Richard Osman
Charles Soule

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Long before the First Order, before the Empire, before even The Phantom Menace. . . Jedi lit the way for the galaxy in The High Republic

It is a golden age. Intrepid hyperspace scouts expand the reach of the Repubic to the furthest stars, worlds flourish under the benevolent leadership of the Senate, and peace reigns, enforced by the wisdom and strength of the renowned order of Force users known as the Jedi. With the Jedi at the height of their power, the free citizens of the galaxy are confident in their ability to weather any storm But the even brightest light can cast a shadow, and some storms defy any preparation.

When a shocking catastrophe in hyperspace tears a ship to pieces, the flurry of shrapnel emerging from the disaster threatens an entire system. No sooner does the call for help go out than the Jedi race to the scene. The scope of the emergence, however, is enough to push even Jedi to their limit. As the sky breaks open and destruction rains down upon the peaceful alliance they helped to build, the Jedi must trust in the Force to see them through a day in which a single mistake could cost billions of lives.

Even as the Jedi battle valiantly against calamity, something truly deadly grows beyond the boundary of the Republic. The hyperspace disaster is far more sinister than the Jedi could ever suspect. A threat hides in the darkness, far from the light of the age, and harbors a secret that could strike fear into even a Jedi's heart.

© Charles Soule 2021 (P) Penguin Audio 2021

Barack Obama

A riveting, deeply personal account of history in the making-from the president who inspired us to believe in the power of democracy

In the stirring, highly anticipated first volume of his presidential memoirs, Barack Obama tells the story of his improbable odyssey from young man searching for his identity to leader of the free world, describing in strikingly personal detail both his political education and the landmark moments of the first term of his historic presidency-a time of dramatic transformation and turmoil.

Obama takes readers on a compelling journey from his earliest political aspirations to the pivotal Iowa caucus victory that demonstrated the power of grassroots activism to the watershed night of November 4, 2008, when he was elected 44th president of the United States, becoming the first African American to hold the nation's highest office.

Reflecting on the presidency, he offers a unique and thoughtful exploration of both the awesome reach and the limits of presidential power, as well as singular insights into the dynamics of U.S. partisan politics and international diplomacy. Obama brings readers inside the Oval Office and the White House Situation Room, and to Moscow, Cairo, Beijing, and points beyond. We are privy to his thoughts as he assembles his cabinet, wrestles with a global financial crisis, takes the measure of Vladimir Putin, overcomes seemingly insurmountable odds to secure passage of the Affordable Care Act, clashes with generals about U.S. strategy in Afghanistan, tackles Wall Street reform, responds to the devastating Deepwater Horizon blowout, and authorizes Operation Neptune's Spear, which leads to the death of Osama bin Laden.

A Promised Land is extraordinarily intimate and introspective-the story of one man's bet with history, the faith of a community organizer tested on the world stage. Obama is candid about the balancing act of running for office as a Black American, bearing the expectations of a generation buoyed by messages of "hope and change," and meeting the moral challenges of high-stakes decision-making. He is frank about the forces that opposed him at home and abroad, open about how living in the White House affected his wife and daughters, and unafraid to reveal self-doubt and disappointment. Yet he never wavers from his belief that inside the great, ongoing American experiment, progress is always possible.

This beautifully written and powerful book captures Barack Obama's conviction that democracy is not a gift from on high but something founded on empathy and common understanding and built together, day by day.

© 2020 Barack Obama (P) 2020 Penguin Audio

Ernest Cline

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AN UNEXPECTED QUEST. TWO WORLDS AT STAKE. ARE YOU READY?

Days after winning OASIS founder James Halliday's contest, Wade Watts makes a discovery that changes everything.

Hidden within Halliday's vaults, waiting for his heir to find it, lies a technological advancement that will once again change the world and make the OASIS a thousand times more wondrous - and addictive - than even Wade dreamed possible.

With it comes a new riddle, and a new quest: a last Easter egg from Halliday, hinting at a mysterious prize.

And an unexpected, impossibly powerful, and dangerous new rival awaits, one who'll kill millions to get what he wants.

Wade's life and the future of the OASIS are again at stake, but this time the fate of humanity also hangs in the balance.

Lovingly nostalgic and wildly original as only Ernest Cline could conceive it, Ready Player Two takes us on another imaginative, fun, action-packed adventure through his beloved virtual universe, and jolts us thrillingly into the future once again.
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'Delving back into the universe of OASIS is a nostalgic delight... fans will love returning to Cline's virtual world.'
Press Association

'Living up to the smash hit Ready Player One - turned into a film by Steven Spielberg - was never going to be easy, but Ernest Cline's wry and savage sequel shows how it should be done... A wild ride. Make this into a movie now.' The Times

'Ernest Cline takes Ready Player One, gives it a software update, adds some more nostalgia and delivers sheer joy in Ready Player Two.' Phil Williams, Times Radio

'A stunning, futuristic thrill-ride, full of nostalgia and wonderful set-pieces. Ready Player Two improves on everything from its predecessor.' Daily Express
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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

'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

© Ernest Cline 2020 (P) Penguin Audio 2020

Charlie Mackesy

Narrated by Charlie Mackesy.

Brought to you by Penguin.


With music by Max Richter and Isobel Waller-Bridge.

Discover the universal tale of four unlikely friends that has captured the hearts of readers of all ages, now available in audio.


Charlie Mackesy's mesmerizing debut combines the simplicity of "The Giving Tree", magic of "The Velveteen Rabbit" and the curiosity of "Paddington" - Elisabeth Egan, New York Times
This is one of my favourite books - Dr Rangan Chatterjee
Gorgeous - Chris Evans

Experience the world of a curious boy, a greedy mole, a wary fox and a wise horse who find themselves together in sometimes difficult terrain, sharing their greatest fears and biggest discoveries about vulnerability, kindness, hope, friendship and love.

Charlie's words and illustrations have brought comfort to many and have been shared online by readers around the world, as well as on t-shirts for Comic Relief, on magazine covers, on street lampposts in lockdown, in school classrooms, local cafés, and hospital ward walls. They've even been used as screensavers for NHS hospital computers in difficult times.

