Thursday, 27 February 2014

'Tea and Primroses' by Tess Thompson


Release date: 5th February 2014
Published by: Booktrope
ISBN No: 978 1620152096


Nothing is as it seemed in calm, quaint Legley Bay. Famous novelist, Constance Mansfield lived a seemingly straightforward - if private - and somewhat predictable life. Friends, beloved daughter Sutton, a beautiful home, and all the success an author could wish for. A perfect life....but was it? When a hit and run accident suddenly takes her mother's life, Sutton finds hidden secrets with her heartbreak. Emotional walls she assumed Constance had built to protect her privacy may have been to protect something - or someone - else entirely. Family and friends return home for support, including her own lost-love, Declan. He's the first thing she craves to help her cope with her loss and the questions she's left with, but he's also the last person she wants to see. Will he be able to put down roots at last? Can the loss of true love be the making of a life or is it destined to be the undoing of everything? When money, power and love combine across time, anything is possible.


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'The Death Trade' by Jack Higgins


Release date: 22nd May 2014
Published by: Harper Collins
ISBN No: 978 0007532575


 One man with the key to Armageddon. One chance for Sean Dillon to find him. The hunt is on, in the mesmerizing new Sean Dillon thriller of murder, terrorism and revenge from the Sunday Times bestselling author. THE CLOCK IS TICKING When an eminent Iranian scientist makes a startling breakthrough in nuclear weapons research he knows that any regime, including his own, will use it to achieve global supremacy. Desperate, he is left with only one course of action. THE BULLETS ARE FLYING When a ghost from her past reaches out to Afghan war hero Sara Gideon, newest member of the 'Prime Minister's private army', she knows they must risk everything to avoid apocalypse. Led by Sean Dillon, they are plunged into the white-hot crucible of the Middle East and North African terror networks and soon become caught between Iran's secret service and al Qaeda agents in a desperate battle for the ultimate prize. THE HUNT IS ON But nothing is ever as it seems in the death trade, and as the operation spins out, from Paris and Syria to Iran and the Saudi Arabian desert, blood will be spilled on all sides as events spiral towards a shocking conclusion. The Death Trade. The explosive new thriller from the legendary Sunday Times bestselling author, Jack Higgins.




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'Bring Me Home' by Alan Titchmarsh


Release date: 13th March 2014
Published by: Hodder and Stoughton
ISBN No: 978 0340936917



It seems a perfect afternoon in the Highlands.

Standing at the door of the lochside castle that has been his family's home for generations, Charlie Stuart welcomes his guests to the annual summer drinks party. Conversation, laughter and the clinking of glasses soon fill the air as friends and neighbours come together to toast the laird's happiness and prosperity.

But Charlie sees the truth behind the fa├žade: the sacrifices made to safeguard the estate; the devastating losses that have haunted him for decades; the guilt that lies at the heart of it all.
And in a few hours, he knows, the perfect afternoon will come to an end. The past, with its dark secrets of love, death, loyalty and betrayal, is about to catch up with him. And it could finally tear his family apart . . .



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Tuesday, 25 February 2014

'Chantress Alchemy' by Amy Butler Greenfield


Release date: 6th May 2014
Published by: Margaret K. McElderry Books
ISBN No: 978 1442457072


Lucy is the last Chantress, the only remaining girl who can sing magic into the world. Since she defeated the evil Lord Scargrave, England has changed—and not for the better. With crops failing and the people rebelling, Lucy is called urgently back to King Henry’s court. His Inner Council is convinced that making gold through alchemy will save England. But a critical element to the alchemical process has been stolen. Lucy is tasked with finding it with her magic…or else. And until she succeeds, the castle is on lockdown.

Court too has changed. Scargrave’s brutal Chantress Hunter has become King Henry’s closest advisor. Lucy’s beloved Nat has fallen out of favor and is shunned by his colleagues. Worst of all, Lucy’s magic has deserted her. She can no longer hear the song spells at court, and must find a way to access her powers soon—or be accused of treason.

Amy Butler Greenfield returns to the volatile world of Chantress for an exciting tales that weaves together courtly intrigue, mystery, romance, magic, and music.



