jim Brodie is an antiques dealer, Japan expert, and second-generation private investigator. When two theater friends are murdered backstage at a Kennedy Center performance in Washington, DC, he's devastated—and determined to hunt down the killer. He's not the only one… Brodie flies to Tokyo to attend the second of two funerals, when his friend's daughter Anna is kidnapped during the ceremony. It is then Brodie realizes that the murders were simply bait to draw her out of hiding. Anna, it seems, is the key architect of a top-secret NSA program that gathers the personal secrets of America's most influential leaders. Secrets so damaging that North Korea and China will stop at nothing to get them.
Tokyo kill: a thriller, Barry Lancet.
Struggling San Francisco antiques dealer Jim Brodie is back in Japan. After wading through the tragedy of the Japantown murders, he and his daughter have returned for a well-earned vacation. Checking in at the P.I. firm he inherited from his father, he's startled by the arrival of an old World War II veteran and his son. The father has come explicitly to see Brodie, and offers up a dark story connected to the war and a pair of violent home invasions committed in the Japanese capital only days earlier.
Resurrection, Derek Landy.
The skeleton detective is coming back to life… again! It's the tenth, triumphant novel in the Skulduggery Pleasant series, and it will rearrange your world. Skulduggery and Valkyrie are back in the tenth instalment in the bestselling Skulduggery Pleasant series - an incredible and unexpected treat for the legions of fans around the world.
The Pants on Fire Detective Agency box set, K.J. Larsen.
Suspect your husband has had his hand up someone else's skirt? Call the Pants on Fire Detective Agency and ask for the fabulous Cat DeLuca, avenger of cheated upon women. Cat's own short, stormy marriage was a crash course in infidelity – his, not hers. But two years of unholy matrimony (and being the only daughter in a family of policemen) taught her everything she needed to know to launch the Pants On Fire Detective Agency. She has no pity for unfaithful husbands: if they're cheating, she'll catch them. Liar, Liar: He's suave, seriously handsome and most unusually, it looks like he's innocent. Too good to be true? As it turns out, yes. Sticks & Stones: Cleo Jones' husband stole her money, took her dog and slept with her sister - so she doesn't feel too guilty about shooting him full of buckshot. But she didn't kill him. Shame no one but Cat believes her. Some Like It Hot? : The diamond earrings worn by Marilyn Monroe wore in Some Like It Hot have been stolen… But with one private eye already gunned down on the search, should Cat De Luca try her hand at finding them?
The warrior princess of Pennyroyal Academy.,
Evie and Maggie are still enjoying the glow of their victory as they travel into the forest on their coach. But the happiest day of Evie's life is suddenly turned upside-down when they're ambushed by witches. They dash back to the Academy, only to learn that the witches have been attacking every coach that tries to leave. With their supplies nearly depleted, the Academy surrounded by witches, and new dangers looming outside the castle walls, Evie must devise a plan to save her friends and clear a path for the princesses and knights to escape.
Calling the gods, Jack Lasenby.
Thrown hard on the bottom boards, I stared up at distorted mouths, faces so red I could feel their heat. They stank of rage and of something else; several frothed at the mouth; their howls drowned the clatter and shriek of gulls swerving and tilting above the mast. Banishment is the cruellest punishment, and Selene is being driven out unjustly by her own people. Set in a New Zealand both recognisable and strangely different, CALLING THE GODS is a novel for older readers, a story of violence, love, and courage, of leadership and betrayal, of the extraordinary human ability to adapt and survive, a tale of a young woman's heroic persistence against impossible odds. Ages: 13+
Fever moon: a graphic novel, Karen Marie Moning; adapted by David Lawrence; illustrated by Al Rio and Cliff Richards.
In graphic novel format, follows MacKayla's rescue from the Fear Dorcha by the dreamy-eyed bartender, an event that prompts an extraordinary adventure for young sidhe-seer Dani.
Behind bars: real-life stories from inside New Zealand's prisons, Anna Leask.
A raw, revealing and powerful account of life inside, as told by prison inmates. Violence. Gangs. Drugs. Smuggling. Weapons. Scams. Hierarchy. Murder. Welcome to prison life in New Zealand. Most New Zealanders will never know what it's like to do time, to spend days, months, years, even decades behind bars with some of the country's most dangerous, volatile and notorious criminals. For the men and women who have spent time inside, it's an experience they will never forget. These are their stories. Behind Bars takes you deep into the prisons of New Zealand and reveals the private lives of inmates - their first night inside, how they spend their time, how they change, learn who to trust, how to fit in and, ultimately, how they survive. A raw and fascinating glimpse into a world most of us can only imagine.
The day my father became a bush, Joke van Leeuwen; translated by Bill Nagelkerke.
Before he becomes a bush, Toda's father is a pastry chef. He gets up at the crack of dawn to bake twenty different sorts of pastries and three kinds of cake. Until, one day, everything changes. Fighting breaks out in the south and Toda's father has to go there to defend his country. Luckily he has a manual called 'What every soldier needs to know'. This tells him how to hide from the enemy by using branches and leaves to disguise himself as a bush. Toda remains in the city with her grandmother but even there it's no longer safe. She is sent to stay with her mother who lives across the border. Toda's journey is full of adventure and danger. But she doesn't give up. She has to find her mother.
Fortune's prince, by Allison Leigh.
Once upon a time… There was a beautiful princess, raised in riches but lonely of heart. When Amelia Fortune Chesterfield discovered her Texas roots, she hurried to Horseback Hollow, eager to find her past. And there she found her future…. The prince wore spurs and a Stetson and was unlike any man she had ever known. In one magical night, Quinn Drummond transformed the shy, reserved girl into a passionate, feeling woman. But in the morning, the princess had to flee, tearing asunder their happily ever after. The prince, in his anger, retreated. Would a small miracle reunite the gun-shy cowboy with his lady love?
Fortune's proposal, Allison Leigh.
Nobody knows how to close a deal like Drew Fortune. But this time it's personal. The Fortune scion has just been handed an ultimatum: marry or lose his claim on the family business. Luckily, the perfect bride is only a cubicle away. Who better to complete the marriage merger of the year than his loyal assistant, Deanna Gurney? Being Drew's fake fiancee has its advantages especially since Deanna's been in love with her heartbreakingly handsome boss forever. Drew may have made it clear he isn't in it for the long haul. But with another Fortune wedding in the offing, Deanna just might succeed in turning a temporary business arrangement into a permanent takeover of a certain reticent playboy's heart!
Be the dad she needs you to be: the indelible imprint a father leaves on his daughter's life, Dr. Kevin Leman.
Study after study show that fathers set up their daughters for success. Involved fathers—whether or not they live in the same house as their children—boost their daughter's academic achievement, promote their psychological health, increase their compassion for others, and even bolster the status of women.
The proving, Beverly Lewis.
After five years as an Englisher, Amanda Dienner is shocked to learn her mother has passed away and left her Lancaster County's most popular Amish bed-and-breakfast. What's more, the inn will only truly be hers if Mandy can successfully run it for twelve months. Reluctantly, Mandy accepts the challenge, no matter that it means facing the family she left behind or that the inn's clientele expect an Amish hostess! Can Mandy fulfill the terms of her inheritance, or will this prove a dreadful mistake?
Compelling reason: essays on ethics and theology, C.S. Lewis.
'You can only find out the rights and wrongs by Reasoning - never by being rude about your opponent's psychology.' For C.S. Lewis, reason and logic are the sensible way to approach faith and ethics. Much of the 20th century's ills are caused by ill-founded beliefs and opinions. Lewis's original approach remains as vital today as ever. He is able to take the most convoluted subject, turn it side on and shed bright illumination on it. To be able to see along things rather than at them - just like a beam of sunlight that invades the darkness of a toolshed - is, to Lewis, the way to understanding. Written variously between 1940 and 1962, this collection of essays represents the best of Lewis's considerable wisdom on the great ethical and theological concerns of the day.
Easy healthy meals,
Ten easy to prepare and healthy meals for the home cook in a hurry. Former Masterchef winner and dietician Nadia Lim has hand-picked 10 of her easiest, healthiest, tastiest meals to enjoy around the family table. This is a go-to collection of everyday meals, all with Nadia's trademark nutritional analysis and famous big-flavour.
After Everest: inside the private world of Edmund Hillary, Paul Little with Carolyne Meng-Yee.
Edmund Hillary is a towering figure among adventurers. His conquest of Everest and his dedication to the welfare of the Nepalese people is well known. While much has been written about what Sir Edmund Hillary did, 'Ed', the man behind the legend, is less well known in large part because he controlled how his story was told. The years leading up to Everest and the other great adventures are remarkable enough, but it is the drama of Ed's later years that throws light onto the world of the private man: the death of his wife and daughter in an air crash, his remarriage to the widow of an old friend, and, finally, the falling out, after his own death, of family members and those in his inner circle. Ed's image was that of a simple, straightforward man, but in reality he was a complex bundle of paradoxes. He was an individualist who always worked with a team; a young loner who came to be loved by millions; a sometimes distant father who was seen as a surrogate parent by thousands of Nepalese; and a left-leaning thinker who accepted the highest order of chivalry from Queen Elizabeth II. This is the story of the man behind the legend.
The wandering Earth.,
Cixin Liu is China's bestselling science fiction author and one of the most important voices in world SF. His novel, The Three-Body Problem, was the first translated work of SF ever to win the Hugo Award. Here is the first collection of his short fiction: eleven stories, including five Chinese Galaxy Award-winners, form a blazingly original ode to planet earth, its pasts and its futures.
The weight of memories, Cixin Liu.
From the author of The Three-Body Problem, The Dark Forest, and the forthcoming Death's End comes a story about unborn memories. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.
The grace of kings, Ken Liu.
Wily, charming Kuni Garu, a bandit, and stern, fearless Mata Zyndu, the son of a deposed duke, seem like polar opposites. Yet, in the uprising against the emperor, the two quickly become the best of friends after a series of adventures fighting against vast conscripted armies, silk-draped airships, soaring battle kites, underwater boats, magical books, shapeshifting gods, and scaled whales who seem to prophesy the future. Once the emperor has been overthrown, however, the two find themselves the leaders of two sides with very different ideas about how the world should be run and the meaning of justice.
Dirty dancing at Devil's Leap, Julie Anne Long.
As Avalon Harwood's fortunes soared, Maximilian "Mac" Coltrane's plummeted, and he had to fight his way back to where they both began: Hellcat Canyon. Now Mac and Avalon will play dirty—in more ways than one—to get what they each want: the glorious old abandoned Coltrane mansion. But when Avalon snaps the house up at auction, she discovers there's something awfully familiar about the extremely hot caretaker. Mac might have a heart of stone, and the abs to match, but Avalon—the dazzling girl whose heart was always too big and too reckless for her own good—was always his Kryptonite. And just like that, the stakes change: suddenly they're fighting not just for a house, but for a magic they tasted only once before and never since—long ago, with each other, at Devil's Leap.
Dolci di love, Sarah-Kate Lynch.
A delightful new cover and format for this engaging examination of marriage, family and forgiveness. Because we all deserve a second chance at dolce di love. The Tuscan town of Montevedova is famous for its rolling green hills, long lazy lunches and delectable cantucci biscuits. But Manhattan workaholic Lily turner is not interested in any of that. She's only there to find her cheating husband. What Lily doesn't know, however, is that beneath the cobbled lanes of this charming hilltop village, an underground network of ancient widows is working tirelessly on finding her a happy ending - whether she wants it or not.
A history of Christianity: the first three thousand years, Diarmaid MacCulloch.
