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Where'd You Go, Bernadette

Maria Semple
Authors:
Maria Semple

'Like A VISIT FROM THE GOON SQUAD written by Tina Fey' Sam Baker, RED MAGAZINEShortlisted for the 2013 Women's Prize for FictionA NEW YORK TIMES bestsellerCOMING SOON: The film adaptation, directed by Richard Linklater and starring Cate Blanchett, Kristen Wiig and Billy Crudup Bernadette Fox is notorious. To Elgie Branch, a Microsoft wunderkind, she's his hilarious, volatile, talented, troubled wife. To fellow mothers at the school gate, she's a menace. To design experts, she's a revolutionary architect. And to 15-year-old Bee, she is a best friend and, quite simply, mum. Then Bernadette disappears. And Bee must take a trip to the end of the earth to find her.WHERE'D YOU GO, BERNADETTE is a compulsively readable, irresistibly written, deeply touching novel about misplaced genius and a mother and daughter's place in the world.

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Today Will Be Different

Maria Semple
Authors:
Maria Semple

Eleanor Flood knows she's a mess. But today will be different. Today she will shower and put on real clothes. She will attend her yoga class after dropping her son, Timby, off at school. She'll see an old friend for lunch. She won't swear. She will initiate sex with her husband, Joe. But before she can put her modest plan into action - life happens.For today is the day Timby has decided to pretend to be ill to weasel his way into his mother's company. It's also the day surgeon Joe has chosen to tell his receptionist - but not Eleanor - that he's on vacation. And just when it seems that things can't go more awry, a former colleague produces a relic from the past - a graphic memoir with pages telling of family secrets long buried and a sister to whom Eleanor never speaks.

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IQ

Joe Ide
Authors:
Joe Ide

'Joe Ide is the best new discovery I've come across in a long time. And Isaiah Quintabe is the kind of sleuth not seen on the mystery landscape before.' Michael ConnellyTHE TIMES CRIME BOOK OF THE MONTH: 'Full of humour, originality and high-quality writing'WINNER of the ANTHONY AWARD for Best Debut, the SHAMUS AWARD for BEST FIRST P.I. NOVEL. the MACAVITY AWARD for Best First Novel; SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2017 EDGAR AWARD and STRAND CRITICS AWARD.East Long Beach. The LAPD is barely keeping up with the high crime rate. Murders go unsolved, the elderly are being mugged, children go missing. But word has spread: if you've got a case the police can't - or won't - touch, Isaiah Quintabe will help you out.They call him IQ. He's a loner and a high school dropout, his unassuming nature disguising a relentless determination and a fierce intelligence. His clients pay him whatever they can afford, a new set of tyres or some homemade muffins. But now he needs a client who can pay. And the only way to that client is through a jive-talking, low-life drug dealer he thought he'd left behind. Then there's the case itself. A drug-addled rap star surrounded by a crew of flunkies who believes his life is in danger; and a hit man who even other hit men say is a lunatic. If he solves this case, IQ can put right a mistake he made long ago. If not it won't just be the hit man coming after him ...

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Close But No Cigar

Stephen Purvis
Authors:
Stephen Purvis

WINNER OF THE CRIME WRITERS' ASSOCIATION GOLD DAGGER FOR NON-FICTION 2017'In its tragic absurdity, Close But No Cigar reads like a Graham Greene story, with a cast of characters to make Hemingway proud' Daily TelegraphFor over a decade Stephen Purvis had been a pillar of Havana's expat community, one of many foreign businessmen investing in Cuba's crawl from Cold War communism towards modernity. But for reasons unknown to him he was also under State Security's microscope. One morning during the height of President Raúl Castro's purges in 2012, while his family slept the unmarked Ladas of State Security arrived at his home and he was taken away into the absurd and brutal world of Cuban justice.In this engrossing memoir, Purvis recounts his fifteen-month ordeal. Accused at first of selling state secrets, he is taken to the notorious interrogation centre Villa Marista, where he endures brutal conditions designed by the KGB and Stasi to break the bodies and minds of spies and political prisoners, and resists the paranoia and incompetence of his jailers. Later, held in a maximum-security prison, he finds himself surrounded by a motley crew of convicts: people-smugglers and drug-runners together with a handful of confused businessmen also awaiting formal charges.From his arrest to his farcical secret trial and sudden release, Purvis exposes the madness of modern Cuba with wit, grit and a sharp eye for character. As tourists flock to Havana to marvel at a city frozen in time, he shows that despite reforms and international reconciliation the Castro regime remains a corrupt, dictatorial relic. Close But No Cigar is part thriller, part comedy and part morality tale, but most of all a true story that takes the reader into a dark side of a sunny place that remains an enigma.

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The Life and Death of Sophie Stark

Anna North
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Anna North
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Ostrich

Matt Greene
Authors:
Matt Greene

Growing up is hard enough without a deadline Alex's parents know something he doesn't. They know what's happening inside his head. Alex is more interested in what's happening outside it. He has homework to do and a marriage to save*. The clock is ticking. But there's still time to win the heart of Chloe Gower Laugh-out-loud funny and cry-out-loud sad, Ostrich is a book about what happens when you have to lift your head from the sand. * His parents'

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This One Is Mine

Maria Semple
Authors:
Maria Semple
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Eleanor & Park

Rainbow Rowell
Authors:
Rainbow Rowell

'Reminded me not just what it's like to be young and in love, but what it's like to be young and in love with a book' John Green, author of The Fault in our StarsEleanor is the new girl in town, and she's never felt more alone. All mismatched clothes, mad red hair and chaotic home life, she couldn't stick out more if she tried.Then she takes the seat on the bus next to Park. Quiet, careful and - in Eleanor's eyes - impossibly cool, Park's worked out that flying under the radar is the best way to get by. Slowly, steadily, through late-night conversations and an ever-growing stack of mix tapes, Eleanor and Park fall in love. They fall in love the way you do the first time, when you're 16, and you have nothing and everything to lose.Set over the course of one school year in 1986, Eleanor & Park is funny, sad, shocking and true - an exquisite nostalgia trip for anyone who has never forgotten their first love.

