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Fiction

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Just one evil ActJust One Evil Act by Elizabeth George

When Hadiyyah Upman disappears from London in the company of her mother, Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers is as devastated as the girl's father. They are her close friends as well as neighbours, but since the child is with her mother, nothing can be done. Five months later, Hadiyyah is kidnapped from an open air market in Lucca, Italy, and this triggers an investigation in the full glare of the media spotlight. Barbara's clever manipulation of the worst of London's tabloids forces New Scotland Yard to become involved. But rather than Barbara herself, her superior officer DI Thomas Lynley is assigned to handle a situation made delicate by racial issues, language difficulties, and the determination of an Italian magistrate to arrest and convict someone - anyone - for the crime.

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Sycamore RowSycamore Row by John Grisham

Jake Brigance has never met Seth Hubbard, or even heard of him, until the old man's suicide note names him attorney for his estate. The will is dynamite. Seth has left ninety per cent of his vast, secret fortune to his housemaid. The vultures are circling even before the body is cold: the only subject more incendiary than money in Ford County is race, and this case has both. AS the relatives contest the will, and unscrupulous lawyers hasten to benefit, Jake searches for answers to the many questions left by Seth Hubbard's death: What made him write that last-minute will leaving everything to a poor black woman named Lettie Lang? Why did he choose to kill himself on the desolate piece of land known as Sycamore Row? And what was it that Seth and his brother witnessed as children that, in his words, 'no human should ever see'? In the long-awaited successor to the novel that launched his phenomenal career, John Grisham brings us the powerful sequel to A Time to Kill. As filled with page-turning twists as it is with legal mastery, Sycamore Row proves beyond doubt that John Grisham is in a league of his own.

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DustDust by Hugh Howey

This is the much-anticipated final instalment of the Wool trilogy. The next Hunger Games . (The Sunday Times). Thrilling, thought-provoking and memorable...one of dystopian fiction's masterpieces alongside the likes of 1984 and Brave New World. (Daily Express). In the aftermath of the uprising, the people of Silo 18 are coming to terms with a new order. Some embrace the change, others fear the unknown; none have control of their fate. The Silo is still in danger. There are those set on its destruction. Jules knows they must be stopped. The battle has been won. The war is just beginning.

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All-girl Filling StationThe All-Girl Filling Station by Fannie Flagg

With all the men off to war, it's up to the Jurdabralinski sisters to keep the family business going. They must learn men's work, from fixing flats to driving the tow truck, but they also have their own ideas. Wearing smart little caps and short skirts with fringes, they fly round the forecourt on roller skates and The All-Girl's Filling Station is born. But the sisters' peace doesn't last long, as one by one they are invited to join the war effort as pilots. Mrs Sookie Earl of Clear Point, Alabama, doesn't know any of this. She doesn't know a thing about Poland, or fleeing the Russians or the extraordinary courage of the flying wartime heroines known as the WASPS. In fact, the only war she knows about is the one she's waging, and losing, against the Blue Jays in her garden. But then one day a package arrives. Its contents knock Sookie sideways. Feeling like a stranger in her own life, Sookie's search for answers takes her back to the 1940s, an irrepressible family called the Jurdabralinskis and four sisters whose wartime adventures force them to reimagine who they are, and what they are capable of.

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Tempting FateTempting Fate by Jane Green

In Tempting Fate by Jane Green, Gabby and Elliott have been happily married for eighteen years. They have two teenaged daughters; they have built a life together. So why does forty-three-year-old Gabby feel like she has only three more minutes left of youth? Why do her friends so desperately try to hang on to their attractiveness? And why does she ever even look at the handsome guy—ten years younger—at the other end of the bar one night? Gabby is the last person to have an affair—a physical one, at least. But Matt makes her feel sparkling, fascinating—something she hasn't felt in years. Surely there's no harm in continuing a long-distance friendship? Surely there's no harm in an emotional affair? As Gabby steps ever deeper into the allure of attraction and attention things turn perilous. If she makes one wrong move she could lose everything--and find out what really matters most.

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WinnersWinners by Danielle Steel

Lily Thomas is an aspiring ski champion training for the Olympics, a young woman with her heart set on winning the gold. But in one moment, Lily’s future is changed forever, her hopes for the Olympics swept away in a tragic accident.

Dr. Jessie Matthews, the neurosurgeon who operates on her that night, endures a tragedy of her own, and instantly becomes the sole support of her four young children, while her own future hangs in the balance.

Bill, Lily’s father, has pinned all his hopes on his only daughter, his dreams now shattered.

Other lives will entwine themselves with theirs: Joe, a financial manager, faces a ruined career at the hand of a dishonest partner. Carole, a psychologist at Mass General, is a breast cancer survivor, her body and heart scarred by what she’s been through. Teddy, with a spinal cord injury worse than Lily’s, dreams of college and becoming an artist.

From the ashes of their lives, six people fight to alter the course of destiny and refuse to be defeated. When Bill builds a remarkable rehab facility for his daughter, countless lives are forever altered, and each becomes a winner.

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Longest RideThe Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks

Ninety-one year old Ira Levinson is in trouble. Struggling to stay conscious after a car crash, with his mind fading, an image of his beloved, and long-dead, wife Ruth appears. Urging him to hang on, she lovingly recounts the joys and sorrows of their life together - how they met , the dark days of WWII, and its unrelenting effect on their families.

A few miles away, college student Sophia Danko's life is about to change. Recovering from a break-up, she meets young, rugged Luke and is thrown onto a world far removed from her privileged school life. Sophia sees a new and tantalising future for herself, but Luke has a secret which threatens to break it all apart.

Ira and Ruth. Sophia and Luke. Two couples, separated by years and experience, whose lives are about to converge in the most unexpected - and shocking - of ways.

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Minor Adjustment Beauty SalonThe Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon by Alexander McCall Smith

It is said that beauty runs skin deep, and as Mma Ramotswe and Mma Makutsi survey the havoc wreaked by Violet Sephotho in her attempts to drive her rival's Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon out of business, they are forced to conclude that beneath her groomed exterior lies a wicked person. More happily, Mma Makutsi and her husband Phuti Radiphuti are expecting a baby. However, conflict is brewing between the relatives who believe in the old ways and those who favour a more relaxed parenting style. And there is the controversial question of the child's name, too. Mma Ramotswe needs all her tact and intuition to restore harmony and see that right prevails.

