The Virago Book Of Witches
By Shahrukh Husain
A collection of more than 50 stories about witches from around the world. There are tales of banshees, crones and beauties in disguise from China, Siberia, the Caribbean, Armenia, Portugal and Australia. The characters featured include Italy's Witch Bea-Witch, Lilith, Kali, and Twitti Glyn Hec.
The Very Fairy Princess: Teacher's Pet
By Julie Andrews, Emma Walton Hamilton, Christine Davenier
Gerry has a week off from school for Spring Break, and she's given a very special job - watching over the class pet, Houdini the hamster! Gerry wants to make sure Houdini feels right at home, so she learns his favorite snacks, reads him stories, and even paints him a picture of her classroom. But then, the hamster darts right out of his cage and goes missing! It's time for Gerry to put on her thinking crown to figure out how to get him back.With full-color illustrations throughout, this Level 1 early reader is perfect for Very Fairy Princess fans who are ready to take the next step beyond picture books.
VB6: Eat Vegan Before 6:00 to Lose Weight and Restore Your Health...For Good
By Mark Bittman
Every day we learn new benefits of the vegan diet, and discover how cutting meat and animal products out can still mean a world of delicious meals. Now Mark Bittman brings his expertise to vegan cooking, giving you an easy-to-follow diet plan plus 50 simple everyday recipes - exclusively vegan meals for breakfast and lunch, and as flexible as you need to be for dinner.Bittman outlines in six principles the reasons that a partially vegan diet can dramatically improve your health. When you eat lots of fruits and veggies while cutting back on meat and dairy, and cook as much as possible at home, you automatically find yourself eating more sensible portions and almost no junk food. You can live healthier, not just eat healthier, when you eat with eyes wide open. This is Bittman's flexible, ethical way of eating better and losing weight, using common sense in the kitchen.More and more people are finding out what it means to cut down their meat consumption; adopting Meatless Mondays and going 'flexitarian' are great options for those not ready to go full-vegan. This diet is an easy way to take meat out of your diet as much as you feel comfortable, with all the health benefits and none of the suffering.
Vegan for Her
By J L Fields, Virginia Messina
Vegan for Her , a blueprint for optimal health and wellness at any age, will show you how to: lower your risk for breast cancer and heart disease manage conditions like arthritis and migraines diminish PMs and cramps build strong bones for life enhance fertility make an easy transition to a vegan diet and incorporate principles of both fashion and compassion into your home and wardrobe.
The Vet's Daughter
By Barbara Comyns
Growing up in Edwardian south London, Alice Rowlands longs for romance and excitement, for a release from a life that is dreary, restrictive and lonely. Her father, a vet, is harsh and domineering; his new girlfriend brash and lascivious. Alice seeks refuge in memories and fantasies, in her rapturous longing for Nicholas, a handsome young sailor, and in the blossoming of what she perceives as her occult powers. A series of strange events unfolds that leads her, dressed in bridal white, to a scene of ecstatic triumph and disaster among the crowds on Clapham Common. The Vet's Daughter is a uniquely vivid, witty and touching story of love and mystery.
By Sandi Toksvig
London 1897 and a young girl, Valentine Grey, arrives in England. She's been brought up in the remote and sunny climes of India and finds being forced into corsets and skirts in damp and cold country insufferable. The only bright spot: her exciting cousin, Reggie. Reggie, and his lover Frank seek out the adventure the clandestine bars and streets of London offer and are happy to include Valentine in their secret, showing her theatre, gardens - even teaching her how to ride a bicycle. And then comes the Boer War and Reggie's father volunteers him; the empire must be defended. But it won't be Reggie who dons the Volunteer Regiment's garb. Valentine takes her chance, puts on her cousin's uniform, leaving Reggie behind and heads off to war. And for a long while it's glorious and liberating for both of the cousins, but war is not glorious and in Victorian London homosexuality is not liberating . . .
Valley of the Shadow
By Carola Dunn
A cryptic message spurs Eleanor on a frantic search for a refugee's missing family.While walking her dog with friends, Eleanor rescues a young half-drowned Asian man out the water.Delerious and concussed, he talks about his family being trapped in a cave. While the young man, unconscious by this stage, is whisked away to a hospital, a desperate effort is mounted to find the family of which he spoke.The local police inspector presumes they are refugees from East Africa, abandoned by the traffickers who brought them in, so while the countryside is being scoured for the family, Eleanor herself descends into a dangerous den of smugglers in a desperate search to find the man responsible while there is still time.
