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Will Young Memoir Set for October 2012

Little, Brown Book Group is delighted to announce the acquisition of Will Young's autobiography, set for publication by Sphere Books this autumn.

by Nora Roberts

The Witness: Chapter 1

Chapter One of Nora Roberts' thrilling romance, The Witness.

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The Uncommon Appeal of Clouds

Read the first chapter of the latest book in Alexander McCall Smith's Sunday Philosophy Club series. The victim of an important art theft appeals to Isabel Dalhousie, Edinburgh philosopher and sleuth, for help.

First Published November 2007; Updated Winter 2011

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Start and Run a Bed & Breakfast 2nd Edition

Louise Weston, David Weston
Authors:
Louise Weston, David Weston

Whether you are thinking about running a B&B or have already made the decision and are ready to start planning your business, this book will tell you all you need to know. If you are already established with a B & B, it will help you provide quality accommodation and maximize your earnings and occupancy rates. Their book will help you in: - Planning and preparing your business, including defining your market, budgeting, pricing, regulation and compliance, accounting and taxation. - Deciding what to offer - in guest bedrooms and for meals and drinks. - Dealing with practicalities, such as managing reservations and keeping records, taking payments, maintaining safety and security. - Marketing your B&B - setting your strategy, networking and making local contacts, advertising and PR, creating your own website. - Expanding your business and ultimately selling it. Also included is direction to a dedicated website to support you as you build your successful B&B business. This second edition has been completely and thoroughly revised and updated to include, amongst other new material, important changes in the area of regulation.Contents: Introduction to the First Edition; Introduction to the Second Edition; Part One: Planning and Preparing; 1. 'The individual is beautiful' 2. Before you start; 3. Determining your market; 4. Budgeting; 5. Measuring success; 6. Pricing; 7. Classifying your B&B for business purposes; 8. Applying for licences; 9. Complying with fire regulations; 10. Obeying food safety requirements; 11. Further legislation; 12. Managing your finances; Part Two: Running your B&B; 13. Organising guest bedrooms and catering; 14. Making bookings; 15. Managing arrivals and departures; 16. Dealing with difficult customers and complaints; 17. Marketing your B&B; 18. Online marketing; Part Three: What Next? 19. Expanding your business; 20. Selling your business; Websites; Index.

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The Secret Recipe for Second Chances

J.D. Barrett
Authors:
J.D. Barrett

Lucy Muir is leaving her husband. It's complicated. They're joint owners and chefs at one of the best restaurants in town, so making a clean break is tough. But, let's face it, a woman can only take so much cheating, recipe stealing and lack of good grace.Despondently driving around the back streets of Woolloomooloo one night, Lucy happens upon an old, empty terrace that was once the city's hottest restaurant: Fortune. One minute she's peering through grimy windows into an abandoned space, the next she's planning a pop-up bistro.When Lucy fires up Fortune's old kitchen she discovers a little red recipe book that belonged to the former chef, the infamous Frankie Summers. As she cries over the ingredients for Frankie's French Onion Soup, she imagines what Fortune was like in its heyday. It's strange, Lucy can sense Frankie beside her, almost see him there ... This fiery chef, who lived with a passion for food and women in almost equal measure, just might help Lucy cook herself up a better life. But is she brave enough to believe?A surprising, smart, charming novel that shows every day brings with it a second chance.

by Mark Billingham

Rush Of Blood: An Extract

Read the first chapter of best-selling Mark Billingham's thrilling new novel 'Rush of Blood'.

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Bossypants

Tina Fey
Authors:
Tina Fey

Once in a generation a woman comes along who changes everything. Tina Fey is not that woman, but she met that woman once and acted weird around her.Before 30 Rock, Mean Girls and 'Sarah Palin', Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV. She has seen both these dreams come true.At last, Tina Fey's story can be told. From her youthful days as a vicious nerd to her tour of duty on Saturday Night Live; from her passionately halfhearted pursuit of physical beauty to her life as a mother eating things off the floor; from her one-sided college romance to her nearly fatal honeymoon - from the beginning of this paragraph to this final sentence.Tina Fey reveals all, and proves what we've all suspected: you're no one until someone calls you bossy.

