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ONE STEP BEYOND
In November 2009, Mal set out to run New Zealand's seven mainland 'Great Walks' in seven days (the equivalent of nine mountain marathons), to ease an ancient pain, to honour Alan's memory and to raise funds for others battling leukaemia, the cruel illness that robbed him of his only brother.
The Baroness traces Nica's extraordinary, thrilling journey – from England's stately homes to the battlefields of Africa, passing under the shadow of the Holocaust, and finally to the creative ferment of the New York jazz scene. Hannah Rothschild's search to solve the mystery of her rebellious great aunt draws on their long friendship and years of meticulous research and interviews. It is part musical odyssey, part dazzling love story
RELAX AND GROW RICH
RELAX AND GROW RICH is simple, inspiring and life -- changing. Its objective is to help you to be as good as you can be. With wisdom, logic and illuminating examples, the author shares secrets of how you can relax and enjoy unleashing your imagination and unlocking your capacity for enrichment.
Did you know that Hewlett Packard, Disney, Hyatt, MTV, CNN, Microsoft, Burger King, and GE all started during periods of economic recession? Periods of uncertainty fuel tremendous opportunity, but the deck gets reshuffled and the rules of the game get changed. Exploiting Chaos is the ultimate business survival guide for all those looking to change the world.
THE WINTER OF OUR DISCONTENT
Ethan Allen Hawley, the novel's protagonist, works as a clerk in a grocery store that his prominent family once owned. Without status in the town, his wife is restless, and his teenage children are hungry for the tantalizing material comforts he cannot provide. Then one day, in a moment of moral crisis, Ethan decides to take a holiday from his own scrupulous standards…
THE GREAT GATSBY
F. SCOTT FITZGERALD
The story of the fabulously wealthy Jay Gatsby and his love for the beautiful Daisy Buchanan, of lavish parties on Long Island at a time when The New York Times noted “gin was the national drink and sex the national obsession,” it is an exquisitely crafted tale of America in the 1920s. Considered the best of all American novels.
THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU
Judd Foxman has been having a difficult time. He walked in on his wife in a compromising position with, of all people, his boss. Now he’s living in a depressing apartment with no job, and to top things off, his father has just died. Judd returns home and discovers, to his surprise, that his non-religious father’s dying wish was for his family to sit shiva, so for seven days, he and his crazy dysfunctional family mourn their patriarch while trying to sort out their own live
LAKE WOBEGON DAYS
A humorous account of life in fictitious Lake Wobegon, Minnesota, a heartland small town. Its early chapters are written in the form and style of a history of the town and later ones chronicle the lives, concerns, and activities of its inhabitants, with intergenerational tensions and relationships forming a major theme. Best-seller and long-running basis for the popular radio show.
THE 100 YEAR OLD MAN
Allan Karlsson is about to celebrate his hundredth birthday at his retirement home. He’s alert despite his age, but not so interested in the planned party, instead craving a glass of vodka. This often hilarious story follows his window escape and escapades – grappling with drug money, convicts, police – and fascinating memories from all corners of the globe.
THE EYRE AFFAIR
The first novel in Jasper Fforde's cheeky sleuth series featuring a book-loving, gun-toting, wit-slinging heroine named Thursday Next. In Thursday's world, an alternate version of 1985 London, literature rules popular culture—audiences enact and participate in Richard III for Friday-night fun, thousands of visitors make literary pilgrimages to gawk at original manuscripts, and missionaries travel door-to-door heralding Francis Bacon as the true Bard.
THE CASUAL VACANCY
When Barry Fairbrother dies unexpectedly at age 44, the little town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty façade is a town at war. Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils…. And all erupts in a political quest to replace Barry’s seat on Pagford’s council.
Three women are about to take one extraordinary step. Seemingly as different as the other can be, these women will nonetheless come together for a project that will put them all at risk. And why? Because they are suffocating within the lines that define their town and their times – 1960’s racially-tense Jackson Mississippi. And sometimes lines are made to be crossed.
AND THE MOUNTAINS ECHOED
In this tale revolving around not just parents and children but brothers and sisters, cousins and caretakers, Hosseini explores the many ways in which families nurture, wound, betray, honor, and sacrifice for one another; and how often we are surprised by the actions of those closest to us, at the times that matter most.
RECIPE FOR LIFE
This is the story of two women – one at the beginning of her life, one nearing the end. Alice is in London, working in the kitchen of a top restaurant and determined to live fast and to the full. Babetta is living in a lonely house in Southern Italy and trying to hang on to the quiet life she has made for herself. When the two women meet one summer life changes for both of them. This is a novel about what we run from, and the places that make us stop and consider.