By Rupert Everett
Rupert Everett's first memoir - Red Carpets and Other Banana Skins - was an international bestseller and an instant classic on publication in 2006. Reviewers compared him to Evelyn Waugh, David Niven, Noel Coward and Lord Byron. But Rupert Everett is - of course - one of a kind.Mischievous, touching and nothing less than brilliant, this new memoir is filled with stories, from childhood to the present. Astonishing encounters; tragedy and comedy; vivid portraits of friends and rivals; razor-sharp observations of the celebrity circus from LA to London and beyond... there is something extraordinary on every page. A pilgrimage to Lourdes with his father is both hilarious and moving. A misguided step into reality TV goes horribly wrong. From New York to Moscow to Berlin to Phnom Penh, Vanished Years takes the reader on a wild and wonderful new journey with a charming (and rather disreputable) companion.
Vegetables and Herbs for the Greenhouse and Polytunnel
By Klaus Laitenberger
With our unpredictable weather, there's never been a better time to cultivate vegetables under shelter. Experienced grower, Klaus Laitenberger shows how to use the heat and shelter of a greenhouse or polytunnel to maximise crop production and supply tasty, healthy food throughout the year. He gives full details of sowing, planting, spacing and harvesting for all our best-loved herbs and vegetables, as well as introducing exotic newcomers such as pepino and yacon.
The Vanishing Point
By Val McDermid
Stephanie Harker is travelling through security at O'Hare airport with five-year-old Jimmy. But in a moment, everything changes. In disbelief, Stephanie watches as a uniformed agent leads her boy away - and she's stuck the other side of the gates, hysterical with worry.The authorities, unaware of Jimmy's existence, just see a woman behaving erratically; Stephanie is wrestled to the ground and blasted with a taser gun. By the time she can tell them what has happened, Jimmy is long gone.But as Stephanie tells her story to the FBI, it becomes clear that everything is not as it seems. There are many potential suspects for this abduction. With time rapidly running out, how can Stephanie get him back?A breathtakingly rich and gripping psychological thriller, The Vanishing Point is Val McDermid's most accomplished standalone novel to date, a work of haunting brilliance.
The Very Fairy Princess Follows Her Heart
By Julie Andrews, Emma Walton Hamilton, Christine Davenier
It's Valentine's Day, one of Geraldine's favorite times of year! She gets out her very best glitter to make cards for her family and friends at school, trying extra hard to think of ways to showcase all of their special qualities. But when Gerry gets to school and realizes she accidentally took a folder of Daddy's work papers instead of the cards she worked so hard on - oh no! - she can't help but be disappointed. Thankfully, her teacher helps her find an extra special way to celebrate the inner sparkle of each of her friends.Another heartwarming Very Fairy Princess adventure from bestselling mother-daughter team Julie Andrews and Emma Walton Hamilton, beautifully illustrated by Christine Davenier.
Vincent Shadow: The Top Secret Toys
By Tim Kehoe, Guy Francis
After winning the annual Whizzer Toy contest, Vincent, the 12 year-old creative mastermind, gets ready to embark on his once-in-a-lifetime summer internship with the famous Mr. Whiz. Vincent can hardly wait to get to New York but before he can even share his ideas, a sudden tragedy leaves the future of Whizzer Toys completely in his hands. And to make matters worse, trouble-making Timmy Zimmerman stumbles upon Vincent's original sketch notebooks and top-secret prototypes, claiming them as his own on national news. It's up to Vincent to come up with enough new toys to create the annual Whizzer Wishbook or disappoint kids everywhere. Fortunately, when Vincent puts his mind to it, he can achieve just about anything.
The Valentine's Card
By Juliet Ashton
The Valentine's card was meant to be Orla's fairy tale ending, but really, it was only the beginning . . .Orla adores her actor boyfriend, Sim, who's away filming a sumptuous costume drama. Although the long-distance relationship means that she can eat toast for dinner and watch as much reality TV as she likes, she misses him like crazy.But Valentine's Day changes everything . . . The same morning Orla learns that Sim has died, she receives a card from him. As Orla travels from Ireland to London, to live and breathe Sim's final moments, can she bring herself to open the Valentine's card and read his final message?
By Zara Devereux
You've devoured Fifty Shades . . . Now discover Velvet Touch.When Karen Heywood is offered a new job as assistant archivist, she hopes that the mysterious halls and old libraries of Blackwood Towers will finally reveal to her the inner strength and purpose she's spent her life searching for. But as dark secrets and desires start to rise to the surface, Karen realises there's more to the job than she bargained for. Secrets that she craves to unravel - and only one man whose answers will set her free. Blackwood's mysterious owner, Lord Mallory Burnet . . . the same man who's starting to consume her every waking thought.
