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The Oceans Between Us: A riveting, heartwrenching and uplifting story inspired by extraordinary real events

Gill Thompson
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Gill Thompson

Inspired by heartrending real events, a mother fights to find her son and a child battles for survival in this riveting debut novel.For readers of Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate, Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly, The Letter by Kathryn Hughes, and Remember Me by Lesley Pearse.A woman is found wandering injured in London after an air raid.She remembers nothing of who she is. Only that she has lost something very precious.As the little boy waits in the orphanage, he hopes his mother will return.But then he finds himself on board a ship bound for Australia, the promise of a golden life ahead, and wonders: how will she find him in a land across the oceans?In Perth, a lonely wife takes in the orphaned child. But then she discovers the secret of his past. Should she keep quiet? Or tell the truth and risk losing the boy who has become her life? This magnificent, moving novel, set in London and Australia, is testament to the strength of the human spirit and the enduring power of love.

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A Whole Lotta Love

Louise Lee
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Louise Lee

Family dynamics are tricky at the best of times, but Florence Love's lot really take the biscuit. A laugh-out-loud funny read, and we defy you not to cry a little bit. Fans of Eleanor Oliphant, The Unmumsy Mum and Bridesmaids, you'll want Flo to be your best friend. 'I am in LOVE with Florence Love' Mel Giedroyc Florence Love became a Private Investigator for all the right reasons. She's extraordinarily nosy, it sounds cool on paper and she needed to find her missing mum. Now she knows Bambi Love is hiding out in Italy - in a cloud of secrets and Chanel No. 5. Every family has its skeletons, but Flo's lot are a particularly special case. And how is she supposed to get over her heart-stealing ex, who holds all the answers but refuses point-blank to ever see her again?It's going to take a whole lot of love, sweat and tears to uncover the astonishing truth. Readers LOVE the Florence Love series 'I truly could NOT put it down''Witty, funny and intelligent, with some twists I never saw coming''A hilarious, quirky read which I adored'

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How to Live Plastic Free

Luca Bonaccorsi
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Luca Bonaccorsi
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Freefall

Adam Hamdy
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Adam Hamdy
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A Savage Hunger (Paula Maguire 4)

Claire McGowan
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Claire McGowan
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Honey & Co: The Baking Book

Itamar Srulovich, Sarit Packer
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Itamar Srulovich, Sarit Packer
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A Taste of Power

Elisabeth Elo
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Elisabeth Elo

A tense and atmospheric short story from the author of the brilliant debut NORTH OF BOSTON - a riveting thriller readers of Laura Lipmann, Dennis Lehane and Harlan Coben should be sure not to miss!Desperate to escape Gaston, a New England institution to which troublesome young adults are banished by their wealthy parents, Louisa Chambers is willing to pay any sum for a get-out pass. But then the price for her therapist's backing becomes sexual favours, and Louisa finds herself trapped in a nightmare. Pirio Kasparov's a hair's breadth from freedom herself, but she's won't leave Louisa at the mercy of a man happy to exploit his power over vulnerable young women. But Pirio's plan will have startling consequences...

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Amity & Sorrow

Peggy Riley
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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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Amity & Sorrow

Peggy Riley
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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 children and flees from the cult where her children were born and raised. Now she is on the run with no one but her barely-teenage daughters, Amity and Sorrow, neither of whom have ever seen the outside world, to help her. After four days of driving without sleep, Amaranth crashes the car, leaving the family stranded at a gas station, unsure of what to do next. 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. Over the course of a season Amaranth will test the limits of her faith, and her daughters will test the limits of her patience. While Amity blossoms in this new world, free from her father's forbidding rules and ecstatic worship, 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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Catching Babies

Sheena Byrom
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Sheena Byrom
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The Pirate's Daughter

Margaret Cezair-Thompson
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Margaret Cezair-Thompson

THE PIRATE'S DAUGHTER by Margaret Cezair-Thompson is an unforgettable story of love and adventure, spanning three decades of Jamaican history.Jamaica, 1946. Errol Flynn washes up on in the Zaca, his storm-wrecked yacht. Ida Joseph, the teenaged daughter of Port Antonio's Justice of the Peace, is intrigued to learn that the 'World's Handsomest Man' is on the island, and makes it her business to meet him. For the jaded swashbuckler, Jamaica is a tropical paradise that Ida, unfazed by his celebrity, seems to share. Soon Flynn has made a home for himself on Navy Island, where he entertains the cream of Hollywood at parties that become a byword for decadence - and Ida has set her heart on marrying this charismatic older man who has singled her out for his attention. Flynn and Ida do not marry, but Ida bears Flynn a daughter, May, who will meet her father but once. The Pirate's Daughter is a tale of passion and recklessness, of two generations of women and their battles for love and survivial, and of a nation struggling to rise to the challenge of hard-won independence.