We live in a time of tremendous religious awareness, when both believers and non-believers are deeply engaged by questions of religion and tradition. This ambitious book ranges back to the origins of the Hebrew Bible and covers the world, following the three main strands of the Christian faith, to teach modern readers how Jesus' message spread and how the New Testament was formed. We follow the Christian story to all corners of the globe, filling in often neglected accounts of conversions and confrontations in Africa and Asia. And we discover the roots of the faith that galvanized America, charting the rise of the evangelical movement from its origins in Germany and England.
Reformation: Europe's house divided, 1490-1700, Diarmaid MacCulloch.
Diarmaid MacCulloch describes the changing late medieval world into which Luther, Calvin and the other reformers erupted. He proposes an original understanding of the often confusing origins of the exceptionally violent disagreements that divided men and women of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries - disagreements for which they were prepared to kill and be killed. He examines the personalities of the leading Reformers and their opponents and the mix of ideas, prejudices and accidents that shaped the various versions of Protestantism and Catholicism.
Ordering your private world, Gordon MacDonald.
We have schedule planners, computerized calendars, and self-stick notes to help us organize our business and social lives every day. But what about organizing the other side of our lives-the spiritual side. One of the great battlegrounds of the new century is within the private world of the individual. The values of our Western culture incline us to believe that the busy, publicly active person in ministry is also the most spiritual. Tempted to give imbalanced attention to the public world at the expense of the private, we become involved in more programs, more meetings. Our massive responsibilities at home, work, and church have resulted in a lot of good people on the verge of collapse.
The boy who cried wolf, retold by Mairi Mackinnon; illustrated by Mike and Carl Gordon.
A bored young shepherd cries "wolf" in order to trick the townspeople into coming to his aid, but when a wolf really does appear one day, the townspeople ignore his pleas for help.
Roland has everything a young man could wish for - good looks, enough money, a cool relationship with his mother, ready wit, intelligence, a sexy girlfriend, a perfect school record. So the fact that he committed a petty crime and that, somehow, one of his teachers knows about it is something he can hardly explain to himself, let alone anyone else. The teacher, Mr Hudson, uses this knowledge to blackmail Roland into befriending the school misfit - Jess Ferret. The reason he gives is concern for her wellbeing, but even Roland finds this rather far-fetched. And when Jess doesn't respond to his confident advances, he becomes intrigued with the girl for his own reasons. Roland discovers Jess's dark secret and also finds that he has one of his own.
The Christmas tree tangle.,
The story of an amazing Christmas tree tangle. The kittens, the cat, the dog, the goat and even the pigs get stuck in the tree's bendy branches.
Cleopatra in space. Book three, Secret of the time tablets, Mike Maihack.
Cleopatra and her friends journey to the city of Hykosis in search of information about the time tablets that could determine her fate, but the group is separated when Xaius Octavian's fleet attacks their ship.
Cleopatra in space. Book four: The Golden Lion, Mike Maihack.
Feeling guilty after the events that occurred on planet Hykosis, Cleopatra sets out on a solo mission to Cada'duun to investigate the Golden Lion, a weaponized star, that puts her in the path of a murderous assassin.
Cleopatra in space. Book one, Target practice, Mike Maihack.
When a young Cleopatra finds a mysterious tablet that zaps her to the far, REALLY far future, she learns of an ancient prophecy that says she is destined to save the galaxy from the tyrannical rule of the evil Xaius Octavian.
New pizza: a whole new era for the world's favourite food, Stefano Manfredi.
Stefano Manfredi's New Pizza takes the world's favourite fast food back to its origins - as a deliciously healthy and simple meal for everyone to enjoy. Pizza comes in many styles - thin, thick, crisp, chewy, round, square, a metre or more in length, filled, fried or sweet - and the quality of the pizza is defined by the quality of the flour, dough and toppings. Sydney's award-winning pizza maestro will show you how to use wholewheat flour, fresh toppings and tried-and-tested methods to create the healthiest, tastiest pizza this side of Naples.
Inspector Alleyn 3-book collection. 5.,
Died in the wool: One summer evening in 1942 Flossie Rubrick, MP, one of the most formidable women in New Zealand, goes to her husband's wool shed to rehearse a patriotic speech - and disappears. Three weeks later she turns up at an auction - packed inside one of her own bales of wool and very, very dead.
You be mother, Meg Mason.
The only thing Abi ever wanted was a proper family. So when she falls pregnant by an Australian exchange student in London, she cannot pack up her old life in Croydon fast enough, to start all over in Sydney and make her own family. It is not until she arrives, with three-week-old Jude in tow, that Abi realises Stu is not quite ready to be a father after all. And he is the only person she knows in this hot, dazzling, confusing city, where the job of making friends is turning out to be harder than she thought. That is, until she meets Phyllida, her wealthy, charming, imperious older neighbour, and they become almost like mother and daughter. If only Abi had not told Phil that teeny tiny small lie, the very first day they met.
Slow: live life simply.,
Brooke McAlary is passionate about slow living. She has experienced the transformative power of simplifying, paying attention and living a mindful, intentional life, and as the host and creator of the award-winning Slow Home Podcast (downloaded more than 2 million times) she encourages thousands of people every day to live a simpler, slower life. But it wasn't always like that. Six years ago Brooke was completely overwhelmed. She had two young children, a husband who worked long hours, a business, a home filled to the brim with all the trappings of a 'successful life' and a severe case of post-natal depression. Everything changed when she began decluttering. Now she and her husband are self-employed and enjoy a life centred on the important things - which, it turns out, aren't really things at all.
Dappled Annie and the tigrish.,
A beautifully written novel about nature, siblings, bravery, and a touch of something magical. There are faces in the hedge at the end of the garden, and a nest of tiny fantails, and that's where 9-year-old Annie goes to play one hot summer while her father works up at the lighthouse. One after another, an earthquake and a terrible wind leave Annie with losses that seem irreplaceable, and her little brother Robbie emerges as the only person who can help her find what she's lost. Him and the tigrish.
The dazzling heights, Katharine McGee.
New York, 2118. Leda is haunted by memories of what happened on the worst night of her life. Watt wants to put everything behind him— until Leda forces him to start hacking again. Rylin wins a scholarship to an upper-floor school, but being there means seeing the boy who broke her heart. Avery is tormented by her love for the one person in the world she can never have. Calliope arrives determined to cause a stir — and knows exactly where to begin. But someone is watching their every move, someone with revenge in mind.
I just ate my friend.,
I just ate my friend. He was a good friend. But now he is gone. Would you be my friend? A hilarious story about the search for friendship and belonging and maybe a little bit about the importance of impulse control from an amazing new creator.
Mysterious mysteries of the Aro Valley, Danyl McLauchlan.
A returning hero. A desolate valley. A missing mathematician. A glamorous and beguiling council bureaucrat with a hidden past. A cryptic map leading to an impossible labyrinth. An ancient conspiracy; an ancient evil. A housing development without proper planning permission. All leading to the most mysterious mystery of all. Mysterious Mysteries of the Aro Valley is a dark and forbidding new comic farce by the author of Unspeakable Secrets of the Aro Valley.
Unspeakable secrets of the Aro Valley, Danyl McLauchlan.
A sleepy bohemian neighbourhood becomes the unexpected setting for an adventure story as a lively cast of characters that include a brilliant but troubled young writer, a voluptuous healer, and a shadowy cult and its sinister leader take on an ancient legend of the occult. From the mysterious and the horrific to the comedic and the erotic, Unspeakable Secrets of the Aro Valley is a dark and hilarious odyssey through Wellington's underbelly that weaves through trail of riddles, a struggle for ultimate power, and a final, unspeakable secret.
Street soldier, Andy McNab.
Sean Harker is good at two things: stealing cars and fighting. One earns him money, the other earns him respect from the gang that he calls family. A police chase through the city streets is just another rite of passage for Sean … as is getting nicked. But a brutal event behind bars convinces him to take charge, and turn his life around. Now he must put his street skills to the ultimate test: as a soldier in the British Army. And the battlefield is London, where innocent people are being targeted by a new and terrifying enemy. Undercover, under threat—only Sean Harker can save the streets from all-out war.
The smack track, Ian McPhedran.
From battling pirates to tracking down gun runners, drug smugglers and terrorists; the high energy exploits and explosive adventures of the Australian Navy in the Arabian Gulf. From Ian McPhedran, best-selling author of The Amazing SAS, Soldiers Without Borders and Too Bold to Die, comes the untold and largely unknown story of how the Royal Australian Navy battles pirates, gun runners and drug smugglers in the seas of the Arabian Gulf and the Horn of Africa along the infamous route known as the 'smack track'. The Smack Track tells a thrilling, eye-witness story of grit, courage, ingenuity and sacrifice.
The shipwreck hunter: a lifetime of extraordinary discovery and adventure in the deep seas, David L. Mearns.
David Mearns has found some of the world's most fascinating and elusive shipwrecks. His deep-water searches have solved the 66-year mystery of HMAS Sydney, discovered the final resting place of the mighty battlecruiser HMS Hood and revealed the Australian Hospital Ship Centaur in the narrow underwater canyon that served as its grave. His painstaking historical detective work has led to the shallow reefs of a remote island that hid the crumbling wooden skeletons of Vasco de Gama's sixteenth century fleet. The Shipwreck Hunter is the compelling story of David's life and work on the seas, focusing on some of his most intriguing discoveries.
The rebel heir, Elizabeth Michels.
The Imposter Lady Evangeline Green is living a lie. To please her family, she masquerades as the perfect debutant … until she meets the wickedly charming Lord Crosby. With him, there are no rules. She's finally free to do as she desires-but freedom comes with a price, and Lord Crosby is not what he seems … Ash is not Lord Crosby. He's a con artist, a noble Spare Heir living off his silver tongue. When the Green family ruined his, he swore he'd make them pay, and he never doubted his devotion to revenge … until he met Evangeline. Now, caught in a web of lies, torn between duty and desire, what's a con to do but deceive all of London and steal the one lady who dared match wits with the devil himself.
The wicked heir, Elizabeth Michels.
When the love of Lady Isabelle Fairlyn's life is betrothed to her twin sister, Isabelle vows to find a suitable replacement before the end of the season. He must be a talented dancer, have a keen fashion sense, and be perfectly dashing in every way. Fallon St. James is the farthest thing from perfectly anything. As head of the secretive Spare Heirs Society, he must stick to the shadows…even as Isabelle's friendship pulls him reluctantly into the light. But when Isabelle gets involved with the one man who could destroy Spares, Fallon must decide between protecting his life's work-or risking everything to save the woman whose warm smile leaves him breathless.
Moo and Moo and the little calf too, story by Jane Millton; illustrated by Deborah Hinde.
During the massive 7.8M earthquake that hit New Zealand in November 2016 two cows and a calf were stranded on a two-metre high 'island' when their paddock slid and buckled 80 metres from its original position. Sensibly they stayed put and were rescued by farmers a day or so later. This story attracted huge media attention locally and around the world. It's an iconic story of bravery in the face of great adversity, and of helping others and protecting those around us. It's also emblematic of the laconic Kiwi sense of humour and the strength of the New Zealand spirit when faced with chaos and crisis. It's a light point in the midst of devastation.
The half-gallon quarter-acre pavlova paradise, by Austin Mitchell.
A witty, satirical description of life in 1960s New Zealand, and Kiwi culture, by Austin Vernon Mitchell MP, who was an extremely popular TV figure in New Zealand. Yorkshireman Austin Mitchell emigrated to New Zealand and taught history and politics at Otago and Canterbury universities before becoming well known as a television broadcaster. In 1972, after his return to the UK, he published this best-selling commentary on New Zealand. It takes the form of advice to a prospective English immigrant to New Zealand and was celebrated for its warm wit and insight into New Zealand and its people.
