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100 tales of extraordinary women.
What if the princess didn’t marry Prince Charming but instead went on to be an astronaut? What if the jealous step sisters were supportive and kind? And what if the queen was the one really in charge of the kingdom? Illustrated by sixty female artists from every corner of the globe, Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls introduces us to one hundred remarkable women and their extraordinary lives, from Ada Lovelace to Malala, Elizabeth I to Serena Williams. Empowering, moving and inspirational, these are true fairy tales for heroines who definitely don’t need rescuing.
Five students go to detention. Only four leave alive. For fans of Gossip Girl and Pretty Little Liars, this is the perfect high school thriller.
Yale hopeful Bronwyn has never publicly broken a rule.
Sports star Cooper only knows what he’s doing in the baseball diamond.
Bad body Nate is one misstep away from a life of crime.
Prom queen Addy is holding together the cracks in her perfect life.
And outsider Simon, creator of the notorious gossip app at Bayview High, won’t ever talk about any of them again.
He dies 24 hours before he could post their deepest secrets online. Investigators conclude it’s no accident. All of them are suspects.
Everyone has secrets, right? What really matters is how far you’ll go to protect them.
Book 12 in the Tom Gates series.
Tom’s a funny genius. But does it run in the family, or is Tom just a talented oddball? Find out in this nutty book, which includes EXCELLENT activity pages for YOU to fill in. Mr Fullerman – Tom’s grumpy teacher – has a new class assignment: making a family tree. Is Tom just a random stroke of genius? Or were his ancestors equally AMAZING? Tom can’t wait to find out all about the Gates family, his friends and a furry creature (or two). But just what is that squeaking sound coming from Tom’s shoes…?
Winner of the Best Story Blue Peter Book Award 2017
Podkin is the son of a warrior chieftain. He knows that one day it will be up to him to lead his warren and guard it in times of danger. But for now, he’s quite happy to laze around annoying his older sister Paz, and playing with his baby brother Pook. Then Podkin’s home is brutally attacked, and the young rabbits are forced to flee. The terrifying Gorm are on the rampage, and no one and nowhere is safe. With danger all around them, Podkin must protect his family, uncover his destiny, and attempt to defeat the most horrifying enemy rabbitkind has ever known.
Illustrated by Tony Ross.
The brilliant follow-up to David Walliams’ bestseller The World’s Worst Children! Ten more stories about a brand new gang of hilariously horrible kids from everyone’s favourite children’s author, gloriously illustrated by Tony Ross.
The Christmasaurus is a story about a boy named William Trundle, and a dinosaur. It’s about how they meet one Christmas Eve and have a magical adventure. It’s about friendship and families, sleigh bells and Santa, singing elves and flying reindeer, music and magic. It’s about discovering your heart’s true desire, and learning that the impossible might just be possible…
When Magizoologist Newt Scamander arrives in New York, he intends his stay to be just a brief stopover. However, when his magical case is misplaced and some of Newt’s fantastic beasts escape, it spells trouble for everyone…
The pressure’s really piling up on Greg Heffley. His mom thinks video games are turning his brain to mush, so she wants him to put down the controller and explore his ‘creative side’.
As if that’s not scary enough, Halloween’s just around the corner and the frights are coming at Greg from every angle. When Greg discovers a bag of gummy worms, it sparks an idea. Can he get his mom off his back by making a movie … and will he become rich and famous in the process? Or will doubling down on this plan just double Greg’s troubles?
The 11th book in the bestselling series.
Illustrated by Tony Ross.
Welcome to the Midnight Gang! Midnight is the time when all children are fast asleep, except of course for… the Midnight Gang. That is when their adventures are just beginning…
When Tom gets hit on the head by a cricket ball, he finds himself at Lord Funt Hospital, and is greeted by a terrifying-looking porter. Things go from bad to worse when he meets the wicked matron in charge of the children’s ward But Tom is about to embark on the most thrilling journey of a lifetime!
Claude and Sir Bobblysock think they’ve caught a burglar coming down the chimney on Christmas Eve. They clap on the handcuffs and turn on the lights. Oh no! It isn’t a burglar – it’s none other than Santa Claus! Now the key for the handcuffs is lost and it’s up to our two heroes to deliver all the presents before midnight …
Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. She has only one function: to breed. If she deviates, she will, like dissenters, be hanged at the wall or sent out to die slowly of radiation sickness. But even a repressive state cannot obliterate desire – neither Offred’s nor that of the two men on which her future hangs.
Shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 1985
Trudy has betrayed her husband, John. She’s still in the marital home – a dilapidated, priceless London townhouse – but not with John. Instead, she’s with his brother, the profoundly banal Claude, and the two of them have a plan. But there is a witness to their plot: the inquisitive, nine-month-old resident of Trudy’s womb.
Told from a perspective unlike any other, this is a classic tale of murder and deceit from one of the world’s master storytellers.
An exploration of the strange and monstrous nature of womanhood, it follows two women – mother and daughter – who arrive in a small village on the Spanish coast. But with one suffering from a strange and unidentified illness, it isn’t long before they begin to see their lives clearly for the first time in years.
Short-listed for the 2016 Man Booker Prize
London, 1893. When Cora Seaborne’s controlling husband dies, she steps into her new life as a widow with as much relief as sadness. Along with her son Francis – a curious, obsessive boy – she leaves town for Essex, in the hope that fresh air and open space will provide refuge. On arrival, rumours reach them that the mythical Essex Serpent, once said to roam the marshes claiming lives, has returned to the coastal parish of Aldwinter. Cora, a keen amateur naturalist with no patience for superstition, is enthralled, convinced that what the local people think is a magical beast may be a yet-undiscovered species.
Book of the Year and Fiction Book of the Year at the British Book Awards 2017
Longlisted for the 2017 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction
Waterstones Book of the Year 2016
What if the power to hurt were in women’s hands?
Suddenly – tomorrow or the day after – teenage girls find that with a flick of their fingers, they can inflict agonizing pain and even death. With this single twist, the four lives at the heart of Naomi Alderman’s extraordinary, visceral novel are utterly transformed.
WINNER OF THE 2017 BAILEYS WOMEN’S PRIZE FOR FICTION
‘Does one desire the Yule-tide spirit, sir?’
‘Certainly one does. I am all for it.’
Aunts, engagements, misunderstandings and hangover cures; this delightful collection brings together a baker’s dozen of P. G. Wodehouse’s finest short stories.
New York, a small town on the tip of Manhattan Island, 1746. One rainy evening, a charming and handsome young stranger fresh off the boat from England pitches up to a counting house on Golden Hill Street, with a suspicious yet compelling proposition – he has an order for a thousand pounds in his pocket that he wishes to cash. But can he be trusted? This is New York in its infancy, a place where a young man with a fast tongue can invent himself afresh, fall in love, and find a world of trouble…
“A novel of such joy it leaves you beaming…verifiable gold.” The Sunday Telegraph
As the acknowledged ‘Queen of Crime’, P. D. James was frequently commissioned by newspapers and magazines to write a special short story for Christmas. Four of the best of these have been collected here. P. D. James’s prose illuminates each of these perfectly formed stories, making them ideal reading for the darkest days of the year. While she delights in the secrets that lurk beneath the surface at family gatherings, her Christmas stories also provide tantalizing puzzles to keep the reader guessing.
The Winter’s Tale Retold (after Shakespeare)
A baby girl is abandoned, banished from London to the storm-ravaged American city of New Bohemia. Her father has been driven mad by jealousy, her mother to exile by grief. Seventeen years later, Perdita doesn’t know a lot about who she is or where she’s come from – but she’s about to find out.
Jeanette Winterson’s cover version of The Winter’s Tale vibrates with echoes of Shakespeare’s original and tells a story of hearts broken and hearts healed, a story of revenge and forgiveness, a story that shows that whatever is lost shall be found.
“A shining delight of a novel.” The New York Times
“Clever and beautiful…it soars.” The Financial Times
A sinister, wickedly funny novel about a near-future in which the lawful are locked up and the lawless roam free, The Heart Goes Last is Margaret Atwood at her heart-stopping best.
Bathampton Down is noted for its unique prehistoric remains but its more recent history is also fascinating. This new book, written and researched by Mary Clark and published by the Bathampton Local History Research Group, tells the story of the Down since 1700 when the Lord of the Manor built a wall to divide it in two and enclose his rabbit warren.
