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The Casual Vacancy

By J.K. Rowling

When Barry Fairbrother dies in his early forties, the town of Pagford is left in shock.

Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty facade is a town at war.

Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils... Pagford is not what it first seems.

And the empty seat left by Barry on the parish council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen. Who will triumph in an election fraught with passion, duplicity and unexpected revelations?

A big novel about a small town, The Casual Vacancy is J.K. Rowling's first novel for adults. It is the work of a storyteller like no other.

This is a wonderful novel. JK Rowling's skills as a storyteller are on a par with RL Stevenson, Conan Doyle and PD James. Here, they are combined with her ability to create memorable and moving characters to produce a state-of-England novel driven by tenderness and furyA needle-sharp and darkly comic expose of today's class-ridden society . . . A highly readable morality tale for our timesThe Casual Vacancy is a stunning, brilliant, outrageously gripping and entertaining evocation of British society today. [J.K. Rowling] has done a rather brave thing and pulled it off magnificentlyOne marvels at the skill with which Rowling weaves such vivid characters in and out of each other's livesHeartbreaking - turning the page seems unbearable, but not as much as putting down the book would beAn exquisite and occasionally moving black comedy . . . The acid test - I suspect it would do well even if its author's name weren't J.K. RowlingA big, ambitious, brilliant, profane, funny, deeply upsetting and magnificently eloquent novel of contemporary England . . . This is a deeply moving book by somebody who understands both human beings and novels very, very deeplyInsightful, meaningful, daring and resolutely challenging to tabloid assumptions regarding the moral worth of individualsThe action bowls along compellingly, most of the characters are vividly drawn and there are some sharp - often very sharp - observations about their social pretensions . . . a bold and distinctive effortThis is a novel of insight and skill, deftly drawn and, at the end, cleverly pulled together. It plays to her strengths as a storytellerThe Casual Vacancy is a brilliant novel, entertaining, intelligent, moving, passionate and hard-hitting; touching on familiar subjects but approaching them with great originality and skill. Moreover, it's unputdownable . . . The novel is a triumphRowling is a great storyteller with a clear eye and a warm heart, and The Casual Vacancy is a moving and immensely pleasurable novelWrestles honourably and intelligently with big moral and political questions . . . a study of provincial life, with a large cast and multiple, interlocking plots, drawing inspiration from such writers as Trollope, Gaskell and, perhaps most of all, George Elliot . . . [the plot] is big, engrossing, and runs like clockworkRowling weaves a web of connections that resonate long after the book endsThis is a book with a social conscience . . . Much lurks behind Pagford's idyllic facadeRowling once again shows her skill at laying bare the best and (more often) worst of human natureA perfect holiday readJK's first grown-up novel is an eminently-readable tale of small minds in small-town EnglandThe first adult novel by J.K. Rowling

J.K. Rowling is the author of the bestselling Harry Potter series of seven books, published between 1997 and 2007, which have sold over 450 million copies worldwide, are distributed in more than 200 territories, translated into 73 languages, and have been turned into eight blockbuster films. She has also written two small volumes, which appear as the titles of Harry's schoolbooks within the novels. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and Quidditch Through the Ages were published by Bloomsbury Children's Books in March 2001 in aid of Comic Relief. In December 2008, The Tales of Beedle the Bard was published in aid of the Children's High Level Group, and quickly became the fastest selling book of the year.

As well as an OBE for services to children's literature, J.K. Rowling is the recipient of numerous awards and honorary degrees including the Prince of Asturias Award for Concord, France's Legion d'Honneur, and the Hans Christian Andersen Award, and she has been a Commencement Speaker at Harvard University USA. She supports a wide number of charitable causes through her charitable trust Volant, and is the founder of Lumos, a charity working to transform the lives of disadvantaged children.

THE CASUAL VACANCY has sold over a million copies in its Little, Brown UK editions to dateIt was UK Number One on the Sunday Times chart for 12 weeksIt was chosen by users of Goodreads as their favourite novel of 2012It is to be adapted into a BBC1 drama, which is planned for 2014

The Summer Wedding

By Fiona Walker

The hotly anticipated wedding of Iris Devonshire, ravishing teenage daughter of celebrity couple Mia and Leo, is to be held in the gardens of their grand Palladian pile alongside the Thames. But Mia and Leo worry that she's rushing into the marriage. Just ask their best friends since college, Simon and Laney de Montmorency, whose relationship is on the rocks again - and they've already married each other twice.

On the big day, Iris's hellraiser fiancé Dougie Everett is not the only one flying high. As Iris rides up the aisle on a white stallion, a hot air balloon appears over the woods, heading straight for the ceremony. Its arrival is about to transform the lives and loves of some of the wedding guests for ever.

The Summer Wedding is a sizzling summer comedy set against the beautiful backdrops of the Chilterns, Spain, Africa and LA.

