- QuickviewFictionBrilliantly funny, teenage angst author Louise Rennison’s second book about the confessions of crazy but lovable Georgia Nicolson. Now repackaged in a gorgeous new paperback and looking even fabber than ever. Louise is an international bestselling author and her books can’t fail to make you laugh out loud.What is the matter with my life? Why is it so deeply unfab?• It's a day and a half now since I snogged the Sex God… • I think I have snog withdrawal. My lips keep puckering up… • I tried snogging the back of my hand, but it's no good… • It's been over a week. I wonder if it's my nose… • I have a HUGE nose that means I have to live for ever in the Ugly Home.
- QuickviewFictionWith an Introduction by Cedric Watts, Research Professor of English, University of Sussex. This anthology of tales by Rudyard Kipling contains some of the most memorable and popular examples of the genre of which he is an undisputed master. The Man Who would be King (later adapted as a spectacular film) is a vivid narrative of exotic adventure and disaster. The other tales include the ironic, horrific, poignant and haunting. Here Kipling displays his descriptive panache and realistic boldness. Shrewd, audacious, abrasive and challenging, he remains absorbingly readable.
- QuickviewFictionPerfect for fans of Maeve Binchy' - CandisDebbie Macomber sweeps you away to a place where dreams come trueA fresh spirit of hope has entered the small town of Buffalo Valley. New businesses are opening, new people are moving into the town and locals are taking risks on lifelong dreams. People like Margaret Clemens. While Margaret has inherited her father’s prosperous ranch and is doing really well for herself, her dream is to fall in love.But when Matt Eilers catches her eye, everyone in town is quick to tell her that Matt’s bad news. Her friends are trying to protect her but soon the gossips whisper that Matt’s only with her for her money. And maybe he is?Or maybe there’s something more… Certainly, nobody has ever believed in him the way Margaret does.
- QuickviewFictionA tale of a hunter and a courtesan: The brave, noble Vanu, huntsman of the forest and the beautiful, graceful Aranyani, child of the mountains. Theirs is a love that reverberates through time, a story that remains as eternal as the waters of the Ganga.
- QuickviewFictionBetween March 2011 and March 2012, Manish Tiwari and Rajan Pandey travelled across Uttar Pradesh, by bike, jeep, bus and train, covering more than 15,000 kilometres and 350 constituencies in over 60 districts in an effort to witness the prelude to the 2012 assembly elections, and capture the grassroots reality of Indias most politically significant state.The authors narrate untold stories and anecdotes of UP politics and give a ringside view of these watershed elections, which saw the end of Mayawatis rule, the drubbing of the Congress, which had pinned its hopes on the Gandhi charisma, and the rise of a new star in the form of Akhilesh Yadav. They are witness to events as they unfold in the remotest corners of UP. At the same time, they also investigate the specifics of the socio-political climate in Uttar Pradesh at what is, arguably, a turning point in the states history, caught as it is between the politics of caste and the politics of class, the politics of goonda-gardi and corruption and the voting publics increasingly vocal refusal to put up with it, the need for development and its almost unbearable human costs.Coming up to the present, the book takes an objective look at Akhilesh Yadavs first six months in power and whether it has really been a change for the better. Part gonzo-journalism, part ethnography, Battleground UP: Politics in the Land of Ram is essential reading for anyone seeking to understand Uttar Pradesh and its politics.
- QuickviewFictionBanned in China for its candid exploration of a young girl's sexual awakening yet widely acclaimed as being "the first novel of 'tough youth' in China" (Beijing Today), Beijing Doll cuts a daring path through China's rock-and-roll subculture. This cutting edge novel -- drawn from the diaries the author kept throughout her teenage years -- takes readers to the streets of Beijing where a disaffected generation spurns tradition for lives of self-expression, passion, and rock-and-roll. Chun Sue's explicit sensuality, unflinching attitude towards sex, and raw, lyrical style break new ground in contemporary Chinese literature.
- QuickviewFictionBlack and Blue was written in 1997 by Scottish writer Ian Rankin. This book is a part of his Inspector Rebus series. in this book, Inspector Rebus has four cases to deal with. Set in the late 90's, Black and Blue circles around many events at once. These include a serial killer whose crime scenes bear a striking resemblance to the Bible John case, an investigation on Rebus himself and a bribery stint.Rebus is seen traversing through the cities of Scotland in the hopes of uncovering the secrets behind a murder investigation. During this, he becomes obsessed with the Johnny Bible killings and starts digging for answers. One case he involves himself with is the Alan Mitchison death. He travels to Aberdeen in search of some evidence or information regarding the same, which would lead him closer to the killer. Meanwhile, an old case is reopened which puts Rebus under scrutiny.Black and Blue is the eighth book of the Inspector Rebus series. With so many events happening at once, John Rebus has to find the identity of the killer quickly. Black and Blue was published by Orion in 2008 and is available in paperback.Key Features:This book won an award from the Crime Writers' Association and the Gold Dagger award as well. This book was the first to be adapted into a television series with Rebus as the central character in 2000.
