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Brought to you by Penguin. The nuns who enter a medieval Norfolk convent are told to renounce the world, but the world still finds ways to trouble them, whether it is through fire, floods, pestilence, a collapsing spire, jealous rivalries, a priest with a secret or a plague of caterpillars. As we follow their daily lives over three centuries, this masterpiece of historical fiction re-creates a world run by women. 'One of the great British novels of the twentieth century: a narrative of extraordinary reach, power and beauty' Sarah Waters 'As an act of imagined history this novel has few rivals. Also, as it happens, a work of high, frequent comedy' George Steiner, The Times Literary Supplement 'Spellbinding . . . One starts rereading as soon as one has reached the last page' Sunday Times 'Magnificent' Philip Hensher, Daily Telegraph © Sylvia Townsend Warner 1948 (P) Penguin Audio 2021Show more
From the Sunday Times bestselling author of The Catch and Richard & Judy pick The Holiday comes T.M. Logan's new, utterly gripping thriller 'Thriller of the year? This is the thriller of the decade' My Weekly 'Everything you want from a thriller, and more' Lesley Kara TWO STRANGERS, A CHILD, AND A SPLIT SECOND CHOICE THAT WILL CHANGE EVERYTHING . . . Ellen was just trying to help a stranger. That was how it started: giving a few minutes respite to a flustered young mother sitting opposite her on the train. A few minutes holding her baby while the mother makes an urgent call. The weight of the child in her arms making Ellen's heart ache for what she can never have. Five minutes pass. Ten. The train pulls into a station and Ellen is stunned to see the mother hurrying away down the platform, without looking back. Leaving her baby behind. Ellen is about to raise the alarm when she discovers a note in the baby's bag, three desperate lines scrawled hastily on a piece of paper: Please protect Mia Don't trust the police Don't trust anyone Why would a mother abandon her child to a stranger? Ellen is about to discover that the baby in her arms might hold the key to an unspeakable crime. And doing the right thing might just cost her everything . . . 'A brilliant premise, thrillingly executed. TRUST ME grips from the very first page' JP Delaney, Sunday Times bestselling author of The Girl Before 'Absorbing and tense, fuelled by a very real sense of jeopardy' Adele Parks 'T.M. Logan is undoubtedly the master of the all-too-believable, it-could-happen-to-me story' B.A. Paris 'Logan is the master of the everyman thriller - real but nightmarish situations that could happen to you. For that reason, and many others, buy TRUST ME and be prepared to sacrifice sleep!' Gillian McAllister, Sunday Times bestselling author of How to Disappear 'Gripping, original, with compelling characters and a great twist!' Jenny Quintana, Sunday Times bestselling author of The Missing Girl 'Exciting and intense from the start, this novel hurtles along at a cracking pace. Everything you want from a thriller, and more!' Lesley Kara, Sunday Times bestselling author of The Rumour 'I raced through TRUST ME. Totally brilliant. Did not have a clue how it was going to unravel' Heidi Perks, bestselling author of Now You See Her 'A meticulously plotted and surprisingly moving story that doesn't let up. Addictive, tense, and packed with twists!' Samantha Downing, Sunday Times bestselling author of My Lovely Wife 'With a a premise so primal and so gripping it get its hooks into you from the very first page, Logan cements himself as one of, if not the, best thriller novelist writing in the world today. Once you start reading I challenge you not to put it down until you're done' Deborah O' Connor, bestselling author of The Captive 'A hugely entertaining, twisting, propulsive thrill-ride from the consistently brilliant T.M. Logan' Chris Whitaker, bestselling author of We Begin at the End 'Addictive, fast paced and I raced through it unable to guess what was coming next. Exciting and unputdownable' Karen Hamilton, author of The Perfect GirlfriendShow more
The new heart-stopping instalment in the Four Streets saga, from the Sunday Times bestseller Nadine Dorries. Christmas is coming to the Four Streets. But so is trouble. In the biting cold there is no work for the men on the docks, no food for their tough, resilient womenfolk to put on the table. Children go hungry. What wouldn't their mothers give for just one cuppa? News comes of a tramp steamer making its slow way through the thick yellow fog of the Mersey. Ready for the men of the Four Streets to siphon off some of its precious cargo: tea, cigarettes, rum, rice, bananas and dried fruit, treasure to store in lucky shed 7 with its broken lock, before being shared out between hungry families. There's just one problem. Copper Frank 'The Skank' Wright and his wife are moving into Tommy and Maura Doherty's old house and Frank is out for some high-profile arrests. Meanwhile, Tommy and Maura have heard the news and are on their way home from Ireland. There is always drama on the Four Streets. Especially at Christmas. 2020 Head of ZeusShow more