An escapist romantic comedy that's a perfect read for the beachFull of witty quips and one-liners, steamy sex and romance . . . Fun and frolics Jilly Cooper herself would be proud of. Set up the sun lounger and get stuck in!Switch off on a sun lounger - A thumping great romp of a read that oozes wit, romance and a cast of characters that will keep you amused and entertained for daysAs refreshingly bright and sunshiney as an ice-cold glass of Pimms. The strong characters and cleverly crafted plot is laugh out loud funny and perfect escapismSuch brilliant characters you'll wish you knew them in real life. Walker's writing is slick and there are some genuinely laugh-out-loud moments. A good beach readFor a good old-fashioned 'beach book' look no further . . . I loved it. Engrossing and often hilariousFiona Walker can be guaranteed to entertain. A sizzling comedy packed with likeable characters, just perfect for the beachA brilliant summer read. Highly recommended!Going on your hols soon? The Summer Wedding is definitely worth sticking in your luggage. Packed with romance and humourFiona Walker IS summer reading; essential packing for your suitcaseFiona Walker's latest blockbuster The Summer Wedding, set in Spain, Africa and LA, will really get your holiday reading off to a great startAs refreshingly bright and sunshiney as an ice-cold glass of Pimms. The strong characters and cleverly crafted plot is laugh out loud funny and perfect escapism for whenever you find yourself with a moment's peace to readLots of good fun, flirting, handsome, charismatic men and a dollop of glamour thrown in tooYou will be chuckling under your sun umbrellaA midsummer wedding throws the lives of four friends into high drama, in this sizzling holiday romp by the bestselling author of Lots of LoveFiona Walker is the author of twelve bestselling novels - most recently The Love Letter, which is also published by Sphere. Sealed with a Kiss was her first ever ebook short story. Fiona lives in Worcester with her partner and two children plus an assortment of horses and dogs. Visit Fiona's website at www.fionawalker.comFiona's most high-concept book to date - weddings are huge sellers in women's fiction. The Wedding Season by Katie Fforde (186,000 copies TCM) is her bestselling titlePublication date move to early summer (previous titles published in spring) to hit peak summer reading monthsMulti-generational, entertaining, escapist story for women aged 35+, and Fiona's trimmest book for years - perfect for the beach bagSophisticated and warm summer jacket styleThe Love Letter and Kiss and Tell were Top 40 bestsellers; total backlist sales of 2 millionOne of Little, Brown's biggest selling authors in ebook format
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      by Judy Finnigan
      Compulsively-readable and incredibly haunting, this is the debut novel from broadcaster, journalist and Book Club champion, Judy Finnigan.

    The Game

    By Tom Wood

    Victor is the perfect killer.

    He has no past.
    He will stop at nothing.
    And he can find you anywhere.

    In sweltering Algiers, ultra-efficient hitman Victor executes a fellow assassin. But when the CIA comes calling, Victor must pose as his victim to identify the dead man's next mark, a mission that takes him across Europe to the bloody streets of Rome. Working alongside a group of vicious mercenaries, Victor faces an impossible choice: to do what's right, or to sacrifice the only thing he cares about . . . his life.

    Full of white-hot tension and edge-of-the-seat action, The Game will surprise you at every turn.

    Exciting...no punches pulledTo reveal more, particularly details of a hair-raising climax, would be to destroy the reader's enjoyment, but like the rest of this first-class piece of action work, it's ingenious and delivered with all the subtlety of a kick in the teeth. The Game is a well-plotted, well-written, brutal, bloody, but hugely enjoyable addition to a long tradition of action thrillers, the ideal book to take on holiday with you.Truly mesmerizing . . . a powerful, forward-driving plot and lots of brutality. I loved it.This is a fast moving, well written thriller which is worth more than just being stuck in a suitcase as something to read on holiday if the weather is badAn excellent storyline, great characters and a narrative flow to be envied, Tom Wood has succeeded in writing a terrific thriller. More please sir!Full of white-hot tension and edge-of-the-seat action, The Game confirms Tom Wood as the most talented British thriller writer today, and Victor as the most unique antihero.Tom Wood is a full-time writer born in Burton-on-Trent who now lives in London. After a stint as freelance editor and film-maker, he completed his first novel, The Hunter, which was an instant bestseller and introduced readers to a genuine antihero, Victor, an assassin with a purely logical view on life and whose morals are deeply questionable. Like Victor, Tom is passionate about physical sport, being both a huge boxing fan and practising Krav Maga martial arts, which has seen him sustain a number of injuries. He has not, however, ever killed anyone.

    Perfect for fans of Robert Ludlum and Lee Child and movies like Skyfall, Taken and The Raid

    The Hunter and The Enemy have sold more than 65,000 copies combinedDigital short story Bad Luck in Berlin has kept readers hooked, selling more than 2,500 copiesAn ultra-modern, morally complex hero for the age of Daniel Craig's Bond

    Shadows on the Nile

    By Kate Furnivall


    'Wonderful . . . hugely ambitious and atmospheric' Kate Mosse

    Discover a brilliant story of love, danger, courage and betrayal, from the internationally bestselling author of The Betrayal.

    'I'll find him. I will.'

    It's 1932 and 27-year-old Jessica is living London life to the full when her younger brother Tim, an ancient Egyptian archaeology expert, goes missing. Teaming up with Sir Montague Chamford - who can resist neither a damsel in distress nor the chance of adventure - Jessie vows to find her beloved brother.

