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Exciting stories, extraordinary creatures, and compelling gods, goddesses, and heroes come together in this compendium of Norse myths - first told long ago by the Vikings. Read about Thor, the god of thunder and how he once disguised himself as a bride to seek revenge on a giant and retrieve his powerful hammer - Mjölnir, and how Sif, the goddess of fertility had her long golden hair cut off by Loki, the trickster god. Each myth is told with thrilling immediacy, in language that is easy for children to understand, while retaining the awe, majesty and intrigue of the original tales. Author: Matt Ralphs writes children's non-fiction and middle grade novels, with a focus on history, myths and folklore. He worked as an editor for many years and has helped to create any type of book you may care to imagine.Show more
Romantic and escapist debut fiction from the nation’s best loved TV presenter, contains exclusive spoken-word content from the author, Carol Kirkwood. ‘Loved it! ! It sizzles with secrets and passion. A real page turner!’ Jo Thomas She can escape Hollywood, but can she escape her past? A-list actress Shauna Jackson has the perfect life. Fame, fortune, marriage. Or so it seems. Running from a scandal, Shauna must return to the place that changed her life twenty years ago, the idyllic Greek island of Ithos. Captivated once more by her island escape, bittersweet memories resurface of one summer, one unforgettable man, and a long-hidden secret. Can Shauna take the chance to confront her past? ‘An absolute cracking read – it’s brilliant!’ Steph McGovern presenter of Packed Lunch ‘Sun-soaked, glamorous escapism.’ Cressida McLaughlin ‘A sizzling summer read. I couldn’t put it down.’ Alex Brown, bestselling author of The Secret of Orchard Cottage ‘An exquisite tale of love lost and found that’s full of intriguing characters and romantic locations. A Perfect summer read.’ Judy Murray Five Star reviews from NetGalley: Excellent debut novel ***** You had me hooked from the very first page, right through to the very last word! I was riveted. I’m in awe. ***** 100% recommend sitting and relaxing with your favourite cocktail and getting lost in this truly wonderful romance. I loved it. ***** A great summer read! ***** Full of wonderful descriptions of sun-drenched Greek islands, Hollywood and its screen icons; I didn't want to put it down. ***** This book makes for a perfect summer read and one I definitely recommend reading. ***** Absolutely adored this book. I'm pretty sure I didn't move the whole time I was reading it! *****Show more
For fans of Naomic Novick and Katharine Arden, a dark gothic fairy tale from award-winning author Angela Slatter. Orphaned as a young child, Mirin O'Malley has been brought up by her grandparents on their isolated, rambling estate Hob's Hallow. Long ago her family prospered due to a deal struck with the mer, the terrifying creatures who live in the depths of the sea: safety for their merchant ships in return for a child of each generation. But for many years the family have been unable to keep their side of the bargain and their fortunes have suffered as a result. When Mirin's grandfather dies, her grandmother puts in train a plan to restore their glory - but at the price of Mirin's freedom. Finding amongst her grandfather's papers evidence that her parents may still be alive, Mirin is determined to escape and discover the truth about her origins. This takes her on a treacherous journey to Blackwater, the estate her parents built when they fled Hob's Hallow, but on arrival Mirin finds the estate in decline and her 'Uncle Edward' in charge: where are her parents, and who is this Edward Elliott really? A story of mystery and magic and the strange creatures that lurk beneath the waves. "Like the sea at its heart, Slatter s haunting story is treacherous and lovely in all its dark depths." HEATHER KASSNER, author of The Bone Garden 'Slatter's dark fantasies have a bright, burning core of understanding and insight.' M.R. CAREY, author of The Girl with All the Gifts and The Boy on the Bridge. Praise for A.G.Slatter: 'Angela Slatter's stories are horrific, mysterious, whimsical, and mischievous. Beautifully written, full of humanity and intelligence, her stories are both timely and timeless in their concerns. This is an essential collection from one of our best.' Paul Tremblay, author of A Head Full of Ghosts and The Cabin at the End of the World. 'Marvellous stuff! Angela Slatter confronts the darker side of humanity in these bracing meditations on the nature of belief, betrayal, and wonder.' Helen Marshall, author of The Migration 'Angela Slatter is a literary fabulist and an emotional realist. These are stories of men's cruelties and women's revenges, told with the ferocity, complexity and wit that ranks their author among the finest working in the field today.' Kim Newman, author of Anno Dracula 'Angela Slatter writes some of the darkest, most beautiful stories in the world today.' Nathan Ballingrud, author of North American Lake MonstersShow more
