The narrator of Mark Haddon's The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is 15-year-old Christopher who has a form of autism called Asperger's Syndrome. His obsessive and unusual take on life creates lots of hilarious situations but also brings incredible poignancy to the story. Christopher finds it hard to relate to people, particularly their emotions and feelings, so when he finds a dead dog and decides to solve the mystery of its death, his quest leads him into a difficult and unfamiliar territory that threatens to upset his carefully ordered existence. This is an intriguing and insightful novel that will appeal to readers from 14+.
In I, Coriander, award-winning author Sally Gardner has written a gripping page-turner set in seventeenth-century London. Previously known for her books for younger readers, such as The Boy with the Magic Numbers and The Strongest Girl in the World, Sally Gardner has branched out with a thrilling historical adventure story for older readers from 12+. Coriander's mother has died and she has been left to the mercies of a cold stepmother. A magical escape to a land of fairies saves Coriander's life but also brings more complications. And conflicts between Royalists and Puritans threatens life in the real world, too. Lots of twists and turns make this novel unputdownable!
DK Eyewitness Top 10 Travel Guide Costa Blanca will lead you straight to the very best the glorious coastline has to offer. Whether you're looking for the most beautiful beaches, the liveliest nightlife or mouth-watering restaurants, this guide is your perfect pocket-sized companion. Rely on dozens of Top 10 lists - from the Top 10 tapas bars to the Top 10 beaches, to the Top 10 nightspots to the Top 10 Medieval villages - to help you experience Costa Blanca to its fullest. The guide is divided by area, bringing together all the highlights and attractions in one helpful guide packed with reviews for restaurants and hotels. Plus, with its free pull-out map, the DK Eyewitness Top Ten Travel Guide Costa Blanca offers all the insider knowledge every visitor needs to explore the area with ease. DK Eyewitness Top 10 Travel Guide Costa Blanca - showing you what others only tell you.
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Ian Rankin's Doors Open tells the story of Mike Mackenzie - a self-made man with far too much time on his hands and a bit of the devil in his soul. Looking for something to liven up his day, he settles on a heist plot to rip off the National Gallery of Scotland. Together with two friends from the art world, he devises a plan to steal some of the most valuable artwork around - whilst making sure, from the outset at least, it looks like no crime has been committed. Still as slick and exciting as any of his other novels, this stand-alone tale is full of expert portrayals of complex and mistrusting personalities.
London 1793: Young firebrand John Pearce is illegally press-ganged from the refuge of the Pelican tavern to a brutal life aboard HMS Brilliant, a frigate on its way to war. In his first few days Pearce discovers the Navy is a world in which he can prosper. But he is not alone; he is drawn to a group of men fly Charlie Taverner; quiet Ben Walker; tired old Abel Scrivens; the bairn of the group, Rufus Dommet; the droll, tough Irish labourer, Michael O’Hagan; and the bumptious Gherson pressed men like him, who eventually form an exclusive gun crew, the Pelicans, with Pearce their elected leader. During an action-packed two weeks, as HMS Brilliant chases a French privateer across the English channel, this disparate group of men form friendships that will last a lifetime.
Britain's favourite gardener Alan Titchmarsh has also been the most popular contributor to Gardeners' World magazine for the last twenty years.
This collection of his very best columns, demonstrates just why he is regularly voted the readers' favourite. His brilliant writings are, in turn, practical - just how far back should we prune our roses? - opinionated - I always rail at people who go out on a Sunday afternoon to tidy their gardens. I mean, a garden is not a sock drawer - cheeky - I have a theory that gardeners grow to look like their soil and wistful - You've got to be a bit of a dreamer to get the most out of your garden.
So lay down your trowel, take off your wellies, sit back and enjoy a bit of quintessential Titchmarsh.
NW is Zadie Smith's masterful novel about London life.