TO BE SUNG UNDERWATER
Judith Whitman always believed in the kind of love that “picks you up in Akron and sets you down in Rio”. Long ago, she once experienced that love. To be Sung Underwater is the epic love story of a woman trying to remember, and the man who could not ever begin to forget.
LET THE GREAT WORLD SPIN
A tightrope walker is running, dancing, leaping between the Twin Towers, suspended a quarter-mile in the sky. In the 1970’s streets below, ordinary lives become extraordinary as novelist Colum McCann crafts this stunningly realized portrait of a city and its people.
Saturday, February 15, 2003. A day that will change the once-routine life of Henry Perowne, a contented and successful neurosurgeon, devoted husband and proud father. Unusually, he wakes before dawn, drawn to the window of his bedroom and filled with a growing unease. What troubles him as he looks out is the state of the world, the impending war against Iraq, a gathering pessimism since 9/11 and a fear that his happy family life is under threat. He’s right.
THE UNLIKELY PILGRIMAGE OF HAROLD FR
When Harold Fry, a timid man in his 60’s, discovers that a former friend and colleague is seriously ill, he sets out with the intention of posting her a letter but instead embarks on 600-mile walk from Devon to Berwick-upon-Tweed. He believes that in some way his journey will help his friend to live. Along the way he is joined by a motley crew, and reacquaints himself with the meaning of life, love and relationships.
HOTEL ON THE CORNER
When we first meet Henry Lee, it is 1986, and he is walking past the Panama Hotel in Seattle, which has been boarded up since World War II. Henry notices a crowd gathering on the steps of the hotel, and when he approaches, he sees that the new owner is carrying boxes out of the basement, boxes that contain personal items—photos, clothing, diaries, wedding memorabilia—that belonged to Japanese families who were evacuated to internment camps during the war.
Marriage can be a real killer. One of the most critically acclaimed suspense writers of our time, New York Times bestseller Gillian Flynn, takes that statement to its darkest place in this masterpiece about a marriage gone terribly, terribly wrong. Plot within plot – and psychological twists you won’t see coming!
BLACK WATER RISING
Jay Porter is hardly the lawyer he set out to be. His most promising client is a low-rent call girl, and he runs his fledgling law practice out a dingy strip mall in 1981 Texas. But he’s long since made peace with his path to the American Dream, carefully tucking away his darkest sins: the guns, the FBI file, the trial that nearly destroyed him. A racially tense thriller.
THE CASE OF THE MAN WHO DIED LAUGHIN
Early one morning, on the lawn of a grand boulevard in central Delhi, the Hindu goddess Kali appears and plunges a sword into the chest of a prominent Indian scientist, who dies in a fit of giggles. Vish Puri, India's Most Private Investigator, master of disguise and lover of all things fried and spicy, doesn't believe the murder is a supernatural occurrence and sets out to prove who really killed Dr. Suresh Jha.
THE IMPOSSIBLE DEAD
Malcolm Fox and his team from Internal Affairs are back. They've been sent to Fife to investigate whether fellow cops covered up for a corrupt colleague, Detective Paul Carter. Carter has been found guilty of misconduct with his own uncle, also in the force. But what should be a simple job is soon complicated by intimations of conspiracy and cover-up - and a brutal murder, a murder committed with a weapon that should not even exist.
THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO
Disgraced journalist Mikael Blomqvist is hired by Henrik Vanger to investigate the disappearance of Vanger’s great-niece Harriet. Henrik suspects that someone in his family, the powerful Vanger clan, murdered Harriet over forty years ago. He now crosses paths with Lisbeth Salander, a young computer hacker, an asocial punk and most importantly, a young woman driven by her vindictiveness.
Joe Middleton has a lot on his plate. Arrested for a slew of murders he says he can’t remember, Joe – a.k.a. the Christchurch Carver – has been in jail for the last year awaiting trial, charged with the task of convincing the psychiatrists interviewing him that he wasn’t of sound mind and can’t be blamed for what he did. And that’s the least of his worries.
Fifteen-year-old Eragon believes that he is merely a poor farm boy- until his destiny as a Dragon Rider is revealed. Gifted with only an ancient sword, a loyal dragon, and sage advice from an old storyteller, Eragon is soon swept into a dangerous tapestry of magic, glory and power. Now his choices could save – or destroy – the Empire.