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Dark WitchDark Witch by Nora Roberts

Three cousins inherit a gift that will transform their lives ...Iona Sheehan has just taken the biggest gamble of her life. Leaving her job, her home and her family in Baltimore, she has come to Ireland in search of adventure - and answers. Iona has always felt a powerful connection to the home of her ancestors. So when her beloved grandmother confesses an extraordinary family secret, she can't resist visiting County Mayo to discover the truth for herself. Arriving at the beautiful and atmospheric Castle Ashford, Iona is excited to meet her cousins, Connor and Branna O'Dwyer, for the first time. And when she lands a job at the local riding school she finds herself drawn against her will to its owner - the hot-tempered but charismatic Boyle McGrath. Perhaps in County Mayo she has found her true home at last. What Iona doesn't realise is that her cousins have been expecting her for a long time. Connor, Branna and Iona have all inherited a powerful but dangerous gift from an ancestor known as the Dark Witch. And they are about to discover that some old legends can return to haunt the present ...The first in a magical new trilogy, Dark Witch is a captivating story of love, family and destiny

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CodeCode by Kathy Reichs and Brendan Reichs

Tory Brennan - great niece of Dr Temperance Brennan - and the Virals return for their most terrifying adventure yet. Life appears peaceful on Loggerhead Island - rescued from financial disaster, the research institute is flourishing once more. But the tranquility is quickly shattered when Tory Brennan and her technophile gang discover a mysterious box buried in the ground. A seemingly innocent treasure hunt soon turns into a nightmarish game of puzzles, as it becomes clear that one false move will lead to terrible, explosive consequences. The clock is ticking. Can Tory and the Virals crack the code in time to save the city - and their own lives?

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Black ChalkBlack Chalk by Christopher J. Yates

A compulsively readable psychological thriller set in New York and at Oxford University, in which a group of six students play an elaborate game of dares and consequences with tragic results

One game. Six students. Five survivors. It was only ever meant to be a game played by six best friends in their first year at Oxford University; a game of consequences, silly forfeits, and childish dares. But then the game changed: the stakes grew higher and the dares more personal and more humiliating, finally evolving into a vicious struggle with unpredictable and tragic results. Now, 14 years later, the remaining players must meet again for the final round. Who knows better than your best friends what would break you? A gripping psychological thriller partly inspired by the author's own time at Oxford University, this is perfect for fans of The Secret History and The Bellwether Revivals. The author's background in puzzle writing and setting can clearly be seen in the plotting of this clever, tricky book that will keep readers guessing to the very end.

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Threat VectorThreat Vector by Tom Clancy

Jack Ryan has only just moved back into the Oval Office when he is faced with a new international threat. An aborted coup in the People's Republic of China has left President Wei Zhen Lin with no choice but to agree with the expansionist policies of General Su Ke Qiang. They have declared the South China Sea a protectorate and are planning an invasion of Taiwan.

The Ryan administration is determined to thwart China’s ambitions, but the stakes are dangerously high as a new breed of powerful Chinese anti-ship missile endangers the US Navy's plans to protect the island. Meanwhile, Chinese cyberwarfare experts have launched a devastating attack on American infrastructure. It's a new combat arena, but it’s every bit as deadly as any that has gone before.

Jack Ryan, Jr. and his colleagues at the Campus may be just the wild card that his father needs to stack the deck. There's just one problem: someone knows about the off-the-books intelligence agency and threatens to blow their cover sky high.

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IdenticalIdentical by Scott Turow

This is a gripping masterpiece of dark family rivalries, shadowy politics and hidden secrets, from the bestselling thriller author, writing at the height of his powers. The Gianis' and the Kronons. Two families entangled in a long and complex history of love and deceit...Twenty five years ago, after a society picnic held by businessman and politician Zeus Kronon, Zeus' headstrong daughter Dita was found murdered. Her boyfriend, Cass Gianis, confessed to the crime. Now Cass has been released from prison into the care of his twin, Mayoral candidate Paul Gianis, who is in the middle of a high profile political campaign. But Dita's brother Hal is convinced there is information surrounding his sister's death that remains buried - and he won't rest until he's discovered the truth. Hal's employee, former FBI Special Agent Evon Miller, teams up with Tim Brodie, a retired police officer, to investigate. After all this time, can they find evidence to place Paul Gianis, the 'innocent' twin, at the scene of the crime? Soon Paul will find himself struggling to hold his campaign together amidst Hal's increasingly damning allegations. But what does the mayoral candidate really have to hide? And why has Cass Gianis vanished? A gripping masterpiece of dark family rivalries, shadowy politics and hidden secrets, Identical is the stunning new thriller from bestselling author Scott Turow, writing at the height of his powers.

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QuestThe Quest by Nelson DeMille

A sweeping adventure that's equal parts thriller and love story, Nelson DeMille's newest novel takes the reader from the war torn jungles of Ethiopia to the magical city of Rome.

While the Ethiopian Civil War rages, a Catholic priest languishes in prison. Forty years have passed since he last saw daylight. His crime? Claiming to know the true location of Christ's cup from the Last Supper. Then the miraculous happens - a mortar strikes the prison and he is free!

Old, frail, and injured, he escapes to the jungle, where he encounters two Western journalists and a beautiful freelance photographer taking refuge from the carnage. As they tend to his wounds, he relates his incredible story.

Motivated by the sensational tale and their desire to find the location of the holiest of relics, the trio agrees to search for the Grail.

Thus begins an impossible quest that will pit them against murderous tribes, deadly assassins, fanatical monks, and the passions of their own hearts.

THE QUEST is suspenseful, romantic, and filled with heart-pounding action. Nelson DeMille is at the top of his game as he masterfully interprets one of history's greatest mysteries.

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Cross and BurnCross and Burn by Val McDermid

Guilt and grief have driven a wedge between long time crime-fighting partners psychologist Tony Hill and ex-DCI Carol Jordan. But just because they're not talking doesn't mean the killing stops.

Someone is killing women. Women who bear a disturbing resemblance to Carol Jordan. And when the evidence begins to point in a disturbing direction, thinking then unthinkable seems the only possible answer.

Cornered by events, Tony and Carol are forces to fight for themselves and each other as never before..

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Pagan LordThe Pagan Lord by Barnard Cornwell

New York Times bestselling author Bernard Cornwell returns to his epic Saxon Tales saga with The Pagan Lord, a dramatic story of divided loyalties, bloody battles, and the struggle to unite Britain.

At the onset of the tenth century, England is in turmoil. Alfred the Great is dead and Edward his son reigns as king. Wessex survives but peace cannot hold: the Danes in the north, led by Viking Cnut Longsword, stand ready to invade and will never rest until the emerald crown is theirs.

