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2016 Festive Season Newsletter

Fiction

 

 

Small Great ThingsSmall Great Things by J Picoult

When a newborn baby dies after a routine hospital procedure, there is no doubt about who will be held responsible: the nurse who had been banned from looking after him by his father. What the nurse, her lawyer and the father of the child cannot know is how this death will irrevocably change all of their lives, in ways both expected and not. Small Great Things is about prejudice and power; it is about that which divides and unites us. It is about opening your eyes.

 

 

 

Three Daughters of EveThree Daughters of Eve by E Shafak

Peri, a wealthy Turkish housewife, is on her way to a dinner party at a seaside mansion in Istanbul when a beggar snatches her handbag. As she wrestles to get it back, a photograph falls to the ground - an old polaroid of three young women and their university professor. A relic from a past - and a love - Peri had tried desperately to forget. The photograph takes Peri back to Oxford University, as an eighteen year old sent abroad for the first time. To her dazzling, rebellious Professor and his life-changing course on God. To her home with her two best friends, Shirin and Mona, and their arguments about Islam and femininity. And finally, to the scandal that tore them all apart.

 

 

The Little Pieces of You and MeThe Little Pieces of You and Me by V Greene

A story of friendship, heartbreak and the day that changed two lives forever from the bestselling author of The Vintage Teacup Club. The perfect read for fans of Lucy Diamond and Lucy Dillon. When life as you know it changes, will it define you, destroy you or make you stronger? Best friends Isla and Sophie made each other a promise a long time ago: to never let life pass them by. Years later, Isla is in love, living abroad and fulfilling her dreams. But for Sophie, things haven't turned out the way she was expecting and she hasn't achieved any of the things she and Isla talked about. And then, in one sudden moment, life irrevocably changes for both women. Isla and Sophie have hard decisions to make but above all else they must face up to the uncertainty that lies ahead. It's only when they realise that this is easier together, two friends standing side by side, that each woman can embrace whatever the future holds for them. Emotional, poignant and uplifting, The Little Pieces of You and Me is a story about old friends, new beginnings and what happens when being strong is your only choice. It will take your breath away.

 

Precious and GracePrecious and Grace by A McCall Smith

One bright morning, Precious Ramotswe - head of Botswana's No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency - receives a visitor: a woman from Australia. This woman asks Precious to take on a case: to find the nursemaid who raised her during her childhood in Botswana. The woman wants to thank her for being such an important part of her life. Precious has a history of successfully solving cases, but this one proves difficult and throws up a number of surprises and challenges. ack in her office, next door to the Speedy Motors Garage on Twokleng Road, Precious also has a team to manage: Mr Polopetsi, a part-time science teacher and new assistant at the agency; she mentors Charlie, a former apprentice and young man too handsome and charming for his own good - a man who has gotten himself in deep water; and then there is Precious's tumultuous but heart-warming friendship with her co-director, the fiery Grace Makutsi. Precious and Grace is a story about being a detective, the complexities of human nature, as well as lessons about gratitude and obligation.

 

The Other SisterThe Other Sister by R Coleman

Perfect for fans of Jojo Moyes, Dorothy Koomson and Liane Moriarty, this is an uplifting and heartfelt novel from the author of The Memory Book, which was featured in the Richard & Judy book club 2014 'I immediately read The Memory Book and it's WONDERFUL ... I'm so happy because she's written other books and its so lovely to find a writer you love who has a backlist' Marian Keyes Every family has its secrets... Willow and Holly are identical twins, as close as two sisters can be. But while Holly has gone through life being the ‘good twin’, Willow has always been the less than perfect one. Holly is happily married, Willow is divorced and almost twice her twin’s size. And while she puts on a brave face to the world, Willow knows she’s been hiding her unhappiness for far too long. So when the past catches up with her, Willow realises it’s finally time for her to face her fears, and – with her sister’s help – finally deal with the secrets of their childhood before it’s too late.

 

The Show Racy pacy and very funnyThe Show: Racy, pacy and very funny! (Swell Valley Bk 2) by T Bagshawe

Welcome to Swell Valley – where the scandal is in a class of its own… The second book in the Swell Valley series by bestselling author Tilly Bagshawe Nestled in a glorious patchwork of fields, surrounded by chocolate box villages, Wraggbottom farm means everything to Gabe and Laura Baxter. But love and tradition doesn’t pay the bills. Luckily, Laura has an idea that will share the secret of her happy (if sometimes muddy) country life: producing a reality show that will save the farm! Until the interfering new vicar, ‘Call-me-Bill’ takes it upon himself to lead a protest against the show. Suddenly the village is divided; even Gabe is torn between his new found fame and his old, happy life. With so much at stake for her village and her marriage, will Laura be able to weather the storm or will her big idea turn out to be her biggest mistake?

 

Miss YouMiss You by K Eberlen

Get to know Tess and Gus in Kate Eberlen's first novel, Miss You. Tess and Gus are meant to be. They just haven't met properly yet. And perhaps they never will ...Today is the first day of the rest of your life is the motto on a plate in the kitchen at home, and Tess can't get it out of her head, even though she's in Florence for a final, idyllic holiday before university. Her life is about to change forever - but not in the way she expects. Gus and his parents are also on holiday in Florence. Their lives have already changed suddenly and dramatically. Gus tries to be a dutiful son, but longs to escape and discover what sort of person he is going to be. For one day, the paths of an eighteen-year-old girl and boy criss-cross before they each return to England. Over the course of the next sixteen years, life and love will offer them very different challenges. Separated by distance and fate, there's no way the two of them are ever going to meet each other properly ...or is there?

 

StingSting by S Brown

When Jordie Bennet and Shaw Kinnard lock eyes across a disreputable backwater bar, something definitely sparks. Shaw gives off a dangerous vibe that makes men wary and inspires women to sit up and take notice. None feel that undercurrent more strongly than savvy businesswoman Jordie, who doesn't belong in a seedy dive on the banks of a bayou. But here she is . . . and Shaw Kinnard is here to kill her. As Shaw and his partner take aim, Jordie is certain her time has come. But Shaw has other plans and abducts Jordie, hoping to get his hands on the $30 million her brother has stolen and, presumably, hidden. However, Shaw is not the only one looking for the fortune. Her brother's ruthless boss and the FBI are after it as well. Now on the run from the feds and a notorious criminal, Jordie and Shaw must rely on their wits - and each other - to stay alive. Miles away from civilization and surrounded by swampland, the two play each other against their common enemies. Jordie's only chance of survival is to outwit Shaw, but it soon becomes clear to Shaw that Jordie isn't entirely trustworthy, either. Was she in on her brother's scam, or is she an innocent pawn in a deadly vendetta? And just how valuable is her life to Shaw, her remorseless and manipulative captor? Burning for answers-and for each other-this unlikely pair ultimately make a desperate move that could be their last. With nonstop plot twists and the tantalizing sexual tension that has made Sandra Brown one of the world's best-loved authors, STING will keep readers on the edge of their seats until the final pages.

 

Two by TwoTwo by Two by N Sparks

Sometimes the end is just the beginning... Russell Green has it all: a loving family, a successful career and a beautiful house. But underneath his seemingly perfect world, cracks are beginning to appear . . . and no one is more surprised than Russ when the life he took for granted is turned upside down. Finding himself single-handedly caring for his young daughter, while trying to launch his own business, the only thing Russ knows is that he must shelter his little girl from the consequences of these changes. As Russ embarks on this daunting and unexpected new chapter of his life, a chance encounter will challenge him to find a happiness beyond anything he could ever have imagined.

 

The Girl from the SavoyThe Girl from the Savory by H Gaynor

'Addictive, charming and gleaming with Jazz Age glitz' The Lady The fabulous new novel from the author of The Girl Who Came Home Dolly Lane is a dreamer; a downtrodden maid who longs to dance on the London stage, but the outbreak of war takes everything from her: Teddy, the man she loves - and her hopes of a better life. When she secures employment as a chambermaid at London's grandest hotel, The Savoy, Dolly's proximity to the dazzling guests makes her yearn for a life beyond the grey drudgery she was born into. Her fortunes take an unexpected turn when she responds to an unusual newspaper advert and finds herself thrust into the heady atmosphere of London's glittering theatre scene and into the sphere of the celebrated actress, Loretta May, and her brother, Perry. All three are searching for something, yet the aftermath of war has cast a dark shadow over them all. A brighter future is tantalisingly close - but can a girl like Dolly ever truly leave her past behind?

 

The BallroomThe Ballroom by A Hope

1911: Inside an asylum at the edge of the Yorkshire moors, where men and women are kept apart by high walls and barred windows, there is a ballroom vast and beautiful. For one bright evening every week they come together and dance. When John and Ella meet It is a dance that will change two lives forever. Set over the heatwave summer of 1911, the end of the Edwardian era, THE BALLROOM is a historical love story. It tells a page-turning tale of dangerous obsession, of madness and sanity, and of who gets to decide which is which.

 

 

This Was a Man The Clifton ChroniclesThis was a Man: Final of The Clifton Chronicles by J Archer

This Was a Man is the captivating final instalment of the Clifton Chronicles, a series of seven novels that has topped the bestseller lists around the world, and enhanced Jeffrey Archer's reputation as a master storyteller. This Was a Man opens with a shot being fired, but who pulled the trigger, and who lives and who dies? In Whitehall, Giles Barrington discovers the truth about his wife Karin from the Cabinet Secretary. Is she a spy or a pawn in a larger game? Harry Clifton sets out to write his magnum opus, while his wife Emma completes her ten years as Chairman of the Bristol Royal Infirmary, and receives an unexpected call from Margaret Thatcher offering her a job. Sebastian Clifton becomes chairman of Farthings Kaufman bank, but only after Hakim Bishara has to resign for personal reasons. Sebastian and Samantha's talented daughter, Jessica, is expelled from the Slade School of Fine Art, but her aunt Grace comes to her rescue. Meanwhile, Lady Virginia is about to flee the country to avoid her creditors when the Duchess of Hertford dies, and she sees another opportunity to clear her debts and finally trump the Cliftons and Barringtons. In a devastating twist, tragedy engulfs the Clifton family when one of them receives a shocking diagnosis that will throw all their lives into turmoil.

 

The Atomic Weight of LoveThe Atomic Weight of Love by E Church

A luminous and enthralling story of birds and science, ambition and sacrifice, revolutions – both big and small – and the late blooming of an unforgettable woman. I first loved him because he taught me the flight of a bird. I was too young to realise that what I really yearned to know was why birds take flight – and why, sometimes, they refuse. Meridian Wallace has lived through the Second World War, the atomic age, the Vietnam War and the dawn of the new millennium – yet she has always been torn between who she is and who circumstances demand her to be. In 1941, spirited, ambitious and determined to prove worthy of the sacrifices her mother made for her, Meridian won a place at the University of Chicago to study ornithology. The last thing she expected was to fall in love with a man two decades older: her brilliant physics professor, Alden Whetstone – or for him to be recruited to Los Alamos, New Mexico, to take part in a mysterious wartime project. When Meridian defers her plans to join him, she agrees to give Alden a year of her life. But this is a world, and a time, in which a wife cannot be a scientist and a woman cannot choose her own destiny. What begins as an electrifying intellectual partnership soon evolves into something quite different. As the decades pass, Meridian strives to resist the clipping of her wings. It is a choice that will make her enemies and bring her heartache, but it also opens up unexpected possibilities: of freedom, and friendship and transformation…

 

The Forty Rules Of LoveThe Forty Rules of Love by E Shafak

Ella Rubinstein has a husband, three teenage children, and a pleasant home. Everything that should make her confident and fulfilled. Yet there is an emptiness at the heart of Ella's life - an emptiness once filled by love. So when Ella reads a manuscript about the thirteenth-century Sufi poet Rumi and Shams of Tabriz, and his forty rules of life and love, she is shocked out of herself. Turning her back on her family she embarks on a journey to meet the mysterious author of this work. It is a quest infused with Sufi mysticism and verse, taking Ella and us into an exotic world where faith and love are heartbreakingly explored...

 

 

The Jewellers WifeThe Jeweller’s Wife by J Lennox

An epic tale of passion and betrayal, that moves through the turbulence of war to 1960s' London and is sure to appeal to fans of Kate Morton and Rachel Hore. 1938. As England awaits the outbreak of war, Juliet Winterton journeys from the Mediterranean to the Essex countryside to begin her life as the beautiful young wife of a London jeweller. But beneath her husband's intelligence and ambition, lies a cruel and ruthless man. And when dashing politician Gillis Sinclair comes to stay at Marsh Court, Juliet is drawn to his irresistible charm. So begins a passionate affair that will have consequences far beyond anything Juliet imagines. For Gillis Sinclair is hiding a dark secret and, as the next generation of Wintertons grows up, Juliet fears that they, too, will be tainted by the past...

 

Little Aunt CraneLittle Aunt Crane by G Yan

In the last days of World War II, the Japanese occupation of Manchuria has collapsed. As the Chinese move in, the elders of the Japanese settler village of Sakito decide to preserve their honour by killing all the villagers in an act of mass suicide. Only 16-year-old Tatsuru escapes. But Tatsuru's trials have just begun. As she flees, she falls into the hands of human traffickers. She is sold to a wealthy Chinese family, where she becomes Duohe - the clandestine second wife to the only son, and the secret bearer of his children. Against all odds, Duohe forms an unlikely friendship with the first wife Xiaohuan, united by the unshakeable bonds of motherhood and family. Spanning several tumultuous decades of Mao’s rule, Little Aunt Crane is a novel about love, bravery and survival, and how humanity endures in the most unlikely of circumstances.

 

The WonderThe Wonder by E Donoghue

An eleven-year-old girl stops eating, but remains miraculously alive and well. A nurse, sent to investigate whether she is a fraud, meets a journalist hungry for a story. Set in the Irish Midlands in the 1850s, Emma Donoghue's The Wonder - inspired by numerous European and North American cases of 'fasting girls' between the sixteenth century and the twentieth - is a psychological thriller about a child's murder threatening to happen in slow motion before our eyes. Pitting all the seductions of fundamentalism against sense and love, it is a searing examination of what nourishes us, body and soul.