The Great Smog. London. A dense, choking fog engulfs the city and beneath it, history is re-written. Set in an alternative 1950’s Britain, where Churchill rules an underground political movement for freedom and the Nazis are the surrogate rulers of the land. Who can you trust when even your neighbours are spies?
Vampire hunter Elena Deveraux knows she's the best—but she doesn't know if she's good enough for this job. Hired by the dangerously beautiful Archangel Raphael, a being so lethal that no mortal wants his attention, only one thing is clear—failure is not an option...even if the task is impossible.
Because this time, it's not a wayward vamp she has to track. It's an archangel gone bad.
Evoking strong themes of art and unusual friendships, this novel weaves together three distinct strands of narrative. Weathered Bones tells the story of Antoinette, a widowed grandmother, Grace, an emotional young wife, and Eliza, a lighthouse keeper from another century, in a book of dark water, flowers and midnight paintings. One night, an ancient and cursed storm brings the three together.
Beginning in Paris on the eve of the Nazi occupation in 1940, Suite Française tells the remarkable story of Parisians fleeing their city. Human folly surfaces in every imaginable way: a wealthy mother searches for sweets in a town without food; a couple is terrified at the thought of losing their jobs, even as their world begins to fall apart. Nemirovsky wrote this at the time, as she and her own family fled Paris.
THE DEVIL'S ACRE
Young, ambitious Edward Lowry is hired by Samuel Colt (the inventor of the Colt pistol) to act as his London secretary as he expands his business into England and Europe. Although initially impressed by the Colonel’s dynamic approach to his trade, Edward comes to suspect that the American’s intentions in the Metropolis are not all they appear. Set amidst UK/US 1850’s tensions , reflecting the poor, working class-Dickensian-London anger that led inevitably to murder and riots
RULES OF CIVILITY
Set in New York City in 1938, Rules of Civility tells the story of a watershed year in the life of an uncompromising twenty-five-year-old named Katey Kontent. Armed with a little more than a formidable intellect, a bracing wit, and her own brand of cool nerve, Katey embarks on a journey from a Wall Street secretarial pool through the upper echelons of New York society in search of a brighter future.
THE PHOENIX SONG
In 1950, the father of eight-year-old violin prodigy Xiao Magou suffers a stroke and begins to see things. Xiao’s father, a Communist Party official, now sees solid walls where there are open doorways, and his young daughter has to coax him into crossing thresholds. This novel unfolds Xiao’s own youth and young adulthood of stepping over thresholds, realising her own talent while trying not to be a puppet for Mao’s ideology.
THE GUERNSEY LITERARY SOCIETY
MARY ANN SHAFFER
A delightful look into WWII life in Guernsey. Our heroine receives a letter from a Channel Island man who has acquired a book containing her name and London address. He asks for help in finding a biography of English essayist Charles Lamb, and mentions that he is a member of the Island's only book club. Intrigued, she enters into a correspondence with the man, which leads to a visit to the island, which ends in a permanent residence there. Delightfully heart-warming.
A THREAD OF GRACE
MARY DORIA RUSSELL
In September 1943 Claudette Blum and her father flee across the Alps into Italy with other Jews seeking refuge, only to find an open battle ground among the Nazis, Allied forces, resistance fighters, and ordinary Italians struggling to survive. A beautiful narrative.
THE SOUND OF BUTTERFLIES
It is 1903. The opening of the Amazon offers young Thomas Edgar, a passionate collector of butterflies, the chance of a lifetime: to join a scientific expedition. Hoping to find the mythical butterfly that will make his name he eagerly accepts the invitation, and embarks on a journey that will take him to a whole new world.
THE WIDOW AND HER HERO
In 1943 when Grace and Leo Waterhouse married in Australia, they were part of a young generation ready to sacrifice themselves to win the war, while being confident they would survive. Fifty years on, as Grace tells her and Leo's story, she can say what she suspected then: that men are fundamentally childish and for many of them, bravery is its own end.
THE ENFIELD CONSPIRACY
Devonshire born Nicholas Reede joins the army as a teenage Ensign and is sent to India to become involved in fighting at Lucknow during the Indian mutiny of 1857 where he is badly wounded undertaking an outstanding act of bravery. The senior British officer trapped there when the mutiny erupts is on route to London with a secret dispatch containing information that could save the life of the Monarch, reveal a secret plot to end British rule and prevent a major war in the region.
TRIED BY WAR
JAMES M. MCPHERSON
Tried by War offers a revelatory (and timely) portrait of leadership during the greatest crisis the US has ever endured. Suspenseful and inspiring, this is the story of how Lincoln, with almost no previous military experience before entering the White House, assumed the powers associated with the role of commander in chief, and through his strategic insight and will to fight changed the course of the war and saved the Union.
