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Trapped at the Altar

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Read a little of legendary romance author Jane Feather's latest novel, Trapped at the Altar.

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Old Too Soon, Smart Too Late

Oliver Holt, Kieron Dyer
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Oliver Holt, Kieron Dyer

Kieron Dyer's memoir, Old Too Soon, Smart Too Late, is the first intimate and unsparing portrait of the failures and excesses of the generation of English footballers made rich beyond their wildest dreams by the post-1990 World Cup boom in the game and the explosion of the Premier League. It shares the same brutal honesty and self-awareness of the bestselling No Nonsense by Joey Barton and GoodFella by Craig Bellamy.In the public mind, Kieron Dyer came to symbolise so much of what was self-destructive about a group of football players known collectively as the 'Baby Bentley generation'. Nicknamed 'The King of Bling' by the tabloid press, Dyer was caught up in many of the scandals that characterised the history of a talented crop of players who promised so much and delivered so little, a generation whose wages and lavish lifestyles began to alienate them from the fans who once worshipped them.The brash young man is gone now, and in his place is the quiet, caring, wise man who was such a favourite on I'm a Celebrity, Get me Out of Here! in 2015. Dyer narrates, in uncompromising detail, how a generation of talented English footballers, taken out of working class childhoods and presented with a world of glitz, glamour, wealth and temptation, failed to cope with the riches that were presented to them and often fell apart.Old Too Soon, Smart Too Late is about a moment in time, a social and historical record of English football at the start of its gold rush. For Dyer, the end of the book brings a measure of personal redemption and peace but for the English game, there is only a lingering sense of waste and regret for an opportunity lost.

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The GC

Gemma Collins
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Gemma Collins
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Firestarter

Ben Stokes
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Ben Stokes

Ben Stokes is not cast in the same mould as the vast majority of English cricketers. Fiery, combative, gladiatorial - he plays the game hard and with great gusto. He is an all-rounder who bats, bowls and fields at full throttle.Some opponents feel threatened by his physical stature and aggressive brand of cricket. Stokes simply doesn't back down, smashing the next ball for six, bowling his 90 mph "chin music", or taking a breathtakingly full-stretch catch at backward point.Whether it's thrashing the fastest ever Test century at Lord's or the quickest ever Test double-hundred by an Englishman (against South Africa at Cape Town, in January) or destroying the Australian batting at Trent Bridge, Stokes plays the game he loves with his heart on his sleeve and with 100% effort and commitment. Cricket fans adore him for it.His very first book focuses on the pivotal moments in his life and career so far. These episodes are vibrant, emotional, poignant - revealing the man in three dimensions, red in tooth and claw. From being forged as a young boy in New Zealand, to moving to Cumbria at the age of 11, to playing county cricket for Durham and then onto the England team, this book provides a riveting insight into one of the most exhilarating figures in sport today.

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The Angel Court Affair (Thomas Pitt Mystery, Book 30)

Anne Perry
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Anne Perry

When Commander Thomas Pitt is ordered to protect a young woman visiting London from Spain, he cannot see why this is a job for Special Branch. When she disappears in the dead of night from Angel Court, however, he is faced with a dangerous mystery. Sofia preached new, and some say blasphemous, religious ideals, and her life had been threatened. But Pitt senses there is some deeper and more dangerous reason for her kidnap - if that is what it is.Three men are caught up in the hunt for Sofia - her cousin, a banker for the Church of England, a popular and charismatic politician, and a journalist who seems determined to goad Pitt to the truth. Each seems to be hiding something, and as the search for answers stretches from London to Spain, Pitt knows that time is running out, and the nation's security could be at stake...Angel Court is the thirtieth superb mystery featuring Thomas and Charlotte Pitt from the master of Victorian crime.