    Following the clues Tim has left in his wake, Jessie and Monty head to Egypt. In the relentless heat of the desert, romance is kindled between them, but danger also lurks in every shadow. And then Jessie starts to wonder how much Monty really knows about her brother's disappearance . . .

    A dramatic story of adventure, excitement, love and romance can all be found in the SHADOWS ON THE NILE

    Further praise for Kate Furnivall:
    'Superb storytelling' Dinah Jefferies
    'A thrilling plot ... Fast-paced with a sinister edge' Times
    'A thrilling, compelling read. Wonderful!' Lesley Pearse
    'Gripping . . . poignant, beautifully written ...will capture the reader to the last' Sun
    'Truly captivating' Elle
    'Perfect escapist reading' Marie Claire
    'An achingly beautiful epic' New Woman
    'A rollicking good read' Daily Telegraph

    Perfect holiday escape materialAtmospheric and intriguingThis world famous author . . . has a masterly touch when it comes to character and plotOne character is particularly beautiful - Jessica's lost brother Georgie who, it is suggested, has autism. His view on the world is very sensitively shown and he turns out to be the hero of the pieceFurnivall laces this fast-paced historical adventure with surprisingly poignant interludes that ultimately connect to the family mystery at its heartKate Furnivall's latest novel offers intelligent historical fiction at its finest . . . Richly satisfying and superbly written, it has enough adventure, excitement and romance to quench any appetite. However, its real appeal lies in its skilful characterisation, particularly that of Georgie, Jessica's abandoned brother whose autistic view of the world is both persuasively and poignantly conveyedA dramatic story of adventure, excitement, love and romance from the author of The Russian Concubine and The White Pearl

    Kate Furnivall didn't set out to be a writer. It sort of grabbed her by the throat when she discovered the story of her grandmother - a White Russian refugee who fled from the Bolsheviks down into China. That extraordinary tale inspired her first book, The Russian Concubine. From then on, she was hooked.

    Kate is the author of eight novels, including The Russian Concubine, The White Pearl and The Italian Wife. Her books have been translated into more than twenty languages and have been on the New York Times Bestseller list.

    Sales of The Russian Concubine are over 150,000 copies in all editions - it has been a bestseller in South Africa, US, Germany and Australia tooA powerful and evocative setting combined with dramatic storytelling

    The Juliette Society

    By Sasha Grey

    Catherine, a blossoming film student whose sexuality has been recently stirred, finds herself drawn into a secret club where the world's most powerful people meet to explore their deepest, often darkest sexual fantasies.

    But even as these new experiences open intense new pleasures for Catherine, they also threaten to destroy everything she holds dear.

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

    A tantalising debutThe writing is fantastic, her take on life and sex and everything in between is fascinating and Catherine was a very complex character . . . The Juliette Society was a very interesting read[Sasha Grey] knows what she's talking about. More shockingly, she knows how to write vividly AND how to whip up a stonking plot. Hot stuffSet to be the next EL JamesThe Juliette Society is erotica with a difference . . . definitely one to add to your reading listVery much the Fifty Shades of Grey for 2013An impressive debut from Sasha Grey, who writes with an easy confidence . . . This is the perfect read for someone who fancies a bit of intelligent saucePerfect for those needing a post-Fifty Shades fixThis sexy debut is a sizzling holiday read50 Shades has a new contender for hottest book on the block

    Before we go any further, let's get this out of the way first. I want you to do three things for me.

    One. Do not be offended by anything you read beyond this point.
    Two. Leave your inhibitions at the door.
    Three, and most importantly. Everything you see and hear from now on must remain between us.

    OK. Now let's get down to the nitty-gritty...

    Sasha Grey was one of the most successful stars of the Hollywood porn industry. Since she left the adult movie world aged 21, Sasha has gone on to star in Entourage and Stephen Soderberg's film The Girlfriend Experience. The Juliette Society is her first novel.There is no one else quite like Sasha Grey. And there is no erotic fiction like the erotic fiction from Sasha Grey's imagination.Between the ages of 18 and 21, Sasha Grey was one of the most successful stars of the Hollywood porn industry. Since she left the adult movie world three years ago, Sasha has gone on to star in Entourage and Stephen Soderberg's film The Girlfriend Experience.Beautiful, intelligent and often controversial, Sasha has huge appeal to both women and men, all over the world. No one knows sex like Sasha Grey and no one could bring such a highly charged erotic story to life like she has.With over 365,000 Twitter followers and over 453,000 Facebook fans, Sasha Grey has a huge fanbase eagerly awaiting her novelThe rights to The Juliette Society have sold to 20th Century Fox with Anonymous Content (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Spike Jonze's Being John Malkovich, David Fincher's The Game) slated to produce and Scott Burns (Bourne Ultimatum, Contagion, The Informant) set to write. The script will be delivered by May 2013
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    Rush of Blood

    By Mark Billingham

    Perfect strangers.
    A perfect holiday.
    The perfect murder...

    Three couples meet around the pool on their Florida holiday and become fast friends. But on their last night, their perfect holiday takes a tragic twist: the teenage daughter of another holidaymaker goes missing, and her body is later found floating in the mangroves.

    When the shocked couples return home, they remain in contact, and over the course of three increasingly fraught dinner parties they come to know one another better. But they don't always like what they find: buried beneath these apparently normal exteriors are some dark secrets, hidden kinks, ugly vices...

