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The Queen

Josh Levin
Authors:
Josh Levin

The Queen is the gripping true tale of a villain who changed American history, for fans of true-crime classics like Killers of the Flower Moon In the 1970s, Linda Taylor became a fur-wearing, Cadillac-driving symbol of the undeserving poor - the original 'welfare queen'. In the press she was ultimate template for this insidious stereotype; Ronald Reagan himself cited her criminal behaviour in his presidential campaign, turning public opinion firmly against state benefits and those who used them.But Taylor was demonized for the least of her crimes. She was a con artist, a thief, a kidnapper, maybe even a murderer - and certainly one of the most gifted and deranged criminals of modern times.This is the never-before-told story of a beguilingly complex American character, forgotten in the rush to create a vicious American myth.

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Amity & Sorrow

Peggy Riley
Authors:
Peggy Riley

AMITY & SORROW is a story about God, sex, and farming. It's THE LOVELY BONES meets WITNESS: an unforgettable journey into the horrors a true believer can inflict upon his family, and what it is like to live when the end of the world doesn't come. In the wake of a suspicious fire, Amaranth gathers her barely-teenage daughters, Amity and Sorrow, and flees from the cult her husband ran. After four days of driving, Amaranth crashes the car, leaving the family stranded at a gas station. Rescue comes in the unlikely form of a downtrodden farmer, a man who offers sanctuary when the women need it most. AMITY & SORROW is the story of these remarkable women, their lives before the night they fled, and their heartbreaking, hopeful future. For, while Amity blossoms in this new world, Sorrow will move heaven and earth trying to get back home.And, meanwhile, the outside world hasn't forgotten about the fire on the compound.

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Find Fenton!

Stuart Cooper, Martin Berry
Contributors:
Stuart Cooper, Martin Berry

'Fenton... FENTON! Oh, Jesus Christ!' Meet Fenton, the world's most famous dog. Not content with the deer-chasing rampage that propelled him into the limelight, the world's naughtiest Labrador is off on a whirlwind tour of destruction across London. Starting where it all began in Richmond Park, this hilarious book challenges you to find Fenton in a variety of famous locations, from the Royal Albert Hall to the House of Commons, from the Tate Modern to St Pancras Station. Wherever he goes, Fenton leaves a trail of chaos; wrecking a garden party at Buckingham Palace, pestering the players at Wimbledon and upstaging the celebrities at a Leicester Square film premiere. With clues to help you on your way, follow the leads and collar Fenton before he escapes for good...

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Resilience

Andrew Zolli, Ann Marie Healy
Authors:
Andrew Zolli, Ann Marie Healy

All systems break down. Some bounce back, others do not. This is a book about why. RESILIENCE is a dazzling exposition of fresh thinking about how the world works. It covers business, economic, geographic and social systems in a thrillingly readable narrative. A wealth of absorbing examples are covered, from the link between US oil prices and the recent 'tortilla riots' in Mexico to what was really happening when the US government decided not to bail out Lehman Bros. RESILIENCE introduces completely new ideas, such as 'flipping' which is when a systems has been pulled out of shape so often it changes forever. The thinking in RESILIENCE has crucial implications for how to understand the world in which we live.

Business Plus

Overconnected

William H. Davidow
Authors:
William H. Davidow
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Loose

Martin Thomas
Authors:
Martin Thomas

The way we do business has to change. One of the greatest weaknesses of many organisations is the delusion of being in control. The future is loose - loose organisations, loose management styles and loose ways of working. Author Martin Thomas describes how more open ways of thinking and operating are beginning to pervade even the largest and most complex institutions, from global corporations to government departments. There are limits to being loose, but freedom can exist within a framework.By building on cutting-edge case studies and conversations with the smartest business people from around the globe, LOOSE challenges received wisdom and explains new ways of managing companies, building brands, engaging with customer and marketing products and services. LOOSE will help you change you terms of business, before they are changed for you.