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A William Monk Collection: The Face of a Stranger, A Dangerous Mourning, Defend and Betray

Anne Perry
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Anne Perry

Commander William Monk - A man with no past has only his conscience and instinct to guide him... One: THE FACE OF A STRANGERMonk is given a particularly sensational case: the brutal murder of Crimean war hero, Joscelin Grey, in his rooms in fashionable Mecklenburgh Square. It's an assignment to make or break an investigator who must pry into a noble family's secrets.Suggesting that his superior, the wily Runcorn, hopes he will fail, Monk returns to a world where he cannot distinguish friend from foe. Grasping desperately for any clue to his own past and to the identity of the killer, each new revelation leads Monk step by terrifying step to the answers he seeks but dreads to find.Two: A DANGEROUS MOURNINGNo breath of scandal has ever touched the aristocratic Moidore family. London's wealthiest and most influential can often be found taking tea or dining in the opulent family mansion of Sir Basil Moidore in Queen Anne Street.Now Sir Basil's beautiful widowed daughter has been stabbed to death in her own bed, a shocking and incomprehensible tragedy. Inspector William Monk is ordered to find her killer without delay - and in a manner that will give least pain to her family.Handicapped by his inept supervisor and the lingering traces of amnesia, Monk gropes warily through the silence and shadows that obscure the case. But with the intelligent help of Hester Latterly, he begins to approach the astonishing solution, step by dangerous step.Three: DEFEND AND BETRAYAfter a brilliant military career in India, General Thaddeus Carlyon finally meets death not in the frenzy of battle, but at a London dinner party, in what appears to be a freak accident. But the General's beautiful wife readily confesses that she killed him - a story she clings to even under the shadow of the gallows.Investigator William Monk, nurse Hestor Latterly and Oliver Rathbone, counsel for the defence, work feverishly to break down the silence of the accused and her husband's proud family; and with the trial only days away they inch towards the appalling heart of the mystery.

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The Glory Bus

Richard Laymon
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Richard Laymon

Step aboard the Glory Bus... The Glory Bus is the high-octane spine-chiller from Master of Horror, Richard Laymon. Perfect for fans of Joe Hill and Clive Barker.One moment Pamela is a newly-wed with a loving husband and a comfortable home. The next, she's the prisoner of a killer who has lusted after her since high school.Meanwhile, scaredy-cat Norman has had his car taken over by bad-boy Duke and hitch-hiker Boots. Together the lawless pair take him on a wild journey that looks like it's heading straight for the electric chair.Then the glory bus comes along, with hope of salvation for all. But the people who climb aboard don't know their destination is the furnace heat of the Mojave Desert, where a special welcome awaits them. It can't be worse than what's gone before - can it? What readers are saying about The Glory Bus: 'I read it in one day; I just couldn't put it down. It's action packed from the beginning to the end, full of twists and turns and keeps the reader hooked''Extremely addictive, I read the book in two days, the author's writing is unique and absorbing, and the characters are raw, edgy and totally bonkers''Dark, gritty book with two stories that intertwine... classic Laymon, and a brilliant story that keeps you turning [the pages]'

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Betrayal at Lisson Grove (Thomas Pitt Mystery, Book 26)

Anne Perry
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Anne Perry

Surrounded by conspiracy, who can Pitt trust? Betrayal at Lisson Grove is another fantastic Pitt novel from the master storyteller of the Victorian mystery, Anne Perry. Perfect for fans of C. J. Sansom and Sarah Perry.'The novel has a totally contemporary feel and is admirably well-written' - Guardian It's 1895 and an increasingly violent tide of political unrest is rising fast all over Europe. Special Branch's Inspector Thomas Pitt knows that they must find those responsible before England is overrun by reformists intent on overthrowing the government. When he finds himself in pursuit of a suspected terrorist, Pitt has no hesitation in following the chase all the way to France. But events take a sinister turn when Narraway, Pitt's superior, is accused of involvement in the death of an Irish informant and abruptly removed from office. Aware that her husband's own career is also in jeopardy if he is not reinstated, Pitt's wife Charlotte determines to help Narraway clear his name. As Charlotte and Narraway depart for Ireland and Pitt is drawn deeper into the investigation in France, it becomes clear that outside forces have conspired to separate them at a crucial time in the country's history. With no one else to trust can they make it back to England and stop the revolt before it's too late? What readers are saying about Betrayal at Lisson Grove: 'Excellently written and the suspense was kept right through the book''Couldn't put the book down. Anne is a gem of a writer''Keeps you enthralled right to the very end of the book'

