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AN EYE-OPENING EXPLORATION OF MODERN MOTHERHOOD PACKED WITH PRACTICAL ADVICE ON NAVIGATING DISCRIMINATION IN THE WORKPLACE 'It's the book that proves working mothers are shamefully mistreated' - Daily Mail 'Brearley's book leaves no stone unturned in what needs to be done to remedy these problems going forward' - Vogue UK 'Joeli is one of the most tenacious and impressive campaigners I know, and her work has had a massive positive impact on the lives of thousands of women. Her work is invaluable, from setting up a vital lifeline for women to learn about their rights on maternity discrimination, to the frontlines of the Covid-19 crisis, where she battled for women not to be left out of the picture altogether.' - Laura Bates Imagine suddenly being sacked from your job. After spending years building your career, it's all taken away in just one moment. Why? Because you told your boss you are pregnant. This happened to Joeli Brearley. And she quickly realised she wasn't alone - 54,000 women a year are forced out of their job because they dared to procreate, and three quarters of working mothers face workplace discrimination. And this was before the pandemic, with its never-ending cycle of extraordinary childcare challenges and overt pregnancy and maternity discrimination, resulting in a tsumani of mothers exiting the labour force. Pregnant Then Screwed is an expose of the unscrupulous work practices and antiquated systems that we've been conditioned to accept and a toolkit for how to challenge them. It's full of practical advice to help you navigate systemic barriers when they slap you in the face. Whether you're a mother who is sick of being sidelined, undermined, and underpaid. A ''stay at home'' mother who wants to work but can't. A future parent who is scared that having children will affect your career. An employer who wants to get the best out of its parent employees, or you simply want a stronger, fairer economy, Pregnant Then Screwed is a compelling manifesto for change and a call to arms for all women.Show more
From the bestselling author of A PINCH OF MAGIC and A SPRINKLE OF SORCERY comes a thrilling story of sisters, spells and witches. Everyone knows that magic and trouble go hand in hand... A dangerous spell cast over an unsuspecting village. An enchanted painting locked in a hidden room. A desperate race against time to break the spell before it's too late... It should have been a fresh start for the Widdershins. Finally free from the misty gloom of Crowstone and beginning a new life. But all is not as it seems in their postcard-pretty village. Their neighbours are acting strangely, and why do they flinch at the mere mention of magic? The Widdershins sisters have their own secret: a set of enchanted nesting dolls with the power to render their user invisible. The sisters must use their wits - and their magic - if they're to break the dark hold over the village, and save one of their own . . . but have they met their match this time? Praise for A Sprinkle of Sorcery: 'Harrison's masterful series continues with great heart and excitement' Waterstones 'Harrison's fully imagined world has conviction, and the perils of the story are lightened by the warmth and spirit of its characters' The Sunday Times Praise for A Pinch of Magic: 'BRILLIANT' Emma Carroll, author of Letters From The Lighthouse 'Simply phenomenal!' Sophie Anderson, author of The House With Chicken Legs 'I was utterly captivated by the Widdershins sisters' Lisa Thompson, author of The Goldfish Boy 'Gutsy and rude, full of warts-and-all family love, Harrison's latest has the wry enchantment of an E Nesbit classic' Guardian 'A fabulous magical adventure' Sunday Express 'Fantasy and adventure appear on every page of this spellbinding tale' Daily MailShow more
The stunning prequel to Abi Elphinstone's mesmerising The Unmapped Chronicles series. Magic, adventure, and a whole new world is waiting to be discovered! The perfect series for adventurers aged 9+ and fans of Michelle Harrison, Piers Torday and Jamie Littler. The Unmapped Chronicles will not only leave children entertained, but will also empower them to battle climate change and environmental issues. Where the map ends, the adventure begins . . . It is midnight in Crackledawn - a midnight full of magic. Sea dragons stir in the depths of the ocean, silver whales surface beneath the moon and sand goblins line the shores. Everyone is waiting for the phoenix, the guardian of the kingdom's magic, to rise up from the forests of Everdark. But there is no sign of the phoenix tonight. Something else surges up out of Everdark instead: a harpy bent on stealing Crackledawn's magic. It is up to an eleven-year-old girl called Smudge and a grumpy monkey called Bartholomew to set sail beyond the legendary Northswirl and stop the harpy before it's too late. So, grab your compass and roll down your sail - the first adventure in THE UNMAPPED CHRONICLES is about to begin . . . Praise for Abi Elphinstone! 