Uhtred, once Alfred’s great warrior but now out of favor with the new king, must lead a band of outcasts north to recapture his old family home, that great Northumbrian fortress, Bebbanburg.

In The Pagan Lord, loyalties will be divided and men will fall, as every Saxon kingdom is drawn into the bloodiest battle yet with the Danes; a war which will decide the fate of every king, and the entire English nation.

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This manThis Man by Jodi Ellen Malpas

Welcome to the sensual world of This Man...

Young interior designer Ava O'Shea has no idea what awaits her at the Manor. A run-of-the-mill consultation with a stodgy country gent seems likely, but what Ava finds instead is Jesse Ward - a devastatingly handsome, utterly confident, pleasure-seeking playboy who knows no boundaries.

Ava doesn't want to be attracted to this man, and yet she can't control the overwhelming desire he stirs in her. She knows that her heart will never survive him and her instinct is telling her to run, but Jesse is not willing to let her go. He wants her and is determined to have her.

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Amelia Greys Fireside dreamAmelia Grey's Fireside Dream by Abby Clements

Amelia has a dream: toasting chestnuts by the fire with her husband Jack in their own cosy cottage. Their real life is another world - a cramped one-bedroom flat in Hackney. But when life takes a surprising turn, removal vans are soon heading to the Kent countryside. They soon realise the cottage makeover is a far bigger project than they'd anticipated. On top of that, there's Amelia's newly loved-up mum and her tear-away half-sister, Mirabel, to contend with - pushing Amelia and Jack's marriage to breaking point. Amelia begins to strip back the wallpaper and fittings in the cottage and discovers the story of the cottage's previous owner - and a hidden secret. As Amelia's ideas about love and family change, will her fireside dream finally come true?

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Touch  GoTouch & Go by Lisa Gardner

Compulsive, chilling and utterly unputdownable, this is award-winning bestseller Lisa Gardner writing at her outstanding best. Justin and Libby Denbe have it all: a beautiful daughter; a gorgeous house; a great marriage, admired by all. Arriving at the crime scene of their home, investigator Tessa Leoni finds no witnesses, no ransom demands or motive - just a perfect little family, gone. But Tessa knows that flawless fronts can hide the darkest secrets. Now, she must race against the clock to uncover the truth. Who would want to kidnap such a family? And how far would they be willing to go?

 

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How to fall in loveHow to Fall in Love by Cecelia Ahern

She has just two weeks. Two weeks to teach him how to fall in love - with his own life. Adam Basil and Christine Rose are thrown together late one night, when Christine is crossing the Ha'penny Bridge in Dublin. Adam is there, poised, threatening to jump. Adam is desperate - but Christine makes a crazy deal with him. His 35th birthday is looming and she bets him that before then she can show him life is worth living. Despite her determination, Christine knows what a dangerous promise she's made. Against the ticking of the clock, the two of them embark on wild escapades, grand romantic gestures and some unlikely late-night outings. Slowly, Christine thinks Adam is starting to fall back in love with his life. But is that all that's happening...?

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Non-Fiction

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InterventionsInterventions by Kofi Annan

Over forty years of service to the United Nations - the last ten as Secretary-General - Kofi Annan has been at the centre of the major geopolitical events of our time. As much a memoir as a guide to world order, Interventions provides a unique, behind-the-scenes view of global diplomacy during one of the most tumultuous periods in UN history. With eloquence and immediacy, Annan writes about the highs and lows of his years at the United Nations: from shuttle-diplomacy during crises such as Kosovo, Lebanon and Israel-Palestine to the wrenching battles over the Iraq War to the creation of the landmark Responsibility to Protect doctrine. He is remarkably candid about the organization's failed efforts, particularly in Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur. Ultimately, Annan shows readers a world where solutions are available, if we have the will and courage to see them through.

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Gandhi before indiaGandhi Before India by Ramachandra Guha

The first volume of the definitive biography of Gandhi, one of the most remarkable figures of the 20th century, from the great historian Ramachandra Guha. The life of Mohandas Gandhi is one of the most remarkable and potent in the modern era. In this fascinating new biography Ramachandra Guha allows us to understand the personality and politics of Mohandas Gandhi as never before. Showing that Gandhi's ideas were fundamentally shaped before his return to India in 1915, Gandhi Before India is the extraordinarily vivid portrait of the formative years he spent in England and South Africa, where he developed the techniques that would undermine and ultimately destroy the British Empire.

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The unauthorised historyThe Unauthorised History of South Africa by Dr Stinie Dikberm and Prof Herodotus Hlope

Researched and written by two historians well respected in concentric circles, this hilarious take on our collective past reveals stunning new discoveries and fascinating new figures, from Koos van Doosch, the cheese pimp who settled the Cape a year before Van Riebeeck, to Shaka's lesser-known brother, Nigel Zulu, who just wanted to be a florist. You'll discover how the winner of the Mr Mielie Board beauty pageant came to rule South Africa, and you'll celebrate our greatest triumphs, like when Matt Damon and Morgan Freeman won the Rugby World Cup in 1995. From small fat gold-plated rhinos in Mapungubwe, to small fat gold-plated politicians in Mangaung, The Unauthorised History of South Africa tells you the history you always wanted to know but were too afraid to ask.

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Its all about the bikeIt's All About the Bike by Sean Yates

Before Bradley Wiggins, there was Sean Yates. Behind Bradley Wiggins, there was Sean Yates. One of only five Britons to wear the yellow jersey in the Tour de France, Sean Yates burst onto the cycling scene as the rawest pure talent this country has ever seen. After turning professional at the age of 22, he soon became known as a die-hard domestique, putting his body on the line for his teammates. Devastatingly fast, powerful and a fearless competitor, Yates won a stage of the Tour, as well as the Vuelta a Espana, in 1988, and went on to don the coveted maillot jaune six years later. Having put British cycling on the map as a rider, Yates was soon in demand as a directeur sportif, using his tactical knowledge to inspire a new generation of cyclists to success. And after Team Sky came calling, Yates was the man to design the brilliant plan that saw Sky demolish the opposition in 2012, and for Bradley Wiggins to become the first cyclist from these shores to win the Tour. Straight-talking, entertaining and revelatory, It's All About the Bike is the story of a remarkable career told from the unique perspective of a man who is immersed in the history of the sport he loves.

