Monday, 30 May 2016

Winners Announcement: 'The Seeker' by S.G. Maclean Book Giveaway Draw.

Just a quick post to announce the winners of my Book Giveaway Draw for two copies of 'The Seeker' by S.G. Maclean.

The winners selected by the Rafflecopter random draw selector were:

Brooke B.
Marijana S.


I will be shortly be in contact with the winners in order to arrange delivery of their prizes directly from the book publisher Quercus.

Thank you to everyone who visits my blog, follows my blog and enters my draws. It is very much appreciated. Please keep visiting regularly as I hold quite a few prize draws each year. You never know you might just be the next winner! As the number of my blog followers grow, better opportunities do seem to arise that I can then pass on directly to my blog followers. Thank you once again for all your continued support of 'The Secret Writer Blog' :-)

Saturday, 28 May 2016

'Splash into Summer' Giveaway Hop 2016 (International)

Welcome to the 'Splash into Summer' Giveaway Hop 2016, which is hosted by 'Book Hounds'.

To enter this particular Giveway on my blog you just have to be a linked Follower of my blog through GFC. 

Just complete the 'Rafflecopter Entry Form' that you will find towards the end of this post. Extra entries can be obtained by also following this blog through Networked Blogs, Linky, my e-mail subscription list 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 $15 (US) / £10 (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 completion of the draw!

One first prize of either a $15 (US) or £10 (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 ( 8th June 2016 at 23.59 GMT), the winning number entered for this draw will be chosen by the Rafflecopter random draw winner selection system. 

This is an International Giveaway Draw! As I am based in the UK, I am about six hours ahead time wise of the majority of other blogs that are taking part in this hop! ;-) Please be patient for the other blogs to come on stream for this hop!! :-)

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!

Sunday, 22 May 2016

New Book Release and Interview with the Author Leigh Russell

 Leigh Russell is the author of the internationally best-selling Geraldine Steel series: Cut Short, Road Closed, Dead End, Death Bed, Stop Dead, Fatal Act and Murder Ring and the spin off series featuring Ian Peterson: Cold Sacrifice, Race to Death and Blood Axe. Cut Short was short-listed for the CWA John Creasey New Blood Dagger Award, Stop Dead was a Finalist for The People's Book Prize, and her books frequently hit #1 on kindle and iTunes. She is published in the UK by No Exit Press, in the US by Harper Collins, and also in French, Italian, Turkish and German. Leigh studied at the University of Kent gaining a Masters degree in English and American literature. For many years a secondary school English teacher, Leigh now writes full-time. She is married with two daughters and lives in North West London.

A very warm welcome to you Leigh, and can I thank you, for taking time out of your busy schedule to talk to us today.
Thank you very much for your questions.

For the benefit of our International readers can you tell us a bit about the part of the world that you are currently resident in and why do you like living there?
I'm a Londoner. Although my frequent trips might suggest that I'm always travelling, I love being at home. I have too many ties to London to want to live anywhere else.

Do you think the books that you read as a child have influenced your writing in any way?
Everything I have read has probably had some influence on my writing. As a child I discovered the magic of books which offer us an escape from reality. Whether the stories transported me through the back of a wardrobe, down a rabbit hole, or away from homely shires in the company of dwarves and elves and wizards, they took me on wonderful adventures into different worlds. I still wander off into different realities, only now they are often worlds I create myself.

Do you have a set routine when you are working on a novel? "
As crime novels my books are plot driven, but the direction of each story is determined by the psyche of my killer.  Once the over-riding idea of the killer's motivation is in place, the story unfolds. I write chronologically, to help guard against inconsistencies in plot and character. Apart from that, I have no set routine, other than to write and rewrite and rewrite again.  

Where do you do your writing best?
I have an office at home, but am often away at literary festivals, on book tours or research trips. So I write wherever I am, in a hotel, on a train or plane, or in the car - when someone else is driving! - in a cafe or on a beach... It makes no difference to me where I am, as long as the idea is working, I'll be writing.  

What helped you decide to actually write fiction novels?
There was no conscious decision to write. I simply had an idea one day, started to write it down, and couldn't stop. That idea was published in 2009 as my début novel, Cut Short, the first in the Geraldine Steel series. Since then, I have not been able to stop writing. I am completely addicted. And, of course, I have regular publishers' deadlines to meet, delivering two books a year, so I can't afford to take a break. And here I am, still writing.

