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Chestnut Street

By Maeve Binchy

A delightful collection of linked stories from No. 1 bestselling author - simply the best.

Just round the corner from St Jarlath's Crescent (featured in MINDING FRANKIE) is Chestnut Street. Here, the lives of the residents are revealed in Maeve Binchy's wonderfully compelling tales:

Bucket Maguire, the window cleaner, who must do more than he bargained for to protect his son. Nessa Byrne, whose aunt comes to visit from America for six weeks every summer and turns the house - and Nessa's world - upside down. Lilian, the generous girl with a big heart, and the fiancé not everyone approves of. And Melly, whose gossip about the neighbours leads to trouble in the form of the fortune teller, 'Madame Magic'...

No one rivals Maeve Binchy for stories of warmth, kindness, love, loss - and life not always turning out as expected.

The author gives us one last extraordinary look at ordinary people as they struggle with family relationships, romances gone awry, and the possibility for a better future ... all with Binchy's thoughtful and loving touch that will be sorely missedMaeve Binchy's work continues to inspire ... thought-provoking, warm and funny in equal measure.Thanks to Binchy's characteristic compassion, we find ourselves sympathising with her underdogs, welcoming the punishments visited on her scoundrels, and wishing for justice for those long-suffering characters who keep trying to do the right thing without any hope of recompense ... an unexpected treat.In Chestnut Street [there is] enough kindness, wisdom and insight into human nature, to remind readers why Maeve Binchy was one of the most beloved writers this country has ever produced.Written over the past decades, these heartwarming stories of Dublin life, set around Chestnut Street, are collected together for the first time ... Binchy's last book is one to treasure.Binchy wrote as naturally as she breathed, and this collection has all her trademark humanity and humourThe author gives us one last extraordinary look at ordinary people as they struggle with family relationships, romances gone awry, and the possibility for a better future ... all with Binchy's thoughtful and loving touch that will be sorely missedMaeve Binchy's work continues to inspire ... thought-provoking, warm and funny in equal measure.Thanks to Binchy's characteristic compassion, we find ourselves sympathising with her underdogs, welcoming the punishments visited on her scoundrels, and wishing for justice for those long-suffering characters who keep trying to do the right thing without any hope of recompense ... an unexpected treat.in Chestnut Street [there is] enough kindness, wisdom and insight into human nature, to remind readers why Maeve Binchy was one of the most beloved writers this country has ever produced.Written over the past decades, these heartwarming stories of Dublin life, set around Chestnut Street, are collected together for the first time ... Binchy's last book is one to treasure.Binchy wrote as naturally as she breathed, and this collection has all her trademark humanity and humour.A novel about one street written in separate stories that come together and show Maeve Binchy at her best ... fans will enjoy a brilliant read.A delightful collection of linked stories from No. 1 bestselling author - simply the best.Maeve Binchy was born in County Dublin and educated at the Holy Child convent in Killiney and at University College, Dublin. After a spell as a teacher she joined the Irish Times. Her first novel, LIGHT A PENNY CANDLE, was published in 1982 and she went on to write over twenty books, all of them bestsellers. Several have been adapted for cinema and television, including TARA ROAD. Maeve Binchy received a LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD at the BRITISH BOOK AWARDS in 1999 and the Irish PEN/A. T. CROSS AWARD in 2007. In 2010 she was presented with the BOB HUGHES LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD at the BORD GAIS IRISH BOOK AWARDS by the President of Ireland. She was married to the writer and broadcaster Gordon Snell for 35 years, and died in 2012. Visit her website at www.maevebinchy.comWhile she was writing columns for the IRISH TIMES and her bestselling novels, Maeve Binchy had in mind to write a book that revolved around one street with many characters coming and going. Every once in a while, she would write about one of these people. She would then put it in a drawer; 'for the future,' she would say. The future is now.Maeve has a huge international following - her work is translated into over 30 languages.There are now over 8 million copies of Maeve Binchy Orion paperbacks in print and overall her novels have sold over 40 million copies around the world.Maeve always received the most wonderful reviews and coverage:
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The Beach Hut Next Door

By Veronica Henry

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...

Summer appeared from nowhere that year in Everdene...and for those lucky enough to own one of the beach huts, this was the summer of their dreams.

For Elodie, returning to Everdene means reawakening the memories of one summer fifty years ago. A summer when everything changed.

Vince and his brother are struggling to come to terms with the death of their father - but they have very different ways of coping.

And for Jenna, determined to put the past behind her, the opportunity to become 'the ice cream girl' once again might just turn her life around.

But this summer is not all sunshine and surf - as secrets unfold, and some lives are changed for ever...

It's a glamorous and absorbing read, a well-written romp with a cast of believable, empathetic characters whom you'll be fascinated by from the startFor one group of passengers, there's more at stake than the trip of a lifetime. Compulsive reading.The perfect summer read, full of glamour and intrigue[A] tale packed with warmly-painted characters...Not only does Veronica...keep the intirgue and pace moving, she offers glorious descriptions of the ever-changing landscapes, and particularly of the romantic environs of their final destination - VeniceJemima is an artist in residence for the summer, capturing the antics of holidaymakers on canvas. But it's not long before she is embroiled in their livesElodie hasn't been back to Everdene since a fateful summer 50 years ago, Vince and his brother are struggling to get over their father's death and Jenna is looking for a new start.Henry's picturesque descriptions transport you to the seaside, making it a perfect summer read.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...