 

 

The Flame Bearer The Last Kingdom Series Book 10The Flame Bearer (The Last Kingdom Series: Bk 10) by B Cornwell

The brand new novel in Bernard Cornwell’s number one bestselling series on the making of England and the fate of his great hero, Uhtred of Bebbanburg. BBC2’s major TV show THE LAST KINGDOM is based on the first two books in the series. From the day it was stolen from me I had dreamed of recapturing Bebbanburg. The great fort was built on a rock that was almost an island, it was massive, it could only be approached on land by a single narrow track – and it was mine. Britain is in a state of uneasy peace. Northumbria’s Viking ruler, Sigtryggr, and Mercia’s Saxon Queen Aethelflaed have agreed a truce. And so England’s greatest warrior, Uhtred of Bebbanburg, at last has the chance to take back the home his traitorous uncle stole from him so many years ago – and which his scheming cousin still occupies. But fate is inexorable and the enemies Uhtred has made and the oaths he has sworn combine to distract him from his dream of recapturing Bebbanburg. New enemies enter into the fight for England’s kingdoms: the redoubtable Constantin of Scotland seizes an opportunity for conquest and leads his armies south. Britain’s precarious peace threatens to turn into a war of annihilation. But Uhtred is determined that nothing, neither the new enemies nor the old foes who combine against him, will keep him from his birthright. He is the Lord of Bebbanburg, but he will need all the skills he has learned in a lifetime of war to make his dream come true.

 

The Absence of GuiltThe Absence of Guilt by M Gimenez

Mark Gimenez is back as The Colour of Law star A. Scott Fenney takes the stand for an impossible case. An ISIS attack on America is narrowly averted when the FBI uncovers a plot to detonate a weapon of mass destruction in Dallas, Texas during the Super Bowl. A federal grand jury indicts twenty-four co-conspirators, including Omar al Mustafa, a notorious and charismatic Muslim cleric known for his incendiary anti-American diatribes on YouTube and Fox News. His arrest is greeted with cheers around the world and relief at home. The President goes on national television and proclaims: 'We won!' There is only one problem: there is no evidence against Mustafa. That problem falls to the presiding judge, newly appointed U.S. District Judge A. Scott Fenney. If Mustafa is innocent, Scott must set the most dangerous man in Dallas free, with no idea who is really guilty. And with just three weeks before the attack is due...

 

The WhistlerThe Whistler by J Grisham

The most corrupt judge in US history. A young investigator with a secret informant. The electrifying new thriller. Lacy Stoltz never expected to be in the firing line. Investigating judicial misconduct by Florida's one thousand judges, her cases so far have been relatively unexciting. That's until she meets Greg Myers, an indicted lawyer with an assumed name, who has an extraordinary tale to tell. Myers is representing a whistle blower who knows of a judge involved in organised crime. Along with her gangster associates this judge has facilitated the building of a casino on an Indian reservation. At least two people who opposed the scheme are dead. Since the casino was built, the judge has made several fortunes off undeclared winnings. She owns property around the world, hires private jets to take her where she wishes, and her secret vaults are overflowing with rare books, art and jewels. No one has a clue what she's been doing - until now. Under Florida law, those who help the state recover illegally acquired assets stand to gain a large percentage of them. Myers and his whistle blower friend could make millions. But first they need Lacy to start an investigation. Is she ready to pit herself against the most corrupt judge in American history, a judge whose associates think nothing of murder?

 

Playing DeadPlaying Dead by J Heaberlin

'Dear Tommie... I've spent most of my life searching for you. I believe you are my daughter.' Just after her father's death, Tommie receives a letter from a stranger. The woman claims that Tommie is her biological daughter, kidnapped as a baby over thirty years ago. Then she is approached by a journalist who claims to know about her past. But can she trust him? Unsure what to believe, Tommie sets out to discover the truth about her identity. As explosive secrets emerge, she realises it's not just her life that's in danger...

 

 

Close your EyesClose your Eyes (Joseph O'loughlin 8) by M Robotham

I close my eyes and feel my heart begin racing Someone is coming They're going to find me A mother and her teenage daughter are found murdered in a remote farmhouse, one defiled by multiple stab wounds and the other left lying like Sleeping Beauty waiting for her Prince. Reluctantly, clinical psychologist Joe O'Loughlin is drawn into the investigation when a former student, calling himself 'the Mindhunter', jeopardises the police inquiry by leaking details to the media and stirring up public anger. With no shortage of suspects and tempers beginning to fray, Joe discover links between these murders and a series of brutal attacks where his victims have been choked unconscious and had the letter 'A' carved into their foreheads. As the case becomes ever more complex, nothing is quite what it seems and soon Joe's fate, and that of those closest to him, become intertwined with a merciless, unpredictable killer...

 

Cross the Line Alex Cross 24Cross the Line (Alex Cross 24) by J Patterson

Alex Cross chases a cold-blooded killer...with a conscience. Shots ring out in the early morning hours in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. When the smoke clears, a prominent police official lies dead, leaving the city's police force scrambling for answers. Under pressure from the mayor, Alex Cross steps into the leadership vacuum to investigate the case. But before Cross can make any headway, a brutal crime wave sweeps across the region. The deadly scenes share only one common thread – the victims are all criminals. And the only thing more dangerous than a murderer without a conscience, is a killer who thinks he has justice on his side. As Cross pursues an adversary who has appointed himself judge, jury, and executioner, he must take the law back into his own hands before the city he's sworn to protect descends into utter chaos.

 

Womans murder clubWoman’s Murder Club 15: 15th Affair by J Patterson

Four bodies are found in a luxury hotel The first is a man who checked in under a false name. Two are in a room next door, full of surveillance equipment. And the fourth is the house maid, who saw too much. Detective Lindsay Boxer is sent in to investigate and hunt down an elusive and dangerous suspect. But when her husband Joe goes missing, she begins to fear that the suspect she is searching for could be him. As the case gets ever more complicated and personal, San Francisco is suddenly faced with an atrocity no one will ever forget.

 

 

BetrayalBetrayal by M Cole

Betrayal is the twenty-third novel from Sunday Times No.1 bestseller, Martina Cole, author of DANGEROUS LADY, THE TAKE, GET EVEN and many more. The 'undisputed queen of crime writing' (Guardian) and the biggest selling female crime writer in the UK, Martina's unique, powerful storytelling will appeal to fans of Karin Slaughter and Patricia Cornwell. Survival. It's all down to who you trust. Aiden O'Hara has been head of the family since he was kid, and he's going to keep it that way. Jade Dixon is the one who watches his back. Mother of his son. The one who makes him invincible. But Jade's been in the game a lot longer than Aiden. She knows no one's indestructible. And when you're at the top, that's when you've got to watch the hardest. Especially the ones closest to you...

 

Killer Chef BookShotsKiller Chef (Book Shots) by J Patterson

James Patterson’s BookShots. Short, fast-paced, high-impact entertainment. Eat, drink and be murdered. Someone is poisoning diners in New Orleans' best restaurants. Now it's up to chef and homicide cop Caleb Rooney to catch a killer set on revenge – a dish best served cold.

 

 

 

Kill or be KilledKill or be Killed by J Patterson

The Trial An accused murderer is on trial. But after threatening to unleash violence on everyone involved in the case, the whole city is paralysed, and Detective Lindsay Boxer and the Women’s Murder Club are caught in the eye of the storm. Little Black Dress Can a little black dress change everything? What begins as one woman's fantasy is about to go too far. Heist A band of thieves is about to pull off the perfect diamond heist – until a rival crew arrives at the exact same time. The Women’s War Former Marine Corps colonel Amanda Collins and her lethal team of women warriors have vowed to avenge her family's murder. And they have nothing left to lose...

 

 

Hidden Killers Tennison 2Hidden Killers (Tennison 2) by L La Plante

From BAFTA award-winning creator of Prime Suspect, starring Helen Mirren, comes the blistering follow-up to the bestselling Tennison.  Jane Tennison, a young, inexperienced WPC, learns the hard way never to take anyone, or anything, at face value, whether in her dealings with her police colleagues or when confronted by seemingly innocent suspects. Hidden Killers sees Jane acting as a ‘decoy’ prostitute, with the hope of capturing a suspect wanted for numerous sexual assaults.  The attacker is drawn in and put under arrest.  Commended for bravery in the case, Jane is given CID status and moves from Hackney to Bow Street Station as Detective.  Her first call-out is to a non-suspicious death.  The victim is a young mother, drowned tragically in her bath, leaving a bereft and doting husband and a young child. The two storylines interweave as Jane begins to doubt the evidence against her assailant in East London, and becomes certain that the young woman in the bath did not drown in tragic circumstances.  Two entirely different cases but one common thread - the lingering doubt in Jane’s mind around the evidence, and around her colleagues…

 

Night School Jack Reacher 21Night School (Jack Reacher 21) by L Child

In the morning, they gave Reacher a medal. And in the afternoon, they sent him back to school. It’s just a voice plucked from the air: ‘The American wants a hundred million dollars’. For what? Who from? It’s 1996, and the Soviets are long gone. But now there’s a new enemy. In an apartment in Hamburg, a group of smartly-dressed young Saudis are planning something big. Jack Reacher is fresh off a secret mission and a big win. The Army pats him on the back and gives him a medal. And then they send him back to school. It’s a school with only three students: Reacher, an FBI agent, and a CIA analyst. Their assignment? To find that American. And what he’s selling. And to whom. There is serious shit going on, signs of a world gone mad. Night School takes Reacher back to his army days, but this time he’s not in uniform. With trusted sergeant Frances Neagley at his side, he must carry the fate of the world on his shoulders, in a wired, fiendishly clever new adventure that will make the cold sweat trickle down your spine.

 

Red EarthRed Earth by T Park

Durban, South Africa, a car is hijacked. The owner, Suzanne Fessey, fights back and kills one thief but the other, wounded, escapes with Suzanne’s baby on board. In pursuit of the missing vehicle and baby are helicopter tracker pilot Nia Carras and vulture researcher Mike Dunn, the only man nearby on the ground who can follow the car. The police have bigger problems; a bomb has gone off in Durban killing the US Ambassador to South Africa and chaos has descended on KwaZulu-Natal. Two teenagers, Temba Nyathi and Lerato Sibongile are caught in the whirlwind; the car thief is Temba’s cousin and he forces the former hijacker turned model student to be his getaway driver. Temba and Lerato find themselves on the run, with a baby, through wild game reserves from Zululand to Zimbabwe. In pursuit are Suzanne and a gang of heavily armed men. Mike and Nia soon learn that Suzanne is much more than a worried mother; she and her comrades will kill anyone who gets in their way. They want a secret the baby is carrying and so does the CIA. America’s war on terror has come to the kingdom of the Zulus and the soil of Africa will once more turn red.

 

ChaosChaos: A Kay Scarpetta Thriller by P Cornwell

On a summer evening in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Dr. Kay Scarpetta and her investigative partner Pete Marino respond to a call about a dead cyclist. It appears that a young woman has been attacked with almost superhuman force. Marino and Scarpetta’s FBI agent husband receive suspicious calls, allegedly from Interpol. But why would an elite international police agency be interested in the case? The calls are linked to anonymous cyberbully Tailend Charlie, who has been harassing Scarpetta for over a week. But even her tech-savvy niece Lucy can’t trace the person behind them. A second death, hundreds of miles south, shocks Scarpetta to her core – suddenly she is confronting something far more dangerous than she could ever imagine. Because when the residue in the victim’s wound is analysed, the results show a material that doesn’t exist on earth…

 

Love You DeadLove you Dead by P James

An ugly duckling as a child, Jodie Bentley had two dreams in life - to be beautiful and rich. She's achieved the first, with a little help from a plastic surgeon, and now she's working hard on the second. Her philosophy on money is simple: you can either earn it or marry it. Marrying is easy, it's getting rid of the husband afterwards that's harder, that takes real skill. But hey, practice makes perfect... Detective Superintendent Roy Grace is feeling the pressure from his superiors, his previous case is still giving him sleepless nights, there have been major developments with his missing wife Sandy, and an old adversary is back. But worse than all of this, he now believes a Black Widow is operating in his city. One with a venomous mind . . . and venomous skills. Soon Grace comes to the frightening realization that he may have underestimated just how dangerous this lady is. Love You Dead is the gripping twelfth book in Peter James' Roy Grace series

 

The Little Bookshop of Lonely HeartsThe Little Bookshop of Lonely Hearts by A Darling

A delightful new series set in a quaint old bookshop, for fans of Lucy Diamond and Jenny Colgan. Where happy ever after is only a page away… Once upon a time in a crumbling London bookshop, Posy Morland spent her life lost in the pages of her favourite romantic novels. So when Bookend’s eccentric owner, Lavinia, dies and leaves the shop to Posy, she must put down her books and join the real world. Because Posy hasn’t just inherited an ailing business, but also the unwelcome attentions of Lavinia’s grandson, Sebastian, AKA The Rudest Man In London. Posy has a cunning plan and six months to transform Bookends into the bookshop of her dreams – if only Sebastian would leave her alone to get on with it. As Posy and her friends fight to save their beloved bookshop, Posy’s drawn into a battle of wills with Sebastian, about whom she’s started to have some rather feverish fantasies… Like her favourite romantic heroines, will she get her happy ever after too?

 

Bridget Jones BabyBridget Jones’s Baby: The Diaries by H Fielding

8.45 P.M. Realise there have been so many times in my life when have fantasised about going to a scan with Mark or Daniel: just not both at the same time. Before motherhood, before marriage, Bridget, with biological clock ticking very, very loudly, finds herself unexpectedly pregnant at the eleventh hour: a joyful pregnancy which is dominated, however, by a crucial but terribly awkward question – who is the father? Mark Darcy: honourable, decent, notable human rights lawyer? Or Daniel Cleaver: charming, witty, notable fuckwit? 9.45 P.M. It’s like they’re two halves of the perfect man, who’ll spend the rest of their lives each wanting to outdo the other one. And now it’s all enacting itself in my stomach. In this gloriously funny, touching story of baby-deadline panic, maternal bliss, and social, professional, technological, culinary and childbirth chaos, Bridget Jones – global phenomenon and the world’s favourite Singleton – is back with a bump.

 

Purple HibiscusPurple Hibiscus by CN Adichie

The limits of fifteen-year-old Kambili’s world are defined by the high walls of her family estate and the dictates of her fanatically religious father. Her life is regulated by schedules: prayer, sleep, study, prayer. When Nigeria is shaken by a military coup, Kambili’s father, involved mysteriously in the political crisis, sends her to live with her aunt. In this house, noisy and full of laughter, she discovers life and love – and a terrible, bruising secret deep within her family. This extraordinary debut novel from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, author of ‘Half of a Yellow Sun’, is about the blurred lines between the old gods and the new, childhood and adulthood, love and hatred – the grey spaces in which truths are revealed and real life is lived.

 

Memoirs Of A GeishaMemoirs of a Geisha by A Golden

A young peasant girl is sold as servant and apprentice to a renowned geisha house. She tells her story many years later from the Waldorf Astoria in New York. Her memoirs conjure up the perfection and the ugliness of life behind rice-paper screens, where young girls learn the arts of geisha - dancing and singing, how to wind the kimono, how to walk and pour tea, and how to beguile the land's most powerful men. This story is a rare and utterly engaging experience, summoning up a quarter century of Japan's dramatic history, and opening a window into a half-hidden world of eroticism and enchantment, exploitation and degradation.