Was it difficult for you to give up a professional career in order to become a full time writer?
No. It was impossible to continue teaching once I started writing two books a year. There really weren't enough hours in the day! Something had to go, and I couldn't give up my writing. Fortunately my books had become popular by the time I started my spin off series, so I was able to afford to give up my day job and write full time, and I haven't looked back since.

When you are writing a novel, how do you place yourself into the time period that you are actually writing about?
My books are set in contemporary time, so this does not pose any problems for me when I'm writing.

How do you go about imagining, developing and give real lives and personalities to the characters that we read about within in your book?
My characters are never based on real people, so I can invest them with whatever characteristics I choose. I really could not say where they come from. They must be a composite of people I have seen, encountered or read about. But they seem to arrive in my imagination, and they take it from there.

Did you encounter any difficulties in getting you books accepted and published?
I think it is more difficult to attract the attention of a publisher now than when I first started out in 2008. All the same, I was very lucky to be offered a publishing deal straight away. Two weeks after I submitted my manuscript, a publisher called me and after we met they offered me a three book deal. I have recently signed my fifth three book deal with No Exit Press, and last year I also signed a three book deal with Thomas and Mercer, which launched this year. So I have been fortunate enough to secure offers from two publishers, without any difficulty.

Did you have to undertake any research for your novels?
I carry out an enormous amount of research for each of my books. I have looked into police procedures, developments in forensics, pathology, physical locations, different places of work, Vikings, markets, fabrics, ballistics... the list really is open ended as my books can require research into almost anything. I have spent time in the obvious sites a crime writer visits, including police stations all around the world, prisons and mortuaries, but I also spend time in a variety of places which could be anywhere, depending on the research my stories demand.

What is your favourite book and why?
My favourite piece of fiction is not a novel but a play, Shakespeare's Hamlet, because it combines haunting poetry with profound philosophical ideas. In this play, Shakespeare considers the purpose of human existence and whether life is worth the effort it demands. The simplicity of the words 'To be or not to be, combined with the profundity of the thought expressed, is stunning. 

Are you currently reading a book at the moment, and if so what is it?
I'm currently reading a manuscript by Michael Walters, who has approached me for a blurb quote for his next book. At the same time, I'm currently writing a book, and have to focus my creative energy on that. When I'm able to take a break from writing, I have a stack of books waiting to be read, including the new Lee Child, and Peter James' latest. I also have a few Val McDermid books to catch up on, and I may read some John Le Carre, having finally watched television adaptation of The Night Manager.

Do you have any other hobbies or interests that you enjoy in order to give you a break from your normal routine and your writing?
So far I've been writing every day since 2008 and I've not yet established any kind of routine. To give you an example of a typical day, I spent yesterday morning packing for a two week book tour of the North of England, while liaising with a lady in Italy who was booking me a flight to Turin where I've been invited in June, avoiding a clash with the Belfast Book Festival which is also in June, arranging details of an on-line book promotion I am participating in to help out a fellow author, and preparing a talk for the London Book Fair where I'm giving a presentation tomorrow afternoon before attending a drinks reception with one publisher before going to a dinner with a printer from Denmark who had flown us out to his factory the previous week to see Murder Ring being printed. And that is just one day in my life as a full time author. So I have no time for hobbies or interests outside of my writing which has taken me all over the UK, to the US, the Seychelles, and all over Europe, attending literary festivals and conducting research.

Can you give us a hint about any other books that you may have in the making at the moment?
With Murder Ring published, I'm currently completing the third book in my Lucy Hall series. Once that's finished, I'll be finishing the ninth in my Geraldine Steel series. In her early books, Geraldine Steel worked alongside a sergeant, Ian Peterson, who went on to feature in his own spin off series. With the start of my Lucy Hall series, the Ian Peterson series is stopping for a while, but Ian Peterson won't disappear. He and Geraldine are going to be working together again in the future.

Leigh, to conclude our interview can I ask if there is another question that I should ask you within this interview and what would be your answer?
I was very pleased to sell the option rights for my Geraldine Steel and Ian Peterson series to Avalon Television Ltd, and am thrilled that the television series is already in development. I am hoping this project with be successful, and that Geraldine Steel will appear on our television screens before too long. Obviously I am hoping it will be a top quality, award winning series!

Leigh, I have been absolutely delighted and very honoured that you agreed to be interviewed for my literary site. I would also like to thank-you again for taking the time to speak to us today.
Thank you very much! It has been a real pleasure to connect with you here.

