Monday, 31 December 2012

'2013 Happy New Year' Giveaway Hop! (International Stop)

 
 
 
Welcome to the 'Best of 2012' Blog Hop which is hosted by 'I am a Reader, not a Writer' and 'Babs Book Bistro.


To gain entry to this draw all you have to be is a 'GFC Follower' of my blog. Just complete the 'Rafflecopter Entry Form' that you will find at the end of this post. Extra entries can be obtained by also following this blog through Networked Blogs, Linky, Google+ or by just leaving a comment on this post. Once the form has been completed, you will have been entered into the draw.


As there is such a selection of books available these days, to start off the New Year I am offering the main prize winner a $30 (US) / £25 (sterling) Amazon Gift Voucher/Certificate, so the winner can choose their own books! I will arrange that the prize is e-mailed to the winner on the completion of the draw!






One first prize of either a $30 (US) or £25 (sterling) Amazon Gift Voucher/Certificate!

There will be one main prize winner from this draw. The gift Voucher/Certificate will only be offered in either US dollars or pounds sterling. No other currencies can be catered for. Each entrant will be allocated a sequential number. After the closing date for this draw (7th January 2013 at 23.59GMT), the winning number entered for this draw will be chosen by Random.org. This is an International Giveaway Draw!


To visit the rest of the blogs that are taking part in this great hop, just click on the 'Click Here' link below, to be taken to a page of participating blog links.






Good luck Everyone!



If you are not in, you cannot win!




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'An Illustrated Treasury of Grimm's Fairy Tales' by Jacob Grimm et al

 
 
Release date: 21st March 2013
Published by: Floris Books
ISBN No: 978 0863159473
 
 
Two hundred years ago the Brothers Grimm published their famous collection of folk tales, including these thirty much-loved stories of helpful elves; giants who can see into the next land; foolish but good-hearted lads; princesses with golden hair; faithful servants and wicked queens. This sumptuously illustrated collection of essential Grimm classics includes stories every childhood needs: 'The Frog Prince', 'Little Red Riding Hood', 'Sleeping Beauty', 'Cinderella', 'Rumpelstiltskin' and dozens more. Each tale is brought to life with radiant, faithful pictures from Daniela Drescher, one of Germany's best-loved illustrators, which are sure to fire any child's imagination.
 
 
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Sunday, 30 December 2012

'The Silver Dark Sea' by Susan Fletcher

 
 
Release date: 28th March 2013
Published by: Harper Press
ISBN No: 978 0007321636
 
 
The islanders of Parla are still mourning the loss of one of their own. Four years since that loss, and a man – un-named, unclothed – is washed onto their shores. Some say he is a mythical man from the sea – potent, kind and beautiful; others suspect him. For the bereft Maggie, this stranger brings love back to the isle. But as the days pass he changes every one of them – and the time comes for his story to be told…

Tender, lyrical and redemptive, ‘The Silver Dark Sea’ is the dazzling new novel from the author of ‘Eve Green’ (winner of Whitbred First Novel award). It is a story about what life can give and take from us, when we least expect it – and how love, in all its forms, is the greatest gift of all.
 
 
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'Scenes from Early Life' by Philip Hensher

 
 
Release date: 31st January 2013
Published by: Harper Press
ISBN No: 978 000745010 7
 
 
“I was a baby during the war. We stayed inside for months. All my aunts took turns in feeding me. I couldn't be heard to cry. You see, there were soldiers in the streets. They would have known what a crying baby meant. So I had to be kept silent. No, not everyone came out of the war alive.”

One family’s life, and a nation – Bangladesh – are uniquely created through conversation, sacrifice, songs, bonds, blood, bravery and jokes. Narrated by a young boy born into a savage civil war, ‘Scenes from Early Life’ is a heartbreaking, funny and gripping novel by one of our finest writers.
 
 
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'Pedigree Mum' by Fiona Gibson

 
 
Release date: 28th February 2013
Published by: Avon
ISBN No: 978 1847562616
 
 
Fiona’s writing deals with the real life cringe-worthy moments we all know so well…

A straying husband. A broken heart. And a crazy rescue dog in a town of posh pooches…

When Kerry Tambini upped sticks with her family to a new home on the coast, she couldn’t have been happier. Then husband Rob made the biggest mistake of his life…

Stranded with her children in snooty Shorling, Kerry has plenty on her plate. So how can she say no to the kids' pleas for a dog when they're missing their father dreadfully? Will adopting a wayward hound lead Kerry to a new love – or has she bitten off more than she can chew?

As she steps back into the dating world Kerry must juggle her family, her neurotic dog and try to fit in with the local pedigree mums, making her a true heroine for our time.