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Marina

Carlos Ruiz Zafon
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Carlos Ruiz Zafon

The novel Carlos Ruiz Zafón wrote just before THE SHADOW OF THE WIND.'Fifteen years on, the remembrance of that day has returned to me. I have seen that boy wandering through the mist of the railway station, and the name of Marina has flared up again like a fresh wound. We all have a secret buried under lock and key in the attic of our soul. This is mine...'In May 1980, 15-year-old Oscar Drai suddenly vanishes from his boarding school in the old quarter of Barcelona. For seven days and nights no one knows his whereabouts... His story begins in the heart of old Barcelona, when he meets Marina and her father German Blau, a portrait painter. Marina takes Oscar to a cemetery to watch a macabre ritual that occurs on the fourth Sunday of each month. At 10 a.m. precisely a coach pulled by black horses appears. From it descends a woman dressed in black, her face shrouded, wearing gloves, holding a single rose. She walks over to a gravestone that bears no name, only the mysterious emblem of a black butterfly with open wings. When Oscar and Marina decide to follow her they begin a journey that will take them to the heights of a forgotten, post-war Barcelona, a world of aristocrats and actresses, inventors and tycoons; and a dark secret that lies waiting in the mysterious labyrinth beneath the city streets.Read by Daniel Weyman. Daniel appears in Foyle's War for itv as series regular Adam Wainwright. His many other television appearances include Poirot, Midsomer Murders and Dunkirk. He was nominated for Best Performance in a Play at the TMA Awards for his portrayal of Nicholas Nickleby which played at Chichester Festival Theatre, in the West End and in Toronto. His first professional job was at the Donmar Warehouse in The Vortex directed by Michael Grandage. He has recorded many audiobooks and was included in the ALA's Listen List 2013 for outstanding narration.(p) 2013 Orion Publishing Group

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Lost Souls

Michael Collins
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Michael Collins

'The thinking man's John Grisham' New StatesmanThe body of a small girl, dressed as an angel, is discovered late one night in a pile of autumn leaves at the side of the road. At first it looks like a hit and run - after all, it's Halloween night and the streets have been full of children trick or treating. But how did a 3-year-old come to be alone on the dark streets at such a late hour?Lawrence, the policeman sent to investigate, finds himself under increasing pressure when it becomes clear that the chief suspect is the town's star quarterback. In the ensuing cover-up, Lawrence finds himself a pawn in the power games between the local mayor, the suspect's family, and an investigator with some personal scores to settle.

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Previously Shortlisted Along with ELEANOR & PARK

NEWS: Where'd You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple Awarded 2013 Melissa Nathan Award for Fiction

We're delighted to announce that Maria Semple's brilliant Where'd You Go, Bernadette has beaten a strong shortlist to win The Melissa Nathan Award for Fiction 2013.

WHERE'D YOU GO, BERNADETTE and ELEANOR & PARK

NEWS: Two Orion Titles Shortlisted for Melissa Nathan Award

We are delighted to announce that two Orion titles (WHERE’D YOU GO, BERNADETTE by MARIA SEMPLE and ELEANOR & PARK by RAINBOW ROWELL) have been shortlisted for the 2013 Melissa Nathan Award for Fiction About Life and Love.

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Kathleen Wilhoite

After high school, Kathleen Wilhoite enrolled at USC Drama School. One month later, she landed her first movie role in Private School. Throughout the 1980 and 90's, she appeared in a number of film and TV projects as both leads and second leads where her brash sexuality and unconventional style was eagerly put on display. She appeared noticeably opposite Charles Bronson in Murphy's Law, Robert De Niro in Angel Heart, Patrick Swayze in Road House, and Nick Nolte in Everybody Wins and Lorenzo's Oil. She stars along side Nicholas Cage in The Hungry Rabbit Jumps and co-stars with Robert Carlyle in California Solo. She has also had two record deals where she's toured with bands around the world and has written songs for a multiple of shows. She's a native of Santa Barbara and now lives in Studio City with her husband and three children.

The writing team for "(500) Days of Summer" will adapt Maria Semple's novel for the big screen

FILM NEWS: Where'd You Go Bernadette Hits the Big Screen

Megan Ellison's Annapurna Pictures and The Hunger Games producer Color Force, run by Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson, have teamed up to pick up the rights to Where'd You Go, Bernadette, the acclaimed novel by Maria Semple.

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Matt Greene

Matt Greene was born in Watford in 1985 and studied English Language at the University of Sussex, where he edited THE BADGER newspaper and first became interested in writing for the stage. He has co-written four plays for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, including the sell-out farce THE STRAIGHT MAN. OSTRICH is his first novel.@arealmattgreene

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Competition: Where's Bernadette?

This week Bernadette is travelling to the UK via some famous landmarks. Every day we'll be tweeting a picture from @wnbooks of Bernadette on her travels, sitting on her yellow beanbag, and it's up to you to guess where she is. If you guess right on the day, you will be in with a chance of winning your very own Bernadette kit – yellow head scarf, sunglasses and a copy of the book. You will also be entered into a draw which closes at midnight on 7th July 2013 to win an iPad Mini! Click the READ button below for details!