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Six Tudor Queens: Anne Boleyn, A King's Obsession

Alison Weir
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Alison Weir
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A Place Called Winter: Costa Shortlisted 2015

Patrick Gale
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Patrick Gale

** Shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award 2015 **From the writer of BBC TV's MAN IN AN ORANGE SHIRT comes Sunday Times Top Ten hardback and paperback bestseller, A PLACE CALLED WINTER - picked for the BBC Radio 2 Simon Mayo Book Club and the Waterstones Book Club.'A mesmerising storyteller; this novel is written with intelligence and warmth' The TimesTo find yourself, sometimes you must lose everything.A shy but privileged elder son, Harry Cane has followed convention at every step. Even the beginnings of an illicit, dangerous affair do little to shake the foundations of his muted existence - until the shock of discovery and the threat of arrest force him to abandon his wife and child and sign up for emigration to Canada.Remote and unforgiving, his allotted homestead in a place called Winter is a world away from the golden suburbs of turn-of-the-century Edwardian England. And yet it is here, isolated in a seemingly harsh landscape, under the threat of war and madness that the fight for survival will reveal in Harry an inner strength and capacity for love beyond anything he has ever known before.

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Near Enemy

Adam Sternbergh
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Adam Sternbergh

The sequel to the Edgar-nominated SHOVEL READY, featuring kill-for-hire antihero Spademan. Perfect for fans of INCEPTION, LOOPER and Hugh Howie.'Anyone who still lives in Manhattan and has anything of real value to protect does it with a shotgun, not a deadbolt. So the problem isn't getting in, it's getting out.'When New York was hit by a dirty bomb, the city became a burnt-out shell and only the wealthy were able to escape, to a virtual reality quite different from the world around them. Former garbage man, Spademan, lost his wife and his livelihood - in a city comprised entirely of garbage, there's little one man can do. So he became a hit man, clearing up in a whole new way.But now the virtual world is under threat from elite terrorists operating from somewhere in New York and Spademan is tasked with tracking them down. He's not used to having enemies - his foes usually end up dead pretty quickly - but he's about to find out just how close they are, and how dangerous they can be...

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Burn

Julianna Baggott
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Julianna Baggott
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Fuse

Julianna Baggott
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Julianna Baggott
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The Ocean at the End of the Lane

Neil Gaiman
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Neil Gaiman

WINNER OF THE SPECSAVERS NATIONAL BOOK AWARDS 2013 BOOK OF THE YEARThe Ocean at the End of the Lane is the bestselling magical novel from Neil Gaiman, one of the most brilliant storytellers of our generation and author of the epic novel American Gods, and the much-loved Sandman series. 'Possibly Gaiman's most lyrical, scary and beautiful work yet. It's a tale of childhood for grown-ups, a fantasy rooted in the darkest corners of reality' (Independent on Sunday). If you loved the mesmerising world of Erin Morgenstern's The Night Circus or were drawn into J.K. Rowling's magical universe, this book is for you. It began for our narrator forty years ago when the family lodger stole their car and committed suicide in it, stirring up ancient powers best left undisturbed. Dark creatures from beyond this world are on the loose, and it will take everything our narrator has just to stay alive: there is primal horror here, and menace unleashed - within his family and from the forces that have gathered to destroy it. His only defence is three women, on a farm at the end of the lane. The youngest of them claims that her duckpond is an ocean. The oldest can remember the Big Bang.The Ocean at the End of the Lane is a fable that reshapes modern fantasy: moving, terrifying and elegiac - as pure as a dream, as delicate as a butterfly's wing, as dangerous as a knife in the dark.

