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From the brilliant Libba Bray

The Diviners – amazing new acquisition for Atom

We recently acquired The Diviners, by Libba Bray, which is a wonderfully-drawn tale of Jazz-Age New York. With a heroine who is fierce yet vulnerable, a cast of intriguing characters with prophetic abilities, and a supernatural and sinister serial killer, The Diviners shows off Bray’s remarkable talents as an author and is sure to appeal to lovers of both historical and paranormal fiction.

Sphere

High Society

Sarah Mason
Authors:
Sarah Mason

Clemmie Colshannon's life appears to be on a fast track to nowhere - having lost her job and her boyfriend on the same day, she's retreated to the bosom of her family in Cornwall to recover. Fortunately, life chez Colshannon is never dull. Her mother has taken over the amateur dramatics society and is busy roping the locals into a production of Calamity Jane; brother Barney is going to extreme lengths to impress a girl; and sister Holly, who is a reporter on the Bristol Gazette, needs help with a story. Fellow journalist Emma McKellan, who writes the social diary, has gone missing days before she was due to be married. As Holly and Clemmie search for clues as to her whereabouts in an attempt to reunite her with her fiance, it's not long before the drama turns into a crisis and the whole family is forced to flee to the south of France with an ex-convict hot on their heels ... Wonderful characters, sparkling dialogue and a fabulously funny story make Sarah Mason's third novel unmissable.

Piatkus

The Party Season

Sarah Mason
Authors:
Sarah Mason

Respected entrepreneur Simon Monkwell and party planner Isabel Serranti have known each other since childhood. He was a thirteen-year-old bully and she was the eleven-year-old whose life he made a misery. Now she's twenty-six, everything Isabel hears on the grapevine convinces her that Simon hasn't changed one little bit. So when Monty, Simon's father, asks Isabel to help him host a charity ball at the Monkwell's country estate, Izzy has mixed feelings. Determined to put the past behind her, however, and thinking that Simon is away on business in America, Izzy quickly falls under the spell of the eccentric family once more, only to discover that her childhood memories aren't quite as accurate as she thought they were ...

Sarah Mason

Sarah Mason lives in Cheltenham. At the age of 25 she began importing gourmet popcorn from America and was soon running a company with a seven figure turnover. She started writing when she sold the business on. This is her first novel.

Sphere

Sea Fever

Sarah Mason
Authors:
Sarah Mason
Robinson

Mammoth Books presents The Unexpected

Michael Marshall Smith, Nicholas Royle, Ramsey Campbell, Robert Shearman, Rosalie Parker, Simon Strantzas
Authors:
Michael Marshall Smith, Nicholas Royle, Ramsey Campbell, Robert Shearman, Rosalie Parker, Simon Strantzas

What Happens When You Wake Up in the Night - Michael Marshall Smith For Michael Marshall Smith, this was one of those stories that dropped straight into his head, but the problem was that he didn't want it: "It wasn't an idea I liked. It was clearly some part of my brain serving up a notion simply because it could, and because it knew it could frighten me with it. "It did frighten me, and so I did what I always do when that happens - which is write it down, in the hope it will go away." Respects - Ramsey Campbell "'Respects' was suggested by a local incident in which a car thief in his early teens killed himself while fleeing the police," recalls Campbell. "A lamp standard at the site of his demise is still decorated with flowers years after the incident, and the tributes on the obituaries page of one Wallasey newspaper were at least as grotesque as the ones I've invented - the romanticisation of a petty criminal. "How much has this to do with the public hunger for a moment in the media? The tendency has produced its own clichés. There almost seems to be a standard script (created by the demand for sound bites) for grieving parents to deliver at press conferences. A lost daughter inevitably becomes 'my little princess', and it isn't uncommon to hear very young children described as 'my best friend'. "Does this cheapen the grief? People may need to express their feelings (although not doing so, at least in public, can be useful too), but how much does banality and inaccuracy express?" Cold to Touch - Simon Strantzas "Stories often find their origins in unexpected ways," Strantzas reveals. "I was inspired in this case by a photograph of a Zen garden I once used as my computer's desktop background. "There was something there in the coldness of the photograph, something that brought to mind the barren vistas of the Canadian Arctic, which ended up being the perfect setting for my tale of tested faith." The Reunion - Nicholas Royle "'The Reunion' is based on actual events," reveals the author, "but the story only really came into focus for me when I was invited to contribute to Ellen Datlow's Poe anthology. "Poe is brilliant. I was at a conference recently where a teacher revealed that she had read Poe's 'The Black Cat' to a lecture theatre full of schoolchildren. She switched off all the lights and used a torch to read by. A number of parents lodged complaints, which she took as a measure of the event's success. My tale is inspired by a different Poe story." Granny's Grinning - Robert Shearman "I love Christmas," says Shearman. "Always have done, and always a bit too passionately. The intensity with which I loved Christmas was delightful when I was eight years old, slightly unusual by the time I was eighteen, and increasingly disturbing thereafter. "I was the last one to grow up. It suddenly dawned on me one year, looking into the faces of my parents, and of my sister, that they were all older, and fatter, and less and less festive. And that they were trying so hard to keep me happy each Christmas, pretending they wanted all those presents I'd bought, all those sausage rolls and Quality Street chocs. That what I was trying to do, each December, was somehow reach back into the past and resurrect a time that was dead, that was long dead. "I still love Christmas. But now I recognize - as I still make them perform party games, as I still make them open their gifts and smile and say thank you - that they're zombies now. All of them, zombies. I'll never get my childhood back again, not really, or the innocence of that family get-together. So I'll make do with the dead, and pretend. "This is a story all about that." In The Garden - Rosalie Parker "'In the Garden' was written after I challenged myself to write a horror story about gardening," explains the author. "It emerged more quickly and easily than anything I've ever written. I think of it more as a prose poem than a story."

