By Alan Bissett
'That's why aw this-' Cage lifts his lager can, sweeps it round 180 degrees. '-means so much tay a man.'The crowd stamps and claps, a hundred and fifty thousand voices blending into one.In 2008 Glasgow Rangers FC reached a major European final. It was held in Manchester, a short hop from Scotland into England. Cue a colossal invasion: the largest movement of Scots over the border in history and the first time in hundreds of years that an English city was taken over. Chaos reigned.Pack Men is the fictional story of three pals and one child trapped inside this powderkeg. In a city rocking with beer, brotherhood and sectarianism, the boys struggle to hold onto their friendship, as they turn on each other and the police turn on them. And somehow one of them has to disclose a secret which he knows the others won't want to hear...With this novel, one of Scotland's leading young writers has created a scuffed comedy about male un-bonding and Britain unravelling.
The Painted Chamber (Short Stories from the author of The Crimson Ribbon)
By Katherine Clements
'The vibrant new voice of historical fiction' Suzannah DunnTHE PAINTED CHAMBER is a lyrical tale of love and longing, and HOW TO ROAST A PIG WITH THE HAIR ON, winner of the Jerwood Historical Short Story Competition 2012, a darkly vivid story of wifely revenge. Also included is an exclusive sample from Katherine Clements' highly acclaimed debut THE CRIMSON RIBBON.
The Palace Affair
By Una-Mary Parker
The most imposing invitation on the mantelpiece was the one from Buckingham Palace...Three women await the Buckingham Palace Garden Party, unaware that it will deliver not only in decadence, but also drama, depravity and danger. The Palace Affair by Una-Mary Parker will enthral fans of Penny Vincenzi and Jackie Collins. 'Deliciously entertaining' Sunday TelegraphThree women are anticipating the royal Garden Party with varying degrees of pleasure and apprehension.For Jackie, social editor of Society magazine, it is just one of a series of glittering events that she must cover for her glamour-hungry readers. Newly divorced, Jackie enjoys the hectic whirl of her career, but hopes to find a more settled lifestyle...For Elfrieda, ex-Swedish au pair and current Lady Witley of Vauxhall, the invitation represents one further rung up the social ladder. Elfrieda is so desperate to be accepted, she will do anything to make her mark. It is a determination that is to have dangerous consequences...As Lady in Waiting to the Queen, Celia is 'on duty', charged with the responsibility of helping ensure all the arrangements go smoothly. Celia values the position of confidence she enjoys at the Palace, and is careful to do nothing to jeopardise it...But this is one Garden Party that turns out to hold some nasty shocks for the guests. An unscrupulous man is scheming ruthlessly for his own advancement. And when he crosses swords with Jackie, Celia and Elfrieda, he vows he will get his revenge, whatever it takes...What readers are saying about The Palace Affair:'Absolutely unputdownable. An intriguing and believable plot''The story and suspense surrounding three different women of difference classes of society was captivating''Brilliant. 5 stars'
Parable of the Sower
By Octavia E. Butler
Poverty and unspeakable violence has become the norm as civilization breaks down in California. Orphaned by the mayhem, Lauren Olamina begins a perilous journey towards a solution and a new way to live. Parable of the Sower is the powerful and vivid tale from 'grand dame of science fiction' and the multi-award-winning author Octavia E. Butler, sure to enthral fans of Naomi Alderman's The Power and Colson Whitehead. 