The half-gallon quarter-acre pavlova paradise, by Austin Mitchell.
A witty, satirical description of life in 1960s New Zealand, and Kiwi culture, by Austin Vernon Mitchell MP, who was an extremely popular TV figure in New Zealand. Yorkshireman Austin Mitchell emigrated to New Zealand and taught history and politics at Otago and Canterbury universities before becoming well known as a television broadcaster. In 1972, after his return to the UK, he published this best-selling commentary on New Zealand. It takes the form of advice to a prospective English immigrant to New Zealand and was celebrated for its warm wit and insight into New Zealand and its people.
Pavlova paradise revisited, by Austin Mitchell.
A follow up to Mitchell's first book, The half-gallon quarter-acred pavlova paradise, this witty, satirical description of life in 1980s New Zealand charts changes in Kiwi culture. In this book the very funny Austin Mitchell revisits the country he first dissected in the bestselling "The Half-gallon Quarter-acre Pavlova Paradise" years ago. Irreverent and hilarious but also sharp and penetrating, "Pavlova Paradise Revisited" is a fascinating report on how much New Zealand has changed - and how much it hasn't.
Assassin's price, L.E. Modesitt, Jr.
Six years have passed since the failed uprising of the High Holders, and Charyn, the rex's heir, has come of age and wants to learn to be an effective rex after his father. His father disagrees, so Charyn sets out to educate himself. But when privateers attack the rex's ships and threats escalate against the rex and his family, Charyn will realize that no one is safe—for an assassin stalks them all.
Spark: how to lead yourself and others to greater success, Angela Morgan, Courtney Lynch, Sean Lynch.
From three leadership experts with military backgrounds, a blueprint for discovering leaders within the corporate ranks Pinpointing leaders is not an easy task. Every manager knows that within their organization, there are certain key employees who are "sparks" — those rare individuals who have a natural drive to not only get the job done, but to go far beyond what is called for. These special employees truly get more done in a day than others can accomplish in a week or more. These "sparks" are the unique and essential people in your firm who can help transform your company in all sorts of magical ways.
The price of salt, by Claire Morgan.
Therese is nineteen and working in a department store during the Christmas shopping season. She dates men, although not with real enthusiasm. One day a beautiful older woman comes over to her counter and buys a doll. As the purchase is a C.O.D. order, Therese makes a mental note of the customer's address. She is intrigued and drawn to the woman. Although young, inexperienced and shy, she writes a note to the customer, Carol, and is elated and surprised when Carol invites her to meet.
Diana: her true story - in her own words, Andrew Morton.
A reissue of this classic title brought up to date and with a new introduction by Andrew Morton. Reflecting on the extraordinary circumstances surrounding the original publication, and on the long-term legacy of Diana, the woman who helped reinvigorate the royal family, giving it a more emotional, human face, and thus helping it move forward into the 21st century.
Gypsy Masala, Preethi Nair.
Stunning novel in which a young Indian woman, raised in London to fulfil her parents' dreams of respectability, sets off in search of her own dreams — and disrupts the whole family. 'Tell me about your dreams, and if you have dared to follow them.' This is the challenge for three members of the Vishavan family. Evita (real name Molu, but she's always had a tendency towards the theatrical) is stuck in a 9-to-5 job until she hears the irresistible beat of a drum, summoning her to follow her dream. From remote villages in Kerala to the heart of contemporary London, this is a story of discovery, love and what might happen if you dare to live your dream.
The dogs and the wolves, Irène Némirovsky; translated from the French by Sandra Smith.
This wonderful, panoramic novel goes right back to Irene Nemirovsky's roots, sweeping the reader from the Jewish quarter of a Ukrainian city in the early years of the twentieth century to Paris in the twenties and thirties, and back again to eastern Europe in a snowy winter on the eve of war. At its heart is a tragic love, between Ada from the poor Jewish quarter and Harry, son of a rich financier.
The misunderstanding, by Irène Némirovsky; translated from the French by Sandra Smith.
Yves Harteloup is a disappointed young man, scarred by the war. He returns for the summer to the rich, comfortable Atlantic resort of Hendaye, where he spent blissful childhood holidays. There he becomes infatuated by a beautiful, bored young woman, Denise, whose rich husband is often away on business. Intoxicated by summer nights and Yves' intensity, Denise falls passionately in love, before the idyll has to end and Yves must return to his mundane office job. In the mournful Paris autumn their love founders on mutual misunderstanding and Denise is driven mad with desire and jealous suspicion until, acting on her sophisticated mother's advice, she takes action … which she may regret forever.
Book of the dead, Michael Northrop.
Nothing can save Alex Sennefer's life. That's what all the doctors say, but his mother knows it's not true. She knows that the Lost Spells of the Egyptian Book of the Dead can crack open a door to the afterlife and pull her son back from the brink. But when she uses the spells, five evil ancients - the Death Walkers - are also brought back to life. An ancient evil has been unleashed. Mummies are awakening. New York is overrun with scorpions. And worst of all for Alex, his mum and the Lost Spells have both disappeared. He and his best friend Ren will do anything to find his mum and save the world … even if that means going head-to-head with a Death Walker who has been plotting his revenge for 3,000 years. Some tombs were meant to stay closed.
The final kingdom, Michael Northrop.
Alex and Ren must confront the Death Walkers, The Order, and an army of the dead in an attempt to save themselves, Alex's mother, and the world—and hope that Ammit, the Devourer of Egyptian legend, will be able to separate the guilty from the innocent.
The stone warriors, Michael Northrop.
Twelve-year-olds Alex and Renata are on the run from the Order, which is on the brink of creating an army of indestructible stone warriors to carry out their evil schemes, and only the Lost Spells which his mother used to bring Alex back to life can stop them—and undoing the powerful magic that created the chaos that is now loose in Egypt might very well kill him.
Nancy Clancy seeks a fortune, written by Jane O'Connor; illustrations by Robin Preiss Glasser.
Nancy Clancy and her friend Bree try to start a business to get rich, but when things don't go as planned, Nancy learns a valuable lesson.
Soccer mania, by Jane O'Connor; illustrations by Robin Preiss Glasser.
As her third-grade class makes its selections for the "Graveyard of Boring Words" and learns about "superb synonyms," slow-footed Nancy enthusiastically plays on the soccer team, with the goal of just being mediocre, or maybe even a little better than average.
Miss Hazel and the Rosa Parks League, Jonathan Odell.
Set in 1950s Mississippi, this is the story of two young mothers, Hazel and Vida - one wealthy and white and the other poor and black - who have only two things in common: the devastating loss of their children, and a deep and abiding loathing for one another. Embittered and distrusting, Vida is harassed by Delphi's racist sheriff and haunted by the son she lost to the world. Hazel, too, has lost a son and can't keep a grip on her fractured life. This is the story of a town, a people and a culture on the verge of a great change that begins with small things … like an unexpected friendship.
Blake: leadership lessons from a great New Zealander.,
New Zealand lost one of its favourite sons when Sir Peter Blake was shot and killed in the Amazon in late 2001. Blake had become an icon after leading New Zealand to victory in the 1995 and 2000 America's Cups, following earlier successes in the Whitbread Round the World Race and Jules Verne Challenge. His accomplishments demonstrate his skill at assembling, managing and leading winning teams. Blake: Leader is written by sailor and marine scientist Dr Mark Orams, who sailed around the world with Blake and worked with him at Team New Zealand and Blakexpeditions. In this book he looks at Blake's successful style of leadership from a personal viewpoint.
Bodies, Susie Orbach.
We may be the last generation to inhabit bodies not routinely reconstructed by surgical enhancements. Over the last decades, our body has become an individual statement and a crucial personal responsibility. For many of us, it is the source of terrible difficulty, while for others it is an expensive commodity. In her years of practice as a psychoanalyst, Susie Orbach has come to realise that the way we view our bodies is the mirror of how we view ourselves: our body becomes the measure of our worth. In this book, she finally raises the fundamental questions about how we got there.
Tash hearts Tolstoy, Kathryn Ormsbee.
Fame and success come at a cost for Natasha "Tash" Zelenka when she creates the web series "Unhappy Families," a modern adaptation of Anna Karenina written by Tash's eternal love Leo Tolstoy.
Collision, Joanna Orwin.
A fast-paced, exciting YA/Adult historical novel about the disastrous collision of cultures that occurred in the Bay of Islands, when the two ships in French explorer Marion duFresne's expedition came ashore to find a replacement for a mast destroyed in a collision at sea. A source of fascination and fear for local Māori, who at first attempted to placate these godlike creatures, but became increasingly angered by their lack of respect for tribal values and traditions, the expedition blindly become authors of their own demise.
The garden of magic, Sarah Painter.
Iris Harper has lived in Pendleford for decades, the local witch is mistrusted by the townsfolk, but that doesn't stop some coming to her begging for potions, spells and quick-fixes. As time has marched on suddenly Iris is aware that her days are beginning to fade. Her sumptuous garden is turning against her, the sweet scent of rot potent and now a young girl has come begging for a solution at her door. Yet, the problem she brings causes Iris to remember a man from long ago - the man she loved, the man she could never trust.
Biggest prison on Earth.,
Following his critically acclaimed investigation of the ethnic cleansing of Palestine in the 1940s, renowned Israeli historian Ilan Pappe turns his attention to the annexation and occupation of Gaza and the West Bank, bringing us the first comprehensive critique of the Occupied Territories. Providing a sharp contrast with life in Israel, this is a brilliantly incisive and moving portrait of daily life in the Occupied Territories.
He reo wāhine: Māori women's voices from the nineteenth century, Lachy Paterson and Angela Wanhalla.
During the nineteenth century, Māori women produced letters and memoirs, wrote off to newspapers and commissioners, appeared before commissions of enquiry, gave evidence in court cases, and went to the Native Land Court to assert their rights. He Reo Wāhine is a bold new introduction to the experience of Māori women in colonial New Zealand through Māori women's own words - the speeches and evidence, letters and testimonies that they left in the archive. Drawing from over 500 texts in both English and te reo Māori written by Māori women themselves, or expressing their words in the first person, He Reo Wāhine explores the range and diversity of Māori women's concerns and interests, the many ways in which they engaged with colonial institutions, as well as their understanding and use of the law, legal documents, and the court system. The book both collects those sources - providing readers with substantial excerpts from letters, petitions, submissions and other document - and interprets them.
Taking the Titanic, James Patterson with Scott Slaven.
The greatest story in modern history has a new chapter…. Posing as newlyweds, two ruthless thieves board the Titanic to rob its well-heeled passengers. But an even more shocking plan is afoot-a sensational scheme that could alter the fate of the world's most famous ship.
The genetics of health: understand your genes for better health, Dr Sharad P. Paul.
Take charge of your health by understanding the connection between our evolutionary past and our future wellbeing with this practical guide to personalised health and nutrition from distinguished physician Dr. Sharad Paul, recognised as one of the best in his field, surgeon, academic, and philanthropist, Dr. Sharad Paul combines everyday health with evolutionary biology and explains how to improve your overall wellness by following a diet and exercise plan according to your gene type. Starting with our brains, this book covers everything from skin and muscles, to hearts, diets, and stress management.
Chiefs of industry: Māori tribal enterprise in early colonial New Zealand, Hazel Petrie.
Chiefs of Industry explores the entrepreneurial activity of Māori in the early colonial period. It focuses on two industries, coastal shipping and flour-milling, where Māori were spectacularly successful in the 1840s and 1850s - the 'golden age' of Māori enterprise. Historian Hazel Petrie shows how quickly and effectively Māori society adapted to accommodate and develop such capital-intensive investments, harnessing tribal ownership, existing skills and a keen eye for commercial advantage. She also charts the sudden decline of Māori economic success by the 1860s, as market conditions, a rapidly increasing and individualistic Pākehā population, land alienation, and other factors had a severe impact.
