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Brought to you by Penguin. From the bestselling author of The Blasphemer, shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award and a Richard & Judy Bookclub Pick It is the early 1930s, and Europe is holding its breath. As Hitler's grip on power tightens, preparations are being made for the Berlin Olympics. Leni Riefenstahl is the pioneering, sexually-liberated star film-maker of the Third Reich. She has been chosen by Hitler to capture the Olympics on celluloid but is about to find that even his closest friends have much to fear. Kim Newlands is the English athlete 'sponsored' by the Blackshirts and devoted to his mercurial, socialite girlfriend Connie. He is driven by a desire to win an Olympic gold but to do that he must first pretend to be someone he is not. Alun Pryce is the Welsh communist sent to infiltrate the Blackshirts. When he befriends Kim and Connie, his belief that the end justifies the means will be tested to the core. Through her camera lens and memoirs, Leni is able to manipulate the truth about what happens when their fates collide at the Olympics. But while some scenes from her life end up on the cutting room floor, this does not mean they are lost forever... PRAISE FOR THE BLASPHEMER: 'A great achievement...remarkable.' Melvyn Bragg 'A book that won't leave your fingernails intact' Daily Mail 'A fine novel...unforgettable.' The Times 'Beautiful...exhilarating.' Sunday Telegraph 'A constantly engaging and witty novel from a tremendously clever writer.' Telegraph © Nigel Farndale 2021 (P) Penguin Audio 2021Show more
Brought to you by Penguin. What if the life you have always known is taken from you in an instant? What would you do to get it back? Twins Jeanie and Julius have always been different from other people. At 51 years old, they still live with their mother, Dot, in rural isolation and poverty. Inside the walls of their old cottage they make music, and in the garden they grow (and sometimes kill) everything they need for sustenance. But when Dot dies suddenly, threats to their livelihood start raining down. Jeanie and Julius would do anything to preserve their small sanctuary against the perils of the outside world, even as their mother's secrets begin to unravel, putting everything they thought they knew about their lives at stake. Unsettled Ground is a heart-stopping novel of betrayal and resilience, love and survival. It is a portrait of life on the fringes of society that explores with dazzling emotional power how we can build our lives on broken foundations, and spin light from darkness. PRAISE FOR CLAIRE FULLER 'So sharply, so utterly brilliant that I found myself holding my breath while reading it, dazzled by Fuller's mastery and precision' LAUREN GROFF, author of Fates and Furies 'Extraordinary, gripping. Fuller writes with a singing simplicity that finds beauty amid the terror' Sunday Times 'A compulsive page-turner. Fuller creates an atmosphere of simmering menace with all the assurance of a latter-day Daphne du Maurier' The Times 'Bewitching, otherworldly, full of dark foreboding. Claire Fuller is a dazzling storyteller' Scotsman © Claire Fuller 2021 (P) Penguin Audio 2021Show more
Use a holistic approach to empower the mind and body before, during, and after the menopause. Understand the menopause with all its changes and challenges - and choose practices and treatments to make this next stage in your wellness journey healthy, positive, and joyful. Your menopause is unique to you - a milestone on your personal wellbeing journey. A lucky few will breeze through it, but for most women this time of hormonal upheavals throws up a variety of challenging symptoms. Understand the menopause better and find the right combination of resources for you - to stay physically, mentally, and spiritually well throughout. Find out how to adapt your existing wellness practices and build in new ones to smooth the path of your menopause: adopt yoga poses to reduce stress or help you sleep; use essential oils for a relaxing massage to lift mood; enjoy foods that boost energy and sharpen focus; discover the best exercises for strong bones and a healthy heart; use CBT and mindfulness to relieve anxiety and calm hot flushes; choose the best herbal remedies to balance hormones and diminish mood swings. Discover how to attend to your specific needs in a mindful, positive way, either alongside or without prescription medication. Your go-to guide to help make the transition an energising and liberating experience, Natural Menopause lets you take charge and embrace The Change. Consultant Editor: Dr Anne Henderson, menopause expert and gynaecologist, has over 15 years' experience running clinics in the NHS and private health sector. Teaming medical expertise with complementary treatment, she provides holistic care for women, specialising in hormonal therapy. Anne studied at Cambridge University and completed her training at Guy's Hospital, London. Anne oversees a team of specialist writers for each section of the book. © 2021 Dorling Kindersley © 2021 DK AudioShow more