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'Good Husband Material' by Trisha Ashley

 
 
 
Release date: 28th March 2013
Published by: Avon
ISBN No: 978 1847562814
 
 
Another warm, wise and witty offering from Sunday Times bestseller Trisha Ashley.

James is everything Tish has ever wanted in a husband – she’s married a man who even her mother approves of. He’s handsome, dependable, and will make an excellent father – unlike Tish’s first love, the disreputable Fergal. Her teenage sweetheart abandoned her for a music career and now lives a typical celebrity lifestyle. Fergal broke her heart – James helped mend it.

Now, they’ve bought a cottage in the country. The next step – kids and a lifetime of domestic bliss. Well, that’s the plan. And even if James has a slight tendency to view the village pub as a second home, their relationship is still in pretty good shape after seven years of marriage. So why is marriage to Mr Right making her long for Mr Wrong?
 
 
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Saturday, 29 December 2012

'The Sweetness of Forgetting' by Kristin Harmel

 
 
Release date: 28th March 2013
Published by: Quercus
ISBN No: 978 1780878416
 
 
The North Star Bakery has been in Hope's family for generations, the secret recipes passed down from mother to daughter. But at thirty-six and recently divorced, with rebellious daughter Annie and elderly grandmother Rose to care for, Hope is less than enthusiastic about carrying on the family legacy. When the bakery runs into financial trouble and Rose takes a turn for the worse, Hope's delicate balancing act is in danger of crumbling entirely. Then Rose reveals a shocking truth about her past and everything Hope thought she knew about her family and the bakery is turned upside down. At her grandmother's request, Hope travels to Paris, armed only with a mysterious list of names. What she uncovers there could be the key to saving the bakery and the fulfilment of a star-crossed romance, seventy years in the making.
 
 
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'The Crane Wife' by Patrick Ness

 
 
Release date: 28th March 2013
Published by: Canongate Books Ltd
ISBN No: 978 0857868718
 
 
The extraordinary happens every day...

One night, George Duncan - decent man, a good man - is woken by a noise in his garden. Impossibly, a great white crane has tumbled to earth, shot through its wing by an arrow. Unexpectedly moved, George helps the bird, and from the moment he watches it fly off, his life is transformed.

The next day, a kind but enigmatic woman walks into George's shop. Suddenly a new world opens up for George, and one night she starts to tell him the most extraordinary story.

Wise, romantic, magical and funny, The Crane Wife is a hymn to the creative imagination and a celebration of the disruptive and redemptive power of love.
 
 
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'The Christmas Wassail' by Kate Sedley

 
 
Release date: 28th March 2013
Published by: Severn House Publishers Ltd
ISBN No: 978 0727882752
 
 
 
Christmas, 1483: Roger the Chapman is looking forward to twelve days of peace and celebration with his wife and children in Bristol. The family is particularly excited by the arrival of a troupe of mummers, who will perform their plays in the outer ward of the castle throughout the festival. But the gruesome murders of two of the town's most prominent and venerable citizens, both veterans of the French wars, scupper Roger's hopes as he is gradually drawn into the hunt for the killer. Once again, Roger finds himself in grave danger, but it is someone else who pays the price of his inability to keep his nose out of matters that do not concern him ...
 
 
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'The Hunters' by Chris Kuzneski

 
 
Release date: 3rd January 2013
Published by: Headline
ISBN No: 978 0755386475
 
 
The Hunters: Financed by a billionaire philanthropist, this elite team - an ex-soldier, an historian, a computer whiz, a weapons expert, and a thief - is tasked with finding the world's most legendary treasures.

The mission: Fearing a German victory in WWI, the Romanian government signed a deal with Russia to guarantee the safety of the country's treasures. In 1916, two trains full of gold and the most precious possessions of the Romanian state - paintings, jewellery, and ancient artefacts - were sent to the underground vaults of the Kremlin. But in the turmoil of war, the treasure was scattered - and lost. Almost a century later, the haul is valued at over 3.5 billion dollars. Despite hundreds of attempts to find it, its location has remained a mystery... Until now.

Can the Hunters find the treasure and succeed where all others have failed?
 
 
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'Early Medieval Scotland: Individuals, Communities and Ideas' by David Clarke et al.