Veronica Henry has worked as a scriptwriter for THE ARCHERS, HEARTBEAT and HOLBY CITY amongst many others, before turning to fiction. She won the 2014 RNA NOVEL OF THE YEAR AWARD for A NIGHT ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS. Veronica lives with her family in a village in north Devon.

Find out more at www.veronicahenry.co.uk or follow her on Twitter @veronica_henry

Veronica Henry is one of the best writers in the game - funny, passionate and unputdownable.She has a great rising profile - regularly contributing to a wide range of press and magazines and she is part of the 'New Romantics' writers' group.Her novel THE BEACH HUT has now sold over 100,000 copies, and reprinted seven times so far.A NIGHT ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS and THE LONG WEEKEND has also sold incredibly well (both in paperback and ebook) and reprinted several times in the first month of publication.Veronica Henry has received fabulous reviews for all her novels.
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The Dandelion Years

By Erica James

A gorgeous tale of friendship and love from Sunday Times bestseller Erica James.

Ashcombe was the most beautiful house Saskia had ever seen as a little girl. A rambling pink cottage on the edge of the Suffolk village of Melbury Green, its enchanting garden provided a fairy-tale playground of seclusion, a perfect sanctuary to hide from the tragedy which shattered her childhood.

Now an adult, Saskia is still living at Ashcombe and as a book restorer devotes her days tending to the broken, battered books that find their way to her, daydreaming about the people who had once turned their pages. When she discovers a notebook carefully concealed in an old Bible - and realising someone has gone to a great deal of trouble to hide a story of their own - Saskia finds herself drawn into a heart-rending tale of wartime love...

One to curl up with and enjoy.The twists and turns in this unconventional love story will keep you guessing until the end.This is a gentle, well-written read, stuffed full of engaging characters you'll root for from the startBeautiful and heart-warmingA gorgeous tale of friendship and love from Sunday Times bestseller Erica James.

With an insatiable appetite for other people's business, Erica James will readily strike up conversation with strangers in the hope of unearthing a useful gem for her writing. She finds it the best way to write authentic characters for her novels, although her two grown-up sons claim they will never recover from a childhood spent in a perpetual state of embarrassment at their mother's compulsion.

The author of many bestselling novels, including GARDENS OF DELIGHT, which won the Romantic Novel of the Year Award, and her recent Sunday Times top ten bestsellers, SUMMER AT THE LAKE and THE DANDELION YEARS, Erica now divides her time between Suffolk and Lake Como in Italy, where she strikes up conversation with unsuspecting Italians.

Visit her website www.ericajames.co.uk or follow her on Twitter @theericajames

Erica James's last hardback, SUMMER AT THE LAKE, was her bestselling hardback ever - going straight in at No.5 and staying in the SUNDAY TIMES Top 10 list for four weeks.Erica James is a regular in the SUNDAY TIMES bestseller lists.Erica's warm, witty and wise storytelling goes from strength to strength.Total Erica James sales in the UK are over 2 million copies.Erica James receives rave reviews for her sparkling, accomplished novels from the press and her legion of fans.
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The Night Falling

By Katherine Webb

The international bestselling author of THE LEGACY and THE UNSEEN returns with a searing novel of secrets and feuds

Italy, 1921.
When Leandro Cardetta returns to Puglia from America a rich man, he is determined to make his mark. But how did he get so wealthy?

Boyd, a quiet English architect, is hired to build Leandro's dreams. But why is he so afraid of Leandro, and what really happened between them years before?

When Boyd's wife, Clare, is summoned to Puglia, she is instantly desperate to leave, but soon finds a compelling reason to stay.

And Ettore, starving, poor and grieving for his lost fiancée, is too proud to ask his Uncle Leandro for help. Until events conspire to force his hand.

Tensions are high as poverty leads veterans of the Great War to the brink of rebellion. And under the burning sky, a reckless love and a violent enmity will bring brutal truths to light . . .

Your favourite authors love Katherine Webb's sweeping historical dramas:

'An enormously talented writer' Santa Montefiore

'Webb have a true gift for uncovering the mysteries of the human heart and exploring the truth of love' Kate Williams

'Katherine Webb's writing is beautiful' Elizabeth Fremantle

'A truly gifted writer of historical fiction' Lucinda Riley

'Katherine's writing is rich, vivid and evocative' Iona Grey

It's littered with conflicts - part love story, part social and political drama, but these factors make for an exciting and unpredictable readThis unlikely romance is set in 1920s Italy ... tension mounts as Clare becomes embroiled with Cardetta's family ... The threat of violence is never far away but nothing prepares you for the final revelations.Haunting and atmospheric, the story and the characters stayed with me long after I'd read the final pageI highly recommend this book, it's one of the best stories I've ever read.A captivating, satisfying, and haunting read.Lyrical and evocative, this is a thought-provoking historical romance.It's littered with conflicts - part love story, part social and political drama, but these factors make for an exciting and unpredictable readThis unlikely romance is set in 1920s Italy ... tension mounts as Clare becomes embroiled with Cardetta's family ... The threat of violence is never far away but nothing prepares you for the final revelations.Haunting and atmospheric, the story and the characters stayed with me long after I'd read the final pageI highly recommend this book, it's one of the best stories I've ever read.A captivating, satisfying, and haunting read.Lyrical and evocative, this is a thought-provoking historical romance.The international bestselling author of THE LEGACY returns with a searing new novel of secrets and feuds, set in 1920s Italy.

