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The State We're In

Adele Parks
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THE STATE WE'RE IN is the stunning, emotionally powerful novel from Sunday Times bestselling author Adele Parks.What are the odds that the stranger sitting next to you on a plane is destined to change your life? Especially when they appear to be your opposite in every way.She's a life-long optimist, looking for her soul mate in every man she meets; he's a resolute cynic - cruel experience has taught him never to put his faith in anyone.People can surprise you. In the time it takes to fly from London to Chicago, each finds something in the other that they didn't even realise they needed.Their pasts are such that they can never make one another happy and it's when they get off the plane that their true journey begins...

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Whatever It Takes

Adele Parks
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Larger than Life

Adele Parks
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Adele Parks

Adele Parks, author of the No. 1 ebook bestseller, The Stranger In My Home, perfectly balances humour and heartbreak in Larger Than Life, a gripping novel of finding out what it truly means to find the love of your life...Georgina fell in love with Hugh the moment she first saw him, aged just eighteen, and she's never loved another man. Unfortunately, for all that time he's been someone else's husband and father... After years of waiting on the side-lines, Georgina finally gets him when his marriage breaks down. But her dream come true turns into a nightmare when she falls pregnant and Hugh makes it clear he's been there, done that and doesn't want to do it all again. She has to believe Hugh has been worth the wait but Georgina can't help but ask herself, is this baby bigger than the biggest love of her life?*Includes bonus material*

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Love Lies

Adele Parks
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Love Lies is a compulsive tale of a modern-day Cinderella's quest for her own happily ever after, filled with warmth, wit and insight into real life relationships, from Adele Parks, author of the No. 1 ebook bestseller, The Stranger In My Home.Fern is staring thirty in the face and she believes a romantic wedding should be the next step for her and long-term love Adam, but he just won't go down on one knee. Then a chance meeting catapults her out of the everyday existence and into a girl's ultimate fantasy - being swept away by Prince Charming to a life of luxury, wealth and celebrity. But is her whirlwind romance with pop star Scottie Taylor everything it seems? Fern is forced to ask herself if a fairy tale ending is possible in such a modern rock and roll world... *Includes bonus material*

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About Last Night

Adele Parks
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To Touch the Stars

Jessica Ruston
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From the author of LUXURY, a glossy, gripping epic blockbuster featuring the beautiful, wealthy but accursed Cavalley family. Renowned for style, glamour and sophistication, Cavalley's creates the most luxurious millinery in the world. Talented and beautiful, Violet Cavalley has poured her heart and soul into building her multi-million-pound business and raising her three adored children. But behind the Cavalley family's gilded façade lies a streak of darkness. Darkness that now threatens to destroy them all...

