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November Book of the Month

Ian and Francesca are back...

Read an extract from BECAUSE WE BELONG, our book of the month by Beth Kery.

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The New Girl: A Trans Girl Tells It Like It Is

Rhyannon Styles
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Rhyannon Styles
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Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances

Neil Gaiman
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Neil Gaiman

In Trigger Warning, global phenomenon and Sunday Times bestselling author Neil Gaiman returns to dazzle, captivate, haunt, and entertain with this third collection of short fiction following Smoke and Mirrors and Fragile Things, which includes a never-before published American Gods story, BLACK DOG.The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains was serialised on BBC Radio 4's Book at Bedtime in November 2015. 'We are all wearing masks. That is what makes us interesting. These are stories about those masks, and the people we are underneath them.' Neil Gaiman, writing from a cabin in the dark woods.Make sure you secure your own mask before reading. Before being transported to worlds filled with witches, watchers and big black bees, with deathless Kin and pirate girls, with things that prowl in the darkness beyond the circle fire, to find the Shadder lurking at your journey's end. But then what happens? There's always something waiting for you. There's always more. Just keep turning the pages.'We each have our little triggers.'Literary alchemy from 'a writer of rare perception and endless imagination' (William Gibson), TRIGGER WARNING is a cornucopia of storytelling: horror and ghost stories, science fiction and fairy tales, fabulism and poetry. It will open your eyes to the inexhaustible supply of darkness around you, the magic and the monsters, the myths and the miracles, and to finding truths in the most extraordinary of places.

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Hello Life!

Marcus Butler
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Marcus Butler

The Sunday Times number 1 bestseller.Marcus Butler's irreverent YouTube channel has long combined laughs and comedy sketches with thoughts on more serious issues. What sets him apart from the rest is his ability to mix light-hearted banter with a deep empathy for the problems facing young people today. Thanks to his experiences of family illness, his parents' divorce, weight issues and catastrophic hair days, Marcus is in a unique position to share everything he has learned about healthy living, relationships and dealing with the daily pressures life throws at us all. Working with journalist and writer Matt Allen, in HELLO LIFE! his part-autobiography, part-self help guide Marcus shares his trademark big-brotherly advice and unveils his roadmap to success for anyone navigating the trickier aspects of modern living. Funny, cool, fully illustrated and totally readable, this book is the ultimate must-have for fans of Marcus Butler.

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Luis Suarez: Crossing the Line - My Story

Luis Suarez
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Luis Suarez

Luis Suárez was a young boy already in love with football by the time his family moved from the countryside to Uruguay's capital, Montevideo. The guile and trickery of the street kid made an impact with the country's biggest club, Nacional, before he was spotted by Dutch scouts who brought him to Europe.Suárez was lured from Ajax to Merseyside by another iconic number 7, Kenny Dalglish. From that moment, he terrorised Premier League defences, driving a resurgent Liverpool towards their most exciting top-flight season in 24 years.But there is another side to Luis Suárez: the naturally fiery temperament which drives his competitiveness on the pitch. There was the very public incident with Patrice Evra of bitter rivals Manchester United, and the biting of Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic.Then during the World Cup finals in Brazil, in a physical encounter against Italy, he bit defender Giorgi Chiellini on the shoulder. Banned from football for four months, derided by the press, he was marched out of the country.In the summer's final twist, he became one of the most expensive footballers of all time, moving from Liverpool to Barcelona. In his first season at the Nou Camp he helped Barca to La Liga and Copa del Rey titles, scoring 16 goals in 27 games.In Crossing the Line, Luis Suárez talks from the heart about his intriguing career, his personal journey from scrapping street kid to performer on football's biggest stage, and the never-say-die attitude that sometimes causes him to overstep the mark.