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va va froomeVa Va Froome by Chris Froome

On 22 July 2012 Chris Froome made history as the first African-born cyclist to stand on the podium at the Tour de France. Ten days later at the London Olympic Games he won a bronze medal in the time trial for his adopted nation in Team GB colours. Froome's path to professional cycling, from mountain biking on dusty roads in the nature reserves of Kenya's Great Rift Valley - alongside wild animals - to the giddy heights of the Tour de France and the Olympics, has been unlike any other in the history of the sport. Born in Nairobi to British parents he was schooled in South Africa and studied economics at university. But he abandoned his degree to take up the offer of a professional cycling contract in Europe. A fish out of water, unused to the harsh northern hemisphere winters, with no idea of the tactics, discipline or etiquette of riding in the professional peloton, Froome encountered a shock entrance into the rough and tumble world of top level European bike racing. But miraculously, within two years he'd signed for the biggest professional cycling team in the world - British Cycling supremo David Brailsford's Team Sky - finished second overall in the Tour of Spain by only 14 seconds and sacrificed his own ambitions to help team-mate Bradley Wiggins become the first British cyclist to win the Tour de France. On the Champs Elysees in Paris, Froome stood below Wiggins on the second step of the podium.

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in my shoesIn My Shoes by Tamara Mellon

The Jimmy Choo founder's personal and candid account of her life in the fashion business. When Tamara Mellon's father lent her the money to start a high-end shoe company, he cautioned her: 'Don't let the accountants run your business.' Little did he know. Over the next fifteen years the struggle between 'the suits' and 'the creatives' would dominate, as Tamara Mellon's business savvy and design flair built Jimmy Choo into a premier name in the ultra-competitive fashion world. Jimmy Choo's success came at a high price - including struggles with a conniving CEO, a turbulent marriage, a brutal takeover attempt, and a mother who tried to steal her hard-earned wealth. Now, as she builds her next fashion venture, Tamara Mellon finally shares her whole larger-than-life story. In My Shoes is a must-read for fashion aficionados, aspiring entrepreneurs, and anyone who loves a juicy true story about sex, drugs, money, power, overcoming adversity... and high heels. 'Wonderfully bling. Fans of Sex and the City will love this memoir' Sunday Times 'Compelling. A fascinating journey' Hello! 'Impressively erudite and candid autobiography. Reads like a Danielle Steel novel, only way more incredible - and glamorous!' Glamour UK 'Brilliant memoir of the genius who created the world's sexiest shoes' Mail on Sunday 'A glorious, compelling story' Times Magazine Tamara Mellon OBE is the cofounder and the former CEO and chief creative officer of Jimmy Choo, which she led for fifteen years. Since selling her share of the company, she has focused on creating a new eponymous lifestyle brand. She divides her time between London and New York. William Patrick has cowritten numerous memoirs, including Sidney Poitier's number-one bestseller The Measure of a Man.

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Like a VirginLike a Virgin by Richard Branson

Looking for advice on setting up your own company, improving your career prospects, or developing your leadership skills? Why not ask Richard Branson? In Like a Virgin: Secrets They Won't Teach You in Business School, Richard distils and shares the wisdom and experience that have made him one of the world's most recognised and respected entrepreneurs. From his 'Top 5 secrets of Business Success', to hard hitting discussions about the global financial crisis, this book brings together his best advice on all things business. It's business school, the Branson way.

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Empress dowagerEmpress Dowager CIXI by Jung Chang

Empress Dowager Cixi (1835-1908) is the most important woman in Chinese history. She ruled China for decades and brought a medieval empire into the modern age. At the age of sixteen, in a nationwide selection for royal consorts, Cixi was chosen as one of the emperor's numerous concubines and sexual partners. When he died in 1861, their five-year-old son succeeded to the throne. Cixi at once launched a palace coup against the regents appointed by her husband and made herself the real ruler of China - behind the throne, literally, with a silk screen separating her from her officials who were all male. In this groundbreaking biography, Jung Chang vividly describes how Cixi fought against monumental obstacles to change China. Under her the ancient country attained virtually all the attributes of a modern state: industries, railways, electricity, telegraph, and an army and navy with up-to-date weaponry. It was she who abolished gruesome punishments like 'death by a thousand cuts' and put an end to foot-binding. She inaugurated women's liberation, and embarked on the path to introduce parliamentary elections to China. Jung Chang comprehensively overturns the conventional view of Cixi as a diehard conservative and cruel despot. Cixi reigned during extraordinary times and had to deal with a host of major national crises: the Taiping and Boxer Rebellions, wars with France and Japan - and the invasion by eight allied powers including Britain, Germany, Russia and the United States. Jung Chang not only records the Empress Dowager's conduct of domestic and foreign affairs, but also takes the reader into the depths of her splendid Summer Palace and the harem of Beijing's Forbidden City, where she lived surrounded by eunuchs - with one of whom she fell in love, with tragic consequences. The world Jung Chang describes here, in fascinating detail, seems almost unbelievable in its extraordinary mixture of the very old and the very new. Based on newly available, mostly Chinese, historical documents such as court records, official and private correspondence, diaries and eye-witness accounts, this biography will revolutionise historical thinking about a crucial period in China's - and the world's - history. Packed with drama, fast-paced and gripping, it is both a panoramic depiction of the birth of modern China and an intimate portrait of a woman: as the concubine to a monarch, as the absolute ruler of a third of the world's population, and as a unique stateswoman.

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the real mccawThe Real McCaw by Richie McCaw

Richie McCaw is the New Zealand All Blacks' most capped player of all time. During the 2011 World Cup he reached 100 caps and has played over 60 Tests as Captain. When the All Blacks beat France in Final, he crowned a ten year career that started with a man-of-the-match performance against Ireland in 2001. Unquestionably the greatest player of his generation, he is arguably the most talented rugby player of all time. In his autobiography, McCaw recounts for the first time, with brutal honesty, the roots of his family life that defined his character - learning to play the game on the family farm in South New Zealand and being inspired to fly gliders by his war-hero grandfather - and how it gave him the strength to emerge from the lowest moment in his career to become the most successful Captain world rugby has ever seen. Unafraid of playing the game right at the edge and putting his body on the line for his team mates, McCaw has set the standard of what a professional rugby player should be. Hugely popular and respected, his sheer presence means that he is a natural leader of men both on and off the pitch and his story is not just a brutal account of life on the front line, but an exhilarating portrait of modern rugby.