The shared adventures and important conversations between the four friends are full of life lessons that have connected with readers of all ages.

Enjoy the journey of The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse brought to life in audio by its author and illustrator Charlie Mackesy, with a beautiful music score and the real wildlife sounds of rural England.

© Charlie Mackesy 2019 (P) Penguin Audio 2020

They used her daughter as bait. They messed with the wrong assassin.


Living a secluded life in Belgium, Sei has no plans to return to her former life as an assassin. But when contacted by a source claiming to have information about the daughter she thought she’d lost, Sei finds herself taking on one last mission.


Eager to learn the truth about her daughter, Sei agrees to help an infamous assassin escape from a Turkish prison. But this routine mission quickly turns into a fight for survival. Sei is forced to infiltrate the Albanian mafia, outsmart a ruthless prison warden, and evade Turkey’s brutal military police. Can Sei unravel the truth before time runs out?


A nail-biter filled with twists. Contract Snatch is perfect for fans of Child, Baldacci, Flynn, and Silva.


What readers are saying:


★★★★★ I never thought I would be cheering on an assassin, but it's hard to not love this character.

★★★★★ Drama, mystery, and a hard punch from the beginning.

★★★★★ I had fun trying to guess Sei's next move. I was never correct.

★★★★★ Hard to imagine how this author created a character so clever, intelligent, and gifted. And a woman, no less.

★★★★★ I can't help but admire and root for the petite female Asian assassin.

★★★★★ I love a book that reads like I've just watched an action movie.

★★★★★ Definitely a killing machine but with a moral compass.

★★★★★ A multifaceted character that draws sympathy.

★★★★★ Love, Love, Love this series.


Start a series you won't ever want to put down. Pick up the first book in the Sei thriller series.

What happens when a marriage-of-convenience is the only way for a grumpy cowboy to protect the secret baby of his late best friend? Sexy, emotional, and heartwarming.


★★★★★ "I want to climb into this book." ~Amanda C (Five-star Amazon Review)


Confirmed bachelor Chase is too busy with his ranch for love. When a friend calls in a favor, Chase opens his home to a sassy, sexy mom-to-be who needs his protection. But he's not prepared for the sizzling attraction that threatens the shield around his heart.


Mira is single, pregnant, and on-the-run. When a distractingly handsome cowboy offers her a marriage of convenience, it's the lifeline she needs. But when she starts to fall for the grumpy bachelor, she realizes that heart might also be in danger.


Can a rugged cowboy who doesn't believe in love fall for a spunky city girl with a baby?


If you like sexy cowboys, sassy humor, and heart-melting romance, you'll adore Stephanie Rowe's captivating modern-day marriage-of-convenience story! Grab this "must-read" series starter today!


Contains:

Secret baby.

Fake fiancée.

Marriage-of-convenience.

Lots of feels.

Slow-burn romance.

Humor.

A hot cowboy who is an intensely loyal protector.


What do readers think? ★


★★★★★ "Wow! I can't believe how much I loved this book. Who doesn't love a strong sexy cowboy, right? I know I do…A little love goes a long way when it comes to healing one's heart." ~Cindy F (Five-star Amazon Review)


★★★★★"There is nothing sexier than a man in a cowboy hat. Especially if that man is a cowboy through and through. Chase is the kind of man everyone needs in their life. Sexy, strong, kind, generous." ~Charity S. (Five-star Amazon Review)


★★★★★ "Tender, loving, and exquisite." ~Cherry L. (Five-star Amazon Review)


★★★★★ "WOW, WOW, WOW...AWESOME READ." ~T.P. (Five-star Amazon Review)


★★★★★ "OH. MY. GOSH! This was the best book I've read in a really, really long time." ~jenny7 (Five-star Amazon Review)


★★★★★"A beautiful, moving love story!"~PLP45 (Five-star Amazon Review)


★★★★★ "Wonderful." ~Cherry L. (Five-Star Amazon Review)


★★★★★ "So much yes!!!!! Just so beautiful!" ~Amanda C (Five-star Amazon Review)


AUTHOR BIO: New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Stephanie Rowe is the 2018 winner and a five-time nominee for the RITA® award, the highest award in romance fiction. She has more than fifty published novels.


Books in the Wyoming Rebels series:

A Real Cowboy Never Says No 

A Real Cowboy Knows How to Kiss 

A Real Cowboy Rides a Motorcycle 

A Real Cowboy Never Walks Away

A Real Cowboy Loves Forever

A Real Cowboy for Christmas

A Real Cowboy Always Trusts His Heart

A Real Cowboy Always Protects (June 1, 2021)



★★★★★ "Stephanie Rowe infuses her characters with a passion that I have rarely seen matched in any romance novelist I have ever come across." ~ Five-star Amazon Review on Darkness Awakened


★★★★★ "What I love about Stephanie's writing is her ability to immerse you in her characters and their world. It is a connection that sticks with you long after the last page." ~Five-star Amazon Review on Burn


★★★★★ "It's a gift to tell a story and convey emotion to the reader that really drives their reading experience. Rowe has that gift in spades." ~Kwolff (Five-star Amazon Review on Burn)


She lost her first chance at love…


After spending six years to an oppressive husband, Evelyn Ashley-Cooper is free to be herself again, to live again… and to love again. If only she remembered how! Eve finds herself floundering under the veneer of perfection her domineering husband demanded, unable to unleash the vivacious girl she was once was from the confines of her prim exterior.


Since meeting Eve many years before, Francis MacKintosh has become a man embittered by life, by a wife who has made him a cuckold to the whole of Scotland, and by a scandalous divorce. He never thought that he would find Eve, his Eden, once again or that he would dare push aside his disdain of the fairer sex, to trust, and love once more. But for Eve, for the love and happiness he is suddenly certain they can find in each other, he finds himself willing to take a chance.

If only he might convince his true love to do the same!

They found a second chance together…


Love and desire tempt Eve to shed her old self and begin anew, but she’s torn between the yearning to be with Francis and a determination never to put herself under the thumb of another man. Francis' seduction and ability to blend her proper side with the spirited Eve of years past lures the countess back to him, but just when happiness seems but a step away, their mutual pasts will come crashing down around them attempting to tear them apart.


