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Black And Blue

Black And Blue

Special edition of the award-winning Rebus novel from the No.1 bestselling author of A SONG FOR THE DARK TIMES – includes exclusive extra material.

‘Britain’s best crime novelist’ DAILY EXPRESS

‘Ian Rankin is a genius’ Lee Child

In the 1960s, the infamous Bible John terrorised Scotland when he murdered three women, taking three souvenirs. Thirty years later, a copycat is at work, dubbed Johnny Bible.

DI John Rebus’s unconventional methods have got him in trouble before – now he’s taken away from the inquiry and sent to investigate the killing of an off-duty oilman. But when his case clashes head-on with the Johnny Bible killings, he finds himself in the glare of a fearful media, whilst under the scrutiny of an internal enquiry. Just one mistake is likely to mean losing his job – and quite possibly his life.
Whispering Hope

Whispering Hope

“At the conclusion of my discussions with one group of the Magdalene Women one of those present sang ‘Whispering Hope’. A line from that song stays in my mind – ‘when the dark midnight is over, watch for the breaking of day’.
Let me hope that this day and this debate heralds a new dawn for all those who feared that the dark midnight might never end.”


Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s State apology to the Magdalene women.

On 19 February 2013 the Irish Taoiseach Enda Kenny apologized to the women who had been incarcerated in Ireland’s Magdalene laundries. In the audience sat Steven O’Riordan, a documentary filmmaker and founder of the charity Magdalene Survivors Together. And by his side, waiting patiently for the words they’d been fighting to hear, were some of the women he had helped.

For Nancy, Kathleen, Diane, Marie and Marina were confined in Magdalene laundries throughout Ireland during the 1950s, 60s and 70s. The harrowing physical and psychological abuse they endured in the institutions, run on behalf of the State, led to a lifetime of shame and secrecy.

Now, in WHISPERING HOPE, these women tell their stories for the first time. Their fight for justice and forged friendships has enabled them to move forward and have their voices heard, their individual accounts weaving together in an immensely powerful narrative that shines a light on a dark chapter in Ireland’s history.

Inspirational and moving, this is the story of five women brave enough to confront their past and strong enough to not let it define them.
Fleshmarket Close

Fleshmarket Close

The fifteenth Inspector Rebus novel from the No.1 bestselling author of A SONG FOR THE DARK TIMES

‘It’s another Rebus novel you can’t put down, and Rankin at his most powerful’ CHOICE

‘Rankin is superb’ DAILY MAIL

An illegal immigrant is found murdered in an Edinburgh housing scheme. Rebus is drawn into the case, but has other problems: his old police station has closed for business, and his masters want him to retire. But Rebus is stubborn. As he investigates, he must visit an asylum seekers’ detention centre, deal with the sleazy Edinburgh underworld, and maybe even fall in love…

Siobhan meanwhile has problems of her own. A teenager has disappeared and Siobhan must help the family, which means getting close to a convicted rapist. Then there’s the small matter of the two skeletons found buried beneath a cellar floor in Fleshmarket Close. An elaborate stunt – but whose, and for what purpose? And how can it tie to the murder on the housing-scheme known as Knoxland?
The Naming Of The Dead

The Naming Of The Dead

The sixteenth Inspector Rebus novel from ‘Britain’s best crime novelist’ DAILY EXPRESS and No.1 bestselling author of A SONG FOR THE DARK TIMES

‘Rankin just gets better. The topicality and eye for detail are awesome’ Jilly Cooper


‘This is possibly the best novel you will read in your life full stop. Yes, it is that good’ NEWS OF THE WORLD

A murder has been committed – but as the victim was a rapist, recently released from prison, no one is too concerned about the crime. That is, until Detective Inspector John Rebus and DS Siobhan Clarke uncover evidence that a serial killer is on the loose…

When Rebus also starts looking into the apparent suicide of an MP, he is abruptly warned off the case, not least because the G8 leaders have gathered in Scotland, and Rebus’s bosses want him well out of the way. But Rebus has never been one to stick to the rules, and when Siobhan has a very personal reason for hunting down a riot cop, it looks as though both Rebus and Clarke may be up against their own side…
Westwind

Westwind

Discover the lost classic from iconic number one bestselling author of A SONG FOR THE DARK TIMES
The bigger the lie, the harder the truth is to believe…

In Europe, the Americans are pulling out their troops in a tide of isolationism.

Britain, torn between loyalties to America and the continent, is caught betwixt and between.

In America, a space shuttle crashes on landing, killing all but one of the crew on-board: A British man named Mike Dreyfuss, who will become vilified by the US press and protesters.