'Gripping... poignant... succeeds on multiple levels' New York Times When unattended environmental and economic crises lead to social breakdown, no one is safe.In a night of fire and death, Lauren Olamina, the young daughter of a minister, loses her family and home and ventures out from their ravaged gated community into the unprotected American landscape.But what begins as a fight for survival soon leads to something much more: a startling vision of human destiny ... and the birth of a new faith.What readers are saying about PARABLE OF THE SOWER: 'One of the best post-apocalyptic books ever written''A masterpiece by a matchless artist. Butler is simply sublime, and PARABLE OF THE SOWER exemplifies why this is so''A story about survival, friendship and faith. It has struck me in a way that a lot of books have not'
Parable of the Talents
By Octavia E. Butler
Earning Octavia E. Butler her second Nebula award in 1999, winner of 'Best Novel', Parable of Talents is the shocking and unputdownable sequel to Parable of the Sower. Set in the frightfully familiar, broken world of 2032, this is the perfect read for fans of Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale and Naomi Alderman's The Power.'One of the most significant literary artists of the 20th century' Junot Diaz 'Butler sets the imagination free, blending the real and the possible' Locus Lauren Olamina's love is divided among her young daughter, her community, and the revelation that led her to found a new faith that teaches 'God Is Change'. But in the wake of environmental and economic chaos, the U.S. government turns a blind eye to the violent bigots who consider the mere existence of a black female leader a threat. Soon Lauren must either sacrifice her child and her followers - or forsake the religion that can transform human destiny.What readers are saying about PARABLE OF TALENTS: 'Reading these books will change your life''A finely crafted work, rife with emotional power, horrifying in its believability, with a message that cannot be ignored''Unpredictable, edgy and frighteningly relevant'
The Paradise Trail
By Duncan Campbell
Calcutta 1971. A city in black-out as India declares war on Pakistan. Even so, the backpackers who end up in the flea-pit Lux Hotel are determined to have a good time. That is, until two mysterious deaths amongst them change their lives forever. Thrown together in the city are - Anand, the jazz-loving insomniac hotelier; Gordon, one of the hotel's dope-smoking guests; the philandering journalist Hugh, covering his first war; Britt, a Californian photographer with a jealous boyfriend; and the enigmatic Freddie Braintree, who interprets life through the lyrics of Bob Dylan and the Incredible String Band. Is it possible that one of them is behind the deaths? And why will it take more than three decades and three continents to find out?
By Beth Kery
For fans for Sylvia Day, J. Kenner and Maya Banks. A sizzlingly sexy novel from the New York Times ebook bestselling author of the Because You Are Mine series and The Affair.To most people Hawaii's crystal shores are an inviting opportunity to escape reality. But for Lana Rodriguez, the picture-perfect getaway disguises the bitter truths she escaped years ago. Now a successful blues singer, Lana's returning to Waikiki with a different outlook on the past, and a bold defiance when it comes to men, romance, and sex. Local celebrity, businessman and island god, Jason Koa, may be every woman's dream. For Lana, it's not exactly love at first sight. Though their start is rocky, they can't deny the passions they arouse in each other. Jason refuses to become Lana's pawn. It's time to show her who makes the rules on this island - and in the bedroom. But will Jason's attempt at breaking Lana's shell reveal secrets that neither are prepared to face, or will they allow themselves to get swept away by a tidal wave of desire?Enter the seductive world of Beth Kery where the rules are broken with that first electrifying touch in the sizzling Because You Are Mine, One Night of Passion and The Affair novels.