Eve and Francis will have to risk their lives for a second chance and a future together.

The question remains, will their rediscovered love be enough to conquer all?

Dan Corrigan wants to disappear.


Burnt out by the pressures of corporate life, he escapes to the countryside. But when he least expects it, a chance discovery draws him into a compelling mystery.


An ancient legend, a coded message on a stone slab, and a secret concealed in a country manor house: these are the clues that take Dan on a journey into the past, delving deeper into a hidden history.

But reputations are on the line, and there are those who want the mystery to remain unsolved.

Uncovering the truth might give Dan the confidence to rebuild his life, but if he fails, there’s no going back.

Can you solve this very British mystery?


Find out when you join Dan as he chases down the clues in A Study in Stone.


The Devonshire Mysteries are traditional British mysteries in a modern-day setting.

These are cosy mysteries (or ‘cozy mysteries’ for Dan Corrigan’s trans-Atlantic fans). There’s a touch of dry humour and the stories pay homage to the legacies of Agatha Christie and Conan Doyle. You’ll always find a mixed bag of suspects, plenty of clues and a few red herrings, so that you could have solved the mystery if only you’d put two and two together.

Amateur Sleuth Dan Corrigan is quick-witted, driven and far too clever for his own good. Fortunately, his friend and neighbour, Alan Hargreaves, is the perfect foil for Dan's intellect. Loyal, dependable and with a knack for detailed research, Alan keeps Dan on track, and together, they make an effective team.

Recommended Reading Order

A Study in Stone

Valley of Lies

Mystery at The Hall

Murder Between the Tides.


Praise for A Study in Stone (All from independent reviewers):


A tightly written, fascinating mystery. The protagonists are mysterious in their own ways. Their interactions are interesting and realistic. It held my interest and I look forward to more in this series.


How refreshing to find! What’s not to love? The pace is faster; the male sleuths are quick-witted, modern, and multidimensional. The setting is English. More please.


It's the characters that really made it work. Dan and Alan are an unlikely pair, having very different personalities, but a shared inability to leave a puzzle unsolved sparks a friendship. I liked their refusal to give up until the mystery was solved.


This was just fun to read from start to finish! I had no idea where it was going, didn't guess the end either.


A quick and light story just right for my mood. I hope for more!


The interaction between Dan and Alan reminded me of the Odd Couple. Their relationship may seem to grate on each other, but they learn that they do indeed make a good detective team! For this alone, I loved the book!


This was a very different story, and well worth reading.

The fourth book in Julia Quinn's globally bestselling, Regency-set, Bridgerton Family series, now the inspiration for the Netflix series Bridgerton by Shonda Rhimes. Welcome to Colin and Penelope's long-awaited story . . .
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Everyone knows that Colin Bridgerton is the most charming man in London . . .

Penelope Featherington has secretly adored her best friend's brother for . . . well, it feels like forever. After half a lifetime of watching Colin Bridgerton from afar, she thinks she knows everything about him, until she stumbles across his deepest secret . . . and fears she doesn't know him at all.

Colin Bridgerton is tired of being thought of as nothing but an empty-headed charmer, tired of the notorious gossip columnist Lady Whistledown, who can't seem to publish an edition without mentioning him. But when Colin returns to London from a trip abroad, he discovers nothing in his life is quite the same - especially Penelope Featherington! The girl who was always simply there is suddenly the girl haunting his dreams. When he discovers that Penelope has secrets of her own, this elusive bachelor must decide . . . is she his biggest threat - or his promise of a happy ending?

Find out why readers love Julia Quinn . . .

'Powered by a surfeit of dazzling wit and graced with a cast of unforgettable characters' Booklist

'Quinn is incomparable! The latest addition to her beloved Bridgerton series is funny, charming, witty and wildly romantic' RT Book Reviews

'Julia Quinn is one of the best historical romance novelists of our time' Heroes and Heartbreakers

'Quinn excels in writing stories full of joy and delight, where laughter trembles on the edges' Happy Ever After

'Quinn is a master of historical romance' Entertainment Weekly

'Full of wit, charm and smouldering attraction . . . an unputdownable story that I think romance fans will treasure' Harlequin Junkie
The fifth novel in Julia Quinn's globally beloved and bestselling Bridgerton Family series, set in Regency times and now a series created by Shonda Rhimes for Netflix. This is Eloise's story . . .
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My dear Miss Bridgerton,

We have been corresponding now for quite some time, and although we have never formally met, I feel as if I know you.

Forgive me if I am too bold, but I am writing to invite you to visit me here at Romney Hall. It is my hope that after a suitable period of time, we might decide that we will suit, and you will consent to be my wife.


Did he think she was mad? Eloise Bridgerton couldn't marry a man she had never met! But then she started thinking . . . and wondering . . . and before she knew it, she was in a hired carriage in the middle of the night, on her way to meet the man she hoped might be her perfect match.

Except . . . he wasn't. Her perfect husband wouldn't be so moody and ill-mannered, and while Phillip was certainly handsome, he was a large brute of a man, rough and rugged, and totally unlike the London gentlemen vying for her hand. But when he smiled . . . and when he kissed her . . . the rest of the world simply fell away. She couldn't help but wonder . . . could this imperfect man be perfect for her?

Find out why readers love Julia Quinn . . .

'Powered by a surfeit of dazzling wit and graced with a cast of unforgettable characters' Booklist

'Two more perfect characters...a quirky, irrepressible heroine...a romance readers will not want to put down...Hooray Julia!' Romance Reviews Today

'A smart, funny touch. . . reminiscent of Helen Fielding' Time Magazine

'Quinn is a master of historical romance' Entertainment Weekly

'Quinn writes delightfully fast-paced, funny, sparkling and bright romance' Romantic Times

'The next best thing to Georgette Heyer' Gloss

'Julia Quinn is one of the best historical romance novelists of our time' Heroes and Heartbreakers

'Quinn excels in writing stories full of joy and delight, where laughter trembles on the edges' Happy Ever After
'Full of wit, charm and smouldering attraction . . . an unputdownable story that I think romance fans will treasure' Harlequin Junkie
'Quinn is incomparable! The latest addition to her beloved Bridgerton series is funny, charming, witty and wildly romantic' RT Book Reviews
'Like an episode of Downtown Abbey mixed with a great rom-com' iBooks Best Books of March
A #1 New York Times bestseller 

From New York Times bestselling author Julia Quinn comes the first novel in the beloved Regency-set world of her charming, powerful Bridgerton family, now a series created by Shonda Rhimes for Netflix.