 
 
Release date: 8th October 2012
Published by: NMSE - Publishing Ltd
ISBN No: 978 1905267637
 
 
The time in Scotland after the Romans and before the Vikings used to be known by scholars as the 'Dark Age'. Much light has now been shed on it; although there is a lack of historical documentation, archaeology has provided new information - and it is astounding. Surviving objects demonstrate that Scotland was part of a sophisticated network and that craftsmen had mastered complex technologies, as shown by the elaborately carved Hilton of Cadboll stone, the house-shaped Monymusk Reliquary, and the sumptuously decorated Hunterston brooch (which can all be seen in the National Museum of Scotland). The book: argues that archaeological material surviving from this time needs to be treated on its own terms and not made to fit historical texts; tells stories backed up by archaeological evidence under the headings Individuals/Communities/Ideas and Ideologies; and does not deconstruct previous studies of the period but highlights the possibilities provided by the material culture evidence.
 
 
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Friday, 28 December 2012

'Witch and Wizard: The Kiss' by James Patterson and Jill Dembowski

 
 
Release date: 4th February 2013
Published by: Little Brown and Company
ISBN No: 978 0316224741
 
 
Whit and Wisty Allgood, a witch and wizard with extraordinary abilities, have defeated the ruthless dictator who long overshadowed their world. But for the first time in their lives, the powerful brother and sister find themselves at odds as Wisty is drawn to a mysterious and magical stranger named Heath. Wisty has never felt as free as she does with Heath, especially when the two of them share and test their magic together. But when a merciless Wizard King from the mountains suddenly threatens war, Wisty must make an excruciating choice. Will she unite with Whit to fight the mounting dangers that could return their world to a tyrant's domain? Or will she trust the beautiful boy who has captured her heart? James Patterson's epic dystopian saga continues as the witch and wizard who have inspired countless imaginations must rally together before the world they fought to save collapses.
 
 
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'Beyond the Storm' by Carolyn Zane

 
 
Release date: 18th March 2013
Published by: Thorndike Press
ISBN No: 978 1410455468
 
 
After a tornado rips through her town, store owner Abigail comes across a piece of fabric from a wedding dress among the devastation. Abigail is moved to start collecting other swatches of fabric she finds her neighbour's kitchen curtains, a man's necktie, a dog's bed which she stashes in shopping bags. As she pursues her seemingly absurd quest, horrible realities spark the question, What kind of a God would allow such tragedy. As she struggles to reconcile her right to happiness amidst the destruction, Abigail begins piecing together a patchwork quilt from the salvaged fabric in hopes it will bring some peace. But a new relationship with Justin, a contractor, may require too much of her fragile heart. Will her pain and questions of faith give way to the courage to love?
 
 
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'Rome: The Art of War' by M.C. Scott

 
 
Release date: 28th March 2013
Published by: Bantam Press
ISBN No: 978 0593065464
 
 
Rome: AD69, The Year of the Four Emperors.Three Emperors have ruled in Rome this year and a fourth, Vespasian, has been named in the East.

As the legions march toward civil war, Sebastos Pantera, the spy whose name means leopard, returns to Rome intent on bribery, blackmail and persuasion: whatever it takes to bring the commanders and their men to Vespasian’s side.

But in Rome, as he uses every skill he has ever learned of subterfuge, codes and camouflage, it becomes clear that one of those closest to him is a traitor, who will let Rome fall to destroy him.

Together the two spies spin a web of deceit with Rome as the prize and death the only escape.


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'Viriathus: And the Lusitanian Resistance to Rome 155-139 BC' by Luis Silva

 
 
Release date: 20th March 2013
Published by: Pen and Sword MIlitary
ISBN No: 978 1781591284
 
 
In the middle years of the second century BC, Rome was engaged in the conquest and pacification of what is now Spain and Portugal. They met with determined resistance from several tribes but nobody defied them with more determination and skill than Viriathus. Apparently of humble birth, he emerged as a leader after the treacherous massacre of the existing tribal chieftains and soon proved himself a gifted and audacious commander. Relying on hit and run guerrilla tactics, he inflicted repeated humiliating reverses upon the theoretically superior Roman forces, uniting a number of tribes in resistance to the invader and stalling their efforts at conquest and pacification for eight years. Still unbeaten in the field, he was only overcome when the Romans resorted to bribing some of his own men to assassinate him (though they reneged on the agreed payment, claiming they did not reward traitors!). Though renowned in his day Viriathus has been neglected by modern historians, a travesty that Luis Silva puts right in this thoroughly researched and accessible account. Portuguese by birth, the author draws on Portuguese research and perspectives that will be refreshing to English-language scholars and his own military experience also informs his analysis of events. What emerges is a stirring account of defiance, heroic resistance against the odds and, ultimately, treachery and tragedy.
 
 
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Winner of my 'Mid Winter's Eve' Blog Hop Draw!



I would like to say a great big thank-you to everyone who joined my blog as a new follower or were already a follower of my blog, entered this draw and to those who left wonderful comments on the post . It really is appreciated.