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Acceptable Loss (William Monk Mystery, Book 17)

Anne Perry
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Anne Perry

As a past case returns to haunt Monk, can he find justice for the innocent? Inspector William Monk once again faces a dangerous foe in Acceptable Loss, the seventeenth novel in Anne Perry's acclaimed series. Perfect for fans of C. J. Sansom and Ann Granger.'[An Anne Perry novel can] take us away to the far reaches of our imaginations, to a place and a time about which we can only dream... We see the gaslight, we feel the fog, and in Perry's latest, Acceptable Loss, we experience the horror of murder, blackmail and sordid crime, as well as the shining victory of heroic sacrifice and personal courage' - Asbury Park Press In 1864, Monk and his wife Hester are doing their best to care for Scuff, a homeless boy recovering from a terrifying ordeal at the hands of Jericho Phillips, the runner of a child prostitution ring. Although Scuff's evil abductor is dead, there is no suggestion that the ring has been broken and Scuff is certain that more children are suffering an even worse fate.Monk is determined to find the remaining children and uncover the men funding the operation. And when the body of small-time crook Mickey Parfitt washes up on Mortlake's shore, it fortuitously points him in the right direction. But as Monk's investigation continues, the reputations of respected gentlemen start being called into question and his task becomes fraught with unforeseen dangers. In an illicit world of blackmail, vice and corruption, Monk must follow the trail - and his conscience - wherever it leads, no matter how disturbing the truth may be. What readers are saying about Acceptable Loss: 'There is no one who better captures the Victorian period. From the homes of the wealthy, to the lowest, meanest parts of London, [Anne Perry] creates a fully-realised world''A riveting mystery wrapped up in the dark and seedy side of Victorian London''Anne Perry is the best Victorian crime [writer] I have ever read'

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Whited Sepulchres (William Monk Mystery, Book 9)

Anne Perry
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Anne Perry

A broken promise opens the door to one of Monk's most baffling cases... Whited Sepulchres is the ninth novel in Anne Perry's Monk series, in which the enigmatic detective becomes embroiled in further mystery and intrigue in the foggy streets of Victorian London. Perfect for fans of C. J. Sansom and Sarah Perry.'No one weaves plot and subplots as seamlessly as Perry... Fans will be delighted by the long-awaited romantic denouement, which brought tears to my eyes' - Los Angeles Times Young Killian Melville is arguably the most brilliant architect of the age; passionate about his art, he is liked by everyone. So when he visits Sir Oliver Rathbone, in need of a lawyer to represent him over his alleged 'breach of promise' to marry the daughter of his patron, Rathbone agrees despite his misgivings.The case is not an easy one. Zillah is beautiful and even-tempered, heiress to a fortune and a good friend. What more could any man want? And why would Melville risk losing the professional reputation he has worked all his life to build?Frustrated by his client's refusal to divulge any further information, and convinced he is keeping something from him, Rathbone, his own professional integrity at stake, decides to ask his close friend Hester Latterly for an objective opinion about the case. She, meanwhile, has contacted William Monk to investigate a mysterious family matter from twenty years ago. Little do they realise that the three of them are about to tackle the most baffling and complex case with which they have ever been faced... What readers are saying about Whited Sepulchres: 'There were two instances in this book where I nearly dropped it from excitement, disbelief and admiration for an author who continues to keep her readers guessing''An enthralling story by Anne Perry with lots of twists and turns and an unexpected ending''A Breach of Promise is Perry's best work ever. This book was such a satisfying read, from start to finish'

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Execution Dock (William Monk Mystery, Book 16)

