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  • Us (Hardback)

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    Us (Hardback)

    David Nicholls

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    David Nicholls brings to bear all the wit and intelligence that graced One Day in this brilliant, bittersweet new book, which will delight his fans and bring him many new readers.

    Douglas understands his wife's need to rediscover herself now that their son is leaving home. He just thought they'd be doing their rediscovering together. So when Connie announces that she will be leaving, too, he decides to make their last family holiday the trip of a lifetime: one that will draw the three of them closer, and win the respect of his son and make Connie fall in love with him again. The hotels are booked, the tickets purchased, the itinerary planned and printed. What could possibly go wrong..?

    Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2014, Us is a novel about love and family, husbands and wives, parents and children, its publication was undoubtedly one of the major events in the world of books in 2014.
  • Station Eleven (Hardback)

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    Station Eleven (Hardback)

    Emily St. John Mandel

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    Shortlisted for the 2014 National Book Awards and Observer Thriller of the Month, Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel is a gloriously and expertly woven novel that asks questions about art, fame and the relationships that sustain us through anything - even the end of the world.

    Moving backwards and forwards in time, the book chronicles the unexpected twists of fate that connect six people before, during and after the collapse of society as we know it - caused by a Georgia Flu epidemic with a reported mortality rate of over 99%. Civilization has crumbled, but as it rebuilds and life feels relatively safe, a new danger looms...

    Deeply moving, piercingly nostalgic and darkly rich, Emily St. John Mandel's Station Eleven is one of the best and most talked-about works of fiction of the year - we love it and we're sure Book People customers will too!
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    Elizabeth is Missing (Hardback)

    Emma Healey

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    Maud has been having trouble with her memory lately... As well as being a source of constant frustration for those close to her, she herself is finding day-to-day life increasingly difficult. But there are some mysteries that continue to haunt her - and she needs the answers soon...

    Maud's best friend Elizabeth has gone missing - and Maud believes her sister Sukey, who also disappeared just after the war, may just have something to do with it... But how can you solve a mystery when you can't remember the clues and those who are around you doubt your sanity?

    Astonishingly accomplished for a debut novel, Emma Healey's Elizabeth is Missing is a beautiful and haunting book that will stay with you for a long time to come.

    Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey is the winner of the Costa First Novel Award 2014... The other titles shortlisted for this award include:


    Academy Street by Mary Costello - CAFRA
    A Song for Issy Bradley by Carys Bray - CAFRB
    Chop Chop by Simon Wroe - CAFRC
  • A Man Called Ove (Hardback)

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    A Man Called Ove (Hardback)

    Fredrik Backman

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    Delightfully warm and funny, Fredrik Backman's A Man Called Ove is one of the biggest word-of-mouth books of 2014 and is sure to delight fans of Harold Fry and The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of a Window and Disappeared.

    You'd think Ove to be the grumpiest man you've ever met. Surrounded by idiots who can't reverse a trailer properly, code-speaking shop assistants and vicious perpetrators of the coup that saw him ousted as Chairman of the Residents' Association, Ove truly is the neighbour from hell - and his poor unsuspecting neighbours regularly fall foul of his overbearing nature and insistence for following rules. But there's more to Ove than meets the eye...

    Written in charmingly lyrical prose, each of the short chapters stands alone as a beautifully crafted short story and as readers delve further into the book, they will begin to understand that Ove is much more than the grumpy-old-man facade that he portrays. A positively uplifting debut!
  • J (Hardback)

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    J (Hardback)

    Howard Jacobson

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    Written by one of Britain's greatest and most-respected authors, Howard Jacobson's J is a love story that is both tender and terrifying...

    Set in a future where people don't talk about the past as it's so dangerous, it follows two people - neither of whom know where they came from or where they are going - who fall in love...

    Kevern's father always drew two fingers across his lips when he said a word starting with J - but Kevern's never found the right time to ask why... Ailinn also has no knowledge of her past, but on their first date Kevern kisses the bruises under her eyes. Brutality is now so common that he doesn't ask who hurt her. The pair begin to wonder if they have been pushed to fall for each other. But who would put them together - and why?