A selection of our best romantic reads

The Perfect Reads for Valentine's Day

SPARE BRIDES – Adele Parks This dazzling new book is Adele Park’s first historical novel, and WHAT a read it is. Set in the glittering, glamorous 1920s, it’s the story of four women – Ava, Lydia, Sarah and Beatrice – and how they are coping in the aftermath of the war. The 1920s was a highly charged decade: the young threw themselves into hedonism and wild partying to obliterate the horrors that the First World War brought to them; and yet, the sadness and damage caused by war couldn’t be forgotten. Parks captures this contradiction wonderfully, and her beautiful, yet damaged set of characters will draw you in emotionally and never let you go. The Desires Unlocked trilogy – Evie Blake Evie Blake is the mistress of seduction and writes steamy, passionate romance with a sophisticated, European twist. Blake’s heroine, Valentina, is in many ways the antithesis of Fifty Shades’ Ana – Valentina is chic, liberated and very, very cool. Her on-off romance with her lover Theo creates a powerful dynamic throughout the series, eventually culminating in a seriously romantic – and sexy – finale in New York that will leave you gasping for breath. THE UNPREDICTABLE CONSEQUENCES OF LOVE – Jill Mansell THE UNPREDICTABLE CONSEQUENCES OF LOVE is just wonderful. I defy anyone not to fall in love with Jill’s writing, her characters and the worlds she creates. In THE UNPREDICTABLE CONSEQUENCES OF LOVE Jill takes us to a beautiful seaside town full of secrets and intrigue. As ever with Jill, I devoured this in one totally indulgent afternoon and then chastised myself for finishing it already. Lots of laughter (and a rogue tear – embarrassingly enough!). THE PROPOSAL – Tasmina Perry This is the utterly spellbinding, breath-takingly romantic novel from Tasmina Perry which will sweep you off your feet this Valentine’s. When Amy Carrell is left devastatingly heartbroken, she is desperate to be with her family back in New York. Stumbling across an advertisement requiring a companion for a ‘Manhattan adventure’, she responds, and is whisked away, forming an unlikely friendship with British aristocrat, Georgia Hamilton. Unravelling Georgia’s history and transported to the lost world of the debutantes in 1958, Amy uncovers a painful past of masked secrets, the highest betrayal and broken hearts. Buried for over fifty years, this love story is finally told, and I promise you that it will stay with you for ever. THINGS WE NEVER SAY – Sheila O’Flanagan Sheila’s latest novel is an absolute treat. It is one of those books which you completely want to curl yourself up with and lose yourself in – especially during a grey and rainy February as the main character lives in sunny California! When Abbey Andersen’s life is turned upside down by a long-buried family secret she learns genuinely how important your friends and family can be to get you through tough times. Referring back to the title, this is about THOSE THINGS WE NEVER SAY, but maybe we should. On Valentine’s Day this should probably be ‘I love you’. The Anti-Valentine’s choice (but a cracking read): SEASON TO TASTE – Natalie Young This is the deliciously dark and subversive story of Lizzie Prain, one of the most remarkable – and controversial – heroines in recent fiction. Season to Taste has been hailed in the media as ‘the new Fifty Shades of Grey’ – not because its content is sexually explicit (it’s not), but because it’s at the forefront of a new genre, dubbed ‘chick noir’, about women and marriage and the darker side of one of the most intimate relationships that exists between humans – that between spouses. If you’re not feeling romantic on Valentine’s Day, this darkly comic tale of a woman who kills her husband and then disposes of his body in a highly unusual way, will appeal. Warning: unsuitable for vegetarians.