- QuickviewFictionWith the bravura storytelling and pungent authenticity of detail she brought to her acclaimed Lymond Chronicles, Dorothy Dunnett, grande dame of the historical novel, presents The House of Niccolò series. The time is the 15th century, when intrepid merchants became the new knighthood of Europe. Among them, none is bolder or more cunning than Nicholas vander Poele of Bruges, the good-natured dyer's apprentice who schemes and swashbuckles his way to the helm of a mercantile empire. Winter 1474 finds Nicholas exiled in the frozen port of Danzig, Poland. His Machiavellian exploits in Scotland have cost him friends and family--not to mention countless riches. As the ice melts, temptations arise. Will he assist the Muslim Prince Uzum Hasan against the Turks? Will he lose himself among the secret, scented gardens of the Crimea in the arms of a close friend's bride? As Nicholas pursues his future, his estranged wife, Gelis, seeks the truth about his past, only to discover the secret identity of his latest comrade in arms--a tantalizing ghost from the past poised to deal him the crowning death blow. Shimmering with detail, alive with intrigue, Caprice and Rondo is Dorothy Dunnett's quicksilver evocation of a world where joy is fleeting, love is unexpected, and truth the rarest commodity of all.
- QuickviewFictionGiacomo Casanova arrives in England in the summer of 1763 at the age of thirty-eight, seeking a respite from his restless travels and liaisons. But the lure of company proves too hard to resist and the dazzlingly pretty face of young Marie Charpillon even harder. Casanova's pursuit of this elusive bewitcher drives him from exhilaration to despair and to attempt to reinvent himself in the roles of labourer, writer and country squire. Based on a little-known episode in Casanova's life, this is a scintillating, poignant, often comic portrait of a far more complex figure than legend suggests and of the decadent society in which he operated. Beautifully written, gripping and surprising, Casanova is a superb successor to INGENIOUS PAIN.
- QuickviewFictionRetired sportswriter, w.g. karunasena is dying. He will spend his final months drinking arrack, upsetting his wife, ignoring his son, and tracking down pradeep s. Mathew, an elusive spinbowler he considers ‘the greatest cricketer to walk the earth’.On his quest to find this unsung genius, w.g. uncovers a coach with six fingers, a secret bunker belowa famous stadium, an ltte war lord, and startling truths about sri lanka, cricket and himself. Ambitious, playful, and strikingly original, chinaman is a novel about cricket and sri lanka — and of sri lanka through its cricket. Hailed by the gratiaen prize judges as ‘one of the most imaginativeworks of contemporary sri lankan fiction’, it is an astounding book.
- QuickviewFictionNew York Times bestselling author Kristin Hannah is beloved by readers around the world for her unique blend of powerful emotion and exquisite storytelling. In Comfort & Joy, she offers a modern-day fairy tale—the story of a woman who gets a miraculous chance at happiness.Joy Candellaro once loved Christmas more than any other time of the year. Now, as the holiday approaches, she is at a crossroads in her life; recently divorced and alone, she can’t summon the old enthusiasm for celebrating. So without telling anyone, she buys a ticket and boards a plane bound for the beautiful Pacific Northwest. When an unexpected detour takes her deep into the woods of the Olympic rainforest, Joy makes a bold decision to leave her ordinary life behind—to just walk away—and thus begins an adventure unlike any she could have imagined.In the small town of Rain Valley, six-year-old Bobby O’Shea is facing his first Christmas without a mother. Unable to handle the loss, Bobby has closed himself off from the world, talking only to his invisible best friend. His father Daniel is beside himself, desperate to help his son cope. Yet when the little boy meets Joy, these two unlikely souls form a deep and powerful bond. In helping Bobby and Daniel heal, Joy finds herself again.But not everything is as it seems in quiet Rain Valley, and in an instant, Joy’s world is ripped apart, and her heart is broken. On a magical Christmas Eve, a night of impossible dreams and unexpected chances, Joy must find the courage to believe in a love—and a family—that can’t possibly exist, and go in search of what she wants . . . and the new life only she can find.From the Hardcover edition.
- QuickviewFictionA darkly comic novel about the fall and rise of a TV presenter. Written by an insider, it’s a page-turning account of life on the sofa and in front of the cameras.When Katie Fisher, morning TV presenter, returns from holiday it's to discover that she's literally yesterday's news. Publicly sacked from her job as anchor of Hello Britain! and replaced by a pert young thing, she does what any self-respecting thirty something would in these circumstances – she makes a dash for her parents and hits the bottle.But Katie, sooner or later, has to face the world, the photographers, and the backstage intrigue of morning television: the cut-throat, lecherous producers, the ambitious but vacant Keera, and Mike, her co-host, a trustworthy friend or just another one of the many back-stabbers? Humour is Katie's only weapon and, as things hit rock-bottom, it could provide a perfect solution to life after the sofa.