Business Plus

Overconnected

William H. Davidow
Authors:
William H. Davidow

In Feb 2006, a Danish newspaper printed twelve highly provocative caricatures of the prophet Muhammad. The drawings landed on the internet and quickly circled the globe. As a direct result, riots ensued and at least 139 people died. This is just one example of overconnection.The consequences of an over-connected world cannot be ignored. In this important book, William H. Davidow takes a highly pragmatic approach by recognising that the digital clock cannot be turned back in terms of ubiquitous connectivity, but urges that caution and forethought is applied to the systems we build in the future. Davidow identifies four distinct levels of connection: Underconnected, Interconnected, Highly Connected and Overconnected. Highly Connected is the ideal state we must strive for and avoid spilling into Overconnected.

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Just By Chance

Lynda Page
Authors:
Lynda Page

A chance encounter one cold, dark night changes the course of a young girl's life forever... Lynda Page writes a compelling saga in Just By Chance, in which a young girl's life is turned upside down by the choice she makes one eventful evening. Perfect for fans of Dilly Court and Rosie Goodwin.In a run-down cottage, deep in woodland on the outskirts of Leicestershire, sixteen-year-old Tilda Penny lives in fear of her drunken father's violent attacks. Born with a withered arm, Tilda is branded an outcast in the community and her only comfort is drawn from her friendship with seven-year-old Eustace Sprocket. Suffering from his aunt's intolerable abuse, he too is no stranger to rejection. Entering her cottage one evening, Tilda stumbles upon a young man about to steal her life savings. But instead of throwing Ben McCraven out into the cold night air, she takes pity on him and offers him shelter for the night. Tilda's one simple act of kindness is to have far-reaching consequences...What readers are saying about Just By Chance:'A brilliant story which I couldn't put down... Lynda's characters are always so alive and her plots keep you guessing and riveted until the end''Lynda Page has written a book which is both funny and moving. In common with her other sagas, this is a gripping read: once started, it's hard to put the book down. In typical Lynda Page style, the characters are colourfully brought to life. For example, Tilda's horrible father... is so well defined in character, appearance and manner of speech that you can almost smell the rancid fumes that emanate from him... In my opinion, this is Lynda Page's best book to date'

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Michael Jackson: Life of a Legend 1958-2009

Michael Heatley
Authors:
Michael Heatley

Michael Jackson was one of those rare human beings who can truly be described as a legend. As with Elvis and John Lennon, everyone will remember where they were when they heard about the death of Michael Jackson. He was just fifty when he died, yet had become a superstar by the time he was eleven, ensuring his music was part of the fabric of everyone's life. Though his days of greatest success were behind him, Jackson was standing on the threshold of what could well have been one of the biggest comebacks in showbiz history. It wasn't to be, but the music, sales figures and the number of current stars who queued to pay tribute to his influence underlined the fact that, for all his controversial personal quirks, Michael Jackson was indeed one of the greats.This picture-packed tribute charts the life of a legend, from his earliest days as a hyperactive child protégé fronting family group the Jackson Five, to the assured superstar looking out from the cover of Thriller, still the best-selling album of all time. It analyses the magical stage moves like the Moonwalk that made him a sensational live act, celebrates the intoxicating music that made him the King of Pop and follows his life right through to the comeback that was to be cruelly cut short before the curtain could rise.MICHAEL JACKSON 1958-2009: LIFE OF A LEGEND tells the larger-than-life story of a unique character whose musical legacy will never die.

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Bad Heir Day

Wendy Holden
Authors:
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...

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Martin is a freelance marketing consultant, trainer, facilitator, public speaker and writer. He works with a wide variety of brand owners and marketing agencies, providing advice on business, brand and communications planning and the strategic application of social media. He has led award-winning advertising, media, PR and sponsorship teams and has been one of the pioneers of integrated brand and communications planning. His first book, Crowd Surfing, which he co-wrote with David Brain, was published in 2008. Martin is a non-executive director of Sport England and the Commonwealth Games Council for England, and is also a Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerces (RSA) and a member of the Marketing Society. He remains hopeful of a first Welsh rugby cap, although recognises that time may be running out. He blogs at www.crowdsurfing.net and tweets at @crowdsurfing.