 

My Grandmother Sends Her Regards and ApologisesMy Grandmother sends her Regards and Apologises by F Backman

A must-read for fans of Rachel Joyce's The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry and Maria Semple's Where'd You Go, Bernadette Heartbreaking and hilarious in equal measure, by the author of the New York Times bestselling phenomenon A Man Called Ove will charm and delight anyone who has ever had a grandmother. Everyone remembers the smell of their grandmother's house. Everyone remembers the stories their grandmother told them. But does everyone remember their grandmother flirting with policemen? Driving illegally? Breaking into a zoo in the middle of the night? Firing a paintball gun from a balcony in her dressing gown? Seven-year-old Elsa does. Some might call Elsa's granny 'eccentric', or even 'crazy'. Elsa calls her a superhero. And granny's stories, of knights and princesses and dragons and castles, are her superpower. Because, as Elsa is starting to learn, heroes and villains don't always exist in imaginary kingdoms; they could live just down the hallway. As Christmas draws near, even the best superhero grandmothers may have one or two things they'd like to apologise for. And, in the process, Elsa can have some breath-taking adventures of her own...

 

Paris for One and Other StoriesParis for One: And other Stories by J Moyes

A collection of 11 unmissable short stories from the number 1 internationally bestselling author of Me Before You and After You Nell is twenty-six and has never been to Paris. She's never even been on a romantic weekend away-to anywhere-before. Travelling abroad isn't really her thing. But when Nell's boyfriend fails to show up, she has the chance to prove to everyone-including herself- that she can be independent and intrepid. Alone in Paris, Nell finds a version of herself she never knew existed... In the ten other stories, Jojo Moyes introduces us to a cast of strong, relatable women in the midst of their everyday lives. In Honeymoon in Paris, featuring characters from her bestselling novel, The Girl You Left Behind, Liv and Sophie - though decades apart - both find that marriage is only the beginning of their love stories. In Crocodile Shoes, a businesswoman's blossoming confidence emerges from a fateful changing-room mix-up. And in both Love in the Afternoon and A Bird in the Hand, two couples dance around the trickiness of long-time marriage. In this irresistible collection, readers will be whisked from elegant perfume shops to taxis to five-star hotel rooms and more.

 

Afrikaans Fiction

 

OfferandeOfferande by C Paul

Is Caz Colijn se pa Elia, die sagsinnige man wat voor haar geboorte koelbloedig vermoor is, of dra sy César, die moordenaar, se gene? Dié kwellende vraag kan Caz eers probeer beantwoord as sy van die reusediamante in haar besit ontslae raak en só die Kongolese wat haar tot in Suid-Afrika gevolg het, van haar spoor af kry. Antwerpen kan die antwoord op hierdie missie wees, maar hoe kry sy die diamante daar? En as sy eers daar is, waarheen neem sy dit?

 

OfferlamOfferlam by C Paul

Die Kongo, 1961: ’n Man word koelbloedig vermoor en sy geliefde word vir dood agtergelaat. Drie en vyftig jaar later kry Caz Colijn ʼn oproep wat haar kluisenaarsbestaan uit mekaar ruk. In België waar sy haar en haar dogter se herkoms probeer naspoor, word dit duidelik dat dié land se koloniale verlede net so ’n groot impak op haar lewe gehad het soos die apartheidsjare in Suid-Afrika. Die oproep wat professor Luc DeReu ontvang, is minder traumaties. Ook hy word egter uit sy wentelbaan geruk toe die vrou wat hy kwalik neem oor sy pa se voortydige dood, weer sy jandooilewe betree. Intussen moet Erevu en sy kleinseun die nkísi wat hulle meer as vyf dekades gelede ontneem is, opspoor om hulle heilige taak uit te voer. Wanneer hierdie groepie mense se paaie kruis, stuur dit nogmaals op moord af.

 

 

Non-Fiction

 

 

The New TsarThe New Tsar: The Rise and Reign of Vladimir Putin by SL Myers

An epic tale of Vladimir Putin's path to power, as he emerged from obscurity to become one of the world's most conflicted and important leaders. Former New York TimesMoscow Bureau Chief Steven Lee Myers has followed Putin since well before the recent events in the Ukraine, and gives us the fullest and most engaging account available of his rise to power. A gripping, page-turning narrative about Russian power and prestige, the book depicts a cool and calculating leader with enormous ambition and few scruples. As the world struggles to confront a newly assertive Russia, the importance of understanding Putin has never been greater. Vladimir Putin rose out of Soviet deprivation to the pinnacle of influence in the new Russian nation. He came to office in 2000 as a reformer, cutting taxes and expanding property rights, bringing a measure of order and eventually prosperity to millions whose only experience of democracy in the early years following the Soviet collapse was instability, poverty and criminality. But soon Putin orchestrated the preservation of a new kind of authoritarianism, consolidating power, reasserting his country's might, brutally crushing revolts and swiftly dispatching dissenters, even as he retained the support of many.

 

Colour Bar The Triumph of Seretse Khama and His NationColour Bar: A United Kingdom by S Williams

The true story of a love which defied family, Apartheid, and empire - the inspiration for the major new feature film A United Kingdom, starring David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike London, 1947. He was the heir to an African kingdom. She was a white English insurance clerk. When they met and fell in love, it would change the world. This is the inspiring true story of Seretse Khama and Ruth Williams, whose marriage sent shockwaves through the establishment, defied an empire - and, finally, triumphed over the prejudices of their age.

 

 

Not without a FightNot Without a Fight by H Zille

Helen Zille’s long-awaited autobiography is one of the most fascinating political stories of our time. Zille takes the reader back to her humble family origins, her struggle with anorexia as a young woman, her early career as a journalist for the Rand Daily Mail, and her involvement with the End Conscription Campaign and the Black Sash. She documents her early days in the Democratic Party and the Democratic Alliance, at a time when the party was locked in a no-holds-barred factional conflict. And she chronicles the intense political battles to become mayor of Cape Town, leader of the DA and premier of the Western Cape, in the face of dirty tricks from the ANC and infighting within her own party. This is a story about political intrigue and treachery, floor-crossing and unlikely coalitions, phone tapping and intimidation, false criminal charges and judicial commissions. It documents Zille’s courageous fight against corruption and state capture and her efforts to realign politics and entrench accountability. And it describes a mother’s battle to raise children in the pressured world of South African politics. This book is as frank, honest and unflinching as Helen Zille herself, and will appeal to anyone interested in the story of South African politics over the past fifty years

 

Maggie SmithMaggie Smith by M Coveney

'Coveney is the only writer who could get under Smith's skin, capturing her steeliness and vulnerability' INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY From her days as a star of West End comedy and revue, Dame Maggie's path has led to international renown and numerous accolades including two Academy Awards. Recently she has been as prominent on our screens as ever, with high-profile roles as the formidable Dowager Countess of Grantham in DOWNTON ABBEY, as Professor Minerva McGonagall in the HARRY POTTER movie franchise and as the eccentric Miss Shepherd in the film version of THE LADY IN THE VAN by Alan Bennett. Paradoxically she remains an enigmatic figure, rarely appearing in public and carefully guarding her considerable talent. Drawing on personal archives, interviews and encounters with the actress, as well as conversations with immediate family and dear friends, Michael Coveney's biography is a captivating portrait of the real Maggie Smith.

 

The Spiritual MandelaThe Spiritual Mandela by D Cruywagen

Nelson Mandela revealed nothing about his personal religious beliefs in his writings or in his public pronouncements. But those who were close to him know that he held Christian views, and, at his request, the final part of his funeral followed the Methodist service. This book traces the spiritual aspect of Mandela’s life, from his youth in a traditional Thembu village, to his education at Wesleyan and Methodist mission schools, to his time as an activist, his period on Robben Island and the years thereafter. It explores the way that he balanced Christianity with traditional African beliefs, and with his political views, and how he reconciled his own beliefs with the fact that religion had often been used as a tool to oppress his people. Based on interviews with some of Mandela’s close colleagues, such as Ahmed Kathrada, as well as priests and other religious figures with whom he interacted, this book unearths an unknown dimension of recent history's most famous man.

 

Mountain A Life on the RocksMountain: A Life on the Rocks by S Backshall

Steve Backshall's love affair with the mountains has taken him to some of the world's wildest places, environments that have the power to make a human being feel very small, very vulnerable and very alive. MOUNTAIN: A LIFE OF THE ROCKS is an account of his most breathtaking expeditions: heading into the 'Death Zone' on the roof of the world in the Himalayas, and picking a precarious route up hundreds of metres of rock in the Arctic and Alps. There are expeditions of exploration, as Steve makes the first ascent of jungle peaks and scales the tabletop mountains of the 'Lost World', Venezuela's Gran Sabana, in search of undiscovered animal species on their summits. Steve recalls his apprenticeship in the art of mountaineering with the Indian army, and the terror and near-disaster of some of his more ill-fated adventures, including the aftermath of the fall that should have ended his life. This is a tale of terror and ecstasy, a book that tries to get to the heart of why we risk our lives to climb and conquer. But most of all, MOUNTAIN is a love letter to the wilderness, from one of the world's most adventurous spirits.

 

Krejcir Business As UsualKrejcir: Business as Usual by A Serrao

A powerful Czech multimillionaire, Radovan Krejcir fled his home country shortly after his arrest in 2005 on charges of fraud. He arrived on South Africa’s shores in 2007, travelling under a fake name with a false passport, and avoiding extradition through pay offs. Krejcir fast began to make a name for himself within South Africa’s underworld, but it was the murder of Teazer’s boss Lolly Jackson in 2010 that brought his name to public attention. After three years and ten more deaths, Krejcir was finally arrested on charges of kidnapping and attempted murder. Yet it seems that even a jail cell is not enough to subdue the criminal kingpin: it is just business as usual. In KREJCIR, Angelique Serrao reveals why we have not yet heard the last of the worst crime boss South Africa has ever seen.

 

A Race Too FarA Race too Far by C Eakin

The true story of the tragic round-the-world yacht race - now the subject of The Mercy, starring Colin Firth and Rachel Weisz In 1968, the Sunday Times organised the Golden Globe race–an incredible test of endurance never before attempted–a round the world yacht race that must be completed single-handed and non-stop. This remarkable challenge inspired those daring to enter–with or without sailing experience. A Race Too Far is the story of how the race unfolded, and how it became a tragedy for many involved. Of the nine sailors who started the race, four realised the madness of the undertaking and pulled out within weeks. The remaining five each have their own remarkable story. Chay Blyth, fresh from rowing the Atlantic with John Ridgway, had no sailing experience but managed to sail round the Cape of Good Hope before retiring. Nigel Tetley sank while in the lead with 1,100 nautical miles to go, surviving but dying in tragic circumstances two years later. Donald Crowhurst began showing signs of mental illness and tried to fake a round the world voyage. His boat was discovered adrift in an apparent suicide, but his body was never found. Bernard Moitessier abandoned the race and carried on to Tahiti, where he settled and fathered a child despite having a wife and family in Paris. Robin Knox-Johnston was the only one to complete the race. Chris Eakin recreates the drama of the epic race, talking to all those touched by the Golden Globe: the survivors, the widows and the children of those who died. It is a book that both evokes the primary wonder of the adventure itself and reflects on what it has come to mean to both those involved and the rest of us in the forty years since.

 

Born a Crime and Other StoriesBorn a Crime and Other Stories by T Noah

The compelling, inspiring, and comically sublime story of one man’s coming-of-age, set during the twilight of apartheid and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed Trevor Noah’s unlikely path from apartheid South Africa to the desk of The Daily Show began with a criminal act: his birth. Trevor was born to a white Swiss father and a black Xhosa mother at a time when such a union was punishable by five years in prison. Living proof of his parents’ indiscretion, Trevor was kept mostly indoors for the earliest years of his life, bound by the extreme and often absurd measures his mother took to hide him from a government that could, at any moment, steal him away. Finally liberated by the end of South Africa’s tyrannical white rule, Trevor and his mother set forth on a grand adventure, living openly and freely and embracing the opportunities won by a centuries-long struggle. Born A Crime is the story of a mischievous young boy who grows into a restless young man as he struggles to find himself in a world where he was never supposed to exist. It is also the story of that young man’s relationship with his fearless, rebellious, and fervently religious mother—his teammate, a woman determined to save her son from the cycle of poverty, violence, and abuse that would ultimately threaten her own life. The stories collected here are by turns hilarious, dramatic, and deeply affecting. Whether subsisting on caterpillars for dinner during hard times, being thrown from a moving car during an attempted kidnapping, or just trying to survive the life-and-death pitfalls of dating in high school, Trevor illuminates his curious world with an incisive wit and unflinching honesty. His stories weave together to form a moving and searingly funny portrait of a boy making his way through a damaged world in a dangerous time, armed only with a keen sense of humor and a mother’s unconventional, unconditional love.

 

My Own LiberatorMy Own Liberator by D Moseneke

In My Own Liberator, Dikgang Moseneke, recently retired Deputy Chief Justice of the Constitutional Court in South Africa, pays homage to the many people and places that have helped to define and shape him. In tracing his ancestry, the influence on both his maternal and paternal sides is evident in the values they imbued in their children – the importance of family, the value of hard work and education, an uncompromising moral code, compassion for those less fortunate and unflinching refusal to accept an unjust political regime or acknowledge its oppressive laws. As a young activist in the Pan-Africanist Congress, at the tender age of fifteen, Moseneke was arrested, detained and, in 1963, sentenced to ten years on Robben Island for participating in anti-apartheid activities. Physical incarceration, harsh conditions and inhumane treatment could not imprison the political prisoners’ minds, however, and for many the Island became a school not only in politics but an opportunity for dedicated study, formal and informal. It set the young Moseneke on a path towards a law degree that would provide the bedrock for a long and fruitful legal career and see him serve his country in the highest court. My Own Liberator charts Moseneke’s rise as one of the country’s top legal minds, who not only helped to draft the interim constitution, but for fifteen years acted as a guardian of that constitution for all South Africans, helping to make it a living document for the country and its people. “This memoir is a fascinating account of the formation of the cadres who would have the responsibility both to help liberate our country and attend to its reconstruction and development.” Thabo Mbek

 

Treasure Palaces Great Writers Visit Great MuseumsTreasure Palaces: Great Writers Visit Great Museums by M Fergusson

From a stunning villa on sunny Capri with Ali Smith to an unlikely temple in the heart of Copenhagen with Alan Hollinghurst, Treasure Palaces brings together over twenty of the world's greatest writers to give their own personal tours of the museums that have awed, haunted and inspired them. Join Andrew Motion as he muses on writerly methods in the British Library, or Matthew Sweet at the hands-on joy of the ABBA museum. Julian Barnes meditates on Jean Sibelius's music, as well as the composer's apple corer, while visiting his home in Helsinki. Jacqueline Wilson encounters the dolls of Le Musée de la Poupée, Tim Winton remembers his first bare-foot encounter with the National Gallery of Victoria, and Aminatta Forna ponders love tokens in The Museum of Broken Relationships. From mausoleums to massive galleries, from London and New York to Kabul and Zagreb, Treasure Palaces explores some of the world's greatest - and sometimes surprising - museums. The result is a collection of moving, lyrical essays that speak to the enduring power of museums in our cultural life, and will leave you longing to revisit your favourite treasure palace or looking for a new one to explore.