As usual I wish that I could send everyone who entered this draw a prize, but within the rules of this draw, there was to be only one lucky winner from this draw!


For those of you who have not won this time, there are plenty more giveaway draws to come. . Please keep visiting this blog and entering the giveaways. You never know your luck, you could be one of our next winners!
If you are a GFC follower of this blog, do not forget to enter my monthly 'GFC Followers' book draw. Just click on the relevant tab at the top of the page!


I visited random.org earlier today and the winner of this particular draw for the Amazon Gift Voucher/Certificate is, drum roll!!!

  Kirsten - $20 (US) or £15 (sterling) Amazon Gift Voucher/Certificate
Congratulations!
I will contact the winner to let them know and to arrange delivery of their prize. If I have not been able to make contact with the winner within 48 hours of this post, another winner will then be drawn. Thank-you again to everyone who entered this draw and who follow my blog. Happy reading!


Thursday, 27 December 2012

'The Nightingale Girls' by Donna Douglas

Release date: 10th September 2012
Published by: Arrow Books Ltd
ISBN No: 978 0099569350
 
 
Three very different girls sign up as student nurses in 1936, while England is still mourning the death of George V. Dora is a tough East Ender, driven by ambition, but also desperate to escape her squalid, overcrowded home and her abusive stepfather. Helen is the quiet one, a mystery to her fellow nurses, avoiding fun, gossip and the limelight. In fact she is in the formidable shadow of her overbearing mother, who dominates every aspect of her life. Can a nursing career free Helen at last? The third of our heroines is naughty, rebellious Millie an aristocrat on the run from her conventional upper class life. She is doomed to clash over and over again with terrifying Sister Hyde and to get into scrape after scrape especially where men are concerned. This utterly delightful novel brings a London pre-war hospital vividly to life.
 
 
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'The Burgess Boys' by Elizabeth Strout

 
 
Release date: 26th March 2013
Published by: Random House
ISBN No: 978 1400067688
 
 
Haunted by the freak accident that killed their father when they were children, Jim and Bob Burgess escaped from their Maine hometown of Shirley Falls for New York City as soon as they possibly could. Jim, a sleek, successful corporate lawyer, has belittled his bighearted brother their whole lives, and Bob, a Legal Aid attorney who idolizes Jim, has always taken it in stride. But their long-standing dynamic is upended when their sister, Susan—the Burgess sibling who stayed behind—urgently calls them home. Her lonely teenage son, Zach, has gotten himself into a world of trouble, and Susan desperately needs their help. And so the Burgess brothers return to the landscape of their childhood, where the long-buried tensions that have shaped and shadowed their relationship begin to surface in unexpected ways that will change them forever.
 

With a rare combination of brilliant storytelling, exquisite prose, and remarkable insight into character, Elizabeth Strout has brought to life two deeply human protagonists whose struggles and triumphs will resonate with readers long after they turn the final page. Tender, tough-minded, loving, and deeply illuminating about the ties that bind us to family and home, The Burgess Boys is Elizabeth Strout’s newest and perhaps most astonishing work of literary art.


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'Can't Take My Eyes Off You' by Clare Dowling

 
 
Release date: 14th March 2013
Published by: Headline Review
ISBN No: 978 0755392674

 
 
Clara's been away for too long. So, after ten great years in London, and with boyfriend Matthew in tow, she arrives home in small-town Castlemoy. The family welcomes her with open arms: her diet-shy mother, her closet-living sister and her actor brother who scratches a living doing voiceover ads for chicken. Not everyone is delighted to see her, though. Jason, her long-ago ex, seems to have old scores to settle. Soon Clara finds herself being watched, followed and manipulated from afar. How can she make him stop? And as Clara's dreams of happily-ever-after begin to shatter, will she be able to wrestle her life back?
 
 
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Wednesday, 26 December 2012

'Best of 2012' Giveaway Hop! (International Stop)

 
 
 
Welcome to the 'Best of 2012' Blog Hop which is hosted by 'I am a Reader, not a Writer'.


To gain entry to this draw all you have to be is a 'GFC Follower' of my blog. Just complete the 'Rafflecopter Entry Form' that you will find at the end of this post. Extra entries can be obtained by also following this blog through Networked Blogs, Linky, Google+ or by just leaving a comment on this post. Once the form has been completed, you will have been entered into the draw.


As there is such a selection of books available these days, I am offering the main prize winner a $25 (US) / £20 (sterling) Amazon Gift Voucher/Certificate, so the winner can choose their own books! I will arrange that the prize is e-mailed to the winner on the completion of the draw!






