A Blanc Christmas
By Raymond Blanc
Baby Sleep Solutions
By Netmums, Hollie Smith
The Baby's Coming
By Virginia Howes
Virginia Howes was a mother of four doing the ironing when she had a revelation. Still broody, but not really wanting to add to her family, she realised that becoming a midwife was her true vocation.It was a long journey to get the education and qualifications she needed, especially with a young family, but she was determined and never doubted her decision. Following her training, she spent three years working within the NHS, but her naturally independent spirit fought against the constraints of the system and twelve years ago she decided to set up on her own. Virginia works with mothers who want to give birth at home naturally, something which Virginia believes in passionately. 350 births later, Virginia still loves what she does.The Baby's Coming> is Virginia's memoir and tells the stories of her training as a midwife as well as some of the most memorable of those 350 births: the most dramatic, the most touching. Virginia particularly remembers the births of her own grandchildren whose arrivals in the world were some of the most special moments for her as both a midwife and grandmother.
Baby's First Year
By Netmums, Hollie Smith
The Bachelorette Party
By Karen Mccullah Lutz
Zadie Roberts, LA high-school teacher, has torturous experiences with the fairy-tale world of California weddings. Dropped at the altar by her soap-star fiance, she's been just about recovering in LA with her best male friend Grey. Until, that is, Grey proposes to Zadie's ultra-straight and prissy cousin Helen.Before she knows it, Zadie's back in wedding festivity hell, culminating in Helen's dull-as-ditchwater hen night. But as the cocktails go down, secrets are revealed, and the night takes one hell of a turn - this is one bachelorette party no one will ever forget...
The Bachelor and Spinster Ball
By Janet Gover
Join the guests at Australia's most infamous black-tie event, The Bachelor and Spinster Ball, in Janet Gover's life-affirming novel. The perfect read for fans of Jenny Colgan and Jo Thomas. Sexy Nick, feisty Bec and dreamy Hailey all grew up together in the tiny, one-horse town of Farwell Creek. In fact, Nick and Bec were the town's teen-dream couple, until Bec made a break for it and shook the small-town dust off her heels for the big-city lights. Now she's back - but Nick doesn't have romantic feelings for her any more ... does he?Sweet, idealistic Hailey is caught between her old friends, but has too many problems of her own to be able to worry about theirs. Devastated at the loss of her parents, who died in a crash a year earlier, she's too wrapped up in her own thoughts to even think about leaving town or finding love. It will take a devastating bush-fire, a black-tie ball under the stars, and a road-trip to help all three friends work out who and what they want - and what they need.What readers are saying about THE BACHELOR AND SPINSTER BALL:'A story of rich emotions and strong relationships. A lovely, escapist read''Beautifully written, the characters are easy to identify with and the author's rich description of a small place in Australia made me want to go there!''I absolutely loved this book and how you get to see all sides of the story. A real romance - so brilliant'
By John Francome
Two riders, two unexplained deaths... Ex-National Hunt Champion Jockey John Francome presents Back Hander, an electrifying racing thriller. The perfect read for fans of Felix Francis and Lyndon Stacey. 'Back Hander is a tightly plotted and well-schooled story... that delivers everything it promises' - Tangled WebNot much is going right for jockey Alan Morrell. He can't get the rides he needs and when he sets up a bloodstock partnership a tragic accident robs him of the business and his best friend Lee. Now Alan owes £100,000 and his only asset is a racehorse who has yet to be put to the test. But all that fades into insignificance next to the suspicion that Lee's fatal fall was more than an accident... Things aren't looking so hot for fellow-jockey Max Ashwood either. There's the backlash from his affair with a trainer's wife and the little matter of his gambling. There's also the convenient death of another man to whom Max owed money. But surely no one is ever going to find out the truth about his part in that... Two riders, two unexplained deaths - but overshadowing both is a conflict that dwarfs the cosy world of racetrack winners and losers. As the noose closes round the neck of one man's criminal empire, just how many others will swing?What readers are saying about Back Hander:'A gripping story from start to finish''Highly recommended if you like horse-racing thrillers''Brilliant plotline which hinges on two doomed love affairs'
The Back to School collection: ALL TEACHERS GREAT AND SMALL, ALL TEACHERS WISE AND WONDERFUL, ALL TEACHERS BRIGHT AND BEAUTIFUL
By Andy Seed
ALL TEACHERS GREAT AND SMALL tells the true story of Andy's first year at Cragthwaite Primary School - how he bravely negotiated the vagaries of the local dialect, made disastrous bids to provide a family home, naively and hilariously tried out new-fangled ideas in a school stuck in a 1950s time warp, and ultimately discovered a little part of England he was proud to call home.Warm, touching and very funny, All Teachers Great and Small transports you to a time that may be gone but has never been forgotten.ALL TEACHERS WISE AND WONDERFUL: A year on from the end of ALL TEACHERS GREAT AND SMALL, Barbara and Andy Seed are settled into their Dales village, but at school trouble arrives for Andy in the form of nine-year-old Sheena. After two years in the job, Andy Seed returns to Cragthwaite brimming with confidence and looking forward to a year that is bound to bring its own rewards, as well as its share of mishaps and misadventures. But even he didn't anticipate exploding piggy banks, bottle-rocket missiles, and actually deafening Dracula. At home, Andy and Barbara are enjoying life with little