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Thursday, 19 May 2016

Book Launch and Giveaway Draw: 'The Seeker' by S.G.Maclean (International)

Those who regularly follow my blog will know that S.G. Maclean is one of my favourite historical fiction authors. S.G. Maclean has visited this blog a number of times and has in the past contributed to some wonderful blog posts for us all. 

Today is the publication/release day for the paper backed edition of 'The Seeker' by S.G. Maclean. I have read this book, and it is an amazing story that will hold the reader from its beginning right through to the very end. 'The Seeker' was also the Winner of the CWA Endeavour Historical Dagger Award in 2015!

With thanks to S.G. Maclean and the publisher Quercus Books, I have two copies of the new paper backed edition of  'The Seeker' to offer in a giveaway draw for my blog followers to help celebrate this book release day! 

Book Synopsis
London, 1654. Oliver Cromwell is at the height of his power and has declared himself Lord Protector. Yet he has many enemies, at home and abroad.
London is a teeming warren of spies and merchants, priests and soldiers, exiles and assassins. One of the web's most fearsome spiders is Damian Seeker, agent of the Lord Protector. No one knows where Seeker comes from, who his family is, or even his real name. All that is known of him for certain is that he is utterly loyal to Cromwell, and that nothing can be long hidden from him.
In the city, coffee houses are springing up, fashionable places where men may meet to plot and gossip. Suddenly they are ringing with news of a murder. John Winter, hero of Cromwell's all-powerful army, is dead, and the lawyer, Elias Ellingworth, found standing over the bleeding body, clutching a knife.
Yet despite the damning evidence, Seeker is not convinced of Ellingworth's guilt. He will stop at nothing to bring the killer to justice: and Seeker knows better than any man where to search.

To Enter This Draw:

This free book draw is specifically for the linked Followers of my blog! To enter this book draw you just have to be a linked Follower of my blog either through GFC, Networked Blogs, e-mail subscription list or Linky!!

I am using 'Rafflecopter' to compile the entries for this draw. When completing your entry remember to provide your linked user name so that I can check if the winner is a linked Follower of my blog through the follower services listed above :-)

The only criteria for this draw is that you have to be a linked Follower of my blog. One extra entry can also be gained by each entrant if they also leave a comment to this post in the comments section at the bottom of this post. Only one entry and comment from each Follower will be allowed. 

 After the closing date for this draw (Midnight on 29th May 2016 GMT), the winners will be chosen using the 'Rafflecopter' random draw feature. My book draws are open to all of my linked 'Blog Followers' Internationally!

So, in this specific draw I have two paper backed copies of 'The Seeker' by S.G. Maclean to give away to two lucky winners. Once the final draw has taken place and the winners announced here on my blog, I will then contact the winners directly in order to obtain their mailing details. The mailing details of the two winners will then be forwarded by myself to the publisher Quercus Books, who will directly mail the prizes to the winners.

Good Luck Everyone!!

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

'The Gilded Cage' by Lucinda Gray

Release date: 2nd August 2016
Published by: Henry Holt and Company
ISBN No: 978 1627791816

After growing up on a farm in Virginia, Walthingham Hall in England seems like another world to sixteen-year-old Katherine Randolph. Her new life, filled with the splendor of upper class England in the 1820s, is shattered when she discovers the corpse of her brother George in a lake on the estate-the tragic accidental drowning of a young man, the coroner reports, despite the wound to George's head. Katherine is expected to observe the mourning customs and get on with her life, but she can't accept that her brother's death was an accident. A bitter poacher prowls the estate, and strange visitors threaten the occupants of the house. There's a rumor, too, that a wild animal stalks the woods of Walthingham.
Can Katherine retain her sanity long enough to find out the truth? Or will her brother's killer claim her life, too?

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'Dark Forces' by Stephen Leather

Release date: 28th July 2016
Published by: Hodder and Stoughton
ISBN No: 978 1473604063

A violent South London gang will be destroyed if Dan 'Spider' Shepherd can gather enough evidence against them while posing as a ruthless hitman. What he doesn't know is that his work as an undercover agent for MI5 is about to intersect with the biggest terrorist operation ever carried out on British soil.
Only weeks before Shepherd witnessed a highly skilled IS sniper escape from a targeted missile strike in Syria. But never in his wildest dreams did he expect to next come across the shooter in a grimy East London flat.
Spider's going to have to proceed with extreme caution if he is to prevent the death of hundreds of people, but at the same time, when the crucial moment comes he will have to act decisively. The clock is ticking and only he stands between us and Armageddon....

