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Cold Days

Cold Days

You can’t keep a good wizard down – even when he wants to stay that way.

For years, Harry Dresden has been Chicago’s only professional wizard, but a bargain made in desperation with the Queen of Air and Darkness has forced him into a new job: professional killer.
Mab, the mother of wicked faeries, has restored the mostly-dead wizard to health, and dispatches him upon his first mission – to bring death to an immortal. Even as he grapples with the impossible task, Dresden learns of a looming danger to Demonreach, the living island hidden upon Lake Michigan, a place whose true purpose and dark potential have the potential to destroy billions and to land Dresden in the deepest trouble he has ever known – even deeper than being dead. How messed up is that?

Beset by his new enemies and hounded by the old, Dresden has only twenty four hours to reconnect with his old allies, prevent a cataclysm and do the impossible – all while the power he bargained to get – but never meant to keep – lays siege to his very soul.

Magic. It can get a guy killed.
Mismatch

Mismatch

Our brains evolved to solve the survival problems of our Stone Age ancestors, so when faced with modern day situations that are less extreme, they often encounter a mismatch. Our primitive brains put us on the wrong foot by responding to stimuli that – in prehistoric times – would have prompted behaviour that was beneficial. If you’ve ever felt an anxious fight or flight response to a presenting at a board meeting, equivalent to facing imminent death by sabre-toothed tiger, then you have experienced a mismatch.

Mismatch is about the clash between our biology and our culture. It is about the dramatic contrast between the first few million years of human history – when humans lived as hunters and gatherers in small-scale societies – and the past twelve thousand years following the agricultural revolution which have led us to comfortable lives in a very different social structure. Has this rapid transition been good for us? How do we, using our primitive minds, try to survive in a modern information society that radically changes every ten years or so?

Ronald Giphart and Mark van Vugt show that humans have changed their environment so drastically that the chances for mismatch have significantly increased, and these conflicts can have profound consequences.
Reviewed through mismatch glasses, social, societal, and technological trends can be better understood, ranging from the popularity of Facebook and internet porn, to the desire for cosmetic surgery, to our attitudes towards refugees.

Mismatches can also affect our physical and psychological well-being, in terms of our attitudes to happiness, physical exercise, choosing good leaders, or finding ways to feel better at home or work.

Finally, Mismatch gives us an insight into politics and policy which could enable governments, institutions and businesses to create an environment better suited to human nature, its potential and its constraints.

This book is about converting mismatches into matches. The better your life is matched to how your mind operates, the greater your chances of leading a happy, healthy and productive life.
Arrows Of Desire

Arrows Of Desire

When Steve is killed during enemy action, Beth is devastated. They were due to elope to Gretna Green the following week, and their happiness was complete with the news of Beth’s pregnancy. But now, alone and unmarried and with a baby on the way, Beth must survive by herself in war-torn Glasgow.

When Beth meets handsome Canadian Gene, a friendship begins; for the first time since Steve’s death Beth finds happiness. When Gene asks her to marry him and live with him on his farm in Canada, Beth seizes the opportunity of a better life for her and her child.

But it doesn’t take Beth long to realise that Gene hasn’t told her the whole truth and that the farm doesn’t belong to just him – his sister Loretta lives there, too. And Loretta makes it very clear that Beth isn’t welcome and that she will stop at nothing to get rid of her – even if it comes to murder.

Praise for Emma Blair:

‘An engaging novel and the characters are endearing – a good holiday read’ Historical Novels Review

‘All the tragedy and passion you could hope for . . . Brilliant’ The Bookseller

‘Romantic fiction pure and simple and the best sort – direct, warm and hugely readable. Women’s fiction at an excellent level’ Publishing News

‘Emma Blair explores the complex and difficult nature of human emotions in this passionately written novel’ Edinburgh Evening News

‘Entertaining romantic fiction’ Historical Novels Review

‘[Emma Blair] is well worth recommending’ The Bookseller
The Dead Sea Deception

The Dead Sea Deception

For fans of Dan Brown’s Origin and The Da Vinci Code, by the author of the award-winning, massive bestseller The Girl with All the Gifts, comes a thriller to keep you reading until dawn.

Hidden in the Dead Sea scrolls – the secret of how Christ really died

As ex-mercenary Leo Tillman and ambitious cop Heather Kennedy investigate a series of baffling deaths, the trail leads them to the Dead Sea Scrolls – and the deadly gospel hidden within them.