Bad Becky in trouble, Gervase Phinn.
Bad Becky is cheeky (but charming), opinionated and always in some kind of trouble. But you can't help loving her! I mean wouldn't you rather hear a story about a princess who gets gobbled up by the dragon rather than another soppy one where the prince saves the princess? And if a magician at a party was rubbish wouldn't you point it out? And who wants their horrible Great Aunt Mildred visiting? So really, Becky is just doing everyone a favour… A wickedly funny new series for readers gaining confidence. Bad Becky's got attitude!
A load of old tripe, Gervase Phinn.
For eleven-year old James Joseph Johnson (or Jimmy for short) life is not always straightforward. In fact, things can be quite complicated, and don't always turn out as he'd planned. Born in 1946, Jimmy lives with his Mum and Dad in a shiny red brick terraced house in South Yorkshire near the steel works. His very best friend, Ignatius Plunkett, is a scrawny boy with a sharp beak of a nose, ears like jug handles and a mop of jet black hair. Micky is his rather 'posh' friend from the big houses down the road. The boys get into a few scrapes in the year leading up to the eleven-plus exams, but will they come out on top in the end?
Red's planet. 1, Eddie Pittman.
Red, a quirky, headstrong 10-year-old, longs to live in her own perfect paradise far away from her annoying foster family. But when a UFO mistakenly kidnaps her, Red finds herself farther away than she could have possibly imagined— across the galaxy and aboard an enormous spaceship owned by the Aquilari, an ancient creature with a taste for rare and unusual treasures. Before Red can be discovered as a stowaway, the great ship crashes on a small deserted planet, leaving her marooned with a menagerie of misfit aliens. With her newfound friend, a small gray alien named Tawee, Red must find a way to survive the hostile castaways, evade the ravenous wildlife and contend with Goose, the planet's grumpy, felinoid custodian. Surely this can't be the paradise she's looking for.
Holding back, Helen Pollard.
Laura Matheson is a natural at avoiding romance, so when she is drawn to mystery guest Daniel Stone while helping out at her friends' hotel in Portugal, she assumes all she needs is a little extra willpower. Daniel is at the hotel on business. The demands of work and a manipulative ex-girlfriend mean he doesn't have the time or energy for romance, but Laura is a distraction he finds hard to ignore. As they negotiate a minefield of misunderstandings and mutual attraction, will they both continue to hold back? Or will they finally allow love into their lives?
Warm hearts in winter, by Helen Pollard.
Forced by circumstance into the world of temping, when Abby Davis accepts an assignment in the wilds of Yorkshire as personal assistant to a widowed novelist, she assumes he is an ageing recluse. Thirty-something Jack Blane is anything but. Still struggling to get his life and writing career back on track three years after his wife's death, Jack isn't ready for a breath of fresh air like Abby. Snowed in at his winter retreat on the moors, as the weeks go by and their working relationship becomes friendship and maybe more, Abby must rethink her policy of never getting involved with someone at work…and Jack must decide whether he is willing to risk the pain of love a second time.
Out of control!, Mark Powers; illustrated by Tim Wesson.
Fresh from the success of their first mission, our heroes the Spy Toys – Dan the Snugaliffic Cuddlestar bear, Arabella the Loadsasmiles Sunshine Doll and Flax the custom-made police robot rabbit – are ready for their next task. This time, the secret code that controls every Snaztacular Ultrafun toy has been stolen and all over the world toys are revolting and turning against the children who own them. Can Arabella disguise herself as a super-sweet little doll in order to find out more from the daughter of Snaztacular's top scientist? Can Dan and Flax chase down Jade the Jigsaw, the puzzling prime suspect for the robbery? And can they save the day before the mind-controlled toys forget what it means to play nice?
The command, David Poyer.
The Command is an exciting and timely novel that asks deep questions about honour, duty, the bonds of shipmates in combat, and the responsibilities and limits of American power in a murky and dangerous war on terror.
Onslaught: the war with China — the opening battle, David Poyer.
When Steve Flynn former Royal Marine, ex-cop and sport-fishing skipper is accused of murdering his boss, he finds that his idyllic life on the Canary Island has suddenly lost its charm. Arrested by a tenacious and corrupt Spanish detective, Flynn knows he is facing a grim future unless he can somehow prove his innocence. Matters take a turn for the worse however when Flynn's ex-girlfriend is kidnapped and her life used as a bargaining chip. The only way Flynn can save her is to pull out all the stops, re-hone his old policing and military skills, and put himself in the firing line against a murderous gang for whom violent death is a way of life.
The threat, David Poyer.
Medal of Honor winner Commander Dan Lenson wonders who proposed that he be assigned to the White House military staff. It's a dubious honour—serving a president the Joint Chiefs hate more than any other in modern history. Lenson reports to the West Wing to direct a multiservice team working to interdict the flow of drugs from Latin America. Never one to just warm a chair, he sets out to help destroy the Cartel—and uncovers a troubling thread of clues that link cunning and ruthless drug lord Don Juan Nuez to an assault on a nuclear power plant in Mexico, an obscure Islamic relief agency in Los Angeles, and an air cargo company's imminent flight plan across the United States.
Tipping point: the war with China: the first salvo, David Poyer.
Captain Dan Lenson is under fire both at sea, and in Washington. His command of the first antiballistic-missile-capable cruiser in the Fleet, USS Savo Island, is threatened when he's called home to testify before Congress. There, he must defend his controversial decision to prevent a massive retaliatory missile attack by Israel against civilian targets in the Mideast. The fifteenth novel in David Poyer's acclaimed series of naval adventures featuring Dan Lenson, Tipping Point is an action-packed, utterly authentic story of duty, war, and the stress of command, by the most popular living author of American sea fiction.
The towers: a Dan Lenson novel of 9/11, David Poyer.
After surviving the attacks on September 11, 2001, Dan Lenson finds himself quickly drawn into a covert SEAL team in search of the terrorists responsible. Their mission: kill Osama Bin Laden. On the morning of September 11, 2001, Commander Dan Lenson is visiting the Pentagon, and his wife is at a job interview at the World Trade Center. In the action-packed scenes that follow, Dan fights his way through flames and destruction to safety, and tries to reach his wife on her cell phone, but the terrifying few seconds before they're cut off do nothing to calm his fears. Dan immediately becomes involved in the military reaction to the attack. Full of fast-paced sequences and heart-pumping drama, David Poyer takes the reader into the centre of the action and face-to-face with the terrorist enemy.
The song of the orphans, Daniel Price.
The end of the world was just the beginning for Hannah and Amanda Given. Saved from apocalypse by three mysterious beings, the sisters were marked with a silver bracelet and transported to an entirely different Earth—a place where restaurants move through the air like flying saucers and the fabric of time is manipulated by common household appliances. There, the Givens were joined by four other survivors in silver: an acerbic cartoonist, a shy teenage girl, an aloof young Australian, and a troubled ex-prodigy.
Hardcore carnivore: cook meat like you mean it, Jess Pryles.
Hardcore Carnivore is a protein-packed cookbook for meat lovers everywhere. From slow smoked barbecue ribs to perfect cowboy steaks Jess Pryles's recipes are meaty winners Including an intro section on the tricks of the trade and a collection of foundations and finishes at the end, this book will have you cooking meat like a seasoned pro. Australian by birth, Texan by choice, Jess is a professional Hardcore Carnivore and co-founder of the Australasian Barbecue Alliance She's a cook, presenter and food personality, with a particular penchant for steak and bourbon.
Gap year in ghost town.,
Anton Marin and his father are on high alert after a spike in ghost manifestations. Anton wants to help the ghosts. Rani Cross wants to slice and dice them. And they both need to work together to keep the city safe. A smart, snappy, funny and scary ghost-hunting adventure.
Chicken Licken, retold by Russell Punter; illustrated by Ann Kronheimer.
Chicken Licken thinks the sky is falling down and runs to warn the king. But instead he finds Foxy Loxy. Is Chicken Licken about to become Chicken Lunch?
Once a rebel, Mary Jo Putney.
Lord George Gordon Audley had been Callista Brooke's best friend, and it was to Gordon she turned in desperation to avoid a loathsome arranged marriage. The repercussions of his gallant attempt ended with Callie in Jamaica, and Gordon on a one way trip to the penal colony of Australia. Now it's 1814, and Callie is in Washington, trapped in the battle between her native England and her adopted homeland. She is on the verge of losing everything, including her life, when Gordon cuts through the violent crowd to claim that she is his. Against all odds he had survived, and finding Callie is like reclaiming his tarnished soul. But the innocent friendship they shared as children has become a dangerous passion that may save or destroy them when they challenge the aristocratic society that exiled them both.
Basket of deplorables, by Tom Rachman.
Almost true stories for a post-truth world. A Manhattan party on election night. Liberal media types gather with big grins and high-end canapés to watch the Trump-Clinton results come in, expecting a smooth victory for Hillary. As the outcome shifts and they descend into panic, the host stands abruptly before her guests, confessing a shocking crime of years before. What follows is a series of witty, cutting, addictive tales of Trump times, portraying Democrats and Republicans in a divided America, from powerful to powerless, angry to thwarted, from a Starbucks barista who dreams of making it onstage, to a couple whose online date goes bitterly awry, to a charmingly wicked US businessman living undercover in rural Italy.
The babes in the wood, Ruth Rendell.
A novel based on another murder investigation by Chief Inspector Wexford.
The bad things, Mary-Jane Riley.
Alex Devlin's life changed forever fifteen years ago when her sister Sasha's two small children were snatched in broad daylight. Little Harry's body was found a few days later, but Millie's remains were never discovered. Now Jackie Wood, jailed as an accessory to the twins' murder, has been released, her conviction quashed by the Appeal Court. Convinced Jackie can reveal where Millie is buried, Alex goes to meet her. But the unexpected information Wood reveals shocks Alex to the core and threatens to uncover the dark secret she has managed to keep under wraps for the past fifteen years. Because in the end, can we ever really know what is in the hearts of those closest to us?
The demigod diaries, Rick Riordan.
What dangers do runaway demigods Luke and Thalia face on their way to Camp Half-Blood? Are Percy and Annabeth up to the task of rescuing stolen goods from a fire-breathing giant who doesn't take kindly to intruders? How exactly are Leo, Piper, and Jason supposed to find a runaway table, dodge a band of party-loving Maenads (who just might be a little psychotic), and stave off a massive explosion all in one hour or less? With his trademark wit and creativity, Rick Riordan answers these questions and more in three never-before-seen short stories that provide vital back-story to the Heroes of Olympus and Percy Jackson books. Original art, enlightening character interviews and profiles, puzzles, and a quiz add to the fun in this action-packed collection.
The beautiful haircut, Sally Rippin; illustrated by Aki Fukuoka.
The Billie B Brown adventures are perfect for girls who are desperate to begin reading but are bored by daggy school readers! Billie is the best hairdresser in the world! She can make her dolls' hair beautiful. Can she make her own hair beautiful, too?
Twins for Christmas.,
Dr. Rory McCulloch has returned to St. Bethal's Hospital to discover a truly special Christmas gift—twins! Very pregnant, Kate has finally come to terms with being a single mum, until the man she loves walks through her E.R. doors. Now she and Rory are snowbound together, on one of their toughest cases yet.
Ada's ideas: the story of Ada Lovelace, the world's first computer programmer, Fiona Robinson.
A picture book biography of mathematician Ada Lovelace, the first computer programmer, by the award-winning author/illustrator Fiona Robinson.
