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The true story of the MP who faked his own death, by his daughter On 20 November 1974, British Labour MP and Privy Counsellor John Stonehouse faked his death in Miami and, using a forged identity, entered Australia hoping to escape his old life and start anew. One month later his identity was uncovered and he was cautioned; the start of years of legal proceedings. In a tale that involves spies from the communist Czechoslovak secret service, a three-way love affair and the Old Bailey, John's daughter examines previously unseen evidence, telling the dramatic true story for the first time, disputing allegations and upturning common misconceptions which are still in circulation. The story was never far from the front pages of the press in the mid-70s, and yet so much of the truth is still unknown. A close look at the political dynamics of the time; paced like a thriller, it's time for the world to know the real John Stonehouse.Show more
An old flame. A new spark. Love can find you in the most unlikely places. Sunday Times bestselling author Karen Swan returns with The Secret Path, taking us deep into the heart of the Costa Rican jungle – complete with her trademark romance, glamour, and jaw-dropping twists. At only twenty, Tara Tremain has everything: she’s a trainee doctor, engaged to the man of her dreams – Alex, a passionate American biology student. But just when life seems perfect, Alex betrays her in the worst way possible. Ten years later, she’s moved on – with a successful career, good friends and a man who loves her. But when she’s pulled back into her wealthy family’s orbit for a party in the heart of Costa Rica, she’s flung into a crisis: a child is desperately ill and the only treatment is several days’ trek away, deep in the jungle. There's only one person who can help - but can she trust the man who broke her heart? Your Costa Rican adventure awaits. Praise for Karen Swan ‘Stylish and compelling’ - Woman & Home ‘Smart plots, brilliant characters and juicy romance’ - Heat ‘Enthralling and magical’ - WomanShow more
TELL ME YOUR SECRETS… ‘Tense and compulsive’ Louise Candlish, bestselling author of The Other Passenger ‘Suspicion, betrayal and dark secrets abound’ TM Logan, bestselling author of The Catch ‘A delicious web of lies’ Jane Corry, bestselling author of I Made a Mistake When Alice and Leo move into a newly renovated house in The Circle, a gated community of exclusive houses, it is everything they’ve dreamed of. But appearances can be deceptive… As Alice is getting to know her neighbours, she discovers a devastating, grisly secret about her new home, and begins to feel a strong connection with Nina, the therapist who lived there before. Alice becomes obsessed with trying to piece together what happened two years before. But no one wants to talk about it. Her neighbours are keeping secrets and things are not as perfect as they seem… The million-copy Sunday Times bestselling author B A Paris returns to her heartland of gripping psychological suspense in this powerful tale of a house that holds a shocking secret. Praise for The Therapist: ‘Alice’s smart new home in The Circle comes with a nightmarish secret in B A Paris’s tense and compulsive new thriller – I gobbled it up in two sittings’ Louise Candlish ‘Suspicion, betrayal and dark secrets abound in this tense story – all hidden just beneath the surface of a seemingly perfect suburban life’ TM Logan ‘A delicious web of lies. Be prepared for your head to spin and your fingers to fly!’ Jane Corry ‘B A Paris is the queen of psychological thrillers and her latest does not disappoint’ My Weekly ‘This spooky thriller with excellent twists and a really fast-paced shock finale’ Heat ‘Totally hooked. Completely gripping’ Mel McGrath ‘A propulsive and deliciously dark page-turner. Perfectly paced and tightly plotted’ Lucy Clarke ‘Domestic suspense at its very best. An aspirational setting, an unsolved crime, a plethora of suspects and twisted allegiances at every turn … I loved it’ Caz Frear ‘Tense and suspenseful … a delicious slice of suburban noir shot through with secrets, lies, paranoia and the unsettling claustrophobia of a staunchly closed community’ Kia AbdullahShow more
‘GRIPS LIKE A VICE’ – Val McDermid Twenty-one years ago, Dr Richard Carter and his wife Pamela were killed in what has become the most infamous double murder of the modern age. Their ten year-old daughter – nicknamed the Angel of Death – spent eight years in a children’s secure unit and is living quietly under an assumed name with a family of her own. Now, on the anniversary of the trial, a documentary team has tracked down her older sister, compelling her to break two decades of silence. Her explosive interview sparks national headlines and journalist Brinley Booth, a childhood friend of the Carter sisters, is tasked with covering the news story. For the first time, the three women are forced to confront what really happened that night – with devastating consequences for them all. When I Was Ten is the highly anticipated, stay-up-all-night next book by acclaimed crime author Fiona Cummins. ‘I finished it with my heart in my mouth. Highly recommended’ – Louise Candlish ‘Dark, creepy and ultimately compassionate… a chilling look at the consequences of a childhood gone wrong’ – JP Delaney ‘Utterly compelling; a true just-one-more-chapter thriller’ – Clare Mackintosh ‘Pacy, dark and surprises to the bitter end. Loved it’ – Fiona BartonShow more