    The past event - a momentous catastrophe - hangs over the lives of all the characters in the novel and is still shrouded in suspicion, denial and apology. With similar themes to Nineteen Eighty-Four and Brave New World, this is a challenging, thought-provoking and inspiring book we highly recommend! It was shortlisted for 2014's Man Booker Prize and Goldsmith's Prize.
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    The Little Old Lady Who Struck Lucky Again! (Paperback)

    Catharina Ingelman-Sundberg

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    A laugh-out-loud international bestseller, The Little Old Lady Who Struck Lucky Again! by Catharina Ingelman-Sundberg is the hilarious and heart-warming follow-up to The Little Old Lady Who Broke All the Rules - but this time the League of Pensioners find themselves in Las Vegas.

    The League are not enjoying the glitz and glamour of Vegas for long before they are up to their old tricks and outwitting the security system at one of the Strip's casinos. As their antics become more daring, Martha and her friends head back to Sweden with plenty more money-making schemes. However, they aren't the only ones planning a heist and soon find themselves pitted against a gang of dangerous criminals. Can the group of elderly friends outsmart the younger robbers..?

    Offbeat, warm and full of mischief, Catharina Ingelman-Sundberg's The Little Old Lady Who Struck Lucky Again! is a delightfully quirky book that fans of cosy crime will devour.
  • The Boy I Love (Hardback)

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    The Boy I Love (Hardback)

    Lynda Bellingham

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    Following on from the success of her beautiful debut novel Tell Me Tomorrow, the late Lynda Bellingham's second work of fiction, The Boy I Love, is set in the heart of the theatre - a place where secrets are made and lives changed.

    It's the summer of '82, and Sally Thomas is preparing to leave her job in London to head up to Crewe for her first season as an assistant stage manager at a beautiful old theatre. Flung into a whirlwind world, Sally is forced to find her feet quickly. But as tragedy begins to gather pace in the wings, Sally needs to grow up - and fast!

    A superbly evocative novel from a much-loved figure from both stage and screen, Lynda Bellingham's The Boy I Love is simply beautiful; it may just break your heart.
  • Academy Street (Hardback)

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    Academy Street (Hardback)

    Mary Costello

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    Written by one of Ireland's most exciting new voices, Mary Costello, Academy Street tells the life story of shy and introverted Tess in this profoundly moving debut.

    After growing up in rural Ireland in the 1940s, Tess ends up making her home amid the dazzle and tumult of 1960s New York. Over four decades and a life lived with quiet intensity on Academy Street in upper Manhattan, her story is both joyous and heartbreaking and charts one women's quest for belonging as she encounters ferocious love and calamitous loss.

    Beautifully written and profoundly moving, this novel comes from an author we're certain to hear much more of in the future.

    Academy Street by Mary Costello has been shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award. Other shortlisted titles include:
    A Song for Issy Bradley by Carys Bray - CAFRB
    Chop Chop by Simon Wroe - CAFRC
    Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey - CAFRD
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    A Song for Issy Bradley (Hardback)

    Carys Bray

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    A Song for Issy Bradley by debut author Carys Bray is an absolutely beautiful book that effortlessly deals with all the big subjects: faith and belief, relationships and suffering, love and loss.

    The story of a Mormon family trying to work out how to carry on when their world has fallen apart, the book expertly weaves the conflict their religion brings to each member of the household - from the devout father to Jacob, the unforgettable seven-year-old son who plans to mend his broken family with a miracle.

    Thoroughly heartbreaking - so will undoubtedly make you sob - but ultimately uplifting, funny, compelling and enriching, Carys Bray's Song for Issy Bradley leaves readers with an unshakable sense of poignancy - for all the right reasons.

    A Song for Issy Bradley by Carys Bray has been shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award.Other shortlisted titles include:
    Academy Street by Mary Costello - CAFRA
    Chop Chop by Simon Wroe - CAFRC
    Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey - CAFRD
  • Chop Chop (Hardback)

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    Chop Chop (Hardback)

    Simon Wroe

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    Struggling to keep on top of his rent, young graduate Monocle takes the only job he can find - the lowest-ranked chef at a gastropub in Camden Town, London.

    When Monocle starts cooking, he realises it's not quite the job he'd expected. He's working with a group of deranged hoodlums who all seem to be at the mercy of head chef Bob - an ingenious sadist with a kitchen knife!