Falling upward: a spirituality for the two halves of life, Richard Rohr.
In Falling Upward, Fr. Richard Rohr seeks to help readers understand the tasks of the two halves of life and to show them that those who have fallen, failed, or "gone down" are the only ones who understand "up." Most of us tend to think of the second half of life as largely about getting old, dealing with health issues, and letting go of life, but the whole thesis of this book is exactly the opposite. This book explores the counter-intuitive message that we grow spiritually much more by doing wrong than by doing right.
Standoff, David Rollins.
OSI Special Agent Vin Cooper is brought to the scene of an airport Massacre in El Paso, Texas, to investigate the death of a USAF airman, AWOL from a nearby Air Force base. When a survivor of the chilling massacre crawls out of the desert, Cooper comes to the obvious conclusion; with major cartels just across the border in Juarez, this has to be about drugs. As he begins to piece together the case, Cooper is drawn into a world of violence and treachery. Coming face-to-face with a terrifying madman, Cooper soon realizes that the airport massacre was just a dress rehearsal for something even worse.
War lord, David Rollins.
A $15 million ransom. A plane down in the remote swamps of Darwin. A new partner who plays by the rules. Returning from an enforced sabbatical after his partner Anna's death, Special Agent Vin Cooper feels compelled to help an acquaintance of hers – Vegas showgirl, Alabama Thornton. Alabama's boyfriend, Randy, was on a plane that's gone down and she's just received a gruesome ransom demand.
Fault line, Chris Ryan.
Tough training and even tougher missions have turned the five members of Alpha Force into a formidable team. While honing their survival skills in the Belize jungle the group interrupt a raid on a Mayan tomb - and must abort their training and return to the city. But disaster is about to strike - a massive earthquake devastates the area, trapping Alpha Force and a group of schoolchildren amid the debris. The team must race against time to locate and rescue the survivors.
Greed, Chris Ryan.
Fresh out of the SAS, Matt Browning owes #500,000 and if he doesn't get the money soon, he dies. Offered a lifeline by MI5, he and a team are sanctioned to steal $10 million from al-Queda. But after the money is stolen, an expert assassin stalks the team. And Matt knows that he is next.
Hostage, Chris Ryan.
Alex, Li, Paulo, Hex, Amber, five kids, who are a highly-skilled squad to help in the international fight against evil. Flying to Alaska to investigate reports of illegal dumping of toxic waste, they must cross the harsh land, and come face-to-face with a man who is ready to kill them to stop them.
Hunted, Chris Ryan.
Alpha Force head to Zambia to compete in an extreme sports contest. They discover horrifying threat to the local wildlife and immediately snap into action. But soon they find themselves facing a desperate battle with a ruthless band of ivory poachers who shoot to kill. Includes brief factual information about wild animals.
The Increment, Chris Ryan.
It is a hot summer and the country is suffering an epidemic of road rage. What isn't making headlines is that the SAS's secret assassination squad, the Increment, is killing ex-soldiers. These strands of violence become ever more tightly intertwined as Matt Browning is drawn into an adventure taking him to Russia.
One good turn, Chris Ryan.
1917, Western Front, Ypres. A soldier wakes up in a damp, dark basement. He can't get out. He is covered in mud. His skin is badly burned. And he can't remember anything. But his nightmare doesn't end there. He is tried and found guilty of cowardice, impersonating a fellow soldier and theft. He can barely speak, let alone defend himself. As the verdict is passed and he learns that the death sentence awaits him, he remembers two things: that he took something from a dead man in the trenches, and that the name his accusers have been calling him is not his. With time slipping away, Chris Ransom must try to remember the events that have led him to this moment, so that he can clear his name and save himself.
Outbreak, Chris Ryan.
Thirteen-year-old Ben Tracey is looking forward to spending the summer in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where his father has been hired to examine the valuable mineral Coltan that's being mined there. They soon realise that the people living in the village near the mine are frightened and it doesn't take long for Ben and his father to discover why: behind the door of every hut there is at least one person dying or seriously ill, and no one seems to be doing anything to help.
Under cover, Chris Ryan.
Ricky is a street kid, sharp, quick and usually up to no good. When he tries to steal from the wrong people, he is saved by a mysterious man called Felix who makes Ricky a compelling offer: a flat and a hundred pounds a week. All he has to do is take lessons from Felix. Soon Ricky finds himself learning about surveillance techniques, how to make himself invisible in a crowd and hand to hand combat. But what is this all for? Ricky has no idea until he's given his first mission and finds his whole world turned upside down.
The watchman, Chris Ryan.
Alex Temple is a 36 year old SAS Captain. Recently commissioned from the ranks, he is returning from a hostage-rescue mission in Sierra Leone when he finds himself summoned back to the UK on an urgent mission. Someone has been murdering MI5 officers and it looks as if the killer is an insider, one of the Regiment's own. Alex's task is to track down and eliminate the killer, and to assist him he is assigned an MI5 liaison officer - the attractive but abrasive Dawn Harding. The body-count is mounting and a deadly and relentless manhunt begins. Soon Alex will learn the bitter truth: in the shadowy battlegrounds of the Intelligence wars there is no good and no evil - only winners and losers.
Zero option, Chris Ryan.
Geordie Sharp leads an SAS assault team against a terrorist safe house in the centre of London. When the hostages help one of the terrorists to escape, the scene shifts to Iran where an SAS squadron is detailed to neutralize a terrorist training camp.
Escape to you, Jennifer Ryan.
A Montana man always protects the woman he loves. He discovered her during a Montana blizzard, freezing cold, impossibly vulnerable, a little boy by her side. Undercover DEA Agent Beck "Trigger" Cooke is astonished to recognize Ashley Swan—award-winning actress, famous beauty—and missing for over a year. To keep her and the child hidden from a sadistic madman, he secrets the pair away to his isolated home. No longer a prisoner, and protected at Hope Ranch, Ashley recovers and learns the tall, tempting federal agent may have a dark past, but it hasn't destroyed his sense of honour. As they shed past roles and find common ground, Ashley and Trigger can't help but fall slowly, carefully, in love. But danger still lurks outside the boundaries of Hope Ranch, for until her crazed captor is brought to justice, and Trigger's undercover past is laid to rest, none of them will ever be truly safe.
Tears of Rangi: experiments across worlds, Anne Salmond.
Six centuries ago Polynesian explorers, who inhabited a cosmos in which islands sailed across the sea and stars across the sky, arrived in Aotearoa New Zealand where they rapidly adapted to new plants, animals, landscapes and climatic conditions. Four centuries later, European explorers arrived with maps and clocks, grids and fences, and they too adapted to a new island home. In this remote, beautiful archipelago, settlers from Polynesia and Europe (and elsewhere) have clashed and forged alliances, they have fiercely debated what is real and what is common sense, what is good and what is right. In this, her most ambitious book to date, Dame Anne Salmond looks at New Zealand as a site of cosmo-diversity, a place where multiple worlds engage and collide. Like our ancestors, Anne Salmond suggests, we too may have a chance to experiment across worlds.
Disrupt yourself: master personal transformation, seize opportunity and thrive in the era of endless innovation, Jay Samit.
Jay Samit, a digitial-media expert, describes his unique method to invent new markets and expand established businesses. Incorporating stories from his own and others experiences, Samit shows how specific strategies that help companies flourish can be applied at the individual level.
Firstborn, Brandon Sanderson; illustration by Donato.
Of the son of a High Duke of the interstellar Empire, much glory is expected. And expected. And still expected, despite endless proof that young Dennison Crestmar has no talent whatsoever for war. But the life Dennison is forced to live will have its surprising lessons to impart.
Dominion, C.J. Sansom.
The Great Smog. London. 1952. A dense, choking fog engulfs the city and beneath it, history is re-written … Spring 1940. The world is on the brink of the biggest war ever known. At a meeting at Downing Street, Britain's leaders decide who is to succeed the exhausted appeaser Chamberlain. But when Churchill is persuaded to serve under Halifax, history as we know it is turned on its head. Winter 1952. Though war rages on in the east, Britain is at peace with Nazi Germany and many now see the country as little more than a corrupt German satellite state.
Curse of the attack-o-lanterns, Chris Schweizer.
The Creeps are in trouble, again. When rule breaking during one of their investigations lands the detectives in "service detention," the four friends find themselves lugging pumpkins off a foreclosed pumpkin patch. To thank them for their service, Sheriff Obie allows each Creep to take home a pumpkin to carve into a jack-o-lantern. Bad idea. Once carved, the jack-o-lanterns come to life—and attack everyone within reach! It turns out the pumpkins came from a cursed patch, and to stop the Attack-o-Lanterns from destroying their town, the Creeps will have to team up with the patch's unpleasant owner, Old Lady Bitterwood, who happens to be a witch.
Night of the frankenfrogs, Chris Schweizer.
At Pumpkins County Middle School weird things happen every class period, not to mention during lunch, but nobody ever makes a fuss. Principal Garish thinks what's weird and … well … creepy is how fascinating the mysterious goings-on are to Carol, a big-city girl new to Pumpkins County, who finds kindred spirits in Mitchell (monster expert), Mark (military brat with logistics know-how), and Rosario (girly girl on the outside, muscle underneath). The Creeps are on the case to figure out the spooky mysteries and still get to class on time. Last week it was a pudding monster. This week, it's disappearing classmates and a suspiciously coincidental animal-rights petition being passed around by the snootiest girl in class. Could she be behind an amphibian menace? Or could it be the mad genius who lives in the sewers? How about the school janitor? The Creeps will track down the answers!
The trolls will feast!, Chris Schweizer.
When Jarvis is attacked by a troll, the Creeps are set to investigate, believing that the monsters may be behind Pumpkin County's gossip website, which spews out alarmist messages and misinformation, causing the entire town to stress.
The alchemyst, Michael Scott.
Nicholas Flamel was born in Paris on 28 September 1330. Nearly seven hundred years later, he is acknowledged as the greatest Alchemyst of his day. It is said that he discovered the secret of eternal life. The records show that he died in 1418. But his tomb is empty and Nicholas Flamel lives. The secret of eternal life is hidden within the book he protects - the Book of Abraham the Mage. It's the most powerful book that has ever existed. In the wrong hands, it will destroy the world. And that's exactly what Dr. John Dee plans to do when he steals it. Humankind won't know what's happening until it's too late. And if the prophecy is right, Sophie and Josh Newman are the only ones with the power to save the world as we know it. Sometimes legends are true. And Sophie and Josh Newman are about to find themselves in the middle of the greatest legend of all time.
New people, Danzy Senna.
As the twentieth century draws to a close, Maria is at the start of a life she never thought possible. She and Khalil, her college sweetheart, are planning their wedding. They are the perfect couple, "King and Queen of the Racially Nebulous Prom." Their skin is the same shade of beige. They live together in a black bohemian enclave in Brooklyn, where Khalil is riding the wave of the first dot-com boom and Maria is plugging away at her dissertation, on the Jonestown massacre. They've even landed a starring role in a documentary about "new people" like them, who are blurring the old boundaries as a brave new era dawns. Heartbreaking and darkly comic, New People is a bold and unfettered page-turner that challenges our every assumption about how we define one another, and ourselves.
Frankenstein, Mary Shelley; with an introduction by Diane Johnson.
The story of Dr. Frankenstein and the obsessive experiment that leads to the creation of a monstrous and deadly creature.
The great detective, Delia Sherman.
When Sir Arthur Cwmlech's home is robbed and the Illogic Engine—his prize invention—stolen, it is only natural that he and his clever assistant Miss Tacy Gof consult with another inventor, the great Mycroft Holmes, about who has taken it. But it is really Mr. Holmes' Reasoning Machine who they are there to see, for it is only fitting for one automaton to opine on a matter concerning the fate of another of its kind. This charming story by award-winning fiction writer Delia Sherman is a delightful romp set within a slightly altered version of one of our most beloved literary universes.