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Death of a Ladies' Man

Alan Bissett
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Alan Bissett
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The True History of Paradise

Margaret Cezair-Thompson
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Margaret Cezair-Thompson

An unforgettable story of three women born into a divided, troubled paradise, that is also a history of a nation.Easter, 1981. With Jamaica in a state of emergency, the Landing family gathers to bury one of its own. For Monica Landing, who had not spoken to her daughter in fifteen years, the death of Lana is the cruellest kind of loss. For Lana's younger sister, Jean, it is an incomprehensible tragedy. All she knows it that her beloved homeland holds no future for her. But flight means crossing a landscape where soldiers turned executioners and armed gangs rule. It means making her way through the memories that engulf her, with perhaps the only man she has ever loved by her side. THE TRUE HISTORY OF PARADISE captures all the grace, beauty and brutality that are indelible parts of the Jamaican experience.

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Anything Goes (The Hopkins Family Saga, Book 6)

Billy Hopkins
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Billy Hopkins

It's December 1963 when Billy Hopkins and his wife Laura arrive home in Manchester after five years in Africa. The world has changed beyond recognition: it's the swinging sixties, with headlines full of the Beatles and the pill, LSD and mini skirts. Billy's youngest son still believes in Santa Claus and while his daughter's reading Jackie, she's not even a teenager yet, so Billy's not too worried about the impact of modern society on his family. He's more concerned about the welfare of his increasingly forgetful father and about the daily challenges he faces as a college lecturer. When the four junior Hopkins start to choose their own, unexpected paths in life, though, Billy finds it harder than usual to see the funny side of things...

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Small Island: Winner of the 'best of the best' Orange Prize

Andrea Levy
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Andrea Levy

Small Island by bestselling author Andrea Levy won the Orange Prize for Fiction, as well as the Commonwealth Writers' Prize and the Whitbread. It is possibly the definitive fictional account of the experiences of the Empire Windrush generation. Now a major BBC drama starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Naomie Harris, its enduring appeal will captivate fans of Maya Angelou and Zadie Smith. 'A great read... honest, skilful, thoughtful and important' - GuardianIt is 1948, and England is recovering from a war. But at 21 Nevern Street, London, the conflict has only just begun. Queenie Bligh's neighbours do not approve when she agrees to take in Jamaican lodgers, but Queenie doesn't know when her husband will return, or if he will come back at all. What else can she do? Gilbert Joseph was one of the several thousand Jamaican men who joined the RAF to fight against Hitler. Returning to England as a civilian he finds himself treated very differently. It's desperation that makes him remember a wartime friendship with Queenie and knock at her door. Gilbert's wife Hortense, too, had longed to leave Jamaica and start a better life in England. But when she joins him she is shocked to find London shabby, decrepit, and far from the golden city of her dreams. Even Gilbert is not the man she thought he was...

Tom Vowler

Tom Vowler lives in south-west England, on the edge of a moor, where he moved to finish a novel set there. His blog about the experience received 9,000 hits in its first year. In 2007 he completed an MA in creative writing, and since then his short stories have appeared widely. A chapter from his first novel came in the top ten of the Richard & Judy 'How to Get Published' competition, which received 46,000 entries. Tom is the assistant editor of the literary journal Short Fiction. His debut collection of short stories, The Method & Other Stories (Salt, 2010) won the Scott Prize (2010) and the Edge Hill Award (2011). He is an Associate Lecturer in creative writing at the University of Plymouth.

TOUCH AND GO

The Sunday Times top ten bestseller Lisa Gardner's latest thriller, TOUCH AND GO, is out now in paperback. Here's an exclusive look at chapter one to whet your appetite...

Johanna Lane

Johanna Lane was born in Ireland and studied English Literature at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, where she was awarded the Hemingway Prize for her short fiction. Upon graduating, the University awarded her the Robert T. Jones Graduate Fellowship to study in the U.S. and she chose Columbia's Creative Writing MFA programme. There, she was one of six students from the School of the Arts selected to teach undergraduate writing. As a work in progress, her first novel, COMING IN FROM THE SEA, was short-listed for the University of East Anglia's Charles Pick Fellowship. She teaches composition and creative writing in New York.

Peggy Riley

Peggy Riley is a writer and playwright. She recently won a Highly Commended prize in the 2011 Bridport Prize and was published in their latest anthology. Her short fiction has been broadcast on BBC Radio and published in "New Short Stories 4", Mslexia Magazine (Third prize - Women's Short Fiction Competition 2010), and as an app on Ether Books. Her plays have been commissioned and produced off-West End, regionally, and on tour. She has been a festival producer, a bookseller, and writer-in-residence at a young offender prison. Originally from Los Angeles, Peggy now lives on the North Kent coast in Britain.