 

Bill Brysons African DiaryAfrican Diary by B Bryson

Bill Bryson goes to Kenya at the invitation of CARE International, the charity dedicated to working with local communities to eradicate poverty around the world. Kenya, generally regarded as the cradle of humankind, is a land of stunning landscapes, famous game reserves, and a vibrant culture, but it also has many serious problems, including refugees, AIDS, drought and grinding poverty. It also provides plenty to worry a nervous traveller like Bill Bryson: hair-raising rides in light aircraft, tropical diseases, snakes, insects and large predators. Bryson casts his inimitable eye on a continent new to him, and the resultant diary, though short in length, contains all his trademark laugh-out-loud wit, wry observation and curious insight. All the author’s royalties from this book, as well as all profits, will go to CARE International.

 

The Originals The Secret History of the Birth of SASThe Originals: The Secret History of the Birth of SAS in their words by G Stevens

'We've been approached something like 25 times since the war. I kicked each out the window because they weren't going to make it with the integrity we require the story of the SAS to be told.' - Colonel Sir David Stirling, OBE, DSO, Founder of the SAS Based on over 120 hours of uncovered video and audio tape, The Originals tells the story of the birth of the SAS in the words of its founding members for the first time. Even David Stirling, founder of the regiment, contributed to the project - most historians believe he died without giving a single interview. It is also a very human story of a gang of misfits coming together to create a unit like no other: a maverick son of a Scottish laird; a boy who lied about his age to enlist; a policeman; a cheeky cockney; a Lincolnshire boxer; an Irish rugby international imprisoned for beating up his commanding officer; an Oxford rowing president and a quietly spoken man of God. The Originals covers the regiment's formation in 1941 to its supposed disbanding in 1945. With only two founding members alive today, it is not only an important document but a thrilling and moving read that will leave you reeling.

 

Hunting Hitlers Nukes The Secret Mission to Sabotage Hitlers Deadliest WeaponHunting Hitler’s Nukes: The Secret Race to Stop the Nazi Bomb by D Lewis

In the Spring of 1940, as Britain reeled from defeats on all fronts and America seemed frozen in isolation, one fear united the British and American leaders like no other: the Nazis had stolen a march on the Allies towards building the atomic bomb. So began the hunt for Hitler's nuclear weapons - nothing else came close in terms of priorities. It was to be the most secret war of those wars fought amongst the shadows. The highest stakes. The greatest odds. Prior to the outbreak of the war the massive German chemicals conglomerate I.G. Farben - the future manufacturers of Zyklon-B, the gas used in the Nazi concentration camps - had started producing bulk supplies of deuterium oxide - heavy water - at the remote Norwegian plant of Vemork. This was the central target of three separate missions - Operations GROUSE, FARSIDE and GUNNERSIDE - over the ensuing four years. As Churchill commented: 'The actual facts in many cases were equal to the most fantastic inventions of romance and melodrama. Tangle with tangle, plot and counter-plot, ruse and treachery, cross and double-cross, true agent, false agent, double agent,gold and steel, the bomb, the dagger and the firing party were interwoven in a texture so intricate as to be incredible yet true.' Damien Lewis's new bestseller intercuts the hunt for the scientists, the raw materials and the plant with the cloak and dagger intelligence game being played in the shadows. This relied in part on ENIGMA intercepts to guide the SOE's hand. Lewis delves into some of the most extraordinarily inventive and Machiavellian innovations at the SOE, and their related research and training schools, whereby the enemy were tricked, deceived,framed, blackmailed and double and triple-crossed, all in the name of stopping the Reich from getting the bomb.

 

Into the Laager Afrikaners Living on the EdgeInto the Laager: Afrikaners Living on the Edge by K Norman

Nelson Mandela is dead and in South Africa his dream of a rainbow nation is fading. More than two decades after the fall of apartheid, groups of white Afrikaners have cut themselves off from this unpredictable country, fearing that their language, culture and eventually their entire people may become extinct. Living on edge in an ever-changing nation, some have retreated to the breakaway republic of Orania, where they work to construct a utopia for white Africans. Within the safety of their laager – a homeland with its own flag and currency – they can, once again, dictate the rules. Weaving between past and present, Into the Laager traces the war for control of South Africa, its people and its history, through a series of December 16ths, beginning with the Battle of Blood River in 1838. In so doing, it takes us back to the origin of these fears: the years of nationalism and social engineering behind this modern struggle for identity and relevance. Along the way, Norman asks the difficult questions – those that are as relevant to today’s South Africa as they were in 1838: how do people react when they believe their cultural identity is under threat? How far are we prepared to go to survive as a people?

 

At the Edge Riding for My LifeAt the Edge: Riding for my Life by D MacAskill

The cyclist is legendary for his YouTube viral videos like The Ridge, Cascadia and Imaginate: nerve-racking montages of stunts which scale everything from mountain peaks, rooftops, ghost towns and movie sets. His life is one of thrills, bloody spills and millions of online hits. It hasn't been an easy ride. Doubt, stress and the 'what if?' factor circle every trailblazing trick, which require imagination, fearlessness, groundbreaking techniques and an eye for a good camera angle. He has spent his life pushing the extremes; somehow, he's still around to tell the tale. In this unflinching memoir of mayhem, Danny shares his anarchic childhood on the Isle of Skye and early days as a street trials rider, takes us behind the scenes of his training and videos, shares never-seen-before sketches from his personal notebook, and reveals what it takes to go the next level - both mentally and physically. Join Danny for a nerve-shredding ride. Just be sure to bring a crash helmet.

  

Deliciously Ella SmoothiesDeliciously Ella Smoothies & Juices by Ella

30 new recipes in a mini pocket book from bestselling cookery author Deliciously Ella. The first of Deliciously Ella's 'Bite-size Collection' - a new series of small-format books - celebrating the delicious, nutritious and super speedy smoothies and juices that Ella loves! Featuring 30 all-new recipes for nourishing smoothies and amazing juices bursting with simple, plant-based ingredients full of flavour and goodness. Easy, quick and perfect to fit into a busy lifestyle, enjoy a Blueberry and Pear Breakfast Blend, an energising Green Dream or a heavenly Minty Coconut Shake, to add a natural Deliciously Ella kick to your 5-a-day!

 

The Lose It Magazine CookbookThe Lose It! Magazine Cookbook by Sunbird

Filled with delicious and easy low-carb, high-fat recipes for the busy home-cook, this is a beautifully photographed addition to the health-conscious South African cook’s shelf. The cookbook is compiled from favourite recipes from Lose It! Magazine, the magazine dedicated to low-carb, high-fat healthy eating. Lose It! Magazine has grown from a quarterly magazine to a bi-monthly publication, with a dedicated social-media following. Lose It! gives its legions of loyal readers everything you need to know to follow the low-carb, high-fat diet plan, and in the process lose weight, clear your head, increase your energy levels and sleep better – all while eating delicious, satisfying meals that are easy to prepare. Lose It! The Cookbook includes tried-and-tested favourites and 20 brand new recipes, and over and above the usual contenders (meat dishes, fish and chicken), includes chapters dedicated to vegetarian options, nut- and dairy-free alternatives, and sweet, low-carb treats. Each recipe includes a fat, carb and protein break-down, and expert guidelines for sticking to the lifestyle are provided. Best of all, the recipes are delicious, appealing, fresh and tasty, cooked from easily sourced South African fresh produce.

 

500 Low Carb Dishes500 Low-Carb Dishes by D Gray

Being healthy shouldn’t mean missing out on the foods that you love. 500 Low-Carb Dishes is a comprehensive collection of breakfasts, snacks, packed lunches, mains, sides and sweet treats to delight at every meal. You will be amazed at the number of recipes that can be easily adapted to fit in with your needs. Lose weight and improve your health with 500 delicious low-carb dishes that will show you how to find innovative ways to cut down on sugar and carbs, while still indulging in tasty treats and satisfying meals.

 

Plentiful The Big Book of Buddha FoodPlentiful: The Big Book of Buddha Food by Various

Have pic already The Buddhist Retreat Centre in Ixopo, South Africa was voted by CNN as one of the ten best meditation retreat centres in the world. This accolade not only acknowledged its physical beauty and wide-ranging programmes conducted by local and international teachers, but also the excellent vegetarian food that has been served there for more than 35 years. This food has featured in two best-selling recipe books: Quiet Food (2005), which became more vocal in its successor, The Cake the Buddha Ate (2011). That cake has been eaten to the last crumb, so we felt it was time to follow the ever-evolving Ixopo food story and serve up yet another course of its fine cuisine. Plentiful: The Big Book of Buddha Food will give you an opportunity to explore vegetarian cuisine of the highest order, tried and tested in the kitchen of an internationally renowned meditation centre. We are sure that you will come to the conclusion that there is nothing humble about vegetables! The dishes created by innovative chef, Paul Atkinson have a distinctive Mediterranean character which is expressed in the titles – Ravishing Red, Saffron and Silk, Slices of Sunshine and The Grecian Goddess – all celebrating healthy, vigorous living. Paul orchestrates the food at the BRC with the help of the stalwarts of the kitchen, Lindiwe Ncgobo, Lungi Mbona, Dudu Memela and Nonkanyiso Dlamini.

 

Simple Recipes for JoySimple Recipes for Joy by S Gannon

ELIMINATE MEAT AND DAIRY WITHOUT SACRIFICING TASTE Incredible plant-based recipes from the world-renowned founder of the Jivamukti yoga method and the Jivamuktea Cafe. Since 1984, Jivamukti yoga has been synonymous with a new way of living: peacefully, healthfully, and consciously. In 2006, Sharon Gannon and David Life opened the Jivamuktea Cafe in New York City to complement their yoga school as a living expression of how compassionate spiritual activism can be put to practical use. The peaceful ambience, the camaraderie, and, most of all, the delicious, hearty fare struck a chord with patrons who were thrilled to eliminate meat and dairy from their diets without sacrificing taste. Gannon reveals the secrets behind the cafe's acclaimed menu and showcases her own home-cooking, with recipes she's been making for family and friends for decades - from Creamy Wild Mushroom Soup, to Cajun-Mexican-inspired Jambalaya, to her signature chocolate mousse. Her recipes are paired with gorgeous colour photos by award-winning photographer Frank Guzman. The hardcover is featured in Rachael Ray's 2015 'Go Vegan Guide' and was named a Best Fall Cookbook by Well + Good. Whether you're a stalwart vegan or one of the millions of people who eat vegan part-time for health and environmental benefits, Gannon's accessible, delicious, and spiritually powerful recipes will bring joy to your table and tranquillity to your life.

 

Giving Back Childhood Food Memories and RecipesGiving Back Childhood by Various

"In Giving Back Childhood Food Memories & Recipes, celebrities from the South African fields of sport, music, media, academia, business, politics, literature, food and entertainment, as well as unsung heroes at the Red Cross War Memorial Children s Hospital, share some of their own personal memories of food and childhood, as well as the recipes that are the on-going connection to those memories. To mark the 60th anniversary of the establishment of the Red Cross War Memorial Children s Hospital in Cape Town, this book of memories and recipes offers you the opportunity to contribute to the outstanding and life-saving medical treatment that the Hospital provides on a daily basis to the children of Southern Africa and many other countries on the African continent. Without the generosity of donors and the general public, much of this work would simply not be possible. All children need to dream, they need hope for the future and for that they need good health. By purchasing this book, you can help to give the young patients of this Hospital their childhood back."

 

Cocktails The Art of Mixing Perfect DrinksCocktails: The Art of Mixing Prefect Drinks by K St Rainer

Cocktails is your award-winning guide to the art of mixing perfect drinks. Should a martini be shaken or stirred? How do you muddle an impeccable mojito? Find the answers to all your cocktail questions and learn the secrets behind classic drinks with award-winning mixologist Klaus St Rainer as your guide, using ingredients including juices, sugar, syrup, rum, champagne, and even that bottle of Chartreuse left over from Christmas. Try new twists on classic cocktail recipes, and create your own extraordinary mixes. From sophisticated champagne cocktails to spectacular concoctions such as hot buttered coconut rum, you'll find delicious drinks for every occasion. Impress your friends, shake things up, and mix creative twists on your favourite cocktails with this stunning book. Perfect for every aspiring mixologist or cocktail enthusiast, Cocktails is a truly indispensable and stylish guide to the art of mixing great drinks.

 

The Democratic Republic of BraaiThe Democratic Republic of Braai by J Braai

It is your democratic right to eat properly braaied (barbequed) food. The Democratic Republic of Braai is wherever you gather around fires with friends and family for a celebration of the nation. Where conversations are had and stories are shared. It is a place where you never have to suffer from badly braaied food. This is the promise of Jan Braai s Democratic Republic of Braai. Jan's first South African bestseller Fireworks brought us the basics of braai (barbeque), his second book Red Hot showed us that braai could be so much more. Now The Democratic Republic of Braai brings you the greatest braai recipes that Jan knows because it s your right to braai the best. Find exceptional braai recipes for steak, chicken, lamb and more there s no need to eat or serve badly braaied food ever again. Everything is clear and the steps are logical. The recipes use normal ingredients with understandable names that you can pronounce and find at your local supermarket. This is a manifesto on how to braai your way to complete independence from the kitchen."

 

Gruffalo Crumble and other RecipesGruffalo Crumble and other Recipes by J Donaldson

Gruffalo Crumble and Other Recipes is packed full of sweet treats, healthy snacks and simple meals - all based on the bestselling picture book The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. Is your tummy beginning to rumble? Make your own owl ice cream, scrambled snake and roasted fox, and of course . . . Gruffalo crumble! With twenty-four recipes specially designed for adults to use with children, easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions and lots of hints and tips on what to do next, Gruffalo Crumble and Other Recipes is a great way to introduce Gruffalo fans to cooking and baking. Perfect for holidays, rainy days and full of food ideas for a Gruffalo party.