Katherine Webb was born in 1977 and grew up in rural Hampshire before reading History at Durham University. She has since spent time living in London and Venice, and now lives in Wiltshire. Having worked as a waitress, au pair, personal assistant, book binder, library assistant, seller of fairy costumes and housekeeper, she now writes full time.

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The SUNDAY TIMES bestselling author returns with a novel that will transport you to the fierce heat and high emotions of Italy in the 1920s.Katherine's stunning novels have sold half a million copies in English and she has hit the charts in many countries.Her debut, THE LEGACY, not only won the overall Richard and Judy bookclub title in 2010, it has sold well over 200,000 in paperback alone.Katherine's novels are translated into more than 20 languages.Her backlist have been repackaged in the gorgeous new cover style.Perfect for fans of upmarket women's fiction in the vein of Victoria Hislop and Kate Morton, this is high quality commercial writing from a terrifically talented writer.Includes Reading Group Notes.Wonderful reviews are guaranteed:
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The Storms of War

By Kate Williams

The first novel in Kate Williams' groundbreaking new historical series which begins in the First World War. For fans of BIRDSONG and DOWNTON ABBEY.

In the idyllic early summer of 1914, life is good for the de Witt family. German Rudolf and his aristocratic English wife Verena are planning the wedding of their daughter, Emmeline, while their eldest son Arthur is studying in Paris and Michael is just back from his first term at Cambridge. Celia, the youngest of the de Witt children, is on the brink of adulthood, and secretly dreams of escaping her carefully mapped out future and exploring the world.

But with the onslaught of war, the de Witts find themselves in danger of losing everything they hold dear. As Celia struggles to make sense of the changing world around her, she lies about her age to join the war effort and finds herself embroiled in a complex plot that puts her and those she loves in danger.

With gripping detail and brilliant empathy, Kate Williams tells the story of Celia and her family as they are shunned by a society that previously embraced them, torn apart by sorrow, and buffeted and changed by the storms of war.

a big juicy drama set on the eve of the First World War. TV historian Kate Williams paints a spellbinding portrait of a family clinging on desperately to their privileged way of lifeA beautifully conjured family saga. Fans of DOWNTON ABBEY will love itBrilliant - a passionate and poignant story of a glittering family on the precipice of a vanished world. Spellbinding, gripping and beautiful - a must read . . . the new CAZALET CHRONICLES[An] all-encompassing, sweeping epic. It's a book to get immersed in for hours at a time . . . powerful . . . a wonderful achievementA wonderful evocation of a family torn apart by war, packed with drama and written with a sensitive warmth and fantastic historical insightCelia de Witt is the 15 year old daughter of a German born industrialist and his aristocratic wife who live in a magnificent country house; her elder sister is about to have a grand society wedding. What could go wrong? The First World War, that's what ... shades of Downton, with a dash of AtonementThis is the first part in a trilogy set against the the First World War that delves into the complexities of loyalty and survival as life in the de Witt family is ineradicably changed.The new novel by the historian Kate Williams, is an epic story about a young woman whose idyllic world is shattered by the First World War,Williams is too good a historian for melodramatic sentimentality; trusting the historical detail, the reader can relax into a well-paced, truly affecting narrative . . . Richly detailed, light of foot, Williams tantalises with loose ends and disturbs with shocking shadowsThis terrific saga comes with a fascinating twist ... Williams has a gift for showing how great movements in history affect the lives of people caught up in themWilliams keeps her story moving and the result is a vivid portrait of a perennially fascinating period of history.Wartime-saga lovers will be kept on their toes to the end.Historian Kate Williams's epic about the First World War starts in the idyllic country mansion of the wealthy de Witt family ... [she] outlines the tragedy of war but also reveals .. how this first modern conflict changed British society beyond recognition.Kate Williams in a vivid writer, conjuring atmosphere through scents and tastes as well as period props. The enjoyable elements of a sweeping family saga are present, but Williams also develops a sense of the emotional and psychological revolutions, both collective and individual, that were catalysed by the conflictThis book has more firepower than DOWNTON . . . Powerful storytelling.Deeply researched and intelligently written, 'The Storms of War' brings Edwardian England to life - life overshadowed by the war that is recreated here in vivid and visceral fashion. Historical fiction that mostly manages to be both cerebral and educational without feeling dull.

'As spellbinding as Ken Follett's Fall of Giants'

a big juicy drama set on the eve of the First World War. TV historian Kate Williams paints a spellbinding portrait of a family clinging on desperately to their privileged way of lifeA beautifully conjured family saga. Fans of DOWNTON ABBEY will love itBrilliant - a passionate and poignant story of a glittering family on the precipice of a vanished world. Spellbinding, gripping and beautiful - a must read . . . the new CAZALET CHRONICLES[An] all-encompassing, sweeping epic. It's a book to get immersed in for hours at a time . . . powerful . . . a wonderful achievementA wonderful evocation of a family torn apart by war, packed with drama and written with a sensitive warmth and fantastic historical insightCelia de Witt is the 15 year old daughter of a German born industrialist and his aristocratic wife who live in a magnificent country house; her elder sister is about to have a grand society wedding. What could go wrong? The First World War, that's what ... shades of Downton, with a dash of AtonementThis is the first part in a trilogy set against the the First World War that delves into the complexities of loyalty and survival as life in the de Witt family is ineradicably changed.The new novel by the historian Kate Williams, is an epic story about a young woman whose idyllic world is shattered by the First World War,Williams is too good a historian for melodramatic sentimentality; trusting the historical detail, the reader can relax into a well-paced, truly affecting narrative . . . Richly detailed, light of foot, Williams tantalises with loose ends and disturbs with shocking shadowsThis terrific saga comes with a fascinating twist ... Williams has a gift for showing how great movements in history affect the lives of people caught up in themWilliams keeps her story moving and the result is a vivid portrait of a perennially fascinating period of history.Wartime-saga lovers will be kept on their toes to the end.Historian Kate Williams's epic about the First World War starts in the idyllic country mansion of the wealthy de Witt family ... [she] outlines the tragedy of war but also reveals .. how this first modern conflict changed British society beyond recognition.Kate Williams in a vivid writer, conjuring atmosphere through scents and tastes as well as period props. The enjoyable elements of a sweeping family saga are present, but Williams also develops a sense of the emotional and psychological revolutions, both collective and individual, that were catalysed by the conflictThis book has more firepower than DOWNTON . . . Powerful storytelling.Deeply researched and intelligently written, 'The Storms of War' brings Edwardian England to life - life overshadowed by the war that is recreated here in vivid and visceral fashion. Historical fiction that mostly manages to be both cerebral and educational without feeling dull.

