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It is 1864 when Lizzie Martin takes up the post of companion to a wealthy widow who is also a slum landlord. Lizzie is intrigued to learn that her predecessor disappeared, supposedly having run off with an unknown man. But when the girl's body is found in the rubble of one of the recently demolished slums around the prestigious new railway station at St Pancras, Lizzie begins to wonder exactly what has been going on...Show more
How important is it that youre happy? We cant be happy all the time, but happy people get sick less often, have more energy, are better motivated and more creative. Theyre more fun to be around too. So why would you not want to let a little more happiness into your life? Liggy Webb is an expert when it comes to understanding what makes people tick; shes worked with huge companies, national bodies and the United Nations, helping people to develop their confidence, appreciation, resilience and communication so that theyre happier, healthier and more effective. Shes helped people be happier at work and at home, to be more supportive to others and to get where they want to be by changing the way they think. She cant deliver everlasting happiness (not in 250 pages, anyway), but she can distil her amazing approach to developing a better, happier life into practical, encouraging steps which you can apply to your life. So thats what shes done. Learn how to be happy, effective and energetic - and watch how it inspires those around you.Show more
From the bestselling author of The Disappeared and Unwanted comes the newest thriller by the Queen of Scandi Crime A man, wearing his daughter's wedding ring, is found in front of his fireplace, a bullet hole in his chest. A funeral director searches desperately for his brother - a man who doesn't seem to be missed. A woman struggles to protect her children and her life as her husband turns ever more dangerous. Fredrika Bergman and Alex Recht believe that these three cases are totally unrelated… until they uncover a connection between these three people that changes everything. Soon Bergman and Recht are pulled into an escalating series of events where old sins return to haunt all involved. And someone is leaving them taunting messages… but who, and why? Kristina Ohlsson has already sold nearly a million copies worldwide. Now discover for yourself what makes her one of the world's favourite crime writers. Praise for Kristina Ohlsson, the Queen of Scandi Crime: 'Kristina Ohlsson has managed to achieve what many before her have only attempted: to take the Swedish crime novel to a new and unexpected level' Arne Dahl 'The writing is tense, dense and very atmospheric. The stories sharp and impossible to let go. Kristina Ohlsson is a true queen of Scandinavian crime.' Mons Kallentoft 'Kristina Ohlsson is a rising star of Scandinavian crime fiction' Sunday Times 'Superbly crafted, and with a set of police detectives who are all too human, it seeps into your subconscious, as only truly good thrillers can do' Daily Mail 'Expect Ohlsson to join Nesbo on most readers' can't-miss lists' Booklist (starred review)Show more
'Drew me straight in and kept me hooked.' Linda Finlay 'Really touching, a gently gripping mystery.' Kerry Barrett Beneath the surface lie forgotten secrets... A village destroyed It's the summer of 1935 and eleven-year-old Stella Walker is preparing to leave her home forever. Forced to evacuate to make way for a new reservoir, the village of Brackendale Green will soon be lost. But before the water has even reached them, a dreadful event threatens to tear Stella's family apart. An uncovered secret Present day, and a fierce summer has dried up the lake and revealed the remnants of the deserted village. Now an old woman, Stella begs her granddaughter Laura to make the journey she can't. She's sure the village still holds answers for her but, with only days until the floodwaters start to rise again, Laura is in a race against time to solve the mysteries of Stella's almost forgotten past. Haunting and evocative, The Drowned Village reaches across the decades in an unforgettable tale of love, loss and family.Show more
From the internationally bestselling author of A Woman of SubstanceThree generations of beautiful women and their journey from rags to richesAudra is an impoverished children's nanny from Leeds who sacrificed everything for her only daughter.Christina is a talented art student who won world renown as a fashion designer - yet who has known pain and heartache.Kyle is a rebellious young woman who chafes against her mother's success - and in whom her grandmother's spirit of duty and sacrifice is reborn.Moving from the bleak Yorkshire Dales, through London, to the glamorous world of haute couture, this classic novel sparkles as it entertains.Show more