In the ballrooms and drawing rooms of Regency London, rules abound. From their earliest days, children of aristocrats learn how to address an earl and curtsey before a prince—while other dictates of the ton are unspoken yet universally understood. A proper duke should be imperious and aloof. A young, marriageable lady should be amiable…but not too amiable.

Daphne Bridgerton has always failed at the latter. The fourth of eight siblings in her close-knit family, she has formed friendships with the most eligible young men in London. Everyone likes Daphne for her kindness and wit. But no one truly desires her. She is simply too deuced honest for that, too unwilling to play the romantic games that captivate gentlemen.

Amiability is not a characteristic shared by Simon Basset, Duke of Hastings. Recently returned to England from abroad, he intends to shun both marriage and society—just as his callous father shunned Simon throughout his painful childhood. Yet an encounter with his best friend’s sister offers another option. If Daphne agrees to a fake courtship, Simon can deter the mamas who parade their daughters before him. Daphne, meanwhile, will see her prospects and her reputation soar.

The plan works like a charm—at first. But amid the glittering, gossipy, cut-throat world of London’s elite, there is only one certainty: love ignores every rule...

This novel includes the 2nd epilogue, a peek at the story after the story.

'Such a beacon of pleasure' KATE ATKINSON
'So smart and funny. Deplorably good' IAN RANKIN
'A gripping read' SUNDAY TIMES
THE FIRST BOOK IN THE #1 BESTSELLING THURSDAY MURDER CLUB SERIES BY TV PRESENTER RICHARD OSMAN

In a peaceful retirement village, four unlikely friends meet up once a week to investigate unsolved murders.

But when a brutal killing takes place on their very doorstep, the Thursday Murder Club find themselves in the middle of their first live case.

Elizabeth, Joyce, Ibrahim and Ron might be pushing eighty but they still have a few tricks up their sleeves.

Can our unorthodox but brilliant gang catch the killer before it's too late?
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WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT THE THURSDAY MURDER CLUB

'Thrilling, moving, laugh-out-loud funny' MARK BILLINGHAM

'A great read, I really enjoyed it' GRAHAM NORTON

'As the bodies pile up, and more is revealed of the lives and loves of Joyce, Ibrahim, Ron and Elizabeth, you can't help cheering them on - and hoping to meet them again soon' THE TIMES, CRIME BOOK OF THE MONTH

'Mystery fans are going to be enthralled' HARLAN COBEN

'Pure escapism' THE GUARDIAN, BEST CRIME AND THRILLERS OF 2020

'One of the most enjoyable books of the year' DAILY EXPRESS

'Smart, compassionate, warm, moving and so VERY funny' MARIAN KEYES

'As gripping as it is funny' EVENING STANDARD

'Funny, clever and achingly British' ADAM KAY

'An exciting new talent in crime fiction' DAILY MAIL

'A warm, wise and witty warning never to underestimate the elderly' VAL MCDERMID

'Delight after delight from first page to last' RED MAGAZINE

'I completely fell in love with it' SHARI LAPENA

'This is properly brilliant. The pages fly and I can't stop smiling' STEVE CAVANAGH

'Charming, clever debut' STYLIST

'I laughed my arse off' BELINDA BAUER

'A witty and poignant tale' DAILY TELEGRAPH

'Clever, clever plot' FIONA BARTON

'An absolutely delightful read' PRIMA MAGAZINE

'Utterly charming' SARAH PINBOROUGH

'Funny and original' THE SUN

'Properly funny and totally charming... steeped in Agatha Christie joy' ARAMINTA HALL

'This is one of the most delightful novels of the year' DAILY MIRROR

'A bundle of joy' JANE FALLON
An enchanting collection containing the first three novels in New York Times bestselling author Julia Quinn’s beloved Bridgerton series set in Regency England—The Duke and I, The Viscount Who Loved Me, and An Offer from a Gentleman—now a series created by Shonda Rhimes for Netflix. 

The Duke and I
When Daphne Bridgerton and Simon Basset, Duke of Hastings, agree to a fake courtship, they think they’ve found the perfect solution to their problems. Romantically associated with one of London’s most desirable catches, Daphne’s prospects among the ton will soar. For avowed bachelor Simon, an attachment to Daphne will deter would-be brides and their ambitious mamas. Their plan works like a charm—at first. But amid the glittering, gossipy, cut-throat world of London’s elite, there is only one certainty: love ignores every rule. . . 

The Viscount Who Loved Me
London's most elusive bachelor, Anthony Bridgerton is determined to wed. But one obstacle stands in his way—his intended's older sister, Kate Sheffield, who is driving Anthony mad with her determination to stop the betrothal. Kate is quite sure that reformed rakes do not make the best husbands, and Anthony Bridgerton is the most wicked rogue of them all. She’s determined to protect her sister—even as she fears she may not be able to resist the reprehensible and oh so desirable rake herself . . .

 

An Offer from a Gentleman
Sophie Beckett never dreamed she'd be able to sneak into Lady Bridgerton's famed masquerade ball—or that she would be spinning in the arms of her "Prince Charming"—the debonair and devastatingly handsome Benedict Bridgerton. But when the clock strikes midnight, Sophie’s enchanting evening ends. Since that night Benedict has been able to think of nothing but the bewitching young woman, and he’s sworn to find and wed his mystery miss. Yet will another unexpectedly steal his heart—and his chance for a fairy tale love?


#1 New York Times Bestseller

Over 1 million copies sold

In this generation-defining self-help guide, a superstar blogger cuts through the crap to show us how to stop trying to be "positive" all the time so that we can truly become better, happier people.