'As spellbinding as Ken Follett's Fall of Giants'

The first novel in Kate Williams' groundbreaking new historical series which begins in the First World War. For fans of BIRDSONG and DOWNTON ABBEY.

Kate Williams is an author, social historian and broadcaster. The Storms of War, her first novel in the De Witt trilogy, was widely acclaimed, reviewed as 'spellbinding, gripping and beautiful'. She has always wanted to travel in time and wrote her first novel when she was seven (The Adventures of Maria) - it was rather short.

Kate loves delving into archives, collections, diaries and letters. She has a DPhil from Oxford and is the author of the novel The Pleasures of Men and four historical biographies of Emma Hamilton, Queen Victoria, Elizabeth II and Empress Josephine - which is being made into a major TV series.

She is Professor of Public History at the University of Reading.

Kate is CNN's historian and royal expert, covers royal and national events on the BBC and other channels and regularly appears on other TV programmes, including BBC Breakfast, Restoration Home and The Great British Bake Off, discussing social and royal history, general politics and culture. She also loves quiz shows and is a regular on The Quizeum.

She is the resident historian on Frank Skinner's BBC Radio 4 panel show The Rest is History, and writes features, reviews and comment pieces for various newspapers and magazines, including the Sunday Times, Daily Telegraph, Independent and Observer.

Kate lives in London.

Find out more at www.kate-williams.com and follow her on Twitter @KateWilliamsme

THE STORMS OF WAR is the first book in a trilogy that tells the story of one family in Britain from their idyllic times before the First World War up until 1919.Kate Williams has a huge media profile across television, radio and print.This is a glorious, sweeping novel that will appeal to those who loved ATONEMENT, BIRDSONG and DOWNTON ABBEY.It is gripping, high-concept, intensely cinematic fiction that goes behind the history to show us the drama and wonder of early 20th-century lives.Includes Reading Group Notes.
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The Burning Room

By Michael Connelly

Los Angeles Detective Harry Bosch tackles a cold case unlike any he's ever worked, in the new legal thriller from the bestselling author of THE LINCOLN LAWYER and THE BLACK ECHO, Michael Connelly.

In the LA Police's Open-Unsolved Unit, not many murder victims die almost a decade after the crime. So when a man succumbs to complications from being shot by a stray bullet ten years earlier, Bosch catches a case in which the body is still fresh, but any other evidence is virtually non-existent.

Now Bosch and his new partner, rookie Detective Lucia Soto, are tasked with solving what turns out to be a highly charged, politically sensitive case. Starting with the bullet that's been lodged for years in the victim's spine, they must pull new leads from years-old information, which soon reveals that this shooting may have been anything but random in this gripping police procedural.

As ever in Michael Connelly's work, Los Angeles - a city in which 'no matter how close it something looked, it was still far away' - is a character in its own right. And the jazz soundtrack - 'plaintive and sad but ... with an undeniable underlying hope' - makes The Burning Room a superb swansong.It's a good story, but crucially The Burning Room shows Bosch on top form, his age no impediment to his stubbornness nor his professional insightswhat Connelly delivers here - as ever - is a slice of classy, clever, page-turning stuff, as Bosch and his excellent new sidekick trace the shadows of years-old crimes whose tendrils stretch through the echelons of LA society and across the sprawl of its geography. The detective is described by his boss - 'the one that knows the most in the troop. Has all the experience.' Connelly, too, is a pair of eminently safe hands, and The Burning Room is a pleasure to read.Connelly weaves his story as deftly as always, never slackening the tensionConnelly has lost none of his fire, nor his desire to take his readers by the throat and never let them goa master of narrative tension, complex but believable plotting and three-dimensional characters ... his latest novel maintains the same high standard and relentless impetus that keeps one turning the pages.a taut and believable tale set in a grimly recognisable world where those at the top - be they career politicians or career criminals - share a disregard for the lives of those they exploit.A master at construction, Connelly finds a way to link the two cases, which burrow deep into Los Angeles's Latino community. As often happens in Connelly's police procedurals, Bosch's meticulously built case is undermined by political corruption in high places, leaving him 'suddenly sick to death of everything'.Detective Harry Bosch tackles a cold case unlike any he's ever worked, in the new thriller from the Sunday Times bestselling author, Michael Connelly.A former police reporter for the Los Angeles Times, Michael Connelly is the author of the Harry Bosch thriller series as well as several stand-alone bestsellers, including the highly acclaimed legal thriller, The Lincoln Lawyer, which was selected for the Richard & Judy Book Club. Michael Connelly has been President of the Mystery Writers of America. His books have been translated into 31 languages and have won awards all over the world, including the Edgar and Anthony Awards. He lives in Tampa, Florida, with his family. Follow him on Twitter @Connellybooks.Michael Connelly is a No.1 bestseller in the UK, the US, Ireland, Australia, France and Italy.Connelly gets consistently brilliant reviews and is acknowledged as one of the leading, if not the leading, American crime writer of his generation.Michael Connelly has won or been shortlisted for every award in the book: his first novel THE BLACK ECHO won the EDGAR AWARD; CITY OF BONES won the ANTHONY AWARD; BLOOD WORK was nominated for an EDGAR; ANGELS FLIGHT and CITY OF BONES for the CWA GOLD DAGGER.In 2014 he was inaugurated into the CWA Hall of Fame at the ITV3 Crime Awards.BOSCH has been picked up by Amazon for a full season, coming February 2015.