    Then, a second girl goes missing.

    Could it be that one of these six has a secret far darker than anybody can imagine?

    A brilliantly plotted, utterly gripping thriller about the danger of making friends on holiday, Rush of Blood is Mark Billingham's most ambitious and accomplished work to date.

    The new standalone from the No.1 bestselling authorMark Billingham has twice won the Theakston's Old Peculier Award for Crime Novel of the Year, and has also won a Sherlock Award for the Best Detective created by a British writer. Each of the novels featuring Detective Inspector Tom Thorne has been a Sunday Times bestseller. Sleepyhead and Scaredy Cat were made into a hit TV series on Sky 1 starring David Morrissey as Thorne, and a new series based on the novels In the Dark and Time of Death will be broadcast on BBC1 in 2017. Mark lives in north London with his wife and two children.

    A Perfect Holiday
    Perfect Strangers
    The Perfect Murder

    Three couples meet around the pool on their Florida holiday and become fast friends. But on their last night, the teenage daughter of another holidaymaker goes missing, and her body is later found floating in the mangroves.

    When the shocked couples return home, they remain in contact, and over the course of three increasingly fraught dinner parties they come to know one another better. But they don't always like what they find . . .

    Then, a second girl goes missing.

    Could it be that one of these six has a secret far darker than anybody can imagine?

    A brilliantly plotted, utterly gripping thriller about the danger of making friends on holiday, Rush of Blood is Mark Billingham's most ambitious and accomplished work to date.

    The hardback of Rush of Blood reached number one in the bestseller lists - Billingham's second time at the topThis brand new standalone has the widest appeal and sales potential of any of Billingham's thrillers, everIn the Dark, Mark's first standalone, sold over 174,000 copiesWith large-scale outdoor advertising campaigns, year-round promotion online, an extensive programme of events and World Book Night, Billingham's profile has neve been higher

    This Is How It Ends

    By Kathleen MacMahon

    This is when it begins

    Autumn, 2008.

    This is where it begins

    The coast of Dublin.

    This is why it begins

    Bruno, an American, has come to Ireland to search for his roots. Addie, an out-of-work architect, is recovering from heartbreak while taking care of her infirm father. When their worlds collide, they experience a connection unlike any they've previously felt, but soon their newfound love will be tested in ways they never imagined possible.

    This is how it ends . . .

    It will leave you a weeping mess just as Em and Dex's story did. It will also leave you feeling utterly bereft to no longer be in its companyBe warned. MacMahon subtly weaves her readers so tightly into her story that when she rolls out her shattering ending it's best to be alone. Stave off the tears if you can: I was a wreckWhen you have long forgotten many other fictional lovers, there is something about Addie and Bruno, their past and their world, that will not go awayThis richly poetic first novel combines a strong contemporary feel with a sense of timelessness. MacMahon's prose fizzes from page one. As the title suggests this is a poignant book yet remarkably life-affirming thanks to the sheer quality of MacMahon's writing. Her characterisation is deft and believable. She has perfect control of tone and a gift for piercing metaphor. I predict a glittering futureIt has 'future classic' written all over itAn exceptional novel . . . It is truly a story for our timeKathleen MacMahon's prose could not appear more effortless or beautiful . . . The twist in this tale is utterly unexpected and satisfyingly unpredictable . . . A bittersweet novel that will no doubt become a book-club darlingA tender love story. A book about love, family, children and that glorious sense of being aliveThis is a love story like no otherAn all-consuming love story . . . that can't fail to enchant youI found myself relating to every character, charmed into enjoying their world and not wanting it to endThis is an outstanding debut novel which will linger long in your mindThe force of it takes you by stealth until you realise you're swallowing furiously, to keep down the lump in your throat. . . crunchingly big finish which packs an undeniable punchIs MacMahon the new Donoghue, capable of winning plaudits from critics and sales from readers eager to see their own lives reflected in fiction?Summer 2012's One Day, this is a love story with an ominous feel that haunts from page oneSometimes you read a book that takes your breath away - this was the book . . . This Is How It Ends grabs you very gently at the beginning and urges you to continue, it wraps you up in its charm and leaves you bereft (in a good way). An emotional rollercoaster of two people thrown together, at a strange time in a less than ordinary way, I defy you not to be movedThroughout the book, the narrative remains both beautiful and understated - and is perhaps all the more dramatic for itThis wonderful new author is a force to be reckoned withIf you enjoyed One Day, you'll love this. Utterly charming and packed with humour, this novel is carried by its characters' charisma. Completely engrossing right up until the unbearably moving conclusionThis book is as powerful in the early, glorious unfurling of an unexpected, unlooked for love as it is in the build to the gut-wrenching finaleWonderfully written, MacMahon creates characters that will linger long in your mind. Keep the tissues nearby, you will need them

    A Richard and Judy Summer 2013 Book Club title.
    Be moved, enchanted and shocked by this all-consuming tale of finding love when you least expect it, by the No.1 bestselling Irish author