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Mata Hari by Michelle Moran

Release date: 28th July 2016
Published by: Quercus
ISBN No: 978 1782065647

Paris, 1917. The notorious dancer Mata Hari sits in a cold cell awaiting freedom . . . or death. Alone and despondent, Mata Hari is as confused as the rest of the world about the charges she's been arrested on: treason leading to the deaths of thousands of French soldiers.

As Mata Hari waits for her fate to be decided, she relays the story of her life to a reporter who is allowed to visit her in prison. Beginning with her carefree childhood, Mata Hari recounts her father's cruel abandonment of her family as well her calamitous marriage to a military officer. Taken to the island of Java, Mata Hari refuses to be ruled by her abusive husband and instead learns to dance, paving the way to her stardom as Europe's most infamous exotic dancer.

From lush Indian temples and glamorous Parisian theatres to stark German barracks in war-torn Europe, Moran brings to vibrant life the famed world of Mata Hari: dancer, courtesan, and possibly, spy.

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'The Essex Serpent' by Sarah Perry

Release date: 2nd June 2016
Published by: Serpent's Tail
ISBN No:978 1781255445

London 1893. When Cora Seaborne's husband dies, she steps into her new life as a widow with as much relief as sadness: her marriage was not a happy one, and she never suited the role of society wife. Accompanied by her son Francis - a curious, obsessive boy - she leaves town for Essex, where she hopes fresh air and open space will provide the refuge they need.

When they take lodgings in Colchester, rumours reach them from further up the estuary that the mythical Essex Serpent, once said to roam the marshes claiming human lives, has returned to the coastal parish of Aldwinter. Cora, a keen amateur naturalist with no patience for religion or superstition, is immediately enthralled, convinced that what the local people think is a magical beast may be a previously undiscovered species. As she sets out on its trail, she is introduced to William Ransome, Aldwinter's vicar.

Like Cora, Will is deeply suspicious of the rumours, but he thinks they are founded on moral panic, a flight from real faith. As he tries to calm his parishioners, he and Cora strike up an intense relationship, and although they agree on absolutely nothing, they find themselves inexorably drawn together and torn apart, eventually changing each other's lives in ways entirely unexpected.

Told with exquisite grace and intelligence, this novel is most of all a celebration of love, and the many different guises it can take.

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'Pengelly's Daughter' by Nicola Pryce

Release date: 7th July 2016
Published by: Atlantic Books
ISBN No: 978 1782398776

Cornwall: 1793. Rose Pengelly's father has been ruined - he has lost his boat yard and his fortune, plunging Rose and her mother into poverty and debt. There appears to be only one way out of their terrible circumstances; for Rose to marry Mr Tregellas, a powerful timber merchant and the man Rose believes is responsible for her father's downfall. He has made his terms clear; either she marries him or faces homelessness and destitution. Desperate, Rose sets out to find evidence of Mr Tregellas's wrongdoing. In her search, she encounters a mysterious young sailor called Jim, who refuses to disclose his identity. Even as she falls in love with him, she questions who he really is. He may help her restore her fortune and her good name, but does he ever tell her the truth?

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'Legacy' by Hannah Fielding

Release date: 28th July 2016
Published by: London Wall Publishing
ISBN No: 978 0993291739

Love, intrigue and redemption under the scorching Spanish sun, Legacy is Book 3 in the Andalucian Nights Trilogy by Hannah Fielding, award-winning author of Indiscretion and The Echoes of Love. A troubled young journalist goes undercover in Spain, and finds her loyalties tested when love and desire unearth secrets she hadn't bargained for.

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Sunday, 15 May 2016

Outrun the Moon' by Stacey Lee

Release date: 24th May 2016
Published by: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
ISBN No: 978 0399175411

San Francisco, 1906: Fifteen-year-old Mercy Wong is determined to break from the poverty in Chinatown, and an education at St. Clare's School for Girls is her best hope. Although St. Clare s is off-limits to all but the wealthiest white girls, Mercy gains admittance through a mix of cunning and a little bribery, only to discover that getting in was the easiest part. Not to be undone by a bunch of spoiled heiresses, Mercy stands strong until disaster strikes.