Drawing on letters and diaries, some of which have never been published before, this book will reveal Jane Austen's bond with a family servant, the amateur playwright Anne Sharp, how Charlotte Brontë was inspired by the daring feminist Mary Taylor, the transatlantic relationship between George Eliot and the author of Uncle Tom's Cabin, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and the underlying erotic charge that lit the friendship of Virginia Woolf and Katherine Mansfield - a pair too often dismissed as bitter foes.Show more
Brilliant and mercurial Will Tye suffers a life changing accident. The terrible event ripples through three generations of the complex Tye family, bringing to light old tragedies and dangerous secrets. Each member of the family holds some clue to the chain of events, which may have led to the accident and each holds themselves to blame. Most closely affected is Will's cousin Cecelia, whose own life will change forever, depending on how she responds to such unbelievable and shocking truths...Show more
On a cold winter's day, a pre-school teacher is shot to death in front of parents and children at the Jewish Congregation in Stockholm. Just a few hours later, two Jewish boys go missing on their way to tennis practice, and an unexpected blizzard destroys any trace of the perpetrator. Fredrika Bergman and Alex Recht are faced with their toughest challenge ever on the hunt for a killer as merciless as he is effective. As they struggle to pin down a lead, someone or something called the Paper Boy keeps popping up in the police investigation, a mysterious, old Israeli legend of a nighttime killer. But who was he really? And how could he have resurfaced in Stockholm? It is up to Fredrika to track down this elusive murderer, before he claims his next victim...Show more
The eldest was a razor-sharp novelist of upper-class manners; the second was loved by John Betjeman; the third was a fascist who married Oswald Mosley; the fourth idolized Hitler and shot herself in the head when Britain declared war on Germany; the fifth was a member of the American Communist Party; the sixth became Duchess of Devonshire. They were the Mitford sisters: Nancy, Pamela, Diana, Unity, Jessica, and Deborah. Born into country-house privilege in the early years of the 20th century, they became prominent as bright young things in the high society of interwar London. Then, as the shadows crept over 1930s Europe, the stark and very public differences in their outlooks came to symbolize the political polarities of a dangerous decade. The intertwined stories of their stylish and scandalous lives recounted in masterly fashion by Laura Thompson hold up a revelatory mirror to upper-class English life before and after WWII. The Six was previously published as Take Six Girls.Show more
THE CHECQUY: A centuries-old covert organization that protects the nation from supernatural threat. THE GRAFTERS: A centuries-old supernatural threat. After centuries of rivalry and bloodshed The Checquy and The Grafters are on the verge of joining forces and only one person has the supernatural skills to get the job done - Myfanwy Thomas. But as a wave of gruesome atrocities sweep London, old hatreds ignite and negotiations grind to a halt...Show more
When the king sends Radmer of Donmouth on a mission to Rome, Donmouth is left in the safekeeping of his only daughter, Elfrun. This is the story of daughters in a man's world: Wynn, daughter of the smith, Saethryth, daughter of the village steward and Auli, daughter of a merchant. Above all, it is the story of Elfrun of Donmouth uncertain of her father's fate, not knowing who she can trust or who she can love...Show more
From the bestselling author of Thursdays in the Park comes a tense, emotional drama about what happens to a family when a secret is kept hidden, and a stranger is suddenly introduced into the dynamic. Annie Delancey is happily married, in her early 50s, with three grown children. But Annie guards a secret. At age nineteen she had a baby boy and gave him up for adoption. She still thinks of him every day. One day she receives a letter from Kent Social Services; her son Daniel wants to make contact. A part of her is overjoyed--she longs to meet him. But another part fears what this revelation will do to her family, none of whom know about her past.When Daniel is introduced to Annie's family, a few small tears in the family fabric suddenly gape wide, and the impact of is greater than she could have ever imagined.Show more
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