Inappropriate crushes in the office

The Lemon Grove: a few Headliners admit to having a touch of Jenn about them…

Sam Eades – Senior Publicity Manager Craig David… It lasted throughout my teens as well. The crush died a quiet death when I met him in person ten years later (and he was still wearing the beanie hat). Vicky Palmer – Head of Digital Marketing My inappropriate crush took hold when I was 14. In Gap. The very high street shop where I spent my teenage years buying Gap-logo-emblazoned hoodies and denim jackets (they were cool at the time, honestly). He was a Calvin Klein model lookalike (in reality he probably looked like a dodgy Take That tribute band member) and it was crush at first sight. I admired him at every opportunity, reluctant friends in tow. The height of it? Spending my entire month’s allowance on a teddy bear I had no need or money for, just so that he could serve me. The very lowest point? Having to fess up to my mother and being dragged back in to get a refund – from said crush. If they’d had hashtags in those days it would definitely have merited an #awkward. Brid Enright – Key Account Manager My inappropriate crush started on a rainy day in September. Week 1 in University, I innocently attended my first ever lecture – Introduction to Literature- and there he was – the man I would have a crush on for the next 4 years. A distinctly average, nerdy looking English professor who very much looked the part. I was the smitten! In 4 years I never missed one lecture given by M Griffin and if he was teaching any of the accompanying tutorials I always swapped into his classes. I bumped into him in a nightclub about a year after I finished University and got my photo taken with him… this embarrassing moment was enough to make me realise that my crush firmly belonged in my university years! Caitlin Raynor – Head of Publicity I don't exactly fancy him but I do think he is totally awesome and a brilliant actor and I have totally stalked him (see photo)! He is Krister Henriksson, he is 67! and is the Swedish actor who played Kurt Wallander in the Swedish version of the detective series before the BBC remade it with Kenneth Branagh in the role. The picture was taken at the Crime Thriller Awards in 2010 and while Sam [Eades] was getting her picture taken with Benedict Cumberbatch I went over and did that classic thing of saying ' I really love you, you are brilliant' and more or less gave him a hug! Darcy Nicholson – Editorial Assistant Two words: Kevin McCloud. The sexiest man in property philosophy. I am drawn to his mystical powers – his ability to predict someone will hugely exceed their budget, his eulogizing on window shape and even his boundless awe at under-floor heating. I once found out that he is a guest lecturer at Nottingham University and tried to go to hear him speak. Fortunately for him, that plan failed. Then I spied him across the room at an event; his voice was a dream but his physical presence was sadly lacking without the camera panning from him to a wide shot of house-filled landscape while the Grand Designs theme tune tinkles in the background. Abigail Mitchell – International Sales Manager I have to confess to being slightly drawn to Bill Nighy, it’s the twinkle in his eye! And he makes me laugh. Bekki Guyatt – Junior Designer and Artworker My flatmate at uni had a crush on Dr Christian from Embarrassing Bodies. The combination of her talking about how fit she thought he was, coupled with the horrific illnesses and injuries on that show made it pretty horrendous viewing. Laura Ricchetti – Sales Administrative Assistant. While the majority of the population were cheering for Leona Lewis in the final of X Factor 2006 I only had eyes for her competitor – Ray Quinn. I fell head over heels for his smooth voice and slick looks, and defended my crush in the face of a torrent of adversity from all of my friends (‘Err, that chubby one who sings like my dad?!’). He is the only person I have ever voted for in a reality TV programme. Cue heartbreak when I recently saw a spread in OK! magazine of his wedding! Emily Kitchin – Editorial Assistant and full time Mick Jagger enthusiast. Mick Jagger. A man millions have obsessed over. I seem to have joined the party forty years later than most of his fans. But it’s never too late to develop a raging crush on a craggy, charismatic rocker, particularly when he’s in such good nick, and with such seemingly boundless energy. Back in the day, it was pretty standard to be a little bit in love with the bad boy frontman of rock. And yet, when I look at old footage of the Stones over the years, it’s actually Keith that I’m drawn to – seriously bad teeth aside, he was the very epitome of rock-star cool (and, dare I say, heroin-chic?!). There’s something a little obscene about younger Mick’s fleshy, sensuous pout and pseudo-mockney accent, not to mention his slender-to-the-point-of-androgynous frame. So why this recent obsession? Which deep, dark part of my soul is it that finds the older, wrinklier version of Mick so much more attractive than the 60s/70s version? Perhaps it’s the fact that his voice and his dance moves are as energetic and outrageous as they ever were. Maybe it’s because the rest of the band, in comparison to Mick, look decidedly, er… ropey. Perhaps it’s the life experience etched onto his face. And here, Bono agrees with me – he recently said of Mick’s face, ‘The wrinkles that run through it have made it even more beautiful. Why? Because he wears those wrinkles well. I love his wrinkles.’ Hear hear. And lastly, watching him three Saturdays on the trot last summer (Glastonbury followed by Hyde Park twice), and then obsessively rewatching the footage, has ingrained Mick’s every vocal nuance and facial expression deep into my mind. Either way, every time he gyrates his narrow hips, it’s like a zipwire of electricity straight to my soul. Mick, I’ll sign off by saying: I love you. If you weren’t too old, I’d have (more of) your children.