 

How the Secret Changed My LifeHow The Secret changed my Life by Various

Since the very first publication of The Secret a decade ago, Rhonda Byrne’s bestselling book has brought forth an explosion of real people sharing real stories of how their lives have miraculously changed for the better. How The Secret Changed My Life presents a selection of the most heartwarming and moving stories in one inspirational volume. Each story provides an authentic, real-life illustration of the pathway that leads to success in every area of life: money, health, relationships, love, family and career. The people in How The Secret Changed My Life show time and again that no one is excluded from living the life of their dreams

 

Think And Grow RichThink and Grow Rich by N Hill

Napoleon Hill, America's most beloved motivational author, devoted 25 years to finding out how the wealthy became that way. After interviewing over 500 of the most affluent men and women of his time, he uncovered the secret to great wealth based on the notion that if we can learn to think like the rich, we can start to behave like them. By understanding and applying the thirteen simple steps that constitute Hill's formula, you can achieve your goals, change your life and join the ranks of the rich and successful. In this updated edition, Dr. Arthur R. Pell provides examples of men and women who, in recent times, exemplify the principles that Hill promulgated. With the success stories of top achievers such as Bill Gates and Steven Spielberg, he proves that Hill's philosophies are as valid today as they ever were

 

Fear Our Ultimate ChallengeFear: Our Ultimate Challenge by R Fiennes

Sir Ranulph Fiennes has climbed the Eiger and Mount Everest. He's crossed both Poles on foot. He's been a member of the SAS and fought a bloody guerrilla war in Oman. And yet he confesses that his fear of heights is so great that he'd rather send his wife up a ladder to clean the gutters than do it himself. In Fear, the world's greatest explorer delves into his own experiences to try and explain what fear is, how it happens and how he's overcome it so successfully. He examines key moments from history where fear played an important part in the outcome of a great event. He shows us how the brain perceives fear, how that manifests itself in us, and how we can transform our perceptions. With an enthralling combination of story-telling, research and personal accounts of his own struggles to overcome fear, Sir Ranulph Fiennes sheds new light on one of humanity's strongest emotions.

 

The Power of Positive thinkingThe Power of Positive Thinking by NV Peale

The phenomenal and inspiring bestseller by the father of positive thinking. THE POWER OF POSITIVE THINKING is a practical, direct-action application of spiritual techniques to overcome defeat and win confidence, success and joy. Norman Vincent Peale, the father of positive thinking and one of the most widely read inspirational writers of all time, shares his famous formula of faith and optimism which millions of people have taken as their own simple and effective philosophy of living. His gentle guidance helps to eliminate defeatist attitudes, to know the power you possess and to make the best of your life.

 

A New EarthA New Earth: Create a Better Life by E Tolle

The 10th anniversary edition of the international bestseller and worldwide sensation, featuring a brand new preface by the author. Eckhart Tolle's A New Earth will be a cornerstone for personal spirituality and self-improvement for years to come, leading readers to a new levels of consciousness and inner peace. Taking off from the introspective work The Power of Now, which is a number one bestseller and has sold millions of copies worldwide, Tolle provides the spiritual framework for people to move beyond themselves in order to make this world a better, more spiritually evolved place to live. Shattering modern ideas of ego and entitlement, self and society, Tolle lifts the veil of fear that has hung over humanity during this new millennium, and shines an illuminating light that leads to happiness and health that every reader can follow.

 

How to make a SpaceshipHow to make a Spaceship by J Guthrie

Alone in a spartan black cockpit, test pilot Mike Melvill rocketed towards space. He had eighty seconds to exceed the speed of sound and begin the climb to a target no civilian pilot had ever reached. He might not make it back alive. If he did, he would make history as the world's first commercial astronaut. The spectacle defied reason, the result of a competition dreamed up by entrepreneur Peter Diamandis, whose vision for a new race to space required small teams to do what only the world's largest governments had done before… From the age of eight, when he watched Apollo 11 land on the Moon, Diamandis’s singular goal was to get to space. When he realized NASA was winding down manned space flight, he set out on one of the great entrepreneurial adventure stories of our time. If the government wouldn’t send him to space, he would create a private space flight industry himself. In the 1990s, this idea was the stuff of science fiction. Undaunted, Diamandis found inspiration in the golden age of aviation. He discovered that Charles Lindbergh made his transatlantic flight to win a $25,000 prize. The flight made Lindbergh the most famous man on earth and galvanized the airline industry. Why, Diamandis thought, couldn't the same be done for space flight? The story of the bullet-shaped SpaceShipOne, and the other teams in the hunt for a $10 million prize, is an extraordinary tale of making the impossible possible. In the end, as Diamandis dreamed, the result wasn’t just a victory for one team; it was the foundation for a new industry.

 

Do Humankinds best daysDo Humankind's Best Days Lie Ahead? by S Pinker, M Ridley, A de Botton, M Gladwell

Four of the world’s most renowned thinkers take on one of the biggest debates of the modern era. “It’s just a brute fact that we don't throw virgins into volcanoes any more. We don't execute people for shoplifting a cabbage. And we used to.” - Steven Pinker “The idea that because things have gotten better in the past they will continue to do so in the future is a fallacy I would have thought confined to the lower reaches of Wall Street.” - Malcolm Gladwell

 

The Road Less TravelledThe Road Less Travelled by MS Peck

Confronting and solving problems is a painful process which most of us attempt to avoid. And the very avoidance results in greater pain and an inability to grow both mentally and spiritually. Drawing heavily on his own professional experience, leading psychiatrist Dr M. Scott Peck suggests ways in which facing our difficulties - and suffering through the changes - can enable us to reach a higher level of self-understanding. He discusses the nature of loving relationships: how to recognise true compatibility, how to distinguish dependency from love, how to become one's own person, and how to be a more sensitive parent. This is the bestselling self-help book that will change the way you live, and love, for good.

 

Women who run with WolvesWomen who run with Wolves: Contacting the Power of the Wild Woman by CP Estes

'Women Who Run With The Wolves isn't just another book. It is a gift of profound insight, wisdom and love. An oracle from one who knows.' Alice Walker In the classic Women Who Run With The Wolves, Clarissa Pinkola Estes tells us about the 'wild woman', the wise and ageless presence in the female psyche that gives women their creativity, energy and power. For centuries, the 'wild woman' has been repressed by a male-orientated value system which trivialises women's emotions. Using a combination of time-honoured stories and contemporary casework, Estes reveals that the 'wild woman' in us is innately healthy, passionate and wise. Thoughtfully written and compelling in its arguments, Women Who Run With The Wolves gives readers a new sense of direction, a self confidence and purpose in their lives.

 

The Dalai Lama book of QuotesThe Dalai Lama book of Quotes edited by T Hellstrom

QUOTES FOR LIFE FROM THE DALAI LAMA Accessible and inspirational, this uplifting book will help you live life to the fullest, no matter the occasion. For centuries, millions upon millions of people have sought out the wisdom of the Dalai Lama. Tenzin Gyatso, the current and XIV Dalai Lama, has travelled the world, spreading his personal doctrine of compassion and understanding. His sage words resonate with all who hear him speak, encompassing topics as grand as world peace and as simple as learning to love ourselves. THE DALAI LAMA QUOTATION BOOK compiles his best quotes, speeches and advice in one place. Organized into sections by themes, THE DALAI LAMA QUOTATION BOOK is accessible and easy to share with friends and loved ones

 

The Little Book of HyggeThe Little Book of Hygge: The Danish way to Live Well by M Wiking

Denmark is often said to be the happiest country in the world. That's down to one thing: hygge. 'Hygge has been translated as everything from the art of creating intimacy to cosiness of the soul to taking pleasure from the presence of soothing things. My personal favourite is cocoa by candlelight...' You know hygge when you feel it. It is when you are cuddled up on a sofa with a loved one, or sharing comfort food with your closest friends. It is those crisp blue mornings when the light through your window is just right. Who better than Meik Wiking to be your guide to all things hygge? Meik is CEO of the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen and has spent years studying the magic of Danish life. In this beautiful, inspiring book he will help you be more hygge: from picking the right lighting and planning a dinner party through to creating an emergency hygge kit and even how to dress. Meik Wiking is the CEO of the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen. He is committed to finding out what makes people happy and has concluded that hygge is the magic ingredient that makes Danes the happiest nation in the world.

 

Arm Knitting 30 No Needle Projects for you and your HomeArm Knitting by DK

Using chunky yarns and your arms instead of needles, Arm Knitting shows you how to create beautiful knits in no time at all. With 30 no-needle projects for you and your home, Arm Knitting is the ideal guide to this quick knitting technique. Try knitting projects including scarves, hats, curtains, rugs, and even a hammock to brighten up your home. Large patterns and no needles means that projects are easily completed in an hour or less, perfect for beginner knitters or busy lifestyles. With gorgeous step-by-step photography and detailed instructions covering all knitting materials, tools, and techniques, Arm Knitting is ideal for knitters of all abilities looking for projects that save on time but still look beautiful

 

1001 Quotations to inspire you before you die1001 Quotations to inspire you before you Die by R Arp

From the bestselling 1001 series, comes a collection of 1001 quotations from numerous brilliant minds of the Ancient World through to the present day. With quotes from everyone including Marcus Aurelius, Sun Tzu, Shakespeare and Nietzsche through to Ellen DeGeneres, Nelson Mandela, Mark Zuckerberg and Monty Python's Flying Circus, there is an immense range of ideas, witticisms and musings to ponder. The quotations cover a wide range of topics, including art and literature, culture, philosophy, politics, psychology and religion, made accessible and brought to life by being placed in their historical contexts and accompanied by a wealth of illustrations.

 

The Essential Pokemon Book of Joy OfficialThe Essential Pokemon Book of Joy by Century

Like our heroes Ash and Pikachu, we are all on a road to personal mastery. But life isn’t always sunshine and Jigglypuffs. Written by some of the greatest Pokemon trainers in history, this inspirational book of wit and wisdom offers advice for every turn of life’s winding path. Bursting full of positivity, humour and fun, this charming book of inspirational quotes and illustrations shows that although Jigglypuff, Meowth and Pikachu may be Pokémon, their values could not be more human. The Pokémon Book of Joy will leave you ready to overcome any challenge. And to truly catch ‘em all!

 

The Complete Book of the Flower FairiesThe Complete Book of the Flower Fairies by CM Barker

This complete collection of Cicely Mary Barker's Flower Fairies features a brand-new enchanting cover. Perfect for fans of all ages, this wonderful collection includes all the original Flower Fairy poems and illustrations by Cicely Mary Barker from the classic books. Since the publication of Cicely Mary Barker's first book in 1923, the Flower Fairies have been ethereal companions to generations of readers around the world. Her charming poetry and delicate illustrations have sparked the imaginations of children for over ninety years and continue to inspire a life-long love for fairies and all things magical.

 

The Urban WoodsmanThe Urban Woodsman by M Bainbridge

Hand carving is easy, satisfying and therapeutic when guided by Max Bainbridge. Create your own unique pieces and carve with confidence thanks to detailed information on tools, cutting techniques and clear step-by-step photography accompanying each project. Start with basic spoons, cooking spoons and spatulas, before moving onto butter knives, chopping boards and small bowls, with only a few simple tools required. Max also advises on the perfect finish for your projects how to sand, ebonise, scorch and texture surfaces as well as waxing and oiling your new creations. Whether you are a novice or an experienced carver, this book will inspire you to make something that you will be proud of.

 

Hygge The Danish Art of HappinessHygge: The Danish art of Happiness by MT Soderberg

Other books will tell you how to be hygge. This is the only book that will show you. Though we all know the feeling of hygge instinctively few of us ever manage to capture it for more than a moment. Now Danish actress and hygge aficionado Marie Tourell Søderberg has travelled the length and breadth of her home country to create the perfect guide to cooking, decorating, entertaining and being inspired the hygge way. Full of beautiful photographs and simple, practical steps and ideas to make your home and life both comfortable and cheering all year round, this book is the easy way to introduce hygge into your life. 'Pretty, homey and intimate, scattered with reflections from ordinary Danes' Guardian

 

Star warsStar Wars Where’s the Wookiee? Search and Find Activity Book by Lucasfilm

Chewbacca, a notorious rebel ally, is wanted for crimes against the Empire. Not often seen without his partner-in-crime, Han Solo, this Wookiee has evaded capture on multiple occasions, due in no small part to the fastest freighter in the universe, the Millennium Falcon. Chewie, as he is more commonly known, has a sizeable bounty on his head. Can you find this furry criminal before other accomplished bounty hunters beat you to it? A uniquely illustrated search and find format, perfect for Star Wars fans young and old! Now in paperback! Look out for other Star Wars activity books: Star Wars: Art Therapy Star Wars: Dot to Dot Star Wars: Colouring by Numbers Star Wars: Galaxy of Colouring Star Wars Art of Colouring: The Force Awakens

 

 

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Lift The Flap Fairy TalesLift-the-flap Fairy Tales by Priddy Books

Step into the magical world of fairy tales and find your favorite characters under the flaps in this charming seek-and-find book. Inside, children will be enchanted by the beautifully illustrated fairy tale scenes, each with a rhyme inviting them to lift up the flaps and discover who is underneath. At the end of the book is a big fold-out page that reveals all the fairy-tale characters together, living happily ever after.

 

The Gruffalo Puppet BookThe Gruffalo Puppet Book by J Donaldson

Who's afraid of the Gruffalo? With this fantastic addition to the My First Gruffalo range, you can scare away Fox, scratch the Gruffalo's warty nose and tickle his prickles. Fox, Owl and Snake might be scared of him, but children will want to give the Gruffalo puppet a big cuddle by the end of this fun and interactive story from the superstar pairing, and Gruffalo creators, Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. Young children will love meeting the Gruffalo, Mouse and the other animals in the deep dark wood in a playful new way. The Gruffalo Puppet Book encourages them to explore and pick out the Gruffalo's nose, paws and prickles, and shows them that he's not scary at all!

 

Noisy Fire Engine PeekabooNoisy Fire Engine Peekaboo! by DK

Amazing pictures, colourful pages and friendly learning makes Noisy Fire Engine Peekaboo! educational as well as great fun! A brand new fire engine adventure in the successful Noisy Peekaboo! lift-the-flap range! Flaps hide exciting emergency vehicles, light-activated sounds, and fun words which will have your little toddler joining in in no time:Woooh! Woooh! A perfect gift for toddlers who want to interact with the noisy fire engine.