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serve to winServe to Win by Novak Djokovic

In 2011, Novak Djokovic had what has been called the greatest single season ever by a professional tennis player. He won ten titles, three Grand Slams and 43 consecutive matches. Remarkably, less than two years earlier, this champion could barely complete a tournament. How did a player once plagued by aches, breathing difficulties and injuries on court suddenly become the number-one tennis player in the world? The answer is astonishing: he changed what he ate. In Serve to Win, Djokovic recounts how he survived the bombing of Belgrade, rising from a war-torn childhood to the top tier of his sport. He reveals the diet that transformed his health and pushed him to the pinnacle. While Djokovic loved and craved bread, pasta and, of course, the pizza from his family's restaurant, he found his body couldn't process wheat. Eliminating gluten made him feel instantly better, clearer, lighter and quicker. His new physical health and mental focus enabled him to achieve his two childhood dreams: to win Wimbledon and to be ranked the world's number-one tennis player. In Serve to Win, Djokovic challenges you to try his way of eating for just 14 days. He provides weekly menus and easy-to-prepare recipes that will help you lose weight and find your way to a better you. You don't need to be a professional athlete to start living and feeling better. A trimmer, stronger, healthier you is just two weeks away!

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Roads less travelledRoads Less Travelled by Justin Bonello

This is the ultimate book for every guy or girl that's ever lit a fire - whether you're still battling to get your mates to give you the tongs, or have already got yours ...gold-plated. We're talking about the braai and it happens all across South Africa, no matter what the weather, because our social get-togethers just wouldn't be the same without it: it's that build up before the big match or the aftermath of a great party. Not only is the braai part of the genetic blueprint of our country, but for some of us it has become a national obsession - and for Justin Bonello, chefs Marthinus Ferreira and Bertus Basson and 50 crew and friends, South Africa's favourite pastime was the perfect excuse they needed to hit the backroads on a bumpy 8000-km, 62-day open fire adventure. Based on the second season of the home grown television series, The Ultimate Braai Master, it's a must-have if you are all about friends, the outdoors and creating memories around seriously good food.

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Family kitchenFamily Kitchen Cookbook by Caroline Bretherton

This is the ultimate cookbook for recipes, tips and tricks to feed the whole family. If you're struggling to find inspiration to cook healthy meals for a busy family and fussy eaters, the Family Kitchen Cookbook is a must-have to save time in the kitchen. Featuring 700 recipes with easy-to-follow instructions and a photograph of each finished dish, it covers from toddlers to teens and everything from batching, freezing and nutritional breakdown to ideas for kids' parties. The Family Kitchen Cookbook contains tips for smart shopping, 30 minute meals and how to turn tonight's leftovers into tomorrow's dinner, everything the busy family cook needs to create healthy and nutritious meals. Plus recipes for easy entertaining and cooking with kids, ensuring that cooking is fun for all the family. The Family Kitchen Cookbook helps you to avoid spending hours in the kitchen with quick, family-friendly recipes for everyone to enjoy.

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Another week in the kitchenAnother Week in the Kitchen by Karen Dudley

Just when you thought it couldn't get better than A Week in The Kitchen, Karen Dudley cooks up something amazing; the much anticipated Another Week in The Kitchen. Featuring a new range of mouth-watering recipes and beautiful photographs by Russel Wasserfall, Another Week in The Kitchen promises to be the ultimate kitchen companion. With easy-to-follow recipes, and the from-the-heart stories that accompany them, this cookbook promises to inspire creativity, while sharing a contagious love of food - and all with a uniquely South African flavour!

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NigellissimaNigellissima by Nigella Lawson

Like the Italian cooking from which it takes its inspiration, Nigellissima is a celebration of food that is fresh, tasty and unpretentious. Nigella serves up 120 irresistible recipes that are simple and speedy, elevating everyday eating into no-fuss feasts. Italian food has colonised the world. Nigellissima shows us how and why in these delicious dishes - from telephone-cord pasta with Sicilian pesto to quick Calabrian lasagne, from Sardinian couscous to Venetian stew, from Italian apple pie and no-churn ices to panna cotta and sambuca kisses - in a round-Italy quickstep that culminates in a festive chapter of party food, with an Italian-inspired Christmas feast as its mouth-watering centrepiece. From the traditional to the unfamiliar, here are recipes to excite the taste buds and the imagination, without stressing the cook. Nigella's gastronomic heart is in Italy and she conjures up, with passionate relish, the warmth, the simplicity and the directness of Italian cooking with an Anglo-twist. Illustrated with gorgeous photographs to instruct and delight, Nigellissima shows how we can all bring the spirit of Italy into our kitchens and onto the plate, pronto.

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meringue girlsMeringue Girls Cookbook by Alex Hoffler and Stacey O'Gorman

Cupcakes, cake pops and macarons have had their day, now is the age of the meringue! With rainbow colours and Willy Wonka flavours, the Meringue Girls put a new twist on a classic. Their simple, gluten free, melt-in-the-mouth meringue recipes are perfect for gifts, kids and indulgent dinner parties. Chapters include: gorgeous colourful meringue recipes; summery desserts like pavlova; wintery puddings like meringue crumble; gift, wedding and kids ideas; using your yolks; and tips and techinques. This is the first cookbook to use Augmented Reality to unlock interactive video content. Simply follow the intructions in the book to access informative and fun demo videos by the girls on your smartphone.

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is it really too much to askIs it Really Too Much to Ask? The World According to Clarkson by Jeremy Clarkson

Is It Really Too Much To Ask? is the fifth book in Jeremy Clarkson's bestselling The World According to Clarkson series. Well, someone's got to do it: in a world which simply will not see reason, Jeremy sets off on another quest to beat a path of sense through all the silliness and idiocy. And there's no knowign what might catch Jeremy's eye along the way. It could be: the merits of Stonehenge as a business model; Why all meetings are a waste of time; the theft of the Queen's cows; one Norwegian man's unique approach to showing his gratitude; fitting a burglar alarm to a tortoise; or how Lou Reed was completely wrong about what makes a perfect day. Pithy and provocative, this is Clarkson at his best, taking issue with whatever nonsense gets in the way of his search for all that's worth celebrating. Why should we be forced to accept stuff that's a bit rubbish? Shouldn't things work? Why doesn't someone care? I mean, is it really too much to ask? It's a good thing we've still got Jeremy out there, still looking, without fear or favour, for the answers. Jeremy Clarkson becomes the hilarious voice of a nation once more in Is It Really Too Much To Ask?, Volume 5 of The World According To Clarkson, following bestselling titles The World According to Clarkson, And Another Thing, For Crying Out Loud and How Hard Can It Be? Praise for Clarkson: "Brilliant...laugh-out-loud". (Daily Telegraph). "Outrageously funny...will have you in stitches". (Time Out). Jeremy Clarkson began his writing career on the Rotherham Advertiser. He now writes for the Sun and the Sunday Times and is the tallest person working in British television.