By Anne Baker
A young woman discovers that all that glitters is not gold... Anne Baker writes a gripping saga of love, secrets and class struggles in Paradise Parade. Perfect for fans of Dilly Court and Sheila Newberry.Living above her stepfather's fish and chip shop on Merseyside's Paradise Parade, Emily Barr is glad to escape to the relative peace of her job in Wythenshaw's jewellery factory. And when she is promoted to work for young Mr Giles, the son of the owner, she is the envy of all her workmates. What a catch he would be!Much to her surprise, Emily finds the eligible Giles is trying to woo her, and when he proposes she willingly accepts. But Giles is not the suitable suitor he appears to be and Emily soon discovers that the marriage isn't quite what she'd hoped for... What readers are saying about Paradise Parade: 'Anne Baker is a great novelist, every book I have read of hers is brilliant!''This book is an excellently researched book of the period. [You] really empathise with Emily and can almost smell the chip shop odours'
Paragon Walk (Thomas Pitt Mystery, Book 3)
By Anne Perry
In the posh London street of Paragon Walk, an unspeakable crime is committed... In New York Times bestseller Anne Perry's third mystery featuring Thomas and Charlotte Pitt, something deadly lurks in the stifling shadows of Victorian London. Perfect for fans of C. J. Sansom and Ann Granger.'When it comes to the Victorian mystery, Anne Perry has proved that nobody does it better' - San Diego Union-Tribune When young Fanny Nash dies in the arms of her sister-in-law, Jessamyn, Inspector Pitt is assigned to investigate her rape and murder. Every man of Paragon Walk is under suspicion, even Pitt's brother-in-law, Lord George Ashworth, who was the last to have seen her. Could the charming, enigmatic Frenchman be a killer? Fanny's cruel brother? Or wealthy Dilbridge, who hosts wild, decadent parties? As Pitt digs deeper, Paragon Walk's aristocratic haughtiness gives way to fear, its calm to hatred. Keeping her sister Emily company in this difficult time, inquisitive Charlotte finds herself in the midst of the deadly mystery. In the drawing rooms of her sister's neighbours, she uncovers unsavoury intrigues and bitter rivalries that may prove fatal... What readers are saying about Paragon Walk: 'Anne Perry really gets into the era with these novels, includes something for everyone, murder, romance and history' 'A cracking read' 'One of Anne Perry's best'
By Harry Bowling
As the war draws to a close, a tight-knit London community begin to pick up the pieces... Harry Bowling's Paragon Place follows the aftermath of the devastation of the Second World War, through the eyes of one London community. Perfect for fans of Dilly Court and Pam Evans.Paragon Place, an ordinary square of two-up, two-down houses in Bermondsey, has pretty well survived the Blitz. But it's taken its toll on a hard-working and tight-knit community. Despite going through the very worst of times - the never-ending fight against poverty, rationing and bombs - the residents of Paragon Place have been brought closer together by laughter and tears in the face of despair. There is Sally Brady, who is torn between two men, local drunk Alf Porter, the prim Carey sisters, the gossips and the villains. After surviving the horror of the war, they face new dramas as they rebuild their lives together... What readers are saying about Paragon Place: 'Another funny and wonderful book. I have bought the whole Harry Bowling collection as he writes from the heart... This book is entertaining and full of interesting, funny characters... These stories will have you laughing and crying at the same time''Got me a little teary in places. Well worth a read'
The Paris Winter
By Imogen Robertson
Imogen Robertson's break-out novel - a deep, dark and opulent tale of Belle Époque Paris, and the secrets and dangers hidden beneath its luxurious facade. Maud Heighton came to Lafond's famous Académie to paint, and to flee the constraints of her small English town. It took all her courage to escape, but Paris eats money. While her fellow students enjoy the dazzling joys of the Belle Époque, Maud slips into poverty. Quietly starving, and dreading another cold Paris winter, Maud takes a job as companion to young, beautiful Sylvie Morel. But Sylvie has a secret: an addiction to opium. As Maud is drawn into the Morels' world of elegant luxury, their secrets become hers. Before the New Year arrives, a greater deception will plunge her into the darkness that waits beneath this glittering city of light.
Parisian Street Style
By Zoé de Las Cases
'For the colourer with contemporary tastes' Financial Times WeekendIn her stylish adult colouring book - Parisian Street Style - Zoé de Las Cases invites you to join her on a day trip around the streets of Paris. With a mix of full-page floral patterns, Paris cityscapes, picturesque streets and everyday fashion essentials, this sophisticated and intricate colouring book is the perfect gift for all your friends and for yourself.From floral headdresses and dungarees, to brogues and retro swimwear, there is something every girl will love and plenty of space to embellish with your own unique style.So pick up your favourite pencils and start colouring your way to a stress-free, Parisian-chic day.