 

Noisy Toys PeekabooNoisy Toys Peekaboo! by DK

Amazing pictures, colourful pages and friendly learning makes Noisy Toys Peekaboo! educational as well as great fun! A brand new toy adventure in the Noisy Peekaboo! lift-the-flap series. Flaps hide exciting objects and animals, from trains to ducks, light-activated sounds, and fun words which will have your little toddler joining in in no time:Toot toot! Quack quack! A perfect gift for toddlers who want to play along with the noisy toys.

 

My Best Ever Pop Up Big Build BookMy Best Ever Pop-Up Big Build Book by DK

DK's My Best Ever Pop-Up Big Build Book is a fantastic introduction to construction for your toddler. Find out about excavation, cement mixing, forklifts and cranes in this detailed and fun lift-the-flap book, ideal for early and hands-on learning. With a fascinating pull-out illustrating the construction of a block of flats, flaps on every page and sounds to go with them, your little ones will love learning all about building. This unique blend of photography, adorable illustrated builders and simple text, will both educate and entertain your child.

 

Id Know You Anywhere My LoveI’d Know You Anywhere, My Love by N Tillman

There are things about you quite unlike any other. Things always known by your father or mother. So if you decide to be different one day, no worries...I'd know you anyway. Every Child is special and unique, but every child also loves to dream of being something different. Bestselling author and artist Nancy Tillman has created another heartfelt masterpiece celebrating the joys of imagination, and the comfort of always knowing that "you are loved." And now, this beautiful book, which was on the New York Times bestseller list for more than a month, is available in the ever popular board book format!

 

On the Night You Were BornOn the Night you were Born by N Tillman

On the night you were born, you brought wonder and magic to the world. The moon stayed up till morning. Polar bears danced. Here is a book that celebrates the one and only ever you! Now available in its entirety in board book format, Nancy Tillman's masterpiece is perfect for acknowledging the special people in our lives that they are loved.

 

The Crown on your HeadThe Crown on your Head by N Tillman

We know our children are special, and now, the incomparable Nancy Tillman expresses this universal feeling in the most touching of ways: Every child is born with a crown. The crown is everything that gives us unique value. Our crown will always be with us wherever we go, whatever we do. The Crown on Your Head is a perfect gift for baby showers, graduation, and for any other occasion to tell dear ones that they are loved

 

SpinderellaSpinderella by J Donaldson

A fantastic new picture book all about a football-playing spider, written by Julia Donaldson, author of The Gruffalo, with glorious full colour illustrations from the talented Sebastian Braun and a sparkling, glittery foiled cover. Spinderella the spider has a passion for football! She tries to play a match with her brothers and sisters but she doesn’t know how many spiders should be on each team. Even worse, she can’t count the goals! Luckily for Spinderella, her Hairy Godmother has a plan... Julia Donaldson does it again in this hugely engaging and funny story all about football, spiders and counting - what's not to love! The perfect picture book for children of all ages - boys and girls alike.

 

By the Light of the MoonBy the Light of the Moon by T Percival

Ivan's old house had always been so warm and friendly. This new one was NOT. Ivan finds his new house strange and can't sleep. He lies awake and then sees a shimmering light come down. The light turns into a creature called a Moji, and it takes him on a fabulous night-time adventure, up high into space, bounding through starlit forests and down deep into the oceans. Ivan has never had so much fun! And the magical Moji shows him that soon the new house will feel like home. A gently emotional story to reassure fears about moving house, with stunning artwork and a wonderful magical element. The author/illustrator of Herman's Letter has shown his breadth of talent with this new direction.

 

Push Dig ScoopPush! Dig! Scoop! A Construction Counting Rhyme by RG Greene

Down at the construction site, mummy and daddy trucks show their little ones how to build. Push goes a big mummy bulldozer and her one little dozer! Dig goes a daddy digger and his two little diggers! Count along with every scooping, mashing and spinning family of trucks in the construction site - all the way from the bright early morning until it's time to snuggle in bed. Picture book talents Rhonda Gowler Greene and Daniel Kirk have joined together for a book that will dig its way into the hearts of those who love Goodnight Digger and Bob the Builder.

 

The Adventures of Beekle The Unimaginary FriendThe Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend by D Santat

On one very special day an imaginary friend is born on an island far away. Here, he and his other imaginary friends play all day and each night they sit beneath the stars, hoping and waiting for their turn to be picked, to be imagined, by a real child. But this particular imaginary friend waits and waits, and still no child imagines him. So he does the unimaginable – he sets off into the real world. Once there, he searches so long that he is just about to give up, when a shy, bookish girl named Alice meets him. Gradually they discover they are perfect for each other… and Alice has the perfect name for her imaginary friend: Beekle.

 

The Little Elephant Who Wants to Fall AsleepThe Little Elephant who wants to fall asleep by C Ehrlin

Add variety to your child's bedtime routine with the latest book from the author of The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep, the global bestseller that parents have been raving about! Features all-new child-tested, parent-approved techniques to reclaim bedtime and provide a sweet and tender end to each day. Your child joins Ellen the Elephant on a journey through a magical forest that leads to sleep. Along the way, children meet different fantastical characters and have calming experiences that will help your child to relax and slip into slumber quickly. The story works perfectly for either naptime or bedtime.

 

Sir DancealotSir Dancealot by T Knapman

From jiving away trolls to boogying aside bogglesnots and bopping off beasties, there's not a fearsome foe Sir Dancealot can't defeat! But when a fire-breathing dragon arrives at the castle gates demanding a dance-off, everyone is worried. Could this be one step too far for our hero of the dance floor? A hilarious story of sequinned clothes, dragon foes and twinkly toes.

 

My Mindful Little One BedtimeMy Mindful Little One: Bedtime by B Carelse

The perfect picture book to share to bring a sense of calm and peacefulness to bedtime. Written by child psychologist and mindfulness expert Dr Bernadette Carelse, this picture book introduces young children to the benefits of mindfulness. Beautifully illustrated throughout, the practices encourage your child to bring their awareness to the present moment, to let go of the day, and to settle down for a good night's sleep.

 

Goodnight Spaceman Book and CD Goodnight 6Goodnight Spaceman by M Robinson & N East

With a recording of the story read by ESA astronaut Tim Peake, from the International Space Station! Inspired by Tim and his sons, and featuring an introduction from the astronaut, this is the perfect bedtime book, and the first bedtime story ever to be recorded in space! Two space-mad little boys get ready for bed and say goodnight to their toy rockets, launch pads and planet mobiles, before being whisked away into space on an adventure beyond their wildest dreams . . . Tim Peake is the first official British ESA astronaut. He left Earth on 15th December 2015 to begin a six month long mission aboard the International Space Station. His time in space has been watched by millions and he is inspiring a new generation of explorers, adventurers and questioners. Goodnight Spaceman is the sixth book in Michelle Robinson and Nick East's beloved series. Look out for Goodnight Digger, Goodnight Tractor, Goodnight Princess, Goodnight Pirate and Goodnight Santa too!

 

The Best PirateThe Best Pirate by S Mongredien & D Taylor

With pirate accessories to cut out and keep, this is the perfect picture book for all small pirate fans looking for a big adventure! Pirate Paul is the smallest pirate in the crew. He would love to climb the rigging, patch the sails, check for whales... or even scrub the portholes until they shine, if only he was allowed. The other pirates don't let him do a thing because he's too TINY. But when the rest of the crew get in trouble and fall into a nasty trap, it is little Pirate Paul who manages to save the day!

 

Twinkle Tames a DragonTwinkle Tames a Dragon by K Holabird & S Warburton

From the author of the global success Angelina Ballerina comes the third book in this brand new series for all those who love fairies, friendship and pink! Fairy Godmother gives Twinkle and her friends a pet each - and Twinkle gets a dragon! Scruffy is boisterous, greedy and full of energy. Twinkle knows that he will be the naughtiest pet at the Fairy Pet Day. But she loves him anyway and Scruffy proves that he can be a good dragon, if he really wants to be! Illustrated by the bestselling illustrator of Dinosaurs in the Supermarket, Sarah Warburton and Katherine Holabird are an exciting picture book team.

 

The NutcrackerThe Nutcracker by J Ray

The ultimate children's gift edition of the beloved classic ballet story, The Nutcracker. Christmas Eve is the most magical night of the year, when the house is scented with wood smoke and spices, and there are secrets under every bed... When the clock strikes midnight, Clara's new nutcracker doll comes to life and leads her on a thrilling adventure, battling with the wicked Mouse King and his troops, then journeying to the Kingdom of Sweets. Retold simply and lyrically, with enchanting illustrations that capture all the joy and excitement of Christmas, this beautiful book from award-winning book-maker Jane Ray, this is the ultimate contemporary edition of everyone's favourite Christmas ballet story!

 

Dinostars and the Cackling Cave CreatureDinostars and the Cackling Cave Creature by B Mantle

Dinosaurs aren't extinct. They're living in another galaxy... Meet the Dinostars. Join Captain T-Rex and his team in this exciting series of dinosaur space adventures! With fun space facts, a removable pop-up Dinostar and character cards in each book and a fantastically funny story with bold bright artwork by the talented author-illustrator, Ben Mantle. The Dinostars discover a new planet where everything is mysteriously quiet. But why did everybody leave? When Captain T-Rex and his team come across a cute little cave creature they might be about to find out...

 

Our LibraryOur Library by E Bunting

When Miss Goose announces that the library is going to close forever, Raccoon and his friends spring into action. Where will they get the help they need to save their beloved library? In books, of course!This cheery tale from ever-popular author Eve Bunting shows how important libraries are to every community. Bright, playful illustrations enhance the light treatment of this serious subject, in a story that celebrates the value of books in everyone s lives."

 

Fantastically Great Woman Who Changed The WorldFantastically Great Woman who changed the World by K Pankhurst

Kate Pankhurst, descendent of Emmeline Pankhurst, has created this wildly wonderful and accessible book about women who really changed the world. Discover fascinating facts about some of the most amazing women who changed the world we live in. Fly through the sky with the incredible explorer Amelia Earhart, and read all about the Wonderful Adventures of Mary Seacole with this fantastic full colour book. Bursting full of beautiful illustrations and astounding facts, Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World is the perfect introduction to just a few of the most incredible women who helped shaped the world we live in. List of women featured: Jane Austen, Gertrude Ederle, Coco Chanel, Frida Kahlo, Marie Curie, Mary Anning, Mary Seacole, Amelia Earhart, Agent Fifi, Sacagawa, Emmeline Pankhurst, Rosa Parks, Anne Frank

 

How to Save a SuperheroHow to Save a Super Hero by C Hart & E Eaves

Albie doesn't want to tidy his toys away but when a comic-book baddie snatches one away, he has to chase after them! Follow Albie into a world of flying superheroes, crazy contraptions and daring rescues in another fantastically fun adventure from the bestselling team of Caryl Hart and Ed Eaves.

 

Roo the Roaring DinosaurRoo the Roaring Dinosaur: Best Play Day Ever by D Bedford & M Stanley

The cute noisy dinosaur is back for another adventure! When Erik, a polar bear explorer, spends a day on Roo's island, Roo makes a big, fun friend. But he soon discovers that even big, fun friends sometimes need help. A heart-warming story about the ups - and downs - of friendship.

 

The Nutcracker illustratedThe Nutcracker illustrated by V Docampo

The New York City Ballet is known for showcasing classic stories of the ballet with their trademark stylish and modern sensibility. For the first time, this beloved Christmas story is told based on George Balanchine’s quintessential production. The storyline of this gorgeous picture book mimics the choreography of the famous ballet and the illustrations are inspired by the backdrops and scenery from the actual production. The New York City Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker is considered to be “the” leading production in the world. A Christmas tradition for many families, now readers who can’t travel to New York will be able to experience this colorful celebratory story. A must-have for every aspiring ballerina’s library and a holiday tradition for every family’s bookshelf.

 

Fancy Nancy Take Along Storybook SetFancy Nancy Take-Along Storybook Set: 5 Storybook Adventures by J O’Connor

Ooh la la—five fabulous Fancy Nancy books in one box set! From staying up late to throwing a birthday party for Frenchy to learning new ballet dance moves and more, no one brings pizzazz quite like Nancy! From New York Times bestselling team Jane O’Connor and Robin Preiss Glasser comes a set of 8x8 favorites—Fancy Nancy and the Late, Late, LATE Night, Fancy Nancy and the Sensational Babysitter, Fancy Nancy: Tea for Two, Fancy Nancy: Puppy Party, and Fancy Nancy: Budding Ballerina—all complete with a box and handle for readers on the go!

 

Living in South AfricaLiving in South Africa by C Perkins

Discover what it s like to grow up in South Africa with this fascinating, nonfiction Level 2 Ready-to-Read, part of a series all about kids just like you in countries around the world! Dumela! My name is David, and I m a kid just like you living in South Africa. South Africa is a country filled with stunning cities, amazing animals, and many different cultures that s why they call South Africa the rainbow nation! Have you ever wondered what South Africa is like? Come along with me to find out! Each book in our Living in series is narrated by a kid growing up in their home country and is filled with fresh, modern illustrations as well as loads of history, geography, and cultural goodies that fit perfectly into Common Core standards. Join kids from all over the world on a globe-trotting adventure with the Living in series sure to be a hit with children, parents, educators, and librarians alike!"

 

Captain Firebeards School for PiratesCaptain Firebeard’s School for Pirates by C Strathie & A Chernyshova

Welcome to Cap'n Firebeard's School for Pirates - the fiercest, baddest school on all the Seven Seas. Here, students are taught to be fierce and brave, and lessons include 'walking the plank', 'pirate speak' and 'crow's nest climbing'. Each book will see the class putting these new-found skills to the test in a real pirating adventure!

 

Great Mouse DetectiveGreat Mouse Detective: Basil in Mexico by E Titus

Named one of 13 Detective Book Series You Obsessed over as a Kid by Buzzfeed.com and the inspiration for a hit Disney film, the masterful Great Mouse Detective is back and travelling to Mexico to solve three thrilling mysteries! Basil the famous sleuth of mousedom has learned a great deal living in Sherlock Holmes s cellar. Now, his sleuthing skills are being put to the test on a wild trip to Mexico! First, mousedom becomes frantic as mice are cracking their teeth on phony cheese made of concrete. Can he find a way to stop whoever is making the counterfeit cheese? Then, he must ferret out the truth when a beloved masterpiece the Mousa Lisa goes missing. And finally, Basil must track down the culprit when Dr. Dawson, Basil s faithful friend and companion, is mousenapped! In each of these daring adventures, Basil proves himself to be a true disciple of his hero, Sherlock Holmes!"

