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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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Bossypants

Tina Fey
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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".

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

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

Memorandum A 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 Dead In 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 Lily Lost 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-Party At 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 Kneepads As 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. Auparishkata In 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.

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The Hatmaker's Heart

Carla Stewart
Authors:
Carla Stewart

For Nell Marchwold, bliss is seeing the transformation when someone gets a glimpse in the mirror while wearing one of her creations and feels beautiful. Nell has always strived to create hats that bring out a woman's best qualities. She knows she's fortunate to have landed a job as an apprentice designer at the prominent Oscar Fields Millinery in New York City. Yet when Nell's fresh designs begin to catch on, her boss holds her back from the limelight, claiming the stutter she's had since childhood reflects poorly on her and his salon. But it seems Nell's gift won't be hidden by Oscar's efforts. Soon an up-and-coming fashion designer is seeking her out as a partner of his 1922 collection. The publicity leads to an opportunity for Nell to make hats in London for a royal wedding. There, she sees her childhood friend, Quentin, and an unexpected spark kindles between them. But thanks to her success, Oscar is determined to keep her. As her heart tugs in two directions, Nell must decide what she is willing to sacrifice for her dream, and what her dream truly is.

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After the Last Dance

Sarra Manning
Authors:
Sarra Manning

Two women separated by time, connected by fate . . . 1943, King's Cross station: Rose arrives in London and swaps the drudgery of wartime for romance, glamour and jiving with GIs at Rainbow Corner, the famous dance hall in Piccadilly Circus. As the bombs drop, Rose loses her heart to a pilot, but never imagines that she has much more to lose. Present day, Las Vegas: A beautiful woman in a wedding dress walks into a seedy bar and asks the first man she sees to marry her. When Leo slips that ring onto Jane's finger it sets off a chain of events that brings her crashing into Rose's world. Two very different women. Two very different lives. With time running out, can Rose and Jane finally make peace with the secrets that have threatened to destroy them? The past and present collide in After the Last Dance, a beautiful story about the redemptive power of unexpected love.

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.

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.

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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The Fields

Kevin Maher
Authors:
Kevin Maher

We'd never seen anything like that around our place before. Not right in front of our eyes. You always heard about it, though. Through friends of friends. Or when The Mothers got together for coffee mornings. They'd sit around in a steamy kitchen circle like four mad witches, and dip ginger-snaps into Maxwell House until they went wobbly-warm, and take turns at saying, Jahear about so-and-so, Lord rest his soul, only thirty years old, poor creature?! They were brilliant at it. Scaring the shite out of each other, grinning inside. Jim Finnegan is thirteen years old and life in his world consists of dealing with the helter-skelter intensity of his rumbustious family, taking breakneck bike rides with his best friend, and coveting the local girls from afar - until one day when everything changes. The Fields is an unforgettable story of an extraordinary character: Jim's voice leaps off the page and straight into the reader's heart as he grapples with his unfairly interrupted adolescence.

by Judy Finnigan

Eloise - An Extract

Compulsively-readable and incredibly haunting, this is the debut novel from broadcaster, journalist and Book Club champion, Judy Finnigan. Read chapter one.

Reagan Arthur

So Far Away

Meg Mitchell Moore
Authors:
Meg Mitchell Moore

Thirteen-year-old Natalie Gallagher is trying to escape: from her parents' ugly divorce, and from the vicious cyber-bullying of her former best friend. Adrift, confused, she is a girl trying to find her way in a world that seems to either neglect or despise her. Her salvation arrives in an unlikely form: Bridget O'Connell, an Irish maid working for a wealthy Boston family. The catch? Bridget lives only in the pages of a dusty old 1920s diary Natalie unearthed in her mother's basement. But the life she describes is as troubling - and mysterious - as the one Natalie is trying to navigate herself, almost a century later. As the troubles of a very modern world close in around them, and Natalie's torments at school escalate, the faded pages of Bridget's journal unite the lonely girl and the unhappy widow - and might even change their lives forever.

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Forbidden Desires

Marina Anderson
Authors:
Marina Anderson

You've devoured The Fifty Shades Trilogy. . . now lose yourself in the heady ecstasy of Forbidden Desires. After her wedding to film director Lewis James, Harriet Radcliffe is dismayed to learn that her husband has invited another couple, his married friends Noella and Edmund, to join them on their honeymoon. It soon emerges that Lewis is planning to make another of his hugely successful cinema verite films, using real life as his material. Knowing that Harriet finds Edmund attractive, he plans to explore her forbidden desires. However, Edmund has designs on Harriet, and Lewis's plan goes awry as he finds himself competing to regain his bride . . . The sequel to Dark Secret.

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Bully Beef and Boiled Sweets

James Mannion
Authors:
James Mannion

For over three hundred years, the British Armed Forces has been made up of brave men and women who put themselves in harm's way so the rest of us can sleep soundly in our beds. Marching alongside, no matter where in the world, was the chef, who had to be just as handy with a Browning L9A1 9mm semi-automatic as a whisk and a garlic crusher. Bully Beef and Boiled Sweets is a celebration of the skills and achievements of this country's military chefs. . Discover what troops are fed now. See what has been served up in the major conflicts, from the Great War to the present day. . Learn how to catch, kill and cook your food when stranded in the middle of nowhere . Hear what some of our most famous ex-servicemen enjoyed eating whilst they were in the British Forces.So for anyone who ever pretended a tree branch was a machine gun, who admire what our Forces go through every day and who want to improve their kitchen skills, Bully Beef and Boiled Sweets is for you.

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Start and Run A Bed & Breakfast

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