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'Bracelet of Bones' by Kevin Crossley-Holland


Release date: 11th March 2014
Published by: Quercus
ISBN No: 978 1623651121


One morning Solveig wakes to find her father, Viking mercenary Halfdan, has broken his promise to her by leaving to join the Viking Guard in Constantinople, without her. Deciding to follow him, Solveig sets off in a tiny boat and into an epic adventure, encountering Swedish traders, a ghost-ship and a Russian king, braving arrow-storms and witnessing a living sacrifice. Through it all, Solveig’s belief in her father is unwavering. Will she ever reach Constantinople? And will her father be there? An imaginative and poignant novel that explores friendship and betrayal, the father-daughter relationship, the clash of religions and the journey from childhood to adulthood, Bracelet of Bones is a vivid adventure not to be missed.



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'Rebel Belle' by Rachel Hawkins


Release date: 8th April 2014
Published by: Putnam Publishing Group
ISBN No: 978 0399256936


Harper Price, peerless Southern belle, was born ready for a Homecoming tiara. But after a strange run-in at the dance imbues her with incredible abilities, Harper's destiny takes a turn for the seriously weird. She becomes a Paladin, one of an ancient line of guardians with agility, super strength and lethal fighting instincts. Just when life can't get any more disastrously crazy, Harper finds out who she's charged to protect: David Stark, school reporter, subject of a mysterious prophecy and possibly Harper's "least" favorite person. But things get complicated when Harper starts falling for him--and discovers that David's own fate could very well be to destroy Earth. With snappy banter, cotillion dresses, non-stop action and a touch of magic, this new young adult series from bestseller Rachel Hawkins is going to make y'all beg for more.



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'Beatrice and Benedick' by Marina Fiorato


Release date: 8th May 2014
Published by: Hodder and Stoughton
ISBN No: 978 1848548008


Hidden in the language of Shakespeare's best-loved comedy Much Ado About Nothing, are several clues to an intriguing tale. It seems that the witty lovers Beatrice and Benedick, had a previous youhful love affair which ended bitterly. But how did they meet, why did the part, and what brought them together again? Messina, Sicily, 1588. Beatrice of Mantua, newly orphaned at just twenty, is brought to live at the court of her kindly uncle Leonato, to be companion and goveness to his ten-year-old daughter, Hero. That fateful summer, Spanish lordling Don Pedro visits for a month long sojourn with his regiment. In his company is the young soldier Benedick of Padua. Benedick and Beatrice begin to wage their merry war of wit, which masks the reality that they dance a more serious measure, and the two are soon deeply in love. But the pair are cruelly parted by natural disaster and man-made misunderstanding. Oceans apart, divided by war and slander, Beatrice and Benedick begin their ten-year odyessy back to Messina and each other. Their fates seem strangely connected to seafarer, Thomas Book, a Londoner who hints at a clandestine mission for the English Queen. But who is the mysterious Englishman? And what is his peculiar interest in their story, and that of all other Italian lovers? In a journey which takes us from the sunlit southern courts of Sicily, to the gorgeous Renaissance cities of the north, Beatrice and Benedick tells the tale of Shakespeare's most appealing lovers, and why they were destined to be apart before they were together.



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'The Quick' by Lauren Owen


Release date: 3rd April 2014
Published by: Jonathan Cape
ISBN No:  978 0224096386


But first you must travel to Victorian Yorkshire, and there, on a remote country estate, meet a brother and sister alone in the world and bound by tragedy. In time, you will enter the rooms of London's mysterious Aegolius Club - a society of some of the richest, most powerful men in fin-de-siecle England. And at some point - we cannot say when - these worlds will collide.
It is then, and only then, that a new world emerges, one of romance, adventure and the most delicious of horrors - and the secrets of The Quick are revealed.



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'The Northmen's Fury' by Philip Parker


Release date: 6th March 2014
Published by: Jonathan Cape
ISBN No: 978 0224090803


The Northmen's Fury tells the Viking story, from the first pinprick raids of the eightth century to the great armies that left their Scandinavian homelands to conquer larger parts of France, Britain and Ireland. It recounts the epic voyages that took them across the Atlantic to the icy fjords of Greenland and to North America over four centuries before Columbus and east to the great rivers of Russia and the riches of the Byzantine empire.

