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    The captivating, quirky and heartwarming new novel from the bestselling author of ELEANOR & PARK.
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    The Beach Hut Next Door

    Return to Everdene Sands, setting for the THE BEACH HUT, and discover secrets, love, tragedy and dreams. It's going to be a summer to remember...
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Silence Your Mind

By Ramesh Manocha
A practical, science-based guide that goes beyond mindfulness and shows how in just 10 minutes a day you can make meditation part of your routine.

Can't sleep because your thoughts won't switch off? Does a constant stream of unnecessary chatter run thought your head? Meditation is a simple practice that can help you address these common experiences.

Through scientifically based research SILENCE YOUR MIND shows how meditation can fit into your busy schedule to improve your sense of wellbeing, help you reach your potential in sport, work and creative pursuits, and increase the quality of your life. For just 10 minutes a day you can feel the benefits that meditation brings to your mental and physical health.

A world-leading expert on meditation, Dr Ramesh Manocha, writes in a clear, straightforward way that will appeal to people who wouldn't normally consider meditation, as well as those who want to make it part of their daily lives.

Dr Ramesh Manocha, MBBS Bsc (Med) PhD, is a medical practitioner and researcher currently based at the Discipline of Psychiatry, Sydney Medical School, where he coordinates the Meditation Research Programme. His PhD focused on evidence-based application of meditation to a wide variety of issues including work stress, well-being and quality of life, chronic disease, menopause and ADHD. Currently Manocha and his team are involved in developing meditation programmes for school-age children, which are already generating impressive outcomes, with both teachers and students noticing the remarkable benefits. Manocha is also the founder of Generation Next, a programme aimed at educating professionals and parents about the mental health crisis facing our young people - and how it can be dealt with. Generation Next is unique in its emphasis on the idea that to meaningfully tackle this crisis we need to look at not only improving diagnosis and treatment of mental illness but also actively pursue social and cultural change.

Dr Manocha is a world-renowned expert in meditation and is regularly engaged as a speaker, teacher and research consultant.Dr Manocha is recognised as a leading developer of professional education resources in the field of women's and children's health, mental health and adolescent medicine.A book for people of any age, any belief or non-belief, and any walk of life.

The Inheritor's Powder

By Sandra Hempel
Family rivalry, a bungled murder and the fascinating history of poisoning. THE SUSPICIONS OF MR WHICHER meets Victorian science! 'A well-researched and fascinating account of some of the most gruesome and mysterious murders' P.D. James

In the eighteenth century it was criminally easy to bump off unwanted relatives.

A Household Thrown into Chaos

Plumstead village, 2 November 1833. Wealthy landlord, George Bodle is taken violently ill. He dies within hours. When his wife, daughter and two maids are also taken ill, there is only one terrifying explanation . . . arsenic poisoning.

A Murder Most Foul

Yet, while arsenic was readily available over the counter in the 1800s, poisoning was almost impossible to prove. As the evidence mounted up, a picture emerged of bitter family rivalries, brewing resentment, greed and ill-will.

A Sensational Tale

In this account of one of history's most notorious poisonings, Sandra Hempel tells the story of the birth of toxicology - the science of poison - and of a mystery which gripped the nation.

Sandra Hempel is an engaging writer, adept at distilling tricky scienceSandra Hempel is a journalist and author who specialises in health and social issues. She has written for a wide variety of popular newspapers and magazines, including THE TIMES, the SUNDAY TIMES and the MAIL ON SUNDAY, as well as specialist publications. Her first book THE MEDICAL DETECTIVE - which tells the story of one doctor's fight to stop the killer cholera epidemics that devastated 19th-century Britain - won the Medical Journalists' Association BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD and the British Medical Association BOOK AWARD FOR THE PUBLIC UNDERSTANDING OF SCIENCE.Will appeal to anyone who enjoyed THE SUSPICIONS OF MR WHICHER, WEDLOCK or MIDNIGHT IN THE GARDEN OF GOOD AND EVIL.Like the best of historical true crime, this reads like a novel - a story in which the truth is more startling than fiction!Sandra's first book, THE MEDICAL DETECTIVE (about John Snow, the father of modern epidemiology) won the Medical Journalists' Association BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD and was wonderfully reviewed: the SPECTATOR 'an excellent account both of the disease and the man whose courage and commitment belatedly put an end to one of the recurring nightmares of the mid-19th century; the NEW HUMANIST 'A thriller - tense, clear and vivid'.Sandra Hempel is also very good friends with Wendy Moore and her book has that similar fast-paced appeal.

