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    Weidenfeld and Nicolson

    Weidenfeld & Nicolson was named Imprint of the Year at the 2015 Bookseller Industry Awards. “It’s amazing what Weidenfeld & Nicolson has achieved in the past year,” said the judges. “This is confident, ambitious and profitable publishing that goes right across the range.”
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    The Killing Lessons

    A brilliant debut serial killer thriller from a frighteningly talented writer. 'Unbelievably good' – Lee Child
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    The Second Half

    No. 1 bestselling memoir of Roy Keane, former captain of Manchester United and Ireland – co-written with Man Booker Prize-winner Roddy Doyle. Now updated.
  • Mona Eltahawy

    Headscarves and Hymens

    A ground-breaking call to arms against misogyny in the Arab world by award-winning journalist Mona Eltahawy, author of WHY DO THEY HATE US?, the article which went viral and was debated around the globe.
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Operation Mayhem

By Steve Heaney, MC, Damien Lewis

2,000 blood-crazed rebels. 26 elite British soldiers. One man's explosive true story.

Airlifted into the heart of the Sierra Leone jungle in the midst of the bloody civil war in 2000, 26 elite operators from the secret British elite unit X Platoon were sent into combat against thousands of Sierra Leonean rebels.

Notorious for their brutality, the rebels were manned with captured UN armour, machine-guns and grenade-launchers, while the men of X Platoon were kitted with pitiful supplies of ammunition, malfunctioning rifles, and no body armour, grenades or heavy weapons.

Intended to last only 48 hours, the mission mutated into a 16-day siege against the rebels, as X Platoon were denied the back-up and air support they had been promised, and were forced to make their stand alone. The half-starved soldiers, surviving on bush tucker, fought with grenades made from old food-tins and defended themselves with barricades made of sharpened bamboo-sticks, tipped in poison given to them by local villagers.

Sergeant Steve Heaney won the Military Cross for his initiative in taking command after the platoon lost their commanding officer. OPERATION MAYHEM recounts his amazing untold true story, full of the rough-and-ready humour and steely fortitude with which these elite soldiers carried out operations far into hostile terrain.

Sergeant Steve Heaney captures the confusion, black humour, raw courage and sheer exhilaration of combat brillantly. This book is one of the best accounts of low-level tactical soldiering since Fred Majdalany's WW2 classic Patrol. But Heaney tells a broader tale that has rarely been captured so well... I commend it to the professional soldier and layman alike.'... read this account of his [Steve Heaney] stint with the 26-man strong X Platoon in the sweltering jungle, living on grubs, outnumbered 80 to one, battling heavily armed rebels with bamboo sticks and home-made grenades, and you'll be asking the question... Why wasn't he given TWO MCs?'Sergeant Steve Heaney tells the explosive true story of the epic operation that helped to bring to an end the Sierra Leone Civil War and earned him the Military Cross.

Steve Heaney joined the Parachute Regiment Juniors at 16, then passed Parachute Regiment selection and joined 3 PARA in 1987. Two years later he successfully undertook selection into X Platoon - the Pathfinders. He went on to serve with X Platoon, working with almost every allied Special Forces unit with which the British military has links. In 1999 he was promoted to Platoon Sergeant. He won the Commanding Officer's Commendation for finding arms caches in Northern Ireland. Sergeant Heaney left the British military in 2001, by which time he was the most experienced Military Parachutist in the British Army. He has spent the last decade working as a senior military adviser to one of Britain's key allies.

Damien Lewis has worked as a war and conflict reporter for major broadcasters, reporting from across Africa, South America, the Middle and Far East, and has won numerous awards for his journalism. In 2001 he wrote his first book, an international bestseller translated into over 30 languages, and adapted into a film and stage play. His books OPERATION CERTAIN DEATH, APACHE DAWN and FIRE STRIKE 7/9 were SUNDAY TIMES bestsellers, and he has co-written many other books, including PATHFINDER and BORN FEARLESS - the former a SUNDAY TIMES Top 10 bestseller, and the latter the UK's highest-selling military non-fiction title of 2012. Damien's recent Special Forces book ZERO SIX BRAVO reached No.1 on the SUNDAY TIMES non-fiction bestseller list.

Steve Heaney is free to tell his story (he left the military in 2001). He is eloquent and plain-talking, and has a lot to offer the media in terms of doing all necessary publicity to promote his books and fielding current stories.In 2000, Steve Heaney was the first non-officer in the British military to be awarded the Military Cross, for operations in Sierra Leone - an exception made in acknowledgement of his initiative in taking de facto command of the 26-man unit.OPERATION MAYHEM is the first account of a truly epic mission: one of the most highly decorated in elite forces history.Rorke's Drift meets THE SEVEN SAMURAI.The first outing has sold more than 16,000 copies across the hardback, export TPB and ebook editions.