Part 1: Starting Out - 43 Mistakes Businesses Make
By Duncan Bannatyne
Part 1: Starting Out - 43 Mistakes Businesses Make. The UK's no.1 business expert is back with his most forthright and hard-hitting ideas yet! Duncan's razor-sharp advice will immediately enable you to do your day job a whole lot better.
Part 2: Know Your Customer, Stupid - 43 Mistakes Businesses Make
By Duncan Bannatyne
Part 2: Know Your Customer, Stupid - 43 Mistakes Businesses Make. The UK's no.1 business expert is back with his most forthright and hard-hitting ideas yet! Duncan's razor-sharp advice will immediately enable you to do your day job a whole lot better.
Part 3: Money Talks - 43 Mistakes Businesses Make (Ebook)
By Duncan Bannatyne
Part 3: Money Talks - 43 Mistakes Businesses Make. The UK's no.1 business expert is back with his most forthright and hard-hitting ideas yet! Duncan's razor-sharp advice will immediately enable you to do your day job a whole lot better.
Part 4: Business Practices - 43 Mistakes Businesses Make
By Duncan Bannatyne
Part 4: Business Practices - 43 Mistakes Businesses Make. The UK's no.1 business expert is back with his most forthright and hard-hitting ideas yet! Duncan's razor-sharp advice will immediately enable you to do your day job a whole lot better.
Part 5: Have You Got What It Takes? - 43 Mistakes Businesses Make
By Duncan Bannatyne
Part 5: Have You Got What it Takes? - 43 Mistakes Businesses Make. The UK's no.1 business expert is back with his most forthright and hard-hitting ideas yet! Duncan's razor-sharp advice will immediately enable you to do your day job a whole lot better.
Part of the Family
By Pamela Evans
A thrilling tale about the consequences of a dangerous love. Much-loved author Pam Evans, author of In the Dark Streets Shining and On Her Own Two Feet, crafts an engrossing saga of two lovers on the brink of tragedy. Perfect for fans of Dilly Court and Rosie Goodwin.Lizzie Smith has practically become part of the Carter family, and it is only fitting that she should eventually marry Stan, one of the Carter boys. But, as much as she loves Stan, Lizzie senses a darker side to him that his mother cannot see. It isn't long before his bitterness causes Lizzie to question her relationship, and ultimately leads to tragedy... What readers are saying about Part of the Family: 'Pamela Evans is amazing, I love her warm stories and this one does not disappoint, I feel like I'm transported back to the olden days in these stories. I just love them and recommend to everyone, well deserved five stars!' 'Fab read, finished in a day'
Part of the Family
By Pamela Evans
Lizzie Smith has practically become part of the Carter family, and it is only fitting that she should eventually marry Stan, one of the Carter boys. But, as much as she loves Stan, Lizzie senses a darker side to him that his mother cannot see. It isn't long before his bitterness causes Lizzie to question her relationship, and ultimately leads to tragedy...
By Dan Hardy
For fans of Ronda Rousey's My Fight Your Fight and John Kavanagh's Win or Learn comes the first book from UFC fighter and now analyst Dan Hardy, who lifts the lid on his own career and writes with insight and eloquence on all things MMA and UFC, the brutal and ever-evolving sport that launched such superstars as Conor McGregor, Michael Bisping, Georges St-Pierre, Nate Diaz and Amanda Nunes.Dan Hardy's first book is much more than a straightforward MMA autobiography. Taking the key fights from his career, Hardy explores the sport with the unparalleled insight that has made him the best analyst working today.From training in China with Shaolin monks, to how MMA helped him channel his rage, to psychedelics and the ceremony in Peru that changed his life, to tapping into his 'reptilian brain' and the psychological warfare of UFC, to his epic title fight with Georges St-Pierre.Hardy also speaks eloquently of the heart condition that forced him to stop fighting, the road to recovery, and the evolution of a sport that flies in the face of mainstream disapproval to entertain and thrill millions of obsessives around the globe.