By Charles Platt
Pick any male author, from Terry Southern to Samuel Beckett, and you may find an erotic novel lurking somewhere in his past. During the 1960s and the 1970s, dozens of novelists were tempted to write erotica in a spirit of playful rebellion. Many of the books were written under pseudonyms, and they quickly disappeared. But The Gas lives on.Published originally by Olympia Press (the imprint that gave the world Lolita), this outrageous tour-de-force describes the comic and horrific consequences when an experimental chemical warfare agent is released accidentally and wafts across southern England. The gas has two effects: it relaxes inhibitions and accelerates hormone production in men and women. Within a matter of hours, people start ripping off their clothes and partying in the street, and "British reserve" becomes a distant memory.The book's iconoclastic energy and its insistence on violating every taboo have earned it a unique, enduring status. In the words of a reviewer on Amazon (who gave it one star): "It's the most disgusting and completely unbelievable cult trash - yet somehow compelling because it's so yucky. It's the sort of book that when reading makes ya cringe, put down, then look at with furtive glances and pick up again just to get even more grossed out!"
By Charles Platt
When Charles Platt set out to answer the question, "Who writes science fiction?" he interviewed almost all the writers who molded the field during the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s. The profiles that Platt wrote have become a definitive source of information about the lives and careers of Isaac Asimov, Jerry Pournelle, Frank Herbert, Frederik Pohl, and dozens more.Originally published in two volumes, the profiles collected here have been specially updated with afterwords written in 2017."There has never been a better book about science fiction; it is doubtful that there has ever veen a better book about writing of any kind." -The Cleveland Press."A book of sharp, insightful, beautifully written essays . . . . This is quite probably the finest book of its type yet to appear." -Publishers Weekly."A magnificent achievement, exemplary in its insights, its structure, its editorial restraint and perspective . . . a monumental book." -Robert Silverberg."Platt held me spellbound for hours. . . . These are some of the best [interviews] I've ever seen." -Analog magazine."A superb piece of work . . . full of color and warm empathy, it makes for charming reading." -Alfred Bester.
The Silicon Man
By Charles Platt
Can human intelligence thrive in computer hardware? The Silicon Man tells an intensely human, suspenseful story showing how it may be done, sooner rather than later. Five renegade scientists are pursuing secret research to achieve immortality by uploading themselves into silicon. When one relentless investigator threatens everything they have tried to achieve, the outcome will change the world.William Gibson praised this novel as "a plausible, well-crafted narrative exploring cyberspace in a wholly new and very refeshing way." The Washington Post described it as "a well-plotted, fast-paced, and imaginative look into the future." Science Fiction Review said that it ranks "right up there with Michaelmas and The Demolished Man." And Gregory Benford commented, "In fascinating detail, Platt shows us what it would really be like to live (and breathe!) in cyberspace."Nominated for the John W. Campbell award and the Philip K. Dick award.
By Charles Platt
In a Los Angeles of the near-future where anything goes, Dusty McCullough presides over anarchy with the help of her computer genius lover, whose work triggers a series of unexpected events.
The Girl No One Wanted
By Maggie Hartley
She was the girl no one wanted. Violent and disruptive, no foster carer could cope with Leanne's behaviour. Can Maggie Hartley succeed where so many others failed? Perfect for fans of Cathy Glass, Casey Watson, Angela Hart and Rosie Lewis. ***** A TRUE SHORT STORY BY THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR MAGGIE HARTLEYEleven-year-old Leanne is out of control. Since being taken into care at the age of three, she has had over forty placements, each carer less able to cope with her anger and destruction than the last. Late one night, foster carer Maggie Hartley receives a terrified call from Leanne's current placement, who has barricaded herself in her bathroom to protect herself from Leanne's rage. With the police on standby, Maggie manages to diffuse the situation but Leanne is left without a home once more. Maggie is Leanne's only hope. But this is her last chance. If this placement fails, she will have to be put in a secure unit. Then Leanne threatens Maggie with a knife and makes accusations against her that have to be investigated by Maggie's superiors. Where most others would simply walk away, Maggie refuses to give up on the little girl who's never known love. Can Maggie get through to Leanne and begin to help her heal? Will the girl no one wanted find her forever home?A true short story by The Sunday Times bestselling foster carer Maggie Hartley. Perfect for fans of Cathy Glass, Casey Watson, Angela Hart and Rosie Lewis.