One first prize of either a $25 (US) or £20 (sterling) Amazon Gift Voucher/Certificate.

There will be one main prize winner from this draw. The gift Voucher/Certificate will only be offered in either US dollars or pounds sterling. No other currencies can be catered for. Each entrant will be allocated a sequential number. After the closing date for this draw (31st December 2012 at 23.59GMT), the winning number entered for this draw will be chosen by Random.org. This is an International Giveaway Draw!


To visit the rest of the blogs that are taking part in this great hop, just click on the 'Click Here' link below, to be taken to a page of participating blog links.






Good luck Everyone!



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'Angelopolis' by Danielle Trussoni

 
 
Release date: 26th March 2013
Published by: Viking Books
ISBN No: 978 0670025541
 
 
Trussoni's Angelology unfurled a brilliant tapestry of myth and biblical lore in the modern world as two star-crossed heroes were plunged into an ancient battle against mankind's greatest enemy: the fatally attractive angel-human hybrids known as the Nephilim. With ANGELOPOLIS, the conflict deepens into an inferno of danger and passion unbound. A decade has passed since Verlaine saw Evangeline alight from the Brooklyn Bridge; the sight of her new wings was a betrayal that still haunts him. Now an elite angel hunter for the Society of Angelology, he pursues his mission with single-minded devotion: to capture, imprison and eliminate her kind. But when Evangeline suddenly appears on a twilit Paris street, Verlaine realises she is nothing like any of the other creatures he so mercilessly pursues. He is sent into a spiral of doubt and confusion that only grows when she is abducted before his eyes by the society's most wanted. Verlaine and his fellow angelologists chase the pair from Paris to the palaces of St. Petersburg and deep into the provinces of Siberia and the Black Sea coast, where the truth of Evangeline's origins, as well as forces that could destroy them, lie in wait. Conceived against an astonishing fresh tableau of history and science, ANGELOPOLIS encompasses Russia's imperial past, modern genetics and ancient depictions of the Annunciation of Gabriel, in a high-octane tale of abduction, treasure seeking and divine warfare as the fate of humanity once again hangs in the balance.
 
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'Viking Identities: Scandinavian Jewellery in England (Medieval History and Archaeology)' by Jane F.Kershaw

 
 
Release date: January 2013
Published by: OUP Oxford
ISBN No: 978 0199639526
 
 
Viking Identities is the first detailed archaeological study of Viking-Age Scandinavian-style female dress items from England. Based on primary archival and archaeological research, including the analysis of hundreds of recent metal-detector finds, it presents evidence for over 500 brooches and pendants worn by women in the late ninth and tenth centuries. Jane F. Kershaw argues that these finds add an entirely new dimension to the limited existing archaeological evidence for Scandinavian activity in the British Isles and make possible a substantial reassessment of the Viking settlements.

Kershaw offers an interpretation of the significance of the jewellery in a broader, historical context. The jewellery highlights locations of settlement not commonly associated with the Vikings. In contrast to claims of high levels of cultural assimilation, the jewellery suggests that incoming groups maintained a distinct Scandinavian identity which was sometimes appropriated by the indigenous population. Kershaw also addresses one of the great unanswered questions in the study of Viking-Age settlements: what about the women? The interpretation of the jewellery challenges traditional perceptions of Viking conquest as an all-male affair and brings into focus a population group which has, until now, been almost invisible.

Kershaw describes the objects and explores a number of themes related to their contemporary use, including their date, distribution, and function in costume. This body of material - unknown 30 years ago - is introduced to a public audience for the first time. Including many object images and maps, the study provides a practical guide to the identification of Scandinavian metalwork.
 
 
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Tuesday, 25 December 2012

'Don't Want to Miss a Thing' by Jill Mansell

 
 
Release date: 31st January 2013
Published by: Headline Review
ISBN No: 978 0755355877
 
 
 
An irresistible, heart-warming novel from the much-loved author of numerous Sunday Times bestsellers, including A WALK IN THE PARK and TO THE MOON AND BACK.

Dexter Yates loves his fun, care-free London life; he has money, looks and girlfriends galore. But everything changes overnight when his sister dies, leaving him in charge of her eight-month-old daughter Delphi. How is he ever going to cope?

Comic-strip artist Molly Hayes lives in the beautiful Cotswold village of Briarwood. When it comes to relationships, she has a history of choosing all the wrong men. Leaving the city behind, Dex moves to Briarwood - a much better place to work on his parenting skills - and he and Molly become neighbours. There's an undeniable connection between them. But if Dexter's going to adapt, he first has a lot to learn about Molly, about other people's secrets...and about himself.