By John Burdett
Nobody knows Bangkok like Royal Thai Police Detective Sonchai Jitpleecheep, and there is no one quite like Sonchai: a police officer who has kept his Buddhist soul intact-more or less-despite the fact that his job shoves him face-to-face with some of the most vile and outrageous crimes and criminals in Bangkok. But for his newest assignment, everything he knows about his city-and himself-will be a mere starting point.He's put in charge of the highest-profile criminal case in Thailand-an attempt to bring an end to trafficking in human organs. He sets in motion a massive sting operation and stays at its center, traveling to Phuket, Hong Kong, Dubai, Shanghai, and Monte Carlo. He draws in a host of unwitting players that includes an aging rock star wearing out his second liver and the mysterious, diabolical, albeit gorgeous co-queenpins of the international body-parts trade: the Chinese twins known as the Vultures. And yet, it's closer to home that Sonchai will discover things getting really dicey: rumors will reach him suggesting that his ex-prostitute wife, Chanya, is having an affair. Will Sonchai be enlightened enough-forget Buddha, think jealous husband-to cope with his very own compromised and compromising world? All will be revealed here, in John Burdett's most mordantly funny, propulsive, fiendishly entertaining novel yet.Praise for John Burdett and his Bangkok novels:'Cracking East meets West thriller introducing a half-Thai, half-American cop whose Buddhist beliefs are as important as his forensic skills. Terrific' Observer.'A fantastic new thriller with an avenging Buddhist cop as its central character' Mail on Sunday.'Read this book, savour the language - it's the last and most compelling word in thrillers' James Ellroy.'Impeccably researched, this is sometimes poetic, often exotic, and totally hardcore' Daily Mirror."Burdett's fever-dream mysteries, set in Bangkok, recast the police procedural as psychedelic peep show." The New Yorker."Burdett is purely and simply a wonderful writer." The Washington Post Book World.
Violent Silence (Modern Erotic Classics)
By Paul Mayersberg
Pandora Hammond is a contented married mother. Contented, that is, until she has a random and wildly passionate encounter with a complete stranger in an exclusive Los Angeles hotel. Far away in the Arizona desert, Pandora's husband Alec is at work on a movie, when a young woman - a girl he has been having an affair with - a dies on set during a stunt. These two events are connected by enigmatic daredevil Charles Wildman, who crashes into their world. Cars, terror tactics, sensory deprivation and guns - all are deployed in the war to win Pandora, body and soul of Pandora.
The Very Fairy Princess: A Fairy Merry Christmas
By Julie Andrews, Emma Walton Hamilton, Christine Davenier
It's almost Christmas, and for Geraldine that means it's time for snowflakes, presents, and decorations galore. When her mom suggests that their family exchange homemade gifts this year, Gerry gets to work in her Very Fairy Princess Workshop crafting perfect presents that will show everyone how much she thinks they sparkle. With full-color illustrations throughout, this leveled reader is perfect for Very Fairy Princess fans who are ready to take the next step beyond picture books.
The Vintage Teacup Club
By Vanessa Greene
At a car boot sale in Sussex, three very different women meet and fall for the same vintage teaset. They decide to share it - and form a friendship that changes their lives . . . Jenny can't wait to marry Dan. Then, after years of silence, she hears from the woman who could shatter her dreams.Maggie has put her broken heart behind her and is gearing up for the biggest event of her career - until she's forced to confront the past once more.Alison seems to have it all: married to her childhood sweetheart, with two gorgeous daughters. But as tensions mount, she is pushed to breaking point. Dealing with friendship and families, relationships and careers, highs and lows, The Vintage Teacup Club is heart-warming storytelling at its very best.
Vicky Hill: Thieves!
By Hannah Dennison
When the body of a woman is found in a shallow stream, aspiring investigative journalist Vicky Hill suspects there's a connection between the murder and the string of recent silver thefts plaguing the small town of Gipping-on-Plym. And since both her boss and the local police refuse to investigate, Vicky takes on the case by herself - and she's determined to uncover the answers and clinch her fourth national exclusive!'A dizzy romp with an endearingly gullible investigator' - Ann Purse'A laugh a page ... a hilarious debut' - Carolyn Hart on A Vicky Hill Exclusive!
Valley Of Ashes
By Cornelia Read
Madeline Dare trades New York's gritty streets for the tree-lined avenues of Boulder, Colorado when her husband Dean lands a promising job. Madeline, now mother to beautiful toddler twin girls and a full-time homemaker, has achieved everything she thought she always wanted but with her husband constantly on the road, she's fighting a losing battle against the Betty Friedan riptide of suburban/maternal exhaustion, angst and sheer loneliness. A new freelance newspaper gig helps her get her mojo back but Boulder isn't nearly as tranquil as it seems: there's a serial arsonist at large in the city. As Madeline closes in on the culprit, the fires turn deadly - and the stakes tragically personal. She'll need every ounce of strength and courage she has to keep the flames from reaching her own doorstep, threatening all she holds most dear.