Under a Cornish Sky

By Liz Fenwick

Demi desperately needs her luck to change. On the sleeper train down to Cornwall, she can't help wondering why everything always goes wrong for her. Having missed out on her dream job, and left with nowhere to stay following her boyfriend's betrayal, pitching up at her grandfather's cottage is her only option.

Victoria thinks she's finally got what she wanted: Boscawen, the gorgeous Cornish estate her family owned for generations should now rightfully be hers, following her husband's sudden death. After years of a loveless marriage and many secret affairs of her own, Victoria thinks new widowhood will suit her very well indeed . . .

But both women are in for a surprise. Surrounded by orchards, gardens and the sea, Boscawen is about to play an unexpected role in both their lives. Can two such different women find a way forward when luck changes both their lives so drastically?

In UNDER A CORNISH SKY Liz Fenwick weaves another deliciously irresistible tale set in the heart of her beloved Cornwall.

For fans of Judy Finegan and Rosamunde Pilcher, a spelling-binding tale of romance and intrigue, set against the gorgeous Cornish coast. A gorgeous, romantic read from the author of THE CORNISH HOUSE and A CORNISH STRANGER.Liz Fenwick writes with real emotional maturity, compelling characterisation and weaves in genuine twists and surprises to the plot.Liz Fenwick has a strong online presence with a much-read writer's blog. She has 3,500 followers on Twitter and her own website. She is also involved with organising the Dubai Literary Festival.A CORNISH AFFAIR won the Reader Award for Best Romantic Read at the 2013 Festival of Romance.

One Summer in Venice

By Nicky Pellegrino

'This isn't a mid-life crisis OK? For a start I'm not old enough yet to have one of those. I'm calling it a happiness project. I've stolen an entire summer from my life and by the time it's over I plan to leave this place with a list in my hand. The ten things that make me happy, that's all I want to know. How difficult can it be? They may be small things - a perfect cup of coffee, a day without rain - or bigger ones. It's still the beginning so how can I know?'

Addolorata Martinelli knows she should be happy. She has everything she thought she wanted - her own business, a husband, a child. So why does she feel as if something is missing? Then when her restaurant, Little Italy, is slated by a reviewer, she realises that she's lost the one thing she thought she could always count on, her love of food.

So Addolorata heads to Venice for a summer alone, aiming to find the ten things that make her happy. Once she's found them, she'll construct a new life around her ten things, but will they include her life in London?

In the maze of Venice's canals, bridges and piazzas, one woman sets herself a goal to find the ten things that could be the key to her happiness.When Nicky Pellegrino's Italian father came to England he fell in love with and married a Liverpool girl. He brought to his new family his passion for food and instilled in them what all Italians know - that you live to eat instead of eating to live. This Italian mantra is the inspiration behind Nicky's delicious novels. Every summer the family left their home in Merseyside and returned to her father's home town, near Naples, in southern Italy. When Nicky met and married a New Zealander she moved to Auckland where she works as a journalist and edits a woman's magazine. She hoards her annual leave so that she and her husband can return to Italy to meet up with her family and to eat the best mozzarella and research her books.Gorgeous, gastronomic, Italianate dramas, Nicky's novels are rich with passion, sunshine, humanity and intrigue.Nicky is a major bestseller in New Zealand and Australia, and rights have sold around the world.A mouthwatering writer, she is as adept at describing an Italian feast as she is at writing about the pain of heartbreak and the joy of falling head over heels in love.Nicky gets fabulous reviews, and we're building a press presence here to rival that of her local one at home.


By Kate Mosse

Three secrets. Two women. One Grail . . . 10th Anniversary Edition of the spellbinding No. 1 bestselling novel.

July 1209: in Carcassonne a 17-year-old girl is given a mysterious book by her father which he claims contains the secret of the true Grail. Although Alais cannot understand the strange words and symbols hidden within, she knows that her destiny lies in keeping the secret of the labyrinth safe . . .

July 2005: Alice Tanner discovers two skeletons in a forgotten cave in the French Pyrenees. Puzzled by the labyrinth symbol carved into the rock, she realises she's disturbed something that was meant to remain hidden. Somehow, a link to a horrific past - her past - has been revealed.