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'Light, Water and Sky: The Paintings of Ivan Aivazovsky' by Gianni Caffiero and Ivan Samarine

 
 
Release date: 28th January 2013
Published by: Laurence King
ISBN No: 978 1780670577
 
 
Following the success of Seas, Cities and Dreams in 2000, the authors return with a second volume on the works of this remarkable 19th century master who raised European maritime painting to a new level. Gianni Caffiero and Ivan Samarine have gathered the material for this book from public and private collections worldwide. The large number paintings illustrated offer a significant addition to the published corpus of Aivazovsky¹s oeuvre. Their chronological arrangement makes this volume an invaluable resource for scholars, collectors and Aivazovsky¹s many admirers.
 
 
 
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'Les Miserables: from Stage to Screen' by Martyn Palmer



Release date: 14th March 2013
Published by: Carlton Books Ltd
ISBN No: 978 1780972640
 
 
It is 150 years since Victor Hugo's novel "Les Miserables" was first published. However, for the last 25 or so, the poignant saga of Jean Valjean, a villain to some, but a saviour to others, set in France during the early years of the nineteenth century, has become one of the world's most popular musicals, and is about to become one of the must-see movies of 2013. In "Les Miserables: The Official Archives", the reader can find out how the musical came to life - the trials and tribulations of turning it from the initial concept into a thrilling musical extravaganza - and how the new film version starring Hugh Jackman and Russell Crowe, and directed by the Oscar-winning Tom Hooper ("The King's Speech") has emerged from the show that has been seen by over 55 million people worldwide. To bring this fascinating story to life, the book also contains at least 15 facsimiles that highlight key moments in the creation of "Les Miserables", both on stage and on the screen.
 
 
 
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'Mindful Compassion' by Prof. Paul Gilbert

 
 
Release date: 21st February 2013
Published by: Robinson
ISBN No:  978 1780330877
 
 
Based on the latest work from Professor Paul Gilbert OBE, bestselling author of The Compassionate Mind, and Buddhist expert Choden. Professor Gilbert has spent the past twenty years developing a new therapy called Compassion-Focused Therapy (CFT) which has an gained international following. In recent years, mindfulness is being used increasingly to treat common mental health problems such as depression, stress and stress-related insomnia. In this ground-breaking new book, Professor Gilbert, along with his co-author Choden, combines the best of Compassion-Focused Therapy with the most effective mindfulness techniques. The result is an extremely effective approach to overcoming everyday emotional and psychological problems and improving one's sense of wellbeing.
 
 
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Monday, 24 December 2012

Seasons Greetings!


 
 
I would like to wish all my virtual friends a wonderful Festive Season and a great 2013!
 
          Calum

Sunday, 23 December 2012

'Sacred' by Elana K. Arnold

Release date: 18th December 2012
Published by: Random House International
ISBN No: 978 038574211
 
 
A grieving girl meets a boy with mystical powers in this passionate love story. Growing up on Catalina Island, off the California coast, Scarlett Wenderoth has led a fairly isolated life. After her brother dies, her isolation deepens as she withdraws into herself, shutting out her friends and boyfriend. Her parents, shattered by their own sorrow, fail to notice Scarlett's pain and sudden alarming thinness. Scarlett finds pleasure only on her horse, escaping to the heart of the island on long, solitary rides. One day, as she races around a bend, Scarlett is startled by a boy who raises his hand in warning and says one word: "Stop." The boy--intense, beautiful--is Will Cohen, a newcomer to the island. For reasons he can't or won't explain, he's drawn to Scarlett and feels compelled to keep her safe. To keep her from wasting away. His meddling irritates Scarlett, though she can't deny her attraction to him. As their relationship blossoms into love, Scarlett's body slowly awakens at Will's touch. But just when her grief begins to ebb, she makes a startling discovery about Will, a discovery he's been grappling with himself. A discovery that threatens to force them apart. And if it does, Scarlett fears she will unravel all over again.
 
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'Sea Glass Summer' by Dorothy Cannell

Release date: 28th February 2013
Published by: Severn House
ISBN No: 978 0727899859
 
 
 
During the course of a long, hot summer in the picturesque coastal village of Sea Glass, shattered lives are restored and new romance blossoms. - "Recovering from a painful divorce, Sarah Draycott has moved to the picture-postcard village of Sea Glass on the Maine coast, and is soon caught up in the lives of its inhabitants. As she helps elegant but troubled widow Gwen cope with her desperately ill son, and assists nine-year-old orphan Oliver in uncovering the secrets surrounding the mysterious Cully Mansion, Sarah's broken heart begins to heal. She isn't looking for new romance - but love finds a way of seeking someone out just when they least expect it . . .
 