'Imaginative, adventurous and wonderful' Robin Stevens, author of A Murder Most Unladylike series 'The Unmapped Chronicles series is irresistible' Lauren St John, author of The White Giraffe 'Abi Elphinstone has created a complete world so believably and effortlessly, I can only marvel' Piers Torday, author of The Last Wild Trilogy 'Brimming with enchantment and adventure' Catherine Doyle, author of The Storm Keeper's Island 'Abi Elphinstone is proving to be a worthy successor to CS Lewis' The Times Also by Abi Elphinstone: The Dreamsnatcher The Shadow Keeper The Night Spinner Sky Song Rumblestar Jungledrop (out 1 October 2020!)Show more
Praise for Abi Elphinstone! 'Imaginative, adventurous and wonderful' Robin Stevens, author of A Murder Most Unladylike series 'The Unmapped Chronicles series is irresistible' Lauren St John, author of The White Giraffe 'Abi Elphinstone has created a complete world so believably and effortlessly, I can only marvel' Piers Torday, author of The Last Wild Trilogy 'Brimming with enchantment and adventure' Catherine Doyle, author of The Storm Keeper's Island 'Abi Elphinstone is proving to be a worthy successor to CS Lewis' The Times Where the map ends, the adventure begins . . . 'Nothing, and I mean nothing, is more powerful than a child in possession of a plan.' Eleven-year-old twins, Fox and Fibber, have been rivals for as long as they can remember. Only one of them will inherit the family fortune and so a race is afoot to save the dwindling Petty-Squabble empire and win the love of their parents. But when the twins are whisked off to Jungledrop, a magical Unmapped Kingdom in charge of conjuring our world's weather, things get wildly out of hand. An evil harpy called Morg is on the loose. And if she finds the long-lost Forever Fern before the twins, both Jungledrop and our world will crumble. Suddenly, Fox and Fibber find themselves on an incredible adventure in a glow-in-the-dark rainforest full of golden panthers, gobblequick trees and enchanted temples. But, with the fate of two worlds in their hands, will the twins be able to work together for once to defeat Morg and her dark magic? Live a life filled with adventure with Abi Elphinstone in this magical series where a whole new world is waiting to be discovered! This series will not only leave children entertained, but will also empower them to battle climate change and environmental issues. Perfect for fans of Michelle Harrison, Piers Torday and Emma Carroll. Also by Abi Elphinstone: The Dreamsnatcher The Shadow Keeper The Night Spinner Sky Song Winter Magic (anthology) Everdark (World Book Day) RumblestarShow more
Open your eyes to the meaning of your dreams and take advantage of their incredible power for self-improvement. Find out how to decode and interpret your dreams to reveal how the images, stories and emotions you experience in sleep are deeply connected to your waking life. Learn dream skills that will enable you to train your mind to access your unconscious and open the gateway to self-discovery. Explore hundreds of dream meanings, shine a light on the unique associations you bring to your dream world, and follow expert psychotherapeutic advice to act on the messages your unconscious mind is sending you. Use your dreams to identify and overcome obstacles, realise latent talent, get to the root of how you really feel about the people in your life, and much more. © 2020 Rosie March-Smith © 2020 DK AudioShow more