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The Survivors Club

Lisa Gardner
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Lisa Gardner

THE SURVIVORS CLUB is the second standalone thriller from The Sunday Times and New York Times bestseller LISA GARDNER. REVENGE IS SWEET BUT IS IT WORTH THE PRICE YOU PAY? Karin Slaughter calls Lisa Gardner 'an amazing writer'. Have you read her yet?Jillian Hayes, Carol Rosen and Meg Pesaturo's lives changed forever in an instant, when Eddie Como - the College Hill Rapist - came into their lives. But they refused to be victims; instead, they chose to be survivors. Helping to put him away was one form of justice but they couldn't deny that secretly they wanted his life destroyed, as he destroyed theirs. So when Eddie is shot down outside the courtroom on the eve of the trial, they are both relieved and revenged. But now they're also prime suspects and surviving is about to get tougher still. Detective Roan Griffin thinks this was a professional hit and all that remains is to work out who ordered it. He knows that the women are key but when another woman is savagely attacked, the situation gets a lot more complicated. For Griffin, the hunt is on to find the person responsible, before membership of the exclusive club grows...

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Pure

Julianna Baggott
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Julianna Baggott
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Sadie Walker is Stranded

Madeleine Roux
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Madeleine Roux

Sadie Walker fights for survival as the undead close in... In the months since The Outbreak, Seattle has become a walled citadel - the Infected are kept at bay but the city is rife with kidnappings, religious cults and black-market dealings. And things are about to get much, much worse. A group of frustrated religious fanatics, the 'Repopulationists', destroy part of the wall and zombies swarm the city. Devastated by the brutal kidnapping of her nephew, illustrator Sadie Walker flees Seattle with her best friend Andrea and secures passage on a boat with no destination. The ragtag bunch aboard the ship are thrown ashore by a storm and stumble across what appears to be a thriving survivors camp. The shipwrecked group, relived to find food, shelter and friendship, relax into the rhythm of the community's existence. But then people start to disappear...

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Johannes Cabal: The Fear Institute

Jonathan L. Howard, Jonathan L. Howard
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Jonathan L. Howard, Jonathan L. Howard

Johannes Cabal and his rather inexact powers of necromancy are back once more. This time, his talents are purchased by The Fear Institute as they hunt for the Phobic Animus - the embodiment of fear. The three Institute members, led by Cabal and his Silver Key, enter the Dreamlands and find themselves pursued by walking trees plagued with giant ticks, stone men that patrol the ruins of their castles, cats that feed on human flesh and phobias which torment and devastate. The intrepid explorers are killed off one by one as they traipse through this obfuscating and frustrating world, where history itself appears to alter. Cabal, annoyed that the quest is becoming increasingly heroic, finds himself alone with the Institute's only remaining survivor, and after a shockingly violent experiment, begins to suspect that not everything is quite as it seems...

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Johannes Cabal: The Fear Institute

Jonathan L. Howard
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Jonathan L. Howard

Johannes Cabal and his rather inexact powers of necromancy are back once more. This time, his talents are purchased by The Fear Institute as they hunt for the Phobic Animus - the embodiment of fear. The three Institute members, led by Cabal and his Silver Key, enter the Dreamlands and find themselves pursued by walking trees plagued with giant ticks, stone men that patrol the ruins of their castles, cats that feed on human flesh and phobias which torment and devastate. The intrepid explorers are killed off one by one as they traipse through this obfuscating and frustrating world, where history itself appears to alter. Cabal, annoyed that the quest is becoming increasingly heroic, finds himself alone with the Institute's only remaining survivor, and after a shockingly violent experiment, begins to suspect that not everything is quite as it seems...

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Blog: Staff Hot Picks For 2012

The fairy lights have been packed away, it’s relentlessly gloomy outside, your rail ticket has gone up, there’s still Christmas cheese in the fridge. As months go, January isn’t the best. Perhaps that’s why we spend most of it looking forward – for it’s the month, is it not, where we peer into the year ahead and contemplate what it has in store for us.

October Book of the Month

A steamy excerpt from The Chalet

A steamy excerpt from The Chalet, an e-novella in Tara Sue Me’s tantalising Submissive series. The Chalet is out on 21st October 2014.

Stirred, not shaken...

