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Maybe it's the weirdness of the weather. Maybe it's another way to pour scorn on politicians. Maybe the steady stream of headlines about fires, floods and droughts is finally starting to get to us. Whatever it is, for more and more of us, climate change is shifting from a shadowy fear in the backs of our minds to something we feel we need to get a handle on. Climate change may be a horror story, but, as Our Biggest Experiment shows, the tale of how we discovered it isn't. The discovery of climate change didn't feature a 'Eureka!' moment - it was a slow and gradual realisation as each new generation pieced together a little more information. Our exploration of the Earth's fluctuating environment is an extraordinary story of human perception and scientific endeavour. It also began much earlier than we might think. This book takes us back to climate change science's earliest steps in the 18th and 19th centuries, through the point when concern started to rise in the 1950s and right up to today, where the 'debate' is over and the world is finally starting to face up to the reality that things are going to get a lot hotter, a lot drier (in some places) and a lot wetter (in others), with catastrophic consequences for most of Earth's biomes. Our Biggest Experiment recounts how the world became addicted to fossil fuels, how we discovered that electricity could be a saviour, and how renewable energy is far from a 20th-century discovery. Alice Bell cuts through the jargon and jumble of numbers to show how we're getting to grips with what is now the defining issue of our time. The message she relays is ultimately hopeful; harnessing the ingenuity and intelligence that has driven the history of climate change research can mean a more sustainable and bearable future for humanity.Show more
‘Each time my mother laid a finger on me… it was another step into the jaws of hell. Her abuse, more so than any other, destroyed me. It was the ultimate betrayal.’ Abused from the age of eight by her older brother and then her step-father, Maureen Wood quickly became numb to the constant suffering. But Maureen’s world crumbled when her own mother started to abuse her too… A Family Secret is the harrowing true story of how one little girl survived sickening abuse by the people who should have loved her most, and how an innocent baby finally saved her.Show more
A thrilling radio re-imagining telling the story of Charles Dickens' last days, and providing a brand new conclusion to his famous unfinished novel April, 1870. Bone-weary, sick, and struggling with a hidden guilt, Charles Dickens is grappling with what will be his final book - The Mystery of Edwin Drood. Two months later, he is dead, and the novel remains unfinished: only 6 of the 12 planned instalments had been completed. Centring around the title character, whose sudden disappearance throws the town of Cloisterham into a panic, the story introduces us to a host of potential suspects who could have caused him harm. Edwin's fiancée, Rosa Bud, was having second thoughts about their engagement; his uncle, John Jasper, was known to be jealous of him; and orphan twins Neville and Helena Landless had both tangled with Edwin too. Rumours of murder abound, but his fate is left unanswered... Set in a phantasmagorical, drug-fuelled landscape where nobody is who or what they claim to be, and motives are more tangled than the alleyways of the nightmare city where the action unfolds, this compelling mystery is one of the greatest puzzles of literature. In this new, fast-moving and impressionistic retelling, we track Dickens as he works on the novel in the weeks before his death, and follow his daughter Kate as she strives to solve the mystery of who killed Drood - and understand the demon that drove her father to fatal exhaustion. Also included is a bonus documentary, The Mystery of the Mystery of Edwin Drood, in which Frances Fyfield uses her crime-writer's insights to try and find out what really happened to Dickens' eponymous hero. Cast and credits Written by Charles Dickens Adapted by Mike Walker Produced and directed by Jeremy Mortimer Executive producer: James Robinson Kate Dickens... Pippa Nixon John Jasper... Joel McCormack Edwin Drood ... Iwan Davies Rosa Bud ... Isabella Inchbald Princess Puffer... Rachel Atkins First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 21 December 2020-1 January 2021 The Mystery of the Mystery of Edwin Drood Presented by Frances Fyfield With Simon Brett and Professor Jenny Hartley Produced by Tom Alban First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 19 January 2021Show more
Ellen Wood's sensation novel of 1861 found immediate popularity on its first publication. Its themes of infidelity and double identity attracted a wide range of readers, from the Prince of Wales to Joseph Conrad. Lady Isabel Carlyle leaves her husband and children for the aristocratic Francis Levison who, as it turns out, has no intention of marrying her. Having been disfigured in a train accident, the unrecognisable Isabel then takes up the position of governess to her own children in the Carlyle household, with tragic consequences.Show more
