By Ray Connolly
What was it like to be Elvis Presley? What did it feel like when impossible fame made him its prisoner? As the world's first rock star there was no one to tell him what to expect, no one with whom he could share the burden of being himself - of being Elvis.On the outside he was all charm, sex appeal, outrageously confident on stage and stunningly gifted in the recording studio. To his fans he seemed to have it all. He was Elvis. With his voice and style influencing succeeding generations of musicians, he should have been free to sing any song he liked, to star in any film he was offered, and to tour in any country he chose. But he wasn't free. The circumstances of his poor beginnings in the American South, which, as he blended gospel music with black rhythm and blues and white country songs, helped him create rock and roll, had left him with a lifelong vulnerability. Made rich and famous beyond his wildest imaginings when he mortgaged his talent to the machinations of his manager, 'Colonel' Tom Parker, there would be an inevitable price to pay. Though he daydreamed of becoming a serious film actor, instead he grew to despise his own movies and many of the songs he had to sing in them. He could have rebelled. But he didn't. Why? In the Seventies, as the hits rolled in again, and millions of fans saw him in a second career as he sang his way across America, he talked of wanting to tour the world. But he never did. What was stopping him?BEING ELVIS takes a clear-eyed look at the most-loved entertainer ever, and finds an unusual boy with a dazzling talent who grew up to change popular culture; a man who sold a billion records and had more hits than any other singer, but who became trapped by his own frailties in the loneliness of fame.
The Merlin Codex
By Robert Holdstock
The Merlin Codex brings together Robert Holdstock's Celtika, The Iron Grail and The Broken Kings in one superb omnibus.Recounting a young Merlin's epic story, The Merlin Codex moves through the classical world of Jason (of the Argonauts fame) and his wife Medea. Jealously guarding his gift as every act of magic shortens his life, Merlin weaves his plots across the centuries, showing us echoes of the man and the stories we know from Arthurian legend.Robert Holdstock was unanimously hailed by critics as the best contemporary author of SF and Fantasy. By mixing Greek and Celtic mythologies happily around an immortal character, Holdstock once again touches on the great universal myths as he did so brilliantly in his Mythago Wood saga, going beyond the limits of Fantasy.
Princess of Blood
By Tom Lloyd
There's a new Card in the Mercenary Deck - one Lynx isn't sure if he's happy to see or not. The assassin Toil now wears the Princess of Blood on her jacket and even Lynx would admit she's a woman cloaked in chaos and bloodshed.Their new mission is to escort a dignitary to the pious and ancient city of Jarrazir - beneath which lies a fabled labyrinth. Having barely survived their last underground adventure the mercenaries aren't keen for another, but Toil has other plans. Under threat of siege and horrors rising from the labyrinth, even the Mercenary Deck may have to accept that Jarrazir's prohibition laws aren't their biggest problem.
By Ed McDonald
The republic faces annihilation, despite the vigilance of Galharrow's Blackwings. When a raven tattoo rips itself from his arm to deliver a desperate message, Galharrow and a mysterious noblewoman must investigate a long dead sorcerer's legacy. But there is a conspiracy within the citadel: traitors, flesh-eaters and the ghosts of the wastelands seek to destroy them, but if they cannot solve the ancient wizard's paradox, the Deep Kings will walk the earth again, and all will be lost.The war with the Eastern Empire ended in stalemate some eighty years ago, thanks to Nall's 'Engine', a wizard-crafted weapon so powerful even the Deep Kings feared it. The strike of the Engine created the Misery - a wasteland full of ghosts and corrupted magic that now forms a No Mans Land along the frontier. But when Galharrow investigates a frontier fortress, he discovers complacency bordering on treason: then the walls are stormed, and the Engine fails to launch. Galharrow only escapes because of the preternatural magical power of the noblewoman he was supposed to be protecting. Together, they race to the capital to unmask the traitors and restore the republic's defences. Far across the Misery a vast army is on the move, as the Empire prepares to call the republic's bluff.Blackwing is a gritty epic fantasy for fans of Mark Lawrence, Scott Lynch and Daniel Polansky.
The Doomed City
By Arkady Strugatsky, Boris Strugatsky
It is a mysterious city whose sun is switched on in the morning and switched off at night, bordered by an abyss on one side and an impossibly high wall on the other. Its inhabitants are people who were plucked from twentieth-century history at various times and places and left to govern themselves, advised by Mentors whose purpose seems inscrutable. This is life in the Experiment.Andrei Voronin, a young astronomer plucked from Leningrad in the 1950s, is a die-hard believer in the Experiment, even though his first job in the city is as a garbage collector. As increasinbly nightmarish scenarios begin to affect the city, he rises through the political hierarchy, with devastating effect.
By Isabel Ashdown
After sixteen years apart sisters Jessica and Emily are reunited. With the past now behind them, the warmth they once shared quickly returns and before long Jess has moved into Emily's comfortable island home. Life couldn't be better. But when baby Daisy disappears while in Jess's care, the perfect life Emily has so carefully built starts to fall apart.Was Emily right to trust her sister after everything that happened before?*********'A missing baby girl, a marriage ravaged by mistrust, a sibling rivalry with a very dark heart: LITTLE SISTER had me gripped from start to finish.' Louise Candlish, author of THE SWIMMING POOL'A thoughtful, multi-layered and beautifully-written exploration of family dynamics with a dark mystery at its heart.' Tammy Cohen (Rachel Rhys), author of A DANGEROUS CROSSING 'A brilliant twisty and compelling story about family secrets and betrayal that draws you in right from the first page.' Sam Carrington, author of SAVING SOPHIE'Kept me up three nights in a row, I was desperate to race to the end but gutted to finish it.' Holly Seddon, author of DON'T CLOSE YOUR EYES'This thriller doesn't hesitate to pull you into the twisted world of family secrets and sibling rivalry. A great story with characters that just leap off the page and a thoroughly satisfying ending.' Katerina Diamond, author of THE TEACHER
Meditation, Orion Plain and Simple
By Lynne Lauren
A practical guide to reducing stress and finding peace through meditation.Meditation is a practice that calms the mind and the body in a natural way. Its aim is to quiet or still the mind, which leads to calm awareness without the interference of troublesome thoughts. Meditation can help you focus, relax, and cope with life's twists and turns.Meditation, Orion Plain and Simple is a wise and helpful beginner's guide to the practice of meditation. Lynne Lauren not only explains why it is important to meditate, but also demonstrates how simple meditation can be. It can be done anywhere by anyone. Lynne provides a brief overview of the different types of meditation, along with more than 50 meditations and visualisations that can be used in different circumstances to reach particular goals.This simple guide provides all of the information that beginners will need to slow down, de-stress, and discover how rich life can be!
Chakras, Orion Plain and Simple
By Sasha Fenton
Chakras are spinning vortexes of energy throughout the body which can have a profound effect upon our emotional, mental and physical wellbeing.Sasha Fenton introduces you to the problems that arise if chakras become blocked, misaligned or too open and to simple healing techniques which you can use to restore balance. Sasha also explains the history of the chakras and explores their vital connections to other spiritual arts, including aromatherapy, astrology and kundalini.This simple guide provides all of the information that beginners will need to start channelling their body's natural energy and living happier, healthier lives.
Flower Essences, Orion Plain and Simple
By Linda Perry
A practical guide to flower essences, their uses and how to choose the right essence for you.Flower essences are herbal infusions, or decoctions, made from the flowering parts of plants that uniquely address emotional and mental aspects of wellness.This book provides a helpful introduction to flower essences - what they are and how to use them.Topics covered include:· How to choose essences · How to make a bottle of essences · Essences and their stories · Cases studies· A glossary of more than 60 essences and their usesThis is the essential introductory guide to flower essences for anyone interested in alternative health, aromatherapy, and vibrational health.
I Ching, Orion Plain and Simple
By Kim Farnell
A practical guide to the basics of I Ching and how to develop deeper creative insight and intuitive powerThe I Ching, or Book of Changes, is a mix of Taoist and Confucianist philosophies that has evolved over many centuries and may be the oldest book in existence. Its main philosophy is that nothing is static and everything changes over time, so our task is to adjust to the ebb and flow of changing circumstances. The I Ching can help us:· Make decisions· Manage sensitive relationships· Tap into our creative insight and intuitive powerIn I Ching, Orion Plain and Simple, Kim Farnell has made the divination system as modern, straightforward, and user-friendly as possible.
Herbs, Orion Plain and Simple
By Marlene Houghton
A practical guide to using natural remedies and therapies to improve wellbeing.In this clear and practical introduction to herbal medicine, Marlene Houghton provides gentle and effective natural therapies for a range of common complaints and allows you to take your health into your own hands.This essential guide to herbalism takes the guesswork out of healing with herbs and allows you to use the power of nature to tackle everyday ailments. Among the topics covered are:· A brief history of herbalism· An overview of how herbs heal· A herb glossary that includes how to use herbs and the benefits of each· The body's systems and the herbs that make them work better· A herb dictionary
Wicca, Orion Plain and Simple
By Leanna Greenaway
A practical beginner's guide to Wicca, its traditions, spells and rituals.An accessible, contemporary approach to Wicca, also known as witchcraft, this book shows you how to use it as a healing and positive force. Practice magic with tarot cards, agents, and pendulums; cast love, health, wealth, family happiness, and career spells; and discover which herbs are beneficial when conducting spells and rituals.Leanna Greenaway and Judika Illes make these life-affirming, ancient Wiccan traditions meaningful and accessible to us today by providing a basic understanding of the key elements of Wiccan practice, including:· Lunar magic· Initiation· Herbs and gardens· Pendulum power· Animal magicWicca, Orion Plain and Simple also includes over 25 spells for beginners that range from fertility spells and money spells, to love spells and much more.
By Sarah Dunnakey
How do you solve a mystery when the clues are hidden in the past?The Companion is a beautiful and powerfully-told story of buried secrets, set between the 1930s and the present day, on the wild Yorkshire moors.Billy Shaw lives in a palace. Potter's Pleasure Palace, the best entertainment venue in Yorkshire, complete with dancing and swing-boats and picnickers and a roller-skating rink. Jasper Harper lives in the big house above the valley, with his eccentric mother Edie and Uncle Charles, brother and sister authors who have come from London to write in the seclusion of the moors. When it is arranged for Billy to become Jasper's companion, Billy arrives to find a wild, peculiar boy in a curiously haphazard household where nothing that's meant is said and the air is thick with secrets. Later, when Charles and Edie are found dead, it is ruled a double suicide, but fictions have become tangled up in facts and it's left to Anna Sallis, almost a century later, to unravel the knots and piece together the truth.'An absorbing mystery story, really evocative of the Yorkshire Moors and the mill. I loved the character of Billy Shaw! The story kept me engrossed and flipping the pages right to the end' Katherine Webb, bestselling author of The Legacy'The Companion is beautifully written and so evocative of time and place...If you thought the Brontes were the most intriguing literary family in Yorkshire, wait until you meet the Harpers.' Linda Green, author of the No.1 bestseller, While My Eyes Were Closed'Sarah writes with warmth, wit and wisdom AND she makes you want to turn the page. A rare combination.' John Humphrys