 

Kitty Magic 1Kitty’s Magic 1: Misty the Scared Kitten by E Moonheart

Kitty always thought she was allergic to cats, but when her best friend's new kitten, Misty, gives her a tickly feeling in her nose, something magical happens . Kitty turns into a cat! Being cat and human means that Kitty can have the best of both worlds! But with the special power comes a special role: Kitty becomes the Guardian of the local cats' Cat Council and must help them find the purrfect solution to their feline problems. So when there is trouble in the neighbourhood and Misty is too scared to go outside, can Kitty's magic help her to be braver? And can Kitty keep her ability a secret from other humans? If not, she may never be able to turn into a cat again. The enchanting new series about Kitty, the girl who magically turns into a cat when she sneezes!

 

Kitty Magic 2Kitty’s Magic 2: Shadow the Lonely Cat by E Moonheart

Kitty has always thought she was allergic to cats, but during a sleepover she finds out that her allergy is actually something far more magical - when a midnight sneezing fit mysteriously transforms her into a cat. Shadow the black tomcat hasn't been seen at a Cat Council meeting for weeks, and in the human world Kitty hears some of the children at school saying he's a witch's cat. The house he lives in is a bit scary, but that's no reason to let him be lonely. Kitty is determined to help, but she is going to have to use all her new cat skills to figure this problem out! The enchanting new series about Kitty, the girl who magically turns into a cat

 

A Piglet Called TruffleA Piglet Called Truffle by H Peters

Jasmine's dad is a farmer, and her mum is a large-animal vet, so Jasmine spends a lot of time caring for animals and keeping them out of trouble. Unfortunately, this often means she gets into hot water herself...In the first in the series, A Piglet Called Truffle, Jasmine rescues a tiny little piglet from certain death. But Jasmine's parents don't believe in farm animals being pets and insist that Truffle must be sold as soon as she's big enough. Jasmine is desperate to give Truffle a home for life. And then, one stormy night, disaster strikes... Brilliant story-telling that will make you laugh and cry, this is Dick King-Smith for a new generation. Look out for Jasmine's other adventures! A Duckling Called Button A Sheepdog Called Sky

 

Alexander McCall SmithsMarvellous Mix-ups by A McCall Smith

An irresistible bind-up edition of two infectiously entertaining adventure mysteries, Spaghetti Tangle and Teacher Trouble, from the bestselling author of the No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency series, Alexander McCall Smith, and with amazing illustrations by Kate Hindley throughout. Spaghetti Tangle John and Nicky would give anything in the world for a bowl of chips or a piece of chocolate cake, but they live with their strange aunty and she won't let them eat anything that's not raw! One day they sneek out and slurp down a plate piled high with spaghetti. Now they want more ... Lucky for them, there's a competition to visit the spaghetti factory and eat as much as you like. What will aunty say? Teacher Trouble It's Jenny's first day at a new school and she looks very grown-up - her mum has made sure of it. But when she arrives at the school, she looks so smart that the rest of her class think she is their new teacher! Soon Jenny finds herself in all sorts of tricky situations. How long will it be before Jenny is found out? And what will happen then?

 

Winnie the Pooh The Best Bear in all the WorldThe Best Bear in All the World: A collection of four stories inspired by AA Milne & EH Shepard

Celebrate 90 years of Winnie-the-Pooh with The Best Bear in all the World, the official sequel to the classic children's stories by A.A. Milne. With brand-new stories from some of the most beloved children's authors writing today: Paul Bright, Brian Sibley, Kate Saunders and Jeanne Willis – each will transport you back into the Hundred Acre Wood for more adventures with Winnie-the-Pooh, Christopher Robin, Piglet, Tigger, Eeyore and the rest of the gang. With decorations by Mark Burgess, in the style of the cherished illustrations by E.H. Shepard. This book will delight fans of the classic originals old and new. The short stories are perfect bedtime reading for ages six and up. Do you own all the classic Pooh titles? Winnie-the-Pooh The House at Pooh Corner When We Were Very Young Now We Are Six The nation’s favourite teddy bear has been delighting generations of children for 90 years. Milne’s classic children’s stories – featuring Tigger, Piglet, Eeyore, Christopher Robin and, of course, Pooh himself – are both heart-warming and funny, teaching lessons of friendship and  reflecting the power of a child’s imagination like no other story before or since. Pooh ranks alongside other beloved characters such as Paddington Bear, and Peter Rabbit as an essential part of our literary heritage. Whether you’re 5 or 55, Pooh is the bear for all ages.

 

My Adorable FoxMy Adorable Fox by S Hawkins

Mia is feeling lonely and left out since her best friend Emily started spending all her time with other girls at school. But then the perfect distraction appears in the garden next door: four adorable fox cubs! Mia starts to help out at the local animal rescue centre and forms a bond with the smallest of the cubs, Socks. Can Mia's new fox friends help make things right with Emily?

 

Magical Stories For 6 Years OldsMagical Stories for 6 Year Olds by H Paiba

Magical Stories for 6 Year Olds is a bright and varied selection of marvellously magical stories by some of the very best writers for children. Perfect for reading alone or aloud - and for dipping into time and time again. With stories from The Brothers Grimm, Berlie Doherty, Joan Aiken, Geraldine McCaughrean and many more, this book will provide hours of fantastic fun.

 

Trolls Out Of Branchs BunkerTrolls: Out of Branch’s Bunker by DreamWorks

DreamWorks Animation’s TROLLS is an irreverent comedy extravaganza with incredible music! From the genius creators of SHREK, TROLLS stars Poppy, the optimistic leader of the Trolls, and her polar opposite, Branch.Together, this unlikely pair of Trolls must embark on an adventure that takes them far beyond the only world they’ve ever known. Boys and girls ages 3 to 7 will love this two-story flip book based on the film that features more than 30 stickers!

 

Trolls Dance Hug SingTrolls: Dance, Hug, Sing by DreamWorks

DreamWorks Animation’s TROLLS is an irreverent comedy extravaganza with incredible music! From the genius creators of SHREK, TROLLS stars Poppy, the optimistic leader of the Trolls, and her polar opposite, Branch. Together, this unlikely pair of Trolls must embark on an adventure that takes them far beyond the only world they’ve ever known. Boys and girls ages 3 to 7 will love this full-color storybook that follows the adventures of Poppy and Branch and features more than 30 temporary tattoos!

 

Nancy Drew Club Book 6Nancy Drew Club Book # 6: Pets on Parade by C Keene

Nancy, Bess, and George solve a doggone puzzler of a mystery during the annual River Heights Halloween Pet Parade in the sixth book in an all-new, interactive Nancy Drew chapter book mystery series.  Nancy, Bess, and George are gearing up for a weekend of River Heights Halloween activities, including the annual Howl-A-Ween Pet Parade! All the kids get to dress up their pets and march with them up Main Street. Nancy s dog, Chocolate Chip, is even picked to lead the parade atop a festive hay wagon float! But right before show time, Chip starts whining, running in circles, and burrowing into the hay! When Nancy can t calm her down, the parade officials remove her as the leader! Nancy, Bess, and George wonder if something or someone made Chip act that way. Nancy pulls out her clue book; the Clue Crew is on the case! Who s behind Chip s strange doggy behavior? Is it Deidre Shannon, who was mad that Chip was chosen over her princess puppy Pom-Pom to lead the parade? Felipe the Pet Trainer, who wanted a dog he was training to lead the parade? Or is it yikes! the ghost of Murray the Monster Mutt? Will the Clue Crew crack this case before all the River Heights pets go batty?"

 

Candy Fairies Super Special Peppermint PrincessCandy Fairies Super Special: The Peppermint Princess by H Perelman

Dash the Mint Fairy digs into her pepperminty past to find out more about her family in this sweet-tacular super special Candy Fairies adventure. Dash the Mint Fairy discovers an ancient mint castle s candy at the far side of Frosted Mountains and learns about a royal mint princess who left her throne for love. King Crunch will help Dash find out more about her minty past. Could she be part princess?"

 

Candy Fairies 3 Books In 1Candy Fairies 3-books-in-1 # 2 by H Perelman

Get a taste of the Candy Fairies series with this yummy paperback bind-up that includes three Candy Fairies adventures! This supersweet paperback edition of the three Candy Fairies books includes Cool Mint, Magic Hearts, and Sugar Ball. In Cool Mint, it s Dash the Mint Fairy s responsibility to make a new candy cane throne for Princess Lolli. But she seems more interested in going marshmallow sledding. Will she find a way to do both? In Magic Hearts, Berry the Fruit Fairy spends more time making a new dress than making new candy for Heart Day. When she finds some wild magic hearts growing nearby, she thinks she s solved all her problems, but she s in a for a magic surprise! And in The Sugar Ball, all of the Candy Fairies are making fabulous new dresses to wear and candy treats to share for the upcoming Sugar Ball. Cocoa the Chocolate Fairy creates a magical chocolate wand to match her stunning new gown. But when her wand ends up in the wrong hands, can Cocoa and her friends clean up the mess?"

 

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Diary of a wimpy Kid 11Diary of a Wimpy Kid 11: Double Down by J Kinney

Book 11 in the phenomenally bestselling Diary of a Wimpy Kid series is out now! The pressure's really piling up on Greg Heffley. His mom thinks video games are turning his brain to mush, so she wants her son to put down the controller and explore his 'creative side'. As if that's not scary enough, Halloween's just around the corner and the frights are coming at Greg from every angle. When Greg discovers a bag of gummy worms, it sparks an idea. Can he get his mom off his back by making a movie... and will he become rich and famous in the process? Or will doubling down on this plan just double Greg's troubles?

 

Connect the StarsConnect the Stars by M de los Santos & D Teague

From Saving Lucas Biggs authors Marisa de los Santos and David Teague comes a heartwarming middle grade adventure about two misfits discovering the importance of just being themselves. When thirteen-year-olds Aaron and Audrey meet at a wilderness camp in the desert, they think their quirks are enough to prevent them from ever having friends. But as they trek through the challenging and unforgiving landscape, they learn that they each have what it takes to make the other whole. Luminous and clever, Connect the Stars takes on some hefty topics of the day—bullying, understanding where you fit in, and learning to live with physical and mental challenges—all in a joyous adventure kids will love!

 

Little Bits of SkyLittle bits of Sky by S.E. Durrant

I've put this story together from the diaries I kept when Zac and I were children. I wrote them because I felt we were almost invisible and I wanted to make sure our story was told, and also in the hope that life would get better for the small unloved girl that was me, and my even smaller unloved brother. And if life didn't get better or at least more interesting I was going to make it up - to put in witches and castles and rides in fast cars. But I didn't need to. Life got exciting all by itself...It's 1987 and Ira and Zac are being uprooted once again, this time to Skilly House, a home for social care children. Their lives over the next few years are beautifully realised amongst the antipathy of the authorities, the drama of the poll tax riots and the moments of peace and hope Ira finds at Skilly and further afield. This is a memorable and moving tale about growing up, making friends and finding a home.

 

Operation RhinoOperation Rhino (The White Giraffe Series bk 5) by L St John

The fifth African adventure in Lauren St John's bestselling THE WHITE GIRAFFE series. When Sawubona's white rhinos are attacked, the poachers leave behind a terrified calf. Devastated but determined to help, Martine and Ben agree to take the rhino baby to a sanctuary near the Golden Gate Highlands National Park. But the sanctuary is hiding a precious secret - one that must be guarded from the poachers at all costs. When the secret gets out, Martine and Ben find themselves in the fight of their lives to save one of the rarest animals on earth. But who can they trust? A magical and heartwarming adventure about saving endangered species.

 

The Midnight GangThe Midnight Gang by D Williams

Welcome to the Midnight Gang! Midnight is the time when all children are fast asleep, except of course for… the Midnight Gang. That is when their adventures are just beginning… When Tom gets hit on the head by a cricket ball, he finds himself at Lord Funt Hospital, and is greeted by a terrifying-looking porter. Things go from bad to worse when he meets the wicked matron in charge of the children’s ward… But Tom is about to embark on the most thrilling journey of a lifetime! The Midnight Gang tells an extraordinarily heartwarming and, of course, funny story of five children on a hospital ward – and on a quest for adventure! It is a story of friendship and magic – and of making dreams come true. Readers are set to be utterly spellbound by this heartfelt story that will bring magic to everyone’s Christmas.

 

Trolls The Junior NovelizationTrolls: The Junior Novelization by DreamWorks

DreamWorks Animation s TROLLS is an irreverent comedy extravaganza with incredible music! From the genius creators of SHREK, TROLLS stars Poppy, the optimistic leader of the Trolls, and her polar opposite, Branch. Together, this unlikely pair of Trolls must embark on an adventure that takes them far beyond the only world they ve ever known. Trolls: The Junior Novelization retells the whole exciting story and features eight pages of full-color scenes from the movie!"

 

Mission Survival 1Mission Survival 1: Gold of the Gods by B Grylls

Mission: Survival Location: The Colombian Jungle Dangers: Snakes; starvation; howler monkeys Beck Granger is lost in the jungle with no food, no compass, and no hope of rescue. But Beck is no ordinary teenager - he's the world's youngest survival expert. If anyone can make it out alive, he can.

 

 

Mission Survival 2Mission Survival 2: Way of the Wolf by B Grylls

A fatal plane crash. A frozen wilderness. The world’s youngest survival expert is in trouble again... Beck Granger must find help across the mountains – but even if he survives the deadly cold, can he escape the hungry wolf that is on his trail? The second book in an explosive adventure series from real-life survival expert BEAR GRYLLS

 

 

Mission Survival 3Mission Servival 3: Sands of the Scorpion by B Grylls

Mission: Survival Location : The Sahara Desert Dangers : Diamond smugglers; heatstroke; scorpions After being forced to parachute out of a smugglers’ plane, teenage adventurer Beck Granger is about to face his toughest survival challenge yet – the Sahara Desert. Blistering sun, shifting sand dunes, and no water for hundreds of miles... Can he survive the heat and make it out alive?

 

The Fox And The Ghost KingThe Fox and the Ghost King by M Morpurgo

A delightful tale of victory against all odds from master storyteller, Michael Morpurgo, lavishly illustrated by Michael Foreman. “Every fox in the whole town, in the whole country just about, is a football fan… And we all have an impossible dream.” In a cosy den under a garden shed lives a family of foxes. They love to watch football – all foxes do. But their favourite team keeps losing and losing, and it seems like things will never look up. That is, until Daddy Fox finds the ghost of a king, buried underneath a car park. A king who wishes only to be free. “Release me,” says the Ghost King, “and I can do anything. Just tell me your greatest wish.” For these football-loving foxes, might everything be about to change…?