Round the bend, Nevil Shute.
When Tom Cutter hires Constantine Shaklin as an engineer in his international air freight business, he little realizes the extraordinary gifts of his new recruit. Shaklin soon proves to possess a charismatic power that inspires everyone he meets to a new faith and hope for humanity. As Cutter's business expands across the Middle East and Asia, so does Shaklin's fame, unifying people from a wide array of cultures and religions with his unusual blend of the practical and the spiritual.
Totara: a natural and cultural history, Philip Simpson.
A wonder of evolution, the big tree of the forest, the wood behind Maori carving and Pakeha fence posts: the 'mighty totara' is New Zealand's tree and this book tells its story. The 'mighty totara' is one of our most extraordinary trees. Among the biggest and oldest trees in the New Zealand forest, the heart of Maori carving and culture, trailing no. 8 wire as fence posts on settler farms, clambered up in the Pureora protests of the 1980s: the story of New Zealand can be told through totara. Simpson tells that story like nobody else could. This book tells a great tree's story, and that is our story too.
Stone soup, retold by Lesley Sims; illustrated by Georgien Overwater; reading consultant, Alison Kelly.
"I can make a soup from a stone!" declared the old man. The old woman didn't believe him. Do you?
Bound by marriage, Nalini Singh.
A deal with the devil… How else to describe the pact Jessica Randall had made with wealthy New Zealand rancher Gabe Dumont? In exchange for marriage and an heir, he would save her family property. The agreement was calculating, completely devoid of any tenderness, just like the man himself. Their relationship was supposed to be a simple arrangement. Instead, it was fraught with secrets and mistrust, jealousy and ultimatums emotions that wouldn't allow her to maintain the distance she needed. Worse, the sizzling attraction between them made this marriage of convenience decidedly inconvenient.
The beautiful miscellaneous, Dominic Smith.
Possessing a superior intellect that is nevertheless overshadowed by his physicist father's genius, Nathan Nelson fails to fulfil his father's definition of a child prodigy until a head injury enables him to manifest a photographic memory, with unexpected results.
Wilder country, by Mark Smith.
Finn, Kas and Willow have survived the winter of storms. Severe winds and cold have kept the Wilders at bay. Now that spring has come, everything has changed. They're being hunted again, and they won't be safe while Ramage wants their blood. But Finn and Kas made a promise to Rose to find her baby and bring her back. And finding Hope means finding Ramage.
Desperation Road: a compelling literary crime novel, Michael Farris Smith.
In a rough-and-tumble Mississippi town, the vices of drugs, whiskey, guns, and the desire for revenge violently intersect when Russell Gaines, newly released from prison, returns home on the same night that a young and desperate mother shoots a local deputy.
Rivers, Michael Farris Smith.
Following years of catastrophic hurricanes, the Gulf Coast has been brought to its knees. The government has drawn a new boundary line ninety miles north of the coastline. Life below the Line offers no services, no electricity, and no resources, and those who stay behind live by their own rules. Cohen is one who stayed. Unable to overcome the crushing loss of his wife and unborn child who were killed during an evacuation, he returned home to Mississippi to bury them on family land. After his home is ransacked, Cohen is finally forced from his shelter. On the road north, he encounters a colony of survivors led by a fanatical, snake-handling preacher named Aggie who has dangerous visions of repopulating the barren region. Cohen is faced with a decision: continue to the Line alone, or try to shepherd the captives across the unforgiving land with the biggest hurricane yet bearing down — and Cohen harbouring a secret that may pose the greatest threat of all.
Night horse, Elizabeth Smither.
In Elizabeth Smither's eighteenth collection of poetry her words are as vital as ever. The poems take the everyday - mothers and daughters, cats and horses, books and bowls, slippers and shirts - and transform them into something fresh: sometimes surreal, sometimes funny, often enchanted. And throughout, the work is infused with the personality of the author: a quirky, whimsical observer of the mundane world around her, which she shows to be full of surprises.
Sea glass, Maria V. Snyder.
From one-trick wonder to wielder of terrifying powers. Not bad for a student. Glass magician Opal Cowan's newfound ability to steal a magician's powers has made her too powerful in the eyes of the council Despite being under house arrest, Opal travels to the Moon Clan's lands in search of Ulrick, the man she thinks she loves. Thinks because she is sure another man, now her prisoner, has switched souls with Ulrick. In hostile territory, without proof or allies, Opal isn't sure whom to trust. She can't forget Kade, the handsome Stormdancer who doesn't want to let her get close. And now everyone is after Opal's special powers for their own deadly gain.
Black and blue magic, Zilpha Keatley Snyder.
Harry Houdini Marco had a difficult life when he was a normal, clumsy twelve-year-old—but growing wings made things even harder. Except for his unusual name, Harry Houdini Marco is unremarkable in every way. While his namesake was the greatest illusionist of all time, Harry can't even catch a ball. He is on the verge of a long, boring summer—and he is dreading every moment of it. Then he meets a mysterious travelling salesman named Mr. Mazzeeck. But Mr. Mazzeeck is more than a travelling salesman, he's a wizard—at least, he claims to be. Before he leaves town, Mr. Mazzeeck gives Harry a bottle of magical oil, saying that the potion will give him wings. And to Harry's amazement, the oil works: He gets wings! Now he just has to figure out how to use them.
Counting blessings, Eileen Spinelli; illustrated by Lee Holland.
This board book teaches little ones to count, and reminds them of the many blessings in their lives.
Collected poems: 1951-2006, C.K. Stead.
C K Stead is New Zealand's most distinguished living poet. Since publishing his first poems in periodicals like Landfall in the early 1950s, he has experimented with many forms and modes - from open form, free verse, journal composition, quotation and found text to personal lyric, translation and imitation - while always bringing a strong personality, deft craftsmanship and a background of realism to bear on his poetry. This Collected Poems includes the work of his fourteen volumes of poetry, from his first collection, Whether the Will is Free, to The Black River of 2007. In addition, it reprints 22 early previously uncollected poems that date from 1951 to 1961. Annotated by the author, the Collected Poems illustrates more than fifty years of the range and ambition of Stead's verse, in which the world always looks 'hard
The right time, Danielle Steel.
Abandoned by her mother at age seven, Alexandra Winslow takes solace in the mysteries she reads with her devoted father and soon she is writing them herself, slowly graduating to dark, complex crime stories that reflect skill, imagination, and talent far beyond her years. After her father's untimely death, at fourteen Alex is taken in by the nuns of a local convent, where she finds twenty-six mothers to take the place of the one she lost, and the time and encouragement to pursue her gift. Alex writes in every spare moment, gripped by the plots and themes and characters that fill her mind. Her secret life as the mysterious and brilliantly successful Alexander Green and her own life as a talented young woman expose her to the envious, the arrogant, and Hollywood players who have no idea who she really is.
From Venice to Istanbul, Rick Stein.
From the mythical heart of Greece to the fruits of the Black Sea coast; from Croatian and Albanian flavours to the spices and aromas of Turkey and beyond - the cuisine of the Eastern Mediterranean is a vibrant melting pot brimming with character. Accompanying the major BBC One series, Rick Stein: From Venice to Istanbul includes over 100 spectacular recipes discovered by Rick during his travels in the region. The ultimate mezze spread of baba ghanoush, pide bread and keftedes. Mouthwatering garlic shrimps with soft polenta. Heavenly Dalmatian fresh fig tart. Packed with stunning photography of the food and locations, and filled with Rick's passion for fresh produce and authentic cooking, this is a stunning collection of inspiring recipes to evoke the magic of the Eastern Mediterranean at home.
Homecoming, Susie Steiner.
Up on the North Yorkshire moors, the Hartle family is about to have a life-changing year. Ann and Joe, with more than thirty years of marriage and two sons between them, are torn between giving up and pressing on with their struggling farm. Max, their older son, is set to inherit the farm and his wife Primrose has news to share, but is he ready for these new responsibilities? Their younger son, Bartholomew, escaped to the south as soon as he could, building a new life for himself with his girlfriend Ruby. But when tragedy strikes he is forced to return home – and must come to terms with his past, in order to create a future.
Persons unknown, Susie Steiner.
Manon Bradshaw is back. As dusk falls a young man staggers through a park, far from home, bleeding from a stab wound. He dies where he falls; cradled by a stranger, a woman's name on his lips in his last seconds of life. DI Manon Bradshaw can't help taking an interest these days she only handles cold cases, but the man died just yards from the police station where she works. She's horrified to discover that both victim and prime suspect are more closely linked to her than she could have imagined. And as the Cambridgeshire police force closes ranks against her, she is forced to contemplate the unthinkable. How well does she know her loved ones, and are they capable of murder?
Cryptonomicon, Neal Stephenson.
An American computer hacker operating in Southeast Asia attempts to break a World War II cypher to find the location of a missing shipment of gold. The gold was stolen by the Japanese during the war. Bouncing between World War II and the World Wide Web, Cryptonomicon follows the exploits of Lawrence Waterhouse, a young mathematical genius assigned to a highly secretive outfit that has cracked the fabled Nazi enigma code.
Welcome to Dead House, R.L. Stine.
When their father inherits an old house in the town of Dark Falls, Amanda and Josh are excited—until they begin to suspect that the house is haunted.
The uprising, Erik Storey.
Clyde Barr, the drifter with lethal skills, is alone again, wandering the highways of the American West in search of something to believe in. As summer turns to autumn, he heads for the mountains, planning to clear his head and regain his edge with some hunting. But when he runs across an elderly sick man—a Ute Indian from a nearby reservation—Clyde's dream of solitude is quickly dashed. On the reservation, Clyde finds the old man's daughter, Lawana, and grandson, Taylor, as well as a group of menacing bikers called Reapers running wild in the struggling, half-abandoned village.
The Baobab tree, Louie Stowell; illustrated by Laure Fournier.
When the gods create a talking tree, they soon regret it because it won't be quiet. So they turn it upside down and bury its head in the dirt.
In defence of Jesus: investigating attacks on the identity of Christ, Lee Strobel.
In Defence of Jesus, the follow up to the bestselling book Case for Christ, former award-winning legal editor Lee Strobel explores such hot-button questions as: Did the church suppress ancient non-biblical documents that paint a more accurate picture of Jesus than the four Gospels? Did the church distort the truth about Jesus by tampering with early New Testament texts? Do new insights and explanations disprove the resurrection? Have fresh arguments disqualified Jesus from being the Messiah? Did Christianity steal its core ideas from earlier mythology? Evaluate the arguments and evidence being advanced by prominent atheists, liberal theologians, Muslim scholars, and others. Sift through expert testimony. Then reach your own verdict with In Defense of Jesus.
Captain Cook in the underworld, Robert Sullivan
Captain Cook in the Underworld is a book-length poem by a gifted Māori poet, an archetypal exploration of Western mythology and legend as it 'discovers' itself in the South Pacific. The poem was commissioned as the libretto for a new work with composer John Psathas for the fiftieth anniversary celebration of Wellington's Orpheus Choir. Captain Cook in the Underworld offers fresh perspectives on the familiar story of Cook's Pacific explorations; it has a broad bi-cultural (European/Polynesian) frame of references; and Sullivan employs a bold risk-taking approach. The book is a highly stylised, 'operatic' account of the voyages, with similarities to the musical structure of Coleridge's Rime of the Ancient Mariner', and opera.
Bad to the bone boxer, by T.T. Sutherland.