One summer's day in 793, death arrived from the sea. The raiders who sacked the island monastery of Lindisfarne were the first Vikings, sea-borne attackers who brought two centuries of terror to northern Europe. Before long the sight of their dragon-prowed longships and the very name of Viking gave rise to fear and dread, so much so that monks were reputed to pray each night for delivery from 'the Northmen's Fury'. Yet for all their reputation as bloodthirsty warriors, the Vikings possessed a sophisticated culture that produced art of great beauty, literature of abiding power and kingdoms of surprising endurance.

The Northmen's Fury describes how and why a region at the edge of Europe came to dominate and to terrorise much of the rest of the continent for nearly three centuries and how, in the end, the coming of Christianity and the growing power of kings tempered the Viking ferocity and stemmed the tide of raids. It relates the astonishing achievement of the Vikings in forging far-flung empires whose sinews were the sea and whose arteries were not roads but maritime trading routes.

The blood of the Vikings runs in millions of veins in Europe and the Americas and the tale of their conquests, explorations and achievements continues to inspire people around the world.



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'The Masterful Mr Montague' by Stephanie Laurens


Release date: 29th April 2014
Published by: Piatkus
ISBN No: 978 0749958763


Montague has devoted his life to managing the wealth of London's elite, but at a huge cost: a family of his own. Then the enticing Miss Violet Matcham seeks his help, and in the puzzle she presents him, he finds an intriguing new challenge professionally . . . and personally.

Violet, devoted lady-companion to the aging Lady Halstead, turns to Montague to reassure her ladyship that her affairs are in order. But the famous Montague is not at all what she'd expected - this man is compelling, decisive, supportive, and strong -everything Violet needs in a champion, a position to which Montague rapidly lays claim.

But then Lady Halstead is murdered and Violet and Montague, aided by Barnaby Adair, Inspector Stokes, Penelope, and Griselda, race to expose a cunning and cold-blooded killer . . . who stalks closer and closer. Will Montague and Violet learn the shocking truth too late to seize their chance at enduring love?



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'Every Woman for Herself, Trisha Ashley, Avon, 2014,


Release date: 8th May 2014
Published by: Avon
ISBN No: 978 1847562821


First comes marriage. Then comes divorce. Then it's every woman for herself ...Every Woman for Herself is a hilarious account of divorce and dating from Sunday Times best seller Trisha Ashley. Perfect for fans of Katie Fforde and Carole Matthews,the country setting and rom-com story line make this the perfect summer paperback. When Charlie's husband Matt tells her that he wants a divorce she has to start from scratch. Suddenly single, broke and approaching 40 she is forced to return to her childhood home in the Yorkshire moors. Living with her father and eccentric siblings could be considered a challenge but soon Charlie finds her new life somewhat refreshing. Now that she's single she's got no need to dye her roots nor to be the perfect wife and she can return to her first love- painting. But just as she begins to feel settled, handsome, bad-tempered actor Mace North moves in down the road and starts mixing things up for Charlie in more ways than one ...




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'You're the One that I Want' by Giovanna Fletcher


Release date: 22nd May 2014
Published by: Penguin
ISBN No: 978 1405909976


Maddy, dressed in white, stands at the back of the church. At the end of the aisle is Rob - the man she's about to marry. Next to Rob is Ben - best man and the best friend any two people ever had. And that's the problem.

Because if it wasn't Rob waiting for her at the altar, there's a strong chance it would be Ben. Loyal and sensitive Ben has always kept his feelings to himself, but if he turned round and told Maddy she was making a mistake, would she listen? And would he be right?

Best friends since childhood, Maddy, Ben and Rob thought their bond was unbreakable. But love changes everything. Maddy has a choice to make but will she choose wisely? Her heart, and the hearts of the two best men she knows, depend on it...



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Sunday, 23 February 2014

'Sweet Reckoning' by Wendy Higgins


Release date: 22nd May 2014
Published by: Harper Collins
ISBN No: 978 0062265975


Beloved YA author Wendy Higgins delivers the explosive conclusion to the Sweet Evil trilogy. In this dramatic finale to the epic love story between Anna Whitt and Kaidan Rowe, the time has come for Anna, daughter of a guardian angel and a fallen one, to accept her fate as the chosen one. She is destined to rid the earth of demons once and for all. But as Anna and her Nephilim allies prepare for the evil brewing, the powerful Dukes use Anna's love for bad boy Kaidan Rowe against her, and her strength is put to the ultimate test. How far will the two of them go to keep each other alive? Will love conquer all in the final battle between good and evil?