Brought to you by Penguin. 'I am one of few Jewish survivors of World War Two, but one of many Jewish people to fight the Nazi regime. My story illustrates what happened to thousands of Jews and non-Jews alike... the sheer luck that saved some of us and the atrocities that led to the deaths of so many, as a tribute to all those who suffered and died.' Selma van de Perre was seventeen when World War Two began. Until then, being Jewish in the Netherlands had been of no consequence. But by 1941 this simple fact had become a matter of life or death. Several times, Selma avoided being rounded up by the Nazis. Then, in an act of defiance, she joined the Resistance movement, using the pseudonym Margareta van der Kuit. For two years 'Marga' risked it all. Using a fake ID, and passing as Aryan she travelled around the country delivering newsletters, sharing information, keeping up morale - doing, as she later explained, what 'had to be done'. In July 1944 her luck ran out. She was transported to Ravensbrück women's concentration camp as a political prisoner. Unlike her parents and sister - who, she would later discover, died in other camps - she survived by using her alias, pretending to be someone else. It was only after the war ended that she was allowed to reclaim her identity and dared to say once again: My name is Selma. Now, at ninety-eight, Selma remains a force of nature. Full of hope and courage, this is her story in her own words. © Selma van de Perre 2020 (P) Penguin Audio 2020Show more
‘Painful, raw and with an honesty that rings clear as a bell’ Catherine Simpson, author of When I Had a Little Sister A searing account of a mother’s late-diagnosis of autism – and its reaching effects on a whole family. Anna grew up in a house that was loving, even if her mum was ‘a little eccentric’. They knew to keep things clean, to stay quiet, and to look the other way when things started to get ‘a bit much for your mum’. It’s only when her mother reaches her 70s, and Anna has a family of her own, that the cracks really start to appear. More manic. More irrational. More detached from the world. And when her father, the man who has calmed and cajoled her mother through her entire life becomes unwell, the whole world turns upside down. This is a story of a life lived with undiagnosed autism, about the person behind the disorder, those big unspoken family truths, and what it means to care for our parents in their final years.Show more
Prayer and ingenuity have kept the remote English convent of St Winifreda in the Fen going for centuries, but now the roof leaks, the bell tower is crumbling and rats have moved in. The Bishop’s accountant wants to send the retired sisters to a home, disperse the working nuns, pull down the buildings and sell the land off as a car park. But he has reckoned without the unstoppable force that is Reverend Mother Elizabeth. With her team of ex-offenders, migrant workers and passing strangers, she plans not just to save, but also to renew, restore and revivify the sisterhood. The gentle, witty letters of Sister Boniface, who, as newly-appointed convent shopkeeper, has a big role to play in this challenge, chart a year of the sisters’ struggle as they get to grips with the harsh realities of the 21st century armed mainly with kindness and home baked biscuits.Show more
Brought to you by Penguin. Romy and Michael have it all. Over 30 years of marriage, two grown-up sons, a beautiful London home as well as a weekend bolthole by the sea. If Romy's had to sacrifice some of her dreams along the way to support Michael's high-flying legal career, then it's been a price worth paying. Until the arrival of a letter changes everything. At first Romy can't believe what it is saying. That Michael - an upholder of the law, with an unwavering sense of right and wrong - could do something so terrible. But then other lies start to emerge and she starts to wonder who the man she's shared her heart, her bed, the best years of her life with, really is. Walking away should be the start of a new chapter for Romy. But an urgent telephone call brings her back into Michael's life - and propels her into the past and the allegations which ended their marriage. Innocent or guilty? Truth or lie? How well can you ever know those closest to you? © Hilary Boyd 2020 (P) Penguin Audio 2020Show more
Don't miss Starlight Over Bluebell Castle, the third book in the delightfully uplifting Bluebell Castle trilogy! The most magical time of the year... Jessica Ridley's life has just been turned upside-down - and not in a good way! So when blast-from-the-past Tristan Ludworth invites her to stay at Bluebell Castle and transform it into a winter wonderland, it's the perfect distraction for Jess and her two young children... Jess is used to planning even the most elaborate events in her sleep, but she certainly didn't expect to be working so closely with Tristan at the castle - or that she could still find him quite so handsome after all this time! And with a little holiday magic in the air, it's becoming harder and harder to resist his charms. Can Tristan convince Jess to give love one more chance, just in time for Christmas? Perfect for fans of Trisha Ashley, Rachael Lucas and Hilary Boyd. Book 1: Spring Skies Over Bluebell Castle Book 2: Sunshine Over Bluebell Castle Book 3: Starlight Over Bluebell Castle Readers love Sarah Bennett: "Summer At Lavender Bay by Sarah Bennett is a deliciously warm, welcoming, fun contemporary read and just perfect for a summer's day." "Absolutely loved this book it has a great story line and the characters feel like great friends who you laugh with and cry with and really care about." "Such a joy to read - I cannot recommend this book enough!" "Sarah Bennett always keeps me entertained from the very first page" "Five stars from me!" "This is a brilliant five star modern fiction story."Show more