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Bound By Your Touch

Meredith Duran
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Meredith Duran
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The Duke Of Shadows

Meredith Duran
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Meredith Duran

Meredith Duran returns with another witty, humorous and smart romance. Fans of Julia Quinn, Jane Feather and Eloisa James will delight in Meredith's trademark headstrong heroine, cunning hero and tale of deep emotional intensity!From exotic sandstone palaces... Sick of tragedy, done with rebellion, Emmaline Martin vows to settle quietly into British Indian society. But when the pillars of privilege topple, her fiance's betrayal leaves Emma no choice. She must turn for help to the one man whom she should not trust, but cannot resist: Julian Sinclair, the dangerous and dazzling heir to the Duke of Auburn. To the marble halls of London... In London, they toast Sinclair with champagne. In India, they call him a traitor. Cynical and impatient with both worlds, Julian has never imagined that the place he might belong is in the embrace of a woman with a reluctant laugh and haunted eyes. But in a time of terrible darkness, he and Emma will discover that love itself can be perilous - and that a single decision can alter one's life forever. Destiny follows wherever you run. A lifetime of grief later, in a cold London spring, Emma and Julian must finally confront the truth: no matter how hard one tries to deny it, some pasts cannot be disowned...and some passions never die.Looking for more Meredith Duran novels? Try Written On Your Skin or her Rules for the Reckless series.

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Poirot and Me

David Suchet
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David Suchet

In the summer of 2013 David Suchet will film his final scenes as Hercule Poirot. After 24 years in the role, he will have played the character in every story that Agatha Christie wrote about him (bar one, deemed unfilmable) and he will bid adieu to a role and a character that have changed his life.In Poirot and Me, David Suchet tells the story of how he secured the part, with the blessing of Agatha Christie's daughter, and set himself the task of presenting the most authentic Poirot that had ever been filmed.David Suchet is uniquely placed to write the ultimate companion to one of the world's longest running television series. Peppered with anecdotes about filming, including many tales of the guest stars who have appeared over the years, the book is essential reading for Poirot fans all over the world.

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Could It Be Forever? My Story

David Cassidy
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David Cassidy
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Bruno My Story

Bruno Tonioli
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Bruno Tonioli

Meet Bruno Tonioli - Strictly Come Dancing judge, wildcat choreographer and stardust magnet. With his irrepressible personality and Italian exuberance, Bruno has become a TV sensation, settling the fate of Britain's ballroom hopefuls during the nation's favourite Saturday night show. Bruno's journey is mind-blowing. He fled from home at eighteen to join the dance company La Grande Eugene and travelled around Europe; he later coached the actress Goldie Hawn as a dance instructor, and orchestrated lavish productions for TV, film and pop videos, where he worked alongside The Rolling Stones, Freddie Mercury, Duran Duran and Tina Turner. Along the way Bruno has Tangoed with high fashion, performed the Cha Cha Cha with untameable pop vixens Bananarama and danced an emotional Waltz with bereavement and breakdown before settling in the perfect location - a seat on the judging panel of Strictly Come Dancing, where he wowed the nation at home and in Hollywood with his passion for dance and an excitable turn of phrase. My Story tears away the glittery wrapping of this most exuberant and loveable of TV stars. Strap yourselves in for a wild and sexy ride with more frills than Versailles.

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Jonny: My Autobiography

Jonny Wilkinson
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Jonny Wilkinson

Jonny Wilkinson's career has crossed three decades and four World Cups. He has accumulated phenomenal achievements, world points records, an impressive list of broken body parts, and a drop goal that will be remembered for ever. But the peculiar calmness with which he played the game masked a very different reality. In JONNY, he reveals the extraordinary psychology that he had to tame in order to be able to dominate his sport. For most of his life, he was driven by a quest for perfection and an obsession to be the best player in the world; here he shows how these two facets of his competitive mind took such a hold of him that they sent him to the top of the world, then swept him up and dragged him down into a spiral of despair. Jonny's career has spanned the far reaches: amazing highs and iconic moments, then a fight against injury that culminated in a battle with depression. Here he tells of the physical toll he knew his body was taking from rugby, even from his youth; he tells of how he never wanted to be a kicking fly-half but learned to adapt his natural game to play the style that Clive Woodward believed necessary to win a World Cup, and how he nearly walked out on Martin Johnson's England team 13 years later.Praise for Jonny Wilkinson:'I consider myself really lucky to have had him as a player'Sir Clive Woodward'I'm humbled to have played alongside him'Lewis Moody'Jonny has been the best player to play for England in any of the leading ball games this century. He has been brilliant, he has been the rock on which success was built, he has won the biggest prize of all and done so with style and grace and elegance'Simon Barnes, The Times'Exceptional has been a word commonly associated with Wilkinson throughout his career'The Guardian'Thanks for the memories, Jonny. English supporters will never forget how you made them feel'Robert Kitson, The Guardian'Jonny Wilkinson was English sport as it likes to imagine itself: intrepid, handsome, physically indomitable and blessed with grace under pressure'Paul Hayward, Daily Telegraph'There are not many like him: humble, self-effacing and utterly devoted to his cause. He may not have considered himself a superstar. But everyone else did'Mike Cleary, Daily Telegraph'No one came close to squeezing so much from his God-given talent, and for that alone, Wilkinson is worthy of undying regard'The Independent