The Causal Angel

By Hannu Rajaniemi
The latest novel from the most exciting new SF author of the last five years. 'Brilliant' GUARDIAN

With his infectious love of storytelling in all its forms, his rich characterisation and his unrivalled grasp of thrillingly bizarre cutting-edge science, Hannu Rajaniemi has swiftly set a new benchmark for SF in the 21st century. And now with his third novel he completes the tale of his gentleman rogue, the many lives and minds of Jean de Flambeur.

Influenced as much by the fin de siecle novels of Maurice leBlanc as he is by the greats of SF, Rajaniemi weaves intricate, warm capers through dazzling science, extraordinary visions of wild future and deep conjecture on the nature of reality and story.

And now we find out what will happen to Jean, his employer Miele, the independently minded ship Perhonnen and the rest of a fractured and diverse humanity flung through the solar system.

Hannu Rajaniemi is from Finland. He is 33 years old and has a PhD in String Theory. He has lived, taught and worked in Edinburgh for the last seven years where he was a member of the high-profile writing group that also included Hal Duncan and Alan Campbell.THE QUANTUM THIEF sold 23,000 copies in trade.THE FRACTAL PRINCE has already sold more than 10,000 copies in trade.Rajaniemi has quickly become one of the top selling SF authors in the UK.A No.2 bestselling author in Finland with the translation of his first novel.Sold in six countries already.Universally ecstatic reviews from genre and broadsheet press alike.'He's better at this stuff than I am' Charles Stross

This One Is Mine

By Maria Semple
The sparkling debut novel of Maria Semple, author of the WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION-shortlisted WHERE'D YOU GO, BERNADETTE, including reading group notes.

Violet Parry is living the quintessential life of luxury in the Hollywood Hills with David, her rock-and-roll manager husband, and her darling toddler, Dot. She has the perfect life - but she's deeply unhappy.

David expects the world of Violet but gives little of himself in return. When she meets Teddy, a roguish small-time bass player, Violet comes alive, and soon she's risking everything for the chance to find herself again. Also in the picture are David's hilariously high-strung sister, Sally, on the prowl for a successful husband, and Jeremy, the sportscaster savant who falls into her trap.

In this novel by the author of Where'd You Go, Bernadette, risks run high as emotions. We fell in love with well-off but unhappily-married heroine Violet, who falls for roguish musician TeddyFrom the author of bestseller Where'd You Go, Bernadette comes this darkly funny read about a marriage in troubleViolet Parry has it all - the rich, rock-band-manager husband, the adorable daughter and the huge house in the LA hills but... she's miserable! When she meets down-and-out local bass player Teddy Reyes, her life takes an unexpected turn. An awesome beach read!Maria Semple worked as a television writer for 15 years on a number of hit shows, including ELLEN, SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE, MAD ABOUT YOU and ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT. THIS ONE IS MINE was described as 'shocking, memorable, scathing, funny, delightful, hilarious and exquisite'. She lives in Seattle. www.mariasemple.comThe brilliantly witty debut novel from the author of WHERE'D YOU GO, BERNADETTE.WHERE'D YOU GO, BERNADETTE was shortlisted for the WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION, and has sold over 54,000 copies in the UK.WHERE'D YOU GO, BERNADETTE was a NEW YORK TIMES bestseller in the States and is being made into a movie by the people behind 500 DAYS OF SUMMER.WHERE'D YOU GO, BERNADETTE was constantly being tweeted about, praised and favourably reviewed in 2013 and featured Maria's trademark themes of architecture and hilarious family relationships.Maria Semple worked as a television writer for on a number of hit shows, including ELLEN, SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE, MAD ABOUT YOU and ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT.

She Is Not Invisible

By Marcus Sedgwick
Set in London and Manhattan, prize-winning author Marcus Sedgwick explores obsession, trust and coincidence in a page-turning thriller about Laureth Peak's mission to find her missing father.