An Unremarkable Body
By Elisa Lodato
When Katharine is found dead at the foot of her stairs, it is the mystery of her life that consumes her daughter, Laura.The medical examiner's report, in which precious parts of Katharine's body are weighed and categorised, motivates Laura to write her own version of events; to bear witness to the unbearable blank space between each itemised entry.It forces her to confront a new version of the woman she knew only as her mother - a woman silenced by her own mother, and wronged by her husband. A woman who felt shackled by tradition and unable to love freely.With the heart of a memoir and the pace of a thriller, An Unremarkable Body reveals an overwhelming desire to make sense of an unfulfilled life - and to prove that an unremarkable body does not mean an unremarkable life.
The Heart of Fire
By Michael J. Ward
Return to the world of Valeron in another astounding adventure. Deeper and more complex than THE LEGION OF SHADOW, the options available to your hero are exciting, carefully planned and beautifully written. The Heart of Fire is awakening, and only you can save the world ...You are a prophet, both gifted and cursed by your strange powers. Imprisoned in the infamous dungeon of the inquisition, you are tormented by visions of a nightmarish future. No-one has ever escaped. Doomed to live out your days in chains and darkness, a twist of fate provides you with a chance for freedom - to take on a new identity and start a new life. But no matter where you go, where you hide, you can never escape the haunting images of your own prophecy ... Is it possible to outwit destiny and change the future? You decide in this epic fantasy adventure - the highly-anticipated follow-up to the bestselling gamebook The Legion of Shadow. Every decision you make will have an impact on the story - and, ultimately, your fate.
The Self-Care Project
By Jayne Hardy
'Refreshing, heartfelt and humble. This bookwill be a game changer in promoting positive mental health' Sarah Turner, The Unmumsy Mum Everything you need toknow about self-care; what it is, why it's important, why it's such a struggle and how to integrate it into day-to-day life.Self-care is a tool, accessible to us all, which helps us to take responsibility for ourown happiness - our physical, emotional, psychological and social needs. Jayne Hardy, founder and CEO of The Blurt Foundation, argues that it is the best preventative measure available to us to combat overwhelmedness, stress and ill health, in our hectic, modern world. The Self-Care Project is for those who have been feeling off-kilter for a while but have not been able to put their finger on 'why'. It is a no-nonsense, practical journey to help you do just that. It'll walk you through the case for self-care (why it's so darn important), why it isn't selfish at all, help you explore what self-care means for you, what your obstacles might be and provide advice on how to chisel outdaily space for self-care in a practical, achievable and realistic way.
The Immune System Recovery Plan
By Susan Blum
"The Immune System Recovery Plan is the right book, at the right time, by the right person. We are witnessing a significant increase in autoimmune inflammatory diseases, which include more than 80 different diagnoses. Dr. Blum has done a magnificent job helping the reader to understand how this family of inflammatory disorders, including arthritis and fibromyalgia, can be managed with the diet and lifestyle program she developed in her practice. Her step-by-step approach is based on her considerable years of experience as a physician, and the emerging medical science that, for the first time, has developed an understanding of how genetics, lifestyle and nutrition play a role in origin of these disorders. The approach described in Dr. Blum's book represents the leading edge in the lifestyle management of chronic inflammatory disorders. It is a 'news to use' book that provides real assistance to those with inflammatory disorders who are looking for a clinically sensible approach to their problems." (Jeffrey Bland, Ph.D., FACN, President, Personalized Lifestyle Medicine Institute)The innovative four-step method in this book focuses on:Using food as medicineUnderstanding the stress connectionHealing your gut and digestive systemOptimizing liver functionEach of these sections includes an interactive workbook to help you determine and create your own personal treatment program. Also included are recipes for simple, easy-to-prepare dishes to jump-start the healing process.The Immune System Recovery Plan is a revolutionary way for people to balance their immune systems, transform their health, and live fuller, happier lives.