Ian Rankin

Born in the Kingdom of Fife in 1960, Ian Rankin graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 1982, and then spent three years writing novels when he was supposed to be working towards a PhD in Scottish Literature. His first Rebus novel was published in 1987, and the Rebus books are now translated into thirty-six languages and are bestsellers worldwide.Ian Rankin has been elected a Hawthornden Fellow, and is also a past winner of the Chandler-Fulbright Award. He is the recipient of four CWA Daggers including the prestigious Diamond Dagger in 2005. In 2004, Ian won America's celebrated Edgar Award. He has also been shortlisted for the Anthony Award in the USA, won Denmark's Palle Rosenkrantz Prize, the French Grand Prix du Roman Noir and the Deutscher Krimipreis. Ian Rankin is also the recipient of honorary degrees from the universities of Abertay, St Andrews, Edinburgh, Hull and the Open University.A contributor to BBC2's Newsnight Review, he also presented his own TV series, Ian Rankin's Evil Thoughts. Rankin is a No.1 bestseller in the UK and has received the OBE for services to literature, opting to receive the prize in his home city of Edinburgh, where he lives with his partner and two sons. www.ianrankin.net Twitter @Beathhigh
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Taking the Fall

By A.P. McCoy

From champion jockey A.P. McCoy comes a tense and utterly gripping racing thriller.

Duncan Claymore could have it all. He's one of the country's up and coming young jockeys and this season his sights are set on getting right to the top, but his demons threaten to overwhelm him.

Duncan was taught everything he knows by his father, Charlie, a former trainer whose career and reputation were destroyed when a series of bitter rivalries got out of hand. It ruined him and Charlie hasn't been able to set foot on a racecourse since.

Now, with his father's health rapidly declining, Duncan is desperate to beat the best and at the same time take down the men responsible for Charlie's ruin. But can he do both or must he choose between his family and his future?

The champion jockey...follows in the footsteps of Dick Francis with this cracking debut thriller set in the racing world. It's fast-paced and unbeatable, like the man himself.AP's first novel is a fast-paced tale of revenge...an entertaining and easy read - a good one for the Christmas holidays.TAKING THE FALL is efficiently written and tightly plotted with some good twists along the way . . . Not everything in this world is attractive, and that includes the aspirations of the innocent, but it is certainly believable.The novel shows that behind the magnificent jockey is a man with a vivid imagination - one capable of putting together a pacey and perhaps at times surprisingly explicit read.From champion jockey A.P. McCoy comes a tense and utterly gripping racing thriller.

Born in County Antrim in 1974, A. P. McCoy rode his first winner in 1992. In 1996, he was crowned champion jockey for the first time, and he has held the title ever since. He received an OBE in 2010, a year after riding his 3,000th winner, and he was the first jockey to be named BBC Sports Personality of the Year. He lives with his wife, Chanelle, and children, Eve and Archie, in Berkshire.
Follow on Twitter at https://twitter.com/AP_McCoy

A.P. McCoy recently became the first National Hunt jockey to ride 4,000 career winners - an outstanding achievement.Set in the tense, high-stakes world of competitive racing, A.P. McCoy will bring his unrivalled knowledge of the racing world to this brilliant new thriller, featuring a series character that fans will love.A.P. McCoy has an incredible sporting reputation. He won the Grand National in 2010 and in the same year was the first jockey to be named BBC SPORTS PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR.This will be in the vein of the incredibly successful Dick Francis novels. The most recent Dick Francis and Felix Francis novel, CROSSFIRE, sold over 35,000 hardbacks and over 70,000 paperbacks.The announcement of this book's publication back in January received wide media and TV coverage.
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The Killing Season

By Mason Cross

The first thing you should know about me is that my name is not Carter Blake. That name no more belongs to me than the hotel room I was occupying when the call came in.

When Caleb Wardell, the infamous 'Chicago Sniper', escapes from death row two weeks before his execution, the FBI calls on the services of Carter Blake, a man with certain specialised talents whose skills lie in finding those who don't want to be found. A man to whom Wardell is no stranger.

Along with Elaine Banner, an ambitious special agent juggling life as a single mother with her increasingly high-flying career, Blake must track Wardell down as he cuts a swathe across America, apparently killing at random.

But Blake and Banner soon find themselves sidelined from the case. And as they try desperately to second guess a man who kills purely for the thrill of it, they uncover a hornets' nest of lies and corruption. Now Blake must break the rules and go head to head with the FBI if he is to stop Wardell and expose a deadly conspiracy that will rock the country.