Zadie Smith's brilliant tragi-comic NW follows four Londoners - Leah, Natalie, Felix and Nathan - after they've left their childhood council estate, grown up and moved on to different lives. From private houses to public parks, at work and at play, their city is brutal, beautiful and complicated. Yet after a chance encounter they each find that the choices they've made, the people they once were and are now, can suddenly, rapidly unravel. A portrait of modern urban life, NW is funny, sad and urgent - as brimming with vitality as the city itself.
Praise for NW:
'Her dialogue sings and soars; terse, packed and sassy. Smith is simply wonderful: Dickens's legitimate daughter' Boyd Tonkin, Independent
'Astonishing, dazzling. Really - without exaggeration - not since Dickens has there been a better observer of London scenes. Zadie Smith is a genius. It's hard to imagine a better novel this year - or this decade' A.N. Wilson
'Intensely funny, richly varied, always unexpected. A joyous, optimistic, angry masterpiece. No better English novel will be published this year' Philip Hensher, Daily Telegraph
'Absolutely brilliant. So electrically authentic' TIME
'Captivating. Funny, sexy, weird, full of acute social comedy, like London. She's up there with the best around' Evening Standard
'Marvellous . . . crackles with reflections on race, music and migration. A lyrical fiction for our times' Spectator
'Undeniably brilliant . . . rush out and buy this book' Observer
Zadie Smith was born in north-west London in 1975. She is the author of the novels White Teeth, The Autograph Man and On Beauty, and of a collection of essays, Changing My Mind. She is also the editor of The Book of Other People.
For those stationed on the front line, death is an ever-present danger. Sian Price's If You're Reading This...Last Letters from the Front Line is a profoundly moving collection of farewell letters written by servicemen and women to their loved ones. It offers a remarkable insight into the hearts and minds of some of the soldiers, sailors and airmen who have served their country over the past 300 years. From the staunch and unsentimental to unrelenting optimism and sinking morale, every letter is an enduring snapshot of an impossible moment in time.
Westminster, London, 22 June 1836. It is a fine, fresh morning that will become hot as the day progresses. Crowds are gathering at the Court of Common Pleas.
On trial is Caroline Sheridan, a beautiful and clever young woman who had been manoeuvred into marrying the Honourable George Norton when she was just nineteen. Ten years older, he is a dull, violent and controlling lawyer but Caroline is determined not to be a traditional wife. By her early twenties, Caroline has become a respected poet and songwriter, clever mimic and outrageous flirt. Her beauty and wit attract many male admirers, including the Prime Minister, Lord Melbourne. After years of simmering jealousy, Norton accuses Caroline and the Prime Minister of a 'criminal conversation' (adultery) precipitating 'the scandal of the century'. In Westminster Hall that day is a young Charles Dickens, who would, just a few months later, fictionalise the event as 'Bardell v. Pickwick' in The Pickwick Papers. After a trial lasting twelve hours, the jury's not guilty verdict is immediate, unanimous and sensational. Norton is a laughing stock. Angry and humiliated he cuts Caroline off, as was his right under the law, refuses to let her see their three sons, seizes her manuscripts and letters, her clothes and jewels, and leaves her destitute.
The Criminal Conversation of Mrs Norton is the extraordinary story of one woman's fight for the rights of women everywhere. For the next thirty years Caroline campaigned for women and battled male-dominated Victorian society, helping to write the Infant Custody Act (1839), and influenced the Matrimonial Causes (Divorce) Act (1857) and the Married Women's Property Act (1870), which gave women a separate legal identity for the first time.
Cathryn Constable's beautifully described settings, warm and believable characters and agile storytelling combine to make The Wolf Princess a spellbinding treat for pre-teen readers. Sophie has been orphaned, then abandoned by her disinterested guardian to the care of a gloomy London boarding school. But when a mysterious Russian visitor turns up at the school, a chain of events is set in motion that promises to change everything for Sophie. Hugely atmospheric and with a magical, enchanting quality, The Wolf Princess is the perfect book to curl up and lose yourself in!