Bruno Tonioli

Bruno Tonioli was born in Ferrara in northern Italy in 1955. He begun his professional career as a dancer and came to London as a leading member of the Paris-based company La Grande Eugene before joining the Lyndsay Kemp Company. He has worked extensively in film, theatre and TV - and also in music business, choreographing videos, stage shows and tours for many artists including Tina Turner, Sting, Elton John, the Rolling Stones, Freddy Mercury, Boy George and Duran Duran. His TV credits include Not the Nine O'Clock News, Absolutely Fabulous, French & Saunders, The Brit Awards, Top of the Pops and The Royal Variety Show. Since 2004, Bruno has been a judge on BBC1's smash show Strictly Come Dancing; since 2005 he has also been a judge on ABC's equally successful show Dancing With the Stars in the USA.

David Cassidy

In the autumn of 1970, after a brief acting career on Broadway and with various guest appearances on American TV shows, The Partridge Family catapulted David Cassidy to fame. Aged just 20, his face was on the cover of every teenage magazine. He became an international pop star. In 1974, his exhausting schedule took its toll on the quality of his life. David retired but has, since the 1990s, regularly appeared in and produced musicals in the States, and toured live - with Donny Osmond in particular - to appreciative audiences, particularly in the UK. He is happily married and has two children.

David Suchet

David Suchet trained at LAMDA and has had a long and successful career as a character actor, on television and on the stage. He is married with two children.

Marcus Butler

Marcus Butler is one of the world's biggest YouTubers, and is still growing enormously quickly. Marcus's observations on the world are very popular and his love of film-making shines through in every video he creates.youtube.com/marcusbutler|youtube.com/moremarcus twitter.com/marcusbutler| instagram.com/marcusbutler|facebook.com/marcusbutlertv | Marcus Butler App

Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman is the author of over thirty acclaimed books and graphic novels for adults and children, including AMERICAN GODS, STARDUST, CORALINE and THE GRAVEYARD BOOK. His most recent novel for adults, THE OCEAN AT THE END OF THE LANE was highly acclaimed, appeared on the hardback and paperback Sunday Times bestseller lists and won several awards, including being voted Book of the Year in the National Book Awards 2013: 'Some books you read. Some books you enjoy. But some books just swallow you up, heart and soul' Joanne Harris. The recipient of numerous literary honours, Neil Gaiman's work has been adapted for film, television and radio. He has written scripts for Doctor Who, collaborated with authors and illustrators including Terry Pratchett, Dave McKean and Chris Riddell, and THE SANDMAN is established as one of the classic graphic novels. As George R R Martin says: 'There's no one quite like Neil Gaiman.'Originally from England, Neil Gaiman now lives in America.

Rhyannon Styles

Rhyannon Styles is a journalist, performance artist and musician. Her ground-breaking Elle column, 'The New Girl', charts her journey from male to female, where she bares all about her experience of transitioning. In her colourful life as a performer, career highlights include a show at the Guggenheim Museum NYC, dancing with Kylie Minogue on ITV and rollerskating naked at the Barbican art gallery. A star of the transgender community, Rhyannon was name-checked on Independent's Rainbow List as 'One to Watch'. Get up close and personal with Rhyannon online:Elle column: www.elleuk.com/tags/rhyannon-stylesWebsite: www.rhyannonstyles.comTwitter: @rhyannonstylesInstagram: @rhyannon_stylesYouTube: /RStyles

Rob Sheffield

Rob Sheffield is a columnist for Rolling Stone, where he has been writing about music, TV, and pop culture since 1997. He is the author of two New York Times bestsellers Love Is a Mix Tape and Talking to Girls About Duran Duran. He also appears regularly on VH1. He lives with his wife in Brooklyn.