'A fun and fabulous book!' Stardust Book Reviews The summer she will never forget... Time's running out for Iggy Ludworth to restore the wild gardens of Camland Castle in time for the Summer Fete, so she ropes in hotshot gardener Will Talbot... But she regrets her decision as soon as he sets foot in the historic grounds - not only is Will arrogant and bossy, he's totally gorgeous! And very soon, sparks are flying amongst the bluebells. Yet with summer nearly over, will their summer fling convince Will and Iggy to go the distance? Perfect for fans of Trisha Ashley, Rachael Lucas and Hilary Boyd. Book 1: Spring Skies Over Bluebell Castle Book 2: Sunshine Over Bluebell Castle Book 3: Starlight Over Bluebell Castle Readers love Sunshine Over Bluebell Castle: 'A story which is guaranteed to make you feel untouchable, ready to conquer the world' The Writing Garnet Blog 'A joyous, compelling and breezy page-turner that sparkles with warm and charm' Bookish Jottings 'A perfect escapism-read' Walking Through the Pages 'A very good read ... I could not put this down' Chellsandbooks 'Sunshine Over Bluebell Castle certainly had me under its spell' By The Letter Book Reviews 'A highly enjoyable read ... perfect for the summer' Nicki's Book BlogShow more
Brought to you by Puffin. Be truly inspired by these powerful true stories of animal heroes: meet heroic bears, drone-catching eagles, loyal dogs, sassy cats, and much, MUCH more! This book brings you the heart-wrenching stories of the real animals who traversed treacherous paths, made daring rescues and went above and beyond to save human lives. When faced with human conflict, these animals have all shown bravery, friendship, or brought comfort. Journey throughout history from Hannibal's elephants to a guide dog in the Twin Towers. Uncover 34 amazing animal stories - and celebrate their humans. With a heart-warming introduction from Michael Morpurgo. Illustrated in vivid colour by five different illustrators, and with knowledge from the experts at the Imperial War Museums, this is a book to treasure and share.Show more
SUNDAY TIMES NUMBER ONE BESTSELLER! 'Gripping, moving and elegantly written' Marian Keyes 'Completely addictive' Ruth Jones 'Taut and thrilling' Veronica Henry Daisy and Simon's marriage is great, isn't it? After years together, the arrival of longed-for daughter Millie sealed everything in place. A happy little family of three. And so what if Simon drinks a bit too much sometimes - Daisy's used to it, she knows he's letting off steam. Until one night at a party things spiral horribly out of control. And that happy little family of three will never be the same again. In Lies Lies Lies Sunday Times bestseller Adele Parks explores the darkest corners of a relationship in freefall in a mesmerising tale of marriage and secrets. Praise for Lies Lies Lies: 'Gripping, moving and elegantly written' Marian Keyes 'Brilliant, moving and deeply satisfying, Parks is the queen of the domestic dark side' Veronica Henry 'Completely addictive... superbly drawn. Fabulous' Ruth Jones 'An utterly gripping, dark, addictive read, with characters so real, and an emotional punch so hard it left me a little winded. A brilliant page turner!' Alice Feeney 'Compelling and suspenseful' Catherine Isaac 'I devoured Lies, Lies, Lies... so engaging, well written. It is one of those rare books that earns the title, unputdownable' Sally Hepworth 'Brilliantly twisty and makes for a thrilling, unputdownable read but is also so insightful about human nature: her characters, with all their flaws and secrets, are utterly real. A triumph' Lucy Foley 'The gripping, visceral portrait of the disintegration of a marriage take the "didn't-see-that-coming" plot twist to new heights ****' Heat 'A gripping and unpredictable read hiding some deliciously dark secrets and lies' OK 'A sharply crafted tale ... the ultimate read for fans of domestic noir' Woman's Weekly 'I'm not going to lie! Adele Parks takes you straight into the heart of her characters. Her twists about human nature form the icing on the cake' Jane Corry 'BOOM! What a book! Layers and layers of intrigue and characters I want to spend a lifetime with. Loved it' Suzy K QuinnShow more
Brought to you by Penguin. On a winter morning she lost a piece of her heart. Can she find it? Evangeline isn't feeling festive this December. The frost and fairy lights only remind her it's been a year since she lost the mother who took her in as a baby and raised her. She's never felt more alone - until she discovers her birth mother's identity. And where to find her. A lifetime and thousands of miles have separated Evangeline and Bonnie. Now, travelling to New Zealand could be Evangeline's chance to confront the woman who gave her up. But is she ready for what she'll find there? The answers she's been looking for, a new family to heal her . . . Or someone she could never have expected? On a winter morning she lost a piece of her heart. Can she find it? Evangeline isn't feeling festive this December. The frost and fairy lights only remind her it's been a year since she lost the mother who took her in as a baby and raised her. She's never felt more alone - until she discovers her birth mother's identity. And where to find her. A lifetime and thousands of miles have separated Evangeline and Bonnie. Now, travelling to New Zealand could be Evangeline's chance to confront the woman who gave her up. But is she ready for what she'll find there? The answers she's been looking for, a new family to heal her . . . Or someone she could never have expected?Show more
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