Carol Ann Duffy’s prize-winning poetry collection takes the reader on a love journey through the seasons. Whilst Spring brings a new and all encompassing love, Winter heralds a broken heart.
Miranda and her twin brother, Eliot, live in an old house on the cliffs near Dover, which their father runs as a bed and breakfast. People come and go through the house, though some never leave at all. Miranda returns from an extended hospital stay, weak from her unusual diet of chalk, and chalk alone. Her father hopes to entice her with his culinary concoctions, but Mira’s pica disorder has deeper roots than can be imagined, and when she begins to hear the voices that belong to the house her father risks losing her completely.
The House of Berethnet’s thousand year rule is all that has kept the Nameless One, a powerful dragon with an army of wyverns and wyrms at his disposal, locked away in the Dreadmount. Pressure is mounting on the current queen, Queen Sabran the Ninth, to give the West an heir and continue the protection of her realm. Assassination attempts are creeping closer and closer but Ead, a mage disguised as a lady-in-waiting, is silently thwarting them all, leading to rising suspicion of her identity at court.
Eleanor Oliphant’s perfectly timetabled life is turned upside down when she and the office IT guy, Raymond, save the life of Sammy, a elderly man who falls in the street. She finds her life disrupted by social expectations and engagements, and longs to return to her weekly routine of vodka binges and frozen food. One thing she does wish she could cut from her week is her Wednesday phone call with her mother. With the help of Raymond, Sammy, and a host of other new acquaintances, Eleanor begins to learn that her life can be different if only she just opens up to it.
In his first and only autobiography, Elton John charts his rise from his shy childhood as Reginald Dwight to one of the biggest selling artists of all time. From his outrageous outfits to outrageous antics, Elton John leaves no stone unturned in telling his life story, warts and all.
Juliet returns to Nightingale House at a rather tumultuous point in her life; she’s lost her job, her husband is having an affair, and her children each come with problems of their own. When she discovers she has inherited the Horner family home, many years after her grandmother’s death, she doesn’t quite understand why, but she is wary of questioning it. Instead, she takes her three children – teenage Bea, nine-year-old Isla, and toddler Sandy – and moves them to the country and the great Nightingale House where she spent her childhood summers. But the house still holds secrets from her great-grandparents’ time.
When Richard Mayhew helps a mysterious, bleeding girl he finds on a London pavement, he has no idea that his good deed will change his life forever. He suddenly finds himself invisible to everyone except those from London Below – a community of those that have fallen threw the cracks and live in the shadows of the city, in the sewers and on the roofs.
Simon Mason compiles over thirty essays spanning twenty years of Philip Pullman’s career. In Daemon Voices, Pullman’s magnificent non-fiction writings approach the topics of stories and storytelling from a variety of angles.
Hiram has a gift. He can remember everything, everything he has ever seen and everything that has ever happened to him. The only thing he can’t remember is his mother. When she is sold into slavery, he is separated from her at just five years old. This experience bestows upon him a power that he is yet to understand the full greatness of. It’s not until he experiences a brush with death which urges him to seek freedom that he will learn the extent of his abilities.
The year is 1935 and Stephen, along with his brother, Kits, are part of a five-strong team of mountaineers that plan to tackle one of the world’s most dangerous peaks: Kangchenjunga. Kits quite literally wants to follow in the footsteps of his idols, those that attempted the mountain in 1907, known as the Lyell Expedition. Only two survived, with five men from the expedition dying on the mountain following terrible accidents and brutal weather. Though five died, only four of them were buried. As the plucky 1935 team begin their ascent, Stephen’s excitement ebbs away and is replaced with the haunting feeling that they’re not alone on the mountain.