Tom, and are expecting again. Meanwhile, a new friendship is formed with hill farmer Adam. Adam proves both an inspiration and a confidante for Andy, and through him he begins to see the light with troubled Sheena. The second in Andy's trilogy about life as a Yorkshire Dales teacher, this is as warm, witty and refreshing as the first, full of colourful anecdotes from village and school life.Andy Seed is beginning his fifth year teaching at Cragthwaite Primary in the Yorkshire Dales, and as always a new term is full of surprises.ALL TEACHERS BRIGHT AND BEAUTIFUL: These take the form of a beautiful, but not terribly bright, student on placement from the local teacher training college, and a particularly pushy and problematic parent with a fine line in complaining. It looks like Andy's pupils are the least of his problems...At home in Applesett, things aren't all rosy either. Barbara is forced to take a job as a postie to help pay the mortgage, which means finding someone to look after Tom and Reuben. When two old friends move into the village it looks like the problem has been solved, but it soon transpires that rural life is not for everyone.As always the book is peppered with the hilarious and heartwarming incidents that a life living and working with children inevitably contains.
By Emily Barr
Sometimes travelling alone can be murder...Emily Barr transports readers to a sinister, dangerous South East Asia in Backpack. Escaping the downward spiral of her London life, Tansy gets more adventure than she bargained for. The perfect read for fans of Lisa Jewell and Adele Parks. 'Barr's debut comes as a blast of fresh air' - Sunday ExpressTansy has to escape from her London life. She's desperate to get away from her media job, her coke habit, her dead mother and her selfish boyfriend. But she finds travelling through Asia more smelly than romantic and, besides, she's missing her boyfriend. However she is determined not to give in, give up or go home. As she travels further east she begins to enjoy her journey - until murder starts to follow her and the trip becomes much more adventurous than she had anticipated.What readers are saying about Backpack:'A deep and thoughtful exploration of two journeys - psychological and literal''Fantastically written, there are many observations that ring true to anyone who's ever been globetrotting. Add a chilling thriller into the equation and you've got one mind-blowing read' 'A page-turningly good plot, with an intelligent viewpoint on travellers, politics and human relationships'
By Harry Bowling
Salmon Lane is a quiet Bermondsey backstreet lined with modest brick houses and paved with cobbles. For Carrie Tanner it's home. She's worked hard to build her own business and has earned the grudging respect of her business rivals - even the Galloways, both father and son. Personal feuds, though, are overshadowed by the outbreak of the Second World War, which brings the terrors of the Blitz to the neighbourhood. This close-knit community is forced to draw on all their reserves of courage and humour to survive the difficulties of poverty, rationing and nightly air raids. And even as the men are called up, go missing in action or are killed, and homes are bombed, their extraordinary Cockney spirit shines through ...
Backtrack (James Bishop 2)
By Jason Dean, Dudley Hinton
James Bishop returns in the second novel from Headline's very own Lee Child, must-buy thriller author Jason Dean.Sometimes a man must take a step back to move forwards...In a small, sleepy Pennsylvania town, the staff of a loan store find themselves at the mercy of a gunman who demands they hand over the store's entire cash reserves. But when the sound of police sirens shatters the silence sooner than expected, the robber is forced to take a young female customer hostage in order to make his escape.Former Marine James Bishop is no stranger to being on the wrong side of the law. Finally a free man, with his name cleared, he has the chance to get his life back on track. But as he flees the scene of the hold-up with his terrified hostage, he once again finds himself a wanted man...Prison can change some people. But has it changed James Bishop?(P)2013 Headline Digital
The Bad Apple
By Rosie Goodwin
A mother and son on the run. A new beginning. A past they cannot escape. An unforgettable saga of love, escapism and intrigue from the bestselling author of No One's Girl, Mothering Sunday and The Little Angel, The Bad Apple is sure to leave you hungry for more. Perfect for fans of Shelia Newberry and Dilly Court.'Rosie Goodwin is a born storyteller - she'll make you cry, she'll make you laugh, but most of all you'll care for her characters and lose yourself in her story. An author destined for the top' - Jeannie JohnsonLouise Hart has endured a great deal of pain from her callous husband Paul, but one cold December night in 1959 she can take no more. She and her son Davey escape their Coventry high-rise flat and flee to Tanglewood, the dilapidated ivy-clad mansion where her mother Dolly runs an animal sanctuary. Miserable and frightened, Louise longs to turn her back on the past, and create a happy new life for Davey. But Paul is in trouble with men more dangerous than himself. Unable to pay his debts, he blackmails Louise and those who love her, keeping a shadowy presence in their lives. Even the arrival of Charlie Fox, a stranger who becomes a true friend, cannot guarantee that the future will be safe...What Amazon readers are saying about The Bad Apple:'Rosie's writing style enables you to envision the characters so clearly they seem to be truly alive. She hooks you in and you can't get loose from her gripping words! This story has surprising twists also. It makes you laugh, it makes you cry, it makes you think. I'm a fairly fast reader, but it took 1/2 a box of tissues and nearly an hour for me to get through 3 pages near the end of this book because I couldn't stop sobbing!' 'This is the first book I have read by Rosie Goodwin and to say it's fantastic is an understatement! I couldn't put it down and it had me reaching for the tissues on more than one occasion. It's the most believable and touching book I have ever read'