Laureth Peak's father is a writer. For years he's been trying, and failing, to write a novel about coincidence. His wife thinks he's obsessed, Laureth thinks he's on the verge of a breakdown. He's supposed to be doing research in Austria, so when his notebook shows up in New York, Laureth knows something is wrong.

On impulse she steals her mother's credit card and heads for the States, taking her strange little brother Benjamin with her. Reunited with the notebook, they begin to follow clues inside, trying to find their wayward father. Ahead lie challenges and threats, all of which are that much tougher for Laureth than they would be for any other 16 year old. Because Laureth Peak is blind.

Also available as an audio book, read from braille by Anna Cannings.

What this book proves, is that Marcus is not only one of the greatest British YA writers, but one of the most versatile too. Unlike anything he has written before and a book that will reach a whole new audience. Bloomin' loved it.I was thoroughly captivated by this smart and intriguing contemporary thriller with heart.She is Not Invisible is an exciting, thought-provoking story - a Scarlett Thomas or A. L. Kennedy for teenagers.There's another uncompromising aspect to this superb book. Marcus Sedgwick doesn't speak down to his teen readers. He tells it how it is, without footnotes or gloss, and it's up to the reader to decide how much they want to take from his books. A rollicking good adventure? No problem - that's there and easily available. Just let your eyes slide across the bits in italics and jump to the next event. It would be a shame to do that, though, because for those prepared to deal with it, there's much, much more in this book: theories and philosophies and ideas which stretch the reader and give the adventure far greater depth and resonance. Not many novels, for adults or younger folk, contain whole pages of notes on people such as Einstein, Jung and Koestler, but this one does, because it shows what Jack Peak believes on the nature of coincidence, and it is by understanding that that Laureth and Benjamin (with the help of Stan the stuffed raven) resolve the crisis.Marcus Sedgwick has written a story which really makes you think. He has referred to it as an iceberg and certainly the story can be read on two levels; on the surface a simple story of a girl, Laureth, accompanied by her young brother, Ben and his beloved soft toy, Stan, determined to find their missing father, in spite of Laureth's personal circumstances making this no easy task and, below the surface, a much more complicated story, concerning the nature of obsession and coincidence; all of which leaves you pondering and re-reading. Familial relationships are at the heart of this story and how these can engender love, confidence and faith. Laureth is awe inspiring and loveable. Her personal journey is totally absorbing.This is a book about coincidences, unconditional love and bravery. It is also about going with a gut feeling against the odds and the chance that just perhaps it will all come right in the end. Stannous and Ben are, perhaps, my favourite characters, often positive when life gets tough and understanding what it means to be needed. The story revolves around Laureth's father, a search across New York for a character who is missing and the mutual support between two siblings. This is an extraordinary tale, with brilliant descriptive passages. You can almost hear and smell New York. I was relieved that Stannous made it home...Sedgwick's prose is as crisp and clear as always, without losing a single fathom of emotional depth, and Laureth and Benjamin will resonate soundly with anyone who has ever negotiated the ups and downs of sibling relationships.Despite being 'about' a blind girl, this is not a book about being blind. It doesn't seek to induce pity and nor does it resort to awarding its protagonist superhuman powers. Yet along the way it succeeds in very cleverly and subtly telling the reader a huge amount about being visually impaired.Marcus Sedgwick doesn't speak down to his teen readers. He tells it how it is, without footnotes or gloss, and it's up to the reader to decide how much they want to take from his books. A rollicking good adventure? No problem - that's there and easily available. Just let your eyes slide across the bits in italics and jump to the next event. It would be a shame to do that, though, because for those prepared to deal with it, there's much, much more in this booK: theories and philosophies and ideas which stretch the reader and give the adventure far greater depth and resonance. Not many novels, for adults or younger folk, contain whole pages of notes on people such as Einstein, Jung and Koestler, but this one does, because it shows what Jack Peak believes on the nature of coincidence, and it is by understanding that that Laureth and Benjamin (with the help of Stan the stuffed raven) resolve the crisis.His small cast are marvellous in emotion, dialogue and humour. Each and every action, no matter how far-fetched, feels entirely natural. The plot points could easily feel forced but in these hands they flow naturally. Another subtle beauty of the novel is what you experience when the novel is finished as it suddenly reveals many small details that could be overlooked. As they are revealed the wonder of the novel strengthens and becomes something special and different. I found myself comparing the book to the very successful novel, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. They share similarities, themes and quality of prose. From the big apple setting to the affected protagonists to the nuances in the structure and formatting of the book the two books are closely bonded, but yet enjoy a wide difference in storytelling feel.The author hasn't just provided you with a fast paced thriller, but he has also left you with ideas and puzzles to decipher. I challenge you not to come away from this book searching out the coincidences that occur in your life. I will definitely be recommending this book highly in the future as it stands out from the other YA books around at the moment.But beyond the mere appreciation for the type of story this book tells, She Is Not Invisible is a beautifully written story that encapsulates so much. From her touching relationship with her young brother and the way they work as a duo to the way she interacts with the world - and how the world reacts to her. Or the way that story is told in a non-linear narrative because that's how Laureth thinks.When sixteen-year-old Laureth's father vanishes she is determined to track him down. So determined that she flies to New York to find him. But Laureth doesn't go alone; she takes her seven year old brother with her because she needs him. Laureth is blind and Benjamin is essential as her guide. Award-winning Marcus Sedgwick tells a pell-mell adventure as the children unravel the mysteries of obsession and coincidence as they solve the riddle behind their father's disappearance.