Virago

The Diary Of A Provincial Lady

E.M. Delafield
Authors:
E.M. Delafield
OMENS Prologue

Kelley Armstrong

Read the prologue from OMENS, Kelley Armstrong's atmospheric psychological thriller.

Kelley Armstrong

OMENS: Prologue

Read the prologue from Kelley Armstrong's atmospheric psychological thriller, OMENS.

Piatkus

Gangland Bosses

James Morton, Jerry Parker, Gerry Parker
Authors:
James Morton, Jerry Parker, Gerry Parker

In August 1955 two men fought on the corner of Frith Street and Old Compton Street, Soho. From the dreadful injuries they inflicted on each other it easily could have been a hanging matter, but ironically it became known as 'The Fight that Never Was'. It was, however, to have enormous repercussions in the battle for control of Soho and its clubs and for the bookmakers' pitches on the racecourses. It also led to the inexorable rise of the Kray twins. One of the men fighting was Jack Spot, the self-proclaimed defender of the Jewish community against Fascism. The other was the half Italian Albert Dimes, the right hand man of Spot's one-time friend and later nemesis Billy Hill, rightly described as the nearest Britain has ever had to a mastermind. Meticulously researched, including interviews with the survivors of the era, this is the story of the rise and fall of Spot from an East End background and Hill from a criminal family in Holborn, as well as that of their spiritual mentor Darby Sabini, the King of the Racecourses in the 1920s and 1930s and his successors Alf and Harry White.

Constable

A Life Without Limits

Chrissie Wellington
Authors:
Chrissie Wellington
Sphere

Hornet's Nest

Patricia Cornwell
Authors:
Patricia Cornwell
C & R Crime

Never Apologise, Never Explain

James Craig
Authors:
James Craig

Jake Haggar has been kidnapped by his father who is threatening to sell the boy to a paedophile ring. Carlyle is struggling to get him back. It's not his case but it is his problem - it was his fault Jake was taken in the first place. But Carlyle's own caseload includes the murder of Agatha Mills. Her husband, Henry, has been arrested for murder but his explanation is so outlandish that Carlyle wonders if it may just be true. Agatha is the sister of William Pettigrew, a priest killed in Chile during the Fascist coup in 1973 and after 30 years of campaigning, Agatha was about to see his killer brought to justice. So a seemingly straightforward case of murder quickly escalates into a diplomatic incident that has Carlyle, once again, clashing with his bosses and their political masters...

The start of a magnificent new trilogy

An Extract from The Summer Queen

Overflowing with scandal, sex, triumph and tragedy. Read the first chapter of The Summer Queen, the gripping new novel from New York Times Bestseller, Elizabeth Chadwick.

Constable

Can I Carry Your Bags?

Martin Johnson
Authors:
Martin Johnson
Canvas

Dark Shadows 3: Wolf Moon Rising

Lara Parker
Authors:
Lara Parker

The Dark Shadows saga is back with the full measure of eroticism, spellbinding suspense, and gripping storytelling. When a portrait is lost that has maintained Quentin Collins's youthful appearance for over a century - and has also kept his werewolf curse at bay - Quentin begins to dread the full moon. Meanwhile, David, heir to the Collins fortune, has fallen in love with Jacqueline, the reincarnation of the dark sorceress Angelique. David and Jacqueline are swept back in time to the prohibition era of the Twenties, where David uncovers the dark secrets of the Collins family history. Dr. Nathanial Blair, an expert in the paranormal, has come to Collinwood because he suspects they are harboring a vampire. What Blair discovers places the entire Collins family in jeopardy.

Robinson

The Mammoth Book of Erotic Stories

Barbara Cardy
Authors:
Barbara Cardy
Constable

Shoot to Kill

James Craig
Authors:
James Craig

When French gangster Tuco Martinez threatens Carlyle and his family, the inspector has to call on the resources and skills of Dominic Silver to try and see him off. But Dom won't do all the dirty work and so Carlyle has to go into hiding. Cut off from his home turf, both literally and metaphorically, Carlyle struggles to cope with the situation while meanwhile, back in London, the charismatic major, Christian Holroyd, is finally spiralling completely out of control.

Sphere

The Wreckage

Michael Robotham
Authors:
Michael Robotham

In London, ex-cop Vincent Ruiz rescues a young woman from a violent boyfriend but wakes next morning to find that he's been set up and robbed. As he tracks down the thieves, he discovers the boyfriend's tortured body and learns that powerful men are looking for the girl. What did Holly Knight steal that is so important to them? Meanwhile in Baghdad, the bank robbery capital of the world, billions of dollars in reconstruction funds has gone missing and Pulitzer prize-winning Journalist Luca Terracini is trying to 'follow the money'. The dangerous trail will lead him to London where he teams up with Vincent Ruiz and together they investigate the disappearance of an international banker and a mysterious 'black hole' in the bank's accounts.

Much-in-Little

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making

Catherynne M. Valente
Authors:
Catherynne M. Valente
Little, Brown

The Casual Vacancy

J.K. Rowling
Authors:
J.K. Rowling