Take to the skies in this thrilling new series from author Alex English. (BEWARE: THERE WILL BE PIRATES!) 11 year-old Echo Quickthorn has grown up believing that nothing exists outside the Kingdom of Lockfort, but everything changes when an eccentric professor parks his airship outside her window armed with a map that shows all the magical places that exist beyond the city walls. Together with her pet lizard, Gilbert, Echo sets off on an incredible adventure to find her missing mother; an adventure that will take her to unimaginable places filled with giant butterflies, mechanical dragons and . . . sky pirates! Praise for Sky Pirates: Echo Quickthorn and the Great Beyond: "Fizzes with magic and wonder" - Abi Elphinstone, bestselling author of SKY SONG "A charmingly madcap adventure, with endearing friendships, sparkling wit, and a swashbuckling journey across pirate-infested skies. I loved it. Perfect for fans of Nevermoor and Cogheart." - Hana Tooke, author of THE UNADOPTABLES "A spirited protagonist, a charming side-kick and a believable villain come together in this tightly plotted, visual, treat for the senses. I want to soar over the rainbow rooftops of Port Tourbillon and the toadstooled forests of Tyrian in my very own airship." - Nizrana Farook, author of THE GIRL WHO STOLE AN ELEPHANT "Sky Pirates is a fast-moving adventure story full of intrepid explorers, ingenious inventors, stolen treasure and mysterious undiscovered lands. If you like Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (and who doesn't?) you'll love Sky Pirates too!" Kirsty Applebaum, author of THE MIDDLER "From the very first page, I felt as if I'd been grabbed by the hand by a best friend and taken on the journey of a lifetime. Pacey, thrilling and endearing too. If I was ever to encounter sky pirates, I can think of no one I'd want by my side more than clever, brave Echo." - Joanna Nadin, author of the RACHEL RILEY series "A breath-taking adventure and a wonderfully imagined story of friendship and danger in strange places." - Claire Fayers, author of THE VOYAGE TO MAGICAL NORTH "An incredible adventure, brimming with friendship and danger" - The BooksellerShow more
'A joy to read . . . Delivers plenty of twists' Sam Carrington, author of I Dare You 'A deliciously dark and twisted read' Woman magazine 'Will take you on a frantic ride' Sun 'As pacy as it is puzzling, you'll change your mind endlessly about what you think has happened' Heat 'Tense, layered and atmospheric . . . I couldn't put it down' Fran Dorricott, author of After the Eclipse HER DREAM WEDDING IS ABOUT TO BECOME A NIGHTMARE It's Julia's wedding day. Her nerves are to be expected - every bride feels the same - but there's another layer to her fear, one that she cannot explain to her soon-to-be husband, Mark. She's never told him the details - and she is determined he never finds out. As she begins down the aisle, spotting Mark in his tailored suit, she knows she is taking her first steps to happiness - her past is behind her, it can't catch her now. Mark turns to face her . . . But it isn't Mark in the beautiful suit - it's his best man. Because Mark is missing. And Julia's past is closer than she thinks . . . A compulsive thriller that blends the twists of a psychological drama with the layers of a police procedural - for fans of Rachel Abbott's Right Behind You, Angela Marsons' Killing Mind, Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll and Now You See Her by Heidi Perks. What readers are saying about Before I Say I Do . . . 'Such a joy to read - the authentic police-procedural aspects of this debut were a real plus and I loved the detective duo! If you enjoy a tightly woven plot which oozes suspense and delivers plenty of twists, then this is for you . . . She's definitely an author to watch!' Sam Carrington, author of I Dare You 'Tense, layered and atmospheric, Bradley's debut blends expert police procedural elements with a gripping psychological thriller heart and I couldn't put it down' Fran Dorricott, author of After the Eclipse 'A mind blowing psychological thriller with a jaw dropping ending. Highly recommended' Reader review '[I] highly recommend it to readers who love unputdownable psychological thrillers' Reader reviewShow more
A fantastic debut from a HILARIOUS and brilliantly ORIGINAL NEW VOICE in women's fiction . . . 'I loved it. It's an absolute joy . . . I finished the book with a huge smile on my face' BETH O'LEARY, Sunday Times bestselling author of The Flatshare 'A dazzling debut. Christina has a fresh, fun voice - I laughed and cried in abundance!' HEIDI SWAIN, Sunday Times bestselling author My brother's getting married in a few weeks and asked for help picking a song for his first dance. I suggested Kiss's 'Love's a Slap in the Face'. It didn't go down well. When she was a teenager, Zoë Frixos fell in love with Simon Baxter, her best friend and the boy next door. But his family moved to America before she could tell him how she felt and, like a scratched record, she's never quite moved on. Now, almost twenty years later, Simon is heading back to London, newly single and as charming as ever . . . But as obstacles continue to get in her way - Simon's perfect ex-girlfriend, her brother's big(ish) fat(ish) Greek wedding, and an obnoxious publicist determined to ruin her career - Zoë begins to wonder whether, after all these years, she and Simon just aren't meant to be. What if, despite what all the songs and movies say, your first love isn't always all it's cracked up to be? What if, instead Zoë and Simon are forever destined to shuffle around their feelings for each other, never quite getting the steps right . . . With a smart, relatable central character and razor-sharp wit, Love Songs for Sceptics is perfect for fans of Mhairi McFarlane, Lucy Vine and Lindsey Kelk. 