Brought to you by Penguin. FROM THE AUTHOR OF THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER ASK AGAIN, YES Rural Ireland, the 1960s, and Greta Cahill must abandon her deserted village to follow her fearless sister Johanna onto a ship bound for America. It's here in New York that she steps out of her sister's shadow and in to a life of her own, rich with love, work and family. As the years pass Greta longs to revisit the past - to see her mother, to show her what she has made of herself - but she must protect a family secret, decades old. So when her children conspire to unite the worlds she's kept so carefully apart, Greta fears she could lose it all... A compassionate story of self-discovery and identity, The Walking People has remarkable range and power. Praise for Mary Beth Keane: 'A novel of great compassion and understanding . . . rich with story' JOHN BOYNE on Ask Again, Yes 'A fearless writer' LISA TADDEO 'A writer of extraordinary depth, feeling and wit' Meg Wolitzer 'I'll read everything she writes' Liane Moriarty 'Immersive and deeply moving' Anna Hope © Mary Beth Keane 2021 (P) Penguin Audio 2021Show more
Meet the Gogartys; cantankerous gran Millie (whose eccentricities include a penchant for petty-theft and reckless driving); ever-exhausted, put-upon stepson Kevin (erstwhile journalist whose stay-at-home parenting is pushing him to the brink); and habitually complicated, unpredictable teenage daughter Aideen. When Gran's arrested yet again for shoplifting, Aideen's rebelliousness has reached new heights and Kevin's still not found work, he realizes he needs to take action. With the appointment of a home carer for his mother, his daughter sent away to boarding school to focus on her studies and more time for him to reboot his job-hunt, surely everything will work out just fine. But as the story unfolds - in the way of all the best families - nothing goes according to plan. As the calm starts to descend into chaos we're taken on a hilarious multiple-perspective roller-coaster ride that is as relatable as it is rollicking. Good Eggs is a heady cocktail of that warmth and wit of Marian Keyes, Caitlin Moran and Derry Girls. "Good Eggs is a joyous, exuberantly fun-filled novel of second chances. In the Gogartys, Rebecca Hardiman has created a vivid cast of characters whose schemes, adventures and mishaps keep us on the edges of our seats. We can't help but cheer each of them on - especially the exasperating and beguilingly naughty Millie Gogarty - as they untangle the various muddles in which they find themselves. With all their quirks and flaws, this is a family that earns a place in our hearts. An absolute delight from start to finish!" SARAH HAYWOOD GOOD EGGS is a remarkably clear-eyed and sure-footed debut; pure, unadulterated reading pleasure. Hardiman writes with great warmth, humor, and incisiveness about reinvention and the unique foibles of family." JONATHAN EVISON "Bracing, hilarious, warm, this novel is as wayward and mad as the human heart." JUDY BLUNDELL "The novel is sheer delight, from the moment we meet the prickly, fabulous Millie Gogarty until her final surprise on the last page. What a pleasure to be immersed in the story of a tangled family who you just KNOW are going to come through in the end. I loved Good Eggs!" AMANDA EYRE WARDShow more
It’s the last place she wants to be. It’s the only place left to go ‘Hugely entertaining…an instantly engaging read, what you might get if you mixed Jojo Moyes with Marian Keyes’ Sunday Independent ‘A fabulous read…you’re immediately immersed’ Sheila O’Flanagan, bestselling author of The Women Who Ran Away When Marianne’s carefully constructed life and marriage fall apart, she is forced to return to Ancaire, the ramshackle seaside house perched high on a cliff by the Irish Sea. There she must rebuild her relationship with her mother, Rita, a flamboyant artist and recovering alcoholic who lives by her own rules. Marianne left home when she was fifteen following a traumatic and tragic incident. She never planned to return, and now she has to face the fact that some plans don’t work out the way you wanted them to. But she might just discover that, sometimes, you have to come to terms with the story of your past before you can work out the shape of the future… Set on the wild Irish coast, with an unforgettable cast of characters, this deeply emotional novel is full of Ciara Geraghty’s trademark heart and poignancy. Praise for Ciara Geraghty ’A superb writer – the Irish Jojo Moyes’ Irish ExaminerShow more