Michelle loves her new boxer, Tombo. He's cute and energetic, and Michelle can't wait to play with him and her best friend's poodle puppy, Buttons. Tombo likes to chew things. A LOT. He's destroying everything - furniture, clothes, shoes and maybe even Michelle's relationship with her best friend. Michelle knows Tombo doesn't want to be bad … but is there any way to make him good?
Smarty-pants sheltie, by T.T. Sutherland.
Jeopardy is a great dog. Noah's family just moved, and Noah is nervous about starting a new school with new people. At least he can distract himself with the family's Shetland sheepdog, Jeopardy. Noah's mom suggests a dog agility class, which seems like an OK idea—at first. There's just one thing … Jeopardy is so embarrassing! When Noah takes her to class, she barks, runs away, and doesn't listen to him at all. Noah wants to make friends, not get laughed at chasing around this crazy dog! How will he ever fit in with this shouty Sheltie?
Daughter of Gloriavale: my life in a religious cult, Lilia Tarawa.
In this personal account, Lilia Tarawa exposes the shocking secrets of the cult, with its rigid rules and oppressive control of women. She describes her fear when her family questioned Gloriavale's beliefs and practices. When her parents fled with their children, Lilia was forced to make a desperate choice: to stay or to leave. No matter what she chose, she would lose people she loved. In the outside world, Lilia struggled. Would she be damned to hell for leaving? How would she learn to navigate this strange place called 'the world'? And would she ever find out the truth about the criminal convictions against her grandfather?
A map for wrecked girls, Jessica Taylor.
Emma has always orbited Henri, her fierce, magnetic queen bee of an older sister, and the two have always been best friends. Until something happens that wrecks them. Then the unthinkable occurs - a watery nightmare off the dazzling coast. The girls wash up on shore, stranded. Their only companion is Alex, a troubled boy agonizing over his own secrets. Trapped in a gorgeous hell, Emma and Alex fall together as Emma and Henri fall catastrophically apart. To find their way home, the sisters must find their way back to each other. But there's no map for this. Can they survive the unearthing of the past and the upheaval of the present?
The fairy's wing, Claire Taylor-Smith.
Hattie B knows there's no time to lose when her charm bracelet calls her back to the Kingdom of Bellua. Evil King Ivar of the Imps wants to fly, so he's stolen the magic from a fairy's wing. Hattie must find an enchanted thread to fix the wing, but someone is determined to stop her.
Fortune's woman, RaeAnne Thayne.
Only a family crisis could bring Ross Fortune back home to Texas. But clearing his sister of a murder charge was the roving P.I.'s most important mission. Falling for the woman counselling his nephew was a complication he definitely didn't need. Though the sexy, off-limits Fortune was a challenge she couldn't resist, Julie Osterman couldn't afford to let her personal feelings cloud her professional judgment. But when an explosive secret threatened everyone's future, was she willing to put it all on the line for the chance to be at Ross's side forever?
Safe in your arms, RaeAnne Thayne, Allison Leigh.
A quiet storm: Heart-stoppingly handsome detective Beau Riley might have left Elizabeth Quinn tongue-tied, but she needs the good detective to solve a murder that's affected the beloved little boy in her care. So speak with him she must. If only she was sure her traitorous heart would leave it at that. A Weaver beginning: There was no doubt in Abby Marcum's mind that Sloan McCray is the guy for her. Though she'd moved to Weaver, Wyoming to make a better life for her little brother, she sees her future with the small town deputy. Now she has to convince the man who felt unworthy of love that she and her heart were his for the asking.
One true heart, Jodi Thomas.
— From the Paperback edition.
Involving three interwoven plots revolving around Tito Ihaka, his boss Superintendent Finbar McGrail and Ihaka's former best friend in the police service, disgraced. For 25 years McGrail has been haunted by the unsolved killing of 17 year old who was murdered at a 1987 election night party, but finally a witness comes forward with a scrap of information which sheds light on one of the many mysteries surrounding the case and prompts McGrail to instruct Ihaka to look into it. Ihaka, meanwhile, is embroiled in a very personal mystery. Three strands weave themselves into an exciting climax in an atmosphere of political manoeuvring and intrigue surrounding New Zealand's confrontation with the USA over its anti-nuclear stance
Badass: a relentless onslaught of the toughest warlords, vikings, samurai, pirates, gunfighters, and military commanders to ever live, Ben Thompson.
Throughout history, from the bone-crushing age of antiquity to the sack-tearing modern era, there have been larger-than-life ass-kickers with a natural talent for unleashing their epic bloodlust on anyone who crossed them. They built empires, smashed armies, and ravaged civilizations for wealth, glory, and ultimate supremacy. Sometimes villains, sometimes heroes, sometimes criminally insane, they had one thing in common: they were all … Badass!
Takedown: a thriller, Brad Thor.
After years without a terrorist attack on American soil, one group has picked the 4th of July weekend to pull out all the stops. In a perfectly executed attack, all of the bridges and tunnels leading into and out of Manhattan are destroyed just as thousands of commuters begin their holiday exodus. With domestic efforts focused on search and rescue, a deadly team of highly trained foreign soldiers methodically makes its way through the city with the singular objective of locating one of their own — a man so powerful that America will do anything to keep him hidden. Scot Harvath is now the country's only hope. Fighting his way through the burning streets of Manhattan, he must mount his own operation to locate a man the United States government refuses to admit even exists.
The princess and the warrior, by Duncan Tonatiuh.
Award-winning author Duncan Tonatiuh reimagines one of Mexico's cherished legends. Princess Izta had many wealthy suitors but dismissed them all. When a mere warrior, Popoca, promised to be true to her and stay always by her side, Izta fell in love. The emperor promised Popoca if he could defeat their enemy Jaguar Claw, then Popoca and Izta could wed. When Popoca was near to defeating Jaguar Claw, his opponent sent a messenger to Izta saying Popoca was dead. Izta fell into a deep sleep and, upon his return, even Popoca could not wake her. As promised Popoca stayed by her side.
Salmon fishing in the Yemen, Paul Torday.
Dr. Alfred Jones is a henpecked, slightly pompous middle-aged scientist at the National Centre for Fisheries Excellence in London when he is approached by a mysterious sheikh about an outlandish plan to introduce the sport of salmon fishing into the Yemen. Dr. Jones refuses, but the project, however scientifically absurd, catches the eye of British politicians, who pressure him to work on it. His diaries of the Yemen Salmon Project, from beginning to glorious, tragic end, form the narrative backbone of this novel; interspersed throughout are government memos, e-mails, letters, and interview transcripts that deftly capture the absurdity of bureaucratic dysfunction.
Kiss Carlo, Adriana Trigiani.
It's 1949 and South Philadelphia is bursting with possibility. The arrival of an urgent telegram from Italy upends the life of Nicky Castone, a young man who, orphaned as a child, now lives with his Uncle Dom and his large and boisterous family in the city. Surely there is more to life than this, despite a steady job in the family business and a sweet-natured fiancee? In secret, Nicky begins moonlighting at the local Shakespeare theatre company and is quickly drawn to the stage, its colourful players… and to feisty Calla Borelli, who runs the show. Kiss Carlo is a jubilee, resplendent with hope, love and the abiding power of la famiglia.
Sarah's quilt: a novel of Sarah Agnes Prine and the Arizona Territories, 1906, Nancy E. Turner.
In 1906, the badlands of Southern Arizona Territory is a desolate place where a three-year drought has changed the landscape for all time. When Sarah's well goes dry and months pass with barely a trace of rain, Sarah feels herself losing her hold upon the land. Desperate, Sarah's mother hires a water witch, a peculiar desert wanderer named Lazrus who claims to know where to find water. As he schemes and stalls, he develops an attraction to Sarah that turns into a frightening infatuation. And just when it seems that life couldn't get worse, Sarah learns that her brother and his family have been trapped in the Great San Francisco Earthquake of 1906.
The French for always, Fiona Valpy.
Five weddings. The perfect venue. One little hitch … Leaving the grey skies of home behind to transform a crumbling French Château into a boutique wedding venue is a huge leap of faith for Sara. She and fiancé Gavin sink their life savings into the beautiful Château Bellevue - set under blue skies and surrounded by vineyards in the heart of Bord.
Seven letters from Paris, Samantha Verant.
In the best romantic tradition of Almost French, a woman falls madly in love with a Frenchman in Paris, but with a twist. It takes her twenty years to find him again. Samantha's life is falling apart - she's lost her job, her marriage is on the rocks and she's walking dogs to keep the wolf from the door. When she stumbles across seven love letters from the handsome Frenchman she fell head over heels for in Paris when she was 19, she can't help but wonder, what if? Jetting off to France to reconnect with a man you knew for just one day is crazy - but it's the kind of crazy Samantha's been waiting for her whole life.
Death by dim sim: how I beat obesity, Sarah Vincent.
Sarah Vincent once tipped the scales at 122 kilos. She worked at the back of a hospital making calls and answering emails, but at three o'clock every afternoon she would answer a very special call - the call of the dim sim. Running the gauntlet of smokers in the hospital car park one day for her daily dim sim fix, Sarah had an epiphany: just like those nicotine addicts, who continued dragging on their cigarettes even while attached to IV drips, Sarah was an addict and was slowly killing herself with food. But then Sarah met the nutritionist who would introduce her to the low-carb, high-fat eating approach known as Banting, which leaves you feeling full and reduces your cravings.
Help your kids with times tables, Carol Vorderman.
This comprehensive and accessible guide and workbook provides a range of learning techniques and is complemented by practice exercises throughout. Beginning with times tables basics and culminating in challenging number sequences, the methods, tricks and tips shown, ensure no child will be left feeling bewildered. Fun and funky graphics help to engage your child and visualise the maths problem in front of them. Parents' notes on the practice tests mean you'll be able to answer any tricky questions and give essential times tables guidance. Help Your Kids with Times Tables is the perfect guide for frustrated children and confused adults to unlock your child's academic achievement.
A beautiful, terrible thing: a memoir of marriage and betrayal, Jen Waite.
Psychopaths are manipulative, remorseless. They feel no guilt. What would happen if you thought you might be married to one? Jen Waite loves her husband. Marco is sexy, funny, her best friend—and he makes her feel like the most important person in the world. When they have their first baby, her life feels perfect. But then, just three weeks later, she accidentally reads an e-mail that she was never supposed to see, and it is as if someone has aimed a wrecking ball at her life. A memoir of incredible power, A Beautiful, Terrible Thing is a harrowing and inspiring account of a woman who finds strength forged by fire when everything she believed in turns out to be an illusion.
The traitor and the thief, Gareth Ward.
Discovered picking pockets at Coxford's Corn Market, fourteen year old Sin is hunted across the city. Caught by the enigmatic Eldritch Moons, Sin is offered a way out of his life of crime: join the Covert Operations Group (COG) and train to become a spy. At Lenheim Palace, Sin learns spy craft while trying not to break the school's Cast-Iron Rules. Befriended by eccentric Zonda Chubb, together they endeavour to unmask a traitor causing havoc within the palace. After an assassination attempt on the founder of COG, Sin realises that someone closest to him could be the traitor. With no other option, Sin is forced into an uneasy alliance with the school bully, Velvet Von Darque. But can he trust her? And will COG try to bury him with the secrets he discovers? Secrets, spies and steampunk gadgets abound in this fantastic adventure story!
How to dad. Volume 2, Jordan Watson.
OK, hurry up and grab me. We don't have long before the publishers realise I'm not one of those fancy parenting-help people. In here, you'll find some sort-of helpful tips, some pictures, some words and a few crack-up dad tales. I might not be a fancy parenting person, but I am a black belt in Dadding. Yes, that's a thing. It's totally a thing. I'm still making silly parenting videos, I'm still non-PC and I'm still a dad. This is How to dad: Volume 2. Back of book bit: Done.