Anne Perry
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Anne Perry

Has Monk met his most dangerous and elusive opponent yet? The death of a young boy leads Monk into one of his most dangerous cases yet in the sixteenth book in Anne Perry's brilliant William Monk series Execution Dock. Perfect for fans of C. J. Sansom and Arthur Conan Doyle.'Rich in plot development, believable characters and period detail, this entry will only add to the already sizable ranks of Perry's admirers' - Publishers Weekly It's 1864, and after a game of cat and mouse, Monk has captured Jericho Phillips, the man he suspects of brutally killing a young mudlark and running an evil child prostitution ring. In bringing Phillips to justice, Monk hopes to close down the ring and avenge the memory of Durban, his old commander, who was determined to capture Philips. However, at trial justice does not prevail. Oliver Rathbone, Monk's friend, is hired anonymously to represent the accused and when he proves that vital evidence is missing, Phillips is freed. As Monk begins the investigation again, venturing deeper into London's murky underworld, he realises that Durban may have had his own reasons for pursuing Phillips, and shockingly, that secret support for Phillips may reach further into civilised society than anyone could ever have imagined... What readers are saying about Execution Dock: 'Ms Perry's books inform, entertain, and make me think...what more can a reader ask for?''[A] compelling, assiduously plotted story''Well written with a gripping story line... You really feel the dirt and squalor of Victorian London'

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A Christmas Visitor (Christmas Novella 2)

Anne Perry
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Anne Perry

One Christmas proves to be unlike any other... Henry Rathbone, one of Anne Perry's most engaging characters from her William Monk series, appears in the seasonal murder mystery A Christmas Visitor. Perfect for fans of C. J. Sansom and Ann Granger.'It wouldn't be Christmas without a good mystery, and this one has the perfect backdrop: a rambling manor in the Lake District' - You MagazineHenry Rathbone arrives to spend Christmas at the Dreghorn family manor house near Ullswater. He is greeted by the news that the master of the house, Judah Dreghorn has slipped while crossing a stream in the grounds of the estate in the middle of the night, and drowned. Not only this, but Ashton Gower, recently released from prison, is slandering Judah's name, claiming that his family rightfully owns the estate and that the forged deeds for which he was imprisoned were in fact genuine. To Rathbone and the two remaining Dreghorn brothers, also returning to the Lakes for Christmas, Judah's mysterious death and Gower's outrageous claims seem inextricably linked. What readers are saying about A Christmas Visitor: 'I guarantee that you won't soon forget this story''An excellent novel set in the Lake District''Five stars'

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The Revenge of Lady Muck

Anne Dunlop
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Anne Dunlop

Escape to the country with this fabulously funny tale of Lords, Ladies and lessons in love...Can you find a prince without kissing a few frogs? Sensible schoolteacher Sarah Gordon used to think so. But now she's so over her ex-fiancé, childhood sweetheart Ian, she wishes she'd never been under him. Besides, she's too busy for love. Until tasty toff, Good Evening Ireland presenter Rupert Glass shows up at the Farmers' Club barbecue and all of a sudden Sarah's struggling to keep her cool. And when her sister's wedding to a local farmer unexpectedly throws them together again, it looks like romance could really blossom. But Sarah's about to discover it takes more than a four-leaf clover to be lucky in love...

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After Midnight

Robert Ryan
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Robert Ryan

Carl Fogarty

CARL FOGARTY won seven world titles, including four World Superbike championships, in a glittering motorcycle racing career. Add three Isle of Man TT victories and Carl's iconic status in the sport is undisputed. After retiring from racing in 2000 following a career-ending crash in Australia, Carl's career took an unexpected turn when he won the 2014 series of I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! He is the father of two daughters, Danielle and Claudia, and lives in Blackburn with his wife, Michaela.

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Blog: Hopscotch and Handbags