Halfway across the world, Martin Hepton, an English ground control technician watches as they lose contact with the most advanced satellite in Europe. A colleague of Hepton’s who suspects something strange is going on is signed off sick, and never comes back.

Hepton decides to investigate his friend’s suspicions and his trail leads him to Dreyfuss, the MI6, the American military, and back to his former girlfriend, Jill, who is an up-and-coming journalist with the contacts and the courage to cover the story.

But there is much more at stake than anyone realises – and many more people on their trail than they can possibly evade…
Watchman

Watchman

A classic Ian Rankin from the No.1 bestselling author of A SONG FOR THE DARK TIMES
‘No one in Britain writes better crime novels today’ Evening Standard

‘Ian Rankin is perhaps the best and most complex thriller writer in Britain today’ Daily Telegraph

Bombs are exploding in the streets of London, but life seems to have planted more subtle booby-traps for Miles Flint. Miles is a spy. His job is to watch and to listen, then to report back to his superiors, nothing more. The job, affording glimpses into the most private lives of his victims, appeals to Miles. He doesn’t lust after promotion, and he doesn’t want action. He wants, just for once, not to botch a case. Having lost one suspect – with horrific consequences – Miles becomes too involved with another, a young Irish woman. His marriage seems ready to crumble to dust. So does his home.

But Miles is given one last chance for redemption – a trip to Belfast, which quickly becomes a flight of terror, murder and shocking discoveries. But can the voyeur survive in a world of violent action?
Last of the Giants

Last of the Giants

‘Last Of the Giants is the mad, funny, dark and often painful story of a lost band from a now-distant time’ CLASSIC ROCK MAGAZINE

INCLUDES BRAND NEW CHAPTER COVERING GUNS N’ ROSES EPIC WORLD TOUR

‘Any story about Guns is worth reading. But when the author is Mick Wall it’s absolutely essential’ KERRANG

Many millions of words have already been written about Guns N’ Roses, the old line-up, the new line-up. But none of them have ever really gotten to the truth. Which is this: Guns N’ Roses has always been a band out of time, the Last of the Giants. They are what every rock band since the Rolling Stones has tried and nearly always failed to be: dangerous. At a time when smiling, MTV-friendly, safe-sex, just-say-no Bon Jovi was the biggest band in the world, here was a band that seemed to have leapt straight out of the coke-smothered pages of the original, golden-age, late-sixties rock scene.

‘Live like a suicide’, the band used to say when they all lived together in the Hell House, their notorious LA home. And this is where Mick Wall first met them, and became part of their inner circle, before famously being denounced by name by Axl Rose in the song ‘Get in the Ring’.

But this book isn’t about settling old scores. Written with the clear head that 25 years later brings you, this is a celebration of Guns N’ Roses the band, and of Axl Rose the frontman who really is that thing we so desperately want him to be: the last of the truly extraordinary, all-time great, no apologies, no explanations, no giving-a-shit rock stars. The last of his kind.
Kitty and the Midnight Hour

Kitty and the Midnight Hour

No one knows Kitty’s a werewolf – until she starts a midnight radio show for the supernaturally disadvantaged and finds she may have bitten off more than she can chew.

Kitty Norville is a midnight-shift DJ for a Denver radio station – and she also happens to be a werewolf. One night, sick of the usual lame song requests, she accidentally starts ‘The Midnight Hour’, a late-night advice show for the supernaturally disadvantaged. Almost immediately she’s deluged by calls from desperate vampires, werewolves and witches from all across the country, wanting to share their woes and ask her advice.

Kitty’s new show is a raging success, but it’s Kitty herself who could use some help, not least because her monthly change is a deep and dark secret to all but a very special few.

And when she finds one very sexy werewolf-hunter on her tail, not to mention a few homicidal undead, she realises she may just may have bitten off more than she can chew …

‘Enough excitement, astonishment, pathos and vioctory to satisfy any reader’ Charlaine Harris

‘Edgy and irreverent’ Romantic Times

Fun, fast-paced adventure for fans of supernatural mysteries’ Locus
Black Sabbath

Black Sabbath

‘An epic tale, told the way it should be’ RECORD COLLECTOR

‘The book he was born to write’ CLASSIC ROCK MAGAZINE

‘An entertaining read for long-standing fans and newcomers alike’ GUITARIST

The final word on the only name synonymous with heavy metal – Black Sabbath.


