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|‘She brings Greek history to compelling life’ The Sunday Times ‘Hislop has done her research and handles the great sweep of complex Greek history with skill and confidence’ Daily Mail Athens, 1941. Nazi forces occupy Greece … and a nation falls apart. Victoria Hislop’s NEW Sunday Times Number One bestseller takes you into the darker days of Greek history and, through the eyes of its extraordinary heroine, illuminates the courage it takes to live in peace. After decades of political uncertainty, Greece is polarised between Right- and Left-wing views when the Germans invade. Fifteen-year-old Themis comes from a family divided by these political differences. The Nazi occupation deepens the fault-lines between those she loves just as it reduces Greece to destitution. She watches friends die in the ensuing famine and is moved to commit acts of resistance. In the civil war that follows the end of the occupation, Themis joins the Communist army, where she experiences the extremes of love and hatred and the paradoxes presented by a war in which Greek fights Greek. Eventually imprisoned on the infamous islands of exile, Makronisos and then Trikeri, Themis encounters another prisoner whose life will entwine with her own in ways neither can foresee. And finds she must weigh her principles against her desire to escape and live. As she looks back on her life, Themis realises how tightly the personal and political can become entangled. While some wounds heal, others deepen. This gripping new novel from bestselling author Victoria Hislop sheds light on the complexity and trauma of Greece’s past and weaves it into the epic tale of an ordinary woman compelled to live an extraordinary life. Victoria Hislop. Discover for yourself why 10 million readers worldwide love her books.|
|Thirty years ago, a child was found in the New Jersey backwoods. He had been living a feral existence, with no memory of how he got there or even who he is. Everyone just calls him Wilde. Now a former soldier and security expert, he lives off the grid, shunned by the community – until they need him. A child has gone missing. With her family suspecting she’s just playing a disappearing game, nobody seems concerned except for criminal attorney Hester Crimstein. She contacts Wilde, asking him to use his unique skills to find the girl. But even he can find no trace of her. One day passes, then a second, then a third. On the fourth, a human finger shows up in the mail. And now Wilde knows this is no game. It’s a race against time to save the girl’s life – and expose the town’s dark trove of secrets… ‘Thriller-lovers who just want some adrenaline to lift their spirits should escape with this riveting page-turner from the hugely popular author and screenwriter, Harlan Coben’ MAIL ONLINE ‘One of the world’s finest thriller writers is at the very top of his game’ PETER JAMES ‘Coben never, ever lets you down’ LEE CHILD ‘Harlan Coben’s thrillers are like intricately patterned knitting […] He has created a cracker of a hero in the aptly named Wilde […] Hopefully Wilde will return – Coben certainly leaves clues that he will.’ THE TIMES|
|A RICHARD AND JUDY BOOK CLUB PICKWINNER STANFORD TRAVEL WRITING AWARDS 2020 SHORTLISTED FOR THE WILLIAM HILL PRIZE 2019 ‘Such an addictive and likeable book…One of this year’s best memoirs’ The Telegraph’ It’s the resistance to the obvious narratives that makes Rough Magic so appealing- the book undermines lazy women-in-the-wilderness tropes at every turn.’ Sarah Moss, Guardian’Think Educated meets Wild’ Entertainment Weekly’Rough Magic is transporting, beguiling and terrifically entertaining’ Daily Mail. The Mongol Derby is the world’s toughest horse race. A feat of endurance across the vast Mongolian plains once traversed by the people of Genghis Khan, competitors ride 25 horses across a distance of 1000km. Many riders don’t make it to the finish line.In 2013 Lara Prior-Palmer – nineteen, underprepared but seeking the great unknown – decided to enter the race. Driven by her own restlessness, stubbornness, and a lifelong love of horses, she raced for seven days through extreme heat and terrifying storms, catching a few hours of sleep where she could at the homes of nomadic families. Battling bouts of illness and dehydration, exhaustion and bruising falls, she found she had nothing to lose, and tore through the field with her motley crew of horses. In one of the Derby’s most unexpected results, she became the youngest-ever champion and the first woman to win the race.A tale of adventure, fortitude and poetry, Rough Magic is the extraordinary story of one young woman’s encounter with oblivion, and herself.|