    Kathleen MacMahon is a former radio and television journalist with Ireland's national broadcaster, RTE. The grand-daughter of the distinguished short story writer Mary Lavin, Kathleen lives in Dublin with her husband and twin daughters. This is How it Ends, her first novel, was a No.1 bestseller in Ireland for five consecutive weeks and spent nine weeks in the Top Ten bestseller list.Sphere's must-have paperback of 2013 supported by an unmissable marketing campaignBeautiful sense of time and place, sensitively-handled characters and themes of love, death and family - this is the perfect book-club readWill be adored by fans of Jojo MoyesAn incredible new Irish storyteller - No.1 bestseller in Ireland for 5 weeks and Top Ten for nineSold twice as many in the first four weeks than other debut novel in the last five years (Irish TPB)Outstanding critical success - universally praised as a 'modern classic' by UK and world press, from the Observer and The Times to women's magazines

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    By Angus Donald

    May 1194. Finally released from captivity, Richard the Lionheart is in Normandy engaged in a bloody war to drive the French out of his continental patrimony. Using the brutal tactics of medieval warfare - siege, savagery and scorched earth - the Lionheart is gradually pushing back the forces of King Philip of France. By his side in this epic struggle are Robert, Earl of Locksley, better known as the erstwhile outlaw Robin Hood, and Sir Alan Dale, his loyal friend, and a musician and warrior of great skill and renown.

    But while the battles rage and the bodies pile up, Robin seems only to be interested in making a profit from the devastation of war, while Alan is preoccupied with discovering the identity the man who ordered his father's death ten years earlier - and the mystery is leading him to Paris, deep in the heart of the enemy's territory ...

    The battle-scorched new adventure in the Outlaw seriesAngus Donald was born in 1965 and educated at Marlborough College and Edinburgh University. He has worked as a fruit-picker in Greece, a waiter in New York and as an anthropologist studying magic and witchcraft in Indonesia. For twenty years, he was a journalist in Hong Kong, India, Afghanistan and London. He is married to Mary, with whom he has two children, and he now writes full time from home in Tonbridge, Kent.Combined sales of Outlaw and Holy Warrior are nearing 100,000 copies on BookscanKing's Man has sold more than 5,000 copies in HBA boom market for historical adventuresEstablished and extremely active online fan base all clamouring for the next instalment

    A Cottage by the Sea


    Grace has been best friends with Ella and Flick forever. The late-night chats, shared heartaches and good times have created a bond that has stood the test of time.

    When Ella invites them to stay for a week in her cottage in South Wales, Grace jumps at the chance to see her old friends. She also hopes that the change of scenery will help her reconnect with her distant husband.

    Then Flick arrives; loveable, bubbly, incorrigible Flick, accompanied by the handsome and charming Noah.

    This is going to be one week which will change all their lives forever...

    Join Grace, Ella and Flick for a week of love, laughter, tears and friendship in A Cottage by the Sea

    This book is a complete pleasure to read! A Cottage by the Sea is a brilliant holiday read - one of Carole Matthews' best books to date!Deftly done with some bittersweet depth, and an achingly romantic heartA captivating book, vivid descriptions full of twists and turns. A must-readThis book is an absolute delight and one of her very best . . . Totally absorbing, a fabulous holiday read!A perfect summer readPerfect summer reading. No one does it better than Carole, and this bittersweet story of friendship, marriage and romance is beautifully handled by a writer at the top of her gameA Cottage by the Sea is a warm, romantic tale of love and friendship, loyalty and betrayal. Holidays with friends may never seem the same again!Three best friends, their men and a week in . . . A Cottage by the Sea.

    Carole Matthews is the Sunday Times bestselling author of thirty novels, including the top ten bestsellers The Cake Shop in the Garden, A Cottage by the Sea, Paper Hearts and Summer Kisses, The Chocolate Lovers' Christmas and Calling Mrs Christmas. In 2015, Carole was awarded the RNA Outstanding Achievement Award. Her novels dazzle and delight readers all over the world and she is published in more than thirty countries.

    For all the latest news from Carole, visit www.carolematthews.com, follow Carole on Twitter (@carolematthews) and Instagram (matthews.carole) or join the thousands of readers who have become Carole's friend on Facebook (carolematthewsbooks).

    The new summer book from established favourite Carole Matthews, who writes two warm, romantic and wonderfully seasonal books a yearCombined life sales of all Carole Matthews titles are over one million copies on BookscanStrong online presence already in place: fantastic author website, plus active Twitter and Facebook profilesAs well as being shortlisted for the 2012 RoNA Award for Romantic Comedy, Carole was presented with a Hall of Fame Award for outstanding achievement by the Festival of Romance in 2011
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    By Judy Finnigan

    She was a daughter, a wife, a mother. She was my friend. But what secrets did Eloise take to her grave?

    After her best friend Eloise dies from breast cancer, Cathy is devastated. But then Cathy begins to have disturbing dreams that imply Eloise's death was not all it seems.

    With a history of depression, Cathy is only just recovering from a nervous breakdown and her husband Chris, a psychiatrist, is acutely aware of his wife's mental frailty. When Cathy tells Chris of her suspicions about Eloise's death, as well as her ability to sense Eloise's spirit, Chris thinks she is losing her grip on reality once again.