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'The Book of You' by Claire Kendal


Release date: 24th April 2014
Published by: Harper Collins
ISBN No: 978 0007531646


A terrifying psychological thriller about obsession and power, perfect for fans of Gone Girl and Before I Go to Sleep.

Clarissa is becoming more and more frightened of her colleague, Rafe. He won’t leave her alone, and he refuses to take no for an answer. He is always there.

Being selected for jury service is a relief. The courtroom is a safe haven, a place where Rafe can’t be. But as a violent tale of kidnap and abuse unfolds, Clarissa begins to see parallels between her own situation and that of the young woman on the witness stand.

Realizing that she bears the burden of proof, Clarissa unravels the twisted, macabre fairytale that Rafe has spun around them – and discovers that the ending he envisions is more terrifying than she could have imagined.

But how do you protect yourself from an enemy no one else can see?



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'Sisters of Treason' by Elizabeth Fremantle


Release date: 22nd May 2014
Published by: Michael Joseph 
ISBN No: 978 0718177089



Mary Tudor clings fearfully to the English throne.

Seeing the threat posed by her cousin, Lady Jane Grey, the Queen orders her execution. But what of Lady Jane's young sisters - Katherine and Mary? Cursed with royal blood, they must endure the perils of a Tudor court, closely observed by its paranoid Queen.

Entranced by the drama, intrigue and romance of court life, young Lady Katherine's desire for love leads her to make ill-advised and dangerous liaisons. Burdened with a crooked back, her younger sister, Lady Mary - the 'mouse' - is seen as no threat and becomes privy to the Queen's most intimate secrets. Yet Mary, who yearns to escape court dramas, knows her closeness to the Queen could be her undoing.

For the Queen is childless and in ill-health. If she should die, her fearsome sister Elizabeth will inherit the crown. Then Katherine and Mary will find court a maze of treachery and danger - where possessing royal blood is the gravest crime of all . . .



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'The Soldier's Daughter' by Rosie Goodwin


Release date: 15th May 2014
Published by: Canvas
ISBN No:  978 1472101716


Bryony Valentine lives at home with her mother Lois, father James and two younger siblings. For as long as Bryony can remember, she has been soft on the boy next door, Eddie, but her best friend Ruth has feelings for him too. When the Luftwaffe begin their bombing campaign of the midlands, Eddie is called up to serve, as is James, and Bryony's world is torn apart. Each day the telegrams pour in to different families along their street and Bryony can only pray for their safety.
Lois's family disowned her when she met Bryony's father, but when the wartime evacuees need a safe home - Lois's parents open their doors. The three Valentine children are dispatched to Cornwall - far from the bombs and far from the only world they've ever known.

A family displaced. Futures in the hands of enemy bombs. Will the Valentine family ever unite and will Bryony ever see Eddie again?



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'The Lincoln Myth' by Steve Berry


Release date: 20th May 2014
Published by: Ballantine Books
ISBN No: 978 0345526571


September 1861: All is not as it seems. With these cryptic words, a shocking secret passed down from president to president comes to rest in the hands of Abraham Lincoln. And as the first bloody clashes of the Civil War unfold, Lincoln alone must decide how best to use this volatile knowledge: save thousands of American lives, or keep the young nation from being torn apart forever?
 
The present: In Utah, the fabled remains of Mormon pioneers whose nineteenth-century expedition across the desert met with a murderous end have been uncovered. In Washington, D.C., the official investigation of an international entrepreneur, an elder in the Mormon church, has sparked a political battle between the White House and a powerful United States senator. In Denmark, a Justice Department agent, missing in action, has fallen into the hands of a dangerous zealot—a man driven by divine visions to make a prophet’s words reality. And in a matter of a few short hours, Cotton Malone has gone from quietly selling books at his shop in Denmark to dodging bullets in a high-speed boat chase.
 
All it takes is a phone call from his former boss in Washington, and suddenly the ex-agent is racing to rescue an informant carrying critical intelligence. It’s just the kind of perilous business that Malone has been trying to leave behind, ever since he retired from the Justice Department. But once he draws enemy blood, Malone is plunged into a deadly conflict—a constitutional war secretly set in motion more than two hundred years ago by America’s Founding Fathers.
 