|PART OF BBC TWO’S BOOK CLUB – TWO SISTERS ON TRIAL FOR MURDER. THEY ACCUSE EACH OTHER. WHO DO YOU BELIEVE? ‘911 what’s your emergency?’ ‘My dad’s dead. My sister Sofia killed him. She’s still in the house. Please send help.’ ‘My dad’s dead. My sister Alexandra killed him. She’s still in the house. Please send help.’ One of them is a liar and a killer. But which one? ******** Your favourite authors LOVE Fifty-Fifty, the follow-up to the bestselling novel Thirteen: ‘A terrific writer. He has talent to burn.’ Don Winslow ‘Trust me – it will keep you guessing until the very end.’ Ian Rankin ‘Unpredictable, daring and completely compelling. Top notch writing.’ Alex North ‘Very clever, darkly funny, moving, fast-paced.’ Jane Casey ‘Steve Cavanagh writes the best hooks in the business’ Mick Herron ‘Absolutely brilliant. Addictive, clever, pacy. Eddie Flynn is one of my heroes.’ Jo Spain ‘Intelligent, sophisticated and tense.’ Mari Hannah|
|THE MUST READ RICHARD & JUDY BOOK CLUB THRILLER PICK ‘Sultry, atmospheric and unsettling – a book to lose yourself in’ ERIN KELLY, bestselling author of He Said She Said ‘The best book I have read this year. Atmospheric, thrilling and completely unputdownable’ 5***** Reader Review ________ Elodie was beautiful. Elodie was smart. Elodie was troubled. Elodie is dead. In Provence, under a sweltering sun, Sylvie returns to the crumbling family home of La Reverie with her youngest daughter Emma. Yet every corner of the house is haunted by the memories of Elodie, her first child – memories she has tried to forget, but whose long-ago death the villagers certainly haven’t. As temperatures rise, and forest fires rage through the French countryside, memories of Elodie spread further through Sylvie’s mind . . . Because there’s something Sylvie’s been hiding about what happened to Elodie all those summers ago. And it could change everything. ‘Exquisite writing and a compelling story that will keep you up late into the night!’ KATIE FFORDE, bestselling author of A Rose Petal Summer ‘The only book you need this summer. Gripping, well-paced and full of thrills’ 5***** Reader Review ‘Pages humming with heat, secrets and suspense. I loved it’ DINAH JEFFRIES, bestselling author of The Tea Planters Wife ‘Welcome to Provence for a holiday stay you will not forget in a hurry!’ 5***** Reader Review ‘Takes you to Provence with a chilling twist’ 5***** Reader Review __________ Praise for Kate Riordan ‘Rich and atmospheric’ RACHEL HORE ‘The perfect summer read’ RACHEL RHYS ‘Had me absolutely gripped’ LOUISE CANDLISH|
|A RICHARD AND JUDY BOOK CLUB PICK ‘With poignancy, humour and compassion, Jones invites us into “the invigorating chaos of pre-hospital care” . . . a panorama of experiences: the mundane, the ridiculous, the heartbreaking and the tragic’ – The Guardian ‘This beautifully written book, punctuated with wry humour, is a sobering portrayal of the ailing, the distressed and the lonely… Yet it’s also an uplifting read which will make you thankful that should your hour of need arrive, so will someone like Jones’ – Daily Express A memoir of the chaos, intensity and occasional beauty of life as a paramedic. A young man has stopped breathing in a supermarket toilet. A pedestrian with a nasty head injury won’t let the crew near him on a busy road. A newborn baby is worryingly silent. An addict urinates on the ambulance floor when denied a fix. This is the life of an ambulance paramedic. Jake Jones has worked in the UK ambulance service for ten years: every day, he sees a dozen of the scenes we hope to see only once in a lifetime. Can You Hear Me? – the first thing he says when he arrives on the scene – is a memoir of the chaos, intensity and occasional beauty of life on the front-lines of medicine in the UK. As well as a look into dozens of extraordinary scenes – the hoarder who won’t move his collection to let his ailing father leave the house, the blood-soaked man who tries to escape from the ambulance, the life saved by a lucky crew who had been called to see someone else entirely – Can You Hear Me? is an honest examination of the strains and challenges of one of the most demanding and important jobs anyone can do.|
|The sensational Sunday Times bestseller from Jessie Burton, the million-copy bestselling author of The Miniaturist and The Muse. When Elise Morceau meets the writer Constance Holden, she quickly falls under her spell. Connie is sophisticated, bold and alluring – everything Elise feels she is not. She follows Connie to LA, but in this city of strange dreams and razzle-dazzle, Elise feels even more out of her depth and makes an impulsive decision that will change her life forever. Three decades later, Rose Simmons is trying to uncover the story of her mother, who disappeared when she was a baby. Having learned that the last person to see her was a now reclusive novelist, Rose finds herself at the door of Constance Holden’s house in search of a confession . . . ‘Without doubt one of the best novels of recent years’ – Elizabeth Day|