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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...

A.R. Torre is an open pseudonym for Alessandra Torre, a sensational new voice on the thriller scene. Alessandra also writes contemporary erotica. She lives in the southern United States and is married, with one child.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.

Accidence Will Happen

By Oliver Kamm
Oliver Kamm takes on the pedants in this witty, authoritative and sometimes provocative guide to the use and abuse of the English language.

Are standards of English alright - or should that be all right?

To knowingly split an infinitive or not to?

And what about ending a sentence with preposition, or for that matter beginning one with 'and'?

We learn language by instinct, but good English, the pedants tell us, requires rules. Yet, as Oliver Kamm demonstrates, many of the purists' prohibitions are bogus and can be cheerfully disregarded. ACCIDENCE WILL HAPPEN is an authoritative and deeply reassuring guide to grammar, style and the linguistic conundrums we all face.

Entertaining and refreshing... [Kamm's] book is a welcome corrective to the notion that there is an objective standard we should strive for, and a celebration of a language in fluxEnglish language sticklers should relax and give our language the freedom it needs to flourish. It sounds a liberating project and he really does manage to make pedants look ridiculousKamm's tolerance is certainly more preferable to the bigotry of sticklers who treat grammatical lapses as crimes or sins[Kamm's] case against the pedants is compelling: peddling made-up rules, they either stray into contradiction or are forced to denounce Milton as sloppy

Oliver Kamm is a chief leader writer and columnist for THE TIMES. As a self-confessed reformed pedant he is the newspaper's unofficial expert on language and style, a subject he tackles in his long-running immensely popular weekly column, 'The Pedant'.

View his profile at and follow him on Twitter: @OliverKamm

In a brilliant riposte to the grammar-scolds, Oliver Kamm takes on N. M. Gwynne and the pedants with an argument that will be sure to generate debate.Oliver Kamm is a highly respected journalist and public speaker, who regularly appears on television and radio.A perfect book for word lovers with an inspiring, positive message behind it: rather than dictating rules for how not to write, this is about how to write and how to write well.Selected as February's BOOK OF THE MONTH by THE BOOKSELLER: 'Through dozens of brilliant examples ... Kamm celebrates the elasticity of our wonderful English language ... Forget the grim GWYNNE'S GRAMMAR and the harrumphs of Simon Heffer in STRICTLY ENGLISH, this reasoned riposte to the pedantry is a far more preferable style guide to have at hand'.

Summer Requiem

By Vikram Seth
A breathtaking new collection of poetry from Vikram Seth, author of A SUITABLE BOY and 'the best writer of his generation' (THE TIMES)

'I have so carefully mapped the corners of my mind

That I am forever waking in a lost country...'

SUMMER REQUIEM traces the immutable shifting of the seasons, the relentless rhythms of a great world that both 'gifts and harms'. Luminous, resonant and profound, these poems trace the dying days of summer, 'the hour of rust', when memory is haunted by loss and decay. But in the silence that follows, as the soul is cast adrift, there is also reconciliation with the transience of all things; the knowledge that there is a place, 'changeable, that will not betray'.

Vikram Seth has written five books of poetry, an opera libretto, and a book of other libretti. He is perhaps best known for his acclaimed novel, A Suitable Boy, one of the most beloved and widely read books of recent times, as well as his novels The Golden Gate and An Equal Music. He is the author of two highly regarded works of non-fiction, From Heaven Lake and Two Lives, and is currently working on A Suitable Girl.A SUITABLE BOY has sold over 1.3 million copies in the UK. Chosen as one of the best 100 books ever in the Big Read promotion, it has achieved classic status.Vikram Seth won the COMMONWEALTH WRITERS' PRIZE (OVERALL WINNER, BEST BOOK) for A SUITABLE BOY.

The Distance

By Helen Giltrow
A blistering debut thriller that introduces the coolest heroine in contemporary suspense fiction.

They don't call her Karla anymore. She's Charlotte Alton: she doesn't trade in secrets, she doesn't erase dark pasts, and she doesn't break hit-men into prison.

Except that is exactly what she's been asked to do.

The job is impossible: get the assassin into an experimental new prison so that he can take out a target who isn't officially there.

It's a suicide mission, and quite probably a set-up.

So why can't she say no?

