The Sunday Times bestseller, and set to be a major TV drama ________________________ ''You can''t help feeling that Jane would have approved.'' OBSERVER ''So good, so intelligent, so clever, so entertaining - I adored it.'' CLAIRE TOMALIN ________________________ A wonderfully original, emotionally complex novel that delves into why Cassandra burned a treasure trove of letters written by her sister, Jane Austen - an act of destruction that has troubled academics for centuries. 1840 : twenty three years after the death of her famous sister Jane, Cassandra Austen returns to the village of Kintbury, and the home of her family''s friends, the Fowles. She knows that, in some dusty corner of the sprawling vicarage, there is a cache of family letters which hold secrets she is desperate should not be revealed. As Cassandra recalls her youth and her relationship with her brilliant yet complex sister, she pieces together buried truths about Jane''s history, and her own. And she faces a stark choice: should she act to protect Jane''s reputation? Or leave the contents of the letters to go unguarded into posterity ... Based on a literary mystery that has long puzzled biographers and academics, Miss Austen is a wonderfully original and emotionally complex novel about the loves and lives of Cassandra and Jane Austen. ________________________ ''The perfect book to wrap yourself around on a dark night'' STYLIST ''Without romanticising its period setting or underplaying the precariousness of any woman''s position in this society, it celebrates unexamined lives, sisterhood and virtues such as kindness and loyalty'' SUNDAY TIMES ''This is a deeply imagined and deeply moving novel. Reading it made me happy and weepy in equally copious amounts.'' KAREN JOY FOWLER, author of The Jane Austen Bookclub ''Hornby is at her best describing the complex bonds between the ''excellent women'' of her story. She describes the horrors, but also the pleasures, of spinsterhood'' THE TIMES ''It won''t surprise me if this is one of the books of the year. It''s a delight, one of those that you don''t want to end.'' RTE ''A charming novel... capturing the spirit of the brilliant sardonic Jane, and reminding the reader of how brutal life was for women in Austen''s era, it''s an ingenious and affecting embroidery on the fact of the author''s life.'' SUNDAY MIRROR '' Miss Austen is ingenious ... With flashbacks and wonderful domestic detail, Hornby brings to life the Austen family, using the known to speculate on what might have been.'' THE TIMES Audio Book of the Week ''Extraordinary and heart-wrenching, Miss Austen transported me from page one. A remarkable novel that is wholly original, deeply moving, and emotionally complex. A gift to all Austen lovers.'' LARA PRESCOTT, author of The Secrets We Kept ''Gill Hornby ingeniously imagines what Cassandra Austen''s own life might have been like, both before and after Jane''s untimely death, casting a different light on the familiar biographical picture without in any way distorting it.'' DEIRDRE LE FAYE, editor of Jane Austen''s Letters ''Tender and touching ... Hornby deftly describes the psychological toll that such uncertainly took on Jane, and movingly celebrates the fortitude of Cassandra whose greatest love was her sister'' DAILY MAIL ''Utterly absorbing. The lives of the Austen sisters are recreated with a brilliant sureness of touch that can only be achieved by deep study of the period.'' ARTEMIS COOPER
When Tiro, the secretary of a Roman senator, opens the door to a stranger on a cold morning, he sets in motion a chain of events which propels his master into one of the famous courtroom dramas in history. The senator is Cicero, a brilliant young lawyer and spellbinding orator, determined to attain imperium - supreme power in the state.
_________________ ''Thank goodness for Katie Fforde, the perfect author to bring comfort in difficult times. She really is the queen of uplifting, feel good romance.'' AJ PEARCE _________________ A wonderfully romantic novel from the Sunday Times bestselling author of A Rose Petal Summer and A Country Escape . It''s the season of new beginnings for Helena and Gilly. Gilly runs her own B&B business from her much-loved family home, which she doesn''t want to part with - at any price. But that''s before she meets handsome estate agent Leo, and soon she begins to wonder whether selling up might not be such a bad idea after all. Meanwhile Gilly''s daughter Helena has a budding romance of her own. A talented weaver, she''s becoming very close to her new landlord, Jago, who''s offered to help her at an upcoming craft fair. It''s what friends do, and they are just friends. Aren''t they? With spring in full bloom, Helena and Gilly begin to ask themselves the same question: Might their new loves lead to happily ever after? _________________ ''Modern-day Austen'' WOMAN AND HOME ''Katie''s writing is life-enhancing and, like the love affairs, delicious. I enjoyed every minute!'' ELIZABETH BUCHAN
In a ruined and hostile landscape, in a future few have been unlucky enough to survive, a community exists in a giant underground silo. Inside, men and women live an enclosed life full of rules and regulations, of secrets and lies. To live, you must follow the rules. But some don't. These are the dangerous ones.