But soon Tillman and Kennedy are running for their lives from a band of sinister assassins who weep tears of blood and believe themselves descended from Judas. These ‘fallen angels’ will stop at nothing to expose the world-changing secret of the Scrolls . . . the secret of how Christ really died.

Rocketing from a spectacular plane crash in the American desert to a brutal murder at a London university to a phantom city in Mexico, The Dead Sea Deception is the most gripping, revelatory thriller since The Da Vinci Code.

Hits all the genre tropes in fresh and exciting ways’
Publishers Weekly

‘Will grip you in its vice-like jaws to the very last breathless sequence. Escapism at its very best
Lancashire Evening Post

‘Intelligence, good characterisation and an imaginative plot combine to make The Dead Sea Deception a delight
Reviewing the Evidence

‘The Dead Sea Deception manages to soar, breathing new spirit into the genre
For Winter Nights
The Pastor and the Painter

The Pastor and the Painter

A very personal look at Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran. Cindy Wockner was a journalist reporting the story of two surly drug smugglers. She was there from the beginning and would become a good friend of the two changed men.

At 12.35 a.m. on 29 April 2015, Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran were led out in front of a firing squad. Strapped to wooden crosses, they looked straight down the barrels of their killers’ rifles. On that day, the Indonesian government did not execute two drug smugglers, they executed a pastor and a painter.

But who were Andrew and Myuran?

In 2005, the lure of drugs, money, fast cars and a better life led them and seven other Australians into a smuggling plot to import heroin from Indonesia to Australia. Unbeknownst to them all, the Australian Federal Police knew of their plan and tipped off the Indonesian authorities. Charged with drug trafficking, Myuran and Andrew were found guilty and sentenced to death. Andrew was 21 years old. Myuran was 24.

At the time, Cindy Wockner was the Indonesia correspondent for News Limited: for a decade she covered their story and she got to know Myuran, Andrew and their families. They let her into their lives and she watched them transform from angry, defiant young inmates into fully rehabilitated, good men.

This is the intimate, and untold, story of Andrew and Myuran. It details their redemption inside Kerobokan prison and their passion for helping others – through Andrew’s growing commitment to his faith and Myu’s burgeoning artistic talent. It reveals the boys they were and the men they became, in a potent cautionary tale and a poignant reminder of what we all lose when we ignore the power of mercy.

‘gripping’ DAILY TELEGRAPH on Cindy Wockner and Madonna King’s BALI 9
The Stress Cure

The Stress Cure

Stress is very much part of life in the 21st century, and has overtaken the common cold as the major reason for taking time off work. But while we cannot avoid life’s pressures, we can influence the degree to which they affect us, and how we react. This book will show you how.

It examines why we become stressed, how the stress response is unique to each of us and why stress, particularly when combined with fatigue, can create a vicious circle that has serious implications for our long-term health. So, what’s the answer? As you’ll discover, there is no single solution; instead the authors suggest a unique blend of practical solutions that include:

* Uncovering your stress triggers and stress response
* Learning how to reframe negative beliefs
* Effective time management that includes relaxation and fun
* Becoming more resilient by tuning up your stress hormones
* Utilising the power of sleep and exercise
* Beating the sugar and stimulant trap
* Fuel-up to feel good – discover the key nutrients for energy and resilience

With a section on quick fixes to feel better now, as well as guidance on putting together a long-term action plan, The Stress Cure will empower you to take back control and live a healthier, more balanced life.
Younger for Longer

Younger for Longer

‘Revelatory and accessible’ Sunday Post

‘Be good to yourself . . . [Younger for Longer] features wisdom on nutrition, sleep, mood regulation and, most importantly, hormonal health for men and women.’
Scotsman

Younger for Longer tells you exactly what you need in order to live an extended healthy life. It’s very 80/20 and one of the best books I’ve read in ages.’
Richard Koch, author of million-seller The 80/20 Principle

The goal of this book is to show readers how to live a healthy life free from the debilitations of ageing, helping them to stay mentally alert and physically active, and making sure they get the most out of all of their years.

That means aiming for optimal health. However, focusing on one factor alone will not get them there. Our sleep, our mood, what we eat, our detoxification system and our hormones are just some of the factors that interact in amazing ways to make us who we are; they are also at the very heart of the aging process.

This book shows how these different strands combine in ways that can be positive or negative – and explains why this interaction depends far more on the lifestyle we choose than on the genes we inherit. In that way it gives the reader a unique and comprehensive understanding of their body and tells them how, with this knowledge, they can maximize their health.