 
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'Royal Treasures from the Louvre: Louis XIV to Marie-Antoinette' by Martin Chapman et al

 
 
Release date: 28th December 2013
Published by: Prestel
ISBN No: 978 3791352732
 
 
French decorative arts reached their pinnacle in craftsmanship and design between the reign of Louis XIV and the Revolution, beginning with the sumptuous works of art made at the Gobelins manufactory which was established to furnish the royal palaces and continuing with the luxury pieces made in specialist workshops across Paris until the end of the ancient regime. Royal Treasures from the Louvre reveals the story of patronage and collecting among the French kings and queens with some of the greatest works of art from the collection of the Louvre Museum, Paris, alongside illuminating essays describing the history and background of these beautiful royal objects. Drawing from the works in the museum's extraordinary Department of Decorative Art, Royal Treasures from the Louvre examines the full breadth of decorative arts in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century France, offering readers a generous view into the splendour of the French court.
 
 
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'Blood Cries Afar: The Forgotten Invasion of England 1216' by Sean McGlynn

 
 
Release date: 1st March 2013
Published by: The History Press Ltd
ISBN No: 978 0752488318
 
 
150 years after the Norman Conquest, history came within a hair's breadth of repeating itself. In 1216, taking advantage of the turmoil created in England by King John's inept rule, Prince Louis of France invaded England and allied with English rebels. The prize was the crown of England. Within months Louis had seized control of one-third of the country, including London. This is the first book to cover the bloody events of the invasion, one of the most dramatic but most overlooked episodes of British history. The text vividly describes the campaigns, sieges, battles and atrocities of the invasion and its colourful leaders - Louis the Lion, King John, William Marshal, and the mercenaries Fawkes de Beaute and Eustace the Monk - to offer the first detailed military analysis of this epic struggle for England.
 
 
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Saturday, 22 December 2012

'After Cleo, Came Jonah' by Helen Brown



Release date: 28th February 2013
Published by: Hodder and Stoughton
ISBN No: 978 1444736717
 
 
The eagerly anticipated follow-up to the bestseller Cleo, Helen Brown's frank and often funny account of a power struggle between a mother, her daughter and the insane family cat.
  'Some say your previous cat chooses your new feline. If so, what in cat heaven's name was our beloved Cleo thinking when she sent us a crazy cat like Jonah?'

Jonah entered Helen Brown's life not long after she was diagnosed with breast cancer and had begun recovery from a mastectomy. His arrival coincided with the finalisation of her previous book, Cleo, as well as preparations for the wedding of her son and struggles with her daughter's determination to embark on a spiritual journey. Jonah, as it happened, was just as headstrong as Helen's daughter. So while Helen attempted to deal with her own mortality and help arrange a wedding, her daughter took off to war-torn Sri Lanka and Jonah fled down the street.

In Cats and Daughters, Helen Brown writes with honesty and humour about family life, its serious setbacks and life-changing events. She also learns that sometimes the best thing a strong mother and cat slave can do is step back, have faith in those she loves and be grateful nothing's perfect. As Helen writes in her dedication, this book is 'to cats and daughters who don't always come when called'.


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'Beyond the Gates of Fire: New Perspectives on the Battle of Thermopylae' by Christopher Matthew and Matthew Trundel

 
 
Release date: 20th March 2013
Published by: Pen and Sword Military
ISBN No: 978 1848847910
 
 
The Battle of Thermopylae in 480 BC is one of the most famous battles in history. The heroism of the 300 Spartans who opted to remain behind to face the full might of the Persian host while their Greek allies made good their escape has become the stuff of legend. The story still inspires novelists and film-makers today (Frank Miller's fanciful 300 was a huge hit in 2007 and the film rights to Steven Pressfield's more historical novel Gates of Fire were bought by George Clooney, the film expected to finally surface in 2011 or 2012). But what is the truth behind the legends and why was this bloody defeat immediately accorded a halo of glory that has endured for nearly two-and-a-half millenia? Beyond the Gates of Fire brings together experts on the classical period from Australia, New Zealand and the United States to take a fresh look at various aspects of the battle. A substantial introductory section by the editors outlines the background to the conflict as well as the arms, armour and fighting styles of the opposing sides. The following chapters (9 of them) then discuss such questions as whether the defence of the pass really was a suicide mission; the exact topography of the battlefield itself in 480 BC, using the latest geological research and core samples; the impact of the battle on the Greek psyche; commemoration of the war dead; the impact of the original battle on the conduct of later battles in the pass, right up to the German invasion of 1941. For the classical scholar or the general reader whose interest has been piqued by the popular books and films, this book is sure to shed refreshing new light on the most famous last stand in history.
 