    Full of perfectly observed black humour, Simon Wroe draws on personal experiences from his own career as a chef to bring the laugh-out-loud antics of a professional kitchen to the page - while also telling the touching story of a young man trying to find his way in the world.

    Chop Chop by Simon Wroe has been shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award 2014. Other shortlisted titles include:
    Academy Street by Mary Costello - CAFRA
    A Song for Issy Bradley by Carys Bray - CAFRB
    Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey - CAFRD
  • Alice and the Fly (Hardback)

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    Alice and the Fly (Hardback)

    James Rice

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    This is a book about phobias and obsessions, isolation and dark corners. It's about families, friendships, and carefully preserved secrets. But above everything else it's about love. Finding love - in any of its forms - and nurturing it. Miss Hayes has a new theory. She thinks my condition's caused by some traumatic incident from my past I keep deep-rooted in my mind. As soon as I come clean I'll flood out all these tears and it'll all be ok and I won't be scared of Them anymore. The truth is I can't think of any single traumatic childhood incident to tell her. I mean, there are plenty of bad memories - Herb's death, or the time I bit the hole in my tongue, or Finners Island, out on the boat with Sarah - but none of these are what caused the phobia. I've always had it. It's Them. I'm just scared of Them. It's that simple.
  • Leaving Time (Hardback)

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    Leaving Time (Hardback)

    Jodi Picoult

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    A popular author of intelligent and contemporary fiction that discusses the power of love, Jodi Picoult is a favourite with many of our customers and new novel Leaving Time will be another fine addition to the bookshelf of any fan of romantic fiction.

    Jenna Metcalf was with her mother on the night she disappeared in mysterious circumstances but can remember nothing. That was over ten years ago, but Jenna still rereads her mother's journals in the hope of finding some answers. Eventually, she decides enough is enough and hires a private detective - and a psychic...

    Jenna knows her mother loves her and that she would never have left her - and she won't rest until she finds out what happened. Could it have something to do with her scientific research into elephants?

    A gripping, compelling and emotional mystery about one young girl's quest for the truth.
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    Kathleen Tessaro Collection - 3 Books (Collection)

    Kathleen Tessaro

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    Focusing on the world of fashion and fashionable, this three-book collection from Kathleen Tessaro is just perfect for fans of contemporary romantic fiction!

    In Elegance, a woman chances upon a book written by a French fashion expert in a second-hand bookshop and starts to follow its advice - soon her life is transformed and she discovers a courage in her that she never thought was possible; while The Perfume Collector finds an inheritance turning a newly married woman's life upside down...

    The final book in the set, The Debutante is about an old shoebox full of clues that will unravel the tale of the most famous debutante of her generation. Three stand-alone stories that are just full of elegance, class and sophistication!

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    To Rise Again at a Decent Hour (Hardback)

    Joshua Ferris

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    This is longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2014. "The Catch-22 of dentistry". (Stephen King). Joshua Ferris' dazzling new novel To Rise Again at a Decent Hour is about the meaning of life, the certainty of death, and the importance of good oral hygiene. There's nothing like a dental chair to remind a man that he's alone in the world'. Paul O'Rourke - dentist extraordinaire, reluctant New Yorker, avowed atheist, disaffected Red Sox fan, and a connoisseur of the afternoon mochaccino - is a man out of touch with modern life. While his dental practice occupies his days, his nights are filled with darker thoughts, as he alternately marvels at and rails against the optimism of the rest of humanity. So it goes, until someone begins to impersonate Paul online. What began as an outrageous violation of privacy soon becomes something far more soul-frightening: the possibility that the virtual 'Paul' might be a better version of the man in the flesh..."Frenetic, very funny, it confirms Ferris as a rising star of American fiction". (Mail on Sunday). "Glorious...A very, very funny novel". (BBC Radio 4 Saturday Review). "Dismayingly funny in the way that only really serious books can be". (Guardian). Joshua Ferris was born in Illinois in 1974. He is the author of Then We Came to the End (2007), which was nominated for the National Book Award and longlisted for the Guardian First Book Award, and The Unnamed. In 2010 he was selected for the New Yorker's prestigious '20 under 40' list. To Rise Again At A Decent Hour has been longlisted for both the Man Booker Prize 2014 and the Dylan Thomas Prize 2014. He lives in upstate New York.
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    An award-winning writer of contemporary fiction, this three-book collection will introduce you to the works of the talented author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie - including her Orange Prize for Fiction-winning Half of a Yellow Sun.