    Stung by her husband's scepticism, Cathy decides to explore Eloise's mysterious past, putting herself in danger as she finds herself drawn ever deeper into her friend's great - and tragic - secret.

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

    Atmospheric, creepy and original, Judy has written a blinder of a first novelExudes a deep and soulful sense of place. Romantic and rain-lashed, du Maurier's Cornwall haunts the pages of Eloise as powerfully as the spirit of the elusive heroine herself. A stirring and intriguing readJudy Finnigan's gripping début novel captures the mystery and menace of Cornwall in glorious gothic styleHighly readable, incredibly moving in parts, and with wonderful echoes of Daphne Du Maurier, Eloise had me turning pages late into the nightA moving meditation on grief, family bonds, motherhood and female friendshipA haunting, pacy page-turner, with a real ghostly feel - a must readImpressive debutA great first book from the Queen of the Book ClubA creepy ghost story . . . the real star of the book is Judy's beloved Cornwall - a wild beautiful backdrop to the tale that is almost a character in itself[Eloise] has a life of its own thanks to Finnigan's lack of pretension, light touch and obvious passion for the Cornish landscape, which is so lovingly described it's almost a character in its own right. A warm and promising debutHaving run a wildly successful book club, championing new fiction, it was perhaps inevitable that Judy Finnigan should turn her hand to novel-writing. Eloise has nods to Daphne du Maurier and Emily Brontë in its vividly evoked Cornwall setting and story of a woman haunted in her dreams by the best friend who died of cancer. No vanity project this, Judy deserves to be taken seriously as a writer of thoughtful, descriptive fictionHaunting thrillerAn assured first novelAn absorbing, thought-provoking tale of family skeletons, betrayal and the enduring spirit of friendshipShe was a daughter, a wife, a mother. She was my friend. But what secrets did Eloise take to her grave? Compulsively-readable and haunting, this is the debut novel from Book Club champion, Judy Finnigan.Judy Finnigan is an author, television presenter and columnist. In 2004, Judy's name became synonymous with discovering and sharing great fiction, through the Richard and Judy Book Club, where authors including Kate Mosse, Rosamund Lupton and Victoria Hislop were championed and brought to the attention of millions of readers. This is her first novel.

    Yesterday I almost saw her.

    I was standing on the sun deck, looking out to sea, revelling in the unexpected warmth of the February sun. A butterfly trembled on a nearby buddleia and suddenly I smelled her perfume.

    She wasn't there, of course. How could she be when I had seen her lying in her coffin just two weeks ago, the day before she was buried, her casket surrounded by the scented candles she loved?
    She lay in Cornish ground now...

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

    The HB spent 2 weeks as a Sunday Times Top 10 bestseller. The fourth biggest selling HB debut of all of 2012 (after just 3 weeks' sales)In its first 3 weeks in HB, Eloise sold twice as many copies as any 2012 debut in HB (excluding The Casual Vacancy).Eloise was the fastest selling fiction debut HB of 2012Judy Finnigan's Book Club profile has never been higher, after ten years of the Richard & Judy Book Club.Judy's name is synonymous with recommending compelling and entertaining fiction and this is what she has delivered with Eloise, a novel she has been working on for a number of years.Set in Cornwall and filled with atmosphere and intrigue and with a strong commercial thriller element.Judy is hugely excited about the publication of her debut novel in paperback and will be promoting it at all opportunities.
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    The Dressmaker

    By Kate Alcott

    Torn between her dreams and the truth, she was faced with an impossible choice . . .

    Tess, an aspiring seamstress, is stunned at her luck when the famous designer Lady Lucile Duff Gordon hires her to be a personal maid on the Titanic's doomed voyage. When disaster strikes, Tess is one of the last people allowed on a lifeboat - her employer also survives. On dry land, savage rumours begin to circulate: did Lady Duff Gordon save herself at the expense of others?

    Tess's dream of becoming a skilled dressmaker is within her grasp but now she is faced with a terrible choice. Suddenly she finds herself torn between loyalty to the fiery woman who could help her realise her ambitions and the devastating truth that her mentor may not be all she seems.

    Authentic and honest, The Dressmaker is a compelling and vivid story that will have you holding your breath until the last page.

    *Shortlisted for the Goodreads Historical Novel Award*

    A novel about human relationships, trust, loyalty and ambition . . . Pacy, well-written, full of drama, atmosphere and dilemma and is sure to fascinateThis glitzy, glamorous tale packs a punchSeamlessly stitching fact and fiction together, Alcott creates a hypnotic taleBased on true events surrounding the dramatic incident of 1912, this honest and engaging accounts of one woman's battle with love, loyalty, truth and what it means to be brave will have readers facing up to the reality of such an atrocityAtmospheric, authentic and utterly absorbing - this spirited historical novel will have timeless appeal to lovers of The Postmistress, My Last Duchess and The Kashmir ShawlKate Alcott is a journalist who has covered politics in Washington DC, where she currently lives.Will appeal to readers of general historical fiction - everything from The Kashmir Shawl to The Postmistress to My Last DuchessThere is a proven track record of demand for this type of general historical fiction but it's an as-yet unflooded area of the market and we will capitalise on thisSpent four weeks on the New York Times bestseller listShortlisted for the Goodreads Historical Novel Award 2012Plot-driven with a strong lead female character at its heartWeaves together winning themes of moral dilemma, realising your dreams, loyalty, truth - and fashion!

