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THE JULIETTE SOCIETY

In her debut novel, Sasha Grey takes us inside a private, high-profile, sex society where anything and everything can happen. Read the prologue.

Corsair

Shades of Milk and Honey

Mary Robinette Kowal
Authors:
Mary Robinette Kowal

In Regency England, Jane Ellsworth of Dorchester is a woman ahead of her time.Not only is she highly skilled in the manipulation of glamour - plucking strands from the Ether to create genteel magical illusions - she's also ambitious for her art, and dreams of being recognised as a glamourist of note in her own right, as men are permitted to. First and foremost, however, a lady of quality must marry well, and alas Jane's ambitions do not extend to her romantic prospects. Compared to her beautiful sister Melody, Jane feels invisible to suitors, and is resigned to a life of spinsterhood.But when her beloved family comes under threat, Jane uses her magical skills to put things right, which attracts the attention of professional glamourist Mr Vincent . . . and unwittingly wanders in to a love story of her own.

Piatkus

Miss Wonderful

Loretta Chase
Authors:
Loretta Chase
Constable

Bizarre London

David Long
Authors:
David Long
Constable

Once a Land Girl

Angela Huth
Authors:
Angela Huth

Disasters, disappointments, dashed hopes ... Doesn't seem that easy, just to find a good man, love him and be loved back. But I shan't give up trying. The war is over, but life goes on for Land Girls Prue, Stella and Ag. While two of the girls are married, Prue, the incorrigible flirt, has no one and is engaged in a quest for a man to provide her with security and gold taps. A year after the girls leave Hallows Farm, Prue finds just such a man and a marriage that protects her from the hardships of post-war Manchester. But she still hankers for the life she so loved as a Land Girl, though it's hard to get work on the sort of farm that provided unimaginable happiness during the war. The lives of her two old friends, Stella and Ag, have moved on and neither visit her. Additionally Prue finds that her newly wedded state and fresh horizons fail to supply the answers she seeks. Yet, in the puzzling world beyond the fields, Prue, in her indomitable way, open as ever to each chance encounter, remains buoyant, optimistic and quite sure that the life she imagines is just round yet another corner. Praise for Land Girls: 'A first-class writer' Sunday Telegraph 'Riveting ... evocative and entertaining' Daily Mail 'Huth's controlled, eloquent style has been compared to Jane Austen's, but her talent is entirely original' The Times 'Piquant, witty and entertaining' Tatler 'Huth is a master of this sort of novel, steeped in period atmosphere and gentle irony' Daily Telegraph 'A good story, told with wit and a keen observation of detail' Times Literary Supplement

Abacus

Eavesdropping on Jane Austen’s England

Roy & Lesley Adkins
Authors:
Roy & Lesley Adkins
Corsair

Valour And Vanity

Mary Robinette Kowal
Authors:
Mary Robinette Kowal

Murano, ItalyWhen a family celebration brings Glamourists Jane and David Vincent to the Continent, they seize the opportunity to voyage for Murano, to study the world-renowned glassblowers at work. But their ship is set upon by Barbary corsairs en route - and they arrive in Murano penniless.Fortunately, they meet a gentleman banker who arranges for a line of credit and a place to live. But just as the Vincents start to relax, a solicitor arrives at their house and it becomes clear they have been the victims of an elaborate heist.Trapped, penniless, their safety in fragile shape, they hatch a reckless plan to get their money back. The ensuing adventure is a glorious envisioning of all the best parts of heist narratives, but in a Regency setting - with magic.

