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Will Young Memoir Set for October 2012

Little, Brown Book Group is delighted to announce the acquisition of Will Young's autobiography, set for publication by Sphere Books this autumn.

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The Phoenix

Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
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Cynthia Harrod-Eagles

It is 1931 and the world is still reeling from the aftermath of the Wall Street Crash.Polly Morland has returned to Morland Place, saving it from financial ruin. Her plans to change things are met with resistance, however, and she must prove her mettle in a man's world. Jack, war hero and family man, knows that he must make a change for the sake of those he holds dear so when an opportunity arises that would take him back to York, he seizes it with both hands.In London, Robert is bored with his office job and seeks something grander. Fatherless and dealing with the repercussions of his family's bankruptcy, he must make his own way now that he has been left to the mercy of the world. His sister Charlotte, also frustrated with her life and sure that she will never receive an offer of marriage, longs for something different as well.As the years roll by, the threat of another war hangs in the air and when King Edward VIII takes to the throne, things seem to be on the brink of change once more. But like a phoenix rising up from the ashes, the Morlands prove yet again that they will emerge from whatever they must face stronger than ever before.

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Anna

Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
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Cynthia Harrod-Eagles

As Paris recoils under the turbulent political events of 1803, young English governess Anne Peters finds herself penniless, homeless and alone.But while France prepares for war she seizes the chance of escape, to a new life in the service of dashing Count Nikolai Kirov,and a new home in the glittering Russian city of St Petersburg.Thrown into the flamboyant and demanding circle of her new employer and his family, Anne moves between the city's splendour and the wild, untamed beauty of the Caucasus Mountains, and begins her transformation from Anne Peters into Anna Petrovna.But as Napoleon gathers his army for the final attack on Imperial Russia, Anna must prepare for a battle of the heart - her forbidden love for a man and a country she may never call her own.

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Orchestrated Death

Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
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Cynthia Harrod-Eagles

An outstanding series' NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEWA Bill Slider Mystery The naked body of a beautiful violinist is found in a derelict flat in White City, and the middle-class, middle-aged and - according to his partner, Atherton - menopausal Slider wrestles with an investigation which takes him to far-flung Birmingham.Praise for the Bill Slider series:'Along with teasing whodunnit puzzles, ORCHESTRATED DEATH offers a touching, modern love story... Series hero Slider and his creator are real discoveries for detection fans demanding quality and heart as well as ingenious plots.' Shaun Usher, Daily Mail 'The British author handles district police procedures with the same easy authority she brings to the busy backstage life of a large symphony orchestra. Her ear is especially attuned, though, to character nuance...' Marilyn Stasio, New York Times Book Review 'Intertwined with the investigation is an unusually well done love story which complements rather than distracts. The characters are diverse and believable... the story is well-paced and the last fifty pages virtually force you to read them.' Roberta Penn, Prime Suspect'Masterful debut... Although Harrod-Eagles unabashedly hints at a clue that might settle everything, no one bit of information answers every question. A sophisticated ending whets readers' interest in the further adventures of these strong players.' Publishers Weekly 'A plethora of suspects, a reserved, mild-mannered hero, and the understatement so typical of the traditional British procedural.' Kirkus Reviews

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Death Watch

Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
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Cynthia Harrod-Eagles

An outstanding series' NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEWA Bill Slider Mystery Burdened with an increasing number of new Home Office directives and a regular rousting by top brass, the last thing Detective Inspector Bill Slider needs on his manor is a fire - not to mention a fire in a sleezy motel with a body.Called to the site of the fire, in which a man registered as John Smith perished, Slider is unconvinced that the death was the result of suicide.Praise for the Bill Slider series:'Unerring characterization, droll copper dialogue and a gritty London setting, Harrod-Eagles mines fresh pleasures from standard procedural resources.' Publishers Weekly'A lively and witty writer.' New York Times Book Review'The mystery is a good one, its investigation is workmanlike, and the writing is assured and even elegant.' Sunday Telegraph

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Necrochip

Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
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Cynthia Harrod-Eagles