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An exclusive extract featuring New York Times bestseller John Lescroart's most popular character, lawyer Dismas Hardy, in his most personal case so far.

THE HEIST

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

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Blog: Alternative Christmas Gift Guide

It's just a week until Christmas, and if you're anything like me you'll somehow still be lying to your nearest and dearest about the amazing gifts you've already bought them. "I can't wait to see your face when you open it," I say again and again, cruelly. Sure, it feels good to deceive, but it's time we all took a long, hard look in the mirror and finally bought those gifts they've always wanted. And who better to inspire us with our choices than regular Amazon customers? If you read the list below and aren't tempted in some way to buy the products described, you're certainly a less pathetic man than I. 1. The Original Three Wolf Moon Adult T-Shirt (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Original-Three-Wolf-Adult-T-Shirt/dp/B002DGFYFA/ref=cm_lmf_tit_3) An instant canine classic in the US, boasting over 1,500 customer reviews, and it's really starting to take off here in the UK too. One customer claims "I no longer recognise Earth's laws" while wearing the garish garment. Another brazenly states "I can hear sounds inaudible to the human ear". But with every positive there must be a negative (physics, so…). One customer complained: "I would also have likes to see 'Howl' written at a 30 degree angle from bottom left in a horror-esque fashion in a dripping blood red font and colour". Another moaned: "I just can't help thinking an additional Wolf wouldn't go a miss.' Fair point, though FOUR wolves seems a tad excessive. There weren't four chipmunks after all. Or wise men. Or even members of Hansen. Food for thought nonetheless. 2. Bic Crystal Ballpoint Pen, Medium Point, Black (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Bic-Crystal-Ballpoint-Medium-Point/dp/B000JTOYLS/ref=cm_lmf_tit_4) I already know what you are thinking: 'But I've already got loads of those.' Well, my response to that is: 'do you?' Does your Bic pen write well on both the "shopping list on the notice board in the kitchen" AND "the Post-it notes next to the phone"? These customers certainly think so: "I would happily recommend this pen to anyone who is planning on writing on paper", "I sat at my meeting and confidently removed the cap from my pen and it wrote flawlessly, almost immediately." Only one person disliked it, but rather sportingly cautions "left-handers to try before you buy". Good man. 3. Penetrating Wagner's "Ring" (Da Capo Paperback) (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Penetrating-Wagners-Ring-Capo-Paperback/dp/0306804379/ref=cm_lmf_tit_5) "Its climactic final moments leave one exhausted and spent." Need I say more? 4. Chrome Plated Toilet Roll Holder & Storer (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Chrome-Plated-Toilet-Holder-Storer/dp/B001TO4Y3K/ref=cm_lmf_tit_9) Apparently only one funny review for this one (besides a very stern, serious complaint about the product's 'depth'…), but it's an instant winner: "I have to say its brilliant, you can dry clothes, or being 35 years old you can put blankets over it and build a fort in the garden which you can use to hide from the wife. She hasn't found me yet." And may you forever be concealed, brave 'Goat Boy'. 5. Aluminium Foil 18" (450mm x 75m) (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Aluminium-Foil-450mm-75m-establishment/dp/B003MAEDNA/ref=cm_lmf_tit_14) Arguably the most interesting of the products mentioned thus far, the 18" Aluminium Foil describes itself as 'Great for dispensers'. And buyers certainly believe in it too. From the philosophical - "For every Hamlet, a Laertes. For every Holmes, a Watson. And now, for every kitchen, 18" Aluminium Foil from Sussex Supplies" - to the downright practical - "The generous provision of 75 metres of this 450mm-wide metallic wonder is a refreshing change from the the frustrating 10 metre lengths of inferior products" - and, um, beyond: "By far the best for making aluminium shield hats to ward off aliens". A must buy. But if none of the above tickle your fancy, then why not just drive into the desert until you run out of petrol? Failing that, simply treat a loved one to any of our lovely Christmas titles on the right.