It was supposed to be a spoof of the then massively popular Dangerous Book for Boys, by Conn and Hal Iggulden – which was a tome full of ideas for traditional games, hobbies, skills and adventures with Swiss Army knives, compasses, matches and fish-hooks, plus gobbets of knowledge about the likes of Captain Oates and Scott of the Antarctic that boys used to have at their command and might, the authors hoped, with a little encouragement and disregard for modern health and safety legislation, be resurrected amongst contemporary male youth. The problem with writing a spoof version for girls, I soon discovered, is that you can’t. The straight version is parody enough. Boys get – without too much of a strain on memory or contemporary mores – things like making paper boats and waterbombs, (non-paper) pinhole cameras and periscopes, building tree-houses, timers and tripwires, constructing bows and arrows, hunting and cooking rabbits and tanning their skins. Not only is it entertaining to read but it will also leave you better placed than a Montana survivalist come the apocalypse. Against that, what do girls have? Pom-pom making, French knitting (remember that? Looping wool between four pins stuck in a wooden reel until a worm-type thing emerged at the other end? Why? What was it for?) and keeping their knees together when they sit down. It made me think about the relative littleness of girls’ lives then and now, here, still, properly into the third millennium and all the inconsistencies, idiocies and plain daftnesses that come with growing up female. So I wrote Hopscotch & Handbags: the Truth About Being a Girl instead, got a few things off my chest and had a laugh along the way. No, wait – I mean, it’s a very serious work of feminist history. Regard, for example, this brief but entirely factually correct summary of girls’ education: “In ye olden times, girls did not go to school. If you were lucky enough to have a lettered mother who had not died in childbirth, she might teach you to read from the Bible, if your calloused hands could still turn the pages. Then things got better and by the 1950s girls were learning home economics. This is the pedagogic equivalent of French knitting. While we girls are fucking about with baking tins, the boys are off doing secret A-levels in the Arab-Israeli conflict and US politics. This is why, when you’re 30 and trying to have an intelligent conversation with friends around the dinner table you suddenly realise that men are no longer pretending to know 400 times more about everything than you – they actually do. John Craven needs to come out of retirement ASAP and start a Newsround for women. Incidentally, I believe home ec. is now called food science and is all about nutrition. It has basically turned into an anti-anorexia class in which girls are encouraged to make Nicole Richie models out of pastry and eat them.” You see? Get you through history GCSE that will, and probably a women’s paper or two at university as well if you pad it out a bit. It’s also a vital piece of social history, recording as it does that astonishingly underexamined period the 1980s (bringing to light such little known phenomena as Judy Blume’s Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret – to this day, I still believe that if I’d just put in a little extra effort with the “I must increase my bust” mantra, my life could have turned out very differently. By which I mean, incalculably better), the knotty mass of schoolgirl hierarchies, cliques and rivalries that makes a Tudor court look like a 60s kibbutz, the evolution of beauty aesthetics, fashion, sexual mores, the demands of motherhood, and the eternal brilliance of best friends, grandmas and Dolly Parton (who, apart from her prodigious musical talent must also now be feted for the fact that her commitment to both skyscraper heels and repeated breast enhancement means that since 1973 she has been staying upright by force of will alone). And because I like to be part of the solution as well as a miner of problems for cheap laughs, I also advise on how to improve your CV, avoid crying during job evaluations (betablockers. Throw them hard at your supervisor and run), lose weight (don’t diet – exercise. It is much harder to develop a disordered relationship with the treadmill than it is with food, if only because you tend not to keep ten types of delicious treadmill at home in the fridge) and cope with your mother (just keep taking the tablets. Both of you.) Anyway. I hope you enjoy the book. It may not be better than sex or shoes, but it is less messy and it goes with everything.

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Trapped at the Altar

The cavalcade of horsemen rode into the narrow defile...

Anne Dunlop

Anne Dunlop grew up in rural Ireland. She escaped and flew long haul as an airstewardess to exotic international destinations. Then she settled in Africa with her builder husband, where they had four children in three and a half years. Anne is currently living in the Middle East and her new hobby is writing escapist novels.

Gemma Collins

Gemma Collins is one of the nation's most loved reality TV stars. She is currently one of the stars of ITVBe's The Only Way Is Essex and has also appeared on Loose Women, I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! and Celebrity Big Brother. She also runs Gemma Collins Boutique, her successful clothes and accessories shop for plus-sized women.

Kieron Dyer

In an 18-year career in professional football, Kieron Dyer played for Ipswich Town, Newcastle United, West Ham United, QPR and Middlesbrough. He won 33 caps for England. In 2015 he was a contestant on I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!