The topics range from nutrition, toxins, men’s health and women’s health to understanding why our skin, brain and liver age – and how to undo the damage and stave off ageing. But the book’s main focus underlying all of this is hormones: the chemicals that tell different parts of our body what to do. Our hormone levels vary throughout our life, but if they are supported correctly they can keep us youthful and vital into our final years.

Finding health, then, is not about seven ways to detox or the five best vitamins. The body is far more complex than that and, in an approach aimed specifically at the layperson, Younger for Longer traces the exciting path of how the body works to help the reader create the best person they can be for the rest of their life.
The Elves Of Cintra

The Elves Of Cintra

***50 MILLION TERRY BROOKS COPIES SOLD AROUND THE WORLD***

THE SHANNARA CHRONICLES IS NOW A MAJOR TV SERIES

‘Terry’s place is at the head of the fantasy world’ Philip Pullman

Fifty years from now, our world looks very different. Governments have fallen. Thousands live in fortified strongholds; others roam the landscape as either predator or prey. Standing against the forces that have tipped the balance from good to evil are a very few heroes, men and women imbued with powerful magic and sworn to a high destiny.

Logan Tom is one of those heroes. He’s on a desperate quest to deliver the street kids he rescued in Seattle to safety. So, too, is Angel Perez, who is leading a second group in the Oregon wilderness where she encounters the long-hidden Elves of Cintra. And Hawk – just learning his magic – has an encounter with the mystical King of the Silver River, who promises safety for both humans and elves – if only they can reach him. . .


Praise for Terry Brooks:

‘A master of the craft . . . required reading’ Brent Weeks

‘I can’t even begin to count how many of Terry Brooks’s books I’ve read (and re-read) over the years’ Patrick Rothfuss, author of The Name of the Wind

‘I would not be writing epic fantasy today if not for Shannara‘ Peter V. Brett, author of The Painted Man

‘If you haven’t read Terry Brooks, you haven’t read fantasy’ Christopher Paolini, author of Eragon


The Genesis of Shannara trilogy:

ARMAGEDDON’S CHILDREN
THE ELVES OF CINTRA
THE GYPSY MORPH
Snowflakes on Christmas Street

Snowflakes on Christmas Street

‘Heartwarmingly festive – if only all streets were like Christmas Street!’ Ali McNamara

Readers love Snowflakes on Christmas Street:

‘For such a gentle plot, this book packs an emotional punch! There’s romance, the odd drama and a whole lot of satisfaction. The characters are real. The ending is lovely and perfect’

‘I sat and wept, liked good old-fashioned sobbing. I wanted to hug both Jack and Teddy into a big blanket and keep them safe forever. A charming, heartwarming, beautiful tale not just of Christmas but of compassion, kindness and love’

‘Every time I tried to put it down to get on with life, I found it was calling me back for “just one more chapter” until I ran out of chapters! I just thoroughly adored this story’

‘A feel-good and at times tear-jerking story leaving you with that magical Christmassy warmth at the end’

***
On a little street in a big city, everything is changing

Bill has lived on Christmas Street since he was a young man. He’s seen families come and go, watched children grow up… Now he wants to be left alone.

Everything eight-year-old Teddy loves is in America. But his widowed father, Sam, has brought them both back to England to be closer to their family. Sam’s one wish is for Teddy to be happy again.

As Teddy and Sam settle into their new life, and Sam has an unusual meet-cute with the delightful Libby, a very special four-legged neighbour is determined to make them feel at home. Jack, the Christmas street dog, is welcome in everyone’s house – but will it be in his power to help a little boy and a lonely old man remember the true meaning of the season?

As the snow sparkles on the ground, one small act of kindness will give a whole street a happy Christmas…
The Twins

The Twins

The Richard and Judy Bestseller.

‘Outstandingly good. Part-thriller, part-love story, I guarantee you will not be able to put it down’ Sun

They were identical in every way
Until the unthinkable tore them apart

Isolte and Viola are twins. Inseparable as children, they’ve grown into very different adults: Isolte, a successful features writer for a fashion magazine with a photographer boyfriend and a flat in London, and Viola, desperately unhappy and struggling with a lifelong eating disorder.