When literature student Anastasia Steele interviews successful entrepreneur Christian Grey, she finds him very attractive and deeply intimidating. Convinced that their meeting went badly, she tries to put him out of her mind - until he turns up at the store where she works part-time, and invites her out.
The highly anticipated sequel to the beloved worldwide bestseller Ready Player One, the "ridiculously fun and large-hearted" (NPR) near-future adventure that inspired the blockbuster Steven Spielberg film. Praise for Ready Player One "Enchanting . . . Willy Wonka meets The Matrix."- USA Today "An addictive read . . . part intergalactic scavenger hunt, part romance, and all heart."- CNN "Delightful . . . the grown-up's Harry Potter."- HuffPost "As one adventure leads expertly to the next, time simply evaporates."- Entertainment Weekly "Gorgeously geeky, superbly entertaining, [and] spectacularly successful."- Daily Mail (UK) "A smart, funny thriller that both celebrates and critiques online culture."- San Francisco Chronicle "A geek fantasia, '80s culture memoir and commentary on the future of online behavior all at once."- Austin American-Statesman
__________________________ ONE WILD PARTY. FOUR COUNTS OF MURDER. A mansion in Beverly Hills is leased out to host an event wild enough to herald the end of days. The next day there isn''t a living soul to be seen. But in the driveway sits a super-stretch limo, unlocked, with four bodies inside it. Nothing links the victims together. Each has been killed in a different way. Now it''s up to brilliant psychologist Alex Delware and LAPD Lieutenant Milo Sturgis to begin their grisliest and most baffling case yet. As they struggle to make sense of the mass slaying, they will be forced to confront a level of evil that nothing can prepare them for.
A young tech genius is offered the opportunity of a lifetime . . . one that could end hers When Angela Hoot is kicked off her graduate programme at MIT for hacking into the computer of a fellow student, she fears she''s blown her chances of a glittering career. Angela is wrong: instead, she''s offered a dream internship with the FBI. She jumps at the chance, and is thrown straight into her first case at a house in the Boston suburbs where a family of five have been brutally murdered. As Angela struggles to come to terms with the harsh reality of her new job, a phone is found that could hold the secrets of this mass murder - if Angela is able to uncover them.
From Prince himself comes the brilliant coming-of-age-and-into-superstardom story of one of the greatest artists of all time-featuring never-before-seen photos, original scrapbooks and lyric sheets, and the exquisite memoir he began writing before his tragic death.
Prince was a musical genius, one of the most talented, beloved, accomplished, popular, and acclaimed musicians in pop history. But he wasn't only a musician-he was also a startlingly original visionary with an imagination deep enough to whip up whole worlds, from the sexy, gritty funk paradise of his early records to the mythical landscape of Purple Rain to the psychedelia of Paisley Park. But his greatest creative act was turning Prince Rogers Nelson, born in Minnesota, into Prince, the greatest pop star of his era.
The Beautiful Ones is the story of how Prince became Prince-a first-person account of a kid absorbing the world around him and then creating a persona, an artistic vision, and a life, before the hits and fame that would come to define him. The book is told in four parts. The first is composed of the memoir he was writing before his tragic death, pages that brings us into Prince's childhood world through his own lyrical prose. The second part takes us into Prince's early years as a musician, before his first album released, through a scrapbook of Prince's writing and photos. The third section shows us Prince's evolution through candid images that take us up to the cusp of his greatest achievement, which we see in the book's fourth section: his original handwritten treatment for Purple Rain-the final stage in Prince's self-creation, as he retells the autobiography we've seen in the first three parts as a heroic journey.
The book is framed by editor Dan Piepenbring's riveting and moving introduction about his short but profound collaboration with Prince in his final days-a time when Prince was thinking deeply about how to reveal more of himself and his ideas to the world, while retaining the mystery and mystique he'd so carefully cultivated-and annotations that provide context to each of the book's images.
This work is not just a tribute to Prince, but an original and energizing literary work, full of Prince's ideas and vision, his voice and image, his undying gift to the world.
Eugene Wren inherited an art gallery from his father. One day, Eugene came across an envelope containing money. He picked it up, wrote a note and stuck it up on a lamppost near his house: "'Found in Chepstow Villas, a sum of money between eighty and a hundred and sixty pounds. Anyone who has lost such a sum should apply to the phone number below."
Lisa Gardner started her writing career aged seventeen. Having caught her hair on fire while working in food service, crafting a novel seemed a safer bet. A mere ten years later she became an overnight success with the publication of her first thriller, The Perfect Husband . Now an internationally bestselling author and winner of the International Thriller Writers Award for best suspense novel, Lisa lives in the mountains of New Hampshire with her family. When not glued to her computer, she can be found hiking the mountains with her dogs and/or researching new and interesting ways to get away with murder.