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knowledge encyclopediaKnowledge Encyclopedia

The family encyclopedia that shows you the world as you've never seen it before. DK Knowledge Encyclopedia offers a fascinating and ground-breaking visual approach to learning about the wonders of our world. An encyclopedia like no other, the DK Knowledge Encyclopedia uses the latest CGI technology to help you explore everything you've ever wanted to know more about, covering space, Earth, nature, the human body, history and culture, and science and technology in incredible detail. From 3D images of the sun and the inside of a shark to a 3D DNA strand and a model of Shakespeare's globe, this is an amazing visual introduction to every aspect of human knowledge. The DK Knowledge Encyclopedia makes tough subjects not only easy to follow, but utterly absorbing, making this an incredible reference book the whole family will return to time and again.

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Undesputed TruthUndisputed Truth (My Autobiography) by Mike Tyson

Love him or loathe him, 'Iron' Mike Tyson is an icon and one of the most fascinating sporting figures of our time. In this no-holds-barred autobiography, Tyson lays bare his demons and tells his story: from poverty to stardom to hell and back again In this, his first, autobiography, 'Iron' Mike Tyson pulls no punches and lays bare the story of his remarkable life and career. Co-written with Larry Sloman, author of Antony Keidis's best-selling memoir 'Scar Tissue', this is a visceral and unputdown-able story of a man born and raised to brutality, who reached the heights of stardom before falling to crime, substance abuse and infamy. Full of all the controversy and complexity that you would expect from a man who delighted as much as he shocked, this is a book that will surprise people and reveal a fascinating character beneath the exterior of violence. If you think you know all about Mike Tyson, read this book and think again.

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The Antique MagpieThe Antiques Magpie by Marc Allum

From the mythical artefacts of the ancient world to saucy seaside postcards, The Antiques Magpie explores the wonderful world of antiques and collectables. With Antiques Roadshow regular Marc Allum as your guide, go in search of stolen masterpieces, explore the first museums, learn the secrets of the forgers and brush up on your auction technique. Meet the garden gnome insured for GBP1 million, track down Napoleon's toothbrush, find out how to spot a corpse in a Victorian photograph - and much more. This book is for anyone who's ever been fascinated by what relics of the past tell us about history - and what they are worth today.

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lego city xmasLego City Christmas Caper by Lego

Get your very own collectible Santa Claus minifigure with this wonderful Christmas-themed LEGO activity book! It's Christmas time in LEGO city, and the residents are preparing themselves for the arrival of a very special visitor - Santa Claus! Read the stories, complete the activities and play along with your very own Father Christmas LEGO minifigure.

 

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peekaboo sophieSophie La Girafe Peekaboo by Deliso S.A.S

You can play peekaboo with Sophie the Girafe and hear your baby giggle in delight as hidden surprises are revealed. Sophie la girafe: Peekaboo Sophie! introduces your baby to Sophie the Giraffe and her friends using hands-on activities such as touching a squidgy nose or tickling Sophie's spots, providing your baby with hours of peekaboo fun. You can watch as they learn in a stimulating and fun way with touch and feel elements and lift-the-flap surprises. Under an apple flap, Sophie finds Josephine the Mouse and Kiwi the Bird with fabric details. And what's under the flowery flap? It's Lazare the cat with a soft textured body to pat! The simple read-aloud text encourages interaction between you and your baby and is guaranteed to have them giggling 'Peekaboo!' in no time. Baby will love this touch and feel picture book featuring the popular teething toy, Sophie the Giraffe, and all the characters from the Sophie baby toys range. Sophie la girafe: Peekaboo Sophie! is the ideal way to develop imagination, early reading, and fine motor skills.

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colours sophieSophie La Girafe Colours by Deliso S.A.S

You can learn all about colours with this Sophie la girafe chunky board book. Your baby will love finding Sophie the Giraffe and all the characters from the Sophie baby toys range in Sophie la Girafe: Colours! This globally best-selling rubber teether that has helped babies (and mums) all over the world get through the terrible teething stage is now here to help babies learn about their favourite colours. You can discover this fun to read colours book together with your baby and explore the tactile tabs and hands-on flaps. You can help them lift the colourful flaps to discover who's hiding underneath. Where's Josephine the Mouse? She's hiding under Sophie's yellow bowl! But where is Margot the Turtle and Kiwi the Bird? All are here, ready to be revealed! Perfect for reading aloud and encouraging first words and early reading, your baby will love the playful images and bold type. Babies and toddlers will want to investigate and explore Sophie la girafe: Colours again and again.

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farm babiesFarm Babies by Liz and Kate Pope

Young children will love sorting the baby farm animals and slotting them into place alongside their mummies and daddies. This jolly little farm book with jigsaw pieces is ideal for developing motor skills and improving hand-eye co-ordination.

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teddys first sleep overTeddy's First Sleepover by Mike Byrne

Teddy's off to Grandma's house for his very first sleepover: Can you help him pack his case? Lift the flaps to help Teddy find everything he will need for his trip to Grandma's and use pull-down lists to test your memory in this delightful first experiences book.

 

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fairy bell sistersThe Fairy Bell Sisters by Margaret McNamara

Do you believe in fairies? Join Tinker Bell's sisters on a magical adventure.Inspired by Tinker Bell, from the book Peter Pan, by J. M. BarrieBefore Tinker Bell flew to Never Land and met Peter Pan she lived on Sheepskerry Island with her fairy sisters - Clara, Lily, Rosie, Silver and Squeak the baby. The young fairies go to fairy school and love tea parties, dressing up and exciting adventures.Lily's dressing-up dreams have come true - she's going to Queen Titania's annual fancy-dress competition. She's always dreamed of meeting the fashionable town fairies on the mainland, and now's her chance!But not everywhere is like Sheepskerry Island, and some fairies are less friendly than others. Without her Fairy Bell sisters to help her, Lily's adventure spells trouble. How can she turn a dressing-up disaster into a prize-winning success?Young readers will love the enchanting stories and beautiful illustrations in this charming new series.

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christmas tales of peter rabbitThe Christmas Tale of Peter Rabbit by Emma Thompson

The Christmas Tale of Peter Rabbit is a brand new story from Emma Thompson. It's the perfect Christmas tale, heart-warming, funny and exciting. In this story, Peter and his cousin Benjamin are on a mission to help a special friend from becoming Mr and Mrs McGregor's Christmas dinner. Will Peter and Benjamin be able to save him? Emma Thompson is an Oscar-winning screenwriter and actress who lives in London and Argyll. Her previous Further Tale of Peter Rabbit was published in 2012 and featured in the New York Times Bestseller list twice.