Slick, fast-paced and assured, THE KILLING SEASON is the first novel in the gripping new Carter Blake series.

My kind of book"One of the most interesting 'loner' heroes to have arrived in recent years...Told with pace and vigour by a writer who seems to have a natural aptitude for thrillers, it is not to be missed."An American setting, universal themes, top-class writing, Scottish author - it's a recipe that makes a deadly impact in this impressively sharp debut. Action fans rejoice, there's a new names on the Scottish thriller squad. He plays fast, he plays dirty and, with this calibre of high-octane action, he'll definitely be taking prisonersPulse-pounding. Mason Cross launches into The Killing Season with no-holds barred, as he deftly combines an adrenaline rush plot with one of the best new series characters since Jack Reacher. Prepare to read all nightMason Cross has created an enigmatic character in Carter Blake . . . The writing is taut, intelligent, oozes suspense . . . a highly impressive debut novelAn impressively exciting debut, written with panache and a good ear for grim humourThe pace's relentless, the suspense nail-biting, and the pages fly by . . . the pulse-pounding thriller debut of 2014This really is a superb, read-in-one-go novelThe writing is assured and entertaining. The plotting is slick and pacey . . . in his debut novel, Mason Cross has really hit the ground running, there's no doubt about that. THE KILLING SEASON delivers time and again with smart big-screen thrillsA great mix of intrigue, strong characters and a thrilling plot which reels you in from the first page. This debut has the feel of an author who is destined to become well practiced in producing best-selling thrillers.A breathless race against time ensues with all the gilt-edge thrills and more. Relentless and no holds barred, a guilty pleasure of a read.I cannot sing this novel's praises highly enough - it's a joy to read, utterly engaging and kept me hooked right from the first page to the last. There's high stakes and high tension, and the chemistry between Blake and Banner sizzles off the page. If you love action thrillers, if you love crime fiction, go and read this book. I'm sure you won't regret it.A very fine debut penned with the smooth style and skill of a much more experienced writer, this adds a new name to the gamut of special operatives and high-tension characters and plots so loved by thriller readers. I know it's been said already, but I'll say it again: this is one to watch out for.For fans of Lee Child and James Patterson, THE KILLING SEASON is a fast-paced American thriller with a central character who could give Jack Reacher, Alex Cross and Jason Bourne a run for their money.

Mason Cross was born in Glasgow in 1979. He studied English at the University of Stirling and currently works in the voluntary sector. He has written a number of short stories, including 'A Living', which was shortlisted for the Quick Reads 'Get Britain Reading' Award. He lives in Glasgow with his wife and three children.

Find out more at www.masoncross.net or follow him on Twitter @MasonCrossBooks

With a virtually faultless blend of compelling action, intelligent plotting and well-drawn characters, this is a brilliant and incredibly polished debut thriller with a fantastic new series character.THE KILLING SEASON will appeal to a wide-ranging and increasingly female crime and thriller readership whose thirst for authors like Lee Child and James Patterson is never quenched.This will be a strong crime debut for 2014 followed by a book a year in the Carter Blake series.Mason Cross has great ideas for the next two books in the Carter Blake series, THE SAMARITAN and WINTERLONG, which will build Blake as a strong series character.
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The Girl in 6E

By A.R. Torre

A dark and sexy thriller perfect for fans of L. S. Hilton's Maestra and Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl

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 cams.com.

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...

The writing is stunning. She really knows how to tell a story. Hats off to her for touching on such a sensitive subject and making a compelling story out of it.A dark and sexy thriller from a sensational new voice.

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.

www.alessandratorre.com

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.
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Larkswood

By Valerie Mendes

In the tradition of THE FORSYTE SAGA, a sweeping historical novel that spans three generations, telling the dark secrets of a family torn apart.

Larkswood House. The very name suggests birdsong, peace and elegance. It is home to the Hamilton children - Edward, Cynthia and Harriet - who enjoy the freedom and excitement of privilege. But in the glorious summer of 1896, with absent parents and a departed governess, disaster strikes the family, leaving it cruelly divided.

More than forty years later, on the eve of the Second World War, Louisa Hamilton, newly presented at court but struck down with glandular fever, is sent to Larkswood to recuperate. There, for the first time, she meets her grandfather, Edward, home after decades in India.

But as Louisa begins to fall under the spell of Larkswood, she realises it holds the key to the mystery that shattered her family two generations before. Will she find the courage to unravel the dark secrets of the past? And can Larkswood ever become home to happiness again?

4 stars - When Louisa Hamilton is sent to Larkswood, her family home, to convalesce she meets her grandfather Edward, home from decades in India. She soon realises the house holds the key to the mystery that shattered her family.This impressive debut captures the period beautifully, but also delivers a gripping mystery that'll keep you hooked until the endIf there's a beautiful old house on a book's cover, I want a family saga of richness and breadth, a mystery that runs through that family like a San Andreas fault, captivating characters and gorgeous atmosphere. And this has it all .... Scrumptious storytelling.An enjoyable family saga with tones of a darker Downtown AbbeyA very readable family drama with enough mystery to keep you hookedLarkswood is a mystery stretching back over three generationsI have reread LARKSWOOD and wanted to say I enjoyed it even more the second time than the first. I was genuinely touched by it. By the end you really care about them all. The characters are terrifically well drawn, especially Edward, and it has a powerful atmosphere that lingers long after it ends. You should be tremendously proud of it. It's a really wonderful achievement.This impressive debut captures the period beautifully, but also delivers a gripping mystery that'll keep you hooked until the endIf there's a beautiful old house on a book's cover, I want a family saga of richness and breadth, a mystery that runs through that family like a San Andreas fault, captivating characters and gorgeous atmosphere. And this has it all .... Scrumptious storytelling.An enjoyable family saga with tones of a darker Downtown Abbey.In the tradition of THE FORSYTE SAGA, a sweeping historical novel that spans three generations, telling the dark secrets of a family torn apart.