 
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'The Time of Our Lives' by Lynda Page

 
 
Release date: 14th March 2013
Published by: Headline
ISBN No: 978 0755398430
 
 
Set in a holiday camp in the late 1950s, Lynda Page's new saga is full of hilarious anecdotes and heartwarming adventures amongst the holidaymakers and staff. Sure to appeal to fans of the hit musical Dreamboats and Petticoats.

When Rhonda Fleming runs away from home the last place she expects to end up is at a Jolly's holiday camp. But a chance encounter with a chalet maid at the train station leads Rhonnie to Mablethorpe on a cold winter's day and her life changes for ever.

Thrown in at the deep end working for the boss's wife, Rhonnie discovers there's never a dull moment at Jolly's - particularly with staff like Dan around. From the beauty contest by the pool to jiving in the Paradise dance hall and from the rollercoaster at the fair to sitting on a moonlit beach, the holidaymakers are guaranteed to have the time of their lives. But when the boss's son reappears nothing can prepare Rhonnie for what lies ahead...
 
 
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'Lost and Found' by Tom Winter

 
 
Release date: 21st February 2013
Published by: Corsair
ISBN No: 978 1472101594
 
 
It started with a letter ... Carol is married to a man she doesn't love and mother to a daughter she doesn't understand. Crippled with guilt, she can't shake the feeling that she has wasted her life. So she puts pen to paper and writes a Letter to the Universe. Albert is a widowed postman, approaching retirement age, and living with his cat, Gloria, for company. Slowly being pushed out at his place of work, he is forced down to the section of the post office where they sort undeliverable mail. When a series of letters turns up with a smiley face drawn in place of an address, he cannot help reading them.
 
 
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'The Carrier' by Sophie Hannah

 
 
Release date: 14th February 2013
Published by: Hodder and Stoughton
ISBN No: 978 0340980729
 
 
When her plane is delayed overnight, Gaby Struthers finds herself forced to share a hotel room with a stranger: a terrified young woman named Lauren Cookson - but why is she scared of Gaby in particular? Lauren won't explain.

Instead, she blurts out something about an innocent man going to prison for a murder he didn't commit, and Gaby soon suspects that Lauren's presence on her flight can't be a coincidence. Because the murder victim is Francine Breary, the wife of the only man Gaby has ever truly loved.

Tim Breary has confessed, and even provided the police with evidence. The only thing he hasn't given them is a motive. He claims to have no idea why he murdered his wife . . .


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'The Secret Circle: The Temptation' by L.J. Smith

 
 
Release date: 12th March 2013
Published by: Harper Teen
ISBN No: 978 0062130471
 
 
 
It's always darkest before the dawn.
Cassie hasn't felt this alone since she moved to New Salem and joined the Circle—the closest thing to a family she's ever known. But now that the Circle has been possessed by powerful evil spirits, Cassie is left with no choice but to turn to her dark side to rescue them. As she struggles to get through to her friends and her soul mate, Adam, she finds an unexpected ally—one who will tempt her more than ever before.
With her enemies quickly closing in, Cassie fights to keep her heart true and her soul pure. But she knows better than anyone that all magic comes at a price, especially when Black John's Book of Shadows is involved. Will Cassie defeat the darkness once and for all . . . or will the Circle be lost for good?


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'Roman Conquests: The Danubian Provinces' by Michael Schmitz

 
 
Release date: 20th March 2013
Published by: Pen and Sword Military
ISBN No: 978 1848848245
 
 
The Roman conquests of Macedonia in the 2nd century BC led directly to the extension of their authority over the troublesome tribes of Thrace to the south of the Danube. But their new neighbour on the other side of the mighty river, the kingdom of the Dacians, was to pose an increasing threat to the Roman empire. Inevitably this eventually provoked Roman attempts at invasion and conquest. It is a measure of Dacian prowess and resilience that several tough campaigns were required over more than a century before their kingdom was added to the Roman Empire. It was one of the Empire's last major acquisitions (and a short-lived one at that). Dr Michael Schmitz traces Roman involvement in the Danube region from first contact with the Thracians after the Third Macedonian War in the 2nd century BC to the ultimate conquest of Dacia by Trajan in the early years of the 2nd Century AD. Like the other volumes in this series, this book gives a clear narrative of the course of these wars, explaining how the Roman war machine coped with formidable new foes and the challenges of unfamiliar terrain and climate. Specially-commissioned colour plates bring the main troop types vividly to life in meticulously-researched detail.
 
 
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