The Bad Baron's Daughter
By Laura London
For fans of Julie Garwood, Jude Deveraux, Loretta Chase, Johanna Lindsey and Kathleen E. Woodiwiss comes a classic novel of an innocent girl, an indecent proposal, and a wicked lord who's impossible to resist, from acclaimed author Laura London. As the daughter of a blacklisted gambler, Katie Kendricks has few options in life but to work in a back-alley gin shop like the Merry Maidenhead. But when the most refined and dashing man she has ever seen - hellion Lord Linden - defends Katie's honour from a drunken brute, her life takes a surprising turn...Concerned for her safety, the handsome Lord Linden vows to take Katie under his wing and teach her the ways of the world. He will educate her on the duties of a proper duchess - and train her in the skills of a celebrated courtesan. But in transforming this simple duckling into a glorious swan, Linden unwittingly ignites a change in his own hardened heart. By some miracle, this innocent waif soon turns into the most desirable woman he has ever known. And now it is he who must be saved...by the unexpected pleasures of love.Fall in love with the richly romantic, classic love stories of Laura London, author of The Windflower, as her beloved novels are released in ebook for the first time.
By Sheila O'Flanagan
Sheila O'Flanagan's bestseller BAD BEHAVIOUR is an irresistible tale of friendship, love and sweet revenge, not to be missed by readers of Lisa Jewell and Marian Keyes. Reviewers love Sheila's books: 'An exciting love story with a deliciously romantic denouement' Sunday ExpressDarcey and Nieve were best friends for life. Until Nieve stole the heart of Aidan, the boy Darcey had fallen in love with while Nieve was travelling. Aidan was going to propose the very night Nieve caught his eye, and Darcey had seen the ring. For the next ten years she's been haunted by the memory of her humiliation. No career success, no comfort her eccentric but loving family can offer, not even (short-lived) marriage to Neil, can console her. And then the invitation comes: to the wedding of Aidan and Nieve, neither of whom she's seen since they left Ireland for life in the USA. They're coming home to have the wedding of a lifetime at Ireland's most expensive hotel. Will Darcey be there? Will there be fireworks? And can the past be put to rest at last?What readers are saying about Bad Behaviour: 'Read it from cover to cover in two days and loved every minute. Excellent' Amazon reviewer, 5 stars'Thoroughly enjoyable - a cut above the ditzy chic-lit. A good bit of substance to the story, excellent characterisation and a damn good read. Keep 'em coming!' Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars'Wonderful and totally absorbing. This book is a MUST for the romantics' Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars'Another lovely book by Sheila O'Flanagan! I love the gentle flow of the book and the characters she creates' Amazon reviewer, 5 stars
Bad Boy Jack
By Josephine Cox
Can he find his children, and the woman he loves, before everything is lost? Josephine Cox's Bad Boy Jack is the thrilling saga of a man who must battle against the odds to reunite the family he has split asunder. Perfect for fans of Lindsey Hutchinson and Cathy Sharp.Unable to cope with raising his children alone, Robert Sullivan abandons them to others, until he has a change of heart and decides to go back for them. But on the way there, he is involved in a horrific accident.Jack and Nancy are placed in the brutal regime of the Galloway Children's Home, where Jack's devotion to his sister and fiery temper land him in more trouble. The children find themselves at the mercy of the corrupt Clive Ennington, who splits them up and sells Nancy off to the highest bidder.Meanwhile Mary, Robert's only love, is forced to seek a new life for herself. She decides to marry Paul Marshall, the handsome owner of a seaside guesthouse but her chance of happiness is threatened by his embittered aunt. As Robert recovers in hospital he is determined to find and reunite his family. But when he realises the terrible consequences of his actions, he begins to wonder if he will ever see Mary and the children again. What readers are saying about Bad Boy Jack: 'Everything you could want in a novel is included in this book...murder, adoption, jealousy, anger, passion and love to name just a few... A truly captivating book by a wonderful author''I found this story gripping, exciting and certainly kept me intrigued. Also had a good twist''This book is very good. It keeps you on the edge of your seat, there are so many things going on. Never know what is going to happen next. Great read all the way to the end'
Bad Deeds: Dirty Money 3
By Lisa Renee Jones
Wall Street meets Sons of Anarchy in Bad Deeds, the smouldering, scorching third novel in the explosively sexy Dirty Money series from New York Times bestseller Lisa Renee Jones, author of the Inside Out series.Would you bleed for the one you love?To save his family empire from the grip of a drug cartel, Shane Brandon is pushed to the edge of darkness. His brother only thought he knew what dirty meant. Shane is about to give it new meaning. But there is another battle brewing inside Shane, and it is to Emily Stevens he turns for escape. In every one of Shane's seductive demands, Emily can taste and feel his torment, his struggle to save his family and not lose himself. She can't just sit back and watch Shane become everything he hates. But she also fears that her own dangerous secret could be about to erupt - and be the cause of the Brandon family's undoing.In this war, blood will spill - and someone in the heart of the Brandon family will not survive...Are you ready to play by the hard rules of the Brandon family empire? Check out the other compelling novels in the Dirty Money series: Hard Rules and Damage Control.