For decades, we’ve been told that positive thinking is the key to a happy, rich life. "F**k positivity," Mark Manson says. "Let’s be honest, shit is f**ked and we have to live with it." In his wildly popular Internet blog, Manson doesn’t sugarcoat or equivocate. He tells it like it is—a dose of raw, refreshing, honest truth that is sorely lacking today. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F**k is his antidote to the coddling, let’s-all-feel-good mindset that has infected American society and spoiled a generation, rewarding them with gold medals just for showing up.

Manson makes the argument, backed both by academic research and well-timed poop jokes, that improving our lives hinges not on our ability to turn lemons into lemonade, but on learning to stomach lemons better. Human beings are flawed and limited—"not everybody can be extraordinary, there are winners and losers in society, and some of it is not fair or your fault." Manson advises us to get to know our limitations and accept them. Once we embrace our fears, faults, and uncertainties, once we stop running and avoiding and start confronting painful truths, we can begin to find the courage, perseverance, honesty, responsibility, curiosity, and forgiveness we seek.

There are only so many things we can give a f**k about so we need to figure out which ones really matter, Manson makes clear. While money is nice, caring about what you do with your life is better, because true wealth is about experience. A much-needed grab-you-by-the-shoulders-and-look-you-in-the-eye moment of real-talk, filled with entertaining stories and profane, ruthless humor, The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F**k is a refreshing slap for a generation to help them lead contented, grounded lives.

Edgar Allan Poe
Arthur Conan Doyle

There is no riddle that sharp mind of detective Sherlock Holmes can’t solve. Observation, intelligence, selflessness and bravery distinguish a famous literature character created by writer Arthur Conan Doyle. The inimitable duet of Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson sets to investigation of a crime series, masterly solves complicated cases and restores justice inside and outside London. Novels: A Study in Scarlet, The Sign of the Four, The Hound of the Baskervilles, The Valley of Fear. Short story collections: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, The Return of Sherlock Holmes, His Last Bow: Some Later Reminiscences of Sherlock Holmes.

Contents :

A Study in Scarlet

The Hound of the Baskervilles

The Sign of Four

The Valley Of Fear

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

I. A Scandal in Bohemia

II. The Red-Headed League

III. A Case of Identity

IV. The Boscombe Valley Mystery

V. The Five Orange Pips

VI. The Man with the Twisted Lip

VII. The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle

VIII. The Adventure of the Speckled Band

IX. The Adventure of the Engineer's Thumb

X. The Adventure of the Noble Bachelor

XI.The Adventure of the Beryl Coronet

XII. The Adventure of the Copper Beeches

The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes

I. Silver Blaze

II. The Yellow Face

III. The Stockbroker's Clerk

IV. The "Gloria Scott"

V. The Musgrave Ritual

VI.The Reigate Puzzle

VII. The Crooked Man

VIII. The Resident Patient

IX. The Greek Interpreter

X. The Naval Treaty

XI. The Final Problem

The Return of Sherlock Holmes

I. The Adventure of the Empty House

II. The Adventure of the Norwood Builder

III. The Adventure of the Dancing Men

IV. The Adventure of the Solitary Cyclist

V. The Adventure of the Priory School

VI. The Adventure of Black Peter

VII. The Adventure of Charles Augustus Milverton

VIII. The Adventure of the Six Napoleons

IX. The Adventure of the Three Students

X. The Adventure of the Golden Pince-Nez

XI. The Adventure of the Missing Three-Quarter

XII. The Adventure of the Abbey Grange

XIII. The Adventure of the Second Stain

His Last Bow

I. The Adventure of Wisteria Lodge

II. The Adventure of the Cardboard Box

III. The Adventure of the Bruce-Partington Plans

IV. The Adventure of the Devil's Foot

V. The Adventure of the Red Circle

VI. The Disappearance of Lady Frances Carfax

VII. The Adventure of the Dying Detective

VIII. His Last Bow. An Epilogue of Sherlock Holmes


Edgar Allan Poe

World classics in the genre of horror and thriller. This new selection brings together 71 literary works of the famous authors: 