The story unfolds with chapters on the warrener’s house, Sham Castle, Ralph Allen’s influence; two shocking murders; a fatal duel; a college that was never built; a forgotten farmstead; a rifle range; the Golf Course and secrets of the Second World War. All these have coloured the Down’s history since the 18th century. The Industrial Archaeology of the stone quarries and their early tramway, together with the former Bathampton Waterworks and more recent reservoirs are also included whilst the final chapter illustrates things of a more curious nature.
This book acts as a record of the Down’s more recent history and will give readers a greater understanding of this area of outstanding natural beauty.
Six gentlemen, one goal – the destruction of Hitler’s war machine.
In the spring of 1939, a top secret organisation was founded in London: its purpose was to plot the destruction of Hitler’s war machine through spectacular acts of sabotage. The guerrilla campaign that followed was to prove every bit as extraordinary as the six gentlemen who directed it. Winston Churchill selected them because they were wildly creative and thoroughly ungentlemanly.
“A magnificent story, brilliantly told. Read it!” Anthony Horowitz
On the trail of the Green Man.
Who, or what, is the Green Man, and why is this medieval image so present in our precarious modern times?
An encounter with a carving of the Green Man at an ancient church leads Nina Lyon on a search to track him down in all his various guises. Against a backdrop of mountains, forests, rivers and stone circles, a cult of the Green Man emerges, as Nina explores his meaning and how he came into being.
From the series about the closed railway lines of Britain, a nostalgic look at the old line between Bath and Bournemouth.
1966 was a bad year for the thousands of fans of the erstwhile Somerset & Dorset route when, after more than 100 years of service there would be no more trains over this picturesque line between Bath and Bournemouth.
Half a century later much of the route has disappeared but before it did and whilst in moribund state, Jeffery Grayer recorded the scene witnessing the demise of a line and a way of life that has rarely been portrayed before. Much of the material is previously unpublished and will rekindle memories of what once was, and what is now lost forever.
With over 175 photos, mostly in colour, as well as maps and memorabilia.
A memoir by Brendan Cox
A touching and very human portrait of Jo Cox: daughter, mother, wife, sister, MP and aidworker.
Naomi Klein – award-winning journalist, bestselling author of No Logo, The Shock Doctrine and This Changes Everything, scourge of brand bullies and corporate liars – gives us the toolkit we need to survive our surreal, shocking age.
Remember when love was supposed to Trump hate? Remember when the oil companies and bankers seemed to be running scared? What the hell happened? And what can we do about it? Naomi Klein shows us how we got here, and how we can make things better. No Is Not Enough reveals, among other things, that the disorientation we’re feeling is deliberate. That around the world, shock political tactics are being used to generate crisis after crisis, designed to force through policies that will destroy people, the environment, the economy and our security. That extremism isn’t a freak event – it’s a toxic cocktail of our times.
The first comprehensive and authoritative history of the Koh-i-Noor, arguably the most celebrated and mythologised jewel in the world.
On 29 March 1849, the 10 year old Maharajah of the Punjab was ushered into the magnificent Mirrored Hall at the centre of the great Fort in Lahore. There, in a public ceremony, the frightened but dignified child handed over great swathes of the richest country in India in a formal Act of Submission to a private corporation, the East India Company. He was also compelled to hand over to the British monarch, Queen Victoria, perhaps the single most valuable object on the subcontinent: the celebrated Koh-i Noor diamond – The Mountain of Light.
A marvellous, life-enhancing book for all ages, now a major animated film starring Jim Broadbent, Brenda Blethyn and Luke Treadaway
Utterly original, deeply moving and very funny, Ethel & Ernest tells the story of Raymond Briggs’ parents’ marriage, lady’s maid Ethel and milkman Ernest, from their first chance encounter in 1928, through the birth of their son Raymond in 1934, to their deaths, within months of each other, in 1971.
Ethel & Ernest is a heartfelt and affectionate tribute to an ordinary couple and an extraordinary generation.
The nation’s most treasured nature poems.
This new anthology of poems, favourites from the nation’s longest-running and best-loved request programme for verse, moves with the seasons, following the turning year from John Clare’s ‘pale splendour of the winter sun’ to John Keats’s ‘Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness‘, by way of Larkin’s ‘young-leafed June’ and Gerard Manley Hopkins’ ‘glassy peartree leaves and blooms‘ when ‘Nothing is so beautiful as Spring‘.