An outstanding series' NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEWA Bill Slider Mystery Detective Superintendent Dickson is to be replaced by DS Baverstock, who has no desire to be loved by his subordinates. It is all par for the course for Detective Inspector Bill Slider as he faces a case that takes him through Hammersmith and Notting Hill.This investigation begins as a supposed crime passionelle, but each new kernel of evidence reveals an increasingly complex web of criminal intrigue. Slider is called on when a teenager finds a human finger among the fried potatoes at a London fish-and-chip shop. Body parts continue to surface as events expand to include a sinister tycoon, a prostitutes, rooming house, three mysterious men and five murders...Praise for the Bill Slider series:"Harrod-Eagles and her detective hero form a class act. The style is fast, funny and furious, the plotting crisply devious, and the denouement perversely wayward. And even then, the final line in the novel contains an extra little gasp-inducing twist. Lovely stuff." Irish Times"A witty, intricate puzzle." Publishers Weekly"Being able to write with pacy humour is rare. Constructing good thrillers with realistic characters is also rare. Being able to combine the two, and to do it successfully, is nearly unique." David Tumelty

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The Regency

Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
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Cynthia Harrod-Eagles

1807: the Napoleonic Wars continue and their violence reverberates in the lives of the Morland family.Lucy trying to rebuild her life after the death of her lover, Captain Weston, is thrown into doubt and confusion by an unexpected proposal of marriage. At Morland Place, the hard-won happiness of James and Heloise is threatened by his rebellious daughter, Fanny. As heiress to the Morland estate, Fanny is determined to claim more than her inheritance, but for those dependent on her generosity, Fanny's decision to marry the unscrupulous Lieutenant Hawker brings only anxiety.These troubled times hold many surprises, and in their darkest hour the Morlands make an astonishing discovery which enables them to face the uncertain future with new strength.

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The Campaigners

Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
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Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
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The Reckoning

Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
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Cynthia Harrod-Eagles

1816: Napoleon has at last been defeateed, but victory brings no peace to the English.The cost of war strikes deep into the country- there is a raging inflation, discharged soldiers join the ranks of the unemployed, wages tumble and the bread price soars- and hungry men are easily stirred to protest.Amid this turbulence, Heloise and James stand guard over Morland Place- for its spirit as much as its fortunes- when a tragic accident strikes at the very heart of the family, taking one person on whom they all depend. On top of this, a devastating scandal brings the Morland name into the glare of public notoriety, so that Sophie and Rosamund are forced to learn the difference between real love and its enticing but dangerous illusion.

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The Devil's Horse

Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
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Cynthia Harrod-Eagles

1820: the landscape of England is undergoing sweeping change as the country pioneers the steam-driven machine age.The Morlands, too, face change: Cousin Africa returns from St Helena to startle society with her unconventional ideas; Lucy brings her sons home from their Grand Tour, brimming with ideas for their future. In Manchester, Sophie and Jasper meet fierce oppostion to their plans for re-housing the factory hands; while in London, Rosamund enters a bizarre agreement with her husband Marcus, with bitter consequences.And at Morland Place, James and Heloise watch their two sons approaching manhood. Benedict delights equally in love and locomotives, while Nicholas, the heir develops a taste for more unusual pleasures- and an impatience to claim his inheritance.

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The Poison Tree

Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
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Cynthia Harrod-Eagles

1831: as England emerges from the post war depression, the country is changing, and the birth pains of the Reform Act bring it to the brink of revolution.The violent times breed violent acts, both outside and inside the Morland family. Sophie's life is shattered by a hideous crime. Rosamund learns that achieving her dreams brings as much pain as pleasure. Heloise, mourning her beloved James, lets control of Morland Place fall into chaos- Benedict has to flee his home and makes a life amongst the railway pioneers, while Nicholas now has the freedom to indulge the dark side of his nature.And amongst them all stalks the deadly, invisible threat of cholera.