Posted by Christina Demosthenous, Editorial

Blog: Desert Island Reads

When it comes to packing, choosing my holiday reads is definitely the best bit. And while I was spoilt for choice this year, I began imagining (with difficulty) which books I would take with me if I was stranded on a desert island. I’ve put this question to some of my fellow Headliners (asking them to ignore the existence of e-readers, which would eliminate this conundrum…) Feel free to take inspiration for your beach book this summer! I would have to choose E.M. Forster’s Howards End – a book to transport me to the streets of London and travel back in time. It deals with almost everything: issues of class, family, philosophy, gender, art and love, but most importantly, it has a very special place in my heart. My dad once gave me a beautiful edition of Howards End with a message inside, saying he hoped the novel would have the same profound and lasting effect it had on him when he was younger. So as well as keeping me entertained and leaving me enriched, it would help me feel less lonely stranded on a desert island! John Wordsworth from Fiction Editorial thinks that ‘you have to choose something that lends itself to multiple reads. I ploughed through The Brothers Karamazov when I was far too young and found it simultaneously fascinating and baffling, so I’d consider that. Although being stranded on a desert island would be depressing enough without Dostoyevsky, wouldn’t it? I think I’ll have go for a story that my grandmother used to read to me, one that makes me think of home, and reminds me that things have a funny way of working out: The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins by Dr Seuss.’ Two books at very opposite ends of the spectrum, John! Laura Ricchetti from Sales would take the complete works of Frank O’Hara, ‘to keep me happy’ and Moby Dick, because ‘it’s a wicked book and might even teach me some sailing stuff so I could get off the island too.’ Good thinking. Emily Kitchin from Fiction Editorial would take I would take Jilly Cooper’s Score! She says: ‘Other than having obvious physical benefits for a desert island (it’s large and would double up nicely as a pillow, foot stool or weapon), it’s got everything you could want in a novel. All the old favourite characters appear (the arrogant yet charismatic Rupert Campbell-Black; his young yet adorable wife; his snooty but desirable daughter Tabitha, and so on), and are on top form gallivanting about, riding horses and having steamy affairs. In time-honoured Jilly Cooper tradition there’s a host of new characters too, including the hot and sexy Frenchman Tristan who becomes embroiled in a love triangle between icy-but-beautiful Tabitha and plain-but-loyal Lucy. There’s a film set, a blood-curdlingly nasty villain in the form of the monstrous Rannaldini, and a whodunit to rival Eastenders’ ‘Who shot Phil Mitchell?’ storyline. It would keep me entertained for hours.’ I’m sold! Publicity’s Elaine Egan chose two books. She cleverly picked The Swiss Family Robinson, ‘a handy and practical guide to living in a remote paradise, hopefully without the beastly creatures’ and as her back-up read, Catch-22 by Joseph Heller, where ‘reading about Yossarian’s jinks would keep me somewhat sane.’ Ben Willis from Publicity would also choose Catch-22 – a popular choice! ‘It's terrifying, silly, hilarious, poignant, dense yet readable, vivid and yet almost cartoonish: basically everything you need to make you feel less aware of being stuck on an island with only a volley ball for company.’ Darcy Nicholson from Fiction Editorial went one better than Elaine and picked three desert island reads. Charles Dickens came out on top with Great Expectations, ‘because this is as meaty a novel as I can imagine – every time I read this, I find new depths, new character flaws, new angles. To me this book is endless.’ Time’s Arrow by Martin Amis comes a close second ‘because fascinating doesn’t even cover it with this one. I could spend hours in open-mouthed awe at the sheer brilliance of Amis’s concept.’ And thirdly, Darcy chose William Golding’s Lord of the Flies, ‘because I have never read it and cannot imagine a more apt time to do so.’ Frances Edwards from Editiorial and Publicity also has three emergency picks. How To Be A Woman by Caitlin Moran, ‘for the times when I want to laugh until it hurts’, Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier, which comes top of her list of ‘books I’m embarrassed that I haven’t read’ (and what a better time than to conquer this list than when stranded on a desert island) and finally, ‘anything that Patrick Gale’s ever written’ because ‘he’s got a character to complement every mood and moment. And he writes great stories, beautifully.’ Richard Roper from Non-Fiction Editorial would take Kirsty Young's Desert Island Discs book ‘just to see what other people would be reading on a desert island.’ Great answer! Alternatively, he’d choose Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach, partly because ‘it's the first book I can remember properly loving’ and secondly as it would ‘give me hope that other oversized, floatable fruits may lead to my escape.’ Another great answer! Production’s Ant Simnica has two top choices, and neither is a light read! The Dinner by Herman Koch, which he read in one sitting and ‘then wished I’d saved it. Tense, unsettling and darkly funny, The Dinner follows an evening with two brothers and their wives at a restaurant. As we learn of the horrific crime their sons have committed, and the reaction unfolds, it really made me think about far we might go to shift the blame and protect our own’ and Lionel Shriver’s We Need To Talk About Kevin: ‘obviously everyone loved this book, but for good reason. A captivating take on mother-son relationships and how our whole perceptions of ourselves and those closest to us can change so much. A true page turner that builds to a jaw-dropping ending. Probably the only book I’ve ever read twice.’ Sherise Hobbs from Fiction Editorial would choose anything by Tasmina Perry, whose novels are ‘not only wonderfully escapist but also fantastically chunky so they would help me while away the hours.’ Agreed! She would also take a really good nail-biting thriller: ‘I’m desperate to read Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, or the latest by Lee Child, Linwood Barclay or Lisa Gardner, to keep my mind sharp as I puzzle over how to escape from the island.’ And finally, Sherise would have to take the complete set of Anne of Green Gables novels, in case ‘I never escape and I need something I can read again and again…and again…and again…’ So there we have it, a fine selection of books in the event of being stranded on a desert island (if you don’t have an e-reader, that is…) Take your pick!