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Mr Key's Shorter Potted Brief, Brief Lives

Frank Key
Authors:
Frank Key

Wesley, Samuel (British clergyman and poet, 1662 - 1735). On Christmas Day 1716, Wesley was haunted by an apparition of a badger with no head. It was called Jeffrey.Frank writes: "It occurred to me that it would be a good idea to write a modern, updated version of John Aubrey's Brief Lives. But it further occurred to me that some books are unimproveable, and that in trying to follow in Aubrey's footsteps I would embarrass myself and become the butt of ridicule. The idea continued to nag at me, however, and eventually I decided the solution was to outdo Aubrey in brevity. My own Brief Lives would consist of a single, unadorned fact about each of my subjects. So the reader may not learn very much about the life of X or Y or Z, but they would be armed with one little nugget which might come in handy to chuck into a lull during the conversation at the kind of swish sophisticated cocktail party to which they no doubt get invited."Other entries include: Gibson, Willie (Irish, 2nd Baron Ashbourne, 1868 - 1942). An enthusiastic Gaelic nationalist, Gibson was rumoured to keep a tortoise in his sporran. Harmsworth, Alfred, Lord Northcliffe (British newspaper magnate, 1865 - 1922). One day at a seaside resort, Northcliffe wantonly struck down a seagull with his stick and beat it to death on the sand. Jansson, Tove (Finnish writer and illustrator, 1914 - 2001). When staying at her Finnish island retreat, it was Tove Jansson's practice to get out of bed at four o' clock in the morning and stand stock still, pretending to be a tree, while a squirrel ran up and down her frozen limbs. Lennon, John (British musician, 1940 - 1980). According to Bernard Levin (q.v.), "there is nothing wrong with John Lennon that could not be cured by standing him upside down and shaking him gently until whatever is inside his head falls out". Stein, Gertrude (American writer, 1874 - 1946). Stein liked to write while looking at cows. She and Alice B Toklas would drive around until they found a suitable spot, then Stein would sit on a campstool armed with pad and pencil, while Toklas coaxed a cow into her line of vision.Nixon, Richard Milhous (American politician and Potus, 1913 - 1994) Nixon's favourite pastime was mashing potatoes.Schubert, Franz (Austrian composer, 1797 - 1828). Upon his deathbed, Schubert's final wish was that someone would bring him some books by James Fenimore Cooper.Tippett, Michael (British composer, 1905 - 1998). Tippett called the refrigerator in his kitchen "Bernard Levin".Anderson, John Henry (British magician, 1814 - 1874). The first magician to pull a rabbit out of a hat, Anderson also did a trick which he described as "a Grand Ambidexterological Illusion with 12 Handkerchiefs, into which will be introduced the Enchanted Loaf and Learned Bottle, the Animated Orange and the Invisible Pigeon".Brooke, Charles (British, Rajah of Sarawak, 1829 - 1917). An austere character, Brooke deemed jam "effeminate" and replaced his glass eye with one taken from a stuffed albatross.Callaghan, James (British politician and Prime Minister, 1912 - 2005). When Tom Driberg married Ena Binfield in 1951, Callaghan gave them as a wedding present four ashtrays, two of which were broken.Russell, Ken (British film director, 1927 - 2011). According to Glenda Jackson, the only direction Russell ever gave to his actors was to say "It needs to be a bit more . urrrgh", or "a bit less hmmm".

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Bully Beef and Boiled Sweets

James Mannion
Authors:
James Mannion

Eleanor Moran

Eleanor Moran is an executive producer for TV drama at the BBC. She is the author of two previous novels, Stick or Twist and Mr Almost Right.

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A-Z Of Wedding Wisdom

Suzan St Maur
Authors:
Suzan St Maur
Forever

Too Tempting to Resist

Cara Elliott
Authors:
Cara Elliott

The Marquess of Haddan, Gryffin Owain Dwight (Gryff to his friends) has grown tired of his life as a rakehell rogue and he's ready to turn over a more serious leaf but fearing that any serious endeavors from a man reputed to be a devil-may-care soldier would be laughed at, he keeps his essays on landscape design a secret. When invited to a country house party by a group of indolent young rakes who look up to him, he accepts only because the estate is famous for its magnificent grounds. Never does he suspect that a chance encounter in the garden will change his life forever.A widow at just 24, Eliza, Lady Lampson, has already rescued her impoverished noble family by marrying for money once. Now that she's free, she has no interest in remarrying and wants only to pursue her passion for gardening and botanical paintings on her family's ancestral estate. She is wary of her brother's rakish friends and goes out of her way to avoid any contact when they are visiting from London but when she meets the infamous marquess in the gardens, she instantly senses their powerful mutual attraction and though she tries to fight it, she and Gryff embark on an illicit affair. Unfortunately for Eliza, her irresponsible brother is incurring staggering new debts and begging her to rescue him financially by wedding a rich friend - a debauched nobleman who has plans to force Eliza into using her art to help him with his criminal activities. Meanwhile she and Gryff continue to meet and find that their physical passion is matched by a joining of their creative talents - a publisher is producing a fancy book of Gryff's essays and he's chosen Eliza to do the botanical illustrations. Eliza hopes that the money she earns will free her from her family's selfish demandsbut an ultimatum from her brother and his friend makes her future seem increasingly grim ... until Gryff decides to fight unscrupulous rivals and his own inner demons, hoping for the seed of a new life to take root between him and Eliza.