The author has combined an ingenious adventure story with a wonderfully detailed account of the historical background of the Languedoc ... the result is entirely compelling and full of incidental pleasures.Pacey and addictiveSaturated with a passionate understanding of the region's past in a way that puts more conventional historical accounts to shame. Mosse wears her learning so lightly, knitting her historical research so neatly into her narrative, that we never get the slightest sense of being preached or lectured to... [conveying] the texture of various patches of the past with such rich complexitya gripping holy grail quest ... the story line runs on knowledge and fun - Carcassonne never looked so good.This is a novel clearly fuelled by an authorial obsession with a history, region and concept. The settings are evocative and... there are also some powerful dramatic scenes: the climactic moments where the good and evil women meet and battle it out are particularly compelling... [An] intriguing...passionate book.LABYRINTH is very much a Girl's Own story: a grail quest in which women aren't helpless creatures to be rescued, or decorative bystanders, but central to the action, with the capacity to change historyA spellbinding adventure storyAn action packed adventure of modern conspiracy and medieval passion ... a Grail gripper [and] elegantly written timeslip novel set in FranceA thumping read: Mosse creates a world so complete I began to miss it before the last page. More intriguing than Dan Brown, a conundrum with lasting depth and vigour, LABYRINTH captivates from the first page until the final twistThree secrets. Two women. One Grail . . . 10th Anniversary Edition of the spellbinding No. 1 bestselling novel.

Kate Mosse is an international bestselling author with sales of more than five million copies in 42 languages. Her fiction includes the novels Labyrinth (2005), Sepulchre (2007), The Winter Ghosts (2009), Citadel (2012), and The Taxidermist's Daughter (2014), as well as an acclaimed collection of short stories, The Mistletoe Bride & Other Haunting Tales (2013).

Kate is the Co-Founder and Chair of the Board of the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction (previously the Orange Prize) and in June 2013, was awarded an OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List for services to literature. She lives in Sussex.

Special Anniversary Edition of the classic bestseller.LABYRINTH has sold over 1.5 million copies in paperback alone.It is a brilliant, highly-acclaimed SUNDAY TIMES No.1 bestseller.LABYRINTH was made into a major TV drama, produced by Ridley Scott's production company and starring John Hurt, Tom Felton (Harry Potter) and Jessica Brown Findlay (Downton Abbey).Effortlessly weaving together past and present, Kate Mosse has written an engrossing 'time-slip' novel - the perfect big summer read.LABYRINTH combines brilliant storytelling, strong characters with a puzzle that has obsessed men for centuries: the secret of the Grail.Includes Reading Group Notes and an exclusive LABYRINTH walk.

Sword of Destiny

By Andrzej Sapkowski, David French

Geralt is a witcher, a man whose magic powers, enhanced by long training and a mysterious elixir, have made him a brilliant fighter and a merciless assassin. Yet he is no ordinary murderer: his targets are the multifarious monsters and vile fiends that ravage the land and attack the innocent. He roams the country seeking assignments, but gradually comes to realise that while some of his quarry are unremittingly vile, vicious grotesques, others are the victims of sin, evil or simple naivety.

In this collection of short stories, following the adventures of the hit collection THE LAST WISH, join Geralt as he battles monsters, demons and prejudices alike...

A collection of stories in the world of Geralt the Witcher, introducing some of the most loved characters from this universe. A must-read for fans of the novels and games alike.Andrzej Sapkowski was born in 1948 in Poland. He studied economy and business, but the success of his fantasy cycle about the sorcerer Geralt de Rivia turned him into a bestselling writer and he is now one of Poland's most famous and successful authors, selling more in his own country than Stephen King or Michael Crichton.Andrzej Sapkowski is a Polish superstar.THE LAST WISH, the first book about Geralt of Rivia, was a massive trade success for Gollancz.A tie-in computer game based on the character of Geralt has become an international bestseller for Atari.Sapkowski has won every major literary award in Poland, many several times over.This collection of short stories has been in high demand from his readers.Winner of the DAVID GEMMELL LEGEND AWARD for Best Fantasy.

The Ghost of the Mary Celeste

By Valerie Martin

A mystery unsolved to this day

A mystic who confounds the cynics

A writer looking for the story that will make his name

A ghost ship appears in the mist. To the struggling author Arthur Conan Doyle, it is an inspiration. To Violet Petra, the gifted American psychic, it is a cruel reminder. To the death-obsessed Victorian public, it is a fascinating distraction. And to one family, tied to the sea for generations, it is a tragedy.

In salons and on rough seas, at séances and in the imagination of a genius, these stories converge in unexpected ways as the mystery of the ghost ship deepens. But will the sea yield its secrets, and to whom?