Headliners choose their favourite summer reads

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The Wrong Knickers by Bryony Gordon 'I think The Wrong Knickers would be my perfect beach read. Totally relatable and absolutely hilarious, it’s the perfect book for a busy day of tanning – I can just picture thousands of women all along the Marbella shoreline spitting out their holiday cocktails with laughter.' Holly Harris, Non-Fiction Editorial Summer House with a Swimming Pool by Herman Koch 'If you found Herman Koch's The Dinner an addictive yet uncomfortable read, wait until you read this! A book that draws on obsession, guilt, paranoia and asks the toughest ‘What would you do?’ question you can imagine. I guarantee you'll finish this in one sitting by the pool as the protagonist’s world slowly collapses around him. A gem of a read.' Beau Merchant, Marketing The Oyster Catcher by Jo Thomas 'I have two absolute must-reads this summer, the first of which is The Oyster Catcher by Jo Thomas. When Fiona Clutterbuck finds herself stranded in a remote village along the west coast of Ireland, utterly alone having being jilted at altar, things seem just about as bad as they can possibly get. But chance has it that the mysterious and somewhat infamous local oyster farmer is in desperate need of an assistant. Fi throws herself into the role and what follows is an utterly uplifting, life-affirming story filled with warmth, laughter, tears and a romance that will sweep you away. I promise that The Oyster Catcher will capture your heart this summer!' Poppy Does Paris by Nicola Doherty 'My second summer pick has to be Poppy Does Paris – an irresistible e-short from Nicola Doherty which marks the beginning of her fabulous new digital Girls on Tour series. Think deliciously Parisian fun, flair, food and fashion. Brilliantly escapist, laugh-out-loud funny and a romance for you to really root for, Poppy Does Paris is everything that you look for in a summer read. It will leave you dying for your own holiday and longing for the next in the series … so watch out!' Christina Demosthenous, Fiction Editorial Mr Chartwell by Rebecca Hunt 'This impeccable debut novel will introduce you to the most fascinating character you’ll encounter for a long time. Mr Chartwell is big, he’s black and he’s furry. Mr Chartwell is a dog. He can stand upright, he can talk, drink tea from a china cup and bathe himself (though it is easier if you help him). This book will furrow your brow and make the corners of your eyes crease, it will make you feel brave and it will fascinate you. This is no ordinary story, it is no ordinary summer read. Hunt’s writing is mesmerising, every page has a sentence I wish I had crafted and, now that I think about it, the only thing that might have made this book better would have been to read it on a beach.' Darcy Nicholson, Fiction Editorial The Disappearance of Emily Marr by Louise Candlish. 'My summer read is The Disappearance of Emily Marr by Louise Candlish. Louise is one of my favourite authors and I have been pressing copies of her books into the hands of friends to take on holiday for years. The Disappearance of Emily Marr is no exception – it is addictive and full of intrigue. Mix that with the irresistibly gorgeous setting of Il de Ré, which Louise so vividly describes, and you have a perfect suspenseful summer read with a twist I defy anyone to see coming. The plot and characters will stay with you long after you have left the beach.' Fran Gough, Publicity The Proposal byTasmina Perry 'My favourite read for this summer is Tasmina Perry’s new paperback The Proposal. Set in modern-day Manhattan but also taking you back to the 1950s debutante era, this is a magical and brilliantly escapist book which kept me guessing until the very end! Perfect to get absorbed in on a hot summer’s day!' Laura Ricchetti, Sales The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden by Jonas Jonasson 'This quirky book is a great summer read. Following in the style of The 100 Year Old Man, it tells the tale of Nombeko Mayeki and her unusual journey through life, from her upbringing as a latrine worker in Soweto, to receiving a small fortune in diamonds (through rather unorthodox means) and becoming friends with (unsuprisingly) the king of Sweden! Over the decades her luck and location constantly changes, and her bizarre adventures, eccentric friends and the ridiculous plot make this book a fun and breezy summer read which keeps you guessing and asking 'whatever next?' until the very end.' Bekki Guyatt, Creative With such a variety of stunning escapist reads here, hopefully you can indulge in one or two of them this summer!

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Blog: Let's Party Like It's 1986!

It is over a week since Headline’s 25th birthday party and the pink dust is beginning to settle, those high heel related wounds have healed and normal service has been well and truly restored at 338 Euston Road.

Adele Parks

Adele Parks worked in advertising until she published her first novel in 2000. Since then, her many Sunday Times bestsellers have been translated into twenty-six different languages. Adele spent her adult life in Italy, Botswana and London until 2005 when she moved to Guildford, where she now lives with her husband and son. Adele believes reading is a basic human right, so she works closely with The Reading Agency as an Ambassador for Reading Ahead, a programme designed to encourage adult literacy.Meet Adele! Visit her website for the latest news on her upcoming events: www.adeleparks.com, head to Facebook for exclusive extras: facebook.com/OfficialAdeleParks and chat with Adele on Twitter @adeleparks.