Way back in the mists of time, in the days when rock giants walked the earth, the name Ozzy Osbourne was synonymous with the subversive and dark. Back then, Ozzy was the singer in Black Sabbath, and they meant business. A four-piece formed from the ashes of two locally well-known groups called The Rare Breed (Ozzy and bassist Geezer Butler) and Mythology (guitarist Tony Iommi and drummer Bill Ward), all four founding members of the original Black Sabbath grew up within half-a-mile of each other.

This biography tells the story of how they made that dream come true – and how it then turned into a nightmare for all of them. How at the height of their fame, Sabbath discovered they had been so badly ripped off by their managers they did not even own their own songs. How they looked for salvation from Don Arden – an even more notorious gangster figure, who resurrected their career but still left them indebted to him, financially and personally. And how it finally came to a head when in 1979 they sacked Ozzy: ‘For being too out of control – even for us,’ as Bill Ward put it.

The next 15 years would see a war break out between the two camps: the post-Ozzy Sabbath and Ozzy himself, whose solo career overshadowed Sabbath to the point where, when he offered them the chance to reform around him again, it was entirely on his terms. Or rather, that of his wife and manager, daughter of Don Arden – Sharon Osbourne.
Two Riders Were Approaching: The Life & Death of Jimi Hendrix

Two Riders Were Approaching: The Life & Death of Jimi Hendrix

Jimmy was a down-at-heel guitarist in New York, relying on his latest lovers to support him while he tried to emulate his hero Bob Dylan. A black guy playing white rock music, he wanted to be all things to all people.

But when Jimmy arrived in England and became Jimi, the cream of swinging London fell under his spell. It wasn’t that Jimi could play with his teeth, play with his guitar behind his back. It was that he could really play.

Journeying through the purple haze of idealism and paranoia of the sixties, Jimi Hendrix was the man who made Eric Clapton consider quitting, to whom Bob Dylan deferred on his own song ‘All Along the Watchtower’, who forced Miles Davis to reconsider his buttoned-down ways – and whose ‘Star Spangled Banner’ defined Woodstock.

And when his star, which had burned so brightly, was extinguished far too young, his legend lived on in the music – and the intrigue surrounding his death.

Eschewing the traditional rock-biography format, Two Riders Were Approaching is a fittingly psychedelic and kaleidoscopic exploration of the life and death of Jimi Hendrix – and a journey into the dark heart of the sixties. While the groupies lined up, the drugs got increasingly heavy and the dream of the sixties burned in the fire and blood of the Vietnam War, the assassination of Martin Luther King and the election of President Richard Nixon.

Acclaimed writer Mick Wall, author of When Giants Walked the Earth, has drawn upon his own interviews and extensive research to produce an inimitable, novelistic telling of this tale – the definitive portrait of the Guitar God at whose altar other guitar gods worship.

Jimi Hendrix’s is a story that has been told many times before – but never quite like this.
And it was Beautiful

And it was Beautiful



THE INSTANT SUNDAY TIMES TOP TEN BESTSELLER


The behind-the-scenes story of the Marcelo Bielsa revolution at Leeds United and their first season back in the Premier League after sixteen years of hurt.

FEATURING FRESH PERSONAL INSIGHT FROM MARCELO BIELSA



When Marcelo Bielsa was appointed head coach of Leeds United in the summer of 2018, the club had just finished 13th in the Championship – their 15th consecutive season outside the top flight – and were defined as much by their excesses and disasters off the pitch as their lack of success on it. Bielsa changed everything.

In guiding Leeds back to the promised land of the Premier League, he has transformed the club into a vastly more dynamic, entertaining and professional outfit, fully endearing himself to the Leeds faithful and capturing the imaginations of football fans around the world. With his unique tactical approach, strict diet and body fat controls and a gruelling training schedule – including his infamous ‘murderball’ sessions – Bielsa has shaped a gang of Championship misfits and journeymen into a team that plays breathtakingly relentless attacking football and is more than capable of going toe-to-toe with the game’s established heavyweights.

In And it was Beautiful, Phil Hay documents the fortunes of Leeds United under Marcelo Bielsa during their return to the Premier League for the 2020/21 season. By weaving in stories of crises from the club’s purgatory in the English Football League, he presents a comprehensive and compelling portrait of an enigmatic manager whose values are the antithesis of everything that has previously gone wrong at Leeds during the dark days of Ken Bates, Massimo Cellino and GFH. Phil pulls back the curtain on Bielsa’s innovative tactical methods, his unconventional yet highly productive relationship with owner Andrea Radrizzani and Director of Football Victor Orta, his intensely loyal backroom team and the extraordinary cultural impact Bielsa has had on the city of Leeds – from murals and songs to cult fanbases in the provinces of Argentina. The result is a unique and beautiful love affair that has made dreams come true.
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