From the streets of Copenhagen to the catacombs of Salzburg to the rugged mountains of Utah, the grim specter of the Civil War looms as a dangerous conspiracy gathers power. Malone risks life, liberty, and his greatest love in a race for the truth about Abraham Lincoln—while the fate of the United States of America hangs in the balance.



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'Broken' by Marianne Curley


Release date: 13th March 2014
Published by: Bloomsbury Children's 
ISBN No: 978 1408822616


Following the revelation that Ebony is an angel, and Nathaneal's narrow victory in battle with Prince Luca, the two are enjoying their newfound love. But Ebony's friend Jordan is bitterly angry that he has lost the girl of his dreams. Then suddenly Prince Michael arrives to arrest Nathaneal for breaking Avena's law when he revealed his powers on Earth in his bid to save Ebony from Luca. Nathaneal is forced to return to Avena without Ebony to stand trial.

Jordan seizes the opportunity to plant doubt in Ebony's mind about Nathaneal and her own angelic nature. Desperate to find out what has happened to her adoptive parents, Ebony is persuaded by Jordan to believe that new teacher Mr Xavier, who claims to be her uncle, can introduce her to her real father. Disaster inevitably follows and Ebony finds herself at the centre of another epic battle in the realm of Avena itself.



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'The Forbidden Library' by Django Wexler


Release date: 10th April 2014
Published by: Doubleday Children's
ISBN No: 978 0857532879

Do you remember the first time you climbed into the wardrobe with Lucy and emerged in Narnia? Flew on the back of Falkor the Luck Dragon with Bastian? Followed Alice down the rabbit hole? Welcome to your new favourite adventure.

Late one night Alice Creighton hears her father having an argument with a fairy - a snarling, bald beast with warts and needle-like teeth. It is threatening her father, insisting he accept a mysterious offer, or else.

When Alice's father goes down in a shipwreck, she is sent away to live with distant relative Mr Geryon, owner of a huge, dark library that is off limits to Alice. After meeting a talking cat who is willing to sneak her in, Alice opens a book and suddenly finds herself inside it - and the only way out is by conquering the dangerous creatures within. Alice has stumbled into a world where all of magic is controlled by Readers through books - she must open more books, face increasingly powerful foes, be the lead character in the quest to find a happy ending.




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'Theft of Life' by Imogen Robertson


Release date: 22nd May 2014
Published by: Headline Review
ISBN No: 978 0755390151


London, 1785. When the body of a West Indies planter is found pegged out in the grounds of St Paul's, suspicion falls on one of the victim's former slaves, who was found with his watch on the London streets. As Harriet and Crowther begin investigate, however, they find the answer is not that simple. Together, they negotiate the interests of the British government, the secrets of the plantation owners, and a network of alliances stretching across the Atlantic. And they must confront the uncomfortable truth that some people are willing to do great evil when they believe their cause to be just.



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'Thursday's Children' by Nicci French


Release date: 10th April 2014
Published by:  Michael Joseph 
ISBN No: 978 0718156992


When psychotherapist Frieda Klein left the sleepy Suffolk coastal town in which she grew up she never intended to return. Left behind were friends, family, lives and loves but alongside them, painful memories; a past she wouldn't allow to destroy her.

Then, years later, an old classmate appears in London asking Frieda to help her teenage daughter and long buried memories resurface. Death soon follows, leaving Frieda no choice but to return home to confront her past. And the monsters no one else believed were real . . .

Through a fog of conflicting accounts, hidden agendas and questionable alibis, Frieda can trust no one as she tries to piece together the shocking truth, past and present. Before another innocent dies.



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Saturday, 22 February 2014

'Cakes in Bloom' by Peggy Porschen


Release date: 8th May 2014
Published by: Quadrille Publishing Ltd
ISBN No:  978 1849493734


Cakes in Bloom is a celebration of Peggy Porschen's skill, style and experience and the first time that she has shared her repertoire of incomparable sugar blooms with her legions of fans.

Peggy reveals the secrets to making more than 30 gorgeous life-like flowers, from roses, peonies and pansies to cherry blossom, orchids and poppies. The range of 24 cakes includes miniature cakes, large cakes and tiered cakes, demonstrating the simplest use of a single flower as well as inspired combinations of blooms. The wealth of ideas and variations will suit a wide range of occasions from birthdays, anniversaries and weddings to simple but special tea parties.