Edgar Allan Poe - THE GOLD-BUG

Edgar Allan Poe - THE PIT AND THE PENDULUM

Edgar Allan Poe - THE TELL-TALE HEART

Edgar Allan Poe - THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER

Edgar Allan Poe - THE MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH

Edgar Allan Poe - THE CASK OF AMONTILLADO

Edgar Allan Poe - THE MURDERS IN THE RUE MORGUE

Edgar Allan Poe - THE BLACK CAT

Edgar Allan Poe - THE FACTS IN THE CASE OF M. VALDEMAR

Edgar Allan Poe - HOP-FROG

H.P. Lovecraft - THE CALL OF CTHULHU

H.P. Lovecraft - DAGON

H.P. Lovecraft - THE TOMB

H.P. Lovecraft - THE PICTURE IN THE HOUSE

H.P. Lovecraft - THE CATS OF ULTHAR

H.P. Lovecraft - THE MUSIC OF ERICH ZANN

H.P. Lovecraft - THE OUTSIDER

H.P. Lovecraft - THE TEMPLE

H.P. Lovecraft - THE FESTIVAL

H.P. Lovecraft - THE SILVER KEY

H.P. Lovecraft - THE OTHER GODS

H.P. Lovecraft - THE RATS IN THE WALLS

H.P. Lovecraft - THE HAUNTER OF THE DARK

H.P. Lovecraft - THE TRANSITION OF JUAN ROMERO

H.P. Lovecraft - THE DUNWICH HORROR

H.P. Lovecraft - THE DOOM THAT CAME TO SARNATH

H.P. Lovecraft - FROM BEYOND

H.P. Lovecraft - THE HORROR AT RED HOOK

H.P. Lovecraft - THROUGH THE GATES OF THE SILVER KEY

H.P. Lovecraft - THE NAMELESS CITY

H.P. Lovecraft - PICKMAN'S MODEL

H.P. Lovecraft - THE DREAMS IN THE WITCH HOUSE

H.P. Lovecraft - HERBERT WEST–REANIMATOR

H.P. Lovecraft - THE STATEMENT OF RANDOLPH CARTER

H.P. Lovecraft - THE LURKING FEAR

H.P. Lovecraft - UNDER THE PYRAMIDS

H.P. Lovecraft - THE COLOUR OUT OF SPACE

H.P. Lovecraft - THE STRANGE HIGH HOUSE IN THE MIST

H.P. Lovecraft - COOL AIR

H.P. Lovecraft - IN THE VAULT

H.P. Lovecraft - THE HOUND

H.P. Lovecraft - THE SHUNNED HOUSE

H.P. Lovecraft - THE THING ON THE DOORSTEP

H.P. Lovecraft - THE UNNAMABLE

H.P. Lovecraft - THE WHISPERER IN DARKNESS

H.P. Lovecraft - THE SHADOW OUT OF TIME

Algernon Blackwood - THE WILLOWS

Ambrose Bierce - THE DEATH OF HALPIN FRAYSER

Ambrose Bierce - CHICKAMAUGA

Ambrose Bierce - AN OCCURRENCE AT OWL CREEK BRIDGE

Arthur Machen - THE GREAT GOD PAN

Bram Stoker - THE JUDGE'S HOUSE

Edward Frederic Benson - MRS. AMWORTH

Edward Frederic Benson - NEGOTIUM PERAMBULANS

Edward Frederic Benson - NABOTH'S VINEYARD

Edward Frederic Benson - AT THE FARMHOUSE

Edward Frederic Benson - THE WISHING-WELL

Edward Frederic Benson - THE TERROR BY NIGHT

Edward Frederic Benson - THE THING IN THE HALL

Edward Frederic Benson - THE CAT

Edward Frederic Benson - THE SANCTUARY

Francis Marion Crawford - THE UPPER BERTH

Francis Marion Crawford - FOR THE BLOOD IS THE LIFE

Francis Marion Crawford - THE SCREAMING SKULL

Francis Marion Crawford - THE DOLL'S GHOST

Francis Marion Crawford - MAN OVERBOARD!

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu - CARMILLA

Mary Shelley - FRANKENSTEIN, OR THE MODERN PROMETHEUS

Robert W. Chambers - THE KING IN YELLOW

William Hope Hodgson - THE GHOST PIRATES

Nikolai Gogol - THE VIY

Blake Pierce
 “A dynamic story line that grips from the first chapter and doesn't let go.”--Midwest Book Review, Diane Donovan (regarding Once Gone)

From #1 bestselling mystery author Blake Pierce comes a new masterpiece of psychological suspense.

In A TRACE OF MURDER (Book #2 in the Keri Locke mystery series), Keri Locke, Missing Persons Detective in the Homicide division of the LAPD, remains haunted by the abduction of her own daughter. Encouraged by the new lead that has landed, the first in years, she pursues it with all that she has, determined to find her daughter and bring her back alive.

Yet Keri, at the same time, receives a phone call from a frantic husband, a famed Beverly Hills plastic surgeon, who reports that his wife has been missing for two days. A wealthy socialite with no enemies and little reason to leave her life, he fears the worst has become of his wife.

Keri takes on the case, assigned a new partner whom she hates, as Ray still recovers in the hospital. Her investigation leads her deep into the elite Beverly Hills world of the idle rich, to encounters with lonely housewives, and those with shopping-addicted, empty lives. Keri, in over her head in this world, becomes increasingly puzzled by the conflicting signals: did this woman, with a stalker and a lurid, secret past, run away, or was she abducted?

Or did something far more sinister happen?

A dark psychological thriller with heart-pounding suspense, A TRACE OF MURDER is book #2 in a riveting new series—and a beloved new character—that will leave you turning pages late into the night.

“A masterpiece of thriller and mystery! The author did a magnificent job developing characters with a psychological side that is so well described that we feel inside their minds, follow their fears and cheer for their success. The plot is very intelligent and will keep you entertained throughout the book. Full of twists, this book will keep you awake until the turn of the last page.”--Books and Movie Reviews, Roberto Mattos (re Once Gone)

Book #3 in the Keri Locke series is also now available!
Blake Pierce
From Blake Pierce, bestselling author of ONCE GONE (a #1 bestseller with over 600 five star reviews), comes book #2 in a heart-pounding new mystery series.

In BEFORE HE SEES (A Mackenzie White Mystery—Book 2), FBI agent-in-training Mackenzie White struggles to make her mark in the FBI Academy in Quantico, trying to prove herself as a woman and as a transplant from Nebraska. Hoping she has what it takes to become an FBI agent and leave her life in the Midwest behind for good, Mackenzie just wants to keep a low profile and impress her superiors.

But all that changes when the body of a woman is found in a garbage dump. The murder bears shocking similarities to the Scarecrow Killer—the case that made Mackenzie famous in Nebraska—and in the frantic race against time to stop a new serial killer, the FBI decides to break protocol and give Mackenzie a chance on the case.

It is Mackenzie’s big break, her chance to impress the FBI—but the stakes have never been higher. Not everyone wants her on the case, and everything she touches seems to go wrong. As the pressure mounts and the killer strikes again, Mackenzie finds herself as a lone voice in a sea of experienced agents, and she soon realizes she is in way over heard. Her entire future with the FBI is in jeopardy.

As tough and determined as Mackenzie is, as brilliant as she is in hunting down killers, this new case proves an impossible riddle, something just beyond her reach. She may not even have time to crack it as her own life falls apart around her. 

A dark psychological thriller with heart-pounding suspense, BEFORE HE SEES is book #2 in a riveting new series—with a beloved new character—that will leave you turning pages late into the night. 

Book #3 in the Mackenzie White Mystery series will be available soon. 
George Orwell

Animal Farm is an allegorical novella by George Orwell, first published in England on 17 August 1945. The book tells the story of a group of farm animals who rebel against their human farmer, hoping to create a society where the animals can be equal, free, and happy. Ultimately, however, the rebellion is betrayed, and the farm ends up in a state as bad as it was before, under the dictatorship of a pig named Napoleon.