What happened all those years ago to set the twins on such different paths to adulthood? As both women start to unravel the escalating tragedies of a half-remembered summer, terrifying secrets from the past come rushing back – and threaten to overwhelm their adult lives…

***Pre-order Saskia Sarginson’s sensational new novel How It Ends, out in paperback this May***

‘Convincing and compelling . . . building tension that resonates even after the novel ends’ Stylist

‘This book got its hooks into us and wouldn’t let go. Hypnotic, with real emotional punch’ Star

‘Gripping’ Marie Claire

‘Stunning in its insight and beautifully written’ Judy Finnigan

‘Touching and extremely readable’ Sunday Mirror
A Boy Made of Blocks

A Boy Made of Blocks

*DAYS OF WONDER, THE MAGICAL AND MOVING NEW NOVEL FROM KEITH STUART, IS OUT NOW*

THE RICHARD AND JUDY BOOK CLUB 2017 BESTSELLER AND NUMBER ONE AMAZON BESTSELLER

‘The publishing sensation of the year: a compelling, uplifting and heart-rending debut novel’
Mail on Sunday

A Boy Made of Blocks is a funny, heartwarming story of family and love inspired by the author’s own experiences with his son, the perfect latest obsession for fans of The Rosie Project, David Nicholls and Jojo Moyes.

A father who rediscovers love

Alex loves his wife Jody, but has forgotten how to show it. He loves his son Sam, but doesn’t understand him. He needs a reason to grab his future with both hands.

A son who shows him how to live

Meet eight-year-old Sam: beautiful, surprising – and different. To him the world is a frightening mystery. But as his imagination comes to life, his family will be changed . . . for good.

*Keith Stuart’s magical and moving second novel Days of Wonder is available to pre-order now.*

‘One of those wonderful books that makes you laugh and cry at the same time’
Good Housekeeping

‘Funny, expertly plotted and written with enormous heart. Readers who enjoyed The Rosie Project will love A Boy Made of Blocks – I did’
Graeme Simsion

‘Very funny, incredibly poignant and full of insight. Awesome.’
Jenny Colgan

‘Heartwarming’
The Unmumsy Mum

‘A wonderful, warm, insightful novel about family, friendship and love’
Daily Mail

‘A great plot, with a rare sense of honesty’
Guardian

‘A truly beautiful story’
Heat

‘A heartwarming and wise story’
Cathy Rentzenbrink, author of The Last Act of Love
The Other Me

The Other Me

***TOP-TEN BESTSELLING AUTHOR***

From Richard & Judy bestselling author of The Twins comes a haunting and suspenseful new novel about a girl with a secret – and a past that is destined to catch up with her...

‘There are some books which are so compelling, the plots so engaging and the writing so perfectly paced and accessible that simply captivate the reader and this for me was one such book’ We Love This Book

Despite everything life has thrown at Eliza Bennet, she’s living the life she’s worked so hard to achieve. She’s who she wants to be, where she wants to be and with the man she loves.

But Eliza is living a lie. Her real name is Klaudia Myer, and Klaudia is on the run, escaping her old life and a terrible secret buried at the heart of her family.

Eliza feels as though she’s been running away her whole life. But when her father comes to her with a terrible request, she knows her double life is about to be exposed.

How much longer is it safe to carry on pretending?

This is a haunting and deeply powerful story about identity and the deep secrets that lie at the heart of every family.

***YOU CAN NOW PRE-ORDER SASKIA SARGINSON’S INCREDIBLE NEW NOVEL HOW IT ENDS, ON SALE IN NOVEMBER***

Praise for Saskia Sarginson:

‘This enthralling read will keep you up long into the night’ Ruth Ware on The Other Me

‘Storytelling at its very best. A moving tale about how guilt and shame can govern lives and how only love and generosity can change that’
Cecilia Ekback on The Other Me

‘Outstandingly good. Part thriller, part love story, I guarantee you will not be able to put it down’ Sun on The Twins

‘Stunning in its insight and beautifully written’ Judy Finnigan on The Twins

‘A stunning writer with deep insight into people, their thoughts and behaviour’ NZ Women’s Weekly
Strangers at the Gate

Strangers at the Gate

Who do you turn to, when everyone’s a stranger and you stop believing what your own eyes see?

Finnie Doyle and Paddy Lamb are leaving city life in Edinburgh behind them and moving to the little town of Simmerton. Paddy has landed a partnership in a local solicitors and Finnie’s snagged a job as a church deacon. Their rented cottage is quaint; their new colleagues are charming, and they can’t believe their luck.

But witnessing the bloody aftermath of a brutal murder changes everything. They’ve each been keeping secrets about their pasts. And they both know their precious new start won’t survive a scandal. Together, for the best of reasons, they make the worst decision of their lives.