Bad Heir Day
By Wendy Holden
Anna's boyfriend Seb is impossibly handsome, impossibly rich and generally just impossible. When eventually he dumps her, she vows to give up men and throw herself into her career. Which is how she ends up working for Cassandra. The social climber from hell, Cassandra has a huge house in Kensington, a philandering rock star husband and the spawn of Satan for a son. So when desperate-to-escape Anna meets dashing Jamie, charming heir to a castle in Scotland, she can't believe her luck. And she probably shouldn't...
Bad Love (Alex Delaware series, Book 8)
By Jonathan Kellerman
BAD LOVE turns murderous in this gripping novel from No. 1 internationally bestselling Jonathan Kellerman, author of KILLER, MOTIVE and BREAKDOWN. 'Kellerman really knows how to keep those pages turning' (The New York Times Book Review) and the tension of his nail-biting writing is perfect for those who love Harlan Coben and Patricia Cornwell.It starts with a tape delivered to psychologist Alex Delaware's house - a recording of a soul-sickening scream followed by a twisted, childlike voice chanting 'Bad love. Bad love. Don't give me the bad love . . .' Alex heard that phrase a decade ago, at a symposium for Dr Andres de Bosch and his work with troubled teens, why is he hearing it now? Then there are strange phone calls, a horrific act of vandalism and the discovery that other symposium delegates have been murdered. Unless Alex can make sense of the mind games being played he will be next . . .
The Bad Place
By Dean Koontz
He has blood on his hands... Dean Koontz's The Bad Place is a terrifying novel that will chill the blood even as it rends the heart. Perfect for fans of Stephen King and Harlan Coben.'This is white-knuckle, hair-curling-on-the-back-of-the-neck reading - as close to actual physical terror as the printed word can deliver' - Los Angeles Times Frank Pollard awakens in an alley, knowing nothing but his name and that he is in danger. Over the next few days he develops a fear of sleep because when he wakes he finds blood on his hands, and bizarre and terrifying objects in his pockets. Distraught and desperate, Frank begs husband-and-wife detective team Bobby and Julie Dakota to get to the bottom of his mysterious, amnesiac fugues. It seems a simple job, but they are drawn into ever-darkening realms where they encounter the nightmarish, hate-filled figure stalking Frank. And their lives are threatened, as is that of Julie's gentle, Down's-syndrome brother, Thomas.To Thomas, death is the 'bad place' from which there is no return. But as each of them ultimately learns, there are equally bad places in the world of the living, places so steeped in evil that, in contrast, death seems almost to be a relief... What readers are saying about The Bad Place: 'This is truly a horror novel worthy of the name... shocking, distressing, gloriously well-plotted''If you want something truly original, yet gripping and fast-paced, DK is your man''One of the best books I have ever read!'
Bad to the Bone
By Philip Caveney
The Deceivers are a rock band at the height of their powers when guitarist Scott Griffin ODs gruesomely on-stage. For co-songwriter and lead singer Jenny Slade it's a devastating loss. To get Jenny and the band back on the rails, their manager books them into The Grange, a rehearsal/studio complex in the remote Welsh countryside, hoping that the change of scene will get the band's creative juices flowing again. But The Grange is not quite the rural idyll it seems. Its enigmatic owner, Gareth Reed, has an unhealthy interest in bizarre occult practices, and far from exorcising the ghosts of the past, The Grange seems to act as a magnet for the most disturbing spiritual phenomena. And then the killings begin...