    A heartbreaking and exquisitely written literary masterpiece, the book is set in Nigeria during the 1960s - a time when the country was in the midst of a vicious civil war. Three people find themselves swept up in the violence of these years - a young boy from a poor village, a middle-class woman called Olanna whose relatives have been victims of the massacre and a mysterious white man who falls in love with Olanna's enigmatic twin sister... When their lives intersect, they have to question their own responses to unfolding political events.

    Debut novel Purple Hibiscus and Bailey's Women's Prize for Fiction 2014-shortlisted Americanah are equally powerful and will make you think about the world we live in.

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    How to be Both (Hardback)

    Ali Smith

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    How to be both is the dazzling new novel by Ali Smith. It is longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2014. Passionate, compassionate, vitally inventive and scrupulously playful, Ali Smith's novels are like nothing else. How to be both is a novel all about art's versatility. Borrowing from painting's fresco technique to make an original literary double-take, it's a fast-moving genre-bending conversation between forms, times, truths and fictions. There's a renaissance artist of the 1460s. There's the child of a child of the 1960s. Two tales of love and injustice twist into a singular yarn where time gets timeless, structural gets playful, knowing gets mysterious, fictional gets real - and all life's givens get given a second chance. "Smith can make anything happen, which is why she is one of our most exciting writers today". (Daily Telegraph). "She's a genius, genuinely modern in the heroic, glorious sense". (Alain de Botton). "I take my hat off to Ali Smith. Her writing lifts the soul". (Evening Standard). Ali Smith was born in Inverness in 1962 and lives in Cambridge. She is the author of Artful, There but for the, Free Love, Like, Hotel World, Other Stories and Other Stories, The Whole Story and Other Stories, The Accidental, Girl Meets Boy and The First Person and Other Stories.
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    We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves (Hardback)

    Karen Joy Fowler

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    Winner of the 2014 Specsavers National Book Awards International Author of the Year award and longlisted for the Man Booker Prize for Fiction, Karen Joy Fowler's We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves is a smart examination of families and the choices they make for you...

    A novel full of secrets, it tells the story of college girl Rosemary, who has decided not to tell anyone a thing about her family. All people know is that she's an only child and her brother and sister disappeared... But now she's decided to reveal all - beginning towards the end and then going back to the beginning. Twice.

    Funny, clever, intimate and honest, this is a smart tale of dysfunctional families and tragic hilarity. Full of social observations and big twists, it's a novel highly deserving of all its acclaim!
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    Now more than ever, Hollywood studios are snapping up the movie rights to our favourite novels - sometimes before the books are even written. Our three-book Blockbuster Fiction Collection is a compelling set of novels that have been brought to life on the big screen.

    Philomena, now an Oscar- and BAFTA-nominated motion picture starring Judi Dench and Steve Coogan, tells the true story of Philomena Lee and the son she had to give away. Both having to deal with the forces of hypocrisy and secrets, Philomena is a deeply moving tale.

    An international bestseller in its own right, The Lovely Bones was adapted for the big screen by Lord of the Rings and King Kong director Peter Jackson. With the film starring Mark Wahlberg and Rachel Weisz as the parents of Susie Salmon, a young girl who is watching them from heaven following her murder, The Lovely Bones is an astonishingly poignant novel about life and death, forgiveness, vengeance and memory.

    Starring Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro and Chris Tucker, and featuring an Oscar-winning performance from The Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence, David O. Russell's (director of The Fighter, Three Kings and American Hustle) adaptation of The Silver Linings Playbook has garnered many a positive review from critics. A delightful debut novel from the author of The Good Luck of Right Now, Matthew Quick, the book tells the story of Pat, a man with bipolar disorder who is trying to get his life back on track after a stint in a psychiatric hospital.

    All original, telling and transfixing, this collection of novels is a must-have for fans of the films and those looking to be mesmerised by fantastic writing!