Yesterday ended in disaster. Very late at night, I decided to write down everything that had happened; the only way I could think of coping. So here goes. So begins Michele Roberts's intimate and honest account of the year after her latest novel has been rejected by her then publisher. Written with warmth and sensitivity, she navigates the difficult road from depression and anxiety to acceptance and understanding of the value of the friendships which nurture her and make life worth living - whatever happens. Michele Roberts is the author of twelve highly acclaimed novels, including The Looking Glass and Daughters of the House, which won the WHSmith Literary Award and was shortlisted for the Booker Prize, and, most recently, the highly-acclaimed Ignorance, which was longlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction, 2013. Her memoir Paper Houses was a BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week. She has also published poetry and short stories, most recently collected in Mud: Stories of Sex and Love. Half-English and half-French, Michele Roberts lives in London and in the Mayenne, France. She is Emeritus Professor of Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and a Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et Lettres. "A wonderful writer: one in possession of immense feeling." THE OBSERVERShow more
A feel-good, Up-Lit story - ideal for followers of Richard & Judy, Reese Witherspoon's Hello Sunshine, and the Radio 2 Book Club In this ebook bestseller, 44-year-old Londoner Olivia Holmes has a demanding office job, a big mortgage, and an underwhelming love life. So, when she and two distant cousins inherit a ramshackle vineyard, she just may have found a wonderful distraction from her everyday existence. However, there's a catch... "It's increasingly rare to come across a book brimming with such unashamed positivity. I loved it." - UK REVIEWERShow more
Jane Tennison must navigate the salacious world of theatre to solve a brutal murder in the heart of London's West End, in the brilliant new thriller from the Queen of Crime Drama, Lynda La Plante. Things can't get much worse for detective Jane Tennison. Unceremoniously kicked off the adrenaline-fuelled Flying Squad, she now plies her trade in Gerald Road, a small and sleepy police station in the heart of London's affluent Knightsbridge. With only petty crime to sink her teeth into, Tennison can feel her career slowly flatlining. That is until the discovery of the most brutal murder Jane has ever seen: Charlie Foxley has been found viciously beaten to death with a cricket bat - his body dismembered and disembowelled. As a big-time theatrical agent, Foxley had a lot of powerful friends - but just as many enemies. And alongside her old friend DS Spencer Gibbs, Tennison must journey into the salacious world of show business to find out which one is the killer, before they strike again.Show more
When Vale Moonwing is summoned to the Black Tower, she must prepare herself for a confrontation with the dread warlord Balthus Dire. "...exactly what you'd want a drama based on the Fighting Fantasy series to be... The tale nails the feel of the Fighting Fantasy series perfectly" - STARBURST MAGAZINEShow more
Join elven hero Vale Moonwing and adventurer Cassius Stormblade on their quest through the depths of Firetop Mountain. Can they survive the deadly traps and evade Zagor's army of the undead? Can they stay alive long enough to confront the dark warlock himself? "...exactly what you'd want a drama based on the Fighting Fantasy series to be... The tale nails the feel of the Fighting Fantasy series perfectly" - STARBURST MAGAZINEShow more
When Vale Moonwing returns to Darkwood Forest, he discovers that her old friend, the wizard Yaztromo, has vanished....himself? "...exactly what you'd want a drama based on the Fighting Fantasy series to be... The tale nails the feel of the Fighting Fantasy series perfectly" - STARBURST MAGAZINEShow more
Using forbidden Marrangha magic and the three stolen vapours, the evil sorcerer Zharradan Marr has created a creature....but for what purpose?! "...exactly what you'd want a drama based on the Fighting Fantasy series to be... The tale nails the feel of the Fighting Fantasy series perfectly" - STARBURST MAGAZINEShow more
Adventurers are once again gathering in Fang to participate in Baron Sukumvit's 'Trial of Champions' and undertake 'The Walk' through Deathtrap Dungeon...but this year the prize has changed...and the stakes have never been higher! "...exactly what you'd want a drama based on the Fighting Fantasy series to be... The tale nails the feel of the Fighting Fantasy series perfectly" - STARBURST MAGAZINEShow more
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