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princess and the foalThe Princess and the Foal by Stacey Gregg

A novel of heart and courage inspired by the incredible story of a real life princess. Princess Haya, daughter of the King of Jordan, loves her family more than anything. So when tragedy strikes at its heart, she is devastated. The Princess becomes ever more withdrawn until, on her birthday, the King gives her a life-changing present. An incredible new friendship grows and the heartbroken princess begins to dream of an extraordinary future. Inspired by the real-life story of Olympic equestrienne Princess Haya Al Hussein and set against the exotic backdrop of Arabia, this novel is destined to become a modern classic.

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christmas storesChristmas Stories by Michael Morpurgo

A gorgeous gift edition of Michael Morpurgo's three Christmas stories, along with a brand new story—illustrations by Quentin Blake, Emma Chichester Clark, Michael Foreman, and Sophie Allsopp

Curl up by the fireside and let Michael Morpurgo envelop you in stories of faraway lands and unexpected adventures. In "The Best Christmas Present in the World," a mysterious letter in a secret drawer brings one night in the Great War vividly to life. Writing home from the front, a soldier has an incredible story to tell. The second tale is "On Angel Wings." A singing of wings, a glorious light, and a sudden beacon of brightness? It can only mean—can it really?—a visit from the Angel Gabriel himself. When the Prince and Princess marry in "The Best of Times," joy rings out across the land. But all too soon it fades away and a shadow hangs over the royal palace. As Christmas approaches, Prince Frederico must find a way to warm his new bride's aching heart. In the new story, "The Goose is Getting Fat," Gertrude the goose is getting bigger by the day, and Charlie is proud to look after her. But as Christmas approaches, the thought of the grizzly fate awaiting her fills him with sadness. Can he save Gertrude from the Christmas dinner table?

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slinky malinkiSlinky Malinki Early Bird by Lynley Dodd

"Pesky old Slinky!" the family moaned, "You woke us too early!" they grumbled and groaned.

Slinky Malinki likes to wake up very early in the morning and he thinks his family should too.

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origami girlNewspaper Boy and Origami Girl by Michael Foreman

When a group of bullies steal a poor newspaper boy's money, his bag suddenly flies into the air and the newspapers transform into Origami Girl. Joey is whisked away on away on a hair-raising chase with his new superhero friend in order to confront the bullies!

 

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how many sleeps till xmasHow Many Sleeps till Christmas by Mark Sperring

How Many Sleeps till Christmas? is the perfect festive countdown! This wonderful story by Mark Sperring, and illustrated by Sebastien Braun, is a follow-up to the adorable How Many Sleeps till my Birthday? It's hard to be patient when you're only a very little bear, and Little Pip cannot wait until Christmas! Every day he wakes up and thinks the day has finally come - it's driving Daddy Grizzle nuts! Poor Daddy Grizzle ...and poor Pip! How will he be able to carry on waiting - there are still so many sleeps to go! This is a hilarious and endearing story about patience that every parent will recognise!

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Palace PuppiesPalace Puppies, Book Four Sunny and the Secret Passage by Laura Dower

Sunny and Rex are royal puppies! Sunny is a ladylike goldendoodle, and Rex is a mischievous beagle. They love living in the palace together with their owners and best friends, Princess Annie and Prince James. Now there's a new addition to the royal family-James and Annie have a baby sister! Unfortunately, little Baby Rose makes a whole lot of noise. On a rainy day at Glimmer Rock palace, everyone is stuck indoors, and no one can escape her cries. Sunny, Rex, and their new puppy friend Blix take refuge in the library, where they stumble on an old map of secret passages within the castle walls. Their drizzly day has turned into an adventure! As the puppies follow the clues on the map, they meet new friends, discover secrets hidden for centuries, and search for lost treasure!

 

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heroes of olympusHeroes of Olympus - The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan

In The Son of Neptune, Percy, Hazel, and Frank met in Camp Jupiter, the Roman equivalent of Camp Halfblood, and traveled to the land beyond the gods to complete a dangerous quest. The third book in the Heroes of Olympus series will unite them with Jason, Piper, and Leo. But they number only six--who will complete the Prophecy of Seven?

The Greek and Roman demigods will have to cooperate in order to defeat the giants released by the Earth Mother, Gaea. Then they will have to sail together to the ancient land to find the Doors of Death. What exactly are the Doors of Death? Much of the prophecy remains a mystery. . . .

With old friends and new friends joining forces, a marvelous ship, fearsome foes, and an exotic setting, The Mark of Athena is be another unforgettable adventure by master storyteller Rick Riordan.

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paper craft dinosaursPaper Craft Dinosaurs by May Beth Cryan

Awesome Paper Craft Dinosaurs are roaming the earth, looking for a home. Won't you adopt them? Meet 24 of the coolest dinos in this fun paper craft activity book and bring them all to life! From fierce Allosaurus to the mysterious Quaesitosaurus, from mighty T. Rex to the taloned Velociraptor, discover two dozen fantastic dinosaurs. Just follow the step-by-step instructions to create marvelous 3-D models for play and display!

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5000 awesome facts5000 Awesome Facts [About Everything] by National Geographic

Presenting the next must-have, fun-filled gift book from the team that created Ultimate Weird But True, 5,000 Cool Facts About Everything treats kids to brain candy and eye candy all rolled into one treasure trove of high-interest fascinating facts.

Lively and information-packed, this book is literally busting its covers with fascinating, fun-tastic facts on super, sensational topics that kids love. Who knew that there were so many sweet things to learn about chocolate or that a dozen delicious details about peanut butter would show up on a page with a few splotches of jelly to whet our appetites? Keep turning and a terrifyingly toothy shark tells you all about himself, while other spreads lay out tons of tips on toys and games, mysteries of history, robots and reptiles, sports and spies, wacky words, and so much more! A visual feast of colorful photographs surrounded by swirling, tipping, expanding, and climbing bits of information in a high-energy design, this book will satisfy both the casual browser and the truly fact obsessed.

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diary of a wimpy kidDiary of a Wimpy Kid - Hard Luck by Jeff Kinney

The Wimpy Kid is back! In the most hotly-anticipated children's book release of the year, the hilarious, globally-bestselling and award-winning Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, sees Book 8 hit our shelves this November. Greg Heffley's on a losing streak. his best friend, Rowley Jefferson, has ditched him, and finding new friends in middle school is proving to be a tough task. To change his fortunes, Greg decides to take a leap of faith and turn his decision over to chance. Will a roll of the dice turn things around, or is Greg's life destined to be just another hard-luck story?