Blog: Book Slam with Bond

In a year that’s included Budapest’s European First Novel Festival, Fowey Festival in the heart of Daphne du Maurier country, and the Edinburgh International Book Festival, it was my last event of 2013 that turned out to be my favourite of all. The other Sunday I took part in Book Slam at The Tabernacle in Notting Hill, along with William Boyd, musician Ana Silvera, and poet and playwright Inua Ellams. Yes, I did say William Boyd. He of the latest Bond novel, Solo. He of Any Human Heart, which is only one of my favourite books of all time. Fine company, indeed. Book Slam was founded around ten years ago by award-winning writer Patrick Neate. The Guardian’s Robert McCrum says ‘Book Slam describes itself as “London’s leading literary shindig” and it is’. Meanwhile Simon Armitage reckons it’s ‘music hall meets night club meets book club’. There are a ton of live literature events out there these days, a very different landscape to when Book Slam started out, and many have their own distinctive qualities. All to the good, I say. There’s still something brilliantly pure about the simple act of being read to - it’s how most of us first experienced stories, after all. Among the Book Slam crowd something of a campfire spirit prevails, rapt faces listening in the dark, creating an experience that’s both solitary and intimately shared. Then a musician comes on, then a poet, a comedian. It’s this combination that makes Book Slam unique. The floor rips up with laughter. The appreciation is raucous. These nights have always attracted a band of stellar supporters, the likes of Dave Eggers, Zadie Smith, David Nicholls, Hari Kunzru. Earlier this year Caitlin Moran and Hadley Freeman shared a stage, and later this month you can catch Chuck Palahniuk. Then there are the newer faces, which Team Book Slam are always keen to champion too. That’s how I found myself at The Tabernacle with William Boyd last week. Trying not to be too sycophantic I told William how happy and slightly amazed I was to be sharing a billing with him, and he twinkled (he did!) and said ‘that’s Book Slam’. So last week then, 007 and me. The tables are laid out cabaret-style, and the drinks are flowing. I’ve done a few events by now and I’m starting to grow sort of used to a formula. Only the set-up here is a little bit different. No panel, no Q&A, no other author sitting reassuringly alongside… just you, a microphone and a spotlight – quite an exposing combination, which probably adds to the allure for the audience. The last time I was faced with a similar sort of thing, at an Amnesty event in Edinburgh, I couldn’t read for crying, but that’s another story (one you can read here, if you really want to). Anyway, I took a breath and pictured the audience naked, and let me tell you, the Notting Hill crowd that night were a fine-looking bunch. I read two passages from A Heart Bent Out of Shape and told the story that led to the writing of one of them, involving a disastrous haircut, an elderly man, and une tarte magnifique. All in all, I had a ball, and the best part was that when I was through, I got to sit back and enjoy the rest of the show – Ana Silvera’s haunting rhythms and amazing musicality, William Boyd radiating inimitable venerability as he told us about his special recipe for salad dressing, and Inua Ellam’s impeccable hosting, rounding off the night with three of his poems to massive applause. This very month, five years ago, I took a course with the Arvon Foundation, and was lucky enough to have Book Slam’s founding father Patrick as one of my tutors. As Inua said, ‘feels like you’ve come full circle’, and it did. I’m a sentimental thing at the best of times, but this knowledge definitely added to my pleasure in taking part. So… thank you, Patrick, and to Book Slam cohort Elliott Jack, too. It was a real treat. If all this has tickled your fancy, it happens roughly monthly, at places like The Tabernacle, The Clapham Grand, and The Flyover, and even sometimes here in Brizzle, with Nikesh Shukla at the helm. There’s a brilliant podcast, a YouTube channel, and two volumes of short story collections, published in the last two years. They’re also branching into ventures of the culinary variety, with School Dinners, which sounds immeasurably more nourishing (mind and body) than any school dinner I’ve ever had. Book Slam’s original philosophy was to ‘promote the diversity of contemporary literature, support writers, and break down the boundaries between ‘literary’ and ‘popular’ culture’. I think ‘make it fun’ was probably in there somewhere too. Are they still living up to it? In the spirit of Bond, I’ll defer to Carly Simon…. “Nobody Does It Better…”

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Blog: Far From Utopia: The Love Of Dystopia

It cannot have escaped anyone’s notice that Hunger-Games fever – and a love of all things dystopian – has gripped the nation. If you’re not faced with the sight of books baring the all-too-familiar grey tie, it’s more than likely that your tube journey will be populated with numerous commuters reading The Hunger Games. The love of the dystopian is by no means new. In fact, it is over 60 years since the publication of George Orwell’s seminal 1984 and it is as widely read and studied today as ever. But why has the genre seen such overwhelming growth in popularity now? Why has The Hunger Games trilogy so captured the imagination of young readers and adults alike?

