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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.

Chapter One

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.

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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.As joint owners and chefs at one of the best restaurants in town 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?Charming, heartwarming and just a little bit magical, The Secret Recipe for Second Chances will leave you smiling and hungry for more

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
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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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".

Sphere

Bossypants

Tina Fey
Authors:
Tina Fey
Constable

Bully Beef and Boiled Sweets

James Mannion
Authors:
James Mannion
How To Books

A-Z Of Wedding Wisdom

Suzan St Maur
Authors:
Suzan St Maur

Planning and organising your wedding is quite a challenge, especially for today's busy brides and grooms. The good news is that many people have been there, done it and got the T-shirt Sharing their experience can save you a vast amount of time, money, energy and sanity when it comes to your own Big Day. In this book Suzan St Maur has gathered together many years' worth of wedding wisdom from wedding planners, wedding suppliers, and married folks themselves: experiences, expert advice, shortcuts, tips, and much more. No matter how complex your wedding is going to be, the advice you'll find in this book is priceless. In easy-to-read, easy-to-reference encyclopaedic style, Suzan covers all the usual - and the more unusual - issues you may have to deal with when planning your wedding. Here are just a few: Parents, step-parents, adoptive/birth parents * Brothers, sisters, step-siblings * Aunts, uncles, grandparents and other key relatives * The best man, chief bridesmaid and other bridal attendants * Speeches * Guest lists * Receptions * Table seating plans * Different religions * Different races/cultures * Gay and lesbian weddings * Finances and paying the bills.Acknowledgements; About the Author; Introduction; Alcohol; Animals at Weddings; Best Man and Ushers; Bridal Showers; Bridesmaids, Flower Girls and Pages; Bride's Dress, Hair and Make-Up; Bridesmaids' Dresses; Cakes; Cars; Caterers; Children; Churches, Synagogues and Other Religious Venues; Civil Partnerships; Civil Weddings; Comfort Breaks; Confetti; Confetti, green; Decorations; Destination Weddings; Directions and Parking; Double Weddings; Dress Code; Elopement; Entertainment; Ex-Partners; Fathers; Finances and Budgeting; Flower Girls; Flowers; Food and Drink; Gifts and Gift Lists; Girlfriends, Bride's; Groom; Groom's Clothes; Guests; Hairstyles; Honeymoons; Horse-Drawn Vehicles; Inter-Faith Weddings; Invitations; Marquees; Mothers; Mothers-in-Law; Mothers' Outfits; Music; Names; Nerves and Stress; Outdoor Weddings; Pages; Parents and Step-Parents; Photography; Postponement or Cancellation; Pregnancy; Pre-Nuptial Agreements; Reception Lines; Register Offices; Rehearsals and Rehearsal Dinners; Relatives, Other; Rings; Seating Plans; Second Marriages; Siblings; Speeches; Stag and Hen Nights; Stationery; Superstitions; Ushers; Venues; Videography; Wedding Insurance; Wedding Lists; Wedding Planners; Wedding Websites and Weblogs; Who Pays What?; Zero Hour... Disaster Recovery Tips!; Bibliography; Index.

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.

Forever

Too Tempting to Resist

Cara Elliott
Authors:
Cara Elliott
How we gave back in 2013

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Import Aus

The Secret Recipe for Second Chances

J.D. Barrett
Authors:
J.D. Barrett
Little, Brown

Fools Rush In

Anthea Turner
Authors:
Anthea Turner
Robinson

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.

Sphere

After the Last Dance

Sarra Manning
Authors:
Sarra Manning
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.

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.

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The Hatmaker's Heart

Carla Stewart
Authors:
Carla Stewart