In 1967, 21-year-old Pauline Butcher was working for a London secretarial agency when a call came through from a Mr Frank Zappa asking for a typist.The assignment would change her life forever. For three years, Pauline served as Zappa s PA, moving with him, his family and the Mothers of Invention, to a log cabin in the Hollywood Hills, where the straight young English girl mixed with Oscar winners and rock royalty. Freak Out! is the captivating story of a naive young English girl thrust into the mad world of a musical legend as well as the most intimate portrait of Frank Zappa ever written. "The book describes a formative time in the life of an innovative musical artist, which Zappa most certainly was. But it also captures a particularly intense experience of a very brief, yet enormously influential, period in the evolution of western womanhood." THE GUARDIANShow more
Brought to you by Penguin. Written between 1929 and 1954, each of these stories bears the hallmark themes that characterise Greene's great novels: betrayal and vengeance, love and hate, pity and violence. Opening with the iconic story 'The Destructors', in which a gang of schoolboys destroys a house that has survived the Blitz, Greene offers us deliciously satisfying glimpses into twenty-one worlds, with each piece written as masterfully as his novels. From the chilling climax of a children's birthday party, to a man whose youthful indiscretions come back to haunt him, these are the unmistakable work of one of the twentieth century's greatest and most adored storytellers. © Graham Greene 1954 (P) Penguin Audio 2020Show more
Essential hacks to bring breathing space into busyness. Is stress taking over your life? Are you worn out, flat out or continually going all out? Can you be more own-worse-enemy than own-best-friend? Keeping up with life's demands can be relentless. Stress can morph you into someone you don't want to be, living a life you don't want to live. If you're feeling overwhelmed, stressed out, and can't see the wood for the trees - fear not! Stresshacking is full of simple strategies to help you. For nearly 20 years mindset and wellbeing coach Louise Lloyd has been helping people to hack stress, limits, and mindsets. She understands the challenges people face and provides practical and effective tools to help even the busiest of people get their life on track. It's time to get your life, your mind, and your mojo back!Show more
Brought to you by Penguin. As the data economy grows in power, Carissa Véliz exposes how our privacy is eroded by big tech and governments, why that matters and what we can do about it. The moment you check your phone in the morning you are giving away your data. Before you've even switched off your alarm, a whole host of organisations have been alerted to when you woke up, where you slept, and with whom. As you check the weather, scroll through your 'suggested friends' on Facebook, you continually compromise your privacy. Without your permission, or even your awareness, tech companies are harvesting your information, your location, your likes, your habits, and sharing it amongst themselves. They're not just selling your data. They're selling the power to influence you. Even when you've explicitly asked them not to. And it's not just you. It's all your contacts too. Digital technology is stealing our personal data and with it our power to make free choices. To reclaim that power and democracy, we must protect our privacy. What can we do? So much is at stake. Our phones, our TVs, even our washing machines are spies in our own homes. We need new regulation. We need to pressure policy-makers for red lines on the data economy. And we need to stop sharing and to adopt privacy-friendly alternatives to Google, Facebook and other online platforms. Short, terrifying, practical: Privacy is Power highlights the implications of our laid-back attitude to data and sets out how we can take back control. If you liked The Age of Surveillance Capitalism, you'll love Privacy is Power because it provides a philosophical perspective on the politics of privacy, and it offers a very practical outlook, both for policymakers and ordinary citizens. © Carissa Véliz 2020 (P) Penguin Audio 2020Show more
In Dracula's Child, Bram Stoker's classic is reborn. Capturing the voice, tone and style of the original, this novel is perfect for fans of Dracula and contemporary horror. It has been some years since Jonathan and Mina Harker survived their ordeal in Transylvania. But shadows linger long in this world of blood feud and superstition - and, the older their son Quincey gets, the deeper the shadows that lengthen at the heart of the Harkers' marriage. Jonathan has turned back to drink; Mina finds herself isolated inside the confines of her own family; Quincey himself struggles to live up to a family of such high renown. There is darkness both within the marriage and without - for new evil is arising on the Continent; and the vestiges of something forgotten long ago is finally beginning to stir. 'A fitting tribute to Bram Stoker's Dracula' - PUBLISHERS WEEKLYShow more