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i funnyI Funny by James Patterson

Jamie Grimm is a middle schooler on a mission: he wants to become the world's greatest stand-up comedian - even if he always seems to 'choke' in the spotlight. When Jamie finds out about a contest called the Funniest Kid on the Planet, he knows it's time to face his fears and enter. But are the judges rewarding him out of pity because he happens to be in a wheelchair, like his bullying cousin Stevie suggests? And will Jamie ever share the secret of his troubled past - and reason for his disability - instead of hiding behind his comedy act? In this highly illustrated book that's as heartfelt as it is hilarious, James Patterson dishes out heaps of jokes that will have readers rolling on the floor and cheering for more.

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edge chronicalsThe Edge Chronicals 3 - Clash of the Sky Galleons by Stewart and Riddell

A quest for vengeance. A deadly pursuit. Welcome to the Edge. Young sky-pirate Quint's family was devastated when most of them were killed in a vicious arson attack. Now the treacherous quartermaster responsible has returned, and Quint and his father are determined to take revenge. From the deserted quarries of the Edge Cliff to the deadly glades of bloodoak trees, their deadly pursuit can only end in a clash of the sky galleons. This is the third book of the Quint Saga, part of the Edge Chronicles.

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rangers apprenticeRanger's Apprentice 12 - The Royal Ranger by John Flanagan

John Flanagan makes a spectacular return to the world of Ranger's Apprentice - but what has happened since you last saw Will and his friends might shock you! Will took an oath when he joined the Ranger Corps. Does it mean nothing to him now? After a senseless tragedy destroys his life, Will is obsessed with punishing those responsible - even if it means leaving the Ranger Corps. His worried friends must find a way to stop him taking such a dark path. It is Halt who suggests the solution: Will must take an apprentice. The candidate Halt has in mind will surprise everyone - and it will be a request Will cannot refuse. Training a rebellious, unwilling apprentice is hard enough. But when a routine mission uncovers a shocking web of crime, Will must decide where his priorities lie - finishing his quest for revenge, or saving innocent lives? The final book of the Ranger's Apprentice series raises the stakes higher than ever. Is Will on his last mission for the Ranger Corps?

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my brilliant lifeMy Brilliant Life and Other Disasters by Catherine Wilkins

Jessica and Natalie are best friends again, but things have changed a bit. Jessica's got new friends now and the comic that they've put together has just launched in school to great acclaim. Jess is really enjoying her new-found fame and starts to neglect the wildlife project she's doing with Natalie. But Scarlett, a new cartoonist on the block, is after her comic crown. It's felt-tip pens at dawn! Why are you pulling that face?' Amelia asks me. 'Are you bored with planning my sleepover?' This is how Natalie leaps to my defence: 'Oh, Jess just has a slightly weird face.' Still, at least she is defending me - that's huge progress on last term. 'Hey Jessica?' Hannah, a girl in our class, interrupts our exciting sleepover admin. 'Please can you draw a rabbit on my rough book for me?' 'Oh, yes, sure,' I reply happily. Then I turn to Natalie and Amelia, joke-haughtily. 'Excuse me a moment, ladies; I have to be a cartoonist. We can get back to discussing my weird face afterwards if you like.'

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confessions the private schoolConfessions - The Private School Murders by James Patterson

The intrigue builds in this thrilling sequel to Confessions of a Murder Suspect. There's no relief for the Angel family after sixteen-year-old Tandy helps uncover the truth about her parents' untimely deaths. As Tandy's famous (now infamous) brother Matthew stands trial for the murder of his girlfriend, a new killer lurks on Manhattan's Upper West Side. Tandy launches her own investigation, but she's haunted by another mystery: what happened to the boy she loved before her parents cruelly ripped them apart? Tension is high and answers are elusive as the teenage detective is pushed to the brink of obsession.

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teardropsTeardrop by Lauren Kate

An epic saga of heart-stopping romance, devastating secrets, and dark magic . . . a world where everything you love can be washed away. The first book in the new series from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Fallen series

Never, ever cry. . . . Eureka Boudreaux's mother drilled that rule into her daughter years ago. But now her mother is gone, and everywhere Eureka goes he is there: Ander, the tall, pale blond boy who seems to know things he shouldn't, who tells Eureka she is in grave danger, who comes closer to making her cry than anyone has before.

But Ander doesn't know Eureka's darkest secret: ever since her mother drowned in a freak accident, Eureka wishes she were dead, too. She has little left that she cares about, just her oldest friend, Brooks, and a strange inheritance—a locket, a letter, a mysterious stone, and an ancient book no one understands. The book contains a haunting tale about a girl who got her heart broken and cried an entire continent into the sea. Eureka is about to discover that the ancient tale is more than a story, that Ander might be telling the truth . . . and that her life has far darker undercurrents than she ever imagined.

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i swearI Swear by Lane Davis

Who’s to blame when bullying leads to suicide? This “riveting read on an important topic” (Kirkus Reviews) seeks answers in and out of the courtroom.

After years of abuse from her classmates, and thinking she had no other options, Leslie took her own life. Now her abusers are dealing with the fallout. In the eyes of the accused girls, they are not to blame: Leslie chose to take her life. She chose to be the coward they always knew she was.

As criminal proceedings examine the systematic cyber bullying and harassment that occurred, the girls vow to keep their stories straight and make Leslie seem weak. But as the events leading up to her death unfold, it becomes clear that although Leslie took her own life, her bullies took everything else.

Told in alternating perspectives and through well-paced flashbacks, this timely novel is filled with “sharp dialogue, absorbing deposition scenes, blackmail, and complex characterizations” (Publishers Weekly) and sheds light on both the victims of bullying and the consequences bullies face.

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allegiantAllegiant by Veronica Roth

What if your whole world was a lie? What if a single revelation - like a single choice - changed everything? What if love and loyalty made you do things you never expected? The explosive conclusion to Veronica Roth's #1 New York Times bestselling Divergent trilogy reveals the secrets of the dystopian world that has captivated millions of readers in Divergent and Insurgent.

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dodgerDodger by Terry Pratchett

Dodger is a tosher - a sewer scavenger living in the squalor of Dickensian London. Everyone who is nobody knows Dodger. Anyone who is anybody doesn't. But when he rescues a young girl from a beating, suddenly everybody wants to know him. And Dodger's tale of skulduggery, dark plans and even darker deeds begins...

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