Sphere

Nothing But the Truth

Vicky Pattison
Authors:
Vicky Pattison
Forever

Unstoppable

Shannon Richard
Authors:
Shannon Richard

Some things you don't dare let go . . . Melanie O'Bryan knows life is too short to be afraid of taking chances. And former Air Force sergeant Bennett Hart is certainly worth taking a chance on. He's agreed to help her students with a school project, but she's hoping the handsome handyman will offer her a whole lot more. Yet despite his heated glances and teasing touches, Mel senses there's something holding him back . . . Bennett Hart is grateful to be alive and back home in Mirabelle, Florida. Peaceful and uncomplicated-that's all he's looking for. Until a spunky, sexy-as-hell teacher turns his life upside down. After one smoldering kiss, Bennett feels like he's falling without a parachute. But with memories of his past threatening to resurface, he'll have to decide whether to keep playing it safe, or take the biggest risk of all.

Constable

England: The Panoramas

Mark Denton
Authors:
Mark Denton

This unique photographic volume presents the greatest landscape views in England, including a host of secret treasure viewpoints. They range from the famous - Roseberry Topping, Derwentwater, Durham Cathedral across the river, the Gateshead Millennium Bridge - to the lesser known.All the views are shown in full panorama. Unlike conventional formats, panoramic photography is uniquely able to reproduce the full field-of-view, the expansive sense of vision that makes these vistas such a dizzying experience. Shot entirely with a classic panoramic camera, Mark Denton's distinctive photography is thus as close as it's possible to get to being there. The majority of the panoramic images featured are taken at the magic hours of dusk and dawn, offering richly saturated new interpretations of England's most breathtaking scenery.Complete list includes: The North: Bamburgh; Blencathra from Low Rigg; Place Fell and Ullswater; Border Hills at Yetholm; Crag Lough; Rydal Water; Catbells; Castlerigg; Langdon Common, Teesdale; Dunstanburgh; Tarn How; Skiddaw from Catbells; St Mary's Lighthouse; Hadrian's Wall; Wetherlam; High Cup; Alnwick Castle; Millennium Bridge, Newcastle; Catbells; Dawdon Beach. The West: Golitha; Stourhead; Clifton Suspension Bridge; Bedruthan Steps; Foreland Point, Lynmouth; Salcombe; Hameldown, Dartmoor; Corfe Castle; Mupe Bay; Royal Crescent, Bath; Burton Bradstock; Avebury; Gold Hill, Shaftesbury; Lyme Regis; Mullion Cove; Mousehole; Botallack Head; Porlock Hill; Durdle Door; Brent Tor; St Andrew's, Corton Denham. The Heart of England: Bolton Abbey; All Saints; River Avon; Ironbridge; Gordale Scar; Arlington; Curbar Edge; Hazleton Clump; Clumber Chapel; Long Mynd; Ribblehead Viaduct; River Avon and Hereford Cathedral; Lower Slaughter; Brimham; Dyneley Farm; Wycoller, Lancashire; Blackpool Black Hill, Herefordshire; Warwick Castle; Malvern Hills; Oxford; Beezley Falls. The East: Selwicks Bay; Whorl Hill, Swainby; Humber Bridge; Drax Power Station; Burghley House; Londesborough; Southwold; Fairy Dale; Thorpeness; Bishop Burton; Lincoln Cathedral; Hunstanton; Brancaster; Ely; Nurnburnholme; Whitby Harbour; Robin Hood's Bay; Cambridge; Roseberry Topping; York. The South: Beachy Head; Scotney Castle; Denge; Virginia Water; Arundel; Lancing College; New Forest; Bodiam Castle; Hurst Point; Rochester Cathedral; Camber; Jubilee Bridge, London; Duncton Hill; Bury Hill; West Pier, Brighton; Canterbury; The Needles, Isle of WightPraise for Mark Denton's The Lake District - The Panoramas:'If ever a book was to reawaken a sense of delight and pride in the places on our doorstep, then this is it.' Wanderlust