The final instalment in the timeshift conspiracy series that you don't want to miss! Perfect for fans of Dan Brown, Philippa Gregory, Kate Mosse and Tom Harper. Get ready to challenge everything you thought you knew about British royal history... Derbyshire, England, 1603 Elizabeth I is dead and the Tudor reign is over. As the men in power decide to pass the throne to the Scottish King James, one woman debates changing the course of history. Two Tudor heirs have been covered up for decades and with a foreign king threatening the stability of England it could be time to bring the truth to the fore. But there are reasons the Tudor children were put into hiding and exposing them would put not only their lives in danger, but the lives of many others as well... Marquess House, Pembrokeshire, 2019 Dr Perdita Rivers and her sister Piper have returned to their ancestral home. But the ancient walls still contain riddles which the twins need to solve. Perdita and Piper have already discovered earth-shattering secrets which will change the course of English history forever. But they are missing one vital piece of the puzzle. Two Tudor rings have led them to cover-ups at the Tudor court, but now they must track down a missing silver locket to slot the final parts of the mystery together. And just when it seems they could be ready to expose the centuries-old conspiracy, old enemies resurface to put their very lives at risk... THE ARBELLA STUART CONSPIRACY is the final book in the Marquess House trilogy, a dual timeline conspiracy thriller with an ingenious twist on a well-known period of Tudor and Stuart history. THE MARQUESS HOUSE TRILOGY SERIES BOOK ONE: The Catherine Howard Conspiracy BOOK TWO: The Elizabeth Tudor Conspiracy BOOK THREE: The Arbella Stuart ConspiracyShow more
Everything is about to change… 1789. Pierre and Catherine Aubert, the Comte and Comtesse de Verais, have fled the palace of Versailles for their château, deep in the French Alps. But as revolution spreads through the country, even hidden away the Auberts will not be safe forever. Soon they must make a terrible decision in order to protect themselves, and their children, from harm. Present day. When Lu’s mother dies leaving her heartbroken, the chance to move to a château in the south of France with her husband and best friends seems an opportunity for a new beginning. But Lu can’t resist digging into their new home’s history, and when she stumbles across the unexplained disappearance of Catherine Aubert, the château begins to reveal its secrets – and a mystery unsolved for centuries is uncovered… Unlock the secret of the château today. Perfect for fans of Kate Morton, Fiona Valpy and The Forgotten Village! Readers love The Secret of the Château! ‘I absolutely loved this book… Enthralling… I really struggled to put this book down.’ NetGalley reviewer, 5 stars ‘Brilliant… I was gripped right until the end. Great characters, a riveting plot and the fantastic writing style I've come to expect.’ NetGalley reviewer, 5 stars ‘Had me gripped… Fast enough to keep you intrigued and turning the pages… Would highly recommend.’ NetGalley reviewer, 5 stars ‘I was drawn in from the first chapter… It is rare that a book brings tears to my eyes but this one succeeded!… Held me captivated right to the last words. A must read for everyone.’ NetGalley reviewer, 5 stars ‘Kathleen McGurl’s books knock it out of the park every single time!!!!!!!… Wonderful… You should read it. Right now.’ NetGalley reviewer, 5 stars ‘Both storylines were equally as gripping… A very enjoyable read!… One I shall remember! Would definitely recommend!’ NetGalley reviewer, 5 starsShow more
1914: Sixteen-year-old Etterly, running from something, hides inside the trunk of a tree and disappears. The police search but find no trace. Her family and friends wrack their brains, but come up with nothing. And so slowly life returns to normal. The hole in the tree is boarded up and the village of Sackwater moves on. Only Etterly's best friend, Betty, clings to hope, insisting she can hear her friend calling for help. 1940: A skeleton is discovered buried in the woods. Though most clues have long since decayed, it is wearing the necklace Etterly had on the day she went missing. Long haunted by her friend's fate, Detective Betty Church is determined to solve the case once and for all. Praise for the author: "I love this sort of book ... Betty has no truck with nonsense. Yay Betty ... Is this a rival for M.C. Beaton, my favourite of all time? We shall see" FROST MAGAZINE "A nicely complex plot, some genuinely funny moments and some serious observations about the approaching war are balanced by an underlying darkness" CRIME REVIEW "A wonderfully gripping, old-fashioned murder mystery" THE LADY "A rival for M.C. Beaton" FROST MAGAZINEShow more
A dark psychological thriller, perfect for fans of Clare Mackintosh and Lisa Jewell There are two sides to every story. But only one is the truth. A young woman turns up at a police station. She has been kept prisoner in her own home. Abused and tortured, her every move watched, her every thought controlled. Now she's finally escaped. That's what she says. But when the police arrive at the address she's given them, her story doesn't seem to add up. Her husband is missing, but his phone and wallet are still in the house. She says she's the victim, but what if she's not? What if the stories she's telling aren't her stories at all . . .Show more
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