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Fools Rush In

Anthea Turner
Authors:
Anthea Turner

For the last ten years Anthea Turner has probably been the most popular presenter on TV. She has also been the constant target of extraordinary media attention, regularly on the front pages of national newspapers. In FOOLS RUSH IN Anthea presents herself as her fans have never seen before. It is a forthright, emotive & inspiring account of the life of a great survivor tinged with tragedy. It's the story of what it's really like to live on 'Planet Fame' & the price its inhabitants often have to pay, & a compelling insider's account of:*Working at Radio 1 and her fraught relationship with DJ Bruno Brookes.*Presenting the BBC's 'Top of the Pops', the first female non-Radio 1 DJ to do so.*'doing the settee' on GMTV breakfast television (and working with Eamonn Holmes).*Presenting the 'National Lottery Live' on BBC on Saturdays to millions.* And, last but not least, 'Blue Peter'. FOOLS RUSH IN describes Anthea's marriage to Peter Powell, its painful break-up when she found herself in love with Grant Bovey & its consequences, and where one of TV's most luminous personalities goes from here.

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The Mammoth Book of Erotica presents The Best of Thomas S. Roche

Thomas S. Roche
Authors:
Thomas S. Roche

MemorandumA slutty secretary is formally reprimanded for her oversexed behaviour while on the job. The resultant memorandum details her erotic escapades in great detail -- including sex with her various bosses and highly inappropriate and revealing clothing. But all may not be as it seems; what is this office slut really being reprimanded for -- being a slut or being too ambitiously managerial in her sexual exploits?Isle of the DeadIn a cyberpunk future, a transgender rock star named Lucrezia Borgia has undergone a procedure called Genetically Operative Doctoring to give her the ultimate in transgenital mojo. Obsessed with the new romantics of death, this rock goddess falls madly in love with a sensually erotic deathrock groupie named Alice whose narcolepsy causes her to "play dead" with every orgasm.Black LilyLost in the Sahara Desert, an American woman fleeing a traumatic experience finds herself willingly abducted into the harem of a wealthy merchant who leads mythic caravans supplying the flesh pits of Europe with the sought-after euphoriant black lily. But when the man's other wives object to her presence in their marital bed, the merchant has no choice but to consent to the total transformation of his newest acquisition, by feeding her the raw form of the mysterious and mystical drug.Pre-PartyAt a "pre-party" before a legendary fetish ball, a tribe of San Franciscans get dressed up in their very best latex, and leather, rubber and PVC, high heels and skintight fetishwear. They engage in heated but playful rituals of domination and submission, resulting in a highly social orgy of group sex and cheerful mayhem.Matching Skirt and KneepadsAs San Francisco's legendary leather event Folsom Street Fair draws to a close, Madame Iris has her female slave, Tess, dressed up in schoolgirl drag with matching plaid kneepads -- informing her that she'll be giving head before the day is done. She orders a very willing Tess into a semi-public Dominant/submissive oral sex encounter with two hot queer bears.AuparishkataIn an ancient kingdom, the son of the sexually debauched king resolves to avoid the erotic temptation and overindulgence that marred his father's reign, and may even have killed his mother. Remaining celibate, he remains unfulfilled and unhappy -- until a lonely Punjabi courtesan masquerades as a eunuch in order to become his bodyservant. Already schooled in sexual indulgence, she teaches the king about "Auparishtaka," the "mouth congress" spoken of in sacred books like the Kama Sutra of Vatsayana. The Punjabi woman's oral sex skills delight the king, and he finds love with her without falling prey to the temptations that ruined his father.

The summer must-read from Kate Furnivall

EXTRACT: SHADOWS ON THE NILE

Beautifully written, compulsively plotted and truly satisfying – Shadows on the Nile is a summer must-have for fans of Julia Gregson, Rosie Thomas and other sumptuous historical romances Indulge yourself with this sneak-peek at the first chapter now.

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The Hatmaker's Heart

Carla Stewart
Authors:
Carla Stewart
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.

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Judy Ridgway

Judy Ridgway is an acclaimed food writer and international expert on olive oil. She was the first non-Italian judge to sit on the judging panel of the prestigious Leone d'Oro international awards for olive oil. She travels frequently to the producing regions meeting the growers and tasting the oils along the way. She is also in regular contact with specialist cooking schools, university agricultural departments and research institutes. Previous books featuring olive oil include two editions of Judy Ridgway's Best Olive Oil Buys Round the World and The Olive Oil Companion. She also has extensive experience of national TV and radio.