Marcus Sedgwick is a full time author. His first novel, FLOODLAND, won the BRANFORD BOASE AWARD FOR THE BEST DEBUT CHILDREN'S NOVEL OF 2000. Since then his books have been shortlisted for the GUARDIAN CHILDREN'S FICTION PRIZE, the BLUE PETER BOOK AWARD, the COSTA BOOK AWARD, the CARNEGIE MEDAL and the EDGAR ALLAN POE AWARD. He lives near Cambridge.

Find his website at and follow him on Twitter @marcussedgwick.

Total Marcus Sedgwick sales in the UK exceed 700,000 copies and his books are published in 26 territories.Marcus has frequently been shortlisted and longlisted for numerous awards, including the GUARDIAN CHILDREN'S FICTION PRIZE, the CARNEGIE MEDAL, the COSTA BOOK AWARD and the BOOKTRUST TEENAGE PRIZE.Marcus's previous novel, MIDWINTERBLOOD, won the prestigious 2014 MICHAEL L. PRINTZ AWARD.Marcus makes around 40 school visits a year, to a total of around 10,000 students, including 6 trips to Europe.Rights to SHE IS NOT INVISIBLE already sold in the US and Germany, auctioned in Brazil, and with an offer in from Spain.Brand new commerical cover look for mmp outing.Ongoing partnership with RNIB. Marcus has become a patron of New College, a school for blind and partially sighted children aged 11 to 19.Marcus' first adult novel, A LOVE LIKE BLOOD, will be published by Mulholland in Spring 2014.

The Girl in 6E

By A.R. Torre
A dark and sexy thriller from a sensational new voice.

Deanna Madden, aka Jessica Reilly, hasn't touched another person in three years.

She hasn't left her apartment.

She makes money from performing to webcams on a sex site, where her clients pay $6.99 a minute for her time.

She's doing alright. The dollars are piling up in the bank. She's the number 3 model on

And she hasn't killed anyone for years.

But when Deanna sees on the news that a little girl called Annie has gone missing, the story rattles her carefully ordered world. It's uncomfortably similar to the dark fantasy of one of her most disturbing online clients. She's convinced he's responsible for the girl's abduction - but no one will listen to her.

So, after three years, Deanna finally leaves the apartment.

And this is what happens...

Alessandra Torre is the exciting new author of Amazon chart-topper BLINDFOLDED INNOCENCE and erotic thriller, THE GIRL IN 6E. From her home near the warm waters of the Emerald Coast in Florida, Alessandra devotes several hours each day to various writing projects and interacting with her fans on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. Happily married and with one son, she loves watching SEC football games, horseback riding, reading and watching movies.

A.R. Torre is a successful self-published erotica author with a huge online following: brilliant Amazon and Goodreads reviews plus a strong following on her blog, Pinterest, Facebook and Twitter.This is a game changing novel that pushes both the erotica and thriller genres to new heights.Incredibly slick and effortless writing teamed with a highly original central character and a hook that you've never encountered before.A very promotable and digitally savvy author.