Peggy demonstrates a broad range of techniques with clear step by step photography — moulding, balling, veining, frilling and dusting — embracing all the basics as well the particular skills needed to make each individual flower. As with all her creations, Peggy's cakes are as good to eat as they are to look at, so she has included a number of signature recipes for delicious cakes and fail-safe fillings, as well as her tried and tested flower paste recipe and basic layering and icing techniques.

This book reflects Peggy's mastery and creativity of a breath-taking array of flowers and is the ultimate reference and inspiration for sugarcrafters.



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'Thief's Magic' by Trudi Canavan


Release date: 13th May 2014
Published by: Orbit
ISBN No:  978 0356501109


In a world where an industrial revolution is powered by magic, Tyen, a student of archaeology, unearths a sentient book called Vella. Once a young sorcerer-bookbinder, Vella was transformed into a useful tool by one of the greatest sorcerers of history. Since then she has been collecting information, including a vital clue to the disaster Tyen's world faces.

Elsewhere, in a land ruled by the priests, Rielle the dyer's daughter has been taught that to use magic is to steal from the Angels. Yet she knows she has a talent for it, and that there is a corrupter in the city willing to teach her how to use it - should she dare to risk the Angels' wrath.
But not everything is as Tyen and Rielle have been raised to believe. Not the nature of magic, nor the laws of their lands.

Not even the people they trust.



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Monday, 10 February 2014

'The One' by Kiera Cass


Release date: 5th June 2014
Published by: Harper Collins Children's Books
ISBN No: 978 0007466719


THE SELECTION changed the lives of thirty-five girls forever. Now, only one will claim Prince Maxon's heart...It's swoon meets the Hunger Games in the final instalment of THE SELECTION trilogy! For the four girls who remain at the palace, the friendships they've formed, rivalries they've struggled with and dangers they've faced have bound them to each other for the rest of their lives. Now, the time has come for one winner to be chosen. America never dreamed she would find herself anywhere close to the crown - or to Prince Maxon's heart. But as the competition approaches its end and the threats outside the palace walls grow more vicious, America realises just how much she stands to lose - and how hard she'll have to fight for the future she wants. The breathtaking finale to THE SELECTION trilogy will make you swoon!



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'Prince of Darkness' by Sharon Penman


Release date: 8th May 2014
Published by: Head of Zeus
ISBN No:  978 1781857083


AD 1193. England lies uneasy, a land without a king. Richard the Lionheart languishes in an Austrian dungeon, his brother John conspires to usurp the crown. On the throne sits Eleanor of Aquitaine, determined to prevent the outbreak of civil war, but there are few she can trust. Justin de Quincy is one of the few.

But now the king's brother has asked for de Quincy's aid. John tells of a document implicating him in a plot to kill his brother. Despite his hunger for the crown, John swears he is innocent.

It takes more than John's sly charms to persuade Justin, but the welfare of Queen and Country is also at stake. Justin must unearth the forger and prove the document false before the Lionheart hears of it. His quest will ultimately lead to the unravelling of a powerful conspiracy that could have changed the course of history.



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'Time to Say Goodbye' by Katie Flynn


Release date: 13th March 2014
Published by: Century
ISBN No: 978 1780890456


It's 1939, and three ten-year-old girls meet on a station platform.

Imogen, Rita and Debby all missed the original evacuation and now the authorities are finding it difficult to place them. When Auntie and her niece, Jill, who run the Canary and Linnet Public House, offer to take them in, the billeting officer is greatly relieved.

The countryside is heaven to the three little townies, especially after they meet Woody and Josh, also evacuees. They find that by climbing to the top of the biggest tree in the beech wood they have a perfect bird's-eye view of the nearest RAF station and are able to watch the comings and goings of the young fighter pilots as the Battle of Britain rages. Then they find an injured flier and the war becomes a stark reality.

As they grow up, love and rivalry enter their lives and, twenty years on, when the girls decide on a reunion, many surprises come to light...



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'The Sweetness of Liberty James' by Janey Lewis


Release date: 27th March 2014
Published by: The Book Guild
ISBN No: 978 1846249914


Sweet-natured Liberty believes the recipe for her own happiness is making others happy, and she sets about gathering the ingredients for the perfect life. She does well at school, makes glamorous friends and marries her university sweetheart Percy, the heir to the Radley Bank fortune. Now all that's missing is the icing on the cake a baby. When a traumatic event changes everything, she finds herself on a journey to rediscover her love of food that takes her from Florence to the French Riviera and finally back home to the Sussex village of Littlehurst, with a crazy plan to open her own patisserie. With flirtatious Fred the blacksmith and the dark, brooding Edmund on her doorstep, will she finally find that elusive ingredient love?