    The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris

    By Jenny Colgan

    Mouth-watering recipes inside!

    As dawn breaks over the Pont Neuf, and the cobbled alleyways of Paris come to life, Anna Trent is already awake and at work; mixing and stirring the finest, smoothest, richest chocolate; made entirely by hand, it is sold to the grandes dames of Paris.

    It's a huge shift from the chocolate factory she worked in at home in the north of England. But when an accident changed everything, Anna was thrown back in touch with her French teacher, Claire, who offered her the chance of a lifetime - to work in Paris with her former sweetheart, Thierry, a master chocolatier.

    With old wounds about to be uncovered and healed, Anna is set to discover more about real chocolate - and herself - than she ever dreamed.

    The sweetest, loveliest book I've read in a long time. Gorgeous, glorious, uplifting. A very happy-making bookIt's a book which should be devoured in one sitting, along with a box of chocolatesThe Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris will make you want to pack your bags and head across the channel. An evocative, sweet treatExtremely funny and moving. Plus there's chocolate. What more could we want?Deliciously evocative; Jenny Colgan's most magical novel yetThis delightful, nostalgia-inducing story is utterly charming - and left us craving a paper bag stuffed with treats!Sweeter than a bag of jelly beans . . . had us eating up every pageHeartbreakingly poignant . . . Paris at its most romanticIf you've ever dreamily strolled the streets of Paris, you'll love the descriptions of its sights, sounds, food and parties . . . chocolates and lots of romanceThis is Jenny Colgan's best book to date!So good, we only put it down because it kept giving us chocci cravings!An absolute joy, and one of her best yet. Set in Paris, it is a heart-warming, poignantly beautiful story combined with the most mouth-watering chocolate recipes. We loved it! Highly Recommended!As romantic as a summer day on the Seine, peppered with humour and heartache, a deliciously captivating romance from a writer who blends dark and light like a master chocolatierA heart-warming tale of romance and chocolate, it will transport you to the cobbled alleyways and iconic sights of Paris, plus some mouth-watering recipes to satisfy your chocolate cravingsLife is sweet in this heartwarming tale of a little chocolate shop in Paris, by the bestselling author of Welcome to Rosie Hopkins' Sweetshop of Dreams (RNA Romantic Novel of the Year Award 2013 winner) and Meet Me at the Cupcake Cafe (winner of the 2012 Melissa Nathan Award for Comedy Romance)Jenny Colgan is the author of numerous bestselling novels, including The Little Shop of Happy Ever After and Summer at Little Beach Street Bakery, which are also published by Sphere. Meet Me at the Cupcake Café won the 2012 Melissa Nathan Award for Comedy Romance and was a Sunday Times Top Ten bestseller, as was Welcome to Rosie Hopkins' Sweetshop of Dreams, which won the RNA Romantic Novel of the Year Award 2013. For more about Jenny, visit her website and her Facebook page, or follow her on Twitter: @jennycolgan.The mouth-watering new novel (with recipes!) from the bestselling authorA winning formula with the irresistible extra ingredients of Paris and chocolateAll in one highly desirable package, a must-have purchase for women everywhereJenny's fans are addicted, each book is attracting new readers, and this is perfectly timed as a calorie-free Easter treatMeet Me at the Cupcake Café bucked the trend to become her best ever Little, Brown bestseller selling 108,000 paperbacks and 15,000 ebooksWelcome to Rosie Hopkins' Sweetshop of Dreams was a Top 5 bestseller, selling over 50,000 copies in the first six weeks
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    The Vintage Teacup Club

    by Vanessa Green
    An uplifting tale of life and love, careers and families, and a friendship forged over a very special set of vintage teacups, we have been overwhelmed by all the positive responses we have already received for Vanessa Greene's debut novel The Vintage Teacup Club.

    The Killing Room

    By Richard Montanari

    'The thing is, Detective...
    If you believe in God, you've got to believe in the Devil.'

    Deepest winter. Darkest Philadelphia.

    A murder shocks the frozen city - the most spectacular homicide in its 300-year-old history: an ex-cop has been lured to the basement of an abandoned chapel, wrapped in barbed wire - and kept alive for ten days.

    Twenty-four hours after the discovery, Detectives Kevin Byrne and Jessica Balzano find another victim in another church, encased in a pristine block of ice.

    Someone is transforming the city's cathederals into killing rooms, someone who is determined to raise hell on earth.

    Packed with ingenious twists and relentless excitement, The Killing Room is a novel of blistering thrills and heart-stopping suspense.