 

House of Robots Robots Go WildHouse of Robots: Robots go wild by J Patterson

In book two of the House of Robots series, it's 'bot brains versus 'bot brawn in an all-out war! Sammy Hayes-Rodriguez and his 'bro-bot' E are making new friends every day as E works as his bedridden sister Maddie's school proxy. But disaster strikes when E malfunctions just in time to be upstaged by the super-cool new robot on the block – and loses his ability to help Maddie. Now it's up to Sammy to figure out what's wrong with E and save his family!

 

Dork Diaries Frenemies ForeverDork Diaries bk 11 Frenemies forever by RR Russell

Nikki Maxwell, Queen of the Dorks, is back in the eleventh instalment of the bestselling series! Nikki is spending a week at North Hampton Hills as part of the school transfer programme. The good news is that NHH is super-cool and preppy. The bad news is that Nikki’s nemesis MacKenzie started there two weeks ago! But, faced with NHH queen bee Tiffany, who takes meanness to a whole new level, Nikki might need to work WITH Mackenzie if she’s going to survive the week! Can Nikki and MacKenzie overcome their differences and become BFFS … Best Frenemies Forever?!

 

Middle School The Worst Years of My Life Middle School 1Middle School: The Worst Years of my Life by J Patterson

Rafe Khatchadorian is getting the Hollywood treatment in a film version of Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life starring Griffin Gluck, Lauren Graham, Rob Riggle and Thomas Barbusca. Rafe Khatchadorian has enough problems at home without throwing his first year of middle school into the mix. Luckily, he's got an ace plan for the best year ever, if he can pull it off. With his best friend Leonardo the Silent awarding him points, Rafe tries to break every rule in his school's oppressive Code of Conduct. Chewing gum in class - 5,000 points! Running in the hallway - 10,000 points! Pulling the fire alarm - 50,000 points! But when Rafe's game starts to catch up with him, he'll have to decide if winning is all that matters, or if he's finally ready to face the rules, bullies, and truths he's been avoiding.

 

Kid OwnerKid Owner by T Green

From New York Times bestselling author and former NFL player Tim Green comes a riveting stand-alone football novel, perfect for fans of Mike Lupica.When Ryan s estranged father unexpectedly dies, Ryan learns that he has inherited the Dallas Cowboys. With his new role as owner of this NFL team, Ryan has high hopes that he can be more than just a middle school misfit. Maybe he can even get off the bench and into the starting lineup of his own football team.With the help of his friends Jackson and Izzy, Ryan takes advantage of his newfound stardom. He convinces his coach to use a tricky passing offense that plays to Ryan s strengths. But just when things are looking up, Ryan s nasty stepmother makes a legal play to make her own son the Cowboys kid owner. With drama heating up both on and off the field, Ryan quickly realizes he may lose much more than just the Dallas Cowboys."

 

Middle School Dogs Best FriendMiddle School: Dog’s Best Friend by J Patterson

Rafe Khatchadorian is getting the Hollywood treatment in a film version of Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life starring Griffin Gluck, Lauren Graham, Rob Riggle and Thomas Barbusca. It's a dog-eat-dog world, and Rafe Khatchadorian is just trying to live in it. Life in middle school is finally starting to seem bearable – until Rafe spots his grandmother standing in the free-meal line at the local soup kitchen. To help earn some money for the family, Rafe concocts a brilliant plan – a dog-walking business that soon turns into a huge money-making neighbourhood empire. He'll even have extra cash to buy his own WormHole Deluxe Multi-Platform GameBox! That is, until two terrible twins launch the Great Dog War by sabotaging Rafe's flyers and stealing his customers. Plus, his bratty kid sister Georgia has skipped a grade – so now she's in all of Rafe's classes. Throw a kid a bone! Songs

 

A Treasury of SongsA Treasury of Songs by J Donaldson

As well as being the UK's most successful picture book author, Julia Donaldson is a gifted songwriter for children. A Treasury of Songs contains over twenty of her songs, including fun-filled action rhymes, Aesop's fables, and songs based on Julia Donaldson's best-loved picture books, from Room on the Broom to The Gruffalo. This beautifully produced songbook treasury is illustrated throughout with Axel Scheffler's warm and wonderful artwork, and comes with a CD of all the songs performed by Julia herself, which will be familiar to anyone who has heard them on TV or radio or enjoyed one of Julia's live performances. With a shiny foiled jacket, luxury extra-thick paper and a foreword by the author, this is the perfect gift for all fans of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.

 

My Encyclopedia of Very Important thingsMy Encyclopedia of Very Important things by DK

Full of fun facts, colourful illustrations, and games that will feed a child's imagination and quench their thirst for knowledge, whilst supporting the National Curriculum. My Encyclopedia of Very Important Things is the perfect book for children from 4 - 7 years of age. Supporting the national curriculum and providing all the information young minds need and much more, My Encyclopedia of Very Important Things is split into four sections, All About Me, Animals, People, and My Planet, covering everything from the continents to the blue whale in fun and engaging ways. Bursting with knowledge and loads of very important things to set young minds alight.

 

Top 10 of Everything 2017Top 10 of Everything 2017 by P Terry

This latest edition takes a look at the best and most extreme in the world of animals, machines, nature, humankind, sports, music, space, movies and much, much more! A range of features provide useful ways for readers to engage with facts - including charts that explain data clearly and easily, and snapshot lists that break down details into boxouts. With a brilliant, colourful design, packed full of photographs and incredible information across every topic imaginable, there's sure to be something to keep any reader amused!

 

The 3rd QI book of General IgnoranceThe 3rd QI Book of General Ignorance by J Lloyd & J Mitchinson

The Third Book of General Ignorance gathers together 180 questions, both new and previously featured on the BBC TV programme's popular 'General Ignorance' round, and show why, when it comes to general knowledge, none of us knows anything at all. Who invented the sandwich? What was the best thing before sliced bread? Who first ate frogs' legs? Which cat never changes its spots? What did Lady Godiva do? What can you legally do if you come across a Welshman in Chester after sunset?

 

African Myths And LegendsAfrican Myths & Legends by D Stewart & J Heale

A stunning new cover, design and format brings African Myths & Legends, a combination of two earlier publications (Daughter of the Moonlight and Other African Tales and South African Myths and Legends), to life. It is a spellbinding and fascinating collection of tales that will enliven the imagination of young readers. Vividly illustrated, the book sustains the intrigue of storytelling that has been passed on from generation to generation. The magic lies in deciding whether the stories are fact or fiction. The book offers an explanation for the mysteries people encountered in their ordinary daily lives and the norms and social practices that have emerged from these events. Using historical events as a backdrop, yet weaving in fantasy and magic, these extraordinary tales are not only interesting but also highly informative and educational.

 

Teen

 

Reckless bk 1Reckless bk 1: The Petrified Flesh by C Funke

Enter the magical world behind the Mirrors... Jacob has uncovered the doorway to another world, hidden behind a mirror. It is a place of dark magic and enchanted objects, scheming dwarves and fearsome ogres, fairies born from water and men born from stone. Here, he hunts for treasure and seeks adventure in the company of Fox a beautiful, shape­shifting girl, who guides and guards him. But now Jacob s younger brother has followed him into the mirrored world, and all that was freedom has turned to fear. Because a deadly curse has been spoken; and Jacob must risk his life to reverse it, before his brother is turned to stone forever... Revised and updated by Cornelia Funke, The Petrified Flesh is the first book in the thrilling Reckless series

 

Magnus Chase and the Hammer of Thor Book 2Magnus Chase and the Hammer of Thor bk 2 by R Riordan

An exclusive edition of the second book in this number one bestselling series, featuring a new short story inside - Percy Jackson and the Singer of Apollo. Thor's hammer is missing again. The thunder god has a habit of misplacing his weapon - which happens to be the mightiest force in the Nine Worlds. But this time the hammer isn't just lost, it has fallen into enemy hands. Magnus Chase and his friends must find it, fast. If they don't, the mortal worlds will be defenceless against an onslaught of giants, and the Nine Worlds will burn. But the only person who can help them is the gods' worst enemy, Loki - and the price he wants is very high.

 

The AmateursThe Amateurs by S Shepard

Everyone's dying to know the truth... When Aerin Kelly was eleven, she idolised her seventeen-year-old sister, Helena, and they did everything together. They made Claymation movies and posted them to YouTube. They made fun of Windmere-Carruthers, the private school they attended, they invented new flavours for their parents' organic ice cream shop, and they dressed up their golden retriever, Buster. But when Helena went into senior year things started to change. Rather than being Aerin's inseparable sister, she started to push her away. Then, on a snowy winter's day, Helena vanished. Four years later, Helena's body is found. Wracked with grief and refusing to give up on her sister, Aerin spends months trying to figure out what exactly happened to Helena and who killed her. But the police have no leads. A young, familiar officer named Thomas wants to help and suggests she checks out a website called Case Not Closed. Hesitantly, she posts, and when teenagers Seneca and Maddox show up on her doorstep offering to help investigate she accepts in desperation. Both have suffered their own losses and also posted to the site with no luck, so they are hoping this case might be the one they crack. But as their investigation begins, it seems that maybe it's no accident that they are all together, and that maybe the crimes have something - or someone - in common.

 

Afrikaans

 

Z is vir Zackie Die Beste BoomhuisZ is vir Zackie: Die Beste Boomhuis by J Jacobs

Zackie en Vincent bou 'n boomhuis. Dit gaan die beste boomhuis in Granaatstraat wees! Zackie se suster en haar maat wil ook daarin speel. Maar Zackie en Vincent is nie lus om op pienk kussings rond te sit en met teestelle te speel nie. Daarom maak hulle 'n bordjie waarop staan: GEEN MEISIES! Sal hulle die meisies uit hul boomhuis kan hou?

 

Bravo LuluBravo, Lulu by F Viljoen

Toe Lulu se balletjuffrou aankondig dat hulle 'n spesiale konsert vir die jaarafsluiting gaan hou, is Lulu baie opgewonde. Lulu gaan nie net die rol van die meerminprinses dans nie – sy gaan ook 'n paar uitrustings ontwerp! Maar die tweeling, Alex en Alet, hou niks van ballet nie en toe Alex per ongeluk 'n rol in die balletkonsert losslaan, is die gort gaar...

 

Oe La La LuluOe La La, Lulu by F Viljoen

Vergeet van wiskunde en skoolwerk! Lulu wil 'n modeontwerper word. Nes haar pa en ma. Niks maak haar gelukkiger as om fantastiese ontwerpe in haar tekenboek te skets nie. Eendag gaan haar klere nog op die loopplanke van Parys en Milaan pryk – wag maar!

 

 

Oepse Daisy LuluOepse Daisy, Lulu by F Viljoen

Lulu droom daarvan om 'n modeontwerper te word, nes haar ma en pa. Niks is vir haar lekkerder as om ontwerpe in haar rooi tekenboek te teken nie. Daarom is sy sommer baie in haar noppies toe sy hoor haar tannie gaan by hulle kom kuier. Tannie Tula-Belle dra die mooiste klere en sy sing soos 'n nagtegaal. Sy kom juis stad toe om in 'n groot operakonsert te sing. Toe sy Lulu se pragtige modeontwerpe sien, besluit tannie Tula-Belle op die daad dat Lulu vir haar 'n rok vir die konsert moet ontwerp. Lulu kan nie wag om met die rok te begin nie. Maar dit lyk of tannie Tula-Belle haar moeilikste klient tot dusver gaan wees. En kort voor lank moet Lulu help om die operakonsert te red...

 

n Ponie vir Karla'n Ponie vir Karla by S Hawkins

Karla het die beste present ooit gekry - haar eie ponie! Kaneel is 'n pragtige goudbruin ponie met 'n wit bles. Karla en Kaneel kom baie goed oor die weg. Sy kan nie wag dat die somervakansie aanbreek sodat sy haar ponie beter kan leer ken nie. Maar dan kondig Karla se ouers aan dat hulle gaan skei en alles verander. Skielik sien Karla nie meer uit na die somervakansie nie. Sy wens alles kon dieselfde bly. Maar wat Karla nie weet nie is dat daar hierdie somer ook nuwe ontdekkings en heerlike verrassings op haar wag.

 

n Hondjie vir Sherise'n Hondjie vir Sherise by S Hawkins

Sherise is baie skaam en vergeetagtig. Sy het al selfs haar tandeborsel en skooltrui verloor! Dit is nie so erg om ’n skooltrui te verloor nie, maar Sherise wil baie graag ’n hondjie he. En ’n mens kan nie jou hondjie verloor nie! Daarom is Sherise baie opgewonde toe sy die geleentheid kry om na hulle bure se labrador-hondjie, Jasper, te kyk. Nou kan sy bewys dat sy verantwoordelik genoeg is om ’n hondjie van haar eie te he. Maar dan besef Sherise dat sy nie sommer enige hondjie wil he nie - sy wil vir Jasper he!

 

Moenie hierdie Boek eet nieMoenie hierdie Boek eet nie!: n Rympie vir elke Dag van die Jaar by Z McDonald

Moenie hierdie boek eet nie! bevat 365 rympies (en ’n bonusrympie vir ’n skrikkeljaar) wat kinders (én grootmense!) heeljaar sal laat skaterlag! Daar’s rympies oor oupas en oumas, goggas, krieket, ruimtevaarders, seerowers, spoke, skool-toilette, Kersvader en krokodille...

 

TowertapytTowertapyt: 32 Stories van Rondom di Wereld by W Maartens & J Strauss

In hierdie pragtig geïllustreerde boek het meester-storieverteller Wendy Maartens 33 klassieke stories bymekaargemaak wat al eeue lank in verskillende lande vertel word. Daar is stories uit elke uithoek van die wêreld – van Duitsland tot Denemarke, Italië tot Israel, Egipte tot Groenland.

 

My Eerste EnsiklopedieMy Eerste Ensiklopedie by Lapa

Waar is die eerste Olimpiese Spele gehou? Hoeveel bene is in jou liggaam? Watter reptiele van Nieu-Seeland het saam met die dinosourusse geleef? Watter soogdiere kan vlieg? Hoe word ’n ster gebore? Hoeveel atome is daar in ’n waterdruppel? Wat gebeur as jy ’n peperment in gaskoeldrank gooi? My eerste ensiklopedie is ’n ideale eerste naslaanboek vir jong slimkoppe wat gretig is om meer oor die wereld rondom hulle uit te vind. Hierdie fantastiese, omvattende ensiklopedie moedig kinders aan om die wereld te verken en selfstandig te leer. Met boeiende volkleurfoto’s en maklik leesbare teks, dek die boek onderwerpe soos geskiedenis, aardrykskunde, diere, plante, mense, wetenskap en die ruimte – die ideale wegspringplek om ’n lewenslange belangstelling in ons fassinerende wereld te kweek. Die perfekte ensiklopedie vir jong lesers!

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