FOUR FRIENDS. A LUXURY RETREAT. IT’S GOING TO BE MURDER. ‘An exhilarating, read-in-one-sitting ride’ Louise Candlish ‘A deadly cocktail of lies, secrets, obsession’ T.M. Logan 'A heart-stopping rollercoaster of a read’ B A Paris ‘This is great. Kept me gripped!’ Jane Fallon ‘Hold your breath!’ Jane Corry In a luxury lodge on Botswana’s sun-soaked plains, four friends reunite for a birthday celebration… THE BIRTHDAY GIRL Has it all, but chose love over her friends… THE TEACHER Feels the walls of her flat and classroom closing in… THE MOTHER Loves her baby, but desperately needs a break… THE INTROVERT Yearns for adventure after suffering for too long… Arriving at the safari lodge, a feeling of unease settles over them. There’s no sign of the party that was promised. There’s no phone signal. They’re alone, in the wild. THE HUNT IS ON. Praise for The Wild Girls: ‘Combines a beautiful, exotic location with a slithering, unsettling sense of suspense. A page-turner, full of secrets and reveals’ Adele Parks, Platinum ‘A delightfully sinister tale’ Crime Monthly ‘Tense, well-paced and with a cast of relatable flesh-and-blood women, The Wild Girls is an exhilarating, read-in-one-sitting ride’ Louise Candlish ‘A deadly cocktail of lies, secrets, obsession and revenge hits boiling point under the blazing African sun in this breathlessly twisty thriller’ T.M. Logan 'A wonderfully atmospheric thriller of secrets, lies and betrayals, The Wild Girls is a heart-stopping rollercoaster of a read with a dark sense of menace and hugely relatable characters’ B A Paris ‘This is great. Kept me gripped!’ Jane Fallon ‘This will take you into another world. But hold your breath! Because you’re in for a ride’ Jane Corry 'A hugely entertaining thriller that turns a dream holiday into a nightmare … fast-paced and very satisfying’ Jane Casey ‘Properly tense and full of surprises’ Harriet Tyce ‘Great characters, all with secrets, and a fabulous setting’ Catherine Cooper ‘Highly entertaining and much-needed escapism, I couldn’t put it down!’ Cass Green Perfect for fans of Mark Edwards, K.L. Slater and Sue Watson!Show more
Two strangers. Two chance meetings. One extraordinary love story… Nell and Charlie feel a spark when they meet by chance in a cafe. But they don’t trade numbers, or surnames, so there’s no way they’ll meet again. But the next day, Nell’s phone rings at work. Somehow, impossibly, Charlie is on the other end. And he needs her help. Nell is about to save a life, fall in love … and risk everything for a perfect stranger. Tender, thought-provoking and joyful, Charlie and Nell’s unique love story will capture your heart and give you hope. Perfect for fans of The Sight of You by Holly Miller and Love Rosie by Cecelia Ahern. ‘I was utterly drawn into Charlie and Nell’s story and found myself shedding a tear one minute and laughing the next’ Emma Cooper, author of If I Could Say Goodbye ‘A glorious and unique love story, bursting with hope, that will break your heart then put it back together again’ Nicola Gill, author of The Neighbours ‘Wonderful and joyous’ ***** Reader Review ‘Brilliantly written and I think this will stay with me for a long time’ ***** Reader Review Praise for Hannah Sunderland: ‘Delightfully romantic’ Isabelle Broom, author of Hello, Again ‘A compelling, quirky love story’ Miranda Dickinson, author of Our Story ‘An unconventional romance – real and raw’ Anna Bell, author of We Just ClickedShow more
‘This delicious romp is the sort of thing Nancy Mitford might have written if she’d been gay… wonderfully blithe, witty and moving’ Rowan Pelling, DAILY MAIL ‘Funny, filthy and phenomenally good’ Matt Cain 1921: a boy, a girl, a moonlit midnight kiss. A terrible, repulsive kiss. Bettina and Bart have grown up as best friends, so surely they will end up together? After all, Bettina is young, rich, headstrong…. and gay. Bart is young, rich, charismatic… and also, definitely, gay. Any doubts are dispelled by, in short order: that ghastly kiss; a torrid encounter for Bettina in the school boiler-rooms; and an eye-opening Parisian visit for Bart. Society will never stand for it. What else can they do but enter into a ‘lavender marriage’ and carry on indulging their true natures in secret? As the ’20s and ’30s whizz past in a haze of cigarettes, champagne and casual sex, Bart and Bettina have no idea that they are hurtling, via Hollywood and Egypt, Paris and London, towards tragedy and bloodshed…Show more