By Jack Canfield
In our 24/7 world, where we move at warp speed, sometimes we let life happen to us instead of taking control of our direction. Other times, we suffer from information overload, and we fail to consciously control our positive thoughts, and we allow negativity to take over. For those who want to rise above, to get unstuck, or to catapult to a new level success, Jack Canfield will show you how positive affirmations can transform your life in extraordinary ways.Canfield, with the help of esteemed coauthors Kelly Johnson and Ram Ganglani, explains what positive affirmations are (and what they are not), why they are so effective, and how to effortlessly integrate their practice into your life. Pulling the most effective tenets from his bestselling book The Success Principles, Canfield covers all areas of life, from financial prosperity and creative pursuits to your career and positive relationships. Success Affirmations reveals:How to avoid letting life just happen to you, and how to proactively go after your dreamsHow to use the power of deliberate thought to create the reality you wantHow to identify your true passions and purpose to direct your affirmations to concrete goals, not nebulous ideas or someone else's visionHow to harness positive energy to attract what you want in your life through the Law of AttractionHow to unplug from technology and plug into your true source of energyAnd much more!
By Susan Blum
Arthritis is the most common cause of disability in the world--greater than both back pain and heart disease. One example, Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA), is the most common autoimmune disease, affecting 1% of the UK population, and almost 68 million people worldwide. Conventional medicine tends to treat arthritis with strong, gut-damaging, immune-suppressing pain medications, temporarily relieving the symptoms of the disease without addressing its root causes. Now, in her groundbreaking new book, Dr. Susan Blum, a leading expert in functional medicine, offers a better approach to healing arthritis permanently.Dr. Blum's groundbreaking three-step protocol is designed to address the underlying causes of the condition and heal the body permanently by:Treating Rheumatoid Arthritis, Osteoarthritis, and moreHealing your gut to heal your jointsReducing inflammation without medicationDr. Blum's innovative method includes a two-week plan to quickly reduce pain through anti-inflammatory foods and supplements; followed by an intensive gut repair to rid the body of bad bacteria and strengthen the gastrointestinal system for a dramatic improvement in arthritis symptoms and inflammation; and then addresses the emotional issues that contribute to inflammation, and eating a simple, Mediterranean inspired diet to maintain a healthy gut.Featuring detailed case studies, including Dr. Blum's own inspiring personal story, Healing Arthritis offers a revolutionary way to heal your gut, repair your immune system, control inflammation, and live a happier, healthier life...arthritis-free.
The Name of the Wind
By Patrick Rothfuss
This anniversary hardcover includes more than 50 pages of extra content!- Beautiful, iconic cover by artist Sam Weber and designer Paul Buckley- Gorgeous, never-before-seen illustrations by artist Dan Dos Santos- Detailed and updated world map by artist Nate Taylor- Brand-new author's note- Appendix detailing calendar system and currencies- Pronunciation guide of names and places'I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trebon. I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life. I was expelled from the University at a younger age than most people are allowed in. I tread paths by moonlight that others fear to speak of during day. I have talked to Gods, loved women, and written songs that make the minstrels weep. My name is Kvothe.You may have heard of me'So begins the tale of Kvothe - currently known as Kote, the unassuming innkeepter - from his childhood in a troupe of traveling players, through his years spent as a near-feral orphan in a crime-riddled city, to his daringly brazen yet successful bid to enter a difficult and dangerous school of magic. In these pages you will come to know Kvothe the notorious magician, the accomplished thief, the masterful musician, the dragon-slayer, the legend-hunter, the lover, the thief and the infamous assassin.The Name of the Wind is fantasy at its very best, and an astounding must-read title.
A Country Christmas
By Veronica Henry
Escape to the country this Christmas in this feel-good favourite from bestseller Veronica Henry.Homemade mulled wine, freshly baked mince pies and plenty of Christmas cheer... It's the most wonderful time of the year, they say. And in the little Cotswolds village of Honeycote, the festive season looks set to bring people more than a few surprises under the tree. As Lucy Liddiard plans the festive lunch for her nearest and dearest, she has little idea of the dramas about to play out before the crackers are pulled and the corks popped. She knows the family brewery, Honeycote Ales, has seen better days. She knows her husband, Mickey, is an incorrigible flirt. But does she realise how close both are edging towards disaster? As the nights draw in, garlands deck the halls and the carols ring out, there are secrets and lies, love and lust all waiting to be unwrapped. Welcome to Honeycote, and a Christmas no one will ever forget...** This book was originally published as 'Honeycote' **Irresistibly good fun and bursting with heart, A Country Christmas is the first book in the Honeycote trio, followed by A Country Life and A Country Wedding. Each can be read as a standalone, or they can be read as a series. ***Praise for Veronica Henry:'Veronica Henry writes like a dream' - Jill Mansell'Warm and brilliantly written' - Heat'A glamorous and absorbing read' - Daily Mail'An exuberant novel of love, lust, hopes and dreams' - Woman & Home