One December night in 1942 a Nazi parachutist landed in Cambridgeshire with a mission: sabotage the British war effort. His name was Eddie Chapman, and this is a true story of the world’s first known double, if not triple, agent! Dashing, courageous and with a petty-criminal unpredictability, Macintyre depicts Chapman as a fun and mesmerising hero while providing fascinating insights into WWII espionage from all sides.
BEHIND THE BEAUTIFUL FOREVERS
In this brilliantly written, fast-paced book, based on three years of uncompromising reporting, a bewildering age of global change and inequality in modern-day India is made human. Unforgettable insights into the struggles and daily lives of the extreme poor of Mumbai.
THE IMMORTAL LIFE OF HENRIETTA LACKS
Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor black tobacco farmer whose cells—taken without her knowledge in 1951—became one of the most important tools in medicine, vital for developing the polio vaccine, cloning, gene mapping, in vitro fertilization, and more. Henrietta’s cells have been bought and sold by the billions, yet she remains virtually unknown, and her family can’t afford health insurance
Provenance reads like a well-plotted thriller, filled with unforgettable characters and told at a breakneck pace. But this is most certainly not fiction; Provenance is the meticulously researched and captivating account of one of the greatest cons in the history of art, forging more than £1.8 million pounds of art in a ten year period.
THE DEVIL AND SHERLOCK HOLMES
Compulsively readable, The Devil and Sherlock Holmes is a brilliant mosaic of true stories of ambition, madness, passion, and folly. Grann chronicles stories ranging from the suspicious death of an Arthur Conan Doyle scholar, to the story of an international impostor who somehow convinced an American family he was their missing son.
Heat is a fascinating and surprising true story of one man’s journey from journalist to kitchen slave to culinary apprentice. Bill Buford’s memoir covers his time working in a first-class New York restaurant with Mario Batali and repeated journeys to Italy and the UK to apprentice with the country’s best chefs.
A TERRIBLE SPLENDOR
MARSHALL JON FISHER
Before Federer v. Nadal, before Borg v. McEnroe, the greatest tennis match ever played pitted the dominant Don Budge against the seductively handsome Baron Gottfried von Cramm. This deciding 1937 Davis Cup match, played on the hallowed Wimbledon grounds, was a battle of titans: the world’s No. 1 tennis player against the No. 2; America against Germany; democracy against fascism.
TRAVELS IN THE INTERIOR OF AFRICA
In 1795, at the age of twenty-four, Mungo Park began a journey from Gambia into the uncharted interior of the African continent. Travelling with only native guides, and later entirely alone, his goal was to become the first European to reach the River Niger and the fabled city of Timbuctoo. This is his diary, which became a best-seller in England in the early 1800s.
BARBARA GRIZZUTI HARRISON
Italian Days is one of the richest and most absorbing travel books ever written—a journey down the Italian peninsula that immerses us in the inexhaustible plenty of that culture – from art to food to the equally bountiful intelligence and sensibility of its author.
TENTH OF DECEMBER
Writing brilliantly and profoundly about class, sex, love, loss, work, despair, and war, Saunders cuts to the core of the contemporary experience. These stories take on the big questions and explore the fault lines of our own morality, delving into the questions of what makes us good and what makes us human
ETIQUETTE FOR A DINNER PARTY
An ageing taxi driver reflects on mortality and the choices he has made in life as he indulges in a clandestine Italian feast. The friend of a dying woman delivers a sardonic commentary on the frenetic ritual of cake-baking that precedes death and grief. A young boy sets out to save his grandparents' marriage after discovering pornography in his grandfather's memorabilia.
The Ghost Writer is an extraordinarily auspicious thriller of power, politics, corruption, and murder. Dashing, captivating Adam Lang was Britain's longest serving -- and most controversial -- prime minister of the last half century, whose career ended in tatters after he sided with America in an unpopular war on terror. Was he who the public and Press thought – a brilliant leader? Or a man with well-hidden secrets his ghost writer begins to reveal amidst death & great suspense
THE ACCIDENT MAN
A radical Islamic fundamentalist is about to emerge from deep cover to lead a deadly terrorist plot. A professional assassin, former British Royal Marine and a man with nothing to lose, the protagonist Carver makes a very comfortable living by arranging lethal “accidents.” Carver must ensure that the terrorist’s car crashes at high speed in Paris. What Carver does not know is that everything he’s been led to believe about his latest mission is a lie – and his own life is in danger.