On April 18, an historic earthquake rocks San Francisco, destroying Mercy s home and school. With martial law in effect, she is forced to wait with her classmates for their families in a temporary park encampment. Mercy can't sit by while they wait for the Army to bring help. Fires might rage, and the city may be in shambles, yet Mercy still has the 'bossy' cheeks that mark her as someone who gets things done. But what can one teenaged girl do to heal so many suffering in her broken city?

Breakout author Stacey Lee masterfully crafts another remarkable novel set against a unique historical backdrop. Strong-willed Mercy Wong leads a cast of diverse characters in this extraordinary tale of survival.

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'Family Tree' by Susan Wiggs

Release date: 9th August 2016
Published by: William Morrow and Company
ISBN No: 978 0062425430

Sometimes the greatest dream starts with the smallest element. A single cell, joining with another. And then dividing. And just like that, the world changes. Annie Harlow knows how lucky she is. The producer of a popular television cooking show, she loves her handsome husband and the beautiful Los Angeles home they share. And now, she's pregnant with their first child. But in an instant, her life is shattered. And when Annie awakes from a year long coma, she discovers that time isn't the only thing she's lost.

Grieving and wounded, Annie retreats to her old family home in Switchback, Vermont, a maple farm generations old. There, surrounded by her free-spirited brother, their divorced mother, and four young nieces and nephews, Annie slowly emerges into a world she left behind years ago: the town where she grew up, the people she knew before, the high-school boyfriend turned judge. And with the discovery of a cookbook her grandmother wrote in the distant past, Annie unearths an age-old mystery that might prove the salvation of the family farm.

Family Tree is the story of one woman's triumph over betrayal, and how she eventually comes to terms with her past. It is the story of joys unrealized and opportunities regained. Complex, clear-eyed and big-hearted, funny, sad, and wise, it is a novel to cherish and to remember.

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'Barkskins' by Annie Proulx

Release date: 16th June 2016
Published by: Fourth Estate
ISBN No: 978-0007232000

From Annie Proulx, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Shipping News and “Brokeback Mountain,” comes her masterwork: an epic, dazzling, violent, magnificently dramatic novel about the taking down of the world’s forests.

In the late seventeenth century two penniless young Frenchmen, René Sel and Charles Duquet, arrive in New France. Bound to a feudal lord, a “seigneur,” for three years in exchange for land, they become wood-cutters – barkskins. René suffers extraordinary hardship, oppressed by the forest he is charged with clearing. He is forced to marry a Mi’kmaw woman and their descendants live trapped between two inimical cultures. But Duquet, crafty and ruthless, runs away from the seigneur, becomes a fur trader, then sets up a timber business. Proulx tells the stories of the descendants of Sel and Duquet over three hundred years – their travels across North America, to Europe, China, and New Zealand, under stunningly brutal conditions; the revenge of rivals; accidents; pestilence; Indian attacks; and cultural annihilation. Over and over again, they seize what they can of a presumed infinite resource, leaving the modern-day characters face to face with possible ecological collapse.

Proulx’s inimitable genius is her creation of characters who are so vivid – in their greed, lust, vengefulness, or their simple compassion and hope – that we follow them with fierce attention. Annie Proulx is one of the most formidable and compelling American writers, and Barkskins is her greatest novel, a magnificent marriage of history and imagination.

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'Sons of the Blood' by Robyn Young

Release date: 28th July 2016
Published by: Hodder and Stoughton
ISBN No: 978 1444777710

In the dying days of the Wars of the Roses a secret war is born. The battle for a crown is about to become a fight for the world.

Bastard son, mercenary soldier, protector of the rightful king, seeker of a secret more treacherous than any in Christendom: Jack Wynter is destined to live in dangerous times.

In England, the Wars of the Roses ended a decade ago with the fall of the House of Lancaster and the victory of King Edward of York. But peace sleeps uneasy in this divided realm and when the king dies unexpectedly it isn't long before old blood feuds and ambitions are awoken.

In the sun-baked city of Seville, unaware of the clouds of war rising over England, Jack Wynter is cursing his fortune. Sent here by his secretive father, king's man, Sir Thomas Vaughan - with a locked chest he has been ordered to guard with his life - Jack wonders if this mission was simply a ruse to get an illegitimate, inconvenient son out of the country. But when a stranger arrives with news that his father has been arrested for treason, Jack finds himself thrust into the heart of a deadly conspiracy.