    Scary good! Montanari expertly weaves a mesmerizing tale of devillish killer stalking a city's abandoned churches and stoking its innermost fears. You will leave the lights on, long after finishing this bookKiller thriller . . . there's a whiff of hellfire and brimstone in the air when a sadistic killer stalks the streets of Philadelphia in this bone-numbing thriller . . . suprises waiting round every cobwebbed corner . . . Byrne and Balzano make a great cop duoThe crescendo delivers with phenomenal force which can leave your mouths agape as you close the book. It's immensely satisfying . . . a wonderful spin on the crime fiction genre. This book is relentlessAce chillerA sizzling story that will not only keep you turning the pages, but also provides the kind of tender note not usually found in a thriller as taut and exciting as The Killing RoomA master of the pulse-pounding novel of suspensePacked with ingenious twists and relentless excitement, and starring two of the most compelling heroes in crime fiction, The Killing Room is a major thriller event: the best novel yet from one of the world's best suspense writers

    Richard Montanari was born in Cleveland, Ohio, to a traditional Italian-American family. After university, he travelled extensively in Europe and lived in London, selling clothing in Chelsea and foreign language encyclopedias door-to-door in Hampstead Heath.

    Returning to the US, he started working as a freelance writer for The Chicago Tribune, The Detroit Free Press, The Seattle Times, and many others. He wrote his first book, Deviant Way, in 1996 and it won the OLMA for Best First Mystery. His novels have now been published in more than twenty-five languages.

    'The thing is, Detective...if you believe in God, you've got to believe in the Devil.'Sphere is proud to publish Richard Montanari, King of the serial-killer thrillerMontanari is the author of six Sunday Times Top 10 bestsellers, and has sold 800,000 books in the UK aloneHis relentlessly gripping, spine-tingling Philadelphia-based plots set him apart, and his flawed and fascinating series characters will keep readers hooked book after bookWe will be launching him with this PB edition of The Killing Room and following up with his new HB in summer 2013Now Richard Montanari receives the Sphere treatment including a market-leading new look and a huge brand author advertising campaignHis most seriously chilling thriller yet will have colossal appeal to readers of James Patterson, Patricia Cornwell and Jeffrey Deaver, as well as fans of TV crime dramas and films from The Wire to Se7en
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    Get Your Sh!t Together

    By Ruth Field

    THE B!TCH IS BACK . . .

    . . . and she's brought The Grit Doctor along for the ride


    *To Do lists scrawled on the back of receipts
    *An unpaid bill
    *Half a chocolate bar, covered in fluff

    Is your handbag a metaphor for the rest of your life?

    Has becoming a capable, poised grown-up turned out to be more complicated than you imagined? If you answered 'yes' to any of these questions, and if you're tired of the crappy stuff in life grinding you down, then it's time to stop whining and GET YOUR SH!T TOGETHER. With this funny, frank and tough-talking guide, Ruth Field and The Grit Doctor will help you:

    *Tackle daunting problems like a fearless superwoman

    *Figure out what you want from life and find the courage to GO FOR IT

    *Learn how to get more sh!t done in less time

    *Stop feeling bad about your less-than-perfect life. (Because perfection's overrated anyway.)


    There's no doubt [Ruth Field's] straight-talking will make you stop whining and actually start doing. So, if you need a kick up the backside, make space for this fabulous read on your bedside table!An entertaining, effective read . . . The book is genuinely funny, but it really does motivate too.Smart, witty and brutalFunny and frankTHE GRIT DOCTOR does for self-help what she did for running: RIPS UP THE RULE BOOK.Ruth Field is the author of RUN FAT B!TCH RUN and THE RUN FAT B!TCH RUN MARATHON PLAN. She is a former criminal barrister and lives in North London with her husband and twin sons. She blogs regularly at http://gritdoctor.wordpress.com/ and you can also find her on Twitter (@gritdoctor) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/thegritdoctor).

    THE B!TCH IS BACK . . .

    . . . and she's brought The Grit Doctor along for the ride

    'Amusingly vicious . . . excellent advice all round' Emma Thompson on Run Fat B!tch Run


    *To Do lists scrawled on the back of receipts P
    *An unpaid bill P
    *Half a chocolate bar, covered in fluff P

    Is your handbag a metaphor for the rest of your life?

    Has becoming a capable, poised grown-up turned out to be more complicated than you imagined? If you answered 'yes' to any of these questions, and if you're tired of the crappy stuff in life grinding you down, then it's time to stop whining and GET YOUR SH!T TOGETHER. With this funny, frank and tough-talking guide, Ruth Field and The Grit Doctor will help you:

    *Tackle daunting problems like a fearless superwoman
    *Figure out what you want from life and find the courage to GO FOR IT
    *Learn how to get more sh!t done in less time
    *Stop feeling bad about your less-than-perfect life. (Because perfection's overrated anyway.)


    GET YOUR SH!T TOGETHER will grab attention and provoke reponse just as RFBR did: this is a brand-new style of self-help book and one that will definitely generate lots of talking points.RUN FAT B!TCH RUN has sold over 20K copies in the UK, across the print and ebook editions. In Ireland, the print edition alone has sold 20K, and the book held the number 1 spot in the non-fiction charts for an amazing 24 weeks and was in the top ten for 37 weeks in total.Ruth Field has a fantastic online presence, with 5K followers across her blog, Twitter and Facebook. Her Facebook page has become an amazing online support group, with fans interacting with each other and regular input from The Grit Doctor.RUN FAT B!TCH RUN received terrific press coverage, with a three-day serialisation in The Times and features in the Express and the Evening Standard. Ruth's profile is rising all the time - with motivational speaking and other public appearances lined up for the future.
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