And that’s only the beginning. The deep, deep valley where Simmerton sits is unlike anywhere Finn and Paddy have been before. They are not the only ones hiding in its shadow and very soon they’ve lost control of the game they decided to play…

Praise for Catriona McPherson:

‘An unnerving and suspenseful novelKarin Slaughter

‘Just the right mixture of spookiness and mysteryJames Oswald

A gripping thrillerIan Rankin

‘A Gothic feast of a novel, this is a country house book with a difference: contemporary, punchy and disturbing, but using the tricks and twists of the best of ChristieAnn Cleeves

‘Go To My Grave is both a classic ‘country house mystery’ and a thriller. Atmospheric, with mind-bending twists, a narrator who may or may not be reliable, and an ending that will take your breath away and leave you astonished’ Louise Penny

. . . drew me in from the very first page, and I stayed up late reading it because I couldn’t wait to find out what happened next. That’s the definition of a good book’ Charlaine Harris, #1 New York Times bestselling author

A tale that shivers with suspenseThe New York Times
Waking The Witch

Waking The Witch

‘Armstrong is quite deft at making Savannah simultaneously formidable, sympathetic and real. . . . A quick and fun read, Waking the Witch is . . . a good starting point for readers new to Armstrong.’ – The Miami Herald

‘Kelley Armstrong must have decided one day to throw every genre she could imagine — mystery, horror, supernatural thriller, romance and chick lit — into her writerly cauldron. What she conjured up is the hilariously hip Women of the Otherworld series.’ – Calgary Herald

Columbus is a small, fading town, untouched by the twenty-first century. But when three young women are found dead – victims of what appear to be ritual murders – things start to get very dark, and very dangerous . . .

Private investigator Savannah Levine can handle ‘dark and dangerous’. As the daughter of a black witch, she has a lot of power running through her veins, and she’s not afraid to use it. But her arrival in Columbus has not gone unnoticed. Savannah may think she’s tracking down a murderer, but could she be the killer’s next target?

Of course she could always ask her old friend (and half-demon) Adam Vasic for backup. But Savannah has her own – very personal – reasons for keeping Adam well away from Columbus. And in any case, she can rely on her own powers. Can’t she . . . ?

Books by Kelley Armstrong:

Women of the Otherworld series
Bitten
Stolen
Dime Store Magic
Industrial Magic
Haunted
Broken
No Humans Involved
Personal Demon
Living with the Dead
Frost Bitten
Walking the Witch
Spellbound
Thirteen

Nadia Stafford
Exit Strategy
Made to be Broken
Wild Justice

Rockton
City of the Lost
A Darkness Absolute
This Fallen Prey
Watcher in the Woods
Alone in the Wild

Darkest Powers
The Summoning
The Awakening
The Reckoning

Otherworld Tales
Men of the Otherworld
Tales of the Otherworld
Otherworld Nights
Otherworld Secrets
Otherworld Chills

Darkness Rising
The Gathering
The Calling
The Rising

Cainsville
Omens
Visions
Deceptions
Betrayals
Rituals
What Katy Did

What Katy Did

‘One of my all-time favourite books. It’s a very lively, funny story’ Jacqueline Wilson

Katy has grand plans to be beautiful, graceful and ladylike … one day! But for now she has hair that is always tangled, bootlaces undone, a torn dress and she doesn’t care about being ‘good’. With a wild imagination and high spirits, she is always up to mischief, but there never has been a heroine as lovable as Katy. Then a terrible accident happens and it takes all her courage – and hard-learned patience – to keep her dreams alive.


‘Katy speaks with a charm and directness that remains as fresh as when it was written’ Amanda Craig

‘This was one of my favourite books as a child. The children felt real enough to touch, and I fell head over heels in love with Katy. It’s a book with an unstoppable heart’ Katherine Rundell


This collection of the best in children’s literature, curated by Virago, will be coveted by children and adults alike. These are timeless tales with beautiful covers, that will be treasured and shared across the generations. Some titles you will already know; some will be new to you, but there are stories for everyone to love, whatever your age. Our list includes Nina Bawden (Carrie’s War, The Peppermint Pig), Rumer Godden (The Dark Horse, An Episode of Sparrows), Joan Aiken (The Serial Garden, The Gift Giving) E. Nesbit (The Psammead Trilogy, The Bastable Trilogy, The Railway Children), Frances Hodgson Burnett (The Little Princess,The Secret Garden) and Susan Coolidge (The What Katy Did Trilogy). Discover Virago Children’s Classics.
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