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Hachette UK wins at Digital Impact Awards

Hachette UK, in partnership with The BIO Agency (Big Ideas Online) won a Silver Award at the 2012 Digital Impact Awards on Tuesday 16th October. The awards, founded in 2011, are Europe's most prominent programme of recognition of excellence in digital stakeholder communications and the UK's largest celebration of digital communication.

Silver Award for New Group Websites

Hachette UK wins at Digital Impact Awards

Hachette UK, in partnership with The BIO Agency (Big Ideas Online) won a Silver Award at the 2012 Digital Impact Awards on Tuesday 16th October. The awards, founded in 2011, are Europe's most prominent programme of recognition of excellence in digital stakeholder communications and the UK's largest celebration of digital communication.

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Hachette UK wins Silver Award at the 2012 Digital Impact Awards

Hachette UK, in partnership with The BIO Agency (Big Ideas Online) won a Silver Award at the 2012 Digital Impact Awards on Tuesday 16th October. The awards, founded in 2011, are Europe's most prominent programme of recognition of excellence in digital stakeholder communications and the UK's largest celebration of digital communication.

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A New Look For Karen Rose

I have had the joy of designing the covers for Karen Rose’s fantastic novels for the last couple of years. Her writing is a phenomenal mix of crime, thriller and romance, and is a real stand-out in her genre. Since first being published by Headline over fifteen novels ago her cover design, originally created by the fantastic Henry Steadman, has always been striking and my job has been to make sure that each cover is as powerful as the one before. Last year I was tasked with the exciting, and slightly daunting, prospect of repackaging the paperback edition of Karen’s most recent title, CLOSER THAN YOU THINK. This was an incredible opportunity to keep the look fresh for her current readers as well as broadening her appeal to new readers, too. This was an exercise that was guided by informative consumer insight research that delved into what it was that the audience wanted, as well as what was proving successful for her contemporaries. As seems to be the current trend with other top authors in the crime and thriller genre, after a range of ideas and many discussions with editorial, sales et al., we ended up going for a cleaner approach that focused on Karen’s engaging characters. Eye contact was crucial as it allowed us to communicate directly with the audience, and somehow managed to balance being tense and appealing at the same time, much like Karen’s unique writing. The cover shot was photographed by Larry Rostant, whose polished, dramatic photography was exactly the look we wanted. Below is the new cover for CLOSER THAN YOU THINK, and the new novel, ALONE IN THE DARK, which is out in November later this year. The success of this new design was such that it was decided to rejuvenate Karen’s existing backlist to follow this new style. The first steps in making this happen involved editorial providing a breakdown of the fifteen titles in this backlist; a spreadsheet that included not only title, shoutline etc., but also the key characters in each individual book, their descriptions (hair colour, eye colour, height), locations etc. This is particularly helpful given the focus on character portraits. Again, I called upon the help of Larry Rostant to work with me on this so that each cover felt as unique as the frontlist. We hired a selection of models that matched the character descriptions and shot covers for around five to eight titles in one day (quite a day!). Before the shoot, the concept for each cover had been mapped out so we knew exactly what and who we were shooting, so we could be confident with the results we would get. Alongside this, the remainder of the covers have been created using high-end sourced imagery, all of which had that slick, stylish feeling of photography we were after. For the backlist, the list has been broken down into series that separate the titles into the cities in which they’re set. The challenge was to give each series an individual look whilst still in keeping with the overall style, and we used colour to achieve this. With the first in this look we used a pantone orange for ‘Karen’ in the author’s name to give a real punch; which was then continued. You will notice that, whilst slightly different, each series has it’s own colour for the author name; for example blue for the Chicago series and green for the Philadelphia/Atlanta series. This is also seen on the spine with the colour and number of each book positioned at the top of the spine. This has been a great project to work on as it’s rare that you get the chance to see a design work across quite so many books, and I hope you will agree that the backlist titles look just as strong as the frontlist (or at least I hope they do!). The first nine of the backlist titles (pictured below) are out between now and August. Keep your eyes peeled for the final six backlist titles to come later in the year!