How do you teach a mother to love her child, when she's still a child herself? The first in a brand-new series by the foster 'super-gran', Wicked Girl is the shocking true story of the very first case Jeanie Doyle dealt with: a baby girl who was found abandoned on the steps of a church just before Christmas. While the 14-year-old mother was tracked down, Jeanie took her little daughter into her own care. But while she tried to help the two of them heal and bond, the terrible truth about the baby's father was revealed. Wicked Girl offers Jeanie's rare perspective of fostering young women alongside their babies. Will mother and daughter be reunited for good, or will the vulnerable young mother make the heartbreaking decision that they are both better off apart?Show more
An abandoned child. A missing couple. A village full of secrets. When a couple holidaying in the small Irish village of Doolan disappear one night, leaving their child behind, Chrissy Livingstone has no choice but to involve herself in the mystery surrounding their disappearance. As the toddler is taken into care, it soon becomes apparent that in the close-knit village the couple are not the only ones with secrets to keep. With the help of her sister, Julie, Chrissy races to uncover what is really happening. Could discovering the truth put more lives at risk? A suspenseful story that will keep you guessing until the end.Show more
Call it a daily meditation on the world around us for nature-lovers and nature newbies alike, An Irish Nature Year gleefully explores the small mysteries of the seasons as they unfold – Who’s cutting perfect circles in your roses? Which birds wear feathery trousers? And what, exactly, is an amethyst deceiver? An Irish Nature Year is an illustrated day book filled with plants, animals, birds and creepy-crawlies from all over the island of Ireland. With one short entry for every day of the year, nature columnist Jane Powers serves up 5 minutes’ worth of wonderment to enjoy on your coffee break, on your commute, or to relax with at bedtime. From ‘weeds’ in the pavement cracks and surprising inhabitants of vacant lots, to unusual finds along our shoreline and hedgerows, you’ll find more of the natural world to admire right under your nose, and relish the little things that mark the passing of the seasons across the ever-changing Irish landscape.Show more
An indispensable guide helping parents to understand and recognise various forms of anxiety and how to empower their children in developing adaptive coping strategies. An indispensable guide that empowers parents to understand and recognise anxiety in their children, and to help them to develop strategies to manage it together. Parents hold the key to helping their children with the strains of our always-on world. Love In, Love Out helps parents to step back and learn to understand the anxiety that an increasing number of children experience at one time or another. In her book, Clinical Psychologist, National University of Ireland Lecturer, A Lust for Life Mental Health Advisor and mother of two, Dr Malie Coyne sets out to help parents to help their anxious children. Drawing from key psychological theories (attachment theory, cognitive behavioural therapy and compassion-focused therapy), and real-life case studies, Coyne translates her knowledge and experience into practical advice for busy families and stressed-out parents. As parents learn to become the 'emotional anchor' from which their child can learn to trust and begin to explore their world, they will find the balance between helping their anxious children feel safe and encouraging them to face their fears as they grow and develop. Filled with hands-on activities and centred on a compassionate, kind approach to children and their parents, Love In, Love Out will become a bedside bible for parents of children of any age, helping them to negotiate the many bumps in the road to managing their anxiety.Show more
From twice-winning author of Ireland's CBI Book of the Year Award In the third book in The Wild Magic Trilogy, Witches Borough is dying, and no one knows how to save it. Into this scorched landscape, storms a raggedy witch named Magda, trailing ashes in her wake. She wants Mup. She wants Mup to fulfil a promise. And woe betide any who stand in her way. 'Ireland's answer to JK Rowling.' Sunday Independent 'One of the best Irish books of all time.' TV3AM 'A classic hero in the making.' Parent TalkShow more
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