A truly unusual thriller set in the world of espionage, this is a terrific debut... Original and thought-provokingFast, hard and very, very goodAn effective writer of colourful prose and generates plenty of narrative tension.It's a dark, pacy, compelling and utterly uncompromising tale about people trying to outrun their respective demons.A gripping story skillfully told... Helen Giltrow writes so well that every word carries weightHelen Giltrow was born and brought up in Cheltenham and read Modern History at Christ Church, Oxford. She has worked extensively in publishing, including ten years as a commissioning editor for Oxford University Press. Helen's writing has been shortlisted for the CRIME WRITERS' ASSOCIATION DEBUT DAGGER AWARD and the TELEGRAPH 'NOVEL IN A YEAR' COMPETITION. She lives in Oxford.At last! A hard-edged thriller with a powerfully charismatic female lead character.As ingenious as le Carre and as taut as Lee Child, this is thriller-writing of the highest order.'Fast, hard and very, very good'- Lee Child

Hell's Gate

By Richard Crompton
The gripping second novel in Richard Crompton's highly acclaimed, sharply plotted Mollel series - 'a compulsive whodunnit set in Kenya' Ian Rankin[Crompton] has done something near-miraculous and made the figure of the incorruptible loner-detective fresh again.Can Richard Crompton repeat the excellence of last year's The Honey Guide, his first novel? Few would have considered a Masai warrior turned Kenyan detective as a hugely attractive crime fiction hero. But in Hell's Gate Crompton does it again... Mollel tackles a variety of crimes, including corruption and murder, with a beguiling blend of moroseness, honesty, confusion and astute wisdomHell's Gate is the second of [Crompton's] novels set in Kenya, and is every bit as good as The Honey Guide... Crompton writes with ease about traditional customs and the impact on Kenya of globalisation, creating a vivid portrait of a country struggling to come to terms with modernityRichard Crompton's second novel is a clever and frequently thrilling read... If Nordic noir is joined by its African equivalent at the top of the bestseller charts it may well be due to the reading public discovering Richard Crompton to be one of the most gifted crime writers of his generation.Crompton very much delivers on the promise of his debut, The Honey Guide. This is an excellent police procedural which satisfies everything demanded of the genre... There are plenty of plot twists, and in Mollel we have a compelling protagonist... But what really elevates the book is Crompton's experience as a journalist. He is able to bring depth to the story by examining the difference between the law and justice, not just in everyday Kenyan life, but in international politics and in the way that globalism has not just brought wealth to the poorer countries but also suffering. In short, Hell's Gate is both entertaining and thought-provoking.The struggle between the two sides of [Mollel's] nature makes him an interesting and sympathetic protagonist... The underlying conflicts at work in Kenyan society also become explicit through Mollel's thinking. The tribal divide is still a powerful factor - the Maasai, a tribe whose economy and life is based around their cattle; the Kikuyu, who have adapted better to the influx of Western technology and lifestyle; and the wandering Samburu, amongst others. Add to this the influence of a much richer West, and now the Chinese too, and it is easy to see the temptations and pressures which undermine stability. The picture of Africa is not that of Alexander McCall Smith, and the lack of fairness and justice is a consistently appalling background. Mollel's humanity and touches of humour here and there do, however, lift the mood.

Richard Crompton is an ex-BBC journalist who moved to East Africa several years ago with his wife, a human rights lawyer who worked on the Rwanda genocide trials. Richard won the DAILY TELEGRAPH SHORT STORY AWARD in 2010.

THE HONEY GUIDE received great reviews across the board and has been championed by Ian Rankin.THE HONEY GUIDE is a Waterstones Book Club choice.First there was tartan noir, then came the Scandinavian crime wave, now Richard Crompton's Nairobi-based Mollel offers crime fans the next must-read sleuth and location.

Mollel is a truly unforgettable hero and this series has great cross-over potential.

It must have been someone's idea of a joke. Too many offended egos back at headquarters, too many influential people unhappy with him in Nairobi. And yet, with his record, almost impossible to dismiss. So where had they sent Mollel? Straight to Hell.

When Mollel, a former Maasai warrior turned detective, ends up in a small, fly-blown town on the edge of a national park, it looks as if his career has taken a nose-dive. His colleagues are a close-knit group and they have not taken kindly to a stranger in their midst. Mollel suspects they are guilty of the extortion and bribery that plague the force, but when the body of a flower worker turns up in the local lake, he wonders if they might be involved in something more disturbing... For all is not as it seems in Hell's Gate. Amid rumours of a local death squad, disappearances and blackmail, Mollel is forced not only to confront his Maasai heritage, but also to ask himself where justice truly lies. In upholding the law, is he doing what is right?


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