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    Diane Chamberlain Collection - 3 Books (Collection)

    Diane Chamberlain

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    These three superb novels come from Diane Chamberlain, a talented author who will make you stop, think and question the world around you. Ideal for fans of Jodi Picoult, in the books Chamberlain invites you to consider some of the biggest decisions you could ever make in life, ensuring that you will find yourself pulled into the stories, rooting for the heroines while agonising with them when things go wrong. Pacy, thought-provoking and compelling, the books are sure to keep you on the edge of your seat! Breaking the Silence is a heart-breaking novel about a woman trying to find out the truth behind her husband's suicide, while The Midwife's Confession examines the effects of truth and lies and Before the Storm examines just how far a mother would go to protect her son...
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    Rory Clark Collection - 3 Books (Collection)

    Rory Clark

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    Providing hilarious and heart-warming tales from an English country estate, Rory Clark's trio of books will appeal to anyone who has ever dreamed of a life in the country or those who want to delve into some escapist reading. Rumshott is one of the finest landed estates in England, but when James Aden takes up the position of Deputy Agent he does not quite realise the full extent of his responsibilities. Spending days negotiating with everyone from royalty to wildlife, he also has to deal with rogue chimney pots, unsavoury tenants and a number of delinquent sheep...
  • How to Build a Girl (Hardback)

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    How to Build a Girl (Hardback)

    Caitlin Moran

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    Following the success of How to be a Woman and Moranthology, award-winning journalist and scriptwriter Caitlin Moran turns her attention to fiction with the novel How to Build a Girl.

    It's 1990 and 14-year-old Johanna Morrigan has shamed herself so badly on local TV that she doesn't want to be Johanna anymore - so she reinvents herself as Dolly Wilde. Dolly is quite the opposite to Johanna - she's a fast-talking, hard-drinking Gothic Lady Sex Adventurer!

    Dolly's on a mission to save her Bohemian family by becoming the new Emily Bronte - but is determined she won't die young... However at 16 she's smoking, getting drunk and working for a music paper; writing rude letters to rock stars and has an active sex life. But then Johanna realises she's built Dolly with a fatal flaw...

    Full of nostalgia for the early 90s and bands like Hole, the Happy Mondays and My Bloody Valentine, this is a devastatingly funny coming-of-age novel from the ever-popular Caitlin Moran - imagine The Bell Jar written by Rizzo from Grease and you're halfway there!
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    Alice Thomas Ellis Collection - 3 Books (Collection)

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    This collection brings together three modern-day classics from the late Alice Thomas Ellis - an author recognised as a tremendously talented writer of black comedies. The three riveting books in this set - Unexplained Laughter, The Birds of the Air and The Inn at the Edge of the World - are all critically acclaimed and contain complex, farcical plot lines. Every novel is also full of beautifully drawn characters and hilarious situations. Having stood the test of time, the books in this introductory set deserve to be read, recommended and shared. Ellis's books are engaging, laugh-out-loud funny and incredibly intelligent.

  • The Goldfinch (Paperback)

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    The Goldfinch (Paperback)

    Donna Tartt

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    Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 2014 and is a compelling novel about one troubled man's descent into a criminal underworld.

    Theo Decker survives an accident when he's 13 that tears his life apart. Alone in New York, he is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Constantly longing for his mother, he finds himself clinging to the thing that reminds him of her most - a small and strangely captivating painting that ultimately drives him into crime and danger...

    With unforgettable characters, plenty of suspense and a storyline you won't want to end, The Goldfinch is a powerful tale of love, loss and obsession, survival and self-invention and the inevitability of fate.

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    Roald Dahl may be world famous for his children's novels, but his short stories for grown-ups were just as well written - and far more sinister! This two-book collection, featuring stories chosen as part of World Book Night 2014, chronologically collects all his published adult short stories and gives a glimpse into his personal life. Using his experiences of war and his delightfully dark imagination, these stories are once read, never forgotten. Lamb to the Slaughter finds a wife murdering her husband and then, as the police close in on her, putting them off in a novel and unique fashion, while The Sound Machine reveals the horrific truth about plants. Parson's Pleasure is about a piece of furniture that becomes the subject of a deceitful bargain, while Royal Jelly sees a couple of new parents finding an unusual and unsettling way to give their newborn a start in life. Inventive, deviously wicked and highly addictive.