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The Abyss

Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
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Cynthia Harrod-Eagles

1833: the industrial age is sweeping through England and the Stephensons are planning the greatest engineering scheme ever undertaken- a railway line from Liverpool to London.At Morland Place, Nicholas had hoped that his brother Benedict, had been banished forever, but railway fever has brought Benedict back to Yorkshire as an engineer on the Leeds & Selby line. It is a lonely life and he fears he will never be wealthy enough to marry his new love, Miss Fleetham. Nicholas fears that Benedict is not only a threat to his inheritance but to Morland Place itself, as plans to bring the railway to York will desecrate the estate.The conflict between the brothers mirrors the nation's battle between the old and new, but the Morland feud seems certain to end in tragedy and no-one the victor.

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The Hidden Shore

Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
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Cynthia Harrod-Eagles

1843: the early years of Queen Victoria's reign witness much high-level debate at the Palace of Westminster, but nothing can interfere with Society's enjoyment of the Season.When Charlotte Meldon's father dies, she believes herself to be destitute, but a lawyer's letter reveals that she is not only part of the great Morland family, but wealthy and a countess in her own right. She is expected to make a great marriage, and with her vivacious cousin Fanny by her side, she is launched into her first Season. But it is Fanny, the hardened flint, who loses her heart first, while Charlotte catches the eye of Oliver Fleetwood, the most eligible man in London.Then the Season ends in disillusion, and Charlotte rebels against a life of idle amusement. With calm courage she flouts convention and embarks on a new journey which will change her life in very unexpected ways.

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The Mirage

Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
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Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
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The Cause

Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
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Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
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The Homecoming

Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
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Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
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The Question

Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
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Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
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The Dream Kingdom

Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
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Cynthia Harrod-Eagles

Edwardian England is a country at the peak of its power; a kingdom of peace, prosperity and progress. As Jessie and Violet enjoy their coming-out in the glittering Season of 1908, their thoughts are of pleasure, dancing and falling in love.For the Morlands things seem set fair: new business ventures expand their influence and wealth; there are weddings, babies in the nursery, careers for the boys now reaching manhood. It is an exciting age, with new technologies - motor cars, telephones, radio, aeroplanes - extending man's control over the natural world.But under the appearance of permanence, a different reality is stirring. Socialism, the suffrage movement, the constitutional crisis, all call forth ever more dissent and anger. Increasingly violent protests and strikes disturb the peace; war with Germany looms ever closer. With the King's death, it begins to seem that the safe Edwardian world was only a dream, from which the wakening will be hard indeed.

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The Burning Roses

Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
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Cynthia Harrod-Eagles

In 1915 the first euphoria of the war has worn off, but the nation is more determined than ever to win. When Ned is sent to the Front ahead of his battalion, Jessie, already involved in various charity works, feels the need to do more and becomes an auxiliary nurse. But life on the wards is harder than she expects. Meanwhile, Helen and Jack settle in a home of their own at last, and Helen takes on a surprise war role of her own. And for Violet in London, a chance meeting with talented young artist threatens to destroy her calm and ordered life. With stalemate on the Eastern Front, everything now hangs on the new September offensive on the Western Front, the Battle of Loos. Both Ned and Bertie will be leading their men over the top, leaving the rest of the family to pray for their safe return.

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The Measure Of Days

Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
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Cynthia Harrod-Eagles

1916. England is at war, and the Morland family is in the thick of it, with two men already in France and three more soon to go. Tragedy strikes Morland Place when Jessie's husband Ned is reported missing on the Western Front. His father launches a desperate bid to find him, but the family fear the worst. Jessie, in mourning and frustrated by her job as an auxiliary nurse, goes to London to work in a military hospital. There she is reunited with her old friend Oliver, posted to the capital under the RAMC. Also in London is Violet, whose affair with the brilliant artist Octavian Laidislaw is about to erupt in scandal . . .The Measure of Days paints a portrait of a family, and a nation, at war, at a pivotal point in history. With the onset of conscription, no one is left unaffected. Every man must hold himself in readiness; and every woman knows that when she says goodbye, it might be for the last time.

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The Restless Sea

Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
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Cynthia Harrod-Eagles