Lost meets The Hunger Games in the thrilling new young adult novel from C.L. Taylor, the Sunday Times and million-copy bestselling author. *** Welcome to The Island. Where your worst fears are about to come true… It was supposed to be the perfect holiday: a week-long trip for six teenage friends on a remote tropical island. But when their guide dies of a stroke leaving them stranded, the trip of a lifetime turns into a nightmare. Because someone on the island knows each of the group’s worst fears. And one by one, they’re becoming a reality. Seven days in paradise. A deadly secret. Who will make it off the island alive? *** Readers love C. L. Taylor’s gripping YA novels: 'What a fabulous storyline. A heart-popping, fast-paced page-turner from start to finish.' 'A cracking, well-informed and interesting storyline. Simply excellent. C.L. Taylor has done it again!' 'A brilliant step into the YA world.' 'From the beginning I was hooked. Twists and turns really pull you in and you find yourself on a roller coaster ride of emotions.' 'I was gripped from start to finish!' 'The concept was brilliant; I really loved the twist turns and tension. Brilliantly written and a delight to read.'Show more
A stunning collection of essays and memoir from twice Booker Prize winner and international bestseller Hilary Mantel, author of The Mirror and the Light In 1987, when Hilary Mantel was first published in the London Review of Books, she wrote to the editor, Karl Miller, ‘I have no critical training whatsoever, so I am forced to be more brisk and breezy than scholarly.’ This collection of twenty reviews, essays and pieces of memoir from the next three decades, tells the story of what happened next. Her subjects range far and wide: Robespierre and Danton, the Hite report, Saudi Arabia where she lived for four years in the 1980s, the Bulger case, John Osborne, the Virgin Mary as well as the pop icon Madonna, a brilliant examination of Helen Duncan, Britain’s last witch. There are essays about Jane Boleyn, Charles Brandon, Christopher Marlowe and Margaret Pole, which display the astonishing insight into the Tudor mind we are familiar with from the bestselling Wolf Hall Trilogy. Her famous lecture, ‘Royal Bodies’, which caused a media frenzy, explores the place of royal women in society and our imagination. Here too are some of her LRB diaries, including her first meeting with her stepfather and a confrontation with a circus strongman. Constantly illuminating, always penetrating and often very funny, interleaved with letters and other ephemera gathered from the archive, Mantel Pieces is an irresistible selection from one of our greatest living writers.Show more
Go deeper, they said. Look closer. Pleo Tanza is a survivor. Her father was broken by tragedy, her twin sister is dead-chewed up and spat out by the corruption and injustice of Chatoyance-but she's going to make it, whatever it takes. She's going to get off this rock. But escape is for the rich or lucky. Pleo's framed for the murder of a rival student-the daughter of one of the colony's wealthy, squabbling clans-and goes on the run, setting off a chain events that could destroy the fragile balance of the old colony forever... (P) Penguin Audio and Rebellion Publishing 2020Show more
The extraordinarily moving, funny and original new novel from the author of the rapturously acclaimed BLOOM. “You were born raging, Frances Frida Ripley. That’s what happens when you’re born in a storm.” Frances’s parents were not prepared for her birth: they had a blanket and an easel and some paint, but not anything useful, like a car or a phone. So it’s no wonder Frankie has always had a temper. She was born on a BEACH, in a STORM. What Frances was not prepared for was dying in a freak natural disaster that wiped out her whole town. Waking up 100 years later, Frances finds a whole load of new things to be angry about. And that’s before the visitors start turning up, treating her home like it’s a tourist attraction. Which it is. Only there are worse people out there than tourists… and they’re coming for Frankie. Frankie is about to discover that there are things more important than herself – and that anger has its uses. Because when you have a storm inside you – sometimes the only thing to do is let it out…Show more
'Why are so many women - and men - nervous about calling themselves a feminist? ... It's a hopeful term... it means you believe in human rights, after all.' - Gemma Cairney, foreword What is feminism? This indispensable book for young adults answers this important question with clarity, urgency, and conviction. Feminism is... tackles more than 50 intriguing and relevant topics, such as 'Are all people equal?', 'Do boys and girls learn the same things?' and 'Can men be feminists?' Find out what equality for women really means, get a short history of feminism, and take a look at the issues that affect women at work, in the home, and around sex and identity. Along the way you will learn about some great women, such as Gloria Steinem, Frida Kahlo, and Malala Yousafzai, 'rebel girls' who refused to accept the status quo of their day and blazed a trail for others to follow. In the foreword, you will also meet Gemma Cairney, the multi-award-winning broadcaster, author, and activist. Narrated by Olivia Dowd - the first woman to play Macbeth on stage in the West End - this is a lively and accessible audiobook for teens on the history, pioneers, and the daily reality of feminism today, Feminism is... is empowering, engaging, and vital reading. 'A terrific book' - Dermot O'Leary on BBC Radio 2Show more
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