According to Orwell, the fable reflects events leading up to the Russian Revolution of 1917 and then on into the Stalinist era of the Soviet Union. Orwell, a democratic socialist, was a critic of Joseph Stalin and hostile to Moscow-directed Stalinism, an attitude that was critically shaped by his experiences during the Spanish Civil War. The Soviet Union, he believed, had become a brutal dictatorship built upon a cult of personality and enforced by a reign of terror. In a letter to Yvonne Davet, Orwell described Animal Farm as a satirical tale against Stalin ("un conte satirique contre Staline"), and in his essay "Why I Write" (1946), wrote that Animal Farm was the first book in which he tried, with full consciousness of what he was doing, "to fuse political purpose and artistic purpose into one whole".

The original title was Animal Farm: A Fairy Story, but U.S. publishers dropped the subtitle when it was published in 1946, and only one of the translations during Orwell's lifetime kept it. Other titular variations include subtitles like "A Satire" and "A Contemporary Satire".Orwell suggested the title Union des républiques socialistes animales for the French translation, which abbreviates to URSA, the Latin word for "bear", a symbol of Russia. It also played on the French name of the Soviet Union, Union des républiques socialistes soviétiques.

Orwell wrote the book between November 1943 and February 1944, when the UK was in its wartime alliance with the Soviet Union against Nazi Germany, and the British people and intelligentsia held Stalin in high esteem, a phenomenon Orwell hated. The manuscript was initially rejected by a number of British and American publishers, including one of Orwell's own, Victor Gollancz, which delayed its publication. It became a great commercial success when it did appear partly because international relations were transformed as the wartime alliance gave way to the Cold War.


Other notable works:

Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984)

Homage to Catalonia

Down and Out in Paris and London

The Road to Wigan Pier

Blake Pierce
 “A dynamic story line that grips from the first chapter and doesn't let go.”--Midwest Book Review, Diane Donovan (regarding Once Gone)

From #1 bestselling mystery author Blake Pierce comes a new masterpiece of psychological suspense.

In A TRACE OF VICE (Book #3 in the Keri Locke mystery series), Keri Locke, Missing Persons Detective in the Homicide division of the LAPD, follows a fresh lead for her abducted daughter. It leads to a violent confrontation with The Collector—which, in turn, offers more clues that may, after all this time, reunite her with her daughter.

Yet at the same time, Keri is assigned a new case, one with a frantic ticking clock. A teenage girl has gone missing in Los Angeles, a girl from a good family was who duped into drugs and abducted into a sex trafficking ring. Keri is hot on her trail—but the trail is moving fast, with the girl being constantly moved and with her abductors’ single, nefarious goal: to cross her over the border with Mexico.

In an epic, breathtaking, cat and mouse chase that takes them through the seedy underworld of trafficking, Keri and Ray will be pushed to their limits to save the girl—and her own daughter—before it is all too late.

A dark psychological thriller with heart-pounding suspense, A TRACE OF VICE is book #3 in a riveting new series—and a beloved new character—that will leave you turning pages late into the night.

“A masterpiece of thriller and mystery! The author did a magnificent job developing characters with a psychological side that is so well described that we feel inside their minds, follow their fears and cheer for their success. The plot is very intelligent and will keep you entertained throughout the book. Full of twists, this book will keep you awake until the turn of the last page.”--Books and Movie Reviews, Roberto Mattos (re Once Gone)

Book #4 in the Keri Locke series will be available soon.
Peter Pan Goes Wrong: The Olivier Award-winning Mischief Theatre brings Peter Pan Goes Wrong to the small screen. As part of a commitment to community theatre, The Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society, an amateur dramatics group, has been commissioned to recreate the JM Barrie classic as part of the festive season programming. But can they pull it off? Narrated by David Suchet and filmed in front of a live audience, watch as Peter Pan flies through the air, Captain Hook and his pirates set adrift in the lagoon, and Tinkerbell is due to light up the stage in a stunning electrical costume... what can possibly go wrong?! With their trademark comic mayhem, expect hilarious stunts, chaos, technical hitches, flying mishaps and cast disputes on the way to Neverland with hilarious and disastrous results. Christmas Carol Goes Wrong: The Olivier Award-winning Mischief Theatre Company return to the small screen with their take on Dickens's famous festive fable. Blacklisted by the BBC after ruining Peter Pan, the Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society do not take their ban lying down and force themselves back on the TV by hijacking the jewel of the Christmas schedule, a live production of A Christmas Carol, staged by a professional cast. As the Cornley gang try to make the show work on television, they soon realise they are completely out of their depth, with no idea how to direct a live studio or handle the special effects. Worse still, their internal rivalries are revealed on television, while an angry professional cast tries to get back into the studio.
The fourth book in Julia Quinn's globally bestselling, Regency-set, Bridgerton Family series, now the inspiration for the Netflix series Bridgerton by Shonda Rhimes. Welcome to Colin and Penelope's long-awaited story . . .
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Everyone knows that Colin Bridgerton is the most charming man in London . . .

Penelope Featherington has secretly adored her best friend's brother for . . . well, it feels like forever. After half a lifetime of watching Colin Bridgerton from afar, she thinks she knows everything about him, until she stumbles across his deepest secret . . . and fears she doesn't know him at all.

Colin Bridgerton is tired of being thought of as nothing but an empty-headed charmer, tired of the notorious gossip columnist Lady Whistledown, who can't seem to publish an edition without mentioning him. But when Colin returns to London from a trip abroad, he discovers nothing in his life is quite the same - especially Penelope Featherington! The girl who was always simply there is suddenly the girl haunting his dreams. When he discovers that Penelope has secrets of her own, this elusive bachelor must decide . . . is she his biggest threat - or his promise of a happy ending?

Find out why readers love Julia Quinn . . .

'Powered by a surfeit of dazzling wit and graced with a cast of unforgettable characters' Booklist

'Quinn is incomparable! The latest addition to her beloved Bridgerton series is funny, charming, witty and wildly romantic' RT Book Reviews

'Julia Quinn is one of the best historical romance novelists of our time' Heroes and Heartbreakers

'Quinn excels in writing stories full of joy and delight, where laughter trembles on the edges' Happy Ever After

'Quinn is a master of historical romance' Entertainment Weekly

'Full of wit, charm and smouldering attraction . . . an unputdownable story that I think romance fans will treasure' Harlequin Junkie
The fifth novel in Julia Quinn's globally beloved and bestselling Bridgerton Family series, set in Regency times and now a series created by Shonda Rhimes for Netflix. This is Eloise's story . . .
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My dear Miss Bridgerton,

We have been corresponding now for quite some time, and although we have never formally met, I feel as if I know you.