'Brilliantly written, Love Songs for Sceptics is warm, engaging and so funny. I am officially a huge fan and can't wait for more from Christina' LUCY VINE 'Christina is a breath of fresh air, and her book throbs with fun and sentiment. A wry modern eye and a sparkling debut' JULIET ASHTON, author of The Sunday Lunch Club 'Engaging, relatable and brilliantly funny!' JOANNA BOLOURI, author of Relight My Fire 'An exciting new talent. Funny, sharp and real - it'll make your heart sing' LAURA KEMP, author of The Year of Surprising Acts of Kindness 'I loved this book. Christina's debut is funny, relatable, and smart. And also made me hungry for Greek food!' CATHERINE BENNETTO, author of How Not to Fall in Love ActuallyShow more
'A thrilling, original, evocative and eerie tale - I adored it!' Michelle Harrison, author of A Pinch of Magic 'A thrilling page-turner. Madame Pinchbeck is a gloriously Dickensian villain' Abi Elphinstone, author of Sky Song 'Ghosts, gadgets, likeable villains and unlikely heroes: The Vanishing Trick is a dark and dazzling adventure' Emma Carroll, author of Letters from the Lighthouse 'A completely enthralling tale, oozing with atmosphere and originality' Catherine Doyle, author of The Storm Keeper's Island 'Jenni Spangler is the next big voice in children's magical history novels' Lucy Powrie, author of The Paper & Hearts Society 'Deliciously dark and atmospheric … I couldn't get enough' Nizrana Farook, author of The Girl Who Stole An Elephant 'A spectacular heart-stopping adventure in a dark and dangerous Victorian world' Tamsin Winter, author of Jemima Small Versus the Universe Step into a world of secrets, folklore and illusions, where nothing is as it seems and magic is at play… Madame Augustina Pinchbeck, travels the country conjuring the spirits of dearly departed loved ones... for a price. Whilst her ability to contact ghosts is a game of smoke and mirrors, there is real magic behind her tricks too - if you know where to look. Through a magical trade, she persuades children to part with precious objects, promising to use her powers to help them. But Pinchbeck is a deceiver, instead turning their items into enchanted Cabinets that bind the children to her and into which she can vanish and summon them at will. When Pinchbeck captures orphan Leander, events are set into motion that see him and his new friends Charlotte and Felix, in a race against time to break Pinchbeck's spell, before one of them vanishes forever… #TheVanishingTrick A historical adventure with a magical twist from an outstanding debut talent. Perfect for fans of Michelle Harrison, Sophie Anderson and Emma Carroll.Show more
From the bestselling author of A PINCH OF MAGIC comes another spellbinding adventure that will take your breath away and make you believe in magic. A missing sister, a secret island and ... a sprinkle of sorcery. The family curse has been lifted and the Widdershins sisters: Betty, Fliss and Charlie are free to leave the misty prison isle of Crowstone. But when a mysterious girl arrives at the Poacher's Pocket with a pocketful of hagstones and accompanied by a will-o'-the-wisp, it seems another adventure has landed on their doorstep. And when Charlie goes missing, it's up to Betty and Fliss to journey through misty marches, past wisp catchers and on to a secret island that doesn't exist on any map… Praise for A Pinch of Magic: 'BRILLIANT' Emma Carroll, author of Letters From The Lighthouse 'Simply phenomenal!' Sophie Anderson, author of The House With Chicken Legs 'I was utterly captivated by the Widdershins sisters' Lisa Thompson, author of The Goldfish Boy 'Gutsy and rude, full of warts-and-all family love, Harrison's latest has the wry enchantment of an E Nesbit classic' Guardian 'A fabulous magical adventure' Sunday Express 'Fantasy and adventure appear on every page of this spellbinding tale' Daily MailShow more