Valerie Mendes started her working life as a journalist, before moving into book publishing where she worked with Oxford University Press, Penguin Books and Elsevier among others. She lives in Oxfordshire.

www.valeriemendes.com

Valerie Mendes is the mother of award-winning film-maker Sam Mendes.A brilliant historical debut that spans three generations, telling of the dark secrets of a family torn apart one summer.Larkswood is based on Grayshott Hall in Hampshire, a place with a fascinating history.For fans of Julia Gregson, Kate Furnivall and DOWNTON ABBEY.Valerie has previously published YA fiction.
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The Secrets Women Keep

By Fanny Blake

Rose waits for her family to arrive at their villa in Tuscany when a casual glance at her husband's phone tips her world upside down. The text reads simply: 'Miss you. Love you. Come back soon.'

Daniel has always been popular with women, she knows that. But until this moment she has had no cause for worry. Has something shifted within their marriage without her realising?

As the family gathers for the summer break, Rose's faith in Daniel is shaken. How well does she really know him? She fears that, after decades of marriage and children, the man who lies beside her at night is lying in other ways too. Then events take a tragic turn.

Wise, wry and richly entertaining, THE SECRETS WOMEN KEEP celebrates the passionate, emotional lives women lead as wives, mothers and grandmothers.

Absorbing drama about coping with marital meltdownFrom the villa with loungers by the pool to the dynastic alfresco suppers under the olive trees, Blake paints it all so vividly she had me rushing to rent for next summer the moment I put the book downI love that she writes about women our age, and the painful and wise truths we knowGet your teeth into this powerful page-turner. Rose is waiting for her family to arrive at their villa in Tuscany when a casual glance at her husband's phone reveals a message that tips her world upside down.a great holiday read, especially for someone looking for something with a bit more substance than the usual summer reads.A fabulous readHow well do we know the ones we love? From the author of WOMEN OF A DANGEROUS AGE.Women's fiction grows up: a delightful story that celebrates the passionate, emotional lives women lead as wives, mothers and grandmothers.With the warmth and wit of THURSDAYS IN THE PARK, Fanny Blake's powerful family drama will appeal to women readers aged 40+.Like Elizabeth Buchan, Fanny writes with huge affection and insight on the lives of women.Fanny Blake's previous novels have received wonderful reviews.Katie Fforde on WOMEN OF A DANGEROUS AGE: 'Realistic, funny and thoroughly delightful. I loved it.'Fanny is enormously well-connected and well-liked within the book trade.

Denise Mina

Denise Mina is a critically acclaimed Glaswegian crime writer. Her novels includeThe End of the Wasp Season and Gods and Beasts, both of which won the prestigious Theakstons Old Peculiar Crime Novel of the Year Award in consecutive years. Denise also writes short stories and in 2006 wrote her first play. She is a regular contributor to TV and radio.

Find out more at www.denisemina.co.uk or follow her on Twitter @DameDeniseMina

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Flora and Grace

By Maureen Lee

A heartwarming family saga set just after World War II from SUNDAY TIMES Top 10 bestseller Maureen Lee.

It's 1944 and Flora Knox is enjoying a beautiful spring morning in the Swiss mountains, waiting on a railway station platform for a train. Having been educated in Switzerland, Flora has been unable to return home to the UK since the outbreak of war, much to her delight. She is far happier there than she had been with her elderly aunt. As Flora watches, a cattle train draws closer to the station, pulling a fleet of slatted trucks behind. But the trucks don't contain animals. From within come the sounds of humans, groaning, pleading, on a desperate journey across the Swiss countryside. Horrified, Flora runs to the train as it slowly clatters through the station, and as she does so, a filthy bundle of rags is pushed out into her arms. Through the slats of the train, she hears a desperate plea: 'Take him. His name is Simon.'

As the train disappears, Flora is left holding a tiny baby boy. Everything looks just the same as it did moments before - the sun, the sky, the station - but nothing will ever be the same again.

SUNDAY TIMES bestseller Maureen Lee has written a powerful, moving story of war, motherhood and love.

a cracking start to a story and Maureen Lee doesn't let you down with this tale of wartime sacrifice, tangled lives, love and redemption.A heartwarming family saga set just after World War II from SUNDAY TIMES Top 10 bestseller Maureen Lee.Maureen Lee has a loyal set of core fans but is also widening her readership with each book and is at the top of the genre with her true to life, heartwarming fiction.MARTHA'S JOURNEY has sold in strongly in paperback, with a sub of 70,000 copies.Maureen has appeared regularly on the SUNDAY TIMES bestseller lists in both hardback and paperback.Maureen has a very clear plan for her next few books, staying in the post-war period of the 1940s.
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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 weightTHE DISTANCE is absolutely drenched in mystery and intrigue, and I was completely hooked. In a sort of 'Prison Break' meets 'Spooks' sort of storyline, the action just keeps on coming and as one secret is uncovered, several more take its place . . . an extremely clever plot and a proper edge-of-your-seat read.Dark, edgy and, at times, brutal, this is a stylish and highly original debut.It's an extremely well executed novel, weaving a complicated storyline involving a lot of moving parts, multiple characters and locations with utter ease. The ending will have you holding your breath and whipping those pages past at speed.The story reads like a Lee Child novel on speed - there's loads of action, loads of intrigue and the characters are extremely well-written. In short, this is simply a brilliant bookThis is a thriller that leads from the front with a cool heroine who never seems to break sweat.The Distance is a fine debut from Helen Giltrow. It is an extremely tense and menacing novel, rich in atmosphere and mood as well as confident and intelligent. It is full of shocks, surprises and twists. If you enjoy a clever spy novel then The Distance is most definitely the book for you.A blistering debut thriller that introduces the coolest heroine in contemporary suspense fiction.Helen 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