Forgive me if I am too bold, but I am writing to invite you to visit me here at Romney Hall. It is my hope that after a suitable period of time, we might decide that we will suit, and you will consent to be my wife.


Did he think she was mad? Eloise Bridgerton couldn't marry a man she had never met! But then she started thinking . . . and wondering . . . and before she knew it, she was in a hired carriage in the middle of the night, on her way to meet the man she hoped might be her perfect match.

Except . . . he wasn't. Her perfect husband wouldn't be so moody and ill-mannered, and while Phillip was certainly handsome, he was a large brute of a man, rough and rugged, and totally unlike the London gentlemen vying for her hand. But when he smiled . . . and when he kissed her . . . the rest of the world simply fell away. She couldn't help but wonder . . . could this imperfect man be perfect for her?

Find out why readers love Julia Quinn . . .

'Powered by a surfeit of dazzling wit and graced with a cast of unforgettable characters' Booklist

'Two more perfect characters...a quirky, irrepressible heroine...a romance readers will not want to put down...Hooray Julia!' Romance Reviews Today

'A smart, funny touch. . . reminiscent of Helen Fielding' Time Magazine

'Quinn is a master of historical romance' Entertainment Weekly

'Quinn writes delightfully fast-paced, funny, sparkling and bright romance' Romantic Times

'The next best thing to Georgette Heyer' Gloss

'Julia Quinn is one of the best historical romance novelists of our time' Heroes and Heartbreakers

'Quinn excels in writing stories full of joy and delight, where laughter trembles on the edges' Happy Ever After
'Full of wit, charm and smouldering attraction . . . an unputdownable story that I think romance fans will treasure' Harlequin Junkie
'Quinn is incomparable! The latest addition to her beloved Bridgerton series is funny, charming, witty and wildly romantic' RT Book Reviews
'Like an episode of Downtown Abbey mixed with a great rom-com' iBooks Best Books of March
THE SUNDAY TIMES NUMBER ONE BESTSELLER!
What if winning means losing everything?
‘A gripping story of greed, lies and dark family secrets’ Lisa Jewell
‘Utterly engrossing and brilliant’ Lucy Foley
‘Addictive, provocative... brilliantly crafted’ TM Logan

It’s the stuff dreams are made of – a lottery win so big, it changes everything.

For fifteen years, Lexi and Jake have played the same six numbers with their friends, the Pearsons and the Heathcotes. Over dinner parties, fish & chip suppers and summer barbecues, they’ve discussed the important stuff – the kids, marriages, jobs and houses – and they’ve laughed off their disappointment when they failed to win anything more than a tenner.

But then, one Saturday night, the unthinkable happens. There’s a rift in the group. Someone doesn’t tell the truth. And soon after, six numbers come up which change everything forever.

Lexi and Jake have a ticket worth £18 million. And their friends are determined to claim a share of it.

Sunday Times Number One bestseller Adele Parks returns with a riveting look at the dark side of wealth in this gripping take on friendship, money and betrayal, and good luck gone bad...

Praise for Just My Luck:

‘Adele Parks never takes her foot off the gas, every book is tighter, faster, better than the last. Just My Luck is a gripping story of greed, lies and dark family secrets. I read it in a two-day frenzy’ Lisa Jewell

‘Utterly engrossing and brilliant’ Lucy Foley

‘A compelling take on one of those “what if” scenarios that we’ve all wondered about. Addictive, provocative and thoroughly relatable – a brilliantly crafted reminder to be careful what you wish for’ TM Logan

‘An absolute joy: gripping, shocking and surprising. A cautionary tale about what one couple’s sudden wealth can do to old friendships’ Jane Fallon

‘Fabulous... her best yet’ Daily Mail

‘Stupendous! I read this totally compelling modern-day morality tale over a weekend – I couldn’t put it down. As ever, Adele Parks does not disappoint – you’ll love it’ Ruth Jones

‘Like a deft magician, this book reveals its twists only at the very end, I was completely astonished’ Rosamund Lupton

'I read The Kingdom and couldn't put it down...suspenseful...original...this one is special in every way' STEPHEN KING, INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER

*A THE TIMES CRIME BOOK OF THE YEAR*

Jo Nesbo, author of the number one bestselling Harry Hole series, is back with a tense and atmospheric thriller about two brothers bound together by dark secrets.


When Roy and Carl's parents die suddenly, sixteen-year-old Roy is left as protector to his impulsive younger brother. But when Carl decides to travel the world in search of his fortune, Roy stays behind in their sleepy village, satisfied with his peaceful life as a mechanic.

Some years later, Carl returns with his charismatic new wife, Shannon - an architect. They are full of exciting plans to build a spa hotel on their family land. Carl wants not only to make the brothers rich but the rest of the village, too.

It's only a matter of time before what begins as a jubilant homecoming sparks off a series of events that threaten to derail everything Roy holds dear, as long-buried family secrets begin to rise to the surface...

The Kingdom is a simmering and complex thriller full of unexpected twists, devastating family legacies and an ever growing body count.
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PRAISE FOR THE KINGDOM:

'The Kingdom is a stunning novel from a storyteller with few equals'
Daily Express

'Jo Nesbo remains the king of Scandicrime' Financial Times

'A stunning novel' Daily Mirror

'A sombre delight. There are shades of a Nordic Ripley, or maybe Virginia Andrews on aquavit. Choose your poison' The Times

'The latest stand-alone from the chronicler of Inspector Harry Hole puts all the murky, violent twists on brotherly love that you'd expect from this leading exponent of Nordic noir...' Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)
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READERS LOVE THE KINGDOM:

***** 'Intriguing, mysterious, full of suspense and as twisty as one of the roads up to The Kingdom' Netgalley reader

***** 'A gripping read... once it all starts to fall into place you can't put the book down!' Netgalley reader

***** 'To say I couldn't put it down is an understatement... One of my favourite books this year' Netgalley reader

***** 'A great read with plenty of twists and surprises...my book of the year so far' Netgalley reader
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