Piatkus

Undead And Unworthy

MaryJanice Davidson
Authors:
MaryJanice Davidson
How To Books

Business In A Backpack

Adam Costa, Darcie Connell
Authors:
Adam Costa, Darcie Connell

'The past six weeks have been incredible: we've eaten frogs, drunk beer on the street with locals in Vietnam, ridden a motorcycle through rice fields, explored the ancient ruins of Angkor Wat, and scuba dived the crystal clear waters off several tropical islands. The next six months will be just as interesting and just as much fun.' As incredible as this trip has been for Adam and Darcie, the most incredible part is that they haven't spent a penny on it. In fact, they have actually been making money. This will continue for the rest of their travels, for as long as they want. Adam and Darcie have written this book with the explicit intention of changing your life so that - when you've learnt their strategies -you, too, can start living the life you've always wanted. Adam and Darcie's websites - which they refer to as streamsA" throughout the book - are the reason they are able to live the way they do. They bring in more passive income each month than they spend, which results in copious amounts of free time and a never-ending stream of income to travel with. In this book you will discover: - how to set up your business so that it almost runs on auto pilot. - how you should plan your travels around the world. The book is divided into four parts: 1. Inspiration - a listing and photos of some of the most intriguing destinations around the world, along with photographs to get your imagination running. 2. Education - how to build an online business, from creating a product to accepting payments. 3. Perspiration - step-by-step accounts of three very different online business models to finance your dreams. 4. Embarkation - covers the nuts and bolts of long-term travel abroad. Contents: Arrival: The business in a backpack lifestyle; 1. Inspiration - Free yourself; 2. Education - How to make money anywhere, anytime; 3. Perspiration - Roadmap to success and adventure; 4. Embarkation -You've earned it; Tying it all together; Departure; Glossary; Recommended reading; About the authors; Index.

Blackfriars

Everything I Never Told You

Celeste Ng
Authors:
Celeste Ng

Amazon.com's #1 Book of the Year 2014Lydia is the favourite child of Marilyn and James Lee; a girl who inherited her mother's bright blue eyes and her father's jet-black hair. Her parents are determined that Lydia will fulfill the dreams they were unable to pursue - in Marilyn's case that her daughter become a doctor rather than a homemaker, in James's case that Lydia be popular at school, a girl with a busy social life and the centre of every party. But Lydia is under pressures that have nothing to do with growing up in 1970s small town Ohio. Her father is an American born of first-generation Chinese immigrants, and his ethnicity, and hers, make them conspicuous in any setting. When Lydia's body is found in the local lake, James is consumed by guilt and sets out on a reckless path that may destroy his marriage. Marilyn, devastated and vengeful, is determined to make someone accountable, no matter what the cost. Lydia's older brother, Nathan, is convinced that local bad boy Jack is somehow involved. But it's the youngest in the family - Hannah - who observes far more than anyone realises and who may be the only one who knows what really happened. Everything I Never Told You is a gripping page-turner, about secrets, love, longing, lies and race.

Virago

The Virago Book Of Wicked Verse

Jill Dawson
Authors:
Jill Dawson

This wonderfully sharp and witty collection of poems - feisty, bawdy, erotic, irreverent - is an illuminating comment on women's ability to transform poetry into a medium of subversiveness. There are jibes at hypocrisy and prejudice, plenty of sexiness and sauciness, and a riotous turning of the 'Lady Poet' image on its head. ('A fallinf leaf could stir her. / A wilting, dying rose / would make her write, both day and night, / the most rewarding prose. / She'd find a hidden meaning / in every pair of pants / then hurry home to be alone / and write about romance' - Maya Angelou). With poets spanning continents and centuries, this anthology demonstrates lavishly the myriad ways in which women can be 'wicked' - by their definition - and wilfully so! Poems by: Maya Angelou, Margaret Atwood, Aphra Behn, Nina Cassian, Emily Dickinson, Carol Ann Duffy, Lorna Goodison, Jackie Kay, Liz Lochead, Suniti Namjoshi, Grace Nichols, Dorothy Parker, Fiona Pitt-Kethley, Izumi Shikibu, Stevie Smith, Anna Wickham and many more.