Veronica Henry

Veronica Henry has worked as a scriptwriter for THE ARCHERS, HEARTBEAT and HOLBY CITY amongst many others, before turning to fiction. She won the 2014 RNA NOVEL OF THE YEAR AWARD for A NIGHT ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS. Veronica lives with her family in a village in north Devon.

Find out more at www.veronicahenry.co.uk or follow her on Twitter @veronica_henry

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The Twelve

By Justin Cronin

The epic story of THE PASSAGE continues.

Death-row prisoners with nightmare pasts and no future.


Until they were selected for a secret experiment.


To create something more than human.


Now they are the future and humanity's worst nightmare has begun.


The epic sequel to THE PASSAGE.

...as exhilarating as The Passage, with people variously trapped in hideous bleak labour camps, engaging in cage fights with virals (Cronin's name for vampires) or chained up for decades.For fans of apocalyptic thrillers who aren't afraid of the dark[The Passage was] smart, well-crafted and entertaining ...The Twelve delivers much of the same vitality and vision. Like it's predecessor, it is a strange new creature for the 21st century: The literary superthriller, driven at once by character and plot.The follow-up to the much-lauded The Passage deepens and darkens the apocalyptic events of the first bookThe epic story of THE PASSAGE continues.Born and raised in New England, Justin Cronin is a multi-award-winning writer. He is Professor of English at Rice University, and lives with his family in Houston, Texas.The eagerly anticipated follow-up to THE PASSAGE, the most talked about book of 2010.THE PASSAGE went straight in to the SUNDAY TIMES bestseller list and stayed there for nine weeks.To date it has sold over 160,000 copies in the UK alone across all editions.It achieved widespread coverage, with phenomenal reviews - unprecedented for a debut.

THE TWELVE

Death-row prisoners with nightmare pasts and no future.

THE TWELVE

Until they were selected for a secret experiment.

THE TWELVE

To create something more than human.

THE TWELVE

Now they are the future and humanity's worst nightmare has begun.

THE TWELVE

The epic sequel to

THE PASSAGE

Erica James

Erica James is the number one international bestselling author of twenty novels, including the Sunday Times top ten bestsellers Summer at the Lake, The Dandelion Years and Song of the Skylark. She has sold over five million books worldwide and her work has been translated into twelve languages. Erica won the Romantic Novel of the Year Award for her novel Gardens of Delight, set in beautiful Lake Como, Italy, which has become a second home to her. Her authentic characters are thanks to her insatiable appetite for other people's business and a willingness to strike up a conversation with just about anybody.

To find out more, visit her website or follow her on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.

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A Cornish Stranger

By Liz Fenwick

For fans of Rosamunde Pilcher, a heart-warming romantic novel set in Cornwall from the bestselling author of THE CORNISH HOUSE and A CORNISH AFFAIR.

There's an old Cornish saying: 'Save a stranger from the sea, he'll turn your enemy . . .'

When her reclusive grandmother becomes too frail to live alone, Gabriella Blythe moves into the remote waterside cabin on Frenchman's Creek which has been her grandmother's home for decades. Once a celebrated artist, Jaunty's days are coming to a close but she is still haunted by events in her past, particularly the sinking of Lancasteria during the war.

Everything is fine until a handsome stranger arrives in a storm, seeking help. Fin has been left a family legacy: a delicate watercolour of a cabin above the creek which leads him to this beautiful stretch of Cornish water. As Fin begins to pick at the clues of the painting, he is drawn into the lives of Gabe and Jaunty, unraveling a remarkable story of identity and betrayal . . .

In this delightful novel, Liz Fenwick weaves a spell-binding tale of romance and intrigue, set against the gorgeous Cornish coast.

Young hearts run free and dangerously in this Cornish romantic escapade . . . [a] gentle and touching taleA spellbinding storyThe brand new novel from Liz Fenwick. For fans of Rosamunde Pilcher, a heart-warming romantic novel set in Cornwall from the bestselling author of THE CORNISH HOUSE and A CORNISH AFFAIR.

Author, ex-pat expert, wife, mother of three, and dreamer turned doer. Liz was born in Massachusetts, but fell in love with an Englishman and now happily resides in Cornwall with her husband and three children. Author of novels The Cornish House, A Cornish Affair, A Cornish Stranger and Under A Cornish Sky.

Find out more at www.lizfenwick.com or follow her on Twitter @liz_fenwick

A gorgeous, romantic read from the author of THE CORNISH HOUSE and A CORNISH AFFAIR.Liz Fenwick writes with real emotional maturity, compelling characterisation and weaves in genuine twists and surprises to the plot.Liz Fenwick has a strong on-line presence with a much-read writer's blog. She has over 5,000 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.Paperback edition includes exclusive extra material by the author.
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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 happinessWhen 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.