What is the secret Jack has been guarding? Is it the reason for his father's fall? The only place he is going to find answers is back in England, where young Prince Edward is due to become king . . . unless his uncle Richard, Duke of Gloucester, decides to make a move for the throne. It is also where Jack's half-brother, Harry, broods bitterly over their father's apparent preference for a bastard son.

Jack Wynter is coming home, to a realm of intrigue and corruption, mystery and war. Somehow, he is connected to a secret that can kill him - or make him. Its influence spans Europe and will draw him towards the very edge of the known world, and beyond, in Robyn Young's dazzling new epic.

The old world is turning.

A new world is rising.

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'Three Sisters, Three Queens' by Philippa Gregory

Release date: 9th August 2016
Published by: Simon and Schuster UK
ISBN No: 978 1471133015

There is only one bond that I trust: between a woman and her sisters. We never take our eyes off each other. In love and in rivalry, we always think of each other.”

When Katherine of Aragon is brought to the Tudor court as a young bride, the oldest princess, Margaret, takes her measure.  With one look, each knows the other for a rival, an ally, a pawn, destined – with Margaret’s younger sister Mary – to a sisterhood unique in all the world. The three sisters will become the queens of England, Scotland and France.

United by family loyalties and affections, the three queens find themselves set against each other.  Katherine commands an army against Margaret and kills her husband James IV of Scotland. But Margaret’s boy becomes heir to the Tudor throne when Katherine loses her son. Mary steals the widowed Margaret’s proposed husband, but when Mary is widowed it is her secret marriage for love that is the envy of the others. As they experience betrayals, dangers, loss and passion, the three sisters find that the only constant in their perilous lives is their special bond, more powerful than any man, even a king.

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'Cave Temples of Dunhuang: Buddhist Art on the Silk Road' by Neville Agnew

Release date: 6th June 2016
Published by: Getty Publications
ISBN No:978 1606064894

The Mogao grottoes in northwestern China, located near the town of Dunhuang on the fabled Silk Road, constitute one of the world's most significant sites of Buddhist art. In some five hundred caves carved into rock cliffs at the edge of the Gobi desert are preserved one thousand years of exquisite wall paintings and sculpture. Founded by Buddhist monks in the late fourth century, Mogao grew into an artistic and spiritual center whose renown extended from the Chinese capital to the far western kingdoms of the Silk Road. Among its treasures are 45,000 square meters of murals, more than 2,000 statues, and some 50,000 medieval silk paintings and illustrated manuscripts. This sumptuous catalogue accompanies an eponymous exhibition which will run from May 7 through September 4, 2016 at the Getty Center. Organized by the Getty Conservation Institute, Getty Research Institute, Dunhuang Academy, and Dunhuang Foundation, the exhibition celebrates decades-long collaboration between the GCI and the Dunhuang Academy to conserve this UNESCO World Heritage Site. It presents, for the first time in North America, a collection of objects from the so- called Library Cave, including illustrated sutras, prayer books, and other exquisite treasures, as well as three full-scale, hand- painted replica caves. This volume includes essays by leading scholars, an illustrated portfolio on the replica caves, and comprehensive entries on all objects in the exhibition.

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Monday, 9 May 2016

'The Beauty of Darkness' by Mary E Pearson

Release date:2nd August 2016
Published by: Henry Holt and Company
ISBN No:978 0805099256

Lia and Rafe have escaped Venda and the path before them is winding and dangerous - what will happen now? This third and final book in The Remnant Chronicles is not to be missed.
Best-selling author Mary E. Pearson's combination of intrigue, suspense, romance and action make this a riveting page turner for teens.

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'Love Walked Right In' by Pam Weaver

Release date: 28th July 2016
Published by: Pan
ISBN No: 978 1447275909

Sometimes, home is where the heartbreak is
Ruby and Jim Searle run a guest house in Worthing, but the newly weds have had a rocky start to their marriage. Their troubles are only set to get worse when Jim starts to unravel a dark secret from his past.
The guest house is in high demand and Ruby is asked to take in two German schoolboys on a cultural exchange. She agrees, but when they arrive they seem more like grown men and their activities are far from innocent. The Germans' arrival is followed by that of two Jewish refugees and Ruby does as much as she can to help these young girls in her care.
The country gears up for war and Ruby throws herself into war work as a distraction from her troubles at home. The revelations from Jim's childhood deepen, with devastating consequences. And as war is declared, Ruby's life is changed forever . . .

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