THE GHOST OF THE MARY CELESTE is a wonderfully ingenious novel, compelling, convincing and exciting.Valerie Martin is a writer of immense talent and insight. Her latest novel weaves a beautiful tale of loss, love and the connections that link us. One moment we're aboard the doomed ship, another we're in the pages of a diary, yet another we're looking at a tragedy. THE GHOST OF THE MARY CELESTE offers readers a riveting cast and evocative prose.A masterpiece of fine detail and intense reimagining.In December 1872, the brig the Mary Celeste was discovered in the middle of the Atlantic, headed for Gibraltar, perfectly intact, and with no one aboard. The famous mystery lies at the heart of this wonderful, truly haunting novel, but it's a mystery which this very talented American novelist approaches obliquely and from a handful of viewpoints, before and after the ship's disappearance... It is all really rather brilliantly done - fluently written, vividly imagined, moving and genuinely, chillingly spooky.This tale of ghost ships, mystery writers and seances is dripping with atmosphereThe Ghost of the Mary Celeste is an unusual page-turner from an Orange Prize-winning novelist, paying homage to Robert Louis Stevenson, Joseph Conrad and Conan DoyleThis is a fiction permeated by absence. Gradually we come to understand that it is not just the events about theMary Celeste that are unknowable: that mystery is merely a spectacular version of the enigmas that haunt all transactions. The amused clarity of Martin's prose lends itself well to anatomising the ineffable.The discovery of the Mary Celeste in 1872, adrift and unmanned, continues to inspire and intrigue. The enigma surrounding its fate is retold in this riveting tale that delivers a convincing portrait of the era, while also sustaining our curiosity. Masterfully weaving fact and fiction, it focuses on the relationship between a cynical journalist and the psychic cousin of the missing ship's captain, as they both try to unearth what happened. Written in vivid prose, it is an evocative account of Victorian scepticism. A maritime ghost story that keeps you guessing.A sly and masterly historical novel, a page-turner written with intelligence and flairVivid descriptions of life at seaThis historical novel explores with eerie brilliance the stories that are created to make sense of things that are inexplicable... In this intelligent, impressionistic work, Martin never tackles the story of the ship's mysterious vanishing head-on. Instead, she plays with notions of 19th-century ghost and sensation stories to draw the reader into a death-obsessed Victorian culture.Valerie Martin has woven a brilliant novel around the main characters whose lives were touched by this tragedy... This book is a true page turner. It reminded me somewhat of "The Luminaries" (somewhat shorter!) in the entwining of the lives of the main players... It is a highly readable, emotional (but never sentimental) version of events. Highly recommended both for groups and the individual reader.Martin builds a fascinating world around her main players, blurring the line between fact and fiction with aplomb. But the author's richest writing is in the numerous moments where the story takes to the water - these passages are wonderfully evocative, vividly describing life at sea, where calm and beauty can give way to chaos and tragedy at a moment's notice. Part ghost story, part seafaring adventure, I recommend this to anyone who fancies bringing a bit of mystery into their literary livesA sly and masterly historical novel, a page-turner written with intelligence and flair... Through her ingenious weaving of fiction and fact, she both 'solves' the mystery and (as one of her characters says) deepens it ... Valerie Martin never sacrifices the richness of her novel for easy answers. She's more interested in the questions. And so, then, are we.Martin, who won Britain's Orange Prize for her historical novel "Property", slips into the 19th century with the ease of a time traveler. Her period set pieces are superb, from descriptions of the Briggs family picking plums for jam ("The trees were dripping heavy, dark fruit") to Conan Doyle's scrutiny of the Mediterranean-themed garden a sea captain's widow has planted in a West Hampstead housing development, with rosemary bushes pruned into pyramids and pots of begonias "shiny as porcelain."an intricate, suspenseful novelA bravura bookValerie Martin has created a gripping fictionalisation of the passengers' storiesTHE GHOST OF THE MARY CELESTE is a wonderfully ingenious novel, compelling, convincing and exciting.Valerie Martin is a writer of immense talent and insight. Her latest novel weaves a beautiful tale of loss, love and the connections that link us. One moment we're aboard the doomed ship, another we're in the pages of a diary, yet another we're looking at a tragedy. THE GHOST OF THE MARY CELESTE offers readers a riveting cast and evocative prose.From the ORANGE PRIZE-winning author, an enthralling novel about the enduring mystery of the Mary Celeste, an infamous mystic and Arthur Conan Doyle.

Valerie Martin is the author of two collections of short fiction and six novels, including Italian Fever, The Great Divorce and Mary Reilly [the Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde story, from the viewpoint of a housemaid, which was filmed with Julia Roberts and John Malkovich. Her most recent book is a non-fiction work about St Francis of Assisi: Salvation: Scenes from the Life of St Francis. She lives in upstate New York.

THE GHOST OF THE MARY CELESTE shows Valerie Martin writing at the very height of her powers. It is an exceptional novel with huge commercial as well as literary appeal.Interest in the Mary Celeste, in Arthur Conan Doyle and in Victorian mysticism never goes away. This novel has an irresistible combination of characters and plot strands.Valerie Martin's novels consistently attract ecstatic across-the-board review coverage.Valerie Martin won the ORANGE PRIZE FOR FICTION with her novel PROPERTY.