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'Archbishop' by Michele Guinness


Release date: 13th February 2014
Published by: Hodder and Stoughton
ISBN No: 978 1444753363


Five years from now, the Church of England is on its knees. Yet one woman is making a difference, and when she is appointed Archbishop of Canterbury, anything could happen. Vicky Burnham-Woods is a master of diplomacy, and deeply committed to bringing the church back into the heart of community and cultural life - but not everyone wants a woman at the top, and behind the scenes dark forces are moving. Can the first ever female Archbishop of Canterbury last long enough to achieve her mission?


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'Panic' by Lauren Oliver


Release date: 6th March 2014
Published by:  Hodder and Stoughton
ISBN No: 978 1444723021


An utterly gripping thriller from bestselling author Lauren Oliver. Panic began as so many things do in Carp, a poor town of twelve thousand people in the middle of nowhere: because it was summer, and there was nothing else to do. Heather never thought she would compete in panic, a legendary game played by graduating seniors, where the stakes are high and the payoff is even higher. She'd never thought of herself as fearless, the kind of person who would fight to stand out. But when she finds something, and someone, to fight for, she will discover that she is braver than she ever thought. Dodge has never been afraid of panic. His secret will fuel him, and get him all the way through the game; he's sure of it. But what he doesn't know is that he's not the only one with a secret. Everyone has something to play for. For Heather and Dodge, the game will bring new alliances, unexpected revelations, and the possibility of first love for each of them-and the knowledge that sometimes the very things we fear are those we need the most. In this gritty, spellbinding novel, bestselling author Lauren Oliver delivers a gripping narrative of friendship, courage, survival, and hope.



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'The Ghost of the Mary Celeste' by Valerie Martin


Release date: 28th January 2014
Published by: Nan A Talese
ISBN No: 978 0385533508


A captivating, atmospheric return to historical fiction that is every bit as convincing and engrossing as Martin's landmark "Mary Reilly." In 1872 the American merchant vessel "Mary Celeste" was discovered adrift off the coast of Spain. Her cargo was intact and there was no sign of struggle, but the crew was gone. They were never found. This maritime mystery lies at the center of an intricate narrative branching through the highest levels of late-nineteenth-century literary society. While on a voyage to Africa, a rather hard-up and unproven young writer named Arthur Conan Doyle hears of the "Mary Celeste" and decides to write an outlandish short story about what took place. This story causes quite a sensation back in the United States, particularly between sought-after Philadelphia spiritualist medium Violet Petra and a rational-minded journalist named Phoebe Grant, who is seeking to expose Petra as a fraud. Then there is the family of the "Mary Celeste"'s captain, a family linked to the sea for generations and marked repeatedly by tragedy. Each member of this ensemble cast holds a critical piece to the puzzle of the "Mary Celeste." These three elements--a ship found sailing without a crew, a famous writer on the verge of enormous success, and the rise of an unorthodox and heretical religious fervor--converge in unexpected ways, in diaries, in letters, in safe harbors and rough seas. In a haunted, death-obsessed age, a ghost ship appearing in the mist is by turns a provocative mystery, an inspiration to creativity, and a tragic story of the disappearance of a family and of a bond between husband and wife that, for one moment, transcends the impenetrable barrier of death.




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'The Madness of July' by James Naughtie


Release date: 27th February 2014
Published by: Head of Zeus
ISBN No: 978 1781856000


From Radio 4's James Naughtie, a sophisticated thriller about loyalty, survival and family rivalry deep in the Cold War, drawing on decades of experience as a political insider in Westminster and Washington.

It is a sweltering July in the mid-1970s, and for Will Flemyng, foreign office minister, the temperature is rising with each passing hour. A mysterious death has exposed secret passions in government, bringing on a political crisis that will draw him back into a familiar world of danger and deceit.

For Flemyng has a past. He was trained as a spy for a life behind enemy lines and now he's compelled to go back. In the course of one long weekend he must question all his loyalties: to his friends, his enemies, and to his own two brothers.

Only then can he expose the truth in London and Washington. When he has walked through the fire.



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