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November Book of the Month

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

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Before I Let You Go: a gripping novel about the unbreakable bond between sisters

Kelly Rimmer
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Kelly Rimmer

Your sister needs you. But her child needs you more... The 2:00 a.m. call is the first time Lexie Vidler has heard her sister's voice in years. Annie is a drug addict, a thief, a liar-and in trouble, again. Lexie has always bailed Annie out, given her money, a place to sleep, sent her to every kind of rehab. But this time, she's not just strung out-she's pregnant and in premature labor. If she goes to the hospital, she'll lose custody of her baby-maybe even go to prison. But the alternative is unthinkable.As weeks unfold, Lexie finds herself caring for her fragile newborn niece while her carefully ordered life is collapsing around her. She's in danger of losing her job, and her fiancé only has so much patience for Annie's drama. In court-ordered rehab, Annie attempts to halt her downward spiral by confronting long-buried secrets from the sisters' childhood, ghosts that Lexie doesn't want to face. But will the journey heal Annie, or lead her down a darker path? Both candid and compassionate, Before I Let You Go explores a hotly divisive topic and asks how far the ties of family love can be stretched before they finally break.What readers are saying about the stunning Before I Let You Go...'A heartbreaking book about an impossible decision. A novel about the deepest love possible' Luanne Rice'One of the best books for discussion that I've read in years' Diane Chamberlain'A deeply emotional and thought-provoking read. It was impossible to not be moved by this beautifully written book' Vanessa Carnevale, AU'Another incredible, gripping read from an exceptionally talented author. This book takes you through a myriad of emotions, whilst opening your eyes to some very important issues for women. I read this in one sitting, because I had to. So will you. A magnificent read I can't praise or recommend highly enough' Heather Hill, UK'Heartbreaking and life-affirming. Before I Let You Go captures the bittersweet nature of existence and turns it into something truly beautiful' Tilly Tennant, UK'Heartbreaking, soul-searching but ultimately uplifting, this thought-provoking book challenges the judgements society makes and weaves a heartwarming story around the bonds we forge as sister, mother and partner' Zara Stoneley, UK'Being a mother means you are open to criticism from every angle, but if you are a pregnant addict, what then? Children are protected in society, but what about those who gave them life? Kelly Rimmer writes from the heart and soul. Be prepared to lose and gain a little of each as you read her stories' Rachel Dove, UK

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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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Hello Life!

Marcus Butler
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Marcus Butler
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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, which includes a Doctor Who adventure, the David Bowie-inspired The Return of the Thin White Duke and 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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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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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

This ebook edition contains the full text version as per the book. Doesn't include original photographic and illustrated material. In the seventies, when he was just 20 years old, David Cassidy achieved the sort of teen idol fame that is rarely seen. He was mobbed everywhere he went. His clothes were regularly ripped off by adoring fans. He sold records the world over. He was bigger than Elvis. And all thanks to a hit TV show called The Partridge Family. Now, in his own words, this is a brutally frank account of those mindblowing days of stardom in which being David Cassidy played second fiddle to being Keith Partridge. Including stories of sex, drugs and rock'n'roll that explode the myth of Cassidy as squeaky clean, it's also the story of how to keep on living life and loving yourself when the fickle fans fall away.

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Bruno My Story

Bruno Tonioli
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Bruno Tonioli

Bruno Tonioli is the unmistakably flamboyant Italian who has entertained Strictly Come Dancing's countless fans for very nearly a decade. Bruno lights up every episode of the smash UK show - as well as Dancing in the Stars in the USA - with his high-energy, warm and deliciously humourous critiques of the celebrity contestants. For the very first time, fans can now read all about this highly engaging and life-affirming man who has rapidly established himself as a British national treasure.Born to staunchly working class parents and raised in a very conservative Catholic village in northern Italy, Tonioli knew from the age of 8 that he was not constructed like many of the other boys he played with. Forced to train for a "proper job" as a bank clerk, Bruno was eventually to find a way to express his creative abilities and ended up a dancer and then a renowned choreographer, arriving in Britain in the early 1980s. His career took off and he found himself immersed in the buzz and hedonism of the vibrant 80s scene, rubbing shoulders with the great and the good from the worlds of theatre, music and film. Wonderfully rich and colourful stories from this era abound.For Bruno, the last decade has - of course - been very largely about the Strictly phenomenon, and his memoirs do not disappoint in taking fans behind the scenes to witness for themselves the magical ingredients of one of the most popular shows on TV. The book will delight with its warmth, depth and wonderful sense of joie de vivre.

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Jonny: My Autobiography

Jonny Wilkinson
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Jonny Wilkinson

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.

CHAPTER SAMPLER

ebook of the month

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.