How firm a foundation, David Weber.
The Charisian Empire, born in war, has always known it must fight for its very survival. What most of its subjects don't know even now, however, is how much more it's fighting for. Emperor Cayleb, Empress Sharleyan, Merlin Athrawes, and their innermost circle of most trusted advisers do know. And because they do, they know the penalty if they lose will be far worse than their own deaths and the destruction of all they know and love. For five years, Charis has survived all the Church of God Awaiting and the corrupt men who control it have thrown at the island empire. The price has been high and paid in blood. Despite its chain of hard-fought naval victories, Charis is still on the defensive. It can hold its own at sea, but if it is to survive, it must defeat the Church upon its own ground. The men and women fighting for human freedom and tolerance have built a foundation for their struggle in the Empire of Charis with their own blood, but will that foundation be firm enough to survive?
Midst toil and tribulation, David Weber.
When the Republic of Siddermark is threatened by wars triggered by the Charis kingdom's declaration of independence from the Church of God Awaiting, Vicar Clytahn, King Cayleb, Queen Sharleyan and Merlin Arthawes struggle to prevent widespread starvation while protecting their people from violent attacks.
Selected poems, Ian Wedde.
Ian Wedde has been a major presence in New Zealand poetry since his work began appearing in journals in the late 1960s. With selections from 1971s Homage to Matisse all the way through to 2013s The Lifeguard, Ian Wedde's Selected Poems will introduce readers new and old to one of New Zealand's most distinguished contemporary poets.
The Templeton twins make a scene, written by Ellis Weiner; illustrated by Jeremy Holmes.
Professor Templeton has been hired by the Thespian Academy of the Performing Arts and Sciences to invent something, anything, important (and profitable) but the thirteen-year-old twins, Abigail and John, are suspicious and determined to investigate.
If the creek don't rise: a novel, Leah Weiss.
In a North Carolina mountain town filled with moonshine and rotten husbands, Sadie Blue is only the latest girl to face a dead-end future at the mercy of a dangerous drunk. She's been married to Roy Tupkin for fifteen days, and she knows now that she should have listened to the folks who said he was trouble. But when a stranger sweeps in and knocks the world off-kilter for everyone in town, Sadie begins to think there might be more to life than being Roy's wife. As stark and magnificent as Appalachia itself, If the Creek Don't Rise is a bold and beautifully layered debut about a dusty, desperate town finding the inner strength it needs to outrun its demons. The folks of Baines Creek will take you deep into the mountains with heart, honesty, and home-grown grit.
Big women, Fay Weldon.
This is the story of women when they were wimmin: of that blossoming in seventies England of hope, freedom, equality and sisterhood; and of what happened next… Big Women is the tale of Medusa, a feminist publishing house founded one balmy evening at sedate Chalcot Crescent in a flurry of argument, peace-making and naked dancing. The novel is everything and more we expect from Fay Weldon, not just a work of literature but an energising drop into the pool of social complacency - a feisty, no-holds-barred portrait of four women's attempts and failures to create a new life.
The fat woman's joke, Fay Weldon
For several weeks, Esther Sussman had lived in a sordid flat in Earls Court. During the day she read science fiction novels. In the evenings she watched television. And she ate, and ate, and drank, and ate. She had not felt so secure since she spent her days in a pram. It had been her husband's idea that they should go on a diet. Together they would fight middle-age flab and feel young again. From the fastness of her Earls Court retreat Esther starts to recount the events leading up to her revelation to her friend Phyllis. 'I suppose you really do believe your happiness is consequent upon your size?' she asks. Phyllis does; Esther does not and triumphantly sets out to prove her point.
A carved cloak for Tahu: a history of Ngāi Tahu Matawhaiti, Mere Whaanga.
A Carved Cloak for Tahu tells the story of the northern Hawke's Bay hapū of Ngāi Tahu Matawhāiti. It is a history that blends old and new, land and people, traditional stories and modern issues. The carvings of the wharenui Te Poho O Tahu at Iwitea, near Wairoa, are the starting point for a tribal history that goes back to Hawaiki. Mere Whaanga draws on the traditional methods and materials of Māori history - whakairo, waiata, tauparapara - to evoke the stories and identify of a people who keep alive the links with their tīpuna. She recounts the journeys and exploits of the forebears of Ngāi Tahu Matawhaiti - and the ancestors of many other hapū and iwi - Tahu Pōtiki, Matawhāiti, Paikea, Kahungunu, Rongomaiwahine and Te Huki. This is also a story of changes in land tenure, obligations and authority, and the way one hapū has responded to them. As these have been among the fundamental concerns of Māori since the mid nineteenth century, the story of Ngāi Tahu Matawhaiti has relevance for other hapū and iwi today
Map of the heart, Susan Wiggs.
Widowed by an unspeakable tragedy, Camille Palmer has made her peace with the past and settled into the quiet safety of life with her teenage daughter, Julie, in a sleepy coastal town. Then the arrival of a mysterious package breaks open the door to her family's secret past. In uncovering a hidden history, Camille has no idea that she's embarking on an adventure that will utterly transform her. Camille, Julie, and Camille's father return to the French town of his youth, sparking unexpected memories - recollections that will lead them back to the dark days of the Second World War. And it is in the stunning Provencal countryside that they will uncover their family's surprising history.
The sloth who came to stay.,
A wryly amusing story about a fast family who are taught to slow down when an adorable sloth comes to stay.
Laird Diocail Gordon has just inherited his uncle's run down castle and rag-tag clan. He knows the sorry sight of the castle would send any woman running, but is determined to find a wife to help return his home to its former glory. Widowed lady Jane Stanley is determined to return to England, even if she has to tromp through the Scottish Highlands on foot to get there. Her travels lead her straight into the midst of a troop of dangerous Highland warriors. The mysterious, brawny laird forbids his men to harm her, and the spark between them is immediate. The only way Diocail can keep her safe is to take her home with him, but will the miserable state of his clan douse her newly ignited Highland flame?
The cartel, Don Winslow.
It's 2004. DEA agent Art Keller has been fighting the war on drugs for thirty years in a blood feud against Adan Barrera, the head of El Federacion, the world's most powerful cartel, and the man who brutally murdered Keller's partner. Finally putting Barrera away cost Keller dearly—the woman he loves, the beliefs he cherishes, the life he wants to lead. Then Barrera gets out, determined to rebuild the empire that Keller shattered. Unwilling to live in a world with Barrera in it, Keller goes on a ten-year odyssey to take him down. His obsession with justice—or is it revenge?—becomes a ruthless struggle that stretches from the cities, mountains, and deserts of Mexico to Washington's corridors of power to the streets of Berlin and Barcelona. Keller fights his personal battle against the devastated backdrop of Mexico's drug war, a conflict of unprecedented scale and viciousness, as cartels vie for power and he comes to the final reckoning with Barrera—and himself—that he always knew must happen.
Coal River, Ellen Marie Wiseman.
As a child, Emma Malloy left isolated Coal River, Pennsylvania, vowing never to return. Now, orphaned and penniless at nineteen, she accepts a train ticket from her aunt and uncle and travels back to the rough-hewn community. Treated like a servant by her relatives, Emma works for free in the company store. There, miners and their impoverished families must pay inflated prices for food, clothing, and tools, while those who owe money are turned away to starve. Most heartrending of all are the breaker boys Emma sees around the village—young children who toil all day sorting coal amid treacherous machinery. Their soot-stained faces remind Emma of the little brother she lost long ago, and she begins leaving stolen food on families' doorsteps, and marking the miners' bills as paid. Though Emma's actions draw ire from the mine owner and police captain, they lead to an alliance with a charismatic miner who offers to help her expose the truth.
The husband maneuver: a worthy pursuit novella, Karen Witemeyer.
1890s Texas. Marietta Hawkins has been in love with ranch foreman Daniel Barrett since she came home from school three years ago. Unfortunately, her father's rule about hands not fraternizing with his daughter has kept him out of reach. She believed patience would prove a virtue in winning him over—until now. He is leaving. Starting up his own spread. To have any hope of manoeuvring him into a proposal, she has to act fast or lose him forever.
The resurrection of Joan Ashby, Cherise Wolas.
I viewed the consumptive nature of love as a threat to serious women. But the wonderful man I just married believes as I do — work is paramount, absolutely no children — and now love seems to me quite marvellous. These words are spoken to a rapturous audience by Joan Ashby, a brilliant and intense literary sensation acclaimed for her explosively dark and singular stories. When Joan finds herself unexpectedly pregnant, she is stunned by Martin's delight, his instant betrayal of their pact. She makes a fateful, selfless decision then, to embrace her unintentional family. Challenged by raising two precocious sons, it is decades before she finally completes her masterpiece novel. Poised to reclaim the spotlight, to resume the intended life she gave up for love, a betrayal of Shakespearean proportion forces her to question every choice she has made. Cherise Wolas's gorgeous debut introduces an indelible heroine candid about her struggles and unapologetic in her ambition.
City of Crows, Chris Womersley.
Desperate to save herself and her only surviving child Nicolas from an outbreak of plague, Charlotte Picot flees her tiny village in the French countryside. But when Nicolas is abducted by a troop of slavers, Charlotte resorts to witchcraft and summons assistance in the shape of a malevolent man. She and her companion travel to Paris where they become further entwined in the underground of sorcerers and poisoners and where each is forced to reassess their ideas of good and evil. Before Charlotte is finished she will wander hell's halls, trade with a witch and accept a demon's fealty. Meanwhile, a notorious criminal is unexpectedly released from the prison galleys where he has served a brutal sentence for sacrilege.
The story of England, by Michael Wood.
The village of Kibworth in Leicestershire lies at the very centre of England. It has a church, some pubs, the Grand Union Canal, a First World War Memorial - and many centuries of recorded history. In the thirteenth century the village was bought by William de Merton, who later founded Merton College, Oxford, with the result that documents covering 750 years of village history are lodged at the college. Building on this unique archive, and enlisting the help of the current inhabitants of Kibworth, with a village-wide archeological dig, with the first complete DNA profile of an English village and with use of local materials like family memorabilia, Michael Wood tells the extraordinary story of one English community over fifteen centuries, from the moment that the Roman Emperor Honorius sent his famous letter in 410 advising the English to look to their own defences to the village as it is today.
Sky burial: an epic love story of Tibet, Xinran; translated by Julia Lovell & Esther Tyldesley.
As a young girl in China Xinran heard a rumour about a soldier in Tibet who had been brutally fed to the vultures in a ritual known as a sky burial: the tale frightened and fascinated her. Several decades later Xinran met Shu Wan, a Chinese woman who had spent years searching for her missing husband who had been serving as a doctor in Tibet; her extraordinary life story would unravel the legend of the sky burial. For thirty years she was lost in the wild and alien landscape of Tibet, in the vast and silent plateaus and the magisterial mountain ranges, living with communities of nomads moving with the seasons and struggling to survive. In this haunting book, Xinran recreates Shu Wen's remarkable journey in an epic story of love, loss, loyalty and survival. Moving, shocking and, ultimately, uplifting Sky Burial paints a unique portrait of a woman and a land, both at the mercy of fate and politics. Novel based on a true story.
American born Chinese, Gene Luen Yang; color by Lark Pien.
Alternates three interrelated stories about the problems of young Chinese Americans trying to participate in the popular culture. Presented in comic book format.
Slow cooking for vegetarians, Annette Yates.
Slow cooking is the new fast food, allowing you to walk through your front door and sit down to a nutritious dinner left simmering in your slow cooker. This title for the veggies and demi-veggies helps the home cook create fantastic-tasting and balanced meals.