This life-affirming and hilarious novel is the perfect balm for the Insta-weary mind - get ready to shatter the illusion that is #LivingMyBestLife 'A fun, fresh debut that manages to be both quirky and deep as it portrays today's obsession with social media' MILLY JOHNSON Recently dumped by her boyfriend of ten years, Bell is struggling to move on with her life - and surrender the fleecy pyjamas she's been living in since January. Haunted by #blessed on social media, she can't help but compare her life to those she follows online, wondering where she is going wrong . . . In the world of social media, Millie is the successful online influencer @mi_bestlife. But in real life she's just a regular single mum trying to make ends meet, while fending off the younger competition and tenacious internet trolls. Her Instagram feed is far more #BestLie than #BestLife, and soon Millie begins to wish her life was more like her filters. It isn't until Bell and Millie's paths cross that they begin to realise what they're both missing. Can Millie prove to Bell that life online isn't always what it appears to be? And in return, can Millie learn that she needs to start living for the moment and not for the likes? Your favourite authors love LIVING MY BEST LIFE: 'Frank, funny and fearless in her observations on friendship and the lies we tell ourselves and each other, Claire Frost is a new voice to watch' STACEY HALLS, bestselling author of The Familiars 'Fun, heart-warming and real. I loved it!' SARAH MORGAN, bestselling author of One Summer in Paris 'Living My Best Life is fun, fresh and full of heart, with a lead character you'll cheer for' MIRANDA DICKINSON, Sunday Times bestselling author 'In this funny, heartfelt portrait of friendship and community, Claire Frost has some sharp things to say about the dangers of perfectionism in our Instagram age. A hugely enjoyable debut - I raced through it' LOUISE CANDLISH, bestselling author of Our House 'A warm-hearted and touching debut' ALICE PETERSON, acclaimed author of If You Were Here 'Funny, charming and heart-warming' ROSIE WALSH 'Fresh, funny and heart-warming, with themes of friendship and the importance of being true to yourself. I loved it!' SARAH J. HARRIS 'Such a gorgeous book, full of heart, friendship and the importance of keeping it real' LAURA KEMP, author of The Year of Surprising Acts of Kindness 'A fresh, funny take on Insta-life, full of warmth, wit and the kind of characters you miss when you reach the end' KATIE MARSH, bestselling author of My Everything 'What a book! . . . Touching, joyful and smart' ALEX BROWNShow more
'Imaginative, adventurous and wonderful' Robin Stevens, author of A Murder Most Unladylike series 'The Unmapped Chronicles series is irresistible' Lauren St John, author of The White Giraffe 'Abi Elphinstone has created a complete world so believably and effortlessly, I can only marvel' Piers Torday, author of The Last Wild Trilogy 'Brimming with enchantment and adventure' Catherine Doyle, author of The Storm Keeper's Island 'Abi Elphinstone is proving to be a worthy successor to CS Lewis' The Times 'Adventures are unpredictable and often terribly badly behaved - a bit like pickled onions if you've ever tried to fork one on a plate - but they have a way of unlocking people and turning them upside down so that all the astonishing things fizzing around inside them start to tumble out…' Eleven-year-old Casper Tock hates risks, is allergic to adventures and shudders at the thought of unpredictable events. So, it comes as a nasty shock to him when he accidentally stumbles into Rumblestar, an Unmapped Kingdom full of magical beasts. All Casper wants is to find a way home, but Rumblestar is in trouble. An evil harpy called Morg is sending her followers, the Midnights, into the kingdom to wreak havoc and pave the way for her to steal the Unmapped magic for herself. But Casper cannot turn a blind eye because the future of his own world, he discovers, is bound up with that of the Unmapped Kingdoms. And so, together with Utterly Thankless, a girl who hates rules and is allergic to behaving, and her miniature dragon, Arlo, Casper embarks upon an adventure full of cloud giants, storm ogres and drizzle hags. Can he, Utterly and Arlo, the unlikeliest of heroes, save the Unmapped Kingdoms and our world from the clutches of Morg and her Midnights? Live a life filled with adventure with Abi Elphinstone in this brand NEW series where a whole new world is waiting to be discovered...Show more
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