Canvas

Perfecting Fiona

M.C. Beaton
Authors:
M.C. Beaton

'If you have a Wild, Unruly, or Undisciplined Daugher, two Ladies of Genteel Birth offer to Bring Out said Daughter and Refine what may have seemed Unrefinable. We can make the Best of the Worst'When Amy and Effie Tribble, two charming but impoverished spinster sisters, lose out on an inheritance, they place this advertisement in The Morning Post and hire themselves out as professional chaperones. Vowing to prepare even the most difficult misses for marriage, the Tribble sisters will spend a London season on each client, educating them in their School for Manners.Fiona has been sent to them by her guardians as a last resort, for at nineteen, the beautiful and wealthy Scottish heiress still has no prospect of a suitable marriage. The Tribbles are puzzled, however, by their charge's demure perfection, until they take her to her first ball - and discover she is an incorrigible flirt! And when quizzed by the Tribbles Fiona betrays her real feelings ... so the sisters are forced to confront the truth about her past!

C & R Crime

Murder at Mansfield Park

Lynn Shepherd
Authors:
Lynn Shepherd

Ever wondered what it would have been like if Jane Austen had turned her hand to murder? Murder at Mansfield Park takes Austen's masterpiece and turns it into a riveting murder story worthy of PD James or Agatha Christie. Just as in many classic English detective mysteries, this new novel opens with a group of characters in a country house setting, with passions running high, and simmering tensions beneath the elegant Regency surface. The arrival of the handsome and debonair Henry Crawford and his sister forces these tensions into the open, and sparks a chain of events that leads inexorably to violence and death. Beautifully written, with an absolute faithfulness to the language in use at the time, Murder at Mansfield Park is both a good old-fashioned murder mystery that keeps the reader guessing until the very last page, and a sparklingly clever inversion of the original, which goes to the heart of many of the questions raised by Jane Austen's text. Austen's Mansfield Park is radically different from any of her other works, and much of the pleasure of Lynn Shepherd's novel lies in the way it takes the characters and episodes in the original, and turns them into a lighter, sharper, and more playful book, with a new heroine at its centre - a heroine who owes far more to the lively and spirited Elizabeth Bennet, than the dreary and insipid Fanny Price.

Hachette Audio

Heavenly Date And Other Flirtations

Alexander McCall Smith
Authors:
Alexander McCall Smith

From the creator of THE NO. 1 LADIES' DETECTIVE AGENCY comes a medley of perverse couplings, casual dates and romantic encounters: hilarious tales that will sadden, inspire and surprise. McCall Smith, a master of the unexpected and a seamless storyteller, revels in offering us the quirky complications inherent in entanglements which human beings engineer for themselves - entanglements that can be shocking, unedifying, complex and sometimes completely disastrous.

Sphere

Winds Of Fortune

E. V. Thompson
Authors:
E. V. Thompson
Piatkus

Brighter Than The Sun

Julia Quinn
Authors:
Julia Quinn
Sphere

The Summer Wedding

Fiona Walker
Authors:
Fiona Walker
Forever

Tempting the Billionaire

Jessica Lemmon
Authors:
Jessica Lemmon

BUSINESS OR PLEASURE? Crickitt Day needs a job . . . any job! After her husband walks out on her, she's determined to re-build her life and establish a new career. When swoon-worthy billionaire Shane August hires her as his assistant, she jumps at the chance to prove herself. Despite her growing attraction to her boss, she vows to keep things strictly professional. No flirting. No kissing. Definitely no falling in love... Shane August is all business, all the time. He's a self-made man who's poured his heart and soul into his company and he'd never allow himself to get involved with an employee. Then he hires sweet, sexy Crickitt - and he can't keep his mind or his hands off her! But no matter how much he wants Crickitt, Shane fears that painful secrets from his past will always come between them. With fate working against them, can these two lonely hearts learn that sometimes mixing business with pleasure is the perfect merger?