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Evil will follow you… Wherever you go. Can you find a way to hide? If you like Karen Rose, Katia Lief or Mary Burton you’ll love Debra Webb’s bestselling Faces of Evil series. Click below to read the first chapter of the third instalment, POWER, published for the first time in the UK this month.

POWER by Debra Webb

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Evil will follow you… Wherever you go. Can you find a way to hide? If you like Karen Rose, Katia Lief or Mary Burton you’ll love Debra Webb’s bestselling Faces of Evil series. Click below to read the first chapter of the third instalment, POWER, published for the first time in the UK this month.

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Blog: The 'What If' Genre

The genre has always had its core fans, but it seems to me that more and more people are embracing their inner geek these days. Readers who previously would not have been seen dead in the Sci-Fi section of their local bookshop are picking up novels like RIVERS OF LONDON, NEVER LET ME GO and A DISCOVERY OF WITCHES. There are various theories as to why this is happening: during the downturn, we’re all looking for a bit of healthy escapism; films and TV programmes like The Lord of the Rings, Inception, True Blood and Game of Thrones have brought the genre back into the mainstream; the Harry Potter and Twilight series have converted an entire generation; genre publishers are moving away from the kind of covers that were, frankly, a bit embarrassing to be seen with on the Tube. In truth, it’s probably a combination of all of these. But whatever the reason, I’m happy. If you’re someone who still thinks that the genre is all one-dimensional characters, goblins, unicorns and Star Trek rip-offs, I urge you to reconsider. After all, fiction is always speculative, so why not go beyond reading about invented characters and start reading about invented worlds? It is the limitless scope that is what I’ve always loved about sci-fi, fantasy and horror. It asks questions and pushes boundaries. Instead of a straight coming-of-age story, for example, what if a son discovered that he was a clone of his ‘father’? What if a severely disabled child could plug in and become the brain of a vast and complex machine? What if there were dragons during the Napoleonic Wars? What if we were the ‘freaks’ and the undead feared us? What if a virus wiped out 99% of the world’s population? What if? I’m happy to say that we’ve just acquired the first two trilogies for our list. It will, I’m afraid, be some time before the books are available, but I think you’ll find they are well worth waiting for. The SHADOW OPS trilogy is a modern military fantasy: X-Men meets Black Hawk Down… I mean, come on, what’s not to like about that? Bestselling Lost Fleet author Jack Campbell has described the first book, CONTROL POINT, as a ‘mile-a-minute story of someone trying to find purpose in a war he never asked for’. The author, Myke Cole, has served three tours in Iraq and that experience really shows in his writing. The first book in the other series is provisionally titled STEELHAVEN, and is by the British author Richard Ford. It’s set in a vast metropolis teetering on the brink of destruction, and it’s about as bloody, honest and edgy as any fantasy as I’ve ever read. I can hardly wait to help unleash this monster. Remember the name! Intrigued, but don’t know where to begin? There are plenty of excellent ‘Top 100’ lists on various blogs. From the Headline list, I can heartily recommend A DISCOVERY OF WITCHES by Deborah Harkness; PURE by Julianna Baggott , which is out in February; and, of course, Neil Gaiman’s mind-blowingly brilliant road trip, AMERICAN GODS. On Twitter Headline: @headlinepg John Wordsworth: @theworrierpoet Myke Cole: @mykecole Richard Ford: @rich4ord

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Blog: The Continued Rise of the Book Trailer

You know how it works: the most engaging/cryptic/bloody/scary/poignant 30 seconds of a feature-length blockbuster Hollywood movie are carefully and painfully selected over a number of weeks, and compiled by a crack team of film buffs to make that picture seem completely unmissable. Film trailers have been drawing us in for decades, driving film-goers in their millions to the cinema to catch the latest flick on the big screen.

THE HEIST

Our ebook of the month is THE HEIST, the first adventure in an electrifying new series from Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg.