This is not a book about politics. It is a book about what makes us British, and what makes us European.Spend time with some of your favourite writers and artists in this truly unique collection spanning everything from art, language, food, music and movies, to war, literature, driving, nudity, geography, smoking and nature.Featuring pieces of exceptional quality from some of our most treasured novelists, historians, journalists, poets and artists, including: Jessie Burton, Richard Herring, Alain de Botton, Tom Bradby, Val McDermid, Matt Haig, Afua Hirsch, Lionel Shriver, Sarah Perry, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Ian Rankin, Owen Jones, Mark Kermode, Robert Macfarlane, Chris Riddell, Former Prime Minister Jim Hacker and many more.A must-read for anyone who wants to understand the times we live in, our relationship with the continent, and ourselves.* * * * *INCLUDES PIECES BY:Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Tom Bradby, Jessie Burton, Ben Collins (aka The Stig), Colonel Tim Collins, Robert Crampton, Adam Dant, Alain de Botton, Kate Eberlen, Matt Frei, Nicci French, Simon Garfield, Jonathan Lynn writing as Former Prime Minister Jim Hacker, Matt Haig, Richard Herring, Jennifer Higgie, Afua Hirsch, Owen Jones, Oliver Kamm, Alex Kapranos, Mark Kermode, Hari Kunzru, Olivia Laing, Marie Le Conte, Amy Liptrot, Robert Macfarlane, Henry Marsh, Val McDermid, Ian McEwan, Hollie McNish, Kate Mosse, Jenni Murray, Sarah Perry, Ian Rankin, Jacob Rees-Mogg, Cathy Rentzenbrink, Chris Riddell, Andrew Roberts, Will Self, David Shrigley, Lionel Shriver, Sunny Singh, Ece Temelkuran, Rob Temple, Bee Wilson, Sarah Winman
Gone Girl/The Grownup
By Gillian Flynn
GONE GIRL Who are you? What have we done to each other?These are the questions Nick Dunne finds himself asking on the morning of his fifth wedding anniversary, when his wife Amy suddenly disappears. The police suspect Nick. Amy's friends reveal that she was afraid of him, that she kept secrets from him. He swears it isn't true. A police examination of his computer shows strange searches. He says they weren't made by him. And then there are the persistent calls on his mobile phone. So what really did happen to Nick's beautiful wife?THE GROWNUPA young woman is making a living faking it as a cut-price psychic (with some illegal soft-core sex work on the side). She makes a decent wage mostly by telling people what they want to hear. But then she meets Susan Burke. Susan moved to the city one year ago with her husband and 15-year-old stepson Miles. They live in a Victorian house called Carterhook Manor. Susan has become convinced that some malevolent spirit is inhabiting their home. The young woman doesn't believe in exorcism or the supernatural. However when she enters the house for the first time, she begins to feel it too, as if the very house is watching her, waiting, biding its time . . .
By Bear Grylls
THE BOURNE IDENTITY meets Indiana Jones - a debut thriller to take your breath away.A mother and child savagely abducted from a snow-swept mountainside.A loyal soldier tortured and executed on a remote Scottish moor.A lost warplane discovered in the heart of the Amazon jungle, harbouring a secret of earth-shattering evil.A desperate race to defeat a terrifying conspiracy emanating from the darkest days of Nazi Germany.One thread unites them all.Only one man can unravel it.Will Jaeger. The Hunter.
By Rachel Billington
A poignant and compelling story of three lives torn apart by the Battle of Gallipoli.'I wonder who chose the word 'glory',' murmured Arthur.'You mean there's nothing very glorious about war.' The Major smiled. 'People expect words like glory. I do myself.''Oh, I'm not against it. There were glorious deeds performed.'The fields and gulleys of Gallipoli are thickly scattered with bullets, shrapnel and the bones of the fallen. Arthur Lamb stands alone, overlooking the bay. Fed on dreams of glory, he volunteered to fight for his country and found himself far away on Turkish soil. Arthur's fiancée, Sylvia, began the war comfortably at home in England but, restless for change, became a nurse travelling to Malta and Egypt where her father, a Brigadier-General, waits in reserve with his yeomanry. Fred Chaffey, a rebellious country boy, joins the army in the hope that war will bring him the excitement he craves.Three lives torn apart by the strangest campaign of WWI. Three people finding a way through this war of devastating proportions. Three people testing the strength of relationships forged in wartime.Glory is the story of the men and women of Gallipoli and the tragic events of 1915. Of the determination to survive, the love stories enduring across the war-torn miles, the decisions cast, the errors made and the dark reality of the heroic dream.In a narrative both gripping and moving, Rachel Billington uses detailed research to bring alive the twists and turns of the Gallipoli campaign. It is the story of futures changed forever, as the echoes of the Great War ring loud through the years.
By Abigail Tarttelin
The truth will out in this gritty, cool and brilliantly compelling novel from one of the hippest young authors around.Max Walker is the golden boyHe's the perfect son, the perfect friend and the perfect crush for the girls at his schoolHe's attractive, he's intelligent, he's athleticHe's even nice to his little brotherMax is going to pass his exams with flying coloursHe's going to make his parents proudMax Walker has a terrible secretIf his secret gets out, his perfect life will be blown apartThe consequences are unimaginableBut someone knows his secret, someone close to himAnd that person must not be trusted because he could do great damage to MaxIn fact he's already started
Getting Mad, Getting Even
By Annie Sanders
From the bestselling authors of GOODBYE, JIMMY CHOO comes a hilarious novel about what happens when a man gets his leg over - and a woman gets revenge...Georgie and Flick are a girl's best friend - and secret weapon. Their agency, Domestic Angels, provides invaluable help to armies of harassed women. After years of hard work, Georgie and Flick have built a small but grateful clientele - doing everything from booking the plumber to replacing dead hamsters. Then one evening, they are visited by a pale, nervous-looking woman who makes the strangest request yet. Her husband has combined a takeover with a leg-over. Would Georgie and Flick help her get her own back? It isn't long before word gets out. Inundated with requests from angry wives, Georgie and Flick begin to wonder whether all these men are really as black as they are painted.Meanwhile, the disgruntled husband of a client has rumbled them. It may be that they aren't the only masters of revenge after all...
By Denis MacShane
A hard-hitting essay combined with factual reportage on the new anti-semitism throughout Europe.This book argues that what the 21st century now faces is an ideological assault based on hatred of Jews which is as serious as any major threat to universal values as the world has faced. Anti-semitism is the visible language and action of a deeper threat to world peace, to the achievements of the human spirit we call the Enlightenment, and undermines vital work to address problems like poverty and the challenges of the environment.Denis MacShane's survey of 21st century anti-semitism is based on the All-Party Commission of Enquiry which was chaired by the author in the UK. His book considers examples in Europe and how anti-semitism is now a linking mechanism between different extremisms, usually but not exclusively of the Right. It lists in detail the anti-semitism in national party politics, including the European Parliament, and it examines how Holocaust denial is not a question of liberal free-expression issues but an organised ideological position. The new anti-semitism arises from three main sources: state-sanctioned anti-semitism; that of terrorist movements like Al Qaeda; and that of political movements like the Muslim Brotherhood and its off-shoots and spokesmen.The book is both a cri de coeur for a new tolerance and a resolution to throw light on 21st century anti-semitism, which has left Europe to become a new form of mobilising politics across many continents.
Goodbye, Jimmy Choo
By Annie Sanders
Izzie and Maddy have only one thing in common: they've both been uprooted from the city, moved to the country - and it's not at all what they expected...Under normal circumstances, Izzie and Maddy would never have met. Their lives are a million miles apart - Izzie is bohemian and skint, Maddy is Gucci-clad and loaded. But, thanks to their respective husbands' careers, both have been dumped into the English countryside, fish out of water with five young children between them. Thrown together at a ghastly women's lunch, they quickly discover a shared longing for mucky London streets and the residents' parking permits they've left behind. When tragedy hits and Maddy's world collapses, they have to make money fast. A chance discovery leads this unlikely partnership to launch a natural cosmetics company from the kitchen table, with consequences beyond their wildest imaginings. Then the media spotlight turns on them, and Maddy and Izzie have to give up all they hold dear to embrace a lifestyle they hate. But just how far are they prepared to go?